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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793090/anti-haemostatic-compounds-from-the-vampire-snail-cumia-reticulata-molecular-cloning-and-in-silico-structure-function-analysis
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Maria Vittoria Modica, Jonathan Reinoso Sánchez, Andrea Pasquadibisceglie, Marco Oliverio, Paolo Mariottini, Manuela Cervelli
Blood-feeding animals are known for their ability to produce bioactive compounds to impair haemostasis and suppress pain perception in the host. These compounds are extremely appealing for pharmacological development since they are generally very effective and specific for their molecular target. A preliminary RNA-Seq based characterization of the secretion from salivary and mid-oesophageal tissues of the vampire snail Cumia reticulata, revealed a complex mixture of feeding-related transcripts with potential anaesthetic and anticoagulant action...
May 16, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792948/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-reveals-significant-differences-in-gene-expression-between-appressoria-and-hyphae-in-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
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Meiyu Wang, Zongshan Zhou, Jianyuan Wu, Zhirui Ji, Junxiang Zhang
Fruit rot caused mainly by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is a major cause of pre- and/or post-harvest diseases, which seriously constrains production, marketing, and export of fruits. To infect the host, this fungus evolves a specialized infection structure called the appressorium. Extensive past studies have characterized many appressorium-related genes in C. gloeosporioides, separately. However, a comprehensive understanding of the genes contributing to appressorium formation is far from complete. Here, global changes in gene expression were analyzed between appressoria and hyphae using RNA-Seq...
May 21, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792849/the-role-and-mechanism-of-k-ca-3-1-channels-in-human-monocyte-migration-induced-by-palmitic-acid
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Xiao-Zhen Ma, Zheng-Da Pang, Jun-Hong Wang, Zheng Song, Li-Mei Zhao, Xiao-Jun Du, Xiu-Ling Deng
Monocyte migration into diseased tissues contributes to the pathogenesis of diseases. Intermediate-conductance Ca2+ -activated K+ (KCa 3.1) channels play an important role in cell migration. However, the role of KCa 3.1 channels in mediating monocyte migration induced by palmitic acid (PA) is still unclear. Using cultured THP-1 cells and peripheral blood mononuclear cells from healthy subjects, we investigated the role and signaling mechanisms of KCa 3.1 channels in mediating the migration induced by PA. Using methods of Western blotting analysis, RNA interference, cell migration assay and ELISA, we found that PA-treated monocytes exhibited increment of the protein levels of KCa 3...
May 21, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792689/selectivity-within-a-family-of-bacterial-phosphothreonine-lyases
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Kaitlin A Chambers, Nile S Abularrage, Rebecca A Scheck
Phosphothreonine lyases are bacterial effector proteins secreted into host cells to facilitate the infection process. This enzyme family catalyzes an irreversible elimination reaction that converts phosphothreonine or phosphoserine to dehydrobutyrine or dehydroalanine, respectively. Herein we report a study of substrate selectivity for each of the four known phosphothreonine lyases. This was accomplished using a combination of mass spectrometry and enzyme kinetics assays for a series of phosphorylated peptides derived from the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation loop...
May 24, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792386/disparate-effects-of-shb-gene-deficiency-on-disease-characteristics-in-murine-models-of-myeloid-b-cell-and-t-cell-leukemia
#5
Maria Jamalpour, Xiujuan Li, Karin Gustafsson, Jeffrey W Tyner, Michael Welsh
The Src homology-2 domain protein B is an adaptor protein operating downstream of tyrosine kinases. The Shb gene knockout has been found to accelerate p210 Breakpoint cluster region-cAbl oncogene 1 tyrosine kinase-induced leukemia. In human myeloid leukemia were tumors with high Src homology-2 domain protein B mRNA content, tumors were, however, associated with decreased latency and myeloid leukemia exhibiting immune cell characteristics. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Shb knockout on the development of leukemia in three additional models, that is, colony stimulating factor 3 receptor-T618I-induced neutrophilic leukemia, p190 Breakpoint cluster region-cAbl oncogene 1 tyrosine kinase-induced B-cell leukemia, and G12D-Kras-induced T-cell leukemia/thymic lymphoma...
April 2018: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792307/putative-vaccine-candidates-and-drug-targets-identified-by-reverse-vaccinology-and-subtractive-genomics-approaches-to-control-haemophilus-ducreyi-the-causative-agent-of-chancroid
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Alissa de Sarom, Arun Kumar Jaiswal, Sandeep Tiwari, Letícia de Castro Oliveira, Debmalya Barh, Vasco Azevedo, Carlo Jose Oliveira, Siomar de Castro Soares
Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Haemophilus ducreyi The control of chancroid is difficult and the only current available treatment is antibiotic therapy; however, antibiotic resistance has been reported in endemic areas. Owing to recent outbreaks of STIs worldwide, it is important to keep searching for new treatment strategies and preventive measures. Here, we applied reverse vaccinology and subtractive genomic approaches for the in silico prediction of potential vaccine and drug targets against 28 strains of H...
May 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792157/long-term-health-and-germline-transmission-in-transgenic-cattle-following-transposon-mediated-gene-transfer
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Soo-Young Yum, Song-Jeon Lee, Sin-Gi Park, In-Gang Shin, Sang-Eun Hahn, Woo-Jae Choi, Hee-Soo Kim, Hyeong-Jong Kim, Seong-Hun Bae, Je-Hyeong Lee, Joo-Yeong Moon, Woo-Sung Lee, Ji-Hyun Lee, Choong-Il Lee, Seong-Jin Kim, Goo Jang
BACKGROUND: Transposon-mediated, non-viral gene delivery is a powerful tool for generating stable cell lines and transgenic animals. However, as multi-copy insertion is the preferred integration pattern, there is the potential for uncontrolled changes in endogenous gene expression and detrimental effects in cells or animals. Our group has previously reported on the generation of several transgenic cattle by using microinjection of the Sleeping Beauty (SB) and PiggyBac (PB) transposons and seeks to explore the long-term effects of this technology on cattle...
May 23, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791754/atp-triggers-a-robust-intracellular-ca-2-mediated-signalling-pathway-in-human-synovial-fibroblasts
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Kondo C, R B Clark, T Y Kim, Belke D, Banderali U, R T Szerencsei, A H Jalloul, P P M Schnetkamp, Spitzer Kw, Giles Wr
NEW FINDINGS: What is the central question of this study? In human articular joints, the synovial fibroblast HSF cell population has essential functions including secretion of lubricants. We address some remaining questions concerning activation-secretion coupling by characterizing the main [Ca2+ ]i signalling pathways activated by ATP. What is the main finding and its importance? In HSF ATP acts through a linked G-protein (Gq ) and phospholipase C signalling mechanisms to produce IP-3 which markedly enhances release of Ca2+ from the endoplasmic reticulum...
May 23, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791566/cytidine-phosphate-guanosine-oligodeoxynucleotides-in-combination-with-cd40-ligand-decrease-periodontal-inflammation-and-alveolar-bone-loss-in-a-tlr9-independent-manner
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Qian Zhao, Yang Hu, Shu Deng, Pei Yu, Bowen Chen, Zuomin Wang, Xiaozhe Han
Local administration of toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9), agonist cytidine-phosphate-guanosine oligodeoxynucleotide (CpG ODNs), and CD40 ligand (CD40L) can decrease ligature-induced periodontal inflammation and bone loss in wild type (WT) mouse. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore whether such effect is dependent on TLR9 signaling. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Purified spleen B cells isolated from WT C57BL/6J mice and TLR9 knockout (KO) mice were cultured for 48 hours under the following conditions: CD40L, CpG+CD40L, CpG at low, medium and high doses...
2018: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791207/activation-of-trpv4-stimulates-transepithelial-ion-flux-in-a-porcine-choroid-plexus-cell-line
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Daniel Preston, Stefanie Simpson, Dan Halm, Alexandra Hochstetler, Christian Schwerk, Horst Schroten, Bonnie L Blazer-Yost
The choroid plexus (CP) epithelium plays a major role in the production of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). A polarized cell line, the porcine choroid plexus - Riems (PCP-R) line, that exhibits many of the characteristics of the native epithelium, was used to study the effect of activation of the transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) cation channel found in the PCP-R cells as well as in the native epithelium. Ussing-style electrophysiological experiments showed that activation of TRPV4 with a specific agonist, GSK 1016790A, resulted in an immediate increase in both transepithelial ion flux and conductance...
May 23, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791130/quantification-of-serum-high-mobility-group-box-1-by-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-implications-for-its-role-in-immunity-inflammation-and-cancer
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Liwei Weng, Lili Guo, Anil Vachani, Clementina A Mesaros, Ian Alexander Blair
High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), is a non-histone chromosomal protein, which can be secreted through a variety of pathways and bind to pattern recognition receptors to release pro-inflammatory cytokines. Previous studies have suggested that HMGB1 is up-regulated in numerous inflammatory diseases and that it could be a biomarker for such diseases. However, these studies used immunoassay-based methods to analyze serum HMGB1. Autoantibodies to HMGB1 in serum are found in healthy control subjects as well as in patients with different diseases...
May 23, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790985/the-way-is-the-goal-how-seca-transports-proteins-across-the-cytoplasmic-membrane-in-bacteria
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Tamar Cranford-Smith, Damon Huber
In bacteria, translocation of most soluble secreted proteins (and outer membrane proteins in Gram-negative bacteria) across the cytoplasmic membrane by the Sec machinery is mediated by the essential ATPase SecA. At its core, this machinery consists of SecA and the integral membrane proteins SecYEG, which form a protein conducting channel in the membrane. Proteins are recognised by the Sec machinery by virtue of an internally encoded targeting signal, which usually takes the form of an N-terminal signal sequence...
June 1, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790584/effects-of-psidium-guajava-leaf-extract-on-secretion-systems-of-gram-negative-enteropathogenic-bacteria
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Noboru Nakasone, Yasunori Ogura, Naomi Higa, Claudia Toma, Yukiko Koizumi, Giichi Takaesu, Toshihiko Suzuki, Tetsu Yamashiro
We screened a total of 672 plant-tissue extracts to search for phytochemicals that inhibit the function of the type III secretion system (T3SS) of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) and enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). Among candidates examined, we found that an extract from the leaves of Psidium guajava (guava) inhibited the secretion of the EspB protein from EPEC and EHEC without affecting bacterial growth. The guava extract (GE) also inhibited EPEC and EHEC from adhering to and injecting EspB protein into HEp-2 cells...
May 23, 2018: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790574/investigations-on-velvet-regulatory-mutants-confirm-the-role-of-host-tissue-acidification-and-secretion-of-proteins-in-the-pathogenesis-of-botrytis-cinerea
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Nathalie Müller, Michaela Leroch, Julia Schumacher, David Zimmer, Anne Könnel, Klaus Klug, Thomas Leisen, David Scheuring, Frederik Sommer, Timo Mühlhaus, Michael Schroda, Matthias Hahn
The Botrytis cinerea VELVET complex regulates light-dependent development and virulence. The goal of this study was to identify common virulence defects of several VELVET mutants and to reveal their molecular basis. Growth, differentiation, physiology, gene expression and infection of fungal strains were analyzed, and quantitative comparisons of in planta transcriptomes and secretomes were performed. VELVET mutants showed reduced release of citric acid, the major acid secreted by the wild-type, whereas no significant role for oxalic acid was observed...
May 23, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790184/fat10-overexpression-disturbs-wisp1-protein-and-mrna-expression-to-promote-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression
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Jinlong Yan, Jun Lei, Leifeng Chen, Huan Deng, Dingxiang Dong, Tao Jin, Xiuxia Liu, Rongfa Yuan, Yumin Qiu, Jin Ge, Xiaogang Peng, Jianghua Shao
Recently, studies on transcriptome-proteome relationships have revealed mRNA/protein expression discordance for certain genes and speculated that protein post-translational modification (PTM) may be involved. However, there is currently no evidence to support this hypothesis. Wnt-induced secreted protein-1 (WISP1) is the downstream target gene of β-catenin and plays an important role in tumorigenesis and progression, but the expression and role of WISP1 in different tumor types are controversial. Here, we first confirmed WISP1 protein expression was significantly downregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissue, and could be an independent predictor of poor prognosis for patients with HCC...
May 23, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789935/potential-use-of-stem-cells-as-a-therapy-for-cystinosis
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Celine J Rocca, Stephanie Cherqui
Cystinosis is an autosomal recessive metabolic disease that belongs to the family of lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). Initial symptoms of cystinosis correspond to the renal Fanconi syndrome. Patients then develop chronic kidney disease and multi-organ failure due to accumulation of cystine in all tissue compartments. LSDs are commonly characterized by a defective activity of lysosomal enzymes. Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) transplantation is a treatment option for several LSDs based on the premise that their progeny will integrate in the affected tissues and secrete the functional enzyme, which will be recaptured by the surrounding deficient cells and restore physiological activity...
May 22, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789652/small-hypoxia-primed-mesenchymal-stem-cells-attenuate-graft-versus-host-disease
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YongHwan Kim, Hye Jin Jin, Jinbeom Heo, Hyein Ju, Hye-Yeon Lee, Sujin Kim, Seungun Lee, Jisun Lim, Sang Young Jeong, JiHye Kwon, Miyeon Kim, Soo Jin Choi, Wonil Oh, Yoon Sun Yang, Hyun Ho Hwang, Hwan Yeul Yu, Chae-Min Ryu, Hong Bae Jeon, Dong-Myung Shin
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are of particular interest for the treatment of immune-related diseases due to their immunosuppressive capacity. Here, we show that Small MSCs primed with Hypoxia and Calcium ions (SHC-MSCs) exhibit enhanced stemness and immunomodulatory functions for treating allogeneic conflicts. Compared with naïve cultured human umbilical cord blood-derived MSCs, SHC-MSCs were resistant to passage-dependent senescence mediated via the monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 and p53/p21 cascade and secreted large amounts of pro-angiogenic and immunomodulatory factors, resulting in suppression of T-cell proliferation...
May 22, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789617/functional-analysis-of-eliciting-plant-response-protein-epl1-tas-from-trichoderma-asperellum-accc30536
#18
Wenjing Yu, Gulijimila Mijiti, Ying Huang, Haijuan Fan, Yucheng Wang, Zhihua Liu
Eliciting plant response protein (Epl) is a small Trichoderma secreted protein that acts as an elicitor to induce plant defense responses against pathogens. In the present study, the differential expression, promoter analysis, and phylogenetic tree analysis of Epl1-Tas (GenBank JN966996) from T. asperellum ACCC30536 were performed. The results showed Epl1-Tas could play an important role in the interaction between T. asperellum ACCC30536 and woody plant or woody plant pathogen. Furthermore, the effect of the Escherichia coli recombinant protein rEpl1-e and the Pichia pastoris recombinant protein rEpl1-p on Populus davidiana × P...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789568/deficiency-of-prkd2-triggers-hyperinsulinemia-and-metabolic-disorders
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Yao Xiao, Can Wang, Jia-Yu Chen, Fujian Lu, Jue Wang, Ning Hou, Xiaomin Hu, Fanxin Zeng, Dongwei Ma, Xueting Sun, Yi Ding, Yan Zhang, Wen Zheng, Yuli Liu, Haibao Shang, Wenzhen Zhu, Chensheng Han, Yulin Zhang, Kunfu Ouyang, Liangyi Chen, Ju Chen, Rui-Ping Xiao, Chuan-Yun Li, Xiuqin Zhang
Hyperinsulinemia is the earliest symptom of insulin resistance (IR), but a causal relationship between the two remains to be established. Here we show that a protein kinase D2 (PRKD2) nonsense mutation (K410X) in two rhesus monkeys with extreme hyperinsulinemia along with IR and metabolic defects by using extreme phenotype sampling and deep sequencing analyses. This mutation reduces PRKD2 at both the mRNA and the protein levels. Taking advantage of a PRKD2-KO mouse model, we demonstrate that PRKD2 deletion triggers hyperinsulinemia which precedes to IR and metabolic disorders in the PRKD2 ablation mice...
May 22, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789522/a20-critically-controls-microglia-activation-and-inhibits-inflammasome-dependent-neuroinflammation
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Sofie Voet, Conor Mc Guire, Nora Hagemeyer, Arne Martens, Anna Schroeder, Peter Wieghofer, Carmen Daems, Ori Staszewski, Lieselotte Vande Walle, Marta Joana Costa Jordao, Mozes Sze, Hanna-Kaisa Vikkula, Delphine Demeestere, Griet Van Imschoot, Charlotte L Scott, Esther Hoste, Amanda Gonçalves, Martin Guilliams, Saskia Lippens, Claude Libert, Roos E Vandenbroucke, Ki-Wook Kim, Steffen Jung, Zsuzsanna Callaerts-Vegh, Patrick Callaerts, Joris de Wit, Mohamed Lamkanfi, Marco Prinz, Geert van Loo
Microglia, the mononuclear phagocytes of the central nervous system (CNS), are important for the maintenance of CNS homeostasis, but also critically contribute to CNS pathology. Here we demonstrate that the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) regulatory protein A20 is crucial in regulating microglia activation during CNS homeostasis and pathology. In mice, deletion of A20 in microglia increases microglial cell number and affects microglial regulation of neuronal synaptic function. Administration of a sublethal dose of lipopolysaccharide induces massive microglia activation, neuroinflammation, and lethality in mice with microglia-confined A20 deficiency...
May 23, 2018: Nature Communications
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