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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642977/molecular-characteristics-and-prevalence-of-small-ruminant-lentiviruses-in-goats-in-japan
#1
Saki Kokawa, Mami Oba, Teppei Hirata, Shiro Tamaki, Miki Omura, Shinobu Tsuchiaka, Makoto Nagai, Tsutomu Omatsu, Tetsuya Mizutani
Small ruminant lentiviruses (SRLVs), which comprise caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus (CAEV) and maedi-visna virus (MVV), are prevalent in goats and sheep worldwide, including in Japan. However, little is known about the molecular characteristics of goat lentiviruses in Japan. In this study, a molecular and phylogenetic analysis of the long gag region was performed. The phylogenic tree demonstrated that all samples belonged to SRLV subtype B1. Two clusters were identified, with one cluster distinct from previously reported strains of subtype B1...
June 22, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641535/hiv-1-transcription-inhibitors-increase-the-synthesis-of-viral-non-coding-rna-that-contribute-to-latency
#2
Yao A Akpamagbo, Catherine DeMarino, Michelle L Pleet, Angela Schwab, Myosotys Rodriguez, Robert A Barclay, Gavin Sampey, Sergey Iordanskiy, Nazira El-Hage, Fatah Kashanchi
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 can be preserved in long-lived resting CD4+ T- and myeloid cells, forming a viral reservoir in tissues of the infected individuals. Infected patients primarily receive cART, which, to date, is the most efficient treatment against HIV/AIDS. However, the major problem in the eradication of HIV-1 from patients is the lack of therapeutic approaches to recognize the latent HIV-1 provirus and to eliminate latently infected cells. RESULTS: In the current review, we describe the effect of HIV-1 transcriptional inhibitors CR8#13 and F07#13 using a series of in vitro and in vivo assays...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637761/mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-bottleneck-selects-for-consensus-virus-with-lower-gag-protease-driven-replication-capacity
#3
Vanessa L Naidoo, Jaclyn K Mann, Christie Noble, Emily Adland, Jonathan M Carlson, Jake Thomas, Chanson J Brumme, Christina F Thobakgale-Tshabalala, Zabrina L Brumme, Mark A Brockman, Philip J R Goulder, Thumbi Ndung'u
HIV infection is in the large majority of cases established by a single variant and understanding the characteristics of successfully transmitted variants is relevant to prevention strategies. Few studies have investigated the viral determinants of mother-to-child transmission. To determine the impact of Gag-protease driven viral replication capacity on mother-to-child transmission, the replication capacities of 148 recombinant viruses encoding plasma derived Gag-protease from 53 non-transmitter mothers, 48 transmitter mothers and 47 infected infants were assayed in an HIV-1 inducible green fluorescent protein reporter cell line...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634934/hydrogel-based-in-vitro-models-of-tumor-angiogenesis
#4
Laura J Bray, Marcus Binner, Uwe Freudenberg, Carsten Werner
In situ forming hydrogels prepared from multi-armed poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), glycosaminoglycans (GAG) and various peptides enable the development of advanced three dimensional (3D) culture models. Herein, we report methods for the PEG-GAG gel-based 3D co-cultivation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells, mesenchymal stromal cells, and different cancer cell lines. The resulting constructs allow for the exploration of interactions between solid tumors with 3D vascular networks in vitro to study the mechanistic aspects of cancer development and to perform drug testing...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634774/learning-from-synthetic-models-of-extracellular-matrix-differential-binding-of-wild-type-and-amyloidogenic-human-apolipoprotein-a-i-to-hydrogels-formed-from-molecules-having-charges-similar-to-those-found-in-natural-gags
#5
Silvana A Rosú, Leandro Toledo, Bruno F Urbano, Susana A Sanchez, Graciela C Calabrese, M Alejandra Tricerri
Among other components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), glycoproteins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) have been strongly associated to the retention or misfolding of different proteins inducing the formation of deposits in amyloid diseases. The composition of these molecules is highly diverse and a key issue seems to be the equilibrium between physiological and pathological events. In order to have a model in which the composition of the matrix could be finely controlled, we designed and synthesized crosslinked hydrophilic polymers, the so-called hydrogels varying the amounts of negative charges and hydroxyl groups that are prevalent in GAGs...
June 20, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634008/aging-associated-modifications-of-collagen-affect-its-degradation-by-matrix-metalloproteinases
#6
Preety Panwar, Georgina S Butler, Andrew Jamroz, Pouya Azizi, Christopher M Overall, Dieter Brömme
The natural aging process and various pathologies correlate with alterations in the composition and the structural and mechanical integrity of the connective tissue. Collagens represent the most abundant matrix proteins and provide for the overall stiffness and resilience of tissues. The structural changes of collagens and their susceptibility to degradation are associated with skin wrinkling, bone and cartilage deterioration, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory malfunctions. Here, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are major contributors to tissue remodeling and collagen degradation...
June 17, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629001/biomimetic-electrospun-scaffolds-from-main-extracellular-matrix-components-for-skin-tissue-engineering-application-the-role-of-chondroitin-sulfate-and-sulfated-hyaluronan
#7
Sirsendu Bhowmick, Sandra Rother, Heike Zimmermann, Poh S Lee, Stephanie Moeller, Matthias Schnabelrauch, Veena Koul, Rainer Jordan, Vera Hintze, Dieter Scharnweber
Incorporation of bioactive components like glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) into tissue engineering scaffolds, is a promising approach towards developing new generation functional biomaterial. Here, we have designed electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds made of gelatin and different concentrations of chemically sulfated or non-sulfated hyaluronan (sHA or HA) and chondroitin sulfate (CS). Evenly distributed fiber morphology was observed with no differences between varying concentrations and types of GAGs. In vitro release kinetics revealed that GAGs release is driven by diffusion...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627582/mir%C3%A2-27-inhibits-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-by-targeting-leptin-in-osteoarthritic-chondrocytes
#8
Bin Zhou, Hongwei Li, Jide Shi
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disease. An increasing number of studies point to the role of microRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) in the pathogenesis of OA. An earlier study suggested that miR‑27b was associated with OA; however, the precise mechanisms regarding the involvement of the miR‑27 in the progression of OA remain unclear. In the present study, we first analyzed the effects of miR‑27 on OA. In vitro, the degree of miR‑27 expression was decreased in chondrocytes obtained from patients with OA...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623276/gag-protease-coevolution-analyses-define-novel-structural-surfaces-in-the-hiv-1-matrix-and-capsid-involved-in-resistance-to-protease-inhibitors
#9
Francisco M Codoñer, Ruth Peña, Oscar Blanch-Lombarte, Esther Jimenez-Moyano, Maria Pino, Thomas Vollbrecht, Bonaventura Clotet, Javier Martinez-Picado, Rika Draenert, Julia G Prado
Despite the major role of Gag in establishing resistance of HIV-1 to protease inhibitors (PIs), very limited data are available on the total contribution of Gag residues to resistance to PIs. To identify in detail Gag residues and structural interfaces associated with the development of HIV-1 resistance to PIs, we traced viral evolution under the pressure of PIs using Gag-protease single genome sequencing and coevolution analysis of protein sequences in 4 patients treated with PIs over a 9-year period. We identified a total of 38 Gag residues correlated with the protease, 32 of which were outside Gag cleavage sites...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621483/glycodendrimers-as-chondroitin-sulfate-mimetics-synthesis-and-binding-to-growth-factor-midkine
#10
Pedro Domínguez-Rodríguez, José J Reina, Sergio Gil-Caballero, Pedro M Nieto, Jose L De Paz, Javier Rojo
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is a member of the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) family, a class of polysaccharides implicated in relevant biological functions. The structural complexity of these carbohydrates demands the development of simple glycomimetics as useful tools to study the biological processes where GAGs are involved. In this work we described the synthesis of the disaccharide unit of the CS-E (GlcA-GalNAc(4,6-di-OSO3)), in a multivalent presentation. Using a fluorescence polarization competition assay we have demonstrated that a hexavalent dendrimer of this disaccharide interact with midkine, in the low micromolar range...
June 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621207/glycosaminoglycan-based-resorbable-polymer-composites-in-tissue-refurbishment
#11
Khushboo Gulati, Mukesh Kumar Meher, Krishna Mohan Poluri
Regeneration of tissue structure with the aid of bioactive polymer matrices/composites and scaffolds for respective applications is one of the emerging areas of biomedical engineering. Recent advances in conjugated glycosaminoglycan (GAG) hybrids using natural and synthetic polymers have opened new avenues for producing a wide variety of resorbable polymer matrices. These hybrid scaffolds are low-immunogenic, highly biocompatible and biodegradable with incredible mechanical and tensile properties. GAG-based resorbable polymeric matrices are being exploited in migration of stem cells, cartilage and bone replacement/regeneration and production of scaffolds for various tissue engineering applications...
June 16, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620442/efficacy-of-nanoceria-for-periodontal-tissues-alteration-in-glutamate-induced-obese-rats-multidisciplinary-considerations-for-personalized-dentistry-and-prevention
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Tetyana V Beregova, Karine S Neporada, Maksym Skrypnyk, Tetyana M Falalyeyeva, Nadiya M Zholobak, Oleksandr B Shcherbakov, Mykola Ya Spivak, Rostyslav V Bubnov
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, we face the global epidemic of obesity, that is known to contribute to the development of many diseases, such as the oral cavity pathologies. Dental and oral pathologies are frequently caused by and overlapped with systemic multifactorial diseases such as obesity being its early indicators and risk factors. The aim was to study the influence of nanoceria on periodontal tissues alteration in glutamate (MSG)-induced obese rats. METHODS: We included 52 Wistar rats of both genders and divided into four groups: newborn rats in group 1 (control) received subcutaneously 8 μl/g saline...
March 2017: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616978/synthesis-and-pre-clinical-characterization-of-a-cationic-iodinated-imaging-contrast-agent-ca4-and-its-use-for-quantitative-computed-tomography-of-ex-vivo-human-hip-cartilage
#13
Rachel C Stewart, Amit N Patwa, Hrvoje Lusic, Jonathan D Freedman, Michel Wathier, Brian D Snyder, Ali Guermazi, Mark W Grinstaff
Contrast agents that go beyond qualitative visualization and enable quantitative assessments of functional tissue performance represent the next generation of clinically useful imaging tools. An optimized and efficient large-scale synthesis of the cationic iodinated contrast agent (CA4+) is described for imaging articular cartilage. Contrast enhanced CT (CECT) using CA4+ reveals significantly greater agent uptake of CA4+ in articular cartilage compared to similar anionic or nonionic agents, and CA4+ uptake follows Donnan Equilibrium...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615198/polymorphic-nature-of-htlv-1-particle-cores-as-revealed-through-characterization-of-a-chronically-infected-cell-line
#14
Morgan E Meissner, Luiza Mendonça, Wei Zhang, Louis M Mansky
Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is the etiological agent of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) and HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). HTLV-1 cell-to-cell transmission is dependent on the release of infectious virus particles into the virological synapse. HTLV-1 particle structure is still poorly understood, and previous studies have analyzed viruses produced by transformed lymphocytic cell lines chronically infected with HTLV-1, particularly the MT-2 cell line, which harbors truncated proviruses and expresses aberrant forms of the Gag protein...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614221/correlation-of-mdr1-gene-polymorphisms-with-anesthetic-effect-of-sevoflurane-remifentanil-following-pediatric-tonsillectomy
#15
Nian-Jun Shi, Wei-Xia Zhang, Ning Zhang, Li-Na Zhong, Ling-Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: The motive of this study was to investigate the collaboration between MDR1 gene polymorphisms and anesthetic effects following pediatric tonsillectomy. METHODS: All together 178 children undergoing tonsillectomy with preoperative sevoflurane-remifentanil anesthesia were selected. In order to determine MDR1 gene polymorphisms of 3435C > T, 1236C > T, and 2677G > T/A, polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism was used...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613071/potent-inhibitor-of-drug-resistant-hiv-1-strains-identified-from-the-medicinal-plant-justicia-gendarussa
#16
Hong-Jie Zhang, Emily Rumschlag-Booms, Yi-Fu Guan, Dong-Ying Wang, Kang-Lun Liu, Wan-Fei Li, Van H Nguyen, Nguyen M Cuong, Djaja D Soejarto, Harry H S Fong, Lijun Rong
Justicia gendarussa, a medicinal plant collected in Vietnam, was identified as a potent anti-HIV-1 active lead from the evaluation of over 4500 plant extracts. Bioassay-guided separation of the extracts of the stems and roots of this plant led to the isolation of an anti-HIV arylnaphthalene lignan (ANL) glycoside, patentiflorin A (1). Evaluation of the compound against both the M- and T-tropic HIV-1 isolates showed it to possess a significantly higher inhibition effect than the clinically used anti-HIV drug AZT...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611493/construction-selection-and-immunogenicity-of-recombinant-fowlpox-candidate-vaccine-co-expressing-hiv-1-gag-and-gp145
#17
Yilong Zhu, Yan Guo, Shouwen Du, Cunxia Liu, Maopeng Wang, Dayong Ren, Fei Zhao, Yanfang Zhang, Wenchao Sun, Yiquan Li, Tingting Cao, Yingyue Jiang, Bin Xing, Bing Bai, Chang Li, Ningyi Jin
An HIV candidate vaccine for the Chinese population was designed by constructing a recombinant fowlpox virus expressing HIV-1 gag and HIV gp145 proteins via homologous recombination and plaque screening using enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) as the reporter gene. EGFP in the recombinant was then knocked out with the Cre/Loxp system yielding rFPVHg-Hp, which was identified at the genomic, transcriptional and translational levels. The immunogenicity of rFPVHg-Hp was analyzed by measuring levels of HIV-specific antibodies and IFN-γ-secreting splenocytes by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and IFN enzyme-linked immune spot test in the BALB/c mouse model...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610913/correlation-between-urinary-gag-and-anti-idursulfase-ert-neutralizing-antibodies-during-treatment-with-nicit-immune-tolerance-regimen-a-case-report
#18
Sarah Kim, Chester B Whitley, Jeanine R Jarnes Utz
INTRODUCTION: Antibodies to intravenous idursulfase enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for patients with Hunter syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis type II, MPS II) can have a harmful clinical impact, including both increasing risk of infusion reactions and inhibiting therapeutic activity. Thus, failure to monitor anti-idursulfase antibodies and neutralizing antibodies, and delays in reporting results, may postpone critical clinical decisions. HYPOTHESIS: Urinary glycosaminoglycan (GAG) levels may be used as a biomarker for anti-idursulfase antibodies and neutralizing antibodies to improve timeliness in monitoring and managing ERT...
June 3, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608822/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-glycosaminoglycans-in-tissue-engineering-applications
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Bethanie I Ayerst, Catherine L R Merry, Anthony J Day
High sulfation, low cost, and the status of heparin as an already FDA- and EMA- approved product, mean that its inclusion in tissue engineering (TE) strategies is becoming increasingly popular. However, the use of heparin may represent a naïve approach. This is because tissue formation is a highly orchestrated process, involving the temporal expression of numerous growth factors and complex signaling networks. While heparin may enhance the retention and activity of certain growth factors under particular conditions, its binding 'promiscuity' means that it may also inhibit other factors that, for example, play an important role in tissue maintenance and repair...
June 13, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606835/identification-and-characterization-of-mobile-genetic-elements-lines-from-brassica-genome
#20
Faisal Nouroz, Shumaila Noreen, Muhammad Fiaz Khan, Shehzad Ahmed, J S Pat Heslop-Harrison
Among transposable elements (TEs), the LTR retrotransposons are abundant followed by non-LTR retrotransposons in plant genomes, the lateral being represented by LINEs and SINEs. Computational and molecular approaches were used for the characterization of Brassica LINEs, their diversity and phylogenetic relationships. Four autonomous and four non-autonomous LINE families were identified and characterized from Brassica. Most of the autonomous LINEs displayed two open reading frames, ORF1 and ORF2, where ORF1 is a gag protein domain, while ORF2 encodes endonuclease (EN) and a reverse transcriptase (RT)...
June 9, 2017: Gene
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