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Chan-Hee Kim, Hye-Jin Go, Hye Young Oh, Maurice R Elphick, Nam Gyu Park
Pedal peptides and orcokinins are structurally related neuropeptides that were first discovered in protostomian invertebrates - mollusks and arthropods, respectively. Recently, pedal peptide/ocokinin (PP/OK)-type neuropeptides were discovered in a deuterostomian phylum, the echinoderms, indicating that the evolutionary origin of this neuropeptide family can be traced back to the common ancestor of bilaterian animals. Sequences comparison of PP/OK-type neuropeptides reveals several conserved residues, including N- and C-terminally located hydrophobic residues that are important for the bioactivity of orcokinin...
March 10, 2018: Peptides
Tomoya Nakamachi, Eri Kamata, Ayano Tanigawa, Norifumi Konno, Seiji Shioda, Kouhei Matsuda
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a multipotent neuropeptide with an amino acid sequence that is well conserved among vertebrates. In teleosts, including zebrafish, the PACAP gene (adcyap1) has been duplicated to yield adcyap1a (coding PACAP1) and adcyap1b (coding PACAP2). This study aims to determine the distribution of these PACAPs and their mRNAs in zebrafish. We generated a zebrafish PACAP2-specific antibody. Using real-time PCR, we observed that adcyap1b mRNA was primarily localized in the brain, with the highest level in the telencephalon, followed by the diencephalon...
March 10, 2018: Peptides
Serena Ceriotti, Anna Lange Consiglio, Lavinia Casati, Fausto Cremonesi, Valeria Sibilia, Francesco Ferrucci
Increasing evidence suggests a role for ghrelin in the control of articular inflammatory diseases like osteoarthritis (OA). In the present study we examined the ability of ghrelin to counteract LPS-induced necrosis and apoptosis of chondrocytes and the involvement of GH secretagogue receptor (GHS-R)1a in the protective action of ghrelin. The effects of ghrelin (10-7 -10-11  mol/L) on equine primary cultured chondrocytes viability and necrosis in basal conditions and under LPS treatment (100 ng/ml) were detected by using both acridine orange/propidium iodide staining and annexin-5/propidium iodide staining...
March 8, 2018: Peptides
Camilla L Asferg, Søren J Nielsen, Ulrik B Andersen, Allan Linneberg, Jens P Goetze, Jørgen L Jeppesen
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is primarily seen as a hormone involved in salt and water homeostasis and blood pressure regulation. Evidence supports a link between metabolism and ANP. Circulating ANP concentrations are low in obese individuals with insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia. The dynamic relationship between insulin and ANP has been sparsely studied. We therefore measured circulating concentrations of midregional proatrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP), a stable marker of ANP secretion, and insulin in lean and obese men during an oral glucose challenge...
March 7, 2018: Peptides
Tymoteusz Żera, Jacek Przybylski, Tomasz Grygorowicz, Kaja Kasarełło, Martyna Podobińska, Dagmara Mirowska-Guzel, Agnieszka Cudnoch-Jędrzejewska
Vasopressin (AVP) maintains body homeostasis by regulating water balance, cardiovascular system and stress response. AVP inhibits breathing through central vasopressin 1a receptors (V1aRs). Chemoreceptors within carotid bodies (CBs) detect chemical and hormonal signals in the bloodstream and provide sensory input to respiratory and cardiovascular centers of the brainstem. In the study we investigated if CBs contain V1aRs and how the receptors are involved in the regulation of ventilation by AVP. We first immunostained CBs for V1aRs and tyrosine hydroxylase, a marker of chemoreceptor type I (glomus) cells...
March 7, 2018: Peptides
Natashya Anak Evaristus, Wan Nadiah Wan Abdullah, Chee-Yuen Gan
The potential of N. lappacheum and N. mutabile seed as a source of α-amylase inhibitor peptides was explored based on the local traditional practice of using the seed. Different gastro-digestive enzymes (i.e. pepsin or chymotrypsin) or a sequential digestion were used to extract the peptides. The effects of digestion time and enzyme to substrate (E:S) ratio on the α-amylase inhibitory activity were investigated. Results showed that chymotrypsin was effective in producing the inhibitor peptides from rambutan seed protein at E:S ratio 1:20 for 1 h, whereas pepsin was more effective for pulasan seed protein under the same condition...
March 3, 2018: Peptides
Deepesh Duwadi, Anishma Shrestha, Binyam Yilma, Itamar Kozlovski, Munaya Sa-Eed, Nikesh Dahal, James Jukosky
Using tBLASTn and BLASTp searches, we queried recently sequenced arthropod genomes and expressed sequence tags (ESTs) using a database of known arthropod cecropins, defensins, and attacins. We identified and synthesized 6 potential AMPs and screened them for antimicrobial activity. Using radial diffusion assays and microtiter antimicrobial assays, we assessed the in vitro antimicrobial effects of these peptides against several human pathogens including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and fungi. We also conducted hemolysis assays to examine the cytotoxicity of these peptides to mammalian cells...
March 1, 2018: Peptides
Dongfang Tang, Zhen Xiao, Yan Xu, Jiao Zeng, Dezheng Peng, Songping Liang, Cheng Tang, Zhonghua Liu
Spider venom is rich in peptide toxins that could be used to explore the structure and function of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV s). This study has characterized a 44-amino acid peptide toxin, δ-hexatoxin-MrIX (δ-HXTX-MrIX), from the venom of the spider Macrothele raveni. δ-hexatoxin-MrIX potently inhibited the fast inactivation of NaV s in mouse cerebellar granule cells (CGCs) with an EC50 of 35.3 ± 5.9 nM. The toxin shifted both the steady-state activation and the steady-state inactivation curves of CGC NaV s to the hyperpolarized direction...
February 28, 2018: Peptides
A Caporale, N Doti, A Monti, A Sandomenico, M Ruvo
Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis (SPPS) is a rapid and efficient methodology for the chemical synthesis of peptides and small proteins. However, the assembly of peptide sequences classified as "difficult" poses severe synthetic problems in SPPS for the occurrence of extensive aggregation of growing peptide chains which often leads to synthesis failure. In this framework, we have investigated the impact of different synthetic procedures on the yield and final purity of three well-known "difficult peptides" prepared using oxyma as additive for the coupling steps...
February 24, 2018: Peptides
Yan Shi, Tian-Yuan Liu, Yu-Xia Pei, Hong-Bo Jiang, Wei Dou, Guy Smagghe, Jin-Jun Wang
Insects must undergo ecdysis for successful development and growth, and the crustacean cardioactive peptide (CCAP) is one of the most important hormone in this process. Here we reported a cDNA encoding for the CCAP precursor cloned from the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, a most destructive insect pest of agriculture. The CCAP mature peptide (PFCNAFTGC-NH2) of B. dorsalis was generated by post-translational processing and found to be highly comparable with other insects. RT-qPCR showed that mRNA of CCAP in B...
February 22, 2018: Peptides
Chanel Robinson, Linda Tsang, Ahmed Solomon, Angela J Woodiwiss, Sule Gunter, Mervyn Mer, Hon-Chun Hsu, Monica Gomes, Gavin R Norton, Aletta M E Millen, Patrick H Dessein
Nesfatin is an anti-inflammatory molecule that reduces atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk. By contrast, visfatin has pro-inflammatory properties and is pro-atherogenic. We examined the potential impact of nesfatin and visfatin on atherosclerotic disease in 232 (113 black and 119 white) consecutive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from 2 centers. Independent relationships of nesfatin and visfatin concentrations with metabolic risk factors, endothelial activation, carotid atherosclerosis and altered plaque stability were determined in multivariable regression models...
February 20, 2018: Peptides
Lasse Karhu, Janne Weisell, Pauli M Turunen, Teppo O Leino, Henri Pätsi, Henri Xhaard, Jyrki P Kukkonen, Erik A A Wallén
The peptides orexin-A and -B, the endogenous agonists of the orexin receptors, have similar 19-amino-acid C-termini which retain full maximum response as truncated peptides with only marginally reduced potency, while further N-terminal truncations successively reduce the activity. The peptides have been suggested to bind in an α-helical conformation, and truncation beyond a certain critical length is likely to disrupt the overall helical structure. In this study, we set out to stabilize the α-helical conformation of orexin-A15-33 via peptide stapling at four different sites...
February 20, 2018: Peptides
João C P Santiago, Markus Otto, Werner Kern, Paul Christian Baier, Manfred Hallschmid
The hypothalamic neuropeptide orexin A (hypocretin-1) is a key signal in sleep/wake regulation and promotes food intake. We investigated the relationship between cerebrospinal fluid orexin A concentrations and body composition in non-narcoleptic human subjects with a wide range of body weight to gain insight into the role of orexin A in human metabolism. We collected cerebrospinal fluid and blood samples and measured body composition by bioelectric impedance analysis in 36 subjects (16 women and 20 men) with body mass indices between 16...
February 19, 2018: Peptides
Anwesha Mandal, Kedar S Prabhavalkar, Lokesh K Bhatt
The connection between the gastrointestinal hormones and the brain has been established many years ago. This relation is termed the gut-brain axis (GBA). The GBA is a bidirectional communication which not only regulates gastrointestinal homeostasis but is also linked with higher emotional and cognitive functions. Hypothalamus plays a critical role in the regulation of energy metabolism, nutrient partitioning and control of feeding behaviors. Various gut hormones are released inside the gastrointestinal tract on food intake...
February 18, 2018: Peptides
Xianyu Lin, Guy Smagghe
Organismal development is a complex process as it requires coordination of many aspects to grow into fit individuals, such as the control of body size and organ growth. Therefore, the mechanisms of precise control of growth are essential for ensuring the growth of organisms at a correct body size and proper organ proportions during development. The control of the growth rate and the duration of growth (or the cessation of growth) are required in size control. The insulin signaling pathway and the elements involved are essential in the control of growth...
February 16, 2018: Peptides
Paola Moreno, Samuel A Mantey, Suk H Lee, Irene Ramos-Álvarez, Terry W Moody, Robert T Jensen
Human bombesin receptors, GRPR and NMBR, are two of the most frequently overexpressed G-protein-coupled-receptors by lung-cancers. Recently, GRPR/NMBR are receiving considerable attention because they act as growth factor receptors often in an autocrine manner in different lung-cancers, affect tumor angiogenesis, their inhibition increases the cytotoxic potency of tyrosine-kinase inhibitors reducing lung-cancer cellular resistance/survival and their overexpression can be used for sensitive tumor localization as well as to target cytotoxic agents to the cancer...
February 2, 2018: Peptides
Ernesto Lopes Pinheiro-Júnior, Johara Boldrini-França, Luciana Mattoso Pires de Campos Araújo, Norival Alves Santos-Filho, Lusiane Maria Bendhack, Eduardo Maffud Cilli, Eliane Candiani Arantes
Bradykinin-potentiating peptides (BPPs) are an important group of toxins present in Lachesis muta rhombeata venom. They act directly at renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, through the inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). This action may contribute to the hypotensive shock observed during the envenoming by this species. Thus, the main goal of this study was the solid-phase synthesis of a BPP found in L. m. rhombeata venom and its in vitro and in vivo characterization in relation to ACE inhibition and hypotensive activity, respectively...
February 2, 2018: Peptides
Mitsuaki Takeuchi, Masayuki Okamoto, Ryuji Okamoto, Hiroshi Kinoshita, Yu Yamaguchi, Nobuhide Watanabe
In the course of our search for new GLP-1 analogs, we screened a number of [Ser8]-GLP-1 analogs using the C-terminal helix 3 of the albumin binding domain 3 of protein G from bacterial Streptococcal G strain 148 (G148-ABD3) as appendage. Our efforts led to the discovery of [Ser8]-GLP-1 (7-35)-GVKALIDEILAA-NH2, peptide 6, as a long-acting GLP-1 analog with enhanced self-associated aggregation. Peptide 6 showed enhanced stability in rat and human plasma and an extended half-life of 5.4 h with good bioavailability in rats and subsequently prolonged therapeutic effects in diabetic mice...
January 30, 2018: Peptides
Maíra Casalechi, Cynthia Dela Cruz, Luiza C Lima, Luciana P Maciel, Virgínia M Pereira, Fernando M Reis
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) involves a complex network of precursors, peptides, enzymes and receptors comprising a systemic (endocrine) and a local (paracrine/autocrine) system. The local RAS plays important roles in tissue modulation and may operate independently of or in close interaction with the circulatory RAS, acting in a complementary fashion. Angiotensin (Ang) II, its receptor AT1 and Ang-(1-7) expression in the endometrium vary with menstrual cycle, and stromal cell decidualization in vitro is accompanied by local synthesis of angiotensinogen and prorenin...
January 20, 2018: Peptides
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