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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677122/applications-of-the-fiv-model-to-study-hiv-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Craig Miller, Zaid Abdo, Aaron Ericsson, John Elder, Sue VandeWoude
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a naturally-occurring retrovirus that infects domestic and non-domestic feline species, producing progressive immune depletion that results in an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Much has been learned about FIV since it was first described in 1987, particularly in regard to its application as a model to study the closely related lentivirus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In particular, FIV and HIV share remarkable structure and sequence organization, utilize parallel modes of receptor-mediated entry, and result in a similar spectrum of immunodeficiency-related diseases due to analogous modes of immune dysfunction...
April 20, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676642/immunomethylomics-a-novel-cancer-risk-prediction-tool
#2
Karl T Kelsey, John K Wiencke
There is emerging evidence that the immune biology associated with lung and other solid tumors, as well as patient immune genetic traits, contributes to individual survival. At this time, dramatic advances in immunologic approaches to the study and management of human cancers are taking place, including lung and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. However, major obstacles for therapies are the profound immune alterations in blood and in the tumor microenvironment that arise in tandem with the cancer. Although there is a significant current effort underway across the cancer research community to probe the tumor environment to uncover the dynamics of the immune response, little similar work is being done to understand the dynamics of immune alterations in peripheral blood, despite evidence showing the prognostic relevance of the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio for these cancers...
April 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676228/glaucoma-pathogenesis-and-neurotrophins-focus-on-the-molecular-and-genetic-basis-for-therapeutic-prospects
#3
Nitin Chitranshi, Yogita Dheer, Mojdeh Abbasi, Yuyi You, Stuart L Graham, Vivek Gupta
BACKGROUND: Retinal ganglion cell (RGC) degeneration is a major feature of glaucoma pathology. Neuroprotective approaches that delay or halt the progression of RGC loss are needed to prevent vision loss which can occur even after conventional medical or surgical treatments to lower intraocular pressure. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to examine the progress in genetics and cellular mechanisms associated with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, RGC dysfunction and cell death pathways in glaucoma...
April 19, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676151/activation-of-human-natural-killer-cells-by-graphene-oxide-templated-antibody-nanoclusters
#4
Christian Loftus, Mezida Saeed, Daniel M Davis, Iain E Dunlop
An emerging new paradigm is that immune cell activation is controlled by transient interactions between supramolecular assemblies of receptors and ligands. Current immunotherapy biologic pharmaceuticals that activate or desensitize NK cells are, however, individual molecules that do not replicate this nanoscale organization of proteins. Here, we use nanoscale graphene oxide (NGO) as a template to generate soluble nanoscale clusters of Natural Killer cell-activating antibodies. We control nanocluster size and molecular number to mimic reported values for cell surface proteins...
April 20, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676112/-effect-of-animal-medicines-for-extinguishing-wind-to-arrest-convulsions-on-central-nervous-system-diseases
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Zhi-Jie Yu, Jin-Song Li, Wei Peng, Ping Wang, Liang Xiong, Yu-Jie Liu, Ying Xu, Tao Sun
The human health is seriously affected by central nervous system(CNS) diseases, but the pathogenesis of CNS diseases is still not completely clear. Currently, the drugs used to treat CNS diseases are mainly receptor modulators and neurotransmitter inhibitors, which have serious side effects; and there are short of drugs for treating CNS diseases clinically. Studies suggest that animal medicines mainly include protein, polypeptide and small-molecule compounds, and have such pharmacological effects in calming, resisting convulsions and improving brain tissues...
March 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676099/-binding-interaction-of-harpagoside-and-bovine-serum-albumin-spectroscopic-methodologies-and-molecular-docking
#6
Tuan-Wu Cao, Wen-Bing Huang, Jian-Wei Shi, Wei He
Scrophularia ningpoensis has exhibited a variety of biological activities and been used as a pharmaceutical product for the treatment of inflammatory ailment, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and so on. Harpagoside (HAR) is considerer as a main bioactive compound in this plant. Serum albumin has important physiological roles in transportation, distribution and metabolism of many endogenous and exogenous substances in body. It is of great significance to study the interaction mechanism between HAR and bovine serum albumin (BSA)...
March 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674446/polysialic-acid-is-a-cellular-receptor-for-human-adenovirus-52
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Annasara Lenman, A Manuel Liaci, Yan Liu, Lars Frängsmyr, Martin Frank, Bärbel S Blaum, Wengang Chai, Iva I Podgorski, Balázs Harrach, Mária Benkő, Ten Feizi, Thilo Stehle, Niklas Arnberg
Human adenovirus 52 (HAdV-52) is one of only three known HAdVs equipped with both a long and a short fiber protein. While the long fiber binds to the coxsackie and adenovirus receptor, the function of the short fiber in the virus life cycle is poorly understood. Here, we show, by glycan microarray analysis and cellular studies, that the short fiber knob (SFK) of HAdV-52 recognizes long chains of α-2,8-linked polysialic acid (polySia), a large posttranslational modification of selected carrier proteins, and that HAdV-52 can use polySia as a receptor on target cells...
April 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674345/quantitative-interaction-analysis-permits-molecular-insights-into-functional-nox4-nadph-oxidase-heterodimer-assembly
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Sharon O'Neill, Magalie Mathis, Lidija Kovacic, Suisheng Zhang, Juergen Reinhardt, Dimitri Scholz, Ulrich Schopfer, Rochdi Bouhelal, Ulla G Knaus
Protein-protein interactions critically regulate many biological systems, but quantifying functional assembly of multi-pass membrane complexes in their native context is still challenging. Here, we combined modeling-assisted protein modification and information from human disease variants with a minimal-size fusion tag, split-luciferase-based approach to probe assembly of the NADPH oxidase 4 (NOX4)-p22phox enzyme, an integral membrane complex with unresolved structure, which is required for electron transfer and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674113/bio-based-strategies-for-producing-glycosaminoglycans-and-their-oligosaccharides
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REVIEW
Zhen Kang, Zhengxiong Zhou, Yang Wang, Hao Huang, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and their oligosaccharides have attracted extensive attention because of their wide applications in cosmetics, health, and clinical treatment of, for example, thrombus, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, and cancer. Compared to conventional preparation approaches, bio-based strategies for producing GAGs and their oligosaccharides are more promising because they avoid cross-infection of human and animal diseases, use green production processes, and can precisely control the degree of sulfation and molecular weight...
April 16, 2018: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673860/the-endogenous-circadian-clock-programs-animals-to-eat-at-certain-times-of-the-24-hour-day-what-if-we-ignore-the-clock
#10
Peng Jiang, Fred W Turek
The discovery of the molecular mechanisms underlying the circadian clock, which functions in virtually every cell throughout the body to coordinate biological processes to anticipate and better adapt to daily rhythmic changes in the environment, is one of the major biomedical breakthroughs in the 20th century. Twenty years after this breakthrough, the biomedical community is now at a new frontier to incorporate the circadian clock mechanisms into many areas of biomedical research, as studies continue to reveal an important role of the circadian clock in a wide range of biological functions and diseases...
April 16, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673642/hyperthermia-mediated-drug-delivery-induces-biological-effects-at-the-tumor-and-molecular-levels-that-improve-cisplatin-efficacy-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#11
Michael Dunne, Yannan N Dou, Danielle M Drake, Tara Spence, Sávio M L Gontijo, Peter G Wells, Christine Allen
Triple negative breast cancer is an aggressive disease that accounts for at least 15% of breast cancer diagnoses, and a disproportionately high percentage of breast cancer related morbidity. Intensive research efforts are focused on the development of more efficacious treatments for this disease, for which therapeutic options remain limited. The high incidence of mutations in key DNA repair pathways in triple negative breast cancer results in increased sensitivity to DNA damaging agents, such as platinum-based chemotherapies...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672703/phylogenomic-analysis-of-%C3%AE-lactamase-in-archaea-and-bacteria-enables-the-identification-of-putative-new-members
#12
Vivek Keshri, Arup Panda, Anthony Levasseur, Jean-Marc Rolain, Pierre Pontarotti, Didier Raoult
β-lactamases are enzymes which are commonly produced by bacteria and which degrade the β-lactam ring of β-lactam antibiotics, namely penicillins, cephalosporins, carbapenems, and monobactams, and inactivate these antibiotics. We performed a rational and comprehensive investigation of β-lactamases in different biological databases. In this study, we constructed hidden Markov model profiles as well as the ancestral sequence of four classes of β-lactamases (A, B, C, and D), which were used to identify potential β-lactamases from environmental metagenomic (1206), human microbiome metagenomic (6417), human microbiome reference genome (1310), and NCBI's nonredundant databases (44101)...
April 1, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672299/crispr-cas9-mediated-silencing-of-cd44-in-human-highly-metastatic-osteosarcoma-cells
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Tang Liu, Zuyun Yan, Yong Liu, Edwin Choy, Francis J Hornicek, Henry Mankin, Zhenfeng Duan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Metastasis is the major cause of death in patients with osteosarcoma. There is an urgent need to identify molecular markers that promote metastasis. Cluster of differentiation 44 is a receptor for hyaluronic acid (HA) and HA-binding has been proven to participate in various biological tumor activities, including tumor progression and metastasis. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis to investigate the relationship between CD44 expression, survival, and metastasis in patients with osteosarcoma...
April 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671273/intravital-imaging-of-human-melanoma-cells-in-the-mouse-ear-skin-by-two-photon-excitation-microscopy
#14
Nathan Y Bentolila, Raymond L Barnhill, Claire Lugassy, Laurent A Bentolila
Noninvasive imaging of reporter gene expression by two-photon excitation (2PE) laser scanning microscopy is uniquely suited to perform dynamic and multidimensional imaging down to single-cell detection sensitivity in vivo in deep tissues. Here we used 2PE microscopy to visualize green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a reporter gene in human melanoma cells implanted into the dermis of the mouse ear skin. We first provide a step-by-step methodology to set up a 2PE imaging model of the mouse ear's skin and then apply it for the observation of the primary tumor and its associated vasculature in vivo...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670881/impact-of-transcriptomics-on-our-understanding-of-pulmonary-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Milica Vukmirovic, Naftali Kaminski
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lethal fibrotic lung disease characterized by aberrant remodeling of the lung parenchyma with extensive changes to the phenotypes of all lung resident cells. The introduction of transcriptomics, genome scale profiling of thousands of RNA transcripts, caused a significant inversion in IPF research. Instead of generating hypotheses based on animal models of disease, or biological plausibility, with limited validation in humans, investigators were able to generate hypotheses based on unbiased molecular analysis of human samples and then use animal models of disease to test their hypotheses...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670695/new-hybrids-derived-from-podophyllic-aldehyde-and-diterpenylhydroquinones-with-selectivity-toward-osteosarcoma-cells
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Ángela P Hernández, Paula Díez, Pablo A García, José M Miguel Del Corral, Martín Pérez-Andrés, David Díez, Arturo San Feliciano, Manuel Fuentes, Ma Ángeles Castro
A new family of molecular hybrids, between cyclolignans related to podophyllic aldehyde and several diterpenylnaphthohydroquinones (DNHQ), was prepared and its biological activity evaluated in several human solid tumor cell lines, which are representative of the most prevalent solid tumors in the Western world. Both cyclolignan and quinone fragments were linked through aliphatic or aromatic spacers. The new hybrid family was evaluated for its cytotoxicity, and it was found that the hybrids were several times more potent against the osteosarcoma cell line MG-63 than against MCF-7 and HT-29 cell lines...
April 12, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670635/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-b-cell-normal-cellular-counterpart-clues-from-a-functional-perspective
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REVIEW
Walaa Darwiche, Brigitte Gubler, Jean-Pierre Marolleau, Hussein Ghamlouch
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is characterized by the clonal expansion of small mature-looking CD19+ CD23+ CD5+ B-cells that accumulate in the blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid organs. To date, no consensus has been reached concerning the normal cellular counterpart of CLL B-cells and several B-cell types have been proposed. CLL B-cells have remarkable phenotypic and gene expression profile homogeneity. In recent years, the molecular and cellular biology of CLL has been enriched by seminal insights that are leading to a better understanding of the natural history of the disease...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670521/the-prenylflavonoid-xanthohumol-reduces-alzheimer-like-changes-and-modulates-multiple-pathogenic-molecular-pathways-in-the-neuro2a-app-swe-cell-model-of-ad
#18
Xianfeng Huang, Jing Wang, Xiao Chen, Pan Liu, Shujin Wang, Fangchen Song, Zaijun Zhang, Feiqi Zhu, Xinfeng Huang, Jianjun Liu, Guoqiang Song, Peter S Spencer, Xifei Yang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that has proved refractory to drug treatment. Given evidence of neuroprotection in animal models of ischemic stroke, we assessed the prenylflavonoid xanthohumol from the Common Hop ( Humulus lupulus L.) for therapeutic potential in murine neuroblastoma N2a cells stably expressing human Swedish mutant amyloid precursor protein (N2a/APP), a well-characterized cellular model of AD. The ELISA and Western-blot analysis revealed that xanthohumol (Xn) inhibited Aβ accumulation and APP processing, and that Xn ameliorated tau hyperphosphorylation via PP2A, GSK3β pathways in N2a/APP cells...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670288/structural-basis-of-ligand-binding-modes-at-the-neuropeptide-y-y-1-receptor
#19
Zhenlin Yang, Shuo Han, Max Keller, Anette Kaiser, Brian J Bender, Mathias Bosse, Kerstin Burkert, Lisa M Kögler, David Wifling, Guenther Bernhardt, Nicole Plank, Timo Littmann, Peter Schmidt, Cuiying Yi, Beibei Li, Sheng Ye, Rongguang Zhang, Bo Xu, Dan Larhammar, Raymond C Stevens, Daniel Huster, Jens Meiler, Qiang Zhao, Annette G Beck-Sickinger, Armin Buschauer, Beili Wu
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) receptors belong to the G-protein-coupled receptor superfamily and have important roles in food intake, anxiety and cancer biology 1,2 . The NPY-Y receptor system has emerged as one of the most complex networks with three peptide ligands (NPY, peptide YY and pancreatic polypeptide) binding to four receptors in most mammals, namely the Y1 , Y2 , Y4 and Y5 receptors, with different affinity and selectivity 3 . NPY is the most powerful stimulant of food intake and this effect is primarily mediated by the Y1 receptor (Y1 R) 4 ...
April 18, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670181/regulation-of-masculinization-androgen-signalling-for-external-genitalia-development
#20
REVIEW
Shoko Matsushita, Kentaro Suzuki, Aki Murashima, Daiki Kajioka, Alvin Resultay Acebedo, Shinichi Miyagawa, Ryuma Haraguchi, Yukiko Ogino, Gen Yamada
The biology of masculinization is fundamentally important for understanding the embryonic developmental processes that are involved in the development of the male reproductive tract, external genitalia, and also the tumorigenesis of prostate cancer. The molecular mechanisms of masculinization are of interest to many researchers and clinicians involved in varied fields, including molecular developmental biology, cancer research, endocrinology, and urology. Androgen signalling is mediated by the nuclear androgen receptor, which has fundamental roles in masculinization during development...
April 18, 2018: Nature Reviews. Urology
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