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Clark Rosensweig, Kimberly A Reynolds, Peng Gao, Isara Laothamatas, Yongli Shan, Rama Ranganathan, Joseph S Takahashi, Carla B Green
Mammalian circadian clocks are driven by a transcription/translation feedback loop composed of positive regulators (CLOCK/BMAL1) and repressors (CRYPTOCHROME 1/2 (CRY1/2) and PER1/2). To understand the structural principles of regulation, we used evolutionary sequence analysis to identify co-evolving residues within the CRY/PHL protein family. Here we report the identification of an ancestral secondary cofactor-binding pocket as an interface in repressive CRYs, mediating regulation through direct interaction with CLOCK and BMAL1...
March 19, 2018: Nature Communications
R Asero, M Piantanida, V Pravettoni
Background. Follow-up data about the onset of novel food allergies in patients allergic to lipid transfer protein (LTP) are missing. We investigated the occurrence of novel allergies over time in LTP hypersensitive patients. Methods. Sixty-seven LTP-allergic patients recommended to avoid foods responsible for systemic reactions and encouraged to eat other sensitizing foods avoiding the association with known co-factors, were re-evaluated after ≥ 1 year to assess the occurrence of allergy to novel foods. IgE to rPru p 3, rBet v 1, and r Phl p 12 were measured...
February 16, 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Kristie Wrasman, Salvatore L Alioto, Yorke Zhang, Kyle Hoban, Marjon Khairy, Bruce L Goode, Beverly Wendland
Endocytosis is a fundamental process for internalizing material from the plasma membrane, including many transmembrane proteins that are selectively internalized depending on environmental conditions. In most cells, the main route of entry is clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME), a process that involves the coordinated activity of over 60 proteins; however, there are likely as-yet unidentified proteins involved in cargo selection and/or regulation of endocytosis. We performed a mutagenic screen to identify novel endocytic genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae expressing the methionine permease Mup1 tagged with pHluorin (pHl), a pH-sensitive GFP variant whose fluorescence is quenched upon delivery to the acidic vacuole lumen...
March 14, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Maria Thor, Andrew Jackson, Michael J Zelefsky, Gunnar Steineck, Asa Karlsdòttir, Morten Høyer, Mitchell Liu, Nicola J Nasser, Stine E Petersen, Vitali Moiseenko, Joseph O Deasy
PURPOSE: To investigate whether inter-institutional cohort analysis uncovers more reliable dose-response relationships exemplified for late rectal bleeding (LRB) following prostate radiotherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data from five institutions were used. Rectal dose-volume histograms (DVHs) for 989 patients treated with 3DCRT or IMRT to 70-86.4 Gy@1.8-2.0 Gy/fraction were obtained, and corrected for fractionation effects (α/β = 3 Gy). Cohorts with best-fit Lyman-Kutcher-Burman volume-effect parameter a were pooled after calibration adjustments of the available LRB definitions...
March 9, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Stephan Jung, Nicole Estrella, Michael W Pfaffl, Stephan Hartmann, Ellinor Handelshauser, Annette Menzel
Grass pollen is the main cause of hay fever and allergic asthma in warm temperate climates during summer. The aim of this study was to determine the content of group 5 major allergens in pollen grains of agriculturally important grass species/cultivars. For each cultivar flowering dates and pollen production of cut anthers were observed in the field and in a climate chamber, respectively. An ELISA was used to quantify the group 5 allergens (Phl p5) in pollen extracts which were gained from the grass species Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye grass, timothy, cocksfoot, annual / Italian rye grass, hybrid rye grass and festulolium...
2018: PloS One
Soumya Surath Panda, Manas Baisakh, Adyakinkar Panda, Hemlata Das
Primary hepatic lymphoma (PHL) is an extremely rare disease and is often misdiagnosed. The optimal therapy is still unclear and the outcomes are uncertain. Among PHLs, a primary hepatic low-grade marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue is still rarer. The present study reports the case of an elderly female diagnosed with PHL (mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue) and treated with single agent rituximab. After 18 months, she had a progressive disease and developed Waldenstorms macroglobulinemia concomitantly...
January 8, 2018: Current Problems in Cancer
Mazen Alssahen, Osama Sammra, Jörn-Peter Wickhorst, Abdulwahed Ahmed Hassan, Christoph Lämmler, Mirja Raunio Saarnisto, Ellen Prenger-Berninghoff, Markus Timke, Andrè Becker, Amir Abdulmawjood
In the present study 12 Arcanobacterium phocae strains isolated from fur animals in Finland, including foxes, minks and Finnraccoons, could successfully be identified phenotypically, by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and genotypically by sequencing 16S rDNA and phocaelysin (PHL) encoding gene phl. The PHL of all 12 A. phocae strains in the present study and reference strains A. phocae DSM 10002T and A. phocae DSM 10003 displayed, as typical members of the cholesterol dependent cytolysin-group of toxins, the variant undecapeptide sequence EATGLAWDPWW which appeared to be most closely related to arcanolysin of Arcanobacterium haemolyticum and pyolysin of Trueperella pyogenes...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Joseph E Igetei, Marwa El-Faham, Susan Liddell, Gabriele Schramm, Michael J Doenhoff
Previous studies have shown that schistosome infection can protect against allergic symptoms, but the underlying mechanisms are still not fully understood. Here we have shown that rabbit IgG antibodies raised against Schistosoma mansoni soluble egg antigens (SmSEA) are cross-reactive with a wide array of molecules in Timothy grass pollen (TGP) and birch tree pollen (BTP). Five of the cross-reactive pollen molecules (two from TGP and three from BTP) were selected randomly and identified by tandem mass spectrometric (TMS) analysis to be, respectively, the TGP allergens Phl p 1 and Phl p 5b, and BTP glutathione S-transferase (GST), and the BTP allergens Bet v 1 and Bet v 6...
March 3, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
Manuela Cesaretti, Marine Loustau, Chiara Robba, Lorenzo Senescende, Alban Zarzavadjian Le Bian
Primary hepatic lymphoma (PHL) is defined as a lympho-proliferative disorder limited to the liver without any involvement of the spleen, lymph nodes, bone marrow or blood. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common histological type counting more than 60-80% of all PHL. Usually, it occurs in middle-aged men with aspecific symptoms and diagnosis is confirmed by histopathology. In order to expand current knowledge and to investigate an optimal therapeutic strategy, a systematic review of literature was conducted in February 2016...
March 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Stefano Colagrande, Linda Calistri, Giulia Grazzini, Cosimo Nardi, Simone Busoni, Giovanni Morana, Luigi Grazioli
PURPOSE: Our retrospective study sought to describe the spectrum of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of primary hepatic lymphoma (PHL) by analyzing its morphological aspects, signal intensity before and after contrast agent (CA) administration, and diffusion-weighted imaging (DwI) with the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on 25 patients with pathologically proven PHL who underwent MRI between January 2011 and December 2016...
February 19, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Yue Zhang, Kewei Ren, Xiaobo Zhang, Zhicong Chao, Yuqin Yang, Deju Ye, Zhihui Dai, Ying Liu, Huangxian Ju
RNA interference (RNAi) has become an appealing therapeutic approach for cancer and other diseases. One key challenge is the effective protection of these small fragile biomolecules against complicated physiological environments as well as efficient on-demand release. Here we design a photo-tearable polymer tape close-wrapped nanocapsule for efficient NIR modulated siRNA delivery. The photo-tearable nanocapsules comprise core-shell upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) coated with mesoporous silica layer for loading of photosensitizer hypocrellin A (HA) and small interfering RNA (siRNA) against polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1), and covalently bound thin membranes of polyethylene glycol (PEG) via a synthesized photocleavable linker (PhL)...
February 9, 2018: Biomaterials
Ana Martínez-Cañavate Burgos, Javier Torres-Borrego, Ana Belén Molina Terán, Jose Luis Corzo, Blanca Esther Garcia, Ramón Rodríguez Pacheco, Carmen Moreno Aguilar, Ignacio Dávila
BACKGROUND: The overlapping grass and olive pollen seasons in Spain and the phenomenon of cross-reactivity can make it difficult to determine the true causative agent of seasonal allergic rhinitis when only skin prick tests with whole extracts are used. The aim of the GRAMOLE study was to determine sensitization patterns to the major grass and olive pollen allergens detected using specific recombinant IgE and to explore how this knowledge affected physicians' choice of allergen-specific immunotherapy...
January 25, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Jančaříková Gita, Mihály Herczeg, Eva Fujdiarová, Josef Houser, Katalin E Kövér, Anikó Borbás, Michaela Wimmerová, Magdolna Csávás
Photorhabdus asymbiotica is a gram-negative bacterium that is not only as effective an insect pathogen as other members of the genus, but it also causes serious diseases in humans. The recently identified lectin PHL from P. asymbiotica verifiably modulates an immune response of humans and insects, which supports the idea that the lectin might play an important role in the host-pathogen interaction. Dimeric PHL contains up to seven L-fucose specific binding sites per monomer, and in order to target multiple binding sites of PHL, α-L-fucoside-containing di-, tri- and tetravalent glycoclusters were synthesized...
January 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Sung Bin Cho, Boncheol Leo Goo, Zhenlong Zheng, Kwang Ho Yoo, Jin-Soo Kang, Heesu Kim
Laser- or light-assisted therapies have been used to improve the perifollicular environment by upregulating the expression of growth factors and signaling molecules for hair restoration. The aim of our study was to preclinically and clinically evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of a 1927-nm fractionated thulium laser on pattern hair loss (PHL). An in vivo hairless mouse study and an in vivo human skin environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) study were performed with different power and energy settings...
January 16, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Rodney D Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Minoxidil and spironolactone are oral antihypertensives known to stimulate hair growth. OBJECTIVE: To report on a case series of women with pattern hair loss (PHL) treated with once daily minoxidil 0.25 mg and spironolactone 25 mg. METHODS: Women newly diagnosed with a Sinclair stage 2-5 PHL were scored for hair shedding and hair density before and after 12 months of treatment with oral minoxidil 0.25 mg and spironolactone 25 mg...
January 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Magnus Wickman, Christian Lupinek, Niklas Andersson, Danielle Belgrave, Anna Asarnoj, Marta Benet, Mariona Pinart, Sandra Wieser, Judith Garcia-Aymerich, Alexandra Baar, Göran Pershagen, Angela Simpson, Inger Kull, Anna Bergström, Erik Melén, Carl Hamsten, Josep M Antó, Jean Bousquet, Adnan Custovic, Rudolf Valenta, Marianne van Hage
BACKGROUND: Sensitization in early childhood may precede respiratory allergy in adolescence. METHODS: IgE reactivity against 132 allergen molecules was evaluated using the MeDALL microarray in sera obtained from a random sample of 786 children at the age of 4, 8 and 16years in a population based birth cohort (BAMSE). Symptoms were analyzed by questionnaire at ages 4, 8 and 16years. Clinically and independent relevant allergen molecules accounting for ≥90% of IgE reactivities in sensitized individuals and at all time-points were identified as risk molecules and used to predict respiratory allergy...
December 2017: EBioMedicine
C Rondón, N Blanca-López, P Campo, C Mayorga, R Jurado-Escobar, M J Torres, G Canto, M Blanca
BACKGROUND: Allergen immunotherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for local allergic rhinitis (LAR) to house dust mites. Studies with pollen allergen immunotherapy are limited to observational studies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of Phleum pratense subcutaneous immunotherapy (Phl-SCIT) in LAR. METHODS: In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, 56 patients with moderate-severe LAR to grass pollen received Phl-SCIT with a depigmented polymerized pollen vaccine or placebo for the first year, and Phl-SCIT the second one...
November 23, 2017: Allergy
G Lund, S Brand, T Ramos, L Jimeno, P Boissy, F Vega, M Arina, L H Christensen, I Hoof, K H Meno, D Barber, C Blanco, P A Würtzen, P S Andersen
BACKGROUND: Profilins are dominant pan-allergens known to cause cross-sensitization, leading to clinical symptoms such as pollen-food syndrome. This study aimed to determine the T-cell response to Phl p 12 in profilin-sensitized patients, by measuring the prevalence, strength and cross-reactivity to clinically relevant profilins. METHODS: The release of Phl p allergens from pollen was determined by mass spectrometry and immunochemistry. T-cell responses, epitope mapping and cross-reactivity to profilins (Phl p 12, Ole e 2, Bet v 2 and Mal d 4) were measured in vitro using PBMCs from 26 Spanish grass-allergic donors IgE-sensitized to profilin...
November 9, 2017: Allergy
Muhammad Morshed, Lisa Li, Min-Kuang Lee, Keerthi Fernando, Teresa Lo, Quantine Wong
BACKGROUND: Tick paralysis is a frequently overlooked severe disease characterized by bilateral ascending flaccid paralysis caused by a neurotoxin produced by feeding ticks. We aimed to characterize suspected tick paralysis cases documented at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) in British Columbia (BC) from 1993 to 2016 and reviewed prevention, diagnosis, and treatment considerations. METHODS: Demographic, geographic, and clinical data from test requisition forms for ticks submitted to the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory (PHL) from patients across BC between 1993 and 2016 for suspected human and animal tick paralysis were reviewed...
December 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Francesca Cipriani, Carla Mastrorilli, Salvatore Tripodi, Giampaolo Ricci, Serena Perna, Valentina Panetta, Riccardo Asero, Arianna Dondi, Annamaria Bianchi, Nunzia Maiello, Michele Miraglia Del Giudice, Tullio Frediani, Francesco Macrì, Sandra Lucarelli, Iride Dello Iacono, Maria Francesca Patria, Elena Varin, Diego Peroni, Loredana Chini, Viviana Moschese, Roberto Bernardini, Giuseppe Pingitore, Umberto Pelosi, Mariangela Tosca, Francesco Paravati, Ifigenia Sfika, Andrea Di Rienzo Businco, Calotta Povesi Dascola, Pasquale Comberiati, Simone Frediani, Caterina Lambiase, Maria Carmen Verga, Diego Faggian, Mario Plebani, Mauro Calvani, Carlo Caffarelli, Paolo Maria Matricardi
BACKGROUND: Grass pollen-related seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (SARg) is clinically heterogeneous in severity, comorbidities and response to treatment. The component-resolved diagnostics disclosed also a high heterogeneity at molecular level. Our study aimed at analyzing the characteristics of the IgE sensitization to Phleum pratense molecules and investigating the diagnostic relevance of such molecules in childhood. METHODS: We examined 1120 children (age 4-18y) with SARg...
October 20, 2017: Allergy
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