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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871874/functional-and-immuno-reactive-characterization-of-a-previously-undescribed-peptide-from-the-venom-of-the-scorpion-centruroides-limpidus
#1
Timoteo Olamendi-Portugal, Rita Restano-Cassulini, Lidia Riaño-Umbarila, Baltazar Becerril, Lourival D Possani
A previously undescribed toxic peptide named Cl13 was purified from the venom of the Mexican scorpion Centruroides limpidus. It contains 66 amino acid residues, including four disulfide bonds. The physiological effects assayed in 7 different subtypes of voltage gated Na(+)-channels, showed that it belongs to the β-scorpion toxin type. The most notorious effects were observed in subtypes Nav1.4, Nav1.5 and Nav1.6. Although having important sequence similarities with two other lethal toxins from this scorpion species (Cll1m and Cll2), the recently developed single chain antibody fragments (scFv) of human origin were not capable of protecting against Cl13...
November 18, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862975/purification-of-soluble-hla-class-i-complexes-from-human-serum-or-plasma-deliver-high-quality-immuno-peptidomes-required-for-biomarker-discovery
#2
Danilo Ritz, Andreas Gloger, Dario Neri, Tim Fugmann
Soluble human leukocyte antigen class I (sHLA)-peptide complexes have been suggested to play a role in the modulation of immune responses and in immune evasion of cancer cells. The set of peptides eluted from sHLA molecules could serve as biomarker for the monitoring of patients with cancer or other conditions. Here, we describe an improved sHLA peptidomics methodology resulting in the identification of 1816 to 2761 unique peptide sequences from triplicate analyses of serum or plasma taken from three healthy donors...
November 12, 2016: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846884/future-perspectives-in-melanoma-research-meeting-report-from-the-melanoma-bridge-napoli-december-1st-4th-2015
#3
Paolo A Ascierto, Sanjiv Agarwala, Gerardo Botti, Alessandra Cesano, Gennaro Ciliberto, Michael A Davies, Sandra Demaria, Reinhard Dummer, Alexander M Eggermont, Soldano Ferrone, Yang Xin Fu, Thomas F Gajewski, Claus Garbe, Veronica Huber, Samir Khleif, Michael Krauthammer, Roger S Lo, Giuseppe Masucci, Giuseppe Palmieri, Michael Postow, Igor Puzanov, Ann Silk, Stefani Spranger, David F Stroncek, Ahmad Tarhini, Janis M Taube, Alessandro Testori, Ena Wang, Jennifer A Wargo, Cassian Yee, Hassane Zarour, Laurence Zitvogel, Bernard A Fox, Nicola Mozzillo, Francesco M Marincola, Magdalena Thurin
The sixth "Melanoma Bridge Meeting" took place in Naples, Italy, December 1st-4th, 2015. The four sessions at this meeting were focused on: (1) molecular and immune advances; (2) combination therapies; (3) news in immunotherapy; and 4) tumor microenvironment and biomarkers. Recent advances in tumor biology and immunology has led to the development of new targeted and immunotherapeutic agents that prolong progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) of cancer patients. Immunotherapies in particular have emerged as highly successful approaches to treat patients with cancer including melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), renal cell carcinoma (RCC), bladder cancer, and Hodgkin's disease...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844240/identification-of-a-rare-germline-nbn-gene-mutation-by-whole-exome-sequencing-in-a-lung-cancer-survivor-from-a-large-family-with-various-types-of-cancer
#4
Makia J Marafie, Mohammed Dashti, Fahd Al-Mulla
Nijmegen breakage syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by biallelic mutation in NBN gene. It is characterized by microcephaly, growth retardation, immuno-deficiency and cancer predisposition. The monoallelic carriers of NBN gene are also reported to be at increased risk of developing various types of malignancy. We have investigated an individual with lung cancer from an extended family segregating different types of hereditary cancer over several generations, including lung, breast, ovarian, colon, prostate and renal cancers...
November 14, 2016: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835693/rna-seq-analysis-reveals-unique-transcriptome-signatures-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-with-distinct-autoantibody-specificities
#5
Richa Rai, Sudhir Kumar Chauhan, Vikas Vikram Singh, Madhukar Rai, Geeta Rai
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients exhibit immense heterogeneity which is challenging from the diagnostic perspective. Emerging high throughput sequencing technologies have been proved to be a useful platform to understand the complex and dynamic disease processes. SLE patients categorised based on autoantibody specificities are reported to have differential immuno-regulatory mechanisms. Therefore, we performed RNA-seq analysis to identify transcriptomics of SLE patients with distinguished autoantibody specificities...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829562/metal-ion-dependent-dnazyme-recycling-amplification-for-sensitive-and-homogeneous-immuno-proximity-binding-assay-of-%C3%AE-fetoprotein-biomarker
#6
Mengqi Zou, Daxiu Li, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
Based on target-induced immuno-proximity binding and metal ion-dependent DNAzyme recycling signal amplification, we describe the development of a homogeneous and sensitive fluorescent method for the detection of protein cancer biomarkers by using α-fetoprotein (AFP) as the model target. Two DNA strands with short complementary regions are conjugated to the AFP antibodies to prepare the recognition probes. The hybridization of the two DNAs in the absence of the AFP target molecules is inhibited due to the low melting temperature (Tm) of the complementary regions...
October 19, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820816/regional-control-of-chromosome-segregation-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#7
Valentine Lagage, Frédéric Boccard, Isabelle Vallet-Gely
Chromosome segregation in bacteria occurs concomitantly with DNA replication, and the duplicated regions containing the replication origin oriC are generally the first to separate and migrate to their final specific location inside the cell. In numerous bacterial species, a three-component partition machinery called the ParABS system is crucial for chromosome segregation. This is the case in the gammaproteobacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, where impairing the ParABS system is very detrimental for growth, as it increases the generation time and leads to the formation of anucleate cells and to oriC mispositioning inside the cell...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779219/establishment-of-a-translational-endothelial-cell-model-using-directed-differentiation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-cynomolgus-monkey
#8
Eva C Thoma, Tobias Heckel, David Keller, Nicolas Giroud, Brian Leonard, Klaus Christensen, Adrian Roth, Cristina Bertinetti-Lapatki, Martin Graf, Christoph Patsch
Due to their broad differentiation potential, pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer a promising approach for generating relevant cellular models for various applications. While human PSC-based cellular models are already advanced, similar systems for non-human primates (NHPs) are still lacking. However, as NHPs are the most appropriate animals for evaluating the safety of many novel pharmaceuticals, the availability of in vitro systems would be extremely useful to bridge the gap between cellular and animal models...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740540/domestic-shower-hose-biofilms-contain-fungal-species-capable-of-causing-opportunistic-infection
#9
John Moat, Athanasios Rizoulis, Graeme Fox, Mathew Upton
The domestic environment can be a source of pathogenic bacteria. We show here that domestic shower hoses may harbour potentially pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Well-developed biofilms were physically removed from the internal surface of shower hoses collected in four locations in England and Scotland. Amplicon pyrosequencing of 16S and 18S rRNA targets revealed the presence of common aquatic and environmental bacteria, including members of the Actinobacteria, Alphaproteobacteria, Bacteroidetes and non-tuberculous Mycobacteria...
October 2016: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738762/molecular-pathological-epidemiology-new-developing-frontiers-of-big-data-science-to-study-etiologies-and-pathogenesis
#10
Tsuyoshi Hamada, NaNa Keum, Reiko Nishihara, Shuji Ogino
Molecular pathological epidemiology (MPE) is an integrative field that utilizes molecular pathology to incorporate interpersonal heterogeneity of a disease process into epidemiology. In each individual, the development and progression of a disease are determined by a unique combination of exogenous and endogenous factors, resulting in different molecular and pathological subtypes of the disease. Based on "the unique disease principle," the primary aim of MPE is to uncover an interactive relationship between a specific environmental exposure and disease subtypes in determining disease incidence and mortality...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27731431/real-time-femtomolar-detection-of-cancer-biomarkers-from-photoconjugated-antibody-phage-constructs
#11
M Brasino, J N Cha
Here we describe novel covalent conjugates of antibody-phage for the detection of multiple cancer biomarkers using real time immuno-polymerase chain reaction (immuno-PCR). While the conventional process of immuno-PCR utilizes DNA-conjugated antibodies, chemical modification of antibodies not only reduces antibody affinity but also creates a heterogeneous population of products. However, phage naturally encapsulate genomic DNA, which can be used as a PCR template. To produce covalently conjugated antibody-phage constructs without recombinant antibody expression or chemical modification of antibodies, we incorporated a photocrosslinkable non-canonical amino acid within an antibody-binding domain displayed on one of the phage coat proteins...
October 12, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720768/application-of-immuno-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-of-serum-ige-specific-to-bermuda-allergen
#12
Samina Rahmatpour, Amjad Hayat Khan, Rasoul Nasiri Kalmarzi, Masoumeh Rajabibazl, Gholamreza Tavoosidana, Elahe Motevaseli, Nosratollah Zarghami, Esmaeil Sadroddiny
In vivo and in vitro tests are the two major ways of identifying the triggering allergens in sensitized individuals with allergic symptoms. Both methods are equally significant in terms of sensitivity and specificity. However, in certain circumstances, in vitro methods are highly preferred because they circumvent the use of sensitizing drugs in patients. In current study, we described a highly sensitive immuno-PCR (iPCR) assay for serum IgE specific to Bermuda allergens. Using oligonucleotide-labelled antibody, we used iPCR for the sensitive detection of serum IgE...
October 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717699/chronic-mehg-exposure-modifies-the-histone-h3k4me3-epigenetic-landscape-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#13
Martina Rudgalvyte, Juhani Peltonen, Merja Lakso, Garry Wong
Methylmercury (MeHg) is a persistent environmental pollutant that occurs in the food chain, at occupational sites, and via medical procedures. Exposure in humans and animal models results in renal, neuro, and reproductive toxicities. In this study, we demonstrate that chronic exposure to MeHg (10μM) causes epigenetic landscape modifications of histone H3K4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) marks in Caenorhabditis elegans using chromatin immuno-precipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq). The modifications correspond to the locations of 1467 genes with enhanced and 508 genes with reduced signals...
October 4, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707895/streptococcal-group-b-integrative-and-mobilizable-element-imesag-rpsi-encodes-a-functional-relaxase-involved-in-its-transfer
#14
Fabian Lorenzo-Diaz, Cris Fernández-Lopez, Pierre-Emmanuel Douarre, Adrian Baez-Ortega, Carlos Flores, Philippe Glaser, Manuel Espinosa
Streptococcus agalactiae or Group B Streptococcus (GBS) are opportunistic bacteria that can cause lethal sepsis in children and immuno-compromised patients. Their genome is a reservoir of mobile genetic elements that can be horizontally transferred. Among them, integrative and conjugative elements (ICEs) and the smaller integrative and mobilizable elements (IMEs) primarily reside in the bacterial chromosome, yet have the ability to be transferred between cells by conjugation. ICEs and IMEs are therefore a source of genetic variability that participates in the spread of antibiotic resistance...
October 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689984/flavonoid-interaction-with-a-chitinase-from-grape-berry-skin-protein-identification-and-modulation-of-the-enzymatic-activity
#15
Antonio Filippi, Elisa Petrussa, Uros Rajcevic, Vladka Čurin Šerbec, Sabina Passamonti, Giovanni Renzone, Andrea Scaloni, Marco Zancani, Angelo Vianello, Enrico Braidot
In the present study, an antibody raised against a peptide sequence of rat bilitranslocase (anti-peptide Ab) was tested on microsomal proteins obtained from red grape berry skin. Previously, this antibody had demonstrated to recognize plant membrane proteins associated with flavonoid binding and transport. Immuno-proteomic assays identified a number of proteins reacting with this particular antibody, suggesting that the flavonoid binding and interaction may be extended not only to carriers of these molecules, but also to enzymes with very different functions...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659972/chromatin-preparation-and-chromatin-immuno-precipitation-from-drosophila-embryos
#16
Eva Löser, Daniel Latreille, Nicola Iovino
This protocol provides specific details on how to perform Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) from Drosophila embryos. ChIP allows the matching of proteins or histone modifications to specific genomic regions. Formaldehyde-cross-linked chromatin is isolated and antibodies against the target of interest are used to determine whether the target is associated with a specific DNA sequence. This can be performed in spatial and temporal manner and it can provide information about the genome-wide localization of a given protein or histone modification if coupled with deep sequencing technology (ChIP-Seq)...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27640170/designing-of-epitope-focused-vaccine-by-targeting-e6-and-e7-conserved-protein-sequences-an-immuno-informatics-approach-in-human-papillomavirus-58-isolates
#17
Sabrina Nusrat Sabah, Md Amran Gazi, Rahvia Alam Sthity, Amena Binte Husain, Salwa Abdul Quyyum, Mustafizur Rahman, Md Rezaul Islam
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a DNA virus that belongs to the papillomavirus family and is capable of infecting humans. Currently, few vaccines are available to prevent infection by HPV. However, they are not so much effective and provide little benefit to women who have already been infected with HPV. The aim of this study was to design epitope-based vaccines of HPV58 by targeting E6 and E7 proteins of HPV58. Proteomic sequences were retrieved from different isolates at different time periods and later analyzed by performing alignment of these sequences...
September 17, 2016: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27634541/pangenome-and-immuno-proteomics-analysis-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-strains-revealed-the-core-peptide-vaccine-targets
#18
Afreenish Hassan, Anam Naz, Ayesha Obaid, Rehan Zafar Paracha, Kanwal Naz, Faryal Mehwish Awan, Syed Aun Muhmmad, Hussnain Ahmed Janjua, Jamil Ahmad, Amjad Ali
BACKGROUND: Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged as a significant nosocomial pathogen during the last few years, exhibiting resistance to almost all major classes of antibiotics. Alternative treatment options such as vaccines tend to be most promising and cost effective approaches against this resistant pathogen. In the current study, we have explored the pan-genome of A. baumannii followed by immune-proteomics and reverse vaccinology approaches to identify potential core vaccine targets...
2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27599410/comparison-of-multiple-viral-population-characterization-methods-on-a-candidate-cross-protection-citrus-tristeza-virus-ctv-source
#19
Jackie Kleynhans, Gerhard Pietersen
Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) is the most economically important virus found on citrus and influences production worldwide. The 3' half of the RNA genome is generally conserved amongst sources, whereas the 5' portion is more divergent, allowing for the classification of the virus into a number of genotypes based on sequence diversity. The acknowledged genotypes of CTV are continually being expanded, and thus far include T36, T30, T3, VT, B165, HA16-5, T68 and RB. The genotype composition of the CTV populations of a potential cross protection source in Mexican lime was studied whilst comparing different techniques of viral population characterization...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27557809/antibody-engineering-therapeutics-2016-the-antibody-society-s-annual-meeting-december-11-15-2016-san-diego-ca
#20
James W Larrick, Mark R Alfenito, Jamie K Scott, Paul W H I Parren, Dennis R Burton, Andrew R M Bradbury, Cynthia A Lemere, Anne Messer, James S Huston, Paul J Carter, Trudi Veldman, Kerry A Chester, Janine Schuurman, Gregory P Adams, Janice M Reichert
Antibody Engineering & Therapeutics, the largest meeting devoted to antibody science and technology and the annual meeting of The Antibody Society, will be held in San Diego, CA on December 11-15, 2016. Each of 14 sessions will include six presentations by leading industry and academic experts. In this meeting preview, the session chairs discuss the relevance of their topics to current and future antibody therapeutics development. Session topics include bispecifics and designer polyclonal antibodies; antibodies for neurodegenerative diseases; the interface between passive and active immunotherapy; antibodies for non-cancer indications; novel antibody display, selection and screening technologies; novel checkpoint modulators / immuno-oncology; engineering antibodies for T-cell therapy; novel engineering strategies to enhance antibody functions; and the biological Impact of Fc receptor engagement...
August 24, 2016: MAbs
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