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Shlomo Sasson
Activated peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-δ (PPARδ) induces the expression of genes encoding enzymes that metabolize fatty acids and carbohydrate. Attempts to identify cellular activators of PPARδ produced large lists of various fatty acids and their metabolic derivatives; however, there is no consensus on specific and selective binding interactions of natural ligands with PPARδ. Most models on binding interactions within the ligand binding domain (LBD) of PPARδ have been derived from analyses of PPARδ-LBD crystals formed with synthetic low molecular weight ligands...
October 18, 2016: Biochimie
Chao-Jun Lu, Bao-Yu Tian, Yi Cao, Cheng-Gang Zou, Ke-Qin Zhang
Nuclear receptors (NRs) are a diverse class of transcription factors, which are involved in regulating a large number of physiological events in metazoans. However, the function of NRs is poorly understood in plant-parasitic nematodes. Here, members of the NR1J+K group of NRs in nematodes, including the free-living and plant parasites, were examined and phylogenetically analyzed. We found that the number of members of the NR1J+K group in plant-parasitic nematodes was less than that in the free-living nematodes, suggesting this reduction of NR1J+K group members in plant parasites maybe arose during the separation of the free-living and intermediately plant parasitic nematodes (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus)...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ana C Puhl, Paul Webb, Igor Polikarpov
Loss-of-function mutation V290M in the ligand-binding domain of the peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ (PPARγ) is associated with a ligand resistance syndrome (PLRS), characterized by partial lipodystrophy and severe insulin resistance. In this data article we discuss an X-ray diffraction dataset that yielded the structure of PPARγ LBD V290M mutant refined at 2.3 Å resolution, that allowed building of 3D model of the receptor mutant with high confidence and revealed continuous well-defined electron density for the partial agonist diclofenac bound to hydrophobic pocket of the PPARγ...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Younho Han, Chae Yul Kim, Heesun Cheong, Kwang Youl Lee
Osterix is a novel bone-related transcription factor involved in osteoblast differentiation, and bone maturation. Because a reciprocal relationship exists between adipocyte and osteoblast differentiation of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells, we hypothesized that Osterix might have a role in adipogenesis. Ablation of Osterix enhanced adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells, whereas overexpression suppressed this process and inhibited the expression of adipogenic markers including CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/EBPα) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ)...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jorge Espinoza-Ríos, Miluska Aliaga Ramos, Jenny Rodríguez Borda, Eduardo Miraval Wong, Arturo Zegarra Chang, Eduar Bravo Paredes, Ricardo Prochazka Zárate
OBJECTIVE: We present a descriptive analysis of our cases of sphincterotomy followed by papillary large balloon dilation in a single session (ES-LBD) in the management of difficult to extract calculi, with the objective of assessing rates of therapeutic success and complications in local experience. MATERIAL AND METHODS: ERCP procedures with ES-LBD performed for choledocholithiasis between January 2009 and December 2014 in patients older than 18 years and without preexistent sphincterotomy were selected from records of the Gastroenterology Service at Cayetano Heredia National Hospital...
July 2016: Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
Emily J Faivre, Denise Wilcox, Xiaoyu Lin, Paul Hessler, Maricel Torrent, Wei He, Tamar Uziel, Daniel H Albert, Keith McDaniel, Warren Kati, Yu Shen
: Competitive inhibitors of acetyl-lysine binding to the bromodomains of the BET (bromodomain and extra terminal) family are being developed for the treatment of solid and hematologic malignancies. The function of BET family member BRD4 at enhancers/super-enhancers has been shown to sustain signal-dependent or pathogenic gene expression programs. Here the hypothesis was tested that the transcription factor drivers of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) clinical progression, including the Androgen Receptor (AR), are critically dependent on BRD4 and thus represent a sensitive solid tumor indication for the BET inhibitor ABBV-075...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Jian Dai, Huan-Xiang Zhou
NMDA receptors are tetrameric ligand-gated ion channels. In the continuous presence of saturating agonists, NMDA receptors undergo stationary gating, in which the channel stochastically switches between an open state that permits ion conductance and a closed state that prevents permeation. The ligand-binding domains (LBDs) of the four subunits are expected to have closed clefts in the channel-open state. On the other hand, there is little knowledge about the conformational status of the LBDs in the channel-closed state during stationary gating...
October 4, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Bao-Jian Guo, Jun Wang, Shen Lin, Zheng Tian, Kai Zhou, Hai-Ye Luan, Chao Lyu, Xin-Zhong Zhang, Ru-Gen Xu
ASYMMETRIC LEAVES2/LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES (AS2/LOB) genes are a family of plant specific transcription factors, which play an important role in the regulation of plant lateral organ development and metabolism. However, a genome-wide analysis of the AS2/LOB gene family is still not available for barley. In the present study, 24 AS2-like (ASL)/LOB domain (LBD) genes were identified based on the barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) genome sequence. A phylogenetic tree of ASL/LBD proteins from barley, Arabidopsis, maize, and rice was constructed...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
T Uo, H Dvinge, C C Sprenger, R K Bradley, P S Nelson, S R Plymate
The presence of intact ligand-binding domain (LBD) ensures the strict androgen-dependent regulation of androgen receptor (AR): binding of androgen induces structural reorganization of LBD resulting in release of AR from HSP90, suppression of nuclear export which otherwise dominates over import and nuclear translocation of AR as a transcription factor. Thus, loss or defects of the LBD abolish constraint from un-liganded LBD as exemplified by constitutively active AR variants (AR-Vs), which are associated with emerging resistance mechanism to anti-AR therapy in castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)...
October 3, 2016: Oncogene
Andrzej T Slominski, Tae-Kang Kim, Judith V Hobrath, Allen S W Oak, Edith K Y Tang, Elaine W Tieu, Wei Li, Robert C Tuckey, Anton M Jetten
The classical pathway of vitamin D activation follows the sequence D3→25(OH)D3→1,25(OH)2D3 with the final product acting on the receptor for vitamin D (VDR). An alternative pathway can be started by the action of CYP11A1 on the side chain of D3, primarily producing 20(OH)D3, 22(OH)D3, 20,23(OH)2D3, 20,22(OH)2D3 and 17,20,23(OH)3D3. Some of these metabolites are hydroxylated by CYP27B1 at C1α, by CYP24A1 at C24 and C25, and by CYP27A1 at C25 and C26. The products of these pathways are biologically active...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Karin Persson, Geir Selbæk, Anne Brækhus, Mona Beyer, Maria Barca, Knut Engedal
BACKGROUND: The dementia syndrome has been regarded a clinical diagnosis but the focus on supplemental biomarkers is increasing. An automatic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) volumetry method, NeuroQuant® (NQ), has been developed for use in clinical settings. PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical usefulness of NQ in distinguishing Alzheimer's disease dementia (AD) from non-dementia and non-AD dementia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: NQ was performed in 275 patients diagnosed according to the criteria of ICD-10 for AD, vascular dementia and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD); the Winblad criteria for mild cognitive impairment; the Lund-Manchester criteria for frontotemporal dementia; and the revised consensus criteria for Lewy body dementia (LBD)...
September 28, 2016: Acta Radiologica
Magdolna Gombos, Zoltán Zombori, Mária Szécsényi, Györgyi Sándor, Hajnalka Kovács, János Györgyey
An unambiguous nomenclature is proposed for the twenty-eight-member LOB domain transcription factor family in Brachypodium . Expression analysis provides unique transcript patterns that are characteristic of a wide range of organs and plant parts. LOB (lateral organ boundaries)-domain proteins define a family of plant-specific transcription factors involved in developmental processes from embryogenesis to seed production. They play a crucial role in shaping the plant architecture through coordinating cell fate at meristem to organ boundaries...
September 29, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
Pimchanok Busayapongchai, Sineenat Siri
With growing interests of phytoestrogens, many natural phytochemicals extracted from diverse plant species have been explored for their estrogenic-like activities and potential applications. In this work, a simple and rapid separation of phytoestrogenic compounds from crude plant extracts was purposed using magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) of Fe3O4 immobilized with the ligand-binding domain (LBD) of estrogen receptor alpha (ERα). The recombinant LBD-ERα peptide of 40 kDa was produced and subsequently covalently linked to MNPs...
September 28, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Zdenek Rohan, Ivan Milenkovic, Mirjam I Lutz, Radoslav Matej, Gabor G Kovacs
Pathological protein deposits in oligodendroglia are common but variable features of various neurodegenerative conditions. To evaluate oligodendrocyte response in neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs) with different extents of oligodendroglial protein deposition we performed immunostaining for tubulin polymerization-promoting protein p25α (TPPP/p25α), α-synuclein (α-syn), phospho-tau, ubiquitin, myelin basic protein, and the microglial marker HLA-DR. We investigated cases of multiple system atrophy ([MSA] n = 10), Lewy body disease ([LBD] n = 10), globular glial tauopathy ([GGT] n = 7) and progressive supranuclear palsy ([PSP] n = 10)...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Marie Kinoshita, Mai Negishi, Haruka Sakai, Tomoya Hirano, Shuichi Mori, Shinya Fujii, Hiroyuki Kagechika, Aya Tanatani
Progesterone is involved in multiple physiological processes, including female reproduction, via binding to the progesterone receptor (PR). We have developed 6-arylcoumarins such as 5 and 6 as non-steroidal PR antagonists with receptor-binding-dependent fluorescence. In this study, we investigated the structure-activity relationships and fluorescence properties of coumarin derivatives bearing a heterocyclic aromatic moiety. Among these derivatives, 7c (IC50: 34nM) and 10b (IC50: 24nM) showed more potent PR-antagonistic activity than lead compounds 5 (IC50: 500nM) and 6 (IC50: 65nM) in alkaline phosphatase (AP) assay...
November 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Hui Cao, Cai-Yun Liu, Chun-Xiang Liu, Yue-Ling Zhao, Rui-Rui Xu
In plants, the transcription factor families have been implicated in many important biological processes. These processes include morphogenesis, signal transduction and environmental stress responses. Proteins containing the lateral organ boundaries domain (LBD), which encodes a zinc finger-like domain are only found in plants. This finding indicates that this unique gene family regulates only plant-specific biological processes. LBD genes play crucial roles in the growth and development of plants such as Arabidopsis, Oryza sativa, Zea mays, poplar, apple and tomato...
September 2016: Journal of Genetics
Clélie Phillipps, Jennifer Kemp, Christel Jacob, Alyssa Veronneau, Timothée Albasser, Nathalie Philippi, Benjamin Cretin, Frédéric Bernard, Frédéric Blanc
The production of false memories (FMs) is a normal phenomenon, which can be affected in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Only few studies investigated FMs in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). The aim of our preliminary study was to assess FMs in patients with DLB and to identify the underlying cognitive deficits influencing the production of FMs in DLB and AD. Ten AD patients and nine DLB patients performed a memory task (free recall and recognition) coupling two paradigms, namely the DRM (Deese-Roediger-McDermott) paradigm, promoting the production of FMs and the "Remember/Know" (R/K) paradigm, allowing to investigate the phenomenological experience during the recollection of a memory...
September 1, 2016: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
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This wonderful little book tells the story of a man with Lewy body dementia (LBD), using illustrations that combine humour, pathos and pathology.
August 24, 2016: Nursing Standard
Maria Gabriella Vita, Dorina Tiple, Alessandra Bizzarro, Anna Ladogana, Elisa Colaizzo, Sabina Capellari, Marcello Rossi, Piero Parchi, Carlo Masullo, Maurizio Pocchiari
We report a case of rapidly evolving neurological disease in a patient with neuropathological lesions of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), Lewy body dementia (LBD), chronic subcortical vascular encephalopathy and meningothelial meningioma. The coexistence of severe multiple pathologies in a single patient strengthens the need to perform accurate clinical differential diagnoses in rapidly progressive dementias.
September 16, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
Xifeng Jiang, Qiyan Jia, Lu Lu, Fei Yu, Jishen Zheng, Weiguo Shi, Lifeng Cai, Shibo Jiang, Keliang Liu
HIV-1 fusion with the target cell is initiated by the insertion of the gp41 fusion peptide (FP) into the target cell membrane and the interaction between the gp41 N- and C-terminal heptad repeats (NHR and CHR), followed by the formation of the six-helix bundle (6-HB) fusion core. Therefore, both FP and NHR are important targets for HIV-1 fusion inhibitors. Here, we designed and synthesized a dual-target peptidic HIV-1 fusion inhibitor, 4HR-LBD-VIRIP, in which 4HR-LBD is able to bind to the gp41 NHR domain, while VIRIP is able to interact with gp41 FP...
September 8, 2016: Amino Acids
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