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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214828/role-for-target-of-rapamycin-mtor-signal-pathway-in-regulating-neuronal-injury-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#1
Jie-Ping Wang, Meng-Yu Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine/threonine protein kinase and activation of its signal pathway plays an important role in regulating protein growth and synthesis as well as cell proliferation and survival. In the present study, we examined the contribution of mTOR signal and its downstream products to brain injuries induced by intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in rats. METHODS: Western Blot analysis was employed to examine the protein expression of mTOR and its downstream pathway and Caspase-3...
January 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214630/ph-and-reduction-dual-responsive-dipeptide-cationic-lipids-with-%C3%AE-tocopherol-hydrophobic-tail-for-efficient-gene-delivery
#2
Qiang Liu, Rong-Chuan Su, Wen-Jing Yi, Li-Ting Zheng, Shan-Shan Lu, Zhi-Gang Zhao
A series of tocopherol-based cationic lipid 3a-3f bearing a pH-sensitive imidazole moiety in the dipeptide headgroup and a reduction-responsive disulfide linkage were designed and synthesized. Acid-base titration of these lipids showed good buffering capacities. The liposomes formed from 3 and co-lipid 1, 2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) could efficiently bind and condense DNA into nanoparticles. Gel binding and HPLC assays confirmed the encapsulated DNA could release from lipoplexes 3 upon addition of 10 mM glutathione (GSH)...
February 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214467/paxillin-a-crossroad-in-pathological-cell-migration
#3
REVIEW
Ana María López-Colomé, Irene Lee-Rivera, Regina Benavides-Hidalgo, Edith López
Paxilllin is a multifunctional and multidomain focal adhesion adapter protein which serves an important scaffolding role at focal adhesions by recruiting structural and signaling molecules involved in cell movement and migration, when phosphorylated on specific Tyr and Ser residues. Upon integrin engagement with extracellular matrix, paxillin is phosphorylated at Tyr31, Tyr118, Ser188, and Ser190, activating numerous signaling cascades which promote cell migration, indicating that the regulation of adhesion dynamics is under the control of a complex display of signaling mechanisms...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214195/first-clinical-case-of-canine-granulocytic-anaplasmosis-in-korea-and-genotypic-analyses-of-anaplasma-phagocytophilum
#4
Seung-Hun Lee, Nara Kim, Dongmi Kwak
A 2-year-old male Jindo dog was presented to a local veterinary clinic for anorexia, lethargy, edema around neck, and vomiting. Based on the clinical history, physical examination, hematology, blood chemistry, serology, and PCR, the dog was diagnosed with canine granulocytic anaplasmosis (CGA). PCR and phylogenetic analyses targeting the 16S rRNA, groEL, and msp2 genes of Anaplasma phagocytophilum revealed that the A. phagocytophilum identified in this study subgrouped into alanine and USA groups according to the groEL and msp2 gene sequences, respectively...
February 3, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213955/the-skin-barrier-function-gene-spink5-is-associated-with-challenge-proven-ige-mediated-food-allergy-in-infants
#5
Sarah E Ashley, Hern-Tze Tina Tan, Peter Vuillermin, Shyamali C Dharmage, Mimi L K Tang, Jennifer Koplin, Lyle C Gurrin, Adrian Lowe, Caroline Lodge, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, John Molloy, Pamela Martin, Melanie C Matheson, Richard Saffery, Katrina J Allen, Justine A Ellis, David Martino
BACKGROUND: A defective skin barrier is hypothesised to be an important route of sensitisation to dietary antigens, and may lead to food allergy in some children. Missense mutations in the Serine peptidase inhibitor kazal type 5 (SPINK5) skin barrier gene have previously been associated with allergic conditions. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether genetic variants in and around SPINK5 are associated with IgE mediated food allergy. METHOD: We genotyped 71 'tag' single nucleotide polymorphisms (tag-SNPs) within a region spanning ~263 kilobases (kb) including SPINK5 (~61kb) in n=722 (n=367 food allergic, n=199 food sensitised, tolerant and n=156 non-food allergic controls) 12-month infants (discovery sample) phenotyped for food allergy with the gold standard oral food challenge (OFC)...
February 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213519/an-extra-amino-acid-residue-in-transmembrane-domain-10-of-the-gaba-transporter-gat-1-is-required-for-efficient-ion-coupled-transport
#6
Oshrat Dayan, Anu Nagarajan, Raven Shah, Assaf Ben-Yona, Lucy R Forrest, Baruch I Kanner
The GABA transporter GAT-1 mediates electrogenic transport of its substrate together with sodium and chloride. It is a member of the neurotransmitter:sodium:symporters, which are crucial for synaptic transmission. Compared to all other neurotransmitter:sodium:symporters, GAT-1 and the other members of the GABA transporter subfamily, all contain an extra amino acid residue at or near a conserved glycine in transmembrane segment 10. Therefore, we studied the functional impact of deletion and replacement mutants of Gly-457, and its two adjacent residues in GAT-1...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213103/expression-and-characterization-of-haemathrins-madanin-like-thrombin-inhibitors-isolated-from-the-salivary-gland-of-tick-haemaphysalis-bispinosa-acari-ixodidae
#7
Rajeev Kungur Brahma, Guillaume Blanchet, Simran Kaur, R Manjunatha Kini, Robin Doley
Saliva of hematophagous animals, such as ticks, is an excellent source of anticoagulant proteins and polypeptides. Here we describe the identification and characterization of two thrombin inhibitors named as haemathrin 1 and 2 from the salivary gland of tick Haemaphysalis bispinosa using genomic approach. Haemathrins are cysteine-less peptide anticoagulants, which share about 65-70% identity with madanins, and belong to inhibitor I53 superfamily of inhibitors of the MEROPS database. Haemathrins were overexpressed in E...
January 31, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212797/ca-2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-ii-in-vascular-smooth-muscle
#8
F Z Saddouk, R Ginnan, H A Singer
Ca(2+)-dependent signaling pathways are central regulators of differentiated vascular smooth muscle (VSM) contractile function. In addition, Ca(2+) signals regulate VSM gene transcription, proliferation, and migration of dedifferentiated or "synthetic" phenotype VSM cells. Synthetic phenotype VSM growth and hyperplasia are hallmarks of pervasive vascular diseases including hypertension, atherosclerosis, postangioplasty/in-stent restenosis, and vein graft failure. The serine/threonine protein kinase Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a ubiquitous mediator of intracellular Ca(2+) signals...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212734/role-of-granule-proteases-in-the-life-and-death-of-neutrophils
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REVIEW
Charaf Benarafa, Hans-Uwe Simon
Neutrophils constitute a crucial component of the innate immune defenses against microbes. Produced in the bone marrow and patrolling in blood vessels, neutrophils are recruited to injured tissues and are immediately active to contain pathogen invasion. Neutrophils undergo programmed cell death by multiple, context-specific pathways, which have consequences on immunopathology and disease outcome. Studies in the last decade indicate additional functions for neutrophils - or a subset of neutrophils - in modulating adaptive responses and tumor progression...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212730/the-integrated-stress-response-and-proteotoxicity-in-cancer-therapy
#10
REVIEW
David J McConkey
A variety of different forms of cellular stress can cause protein misfolding and aggregation and proteotoxicity. The cytoprotective response to proteotoxicity is termed the integrated stress response and involves 4 distinct serine/threonine protein kinases that converge on the translation initiation factor eIF2α, resulting in phosphorylation at S51, cell cycle arrest, and a general inhibition of global protein synthesis. Phosphorylation of eIF2α also promotes translation of ATF4 and the expression of ATF4 target genes that ameliorate proteotoxic stress but can also promote apoptosis...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210731/pressure-driven-phase-transition-mechanisms-revealed-by-quantum-chemistry-l-serine-polymorphs
#11
Denis A Rychkov, Jernej Stare, Elena V Boldyreva
The present study delivers a computational approach for the understanding of the mechanism of phase transitions between polymorphs of small organic molecules. By using state of the art periodic DFT calculations augmented with dispersion corrections and an external stress tensor together with gas-phase cluster calculations, we thoroughly explained the reversible phase transitions of three polymorphs of the model system, namely crystalline l-serine in the pressure range up to 8 GPa. This study has shown that at the macroscopic level the main driving force of the phase transitions is the decrease in the volume of the crystal unit cell, which contributes to the enthalpy difference between the two forms, but not to the difference in their internal crystal energies...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209530/slc39a6-promotes-aggressiveness-of-esophageal-carcinoma-cells-by-increasing-intracellular-levels-of-zinc-activating-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-signaling-and-upregulating-genes-that-regulate-metastasis
#12
Xinxin Cheng, Lixuan Wei, Xudong Huang, Jian Zheng, Mingming Shao, Ting Feng, Jun Li, Yaling Han, Wenle Tan, Wen Tan, Dongxin Lin, Chen Wu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: A common variant in the solute carrier family 39 member 6 gene (SLC39A6) has been associated with survival times of patients with esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (ESCC). We investigated the function of SLC39A6 and ways in which this variant affects tumor progression by studying ESCC samples and cell lines. METHODS: SLC39A6 was expressed, or knocked down by expression of small hairpin RNAs, in ESCC cells (KYSE30 and KYSE450) and HeLa cells using lentiviral vectors; we analyzed effects on proliferation, colony formation, migration, and invasion in vitro...
February 13, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209477/characterizing-the-biological-and-biochemical-profile-of-six-different-scorpion-venoms-from-the-buthidae-and-scorpionidae-family
#13
Sebastian Estrada-Gómez, Lyz Gomez-Rave, Leidy Vargas-Muñoz, Arie van der Meijden
The objective of this study was to characterize a selection of six different scorpion venoms using biological and biochemical methods, including a preliminary MS/MS and a post-translational modifications analysis. Despite the diversity of scorpion species of medical importance in Africa and Colombia, the venoms of these arachnids have been poorly studied in these two regions. We report the biochemical, electrophoretic, chromatographic profile, internal peptide sequences with a post-translational modification report, and a preliminary antitumor activity of five different scorpions of the Buthidae family, Androctonus amoreuxi, Babycurus jacksoni, Grosphus grandidieri, Hottentotta gentili and Tityus fuhrmanni, and one of the Scorpionidae family Pandinus imperator...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209394/ensifer-shofinae-sp-nov-a-novel-rhizobial-species-isolated-from-root-nodules-of-soybean-glycine-max
#14
Wen Hao Chen, Sheng Hui Yang, Zhao Hu Li, Xiao Xia Zhang, Xin Hua Sui, En Tao Wang, Wen Xin Chen, Wen Feng Chen
Two bacterial strains isolated from root nodules of soybean were characterized phylogenetically as members of a distinct group in the genus Ensifer based on 16S rRNA gene comparisons. They were also verified as a separated group by the concatenated sequence analyses of recA, atpD and glnII (with similarities ≤93.9% to the type strains for defined species), and by the average nucleotide identities (ANI) between the whole genome sequence of the representative strain CCBAU 251167(T) and those of the closely related strains in Ensifer glycinis and Ensifer fredii (90...
February 2, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208842/assessment-of-serum-vaspin-levels-among-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-with-or-without-acute-coronary-syndrome
#15
Aswathy Jaya Sathyaseelan, Prashant Shankarrao Adole, Mukta Wyawahare, Rama Prakasha Saya
INTRODUCTION: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is on the verge of becoming a pandemic in India. Type 2 DM patient have two to four times increased risk of carotid artery disease. Adipokines have been regarded recently as direct link between diabetes and atherosclerosis. Visceral Adipose Tissue Derived Serine Protease Inhibitor (VASPIN); one of the most recently discovered adipokine, inhibits the proteases responsible for insulin resistance, carotid plaque development and rupture. In literature, few studies have addressed the role of VASPIN in pathogenesis of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) in patients with type 2 DM...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208575/rna-seq-analyses-for-two-silkworm-strains-reveals-insight-into-their-susceptibility-and-resistance-to-beauveria-bassiana-infection
#16
Dongxu Xing, Qiong Yang, Liang Jiang, Qingrong Li, Yang Xiao, Mingqiang Ye, Qingyou Xia
The silkworm Bombyx mori is an economically important species. White muscardine caused by Beauveria bassiana is the main fungal disease in sericulture, and understanding the silkworm responses to B. bassiana infection is of particular interest. Herein, we investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying these responses in two silkworm strains Haoyue (HY, sensitive to B. bassiana) and Kang 8 (K8, resistant to B. bassiana) using an RNA-seq approach. For each strain, three biological replicates for immersion treatment, two replicates for injection treatment and three untreated controls were collected to generate 16 libraries for sequencing...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208230/emerging-role-of-gsk-3%C3%AE-in-the-pathobiology-of-classical-hodgkin-lymphoma
#17
Claudio Agostinelli, Silvia Carloni, Francesco Limarzi, Simona Righi, Maria Antonella Laginestra, Gerardo Musuraca, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Roberta Napolitano, Antonio Cuneo, Daniele Vergara, Pier Luigi Zinzani, Sabattini Elena, Stefano A Pileri, Serena De Matteis
AIMS: GSK-3β is a serine/threonine kinase involved in glycogen metabolism, cell cycle progression, differentiation, embryogenesis, migration, metabolism, survival and cellular senescence. Its main biological function is to inhibit β-catenin by sequestration and promotion of its proteasomal degradation in the Wnt canonical pathway, however GSK-3β interacts with multiple signaling pathways and aberrant expression of the enzyme was reported in many solid neoplasms. This study aimed to investigate the biological relevance of GSK-3β in classical Hodgkin Lymphomas (cHL)...
February 16, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207991/high-yield-secretion-of-recombinant-proteins-from-the-microalga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#18
E M Ramos-Martinez, L Fimognari, Y Sakuragi
Microalga-based biomanufacturing of recombinant proteins is attracting growing attention due to its advantages in safety, metabolic diversity, scalability, and sustainability. Secretion of recombinant proteins can accelerate the use of microalgal platforms by allowing post-translational modifications and easy recovery of products from the culture media. However, currently, the yields of secreted recombinant proteins are low, which hampers the commercial application of this strategy. This study aimed at expanding the genetic tools for enhancing secretion of recombinant proteins in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a widely used green microalga as a model organism and a potential industrial biotechnology platform...
February 16, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207246/aspartate-glycosylation-triggers-isomerization-to-isoaspartate
#19
John Janetzko, Suzanne Walker
O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine transferase (OGT) is an essential human enzyme that glycosylates numerous nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins on serine and threonine. It also cleaves Host cell factor 1 (HCF-1) by a mechanism in which the first step involves glycosylation on glutamate. Replacing glutamate with aspartate in an HCF-1 proteolytic repeat was shown to prevent peptide backbone cleavage, but whether aspartate glycosylation occurred was not examined. We report here that OGT glycosylates aspartate much faster than it glycosylates glutamate in an otherwise identical model peptide substrate; moreover, once formed, the glycosyl aspartate reacts further to form a succinimide intermediate that hydrolyzes to produce the corresponding isoaspartyl peptide...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207237/simultaneous-determination-of-absolute-configuration-and-quantity-of-lipopeptides-using-chiral-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-and-diastereomeric-internal-standards
#20
Reza Nemati, Christopher Dietz, Emily Anstadt, Robert Clark, Michael B Smith, Frank Nichols, Xudong Yao
Lipopeptides promote innate immune response and are related to disease pathology. To investigate the newly-emerging roles of lipopeptides, accurate measurements of stereoisomers with multiple chiral centers are essential yet challenging. This work uses (3R)- and (3S)-(15-methyl-3-((13-methyltetradecanoyl)oxy)hexadecanoyl)glycyl-L-serine, abbreviated as L-serine-(R+S)-Lipid 654, to develop a method that combines chiral liquid chromatography, a diastereomeric mixture of isotopically-labeled internal standards and multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry...
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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