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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088521/signal-peptidase-i-processed-secretory-signal-sequences-selection-for-and-against-specific-amino-acids-at-the-second-position-of-mature-protein
#1
Yaramah M Zalucki, Michael P Jennings
Signal peptides direct proteins from the cytoplasm to the periplasm. These N-terminal peptides are cleaved upon entry to the periplasm by either signal peptidase I, or signal peptidase II for lipoproteins. Signal peptidase I is a serine protease that has either a serine-lysine or serine-histidine catalytic dyad present in the active site. The recognition site for signal peptide cleavage by signal peptidase I has been defined primarily by an Ala-X-Ala motif at the C-terminal end of the signal peptide, one amino acid away from the cleavage site...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088477/selected-scorpion-toxin-exposures-induce-cytokine-release-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#2
Gerardo Corzo, Gerardo Pavel Espino-Solis
A cytokine screening on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with selected scorpion toxins (ScTx's) was performed in order to evaluate their effect on human immune cells. The ScTx's chosen for this report were three typical buthid scorpion venom peptides, one with lethal effects on mammals Centruroides suffussus suffusus toxin II (CssII), another, with lethal effects on insects and crustaceans Centruroides noxius toxin 5 (Cn5), and one more without lethal effects Tityus discrepans toxin (Discrepin)...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088457/preformulation-characterization-stabilization-and-formulation-design-for-the-acrylodan-labeled-glucose-binding-protein-sm4-ac
#3
Neha Sahni, Rajoshi Chaudhuri, John M Hickey, Prakash Manikwar, Ajit D'Souza, Andrew Metters, Sangeeta B Joshi, C Russell Middaugh, David B Volkin
This study describes the physicochemical characterization, stabilization and formulation design of SM4-AC, an acrylodan labeled glucose/galactose binding protein for use in a continuous glucose monitoring device. The physical stability profile of SM4-AC as a function of pH and temperature was monitored using a combination of biophysical techniques and the resulting physical stability profile was visualized using an empirical phase diagram. Forced degradation chemical stability studies (Asn deamidation, Met oxidation) of SM4-AC were performed using a combination of capillary isoelectric focusing (cIEF), peptide mapping and reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088451/efficient-sortase-mediated-n-terminal-labeling-of-tev-protease-cleaved-recombinant-proteins
#4
Kwabena Sarpong, Ron Bose
A major challenge in attaching fluorophores or other handles to proteins is the availability of a site-specific labeling strategy that provides stoichiometric modification without compromising protein integrity. We developed a simple approach that combines TEV protease cleavage, sortase modification and affinity purification to N-terminally label proteins. To achieve stoichiometrically-labeled protein, we included a short affinity tag in the fluorophore-containing peptide for post-labeling purification of the modified protein...
January 11, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088276/solid-supports-for-extraction-and-preconcentration-of-proteins-and-peptides-in-microfluidic-devices-a-review
#5
REVIEW
Szymon Dziomba, Monica Araya-Farias, Claire Smadja, Myriam Taverna, Benjamin Carbonnier, N Thuy Tran
Determination of proteins and peptides is among the main challenges of today's bioanalytical chemistry. The application of microchip technology in this field is an exhaustively developed concept that aims to create integrated and fully automated analytical devices able to quantify or detect one or several proteins from a complex matrix. Selective extraction and preconcentration of targeted proteins and peptides especially from biological fluids is of the highest importance for a successful realization of these microsystems...
February 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087974/application-of-z-sinapinic-matrix-in-peptide-maldi-ms-analysis
#6
María L Salum, Silvana L Giudicessi, Tobías Schmidt De León, Silvia A Camperi, Rosa Erra-Balsells
Since introduction of sinapinic acid (SA) and α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid as matrices successful application of matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry started for protein/polypeptides. Both show some limitations in short peptide analysis because matrix clusters are quite abundant. Cinnamics currently used are E-cinnamics. Here Z-SA as matrix for peptides is studied and compared with E-SA and CHCA. Minor number of clusters are always observed in the low m/z region allowing the detection of short peptides...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087531/salivary-gluten-degradation-and-oral-microbial-profiles-in-health-and-celiac-disease
#7
Na Tian, Lina Faller, Daniel A Leffler, Ciaran P Kelly, Joshua Hansen, Jos A Bosch, Guoxian Wei, Bruce J Paster, Detlef Schuppan, Eva J Helmerhorst
: Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic immune-mediated enteropathy induced by dietary gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Saliva harbors the second highest bacterial load of the GI tract after the colon. Moreover, saliva contains gluten-degrading enzymes produced by oral bacteria that may modify gluten processing in the intestine and susceptibility to celiac disease (CD). AIM: To investigate salivary enzymatic activities and oral microbial profiles in healthy subjects vs patients with classical and refractory CD...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087520/atheroprotective-vaccination-with-mhc-ii-restricted-apob-peptides-induces-peritoneal-il-10-producing-cd4-t-cells
#8
Takayuki Kimura, Kevin Tse, Sara McArdle, Teresa Gerhardt, Jacqueline Miller, Zbigniew Mikulski, John Sidney, Alessandro Sette, Dennis Wolf, Klaus Ley
Although immunization with MHC class II-restricted ApoB peptides has been shown to be atheroprotective, the mechanism is unclear. Here, we investigated CD4(+) T cell populations in immunized atherosclerotic mice. Peptides (16-mers) from mouse ApoB, the core protein of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), were screened for binding to I-A(b) by computer prediction and confirmed by radiolabeled peptide competition. Three new peptides, P101 (FGKQGFFPDSVNKALY, 5.5 nM IC50), P102 (TLYALSHAVNSYFDVD, 6.8 nM), and P103 (LYYKEDKTSLSASAAS, 95 nM) were tested in an atherosclerosis model (Apoe(-/-) mice on western diet)...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087486/enhanced-articular-cartilage-by-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-enzymatically-mediated-transiently-rgds-functionalized-collagen-mimetic-hydrogels
#9
Paresh A Parmar, Jean-Philippe St-Pierre, Lesley W Chow, Christopher D Spicer, Violet Stoichevska, Yong Y Peng, Jerome A Werkmeister, John A M Ramshaw, Molly M Stevens
: Recapitulation of the articular cartilage microenvironment for regenerative medicine applications faces significant challenges due to the complex and dynamic biochemical and biomechanical nature of native tissue. Towards the goal of biomaterial designs that enable the temporal presentation of bioactive sequences, recombinant bacterial collagens such as Streptococcal collagen-like 2 (Scl2) proteins can be employed to incorporate multiple specific bioactive and biodegradable peptide motifs into a single construct...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087472/extract-of-clinopodium-bolivianum-protects-against-e-coli-invasion-of-uroepithelial-cells
#10
Soumitra Mohanty, Witchuda Kamolvit, Silvia Zambrana, Corine Sandström, Eduardo Gonzales, Claes-Göran Östenson, Annelie Braunerf
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Clinopodium bolivianum is a South American plant with anti-inflammatory and anti-infective activities. The increasing antibiotic resistance urges for alternative therapy. Based on its use in traditional medicine, we investigated the effect of C. bolivianum on the ability to defend bladder epithelial cells from E. coli infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The extract was analysed by LC-MS. Bladder epithelial cell lines T24 and 5637 and uropathogenic E...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087424/clinical-applications-of-maldi-imaging-technologies-in-cancer-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
#11
REVIEW
Yasemin Ucal, Zeynep Aslıhan Durer, Hakan Atak, Elif Kadioglu, Betul Sahin, Abdurrahman Coskun, Ahmet Tarık Baykal, Aysel Ozpinar
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) enables localization of analytes of interest along with histology. More specifically, MALDI-IMS identifies the distributions of proteins, peptides, small molecules, lipids, and drugs and their metabolites in tissues, with high spatial resolution. This unique capacity to directly analyze tissue samples without the need for lengthy sample preparation reduces technical variability and renders MALDI-IMS ideal for the identification of potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and disease gradation...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087353/thiolated-polymers-as-mucoadhesive-drug-delivery-systems
#12
REVIEW
Sarah Duggan, Wayne Cummins, Orla O' Donovan, Helen Hughes, Eleanor Owens
Mucoadhesion is the process of binding a material to the mucosal layer of the body. Utilising both natural and synthetic polymers, mucoadhesive drug delivery is a method of controlled drug release which allows for intimate contact between the polymer and a target tissue. It has the potential to increase bioavailability, decrease potential side effects and offer protection to more sensitive drugs such as proteins and peptide based drugs. The thiolation of polymers has, in the last number of years, come to the fore of mucoadhesive drug delivery, markedly improving mucoadhesion due to the introduction of free thiol groups onto the polymer backbone while also offering a more cohesive polymeric matrix for the slower and more controlled release of drug...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087055/graft-modification-of-cotton-with-phosphate-group-and-its-application-to-the-enrichment-of-phosphopeptides
#13
Xiao-Mei He, Xi Chen, Bi-Feng Yuan, Yu-Qi Feng
Grafting copolymerization, especially "grafting from" approach, has attracted a great attention for the preparation of cellulose-based materials with various functionalities. In this study, a novel phosphate group-containing cotton fiber-based material, CF-NH2-AZO-p(VPA-x), was successfully synthesized by a "grafting from" radical polymerization approach using vinyl phosphonic acid (VPA) as monomer. The phosphate group content of CF-NH2-AZO-p(VPA-x) could be easily regulated by adjusting the concentration of VPA monomer...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079948/induction-of-antibodies-directed-against-branched-core-o-mannosyl-glycopeptides-selectivity-complimentary-to-the-cona-lectin
#14
Jin Yu, Oliver C Grant, Christian Pett, Sabine Strahl, Robert J Woods, Ulrika Westerlind
Mammalian protein O-mannosylation comprise a group of post-translational modifications (PTMs) involved in muscle and brain development. Despite the enormous progress made, to date the biological impact of the mammalian O-mannosyl glycoproteome remains largely unknown. Tools are still needed to investigate the structure, role and abundance of O-mannosyl glycans. While O-mannosyl branching has been shown to be of relevance in integrin-dependent cell-migration, and also plays a role in demyelinating diseases, a broader understanding of the biological roles of branched O-mannosyl glycans is lacking in part due to the paucity of detection tools...
January 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079882/stability-of-the-cancer-target-ddias-is-regulated-by-the-chip-hsp70-pathway-in-lung-cancer-cells
#15
Kyoung-Jae Won, Joo-Young Im, Bo-Kyung Kim, Hyun Seung Ban, Young-Jin Jung, Kyeong Eun Jung, Misun Won
DNA damage-induced apoptosis suppressor (DDIAS) rescues lung cancer cells from apoptosis in response to DNA damage. DDIAS is transcriptionally activated by NFATc1 and EGF-mediated ERK5/MEF2B, leading to cisplatin resistance and cell invasion. Therefore, DDIAS is suggested as a therapeutic target for lung cancer. Here, we report that DDIAS stability is regulated by E3 U-box ubiquitin ligase carboxyl terminus of HSP70-interacting protein (CHIP)-mediated proteasomal degradation. We first isolated CHIP as an interacting partner of DDIAS by yeast two-hybrid screening...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079752/changes-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-gene-expression-in-response-to-spinal-cord-stimulation
#16
Dana M Tilley, David L Cedeño, Courtney A Kelley, Margaret DeMaegd, Ramsin Benyamin, Ricardo Vallejo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to influence pain-related genes in the spinal cord directly under the stimulating electrodes. There is limited information regarding changes occurring at the dorsal root ganglion (DRG). This study evaluates gene expression in the DRG in response to SCS therapy. METHODS: Rats were randomized into experimental or control groups (n = 6 per group). Experimental animals underwent spared-nerve injury, implantation of lead, and continuous SCS (72 hours)...
January 11, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079534/practical-efficacy-of-olmesartan-versus-azilsartan-in-patients-with-hypertension-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial-muscat-4-study
#17
Yuki Kakio, Haruhito A Uchida, Ryoko Umebayashi, Hidemi Takeuchi, Yuka Okuyama, Yoshihisa Hanayama, Jun Wada
BACKGROUND: Olmesartan and azilsartan, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), are expected to decrease blood pressure more than the other ARBs. We conducted randomized-controlled trials to compare the practical efficacy of olmesartan with azilsartan. METHODS: Eighty-four patients treated with the conventional ARBs for more than 3 months were assigned randomly to receive either 20 mg of olmesartan (olmesartan medoxomil, OL group) or 20 mg of azilsartan (azilsartan, not azilsartan medoxomil, AZ group) once daily for 16 weeks...
January 10, 2017: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079212/direct-digestion-of-living-cells-via-a-gel-based-strategy-for-mass-spectrometric-analysis
#18
Yun Xiong, Ying Zhang, Jun Yao, Guoquan Yan, Haojie Lu
A novel sample preparation method was established for proteomic analysis, during which living cells were absorbed into vacuum-dried polyacrylamide gel and directly digested into peptides for subsequent LC-MS/MS assays. As a consequence, both of the steps for cell lysis and protein extraction involved in a conventional digestion method were skipped.
January 12, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079198/oligomerization-of-fvflm-peptides-and-their-ability-to-inhibit-beta-amyloid-peptides-aggregation-consideration-as-a-possible-model
#19
M Kouza, A Banerji, A Kolinski, I A Buhimschi, A Kloczkowski
Preeclampsia, a pregnancy-specific disorder, shares typical pathophysiological features with protein misfolding disorders including Alzheimer's disease. Characteristic for preeclampsia is the involvement of multiple proteins of which fragments of SERPINA1 and β-amyloid co-aggregate in urine and placenta of preeclamptic women. To explore the biophysical basis of this interaction, we investigated the multidimensional efficacy of the FVFLM sequence in SERPINA1, as a model inhibitory agent of β-amyloid aggregation...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079012/antioxidant-peptides-from-terrestrial-and-aquatic-plants-against-cancer
#20
Marquez-Rios Enrique, Del-Toro-Sánchez Carmen Lizette
Cancer is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Therefore, the search for new and less aggressive treatments is currently the focus of the anticancer research. An attractive alternative for this purpose is the use of bioactive peptides from plants. Plants live everywhere on Earth, both on land and in water, and they are a major source of diverse molecules with pharmacological potential as antioxidant peptides. Hence, this review focuses on the importance of the antioxidant activity of terrestrial and aquatic plant peptides against cancer throughout several mechanisms...
January 11, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
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