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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741151/probiotic-characteristics-of-lactobacillus-curvatus-dn317-a-strain-isolated-from-chicken-ceca
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Mohamed Zommiti, Nathalie Connil, Jeannette Ben Hamida, Mounir Ferchichi
The probiotic characteristics of Lactobacillus curvatus DN317, a strain isolated from chicken ceca, were evaluated. This strain was selected for study from the isolated Lactobacillus strains because it has specific anti-microbial activity against Campylobacter jejuni ATCC 33560, Camp. jejuni NCTC 11168, Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 7644, and Bacillus subtilis ATCC 8633. Lact. curvatus DN317 showed an auto-aggregation percentage of 72% and presented the highest co-aggregation with Lact. monocytogenes ATCC 7644 (68%) compared to B...
July 24, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729676/proteomic-profiling-of-the-weed-feverfew-a-neglected-pollen-allergen-source
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Isabel Pablos, Stephanie Eichhorn, Peter Briza, Claudia Asam, Ulrike Gartner, Martin Wolf, Christof Ebner, Barbara Bohle, Naveen Arora, Stefan Vieths, Fatima Ferreira, Gabriele Gadermaier
Feverfew (Parthenium hysterophorus), an invasive weed from the Asteraceae family, has been reported as allergen source. Despite its relevance, knowledge of allergens is restricted to a partial sequence of a hydroxyproline-rich glycoprotein. We aimed to obtain the entire sequence for recombinant production and characterize feverfew pollen using proteomics and immunological assays. Par h 1, a defensin-proline fusion allergen was obtained by cDNA cloning and recombinantly produced in E. coli. Using two complementary proteomic strategies, a total of 258 proteins were identified in feverfew pollen among those 47 proteins belonging to allergenic families...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729359/the-%C3%AE-defensin-retrocyclin-101-inhibits-tlr4-and-tlr2-dependent-signaling-and-protects-mice-against-influenza-infection
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Daniel Prantner, Kari Ann Shirey, Wendy Lai, Wuyuan Lu, Alexander M Cole, Stefanie N Vogel, Alfredo Garzino-Demo
Despite widespread use of annual influenza vaccines, seasonal influenza-associated deaths number in the thousands each year, in part because of exacerbating bacterial superinfections. Therefore, discovering additional therapeutic options would be a valuable aid to public health. Recently, TLR4 inhibition has emerged as a possible mechanism for protection against influenza-associated lethality and acute lung injury. Based on recent data showing that rhesus macaque θ-defensins could inhibit TLR4-dependent gene expression, we tested the hypothesis that a novel θ-defensin, retrocyclin (RC)-101, could disrupt TLR4-dependent signaling and protect against viral infection...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726740/cyclic-peptides-as-novel-therapeutic-microbicides-engineering-of-human-defensin-mimetics
#4
REVIEW
Annarita Falanga, Ersilia Nigro, Margherita Gabriella De Biasi, Aurora Daniele, Giancarlo Morelli, Stefania Galdiero, Olga Scudiero
Cyclic peptides are receiving significant attention thanks to their antimicrobial activity and high serum stability, which is useful to develop and design novel antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial peptides appear to be key components of innate defences against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Among the others, defensins possess a strong microbicidial activity. Defensins are cationic and amphipathic peptides with six cysteine residues connected by three disulfide bonds found in plants, insects, and mammals; they are divided in three families: α-, β-, and θ-defensins...
July 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720485/ceftaroline-modulates-the-innate-immune-and-host-defense-responses-of-immunocompetent-cells-exposed-to-cigarette-smoke
#5
A Bruno, C Cipollina, S Di Vincenzo, L Siena, P Dino, F Di Gaudio, M Gjomarkaj, E Pace
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoke, the principal risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), negatively influences the effectiveness of the immune system's response to a pathogen. The antibiotic ceftaroline exerts immune-modulatory effects in bronchial epithelial cells exposed to cigarette smoke. AIMS AND METHODS: The present study aims to assess the effects of ceftaroline on TLR2 and TLR4 expression, LPS binding and TNF-α and human beta defensin (HBD2) release in an undifferentiated and PMA-differentiated human monocyte cell line (THP-1) exposed or not to cigarette smoke extracts (CSE)...
July 15, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715972/defensins-in-viral-infection-and-pathogenesis
#6
Mayumi K Holly, Karina Diaz, Jason G Smith
α, β, and ω defensins are effectors of the innate immune system with potent antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. Defensins have direct antiviral activity in cell culture, with varied mechanisms for individual viruses, although some common themes have emerged. In addition, defensins have potent immunomodulatory activity that can alter innate and adaptive immune responses to viral infection. In some cases, there is evidence for paradoxical escape from defensin neutralization or enhancement of viral infection...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713774/epic-immune-battles-of-history-neutrophils-vs-staphylococcus-aureus
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REVIEW
Fermin E Guerra, Timothy R Borgogna, Delisha M Patel, Eli W Sward, Jovanka M Voyich
Neutrophils are the most abundant leukocytes in human blood and the first line of defense after bacteria have breached the epithelial barriers. After migration to a site of infection, neutrophils engage and expose invading microorganisms to antimicrobial peptides and proteins, as well as reactive oxygen species, as part of their bactericidal arsenal. Ideally, neutrophils ingest bacteria to prevent damage to surrounding cells and tissues, kill invading microorganisms with antimicrobial mechanisms, undergo programmed cell death to minimize inflammation, and are cleared away by macrophages...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712636/human-exoproteome-in-acute-apical-abscesses
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Cristiane F Alfenas, Tiago A O Mendes, Humberto J O Ramos, Fernanda P Bruckner, Henrique S Antunes, Isabela N Rôças, José F Siqueira, José C Provenzano
INTRODUCTION: An acute apical abscess is a severe response of the host to massive invasion of the periapical tissues by bacteria from infected root canals. Although many studies have investigated the microbiota involved in the process, information on the host factors released during abscess formation is scarce. The purpose of this study was to describe the human exoproteome in samples from acute apical abscesses. METHODS: Fourteen pus samples were obtained by aspiration from patients with an acute apical abscess...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709835/the-antimicrobial-peptide-human-%C3%AE-defensin-1-potentiates-in-vitro-osteoclastogenesis-via-activation-of-the-p44-42-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases
#9
Anupong Makeudom, Chayarop Supanchart, Pattanin Montreekachon, Sakornrat Khongkhunthian, Thanapat Sastraruji, Julaporn Krisanaprakornkit, Suttichai Krisanaprakornkit
Previous studies have demonstrated increased expression and raised levels of human β-defensin (hBD)-1 in gingival tissue and crevicular fluid of patients with chronic periodontitis and peri-implantitis, oral bone-resorbing diseases caused by enhanced osteoclastogenesis. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the effect of hBD-1 on osteoclast formation and function and to elucidate the involved signaling pathway in vitro. Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were first incubated with various doses of hBD-1 and cell viability was assayed by MTT...
July 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708567/%C3%AE-defensin-point-of-care-test-for-diagnosis-of-prosthetic-joint-infections-neglected-role-of-laboratory-and-clinical-pathologists
#10
REVIEW
Lorenzo Drago, Marco Toscano, Lorenza Tacchini, Giuseppe Banfi
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a serious complication that may occur after native joint replacement leading to a severe health and economic burden. Currently, due to several confounding factors, PJI is difficult to diagnose. Today, a multidisciplinary approach is indispensable to correctly define a periprosthetic joint infection; indeed, tissue histology, microbiology cultures and clinical findings are used together to achieve this goal. Analysis of α-defensin is commonly used for PJI diagnosis, as it allows the rapid detection of α-defensin present in the synovial fluid following a microbial infection...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708318/current-insights-into-the-role-of-human-%C3%AE-defensins-in-atopic-dermatitis
#11
REVIEW
Panjit Chieosilapatham, Hideoki Ogawa, François Niyonsaba
Antimicrobial peptides or host defense peptides are small molecules that display both antimicrobial activities and complex immunomodulatory functions to protect against various diseases. Among these peptides, the human β-defensins (hBDs) are primarily localized in epithelial surfaces, including those of the skin, where they contribute to protective barriers. In atopic dermatitis skin lesions, altered skin barrier and immune dysregulation are believed to be responsible for reduced hBD synthesis. Impaired hBD expression in the skin is reportedly the leading cause of increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infection in patients with atopic dermatitis...
July 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705718/antimicrobial-peptide-repertoire-of-thitarodes-armoricanus-a-host-species-of-ophiocordyceps-sinensis-predicted-based-on-de-novo-transcriptome-sequencing-and-analysis
#12
Min Wang, Xianda Hu
Ophiocordyceps sinensis is an entomopathogenic fungus that parasitizes the larvae of ghost moths. The fungus-caterpillar complex resulting from fungal parasitism is a medicinally and economically important traditional Chinese medicine famous for its tonic, aphrodisiac and immunomodulatory activity. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), which play predominant roles in responding to infection of pathogenic microorganisms in the immune system of ghost moths, may remain behind the fungus-caterpillar complex. Thitarodes armoricanus, as a widely distributed ghost moth on the Tibetan Plateau, is the first reported and one of the most common host insects of O...
July 11, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702937/genetic-engineering-strategies-for-biotic-and-abiotic-stress-tolerance-and-quality-enhancement-in-horticultural-crops-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Nehanjali Parmar, Kunwar Harendra Singh, Deepika Sharma, Lal Singh, Pankaj Kumar, J Nanjundan, Yasin Jeshima Khan, Devendra Kumar Chauhan, Ajay Kumar Thakur
Genetic engineering technique offers myriads of applications in improvement of horticultural crops for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, and produce quality enhancement. During last two decades, a large number of transgenic horticultural crops has been developed and more are underway. A number of genes including natural and synthetic Cry genes, protease inhibitors, trypsin inhibitors and cystatin genes have been used to incorporate insect and nematode resistance. For providing protection against fungal and bacterial diseases, various genes like chitinase, glucanase, osmotin, defensin and pathogenesis-related genes are being transferred to many horticultural crops world over...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696208/effects-of-coal-fly-ash-particulate-matter-on-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-airway-surface-liquid
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Luis G Vargas Buonfiglio, Imali A Mudunkotuwa, Mahmoud H Abou Alaiwa, Oriana G Vanegas Calderón, Jennifer A Borcherding, Alicia K Gerke, Joseph Zabner, Vicki H Grassian, Alejandro P Comellas
BACKGROUND: Sustained exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) is a global cause of mortality. Coal fly ash (CFA) is a byproduct of coal combustion and is a source of anthropogenic PM with worldwide health relevance. The airway epithelia are lined with fluid called airway surface liquid (ASL), which contains antimicrobial proteins and peptides (AMPs). Cationic AMPs bind negatively charged bacteria to exert their antimicrobial activity. PM arriving in the airways could potentially interact with AMPs in the ASL to affect their antimicrobial activity...
July 5, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694291/differential-regulation-of-mas-related-g-protein-coupled-receptor-x2-mediated-mast-cell-degranulation-by-antimicrobial-host-defense-peptides-and-p-gingivalis-lps
#15
Kshitij Gupta, Chizobam Idahosa, Saptarshi Roy, Donguk Lee, Hariharan Subramanian, Anuradha Dhingra, Kathleen Boesze-Battaglia, Jonathan Korostoff, Hydar Ali
Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) is a keystone pathogen that contributes to periodontal pathogenesis by disrupting host-microbe homeostasis and promoting dysbiosis. Virulence of P. gingivalis likely reflects an alteration in the lipid A composition of its lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from the penta-acylated (PgLPS1690) to the tetra-acylated (PgLPS1435/1449) form. Mast cells play an important role in periodontitis but the mechanisms of their activation and regulation remain unknown. The expression of epithelium and neutrophil-derived host defense peptides (HDPs; LL-37, human β-defensin-3), which activate mast cells via Mas-related G protein coupled receptor X2 (MRGPRX2), is increased in periodontitis...
July 10, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691457/human-%C3%AE-2-defensin-in-oral-lichen-planus-expresses-the-degree-of-inflammation
#16
L Azzi, P Moretto, R Vinci, F Croveri, A Boggio, J Silvestre-Rangil, L Tettamanti, A Tagliabue, A Passi
Syndrome (BMS). Seventeen OLP patients, with a positive histopathologic diagnosis of the disease, were recruited into this study in order to measure the relative quantity of HBD-2 in their saliva and crevicular fluid. The values were compared with those collected from a group of 9 patients affected by the Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) and with a control group (CTRL) of 9 patients. There was no statistically significant difference between the groups (p=0.523; p=0.897). However, patients affected by OLP showed a dycotomic distribution of values: while 10 of them showed similar values to those found out in the other two groups, 7 patients expressed high levels of HBD-2 and 3500 pg/ml was the threshold to distinguish the subgroups...
April 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690141/molecular-characterization-and-protein-localization-of-the-antimicrobial-peptide-big-defensin-from-the-scallop-argopecten-purpuratus-after-vibrio-splendidus-challenge
#17
Roxana González, Katherina Brokordt, Claudia B Cárcamo, Teodoro Coba de la Peña, Daniel Oyanedel, Luis Mercado, Paulina Schmitt
Big defensins are antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) that are proposed as important effectors of the immune response in mollusks, chelicerates and chordates. At present, only two members of the big defensin family have been identified in scallop. In the present work, a cDNA sequence encoding a new big defensin homologue was characterized from the scallop Argopecten purpuratus, namely ApBD1. ApBD1 cDNA sequence comprised 585 nucleotides, with an open reading frame of 375 bp and 5'- and 3'-UTRs of 41 and 167 bp, respectively...
July 6, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689894/urine-concentrations-of-human-beta-defensins-and-ribonuclease-7-in-urinary-tract-infection-and-asymptomatic-bacteriuria
#18
Charlott Kjölvmark, Per Åkesson, Lisa I Påhlman
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) provide a first line of defense against bacterial infections. Here we report that urine levels of AMPs, locally produced in the urinary tract, are lower in individuals with asymptomatic bacteriuria (ABU) compared to patients with urinary tract infection (UTI).
June 19, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689201/the-effects-of-human-beta-defensins-on-skin-cells-in-vitro
#19
Jeroen W J van Kilsdonk, Patrick A M Jansen, Ellen H van den Bogaard, Charlotte Bos, Mieke Bergers, Patrick L J M Zeeuwen, Joost Schalkwijk
BACKGROUND: Defensins are antimicrobial peptides that exert immunomodulatory and chemotactic functions. Based on these properties and their high expression levels in the skin, they are likely to affect skin inflammation, infection, and wound healing. This may lead to therapeutic applications in (burn) wound healing. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the effects of human β-defensins (hBDs) on keratinocytes and fibroblasts, 2 major skin cell types involved in skin regeneration...
July 8, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686485/impaired-salivary-gland-activity-in-patients-with-autoimmune-polyendocrine-syndrome-type-i
#20
Bergithe E Oftedal, Mihaela Cuida Marthinussen, Martina M Erichsen, Maria K Tveitarås, Anja Kjellesvik-Kristiansen, Daniel Hammenfors, Malin V Jonsson, Kai Kisand, Roland Jonsson, Anette S B Wolff
Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type I (APS-I) is a severe disease caused by mutations in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. We hypothesized that salivary gland dysfunction could be a possible unexplored component of these patients and here aimed to investigate salivary and lachrymal symptoms in the Norwegian cohort of APS-I patients (N = 41) and the aetiology behind it. Sicca symptoms and possible corresponding underlying factors were assessed by subjective reports combined with objective measures of saliva and tear flow, serological testing, immune fluorescence microscopy, ultrasonography and searching for putative autoantibodies in the salivary glands...
July 7, 2017: Autoimmunity
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