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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931878/a-method-to-identify-trace-sulfated-igg-n-glycans-as-biomarkers-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Jing-Rong Wang, Wei-Na Gao, Rudolf Grimm, Shibo Jiang, Yong Liang, Hua Ye, Zhan-Guo Li, Lee-Fong Yau, Hao Huang, Ju Liu, Min Jiang, Qiong Meng, Tian-Tian Tong, Hai-Hui Huang, Stephanie Lee, Xing Zeng, Liang Liu, Zhi-Hong Jiang
N-linked glycans on immunoglobulin G (IgG) have been associated with pathogenesis of diseases and the therapeutic functions of antibody-based drugs; however, low-abundance species are difficult to detect. Here we show a glycomic approach to detect these species on human IgGs using a specialized microfluidic chip. We discover 20 sulfated and 4 acetylated N-glycans on IgGs. Using multiple reaction monitoring method, we precisely quantify these previously undetected low-abundance, trace and even ultra-trace N-glycans...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928148/genome-wide-engineering-of-an-infectious-clone-of-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-using-synthetic-genomics-assembly-methods
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Lauren M Oldfield, Peter Grzesik, Alexander A Voorhies, Nina Alperovich, Derek MacMath, Claudia D Najera, Diya Sabrina Chandra, Sanjana Prasad, Vladimir N Noskov, Michael G Montague, Robert M Friedman, Prashant J Desai, Sanjay Vashee
Here, we present a transformational approach to genome engineering of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which has a large DNA genome, using synthetic genomics tools. We believe this method will enable more rapid and complex modifications of HSV-1 and other large DNA viruses than previous technologies, facilitating many useful applications. Yeast transformation-associated recombination was used to clone 11 fragments comprising the HSV-1 strain KOS 152 kb genome. Using overlapping sequences between the adjacent pieces, we assembled the fragments into a complete virus genome in yeast, transferred it into an Escherichia coli host, and reconstituted infectious virus following transfection into mammalian cells...
September 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921464/posttranslational-modification-control-of-inflammatory-signaling
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Yibo Si, Yunlu Zhang, Zijuan Chen, Ruixue Zhou, Yihua Zhang, Doudou Hao, Dapeng Yan
Inflammation is usually the defensive reaction of the immune system to the invasion of pathogen and the exogenous objects. The activation of inflammation helps our body to eliminate pathogenic microbe, virus, and parasite harming our health, while under many circumstances inflammation is the direct cause of the pathological damage in tissues and dysfunction of organs. The posttranslational modification (PTM) of the inflammatory pathways, such as TLR pathways, RLR pathways, NLR pathway, intracellular DNA sensors, intracellular RNA sensors, and inflammasomes, is crucial in the regulation of these signaling trails...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918995/cutaneous-adverse-events-of-targeted-therapies-for-hematolymphoid-malignancies
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REVIEW
Julia D Ransohoff, Bernice Y Kwong
The identification of oncogenic drivers of liquid tumors has led to the rapid development of targeted agents with distinct cutaneous adverse event (AE) profiles. The diagnosis and management of these skin toxicities has motivated a novel partnership between dermatologists and oncologists in developing supportive oncodermatology clinics. In this article we review the current state of knowledge of clinical presentation, mechanisms, and management of the most common and significant cutaneous AEs observed during treatment with targeted therapies for hematologic and lymphoid malignancies...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917447/cell-penetrating-peptides-to-dissect-host-pathogen-protein-protein-interactions-in-theileria-transformed-leukocytes
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Malak Haidar, Perle Latré de Laté, Eileen J Kennedy, Gordon Langsley
One powerful application of cell penetrating peptides is the delivery into cells of molecules that function as specific competitors or inhibitors of protein-protein interactions. Ablating defined protein-protein interactions is a refined way to explore their contribution to a particular cellular phenotype in a given disease context. Cell-penetrating peptides can be synthetically constrained through various chemical modifications that stabilize a given structural fold with the potential to improve competitive binding to specific targets...
September 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904125/enhancing-vaccine-efficacy-by-engineering-a-complex-synthetic-peptide-to-become-a-super-immunogen
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Therése Nordström, Manisha Pandey, Ainslie Calcutt, Jessica Powell, Zachary N Phillips, Grace Yeung, Ashwini K Giddam, Yun Shi, Thomas Haselhorst, Mark von Itzstein, Michael R Batzloff, Michael F Good
Peptides offer enormous promise as vaccines to prevent and protect against many infectious and noninfectious diseases. However, to date, limited vaccine efficacy has been reported and none have been licensed for human use. Innovative ways to enhance their immunogenicity are being tested, but rational sequence modification as a means to improve immune responsiveness has been neglected. Our objective was to establish a two-step generic protocol to modify defined amino acids of a helical peptide epitope to create a superior immunogen...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888834/season-of-birth-and-primary-central-nervous-system-tumors-a%C3%A2-systematic-review-of-the-literature-with-critical-appraisal-of-underlying-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Marios K Georgakis, Erato Ntinopoulou, Despoina Chatzopoulou, Eleni Th Petridou
PURPOSE: Season of birth has been considered a proxy of seasonally varying exposures around perinatal period, potentially implicated in the etiology of several health outcomes, including malignancies. METHODS: Following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines, we have systematically reviewed published literature on the association of birth seasonality with risk of central nervous system tumors in children and adults. RESULTS: Seventeen eligible studies using various methodologies were identified, encompassing 20,523 cases...
August 24, 2017: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869082/development-of-botanicals-to-combat-antibiotic-resistance
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REVIEW
Pooja D Gupta, Tannaz J Birdi
The discovery of antibiotics in the previous century lead to reduction in mortality and morbidity due to infectious diseases but their inappropriate and irrational use has resulted in emergence of resistant microbial populations. Alteration of target sites, active efflux of drugs and enzymatic degradations are the strategies employed by the pathogenic bacteria to develop intrinsic resistance to antibiotics. This has led to an increased interest in medicinal plants since 25-50% of current pharmaceuticals are plant derived...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854731/multiplexed-analysis-of-fixed-tissue-rna-using-ligation-in-situ-hybridization
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Joel J Credle, Christopher Y Itoh, Tiezheng Yuan, Rajni Sharma, Erick R Scott, Rachael E Workman, Yunfan Fan, Franck Housseau, Nicolas J Llosa, W Robert Bell, Heather Miller, Sean X Zhang, Winston Timp, H Benjamin Larman
Clinical tissues are prepared for histological analysis and long-term storage via formalin fixation and paraffin embedding (FFPE). The FFPE process results in fragmentation and chemical modification of RNA, rendering it less suitable for analysis by techniques that rely on reverse transcription (RT) such as RT-qPCR and RNA-Seq. Here we describe a broadly applicable technique called 'Ligation in situ Hybridization' ('LISH'), which is an alternative methodology for the analysis of FFPE RNA. LISH utilizes the T4 RNA Ligase 2 to efficiently join adjacent chimeric RNA-DNA probe pairs hybridized in situ on fixed RNA target sequences...
August 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853249/-strategies-for-producing-high-yield-viral-vaccine-antigens
#10
Libao Xie, Yongfeng Li, Lingkai Zhang, Huaji Qiu
Vaccination is an important strategy to prevent infectious diseases. However, low antigen yield of vaccine producing strains may lead to high cost of vaccines, low antigen production and vaccine failure. In recent years, many efforts have been made to improve the antigen yield of many vaccines. This mini-review summarizes various methods for increasing the antigen yield for vaccine production, including genetic modification of viruses, improvement of the adaptation of viruses to cells, and optimization of antigen expression systems and manufacturing procedures...
August 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852934/anti-glioma-activity-of-dapsone-and-its-enhancement-by-synthetic-chemical-modification
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Georg Karpel-Massler, Richard E Kast, Markus D Siegelin, Annika Dwucet, Elisabeth Schneider, Mike-Andrew Westhoff, Christian Rainer Wirtz, Xiao Yun Chen, Marc-Eric Halatsch, Carsten Bolm
The sulfone dapsone is an old antibiotic used for the treatment of mycobacterial and protozoal infections. We postulated before that dapsone might possess biological activity exceeding its anti-infectious properties and that it could potentially be repurposed for the treatment of glioma. To test this hypothesis, we treated established and primary cultured glioma cells with dapsone or several dapsone analogues which we previously synthesized (D2-D5) and determined effects on proliferation, anchorage-independent growth and migration...
August 29, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825543/development-of-a-liquid-chip-technique-to-simultaneously-detect-spring-viremia-of-carp-virus-infectious-hematopoietic-necrosis-virus-and-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-of-salmonids
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Guixiang Tong, Xinxian Wei, Weili Yin, Xiaoguang Liao, Kai Yang, Zhishan Fang, Tao Sun, Zhiqin Yue, Xiaozheng Li
A liquid chip technique was developed to detect spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV), infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV), and viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) of salmonids simultaneously. Sequences of the G gene of SVCV, N gene of IHNV, and G gene of VHSV were used to design SVCV-, IHNV-, and VHSV-specific primers, which were labeled with biotin and subjected to amination modification. They were then coupled with fluorescence-coded microspheres and used for hybridization with reverse-transcription PCR products of SVCV, IHNV, and VHSV...
January 1, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815212/variable-virulence-of-biotype-3-vibrio-vulnificus-due-to-martx-toxin-effector-domain-composition
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Byoung Sik Kim, Hannah E Gavin, Karla J F Satchell
Vibrio vulnificus is an environmental organism that causes septic human infections characterized by high morbidity and mortality. The annual incidence and global distribution of this pathogen are increasing as ocean waters warm. Clinical strains exhibit variations in the primary virulence toxin, suggesting a potential for the emergence of new strains with altered virulence properties. A clonal outbreak of tilapia-associated wound infections in Israel serves as a natural experiment for the sudden emergence of a new V...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808688/adaptive-mistranslation-accelerates-the-evolution-of-fluconazole-resistance-and-induces-major-genomic-and-gene-expression-alterations-in-candida-albicans
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Tobias Weil, Rodrigo Santamaría, Wanseon Lee, Johan Rung, Noemi Tocci, Darren Abbey, Ana R Bezerra, Laura Carreto, Gabriela R Moura, Mónica Bayés, Ivo G Gut, Attila Csikasz-Nagy, Duccio Cavalieri, Judith Berman, Manuel A S Santos
Regulated erroneous protein translation (adaptive mistranslation) increases proteome diversity and produces advantageous phenotypic variability in the human pathogen Candida albicans. It also increases fitness in the presence of fluconazole, but the underlying molecular mechanism is not understood. To address this question, we evolved hypermistranslating and wild-type strains in the absence and presence of fluconazole and compared their fluconazole tolerance and resistance trajectories during evolution. The data show that mistranslation increases tolerance and accelerates the acquisition of resistance to fluconazole...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796799/differential-outcomes-of-zika-virus-infection-in-aedes-aegypti-orally-challenged-with-infectious-blood-meals-and-infectious-protein-meals
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Yan-Jang S Huang, Amy C Lyons, Wei-Wen Hsu, So Lee Park, Stephen Higgs, Dana L Vanlandingham
BACKGROUND: Infection of mosquitoes is an essential step for the transmission of mosquito-borne arboviruses in nature. Engorgement of infectious blood meals from viremic infected vertebrate hosts allows the entry of viruses and initiates infection of midgut epithelial cells. Historically, the infection process of arboviruses in mosquitoes has been studied through the engorgement of mosquitoes from viremic laboratory animals or from artificial feeders containing blood mixed with viruses harvested from cell cultures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794032/recombinant-origins-of-pathogenic-and-nonpathogenic-mouse-gammaretroviruses-of-polytropic-host-range
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Devinka Bamunusinghe, Qingping Liu, Ronald Plishka, Michael A Dolan, Matthew Skorski, Andrew J Oler, Venkat R K Yedavalli, Alicia Buckler-White, Janet W Hartley, Christine A Kozak
Ecotropic, xenotropic and polytropic mouse leukemia viruses (E-, X-, P-MLVs) exist in mice as infectious viruses and endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) inserted into mouse chromosomes. All 3 MLV subgroups are linked to leukemogenesis, which involves generation of recombinants with polytropic host range. Although P-MLVs are deemed to be the proximal agents of disease induction, few biologically characterized infectious P-MLVs have been sequenced for comparative analysis. We analyzed the complete genomes of 16 naturally occurring infectious P-MLVs, 12 of which were typed for pathogenic potential...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791147/two-types-of-bone-necrosis-in-the-middle-triassic-pistosaurus-longaevus-bones-the-results-of-integrated-studies
#17
Dawid Surmik, Bruce M Rothschild, Mateusz Dulski, Katarzyna Janiszewska
Avascular necrosis, diagnosed on the basis of either a specific pathological modification of the articular surfaces of bone or its radiologic appearance in vertebral centra, has been recognized in many Mesozoic marine reptiles as well as in present-day marine mammals. Its presence in the zoological and paleontologic record is usually associated with decompression syndrome, a disease that affects secondarily aquatic vertebrates that could dive. Bone necrosis can also be caused by infectious processes, but it differs in appearance from decompression syndrome-associated aseptic necrosis...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789580/a-potential-benefit-from-infectious-disease-specialist-and-stationary-ward-in-rational-antibiotic-therapy-of-complicated-skin-and-skin-structure-infections
#18
Iiro H Jääskeläinen, Lars Hagberg, Tommy Schyman, Asko Järvinen
BACKGROUND: Management practices of complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI) were compared between two areas with similar healthcare structure and low prevalence of antimicrobial resistance. METHODS: The high affinity to public health-care in the Nordic countries enabled population-based approach used in this retrospective study. The study population (n = 460) consisted of all adult residents from Helsinki (Finland) and Gothenburg (Sweden) treated in hospital due to cSSSI during 2008-2011...
August 8, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768877/immunodominance-of-adenovirus-derived-cd8-t-cell-epitopes-interferes-with-the-induction-of-transgene-specific-immunity-in-adenovirus-based-immunization
#19
Dominik Schöne, Camilla Patrizia Hrycak, Sonja Windmann, Dennis Lapuente, Ulf Dittmer, Matthias Tenbusch, Wibke Bayer
Adenovirus (Ad)-based immunization is a popular approach in vaccine development, and Ad-based vectors are renowned for their potential to induce strong CD8(+) T cell responses to the encoded transgene. Surprisingly, we found before in the mouse Friend retrovirus (FV) model that Ad-based immunization did not induce CD8(+) T cell responses to the FV Leader-Gag-derived immunodominant epitope GagL85-93 We show now that induction of GagL85-93-specific CD8(+) T cells was highly effective when Leader-Gag was delivered by plasmid DNA immunization, implying a role for Ad-derived epitopes in mediating unresponsiveness...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754822/epigenetic-research-in-multiple-sclerosis-progress-challenges-and-opportunities
#20
Galina Zheleznyakova, Eliane Piket, Francesco Marabita, Majid Pahlevan Kakhki, Ewoud Ewing, Sabrina Ruhrmann, Maria Needhamsen, Maja Jagodic, Lara Kular
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory and demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. MS likely results from a complex interplay between predisposing causal gene variants (the strongest influence coming from HLA class II locus) and environmental risk factors such as smoking, infectious mononucleosis and lack of sun exposure/vitamin D. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying MS development and progression. Moreover, the clinical heterogeneity and variable response to treatment represent additional challenges to a comprehensive understanding and efficient treatment of disease...
July 28, 2017: Physiological Genomics
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