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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914145/differential-cell-count-and-crp-level-in-blood-as-predictors-for-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-infection-in-acute-febrile-patients-during-nosocomial-outbreak
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Ga Eun Park, Cheol In Kang, Jae Hoon Ko, Sun Young Cho, Young Eun Ha, Yae Jean Kim, Kyong Ran Peck, Jae Hoon Song, Doo Ryeon Chung
A case-control study was performed to identify clinical predictors for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection among patients with acute febrile illness during the nosocomial outbreak. Patients with MERS-CoV were more likely to have monocytosis with normal white blood cell (WBC) count and lower C-reactive protein (CRP) level. Simple laboratory data such as complete blood counts (CBC) with differential count could be a useful marker for the prediction of MERS and triage at the initial presentation of acute febrile patients in outbreak setting...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914132/associations-between-soluble-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-srage-and-s100a12-en-rage-with-mortality-in-long-term-hemodialysis-patients
#2
Eul Sik Jung, Wookyung Chung, Ae Jin Kim, Han Ro, Jae Hyun Chang, Hyun Hee Lee, Ji Yong Jung
Hemodialysis (HD) patients experience vascular calcification, ultimately leading to high mortality rates. Previously, we reported associations between soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGEs) and extracellular newly identified RAGE-binding protein S100A12 (EN-RAGE) and vascular calcification. Here, we extended our observations, investigating whether these biomarkers may be useful for predicting cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in these subjects. Thus, we evaluated the relationship between sRAGE and S100A12 and mortality in long-term HD patients...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914124/atypical-neonatal-marfan-syndrome-with-p-glu1073lys-mutation-of-fbn1-the-first-case-in-korea
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Ju Sun Heo, Joo Young Song, Eun Young Choi, Eun Hee Kim, Ji Hee Kim, So Eun Park, Ji Hyun Jeon
Neonatal Marfan syndrome (nMFS) is considered to be on the most severe end of the spectrum of type I fibrillinopathies. The common features of nMFS include ascending aortic dilatation, severe mitral and/or tricuspid valve insufficiency, ectopia lentis, arachnodactyly, joint contractures, crumpled ear, loose skin, and pulmonary emphysema.We describe a newborn male diagnosed with nMFS. He presented several atypical features, such as diaphragmatic eventration, severe hydronephrosis with hydroureter, and dilated cisterna magna...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914109/bcor-upregulation-in-a-poorly-differentiated-synovial-sarcoma-with-ss18l1-ssx1-fusion-a-pathologic-and-molecular-pitfall
#4
Yu-Chien Kao, Yun-Shao Sung, Lei Zhang, Samuel Kenan, Samuel Singer, William D Tap, David Swanson, Brendan C Dickson, Cristina R Antonescu
The diagnosis of poorly differentiated synovial sarcoma (PD-SS) may be challenging due to overlapping morphologic features with other undifferentiated round cell sarcomas (URCS). Particularly relevant is the histologic overlap and shared BCOR overexpression between a subset of SS and URCS with various BCOR genetic abnormalities. Here we report a case of PD-SS lacking the canonical SS18-SSX gene fusion, but showing strong BCOR immunoreactivity and BCOR gene abnormalities by FISH which were misinterpreted as a URCS with BCOR gene rearrangements...
December 3, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914101/tuc-338-promotes-invasion-and-metastasis-in-colorectal-cancer
#5
Chenghai Wang, Zheng Wang, Jie Zhou, Shuang Liu, Cong Wu, Caihong Huang, Yongling Ding
Ultraconserved regions (UCRs) are non-protein coding gene sequences that are strictly conserved across among different species. Emerging evidence demonstrates that transcribed ultraconserved regions (TUCRs) encoding noncoding RNAs serve as regulators of gene expression. In recent decades, increasing evidence implicates the involvement of UCRs in carcinogenesis. The role of TUC.338 in cervical cancers was an oncogene in previous studies. Until now, the role of TUC.338 in colorectal cancers remains undefined...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914086/killing-bacteria-with-cytotoxic-effector-proteins-of-human-killer-immune-cells-granzymes-granulysin-and-perforin
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Diego López León, Isabelle Fellay, Pierre-Yves Mantel, Michael Walch
Bacterial pathogens represent a constant threat to human health that was exacerbated in recent years by a dramatic increase of strains resistant to last resort antibiotics. The immune system of higher vertebrates generally evolved several efficient innate and adaptive mechanisms to fight ubiquitous bacterial pathogens. Among those mechanisms, immune proteases were recognized to contribute essentially to antibacterial immune defense. The effector serine proteases of the adaptive immune system, the granzymes, exert potent antimicrobial activity when they are delivered into the bacterial cytosol by prokaryotic membrane disrupting proteins, such as granulysin...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914083/antibody-guided-molecular-imaging-of-infective-endocarditis
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Kenneth L Pinkston, Peng Gao, Kavindra V Singh, Ali Azhdarinia, Barbara E Murray, Eva M Sevick-Muraca, Barrett R Harvey
In this protocol, we describe the application of using a high affinity monoclonal antibody generated against the major pilin protein component of the pilin structure of Enterococcus faecalis as a PET imaging agent for enterococcal endocarditis detection. The anti-pilin -mAb 64Cu conjugate was able to specifically label enterococcal endocarditis vegetation in vivo in a rodent endocarditis model. By targeting pili, a covalently linked surface antigen extending from the bacterial surface, we provided evidence that gram-positive pilin represent a logical surface antigen to define or target an infectious agent for molecularly guided imaging...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914082/detection-of-intracellular-proteins-by-high-resolution-immunofluorescence-microscopy-in-streptococcus-pyogenes
#8
Assaf Raz
Immunofluorescence microscopy is an invaluable tool for the study of biological processes at the cellular level. While the localization of surface-exposed antigens can easily be determined using fluorescent antibodies, localization of intracellular antigens requires permeabilization of the bacterial cell wall and membrane. Here, we describe an immunofluorescence protocol tailored specifically for Streptococcus pyogenes, applying the phage lysin PlyC for cell wall permeabilization. This protocol allows a high level of morphological preservation, suitable for high-resolution microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914081/negative-staining-and-transmission-electron-microscopy-of-bacterial-surface-structures
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Matthias Mörgelin
Negative staining is an essential and versatile staining technique in transmission electron microscopy that can be employed for visualizing bacterial cell morphology, size, and surface architecture at high resolution. Bacteria are usually transferred by passive electrostatic adsorption from suspensions in physiological saline onto suitable hydrophilic support films on electron microscopic grids. There they are contrasted, or "stained," by heavy metal ions in solution such as tungsten, uranyl, molybdate, or vanadate compounds...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914080/immobilization-techniques-of-bacteria-for-live-super-resolution-imaging-using-structured-illumination-microscopy
#10
Amy L Bottomley, Lynne Turnbull, Cynthia B Whitchurch, Elizabeth J Harry
Advancements in optical microscopy technology have allowed huge progression in the ability to understand protein structure and dynamics in live bacterial cells using fluorescence microscopy. Paramount to high-quality microscopy is good sample preparation to avoid bacterial cell movement that can result in motion blur during image acquisition. Here, we describe two techniques of sample preparation that reduce unwanted cell movement and are suitable for application to a number of bacterial species and imaging methods...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914077/making-fluorescent-streptococci-and-enterococci-for-live-imaging
#11
Sarah Shabayek, Barbara Spellerberg
Since the discovery of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, outstanding fluorescent labeling tools with numerous applications in vastly different areas of life sciences have been developed. To optimize GFP for diverse life science applications, a large variety of GFP derivatives with different environmental characteristics have been generated by mutagenesis. The enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) is a well-known GFP derivative with highly increased fluorescence intensity compared to the GFP wild-type molecule...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914074/common-challenges-in-studying-the-structure-and-function-of-bacterial-proteins-case-studies-from-helicobacter-pylori
#12
Daniel A Bonsor, Eric J Sundberg
Employing biophysical and structural methods is a powerful way to elucidate mechanisms of molecular recognition in bacterial pathogenesis. Such studies invariably depend on the production of pure, folded and stable proteins. Many proteins that can be expressed recombinantly ultimately fail to meet one or more of these criteria. The cag proteins from Helicobacter pylori form a secretion system that delivers the oncoprotein, CagA, into human gastric epithelial cells through an interaction between CagL and host cell integrins, where it can cause gastric adenocarcinoma...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914072/identifying-bacterial-immune-evasion-proteins-using-phage-display
#13
Cindy Fevre, Lisette Scheepmaker, Pieter-Jan Haas
Methods aimed at identification of immune evasion proteins are mainly rely on in silico prediction of sequence, structural homology to known evasion proteins or use a proteomics driven approach. Although proven successful these methods are limited by a low efficiency and or lack of functional identification. Here we describe a high-throughput genomic strategy to functionally identify bacterial immune evasion proteins using phage display technology. Genomic bacterial DNA is randomly fragmented and ligated into a phage display vector that is used to create a phage display library expressing bacterial secreted and membrane bound proteins...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914071/differential-radial-capillary-action-of-ligand-assay-dracala-for-high-throughput-detection-of-protein-metabolite-interactions-in-bacteria
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Mona W Orr, Vincent T Lee
Bacteria rely on numerous nucleotide second messengers for signal transduction such as cyclic AMP, cyclic-di-GMP, and cyclic-di-AMP. Although a number of receptors responsible for known regulated phenotypes have been established, the completeness of protein receptors in any given organism remains elusive. We have developed a method called differential radial capillary action of ligand assay (DRaCALA) that allows for an unbiased, systematic high-throughput screen for the detection of ligand binding proteins encoded by a genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914070/analysis-of-bacterial-surface-interactions-with-mass-spectrometry-based-proteomics
#15
Christofer Karlsson, Johan Teleman, Johan Malmström
Host-pathogen protein-protein interaction networks are highly complex and dynamic. In this experimental protocol we describe a method to isolate host proteins attached to the bacterial surface followed by quantitative mass spectrometry based proteomics analysis. This technique provides an overview of the host-pathogen interaction network, which can be used to guide directed perturbations of the system, and to select target of specific interest for further studies.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914069/protein-based-strategies-to-identify-and-isolate-bacterial-virulence-factors
#16
Rolf Lood, Inga-Maria Frick
Protein-protein interactions play important roles in bacterial pathogenesis. Surface-bound or secreted bacterial proteins are key in mediating bacterial virulence. Thus, these factors are of high importance to study in order to elucidate the molecular mechanisms behind bacterial pathogenesis. Here, we present a protein-based strategy that can be used to identify and isolate bacterial proteins of importance for bacterial virulence, and allow for identification of both unknown host and bacterial factors. The methods described have among others successfully been used to identify and characterize several IgG-binding proteins, including protein G, protein H, and protein L...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914065/computational-design-of-membrane-curvature-sensing-peptides
#17
Armando Jerome de Jesus, Hang Yin
Computer simulations have become an indispensable tool in studying molecular biological systems. The unmatched spatial and temporal resolution that it offers enables for microscopic-level views into the dynamics and mechanics of biological systems. Recent advances in hardware resources have also opened up to computer simulations the investigation of longer timescale biological processes and larger systems. The study of membrane proteins or peptides especially benefits from simulations due to difficulties related to crystallization of such proteins in a membrane environment...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914064/computational-tools-for-aiding-rational-antibody-design
#18
Konrad Krawczyk, James Dunbar, Charlotte M Deane
Antibodies are a group of proteins responsible for mediating immune reactions in vertebrates. They are able to bind a variety of structural motifs on noxious molecules tagging them for elimination from the organism. As a result of their versatile binding properties, antibodies are currently one of the most important classes of biopharmaceuticals. In this chapter, we discuss how knowledge-based computational methods can aid experimentalists in the development of potent antibodies. When using common experimental methods for antibody development, we often know the sequence of an antibody that binds to our molecule, antigen, of interest...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914063/episweep-computationally-driven-reengineering-of-therapeutic-proteins-to-reduce-immunogenicity-while-maintaining-function
#19
Yoonjoo Choi, Deeptak Verma, Karl E Griswold, Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Therapeutic proteins are yielding ever more advanced and efficacious new drugs, but the biological origins of these highly effective therapeutics render them subject to immune surveillance within the patient's body. When recognized by the immune system as a foreign agent, protein drugs elicit a coordinated response that can manifest a range of clinical complications including rapid drug clearance, loss of functionality and efficacy, delayed infusion-like allergic reactions, more serious anaphylactic shock, and even induced auto-immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914062/computational-design-of-ligand-binding-proteins
#20
Christine E Tinberg, Sagar D Khare
The ability to design novel small-molecule binding sites in proteins is a stringent test of our understanding of the principles of molecular recognition, and would have many practical applications, in synthetic biology and medicine. Here, we describe a computational method in the context of the macromolecular modeling suite Rosetta to designing proteins with sites featuring predetermined interactions to ligands of choice. The required inputs for the method are a model of the small molecule and the desired interactions (e...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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