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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453849/methionine-is-required-for-camp-pka-mediated-morphogenesis-and-virulence-of-candida-albicans
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Sanne Schrevens, Griet Van Zeebroeck, Michael Riedelberger, Hélène Tournu, Karl Kuchler, Patrick Van Dijck
Candida albicans is a major human fungal pathogen, causing superficial, as well as life-threatening invasive infections. Therefore, it has to adequately sense and respond to the host defense by expressing appropriate virulence attributes. The most important virulence factor of C. albicans is the yeast-to-hyphae morphogenetic switch, which can be induced by numerous environmental cues, including the amino acid methionine. Here, we show an essential role for methionine permease Mup1 in methionine-induced morphogenesis, biofilm formation, survival inside macrophages and virulence...
February 17, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453332/step-wise-evolution-of-complex-chemical-defenses-in-millipedes-a-phylogenomic-approach
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Juanita Rodriguez, Tappey H Jones, Petra Sierwald, Paul E Marek, William A Shear, Michael S Brewer, Kevin M Kocot, Jason E Bond
With fossil representatives from the Silurian capable of respiring atmospheric oxygen, millipedes are among the oldest terrestrial animals, and likely the first to acquire diverse and complex chemical defenses against predators. Exploring the origin of complex adaptive traits is critical for understanding the evolution of Earth's biological complexity, and chemical defense evolution serves as an ideal study system. The classic explanation for the evolution of complexity is by gradual increase from simple to complex, passing through intermediate "stepping stone" states...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453279/il-12-il-18-cosignaling-in-human-macrophages-and-lung-epithelial-cells-activates-cathelicidin-and-autophagy-inhibiting-intracellular-mycobacterial-growth
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Rui Yang, Enzhuo Yang, Ling Shen, Robert L Modlin, Hongbo Shen, Zheng W Chen
The ability of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to block host antimicrobial responses in infected cells provides a key mechanism for disease pathogenesis. The immune system has evolved to overcome this blockade to restrict the infection, but it is not clear whether two key innate cytokines (IL-12/IL-18) involved in host defense can enhance antimycobacterial mechanisms. In this study, we demonstrated that the combination of IL-12 and IL-18 triggered an antimicrobial response against mycobacteria in infected macrophages (THP-1 and human primary monocyte-derived macrophages) and pulmonary epithelial A549 cells...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452206/snx10-mediates-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-and-steatosis-via-regulating-chaperone-mediated-autophagy-activation
#4
Yan You, Wan-Zhen Li, Sulin Zhang, Bin Hu, Yue-Xuan Li, Hai-Dong Li, Huan-Huan Tang, Qian-Wen Li, Yun-Yun Guan, Li-Xin Liu, Wei-Lian Bao, Xiaoyan Shen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Alcoholic liver disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, the cellular defense mechanisms underlying ALD are not well understood. Recent studies highlight the involvement of chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) in regulating hepatic lipid metabolism. Sorting nexin (SNX) 10 has a regulatory function in endo-lysosomal trafficking and stabilization. Here we investigated the roles of SNX10 in CMA activation and the pathogenesis of alcohol-induced liver injury and steatosis...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452083/tribolium-castaneum-gene-expression-changes-after-paranosema-whitei-infection
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Alberto Lopez-Ezquerra, Andreas Mitschke, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Gerrit Joop
BACKGROUND: Microsporidia are obligate parasites that possess some of the smallest eukaryotic genomes. Several insect species are susceptible to infections by microsporidian parasites. Paranosema whitei frequently infects young larvae of Tribolium castaneum and obligately kills the host whereupon transmission to subsequent hosts is accomplished via spores. P. whitei infection results in developmental arrest of T. castaneum, preventing larvae from pupation. The mechanisms underlying P...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451312/yoda-map3k-kinase-regulates-plant-immune-responses-conferring-broad-spectrum-disease-resistance
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Sara Sopeña-Torres, Lucía Jordá, Clara Sánchez-Rodríguez, Eva Miedes, Viviana Escudero, Sanjay Swami, Gemma López, Mariola Piślewska-Bednarek, Ines Lassowskat, Justin Lee, Yangnan Gu, Sabine Haigis, Danny Alexander, Sivakumar Pattathil, Antonio Muñoz-Barrios, Pawel Bednarek, Shauna Somerville, Paul Schulze-Lefert, Michael G Hahn, Dierk Scheel, Antonio Molina
Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) cascades play essential roles in plants by transducing developmental cues and environmental signals into cellular responses. Among the latter are microbe-associated molecular patterns perceived by pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), which trigger immunity. We found that YODA (YDA) - a MAPK kinase kinase regulating several Arabidopsis developmental processes, like stomatal patterning - also modulates immune responses. Resistance to pathogens is compromised in yda alleles, whereas plants expressing the constitutively active YDA (CA-YDA) protein show broad-spectrum resistance to fungi, bacteria, and oomycetes with different colonization modes...
February 16, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450944/nrf2-addiction-in-cancer-cells
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Kitamura, Hozumi Motohashi
The KEAP1-NRF2 system is a pivotal defense mechanism against oxidative and electrophilic stress. While transient NRF2 activation in response to stress is beneficial for health, persistent NRF2 activation in cancer cells has deleterious effects on cancer-bearing hosts by conferring therapeutic resistance and aggressive tumorigenic activity on cancer cells. Because NRF2 increases the anti-oxidant and detoxification capability of cancer cells, persistently high levels of NRF2 activity enhance therapeutic resistance of the cancer cells...
February 16, 2018: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450785/the-role-of-the-alternative-pathway-of-complement-activation-in-glomerular-diseases
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REVIEW
Emilia Łukawska, Magdalena Polcyn-Adamczak, Zofia I Niemir
The complement system (CS) has recently been recognized as a bridge between innate and adaptive immunity that constitutes a very complex mechanism controlling the clearance of pathogens, cellular debris, and immune complexes. Out of three known pathways of complement activation, the alternative pathway (AP) plays a critical role in host defense by amplifying the complement response, independently of initiation pathway and continuously maintaining low-level activity in a process called 'thick-over.' A key molecule of the CS is C3, in which the AP is constantly activated...
February 15, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449838/the-divergence-in-bacterial-components-associated-with-bactrocera-dorsalis-across-developmental-stages
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Xiaofeng Zhao, Xiaoyu Zhang, Zhenshi Chen, Zhen Wang, Yongyue Lu, Daifeng Cheng
Eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbiotas at the macroscale level are largely driven by ecological variables. The diet and living environment of the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis , diversify during development, providing a natural system to explore convergence, divergence, and repeatability in patterns of microbiota dynamics as a function of the host diet, phylogeny, and environment. Here, we characterized the microbiotas of 47 B. dorsalis individuals from three distinct populations by 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449584/crispr-whole-genome-screening-identifies-new-necroptosis-regulators-and-ripk1-alternative-splicing
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Marinella G Callow, Colin Watanabe, Katherine E Wickliffe, Russell Bainer, Sarah Kummerfield, Julie Weng, Trinna Cuellar, Vasantharajan Janakiraman, Honglin Chen, Ben Chih, Yuxin Liang, Benjamin Haley, Kim Newton, Michael R Costa
The necroptotic cell death pathway is a key component of human pathogen defense that can become aberrantly derepressed during tissue homeostasis to contribute to multiple types of tissue damage and disease. While formation of the necrosome kinase signaling complex containing RIPK1, RIPK3, and MLKL has been extensively characterized, additional mechanisms of its regulation and effector functions likely remain to be discovered. We screened 19,883 mouse protein-coding genes by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene knockout for resistance to cytokine-induced necroptosis and identified 112 regulators and mediators of necroptosis, including 59 new candidate pathway components with minimal or no effect on cell growth in the absence of necroptosis induction...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449098/quantification-of-human-complement-factor-h-binding-to-asexual-malaria-blood-stages-by-an-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay
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Nina Simon, Oliver Friedrich, Barbara Kappes
The human complement system is the most effective defense mechanism of the human innate immune system. One major negative regulator of the alternative pathway in human blood is complement factor H (FH). It binds to autologous cells and thus, prevents complement attack against body-cells or tissues. Various pathogens are known to escape complement recognition by recruiting FH to provide protection against the host's immune system. This immune evasion mechanism was recently qualitatively reported for asexual malaria blood stages...
February 12, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448207/ferulic-acid-protects-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-kidney-injury-by-suppressing-inflammatory-events-and-upregulating-antioxidant-defenses-in-balb-c-mice
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Salma Mukhtar Mir, Halley Gora Ravuri, Raj Kumar Pradhan, Sairam Narra, Jerald Mahesh Kumar, Madhusudana Kuncha, Sanjit Kanjilal, Ramakrishna Sistla
Sepsis-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) is responsible for 70-80% mortality in intensive care patients due to elevated levels of endotoxin, Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) caused by gram-negative infections. Ferulic acid (FA), a phenolic phytochemical is known for its renal protection on various induced models of nephrotoxicity. However, the curative effect of FA in LPS-induced AKI is not well studied. This study aimed to investigate the effect of FA on LPS-induced AKI in mice model and to understand the protective mechanisms involved, to provide evidence for FA in the treatment of AKI...
February 12, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446095/orobanche-cernua-loefling-attenuates-ultraviolet-b-mediated-photoaging-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
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Wei Gao, Yu-Shuai Wang, Zheng-Yi Qu, Eunson Hwang, Hien T T Ngo, Ying-Ping Wang, Jahyun Bae, Tae-Hoo Yi
UV radiation is the primary cause of skin photoaging, which results in an increase in matrix metalloproteinases and degradation of collagen. Developing new natural antioxidant as photoprotective agents have become a popular area of research. Orobanche cernua Loefling is a parasitic plant that is rich in phenylethanoid glycosides (PhGs). This study investigated the photoprotective effects of the ethanolic extract of Orobanche cernua Loefling (OC) and its principal component acteoside on UVB-induced photoaging as well as their underlying molecular mechanisms in normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDFs)...
February 15, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444855/role-of-glutathione-metabolism-in-host-defense-against-borrelia-burgdorferi-infection
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Mariska Kerstholt, Hedwig Vrijmoeth, Ekta Lachmandas, Marije Oosting, Mihaela Lupse, Mirela Flonta, Charles A Dinarello, Mihai G Netea, Leo A B Joosten
Pathogen-induced changes in host cell metabolism are known to be important for the immune response. In this study, we investigated how infection with the Lyme disease-causing bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi ( Bb ) affects host metabolic pathways and how these metabolic pathways may impact host defense. First, metabolome analysis was performed on human primary monocytes from healthy volunteers, stimulated for 24 h with Bb at low multiplicity of infection (MOI). Pathway analysis indicated that glutathione (GSH) metabolism was the pathway most significantly affected by Bb Specifically, intracellular levels of GSH increased on average 10-fold in response to Bb exposure...
February 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442498/proteostasis-and-the-regulation-of-intra-and-extracellular-protein-aggregation-by-atp-independent-molecular-chaperones-lens-%C3%AE-crystallins-and-milk-caseins
#15
John A Carver, Heath Ecroyd, Roger J W Truscott, David C Thorn, Carl Holt
Molecular chaperone proteins perform a diversity of roles inside and outside the cell. One of the most important is the stabilization of misfolding proteins to prevent their aggregation, a process that is potentially detrimental to cell viability. Diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and cataract are characterized by the accumulation of protein aggregates. In vivo, many proteins are metastable and therefore under mild destabilizing conditions have an inherent tendency to misfold, aggregate, and hence lose functionality...
February 14, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441052/harnessing-the-mtor-pathway-for-tuberculosis-treatment
#16
REVIEW
Pooja Singh, Selvakumar Subbian
Tuberculosis (TB) remains as one of the leading killer infectious diseases of humans. At present, the standard therapeutic regimen to treat TB comprised of multiple antibiotics administered for a minimum of six months. Although these drugs are useful in controlling TB burden globally, they have not eliminated the disease. In addition, the lengthy duration of treatment with multiple drugs contributes to patient non-compliance that can result in the development of drug resistant strains (MDR and XDR) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of TB...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440426/sting-dependent-translation-inhibition-restricts-rna-virus-replication
#17
Kate M Franz, William J Neidermyer, Yee-Joo Tan, Sean P J Whelan, Jonathan C Kagan
In mammalian cells, IFN responses that occur during RNA and DNA virus infections are activated by distinct signaling pathways. The RIG-I-like-receptors (RLRs) bind viral RNA and engage the adaptor MAVS (mitochondrial antiviral signaling) to promote IFN expression, whereas cGAS (cGMP-AMP synthase) binds viral DNA and activates an analogous pathway via the protein STING (stimulator of IFN genes). In this study, we confirm that STING is not necessary to induce IFN expression during RNA virus infection but also find that STING is required to restrict the replication of diverse RNA viruses...
February 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439264/innate-immunity-of-the-lung-from-basic-mechanisms-to-translational-medicine
#18
Dominik Hartl, Rabindra Tirouvanziam, Julie Laval, Catherine M Greene, David Habiel, Lokesh Sharma, Ali Önder Yildirim, Charles S Dela Cruz, Cory M Hogaboam
The respiratory tract is faced daily with 10,000 L of inhaled air. While the majority of air contains harmless environmental components, the pulmonary immune system also has to cope with harmful microbial or sterile threats and react rapidly to protect the host at this intimate barrier zone. The airways are endowed with a broad armamentarium of cellular and humoral host defense mechanisms, most of which belong to the innate arm of the immune system. The complex interplay between resident and infiltrating immune cells and secreted innate immune proteins shapes the outcome of host-pathogen, host-allergen, and host-particle interactions within the mucosal airway compartment...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439210/mycorrhiza-triggered-transcriptomic-and-metabolomic-networks-impinge-on-herbivore-fitness
#19
Moritz Kaling, Anna Schmidt, Franco Moritz, Maaria Rosenkranz, Michael Witting, Karl Kasper, Dennis Janz, Phillipe Schmitt-Kopplin, Joerg-Peter Schnitzler, Andrea Polle
Symbioses between plants and mycorrhizal fungi are ubiquitous in ecosystems and strengthen the plants' defense against aboveground herbivores. Here, we studied the underlying regulatory networks and biochemical mechanisms in leaves induced by ectomycorrhizae that modify herbivore interactions. Feeding damage and oviposition by the widespread poplar leaf beetle Chrysomela populi were reduced on ectomycorrhizal hybrid poplar Populus x canescens. Integration of transcriptomics, metabolomics and volatile emission patterns via mass difference networks demonstrated changes in nitrogen allocation in leaves of mycorrhizal poplars, down-regulation of phenolic pathways and up-regulation of defensive systems, including protease inhibitors, chitinases and aldoxime biosynthesis...
February 8, 2018: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438676/stress-induced-cellular-responses-in-immunogenic-cell-death-implications-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#20
REVIEW
Flavia Radogna, Marc Diederich
Cancer is evading the host's defense mechanisms leading to avoidance of immune destruction. During tumor progression, immune-evading cancer cells arise due to selective pressure from the hypoxic and nutrient-deprived microenvironment. Thus, therapies aiming at re-establishing immune destruction of pathological cells constitute innovating anti-cancer strategies. Accumulating evidence suggests that selected conventional chemotherapeutic drugs increase the immunogenicity of stressed and dying cancer cells by triggering a form of cell death called immunogenic cell death (ICD), which is characterized by the release of danger-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs)...
February 10, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
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