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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728363/effect-of-different-levels-of-protein-concentrates-supplementation-on-the-growth-performance-plasma-amino-acids-profile-and-mtor-cascade-genes-expression-in-early-weaned-yak-calves
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Quhani Peng, Nazir Ahmad Khan, B Xue, T H Yan, Z S Ahmad Wang
Objective: Yak is anone of the most important livestock species in the alpine-meadow grasslands of Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. WeThis study evaluated the effects of different levels of protein concentrate supplementation on the growth performance of yak calves, and correlated the growth rate to the changes occurring in the plasma- amino acids, and -insulin profile, and to the signaling activity of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) cascade, in order to characterize the mechanism through which the protein synthesis can be improved in early weaned yaks...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727946/confounding-by-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-rs117648444-p70s-affects-the-association-of-interferon-lambda-locus-variants-with-response-to-interferon-%C3%AE-ribavirin-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-genotype-3-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#2
Anand Bhushan, Sumona Ghosh, Samsiddhi Bhattacharjee, Sreedhar Chinnaswamy
Genome-wide association studies discovered interferon lambda (IFNL or IFN-λ) locus on chromosome 19 to be involved in clearance of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in patients following interferon-α-ribavirin (IFN-RBV) therapy. Subsequent studies established a dinucleotide polymorphism rs368234815, as the prime causal variant behind this association. The ΔG allele of this variant gives rise to a new IFNL gene, IFNL4, coding for IFN-λ4 whose activity paradoxically associates with lesser viral clearance rates...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727040/genome-wide-association-studies-and-meta-analysis-reveal-novel-quantitative-trait-loci-and-pleiotropic-loci-for-swine-head-related-traits
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H Chen, T Huang, Z Zhang, B Yang, C Jiang, J Wu, Z Zhou, H Zheng, W Xin, M Huang, M Zhang, C Chen, J Ren, H Ai, L Huang
The pig is an important domestic animal that provides a larger amount of meat and serves as a biomedical animal model for human. Head and facial features are closely linked to identity recognition in mammal communication. To uncover the genetic architecture of swine head and facial features, we constructed 5 experimental pig populations and accurately measured 10 traits related to head and facial features, for which genome-wide association studies and meta-analysis were later carried out. As a result, we identified a total of 24 loci harboring 437 SNP on 8 swine chromosomes (SSC) that surpassed suggestively significant levels, of which 17 loci on 6 chromosomes exceeded the 5% genome-wide significance thresholds...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727016/genomewide-association-mapping-and-pathway-analysis-of-meat-tenderness-in-polled-nellore-cattle
#4
L M Castro, G J M Rosa, F B Lopes, L C A Regitano, A J M Rosa, C U Magnabosco
Brazil is one of the world's largest beef exporters, although the product has a low price due to quality issues. The meat exported by Brazil is considered medium and low quality by international buyers, mainly due to lack of tenderness. The predominant Zebu breeds (80% Nellore) are known for producing tougher beef than taurine breeds. Nonetheless, some studies have shown that there is substantial genetic variability for tenderness within the Nellore breed, although it is a difficult trait to improve by conventional selection methods...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726978/analysis-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-factor-vii-activating-protease-fsap-and-design-of-specific-and-sensitive-peptide-substrates
#5
Emrah Kara, Dipankar Manna, Geir Åge Løset, Eric L Schneider, Charles S Craik, Sandip Kanse
Factor VII (FVII) activating protease (FSAP) is a circulating serine protease that is likely to be involved in a number of disease conditions such as stroke, atherosclerosis, liver fibrosis, thrombosis and cancer. To date, no systematic information is available about the substrate specificity of FSAP. Applying phage display and positional scanning substrate combinatorial library (PS-SCL) approaches we have characterised the specificity of FSAP towards small peptides. Results were evaluated in the context of known protein substrates as well as molecular modelling of the peptides in the active site of FSAP...
July 20, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726377/a-novel-targeted-mass-spectrometry-approach-enabled-discov-ery-of-o-glycosylated-insulin-and-related-signaling-peptides-in-mouse-and-human-pancreatic-islets
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Qing Yu, Alejandra Canales, Matthew S Glover, Rahul Das, Xudong Shi, Yang Liu, Mark P Keller, Alan D Attie, Lingjun Li
O-linked glycosylation often involves the covalent attachment of sugar moieties to the hydroxyl group of serine or threonine on proteins/peptides. Despite growing interest in glycoproteins, little attention has been directed to glycosylated signaling peptides, largely due to lack of enabling analytical tools. Here we explore the occurrence of naturally O-linked glycosylation on the signaling peptides extracted from mouse and human pancreatic islets using mass spectrometry (MS). A novel targeted MS-based method is developed to increase the likelihood of capturing these modified signaling peptides and to provide improved sequence coverage and accurate glycosite localization, enabling the first large-scale discovery of O-glycosylation on signaling peptides...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726057/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-mif-modulates-trophic-signaling-through-interaction-with-serine-protease-htra1
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Åsa Fex Svenningsen, Svenja Löring, Anna Lahn Sørensen, Ha Uyen Buu Huynh, Simone Hjæresen, Nellie Martin, Jesper Bonnet Moeller, Maria Louise Elkjær, Uffe Holmskov, Zsolt Illes, Malin Andersson, Solveig Beck Nielsen, Eirikur Benedikz
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a small conserved protein, is abundant in the immune- and central nervous system (CNS). MIF has several receptors and binding partners that can modulate its action on a cellular level. It is upregulated in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer although its function is far from clear. Here, we report the finding of a new binding partner to MIF, the serine protease HTRA1. This enzyme cleaves several growth factors, extracellular matrix molecules and is implicated in some of the same diseases as MIF...
July 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724763/species-specificity-of-vaccinia-virus-complement-control-protein-towards-bovine-classical-pathway-is-governed-primarily-by-direct-interaction-of-its-acidic-residues-with-factor-i
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Jitendra Kumar, Viveka Nand Yadav, Swastik Phulera, Ashish Kamble, Avneesh Kumar Gautam, Hemendra Singh Panwar, Arvind Sahu
Poxviruses display species tropism - variola virus is a human-specific virus, while vaccinia virus causes repeated outbreaks in dairy cattle. Consistent with this, variola virus complement regulator SPICE exhibit selectivity in inhibiting the human alternative complement pathway and vaccinia virus complement regulator VCP display selectivity in inhibiting the bovine alternative complement pathway. In the present study, we examined the species-specificity of VCP and SPICE towards the classical pathway (CP). We observed that VCP is ∼43-fold superior in inhibiting bovine CP than SPICE...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724746/therapeutic-targeting-tumor-progression-locus-2-tpl2-activating-transcription-factor-4-atf4-chemokine-stromal-cell-derived-factor-%C3%AE-sdf1%C3%AE-axis-suppresses-diabetic-retinopathy
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De-Wei Lai, Keng-Hung Lin, Wayne Huey-Herng Sheu, Maw-Rong Lee, Chung-Yu Chen, Wen-Jane Lee, Yi-Wen Hung, Chin-Chang Shen, Tsung-Ju Chung, Shing-Hwa Liu, Meei-Ling Sheu
Rationale: Diabetic retinopathy is characterized by vasopermeability, vascular leakage, inflammation, blood-retinal barrier breakdown, capillary degeneration and neovascularization. However, the mechanisms underlying the association between diabetes and progression retinopathy remain unclear. Objective: Tumor progression locus 2 (TPL2), a serine-threonine protein kinase, exerts a pathological effect on vascular angiogenesis. This study investigated the role of N(ε)-(carboxymethyl)lysine (CML), a major advanced glycation end products, and the involved TPL2-related molecular signals in diabetic retinopathy using models of in vitro and in vivo and human samples...
July 19, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724693/new-peptide-inhibitor-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-emdb-1-extends-the-half-life-of-glp-2-and-attenuates-colitis-in-mice-after-topical-administration
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Maciej Salaga, Anna Mokrowiecka, Marta Zielinska, Ewa Malecka-Panas, Radzislaw Kordek, Elzbieta Kamysz, Jakub Fichna
Protease inhibition has become a new possible approach in the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) therapy. A serine exopeptidase, dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP IV) is responsible for inactivation of incretine hormone, glucagon-like peptide 2 (GLP-2), a potent stimulator of intestinal epithelium regeneration and growth. Recently we showed that the novel peptide analog of endomorphin-2, EMDB-1 is a potent blocker of DPP IV and has an inhibitory effect on gastrointestinal (GI) smooth muscle contractility. The aim of this study was to characterize the anti-inflammatory effect and mechanism of action of EMDB-1 in the mouse GI tract...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724629/abrogation-of-heat-shock-factor-1-hsf1-phosphorylation-deregulates-its-activity-and-lowers-activation-threshold-leading-to-obesity-in-mice
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Xiongjie Jin, Aijun Qiao, Demetrius Moskophidis, Nahid F Mivechi
Heat shock factor 1 (Hsf1) is transcriptionally activated following exposure of mammalian cells to environmental insults and pathological conditions. The function of Hsf1 as a protector of cells and organisms towards a range of stress stimuli has been well-documented. However, how different Hsf1 post-transcriptional modifications affect its function in vivo is not understood. Hsf1 transcriptional activity is in part regulated by phosphorylation. Hsf1 phosphorylation of amino acid residues at S303 and S307 has been shown to repress Hsf1 transcriptional activity under normal physiological growth conditions...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724292/adsorption-of-proteins-on-colloidal-lignin-particles-for-advanced-biomaterials
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Timo Leskinen, Joanna Witos, Juan José Valle Delgado, Kalle Sakari Lintinen, Mauri A Kostiainen, Susanne Kristina Wiedmer, Monika Österberg, Maija-Liisa Mattinen
Coating of colloidal lignin particles (CLPs), or lignin nanoparticles (LNPs), with proteins was evaluated in order to establish a safe, self-assembly-mediated modification technique to tune their surface chemistry. Gelatin and poly- L-lysine formed the most pronounced protein corona on the CLP surface, as determined by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and zeta potential measurements. Spherical morphology of individual protein coated CLPs was confirmed by transmission electron (TEM) and atomic force (AFM) microscopy...
July 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723962/surface-functionalization-specific-binding-of-coagulation-factors-by-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-delays-coagulation-time-and-reduces-thrombin-generation-potential-in-vitro
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Jun-Young Yang, Jiyeong Bae, Ayoung Jung, Seonyeong Park, Seungtae Chung, Jihyun Seok, Hangsik Roh, Youngju Han, Jae-Min Oh, Soojung Sohn, Jayoung Jeong, Wan-Seob Cho
Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) have many biomedical applications such as chemotherapy agents, vaccine adjuvants, and biosensors but its hemocompatibility is still poorly understood, especially in the event of direct contact of NPs with blood components. Here, we investigated the impact of size and surface functional groups on the platelet homeostasis. ZnO NPs were synthesized in two different sizes (20 and 100 nm) and with three different functional surface groups (pristine, citrate, and L-serine). ZnO NPs were incubated with plasma collected from healthy rats to evaluate the coagulation time, kinetics of thrombin generation, and profile of levels of coagulation factors in the supernatant and coronated onto the ZnO NPs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723419/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-serine-467-phosphorylation-sensitizes-mice-to-weight-gain-and-tnf%C3%AE-or-diet-induced-inflammation
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Tabea Riedlinger, Marleen B Dommerholt, Tobias Wijshake, Janine K Kruit, Nicolette Huijkman, Daphne Dekker, Mirjam Koster, Niels Kloosterhuis, Debby P Y Koonen, Alain de Bruin, Darren Baker, Marten H Hofker, Jan van Deursen, Johan W Jonker, M Lienhard Schmitz, Bart van de Sluis
The NF-κB family of transcription factors is essential for an effective immune response, but also controls cell metabolism, proliferation and apoptosis. Its broad relevance and the high connectivity to diverse signaling pathways require a tight control of NF-κB activity. To investigate the control of NF-κB activity by phosphorylation of the NF-κB p65 subunit, we generated a knock-in mouse model in which serine 467 (the mouse homolog of human p65 serine 468) was replaced with a non-phosphorylatable alanine (S467A)...
July 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723107/chemical-approaches-to-investigate-labile-peptide-and-protein-phosphorylation
#15
Anett Hauser, Martin Penkert, Christian P R Hackenberger
Protein phosphorylation is by far the most abundant and most studied post-translational modification (PTM). For a long time, phosphate monoesters of serine (pSer), threonine (pThr), and tyrosine (pTyr) have been considered as the only relevant forms of phosphorylation in organisms. Recently, several research groups have dedicated their efforts to the investigation of other, less characterized phosphoamino acids as naturally occurring PTMs. Such apparent peculiar phosphorylations include the phosphoramidates of histidine (pHis), arginine (pArg), and lysine (pLys), the phosphorothioate of cysteine (pCys), and the anhydrides of pyrophosphorylated serine (ppSer) and threonine (ppThr)...
July 19, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722823/rational-design-of-a-highly-potent-and-selective-peptide-inhibitor-of-pace4-by-salt-bridge-interaction-with-d160-at-position-p3
#16
Vahid Dianati, Azar Shamloo, Anna Kwiatkowska, Roxane Desjardins, Armand Soldera, Robert Day, Yves L Dory
PACE4, a member of the proprotein convertases (PCs) family of serine proteases, is a validated target for prostate cancer. Our group has developed a potent and selective PACE4 inhibitor: Ac-LLLLRVKR-NH2 . In seeking for modifications to increase the selectivity of this ligand toward PACE4, we replaced one of its P3 Val methyl groups with a basic group capable of forming a salt bridge with D160 of PACE4. The resulting inhibitor is eight times more potent than the P3 Val parent inhibitor and two times more selective over furin, because the equivalent salt bridge with furin E257 is not optimal...
July 19, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722750/protein-kinase-d-exerts-neuroprotective-functions-during-oxidative-stress-via-nuclear-factor-kappab-independent-signaling-pathways
#17
Hanna Liliom, Krisztián Tárnok, Zsófia Ábrahám, Bence Rácz, Angelika Hausser, Katalin Schlett
Members of the protein kinase D (PKD) family of serine/threonine kinases are known to exert diverse roles in neuronal stress responses. Here we show the transient activation and nuclear translocation of endogenous PKD upon oxidative stress induced by H2 O2 treatment in primary neuronal cultures. Using pharmacological inhibition we show that PKD activity protects neurons from oxidative stress induced cell death. Although members of the canonical NFκB pathway were phosphorylated upon H2 O2 treatment, it was found that the neuronal response to oxidative stress is not executed through the nuclear translocation and activity of RelA...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722495/sucrose-non-fermenting-related-kinase-expression-in-ovarian-cancer-and-correlation-with-clinical-features
#18
Elizabeth E Hopp, Stephanie M Cossette, Suresh N Kumar, Daniel Eastwood, Ramani Ramchandran, Erin Bishop
Sucrose non-fermenting related kinase (SNRK) is a serine/threonine kinase known to regulate cellular metabolism and adipocyte inflammation. Since alterations in adipocyte metabolism play a role in ovarian cancer metastasis, we investigated the expression of SNRK in benign and malignant human ovarian tissue using immunohistochemistry and qPCR. The number of SNRK positive (+) nuclei is increased in malignant tissue compared to benign tissue (21.03% versus 14.90%, p < .0431). The most strongly stained malignant SNRK+ nuclei were stage 1 compared to stage 2-4 disease...
July 19, 2017: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722352/serpine-1-induces-alveolar-type-ii-cell-senescence-through-activating-p53-p21-rb-pathway-in-fibrotic-lung-disease
#19
Chunsun Jiang, Gang Liu, Tracy Luckhardt, Veena Antony, Yong Zhou, A Brent Carter, Victor J Thannickal, Rui-Ming Liu
Senescence of alveolar type 2 (ATII) cells, progenitors of the alveolar epithelium, is implicated in the pathogeneses of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), an aging-related progressive fatal lung disorder with unknown etiology. The mechanism underlying ATII cell senescence in fibrotic lung diseases, however, remains poorly understood. In this study, we report that ATII cells in IPF lungs express higher levels of serpine 1, also known as plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), and cell senescence markers p21 and p16, compared to ATII cells in control lungs...
July 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722103/decreased-levels-of-active-upa-and-klk8-assessed-by-111-in-mica-401-binding-correlate-with-the-seizure-burden-in-an-animal-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Stephan Missault, Lore Peeters, Halima Amhaoul, David Thomae, Annemie Van Eetveldt, Barbara Favier, Anagha Thakur, Jeroen Van Soom, Asla Pitkänen, Koen Augustyns, Jurgen Joossens, Steven Staelens, Stefanie Dedeurwaerdere
OBJECTIVE: Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and kallikrein-related peptidase 8 (KLK8) are serine proteases that contribute to extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling after brain injury. They can be labelled with the novel radiotracer [(111) In]MICA-401. As the first step in exploring the applicability of [(111) In]MICA-401 in tracing the mechanisms of postinjury ECM reorganization in vivo, we performed in vitro and ex vivo studies, assessing [(111) In]MICA-401 distribution in the brain in two animal models: kainic acid-induced status epilepticus (KASE) and controlled cortical impact (CCI)-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
July 19, 2017: Epilepsia
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