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Fa-Min Zeng, Yang-Min Xie, Lian-Di Liao, Li-Yan Li, Bo Chen, Jian-Jun Xie, Li-Yan Xu, En-Min Li
The key molecular events that contribute to tumorigenesis are incompletely understood. The aim of the present study was to characterize and compare the biological phenotypes of three human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and/or human papillomavirus 16 E6 and E7‑immortalized esophageal epithelial cell lines, NE2‑hTERT (NE2), NE3‑E6E7‑hTERT (NE3) and NEcA6‑E6E7‑hTERT (NEcA6). The present study used soft‑agar colony formation assays, tumorigenicity assays in nude mice, and cell proliferation, adhesion and migration assays to identify the biological characteristics of NE2, NE3 and NEcA6 cells...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Monika Łęgowska, Yveline Hamon, Anna Wojtysiak, Renata Grzywa, Marcin Sieńczyk, Timo Burster, Brice Korkmaz, Adam Lesner
Cathepsin C is a wildly expressed cysteine exopeptidase that is mostly recognized for the activation of the granule-associated proinflammatory serine proteases in neutrophils, cytotoxic T lymphocytes and mast cells. It has been shown that the enzyme can be secreted extracellularly; however, its occurrence in human bodily fluids/physiological samples has not been thoroughly studied. In the course of this study, the first fluorescence resonance energy transfer peptides for the measurement of the activity of human cathepsin C were designed and synthesized...
October 13, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Ximena Zottig, Mathieu Laporte Wolwertz, Makan Golizeh, Leanne Ohlund, Lekha Sleno, Steve Bourgault
Light chain amyloidosis (AL) originates from the deposition of immunoglobulin light chains (LCs) as amyloid fibrils in the extracellular space of vital organs. Although non-enzymatic post-translational modifications (PTMs) have been shown to contribute to protein misfolding diseases, little is known about their contributions to LC amyloidogenicity. In this study, we investigated the effects of three oxidative PTMs, carbonylation by hydroxynonenal (HNE), oxidation and nitration, on the structure, thermodynamic stability and self-assembly propensity of a LC variable domain from the λ6 germline, Wil...
October 11, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
Thomas Ebenhan, Isabel Schoeman, Daniel D Rossouw, Anne Grobler, Biljana Marjanovic-Painter, Judith Wagener, Hendrik G Kruger, Mike M Sathekge, Jan Rijn Zeevaart
PURPOSE: Radiopharmaceuticals containing the motive tripeptide arginyl-glycyl-asparatic acid (RGD) are known to target ανβ3 integrins during tumor angiogenesis. A more generic kit radiolabeling procedure accommodating Ga-68 from different generators was developed for NOTA-RGD and evaluated for its versatile use and safety in subsequent in vivo applications. The [(68)Ga]NOTA-RGD kit was further verified for its expected biodistribution and pharmacokinetics in nonhuman primates and its clinical sensitivity to detect solitary pulmonary nodules (SPN) in cancer patients...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Christoph Wetz, I Apostolova, I G Steffen, F Hofheinz, C Furth, D Kupitz, J Ruf, M Venerito, S Klose, Holger Amthauer
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the value of the spatial heterogeneity of somatostatin receptor (SSR) volume, quantified as asphericity (ASP), and to predict response to peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) in patients with metastatic gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (GEP-NEN). PROCEDURES: From June 2011 to May 2013, patients suffering from GEP-NEN who underwent pretherapeutic [(111)In-DTPA(0)]octreotide scintigraphy (Octreoscan®) prior to [(177)Lu-DOTA(0)-Tyr(3)]octreotate ([(177)Lu]DOTATATE)-PRRT were enrolled in this retrospective evaluation...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Liqiang Zhang, Rongqing Zhou, Ruiying Cui, Jun Huang, Chongde Wu
Present study was to characterize the physiochemical properties, free amino acids (FAAs), volatiles and microbial communities of various moromi, respectively sampled from different stages of high-salt dilute-state (HSDS) and low-salt solid-state (LSSS) fermentation, using multiphase analyzing methods. Phospholipid fatty acids (PLFA) analysis indicated that Gram-positive bacteria were dominant bacteria and fungi were principal microbes. For DGGE analysis, dominant microbes in moromi were mainly fell into Weissella, Tetragenococcus, Candida, Pichia, and Zygosaccharomyces...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Food Science
Sophie Lèbre, Olivier Gascuel
Overlapping genes exist in all domains of life and are much more abundant than expected upon their first discovery in the late 1970s. Assuming that the reference gene is read in frame +0, an overlapping gene can be encoded in two reading frames in the sense strand, denoted by +1 and +2, and in three reading frames in the opposite strand, denoted by -0, -1, and -2. This motivated numerous researchers to study the constraints induced by the genetic code on the various overlapping frames, mostly based on information theory...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Helena Domin, Natalia Piergies, Dominika Święch, Ewa Pięta, Edyta Proniewicz
It has been suggested that the family of neuropeptide Y (NPY) peptides is a promising target for the neuroprotective therapy; therefore, knowledge of the structure of these biologically active compounds and their behavior at solid/liquid interface is important in order to design new analogues. Because there is still a lack of detailed information on the behavior of NPY and its mutated analogues at the solid/liquid interfaces, in this work surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) analysis was used to investigate NPY and its native NPY(3-36), NPY(13-36), and NPY(22-36) and mutated acetyl-(Leu(28,31))-NPY(24-36)C-terminal fragments, acting on Y2 receptors (Y2R), in order to determine their possible metal surface/molecule interactions...
October 5, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Lucia Mauri, Emanuela Manfredini, Alessandra Del Longo, Emanuela Veniani, Manuela Scarcello, Roberta Terrana, Adriano Egidio Radaelli, Donata Calò, Giuseppe Mingoia, Antonella Rossetti, Giovanni Marsico, Marco Mazza, Giovanni Pietro Gesu, Maria Cristina Patrosso, Silvana Penco, Elena Piozzi, Paola Primignani
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is characterized by hypopigmentation of the skin, hair and eye, and by ophthalmologic abnormalities caused by a deficiency in melanin biosynthesis. In this study we recruited 321 albino patients and screened them for the genes known to cause oculocutaneous albinism (OCA1-4 and OCA6) and ocular albinism (OA1). Our purpose was to detect mutations and genetic frequencies of the main causative genes, offering to albino patients an exhaustive diagnostic assessment within a multidisciplinary approach including ophthalmological, dermatological, audiological and genetic evaluations...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
R Krishnan Kutty, William Samuel, Kaifa Boyce, Aswini Cherukuri, Todd Duncan, Cynthia Jaworski, Chandrasekharam N Nagineni, T Michael Redmond
PURPOSE: Proinflammatory cytokines interferon gamma (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) secreted by infiltrating lymphocytes or macrophages may play a role in triggering RPE dysfunction associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Binding of these proinflammatory cytokines to their specific receptors residing on the RPE cell surface can activate signaling pathways that, in turn, may dysregulate cellular gene expression. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-1β have an adverse effect on the expression of genes essential for RPE function, employing the RPE cell line ARPE-19 as a model system...
2016: Molecular Vision
Jiyeon Ko, Qiang Wan, S D N K Bathige, Jehee Lee
Lysozymes are a family of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of bacterial cell wall, acting as antimicrobial effectors of the innate immune system. In the present study, an ortholog of goose-type lysozyme (ShLysG) from the big-belly seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis) was identified and characterized structurally and functionally. The full-length cDNA sequence (1213 bp) of ShLysG is comprised of an open reading frame made up of 552 bp, encoding a polypeptide of 184 amino acid (aa) with a predicted molecular mass of 20 kDa...
October 9, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Minmin Wang, Kyoko Toda, Hiroshi A Maeda
Plants produce various L-tyrosine (Tyr)-derived compounds that are of pharmaceutical or nutritional importance to humans. Tyr aminotransferase (TAT) catalyzes the reversible transamination between Tyr and 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate (HPP), the initial step in the biosynthesis of many Tyr-derived plant natural products. Herein reported is the biochemical characterization and subcellular localization of TAT enzymes from the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Phylogenetic analysis showed that Arabidopsis has at least two homologous TAT genes, At5g53970 (AtTAT1) and At5g36160 (AtTAT2)...
October 7, 2016: Phytochemistry
Mijeong Park, Mark J Raftery, Paul S Thomas, Carolyn L Geczy, Katherine Bryant, Nicodemus Tedla
FcγRI cross-linking on monocytes may trigger clathrin-mediated endocytosis, likely through interaction of multiple intracellular molecules that are controlled by phosphorylation and dephosphorylation events. However, the identity of phospho-proteins and their regulation are unknown. We proposed the leukocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor B4 (LILRB4) that inhibits FcγRI-mediated cytokine production via Tyr dephosphorylation of multiple kinases, may also regulate endocytosis/phagocytosis through similar mechanisms...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Akira Sato
 The oxidative modification of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is believed to play an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Therefore, probes for detection of oxidized LDL (ox-LDL) in atherosclerotic plaques and plasma are expected to be useful for the diagnosis of atherosclerosis. Recently, we found that four fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled heptapeptides (Lys-Trp-Tyr-Lys-Asp-Gly-Asp, KP6)-(FITC)KP6 and (FITC-AC)KP6- and then substitution with D-Lys at the N-terminus-(FITC)dKP6 and (FITC-AC)dKP6- bind with high specificity and high affinity to two oxidized forms of LDL, heavily oxidized LDL and minimally modified LDL (MM-LDL), through binding to lysophosphatidylcholine and oxidized phosphatidylcholine, present abundantly in heavily oxidized LDL and MM-LDL...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Eiko Yokota, Yuko Koyanagi, Kiyofumi Yamamoto, Yoshiyuki Oi, Noriaki Koshikawa, Masayuki Kobayashi
The insular cortex (IC) plays a principal role in the regulation of pain processing. Although opioidergic agonists depress cortical excitatory synaptic transmission, little is known about opioidergic roles in inhibitory synaptic transmission. In the IC, the opioid receptors differentially regulate the excitatory propagation: agonists of the mu (MOR), delta (DOR), and kappa (KOR) exhibit suppressive, facilitative, and little effects, respectively. Thus, we aimed to examine the effects of opioid receptor agonists on unitary inhibitory postsynaptic currents (uIPSCs) in the IC...
October 7, 2016: Neuroscience
Pallab Kumar Borah, Sourav Chakraborty, Anupam N Jha, Sanchaita Rajkhowa, Raj Kumar Duary
ADAM metallopeptidase domain 17 (ADAM17) is an attractive target for the development of new anti-inflammatory drugs. We aimed to identify selective inhibitors of ADAM17 against matrix metalloproteinase enzymes (MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-3, MMP-7, MMP-8, MMP-9, MMP-13, and MMP-16) which have substantial structural similarity. Target proteins were docked with 29 anti-inflammatory natural molecule ligands and a known selective inhibitor IK682. The ligands were screened based on Lipinski rules, interaction with the ADAM17 active site cavity, and then ranked using the proportional odds model multinomial logistic regression...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Xiangrong Li, Yunhui Yan
L-Ascorbic acid, α-tocopherol, procyanidin B3, β-carotene and astaxanthin are five classic dietary antioxidants. In this study, the interaction between the five antioxidants and ovalbumin was investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy, in combination with UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. The quenching mechanism of ovalbumin by α-tocopherol is static quenching and the interaction between α-tocopherol and ovalbumin is synergistically driven by enthalpy and entropy. Electrostatic interactions and hydrophobic interactions play a major role in stabilizing the complex...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
Ramalingam Radhakrishnan, In-Jung Lee
The nutritional quality of green leafy vegetables can be enhanced by application of plant beneficial micro-organisms. The present study was aimed to increase the food values of lettuce leaves by bacterial treatment. We isolated bacterial strain KE2 from Kimchi food and identified as Bacillus methylotrophicus by phylogenetic analysis. The beneficial effect of B. methylotrophicus KE2 on plants was confirmed by increasing the percentage of seed germination of Lactuca sativa L., Cucumis melo L., Glycine max L...
September 29, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Marcella Araújo Manfredi, Alyne Alexandrino Antunes, Larissa de Oliveira Passos Jesus, Maria Aparecida Juliano, Luiz Juliano, Wagner Alves de Souza Judice
Kex2 is a Ca(2+)-dependent serine protease from S. cerevisiae. Characterization of the substrate specificity of Kex2 is of particular interest because this protease serves as the prototype of a large family of eukaryotic subtilisin-related proprotein-processing proteases that cleave sites consisting of pairs or clusters of basic residues. Our goal was to study the prime region subsite S' of Kex2 because previous studies have only taken into account non-prime sites using AMC substrates but not the specificity of prime sites identified through structural modeling or predicted cleavage sites...
October 5, 2016: Biochimie
Adriana C Neves, Pádraigín A Harnedy, Martina B O'Keeffe, Richard J FitzGerald
The pH shift method was utilised for the recovery of proteins from salmon trimmings (ST), yielding 93% (w/w) protein. ST protein (STP) hydrolysates were generated with different enzyme preparations. STP incubated with Corolase PP for 1h (STP-C1) had the most potent angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) inhibitory and oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) activities. Analysis of fractions of STP-C1 using UPLC-MS/MS identified sixteen peptides/amino acids. Tyr-Pro had the highest ACE inhibitory activity (ACE IC50=5...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
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