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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102743/expression-and-alteration-of-bkca-channels-in-the-sphincter-of-oddi-s-from-rabbits-with-hypercholesterolemia
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Dan Feng, Haiyan Nan, Wen Wang, Linfeng Yan, Pang Du, Lin Zuo, Kun Zhang, Minggao Zhao, Guangbin Cui
This study aimed to investigate the expression and function of BKCa channels in the Sphincter of Oddi (SO) in a rabbit model of hypercholesterolemia (HC). New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into two groups: the control group was fed standard chow (n = 18) whereas the high-cholesterol group was fed cholesterol-enriched chow containing 1.5% cholesterol (n = 18). The serum cholesterol level was significantly greater in the HC groups than in the control group, but there was no significant difference in body weight between the control and HC groups...
January 19, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098220/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-raccoon-dog-skin-to-determine-melanin-content-in-hair-and-melanin-distribution-in-skin
#2
Zhanyu Du, Kai Huang, Jiaping Zhao, Xingchao Song, Xiumei Xing, Qiong Wu, Linbo Zhang, Chao Xu
The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is an important canid fur-bearing animal species worldwide. Chinese raccoon dogs that present a white mutation, especially those with a white coat. Exploring melanin biosynthesis in the hair and skin of raccoon dogs is important for understanding the survival and evolutionary mechanisms of them. In this study, we measured the content of melanin in the hair of two types of raccoon dog and generated stained slices of skin tissue. The results indicated that melanin biosynthesis occurs in the wild-type (W) and white-type (B) raccoon dog skin, although less melanin is produced in B skin...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097916/exploring-the-first-rimonabant-analog-opioid-peptide-hybrid-compound-as-bivalent-ligand-for-cb1-and-opioid-receptors
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Adriano Mollica, Sveva Pelliccia, Valeria Famiglini, Azzurra Stefanucci, Giorgia Macedonio, Annalisa Chiavaroli, Giustino Orlando, Luigi Brunetti, Claudio Ferrante, Stefano Pieretti, Ettore Novellino, Sandor Benyhe, Ferenc Zador, Anna Erdei, Edina Szucs, Reza Samavati, Szalbolch Dvrorasko, Csaba Tomboly, Rino Ragno, Alexandros Patsilinakos, Romano Silvestri
Cannabinoid (CB) and opioid systems are both involved in analgesia, food intake, mood and behavior. Due to the co-localization of µ-opioid (MOR) and CB1 receptors in various regions of the central nervous system (CNS) and their ability to form heterodimers, bivalent ligands targeting to both these systems may be good candidates to investigate the existence of possible cross-talking or synergistic effects, also at sub-effective doses. In this work, we selected from a small series of new Rimonabant analogs one CB1R reverse agonist to be conjugated to the opioid fragment Tyr-D-Ala-Gly-Phe-NH2...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097883/is-angiotensin-3-4-val-tyr-the-shortest-angiotensin-ii-derived-peptide-opening-new-vistas-on-the-renin-angiotensin-system
#4
Juliana Dias, Flavia Axelband, Lucienne S Lara, Humberto Muzi-Filho, Adalberto Vieyra
Angiotensin-(3-4) (Ang-(3-4) or Val-Tyr) is the shorter angiotensin (Ang) II-derived peptide, formed through successive hydrolysis that culminates with the release of Val-Tyr as a dipeptide. It is formed both in plasma and in kidney from Ang II and Ang III, and can be considered a component of the systemic and organ-based renin-angiotensin system. It is potently antihypertensive in humans and rats, and its concerted actions on proximal tubule cells culminate in the inhibition of fluid reabsorption, hyperosmotic urinary excretion of Na(+)...
January 2017: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097640/priming-increases-the-anti-tumor-effect-and-therapeutic-window-of-177-lu-octreotate-in-nude-mice-bearing-human-small-intestine-neuroendocrine-tumor-got1
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Johanna Dalmo, Johan Spetz, Mikael Montelius, Britta Langen, Yvonne Arvidsson, Henrik Johansson, Toshima Z Parris, Khalil Helou, Bo Wängberg, Ola Nilsson, Maria Ljungberg, Eva Forssell-Aronsson
BACKGROUND: (177)Lu-[DOTA(0), Tyr(3)]-octreotate ((177)Lu-octreotate) is used for treatment of patients with somatostatin receptor (SSTR) expressing neuroendocrine tumors. However, complete tumor remission is rarely seen, and optimization of treatment protocols is needed. In vitro studies have shown that irradiation can up-regulate the expression of SSTR1, 2 and 5, and increase (177)Lu-octreotate uptake. The aim of the present study was to examine the anti-tumor effect of a (177)Lu-octreotate priming dose followed 24 h later by a second injection of (177)Lu-octreotate compared to a single administration of (177)Lu-octreotate, performed on the human small intestine neuroendocrine tumor cell line, GOT1, transplanted to nude mice...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096507/de-novo-phosphorylation-and-conformational-opening-of-the-tyrosine-kinase-lck-act-in-concert-to-initiate-t-cell-receptor-signaling
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Lars Philipsen, Amarendra V Reddycherla, Roland Hartig, Janine Gumz, Matthias Kästle, Andreas Kritikos, Mateusz P Poltorak, Yury Prokazov, Evgeny Turbin, André Weber, Werner Zuschratter, Burkhart Schraven, Luca Simeoni, Andreas J Müller
The enzymatic activity of the Src family tyrosine kinase p56(Lck) (Lck) is tightly controlled by differential phosphorylation of two tyrosine residues, Tyr(394) and Tyr(505) Phosphorylation of Tyr(394) and the conformational opening of Lck are believed to activate the kinase, whereas Tyr(505) phosphorylation is thought to generate a closed, inactive conformation of Lck. We investigated whether the conformation of Lck and its phosphorylation state act in concert to regulate the initiation of T cell receptor (TCR) signaling...
January 17, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095720/baseline-chromogranin-a-and-its-dynamics-are-prognostic-markers-in-gastroenteropancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
#7
Wojciech Rogowski, Ewa Wachuła, Anna Lewczuk, Agnieszka Kolesińska-Ćwikła, Ewa Iżycka-Świeszewska, Violetta Sulżyc-Bielicka, Jarosław B Ćwikła
AIM: This study assessed whether absolute chromogranin A (CgA) values at various stages of treatment have prognostic value in patients with pancreatic and midgut neuroendocrine tumors, subjected to peptide receptor radionuclide therapy with (90)Y-[DOTA(0), D-Phe(1), Tyr(3)]-octreotate. PATIENTS & METHODS: CgA was determined before peptide receptor radionuclide therapy, 6 weeks, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after the last dose of (90)Y-[DOTA(0), D-Phe(1), Tyr(3)]-octreotate...
January 18, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095579/development-and-clinical-assessment-of-a-comprehensive-product-for-pigmentation-control-in-multiple-ethnic-populations
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Elizabeth T Makino, Kuniko Kadoya, Monya L Sigler, Peter D Hino, Rahul C Mehta
BACKGROUND: Pigmentary changes in people of different ethnic origins are controlled by slight variations in key biological pathways leading to different outcomes from the same treatment. It is important to develop and test products for desired outcomes in varying ethnic populations. OBJECTIVES: To develop a comprehensive product (LYT2) that affects all major biological pathways controlling pigmentation and test for clinical efficacy and safety in different ethnic populations...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092440/molecular-interactions-between-graphene-and-biological-molecules
#9
Xingquan Zou, Shuai Wei, Joshua Jasensky, Minyu Xiao, Qiuming Wang, Charles L Brooks, Zhan Chen
Applications of graphene have extended into areas of nanobio-technology such as nanobio-medicine, nanobio-sensing, as well as nanoelectronics with biomolecules. These applications involve interactions between proteins, peptides, DNA, RNA etc. and graphene, therefore understanding such molecular interactions is essential. For example, many applications based on using graphene and peptides require peptides to interact with (e.g., noncovalently bind to) graphene at one end, while simultaneously exposing the other end to the surrounding medium (e...
January 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092045/sh2-domains-as-affinity-reagents-for-phosphotyrosine-protein-enrichment-and-proteomic-analysis
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Mi Ke, Bizhu Chu, Lin Lin, Ruijun Tian
Dynamic tyrosine phosphorylation is a key molecular modulation for many signal transduction events. Because of their low abundance and dynamic nature in cells, the detection and enrichment of phosphotyrosine proteins has long relied on specific antibodies, such as 4G10 and P-Tyr-100. Another well-established approach for phosphotyrosine proteins recognition and enrichment is by their specific binding domains, such as Src homology 2 (SH2) domains. In this chapter, we describe a typical analytical approach for purifying specific SH2 domains, enriching specific phosphotyrosine proteins from activated cells, mass spectrometry analysis, and related data analysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092032/expression-and-purification-of-soluble-stat5b-stat3-proteins-for-sh2-domain-binding-assay
#11
Akira Asai, Kazuyuki Takakuma
When a large hydrophobic full-length protein is expressed in bacteria, it is often challenging to obtain recombinant proteins in the soluble fraction. One way to overcome this challenge is expression of deletion mutants that have improved solubility while maintaining biological activity. In this chapter, we describe a protocol for expression of truncated forms of STAT5b and STAT3 proteins that are soluble and retain SH2-mediated activity for phospho-Tyr peptide recognition.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090628/erk1-2-jnk-and-stat3-activation-and-correlation-with-tumor-differentiation-in-oral-scc
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I Gkouveris, N Nikitakis, D Avgoustidis, M Karanikou, G Rassidakis, A Sklavounou
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPKs), including ERK and JNK, have been implicated in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) development and progression. Our purpose was to evaluate the levels of activated STAT3, ERK1/2 and JNK by immunohistochemistry in OSCC and to investigate possible correlations of these molecules with each other as well as with the degree of tumor differentiation. Immunohistochemical assessment of the phosphorylated levels of STAT3(tyrosine/ serine), ERK1/2 and JNK was performed in 60 OSCC, including well, moderately and poorly differentiated tumors...
January 16, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088445/synthesis-and-exploration-of-novel-radiolabeled-bombesin-peptides-for-targeting-receptor-positive-tumor
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Kakali De, Indranil Banerjee, Samarendu Sinha, Shantanu Ganguly
Increasing evidence of peptide receptor overexpression in various cancer cells, warrant the development of receptor specific radiolabeled peptides for molecular imaging and therapy in nuclear medicine. Gastrin-releasing-peptide (GRP) receptor, are overexpressed in a variety of human cancer cells. The present study report the synthesis and biological evaluation of new bombesin (BBN) analogs, HYNIC-Asp-[Phe(13)]BBN(7-13)-NH-CH2-CH2-CH3:BA1, HYNIC-Pro-[Tyr(13)Met(14)]BBN(7-14)NH2:BA2 as prospective tumor imaging agent with compare to BBN(7-14)NH2:BS as standard...
January 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087531/salivary-gluten-degradation-and-oral-microbial-profiles-in-health-and-celiac-disease
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Na Tian, Lina Faller, Daniel A Leffler, Ciaran P Kelly, Joshua Hansen, Jos A Bosch, Guoxian Wei, Bruce J Paster, Detlef Schuppan, Eva J Helmerhorst
: Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic immune-mediated enteropathy induced by dietary gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Saliva harbors the second highest bacterial load of the GI tract after the colon. Moreover, saliva contains gluten-degrading enzymes produced by oral bacteria that may modify gluten processing in the intestine and susceptibility to celiac disease (CD). AIM: To investigate salivary enzymatic activities and oral microbial profiles in healthy subjects vs patients with classical and refractory CD...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077628/the-creatininase-homolog-mfte-from-mycobacterium-smegmatis-catalyzes-a-peptide-cleavage-reaction-in-the-biosynthesis-of-a-novel-ripp
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Nathan A Bruender, Vahe Bandarian
Most ribosomally-synthesized and post-translationally modified peptide (RiPP) natural products are processed by tailoring enzymes to create complex natural products that are still recognizably peptide-based. However, some tailoring enzymes dismantle the peptide en route to synthesis of small molecules. The biosynthesis of a small-molecule natural product of as yet unknown structure, mycofactocin, is thought to be synthesized in this way, via the mft gene cluster found in many strains of Mycobacteria. This cluster harbors at least six genes, which appear to be conserved across species...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075591/discovery-of-potent-cyclophilin-inhibitors-based-on-structural-simplification-of-sanglifehrin-a
#16
Victoria A Steadman, Simon B Pettit, Karine G Poullennec, Linos Lazarides, Andrew J Keats, David K Dean, Steven J Stanway, Carol A Austin, Jonathan A Sanvoisin, Gregory M Watt, Hans G Fliri, Albert C Liclican, Debi Jin, Melanie H Wong, Stephanie A Leavitt, Yu-Jen Lee, Yang Tian, Christian R Frey, Todd C Appleby, Uli Schmitz, Petr Jansa, Richard L Mackman, Brian Edward Schultz
Cyclophilin inhibition has been a target for the treatment of hepatitis C and other diseases, but the generation of potent, drug-like molecules through chemical synthesis has been challenging. In this study, a set of macrocyclic cyclophilin inhibitors was synthesized based on the core structure of the natural product sanglifehrin A. Initial compound optimization identified the valine-m-tyrosine-piperazic acid tripeptide (Val-m-Tyr-Pip) in the sanglifehrin core, stereocenters at C14 and C15, and the hydroxyl group of the m-tyrosine (m-Tyr) residue as key contributors to compound potency...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074904/gd-iii-induced-supramolecular-hydrogelation-with-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-performance-for-enzyme-detection
#17
Yongquan Hua, Guojuan Pu, Caiwen Ou, Xiaoli Zhang, Ling Wang, Jiangtao Sun, Zhimou Yang, Minsheng Chen
Here we report a supramolecular hydrogel based on Gd(III)-peptide complexes with dramatically enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) performance. The hydrogelations were formed by adding Gd(III) ion to the nanofiber dispersion of self-assembling peptides naphthalene-Gly-Phe-Phe-Tyr-Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp (Nap-GFFYGRGD) or naphthalene-Gly-Phe-Phe-Tyr-Gly-Arg-Gly-Glu (Nap-GFFYGRGE). We further showed that, by adjusting the molar ratio between Gd(III) and the corresponding peptide, the mechanical property of resulting gels could be fine-tuned...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069584/role-of-norepinephrine-in-a%C3%AE-related-neurotoxicity-dual-interactions-with-tyr10-and-snk-26-28-of-a%C3%AE
#18
Mengmeng Liu, Liping Wan, Yannan Bin, Juan Xiang
With their capability to inhibit the formation of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) fibril, norepinephrine (NE), and other catechol derivatives have been considered for the potential treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Such treatment, however, remains debatable because of the diverse functions of Aβ and NE in AD pathology. Moreover, the complicated oxidation accompanying NE has caused the majority of the previous research to focus on the binding of NE oxides onto Aβ. The molecular mechanism by which Aβ interacts with the reduction state of NE, which is correlated with the brain function, should be urgently explored...
January 8, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068609/dual-peptide-presenting-hydrogels-for-controlling-the-phenotype-of-pc12-cells
#19
Jae Won Lee, Kuen Yong Lee
Controlling the cell-matrix interaction is a critical factor in the design and fabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds. A particular peptide sequence, Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD peptide), is often used as an adhesion ligand in the engineering of different types of tissues. While in some cases this has been adequate, the use of multiple ligands may be required for the successful engineering of some tissue types. We hypothesized that hydrogels presenting both the RGD peptide and the YIGSR peptide (Tyr-Ile-Gly-Ser-Arg) could successfully regulate the phenotype of PC12 cells, thereby providing a new platform for effective tissue engineering applications...
January 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065870/characterization-of-water-in-hydrated-bombyx-mori-silk-fibroin-fiber-and-films-by-2-h-nmr-relaxation-and-13-c-solid-state-nmr
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Tetsuo Asakura, Kotaro Isobe, Shunsuke Kametani, Obehi T Ukpebor, Moshe C Silverstein, Gregory S Boutis
: The mechanical properties of Bombyx mori silk fibroin (SF), such as elasticity and tensile strength, change remarkably upon hydration. However, the microscopic interaction with water is not currently well understood on a molecular level. In this work, the dynamics of water molecules interacting with SF was studied by (2)H solution NMR relaxation and exchange measurements. Additionally, the conformations of hydrated [3-(13)C]Ala-, [3-(13)C]Ser- and [3-(13)C]Tyr-SF fibers and films were investigated by (13)C DD/MAS NMR...
January 5, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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