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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535254/invited-commentary-cassel-s-the-contribution-of-the-social-environment-to-host-resistance-a-modern-classic
#1
Sherman A James
John Cassel's 1976 paper "The Contribution of the Social Environment to Host Resistance" (Am J Epidemiol. 1976;104(2):107-123) is widely regarded as a classic in epidemiology. He makes the compelling argument that the quality of a person's social relationships, that is, the degree to which her relationships are more stressful than supportive (or vice versa) influences her susceptibility to disease independent of genetic endowment, diet, physical activity, etc. Cassel's provocative thesis was anchored in a cogent synthesis of findings from animal experiments and observational studies on diverse human populations...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534839/exploring-the-pivotal-role-of-the-ck2-hinge-region-sub-pocket-in-binding-with-tricyclic-quinolone-analogues-by-computational-analysis
#2
Yue Zhou, Na Zhang, Shan Tang, Xiaoqian Qi, Lijiao Zhao, Rugang Zhong, Yongzhen Peng
Protein kinase CK2 has been considered as an attractive therapeutic target of cancer therapy. The tricyclic quinoline compound CX-4945 is the first representative of CK2 inhibitors used in human clinical trials. The binding of non-2,6-naphtyridine substituted compounds 27e (IC50 > 500 nM) and 27h (IC50 > 1000 nM) to CK2 is abolished. However, the unbinding mechanisms due to the key pharmacophore group replacement of compounds 27e and 27h are unveiled. In the present work, combined computational analysis was performed to investigate the underlying structural basis of the low-affinity of two systems...
May 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534525/covalently-linked-dengue-virus-envelope-glycoprotein-dimers-reduce-exposure-of-the-immunodominant-fusion-loop-epitope
#3
Alexander Rouvinski, Wanwisa Dejnirattisai, Pablo Guardado-Calvo, Marie-Christine Vaney, Arvind Sharma, Stéphane Duquerroy, Piyada Supasa, Wiyada Wongwiwat, Ahmed Haouz, Giovanna Barba-Spaeth, Juthathip Mongkolsapaya, Félix A Rey, Gavin R Screaton
A problem in the search for an efficient vaccine against dengue virus is the immunodominance of the fusion loop epitope (FLE), a segment of the envelope protein E that is buried at the interface of the E dimers coating mature viral particles. Anti-FLE antibodies are broadly cross-reactive but poorly neutralizing, displaying a strong infection enhancing potential. FLE exposure takes place via dynamic 'breathing' of E dimers at the virion surface. In contrast, antibodies targeting the E dimer epitope (EDE), readily exposed at the E dimer interface over the region of the conserved fusion loop, are very potent and broadly neutralizing...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534113/cysteine-rich-low-molecular-weight-antimicrobial-peptides-from-brevibacillus-and-related-genera-for-biotechnological-applications
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REVIEW
Piyush Baindara, Anoop Kapoor, Suresh Korpole, Vishakha Grover
The production of natural antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) is an innate immunity trait of all life forms including eukaryotes and prokaryotes. While these AMPs are usually called as defensins in eukaryotes, they are known as bacteriocins in prokaryotes. Bacteriocins are more diverse AMPs considering their varied composition and posttranslational modifications. Accordingly, this review is focused on cysteine-rich AMPs resembling eukaryotic defensins such as laterosporulin from Brevibacillus spp. and associated peptides secreted by the members of related genera...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531794/binding-of-the-anticancer-drug-bi-2536-to-human-serum-albumin-a-spectroscopic-and-theoretical-study
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Jesús Fernández-Sainz, Pedro J Pacheco-Liñán, José M Granadino-Roldán, Iván Bravo, Andrés Garzón, Jaime Rubio-Martínez, José Albaladejo
BI-2536 is a potent Polo-like kinase inhibitor which induces apoptosis in diverse human cancer cell lines. The binding affinity of BI-2536 for human serum albumin (HSA) protein may define its pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile. We have studied the binding of BI-2536 to HSA by means of different spectroscopic techniques and docking calculations. We have experimentally observed that the affinity of BI-2536 for HSA is higher than that of other common HSA binding drugs. Therefore, it can be postulated that the drug dose should be increased to achieve a certain concentration of free drug in plasma, although BI-2536 could also reach tumour tissues by uptaking HSA/BI-2536 complex...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529482/mode-of-action-analyses-of-neferine-a-bisbenzylisoquinoline-alkaloid-of-lotus-nelumbo-nucifera-against-multidrug-resistant-tumor-cells
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Onat Kadioglu, Betty Y K Law, Simon W F Mok, Su-Wei Xu, Thomas Efferth, Vincent K W Wong
Neferine, a bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid isolated from the green seed embryos of Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn), has been previously shown to have various anti-cancer effects. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of neferine in terms of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibition via in vitro cytotoxicity assays, R123 uptake assays in drug-resistant cancer cells, in silico molecular docking analysis on human P-gp and in silico absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME), quantitative structure activity relationships (QSAR) and toxicity analyses...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529057/structural-basis-for-the-versatile-and-methylation-dependent-binding-of-ctcf-to-dna
#7
Hideharu Hashimoto, Dongxue Wang, John R Horton, Xing Zhang, Victor G Corces, Xiaodong Cheng
The multidomain CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF), containing a tandem array of 11 zinc fingers (ZFs), modulates the three-dimensional organization of chromatin. We crystallized the human CTCF DNA-binding domain in complex with a known CTCF-binding site. While ZF2 does not make sequence-specific contacts, each finger of ZF3-7 contacts three bases of the 15-bp consensus sequence. Each conserved nucleotide makes base-specific hydrogen bonds with a particular residue. Most of the variable base pairs within the core sequence also engage in interactions with the protein...
May 15, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528477/human-cost-burden-of-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-a-critical-review
#8
REVIEW
Gregory G Bond, Daniel R Dietrich
Recently published papers have alleged that exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are causing substantial disease burdens in the EU and US and are consequently costing society hundreds of billions of dollars annually. To date, these cost estimates have not undergone adequate scientific scrutiny, but nevertheless are being used aggressively in advocacy campaigns in an attempt to fundamentally change how chemicals are tested, evaluated and regulated. Consequently, we critically evaluated the underlying methodology and assumptions employed by the chief architects of the disease burden cost estimates...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527394/elucidation-of-penetration-enhancement-mechanism-of-emu-oil-using-ftir-microspectroscopy-at-emira-laboratory-of-sesame-synchrotron
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Randa S H Mansour, Alsayed A Sallam, Imad I Hamdan, Enam A Khalil, Ibraheem Yousef
It has been proposed that Emu oil possesses skin permeation-enhancing effect. This study aimed to address its possible penetration enhancement mechanism(s) using IR microscopy, in accordance with LPP theory. The penetration of Emu oil through the layers of human skin was accomplished by monitoring oil-IR characteristic feature at 3006cm(-1). The unsaturated components of Emu oil accumulated at about 270μm depth of skin surface. The interaction of Emu oil with lipid and protein constituents of SC was investigated in comparison with a commonly used enhancer, IPM...
May 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526020/salmonella-serotypes-and-their-antimicrobial-susceptibility-in-apparently-healthy-dogs-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
#10
Bitsu Kiflu, Haile Alemayehu, Mukarim Abdurahaman, Yohannes Negash, Tadesse Eguale
BACKGROUND: The close bond between pet animals and family members poses risk of infection with zoonotic bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella. No data is available on occurrence of Salmonella in dogs in Ethiopia. The aim of this study was therefore to determine the prevalence, serotype distribution and antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella from feces of apparently healthy dogs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. RESULTS: Of the total 360 dogs examined, 42 (11.7%; 95% Confidence limit of 8...
May 19, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525984/study-protocol-evaluation-of-the-probiotic-lactobacillus-fermentum-cect5716-for-the-prevention-of-mastitis-in-breastfeeding-women-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Diana M Bond, Jonathan M Morris, Natasha Nassar
BACKGROUND: Mastitis and accompanying pain have been associated with the cessation of breastfeeding. Mastitis is an inflammatory condition of the breast and may be a result of decreased immunity and a lowered resistance to infection. Mastitis affects up to one in five breastfeeding women with most episodes occurring in the first 6-8 weeks postpartum. Antibiotics are often used in the treatment of mastitis, but have not been popular or proven effective as a preventative agent. The WHO has highlighted significant concerns relating to adverse harms of antibiotic use with the production of antibiotic-resistant strains of disease organisms...
May 19, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525980/the-distribution-of-mitochondrial-dna-haplogroup-h-in-southern-iberia-indicates-ancient-human-genetic-exchanges-along-the-western-edge-of-the-mediterranean
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Candela L Hernández, Jean M Dugoujon, Andrea Novelletto, Juan N Rodríguez, Pedro Cuesta, Rosario Calderón
BACKGROUND: The structure of haplogroup H reveals significant differences between the western and eastern edges of the Mediterranean, as well as between the northern and southern regions. Human populations along the westernmost Mediterranean coasts, which were settled by individuals from two continents separated by a relatively narrow body of water, show the highest frequencies of mitochondrial haplogroup H. These characteristics permit the analysis of ancient migrations between both shores, which may have occurred via primitive sea crafts and early seafaring...
May 19, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525871/different-binding-mechanisms-of-neutral-and-anionic-poly-perfluorinated-chemicals-to-human-transthyretin-revealed-by-in-silico-models
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Xianhai Yang, Felichesmi Lyakurwa, Hongbin Xie, Jingwen Chen, Xuehua Li, Xianliang Qiao, Xiyun Cai
Chemical forms-dependent binding interactions between phenolic compounds and human transthyretin (hTTR) have been elaborated previously. However, it is not known whether the binding interactions between ionizable halogenated alphatic compounds and hTTR also have the same manner. In this study, poly-/perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) were selected as model compounds and molecular dynamic simulation was performed to investigate the binding mechanisms between PFCs and hTTR. Results show the binding interactions between the halogenated aliphatic compounds and hTTR are related to the chemical forms...
May 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525266/gliotoxin-biosynthesis-structure-mechanism-and-metal-promiscuity-of-carboxypeptidase-glij
#14
Antoine Marion, Michael Groll, Daniel H Scharf, Kirstin Scherlach, Manuel Glaser, Holger Sievers, Michael Schuster, Christian Hertweck, Axel A Brakhage, Iris Antes, Eva M Huber
The formation of glutathione (GSH) conjugates, best known from the detoxification of xenobiotics, is a widespread strategy to incorporate sulfur into biomolecules. The biosynthesis of gliotoxin, a virulence factor of the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, involves attachment of two GSH molecules and their sequential decomposition to yield two reactive thiol groups. The degradation of the GSH moieties requires the activity of the Cys-Gly carboxypeptidase GliJ, for which we describe the X-ray structure here...
May 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524918/urotensin-ii-peptidomimetic-incorporating-a-non-reducible-1-5-triazole-disulfide-bond-reveals-a-pseudo-irreversible-covalent-binding-mechanism-to-the-urotensin-g-protein-coupled-receptor
#15
Salvatore Pacifico, Aidan Kerckhoffs, Andrew J Fallow, Rachel E Foreman, Remo Guerrini, John McDonald, David G Lambert, Andrew G Jamieson
The urotensin-II receptor (UTR) is a class A GPCR that predominantly binds to the pleiotropic cyclic peptide urotensin-II (U-II). U-II is constrained by a disulfide bridge that induces a β-turn structure and binds pseudo-irreversibly to UTR and is believed to result in a structural rearrangement of the receptor. However, it is not well understood how U-II binds pseudo-irreversibly and the nature of the reorganization of the receptor that results in G-protein activation. Here we describe a series of U-II peptidomimetics incorporating a non-reducible disulfide bond structural surrogate to investigate the feasibility that native U-II binds to the G protein-coupled receptor through disulfide bond shuffling as a mechanism of covalent interaction...
May 19, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524270/interaction-studies-of-copper-complex-containing-food-additive-carmoisine-dye-with-human-serum-albumin-hsa-spectroscopic-investigations
#16
Nahid Shahabadi, Alireza Akbari, Mina Jamshidbeigi, Soraya Moradi Fili
In this study, the interaction between human serum albumin (HSA) and a copper complex of carmoisine dye; [Cu(carmoisine)2 (H2 O)2 ], was studied in vitro using multi-spectroscopic methods. It was found that the intrinsic fluorescence of HSA was quenched by the addition of the [Cu(carmoisine)2 (H2 O)2 ] complex and the quenching mechanism was considered as static quenching by formation of a [Cu(carmoisine)2 (H2 O)2 ]-HSA complex. The binding constant was about 10(4)  M(-1) at room temperature. The values of the calculated thermodynamic parameters (ΔH < 0 and ΔS > 0) suggested that both hydrogen bonds and the hydrophobic interactions were involved in the binding process...
May 19, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524087/in-vitro-assessment-of-early-bacterial-activity-on-micro-nanostructured-ti6al4v-surfaces
#17
Benjamin Valdez-Salas, Ernesto Beltrán-Partida, Sandra Castillo-Uribe, Mario Curiel-Álvarez, Roumen Zlatev, Margarita Stoytcheva, Gisela Montero-Alpírez, Lidia Vargas-Osuna
It is imperative to understand and systematically compare the initial interactions between bacteria genre and surface properties. Thus, we fabricated a flat, anodized with 80 nm TiO₂ nanotubes (NTs), and a rough Ti6Al4V surface. The materials were characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). We cultured in vitro Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) to evaluate the bacterial-surface behavior by FE-SEM and viability calculation...
May 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523433/structural-and-functional-roles-of-ether-lipids
#18
REVIEW
John M Dean, Irfan J Lodhi
Ether lipids, such as plasmalogens, are peroxisome-derived glycerophospholipids in which the hydrocarbon chain at the sn-1 position of the glycerol backbone is attached by an ether bond, as opposed to an ester bond in the more common diacyl phospholipids. This seemingly simple biochemical change has profound structural and functional implications. Notably, the tendency of ether lipids to form non-lamellar inverted hexagonal structures in model membranes suggests that they have a role in facilitating membrane fusion processes...
May 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522813/in-situ-assembly-of-ag-nanoparticles-agnps-on-porous-silkworm-cocoon-based-would-film-enhanced-antimicrobial-and-wound-healing-activity
#19
Kun Yu, Fei Lu, Qing Li, Honglei Chen, Bitao Lu, Jiawei Liu, Zhiquan Li, Fangying Dai, Dayang Wu, Guangqian Lan
Preventing wound infection and retaining an appropriate level of moisture around wounds represent the most critical issues in wound treatment. Towards these ends, special focus has been placed on Bombyx mori cocoons because the protective function of the silkworm cocoon resembles the manner in which the skin protects the human body. We have designed a facile technique to develop a novel silkworm cocoon-based wound film (SCWF) wound dressing utilizing a CaCl2-ethanol-H2O solution. To improve the anti-bacterial performance of SCWF, we have incorporated the ability of silk sericin to act as a reducing agent for the conversion of Ag(+) to Ag, yielding nanoparticles (AgNPs) linked together by peptide bonds of silkworm cocoon wound film (SCWF-AgNPs)...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521680/fatty-acids-and-effects-on-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models-of-liver-steatosis
#20
Laura Vergani
Fatty liver, or steatosis, is a condition of excess accumulation of lipids, mainly under form of triglycerides (TG), in the liver, and it is the hallmark of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is the most common liver disorder world-wide and it has frequently been associated with obesity, hyperlipidemia and insulin resistance. Free fatty acids (FA) are the major mediators of hepatic steatosis; patients with NAFLD have elevated levels of circulating FA that correlate with disease severity. Steatosis is a reversible condition that can be resolved with changed behaviors, or that can progress towards more severe liver damages such as steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis and cirrhosis...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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