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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454429/polyphenolic-compounds-from-korean-lonicera-japonica-thunb-induces-apoptosis-via-akt-and-caspase-cascade-activation-in-a549-cells
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Kwang Il Park, Hyeonsoo Park, Arulkumar Nagappan, Gyeong Eun Hong, Silvia Yumnam, Ho Jeong Lee, Eun Hee Kim, Won Sup Lee, Sung Chul Shin, Jin A Kim, Sang Joon Lee, Jin Yeul Ma, Taesun Min, Jeong Doo Heo, Gon Sup Kim
Lonicera japonica Thunb. (L. japonica T.) has historically been used in Korean herbal medicine due to its anticancer and protective effects on the respiratory system. In the present study, the polyphenolic compounds in L. japonica T. were investigated using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry, and its anticancer effects on A549 non-small-cell lung cancer cells were studied. Polyphenolic compounds potentially inhibit A549 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Flow cytometry and western blot analysis demonstrated that polyphenolic compounds induce apoptosis by regulating the protein expression levels of caspases, poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase and the B-cell lymphoma-2-associated X-protein/B-cell lymphoma-extra large ratio...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454381/optimized-construction-of-muc1-vntrn-dna-vaccine-and-its-anti-pancreatic-cancer-efficacy
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Yuan-Feng Gong, Quan-Bo Zhou, Ya-Di Liao, Cong Mai, Tie-Jun Chen, Yun-Qiang Tang, Ru-Fu Chen
Considering mucin 1-variable number tandem repeat (MUC1-VNTRn) as a novel target for pancreatic cancer immunotherapy, the present study aimed to screen and identify the pVAX1-MUC1-VNTRn DNA vaccine with the strongest immunogenicity. Following construction of a pVAX1-MUC1-VNTRn plasmid, immature dendritic cells (DCs) were subjected to transfection, and mature DCs were then co-cultured with autologous T-cells. The numbers of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) secreting interferon (IFN)-γ were determined using an enzyme-linked immunospot assay, and CytoTox(®) was also used to examine the MUC1-VNTRn-specific Lethal effect of CTLs on Capan2 cells...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454263/investigation-of-the-cytotoxicity-apoptosis-and-pharmacokinetics-of-raddeanin-a
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Guiying Gu, Huanhuan Qi, Tianyue Jiang, Bo Ma, Zheng Fang, Hong Xu, Qi Zhang
Raddeanin A, one of the triterpenoid saponins extracted from Anemone raddeana rhizome of the Ranunculaceae family, has demonstrated the ability to inhibit the growth of human hepatic and gastric cancer cells. However, the effects of Raddeanin A on human colon cancer cells have not been investigated extensively. The present study aimed to examine the antiproliferative and apoptosis-inducing effects of Raddeanin A on the HCT-116 human colon cancer cell line in vitro, and evaluate the pharmacokinetic and biodistribution properties of Raddeanin A in mice following a single oral administration...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453785/structural-and-functional-characterization-of-the-pnkp-xrcc4-ligiv-dna-repair-complex
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R Daniel Aceytuno, Cortt G Piett, Zahra Havali-Shahriari, Ross A Edwards, Martial Rey, Ruiqiong Ye, Fatima Javed, Shujuan Fang, Rajam Mani, Michael Weinfeld, Michal Hammel, John A Tainer, David C Schriemer, Susan P Lees-Miller, J N Mark Glover
Non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repairs DNA double strand breaks in non-cycling eukaryotic cells. NHEJ relies on polynucleotide kinase/phosphatase (PNKP), which generates 5΄-phosphate/3΄-hydroxyl DNA termini that are critical for ligation by the NHEJ DNA ligase, LigIV. PNKP and LigIV require the NHEJ scaffolding protein, XRCC4. The PNKP FHA domain binds to the CK2-phosphorylated XRCC4 C-terminal tail, while LigIV uses its tandem BRCT repeats to bind the XRCC4 coiled-coil. Yet, the assembled PNKP-XRCC4-LigIV complex remains uncharacterized...
April 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453668/a-mass-graph-based-approach-for-the-identification-of-modified-proteoforms-using-top-down-tandem-mass-spectra
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Qiang Kou, Si Wu, Nikola Tolic, Ljiljana Paša-Tolic, Yunlong Liu, Xiaowen Liu
Motivation: Although proteomics has rapidly developed in the past decade, researchers are still in the early stage of exploring the world of complex proteoforms, which are protein products with various primary structure alterations resulting from gene mutations, alternative splicing, post-translational modifications, and other biological processes. Proteoform identification is essential to mapping proteoforms to their biological functions as well as discovering novel proteoforms and new protein functions...
May 1, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453638/etg-ets-in-serum-by-uhplc-ms-ms-in-suspected-sexual-assault-cases
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Solfrid Hegstad, Arne Helland, Cecilie Hagemann, Olav Spigset
A method including semi-automated extraction of ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and ethyl sulfate (EtS) from serum followed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS-MS) has been developed and validated. Sample preparation prior to UHPLC-MS-MS analysis consisted of protein precipitation and filtration through a phospholipid removal plate. Chromatography was achieved using an HSS T3 column and gradient elution with formic acid in water in combination with methanol. The mass spectrometer was monitored in the negative mode with multiple reaction monitoring...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453518/lc-ms-ms-quantitative-analysis-reveals-the-association-between-fto-and-dna-methylation
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Yuting Zhu, Guangyu Zhou, Xuebin Yu, Qiang Xu, Kai Wang, Dan Xie, Qingkai Yang, Lina Wang
Fat mass and obesity-associated protein (FTO) is α-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase and responsible for demethylating N6-methyladenosine (m6A) in mRNA, 3-methylthymine (m3T) in single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and 3-methyluracil (m3U) in single-stranded RNA (ssRNA). Its other function remains unknown but thousands of mammalian DNA show 5-methyl-2'-deoxycytidine (5mdC) modification and 5mdC demethylases are required for mammalian energy homeostasis and fertility. Here, we aimed to confirm whether FTO proteins can demethylate 5mdC in DNA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453255/characterization-and-identification-of-dityrosine-cross-linked-peptides-using-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Soumya Mukherjee, Eugene A Kapp, Amber Lothian, Anne M Roberts, Yury Vasilev, Berin Boughton, Kevin Jeffrey Barnham, W Mei Kok, Craig A Hutton, Colin L Masters, Ashley Bush, Joseph S Beckman, Somdatta Ghosh Dey, Blaine R Roberts
The use of mass spectrometry coupled with chemical cross-linking of proteins has become a powerful tool for proteins structure and interactions studies. Unlike structural analysis of proteins using chemical reagents specific for lysine or cysteine residues, identification of gas-phase fragmentation patterns of endogenous dityrosine cross-linked peptides have not been investigated. Dityrosine cross-linking in proteins and peptides are clinical markers of oxidative stress, ageing and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease...
April 28, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449378/analysis-of-toldimfos-in-porcine-muscle-and-bovine-milk-using-liquid-chromatography-triple-quadrupole-mass-spectrometry
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Dan Zhang, Jin-A Park, A M Abd El-Aty, Seong-Kwan Kim, Sang-Hyun Cho, Weijia Zheng, Jeong-Min Choi, Jae-Han Shim, Byung-Joon Chang, Jin-Suk Kim, Ho-Chul Shin
An analytical method was developed for the detection of toldimfos sodium residues in porcine muscle and bovine milk using liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis. The drug was extracted from muscle and milk using 10 mM ammonium formate in acetonitrile and then purified using n-hexane. The drug was well separated on a Luna C18 column using a mixture of 10 mM ammonium formate in ultrapure water (A) and acetonitrile (B) as the mobile phase. Good linearity was achieved over the tested concentration range (0...
April 27, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449301/the-profile-and-dynamics-of-rna-modifications-in-animals
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Pieter van Delft, Alper Akay, Sabrina M Huber, Christoph Bueschl, Konrad L M Rudolph, Tomás Di Domenico, Rainer Schuhmacher, Eric A Miska, Shankar Balasubramanian
More than a hundred distinct modified nucleosides have been identified in RNA, but little is known about their distribution across different organisms, their dynamic nature and their response to cellular and environmental stress. Mass-spectrometry-based methods have been at the forefront of identifying and quantifying modified nucleosides. However, they often require synthetic reference standards, which do not exist in the case of many modified nucleosides, and this therefore impedes their analysis. Here we use a metabolic labelling approach to achieve rapid generation of bio-isotopologues of the complete Caenorhabditis elegans transcriptome and its modifications and use them as reference standards to characterise the RNA modification profile in this multicellular organism through an untargeted liquid-chromatography tandem high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) approach...
March 16, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449233/an-evaluation-of-the-international-society-for-animal-genetics-recommended-parentage-and-identification-panel-for-the-domestic-pigeon-columba-livia-domestica
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M de Groot, W A van Haeringen
In this study, the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) recommended panel for the identification of the domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) is characterized based on commonly used statistical parameters. The marker panel is based on 16 short tandem repeat (STR) loci (PIGN15, PIGN10, PIGN57, PIGN26, CliμD16, CliμD19, PIGN12, CliμD17, CliμT17, PIGN04, CliμD01, CliμD11, CliμD35, CliμT02, CliμT13, CliμT43). The alleles of the 16 loci consist of a mixture of tri-, tetra-, penta- and hexameric repeat patterns...
April 27, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449070/in-situ-screening-for-postsynaptic-cell-adhesion-molecules-during-synapse-formation
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Takeshi Uemura, Tomoko Shiroshima, Asami Maeda, Misato Yasumura, Takashi Shimada, Yuko Fukata, Masaki Fukata, Tomoyuki Yoshida
Neuronal synapse formation is regulated by pre- and postsynaptic cell adhesion molecules. Presynaptic neurexins (NRXNs) and receptor protein tyrosine phosphatases (RPTPs; PTPδ, PTPσ, and LAR in mammals) can induce postsynaptic differentiation through the interaction with various postsynaptic cell adhesion molecules. Here, we developed a novel in situ screening method to identify postsynaptic membranous proteins involved in synaptogenesis. Magnetic beads coated with the extracellular domains of NRXN1β(-S4) and PTPδ-A6 variants preferentially induced excitatory postsynaptic differentiation on the beads' surface when co-cultured with cortical neurons...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449051/viral-kinetics-in-semen-with-different-antiretroviral-families-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-infected-patients-a-randomized-trial
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Alicia Gutierrez-Valencia, Omar J Benmarzouk-Hidalgo, Inmaculada Rivas-Jeremías, Nuria Espinosa, María Trujillo-Rodríguez, Tamara Fernandez-Magdaleno, Pompeyo Viciana, Luis F López-Cortés
Background: There are several regimens for starting antiretroviral treatment, but it remains unknown whether either of them is more advantageous regarding the time course and magnitude of HIV-RNA decay in semen. Objective: To evaluate the differential effect of different antiretroviral drug families on viral kinetics in seminal plasma of treatment-naïve HIV-infected patients. Methods: Phase II, randomized, open-label study in which participants were randomized 1:1:1 to receive tenofovir-DF plus emtricitabine, and either cobicistat-boosted elvitegravir (EVGcobi), rilpivirine (RPV), or ritonavir-boosted darunavir (DRVrtv)...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448905/drug-use-generations-and-patterns-of-injection-drug-use-birth-cohort-differences-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-los-angeles-and-san-francisco-california
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Ricky N Bluthenthal, Lynn Wenger, Daniel Chu, Philippe Bourgois, Alex H Kral
OBJECTIVES: A robust literature documents generational trends in drug use. We examined the implications of changing national drug use patterns on drug injection histories of diverse people who inject drugs (PWID). METHODS: Drug use histories were collected from 776 active PWID in 2011-13. Using descriptive statistics, we examine drug use initiation by year and birth cohort (BC) differences in drug first injected. A multivariate linear regression model of time to injection initiation ([TTII] (year of first injection minus year of first illicit drug use) was developed to explore BC differences...
April 19, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448626/genetic-background-dependent-effects-of-murine-micro-rnas-on-circadian-clock-function
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Silke Kiessling, Ahmet Ucar, Kamal Chowdhury, Henrik Oster, Gregor Eichele
MicroRNAs (miRs) are important regulators of a wide range of biological processes. Antagomir studies suggest an implication of miR-132 in the functionality of the mammalian circadian clock. miR-212 and miR-132 are tandemly processed from the same transcript and share the same seed region. We found the clock modulator miR-132 and miR-212 to be expressed rhythmically in the central circadian clock. Consequently, mRNAs implicated in circadian functions may likely be targeted by both miRs. To further characterize the circadian role we generated mice with stable deletion of the miR-132/212 locus and compared the circadian behavior of mutant and wild-type control animals on two genetic backgrounds frequently used in chronobiological research, C57BL/6N and 129/Sv...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448472/vibro-shock-dynamics-analysis-of-a-tandem-low-frequency-resonator-high-frequency-piezoelectric-energy-harvester
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Darius Žižys, Rimvydas Gaidys, Vytautas Ostaševičius, Birutė Narijauskaitė
Frequency up-conversion is a promising technique for energy harvesting in low frequency environments. In this approach, abundantly available environmental motion energy is absorbed by a Low Frequency Resonator (LFR) which transfers it to a high frequency Piezoelectric Vibration Energy Harvester (PVEH) via impact or magnetic coupling. As a result, a decaying alternating output signal is produced, that can later be collected using a battery or be transferred directly to the electric load. The paper reports an impact-coupled frequency up-converting tandem setup with different LFR to PVEH natural frequency ratios and varying contact point location along the length of the harvester...
April 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448441/characterization-of-compounds-with-tumor-cell-proliferation-inhibition-activity-from-mushroom-phellinus-baumii-mycelia-produced-by-solid-state-fermentation
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Henan Zhang, Qian Shao, Wenhan Wang, Jingsong Zhang, Zhong Zhang, Yanfang Liu, Yan Yang
The inhibition of tumor-cell proliferationbyan organicsolvent extract from the solid-state fermentation of Phellinus baumii mycelia inoculated in rice medium was investigated in vitro. The active compounds inhibiting tumor-cell proliferation were characterized. Results revealed that all (petroleum ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and butanol) fractions inhibited tumor-cell proliferation in a dose-dependent fashion. The ethyl acetate extract had the highest inhibitory effecton tumor-cell proliferation, and the butanol fraction had the lowest...
April 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448135/total-synthesis-of-%C3%A2-lycojaponicumin-d-and-lycodoline-type-lycopodium-alkaloids
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Xian-He Zhao, Qing Zhang, Ji-Yuan Du, Xin-Yun Lu, Ye-Xing Cao, Yu-Hua Deng, Chun-An Fan
Lycopodium alkaloids with structural diversity and biological significance have been stimulating an increasing interest in synthetic and medicinal communities, in which inspiration and exploration of their related biogenetic relationship generally comprises one of the major concerns. Driven by the plausible biogenetic entry to lycojaponicumin D as the first member of Lycopodium alkaloids having structurally unusual C(3)-C(13) linked scaffold, a new connection with lycodoline has been proposed and discovered on the basis of the design of an unprecedented bioinspired tandem fragmentation/Mannich reaction...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448054/lipid-droplet-isolation-for-quantitative-mass-spectrometry-analysis
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Kathrin Rösch, Marcel Kwiatkowski, Hartmut Schlüter, Eva Herker
Lipid droplets are vital to the replication of a variety of different pathogens, most prominently the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), as the putative site of virion morphogenesis. Quantitative lipid droplet proteome analysis can be used to identify proteins that localize to or are displaced from lipid droplets under conditions such as virus infections. Here, we describe a protocol that has been successfully used to characterize the changes in the lipid droplet proteome following infection with HCV. We use Stable Isotope Labeling with Amino Acids in Cell Culture (SILAC) and thus label the complete proteome of one population of cells with "heavy" amino acids to quantitate the proteins by mass spectrometry...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448026/lerlic-ms-ms-for-in-depth-characterization-and-quantification-of-glutamine-and-asparagine-deamidation-in-shotgun-proteomics
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Xavier Gallart-Palau, Aida Serra, Siu Kwan Sze
Characterization of protein deamidation is imperative to decipher the role(s) and potentialities of this protein posttranslational modification (PTM) in human pathology and other biochemical contexts. In order to perform characterization of protein deamidation, we have recently developed a novel long-length electrostatic repulsion-hydrophilic interaction chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LERLIC-MS/MS) method which can separate the glutamine (Gln) and asparagine (Asn) isoform products of deamidation from model compounds to highly complex biological samples...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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