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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445614/two-common-human-cldn5-alleles-encode-different-open-reading-frames-but-produce-one-protein-isoform
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Ronald M Cornely, Barbara Schlingmann, Whitney S Shepherd, Joshua D Chandler, David C Neujahr, Michael Koval
Claudins provide tight junction barrier selectivity. The human CLDN5 gene contains a high-frequency single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs885985), where the G allele codes for glutamine (Q) and the A allele codes for an amber stop codon. Thus, these different CLDN5 alleles define nested open reading frames (ORFs) encoding claudin-5 proteins that are 303 or 218 amino acids in length. Interestingly, human claudin-16 and claudin-23 also have long ORFs. The long form of claudin-5 contrasts with the majority of claudin-5 proteins in the National Center for Biotechnology Information protein database, which are less than 220 amino acids in length...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445611/equivalence-of-complex-drug-products-advances-in-and-challenges-for-current-regulatory-frameworks
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Leonie Hussaarts, Stefan Mühlebach, Vinod P Shah, Scott McNeil, Gerrit Borchard, Beat Flühmann, Vera Weinstein, Sesha Neervannan, Elwyn Griffiths, Wenlei Jiang, Elena Wolff-Holz, Daan J A Crommelin, Jon S B de Vlieger
Biotechnology and nanotechnology provide a growing number of innovator-driven complex drug products and their copy versions. Biologics exemplify one category of complex drugs, but there are also nonbiological complex drug products, including many nanomedicines, such as iron-carbohydrate complexes, drug-carrying liposomes or emulsions, and glatiramoids. In this white paper, which stems from a 1-day conference at the New York Academy of Sciences, we discuss regulatory frameworks in use worldwide (e.g., the U...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445594/porcine-milk-induces-a-strengthening-of-barrier-function-in-porcine-jejunal-epithelium-in-vitro
#3
Judith Radloff, Silke S Zakrzewski, Robert Pieper, Alexander G Markov, Salah Amasheh
Milk contains a variety of components that have been shown to affect the expression and localization of epithelial tight junction proteins and therefore the intestinal barrier. Thus, we hypothesized that milk would have an effect on intestinal barrier properties, owing to effects on the tight junction in an intraspecies porcine intestinal in vitro model. Jejunal samples of piglets derived from different age groups were analyzed. Transepithelial electrical resistance was recorded employing the Ussing chamber technique...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445589/a-network-engineering-perspective-on-probing-and-perturbing-cognition-with-neurofeedback
#4
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Danielle S Bassett, Ankit N Khambhati
Network science and engineering provide a flexible and generalizable tool set to describe and manipulate complex systems characterized by heterogeneous interaction patterns among component parts. While classically applied to social systems, these tools have recently proven to be particularly useful in the study of the brain. In this review, we describe the nascent use of these tools to understand human cognition, and we discuss their utility in informing the meaningful and predictable perturbation of cognition in combination with the emerging capabilities of neurofeedback...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445585/c-type-starches-and-their-derivatives-structure-and-function
#5
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Zebin Guo, Xiangze Jia, Beibei Zhao, Shaoxiao Zeng, Jianbo Xiao, Baodong Zheng
The C-type starches are widely distributed in seeds or rhizomes of various legumes, medicinal plants, and crops. These carbohydrate polymers directly affect the application of starchy plant resources. The structural and crystal properties of starches are crucial parameters of starch granules, which significantly influence their physicochemical and mechanical properties. The unique crystal structure consisting of both A- and B-type polymorphs endows C-type starches with specific crystal adjustability. Furthermore, large proportions of resistant starches and slowly digestible starches are C-type starches, which contribute to benign glycemic response and proliferation of gut microflora...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437576/irisin-and-musculoskeletal-health
#6
Graziana Colaianni, Saverio Cinti, Silvia Colucci, Maria Grano
Irisin is a hormone-like myokine produced in abundance by skeletal muscle in response to exercise, both in mice and humans. Once released into the circulation, irisin acts on white adipocytes to induce the browning response and subsequently activates nonshivering thermogenesis. We have examined the premise that irisin produced during exercise may subserve further functions in the musculoskeletal system. We review evidence for its possible skeletal effects, including the central role that irisin plays in the control of bone mass, with positive effects on cortical mineral density and geometry in mice...
April 24, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436082/tricellulin-is-a-target-of-the-ubiquitin-ligase-itch
#7
Susanne Jennek, Sonnhild Mittag, Juliane Reiche, Julie K Westphal, Stefanie Seelk, Max J Dörfel, Thorsten Pfirrmann, Karlheinz Friedrich, Anja Schütz, Udo Heinemann, Otmar Huber
Tricellulin, a member of the tight junction-associated MAGUK protein family, preferentially localizes to tricellular junctions in confluent polarized epithelial cell layers and is downregulated during the epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Posttranslational modifications are assumed to play critical roles in the process of downregulation of tricellulin at the protein level. Here, we report that the E3 ubiquitin ligase Itch forms a complex with tricellulin and thereby enhances its ubiquitination. Pull-down assays confirmed a direct interaction between tricellulin and Itch, which is mediated by the Itch WW domain and the N-terminus of tricellulin...
April 24, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436044/structure-bioactivity-and-synthesis-of-methylated-flavonoids
#8
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Lingrong Wen, Yueming Jiang, Jiali Yang, Yupeng Zhao, Miaomiao Tian, Bao Yang
Methylated flavonoids are an important type of natural flavonoid derivative with potentially multiple health benefits; among other things, they have improved bioavailability compared with flavonoid precursors. Flavonoids have been documented to have broad bioactivities, such as anticancer, immunomodulation, and antioxidant activities, that can be elevated, to a certain extent, by methylation. Understanding the structure, bioactivity, and bioavailability of methylated flavonoids, therefore, is an interesting topic with broad potential applications...
April 24, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423468/cytoprotective-effects-of-dietary-flavonoids-against-cadmium-induced-toxicity
#9
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Xia Li, Xinwei Jiang, Jianxia Sun, Cuijuan Zhu, Xiaoling Li, Lingmin Tian, Liu Liu, Weibin Bai
Cadmium (Cd) damages the liver, kidney, bones, reproductive system, and other organs. Flavonoids, such as anthocyanins and flavonols, which are commonly found in plant foods, have shown protective effects against Cd-induced damage. The cytoprotective effects of flavonoids against Cd-induced diseases are mainly attributable to three mechanisms. First, flavonoids clear reactive oxygen species, thereby reducing lipid peroxide production and improving the activity of antioxidation enzymes. Second, flavonoids chelate Cd, thus reducing the accumulation of Cd and altering the levels of other essential metal ions in vivo...
April 19, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423466/zonulin-transgenic-mice-show-altered-gut-permeability-and-increased-morbidity-mortality-in-the-dss-colitis-model
#10
Craig Sturgeon, Jinggang Lan, Alessio Fasano
Increased small intestinal permeability (IP) has been proposed to be an integral element, along with genetic makeup and environmental triggers, in the pathogenies of chronic inflammatory diseases (CIDs). We identified zonulin as a master regular of intercellular tight junctions linked to the development of several CIDs. We aim to study the role of zonulin-mediated IP in the pathogenesis of CIDs. Zonulin transgenic Hp2 mice (Ztm) were subjected to dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) treatment for 7 days, followed by 4-7 days' recovery and compared to C57Bl/6 (wild-type (WT)) mice...
April 19, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415156/endocytosis-of-tight-junction-proteins-and-the-regulation-of-degradation-and-recycling
#11
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Svetlana M Stamatovic, Allison M Johnson, Nikola Sladojevic, Richard F Keep, Anuska V Andjelkovic
Internalization of tight junction (TJ) proteins from the plasma membrane is a pivotal mechanism regulating TJ plasticity and function in both epithelial and endothelial barrier tissues. Once internalized, the TJ proteins enter complex vesicular machinery, where further trafficking is directly dependent on the initiating stimulus and downstream signaling pathways that regulate the sorting and destiny of TJ proteins, as well as on cell and barrier responses. The destiny of internalized TJ proteins is recycling to the plasma membrane or sorting to late endosomes and degradation...
April 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415154/annona-species-annonaceae-a-rich-source-of-potential-antitumor-agents
#12
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Rosa Tundis, Jianbo Xiao, Monica R Loizzo
Plants have provided the basis of traditional medicine systems throughout the world for thousands of years and continue to yield molecules for new remedies. We analyzed studies published from 2009 to 2016 on the Annona species (Annonaceae), including A. coriacea, A. crassifolia, A. hypoglauca, A. muricata, A. squamosa, A. sylvatica, and A. vepretorum, as sources of potential antitumor agents. Here, we report and discuss the mechanisms of action and structure-activity relationships of the most active Annona constituents...
April 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415153/polar-and-charged-extracellular-residues-conserved-among-barrier-forming-claudins-contribute-to-tight-junction-strand-formation
#13
Anna Piontek, Jan Rossa, Jonas Protze, Hartwig Wolburg, Caroline Hempel, Dorothee Günzel, Gerd Krause, Jörg Piontek
Claudins (Cldn) form the backbone of tight junction (TJ) strands and thereby regulate paracellular permeability for solutes and water. Polymeric strands are formed by homo- and heterophilic cis- and trans-interactions between claudin protomers. Crystal structures of some claudins have been resolved; however, the mechanism by which claudins assemble into TJ strands remains unclear. To elucidate strand architecture, TJ-like strands were reconstituted in HEK293 cells by claudin transfection. Determinants of prototypic, classic barrier-forming claudins (Cldn1, -3, and -5) involved in strand formation were analyzed by mutagenesis...
April 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415142/neural-correlates-of-cognitive-processing-in-monolinguals-and-bilinguals
#14
REVIEW
John G Grundy, John A E Anderson, Ellen Bialystok
Here, we review the neural correlates of cognitive control associated with bilingualism. We demonstrate that lifelong practice managing two languages orchestrates global changes to both the structure and function of the brain. Compared with monolinguals, bilinguals generally show greater gray matter volume, especially in perceptual/motor regions, greater white matter integrity, and greater functional connectivity between gray matter regions. These changes complement electroencephalography findings showing that bilinguals devote neural resources earlier than monolinguals...
April 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415141/claudin-targeted-drug-development-using-anti-claudin-monoclonal-antibodies-to-treat-hepatitis-and-cancer
#15
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Yosuke Hashimoto, Masayoshi Fukasawa, Hiroki Kuniyasu, Kiyohito Yagi, Masuo Kondoh
The 27-member family of tetraspan membrane proteins known as claudins (CLDNs) is a major component of tight junctions. A series of studies elucidating the relationship between CLDNs and various pathological conditions has provided new insights into drug development. For instance, CLDN-1 may be a potent target for epidermal absorption of drugs and for treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. CLDN-4 may be a target for treating cancer. Because CLDNs are also expressed in various normal tissues, safety and efficacy evaluations are critical for translational research...
April 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415138/the-roles-of-valuation-and-reward-processing-in-cognitive-function-and-psychiatric-disorders
#16
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Sébastien Hélie, Farzin Shamloo, Keisha Novak, Dan Foti
In neuroeconomics, valuation refers to the process of assigning values to states and actions on the basis of the animal's current representation of the environment, while reward processing corresponds to processing the feedback received from the environment to update the values of states and actions. In this article, we review the brain circuits associated with valuation and reward processing and argue that these are fundamental processes critical to many cognitive functions. Specifically, we focus on the role of valuation and reward processing in attention, memory, decision making, and learning...
April 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415133/zo-2-a-tight-junction-protein-involved-in-gene-expression-proliferation-apoptosis-and-cell-size-regulation
#17
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Lorenza González-Mariscal, Jael Miranda, Arturo Raya-Sandino, Alaide Domínguez-Calderón, Francisco Cuellar-Perez
ZO-2 is a peripheral tight junction protein that belongs to the membrane-associated guanylate kinase protein family. Here, we explain the modular and supramodular organization of ZO-2 that allows it to interact with a wide variety of molecules, including cell-cell adhesion proteins, cytoskeletal components, and nuclear factors. We also describe how ZO proteins evolved through metazoan evolution and analyze the intracellular traffic of ZO-2, as well as the roles played by ZO-2 at the plasma membrane and nucleus that translate into the regulation of proliferation, cell size, and apoptosis...
April 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405964/the-neuroscience-of-people-watching-how-the-human-brain-makes-sense-of-other-people-s-encounters
#18
REVIEW
Susanne Quadflieg, Kami Koldewyn
Neuroscientific investigations interested in questions of person perception and impression formation have traditionally asked their participants to observe and evaluate isolated individuals. In recent years, however, there has been a surge of studies presenting third-party encounters between two (or more) individuals as stimuli. Owing to this subtle methodological change, the brain's capacity to understand other people's interactions and relationships from limited visual information--also known as people watching--has become a distinct topic of inquiry...
April 12, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370069/linking-social-ecological-and-physical-science-to-advance-natural-and-nature-based-protection-for-coastal-communities
#19
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Katie K Arkema, Robert Griffin, Sergio Maldonado, Jessica Silver, Jenny Suckale, Anne D Guerry
Interest in the role that ecosystems play in reducing the impacts of coastal hazards has grown dramatically. Yet the magnitude and nature of their effects are highly context dependent, making it difficult to know under what conditions coastal habitats, such as saltmarshes, reefs, and forests, are likely to be effective for saving lives and protecting property. We operationalize the concept of natural and nature-based solutions for coastal protection by adopting an ecosystem services framework that propagates the outcome of a management action through ecosystems to societal benefits...
March 30, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319653/the-ecology-of-human-microbiota-dynamics-and-diversity-in-health-and-disease
#20
Antti Karkman, Jenni Lehtimäki, Lasse Ruokolainen
Social welfare, better health care, and urbanization have greatly improved human health and well-being. On the other hand, Western societies suffer from the downsides of the elevated standard of living. Among other factors, the Western diet (poor in dietary fiber), lack of contact with natural biodiversity, and excessive antibiotic use are known to be associated with the increase in chronic inflammatory disorders. Limited exposure to microbial biodiversity, in combination with severe lifestyle-related disturbances to commensal microbial communities, especially during early life, is changing the diversity and composition of human microbiota...
March 20, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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