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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934517/human-epididymis-protein-4-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-female-patients-with-normal-ovarian-function
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Tengfei Yuan, Yan Li
Background: Elevated serum concentrations of human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) have appeared in a large number of female patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, it is unknow whether HE4 could be a potential biomarker for diagnosis of CKD. Objective: To evaluate whether serum HE4 is a potential biomarker of CKD in our cohort of 238 ethnic Han Chinese female patients, between the ages of 19 and 89 years. Methods: We selected 230 healthy control individuals and 238 female patients with CKD for inclusion in our study...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934420/higher-prevalence-and-faster-progression-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-middle-aged-individuals-compared-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-uninfected-controls
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Katherine W Kooij, Liffert Vogt, Ferdinand W N M Wit, Marc van der Valk, Rosan A van Zoest, Abraham Goorhuis, Maria Prins, Frank A Post, Peter Reiss
Background: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Human immunodeficiency virus infection, traditional CKD risk factors, and combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) may all contribute. Methods: We compared prevalence of renal impairment (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] <60 mL/min/1.73m2), albuminuria (albumin/creatinine ratio ≥3 mg/mmol), and proximal renal tubular dysfunction (retinol-binding protein/creatinine ratio >2...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934240/microbial-characterization-of-bee-pollen-from-the-vesuvius-area-collected-by-using-three-different-traps
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Gianluigi Mauriello, Annachiara De Prisco, Gennaro Di Prisco, Antonietta La Storia, Emilio Caprio
Flower pollen is collected by honeybee foragers, adhered on their rear legs and transported into the hives in the form of pellets. Once in the hives, bee pollen is moisturised with nectar and bee mouth secretions and due to enzymatically modifications it becomes the so-called bee-bread, the protein reservoir of young bees. Bee pollen can be artificially removed from bee legs and collected by using specific systems, the bee pollen traps. Bee pollen is commercialized for human consumption as fresh product and after freezing or drying...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934090/adipogenic-effects-and-gene-expression-profiling-of-firemaster%C3%A2-550-components-in-human-primary-preadipocytes
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Emily W Y Tung, Vian Peshdary, Remi Gagné, Andrea Rowan-Carroll, Carole L Yauk, Adéle Boudreau, Ella Atlas
BACKGROUND: Exposure to flame retardants has been associated with negative health outcomes including metabolic effects. As polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants were pulled from commerce, human exposure to new flame retardants such as Firemaster® 550 (FM550) has increased. Although previous studies in murine systems have shown that FM550 and its main components increase adipogenesis, the effects of FM550 in human models have not been elucidated. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine if FM550 and its components are active in human preadipocytes, and to further investigate their mode of action...
September 14, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934071/prevalence-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-orientia-tsutsugamushi-in-rodents-and-mites-from-central-india
#5
Ruchi Bhate, Nilesh Pansare, Sandeep P Chaudhari, Sukhadeo B Barbuddhe, Vijay K Choudhary, Nitin V Kurkure, Sunil W Kolte
Orientia tsutsugamushi, the causative agent of scrub typhus in humans, is an obligate intracytosolic bacterium transmitted among animals and to humans by some species of larval trombiculid mites (chiggers) and is hosted mainly by rodents. In this study, we attempted detection of O. tsutsugamushi from blood and tissue samples of rodents trapped from different locations in Central India using PCR targeting the 56 kDa outer membrane protein gene and the 47 kDa high temperature transmembrane protein gene. A total of 59 rodent samples comprising 38 of blood collected from domestic and public surroundings and 21 of tissue from agricultural farm were included in this study...
September 21, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933788/angptl4-mediates-the-protective-role-of-ppar%C3%AE-activators-in-the-pathogenesis-of-preeclampsia
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Lei Liu, Xu Zhuang, Meng Jiang, Fei Guan, Qin Fu, Jianhua Lin
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) has been shown to be a therapeutic target for preeclampsia (PE). Angiopoietin-like protein 4 (ANGPTL4) is a multifunctional secretory protein involved in regulating lipid metabolism and angiogenesis in various tissues. However, the expression of PPARγ and ANGPTL4 and their interaction in PE remain elusive. Here we showed that PPARγ agonist rosiglitazone upregulated the expression and secretion of ANGPTL4 in a dose-dependent manner in HTR8/SVneo cells, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and placental explants...
September 21, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933646/visualizing-trna-dependent-mistranslation-in-human-cells
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Jeremy T Lant, Matthew D Berg, Daniel Hw Sze, Kyle S Hoffman, Ibukunoluwa C Akinpelu, Matthew Turk, Ilka U Heinemann, Martin L Duennwald, Christopher J Brandl, Patrick O'Donoghue
High-fidelity translation and a strictly accurate proteome were originally assumed as essential to life and cellular viability. Yet recent studies in bacteria and eukaryotic model organisms suggest that proteome-wide mistranslation can provide selective advantages and is tolerated in the cell at higher levels than previously thought (one error in 6.9 × 10(-4) in yeast) with a limited impact on phenotype. Previously, we selected a tRNA(Pro) containing a single mutation that induces mistranslation with alanine at proline codons in yeast...
September 21, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933642/epitope-characterization-of-anti-jam-a-antibodies-using-orthogonal-mass-spectrometry-and-surface-plasmon-resonance-approaches
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Guillaume Terral, Thierry Champion, François Debaene, Olivier Colas, Maxime Bourguet, Elsa Wagner-Rousset, Nathalie Corvaia, Alain Beck, Sarah Cianferani
Junctional adhesion molecule-A (JAM-A) is an adherens and tight junction protein expressed by endothelial and epithelial cells and associated with cancer progression. We present here the extensive characterization of immune complexes involving JAM-A antigen and three monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), including hz6F4-2, a humanized version of anti-tumoral 6F4 mAb identified by a functional and proteomic approach in our laboratory. A specific workflow that combines orthogonal approaches has been designed to determine binding stoichiometries along with JAM-A epitope mapping determination at high resolution for these three mAbs...
September 21, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933629/ezetimibe-ameliorates-steatohepatitis-via-amp-activated-protein-kinase-tfeb-mediated-activation-of-autophagy-and-nlrp3-inflammasome-inhibition
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Soo Hyun Kim, Gyuri Kim, Dai Hoon Han, Milim Lee, Irene Kim, Bohkyung Kim, Kook Hwan Kim, Young-Mi Song, Jeong Eun Yoo, Hye Jin Wang, Soo Han Bae, Yong-Ho Lee, Byung-Wan Lee, Eun Seok Kang, Bong-Soo Cha, Myung-Shik Lee
Impairment in macroautophagy/autophagy flux and inflammasome activation are common characteristics of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Considering the lack of approved agents for treating NASH, drugs that can enhance autophagy and modulate inflammasome pathways may be beneficial. Here, we investigated the novel mechanism of ezetimibe, a widely prescribed drug for hypercholesterolemia, as a therapeutic option for ameliorating NASH. Human liver samples with steatosis and NASH were analyzed. For in vitro studies of autophagy and inflammasomes, primary mouse hepatocytes, human hepatoma cells, mouse embryonic fibroblasts with Ampk or Tsc2 knockout, and human or primary mouse macrophages were treated with ezetimibe and palmitate...
September 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933241/characterization-of-human-s-adenosyl-homocysteine-hydrolase-in-vitro-and-identification-of-its-potential-inhibitors
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Weiwei Hao, Yanhua Li, Qiuli Shan, Tian Han, Wencheng Li, Sheng He, Kongkai Zhu, Yumei Li, Xiaojun Tan, Jinsong Gu
Human S-adenosyl-homocysteine hydrolase (SAHH, E.C.3.3.1.1) has been considered to be an attractive target for the design of medicines to treat human disease, because of its important role in regulating biological methylation reactions to catalyse the reversible hydrolysis of S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) to adenosine (Ado) and l-homocysteine (Hcy). In this study, SAHH protein was successfully cloned and purified with optimized, Pichia pastoris (P. pastoris) expression system. The biological activity results revealed that, among the tested compounds screened by ChemMapper and SciFinder Scholar, 4-(3-hydroxyprop-1-en-1-yl)-2-methoxyphenol (coniferyl alcohol, CAS: 458-35-5, ZINC: 12359045) exhibited the highest inhibition against rSAHH (IC50= 34 nM)...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932752/local-rhbmp-12-on-an-absorbable-collagen-sponge-as-an-adjuvant-therapy-for-rotator-cuff-repair-a-phase-1-randomized-standard-of-care-control-multicenter-study-part-2-a-pilot-study-of-functional-recovery-and-structural-outcomes
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Junji Ide, Yu Mochizuki, Arthur van Noort, Hiroshi Ochi, Sudhakar Sridharan, Eiji Itoi, Stefan Greiner
BACKGROUND: The high failure rate of rotator cuff repairs requires the development of methods to enhance healing at the tendon-bone junction of the repair site. PURPOSE: To assess functional recovery and structural outcomes in detail after implanting recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-12 (rhBMP-12)/absorbable collagen sponge (ACS) as adjuvant treatment during open rotator cuff repair in patients over a 1-year postoperative follow-up. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial; Level of evidence, 2...
September 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932231/addition-of-aegilops-u-and-m-chromosomes-affects-protein-and-dietary-fiber-content-of-wholemeal-wheat-flour
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Marianna Rakszegi, István Molnár, Alison Lovegrove, Éva Darkó, András Farkas, László Láng, Zoltán Bedő, Jaroslav Doležel, Márta Molnár-Láng, Peter Shewry
Cereal grain fiber is an important health-promoting component in the human diet. One option to improve dietary fiber content and composition in wheat is to introduce genes from its wild relatives Aegilops biuncialis and Aegilops geniculata. This study showed that the addition of chromosomes 2U(g), 4U(g), 5U(g), 7U(g), 2M(g), 5M(g), and 7M(g) of Ae. geniculata and 3U(b), 2M(b), 3M(b), and 7M(b) of Ae. biuncialis into bread wheat increased the seed protein content. Chromosomes 1U(g) and 1M(g) increased the proportion of polymeric glutenin proteins, while the addition of chromosomes 1U(b) and 6U(b) led to its decrease...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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/28931755/combination-central-tolerance-and-peripheral-checkpoint-blockade-unleashes-antimelanoma-immunity
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Pearl Bakhru, Meng-Lei Zhu, Hsing-Hui Wang, Lee K Hong, Imran Khan, Maria Mouchess, Ajay S Gulati, Joshua Starmer, Yafei Hou, David Sailer, Sandra Lee, Fengmin Zhao, John M Kirkwood, Stergios Moschos, Lawrence Fong, Mark S Anderson, Maureen A Su
Blockade of immune checkpoint proteins (e.g., CTLA-4, PD-1) improves overall survival in advanced melanoma; however, therapeutic benefit is limited to only a subset of patients. Because checkpoint blockade acts by "removing the brakes" on effector T cells, the efficacy of checkpoint blockade may be constrained by the limited pool of melanoma-reactive T cells in the periphery. In the thymus, autoimmune regulator (Aire) promotes deletion of T cells reactive against self-antigens that are also expressed by tumors...
September 21, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931677/structurally-guided-removal-of-deisgylase-biochemical-activity-from-papain-like-protease-originating-from-the-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-virus
#15
Courtney M Daczkowski, Octavia Goodwin, John V Dzimianski, Jonathan J Farhat, Scott D Pegan
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging human pathogen that is the causative agent for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). With MERS outbreaks resulting in over 35% fatalities and now spread to 27 countries, MERS-CoV poses a significant on-going threat to global human health. As part of its viral genome, MERS-CoV encodes for a papain-like protease (PLpro) that has been observed to act as a deubiquitinase and deISGylase to antagonize IFN-I immune pathways. This activity is in addition to its viral polypeptide cleavage function...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930865/presence-of-human-herpesvirus-6b-in-the-pancreas-of-subjects-with-and-without-type-1-diabetes
#16
Maja Ericsson, Oskar Skog
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to investigate the presence of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6) A and B in human pancreata and to search for signs of active infection in this organ of subjects with and without type 1 diabetes (T1D). METHODS: Pancreata from brain-dead organ donors with and without T1D were examined for the presence of HHV6 genomic sequences by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), transcripts by reverse transcriptase-PCR, and protein by immunohistochemistry...
September 19, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930774/high-levels-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-chemokines-point-to-the-presence-of-neuroinflammation-in-peripheral-neuropathic-pain-a-cross-sectional-study-of-two-cohorts-of-patients-compared-to-healthy-controls
#17
Emmanuel Bäckryd, Anne-Li Lind, Måns Thulin, Anders Larsson, Björn Gerdle, Torsten Gordh
Animal models suggest that chemokines are important mediators in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain. Indeed, these substances have been called "gliotransmitters", a term that illustrates the close interplay between glial cells and neurons in the context of neuroinflammation and pain. However, evidence in humans is scarce. The aim of the study was to determine a comprehensive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inflammatory profile for neuropathic pain patients. Our hypothesis was that we would thereby find indications of a postulated on-going process of central neuroinflammation...
September 18, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929764/decoding-the-effect-of-isobaric-substitutions-on-identifying-missing-proteins-and-variant-peptides-in-human-proteome
#18
Wai-Kok Choong, Tung-Shing Mamie Lih, Yu-Ju Chen, Ting-Yi Sung
To confirm the existence of missing proteins, we need to identify at least two unique peptides with length of 9-40 amino acids of a missing protein in bottom-up mass spectrometry-based proteomic experiments. However, an identified unique peptide of the missing protein, even identified with high level of confidence, could possibly coincide with a peptide of a commonly observed protein due to isobaric substitutions, mass modifications, alternative splice isoforms, or single amino acid variants (SAAVs). Besides unique peptides of missing proteins, identified variant peptides (SAAV-containing peptides) could also alternatively map to peptides of other proteins due to the aforementioned issues...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929138/cryoem-structure-of-mxb-reveals-a-novel-oligomerization-interface-critical-for-hiv-restriction
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Frances J D Alvarez, Shaoda He, Juan R Perilla, Sooin Jang, Klaus Schulten, Alan N Engelman, Sjors H W Scheres, Peijun Zhang
Human dynamin-like, interferon-induced myxovirus resistance 2 (Mx2 or MxB) is a potent HIV-1 inhibitor. Antiviral activity requires both the amino-terminal region of MxB and protein oligomerization, each of which has eluded structural determination due to difficulties in protein preparation. We report that maltose binding protein-fused, full-length wild-type MxB purifies as oligomers and further self-assembles into helical arrays in physiological salt. Guanosine triphosphate (GTP), but not guanosine diphosphate, binding results in array disassembly, whereas subsequent GTP hydrolysis allows its reformation...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928909/transplanting-embryonic-stem-cells-onto-damaged-human-corneal-endothelium
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Charles Hanson, Arsaell Arnarsson, Thorir Hardarson, Ann Lindgård, Mandana Daneshvarnaeini, Catarina Ellerström, Anita Bruun, Ulf Stenevi
AIM: To investigate whether human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) could be made to attach, grow and differentiate on a human Descemet's membrane (DM). METHODS: Spontaneously differentiated hESCs were transferred onto a human corneal button with the endothelial layer removed using ocular sticks. The cells were cultured on a DM for up to 15 d. The genetically engineered hESC line expressed green fluorescent protein, which facilitated identification during the culture experiments, tissue preparation, and analysis...
August 26, 2017: World Journal of Stem Cells
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