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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923704/il-17-receptor-signaling-in-oral-epithelial-cells-is-critical-for-protection-against-oropharyngeal-candidiasis
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Heather R Conti, Vincent M Bruno, Erin E Childs, Sean Daugherty, Joseph P Hunter, Bemnet G Mengesha, Danielle L Saevig, Matthew R Hendricks, Bianca M Coleman, Lucas Brane, Norma Solis, J Agustin Cruz, Akash H Verma, Abhishek V Garg, Amy G Hise, Jonathan P Richardson, Julian R Naglik, Scott G Filler, Jay K Kolls, Satrajit Sinha, Sarah L Gaffen
Signaling through the IL-17 receptor (IL-17R) is required to prevent oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC) in mice and humans. However, the IL-17-responsive cell type(s) that mediate protection are unknown. Using radiation chimeras, we were able to rule out a requirement for IL-17RA in the hematopoietic compartment. We saw remarkable concordance of IL-17-controlled gene expression in C. albicans-infected human oral epithelial cells (OECs) and in tongue tissue from mice with OPC. To interrogate the role of the IL-17R in OECs, we generated mice with conditional deletion of IL-17RA in superficial oral and esophageal epithelial cells (Il17ra(ΔK13))...
November 9, 2016: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921358/low-methoxyl-lemon-pectin-attenuates-inflammatory-responses-and-improves-intestinal-barrier-integrity-in-caerulein-induced-experimental-acute-pancreatitis
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Yajun Sun, Yue He, Fei Wang, Hao Zhang, Paul de Vos, Jia Sun
SCOPE: Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a common clinical acute abdominal disease. The intestinal injury associated with AP will aggravate the condition retroactively. This study investigates whether the low-methoxyl pectin (LMP) isolated from lemon could attenuate AP and associated intestinal injury. METHODS AND RESULTS: Experimental AP was induced in BALB/c mice by caerulien (CAE) hyperstimulation. Nutritional prophylactic group was pre-fed with 5% LMP supplemented forage three days before AP induction...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914061/probing-oligomerized-conformations-of-defensin-in-the-membrane
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Wenxun Gan, Dina Schneidman, Ning Zhang, Buyong Ma, Ruth Nussinov
Computational prediction and design of membrane protein-protein interactions facilitate biomedical engineering and biotechnological applications. Due to their antimicrobial activity, human defensins play an important role in the innate immune system. Human defensins are attractive pharmaceutical targets due to their small size, broad activity spectrum, reduced immunogenicity, and resistance to proteolysis. Protein engineering based modification of defensins can improve their pharmaceutical properties. Here we present an approach to computationally probe defensins' oligomerization states in the membrane...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913794/tlr-ligands-but-not-modulators-of-histone-modifiers-can-induce-the-complex-immune-response-pattern-of-endotoxin-tolerance-in-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Juliane Günther, Wolfram Petzl, Holm Zerbe, Hans-Joachim Schuberth, Hans-Martin Seyfert
Excessive stimulation of the TLR4 axis through LPS reduces the expression of some cytokine genes in immune cells, while stimulating the expression of immune defense genes during a subsequent bacterial infection. This endotoxin tolerance (ET) is mediated via epigenetic mechanisms. Priming the udder of cows with LPS was shown to induce ET in mammary epithelial cells (MEC), thereby protecting the udder against reinfection for some time. Seeking alternatives to LPS priming we tried to elicit ET by priming MEC with either lipopeptide (Pam2CSK4) via the TLR2/6 axis or inhibitors of histone-modifying enzymes...
December 1, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913751/new-fungal-defensin-like-peptides-provide-evidence-for-fold-change-of-proteins-in-evolution
#5
Yucheng Wu, Bin Gao, Shunyi Zhu
Defensins containing a consensus cystine framework, Cys[1]..Cys[2]X3Cys[3]..Cys[4]..Cys[5]X1Cys[6] ("X", any amino acids normally except Cys; "...", variable residue numbers), are extensively distributed in a variety of multicellular organisms (plants, fungi and invertebrates) and essentially involved in immunity as microbicidal agents. This framework is a prerequisite for forming a cystine-stabilized α-helix and β-sheet (CSαβ) fold, in which the two invariant motifs, Cys[2]X3Cys[3]/Cys[5]X1Cys[6], are key determinants of fold formation...
December 2, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899932/a-wheat-cinnamyl-alcohol-dehydrogenase-tacad12-contributes-to-host-resistance-to-the-sharp-eyespot-disease
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Wei Rong, Meiying Luo, Tianlei Shan, Xuening Wei, Lipu Du, Huijun Xu, Zengyan Zhang
Sharp eyespot, caused mainly by the necrotrophic fungus Rhizoctonia cerealis, is a destructive disease in hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). In Arabidopsis, certain cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenases (CADs) have been implicated in monolignol biosynthesis and in defense response to bacterial pathogen infection. However, little is known about CADs in wheat defense responses to necrotrophic or soil-borne pathogens. In this study, we isolate a wheat CAD gene TaCAD12 in response to R. cerealis infection through microarray-based comparative transcriptomics, and study the enzyme activity and defense role of TaCAD12 in wheat...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895587/vitamin-d-signaling-through-induction-of-paneth-cell-defensins-maintains-gut-microbiota-and-improves-metabolic-disorders-and-hepatic-steatosis-in-animal-models
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Danmei Su, Yuanyang Nie, Airu Zhu, Zishuo Chen, Pengfei Wu, Li Zhang, Mei Luo, Qun Sun, Linbi Cai, Yuchen Lai, Zhixiong Xiao, Zhongping Duan, Sujun Zheng, Guihui Wu, Richard Hu, Hidekazu Tsukamoto, Aurelia Lugea, Zhenqui Liu, Stephen J Pandol, Yuan-Ping Han
Metabolic syndrome (MetS), characterized as obesity, insulin resistance, and non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD), is associated with vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency in epidemiological studies, while the underlying mechanism is poorly addressed. On the other hand, disorder of gut microbiota, namely dysbiosis, is known to cause MetS and NAFLD. It is also known that systemic inflammation blocks insulin signaling pathways, leading to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, which are the driving force for hepatic steatosis...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890597/identification-eukaryotic-expression-and-structure-function-characterizations-of-%C3%AE-defensin-like-homologues-from-pelodiscus-sinensis
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Haining Yu, Xuelian Liu, Hui Wang, Lan Feng, Xue Qiao, Shasha Cai, Nannan Shi, Yipeng Wang
Defensins are a group of host defense peptides that play a central role in host innate immune responses. Here, 26 genes encoding β-defensin-like peptides have been identified for the first time in Pelodiscus sinensis using database mining approach. Phylogenetic study confirmed that β-defensins are fast evolving genes with high rates of sequence substitutions. The expression level of several selected genes in different tissues was examined by RT-PCR. Ps-BDs mainly adopt β-strands and/or α-helix conformations homology modeled by Rosetta program...
November 24, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888132/vitamin-e-deficiency-depressed-fish-growth-disease-resistance-and-the-immunity-and-structural-integrity-of-immune-organs-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-referring-to-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-tor-and-nrf2-signaling
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Jia-Hong Pan, Lin Feng, Wei-Dan Jiang, Pei Wu, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Yang Liu
This study investigated the effects of dietary vitamin E on growth, disease resistance and the immunity and structural integrity of head kidney, spleen and skin in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The fish were fed six diets containing graded levels of vitamin E (0, 45, 90, 135, 180 and 225 mg/kg diet) for 10 weeks. Subsequently, a challenge test was conducted by injection of Aeromonas hydrophila. The results showed that compared with optimal vitamin E supplementation, vitamin E deficiency caused depressed growth, poor survival rates and increased skin lesion morbidity in grass carp...
November 22, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883091/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-triggered-hippo-pathway-orchestrates-cxcl1-2-expression-to-modulate-host-immune-responses
#10
Monoranjan Boro, Vikas Singh, Kithiganahalli Narayanaswamy Balaji
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) pathogenesis encompasses a plethora of finely regulated alterations within the host which eventually coin the outcome of infection. Chemokines are important components in directing immune cell recruitment to the site of infection, and shaping the disease progression. Here, we demonstrate that Hippo (mammalian sterile 20-like 1 and 2 kinases, MST1/2, in mammals), is activated during mycobacterial infection in a toll-like receptor (TLR) 2-interleukin receptor-1 associated kinases (IRAK1/4)-dependent manner...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877060/anti-inflammatory-and-immunomodulatory-effects-of-aquaphilus-dolomiae-extract-on-in-vitro-models
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Marie-Françoise Aries, Hélène Hernandez-Pigeon, Clémence Vaissière, Hélène Delga, Antony Caruana, Marguerite Lévêque, Muriel Bourrain, Katia Ravard Helffer, Bertrand Chol, Thien Nguyen, Sandrine Bessou-Touya, Nathalie Castex-Rizzi
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common skin disease characterized by recurrent pruritic inflammatory skin lesions resulting from structural and immune defects of the skin barrier. Previous studies have shown the clinical efficacy of Avène thermal spring water in AD, and a new microorganism, Aquaphilus dolomiae was suspected to contribute to these unique properties. The present study evaluated the anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, and immunomodulatory properties of ES0, an original biological extract of A...
2016: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871830/characterization-and-antiviral-activity-of-a-newly-identified-defensin-like-peptide-hedefensin-in-the-hard-tick-haemaphysalis-longicornis
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Melbourne Rio Talactac, Yurika Yada, Kentaro Yoshii, Emmanuel Pacia Hernandez, Kodai Kusakisako, Maeda Hiroki, Remil Linggatong Galay, Kozo Fujisaki, Masami Mochizuki, Tetsuya Tanaka
Tick defensins are antimicrobial peptides that play a major role in the innate immunity of ticks by providing a direct antimicrobial defense. In this study, we identified and characterized a defensin-like encoding gene, HEdefensin, from the expressed sequence tags (EST) database of hemolymph from the hard tick Haemaphysalis longicornis. Expression of the gene in whole adult ticks and in different organs was upregulated during blood feeding, though not after Langat virus (LGTV) challenge. A synthetic HEdefensin peptide demonstrated significant virucidal activity against LGTV but not against an adenovirus in co-incubation virucidal assays...
November 18, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864158/feeding-of-nano-scale-oats-%C3%AE-glucan-enhances-the-host-resistance-against-edwardsiella-tarda-and-protective-immune-modulation-in-zebrafish-larvae
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R M C Udayangani, S H S Dananjaya, Baldassare Fronte, Cheol-Hee Kim, Jehee Lee, Mahanama De Zoysa
In this study, we prepared and characterized the oats origin of nano scale β-glucan (NBG) and investigated the immunomodulatory properties in zebrafish larvae. Newly prepared NBG (average particle size of 465 nm) was fully soluble in water. Zebrafish larvae survival rate was increased against pathogenic bacteria Edwardsiella tarda, when NBG was added to the water (500 μg/mL) compared to NBG non-exposed controls. Moreover, quantitative real time PCR (qRT-PCR) results showed up-regulation of immune functional genes including TNF-α, IL-1β, β-defensin, lysozyme, IL 10, IL 12 and C-Rel indicating higher survival rate could be due to stronger immunomodulatory function of NBG (500 μg/mL)...
November 15, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863510/establishing-a-reference-array-for-the-cs-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-superfamily-of-defensive-peptides
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D Ellen K Tarr
BACKGROUND: "Invertebrate defensins" belong to the cysteine-stabilized alpha-beta (CS-αβ), also known as the scorpion toxin-like, superfamily. Some other peptides belonging to this superfamily of defensive peptides are indistinguishable from "defensins," but have been assigned other names, making it unclear what, if any, criteria must be met to qualify as an "invertebrate defensin." In addition, there are other groups of defensins in invertebrates and vertebrates that are considered to be evolutionarily unrelated to those in the CS-αβ superfamily...
November 18, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849592/duplication-of-chicken-defensin7-gene-generated-by-gene-conversion-and-homologous-recombination
#15
Mi Ok Lee, Susanne Bornelöv, Leif Andersson, Susan J Lamont, Junfeng Chen, James E Womack
Defensins constitute an evolutionary conserved family of cationic antimicrobial peptides that play a key role in host innate immune responses to infection. Defensin genes generally reside in complex genomic regions that are prone to structural variation, and defensin genes exhibit extensive copy number variation in humans and in other species. Copy number variation of defensin genes was examined in inbred lines of Leghorn and Fayoumi chickens, and a duplication of defensin7 was discovered in the Fayoumi breed...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846636/caries-and-innate-immunity-defb1-gene-polymorphisms-and-caries-susceptibility-in-genetic-isolates-from-north-eastern-italy
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Chiara O Navarra, Antonietta Robino, Nicola Pirastu, Lorenzo Bevilacqua, Paolo Gasparini, Roberto Di Lenarda, Sergio Crovella
BACKGROUND: The DEFB1 gene, encoding for the constitutively expressed human β-defensin 1 (hBD1) antimicrobial peptide is a potential candidate when studying genetic susceptibility to caries. DEFB1 genetic variations have been reported as contributing to hBD1 production impairment, leading to a greater susceptibility to be infected by oral pathogens, also leading to periodontitis. METHODS: We analysed 5 DEFB1 polymorphisms, namely 3 functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the 5'-untranslated region (UTR), -52G>A (rs1799946), -44C>G (rs1800972), and -20G>A (rs11362), 2 SNPs at the 3'-UTR, c*5G>A (rs1047031) and c*87A>G (rs1800971) SNP located in potential miRNA binding sites, looking for possible correlations with the risk to develop caries in 654 adult subjects from isolated populations of north-eastern Italy...
November 16, 2016: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845274/potential-applications-of-antimicrobial-peptides-and-their-mimics-in-combating-caries-and-pulpal-infections
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Sui Mai, Matthew T Mauger, Li-Na Niu, Jonathan B Barnes, Solon Kao, Brian E Bergeron, Jun-Qi Ling, Franklin R Tay
: Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are short cationic host-defense molecules that provide the early stage of protection against invading microbes. They also have important modulatory roles and act as a bridge between innate and acquired immunity. The types and functions of oral AMPs were reviewed and experimental reports on the use of natural AMPs and their synthetic mimics in caries and pulpal infections were discussed. Natural AMPs in the oral cavity, predominantly defensins, cathelidin and histatins, possess antimicrobial activities against oral pathogens and biofilms...
November 11, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835705/dna-methylation-mediated-downregulation-of-defb1-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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Jaehyouk Lee, Jun Hyun Han, Ara Jang, Jin Wook Kim, Soon Auck Hong, Soon Chul Myung
Epigenetic aberrations play crucial roles in prostate cancer (PCa) development and progression. The DEFB1 gene, which encodes human ß-defensin-1 (HBD-1), contributes to innate immune responses and functions as a potential tumor suppressor in urological cancers. We investigated whether differential DNA methylation at the low CpG-content promoter (LCP) of DEFB1 was associated with transcriptional regulation of DEFB1 in PCa cells. To identify distinct CpG loci within the DEFB1 LCP related to the epigenetic regulation of DEFB1, we performed an in vitro methylated reporter assay followed by bisulfite sequencing of the DEFB1 promoter fragment...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825391/oestrous-cycle-dependent-equine-uterine-immune-response-to-induced-infectious-endometritis
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Christina D Marth, Simon M Firestone, Lisa Y Glenton, Glenn F Browning, Neil D Young, Natali Krekeler
Infectious endometritis is a major cause of reduced pregnancy rates in horses. The objectives of this study were to establish a timeline of the innate immune response in the uterus of healthy horses and to investigate the oestrous cycle effect on this. Endometrial biopsies were collected from five horses before and at 3, 12, 24, 48 and 72 h after inoculation of Escherichia coli, once in oestrus and once in dioestrus. They were analysed by quantitative real-time PCR, microbiology and histology. Neutrophil numbers increased from very low levels in the absence of inflammation to severe neutrophilia 3 h after inoculation...
November 8, 2016: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822860/analysis-of-copy-number-variation-using-the-paralogue-ratio-test-prt
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Edward J Hollox
Copy number variation (CNV), where a segment of DNA differs in copy number between different individuals, is an extensive and often underappreciated source of genetic variation within species. However, reliably determining copy number of a particular DNA sequence for a large number of samples can be challenging. Here, I describe and review the paralogue ratio test (PRT) in detail. PRT was developed to robustly type the CNV of the beta-defensin locus using small amounts of genomic DNA in a high-throughput manner, and has been applied successfully at many other loci...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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