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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727687/hippocampus-dependent-memory-and-allele-specific-gene-expression-in-adult-offspring-of-alcohol-consuming-dams-after-neonatal-treatment-with-thyroxin-or-metformin
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E Tunc-Ozcan, S L Wert, P H Lim, A Ferreira, E E Redei
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the result of fetal alcohol exposure (FAE), affects 2-11% of children worldwide, with no effective treatments. Hippocampus-based learning and memory deficits are key symptoms of FASD. Our previous studies show hypothyroxinemia and hyperglycemia of the alcohol-consuming pregnant rat, which likely affects fetal neurodevelopment. We administered vehicle, thyroxine (T4) or metformin to neonatal rats post FAE and rats were tested in the hippocampus-dependent contextual fear-conditioning paradigm in adulthood...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726934/clove-extract-functions-as-a-natural-fatty-acid-synthesis-inhibitor-and-prevents-obesity-in-a-mouse-model
#2
Yiran Ding, Zhennan Gu, Yihe Wang, Shunhe Wang, Haiqin Chen, Hao Zhang, Wei Chen, Yong Q Chen
Numerous medicinal plants have been reported to prevent various chronic diseases. In this study, we screened a new FASN inhibitor-alcohol extract of clove (AEC) using a fast microplate method developed in our laboratory. The major components of AEC were: eugenol (42.27%), acetyl eugenol (29.12%), caryophyllene (15.40%), and humulene (3.22%). Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is a key enzyme for de novo lipogenesis, and it has been suggested as a potential therapeutic target in cancer and obesity. We have tested the ability of AEC to inhibit FASN in mammalian cells and tissues...
July 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726373/ultrasensitive-homogeneous-electrochemical-detection-of-transcription-factor-by-coupled-isothermal-cleavage-reaction-and-cycling-amplification-based-on-exonuclease-iii
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Lihua Lu, Huijuan Su, Feng Li
The assay and monitoring of transcription factors (TFs) has attracted extensive attention, due to their important roles in regulation of gene expressions. Herein, a simple, low cost, rapid, and highly sensitive homogeneous electrochemical method utilizing the coupled isothermal cleavage reaction and cycling amplification based on exonuclease III (Exo III) was explored for the analysis of transcription factor NF-κB p50 in aqueous solution. In the assay, a 3-methylene blue (MB)-labeled hairpin probe is designed, which can be opened up by the single stranded DNA (ssDNA) protected by NF-κB p50 from the Exo III cleavage, to trigger the subsequent Exo III-assisted digestion, thus a large amount of MB-labeled mononucleotides are liberated to result in the greatly amplified electrochemical signal...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726354/high-performance-of-agaricus-blazei-fungus-for-the-biological-pre-treatment-of-elephant-grass
#4
Thais Dal Picolli, Kaliane Regalin Aver, Roselei Claudete Fontana, Marli Camassola
Biological pre-treatment seems to be promising being an eco-friendly process, with no inhibitor generated during the process. The potential for elephant grass pre-treatment with white degradation fungi Pleurotus ostreatus, Agaricus blazei, Lentinula edodes, Pleurotus citrinopileatus and Pleurotus djamor, in isolated or mixed cultures of these strains, was evaluated. The highest activities of enzymes involved in the degradation of lignocellulosic biomass (laccases, endoglucanases, xylanases and β-glucosidases) were observed for A...
July 20, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726316/deprotonation-states-of-the-two-active-site-water-molecules-regulate-the-binding-of-protein-phosphatase-5-with-its-substrate-a-molecular-dynamics-study
#5
Lingyun Wang, Feng Yan
Protein phosphatase 5 (PP5), mainly localized in human brain, can dephosphorylate tau protein whose high level of phosphorylation is related to Alzheimer's disease. Similar to other protein phosphatases, PP5 has a conserved motif in the catalytic domain that contains two binding sites for manganese (Mn(2+) ) ions. Structural data indicate that two active site water molecules, one bridging the two Mn(2+) ions and the other terminally coordinated with one of the Mn(2+) ions (Mn1), are involved in catalysis. Recently, a density functional theory study revealed that the two water molecules can be both deprotonated to keep a neutral active site for catalysis...
July 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726131/detection-of-enzyme-activity-and-inhibition-during-studies-in-solution-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-with-catalycest-mri
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Sanhita Sinharay, Edward A Randtke, Christine M Howison, Natalia A Ignatenko, Mark D Pagel
PURPOSE: The detection of enzyme activities and evaluation of enzyme inhibitors have been challenging with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). To address this need, we have developed a diamagnetic, nonmetallic contrast agent and a protocol known as catalyCEST MRI that uses chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) to detect enzyme activity as well as enzyme inhibition. PROCEDURES: We synthesized a diamagnetic MRI contrast agent that has enzyme responsive and enzyme unresponsive CEST signals...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726057/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-mif-modulates-trophic-signaling-through-interaction-with-serine-protease-htra1
#7
Åsa Fex Svenningsen, Svenja Löring, Anna Lahn Sørensen, Ha Uyen Buu Huynh, Simone Hjæresen, Nellie Martin, Jesper Bonnet Moeller, Maria Louise Elkjær, Uffe Holmskov, Zsolt Illes, Malin Andersson, Solveig Beck Nielsen, Eirikur Benedikz
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a small conserved protein, is abundant in the immune- and central nervous system (CNS). MIF has several receptors and binding partners that can modulate its action on a cellular level. It is upregulated in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer although its function is far from clear. Here, we report the finding of a new binding partner to MIF, the serine protease HTRA1. This enzyme cleaves several growth factors, extracellular matrix molecules and is implicated in some of the same diseases as MIF...
July 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725984/cytokine-expression-and-barrier-disruption-in-human-corneal-epithelial-cells-induced-by-alarmin-released-from-necrotic-cells
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Ken Fukuda, Waka Ishida, Yusaku Miura, Tatsuma Kishimoto, Atsuki Fukushima
PURPOSE: Dying cells release endogenous molecules known as alarmins that signal danger to surrounding tissue. We investigated the effects of necrotic cell-derived alarmins on cytokine expression and barrier function in human corneal epithelial cells. METHODS: The release of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8 from immortalized human corneal epithelial (HCE) cells in culture was measured with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. The abundance of IL-6 and 8 mRNAs was quantitated by reverse transcription and real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis...
July 19, 2017: Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725637/opportunistic-pathogen-porphyromonas-gingivalis-modulates-danger-signal-atp-mediated-antibacterial-nox2-pathways-in-primary-epithelial-cells
#9
JoAnn S Roberts, Kalina R Atanasova, Jungnam Lee, Gill Diamond, Jeff Deguzman, Chul Hee Choi, Özlem Yilmaz
Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major opportunistic pathogen in the etiology of chronic periodontitis, successfully survives in human gingival epithelial cells (GECs). P. gingivalis abrogates the effects of a host danger molecule, extracellular ATP (eATP)/P2X7 signaling, such as the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) via the mitochondria and NADPH oxidases (NOX) from primary GECs. However, antimicrobial functions of ROS production are thoroughly investigated in myeloid-lineage immune cells and have not been well-understood in epithelial cells...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725229/the-synergistic-priming-effect-of-exogenous-salicylic-acid-and-h2o2-on-chilling-tolerance-enhancement-during-maize-zea-mays-l-seed-germination
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Zhan Li, Jungui Xu, Yue Gao, Chun Wang, Genyuan Guo, Ying Luo, Yutao Huang, Weimin Hu, Mohamed S Sheteiwy, Yajing Guan, Jin Hu
Chilling stress is an important constraint for maize seedling establishment in the field. To examine the role of salicylic acid (SA) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in response to chilling stress, we investigated the effects of seed priming with SA, H2O2, and SA+H2O2 combination on maize resistance under chilling stress (13°C). Priming with SA, H2O2, and especially SA+H2O2 shortened seed germination time and enhanced seed vigor and seedling growth as compared with hydropriming and non-priming treatments under low temperature...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725215/prolyl-hydroxylase-domain-2-inhibition-improves-skeletal-muscle-regeneration-in-a-male-murine-model-of-obesity
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Indranil Sinha, Dharaniya Sakthivel, Benjamin A Olenchock, Carla R Kruse, Jeremy Williams, David E Varon, Jessica D Smith, Arin L Madenci, Kristo Nuutila, Amy J Wagers
Obesity leads to a loss of muscle mass and impaired muscle regeneration. In obese individuals, pathologically elevated levels of prolyl hydroxylase domain enzyme 2 (PHD2) limit skeletal muscle hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression. Loss of local VEGF may further impair skeletal muscle regeneration. We hypothesized that PHD2 inhibition would restore vigorous muscle regeneration in a murine model of obesity. Adult (22-week-old) male mice were fed either a high-fat diet (HFD), with 60% of calories derived from fat, or a regular diet (RD), with 10% of calories derived from fat, for 16 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724911/honokiol-inhibits-c-met-ho-1-tumor-promoting-pathway-and-its-cross-talk-with-calcineurin-inhibitor-mediated-renal-cancer-growth
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Murugabaskar Balan, Samik Chakraborty, Evelyn Flynn, David Zurakowski, Soumitro Pal
Honokiol (HNK) is a small molecule with potent anti-inflammatory and anti-tumorigenic properties; yet the molecular targets of HNK are not well studied. Hyperactivation of the receptor tyrosine kinase c-Met and overexpression of the cytoprotective enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) play a critical role in the growth and progression of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Interestingly, the calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) cyclosporine A (CsA), an immunosuppressant used to prevent allograft rejection, can also increase the risk of RCC in transplant patients...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724651/hyperkalemia-after-initiating-renin-angiotensin-system-blockade-the-stockholm-creatinine-measurements-scream-project
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Ghassan Bandak, Yingying Sang, Alessandro Gasparini, Alex R Chang, Shoshana H Ballew, Marie Evans, Johan Arnlov, Lars H Lund, Lesley A Inker, Josef Coresh, Juan-Jesus Carrero, Morgan E Grams
BACKGROUND: Concerns about hyperkalemia limit the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), but guidelines conflict regarding potassium-monitoring protocols. We quantified hyperkalemia monitoring and risks after ACE-I/ARB initiation and developed and validated a hyperkalemia susceptibility score. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated 69 426 new users of ACE-I/ARB therapy in the Stockholm Creatinine Measurements (SCREAM) project with medication initiation from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2010, and follow-up for 1 year thereafter...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724631/the-axl-kinase-domain-in-complex-with-a-macrocyclic-inhibitor-offers-first-structural-insights-into-an-active-tam-receptor-kinase
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Ketan S Gajiwala, Neil Grodsky, Ben Bolaños, Junli Feng, RoseAnn Ferre, Sergei Timofeevski, Meirong Xu, Brion W Murray, Ted W Johnson, Al Stewart
The receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) family consisting of Tyro3, Axl and Mer (TAM) is one of the most recently identified RTK families. TAM receptors are upregulated postnatally and maintained at high levels in adults. They all play an important role in immunity, but Axl has also been implicated in cancer and therefore is a target in the discovery and development of novel therapeutics. However, of the three members of the TAM family, the Axl kinase domain is the only one that has so far eluded structure determination...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724388/o-glcnac-regulation-of-autophagy-and-%C3%AE-synuclein-homeostasis-implications-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Willayat Y Wani, Xiaosen Ouyang, Gloria A Benavides, Matthew Redmann, Stacey S Cofield, John J Shacka, John C Chatham, Victor Darley-Usmar, Jianhua Zhang
Post-translational modification on protein Ser/Thr residues by O-linked attachment of ß-N-acetyl-glucosamine (O-GlcNAcylation) is a key mechanism integrating redox signaling, metabolism and stress responses. One of the most common neurodegenerative diseases that exhibit aberrant redox signaling, metabolism and stress response is Parkinson's disease, suggesting a potential role for O-GlcNAcylation in its pathology. To determine whether abnormal O-GlcNAcylation occurs in Parkinson's disease, we analyzed lysates from the postmortem temporal cortex of Parkinson's disease patients and compared them to age matched controls and found increased protein O-GlcNAcylation levels...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724347/use-of-a-special-brazilian-red-light-emitting-railroad-worm-luciferase-in-bioassays-of-nek7-protein-kinase-and-creatine-kinase
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Arina Marina Perez, Bruno Aquino, Vadim Viviani, Jörg Kobarg
BACKGROUND: Luciferases, enzymes that catalyze bioluminescent reactions in different organisms, have been extensively used for bioanalytical purposes. The most well studied bioluminescent system is that of firefly and other beetles, which depends on a luciferase, a benzothiazolic luciferin and ATP, and it is being widely used as a bioanalytical reagent to quantify ATP. Protein kinases are proteins that modify other proteins by transferring phosphate groups from a nucleoside triphosphate, usually ATP...
July 19, 2017: BMC Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724284/inter-alpha-inhibitor-h4-as-a-potential-biomarker-predicting-the-treatment-outcomes-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Eun-Jung Lee, Seung-Hyun Yang, Kyoung-Jin Kim, Hyejung Cha, Seo Jin Lee, Ji-Hye Kim, Junkyu Song, Kyung-Hee Chun, Jinsil Seong
Purpose: Early prediction of treatment outcomes represents an essential step towards increased treatment efficacy and survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we performed two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) followed by protein profiling to identify biomarkers predictive of therapeutic outcomes in patients with HCC who received liver-directed therapy (LDTx) involving local radiotherapy (RT), and studied the underlying mechanisms of the identified proteins...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724199/antidiabetic-potential-in-vitro-inhibition-effects-of-some-natural-phenolic-compounds-on-%C3%AE-glycosidase-and-%C3%AE-amylase-enzymes
#18
Parham Taslimi, İlhami Gulçin
α-Glycosidase is a catalytic enzyme and it destroys the complex carbohydrates into simple absorbable sugar units. The natural phenolic compounds were tested for their antidiabetic properties as α-glycosidase and α-amylase inhibitors. The phenolic compounds investigated in this study have been used as antidiabetic common medicines. This paper aimed to consider their capability to inhibit α-amylase and α-glycosidase, two significant enzymes defined in serum glucose adjustment. These examination recorded impressive inhibition profiles with IC50 values in the range of 137...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723345/%C3%AE-glucosidase-immobilization-on-chitosan-enriched-magnetic-composites-for-enzyme-inhibitors-screening
#19
Dong-Mei Liu, Juan Chen, Yan-Ping Shi
In the present study, the chitosan-enriched magnetic composites (MCCs) were prepared by a novel and simple embedding method for the immobilization of α-glucosidase (α-Glu). The immobilized α-Glu could be easily separated from the reaction mixture under an external magnetic field owing to the magnetic support. With the MCCs-immobilized α-Glu, enzyme activity and stability were studied, and enzyme inhibitors were screened from traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) and vegetables combined with capillary electrophoresis (CE)...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723271/development-of-three-orthogonal-assays-suitable-for-the-identification-and-qualification-of-pikfyve-inhibitors
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Kylie Fogarty, Mohammed Kashem, Andras Bauer, Alexandra Bernardino, Debra Brennan, Brian Cook, Neil Farrow, Teresa Molinaro, Richard Nelson
FYVE-type zinc finger-containing phosphoinositide kinase (PIKfyve) catalyzes the formation of phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate (PI(3,5)P2) from phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI(3)P). PIKfyve has been implicated in multiple cellular processes, and its role in the regulation of toll-like receptor (TLR) pathways and the production of proinflammatory cytokines has sparked interest in developing small-molecule PIKfyve inhibitors as potential therapeutics to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. We developed three orthogonal assays to identify and qualify small-molecule inhibitors of PIKfyve: (1) a purified component microfluidic enzyme assay that measures the conversion of fluorescently labeled PI(3)P to PI(3,5)P2 by purified recombinant full-length human 6His-PIKfyve (rPIKfyve); (2) an intracellular protein stabilization assay using the kinase domain of PIKfyve expressed in HEK293 cells; and (3) a cell-based functional assay that measures the production of interleukin (IL)-12p70 in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells stimulated with TLR agonists lipopolysaccharide and R848...
July 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
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