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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346930/enzymes-in-human-milk
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David C Dallas, J Bruce German
Milk proteins are a complex and diverse source of biological activities. Beyond their function, intact milk proteins also act as carriers of encrypted functional sequences that, when released as peptides, exert biological functions, including antimicrobial and immunomodulatory activity, which could contribute to the infant's competitive success. Research has now revealed that the release of these functional peptides begins within the mammary gland itself. A complex array of proteases produced in mother's milk has been shown to be active in the milk, releasing these peptides...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346799/activation-of-macrophages-by-lipopolysaccharide-for-assessing-the-immunomodulatory-property-of-biomaterials
#2
Shengwei Han, Zetao Chen, Pingping Han, Qingang Hu, Yin Xiao
The design paradigm of biomaterials has been changed to ones with favorable immunomodulatory effects, indicating the importance of accurately evaluating the immunomodulatory properties of biomaterials. Among all the immune cells macrophages receive most attention, due to their plasticity and multiple roles in the materials and host interactions, and thereby become model immune cells for the evaluation of immunomodulatory properties of biomaterials in many studies. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS), a polysaccharide in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, elicit strong immune responses, which was often applied to activate macrophages, resulting in a proinflammatory M1 phenotype, and the release of proinflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), interleukin (IL)-1, and IL-6...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346709/synthetic-%C3%AE-nitrostyrene-derivative-cyt-rx20-as-inhibitor-of-oral-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-tumor-growth-through-glutathione-suppression-and-reactive-oxygen-species-induction
#3
Yen-Yun Wang, Yuk-Kwan Chen, Ya-Ling Hsu, Wen-Chin Chiu, Chun-Hao Tsai, Stephen Chu-Sung Hu, Pei-Wen Hsieh, Shyng-Shiou F Yuan
BACKGROUND: The β-nitrostyrene family possesses anticancer properties. In this study, β-nitrostyrene derivative CYT-Rx20 (3'-hydroxy-4'-methoxy-β-methyl-β-nitrostyrene) was synthesized and investigated its anticancer activity in oral cancer. METHODS: Anticancer activity of CYT-Rx20 and the underlying mechanisms were analyzed using cell viability assay, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation assay, fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis, annexin V staining, comet assay, glutathione (GSH)/glutathione disulfide (GSSG) ratio, immunoblotting, soft agar assay, nude mice xenograft study, and immunohistochemistry...
March 27, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346464/sympathetic-nervous-system-activity-and-anti-lipolytic-response-to-iv-glucose-load-in-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-of-obese-and-obese-type-2-diabetic-subjects
#4
Uwe Schumann, Christopher P Jenkinson, Andreas Alt, Martina Zügel, Jürgen M Steinacker, Marion Flechtner-Mors
The study aim was to investigate the effect of endogenous insulin release on lipolysis in subcutaneous adipose tissue after adrenergic stimulation in obese subjects diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D). In 14 obese female T2D subjects, or 14 obese non-T2D controls, glycerol concentration was measured in response to the α1,2,ß-agonist norepinephrine, the α1-agonist norfenefrine and the ß2-agonist terbutaline (each 10-4 M), using the microdialysis technique. After 60 minutes of stimulation, an intravenous glucose load (0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346411/the-cold-induced-lipokine-12-13-dihome-promotes-fatty-acid-transport-into-brown-adipose-tissue
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Matthew D Lynes, Luiz O Leiria, Morten Lundh, Alexander Bartelt, Farnaz Shamsi, Tian Lian Huang, Hirokazu Takahashi, Michael F Hirshman, Christian Schlein, Alexandra Lee, Lisa A Baer, Francis J May, Fei Gao, Niven R Narain, Emily Y Chen, Michael A Kiebish, Aaron M Cypess, Matthias Blüher, Laurie J Goodyear, Gökhan S Hotamisligil, Kristin I Stanford, Yu-Hua Tseng
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) and beige adipose tissue combust fuels for heat production in adult humans, and so constitute an appealing target for the treatment of metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Cold exposure can enhance energy expenditure by activating BAT, and it has been shown to improve nutrient metabolism. These therapies, however, are time consuming and uncomfortable, demonstrating the need for pharmacological interventions. Recently, lipids have been identified that are released from tissues and act locally or systemically to promote insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance; as a class, these lipids are referred to as 'lipokines'...
March 27, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346357/comparison-of-the-in-vivo-biotransformation-of-two-emerging-estrogenic-contaminants-bp2-and-bps-in-zebrafish-embryos-and-adults
#6
Vincent Le Fol, François Brion, Anne Hillenweck, Elisabeth Perdu, Sandrine Bruel, Selim Aït-Aïssa, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Daniel Zalko
Zebrafish embryo assays are increasingly used in the toxicological assessment of endocrine disruptors. Among other advantages, these models are 3R-compliant and are fit for screening purposes. Biotransformation processes are well-recognized as a critical factor influencing toxic response, but major gaps of knowledge exist regarding the characterization of functional metabolic capacities expressed in zebrafish. Comparative metabolic studies between embryos and adults are even scarcer. Using ³H-labeled chemicals, we examined the fate of two estrogenic emerging contaminants, benzophenone-2 (BP2) and bisphenol S (BPS), in 4-day embryos and adult zebrafish...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346354/anti-inflammatory-properties-of-irisin-mediator-of-physical-activity-are-connected-with-tlr4-myd88-signaling-pathway-activation
#7
Agnieszka Irena Mazur-Bialy, Ewa Pocheć, Marcin Zarawski
Irisin, an adipomiokine known as a mediator of physical activity, induces the browning of adipose tissue and it has potentially protective properties in the development of obesity-related states, such as insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and type 2 diabetes. Despite numerous studies conducted on this factor, still little is known about its impact on the functioning of immunocompetent cells, but its potential anti-inflammatory properties were previously suggested. In the current study we investigated the role of irisin (0-100 nM) in the downstream pathway activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in RAW 264...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346125/canine-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-enhance-clot-formation-and-delay-lysis
#8
Unity Jeffery, Dana N LeVine
Autoimmune diseases increase the risk of thrombosis. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are webs of DNA and protein that may mediate thrombosis in autoimmune diseases. Human and murine studies show NET-releasing neutrophils within a thrombus promote its growth, but it is unclear to what extent NET fragments released into circulation during inflammation are prothrombotic. This study hypothesized that canine NETs promote clot formation and impair lysis even in the absence of neutrophils. NETs were prepared from PMA-stimulated neutrophils and added to fibrinogen and thrombin or to recalcified pooled canine platelet-poor plasma, tissue factor, and tissue plasminogen activator...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345956/modulation-of-steroidogenesis-by-vitamin-d3-in-granulosa-cells-of-the-mouse-model-of-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome
#9
Shabnam Bakhshalizadeh, Fardin Amidi, Ashraf Alleyassin, Masoud Soleimani, Reza Shirazi, Maryam Shabani Nashtaei
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder of women of reproductive age characterized by polycystic ovarian morphology, anovulation or oligomenorrhea, and hyperandrogenism. It is shown that disruption in the steroidogenesis pathway caused by excess androgen in PCOS is a critical element of abnormal folliculogenesis and failure in dominant follicle selection. Vitamin D plays an important role in the regulation of ovulatory dysfunction and can influence genes involved in steroidogenesis in granulosa cells...
March 27, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345935/targeting-self-binding-peptides-as-a-novel-strategy-to-regulate-protein-activity-and-function-a-case-study-on-the-proto-oncogene-tyrosine-protein-kinase-c-src
#10
Zhengya Bai, Shasha Hou, Shilei Zhang, Zhongyan Li, Peng Zhou
Previously, we have reported a new biomolecular phenomenon spanning between protein folding and binding, termed as self-binding peptides (SBPs), where a short peptide segment in monomeric protein functions as molecular switch by dynamically binding to/unbinding from its cognate domain in the monomer (Yang C, Zhang S, He P, Wang C, Huang J, Zhou P. Self-binding peptides: folding or binding? J. Chem. Inf. MODEL: 2015, 55: 329-342). Here, we attempt to raise the SBP as a new class of druggable targets to regulate the biological activity and function of proteins...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345899/ammonia-borane-dehydrogenation-catalyzed-by-%C3%AE%C2%BA-4-ep3-co-h-ep3-e-ch2ch2pph2-3-e-n-p-and-h2-evolution-from-their-interaction-with-nh-acids
#11
Stefano Todisco, Lapo Luconi, Giuliano Giambastiani, Andrea Rossin, Maurizio Peruzzini, Igor E Golub, Oleg A Filippov, Natalia V Belkova, Elena S Shubina
Two Co(I) hydrides containing the tripodal polyphosphine ligand EP3, (κ(4)-EP3)Co(H) [E(CH2CH2PPh2)3; E = N (1), P (2)], have been exploited as ammonia borane (NH3BH3, AB) dehydrogenation catalysts in THF solution at T = 55 °C. The reaction has been analyzed experimentally through multinuclear ((11)B, (31)P{(1)H}, (1)H) NMR and IR spectroscopy, kinetic rate measurements, and kinetic isotope effect (KIE) determination with deuterated AB isotopologues. Both complexes are active in AB dehydrogenation, albeit with different rates and efficiency...
March 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345745/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-assessment-of-the-abuse-potential-of-pf614-a-novel-bio-md%C3%A2-prodrug-of-oxycodone
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D Lynn Kirkpatrick, William K Schmidt, Ricardo Morales, John Cremin, Julie Seroogy, Craig Husfeld, Thomas Jenkins
OBJECTIVE: The need for pain medication which will not lead to abuse is well recognized. Ensysce has designed prodrug analogs of the commonly used pain medications including hydromorphone, oxycodone (OC), hydrocodone, and morphine that limit their use to oral delivery, two of which are in clinical development. This study was undertaken to demonstrate that PF614, an extended-release prodrug of OC, allows the release of OC as designed when delivered orally, yet it resists ex vivo extraction with household chemicals and is pharmacologically inactive when administered by nonoral routes (nasal and parenteral), thereby substantially reducing its intravenous (IV) and intranasal abuse potential...
January 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345665/oscillating-electric-field-measures-the-rotation-rate-in-a-native-rotary-enzyme
#13
Csilla-Maria Ferencz, Pál Petrovszki, András Dér, Krisztina Sebők-Nagy, Zoltán Kóta, Tibor Páli
Rotary enzymes are complex, highly challenging biomolecular machines whose biochemical working mechanism involves intersubunit rotation. The true intrinsic rate of rotation of any rotary enzyme is not known in a native, unmodified state. Here we use the effect of an oscillating electric (AC) field on the biochemical activity of a rotary enzyme, the vacuolar proton-ATPase (V-ATPase), to directly measure its mean rate of rotation in its native membrane environment, without any genetic, chemical or mechanical modification of the enzyme, for the first time...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345631/structure-of-the-cyanuric-acid-hydrolase-trzd-reveals-product-exit-channel
#14
Asim K Bera, Kelly G Aukema, Mikael Elias, Lawrence P Wackett
Cyanuric acid hydrolases are of industrial importance because of their use in aquatic recreational facilities to remove cyanuric acid, a stabilizer for the chlorine. Degradation of excess cyanuric acid is necessary to maintain chlorine disinfection in the waters. Cyanuric acid hydrolase opens the cyanuric acid ring hydrolytically and subsequent decarboxylation produces carbon dioxide and biuret. In the present study, we report the X-ray structure of TrzD, a cyanuric acid hydrolase from Acidovorax citrulli. The crystal structure at 2...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345580/differential-roles-of-caspase-1-and-caspase-11-in-infection-and-inflammation
#15
Si Ming Man, Rajendra Karki, Benoit Briard, Amanda Burton, Sebastien Gingras, Stephane Pelletier, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Caspase-1, also known as interleukin-1β (IL-1β)-converting enzyme (ICE), regulates antimicrobial host defense, tissue repair, tumorigenesis, metabolism and membrane biogenesis. On activation within an inflammasome complex, caspase-1 induces pyroptosis and converts pro-IL-1β and pro-IL-18 into their biologically active forms. "ICE(-/-)" or "Casp1(-/-)" mice generated using 129 embryonic stem cells carry a 129-associated inactivating passenger mutation on the caspase-11 locus, essentially making them deficient in both caspase-1 and caspase-11...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345393/inhibitory-effects-of-3%C3%AE-hydroxy-lup-20-29-en-23-28-dioic-acid-on-lipopolysaccharide-induced-tnf-%C3%AE-il-1%C3%AE-and-the-high-mobility-group-box-1-release-in-macrophages
#16
Xiang-Qian Liu, Qin-Peng Zou, Jian-Jun Huang, Chang-Soo Yook, Wan-Kyunn Whang, Hyeong-Kyu Lee, Ok-Kyoung Kwon
We investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of 3α-hydroxy-lup-20(29)-en-23, 28-dioic acid (HLEDA)-a lupane-type triterpene isolated from leaves of Acanthopanax gracilistylus W. W.Smith (AGS), as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW264.7 cells. Our results demonstrated that HLEDA concentration-dependently reduced the production of nitric oxide (NO), significantly suppressed LPS-induced expression of TNF-α and IL-1β at the mRNA and protein levels in RAW264...
March 27, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345385/activation-of-5-ht1a-receptors-in-the-rat-dorsomedial-hypothalamus-inhibits-stress-induced-activation-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
#17
Christopher E Stamper, James E Hassell, Adam J Kapitz, Kenneth J Renner, Miles Orchinik, Christopher A Lowry
Acute activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, leading to the release of corticosteroid hormones into the circulation, is an adaptive response to perceived threats. Persistent activation of the HPA axis can lead to impaired physiological or behavioral function with maladaptive consequences. Thus, efficient control and termination of stress responses is essential for well-being. However, inhibitory control mechanisms governing the HPA axis are poorly understood. Previous studies suggest that serotonergic systems, acting within the medial hypothalamus, play an important role in inhibitory control of stress-induced HPA axis activity...
March 27, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345304/chemical-evidence-for-the-effect-of-urochloa-ruziziensis-on-glyphosate-resistant-soybeans
#18
Mariluce Nepomuceno, Nuria Chinchilla, Rosa M Varela, José M G Molinillo, Rodney Lacret, Pedro L C A Alves, Francisco A Macias
BACKGROUND: Soybean (Glycine max) is an important oleaginous legume that has been cultivated in new areas in Brazil, including pastures. Problems of reduced production yields have been reported by soybean growers when the crop is sown immediately after desiccation of pastures of Urochloa spp. using glyphosate. The objective of this work was to extract, isolate, and identify the major chemicals from U. ruziziensis that have phytotoxic activity and to evaluate the possible relation between this effect and the reduced soybean yield...
March 26, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345289/severe-bleeding-diatheses-in-an-elderly-patient-with-combined-type-autoantibody-against-factor-xiii-a-subunit-novel-approach-to-the-diagnosis-and-classification-of-anti-factor-xiii-antibodies
#19
M Kun, N Szuber, É Katona, K Pénzes, A Bonnefoy, B Bécsi, F Erdődi, G E Rivard, L Muszbek
INTRODUCTION: Acquired factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency due to autoantibody is a rare, severe bleeding diathesis. Its laboratory diagnosis and classification represents a difficult task. AIM: Introduction of novel approaches into the diagnosis and characterization of anti-FXIII autoantibody and demonstration of their use in the diagnosis of a patient with autoimmune FXIII deficiency. METHODS: Factor XIII activity, FXIII antigen levels and the titre of anti-FXIII-A antibody were monitored throughout the course of the disease...
March 26, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345030/wearable-disposable-sweat-based-glucose-monitoring-device-with-multistage-transdermal-drug-delivery-module
#20
Hyunjae Lee, Changyeong Song, Yong Seok Hong, Min Sung Kim, Hye Rim Cho, Taegyu Kang, Kwangsoo Shin, Seung Hong Choi, Taeghwan Hyeon, Dae-Hyeong Kim
Electrochemical analysis of sweat using soft bioelectronics on human skin provides a new route for noninvasive glucose monitoring without painful blood collection. However, sweat-based glucose sensing still faces many challenges, such as difficulty in sweat collection, activity variation of glucose oxidase due to lactic acid secretion and ambient temperature changes, and delamination of the enzyme when exposed to mechanical friction and skin deformation. Precise point-of-care therapy in response to the measured glucose levels is still very challenging...
March 2017: Science Advances
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