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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458133/artesunate-derived-monomeric-dimeric-and-trimeric-experimental-drugs-their-unique-mechanistic-basis-and-pronounced-antiherpesviral-activity
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Friedrich Hahn, Tony Fröhlich, Theresa Frank, Luca D Bertzbach, Stephan Kohrt, Benedikt B Kaufer, Thomas Stamminger, Svetlana B Tsogoeva, Manfred Marschall
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a major human pathogen and is associated with severe pathology, such as life-threatening courses of infection in immunocompromised individuals and neonates. Currently, antiviral therapy is still hampered by a considerable toxicity of the available drugs and induction of viral resistance. Recently, we and others reported the very potent antiviral activity of the broad antiinfective drug artesunate in vitro and in vivo. Here, we investigated further optimized analogs including monomeric, dimeric and trimeric derivatives belonging to this highly interesting chemical group of experimental drugs (sesquiterpenes/trioxanes) and compared these to the previously identified trimeric artesunate compound TF27...
February 16, 2018: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458126/structural-and-mechanistic-analysis-of-the-choline-sulfatase-from-sinorhizobium-melliloti-a-class-i-sulfatase-specific-for-an-alkyl-sulfate-ester
#2
Bert van Loo, Markus Schober, Eugene Valkov, Magdalena Heberlein, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Kurt Faber, Marko Hyvönen, Florian Hollfelder
Hydrolysis of organic sulfate esters proceeds by two distinct mechanisms, water attacking at either sulfur (S-O bond cleavage) or carbon (C-O bond cleavage). In primary and secondary alkyl sulfates attack at carbon is favored, whereas in aromatic sulfates and sulfated sugars attack at sulfur is preferred. This mechanistic distinction is mirrored in the classification of enzymes that catalyze sulfate ester hydrolysis: arylsulfatases catalyze S-O cleavage in sulfate sugars and arylsulfates and alkyl sulfatases break the C-O bond of alkyl sulfates...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458124/tryptophan-mediated-dimerization-of-the-tssl-transmembrane-anchor-is-required-for-type-vi-secretion-system-activity
#3
Abdelrahim Zoued, Jean-Pierre Duneau, Eric Durand, Alexandre P España, Laure Journet, Françoise Guerlesquin, Eric Cascales
The Type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a multiprotein complex used by bacteria to deliver effectors into target cells. The T6SS comprises a bacteriophage-like contractile tail structure anchored to the cell envelope by a membrane complex constituted of the TssJ outer membrane lipoprotein and the TssL and TssM inner membrane proteins. TssJ establishes contact with the periplasmic domain of TssM whereas the transmembrane segments of TssM and its cytoplasmic domain interact with TssL. TssL protrudes in the cytoplasm but is anchored by a C-terminal transmembrane helix (TMH)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457903/the-excited-state-proton-transfer-in-3-cyano-7-azaindole-from-aqueous-solution-to-ice
#4
Ting-Husn Tu, Yi-Ting Chen, Jiun-Yi Shen, Ta-Chun Lin, Pi-Tai Chou
In this study, we investigated the excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) reaction for 3-cyano-7-azaindole (3CAI) in aqueous solution and in ice. 3CAI undergoes water catalyzed ESPT in the aqueous solution, giving normal (355 nm) and proton transfer tautomer (~472 nm) emission bands. Detailed temperature dependent studies showed that the values of activation free energy (△G≠) were similar between N-H and N-D isotope. Therefore, water catalyzed ESPT involves a stepwise mechanism incorporating solvation equilibrium (Keq) to form a 1:1 (molar ratio) water: 3CAI cyclic hydrogen bonded complex as an intermediate, followed by perhaps proton tunneling reaction...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457283/direct-visualization-of-the-reversible-o-2-o-redox-process-in-li-rich-cathode-materials
#5
Xiang Li, Yu Qiao, Shaohua Guo, Zhenming Xu, Hong Zhu, Xiaoyu Zhang, Yang Yuan, Ping He, Masayoshi Ishida, Haoshen Zhou
Conventional cathodes of Li-ion batteries mainly operate through an insertion-extraction process involving transition metal redox. These cathodes will not be able to meet the increasing requirements until lithium-rich layered oxides emerge with beyond-capacity performance. Nevertheless, in-depth understanding of the evolution of crystal and excess capacity delivered by Li-rich layered oxides is insufficient. Herein, various in situ technologies such as X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy are employed for a typical material Li1...
February 19, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456727/risk-factors-and-coping-strategies-of-severe-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-chemotherapy-induction-period-of-acute-leukemia
#6
Ning Li, Qingcheng Duan, Weidan Zhang
The risk factors and coping strategies of severe community-acquired pneumonia (SCAP) in chemotherapy induction period of acute leukemia were investigated. Eighty-six patients with CAP in chemotherapy induction period of acute leukemia in Dezhou Hospital from March 2014 to February 2017 were selected and divided into observation group (SCAP group, n=45) and control group (non-SCAP group, n=41) according to the acute physiology and chronic health evolution II (APACHE II) score. The blood, sputum, nasopharyngeal secretion and pleural effusion samples were collected from patients in both groups, and the samples were detected for pathogens, followed by the analysis of relevant factors...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456691/different-doses-of-folic-acid-and-vitamin-b12-to-treat-rabbits-with-deep-venous-thrombosis-and-hyperhomocysteinemia
#7
Xiao-Jun Shu, Zheng-Fei Li, Yao-Wen Chang, Sheng-Ye Liu, Wen-Hui Wang, Xiaoqiang Li
The effects of different doses of folic acid and vitamin B12 on rabbits with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and hyperhomocysteinemia were investigated. In total, 60 New Zealand rabbits were divided into untreated control, low-dose and high-dose groups. After inducing DVT, hemorheology and coagulation indexes were measured 3 and 10 days later. We found that both treatment groups performed better than the control group, and the high-dose performed better than the low-dose. Ten days after thrombosis, the levels of Hcy and D-dimer were lower in the high-dose group...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455835/moschamine-related-indole-alkaloids
#8
Chengfeng Xia, Xiaogang Tong
Moschamine-related alkaloids originate mainly from feruloylserotonin by cyclization or dimerization. This review provides a comprehensive overview on the achievements in the field of moschamine-related alkaloids. In the isolation part, a detailed structural characterization of moschamine-related alkaloids is followed by their spectral data. Besides the well-known antioxidative activities, other screened biological properties are also outlined. Since their isolation, different protocols have been developed to synthesize these alkaloids...
2018: Alkaloids. Chemistry and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455642/role-and-targeting-of-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-in-cancer
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Carminia Maria Della Corte, Giuseppe Viscardi, Raimondo Di Liello, Morena Fasano, Erika Martinelli, Teresa Troiani, Fortunato Ciardiello, Floriana Morgillo
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene activation is involved in the carcinogenesis process of several human cancers such as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, lung cancer, inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors and neuroblastoma, as a consequence of fusion with other oncogenes (NPM, EML4, TIM, etc) or gene amplification, mutation or protein overexpression. ALK is a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor that, upon ligand binding to its extracellular domain, undergoes dimerization and subsequent autophosphorylation of the intracellular kinase domain...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454992/a-novel-%C3%AE-glucosidase-isolated-from-the-microbial-metagenome-of-lake-poraqu%C3%A3%C2%AA-amazon-brazil
#10
Danyelle Toyama, Mariana Abrahão Bueno de Morais, Felipe Cardoso Ramos, Letícia Maria Zanphorlin, Celisa Caldana Costa Tonoli, Augusto Furio Balula, Fernando Pellon de Miranda, Vitor Medeiros Almeida, Sandro Roberto Marana, Roberto Ruller, Mario Tyago Murakami, Flavio Henrique-Silva
The Amazon region holds most of the biological richness of Brazil. Despite their ecological and biotechnological importance, studies related to microorganisms from this region are limited. Metagenomics leads to exciting discoveries, mainly regarding non-cultivable microorganisms. Herein, we report the discovery of a novel β-glucosidase (glycoside hydrolase family 1) gene from a metagenome from Lake Poraquê in the Amazon region. The gene encodes a protein of 52.9 kDa, named AmBgl-LP, which was recombinantly expressed in Escherichia coli and biochemically and structurally characterized...
February 15, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454707/crystal-structure-of-the-capsid-protein-from-zika-virus
#11
Zifang Shang, Hao Song, Yi Shi, Jianxun Qi, George F Gao
Recently, Zika virus (ZIKV) emerged as a global public health concern, and is distinct from other flaviviruses in many aspects, e.g., causing transplacental infection, fetal abnormalities and vector-independent transmission through body fluids in humans. The capsid (C) protein is a multifunctional protein, since it binds to viral RNA in the process of nucleocapsid assembly and plays important roles in virus infection processes by interacting with cellular proteins, modulating cellular metabolism, apoptosis and immune response...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454250/disulphide-linkage-to-get-cleaved-or-not-bulk-and-nano-copper-based-sers-of-cystine
#12
Arathi P J, Bhaskar Seemesh, Rajendra Kumar Reddy G, Suresh Kumar P, Ramanathan V
Different nano-structures of noble metals have been the conventional substrates for carrying out Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). In this paper we examine electrodeposited copper (Cu) nano-structures on pencil graphite as novel substrate to carry out SERS measurements by considering l-cystine (Cys-Cys) (dimer of the amino acid cysteine) as the probe. The formation of monolayer of the probe molecule on the substrates was confirmed using cyclic voltammetric measurements. Mode of adsorption of Cys-Cys was observed to be different on bulk Cu (taken in the wire form) and nano-structured Cu on pencil graphite...
February 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454237/liposomes-of-dimeric-artesunate-phospholipid-a-combination-of-dimerization-and-self-assembly-to-combat-malaria
#13
Muhammad Ismail, Longbing Ling, Yawei Du, Chen Yao, Xinsong Li
Artemisinin and its derivatives are highly effective drugs in the treatment of P. falciparum malaria. However, their clinical applications face challenges because of short half-life, poor bioavailability and growing drug resistance. In this article, novel dimeric artesunate phospholipid (Di-ART-GPC) based liposomes were developed by combination of dimerization and self-assembly to address these shortcomings. Firstly, Di-ART-GPC conjugate was synthesized by a facile esterification of artesunate (ART) and glycerophosphorylcholine (GPC) and confirmed by MS, 1 H NMR and 13 C NMR...
February 10, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454189/pyrimidine-chloroquinoline-hybrids-synthesis-and-antiplasmodial-activity
#14
Rakesh Chopra, Kelly Chibale, Kamaljit Singh
Triazole tethered 7-chloroquinoline-pyrimidine-5-carboxylate hybrids were synthesized and evaluated for antiplasmodial activity against chloroquine sensitive (CQ S ) NF54 strain of Plasmodium falciparum. The most active hybrids of the series were further screened against the chloroquine resistant (CQ R ) Dd2 strain of the parasite and for in vitro cytotoxicity against mammalian Vero cell lines. Further, their physico-chemical properties, binding studies with hemin (monomeric &μ-oxo dimeric) and DNA [pUC-18, calf thymus (CT)] led us to plausible proposed binding mode of the most active member of the present series...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454054/genomic-perspectives-of-spider-silk-genes-through-target-capture-sequencing-conservation-of-stabilization-mechanisms-and-homology-based-structural-models-of-spidroin-terminal-regions
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Matthew A Collin, Thomas H Clarke, Nadia A Ayoub, Cheryl Y Hayashi
A powerful system for studying protein aggregation, particularly rapid self-assembly, is spider silk. Spider silks are proteinaceous and silk proteins are synthesized and stored within silk glands as liquid dope. As needed, liquid dope is near-instantaneously transformed into solid fibers or viscous adhesives. The dominant constituents of silks are spidroins (spider fibroins) and their terminal domains are vital for the tight control of silk self-assembly. To better understand spidroin termini, we used target capture and deep sequencing to identify spidroin gene sequences from six species representing the araneoid families of Araneidae, Nephilidae, and Theridiidae...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454001/brain-bioenergetics-in-rats-with-acute-hyperphenylalaninemia
#16
Nádia Weber Dimer, Bruna Klippel Ferreira, Jotele Fontana Agostini, Maria Luiza Gomes, Luiza Wilges Kist, Fernanda Malgarin, Milena Carvalho-Silva, Lara Mezari Gomes, Joyce Rebelo, Marisa Jádna Silva Frederico, Fátima Regina Mena Barreto Silva, Eduardo Pacheco Rico, Mauricio Reis Bogo, Emilio Luiz Streck, Gustavo Costa Ferreira, Patrícia Fernanda Schuck
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a disorder of phenylalanine (Phe) metabolism caused by deficient phenylalanine hydroxylase activity. The deficiency results in increased levels of Phe and its metabolites in fluids and tissues of patients. PKU patients present neurological signals and symptoms including hypomyelination and intellectual deficit. This study assessed brain bioenergetics at 1 h after acute Phe administration to induce hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) in rats. Wistar rats were randomized in two groups: HPA animals received a single subcutaneous administration of Phe (5...
February 14, 2018: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453981/the-c2-and-c3-endo-equilibrium-for-amp-molecules-bound-in-the-cystathionine-beta-synthase-domain
#17
Na Feng, Chao Qi, Yan-Jie Hou, Ying Zhang, Da-Cheng Wang, De-Feng Li
The equilibrium between C2'- and C3'-endo conformations of nucleotides in solution, as well as their polymers DNA and RNA, has been well studied in previous work. However, this equilibrium of nucleotides in their binding state remains unclear. We observed two AMP molecules, in C3'- and C2'-endo conformations respectively, simultaneously bound to a cystathionine-beta-synthase (CBS) domain dimer of the magnesium and cobalt efflux protein CorC in the crystallographic study. The C2'-endo AMP molecule assumes the higher sugar pucker energy and one more hydrogen bond with the protein than the C3'-endo molecule does...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453311/visualization-of-ligand-induced-transmembrane-signaling-in-the-full-length-human-insulin-receptor
#18
Theresia Gutmann, Kelly H Kim, Michal Grzybek, Thomas Walz, Ünal Coskun
Insulin receptor (IR) signaling plays a critical role in the regulation of metabolism and growth in multicellular organisms. IRs are unique among receptor tyrosine kinases in that they exist exclusively as covalent (αβ) 2 homodimers at the cell surface. Transmembrane signaling by the IR can therefore not be based on ligand-induced dimerization as such but must involve structural changes within the existing receptor dimer. In this study, using glycosylated full-length human IR reconstituted into lipid nanodiscs, we show by single-particle electron microscopy that insulin binding to the dimeric receptor converts its ectodomain from an inverted U-shaped conformation to a T-shaped conformation...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453229/crystal-structure-of-plant-legumain-reveals-a-unique-two-chain-state-with-ph-dependent-activity-regulation
#19
Florian B Zauner, Elfriede Dall, Christof Regl, Luigi Grassi, Chrisitian G Huber, Chiara Cabrele, Hans Brandstetter
The vacuolar cysteine protease legumain can cleave and selectively rebuild peptide bonds, thereby vastly expanding the sequential repertoire of biomolecules. In this context, plant legumains have recently at-tracted particular interest. Furthermore, legumains have important roles in many physiological pro-cesses, including programmed cell death. Their efficient peptide bond ligase activity has gained tremen-dous interest in the design of cyclic peptides for drug design. However, the mechanistic understanding of these dual activities is incomplete and partly conflicting...
February 16, 2018: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452720/evaluation-of-the-biological-activities-of-the-il-15-superagonist-complex-alt-803-following-intravenous-versus-subcutaneous-administration-in-murine-models
#20
Bai Liu, Monica Jones, Lin Kong, Terra Noel, Emily K Jeng, Sixiang Shi, Christopher G England, Sarah Alter, Jeffrey S Miller, Weibo Cai, Peter R Rhode, Hing C Wong
ALT-803 is a fusion protein complex consisting of an interleukin (IL)-15 superagonist and a dimeric IL-15 receptor alpha sushi domain IgG1 Fc fusion protein. When administered to mice, ALT-803 is capable of inducing natural killer (NK) and CD8 + T cell proliferation and activation, and effectively promoting potent anti-tumor responses. Currently, ALT-803 is in clinical trials for treatment of various solid tumors and hematological malignancies. In the initial phase of these clinical studies, intravenous (iv) injection was used according to the route used in pre-clinical efficacy studies...
February 13, 2018: Cytokine
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