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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432813/targeting-on-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-activity-with-dna-damaging-hybrid-lactam-steroid-alkylators-in-wild-type-and-brca1-mutated-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Dimitrios T Trafalis, Aikaterini Polonifi, Panayiotis Dalezis, Nikolaos Nikoleousakos, Sotirios Katsamakas, Vassiliki Sarli
Conjugated lactam-steroid alkylators (LSA), have been shown to exhibit superior activity at controlling cancer models and overlap drug resistance to conventional chemotherapy. Hybrid LSAs combine two active compounds in a single molecule and incorporate modified steroids bearing lactam moiety in one or more steroid rings functioning as vectors for cytotoxic agents. We first describe a novel class of LSAs that generate excellent anticancer activity against UWB1.289 and UWB1.289+BRCA1 human ovarian cancer cell lines...
April 22, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432790/single-molecule-visualization-of-fast-polymerase-turnover-in-the-bacterial-replisome
#2
Jacob S Lewis, Lisanne M Spenkelink, Slobodan Jergic, Elizabeth A Wood, Enrico Monachino, Nicholas P Horan, Karl E Duderstadt, Michael M Cox, Andrew Robinson, Nicholas E Dixon, Antoine M van Oijen
The Escherichia coli DNA replication machinery has been used as a road map to uncover design rules that enable DNA duplication with high efficiency and fidelity. Although the enzymatic activities of the replicative DNA Pol III are well understood, its dynamics within the replisome are not. Here we test the accepted view that the Pol III holoenzyme remains stably associated within the replisome. We use in vitro single-molecule assays with fluorescently labeled polymerases to demonstrate that the Pol III* complex (holoenzyme lacking the β2 sliding clamp), is rapidly exchanged during processive DNA replication...
April 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432783/gene-structure-and-expression-characteristic-of-a-novel-odorant-receptor-gene-cluster-in-the-parasitoid-wasp-microplitis-mediator-hymenoptera-braconidae
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S-N Wang, S Shan, Y Zheng, Y Peng, Z-Y Lu, Y-Q Yang, R-J Li, Y-J Zhang, Y-Y Guo
Odorant receptors (ORs) expressed in the antennae of parasitoid wasps are responsible for detection of various lipophilic airborne molecules. In the present study, 107 novel OR genes were identified from Microplitis mediator antennal transcriptome data. Phylogenetic analysis of the set of OR genes from M. mediator and Microplitis demolitor revealed that M. mediator OR (MmedOR) genes can be classified into different subfamilies, and the majority of MmedORs in each subfamily shared high sequence identities and clear orthologous relationships to M...
April 22, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432648/rationale-for-new-checkpoint-inhibitor-combinations-in-melanoma-therapy
#4
Mario Mandalà, Carlo Tondini, Barbara Merelli, Daniela Massi
The use of monoclonal antibodies that block immunologic checkpoints, which mediate adaptive immune resistance, has revolutionized the treatment of metastatic melanoma patients. Specifically, targeting single immune suppressive molecules such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), or programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) expressed on T cells or its primary ligand, programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), resulted in pronounced clinical benefit for a subset of melanoma patients. Although single-agent immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy has demonstrated promising clinical activity in metastatic melanoma patients, there is still a significant proportion of patients who show primary resistance to these therapies...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432527/effects-of-agaricus-blazei-murill-polysaccharide-on-cadmium-poisoning-on-the-mda5-signaling-pathway-and-antioxidant-function-of-chicken-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes
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Ai Lv, Ming Ge, Xuequan Hu, Wenjing Liu, Guangxing Li, Ruili Zhang
This experimental study investigated the effect of Agaricus blazei Murill polysaccharide (ABP) on cadmium (Cd) poisoning on the melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 (MDA5) signaling pathway and antioxidant function of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) in chickens. The experiments were divided into four groups: 7-day-old chickens with normal saline (0.2 mL single/day), Cd (140 mg/kg), ABP (30 mg/mL, 0.2 mL single/day), and Cd + ABP(140 mg/kg/day + 0.2 mL ABP). Peripheral blood was collected on the 20th, 40th, and 60th days for each group, and PBLs were separated...
April 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432352/low-cost-low-bias-and-low-input-rna-seq-with-high-experimental-verifiability-based-on-semiconductor-sequencing
#6
Zhibiao Mai, Chuanle Xiao, Jingjie Jin, Gong Zhang
Low-input RNA-seq is powerful to represent the gene expression profiles with limited number of cells, especially when single-cell variations are not the aim. However, pre-amplification-based and molecule index-based library construction methods boost bias or require higher throughput. Here we demonstrate a simple, low-cost, low-bias and low-input RNA-seq with ion torrent semiconductor sequencing (LIEA RNA-seq). We also developed highly accurate and error-tolerant spliced mapping algorithm FANSe2splice to accurately map the single-ended reads to the reference genome with better experimental verifiability than the previous spliced mappers...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432305/systematic-synergy-of-glucose-and-glp-1-to-stimulate-insulin-secretion-revealed-by-quantitative-phosphoproteomics
#7
Jia-Shu Tang, Qing-Run Li, Jia-Ming Li, Jia-Rui Wu, Rong Zeng
GLP-1 synergizes with glucose in regulating pancreatic β-cell function, including facilitating β-cell survival and insulin secretion. Though it has been widely accepted that phosphorylation is extremely important in regulating β-cell functions, our knowledge to the global mechanism is still limited. Here we performed a quantitative phosphoproteomics study to systematically present the synergistic regulation of INS-1E cell phosphoproteome mediated by glucose and GLP-1. We generated the largest pancreatic β-cell phosphoproteome by identifying 25,327 accurately localized phosphorylation sites on 5,389 proteins...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432157/effect-of-interleukin-6-inhibition-on-coronary-microvascular-and-endothelial-function-in-myocardial-infarction
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Espen Holte, Ola Kleveland, Thor Ueland, Gabor Kunszt, Marte Bratlie, Kaspar Broch, Annika E Michelsen, Bjørn Bendz, Brage H Amundsen, Svend Aakhus, Jan Kristian Damås, Lars Gullestad, Pål Aukrust, Rune Wiseth
OBJECTIVE: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a driver of inflammation and associated endothelial cell activation in acute coronary syndromes. We evaluated the effect of the IL-6 receptor antagonist tocilizumab on coronary microvascular function and endothelial dysfunction measured by coronary flow reserve (CFR) and markers of endothelial cell activation in patients with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). METHODS: This substudy was part of a two-centre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the effect of a single dose of tocilizumab in NSTEMI...
April 21, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431970/effects-of-natural-and-synthetic-isothiocyanate-based-h2s-releasers-against-chemotherapy-induced-neuropathic-pain-role-of-kv7-potassium-channels
#9
Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Elena Lucarini, Laura Micheli, Ilaria Mosca, Paolo Ambrosino, Maria Virginia Soldovieri, Alma Martelli, Lara Testai, Maurizio Taglialatela, Vincenzo Calderone, Carla Ghelardini
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a crucial signaling molecule involved in several physiological and pathological processes. Nonetheless, the role of this gasotransmitter in the pathogenesis and treatment of neuropathic pain is controversial. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pain relieving profile of a series of slow releasing H2S donors (the natural allyl-isothiocyanate and the synthetics phenyl- and carboxyphenyl-isothiocyanate) in animal models of neuropathic pain induced by paclitaxel or oxaliplatin, anticancer drugs characterized by a dose-limiting neurotoxicity...
April 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431428/computational-and-in-vitro-experimental-investigation-of-intrathecal-drug-distribution-parametric-study-of-the-effect-of-injection-volume-cerebrospinal-fluid-pulsatility-and-drug-uptake
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Kevin M Tangen, Roxanne Leval, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas A Linninger
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is an attractive option to circumvent the blood-brain barrier for pain management through its increased efficacy of pain relief, reduction in adverse side effects, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there are limited guidelines for physicians to choose infusion or drug pump settings to administer therapeutic doses to specific regions of the spine or the brain. Although empiric trialing of intrathecal drugs is critical to determine the sustained side effects, currently there is no inexpensive in vitro method to guide the selection of spinal drug delivery parameters...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430789/mir-9-3p-augments-apoptosis-induced-by-h2o2-through-down-regulation-of-herpud1-in-glioma
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Ling Yang, Yongping Mu, Hongwei Cui, Yabing Liang, Xiulan Su
MicroRNAs are short, single-stranded non-coding RNA molecules that function as regulators of tumor progression in various cancers, including glioma. The present study sought to investigate the biological functions of miR-9-3p in glioma progression. The results of a microRNA microarray indicated that microRNA-9-3p (miR-9-3p, miR-9*) is down-regulated in high-grade (grades III and IV) gliomas compared with non-tumor tissues. These results were confirmed with real-time PCR. The miR-9-3p expression level was associated with age and tumor grade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430483/infrared-peak-splitting-from-phonon-localization-in-solid-hydrogen
#12
Ioan B Magdău, Graeme J Ackland
We show that the isotope effect leads to a completely different spectroscopic signal in hydrogen-deuterium mixtures, compared to pure elements that have the same crystal structure. This is particularly true for molecular vibrations, which are the main source of information about the structure of high-pressure hydrogen. Mass disorder breaks translational symmetry, meaning that vibrations are localized almost to single molecules, and are not zone-center phonons. In mixtures, each observable infrared (IR) peak corresponds to a collection of many such molecular vibrations, which have a distribution of frequencies depending on local environment...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430479/interfacing-superconducting-qubits-and-single-optical-photons-using-molecules-in-waveguides
#13
Sumanta Das, Vincent E Elfving, Sanli Faez, Anders S Sørensen
We propose an efficient light-matter interface at optical frequencies between a single photon and a superconducting qubit. The desired interface is based on a hybrid architecture composed of an organic molecule embedded inside an optical waveguide and electrically coupled to a superconducting qubit placed near the outside surface of the waveguide. We show that high fidelity, photon-mediated, entanglement between distant superconducting qubits can be achieved with incident pulses at the single photon level. Such a low light level is highly desirable for achieving a coherent optical interface with superconducting qubit, since it minimizes decoherence arising from the absorption of light...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430196/organocatalytic-stereoselective-8-2-and-6-4-cycloadditions
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Rasmus Mose, Gert Preegel, Jesper Larsen, Sofie Jakobsen, Eva Høgh Iversen, Karl Anker Jørgensen
Cycloadditions that involve more than six π electrons are termed higher-order cycloadditions and are an excellent tool for solving complex synthetic challenges, as they provide direct access to polycyclic scaffolds that contain medium-sized rings. They have interesting synthetic potential for the discovery of new bioactive molecules and in natural product synthesis. It is peculiar that stereocontrolled [8+2] and [6+4] cycloadditions have been largely neglected for the past 50 years. Here we demonstrate a cross-dienamine activation of 2-cyclopentenone and the unprecedented endocyclic linear-dienamine activation of 2-cyclohexenones and 2-cycloheptenones...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430192/a-monodisperse-transmembrane-%C3%AE-helical-peptide-barrel
#15
Kozhinjampara R Mahendran, Ai Niitsu, Lingbing Kong, Andrew R Thomson, Richard B Sessions, Derek N Woolfson, Hagan Bayley
The fabrication of monodisperse transmembrane barrels formed from short synthetic peptides has not been demonstrated previously. This is in part because of the complexity of the interactions between peptides and lipids within the hydrophobic environment of a membrane. Here we report the formation of a transmembrane pore through the self-assembly of 35 amino acid α-helical peptides. The design of the peptides is based on the C-terminal D4 domain of the Escherichia coli polysaccharide transporter Wza. By using single-channel current recording, we define discrete assembly intermediates and show that the pore is most probably a helix barrel that contains eight D4 peptides arranged in parallel...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429795/cd200-positive-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-augment-the-sensitivity-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-mutation-positive-lung-adenocarcinomas-to-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors
#16
Masayuki Ishibashi, Shinya Neri, Hiroko Hashimoto, Tomoyuki Miyashita, Tatsuya Yoshida, Yuka Nakamura, Hibiki Udagawa, Keisuke Kirita, Shingo Matsumoto, Shigeki Umemura, Kiyotaka Yoh, Seiji Niho, Masahiro Tsuboi, Kenkichi Masutomi, Koichi Goto, Atsushi Ochiai, Genichiro Ishii
Cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) play important roles in the chemotherapeutic process, especially through influencing the resistance of tumor cells to molecular targeted therapy. Here we report the existence of a special subpopulation of patient-specific-CAFs that augment the sensitivity of EGFR gene mutation-positive lung cancer to the EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI), gefitinib. When cocultured with EGFR mutation positive lung cancer cells, these CAFs increased the apoptic effect of gefitinib on cancer cells, whereas, in the absence of gefitinib, they did not affect cancer cell viability...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428992/dynamic-shear-force-microscopy-of-confined-liquids-at-a-gold-electrode
#17
Günther Krämer, Florian Hausen, Roland Bennewitz
The confinement of liquids in nanometer-scale gaps can lead to changes in their viscous shear properties. For liquids of polar molecules, the charge state of the confining surfaces has a significant influence on the structure in the confined liquid. Here we report on the implementation of dynamic shear force microscopy in an electrochemical cell. Lateral oscillations of the tip of an atomic force microscope were magnetically activated at a frequency of about 50 kHz. The damping of the lateral tip oscillation was recorded as a function of the tip-sample distance and of the electrode potential at the surface of a Au(100) single crystal electrode...
April 21, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428974/perspective-a-toolbox-for-protein-structure-determination-in-physiological-environment-through-oriented-2d-ordered-site-specific-immobilization
#18
M Altissimo, M Kiskinova, R Mincigrucci, L Vaccari, C Guarnaccia, C Masciovecchio
Revealing the structure of complex biological macromolecules, such as proteins, is an essential step for understanding the chemical mechanisms that determine the diversity of their functions. Synchrotron based X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy have made major contributions in determining thousands of protein structures even from micro-sized crystals. They suffer from some limitations that have not been overcome, such as radiation damage, the natural inability to crystallize a number of proteins, and experimental conditions for structure determination that are incompatible with the physiological environment...
July 2017: Structural Dynamics (Melville, N.Y.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428867/adaptative-evolution-of-the-vkorc1-gene-in-mus-musculus-domesticus-is-influenced-by-the-selective-pressure-of-anticoagulant-rodenticides
#19
Joffrey Goulois, Véronique Lambert, Lionel Legros, Etienne Benoit, Virginie Lattard
Anticoagulant rodenticides are commonly used to control rodent pests worldwide. They specifically inhibit the vitamin K epoxide reductase (VKORC1), which is an enzyme encoded by the Vkorc1 gene, involved in the recycling of vitamin K. Therefore, they prevent blood clotting. Numerous mutations of Vkorc1 gene were reported in rodents, and some are involved in the resistant to rodenticides phenotype. Two hundred and sixty-six mice tails were received from 65 different locations in France. Coding sequences of Vkorc1 gene were sequenced in order to detect mutations...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428758/modulation-of-asymmetric-flux-in-heterotypic-gap-junctions-by-pore-shape-particle-size-and-charge
#20
Abhijit Mondal, Frank B Sachse, Alonso P Moreno
Gap junction channels play a vital role in intercellular communication by connecting cytoplasm of adjoined cells through arrays of channel-pores formed at the common membrane junction. Their structure and properties vary depending on the connexin isoform(s) involved in forming the full gap junction channel. Lack of information on the molecular structure of gap junction channels has limited the development of computational tools for single channel studies. Currently, we rely on cumbersome experimental techniques that have limited capabilities...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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