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Gustavo F Paz, Jeronimo M N Rugani, Andreza P Marcelino, Célia M F Gontijo
The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between naturally occurring Leishmania spp. infections in dogs (Canis familiaris) and the practical implications of the use of serological and molecular methods to confirm diagnoses. The study population consisted of 96 domestic dogs in southeastern Brazil. Serum samples were tested for the presence of anti-Leishmania immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies using four commercial canine visceral leishmaniasis kits. Dogs confirmed positive by immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT) were culled and samples from mesenteric lymph nodes, spleen border, bone marrow and ear skin were taken and submitted to DNA extraction...
March 12, 2018: Acta Tropica
Shuang-An Li, Wei-Dan Jiang, Lin Feng, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Juan Yang, Xu Tang, He-Qun Shi, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
In this study, we investigated the effects of dietary myo-inositol on the intestinal immune barrier function and related signaling pathway in young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). A total of 540 young grass carp (221.33 ± 0.84 g) were fed six diets containing graded levels of myo-inositol (27.0, 137.9, 286.8, 438.6, 587.7 and 737.3 mg/kg) for 10 weeks. After the growth trial, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila. The results indicated that compared with the optimal dietary myo-inositol level, myo-inositol deficiency (27...
March 12, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Laura Rosenberg, Charles H Yoon, Gaurav Sharma, Monica M Bertagnolli, Nancy L Cho
Desmoid tumors (DTs) are unusual neoplasms of mesenchymal origin that exhibit locally invasive behavior. Surgical resection is the initial treatment of choice for DTs. For patients with recurrent or unresectable disease, however, medical options are limited. Sorafenib is a multikinase inhibitor with known anti-tumor activity in various cancers via suppression of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway. Here, we examined the effects of sorafenib on patient-derived DT cell lines, with the aim of characterizing the efficacy and molecular mechanism of action...
March 10, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Marcel Wiesweg, Henning Reis, Tobias Köster, Moritz Goetz, Karl Worm, Thomas Herold, Andreas Paul, Alexander Dechêne, Brigitte Schumacher, Peter Markus, Isabel Virchow, Karina Kostbade, Nathalie Wolf, Gregor Zaun, Martin Metzenmacher, Kurt W Schmid, Martin Schuler, Stefan Kasper
BACKGROUND: Deregulation of signal transduction pathways plays a critical role in oncogenesis of colorectal cancer (CRC) and directly affects sensitivity to targeted therapies. Against this background we developed a comprehensive biomarker profiling program including markers of downstream signaling to study their association with clinical outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospectively studied cohort of 160 patients with metastatic CRC was included. Standard diagnostic workup included mutational analyses of Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS), neuroblastoma RAS viral oncogene homolog (NRAS), and v-Raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B (BRAF)...
February 17, 2018: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
O S Nikonov, E S Chernykh, M B Garber, E Yu Nikonova
The genus Enterovirus combines a portion of small (+)ssRNA-containing viruses and is divided into 10 species of true enteroviruses and three species of rhinoviruses. These viruses are causative agents of the widest spectrum of severe and deadly epidemic diseases of higher vertebrates, including humans. Their ubiquitous distribution and high pathogenicity motivate active search to counteract enterovirus infections. There are no sufficiently effective drugs targeted against enteroviral diseases, thus treatment is reduced to supportive and symptomatic measures...
December 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Rafael R C Cuadrat, Danny Ionescu, Alberto M R Dávila, Hans-Peter Grossart
Metagenomic approaches became increasingly popular in the past decades due to decreasing costs of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics development. So far, however, the recovery of long genes coding for secondary metabolites still represents a big challenge. Often, the quality of metagenome assemblies is poor, especially in environments with a high microbial diversity where sequence coverage is low and complexity of natural communities high. Recently, new and improved algorithms for binning environmental reads and contigs have been developed to overcome such limitations...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Dominika Czaplinska, Monika Górska, Kamil Mieczkowski, Grazyna Peszynska-Sularz, Anna J Zaczek, Hanna M Romanska, Rafal Sadej
INTRODUCTION: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), representing over 15% of all breast cancers, has a poorer prognosis than other subtypes. There is no effective targeted treatment available for the TNBC sufferers. Ribosomal S6 kinases (RSKs) have been previously proposed as drug targets for TNBC based on observations that 85% of these tumors express activated RSKs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Herein we examined an involvement of RSK1 (p90 ribosomal S6 kinase 1) in a regulation of TNBC growth and metastatic spread in an animal model, which closely imitates human disease...
March 2, 2018: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
Javier Fernández, Lorena García, Joaquín Monte, Claudio J Villar, Felipe Lombó
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common neoplasia in Europe, where it accounts for 28.2 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In an effort to decrease the incidence of this disease, various prevention measures are being studied, one of which are anthocyanin-rich foods. Anthocyanins are potent antioxidant flavonoids mainly found in flowers and colorful fruits and vegetables. These nutraceuticals have diverse biological functions once ingested, including immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and antitumor functions...
March 1, 2018: Genes
Sunhye Lee, Katherine I Keirsey, Rebecca Kirkland, Zachary I Grunewald, Joan G Fischer, Claire B de La Serre
Background: Gut microbiota dysbiosis has been linked to obesity-associated chronic inflammation. Microbiota manipulation may therefore affect obesity-related comorbidities. Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may alter the gut microbiota. Objective: We hypothesized that blueberry supplementation would alter the gut microbiota, reduce systemic inflammation, and improve insulin resistance in high-fat (HF)-diet-fed rats...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Simko Sama, Eric Woith, Wolfgang Walther, Gerold Jerz, Wei Chen, Stephen Hart, Matthias F Melzig, Alexander Weng
Neuroblastoma represents the third most common malign neoplasm occurring in children and the most common in newborn. Although mortality in childhood cancer declined in the last decade, high-risk patients have poor prospects, due to the aggressiveness of the cancer. In the recent past, we underlined the potential of sapofectosid as novel and efficient transfection enhancer, demonstrating non-toxic gene delivery, but its value in tumor therapies has yet to be elucidated. A suicide gene, coding for saporin, a ribosome-inactivating protein type I, was incorporated into targeted, peptide-based nanoplexes...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Parminder K Ajji, Shailendra P Sonkar, Ken Walder, Munish Puri
Balsamin, a type I ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), has been shown to inhibit HIV-1 replication at the translation step. Our recent studies have shown that balsamin also possess anti-tumor, antibacterial and DNase-like activity, however, the amount of natural balsamin in Momordica balsamina seeds is limited and preclinical studies require large quantities of pure, bioactive balsamin. Therefore, in this study, we cloned the balsamin gene, expressed it in E. coli BL21(DE3) strain and purified it by nickel affinity chromatography...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Melanie T Cushion, Alan Ashbaugh, Keeley Hendrix, Michael J Linke, Nikeya Tisdale, Steven G Sayson, Aleksey Porollo
The echinocandins are a class of anti-fungal agents that target β-1,3-D-glucan (BG) biosynthesis. In the ascigerous Pneumocystis species, treatment with these drugs deplete the asci life cycle stage which contain BG, but large numbers of forms which do not express BG remain in the infected lungs. In the present study, the gene expression profiles of Pneumocystis murina were compared between infected untreated mice and those treated with anidulafungin for 2 weeks to understand the metabolism of the persisting forms...
February 20, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Richard W Smith, Richard D Moccia, Colin B Seymour, Carmel E Mothersill
Exposure to a single 0.5 Gy X-ray dose of eggs at 48 h after fertilisation (48 h egg), eyed eggs, yolk sac larvae (YSL) and first feeders induces a legacy effect in adult rainbow trout. This includes the transmission of a bystander effect to non-irradiated adult trout which had swam with the irradiated fish. The aim of this study was to investigate this legacy by analysing the gill proteome of these irradiated and bystander fish. Irradiation at all of the early life stages resulted in changes to proteins which play a key role in development but are also known to be anti-tumorigenic and anti-oxidant: upregulation of haemoglobin subunit beta (48 h egg), haemoglobin, serum albumin 1 precursor (eyed eggs), clathrin heavy chain 1 isoform X10 (eyed eggs and first feeders), and actin-related protein 2/3 complex subunit 4 (first feeders), downregulation of pyruvate dehydrogenase, histone 1 (48 h egg), triosephosphate isomerase (TPI), collagen alpha-1(1) chain like proteins (YSL), pyruvate kinase PKM-like protein (YSL and first feeders), ubiquitin-40S ribosomal proteins S27 and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4 A isoform 1B (first feeders)...
February 17, 2018: Environmental Research
Kristen N Westdorp, Scott S Terhune
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infections cause congenital birth defects and disease in immunosuppressed individuals. Antiviral compounds can control infection yet their use is restricted due to concerns of toxicity and the emergence of drug resistant strains. We have evaluated the impact of an RNA Polymerase I (Pol I) inhibitor, CX-5461 on HCMV replication. CX-5461 inhibits Pol I-mediated ribosomal DNA transcription by binding G-quadruplex DNA structures and also activates cellular stress response pathways. The addition of CX-5461 at both early and late stages of the HCMV infection inhibited viral DNA synthesis and virus production...
February 16, 2018: Antiviral Research
Peiguang Niu, Daohua Shi, Shusheng Zhang, Yanting Zhu, Jintuo Zhou
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is well-known as a promising therapeutic target in various cancer cells. mTOR activation decreases the sensitivity of ovarian cancer to cisplatin. Cardamonin inhibits the proliferation of various cancer cells by mTOR suppression. The present study examined whether cardamonin combined with cisplatin is efficacious for the anti-proliferation of ovarian cancer cells. The anti-proliferative effect was determined by MTT and cell cycle assays. Activation of the mTOR signal pathway and the expression of anti-apoptotic proteins were evaluated by western blot analysis...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Dana Tedesco, Manoj Thapa, Chui-Yoke Chin, Yong Ge, Minghao Gong, Jing Li, Sanjeev Gumber, Patrick Speck, Elizabeth J Elrod, Eileen M Burd, William H Kitchens, Joseph F Magliocca, Andrew B Adams, David S Weiss, Mansour Mohamadzadeh, Arash Grakoui
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Variants at the ATP binding cassette subfamily B member 4 gene (ABCB4 or MDR2) locus, which encodes a biliary transport protein, are associated with a spectrum of cholestatic liver diseases. Exacerbation of liver disease has been linked to increased hepatic levels of interleukin 17 (IL17), yet the mechanisms of this increase are not understood. We studied mice with disruption of Mdr2 to determine how defects in liver and alteration in the microbiota contribute to production of IL17 by intrahepatic γδ T cells...
February 15, 2018: Gastroenterology
Adrian Achuthan, Ahmad S M Aslam, Quyen Nguyen, Pui-Yeng Lam, Andrew J Fleetwood, Ashlee T Frye, Cynthia Louis, Ming-Chin Lee, Julia E Smith, Andrew D Cook, Moshe Olshansky, Stephen J Turner, John A Hamilton
Glucocorticoids (GCs) are potent anti-inflammatory drugs whose mode of action is complex and still debatable. One likely cellular target of GCs are monocytes/macrophages. The role of GCs in monocyte survival is also debated. Although both granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and macrophage-CSF (M-CSF) are important regulators of macrophage lineage functions including their survival, the former is often associated with proinflammatory functions while the latter is important in lineage homeostasis...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Yuting Zhang, Jie Cui, Yongzhi Zhou, Jie Cao, Haiyan Gong, Houshuang Zhang, Jinlin Zhou
Control of ticks has been achieved primarily by the application of acaricides, which has drawbacks such as environmental contamination leading to the selection of pesticide-resistant ticks. The potential of dsRNA to suppress genes critical for tick survival due to its sequence specificity suggests that dsRNAs could be developed as tailor-made pesticides. In this study, the dsRNA of P0 gene from the tick, Rhipicephalus haemaphysaloides, was evaluated as a potential anti-tick agent. Effects of using different dsRNA delivery methods were tested by quantitative RT-PCR and tick bioassays to determine survival, feeding and reproduction...
February 1, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Mariana Freschi Bombini, Fernando Augusto Peres, Aline Tamires Lapa, Nailú Angélica Sinicato, Beatriz Ricato Quental, Ágatha de Souza Melo Pincelli, Tiago Nardi Amaral, Caroline Cristina Gomes, Ana Paula Del Rio, João Francisco Marques-Neto, Lilian T L Costallat, Paula Teixeira Fernandes, Fernando Cendes, Leticia Rittner, Simone Appenzeller
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To evaluate olfactory function in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and healthy controls over a 2-year period, and to determine the association of olfactory dysfunction with age, disease activity, disease damage, treatment, anxiety and depression symptoms and limbic structures volumes. METHODS: Consecutive SLE and SSc patients were enrolled in this study. Clinical, laboratory disease activity and damage were assessed according to diseases specific guidelines...
February 11, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Francesco Giansanti, David J Flavell, Francesco Angelucci, Maria Serena Fabbrini, Rodolfo Ippoliti
Plant Ribosome-inactivating proteins (RIPs) including the type I RIP Saporin have been used for the construction of Immunotoxins (ITxs) obtained via chemical conjugation of the toxic domain to whole antibodies or by generating genetic fusions to antibody fragments/targeting domains able to direct the chimeric toxin against a desired sub-population of cancer cells. The high enzymatic activity, stability and resistance to conjugation procedures and especially the possibility to express recombinant fusions in yeast, make Saporin a well-suited tool for anti-cancer therapy approaches...
February 13, 2018: Toxins
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