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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102176/synthesis-of-magnetic-cytosine-imprinted-chitosan-nanoparticles
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Mei-Hwa Lee, Arti Ahluwalia, Jian-Zhou Chen, Neng-Lang Shih, Hung-Yin Lin
Molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles incorporating magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been investigated for their selective adsorption properties. Here we describe the synthesis and characterization of magnetic cytosine-imprinted chitosan nanoparticles (CIPs) for gene delivery. In particular, CIPs carrying the mammalian expression plasmid of enhanced green fluorescent protein were prepared by the co-precipitation of MNPs, chitosan and a template nucleobase (cytosine). The results show that the selective reabsorption of cytosine to magnetic CIPs was at least double that of non-imprinted polymers and other nucleobases (such as adenine and thymine)...
January 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101244/celery-extract-inhibits-mouse-cyp2a5-and-human-cyp2a6-activities-via-different-mechanisms
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Xiao Deng, Qianghong Pu, Erhao Wang, Chao Yu
Human cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2A6 participates in the metabolism of nicotine and precarcinogens, thus the deliberate inhibition of CYP2A6 may reduce cigarette consumption and therefore reduce the risk of developing the types of cancer associated with smoking. The inhibitory effects and mechanisms of celery (Apium graveolens) extract on mouse CYP2A5 and human CYP2A6 activity remain unclear. These effects were investigated in mouse and human liver microsomes using coumarin 7-hydroxylation in a probe reaction. Celery extract reduced CYP2A5 and CYP2A6 activities in vitro in a dose-dependent manner...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098833/role-of-electron-driven-proton-transfer-processes-in-the-ultrafast-deactivation-of-photoexcited-anionic-8-oxoguanine-adenine-and-8-oxoguanine-cytosine-base-pairs
#3
Xiuxiu Wu, Tolga N V Karsili, Wolfgang Domcke
It has been reported that 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-guanosine (8-oxo-G), which is the main product of oxidative damage of DNA, can repair cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) lesions when incorporated into DNA or RNA strands in proximity to such lesions. It has therefore been suggested that the 8-oxo-G nucleoside may have been a primordial precursor of present-day flavins in DNA or RNA repair. Because the electron transfer leading to the splitting of a thymine-thymine pair in a CPD lesion occurs in the photoexcited state, a reasonably long excited-state lifetime of 8-oxo-G is required...
January 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098447/the-stories-tryptophans-tell-exploring-protein-dynamics-of-heptosyltransferase-i-from-escherichia-coli
#4
Joy M Cote, Carlos Andres Ramirez-Mondragon, Zarek S Siegel, Daniel Joseph Czyzyk, Jiali Gao, Yuk Yin Sham, Ishita Mukerji, Erika A Taylor
Heptosyltransferase I (HepI) catalyzes the addition of a single L-glycero-β-D-manno-heptose sugar (heptose) onto the membrane incorporated Kdo2-Lipid A as part of the biosynthesis of the core region of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Gram-negative bacteria with gene knockouts of HepI have reduced virulence with enhanced susceptibility to hydrophobic antibiotics, making design of inhibitors against HepI of interest. Previous studies have shown that HepI protein dynamics are partially rate limiting, and therefore disruption of protein dynamics might provide a new strategy for inhibiting HepI...
January 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098304/real-time-monitoring-of-plasmon-induced-dissociative-electron-transfer-to-the-potential-dna-radiosensitizer-8-bromoadenine
#5
R Schürmann, I Bald
The excitation of localized surface plasmons in noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) results in different nanoscale effects such as electric field enhancement, the generation of hot electrons and a temperature increase close to the NP surface. These effects are typically exploited in diverse fields such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), NP catalysis and photothermal therapy (PTT). Halogenated nucleobases are applied as radiosensitizers in conventional radiation cancer therapy due to their high reactivity towards secondary electrons...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096605/molecular-and-epidemiological-updates-on-cystic-echinococcosis-infecting-water-buffaloes-from-egypt
#6
Ibrahim Abbas
AIM: Cystic echinococcosis (CE) represents a serious parasitic disease at both animal and public health levels. The majority of reports negated the CE infection in buffaloes from Egypt; however, one study illustrated their infection with G6 genotype (camel strain). The present work contributed to update the epidemiological and molecular knowledge about CE infecting this economically important animal for better understanding of its role in maintaining the Echinococcus life cycle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 120 slaughtered water buffaloes at Mansoura abattoir, Dakahlia province, Egypt, were inspected for the existence of hydatid cysts...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096195/the-multifunctional-mitochondrial-epac1-controls-myocardial-cell-death
#7
Loubina Fazal, Marion Laudette, Sílvia Paula-Gomes, Sandrine Pons, Caroline Conte, Florence Tortosa, Pierre Sicard, Yannis Sainte-Marie, Malik Bisserier, Olivier Lairez, Alexandre Lucas, Jérôme Roy, Bijan Ghaleh, Jeremy Fauconnier, Jeanne Mialet-Perez, Frank Lezoualc'h
RATIONALE: Although the second messenger cyclic AMP (cAMP) is physiologically beneficial in the heart, it largely contributes to cardiac disease progression when dysregulated. Current evidence suggests that cAMP is produced within mitochondria. However, mitochondrial cAMP signaling and its involvement in cardiac pathophysiology are far from being understood. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of mitochondrial exchange protein directly activated by cAMP 1 (MitEpac1) in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury...
January 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095663/morphology-and-molecular-phylogeny-of-raillietina-spp-cestoda-cyclophyllidea-davaineidae-from-domestic-chickens-in-thailand
#8
Preeyaporn Butboonchoo, Chalobol Wongsawad, Amnat Rojanapaibul, Jong-Yil Chai
Raillietina species are prevalent in domestic chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) in Phayao province, northern Thailand. Their infection may cause disease and death, which affects the public health and economic situation in chicken farms. The identification of Raillietina has been based on morphology and molecular analysis. In this study, morphological observations using light (LM) and scanning electron microscopies (SEM) coupled with molecular analysis of the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) region and the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide dehydrogenase subunit 1 (ND1) gene were employed for precise identification and phylogenetic relationship studies of Raillietina spp...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094777/high-resolution-structural-evidence-suggests-the-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-forms-microdomains-with-acidic-stores-lysosomes-in-the-heart
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Daniel Aston, Rebecca A Capel, Kerrie L Ford, Helen C Christian, Gary R Mirams, Eva A Rog-Zielinska, Peter Kohl, Antony Galione, Rebecca A B Burton, Derek A Terrar
Nicotinic Acid Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NAADP) stimulates calcium release from acidic stores such as lysosomes and is a highly potent calcium-mobilising second messenger. NAADP plays an important role in calcium signalling in the heart under basal conditions and following β-adrenergic stress. Nevertheless, the spatial interaction of acidic stores with other parts of the calcium signalling apparatus in cardiac myocytes is unknown. We present evidence that lysosomes are intimately associated with the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) in ventricular myocytes; a median separation of 20 nm in 2D electron microscopy and 3...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094182/dna-duplex-linker-for-afm-selex-of-dna-aptamer-against-human-serum-albumin
#10
Musashi Takenaka, Yuzo Okumura, Tomokazu Amino, Yusuke Miyachi, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
DNA-duplex interactions in thymines and adenins are used as a linker for the novel methodology of Atomic Force Microscope-Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXpotential enrichment (AFM-SELEX). This study used the hydrogen bonds in 10 mer of both thymines (T10) and adenines (A10). Initially, the interactive force in T10-A10 was measured by AFM, which returned an average interactive force of approximately 350pN. Based on this result, DNA aptamers against human serum albumin could be selected in the 4th round, and 15 different clones could be sequenced...
January 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092835/effects-of-the-central-potassium-ions-on-the-g-quadruplex-and-stabilizer-binding
#11
Zhiguo Wang, Jun-Ping Liu
Human telomeres undertake the structure of intra-molecular parallel G-quadruplex in the presence of K(+) in eukaryotic cell. Stabilization of the telomere G-quadruplex represents a potential strategy to prevent telomere lengthening by telomerase in cancer therapy. Current work demonstrates that the binding of central K(+) with the parallel G-quadruplex is a coordinated water directed step-wise process. The K(+) above the top G-tetrad is prone to leak into environment and the 5'-adenine quickly flips over the top G-tetrad, leading to the bottom gate of G-tetrads as the only viable pathway of K(+) binding...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092678/6-phosphofructo-2-kinase-fructose-2-6-biphosphatase-4-is-essential-for-p53-null-cancer-cells
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S Ros, J Flöter, I Kaymak, C Da Costa, A Houddane, S Dubuis, B Griffiths, R Mitter, S Walz, S Blake, A Behrens, K M Brindle, N Zamboni, M H Rider, A Schulze
The bifunctional enzyme 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase/fructose-2,6-biphosphatase-4 (PFKFB4) controls metabolic flux through allosteric regulation of glycolysis. Here we show that p53 regulates the expression of PFKFB4 and that p53-deficient cancer cells are highly dependent on the function of this enzyme. We found that p53 downregulates PFKFB4 expression by binding to its promoter and mediating transcriptional repression via histone deacetylases. Depletion of PFKFB4 from p53-deficient cancer cells increased levels of the allosteric regulator fructose-2,6-bisphosphate, leading to increased glycolytic activity but decreased routing of metabolites through the oxidative arm of the pentose-phosphate pathway...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092664/expression-of-specific-inflammasome-gene-modules-stratifies-older-individuals-into-two-extreme-clinical-and-immunological-states
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David Furman, Junlei Chang, Lydia Lartigue, Christopher R Bolen, François Haddad, Brice Gaudilliere, Edward A Ganio, Gabriela K Fragiadakis, Matthew H Spitzer, Isabelle Douchet, Sophie Daburon, Jean-François Moreau, Garry P Nolan, Patrick Blanco, Julie Déchanet-Merville, Cornelia L Dekker, Vladimir Jojic, Calvin J Kuo, Mark M Davis, Benjamin Faustin
Low-grade, chronic inflammation has been associated with many diseases of aging, but the mechanisms responsible for producing this inflammation remain unclear. Inflammasomes can drive chronic inflammation in the context of an infectious disease or cellular stress, and they trigger the maturation of interleukin-1β (IL-1β). Here we find that the expression of specific inflammasome gene modules stratifies older individuals into two extremes: those with constitutive expression of IL-1β, nucleotide metabolism dysfunction, elevated oxidative stress, high rates of hypertension and arterial stiffness; and those without constitutive expression of IL-1β, who lack these characteristics...
January 16, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090784/effect-of-resveratrol-and-tetracycline-on-the-subacute-paraquat-toxicity-in-mice
#14
R M Satpute, P P Pawar, S Puttewar, S D Sawale, P D Ambhore
Paraquat (PQ) is a nonselective bipyridyl herbicide widely used in agriculture to control weeds, but its accidental, occupational, or intentional exposure in humans is known to cause pneumo- and neurotoxicity which may proves fatal. Oxidative stress is reported as an underlined mechanism of PQ-induced toxicity in alveolar cells, neurons, and astroglia. PQ generates superoxides both through electron transport reaction (ETC) with nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-dependent oxidoreductase and by the redox cycling via reaction with molecular oxygen...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090457/glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-does-not-increase-the-susceptibility-of-sperm-to-oxidative-stress-induced-by-h2o2
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Shiva Roshankhah, Zahra Rostami-Far, Farhad Shaveisi-Zadeh, Abolfazl Movafagh, Mitra Bakhtiari, Jila Shaveisi-Zadeh
OBJECTIVE: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is the most common human enzyme defect. G6PD plays a key role in the pentose phosphate pathway, which is a major source of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH). NADPH provides the reducing equivalents for oxidation-reduction reductions involved in protecting against the toxicity of reactive oxygen species such as H2O2. We hypothesized that G6PD deficiency may reduce the amount of NADPH in sperms, thereby inhibiting the detoxification of H2O2, which could potentially affect their motility and viability, resulting in an increased susceptibility to infertility...
December 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087410/repair-of-8-oxog-a-mismatches-by-the-mutyh-glycosylase-mechanism-metals-medicine
#16
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Douglas M Banda, Nicole N Nuñez, Michael A Burnside, Katie M Bradshaw, Sheila S David
Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) may infringe on the passing of pristine genetic information by inducing DNA inter- and intra-strand crosslinks, protein-DNA crosslinks, and chemical alterations to the sugar or base moieties of DNA. 8-Oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (8-oxoG) is one of the most prevalent DNA lesions formed by RONS and is repaired through the base excision repair (BER) pathway involving the DNA repair glycosylases OGG1 and MUTYH in eukaryotes. MUTYH removes adenine (A) from 8-oxoG:A mispairs, thus mitigating the potential of G:C to T:A transversion mutations from occurring in the genome...
January 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087358/vascular-calcification-abrogates-the-nicorandil-mediated-cardio-protection-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-of-rat-heart
#17
Sriram Ravindran, Jeyashri Murali, Sunil Kumar Amirthalingam, Senthilkumar Gopalakrishnan, Gino A Kurian
The present study was aimed to determine the efficacy of nicorandil in treating cardiac reperfusion injury with an underlying co-morbidity of vascular calcification (VC). Adenine diet was used to induce VC in Wistar rat and the heart was isolated to induce global ischemia reperfusion (IR) by Langendorff method, with and without the nicorandil (7.5mg/kg) pre-treatment and compared with those fed on normal diet. The adenine-treated rats displayed abnormal ECG changes and altered mitochondrial integrity compared to a normal rat heart...
January 10, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079567/cardiac-calcium-release-channel-ryanodine-receptor-2-regulation-by-halogenated-anesthetics
#18
Derek R Laver, John Attia, Christopher Oldmeadow, Anthony W Quail
BACKGROUND: Halogenated anesthetics activate cardiac ryanodine receptor 2-mediated sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca release, leading to sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca depletion, reduced cardiac function, and providing cell protection against ischemia-reperfusion injury. Anesthetic activation of ryanodine receptor 2 is poorly defined, leaving aspects of the protective mechanism uncertain. METHODS: Ryanodine receptor 2 from the sheep heart was incorporated into artificial lipid bilayers, and their gating properties were measured in response to five halogenated anesthetics...
January 12, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077982/surface-enhanced-hyper-raman-spectra-of-adenine-guanine-cytosine-thymine-and-uracil
#19
Fani Madzharova, Zsuzsanna Heiner, Marina Gühlke, Janina Kneipp
Using picosecond excitation at 1064 nm, surface-enhanced hyper-Raman scattering (SEHRS) spectra of the nucleobases adenine, guanine, cytosine, thymine, and uracil with two different types of silver nanoparticles were obtained. Comparing the SEHRS spectra with SERS data from the identical samples excited at 532 nm and with known infrared spectra, the major bands in the spectra are assigned. Due to the different selection rules for the one- and two-photon excited Raman scattering, we observe strong variation in relative signal strengths of many molecular vibrations obtained in SEHRS and SERS spectra...
July 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077855/the-nox2-derived-reactive-oxygen-species-damaged-endothelial-nitric-oxide-system-via-suppressed-bkca-skca-in-preeclampsia
#20
Jie Chen, Qinqin Gao, Lin Jiang, Xueqin Feng, Xiaolin Zhu, Xiaorong Fan, Caiping Mao, Zhice Xu
The endothelial nitric oxide (NO) system may be damaged in preeclampsia; however, the involved mechanisms are unclear. In this study, we used primary human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) to evaluate the endothelial NO system in preeclampsia and to determine the underlying mechanisms that are involved. We isolated and cultured HUVECs from normal and preeclamptic pregnancies and evaluated endothelial NO synthase enzyme (eNOS) expression and NO production. Whole-cell K(+) currents and oxidative stress were also determined in normal and preeclamptic HUVECs...
January 12, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
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