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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333048/astaxanthin-ameliorates-hepatic-damage-and-oxidative-stress-in-carbon-tetrachloride-administered-rats
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Md Ariful Islam, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, Md Faruk, Md Tauhid Ul Islam, Md Mizanur Rahman, Mohammad Nazmul Alam, A F M Towheedur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud Reza, Md Ashraful Alam
Background: Astaxanthin is of carotenoids group which possess strong antioxidant properties. The present study was conducted to evaluate the hepatoprotective effects of astaxanthin in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-treated rats. Materials and Methods: Female Long-Evans rats were administered with CCl4 orally (1 ml/kg) twice a week for 2 weeks and were treated with astaxanthin (10 mg/kg) every day for 2 weeks. Blood plasma samples were isolated from each group and were analyzed for alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase activities...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331521/increased-transcript-levels-and-kinetic-function-of-pyruvate-kinase-during-severe-dehydration-in-aestivating-african-clawed-frogs-xenopus-laevis
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Neal J Dawson, Yulia Biggar, Amal I Malik, Kenneth B Storey
The African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, can withstand extremely arid conditions through aestivation, resulting in dehydration and urea accumulation. Aestivating X. laevis reduce their metabolic rate, and rely on anaerobic glycolysis to meet reduced ATP demands. The present study investigated how severe dehydration affected the transcript levels, kinetic profile, and phosphorylation state of the key glycolytic enzyme pyruvate kinase (PK) in the liver and skeletal muscle of X. laevis. Compared to control frogs, severely dehydrated frogs showed an increase in the transcript abundance of both liver and muscle isoforms of PK...
January 10, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330344/parathyroid-hormone-related-protein-exhibits-antioxidant-features-in-osteoblastic-cells-through-its-n-terminal-and-osteostatin-domains
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S Portal-Núñez, J A Ardura, D Lozano, I Martínez de Toda, M De la Fuente, G Herrero-Beaumont, R Largo, P Esbrit
OBJECTIVES: Oxidative stress plays a major role in the onset and progression of involutional osteoporosis. However, classical antioxidants fail to restore osteoblast function. Interestingly, the bone anabolism of parathyroid hormone (PTH) has been shown to be associated with its ability to counteract oxidative stress in osteoblasts. The PTH counterpart in bone, which is the PTH-related protein (PTHrP), displays osteogenic actions through both its N-terminal PTH-like region and the C-terminal domain...
January 2018: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329716/gelatin-hydroxyapatite-calcium-sulphate-based-biomaterial-for-long-term-sustained-delivery-of-bone-morphogenic-protein-2-and-zoledronic-acid-for-increased-bone-formation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-carrier-properties
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Deepak Bushan Raina, David Larsson, Filip Mrkonjic, Hanna Isaksson, Ashok Kumar, Lars Lidgren, Magnus Tägil
In this study, a novel macroporous composite biomaterial consisting of gelatin-hydroxyapatite-calcium sulphate for delivery of bone morphogenic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) and zoledronic acid (ZA) has been developed. The biomaterial scaffold has a porous structure and functionalization of the scaffold with rhBMP-2 induces osteogenic differentiation of MC3T3-e1 cells seen by a significant increase in biochemical and genetic markers of osteoblastic differentiation. In-vivo muscle pouch experiments showed higher mineralization using scaffold+rhBMP-2 when compared to an approved absorbable collagen sponge (ACS)+rhBMP-2 as verified by micro-CT...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329437/association-of-extracellular-dntp-utilization-with-a-gmpap1-like-protein-identified-in-cell-wall-proteomic-analysis-of-soybean-roots
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Weiwei Wu, Yan Lin, Pandao Liu, Qianqian Chen, Jiang Tian, Cuiyue Liang
Plant root cell walls are dynamic systems that serve as the first plant compartment responsive to soil conditions, such as phosphorus (P) deficiency. To date, evidence for the regulation of root cell wall proteins (CWPs) by P deficiency remains sparse. In order to gain a better understanding of the roles played by CWPs in the roots of soybean (Glycine max) in adaptation to P deficiency, we conducted an iTRAQ (isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation) proteomic analysis. A total of 53 CWPs with differential accumulation in response to P deficiency were identified...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328881/factors-affecting-the-virological-response-among-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-patients-in-yemen
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Zaid Mutahar Mohammed Alezzi, Ayman Yosry Abd El Rehim, Waleed Fouad Fathallah, Mansour Ali Alamrani, Fouad Hezam Othman
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is increasingly seen as a major public health problem, threat, and concern worldwide. In Yemen about 1.7% of the population is infected with chronic hepatitis C. This study aimed to detect the predictors for response to pegylated interferon and ribavirin (Peg-IFN/RBV) in chronic HCV Yemeni patients. The study was conducted on 100 patients with chronic HCV who received Peg-IFN/RBV in the 48th Military Hospital in Sana'a Yemen, from 2011 to 2013. All patients were subjected to complete history taking, thorough clinical examinations, routine laboratory investigation, and abdominal ultrasonography...
January 2018: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328483/mir%C3%A2-98%C3%A2-5p-promotes-osteoblast-differentiation-in-mc3t3%C3%A2-e1-cells-by-targeting-ckip%C3%A2-1
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Qiliang Liu, Yong Guo, Yang Wang, Xianqiong Zou, Zhixiong Yan
Casein kinase 2-interacting protein 1 (CKIP-1) is a negative regulator for bone formation. Previously, using bioinformatics analysis, CKIP‑1 has been predicted to serve the role of target gene of miR‑98‑5p. In the present study, the potential role of miR‑98‑5p in regulating osteoblast differentiation through CKIP‑1 was investigated. Following pre‑treatment with microRNA (miR)‑98‑5p agomir or miR‑98‑5p antagomir, MC3T3‑E1 cells were cultured in an osteoinductive medium. Subsequently, the expression of miR‑98‑5p, CKIP‑1 and levels of osteoblast differentiation markers, including alkaline phosphatase, matrix mineralization, osteocaicin, collagen type I, runt‑related transcription factor 2 and osteopontin were assayed...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326975/identifying-the-substrate-proteins-of-u-box-e3s-e4b-and-chip-by-orthogonal-ubiquitin-transfer
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Karan Bhuripanyo, Yiyang Wang, Xianpeng Liu, Li Zhou, Ruochuan Liu, Duc Duong, Bo Zhao, Yingtao Bi, Han Zhou, Geng Chen, Nicholas T Seyfried, Walter J Chazin, Hiroaki Kiyokawa, Jun Yin
E3 ubiquitin (UB) ligases E4B and carboxyl terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein (CHIP) use a common U-box motif to transfer UB from E1 and E2 enzymes to their substrate proteins and regulate diverse cellular processes. To profile their ubiquitination targets in the cell, we used phage display to engineer E2-E4B and E2-CHIP pairs that were free of cross-reactivity with the native UB transfer cascades. We then used the engineered E2-E3 pairs to construct "orthogonal UB transfer (OUT)" cascades so that a mutant UB (xUB) could be exclusively used by the engineered E4B or CHIP to label their substrate proteins...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325202/interfacial-mineral-fusion-and-tubule-entanglement-as-a-means-to-harden-a-bone-augmentation-material
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Erik A B Hughes, Sophie C Cox, Megan E Cooke, Owen G Davies, Richard L Williams, Thomas J Hall, Liam M Grover
A new bone augmenting material is reported, which is formed from calcium-loaded hydrogel-based spheres. On immersion of these spheres in a physiological medium, they become surrounded with a sheath of precipitate, which ruptures due to a build-up in osmotic pressure. This results in the formation of mineral tubes that protrude from the sphere surface. When brought into close contact with one another, these spheres become fused through the entanglement and subsequent interstitial mineralization of the mineral tubules...
January 11, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322785/triptolide-induces-mitochondrial-apoptosis-through-modulating-dual-specificity-phosphatase-1-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-cascade-in-osteosarcoma-cells
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W Qin, S Li, Y Miao, Q Shi, Y Wang, J Li, Z Chen, J Wang, C Ling
Due to chemoresistance and metastasis, the overall prognosis of osteosarcoma (OS) has not improved over the last two decades. Exploring novel therapeutic agents that can circumvent theses malignant phenotypes of OS would be essential to improve the survival of OS patients. Triptolide is a unique diterpene triepoxide that possesses potent antitumor activities.However, the effects and mechanism of triptolide on OS cells remain unknown. The effects of triptolide on viability, apoptosis, cell cycle distribution and migratory ability of OS cells were measured using MTT, flow cytometry and wound healing and transwell invasion assays...
2018: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321445/negative-regulation-of-b-cell-responses-and-self-tolerance-to-rna-related-lupus-self-antigen
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Takeshi Tsubata
The antibody response to RNA-related antigens such as Sm/RNP requires the endosomal RNA sensor TLR7, and this process is crucial in the development of systemic lupus erythematosus at least in animal models. The inhibitory B cell receptor CD72 is unique because it recognizes Sm/RNP and specifically inhibits the activation of Sm/RNP-reactive B cells by activating SH2-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase 1 (SHP-1). In the normal immune system, Sm/RNP-reactive B cells are tolerized by a unique mechanism that probably involves SHP-1...
2018: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321323/hiv-1-vif-s-capacity-to-manipulate-the-cell-cycle-is-species-specific
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Edward L Evans, Jordan T Becker, Stephanie L Fricke, Kishan Patel, Nathan M Sherer
Cells derived from mice and other rodents exhibit profound blocks to HIV-1 virion production reflecting species-specific incompatibilities between viral Tat and Rev proteins and essential host factors Cyclin T1 (CCNT1) and Exportin-1 (XPO1, also known as CRM1), respectively. To determine if mouse cell blocks other than CCNT1 and XPO1 affect HIV's post-integration stages, we studied HIV-1NL4-3 gene expression in mouse NIH 3T3 cells modified to constitutively express HIV-1 compatible versions of CCNT1 and XPO1 (3T3...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320736/the-rna-polymerase-ii-factor-rpap1-is-critical-for-mediator-driven-transcription-and-cell-identity
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Cian J Lynch, Raquel Bernad, Isabel Calvo, Sandrina Nóbrega-Pereira, Sergio Ruiz, Nuria Ibarz, Ana Martinez-Val, Osvaldo Graña-Castro, Gonzalo Gómez-López, Eduardo Andrés-León, Vladimir Espinosa Angarica, Antonio Del Sol, Sagrario Ortega, Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo, Enrique Rojo, Javier Munoz, Manuel Serrano
The RNA polymerase II-associated protein 1 (RPAP1) is conserved across metazoa and required for stem cell differentiation in plants; however, very little is known about its mechanism of action or its role in mammalian cells. Here, we report that RPAP1 is essential for the expression of cell identity genes and for cell viability. Depletion of RPAP1 triggers cell de-differentiation, facilitates reprogramming toward pluripotency, and impairs differentiation. Mechanistically, we show that RPAP1 is essential for the interaction between RNA polymerase II (RNA Pol II) and Mediator, as well as for the recruitment of important regulators, such as the Mediator-specific RNA Pol II factor Gdown1 and the C-terminal domain (CTD) phosphatase RPAP2...
January 9, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317718/protein-tyrosine-kinase-ptka-is-required-for-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-growth-in-macrophages
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Dennis Wong, Wu Li, Joseph D Chao, Peifu Zhou, Gagandeep Narula, Clement Tsui, Mary Ko, Jianping Xie, Carlos Martinez-Frailes, Yossef Av-Gay
Protein phosphorylation plays a key role in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) physiology and pathogenesis. We have previously shown that a secreted protein tyrosine phosphatase, PtpA, is essential for Mtb inhibition of host macrophage acidification and maturation, and is a substrate of the protein tyrosine kinase, PtkA, encoded in the same operon. In this study, we constructed a ∆ptkA deletion mutant in Mtb and found that the mutant exhibited impaired intracellular survival in the THP-1 macrophage infection model, correlated with the strain's inability to inhibit macrophage phagosome acidification...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317435/skeletal-muscle-specific-deletion-of-mkp-1-reveals-a-p38-mapk-jnk-akt-signaling-node-that-regulates-obesity-induced-insulin-resistance
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Ahmed Lawan, Kisuk Min, Lei Zhang, Alberto Canfran-Duque, Michael J Jurczak, Joao Paulo G Camporez, Yaohui Nie, Timothy P Gavin, Gerald I Shulman, Carlos Hernandez-Fernando, Anton M Bennett
Stress responses promote obesity and insulin resistance, in part, by activating the stress-responsive mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), p38 MAPK and c-Jun NH2 kinase (JNK). Stress also induces expression of MAPK phosphatase-1 (MKP-1), which inactivates both JNK and p38 MAPK. However, the equilibrium between JNK/p38 MAPK and MKP-1 signaling in the development of obesity and insulin resistance is unclear. Skeletal muscle is a major tissue involved in energy expenditure and glucose metabolism. In skeletal muscle, MKP-1 is upregulated in high fat-diet fed mice and in skeletal muscle of obese humans...
January 9, 2018: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314498/design-of-aminobenzothiazole-inhibitors-of-rho-kinases-1-and-2-utilizing-pka-as-a-structure-surrogate
#16
Russell Judge, Victoria Scott, Gricelda Simler, Steve Pratt, Marian Namovic, Brent Putman, Ana Aguirre, Vincent Stoll, Mulugeta Mamo, Steve Swann, Adrian D Hobson
We describe the design, synthesis and SAR of a series of 2-aminobenzothiazole inhibitors of Rho Kinase (ROCK) 1 and 2 which were optimized to low nanomolar potencies using structure-based design. Protein Kinase A was used as a surrogate protein structure to guide compound design. A subset of these molecules also showed robust activity in a myosin phosphatase cell based assay and in a mechanical hyperalgesia in vivo pain model.
January 4, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313241/cd146-positive-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells-promote-regeneration-of-dentin-pulp-like-structures
#17
Mikiko Matsui, Tomoko Kobayashi, Takeo W Tsutsui
CD146 and STRO-1 are endothelial biomarkers that are co-expressed on the cellular membranes of blood vessels within human dental pulp tissue. This study characterized the percentage of dentin-like structures produced by CD146-positive (CD146+) human dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), compared with their CD146-negative (CD146-) counterparts. DPSC populations were enriched using magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS), yielding CD146+ and CD146- cells, as well as mixtures composed of 25% CD146+ cells and 75% CD146- cells (CD146+/-)...
January 8, 2018: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312817/murine-pluripotent-stem-cells-that-escape-differentiation-inside-teratomas-maintain-pluripotency
#18
Yangli Pei, Liang Yue, Wei Zhang, Jinzhu Xiang, Zhu Ma, Jianyong Han
Background: Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer immense potential as a source for regenerative therapies. The teratoma assay is widely used in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine, but the cell composition of teratoma is still elusive. Methods: We utilized PSCs expressing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) under the control of the Pou5f1 promoter to study the persistence of potential pluripotent cells during teratoma formation in vivo. OCT4-MES (mouse embryonic stem cells) were isolated from the blastocysts of 3...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311589/characterization-of-the-interactions-between-inhibitor-1-and-recombinant-pp1-by-nmr-spectroscopy
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Chu-Ting Liang, Yu-Shan Lin, Yi-Choang Huang, Hsien-Lu Huang, Jia-Qian Yang, Tsung-Hsien Wu, Chi-Fon Chang, Shing-Jong Huang, Hsien-Bin Huang, Ta-Hsien Lin
Inhibitor-1 is converted into a potent inhibitor of native protein phosphatase-1 (PP1) when Thr35 is phosphorylated by cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA). However, PKA-phosphorylated form of inhibitor-1 displayed a weak activity in inhibition of recombinant PP1. The mechanism for the impaired activity of PKA-phosphorylated inhibitor-1 toward inhibition of recombinant PP1 remained elusive. By using NMR spectroscopy in combination with site-directed mutagenesis and inhibitory assay, we found that the interaction between recombinant PP1 and the consensus PP1-binding motif of PKA-thiophosphorylated form of inhibitor-1 was unexpectedly weak...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311488/role-of-supplementary-selenium-on-the-induction-of-insulin-resistance-and-oxidative-stress-in-nsy-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#20
Koichi Murano, Hirofumi Ogino, Tomofumi Okuno, Tomohiro Arakawa, Hitoshi Ueno
The role of supplementary selenium on the induction of insulin resistance and oxidative stress in a diabetic mouse model was investigated in NSY mice on a high fat diet (HFD) and administered seleno-L-methionine (SeMet)-containing water for 12 weeks. Significant increases in oral glucose tolerance-tested (OGTT), insulin tolerance-tested, and non-fasting blood glucose levels were observed in mice on a HFD, as well as the significant increases in OGTT and non-fasting plasma insulin levels. Mice on a HFD had decreased plasma adiponectin levels and increased free fatty acid (FFA) levels...
2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
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