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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156720/novel-strategies-of-raman-imaging-for-brain-tumor-research
#1
Imiela Anna, Polis Bartosz, Polis Lech, Abramczyk Halina
Raman diagnostics and imaging have been shown to be an effective tool for the analysis and discrimination of human brain tumors from normal structures. Raman spectroscopic methods have potential to be applied in clinical practice as they allow for identification of tumor margins during surgery. In this study, we investigate medulloblastoma (grade IV WHO) (n= 5), low-grade astrocytoma (grades I-II WHO) (n =4), ependymoma (n=3) and metastatic brain tumors (n= 1) and the tissue from the negative margins used as normal controls...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155868/tocilizumab-potentially-prevents-bone-loss-in-patients-with-anticitrullinated-protein-antibody-positive-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Yi-Ming Chen, Hsin-Hua Chen, Wen-Nan Huang, Tsai-Ling Liao, Jun-Peng Chen, Wen-Cheng Chao, Ching-Tsai Lin, Wei-Ting Hung, Chia-Wei Hsieh, Tsu-Yi Hsieh, Yi-Hsing Chen, Der-Yuan Chen
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a high risk of osteoporosis and fracture. Interleukin (IL)-6 inhibitors may suppress osteoclast activation. Anticitrullinated protein antibody (ACPA) titers are inversely associated with bone mineral density (BMD). However, the differential effect of ACPA on bone turnover marker (BTM) and BMD changes after IL-6 inhibition remains unclear. This prospective study recruited patients with active RA with inadequate response to methotrexate or biologics. BMD was measured before and after 2-year tocilizumab (TCZ) treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155321/clp-protease-and-or-directly-control-the-proteostasis-of-phytoene-synthase-the-crucial-enzyme-for-carotenoid-biosynthesis-in-arabidopsis
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Ralf Welsch, Xiangjun Zhou, Hui Yuan, Daniel Álvarez, Tianhu Sun, Dennis Schlossarek, Yong Yang, Guoxin Shen, Hong Zhang, Manuel Rodriguez-Concepcion, Theodore W Thannhauser, Li Li
Phytoene synthase (PSY) is the crucial plastidial enzyme in the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway. However, its post-translational regulation remains elusive. Likewise, Clp protease constitutes a central part of the plastid protease networks, but its substrates for degradation are not well known. In this study, we report that PSY is a substrate of the Clp protease. PSY was uncovered to physically interact with various Clp protease subunits (i.e. ClpS1, ClpC1, and ClpD). High levels of PSY and several other carotenogenic enzymes over-accumulate in the clpc1, clpp4 and clpr1-2 mutants...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154825/the-scf-ubiquitin-ligase-slimb-controls-nerfin-1-turnover-in-drosophila
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Xiaohui Lin, Feng Wang, Yuanpei Li, Chaojun Zhai, Guiping Wang, Xiaoting Zhang, Yang Gao, Tao Yi, Dan Sun, Shian Wu
The C2H2 type zinc-finger transcription factor Nerfin-1 expresses dominantly in Drosophila nervous system and plays an important role in early axon guidance decisions and preventing neurons dedifferentiation. Recently, increasing reports indicated that INSM1 (homologue to nerfin-1 in mammals) is a useful marker for prognosis of neuroendocrine tumors. The dynamic expression of Nerfin-1 is regulated post-transcriptionally by multiple microRNAs; however, its post-translational regulation is still unclear. Here we showed that the protein turnover of Nerfin-1 is regulated by Slimb, the substrate adaptor of SCF(Slimb) ubiquitin ligase complex...
November 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154199/ultraviolet-b-radiation-down-regulates-ulk1-and-atg7-expression-and-impairs-the-autophagy-response-in-human-keratinocytes
#5
Xu Chen, Li Li, Song Xu, Wenbo Bu, Kun Chen, Min Li, Heng Gu
Autophagy is a self-digestive pathway that helps to maintain cellular homeostasis, and many autophagy-related gene (ATG)s involved the regulation of the autophagy process. Ultraviolet light is a common stressor of skin, but it is unclear how autophagy is regulated after ultraviolet exposure in epidermal keratinocytes. Here, we found that the mRNAs of some key ATG genes such as ULK1, ATG5 and ATG7 exhibited significantly lower levels in the skin tissues of the face and chest with solar ultraviolet exposure, compared with perineal skin...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151349/changes-in-enzyme-structural-dynamics-studied-by-hydrogen-exchange-mass-spectrometry-ligand-binding-effects-or-catalytically-relevant-motions
#6
Courtney S Fast, Siavash Vahidi, Lars Konermann
It is believed that enzyme catalysis is facilitated by conformational dynamics of the protein scaffold that surrounds the active site. Yet, the exact nature of catalytically relevant protein motions remains largely unknown. Hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) mass spectrometry (MS) reports on backbone H-bond fluctuations. HDX/MS therefore represents a promising avenue for probing the relationship between enzyme dynamics and catalysis. A seemingly straightforward strategy for such measurements involves comparative measurements during substrate turnover and in the resting state...
November 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148757/cross-linked-artificial-enzyme-crystals-as-heterogeneous-catalysts-for-oxidation-reactions
#7
Sarah Lopez, Laurianne Rondot, Chloé Leprêtre, Caroline Marchi-Delapierre, Stéphane Ménage, Christine Cavazza
Designing systems that merge the advantages of heterogeneous catalysis, enzymology and molecular catalysis represents the next major goal for sustainable chemistry. Cross-linked enzyme crystals display most of these essential assets (well-designed mesoporous support, protein selectivity, molecular recognition of substrates). Nevertheless, a lack of reaction diversity, particularly in the field of oxidation, remains a constraint for their increased use in the field. Here, thanks to the design of cross-linked artificial non-heme iron oxygenase crystals, we filled this gap by developing bio-based heterogeneous catalysts capable of oxidizing carbon-carbon double bonds...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148062/flagellar-incorporation-of-proteins-follows-at-least-two-different-routes-in-trypanosomes
#8
Laetitia Vincensini, Thierry Blisnick, Eloïse Bertiaux, Sebastian Hutchinson, Christina Georgikou, Cher-Pheng Ooi, Philippe Bastin
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Eukaryotic cilia and flagella are sophisticated organelles composed of several hundreds of proteins that need to be incorporated at the right time and the right place during assembly. RESULTS: Two methods were used to investigate this process in the model protist Trypanosoma brucei: inducible expression of epitope-tagged labelled proteins and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) of fluorescent fusion proteins. This revealed that skeletal components of the radial spokes (RSP3), the central pair (PF16) and the outer dynein arms (DNAI1) are incorporated at the distal end of the growing flagellum...
November 16, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143069/hemin-g-quadruplex-horseradish-peroxidase-mimicking-dnazyme-principle-and-biosensing-application
#9
Negar Alizadeh, Abdollah Salimi, Rahman Hallaj
Enzymes are macromolecular biological catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions. Enzyme labels are commonly used to obtain signal amplification in sensors and biosensors on the basis of reactions of some enzymes such as horseradish peroxidase (HRP). However, use of natural enzymes can encounter some challenges. Lately, nucleic acids that exhibit catalytic properties have attracted growing interest because they have certain advantages in comparison with traditional protein enzymes. DNAzymes are DNA-based catalysts, representing an important class of functional DNA, which have been widely used because of their excellent activity, programmability, signal amplification through catalytic turnover, high chemical stability, simple synthesis, and easy modification...
November 16, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138859/17%C3%AE-estradiol-attenuates-ovariectomy%C3%A2-induced-bone-deterioration-through-the-suppression-of-the-epha2-ephrina2-signaling-pathway
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Lianyong Liu, Lin Zhou, Xiaorong Yang, Qi Liu, Ling Yang, Chao Zheng, Yongling Zhao, Zhenlin Zhang, Xiaohong Luo
The present study aimed to investigate whether 17β‑estradiol (E2) exerts protective effects on bone deterioration induced by ovariectomy (OVX) through the ephA2/ephrinA2 signaling pathway in rats. Female rats were subjected to OVX, sham surgeryor OVX+E2 treatment. Levels of biomarkers were measured in serum and urine. Hematoxylin and eosin staining was performed on paraffin‑embedded bone sections. Expression of genes and proteins was analyzed by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting, respectively...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136210/the-effect-of-sexual-maturity-and-egg-production-on-skeletal-muscle-pectoralis-major-and-gastrocnemius-protein-turnover-in-broiler-breeder-pure-lines
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Karen Vignale, Justina V Caldas, Judy A England, Nirun Boonsinchai, Phiphob Sodsee, Erik D Pollock, Craig N Coon
A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of sexual maturity on pectoralis major and gastrocnemius muscle protein turnover in broiler breeder pure lines. Protein turnover in skeletal muscle tissue was determined in 4 broiler breeder pure lines (Line A, Line B, Line C and Line D) at 22, 27, 33, 37, 44, and 50 wk of age. A completely randomized design with a factorial arrangement 4 × 6 (4 lines and 6 time periods (ages)) was used. There were 5 replicates per line/time and each hen represented a replicate...
November 9, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135232/confocal-raman-microscopy-for-the-determination-of-protein-and-quaternary-ammonium-ion-loadings-in-biocatalytic-membranes-for-electrochemical-energy-conversion-and-storage
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Rong Cai, Sofiene Abdellaoui, Jay P Kitt, Cullen Irvine, Joel Harris, Shelley D Minteer, Carol Korzeniewski
The need to immobilize active enzyme, while ensuring high rates of substrate turnover and electronic charge transfer with an electrode, is a centrally important challenge in the field of bioelectrocatalysis. In this work, we demonstrate the use of confocal Raman microscopy as a tool for quantitation and molecular-scale structural characterization of ionomers and proteins within biocatalytic membranes to aid in the development of energy efficient biofuel cells. A set of recently available short side chain Aquivion ionomers spanning a range of equivalent weight (EW) suitable for enzyme immobilization was investigated...
November 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133833/effect-of-soy-on-bone-turn-over-markers-in-men-with-type-2-diabetes-and-hypogonadism-a-randomised-controlled-study
#13
T Sathyapalan, M Aye, A S Rigby, W D Fraser, E S Kilpatrick, S L Atkin
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is associated with increased risk of fractures. Soy supplementation has been shown to have a beneficial effect on bone turnover markers (BTM) in postmenopausal women. However, the effect of soy supplementation on BTM in T2DM and particularly in men is unclear. We performed an analysis of a randomized double blind parallel study of 200 men with T2DM treated with soy, either with or without isoflavones. Outcome measures were type I collagen crosslinked beta C-telopeptide (βCTX), and type 1 procollagen-N-propeptide (P1NP)...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131545/a-double-point-mutation-at-residues-ile14-and-val15-of-bcl-2-uncovers-a-role-for-bh4-domain-in-both-protein-stability-and-function
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Giovanni Monaco, Rita La Rovere, Spyridoula Karamanou, Kirsten Welkenhuyzen, Hristina Ivanova, Elien Vandermarliere, Marta Di Martile, Donatella Del Bufalo, Humbert De Smedt, Jan B Parys, Anastassios Economou, Geert Bultynck
B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) protein is the archetype apoptosis suppressor protein. The N-terminal Bcl-2-homology 4 (BH4) domain of Bcl-2 is required for the anti-apoptotic function of this protein at the mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The involvement of the BH4 domain in Bcl-2's anti-apoptotic functions has been proposed based on Gly-based substitutions of the Ile14/Val15 amino acids, two hydrophobic residues located in the centre of Bcl-2's BH4 domain. Following this strategy, we recently showed that a BH4-domain-derived peptide in which Ile14 and Val15 have been replaced by Gly residues, was unable to dampen pro-apoptotic Ca(2+) -release events from the ER...
November 13, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131307/breastfeeding-weaning-and-dietary-practices-during-the-western-zhou-dynasty-1122-771-bc-at-boyangcheng-anhui-province-china
#15
Yang Xia, Jinglei Zhang, Fei Yu, Hui Zhang, Tingting Wang, Yaowu Hu, Benjamin T Fuller
OBJECTIVES: Here we investigate breastfeeding and weaning practices and adult dietary habits at the Western Zhou Dynasty (1122-771 BC) site of Boyangcheng () located in Anhui Province, China. In addition, we utilize the differences in bone collagen turnover rates between rib and long bones from the same individual to examine past life histories, such as changes in diet or residence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bone collagen from both the rib and long bones (either femora or humeri) of 42 individuals was measured for stable isotope ratios of carbon (δ(13) C) and nitrogen (δ(15) N)...
November 13, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130884/ubiquitin-turnover-and-endocytic-trafficking-in-yeast-are-regulated-by-ser57-phosphorylation-of-ubiquitin
#16
Sora Lee, Jessica M Tumolo, Aaron C Ehlinger, Kristin K Jernigan, Susan J Qualls-Histed, Pi-Chiang Hsu, W Hayes McDonald, Walter J Chazin, Jason A MacGurn
Despite its central role in protein degradation little is known about the molecular mechanisms that sense, maintain, and regulate steady state concentration of ubiquitin in the cell. Here, we describe a novel mechanism for regulation of ubiquitin homeostasis that is mediated by phosphorylation of ubiquitin at the Ser57 position. We find that loss of Ppz phosphatase activity leads to defects in ubiquitin homeostasis that are at least partially attributable to elevated levels of Ser57 phosphorylated ubiquitin...
November 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129916/a-post-transcriptional-program-coordinated-by-csde1-prevents-intrinsic-neural-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#17
Hyun Ju Lee, Deniz Bartsch, Cally Xiao, Santiago Guerrero, Gaurav Ahuja, Christina Schindler, James J Moresco, John R Yates, Fátima Gebauer, Hisham Bazzi, Christoph Dieterich, Leo Kurian, David Vilchez
While the transcriptional network of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) has been extensively studied, relatively little is known about how post-transcriptional modulations determine hESC function. RNA-binding proteins play central roles in RNA regulation, including translation and turnover. Here we show that the RNA-binding protein CSDE1 (cold shock domain containing E1) is highly expressed in hESCs to maintain their undifferentiated state and prevent default neural fate. Notably, loss of CSDE1 accelerates neural differentiation and potentiates neurogenesis...
November 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129760/the-key-role-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-matrix-proteins-rankl-opg-and-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-in-bone-healing-of-hip-arthroplasty-patients
#18
Jean Cassuto, Agnetha Folestad, Jan Göthlin, Henrik Malchau, Johan Kärrholm
INTRODUCTION: We still lack understanding of why some implants fail while most remain stable after decades of use. Proinflammatory cytokines, matrix proteins and bone regulating cytokines of the RANKL/OPG (receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand/osteoprotegerin) and Wnt/β-catenin pathways are mandatory for normal bone repair but their spatial and temporal role in the healing of primary total hip arthroplasties (THA) has not been previously shown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four osteoarthritis patients with one-sided well-fixed primary THA were prospectively monitored during 18years (18Y) with repeated blood samples, clinical variables and radiographs...
November 10, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128526/functional-analysis-of-cullin-3-e3-ligases-in-tumorigenesis
#19
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Ji Cheng, Jianping Guo, Zhiwei Wang, Brian J North, Kaixiong Tao, Xiangpeng Dai, Wenyi Wei
Cullin 3-RING ligases (CRL3) play pivotal roles in the regulation of various physiological and pathological processes, including neoplastic events. The substrate adaptors of CRL3 typically contain a BTB domain that mediates the interaction between Cullin 3 and target substrates to promote their ubiquitination and subsequent degradation. The biological implications of CRL3 adaptor proteins have been well described where they have been found to play a role as either an oncogene, tumor suppressor, or can mediate either of these effects in a context-dependent manner...
November 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127427/amniotic-membrane-promotes-focal-adhesion-remodeling-to-stimulate-cell-migration
#20
Ángel Bernabé-García, Sergio Liarte, Jose M Moraleda, Gregorio Castellanos, Francisco J Nicolás
During wound healing, the migration of keratinocytes onto newly restored extracellular matrix aims to reestablish continuity of the epidermis. The application of amniotic membrane (AM) to chronic, deep traumatic, non-healing wounds has proven successful at stimulating re-epithelialization. When applied on epithelial cell cultures, AM activates extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2) and c-Jun N-terminal kinases 1/2 (JNK1/2), with the overexpression and phosphorylation of c-Jun along the wound edge...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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