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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332291/analysis-of-reactive-carbonyl-species-generated-under-oxidative-stress
#1
Jun'ichi Mano, Md Sanaullah Biswas
Oxidation of membrane lipids by reactive oxygen species primarily generates lipid peroxides, from which various carbonyls, i.e., aldehydes and ketones, are formed. Among them, those with a carbonyl-conjugated C-C double bond have significant biological functions and are designated as reactive carbonyl species (RCS). A dozen kinds of RCS occurring in plant cells have a broad spectrum of reactivity and biological effects, depending on the structure. Several RCS have been recently found to activate caspase-like proteases in plants, thereby initiating PCD...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332216/characteristics-of-arg-carrying-plasmidome-in-the-cultivable-microbial-community-from-wastewater-treatment-system-under-high-oxytetracycline-concentration
#2
Yanhong Shi, Hong Zhang, Zhe Tian, Min Yang, Yu Zhang
Studies on antibiotic production wastewater have shown that even a single antibiotic can select for multidrug resistant bacteria in aquatic environments. It is speculated that plasmids are an important mechanism of multidrug resistance (MDR) under high concentrations of antibiotics. Herein, two metagenomic libraries were constructed with plasmid DNA extracted from cultivable microbial communities in a biological wastewater treatment reactor supplemented with 0 (CONTROL) or 25 mg/L of oxytetracycline (OTC-25)...
January 13, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332035/an-aspartyl-cathepsin-targeted-pet-agent-application-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model
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Jonatan A Snir, Mojmir Suchy, Geron A Bindseil, Michael Kovacs, Blaine A Chronik, Robert H E Hudson, Stephen H Pasternak, Robert Bartha
BACKGROUND: Early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology is a serious challenge for both diagnosis and clinical trials. The aspartyl protease, Cathepsin D (CatD), is overexpressed in AD and could be a biomarker of disease. We have previously designed a unique contrast agent (CA) for dual-optical and magnetic resonance imaging of the activity of the CatD class of enzymes. OBJECTIVE: To compare the uptake and retention of a novel, more sensitive, and clinically-translatable 68Ga PET tracer targeting CatD activity in 5XFAD mice and non-Tg littermates...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331661/effect-of-laf3-ag-fluorescent-nanoparticles-on-photodynamic-efficiency-and-cytotoxicity-of-protoporphyrin-ix-photosensitizer
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F Tavakkoli, M Zahedifar, E Sadeghi
LaF3: Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The produced NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, scanning electron microscope (SEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The emission spectrum of LaF3:Ag NPs is mostly overlapped with the absorption band of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and their conjugation was confirmed by studying fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from LaF3:Ag donor to protoporphyrin IX acceptor...
January 10, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331654/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-metabolic-activation-of-rhein-and-characterization-of-glutathione-conjugates-derived-from-rhein
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Yang Xu, Xu Mao, Boyang Qin, Ying Peng, Jiang Zheng
Rhein (RH), 4,5-dihydroxyanthrauinone-2-carboxylic acid, is found in rhubarb (Dahuang), a traditional herbal medicine. RH has reportedly demonstrated multiple pharmacologic properties. Previous studies have also shown that RH induced hepatotoxicity, but the mechanisms of the adverse effect remain unknown. The major objective of the present study was to study the metabolic pathways of RH in order to identify potential reactive metabolites. One mono-hydroxylation metabolite (M1) was detected in urine and bile of rats given RH...
January 10, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331584/protein-neddylation-and-its-alterations-in-human-cancers-for-targeted-therapy
#6
REVIEW
Lisha Zhou, Wenjuan Zhang, Yi Sun, Lijun Jia
Neddylation, a post-translational modification that conjugates an ubiquitin-like protein NEDD8 to substrate proteins, is an important biochemical process that regulates protein function. The best-characterized substrates of neddylation are the cullin subunits of Cullin-RING ligases (CRLs), which, as the largest family of E3 ubiquitin ligases, control many important biological processes, including tumorigenesis, through promoting ubiquitylation and subsequent degradation of a variety of key regulatory proteins...
January 10, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331201/impact-of-polymer-geometry-on-the-interactions-of-protein-peg-conjugates
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Jonathan Zarzar, Whitney Shatz, Nikhil Peer, Rosalynn Taing, Brian McGarry, Yun Liu, Daniel G Greene, Isidro E Zarraga
The conjugation of high molecular weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) to an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is an attractive strategy for the modification of biophysical and biodistribution properties of the API. Indeed, several therapeutic proteins conjugated to PEG have been safely administered in the clinic. While there have been studies on the configuration of these conjugates in solution, investigations on the impact of PEG geometry on protein-PEG conjugate interactions is limited. In this study, we use dynamic light scattering (DLS), rheology, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to investigate the biophysical solution and interaction behavior of a 50kDa Fab protein attached to either a linear or tetrameric (branched) 40kDa PEG molecule...
November 8, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331114/hartree-fock-symmetry-breaking-around-conical-intersections
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Lena C Jake, Thomas M Henderson, Gustavo E Scuseria
We study the behavior of Hartree-Fock (HF) solutions in the vicinity of conical intersections. These are here understood as regions of a molecular potential energy surface characterized by degenerate or nearly degenerate eigenfunctions with identical quantum numbers (point group, spin, and electron numbers). Accidental degeneracies between states with different quantum numbers are known to induce symmetry breaking in HF. The most common closed-shell restricted HF instability is related to singlet-triplet spin degeneracies that lead to collinear unrestricted HF solutions...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331081/quantitative-fe-mri-determination-of-the-dynamics-of-psma-targeted-spions-discriminates-among-prostate-tumor-xenografts-based-on-their-psma-expression
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Laurel O Sillerud
BACKGROUND: There is a need for a quantitative MRI method for iron concentration magnetic resonance imaging suitable for measuring the delivery of targeted superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) to tumors. PURPOSE: To apply our newly developed [Fe]MRI method to the quantitative imaging in both space and time of the iron dynamics of anti-prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) conjugated SPIONs within human prostate tumor xenografts in nude mice. STUDY TYPE: Longitudinal...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330852/characteristics-and-intestinal-immunomodulating-activities-of-water-soluble-pectic-polysaccharides-from-chenpi-with-different-storage-periods
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Changcheng Tian, Xu Hui, Jing Li, Zhuo Han
BACKGROUND: Traditional view considers that the long-term stored Chenpi (dried citrus peel) has better health efficacies as compared with the fresh Chenpi, but the detailed mechanism remains obscure. RESULTS: The three water-soluble pectic polysaccharides (CPP1, CPP5 and CPP10) were obtained from one-year, five-year and ten-year Chenpi, respectively, and their physicochemical characteristics and intestinal immunomodulating activities were investigated and compared...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330463/effective-photo-enhancement-of-cellular-activity-of-fluorophore-octaarginine-antisense-pna-conjugates-correlates-with-singlet-oxygen-formation-endosomal-escape-and-chromophore-lipophilicity
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Reza Yarani, Takehiko Shiraishi, Peter E Nielsen
Photochemical internalization (PCI) is a cellular drug delivery method based on the generation of light-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) causing damage to the endosomal membrane and thereby resulting in drug release to the cytoplasm. In our study a series of antisense fluorophore octaarginine peptide nucleic acid (PNA) conjugates were investigated in terms of PCI assisted cellular activity. It is found that tetramethylrhodamine and Alexa Fluor 555 conjugated octaarginine PNA upon irradiation exhibit more than ten-fold increase in antisense activity in the HeLa pLuc705 luciferase splice correction assay...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330244/primary-care-physicians-struggle-with-current-adult-pneumococcal-vaccine-recommendations
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Laura P Hurley, Mandy A Allison, Tamara Pilishvili, Sean T O'Leary, Lori A Crane, Michaela Brtnikova, Brenda L Beaty, Megan C Lindley, Carolyn B Bridges, Allison Kempe
INTRODUCTION: In 2012, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in series with 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) for at-risk adults ≥19; in 2014, it expanded this recommendation to adults ≥65. Primary care physicians' practice, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding these recommendations are unknown. METHODS: Primary care physicians throughout the U.S. were surveyed by E-mail and post from December 2015 to January 2016...
January 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330037/sustained-delivery-of-glial-cell-derived-neurotrophic-factors-in-collagen-conduits-for-facial-nerve-regeneration
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Fukai Ma, Feng Xu, Ronggang Li, Yongtao Zheng, Fan Wang, Naili Wei, Junjie Zhong, Qisheng Tang, Tongming Zhu, Zhifu Wang, Jianhong Zhu
Facial nerve injury caused by traffic accidents or operations may reduce the quality of life in patients, and recovery following the injury presents unique clinical challenges. Glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is important in nerve regeneration; however, soluble GDNF rapidly diffuses into body fluids, making it difficult to achieve therapeutic efficacy. In this work, we developed a rat tail derived collagen conduit to connect nerve defects in a simple and safe manner. GDNF was immobilized in the collagen conduits via chemical conjugation to enable controlled release of GDNF...
January 9, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330011/mutations-in-pi3k110%C3%AE-cause-impaired-nk-cell-function-partially-rescued-by-rapamycin-treatment
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Raquel Ruiz-García, Alexander Vargas-Hernandez, Ivan K Chinn, Laura S Angelo, Tram N Cao, Zeynep Coban-Akdemir, Shalini N Jhangiani, Qingchang Meng, Lisa R Forbes, Donna M Muzny, Luis M Allende, Mohammed S Ehlayel, Richard A Gibbs, James R Lupski, Gulbu Uzel, Jordan S Orange, Emily M Mace
BACKGROUND: Heterozygous gain-of-function mutations in PI3K110 lead to lymphadenopathy, lymphoid hyperplasia, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) viremia, and sinopulmonary infections. OBJECTIVE: The known role of NK cell function in the control of EBV and CMV prompted us to investigate the functional and phenotypic effect of PI3K110δ mutations on NK cell subsets and cytotoxic function. METHODS: Patient mutations were identified by whole exome or targeted sequencing...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329709/characterization-of-singly-and-multiply-pegylated-insulin-isomers-by-reversed-phase-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-interfaced-with-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
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Selim Gerislioglu, Scott R Adams, Chrys Wesdemiotis
Conjugation of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) to protein drugs (PEGylation) is increasingly utilized in the biotherapeutics field because it improves significantly the drugs' circulatory half-life, solubility, and shelf-life. The activity of a PEGylated drug depends on the number, size, and location of the attached PEG chain(s). This study introduces a 2D separation approach, including reversed-phase ultra-performance liquid chromatography (RP-UPLC) and ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS), in order to determine the structural properties of the conjugates, as demonstrated for a PEGylated insulin sample that was prepared by random amine PEGylation...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329556/cancer-immunotherapy-beyond-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Aixa E Soyano, Bhagirathbhai Dholaria, Keith L Knutson, Yanyan Lou
Malignant cells have the capacity to rapidly grow exponentially and spread in part by suppressing, evading, and exploiting the host immune system. Immunotherapy is a form of oncologic treatment directed towards enhancing the host immune system against cancer. In recent years, manipulation of immune checkpoints or pathways has emerged as an important and effective form of immunotherapy. Agents that target cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated molecule-4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) are the most widely studied and recognized...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329169/differences-in-immunization-site-pain-in-toddlers-vaccinated-with-either-the-10-or-the-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine
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Johannes Trück, Sarah Kelly, Sena Jawad, Matthew D Snape, Merryn Voysey, Andrew J Pollard
We investigated immediate immunization pain in 12-month-old children randomized to receive a booster dose of either the 10- (PCV-10) or the 13-valent (PCV-13) pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Pain was assessed using validated pain assessment tools and crying time. PCV-13 recipients had significantly higher scores on the observer-rated modified behavioral pain scale than did those receiving PCV-10, but the differences were small.Clinical trial registration at Clinicaltrials.gov (NCT01443416).
January 10, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329090/simultaneous-accelerated-solvent-extraction-and-hydrolysis-of-11-nor-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic-acid-glucuronide-in-meconium-samples-for-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-analysis
#18
Cinthia de Carvalho Mantovani, Jefferson Pereira E Silva, Guilherme Forster, Rafael Menck de Almeida, Edna Maria de Albuquerque Diniz, Mauricio Yonamine
Cannabis misuse during pregnancy is associated with severe impacts on the mother and baby health, such as newborn low birth weight, growth restriction, pre-term birth, neurobehavioral and developmental deficits. In most of the cases, drug abuse is omitted or denied by the mothers. Thus, toxicological analyzes using maternal-fetal matrices takes place as a suitable tool to assess drug use. Herein, meconium was the chosen matrix to evaluate cannabis exposure through identification and quantification of 11-nor-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic (THCCOOH)...
January 7, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329072/development-of-potent-and-proteolytically-stable-human-neuromedin-u-receptor-agonists
#19
An De Prins, Charlotte Martin, Yannick Van Wanseele, Louise Julie Skov, Csaba Tömböly, Dirk Tourwé, Vicky Caveliers, Ann Van Eeckhaut, Birgitte Holst, Mette Marie Rosenkilde, Ilse Smolders, Steven Ballet
Neuromedin U (NMU) is a highly conserved endogenous peptide that is involved in a wide range of physiological processes such as regulation of feeding behavior, the stress response and nociception. The major limitation to use NMU as a therapeutic is its short half-life. Here, we describe the development of a set of novel NMU-analogs based on NMU-8, by introducing unnatural amino acids into the native sequence. This approach shows that it is possible to generate molecules with increased potency and improved plasma stability without major changes of the peptidic nature or the introduction of large conjugates...
December 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329001/improved-antibacterial-activity-of-a-marine-peptide-n2-against-intracellular-salmonella-typhimurium-by-conjugating-with-cell-penetrating-peptides-blfcin6-tat11
#20
Zhanzhan Li, Xiao Wang, Da Teng, Ruoyu Mao, Ya Hao, Na Yang, Huixian Chen, Xiumin Wang, Jianhua Wang
Salmonellae, gram-negative bacteria, are facultative intracellular pathogens that cause a number of diseases in animals and humans. The poor penetration ability of antimicrobial agents limits their use in the treatment of intracellular bacterial infections. In this study, the cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) bLFcin6 and Tat11 were separately conjugated to the antimicrobial peptide N2, and the antibacterial activity and pharmacodynamics of the CPPs-N2 conjugates were first evaluated against Salmonellae typhimurium in vitro and in macrophage cells...
December 29, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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