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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123178/a-nanobody-based-tracer-targeting-dpp6-for-non-invasive-imaging-of-human-pancreatic-endocrine-cells
#1
Alexander Balhuizen, Sam Massa, Iris Mathijs, Jean-Valery Turatsinze, Jens De Vos, Stéphane Demine, Catarina Xavier, Olatz Villate, Isabelle Millard, Dominique Egrise, Carmen Capito, Raphaël Scharfmann, Pieter In't Veld, Piero Marchetti, Serge Muyldermans, Serge Goldman, Tony Lahoutte, Luc Bouwens, Decio L Eizirik, Nick Devoogdt
There are presently no reliable ways to quantify endocrine cell mass (ECM) in vivo, which prevents an accurate understanding of the progressive beta cell loss in diabetes or following islet transplantation. To address this unmet need, we coupled RNA sequencing of human pancreatic islets to a systems biology approach to identify new biomarkers of the endocrine pancreas. Dipeptidyl-Peptidase 6 (DPP6) was identified as a target whose mRNA expression is at least 25-fold higher in human pancreatic islets as compared to surrounding tissues and is not changed by proinflammatory cytokines...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116505/construction-of-high-quality-camel-immune-antibody-libraries
#2
Ema Romão, Vianney Poignavent, Cécile Vincke, Christophe Ritzenthaler, Serge Muyldermans, Baptiste Monsion
Single-domain antibodies libraries of heavy-chain only immunoglobulins from camelids or shark are enriched for high-affinity antigen-specific binders by a short in vivo immunization. Thus, potent binders are readily retrieved from relatively small-sized libraries of 10(7)-10(8) individual transformants, mostly after phage display and panning on a purified target. However, the remaining drawback of this strategy arises from the need to generate a dedicated library, for nearly every envisaged target. Therefore, all the procedures that shorten and facilitate the construction of an immune library of best possible quality are definitely a step forward...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110898/successful-pregnancies-from-vitrified-embryos-in-the-dromedary-camel-avoidance-of-a-possible-toxic-effect-of-sucrose-on-embryos
#3
M Herrid, M Billah, J A Skidmore
Successful embryo cryopreservation facilitates the wider application of assisted reproduction technologies and also provides a useful method for gene banking of valuable genetics. Unfortunately attempts to establish an effective cryopreservation protocol for camelid embryos have been unsuccessful. In the current study, a modified vitrification protocol with three steps was investigated, whereby embryos were exposed to solutions containing increasing amounts of glycerol and ethylene glycol for fixed time periods...
October 26, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054987/theranostic-radiolabeled-anti-cd20-sdab-for-targeted-radionuclide-therapy-of-non-hodgkin-lymphoma
#4
Ahmet Krasniqi, Matthias D'Huyvetter, Catarina Xavier, Kevin Van der Jeught, Serge Muyldermans, José Van Der Heyden, Tony Lahoutte, Jan Tavernier, Nick Devoogdt
Anti-CD20 radioimmunotherapy is an effective approach for therapy of relapsed or refractory CD20pos lymphomas, but faces limitations due to poor tumor penetration and undesirable pharmacokinetics of full antibodies. Camelid single-domain Ab fragments (sdAbs) might circumvent some of the limitations of radiolabeled full antibodies. In this study, a set of hCD20-targeting sdAbs was generated and their capacity to bind hCD20 was evaluated in vitro and in vivo. A lead sdAb, sdAb 9079, was selected based on its specific tumor targeting and significant lower kidney accumulation compared to other sdAbs...
October 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045695/a-new-collection-of-amblyomma-parvitarsum-acari-ixodidae-in-peru-with-description-of-a-gynandromorph-and-report-of-rickettsia-detection
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S Muñoz-Leal, T F Martins, L R Luna, A Rodriguez, M B Labruna
Adult stages of Amblyomma parvitarsum Neumann parasitize wild and domestic camelids of the genera Lama and Vicugna in highlands of Andean Plateau and Patagonia. Within the Peruvian Andes, few reports have documented this tick-host association, and although reported in Chile and Argentina, Rickettsia-infected A. parvitarsum remains undocumented for this country. Here we report a new collection of A. parvitarsum from Peru, the finding of the first gynandromorph for the species and high prevalence of Rickettsia in adult stages...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039819/single-domain-antibodies-as-new-biomarker-detectors
#6
REVIEW
Chiuan Herng Leow, Katja Fischer, Chiuan Yee Leow, Qin Cheng, Candy Chuah, James McCarthy
Biomarkers are defined as indicators of biological processes, pathogenic processes, or pharmacological responses to a therapeutic intervention. Biomarkers have been widely used for early detection, prediction of response after treatment, and for monitoring the progression of diseases. Antibodies represent promising tools for recognition of biomarkers, and are widely deployed as analytical tools in clinical settings. For immunodiagnostics, antibodies are now exploited as binders for antigens of interest across a range of platforms...
October 17, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031230/astatine-211-labeled-anti-her2-5f7-single-domain-antibody-fragment-conjugates-radiolabeling-and-preliminary-evaluation
#7
Jaeyeon Choi, Ganesan Vaidyanathan, Eftychia Koumarianou, Choong Mo Kang, Michael R Zalutsky
INTRODUCTION: Derived from heavy chain only camelid antibodies, ~15-kDa single-domain antibody fragments (sdAbs) are an attractive platform for developing molecularly specific imaging probes and targeted radiotherapeutics. The rapid tumor accumulation and normal tissue clearance of sdAbs might be ideal for use with (211)At, a 7.2-h half-life α-emitter, if appropriate labeling chemistry can be devised to trap (211)At in cancer cells after sdAb binding. This study evaluated two reagents, [(211)At]SAGMB and iso-[(211)At]SAGMB, for this purpose...
September 19, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029875/oxytocin-is-not-involved-in-luteolysis-and-early-maternal-recognition-of-pregnancy-mrp-in-alpacas
#8
Michela Ciccarelli, Muhammad Salman Waqas, James K Pru, Ahmed Tibary
Pregnancy maintenance depends on the maternal recognition of pregnancy (MRP), a physiological process by which the lifespan of the corpus luteum is prolonged. This mechanism is not well characterized in camelids. The objectives of the present research were to determine if exogenous oxytocin prolongs the corpus luteum activity in alpacas and to evaluate expression and localization of oxytocin receptors within the endometrium at 9 and 14days post-mating. In the oxytocin studies, plasma progesterone profiles were determined after ovulation in the same alpacas on 2 cycles: one cycle without oxytocin treatment and one cycle with oxytocin treatment...
October 6, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024003/molecular-characterization-of-the-llama-fgf5-gene-and-identification-of-putative-loss-of-function-mutations
#9
M S Daverio, L Vidal-Rioja, E N Frank, F Di Rocco
Llama, the most numerous domestic camelid in Argentina, has good fiber-production ability. Although a few genes related to other productive traits have been characterized, the molecular genetic basis of fiber growth control in camelids is still poorly understood. Fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5) is a secreted signaling protein that controls hair growth in humans and other mammals. Mutations in the FGF5 gene have been associated with long-hair phenotypes in several species. Here, we sequenced the llama FGF5 gene, which consists of three exons encoding 813 bp...
October 11, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986243/construction-of-an-expression-vector-that-uses-the-aph-promoter-for-protein-expression-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#10
Wei Zhang, Zihao Zhao, Yankun Yang, Xiuxia Liu, Zhonghu Bai
Corynebacterium glutamicum is an attractive host for the production of heterologous proteins despite its traditional use in fermentative production of amino acids. To enhance the expression levels of target genes, the development of useful promoters is required in the construction of expression systems. Here, we developed a new promoter, the aph promoter from aminoglycoside-3'-phosphotransferase gene, and used it to construct monocistronic and bicistronic expression systems that host different ribosome binding site (RBS) sequences...
October 3, 2017: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982028/effect-of-age-and-castration-on-serum-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentration-in-male-alpacas
#11
Michela Ciccarelli, Ahmed Tibary, Alexis J Campbell, Alan J Conley
The synthesis of anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) by the Sertoli cells in males is crucial for sexual differentiation. There are no studies on AMH in Camelids. The objectives of this research were to 1) compare AMH serum concentrations in prepubertal and adult male alpacas and 2) determine the effect of castration on these concentrations in adult males to provide a validation of a commercial AMH test in alpacas. Serum samples were obtained from 15 prepubertal animals (5 for each age groups of 6, 7 and 8 months) and from 5 adult males (age 5-9 years), pre- and 24 h post-castration...
January 1, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974337/iodoacetyl-functionalized-pullulan-a-supplemental-enhancer-for-single-domain-antibody-polyclonal-antibody-sandwich-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-detection-of-survivin
#12
Takahiko Matsushita, Hidenao Arai, Tetsuo Koyama, Ken Hatano, Naoto Nemoto, Koji Matsuoka
Survivin, an inhibitor of the apoptosis protein family, is a potent tumor marker for diagnosis and prognosis. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is one of the methods that has been used for detection of survivin. However, ELISA has several disadvantages caused by the use of conventional antibodies, and we have therefore been trying to develop a novel ELISA system using camelid single-domain antibodies (VHHs) as advantageous replacements. Here we report a supplemental approach to improve the VHH-polyclonal antibody sandwich ELISA for survivin detection...
September 23, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961345/prediction-of-packed-cell-volume-after-whole-blood-transfusion-in-small-ruminants-and-south-american-camelids-80-cases-2006-2016
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D Luethy, D Stefanovski, R Salber, R W Sweeney
BACKGROUND: Calculation of desired whole blood transfusion volume relies on an estimate of an animal's circulating blood volume, generally accepted to be 0.08 L/kg or 8% of the animal's body weight in kilograms. OBJECTIVE: To use packed cell volume before and after whole blood transfusion to evaluate the accuracy of a commonly used equation to predict packed cell volume after transfusion in small ruminants and South American camelids; to determine the nature and frequency of adverse transfusion reactions in small ruminants and camelids after whole blood transfusion...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935898/pd-l1-is-an-activation-independent-marker-of-brown-adipocytes
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Jessica R Ingram, Michael Dougan, Mohammad Rashidian, Marko Knoll, Edmund J Keliher, Sarah Garrett, Scott Garforth, Olga S Blomberg, Camilo Espinosa, Atul Bhan, Steven C Almo, Ralph Weissleder, Harvey Lodish, Stephanie K Dougan, Hidde L Ploegh
Programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) is expressed on a number of immune and cancer cells, where it can downregulate antitumor immune responses. Its expression has been linked to metabolic changes in these cells. Here we develop a radiolabeled camelid single-domain antibody (anti-PD-L1 VHH) to track PD-L1 expression by immuno-positron emission tomography (PET). PET-CT imaging shows a robust and specific PD-L1 signal in brown adipose tissue (BAT). We confirm expression of PD-L1 on brown adipocytes and demonstrate that signal intensity does not change in response to cold exposure or β-adrenergic activation...
September 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917312/first-finding-of-nymphal-stages-of-linguatula-serrata-in-a-south-american-camelid-a-vicu%C3%A3-a-from-peru
#15
Luis A Gomez-Puerta, Joel I Pacheco, José M Angulo-Tisoc, Maria T Lopez-Urbina, Armando E Gonzalez
Linguatula serrata, a pentastomid, was found parasitizing the lungs of a vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) from Cuzco, Peru. A total of 13 larvae were found encysted in the parenchymal tissue of the lungs. All larvae were identified as nymphal stages of L. serrata by morphological methods Diagnosis was confirmed by molecular analysis amplifying the cytochrome c oxidase 1 gene of three nymphs. Nucleotide sequences from the isolates were compared to previous sequences from GenBank, and it showed high similarity between them (>99%)...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884482/histological-characterization-of-umbilical-cord-in-alpaca-vicugna-pacos
#16
L M Barrios-Arpi, J-L Rodríguez Gutiérrez, B Lopez-Torres
The histomorphometric features of umbilical cord constituents in seven foetuses of alpaca (Vicugna pacos) from Cerro de Pasco, Department, Peru, were determined. Sections of 2-5 cm of umbilical cord were fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin and processed for light microscopy. Standard histological slides stained with haematoxylin and eosin, Masson's trichrome and Van Gieson's trichrome were obtained. Histologically, common features of umbilical artery and vein were observed as well as mucous connective tissue, some cell features that compound this tissue constituted by cells presented features of myofibroblasts...
September 7, 2017: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871254/single-domain-antibodies-as-versatile-affinity-reagents-for-analytical-and-diagnostic-applications
#17
REVIEW
Gualberto Gonzalez-Sapienza, Martín A Rossotti, Sofía Tabares-da Rosa
With just three CDRs in their variable domains, the antigen-binding site of camelid heavy-chain-only antibodies (HcAbs) has a more limited structural diversity than that of conventional antibodies. Even so, this does not seem to limit their specificity and high affinity as HcAbs against a broad range of structurally diverse antigens have been reported. The recombinant form of their variable domain [nanobody (Nb)] has outstanding properties that make Nbs, not just an alternative option to conventional antibodies, but in many cases, these properties allow them to reach analytical or diagnostic performances that cannot be accomplished with conventional antibodies...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871252/development-and-characterization-of-a-camelid-single-domain-antibody-urease-conjugate-that-targets-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-2
#18
Baomin Tian, Wah Yau Wong, Marni D Uger, Pawel Wisniewski, Heman Chao
Angiogenesis is the process of new blood vessel formation and is essential for a tumor to grow beyond a certain size. Tumors secrete the pro-angiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor, which acts upon local endothelial cells by binding to vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs). In this study, we describe the development and characterization of V21-DOS47, an immunoconjugate that targets VEGFR2. V21-DOS47 is composed of a camelid single domain anti-VEGFR2 antibody (V21) and the enzyme urease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871080/genetically-engineered-red-cells-expressing-single-domain-camelid-antibodies-confer-long-term-protection-against-botulinum-neurotoxin
#19
Nai-Jia Huang, Novalia Pishesha, Jean Mukherjee, Sicai Zhang, Rhogerry Deshycka, Valentino Sudaryo, Min Dong, Charles B Shoemaker, Harvey F Lodish
A short half-life in the circulation limits the application of therapeutics such as single-domain antibodies (VHHs). We utilize red blood cells to prolong the circulatory half-life of VHHs. Here we present VHHs against botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT/A) on the surface of red blood cells by expressing chimeric proteins of VHHs with Glycophorin A or Kell. Mice whose red blood cells carry the chimeric proteins exhibit resistance to 10,000 times the lethal dose (LD50) of BoNT/A, and transfusion of these red blood cells into naive mice affords protection for up to 28 days...
September 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855086/hematocrit-of-mammals-artiodactyla-carnivora-primates-at-1500m-and-2100m-altitudes
#20
Jacopo P Mortola, DeeAnn Wilfong
The rise in hematocrit (Hct) is one of the hallmarks of human acclimatization to high altitude and, in chronic conditions, reflects the hypoxia-induced polycythemia. However, it is not a uniform response among domestic species and it is not found in Andean camelids, species long adapted to high altitudes. Hence, we asked to what extent the polycythemia of humans is common among mammals. Hct data were collected from captive mammals of three orders (Primates, Artiodactyla, Carnivora), 70 specimens of 33 species at ∼1500m altitude (barometric pressure Pb=635mmHg) and 296 specimens of 64 species at ∼2100m (Pb=596mmHg), long-term residents at those altitudes...
July 8, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
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