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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731447/chromatin-bound-oxidized-%C3%AE-synuclein-causes-strand-breaks-in-neuronal-genomes-in-in-vitro-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Velmarini Vasquez, Joy Mitra, Pavana M Hegde, Arvind Pandey, Shiladitya Sengupta, Sankar Mitra, K S Rao, Muralidhar L Hegde
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) overexpression and misfolding/aggregation in degenerating dopaminergic neurons have long been implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). The neurotoxicity of α-Syn is enhanced by iron (Fe) and other pro-oxidant metals, leading to generation of reactive oxygen species in PD brain. Although α-Syn is predominantly localized in presynaptic nerve terminals, a small fraction exists in neuronal nuclei. However, the functional and/or pathological role of nuclear α-Syn is unclear. Following up on our earlier report that α-Syn directly binds DNA in vitro, here we confirm the nuclear localization and chromatin association of α-Syn in neurons using proximity ligation and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729665/identification-of-proteins-that-specifically-recognize-and-bind-protofibrillar-aggregates-of-amyloid-%C3%AE
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Elisabet Wahlberg, M Mahafuzur Rahman, Hanna Lindberg, Elin Gunneriusson, Benjamin Schmuck, Christofer Lendel, Mats Sandgren, John Löfblom, Stefan Ståhl, Torleif Härd
Protofibrils of the 42 amino acids long amyloid-β peptide are transient pre-fibrillar intermediates in the process of peptide aggregation into amyloid plaques and are thought to play a critical role in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease. Hence, there is a need for research reagents and potential diagnostic reagents for detection and imaging of such aggregates. Here we describe an in vitro selection of Affibody molecules that bind to protofibrils of Aβ42cc, which is a stable engineered mimic of wild type Aβ42 protofibrils...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728596/implementation-of-longevity-promoting-supplements-and-medications-in-public-health-practice-achievements-challenges-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Alexander Vaiserman, Oleh Lushchak
BACKGROUND: Most modern societies undergo rapid population aging. The rise in life expectancy, nevertheless, is not accompanied, to date, by the same increment of healthspan. Efforts to increase healthspan by means of supplements and pharmaceuticals targeting aging-related pathologies are presently in spotlight of a new branch in geriatric medicine, geroscience, postulating that aging could be manipulated in such a way that will in parallel allow delay the onset of all age-associated chronic disorders...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725634/ip3-receptor-mediated-calcium-signaling-and-its-role-in-autophagy-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Elzbieta Kania, Gemma Roest, Tim Vervliet, Jan B Parys, Geert Bultynck
Calcium ions (Ca(2+)) play a complex role in orchestrating diverse cellular processes, including cell death and survival. To trigger signaling cascades, intracellular Ca(2+) is shuffled between the cytoplasm and the major Ca(2+) stores, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the mitochondria, and the lysosomes. A key role in the control of Ca(2+) signals is attributed to the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) receptors (IP3Rs), the main Ca(2+)-release channels in the ER. IP3Rs can transfer Ca(2+) to the mitochondria, thereby not only stimulating core metabolic pathways but also increasing apoptosis sensitivity and inhibiting basal autophagy...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720702/identification-of-a-vesicular-atp-release-inhibitor-for-the-treatment-of-neuropathic-and-inflammatory-pain
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Yuri Kato, Miki Hiasa, Reiko Ichikawa, Nao Hasuzawa, Atsushi Kadowaki, Ken Iwatsuki, Kazuhiro Shima, Yasuo Endo, Yoshiro Kitahara, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Masatoshi Nomura, Hiroshi Omote, Yoshinori Moriyama, Takaaki Miyaji
Despite the high incidence of neuropathic and inflammatory pain worldwide, effective drugs with few side effects are currently unavailable for the treatment of chronic pain. Recently, researchers have proposed that inhibitors of purinergic chemical transmission, which plays a key role in the pathological pain response, may allow for targeted treatment of pathological neuropathic and inflammatory pain. However, such therapeutic analgesic agents have yet to be developed. In the present study, we demonstrated that clodronate, a first-generation bisphosphonate with comparatively fewer side effects than traditional treatments, significantly attenuates neuropathic and inflammatory pain unrelated to bone abnormalities via inhibition of vesicular nucleotide transporter (VNUT), a key molecule for the initiation of purinergic chemical transmission...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719640/short-lived-long-non-coding-rnas-as-surrogate-indicators-for-chemical-exposure-and-linc00152-and-malat1-modulate-their-neighboring-genes
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Hidenori Tani, Sayaka Okuda, Kaoru Nakamura, Motohide Aoki, Tomonari Umemura
Whole transcriptome analyses have revealed a large number of novel long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). Although accumulating evidence demonstrates that lncRNAs play important roles in regulating gene expression, the detailed mechanisms of action of most lncRNAs remain unclear. We previously reported that a novel class of lncRNAs with a short half-life (t1/2 < 4 h) in HeLa cells, termed short-lived non-coding transcripts (SLiTs), are closely associated with physiological and pathological functions. In this study, we focused on 26 SLiTs and nuclear-enriched abundant lncRNA, MALAT1(t1/2 of 7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718623/a-multimodal-spectroscopic-imaging-method-to-characterize-the-metal-and-macromolecular-content-of-proteinaceous-aggregates-amyloid-plaques
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Kelly L Summers, Nicholas Fimognari, Ashley Hollings, Mitchell Kiernan, Virginie Lam, Rebecca J Tidy, David Paterson, Mark J Tobin, Ryu Takechi, Graham N George, Ingrid J Pickering, John C Mamo, Hugh H Harris, Mark J Hackett
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major international health and economic concern. A key pathological feature of AD is so-called "amyloid-β-plaques", or "Aβ-plaques", which are deposits of aggregated protein, enriched with the Aβ fragment of amyloid precursor protein. Despite their name, the deposits are not pure Aβ and have a heterogeneous, chemically complex composition that can include multiple proteins, lipids, and metal ions (Fe, Cu, or Zn). Despite extensive research, it is still uncertain whether Aβ-plaques are a cause or a consequence of AD pathology...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716936/bacterial-infection-imaging-with-18-f-fluoropropyl-trimethoprim
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Mark A Sellmyer, Iljung Lee, Catherine Hou, Chi-Chang Weng, Shihong Li, Brian P Lieberman, Chenbo Zeng, David A Mankoff, Robert H Mach
There is often overlap in the diagnostic features of common pathologic processes such as infection, sterile inflammation, and cancer both clinically and using conventional imaging techniques. Here, we report the development of a positron emission tomography probe for live bacterial infection based on the small-molecule antibiotic trimethoprim (TMP). [(18)F]fluoropropyl-trimethoprim, or [(18)F]FPTMP, shows a greater than 100-fold increased uptake in vitro in live bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) relative to controls...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716664/advances-and-challenges-in-the-search-for-d2-and-d3-dopamine-receptor-selective-compounds
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REVIEW
Amy E Moritz, R Benjamin Free, David R Sibley
Compounds that target D2-like dopamine receptors (DRs) are currently used as therapeutics for several neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia (antagonists) and Parkinson's disease (agonists). However, as the D2R and D3R subtypes are highly homologous, creating compounds with sufficient subtype-selectivity as well as drug-like properties for therapeutic use has proved challenging. This review summarizes the progress that has been made in developing D2R- or D3R-selective antagonists and agonists, and also describes the experimental conditions that need to be considered when determining the selectivity of a given compound, as apparent selectivity can vary widely depending on assay conditions...
July 14, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713944/truncated-apolipoprotein-c-i-induces-apoptosis-in-neuroblastoma-by-activating-caspases-in-the-extrinsic-and-intrinsic-pathways
#10
Fei Guo, Wei Zhao, Lin Yang, Yang Yang, Saiqi Wang, Yingjun Wang, Zhaoming Li, Jiaxiang Wang
Truncated apolipoprotein C-I is a post-translationally modified protein characterized by the loss of threonine and proline residues from the N-terminus of the mature peptide. The truncated peptide is involved in many physiological and pathological processes in vivo and is related to malignant diseases. The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of the truncated peptide on tumorigenesis in neuroblastoma. The truncated peptide was chemically synthesized, and a signal peptide was used as the negative control...
July 14, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713086/intensifying-approach-to-the-therapy-of-patients-with-constellation-of-the-diseases-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-osteoarthritis
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Vyacheslav N Zhdan, Maksim М Potyazhenko, Galina S Khaymenova, Nadezhda N Lyulka, Tatyana V Dubrovinskaya, Igor V Ivanitsky
INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of 21st century. About 210 million people all over the world are suffering with COPD, and annually 3 million people die of it. Under the influence of different factors, such as smoking, air prolusion, evaporation of chemicals, poisoning effect of chemical firings, inflammation processes take place in lungs, and if it is prolonged and take place simultaneously with morphological changes in the lungs, it it provide the de4velopment of the systemic inflammation process...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708094/cholinesterase-and-prolyl-oligopeptidase-inhibitory-activities-of-alkaloids-from-argemone-platyceras-papaveraceae
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Tomáš Siatka, Markéta Adamcová, Lubomír Opletal, Lucie Cahlíková, Daniel Jun, Martina Hrabinová, Jiří Kuneš, Jakub Chlebek
Alzheimer's disease is an age-related, neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by cognitive impairment and restrictions in activities of daily living. This disease is the most common form of dementia with complex multifactorial pathological mechanisms. Many therapeutic approaches have been proposed. Among them, inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, butyrylcholinesterase, and prolyl oligopeptidase can be beneficial targets in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Roots, along with aerial parts of Argemone platyceras, were extracted with ethanol and fractionated on an alumina column using light petrol, chloroform and ethanol...
July 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701011/action-plan-for-prolongation-of-nephrogenesis-in-preterm-and-growth-restricted-babies-explore-ultrastructure-of-the-nephrogenic-zone-identify-a-molecular-target-select-a-viable-drug-and-find-a-path-for-administration
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Will W Minuth
A large amount of investigations informs about primary steps of mammalian kidney development such as anlage of the organ and initial nephron formation, while only few data exists about the late phase of human kidney development. In particular, little attention was up to date addressed to the decrease of morphogenic activity in the nephrogenic zone short before birth and the vanishing of all stem cell niches aligned beyond the organ capsule. There is evidence that molecular controlling of this normal but degenerative developmental process also plays a decisive role in the kidneys of preterm and growth restricted babies...
July 12, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700665/solution-conformations-of-zika-ns2b-ns3pro-and-its-inhibition-by-natural-products-from-edible-plants
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Amrita Roy, Liangzhong Lim, Shagun Srivastava, Yimei Lu, Jianxing Song
The recent Zika viral (ZIKV) epidemic has been associated with severe neurological pathologies such as neonatal microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome but unfortunately no vaccine or medication is effectively available yet. Zika NS2B-NS3pro is essential for the proteolysis of the viral polyprotein and thereby viral replication. Thus NS2B-NS3pro represents an attractive target for anti-Zika drug discovery/design. Here, we have characterized the solution conformations and catalytic parameters of both linked and unlinked Zika NS2B-NS3pro complexes and found that the unlinked complex manifested well-dispersed NMR spectra...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698612/eif2%C3%AE-signaling-regulates-ischemic-osteonecrosis-through-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Daquan Liu, Yunlong Zhang, Xinle Li, Jie Li, Shuang Yang, Xiaoxue Xing, Guanwei Fan, Hiroki Yokota, Ping Zhang
Osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) primarily results from ischemia/hypoxia to the femoral head, and one of the cellular manifestations is the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. To understand possible linkage of ischemic osteonecrosis to the ER stress, a surgery-induced animal model was employed and salubrinal was administered to evaluate the role of ER stress. Salubrinal is a synthetic chemical that inhibits de-phosphorylation of eIF2α, and it can suppress cell death from the ER stress at a proper dose...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696431/synaptic-activity-protects-against-ad-and-ftd-like-pathology-via-autophagic-lysosomal-degradation
#16
Y Akwa, E Gondard, A Mann, E Capetillo-Zarate, E Alberdi, C Matute, S Marty, T Vaccari, A M Lozano, E E Baulieu, D Tampellini
Changes in synaptic excitability and reduced brain metabolism are among the earliest detectable alterations associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Stimulation of synaptic activity has been shown to be protective in models of AD beta-amyloidosis. Remarkably, deep brain stimulation (DBS) provides beneficial effects in AD patients, and represents an important therapeutic approach against AD and other forms of dementia. While several studies have explored the effect of synaptic activation on beta-amyloid, little is known about Tau protein...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691876/-physiological-pathophysiological-and-clinical-significance-of-chromogranins-secretogranins
#17
Lajos Jakab
This paper investigates the fundamental knowledge, build-up, as well as essential structural and important features of the big family of chromogranins/secretogranins. Previously the different properties and the slightly diverging funcional relations of the two family members were in focus. Later on, it has been discovered that they are essentially two similar compounds with identical structures and functions, and they are chemically, biochemically related. From details discovered so far we can tell that they are long polypeptid chains formed from amino acids...
July 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691226/of-self-lipids-cd1-restricted-t-cells-and-contact-sensitization
#18
Giulia Casorati, Paolo Dellabona
Contact hypersensitivity (CHS) in rodents and contact dermatitis in humans are long-known pathological conditions caused by MHC-restricted T-cell responses. These responses are triggered upon T-cell recognition of neo-antigenic determinants, which are generated by a variety of environmental contact sensitizer (CS) chemicals associating with self-proteins to comprise these neo-antigens. In this issue of the European Journal of Immunology, Betts et al. [Eur. J. Immunol. 2017. 47: 1171-1180] provide intriguing data implying that common small molecule CSs such as dinitrochlorobenzene can also recruit and activate autoreactive CD1-restricted T cells specific for cell-endogenous lipids, which are enriched in human skin...
July 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689519/insulin-resistance-and-glucose-levels-in-subjects-with-subclinical-hypothyroidism
#19
Sikandar Hayat Khan, Nadeem Fazal, Aamir Ijaz, Syed Mohsin Manzoor, Naveed Asif, Tariq Rafi, Muhammad Yasir, Najmusaquib Khan Niazi
OBJECTIVE: To compare insulin resistance and glycemic indicators among subjects with euthyroidism and subclinical hypothyroidism. STUDY DESIGN: Comparative cross-sectional study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Pathology and Medicine, PNS Hafeez, Islamabad, in collaboration with the Department of Chemical Pathology and Endocrinology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Rawalpindi, from December 2015 to September 2016...
June 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688768/the-nitroxide-4-methoxy-tempo-inhibits-neutrophil-stimulated-kinase-activation-in-h9c2-cardiomyocytes
#20
B Chami, G Jeong, A Varda, A-M Maw, H-B Kim, G M Fong, M Simone, B S Rayner, X-S Wang, J M Dennis, P K Witting
After acute myocardial infarction (AMI), neutrophils are recruited to the affected myocardium. Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) produced by neutrophil myeloperoxidase (MPO) damages cardiomyocytes and potentially expands the primary infarct. Rat cardiomyocyte-like cells were incubated with isolated human neutrophils treated with chemical activators in the absence or presence of nitroxide 4-methoxy-Tempo (MetT; 25 μM) for 4, 6 or 24 h; studies with reagent HOCl served as positive control. Treating cardiomyocytes with activated neutrophils or reagent HOCl resulted in a marked increase in protein tyrosine chlorination and a decline in protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) activity...
July 5, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
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