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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092693/pathogenic-streptococcus-strains-employ-novel-escape-strategy-to-inhibit-bacteriostatic-effect-mediated-by-mammalian-peptidoglycan-recognition-protein
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Jing Wang, Youjun Feng, Changjun Wang, Swaminath Srinivas, Chen Chen, Hui Liao, Elaine He, Shibo Jiang, Jiaqi Tang
Pathogenic streptococcal species are responsible for some of the most lethal and prevalent animal and human infections. Previous reports have identified a candidate pathogenicity island (PAI) in two highly virulent clinical isolates of Streptococcus suis type 2 (SS2), a causative agent of high-mortality streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS). This PAI contains a Type-IVC secretion system C subgroup (Type-IVC secretion system) that is involved in the secretion of unknown pathogenic effectors that are responsible for STSS caused by highly virulent strains of SS2...
January 16, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092665/antibody-10-1074-suppresses-viremia-in-hiv-1-infected-individuals
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Marina Caskey, Till Schoofs, Henning Gruell, Allison Settler, Theodora Karagounis, Edward F Kreider, Ben Murrell, Nico Pfeifer, Lilian Nogueira, Thiago Y Oliveira, Gerald H Learn, Yehuda Z Cohen, Clara Lehmann, Daniel Gillor, Irina Shimeliovich, Cecilia Unson-O'Brien, Daniela Weiland, Alexander Robles, Tim Kümmerle, Christoph Wyen, Rebeka Levin, Maggi Witmer-Pack, Kemal Eren, Caroline Ignacio, Szilard Kiss, Anthony P West, Hugo Mouquet, Barry S Zingman, Roy M Gulick, Tibor Keler, Pamela J Bjorkman, Michael S Seaman, Beatrice H Hahn, Gerd Fätkenheuer, Sarah J Schlesinger, Michel C Nussenzweig, Florian Klein
Monoclonal antibody 10-1074 targets the V3 glycan supersite on the HIV-1 envelope (Env) protein. It is among the most potent anti-HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies isolated so far. Here we report on its safety and activity in 33 individuals who received a single intravenous infusion of the antibody. 10-1074 was well tolerated and had a half-life of 24.0 d in participants without HIV-1 infection and 12.8 d in individuals with HIV-1 infection. Thirteen individuals with viremia received the highest dose of 30 mg/kg 10-1074...
January 16, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092370/api5-confers-cancer-stem-cell-like-properties-through-the-fgf2-nanog-axis
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K-H Song, H Cho, S Kim, H-J Lee, S J Oh, S R Woo, S-O Hong, H S Jang, K H Noh, C H Choi, J-Y Chung, S M Hewitt, J-H Kim, M Son, S-H Kim, B I Lee, H-C Park, Y-K Bae, T W Kim
Immune selection drives the evolution of tumor cells toward an immune-resistant and cancer stem cell (CSC)-like phenotype. We reported that apoptosis inhibitor-5 (API5) acts as an immune escape factor, which has a significant role in controlling immune resistance to antigen-specific T cells, but its functional association with CSC-like properties remains largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrated for the first time that API5 confers CSC-like properties, including NANOG expression, the frequency of CD44-positive cells and sphere-forming capacity...
January 16, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092369/context-dependent-role-for-chromatin-remodeling-component-pbrm1-baf180-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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A Murakami, L Wang, S Kalhorn, P Schraml, W K Rathmell, A C Tan, R Nemenoff, K Stenmark, B-H Jiang, M E Reyland, L Heasley, C-J Hu
A subset of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) tumors exhibit a HIF1A gene mutation, yielding two ccRCC tumor types, H1H2 type expressing both HIF1α and HIF2α, and H2 type expressing HIF2α, but not functional HIF1α protein. However, it is unclear how the H1H2 type ccRCC tumors escape HIF1's tumor-suppressive activity. The polybromo-1 (PBRM1) gene coding for the BAF180 protein, a component of the SWItch/Sucrose Non-Fermentable (SWI/SNF) chromatin remodeling complex, is inactivated in 40% ccRCCs, the function and mechanism of BAF180 mutation is unknown...
January 16, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091646/molecular-hydrogen-production-from-amorphous-solid-water-during-low-energy-electron-irradiation
#5
Kamel A K Gadallah, Demian Marchione, Sven P K Koehler, Martin R S McCoustra
This work investigates the production of molecular hydrogen isotopologues (H2, HD, and D2) during low energy electron irradiation of layered and isotopically labelled thin films of amorphous solid water (ASW) in ultrahigh vacuum. Experimentally, the production of these molecules with both irradiation time and incident electron energy in the range 400 to 500 eV is reported as a function of the depth of a buried D2O layer in an H2O film. H2 is produced consistently in all measurements, reflecting the H2O component of the film, though it does exhibit a modest reduction in intensity at the time corresponding to product escape from the buried D2O layer...
January 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091515/protein-crystal-nucleation-in-pores
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Christo N Nanev, Emmanuel Saridakis, Naomi E Chayen
The most powerful method for protein structure determination is X-ray crystallography which relies on the availability of high quality crystals. Obtaining protein crystals is a major bottleneck, and inducing their nucleation is of crucial importance in this field. An effective method to form crystals is to introduce nucleation-inducing heterologous materials into the crystallization solution. Porous materials are exceptionally effective at inducing nucleation. It is shown here that a combined diffusion-adsorption effect can increase protein concentration inside pores, which enables crystal nucleation even under conditions where heterogeneous nucleation on flat surfaces is absent...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090647/the-multifaceted-role-of-extracellular-vesicles-in-metastasis-priming-the-soil-for-seeding
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REVIEW
Brunna Dos Anjos Pultz, Felipe Andrés Cordero da Luz, Sara Socorro Faria, Leandro Peixoto Ferreira de Souza, Paula Cristina Brígido Tavares, Vivian Alonso Goulart, Wagner Fontes, Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Marcelo José Barbosa Silva
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes, play a key role in inter and intracellular communication, promoting the proliferation and invasion of recipient cells to support tumor growth and metastasis. Metastasis comprises multiple steps that first include the detachment of tumor cells through epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), allowing the physical dissemination to distant organs. Thereafter, cancer-derived exosomes are still critical components for preparing the tumor microenvironment by (i) enabling tumor cells to escape from the immunological surveillance and (ii) arranging the pre-metastatic site for the engraftment of detached cancer cells...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090567/the-rna-polymerase-iii-subunit-polr3b-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-small-intestinal-crypts-in-mice
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Julia Kieckhaefer, Sabina Lukovac, Diana Z Ye, Dolim Lee, Danielle J Beetler, Michael Pack, Klaus H Kaestner
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The continuously self-renewing mammalian intestinal epithelium, with high cellular turnover, depends on adequate protein synthesis for its proliferative capacity. RNA polymerase III activity is closely related to cellular growth and proliferation. Here, we studied the role of Polr3b, a large RNA polymerase III subunit, in the mammalian intestinal epithelium. METHODS: We derived mice with an intestinal epithelium-specific hypomorphic mutation of the Polr3b gene, using VillinCre-mediated gene ablation...
November 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090303/genotype-phenotype-effects-of-bmpr2-mutations-on-disease-severity-in-mouse-models-of-pulmonary-hypertension
#9
Andrea L Frump, Arunima Datta, Sampa Ghose, James West, Mark P de Caestecker
More than 350 mutations in the type-2 BMP (bone morphogenetic protein) receptor, BMPR2, have been identified in patients with heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension (HPAH). However, only 30% of BMPR2 mutation carriers develop PAH, and we cannot predict which of these carriers will develop clinical disease. One possibility is that the nature of the BMPR2 mutation affects disease severity. This hypothesis has been difficult to test clinically, given the rarity of HPAH and the complexity of the confounding genetic and environmental risk factors...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089780/co-feeding-transmission-facilitates-strain-coexistence-in-borrelia-burgdorferi-the-lyme-disease-agent
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S L States, C I Huang, S Davis, D M Tufts, M A Diuk-Wasser
Coexistence of multiple tick-borne pathogens or strains is common in natural hosts and can be facilitated by resource partitioning of the host species, within-host localization, or by different transmission pathways. Most vector-borne pathogens are transmitted horizontally via systemic host infection, but transmission may occur in the absence of systemic infection between two vectors feeding in close proximity, enabling pathogens to minimize competition and escape the host immune response. In a laboratory study, we demonstrated that co-feeding transmission can occur for a rapidly-cleared strain of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease agent, between two stages of the tick vector Ixodes scapularis while feeding on their dominant host, Peromyscus leucopus...
December 26, 2016: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089757/disorazoles-block-group-a-streptococcal-invasion-into-epithelial-cells-via-interference-with-the-host-factor-ezrin
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Katharina Rox, Manfred Rohde, Gursharan Singh Chhatwal, Rolf Müller
Bacterial pathogens use invasion into human cells as a strategy to escape not only the host's immune response, but also anti-bacterial treatment. This often leads to persistence and enables reinitiation of the infection process at a later time point. Here, we show that a family of myxobacterial metabolites, disorazoles, block invasion of group A Streptococcus (GAS) into human epithelial cells. Mechanistically, disorazoles target ezrin, a host protein involved in linking microfilaments to the membrane, and affect invasion most likely by interfering with dynamic phosphorylation of ezrin...
January 5, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087751/odyssey-escape-is-pcsk9-inhibition-the-trojan-horse-for-the-use-of-lipoprotein-apheresis-in-familial-hypercholesterolaemia
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EDITORIAL
Gerald F Watts, Claudia Stefanutti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 21, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087670/plant-lectins-activate-the-nlrp3-inflammasome-to-promote-inflammatory-disorders
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Tao Gong, Xiaqiong Wang, Yanqing Yang, Yiqing Yan, Chenggong Yu, Rongbin Zhou, Wei Jiang
Plant-derived dietary lectins have been reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of several inflammatory diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease, but little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying lectin-induced inflammation. In this study, we showed that plant lectins can induce caspase-1 activation and IL-1β secretion via the NLRP3 inflammasome. Lectins were internalized and subsequently escaped from the lysosome and then translocated to the endoplasmic reticulum...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087659/plant-parasitic-nematodes-towards-understanding-molecular-players-in-stress-responses
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REVIEW
François-Xavier Gillet, Caroline Bournaud, Jose Dijair Antonino de Souza Júnior, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa
BACKGROUND: Plant-parasitic nematode interactions occur within a vast molecular plant immunity network. Following initial contact with the host plant roots, plant-parasitic nematodes (PPNs) activate basal immune responses. Defence priming involves the release in the apoplast of toxic molecules derived from reactive species or secondary metabolism. In turn, PPNs must overcome the poisonous and stressful environment at the plant-nematode interface. The ability of PPNs to escape this first line of plant immunity is crucial and will determine its virulence...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087514/the-influence-of-meteorological-factors-and-atmospheric-pollutants-on-the-risk-of-preterm-birth
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Lise Giorgis-Allemand, Marie Pedersen, Claire Bernard, Inmaculada Aguilera, Rob M J Beelen, Leda Chatzi, Marta Cirach, Asta Danileviciute, Audrius Dedele, Manon van Eijsden, Marisa Estarlich, Ana Fernández-Somoano, Mariana F Fernández, Francesco Forastiere, Ulrike Gehring, Regina Grazuleviciene, Olena Gruzieva, Barbara Heude, Gerard Hoek, Kees de Hoogh, Edith H van den Hooven, Siri E Håberg, Carmen Iñiguez, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Michal Korek, Aitana Lertxundi, Johanna Lepeule, Per Nafstad, Wenche Nystad, Evridiki Patelarou, Daniela Porta, Dirkje Postma, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen, Peter Rudnai, Valérie Siroux, Jordi Sunyer, Euripides Stephanou, Mette Sørensen, Kirsten Thorup Eriksen, Derek Tuffnell, Mihály J Varró, Tanja G M Vrijkotte, Alet Wijga, John Wright, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Göran Pershagen, Bert Brunekreef, Manolis Kogevinas, Rémy Slama
Atmospheric pollutants and meteorological conditions are suspected to be causes of preterm birth. We aimed to characterize their possible association with the risk of preterm birth (defined as birth occurring before 37 completed gestational weeks). We pooled individual data from 13 birth cohorts in 11 European countries (71,493 births from the period 1994-2011, European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE)). City-specific meteorological data from routine monitors were averaged over time windows spanning from 1 week to the whole pregnancy...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086852/pd-l1-expression-in-papillary-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Takanobu Motoshima, Yoshihiro Komohara, Chaoya Ma, Arni Kusuma Dewi, Hirotsugu Noguchi, Sohsuke Yamada, Toshiyuki Nakayama, Shohei Kitada, Yoshiaki Kawano, Wataru Takahashi, Masaaki Sugimoto, Motohiro Takeya, Naohiro Fujimoto, Yoshinao Oda, Masatoshi Eto
BACKGROUND: The immune escape or tolerance of cancer cells is considered to be closely involved in cancer progression. Programmed death-1 (PD-1) is an inhibitory receptor expressed on activating T cells, and several types of cancer cells were found to express PD-1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) and ligand 2 (PD-L2). METHODS: In the present study, we investigated PD-L1/2 expression in papillary renal cell carcinoma (pRCC). RESULT: We found PD-L1 expression in 29 of 102 cases, but no PD-L2 expression was seen...
January 13, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086814/intestinal-helminth-co-infection-and-associated-factors-among-tuberculosis-patients-in-arba-minch-ethiopia
#17
Getaneh Alemu, Mohammedaman Mama
BACKGROUND: Helminths affect the outcome of tuberculosis by shifting cell mediated immune response to humoral and by total suppression of the host immune system. On the reverse, Mycobacterium infection favors immune escape of helminths. Therefore assessing helminth co-infection rate and predisposing factors in tuberculosis patients is mandatory to set strategies for better case management. METHODS: Facility based cross-sectional study was conducted in Arba Minch to assess the prevalence and associated factors of intestinal helminths among pulmonary tuberculosis patients from January to August, 2016...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081233/differences-in-inflammatory-response-induced-by-two-representatives-of-clades-of-the-pandemic-st258-klebsiella-pneumoniae-clonal-lineage-producing-kpc-type-carbapenemases
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Giuseppe Castronovo, Ann Maria Clemente, Alberto Antonelli, Marco Maria D'Andrea, Michele Tanturli, Eloisa Perissi, Sara Paccosi, Astrid Parenti, Federico Cozzolino, Gian Maria Rossolini, Maria Gabriella Torcia
ST258-K. pneumoniae (ST258-KP) strains, the most widespread multidrug-resistant hospital-acquired pathogens, belong to at least two clades differing in a 215 Kb genomic region that includes the cluster of capsule genes. To investigate the effects of the different capsular phenotype on host-pathogen interactions, we studied representatives of ST258-KP clades, KKBO-1 and KK207-1, for their ability to activate monocytes and myeloid dendritic cells from human immune competent hosts. The two ST258-KP strains strongly induced the production of inflammatory cytokines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081204/deletion-of-ssna-attenuates-the-pathogenicity-of-streptococcus-suis-and-confers-protection-against-serovar-2-strain-challenge
#19
Miao Li, Ru-Jian Cai, Chun-Ling Li, Shuai Song, Yan Li, Zhi-Yong Jiang, Dong-Xia Yang
Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) is a major porcine and human pathogen which causes arthritis, meningitis, and septicemia. Streptococcus suis nuclease A (SsnA) is a recently discovered deoxyribonuclease (DNase), which has been demonstrated to contribute to escape killing in neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). To further determine the effects of ssnA on virulence, the ssnA deletion mutant (ΔssnA) and its complemented strain (C-ΔssnA) were constructed. The ability of ΔssnA mutant to interact with human laryngeal epithelial cell (Hep-2) was evaluated and it exhibited dramatically decreased ability to adhere to and invade Hep-2 cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080150/motives-matter-motives-for-playing-pok%C3%A3-mon-go-and-implications-for-well-being
#20
Chia-Chen Yang, Dong Liu
Mobile games such as Pokémon Go have become a major form of entertainment, and yet little is known about why people play the games and how their motives associate with well-being. Although literature on motives for playing video and online games is informative, the findings may not reflect the full spectrum of mobile gaming motives due to some unique affordances of mobile games (e.g., mobility). To catch up with the evolving gaming context, a popular mobile game, Pokémon Go, was taken as an example to explore individuals' mobile gaming motives...
January 2017: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
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