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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334397/recombinant-phosphatidylserine-binding-nanobodies-for-targeting-of-extracellular-vesicles-to-tumor-cells-a-plug-and-play-approach
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Sander A A Kooijmans, Jerney J J M Gitz-Francois, Raymond M Schiffelers, Pieter Vader
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are increasingly being recognized as candidate drug delivery systems due to their ability to functionally transfer biological cargo between cells. However, manipulation of targeting properties of EVs through engineering of the producer cells can be challenging and time-consuming. As a novel approach to confer tumor targeting properties to isolated EVs, we generated recombinant fusion proteins of nanobodies against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) fused to phosphatidylserine (PS)-binding domains of lactadherin (C1C2)...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332040/synthetic-fragment-of-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-prevents-memory-loss-and-protects-brain-neurons-in-olfactory-bulbectomized-mice
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Olga M Volpina, Alexandr N Samokhin, Dmitriy O Koroev, Inna V Nesterova, Tatyana D Volkova, Natalia I Medvinskaya, Pavel V Nekrasov, Olga G Tatarnikova, Anna V Kamynina, Samson M Balasanyants, Tamara A Voronina, Alexey M Kulikov, Natalia V Bobkova
Activation of receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) plays an essential role in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is known that the soluble isoform of the receptor binds to ligands and prevents negative effects of the receptor activation. We proposed that peptide fragments from RAGE prevent negative effects of the receptor activation during AD neurodegeneration. We have synthesized peptide fragments from surface-exposed regions of RAGE. Peptides were intranasally administrated into olfactory bulbectomized (OBX) mice, which developed some characteristics similar to AD neurodegeneration...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328785/immune-responses-in-the-liver
#3
Paul Kubes, Craig Jenne
The liver is a key, frontline immune tissue. Ideally positioned to detect pathogens entering the body via the gut, the liver appears designed to detect, capture, and clear bacteria, viruses, and macromolecules. Containing the largest collection of phagocytic cells in the body, this organ is an important barrier between us and the outside world. Importantly, as portal blood also transports a large number of foreign but harmless molecules (e.g., food antigens), the liver's default immune status is anti-inflammatory or immunotolerant; however, under appropriate conditions, the liver is able to mount a rapid and robust immune response...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325755/amphotericin-b-albumin-conjugates-synthesis-toxicity-and-anti-fungal-activity
#4
Sneha Gurudevan, Arul Prakash Francis, A Jayakrishnan
Amphotericin B (AmB), a hydrophobic drug with negligible aqueous solubility was conjugated to bovine serum albumin (BSA) via amide bond coupling to give 6 to 8 wt% drug payload. The resulting conjugate was characterized using SDS-PAGE and UV-visible, FTIR and CD spectroscopy. The conjugate was water-soluble to the extent of 150 mg/ml, was non-toxic to HEK 293 T cells at a concentration of 500 μg/ml (equivalent to ~30 μg AmB) and showed hemolysis of <5% at 200 μg/ml (equivalent to ~12 μg AmB) against human erythrocytes in vitro...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313422/selection-purification-and-characterization-of-a-her2-targeting-soluble-designed-ankyrin-repeat-protein-by-e-coli-surface-display-using-her2-positive-melanoma-cells
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Xiaofei Chen, Xiaoxiao Yu, Xiaoda Song, Li Liu, Yuting Yi, Wenbing Yao, Xiangdong Gao
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is a powerful target for cancer immune therapy. The development of anti-HER2 monoclonal antibodies targeting different domains of HER2 is quite effective. However, the selection and production of multivalent antibodies are complicated. In this study, a mimivirus-based designed ankyrin repeat protein (DARPin) targeting HER2 was selected from an artificial library by bacteria surface display. The selection was performed on HER2-positive B16BL6/E2 melanoma cells and HER2-nagative cells...
January 9, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289899/exploring-the-role-of-inositol-1-3-4-trisphosphate-5-6-kinase-2-gmitpk2-as-a-dehydration-and-salinity-stress-regulator-in-glycine-max-l-merr-through-heterologous-expression-in-e-coli
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Ashish Marathe, Veda Krishnan, T Vinutha, Anil Dahuja, Monica Jolly, Archana Sachdev
Phytic acid (PA) is implicative in a spectrum of biochemical and physiological processes involved in plant stress response. Inositol 1,3,4, Tris phosphate 5/6 kinase (ITPK), a polyphosphate kinase that converts Inositol 1,3,4 trisphosphate to Inositol 1,3,4,5/6 tetra phosphate, averting the inositol phosphate pool towards PA biosynthesis, is a key regulator that exists in four different isoforms in soybean. In the present study, in-silico analysis of the promoter region of ITPKs was done and among the four isoforms, promoter region of GmITPK2 showed the presence of two MYB binding elements for drought inducibility and one for ABA response...
December 19, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280762/brentuximab-vedotin-with-avd-shows-safety-in-the-absence-of-strong-cyp3a4-inhibitors-in-newly-diagnosed-hiv-associated-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Paul G Rubinstein, Page C Moore, Michelle A Rudek, David H Henry, Juan C Ramos, Lee Ratner, Erin Reid, Elad Sharon, Ariela Noy
OBJECTIVE: Brentuximab vedotin (BV) is an FDA approved anti-CD30 antibody drug conjugate potently active in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). Trials of BV with doxorubicin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (AVD-BV) excluded patients with HIV. We studied the safety of (AVD-BV) in newly diagnosed HIV-associated classical Hodgkin lymphoma (HIV-cHL). DESIGN AND METHODS: Patients diagnosed with Stage II-IV HIV-cHL received AVD-BV on days 1 and 15 every 28 days for 6 cycles. Anti-HIV medications with strong CYP3A4 inhibition were excluded...
December 26, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279083/discovery-of-a-recombinant-babesia-canis-supernatant-antigen-that-protects-dogs-against-virulent-challenge-infection
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K Moubri, J Kleuskens, J Van de Crommert, N Scholtes, T Van Kasteren, S Delbecq, B Carcy, E Précigout, A Gorenflot, Th Schetters
Soluble parasite antigens (SPA) in supernatants of in vitro cultures of Babesia canis can be used to vaccinate dogs against virulent B. canis infection. The moment that immunity becomes apparent coincides with the appearance of antibodies against SPA in the serum of the vaccinated animals. This so-called vaccination-challenge serum (VC-serum) was used to precipitate antigens from B. canis culture supernatants in agarose gels. This antigen preparation was then used to analyse the reactivity of sera from vaccinated dogs on western blots...
January 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278277/isolation-and-characterization-of-an-anti-leishmanial-disintegrin-from-cerastes-cerastes-venom
#9
Dihia Allane, Habiba Oussedik-Oumehdi, Zoubir Harrat, Michel Seve, Fatima Laraba-Djebari
Investigating new antimicrobial and antiparasitic components from Viperidae venoms represents an alternative therapeutic strategy. In this study, we report the characterization of a disintegrin isolated from Cerastes cerastes venom, exhibiting antiparasitic activity on Leishmania infantum promastigotes. Indeed, isolated disintegrin, referred to Disintegrin_Cc, induced 84.75% of parasiticidal activity and deep morphological alterations on the parasites. SDS-PAGE analysis indicated that this disintegrin was homogenous...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237077/commercial-heritage-as-democratic-action-historicizing-the-save-the-market-campaigns-in-bradford-and-chesterfield-1969-76
#10
Sarah Mass
This article argues that the traditional retail market-a ubiquitous commercial feature of British towns and cities-produced a particular strand of heritage politics in late 1960s and early 1970s Britain. In recovering the activists involved in two campaigns to 'save the market' from redevelopment-one unsuccessful campaign in Bradford and one successful campaign in Chesterfield-I make the case for thinking through local urban heritage movements in comparative terms, focusing on how place-based citizenship collided with a nascent, national 'anti-development' mood in the early 1970s...
December 8, 2017: 20 Century British History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231845/maillard-proteomics-opening-new-pages
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Alena Soboleva, Rico Schmidt, Maria Vikhnina, Tatiana Grishina, Andrej Frolov
Protein glycation is a ubiquitous non-enzymatic post-translational modification, formed by reaction of protein amino and guanidino groups with carbonyl compounds, presumably reducing sugars and α-dicarbonyls. Resulting advanced glycation end products (AGEs) represent a highly heterogeneous group of compounds, deleterious in mammals due to their pro-inflammatory effect, and impact in pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer's disease and ageing. The body of information on the mechanisms and pathways of AGE formation, acquired during the last decades, clearly indicates a certain site-specificity of glycation...
December 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223600/trans-%C3%AE%C2%B5-viniferin-is-an-amyloid-%C3%AE-disaggregating-and-anti-inflammatory-drug-in-a-mouse-primary-cellular-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Elodie Vion, Guylène Page, Eric Bourdeaud, Marc Paccalin, Jérôme Guillard, Agnès Rioux Bilan
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is marked by several cellular and molecular damage. Therefore, the therapeutic interest of multi-target molecules is increasingly justified. Polyphenols presenting multiple pharmacological effects would be more efficient. In this study, beneficial effects of trans ε-viniferin, a natural polyphenol were thus evaluated. This study reported that this stilbenoid (1) induced the disaggregation of amyloid β (Aβ) peptide and (2) rescued inflammation in murine primary neuronal cultures. These both effects are higher than those of resveratrol, and so, trans ε-viniferin could be a good therapeutic multi-target candidate...
December 6, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203363/mechanism-of-action-of-g-quadruplex-forming-oligonucleotide-homologous-to-the-telomere-overhang-in-melanoma
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Gagan Chhabra, Luke Wojdyla, Mark Frakes, Zachary Schrank, Brandon Leviskas, Marko Ivancich, Pooja Vinay, Ramesh Ganapathy, Benjamin E Ramirez, Neelu Puri
T-oligo, a guanine-rich oligonucleotide (GRO) homologous to the 3'-telomeric overhang of telomeres, elicits potent DNA-damage responses in melanoma cells; however, its mechanism of action is largely unknown. GROs can form G-quadruplexes (G4) which are stabilized by the hydrogen-bonding of guanine residues. In this study, we confirmed the G4-forming capabilities of T-oligo using non-denaturing PAGE, NMR and immunofluorescence. Using an anti-G-quadruplex antibody (BG4) we showed that T-oligo can form G4 in the nuclei of melanoma cells...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200736/induction-of-apoptosis-by-tithonia-diversifolia-in-human-hepatoma-cells
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Min-Ren Lu, Huey-Lan Huang, Wen-Fei Chiou, Ray-Ling Huang
Background: Traditional Chinese herb Tithonia diversifolia, belonging to the Compositae family, has long been applied for the treatment of liver diseases. In recent years, many reports also indicated that it possesses hepato-protective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activities. Objective: In this study, we evaluated whether T. diversifolia is an effective therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Materials and Methods: Dry leaves of T...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195063/metabolic-and-endocrine-role-of-adipose-tissue-during-lactation
#15
J P McNamara, K Huber
The adipose tissue serves an essential role for survival and reproduction in mammals, especially females. It serves primarily as an energy storage organ and is directly linked to the reproductive success of mammals. In wild animals, adipose tissue function is linked to seasonality of the food supply to support fetal growth and milk production. Adipose tissue depots in ruminants and non-ruminants can secrete many signal molecules (adipokines) that act as hormones and as pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. The visceral adipose tissue especially appears to be more endocrinologically active than other adipose depots...
December 1, 2017: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183746/assessment-of-the-anti-snakebite-properties-of-extracts-of-aniba-fragrans-ducke-lauraceae-used-in-folk-medicine-as-complementary-treatment-in-cases-of-envenomation-by-bothrops-atrox
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Valéria Mourão de Moura, Noranathan da Costa Guimarães, Luana Travassos Batista, Luciana A Freitas-de-Sousa, Joanderson de Sousa Martins, Maria Carolina Scheffer de Souza, Patrícia D Oliveira de Almeida, Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro, Ricardo Bezerra de Oliveira, Maria Cristina Dos-Santos, Rosa Helena Veras Mourão
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Extracts of leaves and bark of Aniba fragrans are used as tea (decoction) to treat snakebites in communities in the Brazilian Amazon. The aqueous extract of the leaves of A. fragrans has been proven to be effective against Bothrops venom, but only when pre-incubated with the venom. This study sought to assess the potential of different types of extract of this species to inhibit the biological activities of Bothrops atrox venom (BaV) when used the same way as in folk medicine...
November 25, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172900/development-of-a-high-yield-expression-and-purification-system-for-platelet-factor-4
#17
Angela Huynh, Donald M Arnold, Jane C Moore, James W Smith, John G Kelton, Ishac Nazy
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is an adverse drug reaction characterized by IgG antibodies bound to complexes of platelet factor 4 (PF4) and heparin. The majority of diagnostic tests for HIT rely on an exogenous source of PF4 to identify anti-PF4/heparin antibodies. These include the PF4-dependent enhanced serotonin release assay (PF4-SRA) among others. Using a bacterial expression system, we developed a novel and efficient method of producing recombinant human PF4 (rhPF4) that is biochemically and antigenically similar to platelet-derived human PF4...
November 27, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169160/the-use-of-peritoneal-dialysis-in-phenobarbitone-toxicity-in-a-critically-unwell-neonate
#18
Amelia K Le Page, Alice E Stewart, Charles C Roehr, Lilian M Johnstone, Andis Graudins
BACKGROUND: Phenobarbitone (PB) is the first-line anti-convulsant for neonatal seizures. The use of peritoneal dialysis (PD) to enhance drug elimination in cases of neonatal PB overdose has not been reported. OBJECTIVE: To report a case of neonatal severe PB toxicity and review the elimination of PB by PD. METHODS: Assessment of PD drug clearance. RESULTS: A neonate with prolonged seizures was administered PB. Encephalopathy and myocardial failure developed, which were initially suspected to be secondary to hypoxia...
November 24, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168253/genomewide-association-study-of-hla-alloimmunization-in-previously-pregnant-blood-donors
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Mark Seielstad, Grier P Page, Nathan Gaddis, Marion Lanteri, Tzong-Hae Lee, Ram Kakaiya, Lisa F Barcellos, Lindsey A Criswell, Darrell Triulzi, Philip J Norris, Michael P Busch
BACKGROUND: Alloimmunization through blood transfusion, transplantation, or circulating fetal cells during pregnancy is a significant concern. Some exposed individuals make alloantibodies while others do not, implying variation in genetic risk factors. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We conducted a genomewide association study (GWAS) of 9,427,497 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to identify genetic variants for HLA alloimmunization in previously pregnant blood donors with (n = 752) and without (n = 753) HLA Class I or II alloantibodies...
November 22, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162063/elevated-aspergillus-specific-antibody-levels-among-hiv-infected-ugandans-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Richard Kwizera, Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi, Iain D Page, Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Joseph Musaazi, Jan Fehr, Barbara Castelnuovo, Andrew Kambugu, David W Denning
BACKGROUND: The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) is high among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected Ugandans. Recent evidence suggests that Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis and Aspergillus sensitisation might be responsible for significant mortality in patients treated for tuberculosis in Uganda. METHODS: We retrieved and tested paired serum aliquots for 101 HIV-TB co-infected patients at the beginning and week 24 of TB treatment. We tested samples for Aspergillus-specific immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin E (IgE) using ImmunoCAP®; and Aspergillus-specific IgG and total serum IgE using Immulite® immunoassays...
November 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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