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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087594/a-human-proteome-array-approach-to-identifying-key-host-proteins-targeted-by-toxoplasma-kinase-rop18
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Zhaoshou Yang, Yongheng Hou, Taofang Hao, Hee-Sool Rho, Jun Wan, Yizhao Luan, Xin Gao, Jianping Yao, Aihua Pan, Zhi Xie, Jiang Qian, Wanqin Liao, Heng Zhu, Xingwang Zhou
Toxoplasma kinase ROP18 is a key molecule responsible for the virulence of Toxoplasma gondii; however, the mechanisms by which ROP18 exerts parasite virulence via interaction with host proteins remain limited to a small number of identified substrates. To identify a broader array of ROP18 substrates we successfully purified bioactive mature ROP18 and used it to probe a human proteome array. Sixty-eight new putative host targets were identified. Functional annotation analysis suggested that these proteins have a variety of functions including metabolic process, kinase activity and phosphorylation, cell growth, apoptosis and cell death, and immunity, indicating a pleiotropic role of ROP18 kinase...
January 13, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081529/zika-virus-induced-microcephaly-and-its-possible-molecular-mechanism
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Md Imam Faizan, Mohd Abdullah, Sher Ali, Irshad H Naqvi, Anwar Ahmed, Shama Parveen
Zika virus is an arthropod-borne re-emerging pathogen associated with the global pandemic of 2015-2016. The devastating effect of Zika viral infection is reflected by its neurological manifestations such as microcephaly in newborns. This scenario evoked our interest to uncover the neurotropic localization, multiplication of the virus, and the mechanism of microcephaly. The present report provides an overview of a possible molecular mechanism of Zika virus-induced microcephaly based on recent publications. Transplacental transmission of Zika viral infection from mother to foetus during the first trimester of pregnancy results in propagation of the virus in human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs), where entry is facilitated by the receptor (AXL protein) leading to the alteration of signalling and immune pathways in host cells...
January 13, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081468/role-of-mir-15a-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-through-targeting-map3k9
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Ping Cai, Ting Yang, Xingjie Jiang, Minghui Zheng, Gang Xu, Jianlong Xia
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence indicates that microRNAs are involved in various cellular processes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and metastasis. miR-15a is an important regulator of immune responses and angiogenesis, endogenous controls as well as potential targets and hallmarks of cancer. However, the role of miR-15a in intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) has not been elucidated. METHODS: Total RNA was extracted from degenerative nucleus pulposus (NP) tissues of 20 patients with IDD and NP cells, respectively...
January 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079920/serum-microrna-profiles-in-patients-with-syphilis
#4
Ping Lu, Chang Fang, Qing Cheng, Wu-Jian Ke, Tao Huang, Jun Zhang, He-Ping Zheng, Bin Yang
Syphilis is an acute and chronic inflammatory disorder caused by the non-cultivatable spirochete Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum (T. pallidum).(1,2) T. pallidum does not produce any known toxic proteins; therefore, most of the symptoms and tissue damage related to syphilis are caused by activation of the host's inflammatory and immune responses,(3) thus suggesting that host genetics play an important role in regulating the progression of syphilis infection. MiRNAs are a class of 19- to 24-nt noncoding RNAs that influence many biological systems, including development, cellular differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, metabolism, and the immune response;(4-6) they also play crucial roles during microbial infection...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078578/cd95-stimulation-with-cd95l-and-disc-analysis
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Matthieu Le Gallo, Patrick Legembre
CD95 and its ligand CD95L play a major role in immune surveillance and homeostasis. CD95L is expressed by activated T lymphocytes and NK cells to induce apoptosis in cancer and virus-infected cells. The goal of this chapter is to describe a method used to immunoprecipitate CD95 and analyze its associated protein complex in cells stimulated with a cytotoxic CD95L (i.e., Ig-CD95L).
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078560/knockdown-of-pycr1-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-colony-formation-via-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-prostate-cancer
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Tengyue Zeng, Libing Zhu, Min Liao, Wenli Zhuo, Shunliang Yang, Weizhen Wu, Dong Wang
Pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase 1 (PYCR1) is an enzyme involved in cell metabolism, which has been shown to be up-regulated in cancers. However, the functions of PYCR1 in prostate cancers (PCa) are still largely unknown. In the present study, we found that PYCR1 was highly expressed in prostate cancer tissues and then knocked down PYCR1 in PCa cell lines (DU145, PC-3 and LNCap) via lentivirus-mediated gene delivery and analyzed its biological function. Both qRT-PCR and western blotting indicated that PYCR1 was suppressed efficiently after sh-PYCR1 infection...
February 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077657/lmp1-and-lmp2a-collaborate-to-promote-epstein-barr-virus-ebv-induced-b-cell-lymphomas-in-a-cord-blood-humanized-mouse-model-but-are-not-essential
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Shi-Dong Ma, Ming-Han Tsai, James C Romero-Masters, Erik A Ranheim, Shane M Huebner, Jillian Bristol, Henri-Jacques Delecluse, Shannon C Kenney
: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is associated with B cell lymphomas in humans. The ability of EBV to convert human B cells into long-lived lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) in vitro requires the collaborative effects of EBNA2 (which hijacks notch signaling), LMP1 (which mimics CD40 signaling), and EBNA 3A/3C (which inhibit oncogene-induced senescence and apoptosis). However, we recently showed that an LMP1-deleted EBV mutant induces B cell lymphomas in a newly developed cord blood-humanized mouse model that allows EBV-infected B cells to interact with CD4 T cells (the major source of CD40 ligand)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077640/viral-rna-at-two-stages-of-reovirus-infection-is-required-for-the-induction-of-necroptosis
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Angela K Berger, Bradley E Hiller, Deepti Thete, Anthony J Snyder, Encarnacion Perez, Jason W Upton, Pranav Danthi
: Necroptosis, a regulated form of necrotic cell death requires the activation of the RIP3 kinase. Here, we identify that infection of host cells with reovirus can result in necroptosis. We find that necroptosis requires sensing of the genomic RNA within incoming virus particles via cytoplasmic RNA sensors to produce type I IFN. While these events that occur prior to de novo synthesis of viral RNA are required for induction of necroptosis, they are not sufficient. Induction of necroptosis also requires late stages of reovirus infection...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077444/protein-interactions-during-the-flavivirus-and-hepacivirus-life-cycle
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Gisa Gerold, Janina Bruening, Bettina Weigel, Thomas Pietschmann
Protein-protein interactions govern biological functions in cells, in the extracellular milieu and at the border between cells and extracellular space. Viruses are small intracellular parasites and thus rely on protein interactions to produce progeny inside host cells and to spread from cell to cell. Usage of host proteins by viruses can have severe consequences e.g. apoptosis, metabolic disequilibria or altered cell proliferation and mobility. Understanding protein interactions during virus infection can thus educate us on viral infection and pathogenesis mechanisms...
January 11, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076660/influenza-a-virus-ns1-protein-induced-jnk-activation-and-apoptosis-are-not-functionally-linked
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Wolfgang Nacken, Viktor Wixler, Christina Ehrhardt, Stephan Ludwig
Expression of the influenza A virus (IAV) non-structural protein NS1 results in the activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). Both NS1 and JNK are involved in apoptosis induction. To investigate their interrelationship, we stably expressed a tamoxifen inducible NS1 oestrogen receptor fusion-protein (NS1ERT) in mammalian cells. Upon tamoxifen stimulation, NS1ERT expressing cells partially rescued the attenuated replication of NS1-deficient IAVs and also inhibited interferon up-regulation, confirming the functional competence of NS1ERT...
January 11, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075229/altered-mitochondrial-dynamics-as-a-consequence-of-venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus-infection
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Forrest Keck, Taryn Brooks-Faulconer, Tyler Lark, Pavitra Ravishankar, Charles Bailey, Carolina Salvador-Morales, Aarthi Narayanan
Mitochondria are sentinel organelles that are impacted by various forms of cellular stress, including viral infections. While signaling events associated with mitochondria, including those activated by pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), are widely studied, alterations in mitochondrial distribution and changes in mitochondrial dynamics are also beginning to be associated with cellular insult. Cells of neuronal origin have been demonstrated to display remarkable alterations in several instances, including neurodegenerative disorders...
January 11, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073399/enterovirus-71-induces-apoptosis-by-directly-modulating-the-conformational-activation-of-pro-apoptotic-protein-bax
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Xiaodong Han, Haolong Cong
Enterovirus 71 (EVA71), a virus of the genus enterovirus in the picornaviridae family, is one of the main causative agents of foot, hand and mouth disease in infected infants and young children. In this study, we report that cells with EVA71 infection exhibit increased levels of cytochrome c release and Caspase-3 activation. EVA71 infection induces the conformational activation of pro-apoptotic protein Bax, and the subsequent formation of oligomers of Bax in mitochondria. Inhibitors that block Caspase-8 activation cannot inhibit apoptosis induced by EVA71 infection...
January 10, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073158/antimicrobial-activity-and-mechanism-of-action-of-a-thionin-like-peptide-from-capsicum-annuum-fruits-and-combinatorial-treatment-with-fluconazole-against-fusarium-solani
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Gabriel B Taveira, Érica O Mello, André O Carvalho, Mariana Regente, Marcela Pinedo, Laura de La Canal, Rosana Rodrigues, Valdirene M Gomes
Many Fusarium species are able to cause severe infections in plants as well as in animals and humans. Therefore, the discovery of new antifungal agents is of paramount importance. CaThi belongs to the thionins, which are cationic peptides with low molecular weights (∼ 5 kDa) that have toxic effects against various microorganisms. Herein, we study the mechanism of action of CaThi and its combinatory effect with fluconazole (FLC) against Fusarium solani. The mechanism of action of CaThi was studied by growth inhibition, viability, plasma membrane permeabilization, ROS induction, caspase activation, localization and DNA binding capability, as assessed with Sytox green, DAB, FITC-VAD-FMK, CaThi-FITC and gel shift assays...
January 10, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070818/entangling-relation-of-micro-rna-let7-mirna-200-and-mirna-125-with-various-cancers
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Nosheen Masood, Azra Yasmin
Involvement of micro RNAs (miRNA) is currently the focus for cancer studies as they effect the post transcriptional expression of different genes. Let-7 family is among the firstly discovered miRNAs that play important role in cell proliferation and dysregulation leading to cell based diseases including cancer. Another family, miRNA-200 prevents transformation of cell to malignant form and tumor formation by interacting with epidermal mesenchymal transition (EMT). Similarly miRNA-125 controls apoptosis and proliferation by affecting multiple genes involved in transcription, immunological defense, resistance against viral and bacterial infections that ultimately leads to cell proliferation, metastasis and finally cancer...
January 9, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069818/ssek1-and-ssek3-t3ss-effectors-inhibit-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signalling-and-necroptotic-cell-death-in-salmonella-infected-macrophages
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Regina A Günster, Sophie A Matthews, David W Holden, Teresa L M Thurston
Within host cells such as macrophages, Salmonella enterica translocates virulence (effector) proteins across its vacuolar membrane using the SPI-2 type III secretion system. Previously it has been shown that when expressed ectopically the effectors SseK1 and SseK3 inhibit TNFα-induced NF-κB activation. In this study we show that ectopically expressed SseK1, SseK2 and SseK3 suppressed TNFα-, but not TLR4-, or interleukin-induced NF-κB activation. Inhibition required a DXD motif, which in SseK1 and SseK3 is essential for protein Arginine-N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc)-ylation...
January 9, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069354/bufadienolides-from-amphibians-a-promising-source-of-anticancer-prototypes-for-radical-innovation-apoptosis-triggering-and-na-k-atpase-inhibition
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REVIEW
Lívia Queiroz de Sousa, Kátia da Conceição Machado, Samara Ferreira de Carvalho Oliveira, Lidiane da Silva Araújo, Evaldo Dos Santos Monção-Filho, Ana Amélia de Carvalho Melo-Cavalcante, Gerardo Magela Vieira-Júnior, Paulo Michel Pinheiro Ferreira
Amphibians present pharmacologically active aliphatic, aromatic and heterocyclic molecules in their skin as defense against microorganisms, predators and infections, such as steroids, alkaloids, biogenic amines, guanidine derivatives, proteins and peptides. Based on the discovered bioactive potential of bufadienolides, this work reviewed the contribution of amphibians, especially from members of Bufonidae family, as source of new cytotoxic and antitumor molecules, highlighting the mechanisms responsible for such amazing biological potentialities...
January 6, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069291/antagonizing-cytokine-mediated-jak-stat-signaling-by-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus
#17
REVIEW
Liping Yang, Yan-Jin Zhang
Janus kinase (JAK)-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) signaling pathway is activated by myriad cytokines, which are involved in regulation of cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, angiogenesis, immunity and inflammatory response. Because of its significance in immune response, JAK-STAT pathway is often targeted by pathogens, including porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). PRRSV causes reproductive failure in sows and respiratory disease in pigs of all ages...
December 30, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069074/a-next-generation-microarray-further-reveals-stage-enriched-gene-expression-pattern-in-the-blood-fluke-schistosoma-japonicum
#18
Pengfei Cai, Shuai Liu, Xianyu Piao, Nan Hou, Hong You, Donald P McManus, Qijun Chen
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is caused by infection with blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma, and ranks, in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), as the third most important neglected tropical disease. Schistosomes have several discrete life stages involving dramatic morphological changes during their development, which require subtle gene expression modulations to complete the complex life-cycle. RESULTS: In the current study, we employed a second generation schistosome DNA chip printed with the most comprehensive probe array for studying the Schistosoma japonicum transcriptome, to explore stage-associated gene expression in different developmental phases of S...
January 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068192/induction-of-apoptosis-in-normal-human-dermal-fibroblasts-infected-with-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato
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Beata Rozwadowska, Marta Albertyńska, Hubert Okła, Krzysztof P Jasik, Andrzej S Swinarew, Urszula Mazurek, Sławomir Dudek, Danuta Urbańska-Jasik, Izabela Poprawa
The spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. can enter into different eukaryotic cells. Intracellular localization of bacteria may cause many changes in different cell pathways like apoptosis-mediated caspase cascade. The present studies focused on gene expression associated with caspase cascade after normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDF) infection with Borrelia garinii, Borrelia afzelii, and B. burgdorferi s.s. The use of oligonucleotide microarray technique enabled an expression level comparison of genes associated with caspase cascade in NHDF infected with spirochetes...
January 9, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067803/regulation-of-viral-replication-apoptosis-and-pro-inflammatory-responses-by-17-aag-during-chikungunya-virus-infection-in-macrophages
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Tapas K Nayak, Prabhudutta Mamidi, Abhishek Kumar, Laishram Pradeep K Singh, Subhransu S Sahoo, Soma Chattopadhyay, Subhasis Chattopadhyay
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection has re-emerged as a major public health concern due to its recent worldwide epidemics and lack of control measures. Although CHIKV is known to infect macrophages, regulation of CHIKV replication, apoptosis and immune responses towards macrophages are not well understood. Accordingly, the Raw264.7 cells, a mouse macrophage cell line, were infected with CHIKV and viral replication as well as new viral progeny release was assessed by flow cytometry and plaque assay, respectively...
January 6, 2017: Viruses
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