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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166667/flotillin-scaffold-activity-contributes-to-type-vii-secretion-system-assembly-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Benjamin Mielich-Süss, Rabea M Wagner, Nicole Mietrach, Tobias Hertlein, Gabriella Marincola, Knut Ohlsen, Sebastian Geibel, Daniel Lopez
Scaffold proteins are ubiquitous chaperones that promote efficient interactions between partners of multi-enzymatic protein complexes; although they are well studied in eukaryotes, their role in prokaryotic systems is poorly understood. Bacterial membranes have functional membrane microdomains (FMM), a structure homologous to eukaryotic lipid rafts. Similar to their eukaryotic counterparts, bacterial FMM harbor a scaffold protein termed flotillin that is thought to promote interactions between proteins spatially confined to the FMM...
November 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166645/angiotensin-ii-infusion-does-not-cause-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-rats
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Evan H Phillips, Mandy S Chang, Sydney Gorman, Hamna J Qureshi, Karin F K Ejendal, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem, A Nicole Blaize, Craig J Goergen
The apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE-/-) mouse model has advanced our understanding of cardiovascular disease mechanisms and experimental therapeutics. This spontaneous model recapitulates aspects of human atherosclerosis, and allows for the development of dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) when combined with angiotensin II. We characterized apoE-/- rats and hypothesized that, similar to mice, they would develop dissecting AAAs. We created rats with a 16-bp deletion of the apoE gene using transcription activator-like effector nucleases...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166595/positive-and-negative-regulation-of-the-master-metabolic-regulator-mtorc1-by-two-families-of-legionella-pneumophila-effectors
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Justin A De Leon, Jiazhang Qiu, Christopher J Nicolai, Jessica L Counihan, Kevin C Barry, Li Xu, Rosalie E Lawrence, Brian M Castellano, Roberto Zoncu, Daniel K Nomura, Zhao-Qing Luo, Russell E Vance
All pathogens must acquire nutrients from their hosts. The intracellular bacterial pathogen Legionella pneumophila, the etiological agent of Legionnaires' disease, requires host amino acids for growth within cells. The mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) is an evolutionarily conserved master regulator of host amino acid metabolism. Here, we identify two families of translocated L. pneumophila effector proteins that exhibit opposing effects on mTORC1 activity. The Legionella glucosyltransferase (Lgt) effector family activates mTORC1, through inhibition of host translation, whereas the SidE/SdeABC (SidE) effector family acts as mTORC1 inhibitors...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165740/platelets-as-modulators-of-inflammation
#4
Seok-Joo Kim, Rachelle P Davis, Craig N Jenne
Platelets have classically been considered crucial effector cells in hemostasis, but now are increasingly recognized as players during inflammatory responses in innate and adaptive immunity. Platelets can recognize and kill invading pathogens, and, upon stimulation, also release a wide array of mediators that modify immune and endothelial cell responses. Increased platelet activity can protect the host against infectious insults; however, the excessive activity can lead to inflammation-mediated tissue damage...
November 17, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165691/estradiol-protects-proopiomelanocortin-neurons-against-insulin-resistance
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Jian Qiu, Martha A Bosch, Cecilia Meza, Uyen-Vy Navarro, Casey C Nestor, Edward J Wagner, Oline K Rønnekleiv, Martin J Kelly
Insulin resistance is at the core of the metabolic syndrome, and men exhibit a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome than women in early adult life, but this sex advantage diminishes sharply when women reach the postmenopausal state. Since 17β-estradiol (E2) augments the excitability of the anorexigenic POMC neurons, we investigated the neuroprotective effects of E2 against insulin resistance in POMC neurons from diet-induced obese (DIO) female and male mice. The efficacy of insulin to activate canonical transient receptor potential 5 (TRPC5) channels and depolarize POMC neurons was significantly reduced in DIO male but not in DIO female mice...
November 20, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165363/identification-and-initial-characterization-of-the-effectors-of-an-anther-smut-fungus-and-potential-host-target-proteins
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Venkata S Kuppireddy, Vladimir N Uversky, Su San Toh, Ming-Chang Tsai, William C Beckerson, Catarina Cahill, Brittany Carman, Michael H Perlin
(1) Background: Plant pathogenic fungi often display high levels of host specificity and biotrophic fungi; in particular, they must manipulate their hosts to avoid detection and to complete their obligate pathogenic lifecycles. One important strategy of such fungi is the secretion of small proteins that serve as effectors in this process. Microbotryum violaceum is a species complex whose members infect members of the Caryophyllaceae; M. lychnidis-dioicae, a parasite on Silene latifolia, is one of the best studied interactions...
November 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165358/understanding-the-molecular-genetics-of-basal-cell-carcinoma
#7
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Cristina Pellegrini, Maria Giovanna Maturo, Lucia Di Nardo, Valeria Ciciarelli, Carlota Gutiérrez García-Rodrigo, Maria Concetta Fargnoli
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common human cancer and represents a growing public health care problem. Several tumor suppressor genes and proto-oncogenes have been implicated in BCC pathogenesis, including the key components of the Hedgehog pathway, PTCH1 and SMO, the TP53 tumor suppressor, and members of the RAS proto-oncogene family. Aberrant activation of the Hedgehog pathway represents the molecular driver in basal cell carcinoma pathogenesis, with the majority of BCCs carrying somatic point mutations, mainly ultraviolet (UV)-induced, and/or copy-loss of heterozygosis in the PTCH1 gene...
November 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165313/t-cell-differentiation-and-cd56-levels-in-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-and-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Yousif Subhi, Marie Krogh Nielsen, Christopher Rue Molbech, Akio Oishi, Amardeep Singh, Mogens Holst Nissen, Torben Lykke Sørensen
Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) and neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are prevalent age-related diseases characterized by exudative changes in the macula. Although they share anatomical and clinical similarities, they are also distinctly characterized by their own features, e.g. vascular abnormalities in PCV and drusen-mediated progression in neovascular AMD. PCV remains etiologically uncharacterized, and ongoing discussion is whether PCV and neovascular AMD share the same etiology or constitute two substantially different diseases...
November 20, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165046/phytophthora-parasitica-effector-pprxlr2-suppresses-nicotiana-benthamiana-immunity
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Ronaldo J D Dalio, Heros José Máximo, Tiago Silva Oliveira, Renata Dias, Michele Breton, Henrique Leme Felizatti, Marcos Antonio Antonio Machado
Phytophthora species secrete several classes of effector proteins during interaction with their hosts. These proteins can have multiple functions including modulation of host physiology and immunity. The RxLR effectors have the ability to enter plant cells using the plant machinery. Some of these effectors have been characterized as immunity suppressors; however, very little is known about their functions in the interaction between Phytophthora parasitica and its hosts. Using a bioinformatics pipeline, we have identified 172 candidate RxLR effectors (CREs) in the isolate IAC 01_95 of P...
November 22, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164959/palmatine-attenuates-isoproterenol-induced-pathological-hypertrophy-via-selectively-inhibiting-hdac2-in-rats
#10
Yonggang Yuan, Wanzhong Peng, Yongxing Liu, Zesheng Xu
This study aimed to exploit the potential therapeutic value of palmatine in treatment of cardiac hypertrophy and the underlying molecular mechanism. Rat hypertrophy model was established by intraperitoneal isoproterenol (ISO) injection. The hypertrophy was evaluated with cardiac hypertrophic parameters, hemodynamic parameters, lipid profile, and non-specific cardiac markers. The animals were intraperitoneally administrated with either palmatine or vehicle. The relative expressions of ANP, BNP, HDAC2, HDAC5, KLF4, and INPP5F transcripts were determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164051/anti-inflammatory-microglia-macrophages-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-brain-metastasis
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Kleopatra E Andreou, Manuel Sarmiento Soto, Danny Allen, Vasiliki Economopoulos, Axel de Bernardi, James R Larkin, Nicola R Sibson
Brain metastasis is a common complication of cancer patients and is associated with poor survival. Histological data from patients with brain metastases suggest that microglia are the major immune population activated around the metastatic foci. Microglia and macrophages have the ability to polarize to different phenotypes and to exert both tumorigenic and cytotoxic effects. However, the role of microglia/macrophages during the early stages of metastatic growth in the brain has not yet been determined. The aim of this study was to profile microglial/macrophage activation in a mouse model of breast cancer brain metastasis during the early stages of tumor growth, and to assess the role of the anti-inflammatory microglial/macrophage population, specifically, during this phase...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163815/pd-l1-expression-heterogeneity-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-evaluation-of-small-biopsies-reliability
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Enrico Munari, Giuseppe Zamboni, Marcella Marconi, Marco Sommaggio, Matteo Brunelli, Guido Martignoni, George J Netto, Francesca Moretta, Maria Cristina Mingari, Matteo Salgarello, Alberto Terzi, Vincenzo Picece, Carlo Pomari, Gianluigi Lunardi, Alberto Cavazza, Giulio Rossi, Lorenzo Moretta, Giuseppe Bogina
Immunotherapy with checkpoint inhibitors, allowing recovery of effector cells function, has demonstrated to be highly effective in many tumor types and represents a true revolution in oncology. Recently, the anti-PD1 agent pembrolizumab was granted FDA approval for the first line treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors show PD-L1 expression in ≥ 50% of neoplastic cells and as a second line treatment for patients with NSCLC expressing PD-L1 in ≥1% of neoplastic cells, evaluated with a validated assay...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163806/interferon-inducible-cxc-chemokines-are-crucial-immune-modulators-and-survival-predictors-in-colorectal-cancer
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Larissa Kistner, Dietrich Doll, Anne Holtorf, Ulrich Nitsche, Klaus-Peter Janssen
Tumor-infiltrating T-cells are strongly associated with prognosis in colorectal cancer, but the mechanisms governing intratumoral lymphocyte recruitment are unclear. We investigated the clinical relevance and functional contribution of interferon-regulated CXC-chemokines CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11, described as T-cells attractants. Their expression was significantly elevated in tumors as compared to normal colon in 163 patients with colon cancer, represented an independent positive predictor of post-operative survival, and was highly significantly correlated with the presence of tumor-infiltrating cytotoxic CD8(+) T-cells and CD4(+) TH1-effector cells...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163786/axl-inhibition-induces-the-antitumor-immune-response-which-can-be-further-potentiated-by-pd-1-blockade-in-the-mouse-cancer-models
#14
Zhiqiang Guo, Yan Li, Dandan Zhang, Jiaying Ma
Immune checkpoint blockers (ICB) have emerged as a promising new class of antitumor agents which significantly change the treatment landscape in a range of tumors; however, cancer patients benefited from ICB-based immunotherapy remains limited, scoring the need to explore the combination treatments with synergistic mechanisms of action. Axl receptor tyrosine kinase critically involves in the carcinogenesis of multiple cancers due to its dual roles in both promoting cancer invasion and metastasis and suppressing myeloid cell activation and function...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163776/mir-1268b-confers-chemosensitivity-in-breast-cancer-by-targeting-erbb2-mediated-pi3k-akt-pathway
#15
Wen-Jie Zhu, Xu Chen, Ya-Wen Wang, Hai-Ting Liu, Ran-Ran Ma, Peng Gao
Chemoresistance represents a major obstacle to effective therapy for breast cancer. Emerging evidences associated aberrantly expressed miRNAs with tumor development and chemoresistance. MiR-1268b has never been studied in any cancers before, and its roles in mediating tumor progression and drug resistance are still unclear. Selected from miRNA microarray and confirmed by real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR), miR-1268b was found to be significantly upregulated in drug sensitive and ERBB2 negative tissues, as well as in breast cancer patients with low clinical stage...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163770/role-of-microenvironmental-periostin-in-pancreatic-cancer-progression
#16
Yang Liu, Fan Li, Feng Gao, Lingxi Xing, Peng Qin, Xingxin Liang, Jiajie Zhang, Xiaohui Qiao, Lizhou Lin, Qian Zhao, Lianfang Du
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterized by a prominent desmoplastic reaction. Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are the principal effector cells responsible for stroma production. Aberrant up-regulation of periostin expression has been reported in activated PSCs. In this study, we investigated the role of periostin and the mechanisms underlying its aberrant upregulation in PDAC. We used lentiviral shRNA and human recombinant periostin protein to down and up regulate periostin expression in vitro...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163669/current-status-and-perspectives-of-genome-editing-technology-for-microalgae
#17
REVIEW
Seungjib Jeon, Jong-Min Lim, Hyung-Gwan Lee, Sung-Eun Shin, Nam Kyu Kang, Youn-Il Park, Hee-Mock Oh, Won-Joong Jeong, Byeong-Ryool Jeong, Yong Keun Chang
Genome editing techniques are critical for manipulating genes not only to investigate their functions in biology but also to improve traits for genetic engineering in biotechnology. Genome editing has been greatly facilitated by engineered nucleases, dubbed molecular scissors, including zinc-finger nuclease (ZFN), TAL effector endonuclease (TALEN) and clustered regularly interspaced palindromic sequences (CRISPR)/Cas9. In particular, CRISPR/Cas9 has revolutionized genome editing fields with its simplicity, efficiency and accuracy compared to previous nucleases...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163628/a-conserved-basal-transcription-factor-is-required-for-the-function-of-diverse-tal-effectors-in-multiple-plant-hosts
#18
Renyan Huang, Shugang Hui, Meng Zhang, Pei Li, Jinghua Xiao, Xianghua Li, Meng Yuan, Shiping Wang
Many Xanthomonas bacteria use transcription activator-like effector (TALE) proteins to activate plant disease susceptibility (S) genes, and this activation contributes to disease. We recently reported that rice basal transcription factor IIA gamma subunit, OsTFIIAγ5, is hijacked by TALE-carrying Xanthomonas oryzae infecting the plants. However, whether TFIIAγs are also involved in TALE-carrying Xanthomonas-caused diseases in other plants is unknown. Here, molecular and genetic approaches were used to investigate the role of TFIIAγs in other plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163618/the-ralstonia-solanacearum-type-iii-effector-ripay-is-phosphorylated-in-plant-cells-to-modulate-its-enzymatic-activity
#19
Yali Wei, Yuying Sang, Alberto P Macho
Most bacterial pathogens subvert plant cellular functions using effector proteins delivered inside plant cells. In the plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum, several of these effectors contain domains with predicted enzymatic activities, including acetyltransferases, phosphatases, and proteases, among others. How these enzymatic activities get activated inside plant cells, but not in the bacterial cell, remains unknown in most cases. In this work, we found that the R. solanacearum effector RipAY is phosphorylated in plant cells...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163605/the-verticillium-dahliae-snodprot1-like-protein-vdcp1-contributes-to-virulence-and-triggers-the-plant-immune-system
#20
Yi Zhang, Yuhan Gao, Yingbo Liang, Yijie Dong, Xiufen Yang, Jingjing Yuan, Dewen Qiu
During pathogenic infection, hundreds of proteins that play vital roles in the Verticillium dahliae-host interaction are secreted. In this study, an integrated proteomic analysis of secreted V. dahliae proteins was performed, and a conserved secretory protein, designated VdCP1, was identified as a member of the SnodProt1 phytotoxin family. An expression analysis of the vdcp1 gene revealed that the transcript is present in every condition studied and displays elevated expression throughout the infection process...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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