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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092053/sh2-domain-based-fret-biosensor-for-measuring-bcr-abl-activity-in-living-cml-cells
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Mari Fujioka, Yumi Asano, Shigeyuki Nakada, Yusuke Ohba
Fluorescent proteins (FPs) displaying distinct spectra have shed their light on a wide range of biological functions. Moreover, sophisticated biosensors engineered to contain single or multiple FPs, including Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based biosensors, spatiotemporally reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying a variety of pathophysiological processes. However, their usefulness for applied life sciences has yet to be fully explored. Recently, our research group has begun to expand the potential of FPs from basic biological research to the clinic...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091953/fullerene-c60-penetration-into-leukemic-cells-and-its-photoinduced-cytotoxic-effects
#2
D Franskevych, K Palyvoda, D Petukhov, S Prylutska, I Grynyuk, C Schuetze, L Drobot, O Matyshevska, U Ritter
Fullerene C60 as a representative of carbon nanocompounds is suggested to be promising agent for application in photodynamic therapy due to its unique physicochemical properties. The goal of this study was to estimate the accumulation of fullerene C60 in leukemic cells and to investigate its phototoxic effect on parental and resistant to cisplatin leukemic cells. Stable homogeneous water colloid solution of pristine C60 with average 50-nm diameter of nanoparticles was used in experiments. Fluorescent labeled C60 was synthesized by covalent conjugation of C60 with rhodamine B isothiocyanate...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090391/neurotoxin-induced-catecholaminergic-loss-in-the-colonic-myenteric-plexus-of-rhesus-monkeys
#3
Jeanette M Shultz, Henry Resnikoff, Viktorya Bondarenko, Valerie Joers, Andres Mejia, Heather Simmons, Marina E Emborg
OBJECTIVE: Constipation is a common non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD). Although pathology of the enteric nervous system (ENS) has been associated with constipation in PD, the contribution of catecholaminergic neurodegeneration to this symptom is currently debated. The goal of this study was to assess the effects of the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) on the colonic myenteric plexus and shed light on the role of catecholaminergic innervation in gastrointestinal (GI) function...
November 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090280/in-vitro-activity-of-linezolid-in-combination-with-photodynamic-inactivation-against-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms
#4
Nasim Kashef, Mahboobeh Akbarizare, Mohammad Reza Razzaghi
BACKGROUND: Biofilm infections are a major challenge in medical practice. Bacteria that live in a biofilm phenotype are more resistant to both antimicrobial therapy and host immune responses compared to their planktonic counterparts. So, there is need for new therapeutic strategies to combat these infections. A promising approach [known as Photodynamic Inactivation (PDI)] to kill bacteria growing as biofilms uses light in combination with a photosensitizer to induce a phototoxic reaction which produces reactive oxygen species that can destroy lipids and proteins causing cell death...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089831/monomethyltransferase-setd8-regulates-breast-cancer-metabolism-via-stabilizing-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE
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Run Huang, Yang Yu, Xiangyun Zong, Xiaolin Li, Lisi Ma, Qi Zheng
SETD8 is a methyltransferase that specifically catalyzes the monomethylation of lysine 20 on histone H4. Previous studies have demonstrated that SETD8 is associated with proper cell cycle progression, DNA damage response, and transcriptional regulation. A recent study revealed that SETD8 played an important role in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in association with TWIST and enhanced metastatic potential of breast cancer cells. However, the contribution of SETD8 to metabolism reprogramming, one hallmark of cancer, has never been reported...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089781/genotoxic-effect-and-rat-hepatocyte-death-occurred-after-oxidative-stress-induction-and-antioxidant-gene-downregulation-caused-by-long-term-fluoride-exposure
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F D Campos-Pereira, L Lopes-Aguiar, F L Renosto, G A S Nogueira, E F D Costa, R Barbieri Pulz, E C M Silva-Zacarin, C A Oliveira, A A Pigoso, G D C Severi-Aguiar
Studies focusing on possible genotoxic effects of excess fluoride are contradictory and inconclusive. Currently, studies have reported a probable link to oxidative stress, DNA damage and apoptosis induced by fluoride in rat hepatocytes. We developed an in vivo study administering three doses of fluoride by gavage given to rats for 60 day. Micronucleus test was applied to investigate genotoxic potential of fluoride. The TUNEL method determined DNA fragmentation and apoptosis. Biochemical parameters to investigate mitochondrial swelling and oxidative stress...
January 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088783/%C3%AE-asarone-blocks-7%C3%AE-hydroxycholesterol-exposed-macrophage-injury-through-blocking-elf2%C3%AE-phosphorylation-and-prompting-beclin-1-dependent-autophagy
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Sin-Hye Park, Min-Kyung Kang, Yean-Jung Choi, Yun-Ho Kim, Lucia Dwi Antika, Dong Yeon Kim, Eun-Jung Lee, Soon Sung Lim, Young-Hee Kang
Macrophage apoptosis is salient in advanced atherosclerotic lesions and is induced by several stimuli including endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. This study examined that α-asarone present in purple perilla abrogated macrophage injury caused by oxysterols via ER stress- and autophagy-mediated mechanisms. Nontoxic α-asarone at 1-20 μM attenuated 7β-hydroxycholesterol-induced activation of eukaryotic initiation factor 2α in macrophages leading to C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) expression and apoptosis due to sustained ER stress...
January 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088518/s100a8-protein-attenuates-airway-hyperresponsiveness-by-suppressing-the-contraction-of-airway-smooth-muscle
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Yu-Dong Xu, Yu Wang, Lei-Miao Yin, Gyoung-Hee Park, Luis Ulloa, Yong-Qing Yang
Airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) is a major clinical problem in allergic asthma mainly caused by the hypercontractility of airway smooth muscles (ASM). S100A8 is an important member of the S100 calcium-binding protein family with a potential to regulate cell contractility. Here, we analyze the potential of S100A8 to regulate allergen-induced AHR and ASM contraction. Treatment with recombinant S100A8 (rS100A8) diminished airway hyperresponsiveness in OVA-sensitized rats. ASM contraction assays showed that rS100A8 reduced hypercontractility in both isolated tracheal rings and primary ASM cells treated by acetylcholine...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078347/alterations-of-the-platelet-proteome-in-type-i-glanzmann-thrombasthenia-caused-by-different-homozygous-delg-frameshift-mutations-in-itga2b
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Stefan Loroch, Katharina Trabold, Stepan Gambaryan, Cora Reiß, Kathrin Schwierczek, Ingrid Fleming, Albert Sickmann, Wolfgang Behnisch, Barbara Zieger, René P Zahedi, Ulrich Walter, Kerstin Jurk
Glanzmann thrombasthenia (GT) is one of the best characterized inherited platelet function disorders but global platelet proteome has not been determined in these patients. We investigated the proteome and function of platelets from two patients with type I GT, caused by different homozygous ITGA2b mutations, from family members and unrelated controls. The global proteome of highly purified washed platelets was quantified by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and targeted MS-methods. Platelet function was analysed by flow cytometry, light transmission aggregometry and flow-based assays...
January 12, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077724/trem2-promotes-microglial-survival-by-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Honghua Zheng, Lin Jia, Chia-Chen Liu, Zhouyi Rong Li Zhong, Longyu Yang, Xiao-Fen Chen, John D Fryer, Xin Wang, Yun-Wu Zhang, Huaxi Xu, Guojun Bu
: Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid cells 2 (TREM2), expressed on myeloid cells including microglia in the central nervous system (CNS), has recently been identified as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). TREM2 transmits intracellular signals through its trans-membrane binding partner DNAX-activating protein 12 (DAP12). Homozygous mutations inactivating TREM2 or DAP12 lead to Nasu-Hakola disease (NHD); however, how AD risk-conferring variants increase AD risk is not clear...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076831/dosing-time-dependent-oxidative-effects-of-an-immunosuppressive-drug-mycophenolate-mofetil-on-rat-kidneys
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Ichrak Dridi, Wafa Ben-Cherif, Hassiba Chahdoura, Zohra Haouas, Mossadok Ben-Attia, Karim Aouam, Alain Reinberg, Naceur A Boughattas
This study investigates whether the toxicity in kidneys as well as oxidative stress varied according to the dosing time of an immunosuppressive agent "mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)" in Wistar Rat. 300mg/kg of MMF was injected by intraperitonal at four different circadian stages (1, 7, 13 and 19h after light onset, HALO). Rats were sacrificed after 3days, and the kidneys were removed for determination of oxidative stress and histological analysis. Biochemical variable (creatinine, urea) was performed. Statistical analysis showed that MMF administration at 7 HALO produced a renal toxicity assessed by the significant increase in both blood creatinine and urea and antioxidant activity assessed by malondialdehyde and protein carbonyl levels indicating an induction of lipid peroxidation in oxidative damage...
January 8, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075471/alterations-in-splenic-function-and-gene-expression-in-mice-with-depressive-like-behavior-induced-by-exposure-to-corticosterone
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Heqin Zhan, Feng Huang, Fulin Yan, Zhenghang Zhao, Jixia Zhang, Taizhen Cui, Fan Yang, Guangfan Hai, Xiaoman Jia, Yongji Shi
Depressed patients present with increased cortisol levels and attenuated immune responses. However, little is known about the association between depression and the spleen, as this is the largest peripheral immune organ. In this study, we examined alterations in splenic function and gene expression in mice with depressive-like behavior, well as the expression of certain proteins in related pathways. A mouse model of depression was established with the use of corticosterone. Splenic function and histopathology were assessed using Wright and H&E staining...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073120/nano-pelargonidin-protects-hyperglycemic-induced-l6-cells-against-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Asmita Samadder, Debojyoti Tarafdar, Suresh K Abraham, Kumaresh Ghosh, Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh
Nano-encapsulation of several natural products has become an important tool in enhancing the bioavailability of some modern drugs against many diseases. Pelargonidin is an anthocyanidin found in many fruits and vegetables. Pelargonidin is loaded with poly-lactide-co-glycolic-acid, a non-toxic biodegradable polymer, to produce nano-pelargonidin. Size, morphology, zeta potential, and planar uniformity of formulated nano-pelargonidin were determined by atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering. The time required for cellular entry, folds of nano-pelargonidin, and drug encapsulation efficiency of poly-lactide-co-glycolic-acid were also ascertained...
January 10, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072855/sdf-1%C3%AE-cxcr4-signaling-in-lipid-rafts-induces-platelet-aggregation-via-pi3-kinase-dependent-akt-phosphorylation
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Hiroko Ohtsuka, Tomohiro Iguchi, Moyuru Hayashi, Mizuho Kaneda, Kazuko Iida, Motoyuki Shimonaka, Takahiko Hara, Morio Arai, Yuichi Koike, Naomasa Yamamoto, Kohji Kasahara
Stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α)-induced platelet aggregation is mediated through its G protein-coupled receptor CXCR4 and phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3K). Here, we demonstrate that SDF-1α induces phosphorylation of Akt at Thr308 and Ser473 in human platelets. SDF-1α-induced platelet aggregation and Akt phosphorylation are inhibited by pretreatment with the CXCR4 antagonist AMD3100 or the PI3K inhibitor LY294002. SDF-1α also induces the phosphorylation of PDK1 at Ser241 (an upstream activator of Akt), GSK3β at Ser9 (a downstream substrate of Akt), and myosin light chain at Ser19 (a downstream element of the Akt signaling pathway)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072497/covalently-connected-polymer-protein-nanostructures-fabricated-by-reactive-self-assembly-approach
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Hanying Zhao, Yuanyuan Ju, Cheng Xing, Dongxia Wu, Yunfang Wu, Lianyong Wang
In this research, covalently connected polymer-protein nanostructures were fabricated by reactive self-assembly approach. PtBMA-co-PPDSMA was synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Covalently connected nanostructures (CCNs) with hydrophobic polymer cores and hydrophilic protein coronae were prepared by adding PtBMA-co-PPDSMA/DMF solutions into bovine serum albumin (BSA) aqueous solutions. The thiol-disulfide exchange reaction between the pyridyl disulfide groups on the polymer chains and the thiol groups on the protein molecules plays a key role in the fabrication of CCNs...
January 10, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069585/expression-of-hmgb2-indicates-worse-survival-of-patients-and-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-warburg-effect-in-pancreatic-cancer
#16
Xin Cai, Hongjian Ding, Yanxia Liu, Gaofeng Pan, Qingguo Li, Zhen Yang, Weiyan Liu
High mobility group proteins (HMGs) are the second most abundant chromatin proteins and exert global genomic functions in the establishment of active or inactive chromatin domains. Through interaction with nucleosomes, transcription factors, nucleosome-remodeling machines and histones, the HMGs family proteins contribute to the fine tuning of transcription in response to rapid environmental changes. Mammalian high mobility group Bs (HMGBs) are characterized by two tandem HMG box domains followed by a long acidic tail...
January 9, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069421/optogenetic-control-of-cell-differentiation-in-channelrhodopsin-2-expressing-os3-a-bipotential-glial-progenitor-cell-line
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Kenji Ono, Hiromi Suzuki, Ryusei Yamamoto, Hideki Sahashi, Yuhei Takido, Makoto Sawada
Alterations in the intracellular ion environment have been identified as one of the signals playing a critical role in the control of cellular proliferation and differentiation; however, the mechanisms responsible for signal transduction remain unclear. Recent studies have reported that channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) is a rapidly gated blue light (BL)-sensitive cation channel suitable for the non-invasive control of ion influx. We herein examined the expression of differentiation-associated markers by photo-activation and its signal transduction in ChR2-expressing OS3 (OS3ChR2) cells, which are clonal bipotential glial progenitor cells...
January 6, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069384/regulation-of-cancerous-progression-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-mir-34c-3p-via-modulation-of-map3k2-signaling-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
#18
Jiang Wu, Wei-Zhi Li, Mei-Ling Huang, Hong-Liang Wei, Ting Wang, Jing Fan, Nan-Lin Li, Rui Ling
Emerging but limited data have evidenced an essential involvement of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the development and progression of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), which empowers these small regulators as an innovative therapeutic approach, especially for this unique tumor subgroup still lacking an efficient and specific therapeutic target. Herein, we reported the down-regulation of miR-34c-3p level in TNBC tissues, and its expression was closely associated with estrogen receptor alpha (ERα), but not other receptors, in well-characterized breast cancer (BCa) cells...
January 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068390/effect-of-inulin-on-proteome-changes-induced-by-pathogenic-lipopolysaccharide-in-human-colon
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Michele Pier Luca Guarino, Annamaria Altomare, Simone Barera, Vittoria Locato, Silvia Cocca, Cinzia Franchin, Giorgio Arrigoni, Candida Vannini, Sarah Grossi, Paola Campomenosi, Valentina Pasqualetti, Marcella Bracale, Rossana Alloni, Laura De Gara, Michele Cicala
In the present study, the protective role of inulin against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced oxidative stress was evaluated on human colonic mucosa using a proteomic approach. Human colonic mucosa and submucosa were sealed between two chambers, with the luminal side facing upwards and overlaid with Krebs (control), LPS or LPS+ inulin IQ solution. The solutions on the submucosal side (undernatants) were collected following 30 min of mucosal exposure. iTRAQ based analysis was used to analyze the total soluble proteomes from human colonic mucosa and submucosa treated with different undernatants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068090/femtosecond-to-millisecond-dynamics-of-light-induced-allostery-in-the-avena-sativa-lov-domain
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Agnieszka A Gil, Sergey P Laptenok, Jarrod B French, James N Iuliano, Andras Lukacs, Christopher R Hall, Igor V Sazanovich, Gregory M Greetham, Adelbert Bacher, Boris Illarionov, Markus Fischer, Peter J Tonge, Stephen R Meech
The rational engineering of photosenor proteins underpins the field of optogenetics, in which light is used for spatio-temporal control of cell signalling. Optogenetic elements function by converting electronic excitation of an embedded chromophore into structural changes on the μs-sec timescale, which then modulate the activity of output domains responsible for biological signalling. Using time resolved vibrational spectroscopy coupled with isotope labelling we have mapped the structural evolution of the LOV2 domain of the flavin binding phototropin Avena sativa (AsLOV2) over 10 decades of time, reporting structural dynamics between 100 femtoseconds and one millisecond after optical ex-citation...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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