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  Y Chang , H Zheng , Y Shang , Y Jin , G Wang , X Shen and X. Liu

The prototypic foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) was shown more than a century ago to be the first filterable agent capable of causing FMD, and it has served as an important model for studying basic principles of Aphthovirus molecular biology. However, the complex structure and antigenic diversity of FMDV have posed a major obstacle to the attempts at manipulating the infectious virus by reverse genetic techniques. Here, we report the recovery of infectious FMDV from cDNAs based on an efficient in vivo RNA polymerase I (polI) transcription system. Intracellular transcription of the full-length viral genome from polI-based vectors resulted in efficient formation of infectious virus displaying a genetic marker. Compared with wild-type virus, an abundance of genomic mRNA and elevated expression levels of viral antigens were indicative of the hyperfunction throughout the life-cycle of this cDNA-derived virus at transcription, replication, and translation levels. The technology described here could be an extremely valuable molecular biology tool for studying FMDV complex infectious characteristics. It is an operating platform for studying FMDV functional genomics, molecular mechanism of pathogenicity and variation, and lays a solid foundation for the development of viral chimeras toward the prospect of a genetically engineered vaccine.

  L Sun , X Shen , Y Liu , G Zhang , J Wei , H Zhang , E Zhang and F. Ma

The mechanism underlining human papillomaviruses (HPVs) causing cancer has been studied extensively, and it was concluded that the high-risk HPVs' E6 targeted and degraded tumor suppressor protein p53, leading to infected cells malignant transformation. In contrast, the low-risk HPVs only cause proliferative but non-invasive lesions of infected epithelia. Therefore, we hypothesized that low-risk HPVs' E6 might interact with p53 in a different pattern. We used a mammalian green fluorescent protein (GFP) expression system to express HPV-18E6 and HPV-6E6 fusion proteins in wild-type (wt) p53 cell lines, 293T and HEK293 cells, to investigate the traffic and location of E6s and p53. The results indicated GFP-18E6 was mainly expressed in nucleus, whereas GFP-6E6 was expressed exclusively in cytoplasm. Endogenous wt p53 was shown to be localized in the nuclei of cells transfected with GFP-18E6. Interestingly, for the first time, we observed that p53 was trapped in the cytoplasm and never translocated into the cell nuclei transfected with GFP-6E6. In conclusion, HPV-6E6 was responsible for the cytoplasmic localization of p53. Therefore, our experiments provide a new insight into the pathogenesis of HPV.

  S Wu , X Shen and C. J. Geyer

Several sparseness penalties have been suggested for delivery of good predictive performance in automatic variable selection within the framework of regularization. All assume that the true model is sparse. We propose a penalty, a convex combination of the L1- and L-norms, that adapts to a variety of situations including sparseness and nonsparseness, grouping and nongrouping. The proposed penalty performs grouping and adaptive regularization. In addition, we introduce a novel homotopy algorithm utilizing subgradients for developing regularization solution surfaces involving multiple regularizers. This permits efficient computation and adaptive tuning. Numerical experiments are conducted using simulation. In simulated and real examples, the proposed penalty compares well against popular alternatives.

  D. x Bu , V Rai , X Shen , R Rosario , Y Lu , V D'Agati , S. F Yan , R. A Friedman , E Nuglozeh and A. M. Schmidt

Rationale: The multiligand RAGE (receptor for advanced glycation end products) contributes to atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein (Apo)E-null mice.

Objective: To delineate the specific mechanisms by which RAGE accelerated atherosclerosis, we performed Affymetrix gene expression arrays on aortas of nondiabetic and diabetic ApoE-null mice expressing RAGE or devoid of RAGE at nine weeks of age, as this reflected a time point at which frank atherosclerotic lesions were not yet present, but that we would be able to identify the genes likely involved in diabetes- and RAGE-dependent atherogenesis.

Methods and Results: We report that there is very little overlap of the genes that are differentially expressed both in the onset of diabetes in ApoE-null mice, and in the effect of RAGE deletion in diabetic ApoE-null mice. Pathway-Express analysis revealed that the transforming growth factor-β pathway and focal adhesion pathways might be expected to play a significant role in both the mechanism by which diabetes facilitates the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in ApoE-null mice, and the mechanism by which deletion of RAGE ameliorates this effect. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction studies, Western blotting, and confocal microscopy in aortic tissue and in primary cultures of murine aortic smooth muscle cells supported these findings.

Conclusions: Taken together, our work suggests that RAGE-dependent acceleration of atherosclerosis in ApoE-null mice is dependent, at least in part, on the action of the ROCK1 (rho-associated protein kinase 1) branch of the transforming growth factor-β pathway.

  R Smith , J. I Smith , X Shen , P. J Engel , M. E Bowman , S. A McGrath , A. M Bisits , P McElduff , W. B Giles and D. W. Smith

Context: Clinical prediction of preterm delivery is largely ineffective, and the mechanism mediating progesterone (P) withdrawal and estrogen activation at the onset of human labor is unclear.

Objectives: Our objectives were to determine associations of rates of change of circulating maternal CRH in midpregnancy with preterm delivery, CRH with estriol (E3) concentrations in late pregnancy, and predelivery changes in the ratios of E3, estradiol (E2), and P.

Design and Setting: A cohort of 500 pregnant women was followed from first antenatal visits to delivery during the period 2000–2004 at John Hunter Hospital, New South Wales, Australia, a tertiary care obstetric hospital.

Patients: Unselected subjects were recruited (including women with multiple gestations) and serial blood samples obtained.

Main Outcome Measures: CRH daily percentage change in term and preterm singletons at 26 wk, ratios E3/E2, P/E3, and P/E2 and the association between E3 and CRH concentrations in the last month of pregnancy (with spontaneous labor onset) were assessed.

Results: CRH percentage daily change was significantly higher in preterm than term singletons at 26 wk (medians 3.09 and 2.73; P = 0.003). In late pregnancy, CRH and E3 concentrations were significantly positively associated (P = 0.003). E3/E2 increased, P/E3 decreased, and P/E2 was unchanged in the month before delivery (medians: E3/E2, 7.04 and 10.59, P < 0.001; P/E3, 1.55 and 0.98, P < 0.001; P/E2, 11.78 and 10.79, P = 0.07).

Conclusions: The very rapid rise of CRH in late pregnancy is associated with an E3 surge and critically altered P/E3 and E3/E2 ratios that create an estrogenic environment at the onset of labor. Our evidence provides a rationale for the use of CRH in predicting preterm birth and informs approaches to delaying labor using P supplementation.

  X Shen , G. b Hu , S. j Jiang , F. r He , W Xing , L Li , J Yang , H. f Zhu , P Lei and G. x. Shen

Transferrin receptor (TfR) has been explored as a target for antibody-based therapy of cancer. In the previous study, we reported a murine anti-TfR monoclonal antibody (mAb) 7579 had good anti-tumor activities in vitro. In an attempt to reduce its immunogenicity and enhance its ability to recruit immune effector mechanism in vivo, we herein developed its chimera in the baculovirus/insect cell expression system based on the mating-assisted genetically integrated cloning (MAGIC) strategy. The chimeric light and heavy chains, containing human IgG1 constant regions, were correctly processed and assembled in insect cells, and then secreted into the mediums as heterodimeric H2L2 immunoglobulins. Furthermore, analyses of antigen-binding assay and competitive binding assay indicated that the chimeric antibody possessed specificity and affinity similar to that of its parental murine antibody. Results of the antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) assay verified that the chimeric antibody could efficiently mediate ADCC and CDC against TfR-overexpressing tumor cells. These results suggested that this baculovirus-expressed chimeric anti-TfR IgG1 might have the potential to be used for cancer immunotherapy. Meanwhile, the MAGIC strategy, facilitating the rapid generation of chimeric mAbs, could be one of the efficient strategies for antibody engineering.

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