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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317500/macrocyclic-%C3%AE-defensins-suppress-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-tnf-%C3%AE-shedding-by-inhibition-of-tnf-%C3%AE-converting-enzyme
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Justin B Schaal, Thorsten Maretzky, Dat Q Tran, Patti A Tran, Prasad Tongaonkar, Carl P Blobel, André J Ouellette, Michael E Selsted
Theta-defensins (θ-defensins) are macrocyclic peptides expressed exclusively in granulocytes and selected epithelia of Old World monkeys.  They contribute to anti-pathogen host defense responses by directly killing a diverse range of microbes.  Of note, θ-defensins also modulate microbe-induced inflammation by affecting the production of soluble tumor necrosis factor (sTNF) and other proinflammatory cytokines.  Here, we report that natural rhesus macaque θ-defensin (RTD) isoforms regulate sTNF cellular release by inhibiting TNF alpha converting enzyme (TACE; also known as a disintegrin and metalloprotease 17; ADAM17), the primary pro-TNF sheddase...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302207/role-of-inflammasomes-in-inflammatory-autoimmune-rheumatic-diseases
#2
REVIEW
Young-Su Yi
Inflammasomes are intracellular multiprotein complexes that coordinate anti-pathogenic host defense during inflammatory responses in myeloid cells, especially macrophages. Inflammasome activation leads to activation of caspase-1, resulting in the induction of pyroptosis and the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines including interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18. Although the inflammatory response is an innate host defense mechanism, chronic inflammation is the main cause of rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and Sjögren's syndrome (SS)...
January 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288450/systems-biology-modeling-to-study-pathogen-host-interactions
#3
Müberra Fatma Cesur, Saliha Durmuş
Pathogen-host interactions (PHIs) underlie the process of infection. The systems biology view of the whole PHI system is superior to the investigation of the pathogen or host separately in understanding the infection mechanisms. Especially, the identification of host-oriented drug targets for the next-generation anti-infection therapeutics requires the properties of the host factors targeted by pathogens. Here, we provide an outline of computational analysis of PHI networks, focusing on the properties of the pathogen-targeted host proteins...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230233/whole-genome-sequencing-of-fusarium-fujikuroi-provides-insight-into-the-role-of-secretory-proteins-and-cell-wall-degrading-enzymes-in-causing-bakanae-disease-of-rice
#4
Bishnu M Bashyal, Kirti Rawat, Sapna Sharma, Deepika Kulshreshtha, S Gopala Krishnan, Ashok K Singh, Himanshu Dubey, Amolkumar U Solanke, T R Sharma, Rashmi Aggarwal
Fusarium fujikuroi causing bakanae disease has emerged as one of the major pathogen of rice across the world. The study aims to comparative genomic analysis of Fusarium fujikuroi isolates and identification of the secretary proteins of the fungus involved in rice pathogenesis. In the present study, F. fujikuroi isolate "F250" was sequenced with an assembly size of 42.47 Mb providing coverage of 96.89% on reference IMI58289 genome. A total of 13,603 protein-coding genes were predicted from genome assembly. The average gene density in the F...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229193/novel-role-of-vpmas-as-major-adhesins-of-mycoplasma-agalactiae-mediating-differential-cell-adhesion-and-invasion-of-vpma-expression-variants
#5
Shrilakshmi Hegde, Martina Zimmermann, Renate Rosengarten, Rohini Chopra-Dewasthaly
Mycoplasma agalactiae exhibits antigenic variation by switching the expression of multiple surface lipoproteins called Vpmas. Although implicated to have a significant influence on the pathogenicity, their exact role in pathogen-host interactions has not been investigated so far. Initial attachment to host cells is regarded as one of the most important steps for colonization but this pathogen lacks the typical mycoplasma attachment organelle. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Vpmas in adhesion of M...
November 22, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214870/advances-in-cell-free-protein-array-methods
#6
Xiaobo Yu, Brianne Petritis, Hu Duan, Danke Xu, Joshua LaBaer
Cell-free protein microarrays represent a special form of protein microarray which display proteins made fresh at the time of the experiment, avoiding storage and denaturation. They have been used increasingly in basic and translational research over the past decade to study protein-protein interactions, the pathogen-host relationship, post-translational modifications, and antibody biomarkers of different human diseases. Their role in the first blood-based diagnostic test for early stage breast cancer highlights their value in managing human health...
December 7, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190490/legionella-quorum-sensing-and-its-role-in-pathogen-host-interactions
#7
REVIEW
Nicolas Personnic, Bianca Striednig, Hubert Hilbi
Legionella pneumophila is a water-borne opportunistic pathogen causing a life-threatening pneumonia called 'Legionnaires' disease'. The Legionella quorum sensing (Lqs) system produces and responds to the α-hydroxyketone signaling molecule 3-hydroxypentadecane-4-one (Legionella autoinducer-1, LAI-1). The Lqs system controls the switch between the replicative/non-virulent and the transmissive/virulent phase of L. pneumophila, and it is a major regulator of natural competence, motility and virulence of the pathogen...
November 27, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174577/caffeic-acid-and-licochalcone-a-interfere-with-the-glyoxylate-cycle-of-trichophyton-rubrum
#8
Bruna Aline Michelotto Cantelli, Tamires Aparecida Bitencourt, Tatiana Takahasi Komoto, Rene Oliveira Beleboni, Mozart Marins, Ana Lúcia Fachin
Trichophyton rubrum is the most common causative agent of dermatomycoses worldwide. Despite the increasing incidence of fungal infections, the number of commercially available antifungal drugs is limited, mainly because of the biochemical similarities between fungal and mammalian cells. Biomolecules of different origins might lead to the discovery of new pharmacological targets that are more specific to the fungal cell. In this respect, caffeic acid (CA) and licochalcone A (LicoA) exhibit activity against some human pathogenic fungi by acting on important fungal molecular targets...
November 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170992/clinical-strains-of-lactobacillus-reduce-the-filamentation-of-candida-albicans-and-protect-galleria-mellonella-against-experimental-candidiasis
#9
Rodnei Dennis Rossoni, Marisol Dos Santos Velloso, Lívia Mara Alves Figueiredo, Carolina Pistille Martins, Antonio Olavo Cardoso Jorge, Juliana Campos Junqueira
Candida albicans is the most common human fungal pathogen and can grow as yeast or filaments, depending on the environmental conditions. The filamentous form is of particular interest because it can play a direct role in adherence and pathogenicity. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of three clinical strains of Lactobacillus on C. albicans filamentation as well as their probiotic potential in pathogen-host interactions via an experimental candidiasis model study in Galleria mellonella...
November 23, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155863/molecular-detection-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-cattle-from-southwestern-ethiopia
#10
Zerihun Hailemariam, Jürgen Krücken, Maximilian Baumann, Jabbar S Ahmed, Peter-Henning Clausen, Ard M Nijhof
Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) cause significant losses among livestock and impact the livelihoods of resource-poor farming communities worldwide. In Ethiopia, detailed studies on the epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens (TBPs) in cattle using sensitive molecular detection methods are scarce. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and species composition of bovine TBPs of veterinary significance in local cattle populations. A comprehensive cross-sectional epidemiological study was conducted in cattle populations of Illubabor zone in Southwestern Ethiopia from June to August 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152028/a-fast-and-efficient-size-separation-method-for-haploid-embryonic-stem-cells
#11
Remo Freimann, Anton Wutz
Hemizygous mutations introduced in haploid genomes can directly expose a phenotype, thus facilitating gene function analysis and forward genetic screening. Recently, mammalian haploid cells could be derived from mouse, rat, monkey, and human embryos and have been applied to screens of cellular mechanisms including cell signaling, pathogen host factors, and developmental pathways. Notably, haploid cell cultures have an intrinsic tendency for diploidization and, thus, require periodic cell sorting. Here, we report a method for rapid purification of haploid mouse embryonic stem cells from mixed cell populations with high viability and yield...
September 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142017/modelling-the-effects-of-phylogeny-and-body-size-on-within-host-pathogen-replication-and-immune-response
#12
Soumya Banerjee, Alan S Perelson, Melanie Moses
Understanding how quickly pathogens replicate and how quickly the immune system responds is important for predicting the epidemic spread of emerging pathogens. Host body size, through its correlation with metabolic rates, is theoretically predicted to impact pathogen replication rates and immune system response rates. Here, we use mathematical models of viral time courses from multiple species of birds infected by a generalist pathogen (West Nile Virus; WNV) to test more thoroughly how disease progression and immune response depend on mass and host phylogeny...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130369/from-moths-to-caterpillars-ideal-conditions-for-galleria-mellonella-rearing-for-in-vivo-microbiological-studies
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Adeline L Jorjão, Luciane D Oliveira, Liliana Scorzoni, Lívia Mara A Figueiredo-Godoi, Marcia Cristina A Prata, Antonio Olavo C Jorge, Juliana C Junqueira
Galleria mellonella is a well-accepted insect model for the study of pathogen-host interactions and antimicrobial compounds. The main advantages of this model include the low cost of maintenance, the fast life cycle, the possibility of using a large number of caterpillars and the innate immune system, which is evolutionarily conserved relative to mammals. Because of these advantages, different research groups have been working to implement the rearing of G. mellonella in laboratory conditions. This protocol describes our experience in the rearing of G...
November 13, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127583/effective-prediction-of-bacterial-type-iv-secreted-effectors-by-combined-features-of-both-c-termini-and-n-termini
#14
Yu Wang, Yanzhi Guo, Xuemei Pu, Menglong Li
Various bacterial pathogens can deliver their secreted substrates also called as effectors through type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) into host cells and cause diseases. Since T4SS secreted effectors (T4SEs) play important roles in pathogen-host interactions, identifying them is crucial to our understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms of T4SSs. A few computational methods using machine learning algorithms for T4SEs prediction have been developed by using features of C-terminal residues. However, recent studies have shown that targeting information can also be encoded in the N-terminal region of at least some T4SEs...
November 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111085/il-37-and-leprosy-a-novel-cytokine-involved-in-the-host-response-to-mycobacterium-leprae-infection
#15
Jorge Rodrigues de Sousa, Renata Lima Prudente, Leonidas Braga Dias Junior, Francisca Regina Oliveira Carneiro, Mirian Nacagami Sotto, Juarez Antonio Simões Quaresma
Leprosy is a chronic infectious granulomatous disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, in which the clinical outcome depends on the pattern of the host immune response. Because it is a spectral disease, leprosy is a good model for studying the immunology of the pathogen-host relationship. Although previous studies have characterized the participation of cytokine profiles such as Th1, Th2, Th7, Treg, Th9, and Th22 responses in leprosy, the role of new cytokines such as IL-37 have not yet been described for the spectral model of the disease...
October 27, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071357/evolutionary-analysis-of-pectin-lyases-of-the-genus-colletotrichum
#16
Alicia Lara-Márquez, Ken Oyama, María G Zavala-Páramo, Maria G Villa-Rivera, Ulises Conejo-Saucedo, Horacio Cano-Camacho
Pectin lyases (PNLs) are important enzymes that are involved in plant cell wall degradation during the infection process. Colletotrichum is a diverse genus of fungi, which allows the study of the evolution of PNLs and their possible role in pathogen-host interactions and lifestyle adaptations. The phylogenetic reconstruction of PNLs from Colletotrichum and analysis of selection pressures showed the formation of protein lineages by groups of species with different selection pressures and specific patterns. The analysis of positive selection at individual sites using different methods allowed for the identification of three codons with evidence of positive selection in the oligosaccharide-binding region and two codons on the antiparallel sheet, which may influence the interaction with the substrate...
October 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049413/microrna-expression-analysis-of-feline-and-canine-parvovirus-infection-in-vivo-felis
#17
Pei Zhou, Xin Zhang, Weijie Zeng, Qingxu Zheng, Xiangqi Hao, Xi Lin, Yun Zheng, Lifang Wang, Guihong Zhang, Shoujun Li
Feline panleukopenia is a common contagious disease with high morbidity and mortality. At present, feline parvovirus (FPV) and canine parvovirus (CPV) variants are the pathogens of feline panleukopenia. Many studies have shown that miRNAs are involved in virus-host interactions. Nevertheless, miRNA expression profiling of FPV (original virus) or CPV-2b (new virus) in cats has not been reported. To investigate these profiles, three 10-week-old cats were orally inoculated with 106 TCID50 of the viruses (FPV and CPV-2b), and the jejunums of one cat in each group were sectioned for miRNA sequencing at 5 days post-inoculation (dpi)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034110/toll-like-receptor-4-dependent-inflammatory-responses-following-intestinal-colonization-of-secondary-abiotic-il10-deficient-mice-with-multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#18
Anne Grunau, Ulrike Escher, Stefan Bereswill, Markus M Heimesaat
The rising incidences of infections with multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria including Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) have gained increasing attention in medicine, but also in the general public and global health politics. The mechanisms underlying opportunistic pathogen-host interactions are unclear, however. To address this, we challenged secondary abiotic IL10(-/-) mice deficient for Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4(-/-) × IL10(-/-)), the main receptor of the Gram-negative cell wall constituent lipopolysaccharide, with a clinical MDR PA isolate...
September 2017: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032551/two-photon-intravital-microscopy-of-lyme-borrelia-in-mice
#19
Alexia A Belperron, Jialing Mao, Linda K Bockenstedt
Two-photon intravital microscopy is a powerful tool that allows visualization of cells in intact tissues in a live animal in real time. In recent years, this advanced technology has been applied to understand pathogen-host interactions using fluorescently labeled bacteria. In particular, infectious fluorescent transformants of the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, an Ixodes tick-transmitted pathogen, have been imaged by two-photon intravital microscopy to study bacterial motility and interactions of the pathogen with feeding ticks and host tissues...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030446/comparative-genomics-based-markers-discrimination-of-host-specificity-in-fusarium-oxysporum
#20
Peter van Dam, Mara de Sain, Anneliek Ter Horst, Michelle van der Gragt, Martijn Rep
The polyphyletic nature of many formae speciales of Fusarium oxysporum (Fo) prevents molecular identification of newly encountered strains based on conserved, vertically inherited genes. Alternative molecular detection methods that could replace labour- and time-intensive disease assays are therefore highly desired. Effectors are functional elements in the pathogen-host interaction and have been found to show very limited sequence diversity between strains of the same forma specialis, which makes them potential markers for host-specific pathogenicty...
October 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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