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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231319/development-of-a-keratinase-activity-assay-using-recombinant-chicken-feather-keratin-substrates
#1
Hyeon-Su Jin, Seon Yeong Park, Kyungmin Kim, Yong-Jik Lee, Gae-Won Nam, Nam Joo Kang, Dong-Woo Lee
Poultry feathers consist mainly of the protein keratin, which is rich in β-pleated sheets and consequently resistant to proteolysis. Although many keratinases have been identified, the reasons for their substrate specificity towards β-keratin remain unclear due to difficulties in preparing a soluble feather keratin substrate for use in activity assays. In the present study, we overexpressed Gallus gallus chromosomes 2 and 27 β-keratin-encoding genes in Escherichia coli, purified denatured recombinant proteins by Ni2+ affinity chromatography, and refolded by stepwise dialysis to yield soluble keratins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230762/the-development-of-ck2-inhibitors-from-traditional-pharmacology-to-in-silico-rational-drug-design
#2
REVIEW
Giorgio Cozza
Casein kinase II (CK2) is an ubiquitous and pleiotropic serine/threonine protein kinase able to phosphorylate hundreds of substrates. Being implicated in several human diseases, from neurodegeneration to cancer, the biological roles of CK2 have been intensively studied. Upregulation of CK2 has been shown to be critical to tumor progression, making this kinase an attractive target for cancer therapy. Several CK2 inhibitors have been developed so far, the first being discovered by "trial and error testing". In the last decade, the development of in silico rational drug design has prompted the discovery, de novo design and optimization of several CK2 inhibitors, active in the low nanomolar range...
February 20, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219684/development-of-magnetic-nanoparticle-based-calorimetric-assay-for-the-detection-of-bovine-mastitis-in-cow-milk
#3
Raja Chinnappan, Sana Al Attas, Gerrit Koop, Tine van Werven, Wendy E Kaman, Floris J Bikker, Mohammed Zourob
Mastitis in dairy cattle is an inflammatory reaction of the udder tissue. Mastitis increases plasmin levels, leading to an increased proteolysis of milk proteins such as casein, resulting in a significant decrease in milk quality and related dairy products. Due to its key-role in mastitis, we used plasmin proteolytic activity as a biomarker for the detection of mastitis in bovine mastitic milk. Inspired by earlier studies on protease activity using mastitic milk samples, we developed a simple colorimetric assay to distinguish mastitic milk from milk derived from healthy animals...
February 17, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216580/impacts-of-dietary-phytochemicals-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-pesticides-on-longevity-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#4
Ling-Hsiu Liao, Wen-Yen Wu, May R Berenbaum
Because certain flavonols and phenolic acids are found in pollen and nectar of most angiosperms, they are routinely ingested by Apis mellifera, the western honey bee. The flavonol quercetin and the phenolic acid p-coumaric acid are known to upregulate detoxification enzymes in adult bees; their presence or absence in the diet may thus affect the toxicity of ingested pesticides. We conducted a series of longevity assays with one-day-old adult workers to test if dietary phytochemicals enhance longevity and pesticide tolerance...
February 14, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216185/sensitization-to-bovine-serum-albumin-as-a-possible-cause-of-allergic-reactions-to-vaccines
#5
Rajiva de Silva, W M D K Dasanayake, G D Wickramasinhe, Chandima Karunatilake, Nayani Weerasinghe, Peshala Gunasekera, Gathsaurie Neelika Malavige
BACKGROUND: Immediate type hypersensitivity to vaccines containing bovine/porcine excipients, such as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is probably due to sensitization to bovine/porcine gelatin. Most patients with such reactions in Sri Lanka have cow's milk (CM) or beef allergy. OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether those who had beef and CM allergy had a higher incidence of hypersensitivity reactions to vaccines and the possible trigger of such reactions...
February 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215884/assessing-the-iron-chelation-capacity-of-goat-casein-digest-isolates
#6
A Smialowska, L Matia-Merino, A J Carr
We isolated goat phosphopeptides via calcium and ethanol precipitation from a caseinate digest and investigated their feasibility as an iron-fortification ingredient in nutritional foods. Goat tryptic-digested phosphopeptides could bind 54.37 ± 0.50 mg of Fe/g of protein compared with goat milk, which could bind 3.83 ± 0.01 mg of Fe/g of protein, indicating that isolation did increase iron binding. However, the >13-fold increase in iron binding was only partly explained by the increased concentration of phosphoserine-rich residues in the isolated fraction: we observed a 77% increase in serine residue content and a 5...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215314/the-reduced-oxidized-state-of-plasma-albumin-is-modulated-by-dietary-protein-intake-partly-via-albumin-synthesis-rate-in-rats
#7
Yasuaki Wada, Yoshiyasu Sato, Keisuke Miyazaki, Yasuhiro Takeda, Masashi Kuwahata
The reduced/oxidized state of plasma albumin is influenced by many factors, including chronic diseases and strenuous training. Recently, the reduced/oxidized state has also been shown to be associated with dietary protein and energy intakes in rats. We hypothesized that dietary protein intake may modulate the reduced/oxidized state of plasma albumin by altering the rate of albumin synthesis and that the reduced/oxidized state could therefore serve as a novel marker of protein undernutrition. We tested this hypothesis by examining male growing rats placed on a low-protein or energy-restriction diet...
January 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212865/casein-kinase-2-interacting-protein-1-regulates-m1-and-m2-inflammatory-macrophage-polarization
#8
Yuhan Chen, Wen Liu, Yiwu Wang, Luo Zhang, Jun Wei, Xueli Zhang, Fuchu He, Lingqiang Zhang
The importance of macrophage plasticity, albeit being discovered recently, has been highlighted in a broad spectrum of biological processes operative in physiological and pathological environments. Macrophage polarized activation and inactivation has profound effects on immune and inflammatory responses with several major pathways being elucidated in the past few years. However, transcriptional regulation mechanisms governing macrophage polarization is still preliminary. In this study, we identify the Casein Kinase 2 Interacting Protein 1 (CKIP-1) as a molecular toggle manipulating macrophage speciation...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208259/ultrasensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-mirna-21-using-a-zinc-finger-protein-specific-to-dna-rna-hybrids
#9
Chiew San Fang, Kwang-Sun Kim, Byeongjun Yu, Sangyong Jon, Moon-Soo Kim, Haesik Yang
Both high sensitivity and high specificity are crucial for detection of miRNAs that have emerged as important clinical biomarkers. Just Another Zinc finger proteins (JAZ, ZNF346) bind preferably (but nonsequence-specifically) to DNA-RNA hybrids over single-stranded RNAs, single-stranded DNAs, and double-stranded DNAs. We present an ultrasensitive and highly specific electrochemical method for miRNA-21 detection based on the selective binding of JAZ to the DNA-RNA hybrid formed between a DNA capture probe and a target miRNA-21...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202471/oocyte-shuttle-a-recombinant-protein-transporting-donor-dna-into-the-xenopus-oocyte-in-situ
#10
Duri Rungger, Lisbeth Muster, Oleg Georgiev, Elisabeth Rungger-Brändle
The newly developed oocyte shuttle protein contains a streptavidin moiety that tightly binds biotinylated DNA. Injected intravenously into adult Xenopus females, the protein-DNA complex is rapidly transported through the bloodstream and, within the ovary, the vitellogenin ligand present in the protein binds to the receptors at the surface of the oocytes. The bound complex is internalized and translocates into the oocyte nucleus thanks to an SV40 nuclear localization signal, enhanced by an adjacent casein kinase phosphorylation site...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202335/purification-and-characterization-of-a-milk-clotting-aspartic-protease-from-withania-coagulans-fruit
#11
Mahmoud Salehi, Mahmoud Reza Aghamaali, Reza H Sajedi, S Mohsen Asghari, Eisa Jorjani
Withania coagulans fruit has traditionally been used as milk coagulant. The present study reports the purification and characterization of an aspartic protease from W. coagulans fruit. The enzyme was purified via fractional ammonium sulfate precipitation and cation exchange chromatography. SDS-PAGE analysis revealed the presence of a monomeric protein with molecular weight of 31kDa. Proteolytic activity (PA) of the protease was evaluated using casein, and the milk-clotting activity (MCA) was analyzed by skim milk...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193539/dimeric-but-not-monomeric-%C3%AE-lactalbumin-potentiates-apoptosis-by-up-regulation-of-atf3-and-reduction-of-histone-deacetylase-activity-in-primary-and-immortalised-cells
#12
Julie A Sharp, Amelia J Brennan, Galina Polekhina, David B Ascher, Christophe Lefevre, Kevin R Nicholas
α-lactalbumin is a protein of dual function found in milk of most mammals. α-lactalbumin binds β-1,4-galactosyltransferase to form the regulatory subunit for lactose synthesis and has also been shown to cause cell death. This study shows, for the first time, that α-lactalbumin isolated in a rare 28kDa dimeric form induces cell death, while 14kDa monomeric α-lactalbumin is inactive. In contrast to the casein derived and chemically induced α-lactalbumin variants, MAL and HAMLET/BAMLET, the effects of 28kDa α-lactalbumin are calcium independent and, unlike MAL and HAMLET, 28kDa α-lactalbumin dimer causes cell death of primary mammary cells and a variety of immortalised cell lines, which are committed to cell death pathways within 1-4h of exposure...
February 10, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192992/protein-adsorbed-magnetic-nanoparticle-mediated-assay-for-rapid-detection-of-bacterial-antibiotic-resistance
#13
Taku A Cowger, Yaping Yang, David E Rink, Trever Todd, Hongmin Chen, Ye Shen, Yajun Yan, Jin Xie
Antibiotic susceptibility tests have been used for years as a crucial diagnostic tool against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. However, due to a lack of biomarkers specific to resistant types, these approaches are often time-consuming, inaccurate, and inflexible in drug selections. Here, we present a novel susceptibility test method named protein-adsorbed nanoparticle-mediated matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization mass spectrometry, or PANMS. Briefly, we adsorb five different proteins (β-casein, α-lactalbumin, human serum albumin, fibrinogen, and avidin) onto the surface of Fe3O4...
February 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187683/proteomics-profiling-of-chimeric-truncated-tissue-plasminogen-activator-producing-chinese-hamster-ovary-cells-cultivated-in-a-chemically-defined-medium-supplemented-with-protein-hydrolysates
#14
Bahareh Azarian, Seyedeh Matin Sajedin, Amin Azimi, Mozhgan Raigani, Behrouz Vaziri, Fatemeh Davami
Background: Culture media enrichment through the addition of protein hydrolysates is beneficial for achieving higher protein expression. Methods: In this study, designing the optimum mixture of four soy and casein-derived hydrolysates was successfully performed by design of experiment and specific productivity increased in all predicted combinations. Protein profile of recombinant CHO (rCHO) cells producing tissue plasminogen activator in a serum-free medium (SFM) supplemented with designed hydrolysate additives was compared to that of rCHO cells cultivated in SFM...
11, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181729/the-dietary-protein-paradox-and-threonine-15-n-depletion-pyridoxal-5-phosphate-enzyme-activity-as-a-mechanism-for-the-%C3%AE-15-n-trophic-level-effect
#15
B T Fuller, K J Petzke
RATIONALE: Nitrogen stable isotope ratios (δ(15) N values) are used to reconstruct dietary patterns, but the biochemical mechanism(s) responsible for the diet to tissue trophic level effect and its variability are not fully understood. Here δ(15) N amino acid (AA) values and physiological measurements (nitrogen intake, plasma albumin concentrations, liver reduced glutathione concentrations and leucine oxidation rates) are used to investigate increased dietary protein consumption and oxidative stress (vitamin E deficiency) in rat total plasma protein...
February 9, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178627/fundamentals-of-protein-and-cell-interactions-in-biomaterials
#16
REVIEW
Hammed Tanimowo Aiyelabegan, Esmaeil Sadroddiny
The extracellular matrix (ECM) is an active and complex microenvironment with outstanding biomechanical, biophysical, and biochemical characteristics, which can indirectly or directly controls cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, and differentiation, as well as partaking in regeneration and homeostasis of organs and tissues. The ECM has captivated a great deal of attention with the rapid progress of tissue engineering (TE) in the field of regenerative medicine (RM). Approaches to TE, RM and cancer therapy center on the necessity to deliver cell signals to direct cell proliferation and differentiation...
February 5, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178612/dietary-soy-protein-improves-adipose-tissue-dysfunction-by-modulating-parameters-related-with-oxidative-stress-in-dyslipidemic-insulin-resistant-rats
#17
Paola G Illesca, Silvina M Álvarez, Dante A Selenscig, María Del R Ferreira, María S Giménez, Yolanda B Lombardo, María E D'Alessandro
The present study investigates the benefits of the dietary intake of soy protein on adipose tissue dysfunction in a rat model that mimics several aspects of the human metabolic syndrome. Wistar rats were fed a sucrose-rich diet (SRD) for 4 months. After that, half of the animals continued with SRD until month 8 while in the other half, casein protein was replaced by isolated soy protein for 4 months (SRD-S). A reference group consumed a control diet all the time. In adipose tissue we determined: i) the activities of antioxidant enzymes, gene expression of Mn-superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx), and glutathione redox state ii) the activity of xanthine oxidase (XO), ROS levels and the gene expression of NAD(P)H oxidase iii) the expression of the nuclear factor erythroid-2 related factor-2 (Nrf2)...
February 5, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163385/an-oxidized-reduced-state-of-plasma-albumin-reflects-malnutrition-due-to-an-insufficient-diet-in-rats
#18
Masashi Kuwahata, Mari Hasegawa, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yasuaki Wada, Yasuhiro Kido
We examined whether protein- and food-intake restrictions modulate the oxidized/reduced state of plasma albumin in Sprague-Dawley rats. Rats were fed a 3%, 5%, 10% or 20% casein diet for 2 weeks. The plasma albumin concentration significantly decreased with decreasing protein intake. However, no significant difference in plasma albumin concentration was seen between rats fed the 5% or 10% casein diet. In rats fed the 5% casein diet, the percentage of mercaptalbumin within total plasma albumin was significantly lower and that of nonmercaptalbumin-1 was significantly higher than in rats fed the 10% casein diet...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163130/improved-thermal-stability-and-mechanical-properties-of-type-i-collagen-by-crosslinking-with-casein-keratin-and-soy-protein-isolate-using-transglutaminase
#19
Xiaomeng Wu, Yaowei Liu, Anjun Liu, Wenhang Wang
The inferior thermal- stability of collagen hinders its extensive application in food industry, including edible packaging. To improve the thermal- stability and mechanical properties of collagen, we attempted to crosslink collagen with some proteins possessing excellent thermal stability (i. e., casein, keratin and soy protein isolate (SPI)). Observed from the SDS- PAGE and particle size distribution, some complexes with higher molecule weight and relative bigger size particle occurred in the protein mixture, especially after TGase crosslinking...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159383/baked-milk-tolerant-patient-is-there-any-special-feature
#20
C P G Barbosa, A P M Castro, G H Yonamine, A K F Gushken, C M L Beck, P R C Macedo, M B Dorna, C J N Santos, A C Pastorino, C M A Jacob
BACKGROUND: Determining whether patients with cow's milk allergy (CMA) can tolerate foods produced with baked milk could provide a better quality of life, a better prognosis, and an option for desensitization. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify which patients over four years of age with persistent CMA could tolerate baked milk, to compare the clinical and laboratory characteristics of reactive and non-reactive groups and to describe their clinical evolution...
February 1, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
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