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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151270/asct2-defined-by-enzyme-mediated-activation-of-radical-sources-enhances-malignancy-of-gd2-plus-small-cell-lung-cancer
#1
Nobutoshi Esaki, Yuki Ohkawa, Noboru Hashimoto, Yuhsuke Tsuda, Yuhsuke Ohmi, Robiul H Bhuiyan, Norihiro Kotani, Koichi Honke, Atsushi Enomoto, Masahide Takahashi, Keiko Furukawa, Koichi Furukawa
Ganglioside GD2 is specifically expressed in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) cells, leading to enhancement of malignant phenotypes, such as cell proliferation and migration. However, how GD2 promotes malignant phenotypes in SCLC cells is not well known. In this study, to reveal mechanisms by which GD2 increases malignant phenotypes in SCLC cells, we performed enzyme-mediated activation of radical sources combined with mass spectrometry in GD2 positive (+) SCLC cells. Consequently, we identified ASC amino-acid transporter 2 (ASCT2), a major glutamine transporter, which coordinately works with GD2...
November 19, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151266/crystal-structure-and-catalytic-characterization-of-the-dehydrogenase-reductase-sdr-family-member-4-dhrs4-from-caenorhabditis-elegans
#2
Michael Kisiela, Annette Faust, Bettina Ebert, Edmund Maser, Axel J Scheidig
The human dehydrogenase/reductase SDR family member 4 (DHRS4) is a tetrameric protein that is involved in the metabolism of several aromatic carbonyl compounds, steroids and bile acids. The only invertebrate DHRS4 that has been characterized to date is that from the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. We have previously cloned and initially characterized this protein that was recently annotated as DHRS4_CAEEL in the UniProtKB database. Crystallization and X-ray diffraction studies of the full-length DHRS4_CAEEL protein in complex with diacetyl revealed its tetrameric structure and showed that two subunits are connected via an intermolecular disulfide bridge that is formed by N-terminal cysteine residues (Cys5) of each protein chain, which increases the enzymatic activity...
November 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151256/melatonin-and-metformin-diminish-oxidative-stress-in-heart-tissue-in-a-rat-model-of-high-fat-diet-and-mammary-carcinogenesis
#3
Natalia Kurhaluk, Bianka Bojkova, Marek Radkowski, Olga V Zaitseva, Svitlana Kyriienko, Urszula Demkow, Pawel J Winklewski
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of long-term administration of the oral antidiabetic metformin or the pineal hormone melatonin, and a combination thereof, in preventing oxidative stress in the heart tissue of female Sprague-Dawley rats with mammary tumors induced by N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (NMU) (50 mg/kg) given on the 42nd postnatal day. Metformin and melatonin were administered 12 days before and 16 weeks after the carcinogen. During the experiment, all animals were fed a high fat diet (10% total fat, 2...
November 19, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151213/probing-the-atomic-structure-of-transient-protein-contacts-by-paramagnetic-relaxation-enhancement-solution-nmr
#4
Vincenzo Venditti, Nicolas L Fawzi
Important biological processes, including enzyme catalysis, signaling, and protein folding, proceed through lowly populated (<5%) states that elude structural characterization by conventional techniques. Here, we describe the steps required for visualization of these sparsely populated conformations and transient protein-protein interactions using paramagnetic relaxation enhancement solution NMR. We describe experimental design, sample preparation, data acquisition and processing, and the basics of data analysis of structural ensembles...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151181/screening-hcv-genotype-specific-epitope-peptides-based-on-conserved-sequence-analysis-and-b-cell-epitope-prediction-in-hcv-e2-region
#5
Rui Hua, Xiaoyu Jiang, Lingxia Qi, Shanshan Guan, Ziyu Kuai, Yongbo Qiao, Yan Xu, Xin Gong, Yuhua Shi, Wei Kong, Junqi Niu, Hao Zhang, Yaming Shan
The high mutation rate of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome increases the genotype diversity and renders the detection of the virus more difficult. Therefore, prediction and assessment of highly conserved and strongly antigenic epitope polypeptide sequences have become a focus of current research. The E2 region is the target binding region of neutralizing antibodies. HCV genomics, especially the high mutation rate of E2 region sequence, makes its genotyping more and more diverse, and the detection of HCV and genotype is becoming more and more strict...
November 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151159/enhanced-catalytic-efficiency-and-enantioselectivity-of-epoxide-hydrolase-from-agrobacterium-radiobacter-ad1-by-iterative-saturation-mutagenesis-for-r-epichlorohydrin-synthesis
#6
Shu-Ping Zou, Yu-Guo Zheng, Qun Wu, Zhi-Cai Wang, Ya-Ping Xue, Zhi-Qiang Liu
Enantioselective hydrolysis of epoxides by epoxide hydrolase (EH) is one of the most attractive approaches for the synthesis of chiral epoxides. So far, attempts to develop an efficient epoxide hydrolase -mediated biotransformation have been limited by either the low activity or insufficient enantioselectivity of epoxide hydrolase. In this study, iterative saturation mutagenesis (ISM) of epoxide hydrolase from Agrobacterium radiobacter AD1 (ArEH) was performed for efficient production of (R)-epichlorohydrin...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151157/potent-apoptosis-inducing-activity-of-erypoegin-k-an-isoflavone-isolated-from-erythrina-poeppigiana-against-human-leukemia-hl-60-cells
#7
Kiyomi Hikita, Natsuki Hattori, Aya Takeda, Yuko Yamakage, Rina Shibata, Saori Yamada, Kuniki Kato, Tomiyasu Murata, Hitoshi Tanaka, Norio Kaneda
Erypoegin K is an isoflavone isolated from the stem bark of Erythrina poeppigiana. It contains a furan group at the A-ring of the core isoflavone structure and can inhibit the activity of glyoxalase I, an enzyme that catalyzes the detoxification of methylglyoxal (MG), a by-product of glycolysis. In the present study, we found that erypoegin K has a potent cytotoxic effect on human leukemia HL-60 cells. Its cytotoxic effect was much stronger than that of a known glyoxalase I inhibitor S-p-bromobenzylglutathione cyclopentyl diester...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151145/pendimethalin-induces-oxidative-stress-dna-damage-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-to-trigger-apoptosis-in-human-lymphocytes-and-rat-bone-marrow-cells
#8
Sabiha M Ansari, Quaiser Saquib, Sabry M Attia, Eslam M Abdel-Salam, Hend A Alwathnani, Mohammad Faisal, Abdulrahman A Alatar, Abdulaziz A Al-Khedhairy, Javed Musarrat
Pendimethalin (PM) is a dinitroaniline herbicide extensively applied against the annual grasses and broad-leaved weeds. There is no report available on PM-induced low-dose genotoxicity in human primary cells and in vivo test models. Such data gap has prompted us to evaluate the genotoxic potential of PM in human lymphocytes and rats. PM selectively binds in the minor groove of DNA by forming covalent bonds with G and C nitrogenous bases, as well as with the ribose sugar. PM induces micronucleus formation (MN) in human lymphocytes, indicating its clastogenic potential...
November 18, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151143/salinity-reduces-2-4-d-efficacy-in-echinochloa-crusgalli-by-affecting-redox-balance-nutrient-acquisition-and-hormonal-regulation
#9
Faisal Islam, Yuan Xie, Muhammad A Farooq, Jian Wang, Chong Yang, Rafaqat A Gill, Jinwen Zhu, Weijun Zhou
Distinct salinity levels have been reported to enhance plants tolerance to different types of stresses. The aim of this research is to assess the interaction of saline stress and the use of 2,4-D as a means of controlling the growth of Echinochloa crusgalli. The resultant effect of such interaction is vital for a sustainable approach of weed management and food production. The results showed that 2,4-D alone treatment reduces the chlorophyll contents, photosynthetic capacity, enhanced MDA, electrolyte leakage, and ROS production (H2O2, O2(·-)) and inhibited the activities of ROS scavenging enzymes...
November 18, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151139/integration-of-bacterial-expansin-on-agarolytic-complexes-to-enhance-the-degrading-activity-of-red-algae-by-control-of-gelling-properties
#10
Da Woon Jeong, Jeong Eun Hyeon, Young-Chul Joo, Sang Kyu Shin, Sung Ok Han
Expansin act by loosening hydrogen bonds in densely packed polysaccharides. This work characterizes the biological functions of expansin in the gelling and degradation of algal polysaccharides. In this study, the bacterial expansin BpEX from Bacillus pumilus was fused with the dockerin module of a cellulosome system for assembly with agarolytic complexes. The assembly of chimeric expansin caused an indicative enhancement in agarase activity. The enzymatic activities on agar substrate and natural biomass were 3...
November 18, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151114/non-canonical-heterogeneous-cellular-distribution-and-co-localization-of-camkii%C3%AE-and-camkii%C3%AE-in-the-spinal-superficial-dorsal-horn
#11
Max Larsson
Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a key enzyme in long-term plasticity in many neurons, including in the nociceptive circuitry of the spinal dorsal horn. However, although the role of CaMKII heterooligomers in neuronal plasticity is isoform-dependent, the distribution and co-localization of CaMKII isoforms in the dorsal horn have not been comprehensively investigated. Here, quantitative immunofluorescence analysis was used to examine the distribution of the two major neuronal CaMKII isoforms, α and β, in laminae I-III of the rat dorsal horn, with reference to inhibitory interneurons and neuronal populations defined by expression of parvalbumin, calretinin, and calbindin D28k...
November 18, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151076/modulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-by-the-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-monoacylglycerol-and-diacylglycerol-lipase-inhibitors-as-an-attractive-target-for-secretory-diarrhoea-therapy
#12
A Wasilewski, A Misicka, M Sacharczuk, J Fichna
Secretory diarrhoea is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Our aim was to characterize the effect of inhibition of selected enzymes involved in the synthesis or degradation of endocannabinoids on electrolyte equilibrium in the mouse colonic tissue. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of PF-3845, JZL-184 and RHC-80267, as inhibitors of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), monoacylglycerol (MAGL) and diacylglycerol lipase (DAGL), respectively on epithelial ion transport in isolated mouse colon stimulated by forskolin (FSK), veratridine (VER) and bethanechol (BET)...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150960/epithelial-cell-adhesion-molecule-fragments-and-signaling-in-primary-human-liver-cells
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Jörg C Gerlach, Hubert G Foka, Robert L Thompson, Bruno Gridelli, Eva Schmelzer
Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule (EpCAM), or CD326, is a trans-membrane glycoprotein expressed by multiple normal epithelia as well as carcinoma. Human hepatic stem cells and bile duct epithelium of the liver are EpCAM positive. In tumor cell lines, its intracellular domain can be released after cleavage of the extracellular domain. Within the cell nucleus it induces cell proliferation, but cleavage depends on cell contact. Fragments of various lengths have been described in tumor cells. Despite of its described important role in proliferation in tumor cells, there is not much known about the expression and role of EpCAM fragments in primary human liver cells...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150942/a-novel-epididymal-quiescence-factor-inhibits-sperm-motility-by-modulating-nos-activity-and-intracellular-no-cgmp-pathway
#14
Prasanta Ghosh, Sandipan Mukherjee, Arpita Bhoumik, Sandhya Rekha Dungdung
Mature and potentially motile spermatozoa stored in cauda epididymis in an inactive state for approximately 30 days; however during ejaculation they regain motility. To understand the actual molecular mechanism of the sperm quiescence during caudal stay, a proteinaceous quiescence factor (QF) has been purified from caprine epididymal plasma to apparent homogeneity. In the present study complete purification, detailed characterization as well as mechanistic pathway of QF has been described. QF was purified to 215 fold with 45% activity recovery...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150808/monitoring-enzymatic-degradation-of-emerging-contaminants-using-a-chip-based-robotic-nano-esi-ms-tool
#15
Lara F Stadlmair, Thomas Letzel, Johanna Graßmann
Up to now, knowledge of enzymes capable of degrading various contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) is limited, which is especially due to the lack of rapid screening methods. Thus, a miniaturized high-throughput setup using a chip-based robotic nanoelectrospray ionization system coupled to mass spectrometry has been developed to rapidly screen enzymatic reactions with environmentally relevant CECs. Three laccases, two tyrosinases, and two peroxidases were studied for their ability to transform ten pharmaceuticals and benzotriazole...
November 17, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150773/overexpression-of-a-cellobiose-glucose-halotolerant-endoglucanase-from-scytalidium-thermophilum
#16
Luana Parras Meleiro, Sibeli Carli, Raquel Fonseca-Maldonado, Marcela da Silva Torricillas, Ana Lucia Ribeiro Latorre Zimbardi, Richard John Ward, João Atílio Jorge, Rosa Prazeres Melo Furriel
Enzyme reaction products and by-products from pretreatment steps can inhibit endoglucanases and are major factors limiting the efficiency of enzymatic lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysis. The gene encoding the endoglucanase from Scytalidium thermophilum (egst) was cloned and expressed as a soluble protein in Pichia pastoris GS115. The recombinant enzyme (Egst) was monomeric (66 kDa) and showed an estimated carbohydrate content of 53.3% (w/w). The optimum temperature and pH of catalysis were 60-70 °C and pH of 5...
November 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150754/detoxification-of-aflatoxin-b1-by-antifungal-compounds-from-lactobacillus-brevis-and-lactobacillus-paracasei-isolated-from-dairy-products
#17
Eman Zakaria Gomaa, Manal Farouk Abdelall, Omima Mohammed El-Mahdy
Aflatoxins are a large group of highly toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic mycotoxins produced by specific species of fungi. Potential contamination of food commodities by these compounds causes extensive damage that lead to great economic losses. This study explored the potential use of antifungal compounds, produced by Lactobacillus brevis and Lactobacillus paracasei, for growth inhibition and subsequent aflatoxin B1 production from select strains of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. Lactobacilli strains were isolated from traditional Egyptian dairy products, whereas fungal strains were isolated from infected cereal seeds...
November 18, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150709/simultaneous-detection-of-nadph-consumption-and-h2o2-production-using-the-ampliflu%C3%A2-red-assay-for-screening-of-p450-activities-and-uncoupling
#18
Lisa K Morlock, Dominique Böttcher, Uwe T Bornscheuer
Cytochrome P450s belong to a large and diverse group of heme-containing enzymes. These monooxygenases catalyze the incorporation of a single atom of molecular oxygen into their substrate. In contrast to most other enzymes, the activity of P450 enzymes is not only dependent on substrate and cofactor availability and reaction conditions, but also depends on the coupling efficiency of the catalytic cycle itself. Through the electron transfer from NAD(P)H to the heme-center of the P450, the enzyme becomes activated and binds oxygen...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150677/phosphatidylserine-decarboxylase-ct699-lysophospholipid-acyltransferase-ct775-and-acyl-acp-synthase-ct776-provide-membrane-lipid-diversity-to-chlamydia-trachomatis
#19
Eric Soupene, Frans A Kuypers
De novo lipid synthesis and scavenging of fatty acids (FA) are processes essential for the formation of the membrane of the human pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis (C.t.). Host FA are assimilated via esterification by the bacterial acyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) synthase AasC but inhibitors of the host acyl-CoA synthetase enymes ACSL also impaired growth of C.t. in human cells. In E. coli, activity of AasC was sensitive to triacsin C and rosiglitazone G. The absence of a triacsin C-insensitive pathway and the increased inhibition by rosiglitazone G confirmed the sensitivity of the bacterial acyl-ACP synthase to these drugs in infected human cells...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150665/a-streamlined-cloning-workflow-minimising-the-time-to-strain-pipeline-for-pichia-pastoris
#20
Kate E Royle, Karen Polizzi
Although recent advances in E. coli self-assembly have greatly simplified cloning, these have not yet been harnessed for the high-throughput generation of expression strains in the early research and discovery phases of biopharmaceutical production. Here, we have refined the technique and incorporated it into a streamlined workflow for the generation of Pichia pastoris expression strains, reducing the timeline by a third and removing the reliance on DNA editing enzymes, which often require troubleshooting and increase costs...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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