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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926980/role-and-regulation-of-p27-in-neuronal-apoptosis
#1
Surbhi Jaiswal, Pushkar Sharma
It is necessary for the cell cycle machinery of neurons to be suppressed to promote differentiation and maintenance of their terminally differentiated state. Reactivation of the cell cycle in response to neurotoxic insults leads to neuronal cell death and some cell cycle related proteins contribute to the process. p27 kip1 (p27), an inhibitor of Cyclin Dependent Kinases (CDKs), prevents unwarranted CDK activation. In the present study, we have elucidated a novel mechanism via which p27 promotes apoptosis of neurons stimulated by neurotoxic amyloid peptide Aβ42 (Amyloid β1-42 peptide)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926846/alamethicin-supramolecular-organization-in-lipid-membranes-from-19-f-solid-state-nmr
#2
Evgeniy S Salnikov, Jesus Raya, Marta De Zotti, Ekaterina Zaitseva, Cristina Peggion, Gema Ballano, Claudio Toniolo, Jan Raap, Burkhard Bechinger
Alamethicins (ALMs) are antimicrobial peptides of fungal origin. Their sequences are rich in hydrophobic amino acids and strongly interact with lipid membranes, where they cause a well-defined increase in conductivity. Therefore, the peptides are thought to form transmembrane helical bundles in which the more hydrophilic residues line a water-filled pore. Whereas the peptide has been well characterized in terms of secondary structure, membrane topology, and interactions, much fewer data are available regarding the quaternary arrangement of the helices within lipid bilayers...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926840/calcium-dependent-structural-dynamics-of-a-spin-labeled-ryr-peptide-bound-to-calmodulin
#3
Cheng Her, Jesse E McCaffrey, David D Thomas, Christine B Karim
We have used chemical synthesis, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and circular dichroism to detect and analyze the structural dynamics of a ryanodine receptor (RyR) peptide bound to calmodulin (CaM). The skeletal muscle calcium release channel RyR1 is activated by Ca(2+)-free CaM and inhibited by Ca(2+)-bound CaM. To probe the structural mechanism for this regulation, wild-type RyRp and four spin-labeled derivatives were synthesized, each containing the nitroxide probe 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidine-1-oxyl-4-amino-4-carboxylic acid substituted for a single amino acid...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926796/novel-umami-ingredients-umami-peptides-and-their-taste
#4
REVIEW
Yin Zhang, Chandrasekar Venkitasamy, Zhongli Pan, Wenlong Liu, Liming Zhao
Umami substances are very important for food seasoning and healthy eating. In addition to monosodium glutamate and some nucleotides, recent investigations have revealed that several peptides also exhibit umami taste. In recent years, 52 peptides have been reported to show umami taste, including 24 dipeptides, 16 tripeptides, 5 octapeptides, 2 pentapeptides, 2 hexapeptides, 1 tetrapeptide, 1 heptapeptide, and 1 undecapeptide. Twenty of these peptides have been examined for the present of umami taste. In this review, we have listed these umami peptides based on their category, source, taste, and threshold concentration...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926664/absence-of-serological-rheumatoid-arthritis-biomarkers-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-with-arthropathies
#5
Sanne J H Van Erp, Marije K Verheul, E W Nivine Levarht, Johan J van der Reijden, Désirée van der Heijde, Floris A van Gaalen, Daniel W Hommes, Gary L Norman, Zakera Shums, Michael Mahler, Hein W Verspaget, Leendert A Trouw, Andrea E van der Meulen-de Jong
OBJECTIVE: Biomarkers that are associated with future progression to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and joint destruction have been discovered previously in patients with arthralgia. The present study examined these RA biomarkers in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients with arthropathies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sera from 155 IBD patients with and 99 IBD patients without arthropathies were analyzed for immunoglobulin (Ig) M rheumatoid factor (RF), IgA-RF, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide 2, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide 3...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926517/suberoylanilide-hydroxamic-acid-induced-specific-epigenetic-regulation-controls-leptin-induced-proliferation-of-breast-cancer-cell-lines
#6
Xiuyan Feng, Han Han, Dan Zou, Jiaming Zhou, Weiqiang Zhou
Breast cancer is one of the most common malignancies among women in the world, investigating the characteristics and special transduction pathways is important for better understanding breast development and tumorigenesis. Leptin, a peptide hormone secreted from white adipocytes, may be an independent risk factor for breast cancer.Here, we treated suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) on Leptin-induced cell proliferation and invasion in the estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer cell line MCF-7 and triple-negative breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926477/intra-or-extra-exosomal-secretion-of-hdgf-isoforms-the-extraordinary-function-of-the-hdgf-a-n-terminal-peptide
#7
Jessica Nüße, Eva-Maria Blumrich, Ursula Mirastschijski, Lennart Kappelmann, Sørge Kelm, Frank Dietz
Hepatoma-derived growth factor (HDGF) is a protein with diverse intracellular functions. Moreover, after non-conventional secretion, extracellular HDGF is able to influence different signalling pathways, leading for example to induction of processes like epithelialmesenchymal transition (EMT) and cell migration. Intriguingly, in recent proteome studies, HDGF was also found secreted by special microvesicles called exosomes. Recently, we demonstrated the existence of two new HDGF isoforms (B and C). These isoforms are involved in different cellular processes than HDGF-A...
December 7, 2016: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926472/sweetened-beverage-intake-and-risk-of-latent-autoimmune-diabetes-in-adults-lada-and-type-2-diabetes
#8
Josefin E Löfvenborg, Tomas Andersson, Per-Ola Carlsson, Mozhgan Dorkhan, Leif Groop, Mats Martinell, Tiinamaija Tuomi, Alicja Wolk, Sofia Carlsson
OBJECTIVE: Sweetened beverage intake is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but its association with autoimmune diabetes is unclear. We aimed to investigate sweetened beverage intake and risk of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA); autoimmune diabetes with features of type 2 diabetes. DESIGN/METHODS: Data from a Swedish population-based study was used, including incident cases of LADA (n = 357) and type 2 diabetes (n = 1136) and randomly selected controls (n = 1371)...
December 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925870/hydrogen-sulfide-enhances-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-differentiation-from-human-tooth-under-normal-and-glucotoxic-conditions
#9
Ioan Valentin Matei, Hisataka Ii, Ken Yaegaki
AIM: Glucotoxicity obstructs pancreatic differentiation from adult stem cells. The aim was to develop a novel protocol for differentiation of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) into pancreatic β cells and determine the effect of H2S on glucotoxicity. MATERIALS & METHODS: DPSCs were differentiated with media containing 5.5 or 25.0 mM glucose, exposed to 1 ng/ml H2S. Glucotoxicity, expression of β-cell markers, INS, PDX1 and GLUT2, and PI3K/AKT pathway were assessed...
December 7, 2016: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925685/in-vitro-characterization-of-synthoplate-%C3%A2-synthetic-platelet-technology-and-its-in-vivo-evaluation-in-severely-thrombocytopenic-mice
#10
Meenal Shukla, Ujjal D S Sekhon, Venkaiah Betapudi, Wei Li, DaShawn A Hickman, Christa L Pawlowski, Mitchell R Dyer, Matthew D Neal, Keith R McCrae, Anirban Sen Gupta
BACKGROUND: Platelet transfusion applications face severe challenges due to the limited availability and portability, high risk of contamination and short shelf-life of platelets. Therefore there is significant interest in synthetic platelet substitutes that can render hemostasis while avoiding these issues. Platelets promote hemostasis by injury site-selective adhesion and aggregation, and propagation of coagulation reactions on their membrane. Based on these mechanisms, we have developed a synthetic platelet technology (SynthoPlate(™) ) that integrates platelet-mimetic site-selective 'adhesion' and 'aggregation' functionalities via heteromultivalent surface-decoration of lipid vesicles with Von Willebrand Factor-binding, collagen-binding and active platelet integrin GPIIb-IIIa-binding peptides...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925619/moderate-hyperoxia-induces-extracellular-matrix-remodeling-by-human-fetal-airway-smooth-muscle-cells
#11
Elizabeth R Vogel, Rodney D Britt, Arij Faksh, Ine Kuipers, Hitesh Pandya, Y S Prakash, Richard J Martin, Christina M Pabelick
BACKGROUND: Premature infants are at increased risk for airway diseases, such as wheezing and asthma, because of early exposure to risk factors including hyperoxia. As in adult asthma, airway remodeling and increased extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition is involved. METHODS: We assessed the impact of 24-72 h of moderate hyperoxia (50%) on human fetal airway smooth muscle (fASM) ECM deposition through western blot, modified in-cell western, and zymography techniques...
December 7, 2016: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925615/positive-selection-in-cathelicidin-host-defense-peptides-adaptation-to-exogenous-pathogens-or-endogenous-receptors
#12
S Zhu, B Gao
The cause of adaptive protein evolution includes internal (for example, co-evolution of ligand-receptor pairs) and external (for example, adaptation to different ecological niches) mechanisms. Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a class of vertebrate-specific cationic antimicrobial peptides evolving under positive selection. Besides their antibiotic activity, HDPs also exert an effect on multiple host immune cells, thus providing an ideal model to study selective agents driving their evolution. On the basis of a combination of computational and experimental approaches, we studied the evolution of LL-37-type HDPs in mammals, the mature peptide of cathelicidin CAP18 (herein termed CAP18-MP) and investigated the driving force behind the evolution...
December 7, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925389/the-long-term-immunological-effects-of-alloferon-and-its-analogues-in-the-mealworm-tenebrio-molitor
#13
Elżbieta Czarniewska, Arkadiusz Urbański, Szymon Chowański, Mariola Kuczer
The subject of this paper is a search for the long-term immunological effects of alloferon and 3 structural analogues of alloferon, which were earlier characterised by the highest pro-apoptotic activity in Tenebrio molitor. The differences in the actions of these peptides on immune response were observed. Alloferon increased nodulation and significantly phenoloxidase activity in the haemolymph of experimentally infected T. molitor. However, [Phe(p-NH2 )(1) ]- and [Phe(p-OMe)(1) ]-alloferon strongly inhibited cellular and humoral defense of the mealworm against Staphylococcus aureus infection...
December 7, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925294/improved-68-ga-labeling-method-using-ethanol-addition-application-to-the-%C3%AE-helical-peptide-dota-famp
#14
Koki Hasegawa, Emi Kawachi, Yoshinari Uehara, Tsuyoshi Yoshida, Satoshi Imaizumi, Masahiro Ogawa, Shin-Ichiro Miura, Keijiro Saku
We examined the (68) Ga labeling of the α-helical peptide, DOTA-FAMP, and evaluated conformational changes during radiolabeling. (68) Ga-DOTA-FAMP is a positron emission tomography probe candidate for atherosclerotic plaques. The labeling yield achieved by Zhernosekov's method (using acetone for (68) Ga purification) was compared with that achieved by the original and 2 modified Mueller's methods (using NaCl solution). Modified method I involves desalting the (68) Ga prior to labeling, and modified method II involves the inclusion of ethanol in the labeling solution...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925266/marine-mollusk-derived-agents-with-antiproliferative-activity-as-promising-anticancer-agents-to-overcome-chemotherapy-resistance
#15
REVIEW
Maria Letizia Ciavatta, Florence Lefranc, Marianna Carbone, Ernesto Mollo, Margherita Gavagnin, Tania Betancourt, Ramesh Dasari, Alexander Kornienko, Robert Kiss
The chemical investigation of marine mollusks has led to the isolation of a wide variety of bioactive metabolites, which evolved in marine organisms as favorable adaptations to survive in different environments. Most of them are derived from food sources, but they can be also biosynthesized de novo by the mollusks themselves, or produced by symbionts. Consequently, the isolated compounds cannot be strictly considered as "chemotaxonomic markers" for the different molluscan species. However, the chemical investigation of this phylum has provided many compounds of interest as potential anticancer drugs that assume particular importance in the light of the growing literature on cancer biology and chemotherapy...
December 7, 2016: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925205/generation-of-insulin-producing-cells-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-a-stepwise-differentiation-protocol-optimized-with-platelet-rich-plasma
#16
Seyed Ehsan Enderami, Yousef Mortazavi, Masoud Soleimani, Samad Nadri, Alireza Biglari, Reyhaneh Nassiri Mansour
Studies on patient-specific human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) as well as a series of autologous growth factors presumably will reveal their many benefits for cell base replacement therapy in type 1 diabetes mellitus (TIDM) patients in the future. For this purpose, we established a multistep protocol by adding platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that induce the hiPSCs into insulin-producing cells (IPCs). We present here a differentiation protocol consisting of five stages in two groups including protocol with PRP and without PRP...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925155/enhanced-liver-fibrosis-test-elf-in-psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-cross-sectional-comparison-with-procollagen-3-n-terminal-peptide-p3np
#17
E A M van der Voort, M Wakkee, P Veldt-Kok, S Darwish Murad, T Nijsten
BACKGROUND: Recently the enhanced liver fibrosis (ELF) test, a combined use of three serum biomarkers to detect liver fibroses, was introduced to screen, diagnose and/or monitor liver conditions in large groups of patients with liver diseases and healthy controls, but it has not been used in inflammatory skin or joint diseases. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the distribution of the ELF test, apply existing cut offs for hepatic patients and healthy controls, and compare it to the corresponding procollagen-3 N-terminal peptide (P3NP) test among patients with psoriasis (PSO), psoriatic arthritis (PSA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and controls...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924991/improving-cell-penetration-of-helical-peptides-stabilized-by-n-terminal-crosslinked-aspartic-acids
#18
Hui Zhao, Yanhong Jiang, Yuan Tian, Dan Yang, Xuan Qin, Zigang Li
Cell penetration and nucleus translocation efficiency are important for the cellular activities of peptide therapeutics. For helical peptides stabilized by N-terminal crosslinked aspartic acid, correlations between their penetration efficiency/nucleus translocation and physicochemical properties were studied. An increase in hydrophobicity and isoelectric point will promote cellular uptake and nucleus translocation of stabilized helices.
December 7, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924934/one-pot-synthesis-of-class-ii-lanthipeptide-bovicin-hj50-via-an-engineered-lanthipeptide-synthetase
#19
Jian Wang, Xiaoxuan Ge, Li Zhang, Kunling Teng, Jin Zhong
Lanthipeptides are a large class of bacteria-produced, ribosomally-synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides. They are recognized as peptide antibiotics because most of them exhibit potent antimicrobial activities against Gram-positive bacteria especially those that are phylogenetically related to producers. Maturation of class II lanthipeptide like bovicin HJ50 undergoes precursor modification by LanM and a subsequent leader peptide cleavage by LanT. Herein, via co-expression of precursor gene bovA, modification gene bovM and transporter gene bovT in Escherichia coli C43 (DE3), bioactive bovicin HJ50 was successfully produced and secreted...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924732/the-effect-of-a-hexanoic-acid-linker-insertion-on-the-pharmacokinetics-and-tumor-targeting-properties-of-the-melanoma-imaging-agent-99mtc-hynic-cycmsh
#20
Vania Teixeira, Marcelo Fernández, Natalia Oddone, Xiuli Zhang, Fabio Gallazzi, Hugo Cerecetto, Juan Pablo Gambini, Williams Porcal, Pablo Cabral, Thomas P Quinn
BACKGROUND: Lactam cyclized alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) analogues exhibit high stability and affinity for the MC1-R receptors over expressed in melanoma cells. Recently, we reported a novel <sup>99m</sup>Tc-HYNIC-cycMSH<sub>4-13</sub> analogue with the HYNIC chelator directly attached to the lactam cyclized ring. OBJECTIVE: In this study we proposed the introduction of a 6-aminohexanoic acid (Ahx) linker between the HYNIC chelator and lactam cyclized peptide cycMSH4-13 to reduce steric hindrance and improve the melanoma targeting and imaging proprieties of the radiolabeled peptide...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
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