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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914089/generating-and-purifying-fab-fragments-from-human-and-mouse-igg-using-the-bacterial-enzymes-ides-speb-and-kgp
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Jonathan Sjögren, Linda Andersson, Malin Mejàre, Fredrik Olsson
Fab fragments are valuable research tools in various areas of science including applications in imaging, binding studies, removal of Fc-mediated effector functions, mass spectrometry, infection biology, and many others. The enzymatic tools for the generation of Fab fragments have been discovered through basic research within the field of molecular bacterial pathogenesis. Today, these enzymes are widely applied as research tools and in this chapter, we describe methodologies based on bacterial enzymes to generate Fab fragments from both human and mouse IgG...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914087/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biofilm-formation-by-pathogenic-streptococci
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Yashuan Chao, Caroline Bergenfelz, Anders P Håkansson
This manuscript presents novel approaches to grow and evaluate Streptococcal biofilm formation using the human respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) as the main model organism on biological surfaces in vitro and in vivo. Most biofilm models are based on growth on abiotic surfaces, which is relevant for many pathogens whose growth on surfaces or medical devices is a major cause of disease transmission and infections, especially in hospital environments. However, most infections with commensal organisms require biofilm formation on biological surfaces in the host at the site of colonization or infection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914082/detection-of-intracellular-proteins-by-high-resolution-immunofluorescence-microscopy-in-streptococcus-pyogenes
#3
Assaf Raz
Immunofluorescence microscopy is an invaluable tool for the study of biological processes at the cellular level. While the localization of surface-exposed antigens can easily be determined using fluorescent antibodies, localization of intracellular antigens requires permeabilization of the bacterial cell wall and membrane. Here, we describe an immunofluorescence protocol tailored specifically for Streptococcus pyogenes, applying the phage lysin PlyC for cell wall permeabilization. This protocol allows a high level of morphological preservation, suitable for high-resolution microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914073/competition-for-iron-between-host-and-pathogen-a-structural-case-study-on-helicobacter-pylori
#4
Wei Xia
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a highly successful bacterial pathogen, which colonizes the stomach of more than half of the world's population. To colonize and survive in such an acidic and inhospitable niche, H. pylori cells have evolved complex mechanisms to acquire nutrients from human hosts, including iron, an essential nutrient for both the pathogens and host cells. However, human cells also utilize diverse strategies in withholding of irons to prevent the bacterial outgrowth. The competition for iron is the central battlefield between pathogen and host...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914066/computational-tools-for-allosteric-drug-discovery-site-identification-and-focus-library-design
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Wenkang Huang, Ruth Nussinov, Jian Zhang
Allostery is an intrinsic phenomenon of biological macromolecules involving regulation and/or signal transduction induced by a ligand binding to an allosteric site distinct from a molecule's active site. Allosteric drugs are currently receiving increased attention in drug discovery because drugs that target allosteric sites can provide important advantages over the corresponding orthosteric drugs including specific subtype selectivity within receptor families. Consequently, targeting allosteric sites, instead of orthosteric sites, can reduce drug-related side effects and toxicity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914065/computational-design-of-membrane-curvature-sensing-peptides
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Armando Jerome de Jesus, Hang Yin
Computer simulations have become an indispensable tool in studying molecular biological systems. The unmatched spatial and temporal resolution that it offers enables for microscopic-level views into the dynamics and mechanics of biological systems. Recent advances in hardware resources have also opened up to computer simulations the investigation of longer timescale biological processes and larger systems. The study of membrane proteins or peptides especially benefits from simulations due to difficulties related to crystallization of such proteins in a membrane environment...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914063/episweep-computationally-driven-reengineering-of-therapeutic-proteins-to-reduce-immunogenicity-while-maintaining-function
#7
Yoonjoo Choi, Deeptak Verma, Karl E Griswold, Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Therapeutic proteins are yielding ever more advanced and efficacious new drugs, but the biological origins of these highly effective therapeutics render them subject to immune surveillance within the patient's body. When recognized by the immune system as a foreign agent, protein drugs elicit a coordinated response that can manifest a range of clinical complications including rapid drug clearance, loss of functionality and efficacy, delayed infusion-like allergic reactions, more serious anaphylactic shock, and even induced auto-immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914062/computational-design-of-ligand-binding-proteins
#8
Christine E Tinberg, Sagar D Khare
The ability to design novel small-molecule binding sites in proteins is a stringent test of our understanding of the principles of molecular recognition, and would have many practical applications, in synthetic biology and medicine. Here, we describe a computational method in the context of the macromolecular modeling suite Rosetta to designing proteins with sites featuring predetermined interactions to ligands of choice. The required inputs for the method are a model of the small molecule and the desired interactions (e...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914060/a-protocol-for-the-design-of-protein-and-peptide-nanostructure-self-assemblies-exploiting-synthetic-amino-acids
#9
Nurit Haspel, Jie Zheng, Carlos Aleman, David Zanuy, Ruth Nussinov
In recent years there has been increasing interest in nanostructure design based on the self-assembly properties of proteins and polymers. Nanodesign requires the ability to predictably manipulate the properties of the self-assembly of autonomous building blocks, which can fold or aggregate into preferred conformational states. The design includes functional synthetic materials and biological macromolecules. Autonomous biological building blocks with available 3D structures provide an extremely rich and useful resource...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914056/parallel-computational-protein-design
#10
Yichao Zhou, Bruce R Donald, Jianyang Zeng
Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is an important problem in computational biology, which aims to design or improve a prescribed protein function based on a protein structure template. It provides a practical tool for real-world protein engineering applications. A popular CSPD method that guarantees to find the global minimum energy solution (GMEC) is to combine both dead-end elimination (DEE) and A* tree search algorithms. However, in this framework, the A* search algorithm can run in exponential time in the worst case, which may become the computation bottleneck of large-scale computational protein design process...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914052/applications-of-normal-mode-analysis-methods-in-computational-protein-design
#11
Vincent Frappier, Matthieu Chartier, Rafael Najmanovich
Recent advances in coarse-grained normal mode analysis methods make possible the large-scale prediction of the effect of mutations on protein stability and dynamics as well as the generation of biologically relevant conformational ensembles. Given the interplay between flexibility and enzymatic activity, the combined analysis of stability and dynamics using the Elastic Network Contact Model (ENCoM) method has ample applications in protein engineering in industrial and medical applications such as in computational antibody design...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914049/modeling-binding-affinity-of-pathological-mutations-for-computational-protein-design
#12
Miguel Romero-Durana, Chiara Pallara, Fabian Glaser, Juan Fernández-Recio
An important aspect of protein functionality is the formation of specific complexes with other proteins, which are involved in the majority of biological processes. The functional characterization of such interactions at molecular level is necessary, not only to understand biological and pathological phenomena but also to design improved, or even new interfaces, or to develop new therapeutic approaches. X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy have increased the number of 3D protein complex structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914045/achievements-and-challenges-in-computational-protein-design
#13
Ilan Samish
Computational protein design (CPD), a yet evolving field, includes computer-aided engineering for partial or full de novo designs of proteins of interest. Designs are defined by a requested structure, function, or working environment. This chapter describes the birth and maturation of the field by presenting 101 CPD examples in a chronological order emphasizing achievements and pending challenges. Integrating these aspects presents the plethora of CPD approaches with the hope of providing a "CPD 101". These reflect on the broader structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics field and include: (1) integration of knowledge-based and energy-based methods, (2) hierarchical designated approach towards local, regional, and global motifs and the integration of high- and low-resolution design schemes that fit each such region, (3) systematic differential approaches towards different protein regions, (4) identification of key hot-spot residues and the relative effect of remote regions, (5) assessment of shape-complementarity, electrostatics and solvation effects, (6) integration of thermal plasticity and functional dynamics, (7) negative design, (8) systematic integration of experimental approaches, (9) objective cross-assessment of methods, and (10) successful ranking of potential designs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914035/mobilization-of-peripheral-blood-stem-cells-and-changes-in-the-concentration-of-plasma-factors-influencing-their-movement-in-patients-with-panic-disorder
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Marcin Jabłoński, Jolanta Kucharska Mazur, Maciej Tarnowski, Barbara Dołęgowska, Daniel Pędziwiatr, Ewa Kubiś, Marta Budkowska, Daria Sałata, Justyna Pełka Wysiecka, Arkadiusz Kazimierczak, Artur Reginia, Mariusz Z Ratajczak, Jerzy Samochowiec
In this paper we examined whether stem cells and factors responsible for their movement may serve as new biological markers of anxiety disorders. The study was carried out on a group of 30 patients diagnosed with panic disorder (examined before and after treatment), compared to 30 healthy individuals forming the control group. We examined the number of circulating HSCs (hematopoetic stem cells) (Lin-/CD45 +/CD34 +) and HSCs (Lin-/CD45 +/AC133 +), the number of circulating VSELs (very small embryonic-like stem cells) (Lin-/CD45-/CD34 +) and VSELs (Lin-/CD45-/AC133 +), as well as the concentration of complement components: C3a, C5a and C5b-9, SDF-1 (stromal derived factor) and S1P (sphingosine-1-phosphate)...
December 2, 2016: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913993/antifreeze-glycopeptides-from-structure-and-activity-studies-to-current-approaches-in-chemical-synthesis
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REVIEW
Małgorzata Urbańczyk, Jerzy Góra, Rafał Latajka, Norbert Sewald
Antifreeze glycopeptides (AFGPs) are a class of biological antifreeze agents found predominantly in Arctic and Antarctic species of fish. They possess the ability to regulate ice nucleation and ice crystal growth, thus creating viable life conditions at temperatures below the freezing point of body fluids. AFGPs usually consist of 4-55 repetitions of the tripeptide unit Ala-Ala-Thr that is O-glycosylated at the threonine side chains with β-D-galactosyl-(1 → 3)-α-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine. Due to their interesting properties and high antifreeze activity, they have many potential applications, e...
December 2, 2016: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913951/stereolithography-based-3d-printed-pillar-plates-that-minimizes-fluid-transfers-during-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assays
#16
Justin D McCallen, Alison Schaefer, Phoebe Lee, Loretta Hing, Samuel K Lai
Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is one of the most popular and indispensable tools in molecular biology. Despite numerous advances in ELISA methods that markedly improve the sensitivity and throughput of detection, a hallmark of all ELISA continues to be repeated pipetting of fluids that is not only cumbersome but can easily introduce errors or contaminations. Robotics, despite obvious advantages, remains expensive. Here, we designed and produced cheap "pillar plates" using stereolithography-based 3D printing that can be readily inserted into conventional 96- and 384- well plates and serve as the substrate for ELISA...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913950/mechanics-reveals-the-biological-trigger-in-wrinkly-fingers
#17
P Sáez, A M Zöllner
Fingertips wrinkle due to long exposure to water. The biological reason for this morphological change is unclear and still not fully understood. There are two main hypotheses for the underlying mechanism of fingertip wrinkling: the 'shrink' model (in which the wrinkling is driven by the contraction of the lower layers of skin, associated with the shrinking of the underlying vasculature), and the 'swell' model (in which the wrinkling is driven by the swelling of the upper layers of the skin, associated with osmosis)...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913919/a-critical-overview-on-the-biological-and-molecular-features-of-red-and-processed-meat-in-colorectal-carcinogenesis
#18
REVIEW
Arunan Jeyakumar, Lakal Dissabandara, Vinod Gopalan
A recent investigation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that the consumption of processed meat and potentially red meat promotes carcinogenesis and can increase the risk of colorectal cancer. This literature review aims to summarise both the red and processed meat molecules associated with colorectal carcinogenesis and investigate their relationship with the pathogenic process of colorectal cancer. Literature relating to the carcinogenic effect of red and processed meat molecules was critically reviewed...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913894/use-and-effectiveness-of-tocilizumab-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-an-observational-study-from-the-british-society-for-rheumatology-biologics-register-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Mari Kihara, Rebecca Davies, Lianne Kearsley-Fleet, Kath D Watson, Mark Lunt, Deborah P M Symmons, Kimme L Hyrich
The aims of the present study are to describe the characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients selected for tocilizumab (TCZ), compare the "real-world" effectiveness of TCZ and tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) when used as a first biologic and assess the influence of past biologic exposure/concurrent methotrexate (MTX) therapy on post-TCZ treatment outcomes. The British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register (BSRBR-RA) is a prospective cohort study following RA patients starting biologics in the UK...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913890/performance-improvement-of-raw-water-pretreatment-process-with-pre-inoculation-biofilm-feasibility-and-limiting-factors
#20
Guang-Feng Yang, Li-Juan Feng, Cai-Rong Guo, Tian Xia, Xiang-Yang Xu, Liang Zhu
The initial formation of biofilm and the removal performance of pollutants in biological pretreatment process for polluted raw water were limited due to the oligotrophic niche in raw water. In this study, the feasibility of using pre-inoculation biofilm formed under nutrients enhanced condition for polluted raw water treatment was analyzed in nine batch reactors. Results showed that the pollutants removal performance of biofilm was improved under nutrients enhanced conditions. Ammonia oxidation rate (AOR) was exponentially increased with the increasing in NH4(+)-N levels, and organic matter removal rate (ORR) was positively related to the initial total organic carbon (TOC) concentration...
December 2, 2016: Biodegradation
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