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Evan A Dubiel, Bruno Martin, Sylvain Vigier, Patrick Vermette
A quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) was constructed to assess if such a biosensor has value as a complementary real-time label-free analysis platform for the biopharmaceutical industry. This was achieved through modifying QCM crystals with a low-fouling carboxymethyl-dextran layer bearing Protein A, and then injecting solutions containing Etanercept (i.e., Enbrel(®)) into the QCM chambers. The kinetics of Enbrel(®) - Protein A interactions was modeled using the Langmuir binding model and Enbrel(®) concentrations between 0...
October 19, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Trinh L Dinh, Kevin C Ngan, Charles B Shoemaker, David R Walt
This paper provides insights into the performance of single-molecule array (Simoa) immunoassay by examining the effects of various capture and detector antibody-antigen binding kinetic parameters. Simoa is similar to other immunoassays in that the overall Simoa performance is heavily dependent on the choice of antibodies; however, little is known about how the different properties of the antibodies result in the wide variations in assay performance. Here, we focus on antibody-antigen binding kinetics and demonstrate how the association (kon) and dissociation (koff) rate constants of the capture and detection antibodies affect Simoa performance...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
I Lengyel, F Toth, D Biyashev, I Szatmari, K Monory, C Tomboly, G Toth, S Benyhe, A Borsodi
Endomorphins are natural amidated opioid tetrapeptides with the following structure: Tyr-Pro-Trp-Phe-NH2 (endomorphin-1), and Tyr-Pro-Phe-Phe-NH2 (endomorphin-2). Endomorphins interact selectively with the μ-opioid or MOP receptors and exhibit nanomolar or sub-nanomolar receptor binding affinities, therefore they suggested to be endogenous agonists for the μ-opioid receptors. Endomorphins mediate a number of characteristic opioid effects, such as antinociception, however there are several physiological functions in which endomorphins appear to act in a fashion that does not involve binding to and activation of the μ-opioid receptor...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Chayanon Ngambenjawong, Julio Marco B Pineda, Suzie H Pun
Peptide cyclization is a strategy used to improve stability and/or activity of peptides. The most commonly used cyclization method is disulfide bridge formation of cysteine-containing peptides as typically found in nature. Over the years, an increasing number of alternative chemistries for peptide cyclization with improved efficiency, kinetics, orthogonality, and stability have been reported. However, there has been less appreciation for the opportunity to fine-tune peptide activity via the diverse chemical entities introduced at the site of linkage by different cyclization strategies...
October 25, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Gregory I Bain, Simon B M MacLean, Wing-Lim Tse, Pak-Cheong Ho, David M Lichtman
The assessment and management of Kienböck Disease (KD) has always been a conundrum. The Lichtman classification has traditionally been used to guide treatment based on imaging. Arthroscopy provides a direct visualization of the articular surface, allows probing of the surfaces, and enables minimally invasive techniques to be performed. The Lichtman-Bain classification is a new classification that takes into account the osseous, vascular, and cartilage aspects of the lunate and the secondary effects on the wrist...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Alexandre Chlenski, Marija Dobratic, Helen R Salwen, Mark Applebaum, Lisa J Guerrero, Ryan Miller, Gillian DeWane, Elena Solomaha, Jeremy D Marks, Susan L Cohn
SPARC is a matrix protein that mediates interactions between cells and the microenvironment. In cancer, SPARC may either promote or inhibit tumor growth depending upon the tumor type. In neuroblastoma, SPARC is expressed in the stromal Schwannian cells and functions as a tumor suppressor. Here, we developed a novel in vivo model of stroma-rich neuroblastoma using non-tumorigenic SHEP cells with modulated levels of SPARC, mixed with tumorigenic KCNR cells. Tumors with stroma-derived SPARC displayed suppressed growth, inhibited angiogenesis and increased lipid accumulation...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
J N Sheets, M Iwanicki, J F Liu, B E Howitt, M S Hirsch, J A A Gubbels, R Drapkin, K A Egland
The cause of death among the majority of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients involves passive dissemination of cancer cells within the peritoneal cavity and subsequent implantation of cancer spheroids into adjacent organs. Thus, it is important to identify the factors that mediate EOC metastasis and implantation, including clearance of the mesothelium. Sushi domain containing 2 (SUSD2) encodes a type I transmembrane protein containing several functional domains inherent to adhesion molecules. Immunohistochemical analysis determined the presence of SUSD2 in several subtypes of EOC, with the strongest staining observed in high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (HGSOCs)...
October 24, 2016: Oncogenesis
Jia Guo, Ming Jiang, Lingjing Jin, Yanxin Yin, Hui Sun, Lihua Yu, Yuting Mao, Jianmin Fang
Objective To construct lentiviral vectors for the expression of monovalent antibody against human c-mesenchymal epithelial transition factor (c-Met) using anti-c-Met chimeric antibody ch3E1D7 plasmid, and test the affinity and neutralizing ability of the purified monovalent antibody in transfected HEK293T cells. Methods The anti-c-Met monovalent antibody was designed, namely mono3E1D7. Three different lentiviral expression vectors of the monovalent antibody were then constructed using genetic engineering technology...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Ann W McMahon, Kevin Watt, Jian Wang, Dionna Green, Ram Tiwari, Gilbert J Burckart
BACKGROUND: Pediatric drug development is plagued by small sample sizes, unvalidated clinical endpoints, and limited studies. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to determine whether age stratification within the pediatric population could be used to (1) assess response to a pharmacologic intervention and to (2) design future trials based upon published stratified disease data using clinical trial simulation (CTS). METHODS: Data available from the literature for Kawasaki disease (KD) was used in the model...
2016: Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science
Denise M Hynes, Michael Fischer, Linda A Schiffer, Rani Gallardo, Ifeanyi Beverly Chukwudozie, Anna Porter, Michael Berbaum, Jennifer Earheart, Marian L Fitzgibbon
INTRODUCTION: Using a quasi-experimental design, we implemented the Patient-Centered Medical Home for Kidney Disease (PCMH-KD), a comprehensive, multidisciplinary care team to improve quality of life and healthcare coordination for adult chronic hemodialysis (CHD) patients. This paper highlights our experience in the first two years of the study.We focus on the process dimensions of Reach, Adoption, and Implementation within the context of the RE-AIM framework. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We established a new PCMH-KD model at two outpatient dialysis centers...
October 18, 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Maria Gregori, Mark Taylor, Elisa Salvati, Francesca Re, Simona Mancini, Claudia Balducci, Gianluigi Forloni, Vanessa Zambelli, Silvia Sesana, Maria Michael, Christos Michail, Claire Tinker-Mill, Oleg Kolosov, Michael Scherer, Stephen Harris, Nigel J Fullwood, Massimo Masserini, David Allsop
Aggregation of Amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) is a key event in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We investigated the effects of nanoliposomes decorated with the retro-inverso peptide RI-OR2-TAT (Ac-rGffvlkGrrrrqrrkkrGy-NH2) on the aggregation and toxicity of Aβ. Remarkably low concentrations of these peptide inhibitor nanoparticles (PINPs) were required to inhibit the formation of Aβ oligomers and fibrils in vitro, with 50% inhibition occurring at a molar ratio of ~1:2000 of liposome-bound RI-OR2-TAT to Aβ...
October 18, 2016: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Brett A Beaupre, Joseph V Roman, Matthew R Hoag, Kathleen M Meneely, Nicholas R Silvaggi, Audrey L Lamb, Graham R Moran
Renalase catalyzes the oxidation of isomers of β-NAD(P)H that carry the hydride in the 2 or 6 positions of the nicotinamide base to form β-NAD(P)(+). This activity is thought to alleviate inhibition of multiple β-NAD(P)-dependent enzymes of primary and secondary metabolism by these isomers. Here we present evidence for a variety of ligand binding phenomena relevant to the function of renalase. We offer evidence of the potential for primary metabolism inhibition with structures of malate dehydrogenase and lactate dehydrogenase bound to the 6-dihydroNAD isomer...
October 18, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Paul R Territo, Jill A Meyer, Jonathan S Peters, Amanda A Riley, Brian P McCarthy, Mingzhang Gao, Min Wang, Mark A Green, Qi-Huang Zheng, Gary D Hutchins
BACKGROUND: The P2X7 receptor represents a novel molecular target for imaging neuroinflammation via PET. GSK1482160, a potent P2X7 receptor antagonist, has high receptor affinity, blood-brain barrier penetration, and has been recently radiolabel ((11)C-GSK1482160). Therefore, we report the initial physical and biological characterization of this novel ligand. METHODS: (11)C-GSK1482160 synthesis was according to published methods. Cell density studies were performed in human embryonic kidney cell lines expressing human P2X7 receptors (HEK293-hP2X7R) and analyzed by western blot analysis, immuno-fluorescence assay (IFA), and radiologic-immunohistochemistry (RIHC) using P2X7R polyclonal antibodies...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Ahmet Bekdemir, Francesco Stellacci
Nanomedicine requires in-depth knowledge of nanoparticle-protein interactions. These interactions are studied with methods limited to large or fluorescently labelled nanoparticles as they rely on scattering or fluorescence-correlation signals. Here, we have developed a method based on analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC) as an absorbance-based, label-free tool to determine dissociation constants (KD), stoichiometry (Nmax), and Hill coefficient (n), for the association of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with gold nanoparticles...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Y Liu, L Huang, H Ye, X Lv
Interferon regulatory factor-7 (IRF-7) is involved in pulmonary infection and pneumonia. Here, a synthetic strategy that combined quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR)-based virtual screening and in vitro binding assay was described to identify new and potent mediator ligands of IRF-7 from natural products. In the procedure, a QSAR scoring function was developed and validated using Gaussian process (GP) regression and a structure-based set of protein-ligand affinity data. By integrating hotspot pocket prediction, pharmacokinetics profile analysis and molecular docking calculations, the scoring function was successfully applied to virtual screening against a large library of structurally diverse, drug-like natural products...
October 20, 2016: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
Elaheh Malakan Rad, Iran Malekzadeh, Vahid Ziaee, Raheleh Rajabi, Zohreh Shahabi
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is the most common cause of acquired myocardial infarction in children. Coronary artery involvement is the most serious feature of this vasculitis syndrome. Timely diagnosis of coronary artery involvement is of utmost importance since it can prevent long-term morbidity and mortality. The current methods for the diagnosis of coronary artery dilation in KD are inconsistent and are also not capable of detecting all the abnormal coronary arteries or the so-called occult dilations present...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
M Lu, D S Fan
Objective: To investigate whether or not the involvement degree of extensor and flexor muscles in patients with Kennedy's Disease (KD) was different by measuring the diameter of biceps and triceps brachii muscles using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Methods: All the subjects were outpatients or hospitalized patients from Department of Neurology, the Third Hospital of Peking University, 2011-2015. Subjects included 30 KD patients and 30 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. The right upper arms of all subjects were examined by muscle MRI...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Yutaka Sugi, Kyoko Takahashi, Kenta Kurihara, Kou Nakano, Tetsuro Kobayakawa, Kazuaki Nakata, Masato Tsuda, Shigemasa Hanazawa, Akira Hosono, Shuichi Kaminogawa
α-Defensin 5 is important to both maintenance of a gut microbiota and host immunity. While previous reports have shown that gut bacteria are able to upregulate α-defensin 5 through Toll-like receptor signaling, we demonstrate here that α-defensin 5 expression can also be regulated by microbial metabolites. Among these, lactate appeared to significantly suppress α-defensin 5 gene transcription. Actually, fractions of <3 kD compounds obtained from the ceca of SPF mice were suppressed α-defensin 5 gene transcription at specific concentrations...
October 20, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Mengmeng Wang, Amanda K Kussrow, Mireia Fernandez Ocana, Jeffrey R Chabot, Christopher S Lepsy, Darryl J Bornhop, Denise M O'Hara
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A monoclonal antibody (PF-00547659) against Mucosal Adressin Cell Adhesion Molecule (MAdCAM), expressed as both soluble (sMAdCAM) and trans-membrane (mMAdCAM) target forms, showed over 30-fold difference in antibody-target KD between in vitro (Biacore) and clinically derived (KD,in-vivo ) values. Back-scattering interferometry (BSI) was applied to acquire physiologically relevant KD values which were used to establish in vitro and in vivo correlation (IVIVC). EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Back-scattering interferometry (BSI) was applied to obtain KD values between PF-00547659 and recombinant human MAdCAM in buffer or CHO cells and endogenous MAdCAM in human serum or colon tissue...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Valeria Lanza, Alessio Travaglia, Gaetano Malgieri, Roberto Fattorusso, Giuseppe Grasso, Giuseppe Di Natale, Valeria Zito, Giuseppe Arena, Danilo Milardi, Enrico Rizzarelli
Many biochemical pathways involving nerve growth factor (NGF), a neurotrophin with copper(II) binding abilities, are regulated by the ubiquitin (Ub) proteasome system. However, whether NGF binds Ub and the role played by copper(II) ions in modulating their interactions have not yet been investigated. Herein NMR spectroscopy, circular dichroism, ESI-MS, and titration calorimetry are employed to characterize the interactions of NGF with Ub. NGF1-14 , which is a short model peptide encompassing the first 14 N-terminal residues of NGF, binds the copper-binding regions of Ub (KD =8...
October 19, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
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