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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914083/antibody-guided-molecular-imaging-of-infective-endocarditis
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Kenneth L Pinkston, Peng Gao, Kavindra V Singh, Ali Azhdarinia, Barbara E Murray, Eva M Sevick-Muraca, Barrett R Harvey
In this protocol, we describe the application of using a high affinity monoclonal antibody generated against the major pilin protein component of the pilin structure of Enterococcus faecalis as a PET imaging agent for enterococcal endocarditis detection. The anti-pilin -mAb 64Cu conjugate was able to specifically label enterococcal endocarditis vegetation in vivo in a rodent endocarditis model. By targeting pili, a covalently linked surface antigen extending from the bacterial surface, we provided evidence that gram-positive pilin represent a logical surface antigen to define or target an infectious agent for molecularly guided imaging...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913731/disentangling-polydispersity-in-the-pcna-p15paf-complex-a-disordered-transient-and-multivalent-macromolecular-assembly
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Tiago N Cordeiro, Po-Chia Chen, Alfredo De Biasio, Nathalie Sibille, Francisco J Blanco, Jochen S Hub, Ramon Crehuet, Pau Bernadó
The intrinsically disordered p15(PAF) regulates DNA replication and repair when interacting with the Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA) sliding clamp. As many interactions between disordered proteins and globular partners involved in signaling and regulation, the complex between p15(PAF) and trimeric PCNA is of low affinity, forming a transient complex that is difficult to characterize at a structural level due to its inherent polydispersity. We have determined the structure, conformational fluctuations, and relative population of the five species that coexist in solution by combining small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) with molecular modelling...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908641/free-energy-perturbation-calculation-of-relative-binding-free-energy-between-broadly-neutralizing-antibodies-and-the-gp120-glycoprotein-of-hiv-1
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Anthony J Clark, Tatyana Gindin, Baoshan Zhang, Lingle Wang, Robert Abel, Colleen S Murret, Fang Xu, Amy Bao, Nina J Lu, Tongqing Zhou, Peter D Kwong, Lawrence Shapiro, Barry Honig, Richard A Friesner
Direct calculation of relative binding affinities between antibodies and antigens is a long-sought goal. However, despite substantial efforts, no generally applicable computational method has been described. Here we describe a systematic free energy perturbation (FEP) protocol and calculate the binding affinities between the gp120 envelope glycoprotein of HIV-1 and three broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) of the VRC01 class. The protocol has been adapted from successful studies of small molecules to address the challenges associated with modeling protein-protein interactions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907150/molecular-characterization-of-two-monoclonal-antibodies-against-the-same-epitope-on-b-cell-receptor-associated-protein-31
#4
Won-Tae Kim, Saemina Shin, Hyo Jeong Hwang, Min Kyu Kim, Han-Sung Jung, Hwangseo Park, Chun Jeih Ryu
Previously, we showed that B-cell receptor associated protein 31 (BAP31), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane chaperone, is also expressed on the cell surface by two monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) 297-D4 and 144-A8. Both MAbs recognize the same linear epitope on the C-terminal domain of BAP31, although they were independently established. Here, flow cytometric analysis showed that 144-A8 had additional binding properties to some cells, as compared to 297-D4. Quantitative antigen binding assays also showed that 144-A8 had higher antigen binding capacity than 297-D4...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905561/anti-hu-antibodies-activate-enteric-and-sensory-neurons
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Qin Li, Klaus Michel, Anita Annahazi, Ihsan E Demir, Güralp O Ceyhan, Florian Zeller, Lars Komorowski, Winfried Stöcker, Michael J Beyak, David Grundy, Gianrico Farrugia, Roberto De Giorgio, Michael Schemann
IgG of type 1 anti-neuronal nuclear antibody (ANNA-1, anti-Hu) specificity is a serological marker of paraneoplastic neurological autoimmunity (including enteric/autonomic) usually related to small-cell lung carcinoma. We show here that IgG isolated from such sera and also affinity-purified anti-HuD label enteric neurons and cause an immediate spike discharge in enteric and visceral sensory neurons. Both labelling and activation of enteric neurons was prevented by preincubation with the HuD antigen. Activation of enteric neurons was inhibited by the nicotinic receptor antagonists hexamethonium and dihydro-β-erythroidine and reduced by the P2X antagonist pyridoxal phosphate-6-azo (benzene-2,4-disulfonic acid (PPADS) but not by the 5-HT3 antagonist tropisetron or the N-type Ca-channel blocker ω-Conotoxin GVIA...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902350/novel-reassortant-h9n2-viruses-in-pigeons-and-evidence-for-antigenic-diversity-of-h9n2-viruses-isolated-from-quails-in-egypt
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Ahmed Kandeil, Rabeh El-Shesheny, Asmaa Maatouq, Yassmin Moatasim, Zhipeng Cai, Pamela McKenzie, Richard Webby, Ghazi Kayali, Mohamed Ahmed Ali
The endemicity of avian influenza viruses (AIVs) among Egyptian poultry represents a public health risk. Co-circulation of low pathogenic AIV H9N2 subtype with highly pathogenic AIV H5N1 subtype in Egyptian farms potentiates the possibility to generate novel reassortant viruses. Herein, the genetic characteristics of surface glycoproteins of 59 Egyptian H9N2 viruses, isolated between 2013 and 2015, were analyzed. To elucidate the potential of genetic reassortment, 10 H9N2 isolates were selected based on different avian hosts (chickens, ducks, pigeons and quails) and conducted for phylogenetic analyses of full genome sequences...
November 11, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902325/targeting-naturally-occurring-epitope-variants-of-hepatitis-c-virus-with-high-affinity-t-cell-receptors
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Huajun Zhang, Jianbing Zhang, Lei Chen, Zhiming Weng, Ye Tian, Haifeng Zhao, Youjia Li, Lin Chen, Zhaoduan Liang, Hongjun Zheng, Wenzhuo Zhao, Shi Zhong, Yi Li
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) readily establishes chronic infection, which is characterized by failure of virus-specific CD8+ T cells. HCV uses epitope mutation and T-cell exhaustion to escape from the host immune response. Previously, we engineered high-affinity T-cell receptors (HATs) targeting HIV escape mutants. In this study, the affinity of a T-cell receptor specific for the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A2-restricted HCV immunodominant epitope NS3 1406-1415 (KLVALGINAV) was improved from a KD of 6.6 µM to 40 pM...
November 11, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895642/functional-and-structural-characterization-of-a-novel-hla-drb1-04-01-restricted-%C3%AE-enolase-t-cell-epitope-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Christina Gerstner, Anatoly Dubnovitsky, Charlotta Sandin, Genadiy Kozhukh, Hannes Uchtenhagen, Eddie A James, Johan Rönnelid, Anders Jimmy Ytterberg, Jennifer Pieper, Evan Reed, Carolina Tandre, Mary Rieck, Roman A Zubarev, Lars Rönnblom, Tatyana Sandalova, Jane H Buckner, Adnane Achour, Vivianne Malmström
Antibodies to citrullinated proteins, common in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, are strongly associated to a specific set of HLA-DR alleles including HLA-DRB1*04:01, *04:04, and *01:01. Here, we first demonstrate that autoantibody levels toward the dominant citrullinated B cell epitope from α-enolase are significantly elevated in HLA-DRB1*04:01-positive RA patients. Furthermore, we identified α-enolase-derived T cell epitopes and demonstrated that native and citrullinated versions of several peptides bind with different affinities to HLA-DRB1*04:01, *04:04, and *01:01...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895641/pneumococcal-polysaccharide-vaccination-elicits-igg-anti-a-b-blood-group-antibodies-in-healthy-individuals-and-patients-with-type-i-diabetes-mellitus
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Wendelin Wolfram, Kai M T Sauerwein, Christoph J Binder, Nicole Eibl-Musil, Hermann M Wolf, Michael B Fischer
HYPOTHESIS: Blood group antibodies are natural antibodies that develop early in life in response to cross-reactive environmental antigens in the absence of antigen encounter. Even later in life structural similarities in saccharide composition between environmental antigens such as bacterial polysaccharides and blood group A/B antigens could lead to changes in serum levels, IgM/IgG isotype, and affinity maturation of blood group anti-A/B antibodies. We addressed the question whether immunization with pneumococcal polysaccharide (PnP) vaccine Pneumo 23 Vaccine "Pasteur Merieux" (Pn23) could have such an effect in patients with type I diabetes mellitus (DM I), an autoimmune disease where an aberrant immune response to microbial antigens likely plays a role...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895130/metq-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-is-a-surface-expressed-antigen-that-elicits-bactericidal-and-functional-blocking-antibodies
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Evgeny A Semchenko, Christopher J Day, Kate L Seib
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea, is a growing public health threat for which a vaccine is urgently needed. We have characterized the functional role of the gonococcal MetQ protein, which is the methionine binding component of an ABC transporter system, and assessed its potential as a candidate antigen for inclusion in a gonococcal vaccine. MetQ is highly conserved in all strains investigated to date, it is localized on the bacterial surface, and it binds L-methionine with high affinity...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894352/immunoassay-of-s-adenosylmethionine-and-s-adenosylhomocysteine-the-methylation-index-as-a-biomarker-for-disease-and-health-status
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Xiujuan Hao, Yan Huang, Ming Qiu, Chunlin Yin, Huiming Ren, Hongjie Gan, Huijun Li, Yaxia Zhou, Jiazhi Xia, Wenting Li, Lijuan Guo, Isaac A Angres
BACKGROUND: S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) and S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) are relevant to a variety of diseases. Previous reports that quantified SAM and SAH were based on HPLC or LC-MS/MS. No antibody against SAM has been generated, and the antibody against SAH cannot be used with blood samples. Immunoassays have not been used to measure SAM and SAH. In this study, ELISA was used to measure blood SAM and SAH levels. RESULTS: Specific antibodies against SAM were produced for the first time using a stable analog as the antigen...
November 28, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894314/self-assembly-of-hexahistidine-tagged-tobacco-etch-virus-capsid-protein-into-microfilaments-that-induce-igg2-specific-response-against-a-soluble-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-chimeric-protein
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Carlos Alberto Manuel-Cabrera, Alba Adriana Vallejo-Cardona, Eduardo Padilla-Camberos, Rodolfo Hernández-Gutiérrez, Sara Elisa Herrera-Rodríguez, Abel Gutiérrez-Ortega
BACKGROUND: Assembly of recombinant capsid proteins into virus-like particles (VLPs) still represents an interesting challenge in virus-based nanotechnologies. The structure of VLPs has gained importance for the development and design of new adjuvants and antigen carriers. The potential of Tobacco etch virus capsid protein (TEV CP) as adjuvant has not been evaluated to date. FINDINGS: Two constructs for TEV CP expression in Escherichia coli were generated: a wild-type version (TEV-CP) and a C-terminal hexahistidine (His)-tagged version (His-TEV-CP)...
November 29, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893356/single-stranded-dna-aptamer-targeting-and-neutralization-of-anti-d-alloantibody-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-haemolytic-diseases-caused-by-rhesus-alloantibody
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Yinze Zhang, Fan Wu, Manni Wang, Naibao Zhuang, Huayou Zhou, Hua Xu
BACKGROUND: Rhesus (Rh) D antigen is the most important antigen in the Rh blood group system because of its strong immunogenicity. When RhD-negative individuals are exposed to RhD-positive blood, they may produce anti-D alloantibody, potentially resulting in delayed haemolytic transfusion reactions and Rh haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn, which are difficult to treat. Inhibition of the binding of anti-D antibody with RhD antigens on the surface of red blood cells may effectively prevent immune haemolytic diseases...
November 11, 2016: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891581/antigen-specificity-determines-anti-red-blood-cell-igg-fc-alloantibody-glycosylation-and-thereby-severity-of-haemolytic-disease-of-the-fetus-and-newborn
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Myrthe E Sonneveld, Joke Koelewijn, Masja de Haas, Jon Admiraal, Rosina Plomp, Carolien A M Koeleman, Agnes L Hipgrave Ederveen, Peter Ligthart, Manfred Wuhrer, C Ellen van der Schoot, Gestur Vidarsson
Haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) is a severe disease in which fetal red blood cells (RBC) are destroyed by maternal anti-RBC IgG alloantibodies. HDFN is most often caused by anti-D but may also occur due to anti-K, -c- or -E. We recently found N-linked glycosylation of anti-D to be skewed towards low fucosylation, thereby increasing the affinity to IgG-Fc receptor IIIa and IIIb, which correlated with HDFN disease severity. Here, we analysed 230 pregnant women with anti-c, -E or -K alloantibodies from a prospective screening cohort and investigated the type of Fc-tail glycosylation of these antibodies in relation to the trigger of immunisation and pregnancy outcome...
November 28, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889565/a-terminal-antibody-method-based-on-multiple-factors-that-influence-elisa-results-for-measurement-of-antibody-affinity-in-clinical-specimens
#15
Congcong Shang, Zhen Wang, Hui Liu
OBJECTIVE: To establish a new method for the measurement of antibody affinity in clinical samples. METHODS: Serial dilutions of antiserum samples were prepared to find the threshold concentration of antibody separating detectable from negative ELISA results. This threshold concentration was defined as the terminal antibody (TA) concentration, and a new method for measuring antibody affinity based on the effect of multiple factors that influence ELISA results at TA concentration was established, which we called the TA method...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888551/selective-targeting-of-high-affinity-lfa-1-does-not-augment-costimulation-blockade-in-a-nonhuman-primate-renal-transplantation-model
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K P Samy, D A Anderson, D J Lo, M S Mulvihill, M Song, A B Farris, B S Parker, A L MacDonald, C Lu, T A Springer, S C Kachlany, K A Reimann, T How, F V Leopardi, K S Franke, K D Williams, B H Collins, A D Kirk
Costimulation blockade (CoB) via belatacept is a lower morbidity alternative to calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-based immunosuppression. However, it has higher rates of early acute rejection. These early rejections are mediated in part by memory T cells, which have reduced dependence on the pathway targeted by belatacept, and increased adhesion molecule expression. One such molecule is Leukocyte Function Associated Antigen (LFA)-1. LFA-1 exists in two forms, a commonly expressed, low-affinity form, and a transient, high-affinity form, expressed only during activation...
November 26, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887869/a-highly-diverse-and-functional-na%C3%A3-ve-ubiquitin-variant-library-for-generation-of-intracellular-affinity-reagents
#17
Isabel Leung, Nick Jarvik, Sachdev Sidhu
We report the design, construction and validation of a highly diverse phage-displayed naïve ubiquitin variant (Ubv) library. We first conducted a mutation tolerance scan of 27 residues and confirmed that 24 of these could be substituted by chemically diverse amino acids without compromising the display of Ubvs on phage. Subsequently, we constructed a library containing 6.8×10(10) unique members in which these 24 positions were diversified with a degenerate codon that encodes for six amino acids that are prevalent in protein interaction sites...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887623/generation-of-protective-immunity-against-orientia-tsutsugamushi-infection-by-immunization-with-a-zinc-oxide-nanoparticle-combined-with-scaa-antigen
#18
Na-Young Ha, Hyun Mu Shin, Prashant Sharma, Hyun Ah Cho, Chan-Ki Min, Hong-Il Kim, Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, Jae-Seung Kang, Ik-Sang Kim, Myung-Sik Choi, Young Keun Kim, Nam-Hyuk Cho
BACKGROUND: Zinc oxide nanoparticle (ZNP) has been applied in various biomedical fields. Here, we investigated the usage of ZNP as an antigen carrier for vaccine development by combining a high affinity peptide to ZNP. RESULTS: A novel zinc oxide-binding peptide (ZBP), FPYPGGDA, with high affinity to ZNP (K a  = 2.26 × 10(6) M(-1)) was isolated from a random peptide library and fused with a bacterial antigen, ScaA of Orientia tsutsugamushi, the causative agent of scrub typhus...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883286/influenza-in-poland-in-2013-and-2013-2014-epidemic-season
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Katarzyna Kondratiuk, Mirosław P Czarkowski, Ewelina Hallmann-Szelińska1, Ewa Staszewska, Karolina Bednarska, Ewa Cielebąk, Lidia B Brydak
OBJECTIVE: Analysis of epidemiological situation of influenza in Poland in 2013 and 2013/14 epidemic season in reference to previous years and seasons. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Analysis was based on: 1) data collected within influenza routine surveillance system in Poland, including data published in annual bulletins “Infectious diseases and poisonings in Poland” as well as unpublished data gathered in the Department of Epidemiology of the NIPH-NIH; 2) data collected within influenza system - Sentinel, and beyond this system, concerning results of virological tests carried out in 2013/14 epidemic season in the Department of Influenza Research, National Influenza Center in the NIPHNIH and/or laboratories of provincial sanitary and epidemiological stations which are gathered in the National Influenza Center...
2016: Przegla̧d Epidemiologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883257/determining-the-binding-affinities-of-prostate-specific-antigen-to-lectins-spr-and-microarray-approaches
#20
Pavel Damborský, Martina Zámorová, Jaroslav Katrlík
Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common newly diagnosed cancer among men and we focused on its traditional biomarker, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), using targeted glycomics-based strategies. The aberrant glycosylation pattern of PSA may serve as valuable tool for improving PCa diagnosis including its early-stage. In the present work we evaluated the usability of two techniques, surface plasmon resonance and protein microarray assay, for the study and characterization of interactions of PSA (both free and complexed) with 6 lectins (SNA, ConA, RCA, AAL, WGA and MAA II)...
November 24, 2016: Proteomics
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