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Vladimir Zeldetz, Dmitry Natanel, Matthew Boyko, Alexander Zlotnik, Honore N Shiyntum, Julia Grinshpun, Dmitry Frank, Ruslan Kuts, Evgeni Brotfain, Jochanan Peiser
Contagious depression is a phenomenon that is yet to be fully recognized and this stems from insufficient material on the subject. At the moment, there is no existing format for studying the mechanism of action, prevention, containment, and treatment of contagious depression. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to establish the first animal model of contagious depression. Healthy rats can contract depressive behaviors if exposed to depressed rats. Depression is induced in rats by subjecting them to several manipulations of chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) over 5 weeks, as described in the protocol...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jiyoung Kim, Gi-Ho Sung
Beauvericin is a mycotoxin which has insecticidal, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-cancer activities. Beauvericin biosynthesis is rapidly catalyzed by the beauvericin synthetase (BEAS) in Beauveria bassiana. Ca2+ plays crucial roles in multiple signaling pathways in eukaryotic cells. These Ca2+ signals are partially decoded by Ca2+ sensor calmodulin (CaM). In this report, we describe that B. bassiana BEAS (BbBEAS) can interact with CaM in a Ca2+ -dependent manner. A synthetic BbBEAS peptide, corresponding to the putative CaM-binding motif, formed a stable complex with CaM in the presence of Ca2+ ...
March 19, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
May A Beydoun, Marie T Fanelli-Kuczmarski, Hind A Beydoun, Greg A Dore, Jose A Canas, Michele K Evans, Alan B Zonderman
The role of dairy foods and related nutrients in cardiometabolic health aetiology is poorly understood. We investigated longitudinal associations between the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components with key dairy product exposures. We used prospective data from a bi-racial cohort of urban adults (30-64 years at baseline (n 1371)), the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS), in Baltimore City, MD (2004-2013). The average of two 24-h dietary recalls measured 4-10 d apart was computed at baseline (V1) and follow-up (V2) waves...
March 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
S Junaid S Qazi, Raymond J Turner
EmrE is a member of the small multidrug resistance (SMR) protein family in Escherichia coli . It confers resistance to a wide variety of quaternary cation compounds (QCCs) as an efflux transporter driven by the transmembrane proton motive force. We have expressed hexahistidinyl (His6 ) - myc epitope tagged EmrE, extracted it from membrane preparations using the detergent n-dodecyl-β-D-maltopyranoside (DDM), and purified it using nickel-affinity chromatography. The size of the EmrE protein, in DDM environment, was then examined in the presence and absence of a range of structurally different QCC ligands that varied in their chemical structure, charge and shape...
March 2018: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
Shweta Duggal, Noor Jailkhani, Mukul Kumar Midha, Kanury V S Rao, Ajay Kumar
The Rb protein is a tumor suppressor protein that regulates the key G1S checkpoint consequently blocking the progression of cell cycle into S-phase. Despite its pertinent role in cell cycle regulation, comprehensive information on its interacting partners across cell cycle progression is lacking. Here, we aim to submit a comprehensive set of Rb interactors as the cell progresses from G0 through G1 and S into G2 phase in HEK 293 cell line. Affinity purification of HA-tagged Rb protein along with its interactors was analyzed by mass spectrometry (AP-MS)...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Jing-Min Zhong, Jing Li, An-Ding Kang, San-Qian Huang, Wen-Bin Liu, Yun Zhang, Zhi-Hong Liu, Liang Zeng
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in females, with metastasis of this type of cancer frequently proving lethal. However, there are still no effective biomarkers to predict breast cancer metastasis. The aim of the present study was, therefore, to analyze breast cancer metastasis-associated proteins and evaluate the association between protein S100-A8 and the prognosis of breast cancer. The isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) proteomic technique was used to analyze the differential expression of proteins between fresh primary breast tumor (PBT) tissue and fresh paired metastatic lymph nodes (PMLN) tissue...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Shuai Zhang, Yong Cao, Hao Cheng
Due to the feature of high hydrolysis, tannase is widely used in food, beverage, brewing and other fields. However, high cost in producing natural tannase makes it difficult to apply tannase to industry in a large-scale. Microbial expression systems can be used for preparing numerous amount of enzyme at low cost, so in this paper Aspergillus niger N5-5 was expressed using E. coli system. Specific primers were designed based on the Aspergillus niger N5-5 sequence N3 (GenBank, No.: KP677552), and tannase gene tan was promoted to carry 6 His tag and enzyme cutting site which contains NdeI/HindIII using PCR amplification...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Shu Yang, Zhihua Xing, Tao Liu, Jing Zhou, Qinghua Liang, Tao Tang, Hanjin Cui, Weijun Peng, Xingui Xiong, Yang Wang
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common worldwide public health problem, which causes a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder of synovial joints. Paeoniflorin (PA) has achieved positive results to some extent for the treatment of RA. Purpose: This study aimed to reveal the potential druggable targets of PA in an experimental RA model using quantitative proteomics analysis. Study design and methods: Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into a normal group, model group and PA group...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Cheng-Hong Yang, Kuo-Chuan Wu, Li-Yeh Chuang, Hsueh-Wei Chang
DNA barcode sequences are accumulating in large data sets. A barcode is generally a sequence larger than 1000 base pairs and generates a computational burden. Although the DNA barcode was originally envisioned as straightforward species tags, the identification usage of barcode sequences is rarely emphasized currently. Single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) association studies provide us an idea that the SNPs may be the ideal target of feature selection to discriminate between different species. We hypothesize that SNP-based barcodes may be more effective than the full length of DNA barcode sequences for species discrimination...
2018: Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online
Christopher G Vecsey, Ted Huang, Ted Abel
Metaplasticity refers to the ability of experience to alter synaptic plasticity, or modulate the strength of neuronal connections. Sleep deprivation has been shown to have a negative impact on synaptic plasticity, but it is unknown whether sleep deprivation also influences processes of metaplasticity. Therefore, we tested whether 5 h of total sleep deprivation (SD) in mice would impair hippocampal synaptic tagging and capture (STC), a form of heterosynaptic metaplasticity in which combining strong stimulation in one synaptic input with weak stimulation at another input allows the weak input to induce long-lasting synaptic strengthening...
March 15, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Kartikeya Tiwari, Vikash Kumar Dubey
Asparaginase, a pivotal enzyme of the aspartate metabolic pathway is present as two variants in Leishmania donovani, causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis (VL). Our microscopy based analysis revealed that the green fluorescent protein tagged asparaginase variants were localized in the cytosol of the parasite. The finding was also supported by the in silico analysis of the L. donovani asparaginase variants. This finding is in strike contrast with other parasitic species such as M. tuberculosis where asparaginase is secreted out of the parasite...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Mikhail M Savitski, Nico Zinn, Maria Faelth-Savitski, Daniel Poeckel, Stephan Gade, Isabelle Becher, Marcel Muelbaier, Anne J Wagner, Katrin Strohmer, Thilo Werner, Stephanie Melchert, Massimo Petretich, Anna Rutkowska, Johanna Vappiani, Holger Franken, Michael Steidel, Gavain M Sweetman, Omer Gilan, Enid Y N Lam, Mark A Dawson, Rab K Prinjha, Paola Grandi, Giovanna Bergamini, Marcus Bantscheff
Protein degradation plays important roles in biological processes and is tightly regulated. Further, targeted proteolysis is an emerging research tool and therapeutic strategy. However, proteome-wide technologies to investigate the causes and consequences of protein degradation in biological systems are lacking. We developed "multiplexed proteome dynamics profiling" (mPDP), a mass-spectrometry-based approach combining dynamic-SILAC labeling with isobaric mass tagging for multiplexed analysis of protein degradation and synthesis...
March 3, 2018: Cell
Cassiano R A F Diniz, Plinio C Casarotto, Senem M Fred, Caroline Biojone, Eero Castrén, Sâmia R L Joca
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is associated with peripheral fluid homeostasis and cardiovascular function, but recent evidence also suggests a functional role in the brain. RAS regulates physiological and behavioral parameters related to the stress response, including depressive symptoms. Apparently, RAS can modulate levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and TRKB, which are important in the neurobiology of depression and antidepressant action. However, the interaction between the BDNF/TRKB system and RAS in depression has not been investigated before...
March 14, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Sanae Tabata, Yu Kitago, Yuki Fujii, Emiko Mihara, Keiko Tamura-Kawakami, Naoko Norioka, Katsu Takahashi, Mika K Kaneko, Yukinari Kato, Junichi Takagi
Peptide-based affinity tags are commonly used in recombinant production/purification of proteins, and often preceded or followed by a protease recognition sequence to allow tag removal. We describe a rat monoclonal antibody 2H5 recognizing an undecapeptide tag called "eTev", which contains a recognition sequence for Tobacco Etch Virus (TEV) protease. In the crystal structure of 2H5-eTev complex, the long eTev peptide assumes compact α-helical conformation in the binding groove, exposing both ends to the solution...
March 14, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
Yong Gyun Bae, Seung Tae Hwang, Huan Han, Sung Mok Kim, Hyung-Yoon Kim, Il Park, Joo Myung Lee, Young-June Moon, Jin-Ho Choi
Invasive procedure is a prerequisite for studying coronary physiology. We established the measurement of non-invasive physiological parameters including coronary blood flow (CBF), flow velocity, and microvascular resistance using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). Vessel-specific CBF was derived from transluminal attenuation flow encoding (TAFE) and then tested using three separate datasets consisted of computational simulation, human perfusion CT, and human CCTA. TAFE-derived CBF correlated well with measured vessel-specific myocardial blood flow and CBF...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Aaron Scholl, Yuyang Yang, Patrick McBride, Kelly Irwin, Lan Jiang
The Drosophila trachea is a premier genetic system to investigate the fundamental mechanisms of tubular organ formation. Development of the trachea consists of the well understood early branch specification and migration processes, and the less clear later branch maturation process including the apical membrane expansion, cytoskeleton rearrangement, luminal matrix clearance, and air-filling. We identified seven members of the Osiris (Osi) gene family with obvious tracheal expression in trachea. In addition, HA-tagged Osi proteins are highly concentrated in vesicle-like structures at and near the apical membrane...
March 13, 2018: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
Aruto Sugiyama, Mitsuo Umetsu, Hikaru Nakazawa, Teppei Niide, Ryutaro Asano, Takamitsu Hattori, Izumi Kumagai
The cytotoxicity of T cell-recruiting antibodies with their potential to damage late-stage tumor masses is critically dependent on their structural and functional properties. Recently, we reported a semi-high-throughput process for screening highly cytotoxic small bispecific antibodies (i.e., diabodies). In the present study, we improved the high-throughput performance of this screening process by removing the protein purification stage and adding a stage for determining the concentrations of the diabodies in culture supernatant...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Diana Sirbu, Marcello Corno, Matthias S Ullrich, Nikolai Kuhnert
The nutritional value of cocoa butter is mainly determined by the composition of triacylglycerols (TAGs). In this paper we have developed a non-aqueous reversed-phase liquid chromatographic method, using ethanol as the mobile phase, coupled to electrospray ionization (ESI) tandem mass spectrometry to identify TAGs in raw cocoa beans from six different origins. Tandem mass spectrometry was adopted to facilitate the identification of TAGs using unique diacylglycerol product ions and neutral losses. Additionally, two-dimensional m/z retention time maps aided the identification of entire homologous series of TAGs...
July 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Xu Chen, Stefan Gustafsson, Thomas Whitington, Yan Borné, Erik Lorentzen, Jitong Sun, Peter Almgren, Jun Su, Robert Karlsson, Jie Song, Yi Lu, Yiqiang Zhan, Sara Hägg, Per Svensson, Karin E Smedby, Susan L Slager, Erik Ingelsson, Cecilia M Lindgren, Andrew P Morris, Olle Melander, Thomas Karlsson, Ulf de Faire, Kenneth Caidahl, Gunnar Engström, Lars Lind, Mikael C I Karlsson, Nancy L Pedersen, Johan Frostegård, Patrik K E Magnusson
Phosphorylcholine (PC) is an epitope on oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL), apoptotic cells and several pathogens like Streptococcus pneumoniae. Immunoglobulin M against PC (IgM anti-PC) has the ability to inhibit uptake of oxLDL by macrophages and increase clearance of apoptotic cells. From our genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in four European-ancestry cohorts, six SNPs in 11q24.1 were discovered (in 3002 individuals) and replicated (in 646 individuals) to be associated with serum level of IgM anti-PC (the leading SNP rs35923643-G, combined beta=0...
March 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Jeffrey Zielich, Elena Tzima, Eva Ayla Schröder, Faten Jemel, Barbara Conradt, Eric J Lambie
P5B ATPases are present in the genomes of diverse unicellular and multicellular eukaryotes, indicating that they have an ancient origin, and that they are important for cellular fitness. Inactivation of ATP13A2, one of the four human P5B ATPases, leads to early-onset Parkinson's disease (Kufor-Rakeb Syndrome). The presence of an invariant PPALP motif within the putative substrate interaction pocket of transmembrane segment M4 suggests that all P5B ATPases might have similar transport specificity; however, the identity of the transport substrate(s) remains unknown...
2018: PloS One
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