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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915018/design-and-surface-immobilization-of-short-anti-biofilm-peptides
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Biswajit Mishra, Tamara Lushnikova, Radha M Golla, Xiuqing Wang, Guangshun Wang
: Short antimicrobial peptides are essential to keep us healthy and their lasting potency can inspire the design of new types of antibiotics. This study reports the design of a family of eight-residue tryptophan-rich peptides (TetraF2W) obtained by converting the four phenylalanines in temporin-SHf to tryptophans. The temporin-SHf template was identified from the antimicrobial peptide database (http://aps.unmc.edu/AP). Remarkably, the double arginine variant (TetraF2W-RR) was more effective in killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) USA300, but less cytotoxic to human skin HaCat and kidney HEK293 cells, than the lysine-containing dibasic combinations (KR, RK and KK)...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914267/intein-mediated-site-specific-synthesis-of-tumor-targeting-protein-delivery-system-turning-peg-dilemma-into-prodrug-like-feature
#2
Yingzhi Chen, Meng Zhang, Hongyue Jin, Yisi Tang, Huiyuan Wang, Qin Xu, Yaping Li, Feng Li, Yongzhuo Huang
Poor tumor-targeted and cytoplasmic delivery is a bottleneck for protein toxin-based cancer therapy. Ideally, a protein toxin drug should remain stealthy in circulation for prolonged half-life and reduced side toxicity, but turn activated at tumor. PEGylation is a solution to achieve the first goal, but creates a hurdle for the second because PEG rejects interaction between the drugs and tumor cells therein. Such PEG dilemma is an unsolved problem in protein delivery. Herein proposed is a concept of turning PEG dilemma into prodrug-like feature...
November 27, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914092/synthesis-characterization-and-study-of-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-of-zno-fe3o4-magnetic-composite-nanoparticles-in-human-breast-cancer-cell-line-mda-mb-231-and-mouse-fibroblast-nih-3t3
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Gunjan Bisht, Sagar Rayamajhi, Biplab Kc, Siddhi Nath Paudel, Deepak Karna, Bhupal G Shrestha
Novel magnetic composite nanoparticles (MCPs) were successfully synthesized by ex situ conjugation of synthesized ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) and Fe3O4 NPs using trisodium citrate as linker with an aim to retain key properties of both NPs viz. inherent selectivity towards cancerous cell and superparamagnetic nature, respectively, on a single system. Successful characterization of synthesized nanoparticles was done by XRD, TEM, FTIR, and VSM analyses. VSM analysis showed similar magnetic profile of thus obtained MCPs as that of naked Fe3O4 NPs with reduction in saturation magnetization to 16...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913905/proteins-immunologically-related-to-map65-1-accumulate-and-localize-differentially-during-bud-development-in-vitis-vinifera-l
#4
Luigi Parrotta, Claudia Faleri, Mauro Cresti, Giampiero Cai
Various arrays of microtubules are present throughout the plant cell cycle and are involved in distinct functions. Microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) regulate microtubule dynamics by acting as stabilizers, destabilizers, and promoters of microtubule dynamics. The MAP65 family is a specific group of cross-linkers required for structural maintenance of microtubules. In plants, different isoforms of MAP65 are differentially expressed according to their developmental program. In this work, we analyzed the differential distribution of proteins immunologically related to MAP65-1 during bud development in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L...
December 2, 2016: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913213/enhanced-efficacy-of-combination-heat-shock-targeted-polymer-therapeutics-with-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound
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Nick Frazier, Allison Payne, Christopher Dillon, Nithya Subrahmanyam, Hamidreza Ghandehari
Combination of polymer therapeutics and hyperthermia has been shown to enhance accumulation in selectively heated tumor tissue. The additional use of heat shock (HS)-targeting towards tumor tissues can further enhance accumulation and retention, and improve therapeutic outcomes. In this work, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) was used to generate hyperthermia in prostate tumor tissue. Upregulation of the cell surface HS receptor glucose regulated protein 78kDa (GRP78) was observed after treatment with HIFU hyperthermia which was then targeted by specific HS-targeting peptides...
November 29, 2016: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913190/synthesis-and-label-free-characterization-of-a-bimolecular-pna-homo-quadruplex
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Brunella Pinto, Giulia Rusciano, Stefano D'Errico, Nicola Borbone, Antonio Sasso, Vincenzo Piccialli, Luciano Mayol, Giorgia Oliviero, Gennaro Piccialli
BACKGROUND: G-quadruplex DNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. Both clinical and experimental studies on DNA G-quadruplexes are slowed down by their enzymatic instability. In this frame, more stable chemically modified analogs are needed. METHODS: The bis-end-linked-(gggt)2 PNA molecule (BEL-PNA) was synthesized using in solution and solid phase synthetic approaches. Quadruplex formation was assessed by circular dichroism (CD) and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911495/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-caged-sirna-with-terminal-single-vitamin-e-modification
#7
Jiali Yang, Lijia Yu, Liangliang Zhang, Xingsu Long, Yuzhuo Ji, Xinjing Tang
RNA-induced gene silencing has been widely applied as a powerful research tool in drug development due to its sequence-specific degradation of target mRNA. Conditional regulation of gene functions with small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) is highly useful, especially when specific gene expression regulation with spatiotemporal resolution and amplitude is desired. Here, the synthesis of a series of new caged siRNAs with vitamin E (vitE) modification and/or a single photolabile linker at the 5' terminal is described...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910178/snape-a-versatile-method-to-generate-multiplexed-protein-fusions-using-synthetic-linker-peptides-for-in-vitro-applications
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Veronika Ulrich, Max J Cryle
Understanding the structure and function of protein complexes and multi-domain proteins is highly important in biology, although the in vitro characterization of these systems is often complicated by their size or the transient nature of protein/protein interactions. To assist in the characterization of such protein complexes, we have developed a modular approach to fusion protein generation that relies upon Sortase-mediated and Native chemical ligation using synthetic Peptide linkers (SNaPe) to link two separately expressed proteins...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910040/generation-of-efficient-mirna-inhibitors-using-tough-decoy-constructs
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Jimeen Yoo, Roger J Hajjar, Dongtak Jeong
Over the last decade a previously unappreciated mechanism of gene regulation has been uncovered that is mediated by a large class of small noncoding RNAs known as microRNAs (miRNAs), and this mechanism is utilized by organisms ranging from plants to humans. MiRNAs are important downregulators of gene expression and are seen to be dysregulated in disease development. Thus inhibition of aberrantly upregulated miRNAs as a therapeutic approach has become a promising field.Many models of miRNA inhibitors currently exist, with decoy models being the most successful in current research...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909922/production-of-biologically-active-recombinant-goose-fsh-in-a-single-chain-form-with-a-ctp-linker-sequence
#10
Hui Li, Huanxi Zhu, Qinming Qin, Mingming Lei, Zhendan Shi
FSH is a glycoprotein hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that is essential for gonadal development and reproductive function. In avian reproduction study, especially in avian reproduction hormone study, it is hindered by the lack of biologically active FSH. In order to overcome this shortcoming, we prepared recombinant goose FSH as a single chain molecule and tested its biological activities in the present study. Coding sequences for mature peptides of goose FSH α and β subunits were amplified from goose pituitary cDNA...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908733/sequences-in-linker-1-domain-of-the-multidrug-resistance-associated-protein-mrp1-or-abcc1-bind-to-tubulin-and-their-binding-is-modulated-by-phosphorylation
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Raghuram Ambadipudi, Elias Georges
The multidrug resistant associated protein 1 (or MRP1, ABCC1) encodes two cytoplasmic linker domains (L0 and L1) composed of highly charged sequences with multiple protein kinase A/C phosphorylation sites. In this report we made use of the scanning peptide approach to identify MRP1 linker L1 (L1(MRP1)) interacting proteins. Scanning heptapeptides covering L1(MRP1) 126 amino acids (Ile(846)- Leu(972)) were synthesized and used in pull-down assays to isolate proteins from cell extracts (human multidrug resistant SCLC cell line; H69/AR)...
November 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905585/influence-of-%C3%AF-conjugation-structural-changes-on-intramolecular-charge-transfer-and-photoinduced-electron-transfer-in-donor-%C3%AF-acceptor-dyads
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So-Yoen Kim, Yang-Jin Cho, Ah-Rang Lee, Ho-Jin Son, Won-Sik Han, Dae Won Cho, Sang Ook Kang
The influence of π-conjugation structural changes on photoinduced electron transfer (PET) and intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) processes in π-conjugated donor (D)-acceptor (A) dyads (D-π-A) was investigated. Three types of D-π-A dyads were prepared through the modification of the structure of their π-conjugated linker, including D-π-A (1) and D-πtw-A (2) having a twisted π-conjugation, and D-π-Si-π-A (3) with a π-conjugation severed by a Si-atom. In these dyads, carbazole (Cz) and oxadiazole (Oz) moieties act as an electron donor and acceptor, respectively...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905489/the-mammalian-linc-complex-regulates-genome-transcriptional-responses-to-substrate-rigidity
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Samer G Alam, Qiao Zhang, Nripesh Prasad, Yuan Li, Srikar Chamala, Ram Kuchibhotla, Birendra Kc, Varun Aggarwal, Shristi Shrestha, Angela L Jones, Shawn E Levy, Kyle J Roux, Jeffrey A Nickerson, Tanmay P Lele
Mechanical integration of the nucleus with the extracellular matrix (ECM) is established by linkage between the cytoskeleton and the nucleus. This integration is hypothesized to mediate sensing of ECM rigidity, but parsing the function of nucleus-cytoskeleton linkage from other mechanisms has remained a central challenge. Here we took advantage of the fact that the LINC (linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton) complex is a known molecular linker of the nucleus to the cytoskeleton, and asked how it regulates the sensitivity of genome-wide transcription to substratum rigidity...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904938/peptide-based-fluorescence-biosensors-for-detection-measurement-of-nanoparticles
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Oluyemi Akinloye, Ramanarayan Krishnamurthy, David Wishart, Greg G Goss
The ability to detect and quantify nanoparticles is essential but there is currently no simple, sensitive, and rapid method for the detection of nanomaterials. We have developed a novel peptide-based fluorescence-based biosensor for detection and measurement of negatively charged engineered nanoparticles (ENPs). A peptide biosensor (seven lysine residues linked to a cysteine through a three glycine residue linker) with attached fluorescent probes-fluorescein-5-maleimide (F5M) and tetramethylrhodamine-5-maleimide (TMR5M)-was constructed...
November 30, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903755/homobivalent-conjugation-increases-the-allosteric-effect-of-9-aminoacridine-at-the-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-receptors
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Adrian P Campbell, Laurence P G Wakelin, William A Denny, Angela M Finch
The α1 adrenergic receptors are targets for a number of cardiovascular and CNS conditions, however current drugs for these receptors lack specificity to be of optimal clinical value. Allosteric modulators offer an alternative mechanism of action to traditional α1 adrenergic ligands, yet there is little information describing this drug class at the α1 adrenergic receptors. We have identified a series of 9-aminoacridine compounds that demonstrate allosteric modulation of the α1A and α1B adrenergic receptors...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903656/yeast-hmo1-linker-histone-reinvented
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Arvind Panday, Anne Grove
Eukaryotic genomes are packaged in chromatin. The higher-order organization of nucleosome core particles is controlled by the association of the intervening linker DNA with either the linker histone H1 or high mobility group box (HMGB) proteins. While H1 is thought to stabilize the nucleosome by preventing DNA unwrapping, the DNA bending imposed by HMGB may propagate to the nucleosome to destabilize chromatin. For metazoan H1, chromatin compaction requires its lysine-rich C-terminal domain, a domain that is buried between globular domains in the previously characterized yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae linker histone Hho1p...
March 2017: Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews: MMBR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900787/molecularly-tuned-free-volume-of-vapor-cross-linked-6fda-durene-zif-71-mmms-for-h2-co2-separation-at-150-%C3%A2-c
#17
Susilo Japip, Kuo-Sung Liao, Tai-Shung Chung
The H2 /CO2 separation properties of di/triamine vapor cross-linked mixed matrix membranes with molecularly tuned free-volume at 150 °C are reported. Free-volume is molecularly tuned by altering the degree of chain-motion using cross-linkers with different chain length. A more restricted degree of chain-motion is achieved in the cross-linked network and the resultant membrane has a higher H2 /CO2 selectivity at 150 °C.
November 30, 2016: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899990/microarray-analysis-of-differentially-expressed-genes-and-linker-genes-associated-with-the-molecular-mechanism-of-colorectal-cancer
#18
Xingjie Shen, Meng Yue, Fansheng Meng, Jingyu Zhu, Xiaoyan Zhu, Yakun Jiang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most prevalent malignancies worldwide and remains the third leading cause of cancer-associated mortality. The present study aimed to fully elucidate the pathogenesis of CRC and identify associated genes in tumor development. Microarray GSE44076, GSE41328 and GSE44861 datasets were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database and integrated with meta-analysis. Differentially-expressed genes (DEGs) were identified from CRC samples compared with adjacent non-cancerous controls using the Limma package in R, followed by functional analysis using the Database for Annotation, Visualization, and Integrated Discovery online tool...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899285/a-model-of-processive-movement-of-dimeric-kinesin
#19
Si-Kao Guo, Peng-Ye Wang, Ping Xie
Dimeric kinesin can move processively on microtubule filaments by hydrolyzing ATP. Diverse aspects of its movement dynamics have been studied extensively by using various experimental methods. However, the detailed molecular mechanism of the processive movement is still undetermined and a model that can provide a consistent and quantitative explanation of the diverse experimental data is still lacking. Here, we present such a model, with which we study the movement dynamics of the dimer under variations of solution viscosity, external load, ATP concentration, neck linker length, effect of neck linker docking, effect of a large-size particle attached to one kinesin head, etc...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899179/capillary-methacrylate-based-monoliths-by-grafting-from-to-%C3%AE-ray-polymerization-on-a-tentacle-type-reactive-surface-for-the-liquid-chromatographic-separations-of-small-molecules-and-intact-proteins
#20
Patrizia Simone, Giuseppe Pierri, Donatella Capitani, Alessia Ciogli, Giancarlo Angelini, Ornella Ursini, Gennaro Gentile, Alberto Cavazzini, Claudio Villani, Francesco Gasparrini
Capillary methacrylate-based monoliths were prepared for the high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation of both small molecules and large biomolecules. An efficient grafting from/to synthetic approach was adopted introducing a network of activated sites in the inner wall surface using the new silanization agent (N-trimethoxysilylpropyl)-polyethylenimine. Copolymerization of lauryl methacrylate monomer and 1,6-hexanediol dimethacrylate cross-linker in the presence of porogenic solvents was obtained under continuous γ-ray exposure with high conversion yield...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
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