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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107367/first-molecular-characterization-of-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-in-domestic-cats-from-mainland-china
#1
Jilei Zhang, Liang Wang, Jing Li, Patrick Kelly, Stuart Price, Chengming Wang
The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a retrovirus of the Lentivirus genus that was initially isolated from a colony of domestic cats in California in 1986 and has now been recognized as a common feline pathogen worldwide. To date, there is only one recent serology-based report on FIV in mainland China which was published in 2016. We designed this study to investigate the molecular prevalence and diversity of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in domestic cats from mainland China. We studied the prevalence of FIV in whole blood samples of 615 domestic cats in five cities (Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai and Yangzhou) of mainland China and examined them using FRET-PCR (Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer-Polymerase Chain Reaction) and regular PCRs for the gag and env genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106549/the-multimerization-state-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-amyloid-%C3%AE-42-amyloid-peptide-governs-its-interaction-network-with%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-extracellular-matrix
#2
Romain Salza, Claire Lethias, Sylvie Ricard-Blum
The goals of this work were i) to identify the interactions of amyloid-β (Aβ)42 under monomeric, oligomeric, and fibrillar forms with the extracellular matrix (ECM) and receptors, ii) to determine the influence of Aβ42 supramolecular organization on these interactions, and iii) to identify the molecular functions, biological processes, and pathways targeted by Aβ42 in the ECM. The ECM and cell surface partners of Aβ42 and its supramolecular forms were identified with protein and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) arrays (81 molecules in triplicate) probed by surface plasmon resonance imaging...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104786/identification-of-a-chondroitin-synthase-from-an-unexpected-source-the-green-sulfur-bacterium-chlorobium-phaeobacteroides
#3
Dixy E Green, Paul L DeAngelis
Glycosaminoglycans [GAGs] are known to be present in all animals as well as some pathogenic microbes. Chondroitin sulfate is the most abundant GAG in mammals where it has various structural and adhesion roles. The Gram-negative bacteria Pasteurella multocida Type F and Escherichia coli K4 produce extracellular capsules composed of unsulfated chondroitin or a fructosylated chondroitin, respectively. Such polysaccharides that are structurally related to host molecules do not generally provoke a strong antibody response thus are thought to be employed as molecular camouflage during infection...
January 19, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104572/progressive-heart-disease-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-i-mice-may-be-mediated-by-increased-cathepsin-b-activity
#4
Guilherme Baldo, Angela Maria Vicente Tavares, Esteban Gonzalez, Edina Poletto, Fabiana Quoos Mayer, Ursula da Silveira Matte, Roberto Giugliani
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is a lysosomal disorder characterized by a deficiency of alpha-L-iduronidase and storage of undegraded glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Clinical findings of the disease include heart failure, and patients often need valve replacement. It has been shown that, later in life, MPS I mice develop those abnormalities, but to date, there have not been studies on the progression and pathogenesis of the disease. Therefore, in the present study, we evaluated heart function in normal and MPS I male mice from 2 to 8 months of age...
January 6, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101734/chondroitin-sulfates-and-their-binding-molecules-in-the-central-nervous-system
#5
REVIEW
L Djerbal, H Lortat-Jacob, Jcf Kwok
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is the most abundant glycosaminoglycan (GAG) in the central nervous system (CNS) matrix. Its sulfation and epimerization patterns give rise to different forms of CS, which enables it to interact specifically and with a significant affinity with various signalling molecules in the matrix including growth factors, receptors and guidance molecules. These interactions control numerous biological and pathological processes, during development and in adulthood. In this review, we describe the specific interactions of different families of proteins involved in various physiological and cognitive mechanisms with CSs in CNS matrix...
January 18, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095754/3d-co-culture-of-meniscal-cells-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-collagen-type-i-hydrogel-on-a-small-intestinal-matrix-a-pilot-study-towards-equine-meniscus-tissue-engineering
#6
Antje Kremer, Iris Ribitsch, Jenny Reboredo, Julia Dürr, Monika Egerbacher, Florien Jenner, Heike Walles
Meniscal injuries are the most frequently encountered soft tissue injuries in the equine stifle joint. Due to the inherent limited repair potential of meniscal tissue, meniscal injuries do not only affect the meniscus itself but also lead to impaired joint homeostasis and secondary osteoarthritis. The presented study compares 3D co-culture constructs of primary equine mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and meniscus cells (MC) seeded on three different scaffolds - a cell-laden collagen type I hydrogel (Col I gel), a tissue-derived small intestinal matrix scaffold (SIS-muc) and a combination thereof - for their qualification to be applied for meniscus tissue engineering...
January 18, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090443/topographical-and-depth-dependent-glycosaminoglycan-concentration-in-canine-medial-tibial-cartilage-3-weeks-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-transection-surgery-a-microscopic-imaging-study
#7
Daniel Mittelstaedt, David Kahn, Yang Xia
BACKGROUND: Medical imaging has become an invaluable tool to diagnose damage to cartilage. Depletion of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) has been shown to be one of the early signs of cartilage degradation. In order to investigate the topographical changes in GAG concentration caused by the anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT) surgery in a canine model, microscopic magnetic resonance imaging (µMRI) and microscopic computed tomography (µCT) were used to measure the GAG concentration with correlation from a biochemical assay, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), to understand where the topographical and depth-dependent changes in the GAG concentration occur...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089940/assessing-the-effect-of-football-play-on-knee-articular-cartilage-using-delayed-gadolinium-enhanced-mri-of-cartilage-dgemric
#8
Wenbo Wei, Becky Lambach, Guang Jia, David Flanigan, Ajit M W Chaudhari, Lai Wei, Alan Rogers, Jason Payne, Robert A Siston, Michael V Knopp
The prevalence of cartilage lesions is much higher in football athletes than in the general population. Delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC) has been shown to quantify regional variations of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) concentrations which is an indicator of early cartilage degeneration. The goal of this study is to determine whether dGEMRIC can be used to assess the influence in cartilage GAG concentration due to college level football play. Thirteen collegiate football players with one to four years of collegiate football play experience were recruited and both knee joints were scanned using a dedicated 8-channel phased array knee coil on a 3T MRI system...
January 12, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086981/does-antiretroviral-treatment-change-hiv-1-codon-usage-patterns-in-its-genes-a-preliminary-bioinformatics-study
#9
Navaneethan Palanisamy, Nathan Osman, Frédéric Ohnona, Hong-Tao Xu, Bluma Brenner, Thibault Mesplède, Mark A Wainberg
BACKGROUND: Codon usage bias has been described for various organisms and is thought to contribute to the regulation of numerous biological processes including viral infections. HIV-1 codon usage has been previously shown to be different from that of other viruses and man. It is evident that the antiretroviral drugs used to restrict HIV-1 replication also select for resistance variants. We wanted to test whether codon frequencies in HIV-1 sequences from treatment-experienced patients differ from those of treatment-naive individuals due to drug pressure affecting codon usage bias...
January 7, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079984/medical-application-of-glycosaminoglycans-a-review
#10
REVIEW
Alexander Köwitsch, Guoying Zhou, Thomas Groth
The characteristic molecular composition of the different glycosaminoglycans (GAG) is related to their role as structural components and regulators of a multitude of functions of proteins, cells and tissues in the human body. Therefore, it is not surprising that GAG are widely used as coating materials for implants, components of 3D-constructs like tissue engineering scaffolds and hydrogels, but also as diagnostic devices like biosensors and in controlled release applications. Beside a physisorption or encapsulation of GAG, these applications often require their chemical modification to allow a stable covalent attachment on surfaces or cross-linking reactions with other molecules...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078500/effects-of-different-omega-3-sources-fish-oil-krill-oil-and-green-lipped-mussel-against-cytokine-mediated-canine-cartilage-degradation
#11
Kittisak Buddhachat, Puntita Siengdee, Siriwadee Chomdej, Kumpanart Soontornvipart, Korakot Nganvongpanit
Our purpose was to evaluate the protective effect of three marine omega-3 sources, fish oil (FO), krill oil (KO), and green-lipped mussel (GLM) against cartilage degradation. Canine cartilage explants were stimulated with either 10 ng/mL interleukin-1β (IL-1β) or IL-1β/oncostatin M (10 ng/mL each) and then treated with various concentrations of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; 3 and 30 μg/mL), FO, KO, or GLM (250, 500, and 1000 μg/mL) for 28 days. Gene expression was then investigated in primary canine chondrocytes...
January 11, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077659/hiv-controllers-exhibit-enhanced-frequencies-of-mhc-class-ii-tetramer-gag-specific-cd4-t-cells-in-chronic-clade-c-hiv-1-infection
#12
Faatima Laher, Srinika Ranasinghe, Filippos Porichis, Nikoshia Mewalal, Karyn Pretorius, Nasreen Ismail, Søren Buus, Anette Stryhn, Mary Carrington, Bruce D Walker, Thumbi Ndung'u, Zaza M Ndhlovu
: Immune control of viral infections is heavily dependent on helper CD4(+) T cell function. However, understanding the contribution of HIV-specific CD4(+) T cell responses to immune protection against HIV-1, particularly in clade C infection remains incomplete. Recently, MHC class II tetramers have emerged as a powerful tool for interrogating antigen specific CD4(+) T cells without relying on effector functions. Here, we defined the MHC class II alleles for immunodominant Gag CD4(+) T cell epitopes in clade C virus infection, constructed MHC class II tetramers, and then used these to define the magnitude, function, and relation to viral load of HIV-specific CD4(+) T cell responses in a cohort of untreated HIV clade C infected persons...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077649/tcr-clonotype-specific-differences-in-inhibitory-activity-of-hiv-1-cytotoxic-t-cell-clones-is-not-mediated-by-tcr-alone
#13
Nina C Flerin, Huabiao Chen, Tynisha D Glover, Pedro A Lamothe, Jian Hua Zheng, Justin W Fang, Zaza M Ndhlovu, Evan W Newell, Mark M Davis, Bruce D Walker, Harris Goldstein
: Functional analysis of T cell responses in HIV-infected individuals has indicated that virus-specific CD8(+) T cells with superior antiviral efficacy are well represented in HIV-1 controllers but are rare or absent in HIV-1 progessors. To define the role of individual TCR clonotypes in differential antiviral CD8(+) T cell function, we performed detailed functional and mass cytometric cluster analysis of multiple CD8(+) T cell clones recognizing the identical HLA-B*2705-restricted HIV-1 epitope KK10 (KRWIILGLNK)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077644/ultrasensitive-hiv-1-p24-detects-single-infected-cells-and-differences-in-reservoir-induction-by-latency-reversal-agents
#14
Caroline Pereira Bittencourt Passaes, Timothée Bruel, Jérémie Decalf, Annie David, Mathieu Angin, Valerie Monceaux, Michaela Muller-Trutwin, Nicolas Noel, Katia Bourdic, Olivier Lambotte, Matthew L Albert, Darragh Duffy, Olivier Schwartz, Asier Sáez-Cirión
: The existence of HIV reservoirs in infected individuals under cART represents a major obstacle towards cure. Viral reservoirs are assessed by quantification of HIV nucleic acids, which does not discriminate between infectious and defective viruses, or by viral outgrowth assays, which requires large number of cells and long-term cultures. Here, we used an ultrasensitive p24 digital assay, which we report to be 1000 fold more sensitive than classical ELISA in the quantification of HIV-1 Gag p24 production in HIV-infected individuals samples...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077588/first-in-human-evaluation-of-the-safety-and-immunogenicity-of-an-intranasally-administered-replication-competent-sendai-virus-vectored-hiv-type-1-gag-vaccine-induction-of-potent-t-cell-or-antibody-responses-in-prime-boost-regimens
#15
Julien Nyombayire, Omu Anzala, Brian Gazzard, Etienne Karita, Philip Bergin, Peter Hayes, Jakub Kopycinski, Gloria Omosa-Manyonyi, Akil Jackson, Jean Bizimana, Bashir Farah, Eddy Sayeed, Christopher L Parks, Makoto Inoue, Takashi Hironaka, Hiroto Hara, Tsugumine Shu, Tetsuro Matano, Len Dally, Burc Barin, Harriet Park, Jill Gilmour, Angela Lombardo, Jean-Louis Excler, Patricia Fast, Dagna S Laufer, Josephine H Cox
BACKGROUND:  We report the first-in-human safety and immunogenicity assessment of a prototype intranasally administered, replication-competent Sendai virus (SeV)-vectored, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) vaccine. METHODS:  Sixty-five HIV-1-uninfected adults in Kenya, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom were assigned to receive 1 of 4 prime-boost regimens (administered at 0 and 4 months, respectively; ratio of vaccine to placebo recipients, 12:4): priming with a lower-dose SeV-Gag given intranasally, followed by boosting with an adenovirus 35-vectored vaccine encoding HIV-1 Gag, reverse transcriptase, integrase, and Nef (Ad35-GRIN) given intramuscularly (SLA); priming with a higher-dose SeV-Gag given intranasally, followed by boosting with Ad35-GRIN given intramuscularly (SHA); priming with Ad35-GRIN given intramuscularly, followed by boosting with a higher-dose SeV-Gag given intranasally (ASH); and priming and boosting with a higher-dose SeV-Gag given intranasally (SHSH)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077157/clinical-biochemical-and-molecular-characteristics-of-filipino-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii-hunter-syndrome
#16
Mary Anne D Chiong, Daffodil M Canson, Mary Ann R Abacan, Melissa Mae P Baluyot, Cynthia P Cordero, Catherine Lynn T Silao
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidosis type II, an X-linked recessive disorder is the most common lysosomal storage disease detected among Filipinos. This is a case series involving 23 male Filipino patients confirmed to have Hunter syndrome. The clinical and biochemical characteristics were obtained and mutation testing of the IDS gene was done on the probands and their female relatives. RESULTS: The mean age of the patients was 11.28 (SD 4.10) years with an average symptom onset at 1...
January 11, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073435/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-a-therapeutic-hiv-vaccine-by-in-vitro-stimulation-assay
#17
Xiaozhou He, Wandi Wang, Ke Xu, Xia Feng, Yi Zeng
A novel method for HIV vaccine efficacy evaluation was established and the experimental conditions optimized. This novel method was then applied to determine whether a recombinant adenovirus type 5 HIV therapeutic vaccine expressing Gag antigen (Ad5-HIVgag) could stimulate HIV-specific cellular responses in vitro. The results indicated that HIV-specific IFN-gama production lymphocytes were induced by the Ad5-HIVgag vaccine. Compared with other methods, this in vitro stimulation method is safe and time-efficient, and the result is more intuitive...
January 4, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068781/complex-subtype-diversity-of-hiv-1-among-drug-users-in-major-kenyan-cities
#18
Kamini Gounder, Micah Oyaro, Nagavelli Padayachi, Thando Mbali Zulu, Tulio de Oliveira, John Wylie, Thumbi Ndung'u
Drug users are increasingly recognized as a key population driving HIV spread in sub-Saharan Africa. To determine HIV-1 subtypes circulating in this population group and explore possible geographic differences, we analyzed HIV-1 sequences among drug users from Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in Kenya. We sequenced gag and env from 55 drug users. Subtype analysis from 220 gag clonal sequences from 54/55 participants (median=4/participant) showed that 44.4% were A, 16.7% were C, 3.7% were D and 35.2% were intersubtype recombinants...
January 9, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067923/-a-phd-completed-8-are-extreme-dental-treatment-anxiety-fainting-or-gagging-separate-or-overlapping-phenomena
#19
C M H H van Houtem
Extreme dental treatment anxiety, fainting or gagging in the dentist's chair can seriously hinder a patient's dental treatment. While a series of widely diverse studies on extreme dental treatment anxiety have been carried out, less is known about gagging and fainting. The most important questions in this dissertation research were whether dental treatment anxiety ('stimuli') can be identified and whether dental treatment anxiety and fainting or gagging are separate or overlapping phenomena. Fear of dental treatment can be divided into several subtypes: fear of invasive treatments, loss of control and aversive physical sensations...
January 2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Tandheelkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067452/expanding-the-catalytic-promiscuity-of-heparinase-iii-from-pedobacter-heparinus
#20
Yayun Gu, Meiling Lu, Zongqiang Wang, Xuri Wu, Yijun Chen
Glycosaminoglycans (GAG) lyases are useful biocatalysts for the preparation of oligosaccharides, but their substrate spectra are limited to the same family. Thus, the degradation activity across-families of GAG lyases is advantageous and desirable for various applications. In this study, residue Lys130 at the substrate entrance of monomeric heparinase III from Pedobacter heparinus ATCC 13125 was replaced by cysteine, and the resulting mutant K130C showed novel catalytic activity of degrading hyaluronic acid without affecting its native activity toward heparin and heparan sulfate...
January 9, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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