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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914161/streptococcus-agalactiae-native-valve-endocarditis-uncommon-presentation-of-multiple-myeloma
#1
Ana Pinho Oliveira, Anne Delgado, Cláudia Martins, Pedro Gama
Adults with chronic immunosuppressive conditions are at an increased risk for Streptococcus agalactiae endocarditis, which is typically characterized by acute onset, presence of large vegetations, rapid valvular destruction and frequent complications. We report a rare case of a 74 years old man presenting with fever, renal infarction, ischemic stroke and uveitis. Infective endocarditis was diagnosed and Streptococcus agalactiae was isolated in blood cultures. A multiple myeloma Ig G-K was also diagnosed. The infective endocarditis was successfully treated with a course of benzylpenicillin and gentamicin...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914086/killing-bacteria-with-cytotoxic-effector-proteins-of-human-killer-immune-cells-granzymes-granulysin-and-perforin
#2
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/27914055/an-evolution-based-approach-to-de-novo-protein-design
#3
Jeffrey R Brender, David Shultis, Naureen Aslam Khattak, Yang Zhang
EvoDesign is a computational algorithm that allows the rapid creation of new protein sequences that are compatible with specific protein structures. As such, it can be used to optimize protein stability, to resculpt the protein surface to eliminate undesired protein-protein interactions, and to optimize protein-protein binding. A major distinguishing feature of EvoDesign in comparison to other protein design programs is the use of evolutionary information in the design process to guide the sequence search toward native-like sequences known to adopt structurally similar folds as the target...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913902/a-new-multiscale-micromechanical-model-of-vertebral-trabecular-bones
#4
Rami Haj-Ali, Eyass Massarwa, Jacob Aboudi, Fabio Galbusera, Uwe Wolfram, Hans-Joachim Wilke
A new three-dimensional (3D) multiscale micromechanical model has been suggested as adept at predicting the overall linear anisotropic mechanical properties of a vertebral trabecular bone (VTB) highly porous microstructure. A nested 3D modeling analysis framework spanning the multiscale nature of the VTB is presented herein. This hierarchical analysis framework employs the following micromechanical methods: the 3D parametric high-fidelity generalized method of cells (HFGMC) as well as the 3D sublaminate model...
December 2, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913864/losing-a-battle-but-winning-the-war-moving-past-preference-performance-to-understand-native-herbivore-novel-host-plant-interactions
#5
Leone M Brown, Greg A Breed, Paul M Severns, Elizabeth E Crone
Introduced plants can positively affect population viability by augmenting the diet of native herbivores, but can negatively affect populations if they are subpar or toxic resources. In organisms with complex life histories, such as insects specializing on host plants, the impacts of a novel host may differ across life stages, with divergent effects on population persistence. Most research on effects of novel hosts has focused on adult oviposition preference and larval performance, but adult preference may not optimize offspring performance, nor be indicative of host quality from a demographic perspective...
December 2, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913826/partial-gene-sequencing-of-cyp1a-vitellogenin-and-metallothionein-in-mosquitofish-gambusia-yucatana-and-gambusia-sexradiata
#6
Roberto Vázquez-Euán, Karla S Escalante-Herrera, Gabriela Rodríguez-Fuentes
Ground characteristics in the Yucatan Peninsula make recovery and treatment of wastewater very expensive. This situation has contributed to an increase of pollutants in the aquifer. Unfortunately, studies related to the effects of those pollutants in native organisms are scarce. The aim of this work was to obtain partial sequences of widely known genes used as biomarkers of pollutant effect in Gambusia yucatana and Gambusia sexradiata. The studied genes were: cytochrome P450 1A (CYP1A); vitellogenin (VTG); metallothionein (MT), and two housekeeping genes, 18S and β-actin...
December 2, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913711/breadmaking-performance-and-textural-changes-during-storage-of-composite-breads-made-from-spelt-wheat-and-different-forms-of-amaranth-grain
#7
Bojana Filipčev, Marija Bodroža-Solarov, Mladenka Pestorić, Olivera Šimurina
The objectives of the present study were to assess the baking properties of composite spelt wheat-amaranth blends and to study the staling of composite breads during a six-day storage. Different forms of amaranth grains were added to spelt bread formulation: native amaranth flour and flour from popped amaranth, including their scalded and non-scalded variants. Native amaranth flour (both scalded and non-scalded) gave loaves with the highest volume and contributed to significantly softer crumb but not in comparison to the control bread...
December 2, 2016: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913483/atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome
#8
Vahid Afshar-Kharghan
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) that affects multiple organs and the kidneys in particular. aHUS can be sporadic or familial and is most commonly caused by dysregulation of the alternative complement pathway. The initial attack of aHUS can occur at any age, and is associated with a high rate of progression to end stage renal disease. Many aHUS patients relapse in the native or transplanted kidneys, and require close monitoring and long-term management. Availability of anticomplement therapy has revolutionized the management of aHUS, and can change the natural course of aHUS by inducing hematologic remission, improving or stabilizing kidney functions, and preventing graft failure...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913416/mutagenesis-of-nosm-leader-peptide-reveals-important-elements-in-nosiheptide-biosynthesis
#9
Liang Jin, Xuri Wu, Yanjiu Xue, Yue Jin, Shuzhen Wang, Yijun Chen
: Nosiheptide, a typical member of ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs), exhibits potent activity against multi-drug resistant Gram-positive bacterial pathogens. The precursor peptide of nosiheptide (NosM) is comprised of a leader peptide with 37 amino acids and a core peptide containing 13 amino acids. To pinpoint essential elements in the leader peptide for nosithpetide biosynthesis, a collection of mutants with unique sequence features, including N- and C-terminal motifs, peptide length as well as specific sites in the leader peptide, was generated by mutagenesis in vivo The effects of various mutants on nosiheptide biosynthesis were evaluated...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913358/conformational-sampling-of-a-biomolecular-rugged-energy-landscape
#10
Jakub Rydzewski, Rafal Jakubowski, Giuseppe Nicosia, Wieslaw Nowak
The protein structure refinement using conformational sampling is important in hitherto protein studies. In this paper we examined the protein structure refinement by means of potential energy minimization using immune computing as a method of sampling conformations. The method was tested on the x-ray structure and 30 decoys of the mutant of [Leu]Enkephalin, a paradigmatic example of the biomolecular multiple-minima problem. In order to score the refined conformations, we used a standard potential energy function with the OPLSAA force field...
December 1, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913355/hierarchically-micro-and-nanopatterned-topographical-cues-for-modulation-of-cellular-structure-and-function
#11
Hoon Seonwoo, Won-Gyu Bae, Sunho Park, Hong-Nam Kim, Kyoung Soon Choi, Ki Taek Lim, Hoon Hyun, Jin-Woo Kim, Jangho Kim, Jong Hoon Chung
Living cells receive biochemical and physical information from the surrounding microenvironment and respond to this information. Multiscale hierarchical substrates with micro- and nanogrooves have been shown to mimic the native extracellular matrix (ECM) better than conventional nanopatterned substrates; therefore, substrates with hierarchical topographical cues are considered suitable for investigating the role of physical factors in tissue functions. In this study, precisely controllable, multiscale hierarchical substrates that could mimic the micro- and nanotopography of complex ECMs were fabricated and used to culture various cell types, including fibroblasts, endothelial cells, osteoblasts, and human mesenchymal stem cells...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913143/innate-immune-stimulatory-activity-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-fimbriae-is-eliminated-by-phase-separation-using-triton-x-114
#12
Kohji Nozoe, Terukazu Sanui, Masaaki Takeshita, Takao Fukuda, Akira Haraguchi, Yoshitomi Aida, Fusanori Nishimura
Fimbriae are virulence factors of Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis). In this study, the action of fimbriae on neutrophil respiratory burst and cytokine production by mononuclear cells (MNC) were investigated. Native or denatured form of purified P. gingivalis fimbriae contained endotoxin at an equivalence of 1-3μg lipopolysaccharides (LPS)/mg protein. The endotoxin could be reduced to the equivalent of 1ng-LPS/mg protein by phase separation using Triton X-114. Unfractionated fimbriae caused serum-dependent priming of neutrophils for enhanced respiratory burst, but both native and denatured forms of Triton X-114-fractionated fimbriae were not active at 100μg/mL...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913074/draft-genome-and-description-of-orrella-dioscoreae-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-new-species-of-alcaligenaceae-isolated-from-leaf-acumens-of-dioscorea-sansibarensis
#13
Aurelien Carlier, Margo Cnockaert, Linda Fehr, Peter Vandamme, Leo Eberl
Dioscorea sansibarensis is a monocot species of inedible yam native of tropical Africa and Madagascar. Leaves of D. sansibarensis feature prominent acumen glands that are densely colonized by bacteria. We describe here the isolation and characterization of bacteria from leaf glands of D. sansibarensis specimens obtained from various botanical gardens. Phylogenetic and phenotypic characterizations indicate that the isolates belong to a novel genus and species of the Alcaligenaceae family for which we propose the name Orrella dioscoreae gen...
November 24, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913058/effect-of-urea-on-protein-ligand-association
#14
Lora Stepanian, Ikbae Son, Tigran V Chalikian
We combine experimental and theoretical approaches to investigate the influence of a cosolvent on a ligand-protein association event. We apply fluorescence measurements to determining the affinity of the inhibitor tri-N-acetylglucosamine [(GlcNAc)3] for lysozyme at urea concentrations ranging from 0 to 8M. Notwithstanding that, at room temperature and neutral pH, lysozyme retains its native conformation up to the solubility limit of urea, the affinity of (GlcNAc)3 for the protein steadily decreases as the concentration of urea increases...
November 25, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912985/immunogenicity-and-malaria-transmission-reducing-potency-of-pfs48-45-and-pfs25-encoded-by-dna-vaccines-administered-by-intramuscular-electroporation
#15
Dibyadyuti Datta, Geetha P Bansal, Dietlind L Gerloff, Barry Ellefsen, Drew Hannaman, Nirbhay Kumar
Pfs48/45 and Pfs25 are leading candidates for the development of Plasmodium falciparum transmission blocking vaccines (TBV). Expression of Pfs48/45 in the erythrocytic sexual stages and presentation to the immune system during infection in the human host also makes it ideal for natural boosting. However, it has been challenging to produce a fully folded, functionally active Pfs48/45, using various protein expression platforms. In this study, we demonstrate that full-length Pfs48/45 encoded by DNA plasmids is able to induce significant transmission reducing immune responses...
November 29, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912680/biomimetic-approaches-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#16
Johnathan Ng, Kara Spiller, Jonathan Bernhard, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Although autologous bone grafts are considered a gold standard for the treatment of bone defects, they are limited by donor site morbidities and geometric requirements. Tissue engineering can overcome such limitations by creating fully viable biological bone grafts. We review here the use of native bone matrix, autologous mesenchymal cells and perfusion bioreactor systems as a tissue-engineering paradigm to grow bone in vitro. We also discuss emergent vascularization strategies to promote graft survival in vivo, and the role of inflammation in bone repair...
December 2, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912150/calea-uniflora-less-attenuates-the-inflammatory-response-to-carrageenan-induced-pleurisy-in-mice
#17
Julia Salvan da Rosa, Silvana Virginia Gagliotti Vigil de Mello, Geison Vicente, Yeo Jim K Moon, Felipe Perozzo Daltoé, Tamires Cardoso Lima, Rafaela de Jesus Souza, Maique Weber Biavatti, Tânia Silvia Fröde
Calea uniflora Less. (family Asteraceae), also named "arnica" and "erva-de-lagarto", is a native plant to the South and Southeast of Brazil. This species was used to treat rheumatism, respiratory diseases, and digestive problems in Brazilian folk medicine. In vitro studies have shown the important biological effects of C. uniflora. However no studies have focused on the mechanism of action of anti-inflammatory activity of C. uniflora. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of the crude extract, its fractions, and isolated compounds obtained from of C...
November 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912144/elucidation-of-%C3%AE-s-dynamics-of-domain-iii-of-human-serum-albumin-during-the-chemical-and-thermal-unfolding-a-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopic-investigation
#18
Bhaswati Sengupta, Nilimesh Das, Pratik Sen
The local structural dynamics and denaturation profile of domain-III of HSA against guanidine hydrochloride (GnHCl) and temperature has been studied using a coumarin based solvatochromic fluorescent probe p-nitrophenyl coumarin ester (NPCE), covalently tagged to Tyr-411 residue. By the steady state, time-resolved and single molecular level fluorescence studies it has been established that the domain-III of HSA is very sensitive to GnHCl but somewhat resistant to temperature and the domain specific unfolding proceeds in an altered way as compared to the overall unfolding of HSA...
November 18, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911999/joint-effects-of-nutrient-addition-and-enemy-exclusion-on-exotic-plant-success
#19
Robert W Heckman, Justin P Wright, Charles E Mitchell
Worldwide, ecosystems are increasingly dominated by exotic plant species, a shift hypothesized to result from numerous ecological factors. Two of these, increased resource availability and enemy release, may act in concert to increase exotic success in plant communities (Resource-Enemy Release Hypothesis, R-ERH). To test this, we manipulated the availability of soil nutrients and access of vertebrate herbivores, insect herbivores, and fungal pathogens to intact grassland communities containing both native and exotic species...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911954/the-bees-among-us-modelling-occupancy-of-solitary-bees
#20
J Scott MacIvor, Laurence Packer
Occupancy modelling has received increasing attention as a tool for differentiating between true absence and non-detection in biodiversity data. This is thought to be particularly useful when a species of interest is spread out over a large area and sampling is constrained. We used occupancy modelling to estimate the probability of three phylogenetically independent pairs of native-introduced species [Megachile campanulae (Robertson)-Megachile rotundata (Fab.), Megachile pugnata Say-Megachile centuncularis (L...
2016: PloS One
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