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Lucas C Pinheiro, Graziele C Ferreira, Jefferson H Amaral, Rafael L Portella, Sandra de O C Tella, Madla A Passos, Jose E Tanus-Santos
The nitric oxide (NO(•)) metabolites nitrite and nitrate exert antihypertensive effects by mechanisms that involve gastric formation of S-nitrosothiols. However, while the use of antiseptic mouthwash (AM) is known to attenuate the responses to nitrate by disrupting its enterosalivary cycle, there is little information about whether AM attenuates the effects of orally administered nitrite. We hypothesized that the antihypertensive effects of orally administered nitrite would not be prevented by AM because, in contrast to oral nitrate, oral nitrite could promote S-nitrosothiols formation in the stomach without intereference by AM...
October 18, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Jacqueline Francis-Coad, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Caroline Bulsara, Debbie Nobre, Anne-Marie Hill
The aims of this study were to evaluate establishing and operating a web-based community of practice (CoP) to lead falls prevention in a residential aged care (RAC) setting. A mixed methods evaluation was conducted in two phases using a survey and transcripts from interactive electronic sources. Nurses and allied health staff (n = 20) with an interest in falls prevention representing 13 sites of an RAC organization participated. In Phase 1, the CoP was developed, and the establishment of its structure and composition was evaluated using determinants of success reported in the literature...
October 18, 2016: Geriatric Nursing
Ryan P Wurz, Christine Sastri, Derin C D'Amico, Brad Herberich, Claire L M Jackson, Liping H Pettus, Andrew S Tasker, Bin Wu, Nadia Guerrero, J Russell Lipford, Jeffrey T Winston, Yajing Yang, Paul Wang, Yen Nguyen, Kristin L Andrews, Xin Huang, Matthew R Lee, Christopher Mohr, J D Zhang, Darren L Reid, Yang Xu, Yihong Zhou, Hui-Ling Wang
High levels of Pim expression have been implicated in several hematopoietic and solid tumor cancers, suggesting that inhibition of Pim signaling could provide patients with therapeutic benefit. Herein, we describe our progress towards this goal using a screening hit (rac-1) as a starting point. Modification of the indazole ring resulted in the discovery of a series of imidazopyridazine-based Pim inhibitors exemplified by compound 22m, which was found to be a subnanomolar inhibitor of the Pim-1 and Pim-2 isoforms (IC50 values of 0...
October 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Jolanda van Hengel, Celine Van den Broeke, Tim Pieters, Louis Libbrecht, Ilse Hofmann, Frans van Roy
p120 catenin (p120ctn) is required for the stability of classic cadherins at the cell surface and is thought to play a central role in modulating cell-cell adhesion. Cytoplasmic p120ctn promotes cell motility, and probably other activities, by modulating the activities of RhoA, Rac and Cdc42. E-cadherin is expressed in periportal but not in perivenous hepatocytes. In contrast, all hepatocytes of normal mouse liver express N-cadherin. Cholangiocytes express exclusively E-cadherin. Mice with p120ctn ablation in hepatocytes and cholangiocytes (p120LiKO mice) were generated by Cre-loxP technology...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
Yong-Cheng Dong, Zhi-Jian Wang, Zhen-Zhong Chen, Anthony R Clarke, Chang-Ying Niu
RNA interference (RNAi) is a genetic technique which has novel application for sustainable pest control. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) uses releases of mass-produced, sterile male insects to out-compete wild males for mates to reduce pest populations. RNAi sterilization of SIT males would have several advantages over radiation sterilization, but to achieve this appropriate target genes must first be identified and then targeted with interference technology. With this goal, eight spermatogenesis related candidate genes were cloned and tested for potential activity in Bactrocera dorsalis...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jean-Marie E P Cols, Cameron E Taylor, Kevin J Gagnon, Simon J Teat, Ruaraidh D McIntosh
The synthesis and full characterisation of four discrete tetrametallic titanium complexes is reported. These well-defined compounds are isostructural in the solid state and share the same general formula: Ti4(μ-O)2L4 (L = 1, 2, 3 or 4). Using a combination of NMR techniques the complexes are found to be stable in solution, even at elevated temperatures. Further studies show that the carboxylate moieties of the supporting amine bis(phenolate) ligands can be displaced by a more strongly coordinating solvent...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Katsuya Sato, Masashi Kimura, Kazue Sugiyama, Masashi Nishikawa, Yukio Okano, Hitoshi Nagaoka, Takahiro Nagase, Yukio Kitade, Hiroshi Ueda
PLEKHG2/FLJ00018 is a Gβγ-dependent guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the small GTPases Rac and Cdc42 and has been shown to mediate the signaling pathways leading to actin cytoskeleton reorganization. Here we showed that the zinc finger domain-containing protein four-and-a-half LIM domains 1 (FHL1) acts as a novel interaction partner of PLEKHG2 by the yeast two-hybrid system. Among the isoforms of FHL1 (i.e., FHL1A, FHL1B and FHL1C), FHL1A and FHL1B interacted with PLEKHG2. We found that there was an FHL1-binding region at amino acids 58-150 of PLEKHG2...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Takeshi Harada, Hideki Yamamoto, Shosei Kishida, Michiko Kishida, Chihiro Awada, Toshifumi Takao, Akira Kikuchi
Wnt5b, a member of the same family of proteins as Wnt5a of which overexpression is associated with cancer aggressiveness, is suggested to be involved in cancer progression, however details remain unclarified. We analyzed biochemical properties of purified Wnt5b and the mode of secretion of Wnt5b by cancer cells. Wnt5b was glycosylated at three asparagine residues and lipidated at one serine residue, and these post-translational modifications of Wnt5b are essential for secretion. Purified Wnt5b showed Dvl2 phosphorylation and Rac activation abilities to a similar extent as Wnt5a...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Science
Jason Gien, Nancy Tseng, Gregory J Seedorf, Katherine Kuhn, Steven H Abman
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the chronic lung disease associated with premature birth, characterized by impaired vascular and alveolar growth. In neonatal rats bleomycin decreases lung growth and causes pulmonary hypertension (PH), which is poorly responsive to nitric oxide. In the developing lung, through rho-kinase (ROCK) activation, ET-1 impairs endothelial cell function, however, whether ET-1-ROCK interactions contribute to impaired vascular and alveolar growth in experimental BPD is unknown. Neonatal rats were treated daily with intra-peritoneal bleomycin with and without selective ETA (BQ123/BQ610) and ETB (BQ788) receptor blockers, non-selective ET receptor blocker (ETRB) (bosentan) or fasudil (ROCK inhibitor)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Yingmei Wang, Limei Hu, Ping Ji, Fei Teng, Wenyan Tian, Yuexin Liu, David Cogdell, Jinsong Liu, Anil K Sood, Russell Broaddus, Fengxia Xue, Wei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Endometrial carcinoma (EC) is one of the most common malignancies of the female reproductive system. Migration and invasion inhibitory protein (MIIP) gene was recently discovered candidate tumor suppress gene which located at chromosome 1p36.22. 1p36 deletion was found in many types of tumor including EC. In the present study, we will determine the role and mechanism of MIIP in EC metastasis. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to measure MIIP expression in normal and EC tissue...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Andrew Willetts, David Kelly
The progressive titres of key monooxygenases and their requisite native donors of reducing power were used to assess the relative contribution of various camphor plasmid (CAM plasmid)- and chromosome-coded activities to biodegradation of (rac)-camphor at successive stages throughout growth of Pseudomonas putida NCIMB 10007 on the bicylic monoterpenoid. A number of different flavin reductases (FRs) have the potential to supply reduced flavin mononucleotide to both 2,5- and 3,6-diketocamphane monooxygenase, the key isoenzymic two-component monooxygenases that delineate respectively the (+)- and (-)-camphor branches of the convergent degradation pathway...
October 13, 2016: Microorganisms
Roger A Sunde, Kevin M Thompson, Kevin L Fritsche, Jacqueline K Evenson
Second-generation selenium-deficient weanling rats fed graded levels of dietary Se were used (a) to study the impact of initial Se deficiency on dietary Se requirements; (b) to determine if further decreases in selenoperoxidase expression, especially glutathione peroxidase 4 (Gpx4), affect growth or gross disease; and (c) to examine the impact of vitamin E deficiency on biochemical and molecular biomarkers of Se status. Rats were fed a vitamin E-deficient and Se-deficient crystalline amino acid diet (3 ng Se/g diet) or that diet supplemented with 100 μg/g all-rac-α-tocopheryl acetate and/or 0, 0...
October 17, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Katja Knauer
BACKGROUND: Chemical analysis of surface water conducted in European countries indicates that pesticides are often detected in surface waters. This asks regulatory authorities to consider these monitoring data while re-evaluating pesticide approval and setting appropriate risk mitigation measures. During the years 2005-2012, the cantons in Switzerland performed 345,000 pesticide measurements in surface waters. Overall, 203 approved pesticides were examined. For 60 of these substances, regulatory acceptable concentrations (RACs) were published, which were determined from ecotoxicological data in accordance with international test methods within the framework of the authorization procedure...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Anne Blangy
Tensins are focal adhesion molecules that were identified and characterized in the late 1980's - early 1990's. They play an essential role in the control of cell adhesion. Tensins can bind the tail of ß integrin via their Phospho Tyrosine Binding (PTB) domain, they exhibit various protein interaction domains including a Src Homology 2 (SH2) domain and they are serine-, threonine- and tyrosine-phosphorylated in response to various stimuli. Tensins serve as scaffolds to gather signaling molecules at the extracellular matrix adhesion complexes...
October 17, 2016: Biology of the Cell
Vincent Rampazzi, Julien Roger, Régine Amardeil, Marie-José Penouilh, Philippe Richard, Paul Fleurat-Lessard, Jean-Cyrille Hierso
A smart steric control of the metallocene backbone in bis- and poly(phosphino)ferrocene ligands favors intramolecular aurophilic interactions between [AuCl] fragments in polynuclear gold(I) complexes. We synthesized and characterized by multinuclear NMR and X-ray diffraction analysis mono-, di-, and polynuclear gold complexes of constrained ferrocenyl diphosphines, which bear either bulky tert-butyl groups or more flexible siloxane substituents at the cyclopentadienyl rings. The complexes meso-1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)-3,3'-di-tert-butylferrocene (4-m), rac-1,1'-bis[bis(5-methyl-2-furyl)phosphino]-3,3'-di-tert-butylferrocene (5-r), and rac-1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)-3,3'-bis[(tri-iso-propylsilyl)oxy]ferrocene (6-r) were used to form dinuclear gold complexes...
October 17, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Martin Aepfelbacher, Manuel Wolters
Pathogenic bacteria of the genus Yersinia include Y. pestis-the agent of plaque-and two enteropathogens, Y. enterocolitica, and Y. pseudotuberculosis. These pathogens have developed an array of virulence factors aimed at manipulating Rho GTP-binding proteins and the actin cytoskeleton in host cells to cross the intestinal barrier and suppress the immune system. Yersinia virulence factors include outer membrane proteins triggering cell invasion by binding to integrins, effector proteins injected into host cells to manipulate Rho protein functions and a Rho protein-activating exotoxin...
October 16, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Xian-Hua Wang, Qian Dong, Ling-Ling Ying, Shuai-Shuai Chi, Yao-Han Lan, Yan-Ping Huang, Zhao-Sheng Liu
In this study, a new molecularly imprinted polymer chiral stationary phase (MIP-CSP) was prepared utilizing molecular crowding agent for improvement the selective separation ability. S-amlodipine (S-AML), methacrylic acid (MAA), ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA), and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) were selected as template, functional monomer, cross-linker, and molecular crowding agent, respectively. The composition of formulas for MIP-CSP was optimized, and the permeability and structural feature of resultant MIP-CSP were characterized...
October 15, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Zhen Zhao, Xu Gu, Xiaoou Su, Junguo Li, Jun Li, Yingchao Dong, Yujuan Yang, Ting Yao, Yuchang Qin
This study investigated the ractopamine (RAC) distribution and depletion process in goat plasma, urine and various muscle tissues which were associated with a potential risk for consumer health. The experiment was carried out in 21 goats (18 treated and 3 controls). Treated animals were administered orally a dose of 1 mg/kg body mass per day for 28 consecutive days and randomly sacrificed on Days 0.25, 1, 3, 7, 14 and 21 of the withdrawal period. RAC in goat samples was analyzed by using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole-orbitrap high-resolution mass spectrometry...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Martin Gamerdinger
The biogenesis of new polypeptides by ribosomes and their subsequent correct folding and localization to the appropriate cellular compartments are essential key processes to maintain protein homoeostasis. These complex mechanisms are governed by a repertoire of protein biogenesis factors that directly bind to the ribosome and chaperone nascent polypeptide chains as soon as they emerge from the ribosomal tunnel exit. This nascent chain 'welcoming committee' regulates multiple co-translational processes including protein modifications, folding, targeting and degradation...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
Tamara Ius, Luca Turella, Giada Pauletto, Miriam Isola, Marta Maieron, Giovanni Sciacca, Riccardo Budai, Serena D'Agostini, Roberto Eleopra, Miran Skrap
BACKGROUND: Pre-operative diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) has recently been utilized to aid in the mapping of functional pathways in order to limit damage associated with resection of low-grade gliomas. OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive capacity of DTT as a biomarker of post-operative motor outcomes in patients with low-grade gliomas (LGGs) involving the corticospinal tract (CST). CST parameters obtained using a quantitative fiber-tracking approach were used to investigate the reliability of the DTT biomarker by comparing their values in the tumoral (Tcst) and healthy (Hcst) hemispheres...
October 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
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