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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934818/effects-of-zinc-alpha2-glycoprotein-on-lipid-metabolism-of-liver-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Guoqiang Fan, Yu Qiao, Shixing Gao, Jun Guo, Ruqian Zhao, Xiaojing Yang
Zinc alpha2 glycoprotein (ZAG) is a new type of adipokine involved in adipose tissue mobilization, however, little is known about its lipid metabolism effect in liver. Therefore, we investigated the effects of ZAG in the regulation of hepatic lipid accumulation. Mice were randomly divided into two groups; one was fed a normal diet and another was fed a high-fat diet for eight weeks to establish obesity model. After that, the normal diet group was divided into ND (injection of pcDNA3.1) and NDZ (injection of ZAG recombinant plasmid) and the high-fat diet group was divided into HF (injection of pcDNA3...
September 21, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934611/enhanced-biodegradation-of-atrazine-by-bacteria-encapsulated-in-organically-modified-silica-gels
#2
Joey J Benson, Jonathan K Sakkos, Adi Radian, Lawrence P Wackett, Alptekin Aksan
Biodegradation by cells encapsulated in silica gel is an economical and environmentally friendly method for the removal of toxic chemicals from the environment. In this work, recombinant E. coli expressing atrazine chlorohydrolase (AtzA) were encapsulated in organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) gels composed of TEOS, silica nanoparticles (SNPs), and either phenyltriethoxysilane (PTES) or methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). ORMOSIL gels adsorbed much higher amounts of atrazine than the hydrophilic TEOS gels. The highest amount of atrazine adsorbed by ORMOSIL gels was 48...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934455/drug-susceptibility-evaluation-of-an-influenza-a-h7n9-virus-by-analyzing-recombinant-neuraminidase-proteins
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Larisa V Gubareva, Katrina Sleeman, Zhu Guo, Hua Yang, Erin Hodges, Charles T Davis, Tatiana Baranovich, James Stevens
Background: Neuraminidase (NA) inhibitors are the recommended antiviral medications for influenza treatment. However, their therapeutic efficacy can be compromised by NA changes that emerge naturally and/or following antiviral treatment. Knowledge of which molecular changes confer drug resistance of influenza A(H7N9) viruses (group 2NA) remains sparse. Methods: Fourteen amino acid substitutions were introduced into the NA of A/Shanghai/2/2013(H7N9). Recombinant N9 (recN9) proteins were expressed in a baculovirus system in insect cells and tested using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standardized NA inhibition (NI) assay with oseltamivir, zanamivir, peramivir, and laninamivir...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934417/production-of-3-geranyl-4-hydroxybenzoate-acid-in-yeast-an-important-intermediate-of-shikonin-biosynthesis-pathway
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Sheng Wang, Ruishan Wang, Tan Liu, Zhilai Zhan, Liping Kang, Yanan Wang, Chaogeng Lv, Daniele Werck-Reichhart, Lanping Guo, Luqi Huang
Shikonin and its derivatives are the main active components in the medicinal plant Arnebia euchroma and possess extensive pharmaceutical properties. In this study, we developed an optimized yeast system to obtain high-level production of 3-geranyl-4-hydroxybenzoate acid (GBA), an important intermediate involved in shikonin biosynthesis pathway. For host selection, recombinant expression of p-hydroxybenzoate:geranyltransferase (PGT) derived from A. euchroma was performed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae WAT11U strain and high yield monoterpene strain...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934318/identification-of-lag3-high-affinity-aptamers-by-ht-selex-and-conserved-motif-accumulation-cma
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Mario Martínez Soldevilla, Sandra Hervas, Helena Villanueva, Teresa Lozano, Obdulia Rabal, Julen Oyarzabal, Juan José Lasarte, Maurizio Bendandi, Susana Inoges, Ascensión López-Díaz de Cerio, Fernando Pastor
LAG3 receptor belongs to a family of immune-checkpoints expressed in T lymphocytes and other cells of the immune system. It plays an important role as a rheostat of the immune response. Focus on this receptor as a potential therapeutic target in cancer immunotherapy has been underscored after the success of other immune-checkpoint blockade strategies in clinical trials. LAG3 showcases the interest in the field of autoimmunity as several studies show that LAG3-targeting antibodies can also be used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934293/generation-of-a-pancreatic-cancer-model-using-a-pdx1-flp-recombinase-knock-in-allele
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Jinghai Wu, Xin Liu, Sunayana G Nayak, Jason R Pitarresi, Maria C Cuitiño, Lianbo Yu, Blake E Hildreth, Katie A Thies, Daniel J Schilling, Soledad A Fernandez, Gustavo Leone, Michael C Ostrowski
The contribution of the tumor microenvironment to the development of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is unclear. The LSL-KrasG12D/+;LSL-p53R172H/+;Pdx-1-Cre (KPC) tumor model, which is widely utilized to faithfully recapitulate human pancreatic cancer, depends on Cre-mediated recombination in the epithelial lineage to drive tumorigenesis. Therefore, specific Cre-loxP recombination in stromal cells cannot be applied in this model, limiting the in vivo investigation of stromal genetics in tumor initiation and progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934110/a-recombinant-measles-vaccine-with-enhanced-resistance-to-passive-immunity
#7
Emily Julik, Jorge Reyes-Del Valle
Current measles vaccines suffer from poor effectiveness in young infants due primarily to the inhibitory effect of residual maternal immunity on vaccine responses. The development of a measles vaccine that resists such passive immunity would strongly contribute to the stalled effort toward measles eradication. In this concise communication, we show that a measles virus (MV) with enhanced hemagglutinin (H) expression and incorporation, termed MVvac2-H2, retained its enhanced immunogenicity, previously established in older mice, when administered to very young, genetically modified, MV-susceptible mice in the presence of passive anti-measles immunity...
September 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933967/aid-biology-a-pathological-and-clinical-perspective
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Meenal Choudhary, Anubhav Tamrakar, Amit Kumar Singh, Monika Jain, Ankit Jaiswal, Prashant Kodgire
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID), primarily expressed in activated mature B lymphocytes in germinal centers, is the key factor in adaptive immune response against foreign antigens. AID is responsible for producing high-affinity and high-specificity antibodies against an infectious agent, through the physiological DNA alteration processes of antibody genes by somatic hypermutation (SHM) and class-switch recombination (CSR) and functions by deaminating deoxycytidines (dC) to deoxyuridines (dU), thereby introducing point mutations and double-stranded chromosomal breaks (DSBs)...
September 21, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933687/tagging-of-the-vaccinia-virus-protein-f13-with-mcherry-causes-aberrant-virion-morphogenesis
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David C J Carpentier, Michael S Hollinshead, Helen A Ewles, Stacey-Ann Lee, Geoffrey L Smith
Vaccinia virus produces two distinct infectious virions; the single-enveloped intracellular mature virus (IMV), which remains in the cell until cell lysis, and the double-enveloped extracellular enveloped virus (EEV), which mediates virus spread. The latter is derived from a triple-enveloped intracellular enveloped virus (IEV) precursor, which is transported to the cell periphery by the kinesin-1 motor complex. This transport involves the viral protein A36 as well as F12 and E2. A36 is an integral membrane protein associated with the outer virus envelope and is the only known direct link between virion and kinesin-1 complex...
September 20, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933647/identification-of-regions-responsible-for-the-function-of-the-plant-k-channels-kat1-and-akt2-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-and-xenopus-laevis-oocytes
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Shunya Saito, Naomi Hoshi, Lalu Zulkifli, Sri Widyastuti, Shinobu Goshima, Ingo Dreyer, Nobuyuki Uozumi
The Arabidopsis K(+) channel KAT1 complements in K(+)-limited medium the growth of the K(+) uptake defective Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant strain CY162, while another K(+) channel, AKT2, does not. To gain insight into the structural basis for this difference, we constructed 12 recombinant chimeric channels from these two genes. When expressed in CY162, only three of these chimeras fully rescued the growth of CY162 under K(+)-limited conditions. We conclude that the transmembrane core region of KAT1 is important for its activity in S...
September 21, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933221/neural-stem-cell-transplantation-is-associated-with-inhibition-of-apoptosis-bcl-xl-upregulation-and-recovery-of-neurological-function-in-a-rat-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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Ai-Lan Pang, Liu-Lin Xiong, Qing-Jie Xia, Fen Liu, You-Cui Wang, Fei Liu, Piao Zhang, Bu-Liang Meng, Sheng Tan, Ting-Hua Wang
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common disease that usually causes severe neurological damage, and current treatment is far from satisfactory. The neuroprotective effects of neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation in the injured nervous system have largely been known, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear, and their limited sources impede their clinical application. Here, we established a rat model of TBI by dropping a weight onto the cortical motor area of the brain and explored the effect of engrafted NSCs (passage 3, derived from the hippocampus of embryonic 12- to 14-d green fluorescent protein transgenic mice) on TBI rats...
July 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932082/effects-and-mechanism-of-adenovirus-mediated-phosphatase-and-tension-homologue-deleted-on-chromosome-ten-gene-on-collagen-deposition-in-rat-liver-fibrosis
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Shu-Rui Xie, Jun-Yan An, Li-Bo Zheng, Xiao-Xia Huo, Jian Guo, David Shih, Xiao-Lan Zhang
AIM: To evaluate the effects of phosphatase and tension homologue deleted on chromosome ten (PTEN) gene on collagen metabolism in hepatic fibrosis and the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Rat primary hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and human LX-2 cells were transfected with adenovirus containing cDNA constructs encoding wild-type PTEN (Ad-PTEN), PTEN mutant G129E gene (Ad-G129E), and RNA interference constructs targeting the PTEN sequence PTEN short hairpin RNA to up-regulate and down-regulate the expression of PTEN...
August 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931922/efficacy-of-recombinant-measles-virus-expressing-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus-hpaiv-antigen-against-hpaiv-infection-in-monkeys
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Tomoko Fujiyuki, Ryo Horie, Misako Yoneda, Takeshi Kuraishi, Fumihiko Yasui, Hyun-Jeong Kwon, Keisuke Munekata, Fusako Ikeda, Miho Hoshi, Yuri Kiso, Mio Omi, Hiroki Sato, Hiroshi Kida, Shosaku Hattori, Michinori Kohara, Chieko Kai
Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) is a serious threat not only to domestic fowls but also to humans. Vaccines inducing long-lasting immunity against HPAIV are required. In the present study, we generated recombinant measles virus (MV) expressing the hemagglutinin protein of HPAIV without the multibasic site necessary for its pathogenicity in chickens using the backbone of an MV vaccine strain (rMV-Ed-H5HA) or a wild-type MV-derived mutant (rMV-HL-Vko-H5HA). We examined protective efficacy of the candidate vaccines in the monkey infection model by the challenge with a HPAIV (H5N1)...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931852/improvement-of-a-fermentation-process-for-the-production-of-two-pfama1-dico-based-malaria-vaccine-candidates-in-pichia-pastoris
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Robin Kastilan, Alexander Boes, Holger Spiegel, Nadja Voepel, Ivana Chudobová, Stephan Hellwig, Johannes Felix Buyel, Andreas Reimann, Rainer Fischer
Pichia pastoris is a simple and powerful expression platform that has the ability to produce a wide variety of recombinant proteins, ranging from simple peptides to complex membrane proteins. A well-established fermentation strategy is available comprising three main phases: a batch phase, followed by a glycerol fed-batch phase that increases cell density, and finally an induction phase for product expression using methanol as the inducer. We previously used this three-phase strategy at the 15-L scale to express three different AMA1-DiCo-based malaria vaccine candidates to develop a vaccine cocktail...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931689/vaccination-with-recombinant-parainfluenza-virus-5-expressing-neuraminidase-protects-against-homologous-and-heterologous-influenza-virus-challenge
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Alaina J Mooney, Jon D Gabbard, Zhuo Li, Daniel A Dlugolenski, Scott K Johnson, Ralph A Tripp, Biao He, S Mark Tompkins
Seasonal human influenza virus continues to cause morbidity and mortality annually, and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) along with other emerging influenzas continue to pose pandemic threats. Vaccination is considered the most effective measure for controlling influenza; however, current strategies rely on a precise vaccine match with currently circulating virus strains for efficacy, requiring constant surveillance and regular development of matched vaccines. Current vaccines focus on eliciting specific antibody responses against the hemagglutinin (HA) surface glycoprotein; however, the diversity of HAs across species and antigenic drift of circulating strains enables evasion of virus-inhibiting antibody responses, resulting in vaccine failure...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931551/endoplasmic-reticulum-membrane-protein-complex-subunit-10-emc10-is-a-bone-marrow-derived-angiogenic-growth-factor-promoting-tissue-repair-after-myocardial-infarction
#16
Marc R Reboll, Mortimer Korf-Klingebiel, Stefanie Klede, Felix Polten, Eva Brinkmann, Ines Reimann, Hans-Joachim Schönfeld, Maria Bobadilla, Jan Faix, George Kensah, Ina Gruh, Michael Klintschar, Matthias Gaestel, Hans W Niessen, Andreas Pich, Johann Bauersachs, Joseph A Gogos, Yong Wang, Kai C Wollert
Background -Clinical trials of bone marrow cell (BMC)-based therapies after acute myocardial infarction (MI) have produced mostly neutral results. Treatment with specific BMC-derived secreted proteins may provide an alternative biologic approach to improving tissue repair and heart function after MI. We recently performed a bioinformatic secretome analysis in BMCs from patients with acute MI and discovered a poorly characterized secreted protein, endoplasmic reticulum membrane protein complex subunit 10 (EMC10), showing activity in an angiogenic screen...
September 20, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931431/fasciclin-calcareous-corpuscle-binary-complex-mediated-protein-protein-interactions-in-taenia-solium-metacestode
#17
Chun-Seob Ahn, Jeong-Geun Kim, Young-An Bae, Seon-Hee Kim, Joo-Ho Shin, Yichao Yang, Insug Kang, Yoon Kong
BACKGROUND: Neurocysticercosis (NC) caused by Taenia solium metacestode (TsM) is a serious neurological disease of global concern. Diverse bioactive molecules involved in the long-term survival of TsM might contribute to disease progression. Fasciclin (Fas) is an extracellular protein that mediates adhesion, migration and differentiation of cells by interacting with other molecules. We hypothesized that TsMFas might bind to calcareous corpuscle (CC) through its adhesive property and participate in crucial protein-protein interactions, thus contributing to the creation of a symbiotic interactome network...
September 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931412/molecular-characterization-of-the-duck-enteritis-virus-us10-protein
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Daixi Zhang, Maoyin Lai, Anchun Cheng, Mingshu Wang, Ying Wu, Qiao Yang, Mafeng Liu, Dekang Zhu, Renyong Jia, Shun Chen, Kunfeng Sun, Xinxin Zhao, Xiaoyue Chen
BACKGROUND: There is little information regarding the duck enteritis virus (DEV) US10 gene and its molecular characterization. METHODS: Duck enteritis virus US10 was amplified and cloned into the recombinant vector pET32a(+). The recombinant US10 protein was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 cells and used to immunize rabbits for the preparation of polyclonal antibodies. The harvested rabbit antiserum against DEV US10 was detected and analyzed by agar immunodiffusion...
September 20, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931093/synthesis-of-udp-apiose-in-bacteria-the-marine-phototroph-geminicoccus-roseus-and-the-plant-pathogen-xanthomonas-pisi
#19
James Amor Smith, Maor Bar-Peled
The branched-chain sugar apiose was widely assumed to be synthesized only by plant species. In plants, apiose-containing polysaccharides are found in vascularized plant cell walls as the pectic polymers rhamnogalacturonan II and apiogalacturonan. Apiosylated secondary metabolites are also common in many plant species including ancestral avascular bryophytes and green algae. Apiosyl-residues have not been documented in bacteria. In a screen for new bacterial glycan structures, we detected small amounts of apiose in methanolic extracts of the aerobic phototroph Geminicoccus roseus and the pathogenic soil-dwelling bacteria Xanthomonas pisi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931063/plant-flavones-enhance-antimicrobial-activity-of-respiratory-epithelial-cell-secretions-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Benjamin M Hariri, Derek B McMahon, Bei Chen, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, David W Kennedy, Robert J Lee
Flavones are a class of natural plant secondary metabolites that have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. Some flavones also activate the T2R14 bitter taste receptor, which is expressed in motile cilia of the sinonasal epithelium and activates innate immune nitric oxide (NO) production. Flavones may thus be potential therapeutics for respiratory infections. Our objective was to examine the anti-microbial effects of flavones on the common sinonasal pathogens Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, evaluating both planktonic and biofilm growth...
2017: PloS One
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