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Jin-Xuan Fan, Zi-Hao Li, Xin-Hua Liu, Diwei Zheng, Ying Chen, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Oral drug administration is widely adopted for diverse drugs, and enjoys the convenience of use and capbility to reach different parts of the body via the bloodstream. However, it is generally not feasible for biomacromolecular anti-tumor drugs such as protein and nucleic acids due to the the limited absorption through gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and the poor tumor targeting. Here, we report a non-invasive thermally-sensitive programmable therapetic system using bacteria E. coli MG1655 as an vehicle for tumor treatments via oral administration...
March 20, 2018: Nano Letters
Zhenjing Jin, Siqi Liu, Qian Zhang, Xue Shao, Jingting Ma, Liulan Pan
BACKGROUND: Hepatic fibrosis is a reversible pathological process. Inflammatory responses are the prevailing reactions during hepatic fibrosis. Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3) has been reported to have an anti-inflammatory effect. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the preventive effects of DcR3 on hepatic fibrosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hepatic fibrosis was induced in rats by administering intraperitoneally (ip.) 1% dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Qiaoxian Huang, Shengke Li, Yuan-Fu Ding, Hang Yin, Lian-Hui Wang, Ruibing Wang
Due to its outstanding capability to facilitate DNA condensation, transportation and endosomal escape, polyethylenimine (PEI) has been frequently studied for gene delivery. However, its molecular weight (M.W.) dependent transfection efficiency and cytotoxicity has severely limited its clinical application. To resolve this dilemma, a supramolecular strategy was developed for the first time, in which PEI with large M.W. (branched, 25 kDa) that has a satisfactory transfection efficiency, yet high non-specific cytotoxicity for gene delivery was wrapped with macrocyclic cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7])...
March 20, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Vikas C Ghattargi, Yogesh S Nimonkar, Shaunak A Burse, Dimple Davray, Shreyas V Kumbhare, Sudarshan A Shetty, Meghana A Gaikwad, Mangesh V Suryavanshi, Swapnil P Doijad, Bhimashankar Utage, Om Prakash Sharma, Yogesh S Shouche, Bharati S Meti, Shrikant P Pawar
The human gut microbiome plays a crucial role in human health and efforts need to be done for cultivation and characterisation of bacteria with potential health benefits. Here, we isolated a bacterium from a healthy Indian adult faeces and investigated its potential as probiotic. The cultured bacterial strain 17OM39 was identified as Enterococcus faecium by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The strain 17OM39 exhibited tolerance to acidic pH, showed antimicrobial activity and displayed strong cell surface traits such as hydrophobicity and autoaggregation capacity...
March 19, 2018: Functional & Integrative Genomics
Nemanja Kuzmanović, Joanna Puławska, Lingyun Hao, Thomas J Burr
Agrobacterium vitis is the primary causal agent of grapevine crown gall worldwide. Symptoms of grapevine crown gall disease include tumor formation on the aerial plant parts, whereas both tumorigenic and nontumorigenic strains of A. vitis cause root necrosis. Genetic and genomic analyses indicated that A. vitis is distinguishable from the members of the Agrobacterium genus and its transfer to the genus Allorhizobium was suggested. A. vitis is genetically diverse, with respect to both chromosomal and plasmid DNA...
March 20, 2018: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Keunsub Lee, Kan Wang
During the last decade, small noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) have emerged as essential post-transcriptional regulators in bacteria. Nearly all important physiological and stress responses are modulated by ncRNA regulators, such as riboswitches, trans-acting small RNAs (sRNAs), and cis-antisense RNAs. Recently, three RNA-seq studies identified a total of 1534 candidate ncRNAs from Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a pathogen and biotechnology tool for plants. Only a few ncRNAs have been functionally characterized in A. tumefaciens, and some of them appear to be involved in virulence...
March 20, 2018: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Jiao Ji, Yan Yu, Zhi-Ling Li, Ming-Yuan Chen, Rong Deng, Xiang Huang, Guang-Feng Wang, Meng-Xia Zhang, Qi Yang, Senthilkumar Ravichandran, Gong-Kan Feng, Xue-Lian Xu, Chen-Lu Yang, Miao-Zhen Qiu, Lin Jiao, Dajun Yang, Xiao-Feng Zhu
Rationale: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is the most frequent head and neck tumor in South China. The presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in NPC contributes to tumor maintenance and therapeutic resistance, while the ability of CSCs to escape from the apoptosis pathway may render them the resistant property to the therapies. Inhibitor of apoptosis proteins family proteins (IAPs), which are overexpressed in nasopharyngeal carcinoma stem cells, may play an important role in maintaining nasopharyngeal cancer stem cell properties...
2018: Theranostics
Xiaojie Sun, Manhua Cui, Ding Wang, Baofeng Guo, Ling Zhang
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a member of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily and functions to promote apoptosis by binding to cell surface death receptor (DR)4 and DR5. Cancer cells are more sensitive than normal cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis, and TRAIL-based therapeutic strategies have shown promise for the treatment of cancer. The present study investigated whether enforced overexpression of TRAIL in cervical cancer cells promoted cell death in the presence or absence of Taxol, an important first-line cancer chemotherapeutic drug...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Xiaoyu Wang, Libing Wang, Yan Xu, Guohua Zhang, Yunlin Wu, Ping Chen
Protein inhibitor of activated signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (PIAS1) is an important regulator of the inflammatory signaling network, the expression of which was decreased in gastric cancer and implicated in the development of cancer. However, its mechanism has not been elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of PIAS1 on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of gastric cancer cells within the inflammatory microenvironment. Recombinant adenovirus Ad5/F35-PIASl and Ad5/F35-null plasmids were constructed to transfect SGC7901 cells...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Xiupeng Zhang, Guiyang Jiang, Jingjing Wu, Haijing Zhou, Yong Zhang, Yuan Miao, Yangyang Feng, Juanhan Yu
Zinc finger protein 668 (ZNF668) is a recently discovered protein and its expression levels, as well as its involvement in the invasion and metastasis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), are largely unknown. In the present study, immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated that ZNF668 protein expression was decreased in lung tumors (51/167, 30.5%) compared with adjacent normal lung tissues (43/62, 69.4%; P<0.001). Subsequent statistical analysis revealed that ZNF668 expression was negatively associated with increased tumor-node-metastasis stage (P=0...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Gopal R Gopinath, Hannah R Chase, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Athmanya Eshwar, Hyein Jang, Isha Patel, Flavia Negrete, Samantha Finkelstein, Eunbi Park, TaeJung Chung, YeonJoo Yoo, JungHa Woo, YouYoung Lee, Jihyeon Park, Hyerim Choi, Seungeun Jeong, Soyoung Jun, Mijeong Kim, Chaeyoon Lee, HyeJin Jeong, Séamus Fanning, Roger Stephan, Carol Iversen, Felix Reich, Günter Klein, Angelika Lehner, Ben D Tall
Background: Malonate utilization, an important differential trait, well recognized as being possessed by six of the seven Cronobacter species is thought to be largely absent in Cronobacter sakazakii (Csak). The current study provides experimental evidence that confirms the presence of a malonate utilization operon in 24 strains of sequence type (ST) 64, obtained from Europe, Middle East, China, and USA; it offers explanations regarding the genomic diversity and phylogenetic relatedness among these strains, and that of other C...
2018: Gut Pathogens
Anthony J Mannion, Heather R Martin, Zeli Shen, Ellen M Buckley, JoAnn L Dzink-Fox, Alexis Garcia, Robert P Marini, Mary M Patterson, James G Fox
Non-human primates (NHPs) for biomedical research are commonly infected with Shigella spp. that can cause acute dysentery or chronic episodic diarrhea. These animals are often prophylactically and clinically treated with quinolone antibiotics to eradicate these possible infections. However, chromosomally- and plasmid-mediated antibiotic resistance has become an emerging concern for species in the family Enterobacteriaceae . In this study, five individual isolates of multi-drug resistant Shigella flexneri were isolated from the feces of three macaques...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Feng Yang, Yonggen Jiang, Lihua Yang, Juanxiu Qin, Mingquan Guo, Yuxia Lu, Hongyou Chen, Yuan Zhuang, Jinghao Zhang, Hong Zhang, Zhaoyun Dai, Min Li, Changqing Yang, Min Chen, Yanmei Zhang, Hu Zhao
Objective: To investigate prevalence of acute diarrhea in Shanghai and analyze virulence associated-genes and antibiotic resistance of major enteropathogens using combination of conventional and molecular epidemiology methods. Method: The 412 stool specimens were obtained by systematic sampling from diarrhea patients throughout entire year 2016. Bacterial and viral pathogens were identified and bacterial isolates were cultured and screened for antibiotic resistance profiles. Two most prevalent bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella were further typed by multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) and analyzed for presence of virulence-associated genes...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Suneeta Chimalapati, Marcela de Souza Santos, Kelly Servage, Nicole J De Nisco, Ankur B Dalia, Kim Orth
The Gram-negative bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus is an opportunistic human pathogen and the leading cause of seafood borne acute gastroenteritis worldwide. Recently, this bacterium was implicated as the etiologic agent of a severe shrimp disease with consequent devastating outcomes to shrimp farming. In both cases, acquisition of genetic material via horizontal transfer provided V. parahaemolyticus with new virulence tools to cause disease. Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of V. parahaemolyticus pathogenesis often requires manipulating its genome...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
Xuanyan Jia, Jianyun Yao, Zengqiang Gao, Guangfeng Liu, Yuhui Dong, Xiaoxue Wang, Heng Zhang
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) loci in bacteria are small genetic modules that regulate various cellular activities, including cell growth and death. The two-gene module encoding a HEPN (higher eukaryotes and prokaryotes nucleotide-binding) domain and a cognate MNT (minimal nucleotidyltransferase) domain has been predicted to represent a novel type II TA system prevalent in archaea and bacteria. However, the neutralization mechanism and cellular targets of the TA family remain unclear. The toxin SO_3166 having a HEPN domain and its cognate antitoxin SO_3165 with an MNT domain constitute a typical type II TA system that regulates cell motility and confers plasmid stability in the bacterium Shewanella oneidensis...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hua Rong, Yini Liang, Yingcai Niu
Oxidative stress is an important pathogenic factor in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently, nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has emerged as a master regulator for the endogenous antioxidant response, and thus represents an attractive therapeutic target against AD. The aim of this study is to test the hypothesis that rosmarinic acid (RosA) attenuates amyloid-β (Aβ)-evoked oxidative stress through activating Nrf2-inducible cellular antioxidant defense system. Here, we reported that RosA attenuated Aβ-induced cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and lipid hydroperoxides (LPO)...
March 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Waqas Ahmed, Maria Razzaq
Brucella spp. are facultative intracellular pathogens responsible for brucellosis, an emerging zoonosis that results in abortion, sterility in host animals, and chronic relapsing fever in humans. The small noncoding RNA (sRNA) AbcR is a textbook example of a molecule acting on trans-encoded target mRNAs, a principal element of bacterial gene regulation required for wild-type virulence in α-proteobacteria. Here, we used bioinformatics and experimental validation to characterize the interaction between AbcR sRNA and target mRNA...
March 16, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Norma Oviedo, Leticia Manuel-Apolinar, Sandra Orozco-Suárez, Teresa Juárez-Cedillo, Vilma Carolina Bekker Méndez, Emiliano Tesoro-Cruz
BACKGROUND: Intranasal administration (Int adm) has been well-studied and offers the possibility to deliver larger molecular weight biologics, such as proteins, viral vectors, nanoparticles, and naked plasmids to the brain and treat a variety of diseases in the central nervous system. The predominant challenge in this field is finding efficient vectors that are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier (BBB). OBJECTIVES: Here, we investigated whether a naked plasmid (pIRES-hrGFP-1a), could cross the BBB, reach brain cells and express green fluorescent protein (GFP) after int-adm and propose it as candidate for future gene therapy studies...
March 16, 2018: Archives of Medical Research
Baoren Zhang, Yi Liu, Xu Lan, Xiaoxi Xu, Xiaoning Zhang, Xiang Li, Yiming Zhao, Guang Li, Caigan Du, Shanzheng Lu, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by chronic inflammation of colon. It is commonly believed that the imbalance of immune system and overwhelming production of cytokines are involved in the pathogenesis of UC. Recent studies demonstrated that interleukin-35 (IL-35), a key player in the regulation of inflammation, has been identified as potential therapeutic target to treat UC. However, conventional intravenous administration is costly and inconvenient...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Ewelina Stefanovic, Olivia McAuliffe
BACKGROUND: Strains of Lactobacillus paracasei are present in many diverse environments, including dairy and plant materials and the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. Their adaptation to various niches is correlated to intra-species diversity at the genomic and metabolic level. In this study, we compared the genome sequences of three L. paracasei strains isolated from mature Cheddar cheeses, two of which (DPC4206 and DPC4536) shared the same genomic fingerprint by PFGE, but demonstrated varying metabolic capabilities...
March 20, 2018: BMC Genomics
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