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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933753/mass-cytometry-of-follicular-lymphoma-tumors-reveals-intrinsic-heterogeneity-in-proteins-including-hla-dr-and-a-deficit-in-non-malignant-plasmablast-and-germinal-center-b-cell-populations
#1
Cara Ellen Wogsland, Allison Rae Greenplate, Arne Kolstad, June Helen Myklebust, Jonathan Michael Irish, Kanutte Huse
BACKGROUND: Follicular lymphoma (FL) is an indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma that has a risk of transformation to more aggressive lymphoma. Relatively little is known about the non-malignant B-cell and T-cell subset composition within the tumor microenvironment and whether altered phenotypes are associated with patterns of lymphoma B-cell heterogeneity. METHODS: Two mass cytometry (CyTOF) panels were designed to immunophenotype B and T cells in FL tumors. Populations of malignant B cells, non-malignant B cells, and T cells from each FL tumor were identified and their phenotypes compared to B and T cells from healthy human tonsillar tissue...
December 9, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933737/testing-the-influence-of-surfactant-based-wound-dressings-on-proteinase-activity
#2
Sunyoung Jeong, Gregory S Schultz, Daniel J Gibson
Proteinases are enzymes that can digest other proteins. In chronic wounds, a sub-class of these enzymes with the ability to degrade the extracellular matrix (matrix metalloproteinases, MMPs) have been found to both inhibit healing and to be able to aid in enzymatically debriding a wound. Enzymatic debridement using the enzymes present in a wound is generally called autolytic debridement. Clinicians seeking to employ autolytic debridement typically use occlusive materials such as medical honey, alginate dressings and other occlusive dressings...
December 8, 2016: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933735/danazol-has-potential-to-cause-pkc-translocation-cell-cycle-dysregulation-and-apoptosis-in-breast-cancer-cells
#3
Suman Jyoti Deka, Ashalata Roy, Vibin Ramakrishnan, Debasis Manna, Vishal Trivedi
Danazol, the established clinical drug has given promising therapeutic results in a series of clinical trials with breast cancer patients. Danazol shares structural similarities with several known PKC agonists and fits well into the C1 domain. Danazol binds to the C1b domain of PKC with Kd of 5.64±1.27 μM. MD simulation studies further support that the PKC-Danazol molecular model is stable and showing minimum distortion to the structure during the simulation period. Immunofluorescence and western-blotting studies indicate that MDAMB-231 cells stimulated with danazol exhibit translocation of PKCα to the plasma membrane...
December 9, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933733/mannich-bases-of-1-2-4-triazole-3-thione-containing-adamantane-moiety-synthesis-preliminary-anticancer-evaluation-and-molecular-modeling-studies
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Milorad Z Milošev, Katarina Jakovljević, Milan D Joksović, Tatjana Stanojković, Ivana Z Matić, Milka Perović, Vesna Tešić, Selma Kanazir, Milan Mladenović, Marko V Rodić, Vukadin M Leovac, Snežana Trifunović, Violeta Marković
A series of 18 novel N-Mannich bases derived from 5-adamantyl-1,2,4-triazole-3-thione was synthesized and characterized using NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction technique. All derivatives were evaluated for their anticancer potential against four human cancer cell lines. Several tested compounds exerted good cytotoxic activities on K562 and HL-60 cell lines, along with pronounced selectivity, showing lower cytotoxicity against normal fibroblasts MRC-5 compared to cancer cells. The effects of compounds 5b, 5e and 5j on the cell cycle were investigated by flow cytometric analysis...
December 9, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933730/reactivity-of-9-aminoacridine-drug-quinacrine-with-glutathione-limits-its-anti-prion-activity
#5
Martin Šafařík, Tibor Moško, Zbigniew Zawada, Eva Šafaříková, Martin Dračínský, Karel Holada, Jaroslav Šebestík
Quinacrine - the drug based on 9-aminoacridine - failed in clinical trials for prion diseases, whereas it was active in in-vitro studies. We hypothesize that aromatic nucleophilic substitution at C9 could be contributing factor responsible for this failure because of the transfer of acridine moiety from quinacrine to abundant glutathione. Here, we described the semi-large-scale synthesis of the acridinylated glutathione and the consequences of its formation on biological and biophysical activities. The acridinylated glutathione is one order of magnitude weaker prion protein binder than the parent quinacrine...
December 9, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933725/cellular-engineering-for-therapeutic-protein-production-product-quality-host-modification-and-process-improvement
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REVIEW
Evan Wells, Anne Skaja Robinson
Recombinant proteins offer many therapeutic advantages unavailable in traditional small molecule drugs, but the need for cellular versus chemical synthesis complicates production. Avenues for producing therapeutic biologics are continuously expanding, and developments in biochemistry, cell biology, and bioengineering fuel new discoveries that promise safer, more efficient, and cheaper drugs for consumers. Numerous approaches to express recombinant proteins exist, but Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and mammalian systems (e...
December 9, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933724/comparative-analysis-reveals-amino-acids-critical-for-anticancer-activity-of-peptide-cigb-552
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Soledad Astrada, Yolanda Gomez, Exequiel Barrera, Gonzalo Obal, Otto Pritsch, Sergio Pantano, Maribel G Vallespí, Mariela Bollati-Fogolín
Because of resistance development by cancer cells against current anticancer drugs, there is a considerable interest in developing novel antitumor agents. We have previously demonstrated that CIGB-552, a novel cell-penetrating synthetic peptide, was effective in reducing tumor size and increasing lifespan in tumor-bearing mice. Studies of protein-peptide interactions have shown that COMMD1 protein is a major mediator of CIGB-552 antitumor activity. Furthermore, a typical serine-protease degradation pattern for CIGB-552 in BALB/c mice serum was identified, yielding peptides which differ from CIGB-552 in size and physical properties...
November 2016: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933714/development-of-chemical-tools-to-monitor-and-control-isoaspartyl-peptide-methyltransferase-activity
#8
Yusuke Kimura, Toru Komatsu, Kouichi Yanagi, Kenjiro Hanaoka, Tasuku Ueno, Takuya Terai, Hirotatsu Kojima, Takayoshi Okabe, Tetsuo Nagano, Yasuteru Urano
We have established a coupled assay system targeting protein l-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT), a key enzyme in the metabolism of isoaspartyl peptides and proteins. The system utilizes a fluorogenic peptide probe containing an isoaspartyl residue at the P1' position of the caspase-3 recognition sequence. Following PIMT-catalyzed methyl transfer reaction, the methylated probe is specifically cleaved by caspase-3 to give fluorescence activation. High-throughput screening of our chemical library with this assay system identified PIMT inhibitors that may be useful as leads in the design of chemical probes for controlling PIMT activity...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933712/the-importance-of-mrna-structure-in-determining-the-pathogenicity-of-synonymous-and-non-synonymous-mutations-in-haemophilia
#9
N Hamasaki-Katagiri, B C Lin, J Simon, R C Hunt, T Schiller, E Russek-Cohen, A A Komar, H Bar, C Kimchi-Sarfaty
INTRODUCTION: Mutational analysis is commonly used to support the diagnosis and management of haemophilia. This has allowed for the generation of large mutation databases which provide unparalleled insight into genotype-phenotype relationships. Haemophilia is associated with inversions, deletions, insertions, nonsense and missense mutations. Both synonymous and non-synonymous mutations influence the base pairing of messenger RNA (mRNA), which can alter mRNA structure, cellular half-life and ribosome processivity/elongation...
December 9, 2016: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933703/effects-of-cpap-therapy-on-visceral-fat-thickness-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-adipokines-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea
#10
Susanna S S Ng, Eric K H Liu, Ronald C W Ma, Tat-On Chan, Kin-Wang To, Ken K P Chan, Jenny Ngai, Wing-Ho Yip, Fanny W S Ko, Chun-Kwok Wong, David S C Hui
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with an increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome. This study explores the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for patients with OSA on visceral and mesenteric fat thickness, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and adipokines. METHODS: A randomized controlled study was conducted at a teaching hospital on 90 patients newly diagnosed with OSA to receive either therapeutic CPAP or subtherapeutic CPAP for 3 months...
December 9, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933702/multiparameter-particle-display-mppd-a-quantitative-screening-method-for-the-discovery-of-highly-specific-aptamers
#11
Jinpeng Wang, Jingwen Yu, Qin Yang, John McDermott, Alexander Scott, Matthew Vukovich, Remy Lagrois, Qiang Gong, William Greenleaf, Michael Eisenstein, B Scott Ferguson, H Tom Soh
Aptamers are a promising class of affinity reagents because they are chemically synthesized, thus making them highly reproducible and distributable as sequence information rather than a physical entity. Although many high-quality aptamers have been previously reported, it is difficult to routinely generate aptamers that possess both high affinity and specificity. One of the reasons is that conventional aptamer selection can only be performed either for affinity (positive selection) or for specificity (negative selection), but not both simultaneously...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933690/on-the-reactions-of-thiols-sulfenic-acids-and-sulfinic-acids-with-hydrogen-peroxide
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Jean-Philippe R Chauvin, Derek A Pratt
The reaction of thiols with H2 O2 is central to many processes essential to life, from protein folding to redox signaling. The initial products are assumed to be sulfenic acids, but their observation, and the kinetic and mechanistic characterization of their subsequent reactions, has proven challenging. The introduction of a 9-fluorotriptycene substituent enabled the use of (19) F NMR to directly monitor the reaction of a thiol with H2 O2 to yield a sulfenic acid, and its subsequent oxidation to sulfinic and sulfonic acids...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933679/supplementation-with-nutrients-modulating-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-negatively-correlated-with-changes-in-the-levels-of-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-in-community-dwelling-elderly-people-at-risk-of-undernutrition
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M Kim, M Kim, Y J Lee, H J Song, J K Shim, D H Chang, W K Yu, S-H Lee, J H Lee
BACKGROUND: Suboptimal nutrition accompanied by chronic low-grade increases in circulating cytokine levels is more common in elderly people. We explored the improvement in nutritional status, especially in the level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and its relationship with changes in circulating cytokine levels, after providing extra protein and energy content to community-dwelling older adults at risk of undernutrition. METHODS: Sixty nondiabetic subjects, aged ≥65 years and living independently in a community for elderly people, with a serum pre-albumin level ≤30 mg dL(-1) and a body mass index <25 kg m(-2) , were recruited...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933654/in-vitro-detection-of-diesel-exhaust-particles-induced-human-lung-carcinoma-epithelial-cells-damage-and-the-effect-of-resveratrol
#14
Qifei Li, Mingjie Tang, Anhong Zhou
People are taking up antioxidants in their daily diet and being exposed to a potential diesel exhaust particles (DEP)-containing environment. Thus it is important to study in vitro cellular responses when cells are exposed to DEP with or without antioxidant treatment. The investigation of DEP and resveratrol (RES) on cellular biophysical and biochemical changes is needed to better understand the mechanisms of DEP and RES in mammalian cells. A combination of two non-invasive techniques (atomic force microscopy, AFM, and Raman spectroscopy, RM) and multimodal tools were applied to evaluate the biophysical, biochemical alterations and cytokine, membrane potential and cell cycle of cells with or without RES pretreatment to different times of DEP exposure...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933650/up-regulation-of-microrna-133a-inhibits-the-mek-erk-signaling-pathway-to-promote-cell-apoptosis-and-enhance-radio-sensitivity-by-targeting-egfr-in-esophageal-cancer-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#15
Qing-Shan Yang, Li-Peng Jiang, Chun-Yan He, Yu-Na Tong, Yuan-Yuan Liu
This study aims to explore how microRNA-133a (miR-133a) affects cell apoptosis and radio-sensitivity by targeting EGFR via regulating MEK/ERK pathway in esophageal cancer (EC). A total of 358 EC patients were selected and assigned into the resistant and sensitive groups. Human EC KYSE 150 cell line was assigned into the blank, negative control (NC), miR-133a mimic, miR-133a inhibitors, si-EGFR, miR-133a inhibitors + si-EGFR groups after transfection. MiR-133a and EGFR mRNA expressions were detected by qRT-PCR and EGFR, MEK/ERK pathway-related protein expressions were detected by Western blotting...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933649/using-chiral-peptide-substitutions-to-probe-the-structure-function-relationship-of-a-key-residue-of-a%C3%AE-42
#16
Christopher J A Warner, Subrata Dutta, Alejandro R Foley, Eefei Chen, David S Kliger, Jevgenij A Raskatov
Amyloid beta-protein 42 plays an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Familial mutations have identified the glutamate residue 22 as a hotspot with regard to peptide neurotoxicity. We introduce an approach to study the influence of systematic sidechain modification at this residue, employing chirality as a structural probe. Circular dichroism experiments reveal that charge-preserving alterations of the amino acid sidechain attenuate the characteristic random coil to β-sheet transition associated with the wildtype peptide...
December 8, 2016: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933643/syntaxin-4a-regulates-matrix-vesicle-mediated-bone-matrix-production-by-osteoblasts
#17
Shinji Kawai, Ikumi Michikami, Jirouta Kitagaki, Kenji Hata, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Takaya Abe, Atsuo Amano, Satoshi Wakisaka
Osteoblasts secrete matrix vesicles and proteins to bone surfaces, though the molecular mechanisms of this secretion system remain unclear. The present findings reveal the roles of important genes in osteoblasts involved in regulation of extracellular matrix secretion. We especially focused on SNARE genes and identified notable Syntaxin 4a (Stx4a) expression on the basolateral side of the plasma membrane of osteoblasts. Furthermore, Stx4a overexpression was found to increase mineralization by osteoblastic cells, whereas Stx4a knockdown reduced levels of mineralization...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933609/the-role-of-electrical-and-jasmonate-signalling-in-the-recognition-of-captured-prey-in-the-carnivorous-sundew-plant-drosera-capensis
#18
Miroslav Krausko, Zdeněk Perutka, Marek Šebela, Olga Šamajová, Jozef Šamaj, Ondřej Novák, Andrej Pavlovič
The carnivorous sundew plant (Drosera capensis) captures prey using sticky tentacles. We investigated the tentacle and trap reactions in response to the electrical and jasmonate signalling evoked by different stimuli to reveal how carnivorous sundews recognize digestible captured prey in their traps. We measured the electrical signals, phytohormone concentration, enzyme activities and Chla fluorescence in response to mechanical stimulation, wounding or insect feeding in local and systemic traps. Seven new proteins in the digestive fluid were identified using mass spectrometry...
December 9, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933606/relaxin-like-peptides-in-male-reproduction-a-human-perspective
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REVIEW
Richard Ivell, Alexander I Agoulnik, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
The relaxin family of peptide hormones and their cognate G-protein coupled receptors are becoming physiologically well characterized in the cardiovascular system and particularly in female reproductive processes. Much less is known about the physiology and pharmacology of these peptides in male reproduction, particularly as regards the human. H2-relaxin is involved in prostate function and growth, while INSL3 is a major product of the testicular Leydig cells and in the adult appears to modulate steroidogenesis and germ cell survival...
December 9, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933591/charcoal-hemoperfusion-in-the-treatment-of-medically-refractory-pruritus-in-cholestatic-liver-disease
#20
Wonngarm Kittanamongkolchai, Ziad M El-Zoghby, J Eileen Hay, Russell H Wiesner, Patrick S Kamath, Nicholas F LaRusso, Kymberly D Watt, Carl H Cramer, Nelson Leung
BACKGROUND: Pruritus is a distressing symptom in a considerable proportion of cholestatic patients and a few of them do not respond to conventional treatment. Charcoal hemoperfusion (CH) is an extracorporeal technique that is effective in eliminating protein-bound substances which may have accumulated during cholestasis. Several case reports have shown significant reduction of bilirubin in mechanical jaundice and neonatal hemolytic jaundice. However, the published data of CH for the treatment of refractory pruritus in cholestatic patients are scarce...
December 8, 2016: Hepatology International
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