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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143882/enzymatic-properties-of-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosaminidases
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REVIEW
Rui Zhang, Junpei Zhou, Zhifeng Song, Zunxi Huang
β-N-Acetylglucosaminidases (GlcNAcases) hydrolyse N-acetylglucosamine-containing oligosaccharides and proteins. These enzymes produce N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) and have a wide range of promising applications in the food, energy, and pharmaceutical industries, such as synergistic degradation of chitin with endo-chitinases and using GlcNAc to produce sialic acid, bioethanol, single-cell proteins, and pharmaceutical therapeutics. GlcNAcases also play an important role in the dynamic balance of cellular O-linked GlcNAc levels, catabolism of ganglioside storage in Tay-Sachs disease, and bacterial cell wall recycling and flagellar assembly...
November 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142564/clinical-effects-of-ganglioside-and-fructose-1-6-diphosphate-on-neonatal-heart-and-brain-injuries-after-asphyxia
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Xiaojing Zhu, Hongya Li, Congmin Zhang
Objective: To study the clinical effect of ganglioside (GM) and fructose-1, 6-diphosphate (FDP) on neonatal heart and brain injuries after asphyxia. Methods: Ninety-one neonates with asphyxia neonatal heart and brain injuries were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group. Both groups were given symptomatic treatment as soon as possible. On this basis, the observation group was given 200 mL of 5% glucose injection and 20 mg of GM and 250 mg/kg·d FDP by intravenous infusion...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140753/a-mutated-recombinant-subunit-vaccine-protects-mice-and-guinea-pigs-against-botulinum-type-a-intoxication
#3
Chi Ho Yu, Dong Hyun Song, Jun Young Choi, Hae Eun Joe, Woo Hyeon Jeong, Gyeung Haeng Hur, Young Kee Shin, Seong Tae Jeong
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most potent toxins to mammals. A toxoid vaccine was previously used for prevention of botulinum intoxication; however, this vaccine is no longer available. Currently, no approved botulinum vaccines are available from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Recently, a recombinant host cell receptor-binding subunit created for use as a potential vaccine completed phase 2 clinical trials. The current study designed a vaccine candidate against BoNT type A (BoNT/A) using a structural design...
November 15, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136715/-analysis-of-the-clinical-and-electrophysiological-characteristics-of-multifocal-motor-neuropathy
#4
H F Wang, F Yang, F Cui, Z H Chen, L Ling, X S Huang
Ten patients diagnosed with multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) were recruited in the Department of Neurology at Chinese PLA General Hospital from January 1, 2009 to August 31, 2015. The clinical and electrophysiological features were analyzed retrospectively. All patients complained of progressive asymmetric limb weakness, which was more severe in distal than in proximal. Five presented muscle atrophy. None had sensory disturbances. All suffered diminished or disappeared tendon reflex, whereas Babinski signs were negative...
November 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128696/concise-synthesis-of-2-7-anhydrosialic-acid-derivatives-and-its-application
#5
Kesatebrhan Haile Asressu, Cheng-Chung Wang
In N-acetylneuraminic acid, apart from O9 and O8, a possible glycosylation site is the O4 position. For example, gangliosides HLG-2 and HPG-7 are considered to be potential lead compounds for carbohydrate-based drug development to treat neural disorders. However, the construction of their α(1 → 4) fucosyl sialic acid and α(2 → 4) linkages between sialic acids is difficult because of the regioselectivity problem. Herein, N-acetyl-2,7-anhydroneuraminic acid was synthesized in three steps from Neu5Ac methyl ester through per-O-trimethylsilylation, heating-assisted intramolecular anomeric protection (iMAP) and desilylation...
October 19, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126773/clomipramine-counteracts-lipid-raft-disturbance-due-to-short-term-muscle-disuse
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Irina G Bryndina, Maria N Shalagina, Alexey V Sekunov, Andrei L Zefirov, Alexey M Petrov
Disuse-induced skeletal muscle dysfunction is a serious consequence of long-term spaceflight, numerous diseases and conditions for which treatment possibilities are still strictly limited. We have previously shown that acute hindlimb suspension (HS)-mediated disuse disrupts membrane lipid rafts in the unloaded muscle. Here, we investigated whether pretreatment of rats with the inhibitor of acid sphingomyelinase, clomipramine (1.25mg/g/day, intramuscularly, for 5days before HS), is able to hinder the loss in lipid raft integrity in response to 12h of HS...
November 7, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123973/cholera-toxin-b-subunit-induces-local-curvature-on-lipid-bilayers
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Weria Pezeshkian, Lina J Nåbo, John H Ipsen
The B subunit of the bacterial cholera toxin (CTxB) is responsible for the toxin binding to the cell membrane and its intracellular trafficking. CTxB binds to the monosialotetrahexosyl ganglioside at the plasma membrane of the target cell and mediates toxin internalization by endocytosis. CTxB induces a local membrane curvature that is essential for its clathrin-independent uptake. Using all-atom molecular dynamics, we show that CTxB induces local curvature, with the radius of curvature around 36 nm. The main feature of the CTxB molecular structure that causes membrane bending is the protruding alpha helices in the middle of the protein...
November 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123078/high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-lc-ms-based-quantitative-lipidomics-study-of-ganglioside-nana-3-plasma-to-establish-its-association-with-parkinson-s-disease-patients
#8
Jinzhi Zhang, Xiao Zhang, Lijuan Wang, Caidi Yang
BACKGROUND It is well known that, pathologically, Parkinson's disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder. In Parkinson's disease, the protein which is abundant in the human brain, alpha-synuclein, accumulates inside the nerve cells. In this situation, dysregulation of lipid metabolism performs a crucial role; however, its association with Parkinson's disease is has not yet been explored. MATERIAL AND METHODS We performed a high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-derived quantitative lipidomics study to analyze the profile of lipidomic plasma obtained from 170 PD patients and 120 controls, taken from our hospital...
November 10, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113555/linear-synthesis-of-the-chol-1-ganglioside-core-tetrasaccharide-and-disialyl-t-antigen-glycan-using-a-5-ureido-sialyl-donor
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Maiko Tanase, Akihiro Imamura, Hiromune Ando, Makoto Kiso, Hideharu Ishida
Herein we describe the linear synthesis of a tetrasaccharyl sialoglycan found in both the Chol-1 ganglioside core and disialyl T antigen. The synthesis featured sialylation with a C5-ureido-modified sialyl donor followed by selective isolation of the desired α-sialoside via 1,5-lactamization. This methodology enables the linear synthesis of sialoglycans and provides practical access to biologically important carbohydrate molecules.
November 8, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106782/expression-and-assembly-of-largest-foreign-protein-in-chloroplasts-oral-delivery-of-human-fviii-made-in-lettuce-chloroplasts-robustly-suppresses-inhibitor-formation-in-hemophilia-a-mice
#10
Kwang-Chul Kwon, Alexandra Sherman, Wan-Jung Chang, Aditya Kamesh, Moanaro Biswas, Roland W Herzog, Henry Daniell
Inhibitor formation is a serious complication of factor VIII (FVIII) replacement therapy for the X-linked bleeding disorder hemophilia A and occurs in 20-30% of patients. No prophylactic tolerance protocol currently exists. Although we reported oral tolerance induction using FVIII domains expressed in tobacco chloroplasts, significant challenges in clinical advancement include expression of the full-length CTB-FVIII sequence to cover the entire patient population, regardless of individual CD4(+) T cell epitope responses...
November 6, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102779/sialic-acid-and-anti-ganglioside-antibody-levels-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Xiaolei Yang, Shuang Liang, Lin Wang, Panpan Han, Xitao Jiang, Jianli Wang, Yanqiu Hao, Lijie Wu
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and impact neurological functions and behaviors. Sialic acid (SA) is an indispensable nutrient for early brain development, and its polymer polySia (PSA) can modify neural cell adhesion molecules (NCAM), thereby indirectly mediating neuronal outgrowth, synaptic connectivity and memory formation. To investigate the association between SA and ASD, we conducted a case-control study...
November 1, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100724/expression-of-the-gm2-activator-protein-in-mouse-testis
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Yu-Teh Li, Su-Chen Li, I-Li Chen
The GM2-activator protein (GM2-AP), revealed by Li et al. in 1973 in human liver, was initially identified as a protein cofactor that stimulated β-hexosaminidase A to hydrolyze N-acetylgalactosamine from GM2 ganglioside. This cofactor was found to be missing in human variant AB Tay-Sachs disease. Over the years, the GM2-AP has also been shown to be involved in kidney vesicular transport, lipid presentation by CD1 molecule to T-cells, and interaction of human sperm with zona pellucida. Since the expression of the GM2-AP via mRNA detection in mouse tissues was found to be the highest in testis, we became interested in the localization of the GM2-AP at cellular level in mouse testis during spermatogenesis...
October 31, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095853/characterization-of-the-functions-and-proteomes-associated-with-membrane-rafts-in-chicken-sperm
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Ai Ushiyama, Atsushi Tajima, Naoto Ishikawa, Atsushi Asano
Cellular membranes are heterogeneous, and this has a great impact on cellular function. Despite the central role of membrane functions in multiple cellular processes in sperm, their molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. Membrane rafts are specific membrane domains enriched in cholesterol, ganglioside GM1, and functional proteins, and they are involved in the regulation of a variety of cellular functions. Studies of the functional characterization of membrane rafts in mammalian sperm have demonstrated roles in sperm-egg binding and the acrosomal reaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089585/antibodies-against-peripheral-nerve-antigens-in-chronic-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyradiculoneuropathy
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Luis Querol, Ana M Siles, Roser Alba-Rovira, Agustín Jáuregui, Jérôme Devaux, Catherine Faivre-Sarrailh, Josefa Araque, Ricard Rojas-Garcia, Jordi Diaz-Manera, Elena Cortés-Vicente, Gisela Nogales-Gadea, Miquel Navas-Madroñal, Eduard Gallardo, Isabel Illa
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is a heterogeneous disease in which diverse autoantibodies have been described but systematic screening has never been performed. Detection of CIDP-specific antibodies may be clinically useful. We developed a screening protocol to uncover novel reactivities in CIDP. Sixty-five CIDP patients and 28 controls were included in our study. Three patients (4.6%) had antibodies against neurofascin 155, four (6.2%) against contactin-1 and one (1.5%) against the contactin-1/contactin-associated protein-1 complex...
October 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067451/roles-of-gangliosides-in-the-differentiation-of-mouse-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-neural-stem-cells-and-neural-cells-review
#15
Jae-Sung Ryu, Kinarm Ko, Kisung Ko, Ji-Su Kim, Sun-Uk Kim, Kyu-Tae Chang, Young-Kug Choo
Glycosphingolipids are important components of the outer layer of the plasma membrane in the majority of eukaryotic cells. Specifically, gangliosides are sialic acid‑containing glycosphingolipids that participate in cell‑cell recognition, adhesion, proliferation, differentiation and signal transduction, and are integral components of cell surface microdomains and lipid rafts. Stem cells are defined functionally as cells that have the capacity to self‑renewal and differentiate to generate various cell types...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067015/serum-metabolic-alterations-upon-zika-infection
#16
Carlos Fernando O R Melo, Jeany Delafiori, Diogo N de Oliveira, Tatiane M Guerreiro, Cibele Z Esteves, Estela de O Lima, Victoria Pando-Robles, Rodrigo R Catharino
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has recently emerged as a major concern worldwide due to its strong association with nervous system malformation (microcephaly) of fetuses in pregnant women infected by the virus. Signs and symptoms of ZIKV infection are often mistaken with other common viral infections. Since transmission may occur through biological fluids exchange and coitus, in addition to mosquito bite, this condition is an important infectious disease. Thus, understanding the mechanism of viral infection has become an important research focus, as well as providing potential targets for assertive clinical diagnosis and quality screening for hemoderivatives...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058414/hydrophilic-interaction-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-characterization-of-gangliosides-in-biological-samples
#17
Roman Hájek, Robert Jirásko, Miroslav Lísa, Eva Cífková, Michal Holcapek
The hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) coupled to negative-ion electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) method has been developed for the identification of a wide range of gangliosides in biological samples. Gangliosides consist of a backbone of sphingoid base and a polar oligosaccharide chain containing at least one sialic acid. Gangliosides are extracted by chloroform - methanol - water mixture, where an upper aqueous layer containing gangliosides and other polar lipid subclasses is further purified by C18 solid phase extraction...
October 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039121/degradation-of-glycosphingolipids-in-oyster-ceramide-glycanase-and-ceramidase-in-the-hepatopancreas-of-oyster-crassostrea-virginica
#18
Nadejda V Pavlova, Su-Chen Li, Yu-Teh Li
The hepatopancreas of oyster, Crassostrea virginica, was found to contain two unique glycosphingolipid (GSL) cleaving enzymes, ceramide glycanase (CGase) and ceramidase. These two enzymes were found to be tightly associated together through the consecutive purification steps including gel filtration, hydrophobic interaction and cation-exchange chromatographies. They were separated only by preparatory SDS-PAGE. The purified CGase was found to have a molecular mass of 52 kDa and pH optimum of 3.2-3.3. This enzyme prefers to hydrolyze the acidic GSLs, II(3)SO3LacCer and gangliosides over the neutral GSLs...
October 16, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030769/diagnostics-of-dysimmune-peripheral-neuropathies
#19
REVIEW
Diego Franciotta, Matteo Gastaldi, Luana Benedetti, Giampaola Pesce, Tiziana Biagioli, Francesco Lolli, Gianna Costa, Cristina Melis, Francesca Andreetta, Ornella Simoncini, Claudia Giannotta, Elena Bazzigaluppi, Raffaella Fazio, Roberta Bedin, Diana Ferraro, Sara Mariotto, Sergio Ferrari, Elisabetta Galloni, Valentina De Riva, Elisabetta Zardini, Andrea Cortese, Eduardo Nobile-Orazio
This document presents the guidelines for anti-ganglioside antibody testing that have been developed following a consensus process built on questionnaire-based surveys, internet contacts, and discussions at workshops of the sponsoring Italian Association of Neuroimmunology (AINI) congresses. Main clinical information on dysimmune peripheral neuropathies, indications and limits of anti-ganglioside antibody testing, instructions for result interpretation, and an agreed laboratory protocol (Appendix) are reported for the communicative community of neurologists and clinical pathologists...
October 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028962/clinical-features-of-acute-flaccid-myelitis-temporally-associated-with-an-enterovirus-d68-outbreak-results-of-a-nationwide-survey-of-acute-flaccid-paralysis-in-japan-august-december-2015
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Pin Fee Chong, Ryutaro Kira, Harushi Mori, Akihisa Okumura, Hiroyuki Torisu, Sawa Yasumoto, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Tsuguto Fujimoto, Nozomu Hanaoka, Susumu Kusunoki, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Kazunori Oishi, Keiko Tanaka-Taya
Backgroud: Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) syndrome with spinal motor neuron involvement of unknown etiology. We investigated the characteristics and prognostic factors of AFM clusters coincident with an enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) outbreak in Japan during autumn 2015. Methods: An AFM case series study was conducted following a nationwide survey from August to December 2015. Radiographic and neurophysiologic data were subjected to centralized review, and virology studies were conducted for available specimens...
October 6, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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