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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349909/a-literature-review-and-hypothesis-for-the-etiologies-of-cervical-and-root-caries
#1
John O Grippo, Thomas A Coleman, Antonello Maria Messina, Daniel S Oh
The presence of endogenous acids from bacteria acting on a suitable substrate combined with sources of exogenous biocorrosives such as exogenous acids and proteolytic enzymes in areas of stress concentration are hypothesized to lead to the development and progression of cervical and root caries (RC). Quantifying the effects of each of the mechanisms (stress and biocorrosion) is a daunting task to investigate since so many factors are involved at various times in the etiology of noncarious cervical lesions (NCCLs), cervical caries (CC), and RC...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343645/crystal-structure-of-the-mammalian-lipopolysaccharide-detoxifier
#2
Alexei Gorelik, Katalin Illes, Bhushan Nagar
LPS is a potent bacterial endotoxin that triggers the innate immune system. Proper recognition of LPS by pattern-recognition receptors requires a full complement of typically six acyl chains in the lipid portion. Acyloxyacyl hydrolase (AOAH) is a host enzyme that removes secondary (acyloxyacyl-linked) fatty acids from LPS, rendering it immunologically inert. This activity is critical for recovery from immune tolerance that follows Gram-negative infection. To understand the molecular mechanism of AOAH function, we determined its crystal structure and its complex with LPS...
January 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342922/can-egcg-alleviate-symptoms-of-down-syndrome-by-altering-proteolytic-activity
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REVIEW
Marzena Wyganowska-Świątkowska, Maja Matthews-Kozanecka, Teresa Matthews-Brzozowska, Ewa Skrzypczak-Jankun, Jerzy Jankun
Down syndrome (DS), also known as "trisomy 21", is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. Silencing these extra genes is beyond existing technology and seems to be impractical. A number of pharmacologic options have been proposed to change the quality of life and lifespan of individuals with DS. It was reported that treatment with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) improves cognitive performance in animal models and in humans, suggesting that EGCG may alleviate symptoms of DS...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342140/atomic-structure-of-the-eukaryotic-intramembrane-ras-methyltransferase-icmt
#4
Melinda M Diver, Leanne Pedi, Akiko Koide, Shohei Koide, Stephen B Long
The maturation of RAS GTPases and approximately 200 other cellular CAAX proteins involves three enzymatic steps: addition of a farnesyl or geranylgeranyl prenyl lipid to the cysteine (C) in the C-terminal CAAX motif, proteolytic cleavage of the AAX residues and methylation of the exposed prenylcysteine residue at its terminal carboxylate. This final step is catalysed by isoprenylcysteine carboxyl methyltransferase (ICMT), a eukaryote-specific integral membrane enzyme that resides in the endoplasmic reticulum...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338907/new-photodynamic-molecular-beacons-pmb-as-potential-cancer-targeted-agents-in-pdt
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Aurélie Stallivieri, Ludovic Colombeau, Jérôme Devy, Nicolas Etique, Carine Chaintreuil, Bauyrzhan Myrzakhmetov, Mathilde Achard, Francis Baros, Philippe Arnoux, Régis Vanderesse, Céline Frochot
Further improvements in Photodynamic therapy (PDT) necessitate that the dye targets more selectively tumour tissues or neovascularization than healthy cells. Different enzymes such as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are overexpressed in tumour areas. Among these MMPs, gelatinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) and its activator MMP-14 are known to play a key role in tumour angiogenesis and the growth of many cancers such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive malignant tumour of the brain. These last years, the concept of photodynamic molecular beacons (PMB) became interesting for controlling the photosensitizer's ability to generate singlet oxygen (1O2) close to target biomolecules as MMPs...
December 24, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337619/the-role-of-necroptosis-apoptosis-and-inflammation-in-fowl-cholera-associated-liver-injury-in-a-chicken-model
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Qiyu Tang, Weitian Li, Na Dai, Yiming Gao, Yu Han, Guofu Cheng, Changqin Gu
Fowl cholera resulting from infection with Pasteurella multocida causes huge economic losses in the poultry industry. Necrotic hepatitis is reported to be a significant lesion associated with fowl cholera in chickens. Clarifying the underlying molecular mechanism of hepatic injury caused by P. multocida infection is needed to develop new strategies to control fowl cholera. Pasteurella multocida Q (the standard reference strain) and P. multocida 1G1 (a clinical strain) were used to infect healthy laying hens...
December 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337410/transcriptomic-insight-into-pathogenicity-associated-factors-of-conidiobolus-obscurus-an-obligate-aphid-pathogenic-fungus-from-entomopthoromycota
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Jianghong Wang, Xiang Zhou, Kai Guo, Xinqi Zhang, Haipin Lin, Cristian Montalva
BACKGROUND: Conidiobolus obscurus is a wide spread fungal entomopathogen holding aphid biocontrol potential. This study focuses on a de novo transcriptomic analysis of C. obscurus. RESULTS: A number of pathogenicity-associated factors were annotated for the first time from the assembled 17,231 fungal unigenes, including those encoding subtilisin-like proteolytic enzymes (Pr1s), trypsin-like proteases, metalloproteases, carboxypeptidases and endochitinases. Many of these genes were transcriptionally up-regulated by at least twofold in mycotized cadavers compared to the in vitro fungal cultures...
January 16, 2018: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332803/particle-based-immobilized-enzymatic-reactors-in-microfluidic-chips
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REVIEW
Adam Kecskemeti, Attila Gaspar
The research and applications of immobilized enzyme reactors (IMERs) have become more and more widespread due to the numerous advantages like reusability, easy handling, prolonged lifetime, easy separation from products and substrate specificity. The miniaturized form of these reactors (microchip IMERs) received outstanding attention due to their special features and advantages over the traditional, larger analytical systems. Large specific surface is essential for the efficient operation of the microreactors, thus these devices include one of the several types of porous solid supports, but in this work only the particle based microchip IMERs are reviewed...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331088/significance-of-circulatory-dpp4-activity-in-metabolic-diseases
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REVIEW
Titli Nargis, Partha Chakrabarti
Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4), also known as CD26 is a type II transmembrane protein that is released from the cell membrane in a nonclassical secretory mechanism. This exopeptidase selectively degrades varieties of substrates including incretin hormones, growth factors, and cytokines. A significant detectable amount of DPP4 activity can be measured in plasma as well as in different tissues such as intestinal epithelium, vascular endothelium, lymphocytes, monocytes, kidney, liver, adipose, lung, thymus, spleen, prostate, etc...
January 13, 2018: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329946/a-primer-on-caspase-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Monica Gonzalez Ramirez, Guy S Salvesen
Caspases belong to a diverse clan of proteolytic enzymes known as clan CD with highly disparate functions in cell signaling. The caspase members of this clan are only found in animals, and most of them orchestrate the demise of cells by the highly distinct regulated cell death phenotypes known as apoptosis and pyroptosis. This review looks at the mechanistic distinctions between the activity and activation mechanisms of mammalian caspases compared to other members of clan CD. We also compare and contrast the role of different caspase family members that program anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory cell death pathways...
January 9, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329315/role-of-n-glycosylation-in-activation-of-prommp-9-a-molecular-dynamics-simulations-study
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Sonu Kumar, Piotr Cieplak
Human matrix metalloproteinase proMMP-9 is secreted as latent zymogen, which requires two-steps proteolytic activation. The secreted proMMP-9 is glycosylated at two positions: Asn38 and Asn120 located in the prodomain and catalytic domain, respectively. It has been demonstrated that glycosylation at Asn120 is required for secretion of the enzyme, while the role of Asn38 glycosylation is not well understood, but is usually linked to the activation process. One hypothesis stated that the Asn38 glycosylation might protect against proteolytic activation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329239/fine-regulation-of-neutrophil-oxidative-status-and-apoptosis-by-ceruloplasmin-and-its-derivatives
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Ekaterina A Golenkina, Galina M Viryasova, Svetlana I Galkina, Tatjana V Gaponova, Galina F Sud'ina, Alexey V Sokolov
Timely neutrophil apoptosis is an essential part of the resolution phase of acute inflammation. Ceruloplasmin, an acute-phase protein, which is the predominant copper-carrying protein in the blood, has been suggested to have a marked effect on neutrophil life span. The present work is a comparative study on the effects of intact holo-ceruloplasmin, its copper-free (apo-) and partially proteolyzed forms, and synthetic free peptides RPYLKVFNPR (883-892) and RRPYLKVFNPRR (882-893) on polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMNL, neutrophil) oxidant status and apoptosis...
January 12, 2018: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323206/effects-of-bt-cabbage-pollen-on-the-honeybee-apis-mellifera-l
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Dengxia Yi, Zhiyuan Fang, Limei Yang
Honeybees may be exposed to insecticidal proteins from transgenic plants via pollen during their foraging activity. Assessing effects of such exposures on honeybees is an essential part of the risk assessment process for transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cabbage. Feeding trials were conducted in a laboratory setting to test for possible effects of Cry1Ba3 cabbage pollen on Italian-derived honeybees Apis mellifera L. Newly emerged A. mellifera were fed transgenic pollen, activated Cry1Ba3 toxin, pure sugar syrup (60% w/v sucrose solution), and non-transgenic cabbage pollen, respectively...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321580/genome-wide-comparative-analysis-of-papain-like-cysteine-protease-family-genes-in-castor-bean-and-physic-nut
#14
Zhi Zou, Qixing Huang, Guishui Xie, Lifu Yang
Papain-like cysteine proteases (PLCPs) are a class of proteolytic enzymes involved in many plant processes. Compared with the extensive research in Arabidopsis thaliana, little is known in castor bean (Ricinus communis) and physic nut (Jatropha curcas), two Euphorbiaceous plants without any recent whole-genome duplication. In this study, a total of 26 or 23 PLCP genes were identified from the genomes of castor bean and physic nut respectively, which can be divided into nine subfamilies based on the phylogenetic analysis: RD21, CEP, XCP, XBCP3, THI, SAG12, RD19, ALP and CTB...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321072/tissue-specific-transcriptomes-of-anisakis-simplex-sensu-stricto-and-anisakis-pegreffii-reveal-potential-molecular-mechanisms-involved-in-pathogenicity
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Serena Cavallero, Fabrizio Lombardo, Xiaopei Su, Marco Salvemini, Cinzia Cantacessi, Stefano D'Amelio
BACKGROUND: Larval stages of the sibling species of parasitic nematodes Anisakis simplex (sensu stricto) (s.s.) (AS) and Anisakis pegreffii (AP) are responsible for a fish-borne zoonosis, known as anisakiasis, that humans aquire via the ingestion of raw or undercooked infected fish or fish-based products. These two species differ in geographical distribution, genetic background and peculiar traits involved in pathogenicity. However, thus far little is known of key molecules potentially involved in host-parasite interactions...
January 10, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320724/purification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-high-molecular-weight-alkaline-protease-produced-by-an-endophytic-bacillus-halotolerans-strain-ct2
#16
Gharbi Dorra, Karkouch Ines, Ben Slimene Imen, Coquet Laurent, Azaiez Sana, Olfa Tabbene, Cosette Pascal, Jouenne Thierry, Limam Ferid
A protease-producing strain CT2 isolated from Tunisian potatoes, exhibiting a potent protease activity (prot CT2), was identified as Bacillus halotolerans according to 16S ribosomal DNA sequence analysis. Maximum prot CT2 production was obtained in medium supplemented with bean seed proteins. Proteolytic activity was purified by ammonium sulphate precipitation, Sephacryl S-200 gel filtration and SP-sepharose cation-exchange chromatography. Optimal enzyme activity was reached at pH 9 and temperature of 50 °C...
January 7, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319514/characterization-of-bacteriocin-producing-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-native-fruits-of-ecuadorian-amazon
#17
Karina Garzón, Clara Ortega, Gabriela N Tenea
Tropical, wild-type fruits are considered biodiverse "hotspots" of microorganisms with possible functional characteristics to be investigated. In this study, several native lactic acid bacteria (LAB) of Ecuadorian Amazon showing highly inhibitory potential were identified and characterized. Based on carbohydrate fermentation profile and 16S rRNA gene sequencing, seven strains were assigned as Lactobacillus plantarum and one strain as Weissella confusa. Using agar-well diffusion method the active synthetized components released in the neutralized and hydroxide peroxide eliminated cell-free supernatant were inhibited by proteolytic enzymes, while the activity was maintained stable after the treatment with catalase, lysozyme, α-amylase and lipase suggesting their proteinaceous nature...
December 4, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319374/sensitive-and-specific-assessment-of-recombinant-von-willebrand-factor-in-platelet-function-analyzer
#18
Isabell Pekrul, Thorsten Kragh, Peter L Turecek, Aaron R Novack, Helmut W Ott, Michael Spannagl
BACKGROUND: Recombinant von Willebrand factor (rVWF), which was licensed in the United States in 2015, has the multimeric distribution of freshly secreted VWF with ultralarge (UL) and high molecular weight multimers (HMWM) from endothelial cells and megakaryocytes since it has never been exposed to ADAMTS13 or any other proteolytic enzyme. Measurement of closure time (CT) using the platelet function analyzer-200 (PFA-200) is highly sensitive to the presence of UL VWF multimers in added VWF concentrates...
January 10, 2018: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318559/imaging-proteolytic-activities-in-mouse-models-of-cancer
#19
Anupama Pal, Alnawaz Rehemtulla
Proteases are "protein-cleaving" enzymes, which, in addition to their non-specific degrading function, also catalyze the highly specific and regulated process of proteolytic processing, thus regulating multiple biological functions. Alterations in proteolytic activity occur during pathological conditions such as cancer. One of the major deregulated classes of proteases in cancer is caspases, the proteolytic initiators and mediators of the apoptotic machinery. The ability to image apoptosis noninvasively in living cells and animal models of cancer can not only provide new insight into the biological basis of the disease but can also be used as a quantitative tool to screen and evaluate novel therapeutic strategies...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318558/cancer-susceptibility-models-in-protease-deficient-mice
#20
Alicia R Folgueras, Sandra Freitas-Rodríguez, Yaiza Español, Gloria Velasco
For decades, proteases have been associated with cancer progression due to the ability of some members of this large group of enzymes to degrade tumor cell surroundings, thereby facilitating cancer invasion and dissemination. However, the generation of mouse models deficient in proteases has revealed the existence of a great variety of functions among proteolytic enzymes in cancer biology, including important tumor-suppressive roles. Therefore, in this chapter, we describe methods to chemically induce different types of cancer (lung adenocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, oral and esophageal carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, skin cancer, and fibrosarcoma) in genetically modified mouse models to efficiently evaluate the specific pro- or antitumoral function of proteases in cancer...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
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