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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921997/comparative-molecular-dynamics-study-of-dimeric-and-monomeric-forms-of-hiv-1-protease-in-ligand-bound-and-unbound-state
#1
Monikaben Padariya, Umesh Kalathiya
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 protease is a viral-encoded enzyme and it is essential for replication and assembly of the virus. Inactivation of HIV-1 protease causes production of immature, noninfectious viral particles and thus HIV-1 protease is an attractive target in anti-AIDS drug design. In our current work, we performed molecular dynamics (MD) calculations (500 ns) for two different ligands (COM5 - designed in our previous study, and Darunavir) and made effort to understand dynamics behaviour of our designed compound COM5...
December 6, 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901474/cerebellar-neurochemical-and-histopathological-changes-in-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-induced-by-intrastriatal-injection-of-rotenone
#2
Yasser A Khadrawy, Iman M Mourad, Haitham S Mohammed, Neveen A Noor, Heba S Aboul Ezz
The aim of the present work was to investigate the neurochemical changes induced in the cerebellum of rat model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Rats were divided into two groups; control and rat model of PD induced by the intrastriatal injection of rotenone. As compared to control, a significant increase in the excitatory amino acid neurotransmitters; glutamate and aspartate together with a significant decrease in the inhibitory amino acids, GABA, glycine and taurine were observed in the cerebellum of rat model of PD...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901473/influence-of-solar-and-geomagnetic-activity-in-gymnodinium-catenatum-dinophyceae-cultures
#3
Paulo Vale
Laboratory cultures of the paralytic shellfish poisoning producing microalga Gymnodinium catenatum were subjected to a hypo-osmotic shock and changes in cell concentration were observed in two separate experiments of 8 and 24 hours duration, respectively. The increase in geomagnetic activity (GMA), radio and X-ray fluxes and solar X-ray flares were negatively correlated with cell numbers. Cell losses were observed in the short experiment, but not in the longest one. GMA action was related to the course of the experimental period, while electromagnetic radiation (EMR) was only significantly related when the previous hours before the experiments were considered...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901472/effects-of-low-and-high-deprenyl-dose-on-antioxidant-enzyme-activities-in-the-adult-rat-brain
#4
Maria Lalkovicova, Frantiska Horvathova, Igor Sulla, Jozef Mihalik, Viera Danielisova
We evaluated the effects of low dose deprenyl (LDD, 0.0025 mg/kg per day) and high dose deprenyl (HDD, 0.25 mg/kg per day) treatment of male Wistar rats for 30 days on the activities of SOD and CAT in the cortex, striatum, and hippocampus. Total SOD and MnSOD activities were increased with LDD (p <0.05) in the cortex (0.74 ± 0.03; 0.31 ± 0.02), striatum (0.75 ± 0.02; 0.27 ± 0.03) and CA1 region of the hippocampus (0.75 ± 0.02; 0.29 ± 0.03) compared to the control (0.53 ± 0.02; 0.15 ± 0.02), but reduced (p <0...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901471/esculetin-exerts-anti-proliferative-effects-against-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-by-suppressing-specificity-protein-1-in-vitro
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Ra H Lee, Young-Joo Jeon, Jin H Cho, Jeong-Yun Jang, Il-Keun Kong, Seok-Ho Kim, MinSeok S Kim, Hak-Jae Chung, Keon B Oh, Seon-Min Park, Jae-Cheon Shin, Jae-Min Seo, Sungho Ko, Jung-Hyun Shim, Jung-Il Chae
Esculetin, a coumarin derivative, is a phenolic compound isolated from Artemisia capillaris, Citrus limonia, and Euphorbia lathyris. Although it has been reported to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-proliferative activities in several human cancers, its anti-proliferative activity against non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) and the molecular mechanisms involved have not been adequately elucidated. In this study, we used two NSCLC cell lines (NCI-H358 and NCI-H1299) to investigate the anti-proliferative activity and apoptotic effect of esculetin...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901470/sinomenine-prevents-the-development-of-cardiomyopathy-in-diabetic-rats-by-inhibiting-inflammatory-responses-and-blocking-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#6
Cheng Jiang, Yun-Long Tong, Dan Zhang, Li-Zhi Liu, Ju-Fei Wang
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a severe complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). The goal of current work was to study the effects of sinomenine on streptozotocin-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. DM in rats was induced by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin. Cardiac function was evaluated by measuring left ventricle end-diastolic diameter, left ventricle end-systolic diameter and ejection fraction. Cardiac inflammation was evaluated by the degree of infiltration of T lymphocytes and the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901469/obestatin-improves-hepatic-injury-induced-by-ischemia-reperfusion-in-rats-role-of-nitric-oxide
#7
Ola A El-Gohary
Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a common clinical problem. The present study was conducted to evaluate the protective effect of obestatin against I/R-induced liver injury. Rats were divided into three groups (n = 10): control sham-operated group, I/R group and obestatin treatment group. Rats of I/R group and obestatin treatment group underwent partial hepatic ischemia for 60 min followed by 90 min reperfusion. At the beginning of the 90-min reperfusion period, rats of obestatin treatment group were injected with obestatin (100 μg/kg) intravenously...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787232/the-response-of-rat-and-human-uterus-to-oxytocin-from-different-gestational-stages-in-vitro
#8
Mohammed F Alotaibi
Oxytocin (OT) and oxytocin receptors (OTRs) play essential roles in parturition and the effect of OT on uterine contractility is greatly influenced by the expression of OTRs in myometrium. We investigated the effect of OT on uterine strips isolated from non-pregnant, late-pregnant, term-pregnant, and labouring rats and from labouring and non-labouring women. Longitudinal uterine strips (from each gestational stage) were dissected and mounted vertically in an organ bath setup system and challenged with 5 nM OT and the effect was investigated on uterine contractility...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787231/the-influence-of-prenatal-10-ghz-microwave-radiation-exposure-on-a-developing-mice-brain
#9
Archana Sharma, Kavindra K Kesari, Virender K Saxena, Rashmi Sisodia
Our objective was to investigate alterations in the developing mice brain after intrauterine microwave exposure from different gestation days (0.25 and 11.25) till term. Pregnant mice from 0.25 and 11.25 days of gestation were isolated from an inbred colony and divided into sham-exposed (control) and microwave-exposed (10 GHz) groups. The follow-up study of mice at 3 weeks of age showed significant reduction in the brain and body weight of microwave-exposed group. Results showed an increased level of lipid peroxidation, decreased level of glutathione and protein after microwave exposure on both 0...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787230/integrated-in-silico-in-vitro-characterization-identification-and-disruption-of-the-intermolecular-interaction-between-sh3-domain-containing-protein-kinases-and-human-pituitary-tumor-transforming-gene-1
#10
Yanan Li, Mengmeng Li, Weijie Min, Guosheng Han, Laixing Wang, Chao Chen, Zifu Li, Yuhui Zhang, Jianmin Li, Zhijian Yue
The human pituitary tumor-transforming gene-1 (hPTTG1) has been found to be overexpressed in various cancers. Accumulated evidences implicate that some of protein kinases can specifically recognize two PXXP motifs at hPTTG1 C-terminus through their Src homology (SH3) domain and then phosphorylate the protein by their catalytic domain. Here, we integrate in silico analysis and in vitro assay to characterize the intermolecular interaction between the two hPTTG1 motif peptides 161LGPPSPVK168 (M1P) and 168KMPSPPWE175 (M2P) and the SH3 domains of Ser/Thr-specific protein kinases MAP3K and PI3K...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787229/imaging-of-striatal-injury-in-a-songbird-brain
#11
Kristina Lukacova, Ladislav Baciak, Eva Pavukova, Katarina Pichova, Svatava Kasparova, Lubica Kubikova
Neurological insults affect both, brain structure and behavior. The injury-induced brain plasticity and associated changes in behavior are difficult to study using classical histological methods. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), however, enables repeated inspection of the brain in the same individual. Here we took advantage of the songbird model with discrete brain circuitry controlling song learning and production and assessed if a conventional MRI is suitable to detect even relatively small brain changes...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787228/ubiquitination-and-proteasome-mediated-degradation-of-voltage-gated-ca2-channels-and-potential-pathophysiological-implications
#12
Ricardo Felix, Norbert Weiss
Recent findings have revealed a fundamental role of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) in the regulation of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs). It has been proposed that the ubiquitination-deubiquitination balance dictates the number of channels expressed at the plasma membrane, which in turn influences a number of physiological and pathophysiological processes. This minireview surveys recent studies showing that VGCCs may be ubiquitinated in an unexpectedly complex manner, and highlights the role of the UPS in the regulation of the channels, focusing on the mechanisms that control their cell surface expression...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27447403/the-effect-of-maternal-stress-on-blastocyst-quality-depends-on-maternal-physiological-status
#13
Žofia Janštová, Ján Burkuš, Janka Kubandová, Dušan Fabian, Juraj Koppel, Štefan Čikoš
The effect of maternal stress on blastocyst quality, with respect to maternal metabolic status, was investigated in this study. We exposed female mice with different amounts of body fat to restraint stress and examined their blastocyst quality. Blood concentrations of corticosterone, leptin, adiponectin, insulin and glucose were measured in these females. Significantly lower stress-induced corticosterone elevations were observed in females with high and low amounts of body fat, indicating that the stress response was altered in these females...
January 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763330/the-expression-of-p-gp-in-leukemia-cells-is-associated-with-cross-resistance-to-protein-n-glycosylation-inhibitor-tunicamycin
#14
Lucia Pavlikova, Mario Seres, Denisa Imrichova, Milan Hano, Andrej Rusnak, Martina Zamorova, Jaroslav Katrlik, Albert Breier, Zdena Sulova
In P-gp-positive cell variants obtained from L1210 cells either by selection with vincristine (L1210/R) or by transfection with the human gene encoding P-gp (L1210/T), we have previously described cross-resistance to tunicamycin (TNM), a protein N-glycosylation inhibitor. Here we studied whether this cross-resistance also underlies P-gp-positive variants of human acute myeloid leukemia cells (AML) derived from SKM-1 and MOLM-13 cells (SKM-1/VCR, SKM-1/LEN, MOLM-13/VCR) by selection with vincristine (VCR) and lenalidomide (LEN)...
October 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763329/apoptotic-mechanisms-of-n1-acetylacetone-n4-4-methoxy-salicylidene-thiosemicarbazide-chelating-with-nickel-ii-on-hl60-leukemia-cells
#15
Büşra Kaya, Belkis Atasever-Arslan, Zeynep Kalkan, Hazal Gür, Bahri Ülküseven
Thiosemicarbozone complexes that have a broad spectrum of biological activity are formed as a result of condensation reaction between thiosemicarbazide [H2N(C=S)-NH-NH2] and carbonyl-containing compounds. A new Nickel(II) complexes with N1-acetylacetone, N4-4-methoxy-salicylidene-thiosemicarbazidato ligand was synthesized and characterized. We studied the antileukemic activity of the Ni(II) thiosemicarbazone compound and assessed their potential for drug development. Specifically, the effects of this Ni(II) thiosemicarbazone compound on intracellular signal nodes and apoptotic pathways were investigated...
October 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763328/it-takes-two-t-to-shape-immunity-emerging-role-for-t-type-calcium-channels-in-immune-cells
#16
Lubica Lacinova, Norbert Weiss
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October 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608616/ultrastructural-remodelling-of-slow-skeletal-muscle-fibres-in-creatine-kinase-deficient-mice-a-quantitative-study
#17
Marta Novotová, Bohumila Tarabová, Lucia Tylková, Renée Ventura-Clapier, Ivan Zahradník
Creatine kinase content, isoform distribution, and participation in energy transfer are muscle type specific. We analysed ultrastructural changes in slow muscle fibres of soleus due to invalidation of creatine kinase (CK) to reveal a difference in the remodelling strategy in comparison with fast muscle fibres of gastrocnemius published previously. We have employed the stereological method of vertical sections and electron microscopy of soleus muscles of wild type (WT) and CK-/- mice. The mitochondrial volume density was 1...
October 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608615/influance-of-regular-swimming-on-serum-levels-of-crp-il-6-tnf-%C3%AE-in-high-fat-diet-induced-type-2-diabetic-rats
#18
Rafighe Ghiasi, Farhad Ghadiri Soufi, Gisou Mohaddes, Alireza Alihemmati, Mohammad H Somi, Hadi Ebrahimi, Fariba Mirzaie Bavil, Mohammad R Alipour
Due to key role of inflammation in pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), aim of this study was evaluating the influance of regular swimming on serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), interlukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in high-fat diet-induced diabetic rats. Fourty male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control, diabetic, exercise and diabetic-exercise groups (n = 10). Diabetes was induced by high-fat diet and streptozotocin (35 mg/kg, i.p.). In exercise groups, after induction of diabetes, animals were subjected to swimming (60 min/5 days a week) for 10 weeks...
October 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608614/swimming-training-affects-apoptosis-related-micrornas-and-reduces-cardiac-apoptosis-in-mice
#19
Yongcai Zhao, Zhiyong Ma
We sought to investigate effects of exercise training on apoptosis-related microRNAs (miRs) and their validated targets, discussing molecular mechanism of the exercise-induced benefit in heart. Male C57BL/6 mice were randomly assigned to three groups: sedentary (SE), exercise training 1 (ET1) and exercise training 2 (ET2). ET1 swam for 8 weeks, once a day and 5 days per week with incremental load. ET2 performed the same work as ET1 and switched to twice a day by the end of the 5th week. In ET2, positive cell rate (%) tested by TUNEL assay decreased significantly (p < 0...
October 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608613/a-comparative-study-between-the-effect-of-17-%C3%AE-estradiol-and-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitor-on-osteoporosis-in-ovariectomized-rats
#20
Mona M Alaam, Noha I Hussien
Osteoprotegerin (OPG) and receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa B ligand (RANKL) have been revealed in the pathogenesis of primary osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. This study was designed to assess the effect of 17-β estradiol (E2) treatment and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI), captopril, on osteoporosis induced by ovariectomy in rats and discussing the role of OPG/RANKL ratio in their action. Thirty two adult female rats were divided into four equal groups. Group I: control group, Group II: ovariectomized (OVX) non treated group, Group III: OVX rats treated with E2, Group IV: OVX rats treated with captopril...
October 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
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