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Hyangju Kang, Youngmin Park, Yongjik Lee, Yun-Joo Yoo, Inhwan Hwang
Plants represent promising systems for producing various recombinant proteins. One key area of focus for improving this technology is developing methods for producing recombinant proteins at high levels. Many methods have been developed to increase the transcript levels of recombinant genes. However, methods for increasing protein production involving steps downstream of transcription, including translation, have not been fully explored. Here, we investigated the effects of N-glycosylation on protein production and provide evidence that N-glycosylation greatly increases the expression levels of ER-targeted recombinant proteins...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ja Hye Myung, Michael J Eblan, Joseph M Caster, Sinjung Park, Michael J Poellmann, Kyle Wang, Joel E Tepper, Kevin A Tam, Seth M Miller, Colette Shen, Ronald C Chen, Tian Zhang, Bhishamjit Chera, Andrew Z Wang, Seungpyo Hong
PURPOSE: We aimed to examine the effects of multivalent binding and biomimetic cell rolling on the sensitivity and specificity of circulating tumor cell (CTC) capture. We also investigated the clinical significance of CTCs and their kinetic profiles in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy (RT) treatment. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Patients with histologically confirmed primary carcinoma undergoing RT, with or without chemotherapy, were eligible for enrollment. Peripheral blood was collected prospectively at up to 5 time points, including prior to RT, at the first week, mid-point and final week of treatment, as well as 4 to 12 weeks after completion of RT...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Clément Cochain, Ehsan Vafadarnejad, Panagiota Arampatzi, Pelisek Jaroslav, Holger Winkels, Klaus Ley, Dennis Wolf, Antoine-Emmanuel Saliba, Alma Zernecke
<u>Rationale:</u> It is assumed that atherosclerotic arteries contain several macrophage subsets endowed with specific functions. The precise identity of these subsets is poorly characterized as they ha ve been defined by the expression of a restricted number of markers. <u>Objective:</u> We have applied single-cell RNA-seq as an unbiased profiling strategy to interrogate and classify aortic macrophage heterogeneity at the single-cell level in atherosclerosis. <u>Methods and Results:</u> We performed single-cell RNA sequencing of total aortic CD45+ cells extracted from the non-diseased (chow fed) and atherosclerotic (11 weeks of high fat diet) aorta of Ldlr-/- mice...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Justine M Abais-Battad, Hayley Lund, Daniel J Fehrenbach, John Henry Dasinger, David L Mattson
The current study, performed in Dahl Salt-Sensitive (SS) and SS-Rag1-/- rats lacking T- and B- lymphocytes, tested the hypothesis that immune cells amplify salt-sensitive hypertension and kidney damage in response to a high protein diet. After weaning, SS and SS-Rag1-/- rats were placed on an isocaloric, 0.4% NaCl diet containing normal (18%) or high (30%) protein. At 9 weeks of age, rats were switched to a 4.0% NaCl diet containing the same amount of dietary protein and maintained on the high salt diet for 3 weeks...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Tulika Mitra, Parash Prasad, Pritha Mukherjee, Susri Ray Chaudhuri, Urmi Chatterji, Sib S Roy
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the fourth most common gynecological malignancy due to its highly aggressive, recurrent, and drug-resistant nature. The last two features are rendered by the presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs). Factors like TGFβ1 and their downstream signaling pathways are upregulated in most cancers and are known to induce EMT and stemness, but the exact mechanisms underlying the process remain unelucidated. In our study, TGFβ1 induced enhanced stem-like properties like high expression of the pluripotent markers SOX2, OCT4a, and NANOG, along with CD44, and CD117 in the OC cells...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
James L Quinn, Gaurav Kumar, Agnieshka Agasing, Rose M Ko, Robert C Axtell
Both T cells and B cells are implicated in the pathology of multiple sclerosis (MS), but how these cells cooperate to drive disease remains unclear. Recent studies using experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) demonstrated that the TH17 pathway is correlated with increased numbers of ectopic B-cell follicles in the central nervous system (CNS). As follicular T helper (TFH) cells are regulators of B cell responses, we sought to examine the role of TFH cells in EAE induced by the transfer of myelin-specific TH17 cells (TH17-EAE)...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Masafumi Taniwaki, Mihoko Yoshida, Yosuke Matsumoto, Kazuho Shimura, Junya Kuroda, Hiroto Kaneko
Elotuzumab, targeting signaling lymphocytic activation molecule family 7 (SLAMF7), has been approved in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone (ELd) for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM) based on the findings of the phase III randomized trial ELOQUENT-2 (NCT01239797). Four-year follow-up analyses of ELOQUENT-2 have demonstrated that progression-free survival was 21% in ELd versus 14% in Ld. Elotuzumab binds a unique epitope on the membrane IgC2 domain of SLAMF7, exhibiting a dual mechanism of action: natural killer (NK) cell-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and enhancement of NK cell activity...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Yaling Liu, Tulika Sharma, I-Ping Chen, Ernst Reichenberger, Yasuyoshi Ueki, Yumna Arif, Daniel Parisi, Peter Maye
We utilized a bone marrow stromal culture system to investigate changes in TGFβ signaling in a mouse model for cherubism (Sh3bp2KI/KI ). Interestingly, bone marrow cultures derived from cherubism mice not only displayed impaired osteoblast differentiation, but also had spontaneous osteoclast formation. PAI1, a target gene of TGFβ signaling, was elevated 2-fold in cherubism CD11b- ,CD45- cells compared to wild type cells, while the expression of BAMBI, an inhibitor of TGFβ signaling, was down-regulated. We also discovered that treatment of cherubism cultures with antagonists of the TGFβ signaling pathway could largely rescue osteoblast differentiation and markedly reduce spontaneous osteoclast formation...
March 9, 2018: Bone
Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Takanori Matsuki, Liang Zhao, Kanako Kuniyoshi, Hiroki Tanaka, Isao Ebina, Kenta J Yoshida, Hiroshi Nabeshima, Kiyoharu Fukushima, Hisashi Kanemaru, Fumihiro Yamane, Takahiro Kawasaki, Tomohisa Machida, Hisamichi Naito, Nobuyuki Takakura, Takashi Satoh, Shizuo Akira
Schlafen-8 (Slfn8) is a member of the Schlafen family of proteins, which harbor helicase domains and are induced by LPS and interferons. It has been reported that the Schlafen family are involved in various cellular functions, including proliferation, differentiation and regulation of virus replication. Slfn8 has been implicated in T-cell differentiation in the thymus. However, the roles of Slfn8 in the immune system remains unclear. In this study, we generated Slfn8 knockout mice (Slfn8-/-) and investigated the immunological role of Slfn8 using the T-cell-mediated autoimmune model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)...
March 8, 2018: International Immunology
Fenggang Yu, Yanan Lu, Fredrik Petersson, De-Yun Wang, Kwok Seng Loh
BACKGROUND: Chromogenic Epstein-Barr virus-encoded RNA (EBER) in situ hybridization (EBER-ISH) is the gold standard to detect Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) but it is difficult to use in conjunction with immunohistochemistry (IHC). In this study, our purpose was to validate the sensitivity and specificity of RNAscope in detection of EBV infection in nasal epithelium and its stroma. METHODS: Fluorescence-based RNAscope EBER-ISH, BRLF1-ISH, and lineage marker-IHC were performed on archived formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues from normal nasal cavity (n = 5), nasopharynx (n = 8), and nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) specimens (n = 10)...
March 9, 2018: Head & Neck
Leland Metheny, Saada Eid, Karen Lingas, Racheli Ofir, Lena Pinzur, Howard Meyerson, Hillard M Lazarus, Alex Y Huang
Late-term complications of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) are numerous and include incomplete engraftment. One possible mechanism of incomplete engraftment after HCT is cytokine-mediated suppression or dysfunction of the bone marrow microenvironment. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) elaborate cytokines that nurture or stimulate the marrow microenvironment by several mechanisms. We hypothesize that the administration of exogenous MSCs may modulate the bone marrow milieu and improve peripheral blood count recovery in the setting of incomplete engraftment...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Harry D Dawson, Joan K Lunney
Pigs are a major source of food worldwide; preventing and treating their infectious diseases is essential, requiring a thorough understanding of porcine immunity. The use of pigs as models for human physiology is a growing area; progress in this area has been limited because the immune toolkit is not robust. The international community has established cluster of differentiation (CD) markers for assessing cells involved in immunity as well as characterizing numerous other cells like stem cells. Overall, for humans 419 proteins have been designated as CD markers, each reacting with a defined set of antibodies (Abs)...
February 22, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
Johnny Amer, Ahmad Salhab, Sarit Doron, Gilles Morali, Rifaat Safadi
Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are a central fibrogenic cell type that contributes to collagen accumulation during chronic liver disease. Peripheral blood lymphocytes from HCV patients are phagocytized by HSCs and induce their differentiation. This study aimed to characterize HSCs differentiation using a flow cytometry tool for fibrosis scoring. NK cells from healthy donors and from patients with chronic HCV with various severities of fibrosis were co-cultured with a human HSC line (LX2). LX2 phagocytosis of NK cells were stained for NK cells (CD45/CD56/CD3) and NK activation marker (CD107a) as well as INF-γ, apoptosis (Annexin-V) and α-smooth-muscle-actin (αSMA, as a marker of LX2 activation)...
March 8, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Yanfei Deng, Guiting Huang, Lingxiu Zou, Tianying Nong, Xiaoling Yang, Jiayu Cui, Yingming Wei, Sufang Yang, Deshun Shi
Amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) from livestock are valuable resources for animal reproduction and veterinary therapeutic. The purpose of this study is to explore a suitable way to isolate and culture the buffalo AMSCs (bAMSCs), and to identify their biological characteristics. Digestion with a combination of trypsin-EDTA and collagenase type I could obtain pure bAMSCs more effectively than trypsin-EDTA or collagenase type I alone. bAMSCs could proliferate steadily in vitro culture and exhibited fibroblastic-like morphology in vortex-shaped colony...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Hao Zhang, Zhong-Li Li, Xiang-Zheng Su, Li Ding, Ji Li, Heng Zhu
Rabbit mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are important seed cells in regenerative medicine research, particularly in translational research. In the current study, we showed that rabbit subchondral bone is a reliable source of MSCs. First, we harvested subchondral bone (SCB) from the rabbit knee-joint and initiated the MSC culture by cultivating enzyme-treated SCB. Adherent fibroblast-like cells that outgrew from SCB fulfill the common immuno-phenotypic criteria for defining MSCs, but with low contamination of CD45+ hematopoietic cells...
March 8, 2018: Experimental Animals
Ina Laura Pieper, Gemma Radley, Abigail Christen, Sabrina Ali, Owen Bodger, Catherine A Thornton
Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are a life-saving form of mechanical circulatory support in heart failure patients. However, VADs have not yet reached their full potential due to the associated side effects (thrombosis, bleeding, infection) related to the activation and damage of blood cells and proteins caused by mechanical stress and foreign materials. Studies of the effects of VADs on leukocytes are limited, yet leukocyte activation and damage including microparticle generation can influence both thrombosis and infection rates...
March 7, 2018: Artificial Organs
Shinji Okano, Kareem Abu-Elmagd, Danielle D Kish, Karen Keslar, William M Baldwin, Robert L Fairchild, Masato Fujiki, Ajai Khanna, Mohammed Osman, Guilherme Costa, John Fung, Charles Miller, Hiroto Kayashima, Koji Hashimoto
Recent advances in immunosuppressive regimens have decreased acute cellular rejection (ACR) rates and improved intestinal transplant (ITx) recipient survival. We investigated the role of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) in ITx. We identified MDSCs as CD33+ CD11b+ lineage(CD3/CD56/CD19)- HLA-DR-/low cells with 3 subsets, CD14- CD15- (e-MDSC), CD14+ CD15- (M-MDSC), and CD14- CD15+ (PMN-MDSC), in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and mononuclear cells in the grafted intestinal mucosa. Total MDSC numbers increased in PBMCs following ITx; among MDSC subsets, M-MDSC numbers were maintained at high level after 2 months following ITx...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
Julia Drube, Thomas Ernst, Markus Pfirrmann, Benadict Vincent Albert, Sebastian Drube, Daniela Reich, Anne Kresinsky, Kathrin Halfter, Claudio Sorio, Christian Fabisch, Andreas Hochhaus, Frank-D Böhmer
The introduction of second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) targeting the protein-tyrosine kinase (PTK) BCR-ABL1 has improved treatment response in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). However, in some patients response still remains suboptimal. Protein-tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) are natural counter-actors of PTK activity and can affect TKI sensitivity, but the impact of PTPs on treatment response to second-generation TKIs is unknown. We assessed the mRNA expression level of 38 PTPs in 66 newly diagnosed CML patients and analyzed the potential relation with treatment outcome after 9 months of nilotinib medication...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Erin L Stephenson, Manoj K Mishra, Daniel Moussienko, Nataly Laflamme, Serge Rivest, Chang-Chun Ling, V Wee Yong
Multiple sclerosis presents with profound changes in the network of molecules involved in maintaining central nervous system architecture, the extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix components, particularly the chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, have functions beyond structural support including their potential interaction with, and regulation of, inflammatory molecules. To investigate the roles of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans in multiple sclerosis, we used the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis model in a time course study...
March 1, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Aline L Y Nachlas, Siyi Li, Rajneesh Jha, Monalisa Singh, Chunhui Xu, Michael E Davis
Despite recent advances in tissue engineered heart valves (TEHV), a major challenge is identifying a cell source for seeding TEHV scaffolds. Native heart valves are durable because valve interstitial cells (VICs) maintain tissue homeostasis by synthesizing and remodeling the extracellular matrix. In this study, the goal is to demonstrate that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC)-derived mesenchymal stem cells (iMSCs) can be derived from iPSCs using a feeder-free protocol and then further matured into VICs by encapsulation within 3D hydrogels...
March 2, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
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