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Zhihao Jia, Huan Zhang, Shuai Jiang, Mengqiang Wang, Lingling Wang, Linsheng Song
C-type lectins (CTLs), a superfamily of Ca(2+)-dependent carbohydrate-recognition proteins, are involved in nonself-recognition and pathogen elimination, and play crucial roles in the innate immunity. In the present study, two single CRD C-type lectins, CgCLec-4 and CgCLec-5, were identified from oyster Crassostrea gigas. The open reading frame (ORF) of CgCLec-4 and CgCLec-5 encoded polypeptides of 152 and 150 amino acids, respectively. Both CgCLec-4 and CgCLec-5 contained one CRD with six conserved cysteines to form three disulfide bridges...
October 17, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Julia Smedbråten, Geir Mjøen, Anders Hartmann, Anders Åsberg, Halvor Rollag, Tom Eirik Mollnes, Leiv Sandvik, Morten W Fagerland, Steffen Thiel, Solbjørg Sagedal
BACKGROUND: Higher incidence of malignancy and infectious diseases in kidney transplant recipients is related to immunosuppressive treatment after transplantation and the recipient's native immune system. The complement system is an essential component of the innate immunity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of effector molecules of the lectin complement pathway with graft and patient survival after kidney transplantation. METHODS: Two mannan-binding lectin (MBL) associated proteases, MASP-2 and MASP-3 (activators of the lectin pathway) and two MBL-associated proteins, MAp44 and MAp19 (inhibitors of the lectin pathway) were measured at the time of transplantation in 382 patients (≥17 years old) transplanted in 2000-2001...
October 18, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Sonam Sharma, Rahul Mannan, Tejinder Bhasin
Intraparotid hemangioma of the children is a rare neoplasm, posing diagnostic dilemma to the diagnosticians as well as treating clinicians. A 2-month-old male infant presented with a diffuse swelling in the parotid region since birth that was gradually increasing in size. The ultrasonography (USG) report was suggestive of a right intraparotid mass of uncertain etiology; whereas magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) report inclined toward a mass associated with chronic inflammatory pathology. Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) suggested two differentials - a vascular neoplasm of the parotid gland and a spindle cell neoplasm with increased vascularity...
July 2016: Journal of Cytology
Roger Christopher Gill, K M Inam Pal, Fatima Mannan, Amber Bawa, Saulat H Fatimi
INTRODUCTION: Penetrating oesophageal injuries are extremely rare. Their timely recognition can be difficult and optimal treatment remains controversial. Early recognition of injury is possible with the help of a high index of suspicion and early radiological and endoscopic examinations. Prompt surgical intervention with primary repair of injury, should be the goal. PRESENTATION OF CASES: We describe two cases of penetrating oesophageal trauma where T-Tube placement through the oesophageal defect, was successfully employed...
January 4, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
M Adamiak, A Abdelbaset-Ismail, M Suszynska, A Abdel-Latif, J Ratajczak, M Z Ratajczak
Leukemia accepted article preview online, 13 October 2016. doi:10.1038/leu.2016.278.
October 13, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Hitoshi Nakayama, Hidetake Kurihara, Yasu S Morita, Taroh Kinoshita, Laura Mauri, Alessandro Prinetti, Sandro Sonnino, Noriko Yokoyama, Hideoki Ogawa, Kenji Takamori, Kazuhisa Iwabuchi
Pathogenic mycobacteria use virulence factors, including mannose-capped lipoarabinomannan (ManLAM), to survive in host phagocytic cells, such as neutrophils. We assessed the roles of lactosylceramide (LacCer, CDw17)-enriched lipid rafts in the phagocytosis of mycobacteria by human neutrophils and in the intracellular fate of phagocytosed mycobacteria. We showed that the association of the Src family kinase (SFK) Lyn with C24 fatty acid chain-containing LacCer was essential for the phagocytosis of mycobacteria by neutrophils...
October 11, 2016: Science Signaling
Rahul Mannan, Tejinder Singh Bhasin, Mridu Manjari, Gagandeep Singh, Puneet Kaur Bhatia, Sonam Sharma
BACKGROUND: Prostate carcinoma is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males worldwide. The burden is expected to grow 1.7 million new cases and 499,000 new deaths by 2030. In developing countries such as India, prostate carcinoma will show an increase by 140% in the next few years. Although the diagnosis of prostate carcinoma can usually be made on histological features, now a days many immunohistochemical (IHC) markers are used to distinguish it from benign mimickers as well as in predicting prognosis and treatment...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
Fang Xie, Shuzhi Yuan, Hanxu Pan, Rui Wang, Jiankang Cao, Weibo Jiang
Yeast mannan treatments effectively delayed colour change and firmness decline and inhibited ethylene production in two cultivars of tomato fruit during storage. The yeast mannan treatment maintained the integrity of tomato pericarp cell wall architecture and suppressed the modification of water-soluble and insoluble pectic polysaccharides in the cell wall. A decrease in the neutral sugars, including d-galactose, l-arabinose and l-rhamnose, in water-insoluble pectin and an increase in these sugars in water-soluble pectin were inhibited by yeast mannan...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Do Young Kim, Chung Wook Chung, Han-Young Cho, Young Ha Rhee, Dong-Ha Shin, Kwang-Hee Son, Ho-Yong Park
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the biocatalytic characteristics of a new endo-β-1,4-D-mannan-degrading enzyme (ManP) from Paenibacillus sp. strain HY-8, a gut bacterium of the longicorn beetle Moechotypa diphysis. RESULTS: Purified ManP (32 kDa) with an N-terminal amino acid sequence of APSFAVGADFSYVPG displayed the greatest degree of biocatalytic activity toward locust bean gum (LBG) at 55 °C and pH 7.0. The enzyme degraded LBG, guar gum, ivory nut mannan, and mannooligosaccharides (M2-M5), but did not exhibit any hydrolytic activity against structurally unrelated substrates...
October 6, 2016: Biotechnology Letters
Nirmal K Banda, Sumitra Acharya, Robert I Scheinman, Gaurav Mehta, Marilyne Coulombe, Minoru Takahashi, Hideharu Sekine, Steffen Thiel, Teizo Fujita, V Michael Holers
The complement system is proposed to play an important role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The complement system mannan-binding lectin-associated serine proteases (MASP)-1/3 cleave pro-factor D (proDf; inactive) into Df (active), but it is unknown where this cleavage occurs and whether inhibition of MASP-1/3 is a relevant therapeutic strategy for RA. In the present study, we show that the cleavage of proDf into Df by MASP-1/3 can occur in the circulation and that inhibition of MASP-1/3 by gene silencing is sufficient to ameliorate collagen Ab-induced arthritis in mice...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Tatyana Korolenko, Thomas P Johnston, Alexander P Lykov, Alexandra B Shintyapina, Marina V Khrapova, Natalya V Goncharova, Erik Korolenko, Nataliya P Bgatova, Eva Machova, Zuzana Nescakova, Ludmila V Sakhno
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the hypolipidaemic effect of mannan Candida albicans serotype A, relative to atorvastatin, in a mouse model of hyperlipidaemia. METHODS: Mannan serotype A was investigated in vitro and in vivo to determine its effects on macrophage proliferation, nitric oxide (NO) production by cultured macrophages, serum and liver lipids, changes in liver morphology and serum chitotriosidase activity and its expression in the liver. KEY FINDINGS: Mannan serotype A stimulates the macrophage proliferation and NO production in murine peritoneal macrophages in vitro...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
T Shimizu, M Takahata, H Kimura-Suda, Y Kameda, K Endo, H Hamano, S Hiratsuka, M Ota, D Sato, T Ito, M Todoh, S Tadano, N Iwasaki
: This study showed that autoimmune arthritis induces especially severe osteoporosis in the periarticular region adjacent to inflamed joints, suggesting that arthritis increases the fragility fracture risk near inflamed joints, which is frequently observed in patients with RA. INTRODUCTION: Periarticular osteoporosis near inflamed joints is a hallmark of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here we show that rheumatic inflammation deteriorates the bone quality and bone quantity of periarticular bone, thereby decreasing bone strength and toughness in a mouse model of RA...
October 4, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Fei Chen, Cheng-Gang Ren, Tong Zhou, Yu-Jia Wei, Chuan-Chao Dai
Endophytes and plants can establish specific long-term symbiosis through the accumulation of secondary metabolites. Previous studies have shown that the endophytic fungus Gilmaniella sp. AL12 can stimulate Atractylodes lancea to produce volatile oils. The purpose of this report is to investigate key factors involved in the stimulation of A. lancea by AL12 and reveal the mechanism. We identified the active component from AL12 as an extracellular mannan with a polymerization degree of 26-42. Differential membrane proteomics of A...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Asad Abbas, Khalid Mannan
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September 9, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Mohammad Bodrul Munir, Roshada Hashim, Mohammad Suhaimee Abdul Manaf, Siti Azizah Mohd Nor
This study used a two-phase feeding trial to determine the influence of selected dietary prebiotics and probiotics on growth performance, feed utilisation, and morphological changes in snakehead (Channa striata) fingerlings as well as the duration of these effects over a post-experimental period without supplementation. Triplicate groups of fish (22.46 ±0.17 g) were raised on six different treatment diets: three prebiotics (0.2% β-glucan, 1% galacto-oligosaccharides [GOS], 0.5% mannan-oligosaccharides [MOS]), two probiotics (1% live yeast [Saccharomyces cerevisiae] and 0...
August 2016: Tropical Life Sciences Research
G M Streshinskaya, A S Sashkov, E M Tul'skaya, S N Senchenkova, A S Dmitrenok, N F Piskunkova, O V Bueva, L I Evtushenko
The structures of cell wall glycopolymers from the type strains of three Actinoplanes species were investigated using chemical methods, NMR spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. Actinoplanes digitatis VKM Ac-649(T) contains two phosphate-containing glycopolymers: poly(diglycosyl-1-phosphate) →6)-α-D-GlcpNAc-(1-P-6)-α-D-GlcpN-(1→ and teichoic acid →1)-sn-Gro-(3-P-3)-β-[β-D-GlcpNAc-(1→2]-D-Galp-(1→. Two glycopolymers were identified in A. auranticolor VKM Ac-648(T) and A. cyaneus VKM Ac-1095(T): minor polymer - unsubstituted 2,3-poly(glycerol phosphate), widely abundant in actinobacteria (Ac-648(T)), and mannan with trisaccharide repeating unit →2)-α-D-Manp-(1→2)-α-D-Manp-(1→6)-α-D-Manp-(1→ (Ac-1095(T))...
September 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Amy A Lubik, Mannan Nouri, Sarah Truong, Mazyar Ghaffari, Hans H Adomat, Eva Corey, Michael E Cox, Na Li, Emma S Guns, Parvin Yenki, Steven Pham, Ralph Buttyan
Despite the substantial benefit of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for metastatic prostate cancer, patients often progress to castration-resistant disease (CRPC) that is more difficult to treat. CRPC is associated with renewed androgen receptor activity in tumor cells and restoration of tumor androgen levels through acquired intratumoral steroidogenesis (AIS). Although prostate cancer (PCa) cells have been shown to have steroidogenic capability in vitro, we previously found that benign prostate stromal cells (PrSCs) can also synthesize testosterone (T) from an adrenal precursor, DHEA, when stimulated with a hedgehog (Hh) pathway agonist, SAG...
September 27, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Lazaros I Sakkas, Dimitrios P Bogdanos
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a psoriasis (Ps)-associated inflammatory joint disease that affects peripheral joints, entheses, spine, and eyes. PsA and Ps are likely to be the same disease. PsA develops in nearly 70% of patients with Ps, and the hallmark of the disease is bone erosions and bone formation. Both innate and adaptive immunity appear to contribute to pathogenesis of PsA and Ps. Trauma may be a trigger factor for both PsA and Ps. The same T cell clones were reported to be present in both synovial tissues and skin lesions suggesting that a common antigen drives T cell immune response in the joints and skin lesions of patients with PsA...
September 22, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Bhavna Sikarwar, Virendra V Singh, Pushpendra K Sharma, Ashu Kumar, Duraipandian Thavaselvam, Mannan Boopathi, Beer Singh, Yogesh K Jaiswal
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) immunosensor using 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) modified gold (4-MBA/Au) SPR chip was developed first time for the detection of Brucella melitensis (B. melitensis) based on the screening of its complementary DNA target by using two different newly designed DNA probes of IS711 gene. Herein, interaction between DNA probes and target molecule are also investigated and result revealed that the interaction is spontaneous. The kinetics and thermodynamic results derived from the experimental data showed that the interaction between complementary DNA targets and probe 1 is more effective than that of probe 2...
September 18, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Xiang-Guo Li, Cecilia Hagert, Riikka Siitonen, Helena Virtanen, Outi Sareila, Heidi Liljenbäck, Jouni Tuisku, Juhani Knuuti, Jörgen Bergman, Rikard Holmdahl, Anne Roivainen
Recently mannan from Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been shown to be able to induce psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in mice, and the phenotypes resemble the corresponding human diseases. To investigate the pathological processes, we set out to label mannan with fluorine-18 ((18)F) and study the (18)F-labeled mannan in vitro and in vivo with positron emission tomography (PET). Accordingly, mannan has been transformed into (18)F-fluoromannan with (18)F-bicyclo[6.1.0]nonyne. In mouse aorta, the binding of [(18)F]fluoromannan to the atherosclerotic lesions was clearly visualized and was significantly higher compared to blocking assays (P < 0...
September 8, 2016: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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