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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823054/recent-advances-in-synthetic-lipopeptides-as-anti-microbial-agents-designs-and-synthetic-approaches
#1
REVIEW
Jun-Jie Koh, Shuimu Lin, Roger W Beuerman, Shouping Liu
Infectious diseases impose serious public health burdens and continue to be a global public health crisis. The treatment of infections caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens is challenging because only a few viable therapeutic options are clinically available. The emergence and risk of drug-resistant superbugs and the dearth of new classes of antibiotics have drawn increasing awareness that we may return to the pre-antibiotic era. To date, lipopeptides have been received considerable attention because of the following properties: They exhibit potent antimicrobial activities against a broad spectrum of pathogens, rapid bactericidal activity and have a different antimicrobial action compared with most of the conventional antibiotics used today and very slow development of drug resistance tendency...
August 19, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819816/a-new-non-radioactive-deoxyhypusine-synthase-assay-adaptable-to-high-throughput-screening
#2
Myung Hee Park, Ajeet Mandal, Swati Mandal, Edith C Wolff
Deoxyhypusine synthase (DHS) catalyzes the post-translational modification of eukaryotic translation factor 5A (eIF5A) by the polyamine, spermidine, that converts one specific lysine residue to deoxyhypusine [N (ε) -4-aminobutyl(lysine)], which is subsequently hydroxylated to hypusine [N (ε) -4-amino-2-hydroxybutyl(lysine)]. Hypusine synthesis represents the most critical function of polyamine. As eIF5A has been implicated in various human diseases, identification of specific inhibitors of hypusine modification is of vital importance...
August 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803359/expression-of-cationic-amino-acid-transporters-in-pig-skeletal-muscles-during-postnatal-development
#3
Aiko Ishida, Akane Ashihara, Kazuki Nakashima, Masaya Katsumata
The cationic amino acid transporter (CAT) protein family transports lysine and arginine in cellular amino acid pools. We hypothesized that CAT expression changes in pig skeletal muscles during rapid pig postnatal development. We aimed to investigate the tissue distribution and changes in the ontogenic expression of CATs in pig skeletal muscles during postnatal development. Six piglets at 1, 12, 26, 45, and 75 days old were selected from six litters, and their longissimus dorsi (LD), biceps femoris (BF), and rhomboideus (RH) muscles, and their stomach, duodenum, jejunum, ileum, colon, liver, kidney, heart, and cerebrum were collected...
August 12, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791512/purification-of-angiotensin-i-converting-enzyme-ace-inhibitory-peptides-from-casein-hydrolysate-by-imac-ni-2
#4
Shanguang Wu, Xuezhen Feng, Yuan Lu, Yuting Lu, Saisai Liu, Yuhong Tian
Casein proteins were hydrolyzed by papain to identify inhibitory peptides of angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE). The hydrolysate was fractionized by immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC-Ni(2+)). The fraction with high ACE inhibitory activity was enriched and further chromatographed on a reverse-phase column to yield four fractions. Among the fractions, the L4 fraction exhibited the highest ACE inhibitory activity and was identified by sequence analysis as Trp-Tyr-Leu-His-Tyr-Ala (WYLHYA), with IC50 value of 16...
August 8, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766075/protein-binding-hot-spots-prediction-from-sequence-only-by-a-new-ensemble-learning-method
#5
Shan-Shan Hu, Peng Chen, Bing Wang, Jinyan Li
Hot spots are interfacial core areas of binding proteins, which have been applied as targets in drug design. Experimental methods are costly in both time and expense to locate hot spot areas. Recently, in-silicon computational methods have been widely used for hot spot prediction through sequence or structure characterization. As the structural information of proteins is not always solved, and thus hot spot identification from amino acid sequences only is more useful for real-life applications. This work proposes a new sequence-based model that combines physicochemical features with the relative accessible surface area of amino acid sequences for hot spot prediction...
August 1, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756544/retro-analog-concept-comparative-study-on-physico-chemical-and-biological-properties-of-selected-antimicrobial-peptides
#6
Damian Neubauer, Maciej Jaśkiewicz, Dorian Migoń, Marta Bauer, Karol Sikora, Emilia Sikorska, Elżbieta Kamysz, Wojciech Kamysz
Increasing drug resistance of common pathogens urgently needs discovery of new effective molecules. Antimicrobial peptides are believed to be one of the possible solutions of this problem. One of the approaches for improvement of biological properties is reversion of the sequence (retro analog concept). This research is based on investigation of antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria, and fungi, hemolysis of erythrocytes, interpretation of the circular dichroism spectra, measurement of counter-ion content, and assessment of the peptide hydrophobicity and self-assembly using reversed-phase chromatography...
July 29, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752396/physico-chemical-characterization-of-formulations-containing-endomorphin-2-derivatives
#7
Anna Olejnik, Alicja Kapuscinska, Grzegorz Schroeder, Izabela Nowak
In this study semisolid formulations containing AcYPFF (N-acetyl-Tyr-Pro-Phe-Phe-NH2) tetrapeptide were obtained and characterized in terms of rheology, stability by multiple light scattering and particle size distribution by laser diffraction. Additionally, the release studies of tetrapeptide from formulations obtained were performed. The influence of different factors such as semisolid and membrane type on tetrapeptide release rate was examined. The release experiments of tetrapeptide modified with palmitoyl group (PalmYPFF) were also carried out...
July 27, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741223/citrulline-metabolism-in-plants
#8
REVIEW
Vijay Joshi, Alisdair R Fernie
Citrulline was chemically isolated more than 100 years ago and is ubiquitous in animals, plants, bacteria, and fungi. Most of the research on plant citrulline metabolism and transport has been carried out in Arabidopsis thaliana and the Cucurbitaceae family, particularly in watermelon which accumulates this non-proteinogenic amino acid to very high levels. Industrially, citrulline is produced via specially optimized microbial strains; however, the amounts present in watermelon render it an economically viable source providing that other high-value compounds can be co-extracted...
July 25, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733904/polyamines-therapeutic-perspectives-in-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-diseases
#9
REVIEW
Tarique Hussain, Bie Tan, Wenkai Ren, Najma Rahu, Rahim Dad, Dildar Hussain Kalhoro, Yulong Yin
Polyamines are naturally occurring aliphatic compounds, particularly essential elements for biological functions. These compounds play a central role in regulating molecular pathways which are responsible for cellular proliferation, growth, and differentiation. Importantly, excessive polyamine catabolism can lead to a prominent source of oxidative stress which increases inflammatory response and thought to be involved in several diseases including stroke, renal failure, neurological disease, liver disease, and even cancer...
July 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733903/the-effect-of-aspartate-supplementation-on-the-microbial-composition-and-innate-immunity-on-mice
#10
Peng Bin, Shaojuan Liu, Shuai Chen, Zhaoying Zeng, Ruilin Huang, Yulong Yin, Gang Liu
The study was conducted to investigate the changes of intestinal microbiota composition and innate immunity with different dietary dosages of aspartate (Asp) supplementation. Thirty-six female ICR mice were divided randomly to four groups and thereafter fed the basal diets (controls) or those supplemented with additional 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0% aspartate. After 2 week feeding, microbial composition in ileum and feces, gene expression of pro-inflammatory cytokine, and innate immune factors in ileum were determined...
July 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718066/the-preventive-effects-of-taurine-on-neural-tube-defects-through-the-wnt-pcp-jnk-dependent-pathway
#11
Qinghua Zhang, Yang Liu, Hui Wang, Li Ma, Hechun Xia, Jianguo Niu, Tao Sun, Li Zhang
The aim of this study was to clarify the protective role of taurine in neuronal apoptosis and the role of the Wnt/PCP-Jnk pathway in mediating the preventive effects of taurine on neural tube defects (NTDs). HT-22 cells (a hippocampal neuron cell line) were divided into a control group, a glutamate-induced apoptosis group, and glutamate (4.0 mmol/L) plus low-dose taurine (L; 0.5 mmol/L) and high-dose taurine (H; 2.0 mmol/L) groups. The MTT assay was used to monitor cell proliferation and cell survival. Immunofluorescence and Western blot analyses were used to determine caspase 9 expression...
July 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718065/structure-function-relationships-of-protein-lipopeptide-complexes-and-influence-on-immunogenicity
#12
Acep R Wijayadikusumah, Lucy C Sullivan, David C Jackson, Brendon Y Chua
The lipopeptide, R4Pam2Cys, associates electrostatically with soluble protein antigens and significantly enhances their ability to induce protective humoral and cell-mediated responses. We demonstrate that antibody titers elicited by the antigen ovalbumin (OVA) associated with R4Pam2Cys are higher than those elicited by OVA in the presence of alum and comparable to those elicited by OVA formulated with complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA). The hierarchy of anti-OVA antibody avidities was CFA > R4Pam2Cys = alum...
July 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710553/metabolism-and-distribution-of-pharmacological-homoarginine-in-plasma-and-main-organs-of-the-anesthetized-rat
#13
Duygu Naile Günes, Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi, Erik Hanff, Joel Lundgren, Björn Redfors, Dimitrios Tsikas
L-Homoarginine (hArg) and guanidinoacetate (GAA) are produced from L-arginine (Arg) by the catalytic action of arginine:glycine amidinotransferase. Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase methylates GAA on its non-guanidine N atom to produce creatine. Arg and hArg are converted by nitric oxide synthase (NOS) to nitric oxide (NO). NO is oxidized to nitrite and nitrate which circulate in the blood and are excreted in the urine. Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an NOS inhibitor, is widely accepted to be exclusively produced after asymmetric N (G)-methylation of Arg residues in proteins and their regular proteolysis...
July 14, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710552/the-african-froghopper-ptyelus-flavescens-suborder-cicadomorpha-contains-two-novel-and-one-known-peptides-of-the-adipokinetic-hormone%C3%A2-akh-family-structure-function-and-comparison-with-aphid-akh-suborder-sternorrhyncha
#14
Gerd Gäde, Petr Šimek, Heather G Marco
The rationale of "green pesticides" in food security is to use information about endogenous hormones of pest insects to make peptide mimetics that will act against the pest insects to alter their behaviour or physiology, while taking care not to harm beneficial insects or other organisms in the food chain. Such "green" insecticides are designed thus, on the basis of neuropeptide ligand-receptor interaction and it is of paramount interest to have finally a mimetic at hand that is harmful only to pest insects...
July 14, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710551/advanced-glycation-end-products-ages-and-cardiovascular-dysfunction-focus-on-high-molecular-weight-ages
#15
REVIEW
Dorien Deluyker, Lize Evens, Virginie Bito
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are a group of proteins and lipids becoming glycated and oxidized after persistent contact with reducing sugars or short-chain aldehydes with amino group and/or high degree of oxidative stress. The accumulation of AGEs in the body is a natural process that occurs with senescence, when the turnover rate of proteins is reduced. However, increased circulating AGEs have been described to arise at early lifetime and are associated with adverse outcome and survival, in particular in settings of cardiovascular diseases...
July 14, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702701/neighbor-effect-and-local-conformation-in-protein-structures
#16
Mahin Ghadimi, Khosrow Khalifeh, Emran Heshmati
In order to determine the preference or avoidance of the first and second positions of individual dipeptides for adopting different structural conformations, we randomly select defined structural groups of proteins from protein data bank and statistically analyzed the distribution of all 400 possible dipeptides in different secondary structural elements. Considering different combinations of α-helix (α), β strand (β) and coil (c) including αα, αβ, αc, ββ, βα, βc, cc, cα, cβ conformations, we found that some dipeptides are randomly distributed in these conformations, while others have non-random distribution for a given conformation...
July 12, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681245/an-overview-on-d-amino-acids
#17
REVIEW
Giuseppe Genchi
More than half a century ago researchers thought that D-amino acids had a minor function compared to L-enantiomers in biological processes. Many evidences have shown that D-amino acids are present in high concentration in microorganisms, plants, mammals and humans and fulfil specific biological functions. In the brain of mammals, D-serine (D-Ser) acts as a co-agonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptors, responsible for learning, memory and behaviour. D-Ser metabolism is relevant for disorders associated with an altered function of the NMDA receptor, such as schizophrenia, ischemia, epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders...
July 5, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674862/recent-approaches-for-asymmetric-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-amino-acids-via-homologation-of-ni-ii-complexes
#18
REVIEW
Yibing Wang, Xiaohan Song, Jiang Wang, Hiroki Moriwaki, Vadim A Soloshonok, Hong Liu
This review article critically discusses examples of asymmetric synthesis of tailor-made α-amino acids via homologation of Ni(II) complexes of glycine and alanine Schiff bases, reported in the literature from 2013 through the end of 2016. Where it is possible, reaction mechanism and origin of the stereochemical outcome is discussed in detail. Special attention is given to various aspects of practicality and scalability of the reported methods. Among the most noticeable developments in this area are novel designs of axially chiral ligands, application of electro- and mechano-chemical (ball-milling) conditions, and development of dynamic kinetic resolution procedures...
July 3, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664270/curcin-c-a-novel-type-i-ribosome-inactivating-protein-from-the-post-germinating-cotyledons-of-jatropha-curcas
#19
Yangxue Zhang, Qian Yang, Chenyang Li, Mengmeng Ding, Xueyan Lv, Chengqiu Tao, Hongwu Yu, Fang Chen, Ying Xu
A novel type I ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), designated as curcin C, was purified from Jatropha curcas, an important feedback source of bio-fuel. Molecular mass and isoelectric point of curcin C were 31.398 kDa and 7.12 as detected by MALTI-TOF assay and capillary electrophoresis assay, respectively. N-terminal sequence and LC-MS/MS analyses confirmed that curcin C is a type I RIP having high homology, but not the exactly the same with curcin, another type 1 RIP isolated from the endosperm of J. curcas...
June 29, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664269/pro-apoptotic-cationic-host-defense-peptides-rich-in-lysine-or-arginine-to-reverse-drug-resistance-by-disrupting-tumor-cell-membrane
#20
Yuxuan Dai, Xingguang Cai, Wei Shi, Xinzhou Bi, Xin Su, Miaobo Pan, Huilan Li, Haiyan Lin, Wenlong Huang, Hai Qian
Host defense peptides have been demonstrated to exhibit prominent advantages in cancer therapy with selective binding ability toward tumor cells via electrostatic attractions, which can overcome the limitations of traditional chemotherapy drugs, such as toxicity on non-malignant cells and the emergence of drug resistance. In this work, we redesigned and constructed a series of cationic peptides by inserting hydrophobic residues into hydrophilic surface or replacing lysine (K) with arginine (R), based on the experience from the preliminary work of host defense peptide B1...
June 29, 2017: Amino Acids
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