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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445974/lowered-expression-of-microrna-125a-5p-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-up-regulation-of-its-oncogenic-targets-sirtuin-7-matrix-metalloproteinase-11-and-c-raf
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Nicola Coppola, Giorgio de Stefano, Marta Panella, Lorenzo Onorato, Valentina Iodice, Carmine Minichini, Nicola Mosca, Luisa Desiato, Nunzia Farella, Mario Starace, Giulia Liorre, Nicoletta Potenza, Evangelista Sagnelli, Aniello Russo
Human microRNA-125a-5p (miR-125a) is expressed in most tissues where it downregulates the expression of membrane receptors or intracellular transductors of mitogenic signals, thus limiting cell proliferation. Expression of this miRNA generally increases with cell differentiation whereas it is downregulated in several types of tumors, such as breast, lung, ovarian, gastric, colon, and cervical cancers, neuroblastoma, medulloblastoma, glioblastoma, and retinoblastoma. In this study, we focused on hepatocellular carcinoma and used real-time quantitative PCR to measure miR-125a expression in 55 tumor biopsies and in matched adjacent non-tumor liver tissues...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445962/psma-homing-dsrna-chimeric-protein-vector-kills-prostate-cancer-cells-and-activates-anti-tumor-bystander-responses
#2
Yael Langut, Nufar Edinger, Efrat Flashner-Abramson, Naomi Melamed-Book, Mario Lebendiker, Yael Levi-Kalisman, Shoshana Klein, Alexander Levitzki
The treatment of metastatic androgen-resistant prostate cancer remains a challenge. We describe a protein vector that selectively delivers synthetic dsRNA, polyinosinic/polycytidylic acid (polyIC), to prostate tumors by targeting prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA), which is overexpressed on the surface of prostate cancer cells.The chimeric protein is built from the double stranded RNA (dsRNA) binding domain of PKR tethered to a single chain anti-PSMA antibody. When complexed with polyIC, the chimera demonstrates selective and efficient killing of prostate cancer cells...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445950/the-discovery-of-a-novel-compound-with-potent-antitumor-activity-virtual-screening-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-preliminary-mechanism-study
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Yuanyuan Jin, Linhu Li, Zhaoyong Yang, Mingliang Liu, Huiyuan Guo, Weiyi Shen
Farnesyltransferase has been regarded as a promising drug target against cancer as it is critical for membrane association of several signal transduction proteins. In this study, a novel farnesyltransferase inhibitor (IMB-1406) was identified through virtual screening. It exhibits stronger potency (IC50s: 6.92-8.99 μM) than Sunitinib against all of the tested cancer cell lines. Preliminary studies on mechanism reveal that IMB-1406 induces apoptosis in HepG2 cells by arresting the cell cycle at the S phase, altering anti- and pro-apoptotic proteins leading to mitochondrial dysfunction and activation of caspase-3...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445873/pregnancy-outcomes-in-patients-with-glomerular-disease-attending-a-single-academic-center-in-north-carolina
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Michelle M O'Shaughnessy, Meghan A Jobson, Katy Sims, Abigail L Liberty, Patrick H Nachman, William F Pendergraft
BACKGROUND: Contemporary data regarding pregnancy outcomes in US patients with primary glomerular diseases are lacking. We aimed to report fetal and maternal outcomes among women with biopsy-proven primary glomerular disease who received obstetric care at a single large academic US center. METHODS: All women with a biopsy-confirmed primary glomerular disease diagnosis and without end-stage kidney disease who received obstetric care at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals (1996-2015) were identified using the Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network registry and the UNC Hospitals Perinatal Database...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445864/tumor-antigen-glycosaminoglycan-modification-regulates-antibody-drug-conjugate-delivery-and-cytotoxicity
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Helena C Christianson, Julien A Menard, Vineesh Indira Chandran, Erika Bourseau-Guilmain, Dmitry Shevela, Jon Lidfeldt, Ann-Sofie Månsson, Silvia Pastorekova, Johannes Messinger, Mattias Belting
Aggressive cancers are characterized by hypoxia, which is a key driver of tumor development and treatment resistance. Proteins specifically expressed in the hypoxic tumor microenvironment thus represent interesting candidates for targeted drug delivery strategies. Carbonic anhydrase (CAIX) has been identified as an attractive treatment target as it is highly hypoxia specific and expressed at the cell-surface to promote cancer cell aggressiveness. Here, we find that cancer cell internalization of CAIX is negatively regulated by post-translational modification with chondroitin or heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycan chains...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445838/addition-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-to-the-maturation-medium-of-bovine-oocytes-subjected-to-heat-shock-effects-on-the-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species-mitochondrial-activity-and-oocyte-competence
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I J Ascari, N G Alves, J Jasmin, R R Lima, C C R Quintão, G Oberlender, E A Moraes, L S A Camargo
This study was performed to investigate the effects of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) addition to in vitro maturation (IVM) medium on apoptosis, mitochondrial membrane potential, ROS production, and developmental competence of bovine oocytes subjected to heat shock. Two temperatures (conventional: 24 h at 38.5°C, or heat shock: 12 h at 41°C followed by 12 h at 38.5°C) and 3 IGF-I concentrations (0, 25, and 100 ng/mL) were tested during IVM. The oocytes were then fertilized in vitro, and the presumptive zygotes were cultured until reaching the blastocyst stage...
March 25, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445832/study-of-the-mechanism-of-protonated-histidine-induced-conformational-changes-in-the-zika-virus-dimeric-envelope-protein-using-accelerated-molecular-dynamic-simulations
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Jixue Sun, Yang Li, Pi Liu, Jianping Lin
The Zika virus has drawn worldwide attention because of the epidemic diseases it causes. It is a flavivirus that has an icosahedral protein shell constituted by an envelope glycoprotein (E-protein) and membrane protein (M-protein) in the mature virion. The multistep process of membrane fusion to infect the host cell is pH-induced. To understand the mechanism of the conformational changes in the (E-M)2 protein homodimer embedded in the membrane, two 200-ns accelerated dynamic simulations were performed under different pH conditions...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445813/microfluidic-integrated-patterned-ito-immunosensor-for-rapid-detection-of-prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-biomarker-in-prostate-cancer
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Rajesh Seenivasan, Chandra K Singh, Jay W Warrick, Nihal Ahmad, Sundaram Gunasekaran
An optically transparent patterned indium tin oxide (ITO) three-electrode sensor integrated with a microfluidic channel was designed for label-free immunosensing of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), a prostate cancer (PCa) biomarker, expressed on prostate tissue and circulating tumor cells but also found in serum. The sensor relies on cysteamine capped gold nanoparticles (N-AuNPs) covalently linked with anti-PSMA antibody (Ab) for target specificity. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic channel is used to efficiently and reproducibly introduce sample containing soluble proteins/cells to the sensor...
April 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445779/the-acute-cardiorespiratory-effects-of-centrally-injected-arachidonic-acid-the-mediation-of-prostaglandin-e-d-and-f2%C3%AE
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Leman Gizem Erkan, Burcin Altinbas, Gokcen Guvenc, Begum Aydin, Nasir Niaz, Murat Yalcin
Arachidonic acid (AA), which is released from synaptic membrane phospholipid by neuroreceptor-initiated activation of phospholipase A2, is abundant in the brain and works as a neurotransmitter and/or neuromodulator in the central nervous system. Recently we reported that centrally injected AA generated pressor and hyperventilation effects by activating thromboxane A2 (TXA2) signaling pathway. The present study was designed to investigate the mediation of other metabolites of AA such as prostaglandin (PG) D, PGE and PGF2α alongside TXA2 in the AA-evoked cardiorespiratory effects in anaesthetized rats...
April 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445769/evidence-for-mast-cell-mediated-zinc-homeostasis-increased-labile-zinc-in-the-hippocampus-of-mast-cell-deficient-mice
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Rachel H Kennedy, Amen Wiqas, James P Curley
The dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is a site of adult neurogenesis, and is also known to contain one of the highest concentrations of labile brain zinc (Zn), thought to aid in learning and memory by supporting neurogenesis. At the same time, it is known that unbound Zn, when present at excessive levels, decreases the formation of new neurons. Since mast cells contain Zn transporters capable of moving this essential element across their plasma membrane, as well as Zn-rich granules that are dispelled upon secretion, we reasoned that mast cells contribute to Zn homeostasis in this area of the brain, as they are found in greatest numbers in and around the dentate gyrus...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445761/live-cell-super-resolution-reveals-f-actin-and-plasma-membrane-dynamics-at-the-t-cell-synapse
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George W Ashdown, Garth L Burn, David J Williamson, Elvis Pandžić, Ruby Peters, Michael Holden, Helge Ewers, Lin Shao, Paul W Wiseman, Dylan M Owen
The cortical actin cytoskeleton has been shown to be critical for the reorganization and heterogeneity of plasma membrane components of many cells, including T cells. Building on previous studies at the T cell immunological synapse, we quantitatively assess the structure and dynamics of this meshwork using live-cell superresolution fluorescence microscopy and spatio-temporal image correlation spectroscopy. We show for the first time, to our knowledge, that not only does the dense actin cortex flow in a retrograde fashion toward the synapse center, but the plasma membrane itself shows similar behavior...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445760/determining-the-spatial-relationship-of%C3%A2-membrane-bound-aquaporin-4-autoantibodies-by-sted-nanoscopy
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John N Soltys, Stephanie A Meyer, Hannah Schumann, Emily A Gibson, Diego Restrepo, Jeffrey L Bennett
Determining the spatial relationship of individual proteins in dense assemblies remains a challenge for superresolution nanoscopy. The organization of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) into large plasma membrane assemblies provides an opportunity to image membrane-bound AQP4 antibodies (AQP4-IgG) and evaluate changes in their spatial distribution due to alterations in AQP4 isoform expression and AQP4-IgG epitope specificity. Using stimulated emission depletion nanoscopy, we imaged secondary antibody labeling of monoclonal AQP4-IgGs with differing epitope specificity bound to isolated tetramers (M1-AQP4) and large orthogonal arrays of AQP4 (M23-AQP4)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445759/pulsatile-lipid-vesicles-under-osmotic-stress
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Morgan Chabanon, James C S Ho, Bo Liedberg, Atul N Parikh, Padmini Rangamani
The response of lipid bilayers to osmotic stress is an important part of cellular function. Recent experimental studies showed that when cell-sized giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) are exposed to hypotonic media, they respond to the osmotic assault by undergoing a cyclical sequence of swelling and bursting events, coupled to the membrane's compositional degrees of freedom. Here, we establish a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the essential pulsatile behavior of GUVs under hypotonic conditions by advancing a comprehensive theoretical model of vesicle dynamics...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445757/action-of-antimicrobial-peptides-on-bacterial-and-lipid-membranes-a-direct-comparison
#14
Joseph E Faust, Pei-Yin Yang, Huey W Huang
The bacterial membrane represents an attractive target for the design of new antibiotics to combat widespread bacterial resistance. Understanding how antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and other membrane-active agents attack membranes could facilitate the design of new, effective antimicrobials. Despite intense study of AMPs on model membranes, we do not know how well the mechanism of attack translates to real biological membranes. To that end, we have characterized the attack of AMPs on Escherichia coli cytoplasmic membranes and directly compared this action to model membranes...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445756/membrane-mechanics-of-primary-afferent-neurons-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglia-of-rats
#15
Hirosato Kanda, Jianguo G Gu
Membrane mechanics is an important biological factor regulating many cellular functions including cell motility, intercellular and intracellular signaling, gene expression, and membrane ion channel activity. Primary afferent neurons transduce sensory information about temperature, touch, and pain. These sensory functions may be profoundly affected by the states of primary afferent neuron mechanics. However, membrane mechanics of primary afferent neurons is largely unknown. In this study, we established the optical trapping technique for determining membrane mechanics of cultured primary afferent neurons of the dorsal root ganglia (DRG)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445752/refolding-of-sds-unfolded-proteins-by-nonionic-surfactants
#16
Jørn Døvling Kaspersen, Anne Søndergaard, Daniel Jhaf Madsen, Daniel E Otzen, Jan Skov Pedersen
The strong and usually denaturing interaction between anionic surfactants (AS) and proteins/enzymes has both benefits and drawbacks: for example, it is put to good use in electrophoretic mass determinations but limits enzyme efficiency in detergent formulations. Therefore, studies of the interactions between proteins and AS as well as nonionic surfactants (NIS) are of both basic and applied relevance. The AS sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) denatures and unfolds globular proteins under most conditions. In contrast, NIS such as octaethylene glycol monododecyl ether (C12E8) and dodecyl maltoside (DDM) protect bovine serum albumin (BSA) from unfolding in SDS...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445616/extract-of-syzygium-aromaticum-suppress-eef1a-protein-expression-and-fungal-growth
#17
Yihe Wang, Yiran Ding, Shunhe Wang, Haiqin Chen, Zhang Hao, Wei Chen, Zhennan Gu, Yong Q Chen
AIMS: Clove extract has therapeutic potential as an antifungal drug, yet the mechanism of action remain ambiguous. Current study aimed to address the molecular process of the antifungal activity exerted by clove extract. METHODS AND RESULTS: The antifungal assays results showed that clove extract had some effects on all of the tested yeast. Propidium iodide staining assay showed cell membrane damage in Saccharomyces cerevisiae after treatment of clove extract for 30 h...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445614/two-common-human-cldn5-alleles-encode-different-open-reading-frames-but-produce-one-protein-isoform
#18
Ronald M Cornely, Barbara Schlingmann, Whitney S Shepherd, Joshua D Chandler, David C Neujahr, Michael Koval
Claudins provide tight junction barrier selectivity. The human CLDN5 gene contains a high-frequency single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs885985), where the G allele codes for glutamine (Q) and the A allele codes for an amber stop codon. Thus, these different CLDN5 alleles define nested open reading frames (ORFs) encoding claudin-5 proteins that are 303 or 218 amino acids in length. Interestingly, human claudin-16 and claudin-23 also have long ORFs. The long form of claudin-5 contrasts with the majority of claudin-5 proteins in the National Center for Biotechnology Information protein database, which are less than 220 amino acids in length...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445613/neuronal-distribution-of-tyramine-and-the-tyramine-receptor-amtar1-in-the-honeybee-brain
#19
Markus Thamm, Christina Scholl, Tina Reim, Kornelia Grübel, Karin Möller, Wolfgang Rössler, Ricarda Scheiner
Tyramine is an important neurotransmitter, neuromodulator, and neurohormone in insects. In honeybees, it is assumed to have functions in modulating sensory responsiveness and controlling motor behavior. Tyramine can bind to two characterized receptors in honeybees, both of which are coupled to intracellular cAMP pathways. How tyramine acts on neuronal, cellular and circuit levels is unclear. We investigated the spatial brain expression of the tyramine receptor AmTAR1 using a specific antibody. This antibody detects a membrane protein of the expected molecular weight in Western blot analysis...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445594/porcine-milk-induces-a-strengthening-of-barrier-function-in-porcine-jejunal-epithelium-in-vitro
#20
Judith Radloff, Silke S Zakrzewski, Robert Pieper, Alexander G Markov, Salah Amasheh
Milk contains a variety of components that have been shown to affect the expression and localization of epithelial tight junction proteins and therefore the intestinal barrier. Thus, we hypothesized that milk would have an effect on intestinal barrier properties, owing to effects on the tight junction in an intraspecies porcine intestinal in vitro model. Jejunal samples of piglets derived from different age groups were analyzed. Transepithelial electrical resistance was recorded employing the Ussing chamber technique...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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