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Alexander Bernt, Ashraf Y Rangrez, Matthias Eden, Andreas Jungmann, Sylvia Katz, Claudia Rohr, Oliver J Müller, Hugo A Katus, Samuel T Sossalla, Tatjana Williams, Oliver Ritter, Derk Frank, Norbert Frey
The objective of this study was to identify unknown modulators of Calcineurin (Cn)-NFAT signaling. Measurement of NFAT reporter driven luciferase activity was therefore utilized to screen a human cardiac cDNA-library (~10(7) primary clones) in C2C12 cells through serial dilutions until single clones could be identified. This extensive screening strategy culminated in the identification of SUMO2 as a most efficient Cn-NFAT activator. SUMO2-mediated activation of Cn-NFAT signaling in cardiomyocytes translated into a hypertrophic phenotype...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hongwei Yao, Myungwoon Lee, Shu Y Liao, Mei Hong
The fusion peptide (FP) and transmembrane domain (TMD) of viral fusion proteins play important roles during virus-cell membrane fusion, by inducing membrane curvature and transient dehydration. The structure of the water-soluble ectodomain of viral fusion proteins has been extensively studied crystallographically, but the structures of the FP and TMD bound to phospholipid membranes are not well understood. We recently investigated the conformations and lipid interactions of the separate FP and TMD peptides of the parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) fusion protein F using solid-state NMR...
October 21, 2016: Biochemistry
Yuhang Zhou, Shaji Abraham, Stephanie Renna, Leonard C Edelstein, Carol A Dangelmaier, Alexander Y Tsygankov, Satya P Kunapuli, Paul F Bray, Steven E McKenzie
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to investigate the role of T-cell ubiquitin ligand-2 (TULA-2) in the platelet Fc receptor for IgG IIA (FcγRIIA) pathway and in the pathogenesis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). APPROACH AND RESULTS: HIT is a life-threatening thrombotic disease in which IgG antibodies against the heparin-platelet factor 4 complex activate platelets via FcγRIIA. We reported previously differential expression of TULA-2 in human population was linked to FcγRIIA responsiveness...
October 20, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Laxmana Naik, Rajan Sharma, Bimlesh Mann, Kiran Lata, Y S Rajput, B Surendra Nath
A rapid, semi-quantitative lateral flow assay (LFA) was developed to screen the oxytetracycline (OTC) antibiotics residues in milk samples. In this study a competitive immuno-assay format was established. Colloidal gold nano-particles (GNP) were prepared and used as labelling material in LFA. Polyclonal antibodies were generated against OTC molecule (anti-OTC), purified and the quality was assessed by enzyme linked immuno sorbet assay. For the first time membrane components required for LFA in milk system was optimized...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Viktoria Hasselhof, Anastasia Sperling, Kerstin Buttler, Philipp Ströbel, Jürgen Becker, Thiha Aung, Gunther Felmerer, Jörg Wilting
Millions of patients suffer from lymphedema worldwide. Supporting the contractility of lymphatic collectors is an attractive target for pharmacological therapy of lymphedema. However, lymphatics have mostly been studied in animals, while the cellular and molecular characteristics of human lymphatic collectors are largely unknown. We studied epifascial lymphatic collectors of the thigh, which were isolated for autologous transplantations. Our immunohistological studies identify additional markers for LECs (vimentin, CCBE1)...
2016: PloS One
Steen Kølvraa, Ripudaman Singh, Elizabeth A Normand, Sadeem Qdaisat, Ignatia B Van denVeyver, Laird Jackson, Lotte Hatt, Palle Schelde, Niels Uldbjerg, Else Marie Vestergaard, Li Zhao, Rui Chen, Chad A Shaw, Amy M Breman, Arthur L Beaudet
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on fetal cells in maternal blood has the advantage over NIPT based on circulating cell-free fetal DNA in that there is no contamination with maternal DNA. This will most likely result in better detection of chromosomal aberrations including subchromosomal defects. The objective of this study was to test whether fetal cells enriched from maternal blood can be used for cell-based NIPT. METHODS: We present a method for enriching fetal cells from maternal blood, subsequent amplification of the fetal genome and detection of chromosomal and subchromosomal variations in the genome...
October 19, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Laurel L Ballantyne, Yuan Yan Sin, Osama Y Al-Dirbashi, Xinzhi Li, David J Hurlbut, Colin D Funk
Arginase-1 (Arg1) converts arginine to urea and ornithine in the distal step of the urea cycle in liver. We previously generated a tamoxifen-inducible Arg1 deficient mouse model (Arg1-Cre) that disrupts Arg1 expression throughout the whole body and leads to lethality ≈ 2 weeks after gene disruption. Here, we evaluate if liver-selective Arg1 loss is sufficient to recapitulate the phenotype observed in global Arg1 knockout mice, as well as to gauge the effectiveness of gene delivery or hepatocyte transplantation to rescue the phenotype...
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
C F Barenghi, Y A Sergeev, A W Baggaley
Experiments and numerical simulations of turbulent (4)He and (3)He-B have established that, at hydrodynamic length scales larger than the average distance between quantum vortices, the energy spectrum obeys the same 5/3 Kolmogorov law which is observed in the homogeneous isotropic turbulence of ordinary fluids. The importance of the 5/3 law is that it points to the existence of a Richardson energy cascade from large eddies to small eddies. However, there is also evidence of quantum turbulent regimes without Kolmogorov scaling...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ju Yeon Lee, Hyun Kyoung Lee, Gun Wook Park, Heeyoun Hwang, Hoi Keun Jeong, Ki Na Yun, Eun Sun Ji, Kwang Hoe Kim, Jun Seok Kim, Jong Won Kim, Sung Ho Yun, Chi-Won Choi, Seung Il Kim, Jong-Sun Lim, Seul-Ki Jeong, Young-Ki Paik, Soo-Youn Lee, Jisook Park, Su Yeon Kim, Young-Jin Choi, Yong-In Kim, Jawon Seo, Je-Yoel Cho, Myoung Jin Oh, Nari Seo, Hyun Joo An, Jin Young Kim, Jong Shin Yoo
Glycoprotein conformations are complex and heterogeneous. Currently, site-specific characterization of glycopeptides is a challenge. Herein, we sought to establish an efficient method of N-glycoprotein characterization using mass spectrometry. Using alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) as a model N-glycoprotein, its tryptic N-glycopeptides were identified, and the reproducibility of the data was examined in seven laboratories running different liquid chromatography-mass tandem spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) platforms. We used three test samples and one blind sample to evaluate instrument performance with entire sample preparation workflow...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
V R Badhwar, S Ganapathy, P P Prabhudesai, N K Tulara, A Y Varaiya, D Vyas
In community and family practice, infections are a common OPD presentation. In the management of common bacterial infections seen in community especially RTI, UTI, SSTI; cefuroxime a second generation cephalosporin with a broad spectrum of activity can be used for empirical treatment. To know current place of cefuroxime in the management of infections, physicians, surgeons, microbiologist, chest physician, gynecologist and pediatrician came together to discuss and debate their experience with cefuroxime and its place in today's world...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Chen Ling, Kanit Bhukhai, Zifei Yin, Mengqun Tan, Mervin C Yoder, Philippe Leboulch, Emmanuel Payen, Arun Srivastava
We have reported that of the 10 commonly used AAV serotype vectors, AAV6 is the most efficient in transducing primary human hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs). However, the transduction efficiency of the wild-type (WT) AAV6 vector varies greatly in HSPCs from different donors. Here we report two distinct strategies to further increase the transduction efficiency in HSPCs from donors that are transduced less efficiently with the WT AAV6 vectors. The first strategy involved modifications of the viral capsid proteins where specific surface-exposed tyrosine (Y) and threonine (T) residues were mutagenized to generate a triple-mutant (Y705 + Y731F + T492V) AAV6 vector...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Elizabeth M Todd, Julie Y Zhou, Taylor P Szasz, Lauren E Deady, June A D'Angelo, Matthew D Cheung, Alfred H J Kim, Sharon Celeste Morley
Alveolar macrophages are lung-resident sentinel cells that develop perinatally and protect against pulmonary infection. Molecular mechanisms controlling alveolar macrophage generation have not been fully defined. Here we show that the actin-bundling protein L-plastin (LPL) is required for the perinatal development of alveolar macrophages. Mice expressing a conditional allele of LPL (CD11c.Cre(pos)-LPL(fl/fl)) exhibited significant reductions in alveolar macrophages and failed to effectively clear pulmonary pneumococcal infection, showing that immunodeficiency results from reduced alveolar macrophage numbers...
October 6, 2016: Blood
Jamie Y Kim, Chung H Kau, Terpsithea Christou, Maja Ovsenik, Young Guk Park
: The purpose of this study is to compare 3-dimensional facial averages of Asians (Koreans and Chinese) and Houstonian white faces using a (3-dimensional) surface imaging system. METHODS: Three-dimensional images of Korean adults (Seoul, Korea) with class I malocclusion captured using the 3dMDface. The images of 138 Koreans were processed to generate average male and female facial shells using Rapidform 2006 plus pack 2 software and then superimposed and compared with the average shells of Chinese adults (Xi' An, China) and white adults (Houston, Tex...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Michael T Schweizer, Heather H Cheng, Maria S Tretiakova, Funda Vakar-Lopez, Nola Klemfuss, Eric Q Konnick, Elahe A Mostaghel, Peter S Nelson, Evan Y Yu, R Bruce Montgomery, Lawrence D True, Colin C Pritchard
Precision oncology entails making treatment decisions based on a tumor's molecular characteristics. For prostate cancer, identifying clinically relevant molecular subgroups is challenging, as molecular profiling is not routine outside of academic centers. Since histologic variants of other cancers correlates with specific genomic alterations, we sought to determine if ductal adenocarcinoma of the prostate (dPC) - a rare and aggressive histopathologic variant - was associated with any recurrent actionable mutations...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Cindy X Guo, Raiju J Babu, Joanna M Black, William R Bobier, Carly S Y Lam, Shuan Dai, Tina Y Gao, Robert F Hess, Michelle Jenkins, Yannan Jiang, Lionel Kowal, Varsha Parag, Jayshree South, Sandra Elfride Staffieri, Natalie Walker, Angela Wadham, Benjamin Thompson
BACKGROUND: Amblyopia is a common neurodevelopmental disorder of vision that is characterised by visual impairment in one eye and compromised binocular visual function. Existing evidence-based treatments for children include patching the nonamblyopic eye to encourage use of the amblyopic eye. Currently there are no widely accepted treatments available for adults with amblyopia. The aim of this trial is to assess the efficacy of a new binocular, videogame-based treatment for amblyopia in older children and adults...
October 18, 2016: Trials
Steven C L Ho, Esther Y C Koh, Benjamin P C Soo, Mariati, Sheng-Hao Chao, Yuansheng Yang
BACKGROUND: Methylated CpG dinucleotides in promoters are associated with the loss of gene expression in recombinant Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells during large-scale commercial manufacturing. We evaluated a promoter devoid of CpG dinucleotides, CpGfree, in parallel with a similar CpG containing promoter, CpGrich, for their ability to maintain the expression of recombinant enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) after 8 weeks of culturing. RESULTS: While the promoters gave similar transient expression levels, CpGfree clones had significantly higher average stable expression possibly due to increased resistance to early silencing during integration into the chromosome...
October 18, 2016: BMC Biotechnology
Anna L Calkins, Jennifer Yin, Jacenda L Rangel, Madeleine R Landry, Amelia A Fuller, Grace Y Stokes
The first report of a water-soluble peptoid adsorbed to silica monitored by second harmonic generation (SHG) at the liquid/solid interface is presented here. The molecular insights gained from these studies will inform the design and preparation of novel peptoid coatings. Simple 6- and 15-residue peptoids were dissolved in phosphate buffered saline and adsorbed to bare silica surfaces. Equilibrium binding constants and relative surface concentrations of adsorbed peptoids were determined from fits to the Langmuir model...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Y K Liu, X X Deng, H L Yang
OBJECTIVES: The cytotoxicity induced by cobalt ions (Co(2+)) and cobalt nanoparticles (Co-NPs) which released following the insertion of a total hip prosthesis, has been reported. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms. In this study, we investigate the toxic effect of Co(2+) and Co-NPs on liver cells, and explain further the potential mechanisms. METHODS: Co-NPs were characterised for size, shape, elemental analysis, and hydrodynamic diameter, and were assessed by Transmission Electron Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy and Dynamic Light Scattering...
October 2016: Bone & Joint Research
J M Parrott, L Redus, D Santana-Coelho, J Morales, X Gao, J C O'Connor
The kynurenine pathway of tryptophan metabolism has an important role in mediating the behavioral effects of inflammation, which has implications in understanding neuropsychiatric comorbidity and for the development of novel therapies. Inhibition of the rate-limiting enzyme, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), prevents the development of many of these inflammation-induced preclinical behaviors. However, dysregulation in the balance of downstream metabolism, where neuroactive kynurenines are generated, is hypothesized to be a functionally important pathogenic feature of inflammation-induced depression...
October 18, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
M Iki, Y Fujita, J Tamaki, K Kouda, A Yura, Y Sato, J S Moon, A Harano, K Hazaki, E Kajita, M Hamada, K Arai, K Tomioka, N Okamoto, N Kurumatani
: Frail elderly individuals have elevated risks of both fracture and mortality. We found that incident fractures were associated with an increased risk of death even after adjusting for pre-fracture frailty status as represented by physical performance tests and laboratory tests for common geriatric diseases in community-dwelling elderly Japanese men. INTRODUCTION: While fractures reportedly increase the risk of mortality, frailty may complicate this association, generating a false-positive result...
October 18, 2016: Osteoporosis International
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