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Alex Manicardi, Alessandro Bertucci, Andrea Rozzi, Roberto Corradini
A synthetic strategy for the production of polyfunctional PNAs bearing substituent groups both on the nucleobase and on the backbone C5 carbon of the same monomer is described; this is based on the use of a tris-orthogonally protected monomer and subsequent solid-phase selective functionalization. This strategy can be used for synthesizing PNAs that are not readily accessible by use of preformed modified monomers. As an example, a PNA-based probe that undergoes a switch in its fluorescence emission upon hybridization with a target oligonucleotide, induced by tailor-made movement of two pyrene substituent groups, was synthesized...
October 21, 2016: Organic Letters
Steven J Kleene, Nancy K Kleene
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common life-threatening monogenic renal disease. ADPKD results from mutations in either of two proteins: polycystin-1 (also known as PC1 or PKD1) or transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily P, member 2 (TRPP2, also known as polycystin-2, PC2, or PKD2). Each of these proteins is expressed in the primary cilium that extends from many renal epithelial cells. Existing evidence suggests that the cilium can promote renal cystogenesis, while PC1 and TRPP2 counter this cystogenic effect...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Ha Young Park, Hyung Joo Oh, Ki-Hyun Kim, Tae-Ok Kim, Cheol-Kyu Park, Hong-Jun Shin, Jung-Hwan Lim, Yong-Soo Kwon, In-Jae Oh, Yu-Il Kim, Sung-Chul Lim, Young-Chul Kim, Yoo-Duk Choi
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutation is a reliable predictive factor for response to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). The quantified EGFR value may also predict response and survival within an EGFR mutated group. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 836 lung cancer patients. The patient sample was divided into two groups based on the mean delta cycle threshold (∆Ct) value. EGFR mutation tests using peptide nucleic acid (PNA)-mediated clamping polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were performed...
September 1, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Ji-Youn Han, Jae-Jin Choi, Jin Young Kim, You Lim Han, Geon Kook Lee
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October 17, 2016: BMC Cancer
Carlos Wong-Baeza, Albany Reséndiz-Mora, Luis Donis-Maturano, Isabel Wong-Baeza, Luz Zárate-Neira, Juan Carlos Yam-Puc, Juana Calderón-Amador, Yolanda Medina, Carlos Wong, Isabel Baeza, Leopoldo Flores-Romo
Anti-lipid IgG antibodies are produced in some mycobacterial infections and in certain autoimmune diseases [such as anti-phospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)]. However, few studies have addressed the B cell responses underlying the production of these immunoglobulins. Anti-lipid IgG antibodies are consistently found in a murine model resembling human lupus induced by chlorpromazine-stabilized non-bilayer phospholipid arrangements (NPA). NPA are transitory lipid associations found in the membranes of most cells; when NPA are stabilized they can become immunogenic and induce specific IgG antibodies, which appear to be involved in the development of the mouse model of lupus...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Dziyana Hnedzko, Dennis W McGee, Yannis A Karamitas, Eriks Rozners
Sequence-selective recognition of complex RNAs in live cells could find broad applications in biology, biomedical research and biotechnology. However, specific recognition of structured RNA is challenging and generally applicable and effective methods are lacking. Recently, we found that peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) were unusually well suited ligands for recognition of double-stranded RNAs. Herein, we report that 2-aminopyridine (M) modified PNAs and their conjugates with lysine and arginine tripeptides form strong (Ka = 9...
October 14, 2016: RNA
Richard Ray, Evelyn Perkins, Patricia Roberts, Lisa Fuller
BACKGROUND: Continuous Special Observation (CSO) is commonly ordered for patients at risk to injure themselves or others and involves assigning staff to monitor one patient at all times. CSO is intrusive, costly, and often has deleterious effects on patient care. Two nursing protocols were developed as alternative interventions to CSO. The first protocol, Psychiatric Nursing Availability (PNA), was designed to treat patients having suicidal or self-injurious thoughts. The second protocol, Psychiatric Monitoring and Intervention (PMI), was designed to prevent violent and impulsive behavior...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Taylor Wand, Mike Fang, Christina Chen, Nathan Hardy, J Philip McCoy, Bogdan Dumitriu, Neal S Young, Angélique Biancotto
Abnormal telomere lengths have been linked to cancer and other hematologic disorders. Determination of mean telomere content (MTC) is traditionally performed by Southern blotting and densitometry, giving a mean telomere restriction fragment (TRF) value for the total cell population studied. Here, we compared a quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction approach (qPCR) and a flow cytometric approach, fluorescence in situ hybridization (Flow-FISH), to evaluate telomere content distribution in total patient peripheral blood mononuclear cells or specific cell populations...
October 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Qiang Wang, Xiaoli Ju, Liang Chen, Keping Chen
Caspase-1 is one of the effector caspases in mammals that plays a central role in apoptosis. However, the lepidopteran caspase-1, especially the Bombyx mori caspase-1 (Bm-caspase-1), has not been investigated in detail. In this study, Bm-caspase-1 was identified from an expressed sequence tag database in B. mori by BLAST search. The open reading frame of Bm-caspase-1 contained 879 nucleotides and encoded 293 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 33 kDa. Bm-caspase-1 contained two consensus amino acid motifs of caspase cleavage sites, DEGDA and TETDG...
October 4, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
Jungwon Moon, Jae-Hun Kim, Dongil Choi, Jehoon Yang, Min Woo Lee, Yoon-La Choi, Hyunchul Rhim
The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation of quantitative dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with microvessel density (MVD) in necrotic, partial necrotic, and viable tumors using a rabbit VX2 liver tumor model. Nine rabbits were used for this study. The complete necrotic area (CNA), partial necrotic area (PNA), and viable tumor area (VTA) of liver tumors were experimentally induced by radiofrequency ablation (RFA). DCE-MRI data were processed based on the extended Kety model to estimate Ktrans, ve and vp parameters...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Jin Gao, Laura Couzens, Maryna C Eichelberger
Antibodies to neuraminidase (NA), the second most abundant surface protein on influenza virus, contribute toward protection against influenza. Traditional methods to measure NA inhibiting (NI) antibody titers are not practical for routine serology. This protocol describes the enzyme-linked lectin assay (ELLA), a practical alternative method to measure NI titers that is performed in 96 well plates coated with a large glycoprotein substrate, fetuin. NA cleaves terminal sialic acids from fetuin, exposing the penultimate sugar, galactose...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Signe M Nielsen, Niels Nørskov-Lauritsen, Thomas Bjarnsholt, Rikke L Meyer
Achromobacter species have attracted attention as emerging pathogens in cystic fibrosis. The clinical significance of Achromobacter infection is not yet fully elucidated; however, their intrinsic resistance to antimicrobials and ability to form biofilms renders them capable of establishing long-term chronic infections. Still, many aspects of Achromobacter biofilm formation remain uncharacterized. In this study, we characterized biofilm formation in clinical isolates of Achromobacter and investigated the effect of challenging the biofilm with antimicrobials and/or enzymes targeting the extracellular matrix...
September 14, 2016: Microorganisms
Zaki Hakami, Satoshi Wakisaka
The development of submucosal glands of rat nasopharynx was studied with respect to their morphological maturation and glycoprotein alterations during the postnatal period. This study examined the histological morphology with hematoxylin-eosin and the binding pattern of lectins, soybean agglutinin (SBA), Dolichos biflorus agglutinin (DBA), Vicia villosa agglutinin (VVA), Ulex europaeus agglutinin-I (UEA-I), peanut agglutinin (PNA), wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), and succinylated WGA (sucWGA) on frozen sections from newborn into adulthood...
September 23, 2016: Acta Histochemica
Luzia Mendes, Rui Rocha, Andreia Sofia Azevedo, Catarina Ferreira, Mariana Henriques, Miguel Gonçalves Pinto, Nuno Filipe Azevedo
PURPOSE: We aim to develop peptic nucleic acid (PNA) probes for the identification and localization of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomintans and Porphyromonas gingivalis in sub-gingival plaque and gingival biopsies by Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH). METHODS: A PNA probe was designed for each microorganism. The PNA-FISH method was optimized to allow simultaneous hybridization of both microorganisms with their probe (PNA-FISH multiplex). After being tested on representative strains of P...
November 2016: Microbiological Research
Amir Sharafkhaneh, Andrew M Spiegelman, Kevin Main, Shahriar Tavakoli-Tabasi, Charlie Lan, Daniel Musher
It is unclear whether concurrent pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a higher mortality than either condition alone. Further, it is unknown how this interaction changes over time. We explored the effect of pneumonia and COPD on inpatient, 30-day and overall mortality. We used a Veterans Health Affairs database to compare patients who were hospitalized for a COPD exacerbation without pneumonia (AECOPD), patients hospitalized for pneumonia without COPD (PNA) and patients hospitalized for pneumonia who had a concurrent diagnosis of COPD (PCOPD)...
September 23, 2016: COPD
XuePing Chen, JunNa Yang, XiE Zhu, Xia Liang, YanRu Lei, ChiQuan He
To investigate the impact of an exotic Frankia nodulated tree (Alnus trabeculosa) on soil nitrogen content, soil microbial composition, and the abundance of N turnover-related functional microorganism community, we compared the community structure and abundance of key functional genes (nifH, bacterial/archaeal amoA, and nosZ) in the rhizosphere and nonrhizosphere of monoculture of Phragmites australis and A.trabeculosa-P.australis mixed communities by MiSeq Illumina sequencing and real-time PCR, respectively...
September 22, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Vladimir S Trubetskoy, Jacob B Griffin, Anthony L Nicholas, Eric M Nord, Zhao Xu, Ryan M Peterson, Christine I Wooddell, David B Rozema, Darren H Wakefield, David L Lewis, Steven B Kanner
The RNA interference (RNAi)-based therapeutic ARC-520 for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection consists of a melittin-derived peptide conjugated to N-acetylgalactosamine for hepatocyte targeting and endosomal escape, and cholesterol-conjugated RNAi triggers, which together result in HBV gene silencing. To characterize the kinetics of RNAi trigger delivery and 5'-phosphorylation of guide strands correlating with gene knockdown, we employed a peptide-nucleic acid (PNA) hybridization assay. A fluorescent sense strand PNA probe binding to RNAi duplex guide strands was coupled with anion exchange high performance liquid chromatography to quantitate guide strands and metabolites...
September 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Faxin Ren, Nan Mu, Xia Zhang, Jinxi Tan, Liudong Li, Chuanhuan Zhang, Mei Dong
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the association between platelet-leukocyte aggregates (PLA) levels on admission and the risk of myocardial no-reflow in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: A total of 83 patients with STEMI undergoing primary PCI were included in the current study. Platelet-leukocyte conjugates (PLA), including platelet-monocyte aggregates (PMA), platelet-neutrophil aggregates (PNA) and platelet-lymphocyte aggregates were studied by flow cytometry in peripheral venous blood...
September 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Lan-Hee Yang, Dong June Ahn, Eunhae Koo
In the diagnosis of genetic diseases, rapid and highly sensitive DNA detection is crucial. Therefore, many strategies for detecting target DNA have been developed, including electrical, optical, and mechanical methods. Herein, a highly sensitive FRET based sensor was developed by using PNA (Peptide Nucleic Acid) probe and QD, in which red color QDs are hybridized with capture probes, reporter probes and target DNAs by EDC-NHS coupling. The hybridized probe with target DNA gives off fluorescent signal due to the energy transfer from QD to Cy5 dye in the reporter probe...
December 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
N Barbero, S Cauteruccio, P Thakare, E Licandro, G Viscardi, S Visentin
Peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) are among the most interesting and versatile artificial structural mimics of nucleic acids and exhibit peculiar and important properties (i.e. high chemical stability, and a high resistance to cellular enzymes and nucleases). Despite their unnatural structure, they are able to recognize and bind DNA and RNA in a very high, specific and selective manner. One of the most popular, easy and reliable method to measure the stability of PNA-DNA hybrid systems is the melting temperature but the thermodynamic data are obtained using a big quantity of materials failing to provide information on the kinetics of the interaction...
October 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
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