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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784948/simultaneous-cell-disruption-and-semi-quantitative-activity-assays-for-high-throughput-screening-of-thermostable-l-asparaginases
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Xu Li, Xian Zhang, Shuqin Xu, Hengwei Zhang, Meijuan Xu, Taowei Yang, Li Wang, Haifeng Qian, Huiling Zhang, Haitian Fang, Tolbert Osire, Zhiming Rao, Shangtian Yang
L-asparaginase, which catalyses the hydrolysis of L-asparagine to L-aspartate, has attracted the attention of researchers due to its expanded applications in medicine and the food industry. In this study, a novel thermostable L-asparaginase from Pyrococcus yayanosii CH1 was cloned and over-expressed in Bacillus subtilis 168. To obtain thermostable L-asparaginase mutants with higher activity, a robust high-throughput screening process was developed specifically for thermophilic enzymes. In this process, cell disruption and enzyme activity assays are simultaneously performed in 96-deep well plates...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783774/d-amino-acid-peptide-residualizing-agents-for-protein-radioiodination-effect-of-aspartate-for-glutamate-substitution
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Marek Pruszynski, Choong Mo Kang, Eftychia Koumarianou, Ganesan Vaidyanathan, Michael R Zalutsky
The residualizing prosthetic agent N ε -(3-[* I]iodobenzoyl)-Lys⁵- N α -maleimido-Gly¹-d-GEEEK ([* I]IB-Mal-d-GEEEK) showed promise for the radioiodination of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that bind to internalizing molecular targets. Although enhanced tumor uptake was achieved in these studies, elevated kidney accumulation also was observed, particularly with low-molecular-weight, single-domain antibody fragments (sdAbs). Here, we developed an analogous agent (IB-Mal-d-GDDDK), in which glutamate residues (E) were replaced with aspartates (D) to determine whether this modification could decrease renal uptake...
May 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783745/loading-of-indocyanine-green-within-polydopamine-coated-laponite-nanodisks-for-targeted-cancer-photothermal-and-photodynamic-therapy
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Fanli Xu, Mengxue Liu, Xin Li, Zhijuan Xiong, Xueyan Cao, Xiangyang Shi, Rui Guo
The combination of photothermal therapy (PTT) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) in cancer treatment has attracted much attention in recent years. However, developing highly efficient and targeted therapeutic nanoagents for amplifying PTT and PDT treatments remains challenging. In this work, we developed a novel photothermal and photodynamic therapeutic nanoplatform for treatment of cancer cells overexpressing integrin αv β₃ through the coating of polydopamine (PDA) on indocyanine green (ICG)-loaded laponite (LAP) and then further conjugating polyethylene glycol-arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (PEG-RGD) as targeted agents on the surface...
May 19, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781028/tuning-the-mechanical-properties-of-alginate-peptide-hydrogels
#4
Guy Ochbaum, Maya Davidovich-Pinhas, Ronit Bitton
Alginate, a polysaccharide that gels in the presence of divalent ions, has been used in the field of regenerative medicine to facilitate cell growth in impaired tissues by providing an artificial bio-surrounding similar to the natural extra cellular matrix (ECM). Here, we present a systematic investigation of the effect of three arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD)-containing peptides, G6KRGDY, A6KRGDY and V6KRGDY, on the physical properties of alginate-peptide hydrogels. Rheology measurements showed that the storage modulus of the alginate-A6KRGDY and alginate-V6KRGDY gels is an order of magnitude higher than that of the alginate-G6KRGDY gel...
May 21, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780507/crystal-structure-and-functional-analysis-of-large-terpene-synthases-belonging-to-a-newly-found-subclass
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Masahiro Fujihashi, Tsutomu Sato, Yuma Tanaka, Daisuke Yamamoto, Tomoyuki Nishi, Daijiro Ueda, Mizuki Murakami, Yoko Yasuno, Ai Sekihara, Kazuma Fuku, Tetsuro Shinada, Kunio Miki
Thousands of terpenes have been identified to date. However, only two classes of enzymes are known to be involved in their biosynthesis, and each class has characteristic amino-acid motifs. We recently identified a novel large-terpene (C25 /C30 /C35 ) synthase, which shares no motifs with known enzymes. To elucidate the molecular mechanism of this enzyme, we determined the crystal structure of a large-β-prene synthase from B. alcalophilus (BalTS). Surprisingly, the overall structure of BalTS is similar to that of the α-domain of class I terpene synthases although their primary structures are totally different from each other...
April 21, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778792/valproic-acid-attenuates-manganese-induced-reduction-in-expression-of-glt-1-and-glast-with-concomitant-changes-in-murine-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity
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James Johnson, Edward Pajarillo, Pratap Karki, Judong Kim, Deok-Soo Son, Michael Aschner, Eunsook Lee
Exposure to elevated levels of manganese (Mn) causes manganism, a neurological disorder with similar characteristics to those of Parkinson's disease (PD). Valproic acid (VPA), an antiepileptic, is known to inhibit histone deacetylases and exert neuroprotective effects in many experimental models of neurological disorders. In the present study, we investigated if VPA attenuated Mn-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity and the possible mechanisms involved in VPA's neuroprotection, focusing on modulation of astrocytic glutamate transporters (glutamate aspartate transporter, GLAST and glutamate transporter 1, GLT-1) and histone acetylation in H4 astrocyte culture and mouse models...
May 17, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777624/characterisation-of-a-putative-glutamate-5-kinase-from-leishmania-donovani
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Natasha Sienkiewicz, Han B Ong, Alan H Fairlamb
Previous metabolic studies have demonstrated that leishmania parasites are able to synthesise proline from glutamic acid and threonine from aspartic acid. The first committed step in both biosynthetic pathways involves an amino acid kinase, either a glutamate 5-kinase (EC 2.7.2.11) or an aspartokinase (EC 2.7.2.4). Bioinformatic analysis of multiple leishmania genomes identifies a single amino-acid-kinase gene (LdBPK 262740.1) variously annotated as either a putative glutamate or aspartate kinase. To establish the catalytic function of this Leishmania donovani gene product, we have determined the physical and kinetic properties of the recombinant enzyme purified from Escherichia coli...
May 19, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776313/bioinspired-thermoresponsive-nanoscaled-coatings-tailor-made-polymer-brushes-with-bioconjugated-arginine-glycine-aspartic-acid-peptides
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Ulla König, Evmorfia Psarra, Olga Guskova, Eva Bittrich, Klaus-Jochen Eichhorn, Martin Müller, Petra B Welzel, Manfred Stamm, Petra Uhlmann
The development of bioengineered surface coatings with stimuli-responsive properties is beneficial for a number of biomedical applications. Environmentally responsive and switchable polymer brush systems have a great potential to create such smart biointerfaces. This study focuses on the bioconjugation of cell-instructive peptides, containing the arginine-glycine-aspartic acid tripeptide sequence (RGD motif), onto well-defined polymer brush films. Herein, the highly tailored end-grafted homo polymer brushes are either composed of the polyelectrolyte poly(acrylic) acid (PAA), providing the reactive carboxyl functionalities, or of the temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm)...
May 18, 2018: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774053/postherpes-simplex-encephalitis-a-case-series-of-viral-triggered-autoimmunity-synaptic-autoantibodies-and-response-to-therapy
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Harry Alexopoulos, Sofia Akrivou, Sotiria Mastroyanni, Maria Antonopoulou, Argirios Dinopoulos, Melpo Giorgi, Kostas Konstantinou, Evangelos Kouremenos, Maria Lariou, Dimitrios Naoumis, Efterpi Pavlidou, Evaggelos Pavlou, Konstantinos Voudris, Panayotis Vlachoyiannopoulos, Marinos C Dalakas
Background: Recent evidence suggests that patients with herpes simplex virus (HSV) encephalitis may relapse because of autoimmunity against the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR). We present a case series of post-HSV relapsing encephalopathy associated with antibodies to central nervous system (CNS) synaptic antigens. Patient/Methods: Sera and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from five patients with HSV encephalitis who relapsed after antiviral therapy were tested for anti-NMDAR, gamma-aminobutyric acid b receptor (GABAbR), α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR), Leucine-rich, glioma inactivated 1 (LGI1), anti -contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) and dipeptidyl-peptidase-like protein-6 (DDPX) antibodies using cell-based assays...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773477/selenium-bioaccumulation-and-associated-nutraceutical-properties-in-calocybe-indica-mushroom-cultivated-on-se-enriched-wheat-straw
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Himanshi Rathore, Abhishek Sharma, Shalinee Prasad, Satyawati Sharma
Calocybe indica was cultivated on wheat straw enriched with various concentrations of sodium selenite (Na2 SeO3 ), (2.5-40 μg/ml). The content of selenium (Se) in fruit bodies increased linearly by increasing the amount of Na2 SeO3 , although the biomass yield inhibited above 5 μg/ml. The fruit bodies accumulated inorganic Se into organic forms by integrating the Se into proteins (56%-68%), polysaccharides (22%-29%), and nucleic acids (1.4%-2.7%). Maximum protein content (25.31 g/100 g) was observed in fruit bodies harvested from the substrate enriched with 10 μg/ml Se...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773188/the-toxic-effect-of-gallic-acid-on-biochemical-factors-viability-and-proliferation-of-rat-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-was-compensated-by-boric-acid
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Mohammad Hussein Abnosi, Somayeh Yari
OBJECTIVE: Gallic acid (GA) and boron are found in many plants. Our previous studies showed 6 ng/ml boric acid (BA) had positive effect on biochemistry of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and their osteogenic differentiation. Therefore, we investigate the effect of different doses of GA alone and in the presence of BA on MSCs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: the viability of MSCs was assayed using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) and trypan blue at 12, 24 and 36 h in presence of different concentration of GA...
July 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772516/acidic-amino-acids-a-new-type-of-enzyme-mimics-with-application-to-biosensing-and-evaluating-of-antioxidant-behaviour
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Ying Shi, Li Liu, Yuanyuan Yu, Yijuan Long, Huzhi Zheng
Nanomaterials have triggered tremendous interest to mimick peroxidase but rarely attention has been paid to small molecules. Herein we first found that acidic amino acids including l-glutamic acid (L-Glu) and l-aspartic acid (L-Asp) exhibited an intrinsic peroxidase-like activity, endowing acidic amino acids with the capability of catalysing the oxidation of the peroxidase substrates 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) to produce color reaction in the presence of H2 O2 . Reaction mechanism was further investigated by means of electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR), enzyme kinetics assay and quantum theoretical calculations, to verify and provide a good deal of insight into the catalytic process...
May 8, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770867/dietary-supplementation-with-an-amino-acid-blend-enhances-intestinal-function-in-piglets
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Dan Yi, Baocheng Li, Yongqing Hou, Lei Wang, Di Zhao, Hongbo Chen, Tao Wu, Ying Zhou, Binying Ding, Guoyao Wu
The traditionally classified nutritionally non-essential amino acids are now known to be insufficiently synthesized for maximal growth and optimal health in piglets. This study determined the effects of dietary supplementation with an amino acid blend (AAB; glutamate:glutamine:glycine:arginine:N-acetylcysteine = 5:2:2:1:0.5) on piglet growth performance and intestinal functions. Sixteen piglets (24-day-old) were randomly assigned to a corn and soybean meal-based diet supplemented with 0.99% alanine (isonitrogenous control) or 1% AAB...
May 16, 2018: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768385/low-pg-i-ii-ratio-as-a-marker-of-atrophic-gastritis-association-with-nutritional-and-metabolic-status-in-healthy-people
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Weiwei Su, Bin Zhou, Guangming Qin, Zhihao Chen, Xiaoge Geng, Xiaojun Chen, Wensheng Pan
A low pepsinogen (PG) I/II ratio can be used to detect atrophic gastritis (AG). Recent research has found that the PG I/II ratio is associated with several nutritional and metabolic disorders. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the PG I/II ratio and biochemical markers in a Chinese population.In total, 1896 participants in a gastric cancer screening program underwent a health screening test that included assessment of serum pepsinogens. Subjects with PG I/II < 3.0 were considered as having atrophic gastritis...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767953/pharmacological-and-electrophysiological-characterization-of-novel-nmda-receptor-antagonists
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Rosana Leiva, Matthew B Phillips, Andreea Larisa Turcu, Esther Gratacòs-Batlle, Lara León-García, Francesc X Sureda, David Soto, Jon W Johnson, Santiago Vazquez
This work reports the synthesis, and pharmacological and electrophysiological evaluation of new N-methyl-D-aspartic acid receptor (NMDAR) channel blocking antagonists featuring polycyclic scaffolds. Changes in the chemical structure modulate the potency and voltage dependence of inhibition. Two of the new antagonists display properties comparable to those of memantine, a clinically approved NMDAR antagonist.
May 16, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767334/are-phloem-derived-amino-acids-the-origin-of-the-elevated-malate-concentration-in-the-xylem-sap-following-mineral-n-starvation-in-soybean
#16
Simone C Vitor, Luciano do Amarante, Ladaslav Sodek
A substantial increase in malate in the xylem sap of soybean subjected to mineral N starvation originates mainly from aspartate, a prominent amino acid of the phloem. A substantial increase in xylem malate was found when non-nodulated soybean plants were transferred to a N-free medium. Nodulated plants growing in the absence of mineral N and, therefore, dependent on symbiotic N2 fixation also contained elevated concentrations of malate in the xylem sap. When either nitrate or ammonium was supplied, malate concentrations in the xylem sap were low, both for nodulated and non-nodulated plants...
May 16, 2018: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766812/switching-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitors-to-tofogliflozin-a-selective-inhibitor-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-improves-arterial-stiffness-evaluated-by-cardio-ankle-vascular-index-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Nobuhiro Tahara, Sho-Ichi Yamagish, Munehisa Bekki, Atsuko Tahara, Sachiyo Igata, Akihiro Honda, Yoichi Sugiyama, Tomohisa Nakamura, Jiahui Sun, Yuki Kumashiro, Takanori Matsui, Yoshihiro Fukumoto
BACKGROUND: We have found that anagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP-4) significantly ameliorates arterial stiffness in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients compared with an equivalent hypoglycemic agent, glimepiride. However, it remains unclear whether and how switching DPP-4 inhibitors to tofogliflozin, a selective inhibitor of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) improves arterial stiffness in T2DM patients. METHODS: Nineteen T2DM patients who had received DPP-4 inhibitors for at least 1 year were enrolled in this study...
May 15, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766191/palladium-mediated-deallylation-in-fully-aqueous-conditions-for-native-chemical-ligation-at-aspartic-and-glutamic-acid-sites
#18
Muhammad Jbara, Emad Eid, Ashraf Brik
An efficient native chemical ligation approach at Asp and Glu sites is reported applying a hydrazide precursor, as a peptide thioester, and allyl protection at the side chain of Asp and Glu. The allyl protection was efficiently removed, after the ligation step, using the water-soluble palladium complex [Pd(allyl)Cl]2 and glutathione within a few minutes under fully aqueous conditions.
May 16, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765319/progression-and-regression-of-hepatic-lesions-in-a-mouse-model-of-nash-induced-by-dietary-intervention-and-its-implications-in-pharmacotherapy
#19
Zhi-Ming Ding, Yue Xiao, Xikun Wu, Haixia Zou, Shurong Yang, Yiyun Shen, Juehua Xu, Heather C Workman, Amy L Usborne, Haiqing Hua
Understanding of the temporal changes of hepatic lesions in the progression and regression of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is vital to elucidation of the pathogenesis of NASH, and critical to the development of a strategy for NASH pharmacotherapy. There are challenges in studying hepatic lesion progression and regression in NASH patients due to the slow development of NASH in humans, one being the requirement for multiple biopsies during the longitudinal follow-up. Here we studied lesion progression and regression in the diet-induced animal model of NASH by application or removal of the pathogenic diet for multiple time periods...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764952/samhd1-phosphorylation-coordinates-the-anti-hiv-1-response-by-diverse-interferons-and-tyrosine-kinase-inhibition
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Matthew A Szaniawski, Adam M Spivak, James E Cox, Jonathan L Catrow, Timothy Hanley, Elizabeth S C P Williams, Michel J Tremblay, Alberto Bosque, Vicente Planelles
Macrophages are susceptible to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection despite abundant expression of antiviral proteins. Perhaps the most important antiviral protein is the restriction factor sterile alpha motif domain and histidine/aspartic acid domain-containing protein 1 (SAMHD1). We investigated the role of SAMHD1 and its phospho-dependent regulation in the context of HIV-1 infection in primary human monocyte-derived macrophages and the ability of various interferons (IFNs) and pharmacologic agents to modulate SAMHD1...
May 15, 2018: MBio
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