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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433861/c-reactive-protein-and-enzymatically-modified-ldl-cooperatively-promote-dendritic-cell-mediated-t-cell-activation
#1
Wei He, Yong Ren, Xiao Wang, Qiao Chen, Shifang Ding
BACKGROUND: Enzymatically modified low density lipoprotein (eLDL), C reactive protein (CRP), dendritic cells (DCs), and T cells were shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate whether eLDL and CRP could cooperatively promote DC-mediated T cell activation and proliferation. METHOD: Low density lipoprotein was isolated from healthy human plasma and treated with proteases and cholesterol esterase. CD14(+) monocytes were isolated from human peripheral blood by gradient centrifugation and enriched with CD14 Microbeads, which were then induced with recombinant human IL-4 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor before treated with eLDL and/or CRP...
April 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433747/chemical-composition-of-ocimum-sanctum-by-lc-esi-ms-ms-analysis-and-its-protective-effects-against-smoke-induced-lung-and-neuronal-tissue-damage-in-rats
#2
M P Venuprasad, Hemanth Kumar Kandikattu, Sakina Razack, Narayanappa Amruta, Farhath Khanum
Smoke induced oxidative stress is known to cause various cancers and associated health problems including lung cancer. Herbal extracts have been reported as antioxidant supplements which attenuate free radical induced oxidative damage of tissues, among which Ocimum sanctum has been reported as the elixir of life due to its innumerable health benefits. In the present study, we investigated the protective effect of O. sanctum against cracker smoke induced lung and brain tissue damage. The results of the study demonstrate that O...
April 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433719/isolation-and-characterization-of-monocyte-macrophage-from-peripheral-blood-of-half-smooth-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis
#3
Zhenxia Sha, Linqing Wang, Luming Sun, Yadong Chen, Yuan Zheng, Mei Xin, Chen Li, Songlin Chen
In the present study, the peripheral blood cells of half smooth tongue sole (Cynoglossus semilaevis) were examined by blood smear under the light microscopy. The proportion of main types of blood cells are as following: erythrocyte occupied the majority (92.3%), followed by thrombocyte (4.15%), granulocyte (1.7%), lymphocyte (1.5%) and monocyte (0.3%), respectively. Meanwhile, the isolation method of monocytes was established, by density gradient centrifugation to isolate mononuclear leukocytes of peripheral blood...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433714/effects-of-dietary-supplementation-with-fenugreek-seeds-alone-or-in-combination-with-probiotics-on-gilthead-seabream-sparus-aurata-l-skin-mucosal-immunity
#4
F A Guardiola, A Bahi, A Bakhrouf, M A Esteban
Despite increasing interest in modulating the immune response of fish, providing a combination of probiotics and herbal immunostimulants in aquafeed has rarely has been studied. The effects on gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata L.) of the dietary administration of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) seeds alone (FE), or combined with one of the following probiotic strains: Bacillus licheniformis (FEBL), Lactobacillus plantarum (FELP) or Bacillus subtilis (FEBS) were evaluated. Fish were fed a control or one of the supplemented diets for 3 weeks...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433622/diminished-capacity-of-opsonization-and-immune-complex-solubilization-and-detection-of-anti-c1q-antibodies-in-sera-from-patients-with-hereditary-angioedema
#5
Daisuke Honda, Isao Ohsawa, Nobuyuki Sato, Hiroyuki Inoshita, Satoshi Mano, Yasuhiko Tomino, Yusuke Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is an autosomal dominant disease caused by deficiency of C1 esterase inhibitor. Symptoms of HAE include edema, which can potentially cause suffocation. Some patients with HAE exhibit immunological abnormalities, which could prevent an accurate diagnosis. Low levels of complement components are characteristic of HAE and in other settings are thought to reduce elimination of apoptotic cells and immune complex (IC). Thus, we aimed to experimentally clarify the mechanism of immunological abnormalities using sera from HAE patients...
April 19, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433595/effects-of-chlorpyrifos-on-soil-carboxylesterase-activity-at-an-aggregate-size-scale
#6
Juan C Sanchez-Hernandez, Marco Sandoval
The impact of pesticides on extracellular enzyme activity has been mostly studied on the bulk soil scale, and our understanding of the impact on an aggregate-size scale remains limited. Because microbial processes, and their extracellular enzyme production, are dependent on the size of soil aggregates, we hypothesized that the effect of pesticides on enzyme activities is aggregate-size specific. We performed three experiments using an Andisol to test the interaction between carboxylesterase (CbE) activity and the organophosphorus (OP) chlorpyrifos...
April 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433192/a-zymogram-technique-for-preliminary-screening-and-characterization-of-feruloyl-esterases
#7
Sakthi Kumaran Palaniswamy, Vijayalakshmi Govindaswamy
We report here, for the first time, a zymogram technique designed for rapid screening of feruloyl esterase using ethyl ferulate as enzyme substrate and casein precipitation as enzyme activity indicator.
June 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431763/immune-response-of-the-short-neck-clam-paphia-malabarica-to-salinity-stress-using-flow-cytometry
#8
Deodatta S Gajbhiye, Lidita Khandeparker
Paphia malabarica is a predominant and commercially important bivalve in India, persistently challenged by wavering salinity in a monsoon-influenced estuary. To examine the organism's immunological response under such a condition we challenged P. malabarica with different salinities (0, 5, 15, 25 and 35) for varied periods using a two-way experimental approach (in vitro and in vivo). This is the first study to report the response of P. malabarica hemocytes to salinity stress from a monsoon-influenced estuary on the southwest coast of India...
April 11, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429057/characterisation-of-three-fungal-glucuronoyl-esterases-on-glucuronic-acid-ester-model-compounds
#9
Silvia Hüttner, Sylvia Klaubauf, Ronald P de Vries, Lisbeth Olsson
The glucuronoyl esterases (GEs) that have been identified so far belong to family 15 of the carbohydrate esterases in the CAZy classification system and are presumed to target ester bonds between lignin alcohols and (4-O-methyl-)D-glucuronic acid residues of xylan. Few GEs have been cloned, expressed and characterised to date. Characterisation has been done on a variety of synthetic substrates; however, the number of commercially available substrates is very limited. We identified novel putative GEs from a wide taxonomic range of fungi and expressed the enzymes originating from Acremonium alcalophilum and Wolfiporia cocos as well as the previously described PcGE1 from Phanerochaete chrysosporium...
April 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428822/in-muro-deacetylation-of-xylan-affects-lignin-properties-and-improves-saccharification-of-aspen-wood
#10
Prashant Mohan-Anupama Pawar, Marta Derba-Maceluch, Sun-Li Chong, Madhavi Latha Gandla, Shamrat Shafiul Bashar, Tobias Sparrman, Patrik Ahvenainen, Mattias Hedenström, Merve Özparpucu, Markus Rüggeberg, Ritva Serimaa, Martin Lawoko, Maija Tenkanen, Leif J Jönsson, Ewa J Mellerowicz
BACKGROUND: Lignocellulose from fast growing hardwood species is a preferred source of polysaccharides for advanced biofuels and "green" chemicals. However, the extensive acetylation of hardwood xylan hinders lignocellulose saccharification by obstructing enzymatic xylan hydrolysis and causing inhibitory acetic acid concentrations during microbial sugar fermentation. To optimize lignocellulose for cost-effective saccharification and biofuel production, an acetyl xylan esterase AnAXE1 from Aspergillus niger was introduced into aspen and targeted to cell walls...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417942/protein-discovery-combined-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-analyses-of-venom-from-the-endoparasitoid-cotesia-chilonis-hymenoptera-braconidae
#11
Zi-Wen Teng, Shi-Jiao Xiong, Gang Xu, Shi-Yu Gan, Xuan Chen, David Stanley, Zhi-Chao Yan, Gong-Yin Ye, Qi Fang
Many species of endoparasitoid wasps provide biological control services in agroecosystems. Although there is a great deal of information on the ecology and physiology of host/parasitoid interactions, relatively little is known about the protein composition of venom and how specific venom proteins influence physiological systems within host insects. This is a crucial gap in our knowledge because venom proteins act in modulating host physiology in ways that favor parasitoid development. Here, we identified 37 possible venom proteins from the polydnavirus-carrying endoparasitoid Cotesia chilonis by combining transcriptomic and proteomic analyses...
April 12, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417360/colorimetric-detection-of-acetyl-xylan-esterase-activities
#12
Galina Mai-Gisondi, Emma R Master
Colorimetric detection of reaction products is typically preferred for initial surveys of acetyl xylan esterase (AcXE) activity. This chapter will describe common colorimetric methods, and variations thereof, for measuring AcXE activities on commercial, synthesized, and natural substrates. Whereas assays using pNP-acetate, α-naphthyl acetate, and 4-methylumbelliferyl acetate (4MUA) are emphasized, common methods used to measure AcXE activity towards carbohydrate analogs (e.g., acetylated p-nitrophenyl β-D-xylopyranosides) and various acetylated xylans are also described...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412629/toxicological-interactions-of-ibuprofen-and-triclosan-on-biological-activity-of-activated-sludge
#13
Georgiana Amariei, Karina Boltes, Roberto Rosal, Pedro Letón
The growing use of pharmaceutical and personal care products increases their concentrations in the wastewater entering treatment plants and their levels into biological reactors. The most extended biological wastewater treatment is the activated sludge process. The toxicity of ibuprofen and triclosan, individually and combined, was studied by tracking the biological activity of the activated sludge measuring oxygen uptake rate and the inhibition of the esterase activity. Short-term exposure produced significant inhibition in oxygen uptake, with lower damage to enzymatic activity...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412325/designing-metal-contained-enzyme-mimics-for-prodrug-activation
#14
REVIEW
Baoji Du, Dan Li, Jin Wang, Erkang Wang
Enzyme-activated prodrug therapy (EAPT) is a widely-used and effective treatment method for cancer by converting the prodrugs into the drugs at the demanded time and space, whose key step is prodrug activation. Traditional prodrug activations are mostly dependent on the natural enzymes, which are unstable, expensive and hard to be functionalized. The emerging enzyme mimics, especially the metal-contained enzyme mimics (MEMs), provide a potential chance for improving the traditional EAPT because of their high stability, low cost and easiness of preparation and functionalization...
April 12, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411640/expression-of-cellulolytic-enzyme-as-a-fusion-protein-that-reacts-specifically-with-a-polymeric-scaffold
#15
Priya Katyal, Yongkun Yang, Olga Vinogradova, Yao Lin
The formation of higher-order assemblies of multiple proteins or enzymes is a general mechanism to achieve more sophisticated biological function in biological systems. For example, cellulosomes are large complexes consisting of multiple cellulolytic enzymes that rely on the concerted actions of different enzymes built onto a common protein scaffold to facilitate the breakdown of the polymeric substrate, cellulose. One strategy for mimicking these highly effective nanomachines may involve the use of synthetic scaffolds that can react to and organize multiple engineered enzymes to promote synergistic action between the enzymes on the scaffold...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405953/angioedema-in-the-emergency-department-a-practical-guide-to-differential-diagnosis-and-management
#16
REVIEW
Jonathan A Bernstein, Paolo Cremonesi, Thomas K Hoffmann, John Hollingsworth
BACKGROUND: Angioedema is a common presentation in the emergency department (ED). Airway angioedema can be fatal; therefore, prompt diagnosis and correct treatment are vital. OBJECTIVE OF THE REVIEW: Based on the findings of two expert panels attended by international experts in angioedema and emergency medicine, this review aims to provide practical guidance on the diagnosis, differentiation, and management of histamine- and bradykinin-mediated angioedema in the ED...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402035/screening-and-investigation-lactobacillius-spp-to-improve-secale-cereale-silage-quality
#17
Hye Sun Kim, Ouk Kyu Han, Sam Churl Kim, Min Jung Kim, Youn-Sig Kwak
Silage is a high-moisture-content forage that is used to feed livestock. Using silage as feed is economically feasible and suitable for cattle management. Secale cereale is considered as a high-quality forage plant. After the heading stage the biomass of S. cereale increases by up to 30%; however, lignification in the cell wall causes low fermentation efficiency and coefficient digestibility, and it may also be contaminated by mycotoxin-producing fungi and can impair the quality of the silage. Therefore, the aim of this study was to screen beneficial Lactobacillius spp...
April 12, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400024/impact-of-a-combined-processing-technology-involving-ultrasound-and-pulsed-light-on-structural-and-physiological-changes-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-ke-162-in-apple-juice
#18
Mariana Ferrario, Sandra Guerrero
This study analyzed the effect of single ultrasound (US) (600 W, 20 kHz and 95.2 μm wave amplitude, 10 or 30 min at 20 or 44 ± 1 °C), or combined with pulsed light technology (PL) with controlled heat build-up (Xenon lamp, 3 pulses/s, 71.6 J/cm(2), temperature ranges: 2-20 ± 1 °C and 44-56 ± 1 °C) on the inactivation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae KE 162 cells in commercial (pH: 3.5 ± 0.1; 12.5 ± 0.1 °Brix) and freshly pressed (pH: 3.4 ± 0.1; 12.6 ± 0.1 °Brix) apple juices...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399266/pirna-3312-a-putative-role-for-pyrethroid-resistance-in-culex-pipiens-pallens-diptera-culicidae
#19
Juxin Guo, Wenyun Ye, Xianmiao Liu, Xueli Sun, Qin Guo, Yun Huang, Lei Ma, Yan Sun, Bo Shen, Dan Zhou, Changliang Zhu
Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are a newly identified class of small noncoding RNAs. They are associated with chromatin organization, messenger RNA stability, and genome structure. Although the overexpression of piRNA-3312 in deltamethrin-susceptible (DS) strain of Culex pipiens pallens (L.) was observed in our previous large-scale transcriptome data, the roles of piRNA in insecticide resistance have not been clearly defined. The aim of the present study was to investigate how piRNA-3312 is involved in insecticide resistance...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398238/ltr-retrotransposons-from-bdelloid-rotifers-capture-additional-orfs-shared-between-highly-diverse-retroelement-types
#20
Fernando Rodriguez, Aubrey W Kenefick, Irina R Arkhipova
Rotifers of the class Bdelloidea, microscopic freshwater invertebrates, possess a highlydiversified repertoire of transposon families, which, however, occupy less than 4% of genomic DNA in the sequenced representative Adineta vaga. We performed a comprehensive analysis of A. vaga retroelements, and found that bdelloid long terminal repeat (LTR)retrotransposons, in addition to conserved open reading frame (ORF) 1 and ORF2 corresponding to gag and pol genes, code for an unusually high variety of ORF3 sequences...
April 11, 2017: Viruses
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