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Fernando Pastor
The renaissance of cancer immunotherapy is, nowadays, a reality. In the near future, it will be very likely among the first-line treatments for cancer patients. There are several different approaches to modulate the immune system to fight against tumor maladies but, so far, monoclonal antibodies may currently be the most successful immuno-tools used to that end. The number of ongoing clinical trials with monoclonal antibodies has been increasing exponentially over the last few years upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the first immune-checkpoint blockade antibodies...
October 24, 2016: Pharmaceuticals
Saswat Mohapatra, Abhijit Saha, Prasenjit Mondal, Batakrishna Jana, Subhajit Ghosh, Atanu Biswas, Surajit Ghosh
Microtubule dynamics play a crucial role in cancer cell division. Various drugs are developed to target microtubule. Although a few of them show potential in treatment of cancer, but success rate is limited due to their poor bioavailability and lack of specificity. Thus, development of highly bioavailable and target specific anticancer drug is extremely necessary. To address these key issues, here, a combination of approaches such as development of a dodecapeptide-docetaxel nanoassembly targeted to tubulin and MUC1 (mucin 1, cell surface associated glycoprotein) targeting oligonucleotide aptamer conjugated liposome for delivering peptide-docetaxel nanoassembly into the breast cancer cell have been demonstrated...
October 26, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Marcela Caleffi da Costa Lima Caniatti, Sueli Donizete Borelli, Ana Lúcia Falavigna Guilherme, Luiza Tamie Tsuneto
BACKGROUND: Type I hypersensitivity, also known as IgE-mediated allergy, is a complex, multifactorial condition whose onset and severity are influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Mite allergens stimulate the production of humoral response (IgE), especially in children, which is closely involved in atopic asthma and rhinitis. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the association between HLA class I (-A, -B, and -C), and HLA class II (-DRB1) genes in individuals sensitive to dust mites (Dermatophagoides farinae, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, or Blomia tropicalis) and mite-insensitive controls...
October 22, 2016: Human Immunology
Masahiko Horiba, Takao Yamaguchi, Satoshi Obika
We previously reported the synthesis and evaluation of 2'-O,4'-C-spirocyclopropylene-bridged nucleic acid (scpBNA) bearing a thymine (T) nucleobase. Oligonucleotides (ONs) modified with scpBNA-T exhibited strong binding affinity to complementary single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) and high enzymatic stability. These biophysical properties suggest that scpBNAs are well suited for use in antisense strategies. Herein we describe the synthesis of scpBNA monomers bearing 5-methylcytosine (mC), adenine (A), and guanine (G) nucleobases for use in a variety of sequences...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Stefania Oliva, Manuela Gambella, Milena Gilestro, Vittorio Emanuele Muccio, Francesca Gay, Daniela Drandi, Simone Ferrero, Roberto Passera, Chiara Pautasso, Annalisa Bernardini, Mariella Genuardi, Francesca Patriarca, Elona Saraci, Maria Teresa Petrucci, Norbert Pescosta, Anna Marina Liberati, Tommaso Caravita, Concetta Conticello, Alberto Rocci, Pellegrino Musto, Mario Boccadoro, Antonio Palumbo, Paola Omedè
We analyzed 50 patients who achieved at least a very good partial response in the RV-MM-EMN-441 study. Patients received consolidation with autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) or cyclophosphamide-lenalidomide-dexamethasone (CRD), followed by Lenalidomide-based maintenance. We assessed minimal residual disease (MRD) by multi-parameter flow cytometry (MFC) and allelic-specific oligonucleotide real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (ASO-RQ-PCR) after consolidation, after 3 and 6 courses of maintenance, and thereafter every 6 months until progression...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Bing Yang, Xin Ming, Hajer Abdelkafi, Valerie Pons, Aurelien Michau, Daniel Gillet, Jean-Christophe Cintrat, Julien Barbier, Rudy Juliano
Retro-1 is a small molecule that displays two important biological activities: First, it blocks the actions of certain toxins by altering their intracellular trafficking. Second, it enhances the activity of oligonucleotides by releasing them from entrapment in endosomes. This raises the question of whether the two actions involve the same cellular target. Herein we report the effects of several Retro-1 analogues on both toxins and oligonucleotides. We found analogues that affect toxins but not oligonucleotides and vice-versa, while Retro-1 is the only compound that affects both...
October 25, 2016: ChemMedChem
W S Hambright, Jie Deng, James M Tiedje, Ingrid Brettar, Jorge L M Rodrigues
In bacterial populations, subtle expressional differences may promote ecological specialization through the formation of distinct ecotypes. In a barrier-free habitat, this process most likely precedes population divergence and may predict speciation events. To examine this, we used four sequenced strains of the bacterium Shewanella baltica, OS155, OS185, OS195, and OS223, as models to assess transcriptional variation and ecotype formation within a prokaryotic population. All strains were isolated from different depths throughout a water column of the Baltic Sea, occupying different ecological niches characterized by various abiotic parameters...
September 2016: MSphere
Samuel A Sakyi, Samuel Yaw Aboagye, Isaac Darko Otchere, Albert M Liao, Thomas G Caltagirone, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a subcutaneous skin disease listed among the neglected tropical diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO). Early case detection and management is very important to reduce morbidity and the accompanied characteristic disfiguring nature of BU. Since diagnosis based on clinical evidence can lead to misdiagnosis, microbiological confirmation is essential to reduce abuse of drugs; since the anti-mycobacterial drugs are also used for TB treatment. The current WHO gold standard PCR method is expensive, requires infrastructure and expertise are usually not available at the peripheral centers where BU cases are managed...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Kyle J Seamon, Namandje N Bumpus, James T Stivers
Sterile Alpha Motif and HD Domain Protein 1 (SAMHD1) is a unique enzyme that has important roles in nucleic acid metabolism, viral restriction, and the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases and cancer. Although much attention has been focused on its dNTP triphosphohydrolase activity in viral restriction and disease, SAMHD1 also binds to single-stranded RNA and DNA. Here we utilize a UV crosslinking method using 5-bromodeoxyuridine-substituted oligonucleotides coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) to identify the binding site for single-stranded nucleic acids (ssNA) on SAMHD1...
October 24, 2016: Biochemistry
Takashi Dejima, Kenjiro Imada, Ario Takeuchi, Masaki Shiota, Jeffrey Leong, Tabitha Tombe, Kevin Tam, Ladan Fazli, Seiji Naito, Martin E Gleave, Christopher J Ong
BACKGROUND: LIM and SH3 domain protein 1 (LASP1) has been implicated in several human malignancies and has been shown to predict PSA recurrence in prostate cancer. However, the anti-tumor effect of LASP1 knockdown and the association between LASP1 and the androgen receptor (AR) remains unclear. The aim of this study is to clarify the significance of LASP1 as a target for prostate cancer, and to test the effect of silencing LASP1 in vivo using antisense oligonucleotides (ASO). METHODS: A tissue microarray (TMA) was performed to characterize the differences in LASP1 expression in prostate cancer treated after hormone deprivation therapy...
October 24, 2016: Prostate
Simone V Samuelsen, Ilia A Solov'yov, Imelda M Balboni, Elizabeth Mellins, Christoffer Tandrup Nielsen, Niels H H Heegaard, Kira Astakhova
New techniques to detect and quantify antibodies to nucleic acids would provide a significant advance over current methods, which often lack specificity. We investigate the potential of novel antigens containing locked nucleic acids (LNAs) as targets for antibodies. Particularly, employing molecular dynamics we predict optimal nucleotide composition for targeting DNA-binding antibodies. As a proof of concept, we address a problem of detecting anti-DNA antibodies that are characteristic of systemic lupus erythematosus, a chronic autoimmune disease with multiple manifestations...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kenta Tezuka, Madoka Kuramitsu, Kazu Okuma, Kiyoko Nojima, Kumiko Araki, Naoya Shinohara, Chieko Matsumoto, Masahiro Satake, Tomohiko Takasaki, Masayuki Saijo, Ichiro Kurane, Isao Hamaguchi
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever is caused by four related RNA viruses of the genus Flavivirus, dengue virus (DENV)-1, -2, -3, and -4, which are transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Although DENV is not endemic in Japan, an autochthonous dengue outbreak occurred in 2014. Several transfusion-transmitted cases have also been reported after the use of blood and plasma products in DENV-endemic countries. The aim of this study was to develop a novel multiplex reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for DENV blood screening...
October 23, 2016: Transfusion
Makiya Nishikawa
Nucleic acids are biologically active materials, and chemically modified nucleic acids are now being used in nucleic acid drugs. DNA, one of the two types of nucleic acids, can also be used as a material to construct DNA-based delivery systems, such as DNA hydrogel, for therapeutic compounds. Use of chemically modified nucleic acids would greatly increase the therapeutic potency of such DNA-based delivery systems. However, attention should be paid to the differences in the physicochemical properties of natural and chemically modified nucleic acids...
October 23, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
Laila Y AlAyadhi, Jamil A Hashmi, Muhammad Iqbal, Alia M Albalawi, Mohammad I Samman, Nadra E Elamin, Shahid Bashir, Sulman Basit
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) - based genotyping using microarray platform is now frequently used to detect copy number variants (CNVs) in the human genome. Here, we report CNVs identified using Illumina HumanOmni 2.5 M oligonucleotide microarrays in 11 multiplex families with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) referred to Autism Research and Treatment Center (ART) and Madinah Maternity and Children Hospital (MMCH). Of the 11 families, 22 patients with ASD (all males) and their parents, were recruited for the present study...
October 19, 2016: Neuroscience
Sterghios A Moschos, Louise Usher, Mark A Lindsay
The discovery of an ever-expanding plethora of coding and non-coding RNAs with nodal and causal roles in the regulation of lung physiology and disease is reinvigorating interest in the clinical utility of the oligonucleotide therapeutic class. This is strongly supported through recent advances in nucleic acids chemistry, synthetic oligonucleotide delivery and viral gene therapy that have succeeded in bringing to market at least three nucleic acid-based drugs. As a consequence, multiple new candidates such as RNA interference modulators, antisense, and splice switching compounds are now progressing through clinical evaluation...
October 19, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Nor Azizah, Uda Hashim, Subash C B Gopinath, Sharipah Nadzirah
Nanoparticles have been investigated as flagging tests for the sensitive DNA recognition that can be utilized as a part of field applications to defeat restrictions. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been widely utilized due to its optical property and capacity to get functionalized with a mixed bag of biomolecules. This study exhibits the utilization of AuNPs functionalized with single-stranded oligonucleotide (AuNP-oligo test) for fast the identification of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This test is displayed on interdigitated electrode sensor and supported by colorimetric assay...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Agnieszka Fiszer, Marianna E Ellison-Klimontowicz, Wlodzimierz J Krzyzosiak
Polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases comprise a group of nine genetic disorders that are caused by the expansion of the CAG triplet repeat, which encodes glutamine, in unrelated single genes. Various oligonucleotide (ON)-based therapeutic approaches have been considered for polyQ diseases. The very attractive CAG repeat-targeting strategy offers selective silencing of the mutant allele by directly targeting the mutation site. CAG repeat-targeting miRNA-like siRNAs have been shown to specifically inhibit the mutant gene expression, and their characteristic feature is the formation of mismatches in their interactions with the target site...
October 21, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Andriy Bilichak, Igor Kovalchuk
DNA strand breaks arise from normal cellular processes such as replication, transcription, and DNA repair as well as spontaneous DNA damage caused by cell metabolic activities. In addition, strand breaks occur due to direct or indirect DNA damage produced by various abiotic and biotic stresses. Strand breaks are among the most problematic DNA lesions because unrepaired strand breaks may lead to cell cycle arrest, gross chromosome rearrangements, or even cell death. Thus, the measurement of the relative number of strand breaks can provide an informative picture of genome stability of a given cell, tissue, or organism...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Todd Blevins
Cells have evolved intricate RNA-directed mechanisms that destroy viruses, silence transposons, and regulate gene expression. These nucleic acid surveillance and gene silencing mechanisms rely upon the selective base-pairing of ~19-25 nt small RNAs to complementary RNA targets. This chapter describes northern blot hybridization techniques for the detection of such small RNAs. Blots spiked with synthetic standards are used to illustrate the detection specificity and sensitivity of DNA oligonucleotide probes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sara Hernández-Castellano, Geovanny I Nic-Can, Clelia De-la-Peña
Among the epigenetic mechanisms studied with a greater interest in the last decade are the microRNAs (miRNAs). These small noncoding RNA sequences that are approximately 17-22 nucleotides in length play an essential role in many biological processes of various organisms, including plants. The analysis of spatiotemporal expression of miRNAs provides a better understanding of the role of these small molecules in plant development, cell differentiation, and other processes; but such analysis is also an important method for the validation of biological functions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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