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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929587/antibody-based-strategies-for-the-detection-of-luspatercept-ace-536-in-human-serum
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Christian Reichel, G Gmeiner, Mario Thevis
Luspatercept (ACE-536, ACVR2B-Fc), a fusion protein consisting of the extracellular domain of ActRIIB receptor and the Fc-part of human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1), is currently under clinical development (Phase III). It stimulates the formation of red blood cells and hence may be misused by athletes for doping purposes in the future. Several antibody-based strategies for the detection of Luspatercept and other ACVR2B-Fc fusion proteins in human serum were evaluated (ELISA; IEF-, SDS-, and SAR-PAGE followed by Western blotting; immunoprecipitation)...
September 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886904/searching-for-suicide-related-information-on-chinese-websites
#2
Ying-Yeh Chen, Galen Chin-Lun Hung, Qijin Cheng, Chi-Wei Tsai, Kevin Chien-Chang Wu
Growing concerns about cyber-suicide have prompted many studies on suicide information available on the web. However, very few studies have considered non-English websites. We aimed to analyze online suicide-related information accessed through Chinese-language websites. We used Taiwan's two most popular search engines (Google and Yahoo) to explore the results returned from six suicide-related search terms in March 2016. The first three pages listing the results from each search were analyzed and rated based on the attitude towards suicide (pro-suicide, anti-suicide, neutral/mixed, not a suicide site, or error)...
September 1, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885916/calcitriol-reverses-induced-expression-of-efflux-proteins-and-potentiates-cytotoxic-activity-of-gemcitabine-in-capan-2-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#3
Hamed Gilzad-Kohan, Shabnam Sani, Mehdi Boroujerdi
PURPOSE: Efflux and influx proteins play a major role in chemo-resistance by affecting the net cellular uptake of anti-cancer drugs. Hence, alteration of the efflux and influx protein expression may result in variations of chemotherapeutics uptake and consequently cell death rate. The present study investigated the effects of pre-treatment of capan-2 pancreatic cancer cells with calcitriol, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) or silibinin on the induction of three major efflux proteins and the main gemcitabine influx protein...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882971/mouse-hemokinin-1-decapeptide-subjected-to-a-brain-specific-post-translational-modification
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Georgia Deliconstantinos, Stephen Barton, Mikhail Soloviev, Nigel Page
BACKGROUND/AIM: The tachykinin mouse hemokinin-1, expressed by the mouse Tac4 gene, produces either analgesia or nociception, interacting with the neurokinin 1 receptor. TAC4 precursor processing is not identical to the processing of the TAC1 precursor, for the release of substance P (amidated undecapeptide). The characterization of the mouse hemokinin-1 sequence was required. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed anti-tachykinin-specific antibodies for the immunoaffinity purification of tachykinins...
September 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876040/-secreted-expression-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-prme-in-pichia-pastoris-and-immunogenicity-evaluation-of-the-virus-like-particles-in-mice
#5
Peng Zhao, Ya Jiang, Jingman Wang, Haojie Fan, Ruibing Cao
The study was to express prME protein of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) in Pichia pastoris and then to evaluate the immunological properties of the recombinant protein in mice, so as to explore a new way for subunit vaccine development of JEV. The JEV prME gene was amplified by RT-PCR with genome RNA of JEV vaccine strain SA14-14-2 and subcloned into pPICZa-A vector, designated as pPICZα-prME. pPICZα-SprME was constructed same as pPICZα-prME besides with the additional 19 Aa signal peptides coding gene of the JEV cap protein C terminal...
May 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871252/development-and-characterization-of-a-camelid-single-domain-antibody-urease-conjugate-that-targets-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-2
#6
Baomin Tian, Wah Yau Wong, Marni D Uger, Pawel Wisniewski, Heman Chao
Angiogenesis is the process of new blood vessel formation and is essential for a tumor to grow beyond a certain size. Tumors secrete the pro-angiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor, which acts upon local endothelial cells by binding to vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs). In this study, we describe the development and characterization of V21-DOS47, an immunoconjugate that targets VEGFR2. V21-DOS47 is composed of a camelid single domain anti-VEGFR2 antibody (V21) and the enzyme urease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862287/use-of-differential-scanning-calorimetry-and-immunoaffinity-chromatography-to-identify-disease-induced-changes-in-human-blood-plasma-proteome
#7
Sandi Brudar, Urh Černigoj, Helena Podgornik, Mojca Kržan, Iztok Prislan
Differential scanning calorimetry provides unique signatures of blood plasma samples. Plasma samples from diseased individuals yield specific thermograms, which differ from each other and from plasma samples of healthy individuals. Thermograms from individuals suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, multiple myeloma and acute myeloid leukemia were measured with DSC. To obtain additional information about thermal behaviour of plasma proteins immunoaffinity chromatography was introduced. An immunoextraction of HSA using a chromatographic column with immobilized anti-HSA was carried out in order to enrich less abundant plasma proteins, which could provide a further insight into disease development...
September 2017: Acta Chimica Slovenica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856694/fetal-growth-and-premature-delivery-in-pregnant-women-on-anti-epileptic-drugs
#8
Sonia Hernández-Díaz, Thomas F McElrath, Page B Pennell, W Allen Hauser, Mark Yerby, Lewis B Holmes
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of epilepsy and antiepileptic drugs (AED) use during pregnancy on fetal growth and preterm delivery. METHODS: This study included singleton liveborns born to women enrolled in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry between 1997 and 2016. Data were collected prospectively through telephone interviews. The prevalence of preterm birth (<37 weeks) and small-for-gestational-age (SGA) among infants exposed prenatally to AED when used by women with epilepsy (WWE) or women without epilepsy (WWOE) was compared with that among infants unexposed to AEDs and born to WWOE...
August 30, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853255/-preparation-and-identification-of-polyclonal-antibodies-specific-for-nsp4-protein-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus
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Xinna Cai, Min Tan, Shengliang Cao, Yan Huang, Fachao Sun, Yingli Shang, Sidang Liu, Yihong Xiao
To obtain specific antibodies against nsp4 protein of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), nsp4 gene was amplified by RT-PCR and cloned into pET-28a(+) vector, designated pET28a-nsp4. pET28a-nsp4 was transformed into Escherichia coli Trasseta (DE3) cells and expressed after induction of IPTG. SDS-PAGE analysis showed that the recombinant protein was expressed in soluble form with the molecular weight of 26 kDa. The soluble fusion protein in the supernatant was purified using Ni+-NTA affinity chromatography...
August 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836210/purification-of-human-plasma-cellular-fibronectin-and-fibronectin-fragments
#10
Giampiero Pietrocola, Simonetta Rindi, Giulia Nobile, Pietro Speziale
A method is described for the purification of plasma fibronectins based on a combination of gelatin- and arginine-Sepharose chromatography steps. Cellular fibronectin can be purified from an osteosarcoma fibroblast cell line by affinity chromatography using a monoclonal antibody anti-fibronectin as ligand. Furthermore, we also provide a protocol for the purification of fibronectin domains obtained by fractionation of thermolysin-digested plasma fibronectin on ion-exchange/gel filtration chromatography columns...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833144/retraction-statement-anti-inflammatory-properties-of-tianeptine-on-lipopolysaccharide-induced-changes-in-microglial-cells-involve-toll-like-receptor-related-pathways
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'Anti-inflammatory properties of tianeptine on lipopolysaccharide-induced changes in microglial cells involve toll-like receptor-related pathways' by Slusarczyk, J., Trojan, E., Glombik, K., Piotrowska, A., Budziszewska, B., Kubera, M., Popiolek-Barczyk, K., Lason, W., Mika, J. and Basta-Kaim, A. The above article from the Journal of Neurochemistry published on 14 February 2016 on Wiley Online Library ( www.onlinelibrary.com), and in Volume 136, pp. 958-970, is being retracted by agreement between the corresponding author Agnieszka Basta-Kaim, the Journal's Editor-in-Chief Jörg Schulz, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd...
September 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821136/discovery-of-enzymatically-depolymerized-heparins-capable-of-treating-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-injury-and-fibrosis-in-mice
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Yishu Yan, Shanshan Du, Yang Ji, Nan Su, Yi Wang, Xiang Mei, Wenming Zhu, Dong He, Yuan Lu, Chong Zhang, Xin-Hui Xing
Heparin has recently been shown to slow down idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) process and improve survival of patients in some cases. To improve the anti-IPF function while minimizing their side effects, we developed heparin libraries with different structures depolymerized by single or combined heparinases, and systematically screened the efficacy of the different heparins for treatment of Bleomycin-induced pulmonary injury and fibrosis using mice model. Then we characterized the structural properties of the components capable of treating pulmonary injury and fibrosis by use of chip-based amide hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC)-fourier transform (FT)-ESI-MS, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820895/identification-of-leishmania-donovani-antigen-in-circulating-immune-complexes-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-subjects-for-diagnosis
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Fauzia Jamal, Pushkar Shivam, Sarita Kumari, Manish Kumar Singh, Abul Hasan Sardar, Pushpanjali, Selvasankar Murugesan, Shyam Narayan, Anil Kumar Gupta, Krishna Pandey, V N R Das, Vahab Ali, Sanjiva Bimal, Pradeep Das, Shubhankar K Singh
The unreliability of most of the existing antibody-based diagnostic kits to discriminate between active and treated VL cases, relapse situation and reinfection are a major hurdle in controlling the cases of Kala-azar in an endemic area. An antigen targeted diagnostic approaches can be an attractive strategy to overcome these problems. Hence, this study was focused on identifying the Leishmania antigens, lies in circulating immune complex (CICs), can be used for diagnostic as well as prognostic purposes. The present study was conducted on peripheral blood samples of 115 human subjects, based on isolation of CICs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818314/comparison-of-disaggregative-effect-of-a-type-egcg-dimer-and-egcg-monomer-on-the-preformed-bovine-insulin-amyloid-fibrils
#14
Rong-Zu Nie, Wei Zhu, Jin-Ming Peng, Zhen-Zhen Ge, Chun-Mei Li
In the present study, the disruptive effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and A-type dimeric epigallocatechin-3-gallate (A-type EGCG dimer) on the preformed bovine insulin amyloid fibrils were studied by several biophysical methods including thioflavin-T (ThT) fluorescence assay, 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonic (ANS) fluorescence assay, Congo red (CR) binding assay, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and Bradford assay. Our results demonstrated that A-type EGCG dimer showed significantly more potential disaggregative effects on the bovine insulin amyloid fibrils than EGCG...
July 31, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799436/immunotherapy-based-approaches-in-myelofibrosis
#15
Lucia Masarova, Srdan Verstovsek, Hagop Kantarjian, Naval Daver
Aberrant regulation of the immune system with up-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines contributes to disease pathophysiology in myelofibrosis (MF). Therapeutic options for MF associated anemia, thrombocytopenia, and bone marrow fibrosis remain limited. Areas covered: This review focuses on immune based therapies in MF, including immunomodulatory imide drugs (IMiDs), interferons, monoclonal antibodies and targeted agents (SL-401), and checkpoint inhibitors. Published literature was reviewed using available databases (PubMed, Cochrane, Scopus) and web pages (clinicaltrials...
August 22, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794932/screening-of-neem-extracts-for-microbial-anti-chaperone-activity-by-employing-in-vitro-enzyme-refolding-assay
#16
Jyoti M Patki, Priyanka Shah
Microbial heat shock proteins (Hsps) play an important role in pathogenesis and development of resistance to existing drugs. New compounds that target microbial molecular chaperones have the potential of combating the challenge of anti-microbial resistance. The present study was aimed at assessing the employment of in vitro enzyme refolding assay to detect anti-chaperone activity of Neem (Azadirachta indica) extracts. Protein extracts of thermotolerant Escherichia coli cells were used as a source of Hsps or chaperones...
October 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782502/hepatitis-c-in-pregnancy-screening-treatment-and-management
#17
Brenna L Hughes, Charlotte M Page, Jeffrey A Kuller
In the United States, 1-2.5% of pregnant women are infected with hepatitis C virus, which carries an approximately 5% risk of transmission from mother to infant. Hepatitis C virus can be transmitted to the infant in utero or during the peripartum period, and infection during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of adverse fetal outcomes, including fetal growth restriction and low birthweight. The purpose of this document is to discuss the current evidence regarding hepatitis C virus in pregnancy and to provide recommendations on screening, treatment, and management of this disease during pregnancy...
August 4, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764040/quantitative-analysis-of-species-specificity-of-two-anti-parvalbumin-antibodies-for-detecting-southern-hemisphere-fish-species-demonstrating-strong-phylogenetic-association
#18
Ji Liang, Chui Choo Tan, Steve L Taylor, Joseph L Baumert, Andreas L Lopata, N Alice Lee
This study aimed to develop a novel approach to determine the correlation between the parvalbumin (PAV) contents and their corresponding immunoreactivity (detectability) in southern hemisphere fish species. The immuno-detected PAV contents of the test fish species were estimated by a quantitative SDS-PAGE. A quantitative Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA) was formatted to assess relative immunoreactivity of PAV. Sixteen species (forty-three percent) displayed a positive correlation with the anti-cod PAV polyclonal antibody, but no correlation with the anti-carp PAV monoclonal antibody...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754559/enzymatic-cleavage-promotes-disassembly-of-gii-3-norovirus-virus-like-particles-and-its-binding-to-salivary-histo-blood-group-antigens
#19
Yuqi Huo, Wenhui Wang, Lijun Zheng, Xuhui Chen, Shuo Shen, Mingchen Wang
In this study, we found that addition of fecal extract significantly promoted the binding of GII.3 NoV VLPs to salivary HBGAs. SDS-PAGE analysis indicated that major capsid proteins (VP1) were cleaved into two major bands with molecular weights of 26 and 31kD, respectively. Pretreatment of fecal extract by boiling or addition of protease inhibitor cocktail or type specific protease inhibitor (leupeptin and aprotinin) during incubation all decreased VP1 cleavage and its binding to salivary HBGAs. Trypsin digestion led to cleavage of VP1 and promoted its binding to HBGAs, suggesting that the active enzyme(s) might be trypsin or trypsin-like enzymes...
July 25, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749735/the-discovery-mechanisms-and-evolutionary-impact-of-anti-crisprs
#20
Adair L Borges, Alan R Davidson, Joseph Bondy-Denomy
Bacteria and archaea use CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems to defend themselves from infection by bacteriophages (phages). These RNA-guided nucleases are powerful weapons in the fight against foreign DNA, such as phages and plasmids, as well as a revolutionary gene editing tool. Phages are not passive bystanders in their interactions with CRISPR-Cas systems, however; recent discoveries have described phage genes that inhibit CRISPRCas function. More than 20 protein families, previously of unknown function, have been ascribed anti-CRISPR function...
July 27, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
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