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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821851/mass-production-of-bulk-artificial-nacre-with-excellent-mechanical-properties
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Huai-Ling Gao, Si-Ming Chen, Li-Bo Mao, Zhao-Qiang Song, Hong-Bin Yao, Helmut Cölfen, Xi-Sheng Luo, Fu Zhang, Zhao Pan, Yu-Feng Meng, Yong Ni, Shu-Hong Yu
Various methods have been exploited to replicate nacre features into artificial structural materials with impressive structural and mechanical similarity. However, it is still very challenging to produce nacre-mimetics in three-dimensional bulk form, especially for further scale-up. Herein, we demonstrate that large-sized, three-dimensional bulk artificial nacre with comprehensive mimicry of the hierarchical structures and the toughening mechanisms of natural nacre can be facilely fabricated via a bottom-up assembly process based on laminating pre-fabricated two-dimensional nacre-mimetic films...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793925/perturbed-human-sub-networks-by-fusobacterium-nucleatum-candidate-virulence-proteins
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Andreas Zanzoni, Lionel Spinelli, Shérazade Braham, Christine Brun
BACKGROUND: Fusobacterium nucleatum is a gram-negative anaerobic species residing in the oral cavity and implicated in several inflammatory processes in the human body. Although F. nucleatum abundance is increased in inflammatory bowel disease subjects and is prevalent in colorectal cancer patients, the causal role of the bacterium in gastrointestinal disorders and the mechanistic details of host cell functions subversion are not fully understood. RESULTS: We devised a computational strategy to identify putative secreted F...
August 10, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769686/an-illustrated-checklist-of-the-genus-elymnias-h%C3%A3-bner-1818-nymphalidae-satyrinae
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Chia-Hsuan Wei, David J Lohman, Djunijanti Peggie, Shen-Horn Yen
We review the genus Elymnias Hübner, 1818, a morphologically diverse satyrine butterfly clade involved in multifarious Batesian mimicry relationships throughout Asia and Africa. A variety of different model species are mimicked, and many Elymnias species are sexually dimorphic mimics, with males and females resembling different model species. We revise species and subspecies delimitations in light of an integrative taxonomic investigation using external morphology, male and female genital morphology, and a multi-locus molecular phylogeny...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766937/a-structural-basis-for-biguanide-activity
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Scott A Gabel, Michael R Duff, Lars C Pedersen, Eugene F DeRose, Juno M Krahn, Elizabeth E Howell, Robert Elliot London
Metformin is the most commonly prescribed treatment for Type II diabetes and related disorders, however molecular insights into its mode(s) of action have been limited by an absence of structural data. Structural considerations along with an increasing body of literature demonstrating its effects on one-carbon metabolism suggest the possibility of folate mimicry and anti-folate activity. Motivated by increasing recognition that anti-diabetic biguanides may act directly upon the gut microbiome, we have determined structures of the complexes formed between the anti-diabetic biguanides: phenformin, buformin, and metformin and E...
August 2, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765561/antibodies-against-modified-ns1-wing-domain-peptide-protect-against-dengue-virus-infection
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Yen-Chung Lai, Yung-Chun Chuang, Ching-Chuan Liu, Tzong-Shiann Ho, Yee-Shin Lin, Robert Anderson, Trai-Ming Yeh
Dengue is the most common mosquito-transmitted viral infection for which an improved vaccine is still needed. Although nonstructural protein-1 (NS1) immunization can protect mice against dengue infection, molecular mimicry between NS1 and host proteins makes NS1-based vaccines challenging to develop. Based on the epitope recognized by the anti-NS1 monoclonal Ab (mAb) 33D2 which recognizes a conserved NS1 wing domain (NS1-WD) region but not host proteins, we synthesized a modified NS1-WD peptide to immunize mice...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765537/prdx2-in-myocyte-hypertrophy-and-survival-is-mediated-by-tlr4-in-acute-infarcted-myocardium
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Xian Jin, Chengjun Chen, Dandan Li, Qian Su, Yanwen Hang, Peng Zhang, Wei Hu
Peroxiredoxin 2 (PRDX2) is an antioxidant and molecular chaperone that can be secreted from tumor cells. But the role of PRDX2 in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is not clear. In the current study, we demonstrate the role of PRDX2 from clinical trials, H9c2 cells and in a mouse model. ELISA analysis shows that serum concentrations of VEGF and inflammatory factor IL-1β, TNF-α and IL-6 were increased in AMI patients compared to a control group. The expression of PRDX2 was also upregulated. In vivo experiments show that the expression of PRDX2 inhibits hypoxia-induced oxidative stress injury to H9c2 cells...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759230/targeting-unoccupied-surfaces-on-protein-protein-interfaces
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David Rooklin, Ashley E Modell, Haotian Li, Viktoriya Berdan, Paramjit S Arora, Yingkai Zhang
The use of peptidomimetic scaffolds to target protein-protein interfaces is a promising strategy for inhibitor design. The strategy relies on mimicry of protein motifs that exhibit a concentration of native hot spot residues. To address this constraint, we present a pocket-centric computational design strategy guided by AlphaSpace to identify high-quality pockets near the peptidomimetic motif that are both targetable and unoccupied. Alpha-clusters serve as a spatial representation of pocket space and are used to guide the selection of natural and non-natural amino acid mutations to design inhibitors that optimize pocket occupation across the interface...
August 4, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755952/are-humans-prone-to-autoimmunity-implications-from-evolutionary-changes-in-hominin-sialic-acid-biology
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Ajit Varki
Given varied intrinsic and extrinsic challenges to the immune system, it is unsurprising that each evolutionary lineage evolves distinctive features of immunoreactivity, and that tolerance mechanisms fail, allowing autoimmunity. Humans appear prone to many autoimmune diseases, with mechanisms both genetic and environmental. Another rapidly evolving biological system involves sialic acids, a family of monosaccharides that are terminal caps on cell surface and secreted molecules of vertebrates, and play multifarious roles in immunity...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755681/ebv-and-ms-major-cause-minor-contribution-or-red-herring
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Sean Burnard, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Rodney J Scott
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease with genetic and environmental risk factors. Epstein Barr-Virus (EBV) has been closely associated with MS but with a significant amount of conflicting evidence. Some of the evidence for EBV involvement in MS includes: almost 100% of MS patients showing past EBV infection, an association with Infectious Mononucleosis (acute EBV infection), higher titres of EBV antibodies associated with an increased risk of MS development, and an overall altered immune response to EBV found in peripheral blood and the CNS of MS patients...
August 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745221/rheumatic-heart-disease-pathogenesis-and-vaccine
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L Guilherme, S Freschi de Barros, K F Köhler, S R Santos, F Morais Ferreira, W R Silva, R Alencar, E Postol, J Kalil
Rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) follow untreated S. pyogenes throat infections in children who present susceptible genes that favor the development of autoimmune reactions. In this review, we focus on the genes that confer susceptibility and on the autoimmune reactions that occur due to molecular mimicry between human-tissue proteins and streptococcal M protein. Polyarthritis is the initial manifestation, which can evolve to carditis and severe valve damage; these culminate in rheumatic heart disease (RHD) or Sydenham's chorea, which affects the central nervous system...
July 25, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732465/genome-wide-signals-of-positive-selection-in-strongylocentrotid-sea-urchins
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Kord M Kober, Grant H Pogson
BACKGROUND: Comparative genomics studies investigating the signals of positive selection among groups of closely related species are still rare and limited in taxonomic breadth. Such studies show great promise in advancing our knowledge about the proportion and the identity of genes experiencing diversifying selection. However, methodological challenges have led to high levels of false positives in past studies. Here, we use the well-annotated genome of the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, as a reference to investigate the signals of positive selection at 6520 single-copy orthologs from nine sea urchin species belonging to the family Strongylocentrotidae paying careful attention to minimizing false positives...
July 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701998/thyroid-autoimmunity-and-lichen
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REVIEW
Fabrizio Guarneri, Roberta Giuffrida, Flavia Di Bari, Serafinella Patrizia Cannavò, Salvatore Benvenga
Lichen planus (LP) and lichen sclerosus (LS) are cutaneous-mucous diseases with uncertain epidemiology. Current data, which are likely to be underestimated, suggest a prevalence in the general population of 0.1-4% for cutaneous LP, 1.27-2.0% for oral LP, and 0.1-3.3% for LS. While etiology of lichen is still unknown, clinical and histological evidence show an (auto)immune pathogenesis. Association of lichen with autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) has been investigated in few studies. This association appears better defined in the case of LS, while is more controversial for LP...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700422/cervical-squamous-carcinomas-with-prominent-acantholysis-and-areas-resembling-breast-lobular-carcinoma-an-aggressive-form-of-dedifferentation
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Kerry Scott, Gareth Bryson, Jackie Jamison, Michael Coutts, W Glenn McCluggage
There have been occasional reports of primary cervical adenocarcinoma with areas of dedifferentiation resulting in morphologic mimicry of breast lobular carcinoma. We describe 4 cases of primary cervical squamous carcinoma with prominent acantholysis (3 cases), areas resembling breast lobular carcinoma (3 cases) or both (2 cases). All 4 tumors showed positivity with p63 and CK5/6 and 3 of 4 exhibited block-type immunoreactivity with p16. Two of the 4 cases contained high-risk human papillomavirus (types 16 and 18) on molecular testing; of the 2 cases which were human papillomavirus negative, 1 exhibited patchy nonblock immunoreactivity with p16...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698274/noroviruses-co-opt-the-function-of-host-proteins-vapa-and-vapb-for-replication-via-a-phenylalanine-phenylalanine-acidic-tract-motif-mimic-in-nonstructural-viral-protein-ns1-2
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Broc T McCune, Wei Tang, Jia Lu, James B Eaglesham, Lucy Thorne, Anne E Mayer, Emily Condiff, Timothy J Nice, Ian Goodfellow, Andrzej M Krezel, Herbert W Virgin
The Norovirus genus contains important human pathogens, but the role of host pathways in norovirus replication is largely unknown. Murine noroviruses provide the opportunity to study norovirus replication in cell culture and in small animals. The human norovirus nonstructural protein NS1/2 interacts with the host protein VAMP-associated protein A (VAPA), but the significance of the NS1/2-VAPA interaction is unexplored. Here we report decreased murine norovirus replication in VAPA- and VAPB-deficient cells. We characterized the role of VAPA in detail...
July 11, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691459/periodontal-microbioma-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-role-of-porhyromonas-gingivalis
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L Azzi, S Rania, R Vinci, F Spadari, F Croveri, C Scognamiglio, D Farronato, L Tettamanti, A Tagliabue, J Silvestre-Rangil, C Bellintani
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease, which can be described as an autoimmune response after molecular mimicry caused by infective agents. The current study aims at evaluating the correlation between Rhematoid Arthritis (RA) and Periodontal Disease (PD), with special attention to the microbioma detected in the gums. Thirty-four patients with RD were recruited into the current study. Among rheumatic parameters, Rheumatoid Factor (RF), anti-citrullinated protein antibody (CCP), HLA-BDR1 and DAS28 were collected...
April 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690944/acute-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyneuroradiculopathy-with-ipilimumab-in-metastatic-melanoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Chintan Rupareliya, Syeda Naqvi, Vishal B Jani
Ipilimumab (Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., New York, NY) is a novel anticancer medication used for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. The exact mechanism of its action remains unclear; however, data from previous clinical trials postulates the immunomodulatory activity of ipilimumab to enhance therapeutic effectiveness. Ipilimumab was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2011 for use in stage III and IV of unresectable metastatic melanoma. We report a single case of acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuroradiculopthy (AIDP) in the patient treated with ipilimumab for recurrent metastatic melanoma...
June 5, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685141/placeholder-factors-in-ribosome-biogenesis-please-pave-my-way
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REVIEW
Francisco J Espinar-Marchena, Reyes Babiano, Jesús Cruz
The synthesis of cytoplasmic eukaryotic ribosomes is an extraordinarily energy-demanding cellular activity that occurs progressively from the nucleolus to the cytoplasm. In the nucleolus, precursor rRNAs associate with a myriad of trans-acting factors and some ribosomal proteins to form pre-ribosomal particles. These factors include snoRNPs, nucleases, ATPases, GTPases, RNA helicases, and a vast list of proteins with no predicted enzymatic activity. Their coordinate activity orchestrates in a spatiotemporal manner the modification and processing of precursor rRNAs, the rearrangement reactions required for the formation of productive RNA folding intermediates, the ordered assembly of the ribosomal proteins, and the export of pre-ribosomal particles to the cytoplasm; thus, providing speed, directionality and accuracy to the overall process of formation of translation-competent ribosomes...
April 27, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664961/carbon-dots-as-photosensitisers-for-solar-driven-catalysis
#18
Georgina A M Hutton, Benjamin C M Martindale, Erwin Reisner
Artificial photosynthesis is the mimicry of the natural process of solar energy conversion into chemical energy carriers. Photocatalytic systems that combine light-harvesting materials and catalysts in solution or suspension provide a promising route towards this goal. A key requirement for a sustainable solar fuel production system is a low-cost, stable and non-toxic light harvester. Photoluminescent carbon nanoparticles, carbon dots (CDs), are promising emerging light-harvesters for photocatalytic fuel production systems...
June 30, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664835/prevalence-and-significance-of-anti-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-antibodies-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Alessia Alunno, Onelia Bistoni, Francesco Carubbi, Valentina Valentini, Giacomo Cafaro, Elena Bartoloni Bocci, Roberto Giacomelli, Roberto Gerli
OBJECTIVES: Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a common yeast used in the food industry. IgG and IgA antibodies against the phosphopeptidomannan of the S. cerevisiae cell wall (ASCA) are a well known marker of disease severity in Crohn's disease. Moreover, a number of studies assessed ASCA in several systemic and organ-specific autoimmune diseases postulating molecular mimicry as a possible link between ASCA and autoimmunity. However, since they have never been tested in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), the purpose of this study was to investigate these antibodies in a large cohort of pSS patients, compared to healthy donors (HD), and their significance as potentially helpful biomarker in a clinical setting...
June 29, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652651/molecular-mimicry-in-helicobacter-pylori-infections
#20
REVIEW
Magdalena Chmiela, Weronika Gonciarz
Gram-negative bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) colonize gastric mucosa in humans and increase the risk of serious diseases such as gastric and duodenal ulcers, stomach cancers and mucosa associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma. The role of H. pylori infection in the pathogenesis of several extragastric diseases has been suggested including immune thrombocytopenic purpura, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin D deficiency, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and dermatological disorders. Also neurological diseases and even lung cancer have attracted researchers concern...
June 14, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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