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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219246/dna-generated-electric-current-biosensor
#1
Lanshuang Hu, Shengqiang Hu, Linyan Guo, Congcong Shen, Minghui Yang, Avraham Rasooly
In addition to its primary function as a genetic material, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is also a potential biologic energy source for molecular electronics. For the first time, we demonstrate that DNA can generate a redox electric current. As an example of this new functionality, DNA generated redox current was used for electrochemical detection of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), a clinically important breast cancer biomarker. To induce redox current, the phosphate of the single stranded DNA aptamer backbone was reacted with molybdate to form redox molybdophosphate precipitate and generate an electrochemical current of ∼16...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209133/house-spider-genome-uncovers-evolutionary-shifts-in-the-diversity-and-expression-of-black-widow-venom-proteins-associated-with-extreme-toxicity
#2
Kerry L Gendreau, Robert A Haney, Evelyn E Schwager, Torsten Wierschin, Mario Stanke, Stephen Richards, Jessica E Garb
BACKGROUND: Black widow spiders are infamous for their neurotoxic venom, which can cause extreme and long-lasting pain. This unusual venom is dominated by latrotoxins and latrodectins, two protein families virtually unknown outside of the black widow genus Latrodectus, that are difficult to study given the paucity of spider genomes. Using tissue-, sex- and stage-specific expression data, we analyzed the recently sequenced genome of the house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), a close relative of black widows, to investigate latrotoxin and latrodectin diversity, expression and evolution...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209057/saturated-fatty-acid-analogues-of-cell-penetrating-peptide-pepfect14-role-of-fatty-acid-modification-in-complexation-and-delivery-of-splice-correcting-oligonucleotides
#3
Tõnis Lehto, Luis Vasconcelos, Helerin Margus, Ricardo Figueroa, Margus Pooga, Mattias Hällbrink, Ulo Langel
Modifying cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) with fatty acids has long been used to improve peptide-mediated nucleic acid delivery. In this study we have revisited this phenomenon with a systematic approach where we developed a structure-activity relationship to describe the role of the acyl chain length in the transfection process. For that we took a well-studied CPP, PepFect14, as the basis and varied its N-terminal acyl chain length from 2 to 22 carbons. To evaluate the delivery efficiency, the peptides were non-covalently complexed with a splice-correcting oligonucleotide (SCO) and tested in the HeLa pLuc705 reporter cell line...
February 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207326/micro-rna-146a-but-not-irak1-is-associated-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-the-tunisian-population
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Hana Ben Hassine, Asma Boumiza, Rim Sghiri, Khadija Baccouche, Imen Boussaid, Ahlem Atig, Zahid Shakoor, Elyes Bouajina, Ramzi Zemni
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by the production of an array of proinflammatory cytokines through the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) signaling pathway. Interleukin-1 receptor (IL-1R) and Toll-like receptors contain a common cytoplasmic motif the Toll/IL-1R (TIR) homology domain. This motif is required for NF-κB activation. IL-1R-associated kinase 1 (IRAK1) is a key adapter molecule recruited during the signaling cascade of the TIR...
February 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206688/palladium-mediated-arylation-of-lysine-in-unprotected-peptides
#5
Hong Geun Lee, Guillaume Lautrette, Bradley L Pentelute, Stephen L Buchwald
A mild method for the arylation of lysine in an unprotected peptide is presented. In the presence of a preformed biarylphosphine-supported palladium(II)-aryl complex and a weak base, lysine amino groups underwent C-N bond formation at room temperature. The process generally exhibited high selectivity for lysine over other amino acids containing nucleophilic side chains and was applicable to the conjugation of a variety of organic compounds, including complex drug molecules, with an array of peptides. Finally, this method was also successfully applied to the formation of cyclic peptides by macrocyclization...
February 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199305/sterile-protection-against-human-malaria-by-chemoattenuated-pfspz-vaccine
#6
Benjamin Mordmüller, Güzin Surat, Heimo Lagler, Sumana Chakravarty, Andrew S Ishizuka, Albert Lalremruata, Markus Gmeiner, Joseph J Campo, Meral Esen, Adam J Ruben, Jana Held, Carlos Lamsfus Calle, Juliana B Mengue, Tamirat Gebru, Javier Ibáñez, Mihály Sulyok, Eric R James, Peter F Billingsley, K C Natasha, Anita Manoj, Tooba Murshedkar, Anusha Gunasekera, Abraham G Eappen, Tao Li, Richard E Stafford, Minglin Li, Phil L Felgner, Robert A Seder, Thomas L Richie, B Kim Lee Sim, Stephen L Hoffman, Peter G Kremsner
A highly protective malaria vaccine would greatly facilitate the prevention and elimination of malaria and containment of drug-resistant parasites. A high level (more than 90%) of protection against malaria in humans has previously been achieved only by immunization with radiation-attenuated Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) sporozoites (PfSPZ) inoculated by mosquitoes; by intravenous injection of aseptic, purified, radiation-attenuated, cryopreserved PfSPZ ('PfSPZ Vaccine'); or by infectious PfSPZ inoculated by mosquitoes to volunteers taking chloroquine or mefloquine (chemoprophylaxis with sporozoites)...
February 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198167/signal-peptide-peptidase-encoded-by-hm13-contributes-to-tumor-progression-by-affecting-egfrviii-secretion-profiles-in-glioblastoma
#7
Jian-Wei Wei, Jin-Quan Cai, Chuan Fang, Yan-Li Tan, Kai Huang, Chao Yang, Qun Chen, Chuan-Lu Jiang, Chun-Sheng Kang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: EGFRvIII is the most prevalent glioblastoma mutation, occurring in more than 25% of glioblastomas. EGFRvIII cells release microvesicles that contain proteins, miRNAs, and mRNAs that enhance the growth and survival of surrounding tumor cells. However, little is known about the maturation process and regulatory mechanisms of secreted vesicles in EGFRvIII cells. METHODS: Signal peptide peptidase (SPP) provides a fascinating mechanism for protein cleavage and subsequent dislocation in the endoplasmic reticulum transmembrane domain...
March 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193356/multivalent-foldamer-based-affinity-assay-for-selective-recognition-of-a%C3%AE-oligomers
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Gábor Olajos, Éva Bartus, Ildikó Schuster, Gergely Lautner, Róbert E Gyurcsányi, Titanilla Szögi, Lívia Fülöp, Tamás A Martinek
Mimicking the molecular recognition functionality of antibodies is a great challenge. Foldamers are attractive candidates because of their relatively small size and designable interaction surface. This paper describes a sandwich type enzyme-linked immunoassay with a tetravalent β-peptide foldamer helix array as capture element and enzyme labeled tracer antibodies. The assay was found to be selective to β-amyloid oligomeric species with surface features transiently present in ongoing aggregation. In optimized conditions, with special emphasis on the foldamer immobilization, a detection limit of 5 pM was achieved with a linear range of 10-500 pM...
April 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181563/the-antimicrobial-molecule-trappin-2-elafin-has-anti-parasitic-properties-and-is-protective-in-vivo-in-a-murine-model-of-cerebral-malaria
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Christian Roussilhon, Gilles Bang, Fabien Bastaert, Brigitte Solhonne, Ignacio Garcia-Verdugo, Roger Peronet, Pierre Druilhe, Anavaj Sakuntabhai, Salaheddine Mecheri, Jean-Michel Sallenave
According to the WHO, and despite reduction in mortality rates, there were an estimated 438 000 malaria deaths in 2015. Therefore new antimalarials capable of limiting organ damage are still required. We show that systemic and lung adenovirus (Ad)-mediated over-expression of trappin-2 (T-2) an antibacterial molecule with anti-inflammatory activity, increased mice survival following infection with the cerebral malaria-inducing Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbANKA) strain. Systemically, T-2 reduced PbANKA sequestration in spleen, lung, liver and brain, associated with a decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines (eg TNF-α in spleen and lung) and an increase in IL-10 production in the lung...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174513/cervical-mucus-proteome-in-endometriosis
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Giuseppe Grande, Federica Vincenzoni, Domenico Milardi, Giuseppina Pompa, Domenico Ricciardi, Erika Fruscella, Francesca Mancini, Alfredo Pontecorvi, Massimo Castagnola, Riccardo Marana
BACKGROUND: Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological inflammatory disease characterized by the presence of functional endometrial glands and stroma outside of the uterine cavity. It affects 7-10% of women of reproductive age and up to 50% of women with infertility. The current gold standard for the diagnosis combines laparoscopic evaluation and biopsy of the visualized lesions. However, laparoscopy requires general anesthesia and developed surgical skills and it has a high procedural cost...
2017: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168143/synthesis-of-hybrid-cyclopeptides-through-enzymatic-macrocyclization
#11
Emilia Oueis, Brunello Nardone, Marcel Jaspars, Nicholas J Westwood, James H Naismith
Natural products comprise a diverse array of molecules, many of which are biologically active. Most natural products are derived from combinations of polyketides, peptides, sugars, and fatty-acid building blocks. Peptidic macrocycles have attracted attention as potential therapeutics possessing cell permeability, stability, and easy-to-control variability. Here, we show that enzymes from the patellamide biosynthetic pathway can be harnessed to make macrocycles that are hybrids of amino acids and a variety of manmade chemical building blocks, including aryl rings, polyethers, and alkyl chains...
February 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167275/single-amino-acid-fingerprinting-of-the-human-antibody-repertoire-with-high-density-peptide-arrays
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Laura K Weber, Andrea Palermo, Jonas Kügler, Olivier Armant, Awale Isse, Simone Rentschler, Thomas Jaenisch, Jürgen Hubbuch, Stefan Dübel, Alexander Nesterov-Mueller, Frank Breitling, Felix F Loeffler
The antibody species that patrol in a patient's blood are an invaluable part of the immune system. While most of them shield us from life-threatening infections, some of them do harm in autoimmune diseases. If we knew exactly all the antigens that elicited all the antibody species within a group of patients, we could learn which ones correlate with immune protection, are irrelevant, or do harm. Here, we demonstrate an approach to this question: First, we use a plethora of phage-displayed peptides to identify many different serum antibody binding peptides...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160128/blockade-of-the-kinin-b1-receptor-affects-the-cytokine-chemokine-profile-in-rat-brain-subjected-to-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#13
Karolina Podsiadło, Grzegorz Sulkowski, Beata Dąbrowska-Bouta, Lidia Strużyńska
Kinins are bioactive peptides which provide multiple functions, including critical regulation of the inflammatory response. Released during tissue injury, kinins potentiate the inflammation which represents a hallmark of numerous neurological disorders, including those of autoimmune origin such as multiple sclerosis (MS). In the present work, we assess the expression of B1 receptor (B1R) in rat brain during the course of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) which is an animal model of MS. We apply pharmacological inhibition to investigate the role of this receptor in the development of neurological deficits and in shaping the cytokine/chemokine profile during the course of the disease...
February 3, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156088/effects-of-metal-composition-and-ratio-on-peptide-templated-multimetallic-pdpt-nanomaterials
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Nicholas A Merrill, Tadeusz T Nitka, Erik M McKee, Kyle C Merino, Lawrence F Drummy, Sungsik Lee, Benjamin Reinhart, Yang Ren, Catherine J Munro, Svitlana Pylypenko, Anatoly I Frenkel, Nicholas M Bedford, Marc R Knecht
It can be difficult to simultaneously control the size, composition, and morphology of metal nanomaterials under benign aqueous conditions. For this, bio-inspired approaches have become increasing popular due to their ability to stabilize a wide array of metal catalysts under ambient conditions. In this regard, we used the R5 peptide as a 3D template for the formation of PdPt bimetallic nanomaterials. Monometallic Pd and Pt nanomaterials have been shown to be highly reactive towards a variety of catalytic processes, but by forming bimetallic species, increased catalytic activity may be realized...
February 3, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151581/specific-capture-of-peptide-receptive-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-i-molecules-by-antibody-micropatterns-allows-for-a-novel-peptide-binding-assay-in-live-cells
#15
Cindy Dirscherl, Raghavendra Palankar, Mihaela Delcea, Tatiana A Kolesnikova, Sebastian Springer
Binding assays with fluorescently labeled ligands and recombinant receptor proteins are commonly performed in 2D arrays. But many cell surface receptors only function in their native membrane environment and/or in a specific conformation, such as they appear on the surface of live cells. Thus, receptors on live cells should be used for ligand binding assays. Here, it is shown that antibodies preprinted on a glass surface can be used to specifically array a peptide receptor of the immune system, i.e., the major histocompatibility complex class I molecule H-2K(b) , into a defined pattern on the surface of live cells...
February 2, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145618/total-synthesis-of-the-post-translationally-modified-polyazole-peptide-antibiotic-goadsporin
#16
Hannah L Dexter, Huw E L Williams, William Lewis, Christopher J Moody
The structurally unique polyazole antibiotic goadsporin contains six heteroaromatic oxazole and thiazole rings integrated into a linear array of amino acids that also contains two dehydroalanine residues. An efficient total synthesis of goadsporin is reported in which the key steps are the use of rhodium(II)-catalyzed reactions of diazocarbonyl compounds to generate the four oxazole rings, which demonstrates the power of rhodium carbene chemistry in organic chemical synthesis.
February 1, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143796/clr4-specificity-and-catalytic-activity-beyond-h3k9-methylation
#17
Denis Kusevic, Srikanth Kudithipudi, Nahid Iglesias, Danesh Moazed, Albert Jeltsch
In fission yeast, the catalytic activity of the protein lysine methyltransferase (PKMT) Clr4, the sole homolog of the mammalian SUV39H1 and SUV39H2 enzymes, majorly contributes to the formation of heterochromatin. The enzyme introduces histone 3 lysine 9 (H3K9) di- and tri-methylation, a central heterochromatic histone modification, and later it was also found to methylate the Mlo3 protein, which has a role in heterochromatin formation as well. Herein, we have investigated the substrate specificity of Clr4 using custom made mutational scanning peptide arrays...
January 28, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140512/lineal-and-cyclic-depsipeptidomimetics-with-a-beta-lactam-core-a-class-of-new-alphavbeta3-integrin-receptor-inhibitors
#18
José Ignacio Ganboa, Nerea Zabala, José Ignacio Miranda, Antonio Laso, Claudio Palomo
The αvβ3 integrin receptor plays an important role in tumor metastasis and tumor-induced angiogenesis. The inhibition of this receptor using diverse ligands, antibodies or cyclic peptides, is a promising research field for the treatment of a variety of tumors. The replacement of N(Me)V amino acid residue by a β-lactam ring in Cilengitide leads to new products that show higher inhibitory activity respect to native cyclopeptide. In particular, substitution of a peptide bond β-lactam-NH-Arg by one β-lactam-O-Arg ester linkage, increases the activity of the new cyclodepsipeptide...
January 31, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134997/mass-transport-circulatory-system-with-emphasis-on-nonendothermic-species
#19
Dane A Crossley, Warren W Burggren, Carl L Reiber, Jordi Altimiras, Kenneth J Rodnick
Mass transport can be generally defined as movement of material matter. The circulatory system then is a biological example given its role in the movement in transporting gases, nutrients, wastes, and chemical signals. Comparative physiology has a long history of providing new insights and advancing our understanding of circulatory mass transport across a wide array of circulatory systems. Here we focus on circulatory function of nonmodel species. Invertebrates possess diverse convection systems; that at the most complex generate pressures and perform at a level comparable to vertebrates...
December 6, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131394/novel-adenovirus-encoded-virus-like-particles-displaying-the-placental-malaria-associated-var2csa-antigen
#20
Anne-Marie C Andersson, Mafalda Resende, Ali Salanti, Morten A Nielsen, Peter J Holst
The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum presents antigens on the infected erythrocyte surface that bind human receptors expressed on the vascular endothelium. The VAR2CSA mediated binding to a distinct chondroitin sulphate A (CSA) is a crucial step in the pathophysiology of placental malaria and the CSA binding region of VAR2CSA has been identified as a promising vaccine target against placental malaria. Here we designed adenovirus encoded virus-like particles (VLP) by co-encoding Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) gag and VAR2CSA...
January 25, 2017: Vaccine
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