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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903492/angiotensinogen-import-in-isolated-proximal-tubules-evidence-for-mitochondrial-trafficking-and-uptake
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Bryan A Wilson, Nildris Cruz-Diaz, Yixin Su, James C Rose, TanYa M Gwathmey, Mark C Chappell
The renal proximal tubules are a key functional component of the kidney and express the angiotensin precursor angiotensinogen; however, it is unclear the extent that tubular angiotensinogen reflects local synthesis or internalization. Therefore, the current study established the extent that angiotensinogen is internalized by proximal tubules and the intracellular distribution. Proximal tubules were isolated from the kidney cortex of male sheep by enzymatic digestion and a discontinuous Percoll gradient. Tubules were incubated with radiolabeled 125I-angiotensinogen for 2 hrs at 37°C in serum/phenol-free DMEM/F12 media...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900439/non-ribosomal-peptide-synthases-from-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-play-a-role-in-cyclodipeptide-biosynthesis-quorum-sensing-regulation-and-root-development-in-a-plant-host
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Omar González, Randy Ortíz-Castro, César Díaz-Pérez, Alma L Díaz-Pérez, Viridiana Magaña-Dueñas, José López-Bucio, Jesús Campos-García
Diverse molecules mediate cross-kingdom communication between bacteria and their eukaryotic partners and determine pathogenic or symbiotic relationships. N-acyl-L-homoserine lactone-dependent quorum-sensing signaling represses the biosynthesis of bacterial cyclodipeptides (CDPs) that act as auxin signal mimics in the host plant Arabidopsis thaliana. In this work, we performed bioinformatics, biochemical, and plant growth analyses to identify non-ribosomal peptide synthase (NRPS) proteins of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which are involved in CDP synthesis...
November 30, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897245/engineering-genetically-encoded-mineralization-and-magnetism-via-directed-evolution
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Xueliang Liu, Paola A Lopez, Tobias W Giessen, Michael Giles, Jeffrey C Way, Pamela A Silver
Genetically encoding the synthesis of functional nanomaterials such as magnetic nanoparticles enables sensitive and non-invasive biological sensing and control. Via directed evolution of the natural iron-sequestering ferritin protein, we discovered key mutations that lead to significantly enhanced cellular magnetism, resulting in increased physical attraction of ferritin-expressing cells to magnets and increased contrast for cellular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The magnetic mutants further demonstrate increased iron biomineralization measured by a novel fluorescent genetic sensor for intracellular free iron...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893179/ctra-controls-cell-division-and-outer-membrane-composition-of-the-pathogen-brucella-abortus
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Nayla Francis, Katy Poncin, Antonella Fioravanti, Victoria Vassen, Kevin Willemart, Thi Anh Phuong Ong, Luca Rappez, Jean-Jacques Letesson, Emanuele G Biondi, Xavier De Bolle
Brucella abortus is a pathogen infecting cattle, able to survive, traffic and proliferate inside host cells. It belongs to the Alphaproteobacteria, a phylogenetic group comprising bacteria with free living, symbiotic and pathogenic lifestyles. An essential regulator of cell cycle progression named CtrA was described in the model bacterium Caulobacter crescentus. This regulator is conserved in many alphaproteobacteria, but the evolution of its regulon remains elusive. Here we identified promoters that are CtrA targets using ChIP-seq and we found that CtrA binds to promoters of genes involved in cell cycle progression, in addition to numerous genes encoding outer membrane components involved in export of membrane proteins and synthesis of lipopolysaccharide...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889747/alisol-a-24-acetate-prevents-hepatic-steatosis-and-metabolic-disorders-in-hepg2-cells
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Lu Zeng, WaiJiao Tang, JinJin Yin, LiJuan Feng, Yabing Li, Xiaorui Yao, BenJie Zhou
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is closely associated with metabolic disorders including hepatic lipid accumulation and inflammation. Alisol A 24-acetate, a triterpene from Alismatis rhizome, has multiple biologic activities such as hypolipidemic, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic. Thus we hypothesized that Alisol A 24 -acetate would have effect on NAFLD. The present study was conducted to investigate the therapeutic effects and potential mechanisms of Alisol A 24-acetate against hepatic steatosis in a free fatty acids (FFAs) induced NAFLD cell model...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886256/structural-insights-into-the-interaction-of-the-ribosomal-p-stalk-protein-p2-with-a-type-ii-ribosome-inactivating-protein-ricin
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Xiaojiao Fan, Yuwei Zhu, Chongyuan Wang, Liwen Niu, Maikun Teng, Xu Li
Ricin is a type II ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP) that depurinates A(4324) at the sarcin-ricin loop of 28 S ribosomal RNA (rRNA), thus inactivating the ribosome by preventing elongation factors from binding to the GTPase activation centre. Recent studies have disclosed that the conserved C-terminal domain (CTD) of eukaryotic ribosomal P stalk proteins is involved in the process that RIPs target ribosome. However, the details of the molecular interaction between ricin and P stalk proteins remain unknown...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882539/in-vitro-suppression-of-two-different-stop-codons
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Eden Ozer, Yonatan Chemla, Orr Schlesinger, Haim Yuval Aviram, Inbal Riven, Gilad Haran, Lital Alfonta
Proteins play a crucial role in all living organisms, with the twenty natural amino acids as their building blocks. Unnatural amino acids are synthetic derivatives of these natural building blocks. These amino acids have unique chemical or physical properties as a result of their specific side chain residues. Their incorporation into proteins through ribosomal translation in response to one of the stop codons has opened a new way to manipulate and study proteins by enabling new functionalities, thus expending the genetic code...
November 24, 2016: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875633/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-dasatinib-amino-acid-and-dasatinib-fatty-acid-conjugates-as-protein-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors
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Rakesh K Tiwari, Alex Brown, Amir Nasrolahi Shirazi, Jared Bolton, Amanda Tse, Gennady Verkhivker, Keykavous Parang, Gongqin Sun
Derivatives of dasatinib were synthesized via esterification with 25 carboxylic acids including amino acids and fatty acids by extending the inhibitor to interact with more diverse sites and to improve specificity. Dasatinib-L-arginine derivative (Das-R, 7) was the most potent of the inhibitors tested with IC50 values of 4.4 nM, <0.25 nM, and <0.45 nM against Csk, Src, and Abl kinases, respectively. The highest selectivity ratio obtained in our study, 91.4 Csk/Src belonged to compound 18 (Das-C10) with an IC50 of 3...
November 22, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871448/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-serum-vitronectin-levels-in-human-glioma
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Mao-Hua Chen, Chuan Lu, Jun Sun, Xian-Dong Chen, Jun-Xia Dai, Jian-Yong Cai, Xiang-Lin Chen
OBJECTIVE: Vitronectin is an extracellular matrix protein, the synthesis of which by glioma cells correlates with tumor grade. The current study was designed to investigate the relationship between serum vitronectin levels and clinicopathological characteristics, diagnosis and prognosis in glioma patients. METHODS: In a prospective observatory study, a total of 98 glioma patients, 98 healthy controls, 98 other non-glioma brain tumors, and 98 other non-tumor neurological diseases were recruited...
December 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866630/intracellular-synthesis-of-gold-nanoparticles-with-antioxidant-activity-by-probiotic-lactobacillus-kimchicus-dcy51-t-isolated-from-korean-kimchi
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Josua Markus, Ramya Mathiyalagan, Yeon-Ju Kim, Ragavendran Abbai, Priyanka Singh, Sungeun Ahn, Zuly Elizabeth Jimenez Perez, Joon Hurh, Deok Chun Yang
A straightforward synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNps) is achieved by novel probiotic Lactobacillus kimchicus DCY51(T) isolated from Korean kimchi via an intracellular membrane-bound mechanism. The bioreduction of HAuCl4 into AuNps was verified by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry at ∼540nm. AuNps were spherical with varying sizes of 5-30nm. AuNps maintained an average crystallite size of 13nm and demonstrated long-term stability in physiological buffer and biological media. Furthermore, the protective capping layer consisted of amino acid residues and surface-bound proteins rendered them non-toxic to murine macrophage (RAW264...
December 2016: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853887/identification-of-a-vapbc-toxin-antitoxin-system-in-a-thermophilic-bacterium-thermus-thermophilus-hb27
#11
Yuqi Fan, Takayuki Hoshino, Akira Nakamura
There are 12 putative toxin-antitoxin (TA) loci in the Thermus thermophilus HB27 genome, including four VapBC and three HicBA families. Expression of these seven putative toxin genes in Escherichia coli demonstrated that one putative VapC toxin TTC0125 and two putative HicA toxins, TTC1395 and TTC1705, inhibited cell growth, and co-expression with cognate antitoxin genes rescued growth, indicating that these genes function as TA loci. In vitro analysis with the purified TTC0125 and total RNA/mRNA from E. coli and T...
November 16, 2016: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836194/synthesis-structure-dna-protein-binding-and-cytotoxic-activity-of-a-rhodium-iii-complex-with-2-6-bis-2-benzimidazolyl-pyridine
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Roya Esteghamat-Panah, Hassan Hadadzadeh, Hossein Farrokhpour, Jim Simpson, Amir Abdolmaleki, Fatemeh Abyar
A new mononuclear rhodium(III) complex, [Rh(bzimpy)Cl3] (bzimpy = 2,6-bis(2-benzimidazolyl)pyridine), was synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis and spectroscopic methods. The molecular structure of the complex was confirmed by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. The interaction of the complex with fish sperm DNA (FS-DNA) was investigated by UV spectroscopy, emission titration, and viscosity measurement in order to evaluate the possible DNA-binding mode and to calculate the corresponding DNA-binding constant...
November 4, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835987/clinicopathological-and-prognostic-significance-of-mtor-and-phosphorylated-mtor-expression-in-patients-with-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shuangjiang Li, Zhiqiang Wang, Jian Huang, Shan Cheng, Heng Du, Guowei Che, Yong Peng
BACKGROUND: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine/threonine protein kinase responsible for regulating ribosomal biogenesis and protein synthesis. Dysregulation of mTOR contributes to tumorigenesis, angiogenesis, cellular growth and metastasis but its roles in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are controversial. Therefore, the objective of this study is to evaluate the prognostic and clinicopathological significance of mTOR/p-mTOR expression in ESCC. METHODS: Literature retrieval was conducted by searching PubMed, EMBASE and the Web of Science for full-text papers that met our eligibility criteria...
November 11, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809417/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-pyrimidine-derivatives-as-potential-inhibitors-of-human-camkiv
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Ehtesham Jameel, Huma Naz, Parvez Khan, Mohd Tarique, Jitendra Kumar, Syed Mumtazuddin, Shahzaib Ahamad, Asimul Islam, Faizan Ahmad, Nasimul Hoda, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan
Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IV (CAMKIV) is a multi-functional Ser/Thr kinase, associated with cerebral hypoxia, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we report design, synthesis and biological evaluation of seven pyrimidine substituted novel inhibitors of CAMKIV. We successfully synthesized and extensively characterized (ESI-MS, (1) H NMR and (13) C NMR studies) seven compounds which are showing appreciable binding-affinity to the CAMKIV. Molecular docking and florescence binding studies revealed that compound 1 is showing very high binding free energy (ΔG =-11...
November 3, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798685/modelling-robust-feedback-control-mechanisms-that-ensure-reliable-coordination-of-histone-gene-expression-with-dna-replication
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Andrea Christopher, Heike Hameister, Holly Corrigall, Oliver Ebenhöh, Berndt Müller, Ekkehard Ullner
Histone proteins are key elements in the packing of eukaryotic DNA into chromosomes. A little understood control system ensures that histone gene expression is balanced with DNA replication so that histone proteins are produced in appropriate amounts. Disturbing or disrupting this system affects genome stability and gene expression, and has detrimental consequences for human development and health. It has been proposed that feedback control involving histone proteins contributes to this regulation and there is evidence implicating cell cycle checkpoint molecules activated when DNA synthesis is impaired in this control...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791452/the-growing-impact-of-lyophilized-cell-free-protein-expression-systems
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J Porter Hunt, Seung Ook Yang, Kristen M Wilding, Bradley C Bundy
Recently reported shelf-stable, on-demand protein synthesis platforms are enabling new possibilities in biotherapeutics, biosensing, biocatalysis, and high throughput protein expression. Lyophilized cell-free protein expression systems not only overcome cold-storage limitations, but also enable stockpiling for on-demand synthesis and completely sterilize the protein synthesis platform. Recently reported high-yield synthesis of cytotoxic protein Onconase from lyophilized E. coli extract preparations demonstrates the utility of lyophilized cell-free protein expression and its potential for creating on-demand biotherapeutics, vaccines, biosensors, biocatalysts, and high throughput protein synthesis...
October 28, 2016: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790092/upstream-open-reading-frames-located-in-the-leader-of-protein-kinase-m%C3%AE-mrna-regulate-its-translation
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Natalia V Bal, Denis Susorov, Ekaterina Chesnokova, Artem Kasianov, Tatiana Mikhailova, Elena Alkalaeva, Pavel M Balaban, Peter Kolosov
For protein synthesis that occurs locally in dendrites, the translational control mechanisms are much more important for neuronal functioning than the transcription levels. Here, we show that uORFs (upstream open reading frames) in the 5' untranslated region (5'UTR) play a critical role in regulation of the translation of protein kinase Mζ (PKMζ). Elimination of these uORFs activates translation of the reporter protein in vitro and in primary cultures of rat hippocampal neurons. Using cell-free translation systems, we demonstrate that translational initiation complexes are formed only on uORFs...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779319/synthesis-of-new-tricyclic-and-tetracyclic-fused-coumarin-sulfonate-derivatives-and-their-inhibitory-effects-on-lps-induced-nitric-oxide-and-pge2-productions-in-raw-264-7-macrophages-part-2
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Mohammed I El-Gamal, Woo-Seok Lee, Ji-Sun Shin, Chang-Hyun Oh, Kyung-Tae Lee, Jungseung Choi, Nohsun Myoung, Daejin Baek
The synthesis of a new series of 21 fused coumarin derivatives is described, and the biological evaluation of their in vitro antiinflammatory effects as inhibitors of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) production in RAW 264.7 macrophages. The target compounds 1a-u were first tested for cytotoxicity to determine a non-toxic concentration for antiinflammatory screening, so that the inhibitory effects against NO and PGE2 production would not be caused by cytotoxicity...
October 24, 2016: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768741/a-simple-and-rapid-method-for-preparing-a-cell-free-bacterial-lysate-for-protein-synthesis
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Nitzan Krinsky, Maya Kaduri, Janna Shainsky-Roitman, Mor Goldfeder, Eran Ivanir, Itai Benhar, Yuval Shoham, Avi Schroeder
Cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) systems are important laboratory tools that are used for various synthetic biology applications. Here, we present a simple and inexpensive laboratory-scale method for preparing a CFPS system from E. coli. The procedure uses basic lab equipment, a minimal set of reagents, and requires less than one hour to process the bacterial cell mass into a functional S30-T7 extract. BL21(DE3) and MRE600 E. coli strains were used to prepare the S30-T7 extract. The CFPS system was used to produce a set of fluorescent and therapeutic proteins of different molecular weights (up to 66 kDa)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764251/heterologous-expression-and-delivery-of-biologically-active-exendin-4-by-lactobacillus-paracasei-l14
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Zhu Zeng, Rui Yu, Fanglei Zuo, Bo Zhang, Deju Peng, Huiqin Ma, Shangwu Chen
Exendin-4, a glucagon-like protein-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, is an excellent therapeutic peptide drug for type 2 diabetes due to longer lasting biological activity compared to GLP-1. This study explored the feasibility of using probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei as an oral vector for recombinant exendin-4 peptide delivery, an alternative to costly chemical synthesis and inconvenient administration by injection. L. paracasei transformed with a plasmid encoding the exendin-4 gene (L. paracasei L14/pMG76e-exendin-4) with a constitutive promotor was successfully constructed and showed efficient secretion of exendin-4...
2016: PloS One
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