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Jônatas Abrahão, Lorena Silva, Ludmila Santos Silva, Jacques Yaacoub Bou Khalil, Rodrigo Rodrigues, Thalita Arantes, Felipe Assis, Paulo Boratto, Miguel Andrade, Erna Geessien Kroon, Bergmann Ribeiro, Ivan Bergier, Herve Seligmann, Eric Ghigo, Philippe Colson, Anthony Levasseur, Guido Kroemer, Didier Raoult, Bernard La Scola
Here we report the discovery of two Tupanvirus strains, the longest tailed Mimiviridae members isolated in amoebae. Their genomes are 1.44-1.51 Mb linear double-strand DNA coding for 1276-1425 predicted proteins. Tupanviruses share the same ancestors with mimivirus lineages and these giant viruses present the largest translational apparatus within the known virosphere, with up to 70 tRNA, 20 aaRS, 11 factors for all translation steps, and factors related to tRNA/mRNA maturation and ribosome protein modification...
February 27, 2018: Nature Communications
Clément Ghigo, Rebecca Gentek, Marc Bajénoff
Lymph node (LN) stromal cells are being recognized as key organizers of the immune system. They assemble in complex 3D networks and hence, need to be studied in situ to fully understand their exact functions. Here, we describe two distinct but complementary procedures that allow analyzing LN stromal cells at high resolution by confocal imaging.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Kieran P Dowd, Robert Szeklicki, Marco Alessandro Minetto, Marie H Murphy, Angela Polito, Ezio Ghigo, Hidde van der Ploeg, Ulf Ekelund, Janusz Maciaszek, Rafal Stemplewski, Maciej Tomczak, Alan E Donnelly
The links between increased participation in Physical Activity (PA) and improvements in health are well established. As this body of evidence has grown, so too has the search for measures of PA with high levels of methodological effectiveness (i.e. validity, reliability and responsiveness to change). The aim of this "review of reviews" was to provide a comprehensive overview of the methodological effectiveness of currently employed measures of PA, to aid researchers in their selection of an appropriate tool...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Adrien Lupieri, Alessandra Ghigo, Regis Blaise, Natalia Smirnova, Nicole Malet, Pierre Vincent, Stephanie Gayral, Emilio Hirsch, Muriel Laffargue
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August 2017: Atherosclerosis
Mingchuan Li, Valentina Sala, Maria Chiara De Santis, James Cimino, Paola Cappello, Nicola Pianca, Anna Di Bona, Jean Piero Margaria, Miriam Martini, Edoardo Lazzarini, Flora Pirozzi, Luca Rossi, Irene Franco, Julia Bornbaum, Jacqueline Heger, Susanne Rohrbach, Alessia Perino, Carlo G Tocchetti, Braulio H F Lima, Mauro M Teixeira, Paolo E Porporato, Rainer Schulz, Annalisa Angelini, Marco Sandri, Pietro Ameri, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Roberto César P Lima-Júnior, Marco Mongillo, Tania Zaglia, Fulvio Morello, Francesco Novelli, Emilio Hirsch, Alessandra Ghigo
Background -Anthracyclines, such as doxorubicin (DOX), are potent anti-cancer agents for the treatment of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. However, their clinical use is hampered by cardiotoxicity. This study sought to investigate the role of PI3Kγ in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity and the potential cardio-protective and anti-cancer effects of PI3Kγ inhibition. Methods -Mice expressing a kinase-inactive PI3Kγ or receiving PI3Kγ selective inhibitors were subjected to chronic DOX treatment. Cardiac function was analyzed by echocardiography and DOX-mediated signaling was assessed in whole hearts or in isolated cardiomyocytes...
January 18, 2018: Circulation
A Giustina, G Arnaldi, F Bogazzi, S Cannavò, A Colao, L De Marinis, E De Menis, E Degli Uberti, F Giorgino, S Grottoli, A G Lania, P Maffei, R Pivonello, E Ghigo
Unfortunately, in page 584, second column, the first sentence under the heading "Type of switch" has been published incorrectly. The complete correct sentence is given below.
December 28, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Larissa Jeremias Duarte, Vitor Clasen Chaves, Marcus Vinicius Pereira Dos Santos Nascimento, Eunice Calvete, Mingchuan Li, Elisa Ciraolo, Alessandra Ghigo, Emilio Hirsch, Claudia Maria Oliveira Simões, Flávio Henrique Reginatto, Eduardo M Dalmarco
Fragaria x ananassa Duch., popularly called strawberry, is known for its worldwide consumption and important biological activities, and these effects are related to its high concentration of anthocyanins. Pelargonidin-3-O-glucoside (P3G) is a major anthocyanin found in strawberry, and was evaluated for its anti-inflammatory action in experimental models. The effect of strawberry extract and P3G, on leukocyte migration, exudation levels and many inflammatory mediators, was therefore evaluated in an in vivo model...
May 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
Petya Violinova Krasteva, Joaquin Bernal-Bayard, Laetitia Travier, Fernando Ariel Martin, Pierre-Alexandre Kaminski, Gouzel Karimova, Rémi Fronzes, Jean-Marc Ghigo
Secreted exopolysaccharides present important determinants for bacterial biofilm formation, survival, and virulence. Cellulose secretion typically requires the concerted action of a c-di-GMP-responsive inner membrane synthase (BcsA), an accessory membrane-anchored protein (BcsB), and several additional Bcs components. Although the BcsAB catalytic duo has been studied in great detail, its interplay with co-expressed subunits remains enigmatic. Here we show that E. coli Bcs proteins partake in a complex protein interaction network...
December 12, 2017: Nature Communications
Cédric Torre, Landry Laure Tsoumtsa, Éric Ghigo
One of the defense mechanisms of the host is the trained immunity, an immune component of the innate immunity, also known as innate immune memory. The trained immunity is defined as an exacerbated protection of an organism to a foreign body, such as a pathogenic microorganism, upon a second contact with it. This kind of immunity does not involve the components of acquired immunity, such as the B lymphocytes or T lymphocytes. It relies heavily on the cellular and molecular machinery of the innate response. Trained immunity is described as being present in both invertebrates and vertebrates, but its mechanisms have only recently begun to be elucidated, particularly in the vertebrates...
November 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
L De Carli, R Gambino, C Lubrano, R Rosato, D Bongiovanni, F Lanfranco, F Broglio, E Ghigo, S Bo
PURPOSE: Few and contradictory data suggest changes in taste perception in type 2 diabetes (T2DM), potentially altering food choices. We, therefore, analyzed taste recognition thresholds in T2DM patients with good metabolic control and free of conditions potentially impacting on taste, compared with age-, body mass index-, and sex-matched normoglycemic controls. METHODS: An ascending-concentration method was used, employing sucrose (sweet), sodium chloride (salty), citric acid (sour), and quinine hydrochloride (bitter), diluted in increasing concentration solutions...
November 28, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Prasad Abnave, Xavier Muracciole, Eric Ghigo
A small gram-negative bacterium, Coxiella burnetii (C. burnetii), is responsible for a zoonosis called Q fever. C. burnetii is an intracellular bacterium that can survive inside microbicidal cells like monocytes and macrophages by hijacking several functions of the immune system. Among several virulence factors, the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of C. burnetii is one of the major factors involved in this immune hijacking because of its atypical composition and structure. Thus, the aim of this mini-review is to summarize the repressive effects of C...
November 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Amar Bouam, Eric Ghigo, Michel Drancourt
Mycobacterium ulcerans, a decaying Mycobacterium marinum derivative is responsible for Buruli ulcer, a notifiable non-contagious disabling infection highly prevalent in some West African countries. Aquatic environments are suspected to host M. ulcerans, however, the exact reservoirs remain unknown. While M. marinum was found to resist amoebal microbicidal activities, this remains unknown for M. ulcerans. In this study M. ulcerans was co-cultured with the moderately halophile Acanthamoeba griffini at 30 °C to probe this tropical amoeba as a potential reservoir for M...
January 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Laetitia Poirier, Lucile Brun, Pauline Jacquet, Catherine Lepolard, Nicholas Armstrong, Cédric Torre, David Daudé, Eric Ghigo, Eric Chabrière
Organophosphorus insecticides (OPs) are toxic compounds used for agricultural purposes and responsible for severe types of contamination worldwide. OPs may also induce chronic deleterious effects and developmental disruption. Finding remediation strategies is a major concern to diminish their impact on environment and human health. Enzymes have emerged as a promising eco-friendly route for decontaminating OPs. The enzyme SsoPox from the archaea Sulfolobus solfataricus has been particularly studied, considering both its tremendous stability and phosphotriesterase activity...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
M Ragonese, S Grottoli, P Maffei, A Alibrandi, M R Ambrosio, G Arnaldi, A Bianchi, S Puglisi, M C Zatelli, L De Marinis, E Ghigo, A Giustina, F Maffezzoni, C Martini, L Trementino, S Cannavo
PURPOSE: Pegvisomant (PEGV) treatment in acromegaly patients resistant to somatostatin analogues is less effective in the real life than in clinical trials. This is a multicenter, observational, retrospective, longitudinal study. The aim was to detect characteristics which improve long-term PEGV effectiveness. METHODS: 87 acromegalic patients treated with PEGV have been enrolled in seven referral Italian centres. PEGV was administered for up to 4 years, at doses up titrated until IGF-1 normalization or to ≥ 30 mg/day...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Iacopo Gesmundo, Michele Miragoli, Pierluigi Carullo, Letizia Trovato, Veronica Larcher, Elisa Di Pasquale, Mara Brancaccio, Marta Mazzola, Tania Villanova, Matteo Sorge, Marina Taliano, Maria Pia Gallo, Giuseppe Alloatti, Claudia Penna, Joshua M Hare, Ezio Ghigo, Andrew V Schally, Gianluigi Condorelli, Riccarda Granata
It has been shown that growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) reduces cardiomyocyte (CM) apoptosis, prevents ischemia/reperfusion injury, and improves cardiac function in ischemic rat hearts. However, it is still not known whether GHRH would be beneficial for life-threatening pathological conditions, like cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure (HF). Thus, we tested the myocardial therapeutic potential of GHRH stimulation in vitro and in vivo, using GHRH or its agonistic analog MR-409. We show that in vitro, GHRH(1-44)NH2 attenuates phenylephrine-induced hypertrophy in H9c2 cardiac cells, adult rat ventricular myocytes, and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived CMs, decreasing expression of hypertrophic genes and regulating hypertrophic pathways...
November 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Enrica Federti, Alessandro Matte, Alessandra Ghigo, Immacolata Andolfo, Cimino James, Angela Siciliano, Christophe Leboeuf, Anne Janin, Francesco Manna, Soo Young Choi, Achille Iolascon, Elisabetta Beneduce, Davide Melisi, Dae Won Kim, Sonia Levi, Lucia De Franceschi
The data presented in this article are related to the research paper entitled "peroxiredoxin-2 plays a pivotal role as multimodal cytoprotector in the early phase of pulmonary hypertension" (Federti et al., 2017) [1]. Data show that the absence of peroxiredoxin-2 (Prx2) is associated with increased lung oxidation and pulmonary vascular endothelial dysfunction. Prx2(-/)(-) mice displayed activation of the redox-sensitive transcriptional factors, NF-kB and Nrf2, and increased expression of cytoprotective system such as heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1)...
December 2017: Data in Brief
G Ghigo, G A Ummarino, L Gozzelino, R Gerbaldo, F Laviano, D Torsello, T Tamegai
One of the open issues concerning iron-based superconductors is whether the s± wave model is able to account for the overall effects of impurity scattering, including the low rate of decrease of the critical temperature with the impurity concentration. Here we investigate Ba1-x K x Fe2As2 crystals where disorder is introduced by Au-ion irradiation. Critical temperature, T c , and London penetration depth, λ L , were measured by a microwave resonator technique, for different values of the irradiation fluence...
October 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Nadia Bonelli, Ruth Rossetto, Davide Castagno, Matteo Anselmino, Francesca Vignolo, Mirko Parasiliti Caprino, Fiorenzo Gaita, Ezio Ghigo, Roberto Garberoglio, Roberto Grimaldi, Mauro Maccario
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of a iodine load on thyroid function of patients with ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and the long-term influence of unknown subclinical hyperthyroidism. CONTEXT: Subclinical hyperthyroidism is considered an independent risk factors for cardiovascular morbidity of patients with IHD. They routinely undergo coronary angiography with iodine contrast media (ICM) which may induce or even worsen hyperthyroidism. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study followed by a longitudinal study on patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism...
October 12, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
Federico Gulluni, Miriam Martini, Maria Chiara De Santis, Carlo Cosimo Campa, Alessandra Ghigo, Jean Piero Margaria, Elisa Ciraolo, Irene Franco, Ugo Ala, Laura Annaratone, Davide Disalvatore, Giovanni Bertalot, Giuseppe Viale, Anna Noatynska, Mara Compagno, Sara Sigismund, Filippo Montemurro, Marcus Thelen, Fan Fan, Patrick Meraldi, Caterina Marchiò, Salvatore Pece, Anna Sapino, Roberto Chiarle, Pier Paolo Di Fiore, Emilio Hirsch
Proper organization of the mitotic spindle is key to genetic stability, but molecular components of inter-microtubule bridges that crosslink kinetochore fibers (K-fibers) are still largely unknown. Here we identify a kinase-independent function of class II phosphoinositide 3-OH kinase α (PI3K-C2α) acting as limiting scaffold protein organizing clathrin and TACC3 complex crosslinking K-fibers. Downregulation of PI3K-C2α causes spindle alterations, delayed anaphase onset, and aneuploidy, indicating that PI3K-C2α expression is required for genomic stability...
October 9, 2017: Cancer Cell
Franziska A Stressmann, Elodie Couve-Deacon, Delphine Chainier, Ashwini Chauhan, Aimee Wessel, Sylvaine Durand-Fontanier, Marie-Christine Escande, Irène Kriegel, Bruno Francois, Marie-Cécile Ploy, Christophe Beloin, Jean-Marc Ghigo
Totally implanted venous access ports (TIVAPs) are commonly used catheters for the management of acute or chronic pathologies. Although these devices improve health care, repeated use of this type of device for venous access over long periods of time is also associated with risk of colonization and infection by pathogenic bacteria, often originating from skin. However, although the skin microbiota is composed of both pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria, the extent and the consequences of TIVAP colonization by nonpathogenic bacteria have rarely been studied...
September 2017: MSphere
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