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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345149/t-vaginalis-exosome-like-vesicles-modify-the-cytokine-profile-and-reduce-inflammation-in-parasite-infected-mice
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Luis Mario Olmos-Ortiz, Marco Barajas-Mendiola, Miriam Barrios-Rodiles, Laura E Castellano, Sergio Arias-Negrete, Eva E Avila, Patricia Cuéllar-Mata
Trichomonas vaginalis (Tv) is a flagellated parasite commonly spread through sexual transmission. This protozoan initiates a severe inflammatory process, inducing nitric oxide, interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-8, IL-10, IL-17, and IL-22 production by host immune cells. The parasites elicit these responses by releasing surface lipophosphoglycan, small extracellular vesicles (exosomes) and other factors. Tv exosomes are similar to mammalian exosomes and have been implicated in the modulation of IL-8 secretion by epithelial cells...
March 27, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342171/expressing-anti-hiv-vrc01-antibody-using-the-murine-igg1-secretion-signal-in-pichia-pastoris
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Rochelle Aw, Paul F McKay, Robin J Shattock, Karen M Polizzi
The use of the recombinant expression platform Pichia pastoris to produce pharmaceutically important proteins has been investigated over the past 30 years. Compared to mammalian cultures, expression in P. pastoris is cheaper and faster, potentially leading to decreased costs and process development times. Product yields depend on a number of factors including the secretion signal chosen for expression, which can influence the host cell response to recombinant protein production. VRC01, a broadly neutralising anti-HIV antibody, was expressed in P...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339398/n-terminal-fragments-of-huntingtin-longer-than-residue-170-form-visible-aggregates-independently-to-polyglutamine-expansion
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Moore Z Chen, Sue-Ann Mok, Angelique R Ormsby, Paul J Muchowski, Danny M Hatters
BACKGROUND: A hallmark of Huntington's disease is the progressive aggregation of full length and N-terminal fragments of polyglutamine (polyQ)-expanded Huntingtin (Htt) into intracellular inclusions. The production of N-terminal fragments appears important for enabling pathology and aggregation; and hence the direct expression of a variety of N-terminal fragments are commonly used to model HD in animal and cellular models. OBJECTIVE: It remains unclear how the length of the N-terminal fragments relates to polyQ - mediated aggregation...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338428/a-surgical-device-to-study-the-efficacy-of-bioengineered-skin-substitutes-in-mice-wound-healing-models
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Marc G Jeschke, Ali-Reza Sadri, Cassandra Belo, Saeid Amini-Nik
Due to the poor regenerative capacity of adult mammalian skin, there is a need to develop effective skin substitutes for promoting skin regeneration after a severe wound. However, the complexity of skin biology has made it difficult to enable perfect regeneration of skin. Thus, animal models are being used to test potential skin substitutes. Murine models are valuable but their healing process involves dermal contraction. We have developed a device called a dome that is able to eliminate the contraction effect of rodent skin while simultaneously housing a bioengineered skin graft...
March 23, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337864/molecular-basis-of-growth-proliferation-and-differentiation-of-mammalian-follicular-granulosa-cells
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W Kranc, J Budna, R Kahan, A Chachuła, A Bryja, S Ciesiółka, S Borys, M P Antosik, D Bukowska, K P Brussow, M Bruska, M Nowicki, M Zabel, B Kempisty
For normal folliculogenesis and oogenesis to occur many intrinsic and extrinsic factors are needed, i.e. positive feedback of hormone secretion and local ovarian-follicular growth factors distribution. During follicle formation, granulosa cells (GCs) change their morphology and physiological properties. The factors needed for GCs to differentiate within each layer are transforming growth factor beta (TGFB) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF), as well as the activation and modification of biochemical pathways involved in folliculogenesis...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337841/yeast-aquaporin-regulation-by-4-hydroxynonenal-is-implicated-in-oxidative-stress-response
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Claudia Rodrigues, Ivana Tartaro Bujak, Branka Mihaljević, Graça Soveral, Ana Cipak Gasparovic
Reactive oxygen species, especially hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ), contribute to functional molecular impairment and cellular damage, but also are necessary in normal cellular metabolism, and in low doses play stimulatory role in cell proliferation and stress resistance. In parallel, reactive aldehydes such as 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE), are lipid peroxidation breakdown products which also contribute to regulation of numerous cellular processes. Recently, channeling of H2 O2 by some mammalian aquaporin isoforms has been reported and suggested to contribute to aquaporin involvement in cancer malignancies, although the mechanism by which these membrane water channels are implicated in oxidative stress is not clear...
March 24, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337817/the-cytotoxic-effects-of-camptothecin-and-mastoparan-on-the-unicellular-green-alga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Jürgen Voigt, Markus Morawski, Johannes Wöstemeyer
We have recently reported that protease inhibitors affecting the activity of the proteasome cause necrotic cell death in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii instead of inducing apoptosis as shown for some mammalian cell lines. Therefore, we have studied other well-known inducers of apoptosis in mammalian cells for their effects on C. reinhardtii cells. Mastoparan caused rapid cell death without a prominent lag-phase under all growth conditions, whereas the cytotoxic effect of the topoisomerase I inhibitor camptothecin exclusively occured during the cell-division phase...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334681/fluorescent-proteins-such-as-egfp-lead-to-catalytic-oxidative-stress-in-cells
#8
Douglas Ganini, Fabian Leinisch, Ashutosh Kumar, JinJie Jiang, Erik J Tokar, Christine C Malone, Robert M Petrovich, Ronald P Mason
Fluorescent proteins are an important tool that has become omnipresent in life sciences research. They are frequently used for localization of proteins and monitoring of cells [1,2]. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) was the first and has been the most used fluorescent protein. Enhanced GFP (eGFP) was optimized from wild-type GFP for increased fluorescence yield and improved expression in mammalian systems [3]. Many GFP-like fluorescent proteins have been discovered, optimized or created, such as the red fluorescent protein TagRFP [4]...
March 10, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334384/the-cancer-paradigms-of-mammalian-regeneration-can-mammals-regenerate-as-amphibians
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Rachel Sarig, Eldad Tzahor
Regeneration in mammals is restricted to distinct tissues and occurs mainly by expansion and maturation of resident stem cells. During regeneration, even subtle mutations in the proliferating cells may cause a detrimental effect by eliciting abnormal differentiation or malignant transformation. Indeed, cancer in mammals has been shown to arise through deregulation of stem cells maturation, which often leads to a differentiation block and cell transformation. In contrast, lower organisms such as amphibians retain a remarkable regenerative capacity in various organs, which occurs via de- and re-differentiation of mature cells...
March 15, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330074/catalytic-properties-functional-attributes-and-industrial-applications-of-%C3%AE-glucosidases
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Gopal Singh, A K Verma, Vinod Kumar
β-Glucosidases are diverse group of enzymes with great functional importance to biological systems. These are grouped in multiple glycoside hydrolase families based on their catalytic and sequence characteristics. Most studies carried out on β-glucosidases are focused on their industrial applications rather than their endogenous function in the target organisms. β-Glucosidases performed many functions in bacteria as they are components of large complexes called cellulosomes and are responsible for the hydrolysis of short chain oligosaccharides and cellobiose...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325759/predicting-the-targeting-of-tail-anchored-proteins-to-subcellular-compartments-in-mammalian-cells
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Joseph L Costello, Inês G Castro, Fátima Camões, Tina A Schrader, Doug McNeall, Jing Yang, Evdokia-Anastasia Giannopoulou, Sílvia Gomes, Vivian Pogenberg, Nina A Bonekamp, Daniela Ribeiro, Matthias Wilmanns, Gregory Jedd, Markus Islinger, Michael Schrader
Tail-anchored (TA) proteins contain a single transmembrane domain (TMD) at the C-terminus which anchors them to the membranes of organelles where they mediate critical cellular processes. Accordingly, mutations in genes encoding TA proteins have been identified in a number of severe inherited disorders. Despite the importance of correctly targeting a TA protein to its appropriate membrane, the mechanisms and signals involved are not fully understood. In this study we identify additional peroxisomal TA proteins, discover more proteins which are shared by multiple organelles and reveal that a combination of TMD hydrophobicity and tail charge determines targeting to distinct organelle locations in mammals...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324501/assessing-telomerase-activities-in-mammalian-cells-using-the-quantitative-pcr-based-telomeric-repeat-amplification-protocol-qtrap
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Shuai Jiang, Mengfan Tang, Huawei Xin, Junjiu Huang
Telomerase expression and activity appear elevated in >80% of human cancers. The activity of the telomerase may serve as a diagnostic marker for malignancy, and an indicator of the proliferative potential of somatic and stem cells. The telomeric repeat amplification protocol (TRAP) is a sensitive and accurate PCR-based assay for telomerase detection and measurement. Here, we describe a quantitative PCR-based TRAP assay (qTRAP) that is more convenient and amenable to high-throughput applications compared to traditional gel-based TRAP assays...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324489/monitoring-mitochondrial-changes-by-alteration-of-the-pink1-parkin-signaling-in-drosophila
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Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Kahori Shiba-Fukushima, Hongrui Meng, Nobutaka Hattori, Yuzuru Imai
Mitochondrial quality control is a key process in tissues with high energy demands, such as the brain and muscles. Recent studies using Drosophila have revealed that the genes responsible for familial forms of juvenile Parkinson's disease (PD), PINK1 and Parkin regulate mitochondrial function and motility. Cell biological analysis using mammalian cultured cells suggests that the dysregulation of mitophagy by PINK1 and Parkin leads to neurodegeneration in PD. In this chapter, we describe the methods to monitor mitochondrial morphology in the indirect flight muscles of adult Drosophila and Drosophila primary cultured neurons and the methods to analyze the motility of mitochondria in the axonal transport of living larval motor neurons...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324111/arap1-deficiency-causes-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mice
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Ala Moshiri, Devin Humpal, Brian C Leonard, Denise M Imai, Addy Tham, Lynette Bower, Dave Clary, Thomas M Glaser, K C Kent Lloyd, Christopher J Murphy
Purpose: Small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) ADP-ribosylation factors (Arfs) regulate membrane traffic and actin reorganization under the control of GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Arap1 is an Arf-directed GAP that inhibits the trafficking of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to the early endosome, but the diversity of its functions is incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Arap1 in the mammalian retina. Methods: Genetically engineered Arap1 knockout mice were screened for ocular abnormalities in the National Institutes of Health Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping (KOMP2) Project...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323816/an-ns-segment-exonic-splicing-enhancer-regulates-influenza-a-virus-replication-in-mammalian-cells
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Xiaofeng Huang, Min Zheng, Pui Wang, Bobo Wing-Yee Mok, Siwen Liu, Siu-Ying Lau, Pin Chen, Yen-Chin Liu, Honglian Liu, Yixin Chen, Wenjun Song, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Honglin Chen
Influenza virus utilizes host splicing machinery to process viral mRNAs expressed from both M and NS segments. Through genetic analysis and functional characterization, we here show that the NS segment of H7N9 virus contains a unique G540A substitution, located within a previously undefined exonic splicing enhancer (ESE) motif present in the NEP mRNA of influenza A viruses. G540A supports virus replication in mammalian cells while retaining replication ability in avian cells. Host splicing regulator, SF2, interacts with this ESE to regulate splicing of NEP/NS1 mRNA and G540A substitution affects SF2-ESE interaction...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321587/analytical-methods-for-the-quantification-of-histamine-and-histamine-metabolites
#16
Heike Bähre, Volkhard Kaever
The endogenous metabolite histamine (HA) is synthesized in various mammalian cells but can also be ingested from exogenous sources. It is involved in a plethora of physiological and pathophysiological processes. So far, four different HA receptors (H1R-H4R) have been described and numerous HAR antagonists have been developed. Contemporary investigations regarding the various roles of HA and its main metabolites have been hampered by the lack of highly specific and sensitive analytic methods for all of these analytes...
March 21, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321417/technologies-for-proteome-wide-discovery-of-extracellular-host-pathogen-interactions
#17
REVIEW
Nadia Martinez-Martin
Pathogens have evolved unique mechanisms to breach the cell surface barrier and manipulate the host immune response to establish a productive infection. Proteins exposed to the extracellular environment, both cell surface-expressed receptors and secreted proteins, are essential targets for initial invasion and play key roles in pathogen recognition and subsequent immunoregulatory processes. The identification of the host and pathogen extracellular molecules and their interaction networks is fundamental to understanding tissue tropism and pathogenesis and to inform the development of therapeutic strategies...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321016/4%C3%AE-8c-inhibits-insulin-secretion-independent-of-ire1%C3%AE-rnase-activity
#18
Hitomi Sato, Yoko Shiba, Yuichi Tsuchiya, Michiko Saito, Kenji Kohno
IRE1α plays an important role in the unfolded protein response (UPR), which is activated by the accumulation of unfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum. 4μ8C, a well-known inhibitor of IRE1α RNase activity, is commonly used to analyze IRE1α function during ER stress in cultured mammalian cells. However, the off-target effects of 4μ8C remain elusive. Pancreatic β-cells synthesize a large amount of insulin in response to high glucose stimulation, and IRE1α plays an important role in insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells...
March 18, 2017: Cell Structure and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320935/triad-of-human-cellular-proteins-irf2-fam111a-and-rfc3-restrict-replication-of-orthopoxvirus-spi-1-host-range-mutants
#19
Debasis Panda, Daniel J Fernandez, Madhu Lal, Eugen Buehler, Bernard Moss
Viruses and their hosts can reach balanced states of evolution ensuring mutual survival, which makes it difficult to appreciate the underlying dynamics. To uncover hidden interactions, virus mutants that have lost defense genes may be used. Deletion of the gene that encodes serine protease inhibitor 1 (SPI-1) of rabbitpox virus and vaccinia virus, two closely related orthopoxviruses, prevents their efficient replication in human cells, whereas certain other mammalian cells remain fully permissive. Our high-throughput genome-wide siRNA screen identified host factors that prevent reproduction and spread of the mutant viruses in human cells...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320267/modulating-effect-of-cytokines-on-mechanisms-of-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-brain
#20
REVIEW
S G Levin, O V Godukhin
After accumulation of data showing that resident brain cells (neurons, astrocytes, and microglia) produce mediators of the immune system, such as cytokines and their receptors under normal physiological conditions, a critical need emerged for investigating the role of these mediators in cognitive processes. The major problem for understanding the functional role of cytokines in the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, de novo neurogenesis, and learning and memory is the small number of investigated cytokines...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
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