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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817687/morphologic-phenotypic-and-transcriptomic-characterization-of-classically-and-alternatively-activated-canine-blood-derived-macrophages-in-vitro
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Franziska Heinrich, Annika Lehmbecker, Barbara B Raddatz, Kristel Kegler, Andrea Tipold, Veronika M Stein, Arno Kalkuhl, Ulrich Deschl, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Reiner Ulrich, Ingo Spitzbarth
Macrophages are a heterogeneous cell population playing a pivotal role in tissue homeostasis and inflammation, and their phenotype strongly depends on the micromilieu. Despite its increasing importance as a translational animal model for human diseases, there is a considerable gap of knowledge with respect to macrophage polarization in dogs. The present study comprehensively investigated the morphologic, phenotypic, and transcriptomic characteristics of unstimulated (M0), M1- (GM-CSF, LPS, IFNγ-stimulated) and M2- (M-CSF, IL-4-stimulated)-polarized canine blood-derived macrophages in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817585/selecting-targets-for-the-diagnosis-of-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-an-integrative-approach-using-multi-omic-and-immunoinformatics-data
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Gardenia B F Carvalho, Daniela M Resende, Liliane M V Siqueira, Marcelo D Lopes, Débora O Lopes, Paulo Marcos Z Coelho, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Jeronimo C Ruiz, Cristina T Fonseca
In order to effectively control and monitor schistosomiasis, new diagnostic methods are essential. Taking advantage of computational approaches provided by immunoinformatics and considering the availability of Schistosoma mansoni predicted proteome information, candidate antigens of schistosomiasis were selected and used in immunodiagnosis tests based on Enzime-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). The computational selection strategy was based on signal peptide prediction; low similarity to human proteins; B- and T-cell epitope prediction; location and expression in different parasite life stages within definitive host...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816641/preparation-of-recombinant-human-thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-protein
#3
Yanlu Zhang, Liehua Wu, Jingai Yu, JianFeng Mei, Yu Yi, JianShu Chen, Guoqing Ying
Human thymic stromal lymphopoietin (hTSLP) protein plays a central role in inflammation. Characterizing properties of hTSLP requires a recombinant overexpression system that produces correctly folded, active hTSLP. In this report, an efficient overexpression system for production of hTSLP was developed. We constructed expression plasmids of the full-length hTslp gene with or without the signal peptide and transformed the plasmids into E. coli. The design of the recombinant proteins included an N-terminal His-tag, which facilitated purification...
August 17, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816583/mammalian-cell-surface-display-for-monoclonal-antibody-based-facs-selection-of-viral-envelope-proteins
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Tim-Henrik Bruun, Veronika Grassmann, Benjamin Zimmer, Benedikt Asbach, David Peterhoff, Alexander Kliche, Ralf Wagner
The elicitation of broadly and efficiently neutralizing antibodies in humans by active immunization is still a major obstacle in the development of vaccines against pathogens such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), influenza virus, hepatitis C virus or cytomegalovirus. Here, we describe a mammalian cell surface display and monoclonal antibody (mAb)-mediated panning technology that allows affinity-based selection of envelope (Env) variants from libraries. To this end, we established an experimental setup featuring: 1) single and site specific integration of Env to link genotype and phenotype, 2) inducible Env expression to avoid cytotoxicity effects, 3) translational coupling of Env and enhanced green fluorescent protein expression to normalize for Env protein levels, and 4) display on HEK cells to ensure native folding and mammalian glycosylation...
August 17, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816208/pm2-5-exposure-elicits-oxidative-stress-responses-and-mitochondrial-apoptosis-pathway-activation-in-hacat-keratinocytes
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Rong Hu, Xiao-Yuan Xie, Si-Ka Xu, Ya-Ning Wang, Ming Jiang, Li-Rong Wen, Wei Lai, Lei Guan
BACKGROUND: PM2.5 (aerodynamic diameter ≤ 2.5 μm) is a dominant and ubiquitous air pollutant that has become a global concern as PM2.5 exposure has been linked to many adverse health effects including cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Emerging evidence supports a correlation between increased air PM2.5 levels and skin disorders although reports on the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms are limited. Oxidative stress is the most common mechanism of PM2.5-induced adverse health effects...
August 14, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816009/protective-effect-of-atazanavir-sulfate-against-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#6
Shina Song, Yunxia Ji, Guanghua Zhang, Xue Zhang, Bin Li, Defang Li, Wanglin Jiang
Atazanavir sulfate, an antiretroviral protease inhibitor, has been used to treat HIV/AIDS, but its ability to serve as an anti-pulmonary fibrosis (PF) agent remains unknown. In this study, the effects of atazanavir sulfate on various aspects of PF were examined and CoCl2 was used to induce the hypoxia-mimicking condition in vitro, including epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in A549 cells, endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) in human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMECs), proliferation in human lung fibroblasts (HLF-1) and potential protective effects in human type I alveolar epithelial cells (AT I)...
August 16, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815910/streptococcus-pneumoniae-surface-protein-pfba-is-a-versatile-multi-domain-and-multi-ligand-binding-adhesin-employing-different-binding-mechanisms
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D S Jemima Beulin, Deepthi Radhakrishnan, C S Sharanya, Chittalakottu Sadasivan, Masaya Yamaguchi, Shigetada Kawabata, Karthe Ponnuraj
Streptococcus pneumoniae, one of the major human respiratory pathogens, uses its repertoire of surface proteins to adhere to the epithelium of the nasopharynx and lungs leading to colonization. PfbA is a conserved surface protein of S. pneumoniae and helps the bacterium to colonize the host by recognizing the extracellular matrix (ECM) molecule fibronectin, as well as blood proteins like plasminogen and human serum albumin. The crystal structure of rPfbA150-607 revealed it to possess a beta helical region similar to those of carbohydrate-active enzymes as well as a C-terminal segment that resembles the fibronectin-binding regions of fibronectin-binding proteins...
August 16, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815880/immunogenicity-efficacy-and-safety-of-nuwiq-%C3%A2-human-cl-rhfviii-in-previously-untreated-patients-with-severe-haemophilia-a-interim-results-from-the-nuprotect-study
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R J Liesner, M Abashidze, O Aleinikova, C Altisent, M J Belletrutti, A Borel-Derlon, M Carcao, H Chambost, A K C Chan, L Dubey, J Ducore, N A Fouzia, M Gattens, Y Gruel, B Guillet, N Kavardakova, M El Khorassani, A Klukowska, T Lambert, S Lohade, M Sigaud, V Turea, J K M Wu, V Vdovin, A Pavlova, M Jansen, L Belyanskaya, O Walter, S Knaub, E J Neufeld
INTRODUCTION: Nuwiq(®) (Human-cl rhFVIII) is a fourth generation recombinant FVIII, produced in a human cell line, without chemical modification or protein fusion. No inhibitors developed in studies with Nuwiq(®) in 201 previously treated patients with haemophilia A (HA). The immunogenicity, efficacy and safety of Nuwiq(®) in previously untreated patients (PUPs) with severe HA are being assessed in the ongoing NuProtect study. METHODS: The study, conducted across 38 centres worldwide, is evaluating 110 true PUPs of all ages and ethnicities enrolled for study up to 100 exposure days (EDs) or 5 years maximum...
August 16, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815642/nox4-and-nrf2-mediated-oxidative-stress-induced-by-silver-nanoparticles-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
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Xia Sun, Yi Yang, Junpeng Shi, Chengcheng Wang, Zhenfeng Yu, Hongwu Zhang
It has been widely reported that silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) induce oxidative stress in various cell lines. However, the mechanism for this effect and its consequences for cellular signaling are poorly understood. In this study, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were used to assess the toxicity and investigate the associated molecular mechanisms caused by exposure to AgNPs. We demonstrated that AgNP exposure significantly and dose-dependently decreased the cell viability, induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and led to early apoptosis in HUVECs...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815535/history-discovery-and-classification-of-lncrnas
#10
Julien Jarroux, Antonin Morillon, Marina Pinskaya
The RNA World Hypothesis suggests that prebiotic life revolved around RNA instead of DNA and proteins. Although modern cells have changed significantly in 4 billion years, RNA has maintained its central role in cell biology. Since the discovery of DNA at the end of the nineteenth century, RNA has been extensively studied. Many discoveries such as housekeeping RNAs (rRNA, tRNA, etc.) supported the messenger RNA model that is the pillar of the central dogma of molecular biology, which was first devised in the late 1950s...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815458/backbone-and-side-chain-resonance-assignments-of-ca-2-4-calmodulin-bound-to-beta-calcineurin-a-cambd-peptide
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C Andrew Fowler, Maria F Núñez Hernandez, Susan E O'Donnell, Liping Yu, Madeline A Shea
Calcineurin (CaN) is a heterodimeric and highly conserved serine/threonine phosphatase (PP2B) that plays a critical role in coupling calcium signals to physiological processes including embryonic cardiac development, NF-AT-regulated gene expression in immune responses, and apoptosis. The catalytic subunit (CaNA) has three isoforms (α, β, and γ,) in humans and seven isoforms in Paramecium. In all eukaryotes, the EF-hand protein calmodulin (CaM) regulates CaN activity in a calcium-dependent manner. The N- and C-domains of CaM (CaMN and CaMC) recognize a CaM-binding domain (CaMBD) within an intrinsically disordered region of CaNA that precedes the auto-inhibitory domain (AID) of CaNA...
August 16, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815333/comparison-of-different-culture-conditions-for-smooth-muscle-cell-differentiation-of-human-umbilical-cord-vein-cd146-perivascular-cells
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Beyza Gökçinar-Yagci, Betül Çelebi-Saltik
Pericytes are CD146+ perivascular cells (PCs) that have multipotential differentiation capacity as mesenchymal stem cells. Beside their crucial roles in vascular development and blood flow regulation, they have ability to differentiate into vascular cell types in vivo. These properties make pericytes preferred cells in the field of vascular tissue engineering. Culture medium for in vitro differentiation of pericytes to vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) has not been defined yet. The aim of this study is to try different culture media for SMC differentiation of CD146+ PCs...
August 16, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815060/defective-expression-of-atg4d-abrogates-autophagy-and-promotes-growth-in-human-uterine-fibroids
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Abdeljabar El Andaloussi, Samar Habib, Gizem Soylemes, Archana Laknaur, Heba Elhusseini, Ayman Al-Hendy, Nahed Ismail
Uterine fibroids (UF) are the most common pelvic tumors in women of reproductive-age and they usually cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain and infertility. Autophagy is a collection of processes that enables the cells to digest and recycle their cytoplasmic contents, such as toxic protein aggregates, defunct or disused organelles and invading microorganisms. Dysregulation in autophagy process were described in neoplasms; however, the contribution of autophagy to the pathogenesis of UF remains unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that autophagy is deregulated in human UF as evidenced by significant accumulation of autophagosome in human UF cells compared to normal myometrium cells...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814864/controlled-release-of-lovastatin-from-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticles-for-direct-pulp-capping-in-rat-teeth
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Hung-Pin Lin, Han-Ping Tu, Yu-Ping Hsieh, Bor-Shiunn Lee
Statin at appropriate concentrations has been shown to induce odontoblastic differentiation, dentinogenesis, and angiogenesis. However, using a carrier to control statin release might reduce toxicity and enhance its therapeutic effects. The aim of this study was to prepare poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles that contain lovastatin for application in direct pulp capping. The PLGA-lovastatin particle size was determined using dynamic light scattering measurements and transmission electron microscopy...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814130/identification-and-characterization-of-a-sulfoglycosidase-from-bifidobacterium-bifidum-implicated-in-mucin-glycan-utilization
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Toshihiko Katoh, Takako Maeshibu, Kei-Ichi Kikkawa, Aina Gotoh, Yusuke Tomabechi, Motoharu Nakamura, Wei-Hsiang Liao, Masanori Yamaguchi, Hisashi Ashida, Kenji Yamamoto, Takane Katayama
Human gut symbiont bifidobacteria possess carbohydrate-degrading enzymes that act on the O-linked glycans of intestinal mucins to utilize those carbohydrates as carbon sources. However, our knowledge about mucin type O-glycan degradation by bifidobacteria remains fragmentary, especially regarding how they decompose sulfated glycans, which are abundantly found in mucin sugar-chains. Here, we examined the abilities of several Bifidobacterium strains to degrade a sulfated glycan substrate and identified a 6-sulfo-β-d-N-acetylglucosaminidase, also termed sulfoglycosidase, encoded by bbhII from Bifidobacterium bifidum JCM 7004...
August 17, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813519/expression-and-inhibition-of-brd4-ezh2-and-top2a-in-neurofibromas-and-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumors
#16
Azadeh Amirnasr, Rob M Verdijk, Patricia F van Kuijk, Walter Taal, Stefan Sleijfer, Erik A C Wiemer
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) are rare, highly aggressive sarcomas that can occur spontaneously or from pre-existing plexiform neurofibromas in neurofibromatosis type1 (NF1) patients. MPNSTs have high local recurrence rates, metastasize easily, are generally resistant to therapeutic intervention and frequently fatal for the patient. Novel targeted therapeutic strategies are urgently needed. Standard treatment for patients presenting with advanced disease is doxorubicin based chemotherapy which inhibits the actions of the enzyme topoisomerase IIα (TOP2A)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813410/identification-of-cmtm6-and-cmtm4-as-pd-l1-protein-regulators
#17
Riccardo Mezzadra, Chong Sun, Lucas T Jae, Raquel Gomez-Eerland, Evert de Vries, Wei Wu, Meike E W Logtenberg, Maarten Slagter, Elisa A Rozeman, Ingrid Hofland, Annegien Broeks, Hugo M Horlings, Lodewyk F A Wessels, Christian U Blank, Yanling Xiao, Albert J R Heck, Jannie Borst, Thijn R Brummelkamp, Ton N M Schumacher
The clinical benefit for patients with diverse types of metastatic cancers that has been observed upon blockade of the interaction between PD-1 and PD-L1 has highlighted the importance of this inhibitory axis in the suppression of tumour-specific T-cell responses. Notwithstanding the key role of PD-L1 expression by cells within the tumour micro-environment, our understanding of the regulation of the PD-L1 protein is limited. Here we identify, using a haploid genetic screen, CMTM6, a type-3 transmembrane protein of previously unknown function, as a regulator of the PD-L1 protein...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813018/biophysical-and-computational-studies-of-the-vcci-vmip-ii-complex
#18
Anna F Nguyen, Nai-Wei Kuo, Laura J Showalter, Ricardo Ramos, Cynthia M Dupureur, Michael E Colvin, Patricia J LiWang
Certain viruses have the ability to subvert the mammalian immune response, including interference in the chemokine system. Poxviruses produce the chemokine binding protein vCCI (viral CC chemokine inhibitor; also called 35K), which tightly binds to CC chemokines. To facilitate the study of vCCI, we first provide a protocol to produce folded vCCI from Escherichia coli (E. coli.) It is shown here that vCCI binds with unusually high affinity to viral Macrophage Inflammatory Protein-II (vMIP-II), a chemokine analog produced by the virus, human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8)...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812944/binding-forces-between-a-novel-schiff-base-palladium-ii-complex-and-two-carrier-proteins-human-serum-albumi-and%C3%AE-lactoglobulin
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Somaye Shahraki, Ali Heydari
Ligand binding studies on carrier proteins are crucial in determining the pharmacological properties of drug candidates. Here, a new palladium(II) complex was synthesized and characterized. The in vitro binding studies of this complexwith two carrier proteins, human serum albumin (HSA) and β-lactoglobulin (βLG) was investigated by employing biophysical techniques as well as computational modeling. The experimental results showed thatthe Pd(II) complex interacted with two carrier proteins with moderate binding affinity (Kb ~̴ 0...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812296/mxr7-facilitates-liver-cancer-metastasis-via-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Guishuai Lv, Yexiong Tan, Hongwei Lv, Tian Fang, Changzheng Wang, Ting Li, Yanting Yu, Congli Hu, Wen Wen, Hongyang Wang, Wen Yang
MXR7 is a cell-surface protein and highly expressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study is to determine the expression profile of MXR7 in HCC and investigate the influence of MXR7 on invasion and metastasis of HCC cells. For this purpose, immunohistochemical assay was used to identify the differential expression of MXR7 in 94 HCC specimens. Expression of MXR7 in 4 pairs of HCC and portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT) was also tested. The motility of HCC cells were characterized by transwell migration and matrigel invasion assays...
August 11, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
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