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Huimin Na, Olga Ponomarova, Gabrielle E Giese, Albertha J M Walhout
Vitamin B12 functions as a cofactor for methionine synthase to produce the anabolic methyl donor S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) and for methylmalonyl-CoA mutase to catabolize the short-chain fatty acid propionate. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, maternally supplied vitamin B12 is required for the development of offspring. However, the mechanism for exporting vitamin B12 from the mother to the offspring is not yet known. Here, we use RNAi of more than 200 transporters with a vitamin B12-sensor transgene to identify the ABC transporter MRP-5 as a candidate vitamin B12 exporter...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Li Liu, Mingxing Miao, Yang Chen, Zhongjian Wang, Binbin Sun, Xiaodong Liu
This study investigated alterations in the function and expression of P-glycoprotein (P-GP), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP), and multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2) at the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of acute liver failure (ALF) mice and its clinical significance. ALF mice were developed using intraperitoneal injection of thioacetamide. P-GP, BCRP, and MRP2 functions were determined by measuring the ratios of brain-to-plasma concentration of rhodamine 123, prazosin, and dinitrophenyl- S -glutathione, respectively...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Richard F Gillum
For over four decades the National Medical Association (NMA) and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) have sought to bring to national attention the disparate burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among African Americans. However, systematic inquiry has been inadequate into the burden of CVD in the poor countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the African diaspora in the Americas outside the USA. However, recently, the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) has offered new tools for such inquiry. Several initial efforts in that direction using 2010 data have been published...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Keunsub Lee, Kan Wang
During the last decade, small noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) have emerged as essential post-transcriptional regulators in bacteria. Nearly all important physiological and stress responses are modulated by ncRNA regulators, such as riboswitches, trans-acting small RNAs (sRNAs), and cis-antisense RNAs. Recently, three RNA-seq studies identified a total of 1534 candidate ncRNAs from Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a pathogen and biotechnology tool for plants. Only a few ncRNAs have been functionally characterized in A. tumefaciens, and some of them appear to be involved in virulence...
March 20, 2018: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Kuldeep K Bansal, Jitendra Gupta, Ari Rosling, Jessica M Rosenholm
Polymers from natural resources are attracting much attention in various fields including drug delivery as green alternatives to fossil fuel based polymers. In this quest, novel block copolymers based on renewable poly(δ-decalactone) (PDL) were evaluated for their drug delivery capabilities and compared with a fossil fuel based polymer i.e. methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-b-PCL). Using curcumin as a hydrophobic drug model, micelles of PDL block copolymers with different orientation i...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Philip M Gerwin, Rada M Norinsky, Ravi J Tolwani
Laboratory animal programs and core laboratories often set service rates based on cost estimates. However, actual costs may be unknown, and service rates may not reflect the actual cost of services. Accurately evaluating the actual costs of services can be challenging and time-consuming. We used a time-driven activity-based costing (ABC) model to determine the cost of services provided by a resource laboratory at our institution. The time-driven approach is a more efficient approach to calculating costs than using a traditional ABC model...
March 1, 2018: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
Lie Yao, Jichun Gu, Yishen Mao, Xinju Zhang, Xiaoyi Wang, Chen Jin, Deliang Fu, Ji Li
The main focus of the present study was to evaluate whether ABC transporter family promoter methylation predicted multidrug resistance in gemcitabine-resistant cancer cell lines (BxPC-3/Gem and PANC-1/Gem). Using low concentrations of gemcitabine, the cell lines acquired drug resistance with different initial gemcitabine concentrations. A novel technology, methylation-sensitive high-resolution melting, was used to monitor the dynamic changes of ABC transporter family promoter methylation, including ATP binding cassette subfamily B member 1 (ABCB1), ATP binding cassette subfamily C (ABCC) and ATP binding cassette subfamily G member 2 (ABCG2) mRNA expression...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Angeliki Marietou, Hans Røy, Bo B Jørgensen, Kasper U Kjeldsen
The first step in the sulfate reduction pathway is the transport of sulfate across the cell membrane. This uptake has a major effect on sulfate reduction rates. Much of the information available on sulfate transport was obtained by studies on assimilatory sulfate reduction, where sulfate transporters were identified among several types of protein families. Despite our growing knowledge on the physiology of dissimilatory sulfate-reducing microorganisms (SRM) there are no studies identifying the proteins involved in sulfate uptake in members of this ecologically important group of anaerobes...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Yan Chen, Yao Cheng, Pengxuan Zhao, Shasha Zhang, Minsi Li, Chuanchuan He, Xiaojuan Zhang, Tan Yang, Ruicong Yan, Peng Ye, Xiang Ma, Guangya Xiang
Multidrug resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs is a major obstacle to breast cancer treatment. In this study, doxorubicin (DOX) and imatinib (IM) were co-loaded into folate receptor targeted (FR-targeted) pH-sensitive liposomes (denoted as FPL-DOX/IM) to fulfill intracellular acid-sensitive release and reverse drug resistance. FPL-DOX/IM could maintain stability in blood circulation with approximate diameters of 100 nm and rapidly release encapsulated drugs in tumor acidic microenvironment. Moreover, the IM in combination therapy could overcome chemoresistance associated with DOX effectively by inhibiting ABC transporter function and improving chemotherapy sensitivity...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Elan D Louis, James H Meyers, Ashley D Cristal, Ruby Hickman, Pam Factor-Litvak
BACKGROUND: Endophenotypes are measurable clinical characteristics that may be present in individuals with increased risk for disease (e.g., unaffected family members). Endophenotypes are useful; they may clarify diagnosis in genetic studies and foster the development of animal models. In recent years, problems with balance and mild gait ataxia have been associated with essential tremor (ET). We compared gait and balance of first-degree relatives of ET cases (FD-ET) to that of age-matched controls (Co)...
March 13, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Kieron Dunleavy, Tabea Erdmann, Georg Lenz
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a heterogeneous diagnostic category with different molecular subtypes defined by distinct gene expression patterns and divergent mechanisms of oncogenic activation. Several studies have suggested an inferior survival for patients of the activated B-cell-like (ABC) versus the germinal center B-cell-like (GCB) DLBCL subtype which has led to increasing interest in investigating pharmacological inhibition of signaling pathways which contribute to lymphomagenesis and that are specifically utilized by ABC DLBCL cells...
February 1, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Penelope Hannant
A number of studies have evidenced marked difficulties in language in autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Studies have also shown that language and word knowledge are associated with the same area of brain that is also responsible for visual perception in typically developing (TD) individuals. However, in ASC, research suggests word meaning is mapped differently, on to situational sensorimotor components within the brain. Furthermore, motor coordination is associated with communication skills. The current study explores whether motor coordination and visual perception are impaired in children with ASC, and whether difficulties in coordination and visual perception correlate with receptive language levels...
March 14, 2018: Human Movement Science
Antonin Dréan, Shai Rosenberg, François-Xavier Lejeune, Larissa Goli, Aravindan Arun Nadaradjane, Jérémy Guehennec, Charlotte Schmitt, Maïté Verreault, Franck Bielle, Karima Mokhtari, Marc Sanson, Alexandre Carpentier, Jean-Yves Delattre, Ahmed Idbaih
The names of authors Marc Sanson and Jean-Yves Delattre were incorrectly presented in the initial online publication. The original article has been corrected.
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Hendrik Göddeke, M Hadi Timachi, Cedric A Hutter, Laura Galazzo, Markus A Seeger, Mikko Karttunen, Enrica Bordignon, Lars V Schäfer
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters are ATP-driven molecular machines, in which ATP binding and hydrolysis in the nucleotide-binding domains (NBDs) is chemo-mechanically coupled to large-scale, alternating access conformational changes in the transmembrane domains (TMDs), ultimately leading to the translocation of substrates across biological membranes. The precise nature of the structural dynamics behind the large-scale conformational transition as well as the coupling of NBD and TMD motions is still unresolved...
March 16, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Michael K Krapf, Jennifer Gallus, Sahel Vahdati, Michael Wiese
Multidrug resistance occurring during cancer chemotherapy is a major obstacle for effectiveness and response to therapy and is often caused by ATP-binding cassette (ABC) efflux transporters. Belonging to the family of ABC transporters, breast cancer resistance protein is getting more and more in the spotlight of research. As a strategy to overcome multidrug resistance, inhibitors of ABC transporters were synthesized, which could be applied in combination with cytostatic drugs. For this purpose, 2,4-disubstituted pyridopyrimidine derivatives were synthesized...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Nicola Oberbeckmann-Winter
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March 15, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
María Paula Ceballos, Giulia Decándido, Ariel Darío Quiroga, Carla Gabriela Comanzo, Verónica Inés Livore, Florencia Lorenzetti, Flavia Lambertucci, Lorena Chazarreta-Cifre, Claudia Banchio, María de Luján Alvarez, Aldo Domingo Mottino, María Cristina Carrillo
Sirtuins (SIRTs) 1 and 2 deacetylases are overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and are associated with tumoral progression and multidrug resistance (MDR). In this study we analyzed whether SIRTs 1 and 2 activities blockage was able to affect cellular survival and migration and to modulate p53 and FoxO1 acetylation in HepG2 and Huh7 cells. Moreover, we analyzed ABC transporters P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and multidrug resistance-associated protein 3 (MRP3) expression. We used cambinol and EX-527 as SIRTs inhibitors...
March 12, 2018: Toxicology Letters
John K Fallon, Nicole Houvig, Catherine L Booth-Genthe, Philip C Smith
Information is needed on the expression of transporters in lung to inform drug development and therapeutic decisions. Much of the information currently available is from semiquantitative gene expression or immunometric densitometry studies reported in the literature. NanoLC-MS/MS (MRM mode) isotope dilution targeted quantitative proteomics was used here to quantify twelve selected transporters in fresh human lung membrane fraction samples and in the membrane fraction of selected immortalized human lung epithelial cell line samples...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
David Vrana, Viktor Hlavac, Veronika Brynychova, Radka Vaclavikova, Cestmir Neoral, Jiri Vrba, Rene Aujesky, Marcel Matzenauer, Bohuslav Melichar, Pavel Soucek
The prognosis of esophageal cancer (EC) is poor, despite considerable effort of both experimental scientists and clinicians. The tri-modality treatment consisting of neoadjuvant chemoradiation followed by surgery has remained the gold standard over decades, unfortunately, without significant progress in recent years. Suitable prognostic factors indicating which patients will benefit from this tri-modality treatment are missing. Some patients rapidly progress on the neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy, which is thus useless and sometimes even harmful...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yoav Kessler
Removal has been suggested to play a key role in controlling the contents of working memory. The present study examined the aftereffects of removal in a working memory updating task. Participants performed the reference-back paradigm, a version of the n-back task that is composed of two trial types: reference trials that required working memory updating and comparison trials that did not require updating. N-2 repetition effects-the difference in performance between trials that presented the same stimulus as the one presented two trials before (ABA sequences) and trials in which the stimulus differed from the two previous stimuli (ABC sequences)-were examined...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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