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Vaccine ; 38(42): 6487-6499, 2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32907757

RESUMO

The many carbohydrate chains on Covid-19 coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its S-protein form a glycan-shield that masks antigenic peptides and decreases uptake of inactivated virus or S-protein vaccines by APC. Studies on inactivated influenza virus and recombinant gp120 of HIV vaccines indicate that glycoengineering of glycan-shields to present α-gal epitopes (Galα1-3Galß1-4GlcNAc-R) enables harnessing of the natural anti-Gal antibody for amplifying vaccine efficacy, as evaluated in mice producing anti-Gal. The α-gal epitope is the ligand for the natural anti-Gal antibody which constitutes ~1% of immunoglobulins in humans. Upon administration of vaccines presenting α-gal epitopes, anti-Gal binds to these epitopes at the vaccination site and forms immune complexes with the vaccines. These immune complexes are targeted for extensive uptake by APC as a result of binding of the Fc portion of immunocomplexed anti-Gal to Fc receptors on APC. This anti-Gal mediated effective uptake of vaccines by APC results in 10-200-fold higher anti-viral immune response and in 8-fold higher survival rate following challenge with a lethal dose of live influenza virus, than same vaccines lacking α-gal epitopes. It is suggested that glycoengineering of carbohydrate chains on the glycan-shield of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 or on S-protein vaccines, for presenting α-gal epitopes, will have similar amplifying effects on vaccine efficacy. α-Gal epitope synthesis on coronavirus vaccines can be achieved with recombinant α1,3galactosyltransferase, replication of the virus in cells with high α1,3galactosyltransferase activity as a result of stable transfection of cells with several copies of the α1,3galactosyltransferase gene (GGTA1), or by transduction of host cells with replication defective adenovirus containing this gene. In addition, recombinant S-protein presenting multiple α-gal epitopes on the glycan-shield may be produced in glycoengineered yeast or bacteria expression systems containing the corresponding glycosyltransferases. Prospective Covid-19 vaccines presenting α-gal epitopes may provide better protection than vaccines lacking this epitope because of increased uptake by APC.


Assuntos
Antígenos Virais/genética , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Trissacarídeos/imunologia , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Antivirais/biossíntese , Antígenos Virais/imunologia , Antígenos Virais/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Células Dendríticas/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Células Dendríticas/virologia , Engenharia Genética , Proteína do Núcleo p24 do HIV/química , Proteína do Núcleo p24 do HIV/genética , Proteína do Núcleo p24 do HIV/imunologia , Proteína gp120 do Envelope de HIV/química , Proteína gp120 do Envelope de HIV/genética , Proteína gp120 do Envelope de HIV/imunologia , Humanos , Imunogenicidade da Vacina , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/virologia , Camundongos , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Trissacarídeos/química , Vacinas Virais/administração & dosagem , Vacinas Virais/biossíntese , Vacinas Virais/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0233583, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32735619

RESUMO

Mutations that cause Huntington's Disease involve a polyglutamine (polyQ) sequence expansion beyond 35 repeats in exon 1 of Huntingtin. Intracellular inclusion bodies of mutant Huntingtin protein are a key feature of Huntington's disease brain pathology. We previously showed that in cell culture the formation of inclusions involved the assembly of disordered structures of mHtt exon 1 fragments (Httex1) and they were enriched with translational machinery when first formed. We hypothesized that nascent mutant Httex1 chains co-aggregate during translation by phase separation into liquid-like disordered aggregates and then convert to more rigid, amyloid structures. Here we further examined the mechanisms of inclusion assembly in a human epithelial kidney (AD293) cell culture model. We found mHttex1 did not appear to stall translation of its own nascent chain, or at best was marginal. We also found the inclusions appeared to recruit low levels of RNA but there was no difference in enrichment between early formed and mature inclusions. Proteins involved in translation or ribosome quality control were co-recruited to the inclusions (Ltn1 Rack1) compared to a protein not anticipated to be involved (NACAD), but there was no major specificity of enrichment in the early formed inclusions compared to mature inclusions. Furthermore, we observed co-aggregation with other proteins previously identified in inclusions, including Upf1 and chaperone-like proteins Sgta and Hspb1, which also suppressed aggregation at high co-expression levels. The newly formed inclusions also contained immobile mHttex1 molecules which points to the disordered aggregates being mechanically rigid prior to amyloid formation. Collectively our findings show little evidence that inclusion assembly arises by a discrete clustering of stalled nascent chains and associated quality control machinery. Instead, the machinery appear to be recruited continuously, or secondarily, to the nucleation of inclusion formation.


Assuntos
Éxons/genética , Proteína Huntingtina/genética , Elongação Traducional da Cadeia Peptídica , Agregados Proteicos/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Ribossomos/metabolismo , Sequência de Bases , Células Epiteliais , Genes Reporter , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Proteína Huntingtina/biossíntese , Corpos de Inclusão/genética , Corpos de Inclusão/metabolismo , Repetições Minissatélites , Peptídeos , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0233247, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32857759

RESUMO

Poly(glycine-alanine) (polyGA) is one of the polydipeptides expressed in Frontotemporal Dementia and/or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 1 caused by C9ORF72 mutations and accumulates as inclusion bodies in the brain of patients. Superficially these inclusions are similar to those formed by polyglutamine (polyQ)-expanded Huntingtin exon 1 (Httex1) in Huntington's disease. Both have been reported to form an amyloid-like structure suggesting they might aggregate via similar mechanisms and therefore recruit the same repertoire of endogenous proteins. When co-expressed in the same cell, polyGA101 and Httex1(Q97) inclusions adopted immiscible phases suggesting different endogenous proteins would be enriched. Proteomic analyses identified 822 proteins in the inclusions. Only 7 were specific to polyGA and 4 specific to Httex1(Q97). Quantitation demonstrated distinct enrichment patterns for the proteins not specific to each inclusion type (up to ~8-fold normalized to total mass). The proteasome, microtubules, TriC chaperones, and translational machinery were enriched in polyGA aggregates, whereas Dnaj chaperones, nuclear envelope and RNA splicing proteins were enriched in Httex1(Q97) aggregates. Both structures revealed a collection of folding and degradation machinery including proteins in the Httex1(Q97) aggregates that are risk factors for other neurodegenerative diseases involving protein aggregation when mutated, which suggests a convergence point in the pathomechanisms of these diseases.


Assuntos
Corpos de Inclusão/metabolismo , Peptídeos/metabolismo , Proteínas/metabolismo , Animais , Proteína C9orf72/genética , Proteína C9orf72/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Éxons , Humanos , Proteína Huntingtina/genética , Proteína Huntingtina/metabolismo , Corpos de Inclusão/genética , Corpos de Inclusão/patologia , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Camundongos , Microscopia Confocal , Mutação , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Doenças Neurodegenerativas/genética , Doenças Neurodegenerativas/metabolismo , Doenças Neurodegenerativas/patologia , Peptídeos/genética , Agregação Patológica de Proteínas/genética , Agregação Patológica de Proteínas/metabolismo , Agregação Patológica de Proteínas/patologia , Proteínas/genética , Proteólise , Proteoma/genética , Proteoma/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Fatores de Risco , Solubilidade
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4285, 2020 08 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32855390

RESUMO

Plant hormone cytokinins are perceived by a subfamily of sensor histidine kinases (HKs), which via a two-component phosphorelay cascade activate transcriptional responses in the nucleus. Subcellular localization of the receptors proposed the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane as a principal cytokinin perception site, while study of cytokinin transport pointed to the plasma membrane (PM)-mediated cytokinin signalling. Here, by detailed monitoring of subcellular localizations of the fluorescently labelled natural cytokinin probe and the receptor ARABIDOPSIS HISTIDINE KINASE 4 (CRE1/AHK4) fused to GFP reporter, we show that pools of the ER-located cytokinin receptors can enter the secretory pathway and reach the PM in cells of the root apical meristem, and the cell plate of dividing meristematic cells. Brefeldin A (BFA) experiments revealed vesicular recycling of the receptor and its accumulation in BFA compartments. We provide a revised view on cytokinin signalling and the possibility of multiple sites of perception at PM and ER.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Citocininas/metabolismo , Retículo Endoplasmático/metabolismo , Corantes Fluorescentes/química , Proteínas Quinases/metabolismo , Receptores de Superfície Celular/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/citologia , Arabidopsis/genética , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Brefeldina A/farmacologia , Citocininas/química , Corantes Fluorescentes/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Meristema/citologia , Meristema/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Proteínas Quinases/genética , Receptores de Superfície Celular/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Arch Virol ; 165(10): 2301-2309, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32757056

RESUMO

Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is a major pathogen associated with swine diseases. It is the smallest single-stranded DNA virus, and its genome contains four major open reading frames (ORFs). ORF2 encodes the major structural protein Cap, which can self-assemble into virus-like particles (VLPs) in vitro and contains the primary antigenic determinants. In this study, we developed a high-efficiency method for obtaining VLPs and optimized the purification conditions. In this method, we expressed the protein Cap with a 6× His tag using baculovirus-infected silkworm larvae as well as the E. coli BL21(DE3) prokaryotic expression system. The PCV2 Cap proteins produced by the silkworm larvae and E. coli BL21(DE3) were purified. Cap proteins purified from silkworm larvae self-assembled into VLPs in vitro, while the Cap proteins purified from bacteria were unable to self-assemble. Transmission electron microscopy confirmed the self-assembly of VLPs. The immunogenicity of the VLPs produced using the baculovirus system was demonstrated using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Furthermore, the purification process was optimized. The results demonstrated that the expression system using baculovirus-infected silkworm larvae is a good choice for obtaining VLPs of PCV2 and has potential for the development of a low-cost and efficient vaccine.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Antivirais/biossíntese , Baculoviridae/genética , Bombyx/virologia , Proteínas do Capsídeo/imunologia , Circovirus/imunologia , Vacinas de Partículas Semelhantes a Vírus/biossíntese , Vacinas Virais/biossíntese , Animais , Antígenos Virais/química , Antígenos Virais/imunologia , Baculoviridae/imunologia , Proteínas do Capsídeo/biossíntese , Proteínas do Capsídeo/genética , Infecções por Circoviridae/imunologia , Infecções por Circoviridae/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Circoviridae/virologia , Circovirus/genética , Epitopos/química , Epitopos/imunologia , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Feminino , Vetores Genéticos/química , Vetores Genéticos/metabolismo , Histidina/genética , Histidina/imunologia , Soros Imunes/química , Imunogenicidade da Vacina , Larva/virologia , Camundongos , Oligopeptídeos/genética , Oligopeptídeos/imunologia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/biossíntese , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/imunologia , Suínos , Doenças dos Suínos/imunologia , Doenças dos Suínos/prevenção & controle , Doenças dos Suínos/virologia , Vacinas de Partículas Semelhantes a Vírus/administração & dosagem , Vacinas de Partículas Semelhantes a Vírus/genética , Vacinas de Partículas Semelhantes a Vírus/isolamento & purificação , Vacinas Virais/administração & dosagem , Vacinas Virais/genética , Vacinas Virais/isolamento & purificação
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Gene ; 758: 144950, 2020 Oct 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32683078

RESUMO

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is an important oil crop, the secondary metabolites of it include many compounds such as flavonoids and lignin. However, the research on the biosynthesis of phenolic compounds in sunflowers is still scarce. Cinnamate 4-hydroxylase (C4H) belongs to the cytochrome P450-dependent monooxygenase family and is involved in the synthesis of many phenolic compounds, but C4H in sunflowers has not yet been cloned and functionally characterized. In this study, we screened three C4H genes from the sunflower transcriptome and genomic databases, named HaC4H1, HaC4H2, and, HaC4H3, respectively. In heterologous expression experiments, we had improved a method from previous studies by the addition of restriction sites to make it easier to express multiple C4H functions and suitable for in vitro activity verification. HaC4Hs without the N-terminal membrane anchor region was fused with a redox partner of Arabidopsis thaliana cytochrome P450 enzyme (CYP450) by the method and functionally expressed in E. coli and the results showed that these three enzymes catalyzed the formation of p-coumaric acid. To further investigate whether our fusion protein approach is applicable to other C4Hs, we used this method to explore the functions of C4H from Peucedanum praeruptorum and Angelica decursiva, and they can also convert trans-cinnamic acid to p-coumaric acid. The gene expression profile showed that all three HaC4H genes showed the highest transcription levels in the roots and might be up-regulated by MeJA. In summary, these results reveal the function of HaC4Hs in sunflower and provide a simpler way to explore C4H and even other cytochrome P450 enzymes in prokaryotic expression systems.


Assuntos
Helianthus/enzimologia , Propionatos/metabolismo , Transcinamato 4-Mono-Oxigenase/genética , Transcinamato 4-Mono-Oxigenase/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Angelica/genética , Apiaceae/genética , Arabidopsis/genética , Clonagem Molecular , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Alinhamento de Sequência , Transcriptoma/genética
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(31): 18832-18839, 2020 08 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32709746

RESUMO

Plant and animal intracellular nucleotide-binding, leucine-rich repeat (NLR) immune receptors detect pathogen-derived molecules and activate defense. Plant NLRs can be divided into several classes based upon their N-terminal signaling domains, including TIR (Toll-like, Interleukin-1 receptor, Resistance protein)- and CC (coiled-coil)-NLRs. Upon ligand detection, mammalian NAIP and NLRC4 NLRs oligomerize, forming an inflammasome that induces proximity of its N-terminal signaling domains. Recently, a plant CC-NLR was revealed to form an inflammasome-like hetero-oligomer. To further investigate plant NLR signaling mechanisms, we fused the N-terminal TIR domain of several plant NLRs to the N terminus of NLRC4. Inflammasome-dependent induced proximity of the TIR domain in planta initiated defense signaling. Thus, induced proximity of a plant TIR domain imposed by oligomerization of a mammalian inflammasome is sufficient to activate authentic plant defense. Ligand detection and inflammasome formation is maintained when the known components of the NLRC4 inflammasome is transferred across kingdoms, indicating that NLRC4 complex can robustly function without any additional mammalian proteins. Additionally, we found NADase activity of a plant TIR domain is necessary for plant defense activation, but NADase activity of a mammalian or a bacterial TIR is not sufficient to activate defense in plants.


Assuntos
Proteínas NLR , Imunidade Vegetal , Proteínas de Plantas , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão , Transdução de Sinais , Animais , Inflamassomos/genética , Inflamassomos/imunologia , Inflamassomos/metabolismo , Mamíferos , Proteínas NLR/química , Proteínas NLR/genética , Proteínas NLR/imunologia , Proteínas NLR/metabolismo , Imunidade Vegetal/genética , Imunidade Vegetal/imunologia , Proteínas de Plantas/química , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/imunologia , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Domínios Proteicos/fisiologia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/imunologia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/genética , Transdução de Sinais/imunologia
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(28): 16313-16323, 2020 07 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32601209

RESUMO

Peroxiredoxins are central to cellular redox homeostasis and signaling. They serve as peroxide scavengers, sensors, signal transducers, and chaperones, depending on conditions and context. Typical 2-Cys peroxiredoxins are known to switch between different oligomeric states, depending on redox state, pH, posttranslational modifications, and other factors. Quaternary states and their changes are closely connected to peroxiredoxin activity and function but so far have been studied, almost exclusively, outside the context of the living cell. Here we introduce the use of homo-FRET (Förster resonance energy transfer between identical fluorophores) fluorescence polarization to monitor dynamic changes in peroxiredoxin quaternary structure inside the crowded environment of living cells. Using the approach, we confirm peroxide- and thioredoxin-related quaternary transitions to take place in cellulo and observe that the relationship between dimer-decamer transitions and intersubunit disulfide bond formation is more complex than previously thought. Furthermore, we demonstrate the use of the approach to compare different peroxiredoxin isoforms and to identify mutations and small molecules affecting the oligomeric state inside cells. Mutagenesis experiments reveal that the dimer-decamer equilibrium is delicately balanced and can be shifted by single-atom structural changes. We show how to use this insight to improve the design of peroxiredoxin-based redox biosensors.


Assuntos
Peroxirredoxinas/química , Linhagem Celular , Transferência Ressonante de Energia de Fluorescência , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/química , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Peróxido de Hidrogênio/metabolismo , Peróxido de Hidrogênio/farmacologia , Proteínas Luminescentes/química , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Mutação , Peroxirredoxinas/genética , Peroxirredoxinas/metabolismo , Multimerização Proteica/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234430, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32511274

RESUMO

Excess presence of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) as well as of the focal adhesion protein complexes are associated with increased proliferation, migratory, and invasive behavior of cancer cells. A cross-regulation between HER2 and integrin signaling pathways has been found, but the exact mechanism remains elusive. Here, we investigated whether HER2 colocalizes with focal adhesion complexes on breast cancer cells overexpressing HER2. For this purpose, vinculin or talin green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion proteins, both key constituents of focal adhesions, were expressed in breast cancer cells. HER2 was either extracellularly or intracellularly labeled with fluorescent quantum dots nanoparticles (QDs). The cell-substrate interface was analyzed at the location of the focal adhesions by means of total internal reflection fluorescent microscopy or correlative fluorescence- and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Expression of HER2 at the cell-substrate interface was only observed upon intracellular labeling, and was heterogeneous with both HER2-enriched and -low regions. In contrast to an expected enrichment of HER2 at focal adhesions, an anti-correlated expression pattern was observed for talin and HER2. Our findings suggest a spatial anti-correlation between HER2 and focal adhesion complexes for adherent cells.


Assuntos
Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Adesões Focais/metabolismo , Receptor ErbB-2/metabolismo , Análise Espacial , Adesão Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Membrana Celular/ultraestrutura , Adesões Focais/ultraestrutura , Genes Reporter , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Humanos , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão e Varredura , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Receptor ErbB-2/análise , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/análise , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Talina/análise , Talina/genética , Talina/metabolismo , Vinculina/análise , Vinculina/genética , Vinculina/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234180, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32511278

RESUMO

The autophagy-endolysosomal pathway is an evolutionally conserved degradation system that is tightly linked to a wide variety of physiological processes. Dysfunction of this system is associated with many pathological conditions such as cancer, inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, monitoring the cellular autophagy-endolysosomal activity is crucial for studies on the pathogenesis as well as therapeutics of such disorders. To this end, we here sought to create a novel means exploiting Keima, an acid-stable fluorescent protein possessing pH-dependent fluorescence excitation spectra, for precisely monitoring the autophagy-endolysosomal system. First, we generated three lines of transgenic (tg) mouse expressing monomeric Keima-fused MAP1LC3B (mKeima-LC3B). Then, these tg mice were subjected to starvation by food-restriction, and also challenged to neurodegeneration by genetically crossing with a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; i.e., SOD1H46R transgenic mouse. Unexpectedly, despite that a lipidated-form of endogenous LC3 (LC3-II) was significantly increased, those of mKeima-LC3B (mKeima-LC3B-II) were not changed under both stressed conditions. It was also noted that mKeima-LC3B-positive aggregates were progressively accumulated in the spinal cord of SOD1H46R;mKeima-LC3B double-tg mice, suggestive of acid-resistance and aggregate-prone natures of long-term overexpressed mKeima-LC3B in vivo. Next, we characterized mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) derived from mKeima-LC3B-tg mice. In contrast with in vivo, levels of mKeima-LC3B-I were decreased under starved conditions. Furthermore, when starved MEFs were treated with chloroquine (CQ), the abundance of mKeima-LC3B-II was significantly increased. Remarkably, when cultured medium was repeatedly changed between DMEM (nutrient-rich) and EBSS (starvation), acidic/neutral signal ratios of mKeima-LC3B-positive compartments were rapidly and reversibly shifted, which were suppressed by the CQ treatment, indicating that intraluminal pH of mKeima-LC3B-positive vesicles was changeable upon nutritional conditions of culture media. Taken together, although mKeima-LC3B-tg mice may not be an appropriate tool to monitor the autophagy-endolysosomal system in vivo, mKeima-LC3B must be one of the most sensitive reporter molecules for monitoring this system under in vitro cultured conditions.


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Autofagia/fisiologia , Endossomos/metabolismo , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Lisossomos/metabolismo , Proteínas Associadas aos Microtúbulos/genética , Animais , Células Cultivadas , Meios de Cultura/farmacologia , Endossomos/genética , Feminino , Fibroblastos/citologia , Fibroblastos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fibroblastos/fisiologia , Humanos , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Lisossomos/genética , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Transgênicos , Proteínas Associadas aos Microtúbulos/metabolismo , Mutação , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Inanição , Superóxido Dismutase-1/genética , Imagem com Lapso de Tempo
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Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao ; 36(5): 969-978, 2020 May 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32567280

RESUMO

Drugs targeting immune checkpoint are used for cancer treatment, but resistance to single drug may occur. Combination therapy blocking multiple checkpoints simultaneously can improve clinical outcome. Therefore, we designed a recombinant protein rPC to block multiple targets, which consists of extracellular domains of programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4). The coding sequence was inserted into expression vector and stably transfected into HEK293 cells. The culture supernatant was collected and rPC was affinity-purified. Real-time quantitative PCR was used to evaluate the expression levels of ligands for PD-1 and CTLA-4 in several human cancer cell lines. The binding of rPC with cancer cells was examined by immunofluorescence cell staining, the influence of rPC on cancer cell growth was assayed by CCK-8. The results showed that rPC could be expressed and secreted by stably transfected HEK293 cells, the purified rPC could bind to lung cancer NCI-H226 cells which have high levels of ligands for PD-1 and CTLA-4, no direct impact on cancer cell growth could be observed by rPC treatment. The recombinant protein rPC can be functionally assayed further for developing novel immunotherapeutic drugs for cancer.


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Neoplasias Pulmonares , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão , Animais , Antígeno CTLA-4/genética , Proliferação de Células , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/metabolismo , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/genética , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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Mol Cell ; 79(1): 167-179.e11, 2020 07 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32497496

RESUMO

The identification of microRNA (miRNA) targets by Ago2 crosslinking-immunoprecipitation (CLIP) methods has provided major insights into the biology of this important class of non-coding RNAs. However, these methods are technically challenging and not easily applicable to an in vivo setting. To overcome these limitations and facilitate the investigation of miRNA functions in vivo, we have developed a method based on a genetically engineered mouse harboring a conditional Halo-Ago2 allele expressed from the endogenous Ago2 locus. By using a resin conjugated to the HaloTag ligand, Ago2-miRNA-mRNA complexes can be purified from cells and tissues expressing the endogenous Halo-Ago2 allele. We demonstrate the reproducibility and sensitivity of this method in mouse embryonic stem cells, developing embryos, adult tissues, and autochthonous mouse models of human brain and lung cancers. This method and the datasets we have generated will facilitate the characterization of miRNA-mRNA networks in vivo under physiological and pathological conditions.


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Proteínas Argonauta/fisiologia , Células-Tronco Embrionárias/metabolismo , Glioma/metabolismo , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Animais , Células-Tronco Embrionárias/citologia , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Glioma/genética , Glioma/patologia , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Hidrolases/genética , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , MicroRNAs/genética , Ligação Proteica , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética
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Parasitol Res ; 119(6): 1753-1765, 2020 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32363442

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RbAp46/RBBP7 and RbAp48/RBBP4 are WD40-repeat histone chaperones and chromatin adaptors that reside in multiple complexes involved in maintenance of chromatin structure. RbAp48 is the essential subunit of the chromatin assembly factor-1 (CAF-1) complex, therefore also named as CAF-1C. A detailed in silico sequence and structure analysis of homologs of RbAp46/48 in Plasmodium falciparum (PF3D7_0110700 and PF3D7_1433300) exhibited conservation of characteristic features in both the protein-seven-bladed WD40 ß-propeller conformation and different binding interfaces. A comparative structural analysis highlighted species-specific features of the parasite, yeast, drosophila, and human RbAp46/48. In the present study, we report cloning, expression, and characterization of P. falciparum PF3D7_0110700, a putative RbAp46/48 (PfRbAp46/48). PfRbAp46/48 was cloned into pTEM11 vector in fusion with 6xHistidine tag and over-expressed in Escherichia coli B834 cells. The protein was purified by Ni-NTA followed by gel permeation chromatography. The protein expressed in all the three asexual blood stages and exhibited nuclear localization. We showed direct interaction of the purified rPfRbAp46/48 with the histone H4. These findings further our understanding of RbAp46/48 proteins and role of these proteins in the parasite biology.


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Chaperonas de Histonas/química , Chaperonas de Histonas/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/química , Proteínas de Protozoários/química , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Cromatina/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Chaperonas de Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Estágios do Ciclo de Vida/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Plasmodium falciparum/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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Mol Immunol ; 123: 88-96, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32447084

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The anaerobic pathogen Clostridium perfringens is the most potent cause of intestinal diseases, such as enterotoxemia, hemorrhagic enteritis, and lamb dysentery, in sheep. Three toxinotypes (B, C, and D) are usually the cause of these diseases and are mainly mediated via three important exotoxins: alpha toxin (CPA), beta toxin (CPB), and epsilon toxin (ETX). We have designed a chimeric protein, rCpa-b-x, that contains the C-terminal binding region of CPA, partial sequence of CPB, and ETX (Cpa247-370, Cpb108-305, and EtxH118P, respectively) according to the principle of structural vaccinology. The rCpa-b-x protein was then expressed by pHT43 plasmid in vivo using Bacillus subtilis as a delivery vector (Bs-pHT43-Cpa-b-x). The immunological activity of the rCpa-b-x protein was verified by western blot and its immunological efficacy was evaluated in a murine model. Oral administration with a recombinant agent caused local mucosal and systemic immune responses, and serum lgG and intestinal mucosal secretory IgA (sIgA) antibody titers were significantly increased. Levels of IL-2, IL-4, and IFN-γ were significantly higher in lymphocytes isolated from the Bs-pHT43-Cpa-b-x group compared with levels from the control groups. The percentages of CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes in the Bs-pHT43-Cpa-b-x and inactivated vaccine (IV) groups were in the normal range. Mice of vaccine groups and control groups were challenged with 1x LD100 unit filtrate containing alpha, beta, and epsilon toxins. Mice in the Bs-pHT43-Cpa-b-x group were found to have lower rates of morbidity. The active immunization of mice with Bs-pHT43-Cpa-b-x still maintained 85% to 90% survival at the end of the 10-day observation period, whereas mice of control groups died within two to five days. The results of this study demonstrate the effectiveness of Bs-pHT43-Cpa-b-x in preventing C. perfringens infection in mice, and that Bs-pHT43-Cpa-b-x could be considered a potential vaccine against C. perfringens.


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Bacillus subtilis/metabolismo , Toxinas Bacterianas/imunologia , Vacinas Bacterianas/metabolismo , Vacinas Bacterianas/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Clostridium/prevenção & controle , Clostridium perfringens/imunologia , Animais , Bacillus subtilis/genética , Toxinas Bacterianas/metabolismo , Vacinas Bacterianas/química , Vacinas Bacterianas/genética , Infecções por Clostridium/imunologia , Feminino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Modelos Moleculares , Ligação Proteica , Estrutura Quaternária de Proteína , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/uso terapêutico , Vacinação/métodos , Vacinas Sintéticas/química , Vacinas Sintéticas/genética , Vacinas Sintéticas/metabolismo , Vacinas Sintéticas/uso terapêutico
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Nat Protoc ; 15(6): 1922-1953, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32350457

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Protein-DNA interactions are essential for establishing cell type-specific chromatin architecture and gene expression. We recently developed scDam&T-seq, a multi-omics method that can simultaneously quantify protein-DNA interactions and the transcriptome in single cells. The method effectively combines two existing methods: DNA adenine methyltransferase identification (DamID) and CEL-Seq2. DamID works through the tethering of a protein of interest (POI) to the Escherichia coli DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam). Upon expression of this fusion protein, DNA in proximity to the POI is methylated by Dam and can be selectively digested and amplified. CEL-Seq2, in contrast, makes use of poly-dT primers to reverse transcribe mRNA, followed by linear amplification through in vitro transcription. scDam&T-seq is the first technique capable of providing a combined readout of protein-DNA contact and transcription from single-cell samples. Once suitable cell lines have been established, the protocol can be completed in 5 d, with a throughput of hundreds to thousands of cells. The processing of raw sequencing data takes an additional 1-2 d. Our method can be used to understand the transcriptional changes a cell undergoes upon the DNA binding of a POI. It can be performed in any laboratory with access to FACS, robotic and high-throughput-sequencing facilities.


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DNA/metabolismo , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica/métodos , Genômica/métodos , Proteínas/metabolismo , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , DNA/genética , Metilação de DNA , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Ligação Proteica , Proteínas/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Análise de Sequência de DNA/métodos , Análise de Célula Única/métodos , DNA Metiltransferases Sítio Específica (Adenina-Específica)/genética , DNA Metiltransferases Sítio Específica (Adenina-Específica)/metabolismo , Transcriptoma
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PLoS One ; 15(5): e0226472, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32379828

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The ParB-parS partition complexes that bacterial replicons use to ensure their faithful inheritance also find employment in visualization of DNA loci, as less intrusive alternatives to fluorescent repressor-operator systems. The ability of ParB molecules to interact via their N-terminal domains and to bind to non-specific DNA enables expansion of the initial complex to a size both functional in partition and, via fusion to fluorescent peptides, visible by light microscopy. We have investigated whether it is possible to dispense with the need to insert parS in the genomic locus of interest, by determining whether ParB fused to proteins that bind specifically to natural DNA sequences can still assemble visible complexes. In yeast cells, coproduction of fusions of ParB to a fluorescent peptide and to a TALE protein targeting an endogenous sequence did not yield visible foci; nor did any of several variants of these components. In E.coli, coproduction of fusions of SopB (F plasmid ParB) to fluorescent peptide, and to dCas9 together with specific guide RNAs, likewise yielded no foci. The result of coproducing analogous fusions of SopB proteins with distinct binding specificities was also negative. Our observations imply that in order to assemble higher order partition complexes, ParB proteins need specific activation through binding to their cognate parS sites.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Centrômero/química , Centrômero/metabolismo , DNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Sequência de Bases , Sítios de Ligação , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR , Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/química , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Plasmídeos/genética , Ligação Proteica , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Simportadores/genética , Simportadores/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2070, 2020 04 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-116533

RESUMO

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019, and there are currently no specific antiviral treatments or vaccines available. SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to use the same cell entry receptor as SARS-CoV, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). In this report, we generate a recombinant protein by connecting the extracellular domain of human ACE2 to the Fc region of the human immunoglobulin IgG1. A fusion protein containing an ACE2 mutant with low catalytic activity is also used in this study. The fusion proteins are then characterized. Both fusion proteins have a high binding affinity for the receptor-binding domains of SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 and exhibit desirable pharmacological properties in mice. Moreover, the fusion proteins neutralize virus pseudotyped with SARS-CoV or SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins in vitro. As these fusion proteins exhibit cross-reactivity against coronaviruses, they have potential applications in the diagnosis, prophylaxis, and treatment of SARS-CoV-2.


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Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Fragmentos Fc das Imunoglobulinas/química , Imunoglobulina G/química , Testes de Neutralização , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/farmacologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/antagonistas & inibidores , Animais , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Ligação Competitiva/efeitos dos fármacos , Reações Cruzadas , Desenho de Fármacos , Humanos , Fragmentos Fc das Imunoglobulinas/metabolismo , Fragmentos Fc das Imunoglobulinas/farmacologia , Imunoglobulina G/metabolismo , Imunoglobulina G/farmacologia , Técnicas In Vitro , Concentração Inibidora 50 , Fusão de Membrana/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Mutação , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/química , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/genética , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/metabolismo , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/farmacologia , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/farmacocinética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/farmacologia , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Estabilidade Proteica , Receptores Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores Virais/química , Receptores Virais/genética , Receptores Virais/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/farmacocinética , Vírus da SARS/efeitos dos fármacos , Vírus da SARS/metabolismo , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo
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Biotechnol Bioeng ; 117(7): 1990-2007, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32297972

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High-quality antibody (Ab) production depends on the availability of immunologically relevant antigens. We present a potentially universal platform for generating soluble antigens from bacterial hosts, tailored to immunized animals for Ab production. A novel RNA-dependent chaperone, in which the target antigen is genetically fused with an RNA-interacting domain (RID) docking tag derived from the immunized host, promotes the solubility and robust folding of the target antigen. We selected the N-terminal tRNA-binding domain of lysyl-tRNA synthetase (LysRS) as the RID for fusion with viral proteins and demonstrated the expression of the RID fusion proteins in their soluble and native conformations; immunization predominantly elicited Ab responses to the target antigen, whereas the "self" RID tag remained nonimmunogenic. Differential immunogenicity of the fusion proteins greatly enriched and simplified the screening of hybridoma clones of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), enabling specific and sensitive serodiagnosis of MERS-CoV infection. Moreover, mAbs against the consensus influenza hemagglutinin stalk domain enabled a novel assay for trivalent seasonal influenza vaccines. The Fc-mediated effector function was demonstrated, which could be harnessed for the design of next-generation "universal" influenza vaccines. The nonimmunogenic built-in antigen folding module tailored to a repertoire of immunized animal hosts will drive immunochemical diagnostics, therapeutics, and designer vaccines.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Monoclonais/biossíntese , Anticorpos Antivirais/biossíntese , Antígenos Virais/química , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Hibridomas/imunologia , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/imunologia , Chaperonas Moleculares , Animais , Anticorpos Monoclonais/imunologia , Anticorpos Monoclonais/isolamento & purificação , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/isolamento & purificação , Antígenos Virais/genética , Antígenos Virais/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática , Feminino , Glicoproteínas de Hemaglutininação de Vírus da Influenza/química , Glicoproteínas de Hemaglutininação de Vírus da Influenza/genética , Glicoproteínas de Hemaglutininação de Vírus da Influenza/imunologia , Humanos , Imunização , Vacinas contra Influenza , Lisina-tRNA Ligase/química , Lisina-tRNA Ligase/genética , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Conformação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , Dobramento de Proteína , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/imunologia , Testes Sorológicos , Solubilidade
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2026, 2020 04 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32332729

RESUMO

The cell-context dependency for RNA binding proteins (RBPs) mediated control of stem cell fate remains to be defined. Here we adapt the HyperTRIBE method using an RBP fused to a Drosophila RNA editing enzyme (ADAR) to globally map the mRNA targets of the RBP MSI2 in mammalian adult normal and malignant stem cells. We reveal a unique MUSASHI-2 (MSI2) mRNA binding network in hematopoietic stem cells that changes during transition to multipotent progenitors. Additionally, we discover a significant increase in RNA binding activity of MSI2 in leukemic stem cells compared with normal hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, resulting in selective regulation of MSI2's oncogenic targets. This provides a basis for MSI2 increased dependency in leukemia cells compared to normal cells. Moreover, our study provides a way to measure RBP function in rare cells and suggests that RBPs can achieve differential binding activity during cell state transition independent of gene expression.


Assuntos
Diferenciação Celular/genética , Células-Tronco Hematopoéticas/patologia , Leucemia/genética , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/metabolismo , Adenosina Desaminase/genética , Animais , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Regulação Leucêmica da Expressão Gênica , Redes Reguladoras de Genes , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Leucemia/sangue , Leucemia/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Cultura Primária de Células , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , RNA-Seq , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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Arch Virol ; 165(5): 1163-1176, 2020 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32232673

RESUMO

Monoclonal antibodies have attracted wide attention in therapeutics owing to their high efficacy, low toxicity, and specific targeting. However, antibodies cannot cross the cell membrane barrier. Therefore, their therapeutic potential is limited to surface-exposed antigens or secreted proteins. In the present investigation, we have developed a chimeric virus-like particle (VLP) of pepper vein banding virus (PVBV) and explored the possibility of using it as a delivery vehicle for antibodies against intracellular antigens as well as for future applications in immunodiagnostics. The chimeric PVBV particles were generated by genetically engineering the B domain of Staphylococcus aureus protein A (SpA) at the N-terminus of the PVBV coat protein (CP). The chimeric VLPs purified by sucrose density gradient centrifugation had ~440-fold higher affinity towards IgG antibody when compared to SpA. Interestingly, the unassembled chimeric CP with the B-domain at the N-terminus (BCP) purified by Ni-NTA chromatography was a monomer, and it had ~45-fold higher affinity towards antibodies compared to SpA. Additionally, the chimeric particles were able to bind and deliver antibodies against both intracellular (α-tubulin) and surface-exposed antigens (CD 20). However, the BCP monomer failed to enter mammalian cells. Thus, for the first time, we have demonstrated that the assembled VLPs are essential for internalization. These results demonstrate the potential of the use of chimeric PVBV VLPs in diagnostics and, more importantly, as nanocarriers for intracellular delivery of antibodies.


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Anticorpos/metabolismo , Portadores de Fármacos , Sistemas de Liberação de Medicamentos , Endocitose , Potyvirus/genética , Virossomos/genética , Animais , Anticorpos/imunologia , Proteínas do Capsídeo/genética , Linhagem Celular , Humanos , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Recombinação Genética , Proteína Estafilocócica A/genética
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