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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544962/effect-of-immobilization-on-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-a-cysteine-terminated-antimicrobial-peptide-cecropin-p1-tethered-to-silica-nanoparticle-against-e-coli-o157-h7-edl933
#1
Xi Wu, Pei-Hsun Wei, Xiao Zhu, Mary J Wirth, Arun Bhunia, Ganesan Narsimhan
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have the ability to penetrate the cell membrane, form pores which eventually lead to cell death. Immobilization of AMP on nanoparticles can play a major role in antimicrobial materials, biosensors for pathogen detection and in food safety. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of free Cecropin P1 (CP1, sequence SWLSTAKKLENSAKKRLSEGIAIAIQGGPR) and adsorbed on silica nanoparticle against E. coli O157:H7 EDL933 were 0.78μg/ml. This was found to be consistent with preservation of α-helical secondary structure of CP1 upon adsorption as indicated by circular dichroism (CD)...
May 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544530/denatonium-induced-sinonasal-bacterial-killing-may-play-a-role-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-outcomes
#2
Ryan M Carey, Alan D Workman, Kyle M Hatten, Adam P Siebert, Steven G Brooks, Bei Chen, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, David W Kennedy, Robert J Lee, Noam A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Sinonasal bitter taste receptors (T2Rs) contribute to upper airway innate immunity and correlate with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) clinical outcomes. A subset of T2Rs expressed on sinonasal solitary chemosensory cells (SCCs) are activated by denatonium, resulting in a calcium-mediated secretion of bactericidal antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in neighboring ciliated epithelial cells. We hypothesized that there is patient variability in the amount of bacterial killing induced by different concentrations of denatonium and that the differences correlate with CRS clinical outcomes...
May 23, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544385/korean-red-ginseng-extract-enhances-the-anticancer-effects-of-sorafenib-through-abrogation-of-creb-and-c-jun-activation-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
#3
Chulwon Kim, Jong Hyun Lee, Seung Ho Baek, Jeong-Hyeon Ko, Dongwoo Nam, Kwang Seok Ahn
Although application of sorafenib in the treatment of human renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains one of the best examples of successful targeted therapy, majority of RCC patients suffer from its side effects as well as develop resistance to this targeted therapy. Thus, there is a need to promote novel alternative therapies for the treatment of RCC. In this study, we investigated whether Korean red ginseng extract (KRGE) could inhibit the proliferation and induce chemosensitization in human renal cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544264/ampk-%C3%AE-1-reduces-tumor-progression-and-improves-survival-in-p53-null-mice
#4
Vanessa P Houde, Sara Donzelli, Andrea Sacconi, Sandra Galic, Joanne A Hammill, Jonathan L Bramson, Robert A Foster, Theodoros Tsakiridis, Bruce E Kemp, Giuseppe Grasso, Giovanni Blandino, Paola Muti, Gregory R Steinberg
The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a heterotrimeric protein complex that is an important sensor of cellular energy status. Reduced expression of the AMPK β1 isoform has been linked to reduced survival in different cancers but whether this accelerates tumor progression and the potential mechanism mediating these effects is not known. Further, it is unknown whether AMPK β1 is implicated in tumorigenesis and if so what tissues may be most sensitive. In the current study we find that in the absence of the tumor suppressor p53, germline genetic deletion of AMPK β1 accelerates the appearance of a T cell lymphoma that reduces lifespan compared to p53 deficiency alone...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544028/subcellular-compartmentation-interdependency-and-dynamics-of-the-cyclic-amp-dependent-pka-subunits-during-pathogenic-differentiation-in-rice-blast
#5
Poonguzhali Selvaraj, Tham Hong Fai, Ravikrishna Ramanujam, Naweed I Naqvi
The cAMP-dependent PKA signaling plays a central role in growth, asexual development and pathogenesis in fungal pathogens. Here, we functionally characterized RPKA, the regulatory subunit of cAMP/PKA and studied the dynamics and organization of the PKA subunits in the rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae. The RPKA subunit was essential for proper vegetative growth, asexual sporulation and surface hydrophobicity in M. oryzae. A spontaneous suppressor mutation, SMR19, that restored growth and conidiation in the RPKA deletion mutant was isolated and characterized...
May 20, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543850/structures-and-kinetics-for-plant-nucleoside-triphosphate-diphosphohydrolases-ntpdases-support-a-domain-motion-catalytic-mechanism
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Emma L Summers, Mathew H Cumming, Tifany Oulavallickal, Nick Roberts, Vickery L Arcus
Extracellular nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases (NTPDases) are enzymes that hydrolyse extracellular nucleotides to the respective monophosphate nucleotides. In the past 20 years, NTPDases belonging to mammalian, parasitic and prokaryotic domains of life have been discovered, cloned and characterized. We reveal the first structures of NTPDases from the legume plant species Trifolium repens (7WC) and Vigna unguiculata subsp. cylindrica (DbLNP). Four crystal structures of 7WC and DbLNP were determined at resolutions between 1...
May 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542880/suicidal-death-of-erythrocytes-in-cancer-and-its-chemotherapy-a-potential-target-in-the-treatment-of-tumor-associated-anemia
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REVIEW
Elisabeth Lang, Rosi Bissinger, Syed M Qadri, Florian Lang
In analogy to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter eryptosis characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling. Eryptotic erythrocytes are rapidly cleared from circulating blood and may adhere to the vascular wall. Stimulation of eryptosis thus impairs microcirculation and leads to anemia as soon as the loss of erythrocytes cannot be fully compensated by enhanced erythropoiesis. Signaling stimulating eryptosis includes increase of cytosolic Ca(2+) -activity, ceramide, caspases, calpain, p38-kinase, protein-kinase C, Janus-activated kinase 3, casein-kinase 1α, and cyclin-dependent kinase 4...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542564/the-pet-and-lim1-2-domains-of-testin-contribute-to-intramolecular-and-homodimeric-interactions
#8
Stefano Sala, Marie Catillon, Ermin Hadzic, Elisabeth Schaffner-Reckinger, Marleen Van Troys, Christophe Ampe
The focal adhesion protein testin is a modular scaffold and tumour suppressor that consists of an N-terminal cysteine rich (CR) domain, a PET domain of unknown function and three C-terminal LIM domains. Testin has been proposed to have an open and a closed conformation based on the observation that its N-terminal half and C-terminal half directly interact. Here we extend the testin conformational model by demonstrating that testin can also form an antiparallel homodimer. In support of this extended model we determined that the testin region (amino acids 52-233) harbouring the PET domain interacts with the C-terminal LIM1-2 domains in vitro and in cells, and assign a critical role to tyrosine 288 in this interaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542560/adiponectin-attenuates-high-glucose-induced-apoptosis-through-the-ampk-p38-mapk-signaling-pathway-in-nrk-52e-cells
#9
Yuanyuan Wang, Juan Zhang, Lian Zhang, Ping Gao, Xiaoyan Wu
Excessive apoptosis of proximal tubule cell is closely related to the development of diabetes. Recent evidence suggests that adiponectin (ADPN) protects cells from high glucose induced apoptosis. However, the precise mechanisms remain poorly understood. We sought to investigate the role of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) and AMP activated protein kinase (AMPK) in anti-apoptotic of adiponectin under high glucose condition in rat tubular NRK-52E cells. Cells were cultured in constant and oscillating high glucose media with or without recombinant rat adiponectin for 48 h...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542539/a-leishmania-secretion-system-for-the-expression-of-major-ampullate-spidroin-mimics
#10
Todd A Lyda, Elizabeth L Wagner, Andre X Bourg, Congyue Peng, Golnaz Najaf Tomaraei, Delphine Dean, Marian S Kennedy, William R Marcotte
Spider major ampullate silk fibers have been shown to display a unique combination of relatively high fracture strength and toughness compared to other fibers and show potential for tissue engineering scaffolds. While it is not possible to mass produce native spider silks, the potential ability to produce fibers from recombinant spider silk fibers could allow for an increased innovation rate within tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this pilot study, we improved upon a prior fabrication route by both changing the expression host and additives to the fiber pulling precursor solution to improve the performance of fibers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542433/beneficial-effect-of-combined-treatment-with-octreotide-and-pasireotide-in-pck-rats-an-orthologous-model-of-human-autosomal-recessive-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Masanori Kugita, Kazuhiro Nishii, Tamio Yamaguchi, Atsushi Suzuki, Yukio Yuzawa, Shigeo Horie, Eiji Higashihara, Shizuko Nagao
Increased intracellular cyclic AMP (cAMP) in renal tubular epithelia accelerates the progression of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Thus, decreasing cAMP levels by an adenylyl cyclase inhibitory G protein activator is considered to be an effective approach in ameliorating PKD. In fact, pasireotide (PAS) was effective in reducing disease progression in animal models of PKD. However, hyperglycemia caused by the administration of PAS is an adverse effect in its clinical use. Whereas, co-administration of octreotide (OCT) with PAS did not increase serum glucose in normal rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541243/czy-smog-ma-wp%C3%A5-yw-na-cz%C3%A4-sto%C3%A5-%C3%A4-wyst%C3%A4-powania-zaostrze%C3%A5-przewlek%C3%A5-ego-zapalenia-krtani-analiza-na-przyk%C3%A5-adzie-mieszka%C3%A5-c%C3%A3-w-wojew%C3%A3-dztwa-ma%C3%A5-opolskiego
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Remigiusz Ziarno, Anna Suska, Wojciech Kulinowski, Aleksandra Grudzień-Ziarno, Magdalena Kostrzon, Magdalena Paciorek, Jacek Składzień
INTRODUCTION: Due to dynamic industrialisation smog became a frequent phenomenon in most developing cities. According to the last WHO report from Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database, Krakow has been classified in the 11th place among the most polluted cities in Europe. It seems to be an urgent issue because of the influence of air pollution on the condition of upper respiratory tract. Materials & Methods: In December 2015 there were 141 patients aged 17-91 years with upper respiratory tract diseases admitted to the phoniatric outpatient clinic in the University Hospital in Cracow...
June 30, 2017: Otolaryngologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540771/identifying-therapeutic-targets-for-alzheimer-s-disease-with-big-data
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Nilüfer Ertekin-Taner
Nilüfer Ertekin-Taner is a Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA. A neurogeneticist and board-certified behavioral neurologist, she received her medical degree from Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey and her doctorate degree in Molecular Neuroscience from Mayo Graduate School. She completed her residency training in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester (MN, USA) and fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville...
April 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540226/traditional-chinese-medical-therapy-for-erectile-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Hao Li, Hongyang Jiang, Jihong Liu
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including acupuncture and Chinese herbs, is used as an alternative therapy to increase the curative effect for erectile dysfunction (ED). A large number of studies have been conducted to investigate the effect and mechanism of TCM for treating ED. The therapeutic effect of acupuncture on ED is still controversial at present. However, some Chinese herbs exhibited satisfying outcomes and they might improve erectile function by activating nitric oxide synthase (NOS)-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) pathway, increasing cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) expression, elevating testosterone level, reducing intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, down-regulating transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1)/Smad2 signaling pathway, or ameliorating the oxidative stress...
April 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540163/dissecting-the-role-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-in-human-diseases
#15
REVIEW
Jin Li, Liping Zhong, Fengzhong Wang, Haibo Zhu
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), known as a sensor and a master of cellular energy balance, integrates various regulatory signals including anabolic and catabolic metabolic processes. Accompanying the application of genetic methods and a plethora of AMPK agonists, rapid progress has identified AMPK as an attractive therapeutic target for several human diseases, such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury and neurodegenerative disease. The role of AMPK in metabolic and energetic modulation both at the intracellular and whole body levels has been reviewed elsewhere...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539269/ursodeoxycholic-acid-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-arthritis-by-targeting-th17-and-inducing-pampk-and-transcriptional-corepressor-smile
#16
Eun Jung Lee, Jeong-Eun Kwon, Min-Jung Park, KyungAh Jung, Da-Som Kim, Eun-Kyung Kim, Seung Hoon Lee, Jong Young Choi, Sung-Hwan Park, Mi-La Cho
BACKGROUND: Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), also known ursodiol, is a secondary bile acid. It has been known that UDCA has prominent effects on liver, however, there is little known about its influence on autoimmune disease. Here, the benefit of UDCA on arthritis rheumatoid (RA) in vivo was tested. METHODS: RA mouse were induced using collagen II (CIA, collagen induced arthritis) where the disease severity or UDCA-related signaling pathway such as AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) or small heterodimer partner interacting leucine zipper protein (SMILE) was evaluated by westerblot and immunohistochemical staining...
May 21, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538690/dysregulation-of-mirna-expression-in-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-cafs-and-its-consequences-on-the-tumor-microenvironment
#17
REVIEW
Maren Schoepp, Anda Jana Ströse, Jörg Haier
The tumor microenvironment, including cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF), has developed as an important target for understanding tumor progression, clinical prognosis and treatment responses of cancer. Cancer cells appear to transform normal fibroblasts (NF) into CAFs involving direct cell-cell communication and epigenetic regulations. This review summarizes the current understanding on miR involvement in cancer cell-tumor environment/stroma communication, transformation of NFs into CAFs, their involved targets and signaling pathways in these interactions; and clinical relevance of CAF-related miR expression profiles...
May 24, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538683/metabolic-investigations-of-the-molecular-mechanisms-associated-with-parkinson-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Robert Powers, Shulei Lei, Annadurai Anandhan, Darrell D Marshall, Bradley Worley, Ronald L Cerny, Eric D Dodds, Yuting Huang, Mihalis I Panayiotidis, Aglaia Pappa, Rodrigo Franco
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by fibrillar cytoplasmic aggregates of α-synuclein (i.e., Lewy bodies) and the associated loss of dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra. Mutations in genes such as α-synuclein (SNCA) account for only 10% of PD occurrences. Exposure to environmental toxicants including pesticides and metals (e.g., paraquat (PQ) and manganese (Mn)) is also recognized as an important PD risk factor. Thus, aging, genetic alterations, and environmental factors all contribute to the etiology of PD...
May 24, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538438/differential-regulation-of-the-autophagy-and-proteasome-pathways-in-skeletal-muscles-in-sepsis
#19
Flavia Stana, Marija Vujovic, Dominique Mayaki, Jean-Philippe Leduc-Gaudet, Philippe Leblanc, Laurent Huck, Sabah N A Hussain
OBJECTIVES: Skeletal muscle fiber atrophy develops in response to severe sepsis, but it is unclear as to how the proteolytic pathways that are involved in its development are differentially regulated. We investigated the link between sepsis-induced fiber atrophy and activation of the proteasome and autophagy pathways and whether the degree of activation is more severe and sustained in limb muscles than it is in the diaphragm. DESIGN: Randomized controlled experiment...
May 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538139/advanced-musculoskeletal-physiotherapists-are-effective-and-safe-in-managing-patients-with-acute-low-back-pain-presenting-to-emergency-departments
#20
James M Sayer, Rita M Kinsella, Belinda A Cary, Angela T Burge, Lara A Kimmel, Paula Harding
Objective The aim of this study was to compare emergency department (ED) key performance indicators for patients presenting with low back pain and seen by an advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapist (AMP) with those seen by other non-AMP clinicians (ED doctors and nurse practitioners).Methods A retrospective audit (October 2012-September 2013) was performed of data from three metropolitan public hospital EDs to compare patients with low back pain seen by AMP and non-AMP clinicians. Outcome measures included ED length of stay, ED wait time, admission rates and re-presentation to the ED...
May 25, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
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