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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449398/feeding-induced-phenol-production-in-capsicum-annuum-l-influences-spodoptera-litura-f-larval-growth-and-physiology
#1
Vijaya Movva, Usha Rani Pathipati
We studied the role of induced plant phenols as a defense response to insect herbivory. Phenolic compounds were induced in Capsicum annuum L., the source of many culinary peppers, after feeding by different stages of the insect pest, Spodoptera litura F. The phenols were identified and quantified using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and effects produced by these phenols on larval development were studied. Vanillic acid was identified in plants challenged by second, fourth, and fifth instar larvae, but not in plants challenged by third instar nor unchallenged plants...
May 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449380/the-pas-domains-of-the-major-sporulation-kinase-in-bacillus-subtilis-play-a-role-in-tetramer-formation-that-is-essential-for-the%C3%A2-autokinase-activity
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Brittany Kiehler, Lindsey Haggett, Masaya Fujita
Sporulation in Bacillus subtilis is induced upon starvation. In a widely accepted model, an N-terminal "sensor" domain of the major sporulation kinase KinA recognizes a hypothetical starvation signal(s) and autophosphorylates a histidine residue to activate the master regulator Spo0A via a multicomponent phosphorelay. However, to date no confirmed signal has been found. Here, we demonstrated that PAS-A, the most N-terminal of the three PAS domains (PAS-ABC), is dispensable for the activity, contrary to a previous report...
April 27, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449250/self-assembly-of-peptide-boroxoles-on-cis-dihydroxylated-oligoamide-templates-in-water
#3
André Wuttke, Armin Geyer
We develop templates that can be used to stabilize consistent oligomers of a bioactive peptide. In the present study, we synthesize oligomers of an antibody epitope from the amyloidogenic prion protein. Dynamic covalent chemistry is the basis for the spontaneous condensation of 2, 3, 4 or 6 peptides with qualified polyol templates presenting the required number of bioorthogonal ligation sites. To study this process in aqueous solution, the N-terminal amino acid of a 13-mer peptide is first acylated with 4-carboxy-benzoboroxole (1-hydroxy-1,3-dihydrobenzo[c][1,2] oxaborole-5-carboxylic acid) and then mixed with the template to obtain self-assembled miniamyloids of specified degree of oligomerization...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449226/an-integrated-network-analysis-identifies-how-arcab-enables-metabolic-oscillations-in-the-nitric-oxide-detoxification-network-of-escherichia-coli
#4
Sarah A Sacco, Kristin J Adolfsen, Mark P Brynildsen
The virulences of many pathogens depend on their abilities to detoxify the immune antimicrobial nitric oxide (NO•). The functions of bacterial NO• detoxification machinery depend on oxygen (O2 ), with O2 inhibiting some enzymes, whereas others use it as a substrate. Previously, Escherichia coli NO• detoxification was found to be highly attenuated under microaerobic conditions and metabolic oscillations were observed. The oscillations in [NO•] and [O2 ] were found to result from the inhibitory action of NO• on aerobic respiration, the catalytic inactivation of NO• by Hmp (an NO• dioxygenase), and an imbalanced competition for O2 between Hmp and cytochrome terminal oxidase activity...
April 27, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449192/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-pegylated-human-adrenomedullin-in-a-mouse-dss-induced-colitis-model
#5
Sayaka Nagata, Motoo Yamasaki, Kazuo Kitamura
Preclinical Research Human adrenomedullin (hAM), a hypotensive peptide, also has anti-inflammatory effects. hAM can reduce the severity of the dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)- and 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in animal models. Furthermore, in a clinical study, hAM treatment reduced the Disease Activity Index in ulcerative colitis. However, these therapeutic effects required continuous administration of hAM as the half-life of native hAM is quite short in blood. To resolve this problem, hAM N-terminal was conjugated with two kinds of polyethylene glycol (PEG); 5 kDa PEG or 60 kDa PEG (5 kDa PEG-hAM and 60 kDa PEG-hAM respectively)...
April 27, 2017: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449154/dual-raas-blockade-with-aliskiren-in-patients-with-severely-impaired-chronic-kidney-disease
#6
Franz Maximilian Rasche, Claudia Joel, Thomas Ebert, Thomas Frese, Filip Barinka, Volker Busch, Wilma Gertrud Rasche, Tom H Lindner, Jochen Schneider, Stephan Schiekofer
Dual renin-angiotensin-aldosterone blockade (dRAASb) is purposed in the prevention of the cardiorenal syndrome (CRS). However, all attempts with dRAASb even in patients with moderate impaired chronic kidney disease (CKD) were terminated due to the typical severe adverse events (SAE), e. g., hyperkalemia and rise of serum creatinine. The aim of our study with the direct renin inhibitor aliskiren was to evaluate the effect of dRAASb with a washout phase in patients with severely advanced CKD. We have studied 45 patients (G3b to 4, A2 and >A3; median glomerular filtration rate (GFR) CKD-EPI 31 (23-40) ml/min per 1...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448853/a-cluster-of-aspartic-residues-in-the-extracellular-loop-ii-of-par-4-is-important-for-thrombin-interaction-and-activation-of-platelets
#7
Daniel Sánchez Centellas, Sushanth Gudlur, Alejandro Vicente-Carrillo, Sofia Ramström, Tomas L Lindahl
Thrombin activates platelets via proteolytic cleavage of protease-activated receptors (PARs) 1 and 4. The two PARs have distinct but complementary roles. The mechanisms responsible for PAR1 activation by thrombin have been extensively studied. However, much less is known regarding thrombin activation of PAR4, especially the potential involvement of regions of PAR4 other than the N-terminal, which is bound to the catalytic site of thrombin. We have studied PAR4 in S. cerevisiae strain MMY12, an expression system in which the GPCR receptors are connected to a Lac Z reporter gene resulting in increased β-galactosidase activity...
April 13, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448715/acyl-carrier-protein-cyanylation-delivers-a-ketoacyl-synthase-carrier-protein-crosslink
#8
Grace Thiele, Conne Friedman, Kathleen Tsai, Joris Beld, Casey H Londergan, Louise K Charkoudian
Acyl carrier proteins (ACPs) are central hubs in polyketide and fatty acid biosynthetic pathways, but the fast motions of the ACP's phosphosphopantetheine (Ppant) arm make its conformational dynamics difficult to capture using traditional spectroscopic approaches. Here we report that converting the terminal thiol of E. coli ACP's Ppant arm into a thiocyanate activates this site to form a selective crosslink with the active site cys-teine of its partner ketoacyl synthase (KS; FabF). The reaction releases a cyanide anion, which can be detected by infrared spectroscopy...
April 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448614/obtaining-retrotransposon-sequences-analysis-of-their-genomic-distribution-and-use-of-retrotransposon-derived-genetic-markers-in-lentil-lens-culinaris-medik
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Rita Rey-Baños, Luis E Sáenz de Miera, Pedro García, Marcelino Pérez de la Vega
Retrotransposons with long terminal repeats (LTR-RTs) are widespread mobile elements in eukaryotic genomes. We obtained a total of 81 partial LTR-RT sequences from lentil corresponding to internal retrotransposon components and LTRs. Sequences were obtained by PCR from genomic DNA. Approximately 37% of the LTR-RT internal sequences presented premature stop codons, pointing out that these elements must be non-autonomous. LTR sequences were obtained using the iPBS technique which amplifies sequences between LTR-RTs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448514/a-new-gtf2i-braf-fusion-mediating-mapk-pathway-activation-in-pilocytic-astrocytoma
#10
Tajana Tešan Tomić, Josefin Olausson, Annica Wilzén, Magnus Sabel, Katarina Truvé, Helene Sjögren, Sándor Dósa, Magnus Tisell, Birgitta Lannering, Fredrik Enlund, Tommy Martinsson, Pierre Åman, Frida Abel
Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common pediatric brain tumor. A recurrent feature of PA is deregulation of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway most often through KIAA1549-BRAF fusion, but also by other BRAF- or RAF1-gene fusions and point mutations (e.g. BRAFV600E). These features may serve as diagnostic and prognostic markers, and also facilitate development of targeted therapy. The aims of this study were to characterize the genetic alterations underlying the development of PA in six tumor cases, and evaluate methods for fusion oncogene detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448495/dysregulation-of-inf2-mediated-mitochondrial-fission-in-spop-mutated-prostate-cancer
#11
Xiaofeng Jin, Jie Wang, Kun Gao, Pingzhao Zhang, Longfang Yao, Yan Tang, Lisha Tang, Jian Ma, Jiantao Xiao, Enceng Zhang, Jie Zhu, Bin Zhang, Shi-Min Zhao, Yao Li, Shancheng Ren, Haojie Huang, Long Yu, Chenji Wang
Next-generation sequencing of the exome and genome of prostate cancers has identified numerous genetic alternations. SPOP (Speckle-type POZ Protein) was one of the most frequently mutated genes in primary prostate cancer, suggesting SPOP is a potential driver of prostate cancer development and progression. However, how SPOP mutations contribute to prostate cancer pathogenesis remains poorly understood. SPOP acts as an adaptor protein of the CUL3-RBX1 E3 ubiquitin ligase complex that generally recruits substrates for ubiquitination and subsequent degradation...
April 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448468/transcriptome-analysis-of-core-dinoflagellates-reveals-a-universal-bias-towards-gc-rich-codons
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Ernest Williams, Allen Place, Tsvetan Bachvaroff
Although dinoflagellates are a potential source of pharmaceuticals and natural products, the mechanisms for regulating and producing these compounds are largely unknown because of extensive post-transcriptional control of gene expression. One well-documented mechanism for controlling gene expression during translation is codon bias, whereby specific codons slow or even terminate protein synthesis. Approximately 10,000 annotatable genes from fifteen "core" dinoflagellate transcriptomes along a range of overall guanine and cytosine (GC) content were used for codonW analysis to determine the relative synonymous codon usage (RSCU) and the GC content at each codon position...
April 27, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448457/effects-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-bone-turnover-markers-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#13
Verena Schwetz, Christian Trummer, Marlene Pandis, Martin R Grübler, Nicolas Verheyen, Martin Gaksch, Armin Zittermann, Winfried März, Felix Aberer, Angelika Lang, Gerlies Treiber, Claudia Friedl, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Thomas R Pieber, Andreas Tomaschitz, Stefan Pilz
Bone turnover markers (BTMs) are used to evaluate bone health together with bone mineral density and fracture assessment. Vitamin D supplementation is widely used to prevent and treat musculoskeletal diseases but existing data on vitamin D effects on markers of bone resorption and formation are inconsistent. We therefore examined the effects of vitamin D supplementation on bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (bALP), osteocalcin (OC), C-terminal telopeptide (CTX), and procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide (P1NP)...
April 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448438/antiplatelet-activity-of-a-newly-synthesized-novel-ruthenium-ii-a-potential-role-for-akt-jnk-signaling
#14
Themmila Khamrang, Kuo-Chen Hung, Chih-Hsuan Hsia, Cheng-Ying Hsieh, Marappan Velusamy, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen-Rong Sheu
In oncotherapy, ruthenium complexes are considered as potential alternatives for platinum compounds, and have been proved as promising anticancer drugs with high efficacy and lesser side effects. Platelet activation plays a major role in cancer metastasis and progression. Hence, this study explored the effect of a newly synthesized ruthenium complex, [Ru(η⁶-cymene)(L)Cl]BF₄(TQ5), where L = 4-phenyl-2-pyridin-2-yl-quinazoline), on human platelet activation. TQ5 (3-5 µM) inhibited concentration-dependent collagen-induced platelet aggregation in washed human platelets...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447936/ppp1r15a-mediated-dephosphorylation-of-eif2%C3%AE-is-unaffected-by-sephin1-or-guanabenz
#15
Ana Crespillo-Casado, Joseph E Chambers, Peter M Fischer, Stefan J Marciniak, David Ron
Dephosphorylation of translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2α) terminates signalling in the mammalian integrated stress response (ISR) and has emerged as a promising target for modifying the course of protein misfolding diseases. The [(o-chlorobenzylidene)amino]guanidines (Guanabenz and Sephin1) have been proposed to exert protective effects against misfolding by interfering with eIF2α-P dephosphorylation through selective disruption of a PP1-PPP1R15A holophosphatase complex. Surprisingly, they proved inert in vitro affecting neither stability of the PP1-PPP1R15A complex nor substrate-specific dephosphorylation...
April 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447802/potential-lipid-lowering-mechanisms-of-biochanin-a
#16
Zhaohui Xue, Qian Zhang, Wancong Yu, Haichao Wen, Xiaonan Hou, Dan Li, Xiaohong Kou
Extensive studies have demonstrated that biochanin A (BCA) has a significant hypolipidemic effect. However, its mechanism of action is not clear. In this context, the effect of BCA on a high-fat diet (HFD)-induced hyperlipidemia in mice was determined. The results showed that treatment with a medium dose of biochanin A (BM) significantly decreased low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) 85% (from 1.196 ± 0.183 to 0.181 ± 0.0778 mM) and total cholesterol (TC) 39% (from 5.983 ± 0.128 to 3.649 ± 0.374 mM) levels, increased lipoprotein lipase (LPL) 96% (from 1...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447781/artemisinin-protectes-retinal-neuronal-cells-against-oxidative-stress-and-restores-rat-retinal-physiological-function-from-light-exposed-damage
#17
Fengxia Yan, Hai-Tao Wang, Yang Gao, Jiang-Ping Xu, Wenhua Zheng
Oxidative stress plays a key role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of severe visual loss and blindness in the aging population which lacks any effective treatments currently. In this study, artemisinin, a well-known anti-malarial drug was found to suppress hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell death in retinal neuronal RGC-5 cells. Artemisinin, in the therapeutically relevant dosage, concentration-dependently attenuated the accumulation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), increased mitochondrial mitochondrial membrane potential and decreased cell apoptosis in RGC-5 cells induced by H2O2...
April 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447753/antitumor-activity-of-fucoidan-in-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer-via-apoptosis-and-anti-angiogenesis
#18
Hong-Yan Shen, Lan-Zhen Li, Ke-Cheng Xue, Dan-Dan Hu, Yu-Jun Gao
The present study demonstrated the effect of fucoidan, isolated from Fucus vesiculosus, on cell growth and apoptosis in anaplastic thyroid cancer cells. The cell viability was analyzed using a Cell Counting Kit‑8 cell proliferation kit. Diamidino-2-phenylindole and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick‑end labeling assays were used to examine the apoptotic effect of fucoidan, which revealed the presence of apoptotic bodies and DNA fragmentation. Fucoidan inhibited the growth of FTC133 and TPC1 ATC cells in a dose‑dependent manner...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447745/association-between-myocardial-cell-apoptosis-and-calpain-1-caspase-3-expression-in-rats-with-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-damage
#19
Hong Zhao, Mei Xu, Guilan Chu
The present study aimed to investigate the association between myocardial cell apoptosis and calpain-1/caspase-3 expression in a rat model of hypoxic-ischemic brain damage (HIBD). A total of 64 newborn rats were divided into control (n=8; sacrificed on day 7) and HIBD groups (n=56). HIBD group rats were sacrificed 2, 12 or 24 h, or 2, 3, 5 or 7 days following HIBD (n=8/group). A terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick-end labeling assay was performed to detect myocardial apoptotic cells and calculate the apoptosis index (AI), reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was performed to detect myocardial calpain-1/caspase-3 mRNA expression levels and a western blot analysis was conducted to detect calpain‑1 protein expression levels...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447732/icariin-inhibits-mmp%C3%A2-1-mmp%C3%A2-3-and-mmp%C3%A2-13-expression-through-mapk-pathways-in-il%C3%A2-1%C3%AE-%C3%A2-stimulated-sw1353-chondrosarcoma-cells
#20
Li Zeng, Xiao-Feng Rong, Rong-Heng Li, Xing-Ye Wu
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and is a leading cause of disability worldwide, resulting in pain, reduced quality of life and socioeconomic burden. Current therapies for OA focus on mitigating the symptoms of advanced disease, but novel therapeutic agents are needed to inhibit the processes leading to OA. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of Icariin on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)‑1, MMP‑3 and MMP‑13 expression in interleukin (IL)‑1β‑stimulated human SW1353 chondrosarcoma cells, and to investigate the possible mechanism underlying the chondroprotective effects of Icariin...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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