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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225819/lipid-interactions-and-angle-of-approach-to-the-hiv-1-viral-membrane-of-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-10e8-insights-for-vaccine-and-therapeutic-design
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Adriana Irimia, Andreia M Serra, Anita Sarkar, Ronald Jacak, Oleksandr Kalyuzhniy, Devin Sok, Karen L Saye-Francisco, Torben Schiffner, Ryan Tingle, Michael Kubitz, Yumiko Adachi, Robyn L Stanfield, Marc C Deller, Dennis R Burton, William R Schief, Ian A Wilson
Among broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV, 10E8 exhibits greater neutralizing breadth than most. Consequently, this antibody is the focus of prophylactic/therapeutic development. The 10E8 epitope has been identified as the conserved membrane proximal external region (MPER) of gp41 subunit of the envelope (Env) viral glycoprotein and is a major vaccine target. However, the MPER is proximal to the viral membrane and may be laterally inserted into the membrane in the Env prefusion form. Nevertheless, 10E8 has not been reported to have significant lipid-binding reactivity...
February 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225597/interfacial-design-of-ternary-mixed-matrix-membranes-containing-pebax-1657-silver-nanopowder-bmim-bf4-for-improved-co2-separation-performance
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Ehsan Ghasemi Estahbanati, Mohammadreza Omidkhah, Abtin Ebadi Amooghin
In this research, Pebax1657 as an organic phase and silver nanoparticles as an inorganic phase were used for preparation of binary mixed matrix membranes (MMMs). Silver nanoparticles as a filler could enter the polymer chains and enhance the gas permeability by increasing the fractional free volume of membranes. Afterwards, ternary MMMs were fabricated by addition of 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4]) ionic liquid, in order to have better polymer/filler adhesion and eliminate interfacial defects and non-selective voids...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225039/ruthenium-based-metallopolymer-grafted-reduced-graphene-oxide-as-a-new-hybrid-solar-light-harvester-in-polymer-solar-cells
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R Vinoth, S Ganesh Babu, Vishal Bharti, V Gupta, M Navaneethan, S Venkataprasad Bhat, C Muthamizhchelvan, Praveen C Ramamurthy, Chhavi Sharma, Dinesh K Aswal, Yasuhiro Hayakawa, B Neppolian
A new class of pyridyl benzimdazole based Ru complex decorated polyaniline assembly (PANI-Ru) was covalently grafted onto reduced graphene oxide sheets (rGO) via covalent functionalization approach. The covalent attachment of PANI-Ru with rGO was confirmed from XPS analysis and Raman spectroscopy. The chemical bonding between PANI-Ru and rGO induced the electron transfer from Ru complex to rGO via backbone of the conjugated PANI chain. The resultant hybrid metallopolymer assembly was successfully demonstrated as an electron donor in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (PSCs)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224478/targeting-the-nf-e2-related-factor-2-pathway-a-novel-strategy-for-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Li Zhang, Handong Wang
As an essential component of cellular defense against a variety of endogenous and exogenous stresses, nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has received increased attention in the past decades. Multiple studies indicate that Nrf2 acts not only as an important protective factor in injury models but also as a downstream target of therapeutic agents. Activation of Nrf2 has increasingly been linked to many human diseases, especially in central nervous system (CNS) injury such as traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224118/heparin-binding-hemagglutinin-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-is-an-inhibitor-of-autophagy
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Qing Zheng, Zhi Li, Shan Zhou, Qian Zhang, Lei Zhou, Xiaorui Fu, Liu Yang, Yueyun Ma, Xiaoke Hao
Airway epithelial cell is often the initial site of attack by pathogens, and cell death is commonly caused by internalization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). However, the mechanism of interaction between epithelial cells and Mtb is not well understood. In this study, we investigated the role of the heparin-binding hemagglutinin (HBHA) protein of Mtb in the function of epithelial cells. In particular, the autophagy of A549 cells was determined based on microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 alpha (LC3) activity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224003/darwinism-for-the-genomic-age-connecting-mutation-to-diversification
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Xia Hua, Lindell Bromham
A growing body of evidence suggests that rates of diversification of biological lineages are correlated with differences in genome-wide mutation rate. Given that most research into differential patterns of diversification rate have focused on species traits or ecological parameters, a connection to the biochemical processes of genome change is an unexpected observation. While the empirical evidence for a significant association between mutation rate and diversification rate is mounting, there has been less effort in explaining the factors that mediate this connection between genetic change and species richness...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223742/insulin-like-growth-factor-1-increases-the-expression-of-inflammatory-biomarkers-and-sebum-production-in-cultured-sebocytes
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Hyojin Kim, Sun Young Moon, Mi Yeung Sohn, Weon Ju Lee
BACKGROUND: Acne vulgaris has been linked to the Western diet. Hyperglycemic diet increases insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1. Deeper insights into IGF-1-mediated signal pathway are critical importance to understand the impact of Western diet. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of IGF-1 on the expression of inflammatory biomarkers and sebum production in cultured sebocytes. METHODS: Polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were performed to measure changes in the expression of inflammatory biomarkers including interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, IL-8, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB), IGF1R, IGFBP2, sterol response element-binding protein (SREBP), and phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase, catalytic subunit alpha (PI3KCA) after the treatment of cultured sebocytes with 10(-7) M or 10(-5) M IGF-1...
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223726/dendritic-cells-engineered-to-secrete-anti-dcr3-antibody-augment-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-response-against-pancreatic-cancer-in-vitro
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Jiang Chen, Xiao-Zhong Guo, Hong-Yu Li, Jia-Jun Zhao, Wen-Da Xu
AIM: To investigate the enhanced cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses against pancreatic cancer (PC) in vitro induced by dendritic cells (DCs) engineered to secrete anti-DcR3 monoclonal antibody (mAb). METHODS: DCs, T lymphocytes and primary PC cells were obtained from PC patients. DCs were transfected with a designed humanized anti-DcR3 monoclonal antibody heavy and light chain mRNA and/or total tumor RNA (DC-tumor-anti-DcR3 RNA or DC-total tumor RNA) by using electroporation technology...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222766/increased-cortical-lesion-load-and-intrathecal-inflammation-is-associated-with-oligoclonal-bands-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-a-combined-csf-and-mri-study
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Gabriele Farina, Roberta Magliozzi, Marco Pitteri, Richard Reynolds, Stefania Rossi, Alberto Gajofatto, Maria Donata Benedetti, Francesco Facchiano, Salvatore Monaco, Massimiliano Calabrese
BACKGROUND: Although IgG oligoclonal bands (OCBs) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are a frequent phenomenon in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, their relationship with grey matter lesions, intrathecal/meningeal inflammation and clinical evolution has not been clarified yet. The aim of our study was to assess the relationship between the OCBs, the inflammatory/neurodegenerative CSF profile at diagnosis, the cortical lesion load and the clinical evolution after 10 years. METHODS: This is a 10-year observational, cross-sectional study based on a combined MRI, cognitive and CSF profiling of the examined patients...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222374/diuron-causes-sinking-retardation-and-physiochemical-alteration-in-marine-diatoms-thalassiosira-pseudonana-and-skeletonema-marinoi-dohrnii-complex
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Mst Ruhina Margia Khanam, Yohei Shimasaki, Md Zahangir Hosain, Koki Mukai, Michito Tsuyama, Xuchun Qiu, Rumana Tasmin, Hiroshi Goto, Yuji Oshima
The present research investigated the effect of diuron on sinking rate and the physiochemical changes in two marine diatoms, Thalassiosira pseudonana (single-celled species) and Skeletonema marinoi-dohrnii complex (chain-forming species). The results revealed that the sinking rate of both diatoms exposed to diuron at a level of 50% effective concentration for growth (EC50) decreased significantly compared with the control. Photosynthetic performance (Fv/Fm and PIABS) of both diatoms also decreased significantly with diuron exposure...
February 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220863/engineering-botulinum-neurotoxin-c1-as-a-molecular-vehicle-for-intra-neuronal-drug-delivery
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Edwin J Vazquez-Cintron, Phillip H Beske, Luis Tenezaca, Bao Q Tran, Jonathan M Oyler, Elliot J Glotfelty, Christopher A Angeles, Aurelia Syngkon, Jean Mukherjee, Suzanne R Kalb, Philip A Band, Patrick M McNutt, Charles B Shoemaker, Konstantin Ichtchenko
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) binds to and internalizes its light chain into presynaptic compartments with exquisite specificity. While the native toxin is extremely lethal, bioengineering of BoNT has the potential to eliminate toxicity without disrupting neuron-specific targeting, thereby creating a molecular vehicle capable of delivering therapeutic cargo into the neuronal cytosol. Building upon previous work, we have developed an atoxic derivative (ad) of BoNT/C1 through rationally designed amino acid substitutions in the metalloprotease domain of wild type (wt) BoNT/C1...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220794/flucrypyrim-a-novel-uterine-relaxant-has-antinociceptive-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-vivo
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Zhongtang Li, Limei Wang, Yue Cong, Lin Guo, Xiaohui Lin, Zuyin Yu, Xingan Wu, Junxing Dong, Rifang Yang, Yuwen Cong
Consequences of primary dsysmenorrhea (PD) can be severe. Increased prostaglandin production leads to uterine contraction and insufficient blood flow to the endometrium causing ischemia and pain symptoms. Protein tyrosine kinase/phosphatase activities contribute to the modulation of uterine contraction. In our previous study, we found the synthetic β-methoxyacrylates compound Fluacrypyrim (FAPM), significantly increased protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) activity, resulting in dephosphorylation of tyrosine kinases...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220293/effects-of-bisphosphonates-on-osteogenesis-and-osteoclastogenesis-signaling-during-the-endochondral-ossification-of-growing-rats
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Eloiza Rezende, Vivian Bradaschia-Correa, Fabio Siviero, Lucas M B Ambrosio, Victor E Arana-Chavez
Osteoclasts and chondroclasts are necessary, during endochondral ossification, for the resorption of primary bone and calcified cartilage septa, respectively. The bisphosphonates inhibit mineralized tissue resorption by various mechanisms according to the different types of this drug, which can affect bone remodeling during skeletal growth. The objective of the present study is to analyze the way that alendronate (ALN) and etidronate (ETN) can affect osteoclastogenesis and bone formation during endochondral ossification of the long bones of growing rats...
February 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219840/effect-of-surface-functionalisation-on-the-interaction-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-with-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Ayse Beyza Aysan, Zdeněk Knejzlík, Pavel Ulbrich, Marek Šoltys, Aleš Zadražil, František Štěpánek
The combination of nanoparticles with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can have benefits such as easier sample handling or higher sensitivity, but also drawbacks such as loss of colloidal stability or inhibition of the PCR. The present work systematically investigates the interaction of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MIONs) with the PCR in terms of colloidal stability and potential PCR inhibition due to interaction between the PCR components and the nanoparticle surface. Several types of MIONs with and without surface functionalisation by sodium citrate, dextran and 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APTES) were prepared and characterised by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy...
February 6, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219562/isolated-pericardial-infiltration-without-myocardial-involvement-in%C3%A2-light-chain-related-amyloidosis
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Sophie Georgin-Lavialle, Aziz Guellich, Jean-François Deux, David Buob, Thibaud Damy
Light-chain-related amyloidosis is a systemic disease characterized by continuous accumulation of insoluble fibrillar proteins in different organs. Cardiac involvement is frequent in this condition. However, atypical presentations and unusual amyloid deposits localization may be encountered making the diagnosis challenging. We present here a case of a light-chain-related pericardial amyloidosis without evidence of myocardial involvement and emphasize the difficulty and importance of amyloidosis typing before starting treatment...
March 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218663/advanced-glycation-end-products-inhibit-the-proliferation-of-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-by-inhibiting-cathepsin-d
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Yuan Li, Ye Chang, Ning Ye, Dongxue Dai, Yintao Chen, Naijin Zhang, Guozhe Sun, Yingxian Sun
We aimed to investigate the effect of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) on the proliferation and migration ability of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Cell proliferation was detected by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay, real-time cell analyzer and 5-Ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine (EdU) staining. Cell migration was detected by wound-healing and transwell assay. AGEs significantly inhibited the proliferation and migration of HUVECs in a time-and dose-dependent way. Western blotting revealed that AGEs dramatically increased the expression of microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) II/I and p62...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217764/vpreb-serves-as-an-invariant-surrogate-antigen-for-selecting-immunoglobulin-antigen-binding-sites
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Mohamed Khass, Tessa Blackburn, Peter D Burrows, Mark R Walter, Emidio Capriotti, Harry W Schroeder
Developmental checkpoints eliminate B cells synthesizing defective immunoglobulin heavy (HC) and light (LC) chains. The first checkpoint tests for formation of a VpreB/λ5/µHC-containing preB-cell receptor (preBCR) and predicts whether µHCs will bind conventional LCs to form membrane IgM. VpreB and λ5 also create a sensing site that interacts with µHC antigen-binding region CDR-H3, but whether it plays a role in immunoglobulin repertoire selection and function is unknown. On a position-by-position basis, we analyzed the amino acid content of CDR-H3s from H chains cloned from living and apoptotic preB cells and from IgG:Antigen structures...
July 14, 2016: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216792/effect-of-monomer-solubility-on-the-evolution-of-copolymer-morphology-during-polymerization-induced-self-assembly-in-aqueous-solution
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Amy A Cockram, Thomas J Neal, Matthew J Derry, Oleksandr O Mykhaylyk, Neal S J Williams, Martin W Murray, Simon N Emmett, Steven P Armes
Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) has become a widely used technique for the rational design of diblock copolymer nano-objects in concentrated aqueous solution. Depending on the specific PISA formulation, reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous dispersion polymerization typically provides straightforward access to either spheres, worms, or vesicles. In contrast, RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization formulations often lead to just kinetically-trapped spheres. This limitation is currently not understood, and only a few empirical exceptions have been reported in the literature...
February 14, 2017: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216608/expression-of-iron-related-proteins-differentiate-non-cancerous-and-cancerous-breast-tumors
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Sara Pizzamiglio, Maida De Bortoli, Elena Taverna, Michele Signore, Silvia Veneroni, William Chi-Shing Cho, Rosaria Orlandi, Paolo Verderio, Italia Bongarzone
We have previously reported hepcidin and ferritin increases in the plasma of breast cancer patients, but not in patients with benign breast disease. We hypothesized that these differences in systemic iron homeostasis may reflect alterations in different iron-related proteins also play a key biochemical and regulatory role in breast cancer. Thus, here we explored the expression of a bundle of molecules involved in both iron homeostasis and tumorigenesis in tissue samples. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) or reverse-phase protein array (RPPA), were used to measure the expression of 20 proteins linked to iron processes in 24 non-cancerous, and 56 cancerous, breast tumors...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214923/urinary-free-light-chains-may-help-to-identify-infection-in-patients-with-elevated-systemic-inflammation-due-to-rheumatic-disease
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Carsten P Bramlage, Britta Froelich, Manuel Wallbach, Joan Minguet, Clemens Grupp, Cornelia Deutsch, Peter Bramlage, Gerhard A Müller, Michael Koziolek
The risk of infection in patients with rheumatic diseases is elevated, but a clear marker to differentiate the cause of the systemic inflammation is missing. We assessed the ability urinary immunoglobulin free light chains (FLCs) to indicate the presence of infection in patients with rheumatic disease. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with rheumatic disease attending the Georg-August University Hospital in Goettingen, Germany, from January 2011 to December 2013. Subjects were included if they had urine levels of κ and λ FLCs available...
February 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
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