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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228521/clustered-brachiopod-hox-genes-are-not-expressed-collinearly-and-are-associated-with-lophotrochozoan-novelties
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Sabrina M Schiemann, José M Martín-Durán, Aina Børve, Bruno C Vellutini, Yale J Passamaneck, Andreas Hejnol
Temporal collinearity is often considered the main force preserving Hox gene clusters in animal genomes. Studies that combine genomic and gene expression data are scarce, however, particularly in invertebrates like the Lophotrochozoa. As a result, the temporal collinearity hypothesis is currently built on poorly supported foundations. Here we characterize the complement, cluster, and expression of Hox genes in two brachiopod species, Terebratalia transversa and Novocrania anomalaT. transversa has a split cluster with 10 genes (lab, pb, Hox3, Dfd, Scr, Lox5, Antp, Lox4, Post2, and Post1), whereas N...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225907/characterisation-of-iunh-gene-knockout-strain-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Anne Drumond Villela, Valnês da Silva Rodrigues, Antônio Frederico Michel Pinto, Priscila Lamb Wink, Zilpa Adriana Sánchez-Quitian, Guilherme Oliveira Petersen, Maria Martha Campos, Luiz Augusto Basso, Diógenes Santiago Santos
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused mainly by the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The better understanding of important metabolic pathways from M. tuberculosis can contribute to the development of novel therapeutic and prophylactic strategies to combat TB. Nucleoside hydrolase (MtIAGU-NH), encoded by iunH gene (Rv3393), is an enzyme from purine salvage pathway in M. tuberculosis. MtIAGU-NH accepts inosine, adenosine, guanosine, and uridine as substrates, which may point to a pivotal metabolic role...
March 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225753/complement-drives-glucosylceramide-accumulation-and-tissue-inflammation-in-gaucher-disease
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Manoj K Pandey, Thomas A Burrow, Reena Rani, Lisa J Martin, David Witte, Kenneth D Setchell, Mary A Mckay, Albert F Magnusen, Wujuan Zhang, Benjamin Liou, Jörg Köhl, Gregory A Grabowski
Gaucher disease is caused by mutations in GBA1, which encodes the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase (GCase). GBA1 mutations drive extensive accumulation of glucosylceramide (GC) in multiple innate and adaptive immune cells in the spleen, liver, lung and bone marrow, often leading to chronic inflammation. The mechanisms that connect excess GC to tissue inflammation remain unknown. Here we show that activation of complement C5a and C5a receptor 1 (C5aR1) controls GC accumulation and the inflammatory response in experimental and clinical Gaucher disease...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224023/evaluation-of-liver-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-using-protein-protein-interaction-networks
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Mohammad Javad Ehsani Ardakani, Akram Safaei, Afsaneh Arefi Oskouie, Hesam Haghparast, Mehrdad Haghazali, Hamid Mohaghegh Shalmani, Hassan Peyvandi, Nosratollah Naderi, Mohammad Reza Zali
AIM: In the current study, we analysised only the articles that investigate serum proteome profile of cirrhosis patients or HCC patients versus healthy controls. BACKGROUND: Increased understanding of cancer biology has enabled identification of molecular events that lead to the discovery of numerous potential biomarkers in diseases. Protein-protein interaction networks is one of aspect that could elevate the understanding level of molecular events and protein connections that lead to the identification of genes and proteins associated with diseases...
December 2016: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222234/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-brassica-napus-leptosphaeria-maculans-pathosystem-identifies-receptor-signalling-and-structural-genes-underlying-plant-resistance
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Michael G Becker, Xuehua Zhang, Philip L Walker, Joey C Wan, Jenna L Millar, Deirdre Khan, Matthew J Granger, Jacob D Cavers, Ainsley C Chan, Dilantha W G Fernando, Mark F Belmonte
The hemibiotrophic fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans is the causal agent of blackleg disease in Brassica napus (canola, oilseed rape) and causes significant yield loss worldwide. While genetic resistance has been used to mitigate the disease using traditional breeding strategies, there is little knowledge about the genes contributing to blackleg resistance. RNA sequencing and a streamlined bioinformatics pipeline identified unique genes and plant defense pathways specific to plant resistance in the B. napus-L...
February 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221766/proteoform-profile-mapping-of-the-human-serum-complement-component-c9-reveals-unexpected-new-features-of-n-o-and-c-glycosylation
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Vojtech Franc, Yang Yang, Albert J R Heck
The human complement C9 protein (~65 kDa) is a member of the complement pathway. It plays an essential role in the membrane attack complex (MAC), which forms a lethal pore on the cellular surface of pathogenic bacteria. Here, we charted in detail the structural micro-heterogeneity of C9 purified from human blood serum, using an integrative workflow combining high-resolution native mass spectrometry and (glyco)peptide-centric proteomics. The proteoform profile of C9 was acquired by high-resolution native mass spectrometry, which revealed the co-occurrence of ~50 distinct MS signals...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219579/glomerular-diseases-and-renal-transplantation-pathogenic-pathways-and-evolution-of-therapeutic-interventions
#7
S Marinaki, C Skalioti, J Boletis
Glomerular diseases and renal transplantation are the main fields of nephrology in which the immune system plays a prevalent role. Glomerular diseases have traditionally been attributed to auto-immune conditions, whereas allograft rejection has been considered an allo-immune response. However, common immunopathologic mechanisms that include Toll-like receptors, complement and B-cell activation, as well as genetic and infectious factors appear to be involved in the pathogenesis of both entities. Novel therapeutic regimens directed against specific targets of the immune system show promising results in glomerulopathies as well as in renal transplantation...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219342/effects-of-exposure-to-streptococcus-iniae-on-microrna-expression-in-the-head-kidney-of-genetically-improved-farmed-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
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Jun Qiang, Fanyi Tao, Jie He, Lanyi Sun, Pao Xu, Wenjin Bao
BACKGROUND: Genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT, Oreochromis niloticus) are susceptible to infection by Streptococcus iniae when maintained in modern intensive culture systems. GIFT are commercially important fishes that are cultured widely in southern China. The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulatory response of GIFT to S. iniae infection has been underestimated and has not yet been well studied. Head kidney has an important immune function in teleost fishes. The main aim of this study was to determine the possible function of miRNAs in head kidney of S...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219339/deep-illumina-sequencing-reveals-conserved-and-novel-micrornas-in-grass-carp-in-response-to-grass-carp-reovirus-infection
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Libo He, Aidi Zhang, Pengfei Chu, Yongming Li, Rong Huang, Lanjie Liao, Zuoyan Zhu, Yaping Wang
BACKGROUND: The grass carp hemorrhagic disease caused by the grass carp reovirus (GCRV) is a major disease that hampers the development of grass carp aquaculture. The mechanism underlying GCRV pathogenesis and hemorrhagic symptoms is still unknown. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators involved in various biological processes. The aim of this study was to identify conserved and novel miRNAs in grass carp in response to GCRV infection, as well as attempt to reveal the mechanism underlying GCRV pathogenesis and hemorrhagic symptoms...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216633/pentraxin-3-ficolin-2-and-lectin-pathway-associated-serine-protease-masp-3-as-early-predictors-of-myocardial-infarction-the-hunt2-study
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Inga Thorsen Vengen, Tone Bull Enger, Vibeke Videm, Peter Garred
The lectin complement pathway is suggested to play a role in atherogenesis. Pentraxin-3 (PTX3), ficolin-1, ficolin-2, ficolin-3, MBL/ficolin/collectin-associated serine protease-3 (MASP-3) and MBL/ficolin/collectin-associated protein-1 (MAP-1) are molecules related to activation of the lectin complement pathway. We hypothesized that serum levels of these molecules may be associated with the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI). In a Norwegian population-based cohort (HUNT2) where young to middle-aged relatively healthy Caucasians were followed up for a first-time MI from 1995-1997 through 2008, the 370 youngest MI patients were matched by age (range 29-62 years) and gender to 370 controls...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216098/potential-influences-of-complement-factor-h-in-autoimmune-inflammatory-and-thrombotic-disorders
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Janez Ferluga, Lubna Kouser, Valarmathy Murugaiah, Robert B Sim, Uday Kishore
Complement system homeostasis is important for host self-protection and anti-microbial immune surveillance, and recent research indicates roles in tissue development and remodelling. Complement also appears to have several points of interaction with the blood coagulation system. Deficiency and altered function due to gene mutations and polymorphisms in complement effectors and regulators, including Factor H, have been associated with familial and sporadic autoimmune inflammatory - thrombotic disorders, in which autoantibodies play a part...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215731/complementopathies
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Andrea C Baines, Robert A Brodsky
The complement system is an essential part of the innate immune system that requires careful regulation to ensure responses are appropriately directed against harmful pathogens, while preventing collateral damage to normal host cells and tissues. While deficiency in some components of the complement pathway is associated with increased susceptibility to certain infections, it has also become clear that inappropriate activation of complement is an important contributor to human disease. A number of hematologic disorders are driven by complement, and these disorders may be termed "complementopathies"...
February 6, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213537/ketoacylsynthase-domains-of-a-pufa-synthase-in-thraustochytrium-can-effectively-function-as-stand-alone-enzymes-in-escherichia-coli
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Xi Xie, Dauenpen Meesapyodsuk, Xiao Qiu
Thraustochytrium sp. 26185 accumulates a high level of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a nutritionally important ω-3 very long chain unsaturated fatty acid (VLCPUFA) synthesized primarily by polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) synthase, a Type I polyketide synthase-like mega-enzyme. The PUFA synthase in this species comprises three large subunits each with multiple catalytic domains. It was hypothesized that among these domains, ketoacylsynthase (KS) domains might be critical for catalyzing the condensation of specific unsaturated acyl-ACPs with malonyl-ACP, whereby retaining double bonds in an extended acyl chain...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212935/dissecting-biochemical-peculiarities-of-the-atpase-activity-of-tcsub2-a-component-of-the-mrna-export-pathway-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Ize de Aguiar Bittencourt, Mariana Serpeloni, Priscila Mazzochi Hiraiwa, Tatiana de Arruda Campos Brasil de Souza, Andréa Rodrigues Ávila
The RNA helicase DEAD-box protein Sub2 (yeast)/UAP56 (mammals) is conserved across eukaryotes and is essential for mRNA export in trypanosomes. Despite the high conservation of Sub2 in lower eukaryotes such as Trypanosoma cruzi, the low conservation of other mRNA export factors raises questions regarding whether the mode of action of TcSub2 is similar to that of orthologs from other eukaryotes. Mutation of the conserved K87 residue of TcSub2 abolishes ATPase activity, showing that its ATPase domain is functional...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212815/systematic-testing-of-enzyme-perturbation-sensitivities-via-graded-dcas9-modulation-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#15
Matthew Deaner, Hal S Alper
Dissecting genotype-phenotype relationships in a high-throughput and scalable manner is still an unresolved problem facing metabolic engineers. While the RNA-guided nuclease Cas9 has been repurposed as a programmable transcription regulator, its application has typically been limited to binary on/off regulation and thus misses informative and potentially optimal intermediate levels of gene expression. In this work, we establish a rapid method for fine-tuned, graded expression of pathway enzymes via dCas9 regulation by varying sgRNA target location as the dominant parameter...
February 14, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212410/a-high-throughput-genetic-screen-identifies-previously-uncharacterized-borrelia-burgdorferi-genes-important-for-resistance-against-reactive-oxygen-and-nitrogen-species
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Meghan E Ramsey, Jenny A Hyde, Diana N Medina-Perez, Tao Lin, Lihui Gao, Maureen E Lundt, Xin Li, Steven J Norris, Jon T Skare, Linden T Hu
Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease in humans, is exposed to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS and RNS) in both the tick vector and vertebrate reservoir hosts. B. burgdorferi contains a limited repertoire of canonical oxidative stress response genes, suggesting that novel gene functions may be important for protection of B. burgdorferi against ROS or RNS exposure. Here, we use transposon insertion sequencing (Tn-seq) to conduct an unbiased search for genes involved in resistance to nitric oxide, hydrogen peroxide, and tertiary-butyl hydroperoxide in vitro...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210841/rare-genetic-variant-in-the-cfb-gene-presenting-as-atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-and-immune-complex-diffuse-membranoproliferative-glomerulonephritis-with-crescents-successfully-treated-with-eculizumab
#17
Khalid Alfakeeh, Mohammed Azar, Majid Alfadhel, Alsuayri Mansour Abdullah, Nourah Aloudah, Khaled O Alsaad
BACKGROUND: Complement factor B gene (CFB) is an important component of the alternate pathway of complement activation that provides an active subunit that associates with C3b to form the C3 convertase, which is an essential element in complement activation. Among the complement-associated disorders, mutations and pathogenic variants in the CFB gene are relatively rare phenomena. Moreover, mutated CFB affiliation with immune-complex diffuse membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (IC-MPGN) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) are considered a highly rare occurrence...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209773/mannan-binding-lectin-a-serum-collectin-suppresses-t-cell-proliferation-via-direct-interaction-with-cell-surface-calreticulin-and-inhibition-of-proximal-t-cell-receptor-signaling
#18
Na Zhao, Jie Wu, Simin Xiong, Liyun Zhang, Xiao Lu, Shangliang Chen, Qifeng Wu, Hailan Wang, Ying Liu, Zhengliang Chen, Daming Zuo
Mannan binding lectin (MBL), initially described to activate the complement pathway, is also known to be involved in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. We report a thus far unknown function of MBL as a suppressor of T-cell activation. MBL markedly inhibited T-cell proliferation induced by anti-CD3 and anti-CD28 antibodies. Moreover, the presence of MBL during T-cell priming interfered with proximal T-cell receptor signaling by decreasing phosphorylation of Lck, ZAP-70, and LAT. MBL bound to T cells through interaction between the collagen-like region of MBL and calreticulin (CRT) expressed on the T-cell surface...
February 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199731/proteomic-profiling-analysis-reveals-a-link-between-experimental-autoimmune-uveitis-and-complement-activation-in-rats
#19
Dadong Guo, Bing Hu, Hongying Tang, Yuanyuan Sun, Bin Liu, Qingmei Tian, Hongsheng Bi
Uveitis is an autoimmune disease that usually damages the vision function, leading to poor visual quality in patients. As an autoimmune ocular inflammatory disease, the pathogenesis of uveitis is associated with abnormal expression of some proteins and aberrant regulation of multiple signaling pathways. Nevertheless, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we induced an experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU) model in rats. We determined the levels of C3a and membrane attack complex C5b-9 (soluble C5b-9, sC5b-9) in both plasma and aqueous humor, identified the differentially expressed proteins in plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, and employed bioinformatics algorithms to analyze differentially expressed proteins in EAU rat plasma...
February 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198144/the-phenolic-fraction-of-extra-virgin-olive-oil-modulates-the-activation-and-the-inflammatory-response-of-t-cells-from-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-healthy-donors
#20
Marina Aparicio-Soto, Marina Sanchez-Hidalgo, Ana Cárdeno Galván, Jose Manuel Lucena, Francisca Gonzalez-Escribano, Maria Jesus Castillo Palma, Catalina Alarcón-de-la-Lastra
SCOPE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic multiorgan autoimmune disease characterized by immune deregulation, which involves altered T-cell response and imbalance of cytokine production. The phenolic fraction (PE) of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) possesses anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties and exerts preventive effects in murine models of immune-inflammatory diseases, such as SLE. The present study was designed to determine the in vitro effects of the PE from EVOO on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from inactive patients with SLE and healthy donors...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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