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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208293/electrochemical-enantioselective-recognition-in-a-highly-ordered-self-assembly-framework
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Yongxin Tao, Xiaogang Gu, Baozhu Yang, Linhong Deng, Liping Bao, Yong Kong, Fuqiang Chu, Yong Qin
Construction of convenient systems for isomer discrimination is of great importance for medical and life sciences. Here, we report a simple and effective chiral sensing device based on a highly ordered self-assembly framework. Cu(2+)-modified β-cyclodextrin (Cu-β-CD) was self-assembled to the ammonia-ethanol cotreated chitosan (ae-CS), and the highly ordered framework was gradually formed during the "re-growth" process of the shrinked ae-CS films. Tryptophan (Trp) isomers were well discriminated with the highly ordered framework by electrochemical approach...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197776/effects-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-expression-of-genes-related-to-reproduction-in-spotted-scat-scatophagus-argus
#2
Dong-Neng Jiang, Jian-Tao Li, Ya-Xiong Tao, Hua-Pu Chen, Si-Ping Deng, Chun-Hua Zhu, Guang-Li Li
Melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r) function related to reproduction in fish has not been extensively investigated. Here, we report on gene expression changes by real-time PCR following treatment with Mc4r agonists and antagonists in the spotted scat (Scatophagus argus). Using in vitro incubated hypothalamus, the Mc4r nonselective agonist NDP-MSH ([Nle(4), D-Phe(7)]-α-melanocyte stimulating hormone; 10(-6) M) and selective agonist THIQ (N-[(3R)-1, 2, 3, 4-Tetrahydroisoquinolinium-3-ylcarbonyl]- (1R)-1-(4-chlorobenzyl)-2-[4-cyclohexyl-4-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl) piperidin-1-yl]-2-oxoethylamine; 10(-7) M) significantly increased the expression of gnrh (Gonadotropin releasing hormone), while the Mc4r nonselective antagonist SHU9119 (Ac-Nle-[Asp-His-DPhe/DNal(2')-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2; 10(-6) M) and selective antagonist Ipsen 5i (compound 5i synthesized in Ipsen Research Laboratories; 10(-6) M) significantly inhibited gnrh expression after 3 h of incubation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196740/dpb162-ae-an-inhibitor-of-store-operated-ca-2-entry-can-deplete-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-ca-2-store
#3
Mart Bittremieux, Julia V Gerasimenko, Marleen Schuermans, Tomas Luyten, Eloise Stapleton, Kamil J Alzayady, Humbert De Smedt, David I Yule, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, Peter Vangheluwe, Oleg V Gerasimenko, Jan B Parys, Geert Bultynck
Store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE), an important Ca(2+) signaling pathway in non-excitable cells, regulates a variety of cellular functions. To study its physiological role, pharmacological tools, like 2-aminoethyl diphenylborinate (2-APB), are used to impact SOCE. 2-APB is one of the best characterized SOCE inhibitors. However, 2-APB also activates SOCE at lower concentrations, while it inhibits inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors (IP3Rs), sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPases (SERCAs) and other ion channels, like TRP channels...
February 1, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195065/effect-of-econazole-and-benzydamine-on-sensory-neurons-in-culture
#4
S Mathivanan, R de la Torre-Martinez, C Wolf, G Mangano, L Polenzani, C Milanese, A Ferrer-Montiel
Econazole is an anti-mycotic agent widely used for the treatment of cutaneous fungal infections, and for the therapy of vaginal candidiasis. Topical application of this azole is generally safe, although some patients have complained of mild burning sensation/cutaneous irritation and itching, especially when administered intravaginally. The underlying mechanisms responsible of these adverse effects are poorly understood, though they suggest excitation of cutaneous nociceptor terminals. We report that exposure of primary cultures of rat nociceptors to econazole augments neuronal excitability...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192854/ingestion-of-trp-channel-agonists-attenuates-exercise-induced-muscle-cramps
#5
Daniel H Craighead, Sean W Shank, Jinger S Gottschall, Dennis H Passe, Bob Murray, Lacy M Alexander, W Larry Kenney
: Exercise associated muscle cramping (EAMC) is a poorly understood problem that is neuromuscular in origin. Ingestion of transient receptor potential (TRP) channel agonists has been efficacious in attenuating electrically-induced muscle cramps. PURPOSE: To examine the effect of TRP agonist ingestion on voluntarily-induced EAMC and motor function. METHODS: Study 1: 39 subjects completed 2 trials after ingesting TRP agonist-containing active treatment (A), or vehicle (V) control...
February 13, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192410/an-orthogonalized-platform-for-genetic-code-expansion-in-both-bacteria-and-eukaryotes
#6
James S Italia, Partha Sarathi Addy, Chester J J Wrobel, Lisa A Crawford, Marc J Lajoie, Yunan Zheng, Abhishek Chatterjee
In this study, we demonstrate the feasibility of expanding the genetic code of Escherichia coli using its own tryptophanyl-tRNA synthetase and tRNA (TrpRS-tRNA(Trp)) pair. This was made possible by first functionally replacing this endogenous pair with an E. coli-optimized counterpart from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and then reintroducing the liberated E. coli TrpRS-tRNA(Trp) pair into the resulting strain as a nonsense suppressor, which was then followed by its directed evolution to genetically encode several new unnatural amino acids (UAAs)...
February 13, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192121/convulxin-a-c-type-lectin-like-protein-inhibits-hcasmcs-functions-via-wad-motif-integrin-%C3%AE-v-interaction-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-independent-gene-suppression-of-gro-and-il-8
#7
Chun-Ho Shih, Tin-Bin Chiang, Wen-Jeng Wang
Convulxin (CVX), a C-type lectin-like protein (CLPs), is a potent platelet aggregation inducer. To evaluate its potential applications in angiogenic diseases, the multimeric CVX were further explored on its mode of actions toward human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (HCASMCs). The N-terminus of β-chain of CVX (CVX-β) contains a putative disintegrin-like domain with a conserved motif upon the sequence comparison with other CLPs. Importantly, native CVX had no cytotoxic activity as examined by electrophoretic pattern...
February 10, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192089/dynamic-phenylalanine-clamp-interactions-define-single-channel-polypeptide-translocation-through-the-anthrax-toxin-protective-antigen-channel
#8
Koyel Ghosal, Jennifer M Colby, Debasis Das, Stephen T Joy, Paramjit S Arora, Bryan A Krantz
Anthrax toxin is an intracellularly acting toxin where sufficient detail is known about the structure of its channel, allowing for molecular investigations of translocation. The toxin is comprised of three proteins, protective antigen (PA), lethal factor (LF), and edema factor (EF). The toxin's translocon, PA, translocates the large enzymes, LF and EF, across the endosomal membrane into the host cell's cytosol. Polypeptide clamps located throughout the PA channel catalyze the translocation of LF and EF. Here we show that the central peptide clamp, the ϕ clamp, is a dynamic site that governs the overall peptide translocation pathway...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191919/lysine-tryptophan-crosslinked-peptides-produced-by-radical-sam-enzymes-in-pathogenic-streptococci
#9
Kelsey R Schramma, Mohammad R Seyedsayamdost
Macrocycles represent a common structural framework in many naturally-occurring peptides. Several strategies exist for macrocyclization, and the corresponding enzymes are of great interest, as they enhance our repertoire for creating complex molecules. We recently discovered a new peptide cyclization reaction involving a crosslink between the side-chains of lysine and tryptophan that is installed by a radical SAM enzyme. Herein, we characterize relatives of this metalloenzyme from the pathogens Streptococcus agalactiae and Streptococcus suis...
February 13, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190839/label-free-water-soluble-fluorescent-peptide-probe-for-a-sensitive-and-selective-determination-of-copper-ions
#10
Tao Yang, Fang Zhu, Tianxiao Zhou, Jianzhong Cao, Yibo Xie, Meiyi Zhang, Yan Wang, Dong-Sheng Cao, Qinlu Lin, Lin Zhang
This study aimed to develop a label-free, sensitive, selective, and environment-friendly fluorescent peptide probe His-His-Trp-His (HHWH) for determining the concentration of copper ion (Cu(2+)) in aqueous solutions. The results demonstrated that the designed HHWH has a high selectivity and sensitivity for monitoring the concentration of free Cu(2+) via quenching of the probe fluorescence upon a binding of Cu(2+). The fluorescence intensity of the HHWH had a linear relationship with the concentration of Cu(2+) between 10 nM and 10 μM, and the detection limit was 8 nM...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187829/cross-resistance-patterns-to-acetolactate-synthase-als-inhibiting-herbicides-of-flixweed-descurainia-sophia-l-conferred-by-different-combinations-of-als-isozymes-with-a-pro-197-thr-mutation-or-a-novel-trp-574-leu-mutation
#11
Wei Deng, Qian Yang, Yongzhi Zhang, Hongtao Jiao, Yu Mei, Xuefeng Li, Mingqi Zheng
Acetolactate synthase (ALS) is the common target of ALS-inhibiting herbicides, and target-site ALS mutations are the main mechanism of resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides. In this study, ALS1 and ALS2 genes with full lengths of 2004bp and 1998bp respectively were cloned in individual plants of susceptible (S) or resistant (R) flixweed (Descurainia sophia L.) populations. Two ALS mutations of Pro-197-Thr and/or Trp-574-Leu were identified in plants of three R biotypes (HB24, HB30 and HB42). In order to investigate the function of ALS isozymes in ALS-inhibiting herbicide resistance, pHB24 (a Pro-197-Thr mutation in ALS1 and a wild type ALS2), pHB42 (a Trp-574-Leu mutation in ALS1 and a wild type ALS2) and pHB30 (a Trp-574-Leu mutation in ALS1 and a Pro-197-Thr mutation in ALS2) subpopulations individually homozygous for different ALS mutations were generated...
March 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187208/respiratory-virus-infection-up-regulates-trpv1-trpa1-and-asics3-receptors-on-airway-cells
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Shadia Omar, Rebecca Clarke, Haniah Abdullah, Clare Brady, John Corry, Hanagh Winter, Olivier Touzelet, Ultan F Power, Fionnuala Lundy, Lorcan P A McGarvey, S Louise Cosby
Receptors implicated in cough hypersensitivity are transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1), transient receptor potential cation channel, Subfamily A, Member 1 (TRPA1) and acid sensing ion channel receptor 3 (ASIC3). Respiratory viruses, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and measles virus (MV) may interact directly and/or indirectly with these receptors on sensory nerves and epithelial cells in the airways. We used in vitro models of sensory neurones (SHSY5Y or differentiated IMR-32 cells) and human bronchial epithelium (BEAS-2B cells) as well as primary human bronchial epithelial cells (PBEC) to study the effect of MV and RSV infection on receptor expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181802/pmx-webserver-a-user-friendly-interface-for-alchemistry
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Vytautas Gapsys, Bert L de Groot
With the increase of available computational power and improvements in simulation algorithms, the alchemical molecular dynamics based free energy calculations have developed into routine usage in the field of computational structural biology. To further facilitate the usability of the alchemical methods for the amino acid mutations, we have developed a web based infrastructure for obtaining hybrid protein structures and topologies. The presented webserver allows amino acid mutation selection in five contemporary molecular mechanics force fields...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181616/na-k-atpase-as-a-target-for-anticancer-metal-based-drugs-insights-into-molecular-interactions-with-selected-gold-iii-complexes
#14
Aleksandra M Bondžić, Goran V Janjić, Miroslav D Dramićanin, Luigi Messori, Lara Massai, Tatjana N Parac Vogt, Vesna M Vasić
Na/K-ATPase is emerging as an important target for a variety of anticancer metal-based drugs. The interactions of Na/K-ATPase (in its E1 state) with three representative and structurally related cytotoxic gold(iii) complexes, i.e. [Au(bipy)(OH)2][PF6], bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine; [Au(py(dmb)-H)(CH3COO)2], py(dmb)-H = deprotonated 6-(1,1-dimethylbenzyl)-pyridine and [Au(bipy(dmb)-H)(OH)][PF6], bipy(c)-H = deprotonated 6-(1,1-dimethylbenzyl)-2,2'-bipyridine, are investigated here in depth using a variety of spectroscopic methods, in combination with docking studies...
February 9, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181237/determination-of-time-since-death-using-vitreous-humor-tryptophan
#15
Niha Ansari, Shobhana K Menon
Determination of time since death (TSD) plays very important role in forensic examination as it narrows down field of suspects and aids in deceased identification. This study utilizes the fluorescence property of vitreous humor (VH) tryptophan to determine TSD using o-phthalaldehyde (OPA). The detection limit of these fluorometric studies was found to be 8 ppb indicating sensitivity and high accuracy in TSD determination. The study was performed on selected 76 cadaver with known TSD ranging from 3 to 90 h. Excellent correlation between VH tryptophan and TSD was obtained with a coefficient of correlation R(2) = 0...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180138/er-microsome-preparation-and-subsequent-iaa-quantification-in-maize-coleoptile-and-primary-root-tissue
#16
Verena Kriechbaumer
Auxin is a major growth hormone in plants and the first plant hormone to be discovered and studied (Darwin and Darwin, 1880). The auxin molecule in plants was first identified as indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) by Kögl et al. (1934). Active research over nearly a decade has shed light on many of the molecular mechanisms of its action but the complexity and redundancy of the auxin biosynthetic network raises questions about control of this system. We have shown that some enzymes involved in the YUCCA-route of auxin biosynthesis are not cytosolic but localised to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in both Arabidopsis thaliana (YUCCA4...
May 5, 2016: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179568/kinetics-subcellular-localization-and-contribution-to-parasite-virulence-of-a-trypanosoma-cruzi-hybrid-type-a-heme-peroxidase-tcapx-ccp
#17
Martín Hugo, Alejandra Martínez, Madia Trujillo, Damián Estrada, Mauricio Mastrogiovanni, Edlaine Linares, Ohara Augusto, Federico Issoglio, Ari Zeida, Darío A Estrín, Harry F G Heijnen, Lucía Piacenza, Rafael Radi
The Trypanosoma cruzi ascorbate peroxidase is, by sequence analysis, a hybrid type A member of class I heme peroxidases [TcAPx-cytochrome c peroxidase (CcP)], suggesting both ascorbate (Asc) and cytochrome c (Cc) peroxidase activity. Here, we show that the enzyme reacts fast with H2O2 (k = 2.9 × 10(7) M(-1)⋅s(-1)) and catalytically decomposes H2O2 using Cc as the reducing substrate with higher efficiency than Asc (kcat/Km = 2.1 × 10(5) versus 3.5 × 10(4) M(-1)⋅s(-1), respectively). Visible-absorption spectra of purified recombinant TcAPx-CcP after H2O2 reaction denote the formation of a compound I-like product, characteristic of the generation of a tryptophanyl radical-cation (Trp(233•+))...
February 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170260/efficient-conformational-search-based-on-structural-dissimilarity-sampling-applications-for-reproducing-structural-transitions-of-proteins
#18
Ryuhei Harada, Yasuteru Shigeta
Structural Dissimilarity Sampling (SDS) is proposed as an efficient conformational search method to promote structural transitions essential for the biological functions of proteins. In SDS, initial structures are selected based on structural dissimilarity, and conformational resampling is repeated. Conformational resampling is performed as follows: (I) arrangement of initial structures for a diverse distribution at the edge of a conformational subspace, and (II) promotion of the structural transitions with multiple short-time molecular dynamics (MD) simulations restarting from the diversely distributed initial structures...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170145/synthetic-channel-specifically-inserts-into-the-lipid-bilayer-of-gram-positive-bacteria-but-not-that-of-mammalian-erythrocytes
#19
Min Zhang, Ping-Ping Zhu, Pengyang Xin, Wen Si, Zhan-Ting Li, Jun-Li Hou
A series of tubular molecules with different lengths have been synthesized by attaching Trp-incorporated peptides to the pillar[5]arene backbone. The tubular molecules are able to insert into the lipid bilayer to form unimolecular transmembrane channels. One of the channels has been revealed to specifically insert into the bilayer of the Gram-positive bacteria. In contrast, this channel cannot insert into the membranes of the mammalian rat erythrocytes even at the high concentration of 100 μm. It was further demonstrated that, as a result of this high membrane selectivity, the channel exhibits efficient antimicrobial activity for the Gram-positive bacteria and very low hemolytic toxicity for mammalian erythrocytes...
February 7, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167524/gas-sensing-and-signaling-in-the-pas-heme-domain-of-the-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-aer2-receptor
#20
Darysbel Garcia, Emilie Orillard, Mark S Johnson, Kylie J Watts
: The Aer2 chemoreceptor from Pseudomonas aeruginosa contains a PAS sensing domain that coordinates b-type heme and signals in response to the binding of O2, CO or NO. PAS-heme structures suggest that Aer2 uniquely coordinates heme via a His residue on a 310 helix (H234 on Eη), stabilizes O2 binding via a Trp residue (W283), and signals via both W283 and an adjacent Leu residue (L264). Ligand binding may displace L264 and reorient W283 for hydrogen-bonding to the ligand. Here we clarified the mechanisms by which Aer2-PAS binds heme, regulates ligand-binding, and initiates conformational signaling...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
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