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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923191/a-highly-specific-ratiometric-two-photon-fluorescent-probe-to-detect-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-in-plasma-and-living-systems
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Li-Wei Zou, Ping Wang, Xing-Kai Qian, Lei Feng, Yang Yu, Dan-Dan Wang, Qiang Jin, Jie Hou, Zhi-Hong Liu, Guang-Bo Ge, Ling Yang
In this study, a highly specific ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe GP-BAN was developed and well-characterized to monitor dipeptidyl peptidase IV in plasma and living systems. GP-BAN was designed on the basis of the catalytic properties and substrate preference of DPP-IV, and it could be readily hydrolyzed upon addition of DPP-IV under physiological conditions. Both reaction phenotyping and inhibition assays demonstrated that GP-BAN displayed good reactivity and high selectivity towards DPP-IV over other human serine hydrolases including FAP, DPP-VIII, and DPP-IX...
November 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921460/direct-infusion-mass-spectrometry-for-metabolomic-phenotyping-of-diseases
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Raúl González-Domínguez, Ana Sayago, Ángeles Fernández-Recamales
Metabolomics based on direct mass spectrometry (MS) analysis, either by direct infusion or flow injection of crude sample extracts, shows a great potential for metabolic fingerprinting because of its high-throughput screening capability, wide metabolite coverage and reduced time of analysis. Considering that numerous metabolic pathways are significantly perturbed during the initiation and progression of diseases, these metabolomic tools can be used to get a deeper understanding about disease pathogenesis and discover potential biomarkers for early diagnosis...
January 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920770/the-use-of-transposon-insertion-sequencing-to-interrogate-the-core-functional-genome-of-the-legume-symbiont-rhizobium-leguminosarum
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Benjamin J Perry, Mir S Akter, Christopher K Yost
The free-living legume symbiont Rhizobium leguminosarum is of significant economic value because of its ability to provide fixed nitrogen to globally important leguminous food crops, such as peas and lentils. Discovery based research into the genetics and physiology of R. leguminosarum provides the foundational knowledge necessary for understanding the bacterium's complex lifestyle, necessary for augmenting its use in an agricultural setting. Transposon insertion sequencing (INSeq) facilitates high-throughput forward genetic screening at a genomic scale to identify individual genes required for growth in a specific environment...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920764/one-step-pcr-detection-of-salmonella-pullorum-gallinarum-using-a-novel-target-the-flagellar-biosynthesis-gene-flhb
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Dan Xiong, Li Song, Shizhong Geng, Jing Tao, Shumin An, Zhiming Pan, Xinan Jiao
Salmonella enterica serovar Pullorum/Gallinarum is an important infectious pathogen that has caused widespread problems for chicken industry. Traditional Salmonella serotyping is an expensive and time-consuming process. In this study, we developed a rapid one-step polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method to identify S. Pullorum/Gallinarum. The PCR-based assay focuses on flhB, which shows a deficient region only in S. Pullorum/Gallinarum, compared with that of other serovars. The specificity and sensitivity of the PCR system were evaluated...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920086/a-role-for-mitotic-bookmarking-of-sox2-in-pluripotency-and-differentiation
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Cédric Deluz, Elias T Friman, Daniel Strebinger, Alexander Benke, Mahé Raccaud, Andrea Callegari, Marion Leleu, Suliana Manley, David M Suter
Mitotic bookmarking transcription factors remain bound to chromosomes during mitosis and were proposed to regulate phenotypic maintenance of stem and progenitor cells at the mitosis-to-G1 (M-G1) transition. However, mitotic bookmarking remains largely unexplored in most stem cell types, and its functional relevance for cell fate decisions remains unclear. Here we screened for mitotic chromosome binding within the pluripotency network of embryonic stem (ES) cells and show that SOX2 and OCT4 remain bound to mitotic chromatin through their respective DNA-binding domains...
December 5, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919903/high-throughput-screening-and-prediction-models-building-for-novel-hemozoin-inhibitors-using-physicochemical-properties
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Nguyen Tien Huy, Pham Lan Chi, Jun Nagai, Tran Ngoc Dang, Evaristus Chibunna Mbanefo, Ali Mahmoud Ahmed, Nguyen Phuoc Long, Le Thi Bich Thoa, Le Phi Hung, Titouna Afaf, Kaeko Kamei, Hiroshi Ueda, Kenji Hirayama
It is essential to continue the search for novel antimalarial drugs due to current spread of resistance against artemisinin by Plasmodium falciparum parasites. In this study, we developed in silico models to predict hemozoin inhibitors as a potential first-step screening for novel antimalarials. The in vitro colorimetric high throughput screening assay of hemozoin formation was used to identify hemozoin inhibitors from 9600 structurally diverse compounds. Physicochemical properties of positive hits and randomly selected compounds were extracted from ChemSpider database; they were used for developing prediction models to predict hemozoin inhibitors using two different approaches, i...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919791/biosensor-assisted-transcriptional-regulator-engineering-for-methylobacterium-extorquens-am1-to-improve-mevalonate-synthesis-by-increasing-the-acetyl-coa-supply
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Wei-Fan Liang, Lan-Yu Cui, Jin-Yu Cui, Kai-Wen Yu, Song Yang, Chong Zhang, Xin-Hui Xing
Acetyl-CoA is not only an important intermediate metabolite for cells but also a significant precursor for production of industrially interesting metabolites. Methylobacterium extorquens AM1, a model strain of methylotrophic cell factories using methanol as carbon source, is of interest because it produces abundant coenzyme A compounds capable of directing to synthesis of different useful compounds from methanol. However, acetyl-CoA always does not efficiently accumulate in M. extorquens AM1, as it is located in the center of three cyclic central metabolic pathways...
December 3, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919782/understanding-zebrafish-cognition
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Darya A Meshalkina, Marina N Kizlyk, Elana V Kysil, Adam D Collier, David J Echevarria, Murilo S Abreu, Leonardo J G Barcellos, Cai Song, Allan V Kalueff
Zebrafish (Danio rerio) are rapidly becoming a popular model organism in translational and cognitive neuroscience research. Both larval and adult zebrafish continue to increase our understanding of cognitive mechanisms and their genetic and pharmacological modulation. Here, we discuss the developing utility of zebrafish in understanding cognitive phenotypes and their deficits, relevant to a wide range human brain disorders. We also discuss the potential of zebrafish models for high-throughput genetic mutant and small molecule screening (e...
December 2, 2016: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919709/evaluation-of-anti-zika-virus-activities-of-broad-spectrum-antivirals-and-nih-clinical-collection-compounds-using-a-cell-based-high-throughput-screen-assay
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Robert S Adcock, Yong-Kyu Chu, Jennifer E Golden, Dong-Hoon Chung
Recent studies have clearly underscored the association between Zika virus (ZIKV) and severe neurological diseases such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Given the historical complacency surrounding this virus, however, no significant antiviral screenings have been performed to specifically target ZIKV. As a result, there is an urgent need for a validated screening method and strategy that is focused on highlighting potential anti-ZIKV inhibitors that can be further advanced via rigorous validation and optimization...
December 2, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918638/small-molecule-microarray-based-discovery-of-parp14-inhibitors
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Bo Peng, Ann-Gerd Thorsell, Tobias Karlberg, Herwig Schüler, Shao Q Yao
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) are key enzymes in a variety of cellular processes. Most small-molecule PARP inhibitors developed to date have been against PARP1, and suffer from poor selectivity. PARP14 has recently emerged as a potential therapeutic target, but its inhibitor development has trailed behind. Herein, we describe a small molecule microarray-based strategy for high-throughput synthesis, screening of >1000 potential bidentate inhibitors of PARPs, and the successful discovery of a potent PARP14 inhibitor H10 with >20-fold selectivity over PARP1...
December 5, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918601/identifying-genes-required-for-respiratory-growth-of-fission-yeast
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Michal Malecki, Jürg Bähler
We have used both auxotroph and prototroph versions of the latest deletion-mutant library to identify genes required for respiratory growth on solid glycerol medium in fission yeast. This data set complements and enhances our recent study on functional and regulatory aspects of energy metabolism by providing additional proteins that are involved in respiration. Most proteins identified in this mutant screen have not been implicated in respiration in budding yeast. We also provide a protocol to generate a prototrophic mutant library, and data on technical and biological reproducibility of colony-based high-throughput screens...
2016: Wellcome Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917820/a-simple-method-for-producing-multiple-copies-of-controlled-release-small-molecule-microarrays-for-cell-based-screening
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Satoshi Fujita, Reiko Onuki-Nagasaki, Kenjiro Ikuta, Yusuke Hara
Traditional drug discovery involves the screening of lead compounds from a chemical library by using cell-based high throughput screening (HTS) procedures. This has created a demand for the development of cell-based microarray chips for HTS of compounds. Although several cell-based microarray devices and procedures for screening of chemical libraries have been reported, each has limitations in terms of simplicity, speed, and cost. Here, we sought to make a simple method for producing multiple copies of microarray chips for the controlled release of small molecules during cell-based screening...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916601/gaucher-disease-circa-2016-progress-and-ongoing-challenges
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REVIEW
Pramod K Mistry, Grisel Lopez, Raphael Schiffmann, Norman W Barton, Neal J Weinreb, Ellen Sidransky
Over the past decades, tremendous progress has been made in the field of Gaucher disease, the inherited deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase. Many of the colossal achievements took place during the course of the sixty-year tenure of Dr. Roscoe Brady at the National Institutes of Health. These include the recognition of the enzymatic defect involved, the isolation and characterization of the protein, the localization and characterization of the gene and its nearby pseudogene, as well as the identification of the first mutant alleles in patients...
November 17, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916525/molecular-basis-of-alarm-pheromone-detection-in-aphids
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Ruibin Zhang, Bing Wang, Gerarda Grossi, Patrizia Falabella, Yang Liu, Shanchun Yan, Jian Lu, Jinghui Xi, Guirong Wang
The sesquiterpene (E)-β-farnesene (EBF) is the alarm pheromone for many species of aphids [1]. When released from aphids attacked by parasitoids or predators, it alerts nearby conspecifics to escape by walking away and dropping off the host plant [2, 3]. The reception of alarm pheromone in aphids is accomplished through a highly sensitive chemosensory system. Although olfaction-related gene families including odorant receptors (ORs) and odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) have recently been identified from aphid genomes [4-6], the cellular and molecular mechanisms of EBF reception are still largely unknown...
November 26, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916136/a-high-throughput-screening-method-of-bisphenols-bisphenols-digycidyl-ethers-and-their-derivatives-in-dairy-products-by-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Yan Cheng, Xue-Mei Nie, Han-Qiu Wu, Yun-He Hong, Bing-Cheng Yang, Tong Liu, Dan Zhao, Jian-Feng Wang, Gui-Hong Yao, Feng Zhang
A simple and universal analytical method based on ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) for high throughput screening of 21 bisphenols, bisphenols digycidyl ethers and their derivatives in dairy products was developed. Response Surface Methodology (RSM) was used to optimize sample preparation conditions based on a quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe (QuEChERS) method. The analytes were extracted by using 15 mL acetonitrile with 1% acetic acid, and the extracts were further purified by using 190 mg of C18 and 390 mg of PSA...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916126/general-screening-and-optimization-strategy-for-fast-chiral-separations-in-modern-supercritical-fluid-chromatography
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Lucie Nováková, Michal Douša
High throughput general chiral screening method using supercritical fluid chromatography was developed. This method takes an advantage of very fast gradient screening (3 min + 1 min isocratic hold) and generic enantioselectivity of the combined additive formed by 0.1% trifluoroacetic (TFA) acid and 0.1% diethylamine (DEA). The TFA/DEA combined additive was systematically added to organic modifiers methanol and isopropanol. Among five tested polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phases, amylose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) and cellulose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) provided the best enantioseparation success rate...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914361/development-of-cxcr4-modulators-by-virtual-hts-of-a-novel-amide-sulfamide-compound-library
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Renren Bai, Qi Shi, Zhongxing Liang, Younghyoun Yoon, Yiran Han, Amber Feng, Shuangping Liu, Yoonhyeun Oum, C Chris Yun, Hyunsuk Shim
CXCR4 plays a crucial role in recruitment of inflammatory cells to inflammation sites at the beginning of the disease process. Modulating CXCR4 functions presents a new avenue for anti-inflammatory strategies. However, using CXCR4 antagonists for a long term usage presents potential serious side effect due to their stem cell mobilizing property. We have been developing partial CXCR4 antagonists without such property. A new computer-aided drug design program, the FRESH workflow, was used for anti-CXCR4 lead compound discovery and optimization, which coupled both compound library building and CXCR4 docking screens in one campaign...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914071/differential-radial-capillary-action-of-ligand-assay-dracala-for-high-throughput-detection-of-protein-metabolite-interactions-in-bacteria
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Mona W Orr, Vincent T Lee
Bacteria rely on numerous nucleotide second messengers for signal transduction such as cyclic AMP, cyclic-di-GMP, and cyclic-di-AMP. Although a number of receptors responsible for known regulated phenotypes have been established, the completeness of protein receptors in any given organism remains elusive. We have developed a method called differential radial capillary action of ligand assay (DRaCALA) that allows for an unbiased, systematic high-throughput screen for the detection of ligand binding proteins encoded by a genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913828/engineering-and-evolution-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-produce-biofuels-and-chemicals
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Timothy L Turner, Heejin Kim, In Iok Kong, Jing-Jing Liu, Guo-Chang Zhang, Yong-Su Jin
To mitigate global climate change caused partly by the use of fossil fuels, the production of fuels and chemicals from renewable biomass has been attempted. The conversion of various sugars from renewable biomass into biofuels by engineered baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is one major direction which has grown dramatically in recent years. As well as shifting away from fossil fuels, the production of commodity chemicals by engineered S. cerevisiae has also increased significantly. The traditional approaches of biochemical and metabolic engineering to develop economic bioconversion processes in laboratory and industrial settings have been accelerated by rapid advancements in the areas of yeast genomics, synthetic biology, and systems biology...
December 3, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913670/screening-for-chemical-modulators-for-lrrk2
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REVIEW
Heather Mortiboys
After the discovery of leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) as a risk factor for sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD) and mutations in LRRK2 as a cause of some forms of familial PD, there has been substantial interest in finding chemical modulators of LRRK2 function. Most of the pathogenic mutations in LRRK2 are within the enzymatic cores of the protein; therefore, many screens have focused on finding chemical modulators of this enzymatic activity. There are alternative screening approaches that could be taken to investigate compounds that modulate LRRK2 cellular functions...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
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