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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103630/orientia-tsutsugamushi-ank9-is-a-multifunctional-effector-that-utilizes-a-novel-grip-like-golgi-localization-domain-for-golgi-to-endoplasmic-reticulum-trafficking-and-interacts-with-host-copb2
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Andrea R Beyer, Kyle G Rodino, Lauren VieBrock, Ryan S Green, Brittney K Tegels, Lee D Oliver, Richard T Marconi, Jason A Carlyon
Orientia tsutsugamushi causes scrub typhus, a potentially fatal infection that afflicts one million people annually. This obligate intracellular bacterium boasts one of the largest microbial arsenals of ankyrin repeat-containing protein (Ank) effectors, most of which target the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by undefined mechanisms. Ank9 is the only one proven to function during infection. Here, we demonstrate that Ank9 bears a motif that mimics the GRIP domain of eukaryotic golgins and is necessary and sufficient for its Golgi localization...
January 19, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103571/identification-of-aurintricarboxylic-acid-as-a-selective-inhibitor-of-the-tweak-fn14-signaling-pathway-in-glioblastoma-cells
#2
Alison Roos, Harshil D Dhruv, Ian T Mathews, Landon J Inge, Serdar Tuncali, Lauren K Hartman, Donald Chow, Nghia Millard, Holly H Yin, Jean Kloss, Joseph C Loftus, Jeffrey A Winkles, Michael E Berens, Nhan L Tran
The survival of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), the most deadly form of brain cancer, is compromised by the proclivity for local invasion into the surrounding normal brain, which prevents complete surgical resection and contributes to therapeutic resistance. Tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK), a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily, can stimulate glioma cell invasion and survival via binding to fibroblast growth factor-inducible 14 (Fn14) and subsequent activation of the transcription factor NF-κB...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103537/hybrids-of-thienopyrimidinones-and-thiouracils-as-anti-tubercular-agents-sar-and-docking-studies
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Mahesh M Pisal, Laxman U Nawale, Manoj D Patil, Sujit G Bhansali, Jayant M Gajbhiye, Dhiman Sarkar, Subhash P Chavan, Hanumant B Borate
A number of hybrid molecules containing thienopyrimidinones and thiouracil moieties were designed, synthesized and tested against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Ra wherein it was observed that the compounds 11-14 exhibited antitubercular activity in vitro (MIC 7.6-19.1 μg/mL, 12-35 μM) against dormant stage while the compound 15 exhibited antitubercular activity in vitro against dormant (MIC 23.4 μg/mL, 41 μM) as well as active (MIC 25.4 μg/mL, 45 μM) stage. Structural modifications of the compound 15 were carried out to study the structure-activity relationship and it was observed that the compound 18 exhibited antitubercular activity comparable to the compound 15...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103530/an-anti-oxidant-%C3%AE-lipoic-acid-conjugated-oleoyl-sn-phosphatidylcholineas-a-helper-lipid-in-cationic-liposomal-formulations
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Priya Dharmalingam, Balakrishna Marrapu, Chandrashekhar Voshavar, Rasagna Nadella, Vignesh Kumar Rangasami, R V Shaji, Salar Abbas, R B N Prasad, Shiva Shanker Kaki, Srujan Marepally
Development of safe non-viral carrier systems for efficient intra-cellular delivery of drugs and genes hold promise in the area of translational research. Liposome based delivery systems have emerged as one of the attractive strategies for efficient delivery of drugs and nucleic acids. To this end, number of investigations was carried on liposomal formulations using lipids for achieving higher efficiency in transfection with lower cytotoxicities. In our efforts to develop safer and efficient liposomal delivery systems, we synthesized a novel anti-oxidant lipid, α-lipoyl, oleyl-sn-phosphatidylcholine (LOPC) and used as a helper lipid in combination with a cationic amphiphile, Di-Stearyl Dihydroxy Ethyl Ammonium Chloride (DSDEAC) and 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) at varying concentrations of LOPC...
January 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103516/molecularly-imprinted-polymers-for-sample-preparation-and-biosensing-in-food-analysis-progress-and-perspectives
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Jon Ashley, Mohammad-Ali Shahbazi, Krishna Kant, Vinayaka Aaydha Chidambara, Anders Wolff, Dang Duong Bang, Yi Sun
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are biomimetics which can selectively bind to analytes of interest. One of the most interesting areas where MIPs have shown the biggest potential is food analysis. MIPs have found use as sorbents in sample preparation attributed to the high selectivity and high loading capacity. MIPs have been intensively employed in classical solid-phase extraction and solid-phase microextraction. More recently, MIPs have been combined with magnetic bead extraction, which greatly simplifies sample handling procedures...
January 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103468/poly-a-binding-proteins-are-required-for-translational-regulation-in-vertebrate-oocytes-and-early-embryos
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Saffet Ozturk, Fatma Uysal
Poly(A)-binding proteins (PABPs) function in the timely regulation of gene expression during oocyte maturation, fertilisation and early embryo development in vertebrates. To this end, PABPs bind to poly(A) tails or specific sequences of maternally stored mRNAs to protect them from degradation and to promote their translational activities. To date, two structurally different PABP groups have been identified: (1) cytoplasmic PABPs, including poly(A)-binding protein, cytoplasmic 1 (PABPC1), embryonic poly(A)-binding protein (EPAB), induced PABP and poly(A)-binding protein, cytoplasmic 3; and (2) nuclear PABPs, namely embryonic poly(A)-binding protein 2 and nuclear poly(A)-binding protein 1...
January 20, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103441/enantio-specific-allosteric-modulation-of-cannabinoid-1-receptor
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Robert B Laprairie, Pushkar M Kulkarni, Jeffrey R Deschamps, Melanie E M Kelly, David R Janero, Maria G Cascio, Lesley A Stevenson, Roger G Pertwee, Terry Kenakin, Eileen M Denovan-Wright, Ganesh A Thakur
The cannabinoid 1 receptor (CB1R) is one of the most widely expressed metabotropic G protein-coupled receptors in brain, and its participation in various (patho)physiological processes has made CB1R activation a viable therapeutic modality. Adverse psychotropic effects limit the clinical utility of CB1R orthosteric agonists and have promoted the search for CB1R positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) with the promise of improved drug-like pharmacology and enhanced safety over typical CB1R agonists. In this study, we describe the synthesis and in vitro and ex vivo pharmacology of the novel allosteric CB1R modulator GAT211 (racemic) and its resolved enantiomers, GAT228 (R) and GAT229 (S)...
January 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103425/efficient-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-galactosyl-oligosaccharides-using-a-mutant-bacteroides-thetaiotaomicron-retaining-%C3%AE-galactosidase-btgh97b
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Masayuki Okuyama, Kana Matsunaga, Ken-Ichi Watanabe, Keitaro Yamashita, Takayoshi Tagami, Asako Kikuchi, Min Ma, Patcharapa Klahan, Haruhide Mori, Min Yao, Atsuo Kimura
The preparation of a glycosynthase, a catalytic nucleophile mutant of a glycosidase, is a well-established strategy for the effective synthesis of glycosidic linkages. However, glycosynthases derived from α-glycosidases can give poor yields of desired products because they require generally unstable β-glycosyl fluoride donors. Here, we investigate a transglycosylation catalyzed by a catalytic nucleophile mutant derived from a glycoside hydrolase family (GH) 97 α-galactosidase, using more stable β-galactosyl azide and α-galactosyl fluoride donors...
January 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103388/climbazole-boosts-activity-of-retinoids-in-skin
#9
Jean Adamus, Li Feng, Stacy Hawkins, Kristopher Kalleberg, Jian-Ming Lee
OBJECTIVE: To explore if climbazole enhances retinoid-associated biological activities in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: Primary human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) were treated from six to 48 hours with either retinoids (retinol, retinyl propionate, retinyl palmitate) alone or in combination with climbazole, then assessed for cellular retinoic acid-binding protein 2 (CRABP2) mRNA expression by RT-qPCR. Next, skin equivalent (SE) cultures were topically treated with a retinol or retinyl propionate, and with or without climbazole, then measured for biological changes in retinoid biomarkers...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103328/a-pre-clinical-safety-evaluation-of-sbp-hbsag-binding-protein-adjuvant-for-hepatitis-b-vaccine
#10
Jingbo Wang, Caixia Su, Rui Liu, Baoxiu Liu, Inam Ullah Khan, Jun Xie, Naishuo Zhu
Although adjuvants are a common component of many vaccines, there are few adjuvants licensed for use in humans due to concerns about their toxic effects. There is a need to develop new and safe adjuvants, because some existing vaccines have low immunogenicity among certain patient groups. In this study, SBP, a hepatitis B surface antigen binding protein that was discovered through screening a human liver cDNA expression library, was introduced into hepatitis B vaccine. A good laboratory practice, non-clinical safety evaluation was performed to identify the side effects of both SBP and SBP-adjuvanted hepatitis B vaccine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103321/derivative-of-extremophilic-50s-ribosomal-protein-l35ae-as-an-alternative-protein-scaffold
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Anna V Lomonosova, Andrei B Ulitin, Alexei S Kazakov, Tajib A Mirzabekov, Eugene A Permyakov, Sergei E Permyakov
Small antibody mimetics, or alternative binding proteins (ABPs), extend and complement antibody functionality with numerous applications in research, diagnostics and therapeutics. Given the superiority of ABPs, the last two decades have witnessed development of dozens of alternative protein scaffolds (APSs) for the design of ABPs. Proteins from extremophiles with their high structural stability are especially favorable for APS design. Here, a 10X mutant of the 50S ribosomal protein L35Ae from hyperthermophilic archaea Pyrococcus horikoshii has been probed as an APS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103286/mirnas-do-not-regulate-circadian-protein-synthesis-in-the-dinoflagellate-lingulodinium-polyedrum
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Steve Dagenais-Bellefeuille, Mathieu Beauchemin, David Morse
Dinoflagellates have been shown to express miRNA by bioinformatics and RNA blot (Northern) analyses. However, it is not yet known if miRNAs are able to alter gene expression in this class of organisms. We have assessed the possibility that miRNA may mediate circadian regulation of gene expression in the dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum using the Luciferin Binding Protein (LBP) as a specific example. LBP is a good candidate for regulation by miRNA since mRNA levels are constant over the daily cycle while protein synthesis is restricted by the circadian clock to a period of several hours at the start of the night phase...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103285/radioiodinated-exendin-4-is-superior-to-the-radiometal-labelled-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-probes-overcoming-their-high-kidney-uptake
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Tilman Läppchen, Roswitha Tönnesmann, Jos Eersels, Philipp T Meyer, Helmut R Maecke, Svetlana N Rylova
GLP-1 receptors are ideal targets for preoperative imaging of benign insulinoma and for quantifying the beta cell mass. The existing clinical tracers targeting GLP-1R are all agonists with low specific activity and very high kidney uptake. In order to solve those issues we evaluated GLP-1R agonist Ex-4 and antagonist Ex(9-39) radioiodinated at Tyr40 side by side with [Nle14,Lys40(Ahx-DOTA-68Ga)NH2]Ex-4 (68Ga-Ex-4) used in the clinic. The Kd, Bmax, internalization and binding kinetics of [Nle14,125I-Tyr40-NH2]Ex-4 and [Nle14,125I-Tyr40-NH2]Ex(9-39) were studied in vitro using Ins-1E cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103242/genome-wide-binding-of-posterior-hoxa-d-transcription-factors-reveals-subgrouping-and-association-with-ctcf
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Ivana Jerković, Daniel M Ibrahim, Guillaume Andrey, Stefan Haas, Peter Hansen, Catrin Janetzki, Irene González Navarrete, Peter N Robinson, Jochen Hecht, Stefan Mundlos
Homeotic genes code for key transcription factors (HOX-TFs) that pattern the animal body plan. During embryonic development, Hox genes are expressed in overlapping patterns and function in a partially redundant manner. In vitro biochemical screens probing the HOX-TF sequence specificity revealed largely overlapping sequence preferences, indicating that co-factors might modulate the biological function of HOX-TFs. However, due to their overlapping expression pattern, high protein homology, and insufficiently specific antibodies, little is known about their genome-wide binding preferences...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103240/rfx2-stabilizes-foxj1-binding-at-chromatin-loops-to-enable-multiciliated-cell-gene-expression
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Ian K Quigley, Chris Kintner
Cooperative transcription factor binding at cis-regulatory sites in the genome drives robust eukaryotic gene expression, and many such sites must be coordinated to produce coherent transcriptional programs. The transcriptional program leading to motile cilia formation requires members of the DNA-binding forkhead (Fox) and Rfx transcription factor families and these factors co-localize to cilia gene promoters, but it is not clear how many cilia genes are regulated by these two factors, whether these factors act directly or indirectly, or how these factors act with specificity in the context of a 3-dimensional genome...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103177/hbxip-a-binding-protein-of-hbx-regulates-maintenance-of-the-g2-m-phase-checkpoint-induced-by-dna-damage-and-enhances-sensitivity-to-doxorubicin-induced-cytotoxicity
#16
Hong-Rong Fei, Yun-Sheng Zhou, Ruo-Tong Li, Ming-Feng Yang, Jian Ma, Feng-Ze Wang
To maintain the integrity of the genome, cells need to detect and repair DNA damage before they complete cell division. Hepatitis B x-interacting protein (HBXIP), a binding protein of HBx (Hepatitis B virus x protein), is aberrantly overexpressed in human cancer cells and show to promote cell proliferation and inhibit apoptosis. The present study is designed to investigate the role of HBXIP on the DNA damage response. Our results show that HBXIP acts as an important regulator of G2/M checkpoint in response to DNA damage...
January 19, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103138/discovery-of-a-novel-splice-variant-of-fcar-cd89-unravels-sequence-segments-necessary-for-efficient-secretion-a-story-of-bad-signal-peptides-and-good-ones-that-nevertheless-do-not-make-it
#17
Wai-Heng Lua, Wei-Li Ling, Chinh Tran-To Su, Joshua Yi Yeo, Chandra Shekhar Verma, Birgit Eisenhaber, Frank Eisenhaber, Samuel Ken-En Gan
The IgA receptor, Fcar (CD89) consists of five sequence segments: two segments (S1, S2) forming the potential signal peptide, two extracellular EC domains that include the IgA binding site, and the transmembrane and cytoplasmic tail (TM/C) region. Numerous Fcar splice variants have been reported with various combinations of the sequence segments mentioned above. Here, we report a novel splice variant termed variant APD isolated from a healthy volunteer that lacks only the IgA-binding EC1 domain. Despite possessing the complete signal peptide S1+S2, the variant APD is only found in the intracellular space whereas the wild-type variant 1 is efficiently secreted and variant 4 leaks to the extracellular space...
January 19, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103132/functional-gains-in-energy-and-cell-metabolism-after-tspo-gene-insertion
#18
Guo-Jun Liu, Ryan J Middleton, Winnie Wai-Ying Kam, David Y Chin, Claire R Hatty, Ronald H Y Chan, Richard B Banati
Recent loss-of-function studies in tissue-specific as well as global Tspo (Translocator Protein 18 kDa) knockout mice have not confirmed its long assumed indispensability for the translocation of cholesterol across the mitochondrial inter-membrane space, a rate-limiting step in steroid biosynthesis. Instead, recent studies in global Tspo knockout mice indicate that TSPO may play a more fundamental role in cellular bioenergetics, which may include the indirect down-stream regulation of transport or metabolic functions...
January 19, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103122/ptk2-mediated-degradation-of-atg3-impedes-cancer-cells-susceptible-to-dna-damage-treatment
#19
Ke Ma, Wan Fu, Ming Tang, Chaohua Zhang, Tianyun Hou, Ran Li, Xiaopeng Lu, Yanan Wang, Jingyi Zhou, Xue Li, Luyao Zhang, Lina Wang, Ying Zhao, Wei-Guo Zhu
ATG3 (autophagy related 3) is an E2-like enzyme essential for autophagy; however, it is unknown whether it has an autophagy-independent function. Here, we report that ATG3 is a relatively stable protein in unstressed cells, but it is degraded in response to DNA-damaging agents such as etoposide or cisplatin. With mass spectrometry and a mutagenesis assay, phosphorylation of tyrosine 203 of ATG3 was identified to be a critical modification for its degradation, which was further confirmed by manipulating ATG3(Y203E) (phosphorylation mimic) or ATG3(Y203F) (phosphorylation-incompetent) in Atg3 knockout MEFs...
January 19, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103033/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-small-high-affinity-siglec-7-ligands-toward-novel-inhibitors-of-cancer-immune-evasion
#20
Horst Prescher, Martin Frank, Stephan Gütgemann, Elena Kuhfeldt, Astrid Schweizer, Lars Nitschke, Carsten Watzl, Reinhard Brossmer
Natural killer cells are able to directly lyse tumor cells, thereby participating in the immune surveillance against cancer. Unfortunately, many cancer cells use immune evasion strategies to avoid their eradication by the immune system. A prominent escape strategy of malignant cells is to camouflage themselves with Siglec-7 ligands, thereby recruiting the inhibitory receptor Siglec-7 expressed on the NK cell surface which subsequently inhibits NK-cell-mediated lysis. Here we describe the synthesis and evaluation of the first, high-affinity low molecular weight Siglec-7 ligands to interfere with cancer cell immune evasion...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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