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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300672/discovery-of-three-toxin-peptides-with-kv1-3-channel-and-il-2-cytokine-inhibiting-activities-from-non-buthidae-scorpions-chaerilus-tricostatus-and-chaerilus-tryznai
#1
Li Ding, Jing Chen, Jinbo Hao, Jiahui Zhang, Xuejun Huang, Fangfang Hu, Zheng Wu, Yaru Liu, Wenxin Li, Zhijian Cao, Yingliang Wu, Jian Li, Shan Li, Hongyan Liu, Wenlong Wu, Zongyun Chen
Non-Buthidae venomous scorpions are huge natural sources of toxin peptides; however, only a few studies have been done to understand their toxin peptides. Herein, we describe three new potential immunomodulating toxin peptides, Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908, from two non-Buthidae scorpions, Chaerilus tricostatus and Chaerilus tryznai. Sequence alignment analyses showed that Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908 are three new members of the scorpion toxin α-KTx15 subfamily. Electrophysiological experiments showed that Ctri18, Ctry68 and Ctry2908 blocked the Kv1...
March 12, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300674/structure-activity-studies-on-polymyxin-derivatives-carrying-three-positive-charges-only-reveal-a-new-class-of-compounds-with-strong-antibacterial-activity
#2
Martti Vaara, Timo Vaara, Jonathan M Tyrrell
Recent years have brought in an increased interest to develop improved polymyxins. The currently used polymyxins, i.e. polymyxin B and colistin (polymyxin E) are pentacationic lipopeptides that possess a cyclic heptapeptide part with three positive charges, a linear "panhandle" part with two positive charges, and a fatty acyl tail. Unfortunately, their clinical use is shadowed by their notable nephrotoxicity. We have previously developed a polymyxin derivative NAB739 which lacks the positive charges in the linear part...
March 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300673/semi-microbiological-synthesis-of-an-active-lysinoalanine-bridged-analog-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1
#3
Anneke Kuipers, Louwe de Vries, Marcel P de Vries, Rick Rink, Tjibbe Bosma, Gert N Moll
Some modified glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogs are highly important for treating type 2 diabetes. Here we investigated whether GLP-1 analogs expressed in Lactococcus lactis could be substrates for modification and export by the nisin dehydratase and transporter enzyme. Subsequently we introduced a lysinoalanine by coupling a formed dehydroalanine with a lysine and investigated the structure and activity of the formed lysinoalanine-bridged GLP-1 analog. Our data show: i) GLP-1 fused to the nisin leader peptide is very well exported via the nisin transporter NisT, ii) production of leader-GLP-1 via NisT is higher than via the SEC system, iii) leader-GLP-1 exported via NisT was more efficiently dehydrated by the nisin dehydratase NisB than when exported via the SEC system, iv) individual serines and threonines in GLP-1 are dehydrated by NisB to a significantly different extent, v) an introduced Ser30 is well dehydrated and can be coupled to Lys34 to form a lysinoalanine-bridged GLP-1 analog, vi) a lysinoalanine(30-34) variant's conformation shifts in the presence of 25% trifluoroethanol towards a higher alpha helix content than observed for wild type GLP-1 under identical condition, vii) a lysinoalanine(30-34) GLP-1 variant has retained significant activity...
March 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300671/the-effect-of-cart-on-pituitary-hormones-release-from-cultured-pituitary-cells-harvested-from-fasted-and-fed-ad-libitum-male-rats
#4
M Chmielowska, B Baranowska, E Wolinska-Witort, L Martynska, M Kalisz, A Litwiniuk, W Bik
Cocaine and Amphetamine-Regulated Transcript (CART) is widely expressed in the central nervous system and in several endocrine organs. CART is an important factor in the regulation of energy homeostasis. The aim of the study was to assess the role of CART in physiological response of pituitary cells in a course of starvation. The pituitary cells harvested from starved and fed ad libitum male rats were cultured for 48h and treated with: 0.1nM, 1nM, 10nM or 100nM doses of CART. The medium was collected after 60min and stored at -70°C until samples were further assayed for: LH, FSH, PRL, GH, TSH and ACTH...
March 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279688/role-of-human-lipocalin-proteins-in-abdominal-obesity-after-acute-pancreatitis
#5
Ruma G Singh, Sayali A Pendharkar, Lindsay D Plank, Maxim S Petrov
Lipocalin proteins are small regulatory peptides implicated in metabolism, inflammation, and immunity. Although lipocalin proteins have been linked to various clinical conditions, their role in the acute inflammatory setting, such as acute pancreatitis (AP), has only been sparsely investigated. Two members of the lipocalin family, lipocalin-2 (LCN-2) and retinol binding protein -4 (RBP-4), play an important role in obesity and insulin resistance. In this study, we analysed circulating levels of LCN-2 and RBP-4 in 92 individuals after AP, of whom 41 individuals had abdominal obesity and 51 did not...
March 7, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263851/the-effects-of-different-exercise-training-modalities-on-plasma-proenkephalin-peptide-f-in-women
#6
William H DuPont, William J Kraemer, Bradley C Nindl, Elaine C Lee, Maren S Fragala, Disa L Hatfield, Lydia K Caldwell, Emily M Post, Matthew K Beeler, Jeff S Volek, Carl M Maresh
Due to the important interactions of proenkephalin fragments (e.g., proenkephalin [107-140] Peptide F) to enhance activation of immune cells and potentially combat pain associated with exercise-induced muscle tissue damage, we examined the differential plasma responses of Peptide F to different exercise training programs. Participants were tested pre-training (T1), and after 8 weeks (T2) of training. Fifty-nine healthy women were matched and then randomly assigned to one of four groups: heavy resistance strength training (STR, n=18), high intensity endurance training (END, n=14), combined strength and endurance training (CMB, n=17), or control (CON, n=10)...
March 2, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259659/bean-peptides-have-higher-in-silico-binding-affinities-than-ezetimibe-for-the-n-terminal-domain-of-cholesterol-receptor-niemann-pick-c1-like-1
#7
Luis M Real Hernandez, Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia
Niemann-Pick C1 like-1 (NPC1L1) mediates cholesterol absorption at the apical membrane of enterocytes through a yet unknown mechanism. Bean, pea, and lentil proteins are naturally hydrolyzed during digestion to produce peptides. The potential for pulse peptides to have high binding affinities for NPC1L1 has not been determined. In this study , in silico binding affinities and interactions were determined between the N-terminal domain of NPC1L1 and 14 pulse peptides (5≥ amino acids) derived through pepsin-pancreatin digestion...
March 1, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242257/exendin-4-inhibits-structural-remodeling-and-improves-ca-2-homeostasis-in-rats-with-heart-failure-via-the-glp-1-receptor-through-the-enos-cgmp-pkg-pathway
#8
Jingjing Chen, Dandan Wang, Fangai Wang, Shaobo Shi, Yuting Chen, Bo Yang, Yanhong Tang, Congxin Huang
The glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonist exendin-4 is a long-acting analog of GLP-1, which stimulates insulin secretion and is clinically used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have demonstrated that GLP-1 agonists and analogs serve as cardioprotective factors in various conditions. Disturbances in calcium cycling are characteristic of heart failure (HF); therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of exendin-4 (a GLP-1 mimetic) on the regulation of calcium handling and to identify the underlying mechanisms in an HF rat model after myocardial infarction (MI)...
February 24, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242256/gastric-bypass-in-the-pig-increases-gip-levels-and-decreases-active-glp-1-levels
#9
Andreas Lindqvist, Mikael Ekelund, Stefan Pierzynowski, Leif Groop, Jan Hedenbro, Nils Wierup
Gastric bypass surgery results in remission of type 2 diabetes in the majority of patients. The incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) have been implicated in the observed remission. Most knowledge so far has been generated in obese subjects. To isolate the surgical effects of gastric bypass on metabolism and hormone responses from the confounding influence of obesity, T2D, or food intake, we performed gastric bypass in lean pigs, using sham-operated and pair-fed pigs as controls...
February 24, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237410/glucagon-like-peptide-1-glp-1-increases-in-plasma-and-colon-tissue-prior-to-estrus-and-circulating-levels-change-with-increasing-age-in-reproductively-competent-wistar-rats
#10
Michelle L Johnson, M Jill Saffrey, Victoria J Taylor
There is a well-documented association between cyclic changes to food intake and the changing ovarian hormone levels of the reproductive cycle in female mammals. Limited research on appetite-controlling gastrointestinal peptides has taken place in females, simply because regular reproductive changes in steroid hormones present additional experimental factors to account for. This study focussed directly on the roles that gastrointestinal-secreted peptides may have in these reported, naturally occurring, changes to food intake during the rodent estrous cycle and aimed to determine whether peripheral changes occurred in the anorexigenic (appetite-reducing) hormones peptide-YY (PYY) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in female Wistar rats (32-44 weeks of age)...
February 22, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223093/association-between-circulating-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-and-cardiac-remodeling-in-hypertensive-patients
#11
Shichao Li, Zhijun Wang, Xiuhong Yang, Bo Hu, Yuling Huang, Sujing Fan
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) plays a vital role in the pathogenesis of hypertension-induced cardiac remodeling and exhibits cardioprotective properties in hypertensive animal models. Evidence that ACE2 is an important regulator of hypertensive cardiac remodeling in humans has not been addressed directly yet. METHODS: A total of 161 patients with essential hypertension and 47 age- and sex-matched normotensive healthy subjects were consecutively recruited...
February 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223092/obestatin-improves-oxidative-brain-damage-and-memory-dysfunction-in-rats-induced-with-an-epileptic-seizure
#12
Türkan Koyuncuoğlu, Caner Vızdıklar, Doğan Üren, Hakan Yılmaz, Çağan Yıldırım, Sefa Semih Atal, Dilek Akakın, Elif Kervancıoğlu Demirci, Meral Yüksel, Berrak Ç Yeğen
Obestatin was shown to alleviate renal, gastrointestinal and haemorrhage-induced brain injury in rats. In order to investigate the neuroprotective effects of obestatin on seizure-induced oxidative brain injury, an epileptic seizure was induced with a single intraperitoneal (i.p.) dose of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ, 45mg/kg) in male Wistar rats. Thirty minutes before the PTZ injection, rats were treated with either saline or obestatin (1μg/kg, i.p.). Seizure was video-taped and then evaluated by using Racine's scoring (0-5)...
February 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219696/irisin-in-goldfish-carassius-auratus-effects-of-irisin-injections-on-feeding-behavior-and-expression-of-appetite-regulators-uncoupling-proteins-and-lipoprotein-lipase-and-fasting-induced-changes-in-fndc5-expression
#13
Zahndra Diann Butt, Jessica Dalton Hackett, Hélène Volkoff
Irisin is a peptide cleaved from the fibronectin type III domain containing protein 5 (FNDC5) gene that is secreted predominantly by muscle cells but also by other tissues including brain and intestine. In mammals, irisin has been shown to have thermogenic actions via the modulation of uncoupling proteins (UCPs) and to affect feeding and energy homeostasis via actions in brain, adipose tissue, liver, muscle and gastrointestinal tract. To examine the role of irisin on feeding and metabolism in fish, the effects of peripheral (intraperitoneal) injections of irisin on feeding behavior, glucose levels and the mRNA expressions of appetite regulators (cocaine and amphetamine regulated transcript CART, agouti related protein AgRP, orexin), UCPs and lipoprotein lipase LPL and brain factors (brain-derived neurotrophic factor , BDNF and tyrosine hydroxylase TH) were assessed in brain, white muscle and intestine...
February 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219695/inhibitory-effects-of-dynorphin-3-14-on-the-lipopolysaccharide-induced-toll-like-receptor-4-signalling-pathway
#14
Siti Sarah Fazalul Rahiman, Michael Morgan, Paul Gray, Paul Nicholas Shaw, Peter John Cabot
Dynorphin 1-17 (DYN 1-17) is biotransformed rapidly to a range of fragments in rodent inflamed tissue with dynorphin 3-14 (DYN 3-14) being the most stable and prevalent. DYN 1-17 has been shown previously to be involved in the regulation of inflammatory response following tissue injury, in which the biotransformation fragments of DYN 1-17 may possess similar features. This study investigated the effects of DYN 3-14 on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced nuclear factor-kappaB/p65 (NF-κB/p65) nuclear translocation and the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in differentiated THP-1 cells...
February 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229930/atrial-natriuretic-peptide-a-novel-mediator-for-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-16hbe-14o-and-a549-cells
#15
Shuyuan Chu, Xiufeng Zhang, Yabing Sun, Yuanyuan Yu, Yaxi Liang, Ming Jiang, Jianwei Huang, Libing Ma
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is increasingly expressed on airway and inhibits pulmonary arterial remodeling. However, the role of ANP in remodeling of respiratory system is still unclear. The role of ANP on airway remodeling and the possible mechanism was explored in this study. Both human bronchial epithelial 16HBE-14o cells and alveolar epithelial A549 cells were stimulated by TGF-β1, ANP, cGMP inhibitor, PKG inhibitor, and cGMP analogue. The expressions of epithelial markers, mesenchymal markers, and Smad3 were assessed by quantitative real-time PCR and western blotting...
February 13, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192152/potential-role-for-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#16
LETTER
Alice Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192151/angiotensin-1-7-dependent-vasorelaxation-of-the-renal-artery-exhibits-unique-angiotensin-and-bradykinin-receptor-selectivity
#17
Mariam H M Yousif, Ibrahim F Benter, Debra I Diz, Mark C Chappell
Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] exhibits blood pressure lowering actions, inhibits cell growth, and reduces tissue inflammation and fibrosis which may functionally antagonize an activated Ang II-AT1 receptor axis. Since the vascular actions of Ang-(1-7) and the associated receptor/signaling pathways vary in different vascular beds, the current study established the vasorelaxant properties of the heptapeptide in the renal artery of male Wistar male rats. Ang-(1-7) produced an endothelium-dependent vasodilator relaxation of isolated renal artery segments pre-contracted by a sub-maximal concentration of phenylephrine (PE) (3×10(-7)M)...
February 10, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189525/ghrelin-inhibits-atherosclerotic-plaque-angiogenesis-and-promotes-plaque-stability-in-a-rabbit-atherosclerotic-model
#18
Li Wang, Qingwei Chen, Dazhi Ke, Guiqiong Li
Intraplaque angiogenesis associates with the instability of atherosclerotic plaques. In the present study, we investigated the effects of ghrelin on intraplaque angiogenesis and plaque instability in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis. The rabbits were randomly divided into three groups, namely, the control group, atherosclerotic model group, and ghrelin-treated group, with treatments lasting for 4 weeks. We found that the thickness ratio of the intima to media in rabbits of the ghrelin-treated group was significantly lower than that in rabbits of the atherosclerotic model group...
February 9, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185816/the-predictive-value-of-plasma-catestatin-for-all-cause-and-cardiac-deaths-in-chronic-heart-failure-patients-methodological-issues
#19
LETTER
Ahad Ashrafi-Asgarabad, Abbas Behroozi, Saeid Safiri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 7, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174072/molecular-characterization-and-functional-analyses-of-a-diapause-hormone-receptor-like-gene-in-parthenogenetic-artemia
#20
Hui-Li Ye, Dong-Rui Li, Jin-Shu Yang, Dian-Fu Chen, Stephanie De Vos, Marnik Vuylsteke, Patrick Sorgeloos, Gilbert Van Stappen, Peter Bossier, Hiromichi Nagasawa, Wei-Jun Yang
In arthropods, mature females under certain conditions produce and release encysted gastrula embryos that enter diapause, a state of obligate dormancy. The process is presumably regulated by diapause hormone (DH) and diapause hormone receptor (DHR) that were identified in the silkworm, Bombyx mori and other insects. However, the molecular structure and function of DHR in crustaceans remains unknown. Here, a DHR-like gene from parthenogenetic Artemia (Ar-DHR) was isolated and sequenced. The cDNA sequence consists of 1410bp with a 1260-bp open reading frame encoding a protein consisting of 420 amino acid residues...
February 4, 2017: Peptides
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