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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786940/glycoinformatics-bridging-isolated-islands-in-the-sea-of-data
#1
Ksenia S Egorova, Philip V Toukach
Glycoinformatics is a young scientific branch, which assists the scientific community in carbohydrate research. In spite of fundamental roles of glycans in living organisms, the informatization of the field is significantly hindered by the lack of standards, data indices, protocols and tools widely recognized by researchers and publishers. The connection of the existing glycoinformatics projects with each other and with global life-science projects is far from complete. Moreover, in contrast to genes and proteins, there is no obligatory unique identifier for each natural carbohydrate structure...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786867/growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-antagonists-reduce-prostatic-enlargement-and-inflammation-in-carrageenan-induced-chronic-prostatitis
#2
Petra Popovics, Renzhi Cai, Wei Sha, Ferenc G Rick, Andrew V Schally
BACKGROUND: Inflammation plays a key role in the etiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) through multiple pathways involving the stimulation of proliferation by cytokines and growth factors as well as the induction of the focal occurrence of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). We have previously reported that GHRH acts as a prostatic growth factor in experimental BPH and in autoimmune prostatitis models and its blockade with GHRH antagonists offer therapeutic approaches for these conditions...
May 21, 2018: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786790/functional-studies-on-steroid-receptors
#3
Simon Schlanger, Hannelore V Heemers
Nuclear receptors play an important role in prostate cancer and the androgen receptor is a key transcription factor in regulation of cellular events. Androgen receptor-associated coregulators may be upregulated or downregulated in prostate cancer. Altered expression of regulators may potentiate androgen-induced proliferation, migration, and invasion. Therapies aimed to modulate the function of coregulators in prostate cancer may be based on the use of small molecule inhibitors. Expression and function of AR-associated proteins could be investigated after overexpression and gene silencing followed by hormonal treatment, real-time RT-PCR and ChIP...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786746/luteolin-induces-myelodysplastic-syndrome%C3%A2-derived-cell-apoptosis-via-the-p53%C3%A2-dependent-mitochondrial-signaling-pathway-mediated-by-reactive-oxygen-species
#4
Weimin Dong, Yan Lin, Yang Cao, Yue Liu, Xiaobao Xie, Weiying Gu
Luteolin, a common dietary flavonoid, induces the apoptosis of cells in several types of cancer. However, its role in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and the potential underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. To evaluate the potential benefit and underlying mechanisms of luteolin in MDS cells, the viability of SKM‑1 cells and primary bone marrow (PBM) mononuclear cells from patients with intermediate‑ or high‑risk MDS were assessed using a Cell Counting Kit‑8 assay. The apoptotic features of cell morphology were assessed using Wright‑Giemsa staining, DNA fragmentation was analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis, and the extent of apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry (FCM)...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786717/comparison-of-hydroxycarboxylato-imidazole-molybdenum-iv-complexes-and-nitrogenase-protein-structures-indirect-evidence-for-the-protonation-of-homocitrato-femo-cofactors
#5
Si-Yuan Wang, Wan-Ting Jin, Hong-Bin Chen, Zhao-Hui Zhou
Glycolato and R,S-lactato imidazole molybdenum(iv) complexes [Mo3SO3(glyc)2(im)5]·im·H2O (1), Na2[Mo3SO3(R,S-lact)3(im)3]·10H2O (2), and [Mo6O10(R,S-lact)2(im)10]·16H2O (3) have been isolated and characterized (H2glyc = glycolic acid, H2lact = lactic acid, im = imidazole). α-Alkoxy coordination with molybdenum [Mo-Oα-alkoxy 1.993(7)av Å] in 1 and 2 showed obvious differences to their counterpart with α-hydroxy coordination [MoIV3S4(PPh3)3(Hlact)2(lact)] [2.204(4)av Å] as shown in M. N. Sokolov, S. A...
May 22, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786670/deubiquitinylase-usp47-promotes-rela-phosphorylation-and-survival-in-gastric-cancer-cells
#6
Lara Naghavi, Martin Schwalbe, Ahmed Ghanem, Michael Naumann
Every year, gastric cancer causes around 819,000 deaths worldwide. The incidence of gastric cancer in the western world is slowly declining, but the prognosis is unpromising. In Germany, the 5-year-survival rate is around 32%, and the average life span after diagnosis is 6 to 9 months. Therapy of gastric cancer patients comprises a gastrectomy and perioperative or adjuvant chemotherapy. However, resistance of gastric cancer cells to these agents is widespread; thus, improved chemotherapeutic approaches are required...
May 22, 2018: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786580/-iron-deficiency-reduces-systemic-inflammation-in-obese-women
#7
Vadim M Nedoborenko, Anna V Lavrenko, Tatyana V Mamontova, Lyudmyla E Vesnina, Igor P Kaidashev
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Iron plays an important role in the functioning of immunological monitoring due to its stimulating and differentiating effect on the immune system. Obesity is accompanied by chronic low grade inflammation and may be accompanied by a change in the concentration of iron in the blood serum. The aim of the study was to determine the level of systemic inflammation in iron deficiency anemia in patients with obesity. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: 40 women with iron deficiency anemia (30 with obesity and 10 without obesity) and 10 with obesity of a similar age (control group) participated in the study...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786170/immunopeptidomic-profiling-of-hla-a2-positive-triple-negative-breast-cancer-identifies-potential-immunotherapy-target-antigens
#8
Nicola Ternette, Marloes J M Olde Nordkamp, Julius Muller, Amanda P Anderson, Annalisa Nicastri, Adrian V S Hill, Benedikt M Kessler, Demin Li
The recent development in immune checkpoint inhibitors and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells in the treatment of cancer has not only demonstrated the potency of utilising T-cell reactivity for cancer therapy, but has also highlighted the need for developing new approaches to discover targets suitable for such novel therapeutics. Here we analysed the immunopeptidomes of 6 HLA-A2-positive triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) samples by nano-ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (nUPLC-MS2 )...
May 22, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785897/addition-of-pectin-and-whey-protein-concentrate-minimises-the-generation-of-acid-whey-in-greek-style-yogurt
#9
Rabin Gyawali, Salam A Ibrahim
The objective of the study reported in this Research Communication was to investigate the effects of pectin and whey protein concentrate (WPC) on the generation of acid whey during Greek-style yogurt (GSY) processing. Yogurt samples were prepared using pectin (0·05%, w/v) and whey protein concentrate (WPC-80) (1%, w/v) as possible ingredients that reduce the acid whey production. Control yogurt sample was prepared without addition of these ingredients. The results showed that yogurt made with pectin plus WPC had significantly higher water holding capacity (~56%) than the control (33%)...
May 2018: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785634/a-cluster-of-five-genes-essential-for-the-utilization-of-dihydroxamate-xenosiderophores-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803
#10
Tobias A Obando S, Michael M Babykin, Vladislav V Zinchenko
The unicellular freshwater cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 is capable of using dihydroxamate xenosiderophores, either ferric schizokinen (FeSK) or a siderophore of the filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis ATCC 29413 (SAV), as the sole source of iron in the TonB-dependent manner. The fecCDEB1-schT gene cluster encoding a siderophore transport system that is involved in the utilization of FeSK and SAV in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 was identified. The gene schT encodes TonB-dependent outer membrane transporter, whereas the remaining four genes encode the ABC-type transporter FecB1CDE formed by the periplasmic binding protein FecB1, the transmembrane permease proteins FecC and FecD, and the ATPase FecE...
May 21, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785351/genetic-inactivation-of-alpha-synuclein-affects-embryonic-development-of-dopaminergic-neurons-of-the-substantia-nigra-but-not-the-ventral-tegmental-area-in-mouse-brain
#11
Tatiana V Tarasova, Olga A Lytkina, Valeria V Goloborshcheva, Larisa N Skuratovskaya, Alexandr I Antohin, Ruslan K Ovchinnikov, Michail S Kukharsky
Lesion of the dopaminergic neurons of the nigrostriatal system is a key feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Alpha-synuclein is a protein that is a major component of Lewy bodies, histopathological hallmarks of PD, and is involved in regulation of dopamine (DA) neurotransmission. Previous studies of knockout mice have shown that inactivation of alpha-synuclein gene can lead to the reduction in number of DA neurons in the substantia nigra (SN). DA neurons of the SN are known to be the most affected in PD patients whereas DA neurons of neighboring ventral tegmental area (VTA) are much less susceptible to degeneration...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785179/nanoformulation-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-with-target-receptor-triggered-release-in-the-central-nervous-system
#12
Yuhang Jiang, James M Fay, Chi-Duen Poon, Natasha Vinod, Yuling Zhao, Kristin Bullock, Si Qin, Devika S Manickam, Xiang Yi, William A Banks, Alexander V Kabanov
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is identified as a potent neuroprotective and neuroregenerative agent for many neurological diseases. Regrettably, its delivery to the brain is hampered by poor serum stability and rapid brain clearance. Here, a novel nanoformulation is reported composed of a bio-compatible polymer, poly(ethylene glycol)- b -poly(L-glutamic acid) (PEG-PLE), that hosts the BDNF molecule in a nanoscale complex, termed here Nano-BDNF. Upon simple mixture, Nano-BDNF spontaneously forms uniform spherical particles with a core-shell structure...
February 7, 2018: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785137/andrographolide-potentiates-the-antitumor-effect-of-topotecan-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells-through-an-intrinsic-apoptotic-pathway
#13
Mohammad Hassan Hodroj, Achraf Jardaly, Sarah Abi Raad, Annalise Zouein, Sandra Rizk
Background: Topotecan (TP) is an anticancer drug acting as topoisomerase I inhibitor that is used in the treatment of many types of cancers including leukemia, but it has significant side effects. Andrographolide, a compound extracted from Andrographis paniculata , was recently proven to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and can induce apoptosis. The aim of this study is to investigate the possible synergism between TP and andrographolide in acute myeloid cells in vitro. Materials and methods: U937 acute myeloid leukemic cells were cultured using Roswell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI) medium and then treated for 24 h with TP and andrographolide prepared through the dilution of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) stocks with RPMI on the day of treatment...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785135/mutation-analysis-of-brca1-2-mutations-with-special-reference-to-polymorphic-snps-in-indian-breast-cancer-patients
#14
Nidhi D Shah, Parth S Shah, Yash Y Panchal, Kalpesh H Katudia, Nikunj B Khatri, Hari Shankar P Ray, Upti R Bhatiya, Sandip C Shah, Bhavini S Shah, Mandava V Rao
Background: Germline mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2 contribute almost equally in the causation of breast cancer (BC). The type of mutations in the Indian population that cause this condition is largely unknown. Purpose: In this cohort, 79 randomized BC patients were screened for various types of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations including frameshift, nonsense, missense, in-frame and splice site types. Materials and methods: The purified extracted DNA of each referral patient was subjected to Sanger gene sequencing using Codon Code Analyzer and Mutation Surveyor and next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods with Ion torrent software, after appropriate care...
2018: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785023/hiv-vaccine-candidate-activation-of-hypoxia-and-the-inflammasome-in-cd14-monocytes-is-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-siv-mac251-acquisition
#15
Monica Vaccari, Slim Fourati, Shari N Gordon, Dallas R Brown, Massimilano Bissa, Luca Schifanella, Isabela Silva de Castro, Melvin N Doster, Veronica Galli, Maria Omsland, Dai Fujikawa, Giacomo Gorini, Namal P M Liyanage, Hung V Trinh, Katherine M McKinnon, Kathryn E Foulds, Brandon F Keele, Mario Roederer, Richard A Koup, Xiaoying Shen, Georgia D Tomaras, Marcus P Wong, Karissa J Munoz, Johannes S Gach, Donald N Forthal, David C Montefiori, David J Venzon, Barbara K Felber, Margherita Rosati, George N Pavlakis, Mangala Rao, Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, Genoveffa Franchini
Qualitative differences in the innate and adaptive responses elicited by different HIV vaccine candidates have not been thoroughly investigated. We tested the ability of the Aventis Pasteur live recombinant canarypox vector (ALVAC)-SIV, DNA-SIV and Ad26-SIV vaccine prime modalities together with two ALVAC-SIV + gp120 protein boosts to reduce the risk of SIVmac251 acquisition in rhesus macaques. We found that the DNA and ALVAC prime regimens were effective, but the Ad26 prime was not. The activation of hypoxia and the inflammasome in CD14+ CD16- monocytes, gut-homing CCR5-negative CD4+ T helper 2 (TH 2) cells and antibodies to variable region 2 correlated with a decreased risk of SIVmac251 acquisition...
May 21, 2018: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785012/multiplex-assessment-of-protein-variant-abundance-by-massively-parallel-sequencing
#16
Kenneth A Matreyek, Lea M Starita, Jason J Stephany, Beth Martin, Melissa A Chiasson, Vanessa E Gray, Martin Kircher, Arineh Khechaduri, Jennifer N Dines, Ronald J Hause, Smita Bhatia, William E Evans, Mary V Relling, Wenjian Yang, Jay Shendure, Douglas M Fowler
Determining the pathogenicity of genetic variants is a critical challenge, and functional assessment is often the only option. Experimentally characterizing millions of possible missense variants in thousands of clinically important genes requires generalizable, scalable assays. We describe variant abundance by massively parallel sequencing (VAMP-seq), which measures the effects of thousands of missense variants of a protein on intracellular abundance simultaneously. We apply VAMP-seq to quantify the abundance of 7,801 single-amino-acid variants of PTEN and TPMT, proteins in which functional variants are clinically actionable...
May 21, 2018: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784935/a-causal-mechanism-for-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia
#17
REVIEW
Mel Greaves
In this Review, I present evidence supporting a multifactorial causation of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a major subtype of paediatric cancer. ALL evolves in two discrete steps. First, in utero initiation by fusion gene formation or hyperdiploidy generates a covert, pre-leukaemic clone. Second, in a small fraction of these cases, the postnatal acquisition of secondary genetic changes (primarily V(D)J recombination-activating protein (RAG) and activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)-driven copy number alterations in the case of ETS translocation variant 6 (ETV6)-runt-related transcription factor 1 (RUNX1)+ ALL) drives conversion to overt leukaemia...
May 21, 2018: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784874/select-%C3%AE-arrestins-control-cell-surface-abundance-of-the-mammalian-kir2-1-potassium-channel-in-a-yeast-model
#18
Natalie A Hager, Collin J Krasowski, Timothy D Mackie, Alexander R Kolb, Patrick G Needham, Andrew A Augustine, Alison Dempsey, Christopher Szent-Gyorgyi, Marcel P Bruchez, Daniel J Bain, Adam V Kwiatkowski, Allyson F O'Donnell, Jeffrey L Brodsky
Protein composition at the plasma membrane is tightly regulated, with rapid protein internalization and selective targeting to the cell surface occurring in response to environmental changes. For example, ion channels are dynamically relocalized to or from the plasma membrane in response to physiological alterations, allowing cells and organisms to maintain osmotic and salt homeostasis. To identify additional factors that regulate the selective trafficking of a specific ion channel, we used a yeast model for a mammalian potassium channel, the K+ inwardly rectifying channel Kir2...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784862/antibodies-to-icam1-binding-pfemp1-dbl%C3%AE-are-biomarkers-of-protective-immunity-to-malaria-in-a-cohort-of-young-children-from-papua-new-guinea
#19
Sofonias K Tessema, Digjaya Utama, Olga Chesnokov, Anthony N Hodder, Clara S Lin, G L Abby Harrison, Jakob S Jespersen, Bent Petersen, Livingstone Tavul, Peter Siba, Dominic Kwiatkowski, Thomas Lavstsen, Diana S Hansen, Andrew V Oleinikov, Ivo Mueller, Alyssa E Barry
Plasmodium falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 1 (PfEMP1) mediates parasite sequestration to the cerebral microvasculature via binding of DBLβ domains to Intercellular Adhesion Molecule 1 (ICAM1) and is associated with severe cerebral malaria. In a cohort of 187 young children from Papua New Guinea (PNG), we examined baseline antibody levels to the ICAM1-binding PfEMP1 domain, DBLβ3PF11_0521 , in comparison to four control antigens including NTS-DBLα and CIDR1 domains from another group A variant and a group B/C variant...
May 21, 2018: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784860/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-fc%C3%AE-riiib-receptor-ligand-interaction-implications-for-neutrophil-mediated-immune-mechanisms-in-malaria
#20
Piyapong Simtong, Amornrat V Romphruk, Annalena Traum, Monika Burg-Roderfeld, Gregor Bein, Konstantin Jakubowski, Andreas Dominik, Michael Theisen, Ikhlaq Hussain Kana, Ulrich J Sachs, Sentot Santoso
The Fcγ receptor IIIb (FcγRIIIb) is a low-affinity receptor of IgG and is essential in neutrophil mediated effector functions. Different allelic forms of FcγRIIIb carrying human neutrophil antigen (HNA-1a, -1b, -1c and -1d) have been identified. Here, we have generated stable transfected HEK293 cell lines expressing HNA-1aa, -1bb, and -1bc. Of these, cells expressing HNA-1bc interacted significantly stronger (2.277 versus 0.743) with human IgG than cells expressing the HNA-1aa or -1bb alloforms. The higher affinity of IgG towards the HNA-1c alloform was confirmed using neutrophils derived from German blood donors...
May 21, 2018: Infection and Immunity
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