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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229929/intramammary-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-treatment-increases-expression-of-host-defense-genes-in-mammary-immune-cells-of-lactating-dairy-cattle
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Kathryn E Merriman, Michael B Poindexter, Mercedes F Kweh, Jose E P Santos, Corwin D Nelson
Bacterial infection of the mammary gland activates an intracrine vitamin D pathway in macrophages of dairy cows. The active hormone of the vitamin D pathway, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D), stimulates nitric oxide and β-defensin responses in bovine monocyte cultures, but the effect of 1,25D on innate immune genes in the mammary gland remained unknown. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the effects intramammary 1,25D treatment on expression of vitamin D associated host-defenses of the bovine mammary gland...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222203/defense-related-proteins-involved-in-sugarcane-responses-to-biotic-stress
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Thais P Souza, Renata O Dias, Marcio C Silva-Filho
Sugarcane is one of the most important agricultural crops in the world. However, pathogen infection and herbivore attack cause constant losses in yield. Plants respond to pathogen infection by inducing the expression of several protein types, such as glucanases, chitinases, thaumatins, peptidase inhibitors, defensins, catalases and glycoproteins. Proteins induced by pathogenesis are directly or indirectly involved in plant defense, leading to pathogen death or inducing other plant defense responses. Several of these proteins are induced in sugarcane by different pathogens or insects and have antifungal or insecticidal activity...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218451/specific-inulin-type-fructan-fibers-protect-against-autoimmune-diabetes-by-modulating-gut-immunity-barrier-function-and-microbiota-homeostasis
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Kang Chen, Hao Chen, Marijke M Faas, Bart J de Haan, Jiahong Li, Ping Xiao, Hao Zhang, Julien Diana, Paul de Vos, Jia Sun
SCOPE: Dietary fibers capable of modifying gut barrier and microbiota homeostasis, affect the progression of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Here we aim to compare modulatory effects of inulin-type fructans (ITFs), natural soluble dietary fibers with different degrees of fermentability from chicory root, on T1D development in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Female NOD mice were weaned to long and short chain ITFs [ITF(l) and ITF(s), 5%] supplemented diet up to 24 weeks...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214974/interaction-of-scots-pine-defensin-with-model-membrane-by-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics
#4
Elena Ermakova, Yuriy Zuev
Plant defensins are a part of the innate immune system of plants that acts against a broad range of pathogens. Many plant defensins, including pine defensins, show strong antifungal activity that is associated with their ability to penetrate into the fungal cell membrane. However, the exact molecular mechanism of their action remains poorly defined. To obtain insight into the mechanism of protein-membrane interaction, we applied a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation to study the interaction of pine defensin with two model membranes: the first consisted of zwitterion-neutral POPC molecules and the second was composed of combined anionic POPG and POPC...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213038/hydrolysate-from-a-mixture-of-legume-flours-with-antifungal-activity-as-an-ingredient-for-prolonging-the-shelf-life-of-wheat-bread
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Carlo Giuseppe Rizzello, Michela Verni, Stefano Bordignon, Valerio Gramaglia, Marco Gobbetti
Aiming at identifying antifungal compounds from plant matrices to be used as ingredients in the bakery industry, a water/salt-soluble extract (WSE) was produced from a legume enzyme hydrolysate, consisting of a mixture of pea, lentil, and faba bean flours, and assayed towards Penicillium roqueforti DPPMAF1. Agar diffusion assays allowed the selection of the optimal processing conditions for hydrolysis. As shown by hyphal radial growth rate, the inhibition was observed towards several fungi, including Aspergillus parasiticus CBS971...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209477/characterizing-the-biological-and-biochemical-profile-of-six-different-scorpion-venoms-from-the-buthidae-and-scorpionidae-family
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Sebastian Estrada-Gómez, Lyz Gomez-Rave, Leidy Vargas-Muñoz, Arie van der Meijden
The objective of this study was to characterize a selection of six different scorpion venoms using biological and biochemical methods, including a preliminary MS/MS and a post-translational modifications analysis. Despite the diversity of scorpion species of medical importance in Africa and Colombia, the venoms of these arachnids have been poorly studied in these two regions. We report the biochemical, electrophoretic, chromatographic profile, internal peptide sequences with a post-translational modification report, and a preliminary antitumor activity of five different scorpions of the Buthidae family, Androctonus amoreuxi, Babycurus jacksoni, Grosphus grandidieri, Hottentotta gentili and Tityus fuhrmanni, and one of the Scorpionidae family Pandinus imperator...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198610/disentangling-nanonets-human-%C3%AE-defensin-6-targets-candida-albicans-virulence
#7
Lynette Cegelski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191680/friends-or-foes-host-defense-antimicrobial-peptides-and-proteins-in-human-skin-diseases
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François Niyonsaba, Chanisa Kiatsurayanon, Panjit Chieosilapatham, Hideoki Ogawa
Host defense peptides/proteins (HDPs), also known as antimicrobial peptides/proteins (AMPs), are key molecules in the cutaneous innate immune system. AMPs/HDPs historically exhibit broad-spectrum killing activity against bacteria, enveloped viruses, fungi and several parasites. Recently, AMPs/HDPs were shown to have important biological functions, including inducing cell proliferation, migration and differentiation; regulating inflammatory responses; controlling the production of various cytokines/chemokines; promoting wound healing; and improving skin barrier function...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188794/surfactant-protein-a-sp-a-and-sp-a-derived-peptide-attenuate-chemotaxis-of-mast-cells-induced-by-human-%C3%AE-defensin-3
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Yasuaki Uehara, Motoko Takahashi, Masaki Murata, Atsushi Saito, Rina Takamiya, Yoshihiro Hasegawa, Koji Kuronuma, Hirofumi Chiba, Jiro Hashimoto, Norimasa Sawada, Hiroki Takahashi, Yoshio Kuroki, Shigeru Ariki
Human β-defensin 3 (hBD3) is known to be involved in mast cell activation. However, molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of hBD3-induced mast cell activation have been poorly understood. We previously reported that SP-A and SP-A-derived peptide 01 (SAP01) regulate the function of hBD3. In this study, we focused on the effects of SP-A and SAP01 on the activation of mast cells induced by hBD3. SAP01 directly bound to hBD3. Mast cell-mediated vascular permeability and edema in hBD3 administered rat ears were decreased when injected with SP-A or SAP01...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186244/patterns-of-diversity-and-spatial-variability-of-%C3%AE-defensin-innate-immune-genes-in-a-declining-wild-population-of-tree-swallows
#10
Clarence Schmitt, Dany Garant, Kathy Doyon, Nicolas Bousquet, Luc Gaudreau, Marc Bélisle, Fanie Pelletier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181499/involvement-of-%C3%AE-defensin-130-defb130-in-the-macrophage-microbicidal-mechanisms-for-killing-plasmodium-falciparum
#11
Mohamad Alaa Terkawi, Ryo Takano, Atsushi Furukawa, Fumi Murakoshi, Kentaro Kato
Understanding the molecular defense mechanism of macrophages and identifying their effector molecules against malarial parasites may provide important clues for the discovery of new therapies. To analyze the immunological responses of malarial parasite-induced macrophages, we used DNA microarray technology to examine the gene profile of differentiated macrophages phagocytizing Plasmodium falciparum-parasitized erythrocytes (iRBC). The transcriptional gene profile of macrophages in response to iRBCs represented 168 down-regulated genes, which were mainly involved in the cellular immune response, and 216 upregulated genes, which were involved in cellular proteolysis, growth, and adhesion...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179997/the-plant-defensin-nad1-induces-tumor-cell-death-via-a-non-apoptotic-membranolytic-process
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Amy A Baxter, Ivan Kh Poon, Mark D Hulett
Cationic anti-microbial peptides (CAPs) have an important role in host innate defense against pathogens such as bacteria and fungi. Many CAPs including defensins also exhibit selective cytotoxic activity towards mammalian cells via both apoptotic and non-apoptotic processes, and are being investigated as potential anticancer agents. The anti-fungal plant defensin from ornamental tobacco, Nicotiana alata Defensin 1 (NaD1), was recently shown to induce necrotic-like cell death in a number of tumor cell types within 30 min of treatment, at a concentration of 10 μM...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178273/expression-of-hemoglobin-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-subunits-in-human-vaginal-epithelial-cells-and-their-functional-significance
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Debarchana Saha, Swanand Koli, Mandar Patgaonkar, Kudumula Venkata Rami Reddy
Hemoglobin (Hb) is a major protein involved in transport of oxygen (O2). It consists of Hb-α and Hb-β subunits, which are normally expressed by cells of erythroid lineage. However, till recently, it was not known whether non-erythroid cells like vaginal cells synthesize Hb and whether it has any functional significance. Therefore, we designed the following objectives: (1) to establish in-vitro culture system of human primary vaginal epithelial cells (hPVECs), (2) to determine whether Hb-α and Hb-β proteins are truly synthesized by hPVECs, (3) to evaluate the effect of LPS (lipopolysaccharide) on the expression of Hb-α and Hb-β proteins (4) to decipher the significance of the Hb-α and Hb-β expression in hPVECs and (5) to determine the molecular mechanism regulating the expression of Hb-α in hPVECs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174979/dop083-recombinant-subcutaneous-human-beta-defensin-2-hbd2-ameliorates-experimental-colitis-in-different-in-vivo-models
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D Mailänder-Sánchez, S Kjaerulf, K Sidelmann Brinch, B Andersen, E F Stange, N Malek, P Nordkild, J Wehkamp
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168343/is-infection-the-possible-initiator-of-disc-disease-an-insight-from-proteomic-analysis
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S Rajasekaran, Chitraa Tangavel, Siddharth N Aiyer, Sharon Miracle Nayagam, M Raveendran, Naveen Luke Demonte, Pramela Subbaiah, Rishi Kanna, Ajoy Prasad Shetty, K Dharmalingam
STUDY DESIGN: Proteomic and 16S rDNA analysis of disc tissues obtained in vivo. OBJECTIVE: To address the controversy of infection as an aetiology for disc disorders through protein profiling. There is raging controversy over the presence of bacteria in human lumbar discs in vivo, and if they represent contamination or infection. Proteomics can provide valuable insight by identifying proteins signifying bacterial presence and, also host defence response proteins (HDRPs), which will confirm infection...
February 6, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161961/genome-wide-gene-expression-pattern-underlying-differential-host-response-to-high-or-low-pathogenic-h5n1-avian-influenza-virus-in-ducks
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A Kumar, P Vijayakumar, P N Gandhale, P B Ranaware, H Kumar, D D Kulkarni, A A Raut, A Mishra
The differences in the influenza viral pathogenesis observed between different pathogenic strains are associated with distinct properties of virus strains and the host immune responses. In order to determine the differences in the duck immune response against two different pathogenic strains, we studied genome-wide host immune gene response of ducks infected with A/duck/India/02CA10/2011 and A/duck/Tripura/103597/2008 H5N1 viruses using custom-designed microarray. A/duck/India/02CA10/2011 is highly pathogenic virus (HP) to ducks, whereas A/duck/Tripura/103597/2008 is a low pathogenic (LP) virus strain...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160020/diagnosis-of-periprosthetic-joint-infection-using-alpha-defensin-test-or-multiplex-pcr-ideal-diagnostic-test-still-not-found
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Arnold J Suda, Marco Tinelli, Nils D Beisemann, Yoram Weil, Amal Khoury, Oliver E Bischel
PURPOSE: Diagnosing periprosthetic infection remains a challenge. Multiplex-PCR and biomarkers such as alpha-defensin are potentially useful and fast methods for detecting periprosthetic infection. This study compared these new methods with clinical assessment, conventional microbiological methods and histo-pathological examination. METHODS: Twenty-eight consecutive patients with 30 joints and a mean age of 67.7 years (range 39 to 88) with removal of total hip arthroplasty (THA) or total knee replacement (TKR) were included in this study...
February 4, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151653/full-sequence-amino-acid-scanning-of-%C3%AE-defensin-rtd-1-yields-a-potent-anthrax-lethal-factor-protease-inhibitor
#18
Yilong Li, Andrew Gould, Teshome Aboye, Tao Bi, Leonard Breindel, Alexander Shekhtman, Julio A Camarero
θ-Defensin RTD-1 is a noncompetitive inhibitor of anthrax lethal factor (LF) protease (IC50 = 390 ± 20 nM, Ki = 365 ± 20 nM) and a weak inhibitor of other mammalian metalloproteases such as TNFα converting enzyme (TACE) (Ki = 4.45 ± 0.48 μM). Using full sequence amino acid scanning in combination with a highly efficient "one-pot" cyclization-folding approach, we obtained an RTD-1-based peptide that was around 10 times more active than wild-type RTD-1 in inhibiting LF protease (IC50 = 43 ± 3 nM, Ki = 18 ± 1 nM)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149859/defensin-chemokine-heteromeric-complexes-derived-from-heterocellular-activation-a-possible-target-to-inhibit-ccl5-in-cardiovascular-settings
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EDITORIAL
Osamu Baba, Yongjian Liu, Gwendalyn J Randolph
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147379/decidualization-mediated-by-steroid-hormones-modulates-the-innate-immunity-in-response-to-group-b-streptococcal-infection-in-vitro
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Violeta Castro-Leyva, Veronica Zaga-Clavellina, Aurora Espejel-Nuñez, Rodrigo Vega-Sanchez, Arturo Flores-Pliego, Enrique Reyes-Muñoz, Silvia Giono-Cerezo, Sonia Nava-Salazar, Salvador Espino Y Sosa, Guadalupe Estrada-Gutierrez
BACKGROUND: Decidual cells play a role in the modulation of the innate immune response to protect pregnancy against infection. Steroid hormones regulate the innate immune response in different tissues, and they are involved in several biological processes like decidualization. The aim of this study was to assess if steroid hormones modulate the innate immunity in endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) and decidual stromal cells (DSCs) in response to group B streptococcus (GBS) infection in vitro...
February 2, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
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