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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538738/solid-phase-synthesis-cyclization-and-site-specific-functionalization-of-aziridine-containing-tetrapeptides
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Benjamin K W Chung, Christopher J White, Andrei K Yudin
Cyclic tetrapeptides comprise a potent and selective class of molecules with a wide range of biological activities, including the phytotoxic activity of tentoxin and the histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitory effects of chlamydocin. The incorporation of a functional aziridine group within cyclic peptides enables their conformational control and allows for late-stage and site-selective functionalization of these molecules, thereby creating the potential for covalent protein labeling. This protocol describes the solid-phase synthesis, cyclization, and site-specific structural modification of aziridine-containing tetrapeptides...
June 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538281/gout-and-aa-amyloidosis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#2
Evert-Jan Ter Borg, Michelle A Wegewijs, Peter de Bruin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538145/nmr-analysis-of-amide-hydrogen-exchange-rates-in-a-pentapeptide-repeat-protein-from-a-%C3%A2-thaliana
#3
Shenyuan Xu, Shuisong Ni, Michael A Kennedy
At2g44920 from Arabidopsis thaliana is a pentapeptide-repeat protein (PRP) composed of 25 repeats capped by N- and C-terminal α-helices. PRP structures are dominated by four-sided right-handed β-helices typically consisting of mixtures of type II and type IV β-turns. PRPs adopt repeated five-residue (Rfr) folds with an Rfr consensus sequence (STAV)(D/N)(L/F)(S/T/R)(X). Unlike other PRPs, At2g44920 consists exclusively of type II β-turns. At2g44920 is predicted to be located in the thylakoid lumen although its biochemical function remains unknown...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538097/biochemical-characterization-of-the-functional-roles-of-residues-in-the-active-site-of-the-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-bacillus-circulans-atcc-31382
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Huifang Yin, Tjaard Pijning, Xiangfeng Meng, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Sander Sebastiaan van Leeuwen
The β-galactosidase enzyme from Bacillus circulans ATCC 31382 BgaD is widely used in the food industry to produce prebiotic galactooligosaccharides (GOS). Recently, the crystal structure of a C-terminally truncated version of the enzyme (BgaD-D) has been elucidated. The roles of active site amino acid residues in β-galactosidase enzyme reaction and product specificity have remained unknown. Based on a structural alignment of the β-galactosidase enzymes BgaD-D from Bacillus circulans and BgaA from Streptococcus pneumoniae, and the complex of BgaA with LacNAc, we identified 8 active site amino acid residues (Arg185, Asp481, Lys487, Tyr511, Trp570, Trp593, Glu601, and Phe616) in BgaD-D...
May 24, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538095/high-resolution-structures-of-the-amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-dimers-from-the-comparison-of-four-atomistic-force-fields
#5
Viet Hoang Man, Phuong Hoang Nguyen, Philippe Derreumaux
The dimer of the amyloid-beta peptide Aβ of 42 residues is the smallest toxic species in Alzheimer's disease, but its equilibrium structures are unknown. Here we determined the equilibrium ensembles generated by the four atomistic OPLS-AA, CHARMM22*, AMBER99sb-ildn and AMBERsb14 force fields with the TIP3P water model. Based on 144 microsecond replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations (with 750 ns per replica), we find that the four force fields lead to random coil ensembles with calculated cross-collision sections, hydrodynamics properties and small-angle X-ray scattering profiles independent on the force field...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538092/discriminating-residue-substitutions-in-a-single-protein-molecule-using-a-sub-nanopore
#6
Zhuxin Dong, Eamonn Kennedy, Mohammad Hokmabadi, Gregory Timp
It is now possible to create, in a thin inorganic membrane, a single, sub-nanometer-diameter pore, i.e. a sub-nanopore, about the size of an amino acid residue. To explore the prospects for sequencing protein with it, measurements of the force and current were performed as two denatured histones, which differed by four amino acid residue substitutions, were impelled systematically through the sub-nanopore one-at-a-time using an atomic force microscope. The force measurements revealed that once the denatured protein, stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), translocated through the sub-nanopore, a disproportionately large force was required to pull it back...
May 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538040/interleukin-10-592c-a-but-not-1082a-g-promoter-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-is-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-colorectal-cancer-in-an-ethnic-kashmiri-population-a-case-control-study
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Mujeeb Z Banday, Aga S Sameer, Nissar A Chowdri, Ehtishamul Haq
Chronic inflammation influences the development of various cancers including colorectal cancer (CRC). Interleukin-10 (IL-10), an anti-inflammatory cytokine, plays a vital role in several homeostatic physiological processes occurring in the human gastrointestinal tract including intestinal inflammation and is a key regulator of several gastrointestinal tract pathophysiological processes such as inflammatory bowel diseases that are associated with an increased predisposition to CRC. Several studies have reported the association of various polymorphisms in the human IL-10 gene including IL-10 -592C/A and IL-10 -1082A/G single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with various cancers including CRC, but these SNPs are yet to be studied in a Kashmiri population with respect to CRC risk...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537849/efficacy-safety-and-preparation-of-standardized-parenteral-nutrition-regimens-three-chamber-bags-vs-compounded-monobags-a-prospective-multicenter-randomized-single-blind-clinical-trial
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Yu Jianchun, Wu Guohao, Tang Yun, Ye Yingjiang, Zhang Zhongtao
BACKGROUND: Parenteral nutrition (PN) covering the need for carbohydrates, amino acids, and lipids can either be compounded from single nutrients or purchased as an industrially manufactured ready-to-use regimen. This study compares a commercially available 3-chamber bag (study group) with a conventionally compounded monobag regarding nutrition efficacy, safety, and regimen preparation time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective, randomized, single-blind study was conducted at 5 Chinese hospitals from October 2010-October 2011...
May 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537769/the-ksr2-rs7973260-polymorphism-is-associated-with-metabolic-phenotypes-but-not-psychological-phenotypes-in-chinese-elders
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Yong Wang, Teng Ma, Yin-Sheng Zhu, Xue-Feng Chu, Shun Yao, Hong-Fei Wang, Jian Cai, Xiao-Feng Wang, Xiao-Yan Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To examine the associations between genetic variants KSR2 (kinase suppressor of RAS)-rs7973260, RAPGEF6 (guanine nucleotide exchange factor 6)-rs3756290, LOC105377703-rs4481363, and subjective well-being (SWB) and depressive symptoms (DSs) in Chinese elders, which were recently associated in a genome-wide association study conducted in Caucasians. The pleiotropic effects of KSR2-rs7973260 on metabolic phenotypes were also explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used data of 1788 older individuals aged 70-84 years from the aging arm of the Rugao Longevity and Aging Study, a population-based cohort study conducted in the Jiangsu province of China...
May 24, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537746/classical-dynamics-simulations-of-dissociation-of-protonated-tryptophan-in-the-gas-phase
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Yogeshwaran Krishnan, Nishant Sharma, Upakarasamy Lourderaj, Manikandan Paranjothy
Gas phase decomposition of protonated amino acids are of great interest due to their role in understanding protein and peptide chemistry. Several experimental and theoretical studies have been reported in the literature on this subject. In the present work, decomposition of the aromatic amino acid protonated tryptophan was studied by on-the-fly classical chemical dynamics simulations using density functional theory. Mass spectrometry and electronic structure theory studies have shown multiple dissociation pathways for this biologically relevant molecule...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537725/the-color-of-cation-%C3%AF-interactions-subtleties-of-amine-tryptophan-interaction-energetics-allow-for-radical-like-visible-absorbance-and-fluorescence
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Laura J Juszczak, Azaria S Eisenberg
Several peptides and a protein with an inter- or intramolecular cation-π interaction between tryptophan (Trp) and an amine cation are shown to absorb and fluoresce in the visible region of the spectrum. Titration of indole with sodium hydroxide or ammonium hydroxide yields an increasing visible fluorescence as well. Visible absorption and multi-peaked fluorescence excitation spectra correlate with experimental absorption spectra and the vibrational modes of calculated absorption spectra for the neutral Trp radical...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537708/nonsynonymous-polymorphisms-in-the-human-as3mt-arsenic-methylation-gene-implications-for-arsenic-toxicity
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Jiaojiao Li, Charles Packianathan, Toby G Rossman, Barry P Rosen
Arsenic methylation, the primary biotransformation in the human body, is catalyzed by the enzyme As(III) S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) methyltransferases (hAS3MT). This process is thought to be protective from acute high-level arsenic exposure. However, with long term low-level exposure, hAS3MT produces intracellular methylarsenite (MAs(III)) and dimethylarsenite (DMAs(III)), which are considerably more toxic than inorganic As(III) and may contribute to arsenic-related diseases. Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in putative regulatory elements of the hAS3MT gene have been shown to be protective...
May 24, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535664/characterization-of-alphax-i-domain-binding-to-receptors-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-rage
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Dolgorsuren Buyannemekh, Sang-Uk Nham
The b2 integrins are cell surface transmembrane proteins regulating leukocyte functions, such as adhesion and migration. Two members of b2 integrin, aMb2 and aXb2, share the leukocyte distribution profile and integrin aXb2 is involved in antigen presentation in dendritic cells and transendothelial migration of monocytes and macrophages to atherosclerotic lesions. Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE), a member of cell adhesion molecules, plays an important role in chronic inflammation and atherosclerosis...
May 24, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535629/-association-between-sorcs1-rs1416406-and-therapeutic-effect-of-exenatide
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L M Zhou, W Xu, X M Yan, M X Y Li, H Liang, J P Weng
Objective: To study the relationship between SORCS1 gene rs1416406 and efficiency of exenatide. Methods: Between August 2010 and August 2012, a hundred and one newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) were from CONFIDENCE study covering 25 university-affiliated hospitals in 13 provinces of China. All patients received exenatide treatment for 48 weeks. Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), body mass index (BMI), oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) glucose and insulin levels were measured before and after therapy...
May 16, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535627/-significance-of-anti-epo-receptor-antibody-in-immune-related-pancytopenia
#15
T Wang, S F Hao, R Fu, H Q Wang, Z H Shao
Objective: To confirm the presence of erythropoietin receptor (EPOR) antibody in patients with immune-related pancytopenia (IRP) and to evaluate the significance of EPOR in IRP. Methods: A total of 59 newly-diagnosed IRP patients, 62 patients with IRP in remission, 14 patients with aplastic anemia (AA), 15 patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and 33 healthy controls were enrolled in this study from January 2013 to June 2015 in Tianjin Medical University General Hospital. The anti-EPOR antibody was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(ELISA)...
May 16, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535614/elucidating-bottlenecks-of-the-efficient-preparation-of-an-ab5-hexamer-mucosal-adjuvant-protein-ltm-by-genetic-engineering
#16
Di Liu, Fabiao Hu, Wenpeng Wang, Dong Wu, Xiujuan He, Wenyun Zheng, Haipeng Liu, Xingyuan Ma
Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin (LT) and its non-toxic mutant (LTm) are well-known powerful mucosal adjuvants and immunogens. However, the yields of these adjuvants from genetically engineered strains remain at extremely low levels, thereby hindering their extensive application in fundamental and clinical research. Therefore, efficient production of these adjuvant proteins from genetically engineered microbes is a huge challenge in the field of molecular biology. In order to explore expression bottlenecks of LTm in E...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535613/expression-and-purification-of-biologically-active-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-in-recombinant-chinese-hamster-ovary-cells
#17
Minyub Cha, Nara Han, Jia Pi, Yongsu Jeong, Kwanghee Baek, Jaeseung Yoon
Bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4) is considered to have therapeutic potential for various diseases including cancers; however, the high expression of biologically active recombinant human BMP-4 (rhBMP-4) needed to manufacture rhBMP-4 for therapeutic purposes has yet to be established. In the current study, we established a recombinant Chinese hamster ovary (rCHO) cell line overexpressing rhBMP-4 as well as a production process using 7.5-l bioreactor (5 l working volume). The expression of the mature rhBMP-4 was significantly enhanced by recombinant furin expression...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535436/microcystin-lr-induces-changes-in-the-gaba-neurotransmitter-system-of-zebrafish
#18
Wei Yan, Li Li, Guangyu Li, Sujuan Zhao
It has been reported that exposure to microcystins altered adult zebrafish swimming performance parameters, but the possible mechanisms of action remain unknown. Neuronal activity depends on the balance between the number of excitatory and inhibitory processes which are associated with neurotransmitters. In the present study, zebrafish embryos (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30μg/L (microcystin-LR) MCLR for 90day until reaching sexual maturity. To investigate the effects of MCLR on the neurotransmitter system, mRNA levels involved in amino acid g-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate metabolic pathways were tested using quantitative real-time PCR...
May 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535416/the-role-of-timing-in-the-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Amene Saghazadeh, Nima Rezaei
Regeneration failure after primary spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to diverse clinical complications in a severity- and level of SCI-dependent manner. The cost of treating both of them (initial regeneration failure and following complications) would be prohibitive, particularly in less developed nations. The well-recognized circumstances arose from primary SCI include excitotoxicity and inflammation. SCI increases concentrations of extracellular amino acids (EAAs) in the severity-dependent manner and the maximum level of EAAs at the injury site will be reduced by distance from the injury site...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535307/intergenerational-impact-of-paternal-lifetime-exposures-to-both-folic-acid-deficiency-and-supplementation-on-reproductive-outcomes-and-imprinted-gene-methylation
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Lundi Ly, Donovan Chan, Mahmoud Aarabi, Mylène Landry, Nathalie A Behan, Amanda J MacFarlane, Jacquetta Trasler
STUDY QUESTION: Do paternal exposures to folic acid deficient (FD), and/or folic acid supplemented (FS) diets, throughout germ cell development adversely affect male germ cells and consequently offspring health outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Male mice exposed over their lifetimes to both FD and FS diets showed decreased sperm counts and altered imprinted gene methylation with evidence of transmission of adverse effects to the offspring, including increased postnatal-preweaning mortality and variability in imprinted gene methylation...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
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