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Marta Podgórska, Monika Ołdak, Anna Marthaler, Alina Fingerle, Barbara Walch-Rückheim, Stefan Lohse, Cornelia S L Müller, Thomas Vogt, Mart Ustav, Artur Wnorowski, Magdalena Malejczyk, Sławomir Majewski, Sigrun Smola
Persistent genus β-HPV (human papillomavirus) infection is a major co-factor for non-melanoma skin cancer in patients suffering from the inherited skin disease epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV). Malignant EV lesions are particularly associated with HPV type 5 or 8. There is clinical and molecular evidence that HPV8 actively suppresses epithelial immunosurveillance by interfering with the recruitment of Langerhans cells, which may favor viral persistence. Mechanisms how persistent HPV8 infection promotes the carcinogenic process are, however, less well understood...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Ruud P M Dings, Michelle C Miller, Robert J Griffin, Kevin H Mayo
Galectins are a family of small, highly conserved, molecular effectors that mediate various biological processes, including chemotaxis and angiogenesis, and that function by interacting with various cell surface glycoconjugates, usually targeting β-galactoside epitopes. Because of their significant involvement in various biological functions and pathologies, galectins have become a focus of therapeutic discovery for clinical intervention against cancer, among other pathological disorders. In this review, we focus on understanding galectin structure-function relationships, their mechanisms of action on the molecular level, and targeting them for therapeutic intervention against cancer...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Nicolás De Silva, Mirian Samblas, J Alfredo Martínez, Fermín I Milagro
Obesity is usually associated with low-grade inflammation, which determines the appearance of comorbidities like atherosclerosis and insulin resistance. Infiltrated macrophages in adipose tissue are partly responsible of this inflammatory condition. Numerous studies point to the existence of close intercommunication between macrophages and adipocytes and pay particular attention to the proinflammatory cytokines released by both cell types. However, it has been recently described that in both, circulation and tissue level, there are extracellular vesicles (including microvesicles and exosomes) containing miRNAs, mRNAs, and proteins that can influence the inflammatory response...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Jun Min, Jinpei Wang, Weiwei Chen, Xiaoke Hu
Cupriavidus sp. strain CNP-8 isolated from a pesticide-contaminated soil was able to utilize 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol (2C4NP) as a sole source of carbon, nitrogen and energy, together with the release of nitrite and chloride ions. It could degrade 2C4NP at temperatures from 20 to 40 °C and at pH values from 5 to 10, and degrade 2C4NP as high as 1.6 mM. Kinetics assay showed that biodegradation of 2C4NP followed Haldane substrate inhibition model, with the maximum specific growth rate (μmax ) of 0.148/h, half saturation constant (Ks ) of 0...
March 20, 2018: AMB Express
Xian-Qin Luo, Ao Li, Xue Yang, Xiao Xiao, Rong Hu, Tian-Wen Wang, Xiao-Yun Dou, Da-Jian Yang, Zhi Dong
Background: Cerebral hypoperfusion is a pivotal risk factor for vascular dementia (VD), for which effective therapy remains inadequate. Persistent inflammatory responses and excessive chemotaxis of microglia/macrophages in the brain may accelerate the progression of VD. Endocannabinoids are involved in neuronal protection against inflammation-induced neuronal injury. Cannabinoids acting at cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2 R) can decrease inflammation. Based on the identification of paeoniflorin (PF) as a CB2 R agonist, we investigated the neuroprotective and microglia/macrophages M1 to M2 polarization promoting effects of PF in a permanent four-vessel occlusion rat model...
2018: Chinese Medicine
Rajesh Sinha, Pooja Singh, Neeraj K Saini, Ajit Kumar, Rakesh Pathak, Amita Chandolia, Kushal Garima, Gaurav Tyagi, Madhu Chopra, Ashok Kumar Prasad, Hanumantharao G Raj, Mridula Bose
Cholesterol, an essential cellular component in macrophages, is exploited for entry and long-term survival of Mycobacterium inside the host. Cholesterol-deficient macrophages can restrict the cholesterol-dependent entry of Mycobacterium. Rv3499c protein in Mycobacterium has high binding affinity for cholesterol. Rv3499c gene is a part of mce4 operon which is reported to act as cholesterol transport system in mycobacteria. Earlier we reported Rv3499c protein to localise on cell wall and facilitate entry of Mycobacterium inside macrophages...
March 2018: Tuberculosis
Yusheng Cheng, Hui Li, Yinan Deng, Yan Tai, Kaining Zeng, Yingcai Zhang, Wei Liu, Qi Zhang, Yang Yang
Emerging evidence indicate that cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) affect tumor progression by reshaping the tumor microenvironment. Neutrophils are prominent components of solid tumors and important in cancer progression. Whether the phenotype and function of neutrophils in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are influenced by CAFs is not well understood. Herein, we investigated the effect of HCC-derived CAFs (HCC-CAFs) on the neutrophils and explored the biological role of this effect. We found that HCC-CAFs induced chemotaxis of neutrophils and protected them from spontaneous apoptosis...
March 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Blake Ushijima, Claudia C Häse
Chemotaxis, the directed movement towards or away from a chemical signal, can be essential to bacterial pathogens for locating hosts or avoiding hostile environments. The coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus chemotaxes towards coral mucus; however, chemotaxis has not been experimentally demonstrated to be important for virulence. To further examine this, in-frame mutations were constructed in genes predicted to be important for V. coralliilyticus chemotaxis. Most Vibrio genomes encode multiple homologs of various chemotaxis-related genes and two paralogs of each for cheB , cheR , and cheA were identified...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
Min Zhang, Guo-Jun Zhao, Feng Yao, Xiao-Dan Xia, Duo Gong, Zhen-Wang Zhao, Ling-Yan Chen, Xi-Long Zheng, Xiao-Er Tang, Chao-Ke Tang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: ApoA-1 binding protein (AIBP) is a secreted protein that interacts with apoA-I and accelerates cholesterol efflux from cells. We have recently reported that AIBP promotes apoA-1 binding to ABCA1 in the macrophage cell membrane, partially through 115-123 amino acids. However, the effects of AIBP on the development of atherosclerosis in vivo remain unknown. METHODS: ApoE-/- mice with established atherosclerotic plaques were infected with rAAV-AIBP or rAAV-AIBP(Δ115-123), respectively...
March 10, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Ulrike Binsker, Raghavendra Palankar, Jan Wesche, Thomas P Kohler, Josephine Prucha, Gerhard Burchhardt, Manfred Rohde, Frank Schmidt, Barbara M Bröker, Uwe Mamat, Jan Pané-Farré, Anica Graf, Patrick Ebner, Andreas Greinacher, Sven Hammerschmidt
Staphylococcus aureus can cause bloodstream infections associated with infective endocarditis (IE) and disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC). Both complications involve platelets. In view of an increasing number of antibiotic-resistant strains, new approaches to control systemic S. aureus infection are gaining importance. Using a repertoire of 52 recombinant S. aureus proteins in flow cytometry-based platelet activation and aggregation assays, we identified, in addition to the extracellular adherence protein Eap, three secreted staphylococcal proteins as novel platelet activating proteins...
March 19, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Mohammad Kalantar, Mohammad Mahdi Mardanpour, Soheila Yaghmaei
Bacterial transport parameters play a fundamental role in microbial population dynamics, biofilm formation and bacteria dispersion. In this study, the novel model was extended based on the capability of microsized microbial fuel cells (MFCs) as amperometric biosensors to predict the cells' chemotactic and bioelectrochemical properties. The model prediction results coincide with the experimental data of Shewanella oneidensis and chemotaxis mutant of P. aeruginosa bdlA and pilT strains, indicating the complementary role of numerical predictions for bioscreening applications of microsized MFCs...
March 12, 2018: Bioelectrochemistry
Denis Warshan, Anton Liaimer, Eric Pederson, Sea-Yong Kim, Nicole Shapiro, Tanja Woyke, Bjørn Altermark, Katharina Pawlowski, Philip D Weyman, Christopher L Dupont, Ulla Rasmussen
The cyanobacteria belonging to the genus Nostoc comprise free-living strains but also facultative plant-symbionts. Symbiotic strains can enter into symbiosis with taxonomically diverse range of host plants. Little is known about genomic changes associated with evolutionary transition of Nostoc from free-living to plant symbiont. Here we compared the genomes derived from eleven symbiotic Nostoc strains isolated from different host plants and infer phylogenetic relationships between strains. Phylogenetic reconstructions of 89 Nostocales showed that symbiotic Nostoc strains with a broad host range, entering epiphytic and intracellular or extracellular endophytic interactions, form a monophyletic clade indicating a common evolutionary history...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Jaime Agudo-Canalejo, Pierre Illien, Ramin Golestanian
Chemotaxis of enzymes in response to gradients in the concentration of their substrate has been widely reported in recent experiments, but a basic understanding of the process is still lacking. Here, we develop a microscopic theory for chemotaxis, valid for enzymes and other small molecules. Our theory includes both non-specific interactions between enzyme and substrate, as well as complex formation through specific binding between the enzyme and the substrate. We find that two distinct mechanisms contribute to enzyme chemotaxis: a diffusiophoretic mechanism due to the non-specific interactions, and a new type of mechanism due to binding-induced changes in the diffusion coefficient of the enzyme...
March 19, 2018: Nano Letters
Netra P Meena, Alan R Kimmel
Initial immunological defense mechanisms to pathogen invasion rely on innate pathways of chemotaxis and phagocytosis, original to ancient phagocytes. Although chemotaxis has been well-studied in mammalian and model systems using purified chemoattractants in defined conditions, directed movement toward live bacteria has been more difficult to assess. Dictyostelium discoideum is a professional phagocyte that chemotaxes toward bacteria during growth-phase in a process to locate nutrient sources. Using Dictyostelium as a model, we have developed a system that is able to quantify chemotaxis to very high sensitivity...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Jun-Ichi Satoh, Yoshihiro Kino, Motoaki Yanaizu, Yuko Saito
Nasu-Hakola disease (NHD) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by progressive presenile dementia and formation of multifocal bone cysts, caused by genetic mutations of either triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 ( TREM2 ) or TYRO protein tyrosine kinase binding protein ( TYROBP ), alternatively named DNAX-activation protein 12 ( DAP12 ), both of which are expressed on microglia in the brain and form the receptor-adaptor complex that chiefly recognizes anionic lipids. TREM2 transmits the signals involved in microglial survival, proliferation, chemotaxis, and phagocytosis...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Mei-Yi Lu, Syuan-Shao Lu, Shiann-Luen Chang, Fang Liao
CCR6 is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that recognizes a single chemokine ligand, CCL20 and is primarily expressed by leukocytes. Upon ligand binding, CCR6 activates Gαi heterotrimeric G proteins to induce various potential cellular outcomes through context-specific cell signaling. It is well known that differential phosphorylation of Ser and Thr residues in the C-terminal domains or intracellular loops of GPCRs can generate barcodes that regulate GPCR function by regulating the recruitment of β-arrestins...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Rahul Suresh Bhansali, Ramreddy Krishnarao Yeltiwar, Kishore Bhat
Background: Association of neutrophil function abnormalities with localized aggressive periodontitis (LAP) has been reported in Indian population. There are no published studies on the familial aggregation of aggressive periodontitis (AP) and neutrophil function abnormalities associated with it in Indian population. The present study aimed to assess neutrophil chemotaxis, phagocytosis, and microbicidal activity in AP patients and their family members of Indian origin, who may or may not be suffering from AP...
November 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
David J Schwebs, Miao Pan, Nirakar Adhikari, Nick A Kuburich, Tian Jin, Jeffrey A Hadwiger
The Dictyostelium genome encodes only two MAPKs, Erk1 and Erk2, and both are expressed during growth and development. Reduced levels of Erk2 expression have been shown previously to restrict cAMP production during development but still allow for chemotactic movement. In this study the erk2 gene was disrupted to eliminate Erk2 function. The absence of Erk2 resulted in a complete loss of folate and cAMP chemotaxis suggesting that this MAPK plays an integral role in the signaling mechanisms involved with this cellular response...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Signalling
W H Jia, H Mao, W R Chen, X T Yue, X X Wei, D P Li, K L Xu, Y H Huang
Objective: To explore effects of histone deacetylase inhibitor Belinostat on the immunologic function of dendritic cells (DC) and its possible mechanism. Methods: Cultured mouse bone marrow-derived DC from C57BL/6 mouse in vitro . The experiments were divided into 0, 50, 100 nmol/L Belinostat + immature DC (imDC) group, and 0, 50, 100 nmol/L Belinostat mature DC (mDC). The changes of the ultrastructure of DC were observed by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Immunophenotype and CCR7 expression rate were detected by FCM, and the migration rate was observed by chemotaxis assay...
January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Lu Gan, Mengyuan Zhu, Xiaozhao Li, Chen Chen, Ting Meng, Jiaxi Pu, Huiming Luo, Fengmin Shao, Qiaoling Zhou
BACKGROUND: Tonsillitis can promote the progression of IgA nephropathy (IgAN) by aggravating immunopathologic response. Th22 cell disorder is involved in the pathogenesis of IgAN with tonsillitis. This study was determined to explore the possible mechanism of IgAN with tonsillitis underlying Th22 cell chemotaxis response to the effect of CCL20, CCL22, and CCL27. METHODS: This research was conducted on 65 subjects including 16 healthy controls (HC group), 5 patients with  renal carcinoma (HTC group) and 44 patients with IgAN between 2015 and 2016...
March 16, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
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