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  • Generation of Domain-Specific Monoclonal Antibodies Against Human Glutaredoxin3.
    Generation of Domain-Specific Monoclonal Antibodies Against Human Glutaredoxin3. [Journal Article]Monoclon Antib Immunodiagn Immunother 2016 Dec 06.MADai X, Li Y, Sun X, et al. Human Glutaredoxin3 (hGLRX3), which encodes a 37.4 kDa protein, possesses an N-terminal Trx homology domain followed by two tandem repeats of Grx domains. GLRX3 is expressed in many tissues and plays i...Publisher Full TextHuman Glutaredoxin3 (hGLRX3), which encodes a 37.4 kDa protein, possesses an N-terminal Trx homology domain followed by two tandem repeats of Grx domains. GLRX3 is expressed in many tissues and plays important roles in iron metabolism, antioxidant effect, cell proliferation and development, regulation of immune reaction, and tumorigenesis. The mechanisms underlying the biological function of GLRX3 are still not clear. To facilitate the functional research of GLRX3, in this study, monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against hGLRX3 were produced by using purified prokaryotic recombinant 6His-hGLRX3 fusion protein as the immunogen. Five MAbs were obtained after preliminary screening by indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, then further characterized by Western blot analysis and immunocytochemistry. The domain specificity of these MAbs was also evaluated. Owing to the high conservation of protein sequences among different species, anti-GLRX3 MAbs produced in this study were shown to be immunoactive for GLRX3 in the cells from other species, such as mice, rats, Chinese hamster, and zebrafish. These domain-specific anti-GLRX3 MAbs will be an essential tool to investigate the roles of GLRX3 in normal physiological or pathological conditions.

  • Development of a Sensitive Luciferase-Based Sandwich ELISA System for the Detection of Human Extracellular Matrix 1 Protein.
    Development of a Sensitive Luciferase-Based Sandwich ELISA System for the Detection of Human Extracellular Matrix 1 Protein. [Journal Article]Monoclon Antib Immunodiagn Immunother 2016 Dec 06.MALi Y, Li Y, Zhao J, et al. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has been one of the main methods for detecting an antigen in an aqueous sample for more than four decades. Nowadays, one of the biggest concerns for ELISA is s...Publisher Full TextEnzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has been one of the main methods for detecting an antigen in an aqueous sample for more than four decades. Nowadays, one of the biggest concerns for ELISA is still how to improve the sensitivity of the assay, and the luciferase-luciferin reaction system has been noticed as a new detection method with high sensitivity. In this study, a luciferin-luciferase reaction system was used as the detection method for a sandwich ELISA system. It was shown that this new system led to an increase in the detection sensitivity of at least two times when compared with the traditional horseradish peroxidase (HRP) detection method. Lastly, the serum levels of the human extracellular matrix 1 protein of breast cancer patients were determined by the new system, which were overall similar to the HRP chemiluminescent system. Furthermore, this new luciferase reporter can be implemented into other ELISA systems for the purpose of increasing the assay sensitivity.

  • Characterization in Helicobacter pylori of a Nickel Transporter Essential for Colonization That Was Acquired during Evolution by Gastric Helicobacter Species.
    Characterization in Helicobacter pylori of a Nickel Transporter Essential for Colonization That Was Acquired during Evolution by Gastric Helicobacter Species. [Journal Article]PLoS Pathog 2016 Dec; 12(12):e1006018.PPFischer F, Robbe-Saule M, Turlin E, et al. Metal acquisition is crucial for all cells and for the virulence of many bacterial pathogens. In particular, nickel is a virulence determinant for the human gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori as it i...Publisher Full TextMetal acquisition is crucial for all cells and for the virulence of many bacterial pathogens. In particular, nickel is a virulence determinant for the human gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori as it is the cofactor of two enzymes essential for in vivo colonization, urease and a [NiFe] hydrogenase. To import nickel despite its scarcity in the human body, H. pylori requires efficient uptake mechanisms that are only partially defined. Indeed, alternative ways of nickel entry were predicted to exist in addition to the well-described NixA permease. Using a genetic screen, we identified an ABC transporter, that we designated NiuBDE, as a novel H. pylori nickel transport system. Unmarked mutants carrying deletions of nixA, niuD and/or niuB, were constructed and used to measure (i) tolerance to toxic nickel exposure, (ii) intracellular nickel content by ICP-OES, (iii) transport of radioactive nickel and (iv) expression of a reporter gene controlled by nickel concentration. We demonstrated that NiuBDE and NixA function separately and are the sole nickel transporters in H. pylori. NiuBDE, but not NixA, also transports cobalt and bismuth, a metal currently used in H. pylori eradication therapy. Both NiuBDE and NixA participate in nickel-dependent urease activation at pH 5 and survival under acidic conditions mimicking those encountered in the stomach. However, only NiuBDE is able to carry out this activity at neutral pH and is essential for colonization of the mouse stomach. Phylogenomic analyses indicated that both nixA and niuBDE genes have been acquired via horizontal gene transfer by the last common ancestor of the gastric Helicobacter species. Our work highlights the importance of this evolutionary event for the emergence of Helicobacter gastric species that are adapted to the hostile environment of the stomach where the capacity of Helicobacter to import nickel and thereby activate urease needs to be optimized.

  • Identification of HIV infection-related DNA methylation sites and advanced epigenetic aging in HIV+, treatment-naïve U.S. veterans.
    Identification of HIV infection-related DNA methylation sites and advanced epigenetic aging in HIV+, treatment-naïve U.S. veterans. [Journal Article]AIDS 2016 Dec 05.AIDSNelson KN, Hui Q, Rimland D, et al. Antiretroviral treatment-naïve HIV-positive individuals are significantly older compared to HIV-negative individuals in the VACS cohort. Longitudinal changes in DNAm age are highly variable across indi...Publisher Full TextHIV-positive individuals are at higher risk than healthy persons for aging-related diseases, including myocardial infarction and non-AIDS defining cancers. Recent evidence suggests that HIV infection may modulate changes in the host cell epigenome, and these changes represent a potential mechanism through which HIV infection accelerates aging. We assessed the difference in DNAm age, an aging marker involving multiple age-related CpG sites, among antiretroviral treatment (ART) naïve HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals in a cohort of veterans from the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS).Peripheral blood samples were collected from 19 ART-naïve, HIV-positive and 19 HIV-negative male participants, matched by age and race. Blood samples were collected from HIV-positive participants 7-11 years after ART initiation.We compared DNAm age between HIV-positive and HIV-negative groups at baseline and between HIV-positive patients at baseline and follow-up. We also performed an epigenome-wide analysis to identify CpG methylation sites associated with HIV infection.DNA methylation age in HIV-positive individuals is, on average, 11.2 years higher than HIV- subjects at baseline, and 2 of 10 HIV-positive individuals showed an increase in DNAm age after ART initiation. Epigenome-wide association studies showed an association of HIV infection with one site, in gene VPS37B, which approached statistical significance in our cohort (p = 3.30 × 10, Bonferroni-corrected threshold = 1.22 × 10) and was replicated in a second, larger cohort.Antiretroviral treatment-naïve HIV-positive individuals are significantly older compared to HIV-negative individuals in the VACS cohort. Longitudinal changes in DNAm age are highly variable across individuals after initiation of antiretroviral therapy.

  • Early age decline in DNA repair capacity in the liver: in depth profile of differential gene expression.
    Early age decline in DNA repair capacity in the liver: in depth profile of differential gene expression. [Journal Article]Aging (Albany NY) 2016 Nov 30; 8(11):3131-3146.AGuedj A, Geiger-Maor A, Galun E, et al. Aging is associated with progressive decline in cell function and with increased damage to macromolecular components. DNA damage, in the form of double-strand breaks (DSBs), increases with age and in t...Publisher Full TextAging is associated with progressive decline in cell function and with increased damage to macromolecular components. DNA damage, in the form of double-strand breaks (DSBs), increases with age and in turn, contributes to the aging process and age-related diseases. DNA strand breaks triggers a set of highly orchestrated signaling events known as the DNA damage response (DDR), which coordinates DNA repair. However, whether the accumulation of DNA damage with age is a result of decreased repair capacity, remains to be determined. In our study we showed that with age there is a decline in the resolution of foci containing γH2AX and pKAP-1 in diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-treated mouse livers, already evident at a remarkably early age of 6-months. Considerable age-dependent differences in global gene expression profiles in mice livers after exposure to DEN, further affirmed these age related differences in the response to DNA damage. Functional analysis identified p53 as the most overrepresented pathway that is specifically enhanced and prolonged in 6-month-old mice. Collectively, our results demonstrated an early decline in DNA damage repair that precedes 'old age', suggesting this may be a driving force contributing to the aging process rather than a phenotypic consequence of old age.

  • A novel, rapid point-of-care test for lung cancer patients to detect epidermal growth factor receptor gene mutations by using real-time droplet-PCR and fresh liquid cytology specimens.
    A novel, rapid point-of-care test for lung cancer patients to detect epidermal growth factor receptor gene mutations by using real-time droplet-PCR and fresh liquid cytology specimens. [Journal Article]Oncol Rep 2016 Dec 02.ORAsaka S, Yoshizawa A, Matsuda K, et al. Epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) mutations are associated with response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We developed a novel, rapid...Publisher Full TextEpidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) mutations are associated with response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We developed a novel, rapid EGFR mutation assay using a real-time droplet-polymerase chain reaction machine (EGFR d-PCR assay). The purpose of this study was to validate the performance of the EGFR d-PCR assay using fresh liquid cytology specimens. We analyzed three major EGFR mutations (L858R in exon 21, E746_A750del in exon 19 and T790M in exon 20) in 80 fresh liquid cytology specimens of adenocarcinoma (ADC) or NSCLC-not otherwise specified (NOS) via the EGFR d-PCR assay and conventional real-time PCR assay using the therascreen® EGFR RGQ PCR kit (Therascreen assay). In addition, we performed sensitivity assays using cell lines with EGFR mutations. The EGFR d-PCR assay detected 16 L858Rs, 8 E746_A750dels and 1 T790M mutation and the Therascreen assay detected 16 L858Rs, 11 deletions in exon 19 and 1 T790M mutation. The results were concordant between the two assays. The reaction time of the EGFR d-PCR assay was 8 min and 10 sec, but that of the Therascreen assay was 1 h and 45 min. Sensitivity, as assessed by the detection limit of the EGFR d-PCR assay was 0.5, 0.05 and 0.5% for L858R, E746_A750del and T790M, respectively. The EGFR d-PCR assay markedly reduced the detection time of major EGFR mutations with high sensitivity compared with the conventional Therascreen assay and is expected to expedite EGFR-TKI therapy for lung cancer patients, especially those in advanced stages.

  • Differential detection of cytoplasmic Wilms tumor 1 expression by immunohistochemistry, western blotting and mRNA quantification.
    Differential detection of cytoplasmic Wilms tumor 1 expression by immunohistochemistry, western blotting and mRNA quantification. [Journal Article]Int J Oncol 2016 Dec 02.IJMaki T, Ikeda H, Kuroda A, et al. Wilms tumor 1 (WT1) is considered to be a promising target of cancer treatment because it has been reported to be frequently expressed at high levels in various malignancies. Although WT1-targeted canc...Publisher Full TextWilms tumor 1 (WT1) is considered to be a promising target of cancer treatment because it has been reported to be frequently expressed at high levels in various malignancies. Although WT1-targeted cancer treatment has been initiated, conclusive detection methods for WT1 are not established. The present study aimed to consolidate immunohistochemistry for WT1 with statistical basis. Transfected cells with forced WT1 expression yielded specific western blot bands and nuclear immunostaining; cytoplasmic immunostaining was not specifically recognized. Immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction were performed in 35 human cell lines using multiple WT1 antibodies and their results were quantified. Relationships among the quantified results were statistically analyzed; the nuclear immunostaining positively correlated with western blot bands and mRNA expression levels, whereas cytoplasmic immunostaining did not. These results indicate that nuclear immunostaining reflects WT1 expression but cytoplasmic immunostaining does not. The nuclear immunostaining was barely (3/541) observed in primary cancer of esophagus, bile duct, pancreas and lung. Although the present study has some limitations, the results indicate that the cytoplasmic immunostaining does not correlate with actual WT1 expression and prompts researchers to carefully evaluate target molecule expression in treatment of cancer.

  • Enhancing dopaminergic signaling and histone acetylation promotes long-term rescue of deficient fear extinction.
    Enhancing dopaminergic signaling and histone acetylation promotes long-term rescue of deficient fear extinction. [Journal Article]Transl Psychiatry 2016 Dec 06; 6(12):e974.TPWhittle N, Maurer V, Murphy C, et al. Extinction-based exposure therapy is used to treat anxiety- and trauma-related disorders; however, there is the need to improve its limited efficacy in individuals with impaired fear extinction learnin...Publisher Full TextExtinction-based exposure therapy is used to treat anxiety- and trauma-related disorders; however, there is the need to improve its limited efficacy in individuals with impaired fear extinction learning and to promote greater protection against return-of-fear phenomena. Here, using 129S1/SvImJ mice, which display impaired fear extinction acquisition and extinction consolidation, we revealed that persistent and context-independent rescue of deficient fear extinction in these mice was associated with enhanced expression of dopamine-related genes, such as dopamine D1 (Drd1a) and -D2 (Drd2) receptor genes in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and amygdala, but not hippocampus. Moreover, enhanced histone acetylation was observed in the promoter of the extinction-regulated Drd2 gene in the mPFC, revealing a potential gene-regulatory mechanism. Although enhancing histone acetylation, via administering the histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor MS-275, does not induce fear reduction during extinction training, it promoted enduring and context-independent rescue of deficient fear extinction consolidation/retrieval once extinction learning was initiated as shown following a mild conditioning protocol. This was associated with enhanced histone acetylation in neurons of the mPFC and amygdala. Finally, as a proof-of-principle, mimicking enhanced dopaminergic signaling by L-dopa treatment rescued deficient fear extinction and co-administration of MS-275 rendered this effect enduring and context-independent. In summary, current data reveal that combining dopaminergic and epigenetic mechanisms is a promising strategy to improve exposure-based behavior therapy in extinction-impaired individuals by initiating the formation of an enduring and context-independent fear-inhibitory memory.

  • Relevance of necroptosis in cancer.
    Relevance of necroptosis in cancer. [Review, Journal Article]Immunol Cell Biol 2016 Dec 06.ICLalaoui N, Brumatti G Resistance to caspase-dependent apoptosis is often responsible for treatment failures in cancer. Finding novel therapeutic strategies that can activate alternative cell death programs appears to be app...Publisher Full TextResistance to caspase-dependent apoptosis is often responsible for treatment failures in cancer. Finding novel therapeutic strategies that can activate alternative cell death programs appears to be appealing. Necroptosis is a form of programmed necrosis that occurs under caspase deficient conditions. This alternative form of cell death has recently emerged as a potential anti-cancer therapy that could overcome apoptosis resistance. A growing understanding of the molecular events triggering necroptosis helped to examine its implication in cancer development and to define new therapeutic strategies. Genetic and proteomic analysis suggest that necroptosis is deregulated in many cancers. Various preclinical and clinical compounds induced necroptosis and demonstrated significant therapeutic efficacy. Moreover, accumulating evidence has shown that necroptosis promotes anti-cancer immune response. A better knowledge of the cascade of events regulating necroptosis is expected to assess the feasibility of its therapeutic exploitation for cancer therapy.Immunology and Cell Biology accepted article preview online, 06 December 2016. doi:10.1038/icb.2016.120.

  • The Dystrophic and Nondystrophic Myotonias.
    The Dystrophic and Nondystrophic Myotonias. [Journal Article]Continuum (Minneap Minn) 2016 Dec; 22(6, Muscle and Neuromuscular Junction Disorders):1889-1915.CSansone VA This article describes the clinical and diagnostic characteristics and management of the myotonic dystrophies and the nondystrophic myotonias. Clinical features of the congenital, juvenile, and classic...Publisher Full TextThis article describes clinical and electrical myotonia and provides an update on the classification, diagnosis, and management of myotonic disorders.In the myotonic dystrophies, antisense oligonucleotides provide a general strategy to correct RNA gain of function and modulate the expression of CTG expanded repeats; they are currently being tested in a phase 1-2 randomized controlled trial in patients with adult-onset myotonic dystrophy type 1. New genetic mutations are continuously being identified in the nondystrophic myotonias involving sodium and chloride channels. This contributes to the difficulty in describing genotype-phenotype correlations as the same mutations can give rise to different phenotypes, and the same phenotypes can arise from different mutations. Pharmacologic therapy is moving toward mutation-targeted treatments.This article describes the clinical and diagnostic characteristics and management of the myotonic dystrophies and the nondystrophic myotonias. Clinical features of the congenital, juvenile, and classic adult forms of myotonic dystrophy type 1 are reviewed, and for the adult form, reference is made to the main diagnostic and follow-up tests for which general consensus exists. The different clinical presentations of myotonic dystrophy type 2 and its main differential diagnostic options are also discussed. The clinical spectrum of the sodium and chloride channelopathies is described, and clinical diagnostic clues to differentiate between these two groups are provided. Therapeutic options for patients with nondystrophic myotonias are also presented with reference to literature review and the author's personal experience.

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