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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107776/activity-based-probes-for-the-multicatalytic-proteasome
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David S Hewings, John A Flygare, Ingrid E Wertz, Matthew Bogyo
Proteasomes are multisubunit protease complexes responsible for degrading most intracellular proteins. In addition to removing damaged proteins, they regulate many important cellular processes through the controlled degradation of transcription factors, cell cycle regulators and enzymes. Eukaryotic proteasomes have three catalytic subunits, β1, β2 and β5, that each have different substrate specificities. Additionally, although we know that diverse cell types express proteasome variants with distinct activity and specificity profiles, the functions of these different pools of proteasomes are not fully understood...
January 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107775/beta-caryophyllene-protects-against-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-metabolic-dysregulation-in-mice
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Zoltan V Varga, Csaba Matyas, Katalin Erdelyi, Resat Cinar, Daniela Nieri, Andrea Chicca, Balazs Tamas Nemeth, Janos Paloczi, Tamas Lajtos, Lukas Corey, Gyorgy Hasko, Bin Gao, George Kunos, Jürg Gertsch, Pal Pacher
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a plant-derived FDA approved food additive with anti-inflammatory properties. Some of its beneficial effects in vivo reported to involve activation of cannabinoid 2 receptors (CB2) that are predominantly expressed in immune cells. Herein, we evaluated the translational potential of BCP using a well-established model of chronic and binge alcohol-induced liver injury. METHODS: In this study we investigated the effects of BCP on liver injury induced by chronic plus binge alcohol feeding in mice in vivo by using biochemical assays, real-time PCR and histology analyses...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107743/high-sensitivity-four-layer-polymer-fiber-optic-evanescent-wave-sensor
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Xin Xin, Nianbing Zhong, Qiang Liao, Yanyan Cen, Ruohua Wu, Zhengkun Wang
We present a novel four-layer structure consisting of bottom, second, third, and surface layers in the sensing region, for a D-shaped step-index fiber-optic evanescent wave (FOEW) sensor. To reduce the background noise, the surface of the longitudinal section in the D-shaped region is coated with a light-absorbing film. We check the morphologies of the second and surface layers, examine the refractive indices (RIs) of the third and surface layers, and analyze the composition of the surface layer. We also investigate the effects of the thicknesses and RIs of the third and surface layers and the LA film on the light transmission and sensitivity of the FOEW sensors...
January 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107606/dishevelled-segment-polarity-protein-3-dvl3-a-novel-and-easily-applicable-recurrence-predictor-in-localized-prostate-adenocarcinoma
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Pil-Jong Kim, Ji Y Park, Hong-Gee Kim, Yong Mee Cho, Heounjeong Go
OBJECTIVE: To identify new biomarkers for the biochemical recurrence (BCR) of prostate adenocarcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical information of 500 prostate adenocarcinoma patients and their 152 RNA-sequencing and protein-array data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) were separated into a discovery-set and a validation-set. Each dataset was analyzed according to the Gleason grade groups reflecting BCR. The results obtained from the analysis using TCGA dataset were confirmed by immunohistochemistry analyses of the confirmation cohort composed of 395 localized prostate adenocarcinoma patients...
January 20, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107600/the-predictive-and-prognostic-role-of-serum-neopterin-and-tryptophan-breakdown-in-prostate-cancer
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Renate Pichler, Josef Fritz, Isabel Heidegger, Eberhard Steiner, Zoran Culig, Helmut Klocker, Dietmar Fuchs
The Interferon-gamma induced enzymes indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase and GTP-cylohydrolase are key players in tumor immune escape mechanisms. We quantified serum levels of neopterin and tryptophan breakdown (tryptophan, kynurenine and kynurenine-to-tryptophan ratio) in addition to prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in newly diagnosed prostate cancer (PCa) patients (n=100) before radical prostatectomy (RP) as well as at time of biochemical recurrence (BCR) after RP (n=50) in comparison to healthy men (n=49). Effects of biomarkers on the risk of PCa diagnosis on transrectal biopsy, worse histopathological characteristics of the RP specimens and cancer-specific survival (CSS) after BCR were investigated...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107544/cutaneous-hpv8-and-mmupv1-e6-proteins-target-the-notch-and-tgf-%C3%AE-tumor-suppressors-to-inhibit-differentiation-and-sustain-keratinocyte-proliferation
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Jordan M Meyers, Aayushi Uberoi, Miranda Grace, Paul F Lambert, Karl Munger
Cutaneous beta-papillomaviruses are associated with non-melanoma skin cancers that arise in patients who suffer from a rare genetic disorder, Epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV) or after immunosuppression following organ transplantation. Recent studies have shown that the E6 proteins of the cancer associated beta human papillomavirus (HPV) 5 and HPV8 inhibit NOTCH and TGF-β signaling. However, it is unclear whether disruption of these pathways may contribute to cutaneous HPV pathogenesis and carcinogenesis...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107530/broad-scale-genetic-diversity-of-cannabis-for-forensic-applications
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Christophe Dufresnes, Catherine Jan, Friederike Bienert, Jérôme Goudet, Luca Fumagalli
Cannabis (hemp and marijuana) is an iconic yet controversial crop. On the one hand, it represents a growing market for pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors. On the other hand, plants synthesizing the psychoactive THC produce the most widespread illicit drug in the world. Yet, the difficulty to reliably distinguish between Cannabis varieties based on morphological or biochemical criteria impedes the development of promising industrial programs and hinders the fight against narcotrafficking. Genetics offers an appropriate alternative to characterize drug vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107510/effect-of-the-crystal-environment-on-side-chain-conformational-dynamics-in-cyanovirin-n-investigated-through-crystal-and-solution-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Logan S Ahlstrom, Ivan I Vorontsov, Jun Shi, Osamu Miyashita
Side chains in protein crystal structures are essential for understanding biochemical processes such as catalysis and molecular recognition. However, crystal packing could influence side-chain conformation and dynamics, thus complicating functional interpretations of available experimental structures. Here we investigate the effect of crystal packing on side-chain conformational dynamics with crystal and solution molecular dynamics simulations using Cyanovirin-N as a model system. Side-chain ensembles for solvent-exposed residues obtained from simulation largely reflect the conformations observed in the X-ray structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107498/delineating-substrate-diversity-of-disparate-short-chain-dehydrogenase-reductase-from-debaryomyces-hansenii
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Arindam Ghatak, Nagakumar Bharatham, Anirudh P Shanbhag, Santanu Datta, Janani Venkatraman
Short-chain dehydrogenase reductases (SDRs) have been utilized for catalyzing the reduction of many aromatic/aliphatic prochiral ketones to their respective alcohols. However, there is a paucity of data that elucidates their innate biological role and diverse substrate space. In this study, we executed an in-depth biochemical characterization and substrate space mapping (with 278 prochiral ketones) of an unannotated SDR (DHK) from Debaryomyces hansenii and compared it with structurally and functionally characterized SDR Synechococcus elongatus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107442/comparison-of-various-indices-of-energy-metabolism-in-recumbent-and-healthy-dairy-cows
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Hugues Guyot, Johann Detilleux, Pascal Lebreton, Catherine Garnier, Marie Bonvoisin, Frederic Rollin, Charlotte Sandersen
BACKGROUND: Downer cow syndrome (DCS) is often diagnosed in dairy cattle during the early post-partum period. The etiology of this condition is not completely understood, as it can be related to the energetic or electrolyte metabolism, as well as to infectious diseases or to trauma. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to compare energy metabolism and insulin sensitivity indices and various biochemical parameters between recumbent and healthy dairy cows...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107427/serine-phosphorylation-of-slp76-is-dispensable-for-t-cell-development-but-modulates-helper-t-cell-function
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Victor H Navas, Céline Cuche, Andres Alcover, Vincenzo Di Bartolo
The adapter protein SLP76 is a key orchestrator of T cell receptor (TCR) signal transduction. We previously identified a negative feedback loop that modulates T cell activation, involving phosphorylation of Ser376 of SLP76 by the hematopoietic progenitor kinase 1 (HPK1). However, the physiological relevance of this regulatory mechanism was still unknown. To address this question, we generated a SLP76-S376A-expressing knock-in mouse strain and investigated the effects of Ser376 mutation on T cell development and function...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107387/neuronal-cell-death-and-degeneration-through-increased-nitroxidative-stress-and-tau-phosphorylation-in-hiv-1-transgenic-rats
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Young-Eun Cho, Myoung-Hwa Lee, Byoung-Joon Song
The underlying mechanisms for increased neurodegeneration and neurocognitive deficits in HIV-infected people are unclear. Therefore, this study was aimed to investigate the mechanisms of increased neurodegeneration in 5-month old male HIV-1 Transgenic (Tg) rats compared to the age- and gender-matched wild-type (WT) by evaluating histological changes and biochemical parameters of the key proteins involved in the cell death signaling and apoptosis. Histological and immunohistochemical analyses revealed decreased neuronal cells with elevated astrogliosis in HIV-1 Tg rats compared to WT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107262/suspected-cerebral-edema-in-diabetic-ketoacidosis-is-there-still-a-role-for-head-ct-in-treatment-decisions
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Carmen L Soto-Rivera, Lisa A Asaro, Michael S D Agus, Danielle D DeCourcey
OBJECTIVES: Neurologic deterioration associated with cerebral edema in diabetic ketoacidosis is typically sudden in onset, progresses rapidly, and requires emergent treatment. The utility of brain imaging by head CT in decisions to treat for cerebral edema has not been previously studied. The objective of this study was to describe the characteristics of pediatric patients with diabetic ketoacidosis who develop altered mental status and evaluate the role of head CT in this cohort. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of clinical, biochemical, and radiologic data...
January 19, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107209/nephropathic-cystinosis-an-update
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Koenraad R Veys, Mohamed A Elmonem, Fanny O Arcolino, Lambertus van den Heuvel, Elena Levtchenko
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Over the past few decades, cystinosis, a rare lysosomal storage disorder, has evolved into a treatable metabolic disease. The increasing understanding of its pathophysiology has made cystinosis a prototype disease, delivering new insights into several fundamental biochemical and cellular processes. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we aim to provide an overview of the latest advances in the pathogenetic, clinical, and therapeutic aspects of cystinosis...
January 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107066/hematologic-plasma-biochemical-and-lipid-panel-reference-intervals-in-orange-winged-amazon-parrots-amazona-amazonica
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Claire Vergneau-Grosset, Tamsen Polley, Danielle Carrade Holt, William Vernau, Joanne Paul-Murphy
To establish reference intervals in orange-winged Amazon parrots ( Amazona amazonica ) for the complete blood count, plasma biochemical values, and lipid panel and to evaluate age- and sex-related variations, blood samples were obtained from 29 healthy juvenile and adult parrots. Concentrations of total protein, bile acids, phosphorus, total cholesterol, low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were significantly higher in adult compared with juvenile birds, while uric acid concentration was significantly higher in juveniles...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107063/hematologic-and-biochemical-values-of-wild-red-tailed-amazon-parrot-amazona-brasiliensis-nestlings-with-abnormal-clinical-examination-in-rasa-island-brazil
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Frederico Fontanelli Vaz, Rosangela Locatelli-Dittrich, Olair Carlos Beltrame, Elenise Angelotti Bastos Sipinski, Maria Cecília Abbud, Rafael Meirelles Sezerban
The red-tailed Amazon parrot (Amazona brasiliensis) is an endangered psittacine species, but little information is available about abnormal clinical findings and hematologic and biochemical values of this species, which are important for monitoring the health of this population. To determine hematologic and biochemical values for wild red-tailed parrot nestlings exhibiting abnormal clinical findings, 31 nestlings from the Rasa Island (Paraná State, Southern Brazil) were physically restrained for clinical examination and blood sample collection...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106854/the-effect-of-polyphenols-on-protein-degradation-pathways-implications-for-neuroprotection
#17
REVIEW
Parvana Hajieva
Human neurodegenerative diseases are accompanied by accumulation of heavily oxidized and aggregated proteins. However, the exact molecular reason is not fully elucidated yet. Insufficient cellular protein quality control is thought to play an important role in accumulating covalently oxidized misfolded proteins. Pharmacologically active polyphenols and their derivatives exhibit potential for preventive and therapeutic purposes against protein aggregation during neurodegeneration. Although these compounds act on various biochemical pathways, their role in stabilizing the protein degradation machinery at different stages may be an attractive therapeutical strategy to halt the accumulation of misfolded proteins...
January 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106836/the-astrovirus-capsid-a-review
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REVIEW
Carlos F Arias, Rebecca M DuBois
Astroviruses are enterically transmitted viruses that cause infections in mammalian and avian species. Astroviruses are nonenveloped, icosahedral viruses comprised of a capsid protein shell and a positive-sense, single-stranded RNA genome. The capsid protein undergoes dramatic proteolytic processing both inside and outside of the host cell, resulting in a coordinated maturation process that affects cellular localization, virus structure, and infectivity. After maturation, the capsid protein controls the initial phases of virus infection, including virus attachment, endocytosis, and genome release into the host cell...
January 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106786/sulfolobus-acidocaldarius-udg-can-remove-du-from-the-rna-backbone-insight-into-the-specific-recognition-of-uracil-linked-with-deoxyribose
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Gang-Shun Yi, Wei-Wei Wang, Wei-Guo Cao, Feng-Ping Wang, Xi-Peng Liu
Sulfolobus acidocaldarius encodes family 4 and 5 uracil-DNA glycosylase (UDG). Two recombinant S. acidocaldarius UDGs (SacUDG) were prepared and biochemically characterized using oligonucleotides carrying a deaminated base. Both SacUDGs can remove deoxyuracil (dU) base from both double-stranded DNA and single-stranded DNA. Interestingly, they can remove U linked with deoxyribose from single-stranded RNA backbone, suggesting that the riboses on the backbone have less effect on the recognition of dU and hydrolysis of the C-N glycosidic bond...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106733/high-prevalence-of-vitamin-b12-deficiency-and-no-folate-deficiency-in-young-children-in-nepal
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Bernadette N Ng'eno, Cria G Perrine, Ralph D Whitehead, Giri Raj Subedi, Saba Mebrahtu, Pradiumna Dahal, Maria Elena D Jefferds
Many children in low- and middle-income countries may have inadequate intake of vitamin B12 and folate; data confirming these inadequacies are limited. We used biochemical, demographic, behavioral and anthropometric data to describe the folate and vitamin B12 concentrations among six- to 23-month-old Nepalese children. Vitamin B12 (serum B12 < 150 pmol/L) and folate deficiencies (red blood cell (RBC) folate < 226.5 nmol/L) were assessed. We used logistic regression to identify predictors of vitamin B12 deficiency...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
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