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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352444/activation-of-the-anti-aging-and-cognition-enhancing-gene-klotho-by-crispr-dcas9-transcriptional-effector-complex
#1
Ci-Di Chen, Ella Zeldich, Yuexuan Li, Andrea Yuste, Carmela R Abraham
Multiple lines of evidence show that the anti-aging and cognition-enhancing protein Klotho fosters neuronal survival, increases the anti-oxidative stress defense, and promotes remyelination of demyelinated axons. Thus, upregulation of the Klotho gene can potentially alleviate the symptoms and/or prevent the progression of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Here we used a CRISPR-dCas9 complex to investigate single-guide RNA (sgRNA) targeting the Klotho promoter region for efficient transcriptional activation of the Klotho gene...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352242/ptre-seq-reveals-mechanism-and-interactions-of-rna-binding-proteins-and-mirnas
#2
Kyle A Cottrell, Hemangi G Chaudhari, Barak A Cohen, Sergej Djuranovic
RNA binding proteins (RBP) and microRNAs (miRNAs) often bind sequences in 3' untranslated regions (UTRs) of mRNAs, and regulate stability and translation efficiency. With the identification of numerous RBPs and miRNAs, there is an urgent need for new technologies to dissect the function of the cis-acting elements of RBPs and miRNAs. We describe post-transcriptional regulatory element sequencing (PTRE-seq), a massively parallel method for assaying the target sequences of miRNAs and RBPs. We use PTRE-seq to dissect sequence preferences and interactions between miRNAs and RBPs...
January 19, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352186/glycolysis-promotes-caspase-3-activation-in-lipid-rafts-in-t-cells
#3
Michael A Secinaro, Karen A Fortner, Oliver Dienz, Angela Logan, Michael P Murphy, Vikas Anathy, Jonathan E Boyson, Ralph C Budd
Resting T cells undergo a rapid metabolic shift to glycolysis upon activation in the presence of interleukin (IL)-2, in contrast to oxidative mitochondrial respiration with IL-15. Paralleling these different metabolic states are striking differences in susceptibility to restimulation-induced cell death (RICD); glycolytic effector T cells are highly sensitive to RICD, whereas non-glycolytic T cells are resistant. It is unclear whether the metabolic state of a T cell is linked to its susceptibility to RICD. Our findings reveal that IL-2-driven glycolysis promotes caspase-3 activity and increases sensitivity to RICD...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352167/srebp1c-mediates-the-effect-of-acetaldehyde-on-cidea-expression-in-alcoholic-fatty-liver-mice
#4
Qi He, Yan Diao, Tingting Zhao, Baoyu Hou, Linel Darrel Ngokana, Huan Liang, Junhui Nie, Peizhu Tan, Hui Huang, Yanze Li, Lin Qi, Yuanyuan Zhao, Ying Liu, Xu Gao, Lingyun Zhou
Cell death inducing DNA fragmentation factor-alpha-like A (Cidea) is a member of cell death-inducing DFF45-like effector (CIDE) protein. The initial function of CIDE is the promotion of cell death and DNA fragmentation in mammalian cells. Cidea was recently reported to play critical roles in the development of hepatic steatosis. The purpose of present study is to determine the effect of chronic alcohol intake on Cidea expression in the livers of mice with alcoholic fatty liver disease. Cidea expression was significantly increased in the liver of alcohol-induced fatty liver mice...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352091/precursors-of-human-cd4-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-identified-by-single-cell-transcriptome-analysis
#5
Veena S Patil, Ariel Madrigal, Benjamin J Schmiedel, James Clarke, Patrick O'Rourke, Aruna D de Silva, Eva Harris, Bjoern Peters, Gregory Seumois, Daniela Weiskopf, Alessandro Sette, Pandurangan Vijayanand
CD4+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CD4-CTLs) have been reported to play a protective role in several viral infections. However, little is known in humans about the biology of CD4-CTL generation, their functional properties, and heterogeneity, especially in relation to other well-described CD4+ memory T cell subsets. We performed single-cell RNA sequencing in more than 9000 cells to unravel CD4-CTL heterogeneity, transcriptional profile, and clonality in humans. Single-cell differential gene expression analysis revealed a spectrum of known transcripts, including several linked to cytotoxic and costimulatory function that are expressed at higher levels in the TEMRA (effector memory T cells expressing CD45RA) subset, which is highly enriched for CD4-CTLs, compared with CD4+ T cells in the central memory (TCM) and effector memory (TEM) subsets...
January 19, 2018: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352005/differential-expression-of-cd8-t-cell-cytotoxic-effector-molecules-in-blood-and-gastrointestinal-mucosa-in-hiv-1-infection
#6
Brenna E Kiniry, Peter W Hunt, Frederick M Hecht, Ma Somsouk, Steven G Deeks, Barbara L Shacklett
We previously reported that CD8+ T cells in human gastrointestinal mucosa exhibit reduced perforin expression and weak or impaired cytotoxic capacity compared with their counterparts in blood. Nevertheless, these cells degranulate and express cytokines and chemokines in response to cognate Ag. In addition to weak expression of perforin, earlier studies suggested differential regulation of perforin and granzymes (Gzms), with GzmA and B expressed by significantly higher percentages of mucosal CD8+ T cells than perforin...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351550/differential-actions-of-ppar-%C3%AE-and-ppar-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-on-beige-adipocyte-formation-a-study-in-the-subcutaneous-white-adipose-tissue-of-obese-male-mice
#7
Tamiris Lima Rachid, Flavia Maria Silva-Veiga, Francielle Graus-Nunes, Isabele Bringhenti, Carlos Alberto Mandarim-de-Lacerda, Vanessa Souza-Mello
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Obesity compromises adipocyte physiology. PPARs are essential to adipocyte plasticity, but its isolated role in the browning phenomenon is not clear. This study aimed to examine whether activation of PPAR-α or PPAR-β/δ could induce beige cell depots in the subcutaneous white adipose tissue of diet-induced obese mice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty animals were randomly assigned to receive a control diet (C, 10% lipids) or a high-fat diet (HF, 50% lipids) for ten weeks...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350566/abp-501-for-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#8
Eleftherios Pelechas, Paraskevi V Voulgari, Alexandros A Drosos
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, which has a negative impact on the ability to perform activities daily. Tumour necrosis factor α (TNF) is a cytokine with diverse cellular effects, and a key regulator of the inflammatory response. ABP 501 is a biosimilar to adalimumab, a TNF inhibitor. Areas covered: In this review, we examined ABP 501, as a biosimilar candidate to adalimumab in the treatment of RA focusing on the available data. Current data indicate that ABP 501 is a highly similar alternative to adalimumab in terms of safety, efficacy, tolerability and immunogenicity...
January 19, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349763/immune-checkpoint-blockade-for-breast-cancer
#9
April Swoboda, Rita Nanda
An effective antitumor immune response requires interaction between cells of the adaptive and innate immune system. Three key elements are required: generation of activated tumor-directed T cells, infiltration of activated T cells into the tumor microenvironment, and killing of tumor cells by activated T cells. Tumor immune evasion can occur as a result of the disruption of each of these three key T cell activities, resulting in three distinct cancer-immune phenotypes. The immune inflamed phenotype, characterized by the presence of a robust tumor immune infiltrate, suggests impaired activated T cell killing of tumor cells related to the presence of inhibitory factors...
2018: Cancer Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349579/malaria-infectivity-of-xanthurenic-acid-deficient-anopheline-mosquitoes-produced-by-talen-mediated-targeted-mutagenesis
#10
Daisuke S Yamamoto, Megumi Sumitani, Masatsugu Hatakeyama, Hiroyuki Matsuoka
Anopheline mosquitoes are major vectors of malaria parasites. When the gametocytes of the malaria parasite are transferred from a vertebrate to mosquitoes, they differentiate into gametes, and are fertilized in the midguts of mosquitoes. Xanthurenic acid (XA), a waste product of the ommochrome synthesis pathway, has been shown to induce exflagellation during microgametogenesis in vitro; however, it currently remains unclear whether endogenous XA affects the infectivity of anopheline mosquitoes to malaria parasites in vivo due to the lack of appropriate experimental systems such as a XA-deficient line...
January 18, 2018: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348598/increased-diversity-with-reduced-diversity-evenness-of-tumor-infiltrating-t-cells-for-the-successful-cancer-immunotherapy
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Akihiro Hosoi, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Koji Nagaoka, Tamaki Iino, Hirokazu Matsushita, Satoshi Ueha, Shin Aoki, Kouji Matsushima, Masato Kubo, Teppei Morikawa, Kazutaka Kitaura, Ryuji Suzuki, Kazuhiro Kakimi
To facilitate the optimization of cancer immunotherapy lacking immune-related adverse events, we performed TCR repertoire analysis of tumor-infiltrating CD8+ T-cells in B16 melanoma-bearing mice receiving anti-PD-1, anti-CTLA-4, anti-4-1BB, anti-CD4 or a combination of anti-PD-1 and 4-1BB antibodies. Although CD8+ T-cells in the tumor were activated and expanded to a greater or lesser extent by these therapies, tumor growth suppression was achieved only by anti-PD-1, anti-PD-1/4-1BB combined, or by anti-CD4 treatment, but not by anti-CTLA-4 or anti-4-1BB monotherapy...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348563/disruption-of-cxcr3-function-impedes-the-development-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-like-xerostomia-in-non-obese-diabetic-mice
#12
Jing Zhou, Qing Yu
The chemokine receptor CXCR3 plays an important role in T cell recruitment in various immune responses and autoimmune diseases. Expression of CXCR3 ligands, including CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11, is elevated in the salivary glands of patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS). To elucidate whether interaction between CXCR3 and its ligands is required for the development of SS, we administrated an anti-CXCR3 blocking antibody (CXCR3-173) to the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice, a well-defined model of SS, during the stage prior to disease onset...
January 18, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348460/fyn-promotes-mesenchymal-phenotypes-of-basal-type-breast-cancer-cells-through-stat5-notch2-signaling-node
#13
Ga-Hang Lee, Ki-Chun Yoo, Yoojeong An, Hae-June Lee, Minyoung Lee, Nizam Uddin, Min-Jung Kim, In-Gyu Kim, Yongjoon Suh, Su-Jae Lee
Basal type breast cancer is the most aggressive and has mesenchymal features with a high metastatic ability. However, the signaling node that determines the basal type features in breast cancer remains obscure. Here, we report that FYN among SRC family kinases is required for the maintenance of basal type breast cancer subtype. Importantly, FYN enhanced NOTCH2 activation in basal type breast cancer cells through STAT5-mediated upregulation of Jagged-1 and DLL4 NOTCH ligands, thereby contributed to mesenchymal phenotypes...
January 19, 2018: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348431/a-synthetic-combinatorial-approach-to-disabling-deviant-hedgehog-signaling
#14
C-W Fan, N Yarravarapu, H Shi, O Kulak, J Kim, C Chen, L Lum
Mutations in components of the Hedgehog (HH) signal transduction pathway are found in the majority of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and medulloblastoma incidents. Cancerous cells with intrinsic or acquired resistance to antagonists targeting the seven transmembrane effector Smoothened (SMO) frequently invoke alternative mechanisms for maintaining deviant activity of the GLI DNA binding proteins. Here we introduce a chemical agent that simultaneously achieves inhibition of SMO and GLI activity by direct targeting of the SMO heptahelical domain and the GLI-modifying enzymes belonging to the histone deacetylase (HDAC) family...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348297/changes-in-macrophage-transcriptome-associate-with-systemic-sclerosis-and-mediate-gsdma-contribution-to-disease-risk
#15
Aida Moreno-Moral, Marta Bagnati, Surya Koturan, Jeong-Hun Ko, Carmen Fonseca, Nathan Harmston, Laurence Game, Javier Martin, Voon Ong, David J Abraham, Christopher P Denton, Jacques Behmoaras, Enrico Petretto
OBJECTIVES: Several common and rare risk variants have been reported for systemic sclerosis (SSc), but the effector cell(s) mediating the function of these genetic variants remains to be elucidated. While innate immune cells have been proposed as the critical targets to interfere with the disease process underlying SSc, no studies have comprehensively established their effector role. Here we investigated the contribution of monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs) in mediating genetic susceptibility to SSc...
January 17, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346773/dual-role-for-dsba-in-attacking-and-targeted-bacterial-cells-during-type-vi-secretion-system-mediated-competition
#16
Giuseppina Mariano, Laura Monlezun, Sarah J Coulthurst
Incorporation of disulfide bonds into proteins can be critical for function or stability. In bacterial cells, the periplasmic enzyme DsbA is responsible for disulfide incorporation into many extra-cytoplasmic proteins. The type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a widely occurring nanomachine that delivers toxic effector proteins directly into rival bacterial cells, playing a key role in inter-bacterial competition. We report that two redundant DsbA proteins are required for virulence and for proper deployment of the T6SS in the opportunistic pathogen Serratia marcescens, with several T6SS components being subject to the action of DsbA in secreting cells...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346656/host-responses-to-intestinal-nematodes
#17
Koubun Yasuda, Kenji Nakanishi
Helminth infection remains common in developing countries, where residents who suffer from the consequences of such infections can develop serious physical and mental disorders and often persist in the face of serious economic problems. Intestinal nematode infection induces the development of Th2-type immune responses including the B cell IgE response; additionally, this infection induces an increase in the numbers and activation of various types of effector cells, such as mast cells, eosinophils and basophils, as well as the induction of goblet cell hyperplasia, antimicrobial peptide production and smooth muscle contraction, all of which contribute to expel nematodes...
January 13, 2018: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346422/nanoparticle-effect-on-neutrophil-produced-myeloperoxidase
#18
Elodie Sanfins, Alexandra Correia, Stefan B Gunnarsson, Manuel Vilanova, Tommy Cedervall
Nanoparticles affect the immune system as they may interact directly with immune cells and activate them. However, it is possible that nanoparticles also interact with released cytokines and immunologically active enzymes. To test this hypothesis, the activity of myeloperoxidase released from activated neutrophils was measured in the presence of nanoparticles with different chemistry and size. In high concentrations of nanoparticles, myeloperoxidase activity is decreased whereas in low concentrations of nanoparticles the activity is increased...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346419/saxs-analysis-of-a-soluble-cytosolic-ngbr-construct-including-extracellular-and-transmembrane-domains
#19
Joshua Holcomb, Maysaa Doughan, Nicholas Spellmon, Brianne Lewis, Emerson Perry, Yingxue Zhang, Lindsey Nico, Junmei Wan, Srinivas Chakravarthy, Weifeng Shang, Qing Miao, Timothy Stemmler, Zhe Yang
The Nogo-B receptor (NgBR) is involved in oncogenic Ras signaling through directly binding to farnesylated Ras. It recruits farnesylated Ras to the non-lipid-raft membrane for interaction with downstream effectors. However, the cytosolic domain of NgBR itself is only partially folded. The lack of several conserved secondary structural elements makes this domain unlikely to form a complete farnesyl binding pocket. We find that inclusion of the extracellular and transmembrane domains that contain additional conserved residues to the cytosolic region results in a well folded protein with a similar size and shape to the E...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346348/macrophages-regulate-lung-ilc2-activation-via-pla2g5-dependent-mechanisms
#20
M Yamaguchi, S K Samuchiwal, O Quehenberger, J A Boyce, B Balestrieri
Group V phospholipase A2 (Pla2g5) is a lipid-generating enzyme necessary for macrophage effector functions in pulmonary inflammation. However, the lipid mediators involved and their cellular targets have not been identified. Mice lacking Pla2g5 showed markedly reduced lung ILC2 activation and eosinophilia following repetitive Alternaria Alternata inhalation. While Pla2g5-null mice had Wt levels of immediate IL-33 release after one Alternaria dose, they failed to upregulate IL-33 in macrophages following repeated Alternaria administration...
December 20, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
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