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Kiran Kumarvarma Chakrahari, Jian-Hong Liao, Samia Kahlal, Yu-Chiao Liu, Ming-Hsi Chiang, Jean-Yves Saillard, C W Liu
The first structurally characterized copper cluster with a Cu13 centered cuboctahedral arrangement, a model of the bulk copper fcc structure, was observed in [Cu13 (S2 CN(n) Bu2 )6 (C≡CR)4 ](PF6 ) (R=C(O)OMe, C6 H4 F) nanoclusters. Four of the eight triangular faces of the cuboctahedron are capped by acetylide groups in μ3  fashion, and each of the six square faces is bridged by a dithiolate ligand in μ2 ,μ2 fashion, which leads to a truncated tetrahedron of twelve sulfur atoms. DFT calculations are fully consistent with the description of these Cu13 clusters as two-electron superatoms, that is, a [Cu13 ](11+) core passivated by ten monoanionic ligands, with an a1 HOMO containing two 1S jellium electrons...
October 26, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Sora Lim, Seho Cha, Jun Hyeong Jang, Dahye Yang, Joonho Choe, Taegun Seo
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is associated with formation of Kaposi's sarcoma, multicentric Castleman's disease and primary effusion lymphoma. Replication and transcription activator (RTA) genes are expressed upon reactivation of KSHV, which displays a biphasic life cycle consisting of latent and lytic replication phases. RTA protein expression results in KSHV genome amplification and successive viral lytic gene expression. Transcriptional activity of viral lytic genes is regulated through epigenetic modifications...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Jürgen Dieker, Jo H Berden, Marinka Bakker, Jean-Paul Briand, Sylviane Muller, Reinhard Voll, Christopher Sjöwall, Martin Herrmann, Luuk B Hilbrands, Johan van der Vlag
Persistent exposure of the immune system to death cell debris leads to autoantibodies against chromatin in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Deposition of anti-chromatin/chromatin complexes can instigate inflammation in multiple organs including the kidney. Previously we identified specific cell death-associated histone modifications as targets of autoantibodies in SLE. In this study we addressed, in a large cohort of SLE patients and controls, the question whether plasma reactivities with specific histone peptides associated with serology and clinical features...
2016: PloS One
A Kereszturi, I Gyollai, Zs Kereszty, K Kiss, M Szabó, Z Szalai, M Ringer, M Veres
Correlating the Raman and infrared spectra of shocked minerals in Csátalja ordinary chondrite (H4, S2, W2) with controlling the composition by EPMA measurements, we identified and improved various shock indicators, as infrared spectro-microscopic analysis has been poorly used for shock impact alteration studies of meteorites to date. We also provide reference spectra as SOM for the community with local mineralogical and shock alteration related context to support further standardization of the IR ATR based measurements...
October 18, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Satoshi Tanaka, Minoru Sakaguchi, Hiroki Yoneyama, Yoshihide Usami, Shinya Harusawa
Histamine is involved in various physiological functions, including its neurotransmitter actions in the central nervous system and its action as a causative agent of inflammation, allergic reactions, and gastric acid secretions. Histamine expression and biosynthesis have been detected in breast cancer cells. It was recently suggested that the histamine H3 receptor (H3R) plays a role in the proliferation of breast cancer cells. We recently developed the non-imidazole H3R antagonist OUP-186 which exhibited a potent and selective human H3R antagonistic activity as well as no activity against the human histamine H4 receptor (H4R)...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett, Charlotte Martin, Patrice Jones, John Furst, Zoe Yates, Nina G Jablonski, George Chaplin, Martin Veysey
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to examine whether UV exposure alters folate status according to C677T-MTHFR genotype, and to consider the relevance of this to human health and the evolutionary model of skin pigmentation. METHODS: Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) satellite data were used to examine surface UV-irradiance, as a marker of UV exposure, in a large (n = 649) Australian cross-sectional study population. PCR/RFLP analysis was used to genotype C677T-MTHFR...
October 22, 2016: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
Szczepan Mogilski, Monika Kubacka, Dorota Łażewska, Małgorzata Więcek, Monika Głuch-Lutwin, Małgorzata Tyszka-Czochara, Karolina Bukowska-Strakova, Barbara Filipek, Katarzyna Kieć-Kononowicz
OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: Histamine H4 receptor (H4R) offers a great potential for new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of inflammation-based diseases. The aim of this study is to present the pharmacological profile of two recently synthesized ligands of H4R with particular reference to their anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity. MATERIALS AND SUBJECTS: We used mice and rats in the in vivo tests. We also used murine RAW 264.7 cells and isolated guinea-pig ileum in in vitro test...
October 20, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
R Gajendra Reddy, Lenin Veeraval, Swati Maitra, Marylène Chollet-Krugler, Sophie Tomasi, Françoise Lohézic-Le Dévéhat, Joël Boustie, Sumana Chakravarty
BACKGROUND: Natural products from lichens are widely investigated for their biological properties, yet their potential as central nervous system (CNS) therapeutic agents is less explored. PURPOSE: The present study investigated the neuroactive properties of selected lichen compounds (atranorin, perlatolic acid, physodic acid and usnic acid), for their neurotrophic, neurogenic and acetylcholine esterase (AChE) activities. METHODS: Neurotrophic activity (neurite outgrowth) was determined using murine neuroblastoma Neuro2A cells...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Lujun Chen, Quanqin Xie, Zhigang Wang, Liangrong Shi, Changping Wu, Jingting Jiang
The co-stimulatory ligands of B7-family have been confirmed to play an important role in negatively regulating the T-cell mediated anti-tumor immunity. In addition, these inhibitory molecules are also aberrantly expressed on various human cancers tissues, and significantly associated with cancer progression and patients' poor prognoses. We have previously reported that B7-H3 and B7-H4 ligands are highly expressed in human esophageal cancer tissues. Herein, we tried to further analyze the value of their combined expression on prognostic prediction for esophageal cancer patients...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Somasundaram Ramasamy, Mohammad Mahfuzul Haque, Mahinda Gangoda, Dennis J Stuehr
The NO synthases (NOS) catalyze a two-step oxidation of L-Arginine (Arg) to generate NO. In the first step, O2 activation involves one electron being provided to the heme by an enzyme-bound 6R-tetrahydro-L-biopterin cofactor (H4 B), which then forms a H4 B radical that must be reduced back to H4 B in order for NOS to continue catalysis. Although an NADPH-derived electron is used to reduce the H4 B radical, how this occurs is unknown. We hypothesized that the NOS flavoprotein domain might reduce the H4 B radical by utilizing the NOS heme porphyrin as a conduit to deliver the electron...
October 19, 2016: FEBS Journal
Mohammad B Hossain, Rehnuma Shifat, David G Johnson, Mark T Bedford, Konrad R Gabrusiewicz, Nahir Cortes-Santiago, Xuemei Luo, Zhimin Lu, Ravesanker Ezhilarasan, Erik P Sulman, Hong Jiang, Shawn S C Li, Frederick F Lang, Jessica Tyler, Mien-Chie Hung, Juan Fueyo, Candelaria Gomez-Manzano
DNA repair pathways enable cancer cells to survive DNA damage induced after genotoxic therapies. Tyrosine kinase receptors (TKRs) have been reported as regulators of the DNA repair machinery. TIE2 is a TKR overexpressed in human gliomas at levels that correlate with the degree of increasing malignancy. Following ionizing radiation, TIE2 translocates to the nucleus, conferring cells with an enhanced nonhomologous end-joining mechanism of DNA repair that results in a radioresistant phenotype. Nuclear TIE2 binds to key components of DNA repair and phosphorylates H4 at tyrosine 51, which, in turn, is recognized by the proto-oncogene ABL1, indicating a role for nuclear TIE2 as a sensor for genotoxic stress by action as a histone modifier...
April 2016: Science Advances
K Bakthavachalam, K Yuvaraj, Mohammad Zafar, Sundargopal Ghosh
Treatment of [M2 (μ-Cl)2 (cod)2 ] (M=Ir and Rh) with Na[H2 B(bt)2 ] (cod=1,5-cyclooctadiene and bt=2-mercaptobenzothiazolyl) at low temperature led to the formation of dimetallaheterocycles [(Mcod)2 (bt)2 ], 1 and 2 (1: M=Ir and 2: M=Rh) and a borate complex [Rh(cod){κ(2) -S,S'-H2 B(bt)2 }], 3. Compounds 1 and 2 are structurally characterized metal analogues of 1,5-cyclooctadiene. Metal-metal bond distances of 3.6195(9) Å in 1 and 3.6749(9) Å in 2 are too long to consider as bonding. In an attempt to generate the Ru analogue of 1 and 2, that is [(Rucod)2 (bt)2 ], we have carried out the reaction of [Ru(Cl)2 (cod)(CH3 CN)2 ] with Na[H2 B(bt)2 ]...
October 18, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Pradyut K Paul, Mary E Rabaglia, Chen-Yu Wang, Donald S Stapleton, Ning Leng, Christina Kendziorski, Peter W Lewis, Mark P Keller, Alan D Attie
Anti-silencing function 1 (ASF1) is a histone H3-H4 chaperone involved in DNA replication and repair, and transcriptional regulation. Here, we identify ASF1B, the mammalian paralog to ASF1, as a proliferation-inducing histone chaperone in human β-cells. Overexpression of ASF1B led to distinct transcriptional signatures consistent with increased cellular proliferation and reduced cellular death. Using multiple methods of monitoring proliferation and mitotic progression, we show that overexpression of ASF1B is sufficient to induce human β-cell proliferation...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Renwen Zhang, Xiaoxue Han, Zhanfeng Xia, Xiaoxia Luo, Chuanxing Wan, Lili Zhang
A novel actinomycete strain, designated TRM 49605(T), was isolated from a desert soil sample from Lop Nur, Xinjiang, north-west China, and characterised using a polyphasic taxonomic approach. The strain exhibited antifungal activity against the following strains: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Curvularia lunata, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium oxysporum, Penicillium citrinum, Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis; Antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Micrococcus luteus; and no antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli...
October 17, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Yun Qian, Yiwen Sang, Frederick X C Wang, Bo Hong, Qi Wang, Xinhui Zhou, Tianhao Weng, Zhigang Wu, Min Zheng, Hong Zhang, Hangping Yao
Liver metastasis development in pancreatic cancer patients is common and confers a poor prognosis. Clinical relevance of biomarker analysis in metastatic tissue is necessary. B7-H4 has an inhibitory effect on T cell mediated response and may be involved in tumor development. Although B7-H4 expression has been detected in pancreatic cancer, its expression in liver metastases from pancreatic cancer is still unknown. In this study, overall 43 pancreatic cancer liver metastases (with matched primaries in 15/43 cases) and 57 pancreatic cancer cases without liver metastases or other distant metastases were analyzed for their expression of B7-H4 by immunohistochemistry...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Saeed Izadi, Ramu Anandakrishnan, Alexey V Onufriev
Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations based on the implicit solvent generalized Born (GB) models can provide significant computational advantages over the traditional explicit solvent simulations. However, the standard GB becomes prohibitively expensive for all-atom simulations of large structures; the model scales poorly, ~n^2, with the number of solute atoms. Here we combine our recently developed Optimal Point Charge Approximation (OPCA) with the Hierarchical Charge Partitioning (HCP) approximation to present an ~n log n multi-scale, yet fully atomistic, GB model (GB-HCPO)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Petya Berger, Michael Knödler, Konrad U Förstner, Michael Berger, Christian Bertling, Cynthia M Sharma, Jörg Vogel, Helge Karch, Ulrich Dobrindt, Alexander Mellmann
Escherichia coli O104:H4 (E. coli O104:H4), which caused a massive outbreak of acute gastroenteritis and hemolytic uremic syndrome in 2011, carries an aggregative adherence fimbriae I (AAF/I) encoding virulence plasmid, pAA. The importance of pAA in host-pathogen interaction and disease severity has been demonstrated, however, not much is known about its transcriptional organization and gene regulation. Here, we analyzed the pAA primary transcriptome using differential RNA sequencing, which allows for the high-throughput mapping of transcription start site (TSS) and non-coding RNA candidates...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mengzhe Guo, Dengyang Yin, Jie Han, Cheng Guo, Xiao Li, Liyan Zhang, Yan Du, Haibo Wang, Daoquan Tang
RATIONALE: Mass spectrometry has been developed as one of the common tools for the analysis of the organometallic systems in the gas phase over decades. The study of the fragmentation of organics-metal complexes has attracted much attention since the interesting dissociation pathways exhibited by these compounds are usually different from the protonated analogues. METHODS: In this work, iohexol complexed with different dications such as Mg(2+) , Cu(2+) , and Zn(2+) have been investigated by ESI tandem mass spectrometry...
October 17, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Fernanda Peres da Silveira, Carla Basso, Wagner Raupp, Morgana Dalpiaz, Karine Bertoldi, Ionara Rodrigues Siqueira, Pedro Dal Lago, Maristela Padilha de Souza, Viviane Rostirola Elsner
Our aim was to compare the basal levels of plasma brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and global histone H4 acetylation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of healthy amateur runners (EXE group) with sedentary individuals (SED group) as well as to investigate the acute effect of a running race on these markers in the EXE group. Five days before the race, all participants were submitted to a basal blood collection. On the race day, two blood samples were collected in the EXE group before the running started and immediately at the end...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
Wei-Sheng Chen, Wen-Jin Xu, Hua-Qiang Zhu, Lei Gao, Miao-Jun Lai, Fu-Qiang Zhang, Wen-Hua Zhou, Hui-Fen Liu
Histone acetylation and other modifications of the chromatin are important regulators of gene expression and may contribute to drug-induced behaviors and neuroplasticity. Inhibition of histone deacetylases (HDAC) activity results in the change of some drug-induced behaviors,however, relatively little is known about the effects of HDAC inhibitors on heroin-seeking behavior. In the present study, male rats were trained to self-administer heroin under a FR1 schedule for consecutive 14 days, followed by 14 daily 2hours extinction session in the operant chamber...
October 11, 2016: Brain Research
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