Read by QxMD icon Read


Gillian Hertlein, Marlene Seiffert, Sebastian Gensel, Eva Garcia-Gonzalez, Julia Ebeling, Ranko Skobalj, Anja Kuthning, Roderich D Süssmuth, Elke Genersch
The Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus larvae (P. larvae) is the causative agent of a deadly honey bee brood disease called American Foulbrood (AFB). AFB is a notifiable epizootic in most countries and, hence, P. larvae is of considerable relevance for veterinarians and apiculturists alike. Over the last decade, much progress has been made in the understanding of the (patho)biology of P. larvae. Recently, several non-ribosomally produced peptides (NRP) and peptide/polyketide (NRP/PK) hybrids produced by P...
2016: PloS One
Daisuke Ito, Atsushi Kumanogoh
Semaphorins were originally identified as axon guidance cues that regulate the functional activity of axons in the nervous system. In addition, accumulating evidence indicates that semaphorins have multiple functions in physiological and pathogenic processes, including vascular development, tumor progression, and immune responses. Sema4A is a semaphorin expressed in immune cells, and is thus termed an "immune semaphorin." Sema4A has four types of receptors: Plexin D family, Plexin B family, Tim-2, and Nrp-1...
October 13, 2016: Cell Adhesion & Migration
G Wang, P-P Wang, P-P Meng, C Han, S-W Yue
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral ischemia-reperfusion is the major pathophysiological process in stroke and can cause severe and lasting sequel. However, an intensive exercise training can potentially effect a quick and efficient recovery. We used swimming training on rats with cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (CIR) and explore the underlying neuroprotective mechanism(s), including the effects of intensive training on the expression of semaphorin 3A (Sema3A) and its receptor Neuropilin-1 (NRP-1). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The middle cerebral artery occlusion/reperfusion (MCAO/R) model was established by inserting a thread into the middle cerebral artery of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, and randomly dividing into the control group and training groups for different training intensities...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Tamas Yelland, Snezana Djordjevic
Neuropilins (NRPs) are single-pass transmembrane receptors involved in several signaling pathways that regulate key physiological processes such as vascular morphogenesis and axon guidance. The MAM domain of NRP, which has previously been implicated in receptor multimerization, was the only portion of the ectopic domain of the NRPs for which the structure, until now, has been elusive. Using site-directed mutagenesis in the linker region preceding the MAM domain we generated a protein construct amenable to crystallization...
October 3, 2016: Structure
Suparaporn Wangkaew, Juntima Euathrongchit, Pittaporn Wattanawittawas, Nuntana Kasitanon
BACKGROUND: The correlation of changes (delta: Δ) of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) score with the Δ of other clinical variables has not been well studied. The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation of Δ HRCT score with Δ percent predicted forced vital capacity (%pFVC), Δ modified Rodnan Skin Score (mRSS), Δ erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and Δ percent of oxygen saturation at room air (%SpO2) in patients with early systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: We used an inception cohort of early-SSc patients seen at the Rheumatology Clinic, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, between January 2010 and June 2014...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Chris A Dejong, Gregory M Chen, Haoxin Li, Chad W Johnston, Mclean R Edwards, Philip N Rees, Michael A Skinnider, Andrew L H Webster, Nathan A Magarvey
Polyketides (PKs) and nonribosomal peptides (NRPs) are profoundly important natural products, forming the foundations of many therapeutic regimes. Decades of research have revealed over 11,000 PK and NRP structures, and genome sequencing is uncovering new PK and NRP gene clusters at an unprecedented rate. However, only ∼10% of PK and NRPs are currently associated with gene clusters, and it is unclear how many of these orphan gene clusters encode previously isolated molecules. Therefore, to efficiently guide the discovery of new molecules, we must first systematically de-orphan emergent gene clusters from genomes...
October 3, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Man Ying, Qing Shen, Changyou Zhan, Xiaoli Wei, Jie Gao, Cao Xie, Bingxin Yao, Weiyue Lu
Peptide ligands consisting of l-amino acids are subject to proteolysis in vivo. When modified on the surface of nanocarriers, those peptide ligands would readily degrade and the targeting efficacy is significantly attenuated. It has received increasing scrutiny to design stable peptide ligands for targeted drug delivery. Here, we present the design of a stable peptide ligand by the formation of a head-to-tail amide bond as an example. Even though the linear l-peptide A7R (termed (L)A7R) can bind specifically to vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) and neuropilin-1 (NRP-1) that are overexpressed on glioma cells, neovasculature and glioma vasculogenic mimicry (VM), the tumor-homing capacity of (L)A7R is greatly impaired in vivo due to proteolysis (e...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Hani Al-Shareef, Shin-Ichiro Hiraoka, Noriaki Tanaka, Yosuke Shogen, Atsushi-Doksa Lee, Sanam Bakhshishayan, Mikihiko Kogo
Lymph node (LN) metastasis has been suggested as a major prognostic factor for oral cancer. Knockdown of the growth factors and receptors involved in these metastatic mechanisms could significantly reduce LN metastasis and improve the survival of oral cancer patients after treatment. The present study, therefore, aimed to evaluate the expression levels of the following growth factors and receptors in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the tongue: the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)‑C and VEGF‑D, which bind to the cell surface tyrosine kinase receptor VEGF receptor‑3 (VEGFR‑3); C‑C motif chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7); neuropilin (NRP)1 and NRP2; and semaphorin 3E (SEMA3E)...
September 21, 2016: Oncology Reports
C Cvitanovic, J McDonald, A J Hobday
Effective conservation requires knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to enable learning and support evidence-based decision-making. Efforts to improve knowledge exchange have been hindered by a paucity of empirically-grounded guidance to help scientists and practitioners design and implement research programs that actively facilitate knowledge exchange. To address this, we evaluated the Ningaloo Research Program (NRP), which was designed to generate new scientific knowledge to support evidence-based decisions about the management of the Ningaloo Marine Park in north-western Australia...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Chang Liu, Sen Yao, Xuqian Li, Feng Wang, Yanyan Jiang
iRGD (internalizing RGD) with high affinity to αν integrins was reported to enhance tumor penetrability by binding to neuropilin-1 (NRP-1). Based on our previous study, chitosan surface-modified poly (lactide-co-glycolides) nanoparticles (PLGA/CS NPs), loaded with carmustine (BCNU) and its sensitizer (O(6)-benzylguanine, BG) showed stronger anti-tumor effect than free drugs. In present study, PLGA/CS NPs (NPs) with core-shell structure were prepared and modified with iRGD or mPEG. F98, C6 or U87 cell lines with different receptors levels were selected for in vitro and in vivo studies...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Drug Targeting
Xia Hu, Peter D Reaven, Aramesh Saremi, Ninghao Liu, Mohammad Ali Abbasi, Huan Liu, Raymond Q Migrino
OBJECTIVES: Prediabetes is a major epidemic and is associated with adverse cardio-cerebrovascular outcomes. Early identification of patients who will develop rapid progression of atherosclerosis could be beneficial for improved risk stratification. In this paper, we investigate important factors impacting the prediction, using several machine learning methods, of rapid progression of carotid intima-media thickness in impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) participants. METHODS: In the Actos Now for Prevention of Diabetes (ACT NOW) study, 382 participants with IGT underwent carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) ultrasound evaluation at baseline and at 15-18 months, and were divided into rapid progressors (RP, n = 39, 58 ± 17...
December 2016: EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
Mylène Richard, Alicia Chateau, Christian Jelsch, Claude Didierjean, Xavier Manival, Christophe Charron, Bernard Maigret, Muriel Barberi-Heyob, Yves Chapleur, Cédric Boura, Nadia Pellegrini-Moïse
Neuropilin-1 (NRP-1), a transmembrane glycoprotein acting as a co-receptor of VEGF-A, is expressed by cancer and angiogenic endothelial cells and is involved in the angiogenesis process. Taking advantage of functionalities and stereodiversities of sugar derivatives, the design and the synthesis of carbohydrate based peptidomimetics are here described. One of these compounds (56) demonstrated inhibition of VEGF-A165 binding to NRP-1 (IC50=39μM) and specificity for NRP-1 over VEGF-R2. Biological evaluations were performed on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) through activation of downstream proteins (AKT and ERK phosphorylation), viability/proliferation assays and in vitro measurements of anti-angiogenic abilities...
November 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Elebeoba E May, Cheryl L Sershen
OBJECTIVE: In vitro models of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) nonreplicating persistence (NRP) suggest the rate of oxygen ( O2 ) depletion is a significant determinant in persistence. However, few studies have characterized the metabolic association between slow and rapid O2 depletion rates and successful versus failed persistence. METHODS: We developed a theoretical model of Mtb metabolic adaptation that includes O2 driven genetic modulation of enzymes in the tricarboxylic acid cycle, energy, and redox recycling pathways...
October 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Stefan Weinschenk, Richard Göllner, Markus W Hollmann, Lorenz Hotz, Susanne Picardi, Katharina Hubbert, Thomas Strowitzki, Thomas Meuser
BACKGROUND: Neck reflex points (NRP) are tender soft tissue areas of the cervical region that display reflectory changes in response to chronic inflammations of correlated regions in the visceral cranium. Six bilateral areas, NRP C0, C1, C2, C3, C4 and C7, are detectable by palpating the lateral neck. We investigated the inter-rater reliability of NRP to assess their potential clinical relevance. METHODS: 32 consecutive patients with chronic neck pain were examined for NRP tenderness by an experienced physician and an inexperienced medical student in a blinded design...
2016: Forschende Komplementärmedizin, Research in Complementary Medicine
T Faïs, A Cougnoux, G Dalmasso, F Laurent, J Delmas, R Bonnet
The pks genomic island present in Escherichia coli encodes polyketides (PK) and non-ribosomal peptide (NRP) synthases.….
September 6, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Nathalie Van Acker, Michael Ragé, Hilde Vermeirsch, Dorien Schrijvers, Rony Nuydens, Geert Byttebier, Maarten Timmers, Stefanie De Schepper, Johannes Streffer, Luc Andries, Léon Plaghki, Patrick Cras, Theo Meert
The in vivo cutaneous nerve regeneration model using capsaicin is applied extensively to study the regenerative mechanisms and therapeutic efficacy of disease modifying molecules for small fiber neuropathy (SFN). Since mismatches between functional and morphological nerve fiber recovery are described for this model, we aimed at determining the capability of the capsaicin model to truly mimic the morphological manifestations of SFN in diabetes. As nerve and blood vessel growth and regenerative capacities are defective in diabetes, we focused on studying the key regulator of these processes, the neuropilin-1 (NRP-1)/semaphorin pathway...
2016: PloS One
Quanyin Hu, Ting Kang, Jingxian Feng, Qianqian Zhu, Tianze Jiang, Jianhui Yao, Xinguo Jiang, Jun Chen
Advances in active targeting drug delivery system (DDS) have revolutionized glioma diagnosis and therapy. However, the lack of the sufficient targets on glioma cells and limited penetration capability of DDS have significantly compromised the treatment efficacy. In this study, by taking advantages of the abundant extracellular matrix-derived heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) and enhanced tumor penetration ability mediated by neuropilin-1 (NRP-1) protein, we reported the ATWLPPR and CGKRK peptide dual-decorated nanoparticulate DDS (designated AC-NP) to achieve angiogenic blood vessels and tumor microenvironment dual-targeting effect...
September 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Benjamin J Garcia, Andre G Loxton, Gregory M Dolganov, Tran T Van, J Lucian Davis, Bouke C de Jong, Martin I Voskuil, Sonia M Leach, Gary K Schoolnik, Gerhard Walzl, Michael Strong, Nicholas D Walter
Pathogen-targeted transcriptional profiling in human sputum may elucidate the physiologic state of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) during infection and treatment. However, whether M. tuberculosis transcription in sputum recapitulates transcription in the lung is uncertain. We therefore compared M. tuberculosis transcription in human sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples from 11 HIV-negative South African patients with pulmonary tuberculosis. We additionally compared these clinical samples with in vitro log phase aerobic growth and hypoxic non-replicating persistence (NRP-2)...
September 2016: Tuberculosis
Tomomi Fujii, Keiji Shimada, Aya Asano, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Naoko Yamaguchi, Masaharu Yamazaki, Noboru Konishi
Aberrant expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) is involved in the development and progression of various types of cancers. In this study, we investigated the role of miR-331-3p in cell proliferation and the expression of keratinocyte differentiation markers of uterine cervical cancer cells. Moreover, we evaluated whether neuropilin 2 (NRP2) are putative target molecules that regulate the human papillomavirus (HPV) related oncoproteins E6 and E7. Cell proliferation in the human cervical cancer cell lines SKG-II, HCS-2, and HeLa was assessed using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium, inner salt (MTS) assay...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Christian Weyler, Elmar Heinzle
We used a recombinant, permeabilized E. coli Nissle strain harbouring the plu3263 gene cluster from Photorhabdus luminescens for the synthesis of luminmide type cyclic pentapeptides belonging to the class of nonribosomally biosynthesized peptides (NRP). Cells could be fully permeabilized using 1 % v/v toluene. Synthesis of luminmides was increased fivefold when 0.3 mM EDTA was added to the substrate mixture acting as an inhibitor of metal proteases. Luminmide formation was studied applying different amino acid concentrations...
August 20, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"