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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040213/importance-of-the-complement-alternative-pathway-in-serum-chemotactic-activity-during-sepsis
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Ganqiong Xu, Yan Feng, Dan Li, Qichang Zhou, Wei Chao, Lin Zou
Serum chemotactic activity is important in regulating neutrophil migration. The ability of neutrophils to migrate to infectious site is crucial for host effective pathogen control, but unregulated neutrophil activation can also cause tissue damage. During bacterial sepsis, the complement alternative pathway (AP) is massively activated in blood and tissues and reportedly contributes to sepsis pathogenesis. Complement factor B (FB) is an essential component of the AP activation. However, the impact of FB/AP activation on blood chemotactic activity during bacterial infection is unclear...
October 16, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031100/discovery-of-a-new-mechanism-for-regulation-of-plant-triacylglycerol-metabolism-the-peanut-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-1-gene-family-transcriptome-is-highly-enriched-in-alternative-splicing-variants
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Ling Zheng, Jay Shockey, Feng Guo, Lingmin Shi, Xinguo Li, Lei Shan, Shubo Wan, Zhenying Peng
Triacylglycerols (TAGs) are the most important energy storage form in oilseed crops. Diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) catalyzes the rate-limiting step of the Kennedy pathway of TAG biosynthesis. To date, little is known about the regulation of DGAT activity in peanut (Arachis hypogaea), an agronomically important oilseed crop that is cultivated in many parts of the world. In this study, seven distinct forms of type 1 DGAT (AhDGAT1.1-AhDGAT1.7) were identified, cloned, and characterized. Comparisons of the nucleotide sequences and gene structures revealed many different splicing variants of AhDGAT1, some of which displayed different organ-specific expression patterns...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030465/cluster-analysis-identifies-distinct-pathogenetic-patterns-in-c3-glomerulopathies-immune-complex-mediated-membranoproliferative-gn
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Paraskevas Iatropoulos, Erica Daina, Manuela Curreri, Rossella Piras, Elisabetta Valoti, Caterina Mele, Elena Bresin, Sara Gamba, Marta Alberti, Matteo Breno, Annalisa Perna, Serena Bettoni, Ettore Sabadini, Luisa Murer, Marina Vivarelli, Marina Noris, Giuseppe Remuzzi
Membranoproliferative GN (MPGN) was recently reclassified as alternative pathway complement-mediated C3 glomerulopathy (C3G) and immune complex-mediated membranoproliferative GN (IC-MPGN). However, genetic and acquired alternative pathway abnormalities are also observed in IC-MPGN. Here, we explored the presence of distinct disease entities characterized by specific pathophysiologic mechanisms. We performed unsupervised hierarchical clustering, a data-driven statistical approach, on histologic, genetic, and clinical data and data regarding serum/plasma complement parameters from 173 patients with C3G/IC-MPGN...
October 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021784/synthetic-peptides-to-target-stringent-response-controlled-virulence-in-a-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-murine-cutaneous-infection-model
#4
Daniel Pletzer, Heidi Wolfmeier, Manjeet Bains, Robert E W Hancock
Microorganisms continuously monitor their surroundings and adaptively respond to environmental cues. One way to cope with various stress-related situations is through the activation of the stringent stress response pathway. In Pseudomonas aeruginosa this pathway is controlled and coordinated by the activity of the RelA and SpoT enzymes that metabolize the small nucleotide secondary messenger molecule (p)ppGpp. Intracellular ppGpp concentrations are crucial in mediating adaptive responses and virulence. Targeting this cellular stress response has recently been the focus of an alternative approach to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021347/multiple-pathways-facilitate-the-biogenesis-of-mammalian-tail-anchored-proteins
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Joseph Casson, Michael McKenna, Sarah Haßdenteufel, Naama Aviram, Richard Zimmerman, Stephen High
Tail-anchored (TA) proteins are transmembrane proteins with a single C-terminal transmembrane domain, which functions as both their subcellular targeting signal and membrane anchor. We show that a TRC40 knockout in cultured human cells has a relatively minor effect on model endogenous TA proteins, despite their apparent reliance on this pathway in vitro These findings support recent evidence that the canonical TRC40 pathway is not essential for TA protein biogenesis in vivo We therefore investigated the possibility that other ER targeting routes can complement the TRC40 pathway and identified roles for both the SRP pathway and the recently described mammalian SND pathway in TA protein biogenesis...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018449/mechanisms-cofactors-and-augmenting-factors-involved-in-anaphylaxis
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Rosa Muñoz-Cano, Mariona Pascal, Giovanna Araujo, M J Goikoetxea, Antonio L Valero, Cesar Picado, Joan Bartra
Anaphylaxis is an acute and life-threatening systemic reaction. Many triggers have been described, including food, drug, and hymenoptera allergens, which are the most frequently involved. The mechanisms described in anaphylactic reactions are complex and implicate a diversity of pathways. Some of these mechanisms may be key to the development of the anaphylactic reaction, while others may only modify its severity. Although specific IgE, mast cells, and basophils are considered the principal players in anaphylaxis, alternative mechanisms have been proposed in non-IgE anaphylactic reactions...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018286/complement-protein-c3-suppresses-axon-growth-and-promotes-neuron-loss
#7
Sheri L Peterson, Hal X Nguyen, Oscar A Mendez, Aileen J Anderson
The inflammatory response to spinal cord injury (SCI) involves localization and activation of innate and adaptive immune cells and proteins, including the complement cascade. Complement C3 is important for the classical, alternative, and lectin pathways of complement activation, and its cleavage products C3a and C3b mediate several functions in the context of inflammation, but little is known about the potential functions of C3 on regeneration and survival of injured neurons after SCI. We report that 6 weeks after dorsal hemisection with peripheral conditioning lesion, C3(-/-) mice demonstrated a 2-fold increase in sensory axon regeneration in the spinal cord in comparison to wildtype C3(+/+) mice...
October 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993462/functional-analysis-of-toefaz1-uncovers-protein-domains-essential-for-cytokinesis-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#8
Amy N Sinclair-Davis, Michael R McAllaster, Christopher L de Graffenried
The parasite Trypanosoma brucei is highly polarized, including a flagellum that is attached along the cell surface by the flagellum attachment zone (FAZ). During cell division, the new FAZ positions the cleavage furrow, which ingresses from the anterior tip of the cell towards the posterior. We recently identified Tip Of the Extending FAZ protein 1 (TOEFAZ1) as an essential protein in trypanosome cytokinesis. We analyzed the localization and function of TOEFAZ1 domains using overexpression and RNAi complementation...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991129/a-heterozygous-cfhr3-cfhr1-gene-deletion-in-a-pediatric-patient-with-transplant-associated-thrombotic-microangiopathy-who-was-treated-with-eculizumab
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Akifumi Nozawa, Michio Ozeki, Tomohiro Hori, Norio Kawamoto, Masahiro Hirayama, Eiichi Azuma, Toshiyuki Fukao
Complement system dysregulation, such as complement Factor H (CFH) autoantibodies and deletions in CFH-related (CFHR) genes 3 and 1, might cause transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA). The use of eculizumab, a terminal complement inhibitor, could be a targeted therapy for TA-TMA. We report a 1-year-old girl who developed TA-TMA, just after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation in neuroblastoma therapy. Eculizumab improved TA-TMA. Investigation for the complement alternative pathway showed a heterozygous CFHR3-CFHR1 gene deletion, which is involved in complement activation...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988671/c3-deposits-worsens-the-prognosis-in-type-iii-extracapillary-glomerulonephritis
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Marina Sánchez-Agesta Martínez, Cristina Rabasco Ruiz, Rafael Sánchez Sánchez, Rosa Ortega Salas, María López Andreu, Pedro Aljama García, Mario Espinosa Hernández
INTRODUCTION: Type iii extracapillary glomerulonephritis (PEGN) is a common cause of rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis and it is usually associated with circulating anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs). Recent evidence points to complement activation as an important factor in the pathogenesis of PEGN. The aim of the present study was to assess the value of C3 deposits in the prognosis of PEGN. METHODS: All patients diagnosed of PEGN from 1995 to 2015 (n=72) were included in this study...
October 5, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980670/complement-c5-inhibiting-therapy-for-the-thrombotic-microangiopathies-accumulating-evidence-but-not-a-panacea
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Vicky Brocklebank, David Kavanagh
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), characterized by organ injury occurring consequent to severe endothelial damage, can manifest in a diverse range of diseases. In complement-mediated atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) a primary defect in complement, such as a mutation or autoantibody leading to over activation of the alternative pathway, predisposes to the development of disease, usually following exposure to an environmental trigger. The elucidation of the pathogenesis of aHUS resulted in the successful introduction of the complement inhibitor eculizumab into clinical practice...
October 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974948/the-murine-factor-h-related-protein-fhr-b-promotes-complement-activation
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Marcell Cserhalmi, Ádám I Csincsi, Zoltán Mezei, Anne Kopp, Mario Hebecker, Barbara Uzonyi, Mihály Józsi
Factor H-related (FHR) proteins consist of varying number of complement control protein domains that display various degrees of sequence identity to respective domains of the alternative pathway complement inhibitor factor H (FH). While such FHR proteins are described in several species, only human FHRs were functionally investigated. Their biological role is still poorly understood and in part controversial. Recent studies on some of the human FHRs strongly suggest a role for FHRs in enhancing complement activation via competing with FH for binding to certain ligands and surfaces...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968463/genetic-economy-in-picornaviruses-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-replication-exploits-alternative-precursor-cleavage-pathways
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Morgan R Herod, Sarah Gold, Lidia Lasecka-Dykes, Caroline Wright, Joseph C Ward, Thomas C McLean, Sophie Forrest, Terry Jackson, Tobias J Tuthill, David J Rowlands, Nicola J Stonehouse
The RNA genomes of picornaviruses are translated into single polyproteins which are subsequently cleaved into structural and non-structural protein products. For genetic economy, proteins and processing intermediates have evolved to perform distinct functions. The picornavirus precursor protein, P3, is cleaved to produce membrane-associated 3A, primer peptide 3B, protease 3Cpro and polymerase 3Dpol. Uniquely, foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) encodes three similar copies of 3B (3B1-3), thus providing a convenient natural system to explore the role(s) of 3B in the processing cascade...
October 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951216/anti-complementary-activity-of-two-homogeneous-polysaccharides-from-eclipta-prostrata
#14
Hongwei Wang, Ning Li, Chao Zhu, Songshan Shi, Hong Jin, Shunchun Wang
Complement-mediated inflammation and tissue damage is an important drive to pathology in autoimmune diseases, targeting inhibit the complement activation is promising treatment strategy for these diseases. We performed anticomplement activity-guided fractionation of the water extract of Eclipta prostrata by ion-exchange and size-exclusion chromatography, yielding two bioactive polysaccharides EAP20-1 and EAP20-2. The molecular weights of EAP20-1 and EAP20-2 were respectively calculated to be 5.2 kDa and 6...
November 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947259/-hemolytic-and-uremic-syndrome-and-related-thrombotic-microangiopathies-treatment-and-prognosis
#15
C Rafat, P Coppo, F Fakhouri, V Frémeaux-Bacchi, C Loirat, J Zuber, E Rondeau
Major achievements in the understanding of thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA) have not only resulted in a reclassification of TMA but most of all they have culminated in the design of new treatments and have enabled clinicians to better delineate their prognosis. Recent multicenter studies have improved our understanding of the prognosis of atypical hemolytic and uremic syndromes (aHUS). More specifically, they have highlighted the role of genetic testing on predicting the recurrence of aHUS, the risk of chronic kidney disease and the recurrence following kidney transplantation...
September 22, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939980/targeted-exome-sequencing-in-anti-factor-h-antibody-negative-hus-reveals-multiple-variations
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R W Thergaonkar, Ankita Narang, Bahadur Singh Gurjar, Pradeep Tiwari, Mamta Puraswani, Himanshi Saini, Aditi Sinha, Binuja Varma, Mitali Mukerji, Pankaj Hari, Arvind Bagga
BACKGROUND: Genetic susceptibility to atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) may lie within genes regulating or activating the alternate complement and related pathways converging on endothelial cell activation. METHODS: We tested 32 Indian patients of aHUS negative for antibodies to complement factor H for genetic variations in a panel of 15 genes, i.e., CFH, CFHR1-5, CFI, CFB, C3, CD46, MASP2, DGKE, ADAMTS13, THBD and PLG using next-generation DNA sequencing and for copy number variation in CFHR1-3...
September 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939965/complement-immune-evasion-by-spirochetes
#17
Angela S Barbosa, Lourdes Isaac
The complement system plays an important role in the innate and acquired immune response against pathogens. A sophisticated network of activating and regulating proteins allows the distinction between intact and damaged host and non-host surfaces such as bacteria and other parasites. Non-host structures trigger the alternative pathway which may lead to their elimination by phagocytosis or cell lysis. In addition, complement proteins such as C1q, mannose binding lectin (MBL), and ficolins act as pathogen pattern-recognition molecules...
September 23, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935905/impacts-of-no-tillage-management-on-nitrate-loss-from-corn-soybean-and-wheat-cultivation-a-meta-analysis
#18
Stefani Daryanto, Lixin Wang, Pierre-André Jacinthe
Although no-till (NT) has been promoted as an alternative land management practice to conventional tillage (CT), its impact on water quality, especially nitrate (NO3(-)) loss remain controversial. We conducted a meta-analysis to compare NO3(-) concentration and load in NT and CT systems via two major transport pathways: runoff and leaching. Rainfall variability, aridity, soil texture, tillage duration, crop species, and fertilizer type were used as co-varying factors. In comparison to CT, NT resulted in an overall increase of runoff NO3(-) concentration, but similar runoff NO3(-) load...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919885/trypanosoma-cruzi-evades-the-complement-system-as-an-efficient-strategy-to-survive-in-the-mammalian-host-the-specific-roles-of-host-parasite-molecules-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-calreticulin
#19
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Galia Ramírez-Toloza, Arturo Ferreira
American Trypanosomiasis is an important neglected reemerging tropical parasitism, infecting about 8 million people worldwide. Its agent, Trypanosoma cruzi, exhibits multiple mechanisms to evade the host immune response and infect host cells. An important immune evasion strategy of T. cruzi infective stages is its capacity to inhibit the complement system activation on the parasite surface, avoiding opsonizing, immune stimulating and lytic effects. Epimastigotes, the non-infective form of the parasite, present in triatomine arthropod vectors, are highly susceptible to complement-mediated lysis while trypomastigotes, the infective form, present in host bloodstream, are resistant...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917486/effects-of-the-potential-probiotics-bacillus-aerophilus-kadr3-in-inducing-immunity-and-disease-resistance-in-labeo-rohita
#20
Dharmaraj Ramesh, Sami Souissi, Tharifkhan Shan Ahamed
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the dietary administration of Bacillus aerophilus KADR3 on enhancing the immunity and disease resistance against Aeromonas hydrophila infection in Labeo rohita. B. aerophilus culture supernatant exhibited antagonistic activity against fish pathogenic bacteria in an agar well diffusion assay. Four fish groups were fed with either of following diets containing different concentrations of B. aerophilus KADR3 (cfu g(-1)): 0 (control), 1 × 10(7) (DI), 1 × 10(8) (DII), and 1 × 10(9) (DIII) -cfu g(-1)...
September 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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