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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441787/codon-usage-optimization-and-construction-of-plasmid-encoding-iranian-human-papillomavirus-type-16-e7-oncogene-for-lactococcus-lactis-subsp-cremoris-mg1363
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Amir Hossein Mohseni, Vadood Razavilar, Hossein Keyvani, Mohammad Reza Razavi, Ramazan Ali Khavari Nejad
HPV 16 intratypic sequence variations has been recognized in association with oncogenic potential diverge and geographic distribution. This study aimed to investigate nucleotide modifications and optimization of HPV 16 E7 regions from Iranian infected women. Cervical biopsies from 79/163 HPV 16 positive cancer patients detected in our study were analyzed by PCR in a couple of cloning of a complete ORF of the E7 gene, and sequencing. The most frequently observed variant was C196T in E7 which led to an amino acid change of R66W...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441662/buffalo-leukemia-inhibitory-factor-induces-differentiation-and-dome-like-secondary-structures-in-cos-1-cells
#2
Gurjeet Kaur, Syed Azmal Ali, Shikha Pachauri, Dhruba Malakar, Jai K Kaushik, Ashok K Mohanty, Sudarshan Kumar
This study aimed to understand the molecular characteristics of buffalo leukemia inhibitory factor (BuLIF) and the generation of a stably transfected COS-1_BuLIF cell line for its functional characterization. Cumulus cells, isolated from oocytes, were separated, and total cDNA was prepared. The BuLIF gene was ligated into the cloning vector pJET1.2/blunt and expression vector pAcGFP-N1 which was transfected into COS-1 cells and confirmed by qRT-PCR and Western blot. BuLIF was immunoprecipitated and evaluated through a MTT assay...
April 26, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441628/potassium-deficiency-affects-the-carbon-nitrogen-balance-in-cotton-leaves
#3
Wei Hu, Taylor D Coomer, Dimitra A Loka, Derrick M Oosterhuis, Zhiguo Zhou
Potassium (K) plays important roles in the metabolism of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), but studies of K deficiency affecting C-N balance are lacking. This study explored the influence of K deficiency on C-N interaction in cotton leaves by conducting a field experiment with cotton cultivar DP0912 under two K rates (K0: 0 kg K2O ha(-1) and K67: 67 kg K2O ha(-1)) and a controlled environment experiment with K-deficient solution (K1: 0 mM K(+)) and K-sufficient solution (K2: 6 mM K(+)). The results showed that leaf K content, leaf number, leaf area, boll number, reproductive dry weight and total dry weight were significant lower under K deficiency (K0 or K1)...
April 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441626/myobolites-muscle-derived-metabolites-with-paracrine-and-systemic-effects
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Ayon Ibrahim, Michael Neinast, Zoltan P Arany
Intracellular metabolism in skeletal muscle has been studied for more than a century and is the stuff of textbooks. In contrast, the extracellular secretion of metabolites by muscle cells, and their effects on non-muscle cells near or far, has been investigated much less extensively. Here, we describe a number of cases in which striated muscle secretes a metabolite that elicits complex responses in other cells or tissues, with involvements in normal physiology as well as obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiac remodeling...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441485/new-insights-into-the-reaction-paths-of-4-carboxybenzophenone-triplet-with-oligopeptides-containing-n-and-c-terminal-methionine-residues
#5
Piotr Filipiak, Krzysztof Bobrowski, Gordon L Hug, Dariusz Pogocki, Christian Schoneich, Bronislaw Marciniak
The oxidation processes of L-Met-(Pro)n-L-Met peptides that contain two Met residues located on the N and C termini and separated by a defined number (n = 0 - 4) of proline residues were investigated in aqueous solutions using laser flash photolysis. The use of such peptides allowed for distance control between the sulfur atoms located in the side chains of the Met residues. Interactions between side chains of the Met residues were probed by the observation of transients with σ*-type 2c-3e (S∴S)(+), (S∴N)(+) and/or (S∴O)(+)-bonds as well as of α-(alkylthio)alkyl radicals (αS)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441480/metabolite-profiling-of-a-zn-accumulating-rice-mutant
#6
Yin Wang, Sha Mei, Zhixue Wang, Zhoulei Jiang, Zhangshicang Zhu, Jingwen Ding, Dianxing Wu, Xiao-Li Shu
Breeding crops with high Zn-density is an effective way to alleviate human dietary Zn deficiencies. We characterized a mutant Lilizhi (LLZ) accumulating at least 35% higher Zn concentration in grain than wild-type in hydroponics experiments. The mutant stored less Zn contents in the roots and transported more Zn to the grain. Metabolite profiling demonstrated that with high Zn treatment, the content of proline, asparagine, citric acid and malic acid were enhanced in both LLZ and the WT, which were thought to be involved in Zn transport in rice...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441450/commensal-bacteria-and-essential-amino-acids-control-food-choice-behavior-and-reproduction
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Ricardo Leitão-Gonçalves, Zita Carvalho-Santos, Ana Patrícia Francisco, Gabriela Tondolo Fioreze, Margarida Anjos, Célia Baltazar, Ana Paula Elias, Pavel M Itskov, Matthew D W Piper, Carlos Ribeiro
Choosing the right nutrients to consume is essential to health and wellbeing across species. However, the factors that influence these decisions are poorly understood. This is particularly true for dietary proteins, which are important determinants of lifespan and reproduction. We show that in Drosophila melanogaster, essential amino acids (eAAs) and the concerted action of the commensal bacteria Acetobacter pomorum and Lactobacilli are critical modulators of food choice. Using a chemically defined diet, we show that the absence of any single eAA from the diet is sufficient to elicit specific appetites for amino acid (AA)-rich food...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441334/peptidyl-transferase-center-and-the-emergence-of-the-translation-system
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Savio Torres de Farias, Thais Gaudêncio Rêgo, Marco V José
In this work, the three-dimensional (3D) structure of the ancestral Peptidyl Transferase Center (PTC) built by concatamers of ancestral sequences of tRNAs was reconstructed, and its possible interactions with tRNAs molecules were analyzed. The 3D structure of the ancestral PTC was also compared with the current PTC of T. thermophilus. Docking experiments between the ancestral PTC and tRNAs suggest that in the origin of the translation system, the PTC functioned as an adhesion center for tRNA molecules. The approximation of tRNAs charged with amino acids to the PTC permitted peptide synthesis without the need of a genetic code...
April 25, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441016/optimization-of-the-synthesis-of-flavone-amino-acid-and-flavone-dipeptide-hybrids-via-buchwald-hartwig-reaction
#9
Dávid Pajtás, Krisztina Kónya, Attila Kiss-Szikszai, Petr Džubák, Zoltán Pethő, Zoltán Varga, György Panyi, Tamás Patonay
The article describes the development of Buchwald-Hartwig amination of different bromoflavones with amino acid and peptide derivatives as nitrogen source giving unique structures. The previously observed racemization, which occurred during the synthesis of flavone-amino acid hybrids, was successfully prevented in most cases. The biological assays of these novel structures showed cytotoxic effects on different cancer cell lines.
April 25, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440962/designed-heme-cage-%C3%AE-sheet-miniproteins
#10
Areetha D'Souza, Xiangyang Wu, Edwin Kok Lee Yeow, Surajit Bhattacharjya
The structure and function of naturally occurring proteins are governed by a large number of amino acids (≥100). The design of miniature proteins with desired structures and functions not only substantiates our knowledge about proteins but can also contribute to the development of novel applications. Excellent progress has been made towards the design of helical proteins with diverse functions. However, the development of functional β-sheet proteins remains challenging. Herein, we describe the construction and characterization of four-stranded β-sheet miniproteins made up of about 19 amino acids that bind heme inside a hydrophobic binding pocket or "heme cage" by bis-histidine coordination in an aqueous environment...
April 25, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440881/overexpression-of-a-type-i-isopentenyl-pyrophosphate-isomerase-of-artemisia-annua-in-the-cytosol-leads-to-high-arteannuin-b-production-and-artemisinin-increase
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Dongming Ma, Gui Li, Fatima Alejos-Gonzalez, Yue Zhu, Zhen Xue, Aimin Wang, Hui Zhang, Xing Li, Hechun Ye, Hong Wang, Benye Liu, De-Yu Xie
We recently characterized a gene-terpene network that is associated with artemisinin biosynthesis in self-pollinated (SP) Artemisia annua, an effective antimalarial plant. We hypothesize that an alteration of gene expression in the network may improve the production of artemisinin and its precursors. In this study, we cloned an isopentenyl pyrophosphate isomerase (IPPI) cDNA, AaIPPI1, from Artemisia annua (Aa). The full-length cDNA encodes a type I IPPI containing a plastid transit peptide (PTP) at its amino terminus...
April 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440871/effects-of-different-salt-treatments-on-the-fermentation-metabolites-and-bacterial-profiles-of-kimchi
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Dong Wook Kim, Bo-Min Kim, Hyeon-Jeong Lee, Gwang-Ju Jang, Seong Hwa Song, Jae-In Lee, Sang Bong Lee, Jae Min Shim, Kang Wook Lee, Jeong Hwan Kim, Kyung-Sik Ham, Feng Chen, Hyun-Jin Kim
The effects of purified salt (PS) and mineral-rich sea salt (MRS), both with different mineral profiles, on kimchi fermentation were studied using a culture-dependent 16S rRNA sequencing technique and mass-based metabolomic analysis. The different mineral profiles in the fermentation medium caused changes in the bacterial profiles of the 2 kimchi products. An increase of Leuconostoc species in MRS-kimchi decreased the Lactobacillus/Leuconostoc ratio, which led to changes in metabolites (including sugars, amino acids, organic acids, lipids, sulfur compounds, and terpenoids) associated with kimchi quality...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440819/amphiphilic-carbon-dots-as-versatile-vectors-for-nucleic-acid-and-drug-delivery
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Hai-Jiao Wang, Xi He, Tian-Ying Luo, Ji Zhang, Yan-Hong Liu, Xiao-Qi Yu
Carbon dot (CD)-based multifunctional delivery systems have shown great potential in both drug/gene delivery and bio-imaging. In this work, we present a strategy to simply construct amphiphilic CDs (ACDs) by conjugating hydrophobic alkyl epoxide to the surface amino groups of PEI 600-derived CDs. ACDs could well dissolve in water or organic solvents and emit bright fluorescence both in solutions and cells. (1)HNMR also suggested that ACDs may form micelle-like structures in water, and their CMC could be determined...
April 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440785/impacts-of-hbv-rth55r-polymerase-substitution-on-viral-replication-and-rtm204i-v-resistance-to-nucleoside-nucleotide-antiviral-drugs
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Kuan-Hui Xiang, Cheng-Yu Zhao, Shuai Wang, Yao Li, Ming-Ze Su, Qiang-Yi Wang, Xi-Zhan Xu, Juan Deng, Hui Zhuang, Tong Li
BACKGROUND: High genetic variability at reverse transcriptase (RT) region of hepatitis B virus (HBV) could confer resistance to nucleos(t)ide analogues (NUCs). The aim of this study was to identify new RT amino acid (AA) substitutions related to NUCs resistance. METHODS: HBV RT sequences of genotype C from 501 chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients were analyzed to identify potential RT substitutions related to NUCs resistance. In vitro studies without and with NUCs were performed in HepG2 cell line transfected by clones with RT harboring wild-type or substituted AA(s) of interest...
April 25, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440708/towards-in-vitro-to-in-vivo-translation-of-monoclonal-antibody-pharmacokinetics-application-of-a-neonatal-fc-receptor-mediated-transcytosis-assay-to-understand-the-interplaying-clearance-mechanisms
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Claudia A Castro Jaramillo, Sara Belli, Anne-Christine Cascais, Sherri Dudal, Martin R Edelmann, Markus Haak, Marie-Elise Brun, Michael B Otteneder, Mohammed Ullah, Christoph Funk, Franz Schuler, Silke Simon
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are a rapidly growing drug class for which great efforts have been made to optimize certain molecular features in order to achieve the desired pharmacokinetic (PK) properties. One approach is to engineer the interactions of the mAb with the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) by introducing specific amino acid sequence mutations, and to assess their effect on the PK profile with in vivo studies. Indeed, FcRn protects mAbs from intracellular degradation, thereby prolongs antibody circulation time in plasma and modulates its systemic clearance...
April 25, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440667/camelus-dromedarius-glucose-transporter-4-in-silico-analysis-cloning-expression-purification-and-characterisation-in-e-coli
#16
Anwar Ahmed, Mohammed Arshad, Ajamaluddin Malik, Shama Parveen, Abdulrahman M Alsenaidy
Camels have exceptional carbohydrate metabolism as their plasma glucose level is high and have low whole body insulin sensitivity, similar to that observed in type 2 diabetes patients. We aimed at studing an important component of insulin signalling pathway, the GLUT4, in camel. Camelus dromedarius GLUT4 (CdGLUT4) CDS is 1530 nucleotide in length that encodes for a 55KDa protein. CdGLUT4 has 23 amino acid substitutions and 3N-glycosylation sites, compared to 2 in Human GLUT4. 3 D structures of CdGLUT4 and HsGLUT4 generated by homology modelling revealed conservation of characteristic signature motifs...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440566/c%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c%C3%A2-helical-folding-in-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-hybrid-peptides-containing-1-aminocyclohexane-acetic-acid-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-ac%C3%A2-c
#17
Naiem Ahmad Wani, Srinivasarao Raghothama, Umesh Prasad Singh, Rajkishor Rai
The present study describes the solid state conformation of αβ hybrid peptides, Boc-Leu-β³,³-Ac₆c-OH, P1; Boc-Leu-β³,³-Ac₆c-Leu-β³,³-Ac₆c-OMe, P2 and Boc-Leu-β³,³-Ac₆c-Leu-β³,³-Ac₆c-Leu-OMe, P3. The dipeptide P1 adopts extended conformations, while tetrapeptide P2 and peptapeptide P3 favor helical conformation stabilized by C₁₁/C₉ intramolecular hydrogen bonds. In peptide P3, amino group of β³,³-Ac₆c(2) and β³,³-Ac₆c(4) residues occupies axial orientation, while in P2, it occupies axial and equatorial orientations for residues β³,³-Ac₆c(2) and β³,³-Ac₆c(4), respectively...
April 25, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440547/development-of-lc-qtof-ms-method-for-human-lung-tissue-fingerprinting-a-preliminary-application-to-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#18
Michal Ciborowski, Joanna Kisluk, Karolina Pietrowska, Paulina Samczuk, Ewa Parfieniuk, Tomasz Kowalczyk, Miroslaw Kozlowski, Adam Kretowski, Jacek Niklinski
The major histologic subtypes of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) include adenocarcinoma (ADC), squamous cell lung carcinoma (SCC), and large-cell carcinoma (LCC). Clinical trials of targeted agents and newer chemotherapy agents yielded differences in outcomes according to histologic subgroups providing a rationale for histology-based treatment in NSCLC. Currently NSCLC subtyping is performed based on histopathological examinations and immunohistochemistry. However available methods leave about 10% of NSCLC cases as not otherwise specified...
April 25, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440406/associations-of-maternal-pla2g4c-and-pla2g4d-polymorphisms-with-the-risk-of-spontaneous-preterm-birth-in-a-chinese-population
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Guang-Jian Liu, Jian-Rong He, Ya-Shu Kuang, Xue-Jiao Fan, Wei-Dong Li, Jin-Hua Lu, Xiao-Yan Xia, Xiao-Dan Liu, Nian-Nian Chen, Wei-Bi Mai, Hui-Min Xia, Xiu Qiu
Preterm birth is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in infants. Its etiology is multifactorial with genes and immune homeostasis. The authors investigated whether prostaglandin (PG) synthesis related single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) PLA2G4C rs1366442 and PLA2G4D rs4924618 were associated with the risk of spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB) in a Chinese population of 114 cases of SPTB and 250 controls of term delivery. The risk associations were determined by odds ratios (ORs) and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) calculated using multivariate logistic regression...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440401/relationship-between-t-cell-receptor-beta-chain-sequences-and-human-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
#20
Zhihua Wu, Huiping Zhang, Min Jin, Hanying Liang, Yaping Huang, Rong Yang, Genyong Gui, Huiqi Wang, Shengnan Gong, Jindong Wang, Jun Fan
In the present study, clonal amplifications of T-cell receptor β variable (TCR BV) linked to human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection were detected in recipients of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT), and certain relationships between them were identified. Furthermore, the relationship between TCR BV sequences and HCMV infections was investigated. The results indicated that the 3 recipients of HSCT had monoclonal expansion of specific TCR BV clones following HSCT. Among these recipients, 2 suffered from pp65 and immediate early (IE) antigenemia...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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