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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103392/a-peroxygenase-from-chaetomium-globosum-catalyzes-the-selective-oxygenation-of-testosterone
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Jan Kiebist, Kai-Uwe Schmidtke, Jörg Zimmermann, Harald Kellner, Nico Jehmlich, René Ullrich, Daniel Zänder, Martin Hofrichter, Katrin Scheibner
Unspecific peroxygenases (UPO, EC 1.11.2.1) secreted by fungi open an efficient way to selectively oxyfunctionalize diverse organic substrates including less activated hydrocarbons by transferring peroxide-borne oxygen. Herein, we investigated a cell-free approach to incorporate epoxy and hydroxyl functionalities directly into the bulky molecule of testosterone by a novel unspecific peroxygenase that was produced by the ascomycetous fungus Chaetomium globosum in a complex medium rich in carbon and nitrogen...
January 19, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102732/exacerbating-effects-of-pm2-5-in-ova-sensitized-and-challenged-mice-and-the-expression-of-trpa1-and-trpv1-protein-in-lung
#2
Hong Liu, Xinsheng Fan, Naiqian Wang, Yuyan Zhang, Jinghua Yu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of PM2.5 on asthma-related phenotypes and on the expression of TRPA1, V1 protein in lung in a mouse model of asthma. METHODS: Female Balb/c mice were utilized to establish 28 and 42 day asthma models. Mice were sensitized with OVA and challenged with OVA, OVA plus normal saline (NS), or OVA plus PM2.5 at two doses, 1.6 mg·kg(-1) or 8.0 mg·kg(-1). PM2.5 was administrated by intratracheal instillationwithout anesthesia. 24 hours after the final OVA challenge changes in airway resistance (RI) and lung compliance (Cdyn) in response to acetylcholine chloride (ACH) were evaluated, and blood, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and lung tissue samples were taken...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102207/drosophila-fit-is-a-protein-specific-satiety-hormone-essential-for-feeding-control
#3
Jinghan Sun, Chang Liu, Xiaobing Bai, Xiaoting Li, Jingyun Li, Zhiping Zhang, Yunpeng Zhang, Jing Guo, Yan Li
Protein homeostasis is critical for health and lifespan of animals. However, the mechanisms for controlling protein feeding remain poorly understood. Here we report that in Drosophila, protein intake-induced feeding inhibition (PIFI) is specific to protein-containing food, and this effect is mediated by a fat body (FB) peptide named female-specific independent of transformer (FIT). Upon consumption of protein food, FIT expression is greatly elevated. Secreted FIT peptide in the fly haemolymph conveys this metabolic message to the brain, thereby promoting the release of Drosophila insulin-like peptide 2 (DILP2) and suppressing further protein intake...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102119/glutathione-and-glutathione-transferase-omega-1-as-key-posttranslational-regulators-in-macrophages
#4
Mark M Hughes, Anne F McGettrick, Luke A J O'Neill
Macrophage activation during phagocytosis or by pattern recognition receptors, such as Toll-like receptor 4, leads to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS act as a microbicidal defense mechanism, promoting clearance of infection, allowing for resolution of inflammation. Overproduction of ROS, however, overwhelms our cellular antioxidant defense system, promoting oxidation of protein machinery, leading to macrophage dysregulation and pathophysiology of chronic inflammatory conditions, such as atherosclerosis...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102080/n-oleoylglycine-induced-hyperphagia-was-associated-with-the-activation-of-agrp-neuron-by-cb1r
#5
Junguo Wu, Canjun Zhu, Liusong Yang, Zhonggang Wang, Lina Wang, Songbo Wang, Ping Gao, Yongliang Zhang, Qingyan Jiang, Gang Shu, Xiaotong Zhu
N-acyl amino acids (NAAAs) are conjugate products of fatty acids and amino acids, which are available in animal-derived food. We compared the effects of N-arachidonoyl glycine (NAGly), N-arachidonoyl serine (NASer), and N-Oleoylglycine (OLGly) on in vivo food intake and in vitro [Ca2+]i of AgRP neurons to identify the role of these compounds in energy homeostasis. The hypothalamic neuropeptide expression and anxiety behavior in response to OLGly were also tested. To further identify the underlying mechanism of OLGly on food intake, we first detected the expression level of potential OLGly receptors...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101967/host-related-factors-explaining-interindividual-variability-of-carotenoid-bioavailability-and-tissue-concentrations-in-humans
#6
Torsten Bohn, Charles Desmarchelier, Lars O Dragsted, Charlotte S Nielsen, Wilhelm Stahl, Ralph Rühl, Jaap Keijer, Patrick Borel
Carotenoid dietary intake and their endogenous levels have been associated with a decreased risk of several chronic diseases. There are indications that carotenoid bioavailability depends, in addition to the food matrix, on host factors. These include diseases (e.g. colitis), life-style habits (e.g. smoking), gender and age, as well as genetic variations including single nucleotide polymorphisms that govern carotenoid metabolism. These are expected to explain interindividual differences that contribute to carotenoid uptake, distribution, metabolism and excretion, and therefore possibly also their association with disease risk...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101570/inhibition-of-tlr4-protects-rat-islets-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-dysfunction
#7
Xiao Wang, Qin Min Ge, Fan Bian, Yan Dong, Chun Mei Huang
Oxidative stress leads to dysfunction in pancreatic cells, causing a reduction in insulin secretion following exposure to glucose. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) may be activated by exposure to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stress. TLR4 may mediate the initiation of inflammatory and immune defense responses; however, the importance of the LPS/TLR4 interaction in apoptosis induced by oxidative stress in pancreatic β cells remains to be elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the importance of TLR4 during LPS‑induced oxidative stress, apoptosis and dysfunction of insulin secretion in isolated islets of rats...
February 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101214/parp-1-may-be-involved-in-angiogenesis-in-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
#8
Wei Wei, Yan Li, Shuqing Lv, Cancan Zhang, Yongjie Tian
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1) is involved in DNA repair and has been implicated in chemoresistance. The present study investigated whether PARP-1 promotes angiogenesis in ovarian cancer. PARP-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) expression and CD34(+) microvascular density (MVD) were assessed using immunohistochemistry in 60 human epithelial ovarian cancer specimens. PARP-1 was stably knocked-down in SKOV3 cells using a specific small interfering RNA (siRNA); angiogenic capacity was assessed using the human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) tubule formation assay; and PARP-1 and VEGF-A expression were examined by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, western blotting and ELISA...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101192/c-peptide-exhibits-a-late-induction-effect-on-matrix-metallopeptidase-9-in-high-glucose-stimulated-rat-mesangial-cells
#9
Junxia Wang, Yanning Li, Mingzhi Xu, Dandan Li, Yu Wang, Jinsheng Qi, Kunyu He
Insufficient matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and MMP-2 is considered to be a contributor of extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation in diabetic nephropathy (DN). C-peptide can reverse fibrosis, thus exerting a beneficial effect on DN. Whether C-peptide induces MMP-9 and MMP-2 to reverse ECM accumulation is not clear. In the present study, in order to determine ECM metabolism, rat mesangial cells were treated with high glucose (HG) and C-peptide intervention, then the early and late effects of C-peptide on HG-affected MMP-9 and MMP-2 were evaluated...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100910/a-novel-sequence-variant-in-sfrp4-causing-pyle-disease
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Chelna Galada, Hitesh Shah, Anju Shukla, Katta M Girisha
Pyle disease (PYL) is an extremely rare disorder of irregular development of long bone. Recently, homozygous mutations in secreted frizzled-related protein 4 gene (SFRP4) gene were found to underlie this condition. Sequencing of coding regions of SFRP4 gene from an 11-year-old female with PYL was performed. A novel homozygous nonsense variant, c.183C>G (p.Y61*) was observed. Segregation analysis in the patient revealed a germline mutation, resulting in reduced protein formation. This is the second report from a fourth affected family with a SFRP4 mutation causing PYL disease...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100837/erad-icating-mutant-insulin-promotes-functional-insulin-secretion
#11
Daniel J Moore
Overexpression of a chaperone protein liberates functional insulin from a misfolded mutant partner to improve insulin secretion.
January 18, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100639/munc13-4-functions-as-a-ca2-sensor-for-homotypic-secretory-granule-fusion-to-generate-endosomal-exocytic-vacuoles
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Sang Su Woo, Declan J James, Thomas F J Martin
Munc13-4 is a Ca(2+)-dependent SNARE- and phospholipid-binding protein that localizes to and primes secretory granules (SGs) for Ca(2+)-evoked secretion in various secretory cells. Studies in mast cell-like RBL-2H3 cells provides direct evidence that Munc13-4 with its two Ca(2+)-binding C2 domains functions as a Ca(2+) sensor for SG exocytosis. Unexpectedly, Ca(2+) stimulation also generated large (>2.4 μm diameter) Munc13-4(+)/Rab7(+)/Rab11(+) endosomal vacuoles. Vacuole generation involved the homotypic fusion of Munc13-4(+)/Rab7(+) SGs followed by a merge with Rab11(+) endosomes, and depended on Ca(2+) binding to Munc13-4...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100451/an-aphid-effector-targets-trafficking-protein-vps52-in-a-host-specific-manner-to-promote-virulence
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Patricia Rodriguez, Carmen Escudero-Martinez, Jorunn Bos
Plant- and animal-feeding insects secrete saliva inside their hosts, containing effectors, which may promote nutrient release and suppress immunity. Although for plant pathogenic microbes it is well established that effectors target host proteins to modulate host cell processes and promote disease, the host cell targets of herbivorous insects remain elusive. Here, we show that the existing plant pathogenic microbe effector paradigm can be extended to herbivorous insects in that effector-target interactions inside host cells modify critical host processes to promote plant susceptibility...
January 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100332/-expression-and-significance-of-mtor-4ebp1-hif-1%C3%AE-vegf-signaling-pathway-in-lung-tissues-of-asthmatic-mice
#14
Li Wang, Yan-Li Zhang, Xiu-Fang Wang, Zhe Song, Wei Wang
OBJECTIVE: To study the expression and significance of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)/eukaryote initiating factor 4E binding protein 1(4EBP1)/hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α)/vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway in asthmatic mice. METHODS: Forty SPF level 6-8 week-old female Balb/C mice were randomly divided into control, asthma, budesonide and mTOR inhibitor (rapamycin) intervention groups (n=10 each). The asthmatic mouse model was prepared via OVA induction and challenge test...
January 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100297/transcriptional-analysis-of-mating-and-pre-infection-stages-of-the-anther-smut-microbotryum-lychnidis-dioicae
#15
Su San Toh, Zehua Chen, David J Schultz, Christina A Cuomo, Michael H Perlin
Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae is an obligate biotrophic parasite of the wildflower species, Silene latifolia. This dikaryotic fungus, commonly known as an anther smut, requires that haploid, yeast-like sporidia of opposite mating types fuse and differentiate into dikaryotic hyphae that penetrate host tissue as part of the fungal lifecycle. Mating occurs under conditions of cool temperatures and limited nutrients. Further development requires host cues or chemical mimics, including a variety of lipids, e.g...
January 17, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100236/human-%C3%AE-defensin-2-production-from-s-cerevisiae-using-the-repressible-met17-promoter
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Thea S B Møller, Joanna Hay, Malcolm J Saxton, Karen Bunting, Evamaria I Petersen, Søren Kjærulff, Christopher J A Finnis
BACKGROUND: Baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a proven host for the commercial production of recombinant biopharmaceutical proteins. For the manufacture of heterologous proteins with activities deleterious to the host it can be desirable to minimise production during the growth phase and induce production late in the exponential phase. Protein expression by regulated promoter systems offers the possibility of improving productivity in this way by separating the recombinant protein production phase from the yeast growth phase...
January 18, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100217/variation-in-branchial-expression-among-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-proteins-igfbps-during-atlantic-salmon-smoltification-and-seawater-exposure
#17
Jason P Breves, Chelsea K Fujimoto, Silas K Phipps-Costin, Ingibjörg E Einarsdottir, Björn Thrandur Björnsson, Stephen D McCormick
BACKGROUND: In preparation for migration from freshwater to marine habitats, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) undergo smoltification, a transformation that includes the acquisition of hyposmoregulatory capacity. The growth hormone (Gh)/insulin-like growth-factor (Igf) axis promotes the development of branchial ionoregulatory functions that underlie ion secretion. Igfs interact with a suite of Igf binding proteins (Igfbps) that modulate hormone activity. In Atlantic salmon smolts, igfbp4,-5a,-5b1,-5b2,-6b1 and-6b2 transcripts are highly expressed in gill...
January 18, 2017: BMC Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099942/bigh3-silencing-increases-retinoblastoma-tumor-growth-in-the-murine-sv40-tag-rb-model
#18
Nathalie Allaman-Pillet, Anne Oberson, Daniel F Schorderet
BIGH3, a secreted protein of the extracellular matrix interacts with collagen and integrins on the cell surface. BIGH3 can have opposing functions in cancer, acting either as tumor suppressor or promoter by enhancing tumor progression and angiogenesis. In the eye, BIGH3 is expressed in the cornea and the retinal pigment epithelium and could impact on the development of retinoblastoma, the most common paediatric intraocular neoplasm. Retinoblastoma initiation requires the inactivation of both alleles of the RB1 tumor suppressor gene in the developing retina and tumor progression involves additional genomic changes...
January 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099939/type-5-phosphodiesterase-regulates-glioblastoma-multiforme-aggressiveness-and-clinical-outcome
#19
Valeriana Cesarini, Maurizio Martini, Lucia Ricci Vitiani, Giovanni Luca Gravina, Silvia Di Agostino, Grazia Graziani, Quintino Giorgio D'Alessandris, Roberto Pallini, Luigi M Larocca, Pellegrino Rossi, Emmanuele A Jannini, Susanna Dolci
Expression of type 5 phosphodiesterase (PDE5), a cGMP-specific hydrolytic enzyme, is frequently altered in human cancer, but its specific role in tumorigenesis remains controversial. Herein, by analyzing a cohort of 69 patients affected by glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) who underwent chemo- and radiotherapy after surgical resection of the tumor, we found that PDE5 was strongly expressed in cancer cells in about 50% of the patients. Retrospective analysis indicated that high PDE5 expression in GBM cells significantly correlated with longer overall survival of patients...
January 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099884/characterization-of-human-and-staphylococcus-aureus-proteins-in-respiratory-mucosa-by-in-vivo-and-immunoproteomics
#20
Frank Schmidt, Tanja Meyer, Nandakumar Sundaramoorthy, Stephan Michalik, Kristin Surmann, Maren Depke, Vishnu Dhople, Manuela Gesell Salazar, Gabriele Holtappels, Nan Zhang, Barbara M Bröker, Claus Bachert, Uwe Völker
: Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive opportunistic bacterium which can be found as a commensal in the nares of about 50% of the human population. Besides asymptomatic carriage, S. aureus has also been found to colonize nasal polyps, a subform of chronic rhinosinusitis, in 60 to 100% of cases, and even reside intracellularly in nasal polyp tissue. The aim of this study was to shed light on the behavior of S. aureus in the human airways by analyzing S. aureus-specific proteins in nasal polyp tissue from patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and to characterize the immunogenic potential of the identified (mainly secreted) proteins...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
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