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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637339/emergence-of-ceftazidime-avibactam-non-susceptibility-in-an-mdr-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolate
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Anna Both, Henning Büttner, Jiabin Huang, Markus Perbandt, Cristina Belmar Campos, Martin Christner, Florian P Maurer, Stefan Kluge, Christina König, Martin Aepfelbacher, Dominic Wichmann, Holger Rohde
Background: Avibactam is a novel broad-range β-lactamase inhibitor active against Ambler class A (including ESBL and KPC) and some Ambler class C and D (e.g. OXA-48) enzymes. We here report on the emergence of ceftazidime/avibactam resistance in clinical, multiresistant, OXA-48 and CTX-M-14-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolate DT12 during ceftazidime/avibactam treatment. Methods and results: Comparative whole-genome sequence analysis identified two SNPs in the CTX-M-14-encoding gene leading to two amino acid changes (P170S and T264I)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637295/inhibition-of-polyamine-synthesis-causes-entry-of-the-mouse-blastocyst-into-embryonic-diapause1
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Jane C Fenelon, Bruce D Murphy
Embryonic diapause is a common reproductive strategy amongst mammals, requiring an intimate cross-talk between the endometrium and the blastocyst. To date, the precise molecular signals responsible are unknown in the mouse or any other mammal. Previous studies in the mink implicate polyamines as major regulators of the control of diapause. In the mouse, inhibiting the rate-limiting enzyme of polyamine synthesis, ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1) during early pregnancy largely prevents implantation, but the fate of the non-implanted embryos is unknown...
June 16, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637181/crosstalk-between-histone-modifications-indicates-that-inhibition-of-arginine-methyltransferase-carm1-activity-reverses-hiv-latency
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Zheng Zhang, Bryan C Nikolai, Leah A Gates, Sung Yun Jung, Edward B Siwak, Bin He, Andrew P Rice, Bert W O'Malley, Qin Feng
In eukaryotic cells, the gene expression status is strictly controlled by epigenetic modifications on chromatin. The repressive status of chromatin largely contributes to HIV latency. Studies have shown that modification of histone H3K27 acts as a key molecular switch for activation or suppression of many cellular genes. In this study, we found that K27-acetylated histone H3 specifically recruited Super Elongation Complex (SEC), the transcriptional elongation complex essential for HIV-1 long terminal repeat (LTR)-mediated and general cellular transcription...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637041/the-effects-of-fungicides-on-human-3%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-1-and-aromatase-in-human-placental-cell-line-jeg-3
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Shuyan Cao, Leping Ye, Ying Wu, Baiping Mao, Lanlan Chen, Xiudi Wang, Ping Huang, Ying Su, Ren-Shan Ge
Placenta secretes a large amount of progesterone and estradiol, which are critical for maintaining pregnancy. In human placenta, 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (HSD3B1) catalyzes pregnenolone to form progesterone, and aromatase (CYP19A1) catalyzes testosterone into estradiol. Fungicides display antifungal activities and are widely used to prevent fungal infections in agricultural plants. These chemicals include azoles, such as tebuconazole (TEB), triadimefon (TRI), and vinclozolin (VCZ) or organotins, such as tributyltin (TBT) and tetrabutyltin (TTBT)...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636874/next-generation-matrix-metalloproteinase-inhibitors-novel-strategies-bring-new-prospects
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REVIEW
Maxim Levin, Yael Udi, Inna Solomonov, Irit Sagi
Enzymatic proteolysis of cell surface proteins and extracellular matrix (ECM) is critical for tissue homeostasis and cell signaling. These proteolytic activities are mediated predominantly by a family of proteases termed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). The growing evidence in recent years that ECM and non-ECM bioactive molecules (e.g., growth factors, cytokines, chemokines, on top of matrikines and matricryptins) have versatile functions redefines our view on the roles matrix remodeling enzymes play in many physiological and pathological processes, and underscores the notion that ECM proteolytic reaction mechanisms represent master switches in the regulation of critical biological processes and govern cell behavior...
June 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636634/cardiomyopathy-development-protection-after-myocardial-infarction-in-rats-successful-competition-for-major-dihydropyridines-common-metabolite-against-captopril
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Katarzyna A Mitręga, Adrianna M Spałek, Jerzy Nożyński, Maurycy Porc, Magdalena Stankiewicz, Tadeusz F Krzemiński
During the last 25 years angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors spectacularly conquered the field of cardiovascular diseases therapy. Nevertheless, lack of new studies concerning side effects associated with their chronic administration seems to be rather confusing. In our previous research, we proved that the main furnidipines' metabolite (M-2) possess multiple cardioprotective actions. Currently, we compared effects of post-infarction long-term oral treatment with M-2 and captopril on hemodynamic parameters and "ischemic cardiomyopathy" development in rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636418/dxs-as-a-target-for-structure-based-drug-design
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Robin Matthias Gierse, Eswar Redeem, Eleonora Diamanti, Carsten Wrenger, Matthew R Groves, Anna Kh Hirsch
In this review, we analyze the enzyme DXS, the first and rate-limiting protein in the methylerythritol 4-phosphate pathway. This pathway was discovered in 1996 and is one of two known metabolic pathways for the biosynthesis of the universal building blocks for isoprenoids. It promises to offer new targets for the development of anti-infectives against the human pathogens, malaria or tuberculosis. We mapped the sequence conservation of 1-deoxy-xylulose-5-phosphate synthase on the protein structure and analyzed it in comparison with previously identified druggable pockets...
June 21, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635658/asperentin-b-a-new-inhibitor-of-the-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-1b
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Jutta Wiese, Hülya Aldemir, Rolf Schmaljohann, Tobias A M Gulder, Johannes F Imhoff
In the frame of studies on secondary metabolites produced by fungi from deep-sea environments we have investigated inhibitors of enzymes playing key roles in signaling cascades of biochemical pathways relevant for the treatment of diseases. Here we report on a new inhibitor of the human protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B), a target in the signaling pathway of insulin. A new asperentin analog is produced by an Aspergillussydowii strain isolated from the sediment of the deep Mediterranean Sea. Asperentin B (1) contains an additional phenolic hydroxy function at C-6 and exhibits an IC50 value against PTP1B of 2 μM in vitro, which is six times stronger than the positive control, suramin...
June 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635184/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-isothiosemicarbazones-with-antimycobacterial-activity
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Eva Novotná, Karel Waisser, Jiří Kuneš, Karel Palát, Lenka Skálová, Barbora Szotáková, Vladimír Buchta, Jiřina Stolaříková, Vít Ulmann, Marcela Pávová, Jan Weber, Jitka Komrsková, Pavlína Hašková, Ivan Vokřál, Vladimír Wsól
A series of benzaldehyde and salicylaldehyde-S-benzylisothiosemicarbazones was synthesized and tested against 12 different strains of mycobacteria, Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and the significant selectivity toward mycobacteria was proved. Twenty-eight derivatives were evaluated for the inhibition of isocitrate lyase, which is a key enzyme of the glyoxylate cycle necessary for latent tuberculosis infection, and their iron-chelating properties were investigated. Two derivatives, 5-bromosalicylaldehyde-S-(4-fluorobenzyl)-isothiosemicarbazone and salicylaldehyde-S-(4-bromobenzyl)-isothiosemicarbazone, influenced the isocitrate lyase activity and caused a better inhibition at 10 μmol/L than 3-nitropropionic acid, a standard inhibitor...
June 21, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634829/potential-inhibitory-effect-of-indolizine-derivatives-on-the-two-enzymes-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-and-beta-lactamase-a-molecular-dynamics-study
#10
Beata Szefler, Przemysław Czeleń
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyl-transferases (NAMPT) are enzymes that play a role in targeting cancer metabolism, while beta lactamases are involved in bacterial resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics. Many protein inhibitors exhibit such property which is often correlated with their cellular potency. In order to understand such a phenomenon, the present article conducts an analysis of the dynamic behavior of complexes formed by the inhibitors, that is indolizine derivatives, with the studied enzymes. Both docking and molecular dynamics led to identification of their interactions and showed the mechanism of inhibition of the two studied enzymes...
July 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634212/prolonged-darkness-reduces-liver-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis-by-mir-200b-down-regulation
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Nan Wu, Fanyin Meng, Tianhao Zhou, Yuyan Han, Lindsey Kennedy, Julie Venter, Heather Francis, Sharon DeMorrow, Paolo Onori, Pietro Invernizzi, Francesca Bernuzzi, Romina Mancinelli, Eugenio Gaudio, Antonio Franchitto, Shannon Glaser, Gianfranco Alpini
Melatonin therapy or prolonged exposure to complete darkness reduces biliary hyperplasia and liver fibrosis in bile-duct-ligated (BDL) rats; however, no information exists in primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Thus, we aimed to determine the therapeutic effects of prolonged dark therapy or melatonin administration on hepatic fibrosis in the Mdr2(-/-) mouse model of PSC. Melatonin levels, biliary mass, liver fibrosis, angiogenesis and miR-200b expression were evaluated in wild-type and Mdr2(-/-) mice exposed to darkness or melatonin treatment or in male PSC patient samples and healthy controls...
June 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634040/1-2-4-triazole-and-1-3-4-oxadiazole-analogues-synthesis-mo-studies-in-silico-molecular-docking-studies-antimalarial-as-dhfr-inhibitor-and-antimicrobial-activities
#12
Sampark S Thakkar, Parth Thakor, Hiren Doshi, Arabinda Ray
1,2,4-Triazole and 1,3,4-oxadiazole analogues are of interest due to their potential activity against microbial and malarial infections. In search of suitable antimicrobial and antimalarial compounds, we report here the synthesis, characterization and biological activities of 1,2,4-triazole and 1,3,4-oxadiazole analogues (SS 1-SS 10). The molecules were characterized by IR, mass, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and elemental analysis. The in vitro antimicrobial activity was investigated against pathogenic strains, the results were explained with the help of DFT and PM6 molecular orbital calculations...
May 27, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633902/calcium-sensing-receptor-initiating-cystathionine-gamma-lyase-hydrogen-sulfide-pathway-to-inhibit-platelet-activation-in-hyperhomocysteinemia-rat
#13
Yuwen Wang, Ziqing Zhao, Sa Shi, Fei Gao, Jichao Wu, Shiyun Dong, Weihua Zhang, Yanhong Liu, Xin Zhong
Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy, high homocysteine) induces the injury of endothelial cells (ECs). Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) protects ECs and inhibits the activation of platelets. Calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) regulates the production of endogenous H2S. However, whether CaSR inhibits the injury of ECs and the activation of platelets by regulating the endogenous cystathionine-gamma-lyase (CSE, a major enzyme that produces H2S)/H2S pathway in hyperhomocysteinemia has not been previously investigated. Here, we tested the ultrastructure alterations of ECs and platelets, the changes in the concentration of serum homocysteine and the parameters of blood of hyperhomocysteinemia rats were measured...
June 17, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633353/modulating-role-of-ros-in-re-establishing-desiccation-tolerance-in-germinating-seeds-of-caragana-korshinskii-kom
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Long Peng, Sirui Lang, Yu Wang, Hugh W Pritchard, Xiaofeng Wang
In close agreement with visible germination, orthodox seeds lose desiccation tolerance (DT). This trait can be regained under osmotic stress, but the mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, germinating seeds of Caragana korshinskii Kom. were investigated, focusing on the potential modulating roles of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the re-establishment of DT. Germinating seeds with 2 mm long radicles can be rendered tolerant to desiccation by incubation in a polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution (-1...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632937/synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-docking-studies-of-trans-stilbene-methylthio-derivatives-as-cytochromes-p450-family-1-inhibitors
#15
Marcin Wierzchowski, Zbigniew Dutkiewicz, Agnieszka Gielara-Korzańska, Artur Korzański, Anna Teubert, Artur Teżyk, Tomasz Stefański, Wanda Baer-Dubowska, Renata Mikstacka
Cytochromes P450 family 1 (CYP1) are responsible for the metabolism of procarcinogens, e.g. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and aromatic and heterocyclic amines. The inhibition of CYP1 activity is examined in terms of chemoprevention and cancer chemotherapy. We designed and synthesized a series of trans-stilbene derivatives possessing a combination of methoxy and methylthio functional groups attached in different positions to the trans-stilbene skeleton. We determined the effects of synthesized compounds on the activities of human recombinant CYP1A1, CYP1A2 and CYP1B1 and, to explain the variation of inhibitory potency of methoxystilbene derivatives and their methylthio analogs, we employed computational analysis...
June 20, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632878/identification-of-novel-g-protein-coupled-receptor-143-ligands-as-pharmacologic-tools-for-investigating-x-linked-ocular-albinism
#16
Elisabetta De Filippo, Prashiela Manga, Anke C Schiedel
Purpose: GPR143 regulates melanosome biogenesis and organelle size in pigment cells. The mechanisms underlying receptor function remain unclear. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are excellent pharmacologic targets; thus, we developed and applied a screening approach to identify potential GPR143 ligands and chemical modulators. Methods: GPR143 interacts with β-arrestin; we therefore established a β-arrestin recruitment assay to screen for compounds that modulate activity...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632451/prolyl-oligopeptidase-and-its-role-in-the-organism-attention-to-the-most-promising-and-clinically-relevant-inhibitors
#17
Katerina Babkova, Jan Korabecny, Ondrej Soukup, Eugenie Nepovimova, Daniel Jun, Kamil Kuca
Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP), also called prolyl endopeptidase, is a cytosolic enzyme investigated by several research groups. It has been proposed to play an important role in physiological processes such as modulation of the levels of several neuronal peptides and hormones containing a proline residue. Due to its proteolytic activity and physiological role in cell signaling pathways, inhibition of POP offers an emerging approach for the treatment of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases as well as other diseases related to cognitive impairment...
June 20, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632168/a-comparative-study-of-the-structural-dynamics-of-four-terminal-uridylyl-transferases
#18
Kevin J Cheng, Özlem Demir, Rommie E Amaro
African trypanosomiasis occurs in 36 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with 10,000 reported cases annually. No definitive remedy is currently available and if left untreated, the disease becomes fatal. Structural and biochemical studies of trypanosomal terminal uridylyl transferases (TUTases) demonstrated their functional role in extensive uridylate insertion/deletion of RNA. Trypanosoma brucei RNA Editing TUTase 1 (TbRET1) is involved in guide RNA 3' end uridylation and maturation, while TbRET2 is responsible for U-insertion at RNA editing sites...
June 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631232/activation-of-brain-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-contributes-to-depressive-like-behavior-induced-by-an-intracerebroventricular-injection-of-streptozotocin-in-mice
#19
Leandro Cattelan Souza, Cristiano R Jesse, Marcelo Gomes de Gomes, Lucian Del Fabbro, André Tiago Rossito Goes, Franciele Donato, Silvana Peterini Boeira
There is a lack of information concerning the molecular events underlying the depressive-like effect of an intracerebroventricular injection of streptozotocin (ICV-STZ) in mice. The elevated activity of the tryptophan-degrading enzyme indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) has been proposed to mediate depression in inflammatory disorders. In the present study, we reported that ICV-STZ activates IDO in the hippocampus of mice and culminates in depressive-like behaviors, as measured by the increased duration of immobility in the tail suspension test and decreased sucrose intake in the sucrose preference test...
June 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631011/isoprenyl-carboxyl-methyltransferase-inhibitors-a-brief-review-including-recent-patents
#20
REVIEW
Woo Seok Yang, Seung-Gu Yeo, Sungjae Yang, Kyung-Hee Kim, Byong Chul Yoo, Jae Youl Cho
Among the enzymes involved in the post-translational modification of Ras, isoprenyl carboxyl methyltransferase (ICMT) has been explored by a number of researchers as a significant enzyme controlling the activation of Ras. Indeed, inhibition of ICMT exhibited promising anti-cancer activity against various cancer cell lines. This paper reviews patents and research articles published between 2009 and 2016 that reported inhibitors of ICMT as potential chemotherapeutic agents targeting Ras-induced growth factor signaling...
June 19, 2017: Amino Acids
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