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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214973/a-multifunctional-alanine-rich-anti-inflammatory-peptide-bcp61-showed-potent-inhibitory-effects-by-inhibiting-both-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapk-expression
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Yun Hee Choi, Yoon Seok Choi, Young Kyun Kim, Md Saifur Rahman, G C Pradeep, Jin Cheol Yoo, Joo-Won Suh
The purified BCP61 was reported to be a unique low-molecular-weight (MW) anti-microbial peptide because of its non-identical alanine-rich N-terminal sequence. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of BCP61 on induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), pro-inflammatory cytokines, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated Raw 264.7 cells. The treatment with BCP61, with varying concentrations of 10, 50, and 100 μg/mL, inhibited levels of expression of LPS-induced NF-κB and MAPKs (extracellular signal-related kinases (ERKs), c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), and mitogen-activated protein (p38)) as well as production of pro-inflammatory mediators, such as nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
February 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214529/role-of-human-gkn1-on-app-processing-in-gastric-cancer
#2
Chiara Stella Di Stadio, Filomena Altieri, Giuseppina Minopoli, Giuseppina Miselli, Emilia Rippa, Paolo Arcari
Gastrokine 1 (GKN1) is highly expressed in gastric tissue and is secreted into the stomach but is not expressed in gastric cancer. GKN1 belongs to the BRICHOS domain family and plays a major role in maintaining gastric mucosa integrity. We previously demonstrated that a recombinant human GKN1 protein was able to interact with the amyloid precursor protein (APP) and was endowed with an anti-amyloidogenic property because it inhibited polymerization of the Aβ(1-40) peptide released from APP upon its partial hydrolysis...
February 15, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214264/identification-of-candidate-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-in-parkinsonism-using-quantitative-proteomics
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N K Magdalinou, A J Noyce, R Pinto, E Lindstrom, J Holmén-Larsson, M Holtta, K Blennow, H R Morris, T Skillbäck, T T Warner, A J Lees, I Pike, M Ward, H Zetterberg, J Gobom
INTRODUCTION: Neurodegenerative parkinsonian syndromes have significant clinical and pathological overlap, making early diagnosis difficult. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers may aid the differentiation of these disorders, but other than α-synuclein and neurofilament light chain protein, which have limited diagnostic power, specific protein biomarkers remain elusive. OBJECTIVES: To study disease mechanisms and identify possible CSF diagnostic biomarkers through discovery proteomics, which discriminate parkinsonian syndromes from healthy controls...
January 31, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214100/nlrp6-a-multifaceted-innate-immune-sensor
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Maayan Levy, Hagit Shapiro, Christoph A Thaiss, Eran Elinav
NLRP6, a member of the nucleotide-binding domain, leucine-rich repeat-containing (NLR) innate immune receptor family, regulates inflammation and host defense against microorganisms. Similar to other NLRs, NLRP6 not only participates in inflammasome formation, but is also involved in nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling regulation and facilitation of gastrointestinal antiviral effector functions. Additionally, NLRP6 contributes to the regulation of mucus secretion and antimicrobial peptide production, thereby impacting intestinal microbial colonization and associated microbiome-related infectious, autoinflammatory, metabolic, and neoplastic diseases...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213940/estimating-mating-rates-in-wild-drosophila-melanogaster-females-by-decay-rates-of-male-reproductive-proteins-in-their-reproductive-tracts
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Thomas J Giardina, Andrew G Clark, Anthony C Fiumera
Female Drosophila melanogaster frequently mate with multiple males in nature as shown through parentage analysis. Although polyandry is well documented, we know little about the timing between mating events in wild Drosophila populations due to the challenge of following behaviors of individual females. In this study we used the presence of a male reproductive protein that is transferred to the female during mating (Sex Peptide, SP) to determine whether she had recently mated. We sampled females throughout the day, conducted control matings to determine the decay rate of SP within the female reproductive tract and performed computer simulations to fit the observed proportion of mated females to a non-homogenous Poisson process that defined the expected time between successive matings for a given female...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213514/peripheral-membrane-interactions-boost-the-engagement-by-an-anti-hiv-1-broadly-neutralizing-antibody
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Edurne Rujas, José M M Caaveiro, Sara Insausti, Miguel García-Porras, Kouhei Tsumoto, José L Nieva
The 4E10 antibody displays an extreme breadth of HIV-1 neutralization and therefore constitutes a suitable model system for structure- guided vaccine design and immunotherapeutics against AIDS. In this regard, the relevance of auto- reactivity with membrane lipids for the biological function of this antibody is still a subject of controversy. To address this dispute, herein we have compared the membrane-partitioning ability of the 4E10 antibody and several of its variants, which were mutated at the region of the paratope surface in contact with the membrane-interface...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213380/complex-formation-with-pentraxin-2-regulates-factor-x-plasma-levels-and-macrophage-interactions
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Vincent Muczynski, Gabriel Aymé, Véronique Regnault, Marc Vasse, Delphine Borgel, Paulette Legendre, Amine Bazaa, Amélie Harel, Cécile Loubière, Peter J Lenting, Cécile V Denis, Olivier D Christophe
Recently, we have identified scavenger receptor-AI (SR-AI) as a receptor for coagulation factor X (FX), mediating the formation of a FX-reservoir at the macrophage-surface (Muczynski, Blood 2016 127:778). Here, we demonstrate that the FX/SR-AI-complex comprises a third protein, pentraxin-2. The presence of pentraxin-2 is essential to prevent internalization of FX by SR-AI, while the presence of FX is needed to interfere with internalization of pentraxin-2. Binding studies showed that FX, SR-AI and pentraxin-2 independently bind to each other (Kd,app: 0...
February 17, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213235/preparation-and-characterization-of-a-packed-bead-immobilized-trypsin-reactor-integrated-into-a-pdms-microfluidic-chip-for-rapid-protein-digestion
#8
Adam Kecskemeti, Attila Gaspar
This paper demonstrates the design, efficiency and applicability of a simple, inexpensive and high sample throughput microchip immobilized enzymatic reactor (IMER) for rapid protein digestion. The IMER contains conventional silica particles with covalently immobilized trypsin packed inside of a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microchip channel (10mm×1mm×35µm). The microchip consists of 9 different channels, enabling 9 simultaneous protein digestions. Trypsin was covalently immobilized using carbodiimide activation, the ideal trypsin/silica particle ratio (i...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213177/tiered-analytics-for-purity-assessment-of-macrocyclic-peptides-in-drug-discovery-analytical-consideration-and-method-development
#9
Jingfang Jenny Qian Cutrone, Xiaohua Stella Huang, Edward S Kozlowski, Ye Bao, Yingzi Wang, Christopher S Poronsky, Dieter M Drexler, Adrienne A Tymiak
Synthetic macrocyclic peptides with natural and unnatural amino acids have gained considerable attention from a number of pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical companies in recent years as a promising approach to drug discovery, particularly for targets involving protein-protein or protein-peptide interactions. Analytical scientists charged with characterizing these leads face multiple challenges including dealing with a class of complex molecules with the potential for multiple isomers and variable charge states and no established standards for acceptable analytical characterization of materials used in drug discovery...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213174/evidence-of-the-presence-of-a-calmodulin-sensitive-plasma-membrane-ca-2-atpase-in-trypanosoma-equiperdum
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María Carolina Pérez-Gordones, José Rubén Ramírez-Iglesias, Vincenza Cervino, Graciela L Uzcanga, Gustavo Benaim, Marta Mendoza
Trypanosoma equiperdum belongs to the subgenus Trypanozoon, which has a significant socio-economic impact by limiting animal protein productivity worldwide. Proteins involved in the intracellular Ca(2+) regulation are prospective chemotherapeutic targets since several drugs used in experimental treatment against trypanosomatids exert their action through the disruption of the parasite intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis. Therefore, the plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase (PMCA) is considered as a potential drug target...
February 14, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213131/nerp-2-regulates-gastric-acid-secretion-and-gastric-emptying-via-the-orexin-pathway
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Cherl Namkoong, Koji Toshinai, T M Zaved Waise, Hideyuki Sakoda, Kazuki Sasaki, Yoichi Ueta, Min-Seon Kim, Naoto Minamino, Masamitsu Nakazato
Neuroendocrine regulatory peptide (NERP)-2 is derived from a distinct region of VGF, a neurosecretory protein originally identified as a product of a nerve growth factor-responsive gene in rat PC12 cells. Colocalization of NERP-2 with orexin-A in the lateral hypothalamus increases orexin-A-induced feeding and energy expenditure in both rats and mice. Orexigenic and anorectic peptides in the hypothalamus modulate gastric function. In this study, we investigated the effect of NERP-2 on gastric function in rats...
February 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213103/expression-and-characterization-of-haemathrins-madanin-like-thrombin-inhibitors-isolated-from-the-salivary-gland-of-tick-haemaphysalis-bispinosa-acari-ixodidae
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Rajeev Kungur Brahma, Guillaume Blanchet, Simran Kaur, R Manjunatha Kini, Robin Doley
Saliva of hematophagous animals, such as ticks, is an excellent source of anticoagulant proteins and polypeptides. Here we describe the identification and characterization of two thrombin inhibitors named as haemathrin 1 and 2 from the salivary gland of tick Haemaphysalis bispinosa using genomic approach. Haemathrins are cysteine-less peptide anticoagulants, which share about 65-70% identity with madanins, and belong to inhibitor I53 superfamily of inhibitors of the MEROPS database. Haemathrins were overexpressed in E...
January 31, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213041/newly-identified-pctoll4-regulates-antimicrobial-peptide-expression-in-intestine-of-red-swamp-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii
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Ying Huang, Tingting Li, Min Jin, Shaowu Yin, Kai-Min Hui, Qian Ren
Tolls or Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have an essential role in initiating innate immune responses against pathogens. In this study, a novel Toll gene, PcToll4, was first identified from the intestinal transcriptome of the freshwater crayfish, Procambarus clarkii. The PcToll4 cDNA is 4849bp long with a 3036bp open reading frame that encodes a 1011-amino acid protein. PcToll4 contains a signal peptide, 13 LRR domains, 3 LRR TYP domains, 2 LRR CT domains, an LRR NT domain, a transmembrane region, and a TIR domain...
February 14, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213038/hydrolysate-from-a-mixture-of-legume-flours-with-antifungal-activity-as-an-ingredient-for-prolonging-the-shelf-life-of-wheat-bread
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Carlo Giuseppe Rizzello, Michela Verni, Stefano Bordignon, Valerio Gramaglia, Marco Gobbetti
Aiming at identifying antifungal compounds from plant matrices to be used as ingredients in the bakery industry, a water/salt-soluble extract (WSE) was produced from a legume enzyme hydrolysate, consisting of a mixture of pea, lentil, and faba bean flours, and assayed towards Penicillium roqueforti DPPMAF1. Agar diffusion assays allowed the selection of the optimal processing conditions for hydrolysis. As shown by hyphal radial growth rate, the inhibition was observed towards several fungi, including Aspergillus parasiticus CBS971...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212948/the-importance-of-the-glycosylation-of-antimicrobial-peptides-natural-and-synthetic-approaches
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REVIEW
Natalia G Bednarska, Brendan W Wren, Sam J Willcocks
Glycosylation is one of the most prevalent post-translational modifications of a protein, with a defining impact on its structure and function. Many of the proteins involved in the innate or adaptive immune response, including cytokines, chemokines, and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), are glycosylated, contributing to their myriad activities. The current availability of synthetic coupling and glycoengineering technology makes it possible to customise the most beneficial glycan modifications for improved AMP stability, microbicidal potency, pathogen specificity, tissue or cell targeting, and immunomodulation...
February 14, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212798/protein-kinase-c-as-regulator-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-function-and-potential-target-in-vascular-disorders
#16
H C Ringvold, R A Khalil
Vascular smooth muscle (VSM) plays an important role in maintaining vascular tone. In addition to Ca(2+)-dependent myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation, protein kinase C (PKC) is a major regulator of VSM function. PKC is a family of conventional Ca(2+)-dependent α, β, and γ, novel Ca(2+)-independent δ, ɛ, θ, and η, and atypical ξ, and ι/λ isoforms. Inactive PKC is mainly cytosolic, and upon activation it undergoes phosphorylation, maturation, and translocation to the surface membrane, the nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, and other cell organelles; a process facilitated by scaffold proteins such as RACKs...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212715/novel-biomarkers-of-heart-failure
#17
A Savic-Radojevic, M Pljesa-Ercegovac, M Matic, D Simic, S Radovanovic, T Simic
Although substantial improvements have been made in majority of cardiac disorders, heart failure (HF) remains a major health problem, with both increasing incidence and prevalence over the past decades. For that reason, the number of potential biomarkers that could contribute to diagnosis and treatment of HF patients is, almost exponentially, increasing over the recent years. The biomarkers that are, at the moment, more or less ready for use in everyday clinical practice, reflect different pathophysiological processes present in HF...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212713/rationally-designed-peptide-probes-for-extracellular-vesicles
#18
R Tamura, H Yin
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are submicroscopic lipid vesicles secreted from cells and play significant roles in cell-to-cell communication by transporting varieties of cell signaling molecules like proteins, DNA, mRNA, and microRNA. Recent studies showed that EVs are highly correlated with cancer progression and metastasis. However, there are some difficulties in probing each vesicle using popular analytical methods because of their small sizes and heterogeneous origins. These obstacles may be overcome by using a novel approach that senses highly curved membrane and negatively charged membrane lipids...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212615/molecular-pathways-underlying-inhibitory-effect-of-antimicrobial-peptide-nal-p-113-on-bacteria-biofilms-formation-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-w83-by-dna-microarray
#19
Hong-Yan Wang, Li Lin, Li-Si Tan, Hui-Yuan Yu, Jya-Wei Cheng, Ya-Ping Pan
BACKGROUND: Wound-related infection remains a major challenge for health professionals. One disadvantage in conventional antibiotics is their inability to penetrate biofilms, the main protective strategy for bacteria to evade irradiation. Previously, we have shown that synthetic antimicrobial peptides could inhibit bacterial biofilms formation. RESULTS: In this study, we first delineated how Nal-P-113, a novel antimicrobial peptide, exerted its inhibitory effects on Porphyromonas gingivalis W83 biofilms formation at a low concentration...
February 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212596/site-specific-dual-functionalization-of-cysteine-residue-in-peptides-and-proteins-with-2-azidoacrylates
#20
Shinya Ariyasu, Hirohito Hayashi, Bengang Xing, Shunsuke Chiba
Herein, we report use of 2-azidoacrylates to perform site-specific dual functionalization of the cysteine residue of peptides and native protein. The sulfhydryl group of the cysteine residue could be conjugated with 2-azidoacrylates bearing various functionality such as fluorescent dyes under physiological aqueous buffer conditions to afford peptide/protein conjugates anchoring an azide moiety. Successive azide-alkyne cycloaddition enables installation of the 2nd functionality, thus affording dual functionalized peptide/protein based materials...
February 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
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