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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775847/strategies-for-a-multi-stage-neutralizing-antibody-based-hiv-vaccine
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REVIEW
Raiees Andrabi, Jinal N Bhiman, Dennis R Burton
A critical property of a prophylactic HIV vaccine is likely to be its ability to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). BnAbs typically have multiple unusual features and are generated in a fraction of HIV-infected individuals through complex pathways. Current vaccine design approaches seek to trigger rare B cell precursors and then steer affinity maturation toward bnAbs in a multi-stage multi-component immunization approach. These vaccine design strategies have been facilitated by molecular descriptions of bnAb interactions with stabilized HIV trimers, the use of an array of sophisticated approaches for immunogen design, the development of novel animal models for immunogen evaluation and advanced technologies to interrogate antibody responses...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775757/molecular-characterization-of-physis-tissue-by-rna-sequencing
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Christopher R Paradise, Catalina Galeano-Garces, Daniela Galeano-Garces, Amel Dudakovic, Todd A Milbrandt, Daniel B F Saris, Aaron J Krych, Marcel Karperien, Gabriel B Ferguson, Denis Evseenko, Scott M Riester, Andre J van Wijnen, A Noelle Larson
The physis is a well-established and anatomically distinct cartilaginous structure that is crucial for normal long-bone development and growth. Abnormalities in physis function are linked to growth plate disorders and other pediatric musculoskeletal diseases. Understanding the molecular pathways operative in the physis may permit development of regenerative therapies to complement surgically-based procedures that are the current standard of care for growth plate disorders. Here, we performed next generation RNA sequencing on mRNA isolated from human physis and other skeletal tissues (e...
May 15, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775672/upregulation-of-psmb8-and-cathepsins-in-the-human-brains-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Qunxing Ding, Haiyan Zhu
Proteasome and lysosome are responsible for the homeostasis of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates in cells. Numerous reports indicate the proteolytic pathways have altered functions during neurodegeneration and aging. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is one of the leading forms of dementia, and the proteolytic alteration in DLB has not yet been fully investigated. This study shows that the components of proteasome and lysosome had selectively altered gene expression and enzymatic functions. Specifically, PSMB8, an inducible proteasomal β subunit, had elevated mRNA level and protein level in DLB brain compared with age-matched controls...
May 16, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775652/advances-and-prospects-of-bacillus-subtilis-cellular-factories-from-rational-design-to-industrial-applications
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REVIEW
Yang Gu, Xianhao Xu, Yaokang Wu, Tengfei Niu, Yanfeng Liu, Jianghua Li, Guocheng Du, Long Liu
Bacillus subtilis is the most characterized gram-positive bacterium that has significant attributes, such as growing well on cheap carbon sources, possessing clear inherited backgrounds, having mature genetic manipulation methods, and exhibiting robustness in large-scale fermentations. Till date, B. subtilis has been identified as attractive hosts for the production of recombinant proteins and chemicals. By applying various systems and synthetic biology tools, the productivity features of B. subtilis can be thoroughly analyzed and further optimized via metabolic engineering...
May 15, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775480/titan-cells-formation-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-is-finely-tuned-by-environmental-conditions-and-modulated-by-positive-and-negative-genetic-regulators
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Benjamin Hommel, Liliane Mukaremera, Radames J B Cordero, Carolina Coelho, Christopher A Desjardins, Aude Sturny-Leclère, Guilhem Janbon, John R Perfect, James A Fraser, Arturo Casadevall, Christina A Cuomo, Françoise Dromer, Kirsten Nielsen, Alexandre Alanio
The pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans exhibits morphological changes in cell size during lung infection, producing both typical size 5 to 7 μm cells and large titan cells (> 10 μm and up to 100 μm). We found and optimized in vitro conditions that produce titan cells in order to identify the ancestry of titan cells, the environmental determinants, and the key gene regulators of titan cell formation. Titan cells generated in vitro harbor the main characteristics of titan cells produced in vivo including their large cell size (>10 μm), polyploidy with a single nucleus, large vacuole, dense capsule, and thick cell wall...
May 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775471/host-directed-combinatorial-rnai-improves-inhibition-of-diverse-strains-of-influenza-a-virus-in-human-respiratory-epithelial-cells
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Michael A Estrin, Islam T M Hussein, Wendy B Puryear, Anne C Kuan, Stephen C Artim, Jonathan A Runstadler
Influenza A virus infections are important causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and currently available prevention and treatment methods are suboptimal. In recent years, genome-wide investigations have revealed numerous host factors that are required for influenza to successfully complete its life cycle. However, only a select, small number of influenza strains were evaluated using this platform, and there was considerable variation in the genes identified across different investigations. In an effort to develop a universally efficacious therapeutic strategy with limited potential for the emergence of resistance, this study was performed to investigate the effect of combinatorial RNA interference (RNAi) on inhibiting the replication of diverse influenza A virus subtypes and strains...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775115/immunofluorescent-localization-of-non-myelinating-schwann-cells-and-their-interactions-with-immune-cells-in-mouse-thymus
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Dailun Hu, Philip K Nicholls, Changfu Yin, Khama Kelman, Qionglan Yuan, Wayne K Greene, Zhongli Shi, Bin Ma
The thymus is innervated by sympathetic/parasympathetic nerve fibers from the peripheral nervous system (PNS), suggesting a neural regulation of thymic function including T-cell development. Despite some published studies, data on the innervation and nerve-immune interaction inside the thymus remain limited. In the present study, we used immunofluorescent staining of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) coupled with confocal microscopy/three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction to reveal the distribution of non-myelinating Schwann cells (NMSC) and their interactions with immune cells inside mouse thymus...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774998/-the-expressions-and-correlations-of-il-10-cd14-and-cd68-in-laryngal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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S Zhang, H Huangfu, B Q Wang, W Gao, L N Wu, Y Li, W Y Li
Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the distribution of IL-10, CD14 and CD68 in the tumor microenvironment of LSCC with the clinicopathologic factors. Method: We detected the expressions of IL-10, CD14 and CD68 in 46 primary LSCC tumor tissues by immunohistochemistry staining and explore the relationship between them and clinicopathologic factors. Result: We found that the expressions of IL-10, CD14 and CD68 were significantly correlated with clinical stage and T stage ( P <0.01). IL-10 and CD14 were correlated with lymph node metastasis ( P <0...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774995/-study-on-the-relationship-between-mct-1-and-p53-in-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Y B Wang, O Xu, R J Zhang, C G Shan
Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the expression and clinical significance of monocarboxylate transporter 1 (MCT-1) and p53 in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC). Method: Immunohistochemical staining of MCT-1 and p53 was carried out in 41 cases of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma embedded in paraffin, and the relationship between positive expression and clinicopathological data was evaluated. All data were analyzed by SPSS software (Windows version 21.0). Result: In normal mucosa p53 expression was absent; while, the basal "stem cell" layer is highly enriched in MCT-1...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774626/analysis-of-intra-tumor-heterogeneity-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-plexiform-neurofibromas-and-neurofibromas-with-atypical-features-correlating-histological-and-genomic-findings
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Meritxell Carrió, Bernat Gel, Ernest Terribas, Adriana Carolina Zucchiatti, Teresa Moliné, Inma Rosas, Álex Teulé, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal, Juan Carlos López-Gutiérrez, Ignacio Blanco, Elisabeth Castellanos, Conxi Lázaro, Anat Stemmer-Rachamimov, Cleofé Romagosa, Eduard Serra
Plexiform neurofibromas (PNFs) are benign peripheral nerve sheath tumors involving large nerves present in 30-50% Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patients. Atypical neurofibromas (ANF) are distinct nodular lesions with atypical features on histology that arise from PNFs. The risk and timeline of malignant transformation in ANF is difficult to assess. A recent NIH workshop has stratified ANFs and separated a subgroup with multiple atypical features and higher risk of malignant transformation termed atypical neurofibromatous neoplasms with uncertain biological potential (ANNUBP)...
May 17, 2018: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774579/integrative-epigenetic-analysis-reveals-therapeutic-targets-to-the-dna-methyltransferase-inhibitor-sgi-110-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Minmin Liu, Lian Zhang, Hongtao Li, Toshinori Hinoue, Wanding Zhou, Hitoshi Ohtani, Anthony El-Khoueiry, John Daniels, Casey O'Connell, Tanya B Dorff, Qianjin Lu, Daniel J Weisenberger, Gangning Liang
There is an urgent need for developing more effective therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) because of its aggressiveness. Guadecitabine (SGI-110) is a second-generation DNA methyltransferase inhibitor (DNMTi) currently in clinical trials for HCC and shows greater stability and performance over first generation DNMTis. In order to identify potential therapeutic targets of SGI-110 for clinical trials, HCC cell lines (SNU398, HepG2 and SNU475) were used to evaluate effects of transient SGI-110 treatment by an integrative analysis of DNA methylation, nucleosome accessibility, gene expression profiles and its clinical relevance by comparisons to TCGA HCC clinical data...
May 18, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774524/%C3%AE-e-catenin-is-a-candidate-tumor-suppressor-for-the-development-of-e-cadherin-expressing-lobular-type-breast-cancer
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Jolien S de Groot, Max A K Rätze, Miranda van Amersfoort, Tanja Eisemann, Eva J Vlug, Mijanou T Niklaas, Suet-Feung Chin, Carlos Caldas, Paul J van Diest, Jos Jonkers, Johan de Rooij, Patrick W B Derksen
Mutational inactivation of E-cadherin (CDH1) is the main driver of invasive lobular breast cancer (ILC), although approximately 10-15% of all ILCs retain membrane-localized E-cadherin, despite the presence of an apparent non-cohesive and invasive lobular growth pattern. Given that ILC is dependent on constitutive actomyosin contraction for tumor development and progression, we used a combination of cell systems and in vivo experiments to investigate the consequences of α-catenin (CTNNA1) loss in the regulation of anchorage independence of non-invasive breast carcinoma...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774111/ceragenin-csa-13-as-free-molecules-and-attached-to-magnetic-nanoparticle-surfaces-induce-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-in-human-breast-cancer-cells-via-disruption-of-cell-oxidative-balance
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Ewelina Piktel, Izabela Prokop, Urszula Wnorowska, Grzegorz Król, Mateusz Cieśluk, Katarzyna Niemirowicz, Paul B Savage, Robert Bucki
Natural antimicrobial peptides and ceragenins, as non-peptide amphipathic mimics, have been proposed as anti-cancer agents. To date, it has been confirmed that cathelicidin LL-37 and ceragenin CSA-13, both in free form and immobilized on the surface of magnetic nanoparticles (MNP@LL-37, MNP@CSA-13) induce apoptosis in colon cancer cells. Nevertheless, the question remains whether ceragenins, as synthetic analogs of LL-37 peptide and mimicking a number of its properties, act as antineoplastic agents in breast cancer cells, where LL-37 peptide stimulates oncogenesis...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774053/postherpes-simplex-encephalitis-a-case-series-of-viral-triggered-autoimmunity-synaptic-autoantibodies-and-response-to-therapy
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Harry Alexopoulos, Sofia Akrivou, Sotiria Mastroyanni, Maria Antonopoulou, Argirios Dinopoulos, Melpo Giorgi, Kostas Konstantinou, Evangelos Kouremenos, Maria Lariou, Dimitrios Naoumis, Efterpi Pavlidou, Evaggelos Pavlou, Konstantinos Voudris, Panayotis Vlachoyiannopoulos, Marinos C Dalakas
Background: Recent evidence suggests that patients with herpes simplex virus (HSV) encephalitis may relapse because of autoimmunity against the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR). We present a case series of post-HSV relapsing encephalopathy associated with antibodies to central nervous system (CNS) synaptic antigens. Patient/Methods: Sera and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from five patients with HSV encephalitis who relapsed after antiviral therapy were tested for anti-NMDAR, gamma-aminobutyric acid b receptor (GABAbR), α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR), Leucine-rich, glioma inactivated 1 (LGI1), anti -contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) and dipeptidyl-peptidase-like protein-6 (DDPX) antibodies using cell-based assays...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774030/changes-in-the-tcr%C3%AE-repertoire-and-tumor-immune-signature-from-a-cutaneous-melanoma-patient-immunized-with-the-csf-470-vaccine-a-case-report
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Mariana Aris, Alicia Inés Bravo, María Betina Pampena, Paula Alejandra Blanco, Ibel Carri, Daniel Koile, Patricio Yankilevich, Estrella Mariel Levy, María Marcela Barrio, José Mordoh
The allogeneic therapeutic vaccine CSF-470 has demonstrated a significant benefit over medium-dose IFNα2b in the distant metastasis-free survival for stages IIB-IIC-III cutaneous melanoma patients in a randomized phase II/III clinical trial (CASVAC-0401, NCT01729663). At the end of the 2-year CSF-470 immunization protocol, patient #006 developed several lung and one subcutaneous melanoma metastases; this later was excised. In this report, we analyzed the changes throughout vaccination of immune populations in blood and in the tumor tissue, with special focus on the T-cell repertoire...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774025/co-stimulation-impaired-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-prevent-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-colitis-in-mice
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Carl Engman, Yesica Garciafigueroa, Brett Eugene Phillips, Massimo Trucco, Nick Giannoukakis
Dendritic cells (DC) are important in the onset and severity of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Tolerogenic DC induce T-cells to become therapeutic Foxp3+ regulatory T-cells (Tregs). We therefore asked if experimental IBD could be prevented by administration of bone marrow-derived DC generated under conventional GM-CSF/IL-4 conditions but in the presence of a mixture of antisense DNA oligonucleotides targeting the primary transcripts of CD40, CD80, and CD86. These cell products (which we call AS-ODN BM-DC) have demonstrated tolerogenic activity in preventing type 1 diabetes and preserving beta cell mass in new-onset type 1 diabetes in the NOD mouse strain, in earlier studies...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773953/mir-34a-mediated-regulation-of-xist-in-female-cells-under-inflammation
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Botros B Shenoda, Yuzhen Tian, Guillermo M Alexander, Enrique Aradillas-Lopez, Robert J Schwartzman, Seena K Ajit
Background: Evidence is overwhelming for sex differences in pain, with women representing the majority of the chronic pain patient population. There is a need to explore novel avenues to elucidate this sex bias in the development of chronic inflammatory pain conditions. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuropathic pain disorder, and the incidence of CRPS is greater in women than in men by ~4:1. Since neurogenic inflammation is a key feature of CRPS, dysregulation of inflammatory responses can be a factor in predisposing women to chronic pain...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773888/antitumor-effect-of-axitinib-combined-with-dopamine-and-pk-pd-modeling-in-the-treatment-of-human-breast-cancer-xenograft
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Yuan-Heng Ma, Si-Yuan Wang, Yu-Peng Ren, Jian Li, Ting-Jie Guo, Wei Lu, Tian-Yan Zhou
Rising evidence has shown the development of resistance to vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) inhibitors in the practices of cancer therapy. It is reported that the efficacy of axitinib (AX), a VEGFR inhibitor, is limited in the treatment of breast cancer as a single agent or in combination with other chemotherapeutic drugs due to the probability of rising population of cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) caused by AX. The present study evaluated the effect of dopamine (DA) improving AX's efficacy on MCF-7/ADR breast cancer in vitro and in vivo, and developed a pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) model describing the in vivo experimental data and characterizing the interaction of effect between AX and DA...
May 17, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773831/dnajc17-is-localized-in-nuclear-speckles-and-interacts-with-splicing-machinery-components
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A Pascarella, G Ferrandino, S C Credendino, C Moccia, F D'Angelo, B Miranda, C D'Ambrosio, P Bielli, O Spadaro, M Ceccarelli, A Scaloni, C Sette, M De Felice, G De Vita, E Amendola
DNAJC17 is a heat shock protein (HSP40) family member, identified in mouse as susceptibility gene for congenital hypothyroidism. DNAJC17 knockout mouse embryos die prior to implantation. In humans, germline homozygous mutations in DNAJC17 have been found in syndromic retinal dystrophy patients, while heterozygous mutations represent candidate pathogenic events for myeloproliferative disorders. Despite widespread expression and involvement in human diseases, DNAJC17 function is still poorly understood. Herein, we have investigated its function through high-throughput transcriptomic and proteomic approaches...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773592/investigating-chemoresistance-to-improve-sensitivity-of-childhood-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-to-parthenolide
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Benjamin C Ede, Rafal R Asmaro, John P Moppett, Paraskevi Diamanti, Allison Blair
Current therapies for childhood T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia have increased survival rates to above 85% in developed countries. Unfortunately, some patients fail to respond to therapy and many suffer from serious side effects, highlighting the need to investigate other agents to treat this disease. Parthenolide, a nuclear factor kappa B inhibitor and reactive oxygen species inducer, has been shown to have excellent anti-cancer activity in pediatric leukemia xenografts, with minimal effects on normal hemopoietic cells...
May 17, 2018: Haematologica
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