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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779095/crispr-cas13a-targeting-of-rna-virus-in-plants
#1
Kulbhushan Chaudhary
This approach is quite promising to control plant viral diseases and create synthetic networks to better understand the structure/function relationship in RNA and proteins. Plant viruses are obligate intracellular parasites which causes enormous losses in crop yield worldwide. These viruses replicate into infected cells by highjacking host cellular machinery. Over the last two decades, diverse approaches such as conventional breeding, transgenic approach and gene silencing strategies have been used to control RNA viruses, but escaped due to high rate of mutation...
May 19, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779078/effects-of-elevated-pressure-on-pseudanabaena-galeata-b%C3%A3-cher-in-varying-light-and-dark-environments
#2
Helayaye Damitha Lakmali Abeynayaka, Takashi Asaeda, M Harun Rashid
To understand the effect of the hydrostatic pressure on Pseudanabaena galeata Böcher cells in both stratified and frequently mixed lakes, separate laboratory-scale models were developed. The pressure conditions in the stratified and mixed lakes were simulated in those models, and the variations of the cell and chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration were analyzed. It was observed that an increase in pressure and darkness significantly reduced the cell concentration and pigmentation in P. galeata (p < 0...
May 19, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779041/the-potential-importance-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-mdscs-in-the-pathogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
REVIEW
Antero Salminen, Kai Kaarniranta, Anu Kauppinen
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is still unknown, but the deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques and chronic inflammation indicates that immune disturbances are involved in AD pathogenesis. Recent genetic studies have revealed that many candidate genes are expressed in both microglia and myeloid cells which infiltrate into the AD brains. Invading myeloid cells controls the functions of resident microglia in pathological conditions, such as AD pathology. AD is a neurologic disease with inflammatory component where the immune system is not able to eliminate the perpetrator, while, concurrently, it should prevent neuronal injuries induced by inflammation...
May 19, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777794/regulatory-t-cell-targeted-hybrid-nanoparticles-combined-with-immuno-checkpoint-blockage-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#4
Wenquan Ou, Raj Kumar Thapa, Liyuan Jiang, Soe Zar Chi, Milan Gautam, Jae-Hoon Chang, Jee-Heon Jeong, Sae Kwang Ku, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
Immunosuppression in tumor microenvironments induced by regulatory T (Treg) cells is regarded a critical mechanism of tumor immune escape and poses a major impediment to cancer immunotherapy. In this study, we developed tLyp1 peptide-conjugated hybrid nanoparticles for targeting Treg cells in the tumor microenvironment. The tLyp1 peptide-modified hybrid nanoparticles presented good stability and effective targeting to Treg cells, and they enhanced the effect of imatinib in downregulating Treg cell suppression through inhibition of STAT3 and STAT5 phosphorylation...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777783/accelerated-lipid-catabolism-and-autophagy-are-cancer-survival-mechanisms-under-inhibited-glutaminolysis
#5
Anna Halama, Michal Kulinski, Shaima S Dib, Shaza B Zaghlool, Kodappully S Siveen, Ahmad Iskandarani, Jonas Zierer, Kirti S Prabhu, Noothan J Satheesh, Aditya M Bhagwat, Shahab Uddin, Gabi Kastenmüller, Olivier Elemento, Steven S Gross, Karsten Suhre
Suppressing glutaminolysis does not always induce cancer cell death in glutamine dependent tumors because cells may switch to alternative energy sources. To reveal compensatory metabolic pathways, we investigated the metabolome-wide cellular response to inhibited glutaminolysis in cancer cells. Glutaminolysis inhibition with C.968 suppressed cell proliferation but was insufficient to induce cancer cell death. We found that lipid catabolism was activated as a compensation for glutaminolysis inhibition. Accelerated lipid catabolism, together with oxidative stress induced by glutaminolysis inhibition, triggered autophagy...
May 16, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777710/mir-616-3p-promotes-angiogenesis-and-emt-in-gastric-cancer-via-the-pten-akt-mtor-pathway
#6
Zhen-Hua Wu, Chen Lin, Chen-Chen Liu, Wei-Wei Jiang, Ming-Zhu Huang, Xin Liu, Wei-Jian Guo
Dysregulation of microRNAs has been demonstrated to be involved in a variety of biological events related to cancer, including proliferation, metastasis, angiogenesis and immune escape. miR-616-3p is located on the chromosome region 12q13.3, however, its potential role and clinical implications in gastric cancer remain poorly understood. The current study aimed to investigate the potential role of miR-616-3p in gastric cancer. The results showed that miR-616-3p was up-regulated in cancer tissues. Higher expression of miR-616-3p in tumor tissues also predicted poor prognosis...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777446/the-degree-of-hiv-1-amino-acid-variability-is-strictly-related-to-different-disease-progression-rates
#7
Rossana Scutari, Monica Faieta, Roberta D'Arrigo, Lavinia Fabeni, Cristina Mussini, Andrea Cossarizza, Claudio Casoli, Carlo Federico Perno, Valentina Svicher, Claudia Alteri, Stefano Aquaro
The aim of this study is to evaluate the amino acid variability of HIV-1 Gp41, C2-V3, and Nef in a group of patients characterized by different disease progression rates. HIV-1 sequences were collected from 19 Long term non progressor patients (LTNPs), 9 slow progressors (SPs), and 11 rapid progressors (RPs). Phylogenetic trees were estimated by MEGA 6. Differences in amino acid variability among sequences belonging to the 3 groups have been evaluated by amino acid divergence, Shannon entropy analysis, and the number of amino acid mutations (defined as amino acid variations compared with HxB2)...
May 17, 2018: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776998/visual-field-shape-and-foraging-ecology-in-diurnal-raptors
#8
Simon Potier, Olivier Duriez, Gregory B Cunningham, Vincent Bonhomme, Colleen O'Rourke, Esteban Fernández-Juricic, Francesco Bonadonna
Birds, particularly raptors, are believed to forage primarily using visual cues. However, raptor foraging tactics are highly diverse - from chasing mobile prey to scavenging - which may reflect adaptations of their visual systems. To investigate this, we studied the visual field configuration of 15 species of diurnal Accipitriformes that differ in such tactics, first focusing on the binocular field and blind area by using a single traits approach, and then exploring the shape of the binocular field with morphometric approaches...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776311/phospholipid-block-copolymer-hybrid-vesicles-with-lysosomal-escape-ability
#9
Wei Zong, Bo Thingholm, Fabian Itel, Philipp Sebastian Schattling, Edit Brodszkij, Daniel Mayer, Steffen Stenger, Kenneth N Goldie, Xiaojun Han, Brigitte Städler
The success of nanoparticulate formulations in drug delivery depends on various aspects including their toxicity, internalization and intracellular location. Vesicular assemblies consisting of phospholipid and amphiphilic block copolymers are an emerging platform, which combines the benefits from liposomes and polymersomes while overcoming their challenges. We report the synthesis of poly(cholesteryl methacrylate)-block-poly(2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) (pCMA-b-pDMAEMA) block copolymers and their assembly with phospholipids into hybrid vesicles...
May 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776081/active-processes-in-one-dimension
#10
Thibaut Demaerel, Christian Maes
We consider the thermal and athermal overdamped motion of particles in one-dimensional geometries where discrete internal degrees of freedom (spin) are coupled with the translational motion. Adding a driving velocity that depends on the time-dependent spin constitutes the simplest model of active particles (run-and-tumble processes) where the violation of the equipartition principle and of the Sutherland-Einstein relation can be studied in detail even when there is generalized reversibility. We give an example (with four spin values) where the irreversibility of the translational motion manifests itself only in higher-order (than two) time correlations...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776073/thermal-decay-of-a-metastable-state-influence-of-rescattering-on-the-quasistationary-dynamical-rate
#11
M V Chushnyakova, I I Gontchar
We study the effect of backscattering of the Brownian particles as they escape out of a metastable state overcoming the potential barrier. For this aim, we model this process numerically using the Langevin equations. This modeling is performed for the wide range of the friction constant covering both the energy and spatial diffusion regimes. It is shown how the influence of the descent stage on the quasistationary decay rate gradually disappears as the friction constant decreases. It is found that, in the energy diffusion regime, the rescattering absents and the descent stage does not influence the decay rate...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776063/electrostatic-stiffening-and-induced-persistence-length-for-coassembled-molecular-bottlebrushes
#12
Ingeborg M Storm, Martien A Cohen Stuart, Renko de Vries, Frans A M Leermakers
A self-consistent field analysis for tunable contributions to the persistence length of isolated semiflexible polymer chains including electrostatically driven coassembled deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) bottlebrushes is presented. When a chain is charged, i.e., for polyelectrolytes, there is, in addition to an intrinsic rigidity, an electrostatic stiffening effect, because the electric double layer resists bending. For molecular bottlebrushes, there is an induced contribution due to the grafts. We explore cases beyond the classical phantom main-chain approximation and elaborate molecularly more realistic models where the backbone has a finite volume, which is necessary for treating coassembled bottlebrushes...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775653/atomic-structure-of-a-rationally-engineered-gene-delivery-vector-aav2-5
#13
Matthew Burg, Claire Rosebrough, Lauren M Drouin, Antonette Bennett, Mario Mietzsch, Paul Chipman, Robert McKenna, Duncan Sousa, Mark Potter, Barry Byrne, R Jude Samulski, Mavis Agbandje-McKenna
AAV2.5 represents the first structure-guided in-silico designed Adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery vector. This engineered vector combined the receptor attachment properties of AAV serotype 2 (AAV2) with the muscle tropic properties of AAV1, and exhibited an antibody escape phenotype because of a modified antigenic epitope. To confirm the design, the structure of the vector was determined to a resolution of 2.78 Å using cryo-electron microscopy and image reconstruction. The structure of the major viral protein (VP), VP3, was ordered from residue 219 to 736, as reported for other AAV structures, and the five AAV2...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774494/peer-respites-a-qualitative-assessment-of-consumer-experience
#14
Elizabeth Siantz, Benjamin Henwood, Nicole McGovern, Joelle Greene, Todd Gilmer
This qualitative study explored the experiences of persons staying at two peer respites through interviews with 27 respite guests near the end of their stay and at 2-6 months following their stay. Trained peer interviewers conducted baseline and follow-up interviews. Peer respites can be beneficial spaces within the mental health system for guests to temporarily escape stressful situations while building relationships with other persons with mental illness, though some respondents were uncomfortable receiving services from peers, and several guests did not want to leave after their stay...
May 17, 2018: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774126/autophagy-deficient-breast-cancer-shows-early-tumor-recurrence-and-escape-from-dormancy
#15
Hussein F Aqbi, Liliya Tyutyunyk-Massey, Rebecca C Keim, Savannah E Butler, Theresa Thekkudan, Supriya Joshi, Timothy M Smith, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Michael O Idowu, Harry D Bear, Kyle K Payne, David A Gewirtz, Masoud H Manjili
Breast cancer patients who initially respond to cancer therapies often succumb to distant recurrence of the disease. It is not clear why people with the same type of breast cancer respond to treatments differently; some escape from dormancy and relapse earlier than others. In addition, some tumor clones respond to immunotherapy while others do not. We investigated how autophagy plays a role in accelerating or delaying recurrence of neu-overexpressing mouse mammary carcinoma (MMC) following adriamycin (ADR) treatment, and in affecting response to immunotherapy...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773953/mir-34a-mediated-regulation-of-xist-in-female-cells-under-inflammation
#16
Botros B Shenoda, Yuzhen Tian, Guillermo M Alexander, Enrique Aradillas-Lopez, Robert J Schwartzman, Seena K Ajit
Background: Evidence is overwhelming for sex differences in pain, with women representing the majority of the chronic pain patient population. There is a need to explore novel avenues to elucidate this sex bias in the development of chronic inflammatory pain conditions. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuropathic pain disorder, and the incidence of CRPS is greater in women than in men by ~4:1. Since neurogenic inflammation is a key feature of CRPS, dysregulation of inflammatory responses can be a factor in predisposing women to chronic pain...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773669/unresolved-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-engenders-immune-resistant-latent-pancreatic-cancer-metastases
#17
Arnaud Pommier, Naishitha Anaparthy, Nicoletta Memos, Z Larkin Kelley, Alizée Gouronnec, Ran Yan, Cédric Auffray, Jean Albrengues, Mikala Egeblad, Christine A Iacobuzio-Donahue, Scott K Lyons, Douglas T Fearon
The majority of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) develop metastatic disease after resection of their primary tumor. We found that livers from patients and mice with PDA harbor single, disseminated cancer cells (DCCs) lacking expression of cytokeratin-19 (CK19) and major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI). We created a mouse model to determine how these DCCs develop. Intra-portal injection of immunogenic PDA cells into pre-immunized mice seeded livers only with single, non-replicating DCCs that were CK19- and MHCI- The DCCs exhibited an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response but, paradoxically lacked both inositol-requiring enzyme 1α activation and expression of the spliced form of transcription factor XBP1 (XBP1s)...
May 17, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773570/hdna2-nuclease-helicase-promotes-centromeric-dna-replication-and-genome-stability
#18
Zhengke Li, Bochao Liu, Weiwei Jin, Xiwei Wu, Mian Zhou, Vincent Wenzhe Liu, Ajay Goel, Zhiyuan Shen, Li Zheng, Binghui Shen
DNA2 is a nuclease/helicase that is involved in Okazaki fragment maturation, replication fork processing, and end resection of DNA double-strand breaks. Similar such helicase activity for resolving secondary structures and structure-specific nuclease activity are needed during DNA replication to process the chromosome-specific higher order repeat units present in the centromeres of human chromosomes. Here, we show that DNA2 binds preferentially to centromeric DNA The nuclease and helicase activities of DNA2 are both essential for resolution of DNA structural obstacles to facilitate DNA replication fork movement...
May 17, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773448/the-role-of-the-common-gamma-chain-family-cytokines-in-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-based-anti-cancer-immunotherapy
#19
REVIEW
Heleen H Van Acker, Diana Campillo-Davo, Gils Roex, Maarten Versteven, Evelien L Smits, Viggo F Van Tendeloo
Cytokines of the common gamma-chain receptor family, comprising interleukin (IL)-2, IL-4, IL-7, IL-9, IL-15 and IL-21, are vital with respect to organizing and sustaining healthy immune cell functions. Supporting the anti-cancer immune response, these cytokines inspire great interest for their use as vaccine adjuvants and cancer immunotherapies. It is against this background that gamma delta (γδ) T cells, as special-force soldiers and natural contributors of the tumor immunosurveillance, also received a lot of attention the last decade...
May 14, 2018: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772525/vaginal-microbiota-dysmicrobism-and-role-of-biofilm-forming-bacteria
#20
Giuseppina Campisciano, Nunzia Zanotta, Vincenzo Petix, Lucia Corich, Francesco De Seta, Manola Comar
Bacterial vaginosis involves the presence of a polymicrobial biofilm on the vaginal epithelium, guaranteeing immune escape and spread of antibiotic resistance. To spot known biofilm-forming bacteria, we profiled the vaginal microbiome of sixty-four symptomatic women suffering from a different grade of vaginal disorders and sixty asymptomatic healthy women. Specific microbial profiles distinguished symptomatic from asymptomatic women and characterized the grade of dysmicrobism within the symptomatic group. Lactobacillus crispatus and iners predominated on the healthy vaginal mucosa, while Lactobacillus gasseri predominated in the intermediate dysmicrobism...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
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