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Kerstin Reuter, Alexander Biehl, Laurena Koch, Volkhard Helms
Translation of mRNA sequences into proteins typically starts at an AUG triplet. In rare cases, translation may also start at alternative non-AUG codons located in the annotated 5' UTR which leads to an increased regulatory complexity. Since ribosome profiling detects translational start sites at the nucleotide level, the properties of these start sites can then be used for the statistical evaluation of functional open reading frames. We developed a linear regression approach to predict in-frame and out-of-frame translational start sites within the 5' UTR from mRNA sequence information together with their translation initiation confidence...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Qiuhong Chen, Ritsuko Takada, Chiyo Noda, Satoru Kobayashi, Shinji Takada
Accumulating evidence suggests that exosomes are heterogeneous in molecular composition and physical properties. Here we examined whether epithelial cells secrete a heterogeneous population of exosomes, and if that is the case, whether epithelial cell polarity affects release of different populations of exosomes, especially that of those carrying Wnt. Sucrose-density ultracentrifugation and molecular marker analysis revealed that different populations of exosomes or exosome-like vesicles were released from MDCK cells depending on the cell polarity...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Paul R Territo, Jill A Meyer, Jonathan S Peters, Amanda A Riley, Brian P McCarthy, Mingzhang Gao, Min Wang, Mark A Green, Qi-Huang Zheng, Gary D Hutchins
BACKGROUND: The P2X7 receptor represents a novel molecular target for imaging neuroinflammation via PET. GSK1482160, a potent P2X7 receptor antagonist, has high receptor affinity, blood-brain barrier penetration, and has been recently radiolabel ((11)C-GSK1482160). Therefore, we report the initial physical and biological characterization of this novel ligand. METHODS: (11)C-GSK1482160 synthesis was according to published methods. Cell density studies were performed in human embryonic kidney cell lines expressing human P2X7 receptors (HEK293-hP2X7R) and analyzed by western blot analysis, immuno-fluorescence assay (IFA), and radiologic-immunohistochemistry (RIHC) using P2X7R polyclonal antibodies...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Fahima Syeda, Andrew P Holmes, Ting Y Yu, Samantha Tull, Stefan Michael Kuhlmann, Davor Pavlovic, Daniel Betney, Genna Riley, Jan P Kucera, Florian Jousset, Joris R de Groot, Stephan Rohr, Nigel A Brown, Larissa Fabritz, Paulus Kirchhof
BACKGROUND: Antiarrhythmic drugs are widely used to treat patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), but the mechanisms conveying their variable effectiveness are not known. Recent data suggested that paired like homeodomain-2 transcription factor (PITX2) might play an important role in regulating gene expression and electrical function of the adult left atrium (LA). OBJECTIVES: After determining LA PITX2 expression in AF patients requiring rhythm control therapy, the authors assessed the effects of Pitx2c on LA electrophysiology and the effect of antiarrhythmic drugs...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Jenna F DuMond, Xue Zhang, Yuichiro Izumi, Kevin Ramkissoon, Guanghui Wang, Marjan Gucek, Xujing Wang, Maurice B Burg, Joan D Ferraris
NFAT5 is a transcription factor originally identified because it is activated by hypertonicity and that activation increases expression of genes that protect against the adverse effects of the hypertonicity. However, its targets also include genes not obviously related to tonicity. The transactivating domain of NFAT5 is contained in its c-terminal region, which is predicted to be unstructured. Unstructured regions are common in transcription factors particularly in transactivating domains where they can bind co-regulatory proteins essential to their function...
October 7, 2016: Physiological Genomics
Jean-Francois Nadon, Kristina Rochon, Sébastien Grastilleur, Guillaume Langlois, Thi Thanh Hà Dao, Véronique Blais, Brigitte Guérin, Louis Gendron, Yves L Dory
A new Leu-enkephalin peptidomimetic designed to explore the hydrogen bond acceptor ability of the third peptide bond has been prepared and studied. This new analog is produced by replacing the third amide of Leu-enkephalin with a fluoroalkene. An efficient and innovative synthesis of the corresponding dipeptide surrogate Fmoc-Gly-Ψ[(Z)CF=CH]-Phe-OH is described. The key step involves the alkylation of a tin dienolate from the less hindered face of its chiral sulfonamide auxiliary derived from camphor. Once its synthesis was complete, its incorporation into the peptidomimetic sequence was achieved on a solid support with chlorotrityl resin and following the Fmoc strategy...
October 20, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Hao Xu, Manxi Zhao, Shenghui Liang, Quanshu Huang, Yunchuan Xiao, Liang Ye, Qinyi Wang, Longmei He, Lanxiang Ma, Hua Zhang, Li Zhang, Hui Jiang, Xiao Ke, Yuchun Gu
Puerarin, a known isoflavone, is commonly found as a Chinese herb medicine. It is widely used in China to treat cardiac diseases such as angina, cardiac infarction and arrhythmia. However, its cardioprotective mechanism remains unclear. In this study, puerarin significantly prolonged ventricular action potential duration (APD) with a dosage dependent manner in the micromolar range on isolated rat ventricular myocytes. However, submicromolar puerarin had no effect on resting membrane potential (RMP), action potential amplitude (APA) and maximal velocity of depolarization (Vmax) of action potential...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Gayane Machkalyan, Phan Trieu, Darlaine Pétrin, Terence E Hébert, Gregory J Miller
Inositol pyrophosphates are cellular signals that are created by the actions of inositol kinases and are degraded by highly active inositol phosphatases. The potent actions of these phosphatases suggest these signals must be created near their sites of action. To identify sites where the inositol kinase, PPIP5K1 acts, we performed affinity purification of PPIP5K1 from HEK293 cells and analyzed these samples using mass spectrometry to identify the proteins pesent (10.1016/j.cellsig.2016.02.002) [1]. We further decreased PPIP5K1 levels in HeLa cells and treated these with PPIP5K1 siRNA...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Takehito Kondo, Ichiro Hisatome, Shouichi Yoshimura, Endang Mahati, Tomomi Notsu, Peili Li, Kazuhiko Iitsuka, Masaru Kato, Kazuyoshi Ogura, Junichiro Miake, Takeshi Aiba, Wataru Shimizu, Yasutaka Kurata, Shinji Sakata, Naoe Nakasone, Haruaki Ninomiya, Akira Nakai, Katsumi Higaki, Yasushi Kawata, Yasuaki Shirayoshi, Akio Yoshida, Kazuhiro Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: The human ether-a-go-go-related gene (HERG) encodes the α-subunit of rapidly activating delayed-rectifier potassium channels. Mutations in this gene cause long QT syndrome type 2 (LQT2). In most cases, mutations reduce the stability of the channel protein, which can be restored by heat shock (HS). METHODS: We identified the novel mutant A78T-HERG in a patient with LQT2. The purpose of the current study was to characterize this mutant protein and test whether HS and heat shock factors (HSFs) could stabilize the mutant protein...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
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
Raquel Tonello, Camilla Fusi, Serena Materazzi, Ilaria M Marone, Francesco De Logu, Silvia Benemei, Muryel C Gonçalves, Elisabetta Coppi, Celio J Castro-Junior, Marcus Vinicius Gomez, Pierangelo Geppetti, Juliano Ferreira, Romina Nassini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Peptides from venomous animals have long been important tools for understanding pain mechanisms and for the discovery of pain treatments. Here, we hypothesized that Phα1β, a peptide purified from the armed spider Phoneutria nigriventer venom, produces analgesia by blocking the transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Cultured rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, human IMR90 fibroblasts or HEK293 cells expressing the human TRPA1 (hTRPA1-HEK293), TRPV1 (hTRPV1-HEK293) or TRPV4 (hTRPV4-HEK293), were used for calcium imaging and electrophysiology...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Yoshiaki Suzuki, Susumu Ohya, Hisao Yamamura, Wayne R Giles, Yuji Imaizumi
Large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels play essential roles in both excitable and non-excitable cells. For example, in chondrocytes, agonist-induced Ca(2+) release from intracellular store activates BK channels, and this hyperpolarizes these cells, augments Ca(2+) entry, and forms a positive feed-back mechanism for Ca(2+) signaling and stimulation-secretion coupling. In the present study, functional roles of a newly identified splice variant in the BK channel α subunit (BKαΔe2) were examined in a human chondrocyte cell line, OUMS-27, and in a HEK293 expression system...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yusuke Fujii, Hideki Itoh, Seiko Ohno, Takashi Murayama, Nagomi Kurebayashi, Hisaaki Aoki, Malorie Blancard, Yoshihisa Nakagawa, Satoshi Yamamoto, Yumie Matsui, Mari Ichikawa, Keiko Sonoda, Tomoya Ozawa, Kimie Ohkubo, Ichiro Watanabe, Pascale Guicheney, Minoru Horie
BACKGROUND: Ventricular fibrillation (VF) may be caused by premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) whose coupling intervals are under 300ms, a characteristic of scTdP. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to analyze the underlying RyR2 variants in patients with the short-coupled variant of torsade de pointes (scTdP). METHODS: Seven patients with scTdP (34±12 years old, 3 females) were enrolled in this study. The RyR2 gene was screened by targeted gene sequencing methods, and variant minor allele frequency (MAF) was confirmed in three databases, and the pathogenicity was investigated in multiple in silico tools...
October 15, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
X Chen, Q Lv, Y Liu, W Deng
Although the role of PLCγ2 in apoptotic response has been reported, too little is known about whether PLCγ2 induces liver cell apoptosis during liver regeneration. Therefore, this study firstly packaged Ad-PLCγ2 recombinant adenovirus and primarily evaluated its effect on apoptosis of rat liver cell BRL-3A in vitro. Following ten days of co-transfection of pHBAd-MCMV-GFP-PLCγ2 and pHBAd-BHG into HEK293 cells, viral cytopathic effect (CPE) was apparent. Following three rounds of amplification, tissue culture infectious dose 50 (TCID50) assay showed that the titer value reached 1×1010 PFU/mL...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Wang Zheng, Jungwoo Yang, Erwan Beauchamp, Ruiqi Cai, Shaimaa Hussein, Laura Hofmann, Qiang Li, Veit Flockerzi, Luc G Berthiaume, Jingfeng Tang, Xing-Zhen Chen
Transient receptor potential polycystin-3 (TRPP3) is a cation channel activated by calcium and proton and is involved in hedgehog signaling, intestinal development, and sour tasting. How TRPP3 channel function is regulated remains poorly understood. By N-terminal truncation mutations, electrophysiology and Xenopus oocytes expression, we first identified fragment D21-S42 to be functionally important. We then found that deletion mutant Δ1-36 (TRPP3 missing fragment M1-R36) has similar function as wild-type TRPP3 while Δ1-38 is functionally dead, suggesting the importance of V37 or C38...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Jesse McClure, Cheng Zhang, Elizabeth Inks, Yuri K Peterson, Jiaying Li, C James Chou
One of the biggest hurdles yet to be overcome for the continued improvement of Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors is finding alternative motifs equipotent to the classic and ubiquitously used hydroxamic acid. The N-hydroxyl group of this motif is highly subject to sulfation/glucoronidation-based inactivation in humans; compounds containing this motif require much higher dosing in clinic to achieve therapeutic concentrations. With the goal of developing a second generation of HDAC inhibitors, lacking this hydroxamate, we designed a series of potent and selective class I HDAC inhibitors using a hydrazide motif...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sanjay Kumar Dey, Pankaj Prabhakar, Manisha Saini, Toyanji Joseph, B K Thelma, Subir K Maulik, Suman Kundu
OBJECTIVE: To identify novel inhibitors of dopamine beta hydroxylase (DBH) and evaluate their antihypertensive properties in L-NAME induced hypertensive rat model. DESIGN AND METHOD: An experimentally validated computational model for hDBH, built in our lab, was used for structure-based, rational drug-design. The three-dimensional model was used for virtual-screening against small molecule databases from NCI, USA and elsewhere. Identified top hits were then tested in vitro against DBH with known inhibitors nepicastat and disulfiram as controls...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hayato Terayama, Shuichi Hirai, Munekazu Naito, Ning Qu, Chiaki Katagiri, Kenta Nagahori, Shogo Hayashi, Hiraku Sasaki, Shota Moriya, Masaki Hiramoto, Keisuke Miyazawa, Naoyuki Hatayama, Zhong-Lian Li, Kou Sakabe, Masayuki Matsushita, Masahiro Itoh
There are various autoimmunogenic antigens (AIs) in testicular germ cells (TGCs) recognized as foreign by the body's immune system. However, there is little information of TGC-specific AIs being available. The aim of this study is to identify TGC-specific AIs. We have previously established that immunization using viable syngeneic TGC can also induce murine experimental autoimmune orchitis (EAO) without using any adjuvant. This study is to identify TGC-specific AIs by TGC liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis, followed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis that reacted with serum IgG from EAO mice...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Alexander K Andrianov, Alexander Marin, Thomas R Fuerst
Two macromolecular immunoadjuvants - poly[di(carboxylatophenoxy)phosphazene], PCPP and poly[di(carboxylatoethylphenoxy)phosphazene], PCEP have been investigated for their molecular interactions with model and bio-pharmaceutically important proteins in solutions, as well as for their TLR stimulatory effects and pH-dependent membrane disruptive activity in cellular assays. Solution interactions between polyphosphazenes and proteins, including antigens and soluble immune receptor proteins, have been studied using Asymmetric Flow Field Flow Fractionation (AF4) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) at near physiological conditions - phosphate buffered saline, pH 7...
October 17, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Mohamed Mousslim, Alessandra Pagano, Nicolas Andreotti, Françoise Garrouste, Sylvie Thuault, Vincent Peyrot, Fabrice Parat, José Luis, Marcel Culcasi, Sophie Thétiot-Laurent, Sylvia Pietri, Jean-Marc Sabatier, Hervé Kovacic
The NADPH oxidase proteins catalyse the formation of superoxide anion which act as signalling molecules in physiological and pathological processes. Nox1-dependent NADPH oxidase is expressed in heart, lung, colon, blood vessels and brain. Different strategies involving Nox1 inhibition based on diphenylene iodonium derivatives are currently tested for colorectal cancer therapy. Here, after peptides screening on Nox1-dependent NADPH oxidase assay in HT-29 cells, we identify a peptide (referred to as NF02), cell-active, that potently block Nox1-dependent reactive oxygen species generation...
October 12, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
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