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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732089/cx47-fine-tunes-the-handling-of-serum-lipids-but-is-dispensable-for-lymphatic-vascular-function
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Merlijn J Meens, Issa Kutkut, Viviane Rochemont, Juan Dubrot, Fouad R Kaladji, Amélie Sabine, Oliver Lyons, Stefanie Hendrikx, Jeremiah Bernier-Latmani, Friedemann Kiefer, Alberto Smith, Stéphanie Hugues, Tatiana V Petrova, Brenda R Kwak
Mutations in the gap junction protein connexin47 (Cx47) are associated with lymphedema. However, the role of Cx47 in lymphatic pathophysiology is unknown. We demonstrate that Cx47 is expressed in lymphatic endothelial cells by whole-mount immunostaining and qPCR. To determine if Cx47 plays a role in lymphatic vessel function we analysed Cx47-/- mice. Cx47-deficiency did not affect lymphatic contractility (contractile amplitude or frequency) or lymphatic morphology (vessel diameter or number of valves). Interstitial fluid drainage or dendritic cell migration through lymphatic vessels was also not affected by Cx47-deficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732041/understanding-russell-s-viper-venom-factor-v-activator-s-substrate-specificity-by-surface-plasmon-resonance-and-in-silico-studies
#2
Pradeep K Yadav, Christian B Antonyraj, Syed Ibrahim Basheer Ahamed, Sistla Srinivas
Blood coagulation factor V (FV) is activated either by Factor X or thrombin, cleaving at three different sites viz., Site I (Arg709-Ser710), site II (Arg1018-Thr1019), and site III (Arg1545-Ser1546). Russell's viper venom factor V activator (RVV-V) is a thrombin-like serine proteinase that activates FV with selective, single cleavage at site III. A long lasting effort is being pending in understanding the 'selective' binding specificity of the RVV-V towards site III. Here, we present the binding kinetic study of RVV-V with two designed peptides corresponding to the regions from site I (Gln699-Asn713) and site II (1008Lys-Pro1022), respectively, that include 15 amino acids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731589/effects-of-nitric-oxide-on-large-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-currents-in-human-cardiac-fibroblasts-through-pka-and-pkg-related-pathways
#3
Hyemi Bae, Inja Lim
The human cardiac fibroblast (HCF) is the most abundant cell type in the myocardium, and HCFs play critical roles in maintaining normal cardiac function. However, unlike cardiomyocytes, the electrophysiology of HCFs is not well established. In the cardiovascular system, Ca(2+) -activated K(+) (KCa) channels have distinct physiological and pathological functions, and nitric oxide (NO) play key roles. In this study, we investigated the potential effects of NO on KCa channels in HCFs. We recorded strong oscillating, well-maintained outward K(+) currents without marked inactivation throughout the test pulse period and detected outward rectification in the I-V curve; these are all characteristics that are typical of KCa currents...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731540/participation-of-osteoclastogenic-factors-in-immunopathogenesis-of-human-chronic-periapical-lesions
#4
S C L T Santos, L A Couto, J M Fonseca, F C A Xavier, A C L Figueiredo, V S Freitas, R A Freitas, J N Santos, A C G Henriques
BACKGROUND: Chronic periapical lesions (CPLs) are common lesions of the oral cavity and are the result of caries, tooth fracture, iatrogenic causes or factors causing contamination and pulp necrosis. Inflammatory cells participate in the expansion of CPLs by releasing factors that stimulate or inhibit osteolytic activity. The objective of this study was to investigate the participation of RANKL, TNF-α, cathepsin K, IL-33 and OPG in the development of radicular cysts (RCs) and periapical granulomas (PGs)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731463/peroxisomes-protect-lymphoma-cells-from-hdac-inhibitor-mediated-apoptosis
#5
Michael S Dahabieh, ZongYi Ha, Erminia Di Pietro, Jessica N Nichol, Alicia M Bolt, Christophe Goncalves, Daphné Dupéré-Richer, Filippa Pettersson, Koren K Mann, Nancy E Braverman, Sonia V Del Rincón, Wilson H Miller
Peroxisomes are a critical rheostat of reactive oxygen species (ROS), yet their role in drug sensitivity and resistance remains unexplored. Gene expression analysis of clinical lymphoma samples suggests that peroxisomes are involved in mediating drug resistance to the histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) Vorinostat (Vor), which promotes ROS-mediated apoptosis. Vor augments peroxisome numbers in cultured lymphoma cells, concomitant with increased levels of peroxisomal proteins PEX3, PEX11B, and PMP70. Genetic inhibition of peroxisomes, using PEX3 knockdown, reveals that peroxisomes protect lymphoma cells against Vor-mediated cell death...
July 21, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731300/solid-state-structures-of-lead-complexes-with-relevance-for-biological-systems
#6
Katsuyuki Aoki, Kazutaka Murayama, Ning-Hai Hu
Structural information on the interaction between lead ion and its targeting biological substances is important not only for enriching coordination chemistry of lead but for successfully treating lead poisoning that is a present-day problem. This chapter provides structural data, mainly metal binding sites/modes, observed in crystal structures of lead complexes with biorelevant molecules, obtained from the Cambridge Structural Database (the CSD version 5.36 updated to May 2015) and the Protein Data Bank (PDB updated to February 2016)...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731268/-13-c-metabolic-flux-profiling-of-pichia-pastoris-grown-in-aerobic-batch-cultures-on-glucose-revealed-high-relative-anabolic-use-of-tca-cycle-and-limited-incorporation-of-provided-precursors-of-branched-chain-amino-acids
#7
Meng Zhang, Xiao-Wei Yu, Yan Xu, Paula Jouhten, G V T Swapna, Ralf W Glaser, John F Hunt, Gaetano T Montelione, Hannu Maaheimo, Thomas Szyperski
Carbon metabolism of Crabtree negative yeast Pichia pastoris was profiled using (13) C NMR to delineate regulation during exponential growth and to study the import of two precursors for branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis, α-ketoisovalerate and α-ketobutyrate. Cells were grown in aerobic batch cultures containing (i) only glucose, (ii) glucose along with the precursors, or (iii) glucose and Val. The study provided the following new insights. First, (13) C flux ratio analyses of central metabolism reveal an unexpectedly high anaplerotic supply of the tricarboxylic acid cycle for a Crabtree negative yeast, and show that a substantial fraction of glucose catabolism proceeds through the pentose phosphate pathway...
July 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731202/on-the-brink-the-highly-reduced-plastomes-of-nonphotosynthetic-ericaceae
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Thomas W A Braukmann, Michael B Broe, Saša Stefanović, John V Freudenstein
Ericaceae (the heather family) is a large and diverse group of plants that forms elaborate symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungi, and includes several nonphotosynthetic lineages. Using an extensive sample of fully mycoheterotrophic (MH) species, we explored inter- and intraspecific variation as well as selective constraints acting on the plastomes of these unusual plants. The plastomes of seven MH genera were analysed in a phylogenetic context with two geographically disparate individuals sequenced for Allotropa, Monotropa, and Pityopus...
July 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731187/isolation-and-purification-of-novel-peptides-derived-from-sepia-ink-effects-on-apoptosis-of-prostate-cancer-cell-pc%C3%A2-3
#9
Fangfang Huang, Yinwen Jing, Guofang Ding, Zuisu Yang
Novel prostate cancer therapeutics are in high demand. In order to identify potential therapeutic targets, protein from sepia ink was hydrolyzed by utilizing pepsin in an orthogonal array design. Pepsin hydrolysate (SH) obtained at optimal conditions exhibited the highest antitumor activity. Subsequently, a novel antitumor peptide, which was termed SHP, was isolated through ultrafiltration, gel filtration chromatography and reversed phase high‑performance liquid chromatography. The amino acid sequence of SHP was identified as Leu‑Lys‑Glu‑Glu‑Asn‑Arg‑Arg‑Arg‑Arg‑Asp with a molecular mass of 1371...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731183/paeoniflorin-exerts-neuroprotective-effects-against-glutamate%C3%A2-induced-pc12-cellular-cytotoxicity-by-inhibiting-apoptosis
#10
Ahong Chen, Hongyun Wang, Yuqin Zhang, Xiaoying Wang, Lishuang Yu, Wen Xu, Wei Xu, Yu Lin
Paeoniflorin (PF) is an active ingredient of Radix Paeoniae, which is known to exert neuroprotective effects. However, the mechanims behind the neuroprotective effects of PF are not yet fully understood. The apoptosis of neurons plays an important role in the cerebral ischemia-induced cascade response. This study aimed to investigate neuroprotective effects of PF against glutamate‑induced PC12 cellular cytotoxicity and to determine whether these effects are mediated via the inhibition of apoptosis in vitro and the activity of mitochondrial apoptosis-associated proteins in PC12 cells...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731027/ptenp1-acts-as-a-cerna-to-regulate-pten-by-sponging-mir-19b-and-explores-the-biological-role-of-ptenp1-in-breast-cancer
#11
R-K Li, J- Gao, L-H Guo, G-Q Huang, W-H Luo
This study aimed to investigate role of long noncoding RNA PTENP1 regulating PTEN expression via miR-19b to affect breast cancer (BC) progression. We measured expressions of PTENP1, miR-19b and PTEN in 65 matched BC cancerous and noncancerous tissues by quantitative real-time fluorescence PCR (qRT-PCR) and investigated the biological effects of PTENP1 in BC MDA-MB-231 cells by several in vitro experiments including CCK8, wound healing, transwell and Annexin V-FITC/PI analysis. Besides, the competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) activity of PTENP1 on miR-19b was detected by luciferase reporter assay, and the expressions of related genes and proteins were determined by western blot assay and qRT-PCR...
July 21, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730837/molecular-basis-of-trpa1-regulation-in-nociceptive-neurons-a-review
#12
A Kádková, V Synytsya, J Krusek, L Zímová, V Vlachová
Transient receptor potential A1 (TRPA1) is an excitatory ion channel that functions as a cellular sensor, detecting a wide range of proalgesic agents such as environmental irritants and endogenous products of inflammation and oxidative stress. Topical application of TRPA1 agonists produces an acute nociceptive response through peripheral release of neuropeptides, purines and other transmitters from activated sensory nerve endings. This, in turn, further regulates TRPA1 activity downstream of G-protein and phospholipase C-coupled signaling cascades...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730831/the-galanin-and-galanin-receptor-subtypes-its-regulatory-role-in-the-biological-and-pathological-functions
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J Šípková, I Kramáriková, S Hynie, V Klenerová
The multitalented neuropeptide galanin was first discovered 30 years ago but initially no biologic activity was found. Further research studies discovered the presence of galanin in the brain and some peripheral tissues, and galanin was identified as a modulator of neurotransmission in the central and peripheral nervous system. Over the last decade there were performed very intensive studies of the neuronal actions and also of nonneuronal actions of galanin. Other galanin family peptides have been described, namely galanin, galanin-like peptide, galanin-message associated peptide and alarin...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730576/effects-of-boron-supplementation-on-expression-of-hsp70-in-the-spleen-of-african-ostrich
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Khaliq Haseeb, Jing Wang, Ke Xiao, Ke-Li Yang, Peng-Peng Sun, Xing-Tong Wu, You Luo, Hui Song, Hua-Zhen Liu, Ju-Ming Zhong, Ke-Mei Peng
Increased synthesis of heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) occurs in prokaryotes and eukaryotes in response to physiological, environmental, and chemical exposures, thus allowing the cell survival from fatal conditions. Hsp70 cytoprotective properties may be clarified by its anti-apoptotic function. Boron has been reported to play an essential role in various organ developments and metabolisms. However, it is not known if boron is also able to modulate the Hsp70. In the present study, the actions of boron on ostrich spleen and expression level of Hsp70 were investigated...
July 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730528/sulforaphane-promotes-mitochondrial-protection-in-sh-sy5y-cells-exposed-to-hydrogen-peroxide-by-an-nrf2-dependent-mechanism
#15
Marcos Roberto de Oliveira, Flávia de Bittencourt Brasil, Cristina Ribas Fürstenau
Sulforaphane (SFN; C6H11NOS2) is an isothiocyanate found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and radish. SFN exhibits antioxidant, anti-apoptotic, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory activities in different cell types. However, it was not previously demonstrated whether and how this natural compound would exert mitochondrial protection experimentally. Therefore, we investigated here the effects of a pretreatment (for 30 min) with SFN at 5 μM on mitochondria obtained from human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells exposed to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) at 300 μM for 24 h...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730489/identification-of-plant-kinase-substrates-based-on-kinase-assay-linked-phosphoproteomics
#16
Chuan-Chih Hsu, Justine V Arrington, Liang Xue, W Andy Tao
Protein phosphorylation is one of the key events in the regulation of plant physiological responses to diverse environmental stimuli. As crucial regulators of phosphorylation, protein kinases have been linked to the control of seed germination, flowering, and stress responses. Identifying downstream substrates of kinases is important for dissecting kinase-substrate networks as well as delineating the underlying defense mechanisms in response to extracellular stimulation. Despite the fact that thousands of kinase-substrate networks have been identified in mammalian cells, the downstream substrates of important plant kinases are still elusive...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730470/dissecting-kinase-effector-signaling-using-the-raprtap-methodology
#17
Anne-Marie Ray, Jennifer E Klomp, Kerrie B Collins, Andrei V Karginov
Kinases are involved in a broad spectrum of cell behaviors. A single kinase can interact with different ligands each eliciting a specific cellular response. Dissecting downstream signaling pathways of kinases is a key step to understanding physiological and pathological cell process. However, directing kinase activity to specific substrates remains challenging. Here, we present a new tool to selectively activate a kinase in a specific protein complex in living cells. This technology uses a rapamycin-inducible kinase activation coupled to interaction with FKBP12-binding domain (FRB) tagged protein...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730388/assessment-of-oxidative-status-of-the-brain-and-blood-plasma-in-rats-with-modeled-focal-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#18
A A Devyatov, T N Fedorova, S L Stvolinskii, M A Belousova, O S Medvedev, V A Tutelyan
Parameters of the oxidative status of the brain and blood plasma were measured in rats 24 h after 1-h focal cerebral ischemia. In the brain of rats exposed to cerebral ischemia, activities of superoxide dismutase and catalase were elevated. Ischemia reduced the total antioxidant activity of the brain and the levels of malonic dialdehyde and protein carbonyl derivatives. In the blood plasma of experimental rats, superoxide dismutase activity and malonic dialdehyde level increased and total antioxidant activity decreased, i...
July 18, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730337/memantine-can-reduce-ethanol-induced-caspase-3-activity-and-apoptosis-in-h4-cells-by-decreasing-intracellular-calcium
#19
Xiaolong Wang, Jiajun Chen, Hongbo Wang, Hao Yu, Changliang Wang, Jiabin You, Pengfei Wang, Chunmei Feng, Guohui Xu, Xu Wu, Rui Zhao, Guohua Zhang
Caspase-3 activation and apoptosis are associated with various neurodegenerative disorders. Calcium activation is an important factor in promoting apoptosis. We, therefore, assessed the role of intracellular calcium in ethanol-induced activation of caspase-3 in H4 human neuroglioma cells and the protective effect of the NMDA receptor antagonist, memantine, on ethanol-induced apoptosis in H4 cells. H4 cells were treated with 100 mM EtOH (in culture medium) for 2 days. For interaction studies, cells were treated with memantine (4 μM), EDTA (1 mM), or BAPTA-AM (10 μM) before treatment with EtOH...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730336/serologic-markers-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#20
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T V Khramova, Anna L Kaysheva, Y D Ivanov, T O Pleshakova, I Y Iourov, S G Vorsanova, Y B Yurov, A A Schetkin, A I Archakov
According to WHO data, about 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism, and this number grows by 14% annually. Among the possible causes of autism are genetic modifications, organic lesions of the central nervous system, metabolic disorders, influence of viral and bacterial infections, chemical influence to the mother's body during pregnancy, etc. The conducted research shows that research papers published until today do not name any potential protein markers that meet the requirements of the basic parameters for evaluating the efficiency of disease diagnostics, in particular high sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
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