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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431342/discovery-of-tetrahydrocarbazoles-as-dual-perk-and-prb-inhibitors
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Mahesh R Kulkarni, Madhav S Mane, Usha Ghosh, Rajiv Sharma, Nitin P Lad, Ankita Srivastava, Asha Kulkarni-Almeida, Prashant S Kharkar, Vijay M Khedkar, Shivaji S Pandit
The extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) is one of the most important molecular targets for cancer that controls diverse cellular processes such as proliferation, survival, differentiation and motility. Similarly, the Rb (retinoblastoma protein) is a tumor suppressor protein and its function is to prevent excessive cell growth by inhibiting cell cycle progression. When the cell is ready to divide, pRb is phosphorylated, becomes inactive and allows cell cycle progression. Herein, we discovered a new series of tetrahydrocarbazoles as dual inhibitors of pERK and pRb phosphorylation...
March 2, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431155/motoring-through-the-role-of-kinesin-superfamily-proteins-in-female-meiosis
#2
Nicole J Camlin, Eileen A McLaughlin, Janet E Holt
BACKGROUND: The kinesin motor protein family consists of 14 distinct subclasses and 45 kinesin proteins in humans. A large number of these proteins, or their orthologues, have been shown to possess essential function(s) in both the mitotic and the meiotic cell cycle. Kinesins have important roles in chromosome separation, microtubule dynamics, spindle formation, cytokinesis and cell cycle progression. This article contains a review of the literature with respect to the role of kinesin motor proteins in female meiosis in model species...
April 18, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431151/dietary-choline-and-phospholipid-supplementation-enhanced-docosahexaenoic-acid-enrichment-in-egg-yolk-of-laying-hens-fed-a-2-schizochytrium-powder-added-diet
#3
H Wang, H J Zhang, X C Wang, S G Wu, J Wang, L Xu, G H Qi
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dietary phospholipid supplementation on laying hen performance, egg quality, and the fatty acid profile of egg yolks from hens fed a 2% Schizochytrium powder diet. Three-hundred-sixty 28-wk-old Hy-line W-36 laying hens were randomly allocated to one of the 5 dietary treatments, each treatment with 6 replicates of 12 birds each. All diets included 2% Schizochytrium powder (docosahexaenoic acid [DHA], 137.09 mg/g). The control group was not supplemented with any additional phospholipids, whereas the other 4 experimental diets were supplemented with 1,000 mg/kg choline (CHO), 1,000 mg/kg monoethanolamine (MEA), 1,000 mg/kg lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC), or 500 mg/kg LPC + 500 mg/kg MEA (LPC + MEA)...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431078/effect-of-threonine-on-secretory-immune-system-using-a-chicken-intestinal-ex%C3%A2-vivo-model-with-lipopolysaccharide-challenge
#4
Q Zhang, X Chen, S D Eicher, K M Ajuwon, T J Applegate
Secretory IgA (sIgA) and its transcytosis receptor, polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR), along with mucus, form the first lines of intestinal defense. Threonine (Thr) is a major component of intestinal mucins and IgA, which are highly secreted under lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced inflammation. In the current study, the effect of Thr on the secretory immune system was determined in an ex vivo chicken ileal explant model. Results showed that a 2-hour Thr-deprivation of culture medium induced a compensatory increase in the mRNA expression of interleukin-8 (IL-8), mucin 2 ( ), and IgA during LPS challenge, and this increase was suppressed with Thr addition to the media ( P  ≤ 0...
April 18, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430973/biological-functions-of-fucose-in-mammals
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Michael Schneider, Esam Al-Shareffi, Robert S Haltiwanger
Fucose is a 6-deoxy hexose in the L-configuration found in a large variety of different organisms. In mammals, fucose is incorporated into N-glycans, O-glycans and glycolipids by thirteen fucosyltransferases, all of which utilize the nucleotide charged form, GDP-fucose, to modify targets. Three of the fucosyltransferases, FUT8, FUT12/POFUT1, and FUT13/POFUT2, are essential for proper development in mice. Fucose modifications have also been implicated in many other biological functions including immunity and cancer...
April 18, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430959/expression-immunogenicity-and-variation-of-iron-regulated-surface-protein-a-from-bovine-isolates-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#6
N Misra, T F Wines, C L Knopp, M A McGuire, J K Tinker
Staphylococcus aureus iron-regulated surface protein A (IsdA) is a fibrinogen and fibronectin adhesin that also contributes to iron sequestration and resistance to innate immunity. IsdA is conserved in human isolates and has been investigated as a human vaccine candidate. Here we report the expression of isdA, the efficacy of anti-IsdA responses, and the existence of IsdA sequence variants from bovine Staphylococcus. Clinical staphylococci were obtained from U.S. dairy farms and assayed by PCR for the presence and expression of isdA...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430818/comparative-genomics-of-burkholderia-multivorans-a-ubiquitous-pathogen-with-a-highly-conserved-genomic-structure
#7
Charlotte Peeters, Vaughn S Cooper, Philip J Hatcher, Bart Verheyde, Aurélien Carlier, Peter Vandamme
The natural environment serves as a reservoir of opportunistic pathogens. A well-established method for studying the epidemiology of such opportunists is multilocus sequence typing, which in many cases has defined strains predisposed to causing infection. Burkholderia multivorans is an important pathogen in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and its epidemiology suggests that strains are acquired from non-human sources such as the natural environment. This raises the central question of whether the isolation source (CF or environment) or the multilocus sequence type (ST) of B...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430802/the-quality-changes-in-fresh-frozen-plasma-of-the-blood-donors-at-high-altitude
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Zongkui Wang, Hua Liu, Miaomiao Dou, Xi Du, Jijun Hu, Na Su, Ya Wang, Rong Zhang, Changqing Li
OBJECTIVE: According to the international guidelines, fresh frozen plasma (FFP) is unanimously used to treat coagulation disorders. The quality of FFP is critical for the clinical transfusion. Till now, few studies have integratedly evaluated the differences of FFP from blood donors at between high altitude (HA) and low altitude (LA). Besides, there were no special quality standards for HA FFP in China. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Up to 41 HA (Lhasa, 3700 m) and 46 LA (Chengdu, 500 m) blood donors were included in our study to estimate the differences of FFP from HA and LA blood donors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430779/a-coevolution-analysis-for-identifying-protein-protein-interactions-by-fourier-transform
#9
Changchuan Yin, Stephen S-T Yau
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) play key roles in life processes, such as signal transduction, transcription regulations, and immune response, etc. Identification of PPIs enables better understanding of the functional networks within a cell. Common experimental methods for identifying PPIs are time consuming and expensive. However, recent developments in computational approaches for inferring PPIs from protein sequences based on coevolution theory avoid these problems. In the coevolution theory model, interacted proteins may show coevolutionary mutations and have similar phylogenetic trees...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430696/sequential-analysis-of-a-panel-of-biomarkers-and-pathologic-findings-in-a-resuscitated-rat-model-of-sepsis-and-recovery
#10
Nishkantha Arulkumaran, Marije L Sixma, Elisa Jentho, Elias Ceravola, Paul S Bass, John A Kellum, Robert J Unwin, Fred W K Tam, Mervyn Singer
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the temporal pattern of a panel of blood and urinary biomarkers in an animal model of fecal peritonitis and recovery. DESIGN: Prospective observational animal study. SETTING: University research laboratory. SUBJECTS: Male Wistar rats. INTERVENTIONS: A fluid-resuscitated, long-term (3 d) rat model of sepsis (fecal peritonitis) and recovery was used to understand the temporal association of sepsis biomarkers in relation to systemic hemodynamics, inflammation, and renal function...
April 20, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430673/antimicrobial-resistant-streptococcus-pneumoniae-prevalence-mechanisms-and-clinical-implications
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Regine Cherazard, Marcia Epstein, Thien-Ly Doan, Tanzila Salim, Sheena Bharti, Miriam A Smith
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major cause of pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis, bacteremia, and otitis media. S. pneumoniae has developed increased resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review of prevalence, mechanisms, and clinical implications in S. pneumoniae resistance. AREAS OF UNCERTAINTY: Since S. pneumoniae resistance to penicillin was first reported with subsequent development of resistance to other classes of drugs, selection of appropriate antibiotic treatment is challenging...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430659/lncrna-afap1-as1-promotes-growth-and-metastasis-of-cholangiocarcinoma-cells
#12
Xiuhui Shi, Hang Zhang, Min Wang, Xiaodong Xu, Yan Zhao, Ruizhi He, Min Zhang, Min Zhou, Xu Li, Feng Peng, Chengjian Shi, Ming Shen, Xin Wang, Xingjun Guo, Renyi Qin
We investigated the role of actin filament associated protein 1 antisense RNA1 (AFAP1-AS1) lncRNA in promoting cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). qRT-PCR analysis of patient samples showed that AFAP1-AS1 expression was higher in CCA tumors than matched adjacent non-tumor tissue. AFAP1-AS1 levels were also higher in CCA cell lines (HuCCT1 and TFK-1) than a normal biliary epithelium cell line (HIBEpic). AFAP1-AS1 knockdown in CCA cell lines using shAFAP1-AS1 reduced cell proliferation and colony formation in CCK-8 and colony formation assays, respectively...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430424/elucidation-of-the-stereospecificity-of-c-methyltransferases-from-trans-at-polyketide-synthases
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Xinqiang Xie, Chaitan Khosla, David E Cane
S-Adenosyl methionine (SAM)-dependent C-methyltransferases are responsible for the C2-methylation of 3-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) intermediates to give the corresponding 2-methy-3-ketoacyl-ACP products during bacterial polyketide biosynthesis mediated by trans-AT polyketide synthases that lack integrated acyl transferase (AT) domains. A coupled ketoreductase (KR) assay was used to assign the stereochemistry of the C-methyltransferase-catalyzed reaction. Samples of chemoenzymatically-generated 3-ketopentanoyl-ACP (9) were incubated with SAM and BonMT2 from module 2 of the bongkrekic acid polyke-tide synthase...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430399/targeting-conformational-activation-of-cdk2-kinase
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Morgan Pellerano, Sergey Tcherniuk, Corine Perals, Thi Nhu Ngoc Van, Elsa Garcin, Florence Mahuteau-Betzer, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, May C Morris
Cyclin-dependent kinases constitute attractive pharmacological targets for cancer therapeutics, yet inhibitors in clinical trials target the ATP-binding pocket of the CDK and therefore suffer from limited selectivity and emergence of resistance. The more recent development of allosteric inhibitors targeting conformational plasticity of protein kinases offers promising perspectives for therapeutics. In particular tampering with T-loop dynamics of CDK2 kinase would provide a selective means of inhibiting this kinase, by preventing its conformational activation...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430389/combination-of-carmustine-and-selenite-inhibits-egfr-mediated-growth-signaling-in-androgen-independent-prostate-cancer-cells
#15
Vijayalakshmi Thamilselvan, Mani Menon, Gary S Stein, Fred Valeriote, Sivagnanam Thamilselvan
Although aberrant androgen receptor (AR) signaling is a central mechanism for castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) progression, AR-independent survival and growth signaling is also present in CRPC. The current therapeutic options for patients with CRPC are limited and new drugs are desperately needed to eliminate these crucial growth signaling pathways. Overexpression of EGFR in CRPC primarily mediates the proliferation of androgen-independent prostate cancer (AIPC) cells. We have previously shown that combination of carmustine and selenite effectively induces apoptosis and growth inhibition by targeting AR and AR-variants in castration resistant prostate cancer cells...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430359/sulfur-containing-gaseous-signal-molecules-ion-channels-and-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Wen Yu, Hongfang Jin, Chaoshu Tang, Junbao Du, Zhiren Zhang
Sulfur-containing gaseous signal molecules including hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) and sulfur dioxide (SO2 ) were previously recognized as toxic gases. However, extensive studies have revealed that they can be generated in the cardiovascular system via a sulfur-containing amino acid metabolic pathway, playing an important part in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. Ion channels are pore-forming membrane proteins present in the membrane of all biological cells; functions include establishing a resting membrane potential and controlling action potentials and other electrical signals by conducting ions across the cell membrane...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430017/two-nramp6-isoforms-function-as-iron-and-manganese-transporters-and-contribute-to-disease-resistance-in-rice
#17
Cristina Peris-Peris, Albert Serra-Cardona, Ferrán Sánchez-Sanuy, Sonia Campo, Joaquin Ariño, Blanca San Segundo
Metal ions are essential elements for all living organisms. However, metals can be toxic when present in excess. In plants, metal homeostasis is partly achieved through the function of metal transporters, including the diverse natural resistance-associated macrophage proteins (NRAMP). Among them, the OsNramp6 gene encodes a previously uncharacterized member of the rice NRAMP family that undergoes alternative splicing to produce different NRAMP6 proteins. In this work, we determined the metal transport activity and biological role of the full-length and the shortest NRAMP6 proteins (l-NRAMP6 and s-NRAMP6, respectively)...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429955/matrix-metalloproteinase-8-and-tissue-inhibitor-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-1-predict-incident-cardiovascular-disease-events-and-all-cause-mortality-in-a-population-based-cohort
#18
Immi Kormi, Mikko T Nieminen, Aki S Havulinna, Tanja Zeller, Stefan Blankenberg, Taina Tervahartiala, Timo Sorsa, Veikko Salomaa, Pirkko J Pussinen
Background Extracellular matrix degrading proteases and their regulators play an important role in atherogenesis and subsequent plaque rupture leading to acute cardiovascular manifestations. Design and methods In this prospective cohort study, we investigated the prognostic value of circulating matrix metalloproteinase-8, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 concentrations, the ratio of matrix metalloproteinase-8/ tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and, for comparison, myeloperoxidase and C-reactive protein concentrations for incident cardiovascular disease endpoints...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429896/production-of-a-conjugate-between-the-rk346-antigen-from-leishmania-infantum-and-the-horseradish-peroxidase-c-for-the-detection-of-rk346-antibodies
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Juan Rengifo-González, Yollyseth Medina-Mora, Sasha Silva-Barrios, María Elizabeth Márquez-Contreras, María Tibisay Ruiz, Ana J Cáceres, Juan Luis Concepción, Wilfredo Quiñones
It was designed and characterized a reporter system to be captured by an- tibodies bound to ELISA plates. The system was designed with the rK346 from Leishmania infantum, a highly antigenic and specific protein. The rK346 was coupled to the horseradish peroxidase C (HRPc) from Armoracia rusticana using glutaraldehyde or sulfo-SMCC. Gluta- raldehyde conjugation was performed in two steps. Separation of conjugates was carried out using a Sepharose S-200 in size exclusion chromatography (SEC); fractions were analyzed via HRPc activity and through ELISA plates sensitized with polyclonal anti-rK346 IgG puri- fied from rabbit serum...
June 2016: Investigación Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429845/following-nature-s-roadmap-folding-factors-from-plasma-cells-led-to-improvements-in-antibody-secretion-in-s-cerevisiae
#20
Essi V Koskela, Jorg C de Ruijter, Alexander D Frey
Therapeutic protein production in yeast is a reality in industry with an untapped potential to expand to more complex proteins, such as full-length antibodies. Despite multiple numerous engineering approaches, cellular limitations are preventing the use of Saccharomyces cerevisiae as the titers of recombinant antibodies are currently not competitive. Instead of a host specific approach, we demonstrate the possibility of adopting the features from native producers of antibodies, plasma cells, to improve antibody production in yeast...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
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