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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535470/pharmacophore-guided-discovery-of-small-molecule-interleukin-15-inhibitors
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Barbara Żyżyńska-Granica, Bartosz Trzaskowski, Szymon Niewieczerzał, Sławomir Filipek, Oliwia Zegrocka-Stendel, Małgorzata Dutkiewicz, Piotr Krzeczyński, Magdalena Kowalewska, Katarzyna Koziak
Upregulation of interleukin 15 (IL-15) contributes directly i.a. to the development of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Selective blockade of IL-15 aimed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other IL-15-related disorders has been recognized as an efficient therapeutic method. The aim of the study was to identify small molecules which would interact with IL-15 or its receptor IL-15Rα and inhibit the cytokine's activity. Based on the crystal structure of IL-15Rα·IL-15, we created pharmacophore models to screen the ZINC database of chemical compounds for potential IL-15 and IL-15Rα inhibitors...
May 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535442/mining-for-osteogenic-surface-topographies-in-silico-design-to-in%C3%A2-vivo-osseo-integration
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Frits F B Hulshof, Bernke Papenburg, Aliaksei Vasilevich, Marc Hulsman, Yiping Zhao, Marloes Levers, Natalie Fekete, Meint de Boer, Huipin Yuan, Shantanu Singh, Nick Beijer, Mark-Anthony Bray, David J Logan, Marcel Reinders, Anne E Carpenter, Clemens van Blitterswijk, Dimitrios Stamatialis, Jan de Boer
Stem cells respond to the physicochemical parameters of the substrate on which they grow. Quantitative material activity relationships - the relationships between substrate parameters and the phenotypes they induce - have so far poorly predicted the success of bioactive implant surfaces. In this report, we screened a library of randomly selected designed surface topographies for those inducing osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Cell shape features, surface design parameters, and osteogenic marker expression were strongly correlated in vitro...
May 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535410/effect-of-enzyme-inhibition-on-perampanel-pharmacokinetics-why-study-design-matters
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Barry E Gidal, Rama Maganti, Antonio Laurenza, Haichen Yang, David A Verbel, Edgar Schuck, Jim Ferry
OBJECTIVES: Perampanel, a selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist, is indicated as adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy aged 12years and older. In vitro studies and Phase I trials indicate that perampanel is metabolized almost exclusively by CYP3A, with an elimination half-life (t1/2) averaging approximately 105h. Understanding of pharmacokinetic (PK) interactions-enzyme inhibition or induction-and anticipating their occurrence are important for management of patients with epilepsy...
April 26, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535199/genotype-phenotype-correlation-in-patients-with-isovaleric-acidemia-comparative-structural-modelling-and-computational-analysis-of-novel-variants
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Osama K Zaki, George Priya Doss C, Salsabil A Ali, Ghadeer G Murad, Shaima A Elashi, Maryam Sa Ebnou, D Thirumal Kumar, Ola Khalifa, Radwa Gamal, Heba S A El Abd, Bilal N Nasr, Hatem Zayed
Isovaleric acidemia (IVA) is an autosomal recessive inborn error of leucine metabolism. It is caused by a deficiency in the mitochondrial isovaleryl-CoA dehydrogenase (IVD) enzyme. In this study, we investigated eight patients with IVA. The patients diagnoses were confirmed by urinary organic acid analysis and the blood C5-Carnitine value. A molecular genetic analysis of the IVD gene revealed nine different variants: five were missense variants (c.1193G>A; p. R398Q, c.1207T>A; p. Y403N, c.872C>T; p...
May 23, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534854/methodical-challenges-and-a-possible-resolution-in-the-assessment-of-receptor-reserve-for-adenosine-an-agonist-with-short-half-life
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Judit Zsuga, Tamas Erdei, Katalin Szabó, Nora Lampe, Csaba Papp, Akos Pinter, Andras Jozsef Szentmiklosi, Bela Juhasz, Zoltán Szilvássy, Rudolf Gesztelyi
The term receptor reserve, first introduced and used in the traditional receptor theory, is an integrative measure of response-inducing ability of the interaction between an agonist and a receptor system (consisting of a receptor and its downstream signaling). The underlying phenomenon, i.e., stimulation of a submaximal fraction of receptors can apparently elicit the maximal effect (in certain cases), provides an opportunity to assess the receptor reserve. However, determining receptor reserve is challenging for agonists with short half-lives, such as adenosine...
May 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534261/the-role-of-drug-metabolites-in-the-inhibition-of-cytochrome-p450-enzymes
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Momir Mikov, Maja Đanić, Nebojša Pavlović, Bojan Stanimirov, Svetlana Goločorbin-Kon, Karmen Stankov, Hani Al-Salami
Following the drug administration, patients are exposed not only to the parent drug itself, but also to the metabolites generated by drug-metabolizing enzymes. The role of drug metabolites in cytochrome P450 (CYP) inhibition and subsequent drug-drug interactions (DDIs) have recently become a topic of considerable interest and scientific debate. The list of metabolites that were found to significantly contribute to clinically relevant DDIs is constantly being expanded and reported in the literature. New strategies have been developed for better understanding how different metabolites of a drug candidate contribute to its pharmacokinetic properties and pharmacological as well as its toxicological effects...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534196/in-silico-analysis-of-shiga-toxins-stxs-to-identify-new-potential-vaccine-targets-for-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli
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Maryam Golshani, Mana Oloomi, Saeid Bouzari
Shiga toxins belong to a family of structurally and functionally related toxins serving as the main virulence factors for pathogenicity of the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) associating with Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). At present, there is no effective treatment or prevention for HUS. The aim of the present study was to find conserved regions within the amino acid sequences of Stx1, Stx2 (Shiga toxin) and their variants. In this regard, In-silico identification of conformational continuous B cell and T-cell epitopes was performed in order to introduce new potential vaccine candidates...
December 2016: In Silico Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534166/in-silico-identification-and-validation-of-potential-micrornas-in-kinnow-mandarin-citrus-reticulata-blanco
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Prashant Mohanpuria, Naveen Duhan, Navraj Kaur Sarao, Manvir Kaur, Mandip Kaur
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a large family of 19-25 nucleotides, regulatory, non-coding RNA molecules that control gene expression by cleaving or inhibiting the translation of target gene transcripts in animals and plants. Despite the important functions of miRNAs related to regulation of plant growth and development processes, metabolism, and abiotic and biotic stresses, little is known about the disease-related miRNA. Here, we present a new pipeline for miRNA analysis using expressed sequence tags (ESTs)-based bioinformatics approach in Kinnow mandarin, a commercially important citrus fruit crop...
May 22, 2017: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533942/hla-a24-ligandome-analysis-of-colon-and-lung-cancer-cells-identifies-a-novel-cancer-testis-antigen-and-a-neoantigen-that-elicits-specific-and-strong-ctl-responses
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Vitaly Kochin, Takayuki Kanaseki, Serina Tokita, Sho Miyamoto, Yosuke Shionoya, Yasuhiro Kikuchi, Daichi Morooka, Yoshihiko Hirohashi, Tomohide Tsukahara, Kazue Watanabe, Shingo Toji, Yasuo Kokai, Noriyuki Sato, Toshihiko Torigoe
This study focused on HLA-A24 and comprehensively analyzed the ligandome of colon and lung cancer cells without the use of MHC-binding in silico prediction algorithms. Affinity purification using the antibody specific to HLA-A24 followed by LC-MS/MS sequencing was used to detect peptides, which harbored the known characteristics of HLA-A24 peptides in terms of length and anchor motifs. Ligandome analysis demonstrated the natural presentation of two different types of novel tumor-associated antigens. The ligandome contained a peptide derived from SUV39H2, a gene found to be expressed in a variety of cancers but not in normal tissues (except for the testis)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533752/protocatechuic-acid-a-phenolic-from-sansevieria-roxburghiana-leaves-suppresses-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-via-stimulating-glucose-metabolism-ameliorating-oxidative-stress-and-inhibiting-inflammation
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Niloy Bhattacharjee, Tarun K Dua, Ritu Khanra, Swarnalata Joardar, Ashis Nandy, Achintya Saha, Vincenzo De Feo, Saikat Dewanjee
Persistent hyperglycemia, impairment of redox status and establishment of inflammatory pathophysiology integrally play important role in the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DC). Present study examined the therapeutic potential of protocatechuic acid isolated from the Sansevieria roxburghiana rhizomes against DC employing rodent model of type 2 diabetes (T2D). T2D was induced by high fat diet + a low-single dose of streptozotocin (35 mg/kg, i.p.). T2D rats exhibited significantly (p < 0.01) high fasting blood glucose level...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533224/microrna-196b-5p-regulates-colorectal-cancer-cell-migration-and-metastases-through-interaction-of-hoxb7-and-galnt5
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Verena Stiegelbauer, Petra Vychytilova-Faltejskova, Michael Karbiener, Anna-Maria Pehserl, Cristina Ivan, Marc D Bullock, Hui Ling, Alexander Ja Deutsch, Annika Wulf-Goldenberg, Jan Basri Adiprasito, Herbert Stöger, Johannes Haybaeck, Marek Svoboda, Michael Stotz, Gerald Höfler, Ondrej Slaby, George A Calin, Armin Gerger, Martin Pichler, Ellen Heitzer, Margit Resel, Andreas Reicher
Purpose: MicroRNA-196b-5p (miR-196b-5p) has been previously implicated in malignant transformation, however, its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been fully explored. In the current study, we examine the clinical and biological relevance of miR-196b-5p, and the molecular pathways regulated by miR-196b-5p in CRC. <p>Experimental design: MiR-196b-5p expression was quantitated by qRT-PCR in two independent cohorts comprised of 292 CRC patients in total, to explore its biomarker potential. Transient and stable gain and loss of function experiments were conducted in a panel of CRC cell lines and mice, to evaluate the impact of miR-196b-5p on proliferation, chemo-sensitivity, migration/invasion and metastases formation in vitro and in vivo The molecular pathways influenced by miR-196b-5p were characterized using whole transcriptome profiling, in-silico target prediction tools, luciferase-interaction assays, and pheno-copy/rescue gene knock-down experiments...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533216/a-diverse-community-to-study-communities-integration-of-experiments-and-mathematical-models-to-study-microbial-consortia
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Antonella Succurro, Fiona Wanjiku Moejes, Oliver Ebenhöh
The last few years have seen the advancement of high-throughput experimental techniques produce an extraordinary amount of data. Bioinformatics and statistical analyses have become instrumental to interpreting the information coming from e.g. sequencing data, and often motivate further targeted experiments. The broad discipline of "computational biology" spans far beyond the well-established field of bioinformatics, but it is our impression that more theoretical methods like mathematical models are not yet as well integrated in the research studying microbial interactions...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533113/a-novel-serine-racemase-inhibitor-suppresses-neuronal-over-activation-in-vivo
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Hisashi Mori, Ryogo Wada, Satoyuki Takahara, Yoshikazu Horino, Hironori Izumi, Tetsuya Ishimoto, Tomoyuki Yoshida, Mineyuki Mizuguchi, Takayuki Obita, Hiroaki Gouda, Shuichi Hirono, Naoki Toyooka
Serine racemase (SRR) is an enzyme that produces d-serine from l-serine. d-Serine acts as an endogenous coagonist of NMDA-type glutamate receptors (NMDARs), which regulate many physiological functions. Over-activation of NMDARs induces excitotoxicity, which is observed in many neurodegenerative disorders and epilepsy states. In our previous works on the generation of SRR gene knockout (Srr-KO) mice and its protective effects against NMDA- and Aβ peptide-induced neurodegeneration, we hypothesized that the regulation of NMDARs' over-activation by inhibition of SRR activity is one such therapeutic strategy to combat these disease states...
May 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532645/identification-of-a-novel-psen1-mutation-leu232pro-in-a-korean-patient-with-early-onset-alzheimer-s-disease-and-a-family-history-of-dementia
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Jiyun Park, Seong Soo A An, Vo Van Giau, Kyuhwan Shim, Young Chul Youn, Eva Bagyinszky, SangYun Kim
In the present study, a novel mutation in exon 7 of presenilin 1 (Leu232Pro) was discovered in a Korean patient with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, who represented memory decline at 37 years of age, followed by impairment in spatial activity and concentrations and personality changes. Imaging analyses with magnetic resonance scan showed diffuse atrophy in the frontoparietal regions. Targeted next generation sequencing and Sanger sequencing identified a heterozygous T to C transition at position 695 (c.695T>C) of in presenilin 1 gene (PSEN1), resulting in a novel missense mutation at codon 232 from leucine to proline (L232P)...
April 26, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532384/in-silico-approach-to-designing-rational-metagenomic-libraries-for-functional-studies
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Anna Kusnezowa, Lars I Leichert
BACKGROUND: With the development of Next Generation Sequencing technologies, the number of predicted proteins from entire (meta-) genomes has risen exponentially. While for some of these sequences protein functions can be inferred from homology, an experimental characterization is still a requirement for the determination of protein function. However, functional characterization of proteins cannot keep pace with our capabilities to generate more and more sequence data. RESULTS: Here, we present an approach to reduce the number of proteins from entire (meta-) genomes to a reasonably small number for further experimental characterization without loss of important information...
May 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531659/risk-assessment-of-the-endocrine-disrupting-effects-of-nine-chiral-pesticides
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Qin Song, Yi Zhang, Lu Yan, Jinghua Wang, Chensheng Lu, Quan Zhang, Meirong Zhao
The increased release of chiral pesticides into the environment has generated interest in the role of enantioselectivity in the environmental fate and ecotoxicological effects of these compounds. However, the information on the endocrine disrupting effects (EDEs) of chiral pesticides is still limited and discrepancies are also usually observed among different assays. In this study, we investigated the enantioselectivity of EDEs via estrogen and thyroid hormone receptors for nine chiral pesticides using in vitro and in silico approaches...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531656/biodegradation-of-phthalic-acid-esters-paes-and-in-silico-structural-characterization-of-mono-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-mehp-hydrolase-on-the-basis-of-close-structural-homolog
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Neha Singh, Vikram Dalal, Jai Krishna Mahto, Pravindra Kumar
Three bacterial strains capable of degrading phthalates namely Pseudomonas sp. PKDM2, Pseudomonas sp. PKDE1 and Pseudomonas sp. PKDE2 were isolated and characterized for their degradative potential. These strains efficiently degraded 77.4%-84.4% of DMP, 75.0%-75.7% of DEP and 71.7%-74.7% of DEHP, initial amount of each phthalate is 500mgL(-1) of each phthalate, after 44h of incubation. GC-MS results reveal the tentative DEHP degradation pathway, where hydrolases mediate the breakdown of DEHP to phthalic acid (PA) via an intermediate MEHP...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531325/up-regulated-microrna-299-corrected-with-poor-prognosis-of-glioblastoma-multiforme-patients-by-targeting-ell2
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Qian Huang, Xin-Wen Zhang, Yu-Shui Ma, Gai-Xia Lu, Ru-Ting Xie, Hui-Qiong Yang, Zhong-Wei Lv, Xiao-Ming Zhong, Tao Liu, Shi-Xiong Huang, Da Fu, Chun Xie
Background: An increasing understanding of the genes and molecular pathways of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can provide us a useful insight for the development of more effective targeted therapeutic. Methods: To investigate the expression and clinical significance of miR-299 and its target genes in GBM, the expression levels of miR-299 and its target gene in human normal brain tissues and GBM were analyzed in silico using genes microarray and hierarchical clustering analysis followed by validation with quantitative RT-PCR...
May 20, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531233/in-silico-development-and-characterization-of-tri-nucleotide-simple-sequence-repeat-markers-in-hazelnut-corylus-avellana-l
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Gehendra Bhattarai, Shawn A Mehlenbacher
Plant genomes are now sequenced rapidly and inexpensively. In silico approaches allow efficient development of simple sequence repeat markers, also known as microsatellite markers, from these sequences. A search of the genome sequence of 'Jefferson' hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.) identified 8,708 tri-nucleotide simple sequence repeats with at least five repeat units, and stepwise removal of the less promising sequences led to the development of 150 polymorphic markers. Fragments in the 'Jefferson' sequence containing tri-nucleotide repeats were used as references and aligned with genomic sequences from seven other cultivars...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531226/intercenter-validation-of-a-knowledge-based-model-for-automated-planning-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-the-experience-of-the-german-rapidplan-consortium
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Carolin Schubert, Oliver Waletzko, Christian Weiss, Dirk Voelzke, Sevda Toperim, Arnd Roeser, Silvia Puccini, Marc Piroth, Christian Mehrens, Jan-Dirk Kueter, Kirsten Hierholz, Karsten Gerull, Antonella Fogliata, Andreas Block, Luca Cozzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a model-based optimisation process for volumetric modulated arc therapy applied to prostate cancer in a multicentric cooperative group. The RapidPlan (RP) knowledge-based engine was tested for the planning of Volumetric modulated arc therapy with RapidArc on prostate cancer patients. The study was conducted in the frame of the German RapidPlan Consortium (GRC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 43 patients from one institute of the GRC were used to build and train a RP model...
2017: PloS One
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