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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933273/prognostic-value-of-plasma-and-urine-glycosaminoglycan-scores-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#1
Francesco Gatto, Marco Maruzzo, Cristina Magro, Umberto Basso, Jens Nielsen
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) vastly improved since the introduction of antiangiogenic-targeted therapy. However, it is still unclear which biological processes underlie ccRCC aggressiveness and affect prognosis. Here, we checked whether a recently discovered systems biomarker based on plasmatic or urinary measurements of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) aggregated into diagnostic scores correlated with ccRCC prognosis. METHODS: Thirty-one patients with a diagnosis of ccRCC (23 metastatic) were prospectively enrolled, and their urine and plasma biomarker scores were correlated to progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) as either a dichotomous ("Low" vs...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932583/inhibition-of-hiv-1-gag-membrane-interactions-by-specific-rnas
#2
Gabrielle C Todd, Alice A Duchon, Jingga Inlora, Erik D Olson, Karin Musier-Forsyth, Akira Ono
HIV-1 particle assembly, which occurs at the plasma membrane (PM) of cells, is driven by the viral polyprotein, Gag. Gag recognizes phosphatidylinositol-(4,5)-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2], a PM-specific phospholipid, via the highly basic region (HBR) in its N-terminal matrix (MA) domain. The HBR is also known to bind to RNA. We have previously shown using an in vitro liposome binding assay that RNA inhibits Gag binding to membranes that lack PI(4,5)P2. If this RNA block is removed by RNase treatment, Gag can bind non-specifically to other negatively charged membranes...
December 8, 2016: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928907/separation-of-hiv-1-gag-virus-like-particles-from-vesicular-particles-impurities-by-hydroxyl-functionalized-monoliths
#3
Petra Steppert, Daniel Burgstaller, Miriam Klausberger, Petra Kramberger, Andres Tover, Eva Berger, Katharina Nöbauer, Ebrahim Razzazi-Fazeli, Alois Jungbauer
The downstream processing of enveloped virus-like particles is very challenging because of the biophysical and structural similarity between correctly assembled particles and contaminating vesicular particles present in the feedstock. We used hydroxyl-functionalized polymethacrylate monoliths, providing hydrophobic and electrostatic binding contributions, for the purification of HIV-1 gag virus-like particles. The clarified culture supernatant was conditioned with ammonium sulfate and after membrane filtration, loaded onto a 1 mL monolith...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928742/implementation-of-infrared-and-raman-modalities-for-glycosaminoglycan-characterization-in-complex-systems
#4
Hossam Taha Mohamed, Valérie Untereiner, Ganesh D Sockalingum, Stéphane Brézillon
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are natural, linear and negatively charged heteropolysaccharides which are incident in every mammalian tissue. They consist of repeating disaccharide units, which are composed of either sulfated or non-sulfated monosaccharides. Depending on tissue types, GAGs exhibit structural heterogeneity such as the position and degree of sulfation or within their disaccharide units composition being heparin, heparan sulfate, chondroitine sulfate, dermatan sulfate, keratan sulfate, and hyaluronic acid...
December 7, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928057/modulation-of-the-splicing-regulatory-function-of-srsf10-by-a-novel-compound-that-impairs-hiv-1-replication
#5
Lulzim Shkreta, Marco Blanchette, Johanne Toutant, Emmanuelle Wilhelm, Brendan Bell, Benjamin A Story, Ahalya Balachandran, Alan Cochrane, Peter K Cheung, P Richard Harrigan, David S Grierson, Benoit Chabot
We recently identified the 4-pyridinone-benzisothiazole carboxamide compound 1C8 as displaying strong anti-HIV-1 potency against a variety of clinical strains in vitro Here we show that 1C8 decreases the expression of HIV-1 and alters splicing events involved in the production of HIV-1 mRNAs. Although 1C8 was designed to be a structural mimic of the fused tetracyclic indole compound IDC16 that targets SRSF1, it did not affect the splice site shifting activity of SRSF1. Instead, 1C8 altered splicing regulation mediated by SRSF10...
December 7, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928002/adjuvanting-an-siv-vaccine-with-tlr-ligands-encapsulated-in-nanoparticles-induces-persistent-antibody-responses-and-enhanced-protection-in-trim5%C3%AE-restrictive-macaques
#6
Sudhir Pai Kasturi, Pamela A Kozlowski, Helder I Nakaya, Matheus C Burger, Pedro Russo, Mathew Pham, Yevgeniy Kovalenkov, Eduardo L V Silveira, Colin Havenar-Daughton, Samantha L Burton, Katie M Kilgore, Mathew J Johnson, Rafiq Nabi, Traci Legere, Zarpheen Jinnah Sher, Xuemin Chen, Rama R Amara, Eric Hunter, Steven E Bosinger, Paul Spearman, Shane Crotty, Francois Villinger, Cynthia A Derdeyn, Jens Wrammert, Bali Pulendran
: Our previous work has shown that antigens adjuvanted with specific ligands for toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and TLR7/8 encapsulated in poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) based nanoparticles (NP), induced robust and durable immune responses in mice and macaques. We investigated the efficacy of these NP adjuvants in inducing protective immunity against simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). Rhesus macaques (RMs) were immunized with NP containing TLR4 and TLR7/8 agonists mixed with soluble recombinant SIVmac239 derived envelope (Env) gp140 and Gag p55 (Protein), or with virus like particles (VLP) containing SIVmac239 Env and Gag...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925474/fiber-development-and-matrix-production-in-tissue-engineered-menisci-using-bovine-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-fibrochondrocytes
#7
Mary Clare McCorry, Lawrence J Bonassar
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been investigated with promising results for meniscus healing and tissue engineering. While MSCs are known to contribute to ECM production, less is known about how MSCs produce and align large organized fibers for application to tissue engineering the meniscus. The goal of this study was to investigate the capability of MSCs to produce and organize extracellular matrix molecules compared to meniscal fibrochondrocytes (FCCs). Bovine FCCs and MSCs were encapsulated in an anatomically accurate collagen meniscus using mono-culture and co-culture of each cell type...
December 7, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924423/ms-ir-a-new-ms-based-hyphenated-method-for-analysis-of-hexuronic-acid-epimers-in-glycosaminoglycans
#8
Baptiste Schindler, Gina Renois-Predelus, Nassiba Bagdadi, Sihem Melizi, Loïc Barnes, Stéphane Chambert, Abdul-Rahman Allouche, Isabelle Compagnon
We report an original MS-based hyphenated method for the elucidation of the epimerization in GAG fragments. It consists of measuring simultaneously the MS/MS spectrum and the gas phase IR spectrum to gain direct structural information. This is possible using a customized MS instrument, modified to allow injection of a tunable IR laser inside of the instrument for in situ spectroscopy of trapped ions. The proof of principle of this approach is performed in the case of a hyaluronic acid tetrasaccharide standard...
December 7, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923642/development-of-ifn-%C3%AE-secretory-elispot-based-assay-for-screening-of-adcc-responses
#9
Ashwini Shete, Poonam Suryawanshi, Chetan Chavan, Archana Kulkarni, Sheela Godbole, Manisha Ghate, Madhuri Thakar
Antibody Dependent Cell mediated Cytotoxicity has been established as one of the important protective immune mechanisms against HIV making it essential to evaluate it while testing immunogenicity of emerging vaccine candidates. IFN-γ secretory ELISPOT assay, widely used for evaluation of CTL response in HIV vaccine trials, was adapted for measuring ADCC responses and the results were compared with the standard ICS based assays. IFN-γ responses by both the methods were compared in plasma samples of 23 HIV infected individuals against Env and Gag peptides using granulocytes as antigen presenting cells...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923631/the-influence-of-fibroblast-on-the-arachnoid-leptomeningeal-cells-in-vitro
#10
Cornelius H Lam, Liudmila Romanova, Allison Hubel, Christopher Janson, Eric A Hansen
OBJECTIVE: Fibroblast is pervasive in the setting of injury. Its invasion into the arachnoid tissue causes scarring, cortical adhesion of the brain, and obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid outflow. The purpose of this study is to determine the phenotypic and physiologic effects of fibroblasts on arachnoid in culture. METHODS: We studied the effects of fibroblast on the arachnoid cell growth, motility, phenotypic changes, and transport properties. Immortalized rat (Rattus norvegicus, Sprague Dawley breed) arachnoid cells were grown with fibroblast on opposite sides of polyethylene membranes or co-cultured in plastic wells...
December 3, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922196/hiv-prevalence-and-phylogenetic-characteristics-among-entry-travelers-in-xishuangbanna-prefecture-yunnan-province-between-2003-and-2012
#11
Binghui Wang, Yaobo Liang, Yajuan Wang, Yue Feng, Yaping Li, Li Zhang, Qicai Xuan, Jing Miao, Weihong Qin, Xueshan Xia
Xishuangbanna is a popular tourist destination in southern Yunnan Province, bordering with Vietnam and Laos and Myanmar. There are more than 2 million cross-border travelers annually entering China at two land ports, Daluo and Mohan. To clarify the characteristics of HIV-1 prevalence among entry travelers, a retrospective epidemic investigation was conducted. Between 2003 and 2012, 196 among 91,432 entry travelers were detected to be HIV-1-positive, accounting for infection rate of 0.21%. Eighty-one gag-pol gene sequences were obtained for phylogenetic analyses and subsequent recombination analysis...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919832/differential-hnrnp-d-isoform-incorporation-may-confer-plasticity-to-the-essv-mediated-repressive-state-across-hiv-1-exon-3
#12
Frank Hillebrand, Jan Otto Peter, Anna-Lena Brillen, Marianne Otte, Heiner Schaal, Steffen Erkelenz
Even though splicing repression by hnRNP complexes bound to exonic sequences is well-documented, the responsible effector domains of hnRNP proteins have been described for only a select number of hnRNP constituents. Thus, there is only limited information available for possible varying silencer activities amongst different hnRNP proteins and composition changes within possible hnRNP complex assemblies. In this study, we identified the glycine-rich domain (GRD) of hnRNP proteins as a unifying feature in splice site repression...
December 2, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917627/enhanced-immune-responses-against-hiv-1-with-adenovector-gag-and-tat-prime-protein-boost-regimen-and-gm-csf-injection
#13
Negin Hosseini Rouzbahani, Saeed Bayanolhagh, Mohammad Gholami, Ali Esmaeilzadeh, Zahra Bayat Jozani, Minoo Mohraz, Ali Akbar Pourfathollah
Vaccines against the HIV-1 virus offers the best hope for eliminating HIV-associated mortality. Recombinant adenovector type 5 (rAd5) vaccine is a potential candidate for preventive vaccine strategies. In this study, we evaluated the rAd5 prime/protein boost strategy in a murine model. We used rAd5 harboring single HIV-1 genes. These genes, including gag (p24) and exon1 of tat, were amplified from HIV-1 (clade A) RNA using nested PCR. Recombinant vectors were constructed, purified and then injected at 1012 viral particles into four groups, each comprising five mice...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914932/detection-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-rnas-in-living-cells-using-spinach-rna-aptamers
#14
Brandon D Burch, Carolina Garrido, David M Margolis
Many techniques currently used to measure HIV RNA production in cells suffer from limitations that include high background signal or the potential to destroy cellular context. Fluorophore-binding RNA aptamers offer the potential for visualizing RNAs directly in living cells with minimal cellular perturbation. We inserted a sequence encoding a fluorophore-binding RNA aptamer, known as Spinach, into the HIV genome such that predicted RNA secondary structures in both Spinach and HIV were preserved. Chimeric HIV-Spinach RNAs were functionally validated in vitro by testing their ability to enhance the fluorescence of a conditional fluorophore (DFHBI), which specifically binds Spinach...
November 30, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914254/glycosaminoglycans-gags-and-gag-mimetics-regulate-the-behavior-of-stem-cell-differentiation
#15
REVIEW
Mengmeng Wang, Xiaoli Liu, Zhonglin Lyu, Hao Gu, Dan Li, Hong Chen
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are linear sulfated polysaccharides that exist in most mammalian cells. By undergoing conjugation with various proteins, GAGs play important roles in a variety of bioactivities, including promoting stem cell differentiation. However, they have their own intrinsic disadvantages that limit their further applications for cell therapy and tissue engineering. Therefore, more and more GAG-mimetic materials have been studied as natural GAG analogs for emerging applications. This review explains the mechanism of how GAGs regulate stem cell differentiation and elaborates on the current progress of the applications of GAG-based materials on regulating stem cell differentiation...
November 20, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910891/elevated-cerebral-spinal-fluid-biomarkers-in-children-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-i-h
#16
Gerald V Raymond, Marzia Pasquali, Lynda E Polgreen, Patricia I Dickson, Weston P Miller, Paul J Orchard, Troy C Lund
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type-IH is a lysosomal storage disease that results from mutations in the IDUA gene causing the accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Historically, children with the severe phenotype, MPS-IH (Hurler syndrome) develop progressive neurodegeneration with death in the first decade due to cardio-pulmonary complications. New data suggest that inflammation may play a role in MPS pathophysiology. To date there is almost no information on the pathophysiologic changes within the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) of these patients...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910822/prolonged-in-vitro-precultivation-alleviates-post-implantation-inflammation-and-promotes-stable-subcutaneous-cartilage-formation-in-a-goat-model
#17
Yi Liu, Dan Li, Zongqi Yin, Xusong Luo, Wei Liu, Wenjie Zhang, Zhiyong Zhang, Yilin Cao, Yu Liu, Guangdong Zhou
Synthetic biodegradable scaffolds such as polylactic acid coated polyglycolic acid (PLA-PGA) are especially suitable for engineering shaped cartilage such as auricle, but they induce a serious inflammatory reaction particularly in the immunologically aggressive subcutaneous site, leading to resorption of the engineered autologous cartilage. Our previous study in a rabbit model has demonstrated 2 weeks of in vitro precultivation could significantly alleviate the post-implantation inflammation induced by PLA-PGA engineered cartilaginous grafts, but reproduction of this result failed in a preclinical goat model...
December 2, 2016: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908992/first-complete-genome-sequence-of-a-simian-foamy-virus-isolate-from-a-cynomolgus-macaque
#18
Koji Sakai, Yasushi Ami, Yuriko Suzaki, Tetsuro Matano
We report here the first complete proviral genome sequence (DDBJ/ENA/GenBank accession no. LC094267) of a simian foamy virus, SFVmfa/Cy5061, isolated from a cynomolgus macaque (Macaca fascicularis). This proviral genome consists of 12,965 nucleotides and has five open reading frames, gag, pol, env, tas, and bet, as with other foamy viruses.
December 1, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906002/hiv-1-genetic-diversity-and-its-distribution-characteristics-among-newly-diagnosed-hiv-1-individuals-in-hebei-province-china
#19
Xinli Lu, Cuiying Zhao, Wei Wang, Chenxi Nie, Yuqi Zhang, Hongru Zhao, Suliang Chen, Ze Cui
BACKGROUND: Since the first HIV-1 case in 1989, Hebei province has presented a clearly rising trend of HIV-1 prevalence, and HIV-1 genetic diversity has become the vital barrier to HIV prevention and control in this area. To obtain detailed information of HIV-1 spread in different populations and in different areas of Hebei, a cross-sectional HIV-1 molecular epidemiological investigation was performed across the province. METHODS: Blood samples of 154 newly diagnosed HIV-1 individuals were collected from ten prefectures in Hebei using stratified sampling...
January 19, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905556/cellular-aspartyl-proteases-promote-the-unconventional-secretion-of-biologically-active-hiv-1-matrix-protein-p17
#20
Francesca Caccuri, Maria Luisa Iaria, Federica Campilongo, Kristen Varney, Alessandro Rossi, Stefania Mitola, Silvia Schiarea, Antonella Bugatti, Pietro Mazzuca, Cinzia Giagulli, Simona Fiorentini, Wuyuan Lu, Mario Salmona, Arnaldo Caruso
The human immune deficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) matrix protein p17 (p17), although devoid of a signal sequence, is released by infected cells and detected in blood and in different organs and tissues even in HIV-1-infected patients undergoing successful combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). Extracellularly, p17 deregulates the function of different cells involved in AIDS pathogenesis. The mechanism of p17 secretion, particularly during HIV-1 latency, still remains to be elucidated. A recent study showed that HIV-1-infected cells can produce Gag without spreading infection in a model of viral latency...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
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