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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433788/regulation-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-by-peptide-coupled-substrates
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Devin T Bridgen, Bailey V Fearing, Liufang Jing, Johannah Sanchez-Adams, Megan C Cohan, Farshid Guilak, Jun Chen, Lori A Setton
Nucleus pulposus (NP) cells are derived from the notochord and differ from neighboring cells of the intervertebral disc in phenotypic marker expression and morphology. Adult human NP cells lose this phenotype and morphology with age in a pattern that contributes to progressive disc degeneration and pathology. Select laminin-mimetic peptide ligands and substrate stiffnesses were examined for their ability to regulate human NP cell phenotype and biosynthesis through the expression of NP-specific markers aggrecan, N-cadherin, collagen types I and II, and GLUT1...
April 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428353/development-of-a-bnp1-32-immunoassay-that-does-not-cross-react-with-probnp
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Lynley K Lewis, Sara D Raudsepp, Tim G Yandle, Timothy C Prickett, A Mark Richards
BACKGROUND: Plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentration reflects cardiac dysfunction and assists in determining the diagnosis and prognosis of heart failure (HF). Current BNP assays overestimate circulating bioactive BNP1-32 concentrations as they also detect less active BNP metabolites and proBNP. A specific BNP1-32 assay with negligible cross-reactivity to proBNP and/or BNP metabolites may be advantageous. METHODS: We developed a Luminex-based specific BNP1-32 immunoassay and compared results obtained from 3 other BNP assays (a Luminex-based total-BNP assay, our BNP RIA, and the commercially available Abbott Architect BNP assay) in plasma from 42 patients with HF and 22 healthy controls...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425707/development-of-a-potent-wound-healing-agent-based-on-the-liver-fluke-granulin-structural-fold
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Paramjit S Bansal, Michael J Smout, David Wilson, Claudia Cobos Caceres, Mohadeseh Dastpeyman, Javier Sotillo, Julia Seifert, Paul J Brindley, Alex Loukas, Norelle L Daly
Granulins are a family of protein growth factors that are involved in cell proliferation. An orthologue of granulin from the human parasitic liver fluke Opisthorchis viverrini, known as Ov-GRN-1, induces angiogenesis and accelerates wound repair. Recombinant Ov-GRN-1 production is complex, and poses an obstacle for clinical development. To identify the bioactive region(s) of Ov-GRN-1, four truncated N-terminal analogues were synthesized and characterized structurally using NMR spectroscopy. Peptides that contained only two native disulfide bonds lack the characteristic granulin -hairpin structure...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425100/mass-spectrometry-analysis-and-in-silico-prediction-of-allergenicity-of-peptides-in-tryptic-hydrolysates-of-the-proteins-from-ruditapes-philippinarum
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Yue Yu, Hongwei Liu, Maolin Tu, Meiling Qiao, Zhenyu Wang, Ming Du
BACKGROUND: The Ruditapes philippinarum is nutrient-rich and widely-distributed, but little attentions had been paid on the identification and characterization of bioactive peptides in the bivalve. In this study, we evaluated the peptides of the Ruditapes philippinarum enzymolysised by trypsin using a combination of UPLC separation and a ESI-Q-TOF-MS/MS spectrometer, followed by data processing, sequence-similarity database searching. The potential allergenicity of the peptides was assessed in silico...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424689/antimicrobial-and-attractant-roles-for-chemerin-in-the-oral-cavity-during-inflammatory-gum-disease
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Urszula Godlewska, Piotr Brzoza, Aneta Sroka, Pawel Majewski, Holger Jentsch, Martin Eckert, Sigrun Eick, Jan Potempa, Brian A Zabel, Joanna Cichy
Periodontal inflammation is one of the most common chronic inflammatory conditions in humans. Despite recent advances in identifying and characterizing oral microbiota dysbiosis in the pathogenesis of gum disease, just how host factors maintain a healthy homeostatic oral microbial community or prevent the development of a pathogenic oral microbiota remains poorly understood. An important determinant of microbiota fate is local antimicrobial proteins. Here, we report that chemoattractant protein chemerin, which we recently identified as a potent endogenous antimicrobial agent in body barriers such as the skin, is present in the oral cavity under homeostatic and inflammatory conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424618/pharmacological-and-biochemical-characterization-of-tlqp-21-activation-of-a-binding-site-on-cho-cells
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Laura Molteni, Laura Rizzi, Elena Bresciani, Roberta Possenti, Pamela Petrocchi Passeri, Corrado Ghè, Giampiero Muccioli, Jean-Alain Fehrentz, Pascal Verdié, Jean Martinez, Robert J Omeljaniuk, Giuseppe Biagini, Anna Binda, Ilaria Rivolta, Vittorio Locatelli, Antonio Torsello
VGF is a propeptide of 617 amino acids expressed throughout the central and the peripheral nervous system. VGF and peptides derived from its processing have been found in dense core vesicles and are released from neuronal and neuroendocrine cells via the regulated secretory pathway. Among VGF-derived neuropeptides, TLQP-21 (VGF(556-576)) has raised a huge interest and is one of most studied. TLQP-21 is a multifunctional neuropeptide involved in the control of several physiological functions, potentially including energy homeostasis, pain modulation, stress responsiveness and reproduction...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423711/the-antitumor-activity-and-preliminary-modeling-on-the-potential-mechanism-of-action-of-human-peroxiredoxin-5
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Juanjuan Liu, Xiaozhou Feng, Yuanyuan Jin, Zhengyang Sun, Haoyi Meng, Zhifei Zhang, Laixing Hu, Zhaoyong Yang
Goat peroxiredoxin-5 (gPRDX5) was verified as a good anti-cancer bioactive peptide (ACBP) against different tumor cell lines. Considering the immunogenicity between species for further therapeutic application, it is necessary to similarly investigate the antitumor activity of human peroxiredoxin-5 (hPRDX5) with 89% similarity in sequence to gPRDX5. In order to evaluate its antitumor activity, the potential anti-neoplastic effect of hPRDX5 on a mouse model was observed directly. The results of its in vivo antitumor activity suggested that hPRDX5 could resist immunosuppression by promoting lymphocyte proliferation and up-regulating the levels of serum cytokines...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421799/antihypertensive-effect-of-fermented-skim-camel-camelus-dromedarius-milk-on-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Mohammed A Yahya, Omar A Alhaj, Abdullrahman S Al-Khalifah
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is one of the most common diseases in worldwide, thus prevention of hypertension is important in reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease. Milk contains bioactive peptides released during milk fermentation which lead to exhibit angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the antihypertensive effect of fermented skim camel milk on rats and compared with unfermented skim camel milk as control...
March 30, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420679/tumor-microenvironment-targeting-and-responsive-peptide-based-nanoformulations-for-improved-tumor-therapy
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Hao Qin, Yanping Ding, Ayeesha Mujeeb, Ying Zhao, Guangjun Nie
Tumor microenvironment participates in all stages of tumor progression and has emerged as a promising therapeutic target for cancer therapy. Rapid progress in the field of molecular self-assembly using various biological molecules has resulted in the fabrication of nanoformulations, specifically targeting and regulating the microenvironment components to inhibit tumor malignancies. This inhibition process is based on the differentiating biophysicochemical cues guiding tumor and normal tissue microenvironments...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418601/to-arginine-residues-in-the-cooh-terminal-of-human-%C3%AE-defensin-3-constitute-an-essential-motif-for-antimicrobial-activity-and-il-6-production
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Yoko Sakagami-Yasui, Yoshinori Shirafuji, Osamu Yamasaki, Shin Morizane, Toshihisa Hamada, Hiroshi Umemura, Keiji Iwatsuki
Human β-defensin-3 (HBD-3) possesses antimicrobial activities and the potential to induce proinflammatory cytokines. HBD-3 contains a unique motif of two arginine residues (Arg. R) in the COOH-terminal region. To understand the bioactive properties of the Arg residues of HBD-3, we examined antimicrobial activities against S. aureus and P. aeruginosa using synthetic HBD-2, HBD-3, and two variant peptides of HBD-3: the Arg-truncated variant designated desR HBD-3, and NRR HBD-3, in which both Arg residues were shifted to the N-terminal region...
April 18, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418077/therapeutic-protein-deimmunization-by-t-cell-epitope-removal-antigen-specific-immune-responses-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Saeme Asgari, Azadeh Ebrahim-Habibi, Mehdi Mahdavi, Mohammad Choopani, Hasan Mirzahoseini
Hirudin III is an effective anti-coagulant; however, in 40% of treated patients, a high-titer of anti-Hirudin III IgG antibodies is observed. Development of antibody responses requires the activation of helper T lymphocyte (HTL), which is dependent on peptide epitopes binding to HLA class II molecules. Based on computational prediction softwares, four new mutants of Hirudin III, T4K, S9G, V21G, and V21K, had been designed with the aim of reducing the binding affinity of these HTL epitopes. The constructed mutants have been purified and assayed for bioactivity...
April 18, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414462/pyrene-apelin-conjugation-modulates-fluorophore-and-peptide-micelle-interactions
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Robin E Patterson, Nathan Weatherbee-Martin, Jan K Rainey
Bioactive apelin peptide forms ranging in length from 12 to 55 amino acids bind to and activate the apelin receptor (AR or APJ), a class A G-protein coupled receptor. Apelin-12, -17, and -36 isoforms, named according to length, with an additional N-terminal cysteine residue allowed for regiospecific and efficient conjugation of pyrene-maleimide. Through steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy, the emission properties of pyrene in aqueous buffer were compared to those of the pyrene-apelin conjugates both without and with zwitterionic or anionic micelles...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413860/distribution-and-characterisation-of-cck-containing-enteroendocrine-cells-of-the-mouse-small-and-large-intestine
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Josiane Fakhry, Joyce Wang, Patricia Martins, Linda J Fothergill, Billie Hunne, Pierre Prieur, Arthur Shulkes, Jens F Rehfeld, Brid Callaghan, John B Furness
There is general consensus that enteroendocrine cells, EEC, containing the enteric hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) are confined to the small intestine and predominate in the duodenum and jejunum. Contrary to this, EEC that express the gene for CCK have been isolated from the large intestine of the mouse and there is evidence for EEC that contain CCK-like immunoreactivity in the mouse colon. However, the human and rat colons do not contain CCK cells. In the current study, we use immunohistochemistry to investigate CCK peptide presence in endocrine cells, PCR to identify cck transcripts and chromatography to identify CCK peptide forms in the mouse small and large intestine...
April 17, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411643/transgultaminase-mediated-nanoarmoring-of-enzymes-by-pegylation
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Antonella Grigoletto, Anna Mero, Katia Maso, Gianfranco Pasut
PEGylation, the covalent attachment of polyethylene glycol to bioactive molecules, is one of the leading approaches used to prolong pharmacokinetics, to improve the stability, and to reduce the immunogenicity of therapeutic proteins. PEG-conjugated products are associated with better therapy outcomes and improved patient compliance. Widely applied in clinical practice, the technology is mainly used to modify proteins, peptides, and oligonucleotides but also other drug delivery systems such as the liposomal one...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407976/peptidomics-as-a-tool-for-characterizing-bioactive-milk-peptides
#15
Jasminka Giacometti, Alena Buretić-Tomljanović
Food peptidomics is a sub-field of proteomics that focuses on the composition, interactions, and properties of bioactive peptides present in different food matrices. The milk peptidome is considered a valuable source of a number of biologically active peptides. Increasing use of peptidomic techniques-including the application of high-resolution techniques, such as mass spectrometry-has led to enhancements of our knowledge regarding the health benefits of dairy products, as well as improved monitoring for food control and food safety...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407970/a-simple-and-rapid-method-of-isolation-of-active-polypeptide-complex-yolkin-from-chicken-egg-yolk
#16
A Zambrowicz, A Zabłocka, Ł Bobak, J Macała, M Janusz, A Polanowski, T Trziszka
A large number of bioactive peptides isolated from natural sources are known to play important physiological roles in the human body. It is possible to use these as alternative therapy agents. One example is yolkin which can be useful as a food supplement, a natural therapeutic agent for preventing and treating cognitive disorders of various origins, preferably in patients with unsatisfactory responses to known therapies. A new simple method of isolation of yolkin based on precipitation with ethanol or acetone was developed...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407953/antioxidant-potential-of-edible-mushroom-agaricus-bisporus-protein-hydrolysates-and-their-ultrafiltration-fractions
#17
Benard Muinde Kimatu, Liyan Zhao, Yuan Biao, Gaoxing Ma, Wenjian Yang, Fei Pei, Qiuhui Hu
Mushroom protein isolate (MPI) from Agaricus bisporus was hydrolyzed using Alcalase, Pancreatin, Flavourzyme, Alcalase-Pancreatin and Alcalase-Flavourzyme. The obtained hydrolysates (MPHs) were ultrafiltered to generate peptide fractions (UFs) of molecular sizes (<1, 1-3, 3-5 and 5-10kDa). The electrophoretic profile results indicated that the enzymatic systems were efficient in hydrolyzing the MPI into low molecular weight peptides. Hydrolysate yields of >57% and protein recoveries of >43% were obtained...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399374/role-of-hydrophobic-aromatic-residues-on-the-stability-of-double-wall-%C3%AE-sheet-structures-formed-by-a-triblock-peptide
#18
Beytullah Ozgur, Mehmet Sayar
Bioinspired self-assembling peptides serve as powerful building blocks in the manufacturing of nanomaterials with tailored features. Because of their ease of synthesis, biocompatibility, and tunable activity, this emerging branch of biomolecules has become very popular. The triblock peptide architecture designed by the Hartgerink group is a versatile system that allows control over its assembly and has been shown to demonstrate tunable bioactivity. Three main forces, Coulomb repulsion, hydrogen bonding and hydrophobicity act together to guide the triblock peptides' assembly into one-dimensional objects and hydrogels...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394630/plant-proteases-for-bioactive-peptides-release-a-review
#19
M A Mazorra-Manzano, J C Ramírez-Suarez, R Y Yada
Proteins are a potential source of health promoting biomolecules with medical, nutraceutical and food applications. Nowadays, bioactive peptides production, its isolation, characterization and strategies for its delivery to target sites are a matter of intensive research. In vitro and in vivo studies regarding the bioactivity of peptides has generated strong evidence of their health benefits. Dairy proteins are considered the richest source of bioactive peptides, however proteins from animal and vegetable origin also have been shown to be important sources...
April 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394477/preparation-of-selenoinsulin-as-a-long-lasting-insulin-analogue
#20
Kenta Arai, Toshiki Takei, Masaki Okumura, Satoshi Watanabe, Yuta Amagai, Yuya Asahina, Luis Moroder, Hironobu Hojo, Kenji Inaba, Michio Iwaoka
Synthetic insulin analogues with a long lifetime are current drug targets for the therapy of diabetic patients. The replacement of the interchain disulfide with a diselenide bridge, which is more resistant to reduction and internal bond rotation, can enhance the lifetime of insulin in the presence of the insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) without impairing the hormonal function. The [C7U(A) ,C7U(B) ] variant of bovine pancreatic insulin (BPIns) was successfully prepared by using two selenocysteine peptides (i.e...
April 10, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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