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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164634/testing-the-limits-of-model-membrane-simulations-bilayer-composition-and-pressure-scaling
#1
Nikoleta Ivanova, Anela Ivanova
Studying transfer of bioactive compounds across cell membranes by simulations attracts growing attention. To perform such calculations accurately, it is necessary to verify the validity of computational protocols established for description of unperturbed lipid bilayers also with translocating substances present. The current work reports the results from 1 μs long atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of two types of model plasma membranes-one built of a single phospholipid (DPPC) and one constructed of four types of phospholipids-in the presence of a drug-peptide complex experimentally known to cross cell membranes...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164128/peptides-released-from-foremilk-and-hindmilk-proteins-by-breast-milk-proteases-are-highly-similar
#2
Søren D Nielsen, Robert L Beverly, David C Dallas
Human milk contains active proteases that initiate hydrolysis of milk proteins within the mammary gland. Milk expressed at the beginning of feeding is known as foremilk and that at the end of feeding is known as hindmilk. As hindmilk contains higher fat, vitamins A and E, and higher calories than foremilk, feeding only hindmilk initially and reserving foremilk for later are practiced in some neonatal intensive care units. This study investigated the difference in peptide profiles, predicted milk protease activities, and bioactive peptides between foremilk and hindmilk...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162516/structure-and-function-of-a-novel-antioxidant-peptide-from-the-skin-of-tropical-frogs
#3
Eder Barbosa, Ana Oliveira, Alexandra Plácido, Renato Socodato, Camila C Portugal, Ana Carolina Mafud, Alicia S Ombredane, Daniel C Moreira, Nuno Vale, Lucinda J Bessa, Graziella A Joanitti, Cláudia Alves, Paula Gomes, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas, Mariela M Marani, João B Relvas, Manuela Pintado, José Roberto S A Leite
The amphibian skin plays an important role protecting the organism from external harmful factors such as microorganisms or UV radiation. Based on biorational strategies, many studies have investigated the cutaneous secretion of anurans as a source of bioactive molecules. By a peptidomic approach, a novel antioxidant peptide (AOP) with in vitro free radical scavenging ability was isolated from Physalaemus nattereri. The AOP, named antioxidin-I, has a molecular weight [M+H](+) = 1543.69Da and a TWYFITPYIPDK primary amino acid sequence...
November 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161500/a-small-molecule-mimetic-of-the-humanin-peptide-as-a-candidate-for-modulating-nmda-induced-neurotoxicity
#4
Mohammad Parvez Alam, Tina Bilousova, Patricia Spilman, Kanagasabai Vadivel, Dongsheng Bai, Denis Evseenko, Varghese John
Humanin (HN), a 24-amino acid bioactive peptide, has been shown to increase cell survival of neurons after exposure to Aβ and NMDA-induced toxicity and thus could be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The neuroprotection by HN is reported to be primarily through its agonist binding properties to the gp130 receptor. However, peptidic nature of HN presents challenges in its development as a therapeutic for AD. We report here for the first time the elucidation of the binding site of Humanin (HN) peptide to gp130 receptor extracellular domain through modeling and the synthesis of small molecule mimetics that interact with the HN binding site on the gp130 receptor that provides protection against NMDA-induced neurotoxicity in primary hippocampal neurons...
November 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159484/correction-to-laminin-derived-ile-lys-val-ala-val-a-promising-bioactive-peptide-in-neural-tissue-engineering-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#5
Sajad Sahab Negah, Alireza Khooei, Fariborz Samini, Ali Gorji
There is only one problem with Table 3. The references mentioned in this table were wrong in the final proof.
November 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158845/in-tether-chiral-center-induced-helical-peptide-modulators-target-p53-mdm2-mdmx-and-inhibit-tumor-growth-in-stem-like-cancer-cell
#6
Kuan Hu, Feng Yin, Mengyin Yu, Chengjie Sun, Jingxu Li, Yujie Liang, Wenjun Li, Mingsheng Xie, Yuanzhi Lao, Wei Liang, Zi-Gang Li
Inhibition of the interaction between p53 and MDM2/MDMX has attracted significant attention in anticancer therapy development. We designed a series of in-tether chiral center-induced helical stabilized peptides, among which MeR/PhR effectively reactivated p53. The activation of p53 inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in both the MCF-7 normal tumor cell line and the PA-1 pluripotent cancer cell line with only minimal cellular toxicity towards normal cells or cancer cell lines with p53 mutations...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157802/identification-and-in-silico-characterization-of-a-novel-peptide-inhibitor-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-from-pigeon-pea-cajanus-cajan
#7
K A Ayub Nawaz, Swapna Merlin David, Easwaran Murugesh, Murugesan Thandeeswaran, Kalarikkal Gopikrishnan Kiran, Ramasamy Mahendran, Muthusamy Palaniswamy, Jayaraman Angayarkanni
BACKGROUND: Plants are important sources of bioactive peptides. Among these, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory peptides have a major focus on their ability to prevent hypertension. Inhibition of ACE has been established as an effective approach for the treatment of ACE associated diseases. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: Some synthetic ACE inhibitory drugs cause side effects and hence there is a constant interest in natural compounds as alternatives. STUDY DESIGN: The study was designed to identify and characterize a peptide molecule from pigeon pea which has the biological property to inhibit ACE and can be developed as a therapeutic approach towards hypertension...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156779/selecting-lncrnas-in-gastric-cancer-cells-for-directed-therapy-with-bioactive-peptides-and-chemotherapy-drugs
#8
Wenyan Han, Rui Xiao, Chuanling Zhang, Qimuge Suyila, Xian Li, Xiulan Su
Selecting lncRNAs for directed therapy with bioactive peptides and chemotherapy drugs may be an effective approach to treating gastric cancer (GC). We show genome-scale identification and characterization of differentially expressed lncRNAs in GC cells treated with a novel anti-cancer bioactive peptide (ACBP) and the chemotherapy drug oxaliplatin (ASLB). A total of 17,897 lncRNAs were identified through pairwise comparison, including 2,074 novel lncRNAs. Of those, 1,386 lncRNAs were differentially expressed (over 1...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156586/in-depth-glyco-peptidomics-approach-reveals-unexpected-diversity-of-glycosylated-peptides-and-atypical-post-translational-modifications-in-dendroaspis-angusticeps-snake-venom
#9
Michel Degueldre, Julien Echterbille, Nicolas Smargiasso, Christian Damblon, Charlotte Gouin, Gilles Mourier, Nicolas Gilles, Edwin De Pauw, Loïc Quinton
Animal venoms represent a valuable source of bioactive peptides that can be derived into useful pharmacological tools, or even innovative drugs. In this way, the venom of Dendroaspis angusticeps (DA), the Eastern Green Mamba, has been intensively studied during recent years. It mainly contains hundreds of large toxins from 6 to 9 kDa, each displaying several disulfide bridges. These toxins are the main target of venom-based studies due to their valuable activities obtained by selectively targeting membrane receptors, such as ion channels or G-protein coupled receptors...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152602/shortened-penetratin-cell-penetrating-peptide-is-insufficient-for-cytosolic-delivery-of-a-grb7-targeting-peptide
#10
Gabrielle M Watson, Ketav Kulkarni, Rebecca Brandt, Mark P Del Borgo, Marie-Isabel Aguilar, Jacqueline A Wilce
Delivery across the cell membrane is of critical importance for the development of therapeutics targeting intracellular proteins. The use of cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), such as Penetratin (P16), has facilitated the delivery of otherwise cell-impermeable molecules allowing them to carry out their biological function. A truncated form of Penetratin (RRMKWKK) has been previously described as the minimal Penetratin sequence that is required for translocation across the cell membrane. Here, we performed a detailed comparison of cellular uptake by Penetratin (P16) and the truncated Penetratin peptide (P7), including their ability to deliver G7-18NATE, a cyclic peptide targeting the cytosolic cancer target Grb7-adapter protein into cells...
February 28, 2017: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151643/cyanobacteria-nostoc-punctiforme-from-abyssal-benthos-of-lake-baikal-unique-ecology-and-metabolic-potential
#11
Irina Tikhonova, Anton Kuzmin, Diana Deeva, Ekaterina Sorokovikova, Sergey Potapov, Anna Lomakina, Olga Belykh
A strain of Nostoc punctiforme was isolated from the bottom sediments of the oil seep at Gorevoy Utes (Central Baikal) at a depth of 890 m. The Baikal strain is highly similar (98-99%) to the N. punctiforme CCAP 1453/9 strain and the typical N. punctiforme PCC 73103 strain isolated from soil ecotopes. Based on the analysis of functional genes and mass spectrometry data, we determined that the strain can produce bioactive peptides and polyketides, but does not produce known cyanobacterial toxins, saxitoxin or its analogs, or microcystins...
December 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148801/neuropeptidomics-of-the-bed-bug-cimex-lectularius
#12
Reinhard Predel, Susanne Neupert, Christian Derst, Klaus Reinhardt, Christian Wegener
The bed bug Cimex lectularius is a globally distributed human ectoparasite with fascinating biology. It has recently acquired resistance against a broad range of insecticides, causing a worldwide increase in bed bug infestations. The recent annotation of the bed bug genome revealed a full complement of neuropeptide and neuropeptide receptor genes in this species. With regard to the biology of C. lectularius, neuropeptide signalling is especially interesting since it regulates feeding, diuresis, digestion as well as reproduction, and also provides potential new targets for chemical control...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147553/crafting-of-functional-biomaterials-by-directed-molecular-self-assembly-of-triple-helical-peptide-building-blocks
#13
REVIEW
Jayati Banerjee, Helena S Azevedo
Collagen is the most abundant extracellular matrix protein in the body and has widespread use in biomedical research, as well as in clinics. In addition to difficulties in the production of recombinant collagen due to its high non-natural imino acid content, animal-derived collagen imposes several major drawbacks-variability in composition, immunogenicity, pathogenicity and difficulty in sequence modification-that may limit its use in the practical scenario. However, in recent years, scientists have shifted their attention towards developing synthetic collagen-like materials from simple collagen model triple helical peptides to eliminate the potential drawbacks...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147502/chemical-space-guided-discovery-of-antimicrobial-bridged-bicyclic-peptides-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-its-biofilms
#14
Ivan Di Bonaventura, Xian Jin, Ricardo Visini, Daniel Probst, Sacha Javor, Bee-Ha Gan, Gaëlle Michaud, Antonino Natalello, Silvia Maria Doglia, Thilo Köhler, Christian van Delden, Achim Stocker, Tamis Darbre, Jean-Louis Reymond
Herein we report the discovery of antimicrobial bridged bicyclic peptides (AMBPs) active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a highly problematic Gram negative bacterium in the hospital environment. Two of these AMBPs show strong biofilm inhibition and dispersal activity and enhance the activity of polymyxin, currently a last resort antibiotic against which resistance is emerging. To discover our AMBPs we used the concept of chemical space, which is well known in the area of small molecule drug discovery, to define a small number of test compounds for synthesis and experimental evaluation...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146927/preparation-and-functional-evaluation-of-collagen-oligopeptide-rich-hydrolysate-from-fish-skin-with-the-serine-collagenolytic-protease-from-pseudoalteromonas-sp-sm9913
#15
Xiu-Lan Chen, Ming Peng, Jing Li, Bai-Lu Tang, Xuan Shao, Fang Zhao, Chang Liu, Xi-Ying Zhang, Ping-Yi Li, Mei Shi, Yu-Zhong Zhang, Xiao-Yan Song
Although several serine collagenolytic proteases from bacteria were reported, none has been used to prepare bioactive collagen peptides. MCP-01 is the most abundant extracellular protease of deep-sea Pseudoalteromonas sp. SM9913 and is a serine collagenolytic protease with high efficiency on fish collagen hydrolysis. Here, we set up a pilot scale process to ferment SM9913 for extracellular protease production. With SM9913 extracellular protease as a tool, a process to prepare collagen oligopeptide-rich hydrolysate from codfish skin was set up, which was further scaled up to pilot (100 L) and plant (2000 L) levels with yields >66%...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141967/yogurt-and-cardiometabolic-diseases-a-critical-review-of-potential-mechanisms
#16
REVIEW
Melissa Anne Fernandez, Shirin Panahi, Noémie Daniel, Angelo Tremblay, André Marette
Associations between yogurt intake and risk of diet-related cardiometabolic diseases (CMDs) have been the subject of recent research in epidemiologic nutrition. A healthy dietary pattern has been identified as a pillar for the prevention of weight gain and CMDs. Epidemiologic studies suggest that yogurt consumption is linked to healthy dietary patterns, lifestyles, and reduced risk of CMDs, particularly type 2 diabetes. However, to our knowledge, few to no randomized controlled trials have investigated yogurt intake in relation to cardiometabolic clinical outcomes...
November 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141145/homochiral-versus-heterochiral-trifluoromethylated-pseudoproline-containing-dipeptides-a-powerful-tool-to-switch-the-prolyl-amide-bond-conformation
#17
Grégory Chaume, Julien Simon, Nathalie Lensen, Julien Pytkowicz, Thierry Brigaud, Emeric Miclet
The design of constrained peptides is of prime importance in the development of bioactive compounds and for applications in supramolecular chemistry. Due to its nature, the peptide bond undergoes a spontaneous cis-trans isomerism and the cis isomers are much more difficult to stabilize than the trans forms. By using oxazolidine-based pseudoprolines (ΨPro) substituted by a trifluoromethyl group, we show that the cis peptide bond can be readily switched from 0% to 100% in Xaa-ΨPro dipeptides. Our results prove that changing the configuration of the Cα in Xaa or in ΨPro is sufficient to invert the cis:trans populations while changing the nature of the Xaa side chain finely tuned the conformers ratio...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140694/tyrocidine-a-analogues-bearing-the-planar-d-phe-2-abz-turn-motif-how-conformation-impacts-bioactivity
#18
Alan J Cameron, Patrick J B Edwards, Elena Harjes, Vijayalekshmi Sarojini
The D-Phe-Pro β-turn of the cyclic β-hairpin antimicrobial decapeptide Tyrocidine A, (Tyrc A) was substituted with the D-Phe-2-aminobenzoic acid (2-Abz) motif in a synthetic analogue (1). NMR structure of 1 demonstrated that compound 1 retained the β-hairpin structure of Tyrc A with additional planarity, resulting in approx. 30-fold reduced haemolysis than Tyrc A. Although antibacterial activity was partially compromised, a single Gln to Lys substitution (2) restored activity equivalent to Tyrc A against S...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139513/current-knowledge-of-intestinal-absorption-of-bioactive-peptides
#19
REVIEW
Weilin Shen, Toshiro Matsui
Peptides have been demonstrated as potentially beneficial compounds against several life-style related diseases such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and atherosclerosis, among others. However, limited research has been carried out on peptide absorption, resulting in a lack of understanding and control of this process. Therefore, this review discusses the recent insights gathered on in vitro and in vivo absorption of peptides across intestinal membranes, into blood circulation. Briefly, some di-/tripeptides permeate through intestinal membranes in their intact forms via peptide transporter systems, while others are vulnerable to protease degradation...
November 15, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138416/plant-to-plant-communication-triggered-by-systemin-primes-anti-herbivore-resistance-in-tomato
#20
Mariangela Coppola, Pasquale Cascone, Valentina Madonna, Ilaria Di Lelio, Francesco Esposito, Concetta Avitabile, Alessandra Romanelli, Emilio Guerrieri, Alessia Vitiello, Francesco Pennacchio, Rosa Rao, Giandomenico Corrado
Plants actively respond to herbivory by inducing various defense mechanisms in both damaged (locally) and non-damaged tissues (systemically). In addition, it is currently widely accepted that plant-to-plant communication allows specific neighbors to be warned of likely incoming stress (defense priming). Systemin is a plant peptide hormone promoting the systemic response to herbivory in tomato. This 18-aa peptide is also able to induce the release of bioactive Volatile Organic Compounds, thus also promoting the interaction between the tomato and the third trophic level (e...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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