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Gordon D Brown, Paul R Crocker
Lectins recognize a diverse array of carbohydrate structures and perform numerous essential biological functions. Here we focus on only two families of lectins, the Siglecs and C-type lectins. Triggering of intracellular signaling cascades following ligand recognition by these receptors can have profound effects on the induction and modulation of immunity. In this chapter, we provide a brief overview of each family and then focus on selected examples that highlight how these lectins can influence myeloid cell functioning in health and disease...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Rinkesh Kumar Gupta, Kriti Gupta, Akanksha Sharma, Mukul Das, Irfan Ahmad Ansari, Premendra D Dwivedi
Chickpeas (CPs) are one of the most commonly consumed legumes especially in the Mediterranean area as well as in the western world. Being one of the most nutritional elements of the human diet, CP toxicity and allergy have raised health concern. CP may contain various anti-nutritional compounds, including protease inhibitors, phytic acid, lectins, oligosaccharides and some phenolic compounds that may impair the utilization of the nutrients by people. Also, high consumption rate of CPs have enhanced the allergic problems in sensitive individuals as it contains many allergens...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Mthulisi Khuphe, Clare S Mahon, Paul D Thornton
The glucoseamine-initiated ring-opening polymerisation of amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides and O-carboxanhydrides to yield amphiphilic block copolymers that are capable of self-assembly in aqueous solution to form well-defined, glucose-presenting, particles is reported. The particles formed are susceptible to enzyme-mediated (lipase and protease) and pH-induced degradation, and can selectively bind the lectin concanavalin A. Consequently, such glycoparticles are of significance for the controlled release of payload molecules in response to an acidic environment, for instance cancerous tissue, and upon interaction with target enzymes...
October 25, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Si Chen, Bao-Liang Ma, Ming-Qiang Cao, Hong-Juan Yu, Xing-Ming Ma
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation among serum levels of manning-binding lectin (MBL), MBL-associated serine proteases-2 (MASP-2), complement C3 and high-sensitive C reactive protein (HsCRP) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Fasting venous blood were collected from 50 RA patients (25 in active stage and 25 in remission) and 40 healthy subjects for detecting serum levels of MBL, MASP-2, complement C3 and HsCRP using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and immune turbidity assay...
October 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Nidhi Rawat, Michael O Pumphrey, Sixin Liu, Xiaofei Zhang, Vijay K Tiwari, Kaori Ando, Harold N Trick, William W Bockus, Eduard Akhunov, James A Anderson, Bikram S Gill
Fusarium head blight (FHB), caused by Fusarium graminearum, is a devastating disease of wheat and barley that leads to reduced yield and mycotoxin contamination of grain, making it unfit for human consumption. FHB is a global problem, with outbreaks in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. In the United States alone, total direct and secondary economic losses from 1993 to 2001 owing to FHB were estimated at $7.67 billion. Fhb1 is the most consistently reported quantitative trait locus (QTL) for FHB resistance breeding...
October 24, 2016: Nature Genetics
Jürgen Maibaum, Sha-Mei Liao, Anna Vulpetti, Nils Ostermann, Stefan Randl, Simon Rüdisser, Edwige Lorthiois, Paul Erbel, Bernd Kinzel, Fabrice A Kolb, Samuel Barbieri, Julia Wagner, Corinne Durand, Kamal Fettis, Solene Dussauge, Nicola Hughes, Omar Delgado, Ulrich Hommel, Ty Gould, Aengus Mac Sweeney, Bernd Gerhartz, Frederic Cumin, Stefanie Flohr, Anna Schubart, Bruce Jaffee, Richard Harrison, Antonio Maria Risitano, Jörg Eder, Karen Anderson
Complement is a key component of the innate immune system, recognizing pathogens and promoting their elimination. Complement component 3 (C3) is the central component of the system. Activation of C3 can be initiated by three distinct routes-the classical, the lectin and the alternative pathways-with the alternative pathway also acting as an amplification loop for the other two pathways. The protease factor D (FD) is essential for this amplification process, which, when dysregulated, predisposes individuals to diverse disorders including age-related macular degeneration and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)...
October 24, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Aleksandra Bocian, Małgorzata Urbanik, Konrad Hus, Andrzej Łyskowski, Vladimír Petrilla, Zuzana Andrejčáková, Monika Petrillová, Jaroslav Legath
Snake venom is a rich source of peptides and proteins with a wide range of actions. Many of the venom components are currently being tested for their usefulness in the treatment of many diseases ranging from neurological and cardiovascular to cancer. It is also important to constantly search for new proteins and peptides with properties not yet described. The venom of Vipera berus berus has hemolytic, proteolytic and cytotoxic properties, but its exact composition and the factors responsible for these properties are not known...
October 19, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Aleksandra Korniluk, Joanna Kamińska, Paweł Kiszło, Halina Kemona, Violetta Dymicka-Piekarska
CONTEXT: Selectins probably participate in the interactions between platelets and other inflammatory cells in cancer invasion and metastasis formation. We assessed a potential relationship of P-, L- and E-selectin in colorectal cancer patients in relation to tumour advancement according to TNM classification, and tumour location. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study group was composed of 53 CRC patients and 25 healthy subjects. Plasma levels of soluble P-, L- and E-selectins were measured using the immunoenzymatic method with Quantikine kits (R&D Systems)...
October 24, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Nurul Iman A Kameel, Adawiyah Suriza Shuib, Saad Tayyab
Acid denaturation of champedak galactose-binding (CGB) lectin was studied in the pH range, 7.0-1.0 using intrinsic fluorescence and ANS fluorescence measurements. The lectin remained stable up to pH 5.0 and showed local disordering in the vicinity of the protein fluorophores within the pH range, 5.0-3.5. Decrease in the pH from pH 3.5 to pH 2.5 led to structural transition, marked by the decrease in the intrinsic fluorescence and increase in the ANS fluorescence signals. This can be ascribed to the dissociation of the tetrameric lectin into monomeric forms...
October 19, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
Amna K E Awadallah, Makarim Elfadil M Osman, Mariam A Ibrahim, Emerson S Bernardes, Marcelo Dias-Baruffi, Emadeldin Hassan E Konozy
Three isolectins denoted hereforth MBaL-30, MBaL-60, and MBaL-80 were isolated from seeds extract of Momordica balsamina by 30%, 60%, and 80% ammonium sulfate saturations, respectively. The native molecular weights of these lectins, as judged by gel filtration, were 108, 56, and 160 kDa, respectively. On SDS-PAGE, under reduced condition, 27 kDa band was obtained for all isolectins. The lectins hemagglutinating activities were variably inhibited by d-galactose (minimum inhibitory concentrations = 12.5mM, 50mM, and 0...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
Zijian Zhang, Liuyi Meng, Congjian Ni, Lanqiu Yao, Fengyu Zhang, Yuji Jin, Xuelang Mu, Shiyu Zhu, Xiaoyu Lu, Shiyu Liu, Congyu Yu, Chenggong Wang, Pu Zheng, Jie Wu, Li Kang, Haoqian M Zhang, Qi Ouyang
We engineered Escherichia coli cells to bind to cyanobacteria by heterologously producing and displaying lectins of the target cyanobacteria on their surface. To prove the efficacy of our approach, we tested this design on Microcystis aeruginosa with microvirin (Mvn), the lectin endogenously produced by this cyanobacterium. The coding sequence of Mvn was C-terminally fused to the ice nucleation protein NC (INPNC) gene and expressed in E. coli. Results showed that E. coli cells expressing the INPNC::Mvn fusion protein were able to bind to M...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Toni M Mueller, Stefani D Yates, Vahram Haroutunian, James H Meador-Woodruff
Glycosylation is a post-translational modification that is an essential element in cell signaling and neurodevelopmental pathway regulation. Glycan attachment can influence the tertiary structure and molecular interactions of glycosylated substrates, adding an additional layer of regulatory complexity to functional mechanisms underlying central cell biological processes. One type of enzyme-mediated glycan attachment, fucosylation, can mediate glycoprotein and glycolipid cell surface expression, trafficking, secretion, and quality control to modulate a variety of inter- and intracellular signaling cascades...
October 20, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Rafael Conceição de Souza, Gabriela de Medeiros Muniz, Andrei Santos Siqueira, Adonis de Melo Lima, Alessandra Pereira da Silva, Evonnildo Costa Gonçalves, João Lídio da Silva Gonçalves Vianez Júnior
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections continue to exert an enormous impact on global human health. This led experts to emphasize the importance of new measures for preventing HIV infections, including the development of vaccines and novel drugs. In this context, a promising approach involves the use of lectins that can bind the surface envelope glycoprotein gp120 of HIV with high affinity, preventing viral entry. The cyanobacterial lectin microvirin (MVN) has been proposed as a candidate for development as a topical microbicide because of its ability to bind to high mannose-type glycans, potently inhibiting HIV-1 entry...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Christiane E M Duarte, Monise V Abranches, Patrick F Silva, Sérgio O de Paula, Silvia A Cardoso, Leandro L Oliveira
Lectins are involved in a wide range of biological mechanisms, like immunomodulatory agent able to activate the innate immunity. In this study, we purified and characterized a new lectin from cauliflower (Brassica oleracea ssp. botrytis - BOL) by three sequential chromatographic steps and confirmed the purity by SDS-PAGE. Additionally, we evaluated the role of the lectin in innate immunity by a phagocytosis assay, production of H2O2 and NO. BOL was characterized like a non-glycosylated protein that showed a molecular mass of ∼34kDa in SDS-PAGE...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Péter Farkas, Dorottya Csuka, Bálint Mikes, György Sinkovits, Marienn Réti, Endre Németh, Kristóf Rácz, Krisztina Madách, Mihály Gergely, Judit Demeter, Zoltán Prohászka
BACKGROUND: The secondary forms of hemolytic uremic syndrome/thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (secondary TMA) emerge as complications of coexisting diseases. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that secondary TMA could be characterized by the presence of relative ADAMTS13 deficiency and complement activation, and this relationship may have a prognostic value for outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-three patients with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) and coexisting disease (such as malignancies, sepsis, heart surgery with extracorporeal circulation, solid organ transplantation, systemic autoimmune disorders), 41 patient controls, and 34 healthy controls were enrolled in our case-control study with 30days follow-up...
October 18, 2016: Immunobiology
Adam C Labonte, Sun-Sang J Sung, Lucas T Jennelle, Aditya P Dandekar, Young S Hahn
: The liver maintains an immunologically tolerant environment as a result of continuous exposure to food and bacterial constituents from the digestive tract. Hepatotropic pathogens can take advantage of this niche and establish lifelong chronic infections causing hepatic fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Macrophages (Mϕ) play a critical role in regulation of immune responses to hepatic infection and regeneration of tissue. However, the factors crucial for Mϕ in limiting hepatic inflammation or resolving liver damage have not been fully understood...
October 22, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Maarten A Mees, Christiane Effenberg, Dietmar Appelhans, Richard Hoogenboom
Carbohydrates are important in signaling, energy storage and metabolism. Depending on their function, carbohydrates can be part of larger structures, such as glycoproteins, glycolipids or other functionalities (glycoside). To this end, polymers can act as carriers of carbohydrates in so-called glycopolymers, which mimic the multivalent carbohydrate functionalities. We chose a biocompatible poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) (PEtOx) as the basis for making glycopolymers. Via the partial hydrolysis of PEtOx, a copolymer of PEtOx and polyethyleneimine (PEI) was obtained; the subsequent reductive amination with the linear forms of glucose and maltose yielded the glycopolymers...
October 21, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Pavel Damborský, Katarzyna M Koczula, Andrea Gallotta, Jaroslav Katrlík
Lateral flow assays (LFAs) enable the simple and rapid detection and quantification of analytes and is popular for point-of-care (PoC), point-of-use and outdoor testing applications. LFAs typically depend on antibody or nucleic acid based recognition. We present the innovative concept of a LFA using lectins in the role of the biorecognition element. Lectins are a special kind of glycan-binding protein and the lectin-based LFA herein described was developed for the determination of the glycosylation of free prostate specific antigen (PSA)...
October 21, 2016: Analyst
Adam Pap, Katalin F Medzihradszky, Zsuzsanna Darula
Growing evidence on the diverse biological roles of extracellular glycosylation as well as the need for quality control of protein pharmaceuticals make glycopeptide analysis both exciting and important again after a long hiatus. High-throughput O-glycosylation studies have to tackle the complexity of glycosylation as well as technical difficulties and, up to now, have yielded only limited results mostly from single enrichment experiments. In this study, we address the technical reproducibility of the characterization of the most prevalent O-glycosylation (mucin-type core 1 structures) in human serum, using a two-step lectin affinity-based workflow...
October 20, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Daniela Damasceno, Martín Pérez Andrés, Wouter Bl van den Bossche, Juan Flores-Montero, Sandra de Bruin, Cristina Teodosio, Jacques Jm van Dongen, Alberto Orfao, Julia Almeida
Although major steps have been recently made in understanding the role of the distinct subsets of dendritic cells (DC)/antigen-presenting cells (APC), further studies are required to unravel their precise role, including in-depth immunophenotypic characterisation of these cells. Here, we used eight-colour flow cytometry to investigate the reactivity of a panel of 72 monoclonal antibodies (including those clustered in seven new Cluster of Differentiation, CD) on different subsets of APC in peripheral blood (PB) samples from five healthy adults...
September 2016: Clinical & Translational Immunology
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