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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786888/injectable-bioresponsive-gel-depot-for-enhanced-immune-checkpoint-blockade
#1
Shuangjiang Yu, Chao Wang, Jicheng Yu, Jinqiang Wang, Yue Lu, Yuqi Zhang, Xudong Zhang, Quanyin Hu, Wujin Sun, Chaoliang He, Xuesi Chen, Zhen Gu
Although cancer immunotherapy based on immune checkpoint inhibitors holds great promise toward many types of cancers, several challenges still remain, associated with low objective response of patient rate as well as systemic side effects. Here, a combination immunotherapy strategy is developed based on a thermogelling reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive polypeptide gel for sustained release of anti-programmed cell death-ligand 1 antibody and dextro-1-methyl tryptophan, inhibitor of indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase with leveraging the ROS level in the tumor microenvironment...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786865/infection-with-phytopathogenic-bacterium-inhibits-melatonin-biosynthesis-decreases-longevity-of-its-vector-and-suppresses-the-free-radical-defense
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Yasser Nehela, Nabil Killiny
Vector-borne phytopathogenic bacteria may alter the reproductive fitness, survival, behavior, and metabolism of their vectors. Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) is associated with the Huanglongbing (HLB; also known as citrus greening disease), one of the most destructive citrus diseases worldwide, and transmitted by Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Insecta, Hemiptera, Liviidae). The genome sequencing of CLas revealed that it does not have the ability to synthesize tryptophan, the precursor of melatonin, and it must acquire it from its host plant or insect vector to achieve its biological processes, such as growth and multiplication...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785669/characterization-of-an-aryl-alcohol-oxidase-from-the-plant-saprophytic-basidiomycete-coprinopsis-cinerea-with-broad-substrate-specificity-against-aromatic-alcohols
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Yoshiaki Tamaru, Kiwamu Umezawa, Makoto Yoshida
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to obtain information about the enzymatic properties of aryl-alcohol oxidase from the plant saprophytic basidiomycete Coprinopsis cinerea (rCcAAO), which is classified into the auxiliary activities family 3 subfamily 2 (AA3_2). RESULTS: The gene encoding AAO from the plant saprophytic basidiomycete Coprinopsis cinerea (CcAAO) was cloned, and the recombinant CcAAO (rCcAAO) was heterologously expressed in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris...
May 22, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785460/rapid-measurement-of-long-range-distances-in-proteins-by-multidimensional-13-c-19-f-redor-nmr-under-fast-magic-angle-spinning
#4
Alexander A Shcherbakov, Mei Hong
The ability to simultaneously measure many long-range distances is critical to efficient and accurate determination of protein structures by solid-state NMR (SSNMR). So far, the most common distance constraints for proteins are 13 C-15 N distances, which are usually measured using the rotational-echo double-resonance (REDOR) technique. However, these measurements are restricted to distances of up to ~ 5 Å due to the low gyromagnetic ratios of 15 N and 13 C. Here we present a robust 2D 13 C-19 F REDOR experiment to measure multiple distances to ~ 10 Å...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784393/interactions-of-pyrene-and-or-1-hydroxypyrene-with-bovine-serum-albumin-based-on-eem-parafac-combined-with-molecular-docking
#5
Jing Zhang, Linfeng Chen, Dan Liu, Yaxian Zhu, Yong Zhang
The interactions of pyrene (Pyr) and/or 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHPyr) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) in binary and ternary systems were investigated using the excitation-emission matrix (EEM)-parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) method combined with fluorescence quenching analysis and the molecular docking method. The results showed that the PARAFAC approach could be used to decompose the EEM spectra of Pyr, 1-OHPyr, and BSA in the binary and ternary systems. The binding constants of Pyr and 1-OHPyr with BSA increased from 1...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784338/ionic-liquids-as-signal-amplifiers-for-the-simultaneous-extraction-of-several-neurotransmitters-determined-by-micellar-electrokinetic-chromatography
#6
Natalia Miękus, Ilona Olędzka, Natalia Kossakowska, Alina Plenis, Piotr Kowalski, Adam Prahl, Tomasz Bączek
Nowadays, ionic liquids (ILs) are receiving more attention in various fields of analytical chemistry. Their contribution to the enhancement of the clean-up, extraction, separation and determination of trace amounts of various biologically important compounds in distinct matrices is well documented. Moreover, their importance as "green chemistry" solvents has been pointed out. Advanced analytical methods based on the IL-assisted microextraction and electrophoretic determination of minute concentrations of neurotransmitters (NTs) in samples are presented here for the first time...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783142/assessment-of-microbial-products-in-the-biosorption-process-of-cu-ii-onto-aerobic-granular-sludge-extracellular-polymeric-substances-contribution-and-soluble-microbial-products-release
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Linxian Huang, Meilin Li, Guangchao Si, Jinglin Wei, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Weiying Xu, Bin Du, Qin Wei, Dong Wei
In the present study, the responses of microbial products in the biosorption process of Cu(II) onto aerobic granular sludge were evaluated by using batch and spectroscopic approaches. Batch experimental data showed that extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs) contributed to Cu(II) removal from an aqueous solution, especially when treating low metal concentrations, whereas soluble microbial products (SMPs) were released under the metal stress during biosorption process. A three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix (3D-EEM) identified four main fluorescence peaks in the EPS, i...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783050/disruption-of-ergosterol-and-tryptophan-biosynthesis-as-well-as-cell-wall-integrity-pathway-and-the-intracellular-ph-homeostasis-lead-to-mono-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-toxicity-in-budding-yeast
#8
Linghuo Jiang, Litong Wang, Tianshu Fang, Vassilios Papadopoulos
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are substances in the environment, food, and consumer products that interfere with hormone homeostasis, metabolism or reproduction in humans and animals. One such EDC, the plasticizer di-(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate (DEHP), exerts its function through its principal bioactive metabolite, mono-(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate (MEHP). To fully understand the effects of MEHP on cellular processes and metabolism as well as to assess the impact of genetic alteration on the susceptibility to MEHP-induced toxicity, we screened MEHP-sensitive mutations on a genome-scale in the eukaryotic model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
May 15, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782837/phenylalanine-and-tryptophan-stimulate-gastrin-and-somatostatin-secretion-and-h-k-atpase-activity-in-pigs-through-calcium-sensing-receptor
#9
Yihan Xian, Xiuying Zhao, Chao Wang, Cuicui Kang, Liren Ding, Weiyun Zhu, Suqin Hang
In rodents and humans, aromatic amino acids increase gut hormone secretion and H+ -K+ -ATPase activity by modulating calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR). However, the role of CaSR and its related signaling molecules in amino acid-induced gut hormone secretion in swine has not been investigated. Here, we examined whether a CaSR-dependent pathway modulated gastrin and somatostatin (SS) secretion and H+ -K+ -ATPase activity in pigs. Perfusion of pig stomach tissues in the presence of extracellular 80 mM l-phenylalanine (Phe) or 20 mM l-tryptophan (Trp) and a CaSR agonist cinacalcet triggered gastrin and SS secretion and H+ -K+ -ATPase activity (P < 0...
May 18, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780547/protecting-group-free-radical-c-h-trifluoromethylation-of-peptides
#10
Naoko Ichiishi, John P Caldwell, Melissa Lin, Wendy Zhong, Xiaohong Zhu, Eric Streckfuss, Hai-Young Kim, Craig A Parish, Shane W Krska
Two radical-based approaches have been developed to effect the trifluoromethylation of aryl C-H bonds in native peptides either using stoichiometric oxidant or visible light photoredox catalysis. The reported methods are able to derivatize tyrosine and tryptophan sidechains under biocompatible conditions, and a number of examples are reported involving fully unprotected peptides with up to 51 amino acids. The development of this chemistry adds to the growing array of chemical methods for selectively modifying amino acid residues in the context of complex peptides...
May 7, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779173/long-lasting-high-lysine-diet-aggravates-white-matter-injury-in-glutaryl-coa-dehydrogenase-deficient-gcdh-mice
#11
Silvia Olivera-Bravo, Bianca Seminotti, Eugenia Isasi, César A Ribeiro, Guilhian Leipnitz, Michael Woontner, Stephen I Goodman, Diogo Souza, Luis Barbeito, Moacir Wajner
Glutaric acidemia type I (GA-I) is a neurometabolic disease caused by deficient activity of glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase (GCDH) that results in accumulation of metabolites derived from lysine (Lys), hydroxylysine, and tryptophan catabolism. GA-I patients typically develop encephalopatic crises with striatal degeneration and progressive white matter defects. However, late onset patients as well as Gcdh-/- mice only suffer diffuse myelinopathy, suggesting that neuronal death and white matter defects are different pathophysiological events...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778887/biological-potential-of-oxo-vanadium-salicylediene-amino-acid-complexes-as-cytotoxic-antimicrobial-antioxidant-and-dna-interaction
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Mohamed Shaker S Adam, Hany Elsawy
New series of oxo-vanadium N-salicyledieneamino acid Schiff base complexes are synthesized and characterized. They are synthesized from the reaction of sodium salicylaldehyde-5-sulfonate, some amino acids, alanine (VOHL1), leucine (VOHL2) or glycine (VOHL3) in an aqueous media, and leucine (VOHLpy1) or tryptophan (VOHLpy2) in pyridine with vanadyl acetylacetonate. The complexes are characterized by EA, TGA, IR, UV-Visible and mass spectra, conductivity and magnetic measurements. The biological activity of the VO-complexes shows that VOHL1, VOHL2 and VOHL3 exhibit anti-proliferative effect and may be used as anticancer drugs...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778010/exposure-to-cannabinoid-agonist-win-55-212-2-during-early-adolescence-increases-alcohol-preference-and-anxiety-in-cd1-mice
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Jimena Laura Frontera, Victoria María Gonzalez Pini, Fernando Luis Messore, Alicia Brusco
The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is involved in the modulation of the reward system and participates in the reinforcing effects of different drugs of abuse, including alcohol. The most abundant receptor of the eCB system in the central nervous system is the CB1 receptor (CB1R), which is predominantly expressed in areas involved in drug addiction, such as the nucleus accumbens, the ventral tegmental area, the substantia nigra and the raphe nucleus. CB1R is expressed in early stages during development, and reaches maximum levels during early adolescence...
May 16, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778008/plasma-metabolic-changes-in-chinese-hiv-infected-patients-receiving-lopinavir-ritonavir-based-treatment-implications-for-hiv-precision-therapy
#14
Xiaolin Li, Tong Wu, Yongjun Jiang, Zining Zhang, Xiaoxu Han, Wenqing Geng, Haibo Ding, Jing Kang, Qi Wang, Hong Shang
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to profile the metabolic changes in the plasma of HIV patients receiving lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r)-based highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) relative to their treatment-naïve phase, aimed to identify precision therapy for HIV for improving prognosis and predicting dyslipidemia caused by LPV/r. METHODS: 38 longitudinal plasma samples were collected from 19 HIV-infected patients both before and after antiretroviral therapy, and 18 samples from healthy individuals were used as controls...
May 16, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777939/variation-of-genes-encoding-kat1-aadat-and-ido1-as-a-potential-risk-of-depression-development
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Paulina Wigner, Piotr Czarny, Ewelina Synowiec, Michał Bijak, Monika Talarowska, Piotr Galecki, Janusz Szemraj, Tomasz Sliwinski
Numerous data suggests that the disorders of tryptophan catabolites (TRYCATs) pathway, including a decreased level of tryptophan or evaluated concentration of harmful TRYCATs -kynurenine, quinolinic acid, 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid, 3-hydroxytryptophan - may cause the occurrence of DD symptoms. In this work, we assessed the relationship between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of KAT1, KAT2 and IDO1 gene encoding, and the risk of depression development. Our study was performed on the DNA isolated from peripheral blood of 281 depressed patients and 236 controls...
May 16, 2018: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777132/the-modulation-of-acetic-acid-pathway-genes-in-arabidopsis-improves-survival-under-drought-stress
#16
Sultana Rasheed, Khurram Bashir, Jong-Myong Kim, Marina Ando, Maho Tanaka, Motoaki Seki
The Arabidopsis histone deacetylase 6 (HDA6) mutant exhibits increased tolerance to drought stress by negatively regulating the expression of ALDH2B7 and PDC1. Therefore, it was logical to determine if transgenic Arabidopsis plants expressing PDC1 or ALDH2B7 using a suitable promoter would also exhibit tolerance to drought stress. An analysis of published microarray data indicated the up-regulation of the TSPO gene, which encodes an outer membrane tryptophan-rich sensory protein (TSPO), by drought stress. RT-qPCR, as well as GUS analysis of the promoter, confirmed the up-regulation of TSPO by drought stress in Arabidopsis roots and shoots...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775873/psychosocial-stress-and-inflammation-driving-tryptophan-breakdown-in-children-and-adolescents-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-two-cohorts
#17
Nathalie Michels, Gerard Clarke, Loreto Olavarria-Ramirez, Sonia Gómez-Martínez, Ligia Esperanza Díaz, Ascensión Marcos, Kurt Widhalm, Livia A Carvalho
BACKGROUND: Tryptophan breakdown is an important mechanism in several diseases e.g. inflammation and stress-induced inflammation have been associated with the development of depression via enhanced tryptophan breakdown. Depression is a major public health problem which commonly starts during adolescence, thus identifying underlying mechanisms during early life is crucial in prevention. The aim of this work was to verify whether independent and interacting associations of psychosocial stress and inflammation on tryptophan breakdown already exist in children and adolescents as a vulnerable age group...
May 15, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775696/tph2-polymorphisms-across-the-spectrum-of-psychiatric-morbidity-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
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Koen Willem Ottenhof, Mari Sild, Mélissa Luce Lévesque, Henricus Gerardus Ruhé, Linda Booij
Tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) is the rate-limiting enzyme in brain serotonin synthesis. The TPH2 gene has frequently been investigated in relation to psychiatric morbidity. The aim of the present review is to integrate results from association studies between TPH2 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and various psychiatric disorders, which we furthermore quantified with meta-analysis. We reviewed 166 studies investigating 69 TPH2 SNPs in a broad range of psychiatric disorders, including over 30,000 patients...
May 15, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775592/dietary-and-microbial-oxazoles-induce-intestinal-inflammation-by-modulating-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-responses
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Shankar S Iyer, Thomas Gensollen, Amit Gandhi, Sungwhan F Oh, Joana F Neves, Frederic Collin, Richard Lavin, Carme Serra, Jonathan Glickman, Punyanganie S A de Silva, R Balfour Sartor, Gurdyal Besra, Russell Hauser, Anthony Maxwell, Amadeu Llebaria, Richard S Blumberg
Genome-wide association studies have identified risk loci associated with the development of inflammatory bowel disease, while epidemiological studies have emphasized that pathogenesis likely involves host interactions with environmental elements whose source and structure need to be defined. Here, we identify a class of compounds derived from dietary, microbial, and industrial sources that are characterized by the presence of a five-membered oxazole ring and induce CD1d-dependent intestinal inflammation. We observe that minimal oxazole structures modulate natural killer T cell-dependent inflammation by regulating lipid antigen presentation by CD1d on intestinal epithelial cells (IECs)...
May 17, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775068/embedding-a-metal-binding-motif-for-copper-transporter-into-a-lipid-bilayer-by-cu-i-binding
#20
Mariko Okada, Shinji Kajimoto, Takakazu Nakabayashi
Peptide-lipid interactions are widely involved with biologically significant phenomena, including the pathogenic mechanisms of protein misfolding diseases, and transmembrane protein folding. In this paper, the interaction of the cysteine/tryptophan (Cys/Trp) motif, which is a metal binding motif of copper transporter (Ctr) proteins, with a lipid bilayer was studied using fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. The binding of Cu(I) to the Cys/Trp motif induced a large red-edge excitation shift (REES) in the Trp fluorescence, indicating that the Trp residue is located inside the lipid bilayer following complexation of Cu(I) with the Cys/Trp motif...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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