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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907150/molecular-characterization-of-two-monoclonal-antibodies-against-the-same-epitope-on-b-cell-receptor-associated-protein-31
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Won-Tae Kim, Saemina Shin, Hyo Jeong Hwang, Min Kyu Kim, Han-Sung Jung, Hwangseo Park, Chun Jeih Ryu
Previously, we showed that B-cell receptor associated protein 31 (BAP31), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane chaperone, is also expressed on the cell surface by two monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) 297-D4 and 144-A8. Both MAbs recognize the same linear epitope on the C-terminal domain of BAP31, although they were independently established. Here, flow cytometric analysis showed that 144-A8 had additional binding properties to some cells, as compared to 297-D4. Quantitative antigen binding assays also showed that 144-A8 had higher antigen binding capacity than 297-D4...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905471/evidence-of-genotypic-adaptation-to-the-exposure-to-volcanic-risk-at-the-dopamine-receptor-drd4-locus
#2
Charlotte Faurie, Clement Mettling, Mohamed Ali Bchir, Danang Sri Hadmoko, Carine Heitz, Evi Dwi Lestari, Michel Raymond, Marc Willinger
Humans have colonized and adapted to extremely diverse environments, and the genetic basis of some such adaptations, for example to high altitude, is understood. In some cases, local or regional variation in selection pressure could also cause behavioural adaptations. Numerous genes influence behaviour, such as alleles at the dopamine receptor locus D4 (DRD4), which are associated with attitude toward risk in experimental settings. We demonstrate genetic differentiation for this gene, but not for five unlinked microsatellite loci, between high- and low risk environments around Mount Merapi, an active volcano in Java, Indonesia...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874231/stability-of-domain-4-of-the-anthrax-toxin-protective-antigen-and-the-effect-of-the-vwa-domain-of-cmg2-on-stability
#3
Sireesha Mamillapalli, Masaru Miyagi, James G Bann
The major immunogenic component of the current anthrax vaccine, anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) is protective antigen (PA). We have shown recently that the thermodynamic stability of PA can be significantly improved by binding to the Von-Willebrand factor A (VWA) domain of capillary morphogenesis protein 2 (CMG2), and improvements in thermodynamic stability may improve storage and long-term stability of PA for use as a vaccine. In order to understand the origin of this increase in stability, we have isolated the receptor binding domain of PA, domain 4 (D4), and have studied the effect of the addition of CMG2 on thermodynamic stability...
November 22, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830016/effects-of-leukotriene-d4-on-adenoidal-t-cells-in-children-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome
#4
Yan Shu, Da-Zhi Yang, Jia Liang, Feng Zhang, Bing Wang, Hong-Bing Yao, En-Mei Liu
PURPOSE: This study aims to determine whether leukotriene D4 (LTD4) can promote T cell proliferation in adenoid tissues via activation of CysLT1 receptors in children with OSAS. METHODS: CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell proliferation was assessed by flow cytometry in adenoid mononuclear cells (AdMCs) stimulated with LTD4 from children with OSAS. The activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways and their effects on the proliferation of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in AdMCs were observed by western blotting...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821512/dopamine-d4-receptor-gene-polymorphism-in-a-sample-of-egyptian-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd
#5
Farida ElBaz Mohamed, Tarek Mostafa Kamal, Sally Soliman Zahra, Mona Abdel Hakiem Khfagy, Azza Mohamed Youssef
This study aimed to detect DRD4 receptor gene polymorphisms in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) children and to correlate their phenotype-genotype. Fifty children with ADHD were diagnosed by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, criteria and were subjected to Conners Parent Rating Scale. All cases and controls were subjected to history taking, physical examination, IQ assessment, and dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) exon 3 genotyping. The 7-repeat allele was present only in controls, whereas 2-repeat allele was present in the ADHD children (heterozygous 2-repeat allele in 16% and homozygous in 26% of cases)...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793671/antiferroptotic-activity-of-non-oxidative-dopamine
#6
Ding Wang, Yingpeng Peng, Yangchun Xie, Borong Zhou, Xiaofang Sun, Rui Kang, Daolin Tang
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that has many functions in the nervous and immune systems. Ferroptosis is a non-apoptotic form of regulated cell death that is involved in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. However, the role of dopamine in ferroptosis remains unidentified. Here, we show that the non-oxidative form of dopamine is a strong inhibitor of ferroptotic cell death. Dopamine dose-dependently blocked ferroptosis in cancer (PANC1 and HEY) and non-cancer (MEF and HEK293) cells following treatment with erastin, a small molecule ferroptosis inducer...
October 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760989/mechanisms-underlying-the-endogenous-dopaminergic-inhibition-of-spinal-locomotor-circuit-function-in-xenopus-tadpoles
#7
Laurence D Picton, Keith T Sillar
Dopamine plays important roles in the development and modulation of motor control circuits. Here we show that dopamine exerts potent effects on the central pattern generator circuit controlling locomotory swimming in post-embryonic Xenopus tadpoles. Dopamine (0.5-100 μM) reduced fictive swim bout occurrence and caused both spontaneous and evoked episodes to become shorter, slower and weaker. The D2-like receptor agonist quinpirole mimicked this repertoire of inhibitory effects on swimming, whilst the D4 receptor antagonist, L745,870, had the opposite effects...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755061/lassbio-1422-a-new-molecular-scaffold-with-efficacy-in-animal-models-of-schizophrenia-and-disorders-of-attention-and-cognition
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Andresa H Betti, Camila B Antonio, Thais E T Pompeu, Thaise S Martins, Vivian Herzfeldt, Eveline D Stolz, Carlos A M Fraga, Eliezer Barreiro, François Noël, Stela M K Rates
Aiming to identify new antipsychotic lead-compounds, our group has been working on the design and synthesis of new N-phenylpiperazine derivatives. Here, we characterized LASSBio-1422 as a pharmacological prototype of this chemical series. Adult male Wistar rats and CF1 mice were used for in-vitro and in-vivo assays, respectively. LASSBio-1422 [1 and 5 mg/kg, postoperatively (p.o.)] inhibited apomorphine-induced climbing as well as ketamine-induced hyperlocomotion (1 and 5 mg/kg, p.o.), animal models predictive of efficacy on positive symptoms...
October 13, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727308/circadian-and-dopaminergic-regulation-of-fatty-acid-oxidation-pathway-genes-in-retina-and-photoreceptor-cells
#9
Patrick Vancura, Tanja Wolloscheck, Kenkichi Baba, Gianluca Tosini, P Michael Iuvone, Rainer Spessert
The energy metabolism of the retina might comply with daily changes in energy demand and is impaired in diabetic retinopathy-one of the most common causes of blindness in Europe and the USA. The aim of this study was to investigate putative adaptation of energy metabolism in healthy and diabetic retina. Hence expression analysis of metabolic pathway genes was performed using quantitative polymerase chain reaction, semi-quantitative western blot and immunohistochemistry. Transcriptional profiling of key enzymes of energy metabolism identified transcripts of mitochondrial fatty acid β-oxidation enzymes, i...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660688/modifications-of-a-nanomolar-cyclic-peptide-antagonist-for-the-epha4-receptor-to-achieve-high-plasma-stability
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Erika J Olson, Bernhard C Lechtenberg, Chunxia Zhao, Elena Rubio de la Torre, Ilaria Lamberto, Stefan J Riedl, Philip E Dawson, Elena B Pasquale
EphA4 is a receptor tyrosine kinase with a critical role in repulsive axon guidance and synaptic function. However, aberrant EphA4 activity can inhibit neural repair after injury and exacerbate neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's. We previously identified the cyclic peptide APY-d2 (APYCVYRβASWSC-nh2, containing a disulfide bond) as a potent and selective EphA4 antagonist. However, APY-d2 lacks sufficient plasma stability to be useful for EphA4 inhibition in vivo through peripheral administration...
September 8, 2016: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659709/palmitoylation-of-the-carboxyl-terminal-tail-of-dopamine-d4-receptor-is-required-for-surface-expression-endocytosis-and-signaling
#11
Xiaowei Zhang, Kyeong-Man Kim
The amino acid sequences and signaling pathways of D2-like dopamine receptors (D2R, D3R, and D4R) are highly conserved. D4R has been suggested to be associated with novelty seeking, and binds with high affinity to an atypical antipsychotic drug with fewer motor function-related side effects than typical neuroleptics. A study comparing D2R and D3R reported that palmitoylation is important for the proper functioning of D3R. Although D4R is a member of the D2-like receptor family, its palmitoylation status and the functional significance of any such posttranslational modification are unknown...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604575/99mtc-hynic-d4-peptide-a-new-small-radiolabeled-peptide-for-non-small-cell-lung-tumor-targeting
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Mona Hadad, Seyed Mohammad Abedi, Seyed Jalal Hosseinimehr
The aim of this study was to evaluate the 99mTc-HYNIC-D4 peptide as a new radiotracer for tumor targeting in non small cell lung tumor that overexpresses epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). D4 small peptide (Leu-Ala-Arg-Leu-Leu-Thr) was selected as a candidate for specific targeting on EGFR. It was conjugated with HYNIC on N-terminus and labeled with 99mTc using tricine as a co-ligand. Radiochemical purity was determined to be 98% by instant thin layer chromatograph and reverse-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography...
September 7, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27597526/validation-of-an-improved-scale-for-rating-l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia-in-the-mouse-and-effects-of-specific-dopamine-receptor-antagonists
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Irene Sebastianutto, Natallia Maslava, Corey R Hopkins, M Angela Cenci
Rodent models of l-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID) are essential to investigate pathophysiological mechanisms and treatment options. Ratings of abnormal involuntary movements (AIMs) are used to capture both qualitative and quantitative features of dyskinetic behaviors. Thus far, validated rating scales for the mouse have anchored the definition of severity to the time during which AIMs are present. Here we have asked whether the severity of axial, limb, and orolingual AIMs can be objectively assessed with scores based on movement amplitude...
September 2, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27581946/variation-in-mothers-arginine-vasopressin-receptor-1a-and-dopamine-receptor-d4-genes-predicts-maternal-sensitivity-via-social-cognition
#14
E M Leerkes, J Su, S Calkins, V C Henrich, A Smolen
We examined the extent to which the arginine vasopressin receptor 1a (AVPR1a) and dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) were related to sensitive maternal behavior directly or indirectly via maternal social cognition. Participants were 207 (105 European-American and 102 African-American) mothers and their children (52% females). Sensitive maternal behavior was rated and aggregated across a series of tasks when infants were 6 months, 1 year and 2 years old. At 6 months, mothers were interviewed about their empathy, attributions about infant behavior and beliefs about crying to assess their parenting-related social cognition...
September 1, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27548745/genetic-moderation-of-transactional-relations-between-parenting-practices-and-child-self-regulation
#15
Junhan Cho, Steven M Kogan, Gene H Brody
The present study addressed the ways in which parent and child dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) genotypes jointly moderate the transactional relations between parenting practices and child self-regulation. African American children (N = 309) and their parents provided longitudinal data spanning child ages 11 to 15 years and a saliva sample from which variation at DRD4 was genotyped. Based on the differential susceptibility perspective, this study examined moderation effects of DRD4 status on (a) the extent to which parenting practices affect child self-regulation and (b) the extent to which child self-regulation, as an environmental influence on the parent, affects parenting behavior...
October 2016: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27541930/modulation-of-dopaminergic-pathways-to-treat-erectile-dysfunction
#16
Ulf Simonsen, Simon Comerma-Steffensen, Karl-Erik Andersson
The currently recommended first-line treatments of erectile dysfunction, phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i), e.g. sildenafil, are efficacious in many patients with erectile dysfunction of vascular origin, but this therapy is insufficient in approximately 30-40% of men with erectile dysfunction where there is also a neuronal affection. There is a demand of novel approaches to treat the condition. We review the possibility of modulating the dopaminergic pathways to improve erectile function. Dopamine D1 (D1 , D5 )-and D2 (D2 -D4 )-like receptors in the paraventricular area, the medial preoptic area, the spinal cord, and in the erectile tissue are involved in erection, and several agonists developed for treatment of Parkinson's disease are associated with increased libido...
August 19, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27530703/empirical-tests-of-natural-selection-based-evolutionary-accounts-of-adhd-a-systematic-review
#17
Marthe S Thagaard, Stephen V Faraone, Edmund J Sonuga-Barke, Søren D Østergaard
OBJECTIVE: ADHD is a prevalent and highly heritable mental disorder associated with significant impairment, morbidity and increased rates of mortality. This combination of high prevalence and high morbidity/mortality seen in ADHD and other mental disorders presents a challenge to natural selection-based models of human evolution. Several hypotheses have been proposed in an attempt to resolve this apparent paradox. The aim of this study was to review the evidence for these hypotheses. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of the literature on empirical investigations of natural selection-based evolutionary accounts for ADHD in adherence with the PRISMA guideline...
October 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27502027/discriminative-stimulus-properties-of-1-25mg-kg-clozapine-in-rats-mediation-by-serotonin-5-ht2-and-dopamine-d4-receptors
#18
Adam J Prus, Laura E Wise, Alan L Pehrson, Scott D Philibin, Benny Bang-Andersen, Jørn Arnt, Joseph H Porter
The atypical antipsychotic drug clozapine remains one of most effective treatments for schizophrenia, given a lack of extrapyramidal side effects, improvements in negative symptoms, cognitive impairment, and in symptoms in treatment-resistant schizophrenia. The adverse effects of clozapine, including agranulocytosis, make finding a safe clozapine-like a drug a goal for drug developers. The drug discrimination paradigm is a model of interoceptive stimulus that has been used in an effort to screen experimental drugs for clozapine-like atypical antipsychotic effects...
October 1, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27490263/the-association-of-dopamine-pathway-gene-score-nicotine-dependence-and-smoking-cessation-in-a-rural-male-population-of-shandong-china
#19
Suyun Li, Qiang Wang, Lulu Pan, Huijie Li, Xiaorong Yang, Fan Jiang, Nan Zhang, Mingkui Han, Chongqi Jia
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Smoking and smoking cessation are both psychological and physiological traits. We aimed to investigate the interaction between dopamine pathway gene scores and nicotine dependence on smoking cessation in a rural Chinese male population. METHODS: Participants were recruited from 17 villages in Shandong, China. DNA was extracted from blood sample of 819 participants. 25 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 8 dopamine (DA) pathway genes were genotyped...
September 2016: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27486272/uterine-flushing-proteome-of-the-tammar-wallaby-after-reactivation-from-diapause
#20
Florine C Martin, Ching-Seng Ang, David K Gardner, Marilyn B Renfree, Geoff Shaw
The marsupial tammar wallaby has the longest period of embryonic diapause of any mammal, up to 11 months, during which there is no cell division or blastocyst growth. Since the blastocyst in diapause is surrounded by acellular coats, the signals that maintain or terminate diapause involve factors that reside in uterine secretions. The nature of such factors remains to be resolved. In this study, uterine flushings (UFs) were used to assess changes in uterine secretions of tammars using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) during diapause (day 0 and 3) and reactivation days (d) 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 and 24 after removal of pouch young (RPY), which initiates embryonic development...
November 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
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