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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646705/identification-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-novel-nanobodies-against-human-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-receptor-to-provide-inhibition-of-g-csf-function
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Hamid Bakherad, Seyed Latif Mousavi Gargari, Zargham Sepehrizadeh, Hossein Aghamollaei, Ramezan Ali Taheri, Maryam Torshabi, Mojtaba Tabatabaei Yazdi, Walead Ebrahimizadeh, Neda Setayesh
It has been shown that Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has a higher expression in malignant tumors, and anti-G-CSF therapy considerably decreases tumor growth, tumor vascularization and metastasis. Thus, blocking the signaling pathway of G-CSF could be beneficial in cancer therapy. This study is aimed at designing and producing a monoclonal nanobody that could act as an antagonist of G-CSF receptor. Nanobodies are the antigen binding fragments of camelid single-chain antibodies, also known as VHH...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642127/exploiting-sequence-and-stability-information-for-directing-nanobody-stability-engineering
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Patrick Kunz, Tilman Flock, Nicolas Soler, Moritz Zaiss, Cécile Vincke, Yann Sterckx, Damjana Kastelic, Serge Muyldermans, Jörg D Hoheisel
BACKGROUND: Variable domains of camelid heavy-chain antibodies, commonly named nanobodies, have high biotechnological potential. In view of their broad range of applications in research, diagnostics and therapy, engineering their stability is of particular interest. One important aspect is the improvement of thermostability, because it can have immediate effects on conformational stability, protease resistance and aggregation propensity of the protein. METHODS: We analyzed the sequences and thermostabilities of 78 purified nanobody binders...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636463/optimization-of-an-anti-her2-nanobody-expression-using-the-taguchi-method
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Alireza Farasat, Fatemeh Rahbarizadeh, Davoud Ahmadvand, Fatemeh Yazdian
Despite being widely used in immunotherapy of cancer, whole antibodies are limited by several disadvantages. This has led to the advent of novel biomolecules such as nanobodies. Taguchi method is a statistical experimental design to study the effect of multiple variables in biological processes. In an effort to overexpress a recombinant anti-HER2 nanobody, we carried out a detailed study to find optimal condition of temperature, induction, culture media, vector and host strain, using Taguchi methodology. A total of 16 various experiments were designed...
June 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635419/multimodal-imaging-gd-nanoparticles-functionalized-with-pittsburgh-compound-b-or-a-nanobody-for-amyloid-plaques-targeting
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Jonathan Pansieri, Marie Plissonneau, Nathalie Stransky-Heilkron, Mireille Dumoulin, Laurence Heinrich-Balard, Pascaline Rivory, Jean-François Morfin, Eva Toth, Maria Joao Saraiva, Eric Allémann, Olivier Tillement, Vincent Forge, François Lux, Christel Marquette
AIM: Gadolinium-based nanoparticles were functionalized with either the Pittsburgh compound B or a nanobody (B10AP) in order to create multimodal tools for an early diagnosis of amyloidoses. MATERIALS & METHODS: The ability of the functionalized nanoparticles to target amyloid fibrils made of β-amyloid peptide, amylin or Val30Met-mutated transthyretin formed in vitro or from pathological tissues was investigated by a range of spectroscopic and biophysics techniques including fluorescence microscopy...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619826/a-toolkit-for-gfp-mediated-tissue-specific-protein-degradation-in-c-elegans
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Shaohe Wang, Ngang Heok Tang, Pablo Lara-Gonzalez, Zhiling Zhao, Dhanya K Cheerambathur, Bram Prevo, Andrew D Chisholm, Arshad Desai, Karen Oegema
Proteins essential for embryo production, cell division, and early embryonic events are frequently re-utilized later in embryogenesis, during organismal development, or in the adult. Examining protein function across these different biological contexts requires tissue-specific perturbation. Here, we describe a method that utilizes expression of a fusion between a GFP-targeting nanobody and a SOCS-box containing ubiquitin ligase adaptor to target GFP tagged proteins for degradation. When combined with endogenous locus GFP tagging by CRISPR-Cas9 or rescue of a null mutant with a GFP fusion, this approach enables routine and efficient tissue-specific protein ablation...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611730/exploiting-nanobodies-in-the-detection-and-quantification-of-human-growth-hormone-via-phage-sandwich-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay
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Hossam Murad, Jana Mir Assaad, Rasha Al-Shemali, Abdul Qader Abbady
BACKGROUND: Monitoring blood levels of human growth hormone (hGH) in most children with short stature deficiencies is crucial for taking a decision of treatment with extended course of daily and expensive doses of recombinant hGH (rhGH or Somatropin(®)). Besides, misusing of rhGH by sportsmen is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and thus sensitive GH-detecting methods are highly welcome in this field. Nanobodies are the tiniest antigen-binding entity derived from camel heavy chain antibodies...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611361/discovery-of-a-novel-conformational-equilibrium-in-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator
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Tobias Kromann-Hansen, Eva Louise Lange, Hans Peter Sørensen, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh-Ghassabeh, Mingdong Huang, Jan K Jensen, Serge Muyldermans, Paul J Declerck, Elizabeth A Komives, Peter A Andreasen
Although trypsin-like serine proteases have flexible surface-exposed loops and are known to adopt higher and lower activity conformations, structural determinants for the different conformations have remained largely obscure. The trypsin-like serine protease, urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), is central in tissue remodeling processes and also strongly implicated in tumor metastasis. We solved five X-ray crystal structures of murine uPA (muPA) in the absence and presence of allosteric molecules and/or substrate-like molecules...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605435/aav9-delivered-bispecific-nanobody-attenuates-amyloid-burden-in-the-gelsolin-amyloidosis-mouse-model
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Adriaan Verhelle, Nisha Nair, Inge Everaert, Wouter Van Overbeke, Lynn Supply, Olivier Zwaenepoel, Cindy Peleman, Jo Van Dorpe, Tony Lahoutte, Nick Devoogdt, Wim Derave, Marinee K Chuah, Thierry VandenDriessche, Jan Gettemans
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591513/unravelling-the-molecular-basis-of-high-affinity-nanobodies-against-hiv-p24-in-vitro-functional-structural-and-in-silico-insights
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Eleanor Ruth Gray, Jennifer Clare Brookes, Christophe Caillat, Valérian Turbé, Benjamin Lj Webb, Luke A Granger, Benjamin Saul Miller, Laura E McCoy, Mohamed El Khattabi, C Theo Verrips, Robin A Weiss, Dorothy M Duffy, Winfried Weissenhorn, Rachel A McKendry
Preventing the spread of infectious diseases remains an urgent priority worldwide and this is driving the development of advanced nanotechnology to diagnose infections at the point of care. Herein we report the creation of a library of novel nanobody capture ligands to detect p24, one of the earliest markers of HIV infection. We demonstrate that these nanobodies, one tenth the size of conventional antibodies, exhibit high sensitivity and broad specificity to global HIV-1 subtypes. Biophysical characterisation indicates strong 690pM binding constants and fast kinetic on-rates, one to two orders of magnitude better than monoclonal antibody comparators...
June 7, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586008/a-nanobody-targeting-carcinoembryonic-antigen-as-a-promising-molecular-probe-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#10
Hao Wang, Ai-Min Meng, Sheng-Hua Li, Xiao-Liang Zhou
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a biomarker and therapy target for non‑small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which is the most common type of lung cancer. Nanobodies with high target specificity are promising candidates to function as anti‑CEA probes. In the present study, the targeting effects of an anti‑CEA nanobody obtained from phage display were investigated using technetium‑99 m (99mTc) and fluorescence labeling. In vitro binding and immunofluorescent staining assays, as well as in vivo blood clearance and biodistribution assays were performed...
July 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582444/selection-and-characterization-of-specific-nanobody-against-bovine-virus-diarrhea-virus-bvdv-e2-protein
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Tiansen Li, Meiling Huang, Hongran Xiao, Guoqi Zhang, Jinhua Ding, Peng Wu, Hui Zhang, Jinliang Sheng, Chuangfu Chen
Bovine viral diarrhea-mucosal disease (BVD-MD) is caused by bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), and results in abortion, stillbirth, and fetal malformation in cows. Here, we constructed the phage display vector pCANTAB 5E-VHH and then transformed it into Escherichia coli TG1-competent cells, to construct an initial anti-BVDV nanobody gene library. We obtained a BVDV-E2 antigen epitope bait protein by prokaryotic expression using the nucleotide sequence of the E2 gene of the BVDV-NADL strain published in GenBank...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572590/bi-specific-molecule-against-egfr-and-death-receptors-simultaneously-targets-proliferation-and-death-pathways-in-tumors
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Yanni Zhu, Nicole Bassoff, Clemens Reinshagen, Deepak Bhere, Michal O Nowicki, Sean E Lawler, Jérémie Roux, Khalid Shah
Developing therapeutics that target multiple receptor signaling pathways in tumors is critical as therapies targeting single specific biomarker/pathway have shown limited efficacy in patients with cancer. In this study, we extensively characterized a bi-functional molecule comprising of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) targeted nanobody (ENb) and death receptor (DR) targeted ligand TRAIL (ENb-TRAIL). We show that ENb-TRAIL has therapeutic efficacy in tumor cells from different cancer types which do not respond to either EGFR antagonist or DR agonist monotherapies...
June 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552722/a-novel-immuno-gold-labeling-protocol-for-nanobody-based-detection-of-her2-in-breast-cancer-cells-using-immuno-electron-microscopy
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M Kijanka, E G van Donselaar, W H Müller, B Dorresteijn, D Popov-Čeleketić, M El Khattabi, C T Verrips, P M P van Bergen En Henegouwen, J A Post
Immuno-electron microscopy is commonly performed with the use of antibodies. In the last decade the antibody fragment indicated as nanobody (VHH or single domain antibody) has found its way to different applications previously done with conventional antibodies. Nanobodies can be selected to bind with high affinity and specificity to different antigens. They are small (molecular weight ca. 15kDa) and are usually easy to produce in microorganisms. Here we have evaluated the feasibility of a nanobody binding to HER2 for application in immuno-electron microscopy...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547763/new-approaches-towards-the-understanding-of-integral-membrane-proteins-a-structural-perspective-on-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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REVIEW
Reinhard Grisshammer
Three-dimensional structure determination of integral membrane proteins has advanced in unprecedented detail our understanding of mechanistic events of how ion channels, transporters, receptors, and enzymes function. This exciting progress required a tremendous amount of methods development, as exemplified here with G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs): Optimizing the production of GPCRs in recombinant hosts; increasing the probability of crystal formation using high-affinity ligands, nanobodies, and minimal G proteins for co-crystallization, thus stabilizing receptors into one conformation; using the T4 lysozyme technology and other fusion partners to promote crystal contacts; advancing crystallization methods including the development of novel detergents, and miniaturization and automation of the lipidic cubic phase crystallization method; the concept of conformational thermostabilization of GPCRs; and developing microfocus X-ray synchrotron technologies to analyze small GPCR crystals...
May 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540936/antigen-presenting-cell-targeted-lentiviral-vectors-do-not-support-the-development-of-productive-t-cell-effector-responses-implications-for-in-vivo-targeted-vaccine-delivery
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C Goyvaerts, Y De Vlaeminck, D Escors, S Lienenklaus, M Keyaerts, G Raes, K Breckpot
Targeting transgene expression specifically to antigen-presenting cells (APCs) has been put forward as a promising strategy to direct the immune system towards immunity. We developed the nanobody-display technology to restrict the tropism of lentiviral vectors (LVs) to APCs. However, we observed that immunization with APC-targeted LVs (DC2.1-LVs) did not evoke strong antigen-specific T-cell immunity when compared to immunization with broad tropism LVs (VSV.G-LVs). In this study, we report that VSV.G-LVs are more immunogenic than DC2...
June 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526745/identification-and-characterisation-of-nanobodies-targeting-the-epha4-receptor
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Lies Schoonaert, Laura Rué, Bart Roucourt, Mieke Timmers, Susan Little, Lucía Chávez Gutiérrez, Maarten Dewilde, Peter Joyce, Adam Curnock, Peter Weber, Jurgen Haustraete, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh-Ghassabeh, Bart De Strooper, Ludo Van Den Bosch, Philip Van Damme, Robin Lemmens, Wim Robberecht
The ephrin receptor A4 (EphA4) is one of the receptors in the ephrin system that plays a pivotal role in a variety of cell-cell interactions, mostly studied during development. In addition, EphA4 has been found to play a role in cancer biology as well as in the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Pharmacological blocking of EphA4 has been suggested to be a therapeutic strategy for these disorders...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507794/a-novel-nanobody-based-target-module-for-retargeting-of-t-lymphocytes-to-egfr-expressing-cancer-cells-via-the-modular-unicar-platform
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Susann Albert, Claudia Arndt, Anja Feldmann, Ralf Bergmann, Dominik Bachmann, Stefanie Koristka, Florian Ludwig, Pauline Ziller-Walter, Alexandra Kegler, Sebastian Gärtner, Marc Schmitz, Armin Ehninger, Marc Cartellieri, Gerhard Ehninger, Hans-Jürgen Pietzsch, Jens Pietzsch, Jörg Steinbach, Michael Bachmann
Recent treatments of leukemias with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) expressing T cells underline their impressive therapeutic potential. However, once adoptively transferred into patients, there is little scope left to shut them down after elimination of tumor cells or in case adverse side effects occur. This becomes of special relevance if they are directed against commonly expressed tumor associated antigens (TAAs) such as receptors of the ErbB family. To overcome this limitation, we recently established a modular CAR platform technology termed UniCAR...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507719/broad-substrate-tolerance-of-tubulin-tyrosine-ligase-enables-one-step-site-specific-enzymatic-protein-labeling
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Dominik Schumacher, Oliver Lemke, Jonas Helma, Lena Gerszonowicz, Verena Waller, Tina Stoschek, Patrick M Durkin, Nediljko Budisa, Heinrich Leonhardt, Bettina G Keller, Christian P R Hackenberger
The broad substrate tolerance of tubulin tyrosine ligase is the basic rationale behind its wide applicability for chemoenzymatic protein functionalization. In this context, we report that the wild-type enzyme enables ligation of various unnatural amino acids that are substantially bigger than and structurally unrelated to the natural substrate, tyrosine, without the need for extensive protein engineering. This unusual substrate flexibility is due to the fact that the enzyme's catalytic pocket forms an extended cavity during ligation, as confirmed by docking experiments and all-atom molecular dynamics simulations...
May 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502790/crystallographic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-dimeric-architecture-of-site-2-protease
#19
Magdalena Schacherl, Monika Gompert, Els Pardon, Tobias Lamkemeyer, Jan Steyaert, Ulrich Baumann
Regulated intramembrane proteolysis by members of the site-2 protease family (S2P) is an essential signal transduction mechanism conserved from bacteria to humans. There is some evidence that extra-membranous domains, like PDZ and CBS domains, regulate the proteolytic activity of S2Ps and that some members act as dimers. Here we report the crystal structure of the regulatory CBS domain pair of S2P from Archaeoglobus fulgidus, AfS2P, in the apo and nucleotide-bound form in complex with a specific Nanobody from llama...
May 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502431/a-novel-photoelectrochemical-immunosensor-by-integration-of-nanobody-and-zno-nanorods-for-sensitive-detection-of-nucleoside-diphosphatase-kinase-a
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Anran Liu, Kaifei Yin, Li Mi, Mengyao Ma, Yuanjian Liu, Ying Li, Wei Wei, Yuanjian Zhang, Songqin Liu
Nucleoside diphosphatase kinase A (NDPK-A) is a metastasis-suppressor protein and a biomarker that act on a wide range cancer cells to inhibit the potential metastasis. Herein, we present a simple photoelectrochemical immunosensor based on ZnO nanorod arrays for the sensitive detection of NDPK-A. The ZnO nanorod arrays cosensitized with CdS nanoparticles and Mn(2+) displayed a high and stable photocurrent response under irradiation. After anti-NPDK-A nanobodies were immobilized to the ZnO nanorod arrays, the proposed immunosensor can be utilized for detecting NPDK-A by monitoring the changes in the photocurrent signals of the electrode resulting from immunoreaction...
June 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
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