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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907169/crystal-structure-of-chitinase-chiw-from-paenibacillus-sp-str-fpu-7-reveals-a-novel-type-of-bacterial-cell-surface-expressed-multi-modular-enzyme-machinery
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Takafumi Itoh, Takao Hibi, Fumiko Suzuki, Ikumi Sugimoto, Akihiro Fujiwara, Koji Inaka, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kazunori Ohta, Yutaka Fujii, Akira Taketo, Hisashi Kimoto
The Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus sp. str. FPU-7 effectively hydrolyzes chitin by using a number of chitinases. A unique chitinase with two catalytic domains, ChiW, is expressed on the cell surface of this bacterium and has high activity towards various chitins, even crystalline chitin. Here, the crystal structure of ChiW at 2.1 Å resolution is presented and describes how the enzyme degrades chitin on the bacterial cell surface. The crystal structure revealed a unique multi-modular architecture composed of six domains to function efficiently on the cell surface: a right-handed β-helix domain (carbohydrate-binding module family 54, CBM-54), a Gly-Ser-rich loop, 1st immunoglobulin-like (Ig-like) fold domain, 1st β/α-barrel catalytic domain (glycoside hydrolase family 18, GH-18), 2nd Ig-like fold domain and 2nd β/α-barrel catalytic domain (GH-18)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906052/antibody-responses-to-de-novo-identified-citrullinated-fibrinogen-peptides-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-visualization-of-the-corresponding-b-cells
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Vijay Joshua, Loes Schobers, Philip J Titcombe, Lena Israelsson, Johan Rönnelid, Monika Hansson, Anca I Catrina, Ger J M Pruijn, Vivianne Malmström
BACKGROUND: Antibodies against citrullinated proteins (ACPA) are common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). ACPA can appear before disease onset and target many self-antigens. Citrullinated fibrin/fibrinogen represents a classical ACPA target antigen, and mass spectrometry of RA synovial fluid reveals elevated citrullinated (cit) fibrinogen (Fib) peptides compared to non-RA controls. We investigated the extent to which these less-studied peptides represent autoantibody targets and sought to visualize the corresponding cit-Fib-reactive B cells in RA patients...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904140/restrictions-in-the-t-cell-repertoire-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-high-throughput-immunoprofiling-supports-selection-by-shared-antigenic-elements
#3
A Vardi, E Vlachonikola, M Karypidou, E Stalika, V Bikos, K Gemenetzi, C Maramis, A Siorenta, A Anagnostopoulos, S Pospisilova, N Maglaveras, I Chouvarda, K Stamatopoulos, A Hadzidimitriou
Immunoglobulin (IG) gene repertoire restrictions strongly support antigen selection in the pathogenesis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Given the emerging multifarious interactions between CLL and bystander T cells, we sought to determine whether antigen(s) are also selecting T cells in CLL. We performed a large-scale, next-generation sequencing (NGS) study of the T-cell repertoire, focusing on major stereotyped subsets representing CLL subgroups with undisputed antigenic drive, but also included patients carrying non-subset IG rearrangements to seek for T-cell immunogenetic signatures ubiquitous in CLL...
December 1, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904015/deletion-of-conserved-sequences-in-ig-dmr-at-dlk1-gtl2-locus-suggests-their-involvement-in-expression-of-paternally-expressed-genes-in-mice
#4
Takeshi Saito, Satoshi Hara, Moe Tamano, Hiroshi Asahara, Shuji Takada
Expression regulation of the Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain by the intergenic differentially methylated region (IG-DMR) is essential for normal embryonic development in mammals. In this study, we investigated conserved IG-DMR genomic sequences in eutherians to elucidate their role in genomic imprinting of the Dlk1-Dio3 domain. Using a comparative genomics approach, we identified three highly conserved sequences in IG-DMR. To elucidate the functions of these sequences in vivo, we generated mutant mice lacking each of the identified highly conserved sequences using the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900652/mobile-based-mhgap-ig-depression-screening-in-kenya
#5
Christine W Musyimi, Victoria N Mutiso, Zahra R Haji, Erick S Nandoya, David M Ndetei
We aimed to determine the prevalence and determinants of depression using mobile based mental health Global Action Programme Intervention guide (mhGAP-IG) in remote health care settings where most priority mental health problems are managed by non-mental health specialists and evaluate the feasibility of the application. Adult patients were recruited from four rural public health facilities in Kenya using systematic random sampling and screened for depression. There were no missing items since the application prevented saving of data unless all the items were answered...
November 30, 2016: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899813/the-pro-fibrotic-role-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-in-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-experimental-liver-injury
#6
Xin M Wang, Lauren E Holz, Sumaiya Chowdhury, Shaun P Cordoba, Kathryn A Evans, Margaret G Gall, Ana Júlia Vieira de Ribeiro, Yuan Zhou Zheng, Miriam T Levy, Denise M T Yu, Tsun-Wen Yao, Natasa Polak, Christopher J Jolly, Patrick Bertolino, Geoffrey W McCaughan, Mark D Gorrell
Liver fibrosis is a progressive pathological process involving inflammation and extracellular matrix deposition. Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4), also known as CD26, is a cell surface glycoprotein and serine protease. DPP4 binds to fibronectin, can inactivate specific chemokines, incretin hormone and neuropeptides, and influences cell adhesion and migration. Such properties suggest a pro-fibrotic role for this peptidase but this hypothesis needs in vivo examination. Experimental liver injury was induced with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) in DPP4 gene knockout (gko) mice...
November 30, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899651/a-permissive-chromatin-state-regulated-by-zfp281-aff3-in-controlling-the-imprinted-meg3-polycistron
#7
Yan Wang, Yang Shen, Qian Dai, Qian Yang, Yue Zhang, Xin Wang, Wei Xie, Zhuojuan Luo, Chengqi Lin
Genomic imprinting is an epigenetic regulation that leads to gene expression in a parent-of-origin specific manner. AFF3, the central component of the Super Elongation Complex-like 3 (SEC-L3), is enriched at both the intergenic-differentially methylated region (IG-DMR) and the Meg3 enhancer within the imprinted Dlk1-Dio3 locus to regulate the allele-specific gene expression in this locus. The localization of AFF3 to IG-DMR requires ZFP57. However, how AFF3 functions at the Meg3 enhancer in maintaining allele-specific gene expression remains unclear...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899526/dynamic-pre-bcr-homodimers-fine-tune-autonomous-survival-signals-in-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#8
M Frank Erasmus, Ksenia Matlawska-Wasowska, Ichiko Kinjyo, Avanika Mahajan, Stuart S Winter, Li Xu, Michael Horowitz, Diane S Lidke, Bridget S Wilson
The pre-B cell receptor (pre-BCR) is an immature form of the BCR critical for early B lymphocyte development. It is composed of the membrane-bound immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy chain, surrogate light chain components, and the signaling subunits Igα and Igβ. We developed monovalent quantum dot (QD)-labeled probes specific for Igβ to study the behavior of pre-BCRs engaged in autonomous, ligand-independent signaling in live B cells. Single-particle tracking revealed that QD-labeled pre-BCRs engaged in transient, but frequent, homotypic interactions...
November 29, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895507/fc-gamma-receptors-glycobiology-and-therapeutic-prospects
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REVIEW
Jerrard M Hayes, Mark R Wormald, Pauline M Rudd, Gavin P Davey
Therapeutic antibodies hold great promise for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases, and developments in antibody-drug conjugates and bispecific antibodies continue to enhance treatment options for patients. Immunoglobulin (Ig) G antibodies are proteins with complex modifications, which have a significant impact on their function. The most important of these modifications is glycosylation, the addition of conserved glycans to the antibody Fc region, which is critical for its interaction with the immune system and induction of effector activities such as antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity, complement activation and phagocytosis...
2016: Journal of Inflammation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894965/an-application-of-mass-spectrometry-for-quality-control-of-biologicals-highly-sensitive-profiling-of-plasma-residuals-in-human-plasma-derived-immunoglobulin
#10
Franck Limonier, Katleen Van Steendam, Geneviève Waeterloos, Koen Brusselmans, Myriam Sneyers, Dieter Deforce
: Thromboembolic events (TEE) associated to trace amounts of plasmatic activated coagulation factor XI (FXIa) in administrated immunoglobulin (Ig) have recently raised concerns and hence there is a need for highly sensitive profiling of residual plasma source proteins. This study aims to consider LC-ESI-QTOF data-dependent acquisition in combination with sample fractionation for this purpose. Sample fractionation proved mandatory to enable identification of plasma residuals. Two approaches were compared: Ig depletion with protein G - protein A affinity chromatography and low-abundant protein enrichment with a combinatorial peptide ligand library (ProteoMiner(TM), Bio-Rad)...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894271/effectiveness-of-a-physical-exercise-intervention-program-in-improving-functional-mobility-in-older-adults-after-hip-fracture-in-later-stage-rehabilitation-protocol-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial-reative-study
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Camila Astolphi Lima, Catherine Sherrington, Adriana Guaraldo, Suzana Albuquerque de Moraes, Renata Dos Ramos Varanda, Juliana de Araújo Melo, Kodi Edson Kojima, Monica Perracini
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures resulting from falls increase substantially with advancing age and less than half of older hip fracture survivors regain their former levels of mobility. There is increasing evidence that rehabilitation interventions with exercises that goes beyond the sub-acute phase or even in a later stage of care have a positive impact on various functional abilities. The purpose of this study is to determine if exercise program training for people who have suffered a fall-related hip fracture will improve functional mobility when compared with usual care...
November 29, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893674/relapsing-remitting-lesions-in-a-woman-with-progressive-hemifacial-atrophy-and-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-a-case-report
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Ying Zhang, Mingqin Zhu, Xiaozhen Li, Jing Miao, Chenchen Duan, Li Cui, Xuefan Yu
INTRODUCTION: Progressive hemifacial atrophy (PHA) is a rare disorder characterized by unilateral facial atrophy affecting the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and fat, muscle, and osteocartilagenous structures creating a sunken hemiface appearance.Etiopathogenesis of PHA is poorly understood; no definitive treatment is currently available. CLINICAL FINDINGS: We report a 41-year-old woman with PHA who showed an uncharacteristic "relapsing-remitting" evolution of brain lesions and was seropositive for hepatitis B virus (HBV)...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893611/absence-of-mir-182-augments-cardiac-allograft-survival
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Liang Wei, Vandana Kaul, Xiumei Qu, Xiaoxing Xiong, Audrey H Lau, Naoharu Iwai, Olivia M Martinez, Sheri M Krams
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNA molecules that regulate the posttranscriptional expression of target genes and are important regulators in immune responses. Previous studies demonstrated that the miRNA, miR-182 was significantly increased during allograft rejection. Further, the transcription factor Forkhead box (FOX) protein 1, (FOXO1) was shown to be a target of miR-182. The aim of this study is to further examine the role of miR-182 in alloimmune responses. METHODS: Transplantation of BALB/c cardiac allografts was performed in C57BL/6, miR-182, B6...
November 23, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890918/2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic-acid-attenuates-mast-cell-mediated-allergic-reaction-in-mice-via-modulation-of-the-fc%C3%AE%C2%B5ri-signaling-pathway
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Yeon-Yong Kim, In-Gyu Je, Min Jong Kim, Byeong-Cheol Kang, Young-Ae Choi, Moon-Chang Baek, Byungheon Lee, Jin Kyeong Choi, Hae Ran Park, Tae-Yong Shin, Soyoung Lee, Seung-Bin Yoon, Sang-Rae Lee, Dongwoo Khang, Sang-Hyun Kim
Mast cells are important effector cells in immunoglobulin (Ig) E-mediated allergic reactions such as asthma, atopic dermatitis and rhinitis. Vanillic acid, a natural product, has shown anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. In the present study, we investigated the anti-allergic inflammatory effects of ortho-vanillic acid (2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic acid, o-VA) that was a derivative of vanillic acid isolated from Amomum xanthioides. In mouse anaphylaxis models, oral administration of o-VA (2, 10, 50 mg/kg) dose-dependently attenuated ovalbumin-induced active systemic anaphylaxis and IgE-mediated cutaneous allergic reactions such as hypothermia, histamine release, IgE production and vasodilation; administration of o-VA also suppressed the mast cell degranulator compound 48/80-induced anaphylaxis...
November 28, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890259/how-important-is-nk-alloreactivity-and-kir-in-allogeneic-transplantation
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REVIEW
Brian C Shaffer, Katharine C Hsu
Relapse of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo HCT) is a major cause of death in transplant recipients. Efforts to control relapse by promoting donor T-cell alloreactivity, such as withdrawal of immune suppression or donor lymphocyte infusions, are limited by the propensity to induce graft versus host disease (GVHD) and by inadequate efficacy. Therefore, options for AML patients who have relapsed AML after allo HCT are few and outcomes are poor. Similar to T-cells, natural killer (NK) cells have potent anti-leukemia effector capacity, and yet unlike T-cells, NK cells do not mediate GVHD...
December 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889936/abnormal-heavy-light-chain-ratio-after-treatment-is-associated-with-shorter-survival-in-patients-with-iga-myeloma
#16
Yasuhito Suehara, Hiroyuki Takamatsu, Kota Fukumoto, Manabu Fujisawa, Kentaro Narita, Yoshiaki Usui, Masami Takeuchi, Kelly Endean, Kosei Matsue
Immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy/light chain (HLC) assays enable the separate quantification of the different light chain types of each Ig class. We retrospectively analyzed the correlation of heavy/light chain ratio (HLCR) with clinical status and its impact on outcome in 120 patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Abnormal HLCR was seen more frequently in patients with poorer myeloma response, and it appeared to be more sensitive for detecting clonality in IgA myeloma compared to IgG myeloma after treatment. Among the 85 patients who achieved ≥VGPR, the patients remained HLCR abnormal were showed significantly shorter overall survival (OS) compared to those achieving a normal HLCR (not reached vs...
November 27, 2016: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885703/immunological-tolerance-part-i-of-a-report-of-a-workshop-on-foundational-concepts-of-immune-regulation
#17
Colin C Anderson, Peter Bretscher, Alexandre Corthay, Zlatko Dembic, Calliopi Havele, Zoltan A Nagy, Inger Øynebråten
This report, the first of two, arose from a one-week workshop directed at discussing concepts of immune regulation, and focuses on immunological tolerance. We first outline the major ideas we thought sufficiently plausible to provide a context for discussing more controversial issues around tolerance. We then report on our discussion of different experiments that appear paradoxical in terms of the different, contemporary models of CD4 T cell inactivation/activation, and how such observations might be resolved in terms of insights provided by these contemporary models...
November 25, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885206/long-term-follow-up-of-a-case-of-apple-allergy-with-systemic-symptoms-through-oral-food-challenges
#18
Tomoyuki Asaumi, Sakura Sato, Noriyuki Yanagida, Mikita Yamamoto, Motohiro Ebisawa
To our knowledge, there are no previous reports of apple allergy with systemic symptoms for which repeated oral food challenges were performed over a long follow-up. The patient was an 8-year-old boy with hay fever. He visited our hospital because of nasal drop, itchy eyes, and dyspnea after lunch every two months for 2 years. Apple allergy was suspected through his medical interview and specific immunoglobulin (Ig) E levels, and he consequently underwent an oral food challenge test. Ninety minutes after ingestion of one whole apple, he experienced coughing, nasal drop, eyelid edema, and conjunctival injection...
2016: Arerugī, [Allergy]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884640/biodegradation-of-the-zno-eu-nanoparticles-in-the-tissues-of-adult-mouse-after-alimentary-application
#19
Paula Kielbik, Jaroslaw Kaszewski, Julita Rosowska, Ewelina Wolska, Bartłomiej S Witkowski, Mikolaj A Gralak, Zdzisław Gajewski, Marek Godlewski, Michal M Godlewski
Biodegradable zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) are considered promising materials for future biomedical applications. To fulfil this potential, biodistribution and elimination patterns of ZnO NPs in the living organism need to be resolved. In order to investigate gastrointestinal absorption of ZnO NPs and their intra-organism distribution, water suspension of ZnO or fluorescent ZnO:Eu (Europium-doped zinc oxide) NPs (10mg/ml; 0.3ml/mouse) was alimentary-administered (IG: intra-gastric) to adult mice. Internal organs collected at key time-points after IG were evaluated by AAS for Zn concentration and analysed by cytometric techniques...
November 21, 2016: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884247/machine-learning-algorithms-to-automate-morphological-and-functional-assessments-in-2d-echocardiography
#20
Sukrit Narula, Khader Shameer, Alaa Mabrouk Salem Omar, Joel T Dudley, Partho P Sengupta
BACKGROUND: Machine-learning models may aid cardiac phenotypic recognition by using features of cardiac tissue deformation. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the diagnostic value of a machine-learning framework that incorporates speckle-tracking echocardiographic data for automated discrimination of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) from physiological hypertrophy seen in athletes (ATH). METHODS: Expert-annotated speckle-tracking echocardiographic datasets obtained from 77 ATH and 62 HCM patients were used for developing an automated system...
November 29, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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