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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914324/development-and-validation-of-species-specific-molecular-diagnostic-tool-for-opisthorchis-felineus-digenea-opisthorchiidae-metacercariae
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Monica Caffara, Laura Serracca, Andrea Gustinelli, Walter Vencia, Irene Rossini, Marino Prearo, Maria L Fioravanti
Opisthorchis felineus (family Opisthorchiidae) is a parasitic flatworm representing a serious threat to humans in some countries. Opisthorchiasis occurs after consumption of raw or undercooked cyprinid fish infected by the metacercarial stage of the parasite. Due to its small size, detection of the parasite in fish fillet is time-consuming and difficult. Furthermore, isolated metacercariae can be identified to genus but not to species level using morphological features and molecular techniques are necessary...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914305/effectiveness-of-a-cross-circuit-exercise-training-program-in-improving-the-fitness-of-overweight-or-obese-adolescents-with-intellectual-disability-enrolled-in-special-education-schools
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Wen-Lan Wu, Yu-Fen Yang, I-Hua Chu, Hsiu-Tao Hsu, Feng-Hua Tsai, Jing-Min Liang
This study assessed the effects of a cross-circuit training intervention program on the body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, balance, and muscular strength endurance of overweight or obese students with intellectual disability. A total of 43 students with intellectual disability (aged 13-19 years) were enrolled in this program; 28 overweight/obese students were assigned to either an obesity-control group (n=14) or obesity-exercise group (n=14), and those with normal weight were assigned to a normal weight group (n=15)...
November 30, 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914281/stability-of-smokeless-powder-compounds-on-collection-devices
#3
Regina Verena Taudte, Claude Roux, Alison Beavis
The current trend towards the implementation of organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis into gunshot residue (GSR) investigation protocols typically involves the sequential analysis of inorganic and organic GSR. However, to allow for the consecutive analysis of inorganic and organic GSR, specimens will often be stored for different lengths of time which may result in compounds of interest degrading. In order to optimise storage conditions, it is important to consider compound degradation on collection devices during storage...
November 24, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914267/intein-mediated-site-specific-synthesis-of-tumor-targeting-protein-delivery-system-turning-peg-dilemma-into-prodrug-like-feature
#4
Yingzhi Chen, Meng Zhang, Hongyue Jin, Yisi Tang, Huiyuan Wang, Qin Xu, Yaping Li, Feng Li, Yongzhuo Huang
Poor tumor-targeted and cytoplasmic delivery is a bottleneck for protein toxin-based cancer therapy. Ideally, a protein toxin drug should remain stealthy in circulation for prolonged half-life and reduced side toxicity, but turn activated at tumor. PEGylation is a solution to achieve the first goal, but creates a hurdle for the second because PEG rejects interaction between the drugs and tumor cells therein. Such PEG dilemma is an unsolved problem in protein delivery. Herein proposed is a concept of turning PEG dilemma into prodrug-like feature...
November 27, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914110/physical-exercise-for-the-treatment-of-non-ulcerated-chronic-venous-insufficiency
#5
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Diego N Araujo, Cibele Td Ribeiro, Alvaro Cc Maciel, Selma S Bruno, Guilherme Af Fregonezi, Fernando Al Dias
BACKGROUND: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common disease that causes discomfort and impairs the quality of life of affected persons. Treatments such as physical exercise that aim to increase the movement of the ankle joint and strengthen the muscle pump in the calf of the leg may be useful to reduce the symptoms of CVI. OBJECTIVES: To assess and summarise the existing clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of physical exercise programmes for the treatment of individuals with non-ulcerated CVI...
December 3, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914087/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biofilm-formation-by-pathogenic-streptococci
#6
Yashuan Chao, Caroline Bergenfelz, Anders P Håkansson
This manuscript presents novel approaches to grow and evaluate Streptococcal biofilm formation using the human respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) as the main model organism on biological surfaces in vitro and in vivo. Most biofilm models are based on growth on abiotic surfaces, which is relevant for many pathogens whose growth on surfaces or medical devices is a major cause of disease transmission and infections, especially in hospital environments. However, most infections with commensal organisms require biofilm formation on biological surfaces in the host at the site of colonization or infection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914086/killing-bacteria-with-cytotoxic-effector-proteins-of-human-killer-immune-cells-granzymes-granulysin-and-perforin
#7
Diego López León, Isabelle Fellay, Pierre-Yves Mantel, Michael Walch
Bacterial pathogens represent a constant threat to human health that was exacerbated in recent years by a dramatic increase of strains resistant to last resort antibiotics. The immune system of higher vertebrates generally evolved several efficient innate and adaptive mechanisms to fight ubiquitous bacterial pathogens. Among those mechanisms, immune proteases were recognized to contribute essentially to antibacterial immune defense. The effector serine proteases of the adaptive immune system, the granzymes, exert potent antimicrobial activity when they are delivered into the bacterial cytosol by prokaryotic membrane disrupting proteins, such as granulysin...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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/27914082/detection-of-intracellular-proteins-by-high-resolution-immunofluorescence-microscopy-in-streptococcus-pyogenes
#9
Assaf Raz
Immunofluorescence microscopy is an invaluable tool for the study of biological processes at the cellular level. While the localization of surface-exposed antigens can easily be determined using fluorescent antibodies, localization of intracellular antigens requires permeabilization of the bacterial cell wall and membrane. Here, we describe an immunofluorescence protocol tailored specifically for Streptococcus pyogenes, applying the phage lysin PlyC for cell wall permeabilization. This protocol allows a high level of morphological preservation, suitable for high-resolution microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914075/development-of-a-single-locus-sequence-typing-slst-scheme-for-typing-bacterial-species-directly-from-complex-communities
#10
Christian F P Scholz, Anders Jensen
The protocol describes a computational method to develop a Single Locus Sequence Typing (SLST) scheme for typing bacterial species. The resulting scheme can be used to type bacterial isolates as well as bacterial species directly from complex communities using next-generation sequencing technologies.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914071/differential-radial-capillary-action-of-ligand-assay-dracala-for-high-throughput-detection-of-protein-metabolite-interactions-in-bacteria
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Mona W Orr, Vincent T Lee
Bacteria rely on numerous nucleotide second messengers for signal transduction such as cyclic AMP, cyclic-di-GMP, and cyclic-di-AMP. Although a number of receptors responsible for known regulated phenotypes have been established, the completeness of protein receptors in any given organism remains elusive. We have developed a method called differential radial capillary action of ligand assay (DRaCALA) that allows for an unbiased, systematic high-throughput screen for the detection of ligand binding proteins encoded by a genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914070/analysis-of-bacterial-surface-interactions-with-mass-spectrometry-based-proteomics
#12
Christofer Karlsson, Johan Teleman, Johan Malmström
Host-pathogen protein-protein interaction networks are highly complex and dynamic. In this experimental protocol we describe a method to isolate host proteins attached to the bacterial surface followed by quantitative mass spectrometry based proteomics analysis. This technique provides an overview of the host-pathogen interaction network, which can be used to guide directed perturbations of the system, and to select target of specific interest for further studies.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914062/computational-design-of-ligand-binding-proteins
#13
Christine E Tinberg, Sagar D Khare
The ability to design novel small-molecule binding sites in proteins is a stringent test of our understanding of the principles of molecular recognition, and would have many practical applications, in synthetic biology and medicine. Here, we describe a computational method in the context of the macromolecular modeling suite Rosetta to designing proteins with sites featuring predetermined interactions to ligands of choice. The required inputs for the method are a model of the small molecule and the desired interactions (e...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914060/a-protocol-for-the-design-of-protein-and-peptide-nanostructure-self-assemblies-exploiting-synthetic-amino-acids
#14
Nurit Haspel, Jie Zheng, Carlos Aleman, David Zanuy, Ruth Nussinov
In recent years there has been increasing interest in nanostructure design based on the self-assembly properties of proteins and polymers. Nanodesign requires the ability to predictably manipulate the properties of the self-assembly of autonomous building blocks, which can fold or aggregate into preferred conformational states. The design includes functional synthetic materials and biological macromolecules. Autonomous biological building blocks with available 3D structures provide an extremely rich and useful resource...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914058/osprey-predicts-resistance-mutations-using-positive-and-negative-computational-protein-design
#15
Adegoke Ojewole, Anna Lowegard, Pablo Gainza, Stephanie M Reeve, Ivelin Georgiev, Amy C Anderson, Bruce R Donald
Drug resistance in protein targets is an increasingly common phenomenon that reduces the efficacy of both existing and new antibiotics. However, knowledge of future resistance mutations during pre-clinical phases of drug development would enable the design of novel antibiotics that are robust against not only known resistant mutants, but also against those that have not yet been clinically observed. Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is a transformative field that enables the prediction of protein sequences with desired biochemical properties such as binding affinity and specificity to a target...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914051/integration-of-molecular-dynamics-based-predictions-into-the-optimization-of-de-novo-protein-designs-limitations-and-benefits
#16
Henrique F Carvalho, Arménio J M Barbosa, Ana C A Roque, Olga Iranzo, Ricardo J F Branco
Recent advances in de novo protein design have gained considerable insight from the intrinsic dynamics of proteins, based on the integration of molecular dynamics simulations protocols on the state-of-the-art de novo protein design protocols used nowadays. With this protocol we illustrate how to set up and run a molecular dynamics simulation followed by a functional protein dynamics analysis. New users will be introduced to some useful open-source computational tools, including the GROMACS molecular dynamics simulation software package and ProDy for protein structural dynamics analysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914050/multistate-computational-protein-design-with-backbone-ensembles
#17
James A Davey, Roberto A Chica
The ability of computational protein design (CPD) to identify protein sequences possessing desired characteristics in vast sequence spaces makes it a highly valuable tool in the protein engineering toolbox. CPD calculations are typically performed using a single-state design (SSD) approach in which amino-acid sequences are optimized on a single protein structure. Although SSD has been successfully applied to the design of numerous protein functions and folds, the approach can lead to the incorrect rejection of desirable sequences because of the combined use of a fixed protein backbone template and a set of rigid rotamers...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914049/modeling-binding-affinity-of-pathological-mutations-for-computational-protein-design
#18
Miguel Romero-Durana, Chiara Pallara, Fabian Glaser, Juan Fernández-Recio
An important aspect of protein functionality is the formation of specific complexes with other proteins, which are involved in the majority of biological processes. The functional characterization of such interactions at molecular level is necessary, not only to understand biological and pathological phenomena but also to design improved, or even new interfaces, or to develop new therapeutic approaches. X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy have increased the number of 3D protein complex structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914046/production-of-computationally-designed-small-soluble-and-membrane-proteins-cloning-expression-and-purification
#19
Barsa Tripathy, Rudresh Acharya
This book chapter focuses on expression and purification of computationally designed small soluble proteins and membrane proteins that are ordinarily difficult to express in good amounts for experiments. Over-expression of such proteins can be achieved by using the solubility tag such as maltose binding protein (MBP), Thioredoxin (Trx), and Gultathione-S-transferase (GST) fused to the protein of interest. Here, we describe and provide the protocols for cloning, expression and purification of such proteins using the solubility tag...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914044/the-framework-of-computational-protein-design
#20
Ilan Samish
Computational protein design (CPD) has established itself as a leading field in basic and applied science with a strong coupling between the two. Proteins are computationally designed from the level of amino acids to the level of a functional protein complex. Design targets range from increased thermo- (or other) stability to specific requested reactions such as protein-protein binding, enzymatic reactions, or nanotechnology applications. The design scheme may encompass small regions of the proteins or the entire protein...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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