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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743128/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factors-protect-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells-against-oxidation-by-modulating-nitric-oxide-release-and-autophagy
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Stefano De Cillà, Serena Farruggio, Stela Vujosevic, Giulia Raina, Davide Filippini, Valentina Gatti, Nausicaa Clemente, David Mary, Diego Vezzola, Giamberto Casini, Luca Rossetti, Elena Grossini
BACKGROUND/AIMS: the anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF), Aflibercept and Ranibizumab, are used for the treatment of macular degeneration. Here we examined the involvement of nitric oxide (NO), mitochondria function and of apoptosis/autophagy in their antioxidant effects in human retinal pigment epithelium cells (RPE). METHODS: RPE were exposed to Ranibizumab/Aflibercept in the absence or presence of NO synthase (NOS) inhibitor and of autophagy activator/blocker, rapamicyn/3-methyladenine...
July 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743086/effect-of-cinnamon-cinnamomum-verum-bark-essential-oil-on-the-halitosis-associated-bacterium-solobacterium-moorei-and-in-vitro-cytotoxicity
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Geneviève LeBel, Bruno Haas, Andrée-Ann Adam, Marie-Pier Veilleux, Amel Ben Lagha, Daniel Grenier
OBJECTIVES: Halitosis, also known as bad breath or oral malodour, is a condition affecting a large proportion of the population. Solobacterium moorei is a Gram-positive anaerobic bacterium that has been specifically associated with halitosis. In this study, we investigated the effects of essential oils, more particularly cinnamon bark oil, on growth, biofilm formation, eradication and killing, as well as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) production by S. moorei. METHODS: A broth microdilution assay was used to determine the antibacterial activity of essential oils...
July 12, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743066/toxic-effects-of-juvenile-sablefish-anoplopoma-fimbria-by-ammonia-exposure-at-different-water-temperature
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Jun-Hwan Kim, Hee-Ju Park, In-Ki Hwang, Jae-Min Han, Do-Hyung Kim, Chul Woong Oh, Jung-Sick Lee, Ju-Chan Kang
Juvenile sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria (mean length 17.1±2.4cm, and mean weight 75.6±5.7g) were used to evaluate toxic effects on antioxidant systems, immune responses, and stress indicators by ammonia exposure (0, 0.25, 0.75, and 1.25mg/L) at different water temperature (12 and 17°C) in 1 and 2 months. In antioxidant responses, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) were significantly increased by ammonia exposure, whereas glutathione (GSH) was decreased. In immune responses, lysozyme and phagocytosis activity were significantly increased by ammonia exposure...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742995/icaritin-induces-mc3t3-e1-subclone14-cell-differentiation-through-estrogen-receptor-mediated-erk1-2-and-p38-signaling-activation
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Zhidi Wu, Ling Ou, Chaopeng Wang, Li Yang, Panpan Wang, Hengrui Liu, Yingquan Xiong, Kehuan Sun, Ronghua Zhang, Xiaofeng Zhu
Icaritin (ICT), a hydrolytic product of icariin from the genus Epimedium, has many indicated pharmacological and biological activities. Several studies have shown that ICT has potential osteoprotective effects, including stimulation of osteoblast differentiation and inhibition of osteoclast differentiation. However, the molecular mechanism for this anabolic action of ICT remains largely unknown. Here, we found that ICT could enhance MC3T3-E1 subclone 14 preosteoblastic cell differentiation associated with increased mRNA levels and protein expression of the differentiation markers alkaline phosphatase (ALP), type 1 collagen (COL1), osteocalcin (OC), osteoponin (OPN) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2), and improved mineralization, confirmed by bone nodule formation and collagen synthesis...
July 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742972/stimuli-responsive-directional-vesicular-assembly-with-tunable-surface-functionality-and-impact-on-enzyme-inhibition
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Amrita Sikder, Debes Ray, Vinod Kumar Aswal, Suhrit Ghosh
The article describes self-assembly of a series of unsymmetrical bola-shape π-amphiphiles (NDI-1, NDI-1a, NDI-2, NDI-3 and NDI-4) consisting of a hydrophobic naphthalene-diimide (NDI) chromophore attached with a non-ionic hydrophilic wedge and an anionic head group in the two opposite arms of the central NDI. By design only a single hydrazide group is linked either on the ionic or non-ionic arm of the NDI. NDI-1 and NDI-1a are regioisomers differing only in the location of the hydrazide group, placed in the non-ionic or ionic arm, respectively...
July 25, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742964/conformational-flexibility-and-self-association-of-fibrinogen-in-concentrated-solutions
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Yuriy F Zuev, Rustem I Litvinov, Alexander E Sitnitsky, Bulat Z Idiyatullin, Dilyafruz R Bakirova, Dennis Galanakis, Artem Zhmurov, Valeri Barsegov, John W Weisel
We studied the hydrodynamic behavior of fibrinogen, a blood plasma protein involved in blood clotting, in a broad 0.3-60 mg/ml range of concentration and 5-42°C temperature using pulsed-field gradient 1H NMR-diffusometry. Arrhenius plots revealed the activation energy for fibrinogen diffusion Ed = 21.3 kJ/mol at 1.4 mg/ml and 28.4 kJ/mol at 38 mg/ml. We found a dramatic slowdown in fibrinogen self-diffusion with concentration beginning at 1.7-3.4 mg/ml, which deviated from the standard hard-particle behavior, suggesting a remarkable intermolecular entanglement...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742866/contribution-of-factor-h-binding-protein-sequence-to-the-cross-reactivity-of-meningococcal-native-outer-membrane-vesicle-vaccines-with-over-expressed-fhbp-variant-group-1
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Arianna Marini, Omar Rossi, Maria Grazia Aruta, Francesca Micoli, Simona Rondini, Serafina Guadagnuolo, Isabel Delany, Ian R Henderson, Adam F Cunningham, Allan Saul, Calman A MacLennan, Oliver Koeberling
Factor H-binding protein (fHbp) is an important meningococcal vaccine antigen. Native outer membrane vesicles with over-expressed fHbp (NOMV OE fHbp) have been shown to induce antibodies with broader functional activity than recombinant fHbp (rfHbp). Improved understanding of this broad coverage would facilitate rational vaccine design. We performed a pair-wise analysis of 48 surface-exposed amino acids involved in interacting with factor H, among 383 fHbp variant group 1 sequences. We generated isogenic NOMV-producing meningococcal strains from an African serogroup W isolate, each over-expressing one of four fHbp variant group 1 sequences (ID 1, 5, 9, or 74), including those most common among invasive African meningococcal isolates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742845/evaluation-of-k-ras-and-p53-expression-in-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-using-the-cancer-genome-atlas
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Liming Lu, Jingchun Zeng
Genetic alterations in K-ras and p53 are thought to be critical in pancreatic cancer development and progression. However, K-ras and p53 expression in pancreatic adenocarcinoma have not been systematically examined in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Data Portal. Information regarding K-ras and p53 alterations, mRNA expression data, and protein/protein phosphorylation abundance was retrieved from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) databases, and analyses were performed by the cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics. The mutual exclusivity analysis showed that events in K-ras and p53 were likely to co-occur in pancreatic adenocarcinoma (Log odds ratio = 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742844/control-of-runx-induced-repression-of-notch-signaling-by-mlf-and-its-partner-dnaj-1-during-drosophila-hematopoiesis
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Marion Miller, Aichun Chen, Vanessa Gobert, Benoit Augé, Mathilde Beau, Odile Burlet-Schiltz, Marc Haenlin, Lucas Waltzer
A tight regulation of transcription factor activity is critical for proper development. For instance, modifications of RUNX transcription factors dosage are associated with several diseases, including hematopoietic malignancies. In Drosophila, Myeloid Leukemia Factor (MLF) has been shown to control blood cell development by stabilizing the RUNX transcription factor Lozenge (Lz). However, the mechanism of action of this conserved family of proteins involved in leukemia remains largely unknown. Here we further characterized MLF's mode of action in Drosophila blood cells using proteomic, transcriptomic and genetic approaches...
July 25, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742600/cholesterol-reduction-and-macrophage-function-role-of-paraoxonases
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C Roger White, G M Anantharamaiah
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Unregulated uptake of oxidized LDL by macrophages to form foam cells is the hallmark for atherosclerosis. The paraoxonase (PON) family of enzymes plays a critical role in attenuating atherosclerotic lesion formation by hydrolyzing lipid peroxides (LOOHs) and preventing the oxidation of LDL particles and by enhancing HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux. Findings in recent years suggest novel mechanisms by which PON isoforms interact with macrophages to regulate cholesterol metabolism and cellular function...
July 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742217/the-inflammatory-cytokine-interferon-gamma-inhibits-sortilin-1-expression-in-hepatocytes-via-the-jak-stat-pathway
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John Pirault, Konstantinos A Polyzos, Marcelo H Petri, Daniel Fj Ketelhuth, Magnus Bäck, Göran K Hansson
Sortilin-1, a receptor of the VPS10p family, has been associated with cardiovascular disease in genome-wide association studies. It is implicated in lipoprotein metabolism, secretion of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) and secretion of inflammatory cytokines. However, its own regulation remains unclear. Chronic inflammation is a hallmark of atherosclerosis and absence of regulatory T (Treg) cells is associated with reduced protein expression of sortilin-1 in the liver. Therefore, we postulated that mediator(s) of inflammation known to be downregulated by regulatory T cells may modulate sortilin-1 expression...
July 25, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742189/novel-endogenous-negative-modulators-of-platelet-function-as-potential-anti-thrombotic-targets
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Y-J Li, H-X Zhu, D Zhang, H-C Li, P Ma, L-Y Huang
Platelets are megakaryocyte-derived nuclear-free fragments that participate in cardiovascular diseases including acute myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. At the endothelium damage site, platelets interact with sub-endothelial matrix proteins such as glycoprotein VI/Fc receptor γ-chain (GPVI/FcRγ), G protein-coupled receptor/phospholipase Cγ(β) (GPCR/PLCγ(β)), Rho/RhoK and integrin. The activation of these signaling pathways triggers intracellular calcium increase and causes platelet adhesion, aggregation, granule release and finally thrombus formation...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742158/human-tamm-horsfall-protein-a-renal-specific-protein-serves-as-a-cofactor-in-complement-3b-degradation
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Diana C J Rhodes
Tamm-Horsfall protein (THP) is an abundant urinary protein of renal origin. We hypothesize that THP can act as an inhibitor of complement since THP binds complement 1q (C1q) of the classical complement pathway, inhibits activation of this pathway, and is important in decreasing renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (a complement-mediated condition). In this study, we began to investigate whether THP interacted with the alternate complement pathway via complement factor H (CFH). THP was shown to bind CFH using ligand blots and in an ELISA (KD of 1 × 10-6 M)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742148/hijacking-of-the-o-glcnaczyme-complex-by-the-htlv-1-tax-oncoprotein-facilitates-viral-transcription
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Damien Groussaud, Mostafa Khair, Armelle I Tollenaere, Laetitia Waast, Mei-Shiue Kuo, Marianne Mangeney, Christophe Martella, Yann Fardini, Solène Coste, Mouloud Souidi, Laurence Benit, Claudine Pique, Tarik Issad
The viral Tax oncoprotein plays a key role in both Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-replication and HTLV-1-associated pathologies, notably adult T-cell leukemia. Tax governs the transcription from the viral 5'LTR, enhancing thereby its own expression, via the recruitment of dimers of phosphorylated CREB to cAMP-response elements located within the U3 region (vCRE). In addition to phosphorylation, CREB is also the target of O-GlcNAcylation, another reversible post-translational modification involved in a wide range of diseases, including cancers...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742127/tpc1-is-an-important-zn-ii-2cys6-transcriptional-regulator-required-for-polarized-growth-and-virulence-in-the-rice-blast-fungus
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Rita Galhano, Adriana Illana, Lauren S Ryder, Julio Rodríguez-Romero, Marie Demuez, Muhammad Badaruddin, Ana Lilia Martinez-Rocha, Darren M Soanes, David J Studholme, Nicholas J Talbot, Ane Sesma
The establishment of polarity is a critical process in pathogenic fungi, mediating infection-related morphogenesis and host tissue invasion. Here, we report the identification of TPC1 (Transcription factor for Polarity Control 1), which regulates invasive polarized growth in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. TPC1 encodes a putative transcription factor of the fungal Zn(II)2Cys6 family, exclusive to filamentous fungi. Tpc1-deficient mutants show severe defects in conidiogenesis, infection-associated autophagy, glycogen and lipid metabolism, and plant tissue colonisation...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741989/mithramycin-has-inhibitory-effects-on-gliostatin-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-expression-induced-by-gliostatin-in-rheumatoid-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes
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Naoe Tatematsu, Yuko Waguri-Nagaya, Yohei Kawaguchi, Yusuke Oguri, Kenji Ikuta, Masaaki Kobayashi, Masahiro Nozaki, Kiyofumi Asai, Mineyoshi Aoyama, Takanobu Otsuka
OBJECTIVES: Gliostatin (GLS) has angiogenic and arthritogenic activities and enzymatic activity as thymidine phosphorylase. Aberrant GLS production has been observed in the synovial membranes of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are involved in joint destruction. Promoters of GLS and some MMP genes contain Sp1 binding sites. We examined the inhibitory effect of the Sp1 inhibitor mithramycin on GLS-induced GLS and MMP expression in cultured fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs)...
July 25, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741869/increased-baseline-runx2-caspase-3-and-p21-gene-expressions-in-the-peripheral-blood-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-are-associated-with-improved-clinical-response-to-methotrexate-therapy
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Elena V Tchetina, Natalia V Demidova, Galina A Markova, Elena A Taskina, Svetlana I Glukhova, Dmitry E Karateev
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of the baseline gene expression in the whole blood of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug-naïve rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients for predicting the response to methotrexate (MTX) treatment. METHODS: Twenty-six control subjects and 40 RA patients were examined. Clinical, immunological and radiographic parameters were assessed before and after 24 months of follow-up. The gene expressions in the whole blood were measured using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741686/gpr55-receptor-antagonist-decreases-glycolytic-activity-in-panc-1-pancreatic-cancer-cell-line-and-tumor-xenografts
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Michel Bernier, Jonathan Catazaro, Nagendra S Singh, Artur Wnorowski, Anna Boguszewska-Czubara, Krzysztof Jozwiak, Robert Powers, Irving W Wainer
The Warburg effect is a predominant metabolic pathway in cancer cells characterized by enhanced glucose uptake and its conversion to L-lactate and is associated with upregulated expression of HIF-1α and activation of the EGFR-MEK-ERK, Wnt-β-catenin and PI3K-AKT signaling pathways. (R,R')-4'-methoxy-1-naphthylfenoterol ((R,R')-MNF) significantly reduces proliferation, survival, and motility of PANC-1 pancreatic cancer cells through inhibition of the GPR55 receptor. We examined (R,R')-MNF's effect on glycolysis in PANC-1 cells and tumors...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741645/inflammasome-and-autophagy-regulation-a-two-way-street
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Qian Sun, Jie Fan, Timothy R Billiar, Melanie J Scott
Inflammation plays a significant role in protecting hosts against pathogens. Inflammation induced by non-infectious, endogenous agents can be detrimental, and if excessive can result in organ and tissue damage. The inflammasome is a major innate immune pathway that can be activated via both exogenous pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and endogenous damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). Inflammasome activation involves formation and oligomerization of a protein complex including a NOD-like receptor (NLR), an adaptor protein (ASC) and procaspase-1...
July 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741386/cloning-expression-and-purification-of-the-%C3%AE-carbonic-anhydrase-from-the-mantle-of-the-mediterranean-mussel-mytilus-galloprovincialis
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Rosa Perfetto, Sonia Del Prete, Daniela Vullo, Vincenzo Carginale, Giovanni Sansone, Carmela M A Barone, Mosè Rossi, Fatmah A S Alasmary, Sameh M Osman, Zeid AlOthman, Claudiu T Supuran, Clemente Capasso
We cloned, expressed, purified, and determined the kinetic constants of the recombinant α-carbonic anhydrase (rec-MgaCA) identified in the mantle tissue of the bivalve Mediterranean mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis. In metazoans, the α-CA family is largely represented and plays a pivotal role in the deposition of calcium carbonate biominerals. Our results demonstrated that rec-MgaCA was a monomer with an apparent molecular weight of about 32 kDa. Moreover, the determined kinetic parameters for the CO2 hydration reaction were kcat =  4...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
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