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Alencar Kolinski Machado, Ana Cristina Andreazza, Tatiane Morgana da Silva, Aline Augusti Boligon, Vanusa do Nascimento, Gustavo Scola, Angela Duong, Francine Carla Cadoná, Euler Esteves Ribeiro, Ivana Beatrice Mânica da Cruz
Neuropsychiatric diseases, such as bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia (SCZ), have a very complex pathophysiology. Several current studies describe an association between psychiatric illness and mitochondrial dysfunction and consequent cellular modifications, including lipid, protein, and DNA damage, caused by cellular oxidative stress. Euterpe oleracea (açaí) is a powerful antioxidant fruit. Açaí is an Amazonian palm fruit primarily found in the lowlands of the Amazonian rainforest, particularly in the floodplains of the Amazon River...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Arthur Lalonde, Hugo Bouchard
To develop a general method for human tissue characterization with dual- and multi-energy CT and evaluate its performance in determining elemental compositions and quantities relevant to radiotherapy Monte Carlo dose calculation. Ideal materials to describe human tissue are obtained applying principal component analysis on elemental weight and density data available in literature. The theory is adapted to elemental composition for solving tissue information from CT data. A novel stoichiometric calibration method is integrated to the technique to make it suitable for a clinical environment...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Hala Attia, Nouf Al-Rasheed, Raeesa Mohamad, Nawal Al-Rasheed, Maha Al-Amin
BACKGROUND: Hepatic fibrosis and its end point; cirrhosis, are the major cause of liver failure and death in patients with chronic liver disease. Therefore, the need for an effective treatment is evident. This study was designed to assess the potential effects of aqueous extract of date fruits, either flesh (DFE) or pits (DPE), on oxidative DNA damage and liver inflammation induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and whether they are related to inhibition of nuclear factor-κB pathway...
October 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Bárbara Olmeda, Marta Martinez-Calle, Jesus Pérez-Gil
Pulmonary surfactant is a lipid-protein complex that lines and stabilizes the respiratory interface in the alveoli, allowing for gas exchange during the breathing cycle. At the same time, surfactant constitutes the first line of lung defense against pathogens. This review presents an updated view on the processes involved in biogenesis and intracellular processing of newly synthesized and recycled surfactant components, as well as on the extracellular surfactant transformations before and after the formation of the surface active film at the air-water interface...
October 20, 2016: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
Mario Encinar, Santiago Casado, Alicia Calzado-Martín, P Natale, Álvaro San Paulo, Montserrat Calleja, Marisela Vélez, Francisco Monroy, Iván López-Montero
Erythrocyte membranes have been particularly useful as a model for studies of membrane structure and mechanics. Native erythroid membranes can be electroformed as giant unilamellar vesicles (eGUVs). In the presence of ATP, the erythroid membrane proteins of eGUVs rearrange into protein networks at the microscale. Here, we present a detailed nanomechanical study of individual protein microfilaments forming the protein networks of eGUVs when spread on supporting surfaces. Using Peak Force tapping Atomic Force Microscopy (PF-AFM) in liquid environment we have obtained the mechanical maps of the composite lipid-protein networks supported on solid surface...
October 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Jeevan B Gc, Bernard S Gerstman, Robert V Stahelin, Prem P Chapagain
The Ebola virus is a lipid-enveloped virus that obtains its lipid coat from the plasma membrane of the host cell it infects during the budding process. The Ebola virus protein VP40 localizes to the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane and forms the viral matrix, which provides the major structure for the Ebola virus particles. VP40 is initially a dimer that rearranges to a hexameric structure that mediates budding. VP40 hexamers and larger filaments have been shown to be stabilized by PI(4,5)P2 in the plasma membrane inner leaflet...
October 19, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Junhui Shen, Jianfeng He, Fang Wang
In the past decades, much investigation has been done on the role of lipids in the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The lipids involved in those research studies had included PUFAs, phospholipids, sphingolipids, cholesterol, lipid protein, etc. There are a large number of clinical research studies on the association of PUFAs with the development and progression of AMD. The relationship between cholesterol level and AMD has been explored for decades and much data and analysis results have been obtained...
September 2016: Discovery Medicine
Ullah Asmat, Khan Abad, Khan Ismail
Human body is continuously exposed to different types of agents that results in the production of reactive species called as free radicals (ROS/RNS) which by the transfer of their free unpaired electron causes the oxidation of cellular machinery. In order to encounter the deleterious effects of such species, body has got endogenous antioxidant systems or it obtains exogenous antioxidants from diet that neutralizes such species and keeps the homeostasis of body. Any imbalance between the RS and antioxidants leads to produce a condition known as "oxidative stress" that results in the development of pathological condition among which one is diabetes...
September 2016: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Valentina A Andreeva, Valérie Deschamps, Benoît Salanave, Katia Castetbon, Charlotte Verdot, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Serge Hercberg
Despite some advantages over traditional methods, Web-based studies elicit concerns about generalizability. To address this issue, we compared dietary intakes between an electronic (e-) cohort study and a nationally representative survey. We studied 49,443 French volunteers aged 18-74 years recruited during 2009-2010 in the NutriNet-Santé Study, a general population-based e-cohort study. The Etude Nationale Nutrition Santé (ENNS; 2006-2007), a cross-sectional study with a nationally representative sample of 2,754 French adults aged 18-74 years, served as the reference data set...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Epidemiology
Carolyn M Shirey, Jordan L Scott, Robert V Stahelin
To reduce costs of lipid-binding assays, allow for multiple lipids to be screened for protein binding simultaneously, and to make lipid binding more user friendly, lipids have been dotted onto membranes to investigate lipid-protein interactions. These assays are similar to a western blot where the membrane is blocked, incubated with a protein of interest and detected using antibodies. Although the assay is inexpensive and straightforward, problems with promiscuous or poor binding, as well as insufficient blocking occur frequently...
October 11, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
Rituparna Mittra, Megan Pavy, Nanditha Subramanian, Anthony M George, Megan L O'Mara, Ian D Kerr, Richard Callaghan
The multidrug resistance P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is characterised by the ability to bind and/or transport an astonishing array of drugs. This poly-specificity is imparted by at least four pharmacologically distinct binding sites within the transmembrane domain. Whether or not these sites are spatially distinct has remained unclear. Biochemical and structural investigations have implicated a central cavity as the likely location for the binding sites. In the present investigation, a number of contact residues that are involved in drug binding were identified through biochemical assays using purified, reconstituted P-gp...
October 8, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
Wataru Matsuzaki, Hiromasa Takahashi, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Toshihiko Murayama
Ceramide kinase (CerK) and ceramide-1-phosphate (C1P) are involved in various cellular functions, while regulation of the enzyme activity has not been well elucidated. We herein investigated the effects of several glycerophospholipids on human recombinant CerK activity with CaCl2 and MgCl2 by measuring the formation of fluorescent labeled C1P in vitro. CerK activities were 44.1±11.4 (pmol/µg/min) with vehicle, 137±29 with 2 mM CaCl2, and 144±32 with 2 mM MgCl2 in the glycerol/albumin buffer. The addition of glycerophospholipids such as phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylinositol (PI), PI 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2), and phosphatidic acid had no effect on CerK activity with CaCl2, although PI(4,5)P2 and phosphatidic acid bound to CerK in the lipid-protein overlay assay...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Somaiya Mateen, Shagufta Moin, Atif Zafar, Abdul Qayyum Khan
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune, inflammatory joint disease whose exact cause is still not completely known. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are believed to be involved in the pathogenesis of RA. ROS are produced mostly by the phagocytic cells during oxidative burst and oxidative phosphorylation. Lipids, proteins and nucleic acids get damaged by the overproduction of ROS. Damaging effects of ROS are taken care by the enzymatic and non-enzymatic defence system of the body. Overproduction or inadequate elimination of reactive species leading to oxidative stress has been positively correlated with the disease severity in RA patients...
October 6, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Ki Seong Eom, Jin Sung Cheong, Seung Jae Lee
Zinc finger proteins are among the most extensively applied metalloproteins in the field of biotechnology due to their unique structural and functional aspects as transcriptional and translational regulators. The classical zinc fingers are the largest family of zinc proteins and they provide critical roles in physiological systems from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. Two cysteine and two histidine residues (Cys₂His₂) coordinate to the zinc ion for the structural functions to generate a ββα fold, and this secondary structure supports specific interactions with their binding partners including DNA, RNA, lipids, proteins, and small molecules...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Seda Keleştemur, Mustafa Çulha
Biofilm formation is a defense mechanism for microorganisms to survive under both natural and stress conditions. Clinically relevant microorganisms threaten patient health through biofilm formation on medical devices and implants. It is very important to identify biofilm formation in order to suppress their pathogenic activities in early stages. With the aim for better understanding biofilm formation and possibility of detection, in this study, biofilm formation of clinically important microorganisms, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Candida albicans are monitored with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)...
October 5, 2016: Applied Spectroscopy
Adam M Speen, Hye-Young H Kim, Rebecca N Bauer, Megan Meyer, Kymberly M Gowdy, Michael B Fessler, Kelly E Duncan, Wei Liu, Ned A Porter, Ilona Jaspers
When inhaled, ozone (O3) interacts with cholesterols of airway epithelial cell membranes or the lung lining fluid, generating chemically reactive oxysterols. The mechanism by which O3-derived oxysterols affect molecular function is unknown. Our data show that in vitro exposure of human bronchial epithelial cells to O3 results in the formation of oxysterols, epoxycholesterol-α and β (α-EpCh, β-EpCh) and Secosterol A and B (Seco A, SecoB), in cell lysates and apical washes. Similarly, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid obtained from human volunteers exposed to O3 contained elevated levels of these oxysterol species...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Kuan-Yi Lu, Chien-Sheng Chen, Johnathan Neiswinger, Heng Zhu
Studying lipid-protein interactions is central to understanding lipid signaling, a key regulatory system in cells. To better identify lipid-binding proteins, we developed a nonquenched fluorescent (NQF) liposome that is able to carry both fluorescent molecules and a lipid of interest. By combining the strength of NQF liposomes with protein microarray technology, the method presented here facilitates high-throughput screening of lipid-protein interactions. This protocol describes how to prepare NQF liposomes and apply the fabricated liposomes to yeast proteome microarrays...
October 3, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Rosalia Deeken, Stefanie Saupe, Jörn Klinkenberg, Michael Riedel, Jana Leide, Rainer Hedrich, Thomas Mueller
Non-specific lipid transfer proteins (nsLTPs) reversibly bind different types of lipid molecules in a hydrophobic cavity. They facilitate phospholipid transfer between membranes in vitro, play a role in cuticle and possibly in suberin formation, and might be involved in plant pathogen defense signaling. This study focuses on the role of AtLTPI-4 in crown gall development. Arabidopsis thaliana crown gall tumors, which develop upon infection with the virulent Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain C58, highly expressed the type I nsLTP gene AtLTPI-4...
September 29, 2016: Plant Physiology
Daniela Gradinaru, Denisa Margina, Claudia Borsa, Cristina Ionescu, Mihaela Ilie, Marieta Costache, Anca Dinischiotu, Gabriel-Ioan Prada
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationships between the serum levels of adiponectin and systemic oxidative stress exerted on lipids, proteins, as well as endothelial function and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) risk markers, in elderly subjects with metabolic syndrome (MS). METHODS: The serum advanced glycation and oxidation protein products, low-density lipoprotein susceptibility to oxidation (oxLDL), nitric oxide metabolic pathway products (NOx), serum lipid peroxidation, as well as total antioxidant/oxidative capacity (TAC/TOC), were analyzed in elderly subjects with MS (n = 44), compared to aged-matched control (n = 39)...
September 29, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Amuthachelvi Daniel, Leena Joseph
Raman spectroscopy and mapping are capable of probing the molecular changes due to oncogenesis. Here Raman maps of cervical tissues under different pathological conditions were studied. Multivariate analytical methods were utilized to reconstruct these Raman maps and were compared with Hematoxylin and Eosin stained histological images. The maps showed clear differences between the different regions of the tissue and there were spectral changes associated with neoplasia and malignancy. A semi-quantitative biochemical modeling was carried out to quantify these spectral changes and the relative contributions of the biochemicals...
September 23, 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
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