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A L Litvinenko, A E Moskalensky, N A Karmadonova, V M Nekrasov, D I Strokotov, A I Konokhova, M A Yurkin, E A Pokushalov, A V Chernyshev, V P Maltsev
Whereas commercially available hematological analyzers measure volume of individual platelets, angle-resolved light-scattering provides unique ability to additionally measure their shape index. We utilized the scanning flow cytometer to measure light-scattering profiles (LSPs) of individual platelets taken from 16 healthy donors and the solution of the inverse light-scattering problem to retrieve the volume and shape index of each platelet. In normal conditions, the platelet shape index distribution (PSID) demonstrates three peaks, which relate to resting, partially activated, and fully activated platelets...
October 21, 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Durga Mahor, Anu Priyanka, Gandham S Prasad, Krishan Gopal Thakur
Consumption of foods and beverages with high purine content increases the risk of hyperuricemia, which causes gout and can lead to cardiovascular, renal, and other metabolic disorders. As patients often find dietary restrictions challenging, enzymatically lowering purine content in popular foods and beverages offers a safe and attractive strategy to control hyperuricemia. Here, we report structurally and functionally characterized purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) from Kluyveromyces lactis (KlacPNP), a key enzyme involved in the purine degradation pathway...
2016: PloS One
Annekathrin Widmann, Marc Artinger, Lukas Biesinger, Kathrin Boepple, Christina Peters, Jana Schlechter, Mareike Selcho, Andreas S Thum
Memory formation is a highly complex and dynamic process. It consists of different phases, which depend on various neuronal and molecular mechanisms. In adult Drosophila it was shown that memory formation after aversive Pavlovian conditioning includes-besides other forms-a labile short-term component that consolidates within hours to a longer-lasting memory. Accordingly, memory formation requires the timely controlled action of different neuronal circuits, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators and molecules that were initially identified by classical forward genetic approaches...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Muhammad Rafehi, Joachim C Burbiel, Isaac Y Attah, Aliaa Abdelrahman, Christa E Müller
The Gq protein-coupled, ATP- and UTP-activated P2Y2 receptor is a potential drug target for a range of different disorders, including tumor metastasis, inflammation, atherosclerosis, kidney disorders, and osteoporosis, but pharmacological studies are impeded by the limited availability of suitable antagonists. One of the most potent and selective antagonists is the thiouracil derivative AR-C118925. However, this compound was until recently not commercially available and little is known about its properties...
October 20, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
Alice Filippini, Daniela Bonini, Luca La Via, Alessandro Barbon
Glutamate receptors play a key role in excitatory synaptic transmission and plasticity in the central nervous system (CNS). Their channel properties are largely dictated by the subunit composition of tetrameric receptors. Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) and kainate channels are assembled from GluA1-4 AMPA or GluK1-5 kainate receptor subunits. However, their functional properties are highly modulated by a post-transcriptional mechanism called RNA editing. This process involves the enzymatic deamination of specific adenosines (A) into inosines (I) in pre-messenger RNA...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Min Joo Kim, Young Do Koo, Min Kim, Soo Lim, Young Joo Park, Sung Soo Chung, Hak C Jang, Kyong Soo Park
BACKGROUND: Panax ginseng has glucose-lowering effects, some of which are associated with the improvement in insulin resistance in skeletal muscle. Because mitochondria play a pivotal role in the insulin resistance of skeletal muscle, we investigated the effects of the ginsenoside Rg3, one of the active components of P. ginseng, on mitochondrial function and biogenesis in C2C12 myotubes. METHODS: C2C12 myotubes were treated with Rg3 for 24 hours. Insulin signaling pathway proteins were examined by Western blot...
October 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism Journal
Hui-Ju Tsai, Ching-Ping Tseng
Multiple functions of platelets in various physiological and pathological conditions have prompted considerable attention on understanding how platelets are generated and activated. Of the adaptor proteins that are expressed in megakaryocytes and platelets, Disabled-2 (Dab2) has been demonstrated in the past decades as a key regulator of platelet signaling. Dab2 has two alternative splicing isoforms p82 and p59. However, the mode of Dab2's action remains to be clearly defined. In this review, we highlight the current understanding of Dab2 expression and function in megakaryocytic differentiation, platelet activation and integrin signaling...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Xiuqing Tian, Rui Guo, Yujiao Zhang, Lingling Xu, Xianbing Liu, Yinglong Hou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of sympathetic overactivity on the immune system involved in the imbalance of T helper (Th) lymphocytes, we investigated the correlation between autonomic dysregulation and the generation of regulatory T (Treg) and Th1 chemokines in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: Blood samples obtained from patients with coronary artery disease and controls were analyzed for levels of Th1 and Treg cells and their associated cytokines by flow cytometry...
October 21, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
Antoine Prandota Trzcinski, Lily Ganda, Chinagarn Kunacheva, Dong Qing Zhang, Li Leonard Lin, Guihe Tao, Yingjie Lee, Wun Jern Ng
In light of global warming mitigation efforts, increasing sludge disposal costs, and need for reduction in the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment plants, innovation in treatment technology has been tailored towards energy self-sufficiency. The AB process is a promising technology for achieving maximal energy recovery from wastewaters with minimum energy expenditure and therefore inherently reducing excess sludge production. Characterization of this novel sludge and its comparison with the more conventional B-stage sludge are necessary for a deeper understanding of AB treatment process design...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Francielle Pelegrin Garcia, Jean Henrique da Silva Rodrigues, Zia Ud Din, Edson Rodrigues-Filho, Tânia Ueda-Nakamura, Rachel Auzély-Velty, Celso Vataru Nakamura
Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Current therapies mainly rely on antimonial drugs that are inadequate because of their high toxicity and increased drug resistance. An urgent need exists to discover new, more effective, more affordable, and more target-specific drugs. Pathways that are associated with apoptosis-like cell death have been identified in unicellular eukaryotes, including protozoan parasites. In the present study, we studied the mechanism of cell death that is induced by A3K2A3 against L...
October 19, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Alberto L Horenstein, Valeria Quarona, Denise Toscani, Federica Costa, Antonella Chillemi, Vito Pistoia, Nicola Giuliani, Fabio Malavasi
Human myeloma cells express CD38 at high levels and grow in hypoxic niches inside the bone marrow. Myeloma cells respond to hypoxia with metabolic changes leading to aerobic glycolysis, thus reducing ATP and increasing NAD(+). Our hypothesis is that these conditions favor the enzymatic pathways involved in the production of adenosine in the niche. Within the niche, NAD(+) is able to activate a discontinuous adenosinergic pathway that relies upon CD38, CD203a, and CD73 or TRACP, according to the environmental pH...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Medicine
Shekhar Dethe, M Deepak, Amit Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst., commonly known as Brahmi, is renowned in Indian traditional system for its potent memory enhancing activity, which has been validated by various scientific studies. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to understand the molecular mechanism of memory enhancing activity of BacoMind(®) (BM), a standardized extract of B. monnieri. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BM was screened in vitro in a panel of cell-free and receptor-transfected cell assays...
July 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Bing Xu, Xiyuan Li, Miaomiao Du, Chao Zhou, Hezhi Fang, Jianxin Lyu, Yanling Yang
By using next-generation sequencing targeted to MitoExome including the entire mtDNA and exons of 1033 genes encoding the mitochondrial proteome, we described here a novel m.11240C>T mutation in the mitochondrial ND4 gene from a patient with Leigh syndrome. High mutant loads of m.11240C>T were detected in blood, urinary epithelium, oral mucosal epithelium cells, and skin fibroblasts of the patient. Decreased mitochondrial complex I activity was found in transmitochondrial cybrids containing the m.11240C>T mutation with biochemical analysis...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Nariman Balenga, Pedram Azimzadeh, Joyce A Hogue, Paul N Staats, Yuhong Shi, James Koh, Holly Dressman, John A Olson
Abnormal feedback of serum calcium to parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion is the hallmark of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT). While the molecular pathogenesis of parathyroid neoplasia in PHPT has been linked to abnormal expression of genes involved in cell growth (i.e. cyclin D1, retinoblastoma and β catenin), the molecular basis of abnormal calcium sensing by calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) and PTH hypersecretion in PHPT are incompletely understood. Through gene expression profiling, we discovered that an orphan adhesion G protein-coupled receptor, GPR64/ADGRG2 is expressed in human normal parathyroid glands and is overexpressed in parathyroid tumors from patients with PHPT...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Béla Voß, Reinhard Seifert, U Benjamin Kaupp, Helmut Grubmüller
Ligand-protein binding processes are essential in biological systems. A well-studied system is the binding of cyclic adenosine monophosphate to the cyclic nucleotide binding domain of the bacterial potassium channel MloK1. Strikingly, the measured on-rate for cyclic adenosine monophosphate binding is two orders of magnitude slower than a simple Smoluchowski diffusion model would suggest. To resolve this discrepancy and to characterize the ligand-binding path in structural and energetic terms, we calculated 1100 ligand-binding molecular dynamics trajectories and tested two scenarios: In the first scenario, the ligand transiently binds to the protein surface and then diffuses along the surface into the binding site...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Sandeep Prabhu, Vincent Mackin, Alex Ja McLellan, Tuong Phan, Desmond McGlade, Liang-Han Ling, Kah Y Peck, Alexandr Voskoboinik, Bupesh Pathik, Chrishan J Nalliah, Geoff R Wong, Sonia M Azzopardi, Geoffrey Lee, Justin Mariani, Andrew J Taylor, Jonathan M Kalman, Peter M Kistler
INTRODUCTION: The significance of adenosine induced dormant pulmonary vein (PV) conduction in AF ablation remains controversial. The optimal dose of adenosine to determine dormant PV conduction is yet to be systematically explored. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients undergoing index AF ablation received 3 adenosine doses (12mg, 18mg, 24mg) in a randomized blinded order, immediately after PVI. Electrophysiological (PR prolongation, AV block (AVB) and PV reconnection) and hemodynamic (BP) parameters were measured...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Ross D Blundell, Simon J Williams, Samantha D M Arras, Jessica L Chitty, Kirsten L Blake, Daniel J Ericsson, Nidhi Tibrewal, Jurgen Rohr, Y Q Andre E Koh, Ulrike Kappler, Avril A B Robertson, Mark S Butler, Matthew A Cooper, Bostjan Kobe, James A Fraser
Opportunistic fungal pathogens such as Cryptococcus neoformans are a growing cause of morbidity and mortality among immunocompromised populations worldwide. To address the current paucity of antifungal therapeutic agents, further research into fungal-specific drug targets is required. Adenylosuccinate synthetase (AdSS) is a crucial enzyme in the adeosine triphosphate (ATP) biosynthetic pathway, catalyzing the formation of adenylosuccinate from inosine monophosphate and aspartate. We have investigated the potential of this enzyme as an antifungal drug target, finding that loss of function results in adenine auxotrophy in C...
September 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Diego Dal Ben, Anna Marchenkova, Ajiroghene Thomas, Catia Lambertucci, Andrea Spinaci, Gabriella Marucci, Andrea Nistri, Rosaria Volpini
Blocking membrane currents evoked by the activation of purinergic P2X3 receptors localized on nociceptive neurons represents a promising strategy for the development of agents useful for the treatment of chronic pain conditions. Among compounds endowed with such antagonistic action, 2',3'-O-(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)-ATP (TNP-ATP) is an ATP analogue, whose inhibitory activity on P2X receptors has been previously reported. Based on the results of molecular modelling studies performed with homology models of the P2X3 receptor, novel adenosine nucleotide analogues bearing cycloalkyl or arylalkyl substituents replacing the trinitrophenyl moiety of TNP-ATP were designed and synthesized...
October 18, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
Hendrik Busse, Diane Bitzinger, Klaus Höcherl, Timo Seyfried, Michael Gruber, Bernhard M Graf, York A Zausig
INTRODUCTION: Mechanical and morphological ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury is reduced in septic hearts. The mechanism behind this "cardioprotection" is less well understood. As adenosine receptors play a major role for cardioprotection in non-septic hearts, we investigated the influence of adenosine receptors in a model of I/R in septic hearts. METHODS: SHAM operation or cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) was performed in adult male Wistar rats (n = 60)...
October 18, 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Luca Antonioli, Corrado Blandizzi, Fabio Malavasi, Davide Ferrari, György Haskó
The ecto-5'-nucleotidase/CD73 enzyme plays a pivotal role in generating an adenosine-enriched immunosuppressed and pro-angiogenic niche supporting cancer development. The targeting of CD73 leads to reorganization of tumor microenvironment, shaping the phenotype of the infiltrating T cells. The development of CD73 monoclonal antibodies offers a promising new avenue for antineoplastic treatment.
2016: Oncoimmunology
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