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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926940/inflammasome-independent-nlrp3-restriction-of-a-protective-early-neutrophil-response-to-pulmonary-tularemia
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Sivakumar Periasamy, Hongnga T Le, Ellen B Duffy, Heather Chin, Jonathan A Harton
Francisella tularensis (Ft) causes a frequently fatal, acute necrotic pneumonia in humans and animals. Following lethal Ft infection in mice, infiltration of the lungs by predominantly immature myeloid cells and subsequent myeloid cell death drive pathogenesis and host mortality. However, following sub-lethal Ft challenge, more mature myeloid cells are elicited and are protective. In addition, inflammasome-dependent IL-1β and IL-18 are important for protection. As Nlrp3 appears dispensable for resistance to infection with Francisella novicida, we considered its role during infection with the virulent Type A strain SchuS4 and the attenuated Type B live vaccine strain LVS...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926522/il-10-expression-defines-an-immunosuppressive-dendritic-cell-population-induced-by-antitumor-therapeutic-vaccination
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Diana Llopiz, Marta Ruiz, Stefany Infante, Lorea Villanueva, Leyre Silva, Sandra Hervas-Stubbs, Diego Alignani, Elizabeth Guruceaga, Juan J Lasarte, Pablo Sarobe
Vaccination induces immunostimulatory signals that are often accompanied by regulatory mechanisms such as IL-10, which control T-cell activation and inhibit vaccine-dependent antitumor therapeutic effect. Here we characterized IL-10-producing cells in different tumor models treated with therapeutic vaccines. Although several cell subsets produced IL-10 irrespective of treatment, an early vaccine-dependent induction of IL-10 was detected in dendritic cells (DC). IL-10 production defined a DC population characterized by a poorly mature phenotype, lower expression of T-cell stimulating molecules and upregulation of PD-L1...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925205/generation-of-insulin-producing-cells-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-a-stepwise-differentiation-protocol-optimized-with-platelet-rich-plasma
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Seyed Ehsan Enderami, Yousef Mortazavi, Masoud Soleimani, Samad Nadri, Alireza Biglari, Reyhaneh Nassiri Mansour
Studies on patient-specific human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) as well as a series of autologous growth factors presumably will reveal their many benefits for cell base replacement therapy in type 1 diabetes mellitus (TIDM) patients in the future. For this purpose, we established a multistep protocol by adding platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that induce the hiPSCs into insulin-producing cells (IPCs). We present here a differentiation protocol consisting of five stages in two groups including protocol with PRP and without PRP...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924934/one-pot-synthesis-of-class-ii-lanthipeptide-bovicin-hj50-via-an-engineered-lanthipeptide-synthetase
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Jian Wang, Xiaoxuan Ge, Li Zhang, Kunling Teng, Jin Zhong
Lanthipeptides are a large class of bacteria-produced, ribosomally-synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides. They are recognized as peptide antibiotics because most of them exhibit potent antimicrobial activities against Gram-positive bacteria especially those that are phylogenetically related to producers. Maturation of class II lanthipeptide like bovicin HJ50 undergoes precursor modification by LanM and a subsequent leader peptide cleavage by LanT. Herein, via co-expression of precursor gene bovA, modification gene bovM and transporter gene bovT in Escherichia coli C43 (DE3), bioactive bovicin HJ50 was successfully produced and secreted...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924480/design-of-multimodal-small-molecules-targeting-mirnas-biogenesis-synthesis-and-in-vitro-evaluation
#5
Duc D Vo, Maria Duca
microRNAs (miRNAs) are emerging as novel biological targets for medicinal chemists to develop chemical tools for intracellular regulation. In this context, the discovery of small-molecule drugs targeting specific miRNAs and modulating their production or function represents a very promising approach that could be further developed for targeted therapy in miRNA-related pathologies. Here, we describe the design of multimodal small molecules as RNA ligands targeting DICER-mediated miRNA maturation. The synthesis and the biochemical evaluation as ligands of stem-loop-structured precursor microRNAs (pre-miRNAs) are reported...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923859/non-growing-follicle-density-is-increased-following-adriamycin-bleomycin-vinblastine-and-dacarbazine-abvd-chemotherapy-in-the-adult-human-ovary
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M McLaughlin, T W Kelsey, W H B Wallace, R A Anderson, E E Telfer
STUDY QUESTION: Do the chemotherapeutic regimens of ABVD (adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine) or OEPA-COPDAC (combined vincristine, etoposide, prednisone, doxorubicin (OEPA) and cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone, dacarbazine (COPDAC)) used to treat Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), affect the density, morphology and in vitro developmental potential of human ovarian follicles? SUMMARY ANSWER: Ovarian tissue from women treated with ABVD contained a higher density of non-growing follicles (NGFs) per cubic millimetre and increased numbers of multiovular follicles but showed reduced in vitro growth compared with patients with lymphoma who had not received chemotherapy, patients treated with OEPA-COPDAC, age-matched healthy women and age-related model-predicted values...
December 5, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923702/nfkb1-regulates-human-nk-cell-maturation-and-effector-functions
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Vassilios Lougaris, Ornella Patrizi, Manuela Baronio, Giovanna Tabellini, Giacomo Tampella, Eufemia Damiati, Natalie Frede, Jos W M van der Meer, Manfred Fliegauf, Bodo Grimbacher, Silvia Parolini, Alessandro Plebani
NFKB1, a component of the canonical NF-κB pathway, was recently reported to be mutated in a limited number of CVID patients. CVID-associated mutations in NFKB2 (non-canonical pathway) have previously been shown to impair NK cell cytotoxic activity. Although a biological function of NFKB1 in non-human NK cells has been reported, the role of NFKB1 mutations for human NK cell biology and disease has not been investigated yet. We decided therefore to evaluate the role of monoallelic NFKB1 mutations in human NK cell maturation and functions...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923420/a-preliminary-study-of-the-effects-of-organic-farming-on-oocyte-quality-in-ewe-lambs
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A Casao, G A María, J A Abecia
This study tested whether feeding Rasa Aragonesa ewes certified organic feed, from 15 days before mating until lamb weaning, improved oocyte quality and in vitro maturation (IVM) and fertilization (IVF) performances of the offspring. In a second experiment, ovaries from ewe lambs that were bred on an organic farm and were of the same breed were compared with those from conventionally bred animals. The number (± standard error of the mean) of healthy oocytes per ewe lamb did not differ significantly between organic (12...
December 7, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922552/novel-use-of-all-trans-retinoic-acid-in-a-model-of-lipopolysaccharide-immunosuppression-to-decrease-the-generation-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-by-reducing-the-proliferation-of-cd34-precursor-cells
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Daiana Martire-Greco, Nahuel Rodriguez-Rodrigues, Luis A Castillo, María Belén Vecchione, Marcelo de Campos-Nebel, Marlina Córdoba Moreno, Roberto Meiss, Mónica Vermeulen, Veronica I Landoni, Gabriela C Fernandez
All-trans-Retinoic Acid (ATRA) is a derivative of vitamin A with anti-proliferative properties. Endotoxin shock and subsequent immunosuppression (IS) by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulates myelopoiesis with expansion of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC). Since we have previously shown that ATRA reverses the IS state by decreasing functional MDSC, our aim was to investigate if ATRA was able to modulate MDSC generation by regulating myelopoiesis in murine hematopoietic organs. We found that ATRA administration in vivo and in vitro decreased the number of CD34+ precursor cells that were increased in IS mice...
November 25, 2016: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919171/cpg-methylation-participates-in-regulation-of-hepatitis-b-virus-gene-expression-in-host-sperm-and-sperm-derived-embryos
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ChengYao Zhong, Hui Lu, TingTing Han, XiaoFang Tan, PengHao Li, JiHua Huang, QingDong Xie, ZhiWei Hou, Ting Qu, Yang Jiang, Sheng Wang, Lan Xu, Ying Zhong, TianHua Huang
AIM: This study was undertaken to investigate relationship between hepatitis B virus (HBV) CpG methylation and HBV gene transcription in sperm and sperm-derived embryos. METHODS: HBV-infected patient sperm and HBV plasmid-transfected donor sperm were subjected to interspecific in vitro fertilization, methylation-specific PCR, bisulfite sequencing PCR, reverse transcription PCR and real-time quantitative PCR. RESULTS: Positive methylation bands for CpG islands II and III in the HBV genome were observed in patient sperm but not in controls, and methylation percentages of CpG sites varied among different patient sperm samples...
December 6, 2016: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918097/sugars-and-fat-a-healthy-way-to-generate-functional-regulatory-t-cells
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Sarah Sharon Gabriel, Axel Kallies
Cellular metabolism has emerged as an important regulator of adaptive immunity. While the metabolic requirements of conventional T cells are increasingly understood, the role of cellular metabolism in Foxp3(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells is less clear. Although it is well accepted that repression of Akt/mTOR, HIF-1α and aerobic glycolysis are important for the efficient generation of Treg cells in vitro, clear evidence how these pathways impact on Treg-cell development in vivo is limited. Furthermore, newer studies have shown that the same pathways that appear to suppress Treg-cell development are active in and required for functionally mature Treg cells...
December 2016: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918060/effect-of-small-molecules-on-cell-reprogramming
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M Baranek, A Belter, M Z Naskręt-Barciszewska, M Stobiecki, W T Markiewicz, J Barciszewski
The essential idea of regenerative medicine is to fix or replace tissues or organs with alive and patient-specific implants. Pluripotent stem cells are able to indefinitely self-renew and differentiate into all cell types of the body which makes them a potent substantial player in regenerative medicine. The easily accessible source of induced pluripotent stem cells may allow obtaining and cultivating tissues in vitro. Reprogramming refers to regression of mature cells to its initial pluripotent state. One of the approaches affecting pluripotency is the usage of low molecular mass compounds that can modulate enzymes and receptors leading to the formation of pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)...
December 5, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918020/effects-of-ovalbumin-protein-nanoparticle-vaccine-size-and-coating-on-dendritic-cell-processing
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Timothy Z Chang, Samantha S Stadmiller, Erika Staskevicius, Julie A Champion
Nanoparticle vaccine delivery platforms are a promising technology for enhancing vaccine immunogenicity. Protein nanoparticles (PNPs), made entirely from antigen, have been shown to induce protective immune responses against influenza. However, the fundamental mechanisms by which PNPs enhance component protein immunogenicity are not understood. Here, we investigate the role of size and coating of model ovalbumin (OVA) PNPs on particle uptake and trafficking, as well as on inflammation and maturation factor expression in dendritic cells (DCs) in vitro...
December 5, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918018/a-planar-model-of-the-vessel-wall-from-cellularized-collagen-scaffolds-focus-on-cell-matrix-interactions-in-mono-bi-and-tri-culture-models
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Caroline Loy, Sébastien Meghezi, Lucie Lévesque, Daniele Pezzoli, Heena Kumra, Dieter Reinhardt, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu, Diego Mantovani
The acquisition of new thorough knowledge on the interactions existing between vascular cells would represent a step forward in the engineering of vascular tissues. In this light, herein we designed a physiological-like tri-culture in vitro vascular wall model using a planar cellularized collagen gel as the scaffold. The model can be obtained in 24 h and features multi-layered hierarchical organization composed of a fibroblast-containing adventitia-like layer, a media-like layer populated by smooth muscle cells and an intima-like endothelial cell monolayer...
December 5, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917821/optimizing-cell-sourcing-for-clinical-translation-of-tissue-engineered-ears
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Kerry A Morrison, Benjamin P Cohen, Ope Asanbe, Xue Dong, Alice Harper, Lawrence J Bonassar, Jason A Spector
: Background . Currently, the major impediment to clinical translation of our previously described platform for the fabrication of high fidelity, patient-specific tissue engineered ears is the development of a clinically optimal cell sourcing strategy. A limited autologous auricular chondrocyte (AuC) supply in conjunction with rapid chondrocyte de-differentiation during in vitro expansion currently makes clinical translation more challenging. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) offer significant promise due to their inherent chondrogenic potential, and large availability through minimally invasive procedures...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916598/pic-activation-through-functional-interplay-between-mediator-and-tfiih
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Sohail Malik, Henrik Molina, Zhu Xue
The multiprotein Mediator coactivator complex functions in large part by controlling formation and function of the promoter-bound preinitiation complex (PIC), which consists of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) and general transcription factors. However, precisely how Mediator impacts the PIC, especially post-recruitment, has remained unclear. Here, we have studied Mediator effects on basal transcription in an in vitro transcription system reconstituted from purified components. Our results reveal a close functional interplay between Mediator and TFIIH in the early stages of PIC development...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916375/the-role-of-the-adaptive-immune-system-in-burn-induced-heterotopic-ossification-and-mesenchymal-cell-osteogenic-differentiation
#17
Kavitha Ranganathan, Shailesh Agarwal, David Cholok, Shawn Loder, Jonathan Li, Hsiao Hsin Sung Hsieh, Stewart C Wang, Steven R Buchman, Benjamin Levi
BACKGROUND: Heterotopic ossification (HO) is the pathologic process of extraskeletal bone formation. Although the exact etiology remains unknown, inflammation appears to catalyze disease progression. The goal of this study is to determine the impact of the adaptive immune system on HO. METHODS: HO was induced in 8-wk-old control C57BL/6 and immunocompromised Rag1tm1Mom (Rag1 KO) male mice deficient in B- and T-lymphocytes via combined Achilles tenotomy and burn injury...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916092/-distribution-of-postsynaptic-density-protein-95-psd95-and-synaptophysin-during-neuronal-maturation
#18
Jixia Chai, Yuanyuan Wang, Huihui Li, Wenxin He, Weiyan Zou, Yanmei Zhou, Xiaodong Hu, Qiang Chai
Objective To investigate the expressions of postsynaptic density protein 95 (PSD95) and synaptophysin (SYP) in primary culture of neurons at different times. Methods The expressions of PSD95 and SYP were detected using immunofluorescence technique in primary culture of cerebral cortical neurons at 3 days in vitro (3DIV), 7DIV and 14DIV. Results PSD95 was mainly distributed in the cell body at 3DIV, in the cell body, protuberance end and branch of neurons at 7DIV, and in the cell body as well as protuberance with a stippled pattern at 14DIV...
December 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915209/development-of-neural-population-activity-towards-self-organized-criticality
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Yuichiro Yada, Takeshi Mita, Akihiro Sanada, Ryuichi Yano, Ryohei Kanzaki, Douglas J Bakkum, Andreas Hierlemann, Hirokazu Takahashi
Self-organized criticality (SoC), a spontaneous dynamic state established and maintained in networks of moderate complexity, is a universal characteristic of neural systems. Such systems produce cascades of spontaneous activity that are typically characterized by power-law distributions and rich, stable spatiotemporal patterns (i.e., neuronal avalanches). Since the dynamics of the critical state confer advantages in information processing within neuronal networks, it is of great interest to determine how criticality emerges during development...
November 30, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914955/molecular-cloning-expression-and-functional-analysis-of-three-subunits-of-protein-phosphatase-2a-pp2a-from-black-tiger-shrimps-penaeus-monodon
#20
Chao Zhao, Yan Wang, Mingjun Fu, Lihua Qiu
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a cellular serine-threonine (Ser/Thr) phosphatase that plays a crucial role in regulating most cellular functions. In the present study, the full-length cDNAs of three subunits of PmPP2A (PmPP2A-A, PP2A-B and PP2A-C) were cloned from Penaeus monodon, which are the first available for shrimps. Sequence analysis showed that PmPP2A-A, PmPP2A-B and PmPP2A-C encoded polypeptides of 591, 443, and 324 amino acids, respectively. The mRNAs of three subunits of PmPP2A were expressed constitutively in all tissues examined, and predominantly in the ovaries...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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