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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340497/p450-inhibitor-ketoconazole-increased-the-intratumor-drug-levels-and-antitumor-activity-of-fenretinide-in-human-neuroblastoma-xenograft-models
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Lluis Lopez-Barcons, Barry J Maurer, Min H Kang, C Patrick Reynolds
We previously reported that concurrent ketoconazole, an oral anti-fungal agent and P450 enzyme inhibitor, increased plasma levels of the cytotoxic retinoid, fenretinide (4-HPR) in mice. We have now determined the effects of concurrent ketoconazole on 4-HPR cytotoxic dose-response in four neuroblastoma (NB) cell lines in vitro and on 4-HPR activity against two cell line-derived, subcutaneous NB xenografts (CDX) and three patient-derived NB xenografts (PDX). Cytotoxicity in vitro was assessed by DIMSCAN assay...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340492/hemolysis-elevated-liver-enzymes-low-platelets-syndrome-superimposed-on-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome
#2
Inês Martins, Madalena Gomes Conceição, Paulo Pereira Gomes, Nuno Clode
A pregnancy complicated by typical hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets (HELLP) syndrome is reported. At 20 weeks of gestation, a case of HUS was diagnosed, with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli identified. Plasmapheresis allowed continuation of the pregnancy for 5 weeks. Superimposed preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome were diagnosed after the establishment of nephrotic range proteinuria, hypertension and recurrence of hemolysis. This is a singular case, as it demonstrates that HELLP syndrome can superimpose upon HUS, a fact that can impact future research on reproductive immunology...
March 24, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340469/characterization-and-expression-patterns-of-key-c4-photosynthetic-pathway-genes-in-bread-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-under-field-conditions
#3
Daoura Goudia Bachir, Iqbal Saeed, Quanhao Song, Tay Zar Linn, Liang Chen, Yin-Gang Hu
Wheat is a C3 plant with relatively low photosynthetic efficiency and is a potential target for C4 photosynthetic pathway engineering. Here we reported the characterization of four key C4 pathway genes and assessed their expression patterns and enzymatic activities at three growth stages in flag leaves of 59 bread wheat genotypes. The C4-like genes homologous to PEPC, NADP-ME, MDH, and PPDK in maize were identified in the A, B, and D sub-genomes of bread wheat, located on the long arms of chromosomes 3 and 5 (TaPEPC), short arms of chromosomes 1 and 3 (TaNADP-ME), long arms of chromosomes 1 and 7 (TaMDH), and long arms of chromosome 1 (TaPPDK), respectively...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340465/dumbbell-dna-templated-cunps-as-a-nano-fluorescent-probe-for-detection-of-enzymes-involved-in-ligase-mediated-dna-repair
#4
Taiping Qing, Xiaoxiao He, Dinggeng He, Xiaosheng Ye, Jingfang Shangguan, Jinquan Liu, Baoyin Yuan, Kemin Wang
DNA repair processes are responsible for maintaining genome stability. Ligase and polynucleotide kinase (PNK) have important roles in ligase-mediated DNA repair. The development of analytical methods to monitor these enzymes involved in DNA repair pathways is of great interest in biochemistry and biotechnology. In this work, we reported a new strategy for label-free monitoring PNK and ligase activity by using dumbbell-shaped DNA templated copper nanoparticles (CuNPs). In the presence of PNK and ligase, the dumbbell-shaped DNA probe (DP) was locked and could resist the digestion of exonucleases and then served as an efficient template for synthesizing fluorescent CuNPs...
March 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340451/the-role-of-drug-drug-interactions-in-prostate-cancer-treatment-focus-on-abiraterone-acetate-prednisone-and-enzalutamide
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Marzia Del Re, Stefano Fogli, Lisa Derosa, Francesco Massari, Paul De Souza, Stefania Crucitta, Sergio Bracarda, Daniele Santini, Romano Danesi
Elderly patients with cancer may have comorbidities, each requiring additional pharmacologic treatment. Therefore, the occurrence of pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) interactions is very likely, and the risk of adverse reactions (ADRs), due to the narrow therapeutic window of anticancer drugs, is increased. Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) may occur in prostate cancer patients due to inhibition by abiraterone of liver cytochrome P450 (CYP)-dependent enzymes CYP2C8 and 2D6, which are involved in the metabolism of approximately 25% of all drugs, and induction by enzalutamide of CYP3A4, 2C9 and 2C19, which metabolize up to 50% of medications...
March 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340400/pharmacoinformatics-exploration-of-polyphenol-oxidases-leading-to-novel-inhibitors-by-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamic-simulation-study
#6
Mubashir Hassan, Qamar Abbas, Zaman Ashraf, Ahmed A Moustafa, Sung-Yum Seo
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs)/tyrosinases are metal-dependent enzymes and known as important targets for melanogenesis. Although considerable attempts have been conducted to control the melanin-associated diseases by using various inhibitors. However, the exploration of the best anti-melanin inhibitor without side effect still remains a challenge in drug discovery. In present study, protein structure prediction, ligand-based pharmacophore modeling, virtual screening, molecular docking and dynamic simulation study were used to screen the strong novel inhibitor to cure melanogenesis...
March 15, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340387/an-exploration-of-the-effect-and-interaction-mechanism-of-bisphenol-a-on-waste-sludge-hydrolysis-with-multi-spectra-isothermal-titration-microcalorimetry-and-molecule-docking
#7
Guangying Hou, Rui Zhang, Xiaoyan Hao, Chunguang Liu
An increasing amount of bisphenol A (BPA) is being produced and used, then discharged into sewage treatment plants and accumulated in sludge or soil, when the sludge is used as fertilizer. Accumulation of BPA in sludge or soil causes poisoning to the enzyme, which affects the biological treatment of sludge and the circulation and conversion of materials in soil. In this research, effect of BPA on sludge hydrolysis is studied from the respect of concentration and components of soluble organic matter in sludge, using three-dimensional fluorescence spectra...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340376/linarin-could-protect-myocardial-tissue-from-the-injury-of-ischemia-reperfusion-through-activating-nrf-2
#8
Qian Yu, Xin Li, Xia Cao
OBJECTIVES: As we all know, oxidative stress was one of the most important causes of ischemia-reperfusion injury. And it was reported that Nrf-2 as an important regulator for oxidative stress could be activated by Linarin. Thus it would be interesting to find whether Linarin could inhibit ischemia-reperfusion injury through activating Nrf-2. METHODS: In this study, cell activity was detected by MTT assay and caspase-3 activity detection kit. And the expressions or activities of some signal proteins were evaluated by western-blot or activity detection kits...
March 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340291/-head-to-head-prenyl-synthases-in-some-pathogenic-bacteria
#9
Christopher J Schwalen, Xinxin Feng, Weidong Liu, Bing O-Dowd, Tzu-Ping Ko, Christopher J Shin, Rey-Ting Guo, Douglas A Mitchell, Eric Oldfield
Many organisms contain "head-to-head" isoprenoid synthases and here, we investigate three types of such enzymes from the pathogens Neisseria meningitidis, N. gonorrhoeae, and Enterococcus hirae. The E. hirae enzyme was found to produce dehydrosqualene and we solved an inhibitor-bound structure which revealed a fold similar to that of CrtM from Staphylococcus aureus. In contrast, the homologous proteins from Neisseria spp. carried out only the "first half" reaction, yielding presqualene diphosphate (PSPP). Based on product analyses, bioinformatics, and mutagenesis we conclude that the Neisseria proteins are HpnDs (PSPP synthases)...
March 24, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340215/development-of-enzyme-immunoassays-elisa-and-western-blot-for-the-serological-diagnosis-of-dermatophytosis-in-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-cats
#10
Aline Elisa Santana, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Julia So Severo, Glauce Mary Gomes Rittner, Julian Esteban Muñoz, Carlos Eduardo Larsson, Carlos Eduardo Larsson
Dermatophytosis is the most common fungal infection in cats worldwide and plays an important role in both animal and human health due to their high zoonotic potential. Effective screening is a strong preventive measure and the fungal culture is quite useful but requires full laboratorial experience and it takes a long time to obtain the result. A rapid and accurate screening test for dermatophytosis in cats is crucial for the effective control of disease outbreaks. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of enzyme immunoassays (ELISA and Western blot [WB]) for the rapid and precise diagnosis of dermatophytosis in cats...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340155/identification-of-jasmonic-acid-and-jasmonoyl-isoleucine-and-characterization-of-aos-aoc-opr-and-jar1-in-the-model-lycophyte-selaginella-moellendorffii
#11
Putri Pratiwi, Genta Tanaka, Tomohiro Takahashi, Xiaonan Xie, Koichi Yoneyama, Hideyuki Matsuura, Kosaku Takahashi
Jasmonic acid (JA) is involved in a variety of physiological responses in seed plants. However, the detection and role of JA in lycophytes, a group of seedless vascular plants, have remained elusive until recently. This study provides the first evidence of 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA), JA and jasmonoyl-isoleucine (JA-Ile) in the model lycophyte Selaginella moellendorffii. Mechanical wounding stimulated the accumulation of OPDA, JA and JA-Ile. These data were corroborated by the detection of enzymatically active allene oxide synthase (AOS), allene oxide cyclase (AOC), 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid reductase 3 (OPR3) and JA-Ile synthase (JAR1) in S...
March 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340122/potential-role-of-patients-cyp3a-status-in-clozapine-pharmacokinetics
#12
Katalin Tóth, Gábor Csukly, Dávid Sirok, Ales Belic, Ádám Kiss, Edit Háfra, Máté Déri, Ádám Menus, István Bitter, Katalin Monostory
Background: The atypical antipsychotic clozapine is effective in treatment-resistant schizophrenia; however, the success or failure of clozapine therapy is substantially affected by the variables that impact the clozapine blood concentration. Thus, elucidating the inter-individual differences in clozapine pharmacokinetics can facilitate the personalized therapy. Methods: Since potential role in clozapine metabolism is assigned to CYP1A2, CYP2C19, CYP2D6 and CYP3A enzymes, the association between the patients' CYP-status (CYP genotypes, CYP expression) and clozapine clearance was evaluated in 92 psychiatric patients...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340089/how-embryophytic-is-the-biosynthesis-of-phenylpropanoids-and-their-derivatives-in-streptophyte-algae
#13
Jan de Vries, Sophie de Vries, Claudio H Slamovits, Laura E Rose, John M Archibald
The origin of land plants from algae is a long-standing question in evolutionary biology. It is becoming increasingly clear that many characters that were once assumed to be "embryophyte-specific" can in fact be found in their closest algal relatives, the streptophyte algae. One such case is the phenylpropanoid pathway. While biochemical data indicate that streptophyte algae harbor lignin-like components, the phenylpropanoid core pathway, which serves as the backbone of lignin biosynthesis, has been proposed to have arisen at the base of the land plants...
March 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339983/acr11-is-an-activator-of-plastid-type-glutamine-synthetase-gs2-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#14
Takashi Osanai, Ayuko Kuwahara, Hitomi Otsuki, Kazuki Saito, Masami Yokota Hirai
Glutamine synthetase (GS) is an important enzyme for nitrogen assimilation, and GS2, encoded by GLN2, is the only plastid-type GS in Arabidopsis thaliana. A co-expression analysis suggested that the expression level of the gene encoding a uridylyltransferase-like protein, ACR11, is strongly correlated with GLN2 expression levels. Here we showed that the recombinant ACR11 protein increased GS2 activity in vitro by reducing the Km values of its substrate glutamine. A T-DNA insertion mutant of ACR11 exhibited a reduced GS activity under low nitrate conditions and reduced glutamine levels...
March 6, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339978/ozone-sensitive-arabidopsis-mutants-with-deficiencies-in-photorespiratory-enzymes
#15
Shoko Saji, Srinivas Bathula, Akihiro Kubo, Masanori Tamaoki, Mitsuko Aono, Tomoharu Sano, Kazuo Tobe, Stefan Timm, Hermann Bauwe, Nobuyoshi Nakajima, Hikaru Saji
An ozone-sensitive mutant was isolated from T-DNA-tagged lines of Arabidopsis thaliana. The T-DNA was inserted at a locus on chromosome 3, where two genes encoding glycolate oxidases, GOX1 and GOX2, peroxisomal enzymes involved in photorespiration, reside contiguously. The amounts of the mutant's foliar transcripts for these genes were reduced, and glycolate oxidase activity was approximately 60% of that of the wild-type plants. No difference in growth and appearance was observed between the mutant and the wild-type plants under normal conditions with ambient air under a light intensity of 100 µmol photons m-2 s-1...
February 21, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339962/fstl3-is-increased-in-renal-dysfunction
#16
Susan Kralisch, Annett Hoffmann, Nora Klöting, Anette Bachmann, Jürgen Kratzsch, Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, Anja Dietel, Joachim Beige, Matthias Anders, Ingolf Bast, Matthias Blüher, Ming-Zhi Zhang, Raymond C Harris, Michael Stumvoll, Mathias Fasshauer, Thomas Ebert
Background.: Follistatin-like 3 (FSTL3) is a novel cytokine that regulates insulin sensitivity and counteracts activin/myostatin signalling. In the present study, regulation of FSTL3 in renal dysfunction was investigated in both human chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney dysfunction (AKD). Furthermore, mFSTL3 expression was analysed in insulin-sensitive tissues in a mouse model of CKD. Methods.: Circulating FSTL3 was quantified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 581 patients with CKD covering the whole spectrum of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) categories from G1 to G5...
March 3, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339947/nitrogen-corrected-apparent-metabolisable-energy-values-of-barley-varies-by-treatment-and-species
#17
Majid Alahyari-Shahrasb, Hoseein Moravej, Ruhollah Kianfar, Woo Kyun Kim
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of two species of poultry (cockerel and Japanese quail), two levels of enzyme (0 and 0.5 g/kg), and 6 processing methods (control (C), gamma irradiation 25 (GI25), and 50 kGy (GI50), autoclaving (AU), fermentation without lactobacillus (F), and fermentation with lactobacillus (FL)) on the nitrogen-corrected apparent metabolisable energy (AMEn) of barley. In this experiment, each processing method was tested at two levels of enzyme (0 and 0.5 g/kg) in six replications with two cockerels or four quails per replication...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339926/study-on-the-expression-of-human-lysozyme-in-oviduct-bioreactor-mediated-by-recombinant-avian-adeno-associated-virus1
#18
A P Wang, Y J Wang, S Wu, W Y Zuo, C M Guo, W M Hong, S Y Zhu
Due to its antimicrobial properties and low toxicity, human lysozyme (hLYZ) has broad application in the medical field and as a preservative used by the food industry. However, limited availability hinders its widespread use. Hence, we constructed a recombinant avian adeno-associated virus (rAAAV) that would specifically express hLYZ in the chicken oviduct and harvested hLYZ from the egg whites of laying hens. The oviduct-specific human lysozyme expression cassette flanked by avian adeno-associated virus (AAAV) inverted terminal repeats (ITRs) was subcloned into the modified baculovirus transfer vector pFBX, and then the recombinant baculovirus rBac-ITRLYZ was generated...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339907/o-linked-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosamine-modification-of-proteins-is-essential-for-foot-process-maturation-and-survival-in-podocytes
#19
Shinya Ono, Shinji Kume, Mako Yasuda-Yamahara, Kosuke Yamahara, Naoko Takeda, Masami Chin-Kanasaki, Hisazumi Araki, Osamu Sekine, Hideki Yokoi, Masashi Mukoyama, Takashi Uzu, Shin-Ichi Araki, Hiroshi Maegawa
Background.: O-linked β- N -acetylglucosamine modification O-GlcNAcylation) is a post-translational modification of intracellular proteins, serving as a nutrient sensor. Growing evidence has demonstrated its physiological and pathological importance in various mammalian tissues. This study examined the physiological role of O-GlcNAcylation in podocyte function and development. Methods.: O-GlcNAc transferase (Ogt) is a critical enzyme for O-GlcNAcylation and resides on the X chromosome...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339814/modulating-oxidative-stress-relieves-stress-induced-behavioral-and-cognitive-impairments-in-rats
#20
Naimesh Solanki, Ankita Salvi, Gaurav Patki, Samina Salim
Background: Persistent psychological stress often leads to anxiety disorders and depression. Benzodiazepines and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are popular treatment options but have limited efficacy, supporting the need for alternative treatment. Based on our recent preclinical work suggesting a causal link between neurobehavioral deficits and elevated oxidative stress, we hypothesized that interventions that mitigate oxidative stress can attenuate/overcome neurobehavioral deficits...
February 24, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
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