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  1. Sudden Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss Associated with HLA A1-B8-DR3 Haplotype

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    Psillas, G.; Daniilidis, M.; Gerofotis, A.; Veros, K.; Vasilaki, A.; Vital, I.; Markou, K.

    2013-01-01

    Sudden sensorineural hearing loss may be present as a symptom in systemic autoimmune diseases or may occur as a primary disorder without another organ involvement (autoimmune inner ear disease). The diagnosis of autoimmune inner ear disease is still predicated on clinical features, and to date specific diagnostic tests are not available. We report a case of bilateral sudden hearing loss, tinnitus, intense rotatory vertigo, and nausea in a female patient in which the clinical manifestations, in addition to raised levels of circulating immune complexes, antithyroglobulin antibodies, and the presence of the HLA A1-B8-DR3 haplotype, allowed us to hypothesize an autoimmune inner ear disease. Cyclosporine-A immunosuppressive treatment in addition to steroids helped in hearing recovery that occurred progressively with normalization of the hearing function after a five-month treatment. Cyclosporine-A could be proposed as a therapeutic option in case of autoimmune inner ear disease allowing the suspension of corticosteroids that, at high dose, expose patients to potentially serious adverse events. PMID:24106629

  2. Sudden Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss Associated with HLA A1-B8-DR3 Haplotype.

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    Psillas, G; Daniilidis, M; Gerofotis, A; Veros, K; Vasilaki, A; Vital, I; Markou, K

    2013-01-01

    Sudden sensorineural hearing loss may be present as a symptom in systemic autoimmune diseases or may occur as a primary disorder without another organ involvement (autoimmune inner ear disease). The diagnosis of autoimmune inner ear disease is still predicated on clinical features, and to date specific diagnostic tests are not available. We report a case of bilateral sudden hearing loss, tinnitus, intense rotatory vertigo, and nausea in a female patient in which the clinical manifestations, in addition to raised levels of circulating immune complexes, antithyroglobulin antibodies, and the presence of the HLA A1-B8-DR3 haplotype, allowed us to hypothesize an autoimmune inner ear disease. Cyclosporine-A immunosuppressive treatment in addition to steroids helped in hearing recovery that occurred progressively with normalization of the hearing function after a five-month treatment. Cyclosporine-A could be proposed as a therapeutic option in case of autoimmune inner ear disease allowing the suspension of corticosteroids that, at high dose, expose patients to potentially serious adverse events.

  3. The frequent and conserved DR3-B8-A1 extended haplotype confers less diabetes risk than other DR3 haplotypes.

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    Baschal, E E; Aly, T A; Jasinski, J M; Steck, A K; Johnson, K N; Noble, J A; Erlich, H A; Eisenbarth, G S

    2009-02-01

    The goal of this study was to develop and implement methodology that would aid in the analysis of extended high-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) major histocompatibility complex (MHC) haplotypes combined with human leucocyte antigen (HLA) alleles in relation to type 1 diabetes risk. High-density SNP genotype data (2918 SNPs) across the MHC from the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium (1240 families), in addition to HLA data, were processed into haplotypes using PedCheck and Merlin, and extended DR3 haplotypes were analysed. With this large dense set of SNPs, the conservation of DR3-B8-A1 (8.1) haplotypes spanned the MHC (>/=99% SNP identity). Forty-seven individuals homozygous for the 8.1 haplotype also shared the same homozygous genotype at four 'sentinel' SNPs (rs2157678 'T', rs3130380 'A', rs3094628 'C' and rs3130352 'T'). Conservation extended from HLA-DQB1 to the telomeric end of the SNP panels (3.4 Mb total). In addition, we found that the 8.1 haplotype is associated with lower risk than other DR3 haplotypes by both haplotypic and genotypic analyses [haplotype: p = 0.009, odds ratio (OR) = 0.65; genotype: p = 6.3 x 10(-5), OR = 0.27]. The 8.1 haplotype (from genotypic analyses) is associated with lower risk than the high-risk DR3-B18-A30 haplotype (p = 0.01, OR = 0.23), but the DR3-B18-A30 haplotype did not differ from other non-8.1 DR3 haplotypes relative to diabetes association. The 8.1 haplotype demonstrates extreme conservation (>3.4 Mb) and is associated with significantly lower risk for type 1 diabetes than other DR3 haplotypes.

  4. Multi-SNP analysis of MHC region: remarkable conservation of HLA-A1-B8-DR3 haplotype.

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    Aly, Theresa A; Eller, Elise; Ide, Akane; Gowan, Katherine; Babu, Sunanda R; Erlich, Henry A; Rewers, Marian J; Eisenbarth, George S; Fain, Pamela R

    2006-05-01

    Technology has become available to cost-effectively analyze thousands of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). We recently confirmed by genotyping a small series of class I alleles and microsatellite markers that the extended haplotype HLA-A1-B8-DR3 (8.1 AH) at the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is a common and conserved haplotype. To further evaluate the region of conservation of the DR3 haplotypes, we genotyped 31 8.1 AHs and 29 other DR3 haplotypes with a panel of 656 SNPs spanning 4.8 Mb in the MHC region. This multi-SNP evaluation revealed a 2.9-Mb region that was essentially invariable for all 31 8.1 AHs. The 31 8.1 AHs were >99.9% identical for 384 consecutive SNPs of the 656 SNPs analyzed. Future association studies of MHC-linked susceptibility to type 1 diabetes will need to account for the extensive conservation of the 8.1 AH, since individuals who carry this haplotype provide no information about the differential effects of the alleles that are present on this haplotype.

  5. "Extended" A1, B8, DR3 haplotype shows remarkable linkage disequilibrium but is similar to nonextended haplotypes in terms of diabetes risk.

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    Ide, Akane; Babu, Sunanda R; Robles, David T; Wang, Tianbao; Erlich, Henry A; Bugawan, Teodorica L; Rewers, Marian; Fain, Pamela R; Eisenbarth, George S

    2005-06-01

    To evaluate potential differential diabetes risk of DR3 haplotypes we have evaluated class I alleles as well as two microsatellites previously associated with differential risk associated with DR3 haplotypes. We found that over one-third of patient DR3 chromosomes consisted of an extended DR3 haplotype, from DQ2 to D6S2223 (DQ2, DR3, D6S273-143, MIC-A5.1, HLA-B8, HLA-Cw7, HLA-A1, and D6S2223-177) with an identical extended haplotype in controls. The extended haplotype was present more frequently (35.1% of autoimmune-associated DR3 haplotypes, 39.4% of control DR3 haplotypes) than other haplotypes (no other haplotype >5% of DR3 haplotypes) and remarkably conserved, but it was not transmitted from parents to affected children more frequently than nonconserved DR3-bearing haplotypes. This suggests that if all alleles are truly identical for the major A1, B8, DR3 haplotype (between A1 and DR3), with different alleles on nonconserved haplotypes without differential diabetes risk, then in this region of the genome DR3-DQ2 may be the primary polymorphisms of common haplotypes contributing to diabetes risk.

  6. IgA deficiency and the MHC: assessment of relative risk and microheterogeneity within the HLA A1 B8, DR3 (8.1) haplotype.

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    Mohammadi, Javad; Ramanujam, Ryan; Jarefors, Sara; Rezaei, Nima; Aghamohammadi, Asghar; Gregersen, Peter K; Hammarström, Lennart

    2010-01-01

    Selective IgA deficiency (IgAD; serum IgA concentration of <0.07 g/l) is the most common primary immunodeficiency in Caucasians with an estimated prevalence of 1/600. The frequency of the extended major histocompatibility complex haplotype HLA A1, B8, DR3, DQ2 (the "8.1" haplotype) is increased among patients with IgAD. We carried out a direct measurement of the relative risk of homozygosity of the 8.1 haplotype for IgA deficiency in a population-based sample of 117 B8, DR3 homozygous individuals. IgA deficiency was found to be present in 2 of 117 (1.7%) of these subjects, a figure that is concordant with estimates of relative risk from large case-control studies in the Swedish population. These data are consistent with a multiplicative model for the 8.1 haplotype contribution to IgA deficiency and contrasts with prior studies, suggesting a much higher risk for 8.1 homozygosity. Using a dense single nucleotide polymorphism marker analysis of the MHC region in HLA B8, DR3, DQ2 homozygous individuals, we did not observe consistent differences between cases (n = 26) and controls (n = 24). Overall, our results do not support the hypothesis that IgA deficiency is associated with a distinct subgroup of 8.1 related haplotypes, but rather indicate that risk is conferred by the common 8.1 haplotype acting in multiplicative manner.

  7. Autoimmune-associated HLA-B8-DR3 haplotypes in Asian Indians are unique in C4 complement gene copy numbers and HSP-2 1267A/G.

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    Kaur, Gurvinder; Kumar, Neeraj; Szilagyi, Agnes; Blasko, Bernadett; Fust, George; Rajczy, Katalin; Pozsonyi, Eva; Hosso, Adrienn; Petranyi, Gyozo; Tandon, Nikhil; Mehra, Narinder

    2008-09-01

    The classical AH8.1 (HLA-A1-B8-DR3-DQ2) is the most common Caucasian haplotype, associated with several autoimmune diseases, immunologic hyperreactivity and rapid progression to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. However, in Asian Indians, there are multiple unique B8-DR3 haplotypes that are associated with autoimmunity and differ significantly from the common Caucasian AH8.1. The Indian HLA-A1-B8-DR3 is therefore referred to as an AH8.1 variant. The aims of this study were to compare C4A and C4B copy numbers and to identify alleles in HSP70-2 and LTA in these haplotypes. The Indian B8-DR3 haplotypes differ from the Caucasian AH8.1 at C4A and HSP70-2 loci. The Indian B8-DR3 haplotypes have 1 copy each at C4A and C4B, while the Caucasian AH8.1 has 1 copy at C4B but no C4A gene. Moreover, the Indian and Caucasian B8-DR3 haplotypes had HSP70-2 1267 *A, and *G alleles, respectively. By contrast, the LTA 252 *G allele occurred both in the Indian and Caucasian haplotypes. The Indian haplotypes also contained Bf*F and TNF-308*G that were different from the Caucasian equivalents Bf*S and TNF-308*A. These differences and previous studies support the hypothesis that B8-DR3-DQ2 haplotypes in Asian Indian population might have originated independently of Caucasian AH8.1 selectively through recombination and mutations. Because autoimmune disease associations are shared among these otherwise diverse haplotypes, these data strongly suggest that some shared component(s) of all these associated haplotypes may be playing a key role in such associations.

  8. Resistance/susceptibility to Echinococcus multilocularis infection and cytokine profile in humans. II. Influence of the HLA B8, DR3, DQ2 haplotype.

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    Godot, V; Harraga, S; Beurton, I; Tiberghien, P; Sarciron, E; Gottstein, B; Vuitton, D A

    2000-09-01

    Differences have been shown between HLA characteristics of patients with different courses of alveolar echinococcosis (AE). Notably the HLA B8, DR3, DQ2 haplotype was associated with more severe forms of this granulomatous parasitic disease. We compared IL-10, IL-5, interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and tumour necrosis factor (TNF) secretion by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) isolated from eight HLA-DR3+, DQ2+, B8+ AE patients and from 10 HLA-DR3-, DQ2-, B8- patients after non-specific mitogenic and specific Echinococcus multilocularis antigenic in vitro stimulation. PBMC from seven HLA-DR3+, DQ2+, B8+ healthy subjects and nine HLA-DR3-, DQ2-, B8- subjects were also studied as controls. PBMC from AE patients with HLA DR3+, DQ2+ haplotype secreted higher levels of IL-10 without any stimulation and after specific antigenic stimulation than did patients without this haplotype. Higher levels of IL-5 and IFN-gamma were also produced by these patients' PBMC after stimulation with non-purified parasitic antigenic preparations; however, the specific alkaline phosphatase antigen extracted from E. multilocularis induced only Th2-type cytokine secretion. A spontaneous secretion of TNF by HLA DR3+, DQ2+ B8+ AE patients was also found. These results suggest that HLA characteristics of the host can influence immune-mediated mechanisms, and thus the course of AE in humans; specific antigenic components of E. multilocularis could contribute to the preferential Th2-type cytokine production favoured by the genetic background of the host.

  9. HLA-B8, DR3: a new risk factor for graft failure after renal transplantation in patients with underlying immunoglobulin A nephropathy.

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    Andresdottir, Margret B; Haasnoot, Geert W; Persijn, Guido G; Claas, Frans H J

    2009-01-01

    The HLA-B8, DR3 haplotype has been associated with high immune reactivity. In this study, we have tested whether this haplotype has differential effect on graft survival in patients with IgAN compared with control patients. From the Eurotransplant Registry we analyzed graft survival of 1207 recipients with IgAN and 7935 control patients with non-glomerular diseases. Death-censored graft loss according to the HLA-B8, DR3 haplotype was calculated with Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox-regression model was used to correct for various risk factors. The frequency of the HLA-B8, DR3 haplotype was significantly lower in IgAN patients compared with controls (10.3% vs. 15.4%, p < 0.001). Ten-year graft survival was identical in the control group with and without the HLA-B8, DR3 haplotype (71.1% and 70.2%, respectively), but significantly worse in IgAN patients carrying the HLA-B8, DR3 haplotype compared with patients without it (52.5% vs. 69.1%, respectively, p = 0.009). The risk of graft loss was increased by 66% (HR 1.6, 95% CI 1.14, 2.29) in IgAN with the HLA-B8, DR3 haplotype and independent of well-known risk factors. We have identified a new risk factor for graft loss unique to patients with IgAN. This finding emphasizes the exclusive immune characteristics of IgAN patients after transplantation.

  10. Individual susceptibility to hexavalent chromium of workers of shoe, hide, and leather industries. Immunological pattern of HLA-B8, DR3-positive subjects.

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    Mignini, Fiorenzo; Streccioni, Valentino; Baldo, Meris; Vitali, Mario; Indraccolo, Ugo; Bernacchia, Gianna; Cocchioni, Mario

    2004-10-01

    This study was designed to examine the effects of hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] on the immunological pattern of shoe, hide, and leather industry workers, moving from the hypothesis that some haplotypes (HLA-B8,DR3) can be important hidden risk cofactors. Workplaces of 20 firms were monitored for total and respirable dusts and for total and hexavalent chromium. Cr(VI) on materials was also measured. Assay of chromium levels in blood and urine of 44 serological human leukocytes antigen (HLA)-typed workers (20 exposed, 15 HLA-B8,DR3-negative/5-positive and 24 non-exposed, 18 HLA-B8,DR3-negative/6-positive subjects) was performed by atomic absorption, and lymphocyte subsets (FACS-analysis), mitogen-mediate lympho-proliferation ([3H]thymidine incorporation), cytokine levels (ELISA), natural killer (NK) cytotoxic activity (51Cr-release assay) were determined. The environmental parameter levels are lower than threshold limit value-time-weighted average (TLV-TWA); in the materials, the Cr(VI) values exceeded the levels allowed. The peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) proliferation and the T-helper1 (TH1) cytokine pattern of subjects chronically exposed were significantly raised; addition in vitro of Cr(VI) further stimulated these parameters and in general the entire TH1 system and NK activity. The TH2 system was unaltered. In the HLA-B8,DR3-positive workers, immunologically "low responders", the addition of Cr(VI) in vitro caused a further reduction of the considered parameters in the exposed subjects with a dramatic deficit of the TH1 system. Results indicate the unsuitability of TLV-TWA as a line of demarcation between safe and dangerous Cr(VI) concentrations and the importance of individual genetic susceptibility for occupational and preventative medicine. In particular, the presence of the HLA-B8,DR3 alleles can represent an important cofactor of immunotoxic susceptibility consequent to chronic low-dose Cr(VI) exposure.

  11. Genomic evaluation of HLA-DR3+ haplotypes associated with type 1 diabetes.

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    Kumar, Neeraj; Kaur, Gurvinder; Tandon, Nikhil; Kanga, Uma; Mehra, Narinder K

    2013-04-01

    We have defined three sets of HLA-DR3(+) haplotypes that provide maximum risk of type 1 disease development in Indians: (1) a diverse array of B8-DR3 haplotypes, (2) A33-B58-DR3 haplotype, and (3) A2-B50-DR3 occurring most predominantly in this population. Further analysis has revealed extensive diversity in B8-DR3 haplotypes, particularly at the HLA-A locus, in contrast to the single fixed HLA-A1-B8-DR3 haplotype (generally referred to as AH8.1) reported in Caucasians. However, the classical AH8.1 haplotype was rare and differed from the Caucasian counterpart at multiple loci. In our study, HLA-A26-B8-DR3 (AH8.2) was the most common B8-DR3 haplotype constituting >50% of the total B8-DR3 haplotypes. Further, A2-B8-DR3 contributed the maximum risk (RR = 48.7) of type 1 diabetes, followed by A2-B50-DR3 (RR = 9.4), A33-B58-DR3 (RR = 6.6), A24-B8-DR3 (RR = 4.5), and A26-B8-DR3 (RR = 4.2). Despite several differences, the disease-associated haplotypes in Indian and Caucasian populations share a frozen DR3-DQ2 block, suggesting a common ancestor from which multiple haplotypes evolved independently. © 2013 The New York Academy of Sciences.

  12. Dissecting DR3 signaling.

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    Pobezinskaya, Yelena L; Liu, Zhenggang; Choksi, Swati

    2014-01-01

    Receptor signaling can be evaluated in multiple ways, including analysis of phosphorylation of downstream molecules and analysis of proteins that are recruited to the receptor upon ligand binding. Majority of studies on the mechanism of DR3 signaling were performed using overexpression systems that can often lead to artifacts. In this chapter we describe how to analyze DR3 downstream events with most attention being paid to endogenous immunoprecipitation.

  13. Haplotype analysis discriminates genetic risk for DR3-associated endocrine autoimmunity and helps define extreme risk for Addison's disease.

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    Baker, Peter R; Baschal, Erin E; Fain, Pam R; Triolo, Taylor M; Nanduri, Priyaanka; Siebert, Janet C; Armstrong, Taylor K; Babu, Sunanda R; Rewers, Marian J; Gottlieb, Peter A; Barker, Jennifer M; Eisenbarth, George S

    2010-10-01

    Multiple autoimmune disorders (e.g. Addison's disease, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease) are associated with HLA-DR3, but it is likely that alleles of additional genes in linkage disequilibrium with HLA-DRB1 contribute to disease. The objective of the study was to characterize major histocompatability complex (MHC) haplotypes conferring extreme risk for autoimmune Addison's disease (AD). Eighty-six 21-hydroxylase autoantibody-positive, nonautoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1, Caucasian individuals collected from 1992 to 2009 with clinical AD from 68 families (12 multiplex and 56 simplex) were genotyped for HLA-DRB1, HLA-DQB1, MICA, HLA-B, and HLA-A as well as high density MHC single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis for 34. AD and genotype were measured. Ninety-seven percent of the multiplex individuals had both HLA-DR3 and HLA-B8 vs. 60% of simplex AD patients (P = 9.72 × 10(-4)) and 13% of general population controls (P = 3.00 × 10(-19)). The genotype DR3/DR4 with B8 was present in 85% of AD multiplex patients, 24% of simplex patients, and 1.5% of control individuals (P = 4.92 × 10(-191)). The DR3-B8 haplotype of AD patients had HLA-A1 less often (47%) than controls (81%, P = 7.00 × 10(-5)) and type 1 diabetes patients (73%, P = 1.93 × 10(-3)). Analysis of 1228 SNPs across the MHC for individuals with AD revealed a shorter conserved haplotype (3.8) with the loss of the extended conserved 3.8.1 haplotype approximately halfway between HLA-B and HLA-A. Extreme risk for AD, especially in multiplex families, is associated with haplotypic DR3 variants, in particular a portion (3.8) but not all of the conserved 3.8.1 haplotype.

  14. Two major histocompatibility complex haplotypes influence susceptibility to sporadic inclusion body myositis: critical evaluation of an association with HLA-DR3.

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    Price, P; Santoso, L; Mastaglia, F; Garlepp, M; Kok, C C; Allcock, R; Laing, N

    2004-11-01

    Previous studies of sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM) have shown a strong association with HLA-DR3 and other components of the 8.1 ancestral haplotype (AH) (HLA-A1, B8, DR3), where the susceptibility locus has been mapped to the central major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region between HLA-DR and C4. Here, the association with HLA-DR3 and other genes in the central MHC and class II region was further investigated in a group of 42 sIBM patients and in an ethnically similar control group (n = 214), using single-nucleotide polymorphisms and microsatellite screening. HLA-DR3 (marking DRB1*0301 in Caucasians) was associated with sIBM (Fisher's test). However, among HLA-DR3-positive patients and controls, carriage of HLA-DR3 without microsatellite and single-nucleotide polymorphism alleles of the 8.1AH (HLA-A1, B8, DRB3*0101, DRB1*0301, DQB1*0201) was marginally less common in patients. Patients showed no increase in carriage of the 18.2AH (HLA-A30, B18, DRB3*0202, DRB1*0301, DQB1*0201) or HLA-DR3 without the central MHC of the 8.1AH, further arguing against HLA-DRB1 as the direct cause of susceptibility. Genes between HLA-DRB1 and HOX12 require further investigation. BTL-II lies in this region and is expressed in muscle. Carriage of allele 2 (exon 6) was more common in patients. BTL-II(E6)*2 is characteristic of the 35.2AH (HLA-A3, B35, DRB1*01) in Caucasians and HLA-DR1, BTL-II(E6)*2, HOX12*2, RAGE*2 was carried by several patients. The 8.1AH and 35.2AH may confer susceptibility to sIBM independently or share a critical allele.

  15. Association of HLA-DR3 with human immune response to Lol p I and Lol p II allergens in allergic subjects.

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    Freidhoff, L R; Ehrlich-Kautzky, E; Meyers, D A; Ansari, A A; Bias, W B; Marsh, D G

    1988-04-01

    Associations between HLA type and IgE or IgG antibody (Ab) responses to two well-characterized, antigenetically non-crossreactive components of Lolium perenne (rye grass) pollen extract, Lol p I (Rye I) and Lol p II (Rye II) were studied in two groups of skin-test positive (ST+) Caucasoid adults. By both nonparametric and parametric statistical methods, significant associations were found between Ab responses to both Lol I and Lol II and the possession of HLA-DR3. In view of the well-known associations of both DR3 and B8 (which are in linkage disequilibrium) with many autoimmune diseases, differences in anti-Lol I and anti-Lol II mean log[Ab] levels between B8+, DR3- vs B8-, DR3- subjects and B8+, DR3+ vs B8-, DR3+ subjects were investigated. No differences were found. Our data, along with recent RFLP and DNA sequence studies, suggest that an Ia molecule involved in immune recognition of a similar major Ia recognition site of both the Lol molecules may consist of a DR3 alpha-beta I pair. Abbreviations used: Ab: Antibody. HLA: Human leukocyte antigen. Lol p I, Lol I: Group I allergen from Lolium perenne pollen (Rye I). Lol p II, Lol II: Group II allergen from Lolium perenne pollen (Rye II). Mr: Relative molecular mass. Rx: Immunotherapy with grass pollen extracts. ST: Skin test.

  16. Evidence against extended DR3-related haplotypes in Graves' disease.

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    Weetman, A P; McCorkle, R

    1990-12-01

    Three HLA-DR3-linked polymorphisms of the DPA, DPB and DRB genes, previously associated with myasthenia gravis or coeliac disease, have been examined in Caucasian patients with Graves' disease. The patients did not differ from healthy DR3 subjects, indicating an absence of any association of Graves' disease with specific DR3 subtypes.

  17. Haplotype Analysis Discriminates Genetic Risk for DR3-Associated Endocrine Autoimmunity and Helps Define Extreme Risk for Addison’s Disease

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    Baker, Peter R.; Baschal, Erin E.; Fain, Pam R.; Triolo, Taylor M.; Nanduri, Priyaanka; Siebert, Janet C.; Armstrong, Taylor K.; Babu, Sunanda R.; Rewers, Marian J.; Gottlieb, Peter A.; Barker, Jennifer M.; Eisenbarth, George S.

    2010-01-01

    Context: Multiple autoimmune disorders (e.g. Addison’s disease, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease) are associated with HLA-DR3, but it is likely that alleles of additional genes in linkage disequilibrium with HLA-DRB1 contribute to disease. Objective: The objective of the study was to characterize major histocompatability complex (MHC) haplotypes conferring extreme risk for autoimmune Addison’s disease (AD). Design, Setting, and Participants: Eighty-six 21-hydroxylase autoantibody-positive, nonautoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1, Caucasian individuals collected from 1992 to 2009 with clinical AD from 68 families (12 multiplex and 56 simplex) were genotyped for HLA-DRB1, HLA-DQB1, MICA, HLA-B, and HLA-A as well as high density MHC single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis for 34. Main Outcome Measures: AD and genotype were measured. Result: Ninety-seven percent of the multiplex individuals had both HLA-DR3 and HLA-B8 vs. 60% of simplex AD patients (P = 9.72 × 10−4) and 13% of general population controls (P = 3.00 × 10−19). The genotype DR3/DR4 with B8 was present in 85% of AD multiplex patients, 24% of simplex patients, and 1.5% of control individuals (P = 4.92 × 10−191). The DR3-B8 haplotype of AD patients had HLA-A1 less often (47%) than controls (81%, P = 7.00 × 10−5) and type 1 diabetes patients (73%, P = 1.93 × 10−3). Analysis of 1228 SNPs across the MHC for individuals with AD revealed a shorter conserved haplotype (3.8) with the loss of the extended conserved 3.8.1 haplotype approximately halfway between HLA-B and HLA-A. Conclusion: Extreme risk for AD, especially in multiplex families, is associated with haplotypic DR3 variants, in particular a portion (3.8) but not all of the conserved 3.8.1 haplotype. PMID:20631027

  18. Conserved extended haplotypes discriminate HLA-DR3-homozygous Basque patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and celiac disease.

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    Bilbao, J R; Calvo, B; Aransay, A M; Martin-Pagola, A; Perez de Nanclares, G; Aly, T A; Rica, I; Vitoria, J C; Gaztambide, S; Noble, J; Fain, P R; Awdeh, Z L; Alper, C A; Castaño, L

    2006-10-01

    The major susceptibility locus for type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) maps to the human lymphocyte antigen (HLA) class II region in the major histocompatibility complex on chromosome 6p21. In southern European populations, like the Basques, the greatest risk to T1D is associated with DR3 homo- and heterozygosity and is comparable to that of DR3/DR4, the highest risk genotype in northern European populations. Celiac disease (CD) is another DR3-associated autoimmune disorder showing certain overlap with T1D that has been explained by the involvement of common genetic determinants, a situation more frequent in DR3-rich populations, like the Basques. As both T1D- and CD-associated HLA alleles are part of conserved extended haplotypes (CEH), we compared DR3-homozygous T1D and CD patients to determine whether CEHs were equally distributed between both disorders or there was a differential contribution of different haplotypes. We observed a very pronounced distribution bias (P<10(-5)) of the two major DR3 CEHs, with DR3-B18 predominating in T1D and DR3-B8 in CD. Additionally, high-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis of the complete CEH [A*30-B*18-MICA*4-F1C30-DRB1*0301-DQB1*0201-DPB1*0202] revealed extraordinary conservation throughout the 4.9 Mbp analyzed supporting the existence of additional diabetogenic variants (other than HLA-DRB1*0301-DQB1*0201), conserved within the DR3-B18 CEH (but not in other DR3 haplotypes) that could explain its enhanced diabetogenicity.

  19. DR3 Regulates Negative Selection during Thymocyte Development

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    Wang, Eddie C. Y.; Thern, Anette; Denzel, Angela; Kitson, Jeremy; Farrow, Stuart N.; Owen, Michael J.

    2001-01-01

    DR3 (Ws1, Apo3, LARD, TRAMP, TNFSFR12) is a member of the death domain-containing tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily, members of which mediate a variety of developmental events including the regulation of cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. We have investigated the in vivo role(s) of DR3 by generating mice congenitally deficient in the expression of the DR3 gene. We show that negative selection and anti-CD3-induced apoptosis are significantly impaired in DR3-null mice. In contrast, both superantigen-induced negative selection and positive selection are normal. The pre-T-cell receptor-mediated checkpoint, which is dependent on TNFR signaling, is also unaffected in DR3-deficient mice. These data reveal a nonredundant in vivo role for this TNF receptor family member in the removal of self-reactive T cells in the thymus. PMID:11313471

  20. Human immune responsiveness to Lolium perenne pollen allergen Lol p III (rye III) is associated with HLA-DR3 and DR5.

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    Ansari, A A; Freidhoff, L R; Meyers, D A; Bias, W B; Marsh, D G

    1989-05-01

    A well-characterized allergen of Lolium perenne (perennial rye grass) pollen, Lol p III, has been used as a model antigen to study the genetic control of the human immune response. Associations between HLA type and IgE or IgG antibody (Ab) responsiveness to Lol p III were studied in two groups of skin-test-positive Caucasoid adults (N = 135 and 67). We found by nonparametric and parametric analyses that immune responsiveness to Lol p III was significantly associated with HLA-DR3 and DR5. No association was found between any DQ type and immune responsiveness to Lol p III. Geometric mean IgE or IgG Ab levels to Lol p III were not different between B8+, DR3+ subjects and B8-, DR3+ subjects, showing that HLA-B8 had no influence on the association. Lol p III IgG Ab data obtained on subjects after grass antigen immunotherapy showed that 100% of DR3 subjects and 100% of DR5 subjects were Ab+. A comparison of all the available protein sequences of DRB gene products showed that the first hypervariable region of DR3 and DR5 (and DRw6), and no other region, contains the sequence Glu9-Tyr-Ser-Thr-Ser13. Our observations are consistent with the possibility that immune responsiveness to the allergen Lol p III is associated with this amino acid sequence in the first hypervariable region of the DR beta 1 polypeptide chain.

  1. Extended DR3-D6S273-HLA-B haplotypes are associated with increased susceptibility to type 1 diabetes in US Caucasians.

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    Valdes, A M; Wapelhorst, B; Concannon, P; Erlich, H A; Thomson, G; Noble, J A

    2005-01-01

    Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR3 haplotypes are associated with susceptibility to type 1 diabetes (T1D). Reports from Northern European populations show that an allele (D6S273*2) at a microsatellite mapping to HLA class III marks an extended DR3-B18 haplotype associated with increased susceptibility to T1D. Consistent with previous reports, D6S273*2 marked a highly predisposing DR3 haplotype in European origin, multiplex families from the USA. Furthermore, we observed on DR3 haplotypes that other D6S273 alleles were also significantly associated with both increased transmission (D6S273*5; P < 0.02) and decreased transmission (D6S273*7; P < 0.05) to affected individuals. The differential transmission was most evident among DR3-B8 haplotypes. Neither HLA-B*1801 nor any alleles of D6S273 were associated with increased T1D predisposition on DR4 haplotypes. These data indicate that multiple alleles of D6S273 mark a susceptibility locus whose effect we were able to detect only among DR3 haplotypes but not limited to DR3-B18 haplotypes.

  2. 6. View of DR 3 antenna typical backstay concrete stanchion ...

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    6. View of DR 3 antenna typical back-stay concrete stanchion showing embedded anchors and structural steel leg with pin attachment. - Clear Air Force Station, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Site II, One mile west of mile marker 293.5 on Parks Highway, 5 miles southwest of Anderson, Anderson, Denali Borough, AK

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    7. View of DR 3 antenna typical front stay concrete showing embedment anchors, foundation steel base plate, vertical member with small diameter turnbuckles, antenna assembly in background, and story board for scale. - Clear Air Force Station, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Site II, One mile west of mile marker 293.5 on Parks Highway, 5 miles southwest of Anderson, Anderson, Denali Borough, AK

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    8. View of DR 3 antenna showing lower front connector, third from left vertical member at first level above foundation level, showing small diameter turnbuckle stays, vertical member with flange connection, and various struts and connectors with antenna assembly in background. - Clear Air Force Station, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Site II, One mile west of mile marker 293.5 on Parks Highway, 5 miles southwest of Anderson, Anderson, Denali Borough, AK

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    4. View of northerly DR 3 antenna looking north 35 degrees west and showing radar scanner building no. 106 east face through antenna and partial view of satcom communication dome (attached to radar transmitter building 102) in left side of photograph. - Clear Air Force Station, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Site II, One mile west of mile marker 293.5 on Parks Highway, 5 miles southwest of Anderson, Anderson, Denali Borough, AK

  6. Tumor necrosis factor-associated susceptibility to type 1 diabetes is caused by linkage disequilibrium with HLA-DR3 haplotypes.

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    Kumar, Neeraj; Kaur, Gurvinder; Tandon, Nikhil; Mehra, Narinder

    2012-05-01

    Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is an important proinflammatory cytokine involved in the pathogenesis of autoimmune type 1 diabetes (T1D). The TNF gene locus is located in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class III region and its genetic polymorphisms have been reported to be associated with T1D. However, it is not clear whether these associations are primary or caused by their linkage disequilibrium with other predisposing genes within the MHC. We have tested 2 TNF-α single nucleotide polymorphisms at positions -308G/A and -238G/A in the 5' untranslated region and a (GT)n microsatellite TNFa in the North Indian healthy population and T1D patients with known HLA-A-B-DR-DQ haplotypes. The allele frequencies of TNFa5, -308A, and -238G were determined to be significantly increased among patients compared with controls. Although the observed positive association of -238G was caused by its presence on all 3 DR3(+) groups, namely, B8-DR3-DQ2, B50-DR3-DQ2, and B58-DR3-DQ2 haplotypes associated with T1D in this population, the increase of the -308A allele was caused by its association with the latter 2 haplotypes. On the other hand, TNF -308G occurred on B8-DR3 haplotypes along with -238G and TNFa5 alleles, particularly in T1D patients with late disease onset (at >20 years of age). These results indicate that TNF associations with T1D are caused by their linkage disequilibrium with specific HLA-DR3-DQ2 haplotypes in the Indian population. Because polymorphisms in the promoter region regulate TNF expression levels (e.g., -308A), they retain crucial immunological significance in the development of T1D and its management. Copyright © 2012 American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. High-risk genotypes HLA-DR3-DQ2/DR3-DQ2 and DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 in co-occurrence of type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.

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    Smigoc Schweiger, Darja; Mendez, Andrijana; Kunilo Jamnik, Sabina; Bratanic, Nina; Bratina, Natasa; Battelino, Tadej; Brecelj, Jernej; Vidan-Jeras, Blanka

    2016-06-01

    Shared susceptibility alleles in the HLA region contribute to the co-existence of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and celiac disease (CD). The aim of our study was to identify HLA genotype variations that influence co-occurrence of T1D and CD (T1D + CD) and the order of their onset. Totally 244 patients, 67 with T1D, 68 with CD and 69 with T1D + CD, (split into "T1D first" and "CD first"), were analyzed. Control group consisted of 130 healthy unrelated individuals. Two-tailed Fisher's exact test was used for statistical analysis. The genetic background of Slovenian CD patients resembled more northern than southern European populations with DR3-DQ2/DR3-DQ2 (odds ratio [OR] = 19.68) conferring the highest risk. The T1D + CD was associated with DR3-DQ2/DR3-DQ2 (OR = 45.53) and even more with DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 (OR = 93.76). DR3-DQ2/DR7-DQ2 played a neutral role in susceptibility for T1D + CD. The order of the onset of T1D or CD in patients with co-occurring diseases was not influenced by HLA risk genotype profile. DR3-DQ2/DR3-DQ2 was associated with an increased risk for developing CD in patients with T1D, whereas patients with CD carrying DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 were at higher risk for developing T1D. In addition to other genetic factors including HLA class I alleles present on DR3-DQ2 extended haplotype, the second extended haplotype may moderate the risk for T1D + CD conferred by DR3-DQ2. Our results suggested that individuals carrying high-risk genotypes DR3-DQ2/DR3-DQ2 or DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 would more likely develop both T1D and CD than either disease alone.

  8. Bias in parental transmission of the HLA-DR3 allele in Sardinian multiple sclerosis.

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    Marrosu, M G; Sardu, C; Cocco, E; Costa, G; Murru, M R; Mancosu, C; Murru, R; Lai, M; Contu, P

    2004-09-28

    The authors analyzed the female: male (F:M) ratio according to the HLA-DRB1-DQB1 genotype in a cohort of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients from Sardinia, where the disease is associated with DR3 and DR4. In the whole cohort of 1,097 patients, F:M ratio was 2.24; however, it was 2.88 in DR3/DR3 and 2.52 in DR3/DRX (X#DR3 and DR4) individuals. Parental transmission of DR3 and DR4, assessed in a set of 565 case-parent triads, showed evidence of paternal inheritance of DR3 in affected women, thus explaining the excess of females in the DR3 category.

  9. Strong association between microsatellites and an HLA-B, DR haplotype (B18-DR3): Implication for microsatellite evolution

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    Crouau-Roy, B.; Bouzekri, N.; Clayton, J.

    1996-09-01

    The HLA haplotype B18-DR3 has a widespread geographical distribution, but has its greatest frequencies in Southern Europe, probably vestigial of the earliest populations of this region, particularly in the Pays Basque and Sardinia. This haplotype is of medical significance, being that most implicated as a factor of risk in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. In this study, the closely linked microsatellite markers (TNFa,b,c) in the region of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) genes have been used in an attempt to subtype this haplotype in the two populations and/or in healthy and diabetic populations. A total of 79 HLA-B18-DR3 haplotypes were analyzed: 54 in Basques (12 from healthy individuals and 42 from diabetics or their first-degree relatives) and 25 in Sardinians (13 from healthy and 13 from diabetic individuals). The TNF haplotype a1-b5-c2 is completely associated with B18-DR3 in both populations. The homogeneity of the B18-DR3 haplotype in two ethnically pure populations implies stability in evolution, which suggest that the mutation rate of these microsatellite markers must be less than is usually assumed (i.e., {approximately} 5x10{sup {minus}6} per site per generation). Such markers should be powerful tools for studying genetic drift and admixture of populations, but it remains to be established whether this stability is a rule for all microsatellites in HLA haplotypes or whether or whether it is restricted to some microsatellites and/or some HLA haplotypes. The population genetics of those microsatellites associated with HLA B18-DR3 was also studied in a random sample of the Basque population. 44 refs., 3 tabs.

  10. The DR3(w18),DQw4 Haplotype Differs from DR3(w17),DQw2 Haplotypes at Multiple Class II Loci

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    1989-01-01

    dependent diabetes, myasthenia gravis, and Graves ’ disease [13]. We have begun a study of a DR3 haplotype, DR3(w 18), commonly found in the American...Ii loci. Several genetic mechanisms including reciprocal recoinbinatt’on, gene conversion, and point * - mutation were involved in generating the...Thus, several genetic mechanisms appear to have generated the DQ subregion diversity in this haplotype (14]. An important question addressed in this

  11. [DR3/LARD mRNA spliced variants' frequency at colorectal cancer].

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    Utkin, O V; Starikova, V D; Perenkov, A D; Ianchenko, O S; Baryshnikov, A Iu; Novikov, V V

    2013-01-01

    There are a lot of "death receptor" DR3/LARD mRNA variants that are formed during the alternative splicing. Membrane and soluble forms of the receptor are encoded with various types of the DR3/LARD mRNA and perform different functions. Using RT-PCR, the DR3/LARD mRNA spliced variants' frequency was measured in colon cancer patients' samples and cancer cell lines. In samples under investigation, four forms of the DR3/LARD mRNA were found with various frequencies. Two of them encoded the membrane receptors (LARD la mRNA and DR3beta mRNA) and other two expressed the soluble molecules (LARD 3 mRNA and soluble DR3beta mRNA). In blood of healthy volunteers 11 combinations (spectrums) of the DR3/LARD mRNA forms were revealed, and the "full" spectrum including all four variants of DR3/LARD mRNA dominated. In blood of colon cancer patients and tumour tissue samples, 6 DR3/LARD mRNA spectrums were found. The diversity of the DR3/LARD mRNA spectrums was decreased in colon cancer patients because of the frequency reduction of soluble DR3beta mRNA. Reduction of a variety of spectrums in cells of the patients was caused by decrease in occurrence of mRNA of the soluble DR3beta form. In samples of the tumor centers the spectrum with absence only mRNA of the soluble DR3beta form dominated. In blood of patients two spectrums prevailed: "full" range and presented mRNA LARD la and mRNA LARD 3. Only these two spectrums of mRNA DR3/LARD were also found in the tumor cell lines. Distinctions in occurrence of spectrums of DR3/LARD mRNA at healthy volunteers and colon cancer patients can define a different susceptibility of immunocompetent and tumor cells for apoptosis signals.

  12. DR3 signaling protects against cisplatin nephrotoxicity mediated by tumor necrosis factor.

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    Al-Lamki, Rafia S; Lu, WanHua; Finlay, Sarah; Twohig, Jason P; Wang, Eddie C Y; Tolkovsky, Aviva M; Bradley, John R

    2012-04-01

    The expression of death receptor 3 (DR3), a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor superfamily, is up-regulated in human tubular epithelial cells (TECs) during renal injury, but its function in this setting remains unknown. We used cisplatin to induce renal injury in wild-type (DR3(+/+)) or congenitally deficient DR3(-/-) mice to examine the in vivo role of DR3. Cisplatin induced the expression of DR3, its ligand, TNF-like ligand 1A (TL1A), and TNF in TECs, as observed in human renal injury. Cisplatin increased apoptotic death of DR3(-/-) TECs by twofold compared with DR3(+/+) TECs, whereas it reduced the number of tubules expressing phospho-NF-κBp65(Ser276) by 50% at 72 hours. Similar degrees of induction of DR3, TL1A, and TNF, and changes in apoptosis and phospho-NF-κBp65(Ser276), were obtained in mouse kidney organ cultures treated with cisplatin for 3 hours, suggesting a direct effect on TECs. TNF was implicated in mediating cisplatin-induced tubular damage given that the in vivo co-administration of GM6001, an inhibitor of TNF maturation and release, significantly reduced TNF production and tubular damage. Moreover, TNF exacerbated, whereas TL1A reduced, cisplatin-induced apoptosis in the DR3(+/+) mouse proximal tubule cell line, TKPTS. Our data demonstrate that cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity is mitigated by DR3 signaling, suggesting that this occurs by antagonizing pro-apoptotic signals induced by TNF. Therefore, activating DR3 may be beneficial in reducing acute kidney injury. Copyright © 2012 American Society for Investigative Pathology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Hypermethylated promoter region of DR3, the death receptor 3 gene, in rheumatoid arthritis synovial cells.

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    Takami, Nozomi; Osawa, Kayo; Miura, Yasushi; Komai, Koichiro; Taniguchi, Mariko; Shiraishi, Masahiko; Sato, Keizo; Iguchi, Tetsuhiro; Shiozawa, Kazuko; Hashiramoto, Akira; Shiozawa, Shunichi

    2006-03-01

    To examine the promoter activity and protein expression of the death receptor 3 gene DR3, a member of the apoptosis-inducing Fas gene family, with particular reference to the methylation status of its promoter region in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Genomic DNA was prepared from peripheral blood mononuclear cells obtained from healthy individuals and from patients with RA and synovial cells obtained from patients with RA and osteoarthritis. The methylation status of the DR3 promoter was analyzed by bisulfite genomic sequencing and methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction techniques. Gene promoter activity and protein expression were examined using the luciferase reporter and Western blotting techniques. The promoter region of the DR3 gene contained many CpG motifs, including one CpG island that was specifically hypermethylated in synovial cells from patients with RA. Promoter assays showed that the promoter CpG island was essential for the transactivation of the DR3 gene and that forced hypermethylation of the CpG island with the bacterial methylase Sss I in vitro resulted in inhibition of the DR3 gene expression. Furthermore, the expression of DR-3 protein was down-modulated in association with methylation of the promoter CpG island in RA synovial cells. The CpG island in the DR3 gene promoter was specifically methylated to down-modulate the expression of DR-3 protein in rheumatoid synovial cells, which may provide resistance to apoptosis in RA synovial cells.

  14. Strong protective effect of DR3 against ulcerative colitis in the Spanish population.

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    Gómez-García, María; Oliver, Javier; Márquez, Ana; Mendoza, Juan L; López-Nevot, Miguel Angel; Fernández-Arquero, Miguel; González-Escribano, María F; Díaz-Rubio, Manuel; de la Concha, Emilio G; Urcelay, Elena; Martín, Javier; Martínez, Alfonso

    2007-12-01

    Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the colon. Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) on the short arm of human chromosome 6 has been thoroughly studied as a susceptibility locus. However, one of the strongest MHC associations found, that of HLA-DR3 with UC protection, has not been observed in all populations. Our aim in the present study was to evaluate this negative association in a large cohort of Spanish UC patients and controls, and to try to elucidate which, if any, of the diverse DR3 haplotypes (identified by TNFa and b microsatellites, located in the MHC class III region) is most tightly associated (negatively) with the disease. A total of 537 UC patients and 748 healthy controls from Spain were included in the present study. Low-resolution DR genotyping was performed by PCR and hybridization with allele-specific oligonucleotide probes. TNFa and b microsatellites were studied in a subset of samples (279 UC patients and 503 healthy controls) by PCR followed by capillary electrophoresis. DR-TNFa-TNFb haplotypes were estimated by the expectation-maximization algorithm and comparisons were performed by a chi2 test. After a stepwise procedure, the only DR alleles significantly associated with the disease were DR3 (very strongly, protection) and DR4 (weakly, protection). The strong protective effect of DR3 was evenly distributed among the haplotypes DR3-TNFa1b5, DR3-TNFa2b3, and DR3-TNFother. Our results confirm the strong protective effect of DR3 in our population, and suggest that the relevant protective gene is located centromeric to TNFa and TNFb markers in the MHC region.

  15. The Adaptor Protein TRADD is Essential for TL1A/DR3 Signaling1

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    Pobezinskaya, Yelena L.; Choksi, Swati; Morgan, Michael J.; Liu, Zheng-gang

    2011-01-01

    TRADD is a key effector protein of Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-1 (TNFR1) signaling. However, the role of TRADD in other death receptor signaling pathways, including Death Receptor-3 (DR3), has not been completely characterized. Previous studies utilizing overexpression systems suggested that TRADD is recruited to the DR3 complex in response to the DR3 ligand, TL1A, indicating a possible role in DR3 signaling. Using T cells from TRADD knockout mice, we here demonstrate that the response of both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells to TL1A is dependent upon the presence of TRADD. TRADD knockout T cells therefore lack the appropriate proliferative response to TL1A. Moreover, in the absence of TRADD, both the stimulation of MAP kinase signaling and activation of NF-κB in response to TL1A are dramatically reduced. Unsurprisingly, TRADD is required for recruitment of RIP1 and TRAF2 to the DR3 signaling complex and for the ubiquitination of RIP1. Thus, our findings definitively establish an essential role of TRADD in DR3 signaling. PMID:21421854

  16. DR3 regulation of apoptosis of naive T-lymphocytes in children with acute infectious mononucleosis.

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    Filatova, Elena Nikolaevna; Anisenkova, Elena Viktorovna; Presnyakova, Nataliya Borisovna; Utkin, Oleg Vladimirovich

    2016-09-01

    Acute infectious mononucleosis (AIM) is a widespread viral disease that mostly affects children. Development of AIM is accompanied by a change in the ratio of immune cells. This is provided by means of different biological processes including the regulation of apoptosis of naive T-cells. One of the potential regulators of apoptosis of T-lymphocytes is a death receptor 3 (DR3). We have studied the role of DR3 in the regulation of apoptosis of naive CD4(+) (nTh) and CD8(+) (nCTL) T-cells in healthy children and children with AIM. In healthy children as well as in children with AIM, the activation of DR3 is accompanied by inhibition of apoptosis of nTh. In healthy children, the stimulation of DR3 resulted in the increase in apoptosis of nCTL. On the contrary, in children with AIM, the level of apoptosis of nCTL decreased after DR3 activation, which is a positive contribution to the antiviral immune response. In children with AIM, nCTL are characterized by reduced level of apoptosis as compared with healthy children. These results indicate that DR3 can be involved in the reduction of sensitivity of nCTL to apoptosis in children with AIM.

  17. Expression and function of the TL1A/DR3 axis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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    Cavallini, Chiara; Lovato, Ornella; Bertolaso, Anna; Zoratti, Elisa; Malpeli, Giorgio; Mimiola, Elda; Tinelli, Martina; Aprili, Fiorenza; Tecchio, Cristina; Perbellini, Omar; Scarpa, Aldo; Zamò, Alberto; Cassatella, Marco Antonio; Pizzolo, Giovanni; Scupoli, Maria Teresa

    2015-01-01

    TNF-like ligand 1A (TL1A) and its unique receptor death receptor 3 (DR3) acts as broad T-cell costimulator involved in regulatory mechanisms of adaptive immune response under physiological and pathological settings. Moreover, we have recently shown that TL1A negatively regulates B-cell proliferation. Despite increasing interest on the TL1A/DR3-axis functions, very little is known on its expression and role in leukemia. In this study, we investigated the expression and function of TL1A/DR3 axis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). DR3 was differentially expressed in activated CLL cells and predominantly detected in patients with early clinical stage disease. Soluble TL1A has been revealed in the sera of CLL patients where higher TL1A levels were associated with early stage disease. T cells, monocytes and leukemic B cells have been identified as major sources of TL1A in CLL. The relevance of these findings has been sustained by functional data showing that exogenous TL1A reduces CLL proliferation induced by stimulation of the B cell receptor. Overall, these data document the expression of the TL1A/DR3 axis in early-stage CLL. They also identify a novel function for TL1A as a negative regulator of leukemic cell proliferation that may influence the CLL physiopathology and clinical outcome at an early-stage disease. PMID:26393680

  18. Human thyroglobulin peptide p2340 induces autoimmune thyroiditis in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice.

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    Karras, Evangelos; Yang, Huan; Lymberi, Peggy; Christadoss, Premkumar

    2005-06-01

    In a previous study we demonstrated that the human thyroglobulin (hTg) peptide p2340 (aa 2340-2359) can stimulate a T cell response and elicit experimental autoimmune thyroiditis (EAT) in AKR/J (H-2(k)) mice. In the present study we examined whether p2340 can induce EAT in single HLA class II DR3 transgenic mice. This peptide was found to be immunogenic at the T cell level in DR3 mice, since it induced specific proliferative responses, as well as IL-2 and IFN-gamma secretion in secondary cultures of peptide-primed lymph node cells (LNC). Immunization of HLA-DR3 mice with p2340 in CFA elicited EAT (infiltration index of 1 to 2) in eight of nine mice. Peptide-primed LNC responded to intact hTg, whereas, hTg-primed LNC did not respond to p2340 in culture, suggesting that p2340 contains subdominant T cell epitope(s). P2340 was also found to be immunogenic at the B cell level, since strong p2340-specific IgG response was detected in all transgenic mice tested. Thus, we provide evidence for a pathogenic role of an hTg peptide in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice. Therefore, p2340 could be presented by DR3 molecule in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and participate in the development of the disease.

  19. Expression and function of the TL1A/DR3 axis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Cavallini, Chiara; Lovato, Ornella; Bertolaso, Anna; Zoratti, Elisa; Malpeli, Giorgio; Mimiola, Elda; Tinelli, Martina; Aprili, Fiorenza; Tecchio, Cristina; Perbellini, Omar; Scarpa, Aldo; Zamò, Alberto; Cassatella, Marco Antonio; Pizzolo, Giovanni; Scupoli, Maria Teresa

    2015-10-13

    TNF-like ligand 1A (TL1A) and its unique receptor death receptor 3 (DR3) acts as broad T-cell costimulator involved in regulatory mechanisms of adaptive immune response under physiological and pathological settings. Moreover, we have recently shown that TL1A negatively regulates B-cell proliferation. Despite increasing interest on the TL1A/DR3-axis functions, very little is known on its expression and role in leukemia. In this study, we investigated the expression and function of TL1A/DR3 axis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). DR3 was differentially expressed in activated CLL cells and predominantly detected in patients with early clinical stage disease. Soluble TL1A has been revealed in the sera of CLL patients where higher TL1A levels were associated with early stage disease. T cells, monocytes and leukemic B cells have been identified as major sources of TL1A in CLL. The relevance of these findings has been sustained by functional data showing that exogenous TL1A reduces CLL proliferation induced by stimulation of the B cell receptor. Overall, these data document the expression of the TL1A/DR3 axis in early-stage CLL. They also identify a novel function for TL1A as a negative regulator of leukemic cell proliferation that may influence the CLL physiopathology and clinical outcome at an early-stage disease.

  20. HLA-DR3 antigen in the resistance to idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Jin, B; Wu, B W; Wen, Z C; Shi, H M; Zhu, J

    2016-01-01

    Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) has been hypothesized as a multifactorial disorder initiated by an environment trigger in individuals with predisposing human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles. Published data on the association between HLA-DR3 antigen and IDC risk are inconclusive. To derive a more precise estimation of the relationship, a meta-analysis was performed. Studies were identified by searching the PUBMED and Embase database (starting from June 2015). A total of 19 case-control studies including 1378 cases and 10383 controls provided data on the association between HLA-DR3 antigen and genetic susceptibility to IDC. Overall, significantly decreased frequency of HLA-DR3 allele (OR=0.72; 95%CI=0.58-0.90; P=0.004) was found in patients with IDC compared with controls. When stratified by myocardial biopsy or non-biopsy cases, statistically decreased risk was found for IDC in myocardial biopsy cases (OR=0.69; 95%CI=0.57-0.84; P=0.0003). In the subgroup analysis by ethnicity, borderline statistically significantly decreased risk was found among Europeans from 12 case-control studies (OR=0.76; 95%CI=0.58-1.00; P=0.05). In conclusion, our results suggest that individuals with HLA-DR3 antigen may have a protective effect against IDC.

  1. The role of TL1A and DR3 in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

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    Aiba, Yoshihiro; Nakamura, Minoru

    2013-01-01

    TNF-like ligand 1A (TL1A), which binds its cognate receptor DR3 and the decoy receptor DcR3, is an identified member of the TNF superfamily. TL1A exerts pleiotropic effects on cell proliferation, activation, and differentiation of immune cells, including helper T cells and regulatory T cells. TL1A and its two receptors expression is increased in both serum and inflamed tissues in autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Polymorphisms of the TNFSF15 gene that encodes TL1A are associated with the pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome, leprosy, and autoimmune diseases, including IBD, AS, and primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). In mice, blocking of TL1A-DR3 interaction by either antagonistic antibodies or deletion of the DR3 gene attenuates the severity of multiple autoimmune diseases, whereas sustained TL1A expression on T cells or dendritic cells induces IL-13-dependent small intestinal inflammation. This suggests that modulation of TL1A-DR3 interaction may be a potential therapeutic target in several autoimmune diseases, including IBD, RA, AS, and PBC.

  2. The Role of TL1A and DR3 in Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases

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    Aiba, Yoshihiro; Nakamura, Minoru

    2013-01-01

    TNF-like ligand 1A (TL1A), which binds its cognate receptor DR3 and the decoy receptor DcR3, is an identified member of the TNF superfamily. TL1A exerts pleiotropic effects on cell proliferation, activation, and differentiation of immune cells, including helper T cells and regulatory T cells. TL1A and its two receptors expression is increased in both serum and inflamed tissues in autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Polymorphisms of the TNFSF15 gene that encodes TL1A are associated with the pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome, leprosy, and autoimmune diseases, including IBD, AS, and primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). In mice, blocking of TL1A-DR3 interaction by either antagonistic antibodies or deletion of the DR3 gene attenuates the severity of multiple autoimmune diseases, whereas sustained TL1A expression on T cells or dendritic cells induces IL-13-dependent small intestinal inflammation. This suggests that modulation of TL1A-DR3 interaction may be a potential therapeutic target in several autoimmune diseases, including IBD, RA, AS, and PBC. PMID:24453414

  3. The TL1A/DR3/DcR3 pathway in autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

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    Siakavellas, Spyros I; Sfikakis, Petros P; Bamias, Giorgos

    2015-08-01

    TNF-like cytokine 1A (TL1A) and its receptors, death receptor 3 (DR3) and decoy receptor 3 (DcR3) are members of the TNF and TNF receptor superfamilies of proteins, respectively. They constitute a cytokine system that actively interferes with the regulation of immune responses and may participate in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. This review aims to present the current knowledge on the role of the TL1A/DR3/DcR3 system in the pathophysiology of autoimmune rheumatic diseases, with a focus on rheumatoid arthritis (RA). An extensive literature search was performed in the PubMed database using the following keywords: TL1A, death receptor 3, DR3, decoy receptor 3, DcR3, TNFSF15, TNFRSF25, and TNFSF6B. Studies were assessed and selected in view of their relevance to autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The TL1A/DR3/DcR3 axis is a novel immune pathway that participates in the pathogenesis of a variety of autoimmune rheumatic diseases. These molecules may be promising therapeutic targets for inflammatory arthritis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Treatment with agonistic DR3 antibody results in expansion of donor Tregs and reduced graft-versus-host disease.

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    Kim, Byung-Su; Nishikii, Hidekazu; Baker, Jeanette; Pierini, Antonio; Schneidawind, Dominik; Pan, Yuqiong; Beilhack, Andreas; Park, Chung-Gyu; Negrin, Robert S

    2015-07-23

    The paucity of regulatory T cells (Tregs) limits clinical translation to control aberrant immune reactions including graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Recent studies showed that the agonistic antibody to DR3DR3) expanded CD4(+)FoxP3(+) Tregs in vivo. We investigated whether treating donor mice with a single dose of αDR3 could alleviate acute GVHD in a MHC-mismatched bone marrow transplantation model. αDR3 induced selective proliferation of functional Tregs. CD4(+) T cells isolated from αDR3-treated mice contained higher numbers of Tregs and were less proliferative to allogeneic stimuli. In vivo GVHD studies confirmed that Tregs from αDR3-treated donors expanded robustly and higher frequencies of Tregs within donor CD4(+) T cells were maintained, resulting in improved survival. Conventional T cells derived from αDR3-treated donors showed reduced activation and proliferation. Serum levels of proinflammatory cytokines (IFNγ, IL-1β, and TNFα) and infiltration of donor T cells into GVHD target tissues (gastrointestinal tract and liver) were decreased. T cells from αDR3-treated donors retained graft-vs-tumor (GVT) effects. In conclusion, a single dose of αDR3 alleviates acute GVHD while preserving GVT effects by selectively expanding and maintaining donor Tregs. This novel strategy will facilitate the clinical application of Treg-based therapies. © 2015 by The American Society of Hematology.

  5. 18 CFR 1b.8 - Requests for Commission investigations.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Requests for Commission investigations. 1b.8 Section 1b.8 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL RULES RULES RELATING TO INVESTIGATIONS § 1b.8 Requests for Commission...

  6. 18 CFR 1b.8 - Requests for Commission investigations.

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  7. 18 CFR 1b.8 - Requests for Commission investigations.

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  9. 49 CFR 178.33b-8 - Production tests.

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  10. 26 CFR 1.403(b)-8 - Funding.

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  14. 49 CFR 178.33b-8 - Production tests.

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  16. 49 CFR 178.33b-8 - Production tests.

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  17. 49 CFR 178.33b-8 - Production tests.

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  18. TL1A/DR3 axis involvement in the inflammatory cytokine network during pulmonary sarcoidosis.

    PubMed

    Facco, M; Cabrelle, A; Calabrese, F; Teramo, A; Cinetto, F; Carraro, S; Martini, V; Calzetti, F; Tamassia, N; Cassatella, M A; Semenzato, G; Agostini, C

    2015-01-01

    TNF-like ligand 1A (TL1A), a recently recognized member of the TNF superfamily, and its death domain receptor 3 (DR3), firstly identified for their relevant role in T lymphocyte homeostasis, are now well-known mediators of several immune-inflammatory diseases, ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to inflammatory bowel diseases to psoriasis, whereas no data are available on their involvement in sarcoidosis, a multisystemic granulomatous disease where a deregulated T helper (Th)1/Th17 response takes place. In this study, by flow cytometry, real-time PCR, confocal microscopy and immunohistochemistry analyses, TL1A and DR3 were investigated in the pulmonary cells and the peripheral blood of 43 patients affected by sarcoidosis in different phases of the disease (29 patients with active sarcoidosis, 14 with the inactive form) and in 8 control subjects. Our results demonstrated a significant higher expression, both at protein and mRNA levels, of TL1A and DR3 in pulmonary T cells and alveolar macrophages of patients with active sarcoidosis as compared to patients with the inactive form of the disease and to controls. In patients with sarcoidosis TL1A was strongly more expressed in the lung than the blood, i.e., at the site of the involved organ. Additionally, zymography assays showed that TL1A is able to increase the production of matrix metalloproteinase 9 by sarcoid alveolar macrophages characterized, in patients with the active form of the disease, by reduced mRNA levels of the tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1. These data suggest that TL1A/DR3 interactions are part of the extended and complex immune-inflammatory network that characterizes sarcoidosis during its active phase and may contribute to the pathogenesis and to the progression of the disease.

  19. A Novel Role for TL1A/DR3 in Protection against Intestinal Injury and Infection.

    PubMed

    Jia, Li-Guo; Bamias, Giorgos; Arseneau, Kristen O; Burkly, Linda C; Wang, Eddy C Y; Gruszka, Dennis; Pizarro, Theresa T; Cominelli, Fabio

    2016-07-01

    TNF-like cytokine 1A (TL1A) is expressed on APCs and provides costimulatory signals to activated lymphocytes that bear its functional receptor, death receptor 3 (DR3). TL1A/DR3 signaling is involved in the pathogenesis of human and experimental inflammatory bowel disease. In the current study, we investigated the role of this cytokine/receptor pair in acute intestinal injury/repair pathways. We demonstrate that intact DR3 signaling protected mice from acute dextran sodium sulfate colitis because DR3(-/-) mice showed more severe mucosal inflammation and increased mortality. DR3(-/-) mice were compromised in their ability to maintain adequate numbers of CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells in response to acute mucosal damage. This defect in immune regulation led to a nonspecific upregulation of effector proinflammatory pathways, which was most prominent for the Th17 immunophenotype. TL1A(-/-) mice were similarly more susceptible to dextran sodium sulfate colitis, although without mortality and with delayed kinetics compared with DR3(-/-) mice, and also displayed significantly reduced numbers of regulatory T cells. Infection of DR3(-/-) mice with Salmonella typhimurium was associated with defective microbial clearance and elevated bacterial load. Taken together, our findings indicate a novel protective role for the TL1A/DR3 axis in the regulation of mucosal homeostasis during acute intestinal injury/repair, which contrasts with its known pathogenic function during chronic intestinal inflammation. Copyright © 2016 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  20. The TNF-family receptor DR3 is essential for diverse T cell-mediated inflammatory diseases.

    PubMed

    Meylan, Françoise; Davidson, Todd S; Kahle, Erin; Kinder, Michelle; Acharya, Krishika; Jankovic, Dragana; Bundoc, Virgilio; Hodges, Marcus; Shevach, Ethan M; Keane-Myers, Andrea; Wang, Eddie C Y; Siegel, Richard M

    2008-07-18

    DR3 (TRAMP, LARD, WSL-1, TNFRSF25) is a death-domain-containing tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-family receptor primarily expressed on T cells. TL1A, the TNF-family ligand for DR3, can costimulate T cells, but the physiological function of TL1A-DR3 interactions in immune responses is not known. Using DR3-deficient mice, we identified DR3 as the receptor responsible for TL1A-induced T cell costimulation and dendritic cells as the likely source for TL1A during T cell activation. Despite its role in costimulation, DR3 was not required for in vivo T cell priming, for polarization into T helper 1 (Th1), Th2, or Th17 effector cell subtypes, or for effective control of infection with Toxoplasma gondii. Instead, DR3 expression was required on T cells for immunopathology, local T cell accumulation, and cytokine production in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) and allergic lung inflammation, disease models that depend on distinct effector T cell subsets. DR3 could be an attractive therapeutic target for T cell-mediated autoimmune and allergic diseases.

  1. Clinical and HLA phenotypes of type 1 autoimmune hepatitis in North American patients outside DR3 and DR4.

    PubMed

    Czaja, Albert J; Carpenter, Herschel A; Moore, S Breanndan

    2006-06-01

    To determine the clinical phenotype and outcome of patients with definite type 1 autoimmune hepatitis, who lack human leukocyte antigen (HLA) DR3 and DR4, and to assess the importance of HLA DR7 and DR13. Two hundred and seven adult patients were typed for DR3, DR4, DR7, and DR13 by DNA-based techniques. One hundred and two blood donors constituted a normal population. Twenty-six patients lacked DR3 and DR4 (13%). Treatment failure occurred more commonly in these individuals than in the 68 patients with DR4 (20% vs. 3%, P = 0.03), and relapse after drug withdrawal was less frequent than in the 84 patients with DR3 (55% vs. 87%, P = 0.03). HLA DR13 occurred more often than in those with DR3 (54% vs. 15%, P = 0.0002) or DR4 (54% vs. 12%, P = 0.00005), and it was more frequent than in normal adults (54% vs. 22%, P = 0.003), including those without DR3 or DR4 (54% vs. 27%, P = 0.03). HLA DR7 was not associated with susceptibility or outcome. White North American patients who lack DR3 and DR4 respond differently to corticosteroid treatment than patients with classical HLA phenotypes. HLA DR13 is common in these adult patients, and it may affect treatment outcome.

  2. Differential regulation of interleukin-8 gene transcription by death receptor 3 (DR3) and type I TNF receptor (TNFRI).

    PubMed

    Su, Wenlynn B; Chang, Ying-Hsin; Lin, Wan-Wan; Hsieh, Shie-Liang

    2006-02-01

    TL1A induces interleukin-8 (IL-8) secretion in human peripheral blood monocyte-derived macrophage in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Overexpression of its cognate receptor DR3 can induce a higher amount of IL-8 protein secretion than that induced by TNFRI even though both receptors activate IL-8 gene transcription in a similar fashion. The underlying mechanism for the regulation of the IL-8 gene transcription by DR3 has not been investigated yet. Here, we used HEK293 cells as a model system to dissect the possible signaling components that are involved in the regulation of DR3-mediated IL-8 gene expression. Although both DR3 and TNFRI activated TRAF2 and NF-kappaB to induce IL-8 gene transcription, the kinase cascades that transduce signals for DR3- and TNFRI-induced IL-8 gene transcription are different. The axis TAK1/ASK1-MKK4/MKK7-JNK2 is responsible for DR3-mediated IL-8 gene expression whereas the axis ASK1-MKK4-JNK1/JNK2/p38MAPK is the choice for TNFRI-mediated activation of IL-8 gene expression. This indicates that the downstream signaling pathways of DR3 and TNFRI for IL-8 secretion are divergent even though both receptors contain death-domain and induce IL-8 secretion via TRAF2.

  3. [Frequency of the occurrence of spliced variants of the messenger RNA DR3/LARD in herpesviral infection].

    PubMed

    Utkin, O V; Starikova, V D; Novikov, V V

    2014-01-01

    Analysis of frequency of the occurrence of membrane and soluble forms of the mRNA DR3/LARD in blood in herpesviral infection of various etiology was studied. Four forms of the mRNA DR3/LARD were detected with various frequencies in blood cells of healthy volunteers. Patients with herpesviral infection of various etiology were studied using RT-PCR. Two forms encoded membrane molecules (mRNA LARD 1a, mRNA DR3beta) and two other forms accorded soluble forms of receptor (mRNA LARD 3, mRNA soluble DR3beta). It was revealed that the frequency of the occurrence of mRNA soluble DR3beta form decreased in patients with the varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection in comparison with healthy volunteers. However, the patients with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection did not display significant change in occurrence of mRNA soluble DR3beta form. As a whole, changes in frequency of occurrence of spliced variants of mRNA DR3/LARD are directed toward modulation of apoptosis and restraint antiviral immune response.

  4. Type 1 diabetes risk for human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR3 haplotypes depends on genotypic context: association of DPB1 and HLA class I loci among DR3- and DR4-matched Italian patients and controls.

    PubMed

    Noble, Janelle A; Martin, Adelle; Valdes, Ana M; Lane, Julie A; Galgani, Andrea; Petrone, Antonio; Lorini, Renata; Pozzilli, Paolo; Buzzetti, Raffaella; Erlich, Henry A

    2008-01-01

    Patients with high-risk human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR-DQ genotypes for type 1 diabetes (T1D) were compared with HLA-matched controls to evaluate T1D risk for other HLA loci, including HLA-A, -B, -Cw, and DPB1. Patients (n = 133) with high-risk genotypes (DR3/DR3, DR3/DR4, DR4/DR4) were selected from the Lazio (Rome) region of Italy. Screening of more than 9000 patients from the Lazio region and northern Italy yielded 162 controls with high-T1D-risk haplotypes. Although the overall distributions did not differ significantly, allele frequency differences were discovered between the controls from Lazio and controls from northern Italy for some alleles previously determined to affect T1D risk, such as A*3002, DPB1*0301, and DPB1*0402. Therefore, Lazio patient data were compared both with the Lazio subset of controls (n = 53) and with the entire group of controls for association analyses. Significant allele frequency differences between patients and DR-DQ-matched controls existed for specific alleles at all loci. Data for the DR3/DR3 subset of patients and controls demonstrated an increase of Cw*0702 in patients. Compared with controls, reduced patient frequencies were seen for several alleles, including A*0101, B*0801, and Cw*0701, all on the highly conserved, extended DR3 haplotype known as 8.1 in DR3/DR3, but not DR3/DR4, subgroup. DPB1*0101, often reported on 8.1 haplotypes, was also less frequent in DR3/DR3 patients than controls. Analysis of family-based data from the HBDI repository was consistent with the observed results from the Italian patients, indicating the presence of a T1D-protective locus at or near A*0101 and a second T1D-protective locus at or near DPB1*0101. These data indicate that T1D risk conferred by the 8.1 haplotype is genotype dependent.

  5. 18 CFR 1b.8 - Requests for Commission investigations.

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  6. 32 CFR 806b.8 - Obtaining law enforcement records.

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  9. A Novel Role for TL1A/DR3 in Protection Against Intestinal Injury and Infectioni, ii, iii

    PubMed Central

    Jia, Li-Guo; Bamias, Giorgos; Arseneau, Kristen O.; Burkly, Linda C.; Wang, Eddy C. Y.; Gruszka, Dennis; Pizarro, Theresa T.; Cominelli, Fabio

    2016-01-01

    Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-like cytokine 1A (TL1A) is expressed on antigen presenting cells and provides co-stimulatory signals to activated lymphocytes that bear its functional receptor, death receptor 3 (DR3). TL1A/DR3 signaling is involved in the pathogenesis of human and experimental inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In the present study, we investigated the role of this cytokine/receptor pair in acute intestinal injury/repair pathways. We demonstrate that intact DR3 signaling protected mice from acute DSS colitis, as DR3−/− mice showed more severe mucosal inflammation and increased mortality. DR3−/− mice were compromised in their ability to maintain adequate numbers of CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ T regulatory cells (Tregs) in response to acute mucosal damage. This defect in immune regulation led to a non-specific upregulation of effector pro-inflammatory pathways, which was most prominent for the Th17 immunophenotype. TL1A−/− mice were similarly more susceptible to DSS colitis, although without mortality and with delayed kinetics compared to DR3−/− mice, and also displayed significantly reduced numbers of Tregs. Infection of DR3−/− mice with Salmonella typhimurium was associated with defective microbial clearance and elevated bacterial load. Taken together, our findings indicate a novel protective role for the TL1A/DR3 axis in the regulation of mucosal homeostasis during acute intestinal injury/repair, which contrasts with its known pathogenic function during chronic intestinal inflammation. PMID:27233964

  10. VizieR Online Data Catalog: KiDS-ESO-DR3 multi-band source catalog (de Jong+, 2017)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    de Jong, J. T. A.; Verdoes Kleijn, G. A.; Erben, T.; Hildebrandt, H.; Kuijken, K.; Sikkema, G.; Brescia, M.; Bilicki, M.; Napolitano, N. R.; Amaro, V.; Begeman, K. G.; Boxhoorn, D. R.; Buddelmeijer, H.; Cavuoti, S.; Getman, F.; Grado, A.; Helmich, E.; Huang, Z.; Irisarri, N.; La Barbera, F.; Longo, G.; McFarland, J. P.; Nakajima, R.; Paolillo, M.; Puddu, E.; Radovich, M.; Rifatto, A.; Tortora, C.; Valentijn, E. A.; Vellucci, C.; Vriend, W-J.; Amon, A.; Blake, C.; Choi, A.; Fenech Conti, I.; Herbonnet, R.; Heymans, C.; Hoekstra, H.; Klaes, D.; Merten, J.; Miller, L.; Schneider, P.; Viola, M.

    2017-04-01

    KiDS-ESO-DR3 contains a multi-band source catalogue encompassing all publicly released tiles, a total of 440 survey tiles including the coadded images, weight maps, masks and source lists of 292 survey tiles of KiDS-ESO-DR3, adding to the 148 tiles released previously (50 in KiDS-ESO-DR1 and 98 in KiDS-ESO-DR2). (1 data file).

  11. A decrease in the estimated frequency of the extended HLA haplotype B18 CF130 DR3 DQw2 is common to non-insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and Berger's disease.

    PubMed

    Regueiro, J R; Arnaiz-Villena, A; Vicario, J L; Martinez-Laso, J; Pacheco, A; Rivera-Guzman, J M

    1993-07-05

    Extended HLA haplotypes frequencies were estimated from the HLA, C2, Bf and C4 phenotypes of 74 patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDD), 92 with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), 44 with Berger's disease (BD), 83 with insulin-dependent diabetes (IDD), and 140 healthy controls. The extended HLA haplotype B18 CF130 DR3 DQw2, which is common (around 10% phenotype frequency) in healthy Spaniards and in other populations of paleo-North African origin, was found to be significantly less frequent in NIDD, JRA and BD, whereas its frequency was normal in IDD (although DR3 DQw2 haplotypes were increased in the latter disease). These data support the existence of a common HLA-linked pathogeneic mechanism in NIDD, JRA and BD, and point to a genetic difference between IDD and NIDD at the HLA level. This effect is readily detectable in our population because the uncommon BfF1 allele marks that haplotype instead of the more common BfS, which marks B8 CS01 DR3 DQw2 in other Caucasians. Our results support the hypothesis of strong selective pressures operating at the HLA level to preserve extended HLA haplotypes with advantageous gene sets from dilution by crossing-over. Imbalanced incomplete haplotypes may give rise to inappropriate T-cell repertoire selection in the thymus and/or antigen handling in the periphery, and be partly responsible for the pathogenesis of certain HLA-linked diseases (i.e. NIDD, JRA, and BD).

  12. Regulatory T Cell-Mediated Suppression of Inflammation Induced by DR3 Signaling Is Dependent on Galectin-9.

    PubMed

    Madireddi, Shravan; Eun, So-Young; Mehta, Amit K; Birta, Aruna; Zajonc, Dirk M; Niki, Toshiro; Hirashima, Mitsuomi; Podack, Eckhard R; Schreiber, Taylor H; Croft, Michael

    2017-09-06

    Stimulation of several TNF receptor family proteins has been shown to dampen inflammatory disease in murine models through augmenting the number and/or activity of regulatory T cells (Tregs). We recently found that one molecule, 4-1BB, used binding to Galectin-9 to exert its immunosuppressive effects and drive expansion of CD8(+)Foxp3(-) Tregs. We now show that ligation of another TNFR family molecule, DR3, which has previously been found to strongly expand CD4(+)Foxp3(+) Tregs and suppress inflammation, also requires Galectin-9. We found that the extracellular region of DR3 directly binds to Galectin-9, and that Galectin-9 associates with DR3 in Tregs. From studies in vitro with Galectin-9(-/-) CD4(+) T cells and Tregs, we found that stimulatory activity induced by ligating DR3 was in part dependent on Galectin-9. In vivo, in a model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, we show that an agonist of DR3 suppressed disease, correlating with expansion of CD4(+)Foxp3(+) Tregs, and this protective effect was lost in Galectin-9(-/-) mice. Similar results were seen in an allergic lung inflammation model. Thus, we demonstrate a novel function of Galectin-9 in facilitating activity of DR3 related to Treg-mediated suppression. Copyright © 2017 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  13. Investigating the protective role of death receptor 3 (DR3) in renal injury using an organ culture model.

    PubMed

    Al-Lamki, Rafia S

    2014-01-01

    Death receptor 3 (DR3; also designated as Wsl-1, Apo3, LARD, TRAMP, TNFRSF25, and TR3) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor superfamily that has emerged as a major regulator of inflammation and autoimmune diseases. DR3 contains a homologous intracellular region called the death domain (DD) that can bind adaptor proteins, which also contain a DD, initiating cellular responses such as caspase activation and apoptotic cell death. However, in other circumstances DR3 can initiate induction of transcription genes and gene products that can prevent cell death from occurring. Our laboratory has reported an inducible expression of DR3 in human and mouse tubular epithelial cells in renal injury, but its function in these setting still remains unclear. To directly manipulate and evaluate the role of DR3 in vivo, I have used an in vitro organ culture (OC) model, which I have developed in our laboratory. In this chapter, I will describe in detail the OC model used to study the role of DR3 in renal injury and discuss its advantages and limitations. In my hands, the OC model has proven to be an efficient tool for studying human cell heterogeneity, basal and regulated receptor expression, signalling pathways, and various biological responses not readily achievable in traditional cell culture models. Various assays can be carried out on organ cultures including histology, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology, which will not be described in detail in this chapter.

  14. Directed evolution of a soluble human DR3 receptor for the inhibition of TL1A induced cytokine secretion.

    PubMed

    Levin, Itay; Zaretsky, Marianna; Aharoni, Amir

    2017-01-01

    TNF-like 1A (TL1A) is a cytokine belonging to the TNF superfamily that promotes inflammation in autoimmune diseases. Inhibiting the interaction of TL1A with the endogenous death-domain receptor 3 (DR3) offers a therapeutic approach for treating TL1A-induced autoimmune diseases. Here, we generated improved DR3 variants showing increased TL1A binding affinity and stability using a directed evolution approach. Given the high cysteine content and post-translational modification of DR3, we employed yeast surface display and expression in mammalian cell lines for screening, expression and characterization of improved DR3 variants. A cell-based assay performed with the human TF-1 cell line and CD4+ T cells showed that two improved DR3 mutants efficiently inhibited TL1A-induced cell death and secretion of IFN-γ, respectively. These DR3 mutants can be used as drug candidates for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases and for other autoimmune diseases, including rheumatic arthritis and asthma.

  15. Directed evolution of a soluble human DR3 receptor for the inhibition of TL1A induced cytokine secretion

    PubMed Central

    Levin, Itay; Zaretsky, Marianna; Aharoni, Amir

    2017-01-01

    TNF-like 1A (TL1A) is a cytokine belonging to the TNF superfamily that promotes inflammation in autoimmune diseases. Inhibiting the interaction of TL1A with the endogenous death-domain receptor 3 (DR3) offers a therapeutic approach for treating TL1A-induced autoimmune diseases. Here, we generated improved DR3 variants showing increased TL1A binding affinity and stability using a directed evolution approach. Given the high cysteine content and post-translational modification of DR3, we employed yeast surface display and expression in mammalian cell lines for screening, expression and characterization of improved DR3 variants. A cell-based assay performed with the human TF-1 cell line and CD4+ T cells showed that two improved DR3 mutants efficiently inhibited TL1A-induced cell death and secretion of IFN-γ, respectively. These DR3 mutants can be used as drug candidates for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases and for other autoimmune diseases, including rheumatic arthritis and asthma. PMID:28278297

  16. Death receptor 3 (DR3) gene duplication in a chromosome region 1p36.3: gene duplication is more prevalent in rheumatoid arthritis.

    PubMed

    Osawa, K; Takami, N; Shiozawa, K; Hashiramoto, A; Shiozawa, S

    2004-09-01

    The death receptor 3 (DR3) gene is a member of the apoptosis-inducing Fas gene family. In the current study, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and Fiber-FISH revealed the existence of a second DR3 gene approximately 200 kb upstream of the original DR3 gene. The existence of the duplicated DR3 gene was confirmed by sequencing the corresponding human artificial chromosome clones as well as with quantitative PCR that measured the ratio of the DR3 gene mutation (Rm), intrinsic to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, by simultaneous amplification of the normal and mutated DR3 sequences. The DR3 gene duplication measured by FISH was found to be more frequent in patients with RA as compared to healthy individuals. We therefore surmise that the human DR3 gene can be duplicated and that this gene duplication is more prevalent in patients with RA.

  17. Association of primary sclerosing cholangitis with HLA-B8.

    PubMed Central

    Chapman, R W; Varghese, Z; Gaul, R; Patel, G; Kokinon, N; Sherlock, S

    1983-01-01

    The frequency of HLA antigens was studied in 25 patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis and compared with a control group of 562 kidney donors. Fourteen patients also had ulcerative colitis. A significant increase in the frequency of HLA-B8 (60%) was found in the primary sclerosing cholangitis patients compared with controls (25%) (p less than 0.001). HLA-B8 was found in eight patients with ulcerative colitis. The frequency of HLA-B12 was significantly decreased (8%) compared with controls (30%) (p less than 0.02). Piecemeal necrosis was observed on liver histology in 66% of HLA-B8 positive and 50% of HLA-B8 negative patients. Low titres of serum autoantibodies were frequently found in the primary sclerosing cholangitis group but did not correspond to the presence of HLA-B8. Raised serum concentrations of IgM and IgG were not related to HLA-B8. This study has shown that in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis there exists a disease susceptibility gene closely associated with the B locus of the major histocompatibility complex which may be modified by other factors such as ulcerative colitis. Patients with ulcerative colitis and HLA-B8 may be particularly liable to develop primary sclerosing cholangitis. PMID:6600227

  18. Stellar Stream Candidates in the Solar Neighborhood Found in the LAMOST DR3 and TGAS

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    Liang, X. L.; Zhao, J. K.; Oswalt, T. D.; Chen, Y. Q.; Zhang, L.; Zhao, G.

    2017-08-01

    We have cross-matched the LAMOST DR3 with the Gaia DR1 TGAS catalogs and obtained a sample of 166,827 stars with reliable kinematics. A technique based on the wavelet transform was applied to detect significant overdensities in velocity space among five subsamples divided by spatial position. In total, 16 significant overdensities of stars with very similar kinematics were identified. Among these, four are new stream candidates and the rest are previously known groups. Both the U-V velocity and metallicity distributions of the local sample show a clear gap between the Hercules structure and the Hyades-Pleiades structure. The U-V positions of these peaks shift with the spatial position. Following a description of our analysis, we speculate on possible origins of our stream candidates.

  19. Role of TL1A and its receptor DR3 in two models of chronic murine ileitis.

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    Bamias, Giorgos; Mishina, Margarita; Nyce, Mark; Ross, William G; Kollias, Giorgos; Rivera-Nieves, Jesus; Pizarro, Theresa T; Cominelli, Fabio

    2006-05-30

    TL1A is a TNF-like cytokine that binds to the death-domain receptor (DR)3 and provides costimulatory signals to activated lymphocytes. Through this interaction, TL1A induces secretion of IFN-gamma and may, therefore, participate in the development of T helper-1-type effector responses. In this study, we investigated whether interactions between TL1A and DR3 are involved in the pathogenesis of chronic murine ileitis. We demonstrate that alternative splicing of DR3 mRNA takes place during the activation of lymphocytes, which results in up-regulation of the complete/transmembrane (tm) form of DR3. Using two immunogenetically distinct animal models of Crohn's disease, we demonstrate that induction of intestinal inflammation is associated with significant up-regulation of TL1A and tm DR3 in the inflamed mucosa. In addition, within isolated lamina propria mononuclear cells from mice with inflammation, TL1A is primarily expressed on CD11c(high) dendritic cells. We also report that TL1A acts preferentially on memory CD4(+)/CD45RB(lo) murine lymphocytes by significantly inducing their proliferation, whereas it does not affect the proliferation of the naïve CD4(+)/CD45RB(hi) T helper cell subpopulation. Finally, we demonstrate that TL1A synergizes with both the cytokine-dependent IL-12/IL-18 pathway and with low-dose stimulation of the T cell receptor to significantly induce the secretion of IFN-gamma via an IL-18-independent pathway. Our results raise the possibility that interaction(s) between TL1A expressed on antigen-presenting cells and tm DR3 on lymphocytes may be of particular importance for the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory conditions that depend on IFN-gamma secretion, including inflammatory bowel disease. Blockade of the TL1A/DR3 pathway may, therefore, offer therapeutic opportunities in Crohn's disease.

  20. Direct ex vivo detection of HLA-DR3-restricted cytomegalovirus- and Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific CD4+ T cells.

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    Bronke, Corine; Palmer, Nanette M; Westerlaken, Geertje H A; Toebes, Mireille; van Schijndel, Gijs M W; Purwaha, Veenu; van Meijgaarden, Krista E; Schumacher, Ton N M; van Baarle, Debbie; Tesselaar, Kiki; Geluk, Annemieke

    2005-09-01

    In order to detect epitope-specific CD4+ T cells in mycobacterial or viral infections in the context of human class II major histocompatibility complex protein human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR3, two HLA-DR3 tetrameric molecules were successfully produced. One contained an immunodominant HLA-DR3-restricted T-cell epitope derived from the 65-kDa heat-shock protein of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, peptide 1-13. For the other tetramer, we used an HLA-DR3-restricted T-cell epitope derived from cytomegalovirus (CMV) pp65 lower matrix protein, peptide 510-522, which induced high levels of interferon (IFN)-gamma-producing CD4+ T cells in three of four HLA-DR3-positive CMV-seropositive individuals up to 0.84% of CD4+ T cells by intracellular cytokine staining. In peripheral blood mononuclear cells from M. tuberculosis-exposed, Mycobacterium bovis bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG)-vaccinated, or CMV-seropositive individuals, we were able to directly detect with both tetramers epitope-specific T cells up to 0.62% and 0.45% of the CD4+ T-cell population reactive to M. tuberculosis and CMV, respectively. After a 6-day culture with peptide p510-522, the frequency of CMV-specific tetramer-binding T cells was expanded up to 9.90% tetramer+ CFSElow (5,6-carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester) cells within the CD4+ T-cell population, further confirming the specificity of the tetrameric molecules. Thus, HLA-DR3/peptide tetrameric molecules can be used to investigate HLA-DR3-restricted antigen-specific CD4+ T cells in clinical disease or after vaccination.

  1. Thyrotropin receptor-DNA vaccination of transgenic mice expressing HLA-DR3 or HLA-DQ6b.

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    Pichurin, Pavel; Chen, Chun-Rong; Pichurina, Oxana; David, Chella; Rapoport, Basil; McLachlan, Sandra M

    2003-10-01

    Graves' disease in Caucasians is associated with the major histocompatibility (MHC) antigen HLA-DR3. One approach to studying the role of susceptibility genes involves the use of mice that lack murine MHC and instead express human HLA antigens. Although Graves' disease does not arise spontaneously in animals, thyrotropin receptor (TSHR) antibodies can be induced in mice by vaccination with TSHR-DNA in a plasmid. In the present study, we characterized TSHR antibodies and thyroiditis developing in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice vaccinated with TSHR-DNA. As controls, we used mice transgenic for HLA-DQ6b, an MHC antigen rarely associated with Graves' disease. We observed that approximately 30% of DR3-, but none of DQ6b-transgenic mice, developed TSHR antibodies detectable by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The cysteine-rich amino terminal peptide was the dominant linear antibody epitope in DR3 mice, as in other strains vaccinated with TSHR-DNA. Sera from some vaccinated DR3 mice were positive on flow cytometry using intact cells expressing the TSHR, demonstrating recognition of the native TSHR on the cell surface. Although none of the these mice had thyroid stimulating antibodies or were hyperthyroid, a few developed lymphocytic infiltration of the thyroid. These data, together with information for other mouse strains, demonstrate that MHC (human and murine) and non-MHC genes contribute to the outcome of TSHR-DNA vaccination and indicate the potential value of DR3 transgenic mice for dissecting immune responses to the TSHR.

  2. Extended haplotype analysis reveals an association of TNF polymorphisms with susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus beyond HLA-DR3.

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    Schotte, H; Willeke, P; Tidow, N; Domschke, W; Assmann, G; Gaubitz, M; Schlüter, B

    2005-01-01

    To study the relative contribution of tumour necrosis factor (TNF) and HLA-DRB1 polymorphisms to the genetic susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) via an extended haplotype analysis. We performed an association study in 205 unrelated German Caucasian patients with SLE fulfilling the 1997 revised American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria. Healthy age-, ethnically- and sex-matched individuals (n = 157) served as controls. HLA-DRB1 typing was performed by a sequence-specific oligonucleotide hybridisation assay. Two TNF single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and two multiallelic microsatellites were analysed by mutagenically separated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or fragment length analysis, respectively. Extended haplotypes were reconstructed with the PHASE software. Alleles for all polymorphic loci studied and the most frequent haplotypes showed a significantly different distribution between SLE patients and controls. The alleles HLA-DR2, DR3, TNFd1, TNF2, TNFB*1, and TNFa2, designated as risk alleles, and the extended haplotypes DR3-TNFd1-TNF2-TNFB*1-TNFa2 and DR2-TNFd3-TNF1-TNFB*2-TNFa11 prevailed in SLE patients. TNF risk alleles were strongly positively linked with HLA-DR3 and negatively linked with HLA-DR2. Thus, in HLA-DR3 haplotypes individual effects of TNF polymorphisms could not be resolved. By contrast, HLA-DR2 showed an association with SLE independently of TNF risk alleles, while the risk increased further when they were present. In haplotypes lacking HLA-DR2 and DR3, the alleles TNFdl and TNF2 contributed independently to SLE susceptibility. Extended haplotype analysis revealed HLA-DR3 independent associations of TNF polymorphisms with susceptibility to SLE. Haplotypes that have been shown to be associated with different TNF-alpha production capacity may prevail in different disease subgroups.

  3. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Radial metallicity gradient from RAVE DR3 (Coskunoglu+, 2012)

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    Coskunoglu, B.; Ak, S.; Bilir, S.; Karaali, S.; Onal, O.; Yaz, E.; Gilmore, G.; Seabroke, G. M.

    2012-07-01

    We investigate radial metallicity gradients for a sample of dwarf stars from the RAdial Velocity Experiment (RAVE) Data Release 3 (DR3, Cat. III/265). We select a total of approximately 17000 F-type and G-type dwarfs, using a selection of colour, log g and uncertainty in the derived space motion, and calculate for each star a probabilistic (kinematic) population assignment to a thick or thin disc using space motion and additionally another (dynamical) assignment using stellar vertical orbital eccentricity. We additionally subsample by colour, to provide samples biased toward young thin-disc and older thin-disc stars. We derive a metallicity gradient as a function of Galactocentric radial distance, i.e. d[M/H]/dRm=-0.051+/-0.005dex/kpc, for the youngest sample, F-type stars with vertical orbital eccentricities ev<=0.04. Samples biased toward older thin-disc stars show systematically shallower abundance gradients. (1 data file).

  4. Quasars in the Galactic Anti-Center Area from LAMOST DR3

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    Huo, Zhi-Ying; Liu, Xiao-Wei; Shi, Jian-Rong; Xiang, Mao-Sheng; Huang, Yang; Yuan, Hai-Bo; Zhang, Jian-Nan; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Jian-Ling; Wu, Yu-Zhong; Cao, Zi-Huang; Zhang, Yong; Hou, Yong-Hui; Wang, Yue-Fei

    2017-03-01

    We present a sample of quasars discovered in an area near the Galactic Anti-Center covering 150^\\circ ≤ l≤ 210^\\circ and | b| ≤ 30^\\circ , based on LAMOST Data Release 3 (DR3). This sample contains 151 spectroscopically confirmed quasars. Among them 80 are newly discovered with LAMOST. All these quasars are very bright, with i magnitudes peaking around 17.5 mag. All the new quasars were discovered serendipitously from objects that were originally targeted with LAMOST as stars having bluer colors, except for a few candidates targeted as variable, young stellar objects. This bright quasar sample at low Galactic latitudes will help fill the gap in the spatial distribution of known quasars near the Galactic disk that are used to construct an astrometric reference frame for the purpose of accurate proper motion measurements that can be applied to, for example, Gaia. They are also excellent tracers to probe the kinematics and chemistry of the interstellar medium in the Milky Way disk and halo via absorption line spectroscopy.

  5. Quasars in the Galactic Anti-Center Area from LAMOST DR3

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    Huo, Zhi-Ying; Liu, Xiao-Wei; Shi, Jian-Rong; Xiang, Mao-Sheng; Huang, Yang; Yuan, Hai-Bo; Zhang, Jian-Nan; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Jian-Ling; Wu, Yu-Zhong; Cao, Zi-Huang; Zhang, Yong; Hou, Yong-Hui; Wang, Yue-Fei

    2017-03-01

    We present a sample of quasars discovered in an area near the Galactic Anti-Center covering 150^\\circ ≤ l≤ 210^\\circ and | b| ≤ 30^\\circ , based on LAMOST Data Release 3 (DR3). This sample contains 151 spectroscopically confirmed quasars. Among them 80 are newly discovered with LAMOST. All these quasars are very bright, with i magnitudes peaking around 17.5 mag. All the new quasars were discovered serendipitously from objects that were originally targeted with LAMOST as stars having bluer colors, except for a few candidates targeted as variable, young stellar objects. This bright quasar sample at low Galactic latitudes will help fill the gap in the spatial distribution of known quasars near the Galactic disk that are used to construct an astrometric reference frame for the purpose of accurate proper motion measurements that can be applied to, for example, Gaia. They are also excellent tracers to probe the kinematics and chemistry of the interstellar medium in the Milky Way disk and halo via absorption line spectroscopy.

  6. DR3 signaling modulates the function of Foxp3+ regulatory T cells and the severity of acute graft-versus-host disease.

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    Nishikii, Hidekazu; Kim, Byung-Su; Yokoyama, Yasuhisa; Chen, Yan; Baker, Jeanette; Pierini, Antonio; Alvarez, Maite; Mavers, Melissa; Maas-Bauer, Kristina; Pan, Yuqiong; Chiba, Shigeru; Negrin, Robert S

    2016-12-15

    CD4(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Treg) are a subpopulation of T cells, which regulate the immune system and enhance immune tolerance after transplantation. Donor-derived Treg prevent the development of lethal acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in murine models of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. We recently demonstrated that a single treatment of the agonistic antibody to DR3 (death receptor 3, αDR3) to donor mice resulted in the expansion of donor-derived Treg and prevented acute GVHD, although the precise role of DR3 signaling in GVHD has not been elucidated. In this study, we comprehensively analyzed the immunophenotype of Treg after DR3 signal activation, demonstrating that DR3-activated Treg (DR3-Treg) had an activated/mature phenotype. Furthermore, the CD25(+)Foxp3(+) subpopulation in DR3-Treg showed stronger suppressive effects in vivo. Prophylactic treatment of αDR3 to recipient mice expanded recipient-derived Treg and reduced the severity of GVHD, whereas DR3 activation in mice with ongoing GVHD further promoted donor T-cell activation/proliferation. These data suggest that the function of DR3 signaling was highly dependent on the activation status of the T cells. In conclusion, our data demonstrated that DR3 signaling affects the function of Treg and T-cell activation after alloantigen exposure in a time-dependent manner. These observations provide important information for future clinical testing using human DR3 signal modulation and highlight the critical effect of the state of T-cell activation on clinical outcomes after activation of DR3. © 2016 by The American Society of Hematology.

  7. Lupeol, a dietary triterpene, inhibited growth, and induced apoptosis through down-regulation of DR3 in SMMC7721 cells.

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    Zhang, Lin; Zhang, Youcheng; Zhang, Lingyi; Yang, Xiaojun; Lv, Zhicheng

    2009-02-01

    Lupeol (Lup-20(29)-en-3H-ol), a novel dietary triterpene, was found in fruits, vegetables, and several medicinal plants. Here, we investigated its growth-inhibitory effect and associated mechanisms in hepatocellular carcinoma SMMC7721 cells. Lupeol treatment resulted in significant inhibition of cell viability in a dose-dependent manner and caused apoptotic death of this cell line with activation of caspase3 expression. Caspase8 inhibitor pretreatment was found to partially block the apoptosis induced by Lupeol. Moreover, Lupeol specifically caused a significant decrease in the expression of Death receptor 3 (DR3) mRNA and protein and a significant elevated expression of FADD mRNA whereas Fas mRNA and protein expression was not detectable. Further more, knockdown of DR3 by small interfering RNA inhibited the growth and induced apoptosis of hepatocellular carcinoma cell. These results suggested that Lupeol treatment induced growth inhibition and apoptosis in SMMC7721 cells, the mechanism is due to down-regulation of DR3 expression. We demonstrated that Lupeol appears to be a promising chemopreventive agent for treating hepatocellular carcinoma, and DR3 may be an important target for liver cancer therapy.

  8. Expression and Function of The TNF-Superfamily Receptor DR3 in Human Group 3 Innate Lymphoid Cells

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    Ahn, Yong-Oon; Weeres, Matthew A.; Neulen, Marie-Luise; Choi, Jahyang; Kang, Seong-Ho; Heo, Dae Seog; Bergerson, Rachel; Blazar, Bruce R.; Miller, Jeffrey S.; Verneris, Michael R.

    2015-01-01

    Death receptor 3 (DR3, TNFRSF25) is expressed by activated lymphocytes and signaling by its ligand, TL1A, enhances cytokine expression and proliferation. Recent studies show that DR3 is also present on murine type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s). Here, we show that DR3 is expressed by IL-22 producing human group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3s). Stimulation of ILC3 cells with exogenous TL1A alone had no impact on cytokine production or proliferation. Addition of TL1A to IL-1β + IL-23 significantly enhanced the amount IL-22 produced by ILC3 cells as well as the percentage IL-22 and IL-8 producing cells. Addition of TL1A to IL-1β + IL-23 also augmented ILC3 proliferation in short term (5 day assays). Mechanistically, this occurred through the up-regulation of CD25 and responsiveness to IL-2 stimulation. The combination of TL1A, IL-1β+ IL-23 and IL-2 expanded ILC3 cells (39.3 fold) while IL-1β+ IL-23 did not increase proliferation above controls. After two weeks of expansion, ILC3 cells maintained their phenotype, transcription factor expression and function (IL-22 production). These findings identify DR3 as a costimulatory molecule on ILC3 cells that can be exploited for ex vivo expansion and clinical use. PMID:26046454

  9. Epitope recognition in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice immunized to TSH-R protein or peptides.

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    Inaba, Hidefumi; Moise, Leonard; Martin, William; De Groot, Anne S; Desrosiers, Joe; Tassone, Ryan; Buchman, George; Akamizu, Takashi; De Groot, Leslie J

    2013-06-01

    Development of Graves' disease is related to HLA-DR3. The extracellular domain (ECD) of human TSH receptor (hTSH-R) is a crucial antigen in Graves' disease. hTSH-R peptide 37 (amino acids 78-94) is an important immunogenic peptide in DR3 transgenic mice immunized to hTSH-R. This study examined the epitope recognition in DR3 transgenic mice immunized to hTSH-R protein and evaluated the ability of a mutant hTSH-R peptide to attenuate the immunogenicity of hTSH-R peptide 37. DR3 transgenic mice were immunized to recombinant hTSH-R-ECD protein or peptides. A mutant hTSH-R 37 peptide (ISRIYVSIDATLSQLES: 37 m), in which DR3 binding motif position 5 was mutated V>A, and position 8 Q>S, was synthesized. 37 m should bind to HLA-DR3 but not bind T cell receptors. DR3 transgenic mice were immunized to hTSH-R 37 and 37 m. Mice immunized to hTSH-R-ECD protein developed strong anti-hTSH-R antibody, and antisera reacted strongly with hTSH-R peptides 1-5 (20-94), 21 (258-277), 41 (283-297), 36 (376-389), and 31 (399-418). Strikingly, antisera raised to hTSH-R peptide 37 bound to hTSH-R peptides 1-7 (20-112), 10 (132-50), 33 (137-150), 41, 23 (286-305), 24 (301-320), 36, and 31 as well as to hTSH-R-ECD protein. Both antibody titers to hTSH-R 37 and reaction of splenocytes to hTSH-R 37 were significantly reduced in mice immunized to hTSH-R 37 plus 37 m, compared with mice immunized to hTSH-R 37 alone. The ability of immunization to a single peptide to induce antibodies that bind hTSH-R-ECD protein, and multiple unrelated peptides, is a unique observation. Immunogenic reaction to hTSH-R peptide 37 was partially suppressed by 37 m, and this may contribute to immunotherapy of autoimmune thyroid disease.

  10. Epitope Recognition in HLA-DR3 Transgenic Mice Immunized to TSH-R Protein or Peptides

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    Moise, Leonard; Martin, William; De Groot, Anne S.; Desrosiers, Joe; Tassone, Ryan; Buchman, George; Akamizu, Takashi; De Groot, Leslie J.

    2013-01-01

    Development of Graves' disease is related to HLA-DR3. The extracellular domain (ECD) of human TSH receptor (hTSH-R) is a crucial antigen in Graves' disease. hTSH-R peptide 37 (amino acids 78–94) is an important immunogenic peptide in DR3 transgenic mice immunized to hTSH-R. This study examined the epitope recognition in DR3 transgenic mice immunized to hTSH-R protein and evaluated the ability of a mutant hTSH-R peptide to attenuate the immunogenicity of hTSH-R peptide 37. DR3 transgenic mice were immunized to recombinant hTSH-R-ECD protein or peptides. A mutant hTSH-R 37 peptide (ISRIYVSIDATLSQLES: 37m), in which DR3 binding motif position 5 was mutated V>A, and position 8 Q>S, was synthesized. 37m should bind to HLA-DR3 but not bind T cell receptors. DR3 transgenic mice were immunized to hTSH-R 37 and 37m. Mice immunized to hTSH-R-ECD protein developed strong anti-hTSH-R antibody, and antisera reacted strongly with hTSH-R peptides 1–5 (20–94), 21 (258–277), 41 (283–297), 36 (376–389), and 31 (399–418). Strikingly, antisera raised to hTSH-R peptide 37 bound to hTSH-R peptides 1–7 (20–112), 10 (132–50), 33 (137–150), 41, 23 (286–305), 24 (301–320), 36, and 31 as well as to hTSH-R-ECD protein. Both antibody titers to hTSH-R 37 and reaction of splenocytes to hTSH-R 37 were significantly reduced in mice immunized to hTSH-R 37 plus 37m, compared with mice immunized to hTSH-R 37 alone. The ability of immunization to a single peptide to induce antibodies that bind hTSH-R-ECD protein, and multiple unrelated peptides, is a unique observation. Immunogenic reaction to hTSH-R peptide 37 was partially suppressed by 37m, and this may contribute to immunotherapy of autoimmune thyroid disease. PMID:23592747

  11. Dynamic Mg2B8 Cluster: A Nanoscale Compass.

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Wang, Ying-Jin; Feng, Lin-Yan; Guo, Jin-Chang

    2017-09-26

    Boron-based binary cluster Mg2B8 is shown to adopt a compass-like structure via computational global searches, featuring an Mg2 dimer as the needle and a disk-shaped B8 molecular wheel as baseplate. The nanocompass has a diameter of 0.35 nm. Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations indicate that Mg2B8 is structurally fluxional with the needle rotating freely on the baseplate, analogous to a functioning compass. The dynamics is readily initiated via a ultrasoft vibrational mode. The rotational barrier is only 0.1 kcal mol-1 at the single-point CCSD(T) level. Chemical bonding analysis suggests that the cluster compass can be formulated as [Mg2]2+[B8]2-; that is, the baseplate and the needle are held together primarily through ionic interactions. The baseplate is doubly aromatic with pi and sigma sextets. The bonding pattern provides dilute, continuous, and delocalized electron cloud, which underlies the dynamics of the nanocompass. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. 32 CFR 806b.8 - Obtaining law enforcement records.

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    2013-07-01

    ... Obtaining law enforcement records. The Commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigation; the Commander, Air Force Security Forces Center; Major Command, Field Operating Agency, and base chiefs of security... Section 806b.8 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR...

  13. STATISTICAL STUDY OF 2XMMi-DR3/SDSS-DR8 CROSS-CORRELATION SAMPLE

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    Zhang Yanxia; Zhou Xinlin; Zhao Yongheng; Wu Xuebing

    2013-02-01

    Cross-correlating the XMM-Newton 2XMMi-DR3 catalog with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 8, we obtain one of the largest X-ray/optical catalogs and explore the distribution of various classes of X-ray emitters in the multidimensional photometric parameter space. Quasars and galaxies occupy different zones while stars scatter in them. However, X-ray active stars have a certain distributing rule according to spectral types. The earlier the type of stars, the stronger its X-ray emitting. X-ray active stars have a similar distribution to most stars in the g - r versus r - i diagram. Based on the identified samples with SDSS spectral classification, a random forest algorithm for automatic classification is performed. The result shows that the classification accuracy of quasars and galaxies adds up to more than 93.0% while that of X-ray emitting stars only amounts to 45.3%. In other words, it is easy to separate quasars and galaxies, but it is difficult to discriminate X-ray active stars from quasars and galaxies. If we want to improve the accuracy of automatic classification, it is necessary to increase the number of X-ray emitting stars, since the majority of X-ray emitting sources are quasars and galaxies. The results obtained here will be used for the optical spectral survey performed by the Large sky Area Multi-Object fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST, also named the Guo Shou Jing Telescope), which is a Chinese national scientific research facility operated by the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  14. Statistical Study of 2XMMi-DR3/SDSS-DR8 Cross-correlation Sample

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    Zhang, Yan-Xia; Zhou, Xin-Lin; Zhao, Yong-Heng; Wu, Xue-Bing

    2013-02-01

    Cross-correlating the XMM-Newton 2XMMi-DR3 catalog with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 8, we obtain one of the largest X-ray/optical catalogs and explore the distribution of various classes of X-ray emitters in the multidimensional photometric parameter space. Quasars and galaxies occupy different zones while stars scatter in them. However, X-ray active stars have a certain distributing rule according to spectral types. The earlier the type of stars, the stronger its X-ray emitting. X-ray active stars have a similar distribution to most stars in the g - r versus r - i diagram. Based on the identified samples with SDSS spectral classification, a random forest algorithm for automatic classification is performed. The result shows that the classification accuracy of quasars and galaxies adds up to more than 93.0% while that of X-ray emitting stars only amounts to 45.3%. In other words, it is easy to separate quasars and galaxies, but it is difficult to discriminate X-ray active stars from quasars and galaxies. If we want to improve the accuracy of automatic classification, it is necessary to increase the number of X-ray emitting stars, since the majority of X-ray emitting sources are quasars and galaxies. The results obtained here will be used for the optical spectral survey performed by the Large sky Area Multi-Object fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST, also named the Guo Shou Jing Telescope), which is a Chinese national scientific research facility operated by the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  15. Type 1 Diabetes in the Spanish Population: additional factors to Class II HLA-DR3 and -DR4

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    Urcelay, Elena; Santiago, José L; de la Calle, Hermenegildo; Martínez, Alfonso; Méndez, Julián; Ibarra, José M; Maluenda, Carlos; Fernández-Arquero, Miguel; de la Concha, Emilio G

    2005-01-01

    Background The Major Histocompatibility Complex is the main genetic contributor to susceptibility to type 1 diabetes (T1D); genome-wide scans have consistently mapped increased predisposition to this region. The highest disease risk has been associated with HLA-DR3 and HLA-DR4. In particular, the DR3-positive ancestral haplotype 18.2 was reported as highly diabetogenic. We aimed to corroborate whether this haplotype increases the susceptibility conferred by the DQ2-DR3 alleles in a Mediterranean population. We also searched for additional susceptibility factors to the classic DQ2-DR3 and DQ8-DR4. Results Genetic MHC markers were analysed in a case-control study with 302 T1D patients and 529 ethnically matched controls. DR3-TNFa1b5 carrier rate was significantly higher in DR3-positive heterozygous T1D patients than in DR3-positive heterozygous controls (p = 0.0019; odds ratio OR [95% confidence interval CI] = 2.26 [1.3–3.93]). This data was confirmed analysing the allelic frequency, which includes the information corresponding to the DR3-homozygous individuals (p = 0.001; OR = 2.09) and by using the Arlequin software to check the DR3-positive haplotypes (p = 0.004;OR = 1.93). The present results provide strong evidence of a second susceptibility region in the ancestral haplotype 18.2 in the Spanish population. Moreover, we searched for T1D susceptibility factors in addition to the MHC classical ones, within the DR2-DQ6/DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 negative population. Several genetic markers in both MHC class II (DQA1*0101-DQB1*0501 [p = 0.007;OR = 2.81], DQA1*0201-DQB1*0202 [p = 0.03; OR = 2.35]) and III (TNFa2b1 [p = 0.01 OR = 2.74], BAT-2*2 [p = 0.004; OR = 3.19]) were found. These different alleles associated with T1D were not independent and we observed linkage disequilibrium among them leading us to describe two new risk haplotypes (DQA1*0101-DQB1*0501-TNFa2b1 and DQA1*0201-DQB1*0202- BAT-2*2). Finally, we studied a T1D susceptibility/protection marker located in

  16. Type 1 diabetes in the Spanish population: additional factors to class II HLA-DR3 and -DR4.

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    Urcelay, Elena; Santiago, José L; de la Calle, Hermenegildo; Martínez, Alfonso; Méndez, Julián; Ibarra, José M; Maluenda, Carlos; Fernández-Arquero, Miguel; de la Concha, Emilio G

    2005-04-20

    The Major Histocompatibility Complex is the main genetic contributor to susceptibility to type 1 diabetes (T1D); genome-wide scans have consistently mapped increased predisposition to this region. The highest disease risk has been associated with HLA-DR3 and HLA-DR4. In particular, the DR3-positive ancestral haplotype 18.2 was reported as highly diabetogenic. We aimed to corroborate whether this haplotype increases the susceptibility conferred by the DQ2-DR3 alleles in a Mediterranean population. We also searched for additional susceptibility factors to the classic DQ2-DR3 and DQ8-DR4. Genetic MHC markers were analysed in a case-control study with 302 T1D patients and 529 ethnically matched controls. DR3-TNFa1b5 carrier rate was significantly higher in DR3-positive heterozygous T1D patients than in DR3-positive heterozygous controls (p = 0.0019; odds ratio OR [95% confidence interval CI] = 2.26 [1.3-3.93]). This data was confirmed analysing the allelic frequency, which includes the information corresponding to the DR3-homozygous individuals (p = 0.001; OR = 2.09) and by using the Arlequin software to check the DR3-positive haplotypes (p = 0.004;OR = 1.93). The present results provide strong evidence of a second susceptibility region in the ancestral haplotype 18.2 in the Spanish population. Moreover, we searched for T1D susceptibility factors in addition to the MHC classical ones, within the DR2-DQ6/DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 negative population. Several genetic markers in both MHC class II (DQA1*0101-DQB1*0501 [p = 0.007;OR = 2.81], DQA1*0201-DQB1*0202 [p = 0.03; OR = 2.35]) and III (TNFa2b1 [p = 0.01 OR = 2.74], BAT-2*2 [p = 0.004; OR = 3.19]) were found. These different alleles associated with T1D were not independent and we observed linkage disequilibrium among them leading us to describe two new risk haplotypes (DQA1*0101-DQB1*0501-TNFa2b1 and DQA1*0201-DQB1*0202- BAT-2*2). Finally, we studied a T1D susceptibility/protection marker located in extended class I, D6S2223

  17. A multistage-polyepitope vaccine protects against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice.

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    Geluk, Annemieke; van den Eeden, Susan J F; van Meijgaarden, Krista E; Dijkman, Karin; Franken, Kees L M C; Ottenhoff, Tom H M

    2012-12-14

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is responsible for almost 2 million deaths annually. BCG, currently the only TB vaccine, induces variable protection and does not protect against reactivation of latent TB. Thus, efficient vaccines to supplement BCG are required urgently. Since Mtb's proteome differs qualitatively and quantitatively during bacterial replication stages from that expressed during dormancy, improved TB vaccines should drive immune responses to Mtb antigens expressed during multiple stages of infection. Consequently, such "multistage" vaccines should be composed of (immunodominant) antigens expressed during different phases of Mtb infection. As a concept multistage vaccine, we constructed a polyepitope by fusing five HLA-DR3-restricted T-cell epitopes derived from different Mtb proteins either expressed highly by replicating bacteria (Ag85B, hsp65, 19 kDa lipoprotein), or abundantly expressed by dormant bacilli and recognized preferentially by TST(+) individuals (hsp16, Rv1733c). PBMC of HLA-DR3(+) but not HLA-DR3(-) cured TB patients and TST(+) individuals responded well to the multistage-polyepitope in vitro. The in vivo immunogenicity and protective efficacy of the multistage-polyepitope were analyzed using HLA-DR3 transgenic mice lacking endogenous murine class II as a model. Immunization with the multistage-polyepitope adjuvanted with CpG generated high IgG levels as well as polyfunctional CD4(+) T-cells producing IFN-γ, TNF and IL-2, specific for these HLA-DR3-restricted epitopes. Importantly, multistage-polyepitope immunization reduced the number of bacilli in the lungs after Mtb challenge when administered as prophylactic vaccine. Given the extensive repertoire of potential Mtb antigens available for immune recognition, the data of our model demonstrate the potential of multistage-polyepitope vaccines to protect against TB. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Analysis of TACI mutations in CVID & RESPI patients who have inherited HLA B*44 or HLA*B8.

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    Waldrep, Manda L; Zhuang, Yingxin; Schroeder, Harry W

    2009-09-23

    Recent reports have suggested that Common Variable Immunodeficieny (CVID) can present as an autosomal dominant trait dependent on the inheritance of a set of uncommon mutations/alleles of TACI (transmembrane activator and calcium-modulator and cyclophilin ligand interactor) involving exons 3 or 4. Penetrance, however, appears to be incomplete. Among our clinic population, the greatest genetic linkage for CVID is to the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) on chromosome 6. The majority of our patients have inherited HLA *DQ2, *DR7, *DR3(17), *B8, and/or *B44. Of these, HLA*B44 was present in almost half of the patients and was thus the most common susceptibility allele. HLA *B44 was also found to be over-represented among patients who presented to our clinic with adult-onset recurrent sinopulmonary infections (RESPI) and normal serum immunoglobulin levels, a cohort that included first and second degree relatives of patients with CVID. One of the two original reports of the association between TACI and CVID also reported Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) haplotypes. Of 13 affected subjects, nine had inherited HLA *B8 and six had inherited HLA B44. This raised the possibility that TACI mutations might synergize with MHC class I alleles to enhance susceptibility to humoral immune deficiency. We identified 63 CVID patients irrespective of HLA status and 13 RESPI patients who had inherited HLA*B44. To evaluate for mutations in the gene for TACI, we PCR amplified and sequenced TACI exons 3 and 4 from these patients. Of the 76 patients, eleven proved heterozygous for a previously reported, silent T->G polymorphism [rs35062843] at proline 97 in exon 3. However, none of the 13 RESPI patients and only one of the 63 CVID patients inherited a TACI allele previously associated with CVID. This patient was heterozygous for the TACI A181E allele (exon 4). She did not carry *DQ2, *DR7, *DR3(17), *B8, or *B44. These findings suggest that TACI mutations are unlikely to play a critical

  19. Upregulation of DR3 expression in CD4+ T cells promotes secretion of IL-17 in experimental autoimmune uveitis

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    2011-01-01

    Purpose This study investigated the role of death receptor 3 (DR3) in experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU). Methods EAU was induced in B10.RIII mice by subcutaneous injection of interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (IRBP) 161–180 emulsified with complete Freund’s adjuvant and evaluated with clinical and histopathologic observation. Total protein of draining lymph nodes (DLNs) was extracted from the control, EAU, or recovery phase mice. CD4+ T cells were separated from lymphocytes with magnetic-assisted cell sorting. At the same time, some of the CD4+ T cells were cultured with or without recombinant TL1A (rTL1A, the DR3 ligand) for three days, and the supernatants were collected for the interleukin-17 (IL-17) test. DR3 mRNA and protein levels in CD4+ T cells and the endogenous concentration of TL1A in mice DLNs were assessed with real-time PCR or western blotting. Levels of IL-17 in the supernatants were determined with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results Histopathological and clinical data revealed severe intraocular inflammation in the immunized mice. The inflammation reached its peak on day 14 in EAU and had resolved in the recovery phase (weeks 4–5 or more after IRBP immunization). CD4+ T cells obtained from EAU (day 7 or 14) had higher levels of DR3 mRNA and protein expression compared with the control group treated with complete Freund’s adjuvant alone and the recovery group. However, the DR3 mRNA and protein levels on day 21 in EAU were similar to those observed in the control and recovery groups. The endogenous levels of TL1A were upregulated in EAU, and decreased in the recovery phase mice. Adding rTL1A increased the production of IL-17 by CD4+ T cells isolated from mice DLNs. Moreover, the increased IL-17 levels in the culture supernatant of CD4+ T cells from EAU were much higher than those from the control and recovery phase mice. However, the effects on promoting IL-17 production in TL1A-stimulated CD4+ T cells were similar

  20. Coxsackie virus B antibodies are increased in HLA DR3-MICA5.1 positive type 1 diabetes patients in the Linköping region of Sweden.

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    Gupta, Manu; Nikitina-Zake, Liene; Landin-Olsson, Mona; Kockum, Ingrid; Sanjeevi, Carani B

    2003-09-01

    Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disorder in which genetics and environmental factors play a role. Among the environmental factors, viruses (especially Coxsackie virus B [CBV]), and among genetic markers, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) DRB1*04-DQA1*0301-DQB1*0302 (DR4-DQ8) and DRB1*03-DQA1*0501-DQB1*0201 (DR3-DQ2), and major histocompatibility complex class I chain-related gene-A (MICA) alleles 5 and 5.1 have been reported to be associated with T1DM in Caucasians. Sweden ranks third in the world for T1DM incidence. In Sweden, the Linköping region indicates the highest incidence for T1DM. In this study, we analyzed whether antibodies against CBV are increased in DR3, DR4, MICA5, or MICA5.1 positive patients from Linköping (n = 46) and from Swedish population as a whole (n = 298) between the age of 0 and 15 years old. There was no difference in the frequency of antibodies to CBV in patients compared with controls in Linköping (26% vs 23%) or in all of Sweden (26% vs 21%). However, CBV antibodies were increased in DR3, DR3-DR4 (heterozygous), DR3-MICA5.1, and DR3-DR4-MICA5.1 positive compared with DR3, DR3-DR4, DR3-MICA5.1, and DR3-DR4-MICA5.1 negative patients in Linköping (p < 0.05 for all), but not in Swedish population as a whole. Thus, our study suggests that in addition to DR3, MICA5.1 has an influence on the immune response to CBV infection in patients from Linköping.

  1. D-Penicillamine induced toxicity in rheumatoid arthritis: the role of sulphoxidation status and HLA-DR3.

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    Emery, P; Panayi, G S; Huston, G; Welsh, K I; Mitchell, S C; Shah, R R; Idle, J R; Smith, R L; Waring, R H

    1984-10-01

    Sulphoxidation of carbocysteine, a drug structurally similar to D-penicillamine, displays a skewed distribution within a population. In 66 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) a significant association between impaired sulphoxidation and toxicity (p less than 0.001) was found; HLA-DR3, although associated with toxicity (p less than 0.05), appeared to be an independent risk factor of most importance in the group with extensive sulphoxidation. The relative risk of toxicity in a patient possessing either DR3 or impaired sulphoxidation was 25. The prevalence of poor sulphoxidizers within this group of RA patients was increased compared to that in a previous population study and requires further investigation. Our findings explain a number of the toxic phenomena associated with D-penicillamine administration in RA.

  2. CD161 DEFINES EFFECTOR T CELLS THAT EXPRESS LIGHT AND RESPOND TO TL1A-DR3 SIGNALING.

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    Cohavy, O; Shih, D Q; Doherty, T M; Ware, C F; Targan, S R

    2011-03-01

    Expression of NK cell markers identifies pro-inflammatory T cell subsets in the liver and intestinal immune compartments. Specifically, CD161 is expressed on Th17 cells which play an important role in the regulation of mucosal inflammation. In this study, we characterized human peripheral blood CD161+ T cells as an effector population partially resembling a gut T cell phenotype. CD161+ CD4+ T cells express the gut-associated TNF family member, LIGHT, and respond to crosslinking of DR3, a receptor to another gut-associated cytokine, TL1A. Robust IFN-γ production in response to DR3 signaling correlated with enhanced expression of surface DR3 on CD161+ T cells and co-stimulation with IL12 and IL18. CD161+ T cell effector function was directly demonstrated by activation of responder monocytes in co-culture leading to CD40 upregulation and CD14 downregulation. CD161+ T cells reciprocally responded to activated monocytes, inducing expression of activation marker, CD69, and production of IL2 and IFN-γ, further demonstrating effective CD161+ T cell cross-talk with monocytes. Finally, CD161 defined a subset of T cells that co-express CD56, a second NK marker. Our findings implicate human CD161+ T cells in gut-associated signaling mechanisms, and suggest a monocyte mediated effector function in mucosal inflammation.

  3. TL1A-DR3 interaction regulates Th17 cell function and Th17-mediated autoimmune disease.

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    Pappu, Bhanu P; Borodovsky, Anna; Zheng, Timothy S; Yang, Xuexian; Wu, Ping; Dong, Xingwen; Weng, Shawn; Browning, Beth; Scott, Martin L; Ma, Li; Su, Lihe; Tian, Qiang; Schneider, Pascal; Flavell, Richard A; Dong, Chen; Burkly, Linda C

    2008-05-12

    T helper type 17 (Th17) cells play an important pathogenic function in autoimmune diseases; their regulation, however, is not well understood. We show that the expression of a tumor necrosis factor receptor family member, death receptor 3 (DR3; also known as TNFRSF25), is selectively elevated in Th17 cells, and that TL1A, its cognate ligand, can promote the proliferation of effector Th17 cells. To further investigate the role of the TL1A-DR3 pathway in Th17 regulation, we generated a TL1A-deficient mouse and found that TL1A(-/-) dendritic cells exhibited a reduced capacity in supporting Th17 differentiation and proliferation. Consistent with these data, TL1A(-/-) animals displayed decreased clinical severity in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Finally, we demonstrated that during EAE disease progression, TL1A was required for the optimal differentiation as well as effector function of Th17 cells. These observations thus establish an important role of the TL1A-DR3 pathway in promoting Th17 cell function and Th17-mediated autoimmune disease.

  4. CD161 defines effector T cells that express light and respond to TL1A-DR3 signaling

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    Cohavy, O.; Shih, D. Q.; Doherty, T. M.; Ware, C. F.

    2011-01-01

    Expression of NK cell markers identifies pro-inflammatory T cell subsets in the liver and intestinal immune compartments. Specifically, CD161 is expressed on Th17 cells which play an important role in the regulation of mucosal inflammation. In this study, we characterized human peripheral blood CD161+ T cells as an effector population partially resembling a gut T cell phenotype. CD161+ CD4+ T cells express the gut-associated TNF family member, LIGHT, and respond to crosslinking of DR3, a receptor to another gut-associated cytokine, TL1A. Robust IFN-γ production in response to DR3 signaling correlated with enhanced expression of surface DR3 on CD161+ T cells and co-stimulation with IL12 and IL18. CD161+ T cell effector function was directly demonstrated by activation of responder monocytes in co-culture leading to CD40 upregulation and CD14 downregulation. CD161+ T cells reciprocally responded to activated monocytes, inducing expression of activation marker, CD69, and production of IL2 and IFN-γ, further demonstrating effective CD161+ T cell cross-talk with monocytes. Finally, CD161 defined a subset of T cells that co-express CD56, a second NK marker. Our findings implicate human CD161+ T cells in gut-associated signaling mechanisms, and suggest a monocyte mediated effector function in mucosal inflammation. PMID:22348196

  5. Plasma sprayed Fe(76)Nd(16)B(8) permanent magnets

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    Overfelt, R. A.; Anderson, C. D.; Flanagan, W. F.

    1986-01-01

    Thin coatings (0.16 mm) and thick coatings (0.50 mm) of Fe(76)Nd(16)B(8) were deposited on stainless-steel substrates by low pressure plasma spraying. Microscopic examination of the coatings in a light microscope revealed excessive porosity, but good bonding to the substrate. Fracture cross sections examined in a scanning electron microscope showed the grains to be equiaxed and approximately 1 micron or less in diameter in the as-sprayed condition. The intrinsic coercivities of the as-sprayed coatings varied from 5.8 to 10.9 kOe. The effects of postspray heat treatments on the intrinsic coercivity are also given.

  6. TL1A-induced NF-kappaB activation and c-IAP2 production prevent DR3-mediated apoptosis in TF-1 cells.

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    Wen, Leng; Zhuang, Li; Luo, Xia; Wei, Ping

    2003-10-03

    We recently identified TL1A, an endothelium-derived T cell costimulator and a ligand for tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily members DR3 and decoy receptor 3. To elucidate the signaling events triggered by TL1A-DR3 interaction and to understand the molecular mechanisms regulating DR3-mediated apoptosis, we have studied the effect of TL1A and an agonistic DR3 monoclonal antibody in human erythroleukemic TF-1 cells, which express DR3 endogenously. TL1A induced the formation of a DR3 signaling complex containing TRADD, TRAF2, and RIP and activated the NF-kappaB and the ERK, JNK, and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways. However, TL1A or an agonistic DR3 monoclonal antibody did not induce apoptosis in these cells nor were there detectable levels of FADD or procaspase-8 seen in the signaling complex. Interestingly, DR3-mediated apoptosis was induced in TF-1 cells in the presence of a NF-kappaB pathway-specific inhibitor but not in the presence of mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitors, either alone or in combination, suggesting that DR3-induced NF-kappaB activation was responsible for resistance to apoptosis in these cells. Consistent with this, we found that TL1A significantly increased the production of c-IAP2, a known NF-kappaB-dependent anti-apoptotic protein, and that the NF-kappaB inhibitor or cycloheximide prevented its synthesis. Furthermore, inhibition of c-IAP2 production by RNA interference significantly sensitized TF-1 cells to TL1A-induced apoptosis. Our study identifies a molecular mechanism by which TL1A and DR3 regulate cell fate in TF-1 cells.

  7. Precise Determination of the Unperturbed B8 Neutrino Spectrum

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    Roger, T.; Büscher, J.; Bastin, B.; Kirsebom, O. S.; Raabe, R.; Alcorta, M.; Äystö, J.; Borge, M. J. G.; Carmona-Gallardo, M.; Cocolios, T. E.; Cruz, J.; Dendooven, P.; Fraile, L. M.; Fynbo, H. O. U.; Galaviz, D.; Gasques, L. R.; Giri, G. S.; Huyse, M.; Hyldegaard, S.; Jungmann, K.; Kruithof, W. L.; Lantz, M.; Perea, A.; Riisager, K.; Saastamoinen, A.; Santra, B.; Shidling, P. D.; Sohani, M.; Sørensen, A. J.; Tengblad, O.; Traykov, E.; van der Hoek, D. J.; Duppen, P. Van; Versolato, O. O.; Wilschut, H. W.

    2012-04-01

    A measurement of the final state distribution of the B8 β decay, obtained by implanting a B8 beam in a double-sided silicon strip detector, is reported here. The present spectrum is consistent with a recent independent precise measurement performed by our collaboration at the IGISOL facility, Jyväskylä [O. S. Kirsebom , Phys. Rev. C 83, 065802 (2011)PRVCAN0556-281310.1103/PhysRevC.83.065802]. It shows discrepancies with previously measured spectra, leading to differences in the derived neutrino spectrum. Thanks to a low detection threshold, the neutrino spectrum is for the first time directly extracted from the measured final state distribution, thus avoiding the uncertainties related to the extrapolation of R-matrix fits. Combined with the IGISOL data, this leads to an improvement of the overall errors and the extension of the neutrino spectrum at high energy. The new unperturbed neutrino spectrum represents a benchmark for future measurements of the solar neutrino flux as a function of energy.

  8. Specific combinations of HLA-DR2 and DR3 class II haplotypes contribute graded risk for disease susceptibility and autoantibodies in human SLE.

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    Graham, Robert R; Ortmann, Ward; Rodine, Peter; Espe, Karl; Langefeld, Carl; Lange, Ethan; Williams, Adrienne; Beck, Stephanie; Kyogoku, Chieko; Moser, Kathy; Gaffney, Patrick; Gregersen, Peter K; Criswell, Lindsey A; Harley, John B; Behrens, Timothy W

    2007-08-01

    The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) Class II antigen presentation alleles DR and DQ are associated with susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the production of lupus-related autoantibodies. Here, we explore the effect of different combinations of Class II risk haplotypes in a large, multi-center collection of 780 SLE families. Haplotypes bearing the DRB1*1501/DQB1*0602 (DR2) and DRB1*0301/DQB1*0201 (DR3) alleles were present in nearly two-thirds of SLE cases and were significantly associated with disease susceptibility in both family-based and case-control study designs. DR3-containing haplotypes conferred higher risk for disease than DR2, and individual homozygous for DR3 or compound heterozygous for DR3 and DR2 showed the highest risk profile. DR2 haplotypes were also found to be associated with antibodies to the nuclear antigen Sm, and, as previously observed, DR3 genotypes were associated with Ro and La autoantibodies. Interestingly, SLE cases and unaffected family members who were DR2/DR3 compound heterozygotes showed particularly strong risk of developing antibodies to Ro, and were enriched for La and Sm. These data provide convincing evidence that particular combinations of HLA Class II DR2 and DR3 haplotypes are key determinants of autoantibody production and disease susceptibility in human SLE.

  9. Involvement of TL1A and DR3 in induction of pro-inflammatory cytokines and matrix metalloproteinase-9 in atherogenesis.

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    Kang, Yoon-Joong; Kim, Won-Jung; Bae, Hyung-Uk; Kim, Dong-Ik; Park, Yong Bok; Park, Jeong-Euy; Kwon, Byoung S; Lee, Won-Ha

    2005-03-07

    TL1A (VEGI/TNFSF15) is the ligand for DR3 (TNFRSF12) and is a newly identified member of the tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFSF). Previously, DR3 has been shown to have a role in atherogenesis through stimulation of matrix degrading enzymes including matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9. Immunohistochemical staining of human carotid atherosclerotic plaques revealed a high-level expression of TL1A in regions rich in macrophage/foam cells. To investigate the role of TL1A and DR3 in the functioning of macrophage/foam cells in relation to atherogenesis, we have analyzed cellular events mediated by TL1A and DR3 in a human macrophage-like cell line, THP-1. Treatment of THP-1 cells with immobilized anti-DR3 monoclonal antibody in combination with IFN-gamma caused induction of pro-atherogenic cytokines/chemokines such as TNF-alpha, monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1, and interleukin (IL)-8. Treatment of THP-1 cells with recombinant TL1A in combination with IFN-gamma also caused induction of MMP-9 and IL-8. Furthermore, the expression of DR3 in peripheral blood monocytes was induced after atherogenic stimulation. These data suggest that TL1A and DR3 is involved in atherosclerosis via the induction of pro-inflammatory cytokines/chemokines and decreasing plaque stability by inducing extracellular matrix degrading enzymes.

  10. Partial pathogen protection by tick-bite sensitization and epitope recognition in peptide-immunized HLA DR3 transgenic mice

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    Shattuck, Wendy M C; Dyer, Megan C; Desrosiers, Joe; Fast, Loren D; Terry, Frances E; Martin, William D; Moise, Leonard; De Groot, Anne S; Mather, Thomas N

    2014-01-01

    Ticks are notorious vectors of disease for humans, and many species of ticks transmit multiple pathogens, sometimes in the same tick bite. Accordingly, a broad-spectrum vaccine that targets vector ticks and pathogen transmission at the tick/host interface, rather than multiple vaccines against every possible tickborne pathogen, could become an important tool for resolving an emerging public health crisis. The concept for such a tick protective vaccine comes from observations of an acquired tick resistance (ATR) that can develop in non-natural hosts of ticks following sensitization to tick salivary components. Mice are commonly used as models to study immune responses to human pathogens but normal mice are natural hosts for many species of ticks and fail to develop ATR. We evaluated HLA DR3 transgenic (tg) “humanized” mice as a potential model of ATR and assessed the possibility of using this animal model for tick protective vaccine discovery studies. Serial tick infestations with pathogen-free Ixodes scapularis ticks were used to tick-bite sensitize HLA DR3 tg mice. Sensitization resulted in a cytokine skew favoring a Th2 bias as well as partial (57%) protection to infection with Lyme disease spirochetes (Borrelia burgdorferi) following infected tick challenge when compared to tick naïve counterparts. I. scapularis salivary gland homogenate (SGH) and a group of immunoinformatic-predicted T cell epitopes identified from the I. scapularis salivary transcriptome were used separately to vaccinate HLA DR3 tg mice, and these mice also were assessed for both pathogen protection and epitope recognition. Reduced pathogen transmission along with a Th2 skew resulted from SGH vaccination, while no significant protection and a possible T regulatory bias was seen in epitope-vaccinated mice. This study provides the first proof-of-concept for using HLA DR tg “humanized” mice for studying the potential tick protective effects of immunoinformatic- or otherwise-derived tick

  11. Partial pathogen protection by tick-bite sensitization and epitope recognition in peptide-immunized HLA DR3 transgenic mice.

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    Shattuck, Wendy M C; Dyer, Megan C; Desrosiers, Joe; Fast, Loren D; Terry, Frances E; Martin, William D; Moise, Leonard; De Groot, Anne S; Mather, Thomas N

    2014-01-01

    Ticks are notorious vectors of disease for humans, and many species of ticks transmit multiple pathogens, sometimes in the same tick bite. Accordingly, a broad-spectrum vaccine that targets vector ticks and pathogen transmission at the tick/host interface, rather than multiple vaccines against every possible tickborne pathogen, could become an important tool for resolving an emerging public health crisis. The concept for such a tick protective vaccine comes from observations of an acquired tick resistance (ATR) that can develop in non-natural hosts of ticks following sensitization to tick salivary components. Mice are commonly used as models to study immune responses to human pathogens but normal mice are natural hosts for many species of ticks and fail to develop ATR. We evaluated HLA DR3 transgenic (tg) "humanized" mice as a potential model of ATR and assessed the possibility of using this animal model for tick protective vaccine discovery studies. Serial tick infestations with pathogen-free Ixodes scapularis ticks were used to tick-bite sensitize HLA DR3 tg mice. Sensitization resulted in a cytokine skew favoring a Th2 bias as well as partial (57%) protection to infection with Lyme disease spirochetes (Borrelia burgdorferi) following infected tick challenge when compared to tick naïve counterparts. I. scapularis salivary gland homogenate (SGH) and a group of immunoinformatic-predicted T cell epitopes identified from the I. scapularis salivary transcriptome were used separately to vaccinate HLA DR3 tg mice, and these mice also were assessed for both pathogen protection and epitope recognition. Reduced pathogen transmission along with a Th2 skew resulted from SGH vaccination, while no significant protection and a possible T regulatory bias was seen in epitope-vaccinated mice. This study provides the first proof-of-concept for using HLA DR tg "humanized" mice for studying the potential tick protective effects of immunoinformatic- or otherwise-derived tick salivary

  12. Ocular myasthenia gravis induced by human acetylcholine receptor ϵ subunit immunization in HLA DR3 transgenic mice.

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    Wu, Xiaorong; Tuzun, Erdem; Saini, Shamsher S; Wang, Jun; Li, Jing; Aguilera-Aguirre, Leopoldo; Huda, Ruksana; Christadoss, Premkumar

    2015-12-01

    Extraocular muscles (EOM) are preferentially involved in myasthenia gravis (MG) and acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibody positive MG patients may occasionally present with isolated ocular symptoms. Although experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG) induced by whole AChR immunization closely mimics clinical and immunopathological aspects of MG, EOM are usually not affected. We have previously developed an EAMG model, which imitates EOM symptoms of MG by immunization of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) transgenic mice with α or γ-subunits of human AChR (H-AChR). To investigate the significance of the ϵ-subunit in ocular MG, we immunized HLA-DR3 and HLA-DQ8 transgenic mice with recombinant H-AChR ϵ-subunit expressed in Escherichia coli. HLA-DR3 transgenic mice showed significantly higher clinical ocular and generalized MG severity scores and lower grip strength values than HLA-DQ8 mice. H-AChR ϵ-subunit-immunized HLA-DR3 transgenic mice had higher serum anti-AChR antibody (IgG, IgG1, IgG2b, IgG2c and IgM) levels, neuromuscular junction IgG and complement deposit percentages than ϵ-subunit-immunized HLA-DQ8 transgenic mice. Control mice immunized with E. coli extract or complete Freund adjuvant (CFA) did not show clinical and immunopathological features of ocular and generalized EAMG. Lymph node cells of ϵ-subunit-immunized HLA-DR3 mice showed significantly higher proliferative responses than those of ϵ-subunit-immunized HLA-DQ8 mice, crude E. coli extract-immunized and CFA-immunized transgenic mice. Our results indicate that the human AChR ϵ-subunit is capable of inducing myasthenic muscle weakness. Diversity of the autoimmune responses displayed by mice expressing different HLA class II molecules suggests that the interplay between HLA class II alleles and AChR subunits might have a profound impact on the clinical course of MG.

  13. Primary sclerosing cholangitis is associated with extended HLA-DR3 and HLA-DR6 haplotypes.

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    Wiencke, K; Karlsen, T H; Boberg, K M; Thorsby, E; Schrumpf, E; Lie, B A; Spurkland, A

    2007-02-01

    Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is associated with the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DRB1*0301-DQA1*0501-DQB1*0201 (DR3) and HLA-DRB1*1301-DQA1*0103-DQB1*0603 (DR6) haplotypes. Recently, the extended HLA class I region has been found to harbour genes that modulate or confer susceptibility independently of the HLA class II genes in several immune-mediated diseases. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the influence of genes in the extended HLA class I region on susceptibility to PSC. Seven microsatellite markers (MIB, D6S265, D6S2222, D6S464, D6S2223, D6S2225 and D6S2239) were analysed together with HLA class II alleles in 219 Norwegian patients with PSC and 282 random controls. To control for associations because of linkage disequilibrium (LD), 142 HLA-DR3 homozygous and 187 DR6-positive controls were included. The unstratified analysis showed significant associations with the alleles MIB*349 [odds ratio (OR) = 3.0, corrected P value (P(c)) = 3 x 10(-12)], D6S265*122 (OR = 1.7, P(c)= 0.004), D6S464*209 (OR = 1.8, P(c)= 0.03) and D6S2225*147 (OR = 2.7, P(c)= 4 x 10(-6)), which were mainly secondary to the DR3 association. When stratifying for DR6, an association with the D6S265*122 allele was still observed (OR = 3.7, P(c)= 0.0004). In the presence of the D6S265*122 allele, the risk to develop PSC conferred by DR6 was increased four times compared with the risk conferred by DR6 alone. In addition, a novel negative association of PSC with DR11 was observed (OR = 0.21, P(c)= 2 x 10(-4)). In conclusion, our study shows that a gene in LD with D6S265 contributes to susceptibility to develop PSC in individuals carrying DR6. Moreover, we found that the PSC-associated DR3 haplotype extends more telomeric than that previously reported. We also report a possible protective effect of DR11 on development of PSC.

  14. Delineation of the minimal encephalitogenic epitope of proteolipid protein peptide(91-110) and critical residues required for induction of EAE in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice.

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    Mangalam, Ashutosh K; Khare, Meenakshi; Krco, Christopher J; Rodriguez, Moses; David, Chella S

    2005-04-01

    Previously, we have reported that proteolipid protein (PLP) peptide 91-110 can induce experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in HLA-DR3 transgenic (tg) mice. Here we, report that residues spanning 97-108 are the minimal epitope required for induction of EAE in DR3 mice. Utilizing a series of alanine-substituted peptides, positions 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, and 106 are identified as residues necessary for an immune response. Further analysis indicated that amino acid isoleucine (99), aspartate (102) and lysine (104) are anchor residues facilitating binding to HLA-DR3 molecules. These results may have applications in the future design of peptide based immunotherapy.

  15. A Central Role for HLA-DR3 in Anti-Smith Antibody Responses and Glomerulonephritis in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Spontaneous Lupus

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    Chowdhary, Vaidehi R.; Dai, Chao; Tilahun, Ashenafi Y.; Hanson, Julie A.; Smart, Michele K.; Grande, Joseph P.; Rajagopalan, Govindarajan; Fu, Shu-Man; David, Chella S.

    2017-01-01

    MHC, especially HLA-DR3 and HLA-DR2, is one of the most important genetic susceptibility regions for systemic lupus erythematosus. Human studies to understand the role of specific HLA alleles in disease pathogenesis have been hampered by the presence of strong linkage disequilibrium in this region. To overcome this, we produced transgenic mice expressing HLA-DR3 (DRβ1*0301) and devoid of endogenous class II (both I-A and I-E genes, AE0) on a lupus-prone NZM2328 background (NZM2328.DR3+AE0). Both NZM2328 and NZM2328.DR3+AE0 mice developed anti-dsDNA and glomerulonephritis, but anti-dsDNA titers were higher in the latter. Although kidney histological scores were similar in NZM2328 and NZM2328.DR3+AE0 mice (7.2 ± 4.3 and 8.6 ± 5.7, respectively, p = 0.48), the onset of severe proteinuria occurred earlier in NZM2328.DR3+AE0 mice compared with NZM2328 mice (median, 5 and 9 mo respectively, p < 0.001). Periarterial lymphoid aggregates, classic wire loop lesions, and occasional crescents were seen only in kidneys from NZM2328.DR3+AE0 mice. Interestingly, NZM2328.DR3+AE0 mice, but not NZM2328 mice, spontaneously developed anti-Smith (Sm) Abs. The anti-Sm Abs were seen in NZM2328.DR3+AE0 mice that were completely devoid of endogenous class II (AE−/−) but not in mice homozygous (AE+/+) or heterozygous (AE+/−) for endogenous MHC class II. It appears that only HLA-DR3 molecules can preferentially select SmD-reactive CD4+ T cells for generation of the spontaneous anti-Sm immune response. Thus, our mouse model unravels a critical role for HLA-DR3 in generating an autoimmune response to SmD and lupus nephritis in the NZM2328 background. PMID:26475924

  16. A Central Role for HLA-DR3 in Anti-Smith Antibody Responses and Glomerulonephritis in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Spontaneous Lupus.

    PubMed

    Chowdhary, Vaidehi R; Dai, Chao; Tilahun, Ashenafi Y; Hanson, Julie A; Smart, Michele K; Grande, Joseph P; Rajagopalan, Govindarajan; Fu, Shu-Man; David, Chella S

    2015-11-15

    MHC, especially HLA-DR3 and HLA-DR2, is one of the most important genetic susceptibility regions for systemic lupus erythematosus. Human studies to understand the role of specific HLA alleles in disease pathogenesis have been hampered by the presence of strong linkage disequilibrium in this region. To overcome this, we produced transgenic mice expressing HLA-DR3 (DRβ1*0301) and devoid of endogenous class II (both I-A and I-E genes, AE(0)) on a lupus-prone NZM2328 background (NZM2328.DR3(+)AE(0)). Both NZM2328 and NZM2328.DR3(+)AE(0) mice developed anti-dsDNA and glomerulonephritis, but anti-dsDNA titers were higher in the latter. Although kidney histological scores were similar in NZM2328 and NZM2328.DR3(+)AE(0) mice (7.2 ± 4.3 and 8.6 ± 5.7, respectively, p = 0.48), the onset of severe proteinuria occurred earlier in NZM2328.DR3(+)AE(0) mice compared with NZM2328 mice (median, 5 and 9 mo respectively, p < 0.001). Periarterial lymphoid aggregates, classic wire loop lesions, and occasional crescents were seen only in kidneys from NZM2328.DR3(+)AE(0) mice. Interestingly, NZM2328.DR3(+)AE(0) mice, but not NZM2328 mice, spontaneously developed anti-Smith (Sm) Abs. The anti-Sm Abs were seen in NZM2328.DR3(+)AE(0) mice that were completely devoid of endogenous class II (AE(-/) (-)) but not in mice homozygous (AE(+/+)) or heterozygous (AE(+/-)) for endogenous MHC class II. It appears that only HLA-DR3 molecules can preferentially select SmD-reactive CD4(+) T cells for generation of the spontaneous anti-Sm immune response. Thus, our mouse model unravels a critical role for HLA-DR3 in generating an autoimmune response to SmD and lupus nephritis in the NZM2328 background. Copyright © 2015 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  17. Phenanthrene degradation by Biejerinickia sp. B8/36

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    Strandberg, G.W.; Abraham, T.J. Jr.; Frazier, G.C.

    1986-01-01

    The use of fossil fuels has greatly increased the ubiquity of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment, and their potential toxicity has generated considerable interest in the ability of microorganisms to utilize and/or detoxify these pollutants. One PAH of concern is phenanthrene. Numerous microbial species are known to degrade phenanthrene and there appear to be several metabolic routes available, depending upon the species, strain, and even the cultural conditions. Although there is a substantial amount of literature on the metabolic pathways of phenanthrene utilization, the authors have found little information regarding the effects of environmental conditions on phenanthrene degradation rates. Such information would be of importance to understanding the fate of this compound in natural and controlled (i.e., wastewater treatment) biological systems. During preliminary experiments, the authors found Beijerinickia sp. B3/36 to be unable to grow solely on phenanthrene, but capable of growth and phenanthrene utilization when yeast extract was supplied. The authors discuss the effects of pH and temperature on growth and phenanthrene degradation by intact cells of Biejerinickia sp. B8/36.

  18. HLA-DQ8 (DQB1*0302) Restricted Th17 cells Exacerbate Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis in HLA-DR3 Transgenic Mice

    PubMed Central

    Mangalam, Ashutosh; Luckey, David; Basal, Eati; Jackson, Megan; Smart, Michelle; Rodriguez, Moses; David, Chella

    2009-01-01

    Among all the genetic factors associated with MS susceptibility, MHC class II molecules have the strongest association. Although a direct role of DR alleles in MS have been confirmed, it has been difficult to understand the role of DQ alleles in disease pathogenesis, due to strong linkage disequilibrium with certain DR alleles. Population studies have indicated that DQ alleles may play a modulatory role in progression of MS. Using HLA- class II transgenic (Tg) mice we investigated gene complementation between DR and DQ genes in the disease process. Previously, using single Tg mice (expressing HLA-DR or DQ gene), we showed that PLP91–110 peptide induced EAE only in DR3.Aβ° mice, suggesting that DR3 (DRB1*0301) is a disease susceptibility gene in the context of PLP. We also showed that DQ6 protect development of EAE in DQ6/DR3 double Tg mice by production of anti-inflammatory IFN-γ. In this study we investigated the ability of DQ8 to modulate disease in DR3/DQ8 double Tg mice. Introduction of DQ8 onto DR3 Tg mice led to higher disease incidence and increased disease severity on immunization with PLP91–110 indicating that DQ8 had an exacerbating effect on development of EAE. Increased susceptibility in DR3/DQ8 Tg mice was due to increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17 by DQ8-restricted T-cells. HLA-DR3/DQ8 mice with EAE also demonstrated increased inflammation and demyelination in CNS as compared to single DR3 Tg mice. Thus double Tg mouse provides a novel model to study epistatic interactions between HLA class II molecules in inflammatory and demyelinating disease. PMID:19342694

  19. HLA-DQ8 (DQB1*0302)-restricted Th17 cells exacerbate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in HLA-DR3-transgenic mice.

    PubMed

    Mangalam, Ashutosh; Luckey, David; Basal, Eati; Jackson, Megan; Smart, Michele; Rodriguez, Moses; David, Chella

    2009-04-15

    Among all of the genetic factors associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) susceptibility, MHC class II molecules have the strongest association. Although a direct role of DR alleles in MS have been confirmed, it has been difficult to understand the role of DQ alleles in disease pathogenesis due to strong linkage disequilibrium with certain DR alleles. Population studies have indicated that DQ alleles may play a modulatory role in progression of MS. Using HLA class II transgenic (Tg) mice, we investigated gene complementation between DR and DQ genes in the disease process. Previously, using single Tg mice (expressing HLA-DR or DQ gene), we showed that PLP(91-110) peptide induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) only in DR3.Abeta degrees mice, suggesting that DR3 (DRB1*0301) is a disease susceptibility gene in the context of PLP. We also showed that DQ6 protects development of EAE in DQ6/DR3 double Tg mice by production of anti-inflammatory IFN-gamma. In this study, we investigated the ability of DQ8 to modulate disease in DR3/DQ8 double Tg mice. Introduction of DQ8 onto DR3 Tg mice led to higher disease incidence and increased disease severity on immunization with PLP(91-110), indicating that DQ8 had an exacerbating effect on the development of EAE. Increased susceptibility in DR3/DQ8 Tg mice was due to increased production of proinflammatory cytokine IL-17 by DQ8-restricted T cells. HLA-DR3/DQ8 mice with EAE also demonstrated increased inflammation and demyelination in CNS as compared with single DR3 Tg mice. Thus double Tg mouse provides a novel model to study epistatic interactions between HLA class II molecules in inflammatory and demyelinating disease.

  20. Employing a recombinant HLA-DR3 expression system to dissect major histocompatibility complex II-thyroglobulin peptide dynamism: a genetic, biochemical, and reverse immunological perspective.

    PubMed

    Jacobson, Eric M; Yang, Heyi; Menconi, Francesca; Wang, Rong; Osman, Roman; Skrabanek, Luce; Li, Cheuk Wun; Fadlalla, Mohammed; Gandhi, Alisha; Chaturvedi, Vijaya; Smith, Eric P; Schwemberger, Sandy; Osterburg, Andrew; Babcock, George F; Tomer, Yaron

    2009-12-04

    Previously, we have shown that statistical synergism between amino acid variants in thyroglobulin (Tg) and specific HLA-DR3 pocket sequence signatures conferred a high risk for autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). Therefore, we hypothesized that this statistical synergism mirrors a biochemical interaction between Tg peptides and HLA-DR3, which is key to the pathoetiology of AITD. To test this hypothesis, we designed a recombinant HLA-DR3 expression system that was used to express HLA-DR molecules harboring either AITD susceptibility or resistance DR pocket sequences. Next, we biochemically generated the potential Tg peptidic repertoire available to HLA-DR3 by separately treating 20 purified human thyroglobulin samples with cathepsins B, D, or L, lysosomal proteases that are involved in antigen processing and thyroid biology. Sequences of the cathepsin-generated peptides were then determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight-mass spectroscopy, and algorithmic means were employed to identify putative AITD-susceptible HLA-DR3 binders. From four predicted peptides, we identified two novel peptides that bound strongly and specifically to both recombinant AITD-susceptible HLA-DR3 protein and HLA-DR3 molecules expressed on stably transfected cells. Intriguingly, the HLA-DR3-binding peptides we identified had a marked preference for the AITD-susceptibility DR signatures and not to those signatures that were AITD-protective. Structural analyses demonstrated the profound influence that the pocket signatures have on the interaction of HLA-DR molecules with Tg peptides. Our study suggests that interactions between Tg and discrete HLA-DR pocket signatures contribute to the initiation of AITD.

  1. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Narrow line Seyfert 1 galaxies from SDSS-DR3 (Zhou+, 2006)

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    Zhou, H.; Wang, T.; Yuan, W.; Lu, H.; Dong, X.; Wang, J.; Lu, Y.

    2017-01-01

    We carried out a systematic search for narrow line Seyfert 1 galaxies (NLS1s) from objects assigned as "QSOs" or "galaxies" in the spectroscopic sample of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 3 (SDSS DR3) by a careful modeling of their emission lines and continua. The result is a uniform sample comprising ~2000 NLS1s. This sample dramatically increases the number of known NLS1s by a factor of ~10 over previous compilations. This paper presents the parameters of the prominent emission lines and continua, which were measured accurately with typical uncertainties <10%. Taking advantage of such an unprecedented large and uniform sample with accurately measured spectral parameters, we carried out various statistical analyses, some of which were only possible for the first time. (1 data file).

  2. Sporadic inclusion body myositis: phenotypic variability and influence of HLA-DR3 in a cohort of 57 Australian cases.

    PubMed

    Needham, M; James, I; Corbett, A; Day, T; Christiansen, F; Phillips, B; Mastaglia, F L

    2008-09-01

    There have been few studies of the variability in the clinical phenotype in sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM) and it is not known whether the human leucocyte antigen (HLA) haplotype influences the phenotype and course of the disease. We studied a large cohort of patients with sIBM in order to determine the degree of phenotypic variability and different modes of presentation, as well as the influence of HLA haplotypes. A cross-sectional study of 57 biopsy-proven sIBM cases from three Australian centres was performed. Patients were interviewed and examined by a single investigator, and had HLA typing and autoantibody studies. Although the initial symptoms in the majority of cases were attributable to quadriceps weakness (79%), a proportion of patients presented due to finger weakness (12%), foot drop (7%) or dysphagia (1.8%). Although the majority had the classic combination of quadriceps and forearm muscle involvement, some patients had predominantly forearm weakness with sparing of the quadriceps, or severe involvement of the anterior tibial muscles. Asymmetrical involvement was common (82%), particularly of the forearm muscles, with the non-dominant side being more severely affected in most cases. Carriage of the HLA-DRB1*0301 (DR3) allele was associated with lower quadriceps muscle strength and a more rapid decline in strength. The findings emphasise the variability in the mode of presentation, patterns of muscle involvement and clinical course of sIBM in this population, and indicate that the HLA-DRB1*0301 (DR3) allele may influence the rate of progression as well as susceptibility to the disease.

  3. Tumor Necrosis Factor-like Cytokine TL1A and Its Receptors DR3 and DcR3: Important New Factors in Mucosal Homeostasis and Inflammation.

    PubMed

    Siakavellas, Spyros I; Bamias, Giorgos

    2015-10-01

    Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-like cytokine 1A (TL1A) is a member of the TNF superfamily of proteins (TNFSF15), which signals through association with death domain receptor 3 (DR3). Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3) competes with DR3 for TL1A binding and inhibits functional signaling. These proteins are significantly upregulated in inflamed intestinal tissues, and their pathogenetic importance for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is suggested by accumulating evidence. TL1A/DR3 induce costimulatory signals to activated lymphocytes, including the gut-specific populations of CD4+CD161+ and CD4+CCR9+ cells, affecting all major effector pathways and inducing the mucosal upregulation of Th1, Th2, and Th17 factors. They may also participate in mucosal homeostasis and defense against pathogens through their effects on the development and function of the recently described innate lymphoid cells. T-regulatory lymphocytes highly express DR3, and they respond to TL1A stimulation also. Mechanistic studies by transgenic expression of TL1A, deletion of TL1A or DR3, and therapeutic blockade by anti-TL1A antibodies all support the critical involvement of the corresponding pathways in the pathogenesis of chronic mucosal inflammation. Wide genome association studies have identified IBD-specific polymorphisms in TNFSF15 gene, which have functional implications and serve as poor prognostic factors. Recently, TL1A blockade in mice was presented as a unique pharmacological treatment for the reversal of established intestinal fibrosis. Finally, TL1A/DR3 signaling seems to critically participate in extraintestinal inflammatory conditions that are frequently associated with IBD as part of the gut-joint-skin-eye axis. These converging lines of evidence make TL1A/DR3 a suitable model for personalized approaches to IBD therapy.

  4. HLA-DR3 transgenic mice immunized with adenovirus encoding the thyrotropin receptor: T cell epitopes and functional analysis of the CD40 Graves' polymorphism.

    PubMed

    Pichurin, Pavel; Pham, Nancy; David, Chella S; Rapoport, Basil; McLachlan, Sandra M

    2006-12-01

    The major histocompatibility (MHC) molecule HLA-DR3 is a susceptibility gene for Graves' disease (GD) in Caucasians. Mice lacking murine MHC and expressing human HLA-DR3 develop thyrotropin receptor (TSHR) antibodies and sometimes hyperthyroidism after vaccination with TSHR-DNA. MHC molecules present peptides processed from antigens to T cells. Therefore, we used DR3-transgenic mice to investigate recognition of TSHR ectodomain peptides. After immunization with TSHR A-subunit adenovirus (A-subunit-Ad) but not control-adenovirus (Control-Ad), splenocytes from DR3 mice responded to A-subunit protein in culture by producing interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma). When challenged with 29 overlapping TSHR peptides, splenocytes from A-subunit-Ad- or Control-Ad-immunized mice responded to several peptides. However, in splenocytes from A-subunit-Ad but not Control-Ad mice, a peptide containing TSHR residues 142-161 induced significantly more IFN-gamma than the same splenocytes in medium alone. Immunized DR3 mice also permitted testing the TSHR-specific function of the CD40 single nucleotide polymorphism (C vs. T) associated with GD. Of three human DR3 human Epstein-Barr virus lines (EBVL), two had C in both alleles (CC) and one was CT. However, these EBVL presented peptides poorly and there was no difference between CC vs. CT EBVL in peptide presentation to splenocytes from immunized mice. A peptide corresponding to residues 145-163 is one of seven suggested to be important in GD based on HLA-binding affinities, T-epitope algorithms, and human studies. Consequently, as in human GD, TSHR amino acids 142-161 appear to include a major T cell epitope in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice immunized with A-subunit-Ad.

  5. 22 CFR 9b.8 - Term and renewal of Department of State press building passes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  16. TL1A and DR3, a TNF family ligand-receptor pair that promotes lymphocyte costimulation, mucosal hyperplasia, and autoimmune inflammation.

    PubMed

    Meylan, Françoise; Richard, Arianne C; Siegel, Richard M

    2011-11-01

    DR3 (TNFRSF25) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily expressed primarily on lymphocytes and is a receptor for the TNF family cytokine TL1A (TNFSF15). DR3 costimulates T-cell activation, but it is unique among these receptors in that it signals through an intracytoplasmic death domain and the adapter protein TRADD (TNFR-associated death domain). TL1A costimulates T cells to produce a wide variety of cytokines and can promote expansion of activated and regulatory T cells in vivo. Studies in mice deficient in DR3 or TL1A or in animals treated with antibodies that block the activity of TL1A have revealed a specific role for DR3 in enhancing effector T-cell proliferation at the site of tissue inflammation in autoimmune disease models. DR3 appears to be required in autoimmune disease models dependent on a variety of different T-cell subsets and also invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. Chronic expression of TL1A induces a distinct interleukin-13-dependent pathology in the small intestine marked by goblet cell hyperplasia and other features associated with allergic and anti-parasitic responses. These studies suggest that TL1A may be a viable target for therapies designed to inhibit the T-cell-dependent component of diverse autoimmune diseases. Published 2011. This article is a US Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

  17. Progranulin-derived Atsttrin directly binds to TNFRSF25 (DR3) and inhibits TNF-like ligand 1A (TL1A) activity.

    PubMed

    Liu, Cui; Li, Xing-Xia; Gao, Wei; Liu, Wen; Liu, De-Shan

    2014-01-01

    Atsttrin, a progranulin (PGRN)-derived molecule composed of three TNFR-binding domains of PGRN, binds to TNF receptors (TNFR) and is therapeutic against inflammatory arthritis. Here we screened the associations of Atsttrin and other members in TNFR subfamily, which led to the discovery of TNFRSF25 (DR3) as an additional Atsttrin-interacting member in TNFR family. Similar to TNFR1 and TNFR2, DR3 also directly bound to Atsttrin. The first three cysteine-rich domains (CRD) in the extracellular portion of DR3 were required for this interaction. Atsttrin inhibited the interaction between DR3 and its TNF-Like Ligand 1A (TL1A). In addition, Atsttrin inhibited TL1A-stimulated target gene expressions and neutralized TL1A-enhanced osteoclastogenesis in vitro. Furthermore, Atsttrin ameliorated the pathology in dextran sulfate sodium induced colitis. Taken together, these findings not only provide the new insights into Atsttrin's therapeutic action in inflammatory arthritis, but may also present Atsttrin as a novel biological agent for treating various types of diseases associated with TL1A/DR3 pathway.

  18. Progranulin-Derived Atsttrin Directly Binds to TNFRSF25 (DR3) and Inhibits TNF-Like Ligand 1A (TL1A) Activity

    PubMed Central

    Liu, Wen; Liu, De-Shan

    2014-01-01

    Atsttrin, a progranulin (PGRN)-derived molecule composed of three TNFR-binding domains of PGRN, binds to TNF receptors (TNFR) and is therapeutic against inflammatory arthritis. Here we screened the associations of Atsttrin and other members in TNFR subfamily, which led to the discovery of TNFRSF25 (DR3) as an additional Atsttrin-interacting member in TNFR family. Similar to TNFR1 and TNFR2, DR3 also directly bound to Atsttrin. The first three cysteine-rich domains (CRD) in the extracellular portion of DR3 were required for this interaction. Atsttrin inhibited the interaction between DR3 and its TNF-Like Ligand 1A (TL1A). In addition, Atsttrin inhibited TL1A-stimulated target gene expressions and neutralized TL1A-enhanced osteoclastogenesis in vitro. Furthermore, Atsttrin ameliorated the pathology in dextran sulfate sodium induced colitis. Taken together, these findings not only provide the new insights into Atsttrin's therapeutic action in inflammatory arthritis, but may also present Atsttrin as a novel biological agent for treating various types of diseases associated with TL1A/DR3 pathway. PMID:24651300

  19. TL1A and DR3, a TNF-family ligand-receptor pair that promotes lymphocyte costimulation, mucosal hyperplasia and autoimmune inflammation

    PubMed Central

    Meylan, Françoise; Richard, Arianne C.; Siegel, Richard M.

    2013-01-01

    Summary DR3 (TNFRSF25) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily expressed primarily on lymphocytes and is a receptor for the TNF family cytokine TL1A (TNFSF15). DR3 costimulates T cell activation, but it is unique among these receptors in that it signals through an intracytoplasmic death domain and the adapter protein TRADD. TL1A costimulates T cells to produce a wide variety of cytokines and can promote expansion of activated and regulatory T cells in vivo. Studies in mice deficient in DR3 or TL1A or in animals treated with antibodies that block the activity of TL1A have revealed a specific role for DR3 in enhancing effector T cell proliferation at the site of tissue inflammation in autoimmune disease models. DR3 appears to be required in autoimmune disease models dependent on a variety of different T cell subsets and also invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. Chronic expression of TL1A induces a distinct Interleukin-13 dependent pathology in the small intestine marked by goblet cell hyperplasia and other features associated with allergic and anti-parasitic responses. These studies suggest that TL1A may be a viable target for therapies designed to inhibit the T-cell dependent component of diverse autoimmune diseases. PMID:22017439

  20. Two discreet subsets of CD8 T cells modulate PLP91-110 induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice

    PubMed Central

    Mangalam, Ashutosh K.; Luckey, David; Giri, Shailendra; Smart, Michele; Pease, Larry R.; Rodriguez, Moses; David, Chella S.

    2013-01-01

    Previously we showed that transgenic mice expressing human HLA-DR3 gene are susceptible to PLP91-110 induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) and can serve as an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). HLA-DR3 mice with EAE showed increased number of CD8 T cells indicating their important role in disease pathogenesis. The role of CD8 T cells in MS, an inflammatory demyelinating disease of CNS, has been enigmatic as it has been assigned both regulatory and pathogenic roles. Therefore, to evaluate the role of CD8 T cells, we generated CD8 deficient HLA-DR3 transgenic mice (DR3.CD8-/-). Immunization with PLP91-110 led to more severe EAE in DR3.CD8-/- mice compared to HLA-DR3 mice indicating a regulatory role for CD8 T cells. Interestingly, DR3.CD8-/- mice with EAE showed decreased CNS pathology compared to DR3 mice thus suggesting a pathogenic role for CD8 T cells. We show that these two subsets of CD8 T cells can be differentiated based on the surface expression of CD122 (IL-2 Rβ chain). CD8 T cells expressing CD122 (CD8+CD122+) play a regulatory role while CD8+CD122- T cells act as a pathogenic subset. CD122 expressing CD8 T cells are the regulatory subset of CD8 T cells and regulate the encephalitogenic CD4 T cells either through direct modulation of antigen presenting cells or through the release of immuno-regulatory cytokines such as IL-10, IFNγ and TGFβ. We also showed that adoptive transfer of CD8CD122-T cells caused increased spinal cord demyelination indicating that these are pathogenic subset of CD8 T cells. Our study suggests that CD8+ T cells play both regulatory as well as pathogenic role in disease pathogenesis of EAE. A better understanding of these subsets could aid in designing novel therapy for MS patients. PMID:22459490

  1. Two discreet subsets of CD8 T cells modulate PLP(91-110) induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice.

    PubMed

    Mangalam, Ashutosh K; Luckey, David; Giri, Shailendra; Smart, Michele; Pease, Larry R; Rodriguez, Moses; David, Chella S

    2012-06-01

    Previously we showed that transgenic mice expressing human HLA-DR3 gene are susceptible to PLP(91-110) induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) and can serve as an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). HLA-DR3 mice with EAE showed increased number of CD8 T cells indicating their important role in disease pathogenesis. The role of CD8 T cells in MS, an inflammatory demyelinating disease of CNS, has been enigmatic as it has been assigned both regulatory and pathogenic roles. Therefore, to evaluate the role of CD8 T cells, we generated CD8 deficient HLA-DR3 transgenic mice (DR3.CD8(-/-)). Immunization with PLP(91-110) led to more severe EAE in DR3.CD8(-/-) mice compared to HLA-DR3 mice indicating a regulatory role for CD8 T cells. Interestingly, DR3.CD8(-/-) mice with EAE showed decreased CNS pathology compared to DR3 mice thus suggesting a pathogenic role for CD8 T cells. We show that these two subsets of CD8 T cells can be differentiated based on the surface expression of CD122 (IL-2 Rβ chain). CD8 T cells expressing CD122 (CD8+CD122+) play a regulatory role while CD8+CD122- T cells act as a pathogenic subset. CD122 expressing CD8 T cells are the regulatory subset of CD8 T cells and regulate the encephalitogenic CD4 T cells through direct modulation of antigen presenting cells and/or through the release of immunoregulatory cytokines such as IL-10, IFNγ and TGFβ. We also showed that adoptive transfer of CD8CD122- T cells caused increased spinal cord demyelination indicating that these are pathogenic subset of CD8 T cells. Our study suggests that CD8+ T cells play both regulatory as well as pathogenic role in disease pathogenesis of EAE. A better understanding of these subsets could aid in designing novel therapy for MS patients. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Structure of the full human RXR/VDR nuclear receptor heterodimer complex with its DR3 target DNA

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    Orlov, Igor; Rochel, Natacha; Moras, Dino; Klaholz, Bruno P

    2012-01-01

    Transcription regulation by steroid hormones and other metabolites is mediated by nuclear receptors (NRs) such as the vitamin D and retinoid X receptors (VDR and RXR). Here, we present the cryo electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of the heterodimeric complex of the liganded human RXR and VDR bound to a consensus DNA response element forming a direct repeat (DR3). The cryo-EM map of the 100-kDa complex allows positioning the individual crystal structures of ligand- and DNA-binding domains (LBDs and DBDs). The LBDs are arranged perpendicular to the DNA and are located asymmetrically at the DNA 5′-end of the response element. The structure reveals that the VDR N-terminal A/B domain is located close to the DNA. The hinges of both VDR and RXR are fully visible and hold the complex in an open conformation in which co-regulators can bind. The asymmetric topology of the complex provides the structural basis for RXR being an adaptive partner within NR heterodimers, while the specific helical structure of VDR's hinge connects the 3′-bound DBD with the 5′-bound LBD and thereby serves as a conserved linker of defined length sensitive to mutational deletion. PMID:22179700

  3. Crystal growth, crystal structure of new polymorphic modification, β-Bi 2B 8O 15 and thermal expansion of α-Bi 2B 8O 15

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    Bubnova, R. S.; Alexandrova, J. V.; Krivovichev, S. V.; Filatov, S. K.; Egorysheva, A. V.

    2010-02-01

    Single crystals of α- and β-polymorphs of Bi 2B 8O 15 were grown by Czochralski method from a charge of the stoichiometric composition. The crystal structure of β-Bi 2B 8O 15 was solved by direct methods from a twinned crystal and refined to R1=0.081 (w R=0.198) on the basis of 1584 unique observed reflections ( I>2 σ( I)). The compound is triclinic, space group P1¯, a=4.3159(8), b=6. 4604(12), c=22.485(4) Å, α=87.094(15)°, β=86.538(15)°, γ=74.420(14)°, V=602.40(19) Å 3, Z=2. The B-O layered anion of β-Bi 2B 8O 15 is topologically identical to the anion of α-Bi 2B 8O 15 but the orientation of neighboring layers is different. Thermal expansion of α-Bi 2B 8O 15 has been investigated by X-ray powder diffraction in air in temperature range from 20 to 700 °C. It is strongly anisotropic, which can be explained by the hinge mechanism applied to chains of Bi-O polyhedra. While the anisotropy of thermal expansion is rather high, the volume thermal expansion coefficient α V=40×10 6 °C -1 for α-Bi 2B 8O 15 is close to those of other bismuth borates.

  4. Human group3 innate lymphoid cells express DR3 and respond to TL1A with enhanced IL-22 production and IL-2-dependent proliferation.

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    Ahn, Yong-Oon; Weeres, Matthew A; Neulen, Marie-Luise; Choi, Jahyang; Kang, Seong-Ho; Heo, Dae Seog; Bergerson, Rachel; Blazar, Bruce R; Miller, Jeffrey S; Verneris, Michael R

    2015-08-01

    Death receptor 3 (DR3, TNFRSF25) is expressed by activated lymphocytes and signaling by its ligand, TL1A, enhances cytokine expression and proliferation. Recent studies show that DR3 is also present on murine type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s). Here, we show that DR3 is expressed by IL-22-producing human group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3s). Stimulation of ILC3s with exogenous TL1A alone had no impact on cytokine production or proliferation. Addition of TL1A to IL-1β + IL-23 significantly enhanced the amount IL-22 produced by ILC3s as well as the percentage IL-22- and IL-8-producing cells. Addition of TL1A to IL-1β + IL-23 also augmented ILC3 proliferation. Mechanistically, this occurred through the upregulation of CD25 and responsiveness to IL-2 stimulation. The combination of TL1A, IL-1β+ IL-23, and IL-2 expanded ILC3s while IL-1β+ IL-23 did not increase proliferation above controls. After 2 weeks of expansion, ILC3s maintained their phenotype, transcription factor expression, and function (IL-22 production). These findings identify DR3 as a costimulatory molecule on ILC3s that could be exploited for ex vivo expansion and clinical use. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. The impact of DR3 microvariation on peptide binding: the combinations of specific DR beta residues critical to binding differ for different peptides.

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    Posch, P E; Hurley, C K; Geluk, A; Ottenhoff, T H

    1996-09-01

    HLA-DR molecules are a group of highly polymorphic glycoprotein heterodimers that present peptide antigens to T lymphocytes for immune surveillance. To assess the significance of limited polymorphism on the functional differentiation of DR molecules, the binding of several immunogenic peptides to the DR3 microvariants [DR(alpha, beta 1*0302) and DR(alpha, beta 1*0301)] and to mutants of these DR3 molecules was examined. This analysis has shown that each residue (DR beta 26, DR beta 28, DR beta 47, and DR beta 86), which differentiates these two DR3 molecules, contributes to their functional distinction and that the relative contribution of each residue varies for different peptide/DR3 complexes. For example, DR beta 28 and DR beta 86 controlled the mycobacterium tuberculosis 65-kD heat shock protein peptides 3-13 and 4-15 (HSP) binding specificity to DR (alpha, beta 1*0301). [HSP does not bind to DR(alpha, beta 1*0302)], whereas DR beta 26, DR beta 28, and DR beta 86 controlled the influenza hemagglutinin peptide 306-318 (HA) binding specificity to DR(alpha, beta 1*0302). [HA does not bind to DR(alpha, beta 1*0301).] In comparison, DR beta 86 alone controlled the binding level difference of sperm whale myoglobin peptide 132-151 (SWM) and of myelin basic protein peptide 152-170 (MBP) [both bind to DR(alpha, beta 1*0301) at levels five times greater than to DR(alpha, beta 1*0302)] to the DR3 molecules. Although not critical, additional DR beta residues influenced the binding level of individual peptides of each of the DR3 molecules and, again, the combinations of these residues differed for different peptide/DR3 complexes. These data showed that individual DR residues vary in their relative contribution to the interaction between a specific DR molecule and different peptides and that limited polymorphism can create substantial differences in the peptide binding profiles among DR molecules.

  6. Fisetin, a natural flavonoid, targets chemoresistant human pancreatic cancer AsPC-1 cells through DR3 mediated inhibition of NF-κB

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    Murtaza, Imtiyaz; Adhami, Vaqar Mustafa; Hafeez, Bilal Bin; Saleem, Mohammad; Mukhtar, Hasan

    2010-01-01

    Death receptors of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor super family have been implicated in constitutive activation of Nuclear Factor kappa B (NF-κB) in pancreatic cancer (PaC) cells. In this study we demonstrate that fisetin, a natural flavonoid, induces apoptosis and inhibits invasion of chemoresistant PaC AsPC-1 cells through suppression of DR3 mediated NF-κB activation. Fisetin treatment resulted in dose-dependent inhibition of PaC cell growth and cell proliferation with concomitant induction of apoptosis. A cDNA array analysis revealed that fisetin modulates expression of more than 20 genes at transcription level with maximum decrease observed in DR3 expression and a parallel increase observed in the expression levels of IκBα, an NF-κB inhibitor. Down-regulation of DR3 in PaC cells was found to down regulate activated pNF-κB/p65, pIkBα/β kinases (pIKK’s), MMP9 and XIAP that mostly impart chemoresistance in PaC. Immunoblotting and EMSA analysis showed a marked decrease in pNF-κB and NF-κB DNA binding activity respectively with modest decrease in NF-κB promoter activity and significant decrease in MMP9 promoter activity with fisetin treatment. Importantly, consistent with these findings, we further found that transient down-regulation of DR3 by RNA interference significantly augmented fisetin induced changes in cell proliferation, cell invasion and apoptosis paralleled with decrease in pNF-κB, pIKKα/β, MMP9, XIAP and NF-κB DNA binding activity. Blocking of DR3 receptor with an extra cellular domain blocking antibody demonstrated similar effects. These data provide evidence that fisetin could provide a biological rationale for treatment of pancreatic cancer or as an adjuvant with conventional therapeutic regimens. PMID:19670328

  7. VizieR Online Data Catalog: XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source Catalogue 2XMMi-DR3 (XMM-SSC, 2010)

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    Xmm-Newton Survey Science Centre, Consortium

    2010-05-01

    The 2XMMi-DR3 catalogue is the fifth publicly released XMM X-ray source catalogue produced by the XMM Survey Science Centre (SSC) consortium on behalf of ESA. It follows the 1XMM (Cat. IX/37, released in April 2003), 2XMMp (July 2006), 2XMM (Cat. IX/39, August 2007) and 2XMMi (Cat. IX/40, August 2008) catalogues: 2XMMp was a preliminary version of 2XMM. 2XMMi and 2XMMi-DR3 are incremental versions of the 2XMM catalogue. In summary, the versions are: -------------------------------------------- Name DR# Designation Year Cat. -------------------------------------------- 2XMMp 0 2XMMp-DR0 2006 2XMM 1 2XMM-DR1 2007 IX/39 2XMMi 2 2XMMi-DR2 2008 IX/40 2XMMi-DR3 3 2XMMi-DR3 2010 IX/41 -------------------------------------------- The production and content of the 2XMM catalogue is described in detail in "The XMM-Newton serendipitous survey. V. The second XMM-Newton serendipitous source catalogue", M.G. Watson et al., 2009A&A...493..339W; there are no significant differences in the processing between the 2XMM, 2XMMi and 2XMMi-DR3 observations The "slim" version of the catalogue (file "xmm2r3s.dat") contains one row per unique source, while the the main catalogue has one row per detection. This slim version includes 38 columns, essentially those containing information about the unique sources, while the full catalogue (file "xmm2r3.fit") describes the 353191 detections with 299 columns. The slim version also contains a column with links to the LEDAS summary pages. In the case of sources with multiple detections the summary page of the best detection is selected (i.e., the detection with the largest exposure time, summed over all cameras), and the summary page gives cross-links to the other detections. (2 data files).

  8. Relationship between thyroid peroxidase T cell epitope restriction and antibody recognition of the autoantibody immunodominant region in human leukocyte antigen DR3 transgenic mice.

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    Guo, Jin; McLachlan, Sandra M; Pichurin, Pavel N; Chen, Chun-Rong; Pham, Nancy; Aliesky, Holly A; David, Chella S; Rapoport, Basil

    2005-11-01

    We investigated the relationship between thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibody and T lymphocyte epitopes in TPO-adenovirus (TPO-Ad) immunized BALB/c mice and mice transgenic for the human class II molecule DR3 associated with human thyroid autoimmunity. TPO autoantibodies are largely restricted to an immunodominant region (IDR). BALB/c mice immunized with fewer (10(7) vs. 10(9)) TPO-Ad particles developed TPO antibodies with lower titers that displayed greater restriction to the IDR. However, as with higher-dose TPO-Ad immunization, T cell epitopes (assessed by splenocyte interferon-gamma response to TPO in vitro) were highly diverse and variable in different animals. In contrast, DR3 mice immunized the higher TPO-Ad dose (10(9) particles) had high TPO antibody levels that showed relative focus on the IDR. Moreover, T cell epitopes recognized by splenocytes from DR3 mice showed greater restriction than BALB/c mice. Antibody affinities for TPO were higher in DR3 than in BALB/c mice. The present study indicates that weak TPO-Ad immunization of BALB/c mice (with consequent low TPO antibody titers) is required for enhanced IDR focus yet is not associated with T cell epitopic restriction. Humanized DR3 transgenic mice, despite stronger TPO-Ad immunization, develop higher titer TPO antibodies that do focus on the autoantibody IDR with T cells that recognize a more limited range of TPO peptides. These data suggest a relationship between major histocompatibility complex class II molecules and the development of antibodies to the IDR, a feature of human thyroid autoimmunity.

  9. Fisetin, a natural flavonoid, targets chemoresistant human pancreatic cancer AsPC-1 cells through DR3-mediated inhibition of NF-kappaB.

    PubMed

    Murtaza, Imtiyaz; Adhami, Vaqar Mustafa; Hafeez, Bilal Bin; Saleem, Mohammad; Mukhtar, Hasan

    2009-11-15

    Death receptors of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor super family have been implicated in constitutive activation of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappaB) in pancreatic cancer (PaC) cells. In this study, we demonstrate that fisetin, a natural flavonoid, induces apoptosis and inhibits invasion of chemoresistant PaC AsPC-1 cells through suppression of DR3-mediated NF-kappaB activation. Fisetin treatment resulted in dose-dependent inhibition of PaC cell growth and cell proliferation with concomitant induction of apoptosis. A cDNA array analysis revealed that fisetin modulates expression of more than 20 genes at transcription level with maximum decrease observed in DR3 expression and a parallel increase observed in the expression levels of IkappaBalpha, an NF-kappaB inhibitor. Down-regulation of DR3 in PaC cells was found to down regulate activated pNF-kappaB/p65, pIkBalpha/beta kinases (pIKK's), MMP9 and XIAP that mostly impart chemoresistance in PaC. Immunoblotting and EMSA analysis showed a marked decrease in pNF-kappaB and NF-kappaB DNA binding activity, respectively, with modest decrease in NF-kappaB promoter activity and significant decrease in MMP9 promoter activity with fisetin treatment. Importantly, consistent with these findings, we further found that transient down-regulation of DR3 by RNA interference significantly augmented fisetin induced changes in cell proliferation, cell invasion and apoptosis paralleled with decrease in pNF-kappaB, pIKKalpha/beta, MMP9, XIAP and NF-kappaB DNA binding activity. Blocking of DR3 receptor with an extra cellular domain blocking antibody demonstrated similar effects. These data provide evidence that fisetin could provide a biological rationale for treatment of pancreatic cancer or as an adjuvant with conventional therapeutic regimens.

  10. A major population of mucosal memory CD4+ T cells, coexpressing IL-18Rα and DR3, display innate lymphocyte functionality.

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    Holmkvist, P; Roepstorff, K; Uronen-Hansson, H; Sandén, C; Gudjonsson, S; Patschan, O; Grip, O; Marsal, J; Schmidtchen, A; Hornum, L; Erjefält, J S; Håkansson, K; Agace, W W

    2015-05-01

    Mucosal tissues contain large numbers of memory CD4(+) T cells that, through T-cell receptor-dependent interactions with antigen-presenting cells, are believed to have a key role in barrier defense and maintenance of tissue integrity. Here we identify a major subset of memory CD4(+) T cells at barrier surfaces that coexpress interleukin-18 receptor alpha (IL-18Rα) and death receptor-3 (DR3), and display innate lymphocyte functionality. The cytokines IL-15 or the DR3 ligand tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-like cytokine 1A (TL1a) induced memory IL-18Rα(+)DR3(+)CD4(+) T cells to produce interferon-γ, TNF-α, IL-6, IL-5, IL-13, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), and IL-22 in the presence of IL-12/IL-18. TL1a synergized with IL-15 to enhance this response, while suppressing IL-15-induced IL-10 production. TL1a- and IL-15-mediated cytokine induction required the presence of IL-18, whereas induction of IL-5, IL-13, GM-CSF, and IL-22 was IL-12 independent. IL-18Rα(+)DR3(+)CD4(+) T cells with similar functionality were present in human skin, nasal polyps, and, in particular, the intestine, where in chronic inflammation they localized with IL-18-producing cells in lymphoid aggregates. Collectively, these results suggest that human memory IL-18Rα(+)DR3(+) CD4(+) T cells may contribute to antigen-independent innate responses at barrier surfaces.

  11. A major population of mucosal memory CD4+ T cells, coexpressing IL-18Rα and DR3, display innate lymphocyte functionality

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    Holmkvist, P; Roepstorff, K; Uronen-Hansson, H; Sandén, C; Gudjonsson, S; Patschan, O; Grip, O; Marsal, J; Schmidtchen, A; Hornum, L; Erjefält, J S; Håkansson, K; Agace, W W

    2015-01-01

    Mucosal tissues contain large numbers of memory CD4+ T cells that, through T-cell receptor-dependent interactions with antigen-presenting cells, are believed to have a key role in barrier defense and maintenance of tissue integrity. Here we identify a major subset of memory CD4+ T cells at barrier surfaces that coexpress interleukin-18 receptor alpha (IL-18Rα) and death receptor-3 (DR3), and display innate lymphocyte functionality. The cytokines IL-15 or the DR3 ligand tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-like cytokine 1A (TL1a) induced memory IL-18Rα+DR3+CD4+ T cells to produce interferon-γ, TNF-α, IL-6, IL-5, IL-13, granulocyte–macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), and IL-22 in the presence of IL-12/IL-18. TL1a synergized with IL-15 to enhance this response, while suppressing IL-15-induced IL-10 production. TL1a- and IL-15-mediated cytokine induction required the presence of IL-18, whereas induction of IL-5, IL-13, GM-CSF, and IL-22 was IL-12 independent. IL-18Rα+DR3+CD4+ T cells with similar functionality were present in human skin, nasal polyps, and, in particular, the intestine, where in chronic inflammation they localized with IL-18-producing cells in lymphoid aggregates. Collectively, these results suggest that human memory IL-18Rα+DR3+ CD4+ T cells may contribute to antigen-independent innate responses at barrier surfaces. PMID:25269704

  12. HspB8 is neuroprotective during oxygen glucose deprivation and reperfusion.

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    Yang, Binbin; Zhang, He; Mo, Xiaoye; Xiao, Han; Hu, Zhiping

    2015-01-01

    Heat shock protein B8 (HspB8) is a chaperone protein that is highly and constitutively expressed in the brain, cardiac tissue and many other organs. Recently, it has been shown that HspB8 can enhance cardiac function and render cardioprotection. However, the potential benefits of HspB8 action on ischemic stroke and the underlying mechanism(s) are largely unknown. To investigate whether HspB8 exerts protective effects on in vitro ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) injury, mouse neuroblastoma cells were subjected to oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (OGD/R). At first, we investigated and described the HspB8 expression and distribution in N2A cells exposed to OGD/R. Expressions of HspB8 were upregulated in mouse N2A cells after OGD/R, both at mRNA and protein levels. The level of HspB8 began increased after the OGD/R and peaked at 12 hour (12h) after the reperfusion, then declined at 24-hour time points, however, the level of HspB8 was still significantly increased compared to controls. Immunofluorescence analysis revealed that the expressed HspB8 was constitutively localized in the cytoplasm and at the periphery of the nucleus. Nuclear HspB8 levels increased after OGD/R compared with levels in the control, beginning as early as 4h reperfusion, the most conspicuous nuclear HspB8 staining was observed after 24h of reperfusion. Furthermore, overexpression of HspB8 reduced OGD/R -induced apoptosis by reducing the release of cytochrome c from mitochondria to cytosol. In conclusion, our data demonstrated that increased HspB8 expression and its nuclear shift in mouse N2A neuroblastoma cells protected against I/R injury, resulting in reduced apoptosis with the decrease of the release of cytochrome c from mitochondria to cytosol. Therefore, HspB8 might play a fundamental role in opposing and alleviating I/R injury in primary myocardial cells, and it may constitute a new therapeutic target for cerebral ischemic diseases.

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  18. Functional polymorphism of each of the two HLA-DR beta chain loci demonstrated with antigen-specific DR3- and DRw52-restricted T cell clones

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    1988-01-01

    HLA-DR3- and HLA-DRw52-associated functional polymorphism was investigated with selected tetanus toxoid (TT)-specific T cell clones. We have shown earlier that HLA-DR antigens are encoded by two distinct loci, DR beta I and DR beta III. The alloantigenic determinant(s) defined by the serological HLA-DR3 specificity map to the former, while the supratypic HLA-DRw52 determinants map to DR beta III. Furthermore, we have recently recognized by DNA sequencing three alleles of HLA- DRw52 at locus DR beta III, referred to as 52 a, b, and c. Our objective was to correlate the pattern of T cell restriction with the gene products of individual DR beta chain loci and with the three newly described alleles of locus DR beta III. Among the selected T cell clones, 5 reacted exclusively when TT was presented by HLA-DR3+ APCs (TT-DR3-APC). In contrast, two T cell clones were stimulated by TT- DRw52-APC. More specifically, these two T cell clones (Clones 10 and 16) were stimulated by different subsets of TT-DRw52-APC. Clone 16 responded to some DR3 and TT-DRw6-APC, while clone 10 was stimulated by other TT-DR3 and TT-DRw6, and all TT-DR5-APC. This same pattern of DRw52 restriction was found in panel, as well as in family studies. Because this suggested a correlation with the pattern of DRw52 polymorphism observed earlier by DNA sequencing and oligonucleotide hybridization, the APC used in these experiments were typed for the 52 a, b, and c alleles of locus DR beta III by allele-specific oligonucleotide probes. This distribution overlapped exactly with the stimulation pattern defined by the T cell clones. Clone 16 responded to TT-52a-APC, clone 10 to TT-52b-APC, and both clones to a TT-52c-APC. The response of the T cell clones was inhibited differentially by mAbs to DR. Raising TT concentration, or increasing HLA-class II expression with INF-gamma both affected the magnitude of response of the TT- specific clones but did not modify their specificities. These results demonstrate that

  19. HLA-A*33-DR3 and A*33-DR9 haplotypes enhance the risk of type 1 diabetes in Han Chinese.

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    Zhang, Juanjuan; Zhao, Liebin; Wang, Bokai; Gao, Jie; Wang, Li; Li, Li; Cui, Bin; Hu, Min; Hong, Jie; Gu, Weiqiong; Wang, Weiqing; Ning, Guang

    2016-07-01

    To investigate the typing for human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I in Chinese patients with type 1 diabetes as a complement screening for HLA class II. A total of 212 type 1 diabetic patients and 200 healthy controls were enrolled. The genetic polymorphisms of HLA class I and II were examined with a high-resolution polymerase chain reaction sequence-based typing method. The haplotype, A*33:03-B*58:01-C*03:02(A33), was associated with type 1 diabetes (P = 1.0 × 10(-4) , odds ratio 3.2 [1.738-5.843]). The A33-DR3 and A33-DR9 haplotypes significantly enhanced the risk of type 1 diabetes (A33-DR3, odds ratio 5.1 [2.40-10.78], P = 4.0 × 10(-6) ; A33-DR9, odds ratio 13.0 [1.69-100.32], P = 0.004). In type 1 diabetic patients, compared with A33-DR3-negative carriers, A33-DR3-positive carriers had significantly lower percentages of CD3(+) CD4(+) T cells (42.5 ± 7.72 vs 37.0 ± 8.35%, P = 0.023), higher percentages of CD3(+) CD8(+) T cells (27.4 ± 7.09 vs 32.8 ± 5.98%, P = 0.005) and T-cell receptor α/β T cells (70.0 ± 7.00 vs 73.6 ± 6.25%, P = 0.031), and lower CD4/CD8 ratios (1.71 ± 0.75 vs 1.16 ± 0.35, P = 0.003). It is the first time that the haplotypes A33-DR3 and A33-DR9 were found with an enhanced predisposition to type 1 diabetes in Han Chinese. A33-DR3 was associated with a reduction in the helper-to-cytotoxic cell ratio and preferential increase of T-cell receptor α/β T cell. The typing for HLA class I and its immunogenetic effects are important for more accurate HLA class II haplotype risk prediction and etiology research in type 1 diabetic patients. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Diabetes Investigation published by Asian Association for the Study of Diabetes (AASD) and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  20. Upregulation of DR3 expression in CD4⁺ T cells promotes secretion of IL-17 in experimental autoimmune uveitis.

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    Qin, Tingyu

    2011-01-01

    This study investigated the role of death receptor 3 (DR3) in experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU). EAU was induced in B10.RIII mice by subcutaneous injection of interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (IRBP) 161-180 emulsified with complete Freund's adjuvant and evaluated with clinical and histopathologic observation. Total protein of draining lymph nodes (DLNs) was extracted from the control, EAU, or recovery phase mice. CD4⁺ T cells were separated from lymphocytes with magnetic-assisted cell sorting. At the same time, some of the CD4⁺ T cells were cultured with or without recombinant TL1A (rTL1A, the DR3 ligand) for three days, and the supernatants were collected for the interleukin-17 (IL-17) test. DR3 mRNA and protein levels in CD4⁺ T cells and the endogenous concentration of TL1A in mice DLNs were assessed with real-time PCR or western blotting. Levels of IL-17 in the supernatants were determined with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Histopathological and clinical data revealed severe intraocular inflammation in the immunized mice. The inflammation reached its peak on day 14 in EAU and had resolved in the recovery phase (weeks 4-5 or more after IRBP immunization). CD4⁺ T cells obtained from EAU (day 7 or 14) had higher levels of DR3 mRNA and protein expression compared with the control group treated with complete Freund's adjuvant alone and the recovery group. However, the DR3 mRNA and protein levels on day 21 in EAU were similar to those observed in the control and recovery groups. The endogenous levels of TL1A were upregulated in EAU, and decreased in the recovery phase mice. Adding rTL1A increased the production of IL-17 by CD4⁺ T cells isolated from mice DLNs. Moreover, the increased IL-17 levels in the culture supernatant of CD4⁺ T cells from EAU were much higher than those from the control and recovery phase mice. However, the effects on promoting IL-17 production in TL1A-stimulated CD4⁺ T cells were similar between the controland

  1. Enzymatic degradation of granular potato starch by Microbacterium aurum strain B8.A.

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    Sarian, Fean D; van der Kaaij, Rachel M; Kralj, Slavko; Wijbenga, Dirk-Jan; Binnema, Doede J; van der Maarel, Marc J E C; Dijkhuizen, Lubbert

    2012-01-01

    Microbacterium aurum strain B8.A was isolated from the sludge of a potato starch-processing factory on the basis of its ability to use granular starch as carbon- and energy source. Extracellular enzymes hydrolyzing granular starch were detected in the growth medium of M. aurum B8.A, while the type strain M. aurum DSMZ 8600 produced very little amylase activity, and hence was unable to degrade granular starch. The strain B8.A extracellular enzyme fraction degraded wheat, tapioca and potato starch at 37 °C, well below the gelatinization temperature of these starches. Starch granules of potato were hydrolyzed more slowly than of wheat and tapioca, probably due to structural differences and/or surface area effects. Partial hydrolysis of starch granules by extracellular enzymes of strain B8.A resulted in large holes of irregular sizes in case of wheat and tapioca and many smaller pores of relatively homogeneous size in case of potato. The strain B8.A extracellular amylolytic system produced mainly maltotriose and maltose from both granular and soluble starch substrates; also, larger maltooligosaccharides were formed after growth of strain B8.A in rich medium. Zymogram analysis confirmed that a different set of amylolytic enzymes was present depending on the growth conditions of M. aurum B8.A. Some of these enzymes could be partly purified by binding to starch granules.

  2. No extreme genetic risk for type 1 diabetes among DR3/4-DQ8 siblings sharing both extended HLA haplotypes with their diabetic proband.

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    Eerligh, P; Koeleman, B P C; Lie, B A; Roep, B O; Thorsby, E

    2011-04-01

    An extreme genetic risk for type 1 diabetes (T1D) was reported for DR3/4-DQ8 siblings sharing both extended human leukocyte antigen (HLA) haplotypes identical-by-descent (IBD) with their diabetic proband. We attempted to replicate this finding in our prospective Dutch T1D cohort and in families from the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium (T1DGC). Only 2 of the 14 Dutch siblings, sharing both DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 haplotypes IBD with their diabetic proband, developed T1D in a 12-year follow-up period. No differential sharing of HLA haplotypes or significant transmission distortion in parents homozygous for HLA risk alleles was found in T1DGC material. Therefore, we could not confirm the reported extreme risk for T1D, suggesting that the risk conferred by other HLA complex loci is moderate. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  3. Paediatric celiac patients carrying the HLA-DR7-DQ2 and HLA-DR3-DQ2 haplotypes display small clinical differences.

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    Delgado, Juan F; Amengual, María J; Veraguas, Ana; Rodríguez, Encarnación; de Los Santos, Mariela M; Guallarte, María P

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the relevance of HLA-DR7-DQ2 typing in a prospective cohort of paediatric coeliac disease patients from Southern Europe. This cross-sectional study tested 249 paediatric patients with coeliac disease. HLA-DR3-DQ2 was typed in combination with HLA-DR7-DQ2 to screen for the HLA-DQ2 haplotype. The histological, analytical and clinical characteristics of the subjects were recorded. A total of 91 coeliac patients were diagnosed: 96.7% carried HLA-DQ2 and 4.4% carried HLA-DQ8. In percentage terms, 80.2% of patients carried HLA-DR3-DQ2 and 34.1% carried HLA-DR7-DQ2. We did not find significant differences between HLA-DR7-DQ2 and HLA-DR3-DQ2 paediatric patients with respect to histological damage and clinical characteristics, except for irritability and weight loss. These characteristics were more frequent in HLA-DQ2trans than in HLA-DQ2cis (22.2% vs. 0.0% [p = 0.035] and 55.6% vs. 21.4% [p = 0.017], respectively). Coeliac-specific autoantibody levels were higher in HLA-DQ2cis than one half of HLA-DQ2trans patients (105.5 vs. 19.2 U/mL, p = 0.014). Small clinical differences were found between paediatric coeliac patients carrying HLA-DR7-DQ2 and HLA-DR3-DQ2. For a correct screening of HLA-DQ2, at least in our geographical population, the HLA-DR7-DQ2 haplotype should be typed due to its frequency and clinical presentation. ©2014 Foundation Acta Paediatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  4. HLA-DR3-DQ2 mice do not develop ataxia in the presence of high titre anti-gliadin antibodies.

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    Tarlac, Volga; Kelly, Louise; Nag, Nupur; Allen-Graham, Judy; Anderson, Robert P; Storey, Elsdon

    2013-06-01

    Recently, it has been suggested that anti-gliadin antibodies (αGAb) may produce "gluten ataxia", even in the absence of celiac disease enteropathy. αGAb are reportedly present in 12-50 % of patients with sporadic ataxia, but also in 12 % of the general population, such that the importance of αGAb as a cause of sporadic ataxia is not conclusively settled. We aimed to determine whether mice transgenic for HLA-DR3-DQ2 and immunised with gliadin to achieve high titres of αGAb would develop ataxia and/or cerebellar damage. From 6 weeks of age, HLA-DR3-DQ2 transgenic mice were immunised fortnightly with gliadin (n = 10) or a saline control (n = 6) in adjuvant. Serum titres were measured by αGAb enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. At 24 weeks of age, mice were tested for locomotor function using the accelerating rotarod, ledged beam, ink-paw gait, and several neurological severity score subtests. Brains were then collected and processed for immunohistochemistry. Sections were analysed for lymphocytic infiltration, changes in morphology and Purkinje cell (PC) dendritic volume and the number of PCs counted via unbiased stereology. Gliadin-immunised mice developed high αGAb titres while controls did not. There was no statistically significant difference between the gliadin and sham-immunised HLA-DR3-DQ2 mice on any of the tests of motor coordination, in lymphocytic infiltration, PC number or in dendritic volume. High levels of αGAb are not sufficient to produce ataxia or cerebellar damage in HLA-DR3-DQ2 transgenic mice.

  5. Upregulation and nuclear localization of TNF-like cytokine 1A (TL1A) and its receptors DR3 and DcR3 in psoriatic skin lesions.

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    Bamias, Giorgos; Evangelou, Kostas; Vergou, Theognosia; Tsimaratou, Katerina; Kaltsa, Garyfallia; Antoniou, Christina; Kotsinas, Athanasios; Kim, Sungee; Gorgoulis, Vassilis; Stratigos, Alexander J; Sfikakis, Petros P

    2011-09-01

    TNF is critically involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. TL1A is a TNF-like cytokine, which, after binding to death domain receptor DR3, provides costimulatory signals to lymphocytes, amplifies Th1- and Th17-mediated immune responses and induces apoptotic cell death. These functions are inhibited when TL1A associates to decoy receptor DcR3. In the present study, we investigated the expression profiles for TL1A, DR3 and DcR3 in the normal skin and in psoriatic skin lesions. By use of immunohistochemistry, we were able to demonstrate constitutive cutaneous expression of DR3 and DcR3 but not of TL1A in healthy skin. On the other hand, in patients with active psoriasis, we observed abundant immunostaining for TL1A and significant upregulation of its receptors (P < 0.05 in comparison to healthy skin). TL1A, DR3 and DcR3 proteins, as well as mRNA transcripts reflecting in situ production of TL1A and DcR3, were also specifically increased in lesional as compared to non-lesional skin from patients with psoriasis (P < 0.05). These proteins were upregulated in cell populations that are critically involved in the pathogenesis of chronic skin inflammation, such as keratinocytes, macrophages in deep dermis and cells at the perivascular/endothelial area. Finally, we provide evidence for the existence of nuclear localization of TL1A in inflammatory cells from psoriatic lesions. This was also observed in inflamed synovia from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but not in neoplastic TL1A-expressing cell lines. We conclude that interactions between TL1A and its two receptors may be involved in the pathogenesis of chronic skin inflammation that takes place in psoriasis. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  6. The Solutions of the D-dimensional Schrodinger Equation for the Potential V(r) = ar-6+br-5+cr-4+dr-3+er-2+fr-1

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    Wahyulianti; Suparmi; Cari; Anwar, Fuad

    2017-01-01

    The solutions of the D-dimensional Schrodinger equation was solved by using Wavefunction Ansatz method. We used the form of potential as V(r) = ar-6+br-5+cr-4+dr-3+ er-2+fr-1 . The D-dimensional Schrodinger equation was separated to radial part and angular part. The radial part of D-dimensional Schrodinger equation solved using Wavefunction Ansatz method. We obtained the energy equation and the radial wavefunctions.

  7. T cell expression of IL-18R and DR3 is essential for non-cognate stimulation of Th1 cells and optimal clearance of intracellular bacteria

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    Pham, Oanh H.

    2017-01-01

    Th1 cells can be activated by TCR-independent stimuli, but the importance of this pathway in vivo and the precise mechanisms involved require further investigation. Here, we used a simple model of non-cognate Th1 cell stimulation in Salmonella-infected mice to examine these issues. CD4 Th1 cell expression of both IL-18R and DR3 was required for optimal IFN-γ induction in response to non-cognate stimulation, while IL-15R expression was dispensable. Interestingly, effector Th1 cells generated by immunization rather than live infection had lower non-cognate activity despite comparable IL-18R and DR3 expression. Mice lacking T cell intrinsic expression of MyD88, an important adapter molecule in non-cognate T cell stimulation, exhibited higher bacterial burdens upon infection with Salmonella, Chlamydia or Brucella, suggesting that non-cognate Th1 stimulation is a critical element of efficient bacterial clearance. Thus, IL-18R and DR3 are critical players in non-cognate stimulation of Th1 cells and this response plays an important role in protection against intracellular bacteria. PMID:28817719

  8. Anti-cancer effect and apoptosis induction of cordycepin through DR3 pathway in the human colonic cancer cell HT-29.

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    Lee, Seung Yuan; Debnath, Trishna; Kim, Si-Kwan; Lim, Beong Ou

    2013-10-01

    Cordycepin is known to have many pharmacological effects such as anti-tumorigenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic activity. However, cordycepin induced apoptosis through the DR3 pathway in human colon cancer cells has not been studied. The effect of cordycepin on anti-proliferation was investigated in this study. Cordycepin significantly inhibited cell viability in a dose and time-dependent manner. Cordycepin increased sub G1 and G2/M phase arrest on HT-29 cells at the concentration of 100 μM, whereas cordycepin at 200 μM and 400 μM increased G1 phase arrest. Cordycepin induced apoptosis in HT-29 cells in a dose-dependent manner as detected by Hoechst and Annexin V-FITC staining. Intracellular ROS levels were higher in cordycepin treated cells as compared to control cells. The protein related to apoptosis was determined by antibody array. p53 and Bax expression increased treatment with cordycepin for 18 h. DR3, caspase-8, caspase-1, cleaved caspase-3 and cleaved PARP expression increased. These finding suggest that the cordycepin induces apoptosis through the DR3 pathway in human colon cancer HT-29. These findings suggest that cordycepin should be evaluated further as a therapeutic agent in human colon cancer. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Early onset of diabetes in the proband is the major determinant of risk in HLA DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 siblings.

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    Gillespie, Kathleen M; Aitken, Rachel J; Wilson, Isabel; Williams, Alistair J K; Bingley, Polly J

    2014-03-01

    Islet autoimmunity is initiated in infancy, and primary prevention trials require children at high genetic risk to be identified before autoantibodies appear. To inform screening strategies, we evaluated risks of autoimmunity and diabetes associated with HLA DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 in U.K. families. Extended HLA haplotypes were determined in 2,134 siblings from the Bart's-Oxford Study followed to a median age of 22 years. Risks of diabetes and islet autoimmunity (more than two antibodies) were estimated by survival analysis. Of 138 informative DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 siblings, 63% shared both haplotypes with their diabetic proband, 29% shared one, and 8% shared neither. In HLA-identical DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 siblings, the cumulative risk of diabetes by age 15 was 17% (vs. 6% in those sharing one haplotype or none; P = 0.095). Risk varied, however, with the age at the onset of diabetes in the proband; the cumulative risk of autoimmunity and/or diabetes by age 15 was 61% in siblings of probands diagnosed when younger than 10 years old compared with only 4.7% in those diagnosed after age 10 years (P < 0.001). The age of the proband at diagnosis, but not HLA haplotype sharing, was an independent determinant of sibling risk. This suggests that non-HLA genes or epigenetic/environmental factors that accelerate the progression of type 1 diabetes in the proband strongly affect risk in siblings.

  10. T cell expression of IL-18R and DR3 is essential for non-cognate stimulation of Th1 cells and optimal clearance of intracellular bacteria.

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    Pham, Oanh H; O'Donnell, Hope; Al-Shamkhani, Aymen; Kerrinnes, Tobias; Tsolis, Renée M; McSorley, Stephen J

    2017-08-01

    Th1 cells can be activated by TCR-independent stimuli, but the importance of this pathway in vivo and the precise mechanisms involved require further investigation. Here, we used a simple model of non-cognate Th1 cell stimulation in Salmonella-infected mice to examine these issues. CD4 Th1 cell expression of both IL-18R and DR3 was required for optimal IFN-γ induction in response to non-cognate stimulation, while IL-15R expression was dispensable. Interestingly, effector Th1 cells generated by immunization rather than live infection had lower non-cognate activity despite comparable IL-18R and DR3 expression. Mice lacking T cell intrinsic expression of MyD88, an important adapter molecule in non-cognate T cell stimulation, exhibited higher bacterial burdens upon infection with Salmonella, Chlamydia or Brucella, suggesting that non-cognate Th1 stimulation is a critical element of efficient bacterial clearance. Thus, IL-18R and DR3 are critical players in non-cognate stimulation of Th1 cells and this response plays an important role in protection against intracellular bacteria.

  11. SUMO4 M55V polymorphism affects susceptibility to type I diabetes in HLA DR3- and DR4-positive Swedish patients.

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    Sedimbi, S K; Luo, X R; Sanjeevi, C B; Lernmark, Ake; Landin-Olsson, Mona; Arnqvist, Hans; Björck, Elizabeth; Nyström, Lennarth; Ohlson, Lars Olof; Scherstén, Bengt; Ostman, Jan; Aili, M; Bååth, L E; Carlsson, E; Edenwall, H; Forsander, G; Granström, B W; Gustavsson, I; Hanås, R; Hellenberg, L; Hellgren, H; Holmberg, E; Hörnell, H; Ivarsson, Sten-A; Johansson, C; Jonsell, G; Kockum, K; Lindblad, B; Lindh, A; Ludvigsson, J; Myrdal, U; Neiderud, J; Segnestam, K; Sjöblad, S; Skogsberg, L; Strömberg, L; Ståhle, U; Thalme, B; Tullus, K; Tuvemo, T; Wallensteen, M; Westphal, O; Dahlquist, Gisela; Aman, J

    2007-09-01

    SUMO4 M55V, located in IDDM5, has been a focus for debate because of its association to type I diabetes (TIDM) in Asians but not in Caucasians. The current study aims to test the significance of M55V association to TIDM in a large cohort of Swedish Caucasians, and to test whether M55V is associated in those carrying human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II molecules. A total of 673 TIDM patients and 535 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were included in the study. PCR-RFLP was performed to identify the genotype and allele variations. Our data suggest that SUMO4 M55V is not associated with susceptibility to TIDM by itself. When we stratified our patients and controls based on heterozygosity for HLA-DR3/DR4 and SUMO4 genotypes, we found that presence of SUMO4 GG increased further the relative risk conferred by HLA-DR3/DR4 to TIDM, whereas SUMO4 AA decreased the risk. From the current study, we conclude that SUMO4 M55V is associated with TIDM in association with high-risk HLA-DR3 and DR4, but not by itself.

  12. Candidate members of the Pal 5, GD-1, Cetus Polar and Orphan tidal stellar halo streams from SDSS DR9, LAMOST DR3 and APOGEE catalogs

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    Li, Guang-Wei; Yanny, Brian; Zhang, Hao-Tong; Bai, Zong-Rui; Wu, Yue; Dong, Yi-Qiao; Lei, Ya-Juan; Yuan, Hai-Long; Hou, Yong-Hui; Wang, Yue-Fei; Zhang, Yong

    2017-05-01

    We present candidate members of the Pal 5, GD-1, Cetus Polar and Orphan tidal stellar streams found in LAMOST DR3, SDSS DR9 and APOGEE catalogs. In LAMOST DR3, we find 20, 4 and 24 high confidence candidates of tidal streams GD-1, Cetus Polar and Orphan respectively. We also list 59, 118 and 10 high confidence candidates of tidal streams Cetus Polar, Orphan and Pal 5, respectively from the SDSS DR9 spectroscopic catalog. Furthermore, we find seven high confidence candidates of the Pal 5 tidal stream in the APOGEE data. Compared with SDSS, the new candidates from LAMOST DR3 are brighter, so that together, more of the color-magnitude diagram, including the giant branch, can be explored. Analysis of the SDSS data shows that there are three metallicity peaks associated with the Orphan stream which also exhibit some spatial separation. The LAMOST data confirm multiple metallicities in this stream. The metallicity, given by the higher resolution APOGEE instrument, of the Pal 5 tidal stream is [Fe/H] ˜ -1.2, higher than that given earlier by SDSS spectra. Many previously unidentified stream members are tabulated here for the first time, along with existing members, allowing future researchers to further constrain the orbits of these objects as they move within the Galaxy’s dark matter potential.

  13. Analysis of Coulomb breakup experiments of B8 with a dynamical eikonal approximation

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    Goldstein, G.; Capel, P.; Baye, D.

    2007-08-01

    Various measurements of the Coulomb breakup of B8 are analyzed within the dynamical eikonal approximation using a single description of B8. We obtain a good agreement with experiment for different observables measured between 40 and 80 MeV/nucleon. A simple Be7-p potential model description of B8 seems sufficient to describe all observables. In particular, the asymmetry in parallel-momentum distributions due to E1-E2 interferences is well reproduced without any scaling. The projectile-target nuclear interactions seem negligible if data are selected at forward angles. On the contrary, like in previous analyses we observe a significant influence of higher-order effects. The accuracy of astrophysical S factors for the Be7(p,γ)B8 reaction at stellar energies extracted from breakup measurements therefore seems difficult to evaluate.

  14. 30. Photocopy of photograph (from Buffalo Illustrated file #129B8B92, prints ...

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    30. Photocopy of photograph (from Buffalo Illustrated file #129B8B92, prints inpossession of Ciminilli Construction,Buffalo, N.Y.), photographer unknown,1890 GENERAL VIEW LOOKING WEST - Cyclorama Building, 369 Franklin Street, Buffalo, Erie County, NY

  15. HLA-DR3 restricted T cell epitope mimicry in induction of autoimmune response to lupus-associated antigen SmD

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    Deshmukh, Umesh S; Sim, Davis L; Dai, Chao; Kannapell, Carol J; Gaskin, Felicia; Rajagopalan, Govindarajan; David, Chella S; Fu, Shu Man

    2012-01-01

    Although systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multigenic autoimmune disorder, HLA-D is the most dominant genetic susceptibility locus. This study was undertaken to investigate the hypothesis that microbial peptides bind HLA-DR3 and activate T cells reactive with lupus autoantigens. Using HLA-DR3 transgenic mice and lupus-associated autoantigen SmD protein, SmD79–93 was identified to contain a dominant HLA-DR3 restricted T cell epitope. This T cell epitope was characterized by using a T-T hybridoma, C1P2, generated from SmD immunized HLA-DR3 transgenic mouse. By pattern search analysis, 20 putative mimicry peptides (P2–P21) of SmD79–93, from microbial and human origin were identified. C1P2 cells responded to SmD, SmD79–93 and a peptide (P20) from Vibro cholerae. Immunization of HLA-DR3 mice with P20 induced T cell responses and IgG antibodies to SmD that were not cross-reactive with the immunogen. A T-T hybridoma, P20P1, generated from P20 immunized mice, not only responded to P20 and SmD79–93, but also to peptides from Streptococccus agalactiae (P17) and human-La related protein (P11). These three T cell mimics (P20, P11 and P17) induced diverse and different autoantibody response profiles. Our data demonstrates for the first time molecular mimicry at T cell epitope level between lupus-associated autoantigen SmD and microbial peptides. Considering distinct autoreactive T cell clones, activated by different microbial peptides, molecular mimicry at T cell epitope level can be an important pathway for the activation of autoreactive T cells resulting in the production of autoantibodies. In addition, the novel findings reported herein may have significant implications in the pathogenesis of SLE. PMID:21868195

  16. HLA-DR3 restricted T cell epitope mimicry in induction of autoimmune response to lupus-associated antigen SmD.

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    Deshmukh, Umesh S; Sim, Davis L; Dai, Chao; Kannapell, Carol J; Gaskin, Felicia; Rajagopalan, Govindarajan; David, Chella S; Fu, Shu Man

    2011-11-01

    Although systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multigenic autoimmune disorder, HLA-D is the most dominant genetic susceptibility locus. This study was undertaken to investigate the hypothesis that microbial peptides bind HLA-DR3 and activate T cells reactive with lupus autoantigens. Using HLA-DR3 transgenic mice and lupus-associated autoantigen SmD protein, SmD(79-93) was identified to contain a dominant HLA-DR3 restricted T cell epitope. This T cell epitope was characterized by using a T-T hybridoma, C1P2, generated from SmD immunized HLA-DR3 transgenic mouse. By pattern search analysis, 20 putative mimicry peptides (P2-P21) of SmD(79-93,) from microbial and human origin were identified. C1P2 cells responded to SmD, SmD(79-93) and a peptide (P20) from Vibro cholerae. Immunization of HLA-DR3 mice with P20 induced T cell responses and IgG antibodies to SmD that were not cross-reactive with the immunogen. A T-T hybridoma, P20P1, generated from P20 immunized mice, not only responded to P20 and SmD(79-93), but also to peptides from Streptococcus agalactiae (P17) and human-La related protein (P11). These three T cell mimics (P20, P11 and P17) induced diverse and different autoantibody response profiles. Our data demonstrates for the first time molecular mimicry at T cell epitope level between lupus-associated autoantigen SmD and microbial peptides. Considering that distinct autoreactive T cell clones were activated by different microbial peptides, molecular mimicry at T cell epitope level can be an important pathway for the activation of autoreactive T cells resulting in the production of autoantibodies. In addition, the novel findings reported herein may have significant implications in the pathogenesis of SLE. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Involvement of TL1A and DR3 in induction of ischaemia and inflammation in urinary bladder dysfunction in the elderly.

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    Wang, Wei; Zhang, Ning; Zhu, Xu-Hui; He, Zhi-Song; Wahafu, Wasilijiang; Xu, Zhi-Qing; Yang, Yong

    2012-08-01

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia often causes intravesical obstruction in elderly men; however, the processes of aging and bladder outlet obstruction independently evoke alterations in the structure and function of the bladder. These changes lead to lower urinary tract symptoms; however, it is difficult to separate the effects of prostatic obstruction on the bladder from those of aging. Nevertheless, few studies have focused on elucidating the pathophysiological mechanisms in the aged bladder. Bladder dysfunction due to detrusor instability (caused by old age) is considered to be associated with chronic ischaemia and inflammation. The aim of this study was to explore the role of tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-like ligand 1A (TL1A) and death-domain receptor (DR)3 in the ischaemic and inflammatory process of aged bladder dysfunction. Sixteen bladder tissue samples collected from patients with urothelial tumours of the bladder were divided into two groups according to age: group 1 (controls, n=8) and group 2 (aged group, n=8). Urodynamic examinations were preformed before radical cystectomy. The full-thickness bladder tissues were obtained at least 5 cm away from the margin of the tumours. The mRNA expression levels of TL1A, DR3, von Willebrand factor (vWF), interleukin (IL)-6 and nerve growth factor (NGF) in the two groups were determined using real-time reverse transcription-PCR and the protein expression levels of TL1A, DR3 and p65 were determined by western blot analysis. The TL1A and DR3 mRNA and protein expression levels of the aged bladders were upregulated compared to the control group (p<0.05). Compared to the control, the mRNA expression levels of vWF in the aged bladder tissues were markedly lower (p<0.01); however, the mRNA expression levels of IL-6 were significantly higher in the aged bladder tissues (p<0.01) compared to the control. No significant difference in NGF mRNA expression between the two groups was detected (p>0.05). In conclusion, the aged bladder

  18. HLA-B8 and cell-mediated immunity to gluten.

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    Simpson, F G; Bullen, A W; Robertson, D A; Losowsky, M S

    1981-01-01

    The leucocyte migration inhibition (LMI) test was used as an indicator of cell mediated immunity to gluten fraction III in 30 healthy controls and 58 patients with adult coeliac disease and the results related to HLA status and duration of treatment with a gluten-free diet. HLA-B8 controls showed significantly lower leucocyte migration indices, indicating greater immune response, than non-HLA B8 controls. Untreated coeliacs showed no difference from HLA-B8 controls. There was no difference between results from HLA-B8 and non-HLA-B8 coeliacs. Leucocyte migration was even lower in coeliacs early in treatment but rose after treatment for over one year. These results may reflect an immune response gene for gluten in linkage disequilibrium with HLA-B8. The increased immune response to gluten as measured in this test cannot be the sole factor in aetiology of coeliac disease. Furthermore, it is necessary to re-evaluate earlier results of cell-mediated immunity in coeliac disease with reference to HLA status of the controls. PMID:6974678

  19. Ternary borides Nb7Fe3B8 and Ta7Fe3B8 with Kagome-type iron framework.

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    Zheng, Qiang; Gumeniuk, Roman; Borrmann, Horst; Schnelle, Walter; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Rosner, Helge; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Reissner, Michael; Grin, Yuri; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas

    2016-06-21

    Two new ternary borides TM7Fe3B8 (TM = Nb, Ta) were synthesized by high-temperature thermal treatment of samples obtained by arc-melting. This new type of structure with space group P6/mmm, comprises TM slabs containing isolated planar hexagonal [B6] rings and iron centered TM columns in a Kagome type of arrangement. Chemical bonding analysis in Nb7Fe3B8 by means of the electron localizability approach reveals two-center interactions forming the Kagome net of Fe and embedded B, while weaker multicenter bonding present between this net and Nb atoms. Magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal antiferromagnetic order below TN = 240 K for Nb7Fe3B8 and TN = 265 K for Ta7Fe3B8. Small remnant magnetization below 0.01μB per f.u. is observed in the antiferromagnetic state. The bulk nature of the magnetic transistions was confirmed by the hyperfine splitting of the Mössbauer spectra, the sizable anomalies in the specific heat capacity, and the kinks in the resistivity curves. The high-field paramagnetic susceptibilities fitted by the Curie-Weiss law show effective paramagnetic moments μeff≈ 3.1μB/Fe in both compounds. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity also reveals metallic character of both compounds. Density functional calculations corroborate the metallic behaviour of both compounds and demonstrate the formation of a sizable local magnetic moment on the Fe-sites. They indicate the presence of both antiferro- and ferrromagnetic interactions.

  20. Magnetization dynamics and interface studies in ion-beam sputtered Si/CoFeB(8)/MgO(4)/CoFeB(8)/Ta(5) structures

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    Raju, M.; Behera, Nilamani; Pandya, Dinesh K. Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2014-05-07

    The interface roughness, Boron distribution in bulk CoFeB and at interface, Gilbert damping constant (α), and inhomogeneous broadening in ion-beam sputtered Si/CoFeB(8)/MgO(4)/CoFeB(8)/Ta(5) structures are found to be sensitive to the MgO growth process. The ion-assist and reactive growth processes that result in sharper interfaces of width ∼0.5 nm lead to smaller α of 0.0050 ± 0.0003 and 0.0060 ± 0.0002 and inhomogeneous broadening ΔH{sub 0} of 3 ± 0.3 and 1 ± 0.3 Oe, respectively. On the other hand, the post-oxidation method results in rough interface and higher retention of Boron in CoFeB leading to higher values for α and ΔH{sub 0} as 0.0080 ± 0.0006 and 5 ± 0.3 Oe, respectively.

  1. Humanlike immune response of human leukocyte antigen-DR3 transgenic mice to staphylococcal enterotoxins: a novel model for superantigen vaccines.

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    DaSilva, Luis; Welcher, Brent C; Ulrich, Robert G; Aman, M Javad; David, Chella S; Bavari, Sina

    2002-06-15

    This study examined the biologic responses of transgenic mice expressing human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR3 and human CD4 molecules, in the absence of murine major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules (Ab(0)), to staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs) and evaluated protective immunity of a nonsuperantigen form of SEB against wild-type holotoxin. HLA-DR3 transgenic mice responded to several log lower concentrations of SEs and secreted higher levels of proinflammatory cytokines than did wild-type mice. Vaccination of transgenic mice with a nonsuperantigenic form of SEB induced high levels of neutralizing anti-SEB antibodies, which protected the mice from a surge in proinflammatory cytokine secretion after SEB challenge. The humanlike responses of the transgenic mice to SEs support the hypothesis that these mice represent an appropriate model to examine vaccines and therapeutics against SEs. This is thought to be the first report of examination of a vaccine against SEB in the context of human MHC class II receptors.

  2. Exploring the diabetogenicity of the HLA-B18-DR3 CEH: independent association with T1D genetic risk close to HLA-DOA.

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    Santin, I; Castellanos-Rubio, A; Aransay, A M; Gutierrez, G; Gaztambide, S; Rica, I; Vicario, J L; Noble, J A; Castaño, L; Bilbao, J R

    2009-09-01

    The objective of this study was to identify additional diabetes susceptibility markers in the MHC that could be responsible for the differential diabetogenicity of different HLA-DR3 CEHs. High-resolution SNP genotyping of the MHC was carried out in 15 type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients and 39 non-diabetic controls, homozygous for DR3-DQ2 and with one copy of the A(*)30-B(*)18-MICA(*)4-F1C30-DRB1(*)0301-DQB1(*)0201-DPB1(*)0202 HLA haplotype. Significantly associated SNPs were replicated in an independent sample of 554 T1D patients and 841 controls without HLA matching. Electrophoretic mobility shift assay was used to show a functional effect of an associated SNP. Seven SNPs showed evidence of association in the initial discovery experiment. Upon replication, only rs419434 (upstream HLA-DOA gene) remained significant. A functional variant (rs432375) in complete LD with rs419434 was shown to affect USF-1 binding and could be responsible for the association signal in the region. We have identified a new susceptibility locus within the MHC with a modest contribution to T1D (OR=1.93; CI: 1.52-2.44; P=10(-8)) that is independent of HLA-DRB1 locus.

  3. 42 CFR 52b.8 - How will NIH monitor the use of facilities constructed with federal funds?

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  4. 42 CFR 52b.8 - How will NIH monitor the use of facilities constructed with federal funds?

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  5. 42 CFR 52b.8 - How will NIH monitor the use of facilities constructed with federal funds?

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  8. 12 CFR 261b.8 - Meetings closed to public observation under regular procedures.

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  10. 26 CFR 20.2056(b)-8 - Special rule for charitable remainder trusts.

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    ... (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954 Taxable Estate... noncharitable beneficiary. With respect to estates of decedents dying after December 31, 1981, subject to... solely under section 2056(b)(7) and not under section 2056(b)(8). Accordingly, if the decedent died on or...

  11. 12 CFR 261b.8 - Meetings closed to public observation under regular procedures.

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  13. 12 CFR 261b.8 - Meetings closed to public observation under regular procedures.

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  14. Depletion of CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells exacerbates sodium iodide-induced experimental autoimmune thyroiditis in human leucocyte antigen DR3 (DRB1*0301) transgenic class II-knock-out non-obese diabetic mice.

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    Flynn, J C; Meroueh, C; Snower, D P; David, C S; Kong, Y M

    2007-03-01

    Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to autoimmune disease development. Previously, we evaluated genetic factors in a humanized mouse model of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) by immunizing human leucocyte antigen DR3 (HLA-DR3) and HLA-DQ8 transgenic class II-knock-out non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. DR3+ mice were susceptible to experimental autoimmune thyroiditis (EAT) induction by both mouse thyroglobulin (mTg) and human (h) Tg, while DQ8+ mice were weakly susceptible only to hTg. As one environmental factor associated with HT and tested in non-transgenic models is increased sodium iodide (NaI) intake, we examined the susceptibility of DR3+ and/or DQ8+ mice to NaI-induced disease. Mice were treated for 8 weeks with NaI in the drinking water. At 0 x 05% NaI, 23% of DR3+, 0% of DQ8+ and 20% of DR3+DQ8+ mice had thyroid destruction. No spleen cell proliferation to mTg was observed. Most mice had undetectable anti-mTg antibodies, but those with low antibody levels usually had thyroiditis. At 0.3% NaI, a higher percentage of DR3+ and DR3+DQ8+ mice developed destructive thyroiditis, but it was not statistically significant. However, when DR3+ mice had been depleted of CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells prior to NaI treatment, destructive thyroiditis (68%) and serum anti-mTg antibodies were exacerbated further. The presence of DQ8 molecules does not alter the susceptibility of DR3+DQ8+ mice to NaI-induced thyroiditis, similar to earlier findings with mTg-induced EAT. Susceptibility of DR3+ mice to NaI-induced EAT, in both the presence and absence of regulatory T cells, demonstrates the usefulness of HLA class II transgenic mice in evaluating the roles of environmental factors and immune dysregulation in autoimmune thyroid disease.

  15. Sequencing, annotation, and comparative genome analysis of the gerbil-adapted Helicobacter pylori strain B8

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    2010-01-01

    Background The Mongolian gerbils are a good model to mimic the Helicobacter pylori-associated pathogenesis of the human stomach. In the current study the gerbil-adapted strain B8 was completely sequenced, annotated and compared to previous genomes, including the 73 supercontigs of the parental strain B128. Results The complete genome of H. pylori B8 was manually curated gene by gene, to assign as much function as possible. It consists of a circular chromosome of 1,673,997 bp and of a small plasmid of 6,032 bp carrying nine putative genes. The chromosome contains 1,711 coding sequences, 293 of which are strain-specific, coding mainly for hypothetical proteins, and a large plasticity zone containing a putative type-IV-secretion system and coding sequences with unknown function. The cag-pathogenicity island is rearranged such that the cagA-gene is located 13,730 bp downstream of the inverted gene cluster cagB-cag1. Directly adjacent to the cagA-gene, there are four hypothetical genes and one variable gene with a different codon usage compared to the rest of the H. pylori B8-genome. This indicates that these coding sequences might be acquired via horizontal gene transfer. The genome comparison of strain B8 to its parental strain B128 delivers 425 unique B8-proteins. Due to the fact that strain B128 was not fully sequenced and only automatically annotated, only 12 of these proteins are definitive singletons that might have been acquired during the gerbil-adaptation process of strain B128. Conclusion Our sequence data and its analysis provide new insight into the high genetic diversity of H. pylori-strains. We have shown that the gerbil-adapted strain B8 has the potential to build, possibly by a high rate of mutation and recombination, a dynamic pool of genetic variants (e.g. fragmented genes and repetitive regions) required for the adaptation-processes. We hypothesize that these variants are essential for the colonization and persistence of strain B8 in the gerbil

  16. Resistance to celiac disease in humanized HLA-DR3-DQ2-transgenic mice expressing specific anti-gliadin CD4+ T cells.

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    de Kauwe, Andrea L; Chen, Zhenjun; Anderson, Robert P; Keech, Catherine L; Price, Jason D; Wijburg, Odilia; Jackson, David C; Ladhams, Jodi; Allison, Janette; McCluskey, James

    2009-06-15

    Celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory enteropathy caused by cellular immunity to dietary gluten. More than 90% of patients carry HLA-DQ2 encoded by HLA-DQA1*05 and DQB1*02, and gluten-specific CD4(+) T cells from intestinal biopsies of these patients are HLA-DQ2-restricted, produce Th1 cytokines and preferentially recognize gluten peptides deamidated by tissue transglutaminase. We generated mice lacking murine MHC class II genes that are transgenic for human CD4 and the autoimmunity and celiac disease-associated HLA-DR3-DQ2 haplotype. Immunization with the alpha-gliadin 17-mer that incorporates the overlapping DQ2-alpha-I and DQ2-alpha-II epitopes immunodominant in human celiac disease generates peptide-specific HLA-DQ2-restricted CD4(+) T cells. When exposed to dietary gluten, naive or gliadin-primed mice do not develop pathology. Coincident introduction of dietary gluten and intestinal inflammation resulted in low-penetrance enteropathy and tissue transglutaminase-specific IgA. Two further strains of transgenic mice expressing HLA-DR3-DQ2 and human CD4, one with a NOD background and another TCR transgenic having over 90% of CD4(+) T cells specific for the DQ2-alpha-II epitope with a Th1 phenotype, were also healthy when consuming gluten. These humanized mouse models indicate that gluten ingestion can be tolerated without intestinal pathology even when HLA-DQ2-restricted CD4(+) T cell immunity to gluten is established, thereby implicating additional factors in controlling the penetrance of celiac disease.

  17. The association of sporadic inclusion body myositis and Sjögren's syndrome in carriers of HLA-DR3 and the 8.1 MHC ancestral haplotype.

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    Rojana-udomsart, A; Needham, M; Luo, Y B; Fabian, V; Walters, S; Zilko, P J; Mastaglia, F L

    2011-09-01

    Sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM) usually occurs as an isolated condition, but it may occur in association with another autoimmune disorder such as Sjögren's syndrome. We reviewed sIBM cases with Sjögren's syndrome (sIBM/SS) from the Perth Inflammatory Myopathies Database to determine whether they are distinguishable from other sIBM cases. Six such cases were identified, representing 12% of all sIBM cases. Muscle biopsies confirmed the presence of an inflammatory myopathy with rimmed vacuoles and the characteristic muscle fibre inclusions of sIBM. Five of the six were females, contrasting with a 2:1 male preponderance in the rest of the sIBM cohort. The mean age-at-onset and the pattern of muscle weakness were similar in the two groups. Four out of five sIBM/SS patients treated with immune therapies had improvement in muscle strength lasting for 6-24 months, whereas only 27% of other sIBM patients improved. All 6 patients with sIBM/SS carried the HLA-DRB1*0301 allele, or its equivalent HLA-DR3 serological specificity, compared with 83% of other sIBM cases and all carried some or all of the major markers of the 8.1 MHC ancestral haplotype which is also associated with Sjögren's syndrome. Patients with sIBM/SS represent a subgroup of sIBM cases who are more likely to be female and carriers of HLA-DR3 and the 8.1 MHC ancestral haplotype, and are more likely to respond to treatment. The association of sIBM and Sjögren's syndrome is likely to be due to a common genetic predisposition linked to the MHC and supports the notion that sIBM has an autoimmune basis. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. HLA-B8, immunoglobulins, and antibody responses in alcohol-related liver disease.

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    Morgan, M Y; Ross, M G; Ng, C M; Adams, D M; Thomas, H C; Sherlock, S

    1980-01-01

    Ninety-two British, caucasian, alcoholic patients with liver disese were grouped on the basis of hepatic histology into fatty change, hepatitis with or without cirrhosis, and cirrhosis alone. Men with alcoholic hepatitis with or without cirrhosis showed an increased incidence of the histocompatibility antigen HLA-B8 (P less than 0.02). Increased measles antibody titres were found in patients without cirrhosis with or without hepatitis and were associated with the B8 phenotype in both sexes. Rubella antibody titres and percentage DNA-binding were raised in patients with cirrhosis and showed no association with the B8 phenotype. Concentrations of IgM and IgA were were raised in patients with stetosis and with hepatitis, while in patients with cirrhosis IgG concentrations were also increased. Low titres of autoantibodies were found in all histological groups. It is possible that the development of hepatitis in response to alcohol abuse may be influenced, at least in men, by a gene linked to the B locus. Otherwise, immune processes associated with alcohol-related liver disease are probably secondary phenomena. PMID:7400347

  19. Is the Rehydrin TrDr3 from Tortula ruralis associated with tolerance to cold, salinity, and reduced pH? Physiological evaluation of the TrDr3-orthologue, HdeD from Escherichia coli in response to abiotic stress.

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    Peng, C A; Oliver, M J; Wood, A J

    2005-05-01

    We have employed EST analysis in the resurrection moss Tortula ruralis to discover genes that control vegetative desiccation tolerance and describe the characterization of the EST-derived cDNA TrDr3 ( Tortula ruralis desiccation-stress related). The deduced polypeptide TRDR3 has a predicted molecular mass of 25.5 kDa, predicted pI of 6.7, and six transmembrane helical domains. Preliminary expression analyses demonstrate that the TrDr3 transcript ratio increases in response to slow desiccation relative to the hydrated control in both total and polysomal mRNA (mRNP fraction), which classifies TrDr3 as a rehydrin. Bioinformatic searches of the electronic databases reveal that Tortula TRDR3 shares significant similarities to the hdeD gene product ( HNS- dependent expression) from Escherichia coli. The function of the HdeD protein in E. coli is unknown, but it is postulated to be involved in a mechanism of acid stress defence. To establish the role of E. coli HdeD in abiotic stress tolerance, we determined the log survival percentage from shaking cultures of wild-type bacteria and the isogenic hdeD deletion strain (Delta hdeD) in the presence of low temperature (28 degrees C), elevated NaCl (5 % (w/v)), or decreased pH (4.5), or all treatments simultaneously. The Delta hdeD deletion strain was less sensitive, as compared to wild-type E. coli, in response to decreased pH ( p > 0.009), and the combination of all three stresses ( p > 0.0001).

  20. Genome Sequences of Lactobacillus sp. Strains wkB8 and wkB10, Members of the Firm-5 Clade, from Honey Bee Guts.

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    Kwong, Waldan K; Mancenido, Amanda L; Moran, Nancy A

    2014-11-13

    We sequenced two strains from the Lactobacillus Firm-5 clade, a dominant group of symbionts in the guts of honey bees and other social bees. The genome of strain wkB8, comprising a 1.93-Mb chromosome and a 6.4-kb plasmid, was fully closed, while strain wkB10 was assembled into 32 contigs. These genomes will provide insights into how gut symbionts evolve and interact with their host species. Copyright © 2014 Kwong et al.

  1. Complement complex C5b-8 induces PGI/sub 2/ formation in culture endothelial cells

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    Suttorp, N.; Seeger, W.; Zinsky, S.; Bhakdi, S.

    1987-07-01

    The effects of the terminal complement sequence on prostacyclin (PGI/sub 2/) generation in antibody-sensitized pulmonary arterial endothelial cells were examined. Whereas C5b-7 complement complexes induced no PGI/sub 2/ formation, addition of purified complement component C8 resulted in a time- and dose-dependent burst of PGI/sub 2/ release in the absence of overt cell damage. Formation of the complete terminal complement complex C5b-9 enhanced PGI/sub 2/ release but was accompanied by cytolysis. Extracellular Ca/sup 2 +/ was required for C5b-8-dependent PGI/sub 2/ formation. Three different blockers of physiological calcium channels failed to suppress the observed stimulatory effect. In contrast, W7 (N-(6-amino-hexyl)-5-chloro-1-napththalene sulfonamide) and trifluoperazine, inhibitors of calmodulin activity, all reduced the C5b-8-dependent PGI/sub 2/ generation. None of the inhibitors used impaired Ca/sup 2 +/ flux into the cells. One minute after addition of C8 to endothelial cells carrying C5b-7 complexes, a six- to seven-fold enhanced passive influx of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ into the cells was noted. An enhanced passive influx was also observed for /sup 51/CrO/sub 4//sup 2 -/, (/sup H/) aminobutyric acid, and (/sup 3/H) sucrose, but not for (/sup 3/H)inulin and (/sup 3/H)dextran. These data together suggest that complement C5b-8 complexes may serve as Ca/sup 2 +/bypass gates in endothelial cells, the ensuring influx of Ca/sup 2 +/ leading to subsequent activation of the arachiodonic acid pathway.

  2. HLA-DQ6 (DQB1*0601)-restricted T cells protect against experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in HLA-DR3.DQ6 double-transgenic mice by generating anti-inflammatory IFN-gamma.

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    Mangalam, Ashutosh; Luckey, David; Basal, Eati; Behrens, Marshall; Rodriguez, Moses; David, Chella

    2008-06-01

    The human MHC class II genes are associated with genetic susceptibility to multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the CNS of presumed autoimmune origin. These genes encode for proteins responsible for shaping immune response. The exact role of HLA-DQ and -DR genes in disease pathogenesis is not well-understood due to the high polymorphism, linkage disequilibrium, and heterogeneity of human populations. The advent of HLA class II-transgenic (Tg) mice has helped in answering some of these questions. Previously, using single-Tg mice (expressing the HLA-DR or -DQ gene), we showed that proteolipid protein (PLP)(91-110) peptide induced classical experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis only in DR3.Abeta degrees mice, suggesting that DR3 (DRB1*0301) is a disease susceptible gene in the context of PLP. Human population studies have suggested that HLA-DQ6 (DQB1*0601) may be a protective gene in MS. To test this disease protection in an experimental model, we generated double-Tg mice expressing both HLA-DR3 and -DQ6. Introduction of DQ6 onto DR3-Tg mice led to a decrease in disease incidence on immunization with PLP(91-110) peptide indicating a dominant protective role of DQ6. This protective effect is due to high levels of IFN-gamma produced by DQ6-restricted T cells, which suppressed proliferation of encephalitogenic DR3-restricted T cells by inducing apoptosis. Our study indicates that DQ6 modifies the PLP(91-110)-specific T cell response in DR3 through anti-inflammatory effects of IFN-gamma, which is protective for experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Thus, our double-Tg mouse provides a novel model in which to study epistatic interactions between HLA class II molecules in MS.

  3. The TNF-family ligand TL1A and its receptor DR3 promote T cell-mediated allergic immunopathology by enhancing differentiation and pathogenicity of IL-9-producing T cells.

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    Richard, Arianne C; Tan, Cuiyan; Hawley, Eric T; Gomez-Rodriguez, Julio; Goswami, Ritobrata; Yang, Xiang-Ping; Cruz, Anthony C; Penumetcha, Pallavi; Hayes, Erika T; Pelletier, Martin; Gabay, Odile; Walsh, Matthew; Ferdinand, John R; Keane-Myers, Andrea; Choi, Yongwon; O'Shea, John J; Al-Shamkhani, Aymen; Kaplan, Mark H; Gery, Igal; Siegel, Richard M; Meylan, Françoise

    2015-04-15

    The TNF family cytokine TL1A (Tnfsf15) costimulates T cells and type 2 innate lymphocytes (ILC2) through its receptor DR3 (Tnfrsf25). DR3-deficient mice have reduced T cell accumulation at the site of inflammation and reduced ILC2-dependent immune responses in a number of models of autoimmune and allergic diseases. In allergic lung disease models, immunopathology and local Th2 and ILC2 accumulation is reduced in DR3-deficient mice despite normal systemic priming of Th2 responses and generation of T cells secreting IL-13 and IL-4, prompting the question of whether TL1A promotes the development of other T cell subsets that secrete cytokines to drive allergic disease. In this study, we find that TL1A potently promotes generation of murine T cells producing IL-9 (Th9) by signaling through DR3 in a cell-intrinsic manner. TL1A enhances Th9 differentiation through an IL-2 and STAT5-dependent mechanism, unlike the TNF-family member OX40, which promotes Th9 through IL-4 and STAT6. Th9 differentiated in the presence of TL1A are more pathogenic, and endogenous TL1A signaling through DR3 on T cells is required for maximal pathology and IL-9 production in allergic lung inflammation. Taken together, these data identify TL1A-DR3 interactions as a novel pathway that promotes Th9 differentiation and pathogenicity. TL1A may be a potential therapeutic target in diseases dependent on IL-9. Copyright © 2015 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  4. The TNF-family ligand TL1A and its receptor DR3 promote T-cell mediated allergic immunopathology by enhancing differentiation and pathogenicity of IL-9 producing T cells1

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    Richard, Arianne C.; Tan, Cuiyan; Hawley, Eric T.; Gomez-Rodriguez, Julio; Goswami, Ritobrata; Yang, Xiang-ping; Cruz, Anthony C.; Penumetcha, Pallavi; Hayes, Erika T.; Pelletier, Martin; Gabay, Odile; Walsh, Matthew; Ferdinand, John R.; Keane-Myers, Andrea; Choi, Yongwon; O'Shea, John J.; Al-Shamkhani, Aymen; Kaplan, Mark H.; Gery, Igal; Siegel, Richard M.; Meylan, Françoise

    2015-01-01

    The TNF family cytokine TL1A (Tnfsf15) costimulates T cells and type 2 innate lymphocytes (ILC2) through its receptor DR3 (Tnfrsf25). DR3-deficient mice have reduced T cell accumulation at the site of inflammation, and reduced ILC2-dependent immune responses in a number of models of autoimmune and allergic diseases. In allergic lung disease models, immunopathology and local Th2 and ILC2 accumulation is reduced in DR3 deficient mice despite normal systemic priming of Th2 responses and generation of T cells secreting IL-13 and IL-4, prompting the question of whether TL1A promotes the development of other T cell subsets that secrete cytokines to drive allergic disease. Here we find that TL1A potently promotes generation of murine T cells producing IL-9 (Th9) by signaling through DR3 in a cell-intrinsic manner. TL1A enhances Th9 differentiation through an IL-2 and STAT5-dependent mechanism, unlike the TNF-family member OX40, which promotes Th9 through IL-4 and STAT6. Th9 differentiated in the presence of TL1A are more pathogenic, and endogenous TL1A signaling through DR3 on T cells is required for maximal pathology and IL-9 production in allergic lung inflammation. Taken together, these data identify TL1A-DR3 interactions as a novel pathway that promotes Th9 differentiation and pathogenicity. TL1A may be a potential therapeutic target in diseases dependent on IL-9. PMID:25786692

  5. Examination of H8 and B8 leadscrews from Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2)

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    Vinjamuri, K.; Akers, D.W.; Hobbins, R.R.

    1985-09-01

    Visual examinations, preliminary temperature estimates, and chemical and radiological analyses were conducted on samples removed from the control rod drive leadscrews. Hardness measurements and microstructure analysis suggest that significant temperature differences existed between the portions of the leadscrews closest to the bottom and top of the plenum assembly. Preliminary analysis indicates that the temperatures ranged from 666 to 1255/sup 0/K (740 to 1800/sup 0/F) for H8 and 723 to 1033/sup 0/K (842 to 1400/sup 0/F) for B8. The uncertainty in the temperature estimates is about +-28 to 56/sup 0/K (+-50 to 100/sup 0/F). Chemical analyses indicate that UO/sub 2/ and zirconium were deposited to a greater extent on surfaces closer to the core. Radiological analyses suggest that a number of the H8 radionuclides are insoluble in strong acid solutions. In contrast, more of the B8 radionuclides are soluble in strong acidic solutions. Also, an axial gradient in surface radionuclide concentrations was observed, with the highest concentration near the top of the plenum assembly. The data indicate changes in chemical composition and gradients in the surface radionuclide concentrations in the plenum assembly. As extrapolated from leadscrew data, the fractions of total core inventory of radionuclides retained on the plenum assembly surfaces are small (<2%).

  6. 29 CFR 2530.200b-8 - Determination of days of service to be credited to maritime employees.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 9 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Determination of days of service to be credited to maritime employees. 2530.200b-8 Section 2530.200b-8 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) EMPLOYEE BENEFITS... credited to maritime employees. (a) General rule. For the purpose of determining the days of service which...

  7. Role of MHC class II expressing CD4+ T cells in proteolipid protein(91-110)-induced EAE in HLA-DR3 transgenic mice.

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    Mangalam, Ashutosh; Rodriguez, Moses; David, Chella

    2006-12-01

    MHC class II molecules play a central role in the control of adaptive immune responses through selection of the CD4(+) T cell repertoire in the thymus and antigen presentation in the periphery. Inherited susceptibility to autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and IDDM are associated with particular MHC class II alleles. Advent of HLA transgenic mice has helped us in deciphering the role of particular HLA DR and DQ class II molecules in human autoimmune diseases. In mice, the expression of class II is restricted to professional antigen-presenting cells (APC). However, in humans, class II is also expressed on T cells, unlike murine T cells. We have developed new humanized HLA class II transgenic mice expressing class II molecules not only on APC but also on a subset of CD4(+) T cells. The expression of class II on CD4(+) T cells is inducible, and class II(+) CD4(+) T cells can present antigen in the absence of APC. Further, using EAE, a well-established animal model of MS, we tested the functional significance of these class II(+) CD4(+) T cells. DR3.AEo transgenic mice were susceptible to proteolipid protein(91-110)-induced EAE and showed CNS pathology accompanied by widespread inflammation and demyelination seen in human MS patients, suggesting a role for class II(+) CD4(+) T cells in the pathogenesis.

  8. Recent results on the neutron irradiation of ITER candidate copper alloys irradiated in DR-3 at 250{degrees}C to 0.3 dpa

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    Edwards, D.J.; Singh, B.N.; Toft, P.; Eldrup, M.

    1997-04-01

    Tensile specimens of CuCrZr and CuNiBe alloys were given various heat treatments corresponding to solution anneal, prime-ageing and bonding thermal treatment with additional specimens re-aged and given a reactor bakeout treatment at 350{degrees}C for 100 h. CuAl-25 was also heat treated to simulate the effects of a bonding thermal cycle on the material. A number of heat treated specimens were neutron irradiated at 250{degrees}C to a dose level of {approximately}0.3 dpa in the DR-3 reactor as Riso. The main effect of the bonding thermal cycle heat treatment was a slight decrease in strength of CuCrZr and CuNiBe alloys. The strength of CuAl-25, on the other hand, remained almost unaltered. The post irradiation tests at 250{degrees}C showed a severe loss of ductility in the case of the CuNiBe alloy. The irradiated CuAl-25 and CuCrZr specimens exhibited a reasonable amount of uniform elongation, with CuCrZr possessing a lower strength.

  9. Homozygosity for premature stop codon of the MHC class I chain-related gene A (MIC-A) is associated with early activation of islet autoimmunity of DR3/4-DQ2/8 high risk DAISY relatives.

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    Ide, Akane; Babu, Sunanda R; Robles, David T; Wang, Tianbao; Erlich, Henry A; Bugawan, Teodorica L; Rewers, Marian; Fain, Pamela R; Eisenbarth, George S

    2005-07-01

    We hypothesized that homozygosity for the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I chain-related gene A (MIC-A)5.1 allele with premature stop codon would increase diabetes risk of individuals followed from infancy in the DAISY study (Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the young). Forty five percent (10/22) of relatives (siblings and offspring cohort, SOC) who developed anti-islet autoantibodies were MIC-A5.1/5.1 homozygous. Of SOC individuals without autoantibodies, 12/58 (19%, p = 0.02) were MIC-A5.1 homozygous. By life table analysis of expression of autoantibodies, DR3-DQ2/ DR4-DQ8 more than 50% of MIC-A5.1 homozygous children became autoantibody positive by 7 years of age, compared to delayed development of autoantibodies for non-MIC-A5.1/5.1 DR3-DQ2/ DR4-DQ8 children (p = 0.005). For DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 nonrelatives, the risk of activating anti-islet autoimmunity remained low even with MIC-A5.1 homozygosity suggesting that there are additional factors contributing to the marked risk of relatives compared to the general population with the DR3-DQ2/DR4-DQ8 genotype.

  10. Point mutations in or near the antigen-binding groove of HLA-DR3 implicate class II-associated invariant chain peptide affinity as a constraint on MHC class II polymorphism.

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    Doebele, Robert C; Pashine, Achal; Liu, Wendy; Zaller, Dennis M; Belmares, Michael; Busch, Robert; Mellins, Elizabeth D

    2003-05-01

    During maturation of MHC II molecules, newly synthesized and assembled complexes of MHC II alphabeta dimers with invariant chain (Ii) are targeted to endosomes, where Ii is proteolyzed, leaving remnant class II-associated Ii peptides (CLIP) in the MHC II peptide binding groove. CLIP must be released, usually with assistance from the endosomal MHC II peptide exchange factor, HLA-DM, before MHC II molecules can bind endosomal peptides. Structural factors that control rates of CLIP release remain poorly understood, although peptide side chain-MHC II specificity pocket interactions and MHC II polymorphism are important. Here we report that mutations betaS11F, betaS13Y, betaQ70R, betaK71E, betaK71N, and betaR74Q, which map to the P4 and P6 pockets of the groove of HLA-DR3 molecules, as well as alphaG20E adjacent to the groove, are associated with elevated CLIP in cells. Most of these mutations increase the resistance of CLIP-DR3 complexes to dissociation by SDS. In vitro, the groove mutations increase the stability of CLIP-DR3 complexes to dissociation. Dissociation rates in the presence of DM, as well as coimmunoprecipitation of some mutant DR3 molecules with DM, are also diminished. The profound phenotypes associated with some of these point mutations suggest that the need to maintain efficient CLIP release represents a constraint on naturally occurring MHC II polymorphism.

  11. Immunization with cross-conserved H1N1 influenza CD4+ T-cell epitopes lowers viral burden in HLA DR3 transgenic mice.

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    Moise, Leonard; Tassone, Ryan; Latimer, Howard; Terry, Frances; Levitz, Lauren; Haran, John P; Ross, Ted M; Boyle, Christine M; Martin, William D; De Groot, Anne S

    2013-10-01

    The emergence of the pandemic H1N1 strain of influenza in 2009 was associated with a unique w-shaped age-related susceptibility curve, with higher incidence of morbidity and mortality among young persons and lower incidence among older persons, also observed during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Pre-existing H1N1 antibodies were not cross-reactive with the prior seasonal vaccine, forcing influenza experts to scramble to develop a new vaccine specific for the pandemic virus. We hypothesized that response to T-cell epitopes that are cross-conserved between pandemic H1N1 and the 2008 seasonal influenza vaccine strains might have contributed to partial protection from clinical illness among older adults, despite the lack of cross-reactive humoral immunity. Using immunoinformatics tools, we previously identified hemagglutinin and neuraminidase epitopes that were highly conserved between seasonal and pandemic H1N1. Here, we validated predicted CD4(+) T-cell epitopes for their ability to bind HLA and to stimulate interferon-γ production in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from a cohort of donors presenting with influenza-like illness during the 2009 pandemic and a separate cohort immunized with trivalent influenza vaccine in 2011. A limited-epitope heterologous DNA-prime/peptide-boost vaccine composed of these sequences stimulated immune responses and lowered lung viral loads in HLA DR3 transgenic mice challenged with pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza. Cross-priming with conserved influenza T-cell epitopes such as these may be critically important to T cell-mediated protection against pandemic H1N1 in the absence of cross-protective antibodies.

  12. The Association between Human Leukocyte Antigen Class II DR3-DQ2 Haplotype and Type 1 Diabetes in Children of the East Azerbaijan State of Iran.

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    Mansoori Derakhshan, Sima; Zeinali Sehrig, Fatemeh; Sohrabi, Nasrin; Shiva, Siamak; Baradaran, Behzad; Shekari Khaniani, Mahmoud

    2015-09-01

    Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) is an autoimmune disease. Several associations between human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex and T1D were found in various populations. Associations with various HLA types depend on the investigated populations. However, such associations have not yet been investigated in the East Azerbaijan state of Iran with Turkish ethnicity. The aims of the current study was to describe T1D genetic susceptibility conferred by HLA class II alleles (DRB1*0301, DQA1*0501 and DQB1*0201) and to determine haplotype frequencies among T1D patients. This study was a case-control study. The number of samples was determined using the Cochran formula. Eighty unrelated T1D patients, including 42 (52.5%) females and 38 (47.5%) males, were randomly recruited from the East Azerbaijan state of Iran. Typing of HLA was performed by polymerase chain reaction-sequence-specific priming (PCR-SSP) on DNA extracted from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 80 unrelated patients and 80 unrelated healthy control donors, who were selected randomly. For haplotype analysis, the logistic regression model was performed that allows joint estimation of Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) via haplotypes. The frequency of drb1*0301 (82.5% vs. 11.3%), dqa1*0501 (82.5% vs. 36.3%) and dqb1*0201 (81.3% vs. 35%) were significantly higher among patients compared with that of healthy subjects. Our investigation demonstrated that there is a highly significant association between the studied alleles and T1D. It can be construed that haplotype HLA-DR3-DQ2 has a very modest effect with respect to the risk of T1D.

  13. Tunisian endemic pemphigus foliaceus is associated with the HLA-DR3 gene: anti-desmoglein 1 antibody-positive healthy subjects bear protective alleles.

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    Abida, O; Zitouni, M; Kallel-Sellami, M; Mahfoudh, N; Kammoun, A; Ben Ayed, M; Masmoudi, A; Mokni, M; Fezzaa, B; Ben Osman, A; Kammoun, M R; Turki, H; Makni, H; Gilbert, D; Joly, P; Tron, F; Makni, S; Masmoudi, H

    2009-09-01

    Pemphigus foliaceus is an autoimmune blistering skin disease that partly results from genetic factors, especially human leucocyte antigen (HLA) class II genes. The aim of the study was to determine the HLA DR/DQ markers of susceptibility and protection in the Tunisian endemic form. Genomic DNA from 90 patients with pemphigus foliaceus recruited from all parts of the country and matched by age, sex and geographical origin with 270 healthy individuals, was genotyped. Firstly, when the whole patient population was studied, DRB1*03, DQB1*0302 and DRB1*04 alleles were significantly associated with the disease while a significant decrease of, in particular, DRB1*11 and DQB1*0301 was observed in patients compared with controls. DRB1*0301 was the dominant allele in DR3-positive patients and controls, while DRB1*0402 was found in 42% of DR4-positive patients. Secondly, when the HLA DR/DQ allele distribution was studied after dividing patients according to their geographical origin, the southern group, which consisted exclusively of patients with the endemic form of the disease, showed the same associations as the whole pemphigus foliaceus population, particularly with DRB1*03. In the northern group, only the DRB1*04 and DQB1*0301 alleles were found to be associated. Interestingly, anti-desmoglein 1 antibody-positive healthy controls did not carry susceptibility alleles but, in contrast, most carried negatively associated alleles. These observations indicate that a particular genetic background characterizes the Tunisian endemic form of pemphigus foliaceus and that HLA class II genes control the pathogenic properties of the autoimmune response rather than the initial breakage of B-cell tolerance.

  14. Degradation of Granular Starch by the Bacterium Microbacterium aurum Strain B8.A Involves a Modular α-Amylase Enzyme System with FNIII and CBM25 Domains

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    Eeuwema, Wieger; Sarian, Fean D.; van der Kaaij, Rachel M.

    2015-01-01

    The bacterium Microbacterium aurum strain B8.A, originally isolated from a potato plant wastewater facility, is able to degrade different types of starch granules. Here we report the characterization of an unusually large, multidomain M. aurum B8.A α-amylase enzyme (MaAmyA). MaAmyA is a 1,417-amino-acid (aa) protein with a predicted molecular mass of 148 kDa. Sequence analysis of MaAmyA showed that its catalytic core is a family GH13_32 α-amylase with the typical ABC domain structure, followed by a fibronectin (FNIII) domain, two carbohydrate binding modules (CBM25), and another three FNIII domains. Recombinant expression and purification yielded an enzyme with the ability to degrade wheat and potato starch granules by introducing pores. Characterization of various truncated mutants of MaAmyA revealed a direct relationship between the presence of CBM25 domains and the ability of MaAmyA to form pores in starch granules, while the FNIII domains most likely function as stable linkers. At the C terminus, MaAmyA carries a 300-aa domain which is uniquely associated with large multidomain amylases; its function remains to be elucidated. We concluded that M. aurum B8.A employs a multidomain enzyme system to initiate degradation of starch granules via pore formation. PMID:26187958

  15. Degradation of Granular Starch by the Bacterium Microbacterium aurum Strain B8.A Involves a Modular α-Amylase Enzyme System with FNIII and CBM25 Domains.

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    Valk, Vincent; Eeuwema, Wieger; Sarian, Fean D; van der Kaaij, Rachel M; Dijkhuizen, Lubbert

    2015-10-01

    The bacterium Microbacterium aurum strain B8.A, originally isolated from a potato plant wastewater facility, is able to degrade different types of starch granules. Here we report the characterization of an unusually large, multidomain M. aurum B8.A α-amylase enzyme (MaAmyA). MaAmyA is a 1,417-amino-acid (aa) protein with a predicted molecular mass of 148 kDa. Sequence analysis of MaAmyA showed that its catalytic core is a family GH13_32 α-amylase with the typical ABC domain structure, followed by a fibronectin (FNIII) domain, two carbohydrate binding modules (CBM25), and another three FNIII domains. Recombinant expression and purification yielded an enzyme with the ability to degrade wheat and potato starch granules by introducing pores. Characterization of various truncated mutants of MaAmyA revealed a direct relationship between the presence of CBM25 domains and the ability of MaAmyA to form pores in starch granules, while the FNIII domains most likely function as stable linkers. At the C terminus, MaAmyA carries a 300-aa domain which is uniquely associated with large multidomain amylases; its function remains to be elucidated. We concluded that M. aurum B8.A employs a multidomain enzyme system to initiate degradation of starch granules via pore formation.

  16. Thermally Induced Microstructural Transformations of Fe72Si15B8V4Cu1 Alloy

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    Vasić, Milica M.; Surla, Radoslav; Minić, Dušan M.; Radović, Ljubica; Mitrović, Nebojša; Maričić, Aleksa; Minić, Dragica M.

    2017-09-01

    Thermal stability, mechanism, and kinetics of thermally induced microstructural transformations and their effects on magnetic permeability of Fe72Si15B8V4Cu1 alloy with combined amorphous/nanocrystalline structure were studied. DTA curves revealed two separated thermally activated exothermic events in the temperature ranges from 740 K to 820 K (467 °C to 547 °C) and 870 K to 930 K (597 °C to 657 °C). Crystalline phases present in the as-prepared and thermally treated alloy samples were identified, and their microstructural parameters were determined using XRD, while, to gain further insight into the mechanism of microstructural transformations, AFM and SEM-EDS analyses were performed. Deconvolution of the complex DTA peak into individual steps was conducted, and, in correlation with the results of microstructural analysis, kinetic triplets corresponding to individual transformation steps were determined, allowing for the estimation of the lifetimes of the alloy at different temperatures. Magnetic permeability measurements showed that, in spite of the influence of microstructural transformations on magnetic properties of the alloy, the favorable magnetic properties are retained over relatively a wide temperature range.

  17. Epistasis with HLA DR3 implicates the P2X7 receptor in the pathogenesis of primary Sjögren's syndrome.

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    Lester, Susan; Stokes, Leanne; Skarratt, Kristen K; Gu, Ben J; Sivils, Kathy L; Lessard, Christopher J; Wiley, James S; Rischmueller, Maureen

    2013-06-02

    The aim of this study was to examine the association between functional polymorphisms in the pro-inflammatory P2X7 receptor and the Ro/La autoantibody response in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). Twelve functional P2RX7 polymorphisms were genotyped in 114 pSS patients fulfilling the Revised American-European Consensus Criteria for pSS, and 136 controls. Genotyping of the A1405G (rs2230912) polymorphism was performed on a replication cohort consisting of 281 pSS patients and 534 controls. P2X7 receptor function in lymphocytes and monocytes was assessed by measurement of ATP-induced ethidium+ uptake. Serum IL-18 levels were determined by ELISA. The minor allele of P2RX7 A1405G is a tag for a common haplotype associated with gain in receptor function, as assessed by ATP-induced ethidium+ uptake. A positive association between 1405G and anti-Ro±La seropositive pSS patients was observed in Cohort 1. Although not replicated in Cohort 2, there was a consistent, significant, negative epistatic interaction effect with HLA-DR3 in seropositive pSS patients from both cohorts, thereby implicating this gain of function variant in the pathogenesis of pSS. Serum IL-18 was elevated in seropositive pSS patients, but was not influenced by P2RX7 A1405G. The P2RX7 1405G gain-of-function haplotype may be a risk factor for seropositive pSS in a subset of subjects who do not carry HLA risk alleles, but has no effect in subjects who do (epistasis). Potential mechanisms relate to autoantigen exposure and inflammatory cytokine expression. The observed elevation of IL-18 levels is consistent with P2X7 receptor activation in seropositive pSS patients. Collectively these findings implicate P2X7 receptor function in the pathogenesis of pSS.

  18. Characterization of Clostridium thermocellum (B8) secretome and purified cellulosomes for lignocellulosic biomass degradation.

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    Osiro, Karen O; de Camargo, Brenda R; Satomi, Rachel; Hamann, Pedro Ricardo V; Silva, Jéssica Pinheiro; de Sousa, Marcelo Valle; Quirino, Betania F; Aquino, Elaine N; Felix, Carlos R; Murad, André Melro; Noronha, Eliane F

    2017-02-01

    The main goal of the present study was a complete proteomic characterization of total proteins eluted from residual substrate-bound proteins (RSBP), and cellulosomes secreted by Clostridium thermocellum B8 during growth in the presence of microcrystalline cellulose as a carbon source. The second goal was to evaluate their potential use as enzymatic blends for hydrolyzing agro-industrial residues to produce fermentable sugars. Protein identification through LC-MS/MS mass spectrometry showed that the RSBP sample, in addition to cellulosomal proteins, contains a wide variety of proteins, including those without a well-characterized role in plant cell wall degradation. The RSBP subsample defined as purified cellulosomes (PC) consists mainly of glycoside hydrolases grouped in families 5, 8, 9, 10 and 48. Dynamic light scattering, DLS, analysis of PC resulted in two protein peaks (pi1 and pi2) presenting molecular masses in agreement with those previously described for cellulosomes and polycellulosomes. These peaks weren't detected after PC treatment with 1.0% Tween. PC and RSBP presented maximal activities at temperatures ranging from 60° to 70°C and at pH 5.0. RSBP retained almost all of its activity after incubation at 50, 60 and 70°C and PC showed remarkable thermostability at 50 and 60°C. RSBP holocellullolytic activities were inhibited by phenolic compounds, while PC showed either increasing activity or a lesser degree of inhibition. RSBP and PC hydrolyze sugar cane straw, cotton waste and microcrystalline cellulose, liberating a diversity of saccharides; however, the highest concentration of released sugar was obtained for assays carried out using PC as an enzymatic blend and after ten days at 50°C. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Dimeric procyanidins: screening for B1 to B8 and semisynthetic preparation of B3, B4, B6, And B8 from a polymeric procyanidin fraction of white willow bark (Salix alba).

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    Esatbeyoglu, Tuba; Wray, Victor; Winterhalter, Peter

    2010-07-14

    Fifty-seven samples have been analyzed with regard to the occurrence of dimeric procyanidins B1-B8 as well as the composition of polymeric procyanidins. Fifty-two samples were found to contain polymeric procyanidins. In most of the samples, (-)-epicatechin was the predominant unit present. In white willow bark (Salix alba), however, large amounts of (+)-catechin (81.0%) were determined by means of phloroglucinolysis. White willow bark has therefore been used for the semisynthetic formation of dimeric procyanidins B3 [(+)-C-4alpha --> 8-(+)-C)], B4 [(+)-C-4alpha --> 8-(-)-EC)], B6 [(+)-C-4alpha --> 6-(+)-C)], and B8 [(+)-C-4alpha --> 6-(-)-EC)]. The reaction mixtures of the semisynthesis were successfully fractionated with high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC), and dimeric procyanidins B3, B4, B6, and B8 were obtained on a preparative scale.

  20. Fine Mutational Analysis of 2B8 and 3H7 Tag Epitopes with Corresponding Specific Monoclonal Antibodies.

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    Kim, Tae-Lim; Cho, Man-Ho; Sangsawang, Kanidta; Bhoo, Seong Hee

    2016-06-30

    Bacteriophytochromes are phytochrome-like light-sensing photoreceptors that use biliverdin as a chromophore. To study the biochemical properties of the Deinococcus radiodurans bacteriophytochrome (DrBphP) protein, two anti-DrBphP mouse monoclonal antibodies (2B8 and 3H7) were generated. Their specific epitopes were identified in our previous report. We present here fine epitope mapping of these two antibodies by using truncation and substitution of original epitope sequences in order to identify minimized epitope peptides. The previously reported original epitope sequences for 2B8 and 3H7 were truncated from both sides. Our analysis showed that the minimal peptide sequence lengths for 2B8 and 3H7 antibodies were nine amino acids (RDPLPFFPP) and six amino acids (PGEIEE), respectively. We further characterized these peptides in order to investigate their reactivity after single deletion and single substitution of the original peptides. We found that single-substituted 2B8 epitope (RDPLPAFPP) and dual-substituted 3H7 epitope (PGEIAD) showed significantly increased reactivity. These two antibodies with high reactivity for the short modified peptide sequences are valueble for developing new peptide tags for protein research.

  1. Fine Mutational Analysis of 2B8 and 3H7 Tag Epitopes with Corresponding Specific Monoclonal Antibodies

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    Kim, Tae-Lim; Cho, Man-Ho; Sangsawang, Kanidta; Bhoo, Seong Hee

    2016-01-01

    Bacteriophytochromes are phytochrome-like light-sensing photoreceptors that use biliverdin as a chromophore. To study the biochemical properties of the Deinococcus radiodurans bacteriophytochrome (DrBphP) protein, two anti-DrBphP mouse monoclonal antibodies (2B8 and 3H7) were generated. Their specific epitopes were identified in our previous report. We present here fine epitope mapping of these two antibodies by using truncation and substitution of original epitope sequences in order to identify minimized epitope peptides. The previously reported original epitope sequences for 2B8 and 3H7 were truncated from both sides. Our analysis showed that the minimal peptide sequence lengths for 2B8 and 3H7 antibodies were nine amino acids (RDPLPFFPP) and six amino acids (PGEIEE), respectively. We further characterized these peptides in order to investigate their reactivity after single deletion and single substitution of the original peptides. We found that single-substituted 2B8 epitope (RDPLPAFPP) and dual-substituted 3H7 epitope (PGEIAD) showed significantly increased reactivity. These two antibodies with high reactivity for the short modified peptide sequences are valueble for developing new peptide tags for protein research. PMID:27137090

  2. On the physical properties of RPd(8)B(2-x) and R(3)Pd(25-x)B(8-y) (R = La, Ce).

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    Salamakha, L; Bauer, E; Michor, H; Hilscher, G; Sologub, O; Rogl, P

    2010-10-27

    Physical properties (magnetization, electrical resistivity and specific heat in the temperature range from 2 to 270 K (0.3-270 K for the resistivity)) have been determined for polycrystalline samples of the ternary compounds RPd(8)B(2 - x) (CePd(8)B(2 - x) type; space group C 2/c) and R(3)Pd(25 - x)B(8 - y) (La(3)Pd(25 - x)B(8 - y) type; space group P 2(1)/c) with R = La, Ce. Rietveld refinement of x-ray powder intensity data confirmed the crystal structure and single-phase condition. LaPd(8)B(2 - x) is a novel representative of the CePd(8)B(2 - x) type (a = 1.7838(1) nm, b = 1.040 24(4) nm, c = 1.164 60(6) nm, β = 118.56(1)°). Both cerium compounds behave like Kondo lattices.

  3. Growth Inhibitory Effect of (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-Butenal Diacetate through Induction of Apoptotic Cell Death by Increasing DR3 Expression in Human Lung Cancer Cells.

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    Lee, Ung-Soo; Ban, Jung Ok; Yeon, Eung Tae; Lee, Hee Pom; Udumula, Venkatareddy; Ham, Young Wan; Hong, Jin Tae

    2012-11-01

    The Maillard Reaction Products (MRPs) are chemical compounds which have been known to be effective in chemoprevention. Death receptors (DR) play a central role in directing apoptosis in several cancer cells. In our previous study, we demonstrated that (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal, a MRP product, inhibited human colon cancer cell growth by inducing apoptosis via nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) inactivation and G2/M phase cell cycle arrest. In this study, (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal diacetate, a new (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal derivative, was synthesized to improve their solubility and stability in water and then evaluated against NCI-H460 and A549 human lung cancer cells. (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal diacetate reduced the viability in both cell lines in a time and dose-dependent manner. We also found that (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal diacetate increased apoptotic cell death through the upregulation of the expression of death receptor (DR)-3 and DR6 in both lung cancer cell lines. In addition to this, the transfection of DR3 siRNA diminished the growth inhibitory and apoptosis inducing effect of (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal diacetate on lung cancer cells, however these effects of (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal diacetate was not changed by DR6 siRNA. These results indicated that (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal diacetate inhibits human lung cancer cell growth via increasing apoptotic cell death by upregulation of the expression of DR3.

  4. Life-Style and Genome Structure of Marine Pseudoalteromonas Siphovirus B8b Isolated from the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea

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    Lara, Elena; Holmfeldt, Karin; Solonenko, Natalie; Sà, Elisabet Laia; Ignacio-Espinoza, J. Cesar; Cornejo-Castillo, Francisco M.; Verberkmoes, Nathan C.; Vaqué, Dolors; Sullivan, Matthew B.; Acinas, Silvia G.; Kellogg, Christina A.

    2015-01-14

    Marine viruses (phages) alter bacterial diversity and evolution with impacts on marine biogeochemical cycles, and yet few well-developed model systems limit opportunities for hypothesis testing. We isolate phage B8b from the Mediterranean Sea using Pseudoalteromonas sp. QC-44 as a host and characterize it using myriad techniques. Morphologically, phage B8b was classified as a member of the Siphoviridae family. One-step growth analyses showed that this siphovirus had a latent period of 70 min and released 172 new viral particles per cell. In the host range analysis against 89 bacterial host strains revealed that phage B8b infected 3 Pseudoalteromonas strains (52 tested, >99.9% 16S rRNA gene nucleotide identity) and 1 non-Pseudoaltermonas strain belonging to Alteromonas sp. (37 strains from 6 genera tested), which helps bound the phylogenetic distance possible in a phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer event. The Pseudoalteromonas phage B8b genome size was 42.7 kb, with clear structural and replication modules where the former were delineated leveraging identification of 16 structural genes by virion structural proteomics, only 4 of which had any similarity to known structural proteins. In nature, this phage was common in coastal marine environments in both photic and aphotic layers (found in 26.5% of available viral metagenomes), but not abundant in any sample (average per sample abundance was 0.65% of the reads). Together these data improve our understanding of siphoviruses in nature, and provide foundational information for a new 'rare virosphere' phage-host model system.

  5. Life-Style and Genome Structure of Marine Pseudoalteromonas Siphovirus B8b Isolated from the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea

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    Lara, Elena; Holmfeldt, Karin; Solonenko, Natalie; ...

    2015-01-14

    Marine viruses (phages) alter bacterial diversity and evolution with impacts on marine biogeochemical cycles, and yet few well-developed model systems limit opportunities for hypothesis testing. We isolate phage B8b from the Mediterranean Sea using Pseudoalteromonas sp. QC-44 as a host and characterize it using myriad techniques. Morphologically, phage B8b was classified as a member of the Siphoviridae family. One-step growth analyses showed that this siphovirus had a latent period of 70 min and released 172 new viral particles per cell. In the host range analysis against 89 bacterial host strains revealed that phage B8b infected 3 Pseudoalteromonas strains (52 tested,more » >99.9% 16S rRNA gene nucleotide identity) and 1 non-Pseudoaltermonas strain belonging to Alteromonas sp. (37 strains from 6 genera tested), which helps bound the phylogenetic distance possible in a phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer event. The Pseudoalteromonas phage B8b genome size was 42.7 kb, with clear structural and replication modules where the former were delineated leveraging identification of 16 structural genes by virion structural proteomics, only 4 of which had any similarity to known structural proteins. In nature, this phage was common in coastal marine environments in both photic and aphotic layers (found in 26.5% of available viral metagenomes), but not abundant in any sample (average per sample abundance was 0.65% of the reads). Together these data improve our understanding of siphoviruses in nature, and provide foundational information for a new 'rare virosphere' phage-host model system.« less

  6. Life-style and genome structure of marine Pseudoalteromonas siphovirus B8b isolated from the northwestern Mediterranean Sea.

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    Lara, Elena; Holmfeldt, Karin; Solonenko, Natalie; Sà, Elisabet Laia; Ignacio-Espinoza, J Cesar; Cornejo-Castillo, Francisco M; Verberkmoes, Nathan C; Vaqué, Dolors; Sullivan, Matthew B; Acinas, Silvia G

    2015-01-01

    Marine viruses (phages) alter bacterial diversity and evolution with impacts on marine biogeochemical cycles, and yet few well-developed model systems limit opportunities for hypothesis testing. Here we isolate phage B8b from the Mediterranean Sea using Pseudoalteromonas sp. QC-44 as a host and characterize it using myriad techniques. Morphologically, phage B8b was classified as a member of the Siphoviridae family. One-step growth analyses showed that this siphovirus had a latent period of 70 min and released 172 new viral particles per cell. Host range analysis against 89 bacterial host strains revealed that phage B8b infected 3 Pseudoalteromonas strains (52 tested, >99.9% 16S rRNA gene nucleotide identity) and 1 non-Pseudoaltermonas strain belonging to Alteromonas sp. (37 strains from 6 genera tested), which helps bound the phylogenetic distance possible in a phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer event. The Pseudoalteromonas phage B8b genome size was 42.7 kb, with clear structural and replication modules where the former were delineated leveraging identification of 16 structural genes by virion structural proteomics, only 4 of which had any similarity to known structural proteins. In nature, this phage was common in coastal marine environments in both photic and aphotic layers (found in 26.5% of available viral metagenomes), but not abundant in any sample (average per sample abundance was 0.65% of the reads). Together these data improve our understanding of siphoviruses in nature, and provide foundational information for a new 'rare virosphere' phage-host model system.

  7. Life-Style and Genome Structure of Marine Pseudoalteromonas Siphovirus B8b Isolated from the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea

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    Lara, Elena; Holmfeldt, Karin; Solonenko, Natalie; Sà, Elisabet Laia; Ignacio-Espinoza, J. Cesar; Cornejo-Castillo, Francisco M.; Verberkmoes, Nathan C.; Vaqué, Dolors; Sullivan, Matthew B.; Acinas, Silvia G.

    2015-01-01

    Marine viruses (phages) alter bacterial diversity and evolution with impacts on marine biogeochemical cycles, and yet few well-developed model systems limit opportunities for hypothesis testing. Here we isolate phage B8b from the Mediterranean Sea using Pseudoalteromonas sp. QC-44 as a host and characterize it using myriad techniques. Morphologically, phage B8b was classified as a member of the Siphoviridae family. One-step growth analyses showed that this siphovirus had a latent period of 70 min and released 172 new viral particles per cell. Host range analysis against 89 bacterial host strains revealed that phage B8b infected 3 Pseudoalteromonas strains (52 tested, >99.9% 16S rRNA gene nucleotide identity) and 1 non-Pseudoaltermonas strain belonging to Alteromonas sp. (37 strains from 6 genera tested), which helps bound the phylogenetic distance possible in a phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer event. The Pseudoalteromonas phage B8b genome size was 42.7 kb, with clear structural and replication modules where the former were delineated leveraging identification of 16 structural genes by virion structural proteomics, only 4 of which had any similarity to known structural proteins. In nature, this phage was common in coastal marine environments in both photic and aphotic layers (found in 26.5% of available viral metagenomes), but not abundant in any sample (average per sample abundance was 0.65% of the reads). Together these data improve our understanding of siphoviruses in nature, and provide foundational information for a new ‘rare virosphere’ phage–host model system. PMID:25587991

  8. Enhanced Magnetic Properties of Nd15Fe77B8 Alloy Powders Produced by Melt-Spinning Technique

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    Öztürk, Sultan; İcin, Kürşat; Öztürk, Bülent; Topal, Uğur; Odabaşı, Hülya Kaftelen; Göbülük, Metin; Cora, Ömer Necati

    2017-10-01

    Rapidly solidified Nd15Fe77B8 alloy powders were produced by means of melt-spinning method in high-vacuum atmosphere to achieve improved magnetic and thermal properties. To this goal, a vacuum milling apparatus was designed and constructed to ball-mill the melt-spun powders in a surfactant active atmosphere. Various milling times were experimented to reveal the effect of the milling time on the mean particle size and other size-dependent properties such as magnetism and Curie temperature. Grain structure, cooling rate, and phase structure of the produced powders were also investigated. The Curie points shifted to higher temperatures from the ingot condition to surfactant active ball-milling and the values for Nd15Fe77B8 ingot alloy, melt-spun powders, and surfactant active ball-milled powders were 552 K, 595 K, and 604 K (279 °C, 322 °C, and 331 °C), respectively. It was noted that the surfactant active ball-milling process improved the magnetic and thermal properties of melt-spun Nd15Fe77B8 alloy powders. Compared to relevant literature, the coercivity of powders increased significantly with increasing milling time and decreasing in powder size. The coercivity value as high as 3427 kA m-1 was obtained.

  9. HDDR processing of direct-reduced Nd 15Fe 77- xB 8Ga x powders

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    Burkhardt, C.; Matzinger, M.; Steinhorst, M.; Fidler, J.; Harris, I. R.

    1997-05-01

    Direct-reduced (DR) Nd 15Fe 77B 8 and Nd 15Fe 77 - xB 8Ga x powders with x = 0.5, 1, 2 and 4, were treated by the HDDR process at various temperatures in order to optimise the processing parameters. The investigation of the magnetic properties was carried out on wax-bonded samples on a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and polymer-bonded magnets on a permeameter. The influence of Ga additions on the microstructure of direct-reduced NdFe B-type material was investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that the direct-reduced NdFeB powders containing Ga additions show significantly increased intrinsic coercivities of up to 895 kAm -1 compared to those of the ternary alloy or those of direct-reduced powders with Zr additions. The remanence appears to be, for Nd 15Fe 77 - xB 8Ga x, with x = 0.5, 1 and 2, relatively constant over a processing temperature range of ˜50°C; with remanence values of up to 720 mT. The maximum remanence values decrease with increasing Ga content. Under the conditions employed in these experiments, the HDDR treatment removes existing anisotropy in the as-received coarse grain material, thus leading to predominantly isotropic behaviour.

  10. The chaperone-like activity of rat HspB8/Hsp22 and dynamic molecular transition related to oligomeric architectures in vitro.

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    Yang, Zehong; Lu, Yongzhi; Liu, Jingping; Wang, Yao; Zhao, Xiaojun

    2012-03-01

    HspB8/Hsp22 is a functionally distinct small heat shock proteins (sHsp) and is preferentially expressed in brain, heart, skeletal, and smooth muscle. HspB8 is also associated with neuromuscular function and protein quality control by proteasomes in cardiac hypertrophy. However, the molecular properties in vitro and molecular oligomerization remain uncertain. In this investigation, the rat HspB8 gene was expressed in E.coli cells, and mature HspB8 protein was efficiently prepared. The chaperone-like activity of HspB8 in vitro was quantitatively analyzed by model substrates. Size exclusion chromatography revealed that HspB8 had polydisperse oligomers and underwent dynamic molecular transition in solution, existing in a dynamic equilibrium between various oligomers. In a nonphysiological solution, HspB8 was predominantly octamers. In a physiological solution (pH 7.4), HspB8 mainly formed tetramers. The dynamic interactive transition maybe was helpful to maintain its molecular complxes in solution. In a FRET assay, subunit exchange occurred frequently between the various oligomers with a rate of 0.12, 0.089, and 0.064 min(-1) at 50°C, 43°C, and 37°C, respectively. It also demonstrated the dynamic molecular properties of HspB8 in solution.

  11. Differential responses to Smith D autoantigen by mice with HLA-DR and HLA-DQ transgenes: dominant responses by HLA-DR3 transgenic mice with diversification of autoantibodies to small nuclear ribonucleoprotein, double-stranded DNA, and nuclear antigens.

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    Jiang, Chao; Deshmukh, Umesh S; Gaskin, Felicia; Bagavant, Harini; Hanson, Julie; David, Chella S; Fu, Shu Man

    2010-01-15

    Anti-Smith (Sm) D autoantibodies are specific for systemic lupus erythematosus. In this investigation, the influence of HLA-D genes on immune responses to SmD was investigated. Mice with HLA-DR3, HLA-DR4, HLA-DQ0601, HLA-DQ0604, or HLA-DQ8 transgenes were immunized with recombinant SmD1, and their Ab responses were analyzed. Analysis by ELISA showed that all strains responded well to SmD. However, when synthetic SmD peptides were used as substrate, DR3 mice had the highest Ab response followed by DQ8, DQ0604, DQ0601, and DR4. A similar trend was observed in Western blot analysis using WEHI 7.1 cell lysate as the substrate, with the exception that DR4 mice did not generate detectable amounts of Abs. Only sera from DR3 and DQ0604 mice immunoprecipitated A-ribonucleoprotein (RNP), SmB, and SmD. Intermolecular epitope spreading to A-RNP and SmB was evident in DR3 and DQ0604 mice, as sera depleted of anti-SmD Abs were reactive with these proteins. DR3 mice also generated an immune response to C-RNP. Anti-nuclear Abs were detected in the majority of the DR3 mice, whereas moderate reactivities were seen in DQ0604 and DQ8 mice. Interestingly, only DR3 mice mounted an anti-dsDNA Ab response. Approximately half of the anti-dsDNA Abs were cross-reactive with SmD. Ab responses correlated with the strength of the T cell responses. Thus, HLA-DR3 appears to be the dominant HLA-D gene that determines the magnitude and quality of the anti-SmD immune response. In addition, our findings provide insights into the origin of the anti-dsDNA Abs often detected in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

  12. CO2 capture and separation from N2/CH4 mixtures by Co@B8/Co@B8(-) and M@B9/M@B9(-) (M = Ir, Rh, Ru) clusters: a theoretical study.

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    Wang, Weihua; Zhang, Xiaoxiao; Li, Ping; Sun, Qiao; Li, Zhen; Ren, Cong; Guo, Chao

    2015-01-29

    The discovery of advanced materials with high selectivity and efficiency is essential to realize practical carbon capture and sequestration. Here, we have investigated the interactions of the Co@B8/Co@B8(-) and M@B9/M@B9(-) (M = Ir, Rh, Ru) clusters with CO2, N2, and CH4 gas molecules theoretically. We found that neutral boron clusters have weak interaction with CO2, N2, and CH4 molecules. Similarly, the clusters with their negative charge states have also weak interaction with N2 and CH4 molecules. However, anionic clusters have a strong interaction with CO2, which can be explained by the Lewis acid-base interaction as CO2 (Lewis acid) can gain electron easily from the electron-rich anionic clusters. Moreover, the kinetic stability of the formed complexes after CO2 capture has been validated by ab initio molecular dynamics. In all, the present study demonstrates, for the first time, that the anionic boron wheel ring clusters can be used as potential advanced materials for CO2 capture and separation from flue gas and natural gas mixtures.

  13. Characterization and genomic analysis of kraft lignin biodegradation by the beta-proteobacterium Cupriavidus basilensis B-8.

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    Shi, Yan; Chai, Liyuan; Tang, Chongjian; Yang, Zhihui; Zhang, Huan; Chen, Runhua; Chen, Yuehui; Zheng, Yu

    2013-01-08

    Lignin materials are abundant and among the most important potential sources for biofuel production. Development of an efficient lignin degradation process has considerable potential for the production of a variety of chemicals, including bioethanol. However, lignin degradation using current methods is inefficient. Given their immense environmental adaptability and biochemical versatility, bacterial could be used as a valuable tool for the rapid degradation of lignin. Kraft lignin (KL) is a polymer by-product of the pulp and paper industry resulting from alkaline sulfide treatment of lignocellulose, and it has been widely used for lignin-related studies. Beta-proteobacterium Cupriavidus basilensis B-8 isolated from erosive bamboo slips displayed substantial KL degradation capability. With initial concentrations of 0.5-6 g L-1, at least 31.3% KL could be degraded in 7 days. The maximum degradation rate was 44.4% at the initial concentration of 2 g L-1. The optimum pH and temperature for KL degradation were 7.0 and 30°C, respectively. Manganese peroxidase (MnP) and laccase (Lac) demonstrated their greatest level of activity, 1685.3 U L-1 and 815.6 U L-1, at the third and fourth days, respectively. Many small molecule intermediates were formed during the process of KL degradation, as determined using GC-MS analysis. In order to perform metabolic reconstruction of lignin degradation in this bacterium, a draft genome sequence for C. basilensis B-8 was generated. Genomic analysis focused on the catabolic potential of this bacterium against several lignin-derived compounds. These analyses together with sequence comparisons predicted the existence of three major metabolic pathways: β-ketoadipate, phenol degradation, and gentisate pathways. These results confirmed the capability of C. basilensis B-8 to promote KL degradation. Whole genomic sequencing and systematic analysis of the C. basilensis B-8 genome identified degradation steps and intermediates from this bacterial

  14. Characterization and genomic analysis of kraft lignin biodegradation by the beta-proteobacterium Cupriavidus basilensis B-8

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    2013-01-01

    Background Lignin materials are abundant and among the most important potential sources for biofuel production. Development of an efficient lignin degradation process has considerable potential for the production of a variety of chemicals, including bioethanol. However, lignin degradation using current methods is inefficient. Given their immense environmental adaptability and biochemical versatility, bacterial could be used as a valuable tool for the rapid degradation of lignin. Kraft lignin (KL) is a polymer by-product of the pulp and paper industry resulting from alkaline sulfide treatment of lignocellulose, and it has been widely used for lignin-related studies. Results Beta-proteobacterium Cupriavidus basilensis B-8 isolated from erosive bamboo slips displayed substantial KL degradation capability. With initial concentrations of 0.5–6 g L-1, at least 31.3% KL could be degraded in 7 days. The maximum degradation rate was 44.4% at the initial concentration of 2 g L-1. The optimum pH and temperature for KL degradation were 7.0 and 30°C, respectively. Manganese peroxidase (MnP) and laccase (Lac) demonstrated their greatest level of activity, 1685.3 U L-1 and 815.6 U L-1, at the third and fourth days, respectively. Many small molecule intermediates were formed during the process of KL degradation, as determined using GC-MS analysis. In order to perform metabolic reconstruction of lignin degradation in this bacterium, a draft genome sequence for C. basilensis B-8 was generated. Genomic analysis focused on the catabolic potential of this bacterium against several lignin-derived compounds. These analyses together with sequence comparisons predicted the existence of three major metabolic pathways: β-ketoadipate, phenol degradation, and gentisate pathways. Conclusion These results confirmed the capability of C. basilensis B-8 to promote KL degradation. Whole genomic sequencing and systematic analysis of the C. basilensis B-8 genome identified degradation steps and

  15. Deciphering a Molecular Mechanism of Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus by the Chemical Synthesis of a Protein Diastereomer, [d-AlaB8]Human Proinsulin*

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    Avital-Shmilovici, Michal; Whittaker, Jonathan; Weiss, Michael A.; Kent, Stephen B. H.

    2014-01-01

    Misfolding of proinsulin variants in the pancreatic β-cell, a monogenic cause of permanent neonatal-onset diabetes mellitus, provides a model for a disease of protein toxicity. A hot spot for such clinical mutations is found at position B8, conserved as glycine within the vertebrate insulin superfamily. We set out to investigate the molecular basis of the aberrant properties of a proinsulin clinical mutant in which residue GlyB8 is replaced by SerB8. Modular total chemical synthesis was used to prepare the wild-type [GlyB8]proinsulin molecule and three analogs: [d-AlaB8]proinsulin, [l-AlaB8]proinsulin, and the clinical mutant [l-SerB8]proinsulin. The protein diastereomer [d-AlaB8]proinsulin produced higher folding yields at all pH values compared with the wild-type proinsulin and the other two analogs, but showed only very weak binding to the insulin receptor. The clinical mutant [l-SerB8]proinsulin impaired folding at pH 7.5 even in the presence of protein-disulfide isomerase. Surprisingly, although [l-SerB8]proinsulin did not fold well under the physiological conditions investigated, once folded the [l-SerB8]proinsulin protein molecule bound to the insulin receptor more effectively than wild-type proinsulin. Such paradoxical gain of function (not pertinent in vivo due to impaired secretion of the mutant insulin) presumably reflects induced fit in the native mechanism of hormone-receptor engagement. This work provides insight into the molecular mechanism of a clinical mutation in the insulin gene associated with diabetes mellitus. These results dramatically illustrate the power of total protein synthesis, as enabled by modern chemical ligation methods, for the investigation of protein folding and misfolding. PMID:25002580

  16. Deciphering a molecular mechanism of neonatal diabetes mellitus by the chemical synthesis of a protein diastereomer, [D-AlaB8]human proinsulin.

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    Avital-Shmilovici, Michal; Whittaker, Jonathan; Weiss, Michael A; Kent, Stephen B H

    2014-08-22

    Misfolding of proinsulin variants in the pancreatic β-cell, a monogenic cause of permanent neonatal-onset diabetes mellitus, provides a model for a disease of protein toxicity. A hot spot for such clinical mutations is found at position B8, conserved as glycine within the vertebrate insulin superfamily. We set out to investigate the molecular basis of the aberrant properties of a proinsulin clinical mutant in which residue Gly(B8) is replaced by Ser(B8). Modular total chemical synthesis was used to prepare the wild-type [Gly(B8)]proinsulin molecule and three analogs: [D-Ala(B8)]proinsulin, [L-Ala(B8)]proinsulin, and the clinical mutant [L-Ser(B8)]proinsulin. The protein diastereomer [D-Ala(B8)]proinsulin produced higher folding yields at all pH values compared with the wild-type proinsulin and the other two analogs, but showed only very weak binding to the insulin receptor. The clinical mutant [L-Ser(B8)]proinsulin impaired folding at pH 7.5 even in the presence of protein-disulfide isomerase. Surprisingly, although [L-Ser(B8)]proinsulin did not fold well under the physiological conditions investigated, once folded the [L-Ser(B8)]proinsulin protein molecule bound to the insulin receptor more effectively than wild-type proinsulin. Such paradoxical gain of function (not pertinent in vivo due to impaired secretion of the mutant insulin) presumably reflects induced fit in the native mechanism of hormone-receptor engagement. This work provides insight into the molecular mechanism of a clinical mutation in the insulin gene associated with diabetes mellitus. These results dramatically illustrate the power of total protein synthesis, as enabled by modern chemical ligation methods, for the investigation of protein folding and misfolding. © 2014 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  17. VirB8-like protein TraH is crucial for DNA transfer in Enterococcus faecalis

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    Fercher, Christian; Probst, Ines; Kohler, Verena; Goessweiner-Mohr, Nikolaus; Arends, Karsten; Grohmann, Elisabeth; Zangger, Klaus; Meyer, N. Helge; Keller, Walter

    2016-01-01

    Untreatable bacterial infections caused by a perpetual increase of antibiotic resistant strains represent a serious threat to human healthcare in the 21st century. Conjugative DNA transfer is the most important mechanism for antibiotic resistance and virulence gene dissemination among bacteria and is mediated by a protein complex, known as type IV secretion system (T4SS). The core of the T4SS is a multiprotein complex that spans the bacterial envelope as a channel for macromolecular secretion. We report the NMR structure and functional characterization of the transfer protein TraH encoded by the conjugative Gram-positive broad-host range plasmid pIP501. The structure exhibits a striking similarity to VirB8 proteins of Gram-negative secretion systems where they play an essential role in the scaffold of the secretion machinery. Considering TraM as the first VirB8-like protein discovered in pIP501, TraH represents the second protein affiliated with this family in the respective transfer operon. A markerless traH deletion in pIP501 resulted in a total loss of transfer in Enterococcus faecalis as compared with the pIP501 wild type (wt) plasmid, demonstrating that TraH is essential for pIP501 mediated conjugation. Moreover, oligomerization state and topology of TraH in the native membrane were determined providing insights in molecular organization of a Gram-positive T4SS. PMID:27103580

  18. Determination of B1-B8 Transition Boundary in FeO up to 208 GPa and 3800 K

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    Ozawa, H.; Hirose, K.; Tateno, S.; Sata, N.; Ohishi, Y.

    2009-12-01

    We have determined the phase transition boundary between NaCl-type (B1) and NiAs-type (B8) structures of FeO up to 208 GPa and 3800 K on the basis of synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements in-situ at high pressure and temperature using a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell. The boundary was determined by both forward and backward experiments to be located at 200 GPa and 3200 K with considerably high positive Clapeyron slope. These results show that B1 phase of FeO is stable along the whole mantle geotherm, whereas B8 phase is stabilized at the inner core condition. Additionally, FeO coexisted with metallic Fe in the present experiments. We found that hexagonal close-packed iron is stable over the entire present experimental conditions. The chemical compositions were analyzed for recovered samples with the field-emission-type electron probe microanalyzer, demonstrating that solid iron did not contain any detectable oxygen. Moreover, the intermediate compounds such as Fe3O and Fe4O were not observed in either X-ray diffraction measurements or chemical analyses of the recovered samples. While extensive solid solution between Fe and FeO has been speculated above 60-80 GPa, the present results strongly suggest that the system Fe-FeO is simple eutectic at least to 200 GPa pressure range.

  19. HspB8 mediates neuroprotection against OGD/R in N2A cells through the phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt pathway.

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    Hu, Zhiping; Yang, Binbin; Mo, Xiaoye; Zhou, Fangfang

    2016-08-01

    In a previous study, we found that Heat shock protein B8 (HspB8) overexpression could prevent the apoptosis and reduced cell viability induced by OGD/R and showed that the neuroprotective effect of HspB8 was mediated by inhibition of the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. In recent study, HspB8 has been shown to protect the heart against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury via activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway. However, whether this protective effect applied to brain I/R injury remained unexplored. To further test the mechanism of HspB8's effects in brain, we used oxygen-glucose deprivation followed by reperfusion (OGD/R), an in vitro model of ischemia to examine the involvement of PI3K/Akt signaling by treating mouse neuroblastoma cells (N2A cells) (untransfected or transfected with an HspB8 expression vector) with the PI3K inhibitor LY294002 before OGD/R. Our results revealed that the apoptosis-suppressing effect of HspB8 was mediated by the PI3K/Akt pathway. Therefore, HspB8 protected the N2A cells against OGD/R insult, possibly by activating the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.

  20. HoxB8 requires its Pbx-interaction motif to block differentiation of primary myeloid progenitors and of most cell line models of myeloid differentiation.

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    Knoepfler, P S; Sykes, D B; Pasillas, M; Kamps, M P

    2001-09-06

    HoxB8 was the first homeobox gene identified as a cause of leukemia. In murine WEHI3B acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells, proviral integration leads to the expression of both HoxB8 and Interleukin (IL-3). Enforced expression of HoxB8 blocks differentiation of factor-dependent myeloid progenitors, while IL-3 co-expression induces autocrine proliferation and overt leukemogenicity. Previously, we demonstrated that HoxB8 binds DNA cooperatively with members of the Pbx family of transcription factors, and that HoxB8 makes contact with the Pbx homeodomain through a hexameric sequence designated the Pbx-interaction motif (PIM). E2a-Pbx1, an oncogenic derivative of Pbx1, both retains its ability to heterodimerize with Hox proteins and arrest myeloid differentiation. This observation prompts the question of whether E2a-Pbx1 and Hox oncoproteins use endogenous Hox and Pbx proteins, respectively, to target a common set of cellular genes. Here, we use four different models of neutrophil and macrophage differentiation to determine whether HoxB8 needs to bind DNA or Pbx cofactors in order to arrest myeloid differentiation. The ability of HoxB8 to bind DNA or to bind Pbx was essential (1) to block differentiation of factor-dependent myeloid progenitors from primary marrow; (2) to block IL-6-induced monocytic differentiation of M1-AML cells; and (3) to block granulocytic differentiation of GM-CSF-dependent ECoM-G cells. However, while DNA-binding was required, the HoxB8 Pbx-interaction motif was unnecessary for preventing macrophage differentiation of ECoM-M cells. We conclude that HoxB8 prevents differentiation by directly influencing cellular gene expression, and that the genetic context within a cell dictates whether the effect of HoxB8 is dependent on a physical interaction with Pbx proteins.

  1. Preliminary report: examination of H8 and B8 leadscrews from Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2)

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    Vinjamuri, K.; Akers, D.W.; Hobbins, R.R.

    1985-04-01

    One of the TMI-2 core examination tasks is the analysis of the control rod drive leadscrews, which were removed from the reactor head as part of the July 1982 closed-circuit television inspection of the damaged core. One leadscrew was removed from each of three different core positions: H8, from the center of the core; E9, from approximately midradius; and B8, from near the outer edge. This report presents and discusses the following: leadscrew acquisition, sample types, and analytical techniques used to analyze the various types of samples; results from the visual examination; preliminary leadscrew surface temperature estimates; chemical and radiological analyses; comparisons of temperature estimates and the chemical and radiological behavior in the plenum assembly region; and the principal observations and recommendations made on the basis of this study.

  2. Electrically detected magnetic resonance in Si:P at high magnetic fields (B = 8.5 T)

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    McCamey, Dane; Morley, Gavin; Brunel, Louis Claude; van Tol, Johan; Seipel, Heather; Boehme, Christoph

    2008-03-01

    Phosphorus doped silicon (Si:P) is a technologically important material with possible uses in spintronic and quantum information processing devices. A useful way to understand the properties of this material is by investigation of the spin dependence of its transport processes. Whilst numerous studies of this type have been performed on Si:P at low magnetic fields, no systematic investigation has been undertaken at high magnetic fields. We will present an electrically detected magnetic resonance (EDMR) study of Si:P, with a native oxide surface, at B = 8.5 T (fresonance˜240 GHz). The change in the sample photocurrent, δI/I, was measured as a function of B using a microwave chopping method. Resonant signals from the P donors, as well as Pb defects near the Si-SiO2 interface, were observed. The temperature dependence of the observed signals in the range T = 3 K - 10 K will be presented, and the microscopic processes leading to the signals discussed. Finally, pulsed EDMR (Rabi oscillations, Hahn echos) was performed to investigate spin coherence and manipulation in high fields, and these results will also be discussed.

  3. A hot companion to Mu Sagittarii - An opportunity to sound the atmosphere of a B8 Ia supergiant

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    Polidan, R. S.; Plavec, M. J.

    1984-01-01

    It is argued that the bright supergiant star Mu Sagittarii is accompanied by a smaller and hotter star, of spectral type approximately B1.5 V. The single-line radial-velocity curve of the B8 star leads to a fairly large mass function, f(m) = 2.64 solar masses, implying that the companion should have at least 50 percent of the mass of the visible star. Older optical observations indicated the presence of a shallow eclipse at the time of the conjunction with the supergiant behind the companion. Since the Copernicus, IUE, and Voyager observations show that the companion is the hotter component, that eclipse must have been the secondary eclipse (if it was an eclipse at all). A deeper, primary eclipse has been predicted by Plavec in 1978. It was indeed observed as a marked decrease of the far-ultraviolet flux from the system both with the Copernicus and the IUE satellites. The presence of a hotter but smaller component in Mu Sagittarii offers a unique opportunity to study the outer atmospheric layers of a supergiant which is of a much earlier spectral type than the supergiants in the Zeta Aurigae systems.

  4. Association of the AChRalpha-subunit gene (CHRNA), DQA1*0101, and the DR3 haplotype in myasthenia gravis. Evidence for a three-gene disease model in a subgroup of patients.

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    Djabiri, F; Caillat-Zucman, S; Gajdos, P; Jaïs, J P; Gomez, L; Khalil, I; Charron, D; Bach, J F; Garchon, H J

    1997-08-01

    Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease of the neuromuscular junction having multigene control. HLA-linked loci and the HB*14 micro-satellite marker located within the CHRNA gene which encodes the muscular acetylcholine receptor (AChR) alpha-subunit, the target self-antigen, were previously associated with MG. Combined analysis of these loci revealed a significant increase of DQA1*0101 alleles in HB*14+ vs. HB*14- patients and of DQA1*0501 alleles in HB*14/DQA1*0101 patients. Importantly, the effect of DQA1*0101 was independent of allelically associated DQB1 and DRB1 genes. In contrast, the effect of DQA1*0501 could not be dissociated from that of DRB1*03 and DQB1*0201 on the extended DR3 haplotype. These results indicate that a combination of three genes, of which two are linked to HLA, contributes to disease susceptibility in a subgroup of MG patients.

  5. Abnormal interaction of motor neuropathy-associated mutant HspB8 (Hsp22) forms with the RNA helicase Ddx20 (gemin3)

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    Sun, Xiankui; Fontaine, Jean-Marc; Hoppe, Adam D.; Carra, Serena; DeGuzman, Cheryl; Martin, Jody L.; Simon, Stephanie; Vicart, Patrick; Welsh, Michael J.; Landry, Jacques

    2010-01-01

    A number of missense mutations in the two related small heat shock proteins HspB8 (Hsp22) and HspB1 (Hsp27) have been associated with the inherited motor neuron diseases (MND) distal hereditary motor neuropathy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. HspB8 and HspB1 interact with each other, suggesting that these two etiologic factors may act through a common biochemical mechanism. However, their role in neuron biology and in MND is not understood. In a yeast two-hybrid screen, we identified the DEAD box protein Ddx20 (gemin3, DP103) as interacting partner of HspB8. Using co-immunoprecipitation, chemical cross-linking, and in vivo quantitative fluorescence resonance energy transfer, we confirmed this interaction. We also show that the two disease-associated mutant HspB8 forms have abnormally increased binding to Ddx20. Ddx20 itself binds to the survival-of-motor-neurons protein (SMN protein), and mutations in the SMN1 gene cause spinal muscular atrophy, another MND and one of the most prevalent genetic causes of infant mortality. Thus, these protein interaction data have linked the three etiologic factors HspB8, HspB1, and SMN protein, and mutations in any of their genes cause the various forms of MND. Ddx20 and SMN protein are involved in spliceosome assembly and pre-mRNA processing. RNase treatment affected the interaction of the mutant HspB8 with Ddx20 suggesting RNA involvement in this interaction and a potential role of HspB8 in ribonucleoprotein processing. PMID:20157854

  6. Thermal Characteristics and the Differential Emission Measure Distribution During a B8.3 Flare on 2009 July 4

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    Awasthi, Arun Kumar; Sylwester, Barbara; Sylwester, Janusz; Jain, Rajmal

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the evolution of the differential emission measure distribution (DEM[T]) in various phases of a B8.3 flare which occurred on 2009 July 04. We analyze the soft X-ray (SXR) emission in the 1.6-8.0 keV range, recorded collectively by the Solar Photometer in X-rays (SphinX; Polish) and the Solar X-ray Spectrometer (Indian) instruments. We conduct a comparative investigation of the best-fit DEM[T] distributions derived by employing various inversion schemes, namely, single Gaussian, power-law functions and a Withbroe-Sylwester (W-S) maximum likelihood algorithm. In addition, the SXR spectrum in three different energy bands, that is, 1.6-5.0 keV (low), 5.0-8.0 keV (high), and 1.6-8.0 keV (combined), is analyzed to determine the dependence of the best-fit DEM[T] distribution on the selection of the energy interval. The evolution of the DEM[T] distribution, derived using a W-S algorithm, reveals multi-thermal plasma during the rise to the maximum phase of the flare, and isothermal plasma in the post-maximum phase of the flare. The thermal energy content is estimated by considering the flare plasma to be (1) isothermal and (2) multi-thermal in nature. We find that the energy content during the flare, estimated using the multi-thermal approach, is in good agreement with that derived using the isothermal assumption, except during the flare maximum. Furthermore, the (multi-) thermal energy estimated while employing the low-energy band of the SXR spectrum results in higher values than that derived from the combined energy band. On the contrary, the analysis of the high-energy band of the SXR spectrum leads to lower thermal energy than that estimated from the combined energy band.

  7. Evaluation of a New Immunochromatographic Test Using Recombinant Antigen B8/1 for Diagnosis of Cystic Echinococcosis

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    Rodriguez, Mary L.; Rodriguez, Silvia; Sako, Yashuito; Nkouawa, Agathe; Kobayashi, Yukuharu; Sotomayor, Alfredo L.; Peralta, Julio E.; Valcarcel, Maria; Gonzalez, Armando E.; Garcia, Hector H.; Ito, Akira

    2015-01-01

    Diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis (CE) is based on the identification of the cyst(s) by imaging, using immunodiagnostic tests mainly as complementary tools in clinical settings. Among the antigens used for immunodiagnosis, previous studies described a good performance of the recombinant antigen B8/1 (rAgB) in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) format; however, in remote parts of areas where the disease is endemic, the implementation of an ELISA is difficult, so a more simple, rapid, and reliable method such as the immunochromatographic test (ICT) is required. In this study, using a set of 50 serum samples from patients with surgically confirmed CE, we compared the performance of an ICT and that of an ELISA using the rAgB. The overall sensitivities of ICT and ELISA were not statistically different (78% versus 72%; P = 0.36). The overall agreement between both tests was moderate (κ = 0.41; P < 0.01). Concordance between ICT and ELISA was substantial or almost perfect for patients with liver involvement (κ = 0.65; P < 0.001) and patients with more than one hydatid cyst (κ = 0.82; P < 0.001), respectively. Moreover, specificity analysis using a total of 88 serum samples from healthy individuals (n = 20) and patients (n = 68) with other parasitic infections revealed that ICT had a specificity of 89.8%. ICT and ELISA had similar performance for the detection of specific antibodies to E. granulosus, and ICT had a high specificity, opening the possibility of using ICT as a screening tool in rural settings. PMID:26447116

  8. Evaluation of a New Immunochromatographic Test Using Recombinant Antigen B8/1 for Diagnosis of Cystic Echinococcosis.

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    Santivañez, Saul J; Rodriguez, Mary L; Rodriguez, Silvia; Sako, Yashuito; Nkouawa, Agathe; Kobayashi, Yukuharu; Sotomayor, Alfredo L; Peralta, Julio E; Valcarcel, Maria; Gonzalez, Armando E; Garcia, Hector H; Ito, Akira

    2015-12-01

    Diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis (CE) is based on the identification of the cyst(s) by imaging, using immunodiagnostic tests mainly as complementary tools in clinical settings. Among the antigens used for immunodiagnosis, previous studies described a good performance of the recombinant antigen B8/1 (rAgB) in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) format; however, in remote parts of areas where the disease is endemic, the implementation of an ELISA is difficult, so a more simple, rapid, and reliable method such as the immunochromatographic test (ICT) is required. In this study, using a set of 50 serum samples from patients with surgically confirmed CE, we compared the performance of an ICT and that of an ELISA using the rAgB. The overall sensitivities of ICT and ELISA were not statistically different (78% versus 72%; P = 0.36). The overall agreement between both tests was moderate (κ = 0.41; P < 0.01). Concordance between ICT and ELISA was substantial or almost perfect for patients with liver involvement (κ = 0.65; P < 0.001) and patients with more than one hydatid cyst (κ = 0.82; P < 0.001), respectively. Moreover, specificity analysis using a total of 88 serum samples from healthy individuals (n = 20) and patients (n = 68) with other parasitic infections revealed that ICT had a specificity of 89.8%. ICT and ELISA had similar performance for the detection of specific antibodies to E. granulosus, and ICT had a high specificity, opening the possibility of using ICT as a screening tool in rural settings.

  9. Low-amplitude variations detected by CoRoT in the B8IIIe star HD 175869

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    Gutiérrez-Soto, J.; Floquet, M.; Samadi, R.; Neiner, C.; Garrido, R.; Fabregat, J.; Frémat, Y.; Diago, P. D.; Huat, A.-L.; Leroy, B.; Emilio, M.; Hubert, A.-M.; Andrade, O. Thizy L.; de Batz, B.; Janot-Pacheco, E.; Espinosa Lara, F.; Martayan, C.; Semaan, T.; Suso, J.; Auvergne, M.; Chaintreuil, S.; Michel, E.; Catala, C.

    2009-10-01

    Context: The origin of the short-term variability in Be stars remains a matter of controversy. Pulsations and rotational modulation are the components of the favored hypothesis. Aims: We present our analysis of CoRoT data of the B8IIIe star HD 175869 observed during the first short run in the center direction (SRC1). Methods: We review both the instrumental effects visible in the CoRoT light curve and the analysis methods used by the CoRoT Be team. We applied these methods to the CoRoT light curve of the star HD 175869. A search for line-profile variations in the spectroscopic data was also performed. We also searched for a magnetic field, by applying the LSD technique to spectropolarimetric data. Results: The light curve exhibits low-amplitude variations of the order of 300 μmag with a double wave shape. A frequency within the range determined for the rotational frequency and 6 of its harmonics are detected. The main frequency and its first harmonic exhibit amplitude variations of a few days. Other significant frequencies of low-amplitude from 25 to a few μmag are also found. The analysis of line profiles from ground-based spectroscopic data does not detect any variation. In addition, no Zeeman signature was found. Conclusions: Inhomogeneities caused by stellar activity in or just above the photosphere are proposed to produce the photometric variability detected by CoRoT in the Be star HD 175869. The hypothesis that non-radial pulsations are the origin of these variations cannot be excluded.

  10. Measurement of the solar B8 neutrino rate with a liquid scintillator target and 3 MeV energy threshold in the Borexino detector

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    Bellini, G.; Benziger, J.; Bonetti, S.; Buizza Avanzini, M.; Caccianiga, B.; Cadonati, L.; Calaprice, F.; Carraro, C.; Chavarria, A.; Chepurnov, A.; Dalnoki-Veress, F.; D'Angelo, D.; Davini, S.; de Kerret, H.; Derbin, A.; Etenko, A.; Fomenko, K.; Franco, D.; Galbiati, C.; Gazzana, S.; Ghiano, C.; Giammarchi, M.; Goeger-Neff, M.; Goretti, A.; Guardincerri, E.; Hardy, S.; Ianni, Aldo; Ianni, Andrea; Joyce, M.; Korga, G.; Kryn, D.; Laubenstein, M.; Leung, M.; Lewke, T.; Litvinovich, E.; Loer, B.; Lombardi, P.; Ludhova, L.; Machulin, I.; Manecki, S.; Maneschg, W.; Manuzio, G.; Meindl, Q.; Meroni, E.; Miramonti, L.; Misiaszek, M.; Montanari, D.; Muratova, V.; Oberauer, L.; Obolensky, M.; Ortica, F.; Pallavicini, M.; Papp, L.; Perasso, L.; Perasso, S.; Pocar, A.; Raghavan, R. S.; Ranucci, G.; Razeto, A.; Re, A.; Risso, P.; Romani, A.; Rountree, D.; Sabelnikov, A.; Saldanha, R.; Salvo, C.; Schönert, S.; Simgen, H.; Skorokhvatov, M.; Smirnov, O.; Sotnikov, A.; Sukhotin, S.; Suvorov, Y.; Tartaglia, R.; Testera, G.; Vignaud, D.; Vogelaar, R. B.; von Feilitzsch, F.; Winter, J.; Wojcik, M.; Wright, A.; Wurm, M.; Xu, J.; Zaimidoroga, O.; Zavatarelli, S.; Zuzel, G.; Borexino Collaboration

    2010-08-01

    We report the measurement of ν-e elastic scattering from B8 solar neutrinos with 3 MeV energy threshold by the Borexino detector in Gran Sasso (Italy). The rate of solar neutrino-induced electron scattering events above this energy in Borexino is 0.22±0.04(stat)±0.01(syst)cpd/100t, which corresponds to ΦB8ES=2.4±0.4±0.1×106cm-2s-1, in good agreement with measurements from SNO and SuperKamiokaNDE. Assuming the B8 neutrino flux predicted by the high metallicity standard solar model, the average B8 νe survival probability above 3 MeV is measured to be 0.29±0.10. The survival probabilities for Be7 and B8 neutrinos as measured by Borexino differ by 1.9σ. These results are consistent with the prediction of the MSW-LMA solution of a transition in the solar νe survival probability Pee between the low-energy vacuum-driven and the high-energy matter-enhanced solar neutrino oscillation regimes.

  11. Astrophysical S17(0) factor extraction from breakup of B8 on Ni58 at energies near the Coulomb barrier

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    Belyaeva, T. L.; Aguilera, E. F.; Martinez-Quiroz, E.; Moro, A. M.; Kolata, J. J.

    2009-12-01

    We have performed continuum-discretized coupled channels (CDCC) calculations of the breakup of B8 on Ni58 and direct proton transfer for the B8+Ni58 system at laboratory energies of 20-28.4 MeV. The influence of the Be7 core-target optical potential (OP) on the breakup cross section was investigated. Elastic scattering angular distributions for the Be7+Ni58 and B8+Ni58 systems at five different energies around the Coulomb barrier were studied, and a reasonable energy-independent OP for each system was obtained. Using these OPs and two different Be7-p relative motion wave functions, and summing breakup and direct proton transfer contributions, we were able to fit the experimental cross section at a B8 laboratory energy of 25.75 MeV. We calculated the excitation function for the Be7 emission in the B8+Ni58 reaction, where Be7 products were measured at the forward angle θlab=45° in the energy interval Elab=20-28.4 MeV. In view of the peripheral character of the B8 breakup reaction at near-barrier energies, we could extract the asymptotic normalization coefficient for the Be7-p system, which was found to be CBe-p,p3/22=0.543±0.027 fm-1. Finally, the astrophysical S17(0) factor was found to be S17(0)=20.8±1.1 eV b.

  12. Altitude-Wind-Tunnel Investigation of the 19B-2, 19B-8, and 19XB-1 Jet Propulsion Engines. 3; Performance and Windmilling Drag Characteristics

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    Fleming, WIlliam A.; Dietz, Robert O., Jr.

    1957-01-01

    The performance characteristics of the 19B-8 and 19XB-1 turbojet engines and the windmilling-drag characteristics of the 19B-6 engine were determined in the Cleveland altitude wind tunnel. The investigations were conducted on the 19B-8 engine at simulated altitudes from 5000 to 25,000 feet with various free-stream ram-pressure ratios and on the 19XB--1 engine at simulated altitudes from 5000 to 30,000 feet with approximately static free-stream conditions. Data for these two engines are presented to show the effect of altitude, free-stream ram-pressure ratio, and tail-pipe-nozzle area on engine performance. A 21-percent reduction in tail-pipe-nozzle area of the 19B-8 engine increased the let thrust 43 percent the net thrust 72 percent, and the fuel consumption 64 percent. An increase in free-stream ram-pressure ratio raised the jet thrust and the air flow and lowered the net thrust throughout the entire range of engine speeds for the 19B-8 engine. At similar operating conditions, the corrected jet thrust and corrected air flow were approximately the same for both engines, and the corrected specific fuel consumption based on jet thrust was lower for the 19XB-1 engine than for the 19B-8 engine. The thrust and air-flow data obtained with both engines at various altitudes for a given free-stream rampressure ratio were generalized to standard sea-level atmospheric conditions. The performance parameters involving fuel consumption generalized only at high engine speeds at simulated altitudes as high as 15,000 feet. The windmilling drag of the 19B-8 engine increased rapidly as the airspeed was increased.

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  18. Complete Genome Sequences of Caldicellulosiruptor sp. Strain Rt8.B8, Caldicellulosiruptor sp. Strain Wai35.B1, and "Thermoanaerobacter cellulolyticus".

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    Lee, Laura L; Izquierdo, Javier A; Blumer-Schuette, Sara E; Zurawski, Jeffrey V; Conway, Jonathan M; Cottingham, Robert W; Huntemann, Marcel; Copeland, Alex; Chen, I-Min A; Kyrpides, Nikos; Markowitz, Victor; Palaniappan, Krishnaveni; Ivanova, Natalia; Mikhailova, Natalia; Ovchinnikova, Galina; Andersen, Evan; Pati, Amrita; Stamatis, Dimitrios; Reddy, T B K; Shapiro, Nicole; Nordberg, Henrik P; Cantor, Michael N; Hua, Susan X; Woyke, Tanja; Kelly, Robert M

    2015-05-14

    The genus Caldicellulosiruptor contains extremely thermophilic, cellulolytic bacteria capable of lignocellulose deconstruction. Currently, complete genome sequences for eleven Caldicellulosiruptor species are available. Here, we report genome sequences for three additional Caldicellulosiruptor species: Rt8.B8 DSM 8990 (New Zealand), Wai35.B1 DSM 8977 (New Zealand), and "Thermoanaerobacter cellulolyticus" strain NA10 DSM 8991 (Japan).

  19. Complete Genome Sequences of Caldicellulosiruptor sp. Strain Rt8.B8, Caldicellulosiruptor sp. Strain Wai35.B1, and “Thermoanaerobacter cellulolyticus”

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    Lee, Laura L.; Izquierdo, Javier A.; Blumer-Schuette, Sara E.; Zurawski, Jeffrey V.; Conway, Jonathan M.; Cottingham, Robert W.; Huntemann, Marcel; Copeland, Alex; Chen, I-Min A.; Kyrpides, Nikos; Markowitz, Victor; Palaniappan, Krishnaveni; Ivanova, Natalia; Mikhailova, Natalia; Ovchinnikova, Galina; Andersen, Evan; Pati, Amrita; Stamatis, Dimitrios; Reddy, T.B.K.; Shapiro, Nicole; Nordberg, Henrik P.; Cantor, Michael N.; Hua, Susan X.; Woyke, Tanja

    2015-01-01

    The genus Caldicellulosiruptor contains extremely thermophilic, cellulolytic bacteria capable of lignocellulose deconstruction. Currently, complete genome sequences for eleven Caldicellulosiruptor species are available. Here, we report genome sequences for three additional Caldicellulosiruptor species: Rt8.B8 DSM 8990 (New Zealand), Wai35.B1 DSM 8977 (New Zealand), and “Thermoanaerobacter cellulolyticus” strain NA10 DSM 8991 (Japan). PMID:25977428

  20. Altitude-Wind-Tunnel investigation of Westinghouse 19B-2, 19B-8, and 19XB-1 jet-propulsion engines V : combustion chamber performance

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    Boyd, Bemrose

    1948-01-01

    Pressure losses through the combustion chamber and the combustion efficiency of the 19B-2 and 19B-8 jet-propulsion engines and the combustion efficiency of the 19XB-1 jet-propulsion engine are presented.Data were obtained from an investigation of the complete engine in the NACA Cleveland altitude wind tunnel over a range of simulated altitudes from 5000 to 30,000 feet and tunnel Mach numbers from less than 0.100 to 0.455. The combustion-chamber pressure loss due to friction was higher for the 19B-2 combustion chamber than for the 19B-8. The 19B-2 combustion chamber had a screen of 40-percent open area interposed between the compressor outlet and the combustion-chamber inlet. The screen for the 19B-8 combustion chamber had a 60-percent open area, which except for a small difference in tail-pipe-nozzle outlet area represents the only point of difference between the standard 19B-2 and 19B-8 combustion chambers. The pressure loss due to heat addition to the flowing gases in the combustion chamber was approximately the same for the 19B-2 and 19B-8 configurations. Altitude and tunnel Mach number had no significant effect on the over-all total-pressure loss through the combustion chamber. A decrease in tail-pipe-nozzle outlet area (tail cone out) resulted in a decrease in combustion-chamber total-pressure loss at high engine speeds.

  1. Upper bounds on ɛ'/ ɛ parameters B 6 (1/2) and B 8 (3/2) from large N QCD and other news

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    Buras, Andrzej J.; Gérard, Jean-Marc

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate that in the large N approach developed by the authors in collaboration with Bardeen, the parameters B 6 (1/2) and B 8 (3/2) parametrizing the K → ππ matrix elements < Q 6>0 and < Q 8>2 of the dominant QCD and electroweak operators receive both negative O(1/N) corrections such that B 6 (1/2) ≤ B 8 (3/2) < 1 in agreement with the recent lattice results of the RBC-UKQCD collaboration. We also point out that the pattern of the size of the hadronic matrix elements of all QCD and electroweak penguin operators Q i contributing to the K → ππ amplitudes A 0 and A 2, obtained by this lattice collaboration, provides further support to our large N approach. In particular, the lattice result for the matrix element < Q 8>0 implies for the corresponding parameter B 8 (1/2) = 1.0 ± 0.2 to be compared with large N value B 8 (1/2) = 1.1 ± 0.1. We discuss briefly the implications of these findings for the ratio ɛ' /ɛ. In fact, with the precise value for B 8 (3/2) from RBC-UKQCD collaboration, our upper bound on B 6 (1/2) implies ɛ' /ɛ in the SM roughly by a factor of two below its experimental value (16 .6± 2 .3) × 10-4. We also briefly comment on the parameter {widehat{B}}_K and the Δ I = 1 /2 rule.

  2. [Cloning and function identification of gene 'admA' and up-stream regulatory sequence related to antagonistic activity of Enterobacter cloacae B8].

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    Zhu, Jun-Li; Li, De-Bao; Yu, Xu-Ping

    2012-04-01

    To reveal the antagonistic mechanism of B8 strain to Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, transposon tagging method and chromosome walking were deployed to clone antagonistic related fragments around Tn5 insertion site in the mutant strain B8B. The function of up-stream regulatory sequence of gene 'admA' involved in the antagonistic activity was further identified by gene knocking out technique. An antagonistic related left fragment of Tn5 insertion site, 2 608 bp in length, was obtained by tagging with Kan resistance gene of Tn5. A 2 354 bp right fragment of Tn5 insertion site was amplified with 2 rounds of chromosome walking. The length of the B contig around the Tn5 insertion site was 4 611 bp, containing 7 open reading frames (ORFs). Bioinformatic analysis revealed that these ORFs corresponded to the partial coding regions of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, two LysR family transcriptional regulators, hypothetical protein VSWAT3-20465 of Vibrionales and admA, admB, and partial sequence of admC gene of Pantoea agglomerans biosynthetic gene cluster, respectively. Tn5 was inserted in the up-stream of 200 bp or 894 bp of the sequence corresponding to anrP ORF or admA gene on B8B, respectively. The B-1 and B-2 mutants that lost antagonistic activity were selected by homeologuous recombination technology in association with knocking out plasmid pMB-BG. These results suggested that the transcription and expression of anrP gene might be disrupted as a result of the knocking out of up-stream regulatory sequence by Tn5 in B8B strain, further causing biosythesis regulation of the antagonistic related gene cluster. Thus, the antagonistic related genes in B8 strain is a gene family similar as andrimid biosynthetic gene cluster, and the upstream regulatory region appears to be critical for the antibiotics biosynthesis.

  3. Altitude-Wind-Tunnel investigation of Westinghouse 19B-2, 19B-8, and 19XB-1 Jet-Propulsion Engines IV : analysis of compressor performance

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    Dietz, Robert O; Kuenzig, John K

    1948-01-01

    Investigations were conducted in the NACA Cleveland altitude wind tunnel to determine the performance and operational characteristics of the 19B-2, 19B-6, and 19XB-1 Turbojet Engines. One objective of the investigations was to determine the effect of altitude, flight Mach number, and tail-pipe-nozzle area on the performance characteristics of the six-stage and ten-stage axial-flow compressors of the 19B-8 and 19XB-1 engines, respectively. The data were obtained over a range of simulated altitudes and flight Mach numbers. At each simulated flight condition the engine was run over its full operable range of speeds. Performance characteristics of the 19B-8 and 19XB-1 compressors for the range of operation obtainable in the turbojet-engine installation are presented. Compressor characteristics are presented as functions of air flow corrected to sea-level conditions, compressor Mach number, and compressor load coefficient.

  4. Topology-Symmetry analysis of the similarity and distinctions between the α and β modifications of Bi2[B8O15]. Prediction of structures

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    Belokoneva, E. L.

    2015-07-01

    In the structures of α-Bi2B8O15 and β-Bi2B8O15, two modifications of a new borate, the polyborate anionic 8:{2(2[T + Δ]∞) + 4(3[3Δ] + Δ)∞}∞∞ layer, consists of 2[T + Δ]∞ diborate chains and 4(3[3Δ] + Δ)∞ chains of a new type running in the perpendicular direction. Topology-symmetry analysis reveals a pseudosymmetrical fragment consisting of bismuthate groups and diborate chains, which is described by the P21/ n supergroup. The pseudosymmetry is responsible for the existence of two modifications and allows one to get insight into specific features of their formation and predict possible structural varieties in the high-temperature synthesis in this system.

  5. Altitude-wind-tunnel investigation of Westinghouse 19B-2, 19B-8, and 19XB-1 jet-propulsion engines III : performance and windmilling drag characteristics

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    Fleming, William A; Dietz, Robert O JR

    1948-01-01

    The performance characteristics of the 19B-8 and 19XB-1 turbojet engines and the windmilling drag characteristics of the 19B-8 engine were determined in the NACA Cleveland altitude wind tunnel. The 19B engine is one of the earliest experimental Westinghouse axial-flow engines. The 19XB-1 engine is an experimental prototype of the Westinghouse 19XB series, having a rated thrust of 1400 pounds. Improvements in performance and operational characteristics have resulted in the 19XB-2B engine with a rated thrust of 1600 pounds. The investigations were conducted on the 19B-8 engine at simulated altitudes from 5000 to 25,000 feet with various free-stream ram-pressure ratios and on the 19XB-1 engine at simulated altitudes from 5000 to 30,000 feet with approximately static free-stream conditions. Data for these two engines are presented to show the effect of altitude, free-stream ram-pressure ratio, and tail-pipe-nozzle area on engine performance.

  6. Structural insights into the IgE mediated responses induced by the allergens Hev b 8 and Zea m 12 in their dimeric forms

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    Mares-Mejía, Israel; Martínez-Caballero, Siseth; Garay-Canales, Claudia; Cano-Sánchez, Patricia; Torres-Larios, Alfredo; Lara-González, Samuel; Ortega, Enrique; Rodríguez-Romero, Adela

    2016-01-01

    Oligomerization of allergens plays an important role in IgE-mediated reactions, as effective crosslinking of IgE- FcεRI complexes on the cell membrane is dependent on the number of exposed B-cell epitopes in a single allergen molecule or on the occurrence of identical epitopes in a symmetrical arrangement. Few studies have attempted to experimentally demonstrate the connection between allergen dimerization and the ability to trigger allergic reactions. Here we studied plant allergenic profilins rHev b 8 (rubber tree) and rZea m 12 (maize) because they represent an important example of cross-reactivity in the latex-pollen-food syndrome. Both allergens in their monomeric and dimeric states were isolated and characterized by exclusion chromatography and mass spectrometry and were used in immunological in vitro experiments. Their crystal structures were solved, and for Hev b 8 a disulfide-linked homodimer was found. Comparing the structures we established that the longest loop is relevant for recognition by IgE antibodies, whereas the conserved regions are important for cross-reactivity. We produced a novel monoclonal murine IgE (mAb 2F5), specific for rHev b 8, which was useful to provide evidence that profilin dimerization considerably increases the IgE-mediated degranulation in rat basophilic leukemia cells. PMID:27586352

  7. Semisynthetic preparation and isolation of dimeric procyanidins B1-B8 from roasted hazelnut skins (Corylus avellana L.) on a large scale using countercurrent chromatography.

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    Esatbeyoglu, Tuba; Juadjur, Andreas; Wray, Victor; Winterhalter, Peter

    2014-07-23

    Dimeric procyanidins B1-B8 were produced via semisynthesis from a polymeric proanthocyanidin fraction of hazelnut skins (Corylus avellana L.). This polymeric fraction was found to consist mostly of (+)-catechin and (-)-epicatechin as upper units. Therefore, according to the choice of nucleophile agent, it is possible to semisynthesize dimeric procyanidins B1, B3, B6, and B7 with (+)-catechin and B2, B4, B5, and B8 with (-)-epicatechin. The semisynthetic mixtures were separated on a preparative scale using high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC) and low-speed rotary countercurrent chromatography (LSRCCC). C4 → C8 linked dimeric procyanidins B1-B4 were isolated in amounts of 350-740 mg. To the best of the authors' knowledge this is the first study isolating dimeric procyanidins B1-B8 in large amounts with countercurrent chromatography. Moreover, the dimeric prodelphinidins B1, B2, and B3 and their structural elucidation by (1)H NMR spectroscopy without derivatization are described for hazelnuts as natural compounds for the first time.

  8. Spatial separation of covalent, ionic, and metallic interactions in Mg11Rh18B8 and Mg3Rh5B3.

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    Alekseeva, Anastasia M; Abakumov, Artem M; Leither-Jasper, Andreas; Schnelle, Walter; Prots, Yuri; Tendeloo, Gustaaf Van; Antipov, Eugene V; Grin, Yuri

    2013-12-23

    The crystal structures of Mg11Rh18B8 and Mg3Rh5B3 have been investigated by using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Mg11Rh18B8: space group P4/mbm; a=17.9949(7), c=2.9271(1) Å; Z=2. Mg3Rh5B3: space group Pmma; a=8.450(2), b=2.8644(6), c=11.602(2) Å; Z=2. Both crystal structures are characterized by trigonal prismatic coordination of the boron atoms by rhodium atoms. The [BRh6] trigonal prisms form arrangements with different connectivity patterns. Analysis of the chemical bonding by means of the electron-localizability/electron-density approach reveals covalent BRh interactions in these arrangements and the formation of B-Rh polyanions. The magnesium atoms that are located inside the polyanions interact ionically with their environment, whereas, in the structure parts, which are mainly formed by Mg and Rh atoms, multicenter (metallic) interactions are observed. Diamagnetic behavior and metallic electron transport of the Mg11Rh18B8 and Mg3Rh5B3 phases are in agreement with the bonding picture and the band structure. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. The 2.5 Å structure of the enterococcus conjugation protein TraM resembles VirB8 type IV secretion proteins.

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    Goessweiner-Mohr, Nikolaus; Grumet, Lukas; Arends, Karsten; Pavkov-Keller, Tea; Gruber, Christian C; Gruber, Karl; Birner-Gruenberger, Ruth; Kropec-Huebner, Andrea; Huebner, Johannes; Grohmann, Elisabeth; Keller, Walter

    2013-01-18

    Conjugative plasmid transfer is the most important means of spreading antibiotic resistance and virulence genes among bacteria and therefore presents a serious threat to human health. The process requires direct cell-cell contact made possible by a multiprotein complex that spans cellular membranes and serves as a channel for macromolecular secretion. Thus far, well studied conjugative type IV secretion systems (T4SS) are of Gram-negative (G-) origin. Although many medically relevant pathogens (e.g., enterococci, staphylococci, and streptococci) are Gram-positive (G+), their conjugation systems have received little attention. This study provides structural information for the transfer protein TraM of the G+ broad host range Enterococcus conjugative plasmid pIP501. Immunolocalization demonstrated that the protein localizes to the cell wall. We then used opsonophagocytosis as a novel tool to verify that TraM was exposed on the cell surface. In these assays, antibodies generated to TraM recruited macrophages and enabled killing of pIP501 harboring Enteroccocus faecalis cells. The crystal structure of the C-terminal, surface-exposed domain of TraM was determined to 2.5 Å resolution. The structure, molecular dynamics, and cross-linking studies indicated that a TraM trimer acts as the biological unit. Despite the absence of sequence-based similarity, TraM unexpectedly displayed a fold similar to the T4SS VirB8 proteins from Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Brucella suis (G-) and to the transfer protein TcpC from Clostridium perfringens plasmid pCW3 (G+). Based on the alignments of secondary structure elements of VirB8-like proteins from mobile genetic elements and chromosomally encoded T4SS from G+ and G- bacteria, we propose a new classification scheme of VirB8-like proteins.

  10. Thermal annealing induced modification of structural and soft magnetic properties of Fe33.8Co50.7Nb5B8.5P2 alloy

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    Shah, M.; Modak, S. S.; Ghodke, N.; Araujo, J. P.; Varga, L. K.; Kane, S. N.

    2016-10-01

    Effect of thermal annealing treatment aimed to optimize the soft magnetic properties of Fe33.8Co50.7Nb5B8.5P2 alloy system has been investigated. Information on the correlation between micro-structure and magnetic properties have been obtained using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and hysteresis measurements. Annealing treatment enhances the saturation induction in studied alloy composition. Whereas there is a moderate increment in the coercive behaviour with annealing temperature that may be ascribed to weakly exchange coupled nano grains.

  11. Successful treatment with a chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (IDEC-C2B8, rituximab) for a patient with relapsed mantle cell lymphoma who developed a human anti-chimeric antibody.

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    Maeda, T; Yamada, Y; Tawara, M; Yamasaki, R; Yakata, Y; Tsutsumi, C; Onimaru, Y; Kamihira, S; Tomonaga, M

    2001-07-01

    Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) has a poor prognosis without cure; the median overall survival ranges only from 3 to 4 years irrespective of conventional therapeutic regimens. IDEC-C2B8 (rituximab), a chimeric monoclonal antibody against the B-cell-specific antigen CD20, induces an evaluable clinical response in patients with MCL with mild toxicities. However, the single agent rituximab cannot cure MCL. Due to its low immunogenicity, an antibody against IDEC-C2B8 (human antichimeric antibody [HACA]) has rarely been produced in vivo. We report a patient with relapsed MCL who was successfully treated with IDEC-C2B8 for over a year although she developed HACA 6 months after the initial administration of IDEC-C2B8 in the phase II clinical trial conducted by Zenyaku Kogyo Co. Ltd. We followed the pharmacokinetics of IDEC-C2B8, the serum HACA titer, and the number of B lymphocytes in the peripheral blood in relation to clinical response. The HACA became undetectable soon after subsequent administrations of IDEC-C2B8. When the serum level of IDEC-C2B8 was kept elevated, clinical responses were apparently observed and HACA disappeared during this response period. There were no significant clinical toxicities related to the appearance of HACA. The present findings suggested that IDEC-C2B8 is effective and safe even in patients who have developed HACA.

  12. Two new beta-chain variants: Hb Tripoli [beta26(B8)Glu-->Ala] and Hb Tizi-Ouzou [beta29(B11)Gly-->Ser].

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    Lacan, Philippe; Becchi, Michel; Zanella-Cleon, Isabelle; Aubry, Martine; Ffrench, Martine; Couprie, Nicole; Francina, Alain

    2004-08-01

    Two new beta-globin chain variants: Hb Tripoli: codon 26, GAG-->GCG [beta26(B8)Glu-->Ala] and Hb Tizi-Ouzou: codon 29, GGC-->AGC [beta29(B11)Gly-->Ser] are described on the first exon of the beta-globin gene. The two variants are characterized by DNA sequencing and mass spectrometry (MS). Hematological abnormalities were found in the two carriers. The presence of microcytosis and hypochromia is explained by an additional homozygous 3.7 kb alpha(+) thalassemic deletion for the carrier of Hb Tizi-Ouzou. Hb Tizi-Ouzou showed a slight instability in vitro. The same hematological abnormalities associated with anemia are difficult to explain for Hb Tripoli's carrier in the absence of an alpha-globin genes abnormality and could suggest a possible abnormal splicing.

  13. Sintered powder cores of high Bs and low coreloss Fe84.3Si4B8P3Cu0.7 nano-crystalline alloy

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    Zhang, Yan; Sharma, Parmanand; Makino, Akihiro

    2013-06-01

    Nano-crystalline Fe-rich Fe84.3Si4B8P3Cu0.7 alloy ribbon with saturation magnetic flux density (Bs) close to Si-steel exhibits much lower core loss (Wt) than Si-Steels. Low glass forming ability of this alloy limits fabrication of magnetic cores only to stack/wound types. Here, we report on fabrication, structural, thermal and magnetic properties of bulk Fe84.3Si4B8P3Cu0.7 cores. Partially crystallized ribbons (obtained after salt-bath annealing treatment) were crushed into powdered form (by ball milling), and were compacted to high-density (˜88%) bulk cores by spark plasma sintering (SPS). Nano-crystalline structure (consisting of α-Fe grain in remaining amorphous matrix) similar to wound ribbon cores is preserved in the compacted cores. At 50 Hz, cores sintered at Ts = 680 K show Wt < 10 W/kg (f = 50 Hz, Bm ˜1 T). Coating/mixing of powders with an insulating agent like SiO2 is shown to be effective in further reduction of Wt at f > 1 kHz. A trade-off between porosity and electrical resistivity is necessary to get low Wt at higher f. In the f range of ˜1 to 100 kHz, we have shown that the cores mixed with SiO2 exhibit much lower Wt than Fe-powder cores, non-oriented Si-steel sheets and commercially available sintered cores. We believe our core material is very promising to make power electronics/electrical devices much more energy-efficient.

  14. Determination of the νe and total B8 solar neutrino fluxes using the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Phase I data set

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    Aharmim, B.; Ahmad, Q. R.; Ahmed, S. N.; Allen, R. C.; Andersen, T. C.; Anglin, J. D.; Bühler, G.; Barton, J. C.; Beier, E. W.; Bercovitch, M.; Bergevin, M.; Bigu, J.; Biller, S. D.; Black, R. A.; Blevis, I.; Boardman, R. J.; Boger, J.; Bonvin, E.; Boulay, M. G.; Bowler, M. G.; Bowles, T. J.; Brice, S. J.; Browne, M. C.; Bullard, T. V.; Burritt, T. H.; Cameron, J.; Chan, Y. D.; Chen, H. H.; Chen, M.; Chen, X.; Cleveland, B. T.; Cowan, J. H. M.; Cowen, D. F.; Cox, G. A.; Currat, C. A.; Dai, X.; Dalnoki-Veress, F.; Davidson, W. F.; Deng, H.; Dimarco, M.; Doe, P. J.; Doucas, G.; Dragowsky, M. R.; Duba, C. A.; Duncan, F. A.; Dunford, M.; Dunmore, J. A.; Earle, E. D.; Elliott, S. R.; Evans, H. C.; Ewan, G. T.; Farine, J.; Fergani, H.; Ferraris, A. P.; Fleurot, F.; Ford, R. J.; Formaggio, J. A.; Fowler, M. M.; Frame, K.; Frank, E. D.; Frati, W.; Gagnon, N.; Germani, J. V.; Gil, S.; Goldschmidt, A.; Goon, J. T. M.; Graham, K.; Grant, D. R.; Guillian, E.; Hahn, R. L.; Hallin, A. L.; Hallman, E. D.; Hamer, A. S.; Hamian, A. A.; Handler, W. B.; Haq, R. U.; Hargrove, C. K.; Harvey, P. J.; Hazama, R.; Heeger, K. M.; Heintzelman, W. J.; Heise, J.; Helmer, R. L.; Henning, R.; Hepburn, J. D.; Heron, H.; Hewett, J.; Hime, A.; Howard, C.; Howe, M. A.; Huang, M.; Hykaway, J. G.; Isaac, M. C. P.; Jagam, P.; Jamieson, B.; Jelley, N. A.; Jillings, C.; Jonkmans, G.; Kazkaz, K.; Keener, P. T.; Kirch, K.; Klein, J. R.; Knox, A. B.; Komar, R. J.; Kormos, L. L.; Kos, M.; Kouzes, R.; Krüger, A.; Kraus, C.; Krauss, C. B.; Kutter, T.; Kyba, C. C. M.; Labranche, H.; Lange, R.; Law, J.; Lawson, I. T.; Lay, M.; Lee, H. W.; Lesko, K. T.; Leslie, J. R.; Levine, I.; Loach, J. C.; Locke, W.; Luoma, S.; Lyon, J.; MacLellan, R.; Majerus, S.; Mak, H. B.; Maneira, J.; Marino, A. D.; Martin, R.; McCauley, N.; McDonald, A. B.; McDonald, D. S.; McFarlane, K.; McGee, S.; McGregor, G.; Drees, R. Meijer; Mes, H.; Mifflin, C.; Miknaitis, K. K. S.; Miller, M. L.; Milton, G.; Moffat, B. A.; Monreal, B.; Moorhead, M.; Morrissette, B.; Nally, C. W.; Neubauer, M. S.; Newcomer, F. M.; Ng, H. S.; Nickel, B. G.; Noble, A. J.; Norman, E. B.; Novikov, V. M.; Oblath, N. S.; Okada, C. E.; O'Keeffe, H. M.; Ollerhead, R. W.; Omori, M.; Orrell, J. L.; Oser, S. M.; Ott, R.; Peeters, S. J. M.; Poon, A. W. P.; Prior, G.; Reitzner, S. D.; Rielage, K.; Roberge, A.; Robertson, B. C.; Robertson, R. G. H.; Rosendahl, S. S. E.; Rowley, J. K.; Rusu, V. L.; Saettler, E.; Schülke, A.; Schwendener, M. H.; Secrest, J. A.; Seifert, H.; Shatkay, M.; Simpson, J. J.; Sims, C. J.; Sinclair, D.; Skensved, P.; Smith, A. R.; Smith, M. W. E.; Starinsky, N.; Steiger, T. D.; Stokstad, R. G.; Stonehill, L. C.; Storey, R. S.; Sur, B.; Tafirout, R.; Tagg, N.; Takeuchi, Y.; Tanner, N. W.; Taplin, R. K.; Thorman, M.; Thornewell, P. M.; Tolich, N.; Trent, P. T.; Tserkovnyak, Y. I.; Tsui, T.; Tunnell, C. D.; van Berg, R.; van de Water, R. G.; Virtue, C. J.; Walker, T. J.; Wall, B. L.; Waltham, C. E.; Tseung, H. Wan Chan; Wang, J.-X.; Wark, D. L.; Wendland, J.; West, N.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Wilkerson, J. F.; Wilson, J. R.; Wittich, P.; Wouters, J. M.; Wright, A.; Yeh, M.; Zuber, K.

    2007-04-01

    This article provides the complete description of results from the Phase I data set of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). The Phase I data set is based on a 0.65 kiloton-year exposure of 2H2O (in the following denoted as D2O) to the solar B8 neutrino flux. Included here are details of the SNO physics and detector model, evaluations of systematic uncertainties, and estimates of backgrounds. Also discussed are SNO's approach to statistical extraction of the signals from the three neutrino reactions (charged current, neutral current, and elastic scattering) and the results of a search for a day-night asymmetry in the νe flux. Under the assumption that the B8 spectrum is undistorted, the measurements from this phase yield a solar νe flux of ϕ(νe)=1.76-0.05+0.05(stat.)-0.09+0.09(syst.)×106 cm-2 s-1 and a non-νe component of ϕ(νμτ)=3.41-0.45+0.45(stat.)-0.45+0.48(syst.)×106 cm-2 s-1. The sum of these components provides a total flux in excellent agreement with the predictions of standard solar models. The day-night asymmetry in the νe flux is found to be Ae=7.0±4.9(stat.)-1.2+1.3%(syst.), when the asymmetry in the total flux is constrained to be zero.

  15. Altitude-Wind-Tunnel Investigation of Westinghouse 19B-2 19B-8, and 19XB-1 Jet-Propulsion Engines. Part 1; Operational Characteristics

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    Fleming, William A.

    1948-01-01

    An investigation was conducted in the NACA Cleveland altitude wind tunnel to determine the operational characteristics of the Westinghouse 19B-2, 19B-8, and 19XB-l jet-propulsion engines. The 19B engine is one af the earliest experimental Westinghouse axial flow engines. The 19XB-1 engine is an experimental prototype of the Westinghouse 15 series, having a rated thrust of 1400 pounds. Improvements in performance and operational characteristics have resulted in the 19XB-2B engine with a rated thrust of 1600 pounds. The operational characteristics were determined over a range of simulated altitudes from 5000 to 30,000 feet for the 19B engines and from 5000 to 35000 feet for the 19XB-l engine at airspeed from 20 to 380 miles per hour. The affects of altitude and airspeed on such operating characteristics as operating range, stability of combustion, starting, acceleration, and functioning of the fuel-control system are discussed. Damage to the engines that occurred during the investigation is also briefly discussed. The changes made in the combustion-chamber configuration to improve the operating we are described.

  16. H11/HspB8 and Its Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Homologue ICP10PK Share Functions That Regulate Cell Life/Death Decisions and Human Disease

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    Aurelian, Laure; Laing, Jennifer M.; Lee, Ki Seok

    2012-01-01

    Small heat shock proteins (sHsp) also known as HspB are a large family of widely expressed proteins that contain a 90 residues domain known as α-crystallin. Here, we focus on the family member H11/HspB8 and its herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) homologue ICP10PK, and discuss the possible impact of this relationship on human disease. H11/HspB8 and ICP10PK are atypical protein kinases. They share multi-functional activity that encompasses signaling, unfolded protein response (UPR) and the regulation of life cycle potential. In melanocytes H11/HspB8 causes growth arrest. It is silenced in a high proportion of melanoma prostate cancer, Ewing's sarcoma and hematologic malignancies through aberrant DNA methylation. Its restored expression induces cell death and inhibits tumor growth in xenograft models, identifying H11/HspB8 as a tumor suppressor. This function involves the activation of multiple and distinct death pathways, all of which initiate with H11/HspB8-mediated phosphorylation of transforming growth factor β-activated kinase 1 (TAK1). Both ICP10PK and H11/HspB8 were implicated in inflammatory processes that involve dendritic cells activation through Toll-like receptor-dependent pathways and may contribute to the onset of autoimmunity. The potential evolutionary relationship of H11/HspB8 to ICP10PK, its impact on human disorders and the development of therapeutic strategies are discussed. PMID:23056924

  17. Prototropic μ-H(8,9) and μ-H(9,10) Tautomers Derived from the [nido-5,6-C2B8H11](-) Anion.

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    Tok, Oleg L; Růžičková, Zdenka; Růžička, Aleš; Hnyk, Drahomír; Štíbr, Bohumil

    2016-10-17

    Reported is an unusual tautomeric behavior within the [nido-5,6-C2B8H11](-) (1a(-)) cage that has no precedence in the whole area of carborane chemistry. Isolated were two skeletal tautomers, anions [6-Ph-nido-5,6-C2B8H10-μ(8,9)](-) (2d(-)) and [5,6-Me2-nido-5,6-C2B8H9-μ(9,10)](-) (3b(-)), which differ in the positioning of the open-face hydrogen bridge. Their structures have been determined by X-ray diffraction analyses. The 3b(-)structure is stabilized by intermolecular interaction involving Et3NH(+) and B8-B9 and H8 atoms in the solid phase; however, its dissolution in CD3CN causes instant conversion to the more stable [5,6-Me2-nido-5,6-C2B8H9-μ(8,9)](-) (2b(-)) tautomer. The dynamic electron-correlation-based MP2/6-31G* computations suggest that the parent [nido-5,6-C2B8H11-μ(8,9)](-) (2a(-)) tautomer is 3.9 kcal·mol(-1) more stable than the [nido-5,6-C2B8H11-μ(9,10)](-) (3a(-)) counterpart and the μ(8,9) structure 2(-) is therefore the most stable tautomeric form in the solution, as was also demonstrated by multinuclear ((1)H, (11)B, and (13)C) NMR measurements on the whole series of C-substituted compounds.

  18. Incidence of the Hb E [β26(B8)Glu→Lys, GAG>AAG] variant in Totos, one of the smallest primitive tribes in the world.

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    Bhattacharyya, Deboshree; Mukhopadhyay, Ashis; Chakraborty, Abhijit; Dasgupta, Swati; Mukhopadhyay, Soma; Pal, Nabamita; Basak, Jayasri

    2013-01-01

    Toto is one of the smallest tribes in the world. This primitive sub Himalayan, endogamous tribe lives in a small, isolated village called Totopara in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal in India. The tribal communities of West Bengal are vulnerable to various genetic disorders such as β-thalassemia (β-thal). We have studied 443 Totos to define their Hb E [β26(B8)Glu→Lys, GAG>AAG] status. Awareness and screening camps have been organized in various parts of Totopara during the last 2 years. We collected 3 mL peripheral blood from each individual aseptically on which to use the naked eye single tube red cell osmotic fragility test (NESTROFT); complete hemogram and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) were done to detect their carrier status. The Hb E variant had been found to be prevalent among the Totos. To confirm the codon 26 (GAG>AAG) mutation in the β-globin gene, amplification refractory mutation system-polymerase chain reaction (ARMS-PCR) was performed. Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP)-PCR was carried out with 44 Hb E alleles to construct the haplotype(s) of the Totos. Our extensive studies have revealed that 49.21% of Totos are Hb E heterozygotes and 19.19% Totos are Hb E homozygotes. The most prevalent haplotype linked with the codon 26 mutation in the Totos is [+ - - - - -] (HincII 5'ϵ, HindIII (G)γ, HindIII (A)γ, HincII 5'ψβ, HincII 3'ψβ and HinfI 3'β). Consanguineous marriages have resulted in a significant increase of the percentages of heterozygotes and homozygotes of Hb E in the Totos. Genetic counseling is essential and important to prevent the spread of this mutation and hence to save them from having any kind of clinically significant hemoglobinopathy in the future.

  19. Validation of an HPLC method for the analysis of the charge heterogeneity of the recombinant monoclonal antibody IDEC-C2B8 after papain digestion.

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    Moorhouse, K G; Nashabeh, W; Deveney, J; Bjork, N S; Mulkerrin, M G; Ryskamp, T

    1997-12-01

    An HPLC procedure was validated for determining the purity with respect to the charge variant distribution of the recombinant monoclonal antibody (MAb) IDEC-C2B8 by high-performance ion-exchange chromatography. Papain was used to fragment the molecule into Fab and Fc fragments prior to chromatographic analysis. Fragmentation allowed the resolution of the variants arising from the cyclization of glutamine to pyroglutamate at the amino-terminus of the light and heavy chains (Fab-pE/Q variants) from the variants resulting from the processing of the carboxy-terminal lysine residues of the heavy chains (Fc-Lys variants). The assay demonstrated good linearity, yielding correlation coefficients of > 0.99 for total protein, Fc-Lys variants and Fab-pE/Q variants. Recovery of total protein from the column was 95.7%. Sample recovery studies demonstrated a mean accuracy of 102% for a Fab fragment over the range 2-10% of the total protein. The limit of detection was 0.2 microg and 0.1 microg for Fc and Fab variants, respectively. The repeatability of the assay and intermediate precision had relative standard deviation (RSD) values of < 1%. Parameters of the papain digest (time, digest stability, reagent stability, pH and papain vendor) and of the chromatography (mobile phase pH, stability, buffer concentration, and column lot and aging) were evaluated for robustness and determined to be acceptable. Data are presented demonstrating the suitability of the assay for determining the product purity of a recombinant MAb.

  20. Role of miR-196 and its target gene HoxB8 in the development and proliferation of human colorectal cancer and the impact of neoadjuvant chemotherapy with FOLFOX4 on their expression

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    Shen, Songfei; Pan, Jie; Lu, Xingrong; Chi, Pan

    2016-01-01

    The present study aimed to investigate the interaction between miR-196 and its target gene homeobox B8 (HoxB8) in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells, and the sensitivity of miR-196 and HoxB8 to fluorouracil, leucovorin and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX4) chemotherapy (1,200 mg/m2 fluorouracil, 200 mg/m2 leucovorin and 85 mg/m2 oxaliplatin). In total, 80 tissue samples were collected in the present study. In total, 50 patients undergoing preoperative chemotherapy completed at least 3 cycles (2 weeks per cycle) of 85 mg/m2 oxaliplatin (day 1) combined with a 2 h injection of 200 mg/m2 leucovorin (days 1 and 2), a bolus injection of 400 mg/m2 and 44 h continuous intravenous infusion of 1,200 mg/m2 fluorouracil. Complete response and partial response were included in the chemotherapy sensitive group (25 patients), and stable disease and progressive disease were included in the chemotherapy resistant group (25 patients). In addition, 30 patients without preoperative chemotherapy were examined for mRNA and protein expression of miR-196 and HoxB8. The expression of the mRNA and protein of miR-196 and HoxB8 was analyzed in 30 CRC and normal mucosa tissue samples. In addition, the expression of the mRNA and protein of miR-196 and HoxB8 was measured in 50 tissue samples obtained from patients that had received FOLFOX4 neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The expression levels of miR-196 and HoxB8 mRNA in CRC tissues were significantly increased compared with the corresponding normal mucosa tissue (P<0.05). The miR-196 mRNA was significantly correlated with lymph node metastasis, tumor stage and distant metastasis (P<0.05). miR-196 was indicated to be negatively correlated with HoxB8 mRNA expression (r=−0.458; P<0.05). The relative amount of miR-196 in the chemotherapy-sensitive group of patients was 0.949±0.691, which was increased compared with the chemotherapy-resistant group (0.345±0.536; P<0.01). The relative level of HoxB8 mRNA in the chemotherapy-sensitive group was 0.490±0.372, which was

  1. The dimer interface of Agrobacterium tumefaciens VirB8 is important for type IV secretion system function, stability, and association of VirB2 with the core complex.

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    Sivanesan, Durga; Baron, Christian

    2011-05-01

    Type IV secretion systems are virulence factors used by many gram-negative bacteria to translocate macromolecules across the cell envelope. VirB8 is an essential inner membrane component of type IV secretion systems, and it is believed to form a homodimer. In the absence of VirB8, the levels of several other VirB proteins were reduced (VirB1, VirB3, VirB4, VirB5, VirB6, VirB7, and VirB11) in Agrobacterium tumefaciens, underlining its importance for complex stability. To assess the importance of dimerization, we changed residues at the predicted dimer interface (V97, A100, Q93, and E94) in order to strengthen or to abolish dimerization. We verified the impact of the changes on dimerization in vitro with purified V97 variants, followed by analysis of the in vivo consequences in a complemented virB8 deletion strain. Dimer formation was observed in vivo after the introduction of a cysteine residue at the predicted interface (V97C), and this variant supported DNA transfer, but the formation of elongated T pili was not detected by the standard pilus isolation technique. Variants with changes at V97 and A100 that weaken dimerization did not support type IV secretion system functions. The T-pilus component VirB2 cofractionated with high-molecular-mass core protein complexes extracted from the membranes, and the presence of VirB8 as well as its dimer interface were important for this association. We conclude that the VirB8 dimer interface is required for T4SS function, for the stabilization of many VirB proteins, and for targeting of VirB2 to the T-pilus assembly site.

  2. Thermodynamic analysis of binary Fe85B15 to quinary Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloys for primary crystallizations of α-Fe in nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys

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    Takeuchi, A.; Zhang, Y.; Takenaka, K.; Makino, A.

    2015-05-01

    Fe-based Fe85B15, Fe84B15Cu1, Fe82Si2B15Cu1, Fe85Si2B12Cu1, and Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 (NANOMET®) alloys were experimental and computational analyzed to clarify the features of NANOMET that exhibits high saturation magnetic flux density (Bs) nearly 1.9 T and low core loss than conventional nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys. The X-ray diffraction analysis for ribbon specimens produced experimentally by melt spinning from melts revealed that the samples were almost formed into an amorphous single phase. Then, the as-quenched samples were analyzed with differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) experimentally for exothermic enthalpies of the primary and secondary crystallizations (ΔHx1 and ΔHx2) and their crystallization temperatures (Tx1 and Tx2), respectively. The ratio ΔHx1/ΔHx2 measured by DSC experimentally tended to be extremely high for the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy, and this tendency was reproduced by the analysis with commercial software, Thermo-Calc, with database for Fe-based alloys, TCFE7 for Gibbs free energy (G) assessments. The calculations exhibit that a volume fraction (Vf) of α-Fe tends to increase from 0.56 for the Fe85B15 to 0.75 for the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy. The computational analysis of the alloys for G of α-Fe and amorphous phases (Gα-Fe and Gamor) shows that a relationship Gα-Fe ˜ Gamor holds for the Fe85Si2B12Cu1, whereas Gα-Fe < Gamor for the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy at Tx1 and that an extremely high Vf = 0.75 was achieved for the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy by including 2.8 at. % Si and 4.5 at. % P into α-Fe. These computational results indicate that the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy barely forms amorphous phase, which, in turn, leads to high Vf and resultant high Bs.

  3. A1C test

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    HbA1C test; Glycated hemoglobin test; Glycohemoglobin test; Hemoglobin A1C; Diabetes - A1C; Diabetic - A1C ... gov/pubmed/26696680 . Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Glycosylated hemoglobin (GHb, glycohemoglobin, glycated hemoglobin, HbA1a, HbA1b, HbA1c - blood. ...

  4. Experiments directed to the compound-specific determination of the stable carbon isotope ratios of the Toxaphene congener B8-1413 in two technical mixtures and Antarctic Weddell seal.

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    Vetter, Walter; Schlatterer, Jörg; Gleixner, Gerd

    2006-03-31

    The carbon stable isotope ratio (delta(13)C value) of an environmentally-relevant Toxaphene congener in technical products and a biological sample from a remote region was in the focus of this work. For this reason, the major octachlorobornane residue of the multicomponent pesticide Toxaphene in biological samples, 2-endo,3-exo,5-endo,6-exo,8,8,10,10-octachlorobornane (B8-1413 or P26), was quantitatively enriched from two technical Toxaphene mixtures (Toxaphene and Melipax) in duplicates as well as from an Antarctic Weddell seal sample. Normal phase followed by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with three columns, respectively, coupled in series was used for this purpose. Four of the five fractionated samples fulfilled the requirement of an interference-free GC-elution for subsequent determination of the delta(13)C value by gas chromatography interfaced to an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (GC-IRMS). B8-1413 in Toxaphene (n=1) was more depleted in (12)C than in Melipax (n=2), which agrees with previous results obtained for the entire mixtures. The B8-1413 isolate from a Weddell seal sample from the Antarctic showed a delta(13)C value between the two technical products. Although a source appointment to the one or the other product was not possible, this example indicates that long range transport to the Antarctic and by uptake and food-chain bioaccumulation of B8-1413 in seals did not change the delta(13)C value significantly. The observed differences in one duplicate sample indicate that statistic evaluation of samples used for isotope ratio MS measurements is an important issue.

  5. Characterization of the starch-acting MaAmyB enzyme from Microbacterium aurum B8.A representing the novel subfamily GH13_42 with an unusual, multi-domain organization

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    Valk, Vincent; van der Kaaij, Rachel M.; Dijkhuizen, Lubbert

    2016-01-01

    The bacterium Microbacterium aurum strain B8.A degrades granular starches, using the multi-domain MaAmyA α-amylase to initiate granule degradation through pore formation. This paper reports the characterization of the M. aurum B8.A MaAmyB enzyme, a second starch-acting enzyme with multiple FNIII and CBM25 domains. MaAmyB was characterized as an α-glucan 1,4-α-maltohexaosidase with the ability to subsequently hydrolyze maltohexaose to maltose through the release of glucose. MaAmyB also displays exo-activity with a double blocked PNPG7 substrate, releasing PNP. In M. aurum B8.A, MaAmyB may contribute to degradation of starch granules by rapidly hydrolyzing the helical and linear starch chains that become exposed after pore formation by MaAmyA. Bioinformatics analysis showed that MaAmyB represents a novel GH13 subfamily, designated GH13_42, currently with 165 members, all in Gram-positive soil dwelling bacteria, mostly Streptomyces. All members have an unusually large catalytic domain (AB-regions), due to three insertions compared to established α-amylases, and an aberrant C-region, which has only 30% identity to established GH13 C-regions. Most GH13_42 members have three N-terminal domains (2 CBM25 and 1 FNIII). This is unusual as starch binding domains are commonly found at the C-termini of α-amylases. The evolution of the multi-domain M. aurum B8.A MaAmyA and MaAmyB enzymes is discussed. PMID:27808246

  6. New farnesane-type sesquiterpenes, hedychiols A and B 8,9-diacetate, and inhibitors of degranulation in RBL-2H3 cells from the rhizome of Hedychium coronarium.

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    Morikawa, Toshio; Matsuda, Hisashi; Sakamoto, Yasuko; Ueda, Kazuho; Yoshikawa, Masayuki

    2002-08-01

    Two new farnesane-type sesquiterpenes, hedychiols A and B 8,9-diacetate, were isolated from the methanolic extract of the fresh rhizome of Hedychium coronarium KOEN. cultivated in Japan. Their stereostructures were elucidated on the basis of chemical and physicochemical evidence. The inhibitory effects of isolated constituents on the release of beta-hexosaminidase from RBL-2H3 cells were examined, and hedychilactone A and coronarin D were found to show the inhibitory activity.

  7. Using specific synthetic peptide (p176) derived AgB 8/1-kDa accompanied by modified patient's sera: a novel hypothesis to follow-up of Cystic echinococcosis after surgery.

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    Rouhani, Soheila; Parvizi, Parviz; Spotin, Adel

    2013-10-01

    Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is caused by the larval stage of the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus. Until now, CE does not have an effective follow-up after surgery. To date, CE follow-up is conducted based on either antibody or antigen detection assays by double antibody sandwich ELISA. Unlike antigen detection, antibodies to imply exposure to an Echinococcus infection while their titration could remain for a longer period (1-10years) after surgery. Likewise, antibody respond may be related to the location of a mature hydatid cyst. Antigen detection shows presence of CE infection, it is extremely important and necessary in follow-up of CE after surgery. The circulating antigen (CAg) titration decrease faster than circulating antibody (during 1-3weeks) after operation. Location of hydatid cyst in detecting antigen is affected less than antibody also. Regarding this subject, antigen detection has several limitations that lead to be used less in CE follow-up. Although, AgB 8/1-kDa subunit is considered as a principle and immunogenic CAg but sensitivity of CAg detection compared to with antibody has variable range, between 33% and 85% which owing to formation of circulating immune complexes (CICs) in result of antigen - antibody complex. The another problem is non using specific CAg (AgB 8/1-kDa subunit) for production of specific paratopes (rabbit hyper immune antiserum) against AgB 8/1-kDa which is used as capture (primary) antibody in double antibody sandwich ELISA assay. The designation of synthetic peptides from conserved regions of AgB 8/1-kDa can help to this problem. These regions (motifs) should be selected for allelic, dominant, immunogenic and conserved without any genetic variation. The first part of this hypothesis suggests which patient's sera should be treated with acidic buffers such as boric acid, acetic acid, glycine/HCl, polyethylene glycol (PEG) or combination of each of them accompanied by boiling patient's sera which causes breaking Ag-Ab complexes

  8. A1C Test

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    ... AACC products and services. Advertising & Sponsorship: Policy | Opportunities Hemoglobin A1c Share this page: Was this page helpful? Also known as: A1c; HbA1c; Glycohemoglobin; Glycated Hemoglobin; Glycosylated Hemoglobin Formal name: Hemoglobin A1c Related tests: ...

  9. Immunogenetics of autoimmune diseases in Asian Indians.

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    Mehra, N K; Kaur, Gurvinder; Kanga, Uma; Tandon, Nikhil

    2002-04-01

    The HLA class II molecules play a critical role in the processing and presentation of specific peptides derived from autoantigens of pancreatic beta cells or gluten for T cell scrutiny in IDDM and CD. In the present study, extended DR3-positive haplotypes associated with autoimmunity in northern Indian patients have been reported. The haplotype A26-B8-DR3 was the most common autoimmunity-favoring haplotype encountered among these patients. This association is, indeed, unique to Indian autoimmune patients, as it replaces the otherwise most commonly associated Caucasian haplotype A1-B8-DR3 (AH8.1) in this population. Further, CD patients revealed 100% association with DQB1*0201 along with DQA*0501 (97%) either in cis or trans configuration.

  10. 15 CFR 8b.8 - Notice.

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  15. Characterization of WbiQ: An α1,2-fucosyltransferase from Escherichia coli O127:K63(B8), and synthesis of H-type 3 blood group antigen.

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    Pettit, Nicholas; Styslinger, Thomas; Mei, Zhen; Han, Weiqing; Zhao, Guohui; Wang, Peng George

    2010-11-12

    Escherichia coli O127:K63(B8) possesses high human blood group H (O) activity due to its O-antigen repeating unit structure. In this work, the wbiQ gene from E. coli O127:K63(B8) was expressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and purified as a fusion protein containing an N-terminal GST affinity tag. Using the GST-WbiQ fusion protein, the wbiQ gene was identified to encode an α1,2-fucosyltransferase using a radioactivity based assay, thin-layer chromatography assay, as well confirming product formation by using mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. The fused enzyme (GST-WbiQ) has an optimal pH range from 6.5 to 7.5 and does not require the presence of a divalent metal to be enzymatically active. WbiQ displays strict substrate specificity, displaying activity only towards acceptors that contain Gal-β1,3-GalNAc-α-OR linkages; indicating that both the Gal and GalNAc residues are vital for enzymatic activity. In addition, WbiQ was used to prepare the H-type 3 blood group antigen, Fuc-α1,2-Gal-β1,3-GalNAc-α-OMe, on a milligram scale.

  16. (4bS,8aS)-1-Isopropyl-4b,8,8-trimethyl-4b,5,6,7,8,8a,9,10-octa­hydro­phenan­thren-2-yl acetate

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    Oubabi, Radouane; Auhmani, Aziz; Ait Itto, My Youssef; Auhmani, Abdelwahed; Daran, Jean-Claude

    2014-01-01

    The hemisynthesis of the title compound, C22H32O2, was carried out through direct acetyl­ation reaction of the naturally occurring diterpene totarol [systematic name: (4bS,8aS)-4b,8,8-trimethyl-1-propan-2-yl-5,6,7,8a,9,10-hexa­hydro­phen­an­thren-2-ol]. The mol­ecule is built up from three fused six membered rings, one saturated and two unsaturated. The central unsaturated ring has a half-chair conformation, whereas the other unsaturated ring displays a chair conformation. The absolute configuration is deduced from the chemical pathway. The value of the Hooft parameter [−0.10 (6)] allowed this absolute configuration to be confirmed. PMID:24765017

  17. Ultrathin highly uniform Ni(Al) germanosilicide layer with modulated B8 type Ni{sub 5}(SiGe){sub 3} phase formed on strained Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x} layers

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    Liu, Linjie; Xu, Dawei; Jin, Lei; Knoll, Lars; Wirths, Stephan; Nichau, Alexander; Buca, Dan; Mussler, Gregor; Holländer, Bernhard; Zhao, Qing-Tai Mantl, Siegfried; Feng Di, Zeng; Zhang, Miao

    2013-12-02

    We present a method to form ultrathin highly uniform Ni(Al) germanosilicide layers on compressively strained Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x} substrates and their structural characteristics. The uniform Ni(Al) germanosilicide film is formed with Ni/Al alloy at an optimized temperature of 400 °C with an optimized Al atomic content of 20 at. %. We find only two kinds of grains in the layer. Both grains show orthogonal relationship with modified B8 type phase. The growth plane is identified to be (10-10)-type plane. After germanosilicidation the strain in the rest Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x} layer is conserved, which provides a great advantage for device application.

  18. Characterization of WbiQ: An {alpha}1,2-fucosyltransferase from Escherichia coli O127:K63(B8), and synthesis of H-type 3 blood group antigen

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    Pettit, Nicholas; Styslinger, Thomas; Mei, Zhen; Han, Weiqing; Zhao, Guohui; Wang, Peng George

    2010-11-12

    Research highlights: {yields} WbiQ is an {alpha}1,2-fucosyltransferase from Escherichia coli O127. {yields} WbiQ demonstrates strict substrate specificity for the Gal-{beta}1,3-GalNAc acceptor. {yields} WbiQ was used to synthesize milligram scale of the H-type 3 blood group antigen. -- Abstract: Escherichia coli O127:K63(B8) possesses high human blood group H (O) activity due to its O-antigen repeating unit structure. In this work, the wbiQ gene from E. coli O127:K63(B8) was expressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and purified as a fusion protein containing an N-terminal GST affinity tag. Using the GST-WbiQ fusion protein, the wbiQ gene was identified to encode an {alpha}1,2-fucosyltransferase using a radioactivity based assay, thin-layer chromatography assay, as well confirming product formation by using mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. The fused enzyme (GST-WbiQ) has an optimal pH range from 6.5 to 7.5 and does not require the presence of a divalent metal to be enzymatically active. WbiQ displays strict substrate specificity, displaying activity only towards acceptors that contain Gal-{beta}1,3-GalNAc-{alpha}-OR linkages; indicating that both the Gal and GalNAc residues are vital for enzymatic activity. In addition, WbiQ was used to prepare the H-type 3 blood group antigen, Fuc-{alpha}1,2-Gal-{beta}1,3-GalNAc-{alpha}-OMe, on a milligram scale.

  19. A1C

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    A1C is a blood test for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. It measures your average blood glucose, or blood sugar, level over the past 3 ... A1C alone or in combination with other diabetes tests to make a diagnosis. They also use the ...

  20. Human histocompatibility antigen associations in subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus.

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    Sontheimer, R D; Stastny, P; Gilliam, J N

    1981-01-01

    We have identified a clinically distinct subset of lupus erythematosus patients marked by the presence of a histologically proven, nonscarring variety of cutaneous LE (subacute cutaneous LE) in which there is a very high frequency of the human leukocyte antigens (HLA) B8 and DR3. Differences in the configuration of their skin lesions allowed a separation of the patients into two clinical subgroups; annular and papulosquamous. HLA-B8 was increased in the annular subgroup (81%, corrected P (Pc) < 0.007) and combined group (65%, Pc < 0.004). HLA-DR3 was present in all 11 of the annular patients (10%, Pc < 0.00008). In addition, HLA-DR3 was present in increased frequencies in the papulosquamous subgroup (60%, Pc < 0.04) and combined group (77%, Pc < 0.00008). Thus, HLA-DR3 positive individuals have a relative risk of 10.8 for developing subacute cutaneous LE of either type and an even greater relative risk (67.1) for the annular variety. The HLA phenotype A1, B8, DR3 was also found more commonly in the annular (73%, P < 0.00008) and combined patient groups (46%, P < 0.004). These HLA associations, which are stronger than ever before reported for any form of LE, did not result from the concurrent presence of subclinical Sjögren's syndrome. Thus, subacute cutaneous LE can now be added to the growing list of HLA-B8, DR3-associated diseases that have autoimmune features. PMID:7451656

  1. Complex interaction of Hb E [beta26(B8)Glu-->Lys], Hb Korle-Bu [beta73(E17)Asp-->Asn] and a deletional alpha-thalassemia-1 in pregnancy.

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    Siriratmanawong, Nirut; Chansri, Wichuda; Singsanan, Sanita; Fucharoen, Goonnapa; Fucharoen, Supan

    2009-01-01

    A pregnant Thai woman with mild hypochromic microcytic anemia caused by alpha- and beta- globin defects is described. The proband was a 26-year-old pregnant woman discovered through our ongoing thalassemia screening program. Initial hemoglobin (Hb) high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis revealed a homozygosity for an unknown variant at the D window, inconsistent with results of family analyses. Further Hb analysis using automated capillary zone electrophoresis identified that the proband was in fact a compound heterozygote for Hb E [beta26(B8)Glu-->Lys, GAG>AAG] and another beta chain variant. DNA analysis demonstrated that she carried the Hb Korle-Bu mutation [beta73(E17)Asp-->Asn (GAT>AAT)] in trans to the Hb E and an alpha-thalassemia-1 (alpha-thal-1) with the Southeast Asian (- -(SEA)) deletion. Family studies identified that her father and sister were double heterozygotes for Hb Korle-Bu and alpha-thal-1, whereas her mother was a double heterozygote for Hb E/Hb Constant Spring [Hb CS; alpha142, Term-->Gln (TAA>CAA in alpha2)]. The genotype-phenotype relationship observed in this Thai family with complex hemoglobinopathies and methods for characterization are presented.

  2. Effect of cooling rate on the phase structure and magnetic properties of Fe26.7Co28.5Ni28.5Si4.6B8.7P3 high entropy alloy

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    Wei, Ran; Sun, Huan; Chen, Chen; Han, Zhenhua; Li, Fushan

    2017-08-01

    The effect of cooling rate on phase structure and magnetic properties of the Fe26.7Co28.5Ni28.5Si4.6B8.7P3 high entropy alloy (HEA) was investigated. The HEA forms into amorphous phase by melt spinning method at high cooling rate and FCC solid solution phase at low cooling rate. The soft magnetic properties of the amorphous phase (saturation magnetization Bs of 1.07T and coercivity Hc of 4 A/m) are better than that of the solid solution phase (Bs of 1.0 T and Hc of 168 A/m). In order to study the phase evolution of the present HEA, anneal experiments were conducted. It is found that crystallization products of amorphous phase are solid solution phase which constitute much of FCC and a small amount of BCC. BCC phase transforms into FCC phase, and then into BCC phase with the increase of annealing temperature.

  3. A-1 to Constellation

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    2006-01-01

    The A-1 Test Stand at NASA Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., was the focus of a ceremony held Thursday to transition the storied facility to a new program of work: testing the J-2X engines that will power the agency's next generation spacecraft, Ares I & V. Standing before the historic structure, with a plaque commemorating the change, are (from left) SSC Center Director Richard Gilbrech; NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Scott Horowitz; and NASA Space Operations Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration Michael Hawes. Ares vehicles are the crew and cargo launch vehicles being developed under NASA's Constellation Program.

  4. A-1 to Constellation

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    2006-11-09

    The A-1 Test Stand at NASA Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., was the focus of a ceremony held Thursday to transition the storied facility to a new program of work: testing the J-2X engines that will power the agency's next generation spacecraft, Ares I & V. Standing before the historic structure, with a plaque commemorating the change, are (from left) SSC Center Director Richard Gilbrech; NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Scott Horowitz; and NASA Space Operations Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration Michael Hawes. Ares vehicles are the crew and cargo launch vehicles being developed under NASA's Constellation Program.

  5. Cell Surface Expression Level Variation between Two Common Human Leukocyte Antigen Alleles, HLA-A2 and HLA-B8, Is Dependent on the Structure of the C Terminal Part of the Alpha 2 and the Alpha 3 Domains

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    Dellgren, Christoffer; Nehlin, Jan O.; Barington, Torben

    2015-01-01

    Constitutive cell surface expression of Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) class I antigens vary extremely from tissue to tissue and individual antigens may differ widely in expression levels. Down-regulation of class I expression is a known immune evasive mechanism used by cancer cells and viruses. Moreover, recent observations suggest that even minor differences in expression levels may influence the course of viral infections and the frequency of complications to stem cell transplantation. We have shown that some human multipotent stem cells have high expression of HLA-A while HLA-B is only weakly expressed, and demonstrate here that this is also the case for the human embryonic kidney cell line HEK293T. Using quantitative flow cytometry and quantitative polymerase chain reaction we found expression levels of endogenous HLA-A3 (median 71,204 molecules per cell) 9.2-fold higher than the expression of-B7 (P = 0.002). Transfection experiments with full-length HLA-A2 and -B8 encoding plasmids confirmed this (54,031 molecules per cell vs. 2,466, respectively, P = 0.001) independently of transcript levels suggesting a post-transcriptional regulation. Using chimeric constructs we found that the cytoplasmic tail and the transmembrane region had no impact on the differential cell surface expression. In contrast, ~65% of the difference could be mapped to the six C-terminal amino acids of the alpha 2 domain and the alpha 3 domain (amino acids 176–284), i.e. amino acids not previously shown to be of importance for differential expression levels of HLA class I molecules. We suggest that the differential cell surface expression of two common HLA-A and–B alleles is regulated by a post-translational mechanism that may involve hitherto unrecognized molecules. PMID:26258424

  6. Mosaic composition of ribA and wspB genes flanking the virB8-D4 operon in the Wolbachia supergroup B-strain, wStr.

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    Baldridge, Gerald D; Li, Yang Grace; Witthuhn, Bruce A; Higgins, LeeAnn; Markowski, Todd W; Baldridge, Abigail S; Fallon, Ann M

    2016-01-01

    The obligate intracellular bacterium, Wolbachia pipientis (Rickettsiales), is a widespread, vertically transmitted endosymbiont of filarial nematodes and arthropods. In insects, Wolbachia modifies reproduction, and in mosquitoes, infection interferes with replication of arboviruses, bacteria and plasmodia. Development of Wolbachia as a tool to control pest insects will be facilitated by an understanding of molecular events that underlie genetic exchange between Wolbachia strains. Here, we used nucleotide sequence, transcriptional and proteomic analyses to evaluate expression levels and establish the mosaic nature of genes flanking the T4SS virB8-D4 operon from wStr, a supergroup B-strain from a planthopper (Hemiptera) that maintains a robust, persistent infection in an Aedes albopictus mosquito cell line. Based on protein abundance, ribA, which contains promoter elements at the 5'-end of the operon, is weakly expressed. The 3'-end of the operon encodes an intact wspB, which encodes an outer membrane protein and is co-transcribed with the vir genes. WspB and vir proteins are expressed at similar, above average abundance levels. In wStr, both ribA and wspB are mosaics of conserved sequence motifs from Wolbachia supergroup A- and B-strains, and wspB is nearly identical to its homolog from wCobU4-2, an A-strain from weevils (Coleoptera). We describe conserved repeated sequence elements that map within or near pseudogene lesions and transitions between A- and B-strain motifs. These studies contribute to ongoing efforts to explore interactions between Wolbachia and its host cell in an in vitro system.

  7. Electronic structure, optical properties and the mechanism of the B3-B8 phase transition of BeSe: insights from hybrid functionals, lattice dynamics and NPH molecular dynamics.

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    Dutta, Rajkrishna; Alptekin, Sebahaddin; Mandal, Nibir

    2013-03-27

    We have investigated the electronic structure and the mechanism of the pressure induced phase transition of beryllium selenide (BeSe) by employing a first-principles pseudopotential method within the framework of density functional theory. Our study demonstrates that use of the hybrid PBE0 functional (PBE stands for Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof) leads to significant improvement in the band gap calculations, compared to those using either of the common density functionals (local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA)), which severely underestimate the band gap of BeSe. The band gap obtained from the hybrid PBE0 functional shows excellent agreement with available experimental data. A constant-pressure (NPH) first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) approach has been adopted to characterize the first-order pressure induced phase transition from the zinc blende (ZB) to the nickel arsenide (NiAs) structure. We have shown that the FPMD simulation overestimates the transition pressure P(T) (compared to static enthalpy and experimental data) due to overpressure in the simulation box. The MD simulation reveals the structural pathway (cubic → orthorhombic → monoclinic → hexagonal), leading from the ZB phase to the NiAs phase. To find an explanation for the phase transition we calculated the vibrational and elastic properties under pressure. Negative Grüneisen parameters were obtained for the transverse acoustic phonon modes at the X and L high symmetry points. However, no mechanical instability or imaginary frequencies were found at pressures near P(T). Thus the transition results from a thermodynamic instability rather than an elastic/dynamical one. We have also calculated the optical properties of both the B3 and B8 phases, such as the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, reflectivity, loss function and refractive index, and compared them with the existing experimental and theoretical data. An abrupt decrease is

  8. Electronic structure, optical properties and the mechanism of the B3-B8 phase transition of BeSe: insights from hybrid functionals, lattice dynamics and NPH molecular dynamics

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    Dutta, Rajkrishna; Alptekin, Sebahaddin; Mandal, Nibir

    2013-03-01

    We have investigated the electronic structure and the mechanism of the pressure induced phase transition of beryllium selenide (BeSe) by employing a first-principles pseudopotential method within the framework of density functional theory. Our study demonstrates that use of the hybrid PBE0 functional (PBE stands for Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof) leads to significant improvement in the band gap calculations, compared to those using either of the common density functionals (local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA)), which severely underestimate the band gap of BeSe. The band gap obtained from the hybrid PBE0 functional shows excellent agreement with available experimental data. A constant-pressure (NPH) first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) approach has been adopted to characterize the first-order pressure induced phase transition from the zinc blende (ZB) to the nickel arsenide (NiAs) structure. We have shown that the FPMD simulation overestimates the transition pressure PT (compared to static enthalpy and experimental data) due to overpressure in the simulation box. The MD simulation reveals the structural pathway (cubic → orthorhombic → monoclinic → hexagonal), leading from the ZB phase to the NiAs phase. To find an explanation for the phase transition we calculated the vibrational and elastic properties under pressure. Negative Grüneisen parameters were obtained for the transverse acoustic phonon modes at the X and L high symmetry points. However, no mechanical instability or imaginary frequencies were found at pressures near PT. Thus the transition results from a thermodynamic instability rather than an elastic/dynamical one. We have also calculated the optical properties of both the B3 and B8 phases, such as the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, reflectivity, loss function and refractive index, and compared them with the existing experimental and theoretical data. An abrupt decrease is obtained

  9. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Kepler Mission. VII. Eclipsing binaries in DR3 (Kirk+, 2016)

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    Kirk, B.; Conroy, K.; Prsa, A.; Abdul-Masih, M.; Kochoska, A.; Matijevic, G.; Hambleton, K.; Barclay, T.; Bloemen, S.; Boyajian, T.; Doyle, L. R.; Fulton, B. J.; Hoekstra, A. J.; Jek, K.; Kane, S. R.; Kostov, V.; Latham, D.; Mazeh, T.; Orosz, J. A.; Pepper, J.; Quarles, B.; Ragozzine, D.; Shporer, A.; Southworth, J.; Stassun, K.; Thompson, S. E.; Welsh, W. F.; Agol, E.; Derekas, A.; Devor, J.; Fischer, D.; Green, G.; Gropp, J.; Jacobs, T.; Johnston, C.; Lacourse, D. M.; Saetre, K.; Schwengeler, H.; Toczyski, J.; Werner, G.; Garrett, M.; Gore, J.; Martinez, A. O.; Spitzer, I.; Stevick, J.; Thomadis, P. C.; Vrijmoet, E. H.; Yenawine, M.; Batalha, N.; Borucki, W.

    2016-07-01

    The Kepler Eclipsing Binary Catalog lists the stellar parameters from the Kepler Input Catalog (KIC) augmented by: primary and secondary eclipse depth, eclipse width, separation of eclipse, ephemeris, morphological classification parameter, and principal parameters determined by geometric analysis of the phased light curve. The previous release of the Catalog (Paper II; Slawson et al. 2011, cat. J/AJ/142/160) contained 2165 objects, through the second Kepler data release (Q0-Q2). In this release, 2878 objects are identified and analyzed from the entire data set of the primary Kepler mission (Q0-Q17). The online version of the Catalog is currently maintained at http://keplerEBs.villanova.edu/. A static version of the online Catalog associated with this paper is maintained at MAST https://archive.stsci.edu/kepler/eclipsing_binaries.html. (10 data files).

  10. VizieR Online Data Catalog: BAL QSOs from SDSS DR3 (Trump+, 2006)

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    Trump, J. R.; Hall, P. B.; Reichard, T. A.; Richards, G. T.; Schneider, D. P.; vanden Berk, D. E.; Knapp, G. R.; Anderson, S. F.; Fan, X.; Brinkman, J.; Kleinman, S. J.; Nitta, A.

    2007-11-01

    We present a total of 4784 unique broad absorption line quasars from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Third Data Release (Cat. ). An automated algorithm was used to match a continuum to each quasar and to identify regions of flux at least 10% below the continuum over a velocity range of at least 1000km/s in the CIV and MgII absorption regions. The model continuum was selected as the best-fit match from a set of template quasar spectra binned in luminosity, emission line width, and redshift, with the power-law spectral index and amount of dust reddening as additional free parameters. We characterize our sample through the traditional balnicity index and a revised absorption index, as well as through parameters such as the width, outflow velocity, fractional depth, and number of troughs. (1 data file).

  11. Predominance of DR3 in Somali children with type 1 diabetes in the twin cities, Minnesota.

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    Sunni, Muna; Noble, Janelle A; Yu, Liping; Mahamed, Zahra; Lane, Julie A; Dhunkal, Abdirahman M; Bellin, Melena D; Nathan, Brandon; Kyllo, Jennifer; Abuzzahab, M Jennifer; Gottlieb, Peter A; Babu, Sunanda; Armstrong, Taylor; Moran, Antoinette

    2017-03-01

    Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in USA, and pediatric diabetes teams are seeing increasing numbers of Somali children with diabetes. To assess the immune basis of diabetes in Somali children in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. A total of 31 Somali children ≤19 yr were treated for type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota underwent analysis of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles (n = 30) and diabetes autoantibodies [glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65), islet antigen 2 (IA-2), zinc transporter 8 (ZnT8); n = 31]. HLA alleles were analyzed in 49 Somalis without diabetes (controls). Anti-transglutaminase autoantibodies (TGA) for celiac disease were also measured. In Somali children with T1D aged 13.5 ± 5 yr (35% female, disease duration 6.5 ± 3.6 yr), the most common HLA allele was DRB1*03:01 (93%, compared with 45% of Somali controls), followed by DRB1*13:02 (27%). There was a relatively low frequency of DR4 (13%). Controls showed a similar pattern. All 31 participants were positive for at least one diabetes autoantibody. Insulin antibodies were positive in 84% (all were on insulin). Excluding insulin antibodies, 23 (74%) subjects tested positive for at least one other diabetes autoantibody; 32% had 1 autoantibody, 32% had 2 autoantibodies, and 10% had 3 autoantibodies. GAD65 autoantibodies were found in 56% of subjects, IA-2 in 29%, and ZnT8 in 26%. Four (13%) were TGA positive. The autoantibody and HLA profiles of Somali children with diabetes are consistent with autoimmune diabetes. Their HLA profile is unique with an exceptionally high prevalence of DRB1*03:01 allele and relative paucity of DR4 alleles compared with African Americans with T1D. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  12. An independent test of the photometric selection of white dwarf candidates using LAMOST DR3

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    Gentile Fusillo, N. P.; Rebassa-Mansergas, A.; Gänsicke, B. T.; Liu, X.-W.; Ren, J. J.; Koester, D.; Zhan, Y.; Hou, Y.; Wang, Y.; Yang, M.

    2015-09-01

    In previous work by Gentile Fusillo et al., we developed a selection method for white dwarf candidates which makes use of photometry, colours and proper motions to calculate a probability of being a white dwarf (PWD). The application of our method to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) data release 10 resulted in ≃66 000 photometrically selected objects with a derived PWD, approximately ≃21 000 of which are high-confidence white dwarf candidates. Here, we present an independent test of our selection method based on a sample of spectroscopically confirmed white dwarfs from the Large Sky Area Multi-Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) survey. We do this by cross-matching all our ≃66 000 SDSS photometric white dwarf candidates with the over 4 million spectra available in the third data release of LAMOST. This results in 1673 white dwarf candidates with no previous SDSS spectroscopy, but with available LAMOST spectra. Among these objects, we identify 309 genuine white dwarfs. We find that our PWD can efficiently discriminate between confirmed LAMOST white dwarfs and contaminants. Our white dwarf candidate selection method can be applied to any multiband photometric survey and in this work we conclusively confirm its reliability in selecting white dwarfs without recourse to spectroscopy. We also discuss the spectroscopic completeness of white dwarfs in LAMOST, as well as deriving effective temperatures, surface gravities and masses for the hydrogen-rich atmosphere white dwarfs in the newly identified LAMOST sample.

  13. A-1 Test Stand modifications

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    2011-09-14

    Team members check the progress of a liquid nitrogen cold shock test on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center on Sept. 15. The cold shock test is used to confirm the test stand's support system can withstand test conditions, when super-cold rocket engine propellant is piped. The A-1 Test Stand is preparing to conduct tests on the powerpack component of the J-2X rocket engine, beginning in early 2012.

  14. Phosphine-boranes as bidentate ligands: formation of [8,8-eta(2)-(eta(2)-(BH(3)).dppm)-nido-8,7-RhSB(9)H(10)] and [9,9-eta(2)-(eta(2)-(BH(3)).dppm)-nido-9,7,8-RhC(2)B(8)H(11)] from [8,8-(eta(2)-dppm)-8-(eta(1)-dppm)-nido-8,7-RhSB(9)H(10)] and [9,9-(eta(2)-dppm)-9-(eta(1)-dppm)-nido-9,7,8-RhC(2)B(8)H(11)], respectively.

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    Volkov, Oleg; Macías, Ramón; Rath, Nigam P; Barton, Lawrence

    2002-11-04

    The two clusters [8,8-(eta(2)-dppm)-8-(eta(1)-dppm)-nido-8,7-RhSB(9)H(10)] (1) and [9,9-(eta(2)-dppm)-9-(eta(1)-dppm)-nido-9,7,8-RhC(2)B(8)H(11)] (2) (dppm = PPh(2)CH(2)PPh(2)), both of which contain pendant PPh(2) groups, react with BH(3).thf to afford the species [8,8-eta(2)-(eta(2)-(BH(3)).dppm)-nido-8,7-RhSB(9)H(10)] (3) and [9,9-eta(2)-(eta(2)-(BH(3)).dppm))-nido-9,7,8-RhC(2)B(8)H(11)] (4), respectively. These two species are very similar in that they both contain the bidentate ligand [(BH(3)).dppm], which coordinates to the Rh center via a PPh(2) group and also via a eta(2)-BH(3) group. Thus, the B atom in the BH(3) group is four-coordinate, bonded to Rh by two bridging hydrogen atoms, to a terminal H atom, and to a PPh(2) group. At room temperature, the BH(3) group is fluxional; the two bridging H atoms and the terminal H atom are equivalent on the NMR time scale. The motion is arrested at low temperature with DeltaG++ = ca. 37 and 42 kJ mol(-1), respectively, for 3 and 4. Both species are characterized completely by NMR and mass spectral measurements as well as by elemental analysis and single-crystal structure determinations.

  15. Identification and analysis of CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 in cynomolgus macaques.

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    Uno, Yasuhiro; Hosaka, Shinya; Yamazaki, Hiroshi

    2014-12-01

    Cytochromes P450 (P450) are important for not only drug metabolism and toxicity, but also biosynthesis and metabolism of cholesterol and bile acids, and steroid synthesis. In cynomolgus macaques, widely used in biomedical research, we have characterized P450 cDNAs, which were isolated as expressed sequence tags of cynomolgus macaque liver. In this study, cynomolgus CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 cDNAs were characterized by sequence analysis, phylogenetic analysis and tissue expression pattern. By sequence analysis, these five cynomolgus P450s had high sequence identities (94-99%) to the human orthologs in amino acids. By phylogenetic analysis, each cynomolgus P450 was more closely related to the human ortholog as compared with the dog or rat ortholog. By quantitative polymerase chain reaction, among the 10 tissue types, CYP7A1 and CYP17A1 mRNAs were preferentially expressed in liver and adrenal gland, respectively. Cynomolgus CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 mRNAs were most abundantly expressed in liver and testis, respectively. Cynomolgus CYP20A1 mRNA was expressed in all the tissues, including brain and liver. Tissue expression patterns of each cynomolgus P450 were generally similar to that of the human ortholog. These results suggest the molecular similarities of CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 between cynomolgus macaques and humans.

  16. Hermes A-1 Test Rockets

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1950-01-01

    The first Hermes A-1 test rocket was fired at White Sand Proving Ground (WSPG). Hermes was a modified V-2 German rocket, utilizing the German aerodynamic configuration; however, internally it was a completely new design. Although it did not result in an operational vehicle, the information that was gathered in the process contributed directly to the development of the Redstone rocket.

  17. 26 CFR 1.403(b)-8 - Funding.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... established on or before May 17, 1982, or for an employee who becomes covered for the first time under the... teachers retirement system (including a state university retirement system) to purchase benefits that are...

  18. 26 CFR 301.7701(b)-8 - Procedural rules.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...) Has a medical condition or problem as described in § 301.7701(b)-3(c). (3) De minimis presence and... establish— (i) That a period of de minimis presence of ten or fewer days should be disregarded for purposes...

  19. 26 CFR 1.410(b)-8 - Additional rules.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... methods—(1) In general. A plan must satisfy section 410(b) for a plan year using one of the testing... of the plan year. (b) Family member aggregation rule. For purposes of section 410(b), and in...

  20. A-1 Test Stand work

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2010-01-13

    Employees at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center work to maneuver a structural steam beam into place on the A-1 Test Stand on Jan. 13. The beam was one of several needed to form the thrust takeout structure that will support a new thrust measurement system being installed on the stand for future rocket engine testing. Once lifted onto the stand, the beams had to be hoisted into place through the center of the test stand, with only two inches of clearance on each side. The new thrust measurement system represents a state-of-the-art upgrade from the equipment installed more than 40 years ago when the test stand was first constructed.

  1. Synthesis of C-substituted t-BuNH-8,9-R,R'-nido-7,8,9-C3B8H9 (R,R' = H,H; MeH; Me,Me; Ph,H and Ph,Ph) tricarbollide compounds and their tautomeric conversions. Effect of substituents on tautomeric equilibria between neutral and zwitterionic forms.

    PubMed

    Bakardjiev, Mario; Holub, Josef; Stíbr, Bohumil; Císarová, Ivana

    2010-05-07

    Treatment of C-substituted nido dicarbadecaboranes 5,6-R',R-5,6-C(2)B(8)H(10) (1) (where R',R = H,H (1a); H,Me, (1b); Me,Me, (1c); H,Ph, (1d) and Ph,Ph, (1e) with 1,8-bis-(dimethylamino)naphthalene (proton sponge = PS) and t-BuNC in CH(2)Cl(2), followed by acidification, generated a series of pure neutral compounds 7-t-BuNH-8,9-R,R'-nido-7,8,9-C(3)B(8)H(9) (N2) (where R,R' = H,H (N2a); H,Me (N2b); Me,Me (N2c); H,Ph (N2d), and Ph,Ph (N2e)), each of which exhibits tautomerism. Dissolution of the substituted compounds (N2b-N2e) in protic solvents (PRS), such as MeCN and Me(2)CO, leads to tautomeric equilibrium with the zwitterionic tautomers 7-t-BuNH(2)-8,9-R,R'-nido-7,8,9-C(3)B(8)H(8) (Z2) (where R,R'= H,H (Z2a); H,Me (Z2b); Me,Me (Z2c); H,Ph (Z2d) and Ph,Ph (Z2e)), while the unsubstituted compound N2a exhibits absolute tautomerism--a complete conversion into the zwitterionic tautomer Z2a. The tautomeric behaviour of individual compounds is therefore strongly affected by the nature of the substituent, as assessed via NMR spectroscopy in terms of tautomerisation constants K(T) = C(Z2)/C(N2) (where C(Z2) and C(N2) are equilibrium concentrations of Z2 and N2 forms in a given solvent). Individual tautomers were characterised by (11)B and (1)H NMR spectroscopy and the structure of the monomethylated N2b tautomer was determined by an X-ray diffraction study.

  2. Aflatoxin B1 detoxification by CYP321A1 in Helicoverpa zea.

    PubMed

    Niu, Guodong; Wen, Zhimou; Rupasinghe, Sanjeewa G; Zeng, Ren Sen; Berenbaum, May R; Schuler, Mary A

    2008-09-01

    The polyphagous corn earworm Helicoverpa zea frequently encounters aflatoxins, mycotoxins produced by the pathogens Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, which infect many of this herbivore's host plants. While aflatoxin B1 metabolism by midgut enzymes isolated from fifth instars feeding on control diets was not detected, this compound was metabolized by midgut enzymes isolated from larvae consuming diets supplemented with xanthotoxin, coumarin, or indole-3-carbinol, phytochemicals that are likely to co-occur with aflatoxin in infected host plants. Of the two metabolites generated, the main derivative identified in midguts induced with these chemicals and in reactions containing heterologously expressed CYP321A1 was aflatoxin P1 (AFP1), an O-demethylated product of AFB1. RT-PCR gel blots indicated that the magnitude of CYP321A1 transcript induction by these chemicals is associated with the magnitude of increase in the metabolic activities of induced midgut enzymes (coumarin>xanthotoxin>indole 3-carbinol). These results indicate that induction of P450s, such as CYP321A1, plays an important role in reducing AFB1 toxicity to H. zea. Docking of AFB1 in the molecular models of CYP321A1 and CYP6B8 highlights differences in their proximal catalytic site volumes that allow only CYP321A1 to generate the AFP1 metabolite. Copyright 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  3. A1C Test and Diabetes

    MedlinePlus

    ... Diagnosis The A1C Test & Diabetes The A1C Test & Diabetes What is the A1C test? The A1C test ... A1C test be used to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes? Yes. In 2009, an international expert ...

  4. Blood Test: Hemoglobin A1C

    MedlinePlus

    ... TV, Video Games, and the Internet Blood Test: Hemoglobin A1c KidsHealth > For Parents > Blood Test: Hemoglobin A1c Print A A A What's in this ... de sangre: hemoglobina A1c What It Is A hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test is used to monitor long- ...

  5. Blood Test: Hemoglobin A1C

    MedlinePlus

    ... Your 1- to 2-Year-Old Blood Test: Hemoglobin A1c KidsHealth > For Parents > Blood Test: Hemoglobin A1c A A A What's in this article? ... de sangre: hemoglobina A1c What It Is A hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test is used to monitor long- ...

  6. 18 CFR 3a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Purpose. 3a.1 Section 3a.1 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL RULES NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION General § 3a.1 Purpose. This part 3a describes the...

  7. 18 CFR 3a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Purpose. 3a.1 Section 3a.1 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL RULES NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION General § 3a.1 Purpose. This part 3a describes the...

  8. 18 CFR 3a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Purpose. 3a.1 Section 3a.1 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL RULES NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION General § 3a.1 Purpose. This part 3a describes the...

  9. 18 CFR 3a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Purpose. 3a.1 Section 3a.1 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL RULES NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION General § 3a.1 Purpose. This part 3a describes the...

  10. 14 CFR 374a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Purpose. 374a.1 Section 374a.1 Aeronautics and Space OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (AVIATION PROCEEDINGS) SPECIAL REGULATIONS EXTENSION OF CREDIT BY AIRLINES TO FEDERAL POLITICAL CANDIDATES § 374a.1 Purpose. Section 401 of...

  11. 22 CFR 3a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 22 Foreign Relations 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Definitions. 3a.1 Section 3a.1 Foreign Relations DEPARTMENT OF STATE GENERAL ACCEPTANCE OF EMPLOYMENT FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS BY MEMBERS OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES § 3a.1 Definitions. For purposes of this part— (a) Applicant means any person who...

  12. 18 CFR 3a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Purpose. 3a.1 Section 3a.1 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL RULES NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION General § 3a.1 Purpose. This part 3a describes the...

  13. 46 CFR 147A.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Purpose. 147A.1 Section 147A.1 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) DANGEROUS CARGOES INTERIM REGULATIONS FOR SHIPBOARD FUMIGATION General § 147A.1 Purpose. The purpose of this part is to prescribe the requirements for...

  14. 12 CFR 269a.1 - Party.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 4 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Party. 269a.1 Section 269a.1 Banks and Banking FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) DEFINITIONS § 269a.1 Party. The term Party means any person, employee, group of employees, labor organization...

  15. 12 CFR 269a.1 - Party.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 4 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Party. 269a.1 Section 269a.1 Banks and Banking FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) DEFINITIONS § 269a.1 Party. The term Party means any person, employee, group of employees, labor organization...

  16. 12 CFR 269a.1 - Party.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 3 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Party. 269a.1 Section 269a.1 Banks and Banking FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM DEFINITIONS § 269a.1 Party. The term Party means any person, employee, group of employees, labor organization, or bank as...

  17. 12 CFR 269a.1 - Party.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 4 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Party. 269a.1 Section 269a.1 Banks and Banking FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) DEFINITIONS § 269a.1 Party. The term Party means any person, employee, group of employees, labor organization...

  18. 12 CFR 269a.1 - Party.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Party. 269a.1 Section 269a.1 Banks and Banking FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM DEFINITIONS § 269a.1 Party. The term Party means any person, employee, group of employees, labor organization, or bank as...

  19. Identification and distribution of three serologically undetected alleles of HLA-DR by oligonucleotide x DNA typing analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Tiercy, J.M.; Gorski, J.; Jeannet, M.; Mach, B.

    1988-01-01

    Recent progress in the molecular biology of human major histocompatibility complex class II genes (HLA-DP, -DQ, -DR) have shown that the genetic complexity and allelic polymorphism are greater than expected. In the case of HLA-DR, three DR ..beta..-chain loci have been identified and linked, two of which (DR ..beta..I and DR ..beta..III, now assigned names HLA-DR1B and HLA-DR3B) are functional. The authors have shown that the HLA micropolymorphism detected at the DNA sequence level can easily be analyzed by hybridization with allele-specific oligonucleotides (HLA oligotyping). In the case of the HLA DRw52 supertypic specificity, which includes the DR3, DR5, DRw6, and DRw8 haplotypes, three alleles, referred to as DRw52a, DRw52b, and DRw52c, have recently been identified at the HLA-DR3B locus by DNA sequencing. Hybridization with locus- and allele-specific oligonucleotide probes (designated 52a, 52b, and 52c) has been performed on DNA from normal individuals forming a panel of 82 haplotypes to establish the distribution of these three alleles. Individuals of the DR3 haplotype had either the DRw52a or DRw52b allele, and individuals of extended haplotype HLA-A1,B8,DR3 had only the DRw52a allele. DR5 individuals all had the DRw52b allele, while individuals of DRw6 haplotype had the DRw52a, -52b, or -52c allele. None of these three alleles are found in DRw8 individuals. Analysis of this micropolymorphism, undetectable by common typing procedures, is therefore now operational for more accurate HLA matching for transplantation and for improving correlations between HLA and disease susceptibility.

  20. The 6dF Galaxy Survey: final redshift release (DR3) and southern large-scale structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jones, D. Heath; Read, Mike A.; Saunders, Will; Colless, Matthew; Jarrett, Tom; Parker, Quentin A.; Fairall, Anthony P.; Mauch, Thomas; Sadler, Elaine M.; Watson, Fred G.; Burton, Donna; Campbell, Lachlan A.; Cass, Paul; Croom, Scott M.; Dawe, John; Fiegert, Kristin; Frankcombe, Leela; Hartley, Malcolm; Huchra, John; James, Dionne; Kirby, Emma; Lahav, Ofer; Lucey, John; Mamon, Gary A.; Moore, Lesa; Peterson, Bruce A.; Prior, Sayuri; Proust, Dominique; Russell, Ken; Safouris, Vicky; Wakamatsu, Ken-Ichi; Westra, Eduard; Williams, Mary

    2009-10-01

    We report the final redshift release of the 6dF Galaxy Survey (6dFGS), a combined redshift and peculiar velocity survey over the southern sky (|b| > 10°). Its 136304 spectra have yielded 110256 new extragalactic redshifts and a new catalogue of 125071 galaxies making near-complete samples with (K, H, J, rF, bJ) <= (12.65, 12.95, 13.75, 15.60, 16.75). The median redshift of the survey is 0.053. Survey data, including images, spectra, photometry and redshifts, are available through an online data base. We describe changes to the information in the data base since earlier interim data releases. Future releases will include velocity dispersions, distances and peculiar velocities for the brightest early-type galaxies, comprising about 10 per cent of the sample. Here we provide redshift maps of the southern local Universe with z <= 0.1, showing nearby large-scale structures in hitherto unseen detail. A number of regions known previously to have a paucity of galaxies are confirmed as significantly underdense regions. The URL of the 6dFGS data base is http://www-wfau.roe.ac.uk/6dFGS.

  1. VizieR Online Data Catalog: SDSS-DR3 MgII-based black hole masses (Rafiee+, 2011)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rafiee, A.; Hall, P. B.

    2011-08-01

    We present MgII-based black hole (BH) mass estimates for 27602 quasars with rest-frame UV spectra available in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release Three (Cat. II/259; superseded by II/294). This estimation is possible due to the existence of an empirical correlation between the radius of the broad-line region (BLR) and the continuum luminosity at 3000Å. We regenerate this correlation by applying our measurement method to UV spectra of low-redshift quasars in the Hubble Space Telescope/International Ultraviolet Explorer databases which have corresponding reverberation mapping estimates of the Hβ BLR's radius. Our mass estimation method uses the line dispersion rather than the full width at half-maximum of the low-ionization MgII emission line. (1 data file).

  2. 32 CFR 169a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Purpose. 169a.1 Section 169a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM... Department of Defense (DoD) to determine whether needed commercial activities (CAs) should be accomplished by...

  3. 32 CFR 169a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Purpose. 169a.1 Section 169a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM... Department of Defense (DoD) to determine whether needed commercial activities (CAs) should be accomplished by...

  4. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  5. 32 CFR 169a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Purpose. 169a.1 Section 169a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM... Department of Defense (DoD) to determine whether needed commercial activities (CAs) should be accomplished by...

  6. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  7. 32 CFR 169a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Purpose. 169a.1 Section 169a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM... Department of Defense (DoD) to determine whether needed commercial activities (CAs) should be accomplished by...

  8. 32 CFR 237a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Purpose. 237a.1 Section 237a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC AFFAIRS...) advertising defense themes and products. ...

  9. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  10. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Applicability. 242a.1 Section 242a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  11. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  12. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Applicability. 242a.1 Section 242a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  13. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Applicability. 242a.1 Section 242a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  14. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  15. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Applicability. 242a.1 Section 242a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  16. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Applicability. 242a.1 Section 242a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  17. 42 CFR 2a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...(a)) provides that “ he Secretary may authorize persons engaged in research on mental health... regulations in this part establish procedures under which any person engaged in research on mental health... 42 Public Health 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Applicability. 2a.1 Section 2a.1 Public...

  18. 32 CFR 383a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY (DeCA) § 383a.1 Purpose. Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of Defense under title 10, United States Code, this part establishes the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)...

  19. 32 CFR 383a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY (DeCA) § 383a.1 Purpose. Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of Defense under title 10, United States Code, this part establishes the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)...

  20. 32 CFR 383a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY (DeCA) § 383a.1 Purpose. Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of Defense under title 10, United States Code, this part establishes the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)...

  1. 32 CFR 383a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY (DeCA) § 383a.1 Purpose. Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of Defense under title 10, United States Code, this part establishes the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)...

  2. 32 CFR 383a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY (DeCA) § 383a.1 Purpose. Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of Defense under title 10, United States Code, this part establishes the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)...

  3. TMS installation at A-1 Test Stand

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2010-03-03

    Stennis Space Center employees maneuver a new thrust measurement system in preparation for its installation on the A-1 Test Stand on March 3. The system was fabricated by Thrust Measurement Systems in Illinois and represents a state-of-the-art upgrade from the equipment used on the stand for more than 40 years. The A-1 Test Stand is being upgraded to provide testing for the next generation of rocket engines for America's space program.

  4. TMS installation at A-1 Test Stand

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2010-01-01

    Stennis Space Center employees maneuver a new thrust measurement system in preparation for its installation on the A-1 Test Stand on March 3. The system was fabricated by Thrust Measurement Systems in Illinois and represents a state-of-the-art upgrade from the equipment used on the stand for more than 40 years. The A-1 Test Stand is being upgraded to provide testing for the next generation of rocket engines for America's space program.

  5. Methamphetamine regulation of sulfotransferase 1A1 and 2A1 expression in rat brain sections.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Tianyan; Huang, Chaoqun; Chen, Yue; Xu, Jiaojiao; Shanbhag, Preeti Devaraya; Chen, Guangping

    2013-01-01

    Sulfotransferase catalyzed sulfation regulates the biological activities of various neurotransmitters/hormones and detoxifies xenobiotics. Rat sulfotransferase rSULT1A1 catalyzes the sulfation of neurotransmitters and xenobiotic phenolic compounds. rSULT2A1 catalyzes the sulfation of hydroxysteroids and xenobiotic alcoholic compounds. In this work, Western blot and real-time RT-PCR were used to investigate the effect of methamphetamine on rSULT1A1 and rSULT2A1 protein and mRNA expression in rat cerebellum, frontal cortex, hippocampus, and striatum. After 1-day treatment, significant induction of rSULT1A1 was observed only in the cerebellum; rSULT2A1 was induced significantly in the cerebellum, frontal cortex, and hippocampus. After 7 days of exposure, rSULT1A1 was induced in the cerebellum, frontal cortex, and hippocampus, while rSULT2A1 was induced significantly in all four regions. Western blot results agreed with the real-time RT-PCR results, suggesting that the induction occurred at the gene transcriptional level. Results indicate that rSULT1A1 and rSULT2A1 are expressed in rat frontal cortex, cerebellum, striatum, and hippocampus. rSULT1A1 and rSULT2A1are inducible by methamphetamine in rat brain sections in a time dependable manner. rSULT2A1 is more inducible than rSULT1A1 by methamphetamine in rat brain sections. Induction activity of methamphetamine is in the order of cerebellum>frontal cortex, hippocampus>striatum. These results suggest that the physiological functions of rSULT1A1 and rSULT2A1 in different brain regions can be affected by methamphetamine.

  6. Last SSME test on A-1

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2006-09-29

    The Stennis Space Center conducted the final space shuttle main engine test on its A-1 Test Stand Friday. The A-1 Test Stand was the site of the first test on a shuttle main engine in 1975. Stennis will continue testing shuttle main engines on its A-2 Test Stand through the end of the Space Shuttle Program in 2010. The A-1 stand begins a new chapter in its operational history in October. It will be temporarily decommissioned to convert it for testing the J-2X engine, which will power the upper stage of NASA's new crew launch vehicle, the Ares I. Although this ends the stand's work on the Space Shuttle Program, it will soon be used for the rocket that will carry America's next generation human spacecraft, Orion.

  7. 38 CFR 8a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... INSURANCE § 8a.1 Definitions. (a) The term housing unit means a family dwelling or unit, together with the... Insurance (VMLI) means the mortgage protection life insurance authorized for veterans under 38 U.S.C. 2106. (c) The term initial amount of insurance means the amount of insurance corresponding in amount to the...

  8. 22 CFR 3a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... UNIFORMED SERVICES § 3a.1 Definitions. For purposes of this part— (a) Applicant means any person who requests approval under this part to accept any civil employment (and compensation therefor) from a foreign... part to continue such employment. (b) Uniformed services means the Armed Forces, the...

  9. NERVA Reactor Based on NRX A1

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1963-01-01

    This artist's concept from 1963 shows a proposed NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) incorporating the NRX-A1, the first NERVA-type cold flow reactor. The NERVA engine, based on Kiwi nuclear reactor technology, was intended to power a RIFT (Reactor-In-Flight-Test) nuclear stage, for which Marshall Space Flight Center had development responsibility.

  10. 38 CFR 8a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 8a.1 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS VETERANS MORTGAGE LIFE..., acquired by an eligible veteran to be used as his or her residence after selling or otherwise disposing of title to the housing unit for which his or her grant was made. (b) The term Veterans Mortgage Life...

  11. 8 CFR 213a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS § 213a.1 Definitions. As used in this part, the term: Domicile means the place where... intending immigrants. The “household income” may not, however, include the income of an intending immigrant, unless the intending immigrant is either the sponsor's spouse or has the same principal residence as...

  12. 8 CFR 213a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS § 213a.1 Definitions. As used in this part, the term: Domicile means the place where... intending immigrants. The “household income” may not, however, include the income of an intending immigrant, unless the intending immigrant is either the sponsor's spouse or has the same principal residence as...

  13. 8 CFR 213a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS § 213a.1 Definitions. As used in this part, the term: Domicile means the place where... Support Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, on behalf of the sponsor and intending immigrants. The “household income” may not, however, include the income of an intending immigrant, unless...

  14. 8 CFR 213a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS § 213a.1 Definitions. As used in this part, the term: Domicile means the place where... Support Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, on behalf of the sponsor and intending immigrants. The “household income” may not, however, include the income of an intending immigrant, unless...

  15. 8 CFR 213a.1 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS § 213a.1 Definitions. As used in this part, the term: Domicile means the place where... intending immigrants. The “household income” may not, however, include the income of an intending immigrant, unless the intending immigrant is either the sponsor's spouse or has the same principal residence as...

  16. Studies of membrane topology of mitochondrial cholesterol hydroxylases CYPs 27A1 and 11A1

    PubMed Central

    Mast, Natalia; Liao, Wei-Li; Turko, Illarion V.

    2010-01-01

    Mitochondrial cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYP or P450, EC 1.14.13.15) play an important role in metabolism of cholesterol. CYP27A1 hydroxylates cholesterol at position 27 and, thus, initiates cholesterol removal from many extrahepatic tissues. CYP11A1 is a steroidogenic P450 that converts cholesterol to pregnenolone, the first step in the biosynthesis of all steroid hormones. We utilized a new approach to study membrane topology of CYPs 27A1 and 11A1. This approach involves heterologous expression of membrane-bound P450 in E. coli, isolation of the P450-containing E. coli membranes, treatment of the membranes with protease, removal of the digested soluble portion and extraction of the membrane-associated peptides, which are then identified by mass spectrometry. By using this approach, we found four membrane-interacting peptides in CYP27A1, and two peptides in CYP11A1. Peptides in CYP27A1 represent a contiguous portion of the polypeptide chain (residues 210-251) corresponding to the putative F-G loop and adjacent portions of the F and G helices. Peptides in CYP11A1 are from the putative F-G loop (residues 218-225) and the C-terminal portion of the G helix (residues 238-250). This data is consistent with those obtained previously by us and others and provide new information about membrane topology of CYPs 27A1 and 11A1. PMID:18791760

  17. TMS installation at A-1 Test Stand

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2010-01-01

    Employees at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center complete installation of the new thrust measurement system on the A-1 Test Stand. The new TMS is a state-of-the-art upgrade from the previous system, which was installed when the testing structure was built in the 1960s. It is an advanced calibration system capable of measuring vertical and horizontal thrust loads with accuracy within 0.15 percent at 225,000 pounds. It also will allow engineers to measure thrust as they gimbal (or tilt) engines during tests. The new TMS is part of upgrades for the A-1 Test Stand in preparation for testing the next generation of American space program rocket engines.

  18. TMS installation at A-1 Test Stand

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    2010-03-03

    A new thrust measurement system is lifted onto the A-1 Test Stand deck at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in preparation for its installation. The new system is a state-of-the-art upgrade for the testing structure, which is being prepared for testing of next-generation rocket engines. The system was fabricated by Thrust Measurement Systems in Illinois at a cost of about $3.5 million.

  19. TMS installation at A-1 Test Stand

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2010-01-01

    A new thrust measurement system is lifted onto the A-1 Test Stand deck at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in preparation for its installation. The new system is a state-of-the-art upgrade for the testing structure, which is being prepared for testing of next-generation rocket engines. The system was fabricated by Thrust Measurement Systems in Illinois at a cost of about $3.5 million.

  20. Human aldehyde dehydrogenase 3A1 (ALDH3A1) exhibits chaperone-like function.

    PubMed

    Voulgaridou, Georgia-Persephoni; Tsochantaridis, Ilias; Mantso, Theodora; Franco, Rodrigo; Panayiotidis, Mihalis I; Pappa, Aglaia

    2017-08-01

    Aldehyde dehydrogenase 3A1 (ALDH3A1) is a metabolic enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of various aldehydes. Certain types of epithelial tissues in mammals, especially those continually exposed to environmental stress (e.g., corneal epithelium), express ALDH3A1 at high levels and its abundance in such tissues is perceived to help to maintain cellular homeostasis under conditions of oxidative stress. Metabolic as well as non-metabolic roles for ALDH3A1 have been associated with its mediated resistance to cellular oxidative stress. In this study, we provide evidence that ALDH3A1 exhibits molecular chaperone-like activity further supporting its multifunctional role. Specifically, we expressed and purified the human ALDH3A1 in E. coli and used the recombinant protein to investigate its in vitro ability to protect SmaI and citrate synthase (from precipitation and/or deactivation) under thermal stress conditions. Our results indicate that recombinant ALDH3A1 exhibits significant chaperone function in vitro. Furthermore, over-expression of the fused histidine-tagged ALDH3A1 confers host E. coli cells with enhanced resistance to thermal shock, while ALDH3A1 over-expression in the human corneal cell line HCE-2 was sufficient for protecting them from the cytotoxic effects of both hydrogen peroxide and tert-butyl hydroperoxide. These results further support the chaperone-like function of human ALDH3A1. Taken together, ALDH3A1, in addition to its primary metabolic role in fundamental cellular detoxification processes, appears to play an essential role in protecting cellular proteins against aggregation under stress conditions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Reliability assessment of a 1 MV LTD.

    SciTech Connect

    Portillo, Salvador; Chavez, Raymond; Molina, Isidro; Kim, Alexandre A.; Johnson, David L.; Maenchen, John Eric; Leckbee, Joshua J.; Ziska, Derek Raymond

    2005-07-01

    A 1 MV linear transformer driver (LTD) is being tested with a large area e-beam diode load at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The experiments will be utilized to determine the repeatability of the output pulse and the reliability of the components. The 1 MV accelerator is being used to determine the feasibility of designing a 6 MV LTD for radiography experiments. The peak voltage, risetime, and pulse width as well as the cavity timing jitter are analyzed to determine the repeatability of the output pulse.

  2. Decommissioning Project of Bohunice A1 NPP

    SciTech Connect

    Stubna, M.; Pekar, A.; Moravek, J.; Spirko, M.

    2002-02-26

    The first (pilot) nuclear power plant A1 in the Slovak Republic, situated on Jaslovske Bohunice site (60 km from Bratislava) with the capacity of 143 MWel, was commissioned in 1972 and was running with interruptions till 1977. A KS 150 reactor (HWGCR) with natural uranium as fuel, D2O as moderator and gaseous CO2 as coolant was installed in the A1 plant. Outlet steam from primary reactor coolant system with the temperature of 410 C was led to 6 modules of steam generators and from there to turbine generators. Refueling was carried out on-line at plant full power. The first serious incident associated with refueling occurred in 1976 when a locking mechanism at a fuel assembly failed. The core was not damaged during that incident and following a reconstruction of the damaged technology channel, the plant continued in operation. However, serious problems were occurring with the integrity of steam generators (CO2 gas on primary side, water and steam on secondary side) when the plant had to be shut down frequently due to failures and subsequent repairs. The second serious accident occurred in 1977 when a fuel assembly was overheated with a subsequent release of D2O into gas cooling circuit due to a human failure in the course of replacement of a fuel assembly. Subsequent rapid increase in humidity of the primary system resulted in damages of fuel elements in the core and the primary system was contaminated by fission products. In-reactor structures had been damaged, too. Activity had penetrated also into certain parts of the secondary system via leaking steam generators. Radiation situation in the course of both events on the plant site and around it had been below the level of limits specified. Based on a technical and economical justification of the demanding character of equipment repairs for the restoration of plant operation, and also due to a decision made not to continue with further construction of gas cooled reactors in Czechoslovakia, a decision was made in

  3. In Vitro Activity of Coumermycin A1

    PubMed Central

    Fedorko, Joseph; Katz, Sol; Allnoch, Hedi

    1969-01-01

    The in vitro activity of coumermycin A1 was compared with that of novobiocin, ampicillin, and minocycline. Coumermycin was found to be the most active antibiotic of the four against Staphylococcus aureus. It was about 50 times more active than novobiocin or minocycline against the strains tested. Coumermycin also showed good activity against group A streptococci and pneumococci, moderate activity against Escherichia coli, indole-positive Proteus species, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and poor activity against Klebsiella-Enterobacter and enterococci. Against P. mirabilis, however, coumermycin activity was almost equal to that of ampicillin. The new antibiotic was further found to be greatly reduced in activity in the presence of plasma, but its minimal inhibitory concentration was not greatly affected by inoculum size. Coumermycin was found to be bacteriostatic in its action, and resistance to it developed slowly. Also, cross-resistance was present with novobiocin but absent with ampicillin or minocycline. PMID:4391844

  4. J-2X installation on A-1

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2007-09-20

    Core components of the J-2X engine being designed for NASA's Constellation Program recently were installed on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. Tests of the components, known as Powerpack 1A, will be conducted from November 2007 through February 2008. The Powerpack 1A test article consists of a gas generator and engine turbopumps originally developed for the Apollo Program that put Americans on the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Engineers are testing these heritage components to obtain data that will help them modify the turbomachinery to meet the higher performance requirements of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles. The upcoming tests will simulate inlet and outlet conditions that would be present on the turbomachinery during a full-up engine hot-fire test.

  5. Dispersed fluorescence spectroscopy of the CBr2A1B1-X1A1 transition.

    PubMed

    Hsu, Hui-Ju; Chang, Wei-Zhong; Chang, Bor-Chen

    2005-06-21

    Dispersed fluorescence spectra following the excitation of the CBr2A1B1-X1A1 2 and 2 bands at visible wavelengths were acquired in a discharge supersonic free jet expansion using an intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD) detector. The dispersed fluorescence spectra show signal-to-noise ratios of up to 60 and extend out to a maximum red shift frequency of 6000 cm(-1). Complete and detailed vibrational structure of the ground singlet state (X1A1) was observed. Vibrational parameters including fundamental frequencies, anharmonicities, and coupling constants were determined for the CBr2 X1A1 state. Additional vibrational structure starting at approximately 3650 cm(-1) was observed and this indicates the singlet-triplet energy gap to be >10 kcal mol(-1).

  6. PLC Software Program for Leak Detector Station A1 SALW-LD-ST-A1

    SciTech Connect

    KOCH, M.R.

    2001-01-25

    This document describes the software program for the programmable logic controller for the leak detector station ''SALW-LD-ST-A1''. The appendices contains a copy of the printout of the software program.

  7. Continuous transformation of a -1/2 wedge disclination line to a +1/2 one

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fukuda, Jun-Ichi

    2010-04-01

    It is known that, in the order-parameter space S2/Z2 (a typical example being a uniaxial nematic liquid crystal in three dimensions), a -1/2 wedge disclination line and a +1/2 one are topologically equivalent and can thus be transformed continuously into each other. Here we report the realization of this transformation in a simulation of a cholesteric blue phase under an electric field.

  8. A 1-D dusty plasma photonic crystal

    SciTech Connect

    Mitu, M. L.; Ticoş, C. M.; Toader, D.; Banu, N.; Scurtu, A.

    2013-09-21

    It is demonstrated numerically that a 1-D plasma crystal made of micron size cylindrical dust particles can, in principle, work as a photonic crystal for terahertz waves. The dust rods are parallel to each other and arranged in a linear string forming a periodic structure of dielectric-plasma regions. The dispersion equation is found by solving the waves equation with the boundary conditions at the dust-plasma interface and taking into account the dielectric permittivity of the dust material and plasma. The wavelength of the electromagnetic waves is in the range of a few hundred microns, close to the interparticle separation distance. The band gaps of the 1-D plasma crystal are numerically found for different types of dust materials, separation distances between the dust rods and rod diameters. The distance between levitated dust rods forming a string in rf plasma is shown experimentally to vary over a relatively wide range, from 650 μm to about 1350 μm, depending on the rf power fed into the discharge.

  9. Architecture for a 1-GHz Digital RADAR

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mallik, Udayan

    2011-01-01

    An architecture for a Direct RF-digitization Type Digital Mode RADAR was developed at GSFC in 2008. Two variations of a basic architecture were developed for use on RADAR imaging missions using aircraft and spacecraft. Both systems can operate with a pulse repetition rate up to 10 MHz with 8 received RF samples per pulse repetition interval, or at up to 19 kHz with 4K received RF samples per pulse repetition interval. The first design describes a computer architecture for a Continuous Mode RADAR transceiver with a real-time signal processing and display architecture. The architecture can operate at a high pulse repetition rate without interruption for an infinite amount of time. The second design describes a smaller and less costly burst mode RADAR that can transceive high pulse repetition rate RF signals without interruption for up to 37 seconds. The burst-mode RADAR was designed to operate on an off-line signal processing paradigm. The temporal distribution of RF samples acquired and reported to the RADAR processor remains uniform and free of distortion in both proposed architectures. The majority of the RADAR's electronics is implemented in digital CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor), and analog circuits are restricted to signal amplification operations and analog to digital conversion. An implementation of the proposed systems will create a 1-GHz, Direct RF-digitization Type, L-Band Digital RADAR--the highest band achievable for Nyquist Rate, Direct RF-digitization Systems that do not implement an electronic IF downsample stage (after the receiver signal amplification stage), using commercially available off-the-shelf integrated circuits.

  10. HDL/ApoA-1 infusion and ApoA-1 gene therapy in atherosclerosis

    PubMed Central

    Chyu, Kuang-Yuh; Shah, Prediman K.

    2015-01-01

    The HDL hypothesis stating that simply raising HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) may produce cardiovascular benefits has been questioned recently based on several randomized clinical trials using CETP inhibitors or niacin to raise HDL-C levels. However, extensive pre-clinical data support the vascular protective effects of administration of exogenous ApoA-1 containing preβ-HDL like particles. Several small proof-of-concept clinical trials using such HDL/ApoA-1 infusion therapy have shown encouraging results but definitive proof of efficacy must await large scale clinical trials. In addition to HDL infusion therapy an alternative way to exploit beneficial cardiovascular effects of HDL/ApoA-1 is to use gene transfer. Preclinical studies have shown evidence of benefit using this approach; however clinical validation is yet lacking. This review summarizes our current knowledge of the aforementioned strategies. PMID:26388776

  11. Diagnosis and Management of Patients with a1-Antitrypsin (A1AT) Deficiency

    PubMed Central

    Nelson, David; Teckman, Jeffrey; Di Bisceglie, Adrian; Brenner, David A.

    2012-01-01

    α1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency is an autosomal co-dominant disease that can cause chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in children and adults and increases risk for emphysema in adults. The development of symptomatic disease varies—some patients have life-threatening symptoms in childhood whereas others remain asymptomatic and healthy into old age. As a result of this variability, patients present across multiple disciplines, including pediatrics, adult medicine, hepatology, genetics, and pulmonology. This can give physicians the mistaken impression that the condition is less common than it actually is, and can lead to fragmented care that omits critical interventions commonly performed other specialists. We sought to present a rational approach for hepatologists to manage adult patients with A1AT deficiency. PMID:22200689

  12. Extended major histocompatibility complex haplotypes in patients with gluten-sensitive enteropathy.

    PubMed Central

    Alper, C A; Fleischnick, E; Awdeh, Z; Katz, A J; Yunis, E J

    1987-01-01

    We have studied major histocompatibility complex markers in randomly ascertained Caucasian patients with gluten-sensitive enteropathy and their families. The frequencies of extended haplotypes, defined as haplotypes of specific HLA-B, DR, BF, C2, C4A, and C4B allelic combinations, occurring more frequently than expected, were compared on patient chromosomes, on normal chromosomes from the study families, and on chromosomes from normal families. Over half of patient chromosomes consisted almost entirely of two extended haplotypes [HLA-B8, DR3, SC01] and [HLA-B44, DR7, FC31] which, with nonextended HLA-DR7, accounted for the previously observed HLA markers of this disease: HLA-B8, DR3, and DR7. There was no increase in HLA-DR3 on nonextended haplotypes or in other extended haplotypes with HLA-DR3 or DR7. The distribution of homozygotes and heterozygotes for HLA-DR3 and DR7 was consistent with recessive inheritance of the major histocompatibility complex-linked susceptibility gene for gluten-sensitive enteropathy. On the other hand, by odds ratio analysis and from the sum of DR3 and DR7 homozygotes compared with DR3/DR7 heterozygotes, there was an increase in heterozygotes and a decrease in homozygotes suggesting the presence of modifying phenomena. PMID:3793924

  13. Polymorphisms of UGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*27 & UGT1A1*28 in three major ethnic groups from Malaysia.

    PubMed

    Teh, L K; Hashim, H; Zakaria, Z A; Salleh, M Z

    2012-08-01

    Genetic polymorphisms of uridine diphosphate glucuronyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) have been associated with a wide variation of responses among patients prescribed with irinotecan. Lack of this enzyme is known to be associated with a high incidence of severe toxicity. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of three different variants of UGT1A1 (UGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*27 and UGT1A1*28), which are associated with reduced enzyme activity and increased irinotecan toxicity, in the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia (Malays, Chinese and Indians). A total of 306 healthy unrelated volunteers were screened for UGT1A1*28, UGT1A1*6 and UGT1A1*27. Blood samples (5 ml) were obtained from each subject and DNA was extracted. PCR based methods were designed and validated for detection of UGT1A1*, UUGT1A1*27 and UUGT1A1*28. Direct DNA sequencing was performed to validate the results of randomly selected samples. Malays and Indian have two-fold higher frequency of homozygous of UGT1A1*28 (7TA/7TA) which was 8 and 8.8 per cent, respectively compared to the Chinese (4.9%). However, the distribution of UGT1A1*6 and UGT1A1*27 showed no significant differences among them. UGT1A1*27 which has not been detected in Caucasian and African American population, was found in the Malaysian Malays (3.33%) and Malaysian Chinese (2.0%). There was interethnic variability in the frequency of UGT1A1*28 in the Malaysian population. Our results suggest that genotyping of UUGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*28 and UGT1A1*27 need to be performed before patients are prescribed with irinotecan due to their high prevalence of allelic variant which could lead to adverse drug reaction.

  14. Polymorphisms of UGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*27 & UGT1A1*28 in three major ethnic groups from Malaysia

    PubMed Central

    Teh, L. K.; Hashim, H.; Zakaria, Z. A.; Salleh, M. Z.

    2012-01-01

    Background & objectives: Genetic polymorphisms of uridine diphosphate glucuronyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) have been associated with a wide variation of responses among patients prescribed with irinotecan. Lack of this enzyme is known to be associated with a high incidence of severe toxicity. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of three different variants of UGT1A1 (UGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*27 and UGT1A1*28), which are associated with reduced enzyme activity and increased irinotecan toxicity, in the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia (Malays, Chinese and Indians). Methods: A total of 306 healthy unrelated volunteers were screened for UGT1A1*28, UGT1A1*6 and UGT1A1*27. Blood samples (5 ml) were obtained from each subject and DNA was extracted. PCR based methods were designed and validated for detection of UGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*27 and UGT1A1*28. Direct DNA sequencing was performed to validate the results of randomly selected samples. Results: Malays and Indian have two-fold higher frequency of homozygous of UGT1A1*28 (7TA/7TA) which was 8 and 8.8 per cent, respectively compared to the Chinese (4.9%). However, the distribution of UGT1A1*6 and UGT1A1*27 showed no significant differences among them. UGT1A1*27 which has not been detected in Caucasian and African American population, was found in the Malaysian Malays (3.33%) and Malaysian Chinese (2.0%). Interpretation & conclusions: There was interethnic variability in the frequency of UGT1A1*28 in the Malaysian population. Our results suggest that genotyping of UGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*28 and UGT1A1*27 need to be performed before patients are prescribed with irinotecan due to their high prevalence of allelic variant which could lead to adverse drug reaction. PMID:22960892

  15. Diagnostics for a 1.2 kA, 1 MeV, electron induction injector

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    Houck, T. L.; Anderson, D. E.; Eylon, S.; Henestroza, E.; Lidia, S. M.; Vanecek, D. L.; Westenskow, G. A.; Yu, S. S.

    1998-12-01

    We are constructing a 1.2 kA, 1 MeV, electron induction injector as part of the RTA program, a collaborative effort between LLNL and LBNL to develop relativistic klystrons for Two-Beam Accelerator applications. The RTA injector will also be used in the development of a high-gradient, low-emittance, electron source and beam diagnostics for the second axis of the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) Facility. The electron source will be a 3.5″-diameter, thermionic, flat-surface, m-type cathode with a maximum shroud field stress of approximately 165 kV/cm. Additional design parameters for the injector include a pulse length of over 150 ns flat top (1% energy variation), and a normalized edge emittance of less than 200 π-mm-mr. Precise measurement of the beam parameters is required so that performance of the RTA injector can be confidently scaled to the 4 kA, 3 MeV, and 2-microsecond pulse parameters of the DARHT injector. Planned diagnostics include an isolated cathode with resistive divider for direct measurement of current emission, resistive wall and magnetic probe current monitors for measuring beam current and centroid position, capacitive probes for measuring A-K gap voltage, an energy spectrometer, and a pepperpot emittance diagnostic. Details of the injector, beam line, and diagnostics are presented.

  16. Hemoglobin variants detected by hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) analysis and the effects on HbA1c measurements.

    PubMed

    Nasir, Nadzimah Mohd; Thevarajah, M; Yean, Chew Yee

    2010-04-01

    Hemoglobin (Hb) A1c is a tool widely used to monitor long-term glycemic control in diabetic patients. The objective of our study is to compare the HbA1c values measured on high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and immunoassay in patients who were detected to have hemoglobin variant after HbA1c analysis. We compared the HbA1c values measured using the Arkray Adams A1c HA-8160 (HPLC method) and Roche Cobas Integra (immunoturbidimetric method) from diabetic patients who were diagnosed with hemoglobin variants. Forty-three diabetic patients were diagnosed with hemoglobin variants: 13 elevated Hb F, 12 Hb E trait, seven Hb S trait, seven Hb D trait, two Hb E / beta-Thalassemia, one Hb C trait, and one homozygous Hb S. Knowledge of hemoglobin variants affecting HbA1c measurements is essential, in order to avoid mismanagement of diabetic patients.

  17. Cyclin A1 is expressed in mouse ovary.

    PubMed

    Wei, Hongquan; Li, Yuanhong; Zhao, Chen; Jiang, Xuejun; Chen, Hongduo; Lang, Ming-Fei; Sun, Jing

    2014-01-01

    Cyclin A1 belongs to the type-A cyclins and participates in cell cycle regulation. Since its discovery, cyclin A1 has been shown mostly in testis. It plays important roles in spermatogenesis. However, there were also reports on ovary expression of cyclin A1. Therefore, we intended to revisit the expression of cyclin A1 in mouse ovary. Our study showed that cyclin A1 was expressed at the mRNA level and the protein level in mouse ovary. Tissue staining revealed that cyclin A1 was expressed in maturating oocytes. With the recent data on the functions of cyclins in somatic and stem cells, we also discussed the possibilities of further studies of cyclin A1 in mouse oocytes and perhaps in the oogonial stem cells. Our findings not only add to the supportive evidence of cyclin A1 expression in oocytes, but also may promote more interest in exploring cyclin A1 functions in ovary.

  18. 45 CFR 5b.8 - Appeals of refusals to correct or amend records.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... Services Administration; Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration; Center for Disease Control; National Institutes of Health; and Food and Drug Administration. (iii) Assistant Secretary for...

  19. Materials Data on B8O (SG:12) by Materials Project

    DOE Data Explorer

    Kristin Persson

    2016-03-31

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  20. 45 CFR 5b.8 - Appeals of refusals to correct or amend records.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...; National Institutes of Health; and Food and Drug Administration. (iii) Assistant Secretary for Education... record will be provided a copy of the subject individual's statement of disagreement, as well as...

  1. 26 CFR 20.2056(b)-8 - Special rule for charitable remainder trusts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... TREASURY (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954... spouse only noncharitable beneficiary. With respect to estates of decedents dying after December 31, 1981... died on or before October 24, 1992, or the trust otherwise comes within the purview of the transitional...

  2. 26 CFR 20.2056(b)-8 - Special rule for charitable remainder trusts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... TREASURY (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954... spouse only noncharitable beneficiary. With respect to estates of decedents dying after December 31, 1981... died on or before October 24, 1992, or the trust otherwise comes within the purview of the transitional...

  3. 26 CFR 54.4980B-8 - Paying for COBRA continuation coverage.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... beneficiary entitled to a disability extension experiences a second qualifying event within the original 18..., if a qualified beneficiary entitled to a disability extension experiences a second qualifying event... employee's family are covered under the plan. The employee experiences a qualifying event that is the...

  4. 29 CFR 779.387 - “Restaurant” exemption under section 13(b) (8).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... students, nor are other institutional food service facilities providing long-term meal service to stable... Establishments Restaurants and Establishments Providing Food and Beverage Service § 779.387 “Restaurant... selling and serving to purchasers at retail prepared food and beverages for immediate consumption on...

  5. 29 CFR 779.387 - “Restaurant” exemption under section 13(b) (8).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... LABOR STATEMENTS OF GENERAL POLICY OR INTERPRETATION NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO REGULATIONS THE FAIR LABOR... Establishments Restaurants and Establishments Providing Food and Beverage Service § 779.387 “Restaurant... selling and serving to purchasers at retail prepared food and beverages for immediate consumption on...

  6. 29 CFR 779.387 - “Restaurant” exemption under section 13(b) (8).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... LABOR STATEMENTS OF GENERAL POLICY OR INTERPRETATION NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO REGULATIONS THE FAIR LABOR... Establishments Restaurants and Establishments Providing Food and Beverage Service § 779.387 “Restaurant... selling and serving to purchasers at retail prepared food and beverages for immediate consumption on...

  7. 29 CFR 779.387 - “Restaurant” exemption under section 13(b) (8).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... LABOR STATEMENTS OF GENERAL POLICY OR INTERPRETATION NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO REGULATIONS THE FAIR LABOR... Establishments Restaurants and Establishments Providing Food and Beverage Service § 779.387 “Restaurant... selling and serving to purchasers at retail prepared food and beverages for immediate consumption on...

  8. 29 CFR 779.387 - “Restaurant” exemption under section 13(b) (8).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... LABOR STATEMENTS OF GENERAL POLICY OR INTERPRETATION NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO REGULATIONS THE FAIR LABOR... Establishments Restaurants and Establishments Providing Food and Beverage Service § 779.387 “Restaurant... selling and serving to purchasers at retail prepared food and beverages for immediate consumption on...

  9. 26 CFR 54.4980B-8 - Paying for COBRA continuation coverage.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... group of benefit packages), or adds or eliminates coverage for family members, then the following rules... a rule permitting a plan to require payment of an increased amount due to the disability extension... disability extension. (See Q&A-5 of § 54.4980B-7 for rules to determine whether a qualified beneficiary...

  10. Asteroseismic Fingerprints of Rotation and Mixing in the Slowly Pulsating B8 V Star KIC 7760680

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pápics, P. I.; Tkachenko, A.; Aerts, C.; Van Reeth, T.; De Smedt, K.; Hillen, M.; Østensen, R.; Moravveji, E.

    2015-04-01

    We present the first detection of a rotationally affected series consisting of 36 consecutive high-order sectoral dipole gravity modes in a slowly pulsating B (SPB) star. The results are based on the analysis of four years of virtually uninterrupted photometric data assembled with the Kepler Mission, and high-resolution spectra acquired using the HERMES spectrograph at the 1.2 m Mercator Telescope. The specroscopic measurements place KIC 7760680 inside the SPB instability strip, near the cool edge, given its fundamental parameters of {{T}eff}=11650+/- 210 K, log g=3.97+/- 0.08 dex, microturbulent velocity {{ξ }t}=0.0-0.0+0.6 km {{s}-1}, vsin i=61.5+/- 5.0 km {{s}-1}, and [M/H]=0.14+/- 0.09 dex. The photometric analysis reveals the longest unambiguous series of gravity modes of the same degree \\ell with consecutive radial order n, which carries clear signatures of chemical mixing and rotation. With such exceptional observational constraints, this star should be considered as the Rosetta stone of SPBs for future modeling, and brings us a step closer to the much-needed seismic calibration of stellar structure models of massive stars.

  11. Materials Data on CaB8H4O15 (SG:4) by Materials Project

    SciTech Connect

    Kristin Persson

    2014-11-02

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  12. Materials Data on Sr2B8Ru7 (SG:84) by Materials Project

    SciTech Connect

    Kristin Persson

    2016-02-05

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  13. 26 CFR 20.2056(b)-8 - Special rule for charitable remainder trusts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... TREASURY (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954... spouse only noncharitable beneficiary. With respect to estates of decedents dying after December 31, 1981... section 170(c). (2) Interest for life or term of years. The surviving spouse's interest need not be an...

  14. 26 CFR 1.643(a)-1 - Deduction for distributions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... computation of distributable net income. ... 1.643(a)-1 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries § 1.643(a)-1 Deduction for...

  15. 26 CFR 1.643(a)-1 - Deduction for distributions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... computation of distributable net income. ... 1.643(a)-1 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES (CONTINUED) Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries § 1.643(a)-1 Deduction for...

  16. No association between COL3A1, COL6A1 or COL12A1 gene variants and range of motion.

    PubMed

    O'connell, Kevin; Posthumus, Michael; Collins, Malcolm

    2013-01-01

    Approximately 64-70% of the variability in joint range of motion (ROM) is heritable. A common variant within a type V collagen (COL5A1) gene is associated with joint range of motion. Like type V collagen, types III, VI and XII collagen are also involved in fibril assembly and/or diameter regulation. Mutations within the genes that encode these proteins, COL3A1, COL6A1 and COL12A1, also cause connective tissue hypermobility disorders and phenotypes. The aim of this study was to determine if variants within these genes are associated with measures of joint range of motion. Three hundred and fifty apparently healthy and physically active Caucasian participants were recruited. Anthropometric measurements were taken. Sit-and-reach (SR), straight leg raise (SLR) and total shoulder rotation (ShTR) range of motion were measured. All participants were genotyped for COL3A1 rs1800255, COL6A1 rs35796750 and COL12A1 rs970547. COL3A1 rs1800255, COL6A1 rs35796750 and COL12A1 rs970547 were not significantly associated with sit-and-reach, straight leg raise or total shoulder rotation range of motion. Furthermore, no significant age-genotype interaction effects were identified between the variants and range of motion measurements. None of the variants investigated in this study were significantly associated with any of the measures of range of motion used. Further studies are required to identify additional intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may determine range of motion, including the genetic component.

  17. 29 CFR 2550.404a-1 - Investment duties.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 9 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Investment duties. 2550.404a-1 Section 2550.404a-1 Labor... FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY § 2550.404a-1 Investment duties. (a) In general. Section 404(a)(1)(B) of the... use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims. (b) Investment duties. (1...

  18. 29 CFR 2550.404a-1 - Investment duties.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 9 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Investment duties. 2550.404a-1 Section 2550.404a-1 Labor... FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY § 2550.404a-1 Investment duties. (a) In general. Section 404(a)(1)(B) of the... use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims. (b) Investment duties. (1...

  19. 29 CFR 2550.404a-1 - Investment duties.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 9 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Investment duties. 2550.404a-1 Section 2550.404a-1 Labor... FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY § 2550.404a-1 Investment duties. (a) In general. Section 404(a)(1)(B) of the... use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims. (b) Investment duties. (1...

  20. 29 CFR 2550.404a-1 - Investment duties.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 9 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Investment duties. 2550.404a-1 Section 2550.404a-1 Labor... FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY § 2550.404a-1 Investment duties. (a) In general. Section 404(a)(1)(B) of the... use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims. (b) Investment duties. (1...

  1. 5 CFR Appendix A-1 to Subpart I... - Windchill Chart

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... ADMINISTRATION (GENERAL) Pay for Duty Involving Physical Hardship or Hazard Pt. 550, Subpt. I, App. A-1 Appendix A-1 to Subpart I of Part 550—Windchill Chart EC01SE91.002 windchill chart in non-metric units... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Windchill Chart A Appendix A-1 to Subpart...

  2. 5 CFR Appendix A-1 to Subpart I... - Windchill Chart

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... ADMINISTRATION (GENERAL) Pay for Duty Involving Physical Hardship or Hazard Pt. 550, Subpt. I, App. A-1 Appendix A-1 to Subpart I of Part 550—Windchill Chart EC01SE91.002 windchill chart in non-metric units... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Windchill Chart A Appendix A-1 to Subpart...

  3. 5 CFR Appendix A-1 to Subpart I... - Windchill Chart

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... ADMINISTRATION (GENERAL) Pay for Duty Involving Physical Hardship or Hazard Pt. 550, Subpt. I, App. A-1 Appendix A-1 to Subpart I of Part 550—Windchill Chart EC01SE91.002 windchill chart in non-metric units... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Windchill Chart A Appendix A-1 to Subpart...

  4. 5 CFR Appendix A-1 to Subpart I... - Windchill Chart

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... ADMINISTRATION (GENERAL) Pay for Duty Involving Physical Hardship or Hazard Pt. 550, Subpt. I, App. A-1 Appendix A-1 to Subpart I of Part 550—Windchill Chart EC01SE91.002 windchill chart in non-metric units... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Windchill Chart A Appendix A-1 to Subpart...

  5. 5 CFR Appendix A-1 to Subpart I... - Windchill Chart

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... ADMINISTRATION (GENERAL) Pay for Duty Involving Physical Hardship or Hazard Pt. 550, Subpt. I, App. A-1 Appendix A-1 to Subpart I of Part 550—Windchill Chart EC01SE91.002 windchill chart in non-metric units... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Windchill Chart A Appendix A-1 to Subpart...

  6. 26 CFR 40.6011(a)-1 - Returns.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 16 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 true Returns. 40.6011(a)-1 Section 40.6011(a)-1... TAXES EXCISE TAX PROCEDURAL REGULATIONS § 40.6011(a)-1 Returns. (a) In general—(1) Return required. The return of any tax to which this part 40 applies must be made on Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax...

  7. 26 CFR 1.402A-1 - Designated Roth Accounts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 5 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Designated Roth Accounts. 1.402A-1 Section 1... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Pension, Profit-Sharing, Stock Bonus Plans, Etc. § 1.402A-1 Designated Roth Accounts. Q-1. What is a designated Roth account? A-1. A designated Roth account is a separate account under...

  8. 26 CFR 48.4222(a)-1 - Registration.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 16 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Registration. 48.4222(a)-1 Section 48.4222(a)-1... TAXES MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS EXCISE TAXES Exemptions, Registration, Etc. § 48.4222(a)-1 Registration. (a) General rule. Except as provided in § 48.4222(b)-1, tax-free sales under section 4221 may...

  9. 26 CFR 48.4222(a)-1 - Registration.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 16 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 true Registration. 48.4222(a)-1 Section 48.4222(a)-1... TAXES MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS EXCISE TAXES Exemptions, Registration, Etc. § 48.4222(a)-1 Registration. (a) General rule. Except as provided in § 48.4222(b)-1, tax-free sales under section 4221 may...

  10. 26 CFR 48.4222(a)-1 - Registration.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 16 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Registration. 48.4222(a)-1 Section 48.4222(a)-1... TAXES MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS EXCISE TAXES Exemptions, Registration, Etc. § 48.4222(a)-1 Registration. (a) General rule. Except as provided in § 48.4222(b)-1, tax-free sales under section 4221 may...

  11. 26 CFR 48.4222(a)-1 - Registration.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 16 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Registration. 48.4222(a)-1 Section 48.4222(a)-1... TAXES MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS EXCISE TAXES Exemptions, Registration, Etc. § 48.4222(a)-1 Registration. (a) General rule. Except as provided in § 48.4222(b)-1, tax-free sales under section 4221 may...

  12. Aldehyde dehydrogenase 3A1 associates with prostate tumorigenesis

    PubMed Central

    Yan, J; De Melo, J; Cutz, J-C; Aziz, T; Tang, D

    2014-01-01

    Background: Accumulating evidence demonstrates high levels of aldehyde dehydrogense (ALDH) activity in human cancer types, in part, because of its association with cancer stem cells. Whereas ALDH1A1 and ALDH7A1 isoforms were reported to associate with prostate tumorigenesis, whether other ALDH isoforms are associated with prostate cancer (PC) remains unclear. Methods: ALDH3A1 expression was analysed in various PC cell lines. Xenograft tumours and 54 primary and metastatic PC tumours were stained using immunohistochemistry for ALDH3A1 expression. Results: In comparison with the non-stem counterparts, a robust upregulation of ALDH3A1 was observed in DU145-derived PC stem cells (PCSCs). As DU145 PCSCs produced xenograft tumours with more advanced features compared with those derived from DU145 cells, higher levels of ALDH3A1 were detected in the former; a dramatic elevation of ALDH3A1 occurred in DU145 cell-derived lung metastasis compared with local xenograft tumours. Furthermore, while ALDH3A1 was not observed in prostate glands, ALDH3A1 was clearly present in PIN, and further increased in carcinomas. In comparison with the paired local carcinomas, ALDH3A1 was upregulated in lymph node metastatic tumours; the presence of ALDH3A1 in bone metastatic PC was also demonstrated. Conclusions: We report here the association of ALDH3A1 with PC progression. PMID:24762960

  13. 26 CFR 1.1311(a)-1 - Introduction.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 11 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 true Introduction. 1.1311(a)-1 Section 1.1311(a)-1 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Readjustment of Tax Between Years and Special Limitations § 1.1311(a)-1 Introduction....

  14. 26 CFR 1.501(a)-1 - Exemption from taxation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 7 2011-04-01 2009-04-01 true Exemption from taxation. 1.501(a)-1 Section 1.501(a)-1 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES (CONTINUED) Exempt Organizations § 1.501(a)-1 Exemption from taxation. (a) In...

  15. 26 CFR 1.501(a)-1 - Exemption from taxation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 7 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 true Exemption from taxation. 1.501(a)-1 Section 1.501(a)-1 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES (CONTINUED) Exempt Organizations § 1.501(a)-1 Exemption from taxation. (a) In...

  16. Chiral dynamics of a1(1260) → 3π

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tegen, R.; Greiner, W.

    2003-06-01

    We calculate the sequential decays a1 rightarrow pisigma rightarrow 3pi and a1 rightarrow pirho rightarrow 3pi using chiral SU(2) otimes SU(2) current commutation relations. Proper vertices a1pisigma, sigmapipi, a1pirho, rhopipi are derived from Ward identities and yield energy-dependent decay widths Gammarhorightarrowpipi and Gammasigmarightarrowpipi necessary for the total Gammaa1rightarrow3pi decay width. Both sequential decays (via pisigma and pirho) are necessary to reproduce Gammatota1. We find evidence for a substantial quenching of the sigma rightarrow pipi decay width in a1 rightarrow pisigma rightarrow 3pi.

  17. Methods for Tumor Targeting with Salmonella typhimurium A1-R.

    PubMed

    Hoffman, Robert M; Zhao, Ming

    2016-01-01

    Salmonella typhimurium A1-R (S. typhimurium A1-R) has shown great preclinical promise as a broad-based anti-cancer therapeutic (please see Chapter 1 ). The present chapter describes materials and methods for the preclinical study of S. typhimurium A1-R in clinically-relevant mouse models. Establishment of orthotopic metastatic mouse models of the major cancer types is described, as well as other useful models, for efficacy studies of S. typhimurium A1-R or other tumor-targeting bacteria, as well. Imaging methods are described to visualize GFP-labeled S. typhimurium A1-R, as well as GFP- and/or RFP-labeled cancer cells in vitro and in vivo, which S. typhimurium A1-R targets. The mouse models include metastasis to major organs that are life-threatening to cancer patients including the liver, lung, bone, and brain and how to target these metastases with S. typhimurium A1-R. Various routes of administration of S. typhimurium A1-R are described with the advantages and disadvantages of each. Basic experiments to determine toxic effects of S. typhimurium A1-R are also described. Also described are methodologies for combining S. typhimurium A1-R and chemotherapy. The testing of S. typhimurium A1-R on patient tumors in patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) mouse models is also described. The major methodologies described in this chapter should be translatable for clinical studies.

  18. Association between uridin diphosphate glucuronosylotransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) gene polymorphism and neonatal hyperbilirubinemia.

    PubMed

    Mazur-Kominek, Katarzyna; Romanowski, Tomasz; Bielawski, Krzysztof; Kiełbratowska, Bogumiła; Preis, Krzysztof; Domżalska-Popadiuk, Iwona; Słomińska-Frączek, Magdalena; Sznurkowska, Katarzyna; Renke, Joanna; Plata-Nazar, Katarzyna; Śledzińska, Karolina; Sikorska-Wiśniewska, Grażyna; Góra-Gębka, Magdalena; Liberek, Anna

    2017-01-01

    To assess the prevalence of UGT1A1*28 and UGT1A1*60 polymorphisms of UGT1A1 gene and their association with hyperbilirubinemia. The study was performed at a single centre - at the Department of Obstetrics of the Medical University of Gdansk in Poland. DNA was isolated from Guthrie cards of 171 infants. Only full term newborns (gestational age 38-42 weeks) were included in the study. Fluorescent molecular probes were used for UGT1A1 promoter variation analysis. The presence of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism was detected with a dual-probe system, and UGT1A1*60 with a SimpleProbe™. Homozygous UGT1A1*28 and UGT1A1*60 genotypes were detected in 14.6% and 20.5% of the newborns, respectively. Homozygous (G/G) genotypes of UGT1A1*60 polymorphism were found in all of the UGT1A1*28 (i.e. (TA)7/(TA)7) homozygotes. More than 80% (55/66) of the children with "wild" type UGT1A1*28 genotype (where no polymorphism was detected) (i.e. (TA)6/(TA)6) carried the "wild" (T/T) genotype of UGT1A1*60 as well. The UGT1A1*28 polymorphism was detected more often among neonates with elevated bilirubin. Hyperbilirubinemia was diagnosed more frequently in boys. Polymorphisms of the UGT1A1 gene frequently co-exist in neonates. The presence of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism and male gender seem to predispose to neonatal hyperbilirubinemia.

  19. An abundant dysfunctional apolipoprotein A1 in human atheroma

    PubMed Central

    Huang, Ying; DiDonato, Joseph A.; Levison, Bruce S.; Schmitt, Dave; Li, Lin; Wu, Yuping; Buffa, Jennifer; Kim, Timothy; Gerstenecker, Gary; Gu, Xiaodong; Kadiyala, Chandra; Wang, Zeneng; Culley, Miranda K.; Hazen, Jennie E.; DiDonato, Anthony J.; Fu, Xiaoming; Berisha, Stela; Peng, Daoquan; Nguyen, Truc; Liang, Shaohong; Chuang, Chia-Chi; Cho, Leslie; Plow, Edward F.; Fox, Paul L.; Gogonea, Valentin; Tang, W.H. Wilson; Parks, John S.; Fisher, Edward A.; Smith, Jonathan D.; Hazen, Stanley L.

    2014-01-01

    Recent studies indicate high density lipoproteins (HDL) and their major structural protein, apolipoprotein A1 (apoA1), recovered from human atheroma, are dysfunctional and extensively oxidized by myeloperoxidase (MPO), while in vitro oxidation of apoA1/HDL by MPO impairs its cholesterol acceptor function. We developed a high affinity monoclonal antibody (mAb) that specifically recognizes apoA1/HDL modified by the MPO/H2O2/Cl-system using phage display affinity maturation. An oxindolyl alanine (2-OH-Trp) moiety at tryptophan 72 of apoA1 is the immunogenic epitope. Mutagenesis studies confirm a critical role for apoA1 Trp72 in MPO-mediated inhibition of ABCA1-dependent cholesterol acceptor activity of apoA1 in vitro and in vivo. ApoA1 containing a 2-OH-Trp72 group (oxTrp72-apoA1) is in low abundance within the circulation, but accounts for 20% of the apoA1 in atherosclerotic plaque. OxTrp72-apoA1 recovered from human atheroma or plasma was lipid-poor, virtually devoid of cholesterol acceptor activity, and demonstrated both potent pro-inflammatory activities on endothelial cells and impaired HDL biogenesis activity in vivo. Elevated oxTrp72-apoA1 levels in subjects presenting to a cardiology clinic (n=627) were associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk. Circulating oxTrp72-apoA1 levels may serve as a way to monitor a pro-atherogenic process in the artery wall. PMID:24464187

  20. Biologics beyond TNF-α inhibitors and the effect of targeting the homologues TL1A-DR3 pathway in chronic inflammatory disorders.

    PubMed

    Tougaard, Peter; Zervides, Kristoffer Alexander; Skov, Søren; Hansen, Axel Kornerup; Pedersen, Anders Elm

    2016-01-01

    A number of anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) biologics have been developed in recent years, such as adalimumab, etanercept, and infliximab for the treatment of chronic inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and psoriasis and several other novel drugs that target TNF-α signaling are still being developed. Indeed, blockade of this pathway seems so important amongst immune-targets that TNF-α targeted therapies will continue to have a significant role in the treatment of chronic inflammation. However, up to 40% of RA and IBD patients do not respond to anti-TNF-α treatment and one possible explanation may be the heterogeneity of chronic inflammatory diseases and a dominance of other significant TNF family members. Indeed, polymorphisms in the TNF family member, TL1A gene, is associated with the development of IBD and increased serum concentrations of TL1A has been demonstrated in patients with various chronic inflammatory disorders. Here, we describe the current knowledge of TL1As immunobiology and present results from human disease, animal models, and pre-clinical intervention studies that point toward development of anti-TL1A therapy as a highly promising strategy for treatment of chronic inflammatory disorders.

  1. SLC11A1 — EDRN Public Portal

    Cancer.gov

    SLC11A1 is a membrane associated divalent transition metal (iron and manganese) transporter involved in iron metabolism and host resistance to certain pathogens. SLC11A1 is a member of the solute carrier family 11 (proton-coupled divalent metal ion transporters) family. Mutations in the SLC11A1 gene are involved in susceptibility to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy, and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn disease. Several alternatively spliced variants have been identified.

  2. Hemoglobin A1c in predicting progression to diabetes.

    PubMed

    Nakagami, Tomoko; Tajima, Naoko; Oizumi, Toshihide; Karasawa, Shigeru; Wada, Kiriko; Kameda, Wataru; Susa, Shinji; Kato, Takeo; Daimon, Makoto

    2010-01-01

    The predictive value of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in comparison to fasting plasma glucose (FPG) is evaluated for 5-year incident diabetes (DM), as HbA1c may be more practical than FPG in the screening for DM in the future. Of 1189 non-DM subjects aged 35-89 years old from the Funagata Study, 57 subjects (4.8%) had developed DM on the WHO criteria at 5-year follow-up. The odds ratio (95% confidence interval: CI) for a one standard deviation increase in FPG/HbA1c was 3.40 (2.44-4.74)/3.49 (2.42-5.02). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for FPG/HbA1c was 0.786 (95% CI: 0.719-0.853)/0.785 (0.714-0.855). The HbA1c corresponding to FPG 5.56 mmol/l was HbA1c 5.3%. There was no statistical difference in sensitivity between FPG 5.56 mmol/l and HbA1c 5.3% (61.4% vs. 56.1%), while specificity was higher in HbA1c 5.3% than FPG 5.56 mmol/l (87.8% vs. 82.5%, p-value<0.001). The fraction of incident case from those with baseline IGT was similar between the groups, however the fraction of people above the cut-off was significantly lower in HbA1c 5.3% than FPG 5.56 mmol/l (14.3% vs. 19.6%, p-value<0.001). HbA1c is similar to FPG to evaluate DM risk, and HbA1c could be practical and efficient to select subjects for intervention.

  3. Analysis of iceA1 transcription in Helicobacter pylori

    PubMed Central

    Donahue, John P.; Peek, Richard M.; van Doorn, Leen-Jan; Thompson, Stuart A.; Xu, Qing; Blaser, Martin J.; Miller, Geraldine G.

    2009-01-01

    Background Transcription of the Helicobacter pylori iceA1 gene is induced following adherence of the bacterium to gastric epithelial cells in vitro, suggesting that this gene might be involved in H. pylori pathogenesis. Consequently, the current studies were undertaken to characterize iceA1 transcription and to define the structure of iceA1-containing transcripts to evaluate the potential of this gene to encode functional proteins. Materials and Methods Northern blots and primer extension of RNA isolated from broth-grown cultures of various H. pylori strains was done to analyze iceA1-specific gene transcription. Reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR was used to determine the levels of iceA1 transcripts derived from readthrough transcription that was initiated upstream of iceA1 within the 5′-flanking cysE gene. Results Three major transcripts were detected and each was initiated from a common promoter, designated PI. Two of these transcripts were comprised of iceA1 sequence, while a third transcript was dicistronic and included the downstream gene, hpyIM. In addition, 10-fold lower levels of iceA1 transcripts were initiated upstream of PI, either within or immediately downstream of cysE. Conclusions The present analysis suggests that iceA1 does not encode a functional protein in the majority of H. pylori strains. However, transcription of hpyIM, which encodes a highly conserved DNA adenine methyltransferase, is linked to iceA1 transcription. Therefore, iceA1 may affect H. pylori virulence in vivo through transcriptional regulation of hpyIM expression levels, which may result in specific variations in DNA methylation patterns leading to alteration in the expression of genes involved in virulence or pathogenesis. PMID:10672045

  4. Does A1c consistently reflect mean plasma glucose?

    PubMed

    Shrom, David; Sarwat, Samiha; Ilag, Liza; Bloomgarden, Zachary T

    2010-06-01

    A1c, a surrogate measure of glycemic control, is known to have a strong linear correlation with mean plasma glucose (MPG) when analyzed in populations of patients. However, clinically significant intersubject variability in this relationship exists, which suggests that A1c measurements may not reflect actual glycemic control in some patients. In the present study we explored the extent to which A1c accurately represents glycemic control, as measured by MPG, for individual patients. Data were pooled from randomized clinical trials in which A1c and self-monitored plasma glucose (SMPG) profiles were collected by patients with Type 2 diabetes treated with insulin analog regimens. MPG levels were calculated from SMPG profiles. Distributions of MPG were analyzed for patients within similar ranges of A1c (<6.5%, 6.5%-<7.5%, 7.5%-<8.5%, 8.5%-<9.5%, and ≥9.5%) and distributions of A1c were analyzed in patients within similar ranges of MPG (<6.1, 6.1-<7.8, 7.8-<9.4, 9.4-<11.1, and ≥11.1 mmol/L). Substantial proportions of patients had clinically significant differences between A1c and MPG. For example, among 260 patients with A1c between 6.5% and 7.5%, 10% had MPG levels <6.4 mmol/L, whereas 10% had MPG >9.5 mmol/L. Among the 224 patients with MPG levels ≥6.1 mmol/L and <7.8 mmol/L, 10% had A1c <6% and 10% had A1c >8.1%. In the absence of SMPG, A1c may inadequately represent glycemic control for many diabetic patients. © 2010 Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  5. A CAR-responsive enhancer element locating approximately 31 kb upstream in the 5'-flanking region of rat cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A1 gene.

    PubMed

    Gamou, Toshie; Habano, Wataru; Terashima, Jun; Ozawa, Shogo

    2015-04-01

    Constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) is one of the principal regulators of hepatic cytochrome P450s (CYPs) 3A (CYP3A). cDNA-mediated expression of a mature rat CAR (rCAR) into rat hepatoma cells induced CYP3A1 and CYP2B mRNAs. Aberrant rCAR failed in these inductions. Three important human CYP3A4 regulatory elements (REs), proximal ER6 (proER6), xenobiotic responsive enhancer module (XREM) and constitutive liver enhancer module (CLEM), support constitutive and inducible expression of CYP3As mediated by CAR and pregnane X receptor (PXR). NHR-scan software predicted proER6, XREM and CLEM at -255 b, -8 kb and -11.5 kb, respectively of CYP3A4, but neither XREM nor CLEM was predicted in rat CYP3A. A luciferase reporter construct carrying a 5'-flanking sequence of CYP3A1 (-31,739 to -31,585 from its transcription initiation site) revealed important for the rCAR-dependent transactivation of CYP3A1. This region includes two putative binding motifs of nuclear receptors (DR4 and DR2), a putative hepatocyte nuclear factor-1 binding motif (HNF1), nuclear factor-kappa B binding motif (NFκB), activator protein 1 binding motif (AP-1), and ecotropic viral integration site 1 binding motif (Evi1). We hereby conclude DR4 and/or DR2 motifs being primarily responsible and HNF1 being synergistically functioning elements for the rCAR-mediated transcription of CYP3A1. Copyright © 2015 The Japanese Society for the Study of Xenobiotics. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. 26 CFR 1.669(a)-1 - Limitation on tax.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  7. Annexin A1: Shifting the balance towards resolution and repair

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    Leoni, Giovanna; Nusrat, Asma

    2017-01-01

    Epithelial barriers play an important role in regulating mucosal homeostasis. Upon injury, the epithelium and immune cells orchestrate repair mechanisms that re-establish homeostasis. This process is highly regulated by protein and lipid mediators such as Annexin A1. In this review, we focus on the pro-repair properties of Annexin A1. PMID:27232634

  8. SCGB2A1 — EDRN Public Portal

    Cancer.gov

    SCGB2A1, also known as MGB2 or mammaglobin B, encodes a small secreted protein from the secretoglobin family, part of the uterglobin superfamily. SCGB2A1 is normally expressed in the thymus, trachea, kidney, steroid responsive tissues (prostate, testis, uterus, breast and ovary) and salivary gland.

  9. 32 CFR 809a.1 - Random installation entry point checks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

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    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  11. 26 CFR 31.6402(a)-1 - Credits or refunds.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  12. Retinoid regulation of the zebrafish cyp26a1 promoter.

    PubMed

    Hu, Ping; Tian, Miao; Bao, Jie; Xing, Guangdong; Gu, Xingxing; Gao, Xiang; Linney, Elwood; Zhao, Qingshun

    2008-12-01

    Cyp26A1 is a major enzyme that controls retinoic acid (RA) homeostasis by metabolizing RA into bio-inactive metabolites. Previous research revealed that the mouse Cyp26A1 promoter has two canonical RA response elements (RAREs) that underlie the regulation of the gene by RA. Analyzing the 2,533-base pairs (2.5 k) genomic sequence upstream of zebrafish cyp26a1 start codon, we report that the two RAREs are conserved in zebrafish cyp26a1 promoter. Mutagenesis demonstrated that the two RAREs work synergistically in RA inducibility of cyp26a1. Fusing the 2.5 k (kilobase pairs) fragment to the enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (eYFP) reporter gene, we have generated two transgenic lines of zebrafish [Tg(cyp26a1:eYFP)]. The transgenic zebrafish display expression patterns similar to that of cyp26a1 gene in vivo. Consistent with the in vitro results, the reporter activity is RA inducible in embryos. Taken together, our results demonstrate that the 2.5 k fragment underlies the regulation of the zebrafish cyp26a1 gene by RA.

  13. Cysteine transporter SLC3A1 promotes breast cancer tumorigenesis

    PubMed Central

    Jiang, Yang; Cao, Yuan; Wang, Yongbin; Li, Wei; Liu, Xinyi; Lv, Yixuan; Li, Xiaoling; Mi, Jun

    2017-01-01

    Cysteine is an essential amino acid for infants, aged people as well as patients with metabolic disorders. Although the thiol group of cysteine side chain is active in oxidative reactions, the role of cysteine in cancer remains largely unknown. Here, we report that the expression level of the solute carrier family 3, member 1 (SLC3A1), the cysteine carrier, tightly correlated with clinical stages and patients' survival. Elevated SLC3A1 expression accelerated the cysteine uptake and the accumulation of reductive glutathione (GSH), leading to reduced reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS increased the stability and activity of PP2Ac, resulting in decreased AKT activity. Hence, SLC3A1 activated the AKT signaling through inhibiting PP2A phosphatase activity. Consistently, overexpression of SLC3A1 enhanced tumorigenesis of breast cancer cells, whereas blocking SLC3A1 either with specific siRNA or SLC3A1 specific inhibitor sulfasalazine suppressed tumor growth and also abolished dietary NAC-promoted tumor growth. Collectively, our data demonstrate that SLC3A1 promotes cysteine uptake and determines cellular response to antioxidant N-acetylcysteine, suggesting SLC3A1 is a potential therapeutic target for breast cancer. PMID:28382174

  14. 26 CFR 1.926(a)-1 - Distributions to shareholders.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  15. 26 CFR 1.926(a)-1 - Distributions to shareholders.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 10 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Distributions to shareholders. 1.926(a)-1... Distributions to shareholders. (a) Treatment of distributions. . For guidance, see § 1.926(a)-1T(a). (b) Order of distribution—(1) In general—(i) Distributions by a FSC received by a shareholder in a taxable...

  16. Note on the photoproduction of the charged A1

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Condo, G. T.; Handler, T.

    1987-05-01

    Arguments made nearly 15 years ago by Fox and Hey are updated in the light of recent experimental findings. These indicate that the charge-exchange photoproduction of the A1 should dominate that of the A2. Consistency with the experimental data demands an A1 mass of 1335+/-20 MeV and width of 180+/-55 MeV.

  17. 42 CFR 5a.1 - Statutory basis and purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

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  18. 42 CFR 5a.1 - Statutory basis and purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

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  19. 42 CFR 5a.1 - Statutory basis and purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

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  20. 32 CFR 809a.1 - Random installation entry point checks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 6 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Random installation entry point checks. 809a.1 Section 809a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE ADMINISTRATION INSTALLATION ENTRY POLICY, CIVIL DISTURBANCE INTERVENTION AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE...

  1. 26 CFR 1.402A-1 - Designated Roth Accounts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 5 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Designated Roth Accounts. 1.402A-1 Section 1... Roth Accounts. Q-1. What is a designated Roth account? A-1. A designated Roth account is a separate...(b) plan, to which designated Roth contributions are permitted to be made in lieu of...

  2. 26 CFR 1.402A-1 - Designated Roth Accounts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  3. 26 CFR 1.402A-1 - Designated Roth Accounts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  4. 26 CFR 1.665(a)-1 - Undistributed net income.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  5. 26 CFR 1.665(a)-1 - Undistributed net income.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  6. 26 CFR 49.4262(a)-1 - Taxable transportation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  7. 26 CFR 49.4262(a)-1 - Taxable transportation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  8. Hemoglobin A1c and Self-Monitored Average Glucose

    PubMed Central

    Kovatchev, Boris P.; Breton, Marc D.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Previously we have introduced the eA1c—a new approach to real-time tracking of average glycemia and estimation of HbA1c from infrequent self-monitoring (SMBG) data, which was developed and tested in type 2 diabetes. We now test eA1c in type 1 diabetes and assess its relationship to the hemoglobin glycation index (HGI)—an established predictor of complications and treatment effect. Methods: Reanalysis of previously published 12-month data from 120 patients with type 1 diabetes, age 39.15 (14.35) years, 51/69 males/females, baseline HbA1c = 7.99% (1.48), duration of diabetes 20.28 (12.92) years, number SMBG/day = 4.69 (1.84). Surrogate fasting BG and 7-point daily profiles were derived from these unstructured SMBG data and the previously reported eA1c method was applied without any changes. Following the literature, we calculated HGI = HbA1c – (0.009 × Fasting BG + 6.8). Results: The correlation of eA1c with reference HbA1c was r = .75, and its deviation from reference was MARD = 7.98%; 95% of all eA1c values fell within ±20% from reference. The HGI was well approximated by a linear combination of the eA1c calibration factors: HGI = 0.007552*θ1 + 0.007645*θ2 – 3.154 (P < .0001); 73% of low versus moderate-high HGIs were correctly classified by the same factors as well. Conclusions: The eA1c procedure developed in type 2 diabetes to track in real-time changes in average glycemia and present the results in HbA1c-equivalent units has shown similar performance in type 1 diabetes. The eA1c calibration factors are highly predictive of the HGI, thereby explaining partially the biological variation causing discrepancies between HbA1c and its linear estimates from SMBG data. PMID:26553023

  9. Observation of B+-->a1+(1260)K0 and B0-->a1-(1260)K+.

    PubMed

    Aubert, B; Bona, M; Boutigny, D; Karyotakis, Y; Lees, J P; Poireau, V; Prudent, X; Tisserand, V; Zghiche, A; Garra Tico, J; Grauges, E; Lopez, L; Palano, A; Pappagallo, M; Eigen, G; Stugu, B; Sun, L; Abrams, G S; Battaglia, M; Brown, D N; Button-Shafer, J; Cahn, R N; Groysman, Y; Jacobsen, R G; Kadyk, J A; Kerth, L T; Kolomensky, Yu G; Kukartsev, G; Lopes Pegna, D; Lynch, G; Mir, L M; Orimoto, T J; Osipenkov, I L; Ronan, M T; Tackmann, K; Tanabe, T; Wenzel, W A; Del Amo Sanchez, P; Hawkes, C M; Watson, A T; Koch, H; Schroeder, T; Walker, D; Asgeirsson, D J; Cuhadar-Donszelmann, T; Fulsom, B G; Hearty, C; Mattison, T S; McKenna, J A; Barrett, M; Khan, A; Saleem, M; Teodorescu, L; Blinov, V E; Bukin, A D; Druzhinin, V P; Golubev, V B; Onuchin, A P; Serednyakov, S I; Skovpen, Yu I; Solodov, E P; Todyshev, K Yu; Bondioli, M; Curry, S; Eschrich, I; Kirkby, D; Lankford, A J; Lund, P; Mandelkern, M; Martin, E C; Stoker, D P; Abachi, S; Buchanan, C; Foulkes, S D; Gary, J W; Liu, F; Long, O; Shen, B C; Vitug, G M; Zhang, L; Paar, H P; Rahatlou, S; Sharma, V; Berryhill, J W; Campagnari, C; Cunha, A; Dahmes, B; Hong, T M; Kovalskyi, D; Richman, J D; Beck, T W; Eisner, A M; Flacco, C J; Heusch, C A; Kroseberg, J; Lockman, W S; Schalk, T; Schumm, B A; Seiden, A; Wilson, M G; Winstrom, L O; Chen, E; Cheng, C H; Fang, F; Hitlin, D G; Narsky, I; Piatenko, T; Porter, F C; Andreassen, R; Mancinelli, G; Meadows, B T; Mishra, K; Sokoloff, M D; Blanc, F; Bloom, P C; Chen, S; Ford, W T; Hirschauer, J F; Kreisel, A; Nagel, M; Nauenberg, U; Olivas, A; Smith, J G; Ulmer, K A; Wagner, S R; Zhang, J; Gabareen, A M; Soffer, A; Toki, W H; Wilson, R J; Winklmeier, F; Altenburg, D D; Feltresi, E; Hauke, A; Jasper, H; Merkel, J; Petzold, A; Spaan, B; Wacker, K; Klose, V; Kobel, M J; Lacker, H M; Mader, W F; Nogowski, R; Schubert, J; Schubert, K R; Schwierz, R; Sundermann, J E; Volk, A; Bernard, D; Bonneaud, G R; Latour, E; Lombardo, V; Thiebaux, Ch; Verderi, M; Clark, P J; Gradl, W; Muheim, F; Playfer, S; 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    2008-02-08

    We present branching fraction measurements of the decays B(+)-->a(1)(+)(1260)K(0) and B(0)-->a(1)(-)(1260)K(+) with a(1)(+/-)(1260)-->pi(-/+)pi(+/-)pi(+/-). The data sample corresponds to 383 x 10(6) BB pairs produced in e(+)e(-) annihilation through the Upsilon(4S) resonance. We measure the products of the branching fractions B(B(+)-->a(1)(+)(1260)K(0)B(a(1)(+)(1260)-->pi(-)pi(+)pi(+))=(17.4+/-2.5+/-2.2) x 10(-6) and B(B(0)-->a(1)(-)(1260)K(+)B(a(1)(-)(1260)-->pi(+)pi(-)pi(-)) = (8.2+/-1.5+/-1.2) x 10(-6). We also measure the charge asymmetries A(ch)(B(+)-->a(1)(+)(1260)K(0) = 0.12+/-0.11+/-0.02 and A(ch)(B(0)-->a(1)(-)(1260)K+) = -0.16+/-0.12+/-0.01. The first uncertainty quoted is statistical and the second is systematic.

  10. The A1 and A1B proteins of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoparticles modulate 5' splice site selection in vivo.

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    Yang, X; Bani, M R; Lu, S J; Rowan, S; Ben-David, Y; Chabot, B

    1994-01-01

    Recent in vitro results suggest that the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoparticle (hnRNP) A1 protein modulates alternative splicing by favoring distal 5' splice site (5'SS) selection and exon skipping. We used a mouse erythroleukemia (MEL) cell line (CB3C7) deficient in the expression of hnRNP A1 to test whether variations in hnRNP A1 and AlB protein levels affected alternative splicing in vivo. In contrast to A1-expressing MEL cell lines, CB3C7 cells preferentially selected the proximal 13S and 12S 5'SS on the adenovirus E1A pre-mRNA. Transiently expressing the A1 or A1B cDNA in CB3C7 cells shifted 5'SS selection toward the more distal 9S donor site. A1 protein synthesis was required for this effect since the expression of a mutated A1 cDNA did not affect 5'SS selection. These results demonstrate that in vivo variations in hnRNP A1 protein levels can influence 5'SS selection. Images PMID:8041722

  11. A1/Bfl-1 in leukocyte development and cell death

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    Ottina, Eleonora; Tischner, Denise; Herold, Marco J.; Villunger, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    The function of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family member Bcl2a1/Bfl-1/A1 is poorly understood due to the lack of appropriate loss-of-function mouse models and redundant effects with other Bcl-2 pro-survival proteins upon overexpression. Expression analysis of A1 suggests predominant roles in leukocyte development, their survival upon viral or bacterial infection, as well as during allergic reactions. In addition, A1 has been implicated in autoimmunity and the pathology and therapy resistance of hematological as well as solid tumors that may aberrantly express this protein. In this review, we aim to summarize current knowledge on A1 biology, focusing on its role in the immune system and compare it to that of other pro-survival Bcl-2 proteins. PMID:22342458

  12. Tumor-Targeting Salmonella typhimurium A1-R: An Overview.

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    Hoffman, Robert M

    2016-01-01

    The present chapter reviews the development of the tumor-targeting amino-acid auxotrophic strain S. typhimurium A1 and the in vivo selection and characterization of the high-tumor-targeting strain S. typhimurium A1-R. Efficacy of S. typhimurium A1-R in nude-mouse models of prostate, breast, pancreatic, and ovarian cancer, as well as sarcoma and glioma in orthotopic mouse models is described. Also reviewed is efficacy of S. typhimurium A1-R targeting of primary bone tumor and lung metastasis of high-grade osteosarcoma, breast-cancer brain metastasis, and experimental breast-cancer bone metastasis in orthotopic mouse models. The efficacy of S. typhimurium A1-R on pancreatic cancer stem cells, on pancreatic cancer in combination with anti-angiogenic agents, as well as on cervical cancer, soft-tissue sarcoma, and pancreatic cancer patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) mouse models, is also described.

  13. Natural products isolated from Mexican medicinal plants: novel inhibitors of sulfotransferases, SULT1A1 and SULT2A1.

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    Mesía-Vela, S; Sańchez, R I; Estrada-Muñiz, E; Alavez-Solano, D; Torres-Sosa, C; Jiménez, M; Estrada; Reyes-Chilpa, R; Kauffman, F C

    2001-11-01

    Calophyllum brasiliense, Lonchocarpus oaxacensis, and Lonchocarpus guatemalensis are used in Latin American folk medicine. Four natural xanthones, an acetylated derivative, and two coumarins were obtained from C. brasiliense. Two flavanones were extracted from L. oaxacensis and one chalcone from L guatemalensis. These compounds were tested as substrates and inhibitors for two recombinant sulfotransferases (SULTs) involved in the metabolism of many endogenous compounds and foreign chemicals. Assays were performed using recombinant phenolsulfotransferase (SULT1A1) and hydroxysteroidsulfotransferase (SULT2A1). Three of the five xanthones, one of the flavonoids and the coumarins tested were substrates for SULT1A1. None of the xanthones or the flavonoids were sulfonated by SULT2A1, whereas the coumarin mammea A/BA was a substrate for this enzyme. The natural xanthones reversibly inhibited SULT1A1 with IC50 values ranging from 1.6 to 7 microM whereas much higher amounts of these compounds were required to inhibit SULT2A1 (IC50 values of 26-204 microM). The flavonoids inhibited SULT1A1 with IC50 values ranging from 9.5 to 101 microM, which compared with amounts needed to inhibit SULT2A1 (IC50 values of 11 to 101 microM). Both coumarins inhibited SULT1A1 with IC50 values of 47 and 185 pM, and SULT2A1 with IC50 values of 16 and 31 microM. The acetylated xanthone did not inhibit either SULT1AI or SULT2A1 activity. Rotenone from a commercial source had potency comparable to that of the flavonoids isolated from Lonchocarpus for inhibiting both SULTs. The potency of this inhibition depends on the position and number of hydroxyls. The results indicate that SULT1A1, but not SULT2A1, is highly sensitive to inhibition by xanthones. Conversely, SULT2A1 is 3-6 times more sensitive to coumarins than SULT1A1. The flavonoids are non-specific inhibitors of the two SULTs. Collectively, the results suggest that these types of natural products have the potential for important

  14. Aldehyde dehydrogenase 1A1 in stem cells and cancer

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    Tomita, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Kaori; Tanaka, Takuji; Hara, Akira

    2016-01-01

    The human genome contains 19 putatively functional aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) genes, which encode enzymes critical for detoxification of endogenous and exogenous aldehyde substrates through NAD(P)+-dependent oxidation. ALDH1 has three main isotypes, ALDH1A1, ALDH1A2, and ALDH1A3, and is a marker of normal tissue stem cells (SC) and cancer stem cells (CSC), where it is involved in self-renewal, differentiation and self-protection. Experiments with murine and human cells indicate that ALDH1 activity, predominantly attributed to isotype ALDH1A1, is tissue- and cancer-specific. High ALDH1 activity and ALDH1A1 overexpression are associated with poor cancer prognosis, though high ALDH1 and ALDH1A1 levels do not always correlate with highly malignant phenotypes and poor clinical outcome. In cancer therapy, ALDH1A1 provides a useful therapeutic CSC target in tissue types that normally do not express high levels of ALDH1A1, including breast, lung, esophagus, colon and stomach. Here we review the functions and mechanisms of ALDH1A1, the key ALDH isozyme linked to SC populations and an important contributor to CSC function in cancers, and we outline its potential in future anticancer strategies. PMID:26783961

  15. Effect of DNA methylation profile on OATP3A1 and OATP4A1 transcript levels in colorectal cancer.

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    Rawłuszko-Wieczorek, Agnieszka Anna; Horst, Nikodem; Horbacka, Karolina; Bandura, Artur Szymon; Świderska, Monika; Krokowicz, Piotr; Jagodziński, Paweł Piotr

    2015-08-01

    Epidemiological studies indicate that 17β-estradiol (E2) prevents colorectal cancer (CRC). Organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATPs) are involved in the cellular uptake of various endogenous and exogenous substrates, including hormone conjugates. Because transfer of estrone sulfate (E1-S) can contribute to intra-tissue conversion of estrone to the biologically active form -E2, it is evident that the expression patterns of OATPs may be relevant to the analysis of CRC incidence and therapy. We therefore evaluated DNA methylation and transcript levels of two members of the OATP family, OATP3A1 and OATP4A1, that may be involved in E1-S transport in colorectal cancer patients. We detected a significant reduction in OATP3A1 and a significant increase in OATP4A1 mRNA levels in cancerous tissue, compared with histopathologically unchanged tissue (n=103). Moreover, we observed DNA hypermethylation in the OATP3A1 promoter region in a small subset of CRC patients and in HCT116 and Caco-2 colorectal cancer cell lines. We also observed increased OATP3A1 transcript following treatment with 5-aza-2-deoxycytidine and sodium butyrate. The OATP4A1 promoter region was hypomethylated in analyzed tissues and CRC cell lines and was not affected by these treatments. Our results suggest a potential mechanism for OATP3A1 downregulation that involves DNA methylation during colorectal carcinogenesis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  16. Temporal trends of hemoglobin A1c testing.

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    Pivovarov, Rimma; Albers, David J; Hripcsak, George; Sepulveda, Jorge L; Elhadad, Noémie

    2014-01-01

    The study of utilization patterns can quantify potential overuse of laboratory tests and find new ways to reduce healthcare costs. We demonstrate the use of distributional analytics for comparing electronic health record (EHR) laboratory test orders across time to diagnose and quantify overutilization. We looked at hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing across 119,000 patients and 15 years of hospital records. We examined the patterns of HbA1c ordering before and after the publication of the 2002 American Diabetes Association guidelines for HbA1c testing. We conducted analyses to answer three questions. What are the patterns of HbA1c ordering? Do HbA1c orders follow the guidelines with respect to frequency of measurement? If not, how and why do they depart from the guidelines? The raw number of HbA1c orderings has steadily increased over time, with a specific increase in low-measurement orderings (<6.5%). There is a change in ordering pattern following the 2002 guideline (p<0.001). However, by comparing ordering distributions, we found that the changes do not reflect the guidelines and rather exhibit a new practice of rapid-repeat testing. The rapid-retesting phenomenon does not follow the 2009 guidelines for diabetes diagnosis either, illustrated by a stratified HbA1c value analysis. Results suggest HbA1c test overutilization, and contributing factors include lack of care coordination, unexpected values prompting retesting, and point-of-care tests followed by confirmatory laboratory tests. We present a method of comparing ordering distributions in an EHR across time as a useful diagnostic approach for identifying and assessing the trend of inappropriate use over time. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  17. Ranolazine and Its Effects on Hemoglobin A1C.

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    Greiner, Lindsey; Hurren, Kathryn; Brenner, Michael

    2016-05-01

    To review the antihyperglycemic effect of ranolazine in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). An EMBASE search was conducted between January 1966 through December 2015 using the search termsranolazine, diabetes, andhemoglobin A1C(A1C). Additional references were identified from a review of literature citations. A search of clinicaltrials.gov was conducted to identify unpublished studies assessing ranolazine in diabetes. All English-language observational and randomized controlled trials assessing the effects of ranolazine on A1C were evaluated. Four published and 3 unpublished trials were identified. In all except 1 study, ranolazine 750 to 1000 mg twice daily was associated with a statistically significant decrease in A1C compared with placebo (placebo-corrected change in A1C: -0.28 to -0.7). In the trial in which a significant difference was not observed, patients assigned to ranolazine received a lower maintenance metformin dose compared with patients not assigned to ranolazine. A greater percentage of patients randomized to ranolazine achieved an A1C<7% compared with the placebo group (41.2%-59% vs 25.7%-49%). Ranolazine was not associated with an increase in the incidence of hypoglycemia and was well tolerated overall. The mechanism for lowering of A1C has not been determined. Ranolazine therapy may decrease A1C among patients with T2DM without an increase in hypoglycemia. For patients with T2DM and chronic stable angina, ranolazine may be of use given its utility in cardiovascular disease and benefit in A1C lowering. © The Author(s) 2016.

  18. The correlation of hemoglobin A1c to blood glucose.

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    Sikaris, Ken

    2009-05-01

    The understanding that hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) represents the average blood glucose level of patients over the previous 120 days underlies the current management of diabetes. Even in making such a statement, we speak of "average blood glucose" as though "blood glucose" were itself a simple idea. When we consider all the blood glucose forms-arterial versus venous versus capillary, whole blood versus serum versus fluoride-preserved plasma, fasting versus nonfasting-we can start to see that this is not a simple issue. Nevertheless, it seems as though HbA1c correlates to any single glucose measurement. Having more than one measurement and taking those measurements in the preceding month improves the correlation further. In particular, by having glucose measurements that reflect both the relatively lower overnight glucose levels and measurements that reflect the postprandial peaks improves not only our ability to manage diabetes patients, but also our understanding of how HbA1c levels are determined. Modern continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices may take thousands of glucose results over a week. Several studies have shown that CGM glucose averages account for the vast proportion of the variation of HbA1c. The ability to relate HbA1c to average glucose may become a popular method for reporting HbA1c, eliminating current concerns regarding differences in HbA1c standardization. Hemoglobin A1c expressed as an average glucose may be more understandable to patients and improve not only their understanding, but also their ability to improve their diabetes management. 2009 Diabetes Technology Society.

  19. The Correlation of Hemoglobin A1c to Blood Glucose

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    Sikaris, Ken

    2009-01-01

    The understanding that hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) represents the average blood glucose level of patients over the previous 120 days underlies the current management of diabetes. Even in making such a statement, we speak of “average blood glucose” as though “blood glucose” were itself a simple idea. When we consider all the blood glucose forms—arterial versus venous versus capillary, whole blood versus serum versus fluoride-preserved plasma, fasting versus nonfasting—we can start to see that this is not a simple issue. Nevertheless, it seems as though HbA1c correlates to any single glucose measurement. Having more than one measurement and taking those measurements in the preceding month improves the correlation further. In particular, by having glucose measurements that reflect both the relatively lower overnight glucose levels and measurements that reflect the postprandial peaks improves not only our ability to manage diabetes patients, but also our understanding of how HbA1c levels are determined. Modern continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices may take thousands of glucose results over a week. Several studies have shown that CGM glucose averages account for the vast proportion of the variation of HbA1c. The ability to relate HbA1c to average glucose may become a popular method for reporting HbA1c, eliminating current concerns regarding differences in HbA1c standardization. Hemoglobin A1c expressed as an average glucose may be more understandable to patients and improve not only their understanding, but also their ability to improve their diabetes management. PMID:20144279

  20. Factors influencing reticulophagocytic function in insulin-treated diabetes

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    Lawrence, S.; Charlesworth, J.A.; Pussell, B.A.; Campbell, L.V.; Kotowicz, M.A.

    1984-09-01

    The splenic component of reticulophagocytic function (RPF) was examined in 29 insulin-treated diabetic subjects (13 type I and 16 type II) by measurement of clearance of altered, radiolabeled, autologous erythrocytes. Double-isotope studies were performed with cells altered by: (1) preincubation with N-ethylmaleimide (NEM) and (2) coating with IgG antibody to the Rhesus (Rh) D antigen, labeled with 99mTc and 51Cr, respectively. HLA typing for the A, B, and DR loci was performed in those patients showing a defect in the clearance of IgG-coated cells. Values for half-life (t1/2) were correlated with the incidence of diabetic complications, levels of HbA1, and circulating immune complexes (CIC). Two patterns of abnormal clearance were observed: first, an isolated defect of IgG-coated cell clearance in 7 patients (3 had the HLA B8/DR3 haplotype) and second, abnormal removal of both types of cell in a further 7 patients (3 had B8/DR3). There was no correlation between half-lives as measured by the two methods, although exclusion of the patients with a defect of IgG-coated cell clearance alone yielded a highly significant correlation for the remaining 15 Rh-positive patients (P less than 0.01). Abnormalities of IgG-coated cell clearance were more frequent in patients with HbA1 greater than 9% (P less than 0.02), while t1/2 of NEM-altered cells was significantly greater in patients with CIC (P less than 0.05). There was no correlation between t1/2 and the incidence of peripheral complications.

  1. Human aldehyde dehydrogenase 3A1 (ALDH3A1): biochemical characterization and immunohistochemical localization in the cornea.

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    Pappa, Aglaia; Estey, Tia; Manzer, Rizwan; Brown, Donald; Vasiliou, Vasilis

    2003-01-01

    ALDH3A1 (aldehyde dehydrogenase 3A1) is expressed at high concentrations in the mammalian cornea and it is believed that it protects this vital tissue and the rest of the eye against UV-light-induced damage. The precise biological function(s) and cellular distribution of ALDH3A1 in the corneal tissue remain to be elucidated. Among the hypotheses proposed for ALDH3A1 function in cornea is detoxification of aldehydes formed during UV-induced lipid peroxidation. To investigate in detail the biochemical properties and distribution of this protein in the human cornea, we expressed human ALDH3A1 in Sf9 insect cells using a baculovirus vector and raised monoclonal antibodies against ALDH3A1. Recombinant ALDH3A1 protein was purified to homogeneity with a single-step affinity chromatography method using 5'-AMP-Sepharose 4B. Human ALDH3A1 demonstrated high substrate specificity for medium-chain (6 carbons and more) saturated and unsaturated aldehydes, including 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal, which are generated by the peroxidation of cellular lipids. Short-chain aliphatic aldehydes, such as acetaldehyde, propionaldehyde and malondialdehyde, were found to be very poor substrates for human ALDH3A1. In addition, ALDH3A1 metabolized glyceraldehyde poorly and did not metabolize glucose 6-phosphate, 6-phosphoglucono-delta-lactone and 6-phosphogluconate at all, suggesting that this enzyme is not involved in either glycolysis or the pentose phosphate pathway. Immunohistochemistry in human corneas, using the monoclonal antibodies described herein, revealed ALDH3A1 expression in epithelial cells and stromal keratocytes, but not in endothelial cells. Overall, these cumulative findings support the metabolic function of ALDH3A1 as a part of a corneal cellular defence mechanism against oxidative damage caused by aldehydic products of lipid peroxidation. Both recombinant human ALDH3A1 and the highly specific monoclonal antibodies described in the present paper may prove to be useful in probing

  2. Prevalence of normoglycemic, prediabetic and diabetic A1c levels

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    Aponte, Judith

    2013-01-01

    AIM: To investigate normoglycemic, prediabetic and diabetic A1c levels in those with prediabetes; and prediabetic and diabetic A1c levels in those with non-prediabetes. METHODS: The National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2008 and NHANES 2009-2010 were utilized to examine and compare trends and differences among five different ethnic groups (Mexican Americans, Other Hispanics, Non-Hispanic Whites, Non-Hispanic Blacks, Other/Multi-racials) with normoglycemic, prediabetic and diabetic A1c levels with self-reported prediabetes and prediabetic and diabetic A1c levels in those with self-reported non-prediabetes. Sample participants of the five ethnic groups were limited to those 20 years of age and older, who had completed the diabetes questionnaire and had A1c measured. Descriptive statistics were computed for all variables. χ2 were performed on all five ethnic groups to examine significant differences of normoglycemic, prediabetic and diabetic A1c levels in those with self-reported prediabetes, and prediabetic and diabetic A1c levels in those with self-reported non-prediabetes. RESULTS: This study demonstrates that of the five different ethnic groups from NHANES 2007-2008 to NHANES 2009-2010, Non-Hispanic Whites (6.5% increase) and Non-Hispanic Blacks (0.2% increase) were the only two groups with an increase in the number of self-reported prediabetes. Although the overall percentage of Mexican Americans who self-reported prediabetes had remained the same (5%) from NHANES 2007-2008 to NHANES 2009-2010, χ2 analysis showed significant differences when examining the different ranges of A1c levels (normoglycemic, prediabetic and diabetic). Among Mexican Americans who self-reported prediabetes, normoglycemic (P = 0.0001) and diabetic (P = 0.0001) A1c levels from NHANES 2007-2008 to NHANES 2009-2010. For Non-Hispanic Whites who self-reported prediabetes, prediabetic (P = 0.0222); and diabetic (P ≤ 0.0001) A1c levels from NHANES 2007-2008 to

  3. Plasma apolipoprotein A1 as a biomarker for Parkinson disease.

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    Qiang, Judy K; Wong, Yvette C; Siderowf, Andrew; Hurtig, Howard I; Xie, Sharon X; Lee, Virginia M-Y; Trojanowski, John Q; Yearout, Dora; B Leverenz, James; Montine, Thomas J; Stern, Matt; Mendick, Susan; Jennings, Danna; Zabetian, Cyrus; Marek, Ken; Chen-Plotkin, Alice S

    2013-07-01

    To identify plasma-based biomarkers for Parkinson disease (PD) risk. In a discovery cohort of 152 PD patients, plasma levels of 96 proteins were measured by multiplex immunoassay; proteins associated with age at PD onset were identified by linear regression. Findings from discovery screening were then assessed in a second cohort of 187 PD patients, using a different technique. Finally, in a third cohort of at-risk, asymptomatic individuals enrolled in the Parkinson's Associated Risk Study (PARS, n = 134), plasma levels of the top candidate biomarker were measured, and dopamine transporter (DAT) imaging was performed, to evaluate the association of plasma protein levels with dopaminergic system integrity. One of the best candidate protein biomarkers to emerge from discovery screening was apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1; p = 0.001). Low levels of ApoA1 correlated with earlier PD onset, with a 26% decrease in risk of developing PD associated with each tertile increase in ApoA1 (Cox proportional hazards, p < 0.001, hazard ratio = 0.742). The association between plasma ApoA1 levels and age at PD onset was replicated in an independent cohort of PD patients (p < 0.001). Finally, in the PARS cohort of high-risk, asymptomatic subjects, lower plasma levels of ApoA1 were associated with greater putaminal DAT deficit (p = 0.037). Lower ApoA1 levels correlate with dopaminergic system vulnerability in symptomatic PD patients and in asymptomatic individuals with physiological reductions in dopamine transporter density consistent with prodromal PD. Plasma ApoA1 may be a new biomarker for PD risk. Copyright © 2013 American Neurological Association.

  4. Hemoglobin A1c predicts healing rate in diabetic wounds.

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    Christman, Andrea L; Selvin, Elizabeth; Margolis, David J; Lazarus, Gerald S; Garza, Luis A

    2011-10-01

    Lower-extremity wounds are a major complication of diabetes. Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) reflects glycemia over 2-3 months and is the standard measure used to monitor glycemia in diabetic patients, but results from studies have not shown a consistent association of HbA1c with wound healing. We hypothesized that elevated HbA1c would be most associated with poor wound healing. To test this hypothesis, we conducted a retrospective cohort study of 183 diabetic individuals treated at the Johns Hopkins Wound Center. Our primary outcome was wound-area healing rate (cm(2) per day). Calibrated tracings of digital images were used to measure wound area. We estimated coefficients for healing rate using a multiple linear regression model controlling for clustering of wounds within individuals and other common clinic variables. The study population was 45% female and 41% African American, with a mean age of 61 years. Mean HbA1c was 8.0%, and there were 2.3 wounds per individual (310 wounds total). Of all measures assessed, only HbA1c was significantly associated with wound-area healing rate. In particular, for each 1.0% point increase in HbA1c, the daily wound-area healing rate decreased by 0.028 cm(2) per day (95% confidence interval: 0.003, 0.0054, P = 0.027). Our results suggest that glycemia, as assessed by HbA1c, may be an important biomarker in predicting wound-healing rate in diabetic patients.JID JOURNAL CLUB ARTICLE: For questions, answers, and open discussion about this article, please go to http://www.nature.com/jid/journalclub.

  5. A 1K Shadow RAM for circumvention applications

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    Murray, J.R.

    1991-01-01

    A 1K bit Shadow RAM has been developed for storage of critical data in a high transient radiation environment. The circuit includes a 1K bit (128 {times} 8) static RAM with two non-volatile (NV) shadows. The NV shadows are used to back-up the data in the static RAM allowing the circuit to be powered down during transient radiation without losing critical data. This paper will describe the circuit's operation and characterization results.

  6. Plasma Apolipoprotein A1 as a Biomarker for Parkinson's Disease

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    Qiang, Judy K.; Wong, Yvette C.; Siderowf, Andrew; Hurtig, Howard I.; Xie, Sharon X.; Lee, Virginia M.-Y.; Trojanowski, John Q.; Yearout, Dora; Leverenz, James; Montine, Thomas J.; Stern, Matt; Mendick, Susan; Jennings, Danna; Zabetian, Cyrus; Marek, Ken; Chen-Plotkin, Alice S.

    2013-01-01

    Objective To identify plasma-based biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease (PD) risk. Methods In a discovery cohort of 152 PD patients, plasma levels of 96 proteins were measured by multiplex immunoassay; proteins associated with age at PD onset were identified by linear regression. Findings from discovery screening were then assessed in a second cohort of 187 PD patients, using a different technique. Finally, in a third cohort of at-risk, asymptomatic individuals enrolled in the Parkinson's Associated Risk Study (PARS, n=134), plasma levels of the top candidate biomarker were measured, and dopamine transporter (DAT) imaging performed, to evaluate the association of plasma protein levels with dopaminergic system integrity. Results One of the best candidate protein biomarkers to emerge from discovery screening was apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1, p=0.001). Low levels of ApoA1 correlated with earlier PD onset, with a 26% decrease in risk of developing PD associated with each tertile increase in ApoA1 (Cox proportional hazards p<0.001, hazard ratio=0.742). The association between plasma ApoA1 levels and age at PD onset replicated in an independent cohort of PD patients (p<0.001). Finally, in the PARS cohort of high-risk, asymptomatic subjects, lower plasma levels of ApoA1 were associated with greater putaminal DAT deficit (p=0.037). Interpretation Lower ApoA1 levels correlate with dopaminergic system vulnerability in symptomatic PD patients and in asymptomatic individuals with physiological reductions in dopamine transporter density consistent with prodromal PD. Plasma ApoA1 may be a new biomarker for PD risk. PMID:23447138

  7. COL4A1 mutation in preterm intraventricular hemorrhage.

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    Bilguvar, Kaya; DiLuna, Michael L; Bizzarro, Matthew J; Bayri, Yasar; Schneider, Karen C; Lifton, Richard P; Gunel, Murat; Ment, Laura R

    2009-11-01

    Intraventricular hemorrhage is a common complication of preterm infants. Mutations in the type IV procollagen gene, COL4A1, are associated with cerebral small vessel disease with hemorrhage in adults and fetuses. We report a rare variant in COL4A1 associated with intraventricular hemorrhage in dizygotic preterm twins. These results expand the spectrum of diseases attributable to mutations in type IV procollagens.

  8. CYP24A1 — EDRN Public Portal

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    The CYP24A1 protein is a member of the cytochrome P450 superfamily of enzymes. The cytochrome P450 proteins are monooxygenases which catalyze many reactions involved in drug metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, steroids and other lipids. CYP24A1 is involved in maintaining calcium homeostasis and catalyzes the NADPH-dependent 24-hydroxylation of calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D3) and calcitriol (1-alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3). Several different isoforms exist, encoded by alternatively spliced transcript variants.

  9. ISS 7A.1 Flight Control Team Photo in BFCR

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    2001-08-17

    JSC2001-02225 (17 August 2001) --- The members of the STS-105/ISS 7A.1 Orbit 2 team pose for a group portrait in the International Space Station (ISS) flight control room (BFCR) in Houston’s Mission Control Center (MCC). Orbit 2 flight director Rick LaBrode (front right) holds the STS-105 mission logo, and Astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham, ISS spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM), holds the ISS 7A.1 mission logo.

  10. 26 CFR 31.6402(a)-1 - Credits or refunds.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Credits or refunds. 31.6402(a)-1 Section 31... Revenue Code of 1954) § 31.6402(a)-1 Credits or refunds. (a) In general. For regulations under section 6402 of special application to credits or refunds of employment taxes, see §§ 31.6402(a)-2, 31.6402(a...

  11. Production of a_1 in heavy meson decays

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    Wang, Wei; Zhao, Zhen-Xing

    2016-02-01

    In this work, we study various decays of heavy B / D mesons into the a_1(1260), based on the form factors derived in different nonperturbative or factorization approaches. These decay modes are helpful to explore the dynamics in the heavy to light transitions. Meanwhile they can also provide insights to a newly discovered state, the a_1(1420) with I^G(J^{PC})= 1^-(1^{++}) observed in the π ^+ f_0(980) final state in the π ^-p→ π ^+π ^-π ^- p process. Available theoretical explanations include tetraquark or rescattering effects due to a_1(1260) decays. If the a_1(1420) were induced by the rescattering, its production rates are completely determined by those of the a_1(1260). Our numerical results for decays into the a_1(1260) indicate that there is a promising prospect to study these decays on experiments including BES-III, LHCb, Babar, Belle, and CLEO-c, the forthcoming Super-KEKB factory and the under-design Circular Electron-Positron Collider.

  12. Respirable coal dust particles modify cytochrome P4501A1 (CYP1A1) expression in rat alveolar cells.

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    Ghanem, Mohamed M; Porter, Dale; Battelli, Lori A; Vallyathan, Val; Kashon, Michael L; Ma, Jane Y; Barger, Mark W; Nath, Joginder; Castranova, Vincent; Hubbs, Ann F

    2004-08-01

    Cytochrome P4501A1 (CYP1A1) metabolizes polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in cigarette smoke to DNA-binding reactive intermediates associated with carcinogenesis. Epidemiologic studies indicate that the majority of coal miners are smokers but have a lower risk of lung cancer than other smokers. We hypothesized that coal dust (CD) exposure modifies pulmonary carcinogenesis by altering CYP1A1 induction. Therefore, male Sprague Dawley rats were intratracheally instilled with 2.5, 10, 20, or 40 mg CD/rat or vehicle (saline); and 11 d later, pulmonary CYP1A1 was induced by intraperitoneal injection of beta-naphthoflavone (BNF; 50 mg/kg). Fourteen days after CD exposure, CYP1A1 protein and activity were measured by Western blot and 7-ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase activity, respectively. CYP1A1 and the alveolar type II markers, cytokeratins 8/18, were localized and quantified in lung sections by dual immunofluorescence with morphometry. The area of CYP1A1 expression in alveolar septa and alveolar type II cells in response to BNF was reduced by exposure to 20 or 40 mg CD compared with BNF alone. CD exposure significantly inhibited BNF-induced 7-ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase activity in a dose-responsive manner. By Western blot, induction of CYP1A1 protein by BNF was significantly reduced by 40 mg CD compared with BNF alone. These findings indicate that CD decreases BNF-induced CYP1A1 protein expression and activity in the lung.

  13. Insufficient Sensitivity of Hemoglobin A1C (A1C) Determination in Diagnosis or Screening of Early Diabetic States

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    Fajans, Stefan S.; Herman, William H.; Oral, Elif A.

    2010-01-01

    An International Expert Committee made recommendations for using the hemoglobin A1C (A1C) assay as the preferred method for diagnosis of diabetes in nonpregnant individuals. A concentration of ≥ 6.5% was considered as diagnostic. It is the aim of this study to compare the sensitivity of A1C with that of plasma glucose concentrations in subjects with early diabetes or IGT. We chose two groups of subjects who had A1C of ≤ 6.4%. The first group of 89 subjects had family histories of diabetes (MODY or T2DM) and had OGTT and A1C determinations. They included 36 subjects with diabetes or IGT and 53 with normal OGTT. The second group of 58 subjects was screened for diabetes in our Diabetes Clinic by FPG or 2HPG or OGTT and A1C and similar comparisons were made. Subjects with diabetes or IGT, including those with fasting hyperglycemia, had A1C ranging from 5.0 – 6.4%, mean 5.8%. The subjects with normal OGTT had A1C of 4.2 – 6.3%, mean 5.4% or 5.5% for the two groups. A1C may be in the normal range in subjects with diabetes or IGT, including those with fasting hyperglycemia. Approximately one third of subjects with early diabetes and IGT have A1C <5.7%, the cut-point that ADA recommends as indicating the onset of risk of developing diabetes in the future. The results of our study are similar to those obtained by a large Dutch epidemiological study. If our aim is to recognize early diabetic states to apply effective prophylactic procedures to prevent or delay progression to more severe diabetes, A1C is not sufficiently sensitive or reliable for diagnosis of diabetes or IGT. A combination of A1C and plasma glucose determinations, where necessary, are recommended for diagnosis or screening of diabetes or IGT. PMID:20723948

  14. The diverse chemistry of cytochrome P450 17A1 (P450c17, CYP17A1)

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    Yoshimoto, Francis K.; Auchus, Richard J.

    2014-01-01

    The steroid hydroxylation and carbon-carbon bond cleavage activities of cytochrome P450 17A1 (CYP17A1) are responsible for the production of glucocorticoids and androgens, respectively. The inhibition of androgen synthesis is an important strategy to treat androgen-dependent prostate cancer. We discuss the different enzymatic activities towards the various substrates of CYP17A1, demonstrating its promiscuity. Additionally, a novel interhelical interaction is proposed between the F-G loop and the B′-helix to explain the 16α-hydroxylase activity of human CYP17A1 with progesterone as the substrate. The techniques used by biochemists to study this important enzyme are also summarized. PMID:25482340

  15. Mitochondrial haplogroup M9a1a1c1b is associated with hypoxic adaptation in the Tibetans.

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    Li, Qian; Lin, Keqin; Sun, Hao; Liu, Shuyuan; Huang, Kai; Huang, Xiaoqin; Chu, Jiayou; Yang, Zhaoqing

    2016-12-01

    While hypoxic environment at high altitude remains a major challenge for travelers from low-altitude areas, Tibetans have adapted to the high-altitude environment. Mitochondria are the energy conversion and supplement centers in eukaryotic cells. In recent years, studies have found that the diversity of the mitochondrial genome may have a role in the adaptation to hypoxia in Tibetans. In this study, mitochondrial haplogroup classification and variant genotyping were performed in Tibetan and Han Chinese populations living at different altitudes. The frequencies of mitochondrial haplogroups B and M7 in the high-altitude population were significantly lower compared with those in the low-altitude population (P=0.003 and 0.029, respectively), whereas the frequencies of haplogroups G and M9a1a1c1b in the high-altitude group were significantly higher compared with those in the low-altitude group (P=0.01 and 0.002, respectively). The frequencies of T3394C and G7697A, which are the definition sites of haplogroup M9a1a1c1b, were significantly higher in the high-altitude group compared with that in the low-altitude group (P=0.012 and 0.02, respectively). Our results suggest that mitochondrial haplogroups B and M7 are associated with inadaptability to hypoxic environments, whereas haplogroups G and M9a1a1c1b may be associated with hypoxic adaptation. In particular, the T3394C and G7697A variants on haplogroup M9a1a1c1b may be the primary cause of adaptation to hypoxia.

  16. ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF VITAMINS A1 AND A2

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    Wald, George

    1939-01-01

    The distribution of vitamins A1 and A2 has been determined in the eye tissues and livers of a number of fishes. The vitamins were differentiated by means of the antimony chloride reaction, which yields with A1 a band at 615–620 mµ and with A2 a band at about 696 mµ. In the retina the presence of vitamin A1 is diagnostic of the operation of a rhodopsin, and vitamin A2 of a porphyropsin cycle. The eye tissues of all permanently marine fishes examined, except the tautog, contain vitamin A1 alone. Those of all permanently freshwater fishes possess only vitamin A2. Those of all euryhaline (potentially migratory) fishes, except possibly the alewife, contain mixtures of both vitamins A, and always predominantly that one which ordinarily is associated with the environment in which the fish is spawned. These correlations extend in part to the liver oils, but most livers contain mixtures of both vitamins A, and occasionally in proportions the reverse of those in the eye tissues. The vitamin A configuration does not depend upon environmental circumstances, but is determined genetically. The transfer from vitamin A1 to A2 metabolism appears associated phylogenetically with migration of marine teleosts into fresh water. PMID:19873110

  17. Rare SLC1A1 variants in hot water epilepsy.

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    Karan, Kalpita Rashimi; Satishchandra, P; Sinha, Sanjib; Anand, Anuranjan

    2017-03-21

    Hot water epilepsy is sensory epilepsy, wherein seizures are triggered by an unusual stimulus: contact with hot water. Although genetic factors contribute to the etiology of hot water epilepsy, molecular underpinnings of the disorder remain largely unknown. We aimed to identify the molecular genetic basis of the disorder by studying families with two or more of their members affected with hot water epilepsy. Using a combination of genome-wide linkage mapping and whole exome sequencing, a missense variant was identified in SLC1A1 in a three-generation family. Further, we examined SLC1A1in probands of 98 apparently unrelated HWE families with positive histories of seizures provoked by contact with hot water. In doing so, we found three rare variants, p.Asp174Asn, p.Val251Ile and p.Ile304Met in the gene. SLC1A1 is a neuronal glutamate transporter which limits excitotoxicity and its loss-of-function leads to age-dependent neurodegeneration. We examined functional attributes of the variants in cultured mammalian cells. All three non-synonymous variants affected glutamate uptake, exhibited altered glutamate kinetics and anion conductance properties of SLC1A1. These observations provide insights into the molecular basis of hot water epilepsy and show the role of SLC1A1 variants in this intriguing neurobehavioral disorder.

  18. CYP17A1: a biochemistry, chemistry, and clinical review.

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    Porubek, David

    2013-01-01

    Cytochrome P450 17A1 (CYP17A1; also P450c17and P450sccII) is a critically important enzyme in humans that catalyzes the formation of all endogenous androgens. It is an atypical cytochrome P450 enzyme in that it catalyzes two distinct types of substrate oxidation. Through its hydroxylase activity, it catalyzes the 17α-hydroxylation of pregnenolone to 17α-OH pregnenolone. Subsequently, through its C17,20lyase activity, it can further convert 17α-OH pregnenolone to the androgen dehydroepiandrosterone, which is a precursor to androstenedione, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone. The importance of androgens in diseases such as prostate cancer has been appreciated for decades and the discovery of extra-testicular formation of androgens has helped clarify the pathology of the disease, especially the castrate- resistant disease. Therefore, specific inhibition of CYP17A1 by therapeutic intervention has been an area of considerable effort in several research laboratories. This basic research has led to the discovery of several promising drug candidates followed by the conduct of several clinical trials. Recently, all these efforts have culminated in the first approval by FDA of an inhibitor of CYP17A1 for the treatment of castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Ongoing clinical trials are now evaluating the agent in earlier stages of prostate cancer and even rare forms of androgen-dependent breast cancer. Accordingly, this review focuses on the biochemistry, chemistry, and clinical inhibitors of CYP17A1.

  19. Clustered O-Glycans of IgA1

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    Takahashi, Kazuo; Wall, Stephanie B.; Suzuki, Hitoshi; Smith, Archer D.; Hall, Stacy; Poulsen, Knud; Kilian, Mogens; Mobley, James A.; Julian, Bruce A.; Mestecky, Jiri; Novak, Jan; Renfrow, Matthew B.

    2010-01-01

    IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common primary glomerulonephritis in the world. Aberrantly glycosylated IgA1, with galactose (Gal)-deficient hinge region (HR) O-glycans, plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of the disease. It is not known whether the glycosylation defect occurs randomly or preferentially at specific sites. We have described the utility of activated ion-electron capture dissociation (AI-ECD) mass spectrometric analysis of IgA1 O-glycosylation. However, locating and characterizing the entire range of O-glycan attachment sites are analytically challenging due to the clustered serine and threonine residues in the HR of IgA1 heavy chain. To address this problem, we analyzed all glycoforms of the HR glycopeptides of a Gal-deficient IgA1 myeloma protein, mimicking the aberrant IgA1 in patients with IgAN, by use of a combination of IgA-specific proteases + trypsin and AI-ECD Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). The IgA-specific proteases provided a variety of IgA1 HR fragments that allowed unambiguous localization of all O-glycosylation sites in the six most abundant glycoforms, including the sites deficient in Gal. Additionally, this protocol was adapted for on-line liquid chromatography (LC)-AI-ECD MS/MS and LC-electron transfer dissociation MS/MS analysis. Our results thus represent a new clinically relevant approach that requires ECD/electron transfer dissociation-type fragmentation to define the molecular events leading to pathogenesis of a chronic kidney disease. Furthermore, this work offers generally applicable principles for the analysis of clustered sites of O-glycosylation. PMID:20823119

  20. ALDH3A1 — EDRN Public Portal

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    ALDH3A1 is a member of the aldehyde dehydrogenase family. They are involved in the metabolism of corticosteroids, biogenic amines, neurotransmitters, and lipid peroxidation. They are also involved in the detoxification of alcohol-derived acetaldehyde. The ALDH3A1 protein is an enzyme that forms a cytoplasmic homodimer that oxidizes aromatic and medium-chain (6 carbons or more) saturated and unsaturated aldehyde substrates. It is thought to promote resistance to UV and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal-induced oxidative damage in the cornea. There are several splice variants that encode the same protein.