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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821561/zika-virus-activates-de-novo-and-cross-reactive-memory-b-cell-responses-in-dengue-experienced-donors
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Thomas F Rogers, Eileen C Goodwin, Bryan Briney, Devin Sok, Nathan Beutler, Alexander Strubel, Rebecca Nedellec, Khoa Le, Michael E Brown, Dennis R Burton, Laura M Walker
Zika virus (ZIKV) shares a high degree of homology with dengue virus (DENV), suggesting that preexisting immunity to DENV could affect immune responses to ZIKV. We have tracked the evolution of ZIKV-induced B cell responses in three DENV-experienced donors. The acute antibody (plasmablast) responses were characterized by relatively high somatic hypermutation and a bias toward DENV binding and neutralization, implying the early activation of DENV clones. A DENV-naïve donor in contrast showed a classical primary plasmablast response...
August 18, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815543/understanding-the-role-of-lncrnas-in-nervous-system-development
#2
Brian S Clark, Seth Blackshaw
The diversity of lncRNAs has expanded within mammals in tandem with the evolution of increased brain complexity, suggesting that lncRNAs play an integral role in this process. In this chapter, we will highlight the identification and characterization of lncRNAs in nervous system development. We discuss the potential role of lncRNAs in nervous system and brain evolution, along with efforts to create comprehensive catalogues that analyze spatial and temporal changes in lncRNA expression during nervous system development...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814646/the-intracellular-immune-receptor-sw-5b-confers-broad-spectrum-resistance-to-tospoviruses-through-recognition-of-a-conserved-21-amino-acid-viral-effector-epitope
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Min Zhu, Lei Jiang, Baohui Bai, Wenyang Zhao, Xiaojiao Chen, Jia Li, Yong Liu, Zhengqiang Chen, Boting Wang, Chunli Wang, Qian Wu, Qian-Hua Shen, Savithramma P Dinesh-Kumar, Xiaorong Tao
Plants use both cell surface-resident pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) and intracellular nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) receptors to detect various pathogens. Plant PRRs typically recognize conserved pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) to provide broad-spectrum resistance. By contrast, plant NLRs generally detect pathogen strain-specific effectors and confer race-specific resistance. Here, we demonstrate that the tomato NLR Sw-5b confers broad-spectrum resistance against American type tospoviruses by recognizing a conserved 21-amino-acid peptide region within viral movement protein NSm (NSm21)...
August 16, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811169/tissue-engineered-extracellular-matrices-ecms-in-urology-evolution-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
N F Davis, E M Cunnane, F J O'Brien, J J Mulvihill, M T Walsh
Autologous gastrointestinal tissue has remained the gold-standard reconstructive biomaterial in urology for >100 years. Mucus-secreting epithelium is associated with lifelong metabolic and neuromechanical complications when implanted into the urinary tract. Therefore, the availability of biocompatible tissue-engineered biomaterials such as extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds may provide an attractive alternative for urologists. ECMs are decellularised, biodegradable membranes that have shown promise for repairing defective urinary tract segments in vitro and in vivo by inducing a host-derived tissue remodelling response after implantation...
August 12, 2017: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809832/phagocytosis-assay-for-apoptotic-cells-in-drosophila-embryos
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Saori Nonaka, Aki Hori, Yoshinobu Nakanishi, Takayuki Kuraishi
The molecular mechanisms underlying the phagocytosis of apoptotic cells need to be elucidated in more detail because of its role in immune and inflammatory intractable diseases. We herein developed an experimental method to investigate phagocytosis quantitatively using the fruit fly Drosophila, in which the gene network controlling engulfment reactions is evolutionally conserved from mammals. In order to accurately detect and count engulfing and un-engulfing phagocytes using whole animals, Drosophila embryos were homogenized to obtain dispersed cells including phagocytes and apoptotic cells...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807596/the-role-of-angiotensin-ii-in-parietal-epithelial-cell-proliferation-and-crescent-formation-in-glomerular-diseases
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Paola Rizzo, Rubina Novelli, Cinzia Rota, Elena Gagliardini, Barbara Ruggiero, Daniela Rottoli, Ariela Benigni, Giuseppe Remuzzi
Crescentic glomerulonephritis (GN) is a devastating disease with rapidly progressive deterioration in kidney function, which, histologically, manifests as crescent formation in most glomeruli. We previously found that crescents derive from the aberrant proliferation and migration of parietal epithelial cells (PECs)/progenitor cells, and that the angiotensin (ang) II/ang II type-1 (AT1) receptor pathway may participate, together with the stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1)/CXCR4 axis, in the development of those lesions...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806914/expansion-and-evolutionary-patterns-of-cysteine-rich-peptides-in-plants
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Xing Liu, Huping Zhang, Huijun Jiao, Leiting Li, Xin Qiao, Musana Rwalinda Fabrice, Juyou Wu, Shaoling Zhang
BACKGROUND: Cysteine-rich peptides (CRPs) are gaining recognition as regulators of cell-cell communication in plants. RESULTS: We identified 9556 CRPs in 12 plant species and analysed their evolutionary patterns. In most angiosperm plants, whole genome duplication and segmental duplication are the major factors driving the expansion of CRP family member genes, especially signal peptides. About 30% of the CRP genes were found clustered on the chromosomes, except in maize (Zea mays)...
August 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802080/segmental-allotetraploidy-generates-extensive-homeologous-expression-rewiring-and-phenotypic-diversity-at-the-population-level-in-rice
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Yue Sun, Ying Wu, Chunwu Yang, Shuai Sun, Xiuyun Lin, Lixia Liu, Chunming Xu, Jonathan F Wendel, Lei Gong, Bao Liu
Allopolyploidization, i.e., concomitant merging and doubling of two or more divergent genomes in a common nucleus/cytoplasm, is known to instantly alter genome-wide transcriptome dynamics, a phenomenon referred to as "transcriptomic shock". However, the immediate effects of transcriptomic alteration in generating phenotypic diversity at the population level remain under-investigated. Here, we employed the MassARRAY-based Sequenom platform to assess and compare orthologous, allelic, and homeologous gene expression status in two tissues (leaf and root) of a set of randomly chosen individuals from populations of parental rice subspecies (indica and japonica), in vitro "hybrids" (parental mixes), reciprocal F1 hybrids and reciprocal tetraploids at the 5(th) -selfed generation (S5)...
August 12, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800954/a-tim-3-oligonucleotide-aptamer-enhances-t-cell-functions-and-potentiates-tumor-immunity-in-mice
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Tal Gefen, Iris Castro, Darija Muharemagic, Yvonne Puplampu-Dove, Shradha Patel, Eli Gilboa
T cell immunoglobulin-3 (TIM-3) is a negative regulator of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) secreting CD4(+) T cells and CD8(+) T cytotoxic cells. Recent studies have highlighted the role of TIM-3 as an important mediator of CD8(+) T cell exhaustion in the setting of chronic viral infections and cancer. In murine tumor models, antibody blockade of TIM-3 with anti-TIM-3 antibodies as monotherapy has no or minimal antitumor activity, suggesting that TIM-3 signaling exerts an accessory or amplifying effect in keeping immune responses in check...
August 8, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796788/different-behavior-of-myeloperoxidase-in-two-rodent-amoebic-liver-abscess-models
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Andrea Cruz-Baquero, Luz María Cárdenas Jaramillo, Manuel Gutiérrez-Meza, Rosa Adriana Jarillo-Luna, Rafael Campos-Rodríguez, Víctor Rivera-Aguilar, Angel Miliar-García, Judith Pacheco-Yepez
The protozoan Entamoeba histolytica is the etiological agent of amoebiasis, which can spread to the liver and form amoebic liver abscesses. Histological studies conducted with resistant and susceptible models of amoebic liver abscesses (ALAs) have established that neutrophils are the first cells to contact invasive amoebae at the lesion site. Myeloperoxidase is the most abundant enzyme secreted by neutrophils. It uses hydrogen peroxide secreted by the same cells to oxidize chloride ions and produce hypochlorous acid, which is the most efficient microbicidal system of neutrophils...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790203/the-in-feed-antibiotic-carbadox-induces-phage-gene-transcription-in-the-swine-gut-microbiome
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Timothy A Johnson, Torey Looft, Andrew J Severin, Darrell O Bayles, Daniel J Nasko, K Eric Wommack, Adina Howe, Heather K Allen
Carbadox is a quinoxaline-di-N-oxide antibiotic fed to over 40% of young pigs in the United States that has been shown to induce phage DNA transduction in vitro; however, the effects of carbadox on swine microbiome functions are poorly understood. We investigated the in vivo longitudinal effects of carbadox on swine gut microbial gene expression (fecal metatranscriptome) and phage population dynamics (fecal dsDNA viromes). Microbial metagenome, transcriptome, and virome sequences were annotated for taxonomic inference and gene function by using FIGfam (isofunctional homolog sequences) and SEED subsystems databases...
August 8, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783077/characterization-of-reconstructed-ancestral-proteins-suggests-a-change-in-temperature-of-the-ancient-biosphere
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REVIEW
Satoshi Akanuma
Understanding the evolution of ancestral life, and especially the ability of some organisms to flourish in the variable environments experienced in Earth's early biosphere, requires knowledge of the characteristics and the environment of these ancestral organisms. Information about early life and environmental conditions has been obtained from fossil records and geological surveys. Recent advances in phylogenetic analysis, and an increasing number of protein sequences available in public databases, have made it possible to infer ancestral protein sequences possessed by ancient organisms...
August 6, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783058/evolution-of-diagnostic-tests-for-chronic-wasting-disease-a-naturally-occurring-prion-disease-of-cervids
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REVIEW
Nicholas J Haley, Jürgen A Richt
Since chronic wasting disease (CWD) was first identified nearly 50 years ago in a captive mule deer herd in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, it has slowly spread across North America through the natural and anthropogenic movement of cervids and their carcasses. As the endemic areas have expanded, so has the need for rapid, sensitive, and cost effective diagnostic tests-especially those which take advantage of samples collected antemortem. Over the past two decades, strategies have evolved from the recognition of microscopic spongiform pathology and associated immunohistochemical staining of the misfolded prion protein to enzyme-linked immunoassays capable of detecting the abnormal prion conformer in postmortem samples...
August 5, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774341/modeling-tumor-cell-adaptations-to-hypoxia-in-multicellular-tumor-spheroids
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REVIEW
Stephen Riffle, Rashmi S Hegde
Under hypoxic conditions, tumor cells undergo a series of adaptations that promote evolution of a more aggressive tumor phenotype including the activation of DNA damage repair proteins, altered metabolism, and decreased proliferation. Together these changes mitigate the negative impact of oxygen deprivation and allow preservation of genomic integrity and proliferative capacity, thus contributing to tumor growth and metastasis. As a result the presence of a hypoxic microenvironment is considered a negative clinical feature of many solid tumors...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768772/a-computational-combinatorial-approach-identifies-a-protein-inhibitor-of-superoxide-dismutase-1-misfolding-aggregation-and-cytotoxicity
#15
Victor Banerjee, Ofek Oren, Efrat Ben-Zeev, Ran Taube, Stanislav Engel, Niv Papo
Molecular agents that specifically bind and neutralize misfolded and toxic superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) mutant proteins may find application in attenuating the disease progression of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (fALS). However, high structural similarities between the wild-type and mutant SOD1 proteins limit the utility of this approach. Here, we addressed this challenge by converting a promiscuous natural human IgG binding domain, the hyperthermophilic variant of protein G (HTB1), into a highly specific aggregation inhibitor (designated HTB1M) of two fALS-linked SOD1 mutants, SOD1G93A and SOD1G85R...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762573/evolution-of-defence-cocktails-antimicrobial-peptide-combinations-reduce-mortality-and-persistent-infection
#16
Caroline Zanchi, Paul R Johnston, Jens Rolff
The simultaneous expression of costly immune effectors such as multiple antimicrobial peptides is a hallmark of innate immunity of multicellular organisms, yet the adaptive advantage remains unresolved. Here we test current hypotheses on the evolution of such defence cocktails. We use RNAi gene knock-down to explore, the effects of three highly-expressed antimicrobial peptides, displaying different degrees of activity in vitro against Staphylococcus aureus, during an infection in the beetle Tenebrio molitor...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758632/tree-shrew-a-potential-animal-model-for-hepatitis-c-supports-the-infection-and-replication-of-hcv-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#17
Yue Feng, Yue-Mei Feng, Caixia Lu, Yuanyuan Han, Li Liu, Xiaomei Sun, Jiejie Dai, Xueshan Xia
The tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri chinensis), a small animal widely distributed in Southeast Asia and southwest China, has the potential to be developed as an animal model for hepatitis C. To determine the susceptibility of the tree shrew to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in vitro and in vivo, a well-established HCV, produced from the J6/JFH1-Huh7.5.1 culture system, was used to infect cultured primary tupaia hepatocytes (PTHs) and tree shrews. The in vitro results showed that HCV genomic RNA and HCV-specific nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) could be detected in the PTH cell culture from days 3-15 post-infection, although the viral load was lower than that observed in Huh7...
July 31, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757001/spinal-muscular-atrophy-a-changing-phenotype-beyond-the-clinical-trials
#18
REVIEW
Eduardo F Tizzano, Richard S Finkel
Spinal muscular atrophy is a monogenic, progressive motor neuron disorder caused by deletion or mutation in the SMN1 gene. A broad range of phenotypic severity, from very weak infants (Type 1) to ambulant children (type 3), is modified mainly by the number of copies of the "backup" SMN2 gene. Since the discovery of the role of both genes, basic research into the pathobiology of SMA, with in vitro and animal model studies, has identified therapeutic targets. Development of clinical outcome measures, natural history studies and standard of care guidelines have contributed to the development of protocols for therapeutic drugs now under clinical investigation...
May 17, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755522/high-performance-variants-of-plant-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-1-generated-by-directed-evolution-provide-insights-into-structure-function
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Guanqun Chen, Yang Xu, Rodrigo M P Siloto, Kristian Mark P Caldo, Thomas Vanhercke, Anna El Tahchy, Nathalie Niesner, Yongyan Chen, Elzbieta Mietkiewska, Randall J Weselake
Diacylglycerol acyltransferase 1 (DGAT1) catalyzes the acyl-CoA-dependent biosynthesis of triacylglycerol, the predominant component of seed oil. In some oil crops, including Brassica napus, the level of DGAT1 activity can have a substantial effect on triacylglycerol production. Structure/function insights into DGAT1, however, remain limited due to the lack of a three-dimensional detailed structure for this membrane-bound enzyme. In this study, amino acid residues governing B. napus DGAT1 (BnaDGAT1) activity were investigated via directed evolution, targeted mutagenesis, in vitro enzymatic assay, topological analysis and transient expression of cDNA encoding selected enzyme variants in Nicotiana benthamiana...
July 29, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754692/an-in-vitro-tag-and-modify-protein-sample-generation-method-for-singlemolecule-fret
#20
Kambiz M Hamadani, Jesse Howe, Madeleine K Jensen, Peng Wu, Jamie H D Cate, Susan Marqusee
Biomolecular systems exhibit many dynamic and biologically relevant properties, such as conformational fluctuations, multistep catalysis, transient interactions, folding, and allosteric structural transitions. These properties are challenging to detect and engineer using standard ensemble-based techniques. To address this drawback, single-molecule methods offer a way to access conformational distributions, transient states, and asynchronous dynamics inaccessible to these standard techniques. Fluorescence-based single molecule approaches are parallelizable and compatible with multiplexed detection; to date, however, they have remained limited to serial screens of small protein libraries...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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