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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927259/generation-diversity-determination-and-application-to-antibody-selection-of-a-human-na%C3%A3-ve-fab-library
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Sangkyu Kim, Insoo Park, Seung Gu Park, Seulki Cho, Jin Hong Kim, Nagesh S Ipper, Sun Shim Choi, Eung Suk Lee, Hyo Jeong Hong
We constructed a large naïve human Fab library (3 x 1010 colonies) from the lymphocytes of 809 human donors, assessed available diversities of the heavy-chain variable (VH) and κ light-chain variable (VK) domain repertoires, and validated the library by selecting Fabs against 10 therapeutically relevant antigens by phage display. We obtained a database of unique 7,373 VH and 41,804 VK sequences by 454 pyrosequencing, and analyzed the repertoires. The distribution of VH and VK subfamilies and germline genes in our antibody repertoires slightly differed from those in earlier published natural antibody libraries...
September 20, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926601/utility-of-abdominal-skin-plus-subcutaneous-fat-and-rectal-mucosal-biopsy-in-the-diagnosis-of-al-amyloidosis-with-renal-involvement
#2
Ting Li, Xianghua Huang, Shuiqin Cheng, Liang Zhao, Guisheng Ren, Wencui Chen, Qingwen Wang, Caihong Zeng, Zhihong Liu
OBJECTIVES: Skin fat biopsy of the abdominal wall is a simple and safe method for detecting amyloidosis, and rectal mucosal biopsy is also frequently used for screening for the disease; however, the sensitivity of these approaches has not been fully studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of skin fat biopsy combined with rectal mucosal biopsy as a screening procedure for the diagnosis of systemic immunoglobulin light-chain (AL) amyloidosis. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 224 AL amyloidosis patients confirmed by renal biopsy, including a test group of 165 patients and validation group of 59 patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926473/hydrogen-gas-attenuates-sevoflurane-neurotoxicity-through-inhibiting-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BA-light-chain-enhancer-of-activated-b-cells-signaling-and-proinflammatory-cytokine-release-in-neonatal-rats
#3
Yiwei Shi, Gang Wang, Jinyuan Li, Wenli Yu
Anesthesia neurotoxicity in developing brain has gained increasing attention. However, knowledge regarding its mitigating strategies remains scant. Sevoflurane, a commonly used anesthetic, is responsible for learning and memory deficits in neonates. Molecular hydrogen is reported to be a potential neuroprotective agent because of its antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. This study aimed to investigate the effect of hydrogen gas on sevoflurane neurotoxicity. The newborn rats were treated with sevoflurane and/or hydrogen gas for 2 h...
September 18, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926259/dual-photochemical-reaction-pathway-in-flavin-based-photoreceptor-lov-domain-a-combined-quantum-mechanics-molecular-mechanics-investigation
#4
Setsuko Nakagawa, Oliver Weingart, Christel M Marian
The primary photochemical reaction of the light, oxygen, and voltage (LOV) domain of the blue-light photo-sensor YtvA of Bacillus subtilis were investigated using high-level QM(DFT/MRCI)/MM methods. After blue-light excitation, the Sγ atom of the reactive cysteine forms a covalent bond with the C4a of the flavin mononucleotide (FMN) ring. Two conformations for the side chain of reactive cysteine with occupancies of 70% (conf A) and 30% (conf B) are observed in the X-ray crystallographic structures of the YtvA-LOV (Möglich, A...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925709/effect-of-hydrophobic-chain-length-on-the-stability-and-guest-exchange-behavior-of-shell-sheddable-micelles-formed-by-disulfide-linked-diblock-copolymers
#5
Haiyan Fan, Yixia Li, Jinxian Yang, Xiaodong Ye
Reduction-responsive micelles hold enormous promise for the application as drug carriers due to the fast drug release triggered by reducing conditions and high anticancer activity. However, the effect of hydrophobic chain length on the stability and guest exchange of reduction-responsive micelles, especially for the micelles formed by diblock copolymers containing single disulfide group, are not fully understood. Here, shell-sheddable micelles formed by a series of disulfide-linked copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(-caprolactone) (PEG-SS-PCL) containing the same chain length of PEG but different chain lengths of hydrophobic block PCL were prepared and well characterized...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924567/rearrangeable-and-exchangeable-optical-module-with-system-on-chip-for-wearable-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-system
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Tsukasa Funane, Takashi Numata, Hiroki Sato, Shinsuke Hiraizumi, Yuichi Hasegawa, Hidenobu Kuwabara, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Masashi Kiguchi
We developed a system-on-chip (SoC)-incorporated light-emitting diode (LED) and avalanche photodiode (APD) modules to improve the usability and flexibility of a fiberless wearable functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) system. The SoC has a microprocessing unit and programmable circuits. The time division method and the lock-in method were used for separately detecting signals from different positions and signals of different wavelengths, respectively. Each module autonomously works for this time-divided-lock-in measurement with a high sensitivity for haired regions...
January 2018: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924263/refinement-of-ectopic-protein-expression-through-the-gal4-uas-system-in-bombyx-mori-application-to-behavioral-and-developmental-studies
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Chiho Hara, Koudai Morishita, Seika Takayanagi-Kiya, Akihisa Mikami, Keiro Uchino, Takeshi Sakurai, Ryohei Kanzaki, Hideki Sezutsu, Masafumi Iwami, Taketoshi Kiya
Silkmoth, Bombyx mori, is one of the important model insects in which transgenic techniques and the GAL4/UAS system are applicable. However, due to cytotoxicity and low transactivation activity of GAL4, effectiveness of the GAL4/UAS system and its application in B. mori are still limited. In the present study, we refined the previously reported UAS vector by exploiting transcriptional and translational enhancers, and achieved 200-fold enhancement of reporter GFP fluorescence in the GAL4/UAS system. Enhanced protein expression of membrane-targeted GFP and calcium indicator protein (GCaMP5G) drastically improved visualization of fine neurite structures and neural activity, respectively...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924017/in-silico-analysis-of-the-regulation-of-the-photosynthetic-electron-transport-chain-in-c3-plants
#8
Alejandro Morales, Xinyou Yin, Jeremy Harbinson, Steven Michiel Driever, Jaap Molenaar, David M Kramer, Paul Struik
We present a new simulation model of the reactions in the photosynthetic electron transport chain of C3 species. We show that including recent insights about the regulation of the thylakoid proton motive force, ATP/NADPH balancing mechanisms (cyclic and non-cyclic alternative electron transport), and regulation of Rubisco activity, leads to emergent behaviors that may affect the operation and regulation of photosynthesis under different dynamic environmental conditions. The model was parameterized with experimental results in the literature, with a focus on Arabidopsis thaliana...
September 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923646/usefulness-of-post-transplant-hematopoietic-chimera-monitoring-by-use-of-the-quantitative-fluorescence-polymerase-chain-reaction-method
#9
M Lejman, K Drabko, B Styka, D Winnicka, M Babicz, I Jaszczuk, J R Kowalczyk
BACKGROUND: In the light of an increasing number of hematopoietic stem cell transplantations and more frequent use of reduced-intensity conditioning as preparative regimens for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, post-transplant cell chimera monitoring is considered a necessity. METHODS: The quantitative fluorescence polymerase chain reaction method, along with the commercial AmpFSTR SGMPlus kit, was applied in research on hematopoietic chimeras. RESULTS: The total of 102 patients who had undergone allogenic transplantations were investigated...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922602/cucurbit-7-uril-induced-formation-of-fret-enabled-uni-lamellar-lipid-vesicles
#10
Shilpi Kushwaha, Arunava Maity, Monalisa Gangopadhyay, Sapna Ravindranathan, Pattuparambil R Rajamohanan, Amitava Das
A unique fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) process is found to be operational in a unilamellar lipid self-assembly in the aqueous phase. A newly synthesized naphthyl based long chain lipid derivative [N-(naphthalene-1-ylmethyl)tetradecane-1-ammonium chloride, 14NA+] forms various self-assembled architectures in the aqueous phase. Controlled changes in lipid concentration lead to a transition of the self-assemblies from micelles to vesicles to rods. In the presence of cucurbit[7]uril (CB7), 14NA+ forms a host-guest [2]pseudorotaxane complex (CB7∋14NA+) and secondary interactions lead to the formation of a lipid bilayer with hydrophobic pockets situated in between the layers...
September 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922593/cysteine-silac-mass-spectrometry-enables-the-identification-and-quantitation-of-scrambled-inter-chain-disulfide-bonds-preservation-of-native-heavy-light-chain-pairing-in-bispecific-iggs-generated-by-controlled-fab-arm-exchange
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Ewald T J van den Bremer, Aran F Labrijn, Ramon van den Boogaard, Patrick Priem, Kai Scheffler, Joost P M Melis, Janine Schuurman, Paul Parren, Rob N de Jong
Bispecific antibodies (bsAbs) are one of the most versatile and promising pharmaceutical innovations for countering heterogeneous and refractory disease by virtue of their ability to bind two distinct antigens. One critical quality attribute of bsAb formation requiring investigation is the potential randomization of cognate heavy chain (H)/light (L) chain pairing, which could occur to a varying extent dependent on bsAb format and the production platform. To assess the content of such HL chain-swapped reaction products with high sensitivity, we developed cysteine-SILAC, a method that facilitates the detailed characterization of disulfide-bridged peptides by mass-spectrometry...
September 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922373/dynein-light-chain-regulates-adaptive-and-innate-b-cell-development-by-distinctive-genetic-mechanisms
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Ashleigh King, Lingli Li, David M Wong, Rui Liu, Rebecca Bamford, Andreas Strasser, David M Tarlinton, Jörg Heierhorst
Mechanistic differences in the development and function of adaptive, high-affinity antibody-producing B-2 cells and innate-like, "natural" antibody-producing B-1a cells remain poorly understood. Here we show that the multi-functional dynein light chain (DYNLL1/LC8) plays important roles in the establishment of B-1a cells in the peritoneal cavity and in the ongoing development of B-2 lymphoid cells in the bone marrow of mice. Epistasis analyses indicate that Dynll1 regulates B-1a and early B-2 cell development in a single, linear pathway with its direct transcriptional activator ASCIZ (ATMIN/ZNF822), and that the two genes also have complementary functions during late B-2 cell development...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921659/ligature-induced-peri-implantitis-and-periodontitis-in-mice
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Sarah Hiyari, Ryan Wong, Aline Yaghsezian, Azadi Naghibi, Sotirios Tetradis, Paulo M Camargo, Flavia Q Pirih
AIM: Peri-implantitis (PI), inflammation around dental implants, shares characteristics with periodontitis (PD). However, PI is more difficult to control, treat, and detailed pathophysiology is unclear. We aimed to compare PI and PD progression utilizing a murine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four-week-old male C57BL/6J mice had their left maxillary molars extracted. Implants were placed in healed extraction sockets and osseointegrated. Ligatures were tied around the implant and second molar...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921504/g%C3%AE-12-facilitates-carbachol-induced-shortening-in-human-airway-smooth-muscle-by-modulating-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-mediated-activation-in-a-rhoa-dependent-manner
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Edwin J Yoo, Gaoyuan Cao, Cynthia J Koziol-White, Christie A Ojiaku, Krishna Sunder, Joseph A Jude, James V Michael, Hong Lam, Ivan Pushkarsky, Robert Damoiseaux, Dino Di Carlo, Kwangmi Ahn, Steven S An, Raymond B Penn, Reynold A Panettieri
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)-dependent activation of Rho kinase (ROCK) is necessary for agonist-induced human airway smooth muscle cell (HASMC) contraction, and inhibition of PI3K promotes bronchodilation of human small airways. The upstream mechanisms driving agonist-mediated PI3K/ROCK axis activation, however, remain unclear. Given the capacity of G12 family proteins to activate ROCK pathways in other cell types (Riobo and Manning, 2005), the role of G12 proteins in modulating M3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (M3R)-stimulated PI3K/ROCK activation and HASMC contraction was examined...
September 17, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920086/organic-compounds-generated-after-the-flow-of-water-through-micro-orifices-were-they-synthesized
#15
Tomiichi Hasegawa, Akiomi Ushida, Masaki Goda, Yasushi Ono
Micro-fluid mechanics is an important area of research in modern fluid mechanics because of its many potential industrial and biological applications. However, the field is not fully understood yet. In previous work, when passing ultrapure water (UPW) in which air was dissolved (UPW*) through micro-orifices, we found that the flow velocity decreased and stopped over time, and membranes were frequently formed in the orifice when the flow stopped. The membrane came from the dissolved air in UPW*, and membrane formation was closely related to electric charges generated in orifices by the flow...
August 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919671/detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus-enterotoxigenic-strains-in-bovine-raw-milk-by-reversed-passive-latex-agglutination-and-multiplex-polymerase-chain-reaction
#16
Asmaa Samy Mansour, Gad El-Said Wagih, Sabry D Morgan, Mahmoud Elhariri, Mona A El-Shabrawy, Azza S M Abuelnaga, E A Elgabry
AIM: This review gives an outline of the assessment of enterotoxigenic Staphylococcus aureus tainting levels in raw milk from different sources in Egypt and characterization of enterotoxigenic strains utilizing a technique in light of PCR to identify genes coding for the production of staphylococcal enterotoxin (SE). The obtained data were compared with results from the application of the reversed passive latex. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Multiplex PCR and reversed passive latex agglutination (RPLA) were used...
August 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919633/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-in-light-chain-amyloidosis-patients-with-non-evaluable-serum-free-light-chains
#17
S Sidana, N Tandon, A Dispenzieri, M A Gertz, F K Buadi, M Q Lacy, D Dingli, A L Fonder, S R Hayman, M A Hobbs, W I Gonsalves, Y L Hwa, P Kapoor, R A Kyle, N Leung, R S Go, J A Lust, S J Russell, S R Zeldenrust, V Rajkumar, S K Kumar
Hematologic response criteria in light chain (AL) amyloidosis require the difference in involved and uninvolved free light chains (dFLC) to be at least 5 mg/dl. We describe the clinical presentation and outcomes of newly diagnosed amyloidosis patients with dFLC<5 mg/dl (non-evaluable dFLC; 14%, n=165) compared to patients with dFLC ⩾5 mg/dl (evaluable dFLC; 86%, n=975). Patients with non-evaluable dFLC had less cardiac involvement (40 vs 80%, P<0.001), less liver involvement (11 vs 17%, P=0.04) and a trend towards less gastrointestinal involvement (18 vs 25%, P=0...
September 18, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918549/loss-of-lhci-system-affects-lhcii-re-distribution-between-thylakoid-domains-upon-state-transitions
#18
Mauro Bressan, Roberto Bassi, Luca Dall'Osto
LHCI, the peripheral antenna system of Photosystem I, includes four light-harvesting proteins (Lhca1-Lhca4) in higher plants, all of which are devoid in the Arabidopsis thaliana knock-out mutant ΔLhca. PSI absorption cross-section was reduced in the mutant, thus affecting the redox balance of the photosynthetic electron chain and resulting in a more reduced PQ with respect to the wild type. ΔLhca plants developed compensatory response by enhancing LHCII binding to PSI. However, the amplitude of state transitions, as measured from changes of chlorophyll fluorescence in vivo, was unexpectedly low than the high level of PSI-LHCII supercomplex established...
September 16, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918229/design-of-modified-botulinum-neurotoxin-a1-variants-with-a-shorter-persistence-of-paralysis-and-duration-of-action
#19
Daniel Scheps, Manuela López de la Paz, Marcel Jurk, Fred Hofmann, Jürgen Frevert
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are classified by their antigenic properties into seven serotypes (A-G) and in addition by their corresponding subtypes. They are further characterized by divergent onset and duration of effect. Injections of low doses of botulinum neurotoxins cause localized muscle paralysis that is beneficial for the treatment of several medical disorders and aesthetic indications. Optimizing the therapeutic properties could offer new treatment opportunities. This report describes a rational design approach to modify the pharmacological properties by mutations in the C-terminus of BoNT/A1 light chain (LC)...
September 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917298/high-prevalence-of-bovine-cysticercosis-found-during-evaluation-of-different-post-mortem-detection-techniques-in-belgian-slaughterhouses
#20
Famke Jansen, Pierre Dorny, Dirk Berkvens, Anke Van Hul, Nick Van den Broeck, Caroline Makay, Nicolas Praet, Ramon Marc Eichenberger, Peter Deplazes, Sarah Gabriël
Bovine cysticercosis (BCC), caused by the helminth Taenia saginata, is currently diagnosed solely by official meat inspection (MI) based on macroscopic detection of viable cysticerci or typical lesions of degenerated larvae. MI has a known low sensitivity (<16%), leading to a large proportion of infected cattle carcasses entering the human food chain and posing a risk to public health. Prevalence in Belgium based on MI results is estimated at around 0.22%. Due to the low sensitivity of MI, alternative techniques to detect BCC should be considered...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
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