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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655155/evolution-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase-in-hypoxia-tolerant-sculpins-cottidae-actinopterygii
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Gigi Y Lau, Milica Mandic, Jeffrey G Richards
Vertebrate hypoxia tolerance can emerge from modifications to the oxygen (O2) transport cascade, but whether there is adaptive variation to O2 binding at the terminus of this cascade, mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase (COX), is not known. In order to address the hypothesis that hypoxia tolerance is associated with enhanced O2 binding by mitochondria we undertook a comparative analysis of COX O2 kinetics across species of intertidal sculpins (Cottidae, Actinopterygii) that vary in hypoxia tolerance. Our analysis revealed a significant relationship between hypoxia tolerance (critical O2 tension of O2 consumption rate; Pcrit), mitochondrial O2 binding affinity (O2 tension at which mitochondrial respiration was half maximal; P50), and COX O2-binding affinity (apparent Michaelis-Menten constant for O2 binding to COX; Km,app O2)...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654752/in-silico-prediction-of-the-toxic-potential-of-lupeol
#2
Manuel Antonio Ruiz-Rodríguez, Angelo Vedani, Ana Lidia Flores-Mireles, Manuel Humberto Chairez-Ramirez, Jose Alberto Gallegos-Infante, Ruben F Gonzalez-Laredo
Lupeol is a natural triterpenoid found in many plant species such as mango. This compound is the principal active component of many traditional herbal medicines. In the past decade, a considerable number of publications dealt with lupeol and its analogues due to the interest in their pharmacological activities against cancer, inflammation, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. To identify further potential applications of lupeol and its analogues, it is necessary to investigate their mechanisms of action, particularly, their interaction with off-target proteins that may trigger adverse effects or toxicity...
June 27, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654678/genetic-factors-affecting-ebv-copy-number-in-lymphoblastoid-cell-lines-derived-from-the-1000-genome-project-samples
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Rajendra Mandage, Marco Telford, Juan Antonio Rodríguez, Xavier Farré, Hafid Layouni, Urko M Marigorta, Caitlin Cundiff, Jose Maria Heredia-Genestar, Arcadi Navarro, Gabriel Santpere
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), human herpes virus 4, has been classically associated with infectious mononucleosis, multiple sclerosis and several types of cancers. Many of these diseases show marked geographical differences in prevalence, which points to underlying genetic and/or environmental factors. Those factors may include a different susceptibility to EBV infection and viral copy number among human populations. Since EBV is commonly used to transform B-cells into lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) we hypothesize that differences in EBV copy number among individual LCLs may reflect differential susceptibility to EBV infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654314/cross-validation-of-a-glucose-insulin-glucagon-pharmacodynamics-model-for-simulation-using-data-from-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
#4
Sabrina Lyngbye Wendt, Ajenthen Ranjan, Jan Kloppenborg Møller, Signe Schmidt, Carsten Boye Knudsen, Jens Juul Holst, Sten Madsbad, Henrik Madsen, Kirsten Nørgaard, John Bagterp Jørgensen
BACKGROUND: Currently, no consensus exists on a model describing endogenous glucose production (EGP) as a function of glucagon concentrations. Reliable simulations to determine the glucagon dose preventing or treating hypoglycemia or to tune a dual-hormone artificial pancreas control algorithm need a validated glucoregulatory model including the effect of glucagon. METHODS: Eight type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients each received a subcutaneous (SC) bolus of insulin on four study days to induce mild hypoglycemia followed by a SC bolus of saline or 100, 200, or 300 µg of glucagon...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653649/functional-and-structural-characterisation-of-5-missense-mutations-of-the-phenylalanine-hydroxylase
#5
Martina Pecimonova, Emil Polak, Frantisek Csicsay, Kamila Reblova, Maja Stojiljkovic, Zdenko Levarski, Ludovit Skultety, Ludevit Kadasi, Andrea Soltysova
Phenylketonuria (PKU) and hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) are a group of genetic disorders predominantly caused by mutations in the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene. To date, more than 950 variants have been identified, however the pathogenic mechanism of many variants remains unknown. In this study, in silico prediction and in vitro prokaryotic and eukaryotic expression systems were used to functionally characterize five PAH missense variants (p.F233I, p.R270I, p.F331S, p.S350Y, and p.L358F) previously identified in Slovak and Czech patients...
June 27, 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653185/nitrate-transporters-an-overview-in-legumes
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Anthoni Pellizzaro, Bénédicte Alibert, Elisabeth Planchet, Anis M Limami, Marie-Christine Morère-Le Paven
The nitrate transporters, belonging to NPF and NRT2 families, play critical roles in nitrate signaling, root growth and nodule development in legumes. Nitrate plays an essential role during plant development as nutrient and also as signal molecule, in both cases working via the activity of nitrate transporters. To date, few studies on NRT2 or NPF nitrate transporters in legumes have been reported, and most of those concern Lotus japonicus and Medicago truncatula. A molecular characterization led to the identification of 4 putative LjNRT2 and 37 putative LjNPF gene sequences in L...
June 26, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653172/a-cis-eqtl-genetic-variant-of-the-cancer-testis-gene-ccdc116-is-associated-with-risk-of-multiple-cancers
#7
Na Qin, Cheng Wang, Qun Lu, Tongtong Huang, Meng Zhu, Lihua Wang, Fei Yu, Mingtao Huang, Yue Jiang, Juncheng Dai, Hongxia Ma, Guangfu Jin, Chen Wu, Dongxin Lin, Hongbing Shen, Zhibin Hu
Recent studies have found that cancer-testis (CT) genes, which are expressed predominantly in germ and cancer cells, may be candidate cancer drivers. Because of their crucial roles, genetic variants in these genes may contribute to the development of cancer. Here, we systematically evaluated associations of common variants in CT genes and their promoters for the risk of lung cancer in our initial GWAS (2331 cases and 3077 controls), followed by in silico replication using additional 10,512 lung cancer cases and 9562 controls...
June 26, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653156/revealing-the-potency-of-annona-muricata-leaves-extract-as-foxo1-inhibitor-for-diabetes-mellitus-treatment-through-computational-study
#8
Dini Sri Damayanti, Didik Huswo Utomo, Chandra Kusuma
FOXO1 protein inactivation in the nucleus is one of targets for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Annona muricata leaves contain flavonoid and phenolic compound alkaloids that were known to be able to increase pancreatic β cell proliferation in animal experiment. This research aimed to predict the active compound ability of the Annona muricata leaves to bind and inhibit FOXO1 protein through in silico study. Analysis of molecular docking was performed by using Autodock Vina PyRx. this research proved that anonaine, rutin, muricatocin a, isolaureline, xylopine, and kaempferol 3-O-rutinoside had an equal or smaller free binding energy compared to the control compound...
December 2016: In Silico Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652811/structure-based-virtual-screening-and-molecular-docking-for-the-identification-of-potential-multi-targeted-inhibitors-against-breast-cancer
#9
Zeeshan Yousuf, Kanzal Iman, Nauman Iftikhar, Muhammad Usman Mirza
Breast cancer is characterized by an uncontrolled growth of cells in breast tissue. Genes that foster cell growth in breast cells are overexpressed, giving rise to breast tumors. The identification of effective inhibitors represents a rational chemopreventive strategy. The current in silico study provides a pharmacoinformatic approach for the identification of active compounds against a co-chaperone HSP90 and the human epidermal growth factor receptors EGFR and HER2/neu receptor. The elevated levels of expression of these target proteins have been documented in breast cancer...
2017: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652586/network-model-predicts-that-catsper-is-the-main-ca-2-channel-in-the-regulation-of-sea-urchin-sperm-motility
#10
Jesús Espinal-Enríquez, Daniel Alejandro Priego-Espinosa, Alberto Darszon, Carmen Beltrán, Gustavo Martínez-Mekler
Spermatozoa sea urchin swimming behaviour is regulated by small peptides from the egg outer envelope. Speract, such a peptide, after binding to its receptor in Strongylocentrotus purpuratus sperm flagella, triggers a signaling pathway that culminates with a train of intracellular calcium oscillations, correlated with changes in sperm swimming pattern. This pathway has been widely studied but not fully characterized. Recent work on Arbacia punctulata sea urchin spermatozoa has documented the presence of the Ca(2+) CatSper channel in their flagella and its involvement in chemotaxis...
June 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652150/biochemical-characterization-of-a-novel-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-paenibacillus-barengoltzii-suitable-for-lactose-hydrolysis-and-galactooligosaccharides-synthesis
#11
Yu Liu, Zhou Chen, Zhengqiang Jiang, Qiaojuan Yan, Shaoqing Yang
A β-galactosidase gene (PbBGal2A) was cloned from Paenibacillus barengoltzii and expressed in Escherichia coli. The in silico analysis of the deduced amino acid sequences revealed that PbBGal2A shared the highest identity of 40% with the characterized glycoside hydrolase (GH) family 2 β-galactosidase from Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae. The recombinant β-galactosidase (PbBGal2A) was purified with a molecular mass of 124.2kDa on SDS-PAGE. The optimal pH and temperature of PbBGal2A were determined to be pH 7...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652141/andrographolide-loaded-nanoparticles-for-brain-delivery-formulation-characterisation-and-in-vitro-permeability-using-hcmec-d3-cell-line
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Clizia Guccione, Mouhssin Oufir, Vieri Piazzini, Daniela Elisabeth Eigenmann, Evelyn Andrea Jähne, Volha Zabela, Maria Teresa Faleschini, Maria Camilla Bergonzi, Martin Smiesko, Matthias Hamburger, Anna Rita Bilia
Andrographolide (AG) is a major diterpenoid of the Asian medicinal plant Andrographis paniculata which has shown exciting pharmacological potential for the treatment of inflammation-related pathologies including neurodegenerative disorders. Conversely, the low bioavailability of AG still represents a limiting factor for its use. To overcome these limitations, AG was loaded into human serum albumin based nanoparticles (HSA NPs) and poly ethylcyanoacrylate nanoparticles (PECA NPs). HSA NPs were prepared by thermal (HSAT AG NPs) and chemical cross-linking (HSAC AG NPs), while PECA AG NPs were produced by emulsion-polymerization...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651407/-homology-analysis-and-historical-tracing-for-inter-continental-burkholderia-pseudomallei-strains-of-sequence-type-562
#13
X Zheng, L X Wang, H Wu, H Chen, X Zhu, J R He, L X Xia, W Li
Objective: To understand the homology of sequence type 562 (ST562) strains of Burkholderia pseudomallei which circulated in two separate continents (Asia and Australia) at different times. Methods:SpeⅠrestriction fragments and 4-locus multiple locus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA-4) profiles were extracted from MSHR5858 (ST562 Australia strain) and 350105 (ST562 historical strain of Hainan) genomes respectively by in silico analysis and then compared with the PFGE and MLVA-4 results of five ST562 clinical isolates from Hainan to test their homology...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651021/natural-immune-response-to-plasmodium-vivax-alpha-helical-coiled-coil-protein-motifs-and-its-association-with-the-risk-of-p-vivax-malaria
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Nora Céspedes, Connie S N Li Wai Suen, Cristian Koepfli, Camila T França, Ingrid Felger, Issa Nebie, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Ivo Mueller, Giampietro Corradin, Sócrates Herrera
Protein α-helical coiled coil structures are known to induce antibodies able to block critical functions in different pathogens. In a previous study, a total of 50 proteins of Plasmodium vivax erythrocytic asexual stages containing α-helical coiled coil structural motifs were identified in silico, and the corresponding peptides were chemically synthesized. A total of 43 peptides were recognized by naturally acquired antibodies in plasma samples from both Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Colombian adult donors. In this study, the association between IgG antibodies to these peptides and clinical immunity was further explored by measuring total IgG antibody levels to 24 peptides in baseline samples from a longitudinal study of children aged 1-3 years (n = 164) followed for 16 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651019/in-silico-genomic-insights-into-aspects-of-food-safety-and-defense-mechanisms-of-a-potentially-probiotic-lactobacillus-pentosus-mp-10-isolated-from-brines-of-naturally-fermented-alore%C3%A3-a-green-table-olives
#15
Hikmate Abriouel, Beatriz Pérez Montoro, María Del Carmen Casado Muñoz, Charles W Knapp, Antonio Gálvez, Nabil Benomar
Lactobacillus pentosus MP-10, isolated from brines of naturally fermented Aloreña green table olives, exhibited high probiotic potential. The genome sequence of L. pentosus MP-10 is currently considered the largest genome among lactobacilli, highlighting the microorganism's ecological flexibility and adaptability. Here, we analyzed the complete genome sequence for the presence of acquired antibiotic resistance and virulence determinants to understand their defense mechanisms and explore its putative safety in food...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650638/identification-and-structure-activity-relationships-of-novel-compounds-that-potentiate-the-activities-of-antibiotics-in-escherichia-coli
#16
Keith M Haynes, Narges Abdali, Varsha Jhawar, Helen I Zgurskaya, Jerry M Parks, Adam T Green, Jerome Yves Baudry, Valentin V Rybenkov, Jeremy C Smith, John K Walker
In Gram-negative bacteria, efflux pumps are able to prevent effective cellular concentrations from being achieved for a number of antibiotics. Small molecule adjuvants that act as efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs) have the potential to reinvigorate existing antibiotics that are currently ineffective due to efflux mechanisms. Through a combination of rigorous experimental screening and in silico virtual screening we recently identified novel classes of EPIs that interact with the membrane fusion protein AcrA, a critical component of the AcrAB-TolC efflux pump in E...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650588/genetic-study-of-the-braf-gene-reveals-a-new-variants-and-high-frequency-of-the-v600e-mutation-among-iranian-ameloblastoma-patients
#17
Maryam Soltani, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Zhaleh Mohsenifar, Mohammad Reza Pourreza, Abbas Moridnia, Laleh Shariati, Seyyed Mohammad Razavi
BACKGROUND: Ameloblastoma is a benign, slow-growing, locally invasive tumor. It is one of the most prevalent odontogenic tumors, with an incidence rate of 1% of all oral tumors and approximately 18% of odontogenic tumors. A group of genes has been investigated in patients with ameloblastoma. The BRAF V600E mutation has been implicated as the most common mutation in ameloblastoma. The presence or absence of this mutation has been associated with several clinopathological properties, including location, age at diagnosis, histology, and prognosis...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650518/a-simple-in-silico-strategy-identifies-candidate-biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-of-liver-fibrosis-in-morbidly-obese-subjects
#18
Pablo J Giraudi, Sabrina E Gambaro, Sofia Ornelas Arroyo, Carla M Chackelevicius, Michela Giuricin, Marta Silvestri, Daniele Macor, Lory S Crocé, Deborah Bonazza, Giorgio Soardo, Nicolò de Manzini, Fabrizio Zanconati, Claudio Tiribelli, Silvia Palmisano, Natalia Rosso
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a chronic liver disorder, tightly associated with obesity. The histological spectrum of the disease ranges from simple steatosis to steatohepatitis, with different stages of fibrosis, and fibrosis stage is the most significant predictor of mortality in NAFLD. Liver biopsy continues to be the gold standard for its diagnosis and reliable non-invasive diagnostic tools are unavailable. We investigated the accuracy of candidate proteins, identified by an in silico approach, as biomarkers for diagnosis of fibrosis...
June 26, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650175/bioactive-peptide-natural-products-as-lead-structures-for-medicinal-use
#19
Tam Dang, Roderich D Süssmuth
The need for new drugs for the treatment of various diseases is enormous. From the previous century until the present, numerous peptide and peptide-derived natural products have been isolated from bacteria and fungi. Hence, microorganisms play a pivotal role as sources for novel drugs with an emphasis on anti-infective agents. Various disciplines from biology, chemistry, and medicine are involved in early stages of the search for peptide natural products including taxonomy, microbiology, bioanalytics, bioinformatics, and medicinal chemistry...
June 26, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650129/in-vitro-efficacy-and-in-silico-analysis-of-cefixime-ofloxacin-combination-for-salmonella-typhi-from-bloodstream-infection
#20
Yamuna Devi Bakthavatchalam, Thirumal Kumar D, Iftikhar Aslam Tayubi, Baby Abirami S, Priyanka Babu, Elakkiya Munusamy, Bhuvaneswari Thukkaram, Raji Ravi, George Priya Doss C, Balaji Veeraraghavan
AIMS: Recently, the cefixime-ofloxacin combination is approved by drug controller general of India (DCGI) to treat typhoid fever. We sought to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of cefixime-ofloxacin combination against S. Typhi. METHODS AND RESULTS: 283 non-duplicate S. Typhi isolates collected during 2012 to 2014 were included in this study. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of cefixime and ofloxacin was determined by using broth microdilution method. Combinational testing was performed by using checkerboard assay...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
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