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Complement deficiency

Chijun Li, Brandon K Tan, Jinshi Zhao, Ziqiang Guan
Phosphatidylglycerol (PG) makes up 5-20% of the phospholipids of Escherichia coli and is essential for growth in wild-type cells. PG is synthesized from the dephosphorylation of its immediate precursor, phosphatidylglycerol phosphate (PGP) whose synthase in E. coli is PgsA. Using genetic, biochemical and highly sensitive mass spectrometric approaches, we identified an alternative mechanism for PG synthesis in E. coli that is PgsA independent. The reaction of synthesis involves the conversion of phosphatidylethanolamine and glycerol into PG and is catalyzed by ClsB, a phospholipase D-type cardiolipin synthase...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Juliana Dreyer da Silva de Menezes, Lucas Borin Moura, Renato Parsekian Martins, Eduardo Hochuli-Vieira
Porous polyethylene implants have been used as an alternative in the treatment of patients with zygomatic and paranasal projections deficiency. These implants promote a facial rejuvenating effect due to the attenuation of the nasal and chin prominences. The advantages of porous polyethylene include biocompatibility, dimensional stability, easy adaptation and fixation, low complication rate, and its availability in different sizes and shapes. A 27-year-old woman presenting vertical deficiency associated with midface hypoplasia was treated with orthognathic surgery...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Emmanuel Gonzales, Tim Ulinski, Dalila Habes, Georges Deschênes, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Albert Bensman
BACKGROUND: Rational options for the treatment of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) due to atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) in children are still open to discussion. In the case of human complement factor H (CFH) deficiency, the choice is either kidney transplantation in combination with eculizumab, a humanized anti-C5 monoclonal antibody, or a combined liver-kidney transplantation. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: A child with a homozygous CFH deficiency underwent a successful liver-kidney transplantation...
October 15, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Marina Borisova, Rosmarie Gaupp, Amanda Duckworth, Alexander Schneider, Désirée Dalügge, Maraike Mühleck, Denise Deubel, Sandra Unsleber, Wenqi Yu, Günther Muth, Markus Bischoff, Friedrich Götz, Christoph Mayer
: Peptidoglycan recycling is a metabolic process by which Gram-negative bacteria reutilize up to half of their cell wall within one generation during vegetative growth. Whether peptidoglycan recycling also occurs in Gram-positive bacteria has so far remained unclear. We show here that three Gram-positive model organisms, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, and Streptomyces coelicolor, all recycle the sugar N-acetylmuramic acid (MurNAc) of their peptidoglycan during growth in rich medium...
October 11, 2016: MBio
Fengming Liu, Rupam Sahoo, Xiaowen Ge, Lin Wu, Pamela Ghosh, Xuebin Qin, Jose A Halperin
AIMS: Clinical and experimental evidence supports a strong link between the complement system, complement regulatory proteins and the pathogenesis of diabetes vascular complications. We previously reported that the complement regulatory protein CD59 is inactivated by glycation in humans with diabetes. Our objective for this study is to assess experimentally how the deficiency of CD59 impacts the development of diabetic atherosclerosis in vivo. METHODS: We crossed mCD59 sufficient and deficient mice into the ApoE(-/-) background to generate mCd59ab(+/+)/ApoE(-/-) and mCd59ab(-/-)/ApoE(-/-) mice, and induced diabetes by multiple low dose injections of streptozotocin...
August 28, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Yoshiko Murakami
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is an acquired GPI deficiency caused by somatic mutation of the PIGA gene in one or several hematopoietic stem cells. Recently, PNH caused by somatic mutation of one allele of the PIGT gene in combination with a germline mutation of the other allele was reported, showing that PIGA is not the only gene responsible for PNH, though other causes are rare. These mutant cells become GPI deficient, expand clonally and differentiate into all of the hematopoietic lineages. When GPI deficient erythrocytes increase in proportion, massive hemolysis occurs due to activated complement attack during infection...
2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Hanchao Gao, Chengjiang Zhao, Xi Xiang, Yong Li, Yanli Zhao, Zesong Li, Dengke Pan, Yifan Dai, Hidetaka Hara, David K C Cooper, Zhiming Cai, Lisha Mou
Gene-knockout pigs hold great promise as a solution to the shortage of organs from donor animals for xenotransplantation. Several groups have generated gene-knockout pigs via clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated 9 (Cas9) and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Herein, we adopted a simple and micromanipulator-free method, handmade cloning (HMC) instead of SCNT, to generate double gene-knockout pigs. First, we applied the CRISPR/Cas9 system to target α1,3-galactosyltransferase (GGTA1) and cytidine monophosphate-N-acetylneuraminic acid hydroxylase (CMAH) genes simultaneously in porcine fetal fibroblast cells (PFFs), which were derived from wild-type Chinese domestic miniature Wuzhishan pigs...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
John D Murdoch, Christine M Rostosky, Sindhuja Gowrisankaran, Amandeep S Arora, Sandra-Fausia Soukup, Ramon Vidal, Vincenzo Capece, Siona Freytag, Andre Fischer, Patrik Verstreken, Stefan Bonn, Nuno Raimundo, Ira Milosevic
Endophilin-A, a well-characterized endocytic adaptor essential for synaptic vesicle recycling, has recently been linked to neurodegeneration. We report here that endophilin-A deficiency results in impaired movement, age-dependent ataxia, and neurodegeneration in mice. Transcriptional analysis of endophilin-A mutant mice, complemented by proteomics, highlighted ataxia- and protein-homeostasis-related genes and revealed upregulation of the E3-ubiquitin ligase FBXO32/atrogin-1 and its transcription factor FOXO3A...
October 5, 2016: Cell Reports
A Frazer-Abel, L Sepiashvili, M M Mbughuni, M A V Willrich
Historically, complement disorders have been attributed to immunodeficiency associated with severe or frequent infection. More recently, however, complement has been recognized for its role in inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and vision loss. This paradigm shift requires a fundamental change in how complement testing is performed and interpreted. Here, we provide an overview of the complement pathways and summarize recent literature related to hereditary and acquired angioedema, infectious diseases, autoimmunity, and age-related macular degeneration...
2016: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
H T Dong, J X Zhang, Q M Li, F Z Li
This study aimed to investigate the correlation between age-related macular degeneration (AMD) of the liver-kidney yin-deficiency type and complement factor H (CFH) polymorphism, and to determine whether the C allele of the T1277C (Y402H) variant is a risk factor for this condition. We performed a case-control investigation of 60 patients with liver-kidney yin-deficiency AMD and 60 normal control subjects. Peripheral blood was collected from each participant for DNA extraction. Following amplification by polymerase chain reaction, the DNA samples were sequenced, and polymorphism of the CFH gene was examined...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Miwa Nagae, Martin Parniske, Masayoshi Kawaguchi, Naoya Takeda
Thiamine (vitamin B1) is essential for living organisms. Unlike animals, plants can synthesize thiamine. In Lotus japonicus, expression of two thiamine biosynthesis genes, THI1 and THIC, was enhanced by inoculation with rhizobia, but not by inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. THIC or THI2 (THI1 paralog) was expressed in uninoculated leaves. THI2-knockdown plants and the transposon insertion mutant thiC had chlorotic leaves. This typical phenotype of thiamine deficiency was rescued by an exogenous supply of thiamine...
October 4, 2016: Plant Physiology
Fei Wang, Yafei Qi, Alizée Malnoë, Yves Choquet, Francis-André Wollman, Catherine de Vitry
In Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, the major protease involved in the maintenance of the photosynthetic machinery in thylakoid membranes - the FtsH protease - forms mostly large hetero-oligomers (∼1 MDa) comprising FtsH1 and FtsH2 subunits, whatever the light intensity for growth. Upon high light exposure, the FtsH subunits display a shorter half-life, which is counterbalanced by an increase in FTSH1/2 mRNA levels, resulting in a modest upregulation of FtsH1/2 proteins. Furthermore, we show that high light increases the protease activity through a hitherto unnoticed redox-controlled reduction of intermolecular disulfide bridges...
October 1, 2016: Molecular Plant
Kenta Fujimoto, Takehiro Motowaki, Naoya Tamura, Yasuaki Aratani
Myeloperoxidase (MPO), a major component of neutrophils, catalyzes the production of hypochlorous acid from hydrogen peroxide and chloride anion. Phagocytosis is a critical event induced by neutrophils for host defense and inflammation. Interestingly, we found that MPO-deficient (MPO(-/-)) neutrophils engulfed larger amounts of zymosan than wild-type neutrophils. Blocking of the CD11b subunit of complement receptor 3 (CR3) as well as inhibition of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) dramatically reduced zymosan phagocytosis...
October 4, 2016: Free Radical Research
Salem Al-Tamemi, Shafiq Ur Rehman Naseem, Nabila Al-Siyabi, Ibtisam El-Nour, Abdulhakim Al-Rawas, David Dennison
PURPOSE: Primary immunodeficiency (PID) diseases are rare, complex medical disorders that often are overlooked in clinical settings. There are emerging reports of PID from Middle Eastern populations. This study describes the features of PID patients in a tertiary care setting in Oman and compares them with regional and worldwide reports. METHOD: Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) is an academic tertiary care-level hospital for specialized healthcare, including PID patients...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Paula J Waters, Fanny Thuriot, Joe T R Clarke, Serge Gravel, David Watkins, David S Rosenblatt, Sébastien Lévesque
Methylmalonyl-coA epimerase (MCE) follows propionyl-coA carboxylase and precedes methylmalonyl-coA mutase in the pathway converting propionyl-coA to succinyl-coA. MCE deficiency has previously been described in six patients, one presenting with metabolic acidosis, the others with nonspecific neurological symptoms or asymptomatic. The clinical significance and biochemical characteristics of this rare condition have been incompletely defined. We now describe a patient who presented acutely at 5 years of age with vomiting, dehydration, confusion, severe metabolic acidosis and mild hyperammonemia...
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
M Jeraiby, K Sidi Yahya, Depince-Berger, C Lambert
: Microbicidal activity is related to the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can be measured by Flow-Cytometry using Rhodamine 123 (R123). Few assays have been proposed to measure ROS production, usually on heparinized samples but none of them is standardized. Here we propose to improve the test by selecting polymorphonuclears (PMN) and monocytes, labelled and activated in one step to keep the test short, and to standardize the process even between different systems (i.e...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Immunological Methods
Pei Wu, Wei-Dan Jiang, Jun Jiang, Juan Zhao, Yang Liu, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Lin Feng
This study investigated the effects of choline on intestinal mucosal immune and the possible mechanisms in fish by feeding juvenile Jian carp (Cyprinus carpio var. Jian) with graded levels of dietary choline (165-1820 mg/kg diet) for 65 days. The results firstly showed that choline deficiency induced inflammatory infiltration in the proximal intestine (PI), mid intestine (MI) and distal intestine (DI) of fish. Meanwhile, compared with the optimal choline group, choline deficiency decreased the activities of lysozyme and acid phosphatase, contents of complement 3 and IgM in the intestine, downregulated the mRNA levels of antimicrobial peptides (liver-expressed antimicrobial peptide (LEAP) 2A and defensin-3 in the PI and MI, LEAP-2B and hepcidin in the PI, MI and DI), anti-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin (IL) 10 and transforming growth factor β2 in the PI, MI and DI), and signaling molecule IκB in the PI, MI and DI; while upregulated the mRNA levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6a and tumor necrosis factor α in the MI and DI, interferon γ2b in the PI and MI, IL-1β and IL-6b in the PI, MI and DI), and signaling molecules (Toll-like receptor 4 in the MI, myeloid differentiation primary response 88 in the PI and MI, Janus kinase 3 and tyrosine kinase 2 in the MI and DI, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) 4 and STAT5 in the PI, MI and DI) of juvenile Jian carp, further indicating that choline deficiency caused inflammation and immunity depression in the intestine of fish...
September 28, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Na Xu, Xingwu Lu, Harsh Kavi, Alexander V Emelyanov, Travis J Bernardo, Elena Vershilova, Arthur I Skoultchi, Dmitry V Fyodorov
Metazoan linker histones are essential for development and play crucial roles in organization of chromatin, modification of epigenetic states and regulation of genetic activity. Vertebrates express multiple linker histone H1 isoforms, which may function redundantly. In contrast, H1 isoforms are not present in Dipterans, including D. melanogaster, except for an embryo-specific, distantly related dBigH1. Here we show that Drosophila BEN domain protein Elba2, which is expressed in early embryos and was hypothesized to have insulator-specific functions, can compensate for the loss of H1 in vivo...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Haruhisa Suga, Koji Kageyama, Masafumi Shimizu, Misturo Hyakumachi
Members of the Fusarium graminearum species complex (Fg complex or FGSC) are the primary pathogens causing Fusarium head blight in wheat and barley worldwide. A natural pathogenicity mutant (strain 0225022) was found in a sample of the Fg complex collected in Japan. The mutant strain did not induce symptoms in wheat spikes beyond the point of inoculation and did not form perithecia. No segregation of phenotypic deficiencies occurred in the progenies of a cross between the mutant and a fully pathogenic wild-type strain, which suggested that a single genetic locus controlled both traits...
September 27, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Manaki Mimura, Rémi Zallot, Thomas Daniel Niehaus, Ghulam Hasnain, Satinder K Gidda, Thuy Nd Nguyen, Erin M Anderson, Robert T Mullen, Greg Brown, Alexander F Yakunin, Valerié de Crécy-Lagard, Jesse F Gregory, Donald R McCarty, Andrew D Hanson
To synthesize the cofactor thiamin diphosphate (ThDP), plants must first hydrolyze thiamin monophosphate (ThMP) to thiamin, but dedicated enzymes for this hydrolysis step were unknown and widely doubted to exist. The classical thiamin-requiring th2-1 mutation in Arabidopsis was shown to reduce ThDP levels by half and to increase ThMP levels five-fold, implying that the THIAMIN REQUIRING 2 (TH2) gene product could be a dedicated ThMP phosphatase. Genomic and transcriptomic data indicated that TH2 corresponds to At5g32470, encoding a HAD (haloacid dehalogenase) family phosphatase fused to a TenA (thiamin salvage) family protein...
September 27, 2016: Plant Cell
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