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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808038/the-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-pathway-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-bladder-cancer
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Shuxiong Zeng, Yanjun Zhu, Ai-Hong Ma, Weimin Yu, Hongyong Zhang, Tzu-Yin Lin, Wei Shi, Clifford G Tepper, Paul T Henderson, Susan Airhart, Jianming Guo, Chuanliang Xu, Ralph de Vere White, Chong-Xian Pan
PURPOSE: Activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway occurs in over 40% of bladder urothelial cancers. The aim of this study is to determine the therapeutic potential, the underlying action and resistant mechanisms of drugs targeting the PI3K pathway. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Urothelial cancer cell lines and patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) were analyzed for alterations of the PI3K pathway and for their sensitivity to the small molecule inhibitor pictilisib alone and in combination with cisplatin and/or gemcitabine...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801230/a-mitochondrial-proteomics-view-of-complex-i-deficiency-in-candida-albicans
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Xiaodong She, Pengyi Zhang, Ying Gao, Lulu Zhang, Qiong Wang, Hui Chen, Richard Calderone, Weida Liu, Dongmei Li
Proteomic analyses were carried out on isolated mitochondrial samples of C. albicans from gene-deleted mutants (nuo1Δ, nuo2Δ and goa1Δ) as well as the parental strain in order to better understand the contribution of these three fungal-specific mitochondrial ETC complex I (CI) subunits to cellular activities. Herein, we identify 2333 putative proteins from four strains, in which a total of 663 proteins (28.5%) are putatively located in mitochondria. Comparison of protein abundances between mutants and the parental strain reveal 146 differentially-expressed proteins, of which 78 are decreased and 68 are increased in at least one mutant...
August 8, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771025/synonymous-codon-bias-as-a-basis-for-novel-antibiotic-design-from-nucleotide-wobble-constraint-to-ribosomal-garrotte
#3
James H McKie, Samuel A McKie
AIM: The observation of low guanine frequencies at wobble position codons over Rossmann-fold GXGXXG motifs, led to the discovery of sequence-wide synonymous codon bias, from this we propose novel ribosomal inhibitors. Methodology & results: The wobble bases of multiple sequence alignments of diverse Rossmann-fold enzymes were counted, A, C, T and G wobble frequencies of consecutive codons were displayed as wobble plots. Synonymous codon constraints were found throughout the length of proteins, particularly at Rossmann folds...
August 3, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768938/a-novel-molecular-model-of-plant-lectin-induced-programmed-cell-death-in-cancer
#4
Zheng Shi, Wen-Wen Li, Yong Tang, Li-Jia Cheng
Plant lectin, a class of highly diverse non-immune origin and carbohydrate-binding proteins, has been reported to specially induce cancer cell through programmed cell death (PCD) pathways (apoptosis and/or autophagy), shedding lights on screening promising anti-cancer candidate agent for further therapeutic trials. However, the complicated molecular mechanisms by which plant lectins induced the programmed death of tumor cells, have not yet been fully clarified. Here, we summarized a novel model, based on vast amount of research, by which plant lectins eliminate various types of cancer cells via three major pathways, including a) direct ribosome inactivating, b) endocytosis-dependent mitochondrial dysfunction and c) sugar-containing receptors binding...
August 1, 2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762275/ribosome-rescue-inhibitors-kill-actively-growing-and-nonreplicating-persister-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-cells
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John N Alumasa, Paolo S Manzanillo, Nicholas D Peterson, Tricia Lundrigan, Anthony D Baughn, Jeffery S Cox, Kenneth C Keiler
The emergence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) strains that are resistant to most or all available antibiotics has created a severe problem for treating tuberculosis and has spurred a quest for new antibiotic targets. Here, we demonstrate that trans-translation is essential for growth of MTB and is a viable target for development of antituberculosis drugs. We also show that an inhibitor of trans-translation, KKL-35, is bactericidal against MTB under both aerobic and anoxic conditions. Biochemical experiments show that this compound targets helix 89 of the 23S rRNA...
August 7, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761783/quantitative-real-time-pcr-analysis-of-anopheles-dirus-tep1-and-nos-during-plasmodium-berghei-infection-using-three-reference-genes
#6
Jonathan W K Liew, Mun Yik Fong, Yee Ling Lau
Quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) has been an integral part of characterizing the immunity of Anopheles mosquitoes towards Plasmodium invasion. Two anti-Plasmodium factors of Anopheles, thioester-containing protein 1 (TEP1) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS), play a role in the refractoriness of Anopheles towards Plasmodium infection and are generally expressed during infection. However, these are less studied in Anopheles dirus, a dominant malaria vector in Southeast Asia. Furthermore, most studies used a single reference gene for normalization during gene expression analysis without proper validation...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754881/sp110-enhances-macrophage-resistance-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-via-inducing-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-inhibiting-anti-apoptotic-factors
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Yongyan Wu, Zekun Guo, Fayang Liu, Kezhen Yao, Mingqing Gao, Yan Luo, Yong Zhang
Tuberculosis remains a leading health problem worldwide and still accounts for about 1.3 million deaths annually. Expression of the mouse Sp110 nuclear body protein (Sp110) upregulates the apoptotic pathway, which plays an essential role in enhancing host immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). However, the mechanism of this upregulation is unclear. Here, we have identified 253 proteins in mouse macrophages that interact with Sp110, of which 251 proteins were previously uncharacterized. The results showed that Sp110 interacts with heat shock protein 5 (Hspa5) to activate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced apoptosis, and that this is essential for Sp110 enhanced macrophage resistance to Mtb...
July 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754844/mitochondrial-markers-predict-recurrence-metastasis-and-tamoxifen-resistance-in-breast-cancer-patients-early-detection-of-treatment-failure-with-companion-diagnostics
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Federica Sotgia, Marco Fiorillo, Michael P Lisanti
Here, we used a data-mining and informatics approach to discover new biomarkers of resistance to hormonal therapy in breast cancer. More specifically, we investigated whether nuclear-encoded genes associated with mitochondrial biogenesis can be used to predict tumor recurrence, distant metastasis and treatment failure in high-risk breast cancer patients. Overall, this strategy allowed us to directly provide in silico validation of the prognostic value of these mitochondrial components in large and clinically relevant patient populations, with >15 years of follow-up data...
July 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751161/new-perspectives-of-physiological-and-pathological-functions-of-nucleolin-ncl
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REVIEW
Wenyu Jia, Zhenyu Yao, Jiajun Zhao, Qingbo Guan, Ling Gao
Nucleolin (NCL) is a multifunctional protein that mainly localized in the nucleolus, it is also found in the nucleoplasm, cytoplasm and cell membrane. The three main structural domains allow the interaction of NCL with different proteins and RNA sequences. Moreover, specific post-translational modifications and its shuttling property also contribute to its multifunctionality. NCL has been demonstrated to be involved in a variety of aspects such as ribosome biogenesis, chromatin organization and stability, DNA and RNA metabolism, cytokinesis, cell proliferation, angiogenesis, apoptosis regulation, stress response and microRNA processing...
July 24, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741923/co-delivery-of-trichosanthin-and-albendazole-by-nano-self-assembly-for-overcoming-tumor-multidrug-resistance-and-metastasis
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Yisi Tang, Jianming Liang, Aihua Wu, Yingzhi Chen, Pengfei Zhao, Tingting Lin, Meng Zhang, Qin Xu, Jianxin Wang, Yongzhuo Huang
Multidrug resistance (MDR) and metastasis are the major obstacles in cancer chemotherapy. Nanotechnology-based combination therapy is a useful strategy. Recently, the combination of biologics and small drugs has attracted much attention in cancer therapy. Yet, the treatment outcomes are often compromised by the different pharmacokinetic profiles of the co-administered drugs thus leading to inconsistent drug uptake and suboptimal drug combination at the tumor sites. Nanotechnology-based co-delivery offers a promising method to address this problem, which is well demonstrated in the use of small drug combinations...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733601/anti-tubercular-activity-of-pyrazinamide-is-independent-of-trans-translation-and-rpsa
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Nicholas A Dillon, Nicholas D Peterson, Heather A Feaga, Kenneth C Keiler, Anthony D Baughn
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a first line anti-tubercular drug for which the mechanism of action remains unresolved. Recently, it was proposed that the active form of PZA, pyrazinoic acid (POA), disrupts the ribosome rescue process of trans-translation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This model suggested that POA binds within the carboxy-terminal domain of ribosomal protein S1 (RpsA) and inhibits trans-translation leading to accumulation of stalled ribosomes. Here, we demonstrate that M. tuberculosis RpsA interacts with single stranded RNA, but not with POA...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733463/tlr4-and-c5ar-crosstalk-in-dendritic-cells-induces-a-core-regulatory-network-of-rsk2-pi3k%C3%AE-sgk1-and-foxo-transcription-factors
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Anouk Zaal, Benjamin Nota, Kat S Moore, Miranda Dieker, S Marieke van Ham, Anja Ten Brinke
Crosstalk between complement component 5a receptors (C5aRs) and TLRs in dendritic cells (DCs) occurs upon pathogen invasion; however, studies on C5aR and TLR crosstalk mainly focused on the modulating effect of C5a on TLR-induced cytokine production. To elucidate the breadth of C5aR and TLR4 crosstalk, the effect of simultaneous treatment with C5a and LPS was investigated in human monocyte-derived DCs (moDCs) 2 h after stimulation using whole transcriptome sequencing analysis. Although the effect of C5a on hallmark genes defining TLR4-induced DC maturation was limited at this time point, RNA sequencing analysis revealed a great variety of novel C5a targets, of which many interfere with TLR4-mediated immune activation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732118/pd-1-checkpoint-blockade-in-combination-with-an-mtor-inhibitor-restrains-hepatocellular-carcinoma-growth-induced-by-hepatoma-cell-intrinsic-pd-1
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Hui Li, Xiaoqiang Li, Shuang Liu, Lei Guo, Bo Zhang, Jubo Zhang, Qinghai Ye
Inhibitors of PD-1 administered as single agents have resulted in durable tumor regression in advanced cancer patients. However, only a minority of cancer patients respond to anti PD-1 immunotherapy. Here, we show that PD-1 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) promotes tumor growth independently of adaptive immunity. Knockdown of PD-1 suppress tumor growth, whereas PD-1 overexpression enhances tumorigenesis in immunodeficient xenografted mice. Mechanistically, PD-1 binds the downstream mTOR effectors eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) and ribosomal protein S6 (S6), thus promoting their phosphorylation...
July 21, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714416/application-of-kinase-inhibitors-for-anti-aging-intervention
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Mercedes Cano, Antonio Ayala, Francesco Marotta, Sandro Argüelles
Protein phosphorylation, mediated by protein kinases, has important physiological and pathological implications in our lives . Targeting kinase is one of the most interesting of the emerging topics in the pharmaceutical industry, especially since there is a focus on cancer therapy. Given that kinases may be involved in the aging process the focus will be on using the kinase inhibitor for anti-aging intervention to enhance healthspan and increase longevity. In this review , we will summarize: (i) the impact of the phosphoproteomic approach to elucidate molecular mechanisms of diseases; (ii) importance of the drug discovery approach for targeting kinases; (iii) the dysregulation of Janus kinase (JAK) / signal-transducing adapter molecules (STAT) and p70 ribosomal protein S6 kinase (S6Ks) pathway in aging and the age-related process; (iv) the epidemiological studies available in order to see whether a correlation between JAK/STAT and S6Ks mRNA expression levels exist in cancer and in patient outcome; (v) finally, we will show selected inhibitors of these kinases approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
July 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698127/dietary-protein-levels-regulated-antibacterial-activity-inflammatory-response-and-structural-integrity-in-the-head-kidney-spleen-and-skin-of-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-after-challenged-with-aeromonas-hydrophila
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Wei-Dan Jiang, Jing Xu, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Pei Wu, Yang Liu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Lin Feng
This study investigated the effects of dietary protein levels on disease resistance, immune function and structural integrity in the head kidney, spleen and skin of grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). A total of 540 grass carp (264.11 ± 0.76 g) were fed six diets containing graded levels of protein (143.1, 176.7, 217.2, 257.5, 292.2 and 322.8 g digestible protein kg(-1) diet) for 8 weeks. After the growth trial, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila for 14 days. The results indicated that optimal levels of dietary protein: (1) (1) increased the lysozyme (LA) and acid phosphatase (ACP) activities and the complement 3 (C3) and C4 contents, up-regulated antimicrobial peptides, anti-inflammatory cytokines, inhibitor of κBα, target of rapamycin and ribosomal protein S6 kinases 1 mRNA levels, whereas down-regulated pro-inflammatory cytokines, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) P65, IKKβ, IKKγ, eIF4E-binding proteins (4E-BP) 1 and 4E-BP2 mRNA levels in the head kidney, spleen and skin of grass carp (P < 0...
July 8, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696944/mitoriboscins-mitochondrial-based-therapeutics-targeting-cancer-stem-cells-cscs-bacteria-and-pathogenic-yeast
#16
Bela Ozsvari, Marco Fiorillo, Gloria Bonuccelli, Anna Rita Cappello, Luca Frattaruolo, Federica Sotgia, Rachel Trowbridge, Richard Foster, Michael P Lisanti
The "endo-symbiotic theory of mitochondrial evolution" states that mitochondrial organelles evolved from engulfed aerobic bacteria, after millions of years of symbiosis and adaptation. Here, we have exploited this premise to design new antibiotics and novel anti-cancer therapies, using a convergent approach. First, virtual high-throughput screening (vHTS) and computational chemistry were used to identify novel compounds binding to the 3D structure of the mammalian mitochondrial ribosome. The resulting library of ~880 compounds was then subjected to phenotypic drug screening on human cancer cells, to identify which compounds functionally induce ATP-depletion, which is characteristic of mitochondrial inhibition...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693280/improved-antitumor-effect-of-ionizing-radiation-in-combination-with-rapamycin-for-treating-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#17
Di Wang, Lichen Gao, Xueting Liu, Chuang Yuan, Guihua Wang
The aim of the present study is to investigate if rapamycin is a radiosensitizer of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), and to identify which pathways are involved in radiation sensitization. In vitro, using untreated cells as the control, NPC cells were treated with rapamycin, ionizing radiation (IR) or both. Differences in the phosphorylation of ribosomal protein S6 and glycogen synthase kinase (GSK) 3β, expression of cyclin D1, clonogenic survival, number of phosphorylated histone subunit 2AX (γH2AX) foci, and cell cycle status between the study groups were compared...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693237/inhibitory-effects-of-delphinidin-on-the-proliferation-of-ovarian-cancer-cells-via-pi3k-akt-and-erk-1-2-mapk-signal-transduction
#18
Whasun Lim, Gwonhwa Song
Delphinidin is a member of the anthocyanidin family and is a natural pigment in red cabbage, berries, sweet potatoes and grapes. It possesses nutraceutical properties against various chronic diseases and types of cancer. However, little is known about its preventative effects on epithelial ovarian cancer, a disease that is associated with a low survival rate, a poor prognosis and a high rate of recurrence. The results of the present study demonstrated that the proliferation of SKOV3 cells decreased in a dose-dependent manner in response to treatment with delphinidin, and the phosphorylation of carcinogenic protein kinases associated with the progression of epithelial ovarian cancer was affected by delphinidin treatment...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690185/selection-of-similar-single-domain-antibodies-from-two-immune-vhh-libraries-obtained-from-two-alpacas-by-using-different-selection-methods
#19
Tengfei Li, Matthias Vandesquille, Sylvie Bay, Marc Dhenain, Benoît Delatour, Pierre Lafaye
The two most used methods to select camelid single-domain antibody-fragments (VHHs) are: displaying their repertoires on the surface of filamentous bacteriophages (phage display) or linking them to ribosomes (ribosome display). In this study, we compared specific VHHs isolated from two different immune libraries coming from two different alpacas by using these two selection methods. Three anti-GFAP (glial fibrillary acidic protein) VHHs were derived from an immune library obtained by ribosome display after immunization of one alpaca with purified GFAP, a protein expressed by astroglial cells...
August 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683309/the-complete-structure-of-the-mycobacterium-smegmatis-70s-ribosome
#20
Jendrik Hentschel, Chloe Burnside, Ingrid Mignot, Marc Leibundgut, Daniel Boehringer, Nenad Ban
The ribosome carries out the synthesis of proteins in every living cell. It consequently represents a frontline target in anti-microbial therapy. Tuberculosis ranks among the leading causes of death worldwide, due in large part to the combination of difficult-to-treat latency and antibiotic resistance. Here, we present the 3.3-Å cryo-EM structure of the 70S ribosome of Mycobacterium smegmatis, a close relative to the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The structure reveals two additional ribosomal proteins and localizes them to the vicinity of drug-target sites in both the catalytic center and the decoding site of the ribosome...
July 5, 2017: Cell Reports
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