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Deepak Reddy Gade, Amareswararao Makkapati, Rajesh Babu Yarlagadda, Godefridus J Peters, B S Sastry, V V S Rajendra Prasad
Overexpression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) leads to the emergence of multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer treatment. Acridones have the potential to reverse MDR and sensitize cells. In the present study, we aimed to elucidate the chemosensitization potential of acridones by employing various molecular modelling techniques. Pharmacophore modeling was performed for the dataset of chemosensitizing acridones earlier proved for cytotoxic activity against MCF7 breast cancer cell line. Gaussian-based QSAR studies also performed to predict the favored and disfavored region of the acridone molecules...
February 24, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Yanting Wang, Wenxian Lan, Zhenzhen Yan, Jing Gao, Xinlian Liu, Sheng Wang, Xiying Guo, Chunxi Wang, Hu Zhou, Jiuping Ding, Chunyang Cao
Large-conductance Ca2+ - and voltage-dependent K+ (BK) channels display diverse biological functions while their pore-forming α subunit is coded by a single Slo1 gene. The variety of BK channels is correlated with the effects of BKα coexpression with auxiliary β (β1-β4) subunits, as well as newly defined γ subunits. Charybdotoxin (ChTX) blocks BK channel through physically occluding the K+ -conduction pore. Human brain enriched β4 subunit (hβ4) alters the conductance-voltage curve, slows activation and deactivation time courses of BK channels...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Stefanie Amend, Roland Frankenberger, Susanne Lücker, Eugen Domann, Norbert Krämer
OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to establish Lactobacillus casei in a completely automated Streptococcus mutans-based artificial mouth model and to investigate secondary caries inhibiting properties of glass ionomer cements / resin composite groups in vitro. METHODS: Sixty extracted, caries-free human third molars were used for preparation of standardized class-V-cavities. Specimens were restored with a resin-modified (Photac Fil; PF) as well as a conventional glass ionomer cement (Ketac Molar; KM) and one resin composite bonded with and without conduction of etch-and-rinse technique (Prime&Bond NT, Ceram X mono; C+ERT, C)...
March 12, 2018: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
Cheol-Jung Lee, Su-Jin Moon, Jeong-Hee Jeong, Sangbae Lee, Mee-Hyun Lee, Sun-Mi Yoo, Hye Suk Lee, Han Chang Kang, Joo Young Lee, Weon Sun Lee, Hee-Jin Lee, Eun-Kyung Kim, Joo-Yeon Jhun, Mi-La Cho, Jun-Ki Min, Yong-Yeon Cho
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory disease that mainly affects the synovial joints. Although involvement of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling pathway has been suggested as an important modulator in RA development, no clear evidence has been provided. In this study, we found that synovial fluid basic FGF (bFGF) concentration was significantly higher in RA than in osteoarthritis (OA) patients. bFGF stimulates proliferation and migration of human fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) by activation of the bFGF-FGF receptor 3 (FGFR3)-ribosomal S6 kinase 2 (RSK2) signaling axis...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Ernst R Werner, Markus A Keller, Sabrina Sailer, Daniele Seppi, Georg Golderer, Gabriele Werner-Felmayer, Raphael A Zoeller, Katrin Watschinger
Plasmanylethanolamine desaturase (E.C. introduces the 1-prime double bond into plasmalogens, one of the most abundant phospholipids in the human body. This labile membrane enzyme has not been purified and its coding sequence is unknown. Previous assays for this enzyme used radiolabeled substrates followed by multistep processing. We describe here a straight-forward method for the quantification of plasmanylethanolamine desaturase in enzyme incubation mixtures using pyrene-labeled substrates and reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with fluorescence detection...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Megan Sjodt, Ramsay Macdonald, Joanna D Marshall, Joseph Clayton, John S Olson, Martin L Phillips, David A Gell, Jeff Wereszczynski, Robert T Clubb
Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of life-threatening infections in the United States. It actively acquires the essential nutrient iron from human hemoglobin (Hb) using the iron-regulated surface-determinant (Isd) system. This process is initiated when the closely related bacterial IsdB and IsdH receptors bind to Hb and extract its hemin through a conserved tri-domain unit that contains two NEAr iron Transporter (NEAT) domains that are connected by a helical linker domain. Previously, we demonstrated that the tri-domain unit within IsdH (IsdHN2N3 ) triggers hemin release by distorting Hb's F-helix...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Sara Bianchi, Luca Giovannini
The mTOR pathway plays a crucial role in many human diseases, mostly associated with an over hyperactivity of the mTOR signaling, which makes its inhibitors potentially effective therapeutics. Thus, it is important to consider not only the mTOR pathway, but also all those factors that play a key role in its regulation, such as SIRT1 and AMPK. We previously demonstrated the role of some nutraceutical SIRT1 modulators in AMPK and mTOR pathway, showing the presence of a synergistic effect. Now we take further our research by evaluating the effect of berberine, quercetin, tyrosol, and ferulic acid on the mTOR/S6K1/4E-BP1 signaling, along with the existence of any synergistic effect between the following associations: berberine + tyrosol, tyrosol + ferulic acid, ferulic acid + quercetin...
March 14, 2018: Nutrition and Cancer
Yossa Dwi Hartono, You Xu, Andrey Karshikoff, Lennart Nilsson, Alessandra Villa
The protonation states for nucleic acid bases are difficult to assess experimentally. In the context of triplex DNA, the protonation state of cytidine in the third strand is particularly important, because it needs to be protonated in order to form Hoogsteen hydrogen bonds. A sugar modification, locked nucleic acid (LNA), is widely used in triplex forming oligonucleotides to target sites in the human genome. In this study, the parameters for LNA are developed in line with the CHARMM nucleic acid force field and validated towards the available structural experimental data...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Minhang Xin, Weiming Duan, Yifan Feng, Yuan-Yuan Hei, Hao Zhang, Ying Shen, Hong-Yi Zhao, Shuai Mao, San-Qi Zhang
Phosphoinositide 3-kinase Delta (PI3Kδ) plays a key role in B-cell signal transduction and inhibition of PI3Kδ was confirmed to have clinical benefit in certain types of activation of B-cell malignancies. Herein, we reported a novel series of 4-pyrrolidineoxy or 4-piperidineamino substituted quinazolines, showing potent PI3Kδ inhibitory activities. Among these compounds, 12d, 14b and 14c demonstrated higher potency against PI3Kδ with the half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50 ) values of 4.5, 3.0, and 3...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Srinivas Angapelly, P V Sri Ramya, Rohini Sodhi, Andrea Angeli, Krishnan Rangan, Narayana Nagesh, Claudiu T Supuran, Mohammed Arifuddin
A practical and transition metal-free one-pot domino synthesis of diversified (1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-yl)anilines has been developed employing isatins and hydrazides as the starting materials, in the presence of molecular iodine. The prominent feature of this domino process involves consecutive condensation, hydrolytic ring cleavage, and an intramolecular decarboxylation, in a one-pot process that leads to the oxidative formation of a C-O bond. Fluorescence properties of some of the representative molecules obtained in this way were studied...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Minhang Xin, Weiming Duan, Yifan Feng, Yuan-Yuan Hei, Hao Zhang, Ying Shen, Hong-Yi Zhao, Shuai Mao, San-Qi Zhang
In this study, a novel series of 6-aryl substituted 4-pyrrolidineaminoquinazoline derivatives were designed and evaluated as potent PI3Kδ inhibitors. The preliminary SAR was established, and compounds 12d, 20a and 20c displayed leading potent PI3Kδ inhibition, with IC50 values of 4.5, 2.7 and 3.1 nM, respectively, that were comparable to idelalisib (IC50  = 2.7 nM). Moreover, these three compounds showed favorable PI3Kδ isoform selectivity over PI3Kα, PI3Kβ, and PI3Kγ, and showed distinct anti-proliferation profiles against four human B cell lines of Ramos, Raji, RPMI-8226 and SU-DHL-6...
March 2, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Yan Liu, Ling Zhang, Li-Na Niu, Tao Yu, Hockin H K Xu, Michael D Weir, Thomas W Oates, Franklin R Tay, Ji-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the bonding performance, antibacterial activity, and remineralization effect on enamel of the orthodontic adhesive containing MAE-DB and NACP. METHODS: Eighty non-carious human premolars were divided into 3 groups: Transbond XT (TB), PEHB + 5% MAE-DB (PD), and PEHB + 40% NACP + 5% MAE-DB (PND). Premolars were bonded with orthodontic brackets, the first subgroup (n = 10) and the second subgroup (n = 10) were subjected to shear bond strength testing after immersed in water for 1 day and in demineralization solution for 28 days respectively and then tested surface roughness, while the third subgroup (n = 6) was used for microhardness evaluation after aged in demineralization solution for 28 days...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Mitsuko Nakashima, Mitsuhiro Kato, Kazushi Aoto, Masaaki Shiina, Hazrat Belal, Souichi Mukaida, Satoko Kumada, Atsushi Sato, Ayelet Zerem, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Dorit Lev, Huey Yin Leong, Yoshinori Tsurusaki, Takeshi Mizuguchi, Satoko Miyatake, Noriko Miyake, Kazuhiro Ogata, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto
OBJECTIVE: The cytoplasmic fragile X mental retardation 1 interacting proteins 2 (CYFIP2) is a component of the WAVE regulatory complex, which is involved in actin dynamics. An obvious association of CYFIP2 variants with human neurological disorders has never been reported. Here, we identified de novo hotspot CYFIP2 variants in neurodevelopmental disorders and explore the possible involvement of the CYFIP2 mutants in the WAVE signaling pathway. METHODS: We performed trio-based whole exome sequencing (WES) in 210 families and case-only WES in 489 individuals with epileptic encephalopathies...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Kanij Rukshana Sumi, Soo Cheol Kim, Jewel Howlader, Won Kyo Lee, Kap Seong Choi, Hoy-Taek Kim, Jong-In Park, Ill-Sup Nou, Kang Hee Kho
In this study, an 1888-bp carbonic anhydrase XII (CA XII) sequence was cloned from the brain of the pufferfish, Takifugu rubripes . The cloned sequence contained a coding region of 1470-bp, which was predicted to translate into a protein of 490 amino acid residues. The predicted protein showed between 68-56% identity with the large yellow croaker ( Larimichthys crocea ), tilapia ( Oreochromis niloticus ), and Asian arowana ( Scleropages formosus ) CA XII proteins. It also exhibited 36% and 53% identity with human CA II and CA XII, respectively...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Katharina Wulf, Michael Teske, Claudia Matschegewski, Daniela Arbeiter, Dalibor Bajer, Thomas Eickner, Klaus-Peter Schmitz, Niels Grabow
The successive incorporation of several drugs into the polymeric bulk of implants mostly results in loss of considerable quantity of one drug, and/or the loss in quality of the coating and also in changes of drug release time points. A dual drug delivery system (DDDS) based on poly-L-lactide (PLLA) copolymers combining the effective inhibition of smooth muscle cell proliferation while simultaneously promoting re-endothelialization was successfully developed. To overcome possible antagonistic drug interactions and the limitation of the polymeric bulk material as release system for dual drugs, a novel concept which combines the bulk and surface drug immobilization for a DDDS was investigated...
March 12, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Rohini Karunakaran, P S Srikumar
The crystallins are a family of monomeric proteins present in the mammalian lens and mutations in these proteins cause various forms of cataracts. The aim of our current study is to emphasize the structural characterization of aggregation propensity of mutation R58H on γD crystallin using molecular dynamics (MD) approach. MD result revealed that difference in the sequence level display a wide variation in the backbone atomic position, and thus exhibits rigid conformational dynamics. Changes in the flexibility of residues favoured to increase the number of intra-molecular hydrogen bonds in mutant R58H...
March 12, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Ashfaqul Hoque, Priyadharshini Sivakumaran, Simon T Bond, Naomi X Y Ling, Anne M Kong, John W Scott, Nadeeka Bandara, Damián Hernández, Guei-Sheung Liu, Raymond C B Wong, Michael T Ryan, Derek J Hausenloy, Bruce E Kemp, Jonathan S Oakhill, Brian G Drew, Alice Pébay, Shiang Y Lim
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a valuable tool for studying the cardiac developmental process in vitro, and cardiomyocytes derived from iPSCs are a putative cell source for personalized medicine. Changes in mitochondrial morphology have been shown to occur during cellular reprogramming and pluripotent stem cell differentiation. However, the relationships between mitochondrial dynamics and cardiac mesoderm commitment of iPSCs remain unclear. Here we demonstrate that changes in mitochondrial morphology from a small granular fragmented phenotype in pluripotent stem cells to a filamentous reticular elongated network in differentiated cardiomyocytes are required for cardiac mesodermal differentiation...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Jie Huang, G Patricia Casas Garcia, Matthew A Perugini, Archa Fox, Charles Bond, Mihwa Lee
Members of the Drosophila Behavior Human Splicing (DBHS) protein family are nuclear proteins implicated in many layers of nuclear functions, including RNA biogenesis as well as DNA repair. Definitive of the DBHS protein family, the conserved DBHS domain provides a dimerization platform that is critical for the structural integrity and function of these proteins. The three human DBHS proteins - splicing factor proline- and glutamine-rich (SFPQ), paraspeckle component 1 (PSPC1), and non-POU domain-containing octamer binding protein (NONO) - form either homo- or heterodimers; however, the relative affinity and mechanistic details of preferential heterodimerization are yet to be deciphered...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Swetha K Maddili, Ramesh Katla, Vijaya Kumar Kannekanti, Naveen Kumar Bejjanki, Balaraju Tuniki, Cheng-He Zhou, Himabindu Gandham
The binding behaviour between calf thymus DNA and synthesized benzothiazolyl triazolium derivatives as potent antimicrobial agents was explored by means of spectroscopic applications together with molecular docking study at the sub-domain IIA, binding site I of human serum albumin (HSA). Most of the synthesized derivatives presented significant antimicrobial inhibition when compared with the clinical Norfloxacin, Chloromycin, and Fluconazole. In particular, compound 5q presented efficient anti-Bacillus subtilis, anti-Escherichia coli, anti-Salmonella typhi, and anti-Psuedomonas aeruginosa activity with low MIC values of 2-8 μg/mL which were relatively superior to the reference drugs...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Katia Pane, Mariavittoria Verrillo, Angela Avitabile, Elio Pizzo, Mario Varcamonti, Anna Zanfardino, Antimo Di Maro, Camilla Rega, Angela Amoresano, Viviana Izzo, Alberto Di Donato, Valeria Cafaro, Eugenio Notomista
Peptides with an N-terminal cysteine residue allow site-specific modification of proteins and peptides and chemical synthesis of proteins. They have been widely used to develop new strategies for imaging, drug discovery, diagnostics and chip technologies. Here we present a method to produce recombinant peptides with an N-terminal cysteine residue as a convenient alternative to chemical synthesis. The method is based on the release of the desired peptide from a recombinant fusion protein by mild acid hydrolysis of an Asp-Cys sequence...
March 12, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
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