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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651408/-identification-and-evaluation-of-t-cell-epitopes-of-rv0585c-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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X X Wang, X Chen, Y Q Li, T Y Xiao, Y Jiang, M C Li, H C Liu, K L Wan
Objective: To investigate the human T cell epitopes of Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis Rv0585c protein antigen and their immunogenicity and provide evidence for the development of specific tuberculosis immune diagnostic techniques and tuberculosis vaccine. Methods: We synthesized peptides from M. tuberculosis Rv0585c protein antigen predicted by TE-predict and IEDB human T cell epitope prediction tool. The cellular immunoreactivity of the predicted peptides was evaluated through ELISpot assay with the peripheral blood monouclear cells (PBMC) of clinical tuberculosis patients...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651382/assignment-of-sigma-factors-of-rna-polymerase-to-promoters-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
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Hana Dostálová, Jiří Holátko, Tobias Busche, Lenka Rucká, Andrey Rapoport, Petr Halada, Jan Nešvera, Jörn Kalinowski, Miroslav Pátek
Corynebacterium glutamicum is an important industrial producer of various amino acids and other metabolites. The C. glutamicum genome encodes seven sigma subunits (factors) of RNA polymerase: the primary sigma factor SigA (σ(A)), the primary-like σ(B) and five alternative sigma factors (σ(C), σ(D), σ(E), σ(H) and σ(M)). We have developed in vitro and in vivo methods to assign particular sigma factors to individual promoters of different classes. In vitro transcription assays and measurements of promoter activity using the overexpression of a single sigma factor gene and the transcriptional fusion of the promoter to the gfpuv reporter gene enabled us to reliably define the sigma factor dependency of promoters...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651374/cd70-a-novel-target-of-car-t-cell-therapy-for-gliomas
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Linchun Jin, Haitao Ge, Yu Long, Changlin Yang, Yifan Emily Chang, Luyan Mu, Elias J Sayour, Gabriel De Leon, Qiong J Wang, James C Yang, Paul S Kubilis, Hongbo Bao, Songsong Xia, Dunyue Lu, Yingjun Kong, Li Hu, Yujiao Shang, Chencheng Jiang, Jing Nie, Shimin Li, Yunhe Gu, Jiahang Sun, Duane A Mitchell, Zhiguo Lin, Jianping Huang
Background: Cancer immunotherapy represents a promising treatment approach for malignant-gliomas, but is hampered by the limited number of ubiquitously expressed tumor antigens and the profoundly immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. We identified CD70 as a novel immunosuppressive ligand and glioma target. Methods: Normal tissues derived from 52 different organs, and primary and recurrent low-grade gliomas (LGGs) and glioblastomas (GBMs) were thoroughly evaluated for CD70 gene and protein expression...
June 23, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651253/association-of-il-6-gene-174-and-572-g-c-polymorphisms-with-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-of-type-2-diabetes-in-a-chinese-population
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Qin-Kang Lu, Jun-Tao Zhang, Na Zhao, Hui-Yun Wang, Qi-Hu Tong, Shou-Li Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate the association of interleukin (IL)-6 with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in a Chinese population. METHODS: Two subtypes of the IL-6 promoter (-174 and -572 G/C) were genotyped in 215 T2D patients with PDR and 207 T2D patients with a normal retinal function (controls) using the PCR-RFLP method. The mRNA and protein expression of IL-6 was examined by real-time PCR. RESULTS: T2D patients with PDR had a significantly higher frequency of IL-6 -174 GC (OR 0...
June 27, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651250/a-role-for-neuronal-alpha-synuclein-in-gastrointestinal-immunity
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Ethan Stolzenberg, Deborah Berry, De Yang, Ernest Y Lee, Alexander Kroemer, Stuart Kaufman, Gerard C L Wong, Joost J Oppenheim, Supti Sen, Thomas Fishbein, Ad Bax, Brent Harris, Denise Barbut, Michael A Zasloff
BACKGROUND: Alpha-synuclein (αS) is a nerve cell protein associated with Parkinson disease (PD). Accumulation of αS within the enteric nervous system (ENS) and its traffic from the gut to the brain are implicated in the pathogenesis and progression of PD. αS has no known function in humans and the reason for its accumulation within the ENS is unknown. Several recent studies conducted in rodents have linked αS to immune cell activation in the central nervous system. We hypothesized that αS in the ENS might play a role in the innate immune defenses of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651249/administration-of-the-mitochondrial-permeability-transition-pore-inhibitor-tro40303-prior-to-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-does-not-affect-the-levels-of-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-or-acute-phase-proteins
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Noreen Butt, Lena K Bache-Mathiesen, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, Vegard Tuseth, Peter Scott Munk, Vernon Bonarjee, Trygve Sundby Hall, Svend Eggert Jensen, Sigrun Halvorsen, Huseyin Firat, Dan Atar, Alf Inge Larsen
OBJECTIVES: In the MITOCARE study, reperfusion injury was not prevented after administration of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening inhibitor, TRO40303, in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). The effects of TRO40303 on pro-inflammatory cytokines and acute-phase proteins were assessed. METHODS: STEMI patients (n = 163, mean age 62 years) with chest pain within 6 h before admission for pPCI were randomized to intravenous bolus of TRO40303 (n = 83) or placebo (n = 80) prior to reperfusion...
June 27, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651186/circulating-malondialdehyde-modified-low-density-lipoprotein-mda-ldl-as-a-novel-predictor-of-clinical-outcome-after-endovascular-therapy-in-patients-with-peripheral-artery-disease-pad
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Taka-Aki Takamura, Taketsugu Tsuchiya, Minako Oda, Makoto Watanabe, Ryuhei Saito, Ryoko Sato-Ishida, Hironobu Akao, Yasuyuki Kawai, Michihiko Kitayama, Kouji Kajinami
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Despite advances in the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), cardiovascular events and death rates remain high. This study aimed at identifying markers of outcome in patients with PAD undergoing endovascular therapy (EVT). METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing EVT were recruited. Markers of oxidative stress (malondialdehyde-modified low-density lipoprotein [MDA-LDL]), inflammation (IL-6; high-sensitivity C-reactive protein [hsCRP]) and fibrinolysis (D-dimer) were measured pre-EVT and at post-EVT time-points to 36 h...
June 16, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651122/activation-of-irf3-contributes-to-ifn-%C3%AE-and-isg54-expression-during-the-immune-responses-to-b16f10-tumor-growth
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Zachary Guinn, Deborah M Brown, Thomas M Petro
Interferon Regulatory Factor (IRF-3) has been shown to contribute to immune control of B16 melanoma tumor growth. We have shown previously that IRF-3 has a role in IFN-γ-induced expression of pro-apoptotic interferon stimulated gene 54 (ISG54) in macrophages and IFN-γ in T cells. To investigate the IRF3-IFN-γ-ISG54 nexus, we injected C57Bl/6 (B6) and IRF3KO mice s.c. with luciferase-producing B16-F10 tumor cells. Tumor growth as measured by luciferase levels was similar between B6 and IRF3KO mice at days 2 and 6, but was significantly greater at day 9 in IRF3KO mice compared with B6 mice...
June 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651121/cytomegalovirus-ul128-homolog-mutants-that-form-a-pentameric-complex-produce-virus-with-impaired-epithelial-and-trophoblast-cell-tropism-and-altered-pathogenicity-in-the-guinea-pig
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Stewart Coleman, K Yeon Choi, Alistair McGregor
Guinea pig cytomegalovirus (GPCMV) encodes a homolog pentameric complex (PC) for specific cell tropism and congenital infection. In human cytomegalovirus, the PC is an important antibody neutralizing target and GPCMV studies will aid in the development of intervention strategies. Deletion mutants of the C-terminal domains of unique PC proteins (UL128, UL130 and UL131 homologs) were unable to form a PC in separate transient expression assays. Minor modifications to the UL128 homolog (GP129) C-terminal domain enabled PC formation but viruses encoding these mutants had altered tropism to renal and placental trophoblast cells...
June 23, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651104/autophagy-is-an-important-event-for-low-dose-cytarabine-treatment-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
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Liyun Chen, Pei Guo, Yunxiang Zhang, Xiaoyang Li, Peimin Jia, Jianhua Tong, Junmin Li
Cytarabine (Ara-c) has been an important agent in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment for more than 40 years. While, the mechanisms underlying low dose cytarabine (LD Ara-c) is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effect of LD Ara-C in vitro. U937 and HEL cell lines were treated with increasing dose of Ara-C and showed growth inhibition rates in a time and dose-dependent manner. Treatment with LD Ara-C (50nM) induced a time-dependent increase in expression of microtubule-associated protein light chain 3 (LC3) and beclin1, but degradation of sequestosome1 (p62) in both U937 and HEL cells...
June 16, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651092/role-of-proteoglycans-on-the-biochemical-and-biomechanical-properties-of-dentin-organic-matrix
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Cristina de Mattos Pimenta Vidal, Ariene Arcas Leme-Kraus, Momina Rahman, Ana Paula Farina, Ana K Bedran-Russo
OBJECTIVE: Proteoglycans (PGs) are multifunctional biomacromolecules of the extracellular matrix of collagen-based tissues. In teeth, besides a pivotal regulatory role on dentin biomineralization, PGs provide mechanical support to the mineralized tissue and compressive strength to the biosystem. This study assessed enzymatic protocols for selective PGs removal from demineralized dentin to determine the roles of these biomacromolecules in the bulk mechanical properties and biostability of type I collagen...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651026/binding-of-human-plasminogen-and-high-molecular-mass-kininogen-by-cell-surface-exposed-proteins-of-candida-parapsilosis
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Justyna Karkowska-Kuleta, Dorota Zajac, Grazyna Bras, Oliwia Bochenska, Maria Rapala-Kozik, Andrzej Kozik
Pathogenic microbes can recruit to their cell surface human proteins that are components of important proteolytic cascades involved in coagulation, fibrinolysis and innate immune response. Once located at the bacterial or fungal surface, such deployed proteins might be utilized by pathogens to facilitate invasion and dissemination within the host organism by interfering with functionality of these systems or by exploiting specific activity of the bound enzymes. Aim of the study presented here was to characterize this phenomenon in Candida parapsilosis (Ashford) Langeron et Talice - an important causative agent of systemic fungal infections (candidiases and candidemias) in humans...
June 24, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651019/in-silico-genomic-insights-into-aspects-of-food-safety-and-defense-mechanisms-of-a-potentially-probiotic-lactobacillus-pentosus-mp-10-isolated-from-brines-of-naturally-fermented-alore%C3%A3-a-green-table-olives
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Hikmate Abriouel, Beatriz Pérez Montoro, María Del Carmen Casado Muñoz, Charles W Knapp, Antonio Gálvez, Nabil Benomar
Lactobacillus pentosus MP-10, isolated from brines of naturally fermented Aloreña green table olives, exhibited high probiotic potential. The genome sequence of L. pentosus MP-10 is currently considered the largest genome among lactobacilli, highlighting the microorganism's ecological flexibility and adaptability. Here, we analyzed the complete genome sequence for the presence of acquired antibiotic resistance and virulence determinants to understand their defense mechanisms and explore its putative safety in food...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651017/crystal-structure-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-helicase
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Wei Hao, Justyna Aleksandra Wojdyla, Rong Zhao, Ruiyun Han, Rajat Das, Ivan Zlatev, Muthiah Manoharan, Meitian Wang, Sheng Cui
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) remains a threat to public health worldwide; however, effective vaccine or drug against CoVs remains unavailable. CoV helicase is one of the three evolutionary most conserved proteins in nidoviruses, thus making it an important target for drug development. We report here the first structure of full-length coronavirus helicase, MERS-CoV nsp13. MERS-CoV helicase has multiple domains, including an N-terminal Cys/His rich domain (CH) with three zinc atoms, a beta-barrel domain and a C-terminal SF1 helicase core with two RecA-like subdomains...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651002/the-n-terminal-domain-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-ppe17-rv1168c-protein-plays-a-dominant-role-in-inducing-antibody-responses-in-active-tb-patients
#15
Philip Raj Abraham, Niteen Pathak, Gourango Pradhan, Gaddam Sumanlatha, Sangita Mukhopadhyay
The PPE (proline-proline-glutamic acid) proteins of Mycobacterium tuberculosis are characterized by a conserved N-terminal domain of approximately 180 amino acids and variable C-terminal domain. Since last decade, these proteins have gained much importance in the serodiagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) as they act as a source of antigenic variation. We have demonstrated earlier that one of the PPE proteins PPE17 (Rv1168c) induces strong B-cell and T-cell responses in active TB disease and also displays a higher antibody titer compared to immunodominant antigens such as ESAT-6, Hsp60 and PPD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650988/transcriptomic-analysis-to-uncover-genes-affecting-cold-resistance-in-the-chinese-honey-bee-apis-cerana-cerana
#16
Kai Xu, Qingsheng Niu, Huiting Zhao, Yali Du, Yusuo Jiang
The biological activity and geographical distribution of honey bees is strongly temperature-dependent, due to their ectothermic physiology. In China, the endemic Apis cerana cerana exhibits stronger cold hardiness than Western honey bees, making the former species important pollinators of winter-flowering plants. Although studies have examined behavioral and physiological mechanisms underlying cold resistance in bees, data are scarce regarding the exact molecular mechanisms. Here, we investigated gene expression in A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650705/current-and-emerging-treatments-for-postsurgical-cleft-lip-scarring-effectiveness-and-mechanisms
#17
E Papathanasiou, C A Trotman, A R Scott, T E Van Dyke
Cleft lip with or without cleft palate is the most common congenital malformation of the head and the third-most common birth defect. Surgical repair of the lip is the only treatment and is usually performed during the first year of life. Hypertrophic scar (HTS) formation is a frequent postoperative complication that impairs soft tissue form, function, or movement. Multiple lip revision operations are often required throughout childhood, attempting to optimize aesthetics and function. The mechanisms guiding HTS formation are multifactorial and complex...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650699/effect-of-euterpe-oleracea-mart-seeds-extract-on-chronic-ischemic-renal-injury-in-renovascular-hypertensive-rats
#18
Cristiane Aguiar da Costa, Dayane Teixeira Ognibene, Viviane Silva Cristino Cordeiro, Graziele Freitas de Bem, Izabelle Barcellos Santos, Ricardo Andrade Soares, Letícia L de Melo Cunha, Lenize C R M Carvalho, Roberto Soares de Moura, Angela Castro Resende
Previously, we have demonstrated that the seeds of Euterpe oleracia Mart. (açaí) are rich in polyphenols with antihypertensive and antioxidant properties. This study evaluated the renal protective effects of the hydroalcoholic extract obtained from the seeds of açaí (ASE) fruits in two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) renovascular hypertension. Young male Wistar rats were used to obtain 2K1C and sham groups. Animals received ASE (200 mg/(kg·day) in drinking water) or vehicle for 40 days. We evaluated serum and urinary parameters, renal structural changes, and oxidative status...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650691/changes-in-cartilage-biomarker-levels-during-a-transcontinental-multistage-footrace-over-4486-km
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Annegret Mündermann, Christopher Klenk, Christian Billich, Corina Nüesch, Geert Pagenstert, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss, Uwe Schütz
BACKGROUND: Cartilage turnover and load-induced tissue changes are frequently assessed by quantifying concentrations of cartilage biomarkers in serum. To date, information on the effects of ultramarathon running on articular cartilage is scarce. HYPOTHESIS: Serum concentrations of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, MMP-3, MMP-9, COL2-3/4C long mono (C2C), procollagen type II C-terminal propeptide (CPII), and C2C:CPII will increase throughout a multistage ultramarathon...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650688/multidrug-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-in-lebanese-hospital-wastewater-implication-in-the-one-health-concept
#20
Ziad Daoud, Jina Farah, Elie S Salem, Khalil El Kfoury, Elias Dahdouh, Khalil Masri, Claude Afif, Roula M Abdel-Massih, Ghassan M Matar
Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL) and carbapenemase-producing organisms pose severe problems for hospitalized patients. In the absence of efficient sanitation and sewage disposal, the risks for transmission of hospital organisms into the community are high. Our objectives were to study the occurrence and mechanisms of resistance of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacilli in two Lebanese hospital sewage treatment plants. Wastewater samples were collected, filtered, and cultivated on MacConckey+cefotaxime agars...
June 26, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
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