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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919613/cellular-uptake-of-glucoheptoamidated-poly-amidoamine-pamam-g3-dendrimer-with-amide-conjugated-biotin-a-potential-carrier-of-anticancer-drugs
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Łukasz Uram, Magdalena Szuster, Aleksandra Filipowicz, Magdalena Zaręba, Elżbieta Wałajtys-Rode, Stanisław Wołowiec
In search for soluble derivatives of PAMAM dendrimers as potential carriers for hydrophobic drugs, the conjugates of PAMAM G3 with biotin, further converted into glycodendrimer with d-glucoheptono-1,4-lactone, were prepared. Polyamidoamine dendrimer (PAMAM) of third generation, G3 was functionalized with four biotin equivalents covalently attached to terminal amine nitrogens via amide bond G3(4B). The remaining 28 amine groups were blocked by glucoheptoamide substituents (gh) to give G3(4B28gh) or with one fluorescein equivalent (attached by reaction of G3(4B) with fluorescein isothiocyanate, FITC) via thiourea bond as FITC followed by exhaustive glucoheptoamidation to get G3(4B27gh1F)...
November 25, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918111/imatinib-accelerates-progenitor-cell-mediated-liver-regeneration-in-choline-deficient-ethionine-supplemented-diet-fed-mice
#2
András Rókusz, Edina Bugyik, Vanessza Szabó, Armanda Szücs, Sándor Paku, Péter Nagy, Katalin Dezső
Severe chronic hepatic injury can induce complex reparative processes. Ductular reaction and the appearance of small hepatocytes are standard components of this response, which is thought to have both adverse (e.g. fibrosis, carcinogenesis) and beneficial (regeneration) consequences. This complex tissue reaction is regulated by orchestrated cytokine action. We have investigated the influence of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib on a regenerative process. Ductular reaction was induced in mice by the widely used choline-deficient ethionine-supplemented diet (CDE)...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917400/high-dose-biotin-treatment-for-secondary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-may-interfere-with-thyroid-assays
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Alissa Minkovsky, Mark N Lee, Mitra Dowlatshahi, Trevor E Angell, Lilian S Mahrokhian, Athena K Petrides, Stacy E F Melanson, Ellen Marqusee, Whitney W Woodmansee
OBJECTIVE: To review cases and increase awareness in clinicians treating patients who may be taking biotin. METHODS: We describe the presentation and workup of a woman with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis on high dose biotin with laboratory studies suggestive of thyrotoxicosis. RESULTS: Plasma samples showed laboratory evidence of elevated thyroid hormone levels with elevated free thyroxine >7.8 ng/dl (reference interval (RI) 0...
2016: AACE Clin Case Rep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916536/a-new-lateral-flow-strip-assay-lfsa-using-a-pair-of-aptamers-for-the-detection-of-vaspin
#4
Nurul Hanun Ahmad Raston, Van-Thuan Nguyen, Man Bock Gu
A new lateral flow strip assay (LFSA) using a pair of aptamers has been designed and successfully developed using a pair of aptamers-functionalized with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). This new LFSA biosensor system utilizes a cognate aptamer duo binding to vaspin, a target protein, at the two different binding sites, and exhibited a sensitive and highly selective response to vaspin. A sandwich-type format in LFSA was developed based on biotin-labeled primary V1 aptamer immobilized on streptavidin coated membrane as a capturing probe and secondary V49 aptamer conjugated with AuNPs as a signaling probe...
November 28, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914320/biochemical-precursor-effects-on-the-fatty-acid-production-in-cell-suspension-cultures-of-theobroma-cacao-l
#5
O Parra, A M Gallego, A Urrea, L F Rojas, C Correa, L Atehortúa
Cocoa butter (CB) is composed of 96% palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic fatty acids that are responsible for the hardness, texture and fusion properties of chocolate. Through in vitro plant cell culture it is possible to modify CB lipid profiles and to study the fatty acid biosynthesis pathway on a subcellular level, evaluating fundamental aspects to enhance in vitro fatty acid production in a specific and controlled way. In this research, culture media was supplemented with acetate, biotin, pyruvate, bicarbonate and glycerol at three different concentrations and the effects on the biomass production (g/L), cell viability, and fatty acids profile and production was evaluated in in vitro cell suspensions culture...
November 25, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913829/glutamate-fermentation-2-mechanism-of-l-glutamate-overproduction-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
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Takashi Hirasawa, Masaaki Wachi
The nonpathogenic coryneform bacterium, Corynebacterium glutamicum, was isolated as an L-glutamate-overproducing microorganism by Japanese researchers and is currently utilized in various amino acid fermentation processes. L-Glutamate production by C. glutamicum is induced by limitation of biotin and addition of fatty acid ester surfactants and β-lactam antibiotics. These treatments affect the cell surface structures of C. glutamicum. After the discovery of C. glutamicum, many researchers have investigated the underlying mechanism of L-glutamate overproduction with respect to the cell surface structures of this organism...
December 3, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907083/effects-of-acute-systemic-hypoxia-and-hypercapnia-on-brain-damage-in-a-rat-model-of-hypoxia-ischemia
#7
Wanchao Yang, Xuezhong Zhang, Nan Wang, Jing Tan, Xianhai Fang, Qi Wang, Tao Tao, Wenzhi Li
Therapeutic hypercapnia has the potential for neuroprotection after global cerebral ischemia. Here we further investigated the effects of different degrees of acute systemic hypoxia in combination with hypercapnia on brain damage in a rat model of hypoxia and ischemia. Adult wistar rats underwent unilateral common carotid artery (CCA) ligation for 60 min followed by ventilation with normoxic or systemic hypoxic gas containing 11%O2,13%O2,15%O2 and 18%O2 (targeted to PaO2 30-39 mmHg, 40-49 mmHg, 50-59 mmHg, and 60-69 mmHg, respectively) or systemic hypoxic gas containing 8% carbon dioxide (targeted to PaCO2 60-80 mmHg) for 180 min...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906451/proximity-dependent-biotinylation-for-identification-of-interacting-proteins
#8
Valerie Le Sage, Alessandro Cinti, Andrew J Mouland
Complex interaction networks orchestrate key cellular processes including but not limited to transcription, translation, metabolism, and cell signaling. Delineating these interactions will aid in deciphering the regulation and function of these pathways and potential for manipulation. Proximity-dependent biotin identification (BioID) is quickly gaining popularity as a powerful tool for identifying novel protein-protein and proximity-based interactions in live cells. This technique relies on a promiscuous biotin ligase, which is fused to a protein of interest and, upon expression in the desired cell, will biotinylate proximal endogenous proteins...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905566/early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-caused-by-a-reduced-sensitivity-of-kv7-2-potassium-channels-to-phosphatidylinositol-4-5-bisphosphate
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Maria Virginia Soldovieri, Paolo Ambrosino, Ilaria Mosca, Michela De Maria, Edoardo Moretto, Francesco Miceli, Alessandro Alaimo, Nunzio Iraci, Laura Manocchio, Alessandro Medoro, Maria Passafaro, Maurizio Taglialatela
Kv7.2 and Kv7.3 subunits underlie the M-current, a neuronal K(+) current characterized by an absolute functional requirement for phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2). Kv7.2 gene mutations cause early-onset neonatal seizures with heterogeneous clinical outcomes, ranging from self-limiting benign familial neonatal seizures to severe early-onset epileptic encephalopathy (Kv7.2-EE). In this study, the biochemical and functional consequences prompted by a recurrent variant (R325G) found independently in four individuals with severe forms of neonatal-onset EE have been investigated...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905264/biotin-thiamine-responsive-basal-ganglia-disease-catastrophic-consequences-of-delay-in-diagnosis-and-treatment
#10
Hussein Algahtani, Saeed Ghamdi, Bader Shirah, Bader Alharbi, Raghad Algahtani, Abdulrahman Bazaid
BACKGROUND: Biotin-thiamine-responsive basal ganglia disease (BTBGD) is an autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder caused by mutations in the SLC19A3 gene. The disease is characterized by subacute encephalopathy with confusion, dysphagia, dysarthria, and seizures. METHODS: We diagnosed a family affected by BTBGD and studied them including prognosis of cases when diagnosed and treated early in the disease process. We also review the literature comprehensively and summarize all published data about this disorder...
December 1, 2016: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904971/mutations-in-slc5a6-associated-with-brain-immune-bone-and-intestinal-dysfunction-in-a-young-child
#11
Veedamali S Subramanian, Alexandru R Constantinescu, Paul J Benke, Hamid M Said
The human sodium-dependent multivitamin transporter (hSMVT) is a product of the SLC5A6 gene and mediates biotin, pantothenic acid, and lipoate uptake in a variety of cellular systems. We report here the identification of mutations R94X, a premature termination, and R123L, a dysfunctional amino acid change, both in exon 3 of the SLC5A6 gene in a child using whole genome-scanning. At 15 months of age, the child showed failure to thrive, microcephaly and brain changes on MRI, cerebral palsy and developmental delay, variable immunodeficiency, and severe gastro-esophageal reflux requiring a gastrostomy tube/fundoplication, osteoporosis, and pathologic bone fractures...
November 30, 2016: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904095/synthesis-of-effective-food-constituents-toward-the-development-of-chemical-biology-investigations
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Tomohiro Asakawa
 This article describes the development of various probes and immunogens for chemical-biological investigations of food flavonoids. We accomplished a large (gram)-scale asymmetric synthesis of a key intermediate, 5-aminopentyl deoxy epigallocatechin-3-gallate (APDOEGCg; 3), an analogue of green tea polyphenol EGCg, in which the key step was cationic cyclization utilizing neighboring group participation of the gallate carbonyl group. The synthetic APDOEGCg (3) was efficiently converted to a fluorescent probe 18 and an immunogen 19 by utilizing the high reactivity of the amine functional group...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891347/decidual-cd56-natural-killer-cells-in-spontaneous-early-pregnancy-loss-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Balamurugan Senthilnayagam, Sridhar Karthikeyan, Jayapriya Sukumaran, Anoop Srivalsan, Ramesh Rao, Vasantha Subbiah
INTRODUCTION: Natural killer cells are believed to promote placental and trophoblastic growth and provide immune- modulation at maternal-fetal interface in pregnancy and their role in reproductive failure has been a matter of discussion. AIM: To study CD56+ Natural killer cells in spontaneous pregnancy loss. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective observational study, formalin-fixed paraffin embedded sections from products of conception from twenty women each with spontaneous early pregnancy loss (test group) and elective pregnancy termination (control group)...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889561/inhibition-of-interleukin-5-induced-false-positive-anti-drug-antibody-responses-against-mepolizumab-through-the-use-of-a-competitive-blocking-antibody
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Karen Liao, Erik Meyer, Thomas N Lee, Amy Loercher, Daniel Sikkema
Mepolizumab, a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody that blocks native homodimeric interleukin-5 (IL-5) from binding to the IL-5 receptor, has recently been approved for treatment of severe eosinophilic asthma. Our initial immunogenicity assay method for phase I and II studies utilized a bridging electrochemiluminescence format with biotin and ruthenium-labelled mepolizumab linked by anti-drug antibodies (ADA). We discovered that IL-5 significantly increased in dosed subjects from a phase II study and that the increased IL-5 was in the form of a drug-bound complex...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886763/dna-covalently-linked-to-graphene-oxide-for-biotin-streptavidin-interaction-assay
#15
Yue He, Bining Jiao
Based on terminal protection of small molecule-linked DNA and the covalently linking DNA to graphene oxide (GO) strategy, a high resisting nonspecific probe displacement platform for small molecule-protein interaction assay is proposed in this work. Specifically, the small molecule-linked DNA (probe 1) can be protected from exonuclease-catalyzed digestion upon binding to the protein target of the small molecule, so the DNA strand may hybridize with another DNA strand (FAM and amino dual modified DNA, probe 2) that is previously covalently linked onto GO surface...
January 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884436/distribution-of-foxp3-t-cells-in-the-liver-and-hepatic-lymph-nodes-of-goats-and-sheep-experimentally-infected-with-fasciola-hepatica
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A Escamilla, R Zafra, J Pérez, T N McNeilly, I L Pacheco, L Buffoni, F J Martínez-Moreno, V Molina-Hernández, A Martínez-Moreno
Foxp3 regulatory T cells (Tregs) are now considered to play a key role in modulation of immune responses during parasitic helminth infections. Immunomodulation is a key factor in Fasciola hepatica infection; however, the distribution and role of Foxp3(+) Tregs cells have not been investigated in F. hepatica infected ruminants. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of Foxp3(+) Tregs in the liver and hepatic lymph nodes from experimentally infected sheep and goats during acute and chronic stages of infection...
October 30, 2016: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884323/the-toll-like-receptor-4-antagonist-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-activated-kinase-tak-242-attenuates-taurocholate-induced-oxidative-stress-through-regulating-mitochondrial-function-in-mice-pancreatic-acinar-cells
#17
Long-Fei Pan, Lei Yu, Li-Ming Wang, Jun-Tao He, Jiang-Li Sun, Xiao-Bo Wang, Zheng-Hai Bai, Li-Juan Su, Hong-Hong Pei
BACKGROUND: Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a commonly occurring and potentially life-threatening disease. Recently, toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) has been considered as a new clue for studying the pathogenesis of AP due to its important role in inflammatory response cascade. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The aim of this study was to investigate the potential protective effect of transforming growth factor-β-activated kinase (TAK)-242, a novel TLR4 antagonist, in taurocholate-treated mice pancreatic acinar cells...
December 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883023/a-comparison-of-the-performance-of-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-nanoparticles-for-small-molecule-targets-and-antibodies-in-the-elisa-format
#18
Katarzyna Smolinska-Kempisty, Antonio Guerreiro, Francesco Canfarotta, César Cáceres, Michael J Whitcombe, Sergey Piletsky
Here we show that molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles, prepared in aqueous media by solid phase synthesis with immobilised L-thyroxine, glucosamine, fumonisin B2 or biotin as template, can demonstrate comparable or better performance to commercially produced antibodies in enzyme-linked competitive assays. Imprinted nanoparticles-based assays showed detection limits in the pM range and polymer-coated microplates are stable to storage at room temperature for at least 1 month. No response to analyte was detected in control experiments with nanoparticles imprinted with an unrelated template (trypsin) but prepared with the same polymer composition...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878581/magnesium-aminoclay-based-transformation-of-paenibacillus-riograndensis-and-paenibacillus-polymyxa-and-development-of-tools-for-gene-expression
#19
Luciana Fernandes Brito, Marta Irla, Tatjana Walter, Volker F Wendisch
Members of the genus Paenibacillus are widespread facultative anaerobic, endospore-forming bacteria. Some species such as Paenibacillus riograndensis or Paenibacillus polymyxa fix nitrogen and may play an important role in agriculture to reduce mineral nitrogen fertilization in particular for non-legume plants. The genetic manipulation of Paenibacillus is an imperative for the functional characterization, e.g., of its plant growth-promoting activities and metabolism. This study showed that P. riograndensis and P...
November 23, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877882/focal-calcium-monitoring-with-targeted-nanosensors-at-the-cytosolic-side-of-endoplasmic-reticulum
#20
Yanyan Hou, Satoshi Arai, Yoshiaki Takei, Atsushi Murata, Shinji Takeoka, Madoka Suzuki
Ca(2+) distribution is spatially and temporally non-uniform inside cells due to cellular compartmentalization. However, Ca(2+) sensing with small organic dyes, such as fura-2 and fluo-4, has been practically applied at a single cell level where the averaged signal from freely diffusing dye molecules is acquired. In this study, we aimed to target azide-functionalized fura-2 (N3-fura-2) to a specific site of subcellular compartments to realize focal Ca(2+) sensing. Using scAVD (single-chain avidin)-biotin interaction and a copper-free click reaction system, we linked N3-fura-2 to specifically-targeted scAVD protein fused with a red fluorescent protein mCherry, so that Ca(2+) sensors conjugated with four N3-fura-2 dyes with dibenzocyclooctyne (DBCO)-PEG4-biotin as a linker were generated at subcellular compartments in living cells...
2016: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
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