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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903234/acute-phase-proteins-and-their-potential-role-as-an-indicator-for-fish-health-and-in-diagnosis-of-fish-diseases
#1
Suvra Roy, Vikash Kumar, Vikas Kumar, B K Behera
The acute phase proteins are biochemically and functionally unrelated protein predominantly synthesized in the liver. The local inflammatory cells i.e. macrophages and neutrophils secretes various cytokines like IL-1, IL-6, IL-8 (interleukins) and TNF-α into bloodstream in response to injury and tissue damage, which stimulate hepatocytes to produce protein and release them into the circulation; these proteins are called as acute phase protein (e.g. C-reactive protein (CRP), serum amyloid A (SAA), metal binding protein, lysozyme, lectin, etc...
November 21, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899859/effect-of-n-perfluorooctane-on-hypoxia-reoxygenation-injury-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
#2
Jing Jiang, Deng-Yong Chen, Zhi-Tao Liu, Feng Chen, Jing-Jing Zhang, Jing Cui, Jien Pang
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the effect of n-perfluorooctane (PFC) on hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). METHODS: In this study, the H/R models were prepared by chemical methods (using dithionite solution). The experimental groups included the control group, the PFC group with a culture volume ratio of 10%, the H/R model group, and treatment groups with various doses of PFC + H/R (i.e., 5%, 10%, or 20% PFC by volume)...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899793/bacterial-proteases-untapped-antimicrobial-drug-targets
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REVIEW
Elizabeth Culp, Gerard D Wright
Bacterial proteases are an extensive collection of enzymes that have vital roles in cell viability, stress response and pathogenicity. Although their perturbation clearly offers the potential for antimicrobial drug development, both as traditional antibiotics and anti-virulence drugs, they are not yet the target of any clinically used therapeutics. Here we describe the potential for and recent progress in the development of compounds targeting bacterial proteases with a focus on AAA+ family proteolytic complexes and signal peptidases (SPs)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895226/the-plastoglobule-localized-metallopeptidase-pgm48-is-a-positive-regulator-of-senescence-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#4
Nazmul H Bhuiyan, Giulia Friso, Elden Rowland, Kristina Majsec, Klaas Jan van Wijk
Plastoglobuli (PG) are thylakoid-associated monolayer lipid particles with a specific proteome of ~30 PG core proteins and isoprenoid- and neutral lipids. During senescence, PG increase in size, reflecting their role in dismantling thylakoid membranes. Here we show that the only PG-localized peptidase, PGM48, positively regulates leaf senescence. We discovered that PGM48 is a member of the M48 peptidase family with PGM48 homologs, forming a clade (M48D) only found in photosynthetic organisms. Unlike the M48A, B, and C clades, members of M48D have no transmembrane domains, consistent with their unique subcellular location in the PG...
November 28, 2016: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894832/development-of-a-rapid-one-step-screening-method-for-the-isolation-of-presumptive-proteolytic-enterococci
#5
Ken Graham, Rosemary Rea, Paul Simpson, Helena Stack
Enterococci show higher proteolytic activities than other lactic acid bacteria and thus have received considerable attention in scientific literature in recent years. Proteolytic enzymes of enterococci have warranted the use of some species as starter, adjuncts or protective cultures and as probiotics, while in some strains they have also been linked with virulence. Consequently, the isolation and identification of proteolytic enterococci is becoming of increasing interest and importance. However, current screening methods for proteolytic enterococci can be time consuming, requiring a two-step procedure which may take up to 96h...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893988/endothelin-signaling-in-bone
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REVIEW
Jasmin Kristianto, Michael G Johnson, Rafia Afzal, Robert D Blank
The endothelin (ET) system includes 3 small peptide hormones and a pair of G protein-coupled receptors. All 3 ETs are secreted as biologically inert precursors that must be activated by proteolytic cleavage after secretion. This reaction can be catalyzed by a pair of specific, membrane-bound extracellular ET converting enzymes or by nonspecific tissue proteases. The ET1/EDNRA axis is essential in development, with knockout mice for either displaying a similar phenotype featuring multiple defects of the craniofacial skeleton and cardiac outflow tract...
November 11, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892586/bovine-serum-albumin-coated-nanoparticles-for-in-vitro-activated-fluorescence
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Mary K Burdette, Ragini Jenkins, Yuriy Bandera, Rhonda R Powell, Terri F Bruce, Xi Yang, Yanzhang Wei, Stephen H Foulger
A fluorophore modified nanoparticle was developed that can only fluoresce when a specific environmental parameter interacts with the system. The model system consisted of an azide modified bovine serum albumin (azBSA) that had been covalently attached to an alkyne modified silicon phthalocyanine (alSiPc) derivative through a copper catalyzed azide/alkyne Huisgen cycloaddition (click reaction). The azBSA/alSiPc assembly was then clicked to a ca. 67 nm poly(propargyl acrylate) (PA) nanoparticle (PA/azBSA/alSiPc)...
November 28, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891127/regulation-of-chemokine-activity-a-focus-on-the-role-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-cd26
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Mieke Metzemaekers, Jo Van Damme, Anneleen Mortier, Paul Proost
Chemokines are small, chemotactic proteins that play a crucial role in leukocyte migration and are, therefore, essential for proper functioning of the immune system. Chemokines exert their chemotactic effect by activation of chemokine receptors, which are G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), and interaction with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Furthermore, the exact chemokine function is modulated at the level of posttranslational modifications. Among the different types of posttranslational modifications that were found to occur in vitro and in vivo, i...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890722/diabetes-induced-hepatic-oxidative-stress-a-new-pathogenic-role-for-glycated-albumin
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Jessica Patche, Dorothée Girard, Aurélie Catan, Florence Boyer, Anthony Dobi, Cynthia Planesse, Nicolas Diotel, Alexis Guerin-Dubourg, Pascal Baret, Susana B Bravo, Beatriz Paradela-Dobarro, Ezequiel Álvarez, M Faadiel Essop, Olivier Meilhac, Emmanuel Bourdon, Philippe Rondeau
Increased oxidative stress and advanced glycation end-product (AGE) formation are major contributors to the development of type 2 diabetes. Here plasma proteins e.g. albumin can undergo glycoxidation and play a key role in diabetes onset and related pathologies. However, despite recent progress linking albumin-AGE to increased oxidative stress and downstream effects, its action in metabolic organs such as the liver remains to be elucidated. The current study therefore investigated links between oxidative perturbations and biochemical/structural modifications of plasma albumin, and subsequent downstream effects in transgenic db/db mouse livers and HepG2 cells, respectively...
November 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890624/mitochondrial-camp-prevents-apoptosis-modulating-sirt3-protein-level-and-opa1-processing-in-cardiac-myoblast-cells
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Anna Signorile, Arcangela Santeramo, Grazia Tamma, Tommaso Pellegrino, Susanna D'Oria, Paolo Lattanzio, Domenico De Rasmo
Mitochondria, responding to a wide variety of signals, including oxidative stress, are critical in regulating apoptosis that plays a key role in the pathogenesis of a variety of cardiovascular diseases. A number of mitochondrial proteins and pathways have been found to be involved in the mitochondrial dependent apoptosis mechanism, such as optic atrophy 1 (OPA1), sirtuin 3 (Sirt3), deacetylase enzyme and cAMP signal. In the present work we report a network among OPA1, Sirt3 and cAMP in ROS-dependent apoptosis...
November 24, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890431/neuroprotective-mechanisms-of-plant-extracts-against-mptp-induced-neurotoxicity-future-applications-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Ahmed Negida, Hussien Ahmed, Mohamed M Abdel-Daim
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, affecting about seven to 10 million patients worldwide. The major pathological features of PD are loss of dopaminergic neurons in the nigrostriatal pathway and accumulation of alpha-synuclein molecules, forming Lewy bodies. Until now, there is no effective cure for PD, and investigators are searching for neuroprotective strategies to stop or slow the disease progression. The MPTP (1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine) induced neurotoxicity of the nigrostriatal pathway has been used to initiate PD in animal models...
November 24, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889944/intramembrane-proteases-as-drug-targets
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REVIEW
Steven H L Verhelst
Proteases are considered attractive drug targets. Various drugs targeting classical, soluble proteases have been approved for treatment of human disease. Intramembrane proteases (IMPs) are a more recently discovered group of proteolytic enzymes. They are embedded in lipid bilayers and their active sites are located in the plane of a membrane. All four mechanistic families of IMPs have been linked to disease, but currently, no drugs against IMPs have entered the market. In this review, I will outline the function of IMPs with a focus on the ones involved in human disease, which includes Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and infectious diseases by microorganisms...
November 27, 2016: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889600/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-female-and-male-venoms-from-the-mexican-scorpion-centruroides-limpidus-novel-components-found
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Jimena Isaias Cid Uribe, Juana Maria Jiménez Vargas, Cesar Vicente Ferreira Batista, Fernando Zamudio Zuñiga, Lourival Domingos Possani
Venom from male and female scorpions of the species Centruroides limpidus were separated by HPLC and their molecular masses determined by mass spectrometry. The relative concentration of components eluting in equivalent retention times from the HPLC column shows some differences. A new peptide with 29 amino acids, cross-linked by three disulfide bonds was found in male scorpions and its structure determined. Another unknown peptide present in female venom, with sequence identity similar to K(+)-channel blocking peptide was isolated...
November 23, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885680/effect-of-high-hydrostatic-pressure-on-the-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-bovine-serum-albumin
#14
Serena De Maria, Giovanna Ferrari, Paola Maresca
BACKGROUND: The extent of the enzymatic proteolysis mainly depends on the accessibility of the peptide bonds, which stabilize the protein structure. High Hydrostatic Pressure (HHP) process is able to induce, at certain operating conditions, protein displacement, thus suggesting that this technology can be used to modify protein resistance to the enzymatic attack. This work aims at investigating the mechanism of the enzymatic hydrolysis assisted by HHP performed at different processing conditions (pressure level, treatment time)...
November 24, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885567/biodegradation-of-feather-waste-keratin-by-a-keratinolytic-soil-fungus-of-the-genus-chrysosporium-and-statistical-optimization-of-feather-mass-loss
#15
Justyna Bohacz
This paper assesses the ability of strains of Aphanoascus fulvescens and Chrysosporium articulatum isolated from soil (phaesol) to degrade native feather keratin. Strains were identified based on phenotypic traits and nucleotide sequencing. Response Surface Methodology was used to optimize cultivation conditions exhibiting the highest keratinolytic activity. The experiments were based on Box-Behnken designs for the loss of substrate mass (chicken feathers). While substrate mass loss is an "economic coefficient" that reliably indicates feather keratin degradation, it has not been studied before...
January 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884426/preparation-and-application-of-immobilized-enzymatic-reactors-for-consecutive-digestion-with-two-enzymes
#16
Bingbing Wang, Lulu Shangguan, Shulei Wang, Lingyi Zhang, Weibing Zhang, Fan Liu
The bottom up strategy has drawn much attention due to the high accuracy, reliability, and reproducibility in protein identification in which proteins are digested into peptides. However, conventional solution-based digestion and enzymatic reactor with one protease immobilized cannot satisfy high throughput proteolysis of complex samples. Application of consecutive hydrolysis by enzymatic reactor can be a new strategy for high throughput proteolysis of complex samples by adjusting immobilization amount of the enzymes, enzyme ratio, as well as hydrolysis order of two enzymes...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883128/modeling-the-archetype-cysteine-protease-reaction-using-dispersion-corrected-density-functional-methods-in-oniom-type-hybrid-qm-mm-calculations-the-proteolytic-reaction-of-papain
#17
Attila Fekete, István Komáromi
A proteolytic reaction of papain with a simple peptide model substrate N-methylacetamide has been studied. Our aim was twofold: (i) we proposed a plausible reaction mechanism with the aid of potential energy surface scans and second geometrical derivatives calculated at the stationary points, and (ii) we investigated the applicability of the dispersion corrected density functional methods in comparison with the popular hybrid generalized gradient approximations (GGA) method (B3LYP) without such a correction in the QM/MM calculations for this particular problem...
November 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883045/acidic-mammalian-chitinase-is-a-proteases-resistant-glycosidase-in-mouse-digestive-system
#18
Misa Ohno, Masahiro Kimura, Haruko Miyazaki, Kazuaki Okawa, Riho Onuki, Chiyuki Nemoto, Eri Tabata, Satoshi Wakita, Akinori Kashimura, Masayoshi Sakaguchi, Yasusato Sugahara, Nobuyuki Nukina, Peter O Bauer, Fumitaka Oyama
Chitinases are enzymes that hydrolyze chitin, a polymer of β-1, 4-linked N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (GlcNAc). Chitin has long been considered as a source of dietary fiber that is not digested in the mammalian digestive system. Here, we provide evidence that acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase) can function as a major digestive enzyme that constitutively degrades chitin substrates and produces (GlcNAc)2 fragments in the mouse gastrointestinal environment. AMCase was resistant to endogenous pepsin C digestion and remained active in the mouse stomach extract at pH 2...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881412/renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-inhibitors-improve-membrane-stability-and-change-gene-expression-profiles-in-dystrophic-skeletal-muscles
#19
Jessica A Chadwick, Sayak Bhattacharya, Jeovanna Lowe, Noah Weisleder, Jill A Rafael-Fortney
Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists are FDA approved drugs that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and are used to treat heart failure. Combined treatment with the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor lisinopril and the non-specific MR antagonist spironolactone surprisingly improves skeletal muscle, in addition to heart function and pathology in a Duchenne muscular dystrophy mouse model. We recently demonstrated that MR is present in all limb and respiratory muscles and functions as a steroid hormone receptor in differentiated normal human skeletal muscle fibers...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872247/two-membrane-anchored-aspartic-proteases-contribute-to-pollen-and-ovule-development
#20
Hui Gao, Ying Hui Zhang, Wan-Lei Wang, Ke Ke Zhao, Chun Mei Liu, Lin Bai, Rui Li, Yi Guo
Aspartic proteases are a class of proteolytic enzymes with conserved aspartic acid residues, which are implicated in protein processing, maturation and degradation. Compared to yeast and animals, plants possess a larger aspartic protease family. However, little is known about most of these enzymes. Here, we characterized two Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) putative GPI-anchored aspartic protease genes, A36 and A39, which are highly expressed in pollen and pollen tubes. a36 and a36 a39 mutants display significantly reduced pollen activity...
November 21, 2016: Plant Physiology
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