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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921280/ph-responsive-triblock-copolymeric-micelles-decorated-with-a-cell-penetrating-peptide-provide-efficient-doxorubicin-delivery
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Khen Eng Ng, Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin, Haliza Katas, Muhammad Wahab Amjad, Adeel Masood Butt, Prashant Kesharwani, Arun K Iyer
This study developed novel triblock pH-responsive polymeric micelles (PMs) using cholic acid-polyethyleneimine-poly-L-arginine (CA-PEI-pArg) copolymers. PEI provided pH sensitivity, while the hydrophilic cell-penetrating pArg peptide promoted cellular PM internalization. The copolymers self-assembled into PMs in aqueous solution at above the critical micelle concentration (2.98 × 10(-7) M) and encapsulated doxorubicin in the core region, with a 34.2% (w/w) entrapment efficiency. PMs showed pH-dependent swelling, increasing in size by almost sevenfold from pH 7...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921110/multifunctional-pei-entrapped-gold-nanoparticles-enable-efficient-delivery-of-therapeutic-sirna-into-glioblastoma-cells
#2
Lingdan Kong, Jieru Qiu, Wenjie Sun, Jia Yang, Mingwu Shen, Lu Wang, Xiangyang Shi
RNA interference (RNAi) has been considered as a promising strategy for effective treatment of cancer. However, the easy degradation of small interfering RNA (siRNA) limits its extensive applications in gene therapy. For safe and effective delivery of siRNA, a novel vector system possessing excellent biocompatibility, highly efficient transfection efficiency and specific targeting properties has to be considered. In this study, we report the use of polyethyleneimine (PEI)-entrapped gold nanoparticles (Au PENPs) modified with an arginine-glycine-aspartic (Arg-Gly-Asp, RGD) peptide via a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) spacer as a vector for Bcl-2 (B-cell lymphoma-2) siRNA delivery to glioblastoma cells...
December 6, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921081/a-fungus-specific-protein-domain-is-essential-for-rasa-mediated-morphogenetic-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Qusai Al Abdallah, Tiffany S Norton, Amy M Hill, Lawrence L LeClaire, Jarrod R Fortwendel
Ras proteins function as conserved regulators of eukaryotic growth and differentiation and are essential signaling proteins orchestrating virulence in pathogenic fungi. Here, we report the identification of a novel N-terminal domain of the RasA protein in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. Whereas this domain is absent in Ras homologs of higher eukaryotes, the N-terminal extension is conserved among fungi and is characterized by a short string of two to eight amino acids terminating in an invariant arginine...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920727/genetic-targeting-of-arginase-ii-in-mouse-prevents-renal-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-in-diet-induced-obesity
#4
Ji Huang, Angana Rajapakse, Yuyan Xiong, Jean-Pierre Montani, François Verrey, Xiu-Fen Ming, Zhihong Yang
Obesity is associated with development and progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Recent evidence demonstrates that enhanced levels of the L-arginine:ureahydrolase, including the two isoenzymes arginase-I (Arg-I) and arginase-II (Arg-II) in vascular endothelial cells promote uncoupling of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), leading to increased superoxide radical anion and decreased NO production thereby endothelial dysfunction. Arg-II but not Arg-I is abundantly expressed in kidney and the role of Arg-II in CKD is uncertain and controversial...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920724/insulin-induces-relaxation-and-decreases-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-vasoconstriction-in-human-placental-vascular-bed-in-a-mechanism-mediated-by-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-and-l-arginine-nitric-oxide-pathways
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Lissette Cabrera, Andrea Saavedra, Susana Rojas, Marcela Cid, Cristina Valenzuela, David Gallegos, Pamela Careaga, Emerita Basualto, Astrid Haensgen, Eduardo Peña, Coralia Rivas, Juan Carlos Vera, Victoria Gallardo, Leandro Zúñiga, Carlos Escudero, Luis Sobrevia, Mark Wareing, Marcelo González
HIGHLIGHTS Short-term incubation with insulin increases the L-arginine transport in HUVECs.Short-term incubation with insulin increases the NO synthesis in HUVECs.Insulin induces relaxation in human placental vascular bed.Insulin attenuates the constriction induced by hydrogen peroxide in human placenta.The relaxation induced by insulin is dependent on BKCa channels activity in human placenta. Insulin induces relaxation in umbilical veins, increasing the expression of human amino acid transporter 1 (hCAT-1) and nitric oxide synthesis (NO) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920429/nitric-oxide-no-mediates-the-inhibition-of-form-deprivation-myopia-by-atropine-in-chicks
#6
Brittany J Carr, William K Stell
Myopia is the most common childhood refractive disorder. Atropine inhibits myopia progression, but its mechanism is unknown. Here, we show that myopia-prevention by atropine requires production of nitric oxide (NO). Form-deprivation myopia (FDM) was induced in week-old chicks by diffusers over the right eye (OD); the left eye (OS) remained ungoggled. On post-goggling days 1, 3, and 5, OD received intravitreally 20 µL of phosphate-buffered saline (vehicle), or vehicle plus: NO source: L-arginine (L-Arg, 60-6,000 nmol) or sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 10-1,000 nmol); atropine (240 nmol); NO inhibitors: L-NIO or L-NMMA (6 nmol); negative controls: D-Arg (10 µmol) or D-NMMA (6 nmol); or atropine plus L-NIO, L-NMMA, or D-NMMA; OS received vehicle...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919695/metabolomics-identifies-perturbations-in-amino-acid-metabolism-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-the-learned-helplessness-rat-model-of-depression
#7
Xinyu Zhou, Lanxiang Liu, Yuqing Zhang, Juncai Pu, Lining Yang, Chanjuan Zhou, Shuai Yuan, Hanping Zhang, Peng Xie
Major depressive disorder is a serious psychiatric condition associated with high rates of suicide and is a leading cause of health burden worldwide. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of major depression are still essentially unclear. In our study, a non-targeted gas chromatography-mass spectrometry-based metabolomics approach was used to investigate metabolic changes in the prefrontal cortex of the learned helplessness rat model of depression. Body-weight measurements and behavioral tests including the active escape test, sucrose preference test, forced swimming test, elevated plus-maze and open field test were used to assess changes in the behavioral spectrum after inescapable footshock stress...
December 2, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917847/poultry-products-enriched-with-nutricines-have-beneficial-effects-on-human-health
#8
Gordana Kralik, Zlata Kralik
The paper presents nutritive value of broiler meat and table eggs, as these animal products are used for human nutrition on a daily basis. In the Republic of Croatia, average consumption of poultry meat amounts to 18.3 kg and to 160 eggs per capita.The most quality parts of broiler carcass are breasts and drumsticks with thighs. Breast muscles contain 21-23% protein, 1.90-1.97% fat, 75.28-76.01% water and 0.74-0.77% collagen. Thigh muscles contain 4.70-6.05% fat, 19.03-19.93% protein and 0.91-1.13% collagen...
February 1, 2017: Medicinski Glasnik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917567/effects-of-rinsing-with-arginine-bicarbonate-and-urea-solutions-on-initial-enamel-lesions-in-situ
#9
Yang Yu, Xiaoling Wang, Chunling Ge, Bing Wang, Chuoyue Cheng, Ye-Hua Gan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of rinsing with arginine or urea solution on initial enamel lesions in situ. METHODS: Fourteen subjects wore mandibular removable partial dentures embedded with bovine enamel blocks with artificial enamel lesions were included. The experiment included four 4-week rinsing periods with a 10-day washout period between each rinsing period. In each rinsing period, the subjects rinsed after meal or snack using water, or 2% arginine bicarbonate, or 1% urea, or 0...
December 5, 2016: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917409/gadolinium-functionalized-peptide-amphiphile-micelles-for-multimodal-imaging-of-atherosclerotic-lesions
#10
Sang Pil Yoo, Federico Pineda, John C Barrett, Christopher Poon, Matthew Tirrell, Eun Ji Chung
The leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally are cardiovascular diseases, and nanomedicine can provide many improvements including disease-specific targeting, early detection, and local delivery of diagnostic agents. To this end, we designed fibrin-binding, peptide amphiphile micelles (PAMs), achieved by incorporating the targeting peptide cysteine-arginine-glutamic acid-lysine-alanine (CREKA), with two types of amphiphilic molecules containing the gadoliniuim (Gd) chelator diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), DTPA-bis(stearylamide)(Gd), and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[(poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG))-2000]-DTPA(Gd) (DSPE-PEG2000-DTPA(Gd))...
November 30, 2016: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917322/bioinformatical-analysis-of-eukaryotic-shugoshins-reveals-meiosis-specific-features-of-vertebrate-shugoshins
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Tatiana M Grishaeva, Darya Kulichenko, Yuri F Bogdanov
BACKGROUND: Shugoshins (SGOs) are proteins that protect cohesins located at the centromeres of sister chromatids from their early cleavage during mitosis and meiosis in plants, fungi, and animals. Their function is to prevent premature sister-chromatid disjunction and segregation. The study focused on the structural differences among SGOs acting during mitosis and meiosis that cause differences in chromosome behavior in these two types of cell division in different organisms. METHODS: A bioinformatical analysis of protein domains, conserved amino acid motifs, and physicochemical properties of 32 proteins from 25 species of plants, fungi, and animals was performed...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917297/an-intrinsic-agonist-mechanism-for-activation-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-by-its-extracellular-domain
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Yanting Yin, X Edward Zhou, Li Hou, Li-Hua Zhao, Bo Liu, Gaihong Wang, Yi Jiang, Karsten Melcher, H Eric Xu
The glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor is a class B G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) that plays key roles in glucose metabolism and is a major therapeutic target for diabetes. The classic two-domain model for class B GPCR activation proposes that the apo-state receptor is auto-inhibited by its extracellular domain, which physically interacts with the transmembrane domain. The binding of the C-terminus of the peptide hormone to the extracellular domain allows the N-terminus of the hormone to insert into the transmembrane domain to induce receptor activation...
2016: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917279/minocycline-attenuates-cirrhotic-cardiomyopathy-and-portal-hypertension-in-a-rat-model-possible-involvement-of-nitric-oxide-pathway
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Seyyedeh Elaheh Mousavi, Seyed Mahdi Rezayat, Maliheh Nobakht, Seyed Soheil Saeedi Saravi, Iraj Yazdani, Amir Rashidian, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
OBJECTIVES: An increase in nitric oxide (NO) production has been reported in cirrhotic cardiomyopathy and, portal hypertension. Since minocycline has been shown to inhibit NO overproduction, we aimed to examine its role in a rat model of CCl4-induced cirrhotic cardiovascular complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Portal pressure and inotropic responsiveness of isolated papillary muscles to isoproterenol were measured in cirrhotic rats, following minocycline (50 mg/kg/day for 8 weeks) treatment...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917269/ecstasy-mdma-and-its-effects-on-kidneys-and-their-treatment-a-review
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Feyza Bora, Fatih Yılmaz, Taner Bora
Ecstasy (MDMA; 3,4-methylenedioxymethylamphetamine) is an illicit drug that has been increasingly abused by young people. Its effects include euphoria, enhanced sociability and heightened mental awareness. These come about via the increase of serotonin in both the central nervous system and the sympathetic nervous system. Despite the drug's prevalent abuse, serious or adverse effects are rare. Due to personal pharmacokinetics, effects from the same dosage vary according to the individual. Fatal instances may include acute hyponatremia, hyperthermia (>42 °C), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) resulting from hyperthermia affecting the kidneys, and non-traumatic rhabdomyolysis...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916493/free-amino-acid-concentrations-and-nitrogen-isotope-signatures-in-pinus-massoniana-lamb-needles-of-different-ages-for-indicating-atmospheric-nitrogen-deposition
#15
Yu Xu, Huayun Xiao
Free amino acid concentrations and nitrogen (N) isotopic composition in new current-year (new), mature current-year (middle-aged) and previous-year (old) Masson pine (Pinus massoniana Lamb.) needles were determined to indicate atmospheric N deposition in Guiyang (SW China). In different areas, free amino acids (especially arginine) concentrations in new and middle-aged needles were higher than in old needles, and the variation of free amino acids (especially arginine) concentrations in new and middle-aged needles was also greater than in old needles...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915453/effects-of-chronic-nitric-oxide-synthase-inhibition-on-v-o2max-and-exercise-capacity-in-mice
#16
M Wojewoda, K Przyborowski, B Sitek, A Zakrzewska, L Mateuszuk, J A Zoladz, S Chlopicki
Acute inhibition of NOS by L-NAME (N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester) is known to decrease maximal oxygen consumption (V'O2max) and impair maximal exercise capacity, whereas the effects of chronic L-NAME treatment on V'O2max and exercise performance have not been studied so far. In this study, we analysed the effect of L-NAME treatment, (LN2 and LN12, respectively) on V'O2max and exercise capacity (in maximal incremental running and prolonged sub-maximal incremental running tests), systemic NO bioavailability (plasma nitrite (NO2(-)) and nitrate (NO3(-))) and prostacyclin (PGI2) production in C57BL6/J mice...
December 3, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915244/antifungal-activity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-of-a-salmon-protamine-peptide-and-its-derived-cyclic-peptide-against-candida-albicans
#17
Jun-Ichi Nagao, Tamaki Cho, Makoto Mitarai, Keishi Iohara, Kazumi Hayama, Shigeru Abe, Yoshihiko Tanaka
Protamine peptides (PP) derived from salmon are 14-mer consisting of 10 arginine residues. We investigated the in vitro and in vivo antifungal activity of PP against Candida albicans PP showed the concentration-dependent dual mode of action; fungicidal activity and inhibitory activity of hyphal development in vitro. At lethal concentration of PP, intracellular accumulation of PP was energy-dependent but independent of endocytosis that resulted in ATP efflux and the generation of reactive oxygen species in the cells...
December 2, 2016: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915018/design-and-surface-immobilization-of-short-anti-biofilm-peptides
#18
Biswajit Mishra, Tamara Lushnikova, Radha M Golla, Xiuqing Wang, Guangshun Wang
: Short antimicrobial peptides are essential to keep us healthy and their lasting potency can inspire the design of new types of antibiotics. This study reports the design of a family of eight-residue tryptophan-rich peptides (TetraF2W) obtained by converting the four phenylalanines in temporin-SHf to tryptophans. The temporin-SHf template was identified from the antimicrobial peptide database (http://aps.unmc.edu/AP). Remarkably, the double arginine variant (TetraF2W-RR) was more effective in killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) USA300, but less cytotoxic to human skin HaCat and kidney HEK293 cells, than the lysine-containing dibasic combinations (KR, RK and KK)...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915016/injectable-supramolecular-hydrogel-formed-from-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-peglated-arginine-functionalized-poly-l-lysine-dendron-for-sustained-mmp-9-shrna-plasmid-delivery
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Qianming Lin, Yumeng Yang, Qian Hu, Zhong Guo, Tao Liu, Jiake Xu, Jianping Wu, Thomas Brett Kirk, Dong Ma, Wei Xue
: Hydrogels have attracted much attention in cancer therapy and tissue engineering due to their sustained gene delivery ability. To obtain an injectable and high-efficiency gene delivery hydrogel, methoxypolyethylene glycol (MPEG) was used to conjugate with the arginine-functionalized poly(L-lysine) dendron (PLLD-Arg) by click reaction, and then the synthesized MPEG-PLLD-Arg interacted with α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) to form the supramolecular hydrogel by the host-guest interaction. The gelation dynamics, hydrogel strength and shear viscosity could be modulated by α-CD content in the hydrogel...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914807/phosphorylation-of-p53-by-lrrk2-induces-microglial-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-mediated-neurotoxicity
#20
Dong Hwan Ho, Wongi Seol, Jin Hwan Eun, Il-Hong Son
Leucine-rich repeat kinase (LRRK2), a major causal gene of Parkinson's disease (PD), functions as a kinase. The most prevalent mutation of LRRK2 is G2019S. It exhibits increased kinase activity compared to the wildtype LRRK2. Previous studies have shown that LRRK2 can phosphorylate p53 at T304 and T377 of threonine-X-arginine (TXR) motif in neurons. Reduction of LRRK2 expression or inhibition of LRRK2 kinase activity has been shown to be able to alleviate LPS-induced neuroinflammation in microglia cells. In this study, we found that LRRK2 could also phosphorylate p53 in microglia model BV2 cells...
November 30, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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