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Complement is the term used to describe a group of serum proteins that are critically important in our defense against infection. There are deficiencies of each of the individual components of complement. Patients with complement deficiencies encounter clinical problems that depend on the role of the specific complement protein in normal function.

The complement system consists of more than 30 proteins, present in blood and tissues, as well as other proteins anchored on the surfaces of cells. The primary functions of the complement system are to protect from infection, to remove particulate substances, (like damaged or dying cells, microbes or immune complexes) and to help modulate adaptive immune responses. As part of the innate immune system, complement acts immediately to start the process of removal and resolution of the problem. Complement works with the inflammatory cells of the innate immune system and those of adaptive or acquired immunity. It also interacts with proteins of the coagulation and kinin generating systems along with others. Complement activation is tightly regulated and designed to kill invading microbes while producing minimal “collateral damage” that could result in the destruction of host tissues. Complement proteins in the circulation are not activated until triggered by an encounter with a bacterial cell, a virus, an immune complex, damaged tissue or other substance not usually present in the body. Complement activation is a cascading event like the falling of a row of dominoes. It must follow a specific order if the end result is to be achieved. The circulating proteins have been grouped into three activation pathways, based on the types of substances and proteins that initiate the activation. If you visualize a trident, the three tines represent the different initiation routes, while the handle represents the lytic mechanism by which this cascade ultimately destroys the threat, no matter which activation pathway started the response. The diagram in Figure 1 depicts the activation pathways.

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The Classical Pathway (CP) is activated primarily by immunoglobulins (antibodies, including autoantibodies) that are bound to antigens – either in the fluid phase as soluble immune complexes, or on cell membrane surfaces or other tissues. Aggregates of immunoglobulins such as cryoglobulins also activate the CP. Components of the CP are C1q, C1r, C1s, C2 and C4. The CP was the first to be discovered, but is the most recent in evolutionary terms. The Lectin Pathway (LP) is similar to the CP except for the first two steps. Mannose binding lectin (MBL), the Ficolins, and Collectin can initiate the LP. Associated with these are enzymes referred to as MASPs (MBL-Associated Serine Proteases). C2 and C4 also participate in the LP. The LP is thought to be the most evolutionarily primitive of the complement pathways and the first to react before the adaptive immune response occurs. The Alternative Pathway (AP) is initiated by fragments of the complement component C3. Other elements of the AP are Factor B, Factor D and properdin. A unique feature of the AP is the presence of the only positive regulator in the complement system, Properdin. Properdin makes it possible for the amplification loop of the alternative pathway to set up a very efficient mechanism for putting lots of C3b onto the surface of the activating cells, protein complexes or particles in the immediate vicinity of the activation site. Because the ability of the C3b to bind to these surfaces decays rapidly, the activation is limited to just the region around the C3 cleavage site. This time-limitation is another control mechanism for the complement pathway. The Terminal Pathway (TP) is the final set of steps in the complement activation process that forms a membrane lesion or hole (membrane attack complex or MAC) that kills susceptible bacteria or other cells that activate complement on their surfaces. The TP is dependent upon at least one of the other pathways to initiate the process that it then completes. The components of the TP are C3, C5, C6, C7, C8 and C9. A fluid phase form of the MAC, called the Terminal Complement Complex (TCC) can be found in the circulation after complement activation occurs and makes a useful laboratory marker for complement activation. Control mechanisms to prevent unregulated activity (and tissue damage) are present in each pathway. C1-esterase inhibitor (C1-inh) is a serine protease inhibitor (SERPIN) that acts by forming a complex with active enzymes to trap and inactivate them. It is important in controlling the C1r and C1s activation in the CP, and the MASPs in the LP along with several enzymes in the coagulation system. The dynamic interplay among the different complement pathways and their control processes involves other plasma protein systems such as enzymes of the coagulation system, enzymes from inflammatory cells, and substances such as histamine released from cells in the local environment. All of these participants affect the outcome of an activation event. Most of the time, the outcome is favorable to the host, with the danger met and the situation returned rapidly to normal. The diseases that accompany uncontrolled activation or inadequate performance of complement’s functions are often the result of inherited deficiency or subtle impairment of one or more of the components.

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Cooperation between transcription factors in the regulation of promoter. (A, B) HEK‐293 cells were transfected with FL‐RPS27a luciferase reporter along with Sp1, CREB, E2F1 or ΔE2F1 either alone or in indicated combinations (in a 1:1 ratio) and luciferase activity was measured. The reporter activity was normalized with vector control. (C) The co‐operation between Sp1 and CREB in promoter regulation was investigated by transiently transfecting HEK‐293 cells with FL‐RPS27a luciferase reporter construct along with control or Sp1 expression plasmid (500ng) alone or with an increasing concentration of CREB expression plasmid (0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2μg) and luciferase activity was measured. (D) Total RNA was isolated from HEK‐293 cells transfected with the indicated transcription factors and the levels of transcripts were measured by quantitative RT‐PCR. The results represent the pooled data from three independent experiments (mean±SD). * <0.001 and ** <0.05 versus control.
Cooperation between transcription factors in the regulation of RPS27a promoter. (A, B) HEK‐293 cells were transfected with FL‐RPS27a luciferase reporter along with Sp1, CREB, E2F1 or ΔE2F1 either alone or in indicated combinations (in a 1:1 ratio) and luciferase activity was measured. The reporter activity was normalized with vector control. (C) The co‐operation between Sp1 and CREB in RPS27a promoter regulation was investigated by transiently transfecting HEK‐293 cells with FL‐RPS27a luciferase reporter construct along with control or Sp1 expression plasmid (500ng) alone or with an increasing concentration of CREB expression plasmid (0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2μg) and luciferase activity was measured. (D) Total RNA was isolated from HEK‐293 cells transfected with the indicated transcription factors and the levels of RPS27a transcripts were measured by quantitative RT‐PCR. The results represent the pooled data from three independent experiments (mean±SD). *P<0.001 and **P<0.05 versus control.

Functional interaction between Sp1 and CREB in promoter activation

Because the Sp1 and CREB binding sites are localized in close proximity in the human promoter (Figs 2 A and S3), we were interested in determining whether the two trans‐activator proteins also interacted with each other for promoter activation. Therefore, after establishing a functional interaction between Sp1 and CREB (Fig. 4 C), we probed their interaction in co‐immunoprecipitation experiments. As shown in Fig.S4A, Sp1 and CREB apparently interacted with each other in a hepatic microenvironment. However, it is not clear whether there was any direct interaction between the two transactivators or whether this was mediated by cofactors. Nonetheless, the co‐operativity between Sp1 and CREB was substantiated by ChIP‐quantitative PCR experiments where the presence of one trans‐activator facilitated the binding of other factor (Fig.S4B,C). Thus, these results strongly suggest a synergism between Sp1 and CREB, both for promoter occupancy and transactivation of the gene.

To clarify the molecular mechanism of E2F1‐mediated inhibition of the RPS27a promoter, we titrated the Sp1‐dependent promoter activation using increasing amounts of the E2F1 expression vector. As expected, we observed dose‐dependent inhibition in RPS27a luciferase activity in the presence of E2F1 (Fig. Buy Cheap Cost Oversized Sweat Dress with Zip Detail Canary yellow Asos Curve Clearance Shopping Online EK8wsHu0
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, we next monitored the recruitment of transcriptional co‐repressors such as retinoblastoma (Rb) and histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1) on the RPS27a promoter in the presence of E2F1. Overexpression of E2F1 led to a significant five‐fold increase in Rb enrichment and an approximately two‐fold increase in HDAC1 binding to the RPS27a promoter, and these were reversed in the presence of ΔE2F1 mutant (Fig. 5 C,D). Furthermore, a prior promoter occupancy of E2F1 was essential for Sp1 binding because there was a marked reduction in Sp1 enrichment, as shown by the ChIP assay, even though the E2F1 occupancy largely remained unaffected (Fig. 5 E). By contrast, Sp1 knockdown by RNA interference had no bearing on the promoter recruitment of E2F1 (Fig. 5 F). Apparently, E2F1 appeared to act like a repressor without affecting the promoter occupancy of activators.

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Climate change is feminizing Australia's green sea turtles. (Reuters/Peter Andrews)
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The same rising temperatures that are devastating Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are doing something very dramatic to the green sea turtles that are born alongside it: They’re turning them all into females.

When a turtle lays an egg, the sex of its hatchling is not yet determined. The sex of most turtles—along with alligators and crocodiles —is determined by the temperature of the sand their egg incubates in. A very narrow and specific temperature range produces a clutch where 50% of the babies are born male and 50% female. A shift by just a few degrees cooler can produce a 100% male clutch. A few degrees hotter can turn the whole clutch female.

That means climate change has the potential to transform the makeup of whole populations of these creatures. On the beaches of Australia, it already is.

It seems nearly all—possibly 99.8%—of the green sea turtles born on beaches alongside the northern (warmer) portion of the Great Barrier Reef are females, according to new research published yesterday (Jan. 9) in Current Biology .

“This is extreme—like capital letters extreme, exclamation point extreme,” turtle scientist Camryn Allen, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii, and an author on the study, told National Geographic . “We’re talking a handful of males to hundreds and hundreds of females. We were shocked.”

Among turtles from the southern, cooler part of the Great Barrier Reef, the population was still skewed significantly female, though not as dramatically—between 65% and 69% there were females.

The researchers wrote that their data suggests the “complete feminization of this population is possible in the near future.”

And the heat doesn’t just feminize the turtles, it can kill them. “Furthermore, extreme incubation temperatures not only produce female-only hatchlings but also cause high mortality of developing clutches,” the researchers write. In Florida, rising sand temperatures have already Geniue Stockist Mirrored Laceup Crepe Top Offwhite Frame Denim Manchester Online Z4ozO
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“With warming global temperatures and most sea turtle populations naturally producing offspring above the pivotal temperature, it is clear that climate change poses a serious threat to the persistence of these populations,” the paper reads.

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Prosody's configuration is held in a single file, prosody.cfg.lua. If you install Prosody under GNU/Linux then you should find it in /etc/prosody/prosody.cfg.lua . On Mac OS X installed via Homebrew you should find it in /usr/local/etc/prosody/prosody.cfg.lua. On other systems, or when not installed, it will be under the same directory as the prosody main executable.

/etc/prosody/prosody.cfg.lua

An Example configuration file for Prosody file is given, with a .dist extension. It is thoroughly commented, and can serve as the base for your own.

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The configuration is divided into two parts. The first part is known as the "global" section. All settings here apply to the whole server, and are the default for all virtual hosts.

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The only thing you are required to configure now is the hosts/domains you wish Prosody to serve, see the next section "Adding a host".

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