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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221100/intracellular-degradation-and-localization-of-ns1-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-affect-its-protective-properties
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Yulia V Kuzmenko, Elizaveta S Starodubova, Anastasia S Shevtsova, Liubov L Chernokhaeva, Anastasia A Latanova, Olga V Preobrazhenskaia, Andrey V Timofeev, Galina G Karganova, Vadim L Karpov
Currently, many DNA vaccines against infectious diseases are in clinical trials; however, their efficacy needs to be improved. The potency of DNA immunogen can be optimized by targeting technologies. In the current study, to increase the efficacy of NS1 encoded by plasmid, proteasome targeting was applied. NS1 variants with or without translocation sequence and with ornithine decarboxylase as a signal of proteasomal degradation were tested for expression, localization, protein turnover, proteasomal degradation and protection properties...
January 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220624/cardio-protective-effects-of-pectin-insulin-patch-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-beneficial-effects-of-insulin-patch
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Ntethelelo Sibiya, Phikelelani Ngubane, Musa Mabandla
PURPOSE: Cardiovascular complications are amongst the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in diabetes mellitus. Despite the beneficial effects of subcutaneous insulin administration, reports suggest that the therapy itself precipitates cardiovascular risks due to the high insulin concentration administered. It is therefore necessary to seek alternative insulin administration routes that may bypass the undesirable effects associated with high plasma insulin concentration. Accordingly, the study investigated the effect of a novel transdermal pectin-insulin patch on selected cardiovascular function markers in diabetes...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219688/mesoporous-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-microspheres-with-improved-stability-through-calcium-carbonate-templating
#3
Jiandong Cui, Yamin Zhao, Zhilei Tan, Cheng Zhong, Peipei Han, Shiru Jia
Cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) have recently emerged as a promising method for enzyme immobilization due to its simplicity and low cost. However, a lack of good size and morphological control over the as-prepared CLEAs has limited their practical applications in some cases. Here, monodisperse spherical CLEAs of phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL microspheres) were prepared based on CaCO3 microtemplates. The preparation procedure involves filling porous CaCO3 microtemplates with the protein by salt precipitation, glutaraldehyde crosslinking, and dissolution of the microtemplates...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218444/evaluation-of-late-outgrowth-endothelial-progenitor-cell-and-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cell-responses-to-thromboresistant-collagen-mimetic-hydrogels
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Dany J Munoz-Pinto, Josh D Erndt-Marino, Silvia M Becerra-Bayona, Viviana R Guiza-Arguello, Satyavrata Samavedi, Sarah Malmut, William M Reichert, Brooke Russell, Magnus Hӧӧk, Mariah S Hahn
Bioactive coatings which support the adhesion of late-outgrowth peripheral blood endothelial progenitor cells (EOCs) are actively being investigated as a means to promote rapid endothelialization of "off-the-shelf," small-caliber arterial graft prostheses following implantation. In the present work, we evaluated the behavior of EOCs on thromboresistant graft coatings based on the collagen-mimetic protein Scl2-2 and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) diacrylate. Specifically, the attachment, proliferation, migration, and phenotype of EOCs on PEG-Scl2-2 hydrogels were evaluated as a function of Scl2-2 concentration (4, 8, and 12 mg/mL) relative to human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216694/analytical-methods-for-determining-third-and-fourth-generation-fluoroquinolones-a-review
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REVIEW
Andrzej Czyrski
ABSTRACT: Fluoroquinolones of the third and fourth generation posses wide bactericidal activity. Monitoring concentrations of antibacterial agents provides effective therapy and prevents the increase of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The pharmacodynamic parameters that best describe fluoroquinalone activity are AUC/MIC and Cmax/MIC. Determining the level of this type of drug is essential to reach the effective concentration that inhibits the growth of bacteria. Determining the pharmaceutical formulation confirms the purity of a substance...
2017: Chromatographia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216427/utilization-of-the-bootstrap-method-for-determining-confidence-intervals-of-parameters-for-a-model-of-map1b-protein-transport-in-axons
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I A Kuznetsov, A V Kuznetsov
This paper develops a model of axonal transport of MAP1B protein. The problem of determining parameter values for the proposed model utilizing limited available experimental data is addressed. We used a global minimum search algorithm to find parameter values that minimize the discrepancy between model predictions and published experimental results. By analyzing the best fit parameter values it was established that some processes can be dropped from the model without losing accuracy, thus a simplified version of the model was formulated...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216023/immunogenicity-of-structurally-perturbed-hen-egg-lysozyme-adsorbed-to-silicone-oil-microdroplets-in-wild-type-and-transgenic-mouse-models
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Carly Fleagle Chisholm, Kaitlin R Soucie, Jane S Song, Pamela Strauch, Raul M Torres, John F Carpenter, Jack A Ragheb, Theodore W Randolph
Silicone oil microdroplets may act as adjuvants, promoting unwanted immune responses against both foreign and self-proteins. Proteins often unfold upon adsorption to silicone oil microdroplets, but it is unclear how such unfolding might affect the immune response. In this study, we found that hen egg lysozyme (HEL) readily adsorbed to silicone oil microdroplets and perturbed the conformation of HEL. We compared the immune response to injections of HEL formulated in the presence and absence of silicone oil microdroplets in both wild-type mice and transgenic littermates that express a soluble form of HEL (sHEL), thus rendering them immunologically tolerant to this nominal self-antigen...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215884/assessing-the-iron-chelation-capacity-of-goat-casein-digest-isolates
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A Smialowska, L Matia-Merino, A J Carr
We isolated goat phosphopeptides via calcium and ethanol precipitation from a caseinate digest and investigated their feasibility as an iron-fortification ingredient in nutritional foods. Goat tryptic-digested phosphopeptides could bind 54.37 ± 0.50 mg of Fe/g of protein compared with goat milk, which could bind 3.83 ± 0.01 mg of Fe/g of protein, indicating that isolation did increase iron binding. However, the >13-fold increase in iron binding was only partly explained by the increased concentration of phosphoserine-rich residues in the isolated fraction: we observed a 77% increase in serine residue content and a 5...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215197/growth-responses-of-entire-and-immunocastrated-male-pigs-to-dietary-protein-with-and-without-ractopamine-hydrochloride
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T Needham, L C Hoffman, R M Gous
The interaction between dietary balanced protein, ractopamine (RAC) and Improvac (IMP) on the growth response of 120 individually penned male PIC© pigs was evaluated. The pigs entered the trial at 16 weeks of age and were assigned to 12 treatments using a 2×2×3 factorial design. Three balanced protein diets, formulated with standard illeal digestible lysine levels of 7.50 (low), 9.79 (medium) and 12.07 g/kg (high), were fed from 20 weeks. Improvac was administered at 16 and 20 weeks, the booster being given 4 weeks before slaughter...
February 20, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215090/nonviral-genome-editing-based-on-a-polymer-derivatized-crispr-nanocomplex-for-targeting-bacterial-pathogens-and-antibiotic-resistance
#10
Yoo Kyung Kang, Kyu Kwon, Jea Sung Ryu, Ha Neul Lee, Chankyu Park, Hyun Jung Chung
The overuse of antibiotics plays a major role in the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria. A molecularly targeted, specific treatment method for bacterial pathogens can prevent this problem by reducing the selective pressure during microbial growth. Herein, we introduce a nonviral treatment strategy delivering genome editing material for targeting antibacterial resistance. We apply the CRISPR-Cas9 system, which has been recognized as an innovative tool for highly specific and efficient genome engineering in different organisms, as the delivery cargo...
February 19, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213844/self-nanoemulsified-drug-delivery-system-of-hydrochlorothiazide-for-increasing-dissolution-rate-and-diuretic-activity
#11
Cassiana Mendes, Aline Buttchevitz, Jéssica Henriques Kruger, Thiago Caon, Patricia de Oliveira Benedet, Elenara Lemos-Senna, Marcos Antônio Segatto Silva
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a class IV drug according to the Biopharmaceutical Classification System. This study aimed the development of self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery system (SNEDDS) for HCTZ as an approach to overcome the biopharmaceutical limitations. Pre-formulation screening and ternary phase diagrams were carried out to select the oil phase, the surfactant, and the co-surfactant as the amount of each constituent. The optimized formulations, with reduced amount of surfactant, and composed of medium chain triglycerides, Cremophor EL and Transcutol P did not affect the pH or show drug incompatibilities...
February 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213733/the-localization-of-a-heterologous-displayed-antigen-in-the-baculovirus-budded-virion-determines-the-type-and-strength-of-induced-adaptive-immune-response
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Eugenia Tavarone, Guido Nicolás Molina, Sabrina Amalfi, Andrea Peralta, Paula Molinari, Oscar Taboga
In the search of strategies of presentation of heterologous antigens to elicit humoral or cellular immune responses that modulate and properly potentiate each type of response, researchers have been studying baculovirus (BV) as vaccine vectors with promising results. For some years, several research groups explored different antigen presentation approaches using the BV AcNPV by expressing polypeptides on the surface of budded virions or by de novo synthesis of heterologous antigens by transduction of mammalian cells...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212986/correlating-the-effects-of-antimicrobial-preservatives-on-conformational-stability-aggregation-propensity-and-backbone-flexibility-of-an-igg1-monoclonal-antibody
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Jayant Arora, Sangeeta B Joshi, C Russell Middaugh, David D Weis, David B Volkin
Multi-dose formulations of biotherapeutics, which offer better dosage management and reduced production costs, require the addition of antimicrobial preservatives (APs). APs have been shown, however, to decrease protein stability in solution and cause protein aggregation. In this report, the effect of four APs, m-cresol, phenol, phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol, on conformational stability, aggregation propensity and backbone flexibility of an IgG1 monoclonal antibody, mAb-4, is investigated. Compared to no preservative control, each of the APs decreased the conformational stability of mAb-4 as measured by DSC and extrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211908/the-n-terminal-domain-of-schmallenberg-virus-envelope-protein-gc-is-highly-immunogenic-and-can-provide-protection-from-infection
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Kerstin Wernike, Andrea Aebischer, Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Martin Beer
Schmallenberg virus (SBV) is transmitted by insect vectors, and therefore vaccination is one of the most important tools of disease control. In our study, novel subunit vaccines on the basis of an amino-terminal domain of SBV Gc of 234 amino acids ("Gc Amino") first were tested and selected using a lethal small animal challenge model and then the best performing formulations also were tested in cattle. We could show that neither E. coli expressed nor the reduced form of "Gc Amino" protected from SBV infection...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210631/immunogenicity-and-cross-protection-in-mice-afforded-by-pandemic-h1n1-live-attenuated-influenza-vaccine-containing-wild-type-nucleoprotein
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Andrey Rekstin, Irina Isakova-Sivak, Galina Petukhova, Daniil Korenkov, Igor Losev, Tatiana Smolonogina, Tatiana Tretiak, Svetlana Donina, Svetlana Shcherbik, Tatiana Bousse, Larisa Rudenko
Since conserved viral proteins of influenza virus, such as nucleoprotein (NP) and matrix 1 protein, are the main targets for virus-specific CD8+ cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs), we hypothesized that introduction of the NP gene of wild-type virus into the genome of vaccine reassortants could lead to better immunogenicity and afford better protection. This paper describes in vitro and in vivo preclinical studies of two new reassortants of pandemic H1N1 live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) candidates. One had the hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) genes from A/South Africa/3626/2013 H1N1 wild-type virus on the A/Leningrad/134/17/57 master donor virus backbone (6 : 2 formulation) while the second had the HA, NA, and NP genes of the wild-type virus on the same backbone (5 : 3 formulation)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209271/a-simple-method-of-extracting-cap-antigen-of-pcv2b-from-emulsified-vaccines-for-testing-its-stability-and-antigenicity
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Cheng Yu, Xin Li, Wenzhen Diao, Jiwei Liu, Yunpeng Yao, Li Hua, Yaqin Yu, Yongli Yu, Liying Wang
Oil-based emulsions are commonly used adjuvants for veterinary vaccines. After formulation, it is required to extract protein antigens from emulsified vaccines for testing their stability and antigenicity. To establish a simple method to extract the protein antigens, two emulsified vaccines, designated as Cap-206 and Cap-35, were prepared by formulating a 28-kDa capsid protein (Cap) of PCV2b with ISA 206, a water-in-oil-in-water emulsion, or ISA 35, an oil-in-water emulsion. We found that the freeze-thaw-centrifugation method with steps of freezing at -20 °C for 12 h, thawing at room temperature and centrifuging at 9000×g for 10 min could separate the aqueous phase from Cap-206, and a centrifugation method by centrifuging at 9000×g for 10 min could isolate the aqueous portion from Cap-35...
February 10, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209214/effects-of-concentrate-type-and-chromium-propionate-on-insulin-sensitivity-productive-and-reproductive-parameters-of-lactating-dairy-cows-consuming-excessive-energy
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T Leiva, R F Cooke, A P Brandão, U Pardelli, R O Rodrigues, F N Corrá, J L M Vasconcelos
This experiment compared insulin sensitivity parameters, milk production and reproductive outcomes in lactating dairy cows consuming excessive energy, and receiving in a 2×2 factorial arrangement design: (1) concentrate based on ground corn (CRN; n=13) or citrus pulp (PLP; n=13), and (2) supplemented (n=14) or not (n=12) with 2.5 g/day of chromium (Cr)-propionate. During the experiment (day 0 to 182), 26 multiparous, non-pregnant, lactating Gir×Holstein cows (initial days in milk=80±2) were offered corn silage for ad libitum consumption, and individually received concentrate formulated to allow diets to provide 160% of their daily requirements of net energy for lactation...
March 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208714/biodegradation-mechanisms-of-patulin-in-candida-guilliermondii-an-itraq-based-proteomic-analysis
#18
Yong Chen, Huai-Min Peng, Xiao Wang, Bo-Qiang Li, Man-Yuan Long, Shi-Ping Tian
Patulin, a potent mycotoxin, contaminates fruits and derived products worldwide, and is a serious health concern. Several yeast strains have shown the ability to effectively degrade patulin. However, the mechanisms of its biodegradation still remain unclear at this time. In the present study, biodegradation and involved mechanisms of patulin by an antagonistic yeast Candida guilliermondii were investigated. The results indicated that C. guilliermondii was capable of not only multiplying to a high population in medium containing patulin, but also effectively reducing patulin content in culture medium...
February 8, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207855/novel-approaches-for-the-taxonomic-and-metabolic-characterization-of-lactobacilli-integration-of-16s-rrna-gene-sequencing-with-maldi-tof-ms-and-1h-nmr
#19
Claudio Foschi, Luca Laghi, Carola Parolin, Barbara Giordani, Monica Compri, Roberto Cevenini, Antonella Marangoni, Beatrice Vitali
Lactobacilli represent a wide range of bacterial species with several implications for the human host. They play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological equilibrium of different biological niches and are essential for fermented food production and probiotic formulation. Despite the consensus about the 'health-promoting' significance of Lactobacillus genus, its genotypic and phenotypic characterization still poses several difficulties. The aim of this study was to assess the integration of different approaches, genotypic (16S rRNA gene sequencing), proteomic (MALDI-TOF MS) and metabolomic (1H-NMR), for the taxonomic and metabolic characterization of Lactobacillus species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207813/interacting-networks-of-resistance-virulence-and-core-machinery-genes-identified-by-genome-wide-epistasis-analysis
#20
Marcin J Skwark, Nicholas J Croucher, Santeri Puranen, Claire Chewapreecha, Maiju Pesonen, Ying Ying Xu, Paul Turner, Simon R Harris, Stephen B Beres, James M Musser, Julian Parkhill, Stephen D Bentley, Erik Aurell, Jukka Corander
Recent advances in the scale and diversity of population genomic datasets for bacteria now provide the potential for genome-wide patterns of co-evolution to be studied at the resolution of individual bases. Here we describe a new statistical method, genomeDCA, which uses recent advances in computational structural biology to identify the polymorphic loci under the strongest co-evolutionary pressures. We apply genomeDCA to two large population data sets representing the major human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) and Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus)...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
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