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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150847/chronic-sun-exposure-is-associated-with-distinct-histone-acetylation-changes-in-human-skin
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S Ding, J Chen, Q Zeng, J Lu, L Tan, A Guo, J Kang, S Yang, Y Xiang, C Zuo, J Huang
BACKGROUND: Photoaging is attributed to continuous sunlight or artificial UV exposure and manifests the clinical and histological changes of skin. Epigenetic changes have been found to be involved in the pathogenesis of photoaging. However, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. OBJECTIVES: To analyse histone modification patterns in sun-exposed and non-exposed skins, and identify the abnormally histone modified-genes related to photoaging. METHODS: Skin biopsies were collected both from the outer forearm (sun-exposed area) and the buttock (sun-protected area) in 20 healthy middle-aged female volunteers...
November 18, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150831/the-extracellular-membrane-proximal-domain-of-membrane-bound-ige-restricts-b-cell-activation-by-limiting-b-cell-antigen-receptor-surface-expression
#2
Kanika Vanshylla, Felipe Opazo, Konrad Gronke, Jürgen Wienands, Niklas Engels
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies are key mediators of allergic reactions. Due to their potentially harmful anaphylactic properties their production is tightly regulated. The membrane-bound isoform of IgE (mIgE), which is an integral component of the B cell antigen receptor, has been shown to be critical for the regulation of IgE responses in mice. In primate species including humans, mIgE can be expressed in two isoforms that are produced by alternative splicing of the primary ε Ig heavy chain transcript, and differ in the absence or presence of an extracellular membrane-proximal domain (EMPD) consisting of 52 amino acids...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150665/a-streamlined-cloning-workflow-minimising-the-time-to-strain-pipeline-for-pichia-pastoris
#3
Kate E Royle, Karen Polizzi
Although recent advances in E. coli self-assembly have greatly simplified cloning, these have not yet been harnessed for the high-throughput generation of expression strains in the early research and discovery phases of biopharmaceutical production. Here, we have refined the technique and incorporated it into a streamlined workflow for the generation of Pichia pastoris expression strains, reducing the timeline by a third and removing the reliance on DNA editing enzymes, which often require troubleshooting and increase costs...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150603/bacterially-derived-synthetic-mimetics-of-mammalian-oligomannose-prime-antibody-responses-that-neutralize-hiv-infectivity
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Ralph Pantophlet, Nino Trattnig, Sasha Murrell, Naiomi Lu, Dennis Chau, Caitlin Rempel, Ian A Wilson, Paul Kosma
Oligomannose-type glycans are among the major targets on the gp120 component of the HIV envelope protein (Env) for broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). However, attempts to elicit oligomannose-specific nAbs by immunizing with natural or synthetic oligomannose have so far not been successful, possibly due to B cell tolerance checkpoints. Here we design and synthesize oligomannose mimetics, based on the unique chemical structure of a recently identified bacterial lipooligosaccharide, to appear foreign to the immune system...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150289/the-cause-of-multiple-sclerosis-is-autoimmune-attack-of-adenosyltransferase-thereby-limiting-adenosylcobalamin-production
#5
J L Boucher
The pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) begins with an infection by a bacterium from the class of bacteria that produce and utilize adenosylcobalamin (AdoCbl) and possess an adenosyl transferase enzyme (ATR); these bacteria are the exogenous antigens that cause MS. Human ATR is homologous to bacterial ATR and B cells produce anti-ATR antibodies as an autoimmune response thereby reducing the concentration of ATR and thus limiting production of AdoCbl, one of the two bioactive forms of vitamin B12. The next step in MS pathogenesis is a period of subclinical AdoCbl deficiency over a period of many years resulting in production of odd-carbon-number fatty acids that are incorporated into myelin rendering it antigenic...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149993/label-free-determination-of-prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-in-human-whole-blood-at-nanomolar-levels-by-magnetically-assisted-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
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Zuzana Chaloupková, Anna Balzerová, Jitka Bařinková, Zdenka Medříková, Pavel Šácha, Petr Beneš, Václav Ranc, Jan Konvalinka, Radek Zbořil
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men and can in its later stages cause serious medical problems. Due to the limited suitability of current diagnostic biochemical markers, new biomarkers for the detection of prostate cancer are highly sought after. An ideal biomarker should serve as a reliable prognostic marker, be applicable for early diagnosis, and be applicable for monitoring of therapeutic response. One potential candidate is glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII), also known as prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA), which has a promising role for direct imaging...
January 2, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149900/immunogenic-potential-of-a-salmonella-typhimurium-live-vaccine-for-pigs-against-monophasic-salmonella-typhimurium-dt-193
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Tobias Theuß, Elke Ueberham, Jörg Lehmann, Thomas Lindner, Sven Springer
BACKGROUND: Monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium (mSTM) strains account for up to 8.6% of all human Salmonellosis cases. They have an increasing prevalence during recent years and several human cases with hospitalisation were reported. These strains are often isolated from pigs and pork - one primary source of human infection. A Salmonella Typhimurium (STM) live vaccine has been proven successful in controlling of STM infections in pigs for many years. The aim of this study was to test the immunogenicity of the vaccine in weaners during oral challenge with a virulent mSTM strain and to examine the kinetics of STM-specific IgA, IgM and IgG antibodies induced by vaccination and infection...
November 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149426/relationship-between-lat1-expression-and-resistance-to-chemotherapy-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Bolag Altan, Kyoichi Kaira, Akira Watanabe, Norio Kubo, Pinjie Bao, Gantumur Dolgormaa, Erkhem-Ochir Bilguun, Kenichiro Araki, Yoshikatsu Kanai, Takehiko Yokobori, Tetsunari Oyama, Masahiko Nishiyama, Hiroyuki Kuwano, Ken Shirabe
PURPOSE: L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) is linked to tumor cell proliferation, angiogenesis, and survival in various human cancers. Although the expression of LAT1 was identified as a significant prognostic predictor after surgery in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), little is known about the clinical significance of LAT1 as a chemotherapeutic resistance factor in PDAC. METHODS: A total of 110 patients with surgically resected PDAC were retrospectively reviewed as the training set...
November 17, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148965/nonclinical-safety-assessment-of-anti-factor-d-key-strategies-and-challenges-for-the-nonclinical-development-of-intravitreal-biologics
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Vladimir Bantseev, Rebecca Erickson, Douglas Leipold, Caroline Amaya, Paul E Miller, Helen Booler, Evan A Thackaberry
PURPOSE: The nonclinical toxicology program described here was designed to characterize the safety profile of anti-factor D (AFD; FCFD4514S, lampalizumab) to support intravitreal (ITV) administration in patients with geographic atrophy (GA). METHODS: The toxicity of AFD was assessed in a single-dose and 6-month repeat-dose study in monkeys at doses up to 10 mg/eye. Toxicity was assessed by clinical ophthalmic examinations, intraocular pressure measurements, ocular photography, electroretinography, fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and anatomic pathology...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148719/effect-of-antigen-retrieval-methods-on-non-specific-binding-of-anti-body-metal-nanoparticle-conjugates-on-ffpe-tissue
#10
Yuying Zhang, Xinping Wang, Sven Perner, Ágnes Bánkfalvi, Sebastian Schlücker
Immunohistochemical analysis of FFPE tissues provides important diagnostic and prognostic information in pathology. Metal nanoparticles (NPs) and in particular surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanotags as a new class of labelling reagents are promising to be used for multiplexed protein profiling on tissue sections. However, non-specific binding of NPs onto the tissue specimens greatly hampers their clinical applications. In this study, we found that the antigen retrieval method strongly influences the extent of non-specific binding of the antibody-SERS NP conjugates to the tissue...
November 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148608/criteria-to-define-interruption-of-transmission-of-human-cytomegalovirus-from-organ-donor-to-recipient
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Ilona Anna Baraniak, Matthew B Reeves, Paul D Griffiths
In this review article, we consider results suggesting that transmission of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) from a donor of a solid organ to an immunologically naive individual can be reduced. Two randomized controlled trials have been conducted recently, one of active immunization of recipients pretransplant and another of passive immunization with monoclonal antibodies specific for HCMV given at the time of transplant. Although the available data are encouraging-providing evidence of a reduction in the incidence of HCMV viraemia-they fall short of what would be required to prove definitively that transmission has been completely prevented...
November 17, 2017: Reviews in Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148395/bourbon-virus-in-field-collected-ticks-missouri-usa
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Harry M Savage, Kristen L Burkhalter, Marvin S Godsey, Nicholas A Panella, David C Ashley, William L Nicholson, Amy J Lambert
Bourbon virus (BRBV) was first isolated in 2014 from a resident of Bourbon County, Kansas, USA, who died of the infection. In 2015, an ill Payne County, Oklahoma, resident tested positive for antibodies to BRBV, before fully recovering. We retrospectively tested for BRBV in 39,096 ticks from northwestern Missouri, located 240 km from Bourbon County, Kansas. We detected BRBV in 3 pools of Amblyomma americanum (L.) ticks: 1 pool of male adults and 2 pools of nymphs. Detection of BRBV in A. americanum, a species that is aggressive, feeds on humans, and is abundant in Kansas and Oklahoma, supports the premise that A...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148377/tick-borne-encephalitis-in-sheep-romania
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Jiri Salat, Andrei D Mihalca, Marian Mihaiu, David Modrý, Daniel Ruzek
Little is known about the occurrence of tick-borne encephalitis in Romania. Sheep are an infection source for humans and are useful sentinels for risk analysis. We demonstrate high antibody prevalence (15.02%) among sheep used as sentinels for this disease in 80% of the tested localities in 5 counties of northwestern Romania.
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148209/telocytes-in-the-human-sinoatrial-node
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Lubov B Mitrofanova, Andrey N Gorshkov, Petr V Konovalov, Julia S Krylova
The sinoatrial node (SAN) is composed mostly of pacemaker, transitional and Purkinje-like cells. Pacemaker cells, especially in the centre of the SAN, are surrounded by dense fibrous tissue and do not have any contact with transitional cells. We hypothesize that the SAN contains telocytes that have contacts with pacemaker cells and contractile myocardium. Immunohistochemistry using antibodies against HCN4 and antibody combinations against CD34 and HCN4 was carried out on 12 specimens. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) with two mixtures of primary antibodies, namely CD34/S100 and vimentin/S100, was performed in three cases...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147947/biocompatibility-of-vertically-aligned-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-scaffolds-for-human-breast-cancer-cell-line-mda-mb-231
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E M Akinoglu, K Ozbilgin, P Kilicaslan Sonmez, M M Ozkut, M Giersig, S Inan, E Gumustepe, C Kurtman
The aim of the current study was to determine whether the MWCNT-based scaffold has a suitable structure for cell growth and provides a biocompatible environment for human MDA-MB-231 cell lines. MWCNT-based nanostructured scaffolds were produced by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technique. MDA-MB-231 cells were seeded on MWCNTs-textured silicon scaffolds and on pristine silicon surfaces. After 1 week of culturing, the scaffolds were prepared for SEM analysis and immunocytochemical staining was performed for the two groups (MWCNT scaffold and pristine silicon surface), using MMP-2, MMP-9, PI3K, AKT and NF-κB primary antibodies...
November 16, 2017: Progress in biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147636/drug-induced-lupus-erythematosus-associated-with-antiretroviral-therapy-in-a-patient-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-a-case-report
#16
Jazila Mantis, Ravi Bhavsar, Adriana Abrudescu
Antiretroviral medications are the mainstay of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) therapy and some have been in use for over 20 years. To date, there have been no reported cases of antiretroviral therapy (ART) induced drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE). We present a case of a 35-year-old woman who received a combination of emtricitabine, rilpivirine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for HIV treatment. Three years later, she developed an extensive rash and polyarthralgia in her extremities with laboratory findings significant for positive antinuclear antibody (ANA), anti-double stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) antibody (anti-dsDNA), and anti-histone antibody titers...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147617/phase-i-trial-of-anti-gd2-monoclonal-antibody-hu3f8-plus-gm-csf-impact-of-body-weight-immunogenicity-and-anti-gd2-response-on-pharmacokinetics-and-survival
#17
Irene Y Cheung, Brian H Kushner, Shakeel Modak, Ellen M Basu, Stephen S Roberts, Nai-Kong V Cheung
Fifty-seven stage 4 patients with refractory/relapsed neuroblastoma were enrolled in a phase I trial (Clinicaltrials.gov NCT01757626) using humanized anti-GD2 monoclonal antibody hu3F8 in combination with granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor. The influence of body weight and human anti-human antibody (HAHA) on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of hu3F8, and the effect of de novo anti-GD2 response on patient outcome were explored. Serum samples before hu3F8 infusion, and serially up to day 12 during treatment cycle #1, and at 5 min after each hu3F8 infusion for all subsequent cycles were collected...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147558/discovery-and-design-of-self-assembling-peptides
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REVIEW
Shuguang Zhang
Peptides are ubiquitous in nature and useful in many fields, from agriculture as pesticides, in medicine as antibacterial and antifungal drugs founded in the innate immune systems, to medicinal chemistry as hormones. However, the concept of peptides as materials was not recognized until 1990 when a self-assembling peptide as a repeating segment in a yeast protein was serendipitously discovered. Peptide materials are so called because they have bona fide materials property and are made from simple amino acids with well-ordered nanostructures under physiological conditions...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147108/muc1-aptamer-targeted-sers-nanoprobes
#19
Suchetan Pal, Stefan Harmsen, Anton Oseledchyk, Hsiao-Ting Hsu, Moritz F Kircher
Recently, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoprobes (NPs) have shown promise in the field of cancer imaging due to their unparalleled signal specificity and high sensitivity. Here we report the development of a DNA aptamer targeted SERS NP. Recently, aptamers are being investigated as a viable alternative to more traditional antibody targeting due to their low immunogenicity and low cost of production. We developed a strategy to functionalize SERS NPs with DNA aptamers, which target Mucin1 (MUC1) in human breast cancer (BC)...
August 25, 2017: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146922/molecular-definition-of-multiple-sites-of-antibody-inhibition-of-malaria-transmission-blocking-vaccine-antigen-pfs25
#20
Stephen W Scally, Brandon McLeod, Alexandre Bosch, Kazutoyo Miura, Qi Liang, Sean Carroll, Sini Reponen, Ngan Nguyen, Eldar Giladi, Sebastian Rämisch, Vidadi Yusibov, Allan Bradley, Franck Lemiale, William R Schief, Daniel Emerling, Paul Kellam, C Richter King, Jean-Philippe Julien
The Plasmodium falciparum Pfs25 protein (Pfs25) is a leading malaria transmission-blocking vaccine antigen. Pfs25 vaccination is intended to elicit antibodies that inhibit parasite development when ingested by Anopheles mosquitoes during blood meals. The Pfs25 three-dimensional structure has remained elusive, hampering a molecular understanding of its function and limiting immunogen design. We report six crystal structures of Pfs25 in complex with antibodies elicited by immunization via Pfs25 virus-like particles in human immunoglobulin loci transgenic mice...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
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