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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651104/autophagy-is-an-important-event-for-low-dose-cytarabine-treatment-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
#1
Liyun Chen, Pei Guo, Yunxiang Zhang, Xiaoyang Li, Peimin Jia, Jianhua Tong, Junmin Li
Cytarabine (Ara-c) has been an important agent in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment for more than 40 years. While, the mechanisms underlying low dose cytarabine (LD Ara-c) is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effect of LD Ara-C in vitro. U937 and HEL cell lines were treated with increasing dose of Ara-C and showed growth inhibition rates in a time and dose-dependent manner. Treatment with LD Ara-C (50nM) induced a time-dependent increase in expression of microtubule-associated protein light chain 3 (LC3) and beclin1, but degradation of sequestosome1 (p62) in both U937 and HEL cells...
June 16, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650927/dexamethasone-prevents-lipopolysaccharide-induced-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction-in-rat-ileum
#2
Aline Barbosa Ribeiro, Humberto Giusti, Ana Paula Trevelin Souza, Celso Rodrigues Franci, Rafael Simone Saia
Inflammatory mediators have been postulated as elementary inducing factors to the disruption of the intestinal tight junctions (TJ) and consequently, gut permeability and bacterial translocation. Corticosteroids are considered the mainstay in the treatment of septic shock; however the impact of this therapy on the intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction during septic shock remains unknown. Our aims were to demonstrate the role of low dexamethasone (DEX) doses in modulation of the inflammatory response, as well as the expression and the arrangement of TJ proteins in endotoxemic rats...
June 23, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650487/engineering-thiophene-based-nanoparticles-to-induce-phototransduction-in-live-cells-under-illumination
#3
M Zangoli, F Di Maria, E Zucchetti, C Bossio, M R Antognazza, G Lanzani, R Mazzaro, F Corticelli, M Baroncini, G Barbarella
We report that nanoparticles prepared from appropriately functionalized polythiophenes once administered to live cells can acquire phototransduction properties under illumination, becoming photoactive sites able to absorb visible light and convert it to an electrical signal through cell membrane polarization. Amine-reactive fluorescent nanoparticles with pendant N-succinimidyl-ester groups (NPs-NHS) are prepared from polythiophenes alternating unsubstituted and 3-(2,5-dioxopyrrolidin-1-yl-8-octanoate)-substituted thiophenes by a nanoprecipitation method...
June 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650460/a-calcium-and-light-gated-switch-to-induce-gene-expression-in-activated-neurons
#4
Dongmin Lee, Jung Ho Hyun, Kanghoon Jung, Patrick Hannan, Hyung-Bae Kwon
Despite recent advances in optogenetics, it remains challenging to manipulate gene expression in specific populations of neurons. We present a dual-protein switch system, Cal-Light, that translates neuronal-activity-mediated calcium signaling into gene expression in a light-dependent manner. In cultured neurons and brain slices, we show that Cal-Light drives expression of the reporter EGFP with high spatiotemporal resolution only in the presence of both blue light and calcium. Delivery of the Cal-Light components to the motor cortex of mice by viral vectors labels a subset of excitatory and inhibitory neurons related to learned lever-pressing behavior...
June 26, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649828/dimerization-of-the-conserved-n-terminal-domain-of-a-spider-silk-protein-controls-the-self-assembly-of-the-repetitive-core-domain
#5
Joschka Bauer, Thomas Scheibel
Spider silk proteins comprise a repetitive core domain with polyalanine and glycine/proline stretches flanked by highly conserved nonrepetitive N- and C-terminal domains. The termini are responsive to assembly triggers, sensing changes in the ionic (H+, phosphate) and mechanical (shear stress) environment along the spinning duct. Upon assembly, the N-terminal domain dimerizes in a pH-dependent manner induced by protonation of conserved acidic residues. So far, dimerization of N-terminal spider silk domains has been individually investigated in the absence of large core domains...
June 26, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649367/nitric-oxide-signalling-and-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-in-the-heart-under-stress
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Yin Hua Zhang
Nitric oxide (NO) is an imperative regulator of the cardiovascular system and is a critical mechanism in preventing the pathogenesis and progression of the diseased heart. The scenario of bioavailable NO in the myocardium is complex: 1) NO is derived from both endogenous NO synthases (endothelial, neuronal, and/or inducible NOSs [eNOS, nNOS, and/or iNOS]) and exogenous sources (entero-salivary NO pathway) and the amount of NO from exogenous sources varies significantly; 2) NOSs are located at discrete compartments of cardiac myocytes and are regulated by distinctive mechanisms under stress; 3) NO regulates diverse target proteins through different modes of post-transcriptional modification (soluble guanylate cyclase [sGC]/cyclic guanosine monophosphate [cGMP]/protein kinase G [PKG]-dependent phosphorylation, S-nitrosylation, and transnitrosylation); 4) the downstream effectors of NO are multidimensional and vary from ion channels in the plasma membrane to signalling proteins and enzymes in the mitochondria, cytosol, nucleus, and myofilament; 5) NOS produces several radicals in addition to NO (e...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649315/effects-of-a-social-stimulus-on-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Tiffany D Rogers, Allison M J Anacker, Travis M Kerr, C Gunnar Forsberg, Jing Wang, Bing Zhang, Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele
BACKGROUND: People with fragile X syndrome (FXS) often have deficits in social behavior, and a substantial portion meet criteria for autism spectrum disorder. Though the genetic cause of FXS is known to be due to the silencing of FMR1, and the Fmr1 null mouse model representing this lesion has been extensively studied, the contributions of this gene and its protein product, FMRP, to social behavior are not well understood. METHODS: Fmr1 null mice and wildtype littermates were exposed to a social or non-social stimulus...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647778/a-correlation-between-secondary-structure-and-rheological-properties-of-low-density-lipoproteins-at-air-water-interfaces
#8
Ziad Khattari
The secondary structure of apolipoprotein B-100 is studied within the bulk phase and at the air/water interface. In these "in viro" experiments, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) study was performed at the air/water interface while circular dichroism (CD) was conducted in the bulk phase. In the bulk phase, the conformational structure containing a significant amount of β-structure, whereas varying amount of α-helix, unordered structures, and β-sheet were observed at the air/water interface depending on the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) film interfacial pressure...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647329/structural-changes-induced-by-high-pressure-processing-in-micellar-casein-and-milk-protein-concentrates
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Lee Cadesky, Markus Walkling-Ribeiro, Kyle T Kriner, Mukund V Karwe, Carmen I Moraru
Reconstituted micellar casein concentrates and milk protein concentrates of 2.5 and 10% (wt/vol) protein concentration were subjected to high-pressure processing at pressures from 150 to 450 MPa, for 15 min, at ambient temperature. The structural changes induced in milk proteins by high-pressure processing were investigated using a range of physical, physicochemical, and chemical methods, including dynamic light scattering, rheology, mid-infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, proteomics, and soluble mineral analyses...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646616/curcumin-alleviates-macrophage-activation-and-lung-inflammation-induced-by-influenza-virus-infection-through-inhibiting-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#10
Yiming Xu, Ling Liu
BACKGROUND: Influenza A viruses (IAV) result in severe public health problems with worldwide each year. Over-response of immune system to IAV infection leads to complications, and ultimately causing morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: Curcumin has been reported to have anti-inflammatory ability. However, its molecular mechanism in immune responses remains unclear. METHODS: We detected the pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) related protein expression in human macrophages or mice infected by IAV with or without curcumin treatment...
June 24, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646204/optogenetic-protein-clustering-through-fluorescent-protein-tagging-and-extension-of-cry2
#11
Hyerim Park, Na Yeon Kim, Sangkyu Lee, Nury Kim, Jihoon Kim, Won Do Heo
Protein homo-oligomerization is an important molecular mechanism in many biological processes. Therefore, the ability to control protein homo-oligomerization allows the manipulation and interrogation of numerous cellular events. To achieve this, cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) from Arabidopsis thaliana has been recently utilized for blue light-dependent spatiotemporal control of protein homo-oligomerization. However, limited knowledge on molecular characteristics of CRY2 obscures its widespread applications. Here, we identify important determinants for efficient cryptochrome 2 clustering and introduce a new CRY2 module, named ''CRY2clust'', to induce rapid and efficient homo-oligomerization of target proteins by employing diverse fluorescent proteins and an extremely short peptide...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645780/salvia-miltiorrhiza-bunge-danshen-extract-attenuates-permanent-cerebral-ischemia-through-inhibiting-platelet-activation-in-rats
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Yu-Xiang Fei, Si-Qi Wang, Li-Jian Yang, Yan-Ying Qiu, Yi-Ze Li, Wen-Yuan Liu, Tao Xi, Wei-Rong Fang, Yun-Man Li
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Danshen is a crude herbal drug isolated from dried roots of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge. This plant is widely used in oriental medicine for the treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. The supercritical CO2 extract from Danshen (SCED) (57.85%, 5.67% and 4.55% for tanshinone IIA, tanshinone I and cryptotanshinone respectively) was studied in this article, whose potential molecular mechanism remains unclear, especially in anti-thrombosis. AIM OF THE STUDY: The present study was designed to observe the protective effect of SCED on ischemic stroke in rats and to explore the underlying anti-thrombosis mechanism...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645570/quantitative-proteomics-analysis-by-itraq-revealed-underlying-changes-in-thermotolerance-of-arthrospira-platensis
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Rong Chang, Bingxin Lv, Bosheng Li
Growth temperature is a critical factor that affects cultivation of Arthrospira platensis which is a type of cyanobacterium widely known as Spirulina that has significant commercial value. To investigate the molecular mechanism underlying the thermotolerance of Spirulina, differential protein expression profiling was carried out using iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis. This study only analyzed changes in thylakoids. Among the 2085 proteins quantified, 43 differentially expressed proteins were selected based on the fold change cutoff scores of ≥2 or ≤0...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644561/the-redox-sensitive-module-of-cyclophilin-20-3-2-cysteine-peroxiredoxin-and-cysteine-synthase-integrates-sulfur-metabolism-and-oxylipin-signaling-in-the-high-light-acclimation-response
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Sara M Müller, Shanshan Wang, Wilena Telman, Michael Liebthal, Helena Schnitzer, Andrea Viehhauser, Carsten Sticht, Carolina Delatorre, Markus Wirtz, Rüdiger Hell, Karl-Josef Dietz
The integration of redox- and reactive oxygen species-dependent signaling and metabolic activities are fundamental to plant acclimation to biotic and abiotic stresses. Previous data suggest the existence of a dynamically interacting module in the chloroplast stroma consisting of cyclophilin 20-3 (Cyp20-3), O-acetylserine(thiol)lyase B (OASTL-B), 2-cysteine peroxiredoxins A/B (2-CysPrx) and serine acetyltransferase 2;1 (SERAT2;1). The functionality of this COPS module is influenced by redox stimuli and oxophytodienoic acid (OPDA) which is the precursor for jasmonic acid...
June 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643803/vhl-deficiency-augments-anthracycline-sensitivity-of-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinomas-by-down-regulating-aldh2
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Yao-Hui Gao, Zhao-Xia Wu, Li-Qi Xie, Cai-Xia Li, Yu-Qin Mao, Yan-Tao Duan, Bing Han, San-Feng Han, Yun Yu, Hao-Jie Lu, Peng-Yuan Yang, Tian-Rui Xu, Jing-Lin Xia, Guo-Qiang Chen, Li-Shun Wang
The von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) is deficient in ∼70% of clear-cell renal cell carcinomas (ccRCC), which contributes to the carcinogenesis and drug resistance of ccRCC. Here we show that VHL-deficient ccRCC cells present enhanced cytotoxicity of anthracyclines in a hypoxia-inducible factor-independent manner. By subtractive proteomic analysis coupling with RNAi or overexpression verification, aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is found to be transcriptionally regulated by VHL and contributes to enhanced anthracyclines cytotoxicity in ccRCC cells...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643395/catalase-ameliorates-diabetes-induced-cardiac-injury-through-reduced-p65-rela-mediated-transcription-of-becn1
#16
Xu Wang, Youli Tao, Yewei Huang, Kungao Zhan, Mei Xue, Ying Wang, Dandan Ruan, Yangzhi Liang, Xiaozhong Huang, Jianjun Lin, Zhiwei Chen, Lingchun Lv, Santie Li, Gen Chen, Yang Wang, Ruijie Chen, Weitao Cong, Litai Jin
Catalase is an antioxidative enzyme that converts hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) produced by superoxide dismutase from highly reactive superoxide (O2(-) ) to water and oxygen molecules. Although recent findings demonstrate that catalase, autophagy and the nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) signalling pathway are centrally involved in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM), the interplay between the three has not been fully characterized. Thus, the mechanism responsible for catalase-mediated protection against heart injury in diabetic mice was investigated in this study, as well as the role of NF-κB-p65 in the regulation of autophagic flux was investigated in this study...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642865/spinal-muscular-atrophy-from-defective-chaperoning-of-snrnp-assembly-to-neuromuscular-dysfunction
#17
REVIEW
Maia Lanfranco, Neville Vassallo, Ruben J Cauchi
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a neuromuscular disorder that results from decreased levels of the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. SMN is part of a multiprotein complex that also includes Gemins 2-8 and Unrip. The SMN-Gemins complex cooperates with the protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) complex, whose constituents include WD45, PRMT5 and pICln. Both complexes function as molecular chaperones, interacting with and assisting in the assembly of an Sm protein core onto small nuclear RNAs (snRNAs) to generate small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs), which are the operating components of the spliceosome...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642758/time-and-antigen-stimulation-history-influence-memory-cd8-t-cell-bystander-responses
#18
Matthew D Martin, Qiang Shan, Hai-Hui Xue, Vladimir P Badovinac
Memory CD8 T cells can be activated and induced to produce cytokines and increase stores of cytolytic proteins not only in response to cognate antigen (Ag) but also in response to inflammatory cytokines (bystander responses). Importantly, bystander memory CD8 T cell functions have been shown to be dependent upon memory CD8 T cell fitness, since exhausted CD8 T cells have diminished capacity to respond to inflammatory cues. While it is known that memory CD8 T cell functional abilities, including ability to produce cytokines in response to cognate Ag, change with time after initial Ag encounter and upon multiple Ag stimulations (e...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642345/evolution-of-nonspectral-rhodopsin-function-at-high-altitudes
#19
Gianni M Castiglione, Frances E Hauser, Brian S Liao, Nathan K Lujan, Alexander Van Nynatten, James M Morrow, Ryan K Schott, Nihar Bhattacharyya, Sarah Z Dungan, Belinda S W Chang
High-altitude environments present a range of biochemical and physiological challenges for organisms through decreases in oxygen, pressure, and temperature relative to lowland habitats. Protein-level adaptations to hypoxic high-altitude conditions have been identified in multiple terrestrial endotherms; however, comparable adaptations in aquatic ectotherms, such as fishes, have not been as extensively characterized. In enzyme proteins, cold adaptation is attained through functional trade-offs between stability and activity, often mediated by substitutions outside the active site...
June 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642135/light-is-increased-in-patients-with-coronary-disease-and-regulates-inflammatory-response-and-lipid-metabolism-in-oxldl-induced-thp-1-macrophages
#20
Xiaomei Yuan, Yonglin Gu, Xiaoyu Lai, Qing Gu
Inflammation is critical for the progression of hyperlipidemia. Although the exact mechanism through which inflammation affects hyperlipidemia is not very clear, evidence suggests that the tumor necrosis factor superfamily member 14 (TNFSF14/LIGHT)LIGHT might regulate lipid metabolism. In this study we investigated the expression of LIGHT in patients with different stages of coronary disease. The expression of lipid metabolism-related enzymes and inflammation-related proteins were further explored in oxidized low-density lipoproteins (oxLDL)-induced THP-1 macrophages...
June 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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