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  • 1
    Publication Date: 2018-10-23
    Description: Genome-wide association studies have recently illuminated that WDFY4 is genetically associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) susceptibility in various ethnic groups. Despite strong genetic evidence suggesting a role of WDFY4 in SLE pathogenesis, its functional relevance is largely unknown. In this study, we generated Wdfy4 B lymphocyte conditional knockout ( Wdfy4 -CKO) mice and found that loss of Wdfy4 led to a decrease in number of total B cells and several subpopulations of B cells in the periphery and a defect in the transition from the pro– to pre–B cell stage in bone marrow. Also, Wdfy4 -CKO mice showed impaired Ab responses as compared with controls when challenged with Ag. SLE phenotypes were effectively alleviated in Wdfy4 -CKO mice, with significantly diminished pristane-elicited production of autoantibodies and glomerulonephritis. Genetic silencing of WDFY4 in B cells increased lipidation of LC3 independent of p62 and Beclin1, which are essential proteins of canonical autophagy. Our in vivo and in vitro data suggest that WDFY4 facilitates noncanonical autophagic activity. Our findings provide a novel functional link underlying the mechanism of SLE in which WDFY4 influences B cell fate via noncanonical autophagy.
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    Topics: Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2013-09-07
    Description: An avian-origin human-infecting influenza (H7N9) virus was recently identified in China. We have evaluated the viral hemagglutinin (HA) receptor-binding properties of two human H7N9 isolates, A/Shanghai/1/2013 (SH-H7N9) (containing the avian-signature residue Gln(226)) and A/Anhui/1/2013 (AH-H7N9) (containing the mammalian-signature residue Leu(226)). We found that SH-H7N9 HA preferentially binds the avian receptor analog, whereas AH-H7N9 HA binds both avian and human receptor analogs. Furthermore, an AH-H7N9 mutant HA (Leu(226) --〉 Gln) was found to exhibit dual receptor-binding property, indicating that other amino acid substitutions contribute to the receptor-binding switch. The structures of SH-H7N9 HA, AH-H7N9 HA, and its mutant in complex with either avian or human receptor analogs show how AH-H7N9 can bind human receptors while still retaining the avian receptor-binding property.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Shi, Yi -- Zhang, Wei -- Wang, Fei -- Qi, Jianxun -- Wu, Ying -- Song, Hao -- Gao, Feng -- Bi, Yuhai -- Zhang, Yanfang -- Fan, Zheng -- Qin, Chengfeng -- Sun, Honglei -- Liu, Jinhua -- Haywood, Joel -- Liu, Wenjun -- Gong, Weimin -- Wang, Dayan -- Shu, Yuelong -- Wang, Yu -- Yan, Jinghua -- Gao, George F -- New York, N.Y. -- Science. 2013 Oct 11;342(6155):243-7. doi: 10.1126/science.1242917. Epub 2013 Sep 5.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉Research Network of Immunity and Health, Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24009358" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Animals ; Birds ; Crystallography, X-Ray ; Glycine/chemistry/genetics/metabolism ; Hemagglutinin Glycoproteins, Influenza Virus/*chemistry/metabolism ; Humans ; Influenza A virus/*metabolism ; Influenza in Birds/*virology ; Influenza, Human/*virology ; Protein Conformation ; Receptors, Cell Surface/*chemistry/genetics/metabolism
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    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Computer Science , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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  • 3
    Publication Date: 2013-07-09
    Description: The newly emergent Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) can cause severe pulmonary disease in humans, representing the second example of a highly pathogenic coronavirus, the first being SARS-CoV. CD26 (also known as dipeptidyl peptidase 4, DPP4) was recently identified as the cellular receptor for MERS-CoV. The engagement of the MERS-CoV spike protein with CD26 mediates viral attachment to host cells and virus-cell fusion, thereby initiating infection. Here we delineate the molecular basis of this specific interaction by presenting the first crystal structures of both the free receptor binding domain (RBD) of the MERS-CoV spike protein and its complex with CD26. Furthermore, binding between the RBD and CD26 is measured using real-time surface plasmon resonance with a dissociation constant of 16.7 nM. The viral RBD is composed of a core subdomain homologous to that of the SARS-CoV spike protein, and a unique strand-dominated external receptor binding motif that recognizes blades IV and V of the CD26 beta-propeller. The atomic details at the interface between the two binding entities reveal a surprising protein-protein contact mediated mainly by hydrophilic residues. Sequence alignment indicates, among betacoronaviruses, a possible structural conservation for the region homologous to the MERS-CoV RBD core, but a high variation in the external receptor binding motif region for virus-specific pathogenesis such as receptor recognition.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Lu, Guangwen -- Hu, Yawei -- Wang, Qihui -- Qi, Jianxun -- Gao, Feng -- Li, Yan -- Zhang, Yanfang -- Zhang, Wei -- Yuan, Yuan -- Bao, Jinku -- Zhang, Buchang -- Shi, Yi -- Yan, Jinghua -- Gao, George F -- England -- Nature. 2013 Aug 8;500(7461):227-31. doi: 10.1038/nature12328. Epub 2013 Jul 7.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23831647" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Conserved Sequence/genetics ; Coronavirus/*chemistry/genetics/*metabolism ; Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4/*chemistry/metabolism ; Humans ; Protein Binding ; Protein Interaction Domains and Motifs/genetics ; Protein Structure, Tertiary/genetics ; Receptors, Virus/*chemistry/*metabolism ; *Virus Attachment
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  • 4
    Keywords: carcinoma ; fibroblasts ; METAANALYSIS ; susceptibility loci ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; REVERSE-TRANSCRIPTASE HTERT ; GENETIC-VARIATION ; COMMON VARIANTS ; TERT-CLPTM1L LOCUS ; BUCCAL CELLS
    Abstract: TERT-locus SNPs and leukocyte telomere measures are reportedly associated with risks of multiple cancers. Using the Illumina custom genotyping array iCOG, we analyzed similar to 480 SNPs at the TERT locus in breast (n = 103,991), ovarian (n = 39,774) and BRCA1 mutation carrier (n = 11,705) cancer cases and controls. Leukocyte telomere measurements were also available for 53,724 participants. Most associations cluster into three independent peaks. The minor allele at the peak 1 SNP rs2736108 associates with longer telomeres (P = 5.8 x 10(-7)), lower risks for estrogen receptor (ER)-negative (P = 1.0 x 10(-8)) and BRCA1 mutation carrier (P = 1.1 x 10(-5)) breast cancers and altered promoter assay signal. The minor allele at the peak 2 SNP rs7705526 associates with longer telomeres (P = 2.3 x 10(-14)), higher risk of low-malignant-potential ovarian cancer (P = 1.3 x 10(-15)) and greater promoter activity. The minor alleles at the peak 3 SNPs rs10069690 and rs2242652 increase ER-negative (P = 1.2 x 10(-12)) and BRCA1 mutation carrier (P = 1.6 x 10-14) breast and invasive ovarian (P = 1.3 x 10(-11)) cancer risks but not via altered telomere length. The cancer risk alleles of rs2242652 and rs10069690, respectively, increase silencing and generate a truncated TERT splice variant.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23535731
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    In: Science
    Publication Date: 2018-12-21
    Print ISSN: 0036-8075
    Electronic ISSN: 1095-9203
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Geosciences , Computer Science , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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    Publication Date: 2015-08-27
    Description: 〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Tong, Yi-Gang -- Shi, Wei-Feng -- Liu, Di -- Qian, Jun -- Liang, Long -- Bo, Xiao-Chen -- Liu, Jun -- Ren, Hong-Guang -- Fan, Hang -- Ni, Ming -- Sun, Yang -- Jin, Yuan -- Teng, Yue -- Li, Zhen -- Kargbo, David -- Dafae, Foday -- Kanu, Alex -- Chen, Cheng-Chao -- Lan, Zhi-Heng -- Jiang, Hui -- Luo, Yang -- Lu, Hui-Jun -- Zhang, Xiao-Guang -- Yang, Fan -- Hu, Yi -- Cao, Yu-Xi -- Deng, Yong-Qiang -- Su, Hao-Xiang -- Sun, Yu -- Liu, Wen-Sen -- Wang, Zhuang -- Wang, Cheng-Yu -- Bu, Zhao-Yang -- Guo, Zhen-Dong -- Zhang, Liu-Bo -- Nie, Wei-Min -- Bai, Chang-Qing -- Sun, Chun-Hua -- An, Xiao-Ping -- Xu, Pei-Song -- Zhang, Xiang-Li-Lan -- Huang, Yong -- Mi, Zhi-Qiang -- Yu, Dong -- Yao, Hong-Wu -- Feng, Yong -- Xia, Zhi-Ping -- Zheng, Xue-Xing -- Yang, Song-Tao -- Lu, Bing -- Jiang, Jia-Fu -- Kargbo, Brima -- He, Fu-Chu -- Gao, George F -- Cao, Wu-Chun -- China Mobile Laboratory Testing Team in Sierra Leone -- England -- Nature. 2015 Oct 22;526(7574):595. doi: 10.1038/nature15255. Epub 2015 Aug 26.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26308898" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
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    Publication Date: 2015-05-15
    Description: A novel Ebola virus (EBOV) first identified in March 2014 has infected more than 25,000 people in West Africa, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths. Preliminary analyses of genome sequences of 81 EBOV collected from March to June 2014 from Guinea and Sierra Leone suggest that the 2014 EBOV originated from an independent transmission event from its natural reservoir followed by sustained human-to-human infections. It has been reported that the EBOV genome variation might have an effect on the efficacy of sequence-based virus detection and candidate therapeutics. However, only limited viral information has been available since July 2014, when the outbreak entered a rapid growth phase. Here we describe 175 full-length EBOV genome sequences from five severely stricken districts in Sierra Leone from 28 September to 11 November 2014. We found that the 2014 EBOV has become more phylogenetically and genetically diverse from July to November 2014, characterized by the emergence of multiple novel lineages. The substitution rate for the 2014 EBOV was estimated to be 1.23 x 10(-3) substitutions per site per year (95% highest posterior density interval, 1.04 x 10(-3) to 1.41 x 10(-3) substitutions per site per year), approximating to that observed between previous EBOV outbreaks. The sharp increase in genetic diversity of the 2014 EBOV warrants extensive EBOV surveillance in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to better understand the viral evolution and transmission dynamics of the ongoing outbreak. These data will facilitate the international efforts to develop vaccines and therapeutics.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Tong, Yi-Gang -- Shi, Wei-Feng -- Liu, Di -- Qian, Jun -- Liang, Long -- Bo, Xiao-Chen -- Liu, Jun -- Ren, Hong-Guang -- Fan, Hang -- Ni, Ming -- Sun, Yang -- Jin, Yuan -- Teng, Yue -- Li, Zhen -- Kargbo, David -- Dafae, Foday -- Kanu, Alex -- Chen, Cheng-Chao -- Lan, Zhi-Heng -- Jiang, Hui -- Luo, Yang -- Lu, Hui-Jun -- Zhang, Xiao-Guang -- Yang, Fan -- Hu, Yi -- Cao, Yu-Xi -- Deng, Yong-Qiang -- Su, Hao-Xiang -- Sun, Yu -- Liu, Wen-Sen -- Wang, Zhuang -- Wang, Cheng-Yu -- Bu, Zhao-Yang -- Guo, Zhen-Dong -- Zhang, Liu-Bo -- Nie, Wei-Min -- Bai, Chang-Qing -- Sun, Chun-Hua -- An, Xiao-Ping -- Xu, Pei-Song -- Zhang, Xiang-Li-Lan -- Huang, Yong -- Mi, Zhi-Qiang -- Yu, Dong -- Yao, Hong-Wu -- Feng, Yong -- Xia, Zhi-Ping -- Zheng, Xue-Xing -- Yang, Song-Tao -- Lu, Bing -- Jiang, Jia-Fu -- Kargbo, Brima -- He, Fu-Chu -- Gao, George F -- Cao, Wu-Chun -- China Mobile Laboratory Testing Team in Sierra Leone -- England -- Nature. 2015 Aug 6;524(7563):93-6. doi: 10.1038/nature14490. Epub 2015 May 13.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉State Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Biosecurity, Beijing 100071, China. ; Institute of Pathogen Biology, Taishan Medical College, Taian 271000, China. ; Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China. ; Key Laboratory of Jilin Province for Zoonosis Prevention and Control, Changchun 130122, China. ; Beijing Key Laboratory of New Molecular Diagnostics Technology, Beijing 100850, China. ; Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 102206, China. ; Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Freetown, Sierra Leone. ; Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone. ; BGI-Shenzhen, Shenzhen 518083, China. ; Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge CB10 1SA, UK. ; Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences &Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China. ; Institute of Environmental Health and Related Product Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 100021, China. ; The No. 302 Hospital, Beijing 100039, China. ; The No. 307 Hospital, Beijing 100071, China. ; Department of international cooperation, National Health and Family Planning Commission, Beijing 100044, China. ; State Key Laboratory of Proteomics, Beijing 102206, China. ; 1] Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China [2] Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 102206, China [3] Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 102206, China.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25970247" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
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    Publication Date: 2018-08-07
    Description: UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 2B7 (UGT2B7) is one of the most significant isoforms of UGTs in human liver. This research measured UGT2B7 protein content and activities, including maximum velocity (V max ) and intrinsic clearance (CL int ), in human liver at isoform, microsomal, liver tissue, and liver levels and identified the factors that influence expression. We determined absolute protein content by liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectroscopy and activities using the probe drug zidovudine in 82 normal human liver microsomes. Using a bottom-up method for derivation, we showed UGT2B7 content at the microsomal, liver tissue, and liver levels, as well as activities at the isoform, microsomal, liver tissue, and liver levels in vitro, and predicted hepatic clearance in vivo, with median, range, variation, and 95% and 50% prediction intervals. With regard to the intrinsic activities, the maximum velocity (V max ) had a median (range) of 7.5 (2–24) pmol/min per picomole of 2B7, and the CL int was 0.08 (0.02–0.31) μ l/min per picomole of 2B7. Determinations at liver level showed larger variations than at microsomal level, so it was more suitable for evaluating individual differences. By analyzing factors that affect UGT2B7, we found that: 1) The content at the liver tissue and liver levels correlated positively with activities; 2) the mutant heterozygotes of -327G〉A , -900A〉G , -161C〉T may lead to decreased protein content and increased intrinsic CL int ; and 3) the transcription factor pregnane X receptor mRNA expression level was positively associated with the measured protein content. In all, we showed that protein content and activities at different levels and the factors that influence content provide valuable information for UGT2B7 research and clinically individualized medication.
    Print ISSN: 0090-9556
    Electronic ISSN: 1521-009X
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2013-07-05
    Description: Human infection associated with a novel reassortant avian influenza H7N9 virus has recently been identified in China. A total of 132 confirmed cases and 39 deaths have been reported. Most patients presented with severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Although the first epidemic has subsided, the presence of a natural reservoir and the disease severity highlight the need to evaluate its risk on human public health and to understand the possible pathogenesis mechanism. Here we show that the emerging H7N9 avian influenza virus poses a potentially high risk to humans. We discover that the H7N9 virus can bind to both avian-type (alpha2,3-linked sialic acid) and human-type (alpha2,6-linked sialic acid) receptors. It can invade epithelial cells in the human lower respiratory tract and type II pneumonocytes in alveoli, and replicated efficiently in ex vivo lung and trachea explant culture and several mammalian cell lines. In acute serum samples of H7N9-infected patients, increased levels of the chemokines and cytokines IP-10, MIG, MIP-1beta, MCP-1, IL-6, IL-8 and IFN-alpha were detected. We note that the human population is naive to the H7N9 virus, and current seasonal vaccination could not provide protection.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Zhou, Jianfang -- Wang, Dayan -- Gao, Rongbao -- Zhao, Baihui -- Song, Jingdong -- Qi, Xian -- Zhang, Yanjun -- Shi, Yonglin -- Yang, Lei -- Zhu, Wenfei -- Bai, Tian -- Qin, Kun -- Lan, Yu -- Zou, Shumei -- Guo, Junfeng -- Dong, Jie -- Dong, Libo -- Zhang, Ye -- Wei, Hejiang -- Li, Xiaodan -- Lu, Jian -- Liu, Liqi -- Zhao, Xiang -- Li, Xiyan -- Huang, Weijuan -- Wen, Leying -- Bo, Hong -- Xin, Li -- Chen, Yongkun -- Xu, Cuilin -- Pei, Yuquan -- Yang, Yue -- Zhang, Xiaodong -- Wang, Shiwen -- Feng, Zijian -- Han, Jun -- Yang, Weizhong -- Gao, George F -- Wu, Guizhen -- Li, Dexin -- Wang, Yu -- Shu, Yuelong -- England -- Nature. 2013 Jul 25;499(7459):500-3. doi: 10.1038/nature12379. Epub 2013 Jul 3.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, China CDC, Key Laboratory for Medical Virology, National Health and Family Planning Commission, Beijing 102206, China.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23823727" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Animals ; Antibodies, Viral/immunology ; Birds/virology ; Bronchi/cytology/metabolism/virology ; Cell Line ; Chemokines/blood ; China ; Cross Reactions/immunology ; Epithelial Cells/virology ; Host Specificity ; Humans ; In Vitro Techniques ; Influenza A Virus, H5N1 Subtype/immunology/physiology ; Influenza A virus/immunology/pathogenicity/*physiology ; Influenza Vaccines/immunology ; Influenza in Birds/transmission/*virology ; Influenza, Human/blood/immunology/virology ; Lung/virology ; N-Acetylneuraminic Acid/analogs & derivatives/chemistry/metabolism ; Organ Specificity ; Pulmonary Alveoli/cytology/metabolism/virology ; Receptors, Virus/chemistry/*metabolism ; Trachea/virology ; Virus Replication ; Zoonoses/transmission/virology
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    Publication Date: 2018-03-06
    Description: Purpose. Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) are extracellular neutrophil derived DNA webs which have been implicated in cancer progression and in the development of metastases. NETs production in patients with colorectal cancer was investigated to elucidate their role and prognostic significance. Methods. Systemic neutrophils were isolated from consecutive patients with colorectal cancer and from age-matched healthy volunteers. Neutrophils were stimulated to produce NETs which were quantified by a measure of the fluorescence of the extracellular DNA. The impact of cancer location, tumour stage, and patient outcomes (complications, length of stay, and mortality) on NET production was investigated. Results. Quantification of NET formation was performed in patients with colorectal cancer () and in well-matched healthy individuals (). Significant increases in NETs production in response to no stimulant (9,735 AFU versus 11347 AFU, ), IL-8 (8,644 AFU versus 11,915 AFU, ), and LPS (10,576 AFU versus 12,473 AFU, ) were identified in patients with colorectal cancer. A significant increase in NETs production in response to fMLP was detected in patients who developed significant postoperative complications (11,760 AFU versus 18,340 AFU, ) and who had a prolonged hospital recovery (9,008 AFU versus 12,530 AFU, ). An increase in NETs production was also observed in patients who died, but this did not reach statistical significance. Cancer location and tumour stage did not appear to affect preoperative NETs production. Conclusions. Patients with colorectal cancer have significantly increased NETs production in vitro when compared to healthy volunteers, possibly implicating them in cancer development. Adverse patient outcomes were associated with increased preoperative NETs production, which highlights them as potential therapeutic targets.
    Electronic ISSN: 2042-0099
    Topics: Medicine
    Published by Hindawi
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