SARS-CoV-2 Cell Entry Is Blocked by a Clinically Proven Protease Inhib... CELL, 2020

As described in their recent Cell study, Hoffmann et al. identified the serine protease TMPRSS2 as a critical factor in the priming of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein with its receptor ACE2, and demonstrated that a clinically proven protease inhibitor, camostat mesylate, is able to interfere with SARS-CoV-2 infection of lung cells. Featured Products: SARS-CoV / SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) spike antibody [1A9] (GTX632604) SARS-CoV / SARS-CoV-2 (COV...



TBC1D9 regulates TBK1 activation through Ca2+ signaling in selective a... Nature Communications , 11

Abstract Invading microbial pathogens can be eliminated selectively by xenophagy. Ubiquitin-mediated autophagy receptors are phosphorylated by TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) and recruited to ubiquitinated bacteria to facilitate autophagosome formation during xenophagy, but the molecular mechanism underlying TBK1 activation in response to microbial infection is not clear. Here, we show that bacterial infection increases Ca2+ levels to activate TBK1 for xenophagy via the Ca2+-binding protein TBC1 domain family member 9 (TBC1D9). Mechanisticall...



MAFG-driven astrocytes promote CNS inflammation Nature, 2020

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the CNS1. Astrocytes contribute to the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis2, but little is known about the heterogeneity of astrocytes and its regulation. Here we report the analysis of astrocytes in multiple sclerosis and its preclinical model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) by single-cell RNA sequencing in combination with cell-specific Ribotag RNA profiling, assay for transposase-accessible chromatin with sequencing (ATAC-seq), chromatin immunoprecipitation with sequencing (ChIP...



The epichaperome is a mediator of toxic hippocampal stress and leads t... Nature Communications volume 11

Abstract Optimal functioning of neuronal networks is critical to the complex cognitive processes of memory and executive function that deteriorate in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Here we use cellular and animal models as well as human biospecimens to show that AD-related stressors mediate global disturbances in dynamic intra- and inter-neuronal networks through pathologic rewiring of the chaperome system into epichaperomes. These structures provide the backbone upon which proteome-wide connectivity, and in turn, protein networks become...



IGF1R regulates retrograde axonal transport of signalling endosomes in... EMBO Rep, 2020

Signalling endosomes are essential for trafficking of activated ligand–receptor complexes and their distal signalling, ultimately leading to neuronal survival. Although deficits in signalling endosome transport have been linked to neurodegeneration, our understanding of the mechanisms controlling this process remains incomplete. Here, we describe a new modulator of signalling endosome trafficking, the insulin‐like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R). We show that IGF1R inhibition increases the velocity of signalling endosomes in motor neuron axons,...



PRMT6-mediated H3R2me2a guides Aurora B to chromosome arms for proper... Nature Communications volume, 2020

Enjoy this exciting article by Kim et. al that was recently published in Nature Communications. The authors were finally able to show that H3R2me2a is the key histone mark for CPC recruitment onto mitotic chromosomes. Furthermore, results of this work support the interesting concept of arginine methylation as a dynamic process. Abstract The kinase Aurora B forms the chromosomal passenger complex (CPC) together with Borealin, INCENP, and Survivin to mediate chromosome condensation, the correction of erroneous spindle-kinetoch...



Marine Collagen Substrates for 2D and 3D Ovarian Cancer Cell Systems Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 2019

The recent publication in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology titled ‘Marine Collagen Substrates for 2D and 3D Ovarian Cancer Cell Systems’ has demonstrated that jellyfish collagen provides a reliable in vitro micro-environment for the proliferation and migration of Ovarian cancer cells. (OvCa.3 & SKOV.3). Cancer biology remains one of the biggest challenges of this century. There were 7,470 new cases of ovarian...



Variability in German Cockroach Extract Composition Greatly Impacts T... Front Immunol., 2019

What has a German cockroach to do with allergen-specific immunotherapy, you may ask? Well, read the following article by Birrueta et al. and find out …   Abstract German cockroach extract is used clinically to evaluate allergen-specific sensitization and for subcutaneous allergen-specific immunotherapy, though there are no guidelines for standardization in its manufacture. We performed an immunological evaluation of 12 different cockroach extracts prepared from different sources and their po...



Z-scan fluorescence profile deconvolution of cytosolic and membrane-as... Analytical Biochemistry, 2015

The Extracellular Matrix (ECM) is composed of collagen, non-collagenous glycoproteins and proteoglycans. These components are secreted from cells to create an ECM meshwork that surrounds cells and tissues. The ECM regulates many aspects of cellular function, including the cells' dynamic behavior, cytoskeletal organization and intercellular communication. Fibronectin and Laminin constitute the majority of the dynamic portion of the extracellular matrix of tissues and they are essential components of the culturing technique of many cell types. ...



High-Performance Density Gradient Media for Purification of Leukocytes... Engineering & Biotechnology, 2019

An article in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology written by Shanghao Li, PhD and Miodrag Micic, PhD, ScD, describes formulations that isolate mononuclear and polymorphonuclear leukocytes with high yield and viability. The article titled “High-Performance Density Gradient Media for Purification of Leukocytes from Blood” can be read in its entirety below. Isolation of viable mononuclear and polymorphonuclear cells from blood serves as the starting point for a wide spectrum of immunology and cell biology studies. Unlike red blo...