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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779267/%C3%AE-synuclein-activates-innate-immunity-but-suppresses-interferon-%C3%AE-expression-in-murine-astrocytes
#1
Jintang Wang, Zheng Chen, Jeremy Walston, Peisong Gao, Maolong Gao, Sean X Leng
Glial activation and neuroinflammation contribute to pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, linked to neuron loss and dysfunction. α-Synuclein (α-syn), as a metabolite of neuron, can induce microglia activation to trigger innate immune response. However, whether α-syn, as well as its mutants (A53T, A30P and E46K), induces astrocyte activation and inflammatory response is not fully elucidated. In this study, we used A53T mutant and wildtype α-syns to stimulate primary astrocytes in dose- and time-dependent manners (0...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779127/physiological-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-a-chronologically-long-lived-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strain-obtained-by-evolutionary-engineering
#2
Mevlüt Arslan, Can Holyavkin, Halil İbrahim Kısakesen, Alican Topaloğlu, Yusuf Sürmeli, Zeynep Petek Çakar
High-throughput aging studies with yeast as a model organism involve transposon-mutagenesis and yeast knockout collection, which have been pivotal strategies for understanding the complex cellular aging process. In this study, a chronologically long-lived Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant was successfully obtained by using another high-throughput approach, evolutionary engineering, based on systematic selection in successive batch cultures under gradually increasing levels of caloric restriction. Detailed comparative physiological and transcriptomic analyses of the chronologically long-lived mutant and the reference strain revealed enhanced levels of respiratory metabolism, upregulation of genes related to carbohydrate metabolic processes, glycogen-trehalose pathways, stress response, and repression of protein synthesis-related genes in the long-lived mutant SRM11, already in the absence of caloric restriction...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779095/crispr-cas13a-targeting-of-rna-virus-in-plants
#3
Kulbhushan Chaudhary
This approach is quite promising to control plant viral diseases and create synthetic networks to better understand the structure/function relationship in RNA and proteins. Plant viruses are obligate intracellular parasites which causes enormous losses in crop yield worldwide. These viruses replicate into infected cells by highjacking host cellular machinery. Over the last two decades, diverse approaches such as conventional breeding, transgenic approach and gene silencing strategies have been used to control RNA viruses, but escaped due to high rate of mutation...
May 19, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779088/proteomic-analysis-dissects-the-impact-of-nodulation-and-biological-nitrogen-fixation-on-vicia-faba-root-nodule-physiology
#4
Beate Thal, Hans-Peter Braun, Holger Eubel
Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in root nodules of legumes is a highly important biological process which is only poorly understood. Root nodule metabolism differs from that of roots. Differences in root and nodule metabolism are expressed by altered protein abundances and amenable to quantitative proteome analyses. Differences in the proteomes may either be tissue specific and related to the presence of temporary endosymbionts (the bacteroids) or related to nitrogen fixation activity. An experimental setup including WT bacterial strains and strains not able to conduct symbiotic nitrogen fixation as well as root controls enables identification of tissue and nitrogen fixation specific proteins...
May 19, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779068/new-insights-into-the-inflamed-tumor-immune-microenvironment-of-gastric-cancer-with-lymphoid-stroma-from-morphology-and-digital-analysis-to-gene-expression
#5
Irene Gullo, Patrícia Oliveira, Maria Athelogou, Gilza Gonçalves, Marta L Pinto, Joana Carvalho, Ana Valente, Hugo Pinheiro, Sara Andrade, Gabriela M Almeida, Ralf Huss, Kakoli Das, Patrick Tan, José C Machado, Carla Oliveira, Fátima Carneiro
BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer with lymphoid stroma (GCLS) is characterized by prominent stromal infiltration of T-lymphocytes. The aim of this study was to investigate GCLS biology through analysis of clinicopathological features, EBV infection, microsatellite instability (MSI), immune gene-expression profiling and PD-L1 status in neoplastic cells and tumor immune microenvironment. METHODS: Twenty-four GCLSs were analyzed by RNA in situ hybridization for EBV (EBER), PCR/fragment analysis for MSI, immunohistochemistry (PD-L1, cytokeratin, CD3, CD8), co-immunofluorescence (CK/PD-L1, CD68/PD-L1), NanoString gene-expression assay for immune-related genes and PD-L1 copy number alterations...
May 19, 2018: Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779067/cost-effective-large-scale-expression-of-proteins-for-nmr-studies
#6
Julia Klopp, Aurélie Winterhalter, Rémy Gébleux, Daniela Scherer-Becker, Christian Ostermeier, Alvar D Gossert
We present protocols for high-level expression of isotope-labelled proteins in E. coli in cost-effective ways. This includes production of large amounts of unlabeled proteins and 13 C-methyl methionine labeling in rich media, where yields of up to a gram of soluble protein per liter of culture are reached. Procedures for uniform isotope labeling of 2 H, 13 C and 15 N using auto-induction or isopropyl-β-D-1-thiogalactopyranoside-induction are described, with primary focus on minimal isotope consumption and high reproducibility of protein expression...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779030/high-intraperitoneal-interleukin-6-levels-predict-peritonitis-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-a-prospective-cohort-study
#7
Xiaoxiao Yang, Yijing Tong, Hao Yan, Zhaohui Ni, Jiaoqi Qian, Wei Fang
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the predictive value of dialysate interleukin-6 (IL-6) representing local subclinical intraperitoneal inflammation for the development of peritonitis in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients. METHODS: Stable prevalent CAPD patients were enrolled in this prospective study. IL-6 concentration in the overnight effluent was determined and expressed as the IL-6 appearance rate (IL-6AR). Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the median of IL-6AR and prospectively followed up until the first episode of peritonitis, cessation of PD, or the end of the study (December 30, 2017)...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778962/micro-porous-polyetheretherketone-implants-decorated-with-bmp-2-via-phosphorylated-gelatin-coating-for-enhancing-cell-adhesion-and-osteogenic-differentiation
#8
Jiuping Wu, Linlong Li, Chuan Fu, Fan Yang, Zixue Jiao, Xincui Shi, Yoshihiro Ito, Zongliang Wang, Qinyi Liu, Peibiao Zhang
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a high-performance semicrystalline thermoplastic polymer that is widely used in the orthopedics treatment. However, due to its biological inertness, the surface modification of PEEK using different methods to improve the biocompatibility remains a significant challenge. Herein, we attempted to use the covalently coating of phosphorylated gelatin loaded with bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) on hydroxylated micro-porous PEEK films for enhancing the biological activity. Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle measurements were applied to characterize the surface of modified or untreated PEEK films...
May 15, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778923/quantitative-proteomic-profiling-indicates-the-difference-in-reproductive-efficiency-between-meishan-and-duroc-boar-spermatozoa
#9
Li Xinhong, Linqing Zhen, Jieli Fu, Lirui Wang, Qiangzhen Yang, Peifei Li, Yuhua Li
The reproductive efficiency of Meishan pigs is higher than that of Duroc pigs, but the underlying molecular mechanism for this disparity remains unclear. No systematic quantitative proteomics studies, comparing global proteins in Meishan and Duroc boar spermatozoa have been reported. Therefore, we applied iTRAQ labeling coupled with mass spectrometry, and analyzed the differences in proteins between Meishan and Duroc sperm. In the present study, a total of 1597 proteins were quantified. Of these proteins, 190 showed statistically significant fold changes between Meishan and Duroc spermatozoa...
April 30, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778781/fullerenol-c-60-oh-36-protects-human-erythrocyte-membrane-against-high-energy-electrons
#10
Jacek Grebowski, Paulina Kazmierska, Grzegorz Litwinienko, Anna Lankoff, Marian Wolszczak, Anita Krokosz
Fullerenols (polyhydroxylated fullerene C60 ) are nanomaterial with potentially broad applicability in biomedical sciences with high antioxidant ability, thus, we investigated the radioprotecting potential of fullerenol C60 (OH)36 on human erythrocytes irradiated by high-energy electrons of 6 MeV. The results demonstrate that C60 (OH)36 at concentration of 150 μg/mL protects the erythrocytes against the radiation-induced hemolysis (comparing to non-protected cells, we observed 30% and 39% protection for 0...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778701/natural-history-of-avian-papillomaviruses
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Daniel A Truchado, Richard A J Williams, Laura Benítez
Papillomaviruses (Family: Papillomaviridae) are small non-enveloped viruses that cause skin and mucosa infections in diverse vertebrates. The vast majority have been detected in mammals. However, the number of papillomaviruses described in birds is growing, especially because of metagenomic studies. Seven complete genomes and one partial sequence have been described, corresponding to five papillomavirus genera. These have been detected from various sample types, including skin, internal epithelium, and faecal material, from seven highly diverse wild and captive avian species...
May 17, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778689/network-analysis-of-a-proposed-exit-pathway-for-protons-to-the-p-side-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase
#12
Xiuhong Cai, Kamran Haider, Jianxun Lu, Slaven Radic, Chang Yun Son, Qiang Cui, M R Gunner
Cytochrome c Oxidase (CcO) reduces O2 , the terminal electron acceptor, to water in the aerobic respiration electron transport chain. The energy released by O2 reductions is stored by removing eight protons from the high pH, N-side, of the membrane with four used for chemistry in the active site and four pumped to the low pH, P-side. The proton transfers must occur along controllable proton pathways that prevent energy dissipating movement towards the N-side. The CcO N-side has well established D- and K-channels to deliver protons to the protein interior...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778646/the-fine-art-of-integral-membrane-protein-crystallisation
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REVIEW
James Birch, Danny Axford, James Foadi, Arne Meyer, Annette Eckardt, Yvonne Thielmann, Isabel Moraes
Integral membrane proteins are among the most fascinating and important biomolecules as they play a vital role in many biological functions. Knowledge of their atomic structures is fundamental to the understanding of their biochemical function and key in many drug discovery programs. However, over the years, structure determination of integral membrane proteins has proven to be far from trivial, hence they are underrepresented in the protein data bank. Low expression levels, insolubility and instability are just a few of the many hurdles one faces when studying these proteins...
May 17, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778570/nitrated-t-helper-cell-epitopes-enhance-the-immunogenicity-of-her2-vaccine-and-induce-anti-tumor-immunity
#14
Hong Tian, Yu He, Xiaoda Song, Liangliang Jiang, Jianhua Luo, Yi Xu, Wanli Zhang, Xiangdong Gao, Wenbing Yao
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is an attractive target for cancer vaccine. However, autoimmune tolerance prevents vaccines based on HER2 protein from inducing long-lasting, highly effective anti-tumor immunity. In this study, we proved that the introduction of p-nitrophenylalanine in the universal T cell epitope (named NitraTh) enhances humoral immunity induced by B cell epitope and cellular immunity induced by CTL epitope. Moreover, this NitraTh epitope can work in both mouse and human immune system...
May 17, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778539/expressional-and-functional-comparisons-of-two-general-odorant-binding-proteins-in-agrotis-ipsilon
#15
Guang-Zhen Huang, Jing-Tao Liu, Jing-Jiang Zhou, Qian Wang, Jian-Zhen Dong, Yong-Jun Zhang, Xian-Chun Li, Jing Li, Shao-Hua Gu
Insect general odorant binding proteins (GOBPs) have been long thought to bind and transport host plant volatiles to the olfactory receptors on the dendrite membrane of the olfactory neurons. Recent studies indicate that they can also bind female sex pheromones. In present study, two GOBP genes, AipsGOBP1 and AipsGOBP2 were cloned from the adult antennae of Agrotis ipsilon. Tissue expression profiles indicated that both of them are antennae-specific and more abundant in the female antennae than in the male antennae...
May 17, 2018: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778538/naringenin-exhibits-the-protective-effect-on-cardiac-hypertrophy-via-eets-ppars-activation-in-streptozocin-induced-diabetic-mice
#16
Jie Zhang, Hongmei Qiu, Jiajun Huang, Shumei Ding, Bo Huang, Qin Wu, Qingsong Jiang
Cardiac hypertrophy is one of the key structural changes in diabetic cardiomyopathy. Naringenin, a dihydroflavonoid extracted from citrus plants with multiple pharmacological activities, yet the underlying effects on diabetic cardiac hypertrophy remain unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the potential effects of naringenin on cardiac hypertrophy in diabetic mice. Long-term high-fat feeding combined with streptozotocin resulted in cardiac hypertrophy after a diabetic model has been established for 4 weeks in mice, which were improved by naringenin supplementation (25 or 75 mg/kg/day, i...
May 17, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778517/production-and-efficacy-of-a-low-cost-recombinant-pneumococcal-protein-polysaccharide-conjugate-vaccine
#17
Jenny A Herbert, Emily J Kay, Sian E Faustini, Alex Richter, Sherif Abouelhadid, Jon Cuccui, Brendan Wren, Timothy J Mitchell
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia. Although this is a vaccine preventable disease, S. pneumoniae still causes over 1 million deaths per year, mainly in children under the age of five. The biggest disease burden is in the developing world, which is mainly due to unavailability of vaccines due to their high costs. Protein polysaccharide conjugate vaccines are given routinely in the developed world to children to induce a protective antibody response against S. pneumoniae. One of these vaccines is Prevnar13, which targets 13 of the 95 known capsular types...
May 16, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778477/the-effects-of-microfluidization-on-the-physical-microbial-chemical-and-coagulation-properties-of-milk
#18
A J Bucci, D L Van Hekken, M H Tunick, J A Renye, P M Tomasula
This work examines the use of mild heat treatments in conjunction with 2-pass microfluidization to generate cheese milk for potential use in soft cheeses, such as Queso Fresco. Raw, thermized, and high temperature, short time pasteurized milk samples, standardized to the 3% (wt/wt) fat content used in cheesemaking, were processed at 4 inlet temperature and pressure conditions: 42°C/75 MPa, 42°C/125 MPa, 54°C/125 MPa, and 54°C/170 MPa. Processing-induced changes in the physical, chemical, and microbial properties resulting from the intense pressure, shear, and cavitation that milk experiences as it is microfluidized were compared with nonmicrofluidized controls...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778471/influence-of-protein-content-and-storage-temperature-on-the-particle-morphology-and-flowability-characteristics-of-milk-protein-concentrate-powders
#19
Karthik Sajith Babu, Kaliramesh Siliveru, J K Amamcharla, Praveen V Vadlani, R P Kingsly Ambrose
Milk protein concentrate (MPC) powders are widely used as ingredients for food product formulations due to their nutritional profile and sensory attributes. Processing parameters, storage conditions, and composition influences the flow properties of MPC powders. This study investigated the bulk and shear flow properties of 70.3, 81.5, and 88.1% (wt/wt, protein content) MPC after storage for 12 wk at 25 and 40°C. Additionally, the morphological and functional changes of the MPC powders were investigated and correlated with flowability...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778449/mechanisms-underlying-the-relaxation-by-a484954-a-eukaryotic-elongation-factor-2-kinase-inhibitor-in-rat-isolated-mesenteric-artery
#20
Tomoko Kodama, Muneyoshi Okada, Hideyuki Yamawaki
Eukaryotic elongation factor 2 kinase (eEF2K) is a calmodulin-related protein kinase which regulates protein translation. A484954 is an inhibitor of eEF2K. In the present study, we investigated the acute effects of A484954 on contractility of isolated blood vessels. Isometric contraction of rat isolated aorta and main branch of superior mesenteric artery (MA) was measured. Expression of an inward rectifier K+ (Kir ) channel subtype mRNA and protein was examined. A484954 caused relaxation in endothelium-intact [E (+)] and -denuded [E (-)] aorta or MA precontracted with noradrenaline (NA)...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
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