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Wen Huang, Richard F Lyman, Rachel A Lyman, Mary Anna Carbone, Susan T Harbison, Michael M Magwire, Trudy Fc Mackay
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October 19, 2016: ELife
Fengyang Xu, Jie Liu, Jian Tian, Lingfeng Gao, Xiaju Cheng, Yue Pan, Ziling Sun, Xinming Li
In this work, we reported the generation of a novel supramolecular hydrogelator from a peptide derivative which consisted of a structural motif (e.g., Fc-FF) for supramolecular self-assembly and a functional moiety (e.g., RGD) for integrin binding. Following self-assembly in water at neutral pH, this molecule firstly tended to form metastable spherical aggregates, which subsequently underwent a morphological transformation to form high-aspect-ratio nanostructures over 2 h when aged at room temperature. More importantly, because of the presence of nanoscale RGD clusters on the surface of nanostructures, the self-assembled nanomaterials (e...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Beate Hintersteiner, Nico Lingg, Evelyne Janzek, Oliver Mutschlechner, Hans Loibner, Alois Jungbauer
It has previously been shown for individual antibodies, that the microheterogenity pattern can have a significant impact on various key characteristics of the product. The aim of this study to get a more generalized understanding of the importance of microheterogeneity. For that purpose, the charge variant pattern of various different commercially available therapeutic mAb products was compared using Cation-Exchange Chromatography with linear pH gradient antigen affinity, Fc-receptor affinity, antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and conformational stability...
October 18, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
Tatjana Taubitz, Laura-Pia Steinbrenner, Alexander V Tschulakow, Antje Biesemeier, Sylvie Julien-Schraermeyer, Ulrich Schraermeyer
PURPOSE: Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs are used to treat neovascular eye diseases. Some of these drugs contain Fc fragments (Fc), but it is unknown how their mode of action is influenced by Fc. Therefore, this study investigated the effects of Fc on rat eyes after intravitreal injection. METHODS: Eighteen Long-Evans rats were intravitreally injected with sterile, biotin-labeled rat Fc (9.1 μg in 5 μl PBS). For control, 5 μl PBS was injected in another nine rats...
October 17, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Bin Zhang, Shijia Li, Chuanjun Zhuo, Meng Li, Adam Safron, Axel Genz, Wen Qin, Chunshui Yu, Martin Walter
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a highly prevalent psychiatric condition in which patients often have difficulties regulating their emotions. Prior studies have shown that attention bias towards negative emotion is linked to activation in regions of the default mode network (DMN) in MDD individuals. Furthermore, MDD patients showed increased resting-state functional connectivity (FC) between the medial prefrontal cortex and other DMN structures. METHODS: Twenty-one MDD patients that currently experiencing depressive episodes and twenty-five healthy control participants performed the current emotional expectancy paradigm in a gradient-echo SENSE-SPIRAL fMRI...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Peng Wei Zhu, Luguang Chen
A persistence length is a key parameter for the quantitative interpretation of the flexibility of polymers. We have studied the complexes composed of spherical poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) brush and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelle in efforts to characterize the flexibility of tethered PNIPAM below the lower critical solution temperature TLCST. An analytical mean-field model is utilized to describe the persistence length Lp in a broad range of ψ, the number of bound micelles per chain. The persistence length of the micelle-constrained PNIPAM is quantitatively correlated with the thermal energy kBT, electrostatic repulsion fC, and effective excluded volume parameter νeff...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Luisa Matos Do Canto, Catalin Marian, Rency S Varghese, Jaeil Ahn, Patricia A Da Cunha, Shawna Willey, Mary Sidawy, Janice D Rone, Amrita K Cheema, George Luta, Mohammad R Nezami Ranjbar, Habtom W Ressom, Bassem R Haddad
Identification of new biomarkers for breast cancer remains critical in order to enhance early detection of the disease and improve its prognosis. Towards this end, we performed an untargeted metabolomic analysis of breast ductal fluid using an ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with a quadrupole time-of-light (UPLC-QTOF) mass spectrometer. We investigated the metabolomic profiles of breast tumors using ductal fluid samples collected by ductal lavage (DL). We studied fluid from both the affected breasts and the unaffected contralateral breasts (as controls) from 43 women with confirmed unilateral breast cancer...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Mara de Moura Gondim Prata, A Havt, D T Bolick, R Pinkerton, Aam Lima, R L Guerrant
Fecal biomarkers have emerged as important tools to assess intestinal inflammation and enteropathy. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlations between the fecal markers, myeloperoxidase (MPO), lactoferrin (FL), calprotectin (FC) and lipocalin-2 (Lcn-2), and to compare differences by breastfeeding status as well as normalization by fecal protein or by fecal weight. Simultaneous, quantitative MPO, FL, FC and Lcn-2, levels were determined in frozen fecal specimens collected from 78 children (mean age 15...
2016: Journal of Translational Science
Freek Cox, Ted Kwaks, Boerries Brandenburg, Martin H Koldijk, Vincent Klaren, Bastiaan Smal, Hans J W M Korse, Eric Geelen, Lisanne Tettero, David Zuijdgeest, Esther J M Stoop, Eirikur Saeland, Ronald Vogels, Robert H E Friesen, Wouter Koudstaal, Jaap Goudsmit
Interactions with receptors for the Fc region of IgG (FcγRs) have been shown to contribute to the in vivo protection against influenza A viruses provided by broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) that bind to the viral hemagglutinin (HA) stem. In particular, Fc-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) has been shown to contribute to protection by stem-binding bnAbs. Fc-mediated effector functions appear not to contribute to protection provided by strain-specific HA head-binding antibodies...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Jianli Wang, Chaobao Liu, Yongping Ma
Parents-offspring bonding is critical for development of offspring in mammals. While it is known that pups stimuli provide rewarding effects on their parents, few studies have assessed whether parental stimuli serve as a reinforcing agent to their pups, and what the neural mechanisms underlying this reward process may be. In addition to maternal care, male ICR mice display pairmate-dependent parental behavior. Using the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm, we examined the effects of maternal and paternal conditioning on the postnatal day 17-21 female ICR mice pups, and compared the central expression of oxytocin (OT)- and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)- immunoreactive (IR) neurons...
October 13, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Asanori Kiyuna, Norimoto Kise, Munehisa Hiratsuka, Shunsuke Kondo, Takayuki Uehara, Hiroyuki Maeda, Akira Ganaha, Mikio Suzuki
OBJECTIVES: Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is considered a focal dystonia. However, the detailed pathophysiology of SD remains unclear, despite the detection of abnormal activity in several brain regions. The aim of this study was to clarify the pathophysiological background of SD. STUDY DESIGN: This is a case-control study. METHODS: Both task-related brain activity measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging by reading the five-digit numbers and resting-state functional connectivity (FC) measured by 150 T2-weighted echo planar images acquired without any task were investigated in 12 patients with adductor SD and in 16 healthy controls...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Sirui Zhou, Amirthagowri Ambalavanan, Daniel Rochefort, Pingxing Xie, Cynthia V Bourassa, Pascale Hince, Alexandre Dionne-Laporte, Dan Spiegelman, Ziv Gan-Or, Cathy Mirarchi, Vessela Zaharieva, Nicolas Dupré, Hatasu Kobayashi, Toshiaki Hitomi, Kouji Harada, Akio Koizumi, Lan Xiong, Patrick A Dion, Guy A Rouleau
Intracranial aneurysms (IAs) are the result of focal weakness in the artery wall and have a complex genetic makeup. To date, genome-wide association and sequencing studies have had limited success in identifying IA risk factors. Distinct populations, such as the French-Canadian (FC) population, have increased IA prevalence. In our study, we used exome sequencing to prioritize risk variants in a discovery cohort of six FC families affected by IA, and the analysis revealed an increased variation burden for ring finger protein 213 (RNF213)...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Haleh Saber, Ramadevi Gudi, Michael Manning, Emily Wearne, John K Leighton
As sub-therapeutic doses are not medically justifiable in patients with cancer, we retrospectively analyzed data on immune activating products, to assess approaches used in first-in-human (FIH) dose selection, the utility of animal toxicology studies in dose selection, and the length of time to complete FIH trials. The information collected included pharmacology and toxicology data, FIH dose and rationale, and dose-finding trial design. We used the principles of the Hill equation to estimate the FIH doses for antibodies and compared them to the doses administered to patients with acceptable toxicities...
October 12, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Anna Agakova, Frano Vučković, Lucija Klarić, Gordan Lauc, Felix Agakov
Ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) is the established technology for accurate analysis of IgG Fc N-glycosylation due to its superior sensitivity, resolution, speed, and its capability to provide branch-specific information of glycan species. Correct and cost-efficient preprocessing of chromatographic data is the major prerequisite for subsequent analyses ranging from inference of structural isomers to biomarker discovery and prediction of humoral immune response from characterized changes in glycosylation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Noortje de Haan, Karli R Reiding, Manfred Wuhrer
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI)-time-of-flight (TOF)-mass spectrometry (MS) is a highly suitable method for the rapid analysis of IgG glycopeptides, providing a wealth of structural information. A limitation of this approach is that it generates a bias when analyzing sialylated species due to the labile nature of sialic acid glycosidic linkages. One way to overcome this problem is by chemical derivatization of the sialic acids. The method presented here results in both the stabilization of the sialic acids, as well as the differentiation of α2,3- and α2,6-linked sialic acids by mass...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
David Falck, Bas C Jansen, Noortje de Haan, Manfred Wuhrer
This chapter contains a nanoscale liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry method for the glycoform profiling of the conserved Fc N-glycosylation site of monoclonal and polyclonal immunoglobulin G (IgG). It describes in detail LaCyTools, a program for automated data (pre-)processing of the obtained LC-MS data. The minimal sample preparation necessary is explained as well as an optional method for affinity purification of (polyclonal) antibodies from serum or plasma.After (optional) affinity purification, the pure IgG is cleaved with trypsin...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yusuke Watanabe, Amin Madani, Elif Bilgic, Katherine M McKendy, Gada Enani, Iman Ghaderi, Gerald M Fried, Liane S Feldman, Melina C Vassiliou
BACKGROUND: General surgery residency may not adequately prepare residents for independent practice. It is unclear; however, if non-ACGME-accredited fellowships are better meeting training needs. The purpose of this mixed-method study was to determine perceived preparedness for practice and to identify gaps in fellowship training. METHODS: A survey was developed using an iterative qualitative methodology based on interviews and focus groups of graduated fellows and program directors...
October 14, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Amy K Erbe, Wei Wang, Jacob Goldberg, Mikayla Gallenberger, KyungMann Kim, Lakeesha Carmichael, Dustin Hess, Eneida A Mendonca, Yiqiang Song, Jacquelyn A Hank, Su-Chun Cheng, Sabina Signoretti, Michael Atkins, Alexander Carlson, James W Mier, David J Panka, David F McDermott, Paul M Sondel
BACKGROUND: Fc-gamma receptors (FCGRs) are expressed on immune cells, bind to antibodies, and trigger antibody-induced cell-mediated anti-tumor responses when tumor-reactive antibodies are present. The affinity of the FCGR/antibody interaction is variable and dependent upon FCGR polymorphisms. Prior studies of cancer patients treated with immunotherapy indicate that FCGR polymorphisms can influence antitumor response for certain immunotherapies that act via therapeutically administered mAbs or via endogenous tumor-reactive antibodies induced from tumor antigen vaccines...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Guangxia Miao, Shigeo Hayashi
Extrinsic branching factors promote the elongation and migration of tubular organs. In the Drosophila tracheal system, Branchless/Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) stimulates the branching program by specifying tip cells that acquire motility and lead branch migration to a specific destination. Tip cells have two alternative cell fates: the terminal cell (TC), which elongates the cytoplasmic extension with intracellular lumen, and the fusion cell (FC), which mediates branch connections to form tubular networks...
October 14, 2016: Development
Jörg T Regula, Peter Lundh von Leithner, Richard Foxton, Veluchamy A Barathi, Chui Ming Gemmy Cheung, Sai Bo Bo Tun, Yeo Sia Wey, Daiju Iwata, Miroslav Dostalek, Jörg Moelleken, Kay G Stubenrauch, Everson Nogoceke, Gabriella Widmer, Pamela Strassburger, Michael J Koss, Christian Klein, David T Shima, Guido Hartmann
Anti-angiogenic therapies using biological molecules that neutralize vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) have revolutionized treatment of retinal vascular diseases including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This study reports preclinical assessment of a strategy to enhance anti-VEGF-A monotherapy efficacy by targeting both VEGF-A and angiopoietin-2 (ANG-2), a factor strongly upregulated in vitreous fluids of patients with retinal vascular disease and exerting some of its activities in concert with VEGF-A...
October 14, 2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
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