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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088445/synthesis-and-exploration-of-novel-radiolabeled-bombesin-peptides-for-targeting-receptor-positive-tumor
#1
Kakali De, Indranil Banerjee, Samarendu Sinha, Shantanu Ganguly
Increasing evidence of peptide receptor overexpression in various cancer cells, warrant the development of receptor specific radiolabeled peptides for molecular imaging and therapy in nuclear medicine. Gastrin-releasing-peptide (GRP) receptor, are overexpressed in a variety of human cancer cells. The present study report the synthesis and biological evaluation of new bombesin (BBN) analogs, HYNIC-Asp-[Phe(13)]BBN(7-13)-NH-CH2-CH2-CH3:BA1, HYNIC-Pro-[Tyr(13)Met(14)]BBN(7-14)NH2:BA2 as prospective tumor imaging agent with compare to BBN(7-14)NH2:BS as standard...
January 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088444/feeding-recombinant-e-coli-with-gst-mbmktx-fusion-protein-increases-the-fecundity-and-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
#2
Jie Xu, Yajie Jiang, Lu Wan, Qi Wang, Zebo Huang, Yongmei Liu, Yingliang Wu, Zongyun Chen, Xin Liu
Scorpion venom could be a useful treatment for a variety of diseases, such as cancer, epilepsy and analgesia. BmKTX is a polypeptide extracts from scorpion venom (PESV), which have attracted much attention from researchers in recent years. mBmKTX is a mutant polypeptide according to the amino acid sequence of BmKTX. We expressed it with the vector pGEX-4T-1 in Escherichia coli, and Caenorhabditis elegans were used as the animal model and fed with the strains. In this study, the expression of pGEX-mBmKTX was analyzed by SDS-PAGE, and GST-mBmKTX purified from pGEX-mBmKTX as a glutathione S-transferase (GST)-tagged fusion protein is approximately 30kDa...
January 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087413/nesfatin-1-modulates-murine-gastric-vagal-afferent-mechanosensitivity-in-a-nutritional-state-dependent-manner
#3
Stephen J Kentish, Hui Li, Claudine L Frisby, Amanda J Page
Food intake is regulated by vagal afferent signals from the stomach. Nesfatin-1 is an anorexigenic peptide produced within the gastrointestinal tract and has well defined central effects. We aimed to determine if nesfatin-1 can modulate gastric vagal afferent signals in the periphery and further whether this is altered in different nutritional states. Female C57BL/6J mice were fed either a standard laboratory diet (SLD) or a high fat diet (HFD) for 12 weeks or fasted overnight. Plasma nucleobindin-2 (NUCB2; nesfatin-1 precursor)/nesfatin-1 levels were assayed, the expression of NUCB2 in the gastric mucosa and adipose tissue was assessed using real-time quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction...
January 10, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082215/neuropeptides-encoded-within-a-neural-transcriptome-of-the-giant-triton-snail-charonia-tritonis-a-crown-of-thorns-starfish-predator
#4
U Bose, S Suwansa-Ard, L Maikaeo, C A Motti, M R Hall, S F Cummins
Neuropeptides represent a diverse class of signaling molecules originating from neural tissues. These chemical modulators orchestrate complex physiological events including those associated with growth and reproduction. De novo transcriptome sequencing of a cerebral ganglion library of the endangered giant triton snail (Charonia tritonis) was undertaken in an effort to identify key neuropeptides that control or influence its physiology. The giant triton snail is considered a primary predator of the corallivore Acanthaster planci (Crown-of-Thorns Starfish) that is responsible for a significant loss in coral cover on reefs in the Indo-Pacific...
January 9, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062253/spinal-neuropeptide-expression-and-neuropathic-behavior-in-the-acute-and-chronic-phases-after-spinal-cord-injury-effects-of-progesterone-administration
#5
María F Coronel, Marcelo J Villar, Pablo R Brumovsky, Susana L González
Patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) develop chronic pain that severely compromises their quality of life. We have previously reported that progesterone (PG), a neuroprotective steroid, could offer a promising therapeutic strategy for neuropathic pain. In the present study, we explored temporal changes in the expression of the neuropeptides galanin and tyrosine (NPY) and their receptors (GalR1 and GalR2; Y1R and Y2R, respectively) in the injured spinal cord and evaluated the impact of PG administration on both neuropeptide systems and neuropathic behavior...
January 3, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049031/the-efficacy-of-dynorphin-fragments-at-the-%C3%AE%C2%BA-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-in-transfected-hek-cells-and-in-an-animal-model-of-unilateral-peripheral-inflammation
#6
M Morgan, A Heffernan, F Benhabib, S Wagner, A K Hewavitharana, P N Shaw, P J Cabot
Dynorphin 1-17 is an endogenous peptide that is released at sites of inflammation by leukocytes, binding preferentially to κ-opioid receptors (KOP) to mediate nociception. We have previously shown that dynorphin 1-17 is rapidly biotransformed to smaller peptide fragments in inflamed tissue homogenate. This study aimed to determine the efficacy and potency of selected dynorphin fragments produced in an inflamed environment at the KOP, μ and δ-opioid receptors (MOP and DOP respectively) and in a model of inflammatory pain...
December 31, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041976/moving-pieces-in-a-cryptomic-puzzle-cryptide-from-tityus-serrulatus-ts3-nav-toxin-as-potential-agonist-of-muscarinic-receptors
#7
Cibele Rocha-Resende, Nádia Miricéia Leão, Maria Elena de Lima, Robson Augusto Santos, Adriano Monteiro de Castro Pimenta, Thiago Verano-Braga
Cryptome is as a subset of a given proteome containing bioactive cryptides embedded in larger peptides or proteins. We pinpointed a striking sequence similarity between two peptides from the Tityus serrulatus venom: Ts10 (KKDGYPVEYDRAY) and the N-terminal of Ts3 (KKDGYPVEYDNCAY). Ts3 (former Tityustoxin or TsIV) is an α-neurotoxin acting on voltage-gated sodium channels while Ts10 (former Peptide T) is a bradykinin-potentiating peptide and was originally reported as inhibitor of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACEi)...
December 29, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040477/design-of-novel-antimicrobial-peptide-dimer-analogues-with-enhanced-antimicrobial-activity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-intermolecular-triazole-bridge-strategy
#8
Beijun Liu, Haifeng Huang, Zhibin Yang, Beiyin Liu, Sanhu Gou, Chao Zhong, Xiufeng Han, Yun Zhang, Jingman Ni, Rui Wang
Currently, antimicrobial peptides have attracted considerable attention because of their broad-sprectum activity and low prognostic to induce antibiotic resistance. In our study, for the first time, a series of side-chain hybrid dimer peptides J-AA (Anoplin-Anoplin), J-RR (RW-RW), and J-AR (Anoplin-RW) based on the wasp peptide Anoplin and the arginine- and tryptophan-rich hexapeptide RW were designed and synthesized by click chemistry, with the intent to improve the antimicrobial efficacy of peptides against bacterial pathogens...
December 28, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024903/cloning-localization-and-physiological-effects-of-sulfakinin-in-the-kissing-bug-rhodnius-prolixus
#9
Hussain Al-Alkawi, Angela B Lange, Ian Orchard
Sulfakinins (SKs) are a family of multifunctional neuropeptides that have been shown to have myotropic activity on muscles of the digestive system and to function as feeding satiety factors. Here, we confirm via cloning the presence of two sulfakinins (Rhopr-SK-1 and Rhopr-SK-2) in Rhodnius prolixus. Reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR demonstrates that the Rhopr-SK transcript is highly expressed in the central nervous system (CNS) of unfed fifth-instar R. prolixus. Fluorescent in situ hybridization shows transcript expression only in neurons in the brain...
December 23, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012859/endogenous-opiates-and-behavior-2015
#10
REVIEW
Richard J Bodnar
This paper is the thirty-eighth consecutive installment of the annual review of research concerning the endogenous opioid system. It summarizes papers published during 2015 that studied the behavioral effects of molecular, pharmacological and genetic manipulation of opioid peptides, opioid receptors, opioid agonists and opioid antagonists. The particular topics that continue to be covered include the molecular-biochemical effects and neurochemical localization studies of endogenous opioids and their receptors related to behavior, and the roles of these opioid peptides and receptors in pain and analgesia, stress and social status, tolerance and dependence, learning and memory, eating and drinking, drug abuse and alcohol, sexual activity and hormones, pregnancy, development and endocrinology, mental illness and mood, seizures and neurologic disorders, electrical-related activity and neurophysiology, general activity and locomotion, gastrointestinal, renal and hepatic functions, cardiovascular responses, respiration and thermoregulation, and immunological responses...
December 22, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012857/an-enzymatic-assay-based-on-luciferase-ebola-virus-like-particles-for-evaluation-of-virolytic-activity-of-antimicrobial-peptides
#11
Marie Peskova, Zbynek Heger, Petr Janda, Vojtech Adam, Vladimir Pekarik
Antimicrobial peptides are currently considered as promising antiviral compounds. Current assays to evaluate the effectivity of peptides against enveloped viruses based on liposomes or hemolysis are encumbered by the artificial nature of liposomes or distinctive membrane composition of used erythrocytes. We propose a novel assay system based on enzymatic Ebola virus-like particles containing sensitive luciferase reporter. The assay was validated with several cationic and anionic peptides and compared with lentivirus inactivation and hemolytic assays...
December 22, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012858/glucagon-increases-insulin-levels-by-stimulating-insulin-secretion-without-effect-on-insulin-clearance-in-mice
#12
Gina Song, Giovanni Pacini, Bo Ahrén, David Z D'Argenio
Circulating insulin is dependent on a balance between insulin appearance through secretion and insulin clearance. However, to what extent changes in insulin clearance contribute to the increased insulin levels after glucagon administration is not known. This study therefore assessed and quantified any potential effect of glucagon on insulin kinetics in mice. Prehepatic insulin secretion in mice was first estimated following glucose (0.35g/kg i.v.) and following glucose plus glucagon (10μg/kg i.v.) using deconvolution of plasma C-peptide concentrations...
December 21, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012856/increased-fndc5-irisin-expression-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#13
Melania Gaggini, Manuela Cabiati, Serena Del Turco, Teresa Navarra, Paolo De Simone, Franco Filipponi, Silvia Del Ry, Amalia Gastaldelli, Giuseppina Basta
The fibronectin type III domain containing 5 (FNDC5)/Irisin, a novel energy-regulating hormone, is associated with lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. It is produced in low amounts by normal hepatic tissue, while in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), in which aberrant de novo lipogenesis (DNL) occurs, the hepatic expression of FNDC5/Irisin is still unknown. The gene expression of FNDC5/Irisin, associated to key regulators of DNL, inflammation and cancer progression was evaluated in liver tissue of 18 patients with HCC undergoing liver transplantation and of 18 deceased donors...
December 21, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012855/prostanoids-counterbalance-the-synergism-between-endothelin-1-and-angiotensin-ii-in-mesenteric-veins-of-trained-rats
#14
Agnaldo Bruno Chies, Priscilla Bianca de Oliveira, Patrícia de Souza Rossignoli, Rafaela de Fátima Ferreira Baptista, Roger William de Lábio, Spencer Luiz Marques Payão
Exercise-induced adaptations of the modulating mechanisms that influence the angiotensin (Ang II) responses assume different features depending on the venous bed. In femoral veins, exercise mobilizes vasodilator prostanoids to cooperate with NO in order to maintain reduced Ang II responses. On the other hand, exercise's influence on the Ang II responses in veins that drain blood from the mesenteric region has been poorly described. Therefore, the present study aimed to identify the effects of a single bout of exercise, as well as exercise training, on the Ang II responses in mesenteric veins...
December 21, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010961/synthetic-peptide-antigens-derived-from-long-chain-alpha-neurotoxins-immunogenicity-effect-against-elapid-venoms
#15
Guillermo de la Rosa, Nina Pastor, Alejandro Alagón, Gerardo Corzo
Three-finger toxins (3FTXs), especially α-neurotoxins, are the most poorly neutralized elapid snake toxins by current antivenoms. In this work, the conserved structural similarity and motif arrangements of long-chain α-neurotoxins led us to design peptides with consensus sequences. Eight long-chain α-neurotoxins (also known as Type II) were used to generate a consensus sequence from which two peptides were chemically synthesized, LCP1 and LCP2. Rabbit sera raised against them were able to generate partially-neutralizing antibodies, which delayed mice mortality in neutralization assays against Naja haje, Dendrospis polylepis and Ophiophagus hannah venoms...
December 21, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993557/inhibition-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-by-neuregulin-1-protects-against-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#16
Shan-Juan Fang, Peng-Yang Li, Chun-Mei Wang, Yi Xin, Wei-Wei Lu, Xiao-Xia Zhang, Song Zuo, Chang-Sheng Ma, Chao-Shu Tang, Shao-Ping Nie, Yong-Fen Qi
Neuregulin-1 (NRG-1), an endogenously produced polypeptide, is the ligand of cardiomyocyte ErbB receptors, with cardiovascular protective effects. In the present study, we explored whether the cardioprotective effect of NRG-1 against I/R injury is mediated by inhibiting myocardial endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. In vitro, NRG-1 directly inhibited the upregulation of ER stress markers such as glucose-regulated protein 78, CCAAT/enhancer binding protein homologous protein and cleaved caspase-12 induced by the ER stress inducers tunicamycin or dithiothreitol in both neonatal and adult ventricular myocytes...
December 16, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989611/phoenixin-is-negatively-associated-with-anxiety-in-obese-men
#17
Tobias Hofmann, Elena Weibert, Anne Ahnis, Ulf Elbelt, Matthias Rose, Burghard F Klapp, Andreas Stengel
Phoenixin was recently identified in the rat hypothalamus and initially implicated in reproductive functions. A subsequent study described an anxiolytic effect of the peptide. The aim of the study was to investigate a possible association of circulating phoenixin with anxiety in humans. We therefore enrolled 68 inpatients with a broad spectrum of psychometrically measured anxiety (GAD-7). We investigated men since a menstrual cycle dependency of phoenixin has been assumed. Obese subjects were enrolled since they often report psychological comorbidities...
December 15, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988354/the-anti-tumor-effects-of-the-recombinant-toxin-protein-rlj-rgd3-from-lampetra-japonica-on-pancreatic-carcinoma-panc-1-cells-in-nude-mice
#18
Yue Wang, Yuanyuan Zheng, Zuoyu Tu, Yongguo Dai, Hong Xu, Li Lv, Jihong Wang
Recombinant Lampetra japonica RGD peptide (rLj-RGD3) is a soluble toxin protein with three RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) motifs and a molecular weight of 13.5kDa. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects and mechanisms of rLj-RGD3 on tumor growth and survival in pancreatic carcinoma Panc-1 cell-bearing mice. A Panc-1 human pancreatic carcinoma-bearing nude mouse model was successfully generated, and the animals were treated with different doses of rLj-RGD3 for 3 weeks. The volume and weight of the subcutaneous tumors, the survival of the nude mice, histopathological changes, the intratumoral MVD, the number of apoptotic Panc-1 cells, and apoptosis-related proteins and gene expressions were determined...
December 14, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988353/the-effects-of-urotensin-ii-on-migration-and-invasion-are-mediated-by-nadph-oxidase-derived-reactive-oxygen-species-through-the-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-pathway-in-human-hepatoma-cells
#19
Ying-Ying Li, Zheng-Ming Shi, Xiao-Tong Yu, Ping Feng, Xue-Jiang Wang
AIMS: Urotensin II (UII) is a vasoactive neuropeptide involved in migration and invasion in various cell types. However, the effects of UII on human hepatoma cells still remain unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the role and mechanism of UII on migration and invasion in human hepatoma cells. METHODS: Migration was measured by wound healing assays and a Transwell(®) methodology, and invasion was analyzed using Matrigel(®) invasion chambers. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels were detected using a 2', 7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate probe, and flow cytometry, and protein expression levels were evaluated by western blotting...
December 14, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988352/increased-plasma-orexin-a-levels-in-patients-with-insomnia-disorder-are-not-associated-with-prepro-orexin-or-orexin-receptor-gene-polymorphisms
#20
Shi Tang, Weiwei Huang, Shanshan Lu, Lili Lu, Guohua Li, Xu Chen, Xiaomin Liu, Xin Lv, Zhangning Zhao, Ruisheng Duan, Yifeng Du, Jiyou Tang
Orexins, also known as hypocretins, play a regulatory role in the sleep-wake cycle by activating orexin receptors. Previous animal studies have shown that sleep deprivation can elevate orexinergic peptide levels. However, the relationship between insomnia disorder and orexin-A levels in humans has not been explored. In the current study, we examined plasma orexin-A levels in patients with insomnia disorder and in normal sleepers. We also studied the possible mechanisms underlying changes in orexin-A levels between the study groups; this included investigations of prepro-orexin and orexin receptor gene polymorphisms as well as exploration of other variables...
December 14, 2016: Peptides
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