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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343311/mechanistic-insight-of-platelet-apoptosis-leading-to-non-surgical-bleeding-among-heart-failure-patients-supported-by-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Nandan K Mondal, Tielou Li, Zengsheng Chen, Hegang H Chen, Erik N Sorensen, Si M Pham, Michael A Sobieski, Steven C Koenig, Mark S Slaughter, Bartley P Griffith, Zhongjun J Wu
Non-surgical bleeding (NSB) is the most common clinical complication in heart failure (HF) patients supported by continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs). In this study, oxidative stress and alteration of signal pathways leading to platelet apoptosis were investigated. Thirty-one HF patients supported by CF-LVADs were divided into bleeder (n = 12) and non-bleeder (n = 19) groups. Multiple blood samples were collected at pre-implant (baseline) and weekly up to 1-month post-implant. A single blood sample was collected from healthy subjects (reference)...
March 25, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343125/structural-modeling-of-human-organic-cation-transporters
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Tikam Chand Dakal, Rajender Kumar, Dindial Ramotar
Human organic cation transporters (hOCTs) belong to solute carriers (SLC) 22 family of membrane proteins that play a central role in transportation of chemotherapeutic drugs for several clinical and pathological conditions, including cancer and diabetes. These transporters mediate drug transport; however, the precise mechanism of drug-binding and transport by them is not fully uncovered yet, partly due to unavailability of any crystal structure record. In this work, we performed a multi-phasic approach to compute the 3D structural models of seven human organic cation transporters (hOCTs) starting from primary protein sequence...
March 18, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343074/cratoxy-formosum-leaf-extract-inhibits-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells
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Benjaporn Buranrat, Nootchanat Mairuae, Ampa Konsue
In this study we investigated how Cratoxy formosum (CF) leaf extract affects the viability and migration of human breast cancer cells including the mechanism(s) responsible. Our results showed that CF leaf extract strongly induced MCF-7 cell death in a concentration- and time-dependent manner, with IC50 values of 85.70±4.52μg/mL and 53.74±3.02μg/mL at 24h and 48h, respectively. Additionally, CF leaf extract potentiated the activity of 4 anticancer drugs with the greatest synergy occurring between CF and 5-FU...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342966/time-courses-of-post-injury-mitochondrial-oxidative-damage-and-respiratory-dysfunction-and-neuronal-cytoskeletal-degradation-in-a-rat-model-of-focal-traumatic-brain-injury
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Rachel L Hill, Indrapal N Singh, Juan A Wang, Edward D Hall
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in rapid reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and oxidative damage to essential brain cellular components leading to neuronal dysfunction and cell death. It is increasingly appreciated that a major player in TBI-induced oxidative damage is the reactive nitrogen species (RNS) peroxynitrite (PN) which is produced in large part in injured brain mitochondria. Once formed, PN decomposes into highly reactive free radicals that trigger membrane lipid peroxidation (LP) of polyunsaturated fatty acids (e...
March 23, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342889/heteromeric-complexes-of-aldo-keto-reductase-auxiliary-kv%C3%AE-subunits-akr6a-regulate-sarcolemmal-localization-of-kv1-5-in-coronary-arterial-myocytes
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Matthew A Nystoriak, Deqing Zhang, Ganapathy Jagatheesan, Aruni Bhatnagar
Redox-sensitive potassium channels consisting of the voltage-gated K(+) (KV) channel pore subunit KV1.5 regulate resting membrane potential and thereby contractility of vascular smooth muscle cells. Members of the KV1 family associate with cytosolic auxiliary β subunits, which are members of the aldo-keto reductase (AKR) superfamily (AKR6A subfamily). The Kvβ subunits have been proposed to regulate Kv1 gating via pyridine nucleotide cofactor binding. However, the molecular identity of KVβ subunits that associate with native KV1...
March 22, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342848/ultraviolet-a-induced-oxidation-in-cornea-characterization-of-the-early-oxidation-related-events
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Corinne Zinflou, Patrick J Rochette
Exposure to sunlight ultraviolet-A (UVA), the main component of solar UV reaching the eyes, is suspected to play an important part in the onset of ocular pathologies. UVA primary biological deleterious effects arise from the photo-induction of oxidative stress in cells. However, the molecular bases linking UVA-induced oxidation to UVA toxicity in eyes remain poorly understood, especially with regards to the cornea. To shed some light on this issue, we have investigated the susceptibility and response potential of the different corneal cellular layers (epithelium, stroma and endothelium) to UVA-induced oxidation...
March 22, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342810/expression-and-putative-role-of-mitochondrial-transport-proteins-in-cancer
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Oleksandr Lytovchenko, Edmund R S Kunji
Cancer cells undergo major changes in energy and biosynthetic metabolism. One of them is the Warburg effect, in which pyruvate is used for fermentation rather for oxidative phosphorylation. Another major one is their increased reliance on glutamine, which helps to replenish the pool of Krebs cycle metabolites used for other purposes, such as amino acid or lipid biosynthesis. Mitochondria are central to these alterations, as the biochemical pathways linking these processes run through these organelles. Two membranes, an outer and inner membrane, surround mitochondria, the latter being impermeable to most organic compounds...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342809/identity-and-function-of-a-cardiac-mitochondrial-small-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-channel-splice-variant
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Meiying Yang, Amadou K S Camara, Mohammed Aldakkak, Wai-Meng Kwok, David F Stowe
We provide evidence for location and function of a small conductance, Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SKCa) channel isoform 3 (SK3) in mitochondria (m) of guinea pig, rat and human ventricular myocytes. SKCa agonists protected isolated hearts and mitochondria against ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury; SKCa antagonists worsened IR injury. Intravenous infusion of a SKCa channel agonist/antagonist, respectively, in intact rats was effective in reducing/enhancing regional infarct size induced by coronary artery occlusion...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342732/hydrogen-bond-strength-in-membrane-proteins-probed-by-time-resolved-1-h-detected-solid-state-nmr-and-md-simulations
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João Medeiros-Silva, Shehrazade Jekhmane, Marc Baldus, Markus Weingarth
(1)H-detected solid-state NMR in combination with (1)H/(2)D exchange steps allows for the direct identification of very strong hydrogen bonds in membrane proteins. On the example of the membrane-embedded potassium channel KcsA, we quantify the longevity of such very strong hydrogen bonds by combining time-resolved (1)H-detected solid-state NMR experiments and molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, we show that the carboxyl-side chain of the highly conserved residue Glu51 is involved in ultra-strong hydrogen bonds, which are fully-water-exposed and yet stable for weeks...
March 18, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342712/therapeutic-targets-in-the-selective-killing-of-cancer-cells-by-nanomaterials
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REVIEW
Mohd Javed Akhtar, Maqusood Ahamed, Hisham A Alhadlaq
Cancer is the result of numerous defects in key regulatory proteins and pathways, and targeting them with anticancer agents is associated with severe systemic toxicity. Increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and compensatory antioxidant levels in cancer cells have emerged as broad spectrum targets for therapeutic interventions. The biochemical features of cancer provide multiple but overlapping opportunities that could be efficiently exploited by the optimally engineered particulate characteristics of nanomaterials (NMs)...
March 22, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342710/emerging-role-of-chemoprotective-agents-in-the-dynamic-shaping-of-plasma-membrane-organization
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REVIEW
Natividad R Fuentes, Michael L Salinas, Eunjoo Kim, Robert S Chapkin
In the context of an organism, epithelial cells by nature are designed to be the defining barrier between self and the outside world. This is especially true for the epithelial cells that form the lining of the digestive tract, which absorb nutrients and serve as a barrier against harmful substances. These cells are constantly bathed by a complex mixture of endogenous (bile acids, mucus, microbial metabolites) and exogenous (food, nutrients, drugs) bioactive compounds. From a cell biology perspective, this type of exposure would directly impact the plasma membrane, which consists of a myriad of complex lipids and proteins...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342452/contribution-of-genetic-factors-to-platinum-based-chemotherapy-sensitivity-and-prognosis-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Cristina Pérez-Ramírez, Marisa Cañadas-Garre, Miguel Ángel Molina, Ana I Robles, María José Faus-Dáder, Miguel Ángel Calleja-Hernández
Although platinum-based chemotherapy remains the standard treatment for advanced NSCLC patients, clinical outcomes are poor and most patients develop high-grade toxicities. Genetic factors, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) involved in platinum pharmacodynamics, metabolism and mechanism of action, may account for inter-individual differences shown in effectiveness and toxicity. Polymorphisms in genes involved in DNA repair and others such as PI3K/PTEN/AKT and TGF-β pathways have been demonstrated to be associated with response, survival and toxicity in advanced NSCLC patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy...
January 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342303/cell-adaptation-upon-stress-the-emerging-role-of-membrane-less-compartments
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Catherine Rabouille, Simon Alberti
Cells under stress transition from a growth to a quiescent state. The conventional thinking is that this is achieved through transcriptional programs, translational regulation, protein degradation, and post-translational modifications. However, there is an increasing realization that stress adaptation also goes along with dramatic changes in the architecture and organization of cells. In particular, it seems to involve the formation of membrane-less compartments and macromolecular assemblies. We propose that cells make widespread use of this ability to change macromolecular organization to adapt to stress conditions and protect themselves...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340510/the-diverse-family-of-mmpl-transporters-in-mycobacteria-from-regulation-to-antimicrobial-developments
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REVIEW
Albertus Viljoen, Violaine Dubois, Fabienne Girard-Misguich, Mickael Blaise, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterial genomes contain large sets of loci encoding membrane proteins that belong to a family of multidrug resistance pumps designated Resistance-Nodulation-Cell Division (RND) permeases. Mycobacterial membrane protein Large (MmpL) transporters represent a subclass of RND transporters known to participate in the export of lipid components across the cell envelope. These surface-exposed lipids with unusual structures play key roles in the physiology of mycobacteria and/or can act as virulence factors and immunomodulators...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
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Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340417/interfacial-interactions-between-skeletonema-costatum-extracellular-organic-matter-and-metal-oxides-implications-for-ceramic-membrane-filtration
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Noor Zaouri, Leonardo Gutierrez, Laure Dramas, Daniel Garces, Jean-Philippe Croue
In the current study, the interfacial interactions between the high molecular weight (HMW) compounds of Skeletonema costatum (SKC) extracellular organic matter (EOM) and ZrO2 or Al2O3, were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). HMW SKC-EOM was rigorously characterized and described as a hydrophilic organic compound mainly comprised of polysaccharide-like structures. Lipids and proteins were also observed, although in lower abundance. HMW SKC-EOM displayed attractive forces during approaching (i.e., leading to jump-to-contact events) and adhesion forces during retracting regime to both metal oxides at all solution conditions tested, where electrostatics and hydrogen bonding were suggested as dominant interacting mechanisms...
March 21, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340324/vps36-mediated-plasma-membrane-protein-turnover-is-critical-for-arabidopsis-root-gravitropism
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Ya-Wen Hsu, Guang-Yuh Jauh
The gravitropic response is an evolutionary adaptation for plants to cope with the altered gravitational field. It involves reestablishing the distribution of the phytohormone auxin by differential degradation of auxin influx and efflux carriers. This process includes the endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRT) machinery to recognize ubiquitinated proteins and deliver them to vacuoles for degradation, as evidenced by vps36-1 mutants. Here, we generated RNAi knockdown plants of Vacuolar Protein Sorting 36 (VPS36) that could survive to adulthood...
March 24, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340032/osptr7-osnpf8-1-a-putative-peptide-transporter-in-rice-is-involved-in-dimethylarsenate-accumulation-in-rice-grain
#18
Zhong Tang, Yi Chen, Fei Chen, Yuchen Ji, Fang-Jie Zhao
Rice (Oryza sativa) is a major dietary source of arsenic (As) for the population consuming rice as their staple food. Rice grain contains both inorganic As and methylated As species, especially dimethyarsinate (DMA). DMA is highly mobile in long-distance translocation in plants, but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. In the present study, we showed that OsPTR7 (OsNPF8.1), a putative peptide transporter in rice, was permeable to DMA in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Transient expression of the OsPTR7-green fluorescent protein (GFP) in tobacco protoplasts showed that OsPTR7 was localized in the cell plasma membrane...
March 2, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339924/the-trans-golgi-network-and-the-golgi-stacks-behave-independently-during-regeneration-after-brefeldin-a-treatment-in-tobacco-by-2-cells
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Yoko Ito, Kiminori Toyooka, Masaru Fujimoto, Takashi Ueda, Tomohiro Uemura, Akihiko Nakano
The trans-Golgi network (TGN) plays an essential role in intracellular membrane trafficking. In plant cells, recent live-cell imaging studies have revealed the dynamic behavior of the TGN independent from the Golgi apparatus. In order to better understand the relationships between the two organelles, we examined their dynamic responses to the reagent brefeldin A (BFA) and their recovery after BFA removal. Golgi markers responded to BFA similarly over a range of concentrations, whereas the behavior of the TGN was BFA concentration dependent...
February 21, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339051/protective-effects-of-tacrolimus-on-podocytes-in-early-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rats
#20
Tao Peng, Xiangdi Chang, Jie Wang, Junhui Zhen, Xiangdong Yang, Zhao Hu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of tacrolimus on early podocyte damage in rats with diabetic nephropathy (DN). A total of 38 normal male Sprague‑Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups: Normal control group (group N; n=8), DN group (n=10), tacrolimus (FK506) treatment group (group F; n=10), benazepril (Lotensin) treatment group (group L; n=10). The rats in groups DN, F and L were administered with streptozotocin (STZ; 60 mg/kg) by intraperitoneal injection to establish the diabetic rat model...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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