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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735770/to4-the-first-tityus-obscurus-%C3%AE-toxin-fully-electrophysiologically-characterized-on-human-sodium-channel-isoforms
#1
Harry Morales Duque, Caroline Barbosa Farias Mourão, Diogo Vieira Tibery, Eder Alves Barbosa, Leandro Ambrósio Campos, Elisabeth Ferroni Schwartz
Many scorpion toxins that act on sodium channels (NaScTxs) have been characterized till date. These toxins may act modulating the inactivation or the activation of sodium channels and are named α- or β-types, respectively. Some venom toxins from Tityus obscurus (Buthidae), a scorpion widely distributed in the Brazilian Amazon, have been partially characterized in previous studies; however, little information about their electrophysiological role on sodium ion channels has been published. In the present study, we describe the purification, identification and electrophysiological characterization of a NaScTx, which was first described as Tc54 and further fully sequenced and renamed To4...
July 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733141/gastrin-releasing-peptide-and-its-receptor-increase-arthritis-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes-invasiveness-through-activating-the-pi3k-akt-pathway
#2
Vanessa Schuck Clarimundo, Mirian Farinon, Renata Ternus Pedó, Vivian Oliveira Nunes Teixeira, Carolina Nör, Percio S Gulko, Ricardo Machado Xavier, Patricia Gnieslaw de Oliveira
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that leads to joint destruction. The fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) has a central role on the disease pathophysiology. The present study aimed to examine the role of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and its receptor (GRPR) on invasive behavior of mice fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS), as well as to evaluate GRP-induced signaling on PI3K/AKT pathway. The expression of GRPR in FLS was investigated by immunocytochemistry, western blot (WB) and qRT-PCR. The proliferation and invasion were assessed by SRB and matrigel-transwell assay after treatment with GRP and/or RC-3095 (GRPR antagonist), and/or Ly294002 (inhibitor of PI3K/AKT pathway)...
July 18, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728946/serum-galectin-1-levels-are-positively-correlated-with-body-fat-and-negatively-with-fasting-glucose-in-obese-children
#3
Sezer Acar, Ahu Paketçi, Tuncay Küme, Hale Tuhan, Özlem Gürsoy Çalan, Korcan Demir, Ece Böber, Ayhan Abacı
Galectin-1, a recently identified peptide, is primarily released from the adipose tissue. Although galectin-1 was shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect, its specific function is not clearly understood. We aimed to evaluate the relationship of serum galectin-1 levels with clinical and laboratory parameters in childhood obesity. A total of 45 obese children (mean age: 12.1±3.1years) and 35 normal-weight children (mean age: 11.8±2.2years) were enrolled. Clinical [body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), percentage of body fat and blood pressure] and biochemical [glucose, insulin, lipids, galectin-1, high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and leptin levels] parameters were assessed...
July 17, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720397/cardioprotective-effect-of-nesfatin-1-against-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-infarction-in-rats-role-of-the-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-pathway
#4
Arda Tasatargil, Nilay Kuscu, Selvinaz Dalaklioglu, Dileyra Adiguzel, Ciler Celik-Ozenci, Sebahat Ozdem, Ayse Barutcigil, Sadi Ozdem
The present study was designed to evaluate the cardioprotective effects of nesfatin-1, a novel peptide with anorexigenic properties, in rats with isoproterenol (ISO)-induced myocardial infarction (MI), and to further investigate the role of Akt/GSK-3β signaling pathway in the protective effect of nesfatin-1. To induce MI, ISO was subcutaneously injected into the rats for two consecutive days at a dosage of 85mg/kg/day. ISO-induced myocardial damage was indicated by elevated levels of cardiac specific troponin-T, enhanced myocardial expression of proinflammatory cytokines (interleukin-1β, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α), and increased number of cells with apoptotic and necrotic appearance in the myocardial tissue...
July 15, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720396/pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-protects-against-mitoxantrone-induced-cardiac-injury-in-mice
#5
Venkat Subramaniam, Gin Chuang, Huijing Xia, Brendan Burn, Jessica Bradley, Jerome L Maderdrut, David H Coy, Kurt J Varner
Mitoxantrone (MXT) is an androstenedione that is used to treat cancers and progressive forms of multiple sclerosis; however, its use is limited by its cardiotoxicity. Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a member of the secretin/growth hormone-releasing hormone/vasoactive intestinal peptide family and has many functions, including cytoprotection and immunosuppression. We tested the hypothesis that PACAP can protect against MXT-induced cardiotoxicity in mice. Female BALB/c mice were treated once weekly for 4 weeks with saline (n=14) or MXT (3mg/kg, i...
July 15, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712894/antimicrobial-and-immunomodulatory-activity-of-host-defense-peptides-clavanins-and-ll-37-in-vitro-an-endodontic-perspective
#6
Stella Maris F Lima, Mirna S Freire, Ana Luisa O Gomes, Ana Paula C Cantuária, Flávia Rodrigues P Dutra, Beatriz S Magalhães, Maurício Gonçalves C Sousa, Ludovico Migliolo, Jeeser A Almeida, Octávio L Franco, Taia Maria B Rezende
Endodontic treatment is mainly based on root canal disinfection and its failure may be motivated by microbial resistance. Endodontic therapy can be benefitted by host defense peptides (HDPs), which are multifunctional molecules that act against persistent infection and inflammation. This study aimed to evaluate the antimicrobial, cytotoxic and immunomodulatory activity of several HDPs, namely clavanin A, clavanin A modified (MO) and LL-37, compared to intracanal medication Ca(OH)2. HDPs and Ca(OH)2 were evaluated by: (1) antimicrobial assays against Candida albicans and Enterococcus faecalis, (2) cytotoxicity assays and (3) cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1, interleukin (IL)-1α, IL-6, IL-10 and IL-12 and nitric oxide (NO) production by RAW 264...
July 14, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712893/the-glucagon-like-peptide-1-analogue-liraglutide-promotes-autophagy-through-the-modulation-of-5-amp-activated-protein-kinase-in-ins-1-%C3%AE-cells-under-high-glucose-conditions
#7
Xinyu Miao, Zhaoyan Gu, Yu Liu, Mengmeng Jin, Yanhui Lu, Yanping Gong, Lin Li, Chunlin Li
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a potent therapeutic agent for the treatment of diabetes and has been proven to protect pancreatic β-cells from glucotoxicity; however, its mechanisms of action are not entirely understood. Autophagy is a dynamic lysosomal degradation process that can protect organisms against metabolic stress. Studies have shown that autophagy plays a protective role in the survival of pancreatic β-cells under high glucose conditions. In the present study, we explored the role of autophagy in GLP-1-induced protection of pancreatic β-cells exposed to high glucose...
July 13, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709835/the-antimicrobial-peptide-human-%C3%AE-defensin-1-potentiates-in-vitro-osteoclastogenesis-via-activation-of-the-p44-42-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases
#8
Anupong Makeudom, Chayarop Supanchart, Pattanin Montreekachon, Sakornrat Khongkhunthian, Thanapat Sastraruji, Julaporn Krisanaprakornkit, Suttichai Krisanaprakornkit
Previous studies have demonstrated increased expression and raised levels of human β-defensin (hBD)-1 in gingival tissue and crevicular fluid of patients with chronic periodontitis and peri-implantitis, oral bone-resorbing diseases caused by enhanced osteoclastogenesis. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the effect of hBD-1 on osteoclast formation and function and to elucidate the involved signaling pathway in vitro. Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were first incubated with various doses of hBD-1 and cell viability was assayed by MTT...
July 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697955/nesfatin-1-inhibits-voltage-gated-k-channels-in-pancreatic-beta-cells
#9
Yuko Maejima, Shoichiro Horita, Daisuke Kobayashi, Miho Aoki, Rie O'hashi, Ryota Imai, Kazuho Sakamoto, Masatomo Mori, Katsuya Takasu, Kazuma Ogawa, Seiichi Takenoshita, Songji Zhao, Akihiro Hazama, Kenju Shimomura
The anorexigenic neuropeptide NEFA/nucleobindin 2 (NUCB2)/nesfatin-1-containing neurons are distributed in the brain regions involved in feeding regulation. In spite of the growing knowledge of its physiological functions through extensive studies, its molecular mechanism of reaction, including its receptor, remains unknown. NUCB2/nesfatin-1 is also involved in various peripheral regulations, including glucose homeostasis. In pancreatic beta-cells, NUCB2/nesfatin-1 is reported to enhance glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) but its exact mechanism remains unknown...
July 8, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697954/antinociceptive-action-of-nop-and-opioid-receptor-agonists-in-the-mouse-orofacial-formalin-test
#10
A Rizzi, C Ruzza, S Bianco, C Trapella, G Calo'
Nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) modulates several biological functions, including pain transmission via selective activation of a specific receptor named NOP. The aim of this study was the investigation of the antinociceptive properties of NOP agonists and their interaction with opioids in the trigeminal territory. The orofacial formalin (OFF) test in mice was used to investigate the antinociceptive potential associated to the activation of NOP and opioid receptors. Mice subjected to OFF test displayed the typical biphasic nociceptive response and sensitivity to opioid and NSAID drugs...
July 8, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689880/characterization-of-crf1-receptor-antagonists-with-differential-peripheral-vs-central-actions-in-crf-challenge-in-rats
#11
Maiko Tanaka, Yoshiro Tomimatsu, Katsuya Sakimura, Yoshikazu Ootani, Yuu Sako, Takuto Kojima, Kazuyoshi Aso, Takahiko Yano, Keisuke Hirai
The aim of this study was to investigate peripheral and central roles of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) in endocrinological and behavioral changes. Plasma adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) concentration was measured as an activity of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. As behavioral changes, locomotion and anxiety behavior were measured after CRF challenge intravenously (i.v.) for the peripheral administration or intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) for the central administration. Plasma ACTH concentration was significantly increased by both administration routes of CRF; however, hyperlocomotion and anxiety behavior were induced only by the i...
July 6, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687455/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antimicrobial-activity-of-a-synthetic-peptide-derived-from-the-c-terminal-region-of-human-chemokine-ccl13-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#12
Mayte Cossio-Ayala, Mariana Domínguez-López, Erika Mendez-Enriquez, María Del Carmen Portillo-Téllez, Enrique García-Hernández
Chemokines are important mediators of immunological responses during inflammation and under steady-state conditions. In addition to regulating cell migration, some chemotactic cytokines have direct effects on bacteria. Here, we characterized the antibacterial ability of the synthetic oligopeptide CCL1357-75, which corresponds to the carboxyl-terminal region of the human chemokine CCL13. In vitro measurements indicated that CCL1357-75 disrupts the cell membrane of Pseudomonas aeruginosa through a mechanism coupled to an unordered-helicoidal conformational transition...
July 4, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676225/identification-of-cytidine-5-triphosphate-synthase1-selective-inhibitory-peptide-from-random-peptide-library-displayed-on-t7-phage
#13
Kotaro Sakamoto, Yoshihiro Ishibashi, Ryutaro Adachi, Shin-Ichi Matsumoto, Hideyuki Oki, Yusuke Kamada, Satoshi Sogabe, Yumi Zama, Jun-Ichi Sakamoto, Akiyoshi Tani
Cytidine triphosphate synthase 1 (CTPS1) is an enzyme expressed in activated lymphocytes that catalyzes the conversion of uridine triphosphate (UTP) to cytidine triphosphate (CTP) with ATP-dependent amination, using either L-glutamine or ammonia as the nitrogen source. Since CTP plays an important role in DNA/RNA synthesis, phospholipid synthesis, and protein sialyation, CTPS1-inhibition is expected to control lymphocyte proliferation and size expansion in inflammatory diseases. In contrast, CTPS2, an isozyme of CTPS1 possessing 74% amino acid sequence homology, is expressed in normal lymphocytes...
July 1, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666820/cloning-expression-and-functional-characterization-of-a-d-superfamily-conotoxin-lt28-1-with-previously-undescribed-cysteine-pattern
#14
Jianbo Lu, Kejun Zhang, Shuo Wang, Ting Sun, Shuo Yu, Qiuyun Dai, Zhuguo Liu
As a class of peptides with 10 cysteine residues (-C-CC-C-CC-C-C-C-C-), D-superfamily conotoxins (D-conotoxins) can specifically act on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). According to the conserved signal peptides of D-conotoxins, seven D-conotoxin precursor sequences with a previously undescribed Cys arrangement (-C-C-C-CC-C-C-C-C-C-) were identified by PCR-RACE methodology in the present study. The alignment of sequences revealed that signal peptide regions were same as D-VxXXA from Conus vexillum, and their mature peptides were almost different from the D-conotoxins...
June 27, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641988/wavy-multistratified-amacrine-cells-in-the-monkey-retina-contain-immunoreactive-secretoneurin
#15
Andrea S Bordt, Ye Long, Nobuo Kouyama, Elizabeth S Yamada, Jens Hannibal, David W Marshak
The goals of this study were to describe the morphology, neurotransmitter content and synaptic connections of neurons in primate retinas that contain the neuropeptide secretoneurin. Amacrine cells were labeled with antibodies to secretoneurin in macaque and baboon retinas. Their processes formed three distinct plexuses in the inner plexiform layer: one in the outermost stratum, one in the center and one in the innermost stratum. In light microscopic double immunolabeling experiments, GABA was colocalized with secretoneurin in these cells, but glycine transporter 1 and Substance P were not...
June 19, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634054/effect-of-endothelin-1-on-proliferation-migration-and-fibrogenic-gene-expression-in-human-rpe-cells
#16
Dong Qin, Li Zhang, Xuemin Jin, Zhaoxia Zhao, Yanrong Jiang, Zijun Meng
The pathology of the fibrotic proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) membrane represents an excessive wound healing response characterised by cells' proliferation, migration and secretion of extracellular matrix molecules (ECMs). Retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells are a major cellular component of the fibrotic membrane. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been reported to be involved in the development of PVR in vivo research. However, little is known about the role of ET-1 in RPE cells in vitro. In the present study, we investigated the role of ET-1 in the proliferation, migration and secretion of ECMs (such as type I collagen and fibronectin) in RPE cells in vitro...
June 17, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627372/regulatory-role-of-melatonin-and-bmp-4-in-prolactin-production-by-rat-pituitary-lactotrope-gh3-cells
#17
Kanako Ogura-Ochi, Satoshi Fujisawa, Nahoko Iwata, Motoshi Komatsubara, Yuki Nishiyama, Naoko Tsukamoto-Yamauchi, Kenichi Inagaki, Jun Wada, Fumio Otsuka
The effects of melatonin on prolactin production and its regulatory mechanism remain uncertain. We investigated the regulatory role of melatonin in prolactin production using rat pituitary lactotrope GH3 cells by focusing on the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) system. Melatonin receptor activation, induced by melatonin and its receptor agonist ramelteon, significantly suppressed basal and forskolin-induced prolactin secretion and prolactin mRNA expression in GH3 cells. The melatonin MT2 receptor was predominantly expressed in GH3 cells, and the inhibitory effects of melatonin on prolactin production were reversed by treatment with the receptor antagonist luzindole, suggesting functional involvement of MT2 action in the suppression of prolactin release...
June 13, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627371/structure-activity-relationship-study-of-tetrapeptide-inhibitors-of-the-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-binding-to-neuropilin-1
#18
Dagmara Tymecka, Piotr F J Lipiński, Bartłomiej Fedorczyk, Anna Puszko, Beata Wileńska, Gerard Y Perret, Aleksandra Misicka
Neuropilin-1 is considered as one of the key receptors responsible for signaling pathways involved in pathological angiogenesis necessary for tumor progression, therefore targeting of VEGF165 binding to NRP-1 could be a relevant strategy for antiangiogenic treatment. It was shown before that the VEGF165/NRP-1 interaction can be inhibited by short tetrapeptides with K/RXXR sequence. Here, we present a structure-activity relationship study of the systematic optimization of amino acid residues in positions 1-3 in the above tetrapeptides...
June 13, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610952/structural-diversity-of-marine-cyclic-peptides-and-their-molecular-mechanisms-for-anticancer-antibacterial-antifungal-and-other-clinical-applications
#19
REVIEW
Yeji Lee, Chanvorleak Phat, Soon-Cheol Hong
Many cyclic peptides and analogues derived from marine sources are known to possess biological properties, including anticancer, antitumor, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, anti-inflammation, anti-proliferative, anti-hypertensive, cytotoxic, and antibiotic properties. These compounds demonstrate different activities and modes of action according to their structure such as cyclic oligopeptide, cyclic lipopeptide, cyclic glycopeptide and cyclic depsipeptide. The recent advances in application of the above-mentioned cyclic peptides were reported in dolastatins, soblidotin, didemnin B, aplidine, salinosporamide A, kahalalide F and bryostatin 1 and they are currently in clinical trials...
June 10, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587836/functional-characterization-of-aedes-aegypti-alkaline-phosphatase-alp1-involved-in-the-toxicity-of-cry-toxins-from-bacillus-thuringiensis-subsp-israelensis-and-jegathesan
#20
Jianwu Chen, Karly Aimanova, Sarjeet S Gill
Presently three major groups of proteins from Aedes aegypti, cadherin, alkaline phosphatases (ALP) and aminopeptidases N (APN), have been identified as Cry11Aa toxin receptors. To further characterize their role on toxicity, transgenic mosquitoes with silenced Aedes cadherin expression were previously generated and the role of cadherin in mediating the toxicity of four different mosquitocidal toxins (Cry11Aa, Cry11Ba, Cry4Aa and Cry4Ba) was demonstrated. Here, we investigated the role of another reported Cry11Aa receptor, ALP1...
June 3, 2017: Peptides
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