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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913850/two-novel-cyclic-hexapeptides-from-the-genetically-engineered-actinosynnema-pretiosum
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Chunhua Lu, Fei Xie, Chuan Shan, Yuemao Shen
Two novel cyclic hexapeptides designated actinosynneptides A (1) and B (2), together with three tryptophan containing diketopiperazines, namely cyclo(L-Trp-L-Trp) (3), cyclo(L-Trp-N-MeL-Trp) (4), and cyclo(N-MeL-Trp-N-MeL-Trp) (5), were isolated from the culture of the genetically engineered strain HGF052::asm18 derived from Actinosynnema pretiosum ATCC31565. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic analyses and single-crystal X-ray diffractions. Compound 1 is the first example of 3-amino-6-hydroxy-2-piperidone-containing cyclic peptides, and 1 and 2 showed moderate cytotoxic activities against HeLa and PC3 cell lines...
December 2, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913846/potent-mutagenicity-of-some-non-planar-tri-and-tetrachlorinated-biphenyls-in-mammalian-cells-human-cyp2e1-being-a-major-activating-enzyme
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Yungang Liu, Keqi Hu, Hansi Jia, Guifang Jin, Hansruedi Glatt, Hao Jiang
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been classified as human carcinogens. Mutagenicity of lower chlorinated biphenyls as well as activation of transcription factors by some other congeners may contribute to the carcinogenicity of PCBs. Recently, we reported that human CYP2E1 activates mono- and dichlorobiphenyls to mutagens. However, mutagenicity of other PCBs and the involvement of other CYPs remained unknown. In this study, Chinese hamster V79-derived cell lines genetically engineered for expression of individual human CYP enzymes and a human hepatocyte (L-02) line endogenously expressing various CYPs were used to determine the activities of several tri- and tetrachlorobiphenyls to induce micronuclei and gene mutations...
December 2, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913792/genetic-engineering-approach-to-develop-next-generation-reagents-for-endotoxin-quantification
#3
Hikaru Mizumura, Norihiko Ogura, Jun Aketagawa, Maki Aizawa, Yuki Kobayashi, Shun-Ichiro Kawabata, Toshio Oda
The bacterial endotoxin test, which uses amebocyte lysate reagents of horseshoe crab origin, is a sensitive, reproducible and simple assay to measure endotoxin concentration. To develop sustainable raw materials for lysate reagents that do not require horseshoe crabs, three recombinant protease zymogens (factor C, derived from mammalian cells; factor B; and the proclotting enzyme derived from insect cells) were prepared using a genetic engineering technique. Recombinant cascade reagents (RCRs) were then prepared to reconstruct the reaction cascade in the amebocyte lysate reagent...
December 1, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913524/cellular-and-vaccine-immunotherapy-for-multiple-myeloma
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Alfred L Garfall, Edward A Stadtmauer
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and donor lymphocyte infusion for multiple myeloma (MM) can induce graft-versus-myeloma immunity and long-term survivorship, but limited efficacy and associated toxicities have prevented its widespread use. Cellular immunotherapies and vaccines seek to induce more specific, reliable, and potent antimyeloma immune responses with less treatment-related risk than is possible with allogeneic transplantation. Advances in molecular biology, and basic and applied immunology, have led to promising approaches such as genetically engineered T cells with chimeric antigen receptors and T-cell receptors targeting myeloma-specific epitopes, vaccine primed ex vivo expanded autologous T cells, expanded marrow-infiltrating lymphocytes, and plasma cell/dendritic cell fusion vaccines...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911907/expression-of-an-engineered-4-6-%C3%AE-glucanotransferase-in-potato-results-in-changes-in-starch-characteristics
#5
Xuan Xu, Annemarie Dechesne, Richard G F Visser, Luisa M Trindade
Starch structure strongly influences starch physicochemical properties, determining the end uses of starch in various applications. To produce starches with novel structure and exploit the mechanism of starch granule formation, an (engineered) 4, 6-α-glucanotransferase (GTFB) from Lactobacillus reuteri 121 was introduced into two potato genetic backgrounds: amylose-containing line Kardal and amylose-free mutant amf. The resulting starches showed severe changes in granule morphology regardless of genetic backgrounds...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911809/unique-attributes-of-cyanobacterial-metabolism-revealed-by-improved-genome-scale-metabolic-modeling-and-essential-gene-analysis
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Jared T Broddrick, Benjamin E Rubin, David G Welkie, Niu Du, Nathan Mih, Spencer Diamond, Jenny J Lee, Susan S Golden, Bernhard O Palsson
The model cyanobacterium, Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942, is a genetically tractable obligate phototroph that is being developed for the bioproduction of high-value chemicals. Genome-scale models (GEMs) have been successfully used to assess and engineer cellular metabolism; however, GEMs of phototrophic metabolism have been limited by the lack of experimental datasets for model validation and the challenges of incorporating photon uptake. Here, we develop a GEM of metabolism in S. elongatus using random barcode transposon site sequencing (RB-TnSeq) essential gene and physiological data specific to photoautotrophic metabolism...
December 1, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911800/an-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-hydrolase-fold-protein-in-the-biosynthesis-of-thiostrepton-exhibits-a-dual-activity-for-endopeptidyl-hydrolysis-and-epoxide-ring-opening-macrocyclization
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Qingfei Zheng, Shoufeng Wang, Panpan Duan, Rijing Liao, Dandan Chen, Wen Liu
Thiostrepton (TSR), an archetypal bimacrocyclic thiopeptide antibiotic that arises from complex posttranslational modifications of a genetically encoded precursor peptide, possesses a quinaldic acid (QA) moiety within the side-ring system of a thiopeptide-characteristic framework. Focusing on selective engineering of the QA moiety, i.e., by fluorination or methylation, we have recently designed and biosynthesized biologically more active TSR analogs. Using these analogs as chemical probes, we uncovered an unusual indirect mechanism of TSR-type thiopeptides, which are able to act against intracellular pathogens through host autophagy induction in addition to direct targeting of bacterial ribosome...
November 23, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910951/molecular-imaging-with-engineered-physiology
#8
Mitul Desai, Adrian L Slusarczyk, Ashley Chapin, Mariya Barch, Alan Jasanoff
In vivo imaging techniques are powerful tools for evaluating biological systems. Relating image signals to precise molecular phenomena can be challenging, however, due to limitations of the existing optical, magnetic and radioactive imaging probe mechanisms. Here we demonstrate a concept for molecular imaging which bypasses the need for conventional imaging agents by perturbing the endogenous multimodal contrast provided by the vasculature. Variants of the calcitonin gene-related peptide artificially activate vasodilation pathways in rat brain and induce contrast changes that are readily measured by optical and magnetic resonance imaging...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910766/natural-igm-and-the-development-of-b-cell-mediated-autoimmune-diseases
#9
Trang T T Nguyen, Nicole Baumgarth
Most serum immunoglobulin M (IgM) is "natural IgM", which is produced apparently spontaneously by a distinct subset of B cells requiring no exogenous antigenic or microbial stimuli. Natural IgM is an evolutionarily conserved molecule and reacts with a variety of epitopes expressed on both self- and non-self antigens. It has long been understood that secreted (s) IgM contributes to the removal of altered self-antigens, such as apoptotic and dying cells. As we outline in this review, it is thought that this sIgM housekeeping function removes potential triggers of autoresponse induction...
2016: Critical Reviews in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910041/efficient-genome-editing-in-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-with-engineered-nucleases-in-vitro
#10
Vittavat Termglinchan, Timon Seeger, Caressa Chen, Joseph C Wu, Ioannis Karakikes
Precision genome engineering is rapidly advancing the application of the induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) technology for in vitro disease modeling of cardiovascular diseases. Targeted genome editing using engineered nucleases is a powerful tool that allows for reverse genetics, genome engineering, and targeted transgene integration experiments to be performed in a precise and predictable manner. However, nuclease-mediated homologous recombination is an inefficient process. Herein, we describe the development of an optimized method combining site-specific nucleases and the piggyBac transposon system for "seamless" genome editing in pluripotent stem cells with high efficiency and fidelity in vitro...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909940/enhancement-of-rapamycin-production-by-metabolic-engineering-in-streptomyces-hygroscopicus-based-on-genome-scale-metabolic-model
#11
Lanqing Dang, Jiao Liu, Cheng Wang, Huanhuan Liu, Jianping Wen
Rapamycin, as a macrocyclic polyketide with immunosuppressive, antifungal, and anti-tumor activity produced by Streptomyces hygroscopicus, is receiving considerable attention for its significant contribution in medical field. However, the production capacity of the wild strain is very low. Hereby, a computational guided engineering approach was proposed to improve the capability of rapamycin production. First, a genome-scale metabolic model of Streptomyces hygroscopicus ATCC 29253 was constructed based on its annotated genome and biochemical information...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909701/immunological-quality-and-performance-of-tumor-vessel-targeting-car-t-cells-prepared-by-mrna-ep-for-clinical-research
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Kanako Inoo, Ryo Inagaki, Kento Fujiwara, Shigemi Sasawatari, Takashi Kamigaki, Shinsaku Nakagawa, Naoki Okada
We previously reported that tumor vessel-redirected T cells, which were genetically engineered with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) specific for vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2), demonstrated significant antitumor effects in various murine solid tumor models. In the present study, we prepared anti-VEGFR2 CAR-T cells by CAR-coding mRNA electroporation (mRNA-EP) and analyzed their immunological characteristics and functions for use in clinical research. The expression of anti-VEGFR2 CAR on murine and human T cells was detected with approximately 100% efficiency for a few days, after peaking 6-12 hours after mRNA-EP...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906824/selection-of-patients-for-initial-clinical-trials-of-solid-organ-xenotransplantation
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David K C Cooper, Martin Wijkstrom, Sundaram Hariharan, Joshua L Chan, Avneesh Singh, Keith Horvath, Muhammad Mohiuddin, Arielle Cimeno, Rolf N Barth, John C LaMattina, Richard N Pierson
Several groups have reported extended survival of genetically-engineered pig organs in nonhuman primates, varying from almost 10 months for life-supporting kidney grafts and >2 years for nonlife-supporting heart grafts to less than 1 month for life-supporting liver and lung grafts. We have attempted to define groups of patients who may not have an option to wait for an allograft. These include kidney, heart, and lung candidates who are highly-allosensitized. In addition, some kidney candidates (who have previously lost at least 2 allografts from rapid recurrence of native kidney disease) have a high risk of further recurrence and will not be offered a repeat allotransplant...
December 1, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905091/recent-advances-of-molecular-toolbox-construction-expand-pichia-pastoris-in-synthetic-biology-applications
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REVIEW
Zhen Kang, Hao Huang, Yunfeng Zhang, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen
Pichia pastoris: (reclassified as Komagataella phaffii), a methylotrophic yeast strain has been widely used for heterologous protein production because of its unique advantages, such as readily achievable high-density fermentation, tractable genetic modifications and typical eukaryotic post-translational modifications. More recently, P. pastoris as a metabolic pathway engineering platform has also gained much attention. In this mini-review, we addressed recent advances of molecular toolboxes, including synthetic promoters, signal peptides, and genome engineering tools that established for P...
January 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903891/cloning-independent-markerless-gene-editing-in-streptococcus-sanguinis-novel-insights-in-type-iv-pilus-biology
#15
Ishwori Gurung, Jamie-Lee Berry, Alexander M J Hall, Vladimir Pelicic
Streptococcus sanguinis, a naturally competent opportunistic human pathogen, is a Gram-positive workhorse for genomics. It has recently emerged as a model for the study of type IV pili (Tfp)-exceptionally widespread and important prokaryotic filaments. To enhance genetic manipulation of Streptococcus sanguinis, we have developed a cloning-independent methodology, which uses a counterselectable marker and allows sophisticated markerless gene editing in situ We illustrate the utility of this methodology by answering several questions regarding Tfp biology by (i) deleting single or mutiple genes, (ii) altering specific bases in genes of interest, and (iii) engineering genes to encode proteins with appended affinity tags...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903863/internalization-of-secreted-antigen-targeted-antibodies-by-the-neonatal-fc-receptor-for-precision-imaging-of-the-androgen-receptor-axis
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Daniel L J Thorek, Philip A Watson, Sang-Gyu Lee, Anson T Ku, Stylianos Bournazos, Katharina Braun, Kwanghee Kim, Kjell Sjöström, Michael G Doran, Urpo Lamminmäki, Elmer Santos, Darren Veach, Mesruh Turkekul, Emily Casey, Jason S Lewis, Diane S Abou, Marise R H van Voss, Peter T Scardino, Sven-Erik Strand, Mary L Alpaugh, Howard I Scher, Hans Lilja, Steven M Larson, David Ulmert
Targeting the androgen receptor (AR) pathway prolongs survival in patients with prostate cancer, but resistance rapidly develops. Understanding this resistance is confounded by a lack of noninvasive means to assess AR activity in vivo. We report intracellular accumulation of a secreted antigen-targeted antibody (SATA) that can be used to characterize disease, guide therapy, and monitor response. AR-regulated human kallikrein-related peptidase 2 (free hK2) is a prostate tissue-specific antigen produced in prostate cancer and androgen-stimulated breast cancer cells...
November 30, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903826/synthetic-biology-approaches-to-biological-containment-pre-emptively-tackling-potential-risks
#17
REVIEW
Leticia Torres, Antje Krüger, Eszter Csibra, Edoardo Gianni, Vitor B Pinheiro
Biocontainment comprises any strategy applied to ensure that harmful organisms are confined to controlled laboratory conditions and not allowed to escape into the environment. Genetically engineered microorganisms (GEMs), regardless of the nature of the modification and how it was established, have potential human or ecological impact if accidentally leaked or voluntarily released into a natural setting. Although all evidence to date is that GEMs are unable to compete in the environment, the power of synthetic biology to rewrite life requires a pre-emptive strategy to tackle possible unknown risks...
November 30, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903821/construction-of-a-minimal-genome-as-a-chassis-for-synthetic-biology
#18
REVIEW
Bong Hyun Sung, Donghui Choe, Sun Chang Kim, Byung-Kwan Cho
Microbial diversity and complexity pose challenges in understanding the voluminous genetic information produced from whole-genome sequences, bioinformatics and high-throughput '-omics' research. These challenges can be overcome by a core blueprint of a genome drawn with a minimal gene set, which is essential for life. Systems biology and large-scale gene inactivation studies have estimated the number of essential genes to be ∼300-500 in many microbial genomes. On the basis of the essential gene set information, minimal-genome strains have been generated using sophisticated genome engineering techniques, such as genome reduction and chemical genome synthesis...
November 30, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903818/properties-of-alternative-microbial-hosts-used-in-synthetic-biology-towards-the-design-of-a-modular-chassis
#19
REVIEW
Juhyun Kim, Manuel Salvador, Elizabeth Saunders, Jaime González, Claudio Avignone-Rossa, Jose Ignacio Jiménez
The chassis is the cellular host used as a recipient of engineered biological systems in synthetic biology. They are required to propagate the genetic information and to express the genes encoded in it. Despite being an essential element for the appropriate function of genetic circuits, the chassis is rarely considered in their design phase. Consequently, the circuits are transferred to model organisms commonly used in the laboratory, such as Escherichia coli, that may be suboptimal for a required function...
November 30, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902845/cloning-and-heterologous-expression-of-chlorophyll-a-synthase-in-rhodobacter-sphaeroides
#20
Emre M Ipekoğlu, Koray Göçmen, Mehmet T Öz, Muazzez Gürgan, Meral Yücel
Rhodobacter sphaeroides is a purple non-sulfur bacterium which photoheterotrophically produces hydrogen from organic acids under anaerobic conditions. A gene coding for putative chlorophyll a synthase (chlG) from cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus was amplified by nested polymerase chain reaction and cloned into an inducible-expression plasmid which was subsequently transferred to R. sphaeroides for heterologous expression. Induced expression of chlG in R. sphaeroides led to changes in light absorption spectrum within 400-700 nm...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
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