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María Del Pino, Amado Andrés, Ana Ávila Bernabéu, Joaquín de Juan-Rivera, Elvira Fernández, Juan de Dios García Díaz, Domingo Hernández, José Luño, Isabel Martínez Fernández, José Paniagua, Manuel Posada de la Paz, José Carlos Rodríguez-Pérez, Rafael Santamaría, Roser Torra, Joan Torras Ambros, Pedro Vidau, Josep-Vicent Torregrosa
Fabry disease (FD) is a rare, X-linked disorder caused by mutations in the GLA gene encoding the enzyme α-galactosidase A. Complete or partial deficiency in this enzyme leads to intracellular accumulation of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) and other glycosphingolipids in many cell types throughout the body, including the kidney. Progressive accumulation of Gb3 in podocytes, endothelial cells, epithelial cells, and tubular cells contribute to the renal symptoms of FD, which manifest as proteinuria and reduced glomerular filtration rate leading to renal insufficiency...
March 16, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Jan C van der Meijden, Michelle E Kruijshaar, Laurike Harlaar, Dimitris Rizopoulos, Nadine A M E van der Beek, Ans T van der Ploeg
OBJECTIVES: Pompe disease is a progressive metabolic myopathy for which enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) was approved in 2006. While various publications have examined the effects of ERT in classic-infantile patients and in adults, little has been published on ERT in children with non-classic presentations. STUDY DESIGN: This prospective study was conducted from June 1999 to May 2015. Seventeen patients from various countries participated. Outcome measures comprised muscle function (6-minute walk test, quick motor-function test (QMFT)), muscle strength (hand-held dynamometry; manual muscle testing), and lung function (FVC sitting and supine)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Hyeran Cho, Aeri Lee, Kyobum Kim
Background: Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is the most essential supplement in culture media for cellular proliferation, metabolism, and differentiation. However, due to a limited supply and subsequently rising prices, a series of studies have investigated a biological feasibility of replaceable serums to substitute FBS. Along with the increasing interests to manufacture stem cell-based cellular products, optimizing the composition of culture media including serums and exogenous growth factors (GFs) is of importance...
2018: Biomaterials Research
Alison M Condliffe, Anita Chandra
The activated phosphoinositide 3-kinase δ syndrome (APDS), also known as p110δ-activating mutation causing senescent T cells, lymphadenopathy, and immunodeficiency (PASLI), is a combined immunodeficiency syndrome caused by gain-of-function mutations in the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) genes PIK3CD (encoding p110δ: APDS1 or PASLI-CD) and PIK3R1 (encoding p85α: APDS2 or PASLI-R1). While the disease is clinically heterogeneous, respiratory symptoms and complications are near universal and often severe...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Paul P Lin, Alec J Jaeger, Tung-Yun Wu, Sharon C Xu, Abraxa S Lee, Fanke Gao, Po-Wei Chen, James C Liao
The Embden-Meyerhoff-Parnas (EMP) pathway, commonly known as glycolysis, represents the fundamental biochemical infrastructure for sugar catabolism in almost all organisms, as it provides key components for biosynthesis, energy metabolism, and global regulation. EMP-based metabolism synthesizes three-carbon (C3) metabolites before two-carbon (C2) metabolites and must emit one CO2 in the synthesis of the C2 building block, acetyl-CoA, a precursor for many industrially important products. Using rational design, genome editing, and evolution, here we replaced the native glycolytic pathways in Escherichia coli with the previously designed nonoxidative glycolysis (NOG), which bypasses initial C3 formation and directly generates stoichiometric amounts of C2 metabolites...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Monia Cito, Silvia Pellegrini, Lorenzo Piemonti, Valeria Sordi
The experience in the field of islet transplantation shows that it is possible to replace β cells in a patient with type 1 diabetes (T1D), but this cell therapy is limited by the scarcity of organ donors and by the danger associated to the immunosuppressive drugs. Stem cell therapy is becoming a concrete opportunity to treat various diseases. In particular, for a disease like T1D, caused by the loss of a single specific cell type that does not need to be transplanted back in its originating site to perform its function, a stem cell-based cell replacement therapy seems to be the ideal cure...
March 2018: Endocrine Connections
Furong Zhang, Jie Li, Shufang Na, Juan Wu, Zheqiong Yang, Xianfei Xie, Yu Wan, Ke Li, Jiang Yue
Brain CYP2D is responsible for the synthesis of endogenous neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. This study is to investigate the effects of cerebral CYP2D on mouse behavior and the mechanism whereby growth hormone regulates brain CYP2D. The inhibition of cerebellar CYP2D significantly affected the spatial learning and exploratory behavior of mice. CYP2D expression was lower in the brain in GHR-/- mice than that in WT mice; however, hepatic CYP2D levels were similar. Brain PPARα expression in male GHR-/- mice were markedly higher than those in WT mice, while brain PPARγ levels were decreased or unchanged in different regions...
March 16, 2018: Neuroscience
Haofeng Gao, Chanjuan Li, Ramesh Bandikari, Ziduo Liu, Nan Hu, Qiang Yong
BACKGROUND: In industries lipolytic reactions occur in insensitive conditions such as high temperature thus novel stout esterases with unique properties are attracts to the industrial application. Protein engineering is the tool to obtain desirable characters of enzymes. A novel esterase gene was isolated from South China Sea and subjected to a random mutagenesis and site directed mutagenesis for higher activity and thermo-stability compared to wild type. RESULTS: A novel esterase showed the highest hydrolytic activity against p-nitrophenyl acetate (pNPA, C2) and the optimal activity at 40 °C and pH 8...
March 19, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Kiem Vu, George R Thompson, Chandler C Roe, Jane E Sykes, Elizabeth M Dreibe, Shawn R Lockhart, Wieland Meyer, David M Engelthaler, Angie Gelli
Cryptococcosis is an opportunistic fungal infection caused by members of the two sibling species complexes: Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii. Flucytosine (5FC) is one of the most widely used antifungals against Cryptococcus spp., yet very few studies have looked at the molecular mechanisms responsible for 5FC resistance in this pathogen. In this study, we examined 11 C. gattii clinical isolates of the major molecular type VGIII based on differential 5FC susceptibility and asked whether there were genomic changes in the key genes involved in flucytosine metabolism...
March 15, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Hak Chang, SeungHwan Hwang, SooA Lim, SuRak Eo, Kyung Won Minn, Ki Yong Hong
BACKGROUND: Muscle flap is a valuable option in soft tissue reconstruction. Denervated skeletal muscle is known to undergo degeneration. However, information regarding histological and genetic changes in muscle free flap without reinnervation over long-term follow-up remains unclear. METHODS: We collected flap muscles obtained during secondary exploration surgery after more than 15 years of previous muscle free flap without reinnervation. Compared with normal muscle and fat, histomorphometric and gene expression analysis of flap muscle were performed...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
John A Calarco, Adam D Norris
Genetic interaction screens are a powerful methodology to establish novel roles for genes and elucidate functional connections between genes. Such studies have been performed to great effect in single-cell organisms such as yeast and E. coli (Schuldiner et al ., 2005; Butland et al ., 2008; Costanzo et al ., 2010), but similar large-scale interaction studies using targeted reverse-genetic deletions in multi-cellular organisms have not been feasible. We developed a CRISPR/Cas9-based method for deleting genes in C...
March 5, 2018: Bio-protocol
Po-Hui Lee, Tu-Lai Yew, Yu-Lin Lai, Shyh-Yuan Lee, Hen-Li Chen
BACKGROUND: Gene-activated matrix (GAM) induces sustained local production of growth factors to promote tissue regeneration. GAM contains a plasmid DNA (pDNA) encoding target proteins that is physically entrapped within a biodegradable matrix carrier. GAM with a pDNA encoding the first 34 amino acids of parathyroid hormone (PTH 1-34) and a collagen matrix enhances bone regeneration in long bone defects. Demineralized freeze-dried bone allograft (DFDBA) is a widely used osteoinductive bone graft...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Ana Marzo-Mas, Eva Falomir, Juan Murga, Miguel Carda, J Alberto Marco
Several colchicine analogues in which the N-acetyl residue has been replaced by haloacetyl, cyclohexylacetyl, phenylacetyl and various aroyl moieties have been synthesized. The cytotoxic activities of the synthesized compounds have been measured on three tumor cell lines (HT-29, MCF-7 and A549) and on one non-tumor cell line (HEK-293). These compounds exhibit high antiproliferative activities at the nanomolar level, in many cases with a higher potency than colchicine itself. Some of the compounds, particularly the haloacetyl derivatives, inhibit the polymerization of tubulin in a similar manner as colchicine...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Yuhan Wang, Craig Dorrell, Willscott E Naugler, Michael Heskett, Paul Spellman, Bin Li, Feorillo Galivo, Annelise Haft, Leslie Wakefield, Markus Grompe
Direct lineage reprogramming can convert readily available cells in the body into desired cell types for cell replacement therapy. This is usually achieved through forced activation or repression of lineage-defining factors or pathways. In particular, reprogramming toward the pancreatic β cell fate has been of great interest in the search for new diabetes therapies. It has been suggested that cells from various endodermal lineages can be converted to β-like cells. However, it is unclear how closely induced cells resemble endogenous pancreatic β cells and whether different cell types have the same reprogramming potential...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Bingbing Hou, Liyuan Tao, Xiaoyu Zhu, Wei Wu, Meijin Guo, Jiang Ye, Haizhen Wu, Huizhan Zhang
Global regulator BldA, the only tRNA for a rare leucine codon UUA, is best known for its ability to affect morphological differentiation and secondary metabolism in the genus Streptomyces. In this study, we confirmed the regulatory function of the bldA gene (Genbank accession no. EU124663.1) in Streptomyces lincolnensis. Disruption of bldA hinders the sporulation and lincomycin production, that can recur when complemented with a functional bldA gene. Western blotting assays demonstrate that translation of the lmbB2 gene which encodes a L-tyrosine hydroxylase is absolutely dependent on BldA; however, mistranslation of the lmbU gene which encodes a cluster-situated regulator (CSR) is observed in a bldA mutant...
March 17, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Francesco Mira, Giulia Dowgier, Giuseppa Purpari, Domenico Vicari, Santina Di Bella, Giusi Macaluso, Francesca Gucciardi, Vincenzo Randazzo, Nicola Decaro, Annalisa Guercio
Canine parvovirus (CPV) is the etiological agent of a severe viral disease of dogs. After its emergence in late 1970s, the CPV original type (CPV-2) was rapidly and totally replaced by three antigenic variants named CPV-2a, CPV-2b and CPV-2c. CPV has an evolutionary rate nearest to those of RNA viruses, with consequences on disease diagnosis and epidemiology. This paper reports the molecular characterization of eight CPV-2a strains collected from dogs in Italy in 2016-2017. Genetic analysis was conducted on a CPV genomic region encompassing both open reading frames (ORFs) encoding for nonstructural (NS1-NS2) and structural proteins (VP1-VP2)...
March 13, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Cynthia Chapel, Nathalie Rocher-Hélion, Nathalie Mantel, Sandy Imbert, Eric Deshaies, Véronique Barban, Alain Sabouraud, Jean-Philippe Barbe, Laurent Mallet
Absence of 'live' residual poliovirus in Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) is routinely checked using Primary Monkey Kidney Cells (PMKC). However, the increasing demand for IPV and the ethical, technical and safety issues associated with the use of non-human primates in research and quality control, has made the replacement of primary cells with an established cell line a priority, in line with the principles of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement in animal testing). As an alternative to PMKC, we evaluated the L20B cell line; a mouse cell-line genetically engineered to express human poliovirus receptor, CD155...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Virological Methods
Qiyu Lu, Yi Sun, Yuyin Duan, Bin Li, Jianming Xia, Songhua Yu, Guimin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality, especially in China. More than a half of valvular heart diseases are caused by acute rheumatic fever. microRNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. However, the miRNA profile of the rheumatic valvular heart disease is unknown. This research is to discuss microRNAs and their target gene pathways involved in rheumatic heart valve disease. METHODS: Serum miRNA from one healthy individual and four rheumatic heart disease patients were sequenced...
March 16, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Ravi Prakash Saini, Venkat Raman, Gurusamy Dhandapani, Era Vaidya Malhotra, Rohini Sreevathsa, Polumetla Ananda Kumar, Tilak R Sharma, Debasis Pattanayak
The polyphagous insect-pest, Helicoverpa armigera, is a serious threat to a number of economically important crops. Chemical application and/or cultivation of Bt transgenic crops are the two strategies available now for insect-pest management. However, environmental pollution and long-term sustainability are major concerns against these two options. RNAi is now considered as a promising technology to complement Bt to tackle insect-pests menace. In this study, we report host-delivered silencing of HaAce1 gene, encoding the predominant isoform of H...
2018: PloS One
Kavita Nair, Ahmad Iskandarani, Roda Al-Thani, Ramzi Mohammad, Samir Jaoua
Cyt1A protein is a cytolytic protein encoded by the cyt gene of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) as part of the parasporal crystal proteins produced during the sporulation. Cyt1A protein is unique compared to the other endotoxins present in these parasporal crystals. Unlike δ-endotoxins, Cyt1A protein does not require receptors to bind to the target cell and activate the toxicity. It has the ability to affect a broad range of cell types and organisms, due to this characteristic. Cyt1A has been recognized to not only target the insect cells directly, but also recruit other endotoxins by acting as receptors...
March 16, 2018: Toxins
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