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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528176/production-and-preclinical-assessment-of-camelid-immunoglobulins-against-echis-sochureki-venom-from-desert-of-rajasthan-india
#1
P D Tanwar, S K Ghorui, S K Kochar, Raghvendar Singh, N V Patil
Snakebite is a significant cause of death and disability in subsistent farming populations of rural India. Antivenom is the most effective treatment of envenoming and is manufactured from IgG of venom-immunised horses. Because of complex fiscal reasons, the production, testing and delivery of antivenoms designed to treat envenoming by the most medically-important snakes in the region has been questioned time to time. In this study, we report successful immunisation of dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius) against the venom of Indian saw-scaled Viper- Echis carinatus sochureki...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497227/seroprevalence-of-neospora-caninum-and-toxoplasma-gondii-in-exotic-ruminants-and-camelids-in-the-czech-republic
#2
Eva Bártová, Kateřina Kobédová, Jiří Lamka, Radim Kotrba, Roman Vodička, Kamil Sedlák
Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii are the protozoan parasites with definitive hosts from order Carnivora. Due to vertical transmission, both parasites can cause abortions and neonatal mortality that lead to significant productive and economic losses in the domestic ruminants. The aim of this study was to describe N. caninum and T. gondii seroprevalence in the group of frequently farmed captive exotic ruminants (n = 184) including Bovidae (barbary sheep, bezoar goat, common eland, American bison, water buffalo, and yak) and Camelidae (bactrian camel, guanaco, llama, and alpaca)...
May 11, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490657/targeting-endogenous-proteins-for-degradation-through-the-affinity-directed-protein-missile-system
#3
Luke J Fulcher, Luke D Hutchinson, Thomas J Macartney, Craig Turnbull, Gopal P Sapkota
Targeted proteolysis of endogenous proteins is desirable as a research toolkit and in therapeutics. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene knockouts are irreversible and often not feasible for many genes. Similarly, RNA interference approaches necessitate prolonged treatments, can lead to incomplete knockdowns and are often associated with off-target effects. Targeted proteolysis can overcome these limitations. In this report, we describe an affinity-directed protein missile (AdPROM) system that harbours the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) protein, the substrate receptor of the Cullin2 (CUL2) E3 ligase complex, tethered to polypeptide binders that selectively bind and recruit endogenous target proteins to the CUL2-E3 ligase complex for ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation...
May 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471361/camelid-nanobodies-used-as-crystallization-chaperones-for-different-constructs-of-porm-a-component-of-the-type-ix-secretion-system-from-porphyromonas-gingivalis
#4
Yoan Duhoo, Jennifer Roche, Thi Trang Nhung Trinh, Aline Desmyter, Anaïs Gaubert, Christine Kellenberger, Christian Cambillau, Alain Roussel, Philippe Leone
PorM is a membrane protein that is involved in the assembly of the type IX secretion system (T9SS) in Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major bacterial pathogen that is responsible for periodontal disease in humans. In the context of structural studies of PorM to better understand T9SS assembly, four camelid nanobodies were selected, produced and purified, and their specific interaction with the N-terminal or C-terminal part of the periplasmic domain of PorM was investigated. Diffracting crystals were also obtained, and the structures of the four nanobodies were solved by molecular replacement...
May 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443097/large-diversity-of-functional-nanobodies-from-a-camelid-immune-library-revealed-by-an-alternative-analysis-of-next-generation-sequencing-data
#5
Pieter Deschaght, Ana Paula Vintém, Marc Logghe, Miguel Conde, David Felix, Rob Mensink, Juliana Gonçalves, Jorn Audiens, Yanik Bruynooghe, Rita Figueiredo, Diana Ramos, Robbe Tanghe, Daniela Teixeira, Liesbeth Van de Ven, Catelijne Stortelers, Bruno Dombrecht
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been applied successfully to the field of therapeutic antibody discovery, often outperforming conventional screening campaigns which tend to identify only the more abundant selective antibody sequences. We used NGS to mine the functional nanobody repertoire from a phage-displayed camelid immune library directed to the recepteur d'origine nantais (RON) receptor kinase. Challenges to this application of NGS include accurate removal of read errors, correct identification of related sequences, and establishing meaningful inclusion criteria for sequences-of-interest...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427904/leishmania-donovani-tyrosyl-trna-synthetase-structure-in-complex-with-a-tyrosyl-adenylate-analog-and-comparisons-with-human-and-protozoan-counterparts
#6
Ximena Barros-Álvarez, Keshia M Kerchner, Cho Yeow Koh, Stewart Turley, Els Pardon, Jan Steyaert, Ranae M Ranade, J Robert Gillespie, Zhongsheng Zhang, Christophe L M J Verlinde, Erkang Fan, Frederick S Buckner, Wim G J Hol
The crystal structure of Leishmania donovani tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase (LdTyrRS) in complex with a nanobody and the tyrosyl adenylate analog TyrSA was determined at 2.75 Å resolution. Nanobodies are the variable domains of camelid heavy chain-only antibodies. The nanobody makes numerous crystal contacts and in addition reduces the flexibility of a loop of LdTyrRS. TyrSA is engaged in many interactions with active site residues occupying the tyrosine and adenine binding pockets. The LdTyrRS polypeptide chain consists of two pseudo-monomers, each consisting of two domains...
April 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425268/efficient-production-of-nanobodies-against-urease-activity-ofhelicobacter-pylori-in-pichia-pastoris
#7
Shahrbanoo Pourasadi, Seyed Latif Mousavi Gargari, Masoumeh Rajabibazl, Shahram Nazarian
BACKGROUND/AIM: Helicobacter pylori is a major health problem. One of the therapeutic approaches is administration of antibody against H. pylori. The methylotrophic Pichia pastoris is a suitable host for expression of recombinant antibody fragments. The aims of this study were the expression and the evaluation of camelid nanobody in the yeast Pichia pastoris. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The camelid-derived heavy-chain antibody (nanobody) against the UreC subunit of urease from H...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422165/structural-basis-of-inhibition-of-lipid-linked-oligosaccharide-flippase-pglk-by-a-conformational-nanobody
#8
Camilo Perez, Martin Köhler, Daniel Janser, Els Pardon, Jan Steyaert, Renato Zenobi, Kaspar P Locher
PglK is an ABC transporter that flips a lipid-linked oligosaccharide (LLO) that serves as a donor in protein N-glycosylation. Previous structures revealed two inward-facing conformations, both with very large separations of the nucleotide binding domains (NBDs), and a closed, ADP-bound state that featured an occluded cavity. To investigate additional states, we developed conformation-sensitive, single-domain camelid nanobodies (Nb) and studied their effect on PglK activity. Biochemical, structural, and mass spectrometric analyses revealed that one inhibitory Nb binds as a single copy to homodimeric PglK...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413818/data-on-enhanced-expression-and-purification-of-camelid-single-domain-antibodies-from-escherichia-coli-classical-inclusion-bodies
#9
Maristella Maggi, Claudia Scotti
Heterologous expression of high amounts of recombinant proteins is a milestone for research and industrial purposes. Single domain antibodies (sdAbs) are heavy-chain only antibody fragments with applications in the biotechnological, medical and industrial fields. The simple nature and small size of sdAbs allows for efficient expression of the soluble molecule in different hosts. However, in some cases, it results in low functional protein yield. To overcome this limitation, expression of a 6xHistag sdAb was attempted in different conditions in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) cells...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407435/sl15-a-seminal-plasma-derived-lectin-from-the-sperm-of-llama-lama-glama
#10
Renato Zampini, Sabrina Sequeira, Martin Eduardo Argañaraz, Silvana Andrea Apichela
The oviductal sperm reservoir of South American camelids is formed when sperm bind to N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) on the surface of oviductal epithelium. The aim of this study was to characterize the GalNAc-binding proteins on llama sperm, and to establish their origin. Sperm-adsorbed proteins were extracted with 0.5 M KCl in Hepes-balanced salts. Sperm-adsorbed and seminal plasma proteins were then subjected to ligand blotting for their GalNAc affinity, and the labeled bands were identified by mass spectrometry...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405385/cranial-arterial-patterns-of-the-alpaca-camelidae-vicugna-pacos
#11
Haley D O'Brien
Artiodactyl cranial arterial patterns deviate significantly from the standard mammalian pattern, most notably in the possession of a structure called the carotid rete (CR)-a subdural arterial meshwork that is housed within the cavernous venous sinus, replacing the internal carotid artery (ICA). This relationship between the CR and the cavernous sinus facilitates a suite of unique physiologies, including selective brain cooling. The CR has been studied in a number of artiodactyls; however, to my knowledge, only a single study to date documents a subset of the cranial arteries of New World camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicugñas and guanacoes)...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332258/n-terminal-chemical-protein-labeling-using-the-naturally-split-gos-terl-intein
#12
Anne-Lena Bachmann, Henning D Mootz
Chemoselective and regioselective chemical protein labeling is of great importance, yet no current technique is sufficiently general and simple to perform. Protein trans-splicing by split inteins can be used to ligate short tags with chemical labels to either the N or the C terminus of a protein. The CysTag approach exploits split intein fragments without a cysteine fused with such a short tag containing a single cysteine that is easily amenable to selective modification using classical cysteine bioconjugation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331319/humanized-cd7-nanobody-based-immunotoxins-exhibit-promising-anti-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-potential
#13
Yuan Yu, Jialu Li, Xuejun Zhu, Xiaowen Tang, Yangyi Bao, Xiang Sun, Yuhui Huang, Fang Tian, Xiaomei Liu, Lin Yang
BACKGROUND: Nanobodies, named as VHHs (variable domain of heavy chain of HCAb [heavy-chain antibodies]), are derived from heavy-chain-only antibodies that circulate in sera of camelids. Their exceptional physicochemical properties, possibility of humanization, and unique antigen recognition properties make them excellent candidates for targeted delivery of biologically active components, including immunotoxins. In our previous efforts, we have successfully generated the monovalent and bivalent CD7 nanobody-based immunotoxins, which can effectively trigger the apoptosis of CD7-positive malignant cells...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316235/evaluation-of-nanobody-conjugates-and-protein-fusions-as-bioanalytical-reagents
#14
Virginia J Bruce, Brian R McNaughton
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), flow cytometry, and Western blot are common bioanalytical techniques. Successful execution traditionally requires the use of one or more commercially available antibody-small-molecule dye, or antibody-reporter protein conjugates that recognize relatively short peptide tags (<15 amino acids). However, the size of antibodies, and their molecular complexity (by virtue of post-translational disulfide formation and glycosylation) typically requires either expression in mammalian cells or purification from immunized mammals...
March 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303121/identification-of-lama-glama-as-reservoirs-for-acinetobacter-lwoffii
#15
Martín M Ledesma, Ailén M Díaz, Claudia Barberis, Carlos Vay, Marcela A Manghi, Juliana Leoni, Marisa S Castro, Alejandro Ferrari
South American Camelids have an increasing relevance in local economies, worldwide. These animals are bred for their meat, fur and as companion and therapy animals. Thus, their sanitary status should be well-established. According to the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health), respiratory infections mainly produced by Pasteurella spp. have been reported for camelids. It has been stated that this microorganism causes a mild disease, although many authors report it is an important cause of mortality among alpacas...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290309/polydactyly-suggesting-local-husbandry-of-pre-columbian-camelids-a-case-from-castillo-de-huarmey-archaeological-site-northern-coast-of-peru
#16
Weronika Tomczyk, Miłosz Giersz
Three camelid metapodials with polydactyly (additional digits) were found at the Wari culture archaeological site (dated to the Middle Horizon) of Castillo de Huarmey. The anomalous bones were excavated among numerous remains, and presumably represent animals that were sacrificed within the principal mortuary mausoleum. The bones derive from at least two individuals. The etiology of the deformities remains unknown, but the most probable causes include low genetic diversity in the herd or unintended effect of selective breeding...
March 2017: International Journal of Paleopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285402/a-semi-empirical-glycosylation-model-of-a-camelid-monoclonal-antibody-under-hypothermia-cell-culture-conditions
#17
Hengameh Aghamohseni, Maureen Spearman, Kaveh Ohadi, Katrin Braasch, Murray Moo-Young, Michael Butler, Hector M Budman
The impact of cell culture environment on the glycan distribution of a monoclonal antibody (mAb) has been investigated through a combination of experiments and modeling. A newly developed CHO DUXB cell line was cultivated at two levels of initial Glutamine (Gln) concentrations (0, 4 mM) and incubation temperatures of (33 and 37 °C) in batch operation mode. Hypothermia was applied either through the entire culture duration or only during the post-exponential phase. Beyond reducing cell growth and increasing productivity, hypothermia significantly altered the galactosylation index profiles as compared to control conditions...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239762/-1-h-13-c-and-15-n-backbone-chemical-shift-assignments-of-camelid-single-domain-antibodies-against-active-state-%C3%A2%C2%B5-opioid-receptor
#18
Remy Sounier, Yinshan Yang, Joanna Hagelberger, Sébastien Granier, Hélène Déméné
Nanobodies are single chain antibodies that have become a highly valuable and versatile tool for biomolecular and therapeutic research. One application field is the stabilization of active states of flexible proteins, among which G-protein coupled receptors represent a very important class of membrane proteins. Here we present the backbone and side-chain assignment of the (1)H, (13)C and (15)N resonances of Nb33 and Nb39, two nanobodies that recognize and stabilize the µ-opioid receptor to opioids in its active agonist-bound conformation...
April 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214589/enhanced-expression-and-purification-of-camelid-single-domain-vhh-antibodies-from-classical-inclusion-bodies
#19
Maristella Maggi, Claudia Scotti
Single domain antibodies (sdAbs) are small antigen-binding domains derived from naturally occurring, heavy chain-only immunoglobulins isolated from camelid and sharks. They maintain the same binding capability of full-length IgGs but with improved thermal stability and permeability, which justifies their scientific, medical and industrial interest. Several described recombinant forms of sdAbs have been produced in different hosts and with different strategies. Here we present an optimized method for a time-saving, high yield production and extraction of a poly-histidine-tagged sdAb from Escherichia coli classical inclusion bodies...
February 15, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209904/noninvasive-imaging-of-human-immune-responses-in-a-human-xenograft-model-of-graft-versus-host-disease
#20
Catharina H M J Van Elssen, Mohammad Rashidian, Vladimir Vrbanac, Kai W Wucherpfennig, Zeina El Habre, Jana Sticht, Christian Freund, Johanne Jacobsen, Juanjo Cragnolini, Jessica Ingram, Loes Plaisier, Eric Spierings, Andrew M Tager, Hidde Ploegh
The immune system plays a crucial role in many diseases. Activation or suppression of immunity is often related to clinical outcome. Methods to explore the dynamics of immune responses are important to elucidate their role in conditions characterized by inflammation, such as infectious disease, cancer or auto-immunity. Immuno-PET is a non-invasive method by which disease and immune cell infiltration can be explored simultaneously. Using radiolabeled antibodies or fragments derived from them, it is possible to image disease-specific antigens and immune cell subsets...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
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