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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741465/engineering-of-chimeric-protein-based-on-e-protein-domain-iii-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-and-ompf-porin-of-yersinia-pseudotuberculosis
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Anna M Stenkova, Natalia S Chopenko, Ludmila A Davydova, Andrey N Mazeika, Evgeniya P Bystritskaya, Olga Y Portnyagina, Stanislav D Anastyuk, Dmitrii S Kulbatskii, Ekaterina N Lyukmanova, Dmitriy A Dolgikh, Eduard Y Kostetsky, Nina M Sanina
Tick-borne encephalitis poses a serious public health threat in the endemic regions. The disease treatment is restricted to symptomatic therapy, so great expectations are in the development of the prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines. The domain III of E protein of the tick-borne encephalitis virus is the main antigenic domain which includes virus-specific epitopes recognized by neutralizing antibodies. We have expressed, isolated and characterized the chimeric protein based on the fusion of domain III of E protein of the tick-borne encephalitis virus and bacterial porin OmpF from Yersinia pseudotuberculosis...
July 24, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741237/cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-and-cd4-epitope-mutations-in-the-pre-core-core-region-of-hepatitis-b-virus-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-carriers-in-northeast-iran
#2
Sareh Zhand, Alijan Tabarraei, Amineh Nazari, Abdolvahab Moradi
BACKGROUNDS: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is vulnerable to many various mutations. Those within epitopes recognized by sensitized T cells may influence the re-emergence of the virus. This study was designed to investigate the mutation in immune epitope regions of HBV pre-core/core among chronic HBV patients of Golestan province, Northeast Iran. METHODS: In 120 chronic HBV carriers, HBV DNA was extracted from blood plasma samples and PCR was done using specific primers...
July 25, 2017: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739221/structure-and-computation-in-immunoreagent-design-from-diagnostics-to-vaccines
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REVIEW
Louise Gourlay, Claudio Peri, Martino Bolognesi, Giorgio Colombo
Novel immunological tools for efficient diagnosis and treatment of emerging infections are urgently required. Advances in the diagnostic and vaccine development fields are continuously progressing, with reverse vaccinology and structural vaccinology (SV) methods for antigen identification and structure-based antigen (re)design playing increasingly relevant roles. SV, in particular, is predicted to be the front-runner in the future development of diagnostics and vaccines targeting challenging diseases such as AIDS and cancer...
July 21, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738888/genetic-characterization-of-11-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-isolates-in-south-china-from-2014-to-2015
#4
Linyang Yu, Pandeng Zhao, Jianguo Dong, Yanling Liu, Leyi Zhang, Pengshuai Liang, Lei Wang, Changxu Song
BACKGROUND: Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) has leaded to an enormous loss per year to the swine industry, its etiology porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is a highly mutated virus in pigs. To fully understand the genetic characteristics of PRRSV genome in South China, this study collected the lung samples infected with PRRSV in Guangdong and Hainan province from 2014 to 2015 and tried to isolate the PRRSV. Finally, the complete genomes of isolated strains were sequenced and analyzed...
July 24, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738289/germinal-center-enhancement-by-extended-antigen-availability
#5
REVIEW
Kimberly M Cirelli, Shane Crotty
Vaccine elicitation of protective antibody responses has proved difficult for a number of important human pathogens, including HIV-1. The amount of somatic hypermutation associated with the development of broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV has not been achieved using conventional immunization strategies. An underexplored aspect of vaccine design is modulation of antigen kinetics. Immunization strategies with extended antigen availability have recently been shown to enhance humoral responses. In this review, we explore the mechanisms through which sustained antigen availability can enhance germinal center responses and the potency of antibody responses...
July 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736835/peptide-mimetics-of-immunoglobulin-a-iga-and-fc%C3%AE-ri-block-iga-induced-human-neutrophil-activation-and-migration
#6
Marieke H Heineke, Lydia P E van der Steen, Rianne M Korthouwer, J Joris Hage, Johannes P M Langedijk, Joris J Benschop, Jantine E Bakema, Jerry W Slootstra, Marjolein van Egmond
The cross-linking of the IgA Fc receptor (FcαRI) by IgA induces release of the chemoattractant LTB4, thereby recruiting neutrophils in a positive feedback loop. IgA autoantibodies of patients with autoimmune blistering skin diseases therefore induce massive recruitment of neutrophils, resulting in severe tissue damage. To interfere with neutrophil mobilization and reduce disease morbidity, we developed a panel of specific peptides mimicking either IgA or FcαRI sequences. CLIPS technology was used to stabilize three-dimensional structures and to increase peptides' half-life...
July 24, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736824/evaluation-of-lumazine-synthase-from-bacillus-anthracis-as-a-presentation-platform-for-polyvalent-antigen-display
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Yangjie Wei, Newton Wahome, Greta VanSlyke, Neal Whitaker, Prashant Kumar, Michael L Barta, Wendy L Picking, David B Volkin, Nicholas J Mantis, C Russell Middaugh
Polyvalent antigen display is an effective strategy to enhance the immunogenicity of subunit vaccines by clustering them in an array-like manner on a scaffold system. This strategy results in a higher local density of antigens, increased high avidity interactions with B cells and other antigen presenting cells, and therefore a more effective presentation of vaccine antigens. In the present study, we used lumazine synthase (LS), an icosahedral symmetry capsid derived from Bacillus anthracis, as a scaffold to present 60 copies of a linear B cell epitope (PB10) from the ricin toxin fused to the C terminus of LS via four different linkers...
July 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736134/stimulus-evoked-erk-dependent-phosphorylation-of-activity-regulated-cytoskeleton-associated-protein-arc-regulates-its-neuronal-subcellular-localization
#8
Oleksii Nikolaienko, Maria Steene Eriksen, Sudarshan Patil, Haruhiko Bito, Clive R Bramham
Activity-regulated cytoskeletal-associated protein (Arc) is implicated as a master regulator of long-term synaptic plasticity and memory formation in mammalian brain. Arc acts at synapses and within the nucleus, but the mechanisms controlling Arc localization and function are little known. As Arc transcription and translation are regulated by ERK signalling, we asked whether Arc protein itself is phosphorylated by ERK. GST-fused Arc of rat origin was able to pull down endogenous ERK2 from rat hippocampal lysates...
July 20, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735348/analysis-of-the-cd8-t-cell-anti-hiv-activity-in-heterologous-cell-co-cultures-reveals-the-benefit-of-multiple-hla-class-i-matches
#9
M Scott Killian, Fernando Teque, Ramu Sudhagoni
CD8(+) T lymphocytes can reduce the production of human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) by CD4(+) T cells by cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic mechanisms. To investigate the involvement of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I compatibility in anti-HIV responses, we co-cultured primary CD8(+) T cells, isolated from the peripheral blood of HIV-1-infected individuals, with panels of autologous and heterologous acutely HIV-1-infected primary CD4(+) T cells. Altogether, CD8(+) T cell anti-HIV activity was evaluated in more than 200 co-cultures...
July 22, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734763/uncleaved-2a-peptide-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-can-display-foreign-epitope-tag-at-the-virion-surface
#10
Jitendra K Biswal, Saravanan Subramaniam, Rajeev Ranjan, Bramhadev Pattnaik
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) capsid precursor protein P1-2A is cleaved by viral-encoded 3C protease (3C(pro)) to generate VP0, VP3, VP1 and 2A proteins. It was reported earlier that substitution of a single amino acid residue within the 2A peptide sequence (L2P) blocked the 3C(pro) mediated VP1/2A cleavage and produced 'self-tagged' FMDV particles containing uncleaved 2A-peptide. To determine whether the uncleaved 2A-peptide can function as a target structure to harbour and display exogenous epitope on FMDV particles, a full-length FMDV cDNA clone containing a HA-tag within the uncleaved 2A-peptide sequence was constructed...
July 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734730/multifaceted-c-x-c-chemokine-receptor-4-inhibition-interferes-with-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-therapy-induced-glioma-dissemination
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Jean-Pierre Gagner, Yasmeen Sarfraz, Valerio Ortenzi, Fawaz M Alotaibi, Luis A Chiriboga, Awab T Tayyib, Garry J Douglas, Eric Chevalier, Barbara Romagnoli, Gérald Tuffin, Michel Schmitt, Guillaume Lemercier, Klaus Dembowsky, David Zagzag
Resistance to antiangiogenic therapy glioblastoma (GBM) patients may involve hypoxia-induced expression of stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1α receptor C-X-C chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) on invading tumor, macrophage/microglial cells (MGCs), and glioma stem cells (GSCs). We determined whether antagonizing CXCR4 with peptide epitope mimetic POL5551 disrupts anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy-induced glioma growth and dissemination. Mice bearing orthotopic CT-2A or GL261 gliomas received POL5551 and/or anti-vascular endothelial growth factor antibody B20-4...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734175/cd8-t-cell-programming-by-cytomegalovirus-vectors-applications-in-prophylactic-and-therapeutic-vaccination
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REVIEW
Klaus Früh, Louis Picker
Vectors based on cytomegalovirus (CMV) represent a novel vaccine platform that maintains high frequencies of non-exhausted effector memory T cells in both CMV sero-positive and sero-negative individuals. In non-human primate models, CMV vectored vaccines provide unprecedented protection against simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). Moreover, CMV vectors can be genetically altered to program highly diverse CD8+ T cell responses that differ in their epitope targeting including conventional, MHC-I restricted CD8+ T cells as well as unconventional CD8+ T cells restricted by MHC class II or non-polymorphic MHC-E...
July 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734079/post-translational-palmitoylation-controls-the-voltage-gating-and-lipid-raft-association-of-calhm1-channel
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Akiyuki Taruno, Hongxin Sun, Koichi Nakajo, Tatsuro Murakami, Yasuyoshi Ohsaki, Mizuho A Kido, Fumihito Ono, Yoshinori Marunaka
Emerging roles of CALHM1, a recently discovered voltage-gated ion channel, include purinergic neurotransmission of tastes in taste buds and memory formation in the brain, highlighting its physiological importance. However, the regulatory mechanisms of the CALHM1 channel remain entirely unexplored, hindering full understanding of its contribution in vivo. In fact, the different gating properties of CALHM1 in vivo and in vitro suggest undiscovered regulatory mechanisms. Here, in searching for post-translational regulatory mechanisms, we discovered the regulation of CALHM1 gating and association with lipid microdomains via protein S-palmitoylation, the only reversible lipid modification of proteins on cysteine residues...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733878/role-of-tgf-%C3%AE-in-self-peptide-regulation-of-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Bhagirath Singh, Michael D Krawetz, Rachel M De Lima, Rinee Mukherjee, Pratibha Chaturvedi, Edwin Lee-Chan, Edward H Leiter, Kelly L Summers
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β has been implicated in regulation of the immune system, including autoimmunity. We have found that TGF-β is readily produced by T cells following immunization with self-peptide epitopes that downregulate autoimmune responses in type 1 diabetes (T1D) prone nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice. These include multiple peptide epitopes derived from the islet β-cell antigens GAD65 (GAD65 p202-221, GAD65 p217-236), GAD67 (GAD67 p210-229, GAD67 p225-244), IGRP (IGRP p123-145, IGRP p195-214) and insulin B-chain (Ins...
July 21, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733529/immunotherapy-of-wap-tnp-mice-with-early-stage-mammary-gland-tumors
#15
Michael Bruns, Wolfgang Deppert
The SV40 transgenic BALB/c mouse based WAP-T/WAP-TNP model for triple-negative breast cancer allows the analysis of parameters influencing immunotherapeutic approaches. Except for WAP-TNP tumors expressing the immune-dominant LCMV NP-epitope within SV40 T-antigen (T-AgNP) which is not expressed by T-Ag of WAP-T tumors, the tumors are extremely similar. Comparative anti-PD1/PD-L1 immunotherapy of WAP-T and WAP-TNP mice supported the hypothesis that the immunogenicity of tumor antigen T-cell epitopes strongly influences the success of immune checkpoint blockade therapy, with highly immunogenic T-cell epitopes favoring rapid CTL exhaustion...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732682/characterization-and-purification-of-proteins-suitable-for-the-production-of-antibodies-against-ca-liberibacter-asiaticus
#16
Huawei Liu, Sagheer Atta, John S Hartung
The citrus disease huanglongbing (HLB), which is caused by 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' (CaLas), is one of the most devastating pathogens of citrus, and with no effective method of control, poses a serious threat to citrus production throughout the world. In a previous study we described the production of single chain antibodies against several CaLas proteins that provide the basis for efficient and accurate detection of CaLas in citrus tissues. The isolation of a sufficient amount of purified antigen is a key step in the production of functional antibodies...
July 18, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732199/catch-shiny-droplets-in-suspension-finding-the-needle-in-a-haystack
#17
Nina V Hein-Fuchs, Renate König
In a recent issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Chaipan et al. (2017) described a high-throughput screening methodology to identify epitopes on HIV-1 particles recognized by broadly neutralizing antibodies. The approach utilizes a droplet-based microfluidics platform combining robust phenotypic single-virus sorting with next-generation sequencing of viral quasispecies.
July 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731902/terasaki-epitope-mismatch-burden-predicts-the-development-of-de-novo-dq-donor-specific-antibodies-and-are-associated-with-adverse-allograft-outcomes
#18
Michelle Willicombe, Matthew Blow, Eva Santos-Nunez, Corinna Freeman, Paul Brookes, David Taube
BACKGROUND: De novo DQ DSA are associated with antibody-mediated rejection and allograft loss. Given the lack of effective treatment of de novo DQ DSA, their prevention is vital if there is to be an improvement of long term allograft survival. Using the HLA Matchmaker programme, DQ epitope matching has been shown to be superior to HLA antigen mismatching in predicting de novo DQ DSA development. Whether DQ epitopes determined by Terasaki may more accurately predict de novo DQ development over HLA antigen matching is not known...
July 21, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731329/generation-and-characterization-of-anti-vglut-nanobodies-acting-as-inhibitors-of-transport
#19
Stephan Schenck, Laura Kunz, Daniela Sahlender, Els Pardon, Eric R Geertsma, Iaroslav Savtchouk, Toshiharu Suzuki, Yvonne Neldner, Saša Štefanić, Jan Steyaert, Andrea Volterra, Raimund Dutzler
The uptake of glutamate by synaptic vesicles is mediated by vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUTs). The central role of these transporters in excitatory neurotransmission underpins their importance as pharmacological targets. Although several compounds inhibit VGLUTs, highly specific inhibitors were so far unavailable, thus limiting applications to in vitro experiments. Besides their potential in pharmacology, specific inhibitors would also be beneficial for the elucidation of transport mechanisms. To overcome this shortage, we generated nanobodies (Nbs) by immunization of a llama with purified rat VGLUT1 and subsequent selection of binders from a phage display library...
July 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730230/magnetic-nanoparticles-based-therapy-for-malignant-mesothelioma
#20
Ion Mîndrilă, Sandra Alice Buteică, Dan Eduard Mihaiescu, Florin Burada, Bogdan Mîndrilă, Maria Cristina Predoi, Ionica Pirici, Adrian Fudulu, Octavian Croitoru
This work was aimed to analyze the versatility of the chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) as in vivo model for the study of the malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and the therapeutic potential of Fe3O4÷salicylic acid magnetic nanoparticles (SaMNPs) on MPM cells. The antitumor effects of SaMNPs were studied by in vitro and in vivo tests on CARM-L12 TG3 rat malignant mesothelioma cells and human MPM xenografts implanted on CAMs. In order to assess the human MPM xenograft growth characteristics, calretinin, HBME-1 (Hector Battifora mesothelial epitope-1), and cytokeratins immunohistochemical stainings were performed...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
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