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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334413/features-of-auxiliaries-that-enable-native-chemical-ligation-beyond-glycine-and-cleavage-via-radical-fragmentation
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Simon Ferdinand Loibl, Andre Dallmann, Kathleen Hennig, Carmen Juds, Oliver Seitz
The native chemical ligation (NCL) is an invaluable tool in the total chemical synthesis of proteins. Ligation auxiliaries overcome the requirement for cysteine. However, the reported auxiliaries remained limited to glycine-containing ligation sites and the acidic conditions applied for cleavage of the typically applied N-benzyl-type linkages promote side reactions. With the aim to improve upon both ligation and cleavage, we systematically investigated alternative ligation scaffolds that challenge the N-benzyl dogma...
January 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334314/on-the-intrinsic-constraint-of-bacterial-growth-rate-m-tuberculosis-s-view-of-the-protein-translation-capacity
#2
Manlu Zhu, Xiongfeng Dai
In nature, the maximal growth rates vary widely among different bacteria species. Fast-growing bacteria species such as Escherichia coli can have a shortest generation time of 20 min. Slow-growing bacteria species are perhaps best known for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a human pathogen with a generation time being no less than 16 h. Despite of the significant progress made on understanding the pathogenesis of M. tuberculosis, we know little on the origin of its intriguingly slow growth. From a global view, the intrinsic constraint of the maximal growth rate of bacteria remains to be a fundamental question in microbiology...
January 15, 2018: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333852/synthesis-of-mip-nanoparticles-for-%C3%AE-casein-detection-using-spr-as-a-milk-allergen-sensor
#3
Jon Ashley, Yunus Shukor, Roberta D'Aurelio, Linda Trinh, Thomas Lawrence Rodgers, Jeff Temblay, Mike Pleasants, Ibtisam E Tothill
Food recalls due to undeclared allergens or contamination are costly to the food manufacturing industry worldwide. As the industry strives for better manufacturing efficiencies over a diverse range of food products, there is a need for the development of new analytical techniques to improve monitoring the presence of unintended food allergens during the food manufacturing process. In particular, the monitoring of wash samples from cleaning in place systems (CIP), used in the cleaning of food processing equipment, would allow for the effective removal of allergen containing ingredients in between food batches...
January 15, 2018: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333658/in-situ-shrna-synthesis-on-dna-polylactide-nanoparticles-to-treat-multidrug-resistant-breast-cancer
#4
Qianqian Ni, Fuwu Zhang, Yunlei Zhang, Guizhi Zhu, Zhe Wang, Zhaogang Teng, Chunyan Wang, Bryant C Yung, Gang Niu, Guangming Lu, Longjiang Zhang, Xiaoyuan Chen
Nanomedicine has shown unprecedented potential for cancer theranostics. Nucleic acid (e.g., DNA and RNA) nanomedicines are of particular interest for combination therapy with chemotherapeutics. However, current nanotechnologies to construct such nucleic acid nanomedicines, which rely on chemical conjugation or physical complexation of nucleic acids with chemotherapeutics, have restrained their clinical translation due to limitations such as low drug loading efficiency and poor biostability. Herein, in situ rolling circle transcription (RCT) is applied to synthesize short hairpin RNA (shRNA) on amphiphilic DNA-polylactide (PLA) micelles...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333597/tp53-polymorphism-in-plasma-cell-myeloma
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Szymon Andrzej Zmorzynski, Iwona Korszen-Pilecka, Magdalena Wojcierowska-Litwin, Barbara Kwiatkowska-Drabik, Malgorzata Luterek, Sylwia Chocholska, Dorota Koczkodaj, Sylwia Popek, Malgorzata Michalak-Wojnowska, Grazyna Swiderska-Kolacz, Joanna Januszewska, Iwona Surowiec, Waldemar Tomczak, Marek Hus, Anna Dmoszynska, Marcin Pasiarski, Katarzyna Poniewierska-Jasak, Katarzyna Cieplinska, Olga Jankowska-Lecka, Agata Anna Filip
INTRODUCTION: Significant and accessible predictive factors for bortezomib treatment in plasma cell myeloma (PCM) are still lacking. TP53 codon 72 polymorphism (P72R) results in proline (P) or arginine (R) at 72 amino acid position, which causes synthesis of proteins with distinct functions. The aims of our study were to: 1) analyze whether this polymorphism is associated with an increased risk of PCM; 2) study whether the P72R polymorphism affects overall survival (OS) among PCM patients; 3) assess the possible association of the P72R polymorphism with sensitivity to bortezomib in cell cultures derived from PCM patients...
January 15, 2018: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333478/a-general-method-for-intracellular-protein-delivery-through-e-tag-protein-engineering-and-arginine-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles
#6
Rubul Mout, Vincent M Rotello
In this protocol, we describe a method for direct cytosolic protein delivery that avoids endosomal entrapment of the delivered proteins. We achieved this by tagging the desired protein with an oligo glutamic acid tag (E-tag), and subsequently using carrier gold nanoparticles to deliver these E-tagged proteins. When E-tagged proteins and nanoparticles were mixed, they formed nanoassemblies, which got fused to cell membrane upon incubation and directly released the E-tagged protein into cell cytosol. We used this method to deliver a wide variety of proteins with different sizes, charges, and functions in various cell lines (Mout et al...
December 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333098/mir-22-3p-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-inhibits-cell-apoptosis-through-targeting-the-eif4ebp3-gene-in-human-cervical-squamous-carcinoma-cells
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Kang-Tai Lv, Zhu Liu, Jie Feng, Wei Zhao, Tao Hao, Wen-Yan Ding, Jing-Ping Chu, Ling-Juan Gao
Background: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding small RNAs that function as negative regulators of gene expression and are involved in tumour biology. The eIF4E-binding proteins (eIF4EBPs) play essential roles in preventing translation initiation and inhibiting protein synthesis at a global or message-specific level in a variety of tumours. Methods: According to comparative miRNA profiles of clinical cervical cancer and non-cancerous cervical tissue specimens, several miRNAs were aberrantly expressed in the cervical cancer samples...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332251/clinical-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-telavancin-compared-with-the-other-glycopeptides
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Valentin Al Jalali, Markus Zeitlinger
Telavancin was discovered by modifying the chemical structure of vancomycin and belongs to the group of lipoglycopeptides. It employs its antimicrobial potential through two distinct mechanisms of action: inhibition of bacterial cell wall synthesis and induction of bacterial membrane depolarization and permeabilization. In this article we review the clinically relevant pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data of telavancin. For comparison, the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data of the other glycopeptides are presented...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331758/caspase-3-mapk-pathways-as-main-regulators-of-the-apoptotic-effect-of-the-phyto-mediated-synthesized-silver-nanoparticle-from-dried-stem-of-eleutherococcus-senticosus-in-human-cancer-cells
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Chun Gon Kim, Verónica Castro-Aceituno, Ragavendran Abbai, Hyun A Lee, Shakina Yesmin Simu, Yaxi Han, Joon Hurh, Yeon-Ju Kim, Deok Chun Yang
Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) was used for the synthesis of an ecofriendly silver nanoparticle (Sg-AgNP), which has exhibited antibacterial, antioxidant effect and lower cytotoxicity to normal cells in comparison to human cancer cells. Although, the potential anticancer activity of Sg-AgNP has not been determined. In this study, two cancer cell lines were used to evaluate the cytotoxicity and apoptotic effect of Sg-AgNP along with the determination of the role of the Caspase-3 / p38 MAPK pathways...
January 9, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331753/an-iridium-iii-complex-as-potent-anticancer-agent-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-b16%C3%A2-cells-through-inhibition-of-the-akt-mtor-pathway
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Bing Tang, Dan Wan, Yang-Jie Wang, Qiao-Yan Yi, Bo-Hong Guo, Yun-Jun Liu
A new ligand THPDP (THPDP = 11-(6,7,8,9-tetrahydrophenazin-2-yl)dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine) and its iridium(III) complex [Ir(ppy)2(THPDP)]PF6 (Ir-1) was synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, ESI-MS, 1H NMR and 13C NMR. The cytotoxicity in vitro of the complex against cancer cells B16, A549, Eca-109, SGC-7901, BEL-7402 and normal NIH 3T3 cell lines was evaluated using MTT method. The IC50 values of the complex toward B16, A549 and Eca-109 cells are 1.0 ± 0.02, 1.4 ± 0...
December 30, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331689/baicalin-inhibits-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-through-regulating-ampk-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-signaling-pathway
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Yichuan Xiao, Jiantao Ye, Ying Zhou, Junjun Huang, Xiawen Liu, Biyun Huang, Liu Zhu, Bo Wu, Genshui Zhang, Yi Cai
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a central regulator of multiple metabolic pathways. It has been shown that activation of AMPK could inhibit fibroblast proliferation and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation, thereby suppressing cardiac fibrosis. Baicalin, the major component found in skullcap, possesses multiple protective effects on the cardiovascular system. However, little is known about the effect of baicalin on cardiac fibrosis and the molecular mechanism by which baicalin exerts its anti-fibrotic effects has not been investigated...
January 10, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331577/a-novel-encystation-specific-protein-kinase-regulates-chitin-synthesis-in-entamoeba-invadens
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Sintu Kumar Samanta, Sneha Susan Varghese, Deepak Krishnan, Mithu Baidya, Digant Nayak, Sumanta Mukherjee, Sudip K Ghosh
Phosphorylation is an important post-translational modification of proteins and is involved in the regulation of a variety of cellular events. The proteome of Entamoeba invadens, the reptilian counterpart of Entamoeba histolytica consists of an overwhelming number of putative protein kinases, and some may have a role to play in Entamoeba encystation. In this study, we have identified a novel protein kinase named as EiCSpk (Entamoeba invadenscyst specific protein kinase) which expressed almost exclusively during encystation...
January 10, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331468/symposium-review-the-influences-of-heat-stress-on-bovine-mammary-gland-function
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S Tao, R M Orellana, X Weng, T N Marins, G E Dahl, J K Bernard
Heat stress reduces cow milk yield and results in a significant economic loss for the dairy industry. During lactation, heat stress lowers milk production by 25 to 40% with half of the decrease in milk synthesis resulting from the reduced feed intake. In vitro studies indicate that primary bovine mammary epithelial cells display greater rates of programmed cell death when exposed to high ambient temperatures, which may lead to a decrease in the total number of mammary epithelial cells in the mammary gland, partially explaining the lower milk production of lactating cows under heat stress...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331413/eef-2-kinase-targeted-mir-449b-confers-radiation-sensitivity-to-cancer-cells
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Cheng Ji, QiongHua Xu, LingChuan Guo, XiaoHui Wang, YiJie Ren, HongHan Zhang, WeiDong Zhu, ZhiJun Ming, YunSheng Yuan, XingCong Ren, JianXun Song, Yan Cheng, JinMing Yang, Yi Zhang
The roles of microRNA in regulation of various biological processes and in modulation of therapeutic effects have been widely appreciated. In this study, we found a positive correlation between miR-449 b expression and radiation sensitivity in cancer cells and in tumor specimens from patients. We showed that eEF-2 kinase, a negative regulator of global protein synthesis, is a target of miR-449 b. Introducing a miR-449 b mimic into cancer cells led to suppression of eEF-2 kinase expression, leading to increases of protein synthesis and depletion of cellular ATP...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331350/construction-of-pogoduet-an-inducible-bicistronic-vector-for-synthesis-of-recombinant-proteins-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#15
Oliver Goldbeck, Gerd M Seibold
The Gram-positive Corynebacterium glutamicum is widely known for its application in the industrial production of amino acids and as a non-pathogenic model organism for cell wall biosynthesis in the group of CMN bacteria. For biotechnological and physiological studies often co-expression of recombinant genes is required, however for C. glutamicum no vector for the independent co-expression of two genes was described. We here created the novel expression vector pOGOduet for C. glutamicum, which carries the ColE1 replicon of E...
January 10, 2018: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331172/blood-phenylalanine-reduction-corrects-cns-dopamine-and-serotonin-deficiencies-and-partially-improves-behavioral-performance-in-adult-phenylketonuric-mice
#16
Shelley R Winn, Tanja Scherer, Beat Thöny, Ming Ying, Aurora Martinez, Sydney Weber, Jacob Raber, Cary O Harding
Central nervous system (CNS) deficiencies of the monoamine neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin have been implicated in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric dysfunction in human phenylketonuria (PKU). In this study, we confirmed the occurrence of brain dopamine and serotonin deficiencies in association with severe behavioral alterations and cognitive impairments in hyperphenylalaninemic C57BL/6-Pahenu2/enu2 mice, a model of human PKU. Phenylalanine-reducing treatments, including either dietary phenylalanine restriction or liver-directed gene therapy, initiated during adulthood were associated with increased brain monoamine content along with improvements in nesting behavior but without a change in the severe cognitive deficits exhibited by these mice...
January 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331077/optimized-paired-sgrna-cas9-cloning-and-expression-cassette-triggers-high-efficiency-multiplex-genome-editing-in-kiwifruit
#17
Zupeng Wang, Shuaibin Wang, Dawei Li, Qiong Zhang, Li Li, Caihong Zhong, Yifei Liu, Hongwen Huang
Kiwifruit is an important fruit crop; however, technologies for its functional genomic and molecular improvement are limited. The clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein (Cas) system has been successfully applied to genetic improvement in many crops, but its editing capability is variable depending on the different combinations of the synthetic guide RNA (sgRNA) and Cas9 protein expression devices. Optimizing conditions for its use within a particular species is therefore needed to achieve highly efficient genome editing...
January 13, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330945/cyclosporine-a-induces-endothelin-converting-enzyme-ece-1-studies-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#18
Samuel N Heyman, Zaid Abassi, Christian Rosenberger, Hiba Yaseen, Galia Skarjinski, Ahuva Shina, Susanne Mathia, Natalia Krits, Mogher Khamaisi
AIM: Cyclosporine A (CsA) induces renal vasoconstriction and hypoxia and enhances the expression of endothelin-1 (ET-1) pro-hormone (pre-pro ET-1), plausibly leading to a feed-forward loop of renal vasoconstriction, hypoxia, and enhanced synthesis of the potent vasoconstrictor ET-1. Endothelin converting enzyme (ECE)-1 cleaves big endothelin to generate endothelin (ET)-1 and is up-regulated by hypoxia via hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF). We hypothesized that in addition to the direct induction of ET-1 synthesis, CsA might also intensify renal ECE-1expression, thus contributing to enhanced ET-1 synthesis following CsA...
January 13, 2018: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330881/cocaine-and-hiv-1-tat-disrupt-cholesterol-homeostasis-in-astrocytes-implications-for-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorders-in-cocaine-user-patients
#19
Bianca Cotto, Kalimuthusamy Natarajaseenivasan, Kimberly Ferrero, Leroy Wesley, Matthew Sayre, Dianne Langford
Cholesterol synthesis and clearance by astrocytes are tightly regulated to maintain constant levels within the brain. In this context, liver X receptors (LXRs) are the master regulators of cholesterol homeostasis in the central nervous system (CNS). Increasing levels of cholesterol in astrocytes trigger LXR activation leading to the transcription of target genes involved in cholesterol trafficking and efflux, including apolipoprotein E, cytochrome P450 enzymes, sterol regulatory binding protein, and several ATP-binding cassette transporter proteins...
January 13, 2018: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330857/reduction-of-hyaluronan-and-increased-expression-of-hybid-kiaa1199-correlate-with-clinical-symptoms-in-photoaged-skin
#20
H Yoshida, A Nagaoka, A Komiya, M Aoki, S Nakamura, T Morikawa, R Ohtsuki, T Sayo, Y Okada, Y Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Hyaluronan (HA) metabolism in skin fibroblasts is mediated by HYBID (HYaluronan Binding protein Involved in hyaluronan Depolymerisation, KIAA1199) and HA synthases 1/2 (HAS1/2). However, photoageing-dependent changes in HA and their molecular mechanisms, and the relationship between HA metabolism and clinical symptoms in photoaged skin remain elusive. OBJECTIVES: We examined amount, size and tissue distribution of HA and expression levels of HYBID and HAS1/2 in photoaged skin, and analysed their relationships to the degree of photoageing...
January 12, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
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