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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244531/effects-of-natural-peptides-from-food-proteins-on-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-activity-and-hypertension
#1
Melanie Martin, Andreas Deussen
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death. The underlying pathophysiology is largely contributed by an overactivation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system (RAAS). Herein, angiotensin II (AngII) is a key mediator not only in blood pressure control and vascular tone regulation, but also involved in inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, atherosclerosis, hypertension and congestive heart failure. Since more than three decades suppression of AngII generation by inhibition of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) or blockade of the AngII-receptor has shown clinical benefit by reducing hypertension, atherosclerosis and other inflammation-associated cardiovascular diseases...
December 15, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244195/decellularized-colorectal-cancer-matrix-as-bioactive-microenvironment-for-in-vitro-3d-cancer-research
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Martina Piccoli, Edoardo D'Angelo, Sara Crotti, Francesca Sensi, Luca Urbani, Edoardo Maghin, Alan Burns, Paolo De Coppi, Matteo Fassan, Massimo Rugge, Flavio Rizzolio, Antonio Giordano, Pierluigi Pilati, Enzo Mammano, Salvatore Pucciarelli, Marco Agostini
Three-dimensional (3D) cancer models are overlooking the scientific landscape with the primary goal of bridging the gaps between two-dimensional (2D) cell lines, animal models and clinical research. Here we describe an innovative tissue engineering approach applied to colorectal cancer (CRC) starting from decellularized human biopsies in order to generate an organotypic 3D-bioactive model. This in vitro 3D system recapitulates the ultrastructural environment of native tissue as demonstrated by histology, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and scanning electron microscopy analyses...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241812/exploiting-the-therapeutic-potential-of-ready-to-use-drugs-repurposing-antibiotics-against-amyloid-aggregation-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Sergio B Socias, Florencia Gonzalez-Lizarraga, Cesar L Avila, Cecilia Vera, Leonardo Acuña, Julia E Sepulveda-Diaz, Elaine Del-Bel, Rita Raisman-Vozari, Rosana N Chehin
Neurodegenerative diseases are chronic and progressive disorders that affect specific regions of the brain, causing gradual disability and suffering that results in a complete inability of patients to perform daily functions. Amyloid aggregation of specific proteins is the most common biological event that is responsible for neuronal death and neurodegeneration in various neurodegenerative diseases. Therapeutic agents capable of interfering with the abnormal aggregation are required, but traditional drug discovery has fallen short...
December 11, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241687/mechanisms-of-carrier-formation-during-clathrin-independent-endocytosis
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Antonio P A Ferreira, Emmanuel Boucrot
Clathrin-independent endocytosis (CIE) mediates the cellular uptake of many extracellular ligands, receptors, and pathogens, including several life-threatening bacterial toxins and viruses. So far, our understanding of CIE carrier formation has lagged behind that of clathrin-coated vesicles. Impediments have been the imprecise definition of some CIE pathways, the lack of specific cargoes being transported and of exclusive cytosolic markers and regulators. Notwithstanding these limitations, three distinct molecular mechanisms by which CIE carriers form can be defined...
December 11, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238701/a-novel-heat-shock-element-hse-in-entamoeba-histolytica-that-regulates-the-transcriptional-activation-of-the-ehpgp5-gene-in-the-presence-of-emetine-drug
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Alma Nieto, David G Pérez Ishiwara, Esther Orozco, Virginia Sánchez Monroy, Consuelo Gómez García
Transcriptional regulation of the multidrug resistance EhPgp5 gene in Entamoeba histolytica is induced by emetine stress. EhPgp5 overexpression alters the chloride-dependent currents that cause trophozoite swelling, diminishing induced programmed cell death (PCD) susceptibility. In contrast, antisense inhibition of P-glycoprotein (PGP) expression produces synchronous death of trophozoites and the enhancement of the biochemical and morphological characteristics of PCD induced by G418. Transcriptional gene regulation analysis identified a 59 bp region at position -170 to -111 bp promoter as putative emetine response elements (EREs)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236673/zbp1-innate-sensor-regulating-cell-death-and-inflammation
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Teneema Kuriakose, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Z-DNA-binding protein 1 (ZBP1), initially reported as an interferon (IFN)-inducible tumor-associated protein, harbors nucleic acid-binding domains for left-handed helix (Z-form) and receptor-interacting protein homotypic interaction motif (RHIM) domains for protein homotypic interactions. Recent studies have identified ZBP1 as an innate sensor of viral infections and a target of viral evasion strategies, regulating cell death, inflammasome activation, and proinflammatory responses. ZBP1 also functions during development and can trigger perinatal lethality when its RHIM-dependent interactions are not restricted...
November 24, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236290/an-eight-generation-family-with-cmtx-confirmation-of-the-pathogenicity-of-a-3-untranslated-region-mutation-in-gjb1-and-its-clinical-features
#7
Dong-Hui Chen, Maxwell Ma, Mena Scavina, Elizabeth Blue, John Wolff, Prasanthi Karna, Michael O Dorschner, Wendy H Raskind, Thomas D Bird
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in gap junction protein beta 1 (GJB1) on the X chromosome represent one of the most common causes of hereditary neuropathy. We assessed manifestations associated with a rare 3' untranslated region mutation (UTR) of GJB1 in a large family with X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMTX). METHODS: Clinical, electrophysiological, and molecular genetic analyses of an eight-generation family with CMTX. RESULTS: There we 22 affected males and 19 symptomatic females, including an 83-year old woman followed for 40 years...
December 13, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235861/kras-switch-mutants-d33e-and-a59g-crystallize-in-the-state-1-conformation
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Jia Lu, Asim Bera, Sudershan R Gondi, Kenneth Dale Westover
KRAS switch loop movements play a crucial role in regulating RAS signaling and alteration in these sensitive dynamics are a principal mechanism through which disease-associated RAS mutations lead to aberrant RAS activation. Prior studies suggest that despite high sequence similarity, the switches in KRAS are more dynamic than HRAS. We solved x-ray crystal structures of the rare tumorigenic KRAS mutants KRASD33E, in switch 1 (SW1), and KRASA59G, in switch 2 (SW2), bound to GDP and found these adopt nearly identical, open SW1 conformations as well as altered SW2 conformations...
December 13, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235217/heterologous-protein-expression-in-pichia-pastoris-latest-research-progress-and-applications
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REVIEW
Veeresh Juturu, Jin Chuan Wu
Pichia pastoris is a well-known platform strain for heterologous protein expression. Over the past five years, different strategies to improve the efficiency of recombinant protein expression by this yeast strain have been developed; these include a patent-free protein expression kit, construction of the P. pastoris CBS7435Ku70 platform strain with its high efficiency in site-specific recombination of plasmid DNA into the genomic DNA, the design of synthetic promoters and their variants by combining different core promoters with multiple putative transcription factors, the generation of mutant GAP promoter variants with various promoter strengths, codon optimization, engineering the α-factor signal sequence by replacing the native glutamic acid at the Kex2 cleavage site with the other 19 natural amino acids and the addition of mammalian signal sequence to the yeast signal sequence, and the co-expression of single chaperones, multiple chaperones or helper proteins that aid in recombinant protein folding...
December 13, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235124/silver-nanoparticles-increase-connexin43-mediated-gap-junctional-intercellular-communication-in-hacat-cells-through-activation-of-reactive-oxygen-species-and-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signal-pathway
#10
Yu Qin, Limin Han, Di Yang, Hongying Wei, Yue Liu, Junhui Xu, Herman Autrup, Furong Deng, Xinbiao Guo
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are widely used in health and consumer products that routinely contact skin. However, the biological effects and possible mechanisms of AgNPs on skin remain unclear. Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) plays a critical role in multicellular organisms to maintain tissue homeostasis. The aim of this study is to examine if non-coated AgNPs affect GJIC in human keratinocytes (HaCaT cells), and to identify the possible molecular mechanisms responsible for the effects. GJIC, connexin (Cx)43 protein and mRNA expression, and the effect of siRNA-mediated knockdown of Cx43 on GJIC were assessed...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234151/srgap1-a-crucial-target-of-mir-340-and-mir-124-functions-as-a-potential-oncogene-in-gastric-tumorigenesis
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Tingting Huang, Yuhang Zhou, Jinglin Zhang, Chi Chun Wong, Weilin Li, Johnny S H Kwan, Rui Yang, Aden K Y Chan, Yujuan Dong, Feng Wu, Bin Zhang, Alvin H K Cheung, William K K Wu, Alfred S L Cheng, Jun Yu, Nathalie Wong, Wei Kang, Ka Fai To
Slit-Robo GTPase-activating protein 1 (SRGAP1) functions as a GAP for Rho-family GTPases and downstream of Slit-Robo signaling. We aim to investigate the biological function of SRGAP1 and reveal its regulation by deregulated microRNAs (miRNAs) in gastric cancer (GC). mRNA and protein expression of SRGAP1 were examined by quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) and western blot. The biological role of SRGAP1 was demonstrated through siRNA-mediated knockdown experiments. The regulation of SRGAP1 by miR-340 and miR-124 was confirmed by western blot, dual luciferase activity assays and rescue experiments...
December 13, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233866/rho-gtpase-signaling-complexes-in-cell-migration-and-invasion
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Campbell D Lawson, Anne J Ridley
Cell migration is dependent on the dynamic formation and disassembly of actin filament-based structures, including lamellipodia, filopodia, invadopodia, and membrane blebs, as well as on cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix adhesions. These processes all involve Rho family small guanosine triphosphatases (GTPases), which are regulated by the opposing actions of guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) and GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Rho GTPase activity needs to be precisely tuned at distinct cellular locations to enable cells to move in response to different environments and stimuli...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232693/host-factors-that-promote-retrotransposon-integration-are-similar-in-distantly-related-eukaryotes
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Sudhir Kumar Rai, Maya Sangesland, Michael Lee, Caroline Esnault, Yujin Cui, Atreyi Ghatak Chatterjee, Henry L Levin
Retroviruses and Long Terminal Repeat (LTR)-retrotransposons have distinct patterns of integration sites. The oncogenic potential of retrovirus-based vectors used in gene therapy is dependent on the selection of integration sites associated with promoters. The LTR-retrotransposon Tf1 of Schizosaccharomyces pombe is studied as a model for oncogenic retroviruses because it integrates into the promoters of stress response genes. Although integrases (INs) encoded by retroviruses and LTR-retrotransposons are responsible for catalyzing the insertion of cDNA into the host genome, it is thought that distinct host factors are required for the efficiency and specificity of integration...
December 12, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231506/-effects-and-mechanisms-of-different-frequencies-of-electroacupuncture-for-learning-and-memory-ability-of-alzheimer-s-rats
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Ying Wang, Lihong Kong, Wei Li, Kangkang Zhang, Feng Shen, Yawen Wang, Hua Zhou, Guojie Sun
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of different frequencies of electroacupuncture (EA) at "Baihui (GV 20)" and "Shenshu(BL 23)" for the learning and memory ability as well as glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) and growth associated protein-43 (GAP-43) in hippocampal tissue of rats with Alzheimer's disease(AD), so as to explore the mechanism of different frequencies of EA for the prevention and treatment of AD. METHODS: One hundred and twelve healthy Wistar male rats were divided into seven groups by random number table, namely a normal group, a sham operation group, a model group, an acupuncture group, a 2 Hz EA group, a 30 Hz EA group, and a 50 Hz EA group, 16 rats in each one...
June 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228173/group-a-streptococcal-m-like-proteins-from-pathogenesis-to-vaccine-potential
#15
Hannah Frost, Martina Sanderson-Smith, Mark Walker, Anne Botteaux, Pierre Smeesters
M and M-like surface proteins from Group A Streptococcus (GAS) act as virulence factors and have been used in multiple vaccine candidates. While the M protein has been extensively studied, the two genetically and functionally related M-like proteins, Mrp and Enn, although present in most streptococcal strains have been relatively less characterized. We compile the current state of knowledge for these two proteins, from discovery to recent studies on function and immunogenicity, using the M protein for comparison as a prototype of this family of proteins...
December 7, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226557/lysophosphatidic-acid-accelerates-development-of-porcine-embryos-by-activating-formation-of-the-blastocoel
#16
Min-Young Shin, Seung-Eun Lee, Yeo-Jin Son, Yun-Gwi Park, Sang-Gi Jeong, Eun-Young Kim, Se-Pill Park
Culture media modifications, including the addition of various factors, are important for the in vitro production of oocytes and embryos. In this study, we investigated the effects of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) on porcine embryo development. Porcine parthenogenetic embryos were cultured with 0, 0.1, 1, and 10 μM LPA for 7 days, or cultured in basic medium until Day 4 and then treated with LPA from Days 4 to 7. No difference in the in vitro development of embryos cultured with LPA for 7 days was observed. Conversely, rates of blastocyst and over-expanded blastocyst formation were higher in the 0...
December 11, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224922/neurons-and-satellite-glial-cells-in-adult-rat-lumbar-dorsal-root-ganglia-express-connexin-36
#17
E Martha Pérez Armendariz, Monica Norcini, Beatriz Hernández-Tellez, Andrés Castell-Rodríguez, Cristina Coronel-Cruz, Raquel Guerrero Alquicira, Alexandra Sideris, Esperanza Recio-Pinto
Previous studies have shown that following peripheral nerve injury there was a downregulation of the gap junction protein connexin 36 (Cx36) in the spinal cord; however, it is not known whether Cx36 protein is expressed in the dorsal root ganglia (DRGs), nor if its levels are altered following peripheral nerve injuries. Here we address these aspects in the adult rat lumbar DRG. Cx36 mRNA was detected using qRT-PCR, and Cx36 protein was identified in DRG sections using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and immunofluorescence (IF)...
December 7, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222529/prediction-of-cassava-protein-interactome-based-on-interolog-method
#18
Ratana Thanasomboon, Saowalak Kalapanulak, Supatcharee Netrphan, Treenut Saithong
Cassava is a starchy root crop whose role in food security becomes more significant nowadays. Together with the industrial uses for versatile purposes, demand for cassava starch is continuously growing. However, in-depth study to uncover the mystery of cellular regulation, especially the interaction between proteins, is lacking. To reduce the knowledge gap in protein-protein interaction (PPI), genome-scale PPI network of cassava was constructed using interolog-based method (MePPI-In, available at http://bml...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222402/elmod1-stimulates-arf6-gtp-hydrolysis-to-stabilize-apical-structures-in-developing-vestibular-hair-cells
#19
Jocelyn F Krey, Rachel A Dumont, Philip A Wilmarth, Larry L David, Kenneth R Johnson, Peter G Barr-Gillespie
Sensory hair cells require control of physical properties of their apical plasma membranes for normal development and function. Members of the ARF small GTPase family regulate membrane trafficking and cytoskeletal assembly in many cells. We identified ELMOD1, a guanine nucleoside triphosphatase activating protein (GAP) for ARF6, as the most highly enriched ARF regulator in hair cells. To characterize ELMOD1 control of trafficking, we analyzed mice of both sexes from a strain lacking functional ELMOD1 (roundabout; rda)...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221460/goldenpics-a-golden-gate-derived-modular-cloning-system-for-applied-synthetic-biology-in-the-yeast-pichia-pastoris
#20
Roland Prielhofer, Juan J Barrero, Stefanie Steuer, Thomas Gassler, Richard Zahrl, Kristin Baumann, Michael Sauer, Diethard Mattanovich, Brigitte Gasser, Hans Marx
BACKGROUND: State-of-the-art strain engineering techniques for the host Pichia pastoris (syn. Komagataella spp.) include overexpression of homologous and heterologous genes, and deletion of host genes. For metabolic and cell engineering purposes the simultaneous overexpression of more than one gene would often be required. Very recently, Golden Gate based libraries were adapted to optimize single expression cassettes for recombinant proteins in P. pastoris. However, an efficient toolbox allowing the overexpression of multiple genes at once was not available for P...
December 8, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
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