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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929088/microbial-invasion-vs-tick-immune-regulation
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REVIEW
Daniel E Sonenshine, Kevin R Macaluso
Ticks transmit a greater variety of pathogenic agents that cause disease in humans and animals than any other haematophagous arthropod, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, babesiosis, tick-borne encephalitis, Crimean Congo haemorhagic fever, and many others (Gulia-Nuss et al., 2016). Although diverse explanations have been proposed to explain their remarkable vectorial capacity, among the most important are their blood feeding habit, their long term off-host survival, the diverse array of bioactive molecules that disrupt the host's natural hemostatic mechanisms, facilitate blood flow, pain inhibitors, and minimize inflammation to prevent immune rejection (Hajdušek et al...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927803/in-cell-production-of-a-genetically-encoded-library-based-on-the-%C3%AE-defensin-rtd-1-using-a-bacterial-expression-system
#2
Tao Bi, Yilong Li, Alexander Shekhtman, Julio A Camarero
We report the high-yield heterologous expression of bioactive θ-defensin RTD-1 inside Escherichia coli cells by making use of intracellular protein trans-splicing in combination with a high efficient split-intein. RTD-1 is a small backbone-cyclized polypeptide with three disulfide bridges and a natural inhibitor of anthrax lethal factor protease. Recombinant RTD-1 was natively folded and able to inhibit anthrax lethal factor protease. In-cell expression of RTD-1 was very efficient and yielded ≈0.7mg of folded RTD-1 per gram of wet E...
September 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919695/%C3%AE-defensins-an-innate-defense-for-bovine-mastitis
#3
REVIEW
Ankita Gurao, Sudhir Kumar Kashyap, Ravinder Singh
Immune challenges are inevitable for livestock that are exposed to a varied range of adverse conditions ranging from environmental to pathogenic stresses. The β-defensins are antimicrobial peptides, belonging to "defensin" family and therefore acts as the first line of defense against the major infections occurring in dairy cattle including intramammary infections. The better resistance to mastitis displayed by Bos indicus is implicit in the fact that they have better adapted and also has more sequence variation with rare allele conserved due to lesser artificial selection pressure than that of Bos taurus...
August 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919360/the-roles-of-antimicrobial-peptide-rip-thanatin-in-the-midgut-of-riptortus-pedestris
#4
Kyoung-Eun Park, Seong Han Jang, Junbeom Lee, Seung Ah Lee, Yoshitomo Kikuchi, Young-Su Seo, Bok Luel Lee
Recently, we have reported the structural determination of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), such as riptocin, rip-defensin, and rip-thanatin, from Riptortus pedestris. However, the biological roles of AMPs in the host midgut remain elusive. Here, we compared the expression levels of AMP genes in apo-symbiotic insects with those of symbiotic insects. Interestingly, the expression level of rip-thanatin was only significantly increased in the posterior midgut region of symbiotic insects. To further determine the role of rip-thanatin, we checked antimicrobial activity in vitro...
September 14, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918527/alterations-in-epididymal-proteomics-and-antioxidant-activity-of-mice-exposed-to-fluoride
#5
Zilong Sun, Sujuan Li, Yuxiang Yu, Hongyu Chen, Mohammad Mehdi Ommati, Ram Kumar Manthari, Ruiyan Niu, Jundong Wang
It is well known that high fluoride results in low fertility. Epididymis is the important place for spermatozoa maturation, which is essential for successful fertilization. In the previous studies, fluoride was reported to damage the epididymal structure of mouse and rabbit. However, the mechanism underlying sodium fluoride (NaF)-induced epididymal toxicity has not yet been well elucidated. The aim of this study is to explore the global protein alterations in epididymis of mice exposed to NaF using the iTRAQ technique...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917487/glutamate-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-oxidative-damage-and-mrna-expression-changes-of-tight-junction-and-defensin-proteins-inflammatory-and-apoptosis-response-signaling-molecules-in-the-intestine-of-fish
#6
Jun Jiang, Long Yin, Jin-Yang Li, Qian Li, Dan Shi, Lin Feng, Yang Liu, Wei-Dan Jiang, Pei Wu, Ye Zhao, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
The present study explored the possible preventive effects of dietary glutamate (Glu) on LPS-induced oxidative damage, mRNA expression changes of tight junction (TJ) proteins and defensins, inflammatory and apoptosis response signaling molecules in fish intestine. Young Jian carp were fed five diets supplemental graded levels of Glu (0, 4, 8, 16 and 32 g kg(-1) diet) for 63 days. The results indicated that Glu supplementation depressed LPS induced the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and severe oxidative damage (lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation) in fish intestine, which was partially due to the increased glutathione (GSH) content and antioxidant enzyme activities including superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPX), glutathione-S-transferase (GST), and glutathione reductase (GR) (P < 0...
September 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916831/the-melanocortin-signaling-camp-axis-accelerates-repair-and-reduces-mutagenesis-of-platinum-induced-dna-damage
#7
Stuart G Jarrett, Katharine M Carter, Brent J Shelton, John A D'Orazio
Using primary melanocytes and HEK293 cells, we found that cAMP signaling accelerates repair of bi- and mono-functional platinum-induced DNA damage. Elevating cAMP signaling either by the agonistic MC1R ligand melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) or by pharmacologic cAMP induction by forskolin enhanced clearance of intrastrand cisplatin-adducts in melanocytes or MC1R-transfected HEK293 cells. MC1R antagonists human beta-defensin 3 and agouti signaling protein blocked MSH- but not forskolin-mediated enhancement of platinum-induced DNA damage...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916146/chinese-sacbrood-virus-infection-in-asian-honey-bees-apis-cerana-cerana-and-host-immune-responses-to-the-virus-infection
#8
Liu Shan, Wang Liuhao, Guo Jun, Tang Yujie, Chen Yanping, Wu Jie, Li Jilian
Chinese Sacbrood virus (CSBV) is a positive-stranded RNAvirus that infects both the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) and the Asian honey bee (A. cerana). However, CSBV has much more devastating effects on Asian honey bees than on European honey bees, posing a serious threat to the agricultural and natural ecosystems that rely on A. cerana for pollination service. Using quantitative RT-PCR method, we conducted studies to examine the CSBV infection in Asian honey bee colonies and immune responses of individual bees in response to CSBV infection...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914754/investigation-of-antimicrobial-peptide-genes-associated-with-fungus-and-insect-resistance-in-maize
#9
Joseph Noonan, William Paul Williams, Xueyan Shan
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are small defense proteins present in various organisms. Major groups of AMPs include beta-barrelin, hevein, knottin, lipid transfer protein (LTP), thionin, defensin, snakin, and cyclotide. Most plant AMPs involve host plant resistance to pathogens such as fungi, viruses, and bacteria, whereas a few plant AMPs from the cyclotide family carry insecticidal functions. In this research, a genome-wide investigation on antimicrobial peptide genes in maize genome was conducted. AMPs previously identified from various plant species were used as query sequences for maize genome data mining...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913807/phenotypic-characterization-of-transgenic-wheat-lines-against-fungal-pathogens-puccinia-triticina-and-fusarium-graminearum
#10
Jagdeep Kaur, Dilip Shah, John Fellers
Leaf rust (LR) and Fusarium head blight (FHB) caused by Puccinia triticina and Fusarium graminearum, respectively, are among the most damaging fungal diseases challenging wheat production worldwide. Genetic resistance in combination with fungicide application has been the most widely employed approach to combat these fungal pathogens. Alternative approaches that could augment current practices are needed for the control of these devastating pathogens. To that end, we have recently shown that the extracellular expression of antifungal defensin MtDEF4...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911197/contribution-of-tlr2-pathway-in-the-pathogenesis-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis
#11
María Soledad Miró, Emilse Rodríguez, Cecilia Vigezzi, Paula Alejandra Icely, Luciana N García, Nahuel Painetti, Cristina A Maldonado, Fernando Oscar Riera, Juan Pablo Caeiro, Claudia Elena Sotomayor
Candida albicans is the prevalent etiological agent in acute vulvovaginal infection and the most severe chronic condition known as recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC). A critical role of local innate immunity in defense and pathogenesis of vaginal infection by Candida is proposed. The fungal recognition by the innate immune receptor is an essential step for the induction of local responses including cytokines and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) production for host protection. Using TLR2-deficient mice, we characterized the early innate immune response during VVC...
September 29, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910369/heightened-circulating-levels-of-antimicrobial-peptides-in-tuberculosis-diabetes-co-morbidity-and-reversal-upon-treatment
#12
Nathella Pavan Kumar, Kadar Moideen, Vijay Viswanathan, Shanmugam Sivakumar, Pradeep A Menon, Hardy Kornfeld, Subash Babu
BACKGROUND: The association of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) with tuberculosis-diabetes comorbidity (PTB-DM) is not well understood. METHODS: To study the association of AMPs with PTB-DM, we examined the systemic levels of cathelicidin (LL37), human beta defensin- 2 (HBD2), human neutrophil peptides 1-3, (HNP1-3) and granulysin in individuals with either PTB-DM, PTB, latent TB (LTB) or no TB infection (NTB). RESULTS: Circulating levels of cathelicidin and HBD2 were significantly higher and granulysin levels were significantly lower in PTB-DM compared to PTB, LTB or NTB, while the levels of HNP1-3 were significantly higher in PTB-DM compared to LTB or NTB individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910167/expression-of-antimicrobial-peptides-by-uveal-and-cutaneous-melanoma-cells-and-investigation-of-their-role-in-tumor-cell-migration-and-vasculogenic-mimicry
#13
Joseph C Manarang, Deborah C Otteson, Alison M McDermott
AIMS: Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of several cancers, although there is also evidence suggesting potential for novel, AMP-based antitumor therapies. Discerning potential roles of AMPs in tumor pathogenesis may provide valuable insight into the mechanisms of novel AMP-based antitumor therapy. METHODS: mRNA expression of the AMPs α defensin (HNP-1); cathelicidin (LL-37); and β defensins (hBD-1, hBD-2, hBD-3, hBD-4) in human uveal and cutaneous melanoma cell lines, primary human uveal melanocytes, and primary human uveal melanoma cells was determined by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction...
September 14, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901004/bcl-3-induced-by-il-22-via-stat3-activation-acts-as-a-potentiator-of-psoriasis-related-gene-expression-in-epidermal-keratinocytes
#14
Mikiko Tohyama, Yuji Shirakata, Yasushi Hanakawa, Xiuju Dai, Ken Shiraishi, Masamoto Murakami, Saori Miyawaki, Hideki Mori, Ryo Utsunomiya, Kana Masuda, Koji Hashimoto, Koji Sayama
IL-22 induces STAT3 phosphorylation and mediates psoriasis-related gene expression. However, the signaling mechanism leading from pSTAT3 to the expression of these genes remains unclear. We focused on Bcl-3, which is induced by STAT3 activation and mediates gene expression. In cultured human epidermal keratinocytes, IL-22 increased Bcl-3, which was translocated to the nucleus with p50 via STAT3 activation. The increases in CXCL8, S100As and human β-defensin 2 mRNA expression caused by IL-22 were abolished by siRNA against Bcl-3...
September 12, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889177/a-15-amino-acid-c-terminal-peptide-of-beta-defensin-3-inhibits-bone-resorption-by-inhibiting-the-osteoclast-differentiation-and-disrupting-podosome-belt-formation
#15
Ok-Jin Park, Jiseon Kim, Ki Bum Ahn, Jue Yeon Lee, Yoon-Jeong Park, Kee-Yeon Kum, Cheol-Heui Yun, Seung Hyun Han
Human beta-defensin-3 (HBD3), which is secreted from cells in the skin, salivary gland, and bone marrow, exhibits antimicrobial and immunomodulatory activities. Its C-terminal end contains a 15-amino acid polypeptide (HBD3-C15) that is known to effectively elicit antimicrobial activity. Recently, certain antimicrobial peptides are known to inhibit osteoclast differentiation and, thus, we investigated whether HBD3-C15 hinders osteoclast differentiation and bone destruction to assess its potential use as an anti-bone resorption agent...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886588/human-%C3%AE-defensin-3-inhibits-periodontitis-development-by-suppressing-inflammatory-responses-in-macrophages
#16
Di Cui, Jinglu Lyu, Houxuan Li, Lang Lei, Tianying Bian, Lili Li, Fuhua Yan
Human β-defensin 3 (hBD3) is a cationic peptide with immunomodulatory effects on both innate and acquired immune responses. Periodontitis, an inflammatory disease that extends deep into periodontal tissues, causes the loss of supporting structures around the tooth. The present study assessed the effects of hBD3 as a monotherapy for periodontitis in mice and explored its potential mechanism. In vivo, hBD3 inhibited the levels of tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin-6, and matrix metalloprotease-9 in periodontium exposed to Porphyromonas gingivalis (P...
September 5, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885732/a-role-of-human-beta-defensin-1-in-predicting-prostatic-adenocarcinoma-in-cases-of-false-negative-biopsy
#17
Soon Auck Hong, Ki Hong Kim, Tae Jin Lee, Eon Sub Park, Mi Kyung Kim, Soon Chul Myung
The purpose of this study was to clarify the role of human beta defensin-1 (hBD-1) in predicting PAC in morphologically normal prostate glands. In total, 25 patients with a negative initial biopsy for PAC and diagnosed as PAC positive in subsequent biopsies performed within 1 year of the initial biopsy were included. As a control group, 22 patients negative for PAC in at least three consecutive histologic examinations were selected. Expression of hBD-1 was analyzed separately via immunohistochemistry in paired cores of non-neoplastic gland and PAC in the false-negative group and control group...
September 8, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882103/low-serum-vitamin-d-levels-in-type-2-diabetes-patients-are-associated-with-decreased-mycobacterial-activity
#18
María Teresa Herrera, Yolanda Gonzalez, Fernando Hernández-Sánchez, Guadalupe Fabián-San Miguel, Martha Torres
BACKGROUND: Concurrent diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis represent a significant health problem worldwide. Patients with diabetes mellitus have a high risk of tuberculosis, which may be mediated by an abnormal innate immune response due to hyperglycaemia or low vitamin D levels. METHODS: In the present study, we evaluated inactive vitamin D serum levels and the monocyte response to infection with M. tuberculosis, including phagocytosis of M. tuberculosis, antimycobacterial activity, LL-37, human β defensin-2 and IL-10 gene expression and nitric oxide production, between type 2 diabetes mellitus patients (n = 51) and healthy volunteers (n = 38)...
September 7, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881802/mek-inhibition-enhances-efficacy-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-on-bladder-cancer-cells-by-reducing-release-of-toll-like-receptor-2-activated-antimicrobial-peptides
#19
Young Mi Whang, Su Bin Jin, Serk In Park, In Ho Chang
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is one of the standard treatment options for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. The details of the biological defense mechanisms against BCG remain unclear. Here, we investigated whether BCG-induced release of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs; e.g., human β-defensin-2, -3, and cathelicidin) is involved with mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, and investigated the enhanced anticancer effect of BCG through the down-regulation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and MAPK pathways in bladder cancer cells...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874606/bacterial-d-amino-acids-suppress-sinonasal-innate-immunity-through-sweet-taste-receptors-in-solitary-chemosensory-cells
#20
Robert J Lee, Benjamin M Hariri, Derek B McMahon, Bei Chen, Laurel Doghramji, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, David W Kennedy, Peihua Jiang, Robert F Margolskee, Noam A Cohen
In the upper respiratory epithelium, bitter and sweet taste receptors present in solitary chemosensory cells influence antimicrobial innate immune defense responses. Whereas activation of bitter taste receptors (T2Rs) stimulates surrounding epithelial cells to release antimicrobial peptides, activation of the sweet taste receptor (T1R) in the same cells inhibits this response. This mechanism is thought to control the magnitude of antimicrobial peptide release based on the sugar content of airway surface liquid...
September 5, 2017: Science Signaling
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