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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933491/nlrp3-is-required-for-complement-mediated-caspase-1-and-il-1beta-activation-in-ich-short-title-for-running-head-nlrp3-is-required-for-ich
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Sheng-Tao Yao, Fang Cao, Jia-Lin Chen, Wei Chen, Rui-Ming Fan, Gang Li, You-Chao Zeng, Song Jiao, Xiang-Ping Xia, Chong Han, Qi-Shan Ran
Complement-mediated inflammation plays a vital role in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), implicating pro-inflammatory factor interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) secretion. Brain samples and contralateral hemiencephalon were all collected and detected by Western blot. NLRP3 expression was located by dual immunofluorescence staining at 1, 3, and 5 days post-ICH. Brain water content was examined post-ICH. The neural deficit scores were evaluated by observers blindly. ILs were detected by ELISA. SiRNAs targeting NLRP3 (siNLRP3), siASC, and siControl were injected to inhibit NLRP3 function...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929404/association-among-complement-factor-h-autoantibodies-deletions-of-cfhr-and-the-risk-of-atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome
#2
Hong Jiang, Meng-Nan Fan, Min Yang, Chao Lu, Ming Zhang, Xiao-Hong Liu, Le Ma
To evaluate the association among complement factor H-related (CFHRs) gene deficiency, complement factor H (CFH) autoantibodies, and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) susceptibility. EMBASE, PubMed, and the ISI Web of Science databases were searched for all eligible studies on the relationship among CFHRs deficiency, anti-FH autoantibodies, and aHUS risk. Eight case-control studies with 927 cases and 1182 controls were included in this study. CFHR1 deficiency was significantly associated with an increased risk of aHUS (odds ratio (OR) = 3...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913740/a-%C3%AE-ketoacyl-coa-synthase-is-involved-in-rice-leaf-cuticular-wax-synthesis-and-requires-a-cer2-like-protein-as-a-cofactor
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Xiaochen Wang, Yuanyuan Guan, Du Zhang, Xiangbai Dong, Lihong Tian, Le Qing Qu
Cuticular waxes are complex mixtures of very-long-chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) and their derivatives, forming a natural barrier on aerial surfaces of terrestrial plants against biotic and abiotic stresses. In VLCFA biosynthesis, β-ketoacyl-CoA synthase (KCS) is the key enzyme, catalyzing the first reaction in fatty acid elongation and determining substrate specificity. We isolated a rice (Oryza sativa L.) wax crystal-sparse leaf 4 (WSL4) gene using a map-based cloning strategy. WSL4 is predicted to encode a KCS, a homolog of Arabidopsis CER6...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913632/intracellular-activation-of-complement-3-is-responsible-for-intestinal-tissue-damage-during-mesenteric-ischemia
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Abhigyan Satyam, Lakshmi Kannan, Naoya Matsumoto, Mayya Geha, Peter H Lapchak, Robin Bosse, Guo-Ping Shi, Jurandir J Dalle Lucca, Maria G Tsokos, George C Tsokos
Intestinal ischemia followed by reperfusion leads to local and remote organ injury attributed to inflammatory response during the reperfusion phase. The extent to which ischemia contributes to ischemia/reperfusion injury has not been thoroughly studied. After careful evaluation of intestinal tissue following 30 min of ischemia, we noticed significant local mucosal injury in wild-type mice. This injury was drastically reduced in C3-deficient mice, suggesting C3 involvement. Depletion of circulating complement with cobra venom factor eliminated, as expected, injury recorded at the end of the reperfusion phase but failed to eliminate injury that occurred during the ischemic phase...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913482/update-on-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria
#5
Charles J Parker
Once suspected, the diagnosis of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is straightforward when flow cytometric analysis of the peripheral blood reveals a population of glycosyl phosphatidylinositol anchor protein-deficient cells. But PNH is clinically heterogeneous, with some patients having a disease process characterized by florid intravascular, complement-mediated hemolysis, whereas in others, bone marrow failure dominates the clinical picture with modest or even no evidence of hemolysis observed. The clinical heterogeneity is due to the close, though incompletely understood, relationship between PNH and immune-mediated bone marrow failure, and that PNH is an acquired, nonmalignant clonal disease of the hematopoietic stem cells...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912044/mutations-in-prosc-disrupt-cellular-pyridoxal-phosphate-homeostasis-and-cause-vitamin-b6-dependent-epilepsy
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Niklas Darin, Emma Reid, Laurence Prunetti, Lena Samuelsson, Ralf A Husain, Matthew Wilson, Basma El Yacoubi, Emma Footitt, W K Chong, Louise C Wilson, Helen Prunty, Simon Pope, Simon Heales, Karine Lascelles, Mike Champion, Evangeline Wassmer, Pierangelo Veggiotti, Valérie de Crécy-Lagard, Philippa B Mills, Peter T Clayton
Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), the active form of vitamin B6, functions as a cofactor in humans for more than 140 enzymes, many of which are involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and degradation. A deficiency of PLP can present, therefore, as seizures and other symptoms that are treatable with PLP and/or pyridoxine. Deficiency of PLP in the brain can be caused by inborn errors affecting B6 vitamer metabolism or by inactivation of PLP, which can occur when compounds accumulate as a result of inborn errors of other pathways or when small molecules are ingested...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899503/postreplication-roles-of-the-brucella-virb-type-iv-secretion-system-uncovered-via-conditional-expression-of-the-virb11-atpase
#7
Erin P Smith, Cheryl N Miller, Robert Child, Jennifer A Cundiff, Jean Celli
: Brucella abortus, the bacterial agent of the worldwide zoonosis brucellosis, primarily infects host phagocytes, where it undergoes an intracellular cycle within a dedicated membrane-bound vacuole, the Brucella-containing vacuole (BCV). Initially of endosomal origin (eBCV), BCVs are remodeled into replication-permissive organelles (rBCV) derived from the host endoplasmic reticulum, a process that requires modulation of host secretory functions via delivery of effector proteins by the Brucella VirB type IV secretion system (T4SS)...
November 29, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895168/cx3cr1-cell-mediated-salmonella-exclusion-protects-the-intestinal-mucosa-during-the-initial-stage-of-infection
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Angela L Man, Nadezhda Gicheva, Mari Regoli, Gary Rowley, Giovanna De Cunto, Nikolaus Wellner, Elizabeth Bassity, Massimo Gulisano, Eugenio Bertelli, Claudio Nicoletti
During Salmonella Typhimurium infection, intestinal CX3CR1(+) cells can either extend transepithelial cellular processes to sample luminal bacteria or, very early after infection, migrate into the intestinal lumen to capture bacteria. However, until now, the biological relevance of the intraluminal migration of CX3CR1(+) cells remained to be determined. We addressed this by using a combination of mouse strains differing in their ability to carry out CX3CR1-mediated sampling and intraluminal migration. We observed that the number of S...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888132/vitamin-e-deficiency-depressed-fish-growth-disease-resistance-and-the-immunity-and-structural-integrity-of-immune-organs-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-referring-to-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-tor-and-nrf2-signaling
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Jia-Hong Pan, Lin Feng, Wei-Dan Jiang, Pei Wu, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Yang Liu
This study investigated the effects of dietary vitamin E on growth, disease resistance and the immunity and structural integrity of head kidney, spleen and skin in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The fish were fed six diets containing graded levels of vitamin E (0, 45, 90, 135, 180 and 225 mg/kg diet) for 10 weeks. Subsequently, a challenge test was conducted by injection of Aeromonas hydrophila. The results showed that compared with optimal vitamin E supplementation, vitamin E deficiency caused depressed growth, poor survival rates and increased skin lesion morbidity in grass carp...
November 22, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886187/plasma-proteomic-study-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-congenital-heart-diseases
#10
Xi Zhang, Hai-Tao Hou, Jun Wang, Xiao-Cheng Liu, Qin Yang, Guo-Wei He
Pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease (CHD-PAH) has serious consequence and plasma protein profiles in CHD-PAH are unknown. We aimed to reveal the differential plasma proteins in 272 CHD patients with or without PAH. Various types of CHD-PAH were studied. Differential plasma proteins were first detected by iTRAQ proteomic technology and those with significant clinical relevance were selected for further ELISA validation in new cohort of patients. Among the 190 differential plasma proteins detected by iTRAQ, carbamoyl-phosphate synthetase I (CPSI, related to urea cycle and endogenous nitric oxide production) and complement factor H-related protein 2 (CFHR2, related to complement system and coagulant mechanism) were selected for further ELISA validation in new cohort of 152 patients...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884198/use-of-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-parp-inhibitors-in-cancer-cells-bearing-ddr-defects-the-rationale-for-their-inclusion-in-the-clinic
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REVIEW
Aniello Cerrato, Francesco Morra, Angela Celetti
BACKGROUND: DNA damage response (DDR) defects imply genomic instability and favor tumor progression but make the cells vulnerable to the pharmacological inhibition of the DNA repairing enzymes. Targeting cellular proteins like PARPs, which cooperate and complement molecular defects of the DDR process, induces a specific lethality in DDR defective cancer cells and represents an anti-cancer strategy. Normal cells can tolerate the DNA damage generated by PARP inhibition because of an efficient homologous recombination mechanism (HR); in contrast, cancer cells with a deficient HR are unable to manage the DSBs and appear especially sensitive to the PARP inhibitors (PARPi) effects...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878308/-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-unusual-cutaneous-manifestations
#12
REVIEW
T Stockinger, L Richter, M Kanzler, M Melichart-Kotik, H Pas, K Derfler, E Schmidt, K Rappersberger
BACKGROUND: Various different mucocutaneous symptoms may affect up to 80 % of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. OBJECTIVES: To investigate, various unspecific, but otherwise typical clinical symptoms of skin and mucous membranes that arise in SLE patients other than those defined as SLE criteria such as butterfly rash, chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus, oral ulcers, and increased photosensitivity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Extensive search of peer-reviewed scientific articles was performed, medical histories of several SLE patients seen in our department were analyzed, and the rare disease courses in three SLE patients are presented...
December 2016: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869441/immunology-update-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases
#13
S Paul Starr
There are 264 primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), most of which are rare. They are caused by complement deficiencies, defects in phagocyte function, impaired T-cell function, and/or impaired B-cell function with antibody deficiencies. Most patients with PIDs will present, at varying ages, with frequent infections. These infections can be common respiratory tract infections such as otitis media or pneumonia, or they can be unusual bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections. Neonatal screening for severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, one of the most common and serious PIDs, is now performed in most US states, but many PIDs manifest and are detected after birth...
November 2016: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869440/immunology-update-new-vaccines
#14
S Paul Starr
A new 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is effective against more cancer-causing HPV types than previous vaccines. HPV vaccine series started with previous vaccines can be completed with the 9-valent vaccine. Two new influenza vaccines are available for adults 65 years and older: a high-dose vaccine and an enhanced adjuvant vaccine. These elicit stronger antibody responses than standard-dose vaccines. Current guidelines specify no preference for the new versus standard-dose vaccines. Two new group B meningococcal vaccines are intended for use during outbreaks and for patients with asplenia, complement deficiencies, frequent occupational meningococcus exposure, or for patients who desire protection from type B meningococcus...
November 2016: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865213/phenotypic-correction-of-fanconi-anemia-cells-in-the-murine-bone-marrow-after-carrier-cell-mediated-delivery-of-lentiviral-vector
#15
Santhosh Chakkaramakkil Verghese, Natalya A Goloviznina, Peter Kurre
Fanconi anemia (FA) is an autosomal-recessive disorder associated with hematopoietic failure and it is a candidate for hematopoietic stem cell (HSC)-directed gene therapy. However, the characteristically reduced HSC numbers found in FA patients, their ineffective mobilization from the marrow, and re-oxygenation damage during ex vivo manipulation have precluded clinical success using conventional in vitro approaches. We previously demonstrated that lentiviral vector (LV) particles reversibly attach to the cell surface where they gain protection from serum complement neutralization...
November 19, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857715/complementary-roles-of-the-classical-and-lectin-complement-pathways-in-the-defense-against-aspergillus-fumigatus
#16
Anne Rosbjerg, Ninette Genster, Katrine Pilely, Mikkel-Ole Skjoedt, Gregory L Stahl, Peter Garred
Aspergillus fumigatus infections are associated with a high mortality rate for immunocompromised patients. The complement system is considered to be important in protection against this fungus, yet the course of activation is unclear. The aim of this study was to unravel the role of the classical, lectin, and alternative pathways under both immunocompetent and immunocompromised conditions to provide a relevant dual-perspective on the response against A. fumigatus. Conidia (spores) from a clinical isolate of A...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856425/pd-1-suppresses-development-of-humoral-responses-that-protect-against-tn-bearing-tumors
#17
Marcela A Haro, Chad A Littrell, Zhaojun Yin, Xuefei Huang, Karen M Haas
Tn is a carbohydrate antigen uniquely exposed on tumor mucins and, thus, an ideal target for immunotherapy. However, it has been difficult to elicit protective antibody responses against Tn antigen and other tumor-associated carbohydrate antigens. Our study demonstrates this can be attributed to PD-1 immuno-inhibition. Our data show a major role for PD-1 in suppressing mucin- and Tn-specific B-cell activation, expansion, and antibody production important for protection against Tn-bearing tumor cells. These Tn/mucin-specific B cells belong to the innate-like B-1b cell subset typically responsible for T cell-independent antibody responses...
December 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852252/a-novel-pyruvate-kinase-and-its-application-in-lactic-acid-production-under-oxygen-deprivation-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#18
Xin Chai, Xiuling Shang, Yu Zhang, Shuwen Liu, Yong Liang, Yun Zhang, Tingyi Wen
BACKGROUND: Pyruvate kinase (Pyk) catalyzes the generation of pyruvate and ATP in glycolysis and functions as a key switch in the regulation of carbon flux distribution. Both the substrates and products of Pyk are involved in the tricarboxylic acid cycle, anaplerosis and energy anabolism, which places Pyk at a primary metabolic intersection. Pyks are highly conserved in most bacteria and lower eukaryotes. Corynebacterium glutamicum is an industrial workhorse for the production of various amino acids and organic acids...
November 16, 2016: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849610/dna-polymerase-%C3%AE-limits-chromosomal-damage-and-promotes-cell-survival-following-aflatoxin-exposure
#19
Ying-Chih Lin, Nichole Owen, Irina G Minko, Sabine S Lange, Liang Li, Michael P Stone, Richard D Wood, Amanda K McCullough, R Stephen Lloyd
Routine dietary consumption of foods that contain aflatoxins is the second leading cause of environmental carcinogenesis worldwide. Aflatoxin-driven mutagenesis is initiated through metabolic activation of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) to its epoxide form that reacts with N7 guanine in DNA. The resulting AFB1-N7-dG adduct undergoes either spontaneous depurination or imidazole-ring opening yielding formamidopyrimidine AFB1 (AFB1-Fapy-dG). Because this latter adduct is known to persist in human tissues and contributes to the high frequency G-to-T mutation signature associated with many hepatocellular carcinomas, we sought to establish the identity of the polymerase(s) involved in processing this lesion...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849512/a-fatal-case-of-invasive-infection-caused-by-w135-neisseria-meningitidis-in-a-vaccinated-french-soldier
#20
Sandrine Duron, Christophe Martinaud, David Lacassagne, Jean-Louis Koeck
We report on the case of fatal "purpura fulminans" caused by Neisseria meningitidis W135 that occurred in a young French soldier vaccinated a few months earlier with the tetravalent conjugate vaccine ACYW135. Biological investigations revealed adequate titers of postvaccination antibodies against serogroups A, C, and W135 and led to the post-mortem diagnosis of a complete C7 complement deficiency. Late complement component deficiency is a well-known risk factor of meningococcal diseases, but usually exposes to recurrent mild infections, whereas severe invasive meningococcal diseases are more likely to occur among properdin-deficient patients...
November 2016: Military Medicine
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