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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214518/potentiating-slc-transporter-activity-emerging-drug-discovery-opportunities
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Marie-Laure Rives, Jonathan A Javitch, Alan D Wickenden
Maintaining the integrity of cellular membranes is critical to protecting metabolic activities and genetic information from the environment. Regulation of transport across membranes of essential chemicals, including water, nutrients, hormones and many drugs, is therefore key to cellular homeostasis and physiological processes. The two main transporter superfamilies are ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters that primarily function as efflux transporters, and the solute carrier (SLC) transporters. SLC transporters encompass 52 gene families with almost 400 different human transporter genes...
February 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209709/pathogenic-mutations-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-2-predominantly-result-in-loss-of-rp2-protein-stability-in-human-and-zebrafish
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Fei Liu, Yayun Qin, Shanshan Yu, Dinesh C Soares, Lifang Yang, Jun Weng, Chang Li, Meng Gao, Zhaojing Lu, Xuebin Hu, Xiliang Liu, Tao Jiang, Jing Y Liu, Xinhua Shu, Zhaohui Tang, Mugen Liu
Mutations in retinitis pigmentosa 2 (RP2) account for 10-20% of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (RP) cases. The encoded RP2 protein is implicated in ciliary trafficking of myristoylated and prenylated proteins in photoreceptor cells. To date, over 70 mutations in RP2 have been identified. How these mutations disrupt the function of RP2 is not fully understood. Here, we report a novel in-frame 12-bp deletion (c.357_368del, p.Pro120_Gly123del) in zebrafish rp2 The mutant zebrafish shows reduced rod phototransduction proteins and progressive retinal degeneration...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207860/effect-of-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-us27-on-cxcr4-receptor-internalization-measured-by-fluorogen-activating-protein-fap-biosensors
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Jordan M Boeck, Juliet V Spencer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a widespread pathogen and a member of the Herpesviridae family. HCMV has a large genome that encodes many genes that are non-essential for virus replication but instead play roles in manipulation of the host immune environment. One of these is the US27 gene, which encodes a protein with homology to the chemokine receptor family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The US27 protein has no known chemokine ligands but can modulate the signaling activity of host receptor CXCR4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204957/insights-into-the-role-of-opioid-receptors-in-the-gi-tract-experimental-evidence-and-therapeutic-relevance
#4
James J Galligan, Catia Sternini
Opioid drugs are prescribed extensively for pain treatment but when used chronically they induce constipation that can progress to opioid-induced bowel dysfunction. Opioid drugs interact with three classes of opioid receptors: mu opioid receptors (MORs), delta opioid receptors (DOR), and kappa opioid receptors (KORs), but opioid drugs mostly target the MORs. Upon stimulation, opioid receptors couple to inhibitory Gi/Go proteins that activate or inhibit downstream effector proteins. MOR and DOR couple to inhibition of adenylate cyclase and voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels and to activation of K(+) channels resulting in reduced neuronal activity and neurotransmitter release...
February 16, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198363/gut-memories-do-not-fade-epigenetic-regulation-of-lasting-gut-homing-receptor-expression-in-cd4-memory-t-cells
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B A Szilagyi, J Triebus, C Kressler, M de Almeida, S Tierling, P Durek, M Mardahl, A Szilagyi, S Floess, J Huehn, U Syrbe, J Walter, J K Polansky, A Hamann
The concept of a "topographical memory" in lymphocytes implies a stable expression of homing receptors mediating trafficking of lymphocytes back to the tissue of initial activation. However, a significant plasticity of the gut-homing receptor α4β7 was found in CD8(+) T cells, questioning the concept. We now demonstrate that α4β7 expression in murine CD4(+) memory T cells is, in contrast, imprinted and remains stable in the absence of the inducing factor retinoic acid (RA) or other stimuli from mucosal environments...
February 15, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196064/mt4-mmp-and-egfr-expression-levels-are-key-biomarkers-for-breast-cancer-patient-response-to-chemotherapy-and-erlotinib
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Cassandre Yip, Pierre Foidart, Joan Somja, Alice Truong, Mehdi Lienard, Emilie Feyereisen, Hélène Schroeder, Stéphanie Gofflot, Anne-Françoise Donneau, Joëlle Collignon, Philippe Delvenne, Nor Eddine Sounni, Guy Jerusalem, Agnès Noël
BACKGROUND: Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are heterogeneous cancers with poor prognosis. We aimed to determine the clinical relevance of membrane type-4 matrix metalloproteinase (MT4-MMP), a membrane type matrix metalloproteinase that interacts with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) overexpressed in >50% of TNBC. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective immunohistochemical analysis on human TNBC samples (n=81) and validated our findings in in vitro and in vivo assays...
February 14, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195067/the-effect-of-short-term-treatment-with-probiotic-vsl-3-on-various-clinical-and-biochemical-parameters-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
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W Marlicz, E Wunsch, M Mydlowska, M Milkiewicz, K Serwin, M Mularczyk, P Milkiewicz, J Raszeja-Wyszomirska
The evidence is mounting that alterations of innate immunity and gut microbiota contribute to chronic liver disease and its complications. Modulation of intestinal microbiota is an emerging therapeutic strategy in hepatology. Probiotics through modulation of intestinal milieu have the potential to affect the course of liver disease. The data concerning the influence of probiotics on various plasma molecules and compounds involved in the pathogenesis of hyperdynamic circulatory state in liver cirrhosis is still not confluent and require further evaluation...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193235/dynamic-presenilin-1-and-synaptotagmin-1-interaction-modulates-exocytosis-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-production
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Katarzyna Marta Zoltowska, Masato Maesako, Iryna Lushnikova, Shuko Takeda, Laura J Keller, Galina Skibo, Bradley T Hyman, Oksana Berezovska
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD)-linked protein, presenilin 1 (PS1), is present at the synapse, and the knock-out of presenilin in mice leads to synaptic dysfunction. On the other hand, synaptic activity was shown to influence PS1-dependent generation of distinct amyloid β (Aβ) species. However, the precise nature of these regulations remains unclear. The current study reveals novel role of PS1 at the synapse, and deciphers how PS1 and synaptic vesicle-associated protein, synaptotagmin 1 (Syt1) modulate each other functions in neurons via direct activity-triggered interaction...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192532/role-of-arf-gtpases-in-fungal-morphogenesis-and-virulence
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Hayet Labbaoui, Stéphanie Bogliolo, Vikram Ghugtyal, Norma V Solis, Scott G Filler, Robert A Arkowitz, Martine Bassilana
Virulence of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans depends on the switch from budding to filamentous growth, which requires sustained membrane traffic and polarized growth. In many organisms, small GTPases of the Arf (ADP-ribosylation factor) family regulate membrane/protein trafficking, yet little is known about their role in fungal filamentous growth. To investigate these GTPases in C. albicans, we generated loss of function mutants in all 3 Arf proteins, Arf1-Arf3, and 2 Arf-like proteins, Arl1 and Arl3...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192441/cyclic-amp-regulates-postnatal-development-of-neural-and-behavioral-responses-to-nacl-in-rats
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Jie Qian, Shobha Mummalaneni, Tam-Hao T Phan, Gerard L Heck, John A DeSimone, David West, Sunila Mahavadi, Deanna Hojati, Karnam S Murthy, Mee-Ra Rhyu, Andrew I Spielman, Mehmet Hakan Özdener, Vijay Lyall
During postnatal development rats demonstrate an age-dependent increase in NaCl chorda tympani (CT) responses and the number of functional apical amiloride-sensitive epithelial Na+ channels (ENaCs) in salt sensing fungiform (FF) taste receptor cells (TRCs). Currently, the intracellular signals that regulate the postnatal development of salt taste have not been identified. We investigated the effect of cAMP, a downstream signal for arginine vasopressin (AVP) action, on the postnatal development of NaCl responses in 19-23 day old rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191886/sirtuin-1-regulates-cardiac-electrical-activity-by-deacetylating-the-cardiac-sodium-channel
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Ajit Vikram, Christopher M Lewarchik, Jin-Young Yoon, Asma Naqvi, Santosh Kumar, Gina M Morgan, Julia S Jacobs, Qiuxia Li, Young-Rae Kim, Modar Kassan, Jing Liu, Mohanad Gabani, Ajay Kumar, Haider Mehdi, Xiaodong Zhu, Xiaoqun Guan, William Kutschke, Xiaoming Zhang, Ryan L Boudreau, Shengchuan Dai, Daniel S Matasic, Saet-Byel Jung, Kenneth B Margulies, Vikas Kumar, Markus M Bachschmid, Barry London, Kaikobad Irani
The voltage-gated cardiac Na(+) channel (Nav1.5), encoded by the SCN5A gene, conducts the inward depolarizing cardiac Na(+) current (INa) and is vital for normal cardiac electrical activity. Inherited loss-of-function mutations in SCN5A lead to defects in the generation and conduction of the cardiac electrical impulse and are associated with various arrhythmia phenotypes. Here we show that sirtuin 1 deacetylase (Sirt1) deacetylates Nav1.5 at lysine 1479 (K1479) and stimulates INa via lysine-deacetylation-mediated trafficking of Nav1...
February 13, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180992/comprehensive-functional-analysis-of-rab-gtpases-in-drosophila-nephrocytes
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Yulong Fu, Jun-Yi Zhu, Fujian Zhang, Adam Richman, Zhanzheng Zhao, Zhe Han
The Drosophila nephrocyte is a critical component of the fly renal system and bears structural and functional homology to podocytes and proximal tubule cells of the mammalian kidney. Investigations of nephrocyte cell biological processes are fundamental to understanding the insect renal system. Nephrocytes are highly active in endocytosis and vesicle trafficking. Rab GTPases regulate endocytosis and trafficking but specific functions of nephrocyte Rabs remain undefined. We analyzed Rab GTPase expression and function in Drosophila nephrocytes and found that 11 out of 27 Drosophila Rabs were required for normal activity...
February 8, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180060/gprc6a-jack-of-all-metabolism-or-master-of-none
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REVIEW
Min Pi, Satoru Kenneth Nishimoto, L Darryl Quarles
BACKGROUND: GPRC6A, a widely expressed G-protein coupled receptor, is proposed to be a master regulator of complex endocrine networks and metabolic processes. GPRC6A is activated by multiple ligands, including osteocalcin (Ocn), testosterone (T), basic amino acids, and various cations. SCOPE OF REVIEW: We review the controversy surrounding GPRC6A functions. In mice, GPRC6A is proposed to integrate metabolic functions through the coordinated secretion of hormones, including insulin, GLP-1, T, and IL-6, and direct effects of this receptor to control glucose and fat metabolism in the liver, skeletal muscle, and fat...
February 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179529/differential-disruption-of-nucleocytoplasmic-trafficking-pathways-by-rhinovirus-2a-proteases
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Kelly Watters, Bahar Inankur, Jaye C Gardiner, Jay Warrick, Nathan M Sherer, John Yin, Ann C Palmenberg
The RNA rhinoviruses (RV) encode 2A proteases (2A(pro)) that contribute essential polyprotein processing and host-cell shutoff functions during infection, including the cleavage of Phe/Gly-containing nucleoporin proteins (Nups) within nuclear pore complexes (NPC). Within the 3 RV species, multiple divergent genotypes encode diverse 2A(pro) sequences which act differentially on specific Nups. Since only subsets of Phe/Gly motifs, particularly those within Nup62, Nup98 and Nup153, are recognized by transport receptors (karyopherins) when trafficking large molecular cargos through the NPC, the processing preferences of individual 2A(pro) predict RV genotype-specific targeting of NPC pathways and cargos...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179078/serum-resistance-and-phase-variation-of-a-nasopharyngeal-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae-isolate
#15
Sabine Lichtenegger, Isabelle Bina, Sanel Durakovic, Philippe Glaser, Sarah Tutz, Stefan Schild, Joachim Reidl
Haemophilus influenzae harbours a complex array of factors to resist human complement attack. As non-typeable H. influenzae (NTHi) strains do not possess a capsule, their serum resistance mainly depends on other mechanisms including LOS decoration. In this report, we describe the identification of a highly serum resistant, nasopharyngeal isolate (NTHi23) by screening a collection of 77 clinical isolates. For NTHi23, we defined the MLST sequence type 1133, which matches the profile of a previously published invasive NTHi isolate...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178913/training-us-health-care-professionals-on-human-trafficking-where-do-we-go-from-here
#16
Clydette Powell, Kirsten Dickins, Hanni Stoklosa
: Some 21 million adults and children are labor-trafficked or sex-trafficked through force, fraud, or coercion. In recognition of the interface between trafficking victims and the healthcare setting, over the last 10 years there has been a notable increase in training of health care professionals (HCPs) on human trafficking (HT) and its health implications. Many organizations have developed curricula and offered training in various clinical settings. However, methods and content of this education on trafficking vary widely, and there is little evaluation of the impact of the training...
2017: Medical Education Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178702/dysregulation-of-the-expression-of-asparagine-linked-glycosylation-13-short-isoform-2-affects-nephrin-function-by-altering-its-n-linked-glycosylation
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Teresa Esposito, Giovanni De Stefano, Mafalda Giovanna Reccia, Ilaria Di Lorenzo, Filomena Napolitano, Francesco Scalabrì, Alessia Lombardi, Moin A Saleem, Lyn R Griffiths, Fernando Gianfrancesco
BACKGROUND: N-linked glycosylation, which is a post-translational modification process, plays an important role in protein folding, intracellular trafficking and membrane targeting, as well as in regulating the protein function. Recently, we identified a missense variant (p.T141L) in the short isoform 2 of the X-linked gene asparagine-linked glycosylation 13 (ALG13-is2), which segregated with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and PCCD in a large Australian pedigree; however, any evidence of its pathogenicity was demonstrated...
February 9, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174279/a-cytoplasmic-role-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-transcriptional-cofactors-bcl9-bcl9l-and-pygopus-in-tooth-enamel-formation
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Claudio Cantù, Pierfrancesco Pagella, Tania D Shajiei, Dario Zimmerli, Tomas Valenta, George Hausmann, Konrad Basler, Thimios A Mitsiadis
Wnt-stimulated β-catenin transcriptional regulation is necessary for the development of most organs, including teeth. Bcl9 and Bcl9l are tissue-specific transcriptional cofactors that cooperate with β-catenin. In the nucleus, Bcl9 and Bcl9l simultaneously bind β-catenin and the transcriptional activator Pygo2 to promote the transcription of a subset of Wnt target genes. We showed that Bcl9 and Bcl9l function in the cytoplasm during tooth enamel formation in a manner that is independent of Wnt-stimulated β-catenin-dependent transcription...
February 7, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167673/ubiquitin-ligase-rnf138-promotes-episodic-ataxia-type-2-associated-aberrant-degradation-of-human-cav2-1-p-q-type-calcium-channels
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Ssu-Ju Fu, Chung-Jiuan Jeng, Chia-Hao Ma, Yi-Jheng Peng, Chi-Ming Lee, Ya-Ching Fang, Yi-Ching Lee, Sung-Chun Tang, Meng-Chun Hu, Chih-Yung Tang
: Voltage-gated CaV2.1 channels comprise a pore-forming α1A (CaV2.1) subunit with auxiliary α2δ and β subunits. CaV2.1 channels play an essential role in regulating synaptic signaling. Mutations in the human gene encoding CaV2.1 subunit are associated with the cerebellar disease episodic ataxia type 2 (EA2). Several EA2-causing mutants exhibit impaired protein stability and exert dominant-negative suppression of CaV2.1 wild-type (WT) protein expression via aberrant proteasomal degradation...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165684/human-trafficking-ministering-to-the-invisible-victim
#20
Colleen Scanlon, Laura Krausa
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery - an insidious, criminal industry that gener- ates billions of dollars in labor trafficking alone. It knows no boundary of continent, country, race or class; it is a shattering, impartial predator that robs individuals of their basic human dignity.
July 2016: Health Progress
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