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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644609/galnac-tyrosine-is-a-ligand-of-plant-lectins-antibodies-and-human-and-murine-macrophage-galactose-type-lectins
#1
Ruslan Gibadullin, David Wayne Farnsworth, Joseph J Barchi, Jeffrey C Gildersleeve
In 2011, a new type of protein O-glycosylation was discovered in which N-acetylgalactosamine is attached to the side chain of tyrosine (GalNAc-Tyr). While present on dozens of proteins, the biological roles of GalNAc-Tyr are unknown. To gain insight into this new type of modification, we synthesized a group of GalNAc-Tyr glycopeptides, constructed microarrays, and evaluated potential recognition of GalNAc-Tyr by a series of glycan-binding proteins. Through a series of >150 microarray experiments, we assessed binding properties of a variety of plant lectins, monoclonal antibodies, and endogenous lectins...
June 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644032/receptor-and-microenvironment-dual-recognizable-nanogel-for-targeted-chemotherapy-of-highly-metastatic-malignancy
#2
Jinjin Chen, Jianxun Ding, Weiguo Xu, Tianmeng Sun, Haihua Xiao, Xiuli Zhuang, Xuesi Chen
Targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to the desired lesion sites is the main objective in malignancy treatment, especially in highly metastatic malignancies. However, extensive studies around the world on traditional targeting strategies of recognizing either over-expressed receptors or microenvironments in tumors show great limitations, owing to the off-target effect and tumor homogeneity. Integration of both receptor-mediated targeting (RMT) and environment-mediated targeting (EMT) enhances the tumor accumulation and subsequent cell uptake at the same time, which may avoid these limitations...
June 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643898/identification-of-cross-reactive-b-cell-epitopes-between-bos-d-9-0101-bos-taurus-and-gly-m-5-0101-glycine-max-by-epitope-mapping-maldi-tof-ms
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Ángela María Candreva, Mario Ferrer-Navarro, Silvia Bronsoms, Alejandra Quiroga, Renata Curciarello, Ana Cauerhff, Silvana Petruccelli, Guillermo Horacio Docena, Sebastián Alejandro Trejo
Exposure to cow's milk constitutes one of the most common causes of food allergy. In addition, exposure to soy proteins has become relevant in a restricted proportion of milk allergic pediatric patients treated with soy formulae as a dairy substitute, because of the cross-allergenicity described between soy and milk proteins . We have previously identified several cross-reactive allergens between milk and soy that may explain this intolerance. The purpose of the present work was to identify epitopes in the purified αS1-casein and the recombinant soy allergen Gly m 5...
June 23, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643473/can-the-propensity-of-protein-crystallization-be-increased-by-using-systematic-screening-with-metals
#4
REVIEW
Raghurama P Hegde, Pavithra G Chinnaswamy, Debayan Dey, Steven C Almo, S Ramakumar, Udupi A Ramagopal
Protein crystallization is one of the major bottlenecks in protein structure elucidation with new strategies being constantly developed to improve the chances of crystallization. Generally, well-ordered epitopes possessing complementary-surface and capable of producing stable inter-protein interactions generate a regular three-dimensional arrangement of protein molecules which eventually results in a crystal lattice. Metals, when used for crystallization, with their various coordination numbers and geometries, can generate such epitopes mediating protein oligomerization and/or establish crystal contacts...
June 23, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643252/generation-of-knock-in-mouse-by-genome-editing
#5
Wataru Fujii
Knock-in mice are useful for evaluating endogenous gene expressions and functions in vivo. Instead of the conventional gene-targeting method using embryonic stem cells, an exogenous DNA sequence can be inserted into the target locus in the zygote using genome editing technology. In this chapter, I describe the generation of epitope-tagged mice using engineered endonuclease and single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide through the mouse zygote as an example of how to generate a knock-in mouse by genome editing.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643202/specific-igm-and-regulation-of-antibody-responses
#6
Anna Sörman, Birgitta Heyman
Specific IgM, administered together with the antigen it recognizes, enhances primary antibody responses, formation of germinal centers, and priming for secondary antibody responses. The response to all epitopes on the antigen to which IgM binds is usually enhanced. IgM preferentially enhances responses to large antigens such as erythrocytes, malaria parasites, and keyhole limpet hemocyanine. In order for an effect to be seen, antigens must be administered in suboptimal concentrations and in close temporal relationship to the IgM...
June 23, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642977/molecular-characteristics-and-prevalence-of-small-ruminant-lentiviruses-in-goats-in-japan
#7
Saki Kokawa, Mami Oba, Teppei Hirata, Shiro Tamaki, Miki Omura, Shinobu Tsuchiaka, Makoto Nagai, Tsutomu Omatsu, Tetsuya Mizutani
Small ruminant lentiviruses (SRLVs), which comprise caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus (CAEV) and maedi-visna virus (MVV), are prevalent in goats and sheep worldwide, including in Japan. However, little is known about the molecular characteristics of goat lentiviruses in Japan. In this study, a molecular and phylogenetic analysis of the long gag region was performed. The phylogenic tree demonstrated that all samples belonged to SRLV subtype B1. Two clusters were identified, with one cluster distinct from previously reported strains of subtype B1...
June 22, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641998/construction-of-a-hepatitis-b-virus-neutralizing-chimeric-monoclonal-antibody-recognizing-escape-mutants-of-the-viral-surface-antigen-hbsag
#8
Forough Golsaz-Shirazi, Mohammad Mehdi Amiri, Samira Farid, Motahareh Bahadori, Felix Bohne, Sebastian Altstetter, Lisa Wolff, Tohid Kazemi, Jalal Khoshnoodi, Mohammad Hojjat-Farsangi, Michael Chudy, Mahmood Jeddi-Tehrani, Ulrike Protzer, Fazel Shokri
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global burden on the health-care system and is considered as the tenth leading cause of death in the world. Over 248 million patients are currently suffering from chronic HBV infection worldwide and annual mortality rate of this infection is 686000. The "a" determinant is a hydrophilic region present in all antigenic subtypes of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and antibodies against this region can neutralize the virus and are protective against all subtypes. We have recently generated a murine anti-HBs monoclonal antibody (4G4), which can neutralize HBV infection in HepaRG cells and recognize most of the escape mutant forms of HBsAg...
June 19, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641561/induction-of-humoral-and-cellular-immune-responses-in-mice-by-multiepitope-vaccines-composing-of-both-t-and-b-lymphocyte-epitopes-of-mage-a3which-are-recombined-into-hbcag
#9
Qingxin Chen, Wenshu Li, Pengfei Wang, Huanyi Shao, Yujie Ding, Wenhuan Wang, Danwei Cen, Yiqi Cai, Xiangyang Xue, Lifang Zhang, Guanbao Zhu
MAGE-A3 is highly expressed in many kinds of malignant diseases, and considered to be an ideal candidate for anti-tumor vaccine. To improve the immunogenicity of epitopes of MAGE-A3, hepatitis B virus core antigen (HBcAg) was used as an immune-carrier by insertion epitopes at HBcAg major immunodominant region (HBcAg(MIR)). In present study, we designed three kinds of MAGE-A3 multiepitopes containing T and B-cell dominant epitope-rich peptides, and constructed three recombinant chimeras of HBcAg(MIR)/MAGE-A3(EPI-1), HBcAg(MIR)/MAGE-A3(EPI-2), and HBcAg(MIR)/MAGE-A3(EPI-3) with prokaryotic codon optimization...
June 20, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640745/the-amino-terminal-subdomain-of-glycoprotein-gc-of-schmallenberg-virus-disulfide-bonding-and-structural-determinants-of-neutralization
#10
Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Axel Karger, Franziska Kraatz, Andrea Aebischer, Kerstin Wernike, Pavlo Maksimov, Christopher H Lillig, Ilona Reimann, Emiliana Brocchi, Markus Keller, Martin Beer
Orthobunyaviruses are enveloped viruses that can cause human and animal diseases. A novel and major member is the Schmallenberg virus (SBV), the etiological agent of an emerging disease of ruminants that has been spreading all over Europe since 2011. The glycoproteins Gn and Gc of orthobunyaviruses mediate the viral entry, and specifically Gc is a major target for the humoral immune response. For example, the N terminal subdomain of the SBV glycoprotein Gc is targeted by neutralizing monoclonal antibodies that recognize conformational epitopes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639429/the-hla-c-05-family-allele-c-05-142
#11
J Rowlands, T Climer, C Harvey, L Williams, C Darke
The sequencing of exons 2-7 of a likely new HLA-C*05 allele identified the second example of HLA-C*05:142, in a male UK European, within a few months of the first example being found in Germany. C*05:142 differs from C*05:01:01:01 by a single base (395G>C) in exon 3 resulting in an amino acid substitution of R108P. Comprehensive serological HLA-Cw5 typing, using 19 antisera, indicated that C*05:142 encodes a "normal" Cw5 specificity. Failure to identify the involvement of position 108 in published HLA-C epitopes supported this assertion...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639307/anti-d-in-a-mother-hemizygous-for-the-variant-rhd-dnb-gene-associated-with-hemolytic-disease-of-the-fetus-and-newborn
#12
Kelli M Quantock, Genghis H Lopez, Catherine A Hyland, Yew-Wah Liew, Robert L Flower, Frans J Niemann, Arthur Joyce
BACKGROUND: Individuals with the partial D phenotype when exposed to D+ red blood cells (RBCs) carrying the epitopes they lack may develop anti-D specific for the missing epitopes. DNB is the most common partial D in Caucasians and the clinical significance for anti-D in these individuals is unknown. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This article describes the serologic genotyping results and clinical manifestations in two group D+ babies of a mother presenting as group O, D+ with alloanti-D...
June 21, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638786/polyelectrolyte-enrobed-cancer-cells-in-view-of-personalized-immune-therapy
#13
Lien Lybaert, Keun Ah Ryu, Riet De Rycke, Alfred C Chon, Olivier De Wever, Karim Y Vermaelen, Aaron Esser-Kahn, Bruno G De Geest
Targeting the immune system with a personalized vaccine containing cues derived from the patient's malignancy might be a promising approach in the fight against cancer. It includes neo-antigens as well as nonmutated tumor antigens, preferentially leading to an immune response that is directed to a broader range of epitopes compared to strategies involving a single antigen. Here, this paper reports on an elegant method to encapsulate whole cancer cells into polyelectrolyte particles. Porous and nonaggregated microparticles containing dead cancer cells are obtained by admixing mannitol and live cancer cells with oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, dextran sulfate (anionic polysaccharide), and poly-l-arginine (cationic polypeptide) prior to atomization into a hot air stream...
June 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638737/selective-activation-of-anti-cd73-mechanisms-in-control-of-primary-tumors-and-metastases
#14
Dipti Vijayan, Deborah S Barkauskas, Kimberley Stannard, Erin Sult, Rebecca Buonpane, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Michele W L Teng, Kris Sachsenmeier, Carl Hay, Mark J Smyth
The emerging role for CD73 in driving cancer growth and metastasis has presented opportunities to develop anti-CD73 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) in the treatment of human cancers. Blockade of CD73 by antagonistic CD73 mAbs ameliorates tumor growth and metastasis via the inhibition of enzymatic and non-enzymatic CD73 pathways. In this study, we investigated whether Fc-receptor cross-linking represented a non-redundant mechanism by which anti-CD73 mAbs exert potent suppression of solid tumors and metastases. We engineered four anti-CD73 mAbs, each different in their ability to modulate CD73 enzymatic function and bind Fc receptors...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638727/identification-of-an-immunogenic-neo-epitope-encoded-by-mouse-sarcoma-using-cxcr3-ligand-mrnas-as-sensors
#15
Keisuke Fujii, Yoshihiro Miyahara, Naozumi Harada, Daisuke Muraoka, Mitsuhiro Komura, Rui Yamaguchi, Hideo Yagita, Junko Nakamura, Sahoko Sugino, Satoshi Okumura, Seiya Imoto, Satoru Miyano, Hiroshi Shiku
The CXCR3 ligands CXCL9, 10, and 11 play critical roles in the amplification of immune responses by recruiting CXCR3(+) immune effector cells to the tumor site. Taking advantage of this property of CXCR3 ligands, we aimed to establish a novel approach to identify immunogenic mutated-antigens. We examined the feasibility of using CXCR3 ligand mRNAs as sensors for detection of specific immune responses in human and murine systems. We further investigated whether this approach is applicable for the identification of immunogenic mutated-antigens by using murine sarcoma lines...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638471/rapid-detection-of-avian-influenza-virus-by-fluorescent-diagnostic-assay-using-an-epitope-derived-peptide
#16
Duong Tuan Bao, Do Thi Hoang Kim, Hyun Park, Bui Thi Cuc, Nguyen Minh Ngoc, Nguyen Thi Phuong Linh, Nguyen Chien Huu, Trinh Thi Thuy Tien, Nguyen Thi Viet Anh, Tung Dao Duy, Chom-Kyu Chong, Seung-Taek Yu, Do-Young Choi, Seon-Ju Yeo
Currently, the point of care testing (POCT) is not fully developed for subtype-specific avian influenza virus detection. In this study, an H5N1 hemaglutinin 1 (HA1) epitope (P0: KPNDAINF) and three modified peptides (P1: KPNTAINF, P2: KPNGAINF, P3: KPNDAINDAINF) were evaluated as POCT elements for rapid detection of avian influenza virus. Based on modeling predictions by Autodock Vina, binding affinity varied depending on alteration of one amino acid in these peptides. The binding energy of P2 indicated its potential for a strong interaction with HA...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638052/determination-of-crucial-immunogenic-epitopes-in-major-peanut-allergy-protein-ara-h2-via-novel-nanoallergen-platform
#17
Peter E Deak, Maura R Vrabel, Tanyel Kiziltepe, Basar Bilgicer
Current methods for detection and diagnosis of allergies do not provide epitope specific immunogenic information and hence lack critical information that could aid in the prediction of clinical responses. To address this issue, we developed a nanoparticle based platform, called nanoallergens that enable multivalent display of potential allergy epitopes for determining the immunogenicity of each IgE binding epitope. By synthesizing nanoallergens that present various epitopes from the major peanut allergen, Ara h2, we directly determined the immunogenicity of each epitope, alone and in combination with other epitopes, using patient sera...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637753/structural-mimicry-of-the-dengue-virus-envelope-glycoprotein-revealed-by-the-crystallographic-study-of-an-idiotype-anti-idiotype-fab-complex
#18
Yee Hwa Wong, Boon Chong Goh, She Yah Lim, En Wei Teo, Angeline P C Lim, Pete C Dedon, Brendon J Hanson, Paul A MacAry, Julien Lescar
A detailed understanding of the fine specificity of serotype-specific human antibodies is vital for the development and evaluation of new vaccines for pathogenic Flaviviruses such as Dengue virus (DENV) and Zika virus. In this study, we thoroughly characterize the structural footprint of an anti-idiotype antibody (E1) specific for a potent, fully human DENV serotype 1-specific antibody termed HM14c10, derived from a recovered patient. The crystal structure at a resolution of 2.5 Å of a complex between the Fab fragments of E1 and HM14c10 provides the first detailed molecular comparison of an anti-idiotype paratope specific for a human antibody with its analogous epitope- a discontinuous quaternary structure located at the surface of the viral particle that spans adjacent envelope (E) proteins...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637352/absence-of-conformational-change-in-complement-factor-3-and-factor-xii-adsorbed-to-acrylate-polymers-is-related-to-a-high-degree-of-polymer-backbone-flexibility
#19
Karin Fromell, Yi Yang, Kristina Nilsson Ekdahl, Bo Nilsson, Mattias Berglin, Hans Elwing
In previous investigations, the authors have examined the adsorption of albumin, immunoglobulin, and fibrinogen to a series of acrylate polymers with different backbone and side-group flexibility. The authors showed that protein adsorption to acrylates with high flexibility, such as poly(lauryl methacrylate) (PLMA), tends to preserve native conformation. In the present study, the authors have continued this work by examining the conformational changes that occur during the binding of complement factor 3 (C3) and coagulation factor XII (FXII)...
June 21, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637337/matrix-completion-with-side-information-and-its-applications-in-predicting-the-antigenicity-of-influenza-viruses
#20
Li Huang, Xianhong Li, Pengfei Guo, Yuhua Yao, Bo Liao, Weiwei Zhang, Fayou Wang, Jiasheng Yang, Yulong Zhao, Hailiang Sun, Pingan He, Jialiang Yang
Motivation: Low-rank matrix completion has been demonstrated to be powerful in predicting antigenic distances among influenza viruses and vaccines from partially revealed hemagglutination inhibition (HI) table. Meanwhile, influenza hemagglutinin (HA) protein sequences are also effective in inferring antigenic distances. Thus, it is natural to integrate HA protein sequence information into low-rank matrix completion model to help infer influenza antigenicity, which is critical to influenza vaccine development...
June 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
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