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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428531/-effective-anticoagulation-therapy-prior-to-surgical-excision-of-an-aortic-valve-papillary-fibroelastoma-diagnosed-after-a-transient-cerebral-ischemic-attack-report-of-a-case
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Masashi Toyama, Tomonobu Abe, Masato Nakayama, Bummei Sato, Osamu Ohno
Cardiac papillary fibroelastoma is reported to be the 2nd most common cardiac tumor following myxoma. Owing to the risk of embolism, early surgical excision is the treatment of choice. We report a case of effective anticoagulation therapy prior to surgical excision of an aortic valve papillary fibroelastoma. A 78-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of transient cerebral ischemic attack. The symptom was relieved in a short period. Echocardiography revealed a tumor at the aortic valve. Cardiac computed tomography revealed a sea-anemone-like appearance of the tumor...
April 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416444/the-pharmacology-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-activators
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REVIEW
Jennifer R Deuis, Alexander Mueller, Mathilde R Israel, Irina Vetter
Toxins and venom components that target voltage-gated sodium (NaV) channels have evolved numerous times due to the importance of this class of ion channels in the normal physiological function of peripheral and central neurons as well as cardiac and skeletal muscle. NaV channel activators in particular have been isolated from the venom of spiders, wasps, snakes, scorpions, cone snails and sea anemone and are also produced by plants, bacteria and algae. These compounds have provided key insight into the molecular structure, function and pathophysiological roles of NaV channels and are important tools due to their at times exquisite subtype-selectivity...
April 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412597/peptide-blockers-of-kv1-3-channels-in-t-cells-as-therapeutics-for-autoimmune-disease
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REVIEW
K George Chandy, Raymond S Norton
The voltage-gated Kv1.3 channel in T lymphocytes is a validated therapeutic target for diverse autoimmune diseases. Here we review the discovery of Kv1.3, its physiological role in T cells, and why it is an attractive target for modulating autoimmune responses. We focus on peptide inhibitors because the first Kv1.3-selective inhibitor in human trials is a peptide derived from a marine organism. Two broad classes of peptides block Kv1.3, the first from scorpions and the second from sea anemones. We describe their structures, their binding site in the external vestibule of Kv1...
April 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407448/draft-genomes-of-the-corallimorpharians-amplexidiscus-fenestrafer-and-discosoma-sp
#4
Xin Wang, Yi Jin Liew, Yong Li, Didier Zoccola, Sylvie Tambutte, Manuel Aranda
Corallimorpharia are the closest non-calcifying relatives of reef-building corals. Aside from their popularity among aquarium hobbyists, their evolutionary position between the Actiniaria (sea anemones) and the Scleractinia (hard corals) makes them ideal candidates for comparative studies aiming at understanding the evolution of hexacorallian orders in general and reef-building corals in particular. Here we have sequenced and assembled two draft genomes for the Corallimorpharia species Amplexidiscus fenestrafer and Discosoma sp...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398099/enhancing-the-therapeutic-potential-of-peptide-toxins
#5
Raymond S Norton
Peptide toxins are potent and often exquisitely selective probes of the structure and function of ion channels and receptors, and as such are of significant interest to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as both therapeutic leads and pharmacological tools. Their progression as clinical candidates, however, faces many of the challenges that are common to peptide drugs generally. Areas covered: The attributes of peptide toxins as therapeutic leads are outlined, as well as some of the limiting factors that have hampered the clinical development of many promising candidates...
April 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396016/differential-binding-and-activity-of-the-pore-forming-toxin-sticholysin-ii-in-model-membranes-containing-diverse-ceramide-derived-lipids
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Carmen Soto, Anaixis Del Valle, Pedro A Valiente, Uris Ros, María E Lanio, Ana M Hernández, Carlos Alvarez
Sticholysin II is a pore-forming toxin produced by the sea anemone Stichodactyla helianthus that belongs to the actinoporin protein family. The high affinity of actinoporins for sphingomyelin (SM)-containing membranes has been well documented. However, the molecular determinants that define this affinity have not been fully clarified. Here, we have examined the binding and permeabilizing activity of StII to different single and mixed lipidic systems by combining lipid monolayers, liposomes, and permeabilizing assays...
April 7, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379176/ostreolysin-a-pleurotolysin-b-and-equinatoxins-structure-function-and-pathophysiological-effects-of-these-pore-forming-proteins
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REVIEW
Robert Frangež, Dušan Šuput, Jordi Molgó, Evelyne Benoit
Acidic ostreolysin A/pleurotolysin B (OlyA/PlyB, formerly known as ostreolysin (Oly), and basic 20 kDa equinatoxins (EqTs) are cytolytic proteins isolated from the edible mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus and the sea anemone Actinia equina, respectively. Both toxins, although from different sources, share many similar biological activities: (i) colloid-osmotic shock by forming pores in cellular and artificial membranes enriched in cholesterol and sphingomyelin; (ii) increased vascular endothelial wall permeability in vivo and perivascular oedema; (iii) dose-dependent contraction of coronary vessels; (iv) haemolysis with pronounced hyperkalaemia in vivo; (v) bradycardia, myocardial ischemia and ventricular extrasystoles accompanied by progressive fall of arterial blood pressure and respiratory arrest in rodents...
April 5, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315771/evidence-for-two-populations-of-hair-bundles-in-the-sea-anemone-nematostella-vectensis
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Shelcie S Menard, Glen M Watson
Cytochalasin D (CD) was employed to disrupt F-actin within stereocilia of anemone hair bundles. CD treatment decreases the abundance of hair bundles (by 85%) while significantly impairing predation. The remaining hair bundles are 'CD-resistant.' Surprisingly, the morphology and F-actin content of resistant hair bundles are comparable to those of untreated controls. However, the resistant hair bundles fail to respond normally to the N-acetylated sugar, NANA, by elongating. Instead, they remain at resting length...
March 16, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304352/in-vitro-anti-inflammatory-and-cytotoxic-effects-of-aqueous-extracts-from-the-edible-sea-anemones-anemonia-sulcata-and-actinia-equina
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Tânia Costa Silva, Paula Branquinho de Andrade, Fátima Paiva-Martins, Patrícia Valentão, David Micael Pereira
Marine invertebrates have been attracting the attention of researchers for their application in nutrition, agriculture, and the pharmaceutical industry, among others. Concerning sea anemones (Cnidaria), little is known regarding their metabolic profiles and potential value as a source of pharmacologically-active agents. In this work, the chemical profiles of two species of sea anemones Actinia equina and Anemonia sulcata, were studied by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode-array detection (HPLC-DAD) and its impact upon immune and gastric cells was evaluated...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299647/runx-in-invertebrates
#10
S Hughes, A Woollard
Runx genes have been identified in all metazoans and considerable conservation of function observed across a wide range of phyla. Thus, insight gained from studying simple model organisms is invaluable in understanding RUNX biology in higher animals. Consequently, this chapter will focus on the Runx genes in the diploblasts, which includes sea anemones and sponges, as well as the lower triploblasts, including the sea urchin, nematode, planaria and insect. Due to the high degree of functional redundancy amongst vertebrate Runx genes, simpler model organisms with a solo Runx gene, like C...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287181/a-new-group-of-glycoside-hydrolase-family-13-%C3%AE-amylases-with-an-aberrant-catalytic-triad
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Fean D Sarian, Štefan Janeček, Tjaard Pijning, Ihsanawati, Zeily Nurachman, Ocky K Radjasa, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Dessy Natalia, Marc J E C van der Maarel
α-Amylases are glycoside hydrolase enzymes that act on the α(1→4) glycosidic linkages in glycogen, starch, and related α-glucans, and are ubiquitously present in Nature. Most α-amylases have been classified in glycoside hydrolase family 13 with a typical (β/α)8-barrel containing two aspartic acid and one glutamic acid residue that play an essential role in catalysis. An atypical α-amylase (BmaN1) with only two of the three invariant catalytic residues present was isolated from Bacillus megaterium strain NL3, a bacterial isolate from a sea anemone of Kakaban landlocked marine lake, Derawan Island, Indonesia...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286876/diversity-as-opportunity-insights-from-600-million-years-of-ahr-evolution
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Mark E Hahn, Sibel I Karchner, Rebeka R Merson
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) was for many years of interest only to pharmacologists and toxicologists. However, this protein has fundamental roles in biology that are being revealed through studies in diverse animal species. The AHR is an ancient protein. AHR homologs exist in most major groups of modern bilaterian animals, including deuterostomes (chordates, hemichordates, echinoderms) and the two major clades of protostome invertebrates [ecdysozoans (e.g. arthropods and nematodes) and lophotrochozoans (e...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270243/predation-on-transmission-stages-reduces-parasitism-sea-anemones-consume-transmission-stages-of-a-barnacle-parasite
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Caitlin R Fong, Armand M Kuris
While parasites serve as prey, it is unclear how the spatial distribution of parasite predators provides transmission control and influences patterns of parasitism. Because many of its organisms are sessile, the rocky intertidal zone is a valuable but little used system to understand spatial patterns of parasitism and elucidate the underlying mechanisms driving these patterns. Sea anemones and barnacles are important space competitors in the rocky intertidal zone along the Pacific coast of North America. Anemones are voracious, indiscriminate predators; thus, they may intercept infectious stages of parasites before they reach a host...
March 8, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258198/novel-adjuvant-based-on-the-pore-forming-protein-sticholysin-ii-encapsulated-into-liposomes-effectively-enhances-the-antigen-specific-ctl-mediated-immune-response
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Rady J Laborde, Oraly Sanchez-Ferras, María C Luzardo, Yoelys Cruz-Leal, Audry Fernández, Circe Mesa, Liliana Oliver, Liem Canet, Liane Abreu-Butin, Catarina V Nogueira, Mayra Tejuca, Fabiola Pazos, Carlos Álvarez, María E Alonso, Ieda M Longo-Maugéri, Michael N Starnbach, Darren E Higgins, Luis E Fernández, María E Lanio
Vaccine strategies to enhance CD8(+) CTL responses remain a current challenge because they should overcome the plasmatic and endosomal membranes for favoring exogenous Ag access to the cytosol of APCs. As a way to avoid this hurdle, sticholysin (St) II, a pore-forming protein from the Caribbean Sea anemone Stichodactyla helianthus, was encapsulated with OVA into liposomes (Lp/OVA/StII) to assess their efficacy to induce a CTL response. OVA-specific CD8(+) T cells transferred to mice immunized with Lp/OVA/StII experienced a greater expansion than when the recipients were injected with the vesicles without St, mostly exhibiting a memory phenotype...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243530/a-detailed-observation-of-the-ejection-and-retraction-of-defense-tissue-acontia-in-sea-anemone-exaiptasia-pallida
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Julie Lam, Ya-Wen Cheng, Wan-Nan U Chen, Hsing-Hui Li, Chii-Shiarng Chen, Shao-En Peng
Acontia, located in the gastrovascular cavity of anemone, are thread-like tissue containing numerous stinging cells which serve as a unique defense tissue against predators of the immobile acontiarian sea anemone. Although its morphology and biological functions, such as defense and digestion, have been studied, the defense behavior and the specific events of acontia ejection and retraction are unclear. The aim of this study is to observe and record the detailed process of acontia control in anemones. Observations reveal that the anemone, Exaiptasia pallida, possibly controls a network of body muscles and manipulates water pressure in the gastrovascular cavity to eject and retract acontia...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228679/a-new-species-of-aspidophryxus-isopoda-dajidae-ectoparasitic-on-mysidella-hoshinoi-mysidae-in-japan
#16
Michitaka Shimomura
A new dajid, Aspidophryxus izuensissp. n., is described from seven females and six males found infesting the dorsal carapaces of specimens of Mysidella hoshinoi Shimomura, 2016 (Mysidae: Mysidellinae) associated with an unidentified species of sea anemone (Haloclavidae) from Izu-Oshima Island, Sagami Sea, central Japan. Aspidophryxus izuensis sp. n. differs from its congeners in having a body length about as long as wide, widest at the anterior part in females; an elongate frontal part of the cephalon, half as long as wide in females; the frontal margin of the cephalon exceeding the anterior margins of lateral lamellae in females; an unsegmented, vermiform, elongate pleon in females; and a uropod composed of a protopod and an inner and outer ramus in males...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222763/the-discovery-of-novel-lpmo-families-with-a-new-hidden-markov-model
#17
Gerben P Voshol, Erik Vijgenboom, Peter J Punt
BACKGROUND: Renewable biopolymers, such as cellulose, starch and chitin are highly resistance to enzymatic degradation. Therefore, there is a need to upgrade current degradation processes by including novel enzymes. Lytic polysaccharide mono-oxygenases (LPMOs) can disrupt recalcitrant biopolymers, thereby enhancing hydrolysis by conventional enzymes. However, novel LPMO families are difficult to identify using existing methods. Therefore, we developed a novel profile Hidden Markov model (HMM) and used it to mine genomes of ascomycetous fungi for novel LPMOs...
February 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196786/assessing-the-chronic-toxicity-of-copper-and-aluminium-to-the-tropical-sea-anemone-exaiptasia-pallida
#18
Melanie A Trenfield, Joost W van Dam, Andrew J Harford, David Parry, Claire Streten, Karen Gibb, Rick A van Dam
The world's most productive bauxite mines and alumina refineries are located in tropical or sub-tropical regions. The discharge water from alumina refineries can contain elevated aluminium (Al, <0.45µm fraction), from 30 to 1000μg/L. There is a need for additional information on the toxicity of Al to aquatic organisms to improve the environmental regulation and management of alumina refinery operations in tropical coastal regions. A 14-d chronic toxicity test was developed for the tropical sea anemone Exaiptasia pallida...
February 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194851/inversion-of-the-side-chain-stereochemistry-of-indvidual-thr-or-ile-residues-in-a-protein-molecule-impact-on-the-folding-stability-and-structure-of-the-shk-toxin
#19
Bobo Dang, Rong Shen, Tomoya Kubota, Kalyaneswar Mandal, Francisco Bezanilla, Benoit Roux, Stephen B H Kent
ShK toxin is a cysteine-rich 35-residue protein ion-channel ligand isolated from the sea anemone Stichodactyla helianthus. In this work, we studied the effect of inverting the side chain stereochemistry of individual Thr or Ile residues on the properties of the ShK protein. Molecular dynamics simulations were used to calculate the free energy cost of inverting the side-chain stereochemistry of individual Thr or Ile residues. Guided by the computational results, we used chemical protein synthesis to prepare three ShK polypeptide chain analogues, each containing either an allo-Thr or an allo-Ile residue...
March 13, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173991/damage-of-eukaryotic-cells-by-the-pore-forming-toxin-sticholysin-ii-consequences-of-the-potassium-efflux
#20
Sheila Cabezas, Sylvia Ho, Uris Ros, María E Lanio, Carlos Alvarez, F Gisou van der Goot
Pore-forming toxins (PFTs) form holes in membranes causing one of the most catastrophic damages to a target cell. Target organisms have evolved a regulated response against PFTs damage including cell membrane repair. This ability of cells strongly depends on the toxin concentration and the properties of the pores. It has been hypothesized that there is an inverse correlation between the size of the pores and the time required to repair the membrane, which has been for long a non-intuitive concept and far to be completely understood...
February 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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