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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343379/hepatitis-c-virus-nonstructural-5a-protein-hcv-ns5a-inhibits-hepatocyte-apoptosis-through-the-nf-kappab-mir-503-bcl-2-pathway
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Xie Zheng Yuan, Xiao Zhi Hua, Wang Fen Fen
The nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) encoded by the human hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA genome is a multifunctional phosphoprotein. To analyse the influence of NS5A on apoptosis, we established an Hep-NS5A cell line (HepG2 cells that stably express NS5A) and induced apoptosis using tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha. We utilised the MTT assay to detect cell viability, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot to analyse gene and protein expression, and a luciferase reporter gene experiment to investigate the targeted regulatory relationship...
March 27, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343184/regulatory-role-of-ngfs-in-neurocognitive-functions
#2
Ashutosh Kumar, Vikas Pareek, Muneeb A Faiq, Pavan Kumar, Khursheed Raza, Pranav Prasoon, Subrahamanyam Dantham, Sankat Mochan
Nerve growth factors (NGFs), especially the prototype NGF and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), have a diverse array of functions in the central nervous system through their peculiar set of receptors and intricate signaling. They are implicated not only in the development of the nervous system but also in regulation of neurocognitive functions like learning, memory, synaptic transmission, and plasticity. Evidence even suggests their role in continued neurogenesis and experience-dependent neural network remodeling in adult brain...
March 27, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343149/%C3%AE-adrenergic-stimulation-induces-histone-deacetylase-5-hdac5-nuclear-accumulation-in-cardiomyocytes-by-b55%C3%AE-pp2a-mediated-dephosphorylation
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Kate L Weeks, Antonella Ranieri, Agnieszka Karaś, Bianca C Bernardo, Alexandra S Ashcroft, Chris Molenaar, Julie R McMullen, Metin Avkiran
BACKGROUND: Class IIa histone deacetylase (HDAC) isoforms such as HDAC5 are critical signal-responsive repressors of maladaptive cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, through nuclear interactions with transcription factors including myocyte enhancer factor-2. β-Adrenoceptor (β-AR) stimulation, a signal of fundamental importance in regulating cardiac function, has been proposed to induce both phosphorylation-independent nuclear export and phosphorylation-dependent nuclear accumulation of cardiomyocyte HDAC5...
March 25, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343104/localized-surface-plasmon-resonance-mediated-fluorescence-signals-in-plasmonic-nanoparticle-quantum-dot-hybrids-for-ultrasensitive-zika-virus-rna-detection-via-hairpin-hybridization-assays
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Oluwasesan Adegoke, Masahiro Morita, Tatsuya Kato, Masahito Ito, Tetsuro Suzuki, Enoch Y Park
The current epidemic caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV) and the devastating effects of this virus on fetal development, which result in an increased incidence of congenital microcephaly symptoms, have prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the ZIKV a public health issue of global concern. Efficient probes that offer high detection sensitivity and specificity are urgently required to aid in the point-of-care treatment of the virus. In this study, we show that localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) signals from plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) can be used to mediate the fluorescence signal from semiconductor quantum dot (Qdot) nanocrystals in a molecular beacon (MB) biosensor probe for ZIKV RNA detection...
March 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343077/separation-and-characterization-of-unknown-impurities-and-isomers-in-flomoxef-sodium-by-lc-it-tof-ms-and-study-of-their-negative-ion-fragmentation-regularities
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Xu Yu, Fan Wang, Jiani Li, Weiguang Shan, Bingqi Zhu, Jian Wang
Thirteen unknown impurities in flomoxef sodium were separated and characterized by liquid chromatography coupled with high resolution ion trap/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-IT-TOF MS)with positive and negative modes of electrospray ionization method for further improvement of official monographs in pharmacopoeias. The fragmentation patterns of impurities in flomoxef in the negative ion mode were studied in detail, and new negative-ion fragmentation regularities were discovered. Chromatographic separation was performed on a Kromasil C18 column (250mm×4...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342984/hdac4-and-hdac6-sustain-dna-double-strand-break-repair-and-stem-like-phenotype-by-promoting-radioresistance-in-glioblastoma-cells
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Francesco Marampon, Francesca Megiorni, Simona Camero, Clara Crescioli, Heather P McDowell, Roberta Sferra, Antonella Vetuschi, Simona Pompili, Luca Ventura, Francesca De Felice, Vincenzo Tombolini, Carlo Dominici, Roberto Maggio, Claudio Festuccia, Giovanni Luca Gravina
The role of histone deacetylase (HDAC) 4 and 6 in glioblastoma (GBM) radioresistance was investigated. We found that tumor samples from 31 GBM patients, who underwent temozolomide and radiotherapy combined treatment, showed HDAC4 and HDAC6 expression in 93.5% and 96.7% of cases, respectively. Retrospective clinical data analysis demonstrated that high-intensity HDAC4 and/or HDAC6 immunostaining was predictive of poor clinical outcome. In vitro experiments revealed that short hairpin RNA-mediated silencing of HDAC4 or HDAC6 radiosensitized U87MG and U251MG GBM cell lines by promoting DNA double-strand break (DSBs) accumulation and by affecting DSBs repair molecular machinery...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342901/the-sympathetic-neuro-adipose-connection-and-the-control-of-body-weight
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Inês Mahú, Ana I Domingos
In recent decades, obesity has become a global public health crisis irrespective of age or gender [21]. But according to historic records, concerns over appropriate maintenance of body size have been long established. For more than to 2 millennia, the main therapeutic approach to curb excess weight has been to recommend dietary restrictions and regular exercise (Haslam, 2016). Nevertheless, more contemporary studies indicate that the employment of such approaches in the treatment of severely obese patients causes metabolic adaptions which impair their long-term success in weight management [8]...
March 22, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342811/myeloid-sarcoma-presentation-diagnosis-and-treatment
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REVIEW
L Max Almond, Maria Charalampakis, Samuel J Ford, David Gourevitch, Anant Desai
Myeloid sarcoma is an extramedullary tumor of immature granulocytic cells. It is a rare condition, most often associated with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), although in some rare cases it may present in nonleukemic patients. It should therefore be considered as a differential diagnosis of any atypical cellular infiltrate. It may occur at any site, leading to very varied clinical presentations. Diagnosis is challenging and relies on a high index of suspicion as well as radiology, histology, immunophenotyping, and molecular analyses, which also are essential for risk stratification and treatment planning...
March 7, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342807/myocardin-inhibited-the-gap-protein-connexin-43-via-promoted-mir-206-to-regulate-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotypic-switch
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Hui Li, Yuan Xiang, Li-Juan Fan, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Jia-Peng Li, Cheng-Xi Yu, Le-Yuan Bao, Dong-Sun Cao, Wei-Bing Xing, Xing-Hua Liao, Tong-Cun Zhang
Myocardin is regarded as a key mediator for the change of smooth muscle phenotype. The gap junction protein connexin 43 (Cx43) has been shown to be involved in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation and the development of atherosclerosis. However, the role of myocardin on gap junction of cell communication and the relation between myocardin and Cx43 in VSMC phenotypic switch has not been investigated. The goal of the present study is to investigate the molecular mechanism by which myocardin affects Cx43-regulated VSMC proliferation...
March 22, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342806/molecular-regulation-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-cardiac-disease
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REVIEW
Jinliang Nan, Wei Zhu, M S Rahman, Mingfei Liu, Dan Li, Shengan Su, Na Zhang, Xinyang Hu, Hong Yu, Mahesh P Gupta, Jian''an Wang
Mitochondrial homeostasis is critical for keeping functional heart in response to metabolic or environmental stresses. Mitochondrial fission and fusion (mitochondrial dynamics) play essential roles in maintaining mitochondrial homeostasis, defects in mitochondrial dynamics lead to cardiac diseases such as ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), heart failure and diabetic cardiomyopathy. Mitochondrial dynamics is determined by mitochondrial fission and fusion proteins, including OPA1, mitofusins and Drp1. These proteins are tightly regulated by a series of signaling pathways through different aspects such as transcription, post translation modifications (PTMs) and proteasome-dependent protein degradation...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342805/phosphoethanolamine-addition-to-the-heptose-i-of-the-lipopolysaccharide-modifies-the-inner-core-structure-and-has-an-impact-on-the-binding-of-polymyxin-b-to-the-escherichia-coli-outer-membrane
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Javier Salazar, Mackarenna Alarcon, Jaime Huerta, Belén Navarro, Daniel Aguayo
Phosphoethanolamine (pEtN) decoration of E. coli Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) provides resistance to the antimicrobial Polymyxin B (PolB). While EptA and EptB enzymes catalyze the addition of pEtN to the Lipid A and Kdo (pEtN-Kdo-Lipid A), EptC catalyzes the pEtN addition to the Heptose I (pEtN-HeptI). In this study, we investigated the contribution of pEtN-HeptI to PolB resistance using eptA/eptB and eptC deficient E. coli K12 and its wild-type parent strains. These mutations were shown to decrease the antimicrobial activity of PolB on cells grown under pEtN-addition inducing conditions...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342790/lipocalin-2-and-iron-trafficking-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Michaela Jung, Christina Mertens, Rebekka Bauer, Claudia Rehwald, Bernhard Brüne
Iron is an essential element for virtually all organisms. It facilitates cell proliferation and growth but also contributes to major hallmarks of cancer such as tumor initiation, growth, and metastasis. Often, iron handling of tumor cells is disturbed, with altered iron acquisition, efflux, and storage. Targeting perturbed iron metabolic pathways might open opportunities towards novel approaches in cancer treatment. It is becoming clear that cells of the tumor microenvironment such as macrophages contribute to tumor progression...
March 22, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342781/modulation-of-neuroinflammation-the-role-and-therapeutic-potential-of-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1-in-neuro-immune-axis
#13
REVIEW
Wei-Lin Kong, Yuan-Yuan Peng, Bi-Wen Peng
Transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channel (TRPV1), as a ligand-gated non-selective cation channel, has recently been demonstrated to have wide expression in the neuro-immune axis, where its multiple functions occur through regulation of both neuronal and non-neuronal activities. Growing evidence has suggested that TRPV1 is functionally expressed in glial cells, especially in the microglia and astrocytes. Glial cells perform immunological functions in response to pathophysiological challenges through pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines in which TRPV1 is involved...
March 22, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342755/mutation-analysis-of-the-interactions-between-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-caseinolytic-protease-c1-clpc1-and-ecumicin
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In-Pil Jung, Na-Reum Ha, A-Ru Kim, Sang-Heon Kim, Moon-Young Yoon
Ecumicin is a well-known and potent inhibitor of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Although the target of ecumicin is caseinolytic protease C1 (ClpC1), the exact mechanism by which ecumicin inhibits ClpC1 has not been identified. To analyze ecumicin's action on ClpC1, site-directed mutagenesis was performed on its binding site. The estimated binding residues within ClpC1 to ecumicin were selected via in silico analysis using molecular docking. The selected residues were mutated by site-directed mutagenesis and the effects on ecumicin binding were analyzed...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342734/integration-of-microbiome-and-epigenome-to-decipher-the-pathogenesis-of-autoimmune-diseases
#15
REVIEW
Beidi Chen, Luxi Sun, Xuan Zhang
The interaction between genetic predisposition and environmental factors are of great significance in the pathogenesis and development of autoimmune diseases (AIDs). The human mucosa is the most frequent site that interacts with the exterior environment, and commensal microbiota at the gut and other human mucosal cavities play a crucial role in the regulation of immune system. Growing evidence has shown that the compositional and functional changes of mucosal microbiota are closely related to AIDs. Gut dysbiosis not only influence the expression level of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) of antigen presenting cells, but also contribute to Th17/Treg imbalance...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342698/targeted-exome-sequencing-and-chromosomal-microarray-for-the-molecular-diagnosis-of-nevoid-basal-cell-carcinoma-syndrome
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Yoshihiro Matsudate, Takuya Naruto, Yumiko Hayashi, Mitsuyoshi Minami, Mikiko Tohyama, Kenji Yokota, Daisuke Yamada, Issei Imoto, Yoshiaki Kubo
BACKGROUND: Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS) is an autosomal dominant disorder mainly caused by heterozygous mutations of PTCH1. In addition to characteristic clinical features, detection of a mutation in causative genes is reliable for the diagnosis of NBCCS; however, no mutations have been identified in some patients using conventional methods. OBJECTIVE: To improve the method for the molecular diagnosis of NBCCS. METHODS: We performed targeted exome sequencing (TES) analysis using a multi-gene panel, including PTCH1, PTCH2, SUFU, and other sonic hedgehog signaling pathway-related genes, based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology in 8 cases in whom possible causative mutations were not detected by previously performed conventional analysis and 2 recent cases of NBCCS...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342427/spectroscopic-studies-of-the-interaction-mechanisms-between-mono-caffeoylquinic-acids-and-transferrin
#17
Yanqing Guan, Jing Dong, Shizhong Chen, Meixian Liu, Daidong Wang, Xiaotian Zhang, Hong Wang, Zongtao Lin
Transferrin (Tf) is an important protein responsible for circulating and transporting iron into cytoplasm. Tf can be taken into cells through endocytosis mediated by Tf receptor, which usually overexpresses in cancer cells. The Tf-Tf receptor pathway opens a possible avenue for novel targeted cancer therapy by utilizing Tf-binding active compounds. Among which, anti-cancer active caffeoylquinic acids (CQAs) were recently found to be promising Tf-binders by our group. For better understanding the anti-cancer activities of CQAs, it is important to unveil the binding mechanisms between CQAs and Tf...
March 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342400/using-gene-expression-database-to-uncover-biology-functions-of-1-4-disubstituted-1-2-3-triazole-analogues-synthesized-via-a-copper-i-catalyzed-reaction
#18
Chun-Li Su, Chia-Ling Tseng, Chintakunta Ramesh, Hsiao-Sheng Liu, Chi-Ying F Huang, Ching-Fa Yao
We have synthesized bioactive 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazole analogues containing 2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3-(4H)-one derivatives via 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition in the presence of CuI. All the reactions proceeded smoothly and afforded its desired products in excellent yields. Among these analogues, 3y exhibited a better cytotoxic effect on human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) Hep 3B cells and displayed less cytotoxicity on normal human umbilical vein endothelial cells, compared with Sorafenib, a targeted therapy for advanced HCC...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342366/discovery-of-new-dual-ppar%C3%AE-gpr40-agonists-with-robust-antidiabetic-activity-design-synthesis-and-in-combo-drug-evaluation
#19
Sergio Hidalgo-Figueroa, Gabriel Navarrete-Vázquez, Samuel Estrada-Soto, Diana Giles-Rivas, Francisco J Alarcón-Aguilar, Ismael León-Rivera, Abraham Giacoman-Martínez, Elizabeth Miranda Pérez, Julio C Almanza-Pérez
The design of compounds 1 and 2 was based on the similar scaffold of pharmacophoric groups for PPARγ and GPR40 agonists. In order to find new compounds with improved biological activity, the current manuscript describes a new dual PPARγ-GPR40 agonist. We synthesized two compounds, which were prepared following a multistep synthetic route, and the relative mRNA expression levels of PPARγ, GLUT4, and GPR40 were quantified in cell culture, as well as insulin secretion and [Ca(2+)] intracellular levels. Compound 1 showed a 7-times increase in the mRNA expression of PPARγ, which in turn enhanced the expression levels of GLUT4 respect to control and pioglitazone...
March 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340510/the-diverse-family-of-mmpl-transporters-in-mycobacteria-from-regulation-to-antimicrobial-developments
#20
REVIEW
Albertus Viljoen, Violaine Dubois, Fabienne Girard-Misguich, Mickael Blaise, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterial genomes contain large sets of loci encoding membrane proteins that belong to a family of multidrug resistance pumps designated Resistance-Nodulation-Cell Division (RND) permeases. Mycobacterial membrane protein Large (MmpL) transporters represent a subclass of RND transporters known to participate in the export of lipid components across the cell envelope. These surface-exposed lipids with unusual structures play key roles in the physiology of mycobacteria and/or can act as virulence factors and immunomodulators...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
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