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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817691/rac2-is-required-for-alternative-macrophage-activation-and-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-macrophage-autonomous-phenotype
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Shweta Joshi, Alok R Singh, Simon S Wong, Muamera Zulcic, Min Jiang, Annie Pardo, Moises Selman, James S Hagood, Donald L Durden
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disease characterized by cellular phenotype alterations and deposition of extracellular matrix proteins. The alternative activation of macrophages in the lungs has been associated as a major factor promoting pulmonary fibrosis, however the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are poorly understood. In the present study, we have defined a molecular mechanism by which signals transmitted from the extracellular matrix via the α4β1 integrin lead to the activation of Rac2 which regulates alternative macrophage differentiation, a signaling axis within the pulmonary macrophage compartment required for bleomycin induced pulmonary fibrosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816404/multivalency-increases-the-binding-strength-of-rgd-peptidomimetic-paclitaxel-conjugates-to-integrin-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3
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Cesare Gennari, André Raposo Moreira Dias, Arianna Pina, Alberto Dal Corso, Daniela Arosio, Laura Belvisi, Luca Pignataro, Michele Caruso
Herein we report the synthesis of three multimeric RGD peptidomimetic-paclitaxel conjugates featuring a number of αVβ3 integrin ligands ranging from 2 to 4 (compounds 7-9). These constructs were assembled by conjugation of the integrin αVβ3 ligand cyclo[DKP-RGD]-CH2NH2 (2) with paclitaxel (3) via a 2'-carbamate with a self-immolative spacer, the lysosomally cleavable Val-Ala dipeptide linker, a multimeric scaffold, a triazole linkage, and finally a PEG spacer. Two monomeric conjugates (compounds 5-6) were also synthesized as reference compounds...
August 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815933/an-%C3%AE-iib-%C3%AE-3-antagonist-prevents-thrombosis-without-causing-fc%C3%AE-riia-mediated-thrombocytopenia
#3
Yu-Ju Kuo, Ying-Ru Chen, Chun-Chieh Hsu, Hui-Chin Peng, Tur-Fu Huang
BACKGROUND: Thrombocytopenia, a common side effect of Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)-mimetic antiplatelet drugs, is associated with drug-dependent antibodies (DDAbs) that recognize conformation-altered integrin αIIb β3 . OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlation between αIIb β3 binding epitopes and induction of DDAb binding to conformation-altered αIIb β3 , we examined whether two purified disintegrins TMV-2 and TMV-7 with distinct binding motifs that have different effects on induction of αIIb β3 conformational change and platelet aggregation in the presence of AP2, an IgG1 inhibitory monoclonal antibody (mAb) raised against αIIb β3 ...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815778/mapk8-regulates-chicken-male-germ-cell-differentiation-through-jnk-signaling-pathway
#4
Yingjie Wang, Yulin Bi, Qisheng Zuo, Wenhui Zhang, Dong Li, Na-Na He, Shaoze Cheng, Ya-Ni Zhang, Bichun Li
The study aims to analyze the key signaling pathways in regulating the process of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) differentiation into spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). We explored the specific regulating mechanisms of C-Jun amino-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling in this process. Interference/overexpression of MAPK8 allows the JNK signaling pathway to be blocked/activated. In Retinoic acid (RA) induced in vitro differentiation assays, the expression of germ cell marker genes, cvh, c-kit, integrin α6 and integrin β1, was observed to upregulate while activating JNK signaling significantly...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815218/capturing-the-systemic-immune-signature-of-a-norovirus-infection-an-n-of-1-case-study-within-a-clinical-trial
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Antony J Cutler, Joao Oliveira, Ricardo C Ferreira, Ben Challis, Neil M Walker, Sarah Caddy, Jia Lu, Helen E Stevens, Deborah J Smyth, Marcin L Pekalski, Jane Kennet, Kara M D Hunter, Ian Goodfellow, Linda S Wicker, John A Todd, Frank Waldron-Lynch
BACKGROUND:  The infection of a participant with norovirus during the adaptive study of interleukin-2 dose on regulatory T cells in type 1 diabetes (DILT1D) allowed a detailed insight into the cellular and cytokine immune responses to this prevalent gastrointestinal pathogen. METHODS:  Serial blood, serum and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) samples were collected pre-, and post-development of the infection. To differentiate between the immune response to norovirus and to control for the administration of a single dose of aldesleukin (recombinant interleukin-2, rIL-2) alone, samples from five non-infected participants administered similar doses were analysed in parallel...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814519/extracellular-matrix-proteins-mediate-hiv-1-gp120-interactions-with-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-7
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David Plotnik, Wenjin Guo, Brad Cleveland, Priska von Haller, Jimmy K Eng, Miklos Guttman, Kelly K Lee, James Arthos, Shiu-Lok Hu
Gut-homing α4β7(high) CD4(+) T lymphocytes have been shown to be preferentially targeted by Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV), and are implicated in HIV pathogenesis. Previous studies demonstrated that HIV envelope protein gp120 binds and signals through α4β7, and that this likely contributes to the infection of α4β7(high) T cells and promotes cell-to-cell virus transmission. Structures within the second variable loop (V2) of gp120, including the tripeptide motif LDV/I, are thought to mediate gp120-α4β7 binding...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813592/3d-printed-phema-materials-for-topographical-and-biochemical-modulation-of-dorsal-root-ganglion-cell-response
#7
Adina Badea, Joselle M McCracken, Emily G Tillmaand, Mikhail Eugene Kandel, Aaron W Oraham, Molly B Mevis, Stanislav S Rubakhin, Gabriel Popescu, Jonathan V Sweedler, Ralph G Nuzzo
Understanding and controlling the interactions occurring between cells and engineered materials are central challenges towards progress in the development of biomedical devices. In this work, we describe materials for direct ink writing (DIW), an extrusion-based type of 3D printing, that embed a custom synthetic protein (RGD-PDL) within the microfilaments of 3D-hydrogel scaffolds to modify these interactions and differentially direct tissue-level organization of complex cell populations in vitro. The RGD-PDL is synthesized by modifying poly-ᴅ-lysine (PDL) to varying extents with peptides containing the integrin-binding motif Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811641/joint-inflammation-related-citrullination-of-functional-arginines-in-extracellular-proteins
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Kalle H Sipilä, Vipin Ranga, Pekka Rappu, Markku Mali, Laura Pirilä, Ilona Heino, Johanna Jokinen, Jarmo Käpylä, Mark S Johnson, Jyrki Heino
We report the extent, specific sites and structural requirements of joint inflammation related citrullination in extracellular proteins. A total of 40 synovial fluid samples derived from chronically inflamed human joints were analysed by heparin-agarose fractionation and LC-MS/MS. Citrullination of 55 arginines in extracellular proteins was detected. Importantly, 20% of the sites have a characterized function related to the hallmarks of destructive joint inflammation. E.g. four arginine residues, shown here to be citrullinated, are also affected by mutations in inherited diseases causing haemolysis or blood clotting dysfunction...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811304/selectin-catch-bonds-mechanotransduce-integrin-activation-and-neutrophil-arrest-on-inflamed-endothelium-under-shear-flow
#9
Vasilios A Morikis, Shannon Chase, Ted Wun, Elliot L Chaikof, John L Magnani, Scott I Simon
E-selectin extends from the plasma membrane of inflamed endothelium and serves to capture leukocytes from flowing blood via long-lived catch-bonds that support slow leukocyte rolling under shear stress. Its ligands are glycosylated with the tetrasaccharide sialyl Lewis(x) (sLe(x)), which contributes to bond affinity and specificity. E-selectin mediated rolling transmits signals into neutrophils that triggers activation of high-affinity β2-integrins necessary for transition to shear resistant adhesion and transendothelial migration...
August 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809082/development-of-a-dual-functional-hydrogel-using-rgd-and-anti-vegf-aptamer
#10
Nan Zhao, Mark R Battig, Ming Xu, Xiuli Wang, Na Xiong, Yong Wang
Synthetic molecular libraries hold great potential to advance the biomaterial development. However, little effort is made to integrate molecules with molecular recognition abilities selected from different libraries into a single biomolecular material. The purpose of this work is to incorporate peptides and nucleic acid aptamers into a porous hydrogel to develop a dual-functional biomaterial. The data show that an anti-integrin peptide can promote the attachment and growth of endothelial cells in a 3D porous poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel and an antivascular endothelial growth factor aptamer can sequester and release VEGF of high bioactivity...
August 15, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808266/in-silico-analysis-of-glanzmann-variants-of-calf-1-domain-of-%C3%AE-iib%C3%AE-3-integrin-revealed-dynamic-allosteric-effect
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Matthieu Goguet, Tarun Jairaj Narwani, Rachel Petermann, Vincent Jallu, Alexandre G de Brevern
Integrin αIIbβ3 mediates platelet aggregation and thrombus formation. In a rare hereditary bleeding disorder, Glanzmann thrombasthenia (GT), αIIbβ3 expression / function are impaired. The impact of deleterious missense mutations on the complex structure remains unclear. Long independent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed for 7 GT variants and reference structure of the Calf-1 domain of αIIb. Simulations were analysed using a structural alphabet to describe local protein conformations. Common and flexible regions as well as deformable zones were observed in all the structures...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807980/cd177-modulates-human-neutrophil-migration-through-activation-mediated-integrin-and-chemoreceptor-regulation
#12
Ming Bai, Ricardo Grieshaber-Bouyer, Junxia Wang, Angela B Schmider, Zachary S Wilson, Liling Zeng, Olha Halyabar, Matthew D Godin, Hung N Nguyen, Anaïs Levescot, Pierre Cunin, Craig T Lefort, Roy J Soberman, Peter A Nigrovic
CD177 is a GPI-anchored protein expressed by a variable proportion of human neutrophils that mediates surface expression of the anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) antigen proteinase 3. CD177 associates with β2 integrins and recognizes PECAM-1, suggesting a role in neutrophil migration. However, CD177(pos) neutrophils exhibit no clear migratory advantage in vivo, despite interruption of transendothelial migration by in vitro CD177 ligation. We sought to understand this paradox. Using a PECAM-1-independent transwell system, we found that CD177(pos) and CD177(neg) neutrophils migrated comparably...
August 14, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806534/knockdown-of-snail-inhibits-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hep-2-cells-through-vdr-signaling-pathway
#13
Xue Zhao, Dan Yu, Jingpu Yang, Kai Xue, Yan Liu, Chunshun Jin
It has been well-documented that Snail plays a decisive role in various tumors. However, the direct effect of Snail on laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) has not been elaborated. In this study, we firstly detected the expression of Snail in 14 samples of patients with LSCC and found that its content was high in cancer tissues compared with adjacent tissues. Then we established LSCC Hep-2 cells with Snail silencing and validated the knockdown efficiency by western blotting and real-time PCR. Results showed that silencing of Snail significantly inhibited the ability of adhesion, migration, and invasion of Hep-2 cells...
August 14, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805059/probing-membrane-receptor-ligand-specificity-with-surface-and-tip-enhanced-raman-scattering
#14
Lifu Xiao, Karen A Bailey, Hao Wang, Zachary D Schultz
The specific interaction between a ligand and a protein is a key component in minimizing off-target effects in drug discovery. Investigating these interactions with membrane protein receptors can be quite challenging. In this report, we show how spectral variance observed in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) can be correlated with ligand specificity in affinity-based assays. Variations in the enhanced Raman spectra of three peptide ligands (i.e. cyclic-RGDFC, cyclic-isoDGRFC, and CisoDGRC), which have different binding affinity to αvβ3 integrin, are reported from isolated proteins and from receptors in intact cancer cell membranes...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804736/urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-upa-and-its-receptor-upar-promote-neurorepair-in-the-ischemic-brain
#15
Paola Merino, Ariel Diaz, Manuel Yepes
Despite the fact that ischemic stroke has been considered a leading cause of mortality in the world, recent advances in our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the ischemic injury and the treatment of acute ischemic stroke patients have led to a sharp decrease in the number of stroke deaths. However, this decrease in stroke mortality has also led to an increase in the number of patients that survive the acute ischemic injury with different degrees of disability. Unfortunately, to this date we do not have an effective therapeutic strategy to promote neurological recovery in these growing population of stroke survivors...
2017: Receptors & Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804548/overexpression-of-pten-suppresses-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-metastasis-through-inhibition-of-integrin-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-signaling
#16
Yan Xia Yu, Yi Wang, Hong Liu
Studies have demonstrated that the abnormal expression of phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) is associated with multiple malignancies, but its functional role in non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) metastasis remains to be elucidated. In the present study, we investigated the role of PTEN in regulating proliferation, migration, and invasion of NSCLC cells by establishing NSCLC cell strains with constitutively silenced or elevated PTEN expression. We demonstrated that ectopic expression of PTEN inhibits migration and invasion of NSCLC cells in vitro through wound healing and Transwell invasion assays...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804488/anti-adhesion-therapies-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-molecular-and-clinical-aspects
#17
REVIEW
Sebastian Zundler, Emily Becker, Carl Weidinger, Britta Siegmund
The number of biologicals for the therapy of immunologically mediated diseases is constantly growing. In contrast to other agents that were previously introduced in rheumatologic or dermatologic diseases and only later adopted for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), the field of IBD was ground breaking for the concept of anti-adhesion blockade. Anti-adhesion antibodies selectively target integrins controlling cell homing to the intestine, which leads to reduction of inflammatory infiltration to the gut in chronic intestinal inflammation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803438/inhibitor-of-endocannabinoid-deactivation-protects-against-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-neurotoxic-effects-of-paraoxon
#18
Karen L G Farizatto, Sara A McEwan, Vinogran Naidoo, Spyros P Nikas, Vidyanand G Shukla, Michael F Almeida, Aaron Byrd, Heather Romine, David A Karanian, Alexandros Makriyannis, Ben A Bahr
The anticholinesterase paraoxon (Pxn) is related to military nerve agents that increase acetylcholine levels, trigger seizures, and cause excitotoxic damage in the brain. In rat hippocampal slice cultures, high-dose Pxn was applied resulting in a presynaptic vulnerability evidenced by a 64% reduction in synapsin IIb (syn IIb) levels, whereas the postsynaptic protein GluR1 was unchanged. Other signs of Pxn-induced cytotoxicity include the oxidative stress-related production of stable 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE)-protein adducts...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803264/hyaluronan-in-the-experimental-injury-of-the-cartilage-biochemical-action-and-protective-effects
#19
REVIEW
Angela Avenoso, Angela D'Ascola, Michele Scuruchi, Giuseppe Mandraffino, Alberto Calatroni, Antonino Saitta, Salvatore Campo, Giuseppe M Campo
INTRODUCTION: Our knowledge of extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and function has increased enormously over the last decade or so. There is evidence demonstrating that ECM provides signals affecting cell adhesion, shape, migration, proliferation, survival, and differentiation. ECM presents many domains that become active after proteolytic cleavage. These active ECM fragments are called matrikines which play different roles; in particular, they may act as potent inflammatory mediators during cartilage injury...
August 12, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802567/nano-sized-and-other-improved-reporters-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-angiogenesis
#20
Simonetta Geninatti Crich, Enzo Terreno, Silvio Aime
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) enables to provide anatomical, functional and molecular information of pathological angiogenesis when used with properly tailored imaging probes. Functional studies have been the domain of Dynamic Contrast Enhancement (DCE) -MRI protocols from which it is possible to extract quantitative estimations on key parameters such as the volumes of vascular and extracellular compartments and the rates of the bidirectional exchange of the imaging reporters across the endothelial barrier...
August 9, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
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