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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344595/alpha-type-phospholipase-a2-inhibitors-from-snake-blood
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Norival A Santos-Filho, Claudia T Santos
It is of popular and scientific knowledge that toxins from snake venom (among them the PLA2 and myotoxins) are neutralized by various compounds, such as antibodies and proteins purified from animal blood. Venomous and nonvenomous snakes have PLA2 inhibitory proteins, called PLIs, in their blood serum. One hypothesis that could explain the presence of these PLIs in the serum of venomous snakes would be self-protection against the enzymes of their own venom, which eventually could reach the circulatory system...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344594/articular-inflammation-induced-by-an-enzymatically-inactive-lys49-phospholipase-a2-activation-of-endogenous-phospholipases-contributes-to-the-pronociceptive-effect
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Renata Gonçalves Dias, Sandra Coccuzzo Sampaio, Morena Brazil Sant'Anna, Fernando Queiroz Cunha, José María Gutiérrez, Bruno Lomonte, Yara Cury, Gisele Picolo
BACKGROUND: Arthritis is a set of inflammatory conditions that induce aching, stiffness, swelling, pain and may cause functional disability with severe consequences to the patient's lives. These are multi-mediated pathologies that cannot be effectively protected and/or treated. Therefore, the aim of this study was to establish a new model of acute arthritis, using a Lys49-PLA2 (Bothrops asper myotoxin II; MT-II) to induce articular inflammation. METHODS: The articular inflammation was induced by MT-II (10 μg/joint) injection into the left tibio-tarsal or femoral-tibial-patellar joints...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338324/studies-to-examine-potential-tolerability-differences-between-the-5-ht2c-receptor-selective-agonists-lorcaserin-and-cp-809101
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Guy A Higgins, Leonardo B Silenieks, Amy Patrick, Ines A M De Lannoy, Paul J Fletcher, Linda A Parker, Neil J MacLusky, Laura C Sullivan, Teresa A Chavera, Kelly A Berg
Lorcaserin (LOR) is a selective 5-HT2C receptor agonist that has been FDA approved as a treatment for obesity. The most frequently reported side-effects of LOR include nausea and headache, which can be dose limiting. We have previously reported that in the rat, while LOR produced unconditioned signs characteristic of nausea/malaise, the highly selective 5-HT2C agonist CP-809101 (CP) produced fewer equivalent signs. Because this may indicate a subclass of 5-HT2C agonists having better tolerability, the present studies were designed to further investigate this apparent difference...
March 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335787/risk-factors-of-atherosclerotic-tissue-types-in-single-vessel-and-intermediate-coronary-lesions-a-cross-sectional-study
#4
Xianjin Wang, Qun Chen, Yu Xu, Yanqing Wang, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Haihua Xu, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND: Few data exist that correlate lesion-related risk factors such as conventional cardiovascular risks or lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) with tissue types within atherosclerotic plaques in patients with single-vessel and intermediate coronary lesions. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-two patients with single-vessel and intermediate coronary lesions were enrolled in a cross-sectional study and divided into two groups: stable angina pectoris (SAP) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) groups...
March 23, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334001/effects-of-overweight-and-the-pla2g7-v279f-polymorphism-on-the-association-of-age-with-systolic-blood-pressure
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Minjoo Kim, Minkyung Kim, Hye Jin Yoo, Hye Young Jang, Sang-Hyun Lee, Jong Ho Lee
This prospective study aimed to determine the effects of the persistence of overweight for three years and the PLA2G7 V279F polymorphism, as well as the interaction between these factors, on the association of age with blood pressure (BP). Healthy middle-aged subjects with normotensive BP were divided into the normal-weight and overweight groups. The PLA2G7 V279F genotype, BP, lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) activity, and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) were determined. Lp-PLA2 activity was lower in the F allele subjects (n = 111) than in those with the VV genotype (n = 389)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332853/correlations-between-lp-pla2-gene-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-and-severity-of-acute-pancreatitis-in-a-chinese-population
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Min Ma, Chun-Xia Zhai, Cai-Xia Sun
OBJECTIVE: This case-control study explored correlations between LP-PLA2 gene polymorphisms (A379V, V279F, and R92H) and susceptibility and severity of acute pancreatitis (AP) in a Chinese population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October 2013 to October 2015, 94 AP patients were chosen as the case group. According to the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score standard, AP patients were divided into a mild AP (MAP) group (n = 46) and severe AP (SAP) group (n = 48)...
March 23, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320377/application-of-an-e-coli-signal-sequence-as-a-versatile-inclusion-body-tag
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Wouter S P Jong, David Vikström, Diane Houben, H Bart van den Berg van Saparoea, Jan-Willem de Gier, Joen Luirink
BACKGROUND: Heterologous protein production in Escherichia coli often suffers from bottlenecks such as proteolytic degradation, complex purification procedures and toxicity towards the expression host. Production of proteins in an insoluble form in inclusion bodies (IBs) can alleviate these problems. Unfortunately, the propensity of heterologous proteins to form IBs is variable and difficult to predict. Hence, fusing the target protein to an aggregation prone polypeptide or IB-tag is a useful strategy to produce difficult-to-express proteins in an insoluble form...
March 21, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315380/primary-structures-and-partial-toxicological-characterization-of-two-phospholipases-a2-from-micrurus-mipartitus-and-micrurus-dumerilii-coral-snake-venoms
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Paola Rey-Suárez, Vitelbina Núñez, Mónica Saldarriaga-Córdoba, Bruno Lomonte
Snake venom phospholipases A2 (PLA2) share high sequence identities and a conserved structural scaffold, but show important functional differences. Only a few PLA2s have been purified and characterized from coral snake (Micrurus spp.) venoms, and their role in envenomation remains largely unknown. In this report, we describe the isolation, sequencing and partial functional characterization of two Micrurus PLA2s: MmipPLA2 from Micrurus mipartitus and MdumPLA2 from Micrurus dumerilii, two species of clinical importance in Colombia...
March 14, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315303/neuroprotective-effect-of-2-hydroxy-arachidonic-acid-in-a-rat-model-of-transient-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion
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I F Ugidos, M Santos-Galdiano, D Pérez-Rodríguez, B Anuncibay-Soto, E Font-Belmonte, D J López, M Ibarguren, X Busquets, A Fernández López
Stroke modifies the composition of cell membranes by eliciting the breakdown of membrane phospholipids whose products, such as arachidonic acid (AA), are released in the cytosol. The action of enzymes such as cyclooxygenases on AA leads to inflammatory stimuli and increases the cell oxidative stress. We report here the neuroprotective effect of 2-hydroxyarachidonic acid (2OAA), a cyclooxygenase inhibitor derived from AA, as a promising neuroprotective therapy against stroke. The effect of a single dose of 2OAA, administered intragastrically 1 hour after the ischaemic insult, in a rat model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) was tested after 24 hours of reperfusion...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302381/an-entomopathogenic-bacterium-xenorhabdus-hominickii-anu101-produces-oxindole-and-suppresses-host-insect-immune-response-by-inhibiting-eicosanoid-biosynthesis
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Md Sadekuzzaman, Youngjin Park, Seunghee Lee, Kunwoo Kim, Jin Kyo Jung, Yonggyun Kim
An entomopathogenic bacterium, Xenorhabdus hominickii ANU101, was isolated from an entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema monticolum. X. hominickii exhibited significant insecticidal activities at ≥6.6×10(2) colony-forming units per larva against a lepidopteran insect, Spodoptera exigua with hemocoelic injection. The insecticidal activity of X. hominickii was reduced by an addition of arachidonic acid (AA, a catalytic product of PLA2), but enhanced by an addition by dexamethasone (DEX, a specific inhibitor of PLA2)...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289073/sympathetic-nervous-activity-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-comparative-study-of-inflammatory-biomarkers
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Humberto Graner Moreira, Rony Lopes Lage, Daniel G Martinez, Larissa Ferreira-Santos, Maria U P B Rondon, Carlos Eduardo Negrão, Jose C Nicolau
Previous studies have shown that both sympathetic hyperactivity and enhanced inflammatory responses are associated with poor outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Whether there is a correlation between these two characteristics remains unclear. Thirty-four patients with uncomplicated ACS were evaluated; their mean age was 51.7 ± 7.0 years, 79.4% were male, and 94.1% had myocardial infarction. On the fourth day of hospitalization, they underwent muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) analysis (microneurography), as well as ultrasensitive C-reactive protein (usCRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) activity measurements...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287729/functional-and-structural-characterization-of-a-thermostable-phospholipase-a2-from-a-sparidae-fish-diplodus-annularis
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Nabil Smichi, Houcemeddine Othman, Neila Achouri, Alexandre Noiriel, Vincent Arondel, Najet Srairi-Abid, Abdelkarim Abousalham, Youssef Gargouri, Nabil Miled, Ahmed Fendri
Novel phospholipase (PLA2) genes from the Sparidae family were cloned. The sequenced PLA2 revealed an identity with pancreatic PLA2 group IB. To better understand the structure/function relationships of these enzymes and their evolution, the Diplodus annularis PLA2 (DaPLA2) was overexpressed in E. coli. The refolded enzyme was purified by Ni-affinity chromatography and has a molecular mass of 15 kDa as determined by MALDI-TOF spectrometry. Interestingly, unlike the pancreatic type, the DaPLA2 was active and stable at higher temperatures, which suggests its great potential in biotechnological applications...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286182/crotalus-helleri-venom-preconditioning-reduces-postoperative-cerebral-edema-and-improves-neurological-outcomes-after-surgical-brain-injury
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Cherine H Kim, Devin W McBride, Prativa Sherchan, Carl E Person, Eric C K Gren, Wayne Kelln, Tim Lekic, William K Hayes, Jiping Tang, John H Zhang
INTRODUCTION: Postoperative cerebral edema is a devastating complication in neurosurgical patients. Loss of blood-brain barrier integrity has been shown to lead to the development of brain edema following neurosurgical procedures. The aim of this study was to evaluate preconditioning with Crotalus helleri venom (Cv-PC) as a potential preventive therapy for reducing postoperative brain edema in the rodent SBI model. C. helleri venom is known to contain phospholipase A2 (PLA2), an enzyme upstream to cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in the inflammatory cascade, acts to increase the production of inflammatory mediators, such as prostaglandins...
March 9, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284847/a-survey-on-some-biochemical-and-pharmacological-activities-of-venom-from-two-colombian-colubrid-snakes-erythrolamprus-bizona-double-banded-coral-snake-mimic-and-pseudoboa-neuwiedii-neuwied-s-false-boa
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Kristian A Torres-Bonilla, Rafael S Floriano, Raphael Schezaro-Ramos, Léa Rodrigues-Simioni, Maria Alice da Cruz-Höfling
Colombian colubrid snake venoms have been poorly studied. They represent a great resource of biological, ecological, toxinological and pharmacological research. We assessed some enzymatic properties and neuromuscular effects of Erythrolamprus bizona and Pseudoboa neuwiedii venoms from Colombia. Proteolytic, amidolytic and phospholipase A2 (PLA2) activities were analyzed using colorimetric assays and the neuromuscular activity was analyzed in chick biventer cervicis (BC) preparations. The venom of both species showed very low PLA2 and amidolytic activities; however, both exhibited high proteolytic activity, which in E...
March 9, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274896/functional-proteomic-analyses-of-bothrops-atrox-venom-reveals-phenotypes-associated-with-habitat-variation-in-the-amazon
#15
Leijiane F Sousa, José A Portes-Junior, Carolina A Nicolau, Juliana L Bernardoni, Milton Y Nishiyama-Jr, Diana R Amazonas, Luciana A Freitas-de-Sousa, Rosa Hv Mourão, Hipócrates M Chalkidis, Richard H Valente, Ana M Moura-da-Silva
Venom variability is commonly reported for venomous snakes including Bothrops atrox. Here, we compared the composition of venoms from B. atrox snakes collected at Amazonian conserved habitats (terra-firme upland forest and várzea) and human modified areas (pasture and degraded areas). Venom samples were submitted to shotgun proteomic analysis as a whole or compared after fractionation by reversed-phase chromatography. Whole venom proteomes revealed a similar composition among the venoms with predominance of SVMPs, CTLs, and SVSPs and intermediate amounts of PLA2s and LAAOs...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272264/the-elevated-lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-activity-is-associated-with-the-occurrence-and-recurrence-of-acute-cerebral-infarction
#16
Lingli Wei, Zunyu Ke, Yu Zhao, Zhiyou Cai
There is a strong association between lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) levels and atherosclerosis-related diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of Lp-PLA2 in the ischemic stroke and further offer clinical evidence that measuring Lp-PLA2 helps predict the risk of stroke occurrence and recurrence. A total of 328 hospitalized patients were recruited, including 179 cases of acute cerebral infarction (ACI) and 149 non-ACI controls. The serum level of Lp-PLA2 in ACI was significantly higher than non-ACI...
March 7, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263888/combined-venomics-antivenomics-and-venom-gland-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-monocoled-cobra-naja-kaouthia-from-china
#17
Ning Xu, Hong-Yan Zhao, Yin Yin, Shan-Shan Shen, Lin-Lin Shan, Chuan-Xi Chen, Yan-Xia Zhang, Jian-Fang Gao, Xiang Ji
We conducted an omics-analysis of the venom of Naja kaouthia from China. Proteomics analysis revealed six protein families [three-finger toxins (3-FTx), phospholipase A2 (PLA2), nerve growth factor, snake venom metalloproteinase (SVMP), cysteine-rich secretory protein and ohanin], and venom-gland transcriptomics analysis revealed 28 protein families from 79 unigenes. 3-FTx (56.5% in proteome/82.0% in transcriptome) and PLA2 (26.9%/13.6%) were identified as the most abundant families in venom proteome and venom-gland transcriptome...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256049/exploratory-studies-on-the-in-vitro-anti-inflammatory-potential-of-two-herbal-teas-annona-muricata-l-and-jasminum-grandiflorum-l-and-relation-with-their-phenolic-composition
#18
Andreia P Oliveira, Ivone Sá, David M Pereira, Rui F Gonçalves, Paula B Andrade, Patrícia Valentão
The need of new anti-inflammatory drugs has led to the search for safer and more potent molecules in distinct sources, such as natural products. This work aimed to explore the anti-inflammatory potential of aqueous extracts from two herbal teas (Annona muricata L. and Jasminum grandiflorum L.) in RAW 264.7 macrophages cells and in cell-free assays. Furthermore, the phenolic composition of both extracts and of their hydrolysates was characterized by HPLC-DAD, in order to establish possible relationships with the biological activity...
March 2, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255125/-meta-analysis-for-the-relationship-between-lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-and-ischemic-stroke
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Wencui Xia, Zhongyang Hu, Zhi Song
To analyze the relationship between lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) and ischemic stroke.
 Methods: Corresponding data, with case-control studies or cohorts regarding Lp-PLA2 and ischemic stroke, were retrieved from PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, the Cochrane Library, Chinese Biomedical Literature (CMB), VIP, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and Wanfang Database. Meta-analysis was performed by using Stata12.0.
 Results: Eight studies including 46 034 participants met the inclusion criteria...
February 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252528/effects-of-pitavastatin-and-pravastatin-on-markers-of-immune-activation-and-arterial-inflammation-in-hiv
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Mabel Toribio, Kathleen V Fitch, Laura Sanchez, Tricia H Burdo, Kenneth C Williams, Craig A Sponseller, Mary McCurdy Pate, Judith A Aberg, Markella V Zanni, Steven K Grinspoon
OBJECTIVE: Persistent immune activation is thought to contribute to increased cardiovascular disease risk in HIV and statins may help modulate systemic immune activation. We aimed to compare the effects of two key statins on markers of systemic immune activation and arterial inflammation in the HIV population. DESIGN: Double-blind, active-controlled, parallel-group comparative trial performed in 45 sites. METHODS: Two hundred and fifty-two antiretroviral therapy-treated HIV-infected participants with dyslipidemia were randomized (1 : 1) to pitavastatin 4 mg daily vs...
March 27, 2017: AIDS
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