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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764542/mini-beam-modes-on-standard-mx-beamline-bl17u-at-ssrf
#1
Qisheng Wang, Feng Yu, Ying Cui, Kunhao Zhang, Qiangyan Pan, Changyou Zhong, Ke Liu, Huan Zhou, Bo Sun, Jianhua He
The macromolecular crystallography beamlines at third-generation synchrotron facilities play a central role in solving macromolecular crystal structures and also in understanding the biological function at molecular levels. The MX beamline BL17U at Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility is a typical standard MX beamline with a focused beam size (H × V) of FWHM around 80 μm × 45 μm. However the protein samples brought to the beamline are down to 5-10 m from the important and challenging science project now...
July 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723607/production-of-recombinant-porin-from-y-pseudotuberculosis-in-a-water-soluble-form-for-pseudotuberculosis-diagnostics
#2
Vasily A Golotin, Olga Y Portnyagina, Natalia S Chopenko, Natalia Y Kim, Valery A Rasskazov, Olga D Novikova
OmpF porin from the outer membrane of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis was cloned into pET-40b(+) plasmid. Using E. coli Rosetta (DE3) strain, MX-medium, IPTG concentration of 0.2 mM and post-induction cultivation at 14 °C overnight allowed us to obtain a water-soluble form of the recombinant protein (rs-OmpF). Rs-OmpF was shown to have the ordered spatial structure at the levels of secondary and tertiary structure. Rs-OmpF was found to be effective as diagnostic antigen in ELISA for pseudotuberculosis diagnostics...
July 26, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674551/high-mir156-expression-is-required-for-auxin-induced-adventitious-root-formation-via-mxspl26-independent-of-pins-and-arfs-in-malus-xiaojinensis
#3
Xiaozhao Xu, Xu Li, Xingwang Hu, Ting Wu, Yi Wang, Xuefeng Xu, Xinzhong Zhang, Zhenhai Han
Adventitious root formation is essential for the vegetative propagation of perennial woody plants. During the juvenile-to-adult phase change mediated by the microRNA156 (miR156), the adventitious rooting ability decreases dramatically in many species, including apple rootstocks. However, the mechanism underlying how miR156 affects adventitious root formation is unclear. In the present study, we showed that in the presence of the synthetic auxin indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), semi-lignified leafy cuttings from juvenile phase (Mx-J) and rejuvenated (Mx-R) Malus xiaojinensis trees exhibited significantly higher expression of miR156, PIN-FORMED1 (PIN1), PIN10, and rootless concerning crown and seminal roots-like (RTCS-like) genes, thus resulting in higher adventitious rooting ability than those from adult phase (Mx-A) trees...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656291/usp7-is-associated-with-greater-disease-activity-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-via-stabilization-of-the-ifn%C3%AE-receptor
#4
Ying Yu, Zhaoliang Su, Zhejiong Wang, Huaxi Xu
An improved understanding of the mechanism of interferon (IFN)α activation in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is likely to aid the identification of effective therapeutic targets. Increasing evidence has indicated that the activity of IFNα is mediated by the interplay of ubiquitylation/deubiquitylation enzyme regulators. The present study identified the deubiquitylation enzyme ubiquitin‑specific‑processing protease 7 (USP7) as a critical regulator of the human IFNα‑2 receptor (IFNAR1) protein levels...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602738/immune-response-of-olive-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus-infected-with-the-myxosporean-parasite-kudoa-septempunctata
#5
Yeoung-Hwan Jang, Dharaneedharan Subramanian, Seung-Hwan Won, Moon-Soo Heo
This study evaluated the pathophysiological, biochemical, and immunological status of olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) infected with the myxosporean parasite Kudoa septempunctata. Flounder fish collected from Kudoa-infected and uninfected farms were confirmed by microscopic and TaqMan probe-based quantitative PCR screening. Morphological, biochemical, histological, and immune gene expression analyses were performed on uninfected and infected hosts to assess the effect of K. septempunctata. Histological studies confirmed the presence of Kudoa myxospores in the trunk muscles of infected flounder fish...
August 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545670/inhibitory-mechanism-of-five-natural-flavonoids-against-murine-norovirus
#6
Dong Joo Seo, Changsun Choi
BACKGROUND: Human noroviruses (HuNoV), which are responsible for acute gastroenteritis, are becoming a serious public health concern worldwide. Since no effective antiviral drug or vaccine for HuNoV has been developed yet, some natural extracts and their active components have been investigated for their ability to inhibit noroviruses. However, their exact antiviral mechanisms have not been investigated. PURPOSE: This study was performed to investigate the expression of interferon (IFN)-α, IFN-λ, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), Mx, and zinc finger CCCH type antiviral protein 1 (ZAP), 2'-5' oligo (A) synthetase (OAS), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in RAW 264...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500614/irf9-stat2-fusion-protein-as-an-innate-immune-inducer-to-activate-mx-and-interferon-stimulated-gene-expression-in-zebrafish-larvae
#7
Chang-Jen Huang, Chih-Ming Chou, Huang-Wei Lien, Cheng-Ying Chu, Jhih-Yun Ho, Yimin Wu, Chia-Hsiung Cheng
Virus infection often causes large amounts of mortality during teleost larvae stage. Strong induction of innate immunity to increase survival rates of teleost larvae has been less reported. In this study, we present a zebrafish IRF9-Stat2 fusion protein (zIRF9-S2C) as a strong innate immunity inducer and characterized induction of interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs) in zebrafish larvae. zIRF9-S2C could mimic IFN-stimulated gene factor 3 (ISGF3) complex to constitutively activate transcription of Mx promoter through IFN-stimulatory element (ISRE) sites...
May 12, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490593/evolution-and-antiviral-specificities-of-interferon-induced-mx-proteins-of-bats-against-ebola-influenza-and-other-rna-viruses
#8
Jonas Fuchs, Martin Hölzer, Mirjam Schilling, Corinna Patzina, Andreas Schoen, Thomas Hoenen, Gert Zimmer, Manja Marz, Friedemann Weber, Marcel A Müller, Georg Kochs
Bats serve as a reservoir for various, often zoonotic viruses, including significant human pathogens such as Ebola and influenza viruses. However, for unknown reasons, viral infections rarely cause clinical symptoms in bats. A tight control of viral replication by the host innate immune defense might contribute to this phenomenon. Transcriptomic studies revealed the presence of the interferon-induced antiviral myxovirus resistance (Mx) proteins in bats, but detailed functional aspects have not been assessed...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476672/gene-expression-profiles-associated-with-lymphocystis-disease-virus-lcdv-in-experimentally-infected-senegalese-sole-solea-senegalensis
#9
Carlos Carballo, Dolores Castro, Juan J Borrego, Manuel Manchado
In the present study, the pathogenesis of lymphocystis disease virus (LCDV) and the immune gene expression patterns associated with this viral infection were determined in the flatfish Senegalese sole. The results indicate that LCDV spreads rapidly from the peritoneal cavity through the bloodstream to reach target organs such as kidney, gut, liver, and skin/fin. The viral load was highest in kidney and reduced progressively thorough the experiment in spite of the viral major capsid protein gene was transcribed...
May 3, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471656/4-anilino-2-pyridylquinazolines-and-pyrimidines-as-highly-potent-and-nontoxic-inhibitors-of-breast-cancer-resistance-protein-abcg2
#10
Michael K Krapf, Jennifer Gallus, Michael Wiese
Multidrug resistance (MDR) mediated by ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transport proteins remains a major problem in the chemotherapeutic treatment of cancer and might be overcome by inhibition of the transporter. Because of the lack of understanding, the complex mechanisms involved in the transport process, in particular for breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP/ABCG2), there is a persistent need for studies of inhibitors of ABCG2. In this study, we investigated a systematic series of 4-substituted-2-pyridylquinazolines in terms of their inhibitory potency as well as selectivity toward ABCG2...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452755/non-contact-luminescence-lifetime-cryothermometry-for-macromolecular-crystallography
#11
V B Mykhaylyk, A Wagner, H Kraus
Temperature is a very important parameter when aiming to minimize radiation damage to biological samples during experiments that utilize intense ionizing radiation. A novel technique for remote, non-contact, in situ monitoring of the protein crystal temperature has been developed for the new I23 beamline at the Diamond Light Source, a facility dedicated to macromolecular crystallography (MX) with long-wavelength X-rays. The temperature is derived from the temperature-dependent decay time constant of luminescence from a minuscule scintillation sensor (<0...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Synchrotron Radiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440408/identification-of-potential-gene-targets-in-systemic-vasculitis-using-dna-microarray-analysis
#12
Yiwen Feng, Miao Zheng, Shujie Gan, Lei Zhang, Zhong Wan, Yanping Zhang, Qin Qian, Jingdong Tang
The present study aimed to identify the involvement of critical genes in systemic vasculitis, to gain an improved understanding of the molecular circuity and to investigate novel potential gene targets for systemic vasculitis treatment. The dual‑color cDNA microarray data of GSE16945, consisting of peripheral mononuclear blood cell specimens from 13 patients with systemic vasculitis and 16 healthy controls, was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were screened in systemic vasculitis compared with controls using BRB ArrayTools, followed by the construction of a protein‑protein interaction (PPI) network using the clusterProfiler package, and significant functional interaction (FI) module selection...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415650/a-highly-conserved-redox-active-mx-2-cwx-6-r-motif-regulates-zap70-stability-and-activity
#13
Christoph Thurm, Mateusz P Poltorak, Elisa Reimer, Melanie M Brinkmann, Lars Leichert, Burkhart Schraven, Luca Simeoni
ζ-associated protein of 70 kDa (Zap70) is crucial for T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling. Loss of Zap70 in both humans and mice results in severe immunodeficiency. On the other hand, the expression of Zap70 in B-cell malignancies correlates with the severity of the disease. Because of its role in immune-related disorders, Zap70 has become a therapeutic target for the treatment of human diseases. It is well-established that the activity/expression of Zap70 is regulated by post-translational modifications of crucial amino acids including the phosphorylation of tyrosines and the ubiquitination of lysines...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396461/in-vivo-evasion-of-mxa-by-avian-influenza-viruses-requires-human-signature-in-the-viral-nucleoprotein
#14
Christoph M Deeg, Ebrahim Hassan, Pascal Mutz, Lara Rheinemann, Veronika Götz, Linda Magar, Mirjam Schilling, Carsten Kallfass, Cindy Nürnberger, Sébastien Soubies, Georg Kochs, Otto Haller, Martin Schwemmle, Peter Staeheli
Zoonotic transmission of influenza A viruses can give rise to devastating pandemics, but currently it is impossible to predict the pandemic potential of circulating avian influenza viruses. Here, we describe a new mouse model suitable for such risk assessment, based on the observation that the innate restriction factor MxA represents an effective species barrier that must be overcome by zoonotic viruses. Our mouse lacks functional endogenous Mx genes but instead carries the human MX1 locus as a transgene. Such transgenic mice were largely resistant to highly pathogenic avian H5 and H7 influenza A viruses, but were almost as susceptible to infection with influenza viruses of human origin as nontransgenic littermates...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351933/cytosolic-dna-sensor-initiated-innate-immune-responses-in-mouse-ovarian-granulosa-cells
#15
Keqin Yan, Dingqing Feng, Jing Liang, Qing Wang, Lin Deng, Xiao Zhang, Bin Ling, Daishu Han
Viral infections of the ovary may perturb ovarian functions. However, the mechanisms underlying innate immune responses in the ovary are poorly understood. The present study demonstrates that cytosolic viral DNA sensor signaling initiates the innate immune response in mouse ovarian granulosa cells and affects endocrine function. The cytosolic DNA sensors p204 and cGAS and their common signaling adaptor stimulator of interferon (IFN) genes (STING) were constitutively expressed in granulosa cells. Transfection with VACV70, a synthetic vaccinia virus (VACV) DNA analogue, induced the expression of type I interferons (IFNA/B) and major inflammatory cytokines (TNFA and IL6) through IRF3 and NF-κB activation, respectively...
March 28, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271489/the-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-complex-and-related-assemblies-in-health-and-disease
#16
Olwyn Byron, John Gordon Lindsay
The family of 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase complexes (2-OADC), typified by the pyruvate dehydrogenase multi-enzyme complex (PDC) as its most prominent member, are massive molecular machines (Mr, 4-10 million) controlling key steps in glucose homeostasis (PDC), citric acid cycle flux (OGDC, 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase) and the metabolism of the branched-chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine (BCOADC, branched-chain 2-OADC). These highly organised mitochondrial arrays, composed of multiple copies of three separate enzymes, have been widely studied as paradigms for the analysis of enzyme cooperativity, substrate channelling, protein-protein interactions and the regulation of activity by phosphorylation ...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261806/development-and-use-of-an-arctic-charr-cell-line-to-study-antiviral-responses-at-extremely-low-temperatures
#17
S L Semple, N T K Vo, A R Li, P H Pham, N C Bols, B Dixon
Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) are the northernmost distributed freshwater fish and can grow at water temperatures as low as 0.2 °C. Other teleost species have impaired immune function at temperatures that Arctic charr thrive in, and thus, charr may maintain immune function at these temperatures. In this study, a fibroblastic cell line, named ACBA, derived from the bulbus arteriosus (BA) of Arctic charr was developed for use in immune studies at various temperatures. ACBA has undergone more than forty passages at 18 °C over 3 years, while showing no signs of senescence-associated β-galactosidase activity and producing nitric oxide...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119145/sexual-maturation-in-atlantic-salmon-induces-a-constitutive-mx-protein-production-and-influences-the-infectious-pancreatic-necrosis-virus-carrier-status
#18
M C S Fourrier, M M Monte, E S Munro
The aim of this study was to demonstrate for the first time that sexual maturation induces a constitutive increase in Mx gene expression and protein production in Atlantic salmon. This could explain the reduction in IPNV prevalence previously observed in broodfish at the time of ova/milt stripping. For this purpose, Mx transcript and protein levels were analysed in different tissues/samples and compared between mature broodfish (female and male) and immature parr.
March 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075421/mx-is-not-responsible-for-the-antiviral-activity-of-interferon-%C3%AE-against-japanese-encephalitis-virus
#19
Jing Zhou, Shi-Qi Wang, Jian-Chao Wei, Xiao-Min Zhang, Zhi-Can Gao, Ke Liu, Zhi-Yong Ma, Pu-Yan Chen, Bin Zhou
Mx proteins are interferon (IFN)-induced dynamin-like GTPases that are present in all vertebrates and inhibit the replication of myriad viruses. However, the role Mx proteins play in IFN-mediated suppression of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) infection is unknown. In this study, we set out to investigate the effects of Mx1 and Mx2 expression on the interferon-α (IFNα) restriction of JEV replication. To evaluate whether the inhibitory activity of IFNα on JEV is dependent on Mx1 or Mx2, we knocked down Mx1 or Mx2 with siRNA in IFNα-treated PK-15 cells and BHK-21 cells, then challenged them with JEV; the production of progeny virus was assessed by plaque assay, RT-qPCR, and Western blotting...
January 10, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062005/gga-mir-2127-downregulates-the-translation-of-chicken-p53-and-attenuates-chp53-mediated-innate-immune-response-against-ibdv-infection
#20
Wei Ouyang, Yong-Shan Wang, Kai Meng, Qun-Xing Pan, Xiao-Li Wang, Xing-Xia Xia, Yu-Mei Zhu, Zhen-Wei Bi, Hai-Bin Zhang, Kai Luo
Infectious bursal disease (IBD) is characterized by the immune suppression of infected birds. The molecular mechanism by which IBD virus (IBDV) suppresses the host immune system remains to be elucidated. The tumor suppressor protein p53 can inhibit the replication of various viruses, but its effect on IBDV remains unknown. This study established an in vitro infection model based on DF-1 cells (chicken embryo fibroblast cell line) to investigate the antiviral effects of chicken p53 (chp53) on IBDV infection...
January 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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