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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910811/ll-37-hnp-1-and-hbd2-3-modulate-the-secretion-of-cytokines-tnf-%C3%AE-il-6-ifn-%C3%AE-il-10-and-mmp1-in-human-primary-cell-cultures
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Carlos Erik Medina Santos, Carmen Nathaly López Hurtado, Bruno Rivas Santiago, Roberto Gonzalez-Amaro, Yolanda Guadalupe Cataño Cañizales, Margarita de la Luz Martínez Fierro, José Antonio Enciso-Moreno, Mariana Haydee García Hernández
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of the LL-37, HNP-1 and HBD2/3 peptides on cytokine and MMP production in human polymorphonuclear cells, mononuclear cells and chondrocytes. The levels of cytokines in supernatants from mononuclear and polymorphonuclear cell cultures were measured with a cytometric bead array by flow cytometry. Likewise, the levels of metalloproteinase/MMP-1, 3, and 13 were measured in supernatants from chondrocyte cultures using an ELISA. The expression of RANKL on lymphocytes was analyzed by flow cytometry...
September 1, 2016: European Cytokine Network
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904094/design-and-synthesis-of-functional-molecules-based-on-complexation-and-their-biological-applications
#2
Yosuke Hisamatsu
 In this review, we introduce the development of supermolecules, host-guest complexes, and metal complexes formed from the combination of non-covalent interactions and/or coordination bonds, as well as their biological applications. An adenine selective host molecule 1 provides a correctly oriented array of complementary hydrogen bonding sites for the adenine nucleobase. Furthermore, the new DDAA (D: hydrogen bond donor, A: hydrogen bond acceptor) module 4 and ADDA module 7 have been developed as quadruple hydrogen-bonding modules...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896837/cd6-and-linker-of-activated-t-cells-are-potential-interaction-partners-for-t-cell-specific-adaptor-protein
#3
Cecilie Dahl Hem, Marianne Ekornhol, Stine Granum, Vibeke Sundvold-Gjerstad, Anne Spurkland
The T cell specific adaptor protein (TSAd) contains several protein interaction domains, and is merging as a modulator of T cell activation. Several interaction partners for the TSAd proline rich region and phosphotyrosines have been identified, including the Src and Tec family kinases Lymphocyte specific protein tyrosine kinase (Lck) and Interleukin 2-Inducible T-cell kinase (Itk). Via its Src homology 2 (SH2) domain, TSAd may thus function as a link between these enzymes and other signaling molecules. However, few binding partners to the TSAd SH2 domain in T cells are hitherto known...
November 29, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889915/constitutive-regulation-of-the-glutamate-aspartate-transporter-eaat1-by-calcium-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-ii
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Aarti R Chawla, Derrick E Johnson, Agnes S Zybura, Benjamin P Leeds, Ross M Nelson, Andy Hudmon
Glutamate clearance by astrocytes is an essential part of normal excitatory neurotransmission. Failure to adapt or maintain low levels of glutamate in the central nervous system is associated with multiple acute and chronic neurodegenerative diseases. The primary excitatory amino acid transporters in human astrocytes are EAAT1 and EAAT2 (GLAST and GLT-1 respectively in rodents). While the inhibition of calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase (CaMKII), a ubiquitously-expressed serine/threonine protein kinase, results in diminished glutamate uptake in cultured primary rodent astrocytes (Ashpole et al...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881781/blocking-the-interaction-between-ephb2-and-addls-by-a-small-peptide-rescues-impaired-synaptic-plasticity-and-memory-deficits-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Xiao-Dong Shi, Kai Sun, Rui Hu, Xiao-Ya Liu, Qiu-Mei Hu, Xiao-Yu Sun, Bin Yao, Nan Sun, Jing-Ru Hao, Pan Wei, Yuan Han, Can Gao
: Soluble amyloid-β (Aβ) oligomers, also known as Aβ-derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs), are thought to be the key pathogenic factor in Alzheimer's disease (AD), but there is still no effective treatment for preventing or reversing the progression of the disease. Targeting NMDA receptor trafficking and regulation is a new strategy for early treatment of AD. Aβ oligomers have been found to bind to the fibronectin (FN) type III repeat domain of EphB2 to trigger EphB2 degradation, thereby impairing the normal functioning of NMDA receptors and resulting in cognitive deficits...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873468/synthetic-mucin-like-glycopeptides-as-versatile-tools-to-measure-effects-of-glycan-structure-density-position-on-the-interaction-with-adhesion-growth-regulatory-galectins-in-arrays
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Gerard Artigas, Hiroshi Hinou, Fayna Garcia-Martin, Hans-Joachim Gabius, Shin-Ichiro Nishimura
Functional pairing of cellular glycoconjugates with tissue lectins is a highly selective process, whose determinative factors have not yet been fully delineated. Glycan structure and modes of presentation, that is, its position and density, can contribute to binding, as different members of a lectin family can regulate degrees of responsiveness to these factors. Using a peptide repeat sequence motif of the glycoprotein mucin-1, the principle of introducing synthetic (glyco)peptides with distinct variations in these three parameters to an array-based screening of tissue lectins is illustrated...
November 21, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873209/large-scale-interaction-profiling-of-protein-domains-through-proteomic-peptide-phage-display-using-custom-peptidomes
#7
Moon-Hyeong Seo, Satra Nim, Jouhyun Jeon, Philip M Kim
Protein-protein interactions are essential to cellular functions and signaling pathways. We recently combined bioinformatics and custom oligonucleotide arrays to construct custom-made peptide-phage libraries for screening peptide-protein interactions, an approach we call proteomic peptide-phage display (ProP-PD). In this chapter, we describe protocols for phage display for the identification of natural peptide binders for a given protein. We finally describe deep sequencing for the analysis of the proteomic peptide-phage display...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873207/profiling-phosphopeptide-binding-domain-recognition-specificity-using-peptide-microarrays
#8
Michele Tinti, Simona Panni, Gianni Cesareni
Cellular organization and response to internal and external stimuli are mediated by an intricate web of protein interactions. Some of these interactions are regulated by covalent posttranslational modifications such as phosphorylation and acetylation. These modifications can change the chemical nature of the interaction interfaces and modulate the binding affinity of the interacting partners. In signal transduction, the most frequent modification is reversible phosphorylation of tyrosine, serine or threonine residues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869886/-anmco-elas-sibioc-consensus-document-recommendations-for-the-use-of-cardiac-biomarkers-in-heart-failure-patients
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Nadia Aspromonte, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Aldo Clerico, Giuseppe Di Tano, Michele Emdin, Mauro Feola, Massimo Iacoviello, Roberto Latini, Andrea Mortara, Roberto Valle, Gianfranco Misuraca, Claudio Passino, Serge Masson, Alberto Aimo, Marcello Ciaccio, Marco Migliardi
Biomarkers have dramatically impacted the way heart failure (HF) patients are evaluated and managed. A biomarker is a characteristic that is objectively measured and evaluated as an indicator of normal biological or pathogenic processes, or pharmacological responses to a therapeutic intervention. Natriuretic peptides (B-type natriuretic peptide [BNP] and N-terminal proBNP) are the gold standard biomarkers in determining the diagnosis and prognosis of HF, and a natriuretic peptide-guided HF management looks promising...
September 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866993/micrornas-223-3p-and-93-5p-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-before-and-after-renal-transplantation
#10
M Ulbing, A H Kirsch, B Leber, S Lemesch, J Münzker, N Schweighofer, D Hofer, O Trummer, A R Rosenkranz, H Müller, K Eller, V Stadlbauer, B Obermayer-Pietsch
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with a multifactorial dysregulation of bone and vascular calcification and closely linked to increased cardiovascular mortality and concomitant bone disease. We aimed to investigate specific microRNA (miRNA) signatures in CKD patients to find indicators for vascular calcification and/or bone mineralization changes during CKD and after kidney transplantation (KT). A miRNA array was used to investigate serum miRNA profiles in CKD patients, then selected miRNAs were quantified in a validation cohort comprising 73 patients in CKD stages 3 to 5, 67 CKD patients after KT, and 36 healthy controls...
November 17, 2016: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865964/array-based-functional-peptide-screening-and-characterization-of-gold-nanoparticle-synthesis
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Masayoshi Tanaka, Shun Hikiba, Kiyoto Yamashita, Masaki Muto, Mina Okochi
: Based on inorganic material production through biomineralization in organisms, the use of biological molecules in nanomaterial production has received increasing attention as a vehicle to synthesize inorganic materials with selected properties in ambient conditions. Among various biological molecules that interact with metallic surfaces, short peptides are putative ligand molecules as they exhibit potential to control the synthesis of nanoscale materials with tailored functions. Herein, using a spot synthesis-based peptide array, the gold nanoparticle (AuNP) binding activities of approximately 1800 peptides were evaluated and revealed various activities ranging from positive (high-affinity binding peptides) to negative (weak- or null-affinity binding peptides)...
November 16, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863510/establishing-a-reference-array-for-the-cs-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-superfamily-of-defensive-peptides
#12
D Ellen K Tarr
BACKGROUND: "Invertebrate defensins" belong to the cysteine-stabilized alpha-beta (CS-αβ), also known as the scorpion toxin-like, superfamily. Some other peptides belonging to this superfamily of defensive peptides are indistinguishable from "defensins," but have been assigned other names, making it unclear what, if any, criteria must be met to qualify as an "invertebrate defensin." In addition, there are other groups of defensins in invertebrates and vertebrates that are considered to be evolutionarily unrelated to those in the CS-αβ superfamily...
November 18, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846636/caries-and-innate-immunity-defb1-gene-polymorphisms-and-caries-susceptibility-in-genetic-isolates-from-north-eastern-italy
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Chiara O Navarra, Antonietta Robino, Nicola Pirastu, Lorenzo Bevilacqua, Paolo Gasparini, Roberto Di Lenarda, Sergio Crovella
BACKGROUND: The DEFB1 gene, encoding for the constitutively expressed human β-defensin 1 (hBD1) antimicrobial peptide is a potential candidate when studying genetic susceptibility to caries. DEFB1 genetic variations have been reported as contributing to hBD1 production impairment, leading to a greater susceptibility to be infected by oral pathogens, also leading to periodontitis. METHODS: We analysed 5 DEFB1 polymorphisms, namely 3 functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the 5'-untranslated region (UTR), -52G>A (rs1799946), -44C>G (rs1800972), and -20G>A (rs11362), 2 SNPs at the 3'-UTR, c*5G>A (rs1047031) and c*87A>G (rs1800971) SNP located in potential miRNA binding sites, looking for possible correlations with the risk to develop caries in 654 adult subjects from isolated populations of north-eastern Italy...
November 16, 2016: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846370/dissolving-microneedles-for-dna-vaccination-improving-functionality-via-polymer-characterisation-and-rala-complexation
#14
Grace Cole, Joanne McCaffrey, Ahlam A Ali, John W McBride, Cian M McCrudden, Eva M Vincente-Perez, Ryan F Donnelly, Helen O McCarthy
DNA vaccination holds the potential to treat or prevent nearly any immunogenic disease, including cancer. To date, these vaccines have demonstrated limited immunogenicity in vivo due to the absence of a suitable delivery system which can protect DNA from degradation and improve transfection efficiencies in vivo. Recently, microneedles have been described as a novel physical delivery technology to enhance DNA vaccine immunogenicity. Of these devices, dissolvable microneedles promise a safe, pain-free delivery system which may simultaneously improve DNA stability within a solid matrix and increase DNA delivery compared to solid arrays...
November 15, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826602/a-novel-method-for-anti-hla-antibody-detection-using-personalized-peptide-arrays
#15
Pan Liu, Tomokazu Souma, Andrew Zu-Sern Wei, Xueying Xie, Xunrong Luo, Jing Jin
BACKGROUND: HLA mismatches are the primary cause of alloantibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in organ transplantation. To delineate antigenic and immunogenic potentials among individual HLA mismatches, information regarding antibody specificity at the epitope level, instead of the allelic level, is needed. METHODS: This study explores a direct screening method for HLA linear epitopes in kidney transplant patients. We custom synthesized a large panel of 15-residue HLA peptides in an array format and measured alloantibody reactivity to these peptides from the sera of post and/or pretransplant patients...
November 2016: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826240/the-pharmacological-potential-of-non-ribosomal-peptides-from-marine-sponge-and-tunicates
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Shivankar Agrawal, Alok Adholeya, Sunil K Deshmukh
Marine biodiversity is recognized by a wide and unique array of fascinating structures. The complex associations of marine microorganisms, especially with sponges, bryozoans, and tunicates, make it extremely difficult to define the biosynthetic source of marine natural products or to deduce their ecological significance. Marine sponges and tunicates are important source of novel compounds for drug discovery and development. Majority of these compounds are nitrogen containing and belong to non-ribosomal peptide (NRPs) or mixed polyketide-NRP natural products...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824045/hybrid-mass-spectrometry-approaches-in-glycoprotein-analysis-and-their-usage-in-scoring-biosimilarity
#17
Yang Yang, Fan Liu, Vojtech Franc, Liem Andhyk Halim, Huub Schellekens, Albert J R Heck
Many biopharmaceutical products exhibit extensive structural micro-heterogeneity due to an array of co-occurring post-translational modifications. These modifications often effect the functionality of the product and therefore need to be characterized in detail. Here, we present an integrative approach, combining two advanced mass spectrometry-based methods, high-resolution native mass spectrometry and middle-down proteomics, to analyse this micro-heterogeneity. Taking human erythropoietin and the human plasma properdin as model systems, we demonstrate that this strategy bridges the gap between peptide- and protein-based mass spectrometry platforms, providing the most complete profiling of glycoproteins...
November 8, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822519/comprehensive-transcriptome-profiles-of-streptococcus-mutans-ua159-map-core-streptococcal-competence-genes
#18
R Khan, H V Rukke, H Høvik, H A Åmdal, T Chen, D A Morrison, F C Petersen
In Streptococcus mutans, an oral colonizer associated with dental caries, development of competence for natural genetic transformation is triggered by either of two types of peptide pheromones, competence-stimulating peptides (CSPs) (18 amino acids [aa]) or SigX-inducing peptides (XIPs) (7 aa). Competence induced by CSP is a late response to the pheromone that requires the response regulator ComE and the XIP-encoding gene comS. XIP binds to ComR to allow expression of the alternative sigma factor SigX and the effector genes it controls...
March 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784222/endophytic-peptides-a-source-of-therapeutic-agents
#19
Keerthi Kumari Chikkode Narayana, Jamuna Bai Aswathanarayan, Ravishankar Rai Vittal
Endophytic peptides (EPPs) have been considered as potential therapeutic sources of future antibiotics because of their broad-spectrum activities and different mechanisms of action compared to the conventional antibiotics. The world human population is increasingly facing different types of health issues. For instance, emerging wide array of the drug-resistant pathogens is a health concern. Research on bioactive agents and other natural products of microbes is essential to combat emerging antimicrobial resistance...
October 25, 2016: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782803/co-activator-candidate-interactions-for-orphan-nuclear-receptor-nr2e1
#20
Ximena Corso-Díaz, Charles N de Leeuw, Vivian Alonso, Diana Melchers, Bibiana K Y Wong, René Houtman, Elizabeth M Simpson
BACKGROUND: NR2E1 (Tlx) is an orphan nuclear receptor that regulates the maintenance and self-renewal of neural stem cells, and promotes tumourigenesis. Nr2e1-null mice exhibit reduced cortical and limbic structures and pronounced retinal dystrophy. NR2E1 functions mainly as a repressor of gene transcription in association with the co-repressors atrophin-1, LSD1, HDAC and BCL11A. Recent evidence suggests that NR2E1 also acts as an activator of gene transcription. However, co-activator complexes that interact with NR2E1 have not yet been identified...
October 26, 2016: BMC Genomics
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