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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719744/high-resolution-insights-into-the-stepwise-self-assembly-of-nanofiber-from-bioactive-peptides
#1
Fude Sun, Long Chen, Xiufang Ding, Lida Xu, Xirui Zhou, Peng Wei, Jun-Feng Liang, Shi-Zhong Luo
Peptide self-assembly has a profound biological significance since self-assembled bioactive peptides are gifted with improved bioactivity as well as life-span. In this study, peptide self-assembly was investigated using a therapeutic peptide, PTP-7S (EENFLGALFKALSKLL). Combining experiments of atomic force microscopy (AFM), circular dichroism (CD) and 8-anilino-1-naphthalenesulfonic acid (ANS) fluorescence spectra, PTP-7S showing α-helix was found self-assembling into nanofibers in solution. Relying on the coarse-grained (CG) dynamic simulations, the self-assembling of PTP-7S was revealed as a stepwise process that peptide monomers first clustered into peptide-assembling units (PUs) with charged surface, and then the PUs integrated together to construct nano-fibril aggregates...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719635/differential-protein-expression-profile-in-the-hypothalamic-gt1-7-cell-line-after-exposure-to-anabolic-androgenic-steroids
#2
Freddyson J Martínez-Rivera, Juliana Pérez-Laspiur, María E Santiago-Gascot, Abner G Alemán-Reyes, Emanuel García-Santiago, Yolanda Rodríguez-Pérez, Cristhian Calo-Guadalupe, Inelia Otero-Pagán, Roxsana N Ayala-Pagán, Magdiel Martínez, Yisel M Cantres-Rosario, Loyda M Meléndez, Jennifer L Barreto-Estrada
The abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) has been considered a major public health problem during decades. Supraphysiological doses of AAS may lead to a variety of neuroendocrine problems. Precisely, the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis is one of the body systems that is mainly influenced by steroidal hormones. Fluctuations of the hormonal milieu result in alterations of reproductive function, which are made through changes in hypothalamic neurons expressing gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719363/vitamin-d-metabolism-in-human-adipose-tissue-could-it-explain-low-vitamin-d-status-in-obesity
#3
Adryana Cordeiro, Alejandro Santos, Miguel Bernardes, Andrea Ramalho, Maria João Martins
Obesity and a low vitamin D (VD) status, as well as a positive association between them, are prevalent worldwide. Additionally, a low VD status has been positively correlated with metabolic dysfunction (although not so convincingly as for obesity). The VD receptor (VDR) mediates VD biological actions in adipose tissue (AT), where VD can be activated or inactivated/degraded through specific hydroxylation steps. Additionally, AT can also store and release VD when needed. A lower VD activation/VD inactivation ratio and an impaired VDR signaling in AT could contribute to metabolic dysfunction besides the aforementioned association between obesity and VD status...
July 18, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719356/co-incubation-of-pmn-and-caco-2-cells-modulates-inflammatory-potential
#4
M B Schaefer, C A Schaefer, M Hecker, R E Morty, M Witzenrath, W Seeger, K Mayer
Polymorphonuclear granulocytes (PMN) are activated in inflammatory reactions. Intestinal epithelial cells are relevant for maintaining the intestinal barrier. We examined interactions of PMN and intestinal epithelial cell-like CaCo-2 cells to elucidate their regulation of inflammatory signalling and the impact of cyclooxygenase (COX), nitric oxide (NO) and platelet-activating factor (PAF). Human PMN and CaCo-2 cells, separately and in co-incubation, were stimulated with the calcium ionophore A23187 or with N-Formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanin (fMLP) that activates PMN only...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719196/thermoresponsive-elastin-b-collagen-like-peptide-bioconjugate-nanovesicles-for-targeted-drug-delivery-to-collagen-containing-matrices
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Tianzhi Luo, Michael A David, Lucas C Dunshee, Rebecca A Scott, Morgan A Urello, Christopher Price, Kristi L Kiick
Over the past few decades, (poly)peptide block copolymers have been widely employed in generating well-defined nanostructures as vehicles for targeted drug delivery applications. We previously reported the assembly of thermoresponsive nanovesicles from an elastin-b-collagen like peptide (ELP-CLP). The nanoparticles were observed to dissociate at elevated temperatures, despite the LCST-like behavior of the tethered ELP domain, which is suggested to be triggered by the unfolding of the CLP domain. Here, the potential of using the nanoparticles as drug delivery vehicles for targeting collagen-containing matrices is evaluated...
July 18, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719042/serotonergic-paraneurons-in-the-female-mouse-urethral-epithelium-and-their-potential-role-in-peripheral-sensory-information-processing
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F Aura Kullmann, Huiyi H Chang, Christian Gauthier, Bronagh M McDonnell, Jih-Chao Yeh, Dennis R Clayton, Anthony J Kanai, William C de Groat, Gerard L Apodaca, Lori A Birder
AIM: The mechanisms underlying detection and transmission of sensory signals arising from visceral organs, such as the urethra, are poorly understood. Recently, specialized ACh-expressing cells embedded in the urethral epithelium have been proposed as chemosensory sentinels for detection of bacterial infection. Here we examined the morphology and potential role in sensory signaling of a different class of specialized cells that express serotonin (5-HT), termed paraneurons. METHODS: Urethrae, dorsal root ganglia neurons and spinal cords were isolated from adult female mice and used for immunohistochemistry and calcium imaging...
July 18, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718783/metallothionein-from-wild-populations-of-the-african-catfish-clarias-gariepinus-from-sequence-protein-expression-and-metal-binding-properties-to-transcriptional-biomarker-of-metal-pollution
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Ethel M'kandawire, Agnieszka Mierek-Adamska, Stephen R Stürzenbaum, Kennedy Choongo, John Yabe, Maxwell Mwase, Ngonda Saasa, Claudia A Blindauer
Anthropogenic pollution with heavy metals is an on-going concern throughout the world, and methods to monitor release and impact of heavy metals are of high importance. With a view to probe its suitability as molecular biomarker of metal pollution, this study has determined a coding sequence for metallothionein of the African sharptooth catfish Clarias gariepinus. The gene product was recombinantly expressed in Escherichia coli in presence of Zn(II), Cd(II), or Cu, and characterised by Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometry and elemental analysis...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718669/fruit-peel-polyphenolic-extract-induced-apoptosis-in-human-breast-cancer-cells-is-associated-with-ros-production-and-modulation-of-p38mapk-erk1-2-and-the-akt-signaling-pathway
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Martin Kello, Lucia Kulikova, Janka Vaskova, Alexandra Nagyova, Jan Mojzis
Polyphenols represent a large group of natural substances with different biological properties. Currently, polyphenols are well studied due to their free radicals' scavenging and antioxidant activities. However, some studies indicate that polyphenols also exhibit pro-oxidant properties. In this study, the possible involvement of the pro-oxidant activities of fruit polyphenols was investigated in relation to apoptosis induction. To determine the type of cell death induced by fruit polyphenols (Flavine; F7), we assessed a series of assays, including measurements of caspase-7 activation, membrane mitochondrial potential changes, reactive oxygen (ROS) and nitrogen species production, lipid peroxidation, antioxidant enzymes activities, and PARP cleavage...
July 18, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718641/in-silico-skin-model-a-multiscale-simulation-study-of-drug-transport
#9
Kishore Gajula, Rakesh Gupta, D B Sridhar, Beena Rai
Accurate in-silico models are required to predict the release of drug molecules through skin in order to supplement the in-vivo experiments for faster development/testing of drugs. The upper most layer of the skin, stratum corneum (SC), offers main resistance for permeation of actives. Most of the SC's molecular level models comprise of cholesterol, and phospholipids only, which is far from the reality. In this study we have implemented a multiscale modelling framework to obtain the release profile of three drugs namely Caffeine, Fentanyl and Naphthol through skin SC...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718626/gold-nanoparticle-loaded-split-dnazyme-probe-for-amplified-mirna-detection-in-living-cells
#10
Yanan Wu, Jin Huang, Xiaohai Yang, Yanjing Yang, Ke Quan, Nuli Xie, Jing Li, Changbei Ma, Kemin Wang
A new class of intracellular nanoprobe, termed AuNP loaded split-DNAzyme-probe, was developed to sense miRNA in living cells. Briefly, it consists of an AuNP and substrates hybridized with two half of split DNAzymes. In the absence of target miRNA, the split DNAzymes form an inactive DNAzyme motif with their substrate through partial paring at the end of each strand, and the fluorescence is quenched. Inside the cells, the target miRNA binds with both of the two half of split DNAzymes, forming the active secondary structure in the catalytic cores, which can cleave the substrates, resulting in the rupture of the substrate and recovery of the fluorescence...
July 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718507/gene-expression-analyses-reveal-metabolic-specifications-in-acute-o2-sensing-chemoreceptor-cells
#11
Lin Gao, Victoria Bonilla-Henao, Paula García-Flores, Ignacio Arias-Mayenco, Patricia Ortega-Sáenz, José López-Barneo
Acute O2 sensing is a fundamental property of cells in the peripheral chemoreceptors, e.g. glomus cells in the carotid body (CB) and chromaffin cells in the adrenal medulla (AM), and is necessary for adaptation to hypoxia. These cells contain O2 -sensitive ion channels, which mediate membrane depolarization and transmitter release upon exposure to hypoxia. However, the mechanisms underlying the detection of changes in O2 tension by cells are still poorly understood. Recently, we suggested that CB glomus cells have specific metabolic features that favour the accumulation of reduced quinone and the production of mitochondrial NADH and reactive oxygen species during hypoxia...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718478/gsh-responsive-supramolecular-nanoparticles-constructed-by-%C3%AE-d-galactose-modified-pillar-5-arene-and-camptothecin-prodrug-for-targeted-anticancer-drug-delivery
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Xin Liu, Wei Shao, Yanjing Zheng, Chenhao Yao, Luming Peng, Dongmei Zhang, Xiao-Yu Hu, Leyong Wang
Supramolecular construction of a targeted and stimuli-responsive drug delivery system is still a challenging task. Herein, GSH-responsive supramolecular prodrug nanoparticles were constructed by the host-guest complexation between a β-d-galactose-functionalized water-soluble pillar[5]arene (GalP5) and a disulfide bond containing camptothecin prodrug (G). The obtained prodrug nanoparticles were stable under physiological conditions, whereas efficient drug release was triggered in a simulated tumor environment with high GSH concentration...
July 18, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717423/contribution-of-neuroblastoma-derived-exosomes-to-the-production-of-pro-tumorigenic-signals-by-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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Rie Nakata, Hiroyuki Shimada, G Esteban Fernandez, Rob Fanter, Muller Fabbri, Jemily Malvar, Pascale Zimmermann, Yves A DeClerck
The bone marrow (BM) niche is a microenvironment promoting survival, dormancy and therapeutic resistance in tumor cells. Central to this function are mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). Here, using neuroblastoma (NB) as a model, we demonstrate that NB cells release an extracellular vesicle (EVs) whose protein cargo is enriched in exosomal proteins but lacks cytokines and chemokines. Using three different purification methods, we then demonstrate that NB-derived exosomes were captured by MSCs and induced the production of pro-tumorigenic cytokines and chemokines, including interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-8/CXCL8, vascular endothelial cell growth factor and monocyte-chemotactic protein-1, with exosomes prepared by size exclusion chromatography having the highest activity...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717419/platelet-extracellular-vesicles-induce-a-pro-inflammatory-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotype
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Tanja Vajen, Birke J Benedikter, Alexandra C A Heinzmann, Elena M Vasina, Yvonne Henskens, Martin Parsons, Patricia B Maguire, Frank R Stassen, Johan W M Heemskerk, Leon J Schurgers, Rory R Koenen
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are mediators of cell communication during health and disease, and abundantly released by platelets upon activation or during ageing. Platelet EVs exert modulatory effects on immune and vascular cells. Platelet EVs may modulate the function of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC). Platelet EVs were isolated from platelet-rich plasma and incubated with SMC in order to assess binding, proliferation, migration and pro-inflammatory phenotype of the cells. Platelet EVs firmly bound to resting SMC through the platelet integrin αIIbβ3, while binding also occurred in a CX3CL1-CX3CR1-dependent manner after cytokine stimulation...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717410/fish-scale-collagen-peptides-protect-against-cocl2-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-cytotoxicity-and-inflammation-via-inhibition-of-ros-mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways-in-hacat-cells
#15
Fazli Subhan, Hae Yeong Kang, Yeseon Lim, Muhammad Ikram, Sun-Yong Baek, Songwan Jin, Young Hun Jeong, Jong Young Kwak, Sik Yoon
Skin diseases associated with inflammation or oxidative stress represent the most common problem in dermatology. The present study demonstrates that fish scale collagen peptides (FSCP) protect against CoCl2-induced cytotoxicity and TNF-α-induced inflammatory responses in human HaCaT keratinocyte cells. Our study is the first to report that FSCP increase cell viability and ameliorate oxidative injury in HaCaT cells through mechanisms mediated by the downregulation of key proinflammatory cytokines, namely, TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-8, and iNOS...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717204/a-drug-carrier-for-sustained-zero-order-release-of-peptide-therapeutics
#16
Ya-Nan Zhao, Xiaoyu Xu, Na Wen, Rui Song, Qingbin Meng, Ying Guan, Siqi Cheng, Danni Cao, Yansheng Dong, Jiankun Qie, Keliang Liu, Yongjun Zhang
Peptides have great potential as therapeutic agents, however, their clinic applications are severely hampered by their instability and short circulation half-life. Zero-order release carriers could not only extend the circulation lifetime of peptides, but also maintain the plasma drug level constant, and thus maximize their therapeutic efficacy and minimize their toxic effect. Here using PEGylated salmon calcitonin (PEG-sCT)/tannic acid (TA) film as an example, we demonstrated that hydrogen-bonded layer-by-layer films of a PEGylated peptide and a polyphenol could be a platform for zero-order peptide release...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717166/targeting-cellular-calcium-homeostasis-to-prevent-cytokine-mediated-beta-cell-death
#17
Amy L Clark, Kohsuke Kanekura, Zeno Lavagnino, Larry D Spears, Damien Abreu, Jana Mahadevan, Takuya Yagi, Clay F Semenkovich, David W Piston, Fumihiko Urano
Pro-inflammatory cytokines are important mediators of islet inflammation, leading to beta cell death in type 1 diabetes. Although alterations in both endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and cytosolic free calcium levels are known to play a role in cytokine-mediated beta cell death, there are currently no treatments targeting cellular calcium homeostasis to combat type 1 diabetes. Here we show that modulation of cellular calcium homeostasis can mitigate cytokine- and ER stress-mediated beta cell death. The calcium modulating compounds, dantrolene and sitagliptin, both prevent cytokine and ER stress-induced activation of the pro-apoptotic calcium-dependent enzyme, calpain, and partly suppress beta cell death in INS1E cells and human primary islets...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717145/acetylsalicylic-acid-differentially-limits-the-activation-and-expression-of-cell-death-markers-in-human-platelets-exposed-to-staphylococcus-aureus-strains
#18
Adrien Chabert, Pauline Damien, Paul O Verhoeven, Florence Grattard, Philippe Berthelot, Fabrice Zeni, Laurence Panicot-Dubois, Stéphane Robert, Françoise Dignat-George, Marie-Ange Eyraud, Bruno Pozzetto, Bernard Payrastre, Fabrice Cognasse, Olivier Garraud, Hind Hamzeh-Cognasse
Beyond their hemostatic functions, platelets alter their inflammatory response according to the bacterial stimulus. Staphylococcus aureus is associated with exacerbated inflammation and thrombocytopenia, which is associated with poor prognosis during sepsis. Acetylsalicylic acid and statins prevent platelet aggregation and decrease the mortality rate during sepsis. Therefore, we assessed whether these two molecules could reduce in vitro platelet activation and the inflammatory response to S. aureus. Platelets were exposed to clinical strains of S...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717009/acetylation-on-histone-h3-lysine-9-mediates-a-switch-from-transcription-initiation-to-elongation
#19
Leah A Gates, Jiejun Shi, Aarti D Rohira, Qin Feng, Bokai Zhu, Mark T Bedford, Cari A Sagum, Sung Yun Jung, Jun Qin, Ming-Jer Tsai, Sophia Y Tsai, Wei Li, Charles E Foulds, Bert W O'Malley
The transition from transcription initiation to elongation is a key regulatory step in gene expression, which requires RNA polymerase II (Pol II) to escape promoter proximal pausing on chromatin. While elongation factors promote pause release leading to transcription elongation, the role of epigenetic modifications during this critical transition step is poorly understood. Two histone marks on histone H3, lysine 4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) and lysine 9 acetylation (H3K9ac), co-localize on active gene promoters and are associated with active transcription...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717003/surface-toll-like-receptor-3-expression-in-metastatic-intestinal-epithelial-cells-induces-inflammatory-cytokine-production-and-promotes-invasiveness
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Marit Bugge, Bjarte Bergstrom, Oda Kamilla Eide, Helene Solli, Ingrid F Kjønstad, Jørgen Stenvik, Terje Espevik, Nadra J Nilsen
Toll-like receptors (TLR)s are innate immune receptors for sensing microbial molecules and damage-associated molecular patterns released from host cells. Double-stranded RNA and the synthetic analog polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid (Poly(I:C)) bind and activate TLR3. This stimulation leads to recruitment of the adaptor molecule TRIF and activation of the transcription factors nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) and interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF-3), classically inducing IFNβ production. Here, we report that unlike non-metastatic intestinal epithelial cells (IECs), metastatic IECs express TLR3, and that TLR3 promotes invasiveness of these cells...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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