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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812992/endolysosomal-degradation-of-allergenic-ole-e-1-like-proteins-analysis-of-proteolytic-cleavage-sites-revealing-t-cell-epitope-containing-peptides
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Sabrina Wildner, Brigitta Elsässer, Teresa Stemeseder, Peter Briza, Wai Tuck Soh, Mayte Villalba, Jonas Lidholm, Hans Brandstetter, Gabriele Gadermaier
Knowledge of the susceptibility of proteins to endolysosomal proteases provides valuable information on immunogenicity. Though Ole e 1-like proteins are considered relevant allergens, little is known about their immunogenic properties and T cell epitopes. Thus, six representative molecules, i.e., Ole e 1, Fra e 1, Sal k 5, Che a 1, Phl p 11 and Pla l 1, were investigated. Endolysosomal degradation and peptide generation were simulated using microsomal fractions of JAWS II dendritic cells. Kinetics and peptide patterns were evaluated by gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811205/extraction-and-characterization-of-acid-soluble-and-pepsin-soluble-collagen-from-skin-of-loach-misgurnus-anguillicaudatus
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Jing Wang, Xinli Pei, Haiying Liu, Dan Zhou
Acid-soluble collagen (ASC) and pepsin-soluble collagen (PSC) were extracted from loach skin. The yields of ASC and PSC were 22.42% and 27.32%, respectively. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis and peptide mass fingerprint analysis revealed that loach skin contained type I collagen. There were 212 imino acids/1000 residues in ASC and 193 imino acids/1,000 residues in PSC. Fourier transform infrared spectrometry analysis, UV measurements and circular dichroism confirmed that loach skin collagen had a triple helical structure...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811087/real-time-qrt-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-of-mirnas-using-bi-directional-extension-sequences
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Kyung Jin Kim, Jiwon Kwak, Jae-Hoon Lee, Soo Suk Lee
Highly specific detection of miRNAs was performed using a novel bi-directional extension (BDE) assay. After reverse transcription, the cDNA was hybridized to a uniquely designed specific BDE sequence; this cDNA-BDE hybrid forms the PCR template. The PCR template was amplified in a SYBR Green-based quantitative real-time PCR. The miR-145 in human brain total RNA could be detected quantitatively in the range of seven orders of magnitude with high linearity and reproducibility. This innovative BDE assay has several performance advantages over the poly(A) tailing method that include lower CT values, clear gel electrophoresis images, and distinct nucleotide peaks in sequencing chromatograms...
August 12, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811086/proteomic-profiling-of-the-antifungal-drug-response-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-to-voriconazole
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Nansalmaa Amarsaikhan, Daniela Albrecht-Eckardt, Christoph Sasse, Gerhard H Braus, Zumrut B Ogel, Olaf Kniemeyer
Antifungal resistance is an emerging problem and one of the reasons for treatment failure of invasive aspergillosis (IA). Voriconazole has become a standard therapeutic for the treatment of this often fatal infection. We studied the differentially expressed proteins as a response of Aspergillus fumigatus to voriconazole by employing the two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE) technique. Due to addition of drug, a total of 135 differentially synthesized proteins were identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF-mass spectrometry...
August 5, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810868/nontuberculosis-mycobacteria-are-the-major-causes-of-tuberculosis-like-lesions-in-cattle-slaughtered-at-bahir-dar-abattoir-northwestern-ethiopia
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Anwar Nuru, Aboma Zewude, Temesgen Mohammed, Biniam Wondale, Laikemariam Teshome, Muluwork Getahun, Gezahegne Mamo, Girmay Medhin, Rembert Pieper, Gobena Ameni
BACKGROUND: The main cause of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is believed to be Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis). Nontuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) are neglected but opportunistic pathogens and obstacles for bTB diagnosis. This study aimed to isolate and characterize the mycobacteria organisms involved in causing TB-like lesions in cattle in northwestern Ethiopia. RESULTS: A total of 2846 carcasses of cattle were inspected for TB lesions. Ninety six tissues (including lymph nodes such as submandibular, retropharyngeal, tonsilar, mediatinal, bronchial and mesenteric, and organs such as lung, liver and kidney) with suspicious TB lesion(s) were collected and cultured on Lowenstein-Jensen medium...
August 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810610/microbial-investigations-in-throat-swab-and-tracheal-aspirate-specimens-are-beneficial-to-predict-the-corresponding-endotracheal-tube-biofilm-flora-among-intubated-neonates-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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Yun Pan, Lizhong Du, Qing Ai, Sijie Song, Xiaoli Tang, Danping Zhu, Jialin Yu
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common nosocomial infection in neonatal intensive care units with high morbidity and mortality. Bacterial biofilm in the endotracheal tube (ET) provides a notable and persistent source of pathogens that may cause VAP, and thus is important for VAP detection. However, during intubation microbial investigations in ET, samples are unavailable due to the infeasibility of collecting ET samples during intubation of neonates. It is therefore of great importance to find alternative sources of samples that can help identify the ET biofilm flora...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809435/first-case-report-of-non-human-primates-alouatta-clamitans-with-the-hypervirulent-klebsiella-pneumoniae-serotype-k1-strain-st-23-a-possible-emerging-wildlife-pathogen
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Eleine Kuroki Anzai, Júlio César de Souza Júnior, Amanda Rezende Peruchi, Juliana Mello Fonseca, Elke Kreuscher Gumpl, Antônio Carlos Campos Pignatari, Zelinda Maria Braga Hirano, Alessandro Conrado de Oliveira Silveira
BACKGROUND: Hypervirulent strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae genotype K1 isolates have recently emerged, causing severe pyogenic liver abscess complicated by devastating metastatic infections in humans. METHODS: We describe a short outbreak of the non-human primate (NHP) research center, associated with a hypervirulent K. pneumoniae. The genetic similarity of the strains was evaluated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) techniques, and virulence encoding genes were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809090/the-association-between-p-selectin-glycoprotein-ligand-1-gene-variable-number-of-tandem-repeats-polymorphism-and-risk-of-thrombosis-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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Fulya Cosan, Basar Oku, Ozgun M Gedar Totuk, Neslihan Abaci, Duran Ustek, Reyhan Diz Kucukkaya, Ahmet Gul
OBJECTIVES: Behçet's disease (BD) has been recognized as an unclassified type of vasculitis with an accompanying tendency to thrombosis. No disease-specific pathology has been demonstrated so far to explain the prothrombotic state, and this predisposition is considered to be associated with endothelial activation/dysfunction. P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism has an impact on the protein length, and heterozygosity affect of the PSGL-1 to P-selectin interaction, which has been found to be associated with an increased risk of thrombosis in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808999/studying-protein-protein-interactions-by-biotin-ap-tagged-pulldown-and-ltq-orbitrap-mass-spectrometry
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Zhongqiu Xie, Yuemeng Jia, Hui Li
The study of protein-protein interactions represents a key aspect of biological research. Identifying unknown protein binding partners using mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics has evolved into an indispensable strategy in drug discovery. The classic approach of immunoprecipitation with specific antibodies against the proteins of interest has limitations, such as the need for immunoprecipitation-qualified antibody. The biotin AP-tag pull-down system has the advantage of high specificity, ease of use, and no requirement for antibody...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808811/construction-and-biocompatibility-of-a-thin-type-i-ii-collagen-composite-scaffold
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Long Han, Zhong-Wen Zhang, Bo-He Wang, Zhen-Kun Wen
Articular cartilage injury is a common type of damage observed in clinical practice. A matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implant was developed to repair articular cartilage as an advancement on the autologous chondrocyte implant procedure. Here, we establish a thin double layer of collagen as a novel and effective bioscaffold for the regeneration of cartilaginous lesions. We created a collagen membrane with double layers using a cover slip, a cover slip, and the collagen was then freeze-dried under vacuum...
August 14, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808482/the-chinese-herb-prunella-vulgaris-promotes-apoptosis-in-human-well-differentiated-thyroid-carcinoma-cells-via-the-b-cell-lymphoma-2-bcl-2-associated-x-protein-caspase-3-signaling-pathway
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De-Tao Yin, Mengyuan Lei, Jianhui Xu, Hongqiang Li, Yongfei Wang, Zhen Liu, Runsheng Ma, Kun Yu, Xianghua Li
Prunella vulgaris (PV), a traditional Chinese herb, has been shown to be rich in bioactive chemicals and possess anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects on tumor cells. The effect of PV on human well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma (WDTC), which accounts for the majority of common endocrine malignancies, remains to be elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the function of PV on WDTC cell lines and apoptosis-associated signaling pathway activity. Additional studies demonstrated that PV may induce apoptosis in WDTC TPC-1 and FTC-133 cell lines, using the Cell Counting Kit-8 assay...
August 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807688/hypochlorous-acid-induced-structural-and-conformational-modifications-in-human-dna-a-multi-spectroscopic-study
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Irfan Qadir Tantry, Sana Waris, Safia Habib, Rizwan Hasan Khan, Riaz Mahmood, Asif Ali
Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is generated by activated phagocytes at the site of inflammation. Exposure of DNA to HOCl results in base and nucleotide modifications causing DNA damage, which is one of the leading causes of various pathological conditions including carcinogenesis. In the present work, various biophysical techniques were used to study HOCl induced structural and conformational changes in human placental DNA. The HOCl modified DNA showed hyperchromicity, reduced fluorescence and decrease in melting temperature...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807097/genotypic-characterization-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-pigs-and-retail-foods-in-china
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Wei Wang, Feng Liu, Zulqarnain Baloch, Cun Shan Zhang, Ke Ma, Zi Xin Peng, Shao Fei Yan, Yu Jie Hu, Xin Gan, Yin Ping Dong, Yao Bai, Feng Qin Li, Xiao Mein Yan, Ai Guo Ma, Jin Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the genotypic diversity of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated from pigs and retail foods from different geographical areas in China and further to study the routes and rates of transmission of this pathogen from animals to food. METHODS: Seventy-one MRSA isolates were obtained from pigs and retail foods and then characterized by multi-locus sequencing typing (MLST), spa typing, multiple-locus variable number of tandem repeat analysis (MLVA), pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), and antimicrobial susceptibility testing...
August 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806998/first-report-of-sneathia-sanguinegens-together-with-mycoplasma-hominis-in-postpartum-prosthetic-valve-infective-endocarditis-a-case-report
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Iva Kotaskova, Petr Nemec, Martina Vanerkova, Barbora Malisova, Renata Tejkalova, Marek Orban, Vita Zampachova, Tomas Freiberger
BACKGROUND: The presence of more than one bacterial agent is relatively rare in infective endocarditis, although more common in prosthetic cases. Molecular diagnosis from a removed heart tissue is considered a quick and effective way to diagnose fastidious or intracellular agents. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we describe the case of postpartum polymicrobial prosthetic valve endocarditis in a young woman. Sneathia sanguinegens and Mycoplasma hominis were simultaneously detected from the heart valve sample using broad range 16S rRNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by sequencing while culture remained negative...
August 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806720/exploration-of-acute-genotoxic-effects-and-antigenotoxic-potential-of-gambogic-acid-using-allium-cepa-assay
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Abhishek Shetty, Thejaswini Venkatesh, Padmanaban S Suresh, Rie Tsutsumi
The plant derived xanthanoid gambogic acid (GA) is well known for its anticancer activity. To date, biological actions of GA on plant system have not been reported. In the present study, we evaluated the potential acute genotoxic activity of GA, and its antigenotoxic potential against H2O2 induced genetic damage using Allium cepa root chromosomal aberration assay under hydroponic conditions. There was a significant decrease in the percentage of mitotic index/prophase index with the increase in clastogenicity percentage in a dose and time-dependent manner when Allium cepa bulbs were exposed to GA at 0...
August 5, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806683/asymmetric-polyplex-nanocapsules-loaded-with-photosentisizer-for-light-assisted-gene-transfer
#16
Xuemin Lu, Li Liu
Inefficient intracellular gene delivery is still a limitation for the clinical translation of gene therapy. Recently, photochemical internalization (PCI) has emerged with the opportunity to overcome endo-lysosomal sequestration in gene delivery, which utilizes photosensitizer (PS) plus light generating reactive oxygen species (ROS) at sub-lethal level to facilitate intracellularly targeted drug delivery. In this work, asymmetric polyplex-nanocapsules were prepared based on the triblock copolymers of PEG-PCL-PEI by using the simple solvent-injection method...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804850/laboratory-testing-for-von-willebrand-factor-multimers
#17
Susan Oliver, Kun Kan Edwin Lau, Kent Chapman, Emmanuel J Favaloro
Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is reportedly the most common inherited bleeding disorder and can also arise as an acquired syndrome (AVWS). These disorders develop due to defects and/or deficiency of the plasma protein von Willebrand factor (VWF). Laboratory testing for the VWF-related disorders requires assessment of both VWF level and VWF activity, the latter requiring multiple assays because of the many functions carried out by VWF to help prevent bleeding. As an additional step, an evaluation of VWF structural features by multimer analysis is useful in selective investigations...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803268/proteomic-profiling-of-the-dystrophin-complex-and-membrane-fraction-from-dystrophic-mdx-muscle-reveals-decreases-in-the-cytolinker-desmoglein-and-increases-in-the-extracellular-matrix-stabilizers-biglycan-and-fibronectin
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Sandra Murphy, Heinrich Brinkmeier, Mirjam Krautwald, Michael Henry, Paula Meleady, Kay Ohlendieck
The almost complete loss of the membrane cytoskeletal protein dystrophin and concomitant drastic reduction in dystrophin-associated glycoproteins are the underlying mechanisms of the highly progressive neuromuscular disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In order to identify new potential binding partners of dystrophin or proteins in close proximity to the sarcolemmal dystrophin complex, proteomic profiling of the isolated dystrophin-glycoprotein complex was carried out. Subcellular membrane fractionation and detergent solubilisation, in combination with ion exchange, lectin chromatography and density gradient ultracentrifugation, was performed to isolate a dystrophin complex-enriched fraction...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803025/the-effect-of-nano-tio2-photocatalysis-on-the-antioxidant-activities-of-cu-zn-sod-at-physiological-ph
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Wen Zheng, Hai-Feng Zou, Shao-Wu Lv, Yan-Hong Lin, Min Wang, Fei Yan, Ye Sheng, Yan-Hua Song, Jie Chen, Ke-Yan Zheng
Security issues of nanoparticles on biological toxicity and potential environmental risk have attracted more and more attention with the rapid development and wide applications of nanotechnology. In this work, we explored the effect and probable mechanism of nano-TiO2 on antioxidant activity of copper, zinc superoxide dismutase (Cu, Zn-SOD) under natural light and mixed light at physiological pH. Nano-TiO2 was prepared by sol-hydrothermal method, and then characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Transmission electron micrographs (TEM)...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802993/microbial-community-structure-and-activity-in-trace-element-contaminated-soils-phytomanaged-by-gentle-remediation-options-gro
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M Touceda-González, Á Prieto-Fernández, G Renella, L Giagnoni, A Sessitsch, G Brader, J Kumpiene, I Dimitriou, J Eriksson, W Friesl-Hanl, R Galazka, J Janssen, M Mench, I Müller, S Neu, M Puschenreiter, G Siebielec, J Vangronsveld, P S Kidd
Gentle remediation options (GRO) are based on the combined use of plants, associated microorganisms and soil amendments, which can potentially restore soil functions and quality. We studied the effects of three GRO (aided-phytostabilisation, in situ stabilisation and phytoexclusion, and aided-phytoextraction) on the soil microbial biomass and respiration, the activities of hydrolase enzymes involved in the biogeochemical cycles of C, N, P, and S, and bacterial community structure of trace element contaminated soils (TECS) from six field trials across Europe...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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