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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806133/autophagy-dictates-metabolism-and-differentiation-of-inflammatory-immune-cells
#1
Thomas Riffelmacher, Felix Clemens Richter, Anna Katharina Simon
The role of macroautophagy/autophagy, a conserved lysosomal degradation pathway, during cellular differentiation has been well studied over the last decade. Particularly, evidence for its role during immune cell differentiation is growing. Despite the description of a variety of dramatic immune phenotypes in tissue-specific autophagy knockout models, the underlying mechanisms are still under debate. One of the proposed mechanisms is the impact of autophagy on the altered metabolic states during immune cell differentiation...
August 14, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806076/structure-affinity-relationships-and-structure-kinetics-relationships-of-pyrido-2-1-f-purine-2-4-dione-derivatives-as-human-adenosine-a3-receptor-antagonists
#2
Lizi Xia, Wessel A C Burger, Jacobus P D van Veldhoven, Boaz J Kuiper, Tirsa T van Duijl, Eelke B Lenselink, Ellen Paasman, Laura H Heitman, Adriaan P IJzerman
We expanded on a series of pyrido[2,1-f]purine-2,4-dione derivatives as human adenosine A3 receptor (hA3R) antagonists to determine their kinetic profiles and affinities. Many compounds showed high affinities and a diverse range of kinetic profiles. We found hA3R antagonists with very short residence time at the receptor (RT of 2.2 min for 5) and much longer RTs (e.g. 376 min for 27, or 391 min for 31). Two representative antagonists (5 and 27) were tested in [(35)S]GTPγS binding assays, and their RTs appeared correlated to their (in)surmountable antagonism...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806064/conditional-displacement-hybridization-assay-for-multiple-snp-phasing
#3
Tsz Wing Fan, Henson L Lee Yu, I-Ming Hsing
The two chromosomal copies of the human genome are highly polymorphic, and the allelic content on each strand can dictate a person's biological outcomes. While many of the current diagnostic tools are able to detect the presence of multiple mutations at the same time, most cannot determine the phase of these mutations unless long-range PCR or sequencing techniques are used or if templates are compartmentalized into single copies prior to amplification. Here, an enzyme-coupled hybridization assay, named Conditional Displacement Hybridization Assay (CDHA), is described for the concurrent and rapid determination of the presence and phase of SNP variants...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805924/measures-of-lamb-production-efficiency-in-a-temperate-grass-based-system-differing-in-ewe-prolificacy-potential-and-stocking-rate
#4
E Earle, T M Boland, N McHugh, P Creighton
The objective of this study was to quantify the effects of ewe prolificacy potential (PP; predicted number of lambs born ewe yr), as dictated by sire breed type, and stocking rate (SR; ewes ha) on ewe production efficiency (kg lamb live weight weaned:kg ewe live weight mated), lamb growth, lamb carcass output, and dry matter (DM; kg) and energy (UFL; unit of energy kg DM) consumption (in the form of both grazed and conserved herbage, concentrate supplementation, and total) in a temperate grass-based lamb production system...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805703/thermo-hydraulic-analysis-of-heat-storage-filled-with-the-ceramic-bricks-dedicated-to-the-solar-air-heating-system
#5
Magdalena Nemś, Artur Nemś, Jacek Kasperski, Michał Pomorski
This article presents the results of a study into a packed bed filled with ceramic bricks. The designed storage installation is supposed to become part of a heating system installed in a single-family house and eventually to be integrated with a concentrated solar collector adapted to climate conditions in Poland. The system's working medium is air. The investigated temperature ranges and air volume flow rates in the ceramic bed were dictated by the planned integration with a solar air heater. Designing a packed bed of sufficient parameters first required a mathematical model to be constructed and heat exchange to be analyzed, since heat accumulation is a complex process influenced by a number of material properties...
August 12, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805641/culicoides-virus-interactions-infection-barriers-and-possible-factors-underlying-vector-competence
#6
REVIEW
Mary K Mills, Kristin Michel, Robert S Pfannenstiel, Mark G Ruder, Eva Veronesi, Dana Nayduch
In the United States, Culicoides midges vector arboviruses of economic importance such as Bluetongue Virus and Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus. A limited number of studies have demonstrated the complexities of midge-virus interactions, including dynamic changes in virus titer and prevalence over the infection time course. These dynamics are, in part, dictated by mesenteron infection and escape barriers. This review summarizes the overarching trends in viral titer and prevalence throughout the course of infection...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802807/acute-phase-response-in-babesia-canis-and-dirofilaria-immitis-co-infections-in-dogs
#7
Zorana Milanović, Anja Ilić, Jelena Francuski Andrić, Vladimir Radonjić, Anđelo Beletić, Milica Kovačević Filipović
Babesia canis and Dirofilaria immitis are emerging and geographically overlapping vector-borne pathogens in dogs. Infection with B. canis leads to acute-phase response (APR) that can be mild to severe and results in either non-complicated or complicated forms of the disease. The aim of this study was to determine whether acute B. canis infection is more severe in dogs with underlying asymptomatic D. immitis infection. Dogs of both sexes, different ages and breeds, with naturally occurring mono-infections with B...
August 2, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801617/g-protein-stoichiometry-dictates-biased-agonism-through-distinct-receptor-g-protein-partitioning
#8
Lauriane Onfroy, Ségolène Galandrin, Stéphanie M Pontier, Marie-Hélène Seguelas, Du N'Guyen, Jean-Michel Sénard, Céline Galés
Biased agonism at G protein coupled receptors emerges as an opportunity for development of drugs with enhanced benefit/risk balance making biased ligand identification a priority. However, ligand biased signature, classically inferred from ligand activity across multiple pathways, displays high variability in recombinant systems. Functional assays usually necessity receptor/effector overexpression that should be controlled among assays to allow comparison but this calibration currently fails. Herein, we demonstrate that Gα expression level dictates the biased profiling of agonists and, to a lesser extent of β-blockers, in a Gα isoform- and receptor-specific way, depending on specific G protein activity in different membrane territories...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801234/dendritic-cells-but-not-macrophages-sense-tumor-mitochondrial-dna-for-cross-priming-through-signal-regulatory-protein-%C3%AE-signaling
#9
Meng Michelle Xu, Yang Pu, Dali Han, Yaoyao Shi, Xuezhi Cao, Hua Liang, Xiang Chen, Xiao-Dong Li, Liufu Deng, Zhijian J Chen, Ralph R Weichselbaum, Yang-Xin Fu
Inhibition of cytosolic DNA sensing represents a strategy that tumor cells use for immune evasion, but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Here we have shown that CD47-signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα) axis dictates the fate of ingested DNA in DCs for immune evasion. Although macrophages were more potent in uptaking tumor DNA, increase of DNA sensing by blocking the interaction of SIRPα with CD47 preferentially occurred in dendritic cells (DCs) but not in macrophages. Mechanistically, CD47 blockade enabled the activation of NADPH oxidase NOX2 in DCs, which in turn inhibited phagosomal acidification and reduced the degradation of tumor mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in DCs...
August 2, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800692/does-the-developmental-stage-and-composition-of-riparian-forest-stand-affect-ecosystem-functioning-in-streams
#10
Sahadevan Seena, Francisco Carvalho, Fernanda Cássio, Cláudia Pascoal
A common watershed restoration practice to improve water quality and stream ecosystem functions and services is replanting riparian corridors with plant species that may differ from those of natural communities. This restoration practice may have consequences on the aquatic ecosystem processes because organisms obtain energy from leaf litter inputs of the riparian zones. Leaf litter decomposition in streams is a vital ecosystem-level process, which depends on the activity of microorganisms and invertebrates...
August 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799397/phase-behavior-of-patchy-spheroidal-fluids
#11
T N Carpency, J D Gunton, J M Rickman
We employ Gibbs-ensemble Monte Carlo computer simulation to assess the impact of shape anisotropy and particle interaction anisotropy on the phase behavior of a colloidal (or, by extension, protein) fluid comprising patchy ellipsoidal particles, with an emphasis on critical behavior. More specifically, we obtain the fluid-fluid equilibrium phase diagram of hard prolate ellipsoids having Kern-Frenkel surface patches under a variety of conditions and study the critical behavior of these fluids as a function of particle shape parameters...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799069/rae1-mediated-nuclear-export-of-rnc1-is-an-important-determinant-in-controlling-mapk-signaling
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REVIEW
Ryosuke Satoh, Kanako Hagihara, Reiko Sugiura
In eukaryotic cells, RNA binding proteins (RBPs) play critical roles in regulating almost every aspect of gene expression, often shuttling between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. They are also key determinants in cell fate via controlling the target mRNAs under the regulation of various signaling pathways in response to environmental stresses. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms that couple the location of mRNA and RBPs is a major challenge in the field of gene expression and signal responses. In fission yeast, a KH-type RBP Rnc1 negatively regulates MAPK signaling activation via mRNA stabilization of the dual-specificity MAPK phosphatase Pmp1, which dephosphorylates MAPK Pmk1...
August 10, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798979/mucosa-associated-invariant-t-cells-infiltrate-hepatic-metastases-in-patients-with-colorectal-carcinoma-but-are-rendered-dysfunctional-within-and-adjacent-to-tumor-microenvironment
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Christopher R Shaler, Mauro E Tun-Abraham, Anton I Skaro, Khashayarsha Khazaie, Alexandra J Corbett, Tina Mele, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are innate-like T lymphocytes that are unusually abundant in the human liver, a common site of colorectal carcinoma (CRC) metastasis. However, whether they contribute to immune surveillance against colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM) is essentially unexplored. In addition, whether MAIT cell functions can be impacted by chemotherapy is unclear. These are important questions given MAIT cells' potent immunomodulatory and inflammatory properties. Herein, we examined the frequencies and functions of peripheral blood, healthy liver tissue, tumor-margin and tumor-infiltrating MAIT cells in 21 CRLM patients who received no chemotherapy, FOLFOX, or a combination of FOLFOX and Avastin before they underwent liver resection...
August 10, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798028/ptpn2-regulates-t-cell-lineage-commitment-and-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-versus-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-specification
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Florian Wiede, Jarrod A Dudakov, Kun-Hui Lu, Garron T Dodd, Tariq Butt, Dale I Godfrey, Andreas Strasser, Richard L Boyd, Tony Tiganis
In the thymus, hematopoietic progenitors commit to the T cell lineage and undergo sequential differentiation to generate diverse T cell subsets, including major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-restricted αβ T cell receptor (TCR) T cells and non-MHC-restricted γδ TCR T cells. The factors controlling precursor commitment and their subsequent maturation and specification into αβ TCR versus γδ TCR T cells remain unclear. Here, we show that the tyrosine phosphatase PTPN2 attenuates STAT5 (signal transducer and activator of transcription 5) signaling to regulate T cell lineage commitment and SRC family kinase LCK and STAT5 signaling to regulate αβ TCR versus γδ TCR T cell development...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796811/biphasic-ros-production-p53-and-bik-dictate-the-mode-of-cell-death-in-response-to-dna-damage-in-colon-cancer-cells
#15
Ozgur Kutuk, Nurgul Aytan, Bahriye Karakas, Asli Giray Kurt, Ufuk Acikbas, Sehime Gulsun Temel, Huveyda Basaga
Necrosis, apoptosis and autophagic cell death are the main cell death pathways in multicellular organisms, all with distinct and overlapping cellular and biochemical features. DNA damage may trigger different types of cell death in cancer cells but the molecular events governing the mode of cell death remain elusive. Here we showed that increased BH3-only protein BIK levels promoted cisplatin- and UV-induced mitochondrial apoptosis and biphasic ROS production in HCT-116 wild-type cells. Nonetheless, early single peak of ROS formation along with lysosomal membrane permeabilization and cathepsin activation regulated cisplatin- and UV-induced necrosis in p53-null HCT-116 cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796796/investigating-the-relationship-between-energy-expenditure-walking-speed-and-angle-of-turning-in-humans
#16
M A McNarry, R P Wilson, M D Holton, I W Griffiths, K A Mackintosh
Recent studies have suggested that changing direction is associated with significant additional energy expenditure. A failure to account for this additional energy expenditure of turning has significant implications in the design and interpretation of health interventions. The purpose of this study was therefore to investigate the influence of walking speed and angle, and their interaction, on energy expenditure in 20 healthy adults (7 female; 28±7 yrs). On two separate days, participants completed a turning protocol at one of 16 speed- (2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796246/identification-and-characterization-of-a-new-source-of-adult-human-neural-progenitors
#17
Jinan Behnan, Biljana Stangeland, Tiziana Langella, Gaetano Finocchiaro, Giovanni Tringali, Torstein R Meling, Wayne Murrell
Adult neural progenitor cells (aNPCs) are a potential source for cell based therapy for neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injuries. These cells have been traditionally isolated from hippocampus, subventricular zone and white matter. However, there is still a need for an easily accessible source with better yield to counter the limitations of small surgical samples of previously characterized aNPCs. Here we show that ultrasonic aspirate (UA) samples currently considered as 'biological waste after surgery,' offer a good source for aNPCs...
August 10, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795222/whose-turn-is-it-anyway-the-moderating-role-of-response-execution-certainty-on-the-joint-simon-effect
#18
April Karlinsky, Melanie Y Lam, Romeo Chua, Nicola J Hodges
When a two-choice "Simon task" is distributed between two people, performance in the shared go/no-go task resembles performance in the whole task alone. This finding has been described as the joint Simon effect (JSE). Unlike the individual go/no-go task, not only is the typical joint Simon task shared with another person, but also the imperative stimuli dictate whose turn it is to respond. Therefore, in the current study, we asked whether removing the agent discrimination component of the joint Simon task influences co-representation...
August 9, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795188/filovirus-structural-biology-the-molecules-in-the-machine
#19
Robert N Kirchdoerfer, Hal Wasserman, Gaya K Amarasinghe, Erica Ollmann Saphire
In this chapter, we describe what is known thus far about the structures and functions of the handful of proteins encoded by filovirus genomes. Amongst the fascinating findings of the last decade is the plurality of functions and structures that these polypeptides can adopt. Many of the encoded proteins can play multiple, distinct roles in the virus life cycle, although the mechanisms by which these functions are determined and controlled remain mostly veiled. Further, some filovirus proteins are multistructural: adopting different oligomeric assemblies and sometimes, different tertiary structures to achieve their separate, and equally essential functions...
August 10, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794023/tumor-suppressor-p53-stimulates-the-expression-of-epstein-barr-virus-latent-membrane-protein-1
#20
Qianli Wang, Amy Lingel, Vicki Geiser, Zachary Kwapnoski, Luwen Zhang
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with multiple human malignancies. EBV latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) is required for the efficient transformation of primary B lymphocytes in vitro and possibly in vivo The tumor suppressor p53 plays a seminal role in cancer development. In some EBV-associated cancers, p53 tends to be wild-type and overly expressed, however, the effects of p53 on LMP1 expression is not clear. We find LMP1 expression is associated with p53 expression in EBV-transformed cells under physiological and DNA damaging conditions...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
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