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Dacek MM, Veach DR, Cheal SM, Carter LM, McDevitt MR, Punzalan B, Vargas DB, Kubik TZ, Monette S, Santich BH, Yang GB, Ouerfelli O, Kesner AL, Cheung NKV, Scheinberg DA, Larson SM, Krebs S
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Engineered Cells as a Test Platform for Radiohaptens in Pretargeted Imaging and Radioimmunotherapy Applications

BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY 2021 APR 21; 32(4):649-654
Pretargeted imaging and radioimmunotherapy approaches are designed to have superior targeting properties over directly targeted antibodies but impose more complex pharmacology, which hinders efforts to optimize the ligands prior to human applications. Human embryonic kidney 293T cells expressing the humanized single-chain variable fragment (scFv) C825 (huC825) with high-affinity for DOTA-haptens (293T-huC825) in a transmembrane-anchored format eliminated the requirement to use other pretargeting reagents and provided a simplified, accelerated assay of radiohapten capture while offering normalized cell surface expression of the molecular target of interest. Using binding assays, ex vivo biodistribution, and in vivo imaging, we demonstrated that radiohaptens based on benzyl-DOTA and a second generation "Proteus" DOTA-platform effectively and specifically engaged membrane-bound huC825, achieving favorable tumor-to-normal tissue uptake ratios in mice. Furthermore, [Y-86]Y-DOTA-Bn predicted absorbed dose to critical organs with reasonable accuracy for both [Lu-177]Lu-DOTA-Bn and [Ac-225]Ac-Pr, which highlights the benefit of a dosimetry-based treatment approach.
Nesic D, Bush M, Spasic A, Li JH, Kamata T, Handa M, Filizola M, Walz T, Coller BS
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Electron microscopy shows that binding of monoclonal antibody PT25-2 primes integrin alpha IIb beta 3 for ligand binding

BLOOD ADVANCES 2021 APR 13; 5(7):1781-1790
The murine monoclonal antibody (mAb) PT25-2 induces alpha IIb beta 3 to bind ligand and initiate 3 platelet aggregation. The underlying mechanism is unclear, because previous mutagenesis studies suggested that PT25-2 binds to the alpha IIb beta 3 propeller, a site distant from the Arg-Gly-Asp-binding pocket. To elucidate the mechanism, we studied the alpha IIb beta 3-PT25-2 Fab complex by negative-stain and cryo-electron microscopy (EM). We found that PT25-2 binding results in alpha IIb beta 3 partially exposing multiple ligand-induced binding site epitopes and adopting extended conformations without swing-out of the beta 3 hybrid domain. The cryo-EM structure showed PT25-2 binding to the allb residues identified by mutagenesis but also to 2 additional regions. Overlay of the cryo-EM structure with the bent alpha IIb beta 3 crystal structure showed that binding of PT25-2 creates clashes with the alpha IIb calf-1/calf-2 domains, suggesting that PT25-2 selectively binds to partially or fully extended receptor conformations and prevents a return to its bent conformation. Kinetic studies of the binding of PT25-2 compared with mAbs 10E5 and 7E3 support this hypothesis. We conclude that PT25-2 induces alpha IIb beta 3 ligand binding by binding to extended conformations and by preventing the interactions between the alpha IIb and beta 3 leg domains and subsequently the beta I and beta 3 leg domains required for the bent-closed conformation.
Thaler DS
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Is Global Microbial Biodiversity Increasing, Decreasing, or Staying the Same?

FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 2021 APR 19; 9(?):? Article 565649
Animal and plant biodiversity is decreasing. In contrast, the global direction and the pace of change in microbial, including viral, biodiversity is unknown. Important niches for microbial diversity occur in highly specific associations with plants and animals, and these niches are lost as hosts become extinct. The taxonomic diversity of human gut bacteria is reported to be decreasing. On the other hand, SARS-CoV-2 variation is increasing. Where microbes are concerned, Darwin's "tangled bank" of interdependent organisms may be composed mostly of other microbes. There is the likelihood that as some classes of microbes become extinct, others evolve and diversify. A better handle on all processes that affect microbial biodiversity and their net balance is needed. Lack of insight into the dynamics of evolution of microbial biodiversity is arguably the single most profound and consequential unknown with regard to human knowledge of the biosphere. If some or all parts of microbial diversity are relentlessly increasing, then survey approaches may be too slow to ever catch up. New approaches, including single-molecule or single-cell sequencing in populations, as well as focused attention on modulators and vectors of vertical and horizontal evolution may offer more direct insights into some aspects of the pace of microbial evolution.
Rotolo JA, Fong CS, Bodo S, Nagesh PK, Fuller J, Sharma T, Piersigilli A, Zhang ZG, Fuks Z, Singh VK, Kolesnick R
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Anti-ceramide single-chain variable fragment mitigates radiation GI syndrome mortality independent of DNA repair

JCI INSIGHT 2021 APR 22; 6(8):? Article e145380
After 9/11, threat of nuclear attack on American urban centers prompted government agencies to develop medical radiation countermeasures to mitigate hematopoietic acute radiation syndrome (H-ARS) and higher-dose gastrointestinal acute radiation syndrome (GI-ARS) lethality. While repurposing leukemia drugs that enhance bone marrow repopulation successfully treats H-ARS in preclinical models, no mitigator potentially deliverable under mass casualty conditions preserves GI tract. Here, we report generation of an anti-ceramide 6B5 single-chain variable fragment (scFv) and show that s.c. 6B5 scFv delivery at 24 hours after a 90% lethal GI-ARS dose of 15 Gy mitigated mouse lethality, despite administration after DNA repair was complete. We defined an alternate target to DNA repair, an evolving pattern of ceramide-mediated endothelial apoptosis after radiation, which when disrupted by 6B5 scFv, initiates a durable program of tissue repair, permitting crypt, organ, and mouse survival. We posit that successful preclinical development will render anticeramide 6B5 scFv a candidate for inclusion in the Strategic National Stockpile for distribution after a radiation catastrophe.
Elnabawi YA, Garshick MS, Tawil M, Barrett TJ, Fisher EA, Lo Sicco K, Neimann AL, Scher JU, Krueger J, Berger JS
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CCL20 in psoriasis: A potential biomarker of disease severity, inflammation, and impaired vascular health

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY 2021 APR; 84(4):913-920
Background: Psoriasis is associated with increased cardiovascular risk that is not captured by traditional proinflammatory biomarkers. Objective: To investigate the relationship between Psoriasis Area and Severity Index, circulating proinflammatory biomarkers, and vascular health in psoriasis. Methods: In patients with psoriasis and in age and sex-matched controls, 273 proteins were analyzed with the Proseek Multiplex Cardiovascular disease reagents kit and Inflammatory reagents kit (Olink Bioscience), whereas vascular endothelial inflammation and health were measured via direct transcriptomic analysis of brachial vein endothelial cells. Results: In psoriasis, chemokine ligand 20 (CCL20), interleukin (IL) 6, and IL-17A were the top 3 circulating proinflammatory cytokines. Vascular endothelial inflammation correlated with CCL20 (r = 0.55; P < .001) and less so with IL-6 (r = 0.36; P = .04) and IL-17A (r = 0.29; P = .12). After adjustment for potential confounders, the association between CCL20 and vascular endothelial inflammation remained significant (beta = 1.71; P = .02). In nested models, CCL20 added value (chi(2) = 79.22; P < .001) to a model already incorporating the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index, Framingham risk, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, Il-17A, and IL-6 (chi(2) = 48.18; P < .001) in predicting vascular endothelial inflammation. Limitations: Our study was observational and did not allow for causal inference in the relationship between CCL20 and cardiovascular risk. Conclusion: We demonstrate that CCL20 expression has a strong association with vascular endothelial inflammation, reflects systemic inflammation, and may serve as a potential biomarker of impaired vascular health in psoriasis.
Simon DJ, Belsky DM, Bowen ME, Ohn CYJ, O'Rourke MK, Shen R, Kim G, Pitts J, Attardi LD, Tessier-Lavigne M
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An anterograde pathway for sensory axon degeneration gated by a cytoplasmic action of the transcriptional regulator P53

DEVELOPMENTAL CELL 2021 APR 5; 56(7):976-+
Axon remodeling through sprouting and pruning contributes to the refinement of developing neural circuits. A prominent example is the pruning of developing sensory axons deprived of neurotrophic support, which is mediated by a caspase-dependent (apoptotic) degeneration process. Distal sensory axons possess a latent apoptotic pathway, but a cell body-derived signal that travels anterogradely down the axon is required for pathway activation. The signalingmechanisms that underlie this anterograde process are poorly understood. Here, we show that the tumor suppressor P53 is required for anterograde signaling. Interestingly loss of P53 blocks axonal but not somatic (i.e., cell body) caspase activation. Unexpectedly, P53 does not appear to have an acute transcriptional role in this process and instead appears to act in the cytoplasm to directly activate the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway in axons. Our data support the operation of a cytoplasmic role for P53 in the anterograde death of developing sensory axons.
Schultz-Rogers L, Lach FP, Rickman KA, Ferrer A, Mangaonkar AA, Schwab TL, Schmitz CT, Clark KJ, Dsouza NR, Zimmermann MT, Litzow M, Jacobi N, Klee EW, Smogorzewska A, Patnaik MM
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A homozygous missense variant in UBE2T is associated with a mild Fanconi anemia phenotype

HAEMATOLOGICA 2021 APR; 106(4):1188-1192
Bastard P, Michailidis E, Hoffmann HH, Chbihi M, Le Voyer T, Rosain J, Philippot Q, Seeleuthner Y, Gervais A, Materna M, de Oliveira PMN, Maia MDS, Bom APDA, Azamor T, da Conceicao DA, Goudouris E, Homma A, Slesak G, Schafer J, Pulendran B, Miller JD, Huits R, Yang R, Rosen LB, Bizien L, Lorenzo L, Chrabieh M, Erazo LV, Rozenberg F, Jeljeli MM, Beziat V, Holland SM, Cobat A, Notarangelo LD, Su HC, Ahmed R, Puel A, Zhang SY, Abel L, Seligman SJ, Zhang Q, MacDonald MR, Jouanguy E, Rice CM, Casanova JL
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Auto-antibodies to type I IFNs can underlie adverse reactions to yellow fever live attenuated vaccine

JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE 2021 APR 5; 218(4):? Article e20202486
Yellow fever virus (YFV) live attenuated vaccine can, in rare cases, cause life-threatening disease, typically in patients with no previous history of severe viral illness. Autosomal recessive (AR) complete IFNAR1 deficiency was reported in one 12-yr-old patient. Here, we studied seven other previously healthy patients aged 13 to 80 yr with unexplained life-threatening YFV vaccine-associated disease. One 13-yr-old patient had AR complete IFNAR2 deficiency. Three other patients vaccinated at the ages of 47, 57, and 64 yr had high titers of circulating auto-Abs against at least 14 of the 17 individual type I IFNs. These antibodies were recently shown to underlie at least 10% of cases of life-threatening COVID-19 pneumonia. The auto-Abs were neutralizing in vitro, blocking the protective effect of IFN-?2 against YFV vaccine strains. AR IFNAR1 or IFNAR2 deficiency and neutralizing auto-Abs against type I IFNs thus accounted for more than half the cases of life-threatening YFV vaccine-associated disease studied here. Previously healthy subjects could be tested for both predispositions before anti-YFV vaccination.
Yang M, Rito T, Metzger J, Naftaly J, Soman R, Hu JJ, Albertini DF, Barad DH, Brivanlou AH, Gleicher N
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Depletion of aneuploid cells in human embryos and gastruloids

NATURE CELL BIOLOGY 2021 APR; 23(4):314-U15
Chromosomal instability leading to aneuploidy is pervasive in early human embryos(1-3) and is considered as a major cause of infertility and pregnancy wastage(4,5). Here we provide several lines of evidence that blastocysts containing aneuploid cells are worthy of in vitro fertilization transfer. First, we show clinically that aneuploid embryos can lead to healthy births, suggesting the presence of an in vivo mechanism to eliminate aneuploidy. Second, early development and cell specification modelled in micropatterned human 'gastruloids' grown in confined geometry show that aneuploid cells are depleted from embryonic germ layers, but not from extraembryonic tissue, by apoptosis in a bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4)-dependent manner. Third, a small percentage of euploid cells rescues embryonic tissue in mosaic gastruloids when mixed with aneuploid cells. Finally, single-cell RNA-sequencing analysis of early human embryos revealed a decline of aneuploidy beginning on day 3. Our findings challenge two current dogmas: that a single trophectoderm biopsy at blastocyst stage to perform prenatal genetic testing can accurately determine the chromosomal make-up of a human embryo, and that aneuploid embryos should be withheld from embryo transfer in association with in vitro fertilization.
Ward T, Tai W, Morton S, Impens F, Van Damme P, Van Haver D, Timmerman E, Venturini G, Zhang KH, Jang MY, Willcox JAL, Haghighi A, Gelb BD, Chung WK, Goldmuntz E, Porter GA, Lifton RP, Brueckner M, Yost HJ, Bruneau BG, Gorham J, Kim Y, Pereira A, Homsy J, Benson CC, DePalma SR, Varland S, Chen CS, Arnesen T, Gevaert K, Seidman C, Seidman JG
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Mechanisms of Congenital Heart Disease Caused by NAA15 Haploinsufficiency

CIRCULATION RESEARCH 2021 APR 16; 128(8):1156-1169
Rationale: NAA15 (N-alpha-acetyltransferase 15) is a component of the NatA (N-terminal acetyltransferase complex). The mechanism by which NAA15 haploinsufficiency causes congenital heart disease remains unknown. To better understand molecular processes by which NAA15 haploinsufficiency perturbs cardiac development, we introduced NAA15 variants into human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and assessed the consequences of these mutations on RNA and protein expression. Objective: We aim to understand the role of NAA15 haploinsufficiency in cardiac development by investigating proteomic effects on NatA complex activity and identifying proteins dependent upon a full amount of NAA15. Methods and Results: We introduced heterozygous loss of function, compound heterozygous, and missense residues (R276W) in iPSCs using CRISPR/Cas9. Haploinsufficient NAA15 iPSCs differentiate into cardiomyocytes, unlike NAA15-null iPSCs, presumably due to altered composition of NatA. Mass spectrometry analyses reveal approximate to 80% of identified iPSC NatA targeted proteins displayed partial or complete N-terminal acetylation. Between null and haploinsufficient NAA15 cells, N-terminal acetylation levels of 32 and 9 NatA-specific targeted proteins were reduced, respectively. Similar acetylation loss in few proteins occurred in NAA15 R276W induced pluripotent stem cells. In addition, steady-state protein levels of 562 proteins were altered in both null and haploinsufficient NAA15 cells; 18 were ribosomal-associated proteins. At least 4 proteins were encoded by genes known to cause autosomal dominant congenital heart disease. Conclusions: These studies define a set of human proteins that requires a full NAA15 complement for normal synthesis and development. A 50% reduction in the amount of NAA15 alters levels of at least 562 proteins and N-terminal acetylation of only 9 proteins. One or more modulated proteins are likely responsible for NAA15-haploinsufficiency mediated congenital heart disease. Additionally, genetically engineered induced pluripotent stem cells provide a platform for evaluating the consequences of amino acid sequence variants of unknown significance on NAA15 function.