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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079801/acute-necrotizing-retinal-vasculitis-as-onset-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
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Simeon Monov, Ruska Hristova, Rositza Dacheva, Reni Toncheva, Russka Shumnalieva, Viara Shoumnalieva-Ivanova, Daniela Monova
RATIONALE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease characterized by autoantibody production, complement activation, and deposition of immune complexes in tissues and organs. SLE can involve any region of the visual system. Although ocular manifestations are not part of the classification criteria for SLE, they can be observed in up to one-third of the patients with SLE. They are rarely reported at the time of disease onset. Retinal vasculitis is usually associated with active generalized disease...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060517/thermodynamics-of-helix-coil-transitions-of-polyalanine-in-open-carbon-nanotubes
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Dylan Suvlu, Seneviratne Samaratunga, Dave Thirumalai, Jayendran C Rasaiah
Understanding structure formation in polypeptide chains and synthetic polymers encapsulated in pores is important in biology and no technology. We present replica exchange molecular dynamics studies of the phase diagram for alpha-helix formation of capped polyalanine in nanotubes (NT) open to a water reservoir as a function of the NT diameter and hydrophobicity. A helix forms only in a narrow range of diameters, which surprisingly is comparable to the width of the ribosome tunnel. Increasing the hydrophobicity enhances helicity in the NT...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003804/golden-needle-mushroom-a-culinary-medicine-with-evidenced-based-biological-activities-and-health-promoting-properties
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Calyn Tang, Pearl Ching-Xin Hoo, Loh Teng-Hern Tan, Priyia Pusparajah, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Learn-Han Lee, Bey-Hing Goh, Kok-Gan Chan
Flammulina velutipes (enoki, velvet shank, golden needle mushroom or winter mushroom), one of the main edible mushrooms on the market, has long been recognized for its nutritional value and delicious taste. In recent decades, research has expanded beyond detailing its nutritional composition and delved into the biological activities and potential health benefits of its constituents. Many bioactive constituents from a range of families have been isolated from different parts of the mushroom, including carbohydrates, protein, lipids, glycoproteins, phenols, and sesquiterpenes...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003488/ribosome-profiling-reveals-translational-upregulation-of-cellular-oxidative-phosphorylation-mrnas-during-vaccinia-virus-induced-host-shutoff
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Aimei Dai, Shuai Cao, Pragyesh Dhungel, Yizhao Luan, Yizhi Liu, Zhi Xie, Zhilong Yang
: Vaccinia virus infection causes a host shutoff, which is marked by global inhibition of host protein synthesis. Though the host shutoff may facilitate reallocation of cellular resources for viral replication and evasion of host anti-viral immune responses, it poses a challenge for continuous synthesis of cellular proteins that are important for viral replication. It is, however, unclear whether and how certain cellular proteins may be selectively synthesized during the vaccinia virus-induced host shutoff...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999336/debouganin-diabody-fusion-protein-overcomes-drug-resistance-to-adcs-comprised-of-anti-microtubule-agents
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Shilpa Chooniedass, Rachelle L Dillon, Arjune Premsukh, Peter J Hudson, Gregory P Adams, Glen C MacDonald, Jeannick Cizeau
Antibody drug conjugates (ADC), comprised of highly potent small molecule payloads chemically conjugated to a full-length antibody, represent a growing class of therapeutic agents. The targeting of cytotoxic payloads via the specificity and selectivity of the antibody has led to substantial clinical benefits. However, ADC potency can be altered by mechanisms of resistance such as overexpression of efflux pumps or anti-apoptotic proteins. DeBouganin is a de-immunized variant of bouganin, a ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP) that blocks protein synthesis, thereby leading to apoptosis...
December 17, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997894/zedoarondiol-inhibits-platelet-derived-growth-factor-induced-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-proliferation-via-regulating-amp-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway
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Huimin Mao, Tianqi Tao, Dandan Song, Mi Liu, Xiaoren Wang, Xiuhua Liu, Dazhuo Shi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation contributes significantly to atherosclerosis and in-stent restenosis. Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) plays a vital role in VSMCs proliferation. Zedoarondiol, a sesquiterpene lactone compound, has an anti-inflammatory activity. However, the role of zedoarondiol in PDGF-BB-mediated VSMCs proliferation remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of zedoarondiol on PDGF-BB-induced VSMCs proliferation and explored the possible mechanisms...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992588/site-specific-cleavage-of-ribosomal-rna-in-escherichia-coli-based-cell-free-protein-synthesis-systems
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Jurek Failmezger, Robert Nitschel, Andrés Sánchez-Kopper, Michael Kraml, Martin Siemann-Herzberg
Cell-free protein synthesis, which mimics the biological protein production system, allows rapid expression of proteins without the need to maintain a viable cell. Nevertheless, cell-free protein expression relies on active in vivo translation machinery including ribosomes and translation factors. Here, we examined the integrity of the protein synthesis machinery, namely the functionality of ribosomes, during (i) the cell-free extract preparation and (ii) the performance of in vitro protein synthesis by analyzing crucial components involved in translation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928909/using-proteomics-to-discover-novel-biomarkers-for-fatty-liver-development-and-response-to-cb1r-antagonist-treatment-in-an-obese-mouse-model
#8
Chin-Chang Chen, Tzung-Yan Lee, Ching-Fai Kwok, Yung-Pei Hsu, Kuang-Chung Shih, Yan-Jie Lin, Low-Tone Ho
Over activity of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R) plays a key role in increasing the incidence of obesity-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Tissue proteome analysis has been applied to investigate the bioinformatics regarding the mode of action and therapeutic mechanism. The aim of this study was to explore the potential pathways altered with CB1R in obesity-induced fatty liver. Male C57BL/6 mice were fed either a standard chow diet (STD) or a high-fat diet (HFD) with or without 1-week treatment of CB1R inverse agonist AM251 at 5 mg/kg...
December 8, 2016: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899592/an-mrna-specific-trnai-carrier-eif2a-plays-a-pivotal-role-in-cell-proliferation-under-stress-conditions-stress-resistant-translation-of-c-src-mrna-is-mediated-by-eif2a
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Oh Sung Kwon, Sihyeon An, Eunah Kim, Jinbae Yu, Ka Young Hong, Jae Seung Lee, Sung Key Jang
c-Src, a non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase, activates NF-κB and STAT3, which in turn triggers the transcription of anti-apoptosis- and cell cycle-related genes. c-Src protein regulates cell proliferation, cell motility and programmed cell death. And the elevated level of activated c-Src protein is related with solid tumor generation. Translation of c-Src mRNA is directed by an IRES element which mediates persistent translation under stress conditions when translation of most mRNAs is inhibited by a phosphorylation of the alpha subunit of eIF2 carrying the initiator tRNA (tRNAi) to 40S ribosomal subunit under normal conditions...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895729/celastrus-orbiculatus-extract-triggers-apoptosis-and-autophagy-via-pi3k-akt-mtor-inhibition-in-human-colorectal-cancer-cells
#10
Lin Yang, Yanqing Liu, Mei Wang, Yayun Qian, Xiaojun Dai, Yaodong Zhu, Jue Chen, Shiyu Guo, Tadashi Hisamitsu
Celastrus orbiculatus is used as a folk medicine in China for the treatment of numerous diseases. The ethyl acetate extract of Celastrus orbiculatus (COE) also displays a wide range of anti-cancer activities in the laboratory. However, the effectiveness of COE-induced autophagy and its mechanism of action in colorectal cancer cells have not been investigated thus far. The present study analyzed the effect of COE on HT-29 cell viability, apoptosis and autophagy using MTT assay, flow cytometry, transmission electron microscopy and western blotting...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895634/cytosolic-proteome-profiling-of-aminoglycosides-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-clinical-isolates-using-maldi-tof-ms
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Divakar Sharma, Manju Lata, Rananjay Singh, Nirmala Deo, Krishnamurthy Venkatesan, Deepa Bisht
Emergence of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is the consequence of the failure of second line TB treatment. Aminoglycosides are the important second line anti-TB drugs used to treat the multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Main known mechanism of action of aminoglycosides is to inhibit the protein synthesis by inhibiting the normal functioning of ribosome. Primary target of aminoglycosides are the ribosomal RNA and its associated proteins. Various mechanisms have been proposed for aminoglycosides resistance but still some are unsolved...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890642/protective-effect-of-quercetin-on-high-fat-diet-induced-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice-is-mediated-by-modulating-intestinal-microbiota-imbalance-and-related-gut-liver-axis-activation
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David Porras, Esther Nistal, Susana Martínez-Flórez, Sandra Pisonero-Vaquero, José Luis Olcoz, Ramiro Jover, Javier González-Gallego, María Victoria García-Mediavilla, Sonia Sánchez-Campos
Gut microbiota is involved in obesity, metabolic syndrome and the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It has been recently suggested that the flavonoid quercetin may have the ability to modulate the intestinal microbiota composition, suggesting a prebiotic capacity which highlights a great therapeutic potential in NAFLD. The present study aims to investigate benefits of experimental treatment with quercetin on gut microbial balance and related gut-liver axis activation in a nutritional animal model of NAFLD associated to obesity...
January 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889913/long-term-melatonin-treatment-delays-ovarian-aging
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Hiroshi Tamura, Mai Kawamoto, Shun Sato, Isao Tamura, Ryo Maekawa, Toshiaki Taketani, Hiromi Aasada, Eiichi Takaki, Akira Nakai, Russel J Reiter, Norihiro Sugino
Ovarian aging is characterized by gradual declines in oocyte quantity and quality. Melatonin is considered an anti-aging agent due to its cytoprotective actions as an antioxidant. The present study examined whether long-term melatonin treatment would delay ovarian aging in mice. Female ICR mice (10 weeks old) were given melatonin-containing water (100 μg/ml; melatonin) or water only until 43 weeks of age. Their oocytes were recovered from the oviduct, and in vitro fertilization was performed. The ovaries were used for a histological analysis of the number of follicles...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882181/angiogenin-is-upregulated-during-the-alloreactive-immune-response-and-has-no-effect-on-the-t-cell-expansion-phase-whereas-it-affects-the-contraction-phase-by-inhibiting-cd4-t-cell-apoptosis
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Theodoros Eleftheriadis, Georgios Pissas, Maria Sounidaki, Nikolaos Antoniadis, Georgia Antoniadi, Vassilios Liakopoulos, Ioannis Stefanidis
Under growth conditions, angiogenin is translocated into the nucleus, where it enhances ribosomal RNA transcription, facilitating increased protein synthesis and cellular proliferation. During stress conditions, angiogenin is sequestered in the cytoplasm, where it cleaves transfer RNA (tRNA) to produce tRNA-derived, stress-induced small RNAs (tiRNAs) that inhibit global protein synthesis, but increase the translation of anti-apoptotic factors. In the present study, the role of angiogenin in the human alloreactive immune response was evaluated using mixed lymphocyte reactions (MLRs) and neamine, an inhibitor of angiogenin nuclear translocation...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881976/the-roles-of-alpha-momorcharin-and-jasmonic-acid-in-modulating-the-response-of-momordica-charantia-to-cucumber-mosaic-virus
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Ting Yang, Yao Meng, Li-Juan Chen, Hong-Hui Lin, De-Hui Xi
Alpha-momorcharin (α-MMC) is a type-I ribosome inactivating protein with a molecular weight of 29 kDa that is found in Momordica charantia, and has been shown to be effective against a broad range of human viruses as well as having anti-tumor activities. However, the role of endogenous α-MMC under viral infection and the mechanism of the anti-viral activities of α-MMC in plants are still unknown. To study the effect of α-MMC on plant viral defense and how α-MMC increases plant resistance to virus, the M...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879048/coordinated-protein-co-expression-in-plants-by-harnessing-the-synergy-between-an-intein-and-a-viral-2a-peptide
#16
Bei Zhang, Madhusudhan Rapolu, Sandeep Kumar, Manju Gupta, Zhibin Liang, Zhenlin Han, Philip Williams, Wei Wen Su
A novel approach is developed for coordinated expression of multiple proteins from a single transgene in plants. An Ssp DnaE mini-intein variant engineered for hyper N-terminal autocleavage is covalently linked to the foot-and-mouth disease virus 2A (F2A) peptide with unique ribosome skipping property, via a peptide linker, to create an "IntF2A" self-excising fusion protein domain. This IntF2A domain acts, in cis, to direct highly effective release of its flanking proteins of interest (POI) from a "polyprotein" precursor in plants...
November 23, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874146/roles-of-nucleolin-focus-on-cancer-and-anti-cancer-therapy
#17
Zhuo Chen, XinHua Xu
Nucleolin, a multifunctional protein distributed in the nucleolus, participates in many modulations including rDNA transcription, RNA metabolism, and ribosome assembly. Nucleolin is also found in the cytoplasm and on the cell membrane, and surface nucleolin can bind to various ligands to affect many physiological functions. The expression and localization of nucleolin is often abnormal in cancers, as the differential distribution of nucleolin in cancer can influence the carcinogenesis, proliferation, survival, and metastasis of cancer cells, leading to the cancer progression...
December 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874054/combinational-immunotherapy-with-allo-dribble-vaccines-and-anti-ox40-co-stimulation-leads-to-generation-of-cross-reactive-effector-t-cells-and-tumor-regression
#18
Guangjie Yu, Yuhuan Li, Zhihua Cui, Nicholas P Morris, Andrew D Weinberg, Bernard A Fox, Walter J Urba, Lixin Wang, Hong-Ming Hu
It is well-known that vaccines comprising of irradiated whole tumor cells or tumor-derived heat shock proteins can generate tumor-specific immune responses. In contrast, we showed recently that vaccines composed of autophagosomes (DRibbles) derived from syngeneic sarcomas could induce cross-reactive T-cell responses and cross-protection against the tumor. This unusual property of DRibbles was related to the selective recruitment of defective ribosomal products (DRiPs) and other short-lived proteins (SLiPs) into autophagosomes via sequestosome (SQSTM1, p62) mediated association of ubiquitinated SLiPs to the autophagy gene product LC3...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872687/determining-the-molecular-pathways-underlying-the-protective-effect-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-for-alzheimer-s-disease-a-bioinformatics-approach
#19
Alejo J Nevado-Holgado, Simon Lovestone
Alzheimer's disease (AD) represents a substantial unmet need, due to increasing prevalence in an ageing society and the absence of a disease modifying therapy. Epidemiological evidence shows a protective effect of non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, and genome wide association studies (GWAS) show consistent linkage to inflammatory pathways; both observations suggesting anti-inflammatory compounds might be effective in AD therapy although clinical trials to date have not been positive. In this study, we use pathway enrichment and fuzzy logic to identify pathways (KEGG database) simultaneously affected in both AD and by NSAIDs (Sulindac, Piroxicam, Paracetamol, Naproxen, Nabumetone, Ketoprofen, Diclofenac and Aspirin)...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869143/genome-mining-unveils-widespread-natural-product-biosynthetic-capacity-in-human-oral-microbe-streptococcus-mutans
#20
Liwei Liu, Tingting Hao, Zhoujie Xie, Geoff P Horsman, Yihua Chen
Streptococcus mutans is a major pathogen causing human dental caries. As a Gram-positive bacterium with a small genome (about 2 Mb) it is considered a poor source of natural products. Due to a recent explosion in genomic data available for S. mutans strains, we were motivated to explore the natural product production potential of this organism. Bioinformatic characterization of 169 publically available genomes of S. mutans from human dental caries revealed a surprisingly rich source of natural product biosynthetic gene clusters...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
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