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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107434/anti-mrka-monoclonal-antibodies-reveal-distinct-structural-and-antigenic-features-of-mrka
#1
Qun Wang, Yan Chen, Romana Cvitkovic, Meghan E Pennini, Chew Shun Chang, Mark Pelletier, Jessica Bonnell, Adem C Koksal, Herren Wu, William F Dall'Acqua, C Kendall Stover, Xiaodong Xiao
Antibody therapy against antibiotics resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infections represents a promising strategy, the success of which depends critically on the ability to identify appropriate antibody targets. Using a target-agnostic strategy, we recently discovered MrkA as a potential antibody target and vaccine antigen. Interestingly, the anti-MrkA monoclonal antibodies isolated through phage display and hybridoma platforms all recognize an overlapping epitope, which opens up important questions including whether monoclonal antibodies targeting different MrkA epitopes can be generated and if they possess different protective profiles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106814/genome-analysis-of-a-novel-broad-host-range-proteobacteria-phage-isolated-from-a-bioreactor-treating-industrial-wastewater
#2
Marina de Leeuw, Maayan Baron, Asher Brenner, Ariel Kushmaro
Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria, and consequently they have a major impact on the development of a microbial population. In this study, the genome of a novel broad host range bacteriophage, Aquamicrobium phage P14, isolated from a wastewater treatment plant, was analyzed. The Aquamicrobium phage P14 was found to infect members of different Proteobacteria classes (Alphaproteobacteria and Betaproteobacteria). This phage contains a 40,551 bp long genome and 60% of its genes had blastx hits. Furthermore, the bacteriophage was found to share more than 50% of its genes with several podoviruses and has the same gene order as other polyvalent bacteriophages...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106753/naphthalimides-selectively-inhibit-the-activity-of-bacterial-replicative-dna-ligases-and-display-bactericidal-effects-against-tubercle-bacilli
#3
Malgorzata Korycka-Machala, Marcin Nowosielski, Aneta Kuron, Sebastian Rykowski, Agnieszka Olejniczak, Marcin Hoffmann, Jaroslaw Dziadek
The DNA ligases, enzymes that seal breaks in the backbones of DNA, are essential for all organisms, however bacterial ligases essential for DNA replication use β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide as their co-factor, whereas those that are essential in eukaryotes and viruses use adenosine-5'-triphosphate. This fact leads to the conclusion that NAD⁺-dependent DNA ligases in bacteria could be targeted by their co-factor specific inhibitors. The development of novel alternative medical strategies, including new drugs, are a top priority focus areas for tuberculosis research due to an increase in the number of multi-drug resistant as well as totally drug resistant tubercle bacilli strains...
January 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106081/shigatoxin-encoding-bacteriophage-%C3%AF-24b-modulates-bacterial-metabolism-to-raise-antimicrobial-tolerance
#4
G S Holt, J K Lodge, A J McCarthy, A K Graham, G Young, S H Bridge, A K Brown, M Veses-Garcia, C V Lanyon, A Sails, H E Allison, D L Smith
How temperate bacteriophages play a role in microbial infection and disease progression is not fully understood. They do this in part by carrying genes that promote positive evolutionary selection for the lysogen. Using Biolog phenotype microarrays and comparative metabolite profiling we demonstrate the impact of the well-characterised Shiga toxin-prophage ϕ24B on its Escherichia coli host MC1061. As a lysogen, the prophage alters the bacterial physiology by increasing the rates of respiration and cell proliferation...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106010/models-of-life-epigenetics-diversity-cycles
#5
Kim Sneppen
This review emphasize aspects of biology that can be understood through repeated applications of simple causal rules. The selected topics include perspectives on gene regulation, phage lambda development, epigenetics, microbial ecology, as well as model approaches to diversity and punctuated equilibrium in evolution. Two outstanding features are repeatedly described. One is minimal rules to sustain specific states of a complex systems for a long time. The other is the collapse of such states and the subsequent dynamical cycle of situations that later return to new metastable states...
January 20, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105923/mosaic-structure-of-mycobacterium-bovis-bcg-genomes-as-a-representation-of-phage-sequences-mobility
#6
Olga L Voronina, Marina S Kunda, Ekaterina I Aksenova, Andrey N Semenov, Natalia N Ryzhova, Vladimir G Lunin, Alexandr L Gintsburg
BACKGROUND: The control of genome stability is relevant for the worldwide BCG vaccine preventing the acute forms of childhood tuberculosis. BCG sub-strains whole genome comparative analysis and revealing the triggers of sub-strains transition were the purpose of our investigation. RESULTS: Whole genome sequencing of three BCG Russia seed lots (1963, 1982, 2006 years) confirmed the stability of vaccine sub-strain genome. Comparative analysis of three Mycobacteruim bovis and nine M...
December 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105549/automated-antibody-de-novo-sequencing-and-its-utility-in-biopharmaceutical-discovery
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K Ilker Sen, Wilfred H Tang, Shruti Nayak, Yong J Kil, Marshall Bern, Berk Ozoglu, Beatrix Ueberheide, Darryl Davis, Christopher Becker
Applications of antibody de novo sequencing in the biopharmaceutical industry range from the discovery of new antibody drug candidates to identifying reagents for research and determining the primary structure of innovator products for biosimilar development. When murine, phage display, or patient-derived monoclonal antibodies against a target of interest are available, but the cDNA or the original cell line is not, de novo protein sequencing is required to humanize and recombinantly express these antibodies, followed by in vitro and in vivo testing for functional validation...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105180/screening-specific-polypeptides-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells-from-a-phage-display-random-peptide-library
#8
Fei Liu, Chun-Ling Qi, Mian Kong, Ting-Ting Liu, Lei Li, Bao-Jiang Li
The present study aimed to identify polypeptides that specifically bond to breast cancer stem cells from a phage display random 12 peptide library, in addition to the affinity and specificity of polypeptides. A phage display random 12 peptide library was screened using breast cancer stem cells as targets isolated from the MDA-MB-231 cell line using the serum-free culture technique with hs578bst and MDA-MB-231 cells as subtract-screening cells. Positive and specific binding clones were amplified and sent for sequencing...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105163/selection-of-antitumor-displayed-peptides-for-the-specific-delivery-of-the-anticancer-drug-lactaptin
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Anna Andreevna Nemudraya, Elena Vladimirovna Kuligina, Alexandr Alexeevich Ilyichev, Alexandr Sergeevich Fomin, Grigory Alexandrovich Stepanov, Anna Valentinovna Savelyeva, Olga Alexandrovna Koval, Vladimir Alexandrovich Richter
It has been previously demonstrated that lactaptin, the proteolytic fragment of human milk protein κ-casein, induces the death of various cultured cancer cells. The recombinant analog of lactaptin, RL2, effectively induces the apoptosis of mouse hepatocarcinoma-1 (HA-1) tumor cells in vitro and suppress the growth of HA-1 tumors and metastases in vivo. The antitumor drug Lactaptin developed on the basis of RL2 has been successful in preclinical trials. Lactaptin shows its efficiency in relation to mouse and human cancer cells and tumors...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103321/derivative-of-extremophilic-50s-ribosomal-protein-l35ae-as-an-alternative-protein-scaffold
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Anna V Lomonosova, Andrei B Ulitin, Alexei S Kazakov, Tajib A Mirzabekov, Eugene A Permyakov, Sergei E Permyakov
Small antibody mimetics, or alternative binding proteins (ABPs), extend and complement antibody functionality with numerous applications in research, diagnostics and therapeutics. Given the superiority of ABPs, the last two decades have witnessed development of dozens of alternative protein scaffolds (APSs) for the design of ABPs. Proteins from extremophiles with their high structural stability are especially favorable for APS design. Here, a 10X mutant of the 50S ribosomal protein L35Ae from hyperthermophilic archaea Pyrococcus horikoshii has been probed as an APS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102347/low-level-predation-by-lytic-phage-phiipla-rodi-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-triggers-the-stringent-response-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#11
Lucía Fernández, Silvia González, Ana Belén Campelo, Beatriz Martínez, Ana Rodríguez, Pilar García
An important lesson from the war on pathogenic bacteria has been the need to understand the physiological responses and evolution of natural microbial communities. Bacterial populations in the environment are generally forming biofilms subject to some level of phage predation. These multicellular communities are notoriously resistant to antimicrobials and, consequently, very difficult to eradicate. This has sparked the search for new therapeutic alternatives, including phage therapy. This study demonstrates that S...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101463/development-of-a-novel-human-single-chain-antibody-against-egfrviii-antigen-by-phage-display-technology
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Leila Rahbarnia, Safar Farajnia, Hossein Babaei, Jafar Majidi, Bahman Akbari, Shiva Ahdi Khosroshahi
Purpose: EGFRvIII as the most common mutant variant of the epidermal growth factor receptor is resulting from deletion of exons 2-7 in the coding sequence and junction of exons 1 and 8 through a novel glycine residue. EGFRvIII is highly expressed in glioblastoma, carcinoma of the breast, ovary, and lung but not in normal cells. The aim of the present study was identification of a novel single chain antibody against EGFRvIII as a promising target for cancer therapy. Methods: In this study, a synthetic peptide corresponding to EGFRvIII protein was used for screening a naive human scFv phage library...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100665/co-option-of-bacteriophage-lysozyme-genes-by-bivalve-genomes
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Qian Ren, Chunyang Wang, Min Jin, Jiangfeng Lan, Ting Ye, Kaimin Hui, Jingmin Tan, Zheng Wang, Gerald J Wyckoff, Wen Wang, Guan-Zhu Han
Eukaryotes have occasionally acquired genetic material through horizontal gene transfer (HGT). However, little is known about the evolutionary and functional significance of such acquisitions. Lysozymes are ubiquitous enzymes that degrade bacterial cell walls. Here, we provide evidence that two subclasses of bivalves (Heterodonta and Palaeoheterodonta) acquired a lysozyme gene via HGT, building on earlier findings. Phylogenetic analyses place the bivalve lysozyme genes within the clade of bacteriophage lysozyme genes, indicating that the bivalves acquired the phage-type lysozyme genes from bacteriophages, either directly or through intermediate hosts...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099417/virology-phages-make-a-group-decision
#14
Alan R Davidson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099413/communication-between-viruses-guides-lysis-lysogeny-decisions
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Zohar Erez, Ida Steinberger-Levy, Maya Shamir, Shany Doron, Avigail Stokar-Avihail, Yoav Peleg, Sarah Melamed, Azita Leavitt, Alon Savidor, Shira Albeck, Gil Amitai, Rotem Sorek
Temperate viruses can become dormant in their host cells, a process called lysogeny. In every infection, such viruses decide between the lytic and the lysogenic cycles, that is, whether to replicate and lyse their host or to lysogenize and keep the host viable. Here we show that viruses (phages) of the SPbeta group use a small-molecule communication system to coordinate lysis-lysogeny decisions. During infection of its Bacillus host cell, the phage produces a six amino-acids-long communication peptide that is released into the medium...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098241/characterization-of-a-p1-like-bacteriophage-carrying-ctx-m-27-in-salmonella-spp-resistant-to-third-generation-cephalosporins-isolated-from-pork-in-china
#16
Ling Yang, Wan Li, Gui-Ze Jiang, Wen-Hui Zhang, Huan-Zhong Ding, Ya-Hong Liu, Zhen-Ling Zeng, Hong-Xia Jiang
The aim of this study was to elucidate the epidemiology of third generation cephalosporin resistant Samonella isolates from pork of a slaughterhouse in China and the features of transferable elements carrying blaCTX-M genes. One hundred and twenty-six (7.3%) Salmonella isolates were identified; S. Derby and S. Rissen were the most two prevalent serotypes. Among these isolates 20 (15.8%) were resistant to third generation cephalosporins and nine of them carried blaCTX-M-27. S1-PFGE and replicon typing of blaCTX-M-27-carrying plasmids showed that seven were untypeable plasmids of about 104 Kb and two were IncP plasmids of about 300 Kb...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096488/novel-superspreader-bacteriophages-promote-horizontal-gene-transfer-by-transformation
#17
Eric C Keen, Valery V Bliskovsky, Francisco Malagon, James D Baker, Jeffrey S Prince, James S Klaus, Sankar L Adhya
: Bacteriophages infect an estimated 10(23) to 10(25) bacterial cells each second, many of which carry physiologically relevant plasmids (e.g., those encoding antibiotic resistance). However, even though phage-plasmid interactions occur on a massive scale and have potentially significant evolutionary, ecological, and biomedical implications, plasmid fate upon phage infection and lysis has not been investigated to date. Here we show that a subset of the natural lytic phage population, which we dub "superspreaders," releases substantial amounts of intact, transformable plasmid DNA upon lysis, thereby promoting horizontal gene transfer by transformation...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096486/phage-derived-protein-induces-increased-platelet-activation-and-is-associated-with-mortality-in-patients-with-invasive-pneumococcal-disease
#18
Rahajeng N Tunjungputri, Fredrick M Mobegi, Amelieke J Cremers, Christa E van der Gaast-de Jongh, Gerben Ferwerda, Jacques F Meis, Nel Roeleveld, Stephen D Bentley, Alexander S Pastura, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Andre J van der Ven, Quirijn de Mast, Aldert Zomer, Marien I de Jonge
: To improve our understanding about the severity of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), we investigated the association between the genotype of Streptococcus pneumoniae and disease outcomes for 349 bacteremic patients. A pneumococcal genome-wide association study (GWAS) demonstrated a strong correlation between 30-day mortality and the presence of the phage-derived gene pblB, encoding a platelet-binding protein whose effects on platelet activation were previously unknown. Platelets are increasingly recognized as key players of the innate immune system, and in sepsis, excessive platelet activation contributes to microvascular obstruction, tissue hypoperfusion, and finally multiorgan failure, leading to mortality...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095447/identification-and-characterization-of-single-chain-antibodies-that-specifically-bind-gi-noroviruses
#19
Amy M Hurwitz, Wanzhi Huang, Baijun Kou, Mary K Estes, Robert L Atmar, Timothy Palzkill
Norovirus infections commonly lead to outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis and spread quickly, resulting in many health and economic challenges prior to diagnosis. Rapid and reliable diagnostic tests are therefore essential to identify infections and to guide the appropriate clinical responses at the point-of-care. Existing tools, including RT-PCR and enzyme immunoassays, pose several limitations based on the significant time, equipment and expertise required to elicit results. Immunochromatographic assays available for use at the point-of-care have poor sensitivity and specificity, especially for genogroup I noroviruses, thus requiring confirmation of results with more sensitive testing methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094103/characterization-of-particulate-matter-binding-peptides-screened-from-phage-display
#20
Aw Wei Liang Alvin, Masayoshi Tanaka, Mina Okochi
Particulate matter (PM), especially particulates with diameters of less than 2.5 μm, can penetrate the alveolar region and increase the risk of respiratory diseases. This has stimulated research efforts to develop detection methods so that counter measures can be taken. In this study, four PM binding peptides were obtained by phage display and binding characteristics of these peptides were investigated using the peptide array. The strongest binding peptide, WQDFGAVRSTRS, displayed a binding property, measured in terms of spot intensity, 11...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
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