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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145498/antigenicity-of-the-2015-2016-seasonal-h1n1-human-influenza-virus-ha-and-na-proteins
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Amelia M Clark, Marta L DeDiego, Christopher S Anderson, Jiong Wang, Hongmei Yang, Aitor Nogales, Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Martin S Zand, Mark Y Sangster, David J Topham
Antigenic drift of the hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) influenza virus proteins contributes to reduced vaccine efficacy. To analyze antigenic drift in human seasonal H1N1 viruses derived from the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus (pH1N1-like viruses) accounts for the limited effectiveness (around 40%) of vaccination against pH1N1-like viruses during the 2015-2016 season, nasal washes/swabs collected from adult subjects in the Rochester, NY area, were used to sequence and isolate the circulating viruses. The HA and NA proteins from viruses circulating during the 2015-2016 season encoded eighteen and fourteen amino acid differences, respectively, when compared to A/California/04/2009, a strain circulating at the origin of the 2009 pandemic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145480/engineering-the-gh1-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-humicola-insolens-insights-on-the-stimulation-of-activity-by-glucose-and-xylose
#2
Luana Parras Meleiro, José Carlos Santos Salgado, Raquel Fonseca Maldonado, Sibeli Carli, Luiz Alberto Beraldo Moraes, Richard John Ward, João Atílio Jorge, Rosa Prazeres Melo Furriel
The activity of the GH1 β-glucosidase from Humicola insolens (Bglhi) against p-nitrophenyl-β-D-glucopyranoside (pNP-Glc) and cellobiose is enhanced 2-fold by glucose and/or xylose. Kinetic and transglycosylation data showed that hydrolysis is preferred in the absence of monosaccharides. Stimulation involves allosteric interactions, increased transglycosylation and competition of the substrate and monosaccharides for the -1 glycone and the +1/+2 aglycone binding sites. Protein directed evolution has been used to generate 6 mutants of Bglhi with altered stimulation patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145450/enhanced-expression-of-cell-surface-b-cell-receptor-associated-protein-31-contributes-to-poor-survival-of-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-cells
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Se-Ri Seo, Hyun Min Lee, Hong Seo Choi, Won-Tae Kim, Eun-Wie Cho, Chun Jeih Ryu
B-cell receptor-associated protein 31 (BAP31) is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane protein which plays a role as a molecular chaperone for the newly synthesized transmembrane proteins. BAP31 is also an important apoptosis regulator for extrinsic apoptosis induction in the ER membrane. Recent studies have shown that BAP31 is also expressed on the surface of embryonic stem cells. However, the function of cell surface BAP31 (csBAP31) still remains unclarified. In an attempt to search for surface markers on tumorspheres, here, we generated monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against the sphere cells from the non-small cell lung carcinoma cell (NSCLC) line A549...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145426/buserelin-alleviates-chloride-transport-defect-in-human-cystic-fibrosis-nasal-epithelial-cells
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Marie-Laure Calvez, Nathalie Benz, Florentin Huguet, Aude Saint-Pierre, Elise Rouillé, Christelle Coraux, Claude Férec, Mathieu Kerbiriou, Pascal Trouvé
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common autosomal recessive disease in Caucasians caused by mutations in the gene encoding the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane conductance Regulator (CFTR) chloride (Cl-) channel regulated by protein kinases, phosphatases, divalent cations and by protein-protein interactions. Among protein-protein interactions, we previously showed that Annexin A5 (AnxA5) binds to CFTR and is involved in the channel localization within membranes and in its Cl- channel function. The deletion of phenylalanine at position 508 (F508del) is the most common mutation in CF which leads to an altered protein (F508del-CFTR) folding with a nascent protein retained within the ER and is quickly degraded...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145083/composition-and-functional-group-characterization-of-extracellular-polymeric-substances-eps-in-activated-sludge-the-impacts-of-polymerization-degree-of-proteinaceous-substrates
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Bin-Bin Wang, Xue-Ting Liu, Jian-Meng Chen, Dang-Cong Peng, Feng He
Characteristics of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in activated sludge strongly depend on wastewater substrates. Proteinaceous substrates (ProS) present in heterogeneous polymeric form are intrinsic and important parts of wastewater substrates for microorganisms in activated sludge systems. However, correlations between ProS and characteristics of EPS are scarce. This study systematically explored the impacts of monomeric (Mono-), low polymeric (LoP-) and high polymeric (HiP-) ProS on compositions and functional groups of EPS in activated sludge...
November 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144442/propagation-of-fibrillar-structural-forms-in-proteins-stopped-by-naturally-occurring-short-polypeptide-chain-fragments
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Irena Roterman, Mateusz Banach, Leszek Konieczny
Amyloids characterized by unbounded growth of fibrillar structures cause many pathological processes. Such unbounded propagation is due to the presence of a propagating hydrophobicity field around the fibril's main axis, preventing its closure (unlike in globular proteins). Interestingly, similar fragments, commonly referred to as solenoids, are present in many naturally occurring proteins, where their propagation is arrested by suitably located "stopper" fragments. In this work, we analyze the distribution of hydrophobicity in solenoids and in their corresponding "stoppers" from the point of view of the fuzzy oil drop model (called FOD in this paper)...
November 16, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144000/design-expression-and-evaluation-of-novel-chimeric-protein-constructed-from-colorectal-tumor-associated-antigen
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Ziba Veisi Malekshahi, Jafar Amani, Babak Negahdari, Masoumeh Rajabibazi, Walead Ebrahimizadeh
There were 134,000 new diagnosis and 49,000 deaths in 2016 due to colorectal cancer. Similar to most cancers, early diagnosis increases the chance of successful treatment. Detection of tumor-associated antigens or the immune response against such markers is one of the most common methods of diagnosis. In that regard, we aimed to design and express a chimeric protein from the most common tumor-associated antigens in colorectal cancer and assess its ability to detect the immune response in comparison with the parental tumor-associated antigens in patient's sera...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143881/rmce-based-insect-cell-platform-to-produce-membrane-proteins-captured-on-hiv-1-gag-virus-like-particles
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João Vidigal, Bárbara Fernandes, Mafalda M Dias, Marco Patrone, António Roldão, Manuel J T Carrondo, Paula M Alves, Ana P Teixeira
Conformationally complex membrane proteins (MPs) are therapeutic targets in many diseases, but drug discovery has been slowed down by the lack of efficient production tools. Co-expression of MPs with matrix proteins from enveloped viruses is a promising approach to obtain correctly folded proteins at the surface of virus-like particles (VLPs), preserving their native lipidic environment. Here, we implemented a site-specific recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) strategy to establish a reusable HIV-1 Gag-expressing insect cell line for fast production of target MPs on the surface of Gag-VLPs...
November 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143669/considerations-for-using-minocycline-vs-doxycycline-for-treatment-of-canine-heartworm-disease
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Mark G Papich
BACKGROUND: Doxycycline has been considered the first drug of choice for treating Wolbachia, a member of the Rickettsiaceae, which has a symbiotic relationship with filarial worms, including heartworms. Wolbachia, is susceptible to tetracyclines, which have been used as adjunctive treatments for heartworm disease. Treatment with doxycycline reduces Wolbachia numbers in all stages of heartworms and improves outcomes and decreased microfilaremia in dogs treated for heartworm disease. The American Heartworm Society recommends treatment with doxycycline in dogs diagnosed with heartworm disease at a dose of 10 mg/kg twice daily for 28 days...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143239/improving-cellulase-production-in-submerged-fermentation-by-the-expression-of-a-vitreoscilla-hemoglobin-in-trichoderma-reesei
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Jie Lin, Xiamei Zhang, Bingran Song, Wei Xue, Xiaoyun Su, Xiuzhen Chen, Zhiyang Dong
Trichoderma reesei is well known as an industrial workhorse fungus in cellulase production. The low dissolved oxygen supply in the highly viscous medium of T. reesei remains a major bottleneck that hampers growth and cellulase production in submerged fermentation. Vitreoscilla hemoglobin (VHb) has been demonstrated to improve metabolism and protein production in different heterologous hosts under hypoxic conditions, but the use of VHb in T. reesei remains uninvestigated. This study examines the effect of VHb in improving T...
November 15, 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142323/nkx6-1-decline-accompanies-mitochondrial-dna-reduction-but-subtle-nucleoid-size-decrease-in-pancreatic-islet-%C3%AE-cells-of-diabetic-goto-kakizaki-rats
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Tomáš Špaček, Vojtěch Pavluch, Lukáš Alán, Nikola Capková, Hana Engstová, Andrea Dlasková, Zuzana Berková, František Saudek, Petr Ježek
Hypertrophic pancreatic islets (PI) of Goto Kakizaki (GK) diabetic rats contain a lower number of β-cells vs. non-diabetic Wistar rat PI. Remaining β-cells contain reduced mitochondrial (mt) DNA per nucleus (copy number), probably due to declining mtDNA replication machinery, decreased mt biogenesis or enhanced mitophagy. We confirmed mtDNA copy number decrease down to <30% in PI of one-year-old GK rats. Studying relations to mt nucleoids sizes, we employed 3D superresolution fluorescent photoactivable localization microscopy (FPALM) with lentivirally transduced Eos conjugate of mt single-stranded-DNA-binding protein (mtSSB) or transcription factor TFAM; or by 3D immunocytochemistry...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142233/crystal-structure-of-the-n-terminal-domain-of-human-cdc73-and-its-implications-for-the-hyperparathyroidism-jaw-tumor-hpt-jt-syndrome
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Wei Sun, Xiao-Lin Kuang, Yan-Ping Liu, Li-Fei Tian, Xiao-Xue Yan, Wenqing Xu
CDC73/Parafibromin is a critical component of the Paf1 complex (PAF1C), which is involved in transcriptional elongation and histone modifications. Mutations of the human CDC73/HRPT2 gene are associated with hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor (HPT-JT) syndrome, an autosomal dominant disorder. CDC73/parafibromin was initially recognized as a tumor suppressor by inhibiting cell proliferation via repression of cyclin D1 and c-myc genes. In recent years, it has also shown oncogenic features by activating the canonical Wnt/β-catenin signal pathway...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142104/constraints-on-lateral-gene-transfer-in-promoting-fimbrial-usher-protein-diversity-and-function
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Christopher J Stubenrauch, Gordon Dougan, Trevor Lithgow, Eva Heinz
Fimbriae are long, adhesive structures widespread throughout members of the family Enterobacteriaceae. They are multimeric extrusions, which are moved out of the bacterial cell through an integral outer membrane protein called usher. The complex folding mechanics of the usher protein were recently revealed to be catalysed by the membrane-embedded translocation and assembly module (TAM). Here, we examine the diversity of usher proteins across a wide range of extraintestinal (ExPEC) and enteropathogenic (EPEC) Escherichia coli, and further focus on a so far undescribed chaperone-usher system, with this usher referred to as UshC...
November 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142019/molecular-imaging-of-glut1-and-glut5-in-breast-cancer-a-multitracer-pet-imaging-study-in-mice
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Melinda Wuest, Ingrit Hamann, Vincent Bouvet, Darryl Glubrecht, Alison Marshall, Brendan Trayner, Olivier Soueidan, Daniel Krys, Michael Wagner, Chris Cheeseman, Frederick West, Frank Wuest
Use of [18F]FDG-PET in clinical breast cancer (BC) imaging is limited mainly due to insufficient expression levels of GLUT1 in up to 50% of all patients. Fructose-specific facilitative hexose transporter GLUT5 represents an alternative biomarker for PET imaging of hexose metabolism in BC. The goal of the present study was to compare uptake characteristics of selected hexose-based PET radiotracers in murine BC model EMT6. Uptake of 1-deoxy-1-[18F]fluoro-D-fructose (1-[18F]FDF), 6-deoxy-6-[18F]fluoro-D-fructose (6-[18F]FDF), 1-deoxy-1-[18F]fluoro-2,5-anhydro-mannitol (1-[18F]FDAM), 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (2-[18F]FDG) and 6-deoxy-6-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (6-[18F]FDG) was studied in EMT6 cells, tumors and muscle and correlated to GLUT1 and GLUT5 expression levels...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141697/microarray-expression-profile-of-lncrnas-and-mrnas-in-the-placenta-of-non-diabetic-macrosomia
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G Y Song, Q Na, D Wang, C Qiao
Macrosomia, not only is closely associated with short-term, birth-related problems, but also has long-term consequences for the offspring. We investigated the expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and messenger RNAs (mRNAs) in the placenta of macrosomia births using a microarray profile. The data showed that 2929 lncRNAs and 4574 mRNAs were upregulated in the placenta of macrosomia births compared with the normal birth weight group (fold change ⩾2.0, P<0.05), and 2127 lncRNAs and 2511 mRNAs were downregulated (fold change ⩾2...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141483/red-blood-cell-distribution-width-as-a-marker-of-cerebral-infarction-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Liyi Mo, Yuanhan Chen, Zhilian Li, Lixia Xu, Wei Dong, Li Zhang, Huaban Liang, Ruizhao Li, Yiming Tao, Wei Shi, Xinling Liang
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a cardiovascular biomarker. We evaluated the association between RDW and cerebral stroke risk in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: A cohort of 442 adult patients on hemodialysis was studied. Strokes were defined according to ICD-10 diagnosis codes. Routine complete blood counts, evaluated every 3-6 months, were used for RDW values. RESULTS: Among 442 hemodialysis patients, during the 50-month follow-up, there were 62 cases (14...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141431/development-of-isothermal-isobaric-replica-permutation-method-for-molecular-dynamics-and-monte-carlo-simulations-and-its-application-to-reveal-temperature-and-pressure-dependence-of-folded-misfolded-and-unfolded-states-of-chignolin
#17
Masataka Yamauchi, Hisashi Okumura
We developed a two-dimensional replica-permutation molecular dynamics method in the isothermal-isobaric ensemble. The replica-permutation method is a better alternative to the replica-exchange method. It was originally developed in the canonical ensemble. This method employs the Suwa-Todo algorithm, instead of the Metropolis algorithm, to perform permutations of temperatures and pressures among more than two replicas so that the rejection ratio can be minimized. We showed that the isothermal-isobaric replica-permutation method performs better sampling efficiency than the isothermal-isobaric replica-exchange method and infinite swapping method...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141194/marginal-stability-drives-irreversible-unfolding-of-large-multi-domain-family-3-glycosylhydrolases-from-thermo-tolerant-yeast
#18
Mohammad Asif Shah, Saroj Mishra, Tapan Kumar Chaudhuri
Protein folding is an extremely complex and fast, yet perfectly defined process, involving interplay of many intra and inter-molecular forces. In vitro, these molecular interactions are reversible for many proteins e.g., smaller and monomeric, organized into single domains. However, refolding of larger multi-domain/multimeric proteins is much more complicated, proceeds in a hierarchal way and is often irreversible. In a comparative study on two large, multi-domain and multimeric isozymes, β -glucosidase I (BGLI) and β-glucosidase II (BGLII) from Pichia etchellsii, we studied spontaneous and assisted refolding under three denaturing conditions viz...
November 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141152/tm-values-and-unfolded-fraction-can-predict-aggregation-rates-for-gcsf-variant-formulations-but-not-under-predominantly-native-conditions
#19
Mathew J Robinson, Paul Matejtschuk, Adrian F Bristow, Paul A Dalby
Protein engineering and formulation optimisation strategies can be taken to minimise protein aggregation in the biopharmaceutical industry. Short-term stability measures such as the mid-point transition temperature (Tm) for global unfolding provide convenient surrogates for longer-term (eg 2-year) degradation kinetics, with which to optimise formulations on practical time-scales. While successful in some cases, their limitations have not been fully evaluated or understood. Tm values are known to correlate with chemical degradation kinetics for wild-type granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF) at pH 4-5...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140712/high-expression-of-ugt1a1-1a6-in-monkey-small-intestine-comparison-of-protein-expression-levels-of-cytochromes-p450-udp-glucuronosyltransferases-and-transporters-in-small-intestine-of-cynomolgus-monkey-and-human
#20
Takanori Akazawa, Yasuo Uchida, Eisuke Miyauchi, Masanori Tachikawa, Sumio Ohtsuki, Tetsuya Terasaki
Cynomolgus monkeys have been widely used for the prediction of drug absorption in humans. The purpose of this study was to clarify the regional protein expression levels of cytochromes P450 (CYPs), UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs), and transporters in small intestine of cynomolgus monkey using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, and to compare them with the corresponding levels in human. UGT1A1 in jejunum and ileum were >4.57- and >3.11-fold, and UGT1A6 in jejunum and ileum were >16...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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