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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811989/postoperative-kinetics-of-c-reactive-protein-and-erythrocyte-sediment-rate-in-one-two-and-multilevel-posterior-spinal-decompressions-and-instrumentations
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Sombat Kunakornsawat, Rachata Tungsiripat, Dechporn Putthiwara, Chaiwat Piyakulkaew, Tinnakorn Pluemvitayaporn, Pritsanai Pruttikul, Piyabuth Kittithamvongs
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the normal pattern of kinetics of postoperative C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) after decompression, spinal instrumentation, and posterolateral fusion in 1, 2, and more than 2 levels. METHODS: Blood specimens were obtained from patients who underwent posterior decompression, instrumentation with pedicular screws, and posterolateral fusion from June 2009 to January 2011...
August 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811487/a-tri-part-protein-complementation-system-using-antibody-small-peptide-fusions-enables-homogeneous-immunoassays
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Andrew S Dixon, Sun Jin Kim, Brett K Baumgartner, Sylvia Krippner, Shawn C Owen
Protein-fragment complementation is a valuable tool for monitoring protein interactions. In complementation assays, the reporter fragments are directly fused to the interacting proteins, eliminating the possibility of monitoring native interactions. In principle, complementation could be achieved by placing the reporter fragments on antibodies which bind to the proteins of interest, enabling the monitoring of endogenous protein interactions or detection of a single protein in a homogeneous immunoassay. Previous reports have demonstrated proof-of-concept of this approach; however, current complementation systems have not met the practical requirements as suitable fusion partners for antibodies while providing the sensitivity needed for immunoassays...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811469/rgd-delivery-of-truncated-coagulase-to-tumor-vasculature-affords-local-thrombotic-activity-to-induce-infarction-of-tumors-in-mice
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Rana Jahanban-Esfahlan, Khaled Seidi, Hassan Monhemi, Amir Daei Farshchi Adli, Babak Minofar, Peyman Zare, Davoud Farajzadeh, Safar Farajnia, Ramezan Behzadi, Mehran Mesgari Abbasi, Nosratollah Zarghami, Tahereh Javaheri
Induction of thrombosis in tumor vasculature represents an appealing strategy for combating cancer. Herein, we combined unique intrinsic coagulation properties of staphylocoagulase with new acquired functional potentials introduced by genetic engineering, to generate a novel bi-functional fusion protein consisting of truncated coagulase (tCoa) bearing an RGD motif on its C-terminus for cancer therapy. We demonstrated that free coagulase failed to elicit any significant thrombotic activity. Conversely, RGD delivery of coagulase retained coagulase activity and afforded favorable interaction of fusion proteins with prothrombin and αvβ3 endothelial cell receptors, as verified by in silico, in vitro, and in vivo experiments...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811266/expression-and-purification-of-a-difficult-sarcomeric-protein-telethonin
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Huanbo Tan, Wencheng Su, Pengju Wang, Wenyu Zhang, Michael Sattler, Peijian Zou
Telethonin anchors the N-terminal region of titin in the Z-disk of the sarcomere by binding to two immunoglobulin-like (Ig) domains (Z1 and Z2) of titin (Z1Z2). Thereby telethonin plays an important role in myofibril assembly and in muscle development and functional regulation. The expression and purification of recombinant telethonin is very challenging. In previous studies, recombinant telethonin expressed from E. coli was refolded in the presence of Z1Z2. Here, we report various strategies to establish a reliable and efficient protocol for the preparation of telethonin and titin Z1Z2 protein...
August 12, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810637/binding-of-line-1-rna-to-psf-transcriptionally-promotes-gage6-and-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-tumor-formation-in-vitro
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Jiao Lv, Ziyi Zhao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has one of the highest mortality rates among numerous types of cancer. It has been demonstrated that in hepatitis B (HBV)-associated HCC, the expression of chimeric fusion transcript HBx-long interspersed nuclear element-1 (LINE-1) initiated by HBV integration is correlated with hepatocarcinogenesis and poor patient survival rates. Furthermore, increased rates of LINE-1 hypomethylation have been detected in HCC tissues compared with adjacent tissues. This suggests that individual LINE-1 RNA (L1 RNA) serves an important role in the processes of hepatocarcinogenesis...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809830/overexpression-and-purification-of-human-cis-prenyltransferase-in-escherichia-coli
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Ilan Edri, Michal Goldenberg, Michal Lisnyansky, Roi Strulovich, Hadas Newman, Anat Loewenstein, Daniel Khananshvili, Moshe Giladi, Yoni Haitin
Prenyltransferases (PT) are a group of enzymes that catalyze chain elongation of allylic diphosphate using isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) via multiple condensation reactions. DHDDS (dehydrodolichyl diphosphate synthase) is a eukaryotic long-chain cis-PT (forming cis double bonds from the condensation reaction) that catalyzes chain elongation of farnesyl diphosphate (FPP, an allylic diphosphate) via multiple condensations with isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP). DHDDS is of biomedical importance, as a non-conservative mutation (K42E) in the enzyme results in retinitis pigmentosa, ultimately leading to blindness...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809532/transient-and-local-expression-of-chemokine-and-immune-checkpoint-traps-to-treat-pancreatic-cancer
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Lei Miao, Jingjing Li, Qi Liu, Richard Feng, Manisit Das, C Michael Lin, Tyler J Goodwin, Oleksandra Dorosheva, Rihe Liu, Leaf Huang
Pancreatic tumor is known to be resistant to immunotherapy due to the extensive immune suppressive tumor microenvironment (TME). We hypothesized that CXCL12 and PD-L1 are two key molecules controlling the immunosuppressive TME. Fusion proteins, called traps, designed to bind with these two molecules with high affinity (Kd = 4.1 nM and 0.22 nM, respectively) were manufactured and tested for specific binding with the targets. Plasmid DNA encoding for each trap was formulated in nanoparticles and injected IV to mice bearing orthotopic pancreatic cancer...
August 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809494/on-protein-assembly-and-building-blocks-beyond-the-limits-of-the-lego-bricks-metaphor
#8
Yaakov Levy
Proteins, similarly to other biomolecules, have a modular and hierarchical structure. Various building blocks serve to construct proteins of high structural complexity and diverse functionality. In multi-domain proteins, for example, domains are fused to each other in different combinations to achieve different functions. Although the LEGO bricks metaphor is justified as a means of simplifying the complexity of 3-dimensional protein structures, several fundamental properties (such as allostery or the induced-fit mechanism) make deviation from it necessary to respect the plasticity, softness, and cross-talks that are essential to protein function...
August 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808690/the-hemagglutinin-esterase-fusion-glycoprotein-is-a-primary-determinant-of-the-exceptional-thermal-and-acid-stability-of-influenza-d-virus
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Jieshi Yu, Busha Hika, Runxia Liu, Zizhang Sheng, Ben M Hause, Feng Li, Dan Wang
Influenza D virus (IDV) is unique among four types of influenza viruses in that it utilizes cattle as a primary reservoir. The thermal and acid stability of IDV were examined and directly compared with those of influenza A virus (IAV), influenza B virus (IBV), and influenza C virus (ICV). The results of our experiments demonstrated that only IDV had a high residual infectivity (~2.5 log units of 50% tissue culture infective dose [TCID50]/ml) after a 60-min exposure to 53°C in solution at a neutral pH, and remarkably, IDV retained this infectivity even after exposure to 53°C for 120 min...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808623/use-of-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-in-spine-surgery
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REVIEW
Marios Lykissas, Ioannis Gkiatas
Bone morphogenetic proteins are osteoinductive factors which have gained popularity in orthopaedic surgery and especially in spine surgery. The use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 has been officially approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration only for single level anterior lumbar interbody fusion, nevertheless it is widely used by many surgeons with off-label indications. Despite advantages in bone formation, its use still remains a controversial issue and several complications have been described by authors who oppose their wide use...
July 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808448/relevance-of-the-nr4a-sub-family-of-nuclear-orphan-receptors-in-trophoblastic-bewo-cell-differentiation
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Sudha Saryu Malhotra, Satish Kumar Gupta
Nur-77, a member of the NR4A sub-family of nuclear orphan receptors, is downregulated in the placentae of pre-eclamptic women. Here, we investigate the relevance of Nor-1, Nurr-1 and Nur-77 in trophoblastic cell differentiation. Their transcript levels were found to be significantly upregulated in BeWo cells treated with forskolin. The maximum increase was observed after 2 h, with a second peak in the expression levels after 48 h. The expression of NR4A sub-family members was also found to be upregulated in BeWo cells after treatment with hCG and GnRH...
2017: Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808422/lycium-barbarum-polysaccharides-decrease-hyperglycemia-aggravated-ischemic-brain-injury-through-maintaining-mitochondrial-fission-and-fusion-balance
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Wen-Jing Liu, Hai-Feng Jiang, Faisal Ul Rehman, Jing-Wen Zhang, Yue Chang, Li Jing, Jian-Zhong Zhang
Although it has been reported that polysaccharides found in Lycium barbarum possess neuroprotective effects, little is known of their ability to ameliorate hyperglycemia-aggravated ischemia/reperfusion brain injury. In this study, normoglycemic (NG) and hyperglycemic (HG) rats were compared after 30 minutes of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), followed by 24 or 27 hours of reperfusion, with HG rats pretreated with lyceum barbarum polysaccharides (LBP) or insulin. In each group, the neurological deficit, infarct volume, pathohistology, and expression of proteins, Opa1 and Drp1, were assessed to determine the efficacy of LBP in alleviating hyperglycemia-aggravated ischemia/reperfusion brain injury...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808421/crosstalk-between-mitochondrial-fission-and-oxidative-stress-in-paraquat-induced-apoptosis-in-mouse-alveolar-type-ii-cells
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Guangju Zhao, Kaiqiang Cao, Changqin Xu, Aifang Sun, Wang Lu, Yi Zheng, Haixiao Li, Guangliang Hong, Bing Wu, Qiaomeng Qiu, Zhongqiu Lu
Paraquat (PQ), as a highly effective and nonselective herbicide, induces cell apoptosis through generation of superoxide anions which forms reactive oxygen species (ROS). Mitochondria, as regulators for cellular redox signaling, have been proved to play an important role in PQ-induced cell apoptosis. This study aimed to evaluate whether and how mitochondrial fission interacts with oxidative stress in PQ-induced apoptosis in mouse alveolar type II (AT-II) cells. Firstly, we demonstrated that PQ promoted apoptosis and release of cytochrome-c (Cyt-c)...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808098/overexpression-of-plastid-terminal-oxidase-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-alters-cellular-redox-state
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Kathleen Feilke, Ghada Ajlani, Anja Krieger-Liszkay
Cyanobacteria are the most ancient organisms performing oxygenic photosynthesis, and they are the ancestors of plant plastids. All plastids contain the plastid terminal oxidase (PTOX), while only certain cyanobacteria contain PTOX. Many putative functions have been discussed for PTOX in higher plants including a photoprotective role during abiotic stresses like high light, salinity and extreme temperatures. Since PTOX oxidizes PQH2 and reduces oxygen to water, it is thought to protect against photo-oxidative damage by removing excess electrons from the plastoquinone (PQ) pool...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808086/a-pharmacological-study-of-arabidopsis-cell-fusion-between-the-persistent-synergid-and-endosperm
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Kazuki Motomura, Tomokazu Kawashima, Frédéric Berger, Tetsu Kinoshita, Tetsuya Higashiyama, Daisuke Maruyama
Cell fusion is a pivotal process in fertilization and multinucleate cell formation. A plant cell is ubiquitously surrounded by hard cell wall, and very few cell fusions have been observed except for gamete fusions. We recently reported that the fertilized central cell (the endosperm) absorbs the persistent synergid, a highly differentiated cell necessary for pollen tube attraction. The synergid-endosperm fusion (SE fusion) appears to eliminate the persistent synergid from fertilized ovule in Arabidopsis thaliana Here, we analyzed the effects of various inhibitors on SE fusion by an in vitro-culture system...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808054/mst4-phosphorylates-acap4-to-orchestrate-apical-membrane-remodeling-during-gastric-acid-secretion
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Xiao Yuan, Phil Y Yao, Jiying Jiang, Yin Zhang, Zeqi Su, Wendy Yao, Xueying Wang, Ping Gui, McKay Mullen, Calmour Henry, Tarsha Ward, Wenwen Wang, Larry Brako, Ruijun Tian, Xuannv Zhao, Fengsong Wang, Xinwang Cao, Dongmei Wang, Xing Liu, Xia Ding, Xuebiao Yao
The digestion in the stomach depends on acidification of the lumen. Histamine-elicited acid secretion is triggered by activation of PKA cascade, which ultimately results in the insertion of gastric H,K-ATPases into the apical plasma membranes of parietal cells. Our recent study revealed the functional role of PKA-MST4-ezrin signaling axis in histamine-elicited acid secretion (Jiang et al., 2015. J. Biol. Chem. 290, 28272-28285). However, it remains uncharacterized how PKA-MST4-ezrin signaling axis operates the insertion of H,K-ATPases into the apical plasma membranes of gastric parietal cells...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808010/voltage-gated-calcium-flux-mediates-escherichia-coli-mechanosensation
#17
Giancarlo N Bruni, R Andrew Weekley, Benjamin J T Dodd, Joel M Kralj
Electrically excitable cells harness voltage-coupled calcium influx to transmit intracellular signals, typically studied in neurons and cardiomyocytes. Despite intense study in higher organisms, investigations of voltage and calcium signaling in bacteria have lagged due to their small size and a lack of sensitive tools. Only recently were bacteria shown to modulate their membrane potential on the timescale of seconds, and little is known about the downstream effects from this modulation. In this paper, we report on the effects of electrophysiology in individual bacteria...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807998/immunogenicity-and-structures-of-a-rationally-designed-prefusion-mers-cov-spike-antigen
#18
Jesper Pallesen, Nianshuang Wang, Kizzmekia S Corbett, Daniel Wrapp, Robert N Kirchdoerfer, Hannah L Turner, Christopher A Cottrell, Michelle M Becker, Lingshu Wang, Wei Shi, Wing-Pui Kong, Erica L Andres, Arminja N Kettenbach, Mark R Denison, James D Chappell, Barney S Graham, Andrew B Ward, Jason S McLellan
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a lineage C betacoronavirus that since its emergence in 2012 has caused outbreaks in human populations with case-fatality rates of ∼36%. As in other coronaviruses, the spike (S) glycoprotein of MERS-CoV mediates receptor recognition and membrane fusion and is the primary target of the humoral immune response during infection. Here we use structure-based design to develop a generalizable strategy for retaining coronavirus S proteins in the antigenically optimal prefusion conformation and demonstrate that our engineered immunogen is able to elicit high neutralizing antibody titers against MERS-CoV...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807884/escrt-and-autophagies-endosomal-functions-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Christophe Lefebvre, Renaud Legouis, Emmanuel Culetto
ESCRT (endosomal sorting complex required for transport) machinery has been initially identified for its role during endocytosis, which allows membrane proteins and lipids to be degraded in the lysosome. ESCRT function is required to form intraluminal vesicles permitting internalization of cytosolic components or membrane embedded cargoes and promoting endosome maturation. ESCRT machinery also contributes to multiple key cell mechanisms in which it reshapes membranes. In addition, ESCRT actively participates in different types of autophagy processes for degrading cytosolic components, such as endosomal microautophagy and macroautophagy...
August 11, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807829/the-magnaporthe-oryzae-alt-a-1-like-protein-mohrip1-binds-to-the-plant-plasma-membrane
#20
Yi Zhang, Yingbo Liang, Yijie Dong, Yuhan Gao, Xiufen Yang, Jingjing Yuan, Dewen Qiu
MoHrip1, a protein isolated from Magnaporthe oryzae, belongs to the Alt A 1 (AA1) family. mohrip1 mRNA levels showed inducible expression throughout the infection process in rice. To determine the location of MoHrip1 in M. oryzae, a mohrip1-gfp mutant was generated. Fluorescence microscopy observations and western blotting analysis showed that MoHrip1 was both present in the secretome and abundant in the fungal cell wall. To obtain MoHrip1 protein, we carried out high-yield expression of MoHrip1 in Pichia pastoris...
August 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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