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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214233/incorporation-of-arginine-mimetic-residue-into-peptides-for-recognition-of-double-stranded-nucleic-acid-structure-binding-and-aggregation-studies
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Mao Li, Marija Matković, Ivo Piantanida, Carsten Schmuck
An arginine mimetic, featuring a guanidiniocarbonypyrrol as artificial anion binding site (GCP), was introduced into short peptides to study their binding and aggregation with double stranded DNA and RNA. While the incorporation of this GCP modification did not significantly change the overall binding affinity for DNA/RNA, their interactions were more sensitive with respect to the type of polynucleotides. Peptide 4, with four GCP modifications, exhibited amazing fluorescent selectivity for AU- and (to a lesser extent) AT- sequences...
February 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
#2
José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213741/assembly-of-photoactive-orange-carotenoid-protein-from-its-domains-unravels-a-carotenoid-shuttle-mechanism
#3
Marcus Moldenhauer, Nikolai N Sluchanko, David Buhrke, Dmitry V Zlenko, Neslihan N Tavraz, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Peter Hildebrandt, Eugene G Maksimov, Thomas Friedrich
The photoswitchable orange carotenoid protein (OCP) is indispensable for cyanobacterial photoprotection by quenching phycobilisome fluorescence upon photoconversion from the orange OCP(O) to the red OCP(R) form. Cyanobacterial genomes frequently harbor, besides genes for orange carotenoid proteins (OCPs), several genes encoding homologs of OCP's N- or C-terminal domains (NTD, CTD). Unlike the well-studied NTD homologs, called Red Carotenoid Proteins (RCPs), the role of CTD homologs remains elusive. We show how OCP can be reassembled from its functional domains...
February 17, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213315/focal-adhesion-kinase-signaling-in-unexpected-places
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REVIEW
Elizabeth G Kleinschmidt, David D Schlaepfer
Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine kinase first identified at extracellular matrix and integrin receptor cell adhesion sites and is a key regulator of cell movement. FAK is activated by a variety of stimuli. Herein, we discuss advances in conformational-associated FAK activation and dimerization mechanisms. Additionally, new roles have emerged for FAK signaling at cell adhesions, adherens junctions, endosomes, and the nucleus. In light of these new findings, we review how FAK activation at these sites is connected to the regulation of integrin recycling-activation, vascular permeability, cell survival, and transcriptional regulation, respectively...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212701/chemistry-and-biology-of-the-pyrrole-imidazole-alkaloids
#5
Thomas Lindel
More than a decade after our last review on the chemistry of the pyrrole-imidazole alkaloids, it was time to analyze once more the developments in that field. The comprehensive article focusses on the total syntheses of pyrrole-imidazole alkaloids that have appeared since 2005. The classic monomeric pyrrole-imidazole alkaloids have all been synthesized, sometimes primarily to demonstrate the usefulness of a new method, as in the case of the related molecules agelastatin A and cyclooroidin with more than 15 syntheses altogether...
2017: Alkaloids. Chemistry and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212383/novel-molecular-structural-and-evolutionary-characteristics-of-the-phosphoketolases-from-bifidobacteria-and-coriobacteriales
#6
Radhey S Gupta, Anish Nanda, Bijendra Khadka
Members from the order Bifidobacteriales, which include many species exhibiting health promoting effects, differ from all other organisms in using a unique pathway for carbohydrate metabolism, known as the "bifid shunt", which utilizes the enzyme phosphoketolase (PK) to carry out the phosphorolysis of both fructose-6-phosphate (F6P) and xylulose-5-phosphate (X5P). In contrast to bifidobacteria, the PKs found in other organisms (referred to XPK) are able to metabolize primarily X5P and show very little activity towards F6P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212295/short-chain-chitin-oligomers-promoters-of-plant-growth
#7
Alexander J Winkler, Jose Alfonso Dominguez-Nuñez, Inmaculada Aranaz, César Poza-Carrión, Katrina Ramonell, Shauna Somerville, Marta Berrocal-Lobo
Chitin is the second most abundant biopolymer in nature after cellulose, and it forms an integral part of insect exoskeletons, crustacean shells, krill and the cell walls of fungal spores, where it is present as a high-molecular-weight molecule. In this study, we showed that a chitin oligosaccharide of lower molecular weight (tetramer) induced genes in Arabidopsis that are principally related to vegetative growth, development and carbon and nitrogen metabolism. Based on plant responses to this chitin tetramer, a low-molecular-weight chitin mix (CHL) enriched to 92% with dimers (2mer), trimers (3mer) and tetramers (4mer) was produced for potential use in biotechnological processes...
February 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212040/synthesis-and-speciation-dependent-properties-of-a-multimetallic-model-complex-of-nisod-that-exhibits-unique-hydrogen-bonding
#8
Ramsey A Steiner, Stephen P Dzul, Timothy L Stemmler, Todd C Harrop
The complex Na3[{Ni(II)(nmp)}3S3BTA(alk))] (1) (nmp(2-) = deprotonated form of N-(2-mercaptoethyl)picolinamide; H3S3BTA(alk) = N(1),N(3),N(5)-tris(2-mercaptoethyl)benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide, where H = dissociable protons), supported by the thiolate-benzenetricarboxamide scaffold (S3BTA(alk)), has been synthesized as a trimetallic model of nickel-containing superoxide dismutase (NiSOD). X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and (1)H NMR measurements on 1 indicate that the Ni(II) centers are square-planar with N2S2 coordination, and Ni-N and Ni-S distances of 1...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212009/2-2-bipyridyl-embedded-cycloparaphenylenes-as-a-general-strategy-to-investigate-nanohoop-based-coordination-complexes
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Jeff Van Raden, Shayan Louie, Lev N Zakharov, Ramesh Jasti
Owing to their unique cyclic architectures, tunable electronic properties, and supramolecular chemistries, cycloparaphenylenes (CPPs) have the potential to act as a new class of ligands for coordination cages, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), as well as small-molecule transition-metal complexes. However, currently there is no general strategy to coordinate the cyclic framework to a variety of metal centers. We report here a general and scalable synthetic strategy to embed 2,2'-bipyridine units into the backbone of CPPs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211307/local-and-systemic-changes-associated-with-long-term-percutaneous-static-implantation-of-titanium-alloys-in-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
#10
Galit H Frydman Robert P Marini Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu Kathleen E Biddle Sureshkumar Muthupalani Charles R Vanderburg Barry Lai Pavan K Bendapudi Ronald G Tompkins And James G Fox
Metal alloys are frequently used as implant materials in veterinary medicine. Recent studies suggest that many alloys induce both local and systemic inflammatory responses. In this study, 37 rhesus macaques with long-term skull-anchored percutaneous titanium alloy implants (duration, 0 to 14 y) were evaluated for changes in their hematology, coagulation, and serum chemistry profiles. Negative controls (n = 28) did not have implants. Macaques with implants had higher plasma D-dimer and lower antithrombin III concentrations than nonimplanted animals...
February 16, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211203/first-stereoselective-total-synthesis-of-a-dimeric-naphthoquinonopyrano-%C3%AE-lactone-%C3%AE-actinorhodin
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Markus Neumeyer, Reinhard Brückner
We have accomplished the first total synthesis of an isomerically pure naphthoquinonopyrano-γ-lactone dimer, γ-actinorhodin, in eleven steps. Two steps exploit pairs of peri-MeO groups as unusual selectivity controls. The respective MeO groups convey the steric bulk of a bromo or iodo substituent located ortho to one MeO group as steric hindrance into the vicinity of the second MeO group. This relay effect was indispensable for exerting regiocontrol in an aromatic bromination and diastereocontrol in an oxa-Pictet-Spengler cyclization...
February 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211169/a-first-in-human-study-of-ds-1040-an-inhibitor-of-the-activated-form-of-thrombin-activatable-fibrinolysis-inhibitor-in-healthy-subjects
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Jin Zhou, Jarema Kochan, Ophelia Yin, Vance Warren, Cynthia Zamora, George Atiee, Joseph Pav, Yasushi Orihashi, Vijay Vashi, Victor Dishy
BACKGROUND: Current treatments for acute ischemic stroke and venous thromboembolism, such as recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and thrombectomy, are limited by a narrow time window and the risk of bleeding. DS-1040 is a novel low-molecular weight compound inhibiting the activated form of thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFIa), developed as a fibrinolysis enhancer for treatment of thromboembolic diseases. OBJECTIVES: This first-in-human, randomized, placebo-controlled, three-part, phase 1 study was conducted to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), and pharmacodynamics (PD) of DS-1040 in healthy subjects...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211059/a-multipolar-approach-to-the-interatomic-covalent-interaction-energy
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Evelio Francisco, Daniel Menéndez Crespo, Aurora Costales, Ángel Martín Pendás
Interatomic exchange-correlation energies correspond to the covalent energetic contributions to an interatomic interaction in real space theories of the chemical bond, but their widespread use is severely limited due to their computationally intensive character. In the same way as the multipolar (mp) expansion is customary used in biomolecular modeling to approximate the classical Coulomb interaction between two charge densities ρA(r) and ρB(r), we examine in this work the mp approach to approximate the interatomic exchange-correlation (xc) energies of the Interacting Quantum Atoms method...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210878/the-role-of-weak-interactions-in-lignin-polymerization
#14
Ángel Sánchez-González, Francisco J Martín-Martínez, J A Dobado
Lignin is the most abundant natural polymer composed by aromatic moieties. Its chemical composition and its abundance have focused efforts to unlock its potential as a source of aromatic compounds for many years. The lack of a proper way for lignin de-polymerization has hampered its success as a natural solution for commodity aromatic chemicals, which is also due to the lack of understanding of the underlying mechanisms of lignin polymerization. A fuller fundamental understanding of polymerization mechanisms could lead to improvements in de-polymerization strategies, and therefore a proper methodology and a predictive theoretical framework are required for such purpose...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210763/artemisinin-and-its-derivatives-in-cancer-therapy-status-of-progress-mechanism-of-action-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Archana Bhaw-Luximon, Dhanjay Jhurry
Since the late 1990s, there has been rapid multiplication of data on the anti-cancer properties of artemisinins. This article reviews the status of progress of artemisinin and its derivatives as anti-cancer agents in clinical trials, case reports, and in vitro/in vivo studies. Particular attention is laid on the combinations of artemisinins and synthetic chemodrugs to enhance the latter's efficacy. An attempt is here made to rationalize the synergistic effects of a few common anti-cancer drugs of the anthracycline, taxane, anti-metabolite, and platinum-based drug families...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210737/orthogonal-switching-in-four-state-azobenzene-mixed-dimers
#16
Fangli Zhao, Lutz Grubert, Stefan Hecht, David Bléger
Azobenzene multi-state switches whose isomerization can be orthogonally induced with photons and electrons are presented. Exposure to green, blue, or ultraviolet light allows toggling between three isomers, while the fourth one is formed selectively via electrocatalytic isomerization.
February 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209983/generation-and-quantitative-proteomics-analysis-of-ck2%C3%AE-%C3%AE-cells
#17
Christian Borgo, Cinzia Franchin, Stefano Scalco, Valentina Bosello-Travain, Arianna Donella-Deana, Giorgio Arrigoni, Mauro Salvi, Lorenzo A Pinna
CK2 is a ubiquitous, constitutively active, highly pleiotropic, acidophilic Ser/Thr protein kinase whose holoenzyme is composed of two catalytic (α and/or α') subunits and a dimer of a non-catalytic β subunit. Abnormally high CK2 level/activity is often associated with malignancy and a variety of cancer cells have been shown to rely on it to escape apoptosis. To gain information about the actual "druggability" of CK2 and to dissect CK2 dependent cellular processes that are instrumental to the establishment and progression of neoplasia we have exploited the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology to generate viable clones of C2C12 myoblasts devoid of either both the CK2 catalytic subunits or its regulatory β-subunit...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209981/fibulin-6-regulates-pro-fibrotic-tgf-%C3%AE-responses-in-neonatal-mouse-ventricular-cardiac-fibroblasts
#18
Arpita Chowdhury, Lisa Hasselbach, Frank Echtermeyer, Nidhi Jyotsana, Gregor Theilmeier, Christine Herzog
Fibulin-6, an essential component of extracellular matrix determines the architecture of cellular junctions in tissues undergoing strain. Increased expression and deposition of fibulin-6 facilitates fibroblast migration in response to TGF-β, following myocardial infarction in mouse heart. The underlying mechanism still remains elusive. In conjunction with our previous study, we have now demonstrated that in fibulin-6 knockdown (KD) fibroblasts, not only TGF-β dependent migration, but also stress fiber formation, cellular networking and subsequently fibroblast wound contraction is almost abrogated...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209966/molecular-interplay-between-the-dimer-interface-and-the-substrate-binding-site-of-human-peptidylarginine-deiminase-4
#19
Chien-Yun Lee, Chu-Cheng Lin, Yi-Liang Liu, Guang-Yaw Liu, Jyung-Hurng Liu, Hui-Chih Hung
Our previous studies suggest that the fully active form of Peptidylarginine deiminase 4 (PAD4) should be a dimer and not a monomer. This paper provides a plausible mechanism for the control of PAD4 catalysis by molecular interplay between its dimer-interface loop (I-loop) and its substrate-binding loop (S-loop). Mutagenesis studies revealed that two hydrophobic residues, W347 and V469, are critical for substrate binding at the active site; mutating these two residues led to a severe reduction in the catalytic activity...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209961/pnc1-piggy-back-import-into-peroxisomes-relies-on-gpd1-homodimerisation
#20
Nadal A Al Saryi, John D Hutchinson, Murtakab Y Al-Hejjaj, Svetlana Sedelnikova, Patrick Baker, Ewald H Hettema
Peroxisomes are eukaryotic organelles that posttranslationally import proteins via one of two conserved peroxisomal targeting signal (PTS1 or 2) mediated pathways. Oligomeric proteins can be imported via these pathways but evidence is accumulating that at least some PTS1-containing monomers enter peroxisomes before they assemble into oligomers. Some proteins lacking a PTS are imported by piggy-backing onto PTS-containing proteins. One of these proteins is the nicotinamidase Pnc1, that is co-imported with the PTS2-containing enzyme Glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 1, Gpd1...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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