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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098945/frequency-of-cnksr2-mutation-in-the-x-linked-epilepsy-aphasia-spectrum
#1
John A Damiano, Rosemary Burgess, Sara Kivity, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Zaid Afawi, Ingrid E Scheffer, Samuel F Berkovic, Michael S Hildebrand
Synaptic proteins are critical to neuronal function in the brain, and their deficiency can lead to seizures and cognitive impairments. CNKSR2 (connector enhancer of KSR2) is a synaptic protein involved in Ras signaling-mediated neuronal proliferation, migration and differentiation. Mutations in the X-linked gene CNKSR2 have been described in patients with seizures and neurodevelopmental deficits, especially those affecting language. In this study, we sequenced 112 patients with phenotypes within the epilepsy-aphasia spectrum (EAS) to determine the frequency of CNKSR2 mutation within this complex set of disorders...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098860/chondroitin-sulfate-proteoglycan-protein-is-stimulated-by-interleukin%C3%A2-11-and-promotes-endometrial-epithelial-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-migration
#2
Amy Winship, Michelle Van Sinderen, Ariella Heffernan-Marks, Eva Dimitriadis
Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecological cancer. We identified interleukin 11 (IL11) as a critical mediator of endometrial tumourigenesis and demonstrated that IL11 regulates chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan (CSPG4) in human placental trophoblasts. CSPG4 is a cell membrane protein overexpressed in numerous human cancers, although its role in endometrial cancer has not been investigated. We examined CSPG4 expression and localization in primary human type I endometrioid grade (G) 1-3 tumours by qPCR and immunohistochemistry and determined whether IL11 stimulated CSPG4...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098815/replication-fork-protection-factors-controlling-r-loop-bypass-and-suppression
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Emily Yun-Chia Chang, Peter C Stirling
Replication-transcription conflicts have been a well-studied source of genome instability for many years and have frequently been linked to defects in RNA processing. However, recent characterization of replication fork-associated proteins has revealed that defects in fork protection can directly or indirectly stabilize R-loop structures in the genome and promote transcription-replication conflicts that lead to genome instability. Defects in essential DNA replication-associated activities like topoisomerase, or the minichromosome maintenance (MCM) helicase complex, as well as fork-associated protection factors like the Fanconi anemia pathway, both appear to mitigate transcription-replication conflicts...
January 14, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098812/novel-aflatoxin-degrading-enzyme-from-bacillus-shackletonii-l7
#4
Liang Xu, Mohamed Farah Eisa Ahmed, Lancine Sangare, Yueju Zhao, Jonathan Nimal Selvaraj, Fuguo Xing, Yan Wang, Hongping Yang, Yang Liu
Food and feed contamination by aflatoxin (AF)B₁ has adverse economic and health consequences. AFB₁ degradation by microorganisms or microbial enzymes provides a promising preventive measure. To this end, the present study tested 43 bacterial isolates collected from maize, rice, and soil samples for AFB₁-reducing activity. The higher activity was detected in isolate L7, which was identified as Bacillus shackletonii. L7 reduced AFB₁, AFB₂, and AFM₁ levels by 92.1%, 84.1%, and 90.4%, respectively, after 72 h at 37 °C...
January 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098804/gadd45a-regulates-olaquindox-induced-dna-damage-and-s-phase-arrest-in-human-hepatoma-g2-cells-via-jnk-p38-pathways
#5
Daowen Li, Chongshan Dai, Xiayun Yang, Bin Li, Xilong Xiao, Shusheng Tang
Olaquindox, a quinoxaline 1,4-dioxide derivative, is widely used as a feed additive in many countries. The potential genotoxicity of olaquindox, hence, is of concern. However, the proper mechanism of toxicity was unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of growth arrest and DNA damage 45 alpha (GADD45a) on olaquindox-induced DNA damage and cell cycle arrest in HepG2 cells. The results showed that olaquindox could induce reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated DNA damage and S-phase arrest, where increases of GADD45a, cyclin A, Cdk 2, p21 and p53 protein expression, decrease of cyclin D1 and the activation of phosphorylation-c-Jun N-terminal kinases (p-JNK), phosphorylation-p38 (p-p38) and phosphorylation-extracellular signal-regulated kinases (p-ERK) were involved...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098782/auranofin-inhibits-the-enzyme-activity-of-pasteurella-multocida-toxin-pmt-in-human-cells-and-protects-cells-from-intoxication
#6
Stefan Carle, Thorsten Brink, Joachim H C Orth, Klaus Aktories, Holger Barth
The AB-type protein toxin from Pasteurella multocida (PMT) contains a functionally important disulfide bond within its catalytic domain, which must be cleaved in the host cell cytosol to render the catalytic domain of PMT into its active conformation. Here, we found that the reductive potential of the cytosol of target cells, and more specifically, the activity of the thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) is crucial for this process. This was demonstrated by the strong inhibitory effect of the pharmacological TrxR inhibitor auranofin, which inhibited the intoxication of target cells with PMT, as determined by analyzing the PMT-catalyzed deamidation of GTP-binding proteins (G-proteins) in the cytosol of cells...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098556/genetic-defects-in-%C3%AE-spectrin-and-tau-sensitize-c-elegans-axons-to-movement-induced-damage-via-torque-tension-coupling
#7
Michael Krieg, Jan Stühmer, Juan G Cueva, Richard Fetter, Kerri A Spliker, Daniel Cremers, Kang Shen, Alexander R Dunn, Miriam B Goodman
Our bodies are in constant motion and so are the neurons that invade each tissue. Motion-induced neuron deformation and damage are associated with several neurodegenerative conditions. Here, we investigated the question of how the neuronal cytoskeleton protects axons and dendrites from mechanical stress, exploiting mutations in UNC-70 β-spectrin, PTL-1 tau/MAP2-like and MEC-7 β-tubulin proteins in Caenorhabditis elegans. We found that mechanical stress induces supercoils and plectonemes in the sensory axons of spectrin and tau double mutants...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098449/targeting-type-2-diabetes-with-c-glucosyl-dihydrochalcones-as-selective-sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-sglt2-inhibitors-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation
#8
Ana R Jesus, Diogo Vila-Viçosa, Miguel Machuqueiro, Ana P Marques, Timothy M Dore, Amélia P Rauter
Inhibiting glucose reabsorption by sodium glucose co-transporter proteins (SGLTs) in the kidneys is a relatively new strategy for treating type 2 diabetes. Selective inhibition of SGLT2 over SGLT1 is critical for minimizing adverse side effects associated with SGLT1 inhibition. A library of C-glucosyl dihydrochalcones and their dihydrochalcone and chalcone precursors was synthesized and tested as SGLT1/SGLT2 inhibitors using a cell-based fluorescence assay of glucose uptake. The most potent inhibitors of SGLT2 (IC50 = 9-23 nM) were considerably weaker inhibitors of SGLT1 (IC50 = 10-19 μM)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098447/the-stories-tryptophans-tell-exploring-protein-dynamics-of-heptosyltransferase-i-from-escherichia-coli
#9
Joy M Cote, Carlos Andres Ramirez-Mondragon, Zarek S Siegel, Daniel Joseph Czyzyk, Jiali Gao, Yuk Yin Sham, Ishita Mukerji, Erika A Taylor
Heptosyltransferase I (HepI) catalyzes the addition of a single L-glycero-β-D-manno-heptose sugar (heptose) onto the membrane incorporated Kdo2-Lipid A as part of the biosynthesis of the core region of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Gram-negative bacteria with gene knockouts of HepI have reduced virulence with enhanced susceptibility to hydrophobic antibiotics, making design of inhibitors against HepI of interest. Previous studies have shown that HepI protein dynamics are partially rate limiting, and therefore disruption of protein dynamics might provide a new strategy for inhibiting HepI...
January 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098405/shielding-engineered-islets-with-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhance-survival-under-hypoxia
#10
Bhawna Chandravanshi, Ramesh Ramchandra Bhonde
In the present study we focused on the improvisation of islet survival in hypoxia.The Islet like cell aggregates (ICAs) derived from wharton's jelly mesenchymal stem cells (WJ MSC) were cultured with and without WJ MSC for 48h in hypoxia and normoxia and tested for their direct trophic effect on β cell survival. The WJ MSCs themselves secreted insulin upon glucose challenge and expressed the pancreatic markers at both transcription and translational level (C-peptide, Insulin,Glucagon and Glut 2). Direct contact of MSCs with ICAs facilitated highest viability under hypoxia as evidenced by fluorescein diacetate/propidium iodide and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide(MTT) assay...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098337/characterisation-of-the-enzymatic-properties-of-mpapr1-an-aspartic-protease-secreted-by-the-wine-yeast-metschnikowia-pulcherrima
#11
Louwrens Wiid Theron, Marina Bely, Benoit Divol
BACKGROUND: MpAPr1, encoding an acid protease from the wine yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima IWBT Y1123, was previously isolated and shown to display potential activity against casein and grape proteins. However, its characterisation remained partial. RESULTS: MpAPr1 was cloned into the pGAPZαA vector and transformed into Komagataella pastoris X33 for heterologous expression. After verification of activity, the enzyme properties were characterised. Protease activity within the concentrated supernatant was retained over a pH range of 3...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098291/investigation-into-the-bioavailability-of-milk-protein-derived-peptides-with-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-inhibitory-activity-using-caco-2-cell-monolayers
#12
Isabelle M E Lacroix, Xiu-Min Chen, David D Kitts, Eunice C Y Li-Chan
In recent years, peptides derived from a variety of dietary proteins have been reported to exhibit inhibitory activity against the dipeptidyl-peptidase IV (DPP-IV) enzyme, a target in the management of type 2 diabetes. While much attention has been given to the production and identification of peptides with DPP-IV inhibitory activity from food proteins, particularly dairy proteins, little is known on the bioavailability of these molecules. In this study, the stability and transport of five previously identified milk-derived peptides (LKPTPEGDL, LPYPY, IPIQY, IPI and WR) and a whey protein isolate (WPI) digest with DPP-IV-inhibitory activity were investigated using Caco-2 cell monolayers as a model system for human intestinal absorption...
January 18, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098260/hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-is-capable-of-down-regulating-protein-level-of-host-antiviral-protein-apobec3g
#13
Ruidong Chen, Xue Zhao, Yongxiang Wang, Youhua Xie, Jing Liu
The apolipoprotein B mRNA editing catalytic polypeptide-like (APOBEC) family proteins bind RNA and single-stranded DNA, and create C-to-U base modifications through cytidine deaminase activity. APOBEC3G restricts human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) infection by creating hypermutations in proviral DNA, while HIV-1-encoded vif protein antagonizes such restriction by targeting APOBEC3G for degradation. APOBEC3G also inhibits hepatitis B virus (HBV): APOBEC3G co-expression inhibits HBV replication and evidences exist indicating APOBEC3G-mediated HBV hypermutations in patients...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098256/dopamine-promotes-nmda-receptor-hypofunction-in-the-retina-through-d1-receptor-mediated-csk-activation-src-inhibition-and-decrease-of-glun2b-phosphorylation
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Renato Socodato, Felipe N Santiago, Camila C Portugal, Ivan Domith, Thaísa G Encarnação, Erick C Loiola, Ana L M Ventura, Marcelo Cossenza, João B Relvas, Newton G Castro, Roberto Paes-de-Carvalho
Dopamine and glutamate are critical neurotransmitters involved in light-induced synaptic activity in the retina. In brain neurons, dopamine D1 receptors (D1Rs) and the cytosolic protein tyrosine kinase Src can, independently, modulate the behavior of NMDA-type glutamate receptors (NMDARs). Here we studied the interplay between D1Rs, Src and NMDARs in retinal neurons. We reveal that dopamine-mediated D1R stimulation provoked NMDAR hypofunction in retinal neurons by attenuating NMDA-gated currents, by preventing NMDA-elicited calcium mobilization and by decreasing the phosphorylation of NMDAR subunit GluN2B...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098253/the-clinically-approved-antiviral-drug-sofosbuvir-inhibits-zika-virus-replication
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Carolina Q Sacramento, Gabrielle R de Melo, Caroline S de Freitas, Natasha Rocha, Lucas Villas Bôas Hoelz, Milene Miranda, Natalia Fintelman-Rodrigues, Andressa Marttorelli, André C Ferreira, Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Juliana L Abrantes, Yasmine Rangel Vieira, Mônica M Bastos, Eduardo de Mello Volotão, Estevão Portela Nunes, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Erick Correia Loiola, Pablo Trindade, Stevens K Rehen, Fernando A Bozza, Patrícia T Bozza, Nubia Boechat, Fabiano L Thompson, Ana M B de Filippis, Karin Brüning, Thiago Moreno L Souza
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Flaviviridae family, along with other agents of clinical significance such as dengue (DENV) and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses. Since ZIKV causes neurological disorders during fetal development and in adulthood, antiviral drugs are necessary. Sofosbuvir is clinically approved for use against HCV and targets the protein that is most conserved among the members of the Flaviviridae family, the viral RNA polymerase. Indeed, we found that sofosbuvir inhibits ZIKV RNA polymerase, targeting conserved amino acid residues...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098232/crystal-structure-of-sec10-a-subunit-of-the-exocyst-complex
#16
Jianxing Chen, Atsushi Yamagata, Keiko Kubota, Yusuke Sato, Sakurako Goto-Ito, Shuya Fukai
The exocyst complex is a heterooctameric protein complex composed of Sec3, Sec5, Sec6, Sec8, Sec10, Sec15, Exo70 and Exo84. This complex plays an essential role in trafficking secretory vesicles to the plasma membrane through its interaction with phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate and small GTPases. To date, the near-full-length structural information of each subunit has been limited to Exo70, although the C-terminal half structures of Sec6, Sec15 and Exo84 and the structures of the small GTPase-binding domains of Sec3, Sec5 and Exo84 have been reported...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098206/protein-kinase-c-%C3%AE-signaling-is-required-for-dietary-prebiotic-induced-strengthening-of-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-function
#17
Richard Y Wu, Majd Abdullah, Pekka Määttänen, Ana Victoria C Pilar, Erin Scruten, Kathene C Johnson-Henry, Scott Napper, Catherine O'Brien, Nicola L Jones, Philip M Sherman
Prebiotics are non-digestible oligosaccharides that promote the growth of beneficial gut microbes, but it is unclear whether they also have direct effects on the intestinal mucosal barrier. Here we demonstrate two commercial prebiotics, inulin and short-chain fructo-oligosaccharide (scFOS), when applied onto intestinal epithelia in the absence of microbes, directly promote barrier integrity to prevent pathogen-induced barrier disruptions. We further show that these effects involve the induction of select tight junction (TJ) proteins through a protein kinase C (PKC) δ-dependent mechanism...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098182/nephro-toxic-effects-of-intraperitoneally-injected-egcg-in-diabetic-mice-involvement-of-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-apoptosis
#18
Nora O Abdel Rasheed, Lamiaa A Ahmed, Dalaal M Abdallah, Bahia M El-Sayeh
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has been studied for its beneficial effects. However, some case reports have associated EGCG supplementation with hepato-toxicity. In the present study, we investigated the possible nephro-toxic effects of EGCG in diabetic mice. Streptozotocin (150 mg/kg, i.p.) was injected in mice for diabetes induction. EGCG (100 mg/kg/day, i.p.) was then given for 4 days. The administration of EGCG to diabetic mice caused 60% mortality with no death recorded in other groups. Blood samples were collected for estimation of serum cystatin C, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin and blood urea nitrogen...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098136/exome-and-genome-sequencing-of-nasopharynx-cancer-identifies-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-activating-mutations
#19
Yvonne Y Li, Grace T Y Chung, Vivian W Y Lui, Ka-Fai To, Brigette B Y Ma, Chit Chow, John K S Woo, Kevin Y Yip, Jeongsun Seo, Edwin P Hui, Michael K F Mak, Maria Rusan, Nicole G Chau, Yvonne Y Y Or, Marcus H N Law, Peggy P Y Law, Zoey W Y Liu, Hoi-Lam Ngan, Pok-Man Hau, Krista R Verhoeft, Peony H Y Poon, Seong-Keun Yoo, Jong-Yeon Shin, Sau-Dan Lee, Samantha W M Lun, Lin Jia, Anthony W H Chan, Jason Y K Chan, Paul B S Lai, Choi-Yi Fung, Suet-Ting Hung, Lin Wang, Ann Margaret V Chang, Simion I Chiosea, Matthew L Hedberg, Sai-Wah Tsao, Andrew C van Hasselt, Anthony T C Chan, Jennifer R Grandis, Peter S Hammerman, Kwok-Wai Lo
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is an aggressive head and neck cancer characterized by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and dense lymphocyte infiltration. The scarcity of NPC genomic data hinders the understanding of NPC biology, disease progression and rational therapy design. Here we performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) on 111 micro-dissected EBV-positive NPCs, with 15 cases subjected to further whole-genome sequencing (WGS), to determine its mutational landscape. We identified enrichment for genomic aberrations of multiple negative regulators of the NF-κB pathway, including CYLD, TRAF3, NFKBIA and NLRC5, in a total of 41% of cases...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098108/the-relationship-between-mean-platelet-volume-and-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-with-inflammation-and-proteinuria-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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Gulay Yilmaz, Can Sevinc, Sedat Ustundag, Yasemin Coskun Yavuz, Tuba Hacıbekiroglu, Esra Hatipoglu, Mehmet Baysal
Atherosclerosis, which develops as a result of inflammation, is the most important cause of morbidity and mortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD). In this study, we investigated the relationship of mean platelet volume (MPV) and neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) with inflammation and proteinuria in patients with CKD Stage 3-4. Healthy individuals who applied to nephrology clinic for checkup purposes acted as controls. Fifty-three patients and 30 healthy controls were included in the study. Patients with diabetes mellitus, active infection, malignancy, and coronary artery disease were excluded from the study...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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