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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145481/amiloride-enhanced-gene-transfection-of-octa-arginine-functionalized-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles
#1
Juan Ramón Vanegas Sáenz, Taichi Tenkumo, Yuya Kamano, Hiroshi Egusa, Keiichi Sasaki
Nanoparticles represent promising gene delivery systems in biomedicine to facilitate prolonged gene expression with low toxicity compared to viral vectors. Specifically, nanoparticles of calcium phosphate (nCaP), the main inorganic component of human bone, exhibit high biocompatibility and good biodegradability and have been reported to have high affinity for protein or DNA, having thus been used as gene transfer vectors. On the other hand, Octa-arginine (R8), which has a high permeability to cell membrane, has been reported to improve intracellular delivery systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143452/engineering-improved-variants-of-the-antifungal-peptide-histatin-5-with-reduced-susceptibility-to-candida-albicans-secreted-aspartic-proteases-and-enhanced-antimicrobial-potency
#2
Svetlana P Ikonomova, Parisa Moghaddam-Taaheri, Mary Ann Jabra-Rizk, Yan Wang, Amy J Karlsson
Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen and a commensal organism that commonly colonizes mucosal surfaces, including those inside the human mouth. To help control C. albicans, human saliva contains the antifungal peptide histatin 5 (Hst-5), which has strong antifungal activity against C. albicans. However, the pathogen produces secreted aspartic proteases (Saps) that cleave Hst-5 at lysine residues and eliminate its antifungal properties. We designed variants of Hst-5 with its lysine residues substituted with arginine or leucine to evaluate the effect on proteolysis by Saps...
November 15, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143271/collision-induced-dissociation-of-deprotonated-peptides-relative-abundance-of-side-chain-neutral-losses-residue-specific-product-ions-and-comparison-with-protonated-peptides
#3
Yuxue Liang, Pedatsur Neta, Xiaoyu Yang, Stephen E Stein
High-accuracy MS/MS spectra of deprotonated ions of 390 dipeptides and 137 peptides with three to six residues are studied. Many amino acid residues undergo neutral losses from their side chains. The most abundant is the loss of acetaldehyde from threonine. The abundance of losses from the side chains of other amino acids is estimated relative to that of threonine. While some amino acids lose the whole side chain, others lose only part of it, and some exhibit two or more different losses. Side-chain neutral losses are less abundant in the spectra of protonated peptides, being significant mainly for methionine and arginine...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143136/investigation-of-arginine-a-specific-cysteine-proteinase-gene-expression-profiling-in-clinical-porphyromonas-gingivalis-isolates-against-photokilling-action-of-the-photo-activated-disinfection
#4
Maryam Pourhajibagher, Roghayeh Ghorbanzadeh, Abbas Bahador
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a significant root canal pathogen capable of causing endodontic infections, which during their treatment may receive sub-lethal doses of photo-activated disinfection (sPAD). As sPAD can influence microbial virulence, this study was designed to evaluate the effect of sPAD on gene expression level of arginine A-specific cysteine proteinase (rgpA), as one of the underlying virulence factors involved in the development of endodontic infection via P. gingivalis strains. To find out the sPAD against 16 clinical isolates of PAD-resistant P...
November 15, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142471/dachaihu-decoction-ameliorates-pancreatic-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-macrophage-infiltration-in-chronic-pancreatitis
#5
Li-Fang Duan, Xiao-Fan Xu, Lin-Jia Zhu, Fang Liu, Xiao-Qin Zhang, Nan Wu, Jian-Wei Fan, Jia-Qi Xin, Hong Zhang
AIM: To explore the role of macrophages in chronic pancreatitis (CP) and the effect of Dachaihu decoction (DCHD) on pancreatic fibrosis in mice. METHODS: KunMing mice were randomly divided into a control group, CP group, and DCHD group. In the CP and DCHD groups, mice were intraperitoneally injected with 20% L-arginine (3 g/kg twice 1 d/wk for 6 wk). Mice in the DCHD group were administered DCHD intragastrically at a dose of 14 g/kg/d 1 wk after CP induction. At 2 wk, 4 wk and 6 wk post-modeling, the morphology of the pancreas was observed using hematoxylin and eosin, and Masson staining...
October 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142126/hpv-replication-regulation-by-acetylation-of-a-conserved-lysine-in-the-e2-protein
#6
Yanique Thomas, Elliot J Androphy
The Papillomavirus (PV) E2 protein is a sequence specific DNA binding protein that recruits cellular factors to its genome in infected epithelial cells. E2 also binds to and loads the viral E1 DNA helicase at the origin of replication. Post-translational modifications (PTMs) of PV E2 have been identified as potential regulators E2 functions. We recently reported lysine (K) 111 as a target of p300 acetylation in bovine (B)PV. The di-lysines at 111 and 112 are conserved in almost all papillomaviruses. We pursued a mutational approach to query the functional significance of lysine in human (H)PV E2...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141526/the-in-pancia-study-clinical-evaluation-of-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-and-failure-multiple-organ-failure-and-levels-of-citrulline-in-critically-ill-patients
#7
Nazzareno Fagoni, Simone Piva, Rosella Marino, Giovanni Chiarini, Daniela Ferrari, Eleonora Grespi, Rita Bertuetti, Silvia Barbieri, Nicola Latronico, Frank Rasulo
PURPOSE: Gastrointestinal dysfunction and failure (GID and GIF) in critically ill patients are a common, relevant, and underestimated complications in ICU patients. The aims of this study were (1) to determine plasmatic levels of citrulline, glutamine, and arginine as markers of GID/GIF in critically ill patients with or without GID/GIF with or without multiple organ failure (MOF) and (2) to assess the role of intra-abdominal hypertension in these patient groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a 1-year, monocentric (Italian hospital), prospective observational study...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141471/dietary-chlorogenic-acid-regulates-gut-microbiota-serum-free-amino-acids-and-colonic-serotonin-levels-in-growing-pigs
#8
Yi Wu, Wenhui Liu, Qi Li, Yafei Li, Yali Yan, Fang Huang, Xin Wu, Quancheng Zhou, Xugang Shu, Zheng Ruan
Chlorogenic acid (CGA) has many biological properties, including antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is one of the most abundant phenolic acids available in the human diet. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of CGA on regulation of the gut microbiota, and on the levels of free amino acids and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, serotonin). Ninety-six healthy growing pigs were randomly assigned to two treatment groups: the Ctrl group (control group, standard feed) and the CGA group [standard feed plus 0...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141230/sub-minute-phosphoregulation-of-cell-cycle-systems-during-plasmodium-gamete-formation
#9
Brandon M Invergo, Mathieu Brochet, Lu Yu, Jyoti Choudhary, Pedro Beltrao, Oliver Billker
The transmission of malaria parasites to mosquitoes relies on the rapid induction of sexual reproduction upon their ingestion into a blood meal. Haploid female and male gametocytes become activated and emerge from their host cells, and the males enter the cell cycle to produce eight microgametes. The synchronized nature of gametogenesis allowed us to investigate phosphorylation signaling during its first minute in Plasmodium berghei via a high-resolution time course of the phosphoproteome. This revealed an unexpectedly broad response, with proteins related to distinct cell cycle events undergoing simultaneous phosphoregulation...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140411/effect-of-angiotensin-ii-and-acth-on-adrenal-blood-flow-in-the-male-rat-adrenal-gland-in-vivo
#10
Abdul J Shah, Tamas Kriska, Kathryn M Gauthier, John R Falck, William B Campbell
Angiotensin II (Ang II) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) regulate adrenal vascular tone in vitro through endothelial and/or zona glomeulosa cell-derived mediators. The role of these mediators in regulating adrenal blood flow (ABF) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) was examined in anesthetized rats. Ang II (0.01-100 ng/kg) increased ABF (maximal increase of 97.2 ± 6.9 perfusion units (PU) at 100 ng/kg) and MAP (basal, 115 ± 7 mm Hg; Ang II, 163 ± 5 mm Hg). ACTH (0.1-1000 ng/kg) also increased ABF (maximum increase of 91...
November 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140109/host-methyltransferases-and-demethylases-potential-new-epigenetic-targets-for-hiv-cure-strategies-and-beyond
#11
Daniela Boehm, Melanie Ott
A successful HIV cure strategy may require reversing HIV latency to purge hidden viral reservoirs or enhancing HIV latency to permanently silence HIV transcription. Epigenetic modifying agents show promise as antilatency therapeutics in vitro and ex vivo, but also affect other steps in the viral life cycle. In this review, we summarize what we know about cellular DNA and protein methyltransferases (PMTs) as well as demethylases involved in HIV infection. We describe the biology and function of DNA methyltransferases, and their controversial role in HIV infection...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140068/arginine-rich-peptide-induced-supramolecular-self-assembly-of-water-soluble-anionic-alkynylplatinum-ii-complexes-a-continuous-and-label-free-luminescence-assay-for-trypsin-and-inhibitor-screening
#12
Angela Sin-Yee Law, Margaret Ching-Lam Yeung, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam
A water-soluble anionic alkynylplatinum(II) 2,6-bis(benzimidazol-2'-yl)pyridine (bzimpy) complex has been strategically designed and synthesized to show supramolecular self-assembly with cationic arginine-rich peptides through unique noncovalent Pt(II)···Pt(II) and π-π stacking interactions. Upon introduction of trypsin, the arginine-rich peptides can be hydrolyzed into small fragments and deaggregation of the platinum(II) complex molecules is observed. The aggregation-deaggregation process has been probed by UV-vis absorption, emission, and resonance light scattering (RLS) studies...
November 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139600/arcr-modulates-biofilm-formation-in-the-dental-plaque-colonizer-streptococcus-gordonii
#13
Jill C Robinson, Nadia Rostami, John Casement, Waldemar Vollmer, Alexander H Rickard, Nicholas S Jakubovics
Biofilm formation and cell-cell sensing by the pioneer dental plaque coloniser Streptococcus gordonii is dependent upon arginine. This study aimed to identify genetic factors linking arginine-dependent responses and biofilm formation in S. gordonii. Isogenic mutants disrupted in genes required for biosynthesis or catabolism of arginine, or for arginine-dependent gene regulation, were screened for their ability to form biofilms in a static culture model. Biofilm formation by a knockout mutant of arcR, encoding an arginine-dependent regulator of transcription, was reduced to <50% that of the wild-type whereas other strains were unaffected...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139598/preparation-and-comparative-evaluation-of-99m-tc-hynic-cngr-and-99m-tc-hynic-peg2-cngr-as-tumor-targeting-molecular-imaging-probes
#14
Kusum Vats, Drishty Satpati, Rohit Sharma, Chandan Kumar, Haladhar Dev Sarma, Sharmila Banerjee
The tripeptide sequence NGR (asparagine-glycine-arginine) specifically recognizes aminopeptidase N (APN or CD13) receptors highly expressed on tumor cells as well as tumor vasculature. Thus NGR peptides can precisely deliver therapeutic and diagnostic compounds to CD13 expressing cancer sites. In this regard two NGR peptide ligands, HYNIC-c(NGR) and HYNIC-PEG2 -c(NGR) were synthesized, radiolabeled with (99m) Tc and evaluated in CD13-positive human fibrosarcoma HT-1080 tumor xenografts. The radiotracers, (99m) Tc-HYNIC-c(NGR) and (99m) Tc-HYNIC-PEG2 -c(NGR) could be prepared in ~95% radiochemical purity (RCP) and exhibited excellent in vitro and in vivo stability...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139306/equilibria-kinetics-and-mechanism-for-the-degradation-of-the-cytotoxic-compound-l-n-g-nitroarginine
#15
Pham Van Quyet, Bernice Mei Jin Tan, Celine Valeria Liew, Lai Wah Chan, Quan Sing Ng, Paul Wan Sia Heng
L-N(G)-nitroarginine (LNNA), an analogue of L-arginine, is a competitive inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase which causes the selective reduction of blood flow to tumor cells. Despite the potential of LNNA to function as an adjuvant in cancer therapies, its poor solubility and stability have hindered the development of an injectable formulation of LNNA that is suitable for human administration. This work, for the first time, details a systematic study on the determination of equilibrium Ka constants and the rate law of LNNA degradation...
November 15, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138847/srpk1%C3%A2-sirna-suppresses-k562-cell-growth-and-induces-apoptosis-via-the-parp%C3%A2-caspase3-pathway
#16
Hailian Wang, Wei Ge, Wen Jiang, Dong Li, Xiuli Ju
Serine-arginine protein kinase 1 (SRPK1) has been used as an important signal mediator, and is associated with cancer development. However, studies have yet to determine whether SRPK1 suppresses leukemia cell growth and induces apoptosis. Studies have also yet to reveal the underlying mechanisms. In the present study, the effects of downregulating SRPK1 gene expression on chronic myeloid leukemia cell lines (K562 cells) were investigated through RNA interference (RNAi) and the proliferation inhibition and apoptosis induction of SRPK1 in K562 cells were analyzed...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138553/the-protective-effect-of-prmt6-overexpression-on-cigarette-smoke-extract-induced-murine-emphysema-model
#17
Xue He, Tiao Li, Naixin Kang, Huihui Zeng, Siying Ren, Dandan Zong, Jinhua Li, Shan Cai, Ping Chen, Yan Chen
Background: Cigarette smoke exposure is the most common risk factor for emphysema, which is one of the major pathologies of COPD. Protein arginine methyltransferase 6 (PRMT6) is a nuclear enzyme that specially catalyzes dimethylation of R2 in histone H3 (H3R2me2a). H3R2me2a prevents trimethylation of H3K4 (H3K4me3), which is located in the transcription start sites of genes in mammalian genomes. We attempted to determine the expression of PRMT6 in human samples, and investigate whether the upregulation of PRMT6 expression can attenuate the development of cigarette smoke extract (CSE)-induced emphysema...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138302/disruption-of-the-opal-stop-codon-attenuates-chikungunya-virus-induced-arthritis-and-pathology
#18
Jennifer E Jones, Kristin M Long, Alan C Whitmore, Wes Sanders, Lance R Thurlow, Julia A Brown, Clayton R Morrison, Heather Vincent, Kayla M Peck, Christian Browning, Nathaniel Moorman, Jean K Lim, Mark T Heise
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne alphavirus responsible for several significant outbreaks of debilitating acute and chronic arthritis and arthralgia over the past decade. These include a recent outbreak in the Caribbean islands and the Americas that caused more than 1 million cases of viral arthralgia. Despite the major impact of CHIKV on global health, viral determinants that promote CHIKV-induced disease are incompletely understood. Most CHIKV strains contain a conserved opal stop codon at the end of the viral nsP3 gene...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138007/rbm4-srsf3-map4k4-splicing-cascade-modulates-the-metastatic-signature-of-colorectal-cancer-cell
#19
Jung-Chun Lin, Yuan-Chii Lee, Tse-Hua Tan, Yu-Chih Liang, Huai-Chia Chuang, Yang C Fann, Kory R Johnson, Ying-Ju Lin
Alternative splicing (AS) of pre-messenger (m)RNA is a pivotal mechanism in expanding proteomic diversity, which determines the functions of mammalian cells. By conducting transcriptome analyses to profile splicing events in human colorectal cancer (CRC) tissues compared to adjacent normal counterparts, we noted differential splicing profiles of serine/arginine-rich splicing factor 3 (SRSF3) and mitogen-activated protein 4 kinase 4 (MAP4K4) in cancerous tissues of CRC compared to adjacent normal tissues. In addition to SRSF3-mediated autoregulation, RNA-binding motif protein 4 (RBM4) constituted another mechanism in reprogramming the splicing profile of SRSF3...
November 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137650/recessive-vars2-mutation-underlies-a-novel-syndrome-with-epilepsy-mental-retardation-short-stature-growth-hormone-deficiency-and-hypogonadism
#20
Abdulaziz Alsemari, Banan Al-Younes, Ewa Goljan, Dyala Jaroudi, Faisal BinHumaid, Brian F Meyer, Stefan T Arold, Dorota Monies
BACKGROUND: Most mitochondrial and cytoplasmic aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) are encoded by nuclear genes. Syndromic disorders resulting from mutation of aaRSs genes display significant phenotypic heterogeneity. We expand aaRSs-related phenotypes through characterization of the clinical and molecular basis of a novel autosomal-recessive syndrome manifesting severe mental retardation, ataxia, speech impairment, epilepsy, short stature, microcephaly, hypogonadism, and growth hormone deficiency...
November 14, 2017: Human Genomics
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