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Shuhua Lai, Gangwei Wu, Zhixian Jiang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Impaired fear memory extinction is widely considered a key mechanism of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recent studies have suggested that neuroinflammation after a single prolonged stress (SPS) exposure may play a critical role in the impaired fear memory extinction. Studies have shown that high mobility group box chromosomal protein 1 (HMGB-1) is critically involved in neuroinflammation. However, the role of HMGB-1 underlying the development of impairment of fear memory extinction is still not known...
March 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
He Liu, Yue Gu, Tao Dong, Liuqing Yan, Xiaoyi Yan, Tingting Zhang, Nannan Lu, Zhiqian Xu, Haixin Xu, Zhiquan Zhang, Ting Bian
The combination of nanoparticles and biomarkers yields functional nanostructured biointerface, which is playing a notable role in biotechnology development. Due to the 5-fold twined structure in the Au-Pt star-shaped decahedra not only allowed it to act as efficient scaffold for immobilization of antibody, but it also exhibits superior electrocatalytic activity toward H2 O2 reduction, the nanocrystal as the efficient signal transduction label is first employed to construct an electrochemical immunosensor. Donor-π-Acceptor (D-π-A) linking fashion generates a dipolar push-pull system and assures superior intramolecular charge transfer...
March 13, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Münteha Nur Sonuç Karaboğa, Mustafa Kemal Sezgintürk
This paper illustrates a new and sensitive electrochemical immunosensor for the analysis of C-reactive protein. Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) disposable sheets were modified by using 3-cyanopropyltrimethoxysilane (CPTMS) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for the first time for immobilizing the anti-CRP antibody via covalent interactions without the need for any cross-linking agent. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), as well as square wave voltammetry (SWV) methods were applied to characterize immobilization steps of anti-CRP and to determine the CRP concentration...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Ying Huang, Fang Liu, Fang Zhang, Pingsheng Liu, Tao Xu, Wenjun Ding
Numerous studies have demonstrated that vanadium compounds are able to improve lipemia and triglyceridemia in both humans and animals. However, the molecular mechanism remains elusive. The present study was conducted to investigate the anti-hyperlipidemic effect of vanadium(IV) complex with 4-chlorodipicolinic acid (VOdipic-Cl)-induced autophagy on hepatic lipid accumulation. To explore the possible underlying mechanisms, primary rat hepatocytes, human hepatoma cell line HepG2, and liver tissue from C57BL/6 mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) were used...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Gracjana Leonowicz, Kamil F Trzebuniak, Paulina Zimak-Piekarczyk, Ireneusz Ślesak, Beata Mysliwa-Kurdziel
Unbound tetrapyrroles, i.e. protochlorophyllide (Pchlide), chlorophyllide and chlorophylls, bring the risk of reactive oxygen species (ROS) being generated in the initial stages of angiosperm deetiolation due to inefficient usage of the excitation energy for photosynthetic photochemistry. We analyzed the activity of superoxide dismutases (SODs) in etiolated wheat (Triticum aestivum) leaves and at the beginning of their deetiolation. Mn-SOD and three isoforms of Cu/Zn-SODs were identified both in etiolated and greening leaves of T...
2018: PloS One
Vanesa Bellou, Lazaros Belbasis, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Evangelos Evangelou
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a global epidemic associated with increased health expenditure, and low quality of life. Many non-genetic risk factors have been suggested, but their overall epidemiological credibility has not been assessed. METHODS: We searched PubMed to capture all meta-analyses and Mendelian randomization studies for risk factors of T2DM. For each association, we estimated the summary effect size, its 95% confidence and prediction interval, and the I2 metric...
2018: PloS One
Zsolt Zador, Andrew T King, Nophar Geifman
BACKGROUND: Atypical meningiomas are common central nervous system neoplasms with high recurrence rate and poorer prognosis compared to their grade I counterparts. Surgical excision and radiotherapy remains the mainstay therapy but medical treatments are limited. We explore new drug candidates using computational drug repurposing based on the gene expression signature of atypical meningioma tissue with subsequent analysis of drug-generated expression profiles. We further explore possible mechanisms of action for the identified drug candidates using ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA)...
2018: PloS One
Yarden Shalev, Shannon M Soucy, R Thane Papke, J Peter Gogarten, Jerry Eichler, Uri Gophna
Within the Haloferax genus, both the surface (S)-layer protein, and the glycans that can decorate it, vary between species, which can potentially result in many different surface types, analogous to bacterial serotypes. This variation may mediate phenotypes, such as sensitivity to different viruses and mating preferences. Here, we describe S-layer glycoproteins found in multiple Haloferax strains and perform comparative genomics analyses of major and alternative glycosylation clusters of isolates from two coastal sites...
March 20, 2018: Genes
Yan Li, Yajun Zheng, Yufeng Zhang, Jianguo Xu, Gang Gao
Coconut cake is an abundant and good potential edible protein source. However, until now it has not been extensively used in the food industry. To promote its usage, the characterization, nutrition value and antioxidant activity of coconut cake protein fractions (albumin, globulin, prolamine, glutelin-1 and glutelin-2) were studied. Results revealed that all the albumin, globulin, glutelin-1 and glutelin-2 fractions showed a high nutrition value. The prolamine, glutelin-1 and glutelin-2 all exhibited good radical scavenging activity and reducing power, and the globulin and prolamine showed high ion chelating ability (89...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Bożena Targońska-Stępniak
The available data indicate that seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develops as a result of systemic, autoimmune reaction directed against a range of "self" peptides/proteins that have undergone specific forms of post-translational modification. The development and progress of autoimmunity may be triggered by non-specific, local inflammatory processes outside the joints, for example in the oral or respiratory mucous membrane. The disease occurs in genetically susceptible individuals under the influence of environmental risk factors that promote autoimmunity and consequently the inflammatory process...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Mafalda Santos, Patricia M Pereira, A Sofia Varanda, Joana Carvalho, Mafalda Azevedo, Denisa D Mateus, Nuno Mendes, Patricia Oliveira, Fábio Trindade, Marta Teixeira Pinto, Renata Bordeira-Carriço, Fátima Carneiro, Rui Vitorino, Carla Oliveira, Manuel A S Santos
Deregulation of tRNAs, aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and tRNA modifying enzymes are common in cancer, raising the hypothesis that protein synthesis efficiency and accuracy (mistranslation) are compromised in tumors. We show here that human colon tumors and xenograft tumors produced in mice by two epithelial cancer cell lines mistranslate 2- to 4-fold more frequently than normal tissue. To clarify if protein mistranslation plays a role in tumor biology, we expressed mutant Ser-tRNAs that misincorporate Ser-at-Ala (frequent error) and Ser-at-Leu (infrequent error) in NIH3T3 cells and investigated how they responded to the proteome instability generated by the amino acid misincorporations...
March 20, 2018: RNA Biology
Takahiro Maekawa, Riki Ogasawara, Arata Tsutaki, Kihyuk Lee, Satoshi Nakada, Koichi Nakazato, Naokata Ishii
High-intensity exercise has recently been shown to cause an increase in brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) in the hippocampus. Some studies have suggested that myokines secreted from contracting skeletal muscle, such as irisin (one of the truncated form of fibronectin type III domain-containing protein 5 (FNDC5)), play important roles in this process. Thus, we hypothesized that locally evoked muscle contractions may cause an increase of BDNF in the hippocampus through some afferent mechanisms. Under anesthesia, Sprague-Dawley rats were fixed on a custom-made dynamometer and their triceps surae muscles were made to maximally contract via delivery of electric stimulations of the sciatic nerve (100 Hz with 1-ms pulse and 3-s duration)...
March 20, 2018: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Catarina S H Jesus, Pedro Fernandes Cruz, Luis G Arnaut, Rui M M Brito, Carlos Serpa
The understanding of fast folding dynamics of single α-helices comes mostly from studies on rationally designed peptides displaying sequences with high helical propensity. The folding/unfolding dynamics and energetics of α-helix conformations in naturally occurring peptides remains largely unexplored. Here we report the study of a protein fragment analogue of the C-peptide from bovine pancreatic ribonuclease-A, RN80, a 13-amino acid residue peptide that adopts a highly populated helical conformation in aqueous solution...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Kimberly McCoy, Masaki Uchida, Byeongdu Lee, Trevor Douglas
Bottom-up construction of mesoscale materials using biologically derived nanoscale building blocks enables engineering of desired physical properties using green production methods. Virus-like particles (VLPs) are exceptional building blocks due to their monodispersed sizes, geometric shapes, production ease, proteinaceous composition, and our ability to independently functionalize the interior and exterior interfaces. Here a VLP, derived from bacteriophage P22, is used as a building block for the fabrication of a Protein Macromolecular Framework (PMF); a tightly-linked 3D network of functional protein cages that exhibit long-range order and catalytic activity...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Iwona Krela-Kaźmierczak, Aleksandra Szymczak-Tomczak, Liliana Łykowska-Szuber, Ewa Wysocka, Michał Michalak, Kamila Stawczyk-Eder, Katarzyna Waszak, Krzysztof Linke, Piotr Eder
BACKGROUND: Cytokines are mediators of inflammatory processes in the course of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and participate in the bone metabolism. Interleukin 6 (IL-6) initiates osteoclastogenesis by modulating the activity of soluble receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (sRANKL) and osteoprotegerin. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate bone mineral density (BMD) by densitometry and the concentration of interleukin 6, osteoprotegerin (OPG) and sRANKL protein (sRANKL) by ELISA in patients with IBD in relation to the control group; to assess the relationship between IL-6, OPG, sRANKL and BMD; and to assess the impact of disease duration and number hospitalization on BMD...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Zbyszko Chowaniec, Anna Skoczyńska
Cardiovascular diseases are still the main cause of death in Poland and throughout the world. Independent risk factors of cardiovascular disease, in addition to elevated LDL cholesterol, are both low HDL levels and high levels of non-HDL cholesterol. Plasma phospholipid-transfer protein (PLTP) and cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) both play a major role in the metabolism of those lipoproteins. A lack of these proteins increases HDL and lowers LDL levels. In the light of current knowledge, it seems reasonable to search for compounds that may decrease the activity of CETP, and thus reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease...
March 16, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Lewis S Gall, Paul Vulliamy, Scarlett Gillespie, Timothy F Jones, Rochelle S J Pierre, Sabine E Breukers, Christine Gaarder, Nicole P Juffermans, Marc Maegele, Jakob Stensballe, Pär I Johansson, Ross A Davenport, Karim Brohi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the characteristics of trauma patients with low levels of fibrinolysis as detected by viscoelastic hemostatic assay (VHA) and explore the underlying mechanisms of this subtype. BACKGROUND: Hyperfibrinolysis is a central component of acute traumatic coagulopathy but a group of patients present with low levels of VHA-detected fibrinolysis. There is concern that these patients may be at risk of thrombosis if empirically administered an antifibrinolytic agent...
March 19, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Qian Zhou, Hui Zeng, Peng Ye, Yu Shi, Juan Guo, Xinghua Long
Increasing evidence has shown that the dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) is associated with drug resistance. Fulvestrant and tamoxifen represent the major endocrine drugs for the treatment of breast cancer patients, and yet little is known about the biological mechanisms of acquiring resistance to fulvestrant and tamoxifen, let alone the differences between cell lines resistant to these two drugs. Exploration of the differential miRNA profiles between these two cell lines is a useful way to further clarify these resistance mechanisms...
March 19, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
Rajendra-Prasad Janapatla, Chyi-Liang Chen, Mei-Hua Hsu, Wan-Ting Liao, Cheng-Hsun Chiu
PURPOSE: Pneumococcal virulence protein-based vaccines can provide serotype-independent protection against pneumococcal infections. Many studies, including clinical observational studies on Thomsen-Friedenrich antigen exposure and haemolytic uremic syndrome, defined the role of neuraminidases NanA, NanB and NanC in host-pneumococcus interaction. Since neuraminidases are major virulence proteins, they are potential targets for both vaccines and small molecule inhibitors. Here we explored the utility of three neuraminidases as protein vaccine antigens to generate neutralizing antibodies and to increase survival following pneumococcal infections...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Xue Han, Xiao Kuang, Zhenjie Wang, Xinyu Wang, Hongzhuo Liu
BACKGROUND: Hydroxyapatite(HA) was emerging as the most promising biomaterial owing to its excellent bioactivity, biocompatibility, and high compressive strength for segmental bone defects. However, due to the lack of synergistic signals of osteogenic cells or growth factors, attempts concerning HA have not achieved ideal therapeutical effect. OBJECTIVE: This work was intended to combine HA particles with nerve growth factor (NGF) to co-accelerate the bone repair...
March 19, 2018: Current Drug Delivery
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