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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352409/recent-perspectives-on-the-molecular-basis-of-biofilm-formation-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-approaches-for-treatment-and-biofilm-dispersal
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REVIEW
Sinosh Skariyachan, Vaishnavi Sneha Sridhar, Swathi Packirisamy, Supreetha Toplar Kumargowda, Sneha Basavaraj Challapilli
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium causes widespread diseases in humans. This bacterium is frequently related to nosocomial infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and bacteriaemia especially in immunocompromised patients. The current review focuses on the recent perspectives on biofilms formation by these bacteria. Biofilms are communities of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other and often adhere to a surface. These adherent cells are usually embedded within a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS)...
January 19, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352320/high-level-production-and-purification-in-a-functional-state-of-an-extrasynaptic-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-type-a-receptor-containing-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-3%C3%AE-subunits
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Xiaojuan Zhou, Rooma Desai, Yinghui Zhang, Wojciech J Stec, Keith W Miller, Youssef Jounaidi
The inhibitory γ-aminobutyric acid type A receptors are implicated in numerous physiological processes, including cognition and inhibition of neurotransmission, rendering them important molecular targets for many classes of drugs. Functionally, the entire GABAAR family of receptors can be subdivided into phasic, fast acting synaptic receptors, composed of α-, β- and γ-subunits, and tonic extrasynaptic receptors, many of which contain the δ-subunit in addition to α- and β-subunits. Whereas the subunit arrangement of the former group is agreed upon, that of the αβδ GABAARs remains unresolved by electrophysiological and pharmacological research...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351374/fast-dynamic-docking-guided-by-adaptive-electrostatic-bias-the-md-binding-approach
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Andrea Spitaleri, Sergio Decherchi, Andrea Cavalli, Walter Rocchia
Engineering chemical entities to modify how pharmaceutical targets function, as it is done in drug design, requires a good understanding of molecular recognition and binding. In this context, the limitations of statically describing bimolecular recognition, as done in docking/scoring, call for insightful and efficient dynamical investigations. On the experimental side, the characterization of dynamical binding processes is still in its infancy. Thus, computer simulations, particularly molecular dynamics (MD), are compelled to play a prominent role, allowing a deeper comprehension of the binding process and its causes and thus a more informed compound selection, making more significant the computational contribution to drug discovery1...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351242/-vessels-in-the-storm-searching-for-prognostic-and-predictive-angiogenic-factors-in-colorectal-cancer
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REVIEW
Adriano Angelucci, Simona Delle Monache, Alessio Cortellini, Monica Di Padova, Ficorella Corrado
High expectations are placed upon anti-angiogenic compounds for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), the first malignancy for which such type of treatment has been approved. Indeed, clinical trials have confirmed that targeting the formation of new vessels can improve in many cases clinical outcomes of mCRC patients. However, current anti-angiogenic drugs are far from obtaining the desirable or expected curative results. Many are the factors probably involved in such disappointing results, but particular attention is currently focused on the validation of biomarkers able to improve the direction of treatment protocols...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351064/molecular-target-analysis-of-stearoyl-coa-desaturase-genes-of-protozoan-parasites
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He Lu, Xin Qin, Jing Zhang, Shuang Zhang, Yu Zhu, Wei Hua Wu
Protozoan parasites can synthesize polyunsaturated fatty acids. They possess stearoyl-CoA desaturase to convert stearate into oleate and linoleate. Stearoyl-CoA desaturase are the key enzymes required for the synthesis of unsaturated fatty acids. It seems attractive to evaluate the possibility of using unsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis pathways as drug targets. In this study, the authors investigate codon usage bias, base composition variations and protein sequence in ten available complete stearoyl-CoA desaturase gene sequences from Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum etc...
March 26, 2018: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350909/dual-drug-delivery-system-based-on-biodegradable-organosilica-core-shell-architectures
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Jiang-Lan Li, Ying-Jia Cheng, Chi Zhang, Han Cheng, Jun Feng, Ren-Xi Zhuo, Xuan Zeng, Xian-Zheng Zhang
To overcome drug resistance, efficient cancer therapeutic strategies using combination of small-molecule drugs and macromolecule drugs are highly desired. However, due to their significant differences in molecular weight and size, it is difficult to load them simultaneously in one vector and to release them individually. Here, a biodegradable organosilica based core/shell-structured nanocapsule was designed and used as a dual stimuli-responsive drug vector to solve this problem. Biodegradable organosilica shell coated outside the macromolecule model drug "core" would be disrupted by high glutathione (GSH) levels inside tumor cells, resulting in the escape of the entrapped drugs...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350055/therapeutic-strategies-and-nano-drug-delivery-applications-in-management-of-ageing-alzheimer-s-disease
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Govindarajan Karthivashan, Palanivel Ganesan, Shin-Young Park, Joon-Soo Kim, Dong-Kug Choi
In recent years, the incidental rate of neurodegenerative disorders has increased proportionately with the aging population. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most commonly reported neurodegenerative disorders, and it is estimated to increase by roughly 30% among the aged population. In spite of screening numerous drug candidates against various molecular targets of AD, only a few candidates - such as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are currently utilized as an effective clinical therapy. However, targeted drug delivery of these drugs to the central nervous system (CNS) exhibits several limitations including meager solubility, low bioavailability, and reduced efficiency due to the impediments of the blood-brain barrier (BBB)...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349846/preparation-of-dummy-template-imprinted-polymers-for-the-rapid-extraction-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-residues-in-aquatic-environmental-samples
#8
Ping Guo, Jingjing Zhang, Xiaohui Chen, Longshan Zhao
A molecularly imprinted polymer was synthesized and applied as a sorbent in the solid-phase extraction device. The imprinted polymer was characterized by fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope. The results revealed that imprinted polymer possess sensitive selectivity and reliable adsorption properties for five NSAIDs. The imprinted polymer was successfully applied to the pre-concentration for five NSAIDs in different water samples prior to UPLC-MS/MS. In the early studies, several factors were investigated, including pH adjustment, the kind of elution solvent and the volume of elution solvent...
January 19, 2018: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349356/qt-interval-prolongation-due-to-medication-found-in-the-preoperative-evaluation
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Mika Seto, Sayo Koga, Ryosuke Kita, Toshihiro Kikuta
QT prolongation is an electrocardiographic change that can lead to lethal arrhythmia. Acquired QT prolongation is known to be caused by drugs and electrolyte abnormalities. We report three cases in which the prolonged QT interval was improved at the time of operation by briefly discontinuing the drugs suspected to have caused the QT prolongation observed on preoperative electrocardiography. The QTc of cases 1, 2, and 3 improved from 518 to 429 ms, 463 to 441 ms, and 473 to 443 ms on discontinuing the use of a gastrointestinal prokinetic agent, a proton pump inhibitor, and a molecular targeted drug, respectively...
December 2017: Journal of Dental Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348869/role-of-the-n-terminal-lid-in-regulating-the-interaction-of-phosphorylated-mdmx-with-p53
#10
Jane Vin Chan, Dawn Xin Ping Koh, Yun Liu, Thomas L Joseph, David P Lane, Chandra S Verma, Yaw Sing Tan
Murine double minute 4 protein (MDMX) is crucial for the regulation of the tumor suppressor protein p53. Phosphorylation of the N-terminal domain of MDMX is thought to affect its binding with the transactivation domain of p53, thus playing a role in p53 regulation. In this study, the effects of MDMX phosphorylation on the binding of p53 were investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. It is shown that in addition to the previously proposed mechanism in which phosphorylated Y99 of MDMX inhibits p53 binding through steric clash with P27 of p53, the N-terminal lid of MDMX also appears to play an important role in regulating the phosphorylation-dependent interactions between MDMX and p53...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348627/chikungunya-virus-nsp1-interacts-directly-with-nsp2-and-modulates-its-atpase-activity
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Sameer Kumar, Abhishek Kumar, Prabhudutta Mamidi, Atul Tiwari, Sriram Kumar, Animamalar Mayavannan, Sagarika Mudulli, Ajit Kumar Singh, Bharat Bhusan Subudhi, Soma Chattopadhyay
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus, which has created an alarming threat in the world due to unavailability of vaccine and antiviral compounds. The CHIKV nsP2 contains ATPase, RTPase, helicase and protease activities, whereas, nsP1 is a viral capping enzyme. In alphaviruses, the four non-structural proteins form the replication complex in the cytoplasm and this study characterizes the interaction between CHIKV nsP1 and nsP2. It was observed that, both the proteins co-localize in the cytoplasm and interact in the CHIKV infected cells by confocal microscopy and immunoprecipitation assay...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348621/dynamic-cellular-maps-of-molecular-species-application-to-drug-target-interactions
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Carolina García, Alejandro Losada, Miguel A Sacristán, Juan Fernando Martínez-Leal, Carlos M Galmarini, M Pilar Lillo
The design of living cell studies aimed at deciphering the mechanism of action of drugs targeting proteins with multiple functions, expressed in a wide range of concentrations and cellular locations, is a real challenge. We recently showed that the antitumor drug plitidepsin (APL) localizes sufficiently close to the elongation factor eEF1A2 so as to suggest the formation of drug-protein complexes in living cells. Here we present an extension of our previous micro-spectroscopy study, that combines Generalized Polarization (GP) images, with the phasor approach and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), using a 7-aminocoumarin drug analog (APL*) as fluorescence tracer...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348557/sensitizing-tumor-cells-to-conventional-drugs-hsp70-chaperone-inhibitors-their-selection-and-application-in-cancer-models
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Vladimir F Lazarev, Dmitry V Sverchinsky, Elena R Mikhaylova, Pavel I Semenyuk, Elena Y Komarova, Sergey A Niskanen, Alina D Nikotina, Anton V Burakov, Viktor G Kartsev, Irina V Guzhova, Boris A Margulis
Hsp70 chaperone controls proteostasis and anti-stress responses in rapidly renewing cancer cells, making it an important target for therapeutic compounds. To date several Hsp70 inhibitors are presented with remarkable anticancer activity, however their clinical application is limited by the high toxicity towards normal cells. This study aimed to develop assays to search for the substances that reduce the chaperone activity of Hsp70 and diminish its protective function in cancer cells. On our mind the resulting compounds alone should be safe and function in combination with drugs widely employed in oncology...
January 18, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348517/ndrg2-contributes-to-cisplatin-sensitivity-through-modulation-of-bak-to-mcl-1-ratio
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Soojong Park, Sang-Seok Oh, Ki Won Lee, Yeon-Kyeong Lee, Nae Yu Kim, Joo Heon Kim, Jiyun Yoo, Kwang Dong Kim
The downregulation of N-Myc downstream-regulated gene 2 (NDRG2) is known to be associated with the progression and poor prognosis of several cancers. Sensitivity to anti-cancer may be associated with a good prognosis in cancer patients, and NDRG2, which is induced by p53, sensitizes the cells to chemotherapy. However, the unique function of NDRG2 as an inducer of apoptosis under chemotreatment has not been sufficiently studied. In this study, we investigated the role of NDRG2 in chemo-sensitivity, focusing on cisplatin in U937 histiocytic lymphoma, which has the loss-of-functional mutation in p53...
January 18, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348387/cancer-stem-cells-and-molecular-biology-test-in-colorectal-cancer-therapeutic-implications
#15
Rustam Effendi-Ys
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most frequent cancer in males, the second in females, and is the second leading cause of cancer related death worldwide. Within Indonesia's 250 million population, the incidence rates for CRC per 100,000 population were 15.2 for males and 10.2 for females, and estimated 63,500 cases per year.  More than 50% of colorectal cancer patients will develop metastasis. CRC is still the main cause of tumor-related death, and although most CRC patients are treated with surgery to remove the tumor tissue, some of the CRC patients recurred...
October 2017: Acta Medica Indonesiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348271/intratumoral-payload-concentration-correlates-with-the-activity-of-antibody-drug-conjugates
#16
Donglu Zhang, Shang-Fan Yu, S Cyrus Khojasteh, Yong Ma, Thomas H Pillow, Jack D Sadowsky, Dian Su, Katherine R Kozak, Keyang Xu, Andrew G Polson, Peter Dragovich, Cornelis Eca Hop
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) have become important scaffolds for targeted cancer therapies. However, ADC exposure - response correlation is not well characterized. We demonstrated that intratumor payload exposures correlated well with the corresponding efficacies of several disulfide-linked ADCs bearing an DNA alkylating agent, pyrrolo[2,1-c][1,4]benzodiazepine-dimer (PBD), in HER2-expressing xenograft models. The correlation suggests that a threshold concentration of intratumor payload is required to support sustained efficacy and an ADC can deliver an excessive level of payload to tumors that does not enhance efficacy ('Plateau' effect)...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348173/methanobactins-maintaining-copper-homeostasis-in-methanotrophs-and-beyond
#17
Grace E Kenney, Amy C Rosenzweig
Methanobactins (Mbns) are ribosomally produced, post-translationally modified natural products that bind copper with high affinity and specificity. Originally identified in methanotrophic bacteria, which have a high need for copper, operons encoding these compounds have also been found in many non-methanotrophic bacteria. The proteins responsible for Mbn biosynthesis include several novel enzymes. Mbn transport involves export through a multidrug efflux pump and re-internalization via a TonB-dependent transporter...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346071/identification-of-potential-inhibitors-against-nuclear-dam1-complex-subunit-ask1-of-candida-albicans-using-virtual-screening-and-md-simulations
#18
Himanshu Tripathi, Feroz Khan
Identification of hit compounds against specific target form the starting point for a drug discovery program. A consistent decline of new chemical entities (NCEs) in recent years prompted a challenge to explore newer approaches to discover potential hit compounds that in turn can be converted into leads, and ultimately drug with desired therapeutic efficacy. The vast amount of omics and activity data available in public databases offers an opportunity to identify novel targets and their potential inhibitors...
January 1, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345616/inhibition-of-oxidative-stress-in-cholinergic-projection-neurons-fully-rescues-aging-associated-olfactory-circuit-degeneration-in-drosophila
#19
Ashiq Hussain, Atefeh Pooryasin, Mo Zhang, Laura F Loschek, Marco La Fortezza, Anja B Friedrich, Catherine-Marie Blais, Habibe K Üçpunar, Vicente A Yépez, Martin Lehmann, Nicolas Gompel, Julien Gagneur, Stephan J Sigrist, Ilona C Grunwald Kadow
Loss of the sense of smell is among the first signs of natural aging and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Cellular and molecular mechanisms promoting this smell loss are not understood. Here, we show that Drosophila melanogaster also loses olfaction before vision with age. Within the olfactory circuit, cholinergic projection neurons show a reduced odor response accompanied by a defect in axonal integrity and reduction in synaptic marker proteins. Using behavioral functional screening, we pinpoint that expression of the mitochondrial reactive oxygen scavenger SOD2 in cholinergic projection neurons is necessary and sufficient to prevent smell degeneration in aging flies...
January 18, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345110/remarkable-similarity-in-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax-geranylgeranyl-diphosphate-synthase-ggpps-dynamics-and-its-implication-for-anti-malarial-drug-design
#20
Aishwarya Venkatramani, Clarisse G Ricci, Eric Oldfield, J Andrew McCammon
Malaria, mainly caused by Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, has been a growing cause of morbidity and mortality. P. falciparum is more lethal than is P. vivax, but there is a vital need for effective drugs against both species. Geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase (GGPPS) is an enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of quinones and in protein prenylation, and has been proposed to be a malaria drug target. However, the structure of P. falciparum GGPPS (PfGGPPS) has not been determined, due to difficulties in crystallization...
January 18, 2018: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
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