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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741704/methylation-of-protein-phosphatase-2a-influence-of-regulators-and-environmental-stress-factors
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Maria T Creighton, Anna Kolton, Amr R A Kataya, Jodi Maple-Grødem, Irina O Averkina, Behzad Heidari, Cathrine Lillo
Protein phosphatase 2A catalytic subunit (PP2A-C) has a terminal leucine subjected to methylation, a regulatory mechanism conserved from yeast to mammals and plants. Two enzymes, LCMT1 and PME1, methylate and demethylate PP2A-C, respectively. The physiological importance of these posttranslational modifications is still enigmatic. We investigated these processes in Arabidopsis thaliana by mutant phenotyping, global expression analysis, and by monitoring methylation status of PP2A-C under different environmental conditions...
July 25, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741338/fungi-of-the-genus-rhodotorula-isolated-from-the-oral-cavity-of-oncologic-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Piotr Troska, Ewa Sucharzewska, Maria Dynowska, Elżbieta Ejdys
This paper concerns the frequency of occurrence and enzymatic activity of fungi of the genus Rhodotorula isolated from the oral cavity of patients with colorectal cancer. Swabs from the oral cavity were subjected to standard mycological diagnostic procedures; enzymatic activity of the fungi was evaluated using and API Zym test by BioMereux. The fungi of the genus Rhodotorula were noted in 22.5% positive isolates originating from women and 25.7% positive isolates originating from men. They included mono-species isolates of: Rh...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741151/probiotic-characteristics-of-lactobacillus-curvatus-dn317-a-strain-isolated-from-chicken-ceca
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Mohamed Zommiti, Nathalie Connil, Jeannette Ben Hamida, Mounir Ferchichi
The probiotic characteristics of Lactobacillus curvatus DN317, a strain isolated from chicken ceca, were evaluated. This strain was selected for study from the isolated Lactobacillus strains because it has specific anti-microbial activity against Campylobacter jejuni ATCC 33560, Camp. jejuni NCTC 11168, Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 7644, and Bacillus subtilis ATCC 8633. Lact. curvatus DN317 showed an auto-aggregation percentage of 72% and presented the highest co-aggregation with Lact. monocytogenes ATCC 7644 (68%) compared to B...
July 24, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741070/late-onset-x-linked-adrenal-hypoplasia-dax-1-nr0b1-two-new-adult-onset-cases-from-a-single-center
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Nikolaos Kyriakakis, Tolulope Shonibare, Julie Kyaw-Tun, Julie Lynch, Carlos F Lagos, John C Achermann, Robert D Murray
PURPOSE: DAX-1 (NR0B1) is an orphan nuclear receptor, which plays a critical role in development and regulation of the adrenal gland and hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis. Mutations in NR0B1 lead to adrenal hypoplasia congenita (AHC), hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) and azoospermia in men. Presentation is typically with adrenal insufficiency (AI) during infancy or childhood. To date only eight cases/kindreds are reported to have presented in adulthood. METHODS: We describe two new cases of men with DAX-1 mutations who presented in adulthood and who were diagnosed at a large University Hospital...
July 24, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740500/dna-methylation-influences-chlorogenic-acid-biosynthesis-in-lonicera-japonica-by-mediating-ljbzip8-to-regulate-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-2-expression
#5
Liangping Zha, Shuang Liu, Juan Liu, Chao Jiang, Shulin Yu, Yuan Yuan, Jian Yang, Yaolong Wang, Luqi Huang
The content of active compounds differ in buds and flowers of Lonicera japonica (FLJ) and L. japonica var. chinensis (rFLJ). Chlorogenic acid (CGAs) were major active compounds of L. japonica and regarded as measurements for quality evaluation. However, little is known concerning the formation of active compounds at the molecular level. We quantified the major CGAs in FLJ and rFLJ, and found the concentrations of CGAs were higher in the buds of rFLJ than those of FLJ. Further analysis of CpG methylation of CGAs biosynthesis genes showed differences between FLJ and rFLJ in the 5'-UTR of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase 2 (PAL2)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739799/lgr5-receptor-promotes-cell-cell-adhesion-in-stem-cells-and-colon-cancer-cells-via-the-iqgap1-rac1-pathway
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Kendra S Carmon, Xing Gong, Jing Yi, Ling Wu, Anthony Thomas, Catherine M Moore, Ikuo Masuho, David J Timson, Kirill A Martemyanov, Qingyun J Liu
Leucine rich repeat containing G protein coupled receptor 5 (LGR5) is a bona fide marker of adult stem cells in several epithelial tissues, most notably in the intestinal crypts and is highly upregulated in many colorectal, hepatocellular, and ovarian cancers. LGR5 activation by R-spondin (RSPO) ligands potentiates Wnt/β-catenin signaling in vitro, yet deletion of LGR5 in stem cells has little or no effect on Wnt/β-catenin signaling or cell proliferation in vivo. Remarkably, modulation of LGR5 expression has a major impact on the actin cytoskeletal structure and cell adhesion in the absence of RSPO stimulation, but the molecular mechanism is unclear...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739720/inhibition-of-bevacizumab-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-batf2-overexpression-involves-the-suppression-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-glioblastoma-cells
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Wenqiu Huang, Chenguang Zhang, Mengtian Cui, Jing Niu, Wei Ding
BACKGROUND/AIM: Bevacizumab (BV) has been used for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma. However, it also induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in glioblastoma cells, which compromises its efficacy. BATF2 (basic leucine zipper ATF-like transcription factor 2), a multi-target transcriptional repressor, has been found to suppress cancer development partly through inhibition of Wnt/β-catenin singling. The roles of BATF2 and Wnt/β-catenin signaling in BV-induced EMT in glioblastoma cells were investigated in this study...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738801/charged-residues-next-to-transmembrane-regions-revisited-positive-inside-rule-is-complemented-by-the-negative-inside-depletion-outside-enrichment-rule
#8
James Alexander Baker, Wing-Cheong Wong, Birgit Eisenhaber, Jim Warwicker, Frank Eisenhaber
BACKGROUND: Transmembrane helices (TMHs) frequently occur amongst protein architectures as means for proteins to attach to or embed into biological membranes. Physical constraints such as the membrane's hydrophobicity and electrostatic potential apply uniform requirements to TMHs and their flanking regions; consequently, they are mirrored in their sequence patterns (in addition to TMHs being a span of generally hydrophobic residues) on top of variations enforced by the specific protein's biological functions...
July 24, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738674/complex-consisting-of-%C3%AE-glucan-and-antigenic-peptides-with-cleavage-site-for-glutathione-and-aminopeptidases-induces-potent-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes
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Shinichi Mochizuki, Hiromi Morishita, Kazuo Sakurai
The efficient induction of antigen-specific immune responses requires not only promotion of the uptake of antigens and adjuvant molecules into antigen-presenting cells, but also control of their intracellular behavior. We previously demonstrated that the β-glucan schizophyllan (SPG) can form complexes with CpG oligonucleotides with attached dA40 (CpG-dA/SPG), which can accumulate in macrophages in the draining inguinal lymph nodes and induce strong immune responses. In this study, we prepared various conjugates comprising antigenic peptide (OVA257-264) and dA40, and made complexes with SPG...
July 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738503/integration-of-protein-extraction-with-a-stream-of-byproducts-from-marine-macroalgae-a-model-forms-the-basis-for-marine-bioeconomy
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Tejal K Gajaria, Poornima Suthar, Ravi S Baghel, Nikunj B Balar, Preeti Sharnagat, Vaibhav A Mantri, C R K Reddy
The present study describes an advanced biorefinery model for marine macroalgae that assumes significant importance in the context of marine bio-economy. The method investigated in this study integrates the extraction of crude proteins with recovery of minerals rich sap, lipids, ulvan and cellulose from fresh biomass of Ulva lactuca. The protein content extracted was 11±2.12% on dry weight basis with recovery efficiency of 68.75±4.01%. The amino acid composition of crude protein fraction showed iso-leucine as the most abundant amino acid with 16...
July 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737870/analysis-of-acid-labile-subunit-and-its-usefulness-in-pediatrics
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REVIEW
Verónica E Zaidman
The acid-labile subunit (ALS) is an 85 kDa glycoprotein that belongs to the leucine-rich repeat superfamily. It mainly circulates in serum bound to a high molecular weight ternary complex. The main and most widely studied function of ALS is to prolong the half-life of the binary complex formed by insulin-like growth factors type 1 and 2 and its transport proteins 3 and 5. ALS serum levels are lower in neonates, reach a peak in late puberty, and then slowly decrease throughout adulthood. ALS deficiency has consequences on growth, hydrocarbon and bone metabolism, and, in some cases, it affects pubertal development...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737392/ligand-strain-and-entropic-effects-on-the-binding-of-macrocyclic-and-linear-inhibitors-molecular-modelling-of-penicillopepsin-complexes
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Dimas Suarez, Natalia Diaz
Using extensive molecular dynamics simulations, we investigate the structure and dynamics of the complexes formed between penicillopepsin and two peptidomimetic inhibitors: a linear compound, isovaleryl(P4)-valine(P3)-asparagine(P2)-leucine(P1)-phosphonate-phenilalanine(P1'), and its macrocylic analog that includes a methylene bridge between the Asn(P2) and Phe(P1') side chains. The macrocyclic inhibitor, which has a 420-fold larger affinity than that of the acyclic one, has been considered to lower the entropic penalty for binding...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735041/self-assembled-polypeptide-nanoparticles-for-intracellular-irinotecan-delivery
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N N Zashikhina, M V Volokitina, V A Korzhikov-Vlakh, I I Tarasenko, A Lavrentieva, T Scheper, E Rhuel, R V Orlova, T B Tennikova, E G Korzhikova-Vlakh
In this research poly(l-lysine)-b-poly(l-leucine) (PLys-b-PLeu) polymersomes were developed. It was shown that the size of nanoparticles depended on pH of self-assembly process and varied from 180 to 650nm. The biodegradation of PLys-b-PLeu nanoparticles was evaluated using in vitro polypeptide hydrolysis in two model enzymatic systems, as well as in human blood plasma. The experiments of the visualization of cellular uptake of rhodamine 6g-loaded and fluorescein-labeled nanoparticles were carried out, which approved the possibility of their penetration into the cells...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734207/in-silico-designing-of-therapeutic-protein-enriched-with-branched-chain-amino-acids-for-the-dietary-treatment-of-chronic-liver-disease
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Sunil L, Prasanna Vasu
Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are three essential branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) account for 40-45% of total essential amino acids. BCAA stimulates protein synthesis primarily in skeletal muscles, and it can directly transport to circulatory blood stream bypassing the liver. Hence, a protein enriched with BCAA is an important therapeutic target for the dietary treatment of chronic liver disease. The present study is to design a synthetic protein enriched with BCAA and the challenge is to maximize the BCAA content, keeping the balanced ratio of leucine, isoleucine, valine - 2: 1: 1...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733463/tlr4-and-c5ar-crosstalk-in-dendritic-cells-induces-a-core-regulatory-network-of-rsk2-pi3k%C3%AE-sgk1-and-foxo-transcription-factors
#15
Anouk Zaal, Benjamin Nota, Kat S Moore, Miranda Dieker, S Marieke van Ham, Anja Ten Brinke
Crosstalk between complement component 5a receptors (C5aRs) and TLRs in dendritic cells (DCs) occurs upon pathogen invasion; however, studies on C5aR and TLR crosstalk mainly focused on the modulating effect of C5a on TLR-induced cytokine production. To elucidate the breadth of C5aR and TLR4 crosstalk, the effect of simultaneous treatment with C5a and LPS was investigated in human monocyte-derived DCs (moDCs) 2 h after stimulation using whole transcriptome sequencing analysis. Although the effect of C5a on hallmark genes defining TLR4-induced DC maturation was limited at this time point, RNA sequencing analysis revealed a great variety of novel C5a targets, of which many interfere with TLR4-mediated immune activation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732768/molecular-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-four-fish-specific-cc-chemokine-receptors-ccr4la-ccr4lc1-ccr4lc2-and-ccr11-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
#16
Zhitao Qi, Jason W Holland, Yousheng Jiang, Christopher J Secombes, Pin Nie, Tiehui Wang
The chemokine and chemokine receptor networks regulate leukocyte trafficking, inflammation, immune cell differentiation, cancer and other biological processes. Comparative immunological studies have revealed that both chemokines and their receptors have expanded greatly in a species/lineage specific way. Of the 10 human CC chemokine receptors (CCR1-10) that bind CC chemokines, orthologues only to CCR6, 7, 9 and 10 are present in teleost fish. In this study, four fish-specific CCRs, termed as CCR4La, CCR4Lc1, CCR4Lc2 and CCR11, with a close link to human CCR1-5 and 8, in terms of amino acid homology and syntenic conservation, have been identified and characterized in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)...
July 18, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731988/roles-of-mitogen-activating-protein-kinase-kinase-kinase-kinase-3-map4k3-in-preterm-skeletal-muscle-satellite-cell-myogenesis-and-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-complex-1-mtorc1-activation-regulation
#17
Chu-Yi Guo, Mu-Xue Yu, Jie-Min Dai, Si-Nian Pan, Zhen-Tong Lu, Xiao-Shan Qiu, Si-Qi Zhuang
BACKGROUND Preterm skeletal muscle genesis is a paradigm for myogenesis. The role of mitogen-activating protein kinase kinase kinase kinase-3 (MAP4K3) in preterm skeletal muscle satellite cells myogenesis or its relationship to mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) activity have not been previously elaborated. MATERIAL AND METHODS Small interfering RNA (siRNA) interference technology was used to inhibit MAP4K3 expression. Leucine stimulation experiments were performed following MAP4K3-siRNA interference...
July 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731192/anp32a-modulates-cell-growth-by-regulating-p38-and-akt-activity-in-colorectal-cancer
#18
Wei Yan, Zhun Bai, Juan Wang, Xumei Li, Bixia Chi, Xu Chen
Acidic leucine-rich nuclear phosphoprotein-32A (ANP32A) possesses multiple biochemical activities, has been found to be decreased or absent in malignant tumors. However, new findings have shown that it is expressed in greater amounts in advanced cancers than in early-stage tumors. The role and clinical significance of ANP32A in colorectal cancer (CRC) is still unknown. In the present study, the expression of ANP32A was assessed in 68 CRC patients by IHC, and then the correlation of its expression with clinicopathological factors was investigated using the Allred, Klein and immune response scoring system analysis...
July 21, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730324/the-role-of-ndgr-in-glycerol-metabolism-in-streptomyces-coelicolor
#19
Bo-Rahm Lee, Shashi Kant Bhatia, Hun-Suk Song, Junyoung Kim, Wooseong Kim, Hyung-Yeon Park, Jeong-Jun Yoon, Sung-Hee Park, Daehee Hwang, Byung-Gee Kim, Yung-Hun Yang
Streptomyces, which produces many pharmaceutical antibiotics and anticancer agents, is a genus of soil-dwelling bacteria with numerous regulators that control both primary and secondary metabolism. NdgR is highly conserved in Streptomyces spp. and is known to be involved in antibiotic production, tolerance against shock and physical stress, nitrogen metabolism, leucine metabolism, and N-acetylglucosamine metabolism. As another function of NdgR, we report the involvement of NdgR in glycerol metabolism in S. coelicolor...
July 20, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729456/mechanistic-multi-tissue-modeling-of-gilz-regulation-integrating-circadian-gene-expression-with-receptor-mediated-corticosteroid-pharmacodynamics
#20
Vivaswath S Ayyar, Debra C DuBois, Richard R Almon, William J Jusko
The glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper (GILZ) is an important mediator of anti-inflammatory corticosteroid action. The pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic/pharmacogenomic effects of acute and chronic methylprednisolone (MPL) dosing on the tissue-specific dynamics of GILZ expression were examined in rats. A mechanism-based model was developed to investigate and integrate the role of MPL and circadian rhythms on the transcriptional enhancement of GILZ in multiple tissues. Animals received a single 50 mg/kg intramuscular bolus or a seven-day 0...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
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