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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925976/shiga-toxin-therapeutics-beyond-neutralization
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REVIEW
Gregory Hall, Shinichiro Kurosawa, Deborah J Stearns-Kurosawa
Ribotoxic Shiga toxins are the primary cause of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in patients infected with Shiga toxin-producing enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (STEC), a pathogen class responsible for epidemic outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease around the globe. HUS is a leading cause of pediatric renal failure in otherwise healthy children, resulting in a mortality rate of 10% and a chronic morbidity rate near 25%. There are currently no available therapeutics to prevent or treat HUS in STEC patients despite decades of work elucidating the mechanisms of Shiga toxicity in sensitive cells...
September 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925975/new-insights-into-the-genome-organization-of-yeast-killer-viruses-based-on-atypical-killer-strains-characterized-by-high-throughput-sequencing
#2
Manuel Ramírez, Rocío Velázquez, Antonio López-Piñeiro, Belén Naranjo, Francisco Roig, Carlos Llorens
Viral M-dsRNAs encoding yeast killer toxins share similar genomic organization, but no overall sequence identity. The dsRNA full-length sequences of several known M-viruses either have yet to be completed, or they were shorter than estimated by agarose gel electrophoresis. High-throughput sequencing was used to analyze some M-dsRNAs previously sequenced by traditional techniques, and new dsRNAs from atypical killer strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Torulaspora delbrueckii. All dsRNAs expected to be present in a given yeast strain were reliably detected and sequenced, and the previously-known sequences were confirmed...
September 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927001/a-review-and-database-of-snake-venom-proteomes
#3
REVIEW
Theo Tasoulis, Geoffrey K Isbister
Advances in the last decade combining transcriptomics with established proteomics methods have made possible rapid identification and quantification of protein families in snake venoms. Although over 100 studies have been published, the value of this information is increased when it is collated, allowing rapid assimilation and evaluation of evolutionary trends, geographical variation, and possible medical implications. This review brings together all compositional studies of snake venom proteomes published in the last decade...
September 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926974/block-v-rtx-domain-of-adenylate-cyclase-from-bordetella-pertussis-a-conformationally-dynamic-scaffold-for-protein-engineering-applications
#4
REVIEW
Beyza Bulutoglu, Scott Banta
The isolated Block V repeats-in-toxin (RTX) peptide domain of adenylate cyclase (CyaA) from Bordetella pertussis reversibly folds into a β-roll secondary structure upon calcium binding. In this review, we discuss how the conformationally dynamic nature of the peptide is being engineered and employed as a switching mechanism to mediate different protein functions and protein-protein interactions. The peptide has been used as a scaffold for diverse applications including: a precipitation tag for bioseparations, a cross-linking domain for protein hydrogel formation and as an alternative scaffold for biomolecular recognition applications...
September 17, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926954/evidence-for-complex-formation-of-the-bacillus-cereus-haemolysin-bl-components-in-solution
#5
Franziska Tausch, Richard Dietrich, Kristina Schauer, Robert Janowski, Dierk Niessing, Erwin Märtlbauer, Nadja Jessberger
Haemolysin BL is an important virulence factor regarding the diarrheal type of food poisoning caused by Bacillus cereus. However, the pathogenic importance of this three-component enterotoxin is difficult to access, as nearly all natural B. cereus culture supernatants additionally contain the highly cytotoxic Nhe, the second three-component toxin involved in the aetiology of B. cereus-induced food-borne diseases. To better address the toxic properties of the Hbl complex, a system for overexpression and purification of functional, cytotoxic, recombinant (r)Hbl components L₂, L₁ and B from E...
September 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926946/the-fungal-bzip-transcription-factor-atfb-controls-virulence-associated-processes-in-aspergillus-parasiticus
#6
Josephine Wee, Sung-Yong Hong, Ludmila V Roze, Devin M Day, Anindya Chanda, John E Linz
Fungal basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors mediate responses to oxidative stress. The ability to regulate stress response pathways in Aspergillus spp. was postulated to be an important virulence-associated cellular process, because it helps establish infection in humans, plants, and animals. Previous studies have demonstrated that the fungal transcription factor AtfB encodes a protein that is associated with resistance to oxidative stress in asexual conidiospores, and AtfB binds to the promoters of several stress response genes...
September 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914814/zearalenone-zen-and-its-influence-on-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-carp-cyprinus-carpio-l-liver-tissue
#7
Constanze Pietsch
Zearalenone (ZEN) is a frequently-occurring mycotoxin in both animal and fish feeds. In order to characterize its effects on carp, three groups of fish were fed for 28 days with feeds contaminated with three different levels of ZEN (low: 332 µg kg(-1), medium: 621 µg kg(-1), and high: 797 µg kg(-1) feed). The reversibility of the effects of ZEN was assessed by feeding all of the groups with uncontaminated feed for a further 14 days. Gene expression of immune genes in the liver tissue of the fish was analysed, revealing reduced expressions of immune, antioxidative, and estrogen-related genes after the fish had been exposed to ZEN...
September 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914788/a-decrease-of-incidence-cases-of-fumonisins-in-south-korean-feedstuff-between-2011-and-2016
#8
Juhee Park, Hansub Chang, Seungran Hong, Dongho Kim, Soohyun Chung, Chan Lee
Several plant pathogen Fusarium species produce fumonisins (FUMs); which can end up in food and feed and; when ingested; can exhibit harmful effects on humans and livestock. Mycotoxin intoxication by fumonisin B₁ (FB₁) and fumonisin B₂ (FB₂) can cause porcine pulmonary edema; leukoencephalomalacia in equines; esophageal cancer and birth defects by natural contamination. Herein; the occurrence of FB₁ and FB₂ in feedstuff (compound feed and feed ingredients) was investigated between 2011 and 2016 in South Korea...
September 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914784/antiallodynic-effects-of-bee-venom-in-an-animal-model-of-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-type-1-crps-i
#9
Sung Hyun Lee, Jae Min Lee, Yun Hong Kim, Jung Hyun Choi, Seung Hwan Jeon, Dong Kyu Kim, Hyeon Do Jeong, You Jung Lee, Hue Jung Park
Neuropathic pain in a chronic post-ischaemic pain (CPIP) model mimics the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS I). The administration of bee venom (BV) has been utilized in Eastern medicine to treat chronic inflammatory diseases accompanying pain. However, the analgesic effect of BV in a CPIP model remains unknown. The application of a tight-fitting O-ring around the left ankle for a period of 3 h generated CPIP in C57/Bl6 male adult mice. BV (1 mg/kg ; 1, 2, and 3 times) was administered into the SC layer of the hind paw, and the antiallodynic effects were investigated using the von Frey test and by measuring the expression of neurokinin type 1 (NK-1) receptors in dorsal root ganglia (DRG)...
September 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914776/worldwide-occurrence-and-investigations-of-contamination-of-herbal-medicines-by-tropane-alkaloids
#10
REVIEW
Thomas Y K Chan
Tropane alkaloids occur mainly in Solanaceae plants. In the present review, the main objective is to describe the worldwide occurrence and investigations of anticholinergic poisoning due to the contamination of herbal teas and herbs by tropane alkaloids. Tropane alkaloid poisoning can occur after consumption of any medicinal plant if Solanaceae plants or plant parts are present as contaminants. Globally, almost all reports in 1978-2014 involve herbal teas and one of the prescribed herbs in composite formulae...
September 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914772/the-heat-stable-enterotoxin-receptor-guanylyl-cyclase-c-as-a-pharmacological-target-in-colorectal-cancer-immunotherapy-a-bench-to-bedside-current-report
#11
REVIEW
Trevor R Baybutt, Allison A Aka, Adam E Snook
Cancer immunotherapy is becoming a routine treatment modality in the oncology clinic, in spite of the fact that it is a relatively nascent field. The challenge in developing effective immunotherapeutics is the identification of target molecules that promote anti-tumor efficacy across the patient population while sparing healthy tissue from damaging autoimmunity. The intestinally restricted receptor guanylyl cyclase C (GUCY2C) is a target that has been investigated for the treatment of colorectal cancer and numerous animal, and clinical studies have demonstrated both efficacy and safety...
September 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906461/%C3%AE-conotoxin-decontamination-protocol-evaluation-what-works-and-what-doesn-t
#12
Matthew W Turner, John R Cort, Owen M McDougal
Nine publically available biosafety protocols for safely handling conotoxin peptides were tested to evaluate their decontamination efficacy. Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MS) were used to assess the effect of each chemical treatment on the secondary and primary structure of α-CTx MII (L10V, E11A). Of the nine decontamination methods tested, treatment with 1% (m/v) solution of the enzymatic detergent Contrex™ EZ resulted in a 76.8% decrease in α-helical content as assessed by the mean residue ellipticity at 222 nm, and partial peptide digestion was demonstrated using high performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS)...
September 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895923/st-producing-e-coli-oppose-carcinogen-induced-colorectal-tumorigenesis-in-mice
#13
Peng Li, Jieru E Lin, Adam E Snook, Scott A Waldman
There is a geographic inequality in the incidence of colorectal cancer, lowest in developing countries, and greatest in developed countries. This disparity suggests an environmental contribution to cancer resistance in endemic populations. Enterotoxigenic bacteria associated with diarrheal disease are prevalent in developing countries, including enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) producing heat-stable enterotoxins (STs). STs are peptides that are structurally homologous to paracrine hormones that regulate the intestinal guanylyl cyclase C (GUCY2C) receptor...
September 12, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895896/does-the-host-contribute-to-modulation-of-mycotoxin-production-by-fruit-pathogens
#14
REVIEW
Dilip Kumar, Shiri Barad, Edward Sionov, Nancy P Keller, Dov B Prusky
Storage of freshly harvested fruit is a key factor in modulating their supply for several months after harvest; however, their quality can be reduced by pathogen attack. Fruit pathogens may infect their host through damaged surfaces, such as mechanical injuries occurring during growing, harvesting, and packing, leading to increased colonization as the fruit ripens. Of particular concern are fungal pathogens that not only macerate the host tissue but also secrete significant amounts of mycotoxins. Many studies have described the importance of physiological factors, including stage of fruit development, biochemical factors (ripening, C and N content), and environmental factors (humidity, temperature, water deficit) on the occurrence of mycotoxins...
September 12, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892012/bordetella-adenylate-cyclase-hemolysin-toxins
#15
REVIEW
Nicole Guiso
Adenylate cyclase-hemolysin toxin is secreted and produced by three classical species of the genus Bordetella: Bordetella pertussis, B. parapertussis and B. bronchiseptica. This toxin has several properties such as: (i) adenylate cyclase activity, enhanced after interaction with the eukaryotic protein, calmodulin; (ii) a pore-forming activity; (iii) an invasive activity. It plays an important role in the pathogenesis of these Bordetella species responsible for whooping cough in humans or persistent respiratory infections in mammals, by modulating host immune responses...
September 11, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891987/total-body-irradiation-mitigates-inflammation-and-extends-the-therapeutic-time-window-for-anti-ricin-antibody-treatment-against-pulmonary-ricinosis-in-mice
#16
Yoav Gal, Anita Sapoznikov, Reut Falach, Sharon Ehrlich, Moshe Aftalion, Chanoch Kronman, Tamar Sabo
Ricin, a highly toxic plant-derived toxin, is considered a potential weapon in biowarfare and bioterrorism due to its pronounced toxicity, high availability, and ease of preparation. Pulmonary exposure to ricin results in the generation of an acute edematous inflammation followed by respiratory insufficiency and death. Massive neutrophil recruitment to the lungs may contribute significantly to ricin-mediated morbidity. In this study, total body irradiation (TBI) served as a non-pharmacological tool to decrease the potential neutrophil-induced lung injury...
September 11, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885598/report-from-the-1st-mycokey-international-conference-global-mycotoxin-reduction-in-the-food-and-feed-chain-held-in-ghent-belgium-11-14-september-2017
#17
Sarah De Saeger, Antonio Logrieco
This conference is organized within the framework of the H2020-Research and Innovation Action-Societal Challenge 2-"Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy challenge"-GA 678781 MycoKey "Integrated and innovative key actions for mycotoxin management in the food and feed chain" [...].
September 8, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880234/typhonium-giganteum-lectin-exerts-a-pro-inflammatory-effect-on-raw-264-7-via-ros-and-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#18
Wei Wang, Hao Wu, Hongli Yu, Xingde Zhang, Guojing Cui, Kuilong Wang, Shanhu Mao, Yaozong Pan
Typhonii rhizoma, a widely used herb in traditional Chinese medicine, has acute irritating toxicity related to Typhonium giganteum lectin (TGL). TGL exhibits acute inflammatory effects, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are largely unknown. This paper is designed to assess the pro-inflammatory response of TGL on RAW 264.7 cells. RAW 264.7 treated with 6.25, 12.5, 25, and 50 µg/mL TGL showed elevated levels of inflammatory factors (TNF-α, IL-1β) and of p-IκB and p-p65, all dose-dependent, indicating that TGL had a substantial inflammatory effect and mobilized the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway...
September 7, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878143/cobra-venom-factor-and-ketoprofen-abolish-the-antitumor-effect-of-nerve-growth-factor-from-cobra-venom
#19
Alexey V Osipov, Tatiana I Terpinskaya, Tatiana E Kuznetsova, Elena L Ryzhkovskaya, Vladimir S Lukashevich, Julia A Rudnichenko, Vladimir S Ulashchyk, Vladislav G Starkov, Yuri N Utkin
We showed recently that nerve growth factor (NGF) from cobra venom inhibited the growth of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC) inoculated subcutaneously in mice. Here, we studied the influence of anti-complementary cobra venom factor (CVF) and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug ketoprofen on the antitumor NGF effect, as well as on NGF-induced changes in EAC histological patterns, the activity of lactate and succinate dehydrogenases in tumor cells and the serum level of some cytokines. NGF, CVF and ketoprofen reduced the tumor volume by approximately 72%, 68% and 30%, respectively...
September 6, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872616/use-of-a-yeast-trnase-killer-toxin-to-diagnose-kti12-motifs-required-for-trna-modification-by-elongator
#20
Constance Mehlgarten, Heike Prochaska, Alexander Hammermeister, Wael Abdel-Fattah, Melanie Wagner, Rościsław Krutyhołowa, Sang Eun Jun, Gyung-Tae Kim, Sebastian Glatt, Karin D Breunig, Michael J R Stark, Raffael Schaffrath
Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells are killed by zymocin, a tRNase ribotoxin complex from Kluyveromyces lactis, which cleaves anticodons and inhibits protein synthesis. Zymocin's action requires specific chemical modification of uridine bases in the anticodon wobble position (U34) by the Elongator complex (Elp1-Elp6). Hence, loss of anticodon modification in mutants lacking Elongator or related KTI (K. lactis Toxin Insensitive) genes protects against tRNA cleavage and confers resistance to the toxin. Here, we show that zymocin can be used as a tool to genetically analyse KTI12, a gene previously shown to code for an Elongator partner protein...
September 5, 2017: Toxins
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