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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913570/revisiting-the-human-polypeptide-galnac-t1-and-t13-paralogs
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María Florencia Festari, Felipe Trajtenberg, Nora Berois, Sergio Pantano, Leslie Revoredo, Yun Kong, Patricia Solari-Saquieres, Yoshiki Narimatsu, Teresa Freire, Sylvie Bay, Carlos Robello, Jean Bénard, Thomas A Gerken, Henrik Clausen, Eduardo Osinaga
Polypeptide GalNAc-transferases (GalNAc-Ts) constitute a family of 20 human glycosyltransferases (comprising 9 subfamilies), which initiate mucin-type O-glycosylation. The O-glycoproteome is thought to be differentially regulated via the different substrate specificities and expression patterns of each GalNAc-T isoforms. Here, we present a comprehensive in vitro analysis of the peptide substrate specificity of GalNAc-T13, showing that it essentially overlaps with the ubiquitous expressed GalNAc-T1 isoform found in the same subfamily as T13...
November 22, 2016: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911110/mannose-binding-lectin-deficiency-in-brazilian-patients-with-spondyloarthritis
#2
Thelma L Skare, Renato Nisihara, Juliana Z Cieslinski, João O Zeni, Henrique N Rasera, Iara Messias-Reason, Shirley R R Utiyama
BACKGROUND: Infections are usually involved in the pathogenesis of spondyloarthritis (SpA). Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a component of the innate immune system with an important role in microbial defense. OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of MBL deficiency in SpA patients as well as its influence in the clinical profile of these diseases. METHODS: We studied 89 SpA patients and 89 healthy individuals, paired for age and gender. MBL serum levels were measured by ELISA test...
December 2, 2016: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910184/clinical-significance-of-pre-transplant-circulating-cd3-cd4-cd161-cell-frequency-on-the-occurrence-of-neutropenic-infections-after-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation
#3
Tae Woo Kim, Sung-Eun Lee, Ji-Young Lim, Da-Bin Ryu, Young-Woo Jeon, Jae-Ho Yoon, Byung-Sik Cho, Ki-Seong Eom, Yoo-Jin Kim, Hee-Je Kim, Seok Lee, Seok-Goo Cho, Dong-Wook Kim, Jong Wook Lee, Woo-Sung Min, Chang-Ki Min
BACKGROUND: Few studies have been performed to identify factors that are associated with an increased risk of infections during the neutropenic period in patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). The aim of this study was to identify the host immune cells responsible for infections before engraftment. METHODS: A total of 282 patients who underwent allo-SCT were enrolled. Peripheral blood samples were collected before conditioning therapy...
December 2, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909766/association-between-tlr2-tlr4-gene-polymorphisms-and-copd-phenotype-in-a%C3%A2-greek-cohort
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A Apostolou, T Kerenidi, A Michopoulos, K I Gourgoulianis, M Noutsias, A E Germenis, M Speletas
BACKGROUND: Considering that the innate immune system plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), we hypothesized that functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of innate immune genes affect the disease phenotype and prognosis. AIM: To elucidate the contribution of common functional TLR2 and TLR4 SNPs and genotypic deficiency of the mannose-binding lectin (MBL) protein, both as single parameters and in combination, in Greek COPD patients...
December 1, 2016: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906480/integrating-sugar-and-dopamine-into-one-polymer-controlled-synthesis-and-robust-surface-modification
#5
Lun Peng, Zhiyun Li, Xiaohui Li, Hui Xue, Weidong Zhang, Gaojian Chen
Glycopolymers attached to a surface possess the ability to bind to certain carbohydrate binding proteins in a highly specific manner, and because of this, the fabrication of glycopolymer-modified surfaces has evolved as an effective route toward bioresponsive systems. Poly(N-3,4-dihydroxybenzenethyl methacrylamide-co-2-(methacrylamido) glucopyranose) copolymers, containing sugar and catechol functionalities, are for the first time successfully prepared in a well-controlled manner via room temperature single-electron transfer initiation and propagation through radical addition fragmentation chain transfer technique...
December 1, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903650/structural-analysis-of-single-domain-antibodies-bound-to-a-second-neutralizing-hot-spot-on-ricin-toxin-s-enzymatic-subunit
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Michael J Rudolph, David J Vance, Michael S Cassidy, Yinghui Rong, Nicholas J Mantis
Ricin toxin is a heterodimer consisting of RTA, a ribosome-inactivating protein, and RTB, a lectin that facilitates receptor-mediated uptake into mammalian cells. In previous studies, we demonstrated that toxin-neutralizing antibodies target four spatially distinct hotspots on RTA, which we refer to as epitope Clusters I-IV. In this report we identified and characterized three single domain camelid antibodies (VHH) against Cluster II. One of these VHHs, V5E1, ranks as one of the most potent ricin-neutralizing antibodies described to date...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903635/bacterial-polysaccharide-specificity-of-the-pattern-recognition-receptor-langerin-is-highly-species-dependent
#7
Jonas Hanske, Jessica Schulze, Jonas Aretz, Ryan McBride, Bernhard Loll, Henrik Schmidt, Yuriy Knirel, Wolfgang Rabsch, Markus C Wahl, James C Paulson, Christoph Rademacher
The recognition of pathogen surface polysaccharides by glycan-binding proteins is a cornerstone of innate host defense. Many members of the C-type lectin receptor family serve as pattern recognition receptors facilitating pathogen uptake, antigen processing, and immunomodulation. Despite the high evolutionary pressure in host-pathogen interactions, it is still widely assumed that genetic homology conveys similar specificities. Here, we investigate the ligand specificities of the human and murine forms of the myeloid C-type lectin receptor Langerin for simple and complex ligands augmented by structural insight on murine Langerin...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903451/fatty-acid-synthase-plays-a-positive-role-in-shrimp-immune-responses-against-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-infection
#8
Hongliang Zuo, Jiefeng Gao, Jia Yuan, Hengwei Deng, Linwei Yang, Shaoping Weng, Jianguo He, Xiaopeng Xu
Fatty acid synthase (FAS) is an important enzyme that catalyzes the synthesis of fatty acids. In this study, the role of the FAS gene from pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei (LvFAS) in immune responses against Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection was studied. The expression of LvFAS could be up-regulated upon infection of V. parahaemolyticus and stimulation of lipopolysaccharide and poly (I:C). The promoter of LvFAS was predicted to harbor a NF-κB binding site and dual-luciferase reporter assays demonstrated that the NF-κB family proteins Relish, sRelish and Dorsal could activate the transcription of LvFAS...
November 26, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903234/acute-phase-proteins-and-their-potential-role-as-an-indicator-for-fish-health-and-in-diagnosis-of-fish-diseases
#9
Suvra Roy, Vikash Kumar, Vikas Kumar, B K Behera
The acute phase proteins are biochemically and functionally unrelated protein predominantly synthesized in the liver. The local inflammatory cells i.e. macrophages and neutrophils secretes various cytokines like IL-1, IL-6, IL-8 (interleukins) and TNF-α into bloodstream in response to injury and tissue damage, which stimulate hepatocytes to produce protein and release them into the circulation; these proteins are called as acute phase protein (e.g. C-reactive protein (CRP), serum amyloid A (SAA), metal binding protein, lysozyme, lectin, etc...
November 21, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900049/toll-like-receptors-and-cutaneous-melanoma
#10
Ilaria Coati, Serena Miotto, Irene Zanetti, Mauro Alaibac
Innate immune cells recognize highly conserved pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) via pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). Previous studies have demonstrated that PRRs also recognize endogenous molecules, termed damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that are derived from damaged cells. PRRs include Toll-like receptors (TLRs), scavenger receptors, C-type lectin receptors and nucleotide oligomerization domain-like receptors. To date, 10 TLRs have been identified in humans and each receptor responds to a different ligand...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898803/identification-and-expression-profiling-of-the-lectin-gene-superfamily-in-mulberry
#11
Bushra Saeed, Vinay K Baranwal, Paramjit Khurana
Lectins are a diverse group of ubiquitously present, highly specific sugar-binding proteins. Members of this large gene family have been assigned broad biological functions from defense to acting as storage proteins. Despite possessing several interesting characteristics, their functions remain essentially undefined. Mulberry ( spp.) known for its medicinal benefits is also a rich source of lectins. Using an exhaustive hidden Markov model (HMM)-based search, we identified the lectin gene complement in C.K. Schneid with around 197 members...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896034/ficolin-2-inhibitors-are-present-in-sera-after-prolonged-storage-at-80%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c
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Kimball Aaron Geno, Richard E Kennedy, Patricia Sawyer, Cynthia J Brown, Moon H Nahm
Ficolins can activate the lectin pathway of the complement system that provides innate immune protection against pathogens, marks host cellular debris for clearance, and promotes inflammation. Baseline inflammation increases with aging in a phenomenon known as "inflammaging." Although IL-6 and C-reactive protein are known to increase with age, contributions of many complement factors, including ficolins, to inflammaging have been little studied. Ficolin-2 is abundant in human serum and can recognize many target structures; therefore, ficolin-2 has potential to contribute to inflammaging...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896028/the-scavenger-receptor-repertoire-in-six-cnidarian-species-and-its-putative-role-in-cnidarian-dinoflagellate-symbiosis
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Emilie F Neubauer, Angela Z Poole, Virginia M Weis, Simon K Davy
Many cnidarians engage in a mutualism with endosymbiotic photosynthetic dinoflagellates that forms the basis of the coral reef ecosystem. Interpartner interaction and regulation includes involvement of the host innate immune system. Basal metazoans, including cnidarians have diverse and complex innate immune repertoires that are just beginning to be described. Scavenger receptors (SR) are a diverse superfamily of innate immunity genes that recognize a broad array of microbial ligands and participate in phagocytosis of invading microbes...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895315/identification-of-aberrantly-expressed-glycans-in-gastric-cancer-by-integrated-lectin-microarray-and-mass-spectrometric-analyses
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Xiang Li, Feng Guan, Dongliang Li, Zengqi Tan, Ganglong Yang, Yanli Wu, Zhaohui Huang
Cancer progression is usually associated with alterations of glycan expression patterns. Little is known regarding global glycomics in gastric cancer, the most common type of epithelial cancer. We integrated lectin microarray and mass spectrometry (MS) methods to profile glycan expression in three gastric cancer cell lines (SGC-7901, HGC-27, and MGC-803) and one normal gastric epithelial cell line (GES-1). Significantly altered glycans were confirmed by lectin staining and MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS. The three cancer cell lines showed increased levels of core-fucosylated N-glycans, GalNAcα-Ser/Thr (Tn antigen), and Sia2-6Galβ1-4GlcNAc N-glycans, but reduced levels of biantennary N-glycans, Galβ1-3GalNAcα-Ser/Thr (T antigen), and (GlcNAc)n N-glycans...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893860/blocking-synthesis-of-the-variant-surface-glycoprotein-coat-in-trypanosoma-brucei-leads-to-an-increase-in-macrophage-phagocytosis-due-to-reduced-clearance-of-surface-coat-antibodies
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Jackie L Y Cheung, Nadina V Wand, Cher-Pheng Ooi, Sophie Ridewood, Richard J Wheeler, Gloria Rudenko
The extracellular bloodstream form parasite Trypanosoma brucei is supremely adapted to escape the host innate and adaptive immune system. Evasion is mediated through an antigenically variable Variant Surface Glycoprotein (VSG) coat, which is recycled at extraordinarily high rates. Blocking VSG synthesis triggers a precytokinesis arrest where stalled cells persist for days in vitro with superficially intact VSG coats, but are rapidly cleared within hours in mice. We therefore investigated the role of VSG synthesis in trypanosome phagocytosis by activated mouse macrophages...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893774/multivalent-interactions-of-human-primary-amine-oxidase-with-the-v-and-c22-domains-of-sialic-acid-binding-immunoglobulin-like-lectin-9-regulate-its-binding-and-amine-oxidase-activity
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Heli Elovaara, Vimal Parkash, Ruth Fair-Mäkelä, Outi M H Salo-Ahen, Gabriela Guédez, Eva Bligt-Lindén, Janne Grönholm, Sirpa Jalkanen, Tiina A Salminen
Sialic acid-binding immunoglobulin-like lectin-9 (Siglec-9) on leukocyte surface is a counter-receptor for endothelial cell surface adhesin, human primary amine oxidase (hAOC3), a target protein for anti-inflammatory agents. This interaction can be used to detect inflammation and cancer in vivo, since the labeled peptides derived from the second C2 domain (C22) of Siglec-9 specifically bind to the inflammation-inducible hAOC3. As limited knowledge on the interaction between Siglec-9 and hAOC3 has hampered both hAOC3-targeted drug design and in vivo imaging applications, we have now produced and purified the extracellular region of Siglec-9 (Siglec-9-EC) consisting of the V, C21 and C22 domains, modeled its 3D structure and characterized the hAOC3-Siglec-9 interactions using biophysical methods and activity/inhibition assays...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891092/dihydrotanshinone-i-attenuates-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-deficient-mice-role-of-nox4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-lectin-like-oxidized-ldl-receptor-1-lox-1-of-the-endothelium
#17
Wenwen Zhao, Chunxia Li, Hongwei Gao, Qin Wu, Jingshan Shi, Xiuping Chen
Dihydrotanshinone I (DHT) is a natural compound extracted from Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge which has been widely used for treating cardiovascular diseases. However, its role in atherosclerosis remains unclear. In this study, the effect of DHT on atherosclerosis were investigated using apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice and endothelial cells. In lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), DHT (10 nM) decreased lectin-like ox-LDL receptor-1 (LOX-1) and NADPH oxidase 4 (NOX4) expression, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, NF-κB nuclear translocation, ox-LDL endocytosis and monocytes adhesion...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890351/unilaminar-follicular-cells-transiently-express-galectin-3-during-ovarian-folliculogenesis-in-pigs
#18
Seung-Dam Heo, Changnam Park, Jeongtae Kim, Meejung Ahn, Taekyun Shin
The localization of galectin-3, a β-galactoside-binding animal lectin, was immunohistochemically studied in the ovaries of pigs to determine its expression in ovarian folliculogenesis. Various stages of ovarian follicles were identified in the ovaries of adult pigs. Galectin-3 was immunostained in the squamous follicular cells surrounding oocytes in primordial follicles and in the unilaminar granulosa cells of primary follicles, but not in oocytes of multilaminar follicles (including primary, secondary, and tertiary Graafian follicles)...
November 17, 2016: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889398/recognition-of-mycobacterial-lipids-by-immune-receptors
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REVIEW
Eri Ishikawa, Daiki Mori, Sho Yamasaki
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), infects one-third of the world's population and causes 1.5 million deaths each year. The cell envelopes of mycobacteria comprise a wealth of unique glycolipids, including trehalose-6,6'-dimycolate (TDM), lipoarabinomannan (LAM), lipomannan (LM), and phosphatidylinositol (PI) mannosides (PIMs). These lipids are important modulators of the host immune responses during infection and in some cases have been used as adjuvants [e.g., complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)]...
November 23, 2016: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888524/systematic-deletion-of-the-er-lectin-chaperone-genes-reveals-their-roles-in-vegetative-growth-and-male-gametophyte-development-in-arabidopsis
#20
Kien Van Vu, Ngoc Trinh Nguyen, Chan Young Jeong, Yong-Hwa Lee, Hojoung Lee, Suk-Whan Hong
Calnexin (CNX) and calreticulin (CRT) are homologous lectin chaperones in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) that facilitate glycoprotein folding and retain folding intermediates to prevent their transit via the secretary pathway. The Arabidopsis genome has two CNX (CNX1 and CNX2) and three CRT homologs (CRT1, CRT2, and CRT3). Despite growing evidence of the biological roles of CNXs and CRTs, little is understood about their function in Arabidopsis growth and development under normal conditions. Here, we report that deletion of CNX1, but not of CNX2, in the crt1 crt2 crt3 triple mutation background had adverse effect on pollen viability and pollen tube growth, leading to significant reduction in fertility...
November 26, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
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