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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222464/regulation-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-its-substrate-chemokines-and-their-receptors-in-adipose-tissue-of-ob-ob-mice
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Jihoon Shin, Atsunori Fukuhara, Toshiharu Onodera, Chieko Yokoyama, Michio Otsuki, Iichiro Shimomura
The physiological function of DPP-4 in proteolytic inactivation of incretins has been well established, however, there is limited information on the expression and the significance of DPP-4 in white adipose tissue with regard to obesity. The objective of the work was to reveal the expression and regulation of DPP-4 in adipocytes and compare the expression and activity of DPP-4 in white adipose tissue and several other organs such as the liver, muscle and kidney. We also investigated the gene expression levels of DPP-4 substrate chemokines, and their receptors in white adipose tissue...
February 21, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220995/development-of-hydrogels-for-regenerative-engineering
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REVIEW
Xiaofei Guan, Meltem Avci-Adali, Emine Alarçin, Hao Cheng, Sara Saheb Kashaf, Yuxiao Li, Aditya Chawla, Hae Lin Jang, Ali Khademhosseini
The aim of regenerative engineering is to restore complex tissues and biological systems through convergence in the fields of advanced biomaterials, stem cell science, and developmental biology. Hydrogels are one of the most attractive biomaterials for regenerative engineering, since they can be engineered into tissue mimetic 3D scaffolds to support cell growth due to their similarity to native extracellular matrix. Advanced nano- and micro-technologies have dramatically increased the ability to control properties and functionalities of hydrogel materials by facilitating biomimetic fabrication of more sophisticated compositions and architectures, thus extending our understanding of cell-matrix interactions at the nanoscale...
February 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220799/impact-of-genetic-background-and-experimental-reproducibility-on-identifying-chemical-compounds-with-robust-longevity-effects
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Mark Lucanic, W Todd Plummer, Esteban Chen, Jailynn Harke, Anna C Foulger, Brian Onken, Anna L Coleman-Hulbert, Kathleen J Dumas, Suzhen Guo, Erik Johnson, Dipa Bhaumik, Jian Xue, Anna B Crist, Michael P Presley, Girish Harinath, Christine A Sedore, Manish Chamoli, Shaunak Kamat, Michelle K Chen, Suzanne Angeli, Christina Chang, John H Willis, Daniel Edgar, Mary Anne Royal, Elizabeth A Chao, Shobhna Patel, Theo Garrett, Carolina Ibanez-Ventoso, June Hope, Jason L Kish, Max Guo, Gordon J Lithgow, Monica Driscoll, Patrick C Phillips
Limiting the debilitating consequences of ageing is a major medical challenge of our time. Robust pharmacological interventions that promote healthy ageing across diverse genetic backgrounds may engage conserved longevity pathways. Here we report results from the Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program in assessing longevity variation across 22 Caenorhabditis strains spanning 3 species, using multiple replicates collected across three independent laboratories. Reproducibility between test sites is high, whereas individual trial reproducibility is relatively low...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219820/versatile-carboxyl-terminus-of-capsid-protein-of-porcine-circovirus-type-2-were-recognized-by-monoclonal-antibodies-with-pluripotency-of-binding
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Ling-Chu Hung, Ivan-Chen Cheng
We designed the peptide (C3) mimetic carboxyl-terminus (Cterminus) of capsid protein of porcine circovirus type 2b (PCV2b-1A/1B) inducing humoral immunity and generating hybridomas. The positive reactivity of the mAbs to PCV2 capsid protein was demonstrated by Western blot assay. Those mAbs also showed positive signals on PCV2b infected swine lymphocytes by indirect immunofluorescence staining. The mAb 1H3 bound to three minimal linear epitopes (P62, DPPLNP; P67, DPPLNPK; P73, LKDPPLKP), which was located at Cterminus of the capsid protein of PCV2b-1A/1B, PCV2b-1C, and PCV2a-2A respectively...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219777/nutrition-metabolism-and-targeting-aging-in-nonhuman-primates
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REVIEW
Priya Balasubramanian, Julie A Mattison, Rozalyn M Anderson
This short review focuses on the importance of nonhuman primate nutrition and aging studies and makes the case that a targeted expansion of the use of this highly translatable model would be advantageous to the biology of aging field. First, we describe the high degree of similarity of the model in terms of aging phenotypes including incidence and prevalence of common human age-related diseases. Second, we discuss the importance of the nonhuman primate nutrition and aging studies and the extent to which the outcomes of two ongoing long-term studies of caloric restriction are congruent with short-term equivalent studies in humans...
February 17, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218648/expression-purification-and-monitoring-of-conformational-changes-of-hcb2-tmh67h8-in-different-membrane-mimetic-lipid-mixtures-using-circular-dichroism-and-nmr-techniques
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Elvis K Tiburu, Jianqin Zhuang, Heidimarie N A Fleischer, Patrick K Arthur, Gordon A Awandare
This work was intended to develop self-assembly lipids for incorporating G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) in order to improve the success rate for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) structural elucidation. We hereby report the expression and purification of uniformly (15)N-labeled human cannabinoid receptor-2 domain in insect cell media. The domain was refolded by screening several membrane mimetic environments. Different q ratios of isotropic bicelles were screened for solubilizing transmembrane helix 6, 7 and 8 (TMH67H8)...
February 17, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218490/comparative-effects-of-energy-restriction-and-resveratrol-intake-on-glycemic-control-improvement
#7
I Milton-Laskibar, L Aguirre, M T Macarulla, U Etxeberria, F I Milagro, J A Martínez, J Contreras, M P Portillo
Resveratrol (RSV) has been proposed as an energy restriction mimetic. This study aimed to compare the effects of RSV and energy restriction on insulin resistance induced by an obesogenic diet. Any additive effect of both treatments was also analyzed. Rats were fed a high-fat high-sucrose diet for 6 weeks. They were then distributed in four experimental groups which were either fed a standard control diet (C), or treated with RSV (30 mg/kg/d), or submitted to energy restriction (R, 15%), or treated with RSV and submitted to energy restriction (RR)...
February 20, 2017: BioFactors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218444/evaluation-of-late-outgrowth-endothelial-progenitor-cell-and-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cell-responses-to-thromboresistant-collagen-mimetic-hydrogels
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Dany J Munoz-Pinto, Josh D Erndt-Marino, Silvia M Becerra-Bayona, Viviana R Guiza-Arguello, Satyavrata Samavedi, Sarah Malmut, William M Reichert, Brooke Russell, Magnus Hӧӧk, Mariah S Hahn
Bioactive coatings which support the adhesion of late-outgrowth peripheral blood endothelial progenitor cells (EOCs) are actively being investigated as a means to promote rapid endothelialization of "off-the-shelf," small-caliber arterial graft prostheses following implantation. In the present work, we evaluated the behavior of EOCs on thromboresistant graft coatings based on the collagen-mimetic protein Scl2-2 and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) diacrylate. Specifically, the attachment, proliferation, migration, and phenotype of EOCs on PEG-Scl2-2 hydrogels were evaluated as a function of Scl2-2 concentration (4, 8, and 12 mg/mL) relative to human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216602/selenium-and-tellurium-based-antioxidants-for-modulating-inflammation-and-effects-on-osteoblastic-activity
#9
Xi Lu, Gemma Mestres, Vijay Pal Singh, Pedram Effati, Jia-Fei Poon, Lars Engman, Marjam Karlsson Ott
Increased oxidative stress plays a significant role in the etiology of bone diseases. Heightened levels of H2O2 disrupt bone homeostasis, leading to greater bone resorption than bone formation. Organochalcogen compounds could act as free radical trapping agents or glutathione peroxidase mimetics, reducing oxidative stress in inflammatory diseases. In this report, we synthesized and screened a library of organoselenium and organotellurium compounds for hydrogen peroxide scavenging activity, using macrophagic cell lines RAW264...
February 14, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216439/role-of-thyroid-hormone-in-hepatic-gene-regulation-chromatin-remodeling-and-autophagy
#10
Brijesh Kumar Singh, Rohit Anthony Sinha, Kenji Ohba, Paul Michael Yen
Thyroid hormone (TH) actions on development and metabolism have been studied ever since the discovery of thyroxine almost a century ago. Initial studies focused on the physiological and biochemical actions of TH. Later, the cloning of the thyroid hormone receptor (THR) isoforms and the development of techniques enabled the study of TH regulation of complex cellular processes (such as gene transcription). Recently we found that TH activates secondary transcription factors such as FOXO1, to amplify gene transcription; and also is a potent inducer of autophagy that was critical for fatty acid β-oxidation in the liver...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215531/smac-mimetics-to-therapeutically-target-iap-proteins-in-cancer
#11
S Fulda
Inhibitor of Apoptosis (IAP) proteins are overexpressed in a variety of human cancers. Therefore, they are considered as promising targets for the design of therapeutic strategies. Smac mimetics mimic the endogenous mitochondrial protein Smac that antagonizes IAP proteins upon its release into the cytosol. Multiple preclinical studies have documented the ability of Smac mimetics to either directly induce cell death of cancer cells or to prime them to agents that trigger cell death. At present, several Smac mimetics are being evaluated in early clinical trials...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214233/incorporation-of-arginine-mimetic-residue-into-peptides-for-recognition-of-double-stranded-nucleic-acid-structure-binding-and-aggregation-studies
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Mao Li, Marija Matković, Ivo Piantanida, Carsten Schmuck
An arginine mimetic, featuring a guanidiniocarbonypyrrol as artificial anion binding site (GCP), was introduced into short peptides to study their binding and aggregation with double stranded DNA and RNA. While the incorporation of this GCP modification did not significantly change the overall binding affinity for DNA/RNA, their interactions were more sensitive with respect to the type of polynucleotides. Peptide 4, with four GCP modifications, exhibited amazing fluorescent selectivity for AU- and (to a lesser extent) AT- sequences...
February 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212823/cyp-epoxygenase-derived-h2o2-is-involved-in-the-endothelium-derived-hyperpolarization-edh-and-relaxation-of-intrarenal-arteries
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Mercedes Muñoz, Maria Elvira López-Oliva, Estéfano Pinilla, María Pilar Martínez, Ana Sánchez, Claudia Rodríguez, Albino García-Sacristán, Medardo Hernández, Luis Rivera, Dolores Prieto
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) like hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are involved in the in endothelium-derived hyperpolarization (EDH)-type relaxant responses of coronary and mesenteric arterioles. The role of ROS in kidney vascular function has mainly been investigated in the context of harmful ROS generation associated to kidney disease. The present study was sought to investigate whether H2O2 is involved in the endothelium-dependent relaxations of intrarenal arteries as well the possible endothelial sources of ROS generation involved in these responses...
February 14, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209992/from-basic-apoptosis-discoveries-to-advanced-selective-bcl-2-family-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Avi Ashkenazi, Wayne J Fairbrother, Joel D Leverson, Andrew J Souers
Members of the B cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2) gene family have a central role in regulating programmed cell death by controlling pro-apoptotic and anti-apoptotic intracellular signals. In cancer, apoptosis evasion through dysregulation of specific BCL-2 family genes is a recurring event; accordingly, selective inhibition of specific anti-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins represents an exciting therapeutic opportunity. A combination of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based screening and structure-based drug design has yielded the first bona fide BCL-2 homology 3 (BH3) mimetics, including the BCL-2 and BCL-XL dual antagonist navitoclax, which is the first BCL-2 family inhibitor to show efficacy in patients with cancer...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208025/aeol-10150-mitigates-radiation-induced-lung-injury-in-the-nonhuman-primate-morbidity-and-mortality-are-administration-schedule-dependent
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Thomas J MacVittie, Allison Gibbs, Ann M Farese, Kory Barrow, Alexander Bennett, Cheryl Taylor-Howell, Abdul Kazi, Karl Prado, George Parker, William Jackson Iii
Pneumonitis and fibrosis are potentially lethal, delayed effects of acute radiation exposure. In this study, male rhesus macaques received whole-thorax lung irradiation (WTLI) with a target dose of 10.74 Gy prescribed to midplane at a dose rate of 0.80 ± 0.05 Gy/min using 6 MV linear accelerator-derived photons. The study design was comprised of four animal cohorts: one control and three treated with AEOL 10150 (n = 20 animals per cohort). AEOL 10150, a metalloporphyrin antioxidant, superoxide dismutase mimetic was administered by daily subcutaneous injection at 5 mg/kg in each of three schedules, beginning 24 ± 2 h postirradiation: from day 1 to day 28, day 1 to day 60 or a divided regimen from day 1 to day 28 plus day 60 to day 88...
February 16, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206751/ultratrace-naked-eye-colorimetric-detection-of-hg-2-in-wastewater-and-serum-utilizing-mercury-stimulated-peroxidase-mimetic-activity-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-pei-pd-nanohybrids
#16
Shouting Zhang, Dongxu Zhang, Xuehong Zhang, Denghui Shang, Zhonghua Xue, Duoliang Shan, Xiao-Quan Lu
Herein, we developed a general strategy for rapid, high selectively and ultratrace naked-eye colorimetric detection of Hg(2+) in aqueous solutions. Two dimensional rGO/PEI/Pd nanohybrids, where rGO, PEI and Pd were referred to reduced graphene oxide, polyethyleneimine, and Pd nanoparticles, respectively, were synthesized and used as mimetic peroxidase for selective and ultrasensitive detection of Hg(2+) in water and human serum samples. In the presence of mercury ions, the peroxidase mimetic activity of rGO/PEI/Pd nanohybrids was found to be stimulated and enhanced significantly, which promoted the effective oxidation and color change of 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethylbenzidine in solution to dark blue that was detected by naked-eyes and absorption spectroscopic method...
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205387/fructose-down-regulates-mir-330-to-induce-renal-inflammatory-response-and-insulin-signaling-impairment-attenuation-by-morin
#17
Ting-Ting Gu, Lin Song, Tian-Yu Chen, Xin Wang, Xiao-Juan Zhao, Xiao-Qin Ding, Yan-Zi Yang, Ying Pan, Dong-Mei Zhang, Ling-Dong Kong
SCOPE: Fructose induces insulin resistance with kidney inflammation and injury. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are emerged as key regulators of insulin signaling. Morin has insulin-mimetic effect with the improvement of insulin resistance and kidney injury. This study investigated the protective mechanisms of morin against fructose-induced kidney injury, with particular focus on miR-330 expression change, inflammatory response and insulin signaling impairment. METHODS AND RESULTS: miR-330, sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1)/sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P)/S1P receptor (S1PR)1/3 signaling, NF-κB/NOD-like receptor family, pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome and insulin signaling were detected in kidney cortex of fructose-fed rats and fructose-exposed HK-2 cells, respectively...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203527/superoxide-increases-angiotensin-ii-at1-receptor-function-in-human-kidney-2-cells
#18
Mohammad Saleem, Indira Pokkunuri, Mohammad Asghar
The redox-sensitive Sp family transcription factor has been linked to the regulation of angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R). However, the exact mechanism of AT1R regulation in renal cells is poorly understood. We tested the specificity of reactive oxygen species (ROS), superoxide vs. hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and the specific role of Sp3 transcription factor, if any, in the regulation of AT1R in human kidney cells (HK2 cells). Superoxide dismutase (SOD) inhibitor diethyldithiocarbamate (DETC), but not H2O2 treatment, increased fluorescence levels of superoxide probe dihydroethidium (DHE)...
December 2016: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202806/signals-cues-and-the-nature-of-mimicry
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REVIEW
Gabriel A Jamie
'Mimicry' is used in the evolutionary and ecological literature to describe diverse phenomena. Many are textbook examples of natural selection's power to produce stunning adaptations. However, there remains a lack of clarity over how mimetic resemblances are conceptually related to each other. The result is that categories denoting the traditional subdivisions of mimicry are applied inconsistently across studies, hindering attempts at conceptual unification. This review critically examines the logic by which mimicry can be conceptually organized and analysed...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202367/exosomes-therapy-delivery-tools-and-biomarkers-of-diseases
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REVIEW
Lucio Barile, Giuseppe Vassalli
Virtually all cells in the organism secrete extracellular vesicles (EVs), a heterogeneous population of lipid bilayer membrane-enclosed vesicles that transport and deliver payloads of proteins and nucleic acids to recipient cells, thus playing central roles in cell-cell communications. Exosomes, nanosized EVs of endosomal origin, regulate many pathophysiological processes including immune responses and inflammation, tumour growth, and infection. Healthy subjects and patients with different diseases release exosomes with different RNA and protein contents into the circulation, which can be measured as biomarkers...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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