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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326449/functional-analysis-of-the-minimal-twin-arginine-translocation-system-components-from-streptococcus-thermophilus-cgmcc-7-179-in-escherichia-coli-de3
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Chenchen Zhang, Tingting Guo, Yongping Xin, Susu Zhang, Xudong Ouyang, Ruixia Gu, Jian Kong
The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system, which is used for folded protein secretion, is rare in lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Previously, a Tat system composed of TatAS and TatCS subunits (the subscript S denotes a Streptococcus thermophilus origin) was identified in S. thermophilus CGMCC 7.179. In the present study, the tatA S and tatC S genes were cloned and functionally analyzed in Escherichia coli DE3 tat-deficient mutants. The E. coli tatABCDE-deficient mutant complemented with tatC S A S exhibited shortened cellular chains, but its ability to grow in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) was not restored, suggesting that the S...
March 22, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326060/microbial-neuraminidase-induces-a-moderate-and-transient-myelin-vacuolation-independent-of-complement-system-activation
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Pablo Granados-Durán, María Dolores López-Ávalos, Manuel Cifuentes, Margarita Pérez-Martín, María Del Mar Fernández-Arjona, Timothy R Hughes, Krista Johnson, B Paul Morgan, Pedro Fernández-Llebrez, Jesús M Grondona
AIMS: Some central nervous system pathogens express neuraminidase (NA) on their surfaces. In the rat brain, a single intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection of NA induces myelin vacuolation in axonal tracts. Here, we explore the nature, the time course, and the role of the complement system in this damage. METHODS: The spatiotemporal analysis of myelin vacuolation was performed by optical and electron microscopy. Myelin basic protein-positive area and oligodendrocyte transcription factor (Olig2)-positive cells were quantified in the damaged bundles...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323419/the-role-of-sufs-is-restricted-to-fes-cluster-biosynthesis-in-escherichia-coli
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Martin Bühning, Angelo Valleriani, Silke Leimkühler
In Escherichia coli two different systems have been identified that are important for the coordinate formation of Fe-S clusters, namely the ISC and SUF systems. The ISC system is the housekeeping Fe-S machinery, which provides Fe-S clusters for numerous cellular proteins. The IscS protein of this system was additionally revealed to be the primary sulfur donor for numerous sulfur-containing molecules with important biological functions, among which are the molybdenum cofactor (Moco) and thiolated nucleosides in tRNA...
March 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321225/epitope-specific-suppression-of-igg-responses-by-passively-administered-specific-igg-evidence-of-epitope-masking
#4
Joakim J E Bergström, Hui Xu, Birgitta Heyman
Specific IgG, passively administered together with particulate antigen, can completely prevent induction of antibody responses to this antigen. The ability of IgG to suppress antibody responses to sheep red blood cells (SRBCs) is intact in mice lacking FcγRs, complement factor 1q, C3, or complement receptors 1 and 2, suggesting that Fc-dependent effector functions are not involved. Two of the most widely discussed explanations for the suppressive effect are increased clearance of IgG-antigen complexes and/or that IgG "hides" the antigen from recognition by specific B cells, so-called epitope masking...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303122/antifungal-drug-susceptibility-of-candida-species-isolated-from-hiv-positive-patients-recruited-at-a-public-hospital-in-s%C3%A3-o-lu%C3%A3-s-maranh%C3%A3-o-brazil
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Ana L G Terças, Sirlei G Marques, Eduardo B Moffa, Márcia B Alves, Conceição M P S de Azevedo, Walter L Siqueira, Cristina A Monteiro
Oropharyngeal candidiasis is the most common fungal infection in hospitalized patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Its progression results in invasive infections, which are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to quickly and accurately identify Candida spp. from oral mucosa of AIDS patients recruited at Presidente Vargas Hospital, in São Luís city, Brazil and to evaluate the sensitivity profile of these fungi to antifungals by using an automated system. Isolates were collected from oropharyngeal mucosa of 52 hospitalized AIDS patients, under anti-viral and antifungal therapies...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301559/synergy-between-the-classical-and-alternative-pathways-of-complement-is-essential-for-conferring-effective-protection-against-the-pandemic-influenza-a-h1n1-2009-virus-infection
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Ajitanuj Rattan, Shailesh D Pawar, Renuka Nawadkar, Neeraja Kulkarni, Girdhari Lal, Jayati Mullick, Arvind Sahu
The pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus caused significant morbidity and mortality worldwide thus necessitating the need to understand the host factors that influence its control. Previously, the complement system has been shown to provide protection during the seasonal influenza virus infection, however, the role of individual complement pathways is not yet clear. Here, we have dissected the role of intact complement as well as of its individual activation pathways during the pandemic influenza virus infection using mouse strains deficient in various complement components...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296917/enzyme-replacement-therapy-for-anderson-fabry-disease-a-complementary-overview-of-a-cochrane-publication-through-a-linear-regression-and-a-pooled-analysis-of-proportions-from-cohort-studies
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Regina El Dib, Huda Gomaa, Alberto Ortiz, Juan Politei, Anil Kapoor, Fellype Barreto
BACKGROUND: Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) is an X-linked recessive inborn error of glycosphingolipid metabolism caused by a deficiency of alpha-galactosidase A. Renal failure, heart and cerebrovascular involvement reduce survival. A Cochrane review provided little evidence on the use of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). We now complement this review through a linear regression and a pooled analysis of proportions from cohort studies. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ERT for AFD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296572/srna154-a-newly-identified-regulator-of-nitrogen-fixation-in-methanosarcina%C3%A2-mazei-strain-g%C3%A3-1
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Daniela Prasse, Konrad U Förstner, Dominik Jäger, Rolf Backofen, Ruth A Schmitz
Trans-encoded sRNA154 is exclusively expressed under nitrogen (N)-deficiency in Methanosarcina mazei strain Gö1. The sRNA154 deletion strain showed a significant decrease in growth under N-limitation, pointing towards a regulatory role of sRNA154 in N-metabolism. Aiming to elucidate its regulatory function we characterized sRNA154 by means of biochemical and genetic approaches. 24 homologs of sRNA154 were identified in recently reported draft genomes of Methanosarcina strains, demonstrating high conservation in sequence and predicted secondary structure with two highly conserved single stranded loops...
March 15, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295247/targeting-c3a-c5a-receptors-inhibits-human-mesangial-cell-proliferation-and-alleviates-iga-nephropathy-in-mice
#9
Ying Zhang, Xianli Yan, Ting Zhao, Qihe Xu, Qi Peng, Ruimin Hu, Songxia Quan, Yali Zhou, Guolan Xing
Complement activation has a deep pathogenic influence in IgA nephropathy (IgAN). C3a and C5a, small cleavage fragments generated by complement activation, are key mediators of inflammation. The fragments exert broad pro-inflammatory effects by binding to specific receptors (C3aR and C5aR, respectively). However, no studies thus far have investigated the effects of C3a, C5a and their receptors on IgAN. We observed that C3aR and C5aR antagonists repressed IgA-induced cell proliferation and IL-6 and MCP-1 production in cultured human mesangial cells (HMCs)...
March 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294536/acetylglutamate-kinase-is-required-for-both-gametophyte-function-and-embryo-development-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#10
Jie Huang, Dan Chen, Hailong Yan, Fei Xie, Ying Yu, Liyao Zhang, Mengxiang Sun, Xiongbo Peng
The specific functions of the genes encoding arginine biosynthesis enzymes in plants are not well characterized. We report the isolation and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana N-acetylglutamate kinase (NAGK), which catalyzes the second step of arginine biosynthesis. NAGK is a plastid-localized protein and is expressed in most developmental processes in Arabidopsis. Heterologous expression of the Arabidopsis NAGK gene in a NAGK-deficient Escherichia coli strain fully bacterial growth on arginine-deficient medium...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293726/inflammation-in-iga-nephropathy
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Thomas Rauen, Jürgen Floege
Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most frequently occurring primary glomerulonephritis in Caucasian and Asian populations. Nonetheless, therapeutic recommendations are based on weak evidence, large controlled trials are scarce and, in particular, the additional value of immunosuppression beyond comprehensive supportive measures is not well-established. The use of immunosuppressants is supported by experimental insights into IgAN pathogenesis that suggest an autoimmune component in disease development...
March 14, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293529/facial-nerve-recovery-in-kbdb-and-c1q-knockout-mice-a-role-for-histocompatibility-complex-1
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Seden Akdagli, Ryan A Williams, Hyun J Kim, Yuling Yan, Mirna Mustapha, Sam P Most
BACKGROUND: Understanding the mechanisms in nerve damage can lead to better outcomes for neuronal rehabilitation. The purpose of our study was to assess the effect of major histocompatibility complex I deficiency and inhibition of the classical complement pathway (C1q) on functional recovery and cell survival in the facial motor nucleus (FMN) after crush injury in adult and juvenile mice. METHODS: A prospective blinded analysis of functional recovery and cell survival in the FMN after a unilateral facial nerve crush injury in juvenile and adult mice was undertaken between wild-type, C1q knockout (C1q-/-), and KbDb knockout (KbDb-/-) groups...
December 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290553/slx4-prevents-gen1-dependent-dsbs-during-dna-replication-arrest-under-pathological-conditions-in-human-cells
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Eva Malacaria, Annapaola Franchitto, Pietro Pichierri
SLX4 is a versatile protein serving as docking for multiple structure-specific endonucleases during DNA repair, however, little is known about its function at demised replication forks. Using RNAi or FA-P cells complemented with SLX4 mutants that abrogate interaction with MUS81 or SLX1, we show that SLX4 cooperates with MUS81 to introduce DSBs after replication stress but also counteracts pathological targeting of demised forks by GEN1. Such unexpected function of SLX4 is unrelated to interaction with endonucleases, but concerns the physical presence of the protein...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285190/nitrate-decreases-xanthine-oxidoreductase-mediated-nitrite-reductase-activity-and-attenuates-vascular-and-blood-pressure-responses-to-nitrite
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Célio Damacena-Angelis, Gustavo H Oliveira-Paula, Lucas C Pinheiro, Eduardo J Crevelin, Rafael L Portella, Luiz Alberto B Moraes, Jose E Tanus-Santos
Nitrite and nitrate restore deficient endogenous nitric oxide (NO) production as they are converted back to NO, and therefore complement the classic enzymatic NO synthesis. Circulating nitrate and nitrite must cross membrane barriers to produce their effects and increased nitrate concentrations may attenuate the nitrite influx into cells, decreasing NO generation from nitrite. Moreover, xanthine oxidoreductase (XOR) mediates NO formation from nitrite and nitrate. However, no study has examined whether nitrate attenuates XOR-mediated NO generation from nitrite...
March 6, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284604/identification-of-the-ferric-iron-utilization-gene-b739_1208-and-its-role-in-the-virulence-of-r-anatipestifer-ch-1
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MengYi Wang, PengYun Zhang, DeKang Zhu, MingShu Wang, RenYong Jia, Shun Chen, KunFeng Sun, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, XiaoYue Chen, Francis Biville, AnChun Cheng, MaFeng Liu
Riemerella anatipestifer is an important bacterial pathogen in ducks and causes heavy economic losses in the duck industry. However, the pathogensis of this bacterium is poorly understood. In this study, a putative outer membrane hemin receptor gene B739_1208 in R. anatipestifer CH-1 was deleted to determine the relationship between iron uptake and virulence. The R. anatipestifer CH-1ΔB739_1208 mutants grew significantly more slowly than the wild-type bacteria in TSB liquid medium. Further characterization revealed that the R...
March 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278252/complement-inhibition-by-sarcoptes-scabiei-protects-streptococcus-pyogenes-an-in-vitro-study-to-unravel-the-molecular-mechanisms-behind-the-poorly-understood-predilection-of-s-pyogenes-to-infect-mite-induced-skin-lesions
#16
Pearl M Swe, Lindsay D Christian, Hieng C Lu, Kadaba S Sriprakash, Katja Fischer
BACKGROUND: On a global scale scabies is one of the most common dermatological conditions, imposing a considerable economic burden on individuals, communities and health systems. There is substantial epidemiological evidence that in tropical regions scabies is often causing pyoderma and subsequently serious illness due to invasion by opportunistic bacteria. The health burden due to complicated scabies causing cellulitis, bacteraemia and sepsis, heart and kidney diseases in resource-poor communities is extreme...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276660/complement-alternative-pathway-deficiency-in-recipients-protects-kidney-allograft-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-and-alloreactive-t-cell-response
#17
Federica Casiraghi, Nadia Azzollini, Marta Todeschini, Sonia Fiori, Regiane Aparecida Cavinato, Paola Cassis, Samantha Solini, Francesca Pezzuto, Marilena Mister, Joshua M Thurman, Ariela Benigni, Giuseppe Remuzzi, Marina Noris
Despite the introduction of novel and more targeted immunosuppressive drugs, the long-term survival of kidney transplants has not improved satisfactorily. Early antigen-independent intra-graft inflammation plays a critical role in the initiation of the alloimmune response and impacts long-term graft function. Complement activation is a key player both in ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) as well as in adaptive anti-graft immune response after kidney transplantation. Since the alternative pathway (AP) amplifies complement activation regardless of the initiation pathways and renal IR injured cells undergo uncontrolled complement activation, we wondered whether selective blockade of AP could be a strategy for prolonging kidney graft survival...
March 9, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275852/ga-della-pathway-is-involved-in-regulation-of-nitrogen-deficiency-induced-anthocyanin-accumulation
#18
Yongqiang Zhang, Zhongjuan Liu, Jianping Liu, Sheng Lin, Jianfeng Wang, Wenxiong Lin, Weifeng Xu
DELLA proteins positively regulate nitrogen deficiency-induced anthocyanin accumulation through directly interaction with PAP1 to enhance its transcriptional activity on anthocyanin biosynthetic gene expressions. Plants can survive a limiting nitrogen supply by undergoing adaptive responses, including induction of anthocyanin production. However, the detailed mechanism is still unclear. In this study, we found that this process was impaired and enhanced, respectively, by exogenous GA3 (an active form of GAs) and paclobutrazol (PAC, a specific GA biosynthesis inhibitor) in Arabidopsis seedlings...
March 8, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273955/lack-of-xpc-leads-to-a-shift-between-respiratory-complexes-i-and-ii-but-sensitizes-cells-to-mitochondrial-stress
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Mateus P Mori, Rute A P Costa, Daniela T Soltys, Thiago de S Freire, Franco A Rossato, Ignácio Amigo, Alicia J Kowaltowski, Aníbal E Vercesi, Nadja C de Souza-Pinto
Genomic instability drives tumorigenesis and DNA repair defects are associated with elevated cancer. Metabolic alterations are also observed during tumorigenesis, although a causal relationship between these has not been clearly established. Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a DNA repair disease characterized by early cancer. Cells with reduced expression of the XPC protein display a metabolic shift from OXPHOS to glycolysis, which was linked to accumulation of nuclear DNA damage and oxidants generation via NOX-1...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273946/dysregulation-of-mcd46-and-scd46-contribute-to-the-pathogenesis-of-bullous-pemphigoid
#20
Pei Qiao, Erle Dang, Tianyu Cao, Hui Fang, Jieyu Zhang, Hongjiang Qiao, Gang Wang
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune bullous disease caused by autoantibodies against BP180 in the epidermal basement membrane. Autoantibody-mediated complement activation is an important process in BP pathogenesis. CD46, a crucial complement regulatory protein in the complement activation, has been reported to be involved in several autoimmune diseases. In the present study, we investigated whether CD46 plays a role in BP development. We found that sCD46 expression was significantly increased in the serum and blister fluids of BP patients and correlated with the levels of anti-BP180 NC16A antibody and C3a...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
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