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Sarah Caughlin, Shikhar Maheshwari, Yuksel Agca, Cansu Agca, Aaron J Harris, Kristina Jurcic, Ken K-C Yeung, David F Cechetto, Shawn N Whitehead
BACKGROUND: Accumulation of simple gangliosides GM2 and GM3, and gangliosides with longer long-chain bases (d20:1) have been linked to toxicity and the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Conversely, complex gangliosides, such as GM1, have been shown to be neuroprotective. Recent evidence using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-IMS) has demonstrated that a-series gangliosides are differentially altered during normal aging, yet it remains unclear how simple species are shifting relative to complex gangliosides in the prodromal stages of AD...
March 12, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Majid Vahed, Saburo Neya, Katsumi Matsuzaki, Tyuji Hoshino
The interaction of amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide with cell membrane is one of the factors enhancing Aβ aggregation, which is closely related to neuro-disturbance disease. In this work, we performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulation to investigate the initial stage of adhesion of Aβ40 to a GM1 ganglioside-containing membrane. Conformational change of Aβ40 due to interaction with the membrane was monitored and compared with that of Aβ42 observed in the previous study. Multiple computational trials were executed to analyze the probability of Aβ binding using a calculation model consisting of a GM1-containing mixed lipid membrane, water layer, ions, and Aβ40...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Muneaki Motomura, Hideaki Ichihara, Yoko Matsumoto
Negatively charged phosphatidylserine (PS) and sialic acid-containing glycosphingolipids (GM1) were observed to be over represented on the cell membranes of pancreatic cancer cells (BxPC-3) as opposed to normal pancreatic cells. Cationic liposomes (CL) were also found to selectively accumulate into the negatively charged cell membranes of BxPC-3 cells and inhibited their growth but have no effect on the viability of normal pancreatic cells. CL induced apoptosis in BxPC-3 cells via activation of caspase-3, -8, and -9 and mitochondrial events and inhibited tumor enlargement in xenograft mouse models of pancreatic cancer...
March 5, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Daria Tretiakova, Natalia Onishchenko, Ivan Boldyrev, Ilya Mikhalyov, Alexander Tuzikov, Nicolai Bovin, Evgeniy Evtushenko, Elena Vodovozova
Previously, we proposed a liposomal formulation of melphalan (Mlph)-a chemotherapeutic alkylating agent-incorporated in a fluid lipid bilayer in the form of dioleoylglyceride ester. In this work, we compared the stabilizing effect of different amphiphiles included in the Mlph-liposomes, such as phosphatidylinositol (PI), ganglioside GM1 , a conjugate of N-carboxymethyl-modified oligoglycine with dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine (acidic lipopeptide), and polyethylene glycol (2000 Da) conjugated with dipalmitoylphosphatidylethanolamine (PEG-lipid), upon incubation in human serum...
March 1, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
G Charles Ostermeier, Cristina Cardona, Melissa A Moody, Alana J Simpson, Romeo Mendoza, Eric Seaman, Alexander J Travis
Sperm must mature functionally in the process of capacitation to become able to fertilize. Capacitation depends on membrane lipid changes, and can be quantitatively assessed by redistribution of the ganglioside GM1 , the basis of the Cap-Score™ sperm function test. Here, differences in Cap-Score were compared among and within men at two time points. Ejaculates were liquefied, washed, and incubated for 3 hours under capacitating (Cap) conditions, then fixed and analyzed immediately (Day0); after being incubated 3 hours under Cap conditions then maintained 22-24 hours in fix (Day1-fix); or after 22-24 hours incubation under Cap conditions prior to fixation (Day1)...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Ida Annunziata, Renata Sano, Alessandra d'Azzo
Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) comprise a large group of disorders of catabolism, mostly due to deficiency of a single glycan-cleaving hydrolase. The consequent endo-lysosomal accumulation of undigested or partially digested substrates in cells of virtually all organs, including the nervous system, is diagnostic of these diseases and underlies pathogenesis. A subgroup of LSDs, the glycosphingolipidoses, are caused by deficiency of glycosidases that process/degrade sphingolipids and glycosphingolipids (GSLs)...
February 28, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Justyna Janikiewicz, Jędrzej Szymański, Dominika Malinska, Paulina Patalas-Krawczyk, Bernadeta Michalska, Jerzy Duszyński, Carlotta Giorgi, Massimo Bonora, Agnieszka Dobrzyn, Mariusz R Wieckowski
Sites of close contact between mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are known as mitochondria-associated membranes (MAM) or mitochondria-ER contacts (MERCs), and play an important role in both cell physiology and pathology. A growing body of evidence indicates that changes observed in the molecular composition of MAM and in the number of MERCs predisposes MAM to be considered a dynamic structure. Its involvement in processes such as lipid biosynthesis and trafficking, calcium homeostasis, reactive oxygen species production, and autophagy has been experimentally confirmed...
February 28, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Bénédicte Sudrié-Arnaud, Florent Marguet, Sophie Patrier, Jelena Martinovic, Ferielle Louillet, Françoise Broux, Françoise Charbonnier, Hélène Dranguet, Sophie Coutant, Myriam Vezain, Raphaël Lanos, Abdellah Tebani, Maria Fuller, Foudil Lamari, Pascal Chambon, Anne-Claire Brehin, Laetitia Trestard, Isabelle Tournier, Stéphane Marret, Eric Verspyck, Annie Laquerrière, Soumeya Bekri
PURPOSES: Hydrops fetalis is a life-threatening fetal condition, and 85% of all cases are classified as nonimmune hydrops fetalis (NIHF). Up to 15% of NIHF cases may be due to inborn errors of metabolism (IEM), but a large proportion of cases linked to metabolic disorders remains undiagnosed. This lack of diagnosis may be related to the limitations of conventional biological procedures, which involve sequential investigations and require multiple samples and steps. In addition, this approach is time consuming...
February 21, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
John Benktander, Angela Barone, Miralda Madar Johansson, Susann Teneberg
Adhesion of Helicobacter pylori to the gastric mucosa is a prerequisite for the pathogenesis of H. pylori related diseases. In this study, we investigated the ganglioside composition of human stomach as the target for attachment mediated by H. pylori SabA (sialic acid binding adhesin). Acid glycosphingolipids were isolated from human stomach and separated into subfractions, which were characterized by mass spectrometry and by binding of antibodies, bacteria, and Solanum tuberosum lectin. H. pylori SabA binding gangliosides were characterized as Neu5Acα3-neolactohexaosylceramide and Neu5Acα3-neolactooctaosylceramide, while the other acid human stomach glycosphingolipids characterized (sulfatide and the gangliosides GM3, GD3, GM1, Neu5Acα3-neolactotetraosylceramide, GD1a and GD1b) were not recognized by the bacteria...
February 23, 2018: Virulence
Soumita Das, Pavimol Angsantikul, Christine Le, Denny Bao, Yukiko Miyamoto, Weiwei Gao, Liangfang Zhang, Lars Eckmann
Diarrheal diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In many cases, antibiotic therapy is either ineffective or not recommended due to concerns about emergence of resistance. The pathogenesis of several of the most prevalent infections, including cholera and enteroxigenic Escherichia coli, is dominated by enterotoxins produced by lumen-dwelling pathogens before clearance by intestinal defenses. Toxins gain access to the host through critical host receptors, making these receptors attractive targets for alternative antimicrobial strategies that do not rely on conventional antibiotics...
February 22, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Marie Indrová, Joanna Rossowska, Elzbieta Pajtasz-Piasecka, Romana Mikyšková, Jan Richter, Jozef Rosina, Radislav Sedlacek, Anna Fišerová
The present study aimed to elucidate the role of cluster of differentiation (CD)8+, CD4+, natural killer (NK), and myeloid (CD11b+) cells in the course of the growth and rejection of experimental major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I-deficient, HPV16 E6/E7-associated TC-1/A9 tumors in mice. Stable mouse lines (F30 ) generated by inbreeding of Balb/c and C57BL/6 strains, which were characterized by H-2Db+d-NK1.1neg (B6-neg) and H-2Db-d+NK1.1high (Balb-high) phenotypes, were used for the present study...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Norihiko Sasaki, Yoko Itakura, Masashi Toyoda
Vascular insulin resistance induced by inflammatory cytokines leads to the initiation and development of vascular diseases. In humans, circulating TNFα levels are increased during aging, suggesting a correlation between vascular insulin resistance and plasma TNFα levels. Currently, the precise molecular mechanisms of vascular insulin resistance mediated by TNFα are not well characterized. We aimed at clarifying whether glycosphingolipids contribute to vascular insulin resistance after inflammatory stimulation...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Emad Kordbacheh, Shahram Nazarian, Abbas Hajizadeh, Davood Sadeghi
Vaccine delivery vehicles are just as important in vaccine efficiency. Through the progress in nanotechnology, various nanoparticles have been evaluated as carriers for these substances. Among them, alginate nanoparticles are a good choice because of their biodegradability, biocompatibility, ease of production, etc. In this study, feasibility of alginate nanoparticles (NPs) such as recombinant LTB from Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) carrier was investigated. To do this, the eltb gene was cloned and expressed in E...
February 20, 2018: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
John Forsayeth, Piotr Hadaczek
Here we advance the hypothesis that Parkinson's disease (PD) is fundamentally a failure of trophic support for specific classes of neurons, primarily catecholaminergic. Evidence from our laboratory provides a framework into which a broad array of findings from many quarters can be integrated into a general theory that offers testable hypotheses to new and established investigators. Mice deficient in the ability to synthesize series-a gangliosides, specifically GM1 ganglioside, develop parkinsonism. We found that this seems to be due to a failure in signaling efficiency by the important catecholaminergic growth factor, GDNF...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Haoran Ji, Dongxiao Li, Ye Wu, Quanli Zhang, Qiang Gu, Han Xie, Taoyun Ji, Huifang Wang, Lu Zhao, Haijuan Zhao, Yanling Yang, Hongchun Feng, Hui Xiong, Jinhua Ji, Zhixian Yang, Liping Kou, Ming Li, Xinhua Bao, Xingzhi Chang, Yuehua Zhang, Li Li, Huijuan Li, Zhengping Niu, Xiru Wu, Jiangxi Xiao, Yuwu Jiang, Jingmin Wang
OBJECTIVE: Hypomyelinating disorders are a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous diseases characterized by neurological deterioration with hypomyelination visible on brain MRI scans. This study was aimed to clarify the clinical and genetic features of HMDs in Chinese population. METHODS: 119 patients with hypomyelinating disorders in Chinese population were enrolled and evaluated based on their history, clinical manifestation, laboratory examinations, series of brain MRI with follow-up, genetic etiological tests including chromosomal analysis, multiplex ligation probe amplification, Sanger sequencing, targeted enrichment-based next-generation sequencing and whole exome sequencing...
2018: PloS One
Eline Haspeslagh, Mary J van Helden, Kim Deswarte, Sofie De Prijck, Justine van Moorleghem, Louis Boon, Hamida Hammad, Eric Vivier, Bart N Lambrecht
House dust mite (HDM)-allergic asthma is driven by T helper 2 (Th2) lymphocytes, but also innate immune cells control key aspects of the disease. The precise function of innate natural killer (NK) cells during the initiation and propagation of asthma has been very confusing, in part because different, not entirely specific, strategies were used to target these cells. We show that HDM inhalation rapidly led to the accumulation of NK cells in the lung-draining lymph nodes and of activated CD69 + NK cells in the bronchoalveolar lumen...
February 14, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Jin Sook Lee, Jong-Moon Choi, Moses Lee, Soo Yeon Kim, Sangmoon Lee, Byung Chan Lim, Jung-Eun Cheon, In-One Kim, Ki Joong Kim, Murim Choi, Moon-Woo Seong, Jong-Hee Chae
BACKGROUND: GM1 gangliosidosis is a rare lysosomal storage disorder caused by GLB1 mutations. Because of its extreme rarity and symptoms that overlap with other neurodegenerative diseases, its diagnosis is sometimes challenging, especially in the late infantile form with less severe phenotype. We aim to expand the clinical and genetic spectrum of late infantile GM1 gangliosidosis. METHODS: We confirmed a diagnosis of GM1 gangliosidosis based on GLB1 mutations and/or the deficiency of β-galactosidase activity...
February 10, 2018: Brain & Development
Jakob Cervin, Amberlyn M Wands, Anna Casselbrant, Han Wu, Soumya Krishnamurthy, Aleksander Cvjetkovic, Johanna Estelius, Benjamin Dedic, Anirudh Sethi, Kerri-Lee Wallom, Rebecca Riise, Malin Bäckström, Ville Wallenius, Frances M Platt, Michael Lebens, Susann Teneberg, Lars Fändriks, Jennifer J Kohler, Ulf Yrlid
Cholera toxin (CT) enters and intoxicates host cells after binding cell surface receptors via its B subunit (CTB). We have recently shown that in addition to the previously described binding partner ganglioside GM1, CTB binds to fucosylated proteins. Using flow cytometric analysis of primary human jejunal epithelial cells and granulocytes, we now show that CTB binding correlates with expression of the fucosylated Lewis X (LeX) glycan. This binding is competitively blocked by fucosylated oligosaccharides and fucose-binding lectins...
February 12, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Zhahirul Islam, Israt Jahan, Rijwan U Ahammad, Mohammad Shahnaij, Shamsun Nahar, Quazi D Mohammad
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune disorder of the peripheral nervous system triggered by molecular mimicry between pathogen lipopolysaccharides and host nerve gangliosides. Polymorphisms in the Fas receptor (FAS) and Fas ligand (FASL) genes may potentially alter the elimination of autoreactive immune cells and affect disease susceptibility or disease severity in GBS. We detected single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in FAS (-1377G/A and -670A/G) and FASL (-843C/T) in a prospective cohort of 300 patients with GBS and 300 healthy controls from the Bangladeshi population...
2018: PloS One
Gu Gong, Liang Yin, Libang Yuan, Daming Sui, Yangyang Sun, Haiyu Fu, Liang Chen, Xiaowu Wang
High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) is a severe type of acute mountain sickness (AMS) that occurs in response to a high altitude hypobaric hypoxic (HH) environment. GM1 monosialoganglioside can alleviate brain injury under adverse conditions including amyloid-β-peptide, ischemia and trauma. However, its role in HACE-induced brain damage remains poorly elucidated. In this study, GM1 supplementation dose-dependently attenuated increase in rat brain water content (BWC) induced by hypobaric chamber (7600 m) exposurefor 24 h...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Immunology
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