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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346133/dexmedetomidine-impairs-diaphragm-function-and-increases-oxidative-stress-but-does-not-aggravate-diaphragmatic-atrophy-in-mechanically-ventilated-rats
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Thomas Breuer, Christian Bleilevens, Rolf Rossaint, Gernot Marx, Julian Gehrenkemper, Henning Dierksen, Antoine Delpierre, Joachim Weis, Ghislaine Gayan-Ramirez, Christian S Bruells
BACKGROUND: Anesthetics in ventilated patients are critical as any cofactor hampering diaphragmatic function may have a negative impact on the weaning progress and therefore on patients' mortality. Dexmedetomidine may display antioxidant and antiproteolytic properties, but it also reduced glucose uptake by the muscle, which may impair diaphragm force production. This study tested the hypothesis that dexmedetomidine could inhibit ventilator-induced diaphragmatic dysfunction. METHODS: Twenty-four rats were separated into three groups (n = 8/group)...
January 18, 2018: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345251/cancer-associated-cachexia
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REVIEW
Vickie E Baracos, Lisa Martin, Murray Korc, Denis C Guttridge, Kenneth C H Fearon
Cancer-associated cachexia is a disorder characterized by loss of body weight with specific losses of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. Cachexia is driven by a variable combination of reduced food intake and metabolic changes, including elevated energy expenditure, excess catabolism and inflammation. Cachexia is highly associated with cancers of the pancreas, oesophagus, stomach, lung, liver and bowel; this group of malignancies is responsible for half of all cancer deaths worldwide. Cachexia involves diverse mediators derived from the cancer cells and cells within the tumour microenvironment, including inflammatory and immune cells...
January 18, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342083/regulation-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-by-proteolytic-processing-and-protein-turnover
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REVIEW
Sumaira Ali, Gavin P McStay
The mitochondrial network is a dynamic organization within eukaryotic cells that participates in a variety of essential cellular processes, such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis, central metabolism, apoptosis and inflammation. The mitochondrial network is balanced between rates of fusion and fission that respond to pathophysiologic signals to coordinate appropriate mitochondrial processes. Mitochondrial fusion and fission are regulated by proteins that either reside in or translocate to the inner or outer mitochondrial membranes or are soluble in the inter-membrane space...
January 17, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339256/the-pbii-gene-of-the-human-salivary-proline-rich-protein-p-b-produces-another-protein-q504x8-with-an-opiorphin-homolog-qrgpr
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Eiichi Saitoh, Takuya Sega, Akane Imai, Satoko Isemura, Tetsuo Kato, Akihito Ochiai, Masayuki Taniguchi
OBJECTIVES: The NCBI gene database and human-transcriptome database for alternative splicing were used to determine the expression of mRNAs for P-B (SMR3B) and variant form of P-B. The translational product from the former mRNA was identified as the protein named P-B, whereas that from the latter has not yet been elucidated. In the present study, we investigated the expression of P-B and its variant form at the protein level. DESIGN: To identify the variant protein of P-B, (1) cationic proteins with a higher isoelectric point in human pooled whole saliva were purified by a two dimensional liquid chromatography; (2) the peptide fragments generated from the in-solution of all proteins digested with trypsin separated and analyzed by MALDI-TOF-MS; and (3) the presence or absence of P-B in individual saliva was examined by 15% SDS-PAGE...
January 10, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338928/immunoproteomic-identification-of-antigenic-candidate-campylobacter-jejuni-and-human-peripheral-nerve-proteins-involved-in-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Aida Loshaj-Shala, Mara Colzani, Katerina Brezovska, Ana Poceva Panovska, Ljubica Suturkova, Giangiacomo Beretta
Immunoproteomics is become a potent methodology used for identifying immunoreactive proteins. In this study, an immunoproteomic approach based on 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and immunoblotting combined with high resolution mass spectrometry (MS) was used to identify immunoreactive proteins that might be involved in mechanisms of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) development, regardless of their potential reciprocal molecular mimicry. Proteins isolated from C. jejuni and human peripheral nerve tissue (HPN) were separated with 2D SDS-PAGE and subjected to western blotting using serum samples from GBS patients...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337186/lipoprotein-signal-peptidase-inhibitors-with-antibiotic-properties-identified-through-design-of-a-robust-in%C3%A2-vitro-ht-platform
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Seiya Kitamura, Anna Owensby, Daniel Wall, Dennis W Wolan
As resistance to antibiotics increases, the exploration of new targets and strategies to combat pathogenic bacteria becomes more urgent. Ideal protein targets are required for viability across many species, are unique to prokaryotes to limit effects on the host, and have robust assays to quantitate activity and identify inhibitors. Lipoprotein signal peptidase (Lsp) is a transmembrane aspartyl protease required for lipoprotein maturation and comprehensively fits these criteria. Here, we have developed the first in vitro high-throughput assay to monitor proteolysis by Lsp...
January 10, 2018: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337114/pathological-endogenous-%C3%AE-synuclein-accumulation-in-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-potentially-induces-inclusions-in-multiple-system-atrophy
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Seiji Kaji, Takakuni Maki, Hisanori Kinoshita, Norihito Uemura, Takashi Ayaki, Yasuhiro Kawamoto, Takahiro Furuta, Makoto Urushitani, Masato Hasegawa, Yusuke Kinoshita, Yuichi Ono, Xiaobo Mao, Tran H Quach, Kazuhiro Iwai, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson, Ryosuke Takahashi
Glial cytoplasmic inclusions (GCIs), commonly observed as α-synuclein (α-syn)-positive aggregates within oligodendrocytes, are the pathological hallmark of multiple system atrophy. The origin of α-syn in GCIs is uncertain; there is little evidence of endogenous α-syn expression in oligodendrocyte lineage cells, oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), and mature oligodendrocytes (OLGs). Here, based on in vitro analysis using primary rat cell cultures, we elucidated that preformed fibrils (PFFs) generated from recombinant human α-syn trigger multimerization and an upsurge of endogenous α-syn in OPCs, which is attributable to insufficient autophagic proteolysis...
December 27, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336037/developmental-control-of-hypoxia-during-bud-burst-in-grapevine
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Karlia Meitha, Patricia Agudelo-Romero, Santiago Signorelli, Daniel J Gibbs, John A Considine, Christine H Foyer, Michael J Considine
Dormant or quiescent buds of woody perennials are often dense, and in the case of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) have a low tissue oxygen status. The precise timing of the decision to resume growth is difficult to predict, but once committed the increase in tissue oxygen status is rapid and developmentally regulated. Here we show that more than a third of the grapevine homologues of widely conserved hypoxia-responsive genes, and nearly a fifth of all grapevine genes possessing a plant hypoxia-responsive promoter element were differentially regulated during bud burst, in apparent harmony with resumption of meristem identity and cell-cycle gene regulation...
January 15, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332387/proteome-wide-characterization-of-phosphorylation-induced-conformational-changes-in-breast-cancer
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He Meng, Michael C Fitzgerald
Because of the close link between protein function and protein folding stability, knowledge about phosphorylation-induced protein folding stability changes can lead to a better understanding of the functional effects of protein phosphorylation. Here, the Stability of Proteins from Rates of OXidation (SPROX) and Limited Proteolysis (LiP) techniques are used to compare the conformational properties of proteins in two MCF-7 cell lysates, including one that was and one that was not dephosphorylated with alkaline phosphatase...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331470/the-effect-of-different-precooling-rates-and-cold-storage-on-milk-microbiological-quality-and-composition
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Lizandra F Paludetti, Alan L Kelly, Bernadette O'Brien, Kieran Jordan, David Gleeson
The objective of this study was to measure the effect of different milk cooling rates, before entering the bulk tank, on the microbiological load and composition of the milk, as well as on energy usage. Three milk precooling treatments were applied before milk entered 3 identical bulk milk tanks: no plate cooler (NP), single-stage plate cooler (SP), and double-stage plate cooler (DP). These precooling treatments cooled the milk to 32.0 ± 1.4°C, 17.0 ± 2.8°C, and 6.0 ± 1.1°C, respectively. Milk was added to the bulk tank twice daily for 72 h, and the tank refrigeration temperature was set at 3°C...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331416/deubiquitinating-enzyme-psmd14-promotes-tumor-metastasis-through-stabilizing-snail-in-human-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Rui Zhu, Yongshuo Liu, Honghong Zhou, Lei Li, Yi Li, Fang Ding, Xiufeng Cao, Zhihua Liu
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) transcription factor SNAIL is associated with distant metastasis and poor prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients. The proteolysis of SNAIL is mediated by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Several E3 ligases have been characterized to promote SNAIL ubiquitination and degradation. However, the reverse process - deubiquitination of SNAIL remains largely unknown. In this study, we performed a mass spectrometry to examine the interaction between SNAIL and deubiquitinating enzyme(s)...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330193/structure-of-the-human-myostatin-precursor-and-determinants-of-growth-factor-latency
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Thomas R Cotton, Gerhard Fischer, Xuelu Wang, Jason C McCoy, Magdalena Czepnik, Thomas B Thompson, Marko Hyvönen
Myostatin, a key regulator of muscle mass in vertebrates, is biosynthesised as a latent precursor in muscle and is activated by sequential proteolysis of the pro-domain. To investigate the molecular mechanism by which pro-myostatin remains latent, we have determined the structure of unprocessed pro-myostatin and analysed the properties of the protein in its different forms. Crystal structures and SAXS analyses show that pro-myostatin adopts an open, V-shaped structure with a domain-swapped arrangement. The pro-mature complex, after cleavage of the furin site, has significantly reduced activity compared with the mature growth factor and persists as a stable complex that is resistant to the natural antagonist follistatin...
January 12, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329853/ph-controlled-fermentation-in-mild-alkaline-conditions-enhances-bioactive-compounds-and-functional-features-of-lentil-to-ameliorate-metabolic-disturbances
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Sara Bautista-Expósito, Elena Peñas, José Manuel Silván, Juana Frias, Cristina Martínez-Villaluenga
Lentil fermentation has a promising potential as a strategy for development of multifunctional ingredients targeting metabolic syndrome (MetS). Response surface methodology was applied to optimize lentil fermentation and study its effects on generation of peptides, soluble phenolics and bioactivities. Fermentation using Lactobacillus plantarum and Savinase® 16 L was carried out at different pH (6.5-8.5) and times (5.5-30 h). Analysis of variance was performed to evaluate linear, quadratic and interaction effects between fermentation parameters...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329843/partial-substitution-of-nacl-by-kcl-and-addition-of-flavor-enhancers-on-probiotic-prato-cheese-a-study-covering-manufacturing-ripening-and-storage-time
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Hugo L A Silva, Celso F Balthazar, Erick A Esmerino, Roberto P C Neto, Ramon S Rocha, Jeremias Moraes, Rodrigo N Cavalcanti, Robson M Franco, Maria Inês B Tavares, Jânio S Santos, Daniel Granato, Renata G B Costa, Mônica Q Freitas, Márcia C Silva, Renata S L Raices, C Senaka Ranadheera, Filomena Nazzaro, Amir M Mortazavian, Adriano G Cruz
Cheese is a suitable matrix to deliver probiotic strains but it contains a high amount of sodium. The effect of partial substitution of NaCl by KCl and the addition of flavor enhancers (l-arginine, yeast and oregano extract) on probiotic Prato cheese was investigated after 1, 30, and 60 d of refrigerated storage (immediately after manufacturing, and during ripening and storage). Microbiological (lactic acid bacteria and probiotic Lactobacillus casei 01 counts and survival under gastrointestinal conditions), physicochemical (pH, proteolysis, fatty acids), bioactivity (antioxidant effect and angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitory activity), rheological, and water mobility by means of time domain low-field nuclear magnetic resonance were investigated...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329419/a-single-mutation-unlocks-cascading-exaptations-in-the-origin-of-a-potent-pitviper-neurotoxin
#15
A Carl Whittington, Andrew J Mason, Darin R Rokyta
Evolutionary innovations and complex phenotypes seemingly require an improbable amount of genetic change to evolve. Rattlesnakes display two dramatically different venom phenotypes. Type I venoms are hemorrhagic with low systemic toxicity and high expression of tissue-destroying snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMP). Type II venoms are highly neurotoxic and lack SVMP expression and associated hemorrhagic activity. This dichotomy hinges on Mojave toxin (MTx), a phospholipase A2 (PLA2) based ᵝ-neurotoxin expressed in Type II venoms...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328651/enzymatic-cleavage-of-branched-peptides-for-targeting-mitochondria
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Hongjian He, Jiaqing Wang, Huaimin Wang, Ning Zhou, Dongsik Yang, Douglas R Green, Bing Xu
Most of the reported mitochondria targeting molecules are lipophilic and cationic, which may become cytotoxic with accumulation. Here we show enzymatic cleavage of branched peptides that carry negative charges for targeting mitochondria. Conjugating a well-established protein tag (i.e., FLAG-tag) to self-assembling motifs affords the pre-cursors that form micelles. Enzymatic cleavage of the hydrophilic FLAG motif (DDDDK) by enterokinase (ENTK) turns the micelles to nanofibers. After being taken up by cells, the micelles, upon the action of intracellular ENTK, turns into nanofibers to locate mainly at mitochondria...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328543/the-sarda-sheep-host-fecal-proteome
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Antonio Palomba, Alessandro Tanca, Maria Filippa Addis, Daniela Pagnozzi, Sergio Uzzau
We recently reported the first characterization of the sheep fecal microbiota, obtained by using a multi-meta-omic approach. Here, the mass spectra generated by single-run LC/high-resolution MS in the context of that study were reanalyzed using a host-specific database, in order to gain insights for the first time into the host fecal proteome of healthy Sarda sheep. On the whole, 5349 non-redundant tryptic peptide sequences were identified, belonging to 1046 different proteins. The "core" fecal proteome (common to all animals) comprised 431 proteins, mainly related to biological processes as immune response and proteolysis...
January 12, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328363/support-vector-machine-classifier-for-prediction-of-the-metastasis-of-colorectal-cancer
#18
Jiajun Zhi, Jiwei Sun, Zhongchuan Wang, Wenjun Ding
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers and a major cause of mortality. The present study aimed to identify potential biomarkers for CRC metastasis and uncover the mechanisms underlying the etiology of the disease. The five datasets GSE68468, GSE62321, GSE22834, GSE14297 and GSE6988 were utilized in the study, all of which contained metastatic and non-metastatic CRC samples. Among them, three datasets were integrated via meta-analysis to identify the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between the two types of samples...
January 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325877/dmcatd-a-cathepsin-d-like-peptidase-of-the-hematophagous-insect-dipetalogaster-maxima-hemiptera-reduviidae-purification-bioinformatic-analyses-and-the-significance-of-its-interaction-with-lipophorin-in-the-internalization-by-developing-oocytes
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Jimena Leyria, Leonardo L Fruttero, Rodrigo Ligabue-Braun, Marina S Defferrari, Estela L Arrese, José L Soulages, Beatriz P Settembrini, Celia R Carlini, Lilián E Canavoso
DmCatD, a cathepsin D-like peptidase of the hematophagous insect Dipetalogaster maxima, is synthesized by the fat body and the ovary and functions as yolk protein precursor. Functionally, DmCatD is involved in vitellin proteolysis. In this work, we purified and sequenced DmCatD, performed bioinformatic analyses and investigated the events involved in its targeting and storage in developing oocytes. By ion exchange and gel filtration chromatography, DmCatD was purified from egg homogenates and its identity was confirmed by mass spectrometry...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325876/nogo-a-interacts-with-trka-to-alter-nerve-growth-factor-signaling-in-nogo-a-overexpressing-pc12-cells
#20
Robert G Farrer, Gwendolyn L Kartje
The Nogo-A protein, originally discovered as a potent myelin-associated inhibitor of neurite outgrowth, is also expressed by certain neurons, especially during development and after injury, but its role in neuronal function is not completely known. In this report, we overexpressed Nogo-A in PC12 cells to use as a model to identify potential neuronal signaling pathways affected by endogenously expressed Nogo-A. Unexpectedly, our results show that viability of Nogo-A-overexpressing cells was reduced progressively due to apoptotic cell death following NGF treatment, but only after 24 h...
January 8, 2018: Cellular Signalling
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