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Angharad E Green, Alejandro Amézquita, Yvan Le-Marc, Matthew J Bull, Thomas R Connor, Eshwar Mahenthiralingam
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a common contaminant associated with product recalls in the home and personal care (HPC) industry. Preservation systems are used to prevent spoilage and protect consumers, but greater knowledge is needed of preservative resistance mechanisms used by P. aeruginosa contaminants. We aimed to identify genetic pathways associated with preservative exposure by using an industrial P. aeruginosa strain and implementing RNA-Seq to understand gene expression changes in response to industry relevant conditions...
March 14, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
John B McArthur, Hai Yu, Nova Tasnima, Christie M Lee, Andrew J Fisher, Xi Chen
The lack of α2-6-linkage specific sialidases limits the structural and functional studies of sialic acid-containing molecules. Photobacterium damselae α2-6-sialyltransferase (Pd2,6ST) was shown previously to have α2-6-specific, but weak, sialidase activity. Here we develop a high-throughput blue-white colony screening method to identify Pd2,6ST mutants with improved α2-6-sialidase activity from mutant libraries generated by sequential saturation mutagenesis. A triple mutant (Pd2,6ST S232L/T356S/W361F) has been identified with 101-fold improved activity, high α2-6-sialyl linkage selectivity, good activity in cleaving two common sialic acid forms N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac) and N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc)...
March 15, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
Ben A Wagstaff, Edward S Hems, Martin Rejzek, Jennifer Pratscher, Elliot Brooks, Sakonwan Kuhaudomlarp, Ellis C O'Neill, Matthew I Donaldson, Steven Lane, John Currie, Andrew M Hindes, Gill Malin, J Colin Murrell, Robert A Field
Prymnesium parvum is a toxin-producing microalga that causes harmful algal blooms globally, which often result in large-scale fish kills that have severe ecological and economic implications. Although many toxins have previously been isolated from P. parvum , ambiguity still surrounds the responsible ichthyotoxins in P. parvum blooms and the biotic and abiotic factors that promote bloom toxicity. A major fish kill attributed to P. parvum occurred in Spring 2015 on the Norfolk Broads, a low-lying set of channels and lakes (Broads) found on the East of England...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
Majid Vahed, Saburo Neya, Katsumi Matsuzaki, Tyuji Hoshino
The interaction of amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide with cell membrane is one of the factors enhancing Aβ aggregation, which is closely related to neuro-disturbance disease. In this work, we performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulation to investigate the initial stage of adhesion of Aβ40 to a GM1 ganglioside-containing membrane. Conformational change of Aβ40 due to interaction with the membrane was monitored and compared with that of Aβ42 observed in the previous study. Multiple computational trials were executed to analyze the probability of Aβ binding using a calculation model consisting of a GM1-containing mixed lipid membrane, water layer, ions, and Aβ40...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Muneaki Motomura, Hideaki Ichihara, Yoko Matsumoto
Negatively charged phosphatidylserine (PS) and sialic acid-containing glycosphingolipids (GM1) were observed to be over represented on the cell membranes of pancreatic cancer cells (BxPC-3) as opposed to normal pancreatic cells. Cationic liposomes (CL) were also found to selectively accumulate into the negatively charged cell membranes of BxPC-3 cells and inhibited their growth but have no effect on the viability of normal pancreatic cells. CL induced apoptosis in BxPC-3 cells via activation of caspase-3, -8, and -9 and mitochondrial events and inhibited tumor enlargement in xenograft mouse models of pancreatic cancer...
March 5, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Kathryn A Patras, Victor Nizet
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) colonizes the gastrointestinal and vaginal epithelium of a significant percentage of healthy women, with potential for ascending intrauterine infection or transmission during parturition, creating a risk of serious disease in the vulnerable newborn. This review highlights new insights on the bacterial virulence determinants, host immune responses, and microbiome interactions that underpin GBS vaginal colonization, the proximal step in newborn infectious disease pathogenesis. From the pathogen perspective, the function GBS adhesins and biofilms, β-hemolysin/cytolysin toxin, immune resistance factors, sialic acid mimicry, and two-component transcriptional regulatory systems are reviewed...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Hua Fu, Jing Hu, Min Zhang, Yuerong Wang, Hongyang Zhang, Ping Hu
For enrichment and separation of cis -diol-containing compounds from biomatrix, a new type of magnetic nanoparticles named MS-48-PBSC, whichwas facilely prepared in a one-step heterogeneous reaction. The morphology results demonstrated that the MS-48-PBSC was a spherical nanomaterial containing a core of silica-coated magnetic particle with a diameter of about 200 nm, and a cover layer of mesoporous silica with a thickness of approximate 50 nm. The characterization results showed that MS-48-PBSC presented a pore size of 4...
March 7, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Vyacheslav Buko, Ilya Zavodnik, Olena Kanuka, Elena Belonovskaya, Elena Naruta, Oxana Lukivskaya, Siargej Kirko, Grazyna Budryn, Danuta Żyżelewicz, Joanna Oracz, Natalia Sybirna
The protective effect of red cabbage extract (RCE) was evaluated in rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes, assessing a probable role of this extract in the prevention of erythrocyte impairments associated with a high risk of vascular complications in diabetes. RCE was analyzed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, and 11 anthocyanins, 3 hydroxybenzoic acids and 9 hydroxycinnamic acids were identified. Type 1 diabetes was induced by streptozotocin (60 mg kg-1 ) in Wistar male rats (n = 8 per group)...
March 8, 2018: Food & Function
Jingjing Jiang, Hongling Wen, Miaomiao Chi, Ying Liu, Jingxue Liu, Zhankui Cao, Li Zhao, Yanyan Song, Na Liu, Lianli Chi, Zhiyu Wang
Human parainfluenza virus type 3 (hPIV3) is an important respiratory pathogen that causes the majority of viral pneumonia of infants and young children. hPIV3 can infect host cells through the synergistic action of hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) protein and the homotypic fusion (F) protein on the viral surface. HN protein plays a variety of roles during the virus invasion process, such as promoting viral particles to bind to receptors, cleaving sialic acid, and activating the F protein. Crystal structure research shows that HN tetramer adopted a "heads-down" conformation, at least two heads dimmer on flank of the four-helix bundle stalk, which forms a symmetrical interaction interface...
March 7, 2018: Virus Genes
Luigi Rosa, Antimo Cutone, Maria Stefania Lepanto, Mellani Jinnett Scotti, Maria Pia Conte, Rosalba Paesano, Piera Valenti
Human and bovine lactoferrin (hLf and bLf) are multifunctional iron-binding glycoprotein constitutively synthesized and secreted by glandular epithelial cells and by neutrophils following induction. HLf and bLf possess very high similarity of sequence. Therefore, most of the in vitro and in vivo studies are carried out with commercial bLf (cbLf), available in large quantities and recognized by Food and Drug Administration (FDA, USA) as a safe substance. Physico-chemical heterogeneity of different cbLf preparations influences their effectiveness...
March 7, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Peter Both, Michel Riese, Christopher J Gray, Kun Huang, Edward G Pallister, Iaroslav Kosov, Louis P Conway, Josef Voglmeir, Sabine L Flitsch
Within human biology, combinations of regioisomeric motifs of α2,6- or α2,3-sialic acids linked to galactose are frequently observed attached to glycoconjugates. These include glycoproteins and glycolipids, with each linkage carrying distinct biological information and function. Microbial linkage-specific sialidases have become important tools for studying the role of these sialosides in complex biological settings, as well as being used as biocatalysts for glycoengineering. However, currently, there is no α2,6-specific sialidase available...
February 28, 2018: Glycobiology
Rhonda Flores, Peng Zhang, Wei Wu, Xu Wang, Peiying Ye, Pan Zheng, Yang Liu
A recent meta-analysis revealed the contribution of the SIGLEC6 locus to the risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, no specific Siglec (sialic acid-binding immunoglobulin-like lectin) genes (Siglecs) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of SLE. Here, we performed in silico analysis of the function of three major protective alleles in the locus and found that these alleles were expression quantitative trait loci that enhanced expression of the adjacent SIGLEC12 gene. These data suggest that SIGLEC12 may protect against the development of SLE in Asian populations...
March 5, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Ben Cowper, Xiang Li, Lei Yu, Yong Zhou, W H Fan, C M Rao
Recombinant, human, erythropoietin (rhEPO) is a glycoprotein hormone which is prescribed throughout the world to treat anaemia caused by chronic kidney disease or chemotherapy. rhEPO is at the forefront of the recent emergence of biosimilar medicines, with numerous products now available worldwide. Due to its complex glycosylation profile, which has a crucial influence upon biological activity, therapeutic rhEPO preparations must be closely monitored to ensure consistency, safety and efficacy. Here, we have compared twelve rhEPO preparations from eleven manufacturers in China and one in Japan, measuring in vivo biological activity and exploring its relationship with glycosylation through sialic acid content determination, isoform distribution via capillary electrophoresis (CE), O-glycan profiling, and N-glycan mapping using a novel anion-exchange/hydrophilic interaction chromatography-mass spectrometry (AEX/HILIC-MS) approach...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Sayantani Sarkar Bhattacharya, Chandan Mandal, Reinhard Schwartz Albiez, Suman Kumar Samanta, Chitra Mandal
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress results from protein unfolding/misfolding during cellular maturation, which requires a coordinated action of several chaperones and enzymes and Ca2+ signalling. ER-stress possibly has a positive effect on survival of pancreatic cancer cell. Therefore, detailed insights into this complex signaling network are urgently needed. Here, we systematically analyzed the impact of ER stress-mediated unfolded protein response (UPR) and Ca2+ -signaling cross-talk for the survival of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cells...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jennie Grace Briard, Hao Jiang, Kelley W Moremen, Matthew Scott Macauley, Peng Wu
Glycan microarrays provide a high-throughput means of profiling the interactions of glycan-binding proteins with their ligands. However, the construction of current glycan microarray platforms is time consuming and expensive. Here, we report a fast and cost-effective method for the assembly of cell-based glycan arrays to probe glycan-glycan-binding protein interactions directly on the cell surface. Chinese hamster ovary cell mutants with a narrow and relatively homogeneous repertoire of glycoforms serve as the foundation platforms to develop these arrays...
February 28, 2018: Nature Communications
Wenjie Peng, Kim M Bouwman, Ryan McBride, Oliver C Grant, Robert J Woods, Monique H Verheije, James C Paulson, Robert P de Vries
All human influenza pandemics have originated from avian influenza viruses. Although multiple changes are needed for an avian virus to be able to transmit between humans, binding to human-type receptors is essential. Several research groups have reported mutations in H5N1 viruses that exhibit specificity to human-type receptors and promote respiratory droplet transmission between ferrets. Upon detailed analysis we have found that these mutants exhibit significant differences in fine receptor specificity compared to human H1N1 and H3N2 and retain avian-type receptor binding...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Virology
Cinzia Colombo, Črtomir Podlipnik, Leonardo Lo Presti, Masahiro Niikura, Andrew J Bennet, Anna Bernardi
The rise of drug-resistant influenza A virus strains motivates the development of new antiviral drugs, with different structural motifs and substitution. Recently, we explored the use of a bicyclic (bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane) analogue of sialic acid that was designed to mimic the conformation adopted during enzymatic cleavage within the neuraminidase (NA; sialidase) active site. Given that our first series of compounds were at least four orders of magnitude less active than available drugs, we hypothesized that the new carbon skeleton did not elicit the same interactions as the cyclohexene frameworks used previously...
2018: PloS One
Andrew Michael Frey, Marianne J Satur, Chatchawal Phansopa, Jennifer Lee Parker, David Bradshaw, Jonathan Pratten, Graham Philip Stafford
Bacterial sialidases cleave terminal sialic acid from a variety of host glycoproteins, and contribute to survival and growth of many human-dwelling bacterial species, including various pathogens. Tannerella forsythia , an oral, Gram-negative, fastidious anaerobe, is a key organism in periodontal disease, and possesses a dedicated sialic acid utilisation and scavenging ( nan ) operon, including NanH sialidase. Here, we describe biochemical characterisation of recombinant NanH, including its action on host-relevant sialoglycans such as sialyl Lewis A and sialyl Lewis X (SLeA/X ), and on human cell-attached sialic acids directly, uncovering that it is a highly active broad specificity sialidase...
February 26, 2018: Biochemical Journal
Leonardo T Rosa, Matheus E Bianconi, Gavin H Thomas, David J Kelly
The ability to efficiently scavenge nutrients in the host is essential for the viability of any pathogen. All catabolic pathways must begin with the transport of substrate from the environment through the cytoplasmic membrane, a role executed by membrane transporters. Although several classes of cytoplasmic membrane transporters are described, high-affinity uptake of substrates occurs through Solute Binding-Protein (SBP) dependent systems. Three families of SBP dependant transporters are known; the primary ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters, and the secondary Tripartite ATP-independent periplasmic (TRAP) transporters and Tripartite Tricarboxylate Transporters (TTT)...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
John Benktander, Angela Barone, Miralda Madar Johansson, Susann Teneberg
Adhesion of Helicobacter pylori to the gastric mucosa is a prerequisite for the pathogenesis of H. pylori related diseases. In this study, we investigated the ganglioside composition of human stomach as the target for attachment mediated by H. pylori SabA (sialic acid binding adhesin). Acid glycosphingolipids were isolated from human stomach and separated into subfractions, which were characterized by mass spectrometry and by binding of antibodies, bacteria, and Solanum tuberosum lectin. H. pylori SabA binding gangliosides were characterized as Neu5Acα3-neolactohexaosylceramide and Neu5Acα3-neolactooctaosylceramide, while the other acid human stomach glycosphingolipids characterized (sulfatide and the gangliosides GM3, GD3, GM1, Neu5Acα3-neolactotetraosylceramide, GD1a and GD1b) were not recognized by the bacteria...
February 23, 2018: Virulence
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