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Philipp Schwarzer, Julia Wunsch-Palasis, Andreas Bechthold, Thomas Paululat
Rishirilide B was isolated from Streptomyces rishiriensis and Streptomyces bottropensis on the basis of its inhibitory activity towards alpha-2-macroglobulin. The biosynthesis of rishirilide B was investigated by feeding experiments with different13 C labelled precursors using the heterologous host Streptomyces albus J1074::cos4 containing a cosmid encoding of the gene cluster responsible for rishirilide B production. NMR spectroscopic analysis of labelled compounds demonstrate that the tricyclic backbone of rishirilide B is a polyketide synthesized from nine acetate units...
March 7, 2018: Antibiotics
Jaimie Dufresne, Angelique Florentinus-Mefailoski, Pete Bowden, John G Marshall
The proteins identified from endogenous peptides agreed between serum versus plasma, and tryptic versus non-tryptic peptides, collected by C18 alone and analyzed by liquid chromatography electrospray ionization and tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) including amyloids, apolipoproteins, haptoglobin, complements, fibrinogens, hemopexin, antitrypsin and alpha 2 macroglobulin. Precipitation of polypeptides from plasma in 9 vol of 100% organic solvent followed by stepwise extraction of the insoluble pellet with an increasing fraction of water identified thousands of proteins...
February 24, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
Karianne S Enerstvedt, Magne O Sydnes, Eivind Larssen, Daniela M Pampanin
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are well known contaminants, ubiquitously present in the habitat and spawning areas for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). The Atlantic cod is a key species and a globally important food source, thus continuous monitoring of PAHs is considered highly valuable to ensure ecosystem sustainability and human food safety. PAH adducts to plasma proteins are applied as sensitive biomarkers of PAH exposure in humans and other species, thus the presence of PAH protein adducts in Atlantic cod plasma was investigated to identify PAH protein adduct biomarker candidates of exposure to PAHs...
February 16, 2018: Chemosphere
Divya T Babu, K Archana, Bhavya Kachiprath, Solly Solomon, G Jayanath, I S Bright Singh, Rosamma Philip
Actinomycetes (277Nos) isolated from marine environments and shrimp culture pond sediments were tested for hydrolytic enzyme production and biogranulation property. Potential isolates were screened for their efficacy in bioremediation of shrimp culture system. Based on the BOD reduction efficiency and water quality parameters, five actinomycete isolates viz., Streptomyces coelicoflavus (A6), Streptomyces diastaticus (A 44), Nocardiopsis alba (A 55), Streptomyces parvus (A 56) and Streptomyces champavatii (R 32) were subjected for tertiary screening in Penaeus monodon larval rearing system and the animals were challenged with white spot syndrome virus (WSSV)...
January 30, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Leslie B Gordon, Susan E Campbell, Joseph M Massaro, Ralph B D'Agostino, Monica E Kleinman, Mark W Kieran, Marsha A Moses
BACKGROUND: Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is an ultra-rare, fatal, segmental premature aging syndrome caused by the aberrant lamin A protein, progerin. The protein farnesyltransferase inhibitor, lonafarnib, ameliorates some aspects of cardiovascular and bone disease. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a prospective longitudinal survey of plasma proteins in 24 children with HGPS (an estimated 10% of the world's population at the time) at baseline and on lonafarnib therapy, compared to age and gender-matched controls using a multi-analyte, microsphere-based immune-fluorescent assay...
January 17, 2018: Pediatric Research
Samira Zouhir, Mylène Robert-Genthon, Daniel Maragno Trindade, Viviana Job, Marko Nedeljković, Cécile Breyton, Christine Ebel, Ina Attrée, Andréa Dessen
Alpha-2-macroglobulins (A2Ms) are large spectrum protease inhibitors that are major components of the eukaryotic immune system. Pathogenic and colonizing bacteria, such as the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, also carry structural homologs of eukaryotic A2Ms. Two types of bacterial A2Ms have been identified: Type I, much like the eukaryotic form, displays a conserved thioester that is essential for protease targeting, and Type II, which lacks the thioester and to date has been poorly studied despite its ubiquitous presence in Gram-negatives...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
Annamaria Cattaneo, Nadia Cattane, Chiara Malpighi, Darina Czamara, Anna Suarez, Nicole Mariani, Eero Kajantie, Alessia Luoni, Johan G Eriksson, Jari Lahti, Valeria Mondelli, Paola Dazzan, Katri Räikkönen, Elisabeth B Binder, Marco A Riva, Carmine M Pariante
To date, gene-environment (GxE) interaction studies in depression have been limited to hypothesis-based candidate genes, since genome-wide (GWAS)-based GxE interaction studies would require enormous datasets with genetics, environmental, and clinical variables. We used a novel, cross-species and cross-tissues "omics" approach to identify genes predicting depression in response to stress in GxE interactions. We integrated the transcriptome and miRNome profiles from the hippocampus of adult rats exposed to prenatal stress (PNS) with transcriptome data obtained from blood mRNA of adult humans exposed to early life trauma, using a stringent statistical analyses pathway...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Saravanakumar Selvaraj, Jung-Hwa Oh, Reinhard Spanel, Florian Länger, Hyoung-Yun Han, Eun-Hee Lee, Seokjoo Yoon, Jürgen Borlak
Hypersensitivity to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is a common adverse drug reaction and may result in serious inflammatory reactions of the liver. To investigate mechanism of immunoallergic hepatitis beagle dogs were given 1 or 3 mg/kg/day (HD) oral diclofenac for 28 days. HD diclofenac treatment caused liver function test abnormalities, reduced haematocrit and haemoglobin but induced reticulocyte, WBC, platelet, neutrophil and eosinophil counts. Histopathology evidenced hepatic steatosis and glycogen depletion, apoptosis, acute lobular hepatitis, granulomas and mastocytosis...
December 8, 2017: Oncotarget
Valentina Peta, Chantal Tse, Hugo Perazzo, Mona Munteanu, Yen Ngo, An Ngo, Nittia Ramanujam, Lea Verglas, Maxime Mallet, Vlad Ratziu, Dominique Thabut, Marika Rudler, Vincent Thibault, Ina Schuppe-Koistinen, Dominique Bonnefont-Rousselot, Bernard Hainque, Françoise Imbert-Bismut, Michael Merz, Gerd Kullak-Ublick, Raul Andrade, Florian van Boemmel, Eckart Schott, Thierry Poynard
BACKGROUND: There is a clear need for better biomarkers of drug-induced-liver-injury (DILI). AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the possible prognostic value of ActiTest and FibroTest proteins apoliprotein-A1, haptoglobin and alpha-2-macroglobulin, in patients with DILI. METHODS: We analyzed cases and controls included in the IMI-SAFE-T-DILI European project, from which serum samples had been stored in a dedicated biobank. The analyses of ActiTest and FibroTest had been prospectively scheduled...
2017: PloS One
Xia Lu, Sheng Luan, Ping Dai, Xianhong Meng, Baoxiang Cao, Kun Luo, Jie Kong
In the practical farming of Litopenaeus vannamei, the intensive culture system and environmental pollution usually results in a high concentration of ammonia, which brings large detrimental effects to shrimp, such as increasing the susceptibility to pathogens and even causing high mortality. We have revealed that the survival time under acute ammonia stress varied substantially among different families and obtained ammonia-tolerant (LV_T) and ammonia-sensitive (LV_S) families. In order to understand the molecular mechanism of defense against ammonia toxicity in shrimp, we performed iTRAQ LC-MS/MS proteomic analysis between LV_T and LV_S groups of L...
December 25, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
B Pitekova, V Kupcova, E Uhlikova, V Mojto, L Turecky
BACKGROUND: Liver fibrosis is the final common pathway of chronic liver diseases of various etiology. From the practical standpoint, it would be ideal to have a noninvasive fibromarker. The aim of our study was to investigate the levels of alpha-2-macroglobulin, potential fibromarker, in correlation to histological staging and another potential fibromarker, hyaluronic acid, in patients with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS: Population groups in this study consisted of 51 healthy volunteers and 54 patients with chronic hepatitis C...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Suzanne Miyamoto, Carol D Stroble, Sandra Taylor, Qiuting Hong, Carlito B Lebrilla, Gary S Leiserowitz, Kyoungmi Kim, L Renee Ruhaak
Protein glycosylation fingerprints are widely recognized as potential markers for disease states, and indeed differential glycosylation has been identified in multiple types of autoimmune diseases and several types of cancer. However, releasing the glycans leave the glycoproteins unknown; therefore, there exists a need for high-throughput methods that allow quantification of site- and protein-specific glycosylation patterns from complex biological mixtures. In this study, a targeted multiple reaction monitoring (MRM)-based method for the protein- and site-specific quantitation involving serum proteins immunoglobulins A, G and M, alpha-1-antitrypsin, transferrin, alpha-2-macroglobulin, haptoglobin, alpha-1-acid glycoprotein and complement C3 was developed...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Sahba Seddighi, Vijay R Varma, Yang An, Sudhir Varma, Lori L Beason-Held, Toshiko Tanaka, Melissa H Kitner-Triolo, Michael A Kraut, Christos Davatzikos, Madhav Thambisetty
We recently reported that alpha-2 macroglobulin (A2M) is a biomarker of neuronal injury in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and identified a network of nine genes co-expressed with A2M in the brain. This network includes the gene encoding SPARCL1, a protein implicated in synaptic maintenance. Here, we examine whether SPARCL1 is associated with longitudinal changes in brain structure and function in older individuals at risk for AD in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Using data from the Gene-Tissue Expression Project, we first identified two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), rs9998212 and rs7695558, associated with lower brain SPARCL1 gene expression...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Rodrigo de Andrade Ferrazza, Elizabeth Moreira Dos Santos Schmidt, Monika Mihm Carmichael, Fabiana Ferreira de Souza, Richard Burchmore, Roberto Sartori, Peter David Eckersall, João Carlos Pinheiro Ferreira
Bovine follicular fluid (FF) constitutes the microenvironment of follicles and includes various biologically active proteins. We performed a study involving 18 healthy non-lactating Holstein cows to determine the protein expression profile of FF at key-stages of follicular development. Follicles were individually aspirated in vivo at pre-deviation (F1∼7.0mm); deviation (F1∼8.5mm); post-deviation (F1∼12.0mm); and pre-ovulatory stages of follicle development, which were confirmed by measurement of follicular estradiol and progesterone concentrations...
November 15, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Lei Yang, Yaotian Mei, Qi Fang, Jiale Wang, Zhichao Yan, Qisheng Song, Zhe Lin, Gongyin Ye
Serine protease inhibitors (SPIs) regulate protease-mediated activities by inactivating their cognate proteinases, and are involved in multiple physiological processes. SPIs have been extensively studied in vertebrates and invertebrates; however, little SPI information is available in parasitoids. Herein, we identified 57 SPI genes in total through the genome of a parasitoid wasp, Pteromalus puparum. Gene structure analyses revealed that these SPIs contain 7 SPI domains. Depending on their mode of action, these SPIs can be categorized into serpins, canonical inhibitors and alpha-2-macroglobulins (A2Ms)...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Mohamed Alboraie, Kerstin Schütte, Marwa Khairy, Marwa Elsharkawy, Noha Asem, Fathy Elghamry, Helmy Shalaby, Gamal Esmat, Peter Malfertheiner
To validate the diagnostic performance of Hepa-Index in predicting different stages of hepatic fibrosis in Egyptian patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Methods: Hundred treatment naïve chronic hepatitis C Egyptian patients were prospectively enrolled between June 2014 and January 2015. They were subjected to: platelet count, alpha-2-macroglobulin (α2-MG), total bilirubin, gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), total cholesterol, liver biopsy and histopathological staging of hepatic fibrosis according to METAVIR scoring system...
November 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
Jessie S Truettner, Helen M Bramlett, W Dalton Dietrich
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion represents the majority of brain trauma in the United States. The pathophysiology of mTBI is complex and may include both focal and diffuse injury patterns. In addition to altered circuit dysfunction and traumatic axonal injury (TAI), chronic neuroinflammation has also been implicated in the pathophysiology of mTBI. Recently, our laboratory has reported the detrimental effects of mild hyperthermic mTBI in terms of worsening histopathological and behavioral outcomes...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
Ryo Shimomura, Tomohisa Nezu, Naohisa Hosomi, Shiro Aoki, Takamichi Sugimoto, Naoto Kinoshita, Mutsuko Araki, Tetsuya Takahashi, Hirofumi Maruyama, Masayasu Matsumoto
AIMS: Alpha-2-macroglobulin ( α2 MG) is thought to be associated with inflammatory reactions and procoagulant properties that might cause ischemic stroke. Endothelial dysfunction plays an important role in atherosclerosis development and in the occurrence of cardiovascular events. In this study, we investigated whether serum α2 MG levels, endothelial function, and endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) number were associated in patients with chronic stroke or cardiovascular risk factors...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Manali Jadhav, Monalisha Nayak, Swati Kumar, Apoorva Venkatesh, Sandip K Patel, Vipin Kumar, Sarthak Sharma, Biaus Samanta, Satarupa Deb, Avik Karak, Sumit Verma, Arunansu Talukdar, Sanjay K Kochar, Preeti Mansukhani, Mayuri Gandhi, Sanjeeva Srivastava
Dengue fever (DF) is a major global health burden with a pathophysiology that is still incompletely understood. Biomarkers that predict and explain susceptibility to DF and its progression to its more severe hemorrhagic form are much needed. DF is endemic in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, with a rapidly increasing incidence of disease severity. We conducted a clinical biomarker discovery study using both a case-control and longitudinal study design. Plasma proteome alterations in patients with DF (n = 12) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF, n = 24) were analyzed in comparison to healthy controls (HCs, n = 16), using the isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ)-based quantitative proteomics methodology (false discovery rate of 1%, ≥2 peptides)...
November 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
O Nedić, M Šunderić, N Gligorijević, V Malenković, G Miljuš
The primary role of insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (IGFBPs) is to regulate availability of IGFs for interacting with receptors, but IGFBPs perform IGF-independent actions as well. The availability and activity of IGFBPs in the circulation is influenced primarily by their concentration and structural modifications, but possibly also by interaction with major plasma proteins such as transferrin, alpha-2-macroglobulin (α2M), and fibrinogen. Four types of circulating IGFBP complexes were examined in this study by immuno- and ligand-binding assays in adults of different age...
October 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
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