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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103441/enantio-specific-allosteric-modulation-of-cannabinoid-1-receptor
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Robert B Laprairie, Pushkar M Kulkarni, Jeffrey R Deschamps, Melanie E M Kelly, David R Janero, Maria G Cascio, Lesley A Stevenson, Roger G Pertwee, Terry Kenakin, Eileen M Denovan-Wright, Ganesh A Thakur
The cannabinoid 1 receptor (CB1R) is one of the most widely expressed metabotropic G protein-coupled receptors in brain, and its participation in various (patho)physiological processes has made CB1R activation a viable therapeutic modality. Adverse psychotropic effects limit the clinical utility of CB1R orthosteric agonists and have promoted the search for CB1R positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) with the promise of improved drug-like pharmacology and enhanced safety over typical CB1R agonists. In this study, we describe the synthesis and in vitro and ex vivo pharmacology of the novel allosteric CB1R modulator GAT211 (racemic) and its resolved enantiomers, GAT228 (R) and GAT229 (S)...
January 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102934/crosstalk-between-angiotensin-and-the-non-amyloidogenic-pathway-of-alzheimer-s-amyloid-precursor-protein
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Anna Maria Kanarek, Annika Wagner, Jim Küppers, Michael Gütschow, Rolf Postina, Elzbieta Kojro
The association between hypertension and an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia is well established. Many data suggest that modulation of the renin-angiotensin system may be meaningful for the prevention and therapy of neurodegenerative disorders, in particular AD. Proteolytic cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) by α-secretase precludes formation of neurotoxic Aβ peptides and is expected to counteract the development of AD. An established approach for the up-regulation of α-secretase cleavage is activation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)...
January 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102227/singular-location-and-signaling-profile-of-adenosine-a2a-cannabinoid-cb1-receptor-heteromers-in-the-dorsal-striatum
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Estefanía Moreno, Anna Chiarlone, Mireia Medrano, Mar Puigdellívol, Lucka Bibic, Lesley A Howell, Eva Resel, Nagore Puente, María J Casarejos, Juan Perucho, Joaquín Botta, Nuria Suelves, Francisco Ciruela, Silvia Ginés, Ismael Galve-Roperh, Vicent Casadó, Pedro Grandes, Beat Lutz, Krisztina Monory, Enric I Canela, Carmen Lluís, Peter J McCormick, Manuel Guzmán
The dorsal striatum is a key node for many neurobiological processes such as motor activity, cognitive functions, and affective processes. The proper functioning of striatal neurons relies critically on metabotropic receptors. Specifically, the main adenosine and endocannabinoid receptors present in the striatum, ie, adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) and cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R), are of pivotal importance in the control of neuronal excitability. Facilitatory and inhibitory functional interactions between striatal A2AR and CB1R have been reported, and evidence supports that this cross-talk may rely, at least in part, on the formation of A2AR-CB1R heteromeric complexes...
January 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102195/positive-association-between-kcnj5-rs2604204-a-c-polymorphism-and-plasma-aldosterone-levels-but-also-plasma-renin-and-angiotensin-i-and-ii-levels-in-newly-diagnosed-hypertensive-chinese-a-case-control-study
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H Wang, C Weng, H Chen
Variants in G protein-coupled inward rectifier K(+) channels 4 (GIRK4 also known as KCNJ5) gene are associated with primary aldosteronism, which is the most common cause of secondary hypertension. The KCNJ5 rs2604204 variant was shown to be common (minor allele frequency=32.5%) in Chinese patients with essential hypertension (EH). The relationship between KCNJ5 variant and plasma aldosterone (ALD) levels in EH patients has not been reported. We collected 229 patients with newly diagnosed EH without any antihypertensive agents...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102109/epigenetic-regulation-of-rgs2-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-2-in-chemoresistant-ovarian-cancer-cells
#5
Ercan Cacan
Regulator of G-protein signaling 2 (RGS2) is a GTPase-activating protein functioning as an inhibitor of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). RGS2 dysregulation was implicated in solid tumour development and RGS2 downregulation has been reported in prostate and ovarian cancer progression. However, the molecular mechanism by which RGS2 expression is suppressed in ovarian cancer remains unknown. The expression and epigenetic regulation of RGS2 in chemosensitive and chemoresistant ovarian cancer cells were determined by qRT-PCR and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays, respectively...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101260/tracking-the-resolution-of-student-misconceptions-about-the-central-dogma-of-molecular-biology
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Amy G Briggs, Stephanie K Morgan, Seth K Sanderson, Molly C Schulting, Laramie J Wieseman
The goal of our study was to track changes in student understanding of the central dogma of molecular biology before and after taking a genetics course. Concept maps require the ability to synthesize new information into existing knowledge frameworks, and so the hypothesis guiding this study was that student performance on concept maps reveals specific central dogma misconceptions gained, lost, and retained by students. Students in a genetics course completed pre- and posttest concept mapping tasks using terms related to the central dogma...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101188/mir-125a-3p-targetedly-regulates-git1-expression-to-inhibit-osteoblastic-proliferation-and-differentiation
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Xiao-Mei Tu, Yang-Lin Gu, Guo-Qin Ren
Osteoblasts are a prerequisite for osteogenesis and bone formation, and play a key role in metabolic balance, growth, development and wound repair. G protein-coupled receptor kinase interacting protein 1 (GIT1) and a series of miRNAs are known to have important effects in the growth and migration of osteoblasts, but little is known about micro RNAs (miRNAs) targeting GIT1. The present study found that miR-125a-3p has matching sites on GIT1. In the osteoblastic differentiation process of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (HMSCs), the expression of miR-125a-3p was suppressed compared with that in non-differentiating (HMSCs) while the expression of GIT1 showed a gradual and significant increase...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100777/structure-activity-relationship-of-%C3%AE-mating-pheromone-from-the-fungal-pathogen-fusarium-oxysporum
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Stefania Vitale, Angélica Partida-Hanon, Soraya Serrano, Álvaro Martínez-Del-Pozo, Antonio Di Pietro, David Turrà, Marta Bruix
During sexual development, ascomycete fungi produce two types of peptide pheromones termed a and α. The α pheromone from the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a thirteen residue peptide which elicits cell cycle arrest and chemotropic growth, has served as paradigm for the interaction of small peptides with their cognate G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). However, no structural information is currently available for α pheromones from filamentous ascomycetes, which are significantly shorter and share almost no sequence similarity with the S...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100502/rack1-regulates-angiotensin-ii-induced-contractions-of-shr-preglomerular-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Xiao Zhu, Edwin K Jackson
The preglomerular microcirculation of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) is hypersensitive to angiotensin II, and studies show that this is likely due to enhanced convergent signaling between G-protein subunits αq (Gαq; released by angiotensin II) and G-protein subunits βγ (Gβγ; released by Gi-coupled receptors) to active phospholipase C (PLC). Here we investigated the molecular basis for the enhanced convergent signaling between Gβγ and Gαq in SHR preglomerular vascular smooth muscle cells (PGVSMCs)...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098897/overexpression-of-arf1-is-associated-with-cell-proliferation-and-migration-through-pi3k-signal-pathway-in-ovarian-cancer
#10
Guifang Gu, Yannan Chen, Chengwei Duan, Linsen Zhou, Caiwen Chen, Jie Chen, Jialin Cheng, Nannan Shi, Yunfeng Jin, Qinghua Xi, Jianxin Zhong
ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (ARF1) is a small G protein that regulates many cellular processes such as reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton and is highly expressed in various tumor cells and tissues. However, the role of ARF1 in ovarian cancer progression remains unknown. In the present study, we explored the expression patterns of ARF1 in clinical ovarian cancer samples and adjacent noncancerous tissues. The results revealed that ARF1 overexpressed in EOC tissues and cell lines, compared with the adjacent non-tumorous tissues and normal ovarian cells...
January 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098782/auranofin-inhibits-the-enzyme-activity-of-pasteurella-multocida-toxin-pmt-in-human-cells-and-protects-cells-from-intoxication
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Stefan Carle, Thorsten Brink, Joachim H C Orth, Klaus Aktories, Holger Barth
The AB-type protein toxin from Pasteurella multocida (PMT) contains a functionally important disulfide bond within its catalytic domain, which must be cleaved in the host cell cytosol to render the catalytic domain of PMT into its active conformation. Here, we found that the reductive potential of the cytosol of target cells, and more specifically, the activity of the thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) is crucial for this process. This was demonstrated by the strong inhibitory effect of the pharmacological TrxR inhibitor auranofin, which inhibited the intoxication of target cells with PMT, as determined by analyzing the PMT-catalyzed deamidation of GTP-binding proteins (G-proteins) in the cytosol of cells...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098344/inhibition-of-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-neuron-activity-in-rat-hypothalamic-paraventricular-nucleus-by-relaxin-3-rxfp3-signalling
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Alan Kania, Anna Czerw, Agnieszka Grabowiecka, Camila de Ávila, Tomasz Blasiak, Zenon Rajfur, Marian H Lewandowski, Grzegorz Hess, Elena Timofeeva, Andrew L Gundlach, Anna Blasiak
KEY-POINTS: Relaxin-3 is a stress-responsive neuropeptide that acts at its cognate receptor, RXFP3, to alter behaviours including feeding. In this study, we have demonstrated a direct, RXFP3-dependent, inhibitory action of relaxin-3 on oxytocin and vasopressin PVN neuron electrical activity, a putative cellular mechanism of orexinergic actions of relaxin-3. We observed a Gαi/o -protein-dependent inhibitory influence of selective RXFP3 activation on PVN neuronal activity in vitro and demonstrated a direct action of RXFP3 activation on oxytocin and vasopressin PVN neurons, confirmed by their abundant expression of RXFP3 mRNA...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098342/the-evolution-of-rgs-proteins-as-drug-targets-20%C3%A2-years-in-the-making-iuphar-review-x
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REVIEW
B Sjögren
Regulators of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins are celebrating the 20(th) anniversary of their discovery. The unveiling of this new family of negative regulators of G protein signaling in the mid-1990's solved a persistent conundrum in the G protein signaling field, in which the rate of deactivation of signaling cascades in vivo could not be replicated in exogenous systems. Since then, there has been tremendous advancement in the knowledge of RGS protein structure, function, regulation and their role as novel drug targets...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098235/molecular-characterization-of-pediatric-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-from-integrative-genomics
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Tara N Rindler, Robert B Hinton, Nathan Salomonis, Stephanie M Ware
Pediatric restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is a genetically heterogeneous heart disease with limited therapeutic options. RCM cases are largely idiopathic; however, even within families with a known genetic cause for cardiomyopathy, there is striking variability in disease severity. Although accumulating evidence implicates both gene expression and alternative splicing in development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), there have been no detailed molecular characterizations of underlying pathways dysregulated in RCM...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098154/structural-basis-of-ligand-interaction-with-atypical-chemokine-receptor-3
#15
Martin Gustavsson, Liwen Wang, Noortje van Gils, Bryan S Stephens, Penglie Zhang, Thomas J Schall, Sichun Yang, Ruben Abagyan, Mark R Chance, Irina Kufareva, Tracy M Handel
Chemokines drive cell migration through their interactions with seven-transmembrane (7TM) chemokine receptors on cell surfaces. The atypical chemokine receptor 3 (ACKR3) binds chemokines CXCL11 and CXCL12 and signals exclusively through β-arrestin-mediated pathways, without activating canonical G-protein signalling. This receptor is upregulated in numerous cancers making it a potential drug target. Here we collected over 100 distinct structural probes from radiolytic footprinting, disulfide trapping, and mutagenesis to map the structures of ACKR3:CXCL12 and ACKR3:small-molecule complexes, including dynamic regions that proved unresolvable by X-ray crystallography in homologous receptors...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097000/biased-small-molecule-ligands-for-selective-inhibition-of-hiv-1-cell-entry-via-ccr5
#16
Christian Berg, Katja Spiess, Hans R Lüttichau, Mette M Rosenkilde
Since the discovery of HIV's use of CCR5 as the primary coreceptor in fusion, the focus on developing small-molecule receptor antagonists for inhibition hereof has only resulted in one single drug, Maraviroc. We therefore investigated the possibility of using small-molecule CCR5 agonists as HIV-1 fusion inhibitors. A virus-free cell-based fusion reporter assay, based on mixing "effector cells" (expressing HIV Env and luciferase activator) with "target cells" (expressing CD4, CCR5 wild type or a selection of well-described mutations, and luciferase reporter), was used as fusion readout...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096479/igf-1-receptor-modulates-foxo1-mediated-tamoxifen-response-in-breast-cancer-cells
#17
Ali Vaziri-Gohar, Yan Zheng, Kevin D Houston
: Tamoxifen is a common adjuvant treatment for ERalpha-positive breast cancer patients, however acquired resistance abrogates the efficacy of this therapeutic approach. We recently demonstrated that G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1 (GPER1) mediates tamoxifen action in breast cancer cells by inducing insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) to inhibit IGF-1-dependent signaling. To determine if dysregulation of IGFBP-1 induction is associated with tamoxifen resistance, IGFBP-1 transcription was measured in tamoxifen-resistant MCF-7 cells (TamR) after tamoxifen (Tam) treatment...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096465/sequences-within-the-c-terminus-of-the-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-mglur5-are-responsible-for-inner-nuclear-membrane-localization
#18
Ismail Sergin, Yuh-Jiin I Jong, Steven K Harmon, Vikas Kumar, Karen L O'Malley
Traditionally G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR) are thought to be located on the cell surface where they transmit extracellular signals to the cytoplasm. However recent studies indicate that some GPCRs are also localized to various subcellular compartments such as the nucleus where they appear required for various biological functions. For example, the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5, mGluR5, is concentrated at the inner nuclear membrane (INM) where it mediates Ca2+ changes in the nucleoplasm by coupling with Gq/11...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096461/differential-contribution-of-transmembrane-domains-iv-v-vi-and-vii-to-human-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-homomer-formation
#19
Brent M Young, Elaine Nguyen, Matthew A J Chedrawe, Jan K Rainey, Denis J Dupré
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) play an important role in drug therapy, and represent one of the largest families of drug targets. The angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) is notable as it has a central role in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Blockade of AT1R signaling has been shown to alleviate hypertension and improve outcomes in patients with heart failure. Despite this, it has become apparent that our initial understanding of AT1R signaling is over-simplified. There is considerable evidence to suggest that AT1R signaling is highly modified in the presence of receptor-receptor interactions, but there is very little structural data available to explain this phenomenon even with the recent elucidation of the AT1R crystal structure...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096187/gprasp2-a-novel-causative-gene-mutated-in-an-x-linked-recessive-syndromic-hearing-loss
#20
Guangqian Xing, Jun Yao, Chunyu Liu, Qinjun Wei, Xuli Qian, Lingxin Wu, Yajie Lu, Xin Cao
BACKGROUND: A substantial amount of nuclear genes have been identified to be implicated in genetic hearing loss, while X-linked hearing loss is genetically heterogeneous and relatively infrequent. OBJECTIVE: To identify the causative gene mutation in a five-generation Chinese family with an X-linked recessive syndromic hearing loss (SHL). METHODS: Targeted X-chromosome exome sequencing was conducted, and cosegregation analysis was performed in the members of the affected family...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
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