In silico screening of new potential TCR/CollagenII-MHCII inhibitors against rheumatoid arthritis
Poster Mar 31, 2011
Davide Pirolli, Francesco Ria, Bruno Giardina and Maria Cristina De Rosa
Residues 261-273 of type II collagen bound to the MHC class II allele HLA-DR4 play a crucial role in rheumatoid arthritis. The protein–protein interactions between TCR and CII-MHCII complex may therefore serve as targets for the development of new drugs against RA. The aim of this study is to develop a pharmacophore virtual screening followed by molecular docking and dynamics calculations leading to the identification of new TCR/CII-MHCII inhibitors.
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified more than 100 genetic loci associated with type 2 diabetes. The majority of these are located in the intergenic or intragenic regions suggesting that the implicated variants may alter chromatin conformation. This, in turn, is likely to influence the expression of nearby or more remotely located genes to alter beta cell function. At present, however, detailed molecular and functional analyses are still lacking for most of these variants. We recently analysed one of these loci and mapped five causal variants in an islet-specific enhancer cluster within the STARD10 gene locus. Here, we aimed to understand how these causal variants influence b-cell function by alteration of the chromatin structure of enhancer clusterREAD MORE
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Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) is a common type of peripheral T-cell lymphoma. AITL can be missed until lymphadenopathy develops in patients initially presenting with skin lesions, as skin biopsy may lack conclusive findings. Our case highlights the extranodal presentation of AITL with cutaneous lesions displaying the TFH phenotype.READ MORE