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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332325/is-%C3%AE-n-acetylgalactosaminidase-the-key-to-curing-cancer-a-mini-review-and-hypothesis
#1
Ehsan Saburi, Jalil Tavakol-Afshari, Sajjad Biglari, Yousef Mortazavi
In the constant battle against cancer cells, macrophages are of great importance. Their activation is achieved through various mechanisms such as Vitamin D binding protein (VDBP or Gc). After undergoing modifications via enzymes secreted by stimulated lymphocytes, VDBP is modified into Macrophages Activator Form/Factor (Gc-MAF). Some studies (particularly those focusing on cancer) have reported that an enzyme known as α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase (nagalase) facilitates the deglycosylation of Gc-MAF, which in turn inhibits the activation of macrophages...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332318/intraspecific-differences-in-plant-defense-induction-by-fall-armyworm-strains
#2
Flor E Acevedo, Michelle Peiffer, Swayamjit Ray, Robert Meagher, Dawn S Luthe, Gary W Felton
The underlying adaptive mechanisms by which insect strains are associated with specific plants are largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of herbivore-induced defenses in the host plant association of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) strains. We tested the expression of herbivore-induced defense-related genes and the activity of plant-defensive proteins in maize and Bermuda grass upon feeding by fall armyworm strains. The rice strain caterpillars induced greater accumulation of proteinase inhibitors in maize than the corn strain caterpillars...
January 14, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332295/measurement-of-the-caspase-1-like-activity-of-vacuolar-processing-enzyme-in-plants
#3
Noriyuki Hatsugai, Ikuko Hara-Nishimura
Caspase-like activities are essential to regulate programed cell death in plants. Although no caspase orthologous enzymes with aspartic acid specificity have been identified in plants, vacuolar processing enzyme (VPE) exhibits a caspase-1-like activity. In this chapter, we introduce two methods for the measurement of the caspase-1-like/VPE activity. These methods are based on the cleavage of caspase-1 specific synthetic substrates and on monitoring the active forms of VPE using a biotinylated-inhibitor blot analysis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332274/callitriche-cophocarpa-water-starwort-proteome-under-chromate-stress-evidence-for-induction-of-a-quinone-reductase
#4
Paweł Kaszycki, Aleksandra Dubicka-Lisowska, Joanna Augustynowicz, Barbara Piwowarczyk, Wojciech Wesołowski
Chromate-induced physiological stress in a water-submerged macrophyte Callitriche cophocarpa Sendtn. (water starwort) was tested at the proteomic level. The oxidative stress status of the plant treated with 1 mM Cr(VI) for 3 days revealed stimulation of peroxidases whereas catalase and superoxide dismutase activities were similar to the control levels. Employing two-dimensional electrophoresis, comparative proteomics enabled to detect five differentiating proteins subjected to identification with mass spectrometry followed by an NCBI database search...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332272/comparative-study-of-selenium-and-selenium-nanoparticles-with-reference-to-acute-toxicity-biochemical-attributes-and-histopathological-response-in-fish
#5
Neeraj Kumar, Kishore Kumar Krishnani, Narendra Pratap Singh
Recent studies have demonstrated that selenium (Se) and selenium nanoparticles (Se-NPs) exhibited toxicity at a higher concentration. The lethal concentration of Se and Se-NPs was estimated as 5.29 and 3.97 mg/L at 96 h in Pangasius hypophthalmus. However, the effect of different definite concentration of Se (4.5, 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0 mg/L) and Se-NPs (2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 mg/L) was decided for acute experiment. Selenium and Se-NPs alter the biochemical attributes such as anti-oxidative status [catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) activities], neurotransmitter enzyme, cellular metabolic enzymes, stress marker, and histopathology of P...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332217/a-novel-glucuronoyl-esterase-from-aspergillus-fumigatus-the-role-of-conserved-lys-residue-in-the-preference-for-4-o-methyl-glucuronoyl-esters
#6
Hung Hiep Huynh, Nozomi Ishii, Ichiro Matsuo, Manabu Arioka
Cellulose in plant cell walls is mainly covered by hemicellulose and lignin, and thus efficient removal of these components is thought to be a key step in the optimal utilization of lignocellulose. The recently discovered carbohydrate esterase (CE) 15 family of glucuronoyl esterases (GEs) which cleave the linkages between the free carboxyl group of D-glucuronic acid in hemicellulose and the benzyl groups in lignin residues could contribute to this process. Herein, we report the identification, functional expression, and enzymatic characterization of a GE, AfGE, from the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus...
January 14, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332210/pathogen-specific-leptospiral-proteins-in-urine-of-patients-with-febrile-illness-aids-in-differential-diagnosis-of-leptospirosis-from-dengue
#7
R Chaurasia, K C Thresiamma, C K Eapen, B J Zachariah, R Paul, M Sritharan
Leptospirosis and dengue are two commonly seen infectious diseases of the tropics. Differential diagnosis of leptospirosis from dengue fever is often difficult due to overlapping clinical symptoms and lack of economically viable and easy-to-perform laboratory tests. The gold standard for diagnosis is the microscopic agglutination test (MAT). In this study, the diagnostic potential of screening for pathogen-specific leptospiral antigens in urine samples is presented as a non-invasive method of disease diagnosis...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332189/the-arabidopsis-histone-chaperone-fact-is-required-for-stress-induced-expression-of-anthocyanin-biosynthetic-genes
#8
Alexander Pfab, Matthias Breindl, Klaus D Grasser
The histone chaperone FACT is involved in the expression of genes encoding anthocyanin biosynthetic enzymes also upon induction by moderate high-light and therefore contributes to the stress-induced plant pigmentation. The histone chaperone FACT consists of the SSRP1 and SPT16 proteins and associates with transcribing RNAPII (RNAPII) along the transcribed region of genes. FACT can promote transcriptional elongation by destabilising nucleosomes in the path of RNA polymerase II, thereby facilitating efficient transcription of chromatin templates...
January 13, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332176/characteristics-of-petroleum-contaminated-groundwater-during-natural-attenuation-a-case-study-in-northeast-china
#9
Hong Qian, Yuling Zhang, Jiali Wang, Chaoqun Si, Zaixing Chen
The objective of this study was to investigate a petroleum-contaminated groundwater site in northeast China. We determined the physicochemical properties of groundwater that contained total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) with a view to developing a scientifically robust strategy for controlling and remediating pollution of groundwater already contaminated with petroleum. Samples were collected at regular intervals and were analyzed for dissolved oxygen (DO), iron (Fe3+), sulfate (SO42-), electrical conductivity (Eh), pH, hydrogen carbonate (HCO3-), and enzyme activities of catalase (CAT), peroxidase (HRP), catechol 1,2-dioxygenase (C12O), and catechol 2,3-dioxygenase (C23O)...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332155/prevalence-of-the-pfdhfr-and-pfdhps-mutations-among-asymptomatic-pregnant-women-in-southeast-nigeria
#10
Ekpereonne Esu, Costanza Tacoli, Prabhanjan Gai, Nicole Berens-Riha, Michael Pritsch, Thomas Loescher, Martin Meremikwu
Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) is the recommended drug for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy in most of sub-Saharan Africa. Resistance to SP is related to mutations in the dhfr and dhps gene of Plasmodium falciparum. This study determined the prevalence of Pfdhfr and Pfdhps polymorphisms found in asymptomatic pregnant women attending antenatal care in Calabar, Nigeria. From October 2013 to November 2014, asymptomatic pregnant women attending antenatal care clinics were enrolled after obtaining informed consent...
January 13, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332095/both-serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-interleukin-6-levels-are-not-associated-with-therapeutic-response-to-lamotrigine-augmentation-therapy-in-treatment-resistant-depressive-disorder
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Shoko Kagawa, Kazuo Mihara, Takeshi Suzuki, Goyo Nagai, Akifumi Nakamura, Kenji Nemoto, Tsuyoshi Kondo
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were prospectively monitored in relation with therapeutic response to lamotrigine augmentation therapy in 46 (15 males and 31 females) inpatients with treatment-resistant depressive disorder during an 8-week treatment with lamotrigine using an open-study design. METHODS: The subjects were 46 depressed patients who had already shown insufficient response to at least 3 psychotropics including antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and atypical antipsychotics...
January 12, 2018: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332066/correlation-between-serum-calcineurin-activity-and-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-in-hypertensive-patients-and-its-clinical-significance
#12
Jia-Li Cao, Yu-Qing Yang, Dookhun Muhammad Nabeel, Ya-Li Sun, Hua-Yi-Yang Zou, Xiang-Qing Kong, Xin-Zheng Lu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to investigate the correlation between calcineurin (CaN) and hypertension with left ventricular hypertrophy (HLVH) and to evaluate its potential clinical significance. DESIGN: The study involved 160 patients diagnosed with hypertension and 42 controls. Based on the exclusion criteria, 42 were not eligible for this study. The remaining 118 hypertensive patients were categorized into 2 subgroups based on left ventricular mass index and relative ventricular wall thickness: a normal model subgroup with hypertension (HNM) and an HLVH subgroup...
January 13, 2018: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332049/free-heme-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-a-fatal-liaison-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#13
Elisabeth Chiziane, Henriette Telemann, Martin Krueger, Juliane Adler, Jürgen Arnhold, A Alia, Jörg Flemmig
While the etiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is still unknown, an increased formation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide and oxidative processes are major pathological mechanism of the disease. The interaction of Aβ with free heme leads to the formation of peroxidase-active Aβ-heme complexes. However, enzyme-kinetic data and systematic mutational studies are still missing. These aspects were addressed in this study to evaluate the role of Aβ-heme complexes in AD. The enzyme-kinetic measurements showed peroxidase-specific pH- and H2O2-dependencies...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332035/an-aspartyl-cathepsin-targeted-pet-agent-application-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model
#14
Jonatan A Snir, Mojmir Suchy, Geron A Bindseil, Michael Kovacs, Blaine A Chronik, Robert H E Hudson, Stephen H Pasternak, Robert Bartha
BACKGROUND: Early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology is a serious challenge for both diagnosis and clinical trials. The aspartyl protease, Cathepsin D (CatD), is overexpressed in AD and could be a biomarker of disease. We have previously designed a unique contrast agent (CA) for dual-optical and magnetic resonance imaging of the activity of the CatD class of enzymes. OBJECTIVE: To compare the uptake and retention of a novel, more sensitive, and clinically-translatable 68Ga PET tracer targeting CatD activity in 5XFAD mice and non-Tg littermates...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331935/disruption-of-thyroid-hormone-sulfotransferase-activity-by-brominated-flame-retardant-chemicals-in-the-human-choriocarcinoma-placenta-cell-line-bewo
#15
Christopher P Leonetti, Craig M Butt, Heather M Stapleton
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have been shown to disrupt thyroid hormone (TH) homeostasis through multiple mechanisms, including inhibition of enzymes that regulate intracellular levels of THs, such as sulfotransferases (SULTs). The placenta plays a critical role in helping to maintain TH levels during fetal development and expresses SULTs. This is concerning given that disruption of TH regulation within the placenta could potentially harm the developing fetus. In this study, we investigated the effects of two polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), two hydroxylated PBDEs, and 2,4,6-tribromophenol (2,4,6-TBP) on TH SULT activity in a choriocarcinoma placenta cell line (BeWo)...
December 28, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331924/gene-expression-patterns-regulating-the-seed-metabolism-in-relation-to-deterioration-ageing-of-primed-mung-bean-vigna-radiata-l-seeds
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Satyendra Nath Sharma, Ankita Maheshwari, Chitra Sharma, Nidhi Shukla
We are proposing mechanisms to account for the loss of viability (seed deterioration/ageing) and enhancement in seed quality (post-storage priming treatment). In order to understand the regulatory mechanism of these traits, we conducted controlled deterioration (CD) test for up to 8 d using primed mung bean seeds and examined how CD effects the expression of many genes, regulating the seed metabolism in relation to CD and priming. Germination declined progressively with increased duration of CD, and the priming treatment completely/partially reversed the inhibition depending on the duration of CD...
January 5, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331900/a-catalytic-and-dual-recycling-amplification-atp-sensor-based-on-target-driven-allosteric-structure-switching-of-aptamer-beacons
#17
Ying Peng, Daxiu Li, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
Abnormal concentrations of ATP are associated with many diseases and cancers, and quantitative detection of ATP is thus of great importance for disease diagnosis and prognosis. In the present work, we report a new dual recycling amplification sensor integrated with catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA) to achieve high sensitivity for fluorescent detection of ATP. The association of the target ATP with the aptamer beacons causes the allosteric structure switching of the aptamer beacons to expose the toehold regions, which hybridize with and unfold the fluorescently quenched hairpin signal probes (HP1) to recycle the target ATP and to trigger CHA between HP1 and the secondary hairpin probes (HP2) to form HP1/HP2 duplexes...
January 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331879/structural-and-quantum-mechanical-computations-to-elucidate-the-altered-binding-mechanism-of-metal-and-drug-with-pyrazinamidase-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-due-to-mutagenicity
#18
Nouman Rasool, Saima Iftikhar, Anam Amir, Waqar Hussain
Pyrazinamide is known to be the most effective treatment against tuberculosis disease and is known to have bacteriostatic action. By targeting the bacterial spores, this drug reduces the chances for the progression of the infection in organisms. In recent years, increased instances of the drug resistance of bacterial strains are reported. Pyrazinamidase, activator for pyrazinamide, leads to resistance against the drug due to mutagenicity across the world. The present study aimed at the quantum mechanistic analysis of mutations in pyrazinamidase to gain insights into the mechanism of this enzyme...
December 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331868/zinc-supplementation-alleviates-the-progression-of-diabetic-nephropathy-by-inhibiting-the-overexpression-of-oxidative-stress-mediated-molecular-markers-in-streptozotocin-induced-experimental-rats
#19
Susmita Barman, Seetur R Pradeep, Krishnapura Srinivasan
Zinc deficiency during diabetes projects a role for zinc nutrition in the management of diabetic nephropathy. The current study explored whether zinc supplementation protects against diabetic nephropathy through modulation of kidney oxidative stress and stress-induced expression related to the inflammatory process in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Groups of hyperglycemic rats were exposed to dietary interventions for 6 weeks with zinc supplementation (5 times and 10 times the normal level). Supplemental-zinc-fed diabetic groups showed a significant reversal of increased kidney weight and creatinine clearance...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331826/pathway-and-mechanism-of-nitrogen-transformation-during-composting-functional-enzymes-and-genes-under-different-concentrations-of-pvp-agnps
#20
Guangming Zeng, Lihua Zhang, Haoran Dong, Yaoning Chen, Jiachao Zhang, Yuan Zhu, Yujie Yuan, Yankai Xie, Wei Fang
Polyvinylpyrrolidone coated silver nanoparticles (PVP-AgNPs) were applied at different concentrations to reduce total nitrogen (TN) losses and the mechanisms of nitrogen bio-transformation were investigated in terms of the nitrogen functional enzymes and genes. Results showed that mineral N in pile 3 which was treated with AgNPs at a concentration of 10 mg/kg compost was the highest (6.58 g/kg dry weight (DW) compost) and the TN loss (47.07%) was the lowest at the end of composting. Correlation analysis indicated that TN loss was significantly correlated with amoA abundance...
December 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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