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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922694/cpkc%C3%AE-membrane-translocation-is-involved-in-herkinorin%C3%A2-induced-neuroprotection-against-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-mice
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Xiaochen Gui, Xu Cui, Haiping Wei, Guang Feng, Xuezheng Zhang, Yongjin He, Junfa Li, Tianzuo Li
Herkinorin is an opiate analgesic with limited adverse effects, functioning as a primary selective atypical opioid µ agonist. The present study aimed to identify whether herkinorin has a positive effect on ischemic/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Adult male C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into five groups: i) Naïve, ii) sham, iii) I/R, iv) I/R with dimethyl sulfoxide (I/R+D) and v) I/R with herkinorin (I/R+H). The I/R injury model was induced by occluding the middle cerebral artery for 1 h followed by 24 h or 7 days of reperfusion...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922672/2-methoxycinnamaldehyde-inhibits-the-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells
#2
Young-Hee Jin, Soo-A Kim
The abnormal proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is a crucial event in the development of atherosclerosis, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is actively involved in this process by enhancing the proliferation and migration of VSMCs. 2-Methoxycinnamaldehyde (MCA) is a natural compound of Cinnamomum cassia. Although 2-hydroxycinnamaldehyde (HCA), another compound from Cinnamomum cassia, has been widely studied with regard to its antitumor activity, MCA has not attracted researchers' interest due to its mild toxic effects on cancer cells and its mechanisms of action remain unknown...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921103/solanesol-induces-the-expression-of-heme-oxygenase-1-via-p38-and-akt-and-suppresses-the-production-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-in-raw264-7-cells
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Xiangyang Yao, Binyu Lu, Chaotian Lü, Qin Bai, Dazhong Yan, Yanli Wu, Zibing Hong, Hui Xu
The aim of the present study was to examine the anti-inflammatory effect of solanesol and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) plays an important role in cytoprotection against oxidative stress and inflammation. Solanesol induced HO-1 expression both at the level of mRNA and proteins, resulting in increased HO-1 activity. Solanesol treatment enhanced the level of the phosphorylated form, nuclear translocation, ARE-binding, and transcriptional activity of Nrf2. p38 and Akt contributed to ARE-driven HO-1 expression...
December 6, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920826/expression-and-purification-of-truncated-diphtheria-toxin-dt386-in-escherichia-coli-an-attempt-for-production-of-a-new-vaccine-against-diphtheria
#4
Fatemeh Shafiee, Mohammad Rabbani, Mahdi Behdani, Ali Jahanian-Najafabadi
The aim of this study was to produce a recombinant protein consisting of the catalytic and translocation domains of diphtheria toxin for its later application as a vaccine candidate against Corynebacterium diphtheria. To achieve this goal, at first, the amino acid sequence of DT386 was used for prediction of T and B cell epitopes using on-line servers. The DT386 coding sequence was synthesized and subcloned into the NcoI and XhoI sites of pET28a plasmid and recombinant pET28a plasmid was used to transform Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) host cells...
October 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920543/intestinal-permeability-in-a-patient-with-liver-cirrhosis
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Jonathan Manuel Aguirre Valadez, Liliana Rivera-Espinosa, Osvely Méndez-Guerrero, Juan Luis Chávez-Pacheco, Ignacio García Juárez, Aldo Torre
Liver cirrhosis is a worldwide public health problem, and patients with this disease are at high risk of developing complications, bacterial translocation from the intestinal lumen to the mesenteric nodes, and systemic circulation, resulting in the development of severe complications related to high mortality rate. The intestinal barrier is a structure with a physical and biochemical activity to maintain balance between the external environment, including bacteria and their products, and the internal environment...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920299/the-type-iii-secretion-system-effector-sptp-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi
#6
Rebecca Johnson, Alexander Byrne, Cedric N Berger, Elizabeth Klemm, Valerie F Crepin, Gordon Dougan, Gad Frankel
: Salmonella enterica serovars causes gastroenteritis or typhoid fever in humans, with virulence depending on the action of two type III secretion systems (SPI-1 and SPI-2). SptP is a Salmonella SPI-1 effector, involved in mediating recovery of the host cytoskeleton post-infection. SptP requires a chaperone, SicP, for stability and secretion. SptP has 94% identity between S Typhimurium and S Typhi; direct comparison of the protein sequences revealed that S Typhi SptP has numerous amino acid changes within its chaperone-binding domain...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920255/mlkl-channel-in-necroptosis-is-octamer-formed-by-tetramers-in-a-dyadic-process
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Deli Huang, Xinru Zheng, Zi-An Wang, Xin Chen, Wan-Ting He, Yingying Zhang, Jin-Gen Xu, Hang Zhao, Wenke Shi, Xin Wang, Yongqun Zhu, Jiahuai Han
Oligomerization of the mixed lineage kinase domain-like protein (MLKL) is essential for its cation channel function in necroptosis. Here we show that the MLKL channel is an octamer comprising of two previously identified tetramers most likely in their side-by-side position. Inter-molecule disulfide bonds are present in the tetramer but are not required for the octamer assembly and necroptosis. MLKL forms oligomers in the necrosome, and is then released from the necrosome before or during its membrane translocation...
December 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919679/regulation-of-protein-kinase-c-epsilon-and-its-age-dependence
#8
Chen Kang, Jingping Qin, Wil Osei, Keli Hu
Protein kinase C (PKC) is an important mediator in the cardioprotection of ischemic preconditioning and has been shown to translocate to mitochondria upon activation. However, little is known about the cellular signaling underlying the translocation of PKC isoforms to mitochondria and its age-dependence. The present study aimed to explore whether adenosine-induced translocation of PKCε to mitochondria is mediated by caveolin-3 and/or adenosine A2B receptor/PI3 kinase mediated signaling, and whether the mitochondrial targeting of PKCε is age-related...
December 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918574/quantitative-laser-biospeckle-method-for-the-evaluation-of-the-activity-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-using-vdrl-plates-and-digital-analysis
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Hilda Cristina Grassi, Lisbette C García, María Lorena Lobo-Sulbarán, Ana Velásquez, Francisco A Andrades-Grassi, Humberto Cabrera, Jesús E Andrades-Grassi, Efrén D J Andrades
In this paper we report a quantitative laser Biospeckle method using VDRL plates to monitor the activity of Trypanosoma cruzi and the calibration conditions including three image processing algorithms and three programs (ImageJ and two programs designed in this work). Benznidazole was used as a test drug. Variable volume (constant density) and variable density (constant volume) were used for the quantitative evaluation of parasite activity in calibrated wells of the VDRL plate. The desiccation process within the well was monitored as a function of volume and of the activity of the Biospeckle pattern of the parasites as well as the quantitative effect of the surface parasite quantity (proportion of the object's plane)...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918247/type-iv-effector-proteins-involved-in-the-sinorhizobium-medicago-symbiosis
#10
Matthew S Nelson, Chan Lan Chun, Michael Jay Sadowsky
In this study, we investigated genetic elements of the type IV secretion system (T4SS) found in Sinorhizobium and the role they play in symbiosis. Sinorhizobium meliloti and S. medicae each contain a putative T4SS, similar to that used by Agrobacterium tumefaciens during pathogenesis. The Cre reporter assay for translocation (CRAfT) system was used to validate potential effector proteins. Both S. meliloti and S. medicae contained the effector protein TfeA, which was translocated into the host plant. Sequence analysis revealed the presence of a nod box, involved in transcriptional activation of symbiosis-related genes, upstream of the transcriptional regulator (virG) in the Sinorhizobium T4SS...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918080/the-hemileia-vastatrix-effector-hvec-016-suppresses-bacterial-blight-symptoms-in-coffee-genotypes-with-the-sh-1-rust-resistance-gene
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Thiago Maia, Jorge L Badel, Gustavo Marin-Ramirez, Cynthia de M Rocha, Michelle B Fernandes, José C F da Silva, Gilson M de Azevedo-Junior, Sérgio H Brommonschenkel
A number of genes that confer resistance to coffee leaf rust (SH 1-SH 9) have been identified within the genus Coffea, but despite many years of research on this pathosystem, the complementary avirulence genes of Hemileia vastatrix have not been reported. After identification of H. vastatrix effector candidate genes (HvECs) expressed at different stages of its lifecycle, we established an assay to characterize HvEC proteins by delivering them into coffee cells via the type-three secretion system (T3SS) of Pseudomonas syringae pv...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917189/first-resistance-mechanisms-characterization-in-glyphosate-resistant-leptochloa-virgata
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Ricardo Alcántara-de la Cruz, Antonia M Rojano-Delgado, María J Giménez, Hugo E Cruz-Hipolito, José A Domínguez-Valenzuela, Francisco Barro, Rafael De Prado
Leptochloa virgata (L.) P. Beauv. is an annual weed common in citrus groves in the states of Puebla and Veracruz, Mexico limiting their production. Since 2010, several L. virgata populations were identified as being resistant to glyphosate, but studies of their resistance mechanisms developed by this species have been conducted. In this work, three glyphosate-resistant populations (R8, R14, and R15) collected in citrus orchards from Mexico, were used to study their resistance mechanisms comparing them to one susceptible population (S)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916896/the-impact-of-cxcr4-blockade-on-the-survival-of-rat-brain-cortical-neurons
#13
José Joaquín Merino, Alba Garcimartín, María Elvira López-Oliva, Juana Benedí, María Pilar González
BACKGROUND: Chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) plays a role in neuronal survival/cell repair and also contributes to the progression of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Chemokine ligand 12 (CXCL12) binds to CXCR4. In this study, we have investigated whether CXCR4 blockade by AMD3100 (a CXCR4 antagonist, member of bicyclam family) may affect neuronal survival in the absence of insult. Thus, we have measured the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), Bax and Bcl-2 protein translocation, and cytochrome c release in AMD3100-treated brain cortical neurons at 7 DIV (days in vitro)...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916589/a-novel-mechanism-for-human-cardiac-ankyrin-b-syndrome-due-to-reciprocal-chromosomal-translocation
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A J Huq, M D Pertile, A M Davis, H Landon, P A James, C F Kline, J Vohra, P J Mohler, M B Delatycki
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rhythm abnormalities are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. Loss-of-function variants in the ANK2 gene can cause a variety of cardiac rhythm abnormalities including sinus node dysfunction, atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias (called the "ankyrin-B syndrome"). ANK2 encodes ankyrin-B, a molecule critical for the membrane targeting of key cardiac ion channels, transporters, and signalling proteins. METHODS AND RESULTS: Here, we describe a family with a reciprocal chromosomal translocation between chromosomes 4q25 and 9q26 that transects the ANK2 gene on chromosome 4 resulting in loss-of-function of ankyrin-B...
November 16, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916275/artemisinins-target-gabaa-receptor-signaling-and-impair-%C3%AE-cell-identity
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Jin Li, Tamara Casteels, Thomas Frogne, Camilla Ingvorsen, Christian Honoré, Monica Courtney, Kilian V M Huber, Nicole Schmitner, Robin A Kimmel, Roman A Romanov, Caterina Sturtzel, Charles-Hugues Lardeau, Johanna Klughammer, Matthias Farlik, Sara Sdelci, Andhira Vieira, Fabio Avolio, François Briand, Igor Baburin, Peter Májek, Florian M Pauler, Thomas Penz, Alexey Stukalov, Manuela Gridling, Katja Parapatics, Charlotte Barbieux, Ekaterine Berishvili, Andreas Spittler, Jacques Colinge, Keiryn L Bennett, Steffen Hering, Thierry Sulpice, Christoph Bock, Martin Distel, Tibor Harkany, Dirk Meyer, Giulio Superti-Furga, Patrick Collombat, Jacob Hecksher-Sørensen, Stefan Kubicek
Type 1 diabetes is characterized by the destruction of pancreatic β cells, and generating new insulin-producing cells from other cell types is a major aim of regenerative medicine. One promising approach is transdifferentiation of developmentally related pancreatic cell types, including glucagon-producing α cells. In a genetic model, loss of the master regulatory transcription factor Arx is sufficient to induce the conversion of α cells to functional β-like cells. Here, we identify artemisinins as small molecules that functionally repress Arx by causing its translocation to the cytoplasm...
November 30, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915984/structure-function-and-evolution-of-clostridium-botulinum-c2-and-c3-toxins-insight-to-poultry-and-veterinary-vaccines
#16
P Chellapandi, A Prisilla
Clostridium botulinum group III strains are able to produce cytotoxins, C2 toxin and C3 exotoxin, along with botulinum neurotoxin types C and D. C2 toxin and C3 exotoxin produced from this organism are the most important members of bacterial ADP-ribosyltransferase superfamily. Both toxins have distinct pathophysiological functions in the avian and mammalian hosts. The members of this superfamily transfer an ADP-ribose moiety of NAD+ to specific eukaryotic target proteins. The present review describes the structure, function and evolution aspects of these toxins with a special emphasis to the development of veterinary vaccines...
December 1, 2016: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915254/ompf-of-pectobacterium-carotovorum-subsp-carotovorum-pcc3-is-required-for-carocin-d-sensitivity
#17
Jeong-A Lim, Jisoo Hong, Jonguk Kim, Sunggi Heu, Eunjung Roh
Carocin D is a bacteriocin produced by Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum Pcc21. Carocin D inhibits the growth of P carotovorum subsp. carotovorum and closely related strains, P carotovorum subsp. carotovorum is causative bacteria for soft rot disease and leads to severe economic losses. Bacteriocins recognize and interact with a specific membrane protein of target bacteria as a receptor. To identify the receptor responsible for carocin D recognition, mutants that underwent a phenotypic change from carocin D-sensitivity to carocin D-insensitivity were screened...
December 2, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915154/lipopolysaccharides-stimulated-macrophage-products-enhance-withaferin-a-induced-apoptosis-via-activation-of-caspases-and-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-human-cancer-cells
#18
Liang Piao, Zhao Canguo, Lu Wenjie, Cheng Xiaoli, Shi Wenli, Lu Li
Macrophages, as a major cellular component in tumor microenvironment, play an important role in tumor progression. However, their roles in modulation of cytotoxic chemotherapy are still not fully understood. Here, we investigated the influence of Lipoplysaccharides (LPS)-stimulated macrophage products (LSMP) on Withaferin A (WA), a natural compound that derived from the medicinal plant Withania somnifera, as an antitumor agent in human breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231 and prostate cancer cells PC-3. Our results revealed that LSMP may enhance WA-induced apoptosis in both cell lines, the underlying mechanisms of which are closely associated with activation of caspase-8, -9 and -3, cleavage of poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP), as well as specifically inhibiting the translocation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and down-regulation of anti-apoptotic proteins X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) and inhibitor of apoptosis protein (cIAP1/2)...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915046/dna-damage-related-crosstalk-between-the-nucleus-and-mitochondria
#19
Mohammad Saki, Aishwarya Prakash
The electron transport chain is the primary pathway by which a cell generates energy in the form of ATP. Byproducts of this process produce reactive oxygen species that can cause damage to mitochondrial DNA. If not properly repaired, the accumulation of DNA damage can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction linked to several human disorders including neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Mitochondria are able to combat oxidative DNA damage via repair mechanisms that are analogous to those found in the nucleus. Of the repair pathways currently reported in the mitochondria, the base excision repair pathway is the most comprehensively described...
November 30, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914200/assembling-the-tat-protein-translocase
#20
Felicity Alcock, Phillip J Stansfeld, Hajra Basit, Johann Habersetzer, Matthew Ab Baker, Tracy Palmer, Mark I Wallace, Ben C Berks
The twin-arginine protein translocation system (Tat) transports folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the thylakoid membranes of plant chloroplasts. The Tat transporter is assembled from multiple copies of the membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC. We combine sequence co-evolution analysis, molecular simulations, and experimentation to define the interactions between the Tat proteins of Escherichia coli at molecular-level resolution. In the TatBC receptor complex the transmembrane helix of each TatB molecule is sandwiched between two TatC molecules, with one of the inter-subunit interfaces incorporating a functionally important cluster of interacting polar residues...
December 3, 2016: ELife
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