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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334537/multivalency-effect-of-tat-peptide-functionalized-nanoparticle-in-cellular-endocytosis-and-subcellular-trafficking
#1
Nikhil R Jana, Chumki Dalal
Although trans-activating transcription (TAT)-peptide functionalized nanoparticle/polymer/liposome is widely used for cellular transfection applications, the multivalency (number of attached peptide per particle) effect on cell uptake mechanism and subcellular targeting performance is largely unexplored. Here we show that multivalency of nanoparticle controls the cellular interaction, cellular entry/exit mechanism and subcellular targeting performance. We have synthesized TAT peptide functionalized quantum dot (QD) of 30-35 nm hydrodynamic diameter with varied multivalency from 10 to 75 (e...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333447/isolation-and-characterization-of-cyclic-c33-botryococcenes-and-a-trimethylsqualene-isomer-from-botryococcus-braunii-race-b
#2
Mehmet Tatli, Mandar T Naik, Shigeru Okada, Lawrence J Dangott, Timothy P Devarenne
Three cyclic C33 botryococcenes and one new trimethylsqualene isomer were isolated from the B race, Showa (Berkeley) strain of Botryococcus braunii, which is known to produce large amounts of isoprenoid hydrocarbons ranging in carbon number from 30 to 34. Their purity was determined by GC-MS, and structures were characterized by 1D and 2D NMR. One of these molecules, cyclic C33-1 botryococcene (5), has an unusual connection of a methylenecyclohexane ring to the molecule backbone not seen before in botryococcenes...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330417/involvement-of-nox2-and-nox4-nadph-oxidases-in-early-brain-injury-after-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#3
Li Zhang, Zhen Li, Dongxia Feng, Haitao Shen, Xiaodi Tian, Haiying Li, Zhong Wang, Gang Chen
Oxidative stress is responsible for a poor prognosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients. Nox2 has been shown to participate in SAH-induced early brain injury (EBI). Nox4 is another major subtype of Nox family widely expressed in CNS. Here, we investigated the role of Nox4 and whether there was a synergistic effect of Nox2 and Nox4 in SAH-induced EBI. Clinical brain biopsies of four patients with traumatic brain injury and perihematomal brain tissue from six subjects with SAH were examined. Gp91ds-tat (a specific inhibitor of Nox2), GKT137831 (a specific inhibitor of Nox4), and apocynin (a non-specific Nox inhibitor) were used to test the role of Nox2 and Nox4...
March 22, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327211/reduced-fetal-vitamin-d-status-by-maternal-undernutrition-during-discrete-gestational-windows-in-sheep
#4
J K Cleal, M R Hargreaves, K R Poore, J C Y Tang, W D Fraser, M A Hanson, L R Green
Placental transport of vitamin D and other nutrients (e.g. amino acids, fats and glucose) to the fetus is sensitive to maternal and fetal nutritional cues. We studied the effect of maternal calorific restriction on fetal vitamin D status and the placental expression of genes for nutrient transport [aromatic T-type amino acid transporter-1 (TAT-1); triglyceride hydrolase/lipoprotein uptake facilitator lipoprotein lipase (LPL)] and vitamin D homeostasis [CYP27B1; vitamin D receptor (VDR)], and their association with markers of fetal cardiovascular function and skeletal muscle growth...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326449/functional-analysis-of-the-minimal-twin-arginine-translocation-system-components-from-streptococcus-thermophilus-cgmcc-7-179-in-escherichia-coli-de3
#5
Chenchen Zhang, Tingting Guo, Yongping Xin, Susu Zhang, Xudong Ouyang, Ruixia Gu, Jian Kong
The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system, which is used for folded protein secretion, is rare in lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Previously, a Tat system composed of TatAS and TatCS subunits (the subscript S denotes a Streptococcus thermophilus origin) was identified in S. thermophilus CGMCC 7.179. In the present study, the tatA S and tatC S genes were cloned and functionally analyzed in Escherichia coli DE3 tat-deficient mutants. The E. coli tatABCDE-deficient mutant complemented with tatC S A S exhibited shortened cellular chains, but its ability to grow in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) was not restored, suggesting that the S...
March 22, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323935/association-of-in-vivo-adipose-tissue-cellular-kinetics-with-markers-of-metabolic-health-in-humans
#6
Ursula A White, Mark D Fitch, Robbie A Beyl, Marc K Hellerstein, Eric Ravussin
Context: Adipose tissue expansion occurs by hypertrophy and hyperplasia. Impaired hyperplasia, or adipogenesis, has been associated with obesity-related diseases. The cellular mechanisms underlying in vivo adipose cell turnover are not elucidated. Objective: We previously reported differences in in vivo cellular kinetics between the subcutaneous abdominal (scABD) and femoral (scFEM) depots using an 8-week incorporation of deuterium in women with obesity. We have now examined how in vivo kinetics correlate with markers of metabolic health...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323576/tat-rasgap317-326-enhances-radiosensitivity-of-human-carcinoma-cell-lines-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-through-promotion-of-delayed-mitotic-cell-death
#7
Pelagia Tsoutsou, Alessandro Annibaldi, David Viertl, Jonathan Ollivier, Franz Buchegger, Marie-Catherine Vozenin, Jean Bourhis, Christian Widmann, Oscar Matzinger
The synthetic peptide TAT-RasGAP317-326 has been shown to potentiate the efficacy of anti-cancer drugs. In this study, we explored the action of TAT-RasGAP317-326 when combined with radiation by investigating its radiosensitizing activity in vitro and in vivo. To investigate the modulation of intrinsic radiosensitivity induced by TAT-RasGAP317-326, clonogenic assays were performed using four human cancer cell lines, HCT116 p53(+/+) (ATCC: CCL-247), HCT116 p53(-/-), PANC-1 (ATCC: CRL-1469) and HeLa (ATCC: CCL-2), as well as one nontumor cell line, HaCaT (CLS: 300493)...
March 21, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323466/sexual-assault-victimization-and-mental-health-treatment-suicide-attempts-and-career-outcomes-among-women-in-the-us-army
#8
Anthony J Rosellini, Amy E Street, Robert J Ursano, Wai Tat Chiu, Steven G Heeringa, John Monahan, James A Naifeh, Maria V Petukhova, Ben Y Reis, Nancy A Sampson, Paul D Bliese, Murray B Stein, Alan M Zaslavsky, Ronald C Kessler
OBJECTIVES: To examine associations of administratively recorded sexual assault victimization during military service with subsequent mental health and negative career outcomes among US Army women controlling for nonrandom victimization exposure. METHODS: We used data from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers to apply propensity score methods to match all 4238 female Regular Army soldiers with administratively recorded sexual assault victimization during 2004 to 2009 to 5 controls per case with similar composite victimization risk...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322550/multiplex-substrate-profiling-by-mass-spectrometry-for-kinases-reveals-quantitative-substrate-motifs
#9
Nicole Olson Meyer, Anthony J O'Donoghue, Ursula Schulze-Gahmen, Matthew Ravalin, Steven M Moss, Michael B Winter, Giselle M Knudsen, Charles S Craik
The more than 500 protein kinases comprising the human kinome catalyze hundreds of thousands of phosphorylation events to regulate a diversity of cellular functions; however, the extended substrate specificity is still unknown for many of these kinases. We report here a method for quantitatively describing kinase substrate specificity using an unbiased peptide library-based approach with direct measurement of phosphorylation by tandem LC-MS/MS peptide sequencing (Multiplex Substrate Profiling by Mass Spectrometry, MSP-MS)...
March 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319440/markers-of-blood-coagulation-and-fibrinolysis-in-patients-with-early-and-delayed-microsurgical-reconstructions-in-the-lower-extremities
#10
Oliver Kloeters, Dalibor Vasilic, Pieter Hupkens, Dietmar Ulrich
BACKGROUND: In this study, markers of coagulation and fibrinolysis were assessed during early and delayed microsurgical reconstruction in patients with traumatic defects of their lower legs to analyse whether an imbalance of the hemostasis after trauma might predispose the development of vascular complications. METHODS: The prospective study included 70 patients. In 35 patients, surgery was performed within 72 hours after injury. In 35 other patients, delayed free flap transfer was performed between 14-21 days after trauma...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318864/weight-gain-after-primary-total-knee-arthroplasty-is-associated-with-accelerated-time-to-revision-for-aseptic-loosening
#11
Chin Tat Lim, Stuart B Goodman, James I Huddleston, Alex H S Harris, Subhrojyoti Bhowmick, William J Maloney, Derek F Amanatullah
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major health problem worldwide and is associated with complications after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). It remains unknown whether a change in body mass index (BMI) after primary TKA affects the reasons for revision TKA or the time to revision TKA. METHODS: A total of 160 primary TKAs referred to an academic tertiary center for revision TKA were retrospectively stratified according to change in BMI from the time of their primary TKA to revision TKA...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315758/tat-pep-a-novel-blocker-of-pirb-enhances-the-recovery-of-cognitive-function-in-mice-after-transient-global-cerebral-ischemia
#12
Liya Li, Bin Deng, Shuang Li, Tao Jiang, Zhaoyang Xiao, Qiang Wang
Neuronal damage and axonal regeneration inhibition are the main reasons to poor functional recovery after ischemia. Nogo-A signals inhibit axon outgrowth through the PirB receptor after ischemic reperfusion injury in central nervous system. We use TAT-PEP, a novel protein which could pass through the blood brain barrier, to block the function of PirB and identify the long-term neurological and behavioral recovery after bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) in mice. We observed that TAT-PEP promoted neuron survival and inhibited neuronal apoptosis...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315051/development-of-antibody-modified-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-the-targeted-delivery-of-sirna-across-the-blood-brain-barrier-as-a-strategy-for-inhibiting-hiv-replication-in-astrocytes
#13
Jijin Gu, Karam Al-Bayati, Emmanuel A Ho
RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated gene silencing offers a novel treatment and prevention strategy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. HIV was found to infect and replicate in human brain cells and can cause neuroinfections and neurological deterioration. We designed dual-antibody-modified chitosan/small interfering RNA (siRNA) nanoparticles to deliver siRNA across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) targeting HIV-infected brain astrocytes as a strategy for inhibiting HIV replication. We hypothesized that transferrin antibody and bradykinin B2 antibody could specifically bind to the transferrin receptor (TfR) and bradykinin B2 receptor (B2R), respectively, and deliver siRNA across the BBB into astrocytes as potential targeting ligands...
March 17, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314993/comparative-analysis-of-internalisation-haemolytic-cytotoxic-and-antibacterial-effect-of-membrane-active-cationic-peptides-aspects-of-experimental-setup
#14
Kata Horváti, Bernadett Bacsa, Tamás Mlinkó, Nóra Szabó, Ferenc Hudecz, Ferenc Zsila, Szilvia Bősze
Cationic peptides proved fundamental importance as pharmaceutical agents and/or drug carrier moieties functioning in cellular processes. The comparison of the in vitro activity of these peptides is an experimental challenge and a combination of different methods, such as cytotoxicity, internalisation rate, haemolytic and antibacterial effect, is necessary. At the same time, several issues need to be addressed as the assay conditions have a great influence on the measured biological effects and the experimental setup needs to be optimised...
March 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303676/differences-in-respiratory-arousal-threshold-in-caucasian-and-chinese-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea
#15
Richard W W Lee, Kate Sutherland, Scott A Sands, Bradley A Edwards, Tat On Chan, Susanna S S Ng, David S Hui, Peter A Cistulli
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Ethnic differences in obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) phenotype may not be limited to obesity and craniofacial factors. The aims of the study were to (i) compare the proportion of Caucasians and Chinese patients with a low respiratory arousal threshold (ArTH) and (ii) explore the influence of anatomical compromise on ArTH. METHODS: Interethnic comparison was conducted between cohorts of Caucasian and Chinese patients from specialist sleep disorder clinics...
March 16, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302457/mucosal-vaccination-with-heterologous-viral-vectored-vaccine-targeting-subdominant-siv-accessory-antigens-strongly-inhibits-early-viral-replication
#16
Huanbin Xu, Anne-Marie Andersson, Emeline Ragonnaud, Ditte Boilesen, Anders Tolver, Benjamin Anderschou Holbech Jensen, James L Blanchard, Alfredo Nicosia, Antonella Folgori, Stefano Colloca, Riccardo Cortese, Allan Randrup Thomsen, Jan Pravsgaard Christensen, Ronald S Veazey, Peter Johannes Holst
Conventional HIV T cell vaccine strategies have not been successful in containing acute peak viremia, nor in providing long-term control. We immunized rhesus macaques intramuscularly and rectally using a heterologous adenovirus vectored SIV vaccine regimen encoding normally weakly immunogenic tat, vif, rev and vpr antigens fused to the MHC class II associated invariant chain. Immunizations induced broad T cell responses in all vaccinees. Following up to 10 repeated low-dose intrarectal challenges, vaccinees suppressed early viral replication (P=0...
March 8, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300281/moral-hard-wiring-and-moral-enhancement
#17
Ingmar Persson, Julian Savulescu
We have argued for an urgent need for moral bioenhancement; that human moral psychology is limited in its ability to address current existential threats due to the evolutionary function of morality to maximize cooperation in small groups. We address here Powell and Buchanan's novel objection that there is an 'inclusivist anomaly': humans have the capacity to care beyond in-groups. They propose that 'exclusivist' (group-based) morality is sensitive to environmental cues that historically indicated out-group threat...
March 16, 2017: Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299822/when-to-use-femoral-vein-injection-for-diagnosis-of-patent-foramen-ovale-effect-of-a-persistent-eustachian-valve-on-right-atrial-flow-patterns-during-contrast-transesophageal-echocardiography
#18
Tat W Koh
Contrast echocardiography using agitated saline injected into the antecubital vein is the most common method used for the diagnosis of patent foramen ovale. We describe a case whereby the presence of a persistent eustachian valve and a "negative contrast sign" during contrast transesophageal echocardiography raised suspicion of a false-negative result. Femoral vein injection of contrast successfully demonstrated a patent foramen ovale. Femoral vein injection should be considered if this scenario is recognized because the eustachian valve directs blood preferentially from the inferior vena cava toward the interatrial septum and this route may prove to be more reliable...
March 16, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296518/effect-of-platelet-rich-plasma-on-rat-achilles-tendon-healing-is-related-to-microbiota
#19
Franciele Dietrich, Malin Hammerman, Parmis Blomgran, Love Tätting, Vinicius Faccin Bampi, Jefferson Braga Silva, Per Aspenberg
Background and purpose - In 3 papers in Acta Orthopaedica 10 years ago, we described that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) improves tendon healing in a rat Achilles transection model. Later, we found that microtrauma has similar effects, probably acting via inflammation. This raised the suspicion that the effect ascribed to growth factors within PRP could instead be due to unspecific influences on inflammation. While testing this hypothesis, we noted that the effect seemed to be related to the microbiota. Material and methods - We tried to reproduce our old findings with local injection of PRP 6 h after tendon transection, followed by mechanical testing after 11 days...
March 15, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289583/microarray-technology-reveals-potentially-novel-genes-and-pathways-involved-in-non-functioning-pituitary-adenomas
#20
X Qiao, H Wang, X Wang, B Zhao, J Liu
Microarray data of non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) were analyzed to disclose novel genes and pathways involved in NFPA tumorigenesis. Raw microarray data were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus. Data pre-treatment and differential analysis were conducted using packages in R. Functional and pathway enrichment analyses were performed using package GOs-tats. A protein-protein interaction (PPI) network was constructed using server STRING and Cytoscape. Known genes involved in pituitary adenomas (PAs), were obtained from the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database...
December 1, 2016: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
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