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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724260/pleuropterus-multiflorus-hasuo-mediated-straightforward-eco-friendly-synthesis-of-silver-gold-nanoparticles-and-evaluation-of-their-anti-cancer-activity-on-a549-lung-cancer-cell-line
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Verónica Castro-Aceituno, Ragavendran Abbai, Seong Soo Moon, Sungeun Ahn, Ramya Mathiyalagan, Yu-Jin Kim, Yeon-Ju Kim, Deok Chun Yang
Pleuropterus multiflorus (Hasuo) is a widely used medicinal plant in Korea and China for treating amnesia, isnomia, heart throbbing etc. With the constructive idea of promoting the wide-spread usage of P. multiflorus, we propose its indirect usage in the form of biologically active silver (Pm-AgNPs) and gold nanoparticles (Pm-AuNPs). The synthesized nanoparticles were predominantly spherical, crystalline with the Z-average hydrodynamic diameter of 274.8nm and 104.8nm respectively. Also, proteins and phenols were identified as the major players involved in their synthesis and stability...
July 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724227/carbon-and-nitrogen-allocation-strategy-in-posidonia-oceanica-is-altered-by-seawater-acidification
#2
Andrea Scartazza, Stefano Moscatello, Olga Gavrichkova, Maria Cristina Buia, Marco Lauteri, Alberto Battistelli, Maurizio Lorenti, Samantha Laird Garrard, Carlo Calfapietra, Enrico Brugnoli
Rising atmospheric CO2 causes ocean acidification that represents one of the major ecological threats for marine biota. We tested the hypothesis that long-term exposure to increased CO2 level and acidification in a natural CO2 vent system alters carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) metabolism in Posidonia oceanica L. (Delile), affecting its resilience, or capability to restore the physiological homeostasis, and the nutritional quality of organic matter available for grazers. Seawater acidification decreased the C to N ratio in P...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724188/bisindole-oxadiazole-hybrids-t3p-%C3%A2-mediated-synthesis-and-appraisal-of-their-apoptotic-antimetastatic-and-computational-bcl-2-binding-potential
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Pooja R Kamath, Manu M Joseph, Abdul Ajees Abdul Salam, Sreelekha T Therakathinal, Dhanya Sunil, Subhankar Biswas, Karkala Sreedhara Ranganath Pai
In the pursuit of novel anticancer leads, new bisindole-oxadiazoles were synthesized using propyl phosphonic anhydride as a mild and efficient reagent. The molecule, 3-[5-(1H-indol-3-ylmethyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-yl]-1H-indole (3a) exhibited selective cytotoxicity to MCF-7 cells with a cell cycle arrest in the G1 phase. The mechanism of cytotoxicity of 3a involved caspase-2-dependent apoptotic pathway with characteristic apoptotic morphological alterations as observed in acridine orange/ethidium bromide and Hoechst staining...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723516/the-molecular-evolution-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
Yvonne Ceder, Anders Bjartell, Zoran Culig, Mark A Rubin, Scott Tomlins, Tapio Visakorpi
CONTEXT: Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is the backbone of treatment for advanced prostate cancer. However, castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) nearly invariably develops through a range of different molecular mechanisms accompanied by progression to a more aggressive phenotype. OBJECTIVE: To understand the key molecular mechanisms leading to CRPC and the functional implications of this progression. Understanding molecular evolutionary mechanisms in CRPC is essential for the development of novel curative therapeutic approaches...
December 2016: European Urology Focus
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/28723213/dual-functional-core-shell-fluorescent-ag2s-carbon-nanostructure-for-selective-assay-of-e-coli-o157-h7-and-bactericidal-treatment
#6
Ning Wang, Xing Wei, An-Qi Zheng, Ting Yang, Ming-Li Chen, Jian-Hua Wang
A dual functional fluorescent core-shell Ag2S@Carbon nanostructure is prepared by a hydrothermally assisted multi-amino synthesis approach with folic acid (FA), polyethylenimine (PEI), and mannoses (Mans) as carbon and nitrogen sources (FA-PEI-Mans-Ag2S nanocomposite shortly as Ag2S@C). The nanostructure exhibits strong fluorescent emission at λex/λem = 340/450 nm with a quantum yield of 12.57 ± 0.52%. Ag2S@C is bound to E. coli O157:H7 via strong interaction with the Mans moiety in Ag2S@C with FimH proteins on the fimbriae tip in E...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723107/chemical-approaches-to-investigate-labile-peptide-and-protein-phosphorylation
#7
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/28722358/chemoenzymatic-synthesis-of-polypeptides-for-use-as-functional-and-structural-materials
#8
REVIEW
Kousuke Tsuchiya, Keiji Numata
Polypeptides inspired by the natural functional and structural proteins present in living systems are promising materials for various fields in terms of their versatile functionality and physical properties. Designing and synthesizing mimetic sequences of specific peptide motifs in proteins are important for exploring the functionality of natural proteins. Chemoenzymatic polymerization, which utilizes aminolysis (i.e., the reverse reaction of hydrolysis catalyzed by proteases), is a useful technique for synthesizing artificial polypeptide materials and has several advantages, including facile synthesis protocols, environmental friendliness, scalability, and atom economy...
July 19, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722145/dendrobium-nobile-lindl-alkaloids-regulate-metabolism-gene-expression-in-livers-of-mice
#9
Yun-Yan Xu, Ya-Sha Xu, Yuan Wang, Qin Wu, Yuan-Fu Lu, Jie Liu, Jing-Shan Shi
OBJECTIVES: In our previous studies, Dendrobium nobile Lindl. alkaloids (DNLA) has been shown to have glucose-lowering and antihyperlipidaemia effects in diabetic rats, in rats fed with high-fat diets, and in mice challenged with adrenaline. This study aimed to examine the effects of DNLA on the expression of glucose and lipid metabolism genes in livers of mice. METHODS: Mice were given DNLA at doses of 10-80 mg/kg, po for 8 days, and livers were removed for total RNA and protein isolation to perform real-time RT-PCR and Western blot analysis...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721857/stress-adaptation
#10
Alistair J P Brown, Leah E Cowen, Antonio di Pietro, Janet Quinn
Fungal species display an extraordinarily diverse range of lifestyles. Nevertheless, the survival of each species depends on its ability to sense and respond to changes in its natural environment. Environmental changes such as fluctuations in temperature, water balance or pH, or exposure to chemical insults such as reactive oxygen and nitrogen species exert stresses that perturb cellular homeostasis and cause molecular damage to the fungal cell. Consequently, fungi have evolved mechanisms to repair this damage, detoxify chemical insults, and restore cellular homeostasis...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721805/automated-one-pot-radiosynthesis-of-11c-s-adenosyl-methionine
#11
Florencia Zoppolo, Williams Porcal, Patricia Oliver, Eduardo Osvaldo Savio, Henry Engler
BACKGROUND: Glycine-N-methyl transferase is an enzyme overexpressed in some neoplastic tissues. It catalyses the methylation of glycine using S-adenosyl methionine (SAM) as co-enzyme. SAM is involved in a great variety of biochemical processes, including transmethylation reactions. Thus, [11C]SAM could be used to evaluate transmethylation activity in tumours. The only method reported for [11C]SAM synthesis is an enzymatic process with several limitations. We propose a new chemical method to obtain [11C]SAM, through a one-pot synthesis...
July 18, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721723/enrichment-of-long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-by-coordinated-expression-of-multiple-metabolic-nodes-in-the-oleaginous-microalga-phaeodactylum-tricornutum
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Xiang Wang, Yu-Hong Liu, Wei Wei, Xia Zhou, Wasiqi Yuan, Srinivasan Balamurugan, Ting-Bin Hao, Wei-Dong Yang, Jie-Sheng Liu, Hong-Ye Li
Microalgal long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) have emerged as promising alternatives to depleting fish oils. However, the overproduction of LC-PUFAs in microalgae has remained challenging. Here, we report a sequential metabolic engineering strategy that systematically overcomes the metabolic bottlenecks and overproduces LC-PUFAs. Malonyl CoA-acyl carrier protein transacylase, catalyzing the first committed step in type II fatty acid synthesis, and desaturase 5b, involved in fatty acid desaturation, were coordinately expressed in Phaeodactylum tricornutum...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721631/1-trichloromethyl-1-2-3-4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline-taclo-alters-cell-cycle-progression-in-human-neuroblastoma-cell-lines
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Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Doris Feineis, Gerhard Bringmann, Bernd L Fiebich, Ravi Shankar Akundi
1-Trichloromethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline, abbreviated as TaClo, is an endogenous neurotoxin capable of formation in the brain through the condensation of neuronal tryptamine with ingested exogenous toxins such as trichloroethylene or chloral hydrate. Due to its structural resemblance to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), and similar ability to inhibit mitochondrial complex I, TaClo has been implicated in the etiology of Parkinson's disease. Previous studies have shown the cytotoxicity of TaClo in various cell culture models...
July 18, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720901/a-novel-connection-between-the-cell-wall-integrity-and-the-pka-pathways-regulates-cell-wall-stress-response-in-yeast
#14
Raúl García, Enrique Bravo, Sonia Diez-Muñiz, Cesar Nombela, Jose M Rodríguez-Peña, Javier Arroyo
Fungal cells trigger adaptive mechanisms to survive in situations that compromise cell wall integrity. We show here that the global transcriptional response elicited by inhibition of the synthesis of β-1,3-glucan by caspofungin, encompasses a set of genes that are dependent on Slt2, the MAPK of the Cell Wall Integrity (CWI) pathway, and a broad group of genes regulated independently of Slt2. Genes negatively regulated by the cyclic AMP/Protein Kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway were overrepresented in the latter group...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720732/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-alters-staphylococcus-aureus-sensitivity-to-vancomycin-in-a-biofilm-model-of-cystic-fibrosis-infection
#15
Giulia Orazi, George A O'Toole
The airways of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients have thick mucus, which fosters chronic, polymicrobial infections. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus are two of the most prevalent respiratory pathogens in CF patients. In this study, we tested whether P. aeruginosa influences the susceptibility of S. aureus to frontline antibiotics used to treat CF lung infections. Using our in vitro coculture model, we observed that addition of P. aeruginosa supernatants to S. aureus biofilms grown either on epithelial cells or on plastic significantly decreased the susceptibility of S...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720704/cytosolic-interaction-of-type-iii-human-cd38-with-cib1-modulates-cellular-cyclic-adp-ribose-levels
#16
Jun Liu, Yong Juan Zhao, Wan Hua Li, Yun Nan Hou, Ting Li, Zhi Ying Zhao, Cheng Fang, Song Lu Li, Hon Cheung Lee
CD38 catalyzes the synthesis of the Ca(2+) messenger, cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR). It is generally considered to be a type II protein with the catalytic domain facing outside. How it can catalyze the synthesis of intracellular cADPR that targets the endoplasmic Ca(2+) stores has not been resolved. We have proposed that CD38 can also exist in an opposite type III orientation with its catalytic domain facing the cytosol. Here, we developed a method using specific nanobodies to immunotarget two different epitopes simultaneously on the catalytic domain of the type III CD38 and firmly established that it is naturally occurring in human multiple myeloma cells...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720588/ews-fli-is-a-master-regulator-of-metabolic-reprogramming-in-ewing-sarcoma
#17
Jason M Tanner, Claire Bensard, Peng Wei, Nathan M Krah, John C Schell, Jamie D Gardiner, Joshua D Schiffman, Stephen L Lessnick, Jared Rutter
Ewing sarcoma is a bone malignancy driven by a translocation event resulting in the fusion protein EWS/FLI1 (EF). EF functions as an aberrant and oncogenic transcription factor that misregulates the expression of thousands of genes. Previous work has focused principally on determining important transcriptional targets of EF, as well as characterizing important regulatory partnerships in EF-dependent transcriptional programs. Less is known, however, about EF-dependent metabolic changes or their role in Ewing sarcoma biology...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720584/protein-kinase-n2-regulates-amp-kinase-signaling-and-insulin-responsiveness-of-glucose-metabolism-in-skeletal-muscle
#18
Maxwell A Ruby, Isabelle Riedl, Julie Massart, Marcus Åhlin, Juleen R Zierath
Insulin resistance is central to the development of type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders. As skeletal muscle is responsible for the majority of whole body insulin-stimulated glucose uptake, regulation of glucose metabolism in this tissue is of particular importance. While Rho GTPases and many of their affecters influence skeletal muscle metabolism, there is a paucity of information on the protein kinase N (PKN) family of serine/threonine protein kinases. We investigated the impact of PKN2 on insulin signaling and glucose metabolism in primary human skeletal muscle cells in vitro and mouse tibialis anterior muscle in vivo...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720547/novel-water-soluble-morpholine-substituted-zn-ii-phthalocyanine-synthesis-characterization-dna-bsa-binding-dna-photocleavage-and-topoisomerase-i-inhibition
#19
Burak Barut, Ümit Demirbaş, Arzu Özel, Halit Kantekin
In this study, novel peripherally tetra 3-morpholinophenol substituted zinc(II) phthalocyanine (4) and its water soluble form quaternized zinc(II) phthalocyanine (ZnQ) were synthesized for the first time. These novel compounds were characterized by a combination of different spectroscopic techniques such as FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, UV-Vis and mass. The DNA binding of ZnQ was investigated using UV-vis absorption titration, competitive ethidium bromide, thermal denaturation and viscosity experiments that the ZnQ bound to CT-DNA via intercalation mode...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719640/short-lived-long-non-coding-rnas-as-surrogate-indicators-for-chemical-exposure-and-linc00152-and-malat1-modulate-their-neighboring-genes
#20
Hidenori Tani, Sayaka Okuda, Kaoru Nakamura, Motohide Aoki, Tomonari Umemura
Whole transcriptome analyses have revealed a large number of novel long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). Although accumulating evidence demonstrates that lncRNAs play important roles in regulating gene expression, the detailed mechanisms of action of most lncRNAs remain unclear. We previously reported that a novel class of lncRNAs with a short half-life (t1/2 < 4 h) in HeLa cells, termed short-lived non-coding transcripts (SLiTs), are closely associated with physiological and pathological functions. In this study, we focused on 26 SLiTs and nuclear-enriched abundant lncRNA, MALAT1(t1/2 of 7...
2017: PloS One
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