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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819217/anti-biofilm-effects-of-anthranilate-on-a-broad-range-of-bacteria
#1
Xi-Hui Li, Soo-Kyoung Kim, Joon-Hee Lee
Anthranilate, one of tryptophan degradation products has been reported to interfere with biofilm formation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Here, we investigated the effects of anthranilate on biofilm formation by various bacteria and the mechanisms responsible. Anthranilate commonly inhibited biofilm formation by P. aeruginosa, Vibrio vulnificus, Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, and Staphylococcus aureus, and disrupted biofilms preformed by these bacteria. Because anthranilate reduced intracellular c-di-GMP and enhanced swimming and swarming motilities in P...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819076/-molecularly-targeted-therapy-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-1-by-hmgb1
#2
Kyota Fujita, Hitoshi Okazawa
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is an untreatable neurodegenerative disease. We reported a decrease in HMGB1 levels in the nucleus of cerebellar neurons in mouse SCA 1. The decrease in this DNA architectural protein leads to the impairment of DNA repair and transcription, the two essential nuclear functions, and eventually causes neurodegeneration. We have designed a gene therapy using AAV-HMGB1 and tested it using the mouse model. Based on the results of these proof of concept (POC) studies, we are now preparing GMP-level AAV vector and designing human clinical trials...
August 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818566/a-synthetic-human-cytomegalovirus-pp65-ie1-fusion-antigen-efficiently-induces-and-expands-virus-specific-t-cells
#3
Ellen K Link, Christine Brandmüller, Yasemin Suezer, Stefanie Ameres, Asisa Volz, Andreas Moosmann, Gerd Sutter, Michael H Lehmann
Infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) can cause severe complications in newborns and immunocompromised patients, and a prophylactic or therapeutic vaccine against HCMV is not available. Here, we generated a HCMV vaccine candidate fulfilling the regulatory requirements for GMP-compliant production and clinical testing. A novel synthetic fusion gene consisting of the coding sequences of HCMV pp65 and IE1 having a deleted nuclear localization sequence and STAT2 binding domain was introduced into the genome of the attenuated vaccinia virus strain MVA...
August 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818060/rna-transfection-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-with-a-chimeric-antigen-receptor-or-an-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-receptor-a-safer-alternative-to-genetically-engineered-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-for-the-immunotherapy-of-melanoma
#4
Dennis C Harrer, Bianca Simon, Shin-Ichiro Fujii, Kanako Shimizu, Ugur Uslu, Gerold Schuler, Kerstin F Gerer, Stefanie Hoyer, Jan Dörrie, Niels Schaft
BACKGROUND: Adoptive T-cell therapy relying on conventional T cells transduced with T-cell receptors (TCRs) or chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) has caused substantial tumor regression in several clinical trials. However, genetically engineered T cells have been associated with serious side-effects due to off-target toxicities and massive cytokine release. To obviate these concerns, we established a protocol adaptable to GMP to expand and transiently transfect γ/δ T cells with mRNA...
August 17, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815531/mitochondria-endoplasmic-reticulum-contact-sites-mediate-innate-immune-responses
#5
Takuma Misawa, Michihiro Takahama, Tatsuya Saitoh
Mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are fundamental organelles that coordinate high-order cell functions. Mitochondria are centers of energy production, whereas the ER is responsible for folding, transport, and degradation of proteins. In addition to their specific functions, mitochondria and ER actively communicate with each other to promote a variety of cellular events, such as material transfer and signal transduction. Recent studies have shown the critical involvement of these organelles in regulation of the innate immune system, which functions in host defense...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810809/optimization-of-human-nk-cell-manufacturing-fully-automated-separation-improved-i-ex-vivo-i-expansion-using-il-21-with-autologous-feeder-cells-and-generation-of-anti-cd123-car-expressing-effector-cells
#6
Stephan Klöß, Olaf Oberschmidt, Michael Morgan, Julia Dahlke, Lubomir Arseniev, Volker Huppert, Markus Granzin, Tanja Gardlowski, Nadine Matthies, Stefanie Soltenborn, Axel Schambach, Ulrike Koehl
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The administration of ex-vivo expanded Natural killer (NK) cells as potential antitumor effector cells appears to be suitable for effector cell-based immunotherapies in high-risk cancer patients. However, the GMP-conform manufacturing of clinical-grade NK cells at sufficiently high numbers represent a great challenge. Therefore, we improved and optimized previous expansion protocols for those effector cells through the use of newly developed culture medium, IL-21 and autologous feeder cells...
August 16, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808968/cgamp-quantification-in-virus-infected-human-monocyte-derived-cells-by-hplc-coupled-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#7
Jennifer Paijo, Volkhard Kaever, Ulrich Kalinke
Upon virus infection, cells of the innate immune system such as dendritic cells and macrophages can mount type I interferon (IFN-I) responses that restrict viral dissemination. To inform host cells of virus infection, detection of cytosolic DNA is one important mechanism. Inappropriate sensing of endogenous DNA and subsequent induction of IFN-I responses can also cause autoimmunity, highlighting the need to tightly regulate DNA sensing. The cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) was recently identified to be the major sensor of cytosolic DNA that triggers IFN-I expression...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808967/purification-of-cyclic-gmp-amp-from-viruses-and-measurement-of-its-activity-in-cell-culture
#8
Alice Mayer, Jonathan Maelfait, Anne Bridgeman, Jan Rehwinkel
Sensing of cytoplasmic DNA by cGAS is essential for the initiation of immune responses against several viruses. cGAS also plays important roles in some autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases and may be involved in immune responses targeting cancer cells. Once activated, cGAS catalyzes the formation of the di-nucleotide 2'-3'-cyclic GMP-AMP (cGAMP), which propagates a signaling cascade leading to the production of type I interferons (IFNs). Interestingly, cGAMP is incorporated into enveloped viruses and is transferred to newly infected cells by virions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808570/nitric-oxide-cyclic-gmp-pathway-mediates-the-endothelin-1-upregulation-of-adiponectin-expression-in-rat-cardiomyocytes
#9
Bingyan Guo, Yongjun Li, Xin Jin, Suyun Liu, Chenglong Miao
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) serves an important role in the development of cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. ET-1 and angiotensin II (AngII) comprise a mutually reciprocal signalling network in the myocardium and serve similar or additive roles in the development of heart failure. Our previous study previously demonstrated that AngII upregulated the expression of APN in cardiomyocytes through an AngII receptor type 2/nitric oxide (NO)/cyclic GMP(cGMP)-dependent pathway. The purpose of the present study was to determine the effects of ET-1 and the additive effects of ET-1 and AngII on the gene expression and secretion of APN, and the underlying mechanisms involved...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801534/cgas-is-activated-by-dna-in-a-length-dependent-manner
#10
Stefanie Luecke, Andreas Holleufer, Maria H Christensen, Kasper L Jønsson, Gerardo A Boni, Lambert K Sørensen, Mogens Johannsen, Martin R Jakobsen, Rune Hartmann, Søren R Paludan
Cytosolic DNA stimulates innate immune responses, including type I interferons (IFN), which have antiviral and immunomodulatory activities. Cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) recognizes cytoplasmic DNA and signals via STING to induce IFN production. Despite the importance of DNA in innate immunity, the nature of the DNA that stimulates IFN production is not well described. Using low DNA concentrations, we show that dsDNA induces IFN in a length-dependent manner. This is observed over a wide length-span of DNA, ranging from the minimal stimulatory length to several kilobases, and is fully dependent on cGAS irrespective of DNA length...
August 10, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801234/dendritic-cells-but-not-macrophages-sense-tumor-mitochondrial-dna-for-cross-priming-through-signal-regulatory-protein-%C3%AE-signaling
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Meng Michelle Xu, Yang Pu, Dali Han, Yaoyao Shi, Xuezhi Cao, Hua Liang, Xiang Chen, Xiao-Dong Li, Liufu Deng, Zhijian J Chen, Ralph R Weichselbaum, Yang-Xin Fu
Inhibition of cytosolic DNA sensing represents a strategy that tumor cells use for immune evasion, but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Here we have shown that CD47-signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα) axis dictates the fate of ingested DNA in DCs for immune evasion. Although macrophages were more potent in uptaking tumor DNA, increase of DNA sensing by blocking the interaction of SIRPα with CD47 preferentially occurred in dendritic cells (DCs) but not in macrophages. Mechanistically, CD47 blockade enabled the activation of NADPH oxidase NOX2 in DCs, which in turn inhibited phagosomal acidification and reduced the degradation of tumor mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in DCs...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797469/multivariate-statistical-process-control-in-product-quality-review-assessment%C3%A2-%C3%A2-a-case-study
#12
M Kharbach, Y Cherrah, Y Vander Heyden, A Bouklouze
According to the Food and Drug Administration and the European Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines, Annual Product Review (APR) is a mandatory requirement in GMP. It consists of evaluating a large collection of qualitative or quantitative data in order to verify the consistency of an existing process. According to the Code of Federal Regulation Part 11 (21 CFR 211.180), all finished products should be reviewed annually for the quality standards to determine the need of any change in specification or manufacturing of drug products...
August 7, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794863/recent-advances-in-understanding-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-as-a-pathogen
#13
REVIEW
Jens Klockgether, Burkhard Tümmler
The versatile and ubiquitous Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen causing acute and chronic infections in predisposed human subjects. Here we review recent progress in understanding P. aeruginosa population biology and virulence, its cyclic di-GMP-mediated switches of lifestyle, and its interaction with the mammalian host as well as the role of the type III and type VI secretion systems in P. aeruginosa infection.
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793191/structural-basis-of-analog-specificity-in-pkg-i-and-ii
#14
James C Campbell, Philipp Henning, Eugen Franz, Banumathi Sankaran, Friedrich W Herberg, Choel Kim
Cyclic GMP analogs, 8-Br, 8-pCPT, and PET-cGMP, have been widely used for characterizing cellular functions of cGMP dependent protein kinase (PKG) I and II isotypes. However, interpreting results obtained using these analogs has been difficult due to their low isotype specificity. Additionally each isotype has two binding sites with different cGMP affinities and analog selectivities, making understanding the molecular basis for isotype specificity of these compounds even more challenging. To determine isotype specificity of cGMP analogs and their structural basis, we generated the full-length regulatory domains of PKG I and II isotypes with each binding site disabled, determined their affinities for these analogs, and obtain co-crystal structures of both isotypes bound with cGMP analogs...
August 9, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792538/the-importance-of-conserved-amino-acids-in-heme-based-globin-coupled-diguanylate-cyclases
#15
Xuehua Wan, Jennifer A Saito, James S Newhouse, Shaobin Hou, Maqsudul Alam
Globin-coupled diguanylate cyclases contain globin, middle, and diguanylate cyclase domains that sense O2 to synthesize c-di-GMP and regulate bacterial motility, biofilm formation, and virulence. However, relatively few studies have extensively examined the roles of individual residues and domains of globin-coupled diguanylate cyclases, which can shed light on their signaling mechanisms and provide drug targets. Here, we report the critical residues of two globin-coupled diguanylate cyclases, EcGReg from Escherichia coli and BpeGReg from Bordetella pertussis, and show that their diguanylate cyclase activity requires an intact globin domain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790983/nitrate-sensing-and-metabolism-inhibit-biofilm-formation-in-the-opportunistic-pathogen-burkholderia-pseudomallei-by-reducing-the-intracellular-concentration-of-c-di-gmp
#16
Mihnea R Mangalea, Brooke A Plumley, Bradley R Borlee
The opportunistic pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei is a saprophytic bacterium and the causative agent of melioidosis, an emerging infectious disease associated with high morbidity and mortality. Although melioidosis is most prevalent during the rainy season in endemic areas, domestic gardens and farms can also serve as a reservoir for B. pseudomallei during the dry season, in part due to irrigation and fertilizer use. In the environment, B. pseudomallei forms biofilms and persists in soil near plant root zones...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783566/autoclaved-sludge-as-the-ideal-seed-to-culture-anammox-bacteria-reactor-performance-and-microbial-community-diversity
#17
Yu Wang, Cui-Na Bu, Qi Kang, Hafiz Adeel Ahmad, Jian Zhang, Baoyu Gao, Shou-Qing Ni
Reducing activity of commensal bacteria in inocula may enhance anammox bacteria proliferation and realization of anammox process. Fast start-up of anammox process in an UASB reactor was successfully achieved by using autoclaved sludge (anaerobic granular sludge pretreated by autoclaving) and 0.3% active anammox sludge as inoculum. Continuous experiments indicated that R2 (autoclaved sludge addition) could shorten the start-up period from 72days to 63days. The first 50days anammox population specific growth rates (μ) of R1 (the control) and R2 were determined to be 0...
July 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783096/c-di-amp-an-essential-molecule-in-the-signaling-pathways-that-regulate-the-viability-and-virulence-of-gram-positive-bacteria
#18
REVIEW
Tazin Fahmi, Gary C Port, Kyu Hong Cho
Signal transduction pathways enable organisms to monitor their external environment and adjust gene regulation to appropriately modify their cellular processes. Second messenger nucleotides including cyclic adenosine monophosphate (c-AMP), cyclic guanosine monophosphate (c-GMP), cyclic di-guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP), and cyclic di-adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) play key roles in many signal transduction pathways used by prokaryotes and/or eukaryotes. Among the various second messenger nucleotides molecules, c-di-AMP was discovered recently and has since been shown to be involved in cell growth, survival, and regulation of virulence, primarily within Gram-positive bacteria...
August 7, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777083/structural-basis-for-the-regulation-of-chemotaxis-by-mapz-in-the-presence-of-c-di-gmp
#19
Yingxiao Zhu, Zenglin Yuan, Lichuan Gu
The bacterial second messenger cyclic diguanylate monophosphate (c-di-GMP) mediates multiple aspects of bacterial physiology through binding to various effectors. In some cases, these effectors are single-domain proteins which only contain a PilZ domain. It remains largely unknown how single-domain PilZ proteins function and regulate their downstream targets. Recently, a single-domain PilZ protein, MapZ (PA4608), was identified to inhibit the activity of the methyltransferase CheR1. Here, crystal structures of the C-terminal domain of CheR1 containing SAH and of CheR1 in complex with c-di-GMP-bound MapZ are reported...
August 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776941/ratiometric-fluorescence-detection-of-superoxide-anion-based-on-aunps-bsa-tb-gmp-nanoscale-coordination-polymers
#20
Nan Liu, Juan Hao, Keying Cai, Mulan Zeng, Zhenzhong Huang, Lili Chen, Bingxian Peng, Ping Li, Li Wang, Yonghai Song
A novel ratiometric fluorescence nanosensor for superoxide anion (O2(•-) ) detection was designed with gold nanoparticles-bovine serum albumin (AuNPs-BSA)@terbium/guanosine monophosphate disodium (Tb/GMP) nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs) (AuNPs-BSA@Tb/GMP NCPs). The abundant hydroxyl and amino groups of AuNPs-BSA acted as binding points for the self-assembly of Tb(3+) and GMP to form core-shell AuNPs-BSA@Tb/GMP NCP nanosensors. The obtained probe exhibited the characteristic fluorescence emission of both AuNPs-BSA and Tb/GMP NCPs...
August 3, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
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