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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821159/inhibition-of-dna-pk-enhances-chemosensitivity-of-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-cells-to-doxorubicin
#1
Fatemeh Alikarami, Majid Safa, Mohammad Faranoush, Parisa Hayat, Ahmad Kazemi
DNA damage repair pathways greatly affect the response to genotoxic drugs in cancer cells, so inhibition of such pathways could be a potentially useful strategy to enhance chemosensitivity. DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) plays a crucial role in the repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) that are probably one of the most detrimental types of DNA damage. It has been shown that DNA-PK is highly expressed in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) cells. Less well appreciated was the effect of DNA-PK inhibition on sensitivity of BCP-ALL cells to DNA-damaging agents...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821136/discovery-of-enzymatically-depolymerized-heparins-capable-of-treating-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-injury-and-fibrosis-in-mice
#2
Yishu Yan, Shanshan Du, Yang Ji, Nan Su, Yi Wang, Xiang Mei, Wenming Zhu, Dong He, Yuan Lu, Chong Zhang, Xin-Hui Xing
Heparin has recently been shown to slow down idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) process and improve survival of patients in some cases. To improve the anti-IPF function while minimizing their side effects, we developed heparin libraries with different structures depolymerized by single or combined heparinases, and systematically screened the efficacy of the different heparins for treatment of Bleomycin-induced pulmonary injury and fibrosis using mice model. Then we characterized the structural properties of the components capable of treating pulmonary injury and fibrosis by use of chip-based amide hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC)-fourier transform (FT)-ESI-MS, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821098/physical-chemical-characteristics-and-potential-use-of-a-novel-alginate-zein-hydrogel-as-the-sorption-phase-for-polar-organic-compounds
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Natara D B Castilhos, Naiara M F M Sampaio, Bruno C da Silva, Izabel C Riegel-Vidotti, Marco T Grassi, Bruno J G Silva
A novel alginate based hydrogel was successfully prepared and tested for the solid phase microextraction of medium-to-high polarity compounds, when supported in a polypropylene (PP) fiber. Pure alginate when added onto the surface of the PP fiber, resulted in a significant improvement in the extraction efficiency of the analytes (except for β-estradiol). The alginate hydrogel was modified upon the incorporation of a small amount of zein, a corn protein. Interestingly, the alginate/zein-supported hydrogel was capable of successfully extracting compounds with low partition constant (Kow), such as 17-α-ethinyl estradiol, progesterone and estriol, since the initial water uptake decreased dramatically in this gel, therefore, leaving the alginate hydroxyl groups more available to interact with the polar compounds...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820984/identification-of-m-tuberculosis-antigens-in-the-sera-of-tuberculosis-patients-using-biomimetic-affinity-chromatography-in-conjunction-with-esi-cid-ms-ms
#4
Guorong Ma, Jinting Pan, Jincheng Han, Lina Gao, Shulin Zhang, Rongxiu Li
The profiling of abnormally-expressed proteins in host cells using mass spectrometry (MS) analysis is a classical approach for screening disease-associated biomarkers in clinical diagnosis. However, few pathogen-specific antigens can currently be detected in serum using this proteomic approach, since these are very low-abundant proteins that are easily masked by host high-abundant proteins. Identification of pathogen-specific antigens in the sera of tuberculosis patients is crucial for the clinical diagnosis of this infectious disease, especially in immune-compromised patients...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820982/direct-analysis-no-sample-preparation-of-bioavailable-cortisol-in-human-plasma-by-weak-affinity-chromatography-wac
#5
Sten Ohlson, Jagjit Kaur, Manfred Raida, Ulf Niss, Tim Bengala, Chester Lee Drum, Bernhard Boehm, Anthony R Torres
Pre-analytical treatment of blood plasma is a time consuming and often rate limiting step in the workflow of LC/MS analysis. We present in this pilot study a new approach for quantitative LC/MS based on weak affinity chromatography (WAC) of crude plasma. The steroid hormone cortisol was selected as a clinically relevant biomarker, as it currently requires extensive pre-analytical preparation. A WAC unit with saturating, immobilized albumin as a prototypic weak binder was used in combination with an ion-funnel MS/MS detector to perform zonal affinity chromatography of cortisol directly from a plasma sample, followed by quantitative multiple reaction monitoring (MRM)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820969/a-disulfide-stabilized-human-vl-single-domain-antibody-library-is-a-source-of-soluble-and-highly-thermostable-binders
#6
Kevin A Henry, Hiba Kandalaft, Michael J Lowden, Martin A Rossotti, Henk van Faassen, Greg Hussack, Yves Durocher, Dae Young Kim, Jamshid Tanha
We have previously shown that incorporation of a second intradomain disulfide linkage into camelid VHH and human VH/VL single-domain antibodies confers increased thermostability. Here, we explored the effects of introducing an additional disulfide linkage, formed between Cys48 and Cys64 (Kabat numbering), into a phage-displayed synthetic human VL library. In comparison to an identical library bearing only the highly conserved Cys23-Cys88 disulfide linkage, the disulfide-stabilized VL library tolerated a similar degree of randomization but retained a higher level of functional diversity after selection with protein L...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820963/ketone-body-acetoacetate-buffers-methylglyoxal-via-a-non-enzymatic-conversion-during-diabetic-and-dietary-ketosis
#7
Trine Salomón, Christian Sibbersen, Jakob Hansen, Dieter Britz, Mads Vandsted Svart, Thomas Schmidt Voss, Niels Møller, Niels Gregersen, Karl Anker Jørgensen, Johan Palmfeldt, Thomas Bjørnskov Poulsen, Mogens Johannsen
The α-oxoaldehyde methylglyoxal is a ubiquitous and highly reactive metabolite known to be involved in aging- and diabetes-related diseases. If not detoxified by the endogenous glyoxalase system, it exerts its detrimental effects primarily by reacting with biopolymers such as DNA and proteins. We now demonstrate that during ketosis, another metabolic route is operative via direct non-enzymatic aldol reaction between methylglyoxal and the ketone body acetoacetate, leading to 3-hydroxyhexane-2,5-dione. This novel metabolite is present at a concentration of 10%-20% of the methylglyoxal level in the blood of insulin-starved patients...
August 17, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820912/impact-of-novel-palmitoylated-prolactin-releasing-peptide-analogs-on-metabolic-changes-in-mice-with-diet-induced-obesity
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Veronika Pražienková, Martina Holubová, Helena Pelantová, Martina Bugáňová, Zdenko Pirník, Barbora Mikulášková, Andrea Popelová, Miroslava Blechová, Martin Haluzík, Blanka Železná, Marek Kuzma, Jaroslav Kuneš, Lenka Maletínská
Analogs of anorexigenic neuropeptides, such as prolactin-releasing peptide (PrRP), have a potential as new anti-obesity drugs. In our previous study, palmitic acid attached to the N-terminus of PrRP enabled its central anorexigenic effects after peripheral administration. In this study, two linkers, γ-glutamic acid at Lys11 and a short, modified polyethylene glycol at the N-terminal Ser and/or Lys11, were applied for the palmitoylation of PrRP31 to improve its bioavailability. These analogs had a high affinity and activation ability to the PrRP receptor GPR10 and the neuropeptide FF2 receptor, as well as short-term anorexigenic effect similar to PrRP palmitoylated at the N-terminus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820893/a-computational-method-for-the-identification-of-candidate-drugs-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#9
Lei Chen, Jing Lu, Tao Huang, Yu-Dong Cai
Lung cancer causes a large number of deaths per year. Until now, a cure for this disease has not been found or developed. Finding an effective drug through traditional experimental methods invariably costs millions of dollars and takes several years. It is imperative that computational methods be developed to integrate several types of existing information to identify candidate drugs for further study, which could reduce the cost and time of development. In this study, we tried to advance this effort by proposing a computational method to identify candidate drugs for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a major type of lung cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820846/noninvasive-assessment-of-skeletal-muscle-myosin-heavy-chain-expression-in-trained-and-untrained-men
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Andrew C Fry, Terry J Housh, Joel B Cramer, Joseph P Weir, Travis W Beck, Brian K Schilling, Jonathan D Miller, Justin X Nicoll
Fry, AC, Housh, TJ, Cramer, JB, Weir, JP, Beck, TW, Schilling, BK, Miller, JD, and Nicoll, JX. Noninvasive assessment of skeletal muscle myosin heavy chain expression in trained and untrained men. J Strength Cond Res 31(9): 2355-2362, 2017-Numerous conditions and types of physical activity (e.g., exercise, aging, and muscle-related diseases) can influence muscle fiber types and the proteins expressed. To date, muscle fibers can only be characterized by actually obtaining a tissue sample using the invasive muscle biopsy procedure...
September 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820751/importance-of-pcr-based-tumor-testing-in-the-evaluation-of-lynch-syndrome-associated-endometrial-cancer
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Amanda S Bruegl, Annessa Kernberg, Russell R Broaddus
Lynch syndrome (LS) is a hereditary cancer syndrome caused by a germline mutation in a DNA mismatch repair gene, usually MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, or PMS2. The most common cancers associated with LS are colorectal adenocarcinoma and endometrial carcinoma. Identification of women with LS-associated endometrial cancer is important, as these women and their affected siblings and children are at-risk of developing these same cancers. Germline testing of all endometrial cancer patients is not cost effective, and screening using young age of cancer diagnosis and/or presence of family history of syndrome-associated is underutilized and ineffective...
August 17, 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820709/performance-of-a-high-sensitivity-rapid-diagnostic-test-for-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-asymptomatic-individuals-from-uganda-and-myanmar-and-naive-human-challenge-infections
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Smita Das, Ihn Kyung Jang, Becky Barney, Roger Peck, John C Rek, Emmanuel Arinaitwe, Harriet Adrama, Maxwell Murphy, Mallika Imwong, Clare L Ling, Stephane Proux, Warat Haohankhunnatham, Melissa Rist, Annette M Seilie, Amelia Hanron, Glenda Daza, Ming Chang, Tomoka Nakamura, Michael Kalnoky, Paul Labarre, Sean C Murphy, James S McCarthy, Francois Nosten, Bryan Greenhouse, Sophie Allauzen, Gonzalo J Domingo
Sensitive field-deployable diagnostic tests can assist malaria programs in achieving elimination. The performance of a new Alere™ Malaria Ag P.f Ultra Sensitive rapid diagnostic test (uRDT) was compared with the currently available SD Bioline Malaria Ag P.f RDT in blood specimens from asymptomatic individuals in Nagongera, Uganda, and in a Karen Village, Myanmar, representative of high- and low-transmission areas, respectively, as well as in pretreatment specimens from study participants from four Plasmodium falciparum-induced blood-stage malaria (IBSM) studies...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820587/flupyrimin-a-novel-insecticide-acting-at-the-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
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Yasumichi Onozaki, Ryo Horikoshi, Ikuya Ohno, Shigeki Kitsuda, Kathleen A Durkin, Tomonori Suzuki, Chiaki Asahara, Natsuko Hiroki, Rena Komabashiri, Rikako Shimizu, Shogo Furutani, Makoto Ihara, Kazuhiko Matsuda, Masaaki Mitomi, Shinzo Kagabu, Katsuhito Uomoto, Motohiro Tomizawa
A novel chemotype insecticide flupyrimin (FLP) [N-[(E)-1-(6-chloro-3-pyridinylmethyl)pyridin-2(1H)-ylidene]-2,2,2-trifluoroacetamide], discovered by Meiji Seika Pharma, has unique biological properties including outstanding potency to imidacloprid (IMI)-resistant rice pests together with superior safety toward pollinators. Intriguingly, FLP acts as a nicotinic antagonist in American cockroach neurons and [3H]FLP binds to the multiple high-affinity binding components in house fly nicotinic acetylcholine (ACh) receptor (nAChR) preparation...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820583/processing-2-methyl-l-tryptophan-through-tandem-transamination-and-selective-oxygenation-initiates-indole-ring-expansion-in-the-biosynthesis-of-thiostrepton
#14
Zhi Lin, Jia Ji, Shuaixiang Zhou, Fang Zhang, Jiequn Wu, Yinlong Guo, Wen Liu
Thiostrepton (TSR), an archetypal member of the family of ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified thiopeptide antibiotics, possesses a biologically important quinaldic acid (QA) moiety within the side-ring system of its characteristic thiopeptide framework. QA is derived from an independent L-Trp residue; however, its associated transformation process remains poorly understood. We here report that during the formation of QA, the key expansion of an indole to a quinoline relies on the activities of the pyridoxal-5'-phosphate-dependent protein TsrA and the flavoprotein TsrE...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820491/mapping-of-qtls-for-seed-phorbol-esters-a-toxic-chemical-in-jatropha-curcas-l
#15
Kitiya Amkul, Kularb Laosatit, Prakit Somta, Sangrea Shim, Suk-Ha Lee, Patcharin Tanya, Peerasak Srinives
Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.) is an oil-bearing plant that has potential to be cultivated as a biodiesel crop. The seed cake after oil extraction has 40-50% protein that can be used in animal feeds. A major limitation in utilizing the cake is the presence of phorbol esters (PE), a heat-tolerant toxic chemical. To identify the quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for PE, we constructed a genetic linkage map from an F₂ population of 95 individuals from a cross "Chai Nat" × "M10" using 143 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers...
August 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820479/esterification-mechanism-of-bagasse-modified-with-glutaric-anhydride-in-1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium-chloride
#16
Huihui Wang, Wei Chen, Xueqin Zhang, Chuanfu Liu, Runcang Sun
The esterification of bagasse with glutaric anhydride could increase surface adhesion compatibility and the surface of derived polymers has the potential of immobilizing peptides or proteins for biomedical application. Due to its complicated components, the esterification mechanism of bagasse esterified with glutaric anhydride in ionic liquids has not been studied. In this paper, the homogenous esterification of bagasse with glutaric anhydride was comparatively investigated with the isolated cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin in 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AmimCl) to reveal the reaction mechanism...
August 18, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820478/detection-of-interactions-between-proteins-by-using-legendre-moments-descriptor-to-extract-discriminatory-information-embedded-in-pssm
#17
Yan-Bin Wang, Zhu-Hong You, Li-Ping Li, Yu-An Huang, Hai-Cheng Yi
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) play a very large part in most cellular processes. Although a great deal of research has been devoted to detecting PPIs through high-throughput technologies, these methods are clearly expensive and cumbersome. Compared with the traditional experimental methods, computational methods have attracted much attention because of their good performance in detecting PPIs. In our work, a novel computational method named as PCVM-LM is proposed which combines the probabilistic classification vector machine (PCVM) model and Legendre moments (LMs) to predict PPIs from amino acid sequences...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820470/adaption-of-fmdv-asia-1-to-suspension-culture-cell-resistance-is-overcome-by-virus-capsid-alterations
#18
Veronika Dill, Bernd Hoffmann, Aline Zimmer, Martin Beer, Michael Eschbaumer
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) causes a highly contagious disease with catastrophic economic impact for affected countries. BHK21 suspension cells are preferred for the industrial production of FMDV vaccine antigen, but not all virus strains can be successfully propagated in these cells. Serotype Asia-1 is often affected by this phenomenon. In this study, the Asia-1 strain Shamir was used to examine viral, cellular and environmental factors that contribute to resistance to cell culture infection. Cell media composition, pH and ammonium chloride concentration did not affect Asia-1 differently than other serotypes...
August 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820400/alteration-in-expressions-of-rhoa-and-rho-kinases-during-pregnancy-in-rats-their-roles-in-uterine-contractions-and-onset-of-labour
#19
D Domokos, E Ducza, G Falkay, R Gaspar
Activation of RhoA and Rho-associated kinases (ROCKs) is known to play a pivotal role in the regulation of smooth muscle contraction via phosphorylation of myosin-light chain and myosin phosphatase. There are few data on the RhoA and ROCKs expression levels in rat uteri. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the mRNA and protein concentration of RhoA and ROCKs in rat uterus during pregnancy, during parturition and post-partum using real time PCR and Western blot analysis. The other purpose was to evaluate the effects of the ROCK (Y-27632, fasudil and RKI 1441) and RhoA inhibitors (simvastatin) on uterine contractility in isolated organ bath experiments...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820390/small-molecule-inhibitors-of-dna-pk-for-tumor-sensitization-to-anticancer-therapy
#20
M Pospisilova, M Seifrtova, M Rezacova
The most sensitive cell structure - a DNA molecule, is the common target of cancer therapy. DNA damage response (controlled by enzymes from the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-related kinases family - PIKK) presents many encouraging targets for improving both conventional cytotoxic anticancer therapy and individualized monotherapy. DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) is a member of the PIKK superfamily and plays an important role in the detection and repair of DNA double-strand breaks via the non-homologous end-joining pathway...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
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