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Silvina M Y López, Ma Dolores Molina Sánchez, Graciela N Pastorino, Mario E E Franco, Nicolás Toro García, Pedro A Balatti
The purpose of this work was to study further two Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains with high nitrogen-fixing capacity that were identified within a collection of approximately 200 isolates from the soils of Argentina. Nodulation and nitrogen-fixing capacity and the level of expression of regulatory as well as structural genes of nitrogen fixation and the 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase gene of the isolates were compared with that of E109-inoculated plants. Both isolates of B. japonicum, 163 and 366, were highly efficient to fix nitrogen compared to commercial strain E109...
March 15, 2018: Current Microbiology
Tianzhou Zha, Haorong Wu
This study investigated the expression of adenosine monophosphate deaminase 1 (AMPD1) in serum of patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and its clinical significance. The expression levels of AMPD1 mRNA in serum of 157 patients with PTC and 100 normal controls were detected by real-time fluorescent quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and the relationships between expression level of AMPD1 in serum of PTC patients and clinicopathological factors as well as prognosis were analyzed. The results of real-time fluorescent quantitative PCR showed that the expression of AMPD1 mRNA in serum of PTC patients was lower than that in normal human serum (P<0...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Weicheng Ren, Xiaofei Ye, Hong Su, Wei Li, Dongbing Liu, Mohammad Pirmoradian, Xianhuo Wang, Bo Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Longyun Chen, Man Nie, Yao Liu, Bin Meng, Huiqiang Huang, Wenqi Jiang, Yixin Zeng, Wenyu Li, Kui Wu, Yong Hou, Klas G Wiman, Zhiming Li, Huilai Zhang, Roujun Peng, Shida Zhu, Qiang Pan-Hammarström
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is endemic in some parts of Asia, Africa and South America and remains to be a significant public health problem in these areas. It is known as a leading risk factor for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma, but epidemiological studies have also shown that the infection may increase the incidence of several types B-cell lymphoma. Here, by characterizing altogether 275 Chinese diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients, we showed that patients with concomitant HBV infection (surface antigen positive, HBsAg+ ) are characterized by a younger age, a more advanced disease stage at diagnosis and a reduced overall survival...
March 15, 2018: Blood
Weizhi Yu, Hong Xu, Ying Xue, Dong An, Huairui Li, Wei Chen, Deqin Yu, Yiping Sun, Jianmei Ma, Yiyuan Tang, Zhaoyang Xiao, Shengming Yin
Introduction: Social isolation enhances the aggressive behavior of animals, but the detailed mechanism remains unclear. Epigenetic studies have suggested that Htr2c RNA editing is closely related to aggressive behavior. This study aims to obtain a fundamental understanding of how social isolation impacts adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 1 (ADAR1, RNA editing enzyme) and Htr2c RNA editing, leading to aggressive behavior, and explore the effective solutions for the recovery of this behavior...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Jing Wang, Sichen Liu, Baidong Hou, Meixiang Yang, Zhongjun Dong, Hai Qi, Wanli Liu
Class-switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutation (SHM) occur during the differentiation of germinal center B cells (GCBs). Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) is responsible for both CSR and SHM in GCBs. Here, we show that ablation of PTEN through the Cγ1-Cre mediated recombination significantly influences the CSR and SHM responses. The GCs fail to produce the IgG1 B cells, the high affinity antibodies and nearly lost the dark zone (DZ) in Ptenfl/fl Cγ1Cre/+ mice after immunization, suggesting the impaired GC structure...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Wei Hu, Xian Shi, Hongwen Li, Luzhu Chen, Tingmei Wang, Yingying Dong, Yanhong Zhang, Man Hu, Xiaoli Liu, Caie Zhang, Dongxian Liu, Yunhua Deng
BACKGROUND: Novel mutations in adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 1 gene (ADAR1) are responsible for dyschromatosis symmetrica hereditaria (DSH). DSH patients display a mixture of hyperpigmented and hypopigmented macules on the dorsal aspects of the extremities, and freckle-like macules on the face. AIMS: To provide new evidence for further study of the etiopathogenisis of DSH. METHODS: Genomic DNA was extracted and used as a template for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of all 15 coding exons as well as intron-exon boundaries of ADAR1...
March 12, 2018: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Christoph Stephan Schmidt, Libor Mrnka, Tomáš Frantík, Petra Lovecká, Miroslav Vosátka
Putative endophytes of Miscanthus × giganteus were isolated, and screened in the laboratory, greenhouse and field for their plant growth promoting properties in this host. Pantoea ananatis and Pseudomonas savastanoi were the predominant bacteria in leaves whereas other pseudomonads prevailed in roots. Almost all fungal endophytes belonged to the Pezizomycotina and most were isolated from roots; Fusarium oxysporum was most abundant, followed by the genera Periconia, Exophiala, Microdochium and Leptodontidium...
March 13, 2018: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Emily C Sheppard, Rikke Brandstrup Morrish, Michael J Dillon, Rebecca Leyland, Richard Chahwan
Epigenetic modifications, such as histone modifications, DNA methylation status, and non-coding RNAs (ncRNA), all contribute to antibody maturation during somatic hypermutation (SHM) and class-switch recombination (CSR). Histone modifications alter the chromatin landscape and, together with DNA primary and tertiary structures, they help recruit Activation-Induced Cytidine Deaminase (AID) to the immunoglobulin (Ig) locus. AID is a potent DNA mutator, which catalyzes cytosine-to-uracil deamination on single-stranded DNA to create U:G mismatches...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Seung Min Jung, Jaeseon Lee, Seung Ye Baek, Juhyun Lee, Se Gwang Jang, Seung-Min Hong, Jin-Sil Park, Mi-La Cho, Sung-Hwan Park, Seung-Ki Kwok
This study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effect of fraxinellone on inflammatory arthritis and identify the underlying mechanisms. Fraxinellone (7.5 mg/kg) or a vehicle control was injected into mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). The severity of arthritis was evaluated clinically and histologically. The differentiation of CD4⁺ T cells and CD19⁺ B cells was investigated in the presence of fraxinellone. Osteoclastogenesis after fraxinellone treatment was evaluated by staining with tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) and by measuring the mRNA levels of osteoclastogenesis-related genes...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ariel L Raybuck, Sung Hoon Cho, Jingxin Li, Meredith C Rogers, Keunwook Lee, Christopher L Williams, Mark Shlomchik, James W Thomas, Jin Chen, John V Williams, Mark R Boothby
B lymphocytes migrate among varied microenvironmental niches during diversification, selection, and conversion to memory or Ab-secreting plasma cells. Aspects of the nutrient milieu differ within these lymphoid microenvironments and can influence signaling molecules such as the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR). However, much remains to be elucidated as to the B cell-intrinsic functions of nutrient-sensing signal transducers that modulate B cell differentiation or Ab affinity. We now show that the amino acid-sensing mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) is vital for induction of Bcl6-a key transcriptional regulator of the germinal center (GC) fate-in activated B lymphocytes...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Wafa Hassen, Mohamed Neifar, Hanene Cherif, Afef Najjari, Habib Chouchane, Rim C Driouich, Asma Salah, Fatma Naili, Amor Mosbah, Yasmine Souissi, Noura Raddadi, Hadda I Ouzari, Fabio Fava, Ameur Cherif
A number of Pseudomonas strains function as inoculants for biocontrol, biofertilization, and phytostimulation, avoiding the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Here, we present a new metabolically versatile plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium, Pseudomonas rhizophila S211, isolated from a pesticide contaminated artichoke field that shows biofertilization, biocontrol and bioremediation potentialities. The S211 genome was sequenced, annotated and key genomic elements related to plant growth promotion and biosurfactant (BS) synthesis were elucidated...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Atsushi Nagayasu, Satoshi Kubo, Kazuhisa Nakano, Shingo Nakayamada, Shigeru Iwata, Ippei Miyagawa, Shunsuke Fukuyo, Kazuyoshi Saito, Yoshiya Tanaka
An 81-year-old man was admitted with bilateral pleural effusion. A clinical examination showed lymphocytic pleura effusion and elevated serum IgG4 levels, so that IgG4-related disease was suggested, whereas tuberculous pleurisy was suspected because of high adenosine deaminase (ADA) levels in the pleural effusion. A surgical pleural biopsy revealed that there were large numbers of IgG4-positive cells and IgG4/IgG positive cell ratio exceeded 40% in several sites. Accordingly, we diagnosed IgG4-related pleuritis and treated with the patient with glucocorticoid therapy...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
U Kandalam, N Ledra, H Laubach, K V Venkatachalam
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pathogenic infections caused by Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola, and Tannerella forsythia can result in the production of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC's) and other toxic compounds from methionine catabolism that can lead to halitosis and periodontitis. Our aim is to block the activity of methionine gammalyase-deaminase (Mgld) of methionine catabolism to prevent halitosis/periodontitis. DESIGNS: Cloned, expressed, Mgld protein was tested for purity by SDS-PAGE and western blotting...
March 1, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
N O Elander, K Aughton, P Ghaneh, J P Neoptolemos, D H Palmer, T F Cox, F Campbell, E Costello, C M Halloran, J R Mackey, A G Scarfe, J W Valle, A C McDonald, R Carter, N C Tebbutt, D Goldstein, J Shannon, C Dervenis, B Glimelius, M Deakin, R M Charnley, A Anthoney, M M Lerch, J Mayerle, A Oláh, M W Büchler, W Greenhalf
BACKGROUND: Deoxycytidylate deaminase (DCTD) and ribonucleotide reductase subunit M1 (RRM1) are potential prognostic and predictive biomarkers for pyrimidine-based chemotherapy in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. METHODS: Immunohistochemical staining of DCTD and RRM1 was performed on tissue microarrays representing tumour samples from 303 patients in European Study Group for Pancreatic Cancer (ESPAC)-randomised adjuvant trials following pancreatic resection, 272 of whom had received gemcitabine or 5-fluorouracil with folinic acid in ESPAC-3(v2), and 31 patients from the combined ESPAC-3(v1) and ESPAC-1 post-operative pure observational groups...
March 9, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Galina A Ekimova, Dmitry N Fedorov, Akio Tani, Nina V Doronina, Yuri A Trotsenko
The presence of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase determines the ability of bacteria to increase the resistance of plants to various types of stress. The genes of ACC deaminase (acdS) and the closely related enzyme D-cysteine desulfhydrase (dcyD) were searched in type strains of various representatives of the genus Methylobacterium. Using PCR screening and in silico searching in the available complete genome sequences of type strains, the genes were found in 28 of 48 species of the genus. Phylogenetic analysis of amino acid sequences of proteins revealed two large groups of sequences of the AcdS protein and one of the DcyD protein...
March 8, 2018: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Francisco X Nascimento, Maria J Tavares, Bernard R Glick, Márcio J Rossi
Several rhizobial strains possess the ability to modulate leguminous plants ethylene levels by producing the enzyme 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase. While the effect of ACC deaminase has been studied in several rhizobia belonging to the Alphaproteobacteria class, not much is understood about its impact in the nodulation abilities of rhizobia belonging to the Betaproteobacteria class, which are common symbionts of Mimosa species. In this work, we report the impact of ACC deaminase production by the Betaproteobacterium, Cupriavidus taiwanensis STM894, and its role in the nodulation of Mimosa pudica...
March 7, 2018: Current Microbiology
Mariachiara Zuccarini, Patricia Giuliani, Monica Frinchi, Giuseppa Mudò, Rosa Maria Serio, Natale Belluardo, Silvana Buccella, Marzia Carluccio, Daniele F Condorelli, Francesco Caciagli, Renata Ciccarelli, Patrizia Di Iorio
Mounting evidence suggests that the guanine-based purines stand out as key player in cell metabolism and in several models of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Guanosine (GUO) and guanine (GUA) are extracellular signaling molecules derived from the breakdown of the correspondent nucleotide, GTP, and their intracellular and extracellular levels are regulated by the fine-tuned activity of two major enzymes, purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) and guanine deaminase (GDA)...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Ziyang Jing, Hui Deng, Junfan Ma, Yanhong Guo, Yaoxian Liang, Rui Wu, Lata A, Zihan Geng, Xiaoyan Qiu, Yue Wang
Podocyte injury occurs during the initiation and development of numerous forms of glomerular disease, and antibodies targeting podocytes have become a biomarker for diagnosis and monitoring treatment response. Accumulating evidence has suggested that immunoglobulin (Ig) is expressed in non‑B lineage cells, including epithelial cancer cells, myeloid cells and several types of normal cells. The main aim of the present study was to ascertain the expression of IgG in human podocytes and to determine its potential role in cellular bioactivity...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Alisa Dewan, Mengtan Xing, Marie Benner Lundbæk, Raquel Gago-Fuentes, Carole Beck, Per Arne Aas, Nina-Beate Liabakk, Siri Sæterstad, Khac Thanh Phong Chau, Bodil Merete Kavli, Valentyn Oksenych
To ensure genome stability, mammalian cells employ several DNA repair pathways. Nonhomologous DNA end joining (NHEJ) is the DNA repair process that fixes double-strand breaks throughout the cell cycle. NHEJ is involved in the development of B and T lymphocytes through its function in V(D)J recombination and class switch recombination (CSR). NHEJ consists of several core and accessory factors, including Ku70, Ku80, XRCC4, DNA ligase 4, DNA-PKcs, Artemis, and XLF. Paralog of XRCC4 and XLF (PAXX) is the recently described accessory NHEJ factor that structurally resembles XRCC4 and XLF and interacts with Ku70/Ku80...
March 2018: FEBS Open Bio
Sadegh Fattahi, Elham Ghadami, Mohsen Asouri, Ali Motevalizadeh Ardekanid, Haleh Akhavan-Niaki
Breast cancer is a heterogeneous and multifactorial disease with variable disease progression risk, and treatment response. Urtica dioica is a traditional herb used as an adjuvant therapeutic agent in cancer. In the present study, we have evaluated the effects of the aqueous extract of Urtica dioica on Adenosine deaminase (ADA) and Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1) gene expression in MCF-7, MDA-MB-231, two breast cancer cell lines being estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative, respectively.  Cell lines were cultured in suitable media...
February 28, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Biology
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