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Winnie Wing Yan Yuen, Albert Lee, Paul K S Chan, Lynn Tran, Erica Sayko
The present study is aimed at assessing the feasibility of delivering the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine to girls through a school-based program in Hong Kong, as well as to examine the facilitators and barriers associated with their participation. We approached 1,229 eligible girls aged 9 to 14 at eight schools in Hong Kong to join the program and then delivered the bivalent HPV vaccine at 0 and 6 months over the course of one school year. The students and their parents completed separate questionnaires to indicate their decision on whether or not to participate, and to assess their knowledge of cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine...
2018: PloS One
Sarah Berndt, Mark E Issa, Gilles Carpentier, Muriel Cuendet
The effects of genistein on angiogenesis remain poorly understood. Some studies claim an antiangiogenic effect and others claim a pro-angiogenic one. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine if genistein may exhibit bivalent angiogenic effects. To address this question, genistein angiogenic modulatory effects were examined using an in vitro 3D angiogenesis model using human umbilical vein endothelial cells. In this model, a bivalent effect of genistein was demonstrated on sprouting angiogenesis, with angiogenic stimulation at low concentrations (0...
March 14, 2018: Planta Medica
Shelly Popowich, Ashish Gupta, Betty Chow-Lockerbie, Lisanework Ayalew, Neil Ambrose, Davor Ojkic, Thushari Gunawardana, Shanika Kurukulasuriya, Philip Willson, Suresh K Tikoo, Susantha Gomis
Historically, fowl adenovirus (FAdV) associated inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) was considered a secondary disease in broiler chickens associated with immunosuppression. However, we previously reported the occurrence of IBH as a primary disease in the broiler chicken industry in Canada as a result of infections with various FAdV serotypes. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to develop an immunization strategy in broiler breeders using live FAdV 11-1047 and FAdV8a-TR59 to confer homologous and heterologous protection in broiler progeny against IBH and to study the efficacy of natural exposure of naïve broiler breeders to a vaccine virus from live FAdV vaccinated birds as an immunization technique...
March 5, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
Lisa K McNeil, Robert G K Donald, Alexey Gribenko, Roger French, Nathaniel Lambert, Shannon L Harris, Thomas R Jones, Sheng Li, Gary Zlotnick, Ulrich Vogel, Heike Claus, Raquel Abad, Julio A Vazquez, Ray Borrow, Jamie Findlow, Muhamed-Kheir Taha, Ala-Eddine Deghmane, Dominique A Caugant, Paula Kriz, Martin Musilek, Xin Wang, Jeni Vuong, Leonard W Mayer, Michael W Pride, Kathrin U Jansen, Annaliesa S Anderson
Bivalent rLP2086 (Trumenba), a vaccine for prevention of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B (NmB) disease, was licensed for use in adolescents and young adults after it was demonstrated that it elicits antibodies that initiate complement-mediated killing of invasive NmB isolates in a serum bactericidal assay with human complement (hSBA). The vaccine consists of two factor H binding proteins (fHBPs) representing divergent subfamilies to ensure broad coverage. Although it is the surrogate of efficacy, an hSBA is not suitable for testing large numbers of strains in local laboratories...
March 13, 2018: MBio
Rafat Ali, Shalini Singh, Wahajul Haq
BACKGROUND: Smac mimetics (also known as IAP antagonist) are a new class of targeted drugs having a goal to suppress the IAPs, reestablishing the apoptotic pathways and inducing cancer cell death. Therefore, development of Smac mimetics was consideredan attractive strategy for the development of new anticancer drugs. Lots of review has been come in yesteryears which mainly discussed about biology of IAPs and their role in cancer development. But none of these reviews focused on the chemical synthesis of Smac mimetics...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Cynthia C Jose, Lakshmanan Jagannathan, Vinay Singh Tanwar, Xiaoru Zhang, Chongzhi Zang, Suresh Cuddapah
Nickel (Ni) is an environmental and occupational carcinogen, and exposure to Ni is associated with lung and nasal cancers in humans. Furthermore, Ni exposure is implicated in several lung diseases including chronic inflammatory airway diseases, asthma and fibrosis. However, the mutagenic potential of Ni is low and does not correlate with its potent toxicity and carcinogenicity. Therefore, mechanisms underlying Ni exposure-associated diseases remain poorly understood. Since the health risks of environmental exposures often continue post exposure, understanding the exposure effects that persist after the termination of exposure could provide mechanistic insights into diseases...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Lucas M B Yoshihara, Elizabeth P G Arêas
The coacervation of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) was investigated. The work focused on the effects of pH, ionic strength, I, temperature, T, and mass fraction of the macromolecular components on the coacervation process by spectrophotometry, and on characteristics of the resulting coacervate phase by rheology in the linear and non-linear regimes. Coacervation was found to be highest at HEWL mass fraction ≈0.25 with very slight dependence on pH in the range from 5 to 9. The process was favored at I < 0...
March 2, 2018: Biophysical Chemistry
Archana Singh, Deepti Jain, Chetna Tyagi, Sujata Singh, Sumit Kumar, Indrakant K Singh
Plants are endowed with an innate immune system, which enables them to protect themselves from pest and pathogen. The participation of pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins is one of the most crucial events of inducible plant defense response. Herein, we report the characterization of CaHaPR-4, a Helicoverpa-inducible class II PR-4 protein from chickpea. Bioinformatic analysis of CaHaPR-4 protein indicated the presence of a signal peptide, barwin domain but it lacks the chitin-binding site/hevein domain. The recombinant CaHaPR-4 is bestowed with RNase and bivalent ion-dependent DNase activity...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Jonathan P Fadok, Milica Markovic, Philip Tovote, Andreas Lüthi
The central nucleus of the amygdala (CEA) is a striatum-like structure orchestrating a diverse set of adaptive behaviors, including defensive and appetitive responses [1-3]. Studies using anatomical, electrophysiological, imaging and optogenetic approaches revealed that the CEA network consists of recurrent inhibitory circuits comprised of precisely connected functionally and genetically defined cell types that can select and control specific behavioral outputs [3,4,5• ,6• ,7-9,11,12]. While bivalent functionality of the CEA in adaptive behavior has been clearly demonstrated, we are just beginning to understand to which degree individual CEA circuit elements are functionally segregated or overlapping...
March 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Kanchan Chauhan, Anjani K Tiwari, Nidhi Chadha, Ankur Kaul, Ajai Kumar Singh, Anupama Datta
Homodimeric chalcone based11 C-PET radiotracer,11 C-(Chal)2 DEA-Me was synthesized and binding affinity towards beta amyloid (Aβ) was evaluated. The computational studies revealed multiple binding of the tracer at the recognition sites of Aβ fibrils. The bivalent ligand,11 C-(Chal)2 DEA-Me displayed higher binding affinity compared to the corresponding monomer,11 C-Chal-Me and classical Aβ agents. The radiolabeling yield with carbon-11 was 40-55% (decay corrected) with specific activity of 65‒90 GBq/μmol...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Artur Bjelica, Nenad Cetkovic, Aleksandra Trninic-Pjevic, Ljiljana Mladenovic-Segedi
Pregnancy is a very specific and complex period in a woman's life. The accompanying changes are observed not only on the biological/physiological plane but also in her psychological and social functioning. Altered psychological functioning can occur from the very beginning to the end of pregnancy, including the postpartum period. During pregnancy, visible changes occur in the body's appearance, as well as in femininity, affections, and sexuality, whereas the woman's position and role are gaining new qualities...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
Clemente Diaz, Leyi Lin, Luis J Martinez, Kenneth H Eckels, Maribel Campos, Richard G Jarman, Rafael De La Barrera, Edith Lepine, Jean-François Toussaint, Irma Febo, Bruce L Innis, Stephen J Thomas, Alexander C Schmidt
The safety and immunogenicity of four adjuvanted formulations of an investigational tetravalent dengue purified inactivated vaccine (DPIV) were evaluated in a predominantly dengue-primed population in Puerto Rico. In this placebo-controlled, randomized, observer-blind, phase I trial, 100 healthy adults were randomized 1:1:1:1:1 to receive DPIV at Day (D)0 and D28 (1 μg per dengue virus [DENV] type 1-4 adjuvanted with either alum, AS01E or AS03B , or 4 μg per DENV type adjuvanted with alum) or saline placebo...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Raúl F Pérez, Juan Ramón Tejedor, Gustavo F Bayón, Agustín F Fernández, Mario F Fraga
Cancer is an aging-associated disease, but the underlying molecular links between these processes are still largely unknown. Gene promoters that become hypermethylated in aging and cancer share a common chromatin signature in ES cells. In addition, there is also global DNA hypomethylation in both processes. However, the similarity of the regions where this loss of DNA methylation occurs is currently not well characterized, and it is unknown if such regions also share a common chromatin signature in aging and cancer...
March 5, 2018: Aging Cell
Hongjing Gu, Yaqian Gao, Shanshan Zhou, Fang Sun, Zhongpeng Zhao, Keyu Wang, Lingna Zhao, Peirui Zhang, Zhaohai Wang, Shaogeng Zhang, Xiliang Wang, Penghui Yang
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are prevalent in pediatric and adult patients with severe acute respiratory disease (ARD). To date, there have been no widely used HAdV vaccines available. In this report, we developed a cold-adapted attenuated influenza virus, termed rg HAdV-Flu ca, carrying epitopes from HAdV hexon protein in the backbone of the ca influenza vaccine neuraminidase (NA) gene using reverse genetics. Rg HAdV-Flu ca virus exhibited a cold-adapted (ca) phenotype, and its morphological characteristics were observed using electron microscopy...
March 1, 2018: Antiviral Research
Robert Alvin Bernedo-Navarro, Ema Romão, Tomomasa Yano, Joar Pinto, Henri De Greve, Yann G-J Sterckx, Serge Muyldermans
BACKGROUND: Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are a subset of pathogens leading to illnesses such as diarrhea, hemolytic uremic syndrome and even death. The Shiga toxins are the main virulence factors and divided in two groups: Stx1 and Stx2, of which the latter is more frequently associated with severe pathologies in humans. RESULTS: An immune library of nanobodies (Nbs) was constructed after immunizing an alpaca with recombinant Shiga toxin-2a B subunit (rStx2aB), to retrieve multiple rStx2aB-specific Nbs...
March 1, 2018: Toxins
Yingxiang Wang, Gregory P Copenhaver
Meiosis halves diploid chromosome numbers to haploid levels that are essential for sexual reproduction in most eukaryotes. Meiotic recombination ensures the formation of bivalents between homologous chromosomes (homologs) and their subsequent proper segregation. It also results in genetic diversity among progeny that influences evolutionary responses to selection. Moreover, crop breeding depends upon the action of meiotic recombination to rearrange elite traits between parental chromosomes. An understanding of the molecular mechanisms that drive meiotic recombination is important for both fundamental research and practical applications...
February 28, 2018: Annual Review of Plant Biology
Stacie E Hughes, Danny E Miller, Angela L Miller, R Scott Hawley
A century of genetic studies of the meiotic process in Drosophila melanogaster females has been greatly augmented by both modern molecular biology and major advances in cytology. These approaches, and the findings they have allowed, are the subject of this review. Specifically, these efforts have revealed that meiotic pairing in Drosophila females is not an extension of somatic pairing, but rather occurs by a poorly understood process during premeiotic mitoses. This process of meiotic pairing requires the function of several components of the synaptonemal complex (SC)...
March 2018: Genetics
Donald J Winzor
Rigorous consideration of the consequences of antibody bivalence in the published competitive kinetic procedure for quantifying the solution characteristics of an antigen-antibody interaction in solution has rendered redundant the practice of substituting the Fab fragment for the antibody to ensure validity of the analysis of results in terms of theory developed for a univalent analyte. Although the quantitative expressions differ for univalent and bivalent analytes, the additional contribution arising from bivalence is likely to be well within the limits of experimental uncertainty in the measured binding constant...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
Anastasiya Atanasova Chokoeva, Uwe Wollina, Torello Lotti, Georgi Konstantinov Maximov, Ilia Lozev, Georgi Tchernev
Condyloma acuminata represents an epidermal manifestation, associated with the epidermotropic human papillomavirus (HPV). They have been reported as the most common sexually transmitted disease, with prevalence exceeding 50%, increased up to 4 times, within the last two decades, as the most common side of affection are the penis, vulva, vagina, cervix, perineum, and perianal area, with increased prevalence in young, sexually active individuals. Increased attention should be focused on lesions, caused by types, with moderate (33, 35, 39, 40, 43, 45, 51-56, 58) or high risk potential (types 16, 18) for malignant transformation, leading to further development of cancers of anus, vagina, vulva and penis, as well as cancers of the head and neck...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Liu He, Ashley Boice, Kai Liu, Xing Yan, Yuqi Jiang, Shijun Zhang
In our continuing efforts to develop bivalent compounds as potential neuroprotectants for Alzheimer's disease, a series of bivalent compounds that contain cholesterylamine and an extended spacer were synthesized and biologically characterized. Our results demonstrated that incorporation of a piperazine ring into the spacer composition significantly improved the protective potency in MC65 cell models. Our results also suggested that the optimal spacer length for such bivalent compounds ranges from 17 to 21 atoms, and further spacer extension beyond 21 atoms results no further optimization...
February 14, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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