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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651183/investigating-the-effect-of-different-transducer-stiffness-values-on-the-contactin-complex-detachment-by-steered-molecular-dynamics
#1
Parnian Kianfar, Nabiollah Abolfathi, Navid Zarif Karimi
This study investigated the adhesion behavior of Contactin4 (CNTN4), a member of Immunoglobulin Super Family (Ig-SF) of cell adhesion molecules. Contactin4 plays a crucial role in the formation, maintenance, and plasticity of neuronal networks. Contactin in its complex configuration with protein tyrosine phosphatase gamma (PTPRG) was selected for simulation. By utilizing Steered Molecular Dynamics (SMD), the uniaxial force was applied to induce unbinding of the complex, and the force-induced detachment of complex components was probed...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649282/asymmetric-dna-methylation-of-cpg-dyads-is-a-feature-of-secondary-dmrs-associated-with-the-dlk1-gtl2-imprinting-cluster-in-mouse
#2
Megan Guntrum, Ekaterina Vlasova, Tamara L Davis
BACKGROUND: Differential DNA methylation plays a critical role in the regulation of imprinted genes. The differentially methylated state of the imprinting control region is inherited via the gametes at fertilization, and is stably maintained in somatic cells throughout development, influencing the expression of genes across the imprinting cluster. In contrast, DNA methylation patterns are more labile at secondary differentially methylated regions which are established at imprinted loci during post-implantation development...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649247/an-antigen-presenting-and-apoptosis-inducing-polymer-microparticle-prolongs-alloskin-graft-survival-by-selectively-and-markedly-depleting-alloreactive-cd8-t-cells
#3
Wei Wang, Khawar Ali Shahzad, Miaochen Li, Aifeng Zhang, Lei Zhang, Tao Xu, Xin Wan, Chuanlai Shen
Selectively depleting the pathogenic T cells is a fundamental strategy for the treatment of allograft rejection and autoimmune disease since it retains the overall immune function of host. The concept of killer artificial antigen-presenting cells (KaAPCs) has been developed by co-coupling peptide-major histocompatibility complex (pMHC) multimer and anti-Fas monoclonal antibody (mAb) onto the polymeric microparticles (MPs) to induce the apoptosis of antigen-specific T cells. But little information is available about its in vivo therapeutic potential and mechanism...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649126/cis-stilbene-glucoside-in-polygonum-multiflorum-induces-immunological-idiosyncratic-hepatotoxicity-in-lps-treated-rats-by-suppressing-ppar-%C3%AE
#4
Ya-Kun Meng, Chun-Yu Li, Rui-Yu Li, Lan-Zhi He, He-Rong Cui, Ping Yin, Cong-En Zhang, Peng-Yan Li, Xiu-Xiu Sang, Ya Wang, Ming Niu, Ya-Ming Zhang, Yu-Ming Guo, Rong Sun, Jia-Bo Wang, Zhao-Fang Bai, Xiao-He Xiao
The root of Polygonum multiflorum Thunb (PM) has been used in China to treat a variety of diseases, such as constipation, early graying of the hair and hyperlipemia. Recent evidence shows that PM causes idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (IDILI) in humans. In this study, we investigated the molecular basis of PM-induced liver injury in a rat model of IDILI based on a non-hepatotoxic dose of LPS. SD rats were orally administered 3 potentially hepatotoxic compounds of PM: cis-stilbene glucoside (cis-SG, 50 mg/kg), trans-SG (50 mg/kg) or emodin (5 mg/kg), followed by injection of LPS (2...
June 26, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648625/anti-erythrocyte-igg-in-hamsters-with-acute-experimental-infection-by-leptospira-interrogans-serovar-canicola
#5
Ânderson O Sobroza, Guilherme L Dorneles, Márcia S N Machado, Cássia B Silva, Letícia Petry, Andressa Schafer, Raqueli T França, Cinthia M de Andrade, Alfredo Q Antoniazzi, Alexandre A Tonin, Sonia T A Lopes, Micheli M Pillat
The aim of this study was to evaluate the behavior of erythrocyte and platelet, as immunological markers, as well as evaluate the involvement of these factors in hemolytic and hemorrhagic reactions in hamsters experimentally infected by Leptospira interrogans Serovar Canicola. Our experimental design was composed by two randomized groups: Infected Group (IG) (n = 12) and control group (CG) (n = 6). Ninety-six hours after the inoculation, the presence of immunoglobulins (IgG and IgM) and complement C3 levels, related to erythrocytes and platelets, was assessed...
June 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645720/direct-circulating-tumor-dna-detection-from-unpurified-plasma-using-a-digital-pcr-platform
#6
David Sefrioui, Ludivine Beaussire, Anne Perdrix, Florian Clatot, Pierre Michel, Thierry Frebourg, Frédéric Di Fiore, Nasrin Sarafan-Vasseur
BACKGROUND: In standard pre-analytical conditions, an isolation step is required for circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) analysis. The need for this step remains unclear with the development of ultrasensitive detection technologies such as digital PCR (dPCR). The aim of our study was to evaluate the ctDNA detection by dPCR platform either directly from plasma (plasma group, PG) or after an isolation step (isolation group, IG). METHODS: We included 17 patients corresponding to a selection of 43 blood samples in metastatic colorectal cancer patients...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643451/polyclonal-and-monoclonal-b-lymphocytes-response-in-hcv-patients-treated-with-direct-acting-antiviral-agents
#7
Alvise Schiavinato, Alberto Zanetto, Giorgia Pantano, Francesca Tosato, Mitja Nabergoj, Paola Fogar, Elisa Piva, Martina Gambato, Enrica Franceschet, Annarosa Floreani, Fabio Farinati, Patrizia Burra, Francesco Paolo Russo, Mario Plebani
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) chronic infection can be associated with extrahepatic manifestations such as mixed cryoglobulinemia and lymphoproliferative disorders that are endowed with increased rates of morbidity and all-cause mortality. In this study we used flow cytometry to evaluate the effect of Interferon-free antiviral treatment on peripheral blood lymphocytes in HCV patients with or without associated lymphoproliferative disorders. Flow cytometry analysis of peripheral blood lymphocytes were performed at baseline and at the end of treatment...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641644/-clinical-significance-of-mean-platelet-volume-determination-in-multiple-myeloma
#8
Peng Gao, Zhong-Ping Xiao, Kun Fu, Mei Han
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical significance of mean platelet volume(MPV) in patients with multiple myeloma(MM). METHODS: The clinical data of 198 patients with MM admitted in our hospital from March 2008 to March 2015 were collected and analyzed. The clinical data included the Ig type, hemoglobin level, platelet count, creatinine, calciumion albumin, β2-MG, LDH, plasmocytes in bone marrow, MPV, complications such as diabetes, a history of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and arterial events such as coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, thrombosis and blood clotting...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639698/definitional-elasticity-in-the-measurement-of-intergenerational-continuity-in-substance-use
#9
Thomas A Loughran, Pilar Larroulet, Terence P Thornberry
Increasingly, three generation studies have investigated intergenerational (IG) continuity and discontinuity in substance use and related problem behaviors. However, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the conceptual definition of continuity or to different types of discontinuity (resilience and escalation) or to measurement sensitivity, which affects not only the magnitudes of observed continuity but also factors that correlate with this linkage. This study uses longitudinal data on 427 parent-child dyads from the Rochester IG Study to study continuity and discontinuity in substance use over ages 14-18...
June 22, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639422/medaka-and-zebrafish-contactin1-mutants-as-a-model-for-understanding-neural-circuits-for-motor-coordination
#10
Miki Takeuchi, Chikako Inoue, Akiko Goshima, Yusuke Nagao, Koichi Shimizu, Hiroki Miyamoto, Takashi Shimizu, Hisashi Hashimoto, Shigenobu Yonemura, Atsuo Kawahara, Yutaka Hirata, Masayuki Yoshida, Masahiko Hibi
A spontaneous medaka ro mutant shows abnormal wobbling and rolling swimming behaviors. By positional cloning, we mapped the ro locus to a region containing the gene encoding Contactin1b (Cntn1b), which is an immunoglobulin (Ig)-superfamily domain-containing membrane-anchored protein. The ro mutant had a deletion in the cntn1b gene that introduced a premature stop codon. Furthermore, cntn1b mutants generated by the CRISPR/Cas9 system and trans-heterozygotes of the CRISPR mutant allele and ro had abnormal swimming behavior, indicating that the cntn1b gene was responsible for the ro-mutant phenotype...
June 22, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639229/pharmacokinetics-of-mhaa4549a-an-anti-influenza-a-monoclonal-antibody-in-healthy-subjects-challenged-with-influenza%C3%A2-a-virus-in-a-phase-iia-randomized-trial
#11
Rong Deng, Ai Ping Lee, Mauricio Maia, Jeremy J Lim, Tracy Burgess, Priscilla Horn, Michael A Derby, Elizabeth Newton, Jorge A Tavel, William D Hanley
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: MHAA4549A, a human anti-influenza immunoglobulin (Ig) G1 monoclonal antibody, is being developed to treat patients hospitalized for influenza A infection. This study examined the pharmacokinetics (PKs) of MHAA4549A in a phase IIa, randomized, double-blind, dose-ranging trial in healthy volunteers challenged with influenza A virus. METHODS: Serum PK data were collected from 60 subjects in three single-dose groups (400, 1200, or 3600 mg) who received MHAA4549A intravenously 24-36 h after inoculation with the influenza A virus...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638849/refractory-t-cell-anergy-and-rapidly-fatal-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-after-prolonged-ctla4-therapy
#12
Manon Dekeyser, Marie-Ghislaine de Goër de Herve, Houria Hendel-Chavez, Céline Labeyrie, David Adams, Ghaïdaa Adebs Nasser, Jacques Gasnault, Antoine Durrbach, Yassine Taoufik
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a deadly demyelinating disease due to central nervous system replication of the human polyomavirus JC virus (JCV) in immunosuppressed patients. The only effective therapeutic approach is to restore anti-JCV T-cell responses. In this study, we describe a case of rapidly fatal PML with JCV T-cell anergy in a renal transplant patient treated with CTLA4-Ig (belatacept, a CD28-B7 costimulation blocker and T-cell anergy inducer). T-cell anergy could not be reversed despite several therapeutic approaches...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638551/effectiveness-of-flossing-loops-in-the-control-of-the-gingival-health
#13
Francisco Azcarate-Velázquez, Roberto Garrido-Serrano, Gabriel Castillo-Dalí, María-Angeles Serrera-Figallo, Alfonso Gañán-Calvo, Daniel Torres-Lagares
BACKGROUND: One of the key factor in the good condition of periodontal tissues is their daily hygiene. Oral hygiene techniques such brushing and a good interdental hygiene by correct flossing are very important. The aim of this study is to compare the use of dental floss in a loop vs traditional floss in the control of Loe-Silness Gingival Index (IG), Turesky´s Plaque Index (IPT), Gingival Bleeding Index (IS) and the values of interleukin 6 (IL-6) and interleukin 8 (IL-8). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A comparative study of 40 patients in which each patient was his own control, using during 45 days each one of the devices (new loop floss and conventional floss) of interdental hygiene analysed...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638118/conformational-plasticity-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-the-myotilin-tandem-ig-domains
#14
Vid Puž, Miha Pavšič, Brigita Lenarčič, Kristina Djinović-Carugo
Myotilin is a component of the sarcomere where it plays an important role in organisation and maintenance of Z-disk integrity. This involves direct binding to F-actin and filamin C, a function mediated by its Ig domain pair. While the structures of these two individual domains are known, information about their relative orientation and flexibility remains limited. We set on to characterise the Ig domain pair of myotilin with emphasis on its molecular structure, dynamics and phylogeny. First, sequence conservation analysis of myotilin shed light on the molecular basis of myotilinopathies and revealed several motifs in Ig domains found also in I-band proteins...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638072/diet-induced-reconstruction-of-mucosal-microbiota-associated-with-alterations-of-epithelium-lectin-expression-and-regulation-in-the-maintenance-of-rumen-homeostasis
#15
Hong Shen, Zhongyan Lu, Zhihui Xu, Zanming Shen
It is unknown whether lectins of the rumen epithelium contribute to the recognition of mucosal microbes and activation of tolerogenic cytokines in ruminant animals. We applied an integrated method of RNA-seq and 16S rRNA gene sequencing to investigate alterations of epithelial lectin expression and regulation with a diet-induced reconstruction of the mucosal microbiota in the goat rumen. Our results showed that the diversity and richness of the rumen mucosal microbiota were promoted by the dietary concentrate...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637471/enhanced-humoural-and-cellular-immune-responses-to-influenza-h7n9-antigen-ha1-2-fused-with-flagellin-in-chickens
#16
Li Song, Dan Xiong, Maozhi Hu, Xilong Kang, Zhiming Pan, Xinan Jiao
BACKGROUND: Sudden increases in the number of human A (H7N9) cases reported during December and January have been observed in previous years. Most reported infection cases are due to prior exposure to live poultry or potentially contaminated environments. Low pathogenicity of influenza A (H7N9) virus in avian species complicates timely discovery of infected birds. Therefore, there is a pressing need to develop safe and effective anti-H7N9 vaccines for poultry to reduce the risk of human infection and prevent the emergence of novel mutated strains...
June 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637095/selective-cd28-blockade-results-in-superior-inhibition-of-donor-specific-t-follicular-helper-cell-and-antibody-responses-relative-to-ctla-4-ig
#17
I R Badell, G M La Muraglia, D Liu, M E Wagener, G Ding, M L Ford
Donor-specific antibodies (DSA) are a barrier to improved long-term outcomes following kidney transplantation. Costimulation blockade with CTLA-4-Ig has shown promise as a potential therapeutic strategy to control DSA. T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, a subset of CD4(+) T cells required for optimum antibody production, are reliant on the CD28 costimulatory pathway. We have previously shown that selective CD28 blockade leads to superior allograft survival through improved control of CD8(+) T cells relative to CTLA-4-Ig, but the impact of CD28-specific blockade on CD4(+) Tfh cells is unknown...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635951/new-insights-into-the-imprinted-meg8-dmr-in-14q32-and-clinical-and-molecular-description-of-novel-patients-with-temple-syndrome
#18
Jasmin Beygo, Alma Küchler, Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach, Beate Albrecht, Jonas Eckle, Thomas Eggermann, Alexandra Gellhaus, Deniz Kanber, Ulrike Kordaß, Hermann-Josef Lüdecke, Sabine Purmann, Eva Rossier, Johannes van de Nes, Ilse M van der Werf, Maren Wenzel, Dagmar Wieczorek, Bernhard Horsthemke, Karin Buiting
The chromosomal region 14q32 contains several imprinted genes, which are expressed either from the paternal (DLK1 and RTL1) or the maternal (MEG3, RTL1as and MEG8) allele only. Imprinted expression of these genes is regulated by two differentially methylated regions (DMRs), the germline DLK1/MEG3 intergenic (IG)-DMR (MEG3/DLK1:IG-DMR) and the somatic MEG3-DMR (MEG3:TSS-DMR), which are methylated on the paternal and unmethylated on the maternal allele. Disruption of imprinting in the 14q32 region results in two clinically distinct imprinting disorders, Temple syndrome (TS14) and Kagami-Ogata syndrome (KOS14)...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635493/the-structure-of-lamin-filaments-in-somatic-cells-as-revealed-by-cryo-electron-tomography
#19
Y Turgay, O Medalia
Metazoan nuclei are equipped with nuclear lamina - a thin layer of intermediate filaments (IFs) mostly built of nuclear lamins facing the inner nuclear membrane (INM). The nuclear lamina serves as an interaction hub for INM-proteins, soluble nuclear factors and DNA. It confers structural and mechanical stability to the nucleus, transduces mechanical forces and biochemical signals across the nuclear envelope (NE) and regulates the organization of chromatin. By utilizing cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET), we recently provided an unprecedented view into the 3D organization of lamin filaments within the lamina meshwork in mammalian somatic cells...
June 21, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632419/in-vitro-co-expression-of-human-amyloidogenic-immunoglobulin-light-and-heavy-chain-proteins-a-relevant-cell-based-model-of-al-amyloidosis
#20
Elena S Klimtchuk, Tatiana B Prokaeva, Brian H Spencer, Olga Gursky, Lawreen H Connors
Immunoglobulin (Ig) light chain (LC) amyloidosis (AL) is characterized by the overproduction and tissue deposition of monoclonal LC in various organs and tissues. The plasma circulating monoclonal LC is believed to be the precursor of the deposited protein and in vitro studies aimed at understanding AL pathobiology have mainly focused on LC and its variable domain. While 33% of patients have free circulating monoclonal LC, ∼40% feature LC complexed to heavy chain (HC) forming a monoclonal intact Ig; the significance of free vs...
June 20, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
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