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Neha Maurya, Mehraj Ud Din Parray, Jitendra Kumar Maurya, Amit Kumar, Rajan Patel
The binding nature of amphiphilic drugs viz. promethazine hydrochloride (PMT) and adiphenine hydrochloride (ADP), with human hemoglobin (Hb) was unraveled by fluorescence, absorbance, time resolved fluorescence, fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and circular dichroism (CD) spectral techniques in combination with molecular docking and molecular dynamic simulation methods. The steady state fluorescence spectra indicated that both PMT and ADP quenches the fluorescence of Hb through static quenching mechanism which was further confirmed by time resolved fluorescence spectra...
March 11, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Skyler L Jackman, Christopher H Chen, Selmaan N Chettih, Shay Q Neufeld, Iain R Drew, Chimuanya K Agba, Isabella Flaquer, Alexis N Stefano, Thomas J Kennedy, Justine E Belinsky, Keiramarie Roberston, Celia C Beron, Bernardo L Sabatini, Christopher D Harvey, Wade G Regehr
Optical methods of interrogating neural circuits have emerged as powerful tools for understanding how the brain drives behaviors. Optogenetic proteins are widely used to control neuronal activity, while genetically encoded fluorescent reporters are used to monitor activity. These proteins are often expressed by injecting viruses, which frequently leads to inconsistent experiments due to misalignment of expression and optical components. Here, we describe how silk fibroin films simplify optogenetic experiments by providing targeted delivery of viruses...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Daisuke Shimaoka, Kenneth D Harris, Matteo Carandini
Changes in arousal modulate the activity of mouse sensory cortex, but studies in different mice and different sensory areas disagree on whether this modulation enhances or suppresses activity. We measured this modulation simultaneously in multiple cortical areas by imaging mice expressing voltage-sensitive fluorescent proteins (VSFP). VSFP imaging estimates local membrane potential across large portions of cortex. We used temporal filters to predict local potential from running speed or from pupil dilation, two measures of arousal...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Jesús Mosquera Mosquera, Malou Henriksen-Lacey, Isabel García, Miguel Martínez-Calvo, Jessica Rodriguez Villar, José L Mascareñas, Luis M Liz-Marzán
We describe an approach to regulate the cellular uptake of small gold nanoparticles using supramolecular chemistry. The strategy relies on the functionalization of AuNPs with negatively charged pyranines, which largely hamper their penetration in cells. Cellular uptake can be activated in situ through the addition of cationic covalent cages that specifically recognize the fluorescent pyranine dyes and counterbalance the negative charges. The high selectivity and reversibility of the host-guest recognition activates cellular uptake, even in protein-rich biological media, as well as its regulation by rational addition of either cage or pyranine...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Wuxing Dong, Alison C Todd, Angelika Bröer, Sarah R Hulme, Stefan Bröer, Brian Billups
Astrocytes are glial cells that have an intimate physical and functional association with synapses in the brain. One of their main roles is to recycle the neurotransmitters glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), as a component of the glutamate/GABA-glutamine cycle. They perform this function by sequestering neurotransmitters and releasing glutamine via the neutral amino acid transporter SNAT3. In this way, astrocytes regulate the availability of neurotransmitters and subsequently influence synaptic function...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Koichi Ojima, Emi Ichimura, Takahiro Suzuki, Mika Oe, Susumu Muroya, Takanori Nishimura
Myosin is a major myofibrillar component in skeletal muscles. In myofibrils, approximately 300 myosin molecules form a single thick filament in which there is constant turnover of myosin. Our previous study demonstrated that the myosin replacement rate is reduced by inhibition of protein synthesis (Ojima K. et al. 2015 Am. J. Physiol. Cell Physiol. 309, C669-679); however, additional factors influencing myosin replacement were unknown. Here, we showed that rapid myosin replacement requires heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) activity...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Ritika S Joshi, Dipanwita Das Mukherjee, Subhendu Chakrabarty, Ansie Martin, Manojkumar Jadhao, Gopal Chakrabarti, Angshuman Sarkar, Sujit Kumar Ghosh
In the development of small molecule drug candidates, naphthalimide based compounds hold a very important position as potent anti-cancer agents with considerable safety in drug discoveries. Being synthetically and readily accessible, naphthalimide compounds with planar architecture have been developed mostly as DNA targeting intercalators. However, in this article, we demonstrate, for the first time, wherein an unfused naphthalimide-benzothiazole bichromophoric compound 2-(6-chlorobenzo[d] thiazol-2-yl)-1H-benzo[de] isoquinoline-1,3(2H)-dione (CBIQD), designed and synthesized by our group, seem to expand the bioactivity of naphthalimide as anti-mitotic agents also...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Masahiro Ikejiri, Haruka Kojima, Yuumi Fugono, Aki Fujisaka, Yoshiko Chihara, Kazuyuki Miyashita
We have developed a novel analog of the GFP chromophore: geo-DAIN. Since geo-DAIN is equipped with an E/Z-photoisomerizable geometrical diarylmethylene moiety instead of benzylidene of the GFP chromophore, different-colored reversible emissions are expected. We synthesized geo-DAIN by a condensation with methyl imidate and N-(diarylmethylene)glycinate. We found the emission from geo-DAIN to be different from that of benzylidene-type analogs; in the powder state, the E- and Z-isomers of geo-DAIN emitted different fluorescence colors...
March 21, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Yawei Xu, Yan Zhou, Rui Yin, Cheng Wang, Haijiao Chu, Junling Wang
The balance of oxidation and reduction in the body requires the synergistic effect of various antioxidant enzymes. Therefore, the construction of enzyme mimics with multiple antioxidant activities is important and beneficial for further research on the synergistic effects of antioxidant enzymes and their mechanism of action. To explore the synergistic effect of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx), a 76-mer selenium-containing peptide (Se-76P) mimic containing the active SOD and GPx centers was designed...
March 20, 2018: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Ioannis Panagopoulos, Ludmila Gorunova, Hege Kilen Andersen, Astrid Bergrem, Anders Dahm, Kristin Andersen, Francesca Micci, Sverre Heim
Background: Acquired primary chromosomal changes in cancer are sometimes found as sole karyotypic abnormalities. They are specifically associated with particular types of neoplasia, essential in establishing the neoplasm, and they often lead to the generation of chimeric genes of pathogenetic, diagnostic, and prognostic importance. Thus, the report of new primary cancer-specific chromosomal aberrations is not only of scientific but also potentially of clinical interest, as is the detection of their gene-level consequences...
2018: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
Philip E B Nickerson, Arturo Ortin-Martinez, Valerie A Wallace
Considerable research effort has been invested into the transplantation of mammalian photoreceptors into healthy and degenerating mouse eyes. Several platforms of rod and cone fluorescent reporting have been central to refining the isolation, purification and transplantation of photoreceptors. The tracking of engrafted cells, including identifying the position, morphology and degree of donor cell integration post-transplant is highly dependent on the use of fluorescent protein reporters. Improvements in imaging and analysis of transplant recipients have revealed that donor cell fluorescent reporters can transfer into host tissue though a process termed material exchange (ME)...
2018: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
Lian Hu, Hong Zeng, Nenghui Liu
To investigate the expression of H19 long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) and zinc finger E-box-binding protein 1 (ZEB1) in the trophoblast of women with spontaneous abortion.
 Methods: A total of 20 women underwent miscarriage were enrolled as a miscarriage group, while 20 women underwent artificial abortion were enrolled as a control group. Reverse transcriptional fluorescence quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) was used to detect the expression of H19 lncRNA and miR-200, and Western blot was used to detect the expression of ZEB1...
February 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Wei Zhang, Sheng Qian, Guowei Yang, Liang Zhu, Bo Zhou, Jianhua Wang, Rong Liu, Zhiping Yan, Xudong Qu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common primary tumor of the liver, has a poor prognosis and shows rapid progression. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in carcinogenesis and tumor progression. Regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) are critical for defining G-protein-dependent signal fidelity. RGS17 plays an important role in the regulation of cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion. Here, we showed that miR-199 was downregulated in a hepatocarcinoma cell line. Overexpression of miR-199 significantly suppressed HCC cell proliferation, migration, and invasion in vitro...
March 17, 2018: Gene
Anne E Robinson, Jeffrey P Henderson, Katherine A Henzler-Wildman
Membrane transporters are an important class of proteins which remain challenging to study. Transport assays are crucial to developing our understanding of such proteins as they allow direct measurement of their transport activity. However, currently available methods for monitoring liposomal loading of organic substrates primarily rely on detection of radioactively or fluorescently labeled substrates. The requirement of a labeled substrate significantly restricts the systems and substrates that can be studied...
March 17, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
Hailong Li, Zhongyuan Tang, Peng Chu, Yanlin Song, Ying Yang, Bin Sun, Mengyue Niu, Eskandar Qaed, Abdullah Shopit, Guozhu Han, Xiaodong Ma, Jinyong Peng, Min Hu, Zeyao Tang
Methylglyoxal (MGO), an active metabolite of glucose, is observed in high levels in the tissues and blood of diabetic patients. Phosphocreatine (PCr), a high-energy phosphate compound, exhibits a range of pharmacological actions but little is well known of its neuroprotective action. The aim of the present study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects and the possible mechanisms of PCr. Diabetes is closely associated with neurodegenerative diseases, leading not only to the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and but also to central nervous system (CNS) damage...
March 17, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Fazeela Mahaboob Begum S M, Kalai Chitra, Benin Joseph, Raji Sundararajan, Hemalatha S
BACKGROUND: Lung adenocarcinoma is the most common subtype of Non small cell lung cancer in which the PI3K/Akt cascade is frequently deregulated. The ubiquitous expression of the PI3K and the frequent inactivation of PTEN accounts for the prolonged survival, evasion of apoptosis and metastasis in cancer. This has led to the development of PI3K inhibitors in the treatment of cancer. Synthetic PI3K inhibitors undergoing clinical and preclinical studies are toxic in animals. Hence, there is a critical need to identify PI3K inhibitor(s) of natural origin...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Bhaskar Mitra, Rene Lametsch, Tolga Akcan, Jorge Ruiz-Carrascal
The impact of thermal processing on meat proteins oxidation was investigated. Cooking treatments included 58 °C for either 72 min or 17 h (mimicking low temperature-long time sous vide cooking), 80, 98 and 160 °C for 72 min (mimicking common cooked meat products, stewing and roasting, respectively) and 118 °C for 8 min (autoclaving). Tryptophan degradation, fluorescent oxidation products, free thiol content and α-aminoadipic and γ-glutamic semialdehydes were tracked. For all of them, there was a consistent trend to increased levels of oxidative damage with higher cooking temperatures and longer cooking times, although the extent varied from one indicator to another...
March 10, 2018: Meat Science
Gracjana Leonowicz, Kamil F Trzebuniak, Paulina Zimak-Piekarczyk, Ireneusz Ślesak, Beata Mysliwa-Kurdziel
Unbound tetrapyrroles, i.e. protochlorophyllide (Pchlide), chlorophyllide and chlorophylls, bring the risk of reactive oxygen species (ROS) being generated in the initial stages of angiosperm deetiolation due to inefficient usage of the excitation energy for photosynthetic photochemistry. We analyzed the activity of superoxide dismutases (SODs) in etiolated wheat (Triticum aestivum) leaves and at the beginning of their deetiolation. Mn-SOD and three isoforms of Cu/Zn-SODs were identified both in etiolated and greening leaves of T...
2018: PloS One
Sean Conroy, Nicholas D Kindon, Jacqueline Glenn, Leigh A Stoddart, Richard James Lewis, Stephen J Hill, Barrie Kellam, Michael John Stocks
The human P2Y2 receptor (hP2Y2R) is a G protein-coupled receptor that shows promise as a therapeutic target for many important conditions including anti-metastatic cancer therapy and more recently for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. As such, there is a need for new hP2Y2R antagonists and molecular probes to study this receptor. Herein, we report the development of a new series of non-nucleotide hP2Y2R antagonists leading to the discovery of a series of fluorescent ligands containing different linkers and fluorophores based on the known, non-nucleotide hP2Y2R antagonist AR-C118925 (1)...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Nigani Willie, Rajeev K Mehlotra, Rosalind E Howes, Tovonahary A Rakotomanga, Stephanie Ramboarina, Arsène C Ratsimbasoa, Peter A Zimmerman
Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 (PfHRP2) forms the basis of many current malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). However, the parasites lacking part or all of the pfhrp2 gene do not express the PfHRP2 protein and are, therefore, not identifiable by PfHRP2-detecting RDTs. We evaluated the performance of the SD Bioline Malaria Ag P.f/Pan RDT together with pfhrp2 variation in Madagascar. Genomic DNA isolated from 260 patient blood samples were polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-amplified for the parasite 18S rRNA and pfhrp2 genes...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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