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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813605/structure-activity-relationship-studies-on-a-macrocyclic-agouti-related-protein-agrp-scaffold-reveal-agouti-signaling-protein-asp-residue-substitutions-maintain-melanocortin-4-receptor-antagonist-potency-and-result-in-inverse-agonist-pharmacology-at-the-melanocortin
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Mark D Ericson, Katie T Freeman, Sathya M Schnell, Katlyn A Fleming, Carrie Haskell-Luevano
The melanocortin system consists of five reported receptors, agonists from the proopiomelanocortin gene transcript, and two antagonists, agouti-signaling protein (ASP) and agouti-related protein (AGRP). For both ASP and AGRP, the hypothesized Arg-Phe-Phe pharmacophores are on exposed β-hairpin loops. In this study, the Asn and Ala positions of a reported AGRP macrocyclic scaffold (c[Pro-Arg-Phe-Phe-Asn-Ala-Phe-DPro]) were explored with 14-compound and 8-compound libraries, respectively, to generate more potent, selective melanocortin receptor antagonists...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812768/chemical-nutritive-composition-and-a-wide-range-of-bioactive-properties-of-honey-mushroom-armillaria-mellea-vahl-fr-kummer
#2
Marina Kostić, Marija Smiljković, Jovana Petrović, Jasmina Glamočlija, Lillian Barros, Isabel C F R Ferreira, Ana Ćirić, Marina Soković
A. mellea fruiting bodies collected from nature were chemically characterized and shown to be rich in carbohydrates (81.25 g per 100 g dw), ash, fat and proteins (8.84 g per 100 g dw, 1.97 g per 100 g dw and 1.81 g per 100 g dw, respectively). Mannitol was the main free sugar while malic acid was the most abundant organic acid. δ-Tocopherol was the dominant form of tocopherols with 42.41 μg per 100 g dw. Polyunsaturated fatty acids were predominant, followed by saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. A methanolic extract prepared from these samples was tested for antioxidant, quorum sensing and antimicrobial assays, as well as for its cytotoxicity effects...
August 16, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812189/nutrient-intake-of-swiss-toddlers
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Thomas A Brunner, Luca Casetti, Petra Haueter, Pascal Müller, Andreas Nydegger, Johannes Spalinger
PURPOSE: During the first years of life, food preferences are shaped that might last throughout a person's entire life affecting his/her health in the long term. However, knowledge on early feeding habits is still limited for toddlers. Therefore, the goal of the present study was to: (1) assess toddlers' nutrient intake; (2) compare the findings to past studies as well as to national feeding recommendations and (3) identify major food sources for energy and macronutrients. METHODS: A food survey using a 4-day diary was conducted...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811869/pro-and-antioxidant-functions-of-the-peroxisome-mitochondria-connection-and-its-impact-on-aging-and-disease
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REVIEW
Amparo Pascual-Ahuir, Sara Manzanares-Estreder, Markus Proft
Peroxisomes and mitochondria are the main intracellular sources for reactive oxygen species. At the same time, both organelles are critical for the maintenance of a healthy redox balance in the cell. Consequently, failure in the function of both organelles is causally linked to oxidative stress and accelerated aging. However, it has become clear that peroxisomes and mitochondria are much more intimately connected both physiologically and structurally. Both organelles share common fission components to dynamically respond to environmental cues, and the autophagic turnover of both peroxisomes and mitochondria is decisive for cellular homeostasis...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811476/lyn-and-fyn-function-as-molecular-switches-that-control-immunoreceptors-to-direct-homeostasis-or-inflammation
#5
Sanae Ben Mkaddem, Amaya Murua, Héloise Flament, Dimitri Titeca-Beauport, Carine Bounaix, Luca Danelli, Pierre Launay, Marc Benhamou, Ulrich Blank, Eric Daugas, Nicolas Charles, Renato C Monteiro
Immunoreceptors can transduce either inhibitory or activatory signals depending on ligand avidity and phosphorylation status, which is modulated by the protein kinases Lyn and Fyn. Here we show that Lyn and Fyn control immune receptor signaling status. SHP-1 tyrosine 536 phosphorylation by Lyn activates the phosphatase promoting inhibitory signaling through the immunoreceptor. By contrast, Fyn-dependent phosphorylation of SHP-1 serine 591 inactivates the phosphatase, enabling activatory immunoreceptor signaling...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811293/the-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-in-the-ventromedial-hypothalamus-reduces-short-term-food-intake-in-male-mice-by-regulating-nutrient-sensor-activity
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Melissa A Burmeister, Jacob D Brown, Jennifer E Ayala, Doris A Stoffers, Darleen A Sandoval, Randy J Seeley, Julio E Ayala
Pharmacological activation of the glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor (GLP-1R) in the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) reduces food intake. Here, we assessed whether suppression of food intake by GLP-1R agonists (GLP-1RA) in this region is dependent upon AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR). We found that pharmacological inhibition of glycolysis and, thus, activation of AMPK, in the VMH attenuates the anorectic effect of the GLP-1R agonist exendin-4 (Ex4), indicating that glucose metabolism and inhibition of AMPK are both required for this effect...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811086/proteomic-profiling-of-the-antifungal-drug-response-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-to-voriconazole
#7
Nansalmaa Amarsaikhan, Daniela Albrecht-Eckardt, Christoph Sasse, Gerhard H Braus, Zumrut B Ogel, Olaf Kniemeyer
Antifungal resistance is an emerging problem and one of the reasons for treatment failure of invasive aspergillosis (IA). Voriconazole has become a standard therapeutic for the treatment of this often fatal infection. We studied the differentially expressed proteins as a response of Aspergillus fumigatus to voriconazole by employing the two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE) technique. Due to addition of drug, a total of 135 differentially synthesized proteins were identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF-mass spectrometry...
August 5, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808553/parasite-and-host-elemental-content-and-parasite-effects-on-host-nutrient-excretion-and-metabolic-rate
#8
Nicole Chodkowski, Randall J Bernot
Ecological stoichiometry uses the mass balance of elements to predict energy and elemental fluxes across different levels of ecological organization. A specific prediction of ecological stoichiometry is the growth rate hypothesis (GRH), which states that organisms with faster growth or reproductive rates will require higher phosphorus content for nucleic acid and protein synthesis. Although parasites are found ubiquitously throughout ecosystems, little is understood about how they affect nutrient imbalances in ecosystems...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808422/lycium-barbarum-polysaccharides-decrease-hyperglycemia-aggravated-ischemic-brain-injury-through-maintaining-mitochondrial-fission-and-fusion-balance
#9
Wen-Jing Liu, Hai-Feng Jiang, Faisal Ul Rehman, Jing-Wen Zhang, Yue Chang, Li Jing, Jian-Zhong Zhang
Although it has been reported that polysaccharides found in Lycium barbarum possess neuroprotective effects, little is known of their ability to ameliorate hyperglycemia-aggravated ischemia/reperfusion brain injury. In this study, normoglycemic (NG) and hyperglycemic (HG) rats were compared after 30 minutes of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), followed by 24 or 27 hours of reperfusion, with HG rats pretreated with lyceum barbarum polysaccharides (LBP) or insulin. In each group, the neurological deficit, infarct volume, pathohistology, and expression of proteins, Opa1 and Drp1, were assessed to determine the efficacy of LBP in alleviating hyperglycemia-aggravated ischemia/reperfusion brain injury...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808089/bag3-mediated-proteostasis-at-a-glance
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REVIEW
Christina Klimek, Barbara Kathage, Judith Wördehoff, Jörg Höhfeld
Cellular and organismal survival depend on the ability to maintain the proteome, even under conditions that threaten protein integrity. BCL2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3) is essential for protein homeostasis (proteostasis) in stressed cells. Owing to its multi-domain structure, it engages in diverse processes that are crucial for proteome maintenance. BAG3 promotes the activity of molecular chaperones, sequesters and concentrates misfolded proteins, initiates autophagic disposal, and balances transcription, translation and degradation...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808088/the-armadillo-protein-p0071-controls-kif3-motor-transport
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Alexander Becher, Tim Eiseler, Marc Porzner, Paul Walther, René Keil, Susanne Bobrovich, Mechthild Hatzfeld, Thomas Seufferlein
We here report a novel function of the armadillo protein p0071 during KIF3/kinesin-2-mediated transport. Secretion of chromogranin A and matrix metallopeptidase 9 from pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor cells or pancreatic cancer cells, respectively, was substantially reduced following knockdown of p0071. Vesicle tracking indicated impaired directional persistence of vesicles upon p0071 depletion. This suggests a disturbed balance between plus- and minus-end directed microtubule transport in cells lacking p0071...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807815/bcl-xl-knockout-attenuates-mitochondrial-respiration-and-causes-oxidative-stress-that-is-compensated-by-pentose-phosphate-pathway-activity
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Annika Pfeiffer, Julia Schneider, Diones Bueno, Amalia Dolga, Timo-Daniel Voss, Jan Lewerenz, Verena Wüllner, Axel Methner
Bcl-xL is an anti-apoptotic protein that localizes to the outer mitochondrial membrane and influences mitochondrial bioenergetics by controlling Ca(2+) influx into mitochondria. Here, we analyzed the effect of mitochondrial Bcl-xL on mitochondrial shape and function in knockout (KO), wildtype and rescued mouse embryonic fibroblast cell lines. Mitochondria of KO cells were more fragmented, exhibited a reduced ATP concentration, and reduced oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) suggesting an increased importance of ATP generation by other means...
August 11, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807333/update-on-maximal-anabolic-response-to-dietary-protein
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REVIEW
Il-Young Kim, Nicolaas E P Deutz, Robert R Wolfe
The anabolic response to dietary protein can be defined as the difference between protein synthesis and breakdown, or the net protein balance, in response to ingestion of protein alone or a mixed meal containing protein. Others have concluded that a maximal anabolic response can be achieved with ingestion of 20-35 g of a high quality protein, leading to the formulation of a popular concept that the maximal anabolic response can be achieved by distributing the total protein intake evenly throughout the day, rather than eating a majority of dietary protein with dinner...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806642/circulating-follicular-helper-t-cells-presented-distinctively-different-responses-toward-bacterial-antigens-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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Zun-Qiang Zhou, Da-Nian Tong, Jiao Guan, Mei-Fang Li, Qi-Ming Feng, Min-Jie Zhou, Zheng-Yun Zhang
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic and progressive cholestatic liver disease with unknown causes. The initiation of PBC is associated with bacterial infections and abnormal immune correlates, such as the presence of self-reactive anti-mitochondrial antibodies and shifted balance of T cell subsets. In particular, the CD4(+)CXCR5(+) follicular helper T (Tfh) cells are highly activated in PBC patients and are significantly associated with PBC severity, but the underlying reasons are unknown. In this study, we found that the circulating CD4(+)CXCR5(+) T cells were enriched with the interferon (IFN)-γ-secreting Th1-subtype and the interleukin (IL)-17-secreting Th17-subtype, but not the IL-4-secreting Th2 subtype...
August 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806624/bcl-2-bax-protein-and-mrna-expression-in-yak-bos-grunniens-placentomes
#15
JiangFeng Fan, SiJiu Yu, Yan Cui, Gengquan Xu, Libin Wang, Yangyang Pan, Honghong He
Placental function is complex and influenced by various factors; furthermore, it depends on a delicate balance between cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and cell death. Bcl-2 and Bax proteins are key apoptosis regulators and are considered to play an important role in the maintenance of both dynamic balance and integrity of many tissues. Changes in Bcl-2 and Bax expressions have been described during different developmental stages in normal human placentas. Studies furthermore indicated several pathological placental changes to be related to abnormal Bcl-2 and Bax expressions...
July 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806587/elucidation-of-host-pathogen-protein-protein-interactions-to-uncover-mechanisms-of-host-cell-rewiring
#16
REVIEW
Charlotte Nicod, Amir Banaei-Esfahani, Ben C Collins
Infectious diseases are the result of molecular cross-talks between hosts and their pathogens. These cross-talks are in part mediated by host-pathogen protein-protein interactions (HP-PPI). HP-PPI play crucial roles in infections, as they may tilt the balance either in favor of the pathogens' spread or their clearance. The identification of host proteins targeted by viral or bacterial pathogenic proteins necessary for the infection can provide insights into their underlying molecular mechanisms of pathogenicity, and potentially even single out pharmacological intervention targets...
August 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805710/analysis-of-the-pathogenic-factors-and-management-of-dry-eye-in-ocular-surface-disorders
#17
REVIEW
Marcella Nebbioso, Paola Del Regno, Magda Gharbiya, Marta Sacchetti, Rocco Plateroti, Alessandro Lambiase
The tear film represents the interface between the eye and the environment. The alteration of the delicate balance that regulates the secretion and distribution of the tear film determines the dry eye (DE) syndrome. Despite having a multifactorial origin, the main risk factors are female gender and advanced age. Likewise, morphological changes in several glands and in the chemical composition of their secretions, such as proteins, mucins, lipidics, aqueous tears, and salinity, are highly relevant factors that maintain a steady ocular surface...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804913/on-bh3-mimetics-and-ca-2-signaling
#18
Pawel E Ferdek, Monika A Jakubowska
Preclinical Research BH3 mimetics are anticancer agents that reproduce the spatial arrangement of the BH3 domain of Bcl-2 family proteins. Just like the BH3-only proteins, these compounds bind to the hydrophobic cleft of the pro-survival Bcl-2 members such as Bcl-2 or Bcl-xL, and disrupt their heterodimerization with pro-apoptotic Bax or Bak, sensitizing cells to chemotherapy. In recent years, it has become clear that Bcl-2 family proteins are engaged in regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis, including Ca(2+) release from the intracellular stores as well as Ca(2+) fluxes across the plasma membrane...
August 13, 2017: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804604/why-whey-camel-whey-protein-as-a-new-dietary-approach-to-the-management-of-free-radicals-and-for-the-treatment-of-different-health-disorders
#19
REVIEW
Gamal Badr, Nancy K Ramadan, Leila H Sayed, Badr M Badr, Hossam M Omar, Zeliha Selamoglu
The balance between free radicals and antioxidants is an important factor for maintaining health and slowing disease progression. The use of antioxidants, particularly natural antioxidants, has become an important strategy for dealing with this cause of widespread diseases. Natural antioxidants have been used as therapeutic tools against many diseases because they are safe, effective, and inexpensive and are among the most commonly used adjuvants in the treatment of several diseases. Camel whey protein (CWP) is considered a strong natural antioxidant because it decreases oxidative stress, enhances immune system function, and increases glutathione levels...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804535/hongjingtian-injection-attenuates-myocardial-oxidative-damage-via-promoting-autophagy-and-inhibiting-apoptosis
#20
Shujing Zhang, Ling Zhang, Han Zhang, Guanwei Fan, Jiuwen Qiu, Zongbao Fang, Haibo Wu, Yi Wang, Xiaoping Zhao
Natural products with antioxidative activities are widely applied to prevent and treat various oxidative stress related diseases, including ischemic heart disease. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of those therapies are still needed to be illustrated. In this study, we characterized the cardioprotective effects of Hongjingtian Injection (HJT), an extensively used botanical drug for treating coronary heart disease. The H/R-induced profound elevation of oxidative stress was suppressed by HJT. HJT also attenuates oxidative injury by promoting cell viability, intracellular ATP contents, and mitochondrial oxygen consumption...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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