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Mireille Laforge, Ricardo Silvestre, Vasco Rodrigues, Julie Garibal, Laure Campillo-Gimenez, Shahul Mouhamad, Valérie Monceaux, Marie-Christine Cumont, Henintsoa Rabezanahary, Alain Pruvost, Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva, Bruno Hurtrel, Guido Silvestri, Anna Senik, Jérôme Estaquier
Apoptosis has been proposed as a key mechanism responsible for CD4+ T cell depletion and immune dysfunction during HIV infection. We demonstrated that Q-VD-OPH, a caspase inhibitor, inhibits spontaneous and activation-induced death of T cells from SIV-infected rhesus macaques (RMs). When administered during the acute phase of infection, Q-VD-OPH was associated with (a) reduced levels of T cell death, (b) preservation of CD4+/CD8+ T cell ratio in lymphoid organs and in the gut, (c) maintenance of memory CD4+ T cells, and (d) increased specific CD4+ T cell response associated with the expression of cytotoxic molecules...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Alexandra J Townsend, Francesco Saccon, Vasco Giovagnetti, Sam Wilson, Petra Ungerer, Alexander V Ruban
Non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) of chlorophyll fluorescence is the process by which excess light energy is harmlessly dissipated within the photosynthetic membrane. The fastest component of NPQ, known as energy-dependent quenching (qE), occurs within minutes, but the site and mechanism of qE remain of great debate. Here, the chlorophyll fluorescence of Arabidopsis thaliana wild type (WT) plants was compared to mutants lacking all minor antenna complexes (NoM). Upon illumination, NoM exhibits altered chlorophyll fluorescence quenching induction (i...
March 13, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Valter R Fonseca, Vasco C Romão, Ana Agua-Doce, João Eurico Fonseca, Luis Graca
We are excited to find that most of our conclusions (1) were replicated in an independent larger primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) cohort, as reported by Verstappen et al in their Letter (Verstappen G et al, Arthritis & Rheumatology, in press). Indeed, our colleagues were also able to demonstrate that the ratio of blood T follicular regulatory (Tfr) / T follicular helper (Tfh) cells were increased in pSS patients, and specifically within pSS patients with focus score (FS) ≥ 1, supporting its discriminative value for the diagnosis of pSS...
March 13, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Fernanda B Campagnollo, Larissa P Margalho, Bruna A Kamimura, Marcelo D Feliciano, Luisa Freire, Letícia S Lopes, Verônica O Alvarenga, Vasco A P Cadavez, Ursula Gonzales-Barron, Donald W Schaffner, Anderson S Sant'Ana
Artisanal raw milk cheeses are highly appreciated dairy products in Brazil and ensuring their microbiological safety has been a great need. This study reports the isolation and characterization of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains with anti-listerial activity, and their effects on Listeria monocytogenes during refrigerated shelf-life of soft Minas cheese and ripening of semi-hard Minas cheese. LAB strains (n = 891) isolated from Minas artisanal cheeses (n = 244) were assessed for anti-listerial activity by deferred antagonism assay at 37 °C and 7 °C...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Chiara Antoniani, Vasco Meneghini, Annalisa Lattanzi, Tristan Felix, Oriana Romano, Elisa Magrin, Leslie Weber, Giulia Pavani, Sara El Hoss, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Thomas J Cradick, Ante S Lundberg, Matthew Porteus, Mario Amendola, Wassim El Nemer, Marina Cavazzana, Fulvio Mavilio, Annarita Miccio
Naturally occurring, large deletions in the β-globin locus result in hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin, a condition that mitigates the clinical severity of sickle-cell disease (SCD) and β-thalassemia. We designed a CRISPR/Cas9 strategy to disrupt a 13.6-kb genomic region encompassing the δ- and β-globin genes and a putative γ-δ intergenic fetal hemoglobin (HbF) silencer. Disruption of just the putative HbF silencer results in a mild increase in γ-globin expression, whereas deletion or inversion of a 13...
March 8, 2018: Blood
Vasco Sampaio-Pinto, Sílvia C Rodrigues, Tiago L Laundos, Elsa D Silva, Francisco Vasques-Nóvoa, Ana C Silva, Rui J Cerqueira, Tatiana P Resende, Nicola Pianca, Adelino Leite-Moreira, Gabriele D'Uva, Sólveig Thorsteinsdóttir, Perpétua Pinto-do-Ó, Diana S Nascimento
So far, opposing outcomes have been reported following neonatal apex resection in mice, questioning the validity of this injury model to investigate regenerative mechanisms. We performed a systematic evaluation, up to 180 days after surgery, of the pathophysiological events activated upon apex resection. In response to cardiac injury, we observed increased cardiomyocyte proliferation in remote and apex regions, neovascularization, and local fibrosis. In adulthood, resected hearts remain consistently shorter and display permanent fibrotic tissue deposition in the center of the resection plane, indicating limited apex regrowth...
February 26, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Catarina Monteiro, Patrícia I Marques, Bruno Cavadas, Isabel Damião, Vasco Almeida, Nuno Barros, Alberto Barros, Filipa Carvalho, Sílvia Gomes, Susana Seixas
PROBLEM: Sexually transmitted diseases and other infections of male genitourinary tract are thought to negatively impact reproductive health, affecting semen quality. Despite a possible link between bacteria and infertility, few studies attempted to characterize seminal microbiota in healthy and diseased subjects. METHODS OF THE STUDY: A high-throughput sequencing of 16S ribosomal RNA gene was performed in a cohort of infertility-related cases (N = 89) and controls (N = 29) using a pooled sample approach...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Ana María Salinas, Verónica Gabriela Osorio, Pablo Francisco Endara, Eduardo Ramiro Salazar, Gabriela Piedad Vasco, Sandra Guadalupe Vivero, Antonio Machado
Background: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a microbial imbalance (i.e., dysbiosis) that can produce serious medical effects in women at childbearing age. Little is known, however, about the incidence of BV or vaginal microbiota dysbiosis in pregnant teenagers in low and middle-income countries such as Ecuador. The scope of this exploratory analysis was to study the relationship between epidemiologic and microbial risk factors. Among the microbiology risk factors this study investigated five Lactobacillus species, two of them know in preview studies as microbiology risk factors for BV development ( Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus iners ), and the last three known for being associated with a healthy vaginal tract ( Lactobacillus crispatus , Lactobacillus gasseri and Lactobacillus jensenii )...
2018: PeerJ
Paul Wijnker, Vasco Sequeira, Diederik Kuster, Jolanda van der Velden
SIGNIFICANCE: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a cardiac genetic disease characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic dysfunction and myocardial disarray. Disease onset occurs between 20 and 50 years of age, thus affecting patients in the prime of their life. HCM is caused by mutations in sarcomere proteins, the contractile building blocks of the heart. Despite increased knowledge of causal mutations, the exact path from genetic defect leading to cardiomyopathy is complex and involves additional disease hits...
February 28, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Syed S Hassan, Syed B Jamal, Leandro G Radusky, Sandeep Tiwari, Asad Ullah, Javed Ali, Behramand, Paulo V S D de Carvalho, Rida Shams, Sabir Khan, Henrique C P Figueiredo, Debmalya Barh, Preetam Ghosh, Artur Silva, Jan Baumbach, Richard Röttger, Adrián G Turjanski, Vasco A C Azevedo
Diphtheria is an acute and highly infectious disease, previously regarded as endemic in nature but vaccine-preventable, is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae (Cd). In this work, we used an in silico approach along the 13 complete genome sequences of C. diphtheriae followed by a computational assessment of structural information of the binding sites to characterize the "pocketome druggability." To this end, we first computed the "modelome" (3D structures of a complete genome) of a randomly selected reference strain Cd NCTC13129; that had 13,763 open reading frames (ORFs) and resulted in 1,253 (∼9%) structure models...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Francesco Nicita, Giorgio Tasca, Marta Nardella, Emanuele Bellacchio, Ilaria Camponeschi, Gessica Vasco, Tommaso Schirinzi, Enrico Bertini, Ginevra Zanni
Mutations in KCNJ10, which encodes the inwardly rectifying potassium channel Kir4.1, a primary regulator of membrane excitability and potassium homeostasis, cause a complex syndrome characterized by seizures, sensorineural deafness, ataxia, intellectual disability, and electrolyte imbalance called SeSAME/EAST syndrome. We describe a 41-year-old patient with non-syndromic, slowly progressive, early-onset ataxia. Targeted next-generation sequencing identified a novel c.180 T > G (p.Ile60Met) missense homozygous mutation...
February 23, 2018: Cerebellum
Manuel J Coelho-E-Silva, Ricardo Rebelo-Gonçalves, Diogo Martinho, Alexis Ahmed, Leonardo G O Luz, João P Duarte, Vítor Severino, Rafael C Baptista, João Valente-Dos-Santos, Vasco Vaz, Rui S Gonçalves, Antonio Tessitore, António J Figueiredo
The current study aimed to examine the reproducibility of estimated peak power and estimated pedal velocity in a multi-trial 10-s all-out cycling test among adult athletes (n = 22; aged 23.50±4.73 years). Stature, sitting height and body mass were measured. Leg length was estimated as stature minus sitting height. Body volume was obtained from air displacement plethysmography and was subsequently used to calculate body density. Fat mass and fat-free mass were derived. The short-term power outputs were assessed from the force-velocity test (FVT), using a friction-braked ergometer on two separated occasions...
2018: PloS One
Vasco Giovagnetti, Guangye Han, Maxwell A Ware, Petra Ungerer, Xiaochun Qin, Wen-Da Wang, Tingyun Kuang, Jian-Ren Shen, Alexander V Ruban
The macroalga Bryopsis corticulans relies on a sustained protective NPQ and a peculiar body architecture to efficiently adapt to the extreme light changes of intertidal shores. During low tides, intertidal algae experience prolonged high light stress. Efficient dissipation of excess light energy, measured as non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) of chlorophyll fluorescence, is therefore required to avoid photodamage. Light-harvesting regulation was studied in the intertidal macroalga Bryopsis corticulans, during high light and air exposure...
February 19, 2018: Planta
Alberto F Oliveira, Edson L Folador, Anne C P Gomide, Aristóteles Goes-Neto, Vasco A C Azevedo, Alice R Wattam
The genus Corynebacterium includes species of great importance in medical, veterinary and biotechnological fields. The genus-specific families (PLfams) from PATRIC have been used to observe conserved proteins associated to all species. Our results showed a large number of conserved proteins that are associated with the cellular division process. Was not observe in our results other proteins like FtsA and ZapA that interact with FtsZ. Our findings point that SepF overlaps the function of this proteins explored by molecular docking, protein-protein interaction and sequence analysis...
February 15, 2018: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
Marco Antonio Ridenti, Jayr de Amorim, Arnaldo Dal Pino, Vasco Guerra, George Petrov
In this work we compute the main features of a surface-wave-driven plasma in argon at atmospheric pressure in view of a better understanding of the contraction phenomenon. We include the detailed chemical kinetics dynamics of Ar and solve the mass conservation equations of the relevant neutral excited and charged species. The gas temperature radial profile is calculated by means of the thermal diffusion equation. The electric field radial profile is calculated directly from the numerical solution of the Maxwell equations assuming the surface wave to be propagating in the TM_{00} mode...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Sandra Sousa, Nuno Vasco Costa, Cátia Carmona, Élia Coimbra, Fernando Pita
Introduction: Cryptogenic stroke is present in about 40% of ischemic stroke patients. Extracardiac shunt related to pulmonary arteriovenous fistula (PAVF) could be a rare potential risk factor for embolic stroke. Most PAVFs are multiple, congenital, and associated with hereditary conditions. On the other hand, isolated PAVFs are rare conditions and an uncommon cause of cryptogenic stoke. Case Report: We describe a case of a young woman without history of respiratory diseases or vascular risk factors, who presented with acute onset of transitory aphasia and right hemiplegia...
September 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
Eduardo M Vilela, José Ribeiro, João Almeida, Marlene Fonseca, Adelaide Dias, João Primo, Pedro Braga, Vasco Gama
Functional tricuspid regurgitation is a prevalent disease, especially among patients with other valve disorders, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Its management is challenging, and many patients deemed at high surgical risk are managed conservatively. Despite optimization of pharmacological treatment, many patients continue to be symptomatic, thus leading to interest in percutaneous interventional techniques. The Mitralign system has recently been used for the treatment of functional tricuspid regurgitation, with favorable clinical and imaging results...
February 4, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Tommaso Schirinzi, Gessica Vasco, Ginevra Zanni, Sara Petrillo, Fiorella Piemonte, Enrico Castelli, Enrico Silvio Bertini
Serum uric acid (UA) is a circulating antioxidant whose levels are typically lower in patients with idiopathic neurodegenerative diseases than healthy controls, reflecting a higher oxidative stress. Here we provided the first assessment of serum UA in Friedreich Ataxia (FRDA), an inherited neurodegenerative disorder, aimed at exploring novel disease biomarkers. Serum UA was measured in 19 FRDA patients and compared to 26 healthy controls (CTL). Multivariate analysis was conducted to eliminate main confounding factors (age, gender and BMI)...
February 2, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Frances Humby, Vasco Romão, Antonio Manzo, Andrew Filer, Serena Bugatti, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Stephen Kelly, Mihir Wechalekar, Manzoor Ahmed, Vidalba Rocher, Rebecca Hands, Carlomaurizio Montecucco, Joao Fonseca, Costantino Pitzalis
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate whether choice of synovial biopsy technique (arthroscopic, blind needle (BN), ultrasound (US)-portal and forceps (P&F) and US-needle biopsy (NB) translates to significant variation in synovial tissue quality and quantity with the aim of informing recommendations for choice of synovial sampling technique within clinical trials. METHODS: 159 procedures were evaluated from 5 academic rheumatology centres. H&E stained paraffin embedded synovial sections were assessed in order to determine the proportion of graded synovial fragments, total area of tissue and synovitis score per procedure...
February 6, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Maria Gabriela Xavier de Oliveira, Vasco Túlio de Moura Gomes, Marcos Paulo Vieira Cunha, Luisa Zanolli Moreno, Andrea Micke Moreno, Terezinha Knöbl
Arcobacter butzleri, Arcobacter cryaerophilus, and Arcobacter skirrowii are Gram-negative pathogenic microorganisms that cause watery diarrhea and septicemia in humans. The aims of this study were to detect the presence of Arcobacter spp. in chicken meat from butcher shops in São Paulo (Brazil) and to verify their virulence genes and genotypic profiles. A total of 300 chicken cuts were analyzed. The results show the presence of Arcobacter spp. in 18.3% of samples, which were identified as A. butzleri (63.6%) and A...
February 6, 2018: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
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