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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215051/-pro-renin-receptor-atp6ap2-depletion-arrests-as4-1-cells-in-the-g0-g1-phase-thereby-increasing-formation-of-primary-cilia
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Heike Wanka, Philipp Lutze, Doreen Staar, Barbara Peters, Anica Morch, Lukas Vogel, Ravi Kumar Chilukoti, Georg Homuth, Jaroslaw Sczodrok, Inga Bäumgen, Jörg Peters
The (pro)renin receptor [(P)RR, ATP6AP2] is a multifunctional transmembrane protein that activates local renin-angiotensin systems, but also interacts with Wnt pathways and vacuolar H(+) -ATPase (V-ATPase) during organogenesis. The aim of this study was to characterize the role of ATP6AP2 in the cell cycle in more detail. ATP6AP2 down-regulation by siRNA in renal As4.1 cells resulted in a reduction in the rate of proliferation and a G0/G1 phase cell cycle arrest. We identified a number of novel target genes downstream of ATP6AP2 knock-down that were related to the primary cilium (Bbs-1, Bbs-3, Bbs-7, Rabl5, Ttc26, Mks-11, Mks-5, Mks-2, Tctn2, Nme7) and the cell cycle (Pierce1, Clock, Ppif)...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214984/dl-3-n-butylphthalide-nbp-provides-neuroprotection-in-the-mice-models-after-traumatic-brain-injury-via-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway
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Zhengwei Liu, Handong Wang, Xiaofeng Shi, Liwen Li, Mengliang Zhou, Hui Ding, Youqing Yang, Xiang Li, Ke Ding
The present study was aimed to evaluate the neuroprotective effects of NBP in the mice models of TBI, as well as the possible role of Nrf2-ARE pathways in the assumptive neuroprotection. In mice,a modified Marmarou's weight-drop model was employed to induce TBI. ICR mice were randomly assigned to four experimental groups: sham, TBI, TBI+vehicle(V) and TBI+NBP. NBP (100 mg/kg) was administered via an intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection at 1 h following TBI. The administration of NBP significantly ameliorated the effects of the brain injury, including neurological deficits, brain water content, and cortical neuronal apoptosis...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214891/up-regulated-atf4-expression-increases-cell-sensitivity-to-apoptosis-in-response-to-radiation
#3
Ying Zong, Shijie Feng, Jinwei Cheng, Chenlin Yu, Guocai Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) is a member of the activating transcription factor family which regulates the expression of genes involved in amino acid metabolism, redox homeostasis and ER stress responses. ATF4 is also over-expressed in human solid tumors, although its effect on responsiveness to radiation is largely unexplored. METHODS: Real-time PCR was used to detect ATF4 mRNA levels in cells treated with different doses of 60Coγ radiation...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214863/stimulation-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-c-reactive-protein
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Majed Abed, Christian Thiel, Syeda T Towhid, Kousi Alzoubi, Sabina Honisch, Florian Lang, Alfred Königsrainer
BACKGROUND: Eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death characterized by cell shrinkage and phosphatidylserine-translocation, is triggered by fever and inflammation. Signaling includes increased cytosolic Ca2+-activity ([Ca2+]i), caspase activation, and ceramide. Inflammation is associated with increased plasma concentration of C-reactive protein (CRP). The present study explored whether CRP triggers eryptosis. METHODS: Phosphatidylserine abundance at the cell surface was estimated from annexin-V-binding, cell volume from forward scatter, [Ca2+]i from Fluo3-fluorescence, ceramide abundance and caspase-3-activity utilizing FITC-conjugated antibodies...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214706/influence-of-oxygen-partial-pressure-on-the-characteristics-of-human-hepatocarcinoma-cells
#5
Jenifer Trepiana, Susana Meijide, Rosaura Navarro, M Luisa Hernández, José Ignacio Ruiz-Sanz, M Begoña Ruiz-Larrea
Most of the in vitro studies using liver cell lines have been performed under atmospheric oxygen partial pressure (21% O2). However, the oxygen concentrations in the liver and cancer cells are far from this value. In the present study, we have evaluated the influence of oxygen on 1) the tumor cell lines features (growth, steady-state ROS levels, GSH content, activities of antioxidant enzymes, p66 Shc and SOD expressions, metalloproteinases secretion, migration, invasion, and adhesion) of human hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines, and b) the response of the cells to an oxidant stimulus (aqueous leaf extract of the V...
February 13, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214660/enhancer-of-zeste-homologue-2-plays-an-important-role-in-neuroblastoma-cell-survival-independent-of-its-histone-methyltransferase-activity
#6
Laurel T Bate-Eya, Hinco J Gierman, Marli E Ebus, Jan Koster, Huib N Caron, Rogier Versteeg, M Emmy M Dolman, Jan J Molenaar
Neuroblastoma is predominantly characterised by chromosomal rearrangements. Next to V-Myc Avian Myelocytomatosis Viral Oncogene Neuroblastoma Derived Homolog (MYCN) amplification, chromosome 7 and 17q gains are frequently observed. We identified a neuroblastoma patient with a regional 7q36 gain, encompassing the enhancer of zeste homologue 2 (EZH2) gene. EZH2 is the histone methyltransferase of lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27me3) that forms the catalytic subunit of the polycomb repressive complex 2. H3K27me3 is commonly associated with the silencing of genes involved in cellular processes such as cell cycle regulation, cellular differentiation and cancer...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214599/hctoll3-was-involved-in-anti-vibrio-defense-in-freshwater-pearl-mussel-hyriopsis-cumingii
#7
Hong-Wei Zhang, Ying Huang, Xin Man, Yue Wang, Kai-Min Hui, Shao-Wu Yin, Xiao-Wen Zhang
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play an important role in the activation of innate immune response but their functions in bivalves remain largely unknown. In this study, we identified a TLR from the freshwater pearl mussel Hyriopsis cumingii (HcToll3) and investigated its functions in immunity. The full-length cDNA of HcToll3 is 3852 bp and includes an open reading frame (ORF) of 3228 bp that encodes a polypeptide of 1075 amino acids. The predicted HcToll3 protein shares similar structural characteristics with other known Toll family proteins...
February 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213741/assembly-of-photoactive-orange-carotenoid-protein-from-its-domains-unravels-a-carotenoid-shuttle-mechanism
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Marcus Moldenhauer, Nikolai N Sluchanko, David Buhrke, Dmitry V Zlenko, Neslihan N Tavraz, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Peter Hildebrandt, Eugene G Maksimov, Thomas Friedrich
The photoswitchable orange carotenoid protein (OCP) is indispensable for cyanobacterial photoprotection by quenching phycobilisome fluorescence upon photoconversion from the orange OCP(O) to the red OCP(R) form. Cyanobacterial genomes frequently harbor, besides genes for orange carotenoid proteins (OCPs), several genes encoding homologs of OCP's N- or C-terminal domains (NTD, CTD). Unlike the well-studied NTD homologs, called Red Carotenoid Proteins (RCPs), the role of CTD homologs remains elusive. We show how OCP can be reassembled from its functional domains...
February 17, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213736/6-phosphofructokinase-and-ribulose-5-phosphate-3-epimerase-in-methylotrophic-bacillus-methanolicus-ribulose-monophosphate-cycle
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Simone Balzer Le, Tonje Marita Bjerkan Heggeset, Tone Haugen, Ingemar Nærdal, Trygve Brautaset
D-Ribulose-5-phosphate-3-epimerase (RPE) and 6-phosphofructokinase (PFK) catalyse two reactions in the ribulose monophosphate (RuMP) cycle in Bacillus methanolicus. The B. methanolicus wild-type strain MGA3 possesses two putative rpe and pfk genes encoded on plasmid pBM19 (rpe1-MGA3 and pfk1-MGA3) and on the chromosome (rpe2-MGA3 and pfk2-MGA3). The wild-type strain PB1 also encodes putative rpe and pfk genes on plasmid pBM20 (rpe1-PB1 and pfk1-PB1*); however, it only harbours a chromosomal pfk gene (pfk2-PB1)...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213501/immature-lymphocytes-inhibit-rag1-and-rag2-transcription-and-v-d-j-recombination-in-response-to-dna-double-strand-breaks
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Megan R Fisher, Adrian Rivera-Reyes, Noah B Bloch, David G Schatz, Craig H Bassing
Mammalian cells have evolved a common DNA damage response (DDR) that sustains cellular function, maintains genomic integrity, and suppresses malignant transformation. In pre-B cells, DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) induced at Igκ loci by the Rag1/Rag2 (RAG) endonuclease engage this DDR to modulate transcription of genes that regulate lymphocyte-specific processes. We previously reported that RAG DSBs induced at one Igκ allele signal through the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase to feedback-inhibit RAG expression and RAG cleavage of the other Igκ allele...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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/28213295/determination-of-imm-h004-a-novel-neuroprotective-agent-in-rat-plasma-and-brain-tissue-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Ziqian Zhang, Xiangmeng Wu, Manman Zhao, Yakun Yang, Yan Wang, Jinping Hu, Baolian Wang, Li Sheng, Yan Li
A rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for determination of IMM-H004, a novel neuroprotective agent, in rat plasma and brain was developed. Plasma and brain tissue homogenate samples containing IMM-H004 and propranolol (internal standard, IS) were prepared by using a direct protein precipitation of acetonitrile. Separation was carried out in Zorbax SB-C18 column at a flow rate of 0.3mL/min utilizing acetonitrile/water as mobile phases which contain 0.5% formic acid (v/v)...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213262/one-single-fast-and-robust-capillary-electrophoresis-method-for-the-direct-quantification-of-intact-adenovirus-particles-in-upstream-and-downstream-processing-samples
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Ewoud van Tricht, Lars Geurink, Harold Backus, Marta Germano, Govert W Somsen, Cari E Sänger-van de Griend
During development of adenovirus-based vaccines, samples have to be analyzed in order to either monitor the production process or control the quality and safety of the product. An important quality attribute is the total concentration of intact adenoviruses, which currently is determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) or anion exchange-HPLC. Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) was evaluated as alternative to the current methods with the aim to have one single method that allows reliable and fast quantification of adenovirus particles throughout the full process...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213141/thermostability-of-photosystem-i-trimers-and-monomers-from-the-cyanobacterium-thermosynechococcus-elongatus
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Vladimir V Shubin, Irina V Terekhova, Yulia V Bolychevtseva, Eithar El-Mohsnawy, Matthias Rögner, Werner Mäntele, Marta J Kopczak, Enela Džafić
The performance of solar energy conversion into alternative energy sources in artificial systems highly depends on the thermostability of photosystem I (PSI) complexes Terasaki et al. (2007), Iwuchukwu et al. (2010), Kothe et al. (2013) . To assess the thermostability of PSI complexes from the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus heating induced perturbations on the level of secondary structure of the proteins were studied. Changes were monitored by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra in the mid-IR region upon slow heating (1°C per minute) of samples in D2O phosphate buffer (pD 7...
February 6, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213125/reduced-bioavailable-manganese-causes-striatal-urea-cycle-pathology-in-huntington-s-disease-mouse-model
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Terry Jo V Bichell, Michal Wegrzynowicz, K Grace Tipps, Emma M Bradley, Michael A Uhouse, Miles Bryan, Kyle Horning, Nicole Fisher, Karrie Dudek, Timothy Halbesma, Preethi Umashanker, Andrew D Stubbs, Hunter K Holt, Gunnar F Kwakye, Andrew M Tidball, Roger J Colbran, Michael Aschner, M Diana Neely, Alba Di Pardo, Vittorio Maglione, Alexander Osmand, Aaron B Bowman
Huntington's disease (HD) is caused by a mutation in the huntingtin gene (HTT), resulting in profound striatal neurodegeneration through an unknown mechanism. Perturbations in the urea cycle have been reported in HD models and in HD patient blood and brain. In neurons, arginase is a central urea cycle enzyme, and the metal manganese (Mn) is an essential cofactor. Deficient biological responses to Mn, and reduced Mn accumulation have been observed in HD striatal mouse and cell models. Here we report in vivo and ex vivo evidence of a urea cycle metabolic phenotype in a prodromal HD mouse model...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211571/inhibitory-effects-of-a-standardized-extract-of-justicia-pectoralis-in-an-experimental-rat-model-of-airway-hyper-responsiveness
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Carlos T M Moura, Francisco J Batista-Lima, Teresinha S Brito, Alfredo A V Silva, Luan C Ferreira, Cássia R Roque, Karoline S Aragão, Alexandre Havt, Francisco N Fonseca, Luzia K A M Leal, Pedro J C Magalhães
OBJECTIVE: Justicia pectoralis is a plant useful for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Here, we studied the antiasthmatic properties of a standardized extract of J. pectoralis (Jp). METHODS: Ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized rats were actively challenged with saline or OVA to study airway hyper-responsiveness after oral treatment with saline or Jp. The ability of Jp to inhibit hyper-reactivity was evaluated in isolated trachea mounted in isolated organ bath chamber...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211477/corrigendum-harnessing-nature-s-diversity-discovering-organophosphate-bioscavenger-characteristics-among-low-molecular-weight-proteins
#17
Reed B Jacob, Kenan C Michaels, Cathy J Anderson, James M Fay, Nikolay V Dokholyan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210761/the-evolutionary-loss-of-rnai-key-determinants-in-kinetoplastids-as-a-multiple-sporadic-phenomenon
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Andrey V Matveyev, João M P Alves, Myrna G Serrano, Vladimir Lee, Ana M Lara, William A Barton, André G Costa-Martins, Stephen M Beverley, Erney P Camargo, Marta M G Teixeira, Gregory A Buck
We screened the genomes of a broad panel of kinetoplastid protists for genes encoding proteins associated with the RNA interference (RNAi) system using probes from the Argonaute (AGO1), Dicer1 (DCL1), and Dicer2 (DCL2) genes of Leishmania brasiliensis and Crithidia fasciculata. We identified homologs for all the three of these genes in the genomes of a subset of these organisms. However, several of these organisms lacked evidence for any of these genes, while others lacked only DCL2. The open reading frames encoding these putative proteins were structurally analyzed in silico...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209927/improved-health-span-and-lifespan-in-mtdna-mutator-mice-treated-with-the-mitochondrially-targeted-antioxidant-skq1
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Irina G Shabalina, Mikhail Yu Vyssokikh, Natalia Gibanova, Robert I Csikasz, Daniel Edgar, Anne Hallden-Waldemarson, Zinaida Rozhdestvenskaya, Lora E Bakeeva, Valeria B Vays, Antonina V Pustovidko, Maxim V Skulachev, Barbara Cannon, Vladimir P Skulachev, Jan Nedergaard
MtDNA mutator mice exhibit marked features of premature aging. We find that these mice treated from age of ≈100 days with the mitochondria-targeted antioxidant SkQ1 showed a delayed appearance of traits of aging such as kyphosis, alopecia, lowering of body temperature, body weight loss, as well as ameliorated heart, kidney and liver pathologies. These effects of SkQ1 are suggested to be related to an alleviation of the effects of an enhanced reactive oxygen species (ROS) level in mtDNA mutator mice: the increased mitochondrial ROS released due to mitochondrial mutations probably interact with polyunsaturated fatty acids in cardiolipin, releasing malondialdehyde and 4-hydroxynonenal that form protein adducts and thus diminishes mitochondrial functions...
February 15, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209779/a-histone-h4-lysine-20-methyltransferase-couples-environmental-cues-to-sensory-neuron-control-of-developmental-plasticity
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Colin E Delaney, Albert T Chen, Jacqueline V Graniel, Kathleen J Dumas, Patrick J Hu
Animals change developmental fates in response to external cues. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, unfavorable environmental conditions induce a state of diapause known as dauer by inhibiting the conserved DAF-2 insulin-like signaling (ILS) pathway through incompletely understood mechanisms. We previously established a role for the C. elegans dosage compensation protein DPY-21 in the control of dauer arrest and DAF-2 ILS. Here we show that the histone H4 lysine 20 methyltransferase SET-4, which also influences dosage compensation, promotes dauer arrest in part by repressing the X-linked ins-9 gene, which encodes a new agonist insulin-like peptide (ILP) expressed specifically in the paired ASI sensory neurons that are required for dauer bypass...
February 16, 2017: Development
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