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tissue cross reactivity

Éva Sivadó, Sabrina Lareure, Valérie Attuil-Audenis, Saïd El Alaoui, Vincent Thomas
Tissue transglutaminase (tTG) belongs to the multigene transglutaminase family of Ca(2+)-dependent protein cross-linking enzymes. There is a strong evidence that tTG is involved in pathology, such as neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and celiac disease. To study physiopathological implication of tTG, a sandwich immunoassay has been developed with a new monoclonal antibody for the capture and polyclonal antibody both generated in house. Using this ready to use assay, the tTG protein level can be measured in human tissue homogenates and cells extracts easily in about 4 h...
October 19, 2016: Amino Acids
Geir Bjørklund, Salvatore Chirumbolo
Diet may be defined as a complex process that should involve a deeper comprehension of metabolism, energy balance, and the molecular pathways involved in cellular stress response and survival, gut microflora genetics, enzymatic polymorphism within the human population, and the role of plant-derived polyphenols in this context. Metabolic syndrome, encompassing pathologies with a relatively high morbidity, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, is a bullet point of the big concern about how daily dietary habits should promote health and prevent metabolic impairments to prevent hospitalization and the need for health care...
August 8, 2016: Nutrition
Xu'ai Lin, Guohui Xiao, Dongjiao Luo, Liangliang Kong, Xu Chen, Dexter Sun, Jie Yan
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is an important reemerging zoonosis, with more than half a million cases reported annually, and is caused by pathogenic Leptospira species. Development of a universal vaccine is one of the major strategic goals to overcome the disease burden of leptospirosis. In this study, a chimeric multi-epitope protein-based vaccine was designed and tested for its potency to induce a specific immune response and provide protection against L. interrogans infection. RESULTS: The protein, containing four repeats of six T- and B-cell combined epitopes from the leptospiral outer membrane proteins, OmpL1, LipL32 and LipL21, was expressed and purified...
October 14, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Mar Ruperto, Guillermina Barril, Francisco J Sánchez-Muniz
Abdominal fat has been recognized as the most hormonally active tissue secreting a variety of adipocytokines and, therefore, potentially contributing to inflammation. The conicity index (Cindex) has been considered a valuable indicator of central obesity. This study aims to relate plasma concentrations of leptin, adiponectin, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and serum C-reactive protein (CRP) with Cindex values in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Cross-sectional study in 45 HD patients (55.6 % men; DM 20 %; mean age, 68...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Mirella Luciani, Gisella Armillotta, Laura Manna, Antonella Ciarelli, Tiziana Di Febo, Ivanka Krasteva, Attilio Pini, Flavio Sacchini, Anna Rita D'Angelo
An immunohistochemical (IHC) technique was optimised using a monoclonal antibody (MAb) to detect Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. mycoides (Mmm), the agent of Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), in sections of lung tissue. A panel of MAbs was produced and screened for Mmm speci city and for cross-reactivity against other mycoplasmas belonging and not belonging to the Mycoplasma mycoides cluster, using in parallel indirect ELISA (i-ELISA) and Immunoblotting (IB). Based on i-ELISA and IB characterization data, 1 MAb (clone 3G10E7) was selected and its highest a nity vs Mmm was con rmed by the Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) technology...
July 15, 2016: Veterinaria Italiana
Georgios Christopoulos, V Christopoulou, J G Routsias, A Babionitakis, C Antoniadis, G Vaiopoulos
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from different ethnic groups present elevated levels of antibodies against Proteus mirabilis. This finding implicates P. mirabilis in the development of RA. The aim of this study was to investigate the importance of P. mirabilis in the etiopathogenesis of RA in Greek RA patients. In this study, 63 patients with RA and 38 healthy controls were included. Class-specific antibodies IgM, IgG, and IgA against three human cross-reactive and non-cross-reactive synthetic peptides from P...
October 8, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Yosuke Hashimoto, Yumi Kawahigashi, Tomoyuki Hata, Xiangru Li, Akihiro Watari, Minoru Tada, Akiko Ishii-Watabe, Yoshiaki Okada, Takefumi Doi, Masayoshi Fukasawa, Hiroki Kuniyasu, Kiyohito Yagi, Masuo Kondoh
Claudin-4 (CLDN-4), a tight-junction protein, is overexpressed in various malignant tumors, including gastric, colorectal, pancreatic, and breast cancers. However, CLDN-4 is also expressed in normal tissues, including the liver, pancreas, kidney, and small intestine. Whether CLDN-4 is an effective and safe target for cancer therapy has been unclear owing to the lack of a binder with both CLDN-4 specificity and cross-reactivity to human and murine cells. In this study, we successfully generated a rat anti-CLDN-4 monoclonal antibody (5D12) that was specific to, and cross-reactive with, human and mouse CLDN-4...
October 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
Yizhong Shen, Adam J Shuhendler, Deju Ye, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
Two-photon excitation (TPE) nanoparticle-based photosensitizers (PSs) that combine the advantages of TPE and nanotechnology have emerged as attractive therapeutic agents for near-infrared red (NIR) light excited photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer treatment. TPE PDT is characterized by nonlinear absorption of two relatively low-energy photons of NIR light with the resulting emission of high-energy visible light. This high-energy light can sensitize oxygen to produce cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) and singlet oxygen ((1)O2) which can kill cancer cells...
October 5, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Alexander Kalinkovich, Gregory Livshits
Sarcopenia, an age-associated decline in skeletal muscle mass coupled with functional deterioration, may be exacerbated by obesity leading to higher disability, frailty, morbidity and mortality rates. In the combination of sarcopenia and obesity, the state called sarcopenic obesity (SOB), some key age- and obesity-mediated factors and pathways may aggravate sarcopenia. This review will analyze the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of SOB. In obese adipose tissue (AT), adipocytes undergo hypertrophy, hyperplasia and activation resulted in accumulation of pro-inflammatory macrophages and other immune cells as well as dysregulated production of various adipokines that together with senescent cells and the immune cell-released cytokines and chemokines create a local pro-inflammatory status...
October 1, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
Elisa Pin, Frauke Henjes, Mun-Gwan Hong, Fredrik Wiklund, Patrik Magnusson, Anders Bjartell, Mathias Uhlén, Peter Nilsson, Jochen M Schwenk
There is a demand for novel targets and approaches to diagnose and treat prostate cancer (PCA). In this context, serum and plasma samples from a total of 609 individuals from two independent patient cohorts were screened for IgG reactivity against a sum of 3,833 human protein fragments. Starting from planar protein arrays with 3,786 protein fragments to screen 80 patients with and without PCA diagnosis, 161 fragments (4%) were chosen for further analysis based on their reactivity profiles. Adding 71 antigens from literature, the selection of antigens were corroborated for their reactivity in a set of 550 samples using suspension bead arrays...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Anna-Kristin Ludwig, Sabine Vértesy, Malwina Michalak, Joachim C Manning, Sabine André, Dieter Kübler, Jürgen Kopitz, Herbert Kaltner, Hans-Joachim Gabius
The potent multifunctionality of human galectins is based on their modular structure in a not yet fully understood manner. A strategy to dissect the contributions of individual sequence stretches to lectin activity is based on engineering variants of the natural proteins, which are composed of novel combinations of distinct parts. On proof-of-principle level, we here describe the design of a hybrid constituted by the N-terminal tail of chimera-type galectin-3 and the N-terminal carbohydrate recognition domain of tandem-repeat-type galectin-8, its production, and purification and its serine phosphorylation characteristic for galectin-3's tail...
September 30, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
Manabu Fujimoto, Akihiro Murakami, Shunsuke Kurei, Naoko Okiyama, Atsushi Kawakami, Michiaki Mishima, Shinji Sato, Mariko Seishima, Takafumi Suda, Tsuneyo Mimori, Kazuhiko Takehara, Masataka Kuwana
BACKGROUND: Autoantibodies against transcriptional intermediary factor 1 (TIF1) and Mi-2 are selectively detected in patients with dermatomyositis (DM). To measure these antibodies readily, the development of reliable ELISA systems has been needed. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to establish enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) for anti-TIF1γ and anti-Mi-2β antibodies (Abs) and to assess their utility. METHODS: Serum samples were obtained from 104 patients with classic DM, 68 with clinically amyopathic DM (CADM) and 70 with polymyositis, who were followed up at 8 medical centers across Japan...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
Richard J Albertini, Debra A Kaden
Formaldehyde (FA) is a mutagenic chemical - a property mitigated in vivo by rapid detoxification and limited tissue distribution following inhalation of the free agent. Endogenously produced FA is necessary for life and required for one-carbon transfer reactions; however, FA derived from external sources (exogenous FA), which may be in the form of methanol, may increase in vivo concentrations above naturally occurring physiological levels. Both endogenous and exogenous FA produce DNA monoadducts, DNA-DNA and DNA-protein cross-links (DDX and DPX) but, when exposed to exogenously-derived free FA, DNA monoadducts, DDX, and DPX are only produced at initial sites of contact...
August 11, 2016: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
M T C Mc Crudden, C R Irwin, I El Karim, G J Linden, F T Lundy
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a role in regulating turnover and metabolism of connective tissues in health but they have also been implicated in a wide variety of pathological conditions, including periodontal disease. MMP-8 has been extensively studied in periodontal health and disease using ELISA, although this technique is limited by its inability to determine enzyme activity. The aim was to develop an assay specifically to measure MMP-8 activity and to demonstrate its use in the analysis of gingival crevicular fluid samples...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Periodontal Research
Remi Hervochon, Antonio Bobbio, Claude Guinet, Audrey Mansuet-Lupo, Antoine Rabbat, Jean-François Régnard, Nicolas Roche, Diane Damotte, Antonio Iannelli, Marco Alifano
BACKGROUND: Hypothesizing that morphometric measurements are reliable markers of fitness in patients with lung cancer requiring aggressive surgical intervention, the purpose of this study was to assess their impact on postoperative outcome and long-term survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) requiring pneumonectomy. METHODS: Height, weight, and body mass index (BMI), as well as usual clinical, laboratory (including C-reactive protein [CRP] concentrations), and pathologic data were retrospectively retrieved from files of 161 consecutive patients treated by pneumonectomy for NSCLC, whose preoperative computed tomographic (CT) scans were available in the Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) of the hospital...
September 19, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Widya A Wahab, Tanja Šuligoj, Julia Ellis, Beatriz Côrtez-Real, Paul J Ciclitira
Coeliac disease (CD) is an inflammatory disorder of the small intestine. It includes aberrant adaptive immunity with presentation of CD toxic gluten peptides by HLA-DQ2 or DQ8 molecules to gluten-sensitive T cells. A ω-gliadin/C-hordein peptide (QPFPQPEQPFPW) and a rye-derived secalin peptide (QPFPQPQQPIPQ) were proposed to be toxic in CD, as they yielded positive responses when assessed with peripheral blood T-cell clones derived from individuals with CD. We sought to assess the immunogenicity of the candidate peptides using gluten-sensitive T-cell lines obtained from CD small intestinal biopsies...
August 2016: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
Kak Khee Yeung, Menno Groeneveld, Joyce Ja-Ning Lu, Pepijn van Diemen, Vincent Jongkind, Willem Wisselink
Open surgical repair of an aortic aneurysm requires aortic cross-clamping, resulting in temporary ischemia of all organs and tissues supplied by the aorta distal to the clamp. Major complications of open aneurysm repair due to aortic cross-clamping include renal ischemia-reperfusion injury and postoperative colonic ischemia in case of supra- and infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair. Ischemia-reperfusion injury results in excessive production of reactive oxygen species and in oxidative stress, which can lead to multiple organ failure...
September 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
Lu Wang, Junzhong Wang, Yana Liu, Baoju Wang, Shangqing Yang, Qing Yu, Michael Roggendorf, Mengji Lu, Jia Liu, Dongliang Yang
Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is an important cytokine with pleiotropic regulatory functions in the immune system and in the responses against viral infections. TGF-β acts on a variety of immune cells through the cell surface TGF-β receptor (University of Duisburg-EssenTGFBR). The woodchuck has been used as a biomedical model for studies of obesity and energy balance, endocrine and metabolic function, cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and neoplastic disease. Woodchucks infected with woodchuck hepatitis virus (WHV) represent an informative animal model to study hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection...
September 13, 2016: Gene
Victor Jaravine, Silke Raffegerst, Dolores J Schendel, Dmitrij Frishman
MOTIVATION: Cross-reactivity or invocation of autoimmune side effects in various tissues has important safety implications in adoptive immunotherapy directed against selected antigens. The ability to predict cross-reactivity (on-target and off-target toxicities) may help in the early selection of safer therapeutically relevant target antigens. RESULTS: We developed a methodology for the calculation of quantitative cross-reactivity for any defined peptide epitope...
September 10, 2016: Bioinformatics
Svetlana Lutsenko
Copper (Cu) is indispensible for growth and development of human organisms. It is required for such fundamental and ubiquitous processes as respiration and protection against reactive oxygen species. Cu also enables catalytic activity of enzymes that critically contribute to the functional identity of many cells and tissues. Pigmentation, production of norepinephrine by the adrenal gland, the key steps in the formation of connective tissue, neuroendocrine signaling, wound healing - all these processes require Cu and depend on Cu entering the secretory pathway...
September 1, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
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