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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805368/pyrophosphate-recognition-and-sensing-in-water-using-bis-zinc-ii-dipicolylamino-functionalized-peptides
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Katrina A Jolliffe
Phosphate oxoanions and phosphorylated biomolecules (such as nucleotides, lipids, and proteins) play key roles in a wide range of biological processes. The ability to selectively detect these ions in the presence of each other has numerous applications in biochemistry and biomedicine. However, receptors and sensors that can discriminate between polyphosphate species with high selectivity and in biologically relevant conditions are rare. In this Account, we show how peptides (both cyclic and linear) can be used to position two zinc(II)dipicolylamine [Zn(II)DPA] binding sites in an appropriate arrangement to provide selective binding of pyrophosphate (PPi) in the presence of other polyphosphate species, including ATP, and in complex media such as cell growth buffer...
August 14, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804798/probing-biological-redox-chemistry-with-large-amplitude-fourier-transformed-ac-voltammetry
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Hope Adamson, Alan M Bond, Alison Parkin
Biological electron-exchange reactions are fundamental to life on earth. Redox reactions underpin respiration, photosynthesis, molecular biosynthesis, cell signalling and protein folding. Chemical, biomedical and future energy technology developments are also inspired by these natural electron transfer processes. Further developments in techniques and data analysis are required to gain a deeper understanding of the redox biochemistry processes that power Nature. This review outlines the new insights gained from developing Fourier transformed ac voltammetry as a tool for protein film electrochemistry...
August 14, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795724/chronic-exposure-to-inorganic-mercury-induces-biochemical-and-morphological-changes-in-the-salivary-glands-of-rats
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W A B Aragão, N M M da Costa, N C F Fagundes, M C F Silva, S M Alves-Junior, J J V Pinheiro, L L Amado, M E Crespo-López, C S F Maia, R R Lima
Mercury exposure is considered to be a public health problem due to the generation of toxic effects on human health as a result of environmental and occupational conditions. The inorganic form of mercury (HgCl2) can cause several biological changes in cells and tissues through its cumulative toxic potential, but little has been experimentally proven about the effects of inorganic mercury on salivary glands, an important modulator organ of oral health. This study analyzes the effects of prolonged low dose exposure to HgCl2 on the salivary glands of rats...
August 10, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791640/study-of-egfr-signaling-endocytosis-by-site-directed-mutagenesis
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Qian Wang, Zhixiang Wang
As an essential tool in molecular biology and biochemistry, in vitro mutagenesis is important for mechanistic and functional studies of protein at the cellular level. Through site-directed substitution, insertion, or deletion of potential function residues, we may evaluate the specific biological role of proteins and understand the underlying mechanism. EGF ligand binding will activate EGFR and initiate signaling transduction for cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival; meanwhile, it will also induce the EGFR endocytosis for degradation to maintain cellular homeostasis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782575/toxicological-evaluation-of-neoagarooligosaccharides-prepared-by-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-agar
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Sun Joo Hong, Je-Hyeon Lee, Eun Joo Kim, Hea Jung Yang, Jae-Seon Park, Soon-Kwang Hong
Agar, a heterogeneous polymer of galactose, is the main component of the cell wall of marine red algae. It is well established as a safe, non-digestible carbohydrate in Oriental countries. Although neoagarooligosaccharides (NAOs) prepared by the hydrolysis of agar by β-agarase have been reported to exert various biological activities, the safety of these compounds has not been reported to date. For safety evaluation, NAOs containing mainly neoagarotetraose and neoagarohexaose were prepared from agar by enzymatic hydrolysis using β-agarase DagA from Streptomyces coelicolor...
August 3, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767110/microfluidic-platform-for-efficient-nanodisc-assembly-membrane-protein-incorporation-and-purification
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James H Wade, Joshua D Jones, Ivan L Lenov, Colleen M Riordan, Stephen G Sligar, Ryan C Bailey
The characterization of integral membrane proteins presents numerous analytical challenges on account of their poor activity under non-native conditions, limited solubility in aqueous solutions, and low expression in most cell culture systems. Nanodiscs are synthetic model membrane constructs that offer many advantages for studying membrane protein function by offering a native-like phospholipid bilayer environment. The successful incorporation of membrane proteins within Nanodiscs requires experimental optimization of conditions...
August 2, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765558/cardiac-spheroids-as-promising-in-vitro-models-to-study-the-human-heart-microenvironment
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Liudmila Polonchuk, Mamta Chabria, Laura Badi, Jean-Christophe Hoflack, Gemma Figtree, Michael J Davies, Carmine Gentile
Three-dimensional in vitro cell systems are a promising alternative to animals to study cardiac biology and disease. We have generated three-dimensional in vitro models of the human heart ("cardiac spheroids", CSs) by co-culturing human primary or iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells and fibroblasts at ratios approximating those present in vivo. The cellular organisation, extracellular matrix and microvascular network mimic human heart tissue. These spheroids have been employed to investigate the dose-limiting cardiotoxicity of the common anti-cancer drug doxorubicin...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762275/ribosome-rescue-inhibitors-kill-actively-growing-and-nonreplicating-persister-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-cells
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John N Alumasa, Paolo S Manzanillo, Nicholas D Peterson, Tricia Lundrigan, Anthony D Baughn, Jeffery S Cox, Kenneth C Keiler
The emergence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) strains that are resistant to most or all available antibiotics has created a severe problem for treating tuberculosis and has spurred a quest for new antibiotic targets. Here, we demonstrate that trans-translation is essential for growth of MTB and is a viable target for development of antituberculosis drugs. We also show that an inhibitor of trans-translation, KKL-35, is bactericidal against MTB under both aerobic and anoxic conditions. Biochemical experiments show that this compound targets helix 89 of the 23S rRNA...
August 7, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762014/beyond-cox-1-the-effects-of-aspirin-on-platelet-biology-and-potential-mechanisms-of-chemoprevention
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Argentina Ornelas, Niki Zacharias-Millward, David G Menter, Jennifer S Davis, Lenard Lichtenberger, David Hawke, Ernest Hawk, Eduardo Vilar, Pratip Bhattacharya, Steven Millward
After more than a century, aspirin remains one of the most commonly used drugs in western medicine. Although mainly used for its anti-thrombotic, anti-pyretic, and analgesic properties, a multitude of clinical studies have provided convincing evidence that regular, low-dose aspirin use dramatically lowers the risk of cancer. These observations coincide with recent studies showing a functional relationship between platelets and tumors, suggesting that aspirin's chemopreventive properties may result, in part, from direct modulation of platelet biology and biochemistry...
July 31, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760979/phospholipase-a-activity-of-adenylate-cyclase-toxin-mediates-translocation-of-its-adenylate-cyclase-domain
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David González-Bullón, Kepa B Uribe, César Martín, Helena Ostolaza
Adenylate cyclase toxin (ACT or CyaA) plays a crucial role in respiratory tract colonization and virulence of the whooping cough causative bacterium Bordetella pertussis Secreted as soluble protein, it targets myeloid cells expressing the CD11b/CD18 integrin and on delivery of its N-terminal adenylate cyclase catalytic domain (AC domain) into the cytosol, generates uncontrolled toxic levels of cAMP that ablates bactericidal capacities of phagocytes. Our study deciphers the fundamentals of the heretofore poorly understood molecular mechanism by which the ACT enzyme domain directly crosses the host cell membrane...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758332/a-biosafety-level-2-virology-lab-for-biotechnology-undergraduates
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Sigal Matza-Porges, Dafna Nathan
Medical, industrial, and basic research relies heavily on the use of viruses and vectors. Therefore, it is important that bioscience undergraduates learn the practicalities of handling viruses. Teaching practical virology in a student laboratory setup presents safety challenges, however. The aim of this article is to describe the design and implementation of a virology laboratory, with emphasis on student safety, for biotechnology undergraduates. Cell culture techniques, animal virus infection, quantification, and identification are taught at a biosafety level 2 for a diverse group of undergraduates ranging from 20 to 50 students per group...
July 30, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752814/a-matter-of-scale-and-dimensions-chromatin-of-chromosome-landmarks-in-the-fungi
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Allyson A Erlendson, Steven Friedman, Michael Freitag
Chromatin and chromosomes of fungi are highly diverse and dynamic, even within species. Much of what we know about histone modification enzymes, RNA interference, DNA methylation, and cell cycle control was first addressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Aspergillus nidulans, and Neurospora crassa. Here, we examine the three landmark regions that are required for maintenance of stable chromosomes and their faithful inheritance, namely, origins of DNA replication, telomeres and centromeres...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748912/a-novel-allosteric-site-in-casein-kinase-2%C3%AE-discovered-using-combining-bioinformatics-and-biochemistry-methods
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Hai-Ming Jiang, Jiang-Kai Dong, Kun Song, Tong-Dan Wang, Wen-Kang Huang, Jing-Miao Zhang, Xiu-Yan Yang, Ying Shen, Jian Zhang
Casein kinase 2 (CK2) is a highly pleiotropic serine-threonine kinase, which catalyzed phosphorylation of more than 300 proteins that are implicated in regulation of many cellular functions, such as signal transduction, transcriptional control, apoptosis and the cell cycle. On the other hand, CK2 is abnormally elevated in a variety of tumors, and is considered as a promising therapeutic target. The currently available ATP-competitive CK2 inhibitors, however, lack selectivity, which has impeded their development in cancer therapy...
July 27, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747984/annual-tendency-of-research-papers-used-icr-mice-as-experimental-animals-in-biomedical-research-fields
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Ji Eun Kim, Jung Hoon Nam, Joon Young Cho, Kil Soo Kim, Dae Youn Hwang
Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mice have been widely used in various research fields including toxicology, oncology, pharmacology, and pharmaceutical product safety testing for decades. However, annual tendency of research papers involving ICR mice in various biomedical fields has not been previously analyzed. In this study, we examined the numbers of papers that used ICR mice as experimental animals in the social science, natural science, engineering, medicine-pharmacy, marine agriculture-fishery, and art-kinesiology fields by analyzing big data...
June 2017: Laboratory Animal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730213/magnetic-separation-its-application-in-mining-waste-purification-medicine-biochemistry-and-chemistry
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M Iranmanesh, J Hulliger
The use of strong magnetic field gradients and high magnetic fields generated by permanent magnets or superconducting coils has found applications in many fields such as mining, solid state chemistry, biochemistry and medical research. Lab scale or industrial implementations involve separation of macro- and nanoparticles, cells, proteins, and macromolecules down to small molecules and ions. Most promising are those attempts where the object to be separated is attached to a strong magnetic nanoparticle. Here, all kinds of specific affinity interactions are used to attach magnetic carrier particles to mainly objects of biological interest...
July 21, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711872/cell-scientist-to-watch-kevin-corbett
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Kevin Corbett graduated in biology and biochemistry from the University of Virginia. He then went to the University of California, Berkeley, to work on the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases in bacteria and archaea for his PhD with James Berger. In 2005, he moved to the laboratory of Stephen Harrison at Harvard Medical School for his postdoctoral work on kinetochore structure and function, particularly the yeast monopolin complex, which promotes proper chromosome segregation in the first meiotic division...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698906/comparative-ultrastructure-of-fruit-plastids-in-three-genetically-diverse-genotypes-of-apple-malus%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-domestica-borkh-during-development
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Scott M Schaeffer, Ryan Christian, Nohely Castro-Velasquez, Brennan Hyden, Valerie Lynch-Holm, Amit Dhingra
Comparative ultrastructural developmental time-course analysis has identified discrete stages at which the fruit plastids undergo structural and consequently functional transitions to facilitate subsequent development-guided understanding of the complex plastid biology. Plastids are the defining organelle for a plant cell and are critical for myriad metabolic functions. The role of leaf plastid, chloroplast, is extensively documented; however, fruit plastids-chromoplasts-are poorly understood, especially in the context of the diverse metabolic processes operating in these diverse plant organs...
July 11, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693388/sending-and-receiving-hedgehog-signals
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Kostadin Petrov, Bradley M Wierbowski, Adrian Salic
Communication between cells pervades the development and physiology of metazoans. In animals, this process is carried out by a relatively small number of signaling pathways, each consisting of a chain of biochemical events through which extracellular stimuli control the behavior of target cells. One such signaling system is the Hedgehog pathway, which is crucial in embryogenesis and is implicated in many birth defects and cancers. Although Hedgehog pathway components were identified by genetic analysis more than a decade ago, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of signaling is far from complete...
July 10, 2017: Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683932/marine-mammal-cell-cultures-to-obtain-to-apply-and-to-preserve
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A V Boroda
The world's oceans today have become a place for the disposal of toxic waste, which leads to the degradation of marine mammal habitats and populations. Marine mammal cell cultures have proven to be a multifunctional tool for studying the peculiarities of the cell physiology and biochemistry of these animals as well as the destructive effects of anthropogenic and natural toxicants. This review describes the sources of marine mammal live tissues and the methods required for establishing cell cultures, their use, and long-term storage...
August 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683923/computational-biochemistry-enzyme-mechanisms-explored
#20
Martin Culka, Florian J Gisdon, G Matthias Ullmann
Understanding enzyme mechanisms is a major task to achieve in order to comprehend how living cells work. Recent advances in biomolecular research provide huge amount of data on enzyme kinetics and structure. The analysis of diverse experimental results and their combination into an overall picture is, however, often challenging. Microscopic details of the enzymatic processes are often anticipated based on several hints from macroscopic experimental data. Computational biochemistry aims at creation of a computational model of an enzyme in order to explain microscopic details of the catalytic process and reproduce or predict macroscopic experimental findings...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
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