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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108197/identification-of-aminopeptidase-n2-as-a-cry2ab-binding-protein-in-manduca-sexta
#1
Janette Onofre, Meztlli O Gaytán, Arlen Peña-Cardeña, Blanca I García-Gomez, Sabino Pacheco, Isabel Gómez, Alejandra Bravo, Mario Soberón
Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab toxin has been used in combination with Cry1Ac for resistance management on the Bt-cotton that is widely planted worldwide. However, little is known regarding Cry2Ab mode of action. Particularly, there is a gap of knowledge on the identification of insect midgut proteins that bind Cry2Ab and mediate toxicity. In the case of Cry1Ab toxin, a transmembrane cadherin protein and glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored proteins like aminopeptidase-N1 (APN1) or alkaline-phosphatase (ALP) from Manduca sexta, have been shown to be important for oligomer formation and insertion into the membrane...
January 17, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099977/a-step-by-step-clinical-approach-for-the-management-of-neuroendocrine-tumours
#2
A Yordanova, H Ahmadzadehfar, M Gonzalez-Carmona, C Strassburg, K Mayer, G Feldmann, I Schmidt-Wolf, R Lingohr, S Fischer, G Kristiansen, M Essler
Neuroendocrine tumours (NET) are rare neoplasms, but the incidence is permanently increasing. Most of the NETs are slow proliferating and clinically silent, and for that reason, they are often diagnosed at a stage with advanced disease. The complexity and diversity of the NET-biology require the treatment of patients in specialised centres to guarantee a qualified, multidisciplinary treatment planning. At our institution, we developed an interdisciplinary model for the assessment and treatment of NET. The aim was to adapt the guidelines to the clinical practice, exchange of current knowledge, and a tailored approach to the individual patient...
January 18, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096483/the-gut-microbiome-of-the-vector-lutzomyia-longipalpis-is-essential-for-survival-of-leishmania-infantum
#3
Patrick H Kelly, Sarah M Bahr, Tiago D Serafim, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino, Claudio Meneses, John R Kirby, Jesus G Valenzuela, Shaden Kamhawi, Mary E Wilson
: The vector-borne disease leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania species protozoa, is transmitted to humans by phlebotomine sand flies. Development of Leishmania to infective metacyclic promastigotes in the insect gut, a process termed metacyclogenesis, is an essential prerequisite for transmission. Based on the hypothesis that vector gut microbiota influence the development of virulent parasites, we sequenced midgut microbiomes in the sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis with or without Leishmania infantum infection...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095720/baseline-chromogranin-a-and-its-dynamics-are-prognostic-markers-in-gastroenteropancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
#4
Wojciech Rogowski, Ewa Wachuła, Anna Lewczuk, Agnieszka Kolesińska-Ćwikła, Ewa Iżycka-Świeszewska, Violetta Sulżyc-Bielicka, Jarosław B Ćwikła
AIM: This study assessed whether absolute chromogranin A (CgA) values at various stages of treatment have prognostic value in patients with pancreatic and midgut neuroendocrine tumors, subjected to peptide receptor radionuclide therapy with (90)Y-[DOTA(0), D-Phe(1), Tyr(3)]-octreotate. PATIENTS & METHODS: CgA was determined before peptide receptor radionuclide therapy, 6 weeks, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after the last dose of (90)Y-[DOTA(0), D-Phe(1), Tyr(3)]-octreotate...
January 18, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095465/leishmania-hasp-and-sherp-genes-are-required-for-in-vivo-differentiation-parasite-transmission-and-virulence-attenuation-in-the-host
#5
Johannes S P Doehl, Jovana Sádlová, Hamide Aslan, Kateřina Pružinová, Sonia Metangmo, Jan Votýpka, Shaden Kamhawi, Petr Volf, Deborah F Smith
Differentiation of extracellular Leishmania promastigotes within their sand fly vector, termed metacyclogenesis, is considered to be essential for parasites to regain mammalian host infectivity. Metacyclogenesis is accompanied by changes in the local parasite environment, including secretion of complex glycoconjugates within the promastigote secretory gel and colonization and degradation of the sand fly stomodeal valve. Deletion of the stage-regulated HASP and SHERP genes on chromosome 23 of Leishmania major is known to stall metacyclogenesis in the sand fly but not in in vitro culture...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093209/combinatorial-effect-of-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-ag1-biosurfactant-and-bacillus-thuringiensis-vip3aa16-toxin-on-spodoptera-littoralis-larvae
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Saoussen Ben Khedher, Hanen Boukedi, Mariam Dammak, Olfa Kilani-Feki, Tahya Sellami-Boudawara, Lobna Abdelkefi-Mesrati, Slim Tounsi
Spodoptera littoralis, one of the most serious and destructive agricultural pests in the world, is very susceptible to Vip3 toxin. In order to develop a new efficient bioinsecticide and to prevent the development of resistance by the target pest, insecticidal activity of biosurfactant produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens AG1 was evaluated against S. littoralis. Bioassays revealed the susceptibility of the first instar larvae of this pest to AG1 biosurfactant with an LC50 of 245ng/cm(2). Moreover, the histopathology examination of the larval midgut treated by AG1 biosurfactant showed vacuolization, necrosis and disintegration of the basement membrane...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089247/-mid-gut-neuroendocrine-tumors-news-on-medical-treatment
#7
Marie Dior, Johann Dreanic, Caroline Prieux-Klotz, Bertrand Brieau, Catherine Brezault, Romain Coriat
CONTEXT: Mid gut neuroendocrine tumors (NET) are rare tumors whose incidence is increasing. Curative surgery remains the gold standard for the treatment of NETs of the small intestine. Surgery should be considered as soon as possible even if a metastatic stage is diagnosed. The management of unresectable well-differentiated metastatic NETs of the small intestine recently changed with the publication of trials demonstrating the benefit of targeted therapies and metabolic radiotherapy, leading to a change of practices and update of French and international recommendations...
January 11, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087198/cloning-characterization-and-transmission-blocking-potential-of-midgut-carboxypeptidase-a-in-anopheles-stephensi
#8
V VenkatRao, Surendra K Kumar, P Sridevi, Vijaykumar Yogesh Muley, R K Chaitanya
Transmission-blocking vaccines (TBV) interrupt malaria parasite transmission and hence form an important component for malaria eradication. Mosquito midgut exopeptidases such as aminopeptidase N & carboxypeptidase B have demonstrated TBV potential. In the present study, we cloned and characterized carboxypeptidase A (CPA) from the midgut of an important malarial vector, Anopheles stephensi. ClustalW amino acid alignment and in silico 3-dimensional structure analysis of CPA predicted the presence of active sites involved in zinc and substrate binding that are conserved among all the known mosquito species...
January 10, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081143/engineered-aedes-aegypti-jak-stat-pathway-mediated-immunity-to-dengue-virus
#9
Natapong Jupatanakul, Shuzhen Sim, Yesseinia I Angleró-Rodríguez, Jayme Souza-Neto, Suchismita Das, Kristin E Poti, Shannan L Rossi, Nicholas Bergren, Nikos Vasilakis, George Dimopoulos
We have developed genetically modified Ae. aegypti mosquitoes that activate the conserved antiviral JAK/STAT pathway in the fat body tissue, by overexpressing either the receptor Dome or the Janus kinase Hop by the blood feeding-induced vitellogenin (Vg) promoter. Transgene expression inhibits infection with several dengue virus (DENV) serotypes in the midgut as well as systemically and in the salivary glands. The impact of the transgenes Dome and Hop on mosquito longevity was minimal, but it resulted in a compromised fecundity when compared to wild-type mosquitoes...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076709/phase-3-trial-of-177-lu-dotatate-for-midgut-neuroendocrine-tumors
#10
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jonathan Strosberg, Ghassan El-Haddad, Edward Wolin, Andrew Hendifar, James Yao, Beth Chasen, Erik Mittra, Pamela L Kunz, Matthew H Kulke, Heather Jacene, David Bushnell, Thomas M O'Dorisio, Richard P Baum, Harshad R Kulkarni, Martyn Caplin, Rachida Lebtahi, Timothy Hobday, Ebrahim Delpassand, Eric Van Cutsem, Al Benson, Rajaventhan Srirajaskanthan, Marianne Pavel, Jaime Mora, Jordan Berlin, Enrique Grande, Nicholas Reed, Ettore Seregni, Kjell Öberg, Maribel Lopera Sierra, Paola Santoro, Thomas Thevenet, Jack L Erion, Philippe Ruszniewski, Dik Kwekkeboom, Eric Krenning
Background Patients with advanced midgut neuroendocrine tumors who have had disease progression during first-line somatostatin analogue therapy have limited therapeutic options. This randomized, controlled trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of lutetium-177 ((177)Lu)-Dotatate in patients with advanced, progressive, somatostatin-receptor-positive midgut neuroendocrine tumors. Methods We randomly assigned 229 patients who had well-differentiated, metastatic midgut neuroendocrine tumors to receive either (177)Lu-Dotatate (116 patients) at a dose of 7...
12, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069550/identification-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-superoxide-dismutase-genes-in-dastarcus-helophoroides-coleoptera-bothrideridae
#11
Zhang Zhengqing, Guo Ruijian, Menglou Li
Dastarcus helophoroides, a predatory natural enemy of longhorned beetles, has a relatively longer lifespan compared to other insects. To determine the potential physiological roles of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) in longevity and aging of D. helophoroides, analyses including molecular information, bioinformatics research, phylogenetic relationship and expression patterns were combined for investigation. Four D.hSODs were classified into three groups: one cytoplasmic Cu/Zn-SOD, two extracellular Cu/Zn-SOD and one Mn-SOD, were identified and characterized by multiple alignments...
January 6, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067229/tubules-of-plant-reoviruses-exploit-tropomodulin-to-regulate-actin-based-tubule-motility-in-insect-vector
#12
Qian Chen, Linghua Zhang, Yanshuang Zhang, Qianzhuo Mao, Taiyun Wei
Plant reoviruses are known to exploit virion-packaging tubules formed by virus-encoding non-structural proteins for viral spread in insect vectors. Tubules are propelled by actin-based tubule motility (ABTM) to overcome membrane or tissue barriers in insect vectors. To further understand which insect factors mediate ABTM, we utilized yeast two-hybrid and bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays to test interactions between tubule protein Pns10 of rice dwarf virus (RDV), a plant reovirus, and proteins of its insect vector, the leafhopper Nephotettix cincticeps...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065852/gut-development-in-c-elegans
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REVIEW
Morris F Maduro
The midgut (intestine) of the nematode, C. elegans, is a tube consisting of 20 cells that arises from a single embryonic precursor. Owing to its comparatively simple anatomy and the advantages inherent to the C. elegans system, the gut has been used as a model for organogenesis for more than 25 years. In this review, the salient features of C. elegans gut development are described from the E progenitor through to the 20-cell intestine. The core gene regulatory network that drives specification of the gut, and other genes with roles in organogenesis, lumen morphogenesis and the cell cycle, are also described...
January 5, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064339/ultrastructure-of-the-midgut-in-heteroptera-hemiptera-with-different-feeding-habits
#14
Helen Pinto Santos, Magdalena Rost-Roszkowska, Jitka Vilimova, José Eduardo Serrão
Heteroptera have diverse feeding habits with phytophagous, zoophagous, and haematophagous species. This dietary diversity associated with the monophyly of Heteroptera makes these insects a good object for comparative studies of the digestive tract. This work compares the ultrastructure of the middle midgut region in the phytophagous Coptosoma scutellatum (Plataspidae), Graphosoma lineatum (Pentatomidae), Kleidocerys resedae (Lygaeidae), and zoophagous Rhynocoris iracundus (Reduviidae), Nabis rugosus (Nabidae), and Himacerus apterus (Nabidae), to verify if diet affects midgut cells in phylogenetically related insects...
January 7, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057305/stem-cell-based-tumorigenesis-in-adult-drosophila
#15
S X Hou, S R Singh
Recent studies suggest that a small subset of cells within a tumor, the so-called cancer stem cells (CSCs), are responsible for tumor propagation, relapse, and the eventual death of most cancer patients. CSCs may derive from a few tumor-initiating cells, which are either transformed normal stem cells or reprogrammed differentiated cells after acquiring initial cancer-causing mutations. CSCs and normal stem cells share some properties, but CSCs differ from normal stem cells in their tumorigenic ability. Notably, CSCs are usually resistant to chemo- and radiation therapies...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057055/functional-characterization-of-plasmodium-berghei-psop25-during-ookinete-development-and-as-a-malaria-transmission-blocking-vaccine-candidate
#16
Wenqi Zheng, Fei Liu, Yiwen He, Qingyang Liu, Gregory B Humphreys, Takafumi Tsuboi, Qi Fan, Enjie Luo, Yaming Cao, Liwang Cui
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium ookinete surface proteins as post-fertilization target antigens are potential malaria transmission-blocking vaccine (TBV) candidates. Putative secreted ookinete protein 25 (PSOP25) is a highly conserved ookinete surface protein, and has been shown to be a promising novel TBV target. Here, we further investigated the TBV activities of the full-length recombinant PSOP25 (rPSOP25) protein in Plasmodium berghei, and characterized the potential functions of PSOP25 during the P...
January 5, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056414/clathrin-mediated-endocytosis-is-involved-in-tomato-yellow-leaf-curl-virus-transport-across-the-midgut-barrier-of-its-whitefly-vector
#17
Li-Long Pan, Qun-Fang Chen, Juan-Juan Zhao, Tao Guo, Xiao-Wei Wang, Aliza Hariton-Shalev, Henryk Czosnek, Shu-Sheng Liu
Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) is a begomovirus transmitted by the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. The circulative translocation of the virus in the insect is known in its broad line. However, transit of TYLCV from the digestive tract into the haemolymph is poorly understood. We studied the involvement of clathrin in this process by disrupting the clathrin-mediated endocytosis and the endosome network using inhibitor feeding, antibody blocking and dsRNA silencing. We monitored the quantities of TYLCV in the whitefly and virus transmission efficiency...
January 2, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055334/intestinal-malrotation-and-volvulus-in-neonates-laparoscopy-versus-open-laparotomy
#18
Luisa Ferrero, Yosra Ben Ahmed, Paul Philippe, Olivier Reinberg, Isabelle Lacreuse, Anne Schneider, Raphael Moog, Cindy Gomes-Ferreira, François Becmeur
BACKGROUND: Intestinal malrotations with midgut volvulus are surgical emergencies that can lead to life-threatening intestinal necrosis. This study evaluates the feasibility and the outcomes of laparoscopic treatment of midgut volvulus compared with classic open Ladd's procedure in neonates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The medical records of all neonates with diagnosis of malrotation and volvulus, who underwent surgery between January 1993 and January 2014, were reviewed...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054419/identification-and-initial-characterization-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-the-yellow-fever-mosquito-aedes-aegypti
#19
A M Kantor, S Dong, N L Held, E Ishimwe, A L Passarelli, R J Clem, A W E Franz
Aedes aegypti is a major vector for arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses. During acquisition of a viremic bloodmeal, an arbovirus infects mosquito midgut cells before disseminating to secondary tissues, including the salivary glands. Once virus is released into the salivary ducts it can be transmitted to another vertebrate host. The midgut is surrounded by a basal lamina (BL) in the extracellular matrix, consisting of a proteinaceous mesh composed of collagen IV and laminin. BL pore size exclusion limit prevents virions from passing through...
February 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052307/ultrashort-bowel-syndrome-outcome-in-children-treated-in-a-multidisciplinary-intestinal-rehabilitation-unit
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Mariela Dore, Paloma Triana Junco, Ane Andres Moreno, Vanesa Nuñez Cerezo, Martha Romo Muñoz, Alba Sánchez Galán, Alejandra Vilanova Sánchez, Gerardo Prieto, Esther Ramos, Francisco Hernandez, Leopoldo Martínez Martínez, Manuel Lopez Santamaria
Aim Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause of intestinal failure (IF) in the pediatric population. Our aim was to review long-term outcome of ultrashort bowel syndrome (USBS) in an Intestinal Rehabilitation Unit (IRU). Patients and Methods Retrospective study of patients with USBS (defined as < 10 cm of remnant small bowel) treated between 2000 and 2015. Demographic data, clinical, and treatment variables including parenteral nutrition (PN), surgical techniques, and intestinal transplantation (IT) were analyzed...
January 4, 2017: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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