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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743101/in-silico-locating-the-immune-reactive-segments-of-lepidium-draba-peroxidase-and-designing-a-less-immune-reactive-enzyme-derivative
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Yaser Fattahian, Ali Riahi-Madvar, Reza Mirzaee, Gholamreza Asadikaram, Mohammad Reza Rahbar
Peroxidases have broad applications in industry, environmental as well as pharmaceutical and diagnosis. Recently applicability of peroxidases in cancer therapy was mentioned. In the present study, a horseradish peroxidase homologue from Lepidium draba was subjected to in silico analyzes aiming at identifying and locating immune-reactive regions. A derivative sequence with decreased immunogenicity and increased stability also suggested. The tertiary structure of the enzyme was predicted. The functional and structural importance of residues was annotated as well as the conservatory status of each residue...
July 17, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743100/studies-on-secondary-metabolite-profiling-anti-inflammatory-potential-in-vitro-photoprotective-and-skin-aging-related-enzyme-inhibitory-activities-of-malaxis-acuminata-a-threatened-orchid-of-nutraceutical-importance
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Biswajit Bose, Hiranjit Choudhury, Pramod Tandon, Suman Kumaria
Malaxis acuminata D. Don., a small, terrestrial orchid, is endemic to tropical Himalayas at an altitude of 1200-2000m asl. The dried pseudobulbs are important ingredients of century old ayurvedic drug 'Ashtavarga' and a polyherbal immune-booster nutraceutical 'Chyavanprash', known to restore vigour, vitality and youthfulness. Considering tremendous medicinal importance of this threatened orchid species, a detailed study was undertaken for the first time to address its antioxidant potential, secondary metabolite contents and biological activities against skin-aging related enzymes (anti-collagenase, anti-elastase, anti-tyrosinase and xanthine oxidase) and anti-inflammatory activity (5-lipoxygenase and hyaluronidase) in different plant parts of wild and in vitro-derived plants of M...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743075/preference-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-gh3-5-acyl-amido-synthetase-for-growth-versus-defense-hormone-acyl-substrates-is-dictated-by-concentration-of-amino-acid-substrate-aspartate
#3
Rebecca Mackelprang, Rachel A Okrent, Mary C Wildermuth
The GH3 family of adenylating enzymes conjugate acyl substrates such as the growth hormone indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) to amino acids via a two-step reaction of acyl substrate adenylation followed by amino acid conjugation. Arabidopsis thaliana GH3.5 was previously shown to be unusual in that it could adenylate both IAA and the defense hormone salicylic acid (SA, 2-hydroxybenzoate). Our detailed studies of the kinetics of GH3.5 on a variety of auxin and benzoate substrates provides insight into the acyl preference and reaction mechanism of GH3...
July 22, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743061/circulating-ctrp9-levels-are-increased-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes-and-correlated-with-insulin-resistance
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Yanjun Jia, Xiaohe Luo, Ying Ji, Jingwen Xie, Han Jiang, Mao Fu, Xiaoqiang Li
AIMS: C1q/TNF-related protein-9 (CTRP9) is a novel adipokine that has been shown to promote lipid metabolism, enhance insulin sensitivity and protect against cardiovascular disease. However, previous studies in humans have produced controversial results regarding the association between CTRP9 and insulin resistance. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationships between CTRP9 and insulin resistance in Chinese population. METHODS: Subjects with normal glucose tolerance (NGT, n=108), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT, n=92), and newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (nT2DM, n=106) were recruited to determining the circulating CTRP9 and adiponectin levels by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay...
July 8, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742973/role-of-vitamin-a-oral-supplementation-on-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-response-in-the-liver-of-trained-rats
#5
Lyvia Lintzmaier Petiz, Alice Kunzler, Rafael Calixto Bortolin, Juciano Gasparotto, Cristiane Matté, José Claudio Fonseca Moreira, Daniel Pens Gelain
The use of dietary supplements to enhance the benefit of exercise training is a common practice. The liver is the organ where all substances are metabolized, and certain supplements have been associated with liver injury. Vitamin A (VA), a liposoluble vitamin stored in the liver, is commonly used as an antioxidant supplement. Here, we evaluated the effect of chronic VA supplementation on oxidative damage and stress parameters in trained rats. Animals were divided into the following groups: sedentary (SE), sedentary/VA (SE+VA), exercise training (ET), and exercise training/VA (ET+VA)...
July 25, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742972/stimuli-responsive-directional-vesicular-assembly-with-tunable-surface-functionality-and-impact-on-enzyme-inhibition
#6
Amrita Sikder, Debes Ray, Vinod Kumar Aswal, Suhrit Ghosh
The article describes self-assembly of a series of unsymmetrical bola-shape π-amphiphiles (NDI-1, NDI-1a, NDI-2, NDI-3 and NDI-4) consisting of a hydrophobic naphthalene-diimide (NDI) chromophore attached with a non-ionic hydrophilic wedge and an anionic head group in the two opposite arms of the central NDI. By design only a single hydrazide group is linked either on the ionic or non-ionic arm of the NDI. NDI-1 and NDI-1a are regioisomers differing only in the location of the hydrazide group, placed in the non-ionic or ionic arm, respectively...
July 25, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742939/disparate-peroxisome-related-defects-in-arabidopsis-pex6-and-pex26-mutants-link-peroxisomal-retrotranslocation-and-oil-body-utilization
#7
Kim L Gonzalez, Wendell A Fleming, Yun-Ting Kao, Zachary J Wright, Savina V Venkova, Meredith J Ventura, Bonnie Bartel
Catabolism of fatty acids stored in oil bodies is essential for Arabidopsis seed germination and seedling development. This fatty acid breakdown occurs in peroxisomes, organelles that sequester oxidative reactions. Import of peroxisomal enzymes is facilitated by peroxins including PEX5, a receptor that delivers cargo proteins from the cytosol to the peroxisomal matrix. After cargo delivery, a complex of the PEX1 and PEX6 ATPases and the PEX26 tail-anchored membrane protein removes ubiquitinated PEX5 from the peroxisomal membrane...
July 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742861/targeting-the-permeability-barrier-and-peptidoglycan-recycling-pathways-to-disarm-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-against-the-innate-immune-system
#8
Gabriel Torrens, Marcelo Pérez-Gallego, Bartolomé Moya, Marta Munar-Bestard, Laura Zamorano, Gabriel Cabot, Jesús Blázquez, Juan A Ayala, Antonio Oliver, Carlos Juan
Antimicrobial resistance is a continuously increasing threat that severely compromises our antibiotic arsenal and causes thousands of deaths due to hospital-acquired infections by pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, situation further aggravated by the limited development of new antibiotics. Thus, alternative strategies such as those targeting bacterial resistance mechanisms, virulence or potentiating the activity of our immune system resources are urgently needed. We have recently shown that mutations simultaneously causing the peptidoglycan recycling blockage and the β-lactamase AmpC overexpression impair the virulence of P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742846/endophytic-fungal-communities-of-polygonum-acuminatum-and-aeschynomene-fluminensis-are-influenced-by-soil-mercury-contamination
#9
William Pietro-Souza, Ivani Souza Mello, Suzana Junges Vendruscullo, Gilvan Ferreira da Silva, Cátia Nunes da Cunha, James Francis White, Marcos Antônio Soares
The endophytic fungal communities of Polygonum acuminatum and Aeschynomene fluminensis were examined with respect to soil mercury (Hg) contamination. Plants were collected in places with and without Hg+2 for isolation and identification of their endophytic root fungi. We evaluated frequency of colonization, number of isolates and richness, indices of diversity and similarity, functional traits (hydrolytic enzymes, siderophores, indoleacetic acid, antibiosis and metal tolerance) and growth promotion of Aeschynomene fluminensis inoculated with endophytic fungi on soil with mercury...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742841/bacillus-sp-jr3-esterase-lipj-a-new-mesophilic-enzyme-showing-traces-of-a-thermophilic-past
#10
Judit Ribera, Mónica Estupiñán, Alba Fuentes, Amanda Fillat, Josefina Martínez, Pilar Diaz
A search for extremophile enzymes from ancient volcanic soils in El Hierro Island (Canary Islands, Spain) allowed isolation of a microbial sporulated strain collection from which several enzymatic activities were tested. Isolates were obtained after sample cultivation under several conditions of nutrient contents and temperature. Among the bacterial isolates, supernatants from the strain designated JR3 displayed high esterase activity at temperatures ranging from 30 to 100°C, suggesting the presence of at least a hyper-thermophilic extracellular lipase...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742838/identification-of-novel-antigen-candidates-for-a-tuberculosis-vaccine-in-the-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Henna Myllymäki, Mirja Niskanen, Kaisa Ester Oksanen, Eleanor Sherwood, Maarit Ahava, Mataleena Parikka, Mika Rämet
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health challenge and the development of a better vaccine takes center stage in fighting the disease. For this purpose, animal models that are capable of replicating the course of the disease and are suitable for the early-stage screening of vaccine candidates are needed. A Mycobacterium marinum infection in adult zebrafish resembles human TB. Here, we present a pre-clinical screen for a DNA-based tuberculosis vaccine in the adult zebrafish using an M. marinum infection model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742822/metal-ion-coordination-in-the-e-coli-nudix-hydrolase-dihydroneopterin-triphosphate-pyrophosphatase-new-clues-into-catalytic-mechanism
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Shannon E Hill, Elaine Nguyen, Chiamaka U Ukachukwu, Dana M Freeman, Stephen Quirk, Raquel L Lieberman
Dihydroneopterin triphosphate pyrophosphatase (DHNTPase), a member of the Mg2+ dependent Nudix hydrolase superfamily, is the recently-discovered enzyme that functions in the second step of the pterin branch of the folate biosynthetic pathway in E. coli. DHNTPase is of interest because inhibition of enzymes in bacterial folate biosynthetic pathways is a strategy for antibiotic development. We determined crystal structures of DHNTPase with and without activating, Mg2+-mimicking metals Co2+ and Ni2+. Four metal ions, identified by anomalous scattering, and stoichiometrically confirmed in solution by isothermal titration calorimetry, are held in place by Glu56 and Glu60 within the Nudix sequence motif, Glu117, waters, and a sulfate ion, of which the latter is further stabilized by a salt bridge with Lys7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742806/long-term-follow-up-of-pulmonary-function-in-fabry-disease-a-bi-center-observational-study
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Daniel P Franzen, Albina Nowak, Sarah R Haile, Dominique Mottet, Marco Bonani, Olivier Dormond, Malcolm Kohler, Pierre A Krayenbuehl, Frederic Barbey
INTRODUCTION: Fabry disease (FD) is a lysosomal storage disorder leading to decreased α-galactosidase A enzyme activity and subsequent abnormal accumulation of glycosphingolipids in various organs. Although histological evidence of lung involvement has been demonstrated, the functional impact of these changes is less clear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult patients with FD who had yearly pulmonary function tests (PFT) at two centers from 1999 thru 2015 were eligible for this observational study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742600/cholesterol-reduction-and-macrophage-function-role-of-paraoxonases
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C Roger White, G M Anantharamaiah
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Unregulated uptake of oxidized LDL by macrophages to form foam cells is the hallmark for atherosclerosis. The paraoxonase (PON) family of enzymes plays a critical role in attenuating atherosclerotic lesion formation by hydrolyzing lipid peroxides (LOOHs) and preventing the oxidation of LDL particles and by enhancing HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux. Findings in recent years suggest novel mechanisms by which PON isoforms interact with macrophages to regulate cholesterol metabolism and cellular function...
July 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742527/biotechnological-potential-of-insect-fatty-acid-modifying-enzymes
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Michal Tupec, Aleš Buček, Irena Valterová, Iva Pichová
There are more than one million described insect species. This species richness is reflected in the diversity of insect metabolic processes. In particular, biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, such as defensive compounds and chemical signals, encompasses an extraordinarily wide range of chemicals that are generally unparalleled among natural products from other organisms. Insect genomes, transcriptomes and proteomes thus offer a valuable resource for discovery of novel enzymes with potential for biotechnological applications...
July 25, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742513/kallistatin-double-edged-role-in-angiogenesis-apoptosis-and-oxidative-stress
#16
Julie Chao, Pengfei Li, Lee Chao
Kallistatin via its two structural elements - an active site and a heparin-binding domain - displays double-edged function in angiogenesis, apoptosis and oxidative stress. First, kallistatin has both anti-angiogenic and pro-angiogenic effects. Kallistatin treatment attenuates angiogenesis and tumor growth in cancer-bearing mice. Kallistatin via its heparinbinding site inhibits angiogenesis by blocking vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)- induced growth, migration and adhesion of endothelial cells. Conversely, kallistatin via the active site promotes neovascularization by stimulating VEGF levels in endothelial progenitor cells...
July 26, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742439/damab-2-anti-human-dgk%C3%AE-monoclonal-antibody-for-immunocytochemistry
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Tomoyuki Nakano, Satoshi Ogasawara, Toshiaki Tanaka, Yasukazu Hozumi, Satoru Mizuno, Eri Satoh, Fumio Sakane, Naoki Okada, Akinobu Taketomi, Ryusuke Honma, Takuro Nakamura, Noriko Saidoh, Miyuki Yanaka, Shunsuke Itai, Saori Handa, Yao-Wen Chang, Shinji Yamada, Mika K Kaneko, Yukinari Kato, Kaoru Goto
Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) is responsible for the enzymatic conversion of diacylglycerol to phosphatidic acid. Since both diacylglycerol and phosphatidic acid serve as signaling molecules, DGK is regarded as a hub between diacylglycerol-mediated and phosphatidic acid-mediated signaling. One of the 10 DGK isozymes, DGKα, is shown to be involved in T cell function. Transfection studies using tagged expression vectors revealed that DGKα localizes to the cytoplasm and nucleus and translocates to the plasma membrane in response to T cell receptor stimulation...
July 25, 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742403/lpxc-inhibitors-a-patent-review-2010-2016
#18
Dmitrii V Kalinin, Ralph Holl
The Zn(2+)-dependent deacetylase LpxC is an essential enzyme of lipid A biosynthesis in Gram-negative bacteria and a promising target for the development of antibiotics selectively combating Gram-negative pathogens. Researchers from industry and academia have synthesized structurally diverse LpxC inhibitors, exhibiting different LpxC inhibitory and antibacterial activities. Areas covered: A brief introduction into the structure and function of LpxC, showing its suitability as antibacterial target, along with the structures of several reported LpxC inhibitors, is given...
July 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742401/chikungunya-virus-seroprevalence-and-associated-factors-among-hospital-attendees-in-two-states-of-southwest-nigeria-a-preliminary-assessment
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Olayinka M Olajiga, Olajumoke E Adesoye, Adewale P Emilolorun, Abiodun J Adeyemi, Emmanuel O Adeyefa, Ismail A Aderibigbe, Salmot A Adejumo, Wasiu O Adebimpe, Oluyinka O Opaleye, Waidi F Sule, Daniel O Oluwayelu
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a re-emerging pathogen causing long-term polyarthritis and encephalitis. In conducting a preliminary investigation, we hypothesized that there is no serologic evidence of CHIKV infection among attendees of selected hospitals in Lagos and Osun States, Nigeria. Sera from 304 consecutively selected participants were screened for CHIKV IgG and IgM using ELISA. Findings were analyzed vis-à-vis participants' demographic and clinical data. Over 90.0% of the participants had never heard of CHIKV despite the fact that a large proportion of them (88...
July 25, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742374/high-throughput-analysis-identifying-drugs-that-regulate-apolipoprotein-a-i-synthesis
#20
Michael J Haas, Luisa Onstead-Haas, William Kurban, Harshit Shah, Monica Plazarte, Ayham Chamseddin, Arshag D Mooradian
Apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) is the primary antiatherogenic protein in high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Despite the controversy as to the clinical effectiveness of raising HDL, the search is ongoing for safe and effective drugs that increase HDL and apo A-I levels. To identify novel compounds that can increase hepatic apo A-I production, two drug libraries were screened. The NIH clinical collection (NCC) and the NIH clinical collection 2 (NCC2) were purchased from Evotec (San Francisco, CA). The NCC library contains 446 compounds and the NCC2 library contains 281 compounds, all dissolved in dimethylsulfoxide at a concentration of 10 mM...
July 25, 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
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