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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937663/a-metallo-dna-nanowire-with-uninterrupted-one-dimensional-silver-array
#1
Jiro Kondo, Yoshinari Tada, Takenori Dairaku, Yoshikazu Hattori, Hisao Saneyoshi, Akira Ono, Yoshiyuki Tanaka
The double-helix structure of DNA, in which complementary strands reversibly hybridize to each other, not only explains how genetic information is stored and replicated, but also has proved very attractive for the development of nanomaterials. The discovery of metal-mediated base pairs has prompted the generation of short metal-DNA hybrid duplexes by a bottom-up approach. Here we describe a metallo-DNA nanowire-whose structure was solved by high-resolution X-ray crystallography-that consists of dodecamer duplexes held together by four different metal-mediated base pairs (the previously observed C-Ag-C, as well as G-Ag-G, G-Ag-C and T-Ag-T) and linked to each other through G overhangs involved in interduplex G-Ag-G...
October 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937043/inhibition-of-cd38-cyclic-adp-ribose-pathway-protects-rats-against-ropivacaine-induced-convulsion
#2
Yu Zou, Xin He, Qian-Yi Peng, Qu-Lian Guo
BACKGROUND: The CD38/cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR) pathway plays a role in various central nervous system diseases and in morphine tolerance, but its role in local anesthetic intoxication is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the role of the CD38/cADPR pathway in ropivacaine-induced convulsion. METHODS: Forty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups (n = 8 per group): sham group, ropivacaine group, ropivacaine+8-Br-cADPR (5 nmol) group, ropivacaine+8-Br-cADPR (10 nmol) group, and ropivacaine+8-Br-cADPR (20 nmol) group (no rats died)...
October 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936874/copper-nitrogen-doped-graphene-hybrid-as-an-electrochemical-sensing-platform-for-distinguishing-dna-bases
#3
Shu-Wen Sun, Hai-Ling Liu, Yue Zhou, Feng-Bin Wang, Xing-Hua Xia
An electrochemical sensor using ultralight and porous copper-nitrogen doped graphene (CuNRGO) nanocomposite as the electrocatalyst has been constructed to simultaneously determine DNA bases such as guanine (G) and cytosine (C), adenine (A) and thymine (T). The nanocomposite is synthesized by thermally annealing an ice templated structure of graphene oxide (GO) and Cu(phen)2. Due to the unique structure and the presence of Cu(2+)-N active sites, the CuNRGO exhibits outstanding electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of free DNA bases...
September 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934030/metabolomic-analysis-of-n-acetylcysteine-protection-of-injury-from-gadolinium-dtpa-contrast-agent-in-rats-with-chronic-renal-failure
#4
Chuanling Wan, Rong Xue, Youyang Zhan, Yijie Wu, Xiaojing Li, Fengkui Pei
Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) are frequently used to enhance the diagnostic efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging. On the other hand, the association between GBCA administration in patients with advanced renal disease and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) was also noted. NSF is a systemic disorder characterized by widespread tissue fibrosis that may lead to death. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) protects rats from injury induced by gadolinium-based contrast agents, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear...
September 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933854/epigenetic-dna-modification-n6-methyladenine-causes-site-specific-rna-polymerase-ii-transcriptional-pausing
#5
Wei Wang, Liang Xu, Lulu Hu, Jenny Chong, Chuan He, Dong Wang
N6-methyladenine (N6-mA or 6mA) is an epigenetic DNA modification in eukaryotic genomes. In contrast to the well-established roles of 5-methylcytosine for epigenetic regulation of gene expression, the functional roles of N6-mA remain elusive. In particular, the impact of N6-mA modification at DNA template on RNA polymerase II (pol II) transcription elongation is not known. In this work, using the Saccharomyces cerevisiae pol II transcriptional elongation system as a model, we investigated the molecular mechanism of pol II recognition and processing of N6-mA sites via both biochemical and structural approaches...
September 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933546/rational-design-of-selective-adenine-based-scaffolds-for-inactivation-of-bacterial-histidine-kinases
#6
Manibarsha Goswami, Kaelyn E Wilke, Erin E Carlson
Bacterial histidine kinases (HKs) are quintessential regulatory enzymes found ubiquitously in bacteria. Apart from regulatory roles, they are also involved in the production of virulence factors and conferring resistance to various antibiotics in pathogenic microbes. We have previously reported compounds that inhibit multiple HKs by targeting the conserved catalytic and ATP-binding (CA) domain. Herein, we conduct a detailed structure-activity relationship assessment of adenine-based inhibitors using biochemical and docking methods...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930534/regulation-of-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-1-functions-by-post-translational-modifications
#7
Lianhua Piao, Kyoko Fujioka, Makoto Nakakido, Ryuji Hamamoto
The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) catalyze poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation, a post-translational modification of proteins. This  consists of the attachment of mono- or poly-adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-ribose units from nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) to specific polar residues of target proteins. PARP1 is the most abundant and best-characterized member of the family of PARP enzymes. PARP1 plays key roles in DNA repair, as well as a wide variety of cellular processes, including transcriptional regulation, chromatin modulation, cellular signaling pathway, inflammation, cellular stress responses and so on...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929659/-effects-and-mechanisms-of-shenkang-injection-promoting-extracellular-matrix-degradation-via-regulating-erk1-2-mmps-signaling-pathway-in-renal-failure-rats
#8
Jing-Jing Yang, Zhi-Min Mao, Yi-Gang Wan, Wei Wu, Yan-Ru Huang, Ge Shi, Wen-Bei Han, Jian Yao
This study aimed to clarify preliminarily the effects and mechanisms of Shenkang injection (SKI) promoting extracellular matrix(ECM)degradation via regulating extracellular-signal regulated protein kinase(ERK)1/2/matrix metalloproteinases(MMPs)signaling pathway in renal failure rats. Twenty rats were randomly divided into 4 groups:the Sham group,the Model group,the SKI group and the Enalapril maleate(EM)group. The model rats with renal failure were induced by intragastric administration of adenine and unilateral ureteral obstruction(UUO)...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923496/deficiency-of-the-mitochondrial-nad-kinase-causes-stress-induced-hepatic-steatosis-in-mice
#9
Kezhong Zhang, Hyunbae Kim, Zhiyao Fu, Yining Qiu, Zhao Yang, Jiemei Wang, Deqiang Zhang, Xin Tong, Lei Yin, Jing Li, Jianmei Wu, Nathan R Qi, Sander M Houten, Ren Zhang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The mitochondrial nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) kinase (NADK2, also called MNADK) catalyzes phosphorylation of NAD to yield NADP. Little is known about the functions of mitochondrial NADP and MNADK in liver physiology and pathology. We investigated the effects of reduced mitochondrial NADP by deleting MNADK in mice. METHODS: We generated MNADK-knockout (KO) mice on a C57BL/6NTac background; mice with a wild-type Mnadk gene were used as controls...
September 15, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921499/synthesis-of-the-phosphoramidite-units-for-benzene-glycol-nucleic-acid
#10
Yusuke Maeda, Nazuki Niwa, Yoshihito Ueno
Benzene-glycol nucleic acid-DNA chimeras form thermally and thermodynamically stable duplexes with complementary RNAs, and have base-discriminating abilities. This unit describes the synthesis of four nucleoside analogs, an adenine, cytosine, thymine, and guanine analogs with base-benzene-glycol structure. The synthesis starts with conversion of (S)-mandelic acid in arylboronic acid derivative, common intermediate. Nucleobase coupling of the intermediate and phosphitylation afford to phosphoroamidite units...
September 18, 2017: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921447/structure-pharmacology-and-roles-in-physiology-of-the-p2y12-receptor
#11
Ivar von Kügelgen
P2Y receptors are G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) for extracellular nucleotides. The platelet ADP-receptor which has been denominated P2Y12 receptor is an important target in pharmacotherapy. The receptor couples to Gαi2 mediating an inhibition of cyclic AMP accumulation and additional downstream events including the activation of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase and Rap1b proteins. The nucleoside analogue ticagrelor and active metabolites of the thienopyridine compounds ticlopidine, clopidogrel and prasugrel block P2Y12 receptors and, thereby, inhibit ADP-induced platelet aggregation...
September 12, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920612/visible-light-mediated-oxidative-demethylation-of-n-6-methyl-adenines
#12
Li-Jun Xie, Rui-Li Wang, Dong Wang, Li Liu, Liang Cheng
We report a simple protocol that affords oxidative demethylation of N(6)-methyl groups in N(6)-methyl adenines (m(6)A). The biologically compatible photocatalyst riboflavin prompts a highly selective C-H abstraction from N(6)-methyl in adenines under the irradiation of a visible blue LED light, affording a novel and highly selective biomimetic demethylation of m(6)A and related N-methyl adenine analogues.
September 18, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919886/dna-adenine-methyltransferase-dam-overexpression-impairs-photorhabdus-luminescens-motility-and-virulence
#13
Amaury Payelleville, Anne Lanois, Marie Gislard, Emeric Dubois, David Roche, Stéphane Cruveiller, Alain Givaudan, Julien Brillard
Dam, the most described bacterial DNA-methyltransferase, is widespread in gamma-proteobacteria. Dam DNA methylation can play a role in various genes expression and is involved in pathogenicity of several bacterial species. The purpose of this study was to determine the role played by the dam ortholog identified in the entomopathogenic bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens. Complementation assays of an Escherichia coli dam mutant showed the restoration of the DNA methylation state of the parental strain. Overexpression of dam in P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919418/the-nampt-e2f2-sirt1-axis-promotes-proliferation-and-inhibits-p53-dependent-apoptosis-in-human-melanoma-cells
#14
Hailong Zhao, Weiwei Tang, Xiaowen Chen, Siyu Wang, Xianyan Wang, Haiyan Xu, Lijuan Li
Melanoma is the most common primary malignant neoplasm in adults, causing more deaths than any other skin cancer, necessitating the development of new target-based approaches. Current evidence suggests SIRT1, the mammalian nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+))-dependent protein deacetylase, and nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), the rate-limiting NAD(+) biosynthetic enzyme, together comprise a novel systemic regulatory network to play a pivotal role in cell proliferation and apoptosis. Nevertheless, how the regulation of this cofactor interfaces with signal transduction network remains poorly understood in melanoma...
September 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918301/mathematical-fundamentals-for-the-noise-immunity-of-the-genetic-code
#15
Elena Fimmel, Lutz Strüngmann
Symmetry is one of the essential and most visible patterns that can be seen in nature. Starting from the left-right symmetry of the human body, all types of symmetry can be found in crystals, plants, animals and nature as a whole. Similarly, principals of symmetry are also some of the fundamental and most useful tools in modern mathematical natural science that play a major role in theory and applications. As a consequence, it is not surprising that the desire to understand the origin of life, based on the genetic code, forces us to involve symmetry as a mathematical concept...
September 13, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915409/androgen-receptor-cytosine-adenine-and-guanine-trinucleotide-repeat-polymorphism-in-korean-patients-with-endometriosis-a-case-control-study
#16
Jae Jun Shin, Young Min Choi, Hwa Young Choi, Soo Jin Chae, Kyuri Hwang, Jin Ju Kim, Gyoung Hoon Lee, Jong Mi Kim
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between the androgen receptor (AR) cytosine, adenine, and guanine (CAG) repeat polymorphisms and endometriosis. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective case-control, genetic association study was performed on women with surgically proven endometriosis (n=421) and controls free of endometriosis (n=349). AR CAG repeat lengths were determined from peripheral blood samples. The difference in the frequency of each alleles were compared in patients with endometriosis and controls using Chi-square test...
September 8, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915057/highly-efficient-flavin-adenine-dinucleotide-glucose-dehydrogenase-fused-to-a-minimal-cytochrome-c-domain
#17
Itay Algov, Jennifer Grushka, Raz Zarivach, Lital Alfonta
Flavin-adenine dinucleotide (FAD) dependent glucose dehydrogenase (GDH) is a thermostable, oxygen insensitive redox enzyme used in bioelectrochemical applications. The FAD cofactor of the enzyme is buried within the proteinaceous matrix of the enzyme, which makes it almost unreachable for a direct communication with an electrode. In this study, FAD dependent glucose dehydrogenase was fused to a natural minimal cytochrome domain in its c-terminus to achieve direct electron transfer. We introduce a fusion enzyme that can communicate with an electrode directly, without the use of a mediator molecule...
September 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912913/paraneoplastic-dermatomyositis-syndrome-presenting-as-dysphagia
#18
Emmanuel Ofori, Daryl Ramai, Mel Ona, Madhavi Reddy
Dermatomyositis (DM) is a rare autoimmune condition which predominantly affects females in the fifth and sixth decades of life. DM presents acutely or progressively as painless proximal skeletal muscle weakness and can be associated with a heliotropic rash around the eyes, and Gottron's papules on extensor surfaces of the hands. While the pathophysiology of DM is still unclear, abnormal T- and B-cell immune activity has been reported. DM has been associated with malignancy and has been shown to appear before, concurrently with, or after diagnosis of cancer...
August 2017: Gastroenterology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912372/genome-wide-maps-of-alkylation-damage-repair-and-mutagenesis-in-yeast-reveal-mechanisms-of-mutational-heterogeneity
#19
Peng Mao, Alexander J Brown, Ewa P Malc, Piotr A Mieczkowski, Michael J Smerdon, Steven A Roberts, John J Wyrick
DNA base damage is an important contributor to genome instability, but how the formation and repair of these lesions is affected by the genomic landscape and contributes to mutagenesis is unknown. Here, we describe genome-wide maps of DNA base damage, repair, and mutagenesis at single nucleotide resolution in yeast treated with the alkylating agent methyl methanesulfonate (MMS). Analysis of these maps revealed that base excision repair (BER) of alkylation damage is significantly modulated by chromatin, with faster repair in nucleosome-depleted regions, and slower repair and higher mutation density within strongly positioned nucleosomes...
September 14, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904384/targeting-the-vulnerability-to-nad-depletion-in-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#20
S Takao, W Chien, V Madan, D-C Lin, L-W Ding, Q-Y Sun, A Mayakonda, M Sudo, L Xu, Y Chen, Y-Y Jiang, S Gery, M Lill, E Park, W Senapedis, E Baloglu, M Müschen, H P Koeffler
Although substantial progress has been made in the treatment of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), the prognosis of patients with either refractory or relapsed B-ALL remains dismal. Novel therapeutic strategies are needed to improve the outcome of these patients. KPT-9274 is a novel dual inhibitor of p21-activated kinase 4 (PAK4) and nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT). PAK4 is a serine/threonine kinase, which regulates a variety of fundamental cellular processes. NAMPT is a rate-limiting enzyme in the salvage biosynthesis pathway of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which plays a vital role in energy metabolism...
September 14, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
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