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Guang-Hui Ma, Yan Ye, Dan Zhang, Xin Xu, Pei Si, Jian-Long Peng, Yong-Long Xiao, Rui-Yuan Cao, Yu-Ling Yin, Jing Chen, Lin-Xiang Zhao, Yu Zhou, Wu Zhong, Hong Liu, Xiao-Min Luo, Li-Li Chen, Xu Shen
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a serious, highly contagious disease. HFMD caused by Enterovirus 71 (EV71), results in severe complications and even death. The pivotal role of EV71 3C(pro) in the viral life cycle makes it an attractive target for drug discovery and development to treat HFMD. In this study, we identified novel EV71 3C(pro) inhibitors by docking-based virtual screening. Totally 50 compounds were selected to test their inhibitory activity against EV71 3C(pro). The best inhibitor DC07090 exhibited the inhibition potency with an IC50 value of 21...
October 11, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Juke S Lolkema, Dirk Jan Slotboom
The recently determined crystal structure of the bacterial Na(+)-citrate symporter CitS provides unexpected structural and mechanistic insights. The protein has a fold that has not been seen in other proteins, but the oligomeric state, domain organization and proposed transport mechanism strongly resemble those of the sodium-dicarboxylate symporter vcINDY, and the putative exporters YdaH and MtrF, thus hinting at convergence in structure and function. CitS and the related proteins are predicted to translocate their substrates by an elevator-like mechanism, in which a compact transport domain slides up and down through the membrane while the dimerization domain is stably anchored...
October 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Ji-Yuan Liang, Jun-Yun Wu, Ming-Yeh Yang, Anren Hu, Liang-Yü Chen
Polyphenols are associated with a wide range of physiological properties. Catechin is a flavan-3-ol with five phenolic hydroxyl groups. After blue light illumination, the transparent solution of catechin became yellowish. The effects of visible light illumination (400-800nm) were investigated on molecular structures and antioxidant capacities of catechin. Under the neutral or alkaline aqueous with the illumination of blue light, the photolysis and polymerization of catechin were observed in this study. A chromogenic catechin dimer was separated and identified as a proanthocyanidin by the chromatographic technique and mass spectrometry...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Ping Ma, Darla E Kendzor, Insiya B Poonawalla, David S Balis, Michael S Businelle
INTRODUCTION: Individuals who use the nicotine patch are more likely to quit smoking than those who receive placebo or no medication. However, studies have not yet examined the association between actual daily nicotine patch wear time during the early phase of a smoking cessation attempt and later smoking abstinence. The purpose of this study was to address this gap in the literature. METHODS: Participants who enrolled in a safety-net hospital smoking cessation program were followed for 13 weeks (i...
October 18, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Ranjit Singh, Ranju Bansal
Neuroinflammatory mechanisms mediated by activated glial and cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β) might contribute neuronal degeneration leading to Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is an inflammogen derived from the cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria, which promotes neuroinflammation and subsequent neurodegeneration. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and testosterone have been reported as neuroprotective steroids useful for the treatment of various neurodegenerative disorders. In the present study, several 16-arylidene steroidal derivatives have been evaluated as neuroprotective agents in LPS-treated animal models...
October 24, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Mohammad Islamuddin, Garima Chouhan, Muzamil Yaqub Want, Hani A Ozbak, Hassan A Hemeg, Farhat Afrin
BACKGROUND: The therapy of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is limited by resistance, toxicity and decreased bioavailability of the existing drugs coupled with dramatic increase in HIV-co-infection, non-availability of vaccines and down regulation of cell-mediated immunity (CMI). Thus, we envisaged combating the problem with plant-derived antileishmanial drug that could concomitantly mitigate the immune suppression of the infected hosts. Several plant-derived compounds have been found to exert leishmanicidal activity via immunomodulation...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Julia Reinfelder, Torsten Kuwert, Michael Beck, James C Sanders, Philipp Ritt, Christian Schmidkonz, Peter Hennig, Olaf Prante, Michael Uder, Bernd Wullich, Peter Goebell
AIM: Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is overexpressed in most prostate cancers (PCs). Here, we report our first experience using the Tc-labeled PSMA inhibitor MIP-1404 (Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Tarrytown, NY) in 60 patients with biochemically recurrent PC. METHODS: Whole-body planar scintigraphy and SPECT/CT of the lower abdominal pelvic region of 60 patients with biochemical relapse of PC were analyzed retrospectively. In these subjects, an average dose of 733...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Monika B Dolinska, Nicole Kus, Katie Farney, Paul T Wingfield, Brian P Brooks, Yuri V Sergeev
: Oculocutaneous albinism Type 1 (OCA1) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the tyrosinase gene. Two subtypes of OCA1 have been described: severe OCA1A with complete absence of tyrosinase activity and less severe OCA1B with residual tyrosinase activity. Here, we characterize the recombinant human tyrosinase intra-melanosomal domain and mutant variants, which mimic genetic changes in both subtypes of OCA1 patients. Proteins were prepared using site-directed mutagenesis, expressed in insect larvae, purified by chromatography, and characterized by enzymatic activities- tryptophan fluorescence, and Gibbs free energy changes...
October 24, 2016: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
Araceli Oropeza-Aburto, Alfredo Cruz-Ramírez, Javier Mora-Macías, Luis Herrera-Estrella
Phosphate (Pi) deficient soils are a major limitant factor for crop production in many regions in the world. Despite that plants have innovated several developmental and biochemical strategies to deal with this stress, there are still massive extensions of land which combine several abiotic stresses, including phosphate starvation, that limit their use for plant growth and food production. In several plant species a genetic program underlies the biochemical and developmental responses of the organism to cope with low phosphate (Pi) availability...
October 24, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Poonam Syal, Rani Gupta
Five lipase genes, ylip4, ylip5, ylip7, ylip13 and ylip15, from Yarrowia lipolytica MSR80 were cloned and expressed in pEZZ18-HB101 system. The lipases shared maximum sequence identity with Candida galli lipase, while they shared structural similarity with YLIP2 of Y. lipolytica CLIB122. The enzymes, purified using IgG Sepharose, had specific activities in the range of 7-25 U/mg. Biochemical characteristics of all the lipases varied with respect to thermostability, substrate specificity and enantioselectivity...
October 24, 2016: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
L-Z Qin, W Li, Y Huang, F Lu, S-J Li, H-Q Yang, J-W Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the expression of pentraxin3 (PTX3) in elderly patients with acute cerebral infarction (ACI) and to analyze the relationship of PTX3 with the severity and prognosis of ACI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between June 2014 and August 2015, 96 elderly patients with first-onset of ACI admitted to our institution were enrolled in the present study. Also, 70 healthy elderly subjects were included as controls in this study. Levels of PTX3, C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, homocysteine (Hcy), fibrinogen (FIB), total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were determined in all patients both pre-therapeutically and 30 days post-therapeutically...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
J Liu, H Yang, B Yu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to determine the correlation between blood calcium level, hematoma volume and stroke severity in the prognosis of acute cerebral hemorrhage patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We selected 125 patients with acute cerebral hemorrhage admitted within 24 hours of symptom onset. Blood calcium levels were assessed by standard biochemical methods. Hematoma volume was measured by quantitative computed tomography. NIHSS (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale) scores at one month, and the differences in survival rate and survival period at follow-up visits were assessed...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Larisa Ryskalin, Fiona Limanaqi, Francesca Biagioni, Alessandro Frati, Vincenzo Esposito, Maria Teresa Calierno, Paola Lenzi, Francesco Fornai
The present manuscript is an overview of various effects of mTOR up-regulation in astrocytoma with an emphasis on its deleterious effects on the proliferation of Glioblastoma Multiforme. The manuscript reports consistent evidence indicating the occurrence of mTOR up-regulation both in experimental and human astrocytoma. The grading of human astrocytoma is discussed in relationship with mTOR up-regulation. In the second part of the manuscript, the biochemical pathways under the influence of mTOR are translated to cell phenotypes which are generated by mTOR up-regulation and reverted by its inhibition...
October 24, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
Minoru Tanaka, Justin M Roberts, Hyuk-Soo Seo, Amanda Souza, Joshiawa Paulk, Thomas G Scott, Stephen L DeAngelo, Sirano Dhe-Paganon, James E Bradner
Cellular signaling is often propagated by multivalent interactions. Multivalency creates avidity, allowing stable biophysical recognition. Multivalency is an attractive strategy for achieving potent binding to protein targets, as the affinity of bivalent ligands is often greater than the sum of monovalent affinities. The bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) family of transcriptional coactivators features tandem bromodomains through which BET proteins bind acetylated histones and transcription factors...
October 24, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Yunxiang Zang, Mingliang Jin, Huping Wang, Zhicheng Cui, Liangliang Kong, Caixuan Liu, Yao Cong
The eukaryotic chaperonin TRiC (or CCT) assists in the folding of 10% of cytosolic proteins. Here we present two cryo-EM structures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae TRiC in a newly identified nucleotide partially preloaded (NPP) state and in the ATP-bound state, at 4.7-Å and 4.6-Å resolution, respectively. Through inner-subunit eGFP tagging, we identified the subunit locations in open-state TRiC and found that the CCT2 subunit pair forms an unexpected Z shape. ATP binding induces a dramatic conformational change on the CCT2 side, thereby suggesting that CCT2 plays an essential role in TRiC allosteric cooperativity...
October 24, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Jiabo Chen, Fayun Li, Zhiping Fan, Yanjie Wang
Source apportionment of river water pollution is critical in water resource management and aquatic conservation. Comprehensive application of various GIS-based multivariate statistical methods was performed to analyze datasets (2009-2011) on water quality in the Liao River system (China). Cluster analysis (CA) classified the 12 months of the year into three groups (May-October, February-April and November-January) and the 66 sampling sites into three groups (groups A, B and C) based on similarities in water quality characteristics...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Manuel Martinez, Maria Estrella Santamaria, Mercedes Diaz-Mendoza, Ana Arnaiz, Laura Carrillo, Felix Ortego, Isabel Diaz
This review deals with phytocystatins, focussing on their potential role as defence proteins against phytophagous arthropods. Information about the evolutionary, molecular and biochemical features and inhibitory properties of phytocystatins are presented. Cystatin ability to inhibit heterologous cysteine protease activities is commented on as well as some approaches of tailoring cystatin specificity to enhance their defence function towards pests. A general landscape on the digestive proteases of phytophagous insects and acari and the remarkable plasticity of their digestive physiology after feeding on cystatins are highlighted...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ethungshan Shitiri, Ho-Shin Cho
For nanonetworks to be able to achieve large-scale functionality, such as to respond collectively to a trigger, synchrony between nanomachines is essential. However, to facilitate synchronization, some sort of physical clocking mechanism is required, such as the oscillators driven by auto-inhibitory molecules or by auto-inducing molecules. In this study, taking inspiration from the widely studied biological oscillatory phenomena called Calcium (Ca2+) oscillations, we undertake a different approach to design an oscillator...
October 18, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
R Rehakova, J Klimentova, M Cebova, A Barta, Z Matuskova, P Labas, O Pechanova
Deuterium-depleted water (DDW) has a lower concentration of deuterium than occurs naturally (less than 145 ppm). While effects of DDW on cancer started to be intensively studied, the effects on cardiovascular system are completely unknown. Thus, we aimed to analyze the effects of DDW (55+/-5 ppm) administration to 12-week-old normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) treated with 15 % fructose for 6 weeks. Blood pressure (BP) and selected biochemical parameters were measured together with determination of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity and iNOS and eNOS protein expressions in the left ventricle (LV) and aorta...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
Yana K Rennie, Patrick J McIntyre, Tito Akindele, Richard Bayliss, Andrew G Jamieson
Inhibition of protein kinases using ATP-competitive compounds is an important strategy in drug discovery. In contrast, the allosteric regulation of kinases through the disruption of protein-protein interactions has not been widely adopted, despite the potential for selective targeting. Aurora-A kinase regulates mitotic entry and mitotic spindle assembly, and is a promising target for anti-cancer therapy. The microtubule-associated protein TPX2 activates Aurora-A through binding to two sites. Aurora-A recognition is mediated by two motifs within the first 43 residues of TPX2, connected by a flexible linker...
October 24, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
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