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  1. The roles of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinases (JNKs) in obesity and insulin resistance. (United States)

    Pal, Martin; Febbraio, Mark A; Lancaster, Graeme I


    Obesity is currently at epidemic levels worldwide and is associated with a wide range of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease and certain forms of cancer. Obesity-induced chronic inflammation is central to the disrupted metabolic homeostasis which underlies many of these conditions. While research over the past decade has identified many of the cells and signalling molecules that contribute to obesity-induced inflammation, perhaps the best characterised are the stress-activated c-Jun NH2 -terminal kinases (JNKs). JNKs are activated in obesity in numerous metabolically important cells and tissues such as adipose tissue, macrophages, liver, skeletal muscle and regions of the brain and pituitary. Elegant in vivo mouse studies using Cre-LoxP-mediated recombination of the JNK1 and JNK2 genes have revealed the remarkably diverse roles that JNKs play in the development of obesity-induced inflammation, impaired glucose homeostasis and hepatic steatosis. While JNK activation in classical metabolically active tissues such as skeletal muscle and adipose tissue only appears to play a minor role on the induction of the above-mentioned pathologies, recent studies have clearly established the important roles JNK signalling fulfils in macrophages, the liver and cells of the anterior pituitary. Collectively, these studies place JNKs as important mediators of obesity and obesity-associated disruptions to metabolic homeostasis. © 2015 The Authors. The Journal of Physiology © 2015 The Physiological Society.

  2. Speciifc effects of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase-interacting protein 1 in neuronal axons

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    Shu Tang; Qiang Wen; Xiao-jian Zhang; Quan-cheng Kan


    c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK)-interacting protein 3 plays an important role in brain-derived neurotrophic factor/tropomyosin-related kinase B (TrkB) anterograde axonal transport. It remains unclear whether JNK-interacting protein 1 mediates similar effects, or whether JNK-interacting protein 1 affects the regulation of TrkB anterograde axonal transport. In this study, we isolated rat embryonic hippocampus and cultured hippocampal neuronsin vitro. Coimmunoprecipitation results demonstrated that JNK-interacting protein 1 formed TrkB com-plexesin vitro andin vivo. Immunocytochemistry results showed that when JNK-interacting protein 1 was highly expressed, the distribution of TrkB gradually increased in axon terminals. However, the distribution of TrkB reduced in axon terminals after knocking out JNK-interact-ing protein 1. In addition, there were differences in distribution of TrkB after JNK-interacting protein 1 was knocked out compared with not. However, knockout of JNK-interacting protein 1 did not affect the distribution of TrkB in dendrites. These ifndings conifrm that JNK-inter-acting protein 1 can interact with TrkB in neuronal cells, and can regulate the transport of TrkB in axons, but not in dendrites.

  3. Specific effects of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase-interacting protein 1 in neuronal axons

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    Shu Tang


    Full Text Available c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK-interacting protein 3 plays an important role in brain-derived neurotrophic factor/tropomyosin-related kinase B (TrkB anterograde axonal transport. It remains unclear whether JNK-interacting protein 1 mediates similar effects, or whether JNK-interacting protein 1 affects the regulation of TrkB anterograde axonal transport. In this study, we isolated rat embryonic hippocampus and cultured hippocampal neurons in vitro. Coimmunoprecipitation results demonstrated that JNK-interacting protein 1 formed TrkB complexes in vitro and in vivo. Immunocytochemistry results showed that when JNK-interacting protein 1 was highly expressed, the distribution of TrkB gradually increased in axon terminals. However, the distribution of TrkB reduced in axon terminals after knocking out JNK-interacting protein 1. In addition, there were differences in distribution of TrkB after JNK-interacting protein 1 was knocked out compared with not. However, knockout of JNK-interacting protein 1 did not affect the distribution of TrkB in dendrites. These findings confirm that JNK-interacting protein 1 can interact with TrkB in neuronal cells, and can regulate the transport of TrkB in axons, but not in dendrites.

  4. Protein kinase B/Akt activates c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase by increasing NO production in response to shear stress (United States)

    Go, Y. M.; Boo, Y. C.; Park, H.; Maland, M. C.; Patel, R.; Pritchard, K. A. Jr; Fujio, Y.; Walsh, K.; Darley-Usmar, V.; Jo, H.


    Laminar shear stress activates c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) by the mechanisms involving both nitric oxide (NO) and phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K). Because protein kinase B (Akt), a downstream effector of PI3K, has been shown to phosphorylate and activate endothelial NO synthase, we hypothesized that Akt regulates shear-dependent activation of JNK by stimulating NO production. Here, we examined the role of Akt in shear-dependent NO production and JNK activation by expressing a dominant negative Akt mutant (Akt(AA)) and a constitutively active mutant (Akt(Myr)) in bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAEC). As expected, pretreatment of BAEC with the PI3K inhibitor (wortmannin) prevented shear-dependent stimulation of Akt and NO production. Transient expression of Akt(AA) in BAEC by using a recombinant adenoviral construct inhibited the shear-dependent stimulation of NO production and JNK activation. However, transient expression of Akt(Myr) by using a recombinant adenoviral construct did not induce JNK activation. This is consistent with our previous finding that NO is required, but not sufficient on its own, to activate JNK in response to shear stress. These results and our previous findings strongly suggest that shear stress triggers activation of PI3K, Akt, and endothelial NO synthase, leading to production of NO, which (along with O(2-), which is also produced by shear) activates Ras-JNK pathway. The regulation of Akt, NO, and JNK by shear stress is likely to play a critical role in its antiatherogenic effects.

  5. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (p38 and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase) are differentially regulated during cardiac volume and pressure overload hypertrophy. (United States)

    Sopontammarak, Somkiat; Aliharoob, Assad; Ocampo, Catherina; Arcilla, Rene A; Gupta, Mahesh P; Gupta, Madhu


    Chronic pressure overload (PO) and volume overload (VO) result in morphologically and functionally distinct forms of myocardial hypertrophy. However, the molecular mechanism initiating these two types of hypertrophy is not yet understood. Data obtained from different cell types have indicated that the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) comprising c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), and p38 play an important role in transmitting signals of stress stimuli to elicit the cellular response. We tested the hypothesis that early induction of MAPKs differs in two types of overload on the heart and associates with distinct expression of hypertrophic marker genes, namely ANF, alpha-myosin heavy chain (alpha-MHC), and beta-MHC. In rats, VO was induced by aortocaval shunt and PO by constriction of the abdominal aorta. The PO animals were further divided into two groups depending on the severity of the constriction, mild (MPO) and severe pressure overload (SPO), having 35 and 85% aortic constriction, respectively. Early changes in MAPK activity (2-120 min and 1 to 2 d) were analyzed by the in vitro kinase assay using kinase-specific antibodies for p38, JNK, and ERK2. The change in expression of hypertrophy marker genes was examined by Northern blot analysis. In VO hypertrophy, the activity of p38 was markedly increased (10-fold), without changing the activity of ERK and JNK. However, during PO hypertrophy, the activity of JNK was significantly increased (two- to sixfold) and depended on the severity of the load. The activity of p38 was not changed in MPO hypertrophy, whereas it was slightly elevated (50%) in hearts with SPO. Similarly, ERK activity was not changed in hearts with MPO, but a transient rise in activity was observed in hearts with SPO. The expression of ANF and beta-MHC genes was elevated in both PO and VO hypertrophy; however, this change was much greater in hearts subjected to PO than VO hypertrophy. Alpha

  6. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Induces Lung Injury through TNF-α/c-Jun NH2-Terminal Kinase Pathways (United States)

    Hsu, Ching-Mei


    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common nosocomial infection among intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is the most common multidrug-resistant Gram-negative pathogen and VAP caused by PA carries a high rate of morbidity and mortality. This study examined the molecular mechanism of PA VAP-induced lung injury. C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) mice and JNK1 knockout (JNK1-/-) mice received mechanical ventilation (MV) for 3 h at 2 days after receiving nasal instillation of PA. The WT and JNK1-/- mice also received MV after the induction of lung injury by instillation of supernatants from PA-stimulated alveolar macrophages (AMs). AMs isolated from WT, IκB-kinase (IKK)βΔMye (IKKβ was selectively deleted in macrophages), and JNK1-/- mice were ex vivo stimulated with live PA and supernatants were collected for cytokine assay. Intranasal instillation of 106 PA enhanced MV-induced NF-κB DNA binding activity in the lungs and nitrite levels in BALF. MV after PA instillation significantly increased the expression of ICAM and VCAM in the lungs and TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6 levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) of WT mice, but not in JNK1-/- mice. MV after supernatant instillation induced more total protein concentration in BALF and neutrophil sequestration in the lungs in WT mice than JNK1-/- mice and cytokine assay of supernatants indicated that TNF-α is a critical regulator of PA VAP-induced lung injury. Ex vivo PA stimulation induced TNF-α production by AMs from WT as well as JNK1-/- mice but not IKKβΔMye mice. In summary, PA colonization plays an important role in PA VAP-induced lung injury through the induction of JNK1-mediated inflammation. These results suggest that the pathogenesis mechanism of PA VAP involves production of TNF-α through activation of IKK/NF-κB pathways in AMs and JNK signaling pathway in the lungs. PMID:28060857

  7. c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase activity in subcutaneous adipose tissue but not nuclear factor-kappaB activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells is an independent determinant of insulin resistance in healthy individuals

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    Sourris, Karly C; Lyons, Jasmine G; de Courten, Maximilian


    Chronic low-grade activation of the immune system (CLAIS) predicts type 2 diabetes via a decrease in insulin sensitivity. Our study investigated potential relationships between nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) and c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) pathways-two pathways proposed as the link between...... CLAIS and insulin resistance....

  8. Testosterone supplementation reverses sarcopenia in aging through regulation of myostatin, c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase, Notch, and Akt signaling pathways. (United States)

    Kovacheva, Ekaterina L; Hikim, Amiya P Sinha; Shen, Ruoqing; Sinha, Indranil; Sinha-Hikim, Indrani


    Aging in rodents and humans is characterized by loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia). Testosterone supplementation increases muscle mass in healthy older men. Here, using a mouse model, we investigated the molecular mechanisms by which testosterone prevents sarcopenia and promotes muscle growth in aging. Aged mice of 22 months of age received a single sc injection of GnRH antagonist every 2 wk to suppress endogenous testosterone production and were implanted subdermally under anesthesia with 0.5 or 1.0 cm testosterone-filled implants for 2 months (n = 15/group). Young and old mice (n = 15/group), of 2 and 22 months of age, respectively, received empty implants and were used as controls. Compared with young animals, a significant (P muscle cell apoptosis coupled with a decrease in gastrocnemius muscles weight (by 16.7%) and muscle fiber cross-sectional area, of both fast and slow fiber types, was noted in old mice. Importantly, such age-related changes were fully reversed by higher dose (1 cm) of testosterone treatment. Testosterone treatment effectively suppressed age-specific increases in oxidative stress, processed myostatin levels, activation of c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase, and cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21 in aged muscles. Furthermore, it restored age-related decreases in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase levels, phospho-Akt, and Notch signaling. These alterations were associated with satellite cell proliferation and differentiation. Collectively these results suggest involvement of multiple signal transduction pathways in sarcopenia. Testosterone reverses sarcopenia through stimulation of cellular metabolism and survival pathway together with inhibition of death pathway.

  9. Effect of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase-mediated p53 expression on neuron autophagy following traumatic brain injury in rats

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    HONG Ming-yan; GAO Jun-ling; CUI Jian-zhong; WANG Kai-jie; TIAN Yan-xia; LI Ran; WANG Hai-tao; WANG Huan


    Background Activation of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) has been implicated in neuron apoptosis as well as autophagy in response to various stressors after traumatic brain injury (TBI).However,the underlying molecular pathway remains unclear.Our study assessed whether JNK-mediated p53 phosphorylation might be an important mechanism for enhancing neuron autophagy in response to TBI.Methods A total of 186 male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats (300-350 g) were used in this study.By randomized block method rats were randomly divided into four groups:sham-operated (n=46),TBI (n=60),TBI + dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) (n=40),and TBI + SP600125 (n=40).JNK was treated with SP600125,a specific JNK inhibitor.JNK,p-P53,Beclin-1,damage-regulated autophagy modulator (DRAM) and p-bcl-2 were evaluated by Western blotting analysis.The cellular localization and expression of Beclin-1 and DRAM was observed by immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry,and the expression of Beclin-1-Bcl-2/Bcl-xL complexes was evaluated by immunoprecipitation.Multiple-group comparisons were conducted using analysis of variance (ANOVA).P values of less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant.Results It was observed that the expression of JNK,p-P53,Beclin-1,DRAM and p-bcl-2 was increasing after TBI,and the expression of Beclin-1 and DRAM was mainly located in the cytoplasm of neurons.But these were significantly inhibited in SP600125 group compared with sham group and TBI+SP600125 group (P <0.05).The expression of Beclin-1-Bcl-2/Bcl-xL complexes was reduced after TBI.Conclusion JNK-mediated p53 phosphorylation might be an important mechanism for enhancing neuron autophagy in response to TBI.

  10. Apigenin attenuates dopamine-induced apoptosis in melanocytes via oxidative stress-related p38, c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase and Akt signaling. (United States)

    Lin, Mao; Lu, Shan-Shan; Wang, Ao-Xue; Qi, Xiao-Yi; Zhao, Dan; Wang, Zhao-Hui; Man, Mao-Qiang; Tu, Cai-Xia


    Accumulating evidence suggests that the occurrence of oxidative stress leads to melanocyte degeneration in vitiligo. Elevated level of dopamine (DA), an initiator of oxidative stress, reportedly is found in patients with vitiligo and induces melanocyte death in vitro. DA-treated melanocytes have been used as a model to search for antioxidants for treating vitiligo. We investigated the protective effects of apigenin against DA-induced apoptosis in melanocytes and the molecular mechanism underlying those effects. Melanocytes with or without pretreatment with apigenin were exposed to DA. Then cell viabilities were measured by MTT assay. Cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and the percentage of apoptotic cells were detected by flow cytometry analysis. Activation of caspase 3, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and oxidative stress-related signaling, including p38, c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) and Akt, were assessed by Western blotting. Apigenin attenuated DA-induced apoptotic cell death, relieved ROS accumulation and activated caspase 3 and PARP, suggesting the protective effects of apigenin against DA-induced oxidative stress and apoptosis in melanocytes. Moreover, DA induced phosphorylation of p38, JNK and Akt, while inhibitors of p38, JNK and Akt significantly decreased DA-induced apoptosis. However, pretreatment with apigenin significantly inhibited DA-triggered activation of p38, JNK and Akt, suggesting the involvement of p38, JNK and Akt in the protective effects of apigenin against DA-induced cytotoxicity. These results suggest that apigenin attenuates dopamine-induced apoptosis in melanocytes via oxidative stress-related p38, JNK and Akt signaling and therefore could be a potential agent in treating vitiligo. Copyright © 2011 Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase-dependent upregulation of DR5 mediates cooperative induction of apoptosis by perifosine and TRAIL

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    Chen Georgia Z


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Perifosine, an alkylphospholipid tested in phase II clinical trials, modulates the extrinsic apoptotic pathway and cooperates with tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL to augment apoptosis. The current study focuses on revealing the mechanisms by which perifosine enhances TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Results The combination of perifosine and TRAIL was more active than each single agent alone in inducing apoptosis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells and inhibiting the growth of xenografts. Interestingly, perifosine primarily increased cell surface levels of DR5 although it elevated the expression of both DR4 and DR5. Blockade of DR5, but not DR4 upregulation, via small interfering RNA (siRNA inhibited perifosine/TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Perifosine increased phosphorylated c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK and c-Jun levels, which were paralleled with DR4 and DR5 induction. However, only DR5 upregulaiton induced by perifosine could be abrogated by both the JNK inhibitor SP600125 and JNK siRNA. The antioxidants, N-acetylcysteine and glutathione, but not vitamin C or tiron, inhibited perifosine-induced elevation of p-c-Jun, DR4 and DR5. Moreover, no increased production of reactive oxygen species was detected in perifosine-treated cells although reduced levels of intracellular GSH were measured. Conclusions DR5 induction plays a critical role in mediating perifosine/TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Perifosine induces DR5 expression through a JNK-dependent mechanism independent of reactive oxygen species.

  12. (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate decreases thrombin/paclitaxel-induced endothelial tissue factor expression via the inhibition of c-Jun terminal NH2 kinase phosphorylation

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    Wang, Huang-Joe [Institute of Biotechnology, National Tsing Hua University, No. 101, Section 2, Kuang Fu Road, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, No. 2, Yuh-Der Road, Taichung 40447, Taiwan (China); Lo, Wan-Yu [Department of Medical Research, China Medical University Hospital, No. 2, Yuh-Der Road, Taichung 40447, Taiwan (China); Graduate Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine, China Medical University, No. 91, Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 40402, Taiwan (China); Lu, Te-Ling [School of Pharmacy, China Medical University, No. 91, Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 40402, Taiwan (China); Huang, Haimei, E-mail: [Institute of Biotechnology, National Tsing Hua University, No. 101, Section 2, Kuang Fu Road, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China)


    Patients with paclitaxel-eluting stents are concerned with stent thrombosis caused by premature discontinuation of dual antiplatelet therapy or clopidogrel resistance. This study investigates the effect of (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) on the expression of thrombin/paclitaxel-induced endothelial tissue factor (TF) expressions in human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs). EGCG was nontoxic to HAECs at 6 h up to a concentration of 25 {mu}mol/L. At a concentration of 25 {mu}mol/L, EGCG pretreatment potently inhibited both thrombin-stimulated and thrombin/paclitaxel-stimulated endothelial TF protein expression. Thrombin and thrombin/paclitaxel-induced 2.6-fold and 2.9-fold increases in TF activity compared with the control. EGCG pretreatment caused a 29% and 38% decrease in TF activity on thrombin and thrombin/paclitaxel treatment, respectively. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) showed that thrombin and thrombin/paclitaxel-induced 3.0-fold and 4.6-fold TF mRNA expressions compared with the control. EGCG pretreatment caused an 82% and 72% decrease in TF mRNA expression on thrombin and thrombin/paclitaxel treatment, respectively. The c-Jun terminal NH2 kinase (JNK) inhibitor SP600125 reduced thrombin/paclitaxel-induced TF expression. Furthermore, EGCG significantly inhibited the phosphorylation of JNK to 49% of thrombin/paclitaxel-stimulated HAECs at 60 min. Immunofluorescence assay did not show an inhibitory effect of EGCG on P65 NF-{kappa}B nuclear translocation in the thrombin/paclitaxel-stimulated endothelial cells. In conclusion, EGCG can inhibit TF expression in thrombin/paclitaxel-stimulated endothelial cells via the inhibition of JNK phosphorylation. The unique property of EGCG may be used to develop a new drug-eluting stent by co-coating EGCG and paclitaxel.

  13. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor-associated factor 7 is required for TNFα-induced Jun NH2-terminal kinase activation and promotes cell death by regulating polyubiquitination and lysosomal degradation of c-FLIP protein. (United States)

    Scudiero, Ivan; Zotti, Tiziana; Ferravante, Angela; Vessichelli, Mariangela; Reale, Carla; Masone, Maria C; Leonardi, Antonio; Vito, Pasquale; Stilo, Romania


    The pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α signals both cell survival and death. The biological outcome of TNFα treatment is determined by the balance between survival factors and Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling, which promotes cell death. Here, we show that TRAF7, the most recently identified member of the TNF receptor-associated factors (TRAFs) family of proteins, is essential for activation of JNK following TNFα stimulation. We also show that TRAF6 and TRAF7 promote unconventional polyubiquitination of the anti-apoptotic protein c-FLIP(L) and demonstrate that degradation of c-FLIP(L) also occurs through a lysosomal pathway. RNA interference-mediated depletion of TRAF7 correlates with increased c-FLIP(L) expression level, which, in turn, results in resistance to TNFα cytotoxicity. Collectively, our results indicate an important role for TRAF7 in the activation of JNK following TNFα stimulation and clearly point to an involvement of this protein in regulating the turnover of c-FLIP and, consequently, cell death.

  14. Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Receptor-associated Factor 7 Is Required for TNFα-induced Jun NH2-terminal Kinase Activation and Promotes Cell Death by Regulating Polyubiquitination and Lysosomal Degradation of c-FLIP Protein* (United States)

    Scudiero, Ivan; Zotti, Tiziana; Ferravante, Angela; Vessichelli, Mariangela; Reale, Carla; Masone, Maria C.; Leonardi, Antonio; Vito, Pasquale; Stilo, Romania


    The pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α signals both cell survival and death. The biological outcome of TNFα treatment is determined by the balance between survival factors and Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling, which promotes cell death. Here, we show that TRAF7, the most recently identified member of the TNF receptor-associated factors (TRAFs) family of proteins, is essential for activation of JNK following TNFα stimulation. We also show that TRAF6 and TRAF7 promote unconventional polyubiquitination of the anti-apoptotic protein c-FLIPL and demonstrate that degradation of c-FLIPL also occurs through a lysosomal pathway. RNA interference-mediated depletion of TRAF7 correlates with increased c-FLIPL expression level, which, in turn, results in resistance to TNFα cytotoxicity. Collectively, our results indicate an important role for TRAF7 in the activation of JNK following TNFα stimulation and clearly point to an involvement of this protein in regulating the turnover of c-FLIP and, consequently, cell death. PMID:22219201

  15. Role of the NH2 -terminal fragment of dentin sialophosphoprotein in dentinogenesis. (United States)

    Gibson, Monica P; Liu, Qilin; Zhu, Qinglin; Lu, Yongbo; Jani, Priyam; Wang, Xiaofang; Liu, Ying; Paine, Michael L; Snead, Malcolm L; Feng, Jian Q; Qin, Chunlin


    Dentin sialophosphoprotein (DSPP) is a large precursor protein that is proteolytically processed into a NH2 -terminal fragment [composed of dentin sialoprotein (DSP) and a proteoglycan form (DSP-PG)] and a COOH-terminal fragment [dentin phosphoprotein (DPP)]. In vitro studies indicate that DPP is a strong initiator and regulator of hydroxyapatite crystal formation and growth, but the role(s) of the NH2 -terminal fragment of DSPP (i.e., DSP and DSP-PG) in dentinogenesis remain unclear. This study focuses on the function of the NH2 -terminal fragment of DSPP in dentinogenesis. Here, transgenic (Tg) mouse lines expressing the NH2 -terminal fragment of DSPP driven by a 3.6-kb type I collagen promoter (Col 1a1) were generated and cross-bred with Dspp null mice to obtain mice that express the transgene but lack the endogenous Dspp (Dspp KO/DSP Tg). We found that dentin from the Dspp KO/DSP Tg mice was much thinner, more poorly mineralized, and remarkably disorganized compared with dentin from the Dspp KO mice. The fact that Dspp KO/DSP Tg mice exhibited more severe dentin defects than did the Dspp null mice indicates that the NH2 -terminal fragment of DSPP may inhibit dentin mineralization or may serve as an antagonist against the accelerating action of DPP and serve to prevent predentin from being mineralized too rapidly during dentinogenesis.

  16. Role of NH2-terminal positively charged residues in establishing membrane protein topology. (United States)

    Parks, G D; Lamb, R A


    The paramyxovirus HN polypeptide is a model type II membrane protein, containing an internal uncleaved signal/anchor (S/A) and is oriented in the membrane with an NH2-terminal cytoplasmic domain and COOH-terminal ectodomain (Ncyt topology). To test the role of NH2-terminal positively charged residues in directing the HN membrane topology, the 3 arginine (Arg) residues within the 17-amino-acid NH2-terminal domain were systematically converted to a glutamine or glutamate, and the topology of the mutant proteins was examined after expression in CV-1 cells. The data indicate that: (i) each of the NH2-terminal Arg residues contributes to the signal directing proper HN topology, since substitutions in any of the three positions resulted in approximately 13-23% inversion into the Nexo form; (ii) substitutions in the Arg directly flanking the signal/anchor domain resulted in slightly more inversion than those which were located more distally; and (iii) substitution with a negatively charged glutamate led to more inversion than did replacement with an uncharged glutamine. The effect of a single Arg to Glu substitution on the HN topology was enhanced when present in the context of a truncated NH2-terminal cytoplasmic tail (3 residues). A comparison of the sequences flanking the signal/anchor of well documented type III proteins showed that the majority of these proteins contain a negatively charged residue flanking the NH2-terminal side. An exception to this rule is the NB protein which contains a single positively charged Arg residue in this position. A chimeric protein containing the NB ectodomain and the HN S/A and HN ectodomain lead to a significant fraction (70%) of the chimeric protein adopting type II topology suggesting that the positive charge flanking the S/A domain is important for establishing type II topology. These data are discussed in the context of the loop model for the biogenesis of integral membrane proteins and the possible signals necessary for

  17. The human receptor for urokinase plasminogen activator. NH2-terminal amino acid sequence and glycosylation variants

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    Behrendt, N; Rønne, E; Ploug, M;


    -PA. The purified protein shows a single 55-60 kDa band after sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and silver staining. It is a heavily glycosylated protein, the deglycosylated polypeptide chain comprising only 35 kDa. The glycosylated protein contains N-acetyl-D-glucosamine and sialic acid......, but no N-acetyl-D-galactosamine. Glycosylation is responsible for substantial heterogeneity in the receptor on phorbol ester-stimulated U937 cells, and also for molecular weight variations among various cell lines. The amino acid composition and the NH2-terminal amino acid sequence are reported....... The protein has a high content of cysteine residues. The NH2-terminal sequence is not closely related to any known sequence. The identification of the purified and sequenced protein with the human u-PA receptor is based on the following findings: 1) the ability of the purified protein to bind u-PA and its...

  18. Immunohistochemical localization of the NH(2)-terminal and COOH-terminal fragments of dentin sialoprotein in mouse teeth. (United States)

    Yuan, Guohua; Yang, Guobin; Song, Guangtai; Chen, Zhi; Chen, Shuo


    Dentin sialoprotein (DSP) is a major non-collagenous protein in dentin. Mutation studies in human, along with gene knockout and transgenic experiments in mice, have confirmed the critical role of DSP for dentin formation. Our previous study reported that DSP is processed into fragments in mouse odontoblast-like cells. In order to gain insights into the function of DSP fragments, we further evaluated the expression pattern of DSP in the mouse odontoblast-like cells using immunohistochemistry and western blot assay with antibodies against the NH(2)-terminal and COOH-terminal regions of DSP. Then, the distribution profiles of the DSP NH(2)-terminal and COOH-terminal fragments and osteopontin (OPN) were investigated in mouse teeth at different ages by immunohistochemistry. In the odontoblast-like cells, multiple low molecular weight DSP fragments were detected, suggesting that part of the DSP protein was processed in the odontoblast-like cells. In mouse first lower molars, immunoreactions for anti-DSP-NH(2) antibody were intense in the predentin matrix but weak in mineralized dentin; in contrast, for anti-DSP-COOH antibody, strong immunoreactions were found in mineralized dentin, in particular dentinal tubules but weak in predentin. Therefore, DSP NH(2)-terminal and COOH-terminal fragments from odontoblasts were secreted to different parts of teeth, suggesting that they may play distinct roles in dentinogenesis. Meanwhile, both DSP antibodies showed weak staining in reactionary dentin (RD), whereas osteopontin (OPN) was clearly positive in RD. Therefore, DSP may be less crucial for RD formation than OPN.

  19. Dual inhibitory roles of geldanamycin on the c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase 3 signal pathway through suppressing the expression of mixed-lineage kinase 3 and attenuating the activation of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 via facilitating the activation of Akt in ischemic brain injury. (United States)

    Wen, X-R; Li, C; Zong, Y-Y; Yu, C-Z; Xu, J; Han, D; Zhang, G-Y


    It is well documented that heat-shock protein (hsp90) plays an essential role in maintaining stability and activity of its clients. Recent studies have shown that geldanamycin (GA), an inhibitor of hsp90, could decrease the protein of mixed-lineage kinase (MLK) 3 and activate Akt; our previous research documented that MLK3 and Akt and subsequent c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) were involved in neuronal cell death in ischemic brain injury. Here, we investigated whether GA could decrease the protein of MLK3 and activate Akt in rat four-vessel occlusion ischemic model. Our results showed that global cerebral ischemia followed by reperfusion could enhance the association of hsp90 with MLK3, the association of hsp90 with Src, and JNK3 activation. As a result, GA decreased the protein of MLK3 and down-regulated JNK activation. On the other hand, Src kinase was activated and phosphorylated Cbl, which then recruited the p85 subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI-3K), resulting in PI-3K activation, and as a consequence increased Akt activation, which inhibited ASK1 activation and down-regulated JNK3 activation. In summary, our results indicated that GA showed a dual inhibitory role on JNK3 activation and exerted strong neuroprotection in vivo and in vitro, which provides a new possible approach for stroke therapy.

  20. The NH2-terminal and COOH-terminal fragments of dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) localize differently in the compartments of dentin and growth plate of bone. (United States)

    Maciejewska, Izabela; Cowan, Cameron; Svoboda, Kathy; Butler, William T; D'Souza, Rena; Qin, Chunlin


    Multiple studies have shown that dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) is essential for bone and dentin mineralization. After post-translational proteolytic cleavage, DMP1 exists within the extracellular matrix of bone and dentin as an NH2-terminal fragment, a COOH-terminal fragment, and the proteoglycan form of the NH2-terminal fragment (DMP1-PG). To begin to assess the biological function of each fragment, we evaluated the distribution of both fragments in the rat tooth and bone using antibodies specific to the NH2-terminal and COOH-terminal regions of DMP1 and confocal microscopy. In rat first molar organs, the NH2-terminal fragment localized to predentin, whereas the COOH-terminal fragment was mainly restricted to mineralized dentin. In the growth plate of bone, the NH2-terminal fragment appeared in the proliferation and hypertrophic zones, whereas the COOH-terminal fragment occupied the ossification zone. Forster resonance energy transfer analysis showed colocalization of both fragments of DMP1 in odontoblasts and predentin, as well as hypertrophic chondrocytes within the growth plates of bone. The biochemical analysis of bovine teeth showed that predentin is rich in DMP1-PG, whereas mineralized dentin primarily contains the COOH-terminal fragment. We conclude that the differential patterns of expression of NH2-terminal and COOH-terminal fragments of DMP1 reflect their potentially distinct roles in the biomineralization of dentin and bone matrices.

  1. Increased phosphorylation of skeletal muscle glycogen synthase at NH2-terminal sites during physiological hyperinsulinemia in type 2 diabetes

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    Højlund, Kurt; Staehr, Peter; Hansen, Bo Falck;


    In type 2 diabetes, insulin activation of muscle glycogen synthase (GS) is impaired. This defect plays a major role for the development of insulin resistance and hyperglycemia. In animal muscle, insulin activates GS by reducing phosphorylation at both NH(2)- and COOH-terminal sites, but the mecha...

  2. Modulation of c-Jun NH2-Terminal (JNK) by Cholinergic Autoantibodies from Patients with Sjögren’s Syndrome


    Borda, Enri Santiago; Passafaro, Daniela; Reina, Silvia; Sterin Borda, Leonor


    Background: We wanted to determine (via an immunopharmacological approach) whether the c-Jun NH2 terminal kinase (JNK) cascade is phosphorylated in the submandibular gland by carbachol and cholinergic autoantibodies (IgG) present in the sera of patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS) by interaction and activation of salivary gland muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs). Methods: The JNK, PGE2 and NOS assays were measured in rat sub- mandibular gland with pSS IgG and carbachol alon...

  3. NH2-terminal cleavage of xenopus fibroblast growth factor 3 is necessary for optimal biological activity and receptor binding. (United States)

    Antoine, M; Daum, M; Köhl, R; Blecken, V; Close, M J; Peters, G; Kiefer, P


    Fibroblast growth factor 3 (FGF3) was originally identified as the mouse proto-oncogene Int-2, which is activated by proviral insertion in tumors induced by mouse mammary tumor virus. To facilitate the biological characterization of the ligand, we have analyzed its homologue in Xenopus laevis, XFGF3. Here we confirm that the X. laevis genome contains two distinct FGF3 alleles, neither of which is capable of encoding the NH2-terminally extended forms specified by the mouse and human FGF3 genes. Unlike the mammalian proteins, XFGF3 is efficiently secreted as a Mr 31,000 glycoprotein, gp31, which undergoes proteolytic cleavage to produce an NH2-terminally truncated product, gp27. Processing removes a segment of 18 amino acids immediately distal to the signal peptide that is not present in the mammalian homologues. By inserting an epitope-tag adjacent to the cleavage site, we show that a substantial amount of the gp27 is generated intracellularly, although processing can also occur in the extracellular matrix. Two residues are also removed from the COOH terminus. To compare the biological properties of the different forms, cDNAs were constructed that selectively give rise to the larger, gp31, or smaller, gp27, forms of XFGF3. As judged by their ability to cause morphological transformation of NIH3T3 cells, their mitogenicity on specific cell types, and their affinity for the IIIb and IIIc isoforms of Xenopus FGF receptors, gp27 has a much higher biological activity than gp31. Sequence comparison revealed an intriguing similar cleavage motif immediately downstream of the signal peptide cleavage site in the NH2-terminus of mouse and human FGF3. Analysis of secreted mutant mouse FGF3 confirmed an additional NH2-terminal processing at the corresponding sequence motif. NH2-terminal trimming of Xenopus and mammalian FGF3s may therefore be a prerequisite of optimal biological activity.

  4. An anti-NH2-terminal antibody localizes NBCn1 to heart endothelia and skeletal and vascular smooth muscle cells

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    Damkier, Helle Hasager; Nielsen, Søren; Prætorius, Jeppe


    plexus. The anti-NH2-terminal antibody localized NBCn1 to the plasma membrane domains of endothelia and smooth muscle cells in small mesenteric and renal arteries, as well as the capillaries of the heart ventricles, spleen, and salivary glands. NBCn1 was also detected in neuromuscular junctions...... the development of the NH2-terminal antibody allowed the localization of NBCn1 protein to major cardiovascular tissues where NBCn1 mRNA was previously detected. The NBCn1 is a likely candidate for mediating the reported electroneutral Na+-HCO3(-) cotransport in vascular smooth muscle.......The electroneutral sodium bicarbonate cotransporter NBCn1 or NBC3 was originally cloned from rat aorta and from human skeletal muscle. NBCn1 (or NBC3) has been localized to the basolateral membrane of various epithelia, but thus far it has been impossible to detect the protein in these tissues...

  5. An anti-NH2-terminal antibody localizes NBCn1 to heart endothelia and skeletal and vascular smooth muscle cells

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    Damkier, Helle Hasager; Nielsen, Søren; Prætorius, Jeppe


    The electroneutral sodium bicarbonate cotransporter NBCn1 or NBC3 was originally cloned from rat aorta and from human skeletal muscle. NBCn1 (or NBC3) has been localized to the basolateral membrane of various epithelia, but thus far it has been impossible to detect the protein in these tissues...... by using anti-COOH-terminal antibodies. Hence an antibody was developed against the NH2-terminus of NBCn1 and was validated by peptide recognition and immunoblotting on positive control tissues and by binding of an approximately 180-kDa protein in the rat kidney, cerebrum, cerebellum, and duodenum...... plexus. The anti-NH2-terminal antibody localized NBCn1 to the plasma membrane domains of endothelia and smooth muscle cells in small mesenteric and renal arteries, as well as the capillaries of the heart ventricles, spleen, and salivary glands. NBCn1 was also detected in neuromuscular junctions...

  6. Effect of single amino acid replacements on the thermal stability of the NH2-terminal domain of phage lambda repressor.



    The thermal stabilities of mutant phage lambda repressors that have single amino acid replacements in the NH2-terminal domain have been studied by means of circular dichroism and differential scanning calorimetry. The variations in stability determined by these physical methods correlate with the resistance to proteolysis at various temperatures and can be compared with the temperature-sensitive activity of the mutants in vivo. In general, mutant proteins bearing solvent-exposed substitutions...

  7. Effect of single amino acid replacements on the thermal stability of the NH2-terminal domain of phage lambda repressor. (United States)

    Hecht, M H; Sturtevant, J M; Sauer, R T


    The thermal stabilities of mutant phage lambda repressors that have single amino acid replacements in the NH2-terminal domain have been studied by means of circular dichroism and differential scanning calorimetry. The variations in stability determined by these physical methods correlate with the resistance to proteolysis at various temperatures and can be compared with the temperature-sensitive activity of the mutants in vivo. In general, mutant proteins bearing solvent-exposed substitutions have thermal stabilities identical to wild type, whereas buried substitutions reduce stability. In one case, a single amino acid replacement increases the thermal stability of the repressor.

  8. Cumene hydroperoxide-supported demethylation reactions catalyzed by cytochrome P450 2B4 lacking the NH2-terminal sequence. (United States)

    Zhang, Y; Pernecky, S J


    Catalytic activities of cytochrome P450 2B4 lacking NH2-terminal amino acids 2-27 (wt Delta2B4) and that of truncated 2B4 containing a Pro to Ser mutation at position 221 were examined in a system supported by cumene hydroperoxide. Demethylation activities of either truncated 2B4 with N-methylaniline, N,N-dimethylaniline, and d-benzphetamine were lower than those of liver microsomal 2B4, whereas the rate of 1-phenylethanol oxidation to acetophenone catalyzed by liver microsomal and truncated 2B4 enzymes was nearly the same. The Km and Vmax values for cumene hydroperoxide in the demethylation of N-methylaniline by wt Delta2B4 were 20% and 28%, respectively, of those obtained for 2B4. The reaction with wt Delta2B4 displayed a lesser dependence on phospholipid than did that with 2B4, and a complex relationship between activity and substrate concentration. The results suggest that the NH2-terminal region contributes to interaction of oxidant, substrate, and phospholipid in cumene hydroperoxide-supported reactions catalyzed by cytochrome P450 2B4.

  9. A novel, testis-specific mRNA transcript encoding an NH2-terminal truncated nitric-oxide synthase. (United States)

    Wang, Y; Goligorsky, M S; Lin, M; Wilcox, J N; Marsden, P A


    mRNA diversity represents a major theme of neuronal nitric-oxide synthase (nNOS) gene expression in somatic cells/tissues. Given that gonads often express unique and biologically informative variants of complex genes, we determined whether unique variants of nNOS are expressed in the testis. Analysis of cDNA clones isolated from human testis identified a novel, testis-specific nNOS (TnNOS) mRNA transcript. A predicted 3294-base pair open reading frame encodes an NH2-terminal truncated protein of 1098 amino acids. Measurement of calcium-activated L-[14C]citrulline formation and nitric oxide release in CHO-K1 cells stably transfected with the TnNOS cDNA indicates that this protein is a calcium-dependent nitric-oxide synthase with catalytic activity comparable to that of full-length nNOS. TnNOS transcripts exhibit novel 5' mRNA sequences encoded by two unique exons spliced to exon 4 of the full-length nNOS. Characterization of the genomic structure indicates that exonic regions used by the novel TnNOS are expressed from intron 3 of the NOS1 gene. Although lacking canonical TATA and CAAT boxes, the 5'-flanking region of the TnNOS exon 1 contains multiple putative cis-regulatory elements including those implicated in testis-specific gene expression. The downstream promoter of the human nNOS gene, which directs testis-specific expression of a novel NH2-terminal truncated nitric-oxide synthase, represents the first reported example in the NOS gene family of transcriptional diversity producing a variant NOS protein.

  10. Synthesis of analogues of the Des-Phe-NH2 C-terminal hexapeptide of cholecystokinin showing gastrin antagonist activity. (United States)

    Laur, J; Rodriguez, M; Aumelas, A; Bali, J P; Martinez, J


    Four analogues of Z-CCK-27-32-NH2, Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Met-Gly-Trp-Met-Asp-NH2, a cholecystokinin receptor antagonist have been synthesized by solution methodology. In these analogues, Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Nle-Gly-Trp-Met-Asp-NH2 16, Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Nle-Gly-Trp-Nle-Asp-NH2 17, BOC-Tyr(SO3-)-Met-Gly-Trp-Met-Asp-NH2 24 and Boc-Tyr(SO3-)-Met-Gly-Trp-Nle-Asp-NH2 25 methionyl residues were replaced by norleucyl residues. Preliminary biological activity on gastrin-induced acid secretion, in rat, are reported. These derivatives proved to antagonize the action of gastrin, with ED 50 of between 0.5 and 3 mg/kg.

  11. NH2-terminal truncations of cardiac troponin I and cardiac troponin T produce distinct effects on contractility and calcium homeostasis in adult cardiomyocytes (United States)

    Wei, Hongguang


    Cardiac troponin I (TnI) has an NH2-terminal extension that is an adult heart-specific regulatory structure. Restrictive proteolytic truncation of the NH2-terminal extension of cardiac TnI occurs in normal hearts and is upregulated in cardiac adaptation to hemodynamic stress or β-adrenergic deficiency. NH2-terminal truncated cardiac TnI (cTnI-ND) alters the conformation of the core structure of cardiac TnI similarly to that produced by PKA phosphorylation of Ser23/24 in the NH2-terminal extension. At organ level, cTnI-ND enhances ventricular diastolic function. The NH2-terminal region of cardiac troponin T (TnT) is another regulatory structure that can be selectively cleaved via restrictive proteolysis. Structural variations in the NH2-terminal region of TnT also alter the molecular conformation and function. Transgenic mouse hearts expressing NH2-terminal truncated cardiac TnT (cTnT-ND) showed slower contractile velocity to prolong ventricular rapid-ejection time, resulting in higher stroke volume. Our present study compared the effects of cTnI-ND and cTnT-ND in cardiomyocytes isolated from transgenic mice on cellular morphology, contractility, and calcium kinetics. Resting cTnI-ND, but not cTnT-ND, cardiomyocytes had shorter length than wild-type cells with no change in sarcomere length. cTnI-ND, but not cTnT-ND, cardiomyocytes produced higher contractile amplitude and faster shortening and relengthening velocities in the absence of external load than wild-type controls. Although the baseline and peak levels of cytosolic Ca2+ were not changed, Ca2+ resequestration was faster in both cTnI-ND and cTnT-ND cardiomyocytes than in wild-type control. The distinct effects of cTnI-ND and cTnT-ND demonstrate their roles in selectively modulating diastolic or systolic functions of the heart. PMID:25518962

  12. Tumor-associated NH2-terminal fragments are the most stable part of the adenomatous polyposis coli protein and can be regulated by interactions with COOH-terminal domains. (United States)

    Li, Zhuoyu; Näthke, Inke S


    Truncation mutations in the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene are responsible for familial and sporadic colorectal cancer. APC is a large, multifunctional protein involved in cell migration, proliferation, and differentiation. Dominant effects that have been attributed to the NH2-terminal fragments of APC expressed in tumors may result from loss of functions due to lack of COOH-terminal regions or gain of functions due to fewer regulatory interactions. Resolving this issue and determining how structural changes contribute to the multiple functions of the APC protein requires knowledge about the structural organization of the APC molecule. To this end, we used limited proteolysis to distinguish regions of the molecule with limited structure from those that form well-folded domains. We discovered that the NH2-terminal region of APC was most resistant to proteolytic degradation, whereas middle and COOH-terminal regions were significantly more sensitive. Binding of APC to microtubules protected COOH-terminal regions of APC against proteolysis, consistent with the idea that this region of the molecule becomes ordered when bound to microtubules. Furthermore, interactions between the NH2- and COOH-terminal domains of APC were identified in vitro and in vivo, suggesting that NH2-terminal fragments of APC may be regulated by interactions with COOH-terminal domains. Indeed, expressing COOH-terminal APC fragments in tumor cells resulted in changes in the protein interactions of endogenous NH2-terminal fragments in these cells. Thus, the dominant function of NH2-terminal APC fragments found in tumor cells could be explained by loss of this regulation in tumors where COOH-terminal domains are missing.

  13. Akt2 influences glycogen synthase activity in human skeletal muscle through regulation of NH2-terminal (sites 2+2a) phosphorylation

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    Friedrichsen, Martin; Birk, Jesper Bratz; Richter, Erik;


    was positively associated with pAkt-T308 (P=0.01) and Akt2 activity (P=0.04), but not pAkt-S473 or IRS-1-PI3K activity. Furthermore, pAkt-T308 and Akt2 activity were negatively associated with NH(2)-terminal GS phosphorylation (P=0.001 for both), which in turn was negatively associated with insulin-stimulated GS...

  14. Peptide affinity analysis of proteins that bind to an unstructured NH2-terminal region of the osmoprotective transcription factor NFAT5. (United States)

    DuMond, Jenna F; Ramkissoon, Kevin; Zhang, Xue; Izumi, Yuichiro; Wang, Xujing; Eguchi, Koji; Gao, Shouguo; Mukoyama, Masashi; Burg, Maurice B; Ferraris, Joan D


    NFAT5 is an osmoregulated transcription factor that particularly increases expression of genes involved in protection against hypertonicity. Transcription factors often contain unstructured regions that bind co-regulatory proteins that are crucial for their function. The NH2-terminal region of NFAT5 contains regions predicted to be intrinsically disordered. We used peptide aptamer-based affinity chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry to identify protein preys pulled down by one or more overlapping 20 amino acid peptide baits within a predicted NH2-terminal unstructured region of NFAT5. We identify a total of 467 unique protein preys that associate with at least one NH2-terminal peptide bait from NFAT5 in either cytoplasmic or nuclear extracts from HEK293 cells treated with elevated, normal, or reduced NaCl concentrations. Different sets of proteins are pulled down from nuclear vs. cytoplasmic extracts. We used GeneCards to ascertain known functions of the protein preys. The protein preys include many that were previously known, but also many novel ones. Consideration of the novel ones suggests many aspects of NFAT5 regulation, interaction and function that were not previously appreciated, for example, hypertonicity inhibits NFAT5 by sumoylating it and the NFAT5 protein preys include components of the CHTOP complex that desumoylate proteins, an action that should contribute to activation of NFAT5.

  15. Rabbit pulmonary angiotensin-converting enzyme: the NH2-terminal fragment with enzymatic activity and its formation from the native enzyme by NH4OH treatment. (United States)

    Iwata, K; Blacher, R; Soffer, R L; Lai, C Y


    The NH2-terminal sequence of 22 residues of rabbit lung angiotensin-converting enzyme has been determined as (NH2)Thr-Leu-Asp-Pro-Gly-Leu-Leu-Pro-Gly-Asp-Phe-Ala -Ala-Asp-Asn-Ala-Gly-Ala-Arg-Leu-Phe-Ala-. In the course of purification of the enzyme for structural analysis a protein of Mr = 82,000 with angiotensin-converting activity was separated from the major fraction containing the native enzyme (Mr = 140,000). This low-molecular-weight enzyme catalyzed the hydrolysis of the synthetic substrate Hip-His-Leu at a rate 23% of that with the native enzyme, and exhibited a similar Km value as well as behaviors towards various effectors of angiotensin-converting enzyme. Edman degradation of both the native and the 82K enzymes revealed that they contain identical amino acid sequences from the NH2-termini. This result and those of peptide mapping and carbohydrate and amino acid analyses indicate that the 82K enzyme is a fragment derived from the NH2-terminal portion of the native enzyme, and hence contains its catalytic site. Evidence has been obtained indicating that the active fragment was formed from the native enzyme during its elution from the antibody-affinity column with NH4OH: on treatment of the native enzyme (140K Mr) with 1 N NH4OH at room temperature, a cleavage occurred and two proteins with Mr = 82K and Mr = 62K were obtained. The 82K Mr fragment was found to be enzymatically active and to contain the same NH2-terminal sequence as the native enzyme. The other fragment (62K Mr) was devoid of the activity and was shown to derive from the COOH-terminal portion of the native enzyme by the peptide mapping and terminal analyses. Cleavage of a peptide bond with NH4OH is unusual and appears to be specific for the native angiotensin-converting enzyme from rabbit lung.

  16. Human blood contains both the uncleaved precursor of anti-Mullerian hormone and a complex of the NH2- and COOH-terminal peptides. (United States)

    Pankhurst, Michael W; McLennan, Ian S


    Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in blood is a marker of ovarian status in women and the presence of cryptic testes in babies. Despite this, the molecular form of AMH in blood has not been verified. AMH is synthesized as an inert proprotein precursor (proAMH), which can be cleaved to yield NH2-terminal (AMHN) and COOH-terminal (AMHC) fragments, that can complex noncovalently (AMHN,C). Developing males have 10-fold more AMH than young adults. We report here that human blood is a mixture of inactive proAMH and receptor-binding AMHN,C. The AMH in the blood of boys, men, and premenopausal women was immunoprecipitated using antibodies to the NH2- and COOH-terminal peptides. The precipitated proteins were then analyzed by Western blots, using recombinant proteins as markers. The glycosylation status of AMH was verified using deglycosylating enzymes. The NH2-terminal antibody precipitated a major protein that migrated alongside rhproAMH and was detected by anti-AMHN and anti-AMHC. This antibody also precipitated significant levels of AMHN and AMHC from all participants. Antibodies specific to AMHC precipitated rhAMHC but did not precipitate AMHC from human blood. Hence, all the AMHC in human blood appears to be bound to AMHN. Both AMHN and proAMH were glycosylated, independent of age and sex. In conclusion, boys and young adults have the same form of AMH, with a significant proportion being the inactive precursor. This raises the possibility that the endocrine functions of AMH are partly controlled by its cleavage in the target organ. The presence of proAMH in blood may confound the use of AMH for diagnosis.

  17. The NH2-terminal php domain of the alpha subunit of the Escherichia coli replicase binds the epsilon proofreading subunit. (United States)

    Wieczorek, Anna; McHenry, Charles S


    The alpha subunit of the replicase of all bacteria contains a php domain, initially identified by its similarity to histidinol phosphatase but of otherwise unknown function (Aravind, L., and Koonin, E. V. (1998) Nucleic Acids Res. 26, 3746-3752). Deletion of 60 residues from the NH2 terminus of the alpha php domain destroys epsilon binding. The minimal 255-residue php domain, estimated by sequence alignment with homolog YcdX, is insufficient for epsilon binding. However, a 320-residue segment including sequences that immediately precede the polymerase domain binds epsilon with the same affinity as the 1160-residue full-length alpha subunit. A subset of mutations of a conserved acidic residue (Asp43 in Escherichia coli alpha) present in the php domain of all bacterial replicases resulted in defects in epsilon binding. Using sequence alignments, we show that the prototypical gram+ Pol C, which contains the polymerase and proofreading activities within the same polypeptide chain, has an epsilon-like sequence inserted in a surface loop near the center of the homologous YcdX protein. These findings suggest that the php domain serves as a platform to enable coordination of proofreading and polymerase activities during chromosomal replication.

  18. Post-translational processing of surfactant protein-C proprotein: targeting motifs in the NH(2)-terminal flanking domain are cleaved in late compartments. (United States)

    Johnson, A L; Braidotti, P; Pietra, G G; Russo, S J; Kabore, A; Wang, W J; Beers, M F


    Rat surfactant protein (SP)-C is a 3.7-kD hydrophobic lung-specific protein generated from proteolytic processing of a 21-kD propeptide (SP-C(21)). We have demonstrated that initial post-translational processing of SP-C(21) involves two cleavages of the COOH-terminus (Beers and colleagues, J. Biol. Chem. 1994;269:20,318--20,328). The goal of the current study was to define processing and function of the NH(2)-terminal flanking domain. Epitope-specific antisera directed against spatially distinct regions of the NH(2) terminus, NPROSP-C(2-9) (epitope = D(2)-L(9)) and NPROSP-C(11-23) (= E(11)-Q(23)) were produced. By Western blotting, both antisera identified SP-C(21) in microsomes. A 6-kD form (SP-C(6)), enriched in lamellar bodies (LBs), was detected only by NPROSP-C(11-23) and not extractable with NaCO(3) treatment. Immunogold staining of ultrathin lung sections with NPROSP-C(11-23) identified proSP-C in both multivesicular bodies (mvb) and LBs whereas NPROSP-C(2-9) labeled only mvb. (35)S-pulse chase analysis demonstrated synthesis of SP-C(21) and three intermediate forms (SP-C(16), SP-C(7), and SP-C(6)). Complete processing involved four separate cleavages with a precursor- product relationship between the low molecular weight forms SP-C(7) and SP-C(6). Fluorescence microscopy of A549 cells expressing fusion proteins of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) and proSP-C NH(2)-terminal deletion mutants showed targeting of EGFP/SP-C(1-194) and EGFP/SP-C(10-194) to early endosomal antigen-1-negative, CD-63-positive cytoplasmic vesicles whereas EGFP/SP-C(19-194), EGFP/SP-C(Delta 10-18), and EGFP/SP-C(24-194) were restricted to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We conclude that synthetic processing includes a previously unrecognized cleavage of the proximal NH(2) terminus (M(1)-L(9)), which occurs after removal of COOH-flanking domains (H(59)-I(194)) but before packaging in LBs, and that the region M(10)-T(18) is required for targeting of proSP-C to post-ER vesicular

  19. Dysregulation of glycogen synthase COOH- and NH2-terminal phosphorylation by insulin in obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Højlund, Kurt; Birk, Jesper Bratz; Klein, Ditte Kjærsgaard


    . The exaggerated insulin resistance in T2DM compared with obese subjects was not reflected by differences in site 3 phosphorylation but was accompanied by a significantly higher site 1b phosphorylation during insulin stimulation. Hyperphosphorylation of another Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent kinase-II target......Context: Insulin-stimulated glucose disposal is impaired in obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and is tightly linked to impaired skeletal muscle glucose uptake and storage. Impaired activation of glycogen synthase (GS) by insulin is a well-established defect in both obesity and T2DM......, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Design and Participants: Insulin action was investigated in a matched cohort of lean healthy, obese nondiabetic, and obese type 2 diabetic subjects by the euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp technique combined with muscle biopsies. Activity, site-specific phosphorylation...

  20. Functional characterization of skeletal F-actin labeled on the NH2-terminal segment of residues 1-28. (United States)

    Bertrand, R; Chaussepied, P; Audemard, E; Kassab, R


    Rabbit skeletal alpha-actin was covalently labeled in the filamentous state by the fluorescent nucleophile, N-(5-sulfo-1-naphthyl)ethylenediamine (EDANS) in the presence of the carboxyl group activator 1-(3-dimethyl-aminopropyl)-3-ethylcarbodiimide (EDC). The coupling reaction was continued until the incorporation of nearly 1 mol EDANS/mol actin. After limited proteolytic digestion of the labeled protein and chromatographic identification of the EDANS-peptides, about 80% of the attached fluorophore was found on the actin segment of residues 1-28, most probably within the N-terminal acidic region of residues 1-7. A minor labeling site was located on the segment that consists of residues 40-113. No label was incorporated into the COOH-terminal moiety consisting of residues 113-375. The isolated EDANS-G-actin undergoes polymerization in the presence of salts but at a rate significantly greater than unlabeled actin. The EDANS-F-actin could be complexed to skeletal chymotryptic myosin subfragment 1 (S-1) and to tropomyosin. The complex formed between EDANS-F-actin and S-1 could not be further crosslinked by EDC but the two proteins were readily joined by glutaraldehyde as observed for native actin-S-1, suggesting that the EDANS-substituted carboxyl site is also involved in the EDC crosslinking of native actin to S-1. Moreover, the EDANS labeling of F-actin resulted in a 20-fold increase in the Km of the actin-activated Mg2+.ATPase of S-1. Thus, this labeling, while it did not much affect the rigor actin-S-1 interaction, changes the actin binding to the S-1-nucleotide complexes significantly. The selective introduction of a variety of spectral probes, like EDANS, or other classes of fluorophores, on the N-terminal region of actin, through the reported carbodiimide coupling reaction, would provide several different derivatives valuable for assessing the functional role of the negatively charged N-terminus of actin during its interaction with myosin and other actin


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    Gang Li; Qing-bo Yan; Liang-ming Wei


    Objective To explore the role of serum fibrotic indices including hyaluronic acid (HA), procollagen type ⅢNH2-terminal peptide (PCⅢP), and laminin (LN) in assessing the severity of myocardial fibrosis in chronic congestive heart failure (CHF).Methods Serum levels of HA, PCⅢP, and LN in 39 patients with CHF [ 14 with New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class Ⅱ, 21 with class Ⅲ, 4 with class Ⅳ] and in 46 patients with NYHA functional class Ⅰ were assessed by radioimmunoassay.Results The serum concentrations of HA, PCⅢP, and LN were 359.75 ± 84. 59 μg/L, 77.88±24. 67μg/L,86.73±23.90 μg/L in CHF group, and 211.60±54. 80μg/L, 64.82±23.99 μg/L, 82.26±23.98μg/L in NYHA functional class Ⅰ group, respectively. The HA level was significantly higher in CHF patients as compared with NYHA functional class Ⅰ group (P<0.05 ). However, no difference was found in the levels of PCⅢP and LN between CHF group and NYHA functional class Ⅰ group. The serum HA concentration was negatively correlated with left ventricular ejection fraction (r=-0.71, P<0.05 ).Conclusion Serum HA level may act as an indicator for myocardial fibrosis.

  2. Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum TP0136 protein is heterogeneous among isolates and binds cellular and plasma fibronectin via its NH2-terminal end. (United States)

    Ke, Wujian; Molini, Barbara J; Lukehart, Sheila A; Giacani, Lorenzo


    Adherence-mediated colonization plays an important role in pathogenesis of microbial infections, particularly those caused by extracellular pathogens responsible for systemic diseases, such as Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum (T. pallidum), the agent of syphilis. Among T. pallidum adhesins, TP0136 is known to bind fibronectin (Fn), an important constituent of the host extracellular matrix. To deepen our understanding of the TP0136-Fn interaction dynamics, we used two naturally-occurring sequence variants of the TP0136 protein to investigate which region of the protein is responsible for Fn binding, and whether TP0136 would adhere to human cellular Fn in addition to plasma Fn and super Fn as previously reported. Fn binding assays were performed with recombinant proteins representing the two full-length TP0136 variants and their discrete regions. As a complementary approach, we tested inhibition of T. pallidum binding to Fn by recombinant full-length TP0136 proteins and fragments, as well as by anti-TP0136 immune sera. Our results show that TP0136 adheres more efficiently to cellular Fn than to plasma Fn, that the TP0136 NH2-terminal conserved region of the protein is primarily responsible for binding to plasma Fn but that binding sites for cellular Fn are also present in the protein's central and COOH-terminal regions. Additionally, message quantification studies show that tp0136 is highly transcribed during experimental infection, and that its message level increases in parallel to the host immune pressure on the pathogen, which suggests a possible role for this protein in T. pallidum persistence. In a time where syphilis incidence is high, our data will help in the quest to identify suitable targets for development of a much needed vaccine against this important disease.

  3. Roles of conserved residues within the pre-NH2-terminal domain of herpes simplex virus 1 DNA polymerase in replication and latency in mice. (United States)

    Terrell, Shariya L; Pesola, Jean M; Coen, Donald M


    The catalytic subunit of the herpes simplex virus 1 DNA polymerase (HSV-1 Pol) is essential for viral DNA synthesis and production of infectious virus in cell culture. While mutations that affect 5'-3' polymerase activity have been evaluated in animal models of HSV-1 infection, mutations that affect other functions of HSV-1 Pol have not. In a previous report, we utilized bacterial artificial chromosome technology to generate defined HSV-1 pol mutants with lesions in the previously uncharacterized pre-NH2-terminal domain. We found that the extreme N-terminal 42 residues (deletion mutant polΔN43) were dispensable for replication in cell culture, while residues 44-49 (alanine-substitution mutant polA6) were required for efficient viral DNA synthesis and production of infectious virus. In this study, we sought to address the importance of these conserved elements in viral replication in a mouse corneal infection model. Mutant virus polΔN43 exhibited no meaningful defect in acute or latent infection despite strong conservation of residues 1-42 with HSV-2 Pol. The polA6 mutation caused a modest defect in replication at the site of inoculation, and was severely impaired for ganglionic replication, even at high inocula that permitted efficient corneal replication. Additionally, the polA6 mutation resulted in reduced latency establishment and subsequent reactivation. Moreover, we found that the polA6 replication defect in cultured cells was exacerbated in resting cells as compared to dividing cells. These results reveal an important role for the conserved motif at residues 44-49 of HSV-1 Pol for ganglionic viral replication.

  4. Isolation of L-3-phenyllactyl-Leu-Arg-Asn-NH2 (Antho-RNamide), a sea anemone neuropeptide containing an unusual amino-terminal blocking group

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    Grimmelikhuijzen, C J; Rinehart, K L; Jacob, E


    -phenyllactyl-Leu-Arg-Asn-NH2. By using reversed-phase HPLC and a chiral mobile phase, it was shown that the 3-phenyllactyl group had the L configuration. Immunocytochemical staining with antiserum against Arg-Asn-NH2 showed that L-3-phenyllactyl-Leu-Arg-Asn-NH2 (Antho-RNamide) was localized in neurons of sea...... anemones. The L-3-phenyllactyl group has not been found earlier in neuropeptides of vertebrates or higher invertebrates. We propose that this residue renders Antho-RNamide resistant to nonspecific aminopeptidases, thereby increasing the stability of the peptide after neuronal release....

  5. Mapping of the Neisseria meningitidis NadA Cell-Binding Site: Relevance of Predicted α-Helices in the NH2-Terminal and Dimeric Coiled-Coil Regions▿ (United States)

    Tavano, Regina; Capecchi, Barbara; Montanari, Paolo; Franzoso, Susanna; Marin, Oriano; Sztukowska, Maryta; Cecchini, Paola; Segat, Daniela; Scarselli, Maria; Aricò, Beatrice; Papini, Emanuele


    NadA is a trimeric autotransporter protein of Neisseria meningitidis belonging to the group of oligomeric coiled-coil adhesins. It is implicated in the colonization of the human upper respiratory tract by hypervirulent serogroup B N. meningitidis strains and is part of a multiantigen anti-serogroup B vaccine. Structure prediction indicates that NadA is made by a COOH-terminal membrane anchor (also necessary for autotranslocation to the bacterial surface), an intermediate elongated coiled-coil-rich stalk, and an NH2-terminal region involved in cell interaction. Electron microscopy analysis and structure prediction suggest that the apical region of NadA forms a compact and globular domain. Deletion studies proved that the NH2-terminal sequence (residues 24 to 87) is necessary for cell adhesion. In this study, to better define the NadA cell binding site, we exploited (i) a panel of NadA mutants lacking sequences along the coiled-coil stalk and (ii) several oligoclonal rabbit antibodies, and their relative Fab fragments, directed to linear epitopes distributed along the NadA ectodomain. We identified two critical regions for the NadA-cell receptor interaction with Chang cells: the NH2 globular head domain and the NH2 dimeric intrachain coiled-coil α-helices stemming from the stalk. This raises the importance of different modules within the predicted NadA structure. The identification of linear epitopes involved in receptor binding that are able to induce interfering antibodies reinforces the importance of NadA as a vaccine antigen. PMID:20971901

  6. Mapping of the Neisseria meningitidis NadA cell-binding site: relevance of predicted {alpha}-helices in the NH2-terminal and dimeric coiled-coil regions. (United States)

    Tavano, Regina; Capecchi, Barbara; Montanari, Paolo; Franzoso, Susanna; Marin, Oriano; Sztukowska, Maryta; Cecchini, Paola; Segat, Daniela; Scarselli, Maria; Aricò, Beatrice; Papini, Emanuele


    NadA is a trimeric autotransporter protein of Neisseria meningitidis belonging to the group of oligomeric coiled-coil adhesins. It is implicated in the colonization of the human upper respiratory tract by hypervirulent serogroup B N. meningitidis strains and is part of a multiantigen anti-serogroup B vaccine. Structure prediction indicates that NadA is made by a COOH-terminal membrane anchor (also necessary for autotranslocation to the bacterial surface), an intermediate elongated coiled-coil-rich stalk, and an NH(2)-terminal region involved in cell interaction. Electron microscopy analysis and structure prediction suggest that the apical region of NadA forms a compact and globular domain. Deletion studies proved that the NH(2)-terminal sequence (residues 24 to 87) is necessary for cell adhesion. In this study, to better define the NadA cell binding site, we exploited (i) a panel of NadA mutants lacking sequences along the coiled-coil stalk and (ii) several oligoclonal rabbit antibodies, and their relative Fab fragments, directed to linear epitopes distributed along the NadA ectodomain. We identified two critical regions for the NadA-cell receptor interaction with Chang cells: the NH(2) globular head domain and the NH(2) dimeric intrachain coiled-coil α-helices stemming from the stalk. This raises the importance of different modules within the predicted NadA structure. The identification of linear epitopes involved in receptor binding that are able to induce interfering antibodies reinforces the importance of NadA as a vaccine antigen.

  7. The COOH-terminal domain of the JIL-1 histone H3S10 kinase interacts with histone H3 and is required for correct targeting to chromatin. (United States)

    Bao, Xiaomin; Cai, Weili; Deng, Huai; Zhang, Weiguo; Krencik, Robert; Girton, Jack; Johansen, Jørgen; Johansen, Kristen M


    The JIL-1 histone H3S10 kinase in Drosophila localizes specifically to euchromatic interband regions of polytene chromosomes and is enriched 2-fold on the male X chromosome. JIL-1 can be divided into four main domains including an NH(2)-terminal domain, two separate kinase domains, and a COOH-terminal domain. Our results demonstrate that the COOH-terminal domain of JIL-1 is necessary and sufficient for correct chromosome targeting to autosomes but that both COOH- and NH(2)-terminal sequences are necessary for enrichment on the male X chromosome. We furthermore show that a small 53-amino acid region within the COOH-terminal domain can interact with the tail region of histone H3, suggesting that this interaction is necessary for the correct chromatin targeting of the JIL-1 kinase. Interestingly, our data indicate that the COOH-terminal domain alone is sufficient to rescue JIL-1 null mutant polytene chromosome defects including those of the male X chromosome. Nonetheless, we also found that a truncated JIL-1 protein which was without the COOH-terminal domain but retained histone H3S10 kinase activity was able to rescue autosome as well as partially rescue male X polytene chromosome morphology. Taken together these findings indicate that JIL-1 may participate in regulating chromatin structure by multiple and partially redundant mechanisms.

  8. A simple process based on NH2- and CH3-terminated monolayers for low contact resistance and adherent Au electrode in bottom-contact OTFTs (United States)

    Abdur, Rahim; Lim, Jeongeun; Jeong, Kyunghoon; Rahman, Mohammad Arifur; Kim, Jiyoung; Lee, Jaegab


    An efficient process for the low contact resistance and adherent source/drain Au electrode in bottom-contact organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) was developed. This was achieved by using two different surface-functional groups of self-assembled monolayers, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS), and octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS), combined with atmospheric-pressure (AP) plasma treatment. Prior to the deposition of Au electrode, the aminoterminated monolayer self-assembles on SiO2 dielectrics, enhancing the adhesion of Au electrode as a result of the acid-base interaction of Au with the amino-terminal groups. AP plasma treatment of the patterned Au electrode on the APS-coated surface activates the entire surface to form an OTS monolayer, allowing the formation of a high quality pentacene layer on both the electrode and active region by evaporation. In addition, negligible damage by AP plasma was observed for the device performance. The fabricated OTFTs based on the two monolayers by AP plasma treatment showed the mobility of 0.23 cm2/Vs, contact resistance of 29 kΩ-cm, threshold voltage of -1.63 V, and on/off ratio of 9.8 × 105, demonstrating the application of the simple process for robust and high-performance OTFTs. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  9. Focal adhesion kinase and mitogen-activated protein kinases are involved in chondrocyte activation by the 29-kDa amino-terminal fibronectin fragment. (United States)

    Gemba, Takefumi; Valbracht, Jean; Alsalameh, Saifeddin; Lotz, Martin


    The 29-kDa amino-terminal fibronectin fragment (FN-f) has a potent chondrolytic effect and is thought to be involved in cartilage degradation in arthritis. However, little is known about signal transduction pathways that are activated by FN-f. Here we demonstrated that FN-f induced nitric oxide (NO) production from human articular chondrocytes. Expression of inducible nitric-oxide synthase (iNOS) mRNA and NO production were observed at 6 and 48 h after FN-f treatment, respectively. Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) mRNA up-regulation was stimulated by FN-f in human chondrocytes. To address the possibility that FN-f-induced NO release is mediated by IL-1beta production, the effect of IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) was determined. IL-1ra partially inhibited FN-f-induced NO release although it almost completely inhibited IL-1beta-induced NO release. Tyrosine phosphorylation of focal adhesion kinase was induced transiently by FN-f treatment. Blocking antibodies to alpha(5) or beta(1) integrin and Arg-Gly-Asp-containing peptides did not inhibit FN-f-induced NO production. PP2, a Src family kinase inhibitor, or cytochalasin D, which selectively disrupts the network of actin filaments, inhibited both FAK phosphorylation and NO production induced by FN-f, but the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor wortmannin had no effect. Analysis of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) showed activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase, and p38 MAPK. High concentrations of SB203580, which inhibit both JNK and p38 MAPK, and PD98059 a selective inhibitor of MEK1/2 that blocks ERK activation, inhibited FN-f induced NO production. These data suggest that focal adhesion kinase and MAPK mediate FN-f induced activation of human articular chondrocytes.

  10. HBP-NH2在真丝绸活性染料染色中的应用%Application of Amino-terminated Hyperbranched Polymers in Reactive Dyeing on Silk Fabric

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    华琰蓉; 张峰; 林红; 陈宇岳


    采用一种自制的端氨基超支化合物(HBP-NH2)对真丝绸进行改性处理,研究了HBP-NH2质量浓度、改性处理温度和pH值对改性真丝绸活性染料染色性能的影响.在较优处理工艺下(HBP-NH2 5g/L,温度90℃,pH9)对真丝绸改性处理并采用活性染料染色.结果表明,经HBP-NH2改性的真丝织物,染色性能明显提高,耐摩擦色牢度、耐洗色牢度以及匀染性能令人满意.

  11. Timeless links replication termination to mitotic kinase activation. (United States)

    Dheekollu, Jayaraju; Wiedmer, Andreas; Hayden, James; Speicher, David; Gotter, Anthony L; Yen, Tim; Lieberman, Paul M


    The mechanisms that coordinate the termination of DNA replication with progression through mitosis are not completely understood. The human Timeless protein (Tim) associates with S phase replication checkpoint proteins Claspin and Tipin, and plays an important role in maintaining replication fork stability at physical barriers, like centromeres, telomeres and ribosomal DNA repeats, as well as at termination sites. We show here that human Tim can be isolated in a complex with mitotic entry kinases CDK1, Auroras A and B, and Polo-like kinase (Plk1). Plk1 bound Tim directly and colocalized with Tim at a subset of mitotic structures in M phase. Tim depletion caused multiple mitotic defects, including the loss of sister-chromatid cohesion, loss of mitotic spindle architecture, and a failure to exit mitosis. Tim depletion caused a delay in mitotic kinase activity in vivo and in vitro, as well as a reduction in global histone H3 S10 phosphorylation during G2/M phase. Tim was also required for the recruitment of Plk1 to centromeric DNA and formation of catenated DNA structures at human centromere alpha satellite repeats. Taken together, these findings suggest that Tim coordinates mitotic kinase activation with termination of DNA replication.

  12. Timeless links replication termination to mitotic kinase activation.

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    Jayaraju Dheekollu

    Full Text Available The mechanisms that coordinate the termination of DNA replication with progression through mitosis are not completely understood. The human Timeless protein (Tim associates with S phase replication checkpoint proteins Claspin and Tipin, and plays an important role in maintaining replication fork stability at physical barriers, like centromeres, telomeres and ribosomal DNA repeats, as well as at termination sites. We show here that human Tim can be isolated in a complex with mitotic entry kinases CDK1, Auroras A and B, and Polo-like kinase (Plk1. Plk1 bound Tim directly and colocalized with Tim at a subset of mitotic structures in M phase. Tim depletion caused multiple mitotic defects, including the loss of sister-chromatid cohesion, loss of mitotic spindle architecture, and a failure to exit mitosis. Tim depletion caused a delay in mitotic kinase activity in vivo and in vitro, as well as a reduction in global histone H3 S10 phosphorylation during G2/M phase. Tim was also required for the recruitment of Plk1 to centromeric DNA and formation of catenated DNA structures at human centromere alpha satellite repeats. Taken together, these findings suggest that Tim coordinates mitotic kinase activation with termination of DNA replication.

  13. Structure-function studies of BPP-BrachyNH2 and synthetic analogues thereof with Angiotensin I-Converting Enzyme

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    Arcanjo, Daniel Dias Rufino; Vasconcelos, Andreanne Gomes; Nascimento, Lucas A


    The vasoactive proline-rich oligopeptide termed BPP-BrachyNH2 (H-WPPPKVSP-NH2) induces in vitro inhibitory activity of angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) in rat blood serum. In the present study, the removal of N-terminal tryptophan or C-terminal proline from BPP-BrachyNH2 was investigated in ...

  14. Testosterone Supplementation Reverses Sarcopenia in Aging through Regulation of Myostatin, c-Jun NH2-Terminal Kinase, Notch, and Akt Signaling Pathways



    Aging in rodents and humans is characterized by loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia). Testosterone supplementation increases muscle mass in healthy older men. Here, using a mouse model, we investigated the molecular mechanisms by which testosterone prevents sarcopenia and promotes muscle growth in aging. Aged mice of 22 months of age received a single sc injection of GnRH antagonist every 2 wk to suppress endogenous testosterone production and were implanted subdermally under anesthesia with 0.5 ...

  15. Structural diversity of the active N-terminal kinase domain of p90 ribosomal S6 kinase 2.

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    Margarita Malakhova

    Full Text Available The p90 ribosomal protein kinase 2 (RSK2 is a highly expressed Ser/Thr kinase activated by growth factors and is involved in cancer cell proliferation and tumor promoter-induced cell transformation. RSK2 possesses two non-identical kinase domains, and the structure of its N-terminal domain (NTD, which is responsible for phosphorylation of a variety of substrates, is unknown. The crystal structure of the NTD RSK2 was determined at 1.8 A resolution in complex with AMP-PNP. The N-terminal kinase domain adopted a unique active conformation showing a significant structural diversity of the kinase domain compared to other kinases. The NTD RSK2 possesses a three-stranded betaB-sheet inserted in the N-terminal lobe, resulting in displacement of the alphaC-helix and disruption of the Lys-Glu interaction, classifying the kinase conformation as inactive. The purified protein was phosphorylated at Ser227 in the T-activation loop and exhibited in vitro kinase activity. A key characteristic is the appearance of a new contact between Lys216 (betaB-sheet and the beta-phosphate of AMP-PNP. Mutation of this lysine to alanine impaired both NTDs in vitro and full length RSK2 ex vivo activity, emphasizing the importance of this interaction. Even though the N-terminal lobe undergoes structural re-arrangement, it possesses an intact hydrophobic groove formed between the alphaC-helix, the beta4-strand, and the betaB-sheet junction, which is occupied by the N-terminal tail. The presence of a unique betaB-sheet insert in the N-lobe suggests a different type of activation mechanism for RSK2.

  16. Prokaryotic Expression, Purification, Antibody Production of a NH2-Terminal Fragment of mCLCA3 Protein and Analysis of mClCA3 Protein Expression in Asthmatic Mouse Lung

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    HOU Xia; WU Qing-tian; ZHANG Yu-ping; ZHU Na; LIU Yan-li; FENG Xue-chao; MA Tong-hui


    mCLCA3 is a member of calcium activated chloride channel(CACC) family that may play an important role in mucin packaging and secretion in asthmatic and cystic fibrosis lung. To study the protein structure and expression of mCLCA3 in asthmatic mouse lung, an N-terminal 269 amino acid peptide of mCLCA3 was expressed in E. coli, purified to homogeneity and rabbit polyclonal antibodies against this peptide were generated. Immunohistochemistry of asthmatic mouse lung using the antibody indicated exclusive mCLCA3 expression in mucin granules of goblet cells in airway surface and lumen. Immunoblot analysis of lavage fluid from asthmatic mouse lung revealed a single 90 kDa protein form of mClCA3. The results demonstrate that the 90 kDa N-terminal peptide, neither the full-length protein nor the reported N-terminal 35 kDa cleaved form of mClCA3 is the major functional form involved in the packaging and exocytosis of mucin granules in asthmatic goblet cells.

  17. Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases Regulate Susceptibility to Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury



    BACKGROUND: Mechanical ventilation causes ventilator-induced lung injury in animals and humans. Mitogen-activated protein kinases have been implicated in ventilator-induced lung injury though their functional significance remains incomplete. We characterize the role of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase/mitogen activated protein kinase kinase-3 and c-Jun-NH(2)-terminal kinase-1 in ventilator-induced lung injury and investigate novel independent mechanisms contributing to lung injury during ...

  18. Metformin prevents endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced apoptosis through AMPK-PI3K-c-Jun NH2 pathway (United States)

    Jung, T.W.; Lee, M.W.; Lee, Y.-J.; Kim, S.M.


    Type 2 diabetes mellitus is thought to be partially associated with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress toxicity on pancreatic beta cells and the result of decreased insulin synthesis and secretion. In this study, we showed that a well-known insulin sensitizer, metformin, directly protects against dysfunction and death of ER stress-induced NIT-1 cells (a mouse pancreatic beta cell line) via AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and phosphatidylinositol-3 (PI3) kinase activation. We also showed that exposure of NIT-1 cells to metformin (5mM) increases cellular resistance against ER stress-induced NIT-1 cell dysfunction and death. AMPK and PI3 kinase inhibitors abolished the effect of metformin on cell function and death. Metformin-mediated protective effects on ER stress-induced apoptosis were not a result of an unfolded protein response or the induced inhibitors of apoptotic proteins. In addition, we showed that exposure of ER stressed-induced NIT-1 cells to metformin decreases the phosphorylation of c-Jun NH(2) terminal kinase (JNK). These data suggest that metformin is an important determinant of ER stress-induced apoptosis in NIT-1 cells and may have implications for ER stress-mediated pancreatic beta cell destruction via regulation of the AMPK-PI3 kinase-JNK pathway.

  19. Hydrogen Abstraction from Hydrocarbons by NH2. (United States)

    Siddique, Kamal; Altarawneh, Mohammednoor; Gore, Jeff; Westmoreland, Phillip R; Dlugogorski, Bogdan Z


    This contribution investigates thermokinetic parameters of bimolecular gas-phase reactions involving the amine (NH2) radical and a large number of saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons. These reactions play an important role in combustion and pyrolysis of nitrogen-rich fuels, most notably biomass. Computations performed at the CBS-QB3 level and based on the conventional transition-state theory yield potential-energy surfaces and reaction rate constants, accounting for tunnelling effects and the presence of hindered rotors. In an analogy to other H abstraction systems, we demonstrate only a small influence of variational effects on the rate constants for selected reaction. The studied reactions cover the abstraction of hydrogen atoms by the NH2 radical from the C-H bonds in C1-C4 species, and four C5 hydrocarbons of 2-methylbutane, 2-methyl-1-butene, 3-methyl-1-butene, 3-methyl-2-butene, and 3-methyl-1-butyne. For the abstraction of H from methane, in the temperature windows 300-500 and 1600-2000 K, the calculated reaction rate constants concur with the available experimental measurements, i.e., kcalculated/kexperimetal = 0.3-2.5 and 1.1-1.4, and the previous theoretical estimates. Abstraction of H atom from ethane attains the ratio of kcalculated/kexperimetal equal to 0.10-1.2 and 1.3-1.5 over the temperature windows of available experimental measurements, i.e., 300-900 K and 1500-2000 K, respectively. For the remaining alkanes (propane and n-butane), the average kexperimental/kcalculated ratio remains 2.6 and 1.3 over the temperature range of experimental data. Also, comparing the calculated standard enthalpy of reaction (ΔrH°298) with the available experimental measurements for alkanes, we found the mean unsigned error of computations as 3.7 kJ mol(-1). This agreement provides an accuracy benchmark of our methodology, affording the estimation of the unreported kinetic parameters for H abstractions from alkenes and alkynes. On the basis of the Evans

  20. An engineered amino-terminal domain of yeast phosphoglycerate kinase with native-like structure.


    M. A. Sherman; Chen, Y.; Mas, M. T.


    Previous studies have suggested that the carboxy-terminal peptide (residues 401-415) and interdomain helix (residues 185-199) of yeast phosphoglycerate kinase, a two-domain enzyme, play a role in the folding and stability of the amino-terminal domain (residues 1-184). A deletion mutant has been created in which the carboxy-terminal peptide is attached to the amino-terminal domain (residues 1-184) plus interdomain helix (residues 185-199) through a flexible peptide linker, thus eliminating the...

  1. c-jun-N-Terminal Kinase (JNK) for the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (United States)


    1 AWARD NUMBER: W81XWH-12-1-0431 TITLE: “c-jun-N-Terminal Kinase (JNK) for the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ” PRINCIPAL...TITLE AND SUBTITLE “c-jun-N-Terminal Kinase (JNK) for the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Scelerosis” 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER... Lateral   Sclerosis ”   Final  Report:  Project  Period  Sept  2012-­‐Dec  2014     Personnel  List:     Feng,  Yangbo

  2. MEKKs, GCKs, MLKs, PAKs, TAKs, and tpls: upstream regulators of the c-Jun amino-terminal kinases? (United States)

    Fanger, G R; Gerwins, P; Widmann, C; Jarpe, M B; Johnson, G L


    Regulation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family members - which include the extracellular response kinases (ERKs), p38/HOG1, and the c-Jun amino-terminal kinases (JNKs) - plays a central role in mediating the effects of diverse stimuli encompassing cytokines, hormones, growth factors and stresses such as osmotic imbalance, heat shock, inhibition of protein synthesis and irradiation. A rapidly increasing number of kinases that activate the JNK pathways has been described recently, including the MAPK/ERK kinase kinases, p21-activated kinases, germinal center kinase, mixed lineage kinases, tumor progression locus 2, and TGF-beta-activated kinase. Thus, regulation of the JNK pathway provides an interesting example of how many different stimuli can converge into regulating pathways critical for the determination of cell fate.

  3. Activation of c-Jun N-terminal Kinases by Ribotoxic Stresses

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    Dong-Yun Ouyang; Yuan-Yuan Wang; Yong-Tang Zheng


    The c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs) are classic stress-activated protein kinases. Many cellular stresses have been shown to stimulate JNK activation. In this review, we focus on ribotoxic stresses based on their multiple biological potencies including anti-HIV-1 activity. Some of the functions of ribotoxins and the signaling transduction pathway that mediated are mentioned. Different from other stimulators, ribotoxic stresses act on special motifs of 28S rRNA in translationally active mammal ribosomes. Binding and damaging on the motif leads to JNK activation and subsequently biological response to the signal initiator, which is named ribotoxic stress response.

  4. Homeodomain-interacting protein kinase 2 plays an important role in normal terminal erythroid differentiation. (United States)

    Hattangadi, Shilpa M; Burke, Karly A; Lodish, Harvey F


    Gene-targeting experiments report that the homeodomain-interacting protein kinases 1 and 2, Hipk1 and Hipk2, are essential but redundant in hematopoietic development because Hipk1/Hipk2 double-deficient animals exhibit severe defects in hematopoiesis and vasculogenesis, whereas the single knockouts do not. These serine-threonine kinases phosphorylate and consequently modify the functions of several important hematopoietic transcription factors and cofactors. Here we show that Hipk2 knockdown alone plays a significant role in terminal fetal liver erythroid differentiation. Hipk1 and Hipk2 are highly induced during primary mouse fetal liver erythropoiesis. Specific knockdown of Hipk2 inhibits terminal erythroid cell proliferation (explained in part by impaired cell-cycle progression as well as increased apoptosis) and terminal enucleation as well as the accumulation of hemoglobin. Hipk2 knockdown also reduces the transcription of many genes involved in proliferation and apoptosis as well as important, erythroid-specific genes involved in hemoglobin biosynthesis, such as alpha-globin and mitoferrin 1, demonstrating that Hipk2 plays an important role in some but not all aspects of normal terminal erythroid differentiation.

  5. Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase Couples Localised Calcium Influx to Activation of Akt in Central Nerve Terminals. (United States)

    Nicholson-Fish, Jessica C; Cousin, Michael A; Smillie, Karen J


    The efficient retrieval of synaptic vesicle membrane and cargo in central nerve terminals is dependent on the efficient recruitment of a series of endocytosis modes by different patterns of neuronal activity. During intense neuronal activity the dominant endocytosis mode is activity-dependent endocytosis (ADBE). Triggering of ADBE is linked to calcineurin-mediated dynamin I dephosphorylation since the same stimulation intensities trigger both. Dynamin I dephosphorylation is maximised by a simultaneous inhibition of its kinase glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) by the protein kinase Akt, however it is unknown how increased neuronal activity is transduced into Akt activation. To address this question we determined how the activity-dependent increases in intracellular free calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) control activation of Akt. This was achieved using either trains of high frequency action potentials to evoke localised [Ca(2+)]i increases at active zones, or a calcium ionophore to raise [Ca(2+)]i uniformly across the nerve terminal. Through the use of either non-specific calcium channel antagonists or intracellular calcium chelators we found that Akt phosphorylation (and subsequent GSK3 phosphorylation) was dependent on localised [Ca(2+)]i increases at the active zone. In an attempt to determine mechanism, we antagonised either phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) or calmodulin. Activity-dependent phosphorylation of both Akt and GSK3 was arrested on inhibition of PI3K, but not calmodulin. Thus localised calcium influx in central nerve terminals activates PI3K via an unknown calcium sensor to trigger the activity-dependent phosphorylation of Akt and GSK3.

  6. Jun N-Terminal Kinase 1 Mediates Transcriptional Induction of Matrix Metal loproteinase 9 Expression

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    David L. Crowe


    Full Text Available Tumor cell invasion and metastasis require precise coordination of adherence to extracellular matrix (ECM and controlled degradation of its components. Invasive cells secrete proteolytic enzymes known as matrix metal lop roteinases (MMPs which degrade specific basement membrane molecules. Expression of these enzymes is regulated by multiple signaling mechanisms, including the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK pathway. One of the terminal effectors of this signaling cascade is jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK1 which phosphorylates the transcription factor c-jun, a component of the AP-1 complex. MMP-9 expression is regulated by two well-characterized AP-1 sites in the promoter of this gene. To determine how JNK1 activity regulated MMP-9 expression in human squamous cell carcinoma lines, we overexpressed this kinase in SCC25 cells. JNK1 overexpression induced MMP-9 protein levels and activity in this cell line. Elevated MMP-9 expression correlated with increased invasion of reconstituted basement membranes by JNK1 -overexpressiog clones. Site-directed mutagenesis of the MMP-9 promoter revealed that JNK1 cooperated with its transcription factor target c-jun to increase MMP-9 expression at the transcriptional level via the proximal AP-1 site. These results suggest that elevated JNK1 expression may contribute to increased MMP-9 activity and ECM invasion by tumor cells.

  7. Activation of G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase 1 Involves Interactions between Its N-Terminal Region and Its Kinase Domain

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    Huang, Chih-chin; Orban, Tivadar; Jastrzebska, Beata; Palczewski, Krzysztof; Tesmer, John J.G. (Case Western); (Michigan)


    G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) phosphorylate activated G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) to initiate receptor desensitization. In addition to the canonical phosphoacceptor site of the kinase domain, activated receptors bind to a distinct docking site that confers higher affinity and activates GRKs allosterically. Recent mutagenesis and structural studies support a model in which receptor docking activates a GRK by stabilizing the interaction of its 20-amino acid N-terminal region with the kinase domain. This interaction in turn stabilizes a closed, more active conformation of the enzyme. To investigate the importance of this interaction for the process of GRK activation, we first validated the functionality of the N-terminal region in rhodopsin kinase (GRK1) by site-directed mutagenesis and then introduced a disulfide bond to cross-link the N-terminal region of GRK1 with its specific binding site on the kinase domain. Characterization of the kinetic and biophysical properties of the cross-linked protein showed that disulfide bond formation greatly enhances the catalytic efficiency of the peptide phosphorylation, but receptor-dependent phosphorylation, Meta II stabilization, and inhibition of transducin activation were unaffected. These data indicate that the interaction of the N-terminal region with the kinase domain is important for GRK activation but does not dictate the affinity of GRKs for activated receptors.

  8. The MLK family mediates c-Jun N-terminal kinase activation in neuronal apoptosis. (United States)

    Xu, Z; Maroney, A C; Dobrzanski, P; Kukekov, N V; Greene, L A


    Neuronal apoptotic death induced by nerve growth factor (NGF) deprivation is reported to be in part mediated through a pathway that includes Rac1 and Cdc42, mitogen-activated protein kinase kinases 4 and 7 (MKK4 and -7), c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs), and c-Jun. However, additional components of the pathway remain to be defined. We show here that members of the mixed-lineage kinase (MLK) family (including MLK1, MLK2, MLK3, and dual leucine zipper kinase [DLK]) are expressed in neuronal cells and are likely to act between Rac1/Cdc42 and MKK4 and -7 in death signaling. Overexpression of MLKs effectively induces apoptotic death of cultured neuronal PC12 cells and sympathetic neurons, while expression of dominant-negative forms of MLKs suppresses death evoked by NGF deprivation or expression of activated forms of Rac1 and Cdc42. CEP-1347 (KT7515), which blocks neuronal death caused by NGF deprivation and a variety of additional apoptotic stimuli and which selectively inhibits the activities of MLKs, effectively protects neuronal PC12 cells from death induced by overexpression of MLK family members. In addition, NGF deprivation or UV irradiation leads to an increase in both level and phosphorylation of endogenous DLK. These observations support a role for MLKs in the neuronal death mechanism. With respect to ordering the death pathway, dominant-negative forms of MKK4 and -7 and c-Jun are protective against death induced by MLK overexpression, placing MLKs upstream of these kinases. Additional findings place the MLKs upstream of mitochondrial cytochrome c release and caspase activation.

  9. Correlation between spina bifida manifesta in fetal rats and c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling

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    Yinghuan Ma; Yongxin Bao; Chenghao Li; Fubin Jiao; Hongjie Xin; Zhengwei Yuan


    Fetal rat models with neural tube defects were established by injection with retinoic acid at 10 days after conception. The immunofluorescence assay and western blot analysis showed that the number of caspase-3 positive cells in myeloid tissues for spina bifida manifesta was increased. There was also increased phosphorylation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase, a member of the mitogen activated protein kinase family. The c-Jun N-terminal kinase phosphorylation level was positively correlated with caspase-3 expression in myeloid tissues for spina bifida manifesta. Experimental findings indicate that abnormal apoptosis is involved in retinoic acid-induced dominant spina bifida formation in fetal rats, and may be associated with the c-Jun N-terminal kinase signal transduction pathway.

  10. Correlation between spina bifida manifesta in fetal rats and c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling★ (United States)

    Ma, Yinghuan; Bao, Yongxin; Li, Chenghao; Jiao, Fubin; Xin, Hongjie; Yuan, Zhengwei


    Fetal rat models with neural tube defects were established by injection with retinoic acid at 10 days after conception. The immunofluorescence assay and western blot analysis showed that the number of caspase-3 positive cells in myeloid tissues for spina bifida manifesta was increased. There was also increased phosphorylation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase, a member of the mitogen activated protein kinase family. The c-Jun N-terminal kinase phosphorylation level was positively correlated with caspase-3 expression in myeloid tissues for spina bifida manifesta. Experimental findings indicate that abnormal apoptosis is involved in retinoic acid-induced dominant spina bifida formation in fetal rats, and may be associated with the c-Jun N-terminal kinase signal transduction pathway. PMID:25337099

  11. MST Kinases Monitor Actin Cytoskeletal Integrity and Signal via c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Stress-Activated Kinase To Regulate p21Waf1/Cip1 Stability


    Densham, R. M.; E'Neill, Eric; Munro, J; et al, ...


    As well as providing a structural framework, the actin cytoskeleton plays integral roles in cell death, survival, and proliferation. The disruption of the actin cytoskeleton results in the activation of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK) pathway; however, the sensor of actin integrity that couples to the JNK pathway has not been characterized in mammalian cells. We now report that the mammalian Ste20-like (MST) kinases mediate the activation of the JNK pa...

  12. Germinal-center kinase-like kinase co-crystal structure reveals a swapped activation loop and C-terminal extension. (United States)

    Marcotte, Douglas; Rushe, Mia; M Arduini, Robert; Lukacs, Christine; Atkins, Kateri; Sun, Xin; Little, Kevin; Cullivan, Michael; Paramasivam, Murugan; Patterson, Thomas A; Hesson, Thomas; D McKee, Timothy; May-Dracka, Tricia L; Xin, Zhili; Bertolotti-Ciarlet, Andrea; Bhisetti, Govinda R; Lyssikatos, Joseph P; Silvian, Laura F


    Germinal-center kinase-like kinase (GLK, Map4k3), a GCK-I family kinase, plays multiple roles in regulating apoptosis, amino acid sensing, and immune signaling. We describe here the crystal structure of an activation loop mutant of GLK kinase domain bound to an inhibitor. The structure reveals a weakly associated, activation-loop swapped dimer with more than 20 amino acids of ordered density at the carboxy-terminus. This C-terminal PEST region binds intermolecularly to the hydrophobic groove of the N-terminal domain of a neighboring molecule. Although the GLK activation loop mutant crystallized demonstrates reduced kinase activity, its structure demonstrates all the hallmarks of an "active" kinase, including the salt bridge between the C-helix glutamate and the catalytic lysine. Our compound displacement data suggests that the effect of the Ser170Ala mutation in reducing kinase activity is likely due to its effect in reducing substrate peptide binding affinity rather than reducing ATP binding or ATP turnover. This report details the first structure of GLK; comparison of its activation loop sequence and P-loop structure to that of Map4k4 suggests ideas for designing inhibitors that can distinguish between these family members to achieve selective pharmacological inhibitors.

  13. Pro-life role for c-Jun N-terminal kinase and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase at rostral ventrolateral medulla in experimental brain stem death

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    Chang Alice YW


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Based on an experimental brain stem death model, we demonstrated previously that activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 1/2 (MEK1/2/extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2/mitogen-activated protein kinase signal-interacting kinase 1/2 (MNK1/2 cascade plays a pro-life role in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM, the origin of a life-and-death signal detected from systemic arterial pressure, which sequentially increases (pro-life and decreases (pro-death to reflect progressive dysfunction of central cardiovascular regulation during the advancement towards brain stem death in critically ill patients. The present study assessed the hypothesis that, in addition to ERK1/2, c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK, the other two mammalian members of MAPKs that are originally identified as stress-activated protein kinases, are activated specifically by MAPK kinase 4 (MAP2K4 or MAP2K6 and play a pro-life role in RVLM during experimental brain stem death. We further delineated the participation of phosphorylating activating transcriptional factor-2 (ATF-2 and c-Jun, the classical transcription factor activated by JNK or p38MAPK, in this process. Results An experimental model of brain stem death that employed microinjection of the organophosphate insecticide mevinphos (Mev; 10 nmol bilaterally into RVLM of Sprague–Dawley rats was used, alongside cardiovascular, pharmacological and biochemical evaluations. Results from ELISA showed that whereas the total JNK, p38MAPK, MAP2K4 and MAP2K6 were not affected, augmented phosphorylation of JNK at Thr183 and Tyr185 and p38MAPK at Thr180 and Tyr182, accompanied by phosphorylation of their upstream activators MAP2K4 at Ser257 and Thr261 and MAP2K6 at Ser207 and Thr211 in RVLM occurred preferentially during the pro-life phase of experimental brain stem death. Moreover, the activity of transcription factors ATF-2 at Thr71 and

  14. Jun N-Terminal Protein Kinase Enhances Middle Ear Mucosal Proliferation during Bacterial Otitis Media▿ (United States)

    Furukawa, Masayuki; Ebmeyer, Jörg; Pak, Kwang; Austin, Darrell A.; Melhus, Åsa; Webster, Nicholas J. G.; Ryan, Allen F.


    Mucosal hyperplasia is a characteristic component of otitis media. The present study investigated the participation of signaling via the Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK) mitogen-activated protein kinase in middle ear mucosal hyperplasia in animal models of bacterial otitis media. Otitis media was induced by the inoculation of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae into the middle ear cavity. Western blotting revealed that phosphorylation of JNK isoforms in the middle ear mucosa preceded but paralleled mucosal hyperplasia in this in vivo rat model. Nuclear JNK phosphorylation was observed in many cells of both the mucosal epithelium and stroma by immunohistochemistry. In an in vitro model of primary rat middle ear mucosal explants, bacterially induced mucosal growth was blocked by the Rac/Cdc42 inhibitor Clostridium difficile toxin B, the mixed-lineage kinase inhibitor CEP11004, and the JNK inhibitor SP600125. Finally, the JNK inhibitor SP600125 significantly inhibited mucosal hyperplasia during in vivo bacterial otitis media in guinea pigs. Inhibition of JNK in vivo resulted in a diminished proliferative response, as shown by a local decrease in proliferating cell nuclear antigen protein expression by immunohistochemistry. We conclude that activation of JNK is a critical pathway for bacterially induced mucosal hyperplasia during otitis media, influencing tissue proliferation. PMID:17325051

  15. Effective NH2-grafting on attapulgite surfaces for adsorption of reactive dyes. (United States)

    Xue, Ailian; Zhou, Shouyong; Zhao, Yijiang; Lu, Xiaoping; Han, Pingfang


    The amine moiety has an important function in many applications, including, adsorption, catalysis, electrochemistry, chromatography, and nanocomposite materials. We developed an effective adsorbent for aqueous reactive dye removal by modifying attapulgite with an amino-terminated organosilicon (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, APTES). Surface properties of the APTES-modified attapulgite were characterized by the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and nitrogen adsorption-desorption. We evaluated the impact of solvent, APTES concentration, water volume, reaction time, and temperature on the surface modification. NH(2)-attapulgite was used to remove reactive dyes in aqueous solution and showed very high adsorption rates of 99.32%, 99.67%, and 96.42% for Reactive Red 3BS, Reactive Blue KE-R and Reactive Black GR, respectively. These powerful dye removal effects were attributed to strong electrostatic interactions between reactive dyes and the grafted NH(2) groups.

  16. The NH$_2$D hyperfine structure revealed by astrophysical observations

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    Daniel, F; Punanova, A; Harju, J; Faure, A; Roueff, E; Sipilä, O; Caselli, P; Güsten, R; Pon, A; Pineda, J E


    The 1$_{11}$-1$_{01}$ lines of ortho and para--NH$_2$D (o/p-NH$_2$D), respectively at 86 and 110 GHz, are commonly observed to provide constraints on the deuterium fractionation in the interstellar medium. In cold regions, the hyperfine structure due to the nitrogen ($^{14}$N) nucleus is resolved. To date, this splitting is the only one which is taken into account in the NH$_2$D column density estimates. We investigate how the inclusion of the hyperfine splitting caused by the deuterium (D) nucleus affects the analysis of the rotational lines of NH$_2$D. We present 30m IRAM observations of the above mentioned lines, as well as APEX o/p-NH$_2$D observations of the 1$_{01}$-0$_{00}$ lines at 333 GHz. The hyperfine spectra are first analyzed with a line list that only includes the hyperfine splitting due to the $^{14}$N nucleus. We find inconsistencies between the line widths of the 1$_{01}$-0$_{00}$ and 1$_{11}$-1$_{01}$ lines, the latter being larger by a factor of $\\sim$1.6$\\pm0.3$. Such a large difference is...

  17. Isolation of L-3-phenyllactyl-Phe-Lys-Ala-NH2 (Antho-KAamide), a novel neuropeptide from sea anemones

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    Nothacker, H P; Rinehart, K L; Grimmelikhuijzen, C J


    We have isolated and sequenced the neuropeptide L-3-phenyllactyl-Phe-Lys-Ala-NH2 from the sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima. This neuropeptide (named Antho-KAamide) has the unusual N-terminal L-3-phenyllactyl blocking group which has recently also been discovered in 2 other neuropeptides from...

  18. Synthesis and characterization of highly ordered functional mesoporous silica thin films with positively chargeable -NH2 groups. (United States)

    Liu, Nanguo; Assink, Roger A; Smarsly, Bernd; Brinker, C Jeffrey


    Highly ordered mesoporous organic-inorganic hybrid silica thin films with covalently bonded, positively chargeable -NH2 terminal groups were synthesized by evaporation induced self-assembly of tetraethoxysilane, 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane, and a nonionic surfactant under acid conditions and characterized using TEM, GISAXS, FTIR, SAW-based N2 sorption, and TGA.

  19. PI3-kinase-dependent activation of apoptotic machinery oc-curs on commitment of epidermal keratinocytes to terminal differentiation

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    Sam M Janes; Tyler A Ofstad; Douglas H Campbell; Ayad Eddaoudi; Gary Warnes; Derek Davies; Fiona M Watt


    We have investigated the earliest events in commitment of human epidermal keratinocytes to terminal differen-tiation. Phosphorylated Akt and caspase activation were detected in cells exiting the basal layer of the epidermis. Activation of Akt by retroviral transduction of primary cultures of human keratinocytes resulted in an increase in abortive clones founded by transit amplifying cells, while inhibition of the upstream kinase, Pl3-kinase, inhibited suspension-induced terminal differentiation. Caspase inhibition also blocked differentiation, the primary mediator being caspase 8. Caspase activation was initiated by 2 h in suspension, preceding the onset of expression of the termi-nal differentiation marker involucrin by several hours. Incubation of suspended cells with fibronectin or inhibition of PI3-kinase prevented caspase induction. At 2 h in suspension, keratinocytes that had become committed to terminal differentiation had increased side scatter, were 7-aminoactinomycin D (7-AAD) positive and annexin V negative; they exhibited loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and increased cardiolipin oxidation, but with no increase in reac-tive oxygen species. These properties indicate that the onset of terminal differentiation, while regulated by Pl3-kinase and caspases, is not a classical apoptotic process.

  20. Isolation of pyroGlu-Gly-Arg-Phe-NH2 (Antho-RFamide), a neuropeptide from sea anemones

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    Grimmelikhuijzen, C J; Ebbesen, Ditte Graff


    elegantissima. Three different methods established that the structure of the Anthopleura RFamide peptide (Antho-RFamide) is pyroGlu-Gly-Arg-Phe-NH2. Comparison of synthetic and natural Antho-RFamide and their enzymatic breakdown products on six different HPLC columns confirmed the structure of the sea anemone......A radioimmunoassay has been developed for peptides containing the carboxyl-terminal sequence Arg-Phe-NH2 (RFamide). Using this radioimmunoassay and applying cation-exchange chromatography and HPLC, we have isolated an RFamide peptide from acetic acid extracts of the sea anemone Anthopleura...

  1. Mapping C-terminal transactivation domains of the nuclear HER family receptor tyrosine kinase HER3. (United States)

    Brand, Toni M; Iida, Mari; Luthar, Neha; Wleklinski, Matthew J; Starr, Megan M; Wheeler, Deric L


    Nuclear localized HER family receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) have been observed in primary tumor specimens and cancer cell lines for nearly two decades. Inside the nucleus, HER family members (EGFR, HER2, and HER3) have been shown to function as co-transcriptional activators for various cancer-promoting genes. However, the regions of each receptor that confer transcriptional potential remain poorly defined. The current study aimed to map the putative transactivation domains (TADs) of the HER3 receptor. To accomplish this goal, various intracellular regions of HER3 were fused to the DNA binding domain of the yeast transcription factor Gal4 (Gal4DBD) and tested for their ability to transactivate Gal4 UAS-luciferase. Results from these analyses demonstrated that the C-terminal domain of HER3 (CTD, amino acids distal to the tyrosine kinase domain) contained potent transactivation potential. Next, nine HER3-CTD truncation mutants were constructed to map minimal regions of transactivation potential using the Gal4 UAS-luciferase based system. These analyses identified a bipartite region of 34 (B₁) and 27 (B₂) amino acids in length that conferred the majority of HER3's transactivation potential. Next, we identified full-length nuclear HER3 association and regulation of a 122 bp region of the cyclin D1 promoter. To understand how the B₁ and B₂ regions influenced the transcriptional functions of nuclear HER3, we performed cyclin D1 promoter-luciferase assays in which HER3 deleted of the B₁ and B₂ regions was severely hindered in regulating this promoter. Further, the overexpression of HER3 enhanced cyclin D1 mRNA expression, while HER3 deleted of its identified TADs was hindered at doing so. Thus, the ability for HER3 to function as a transcriptional co-activator may be dependent on specific C-terminal TADs.

  2. Fission yeast Cdk7 controls gene expression through both its CAK and C-terminal domain kinase activities. (United States)

    Devos, Maxime; Mommaerts, Elise; Migeot, Valerie; van Bakel, Harm; Hermand, Damien


    Cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) activation and RNA polymerase II transcription are linked by the Cdk7 kinase, which phosphorylates Cdks as a trimeric Cdk-activating kinase (CAK) complex, and serine 5 within the polymerase II (Pol II) C-terminal domain (CTD) as transcription factor TFIIH-bound CAK. However, the physiological importance of integrating these processes is not understood. Besides the Cdk7 ortholog Mcs6, fission yeast possesses a second CAK, Csk1. The two enzymes have been proposed to act redundantly to activate Cdc2. Using an improved analogue-sensitive Mcs6-as kinase, we show that Csk1 is not a relevant CAK for Cdc2. Further analyses revealed that Csk1 lacks a 20-amino-acid sequence required for its budding yeast counterpart, Cak1, to bind Cdc2. Transcriptome profiling of the Mcs6-as mutant in the presence or absence of the budding yeast Cak1 kinase, in order to uncouple the CTD kinase and CAK activities of Mcs6, revealed an unanticipated role of the CAK branch in the transcriptional control of the cluster of genes implicated in ribosome biogenesis and cell growth. The analysis of a Cdc2 CAK site mutant confirmed these data. Our data show that the Cdk7 kinase modulates transcription through its well-described RNA Pol II CTD kinase activity and also through the Cdc2-activating kinase activity.

  3. The Caenorhabditis elegans Ste20-related kinase and Rac-type small GTPase regulate the c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling pathway mediating the stress response. (United States)

    Fujiki, Kota; Mizuno, Tomoaki; Hisamoto, Naoki; Matsumoto, Kunihiro


    Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are integral to the mechanisms by which cells respond to physiological stimuli and a wide variety of environmental stresses. In Caenorhabditis elegans, the stress response is controlled by a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)-like MAPK signaling pathway, which is regulated by MLK-1 MAPK kinase kinase (MAPKKK), MEK-1 MAPKK, and KGB-1 JNK-like MAPK. In this study, we identify the max-2 gene encoding a C. elegans Ste20-related protein kinase as a component functioning upstream of the MLK-1-MEK-1-KGB-1 pathway. The max-2 loss-of-function mutation is defective in activation of KGB-1, resulting in hypersensitivity to heavy metals. Biochemical analysis reveals that MAX-2 activates MLK-1 through direct phosphorylation of a specific residue in the activation loop of the MLK-1 kinase domain. Our genetic data presented here also show that MIG-2 small GTPase functions upstream of MAX-2 in the KGB-1 pathway. These results suggest that MAX-2 and MIG-2 play a crucial role in mediating the heavy metal stress response regulated by the KGB-1 pathway.

  4. Mixed Lineage Kinase-c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Axis: A Potential Therapeutic Target in Cancer. (United States)

    Rana, Ajay; Rana, Basabi; Mishra, Rajakishore; Sondarva, Gautam; Rangasamy, Velusamy; Das, Subhasis; Viswakarma, Navin; Kanthasamy, Anumantha


    Mixed lineage kinases (MLKs) are members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase (MAP3K) family and are reported to activate MAP kinase pathways. There have been at least 9 members of the MLK family identified to date, although the physiological functions of all the family members are yet unknown. However, MLKs in general have been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson and Alzheimer diseases. Recent reports suggest that some of the MLK members could play a role in cancer via modulating cell migration, invasion, cell cycle, and apoptosis. This review article will first describe the biology of MLK members and then discuss the current progress that relates to their functions in cancer.

  5. The hydrophobic motif of ROCK2 requires association with the N-terminal extension for kinase activity. (United States)

    Couzens, Amber L; Saridakis, Vivian; Scheid, Michael P


    ROCK (Rho-associated coiled-coil kinase) 2 is a member of the AGC kinase family that plays an essential role downstream of Rho in actin cytoskeleton assembly and contractility. The process of ROCK2 activation is complex and requires suppression of an autoinhibitory mechanism that is facilitated by Rho binding. ROCK2 harbours a C-terminal extension within the kinase domain that contains a hydrophobic cluster of phenylalanine and tyrosine residues surrounding a key threonine residue. In growth-factor-stimulated AGC kinases, the hydrophobic motif is important for the transition of the kinase from inactive to active complex and requires phosphorylation of the conserved serine/threonine residue. Less is understood about the contribution that the hydrophobic motif plays in the activation of ROCK, and the role of the hydrophobic motif threonine at position 405. In the present study, we show that this residue of ROCK is essential for substrate phosphorylation and kinase domain dimerization. However, in contrast with the growth-factor-activated AGC kinases, a phosphomimetic residue at position 405 was inhibitory for ROCK2 activity and dimerization. A soluble hydrophobic motif peptide allosterically activated ROCK2 In vitro, but not the equivalent peptide with Asp(405) substitution. Mechanistically, both ROCK2 activity and dimerization were dependent upon the interaction between Thr(405) of the hydrophobic motif and Asp(39) of the N-terminal extension. The reciprocal exchange of these residues was permissive for kinase activity, but dimerization was lost. These results support the rationale for development of small-molecule inhibitors designed to block ROCK activation by selectively interfering with hydrophobic motif-mediated activation-state transition and dimer formation.

  6. Synthesis of Z-CCK-27-32-NH2, Z-Tyr(SO-3)-Met-Gly-Trp-Met-Asp-NH2, a cholecystokinin receptor antagonist and an inhibitor of gastrin-induced acid secretion. (United States)

    Briet, C; Aumelas, A; Martinez, J


    The synthesis of the hexapeptide Z-Tyr(SO-3)-Met-Gly-Trp-Met-Asp-NH2, representing the C-terminal sequence of cholecystokinin minus the C-terminal phenylalanyl residue is described. This peptide was shown to be the most potent cholecystokinin receptor antagonist in vitro described to date. It is also able to inhibit gastrin-induced acid secretion in vivo, in the rat and was proved to antagonize the action of the C-terminal octapeptide of cholecystokinin in the central nervous system.

  7. Preparation of Adsorbent Based on Modiifcation of Cotton Fibers by HBP-NH2 and Its Property%HBP-NH2改性棉纤维吸附剂的制备及性能研究

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    孙凤; 臧传峰; 闫腾; 张德锁; 陈宇岳; 林红


    A modified cotton fiber adsorbent was prepared successfully by grafting amino-terminated hyperbranched polymer (HBP-NH2) onto oxidized cotton ifbers. Its technology of preparation was optimized based on the adsorption quantity of Cd2+. The results showed that the modiifed cotton ifbers have the highest adsorption capacity up to Cd2+when 20 g/L HBP-NH2 reacted with oxidized cotton ifbers at 60℃and 11.03 pH value for 2 h. The adsorption quantity of Cd2+could reach 38.94 mg/g.%本研究通过氧化活化棉纤维的方法将端氨基超支化聚合物(HBP-NH2)接枝到棉纤维表面,成功制备了一种HBP-NH2改性棉纤维吸附剂,并以Cd2+的吸附量为依据对吸附剂的制备工艺进行了优化。研究表明HBP-NH2改性棉纤维吸附剂最佳制备工艺为:在60℃下,pH值为11.03的20 g/L HBP-NH2溶液中(浴比1∶50),接枝反应2 h,所制备的改性棉纤维对Cd2+的吸附量最高,可达38.94 mg/g。

  8. c-Jun N-terminal kinase - c-Jun pathway transactivates Bim to promote osteoarthritis. (United States)

    Ye, Zhiqiang; Chen, Yuxian; Zhang, Rongkai; Dai, Haitao; Zeng, Chun; Zeng, Hua; Feng, Hui; Du, Gengheng; Fang, Hang; Cai, Daozhang


    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disorder. Previous studies have shown abnormally increased apoptosis of chondrocytes in patients and animal models of OA. TNF-α and nitric oxide have been reported to induce chondrocyte ageing; however, the mechanism of chondrocyte apoptosis induced by IL-1β has remained unclear. The aim of this study is to identify the role of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) - c-Jun pathway in regulating induction of Bim, and its implication in chondrocyte apoptosis. This study showed that Bim is upregulated in chondrocytes obtained from the articular cartilage of OA patients and in cultured mouse chondrocytes treated with IL-1β. Upregulation of Bim was found to be critical for chondrocyte apoptosis induced by IL-1β, as revealed by the genetic knockdown of Bim, wherein apoptosis was greatly reduced in the chondrocytes. Moreover, activation of the JNK-c-Jun pathway was observed under IL-1β treatment, as indicated by the increased expression levels of c-Jun protein. Suppression of the JNK-c-Jun pathway, using chemical inhibitors and RNA interference, inhibited the Bim upregulation induced by IL-1β. These findings suggest that the JNK-c-Jun pathway is involved in the upregulation of Bim during OA and that the JNK-c-Jun-Bim pathway is vital for chondrocyte apoptosis.

  9. c-Jun-N-Terminal Kinase Signaling Is Involved in Cyclosporine-Induced Epithelial Phenotypic Changes

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    Nicolas Pallet


    Full Text Available Tubular epithelial cells play a central role in the pathogenesis of chronic nephropathies. Previous toxicogenomic studies have demonstrated that cyclosporine- (CsA- induced epithelial phenotypic changes (EPCs are reminiscent of an incomplete epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT in a TGF-β-independent manner. Furthermore, we identified endoplasmic reticulum (ER stress as a potential mechanism that may participate in the modulation of tubular cell plasticity during CsA exposure. Because c-jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK, which is activated during ER stress, is implicated in kidney fibrogenesis, we undertook the current study to identify the role of JNK signaling in EPCs induced by CsA. In primary cultures of human renal epithelial cells, CsA activates JNK signaling, and the treatment with a JNK inhibitor reduces the occurrence of cell shape changes, E-cadherin downregulation, cell migration, and Snail-1 expression. Our results suggest that CsA activates JNK signaling, which, in turn, may participate in the morphological alterations through the regulation of Snail-1 expression.

  10. Activation of c-Jun-N-terminal kinase and decline of mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase activity during brain aging. (United States)

    Zhou, Qiongqiong; Lam, Philip Y; Han, Derick; Cadenas, Enrique


    Mitochondrial dysfunction is often associated with aging and neurodegeneration. c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK) phosphorylation and its translocation to mitochondria increased as a function of age in rat brain. This was associated with a decrease of pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) activity upon phosphorylation of the E(1alpha) subunit of PDH. Phosphorylation of PDH is likely mediated by PDH kinase, the protein levels and activity of which increased with age. ATP levels were diminished, whereas lactic acid levels increased, thus indicating a shift toward anaerobic glycolysis. The energy transduction deficit due to impairment of PDH activity during aging may be associated with JNK signaling.

  11. Mitogen-activated protein kinases regulate susceptibility to ventilator-induced lung injury.

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    Tamás Dolinay

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Mechanical ventilation causes ventilator-induced lung injury in animals and humans. Mitogen-activated protein kinases have been implicated in ventilator-induced lung injury though their functional significance remains incomplete. We characterize the role of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase/mitogen activated protein kinase kinase-3 and c-Jun-NH(2-terminal kinase-1 in ventilator-induced lung injury and investigate novel independent mechanisms contributing to lung injury during mechanical ventilation. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: C57/BL6 wild-type mice and mice genetically deleted for mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase-3 (mkk-3(-/- or c-Jun-NH(2-terminal kinase-1 (jnk1(-/- were ventilated, and lung injury parameters were assessed. We demonstrate that mkk3(-/- or jnk1(-/- mice displayed significantly reduced inflammatory lung injury and apoptosis relative to wild-type mice. Since jnk1(-/- mice were highly resistant to ventilator-induced lung injury, we performed comprehensive gene expression profiling of ventilated wild-type or jnk1(-/- mice to identify novel candidate genes which may play critical roles in the pathogenesis of ventilator-induced lung injury. Microarray analysis revealed many novel genes differentially expressed by ventilation including matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP8 and GADD45alpha. Functional characterization of MMP8 revealed that mmp8(-/- mice were sensitized to ventilator-induced lung injury with increased lung vascular permeability. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrate that mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways mediate inflammatory lung injury during ventilator-induced lung injury. C-Jun-NH(2-terminal kinase was also involved in alveolo-capillary leakage and edema formation, whereas MMP8 inhibited alveolo-capillary protein leakage.

  12. Role of the Caenorhabditis elegans Shc adaptor protein in the c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling pathway. (United States)

    Mizuno, Tomoaki; Fujiki, Kota; Sasakawa, Aya; Hisamoto, Naoki; Matsumoto, Kunihiro


    Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are integral to the mechanisms by which cells respond to physiological stimuli and a wide variety of environmental stresses. In Caenorhabditis elegans, the stress response is controlled by a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)-like mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway, which is regulated by MLK-1 MAPK kinase kinase (MAPKKK), MEK-1 MAPK kinase (MAPKK), and KGB-1 JNK-like MAPK. In this study, we identify the shc-1 gene, which encodes a C. elegans homolog of Shc, as a factor that specifically interacts with MEK-1. The shc-1 loss-of-function mutation is defective in activation of KGB-1, resulting in hypersensitivity to heavy metals. A specific tyrosine residue in the NPXY motif of MLK-1 creates a docking site for SHC-1 with the phosphotyrosine binding (PTB) domain. Introduction of a mutation that perturbs binding to the PTB domain or the NPXY motif abolishes the function of SHC-1 or MLK-1, respectively, thereby abolishing the resistance to heavy metal stress. These results suggest that SHC-1 acts as a scaffold to link MAPKKK to MAPKK activation in the KGB-1 MAPK signal transduction pathway.

  13. C-NH2 bond formation mediated by iridium complexes


    Mena, Inmaculada; Casado, Miguel A.; Polo, Víctor; García-Orduña, P.; Lahoz, Fernando J.; Oro, Luis A.


    In the presence of phosphanes (PR3), the amido-bridged trinuclear complex [{Ir(μ-NH2)(tfbb)}3] (tfbb=tetrafluorobenzobarrelene) transforms into mononuclear discrete compounds [Ir(1,2-η2-4-κ-C12H8F 4N)(PR3)3], which are the products of the C-N coupling between the amido moiety and a vinylic carbon of the diolefin. An alternative synthetic approach to these species involves the reaction of the 18-e- complex [Ir(Cl)(tfbb)(PMePh2)2] with gaseous ammonia and additional phosphane. DFT studies show ...

  14. C-NH2 bond formation mediated by iridium complexes. (United States)

    Mena, Inmaculada; Casado, Miguel A; Polo, Víctor; García-Orduña, Pilar; Lahoz, Fernando J; Oro, Luis A


    In the presence of phosphanes (PR3 ), the amido-bridged trinuclear complex [{Ir(μ-NH2 )(tfbb)}3 ] (tfbb=tetrafluorobenzobarrelene) transforms into mononuclear discrete compounds [Ir(1,2-η(2) -4-κ-C12 H8 F4 N)(PR3 )3 ], which are the products of the CN coupling between the amido moiety and a vinylic carbon of the diolefin. An alternative synthetic approach to these species involves the reaction of the 18 e(-) complex [Ir(Cl)(tfbb)(PMePh2 )2 ] with gaseous ammonia and additional phosphane. DFT studies show that both transformations occur through nucleophilic attack. In the first case the amido moiety attacks a diolefin coordinated to a neighboring molecule following a bimolecular mechanism induced by the highly basic NH2 moiety; the second pathway involves a direct nucleophilic attack of ammonia to a coordinated tfbb molecule. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Complete Series of Alkali-Metal M(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) Hydrogen-Storage Salts Accessed via Metathesis in Organic Solvents. (United States)

    Owarzany, Rafał; Fijalkowski, Karol J; Jaroń, Tomasz; Leszczyński, Piotr J; Dobrzycki, Łukasz; Cyrański, Michał K; Grochala, Wojciech


    We report a new efficient way of synthesizing high-purity hydrogen-rich M(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) salts (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs). The solvent-mediated metathetic synthesis applied here uses precursors containing bulky organic cations and weakly coordinating anions. The applicability of this method permits the entire series of alkali-metal M(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) salts (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) to be obtained, thus enabling their comparative analysis in terms of crystal structures and hydrogen-storage properties. A novel polymorphic form of Verkade's base (C18H39N4PH)(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) precursor was also characterized structurally. For all compounds, we present a comprehensive structural, spectroscopic, and thermogravimetric characterization (PXRD, NMR, FTIR, Raman, and TGA/DSC/MS).

  16. Streptococcus pneumoniae induced c-Jun-N-terminal kinase- and AP-1 -dependent IL-8 release by lung epithelial BEAS-2B cells

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    Rosseau Simone


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although pneumococcal pneumonia is one of the most common causes of death due to infectious diseases, little is known about pneumococci-lung cell interaction. Herein we tested the hypothesis that pneumococci activated pulmonary epithelial cell cytokine release by c-Jun-NH2-terminal kinase (JNK Methods Human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B or epithelial HEK293 cells were infected with S. pneumoniae R6x and cytokine induction was measured by RT-PCR, ELISA and Bioplex assay. JNK-phosphorylation was detected by Western blot and nuclear signaling was assessed by electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP. JNK was modulated by the small molecule inhibitor SP600125 and AP1 by transfection of a dominant negative mutant. Results S. pneumoniae induced the release of distinct CC and CXC, as well as Th1 and Th2 cytokines and growth factors by human lung epithelial cell line BEAS-2B. Furthermore, pneumococci infection resulted in JNK phosphorylation in BEAS-2B cells. Inhibition of JNK by small molecule inhibitor SP600125 reduced pneumococci-induced IL-8 mRNA expression and release of IL-8 and IL-6. One regulator of the il8 promoter is JNK-phosphorylated activator protein 1 (AP-1. We showed that S. pneumoniae time-dependently induced DNA binding of AP-1 and its phosphorylated subunit c-Jun with a maximum at 3 to 5 h after infection. Recruitment of Ser63/73-phosphorylated c-Jun and RNA polymerase II to the endogenous il8 promoter was found 2 h after S. pneumoniae infection by chromatin immunoprecipitation. AP-1 repressor A-Fos reduced IL-8 release by TLR2-overexpressing HEK293 cells induced by pneumococci but not by TNFα. Antisense-constructs targeting the AP-1 subunits Fra1 and Fra2 had no inhibitory effect on pneumococci-induced IL-8 release. Conclusion S. pneumoniae-induced IL-8 expression by human epithelial BEAS-2B cells depended on activation of JNK and recruitment of phosphorylated c

  17. DMPD: A pervasive role of ubiquitin conjugation in activation and termination ofIkappaB kinase pathways. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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    Full Text Available 15809659 A pervasive role of ubiquitin conjugation in activation and termination of.... PubmedID 15809659 Title A pervasive role of ubiquitin conjugation in activation...IkappaB kinase pathways. Krappmann D, Scheidereit C. EMBO Rep. 2005 Apr;6(4):321-6. (.png) (.svg) (.html) (....csml) Show A pervasive role of ubiquitin conjugation in activation and termination ofIkappaB kinase pathways

  18. Growth arrest- and DNA-damage-inducible 45beta gene inhibits c-Jun N-terminal kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinase and decreases IL-1beta-induced apoptosis in insulin-producing INS-1E cells

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    Larsen, Claus Morten; Døssing, M G; Papa, S;


    IL-1beta is a candidate mediator of apoptotic beta cell destruction, a process that leads to type 1 diabetes and progression of type 2 diabetes. IL-1beta activates beta cell c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and p38, all of which are members of the mitogen...

  19. Allosteric regulation of protein kinase PKCζ by the N-terminal C1 domain and small compounds to the PIF-pocket

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    Lopez-Garcia, Laura A; Schulze, Jörg O; Fröhner, Wolfgang


    Protein kinases are key mediators of cellular signaling, and therefore, their activities are tightly controlled. AGC kinases are regulated by phosphorylation and by N- and C-terminal regions. Here, we studied the molecular mechanism of inhibition of atypical PKCζ and found that the inhibition by ...

  20. Unlocking Doors without Keys: Activation of Src by Truncated C-terminal Intracellular Receptor Tyrosine Kinases Lacking Tyrosine Kinase Activity

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    Belén Mezquita


    Full Text Available One of the best examples of the renaissance of Src as an open door to cancer has been the demonstration that just five min of Src activation is sufficient for transformation and also for induction and maintenance of cancer stem cells [1]. Many tyrosine kinase receptors, through the binding of their ligands, become the keys that unlock the structure of Src and activate its oncogenic transduction pathways. Furthermore, intracellular isoforms of these receptors, devoid of any tyrosine kinase activity, still retain the ability to unlock Src. This has been shown with a truncated isoform of KIT (tr-KIT and a truncated isoform of VEGFR-1 (i21-VEGFR-1, which are intracellular and require no ligand binding, but are nonetheless able to activate Src and induce cell migration and invasion of cancer cells. Expression of the i21-VEGFR-1 is upregulated by the Notch signaling pathway and repressed by miR-200c and retinoic acid in breast cancer cells. Both Notch inhibitors and retinoic acid have been proposed as potential therapies for invasive breast cancer.

  1. Unlocking Doors without Keys: Activation of Src by Truncated C-terminal Intracellular Receptor Tyrosine Kinases Lacking Tyrosine Kinase Activity. (United States)

    Mezquita, Belén; Mezquita, Pau; Pau, Montserrat; Mezquita, Jovita; Mezquita, Cristóbal


    One of the best examples of the renaissance of Src as an open door to cancer has been the demonstration that just five min of Src activation is sufficient for transformation and also for induction and maintenance of cancer stem cells [1]. Many tyrosine kinase receptors, through the binding of their ligands, become the keys that unlock the structure of Src and activate its oncogenic transduction pathways. Furthermore, intracellular isoforms of these receptors, devoid of any tyrosine kinase activity, still retain the ability to unlock Src. This has been shown with a truncated isoform of KIT (tr-KIT) and a truncated isoform of VEGFR-1 (i21-VEGFR-1), which are intracellular and require no ligand binding, but are nonetheless able to activate Src and induce cell migration and invasion of cancer cells. Expression of the i21-VEGFR-1 is upregulated by the Notch signaling pathway and repressed by miR-200c and retinoic acid in breast cancer cells. Both Notch inhibitors and retinoic acid have been proposed as potential therapies for invasive breast cancer.

  2. The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt and c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling in cancer: Alliance or contradiction? (Review). (United States)

    Zhao, Hua-Fu; Wang, Jing; Tony To, Shing-Shun


    The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathway and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway are responsible for regulating a variety of cellular processes including cell growth, migration, invasion and apoptosis. These two pathways are essential to the development and progression of tumors. The dual roles of JNK signaling in apoptosis and tumor development determine the different interactions between the PI3K/Akt and JNK pathways. Activation of PI3K/Akt signaling can inhibit stress- and cytokine-induced JNK activation through Akt antagonizing and the formation of the JIP1-JNK module, as well as the activities of upstream kinases ASK1, MKK4/7 and MLK. On the other hand, hyperactivation of Akt and JNK is also found in cancers that harbor EGFR overexpression or loss of PTEN. Understanding the activation mechanism of PI3K/Akt and JNK pathways, as well as the interplays between these two pathways in cancer may contribute to the identification of novel therapeutic targets. In the present report, we summarized the current understanding of the PI3K/Akt and JNK signaling networks, as well as their biological roles in cancers. In addition, the interactions and regulatory network between PI3K/Akt and JNK pathways in cancer were discussed.

  3. Hippocampal activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase,protein kinase B,and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in a chronic stress rat model of depression

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    Wei Dai; Weidong Li; Jun Lu; Yingge A; Ya Tu


    Recent studies have shown that vaned stress stimuli activate c-Jun N-terminal kinase(JNK),protein kinase B(Akt),and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase(p38)signal transduction pathway,and also regulate various apoptotic cascades.JNK and p38 promote apoptosis,but Akt protects against apoptosis,in hippocampal neurons.However,changes in the transduction pathway in different regions of brain tissues in a chronic stress rat model of depression remain poorly understood.Results from this study showed that JNK phosphorylation levels were significantly greater in the stress group hippocampus compared with the control group(P 0.05).These results suggested that the JNK signal pathway is activated by JNK phosphorylation and participates in pathophysiological changes in rat models of depression.

  4. The N-terminal domain of the tomato immune protein Prf contains multiple homotypic and Pto kinase interaction sites. (United States)

    Saur, Isabel Marie-Luise; Conlan, Brendon Francis; Rathjen, John Paul


    Resistance to Pseudomonas syringae bacteria in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is conferred by the Prf recognition complex, composed of the nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeats protein Prf and the protein kinase Pto. The complex is activated by recognition of the P. syringae effectors AvrPto and AvrPtoB. The N-terminal domain is responsible for Prf homodimerization, which brings two Pto kinases into close proximity and holds them in inactive conformation in the absence of either effector. Negative regulation is lost by effector binding to the catalytic cleft of Pto, leading to disruption of its P+1 loop within the activation segment. This change is translated through Prf to a second Pto molecule in the complex. Here we describe a schematic model of the unique Prf N-terminal domain dimer and its interaction with the effector binding determinant Pto. Using heterologous expression in Nicotiana benthamiana, we define multiple sites of N domain homotypic interaction and infer that it forms a parallel dimer folded centrally to enable contact between the N and C termini. Furthermore, we found independent binding sites for Pto at either end of the N-terminal domain. Using the constitutively active mutant ptoL205D, we identify a potential repression site for Pto in the first ∼100 amino acids of Prf. Finally, we find that the Prf leucine-rich repeats domain also binds the N-terminal region, highlighting a possible mechanism for transfer of the effector binding signal to the NB-LRR regulatory unit (consisting of a central nucleotide binding and C-terminal leucine-rich repeats). © 2015 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  5. The N-Terminal Domain of the Tomato Immune Protein Prf Contains Multiple Homotypic and Pto Kinase Interaction Sites* (United States)

    Saur, Isabel Marie-Luise; Conlan, Brendon Francis; Rathjen, John Paul


    Resistance to Pseudomonas syringae bacteria in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is conferred by the Prf recognition complex, composed of the nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeats protein Prf and the protein kinase Pto. The complex is activated by recognition of the P. syringae effectors AvrPto and AvrPtoB. The N-terminal domain is responsible for Prf homodimerization, which brings two Pto kinases into close proximity and holds them in inactive conformation in the absence of either effector. Negative regulation is lost by effector binding to the catalytic cleft of Pto, leading to disruption of its P+1 loop within the activation segment. This change is translated through Prf to a second Pto molecule in the complex. Here we describe a schematic model of the unique Prf N-terminal domain dimer and its interaction with the effector binding determinant Pto. Using heterologous expression in Nicotiana benthamiana, we define multiple sites of N domain homotypic interaction and infer that it forms a parallel dimer folded centrally to enable contact between the N and C termini. Furthermore, we found independent binding sites for Pto at either end of the N-terminal domain. Using the constitutively active mutant ptoL205D, we identify a potential repression site for Pto in the first ∼100 amino acids of Prf. Finally, we find that the Prf leucine-rich repeats domain also binds the N-terminal region, highlighting a possible mechanism for transfer of the effector binding signal to the NB-LRR regulatory unit (consisting of a central nucleotide binding and C-terminal leucine-rich repeats). PMID:25792750

  6. Modifying the NH2 and COOH termini of aquaporin-5: effects on localization in polarized epithelial cells. (United States)

    Wellner, Robert B; Hong, Sohee; Cotrim, Ana P; Swaim, William D; Baum, Bruce J


    To reengineer polarized epithelial cell functions directly in situ, or ex vivo in the fabrication of an artificial organ, it is necessary to understand mechanisms that account for polarized membrane sorting. We have used the aquaporins (AQPs), a family of homotetrameric water channel proteins, as model membrane proteins for this purpose. AQP monomers contain six transmembrane-spanning domains linked by five interconnecting loops, with the NH2 and COOH termini residing in the cytosol. AQP5 is localized in the apical membranes of several different epithelia in vivo, and in stably transfected MDCK-II cells grown as a polarized monolayer. We wished to identify a structural region(s) within rat AQP5 (rAQP5) important for apical localization, and to study the MDCK-II cell localization of rAQP5s modified in either their NH2 or COOH terminus. We show that the NH2- terminal region does not play a major role in apical localization as deletion of the NH2 terminus produced a modified rAQP5 construct (AQP5-NT(del)) that was stably expressed and localized primarily to the apical membranes of MDCK-II cells. Attachment of a FLAG epitope to the NH2 terminus of AQP5 (AQP5(flag) construct) also did not perturb apical localization. In addition, we found that the exchange of NH2-terminal regions between rAQP5 and human AQP1 (hAQP1; a nonpolarized AQP isoform) produced a modified rAQP5 construct (AQP5-1NT) and a modified hAQP1 construct (AQP1-5NT), each of which localized as the parental AQP (apically, and to both apical and basolateral membranes, respectively). In contrast, we found that deletion of the COOH terminus resulted in a modified rAQP5 construct (AQP5-CT(del)) that was unstably expressed and localized to intracellular site(s) in MDCK-II cells. Substitution of the COOH terminus of AQP1 with the COOH terminus of AQP5 also produced a construct (AQP1-5CT) transiently expressed in intracellular compartment(s). However, substitution of the COOH terminus of rAQP5 with the COOH

  7. TKS-Vega experiment - NH and NH2 bands in Comet Halley

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    Krasnopol' skii, V.A.; Tkachuk, A.IU. (AN SSSR, Institut Kosmicheskikh Issledovanii, Moscow (USSR))


    An analysis is conducted of the March 9, 1986 distribution of the NH 336-nm band and the NH2 bands in the 580-700 nm region on Comet Halley. Of all candidates considered, only ammonia suggests itself as a parent of both NH2 and NH. The ammonia production rate is obtained from measurements of NH2 bands by dividing the observed Q(NH2) by 0.92, which is the yield of NH2 in NH3 photolysis. The NH3 presently measured is an order of magnitude lower than that derived from the Giotto IMS data. 28 refs.

  8. c-Jun N-terminal kinase regulates mitochondrial bioenergetics by modulating pyruvate dehydrogenase activity in primary cortical neurons. (United States)

    Zhou, Qiongqiong; Lam, Philip Y; Han, Derick; Cadenas, Enrique


    This study examines the role of c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in mitochondrial signaling and bioenergetics in primary cortical neurons and isolated rat brain mitochondria. Exposure of neurons to either anisomycin (an activator of JNK/p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases) or H2O2 resulted in activation (phosphorylation) of JNK (mostly p46(JNK1)) and its translocation to mitochondria. Experiments with mitochondria isolated from either rat brain or primary cortical neurons and incubated with proteinase K revealed that phosphorylated JNK was associated with the outer mitochondrial membrane; this association resulted in the phosphorylation of the E(1alpha) subunit of pyruvate dehydrogenase, a key enzyme that catalyzes the oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate and that links two major metabolic pathways: glycolysis and the tricarboxylic acid cycle. JNK-mediated phosphorylation of pyruvate dehydrogenase was not observed in experiments carried out with mitoplasts, thus suggesting the requirement of intact, functional mitochondria for this effect. JNK-mediated phosphorylation of pyruvate dehydrogenase was associated with a decline in its activity and, consequently, a shift to anaerobic pyruvate metabolism: the latter was confirmed by increased accumulation of lactic acid and decreased overall energy production (ATP levels). Pyruvate dehydrogenase appears to be a specific phosphorylation target for JNK, for other kinases, such as protein kinase A and protein kinase C did not elicit pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphorylation and did not decrease the activity of the complex. These results suggest that JNK mediates a signaling pathway that regulates metabolic functions in mitochondria as part of a network that coordinates cytosolic and mitochondrial processes relevant for cell function.

  9. Inhibition of Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase (MAPK)-interacting Kinase (MNK) Preferentially Affects Translation of mRNAs Containing Both a 5'-Terminal Cap and Hairpin. (United States)

    Korneeva, Nadejda L; Song, Anren; Gram, Hermann; Edens, Mary Ann; Rhoads, Robert E


    The MAPK-interacting kinases 1 and 2 (MNK1 and MNK2) are activated by extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) or p38 in response to cellular stress and extracellular stimuli that include growth factors, cytokines, and hormones. Modulation of MNK activity affects translation of mRNAs involved in the cell cycle, cancer progression, and cell survival. However, the mechanism by which MNK selectively affects translation of these mRNAs is not understood. MNK binds eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4G (eIF4G) and phosphorylates the cap-binding protein eIF4E. Using a cell-free translation system from rabbit reticulocytes programmed with mRNAs containing different 5'-ends, we show that an MNK inhibitor, CGP57380, affects translation of only those mRNAs that contain both a cap and a hairpin in the 5'-UTR. Similarly, a C-terminal fragment of human eIF4G-1, eIF4G(1357-1600), which prevents binding of MNK to intact eIF4G, reduces eIF4E phosphorylation and inhibits translation of only capped and hairpin-containing mRNAs. Analysis of proteins bound to m(7)GTP-Sepharose reveals that both CGP and eIF4G(1357-1600) decrease binding of eIF4E to eIF4G. These data suggest that MNK stimulates translation only of mRNAs containing both a cap and 5'-terminal RNA duplex via eIF4E phosphorylation, thereby enhancing the coupled cap-binding and RNA-unwinding activities of eIF4F.

  10. Differences in c-Jun N-terminal kinase recognition and phosphorylation of closely related stathmin-family members. (United States)

    Yip, Yan Y; Yeap, Yvonne Y C; Bogoyevitch, Marie A; Ng, Dominic C H


    The stathmin (STMN) family of tubulin-binding phosphoproteins are critical regulators of interphase microtubule dynamics and organization in a broad range of cellular processes. c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signalling to STMN family proteins has been implicated specifically in neuronal maturation, degeneration and cell stress responses more broadly. Previously, we characterized mechanisms underlying JNK phosphorylation of STMN at proline-flanked serine residues (Ser25 and Ser38) that are conserved across STMN-like proteins. In this study, we demonstrated using in vitro kinase assays and alanine replacement of serine residues that JNK phosphorylated the STMN-like domain (SLD) of SCG10 on Ser73, consistent with our previous finding that STMN Ser38 was the primary JNK target site. In addition, we confirmed that a JNK binding motif ((41)KKKDLSL(47)) that facilitates JNK targeting of STMN is conserved in SCG10. In contrast, SCLIP was phosphorylated by JNK primarily on Ser60 which corresponds to Ser25 on STMN. Moreover, although the JNK-binding motif identified in STMN and SCG10 was not conserved in SCLIP, JNK phosphorylation of SCLIP was inhibited by a substrate competitive peptide (TI-JIP) highlighting kinase-substrate interaction as required for JNK targeting. Thus, STMN and SCG10 are similarly targeted by JNK but there are clear differences in JNK recognition and phosphorylation of the closely related family member, SCLIP.

  11. MST kinases monitor actin cytoskeletal integrity and signal via c-Jun N-terminal kinase stress-activated kinase to regulate p21Waf1/Cip1 stability. (United States)

    Densham, Ruth M; O'Neill, Eric; Munro, June; König, Ireen; Anderson, Kurt; Kolch, Walter; Olson, Michael F


    As well as providing a structural framework, the actin cytoskeleton plays integral roles in cell death, survival, and proliferation. The disruption of the actin cytoskeleton results in the activation of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK) pathway; however, the sensor of actin integrity that couples to the JNK pathway has not been characterized in mammalian cells. We now report that the mammalian Ste20-like (MST) kinases mediate the activation of the JNK pathway in response to the disruption of the actin cytoskeleton. One consequence of actin disruption is the JNK-mediated stabilization of p21(Waf1/Cip1) (p21) via the phosphorylation of Thr57. The expression of MST1 or MST2 was sufficient to stabilize p21 in a JNK- and Thr57-dependent manner, while the stabilization of p21 by actin disruption required MST activity. These data indicate that, in addition to being components of the Salvador-Warts-Hippo tumor suppressor network and binding partners of c-Raf and the RASSF1A tumor suppressor, MST kinases serve to monitor cytoskeletal integrity and couple via the JNK SAPK pathway to the regulation of a key cell cycle regulatory protein.

  12. Influences of the (NH2)2CO concentration on magnetic photocatalytic composites (United States)

    Liŭ, Dan; Li, Ziheng; Wang, Wenquan; Liú, Dan; Wang, Guoqiang; Lin, Junhong; He, Yingqiao; Li, Xiangru


    Magnetic photocatalytic Fe3O4@TiO2 composites have been fabricated by changing the concentration of (NH2)2CO. Samples were named as low (NH2)2CO concentration group which the (NH2)2CO concentration in the synthesis process was below 2.25 mol/L and high (NH2)2CO concentration group which the (NH2)2CO concentration was above 2.5 mol/L. Photocatalytic degradation experiments of methyl orange showed that the final degradation rates of low (NH2)2CO concentration group samples were higher than that of high (NH2)2CO concentration group, even better than P25 at the same test conditions. And it was interesting that samples of low (NH2)2CO concentration group had smaller values of BET surface areas than that of high (NH2)2CO concentration group. It indicated that the improvement of photocatalytic activity which was effected by BET surface areas was not obvious. There were two main factors enhancing the photocatalytic property of low (NH2)2CO concentration group: First, diffusing reflection spectra showed that the low (NH2)2CO concentration group samples had lower reflectivity, this suggested that the structure improved the efficiency of light absorption; Second, NH4+ would take up the active sites on the surface of the TiO2 particles, the FT-IR test results showed that the samples of the low (NH2)2CO concentration group samples bonded less NH4+, thus leading to the higher photocatalytic activity. It had enlightenment role for optimizing the performance of photocatalytic materials.

  13. Strategy for improved NH2 detection in combustion environments using an Alexandrite laser (United States)

    Brackmann, Christian; Zhou, Bo; Samuelsson, Per; Alekseev, Vladimir A.; Konnov, Alexander A.; Li, Zhongshan; Aldén, Marcus


    A new scheme for NH2 detection by means of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) with excitation around wavelength 385 nm, accessible using the second harmonic of a solid-state Alexandrite laser, is presented. Detection of NH2 was confirmed by identification of corresponding lines in fluorescence excitation spectra measured in premixed NH3-air flames and on NH2 radicals generated through NH3 photolysis in a nonreactive flow at ambient conditions. Moreover, spectral simulations allow for tentative NH2 line identification. Dispersed fluorescence emission spectra measured in flames and photolysis experiments showed lines attributed to vibrational bands of the NH2 A2A1 ← X2B1 transition but also a continuous structure, which in flame was observed to be dependent on nitrogen added to the fuel, apparently also generated by NH2. A general conclusion was that fluorescence interferences need to be carefully considered for NH2 diagnostics in this spectral region. Excitation for laser irradiances up to 0.2 GW/cm2 did not result in NH2 fluorescence saturation and allowed for efficient utilization of the available laser power without indication of laser-induced photochemistry. Compared with a previously employed excitation/detection scheme for NH2 at around 630 nm, excitation at 385.7 nm showed a factor of 15 higher NH2 signal. The improved signal allowed for single-shot NH2 LIF imaging on centimeter scale in flame with signal-to-noise ratio of 3 for concentrations around 1000 ppm, suggesting a detection limit around 700 ppm. Thus, the presented approach for NH2 detection provides enhanced possibilities for characterization of fuel-nitrogen combustion chemistry.

  14. Effective participation of Li4(NH2)3BH4 in the dehydrogenation pathway of the Mg(NH2)2-2LiH composite. (United States)

    Amica, G; Cova, F; Arneodo Larochette, P; Gennari, F C


    Lithium fast-ion conductors have shown positive effects on the hydrogen storage properties of the Li-Mg-N-H system. In the present work, Li4(NH2)3BH4 doped Mg(NH2)2-2LiH was formed by milling the 2LiNH2-MgH2-0.2LiBH4 composite and posterior annealing under hydrogen pressure to reduce the kinetic barrier of the Li-Mg-N-H system. The effect of repetitive dehydrogenation/rehydrogenation cycles on the kinetic and thermodynamic performance was evaluated. The dehydrogenation rate in the doped composite was twice that in the un-doped sample at 200 °C, while hydrogenation was 20 times faster. The activation energy decreases by 9% due to the presence of Li4(NH2)3BH4 compared to the un-doped composite, evidencing its catalytic role. The presence of Li4(NH2)3BH4 in the composite stabilized the hydrogen storage capacity after successive sorption cycles. Thermodynamic studies revealed a variation in the pressure composition isotherm curves between the first dehydrogenation cycle and the subsequent. The Li4(NH2)3BH4 doped composite showed a sloped plateau region at higher equilibrium pressure in regard to the flat plateau of the un-doped composite. Detailed structural investigations revealed the effective influence of Li4(NH2)3BH4 in different reactions: the irreversible dehydrogenation in the presence of MgH2 and the reversible hydrogen release when it reacts with Li2Mg2(NH)3. The role of Li4(NH2)3BH4 in improving the dehydrogenation kinetics is associated with the weakening of the N-H bond and the mobile small ion mass transfer enhancement.

  15. Study of the interactions of PAMAM G3-NH2 and G3-OH dendrimers with 5-fluorouracil in aqueous solutions. (United States)

    Buczkowski, Adam; Waliszewski, Dariusz; Urbaniak, Pawel; Palecz, Bartlomiej


    The results of spectroscopic measurements (increase in solubility, equilibrium dialysis, (1)H NMR titration) and calorimetric measurements (isothermal titration ITC) indicate spontaneous (ΔG<0) bonding of 5-fluorouracil by both cationic PAMAM G3-NH2 dendrimer and hydroxyl PAMAM G3-OH dendrimer in aqueous solutions. PAMAM G3-NH2 dendrimer bonds about n= 25±8 drug molecules. Some of them n1= 5±1 are bonded by terminal amine groups with equilibrium constant K1= 3890±930, while the remaining ones n2= 24 ±3 are bonded by amide groups with equilibrium constant K2= 110±30. Hydroxyl PAMAM G3-OH dendrimer bonds n=6.0±1.6 molecules of 5-fluorouracil through tertiary amine groups with equilibrium constant K= 65±10. The parameters of bonding 5-fluorouracil by PAMAM G3-NH2 and G3-OH dendrimer were compared with those of bonding this drug by the macromolecules of PAMAM of generations G4-NH2, G5-NH2 and G5-OH.

  16. Carboxyl terminal of rhodopsin kinase is required for the phosphorylation of photo—activated rhodopsin

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    Human rhodopsin kinase (RK) and a carboxyl terminus-truncated mutant RK lacking the last 59 amino acids (RKC) were expressed in human embryonic kidney 293 cells to investigate the role of the carboxyl terminus of RK in recognition and phosphorylation of rhodopsin.RKC,like the wild-type RK,was detected in both plasma membranes and cytosolic fractions.The Cterminal truncated rhodopsin kinase was unable to phosphorylate photo-activated rhodopsin,but possesses kinase activity similar to the wild-type RK in phosphorylation of small peptide substrate.It suggests that the truncation did not disturb the gross structures of RK catalytic domain.Our results also show that RKC failed to translocate to photo-activated rod out segments.Taken together,our study demonstrate the carboxyl terminus of RK is required for phosphorylation of photo-activated rhodopsin and strongly indicate that carboxyl-terminus of RK may be involved in interaction with photo-activated rhodopsin.

  17. Properties of oxidized linen fiber grafted with HBP-NH2%HBP-NH2接枝氧化亚麻纤维性能研究

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    赵兵; 张峰; 林红; 陈宇岳



  18. Crystal Structure Studies on p-Substitutedbenzenesulphonamides 4-X-C6H4SO2NH2 (X = CH3, NH2 F, Cl or Br) (United States)

    Thimme Gowda, B.; Jyothi, K.; Kožíšek, Jozef; Fuess, Hartmut


    Effect of ring substitution on the crystal structures of p-substitutedbenzenesulphonamides, p-XC6H4SO2NH2 (X = F, Cl, Br, CH3 or NH2) has been studied by determining the crystal structures of 4-chlorobenzenesulphonamide (4-ClC6H4SO2NH2) and 4-bromobenzenesulphonamide (4-BrC6H4SO2NH2) and analyzing the results along with the structures of 4-methylbenzenesulphonamide (4-CH3C6H4SO2NH2), 4-fluorobenzene-sulphonamide (4-FC6H4SO2NH2) and 4-aminobenzenesulphonamide (4-NH2C6H4SO2NH2). The crystal type, space group, formula units and lattice constants in Å of new structures are: (4-ClC6H4SO2NH2); monoclinic, P21/n, Z = 4, a = 6.6276(10), b = 16.219(3), c = 7.5716(10), β = 93.387(14)°; (4-BrC6H4SO2NH2): monoclinic, P 21/n, Z = 4, a = 6.5660(10), b = 16.4630(10), c = 7.6900(10), β = 92.760(10)°. Orientation of the amine group with respect to the phenyl ring is given by the torsion angles C(2)-C(1)-S-N: 70.9° and C(6)-C(1)-S-N: -108.5°. Similarly, the orientation of S, O(1) and O(2) with respect to the ring are given by torsion angles. The comparison of bond lengths and bond angles of 4-fluoro-, 4-chloro-, 4-bromo-, 4-methyl- and 4-amino-benzenesulphonamides reveal that the S-N and C-S bond lengths decrease with the introduction of electron-withdrawing substituents such as F, Cl or Br, while these groups do not have significant effects on the S-O distances. The effect on ring C-C distances was not uniform. Substitution of F, Cl or Br decreases the O-S-N bond angle, but increases the O-S-N, N-S-C(1) and C(3)-C(4)-C(5) bond angles.

  19. Effect of Jun N-terminal kinase 1 and 2 on the replication of Penicillium marneffei in human macrophages. (United States)

    Chen, Renqiong; Xi, Liyan; Huang, Xiaowen; Ma, Tuan; Ren, Hong; Ji, Guangquan


    Penicillium marneffei (P. marneffei) is a human pathogen which persists in macrophages and threatens the immunocompromised patients. To clarify the mechanisms involved, we evaluated the effect of c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 and 2 (JNK1/2) on cytokine expression, phagosomal maturation and multiplication of P. marneffei in P. marneffei-stimulated human macrophages. P. marneffei induced the rapid phosphorylation of JNK1/2. Using the specific inhibitor of JNK1/2 (SP600125), we found that the inhibition of JNK1/2 suppressed P. marneffei-induced tumor necrosis factor-α and IL-10 production. In addition, the presence of SP600125 increased phagosomal acidification and maturation and decreased intracellular replication. These data suggest that JNK1/2 may play an important role in promoting the replication of P. marneffei. Our findings further indicate that the pathogen through the JNK1/2 pathway may attenuate the immune response and macrophage antifungal function.

  20. Preparation of a Fiber Modifier HBP-NH2 and Its Application in Salt-free Dyeing of Silk Fabric with Reactive Dyes%纤维改性剂HBP-NH2的制备及在真丝织物活性染料无盐染色中的应用

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    蒋小云; 王成龙; 吴靖; 余志成


    In this study, hyperbranched poly amide-amine (HBP-NH2) polymers with different terminal groups were prepared to modify silk fiber for improving the dye uptake and color fastness of silk fabric dyed with salt-free reactive dye. Diethylenetriamine and methylacrylate were used as material to prepare HBP-NH2(0) ~HBP-NH2(6) which had different amino end groups by changing reaction time (0 ~6 h) of the monomer. The results of Fourier transform infrared spectro-scopic analysis and amino content determination showed that there are a lot of alkaline groups including amino and imino groups in HBP-NH2. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that HBP-NH2 had good thermal stability. The prepared 7 kinds of HBP-NH2 were used for fiber modification of silk fabric respectively, and the modified silk fabric was then dyed with salt-free reactive dye. The results showed that the modified silk fabric had good dyeing property and the silk fabric modified by HBP-NH2(5) had higher K/S value and color fastness. Salt-free dyeing of silk fabric with reactive dye could be realized by using HBP-NH2 as fiber modifier.%制备不同端氨基超支化聚合物( HBP-NH2)用于真丝纤维改性,提高真丝织物用活性染料进行无盐染色的上染率和染色牢度.以二乙烯三胺与丙烯酸甲酯为原料,改变合成单体的反应时间(0~6 h),制备出不同的端氨基超支化聚合物HBP-NH2 (0)~HBP-NH2 (6).通过红外光谱和氨基含量测试证明HBP-NH2中含有大量的氨基和亚氨基等碱性基团,热重分析显示HBP-NH2具有较好的热稳定性.将制备的7种HBP-NH2分别用于真丝织物的改性,改性后的真丝织物在以活性染料进行的无盐染色试验中,表现出较好的染色性能,其中以HBP-NH2(5)改性后的真丝织物具有较高的染色K/S值和较好的色牢度.将HBP-NH2作为真丝纤维改性剂,可以实现用活性染料对真丝织物进行无盐染色的、目标.

  1. c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK signaling as a therapeutic target for Alzheimer´s disease

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    Ramón eYarza


    Full Text Available c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs are a family of protein kinases that play a central role in stress signaling pathways implicated in gene expression, neuronal plasticity, regeneration, cell death and regulation of cellular senescence. It has been shown that there is a JNK pathway activation after exposure to different stressing factors, including cytokines, growth factors, oxidative stress, unfolded protein response signals or A peptides. Altogether, JNKs have become a focus of screening strategies searching for new therapeutic approaches to diabetes, cancer or liver diseases. In addition, activation of JNK has been identified as a key element responsible for the regulation of apoptotic apoptosis signals and therefore, it is critical for pathological occurring cell death associated with neurodegenerative diseases and, among them, with Alzheimer's disease (AD. In addition, in vitro and in vivo studies have reported alterations of JNK pathways potentially associated with pathogenesis and neuronal death in AD. JNK’s, particularly JNK3, not only enhance Aβ production, moreover it plays a key role in the maturation and development of neurofibrillary tangles.This review aims to explain the rationale behind testing therapies based on inhibition of JNK signalling for AD in terms of current knowledge about the pathophysiology of the disease. Keeping in mind that JNK3 is specifically expressed in the brain and activated by stress-stimuli, it is possible to hypothesize that inhibition of JNK3 might be considered as a potential target for treating neurodegenerative mechanisms associated with AD.

  2. Expression and regulation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in endometrial cells in vivo and in vitro. (United States)

    Kizilay, Gulnur; Cakmak, Hakan; Yen, Chih-Feng; Atabekoglu, Cem; Arici, Aydin; Kayisli, Umit Ali


    JNK(c-Jun N-terminal kinase) is one of the main types of mitogen-activated protein kinases. JNK modulates inflammation and apoptosis in response to stress. Our hypothesis is that temporal and spatial changes in JNK activity regulate inflammation in human endometrium and that fluctuation in estrogen and progesterone levels may play a role in JNK activation. Therefore, we aimed to determine total-(t-) and active-(phosphorylated, p-) JNK expression in endometrial tissues in vivo by immunohistochemistry, and in vitro by immunocytochemistry and Western blot analysis. Immunohistochemistry revealed moderate cytoplasmic and nuclear t-JNK immunoreactivity, and mostly nuclear p-JNK immunoreactivity throughout the menstrual cycle and early pregnancy. The highest p- and t-JNK immunoreactivity was detected in late secretory phase (P estrogen combined with progesterone (E(2) + P(4)) withdrawal from the culture conditions, compared to control and non-withdrawal groups (P < 0.05). Upon treatment with JNK inhibitor SP600125, we observed a significantly decreased interleukin (IL)-8 level (P < 0.05) in the presence and absence of E(2). These results demonstrate that JNK expression increases during the late secretory phase when the inflammatory response is highest. Inhibition of IL-8 expression by SP600125 suggests that JNK is involved in regulation of proinflammatory mediators of endometrium.

  3. Molecular clone and characterization of c-Jun N-terminal kinases 2 from orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides. (United States)

    Guo, Minglan; Wei, Jingguang; Zhou, Yongcan; Qin, Qiwei


    c-Jun N-terminal kinase 2 (JNK2) is a multifunctional mitogen-activated protein kinases involving in cell differentiation and proliferation, apoptosis, immune response and inflammatory conditions. In this study, we reported a new JNK2 (Ec-JNK2) derived from orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides. The full-length cDNA of Ec-JNK2 was 1920 bp in size, containing a 174 bp 5'-untranslated region (UTR), 483 bp 3'-UTR, and a 1263 bp open reading frame (ORF), which encoded a putative protein of 420 amino acids. The deduced protein sequence of Ec-JNK2 contained a conserved Thr-Pro-Tyr (TPY) motif in the domain of serine/threonine protein kinase (S-TKc). Ec-JNK2 has been found to involve in the immune response to pathogen challenges in vivo, and the infection of Singapore grouper iridovirus (SGIV) in vitro. Immunofluorescence staining showed that Ec-JNK2 was localized in the cytoplasm of grouper spleen (GS) cells, and moved to the nucleus after infecting with SGIV. Ec-JNK2 distributed in all immune-related tissues examined. After challenging with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), SGIV and polyriboinosinic polyribocytidylic acid (poly I:C), the mRNA expression of Ec-JNK2 was significantly (P orange-spotted grouper. Over-expressing Ec-JNK2 in fathead minnow (FHM) cells increased the SGIV infection and replication, while over-expressing the dominant-negative Ec-JNK2Δ181-183 mutant decreased it. These results indicated that Ec-JNK2 could be an important molecule in the successful infection and evasion of SGIV.

  4. Adsorption of NH2 on Graphene in the Presence of Defects and Adsorbates (United States)


    only NH2 adsorbates are present. To understand the variation of adsorption energy of secondary NH2 with distance, we recall that the primitive cell of...graphene contains two carbon atoms and forms a bipartite lattice.29,30 Lattice sites related to these two different atoms of the primitive cell by

  5. Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of the polyoxovanadate cluster [Zn2(NH2(CH2)2NH2)5][{Zn(NH2(CH2)2NH2)2}2{V18O42(H2O)}]$\\cdot x$H2O ( ∼ 12), possessing a layered structure

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    Srinivasan Natarajan; K S Narayan; Swapan K Pati


    A hydrothermal reaction of a mixture of ZnCl2, V2O5, ethylenediamine and water gave rise to a layered poly oxovanadate material [Zn2(NH2(CH2)2NH2)5][{Zn(NH2(CH2)2NH2)2}2{V18O42(H2O)}]$\\cdot x$H2O ( = 12) (I) consisting of [V18O42]12- clusters. These clusters, with all the vanadium ions in the +4 state, are connected together through Zn(NH2(CH2)2NH2)2 linkers forming a two-dimensional structure. The layers are also separated by distorted trigonal bipyramidal [Zn2(NH2(CH2)2NH2)5] complexes. The structure, thus, presents a dual role for the Zn-ethylenediamine complex. The magnetic susceptibility studies indicate that the interactions between the V centres in I are predominantly antiferromagnetic in nature and the compound shows highly frustrated behaviour. The magnetic properties are compared to the theoretical calculations based on the Heisenberg model, in addition to correlating to the structure. Crystal data for the complexes are presented.

  6. CN and NH2 atmospheres of Comet C/1999 J3 (Linear) (United States)

    Korsun, P. P.; Jockers, K.


    Observations of Comet C/1999 J3 were made at the 2-m telescope of the Pik Terskol Observatory on September 19, 1999. Narrow-band CCD images of the CN, NH2, and dust atmospheres have been recorded using the two-channel focal reducer of the Max-Plank-Institute for Aeronomy. To fit distributions of the CN and NH2 molecules in the comet atmosphere Monte Carlo model was adopted. Model calculations were successful with photodissociation lifetimes equal to τCN=1.5×105s and τ{CNparent}=3.2×104s for CN and its parent, τ{NH2}=1.0×105s and τ{NH2parent}=5.0×103s for NH2 and its parent, respectively. These results are in agreement with HCN as the main source of the CN radicals and NH3 as the main source of the NH2 radicals in the atmosphere of Comet C/1999 J3 (Linear). The gas-production rates of CN, Q(CN)=3.8×1025 mol-1, and NH2, Q(NH2)=2.6×1025 mol-1, have been determined as well. These values are about 0.24% and 0.16%, respectively, of the water production rate.

  7. The human receptor for urokinase plasminogen activator. NH2-terminal amino acid sequence and glycosylation variants

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    Behrendt, N; Rønne, E; Ploug, M


    -PA. The purified protein shows a single 55-60 kDa band after sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and silver staining. It is a heavily glycosylated protein, the deglycosylated polypeptide chain comprising only 35 kDa. The glycosylated protein contains N-acetyl-D-glucosamine and sialic acid...

  8. Chaperone-like effect of the linker on the isolated C-terminal domain of rabbit muscle creatine kinase. (United States)

    Chen, Zhe; Chen, Xiang-Jun; Xia, Mengdie; He, Hua-Wei; Wang, Sha; Liu, Huihui; Gong, Haipeng; Yan, Yong-Bin


    Intramolecular chaperones (IMCs), which are specific domains/segments encoded in the primary structure of proteins, exhibit chaperone-like activity against the aggregation of the other domains in the same molecule. In this research, we found that the truncation of the linker greatly promoted the thermal aggregation of the isolated C-terminal domain (CTD) of rabbit muscle creatine kinase (RMCK). Either the existence of the linker covalently linked to CTD or the supply of the synthetic linker peptide additionally could successfully protect the CTD of RMCK against aggregation in a concentration-dependent manner. Truncated fragments of the linker also behaved as a chaperone-like effect with lower efficiency, revealing the importance of its C-terminal half in the IMC function of the linker. The aggregation sites in the CTD of RMCK were identified by molecular dynamics simulations. Mutational analysis of the three key hydrophobic residues resulted in opposing effects on the thermal aggregation between the CTD with intact or partial linker, confirming the role of linker as a lid to protect the hydrophobic residues against exposure to solvent. These observations suggested that the linkers in multidomain proteins could act as IMCs to facilitate the correct folding of the aggregation-prone domains. Furthermore, the intactness of the IMC linker after proteolysis modulates the production of off-pathway aggregates, which may be important to the onset of some diseases caused by the toxic effects of aggregated proteolytic fragments.

  9. Synthesis of tetrapeptide Bz-RGDS-NH2 by a combination of chemical and enzymatic methods. (United States)

    Huang, Yi-Bing; Cai, Yu; Yang, Sen; Wang, Hua; Hou, Rui-Zhen; Xu, Li; Xiao-Xia, Wu; Zhang, Xue-Zhong


    The tetrapeptide Bz-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser-NH(2) (Bz-RGDS-NH(2)) was successfully synthesized by a combination of chemical and enzymatic methods in this study. Firstly, the precursor tripeptide Gly-Asp-Ser-NH(2) (GDS-NH(2)) was synthesized by a novel chemical method in four steps including chloroacetylation of l-aspartic acid, synthesis of chloroacetyl l-aspartic acid anhydride, the synthesis of ClCH(2)COAsp-SerOMe and ammonolysis of ClCH(2)COAsp-SerOMe. Secondly, lipase (PPL) was used to catalyze the formation of Bz-RGDS-NH(2) in aqueous water-miscible organic cosolvent systems using Bz-Arg-OEt as the acyl donor and GDS-NH(2) as the nucleophile. The optimum conditions were Bz-Arg-OEt 50 mM; GDS-NH(2) 400 mM; 10 degrees C, 0.1M phosphate buffer, pH 7.5; 60% DMF or 58% DMSO, PPL: 10 mg ml(-1) with the maximum yields of the tetrapeptide of 73.6% for DMF and 70.4% for DMSO, respectively. The secondary hydrolysis of the tetrapeptide product did not take place due to the absence of amidase activity of lipase.

  10. Protein kinases: mechanisms and downstream targets in inflammation-mediated obesity and insulin resistance. (United States)

    Nandipati, Kalyana C; Subramanian, Saravanan; Agrawal, Devendra K


    Obesity-induced low-grade inflammation (metaflammation) impairs insulin receptor signaling. This has been implicated in the development of insulin resistance. Insulin signaling in the target tissues is mediated by stress kinases such as p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase, c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase, inhibitor of NF-kB kinase complex β (IKKβ), AMP-activated protein kinase, protein kinase C, Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase, and RNA-activated protein kinase. Most of these kinases phosphorylate several key regulators in glucose homeostasis. The phosphorylation of serine residues in the insulin receptor and IRS-1 molecule results in diminished enzymatic activity in the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway. This has been one of the key mechanisms observed in the tissues that are implicated in insulin resistance especially in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2-DM). Identifying the specific protein kinases involved in obesity-induced chronic inflammation may help in developing the targeted drug therapies to minimize the insulin resistance. This review is focused on the protein kinases involved in the inflammatory cascade and molecular mechanisms and their downstream targets with special reference to obesity-induced T2-DM.

  11. Dimerization via tandem leucine zippers is essential for the activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase, MLK-3. (United States)

    Leung, I W; Lassam, N


    Mixed lineage kinase-3 (MLK-3) is a mitogen-activated kinase kinase kinase that mediates stress-activating protein kinase (SAPK)/c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase activation. MLK-3 and other MLK family kinases are characterized by the presence of multiple protein-protein interaction domains including a tandem leucine/isoleucine zipper (LZs) motif. Leucine zippers are known to mediate protein dimerization raising the possibility that the tandem leucine/isoleucine zippers may function as a dimerization motif of MLK-3. Using both co-immunoprecipitation and nonreducing SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, we demonstrated that MLK-3 forms disulfide bridged homo-dimers and that the LZs motif is sufficient for MLK-3 homodimerization. We next asked whether MLK-3 utilizes a dimerization-based activation mechanism analogous to that of receptor tyrosine kinases. We found that dimerization via the LZs motif is a prerequisite for MLK-3 autophosphorylation. We then demonstrated that co-expression of Cdc42 lead to a substantial increase in MLK-3 dimerization, indicating that binding by this GTPase may induce MLK-3 dimerization. Moreover, the LZs minus form of MLK-3 failed to activate the downstream target SAPK, and expression of a MLK-3 LZs polypeptide was found to block SAPK activation by wild type MLK-3. Taken together, these findings indicate that dimerization plays a pivotal role in MLK-3 activation.

  12. Tumor Necrosis Factor-α and Apoptosis Signal-Regulating Kinase 1 Control Reactive Oxygen Species Release, Mitochondrial Autophagy and C-Jun N-Terminal Kinase/P38 Phosphorylation During Necrotizing Enterocolitis

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    Naira Baregamian


    Full Text Available Background: Oxidative stress and inflammation may contribute to the disruption of the protective gut barrier through various mechanisms; mitochondrial dysfunction resulting from inflammatory and oxidative injury may potentially be a significant source of apoptosis during necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC. Tumor necrosis factor (TNFα is thought to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS and activate the apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1-c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK/p38 pathway. Hence, the focus of our study was to examine the effects of TNFα/ROs on mitochondrial function, ASK1-JNK/p38 cascade activation in intestinal epithelial cells during NEC.

  13. Novel role of c-jun N-terminal kinase in regulating the initiation of cap-dependent translation. (United States)

    Patel, Manish R; Sadiq, Ahad A; Jay-Dixon, Joe; Jirakulaporn, Tanawat; Jacobson, Blake A; Farassati, Faris; Bitterman, Peter B; Kratzke, Robert A


    Initiation of protein translation by the 5' mRNA cap is a tightly regulated step in cell growth and proliferation. Aberrant activation of cap-dependent translation is a hallmark of many cancers including non-small cell lung cancer. The canonical signaling mechanisms leading to translation initiation include activation of the Akt/mTOR pathway in response to the presence of nutrients and growth factors. We have previously observed that inhibition of c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) leads to inactivation of cap-dependent translation in mesothelioma cells. Since JNK is involved in the genesis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), we hypothesized that JNK could also be involved in activating cap-dependent translation in NSCLC cells and could represent an alternative pathway regulating translation. In a series of NSCLC cell lines, inhibition of JNK using SP600125 resulted in inhibition of 4E-BP1 phosphorylation and a decrease in formation of the cap-dependent translation complex, eIF4F. Furthermore, we show that JNK-mediated inhibition of translation is independent of mTOR. Our data provide evidence that JNK is involved in the regulation of translation and has potential as a therapeutic target in NSCLC.

  14. C-jun N-terminal Kinase-mediated Signaling Is Essential for Staphylococcus Aureus-induced U937 Apoptosis

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    Jia-he Wang; Bo Yu; Hui-yan Niu; Hui Li; Yi Zhang; Xin Wang; Ping He


    Objective To investigate the effect of SP600125, a specific c-jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK) inhibitor, on Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus)-induced U937 cell death and the underlying mechanism. Methods The human monocytic U937 cells were treated with S. aureus at different time with or without SP600125. Cell apoptosis was analyzed by flow cytometry. JNK, Bax, and caspase-3 activities were detected by Western blotting. Results S. aureus induced apoptosis in cultured U937 cells in a time-dependent manner. Expression of Bax and phospho-JNK significantly increased in S. aureus-treated U937 cells, and the level of activated caspase-3 also increased in a time-dependent manner. Inhibition of JNK with SP600125 significantly inhibited S. aureus-induced apoptosis in U937 cells. Conclusions S. aureus can induce apoptosis in U937 cells by phosphorylation of JNK and activation of Bax and caspase-3. SP600125 protects U937 cells from apoptosis induced by S. aureus via inhibiting the activity of JNK.

  15. Involvement of hippocampal jun-N terminal kinase pathway in the enhancement of learning and memory by nicotine. (United States)

    Kenney, Justin W; Florian, Cédrick; Portugal, George S; Abel, Ted; Gould, Thomas J


    Despite intense scrutiny over the past 20 years, the reasons for the high addictive liability of nicotine and extreme rates of relapse in smokers have remained elusive. One factor that contributes to the development and maintenance of nicotine addiction is the ability of nicotine to produce long-lasting modifications of behavior, yet little is known about the mechanisms by which nicotine alters the underlying synaptic plasticity responsible for behavioral changes. This study is the first to explore how nicotine interacts with learning to alter gene transcription, which is a process necessary for long-term memory consolidation. Transcriptional upregulation of hippocampal jun-N terminal kinase 1 (JNK1) mRNA was found in mice that learned contextual fear conditioning (FC) in the presence of nicotine, whereas neither learning alone nor nicotine administration alone exerted an effect. Furthermore, the upregulation of JNK1 was absent in beta2 nicotinic receptor subunit knockout mice, which are mice that do not show enhanced learning by nicotine. Finally, hippocampal JNK activation was increased in mice that were administered nicotine before conditioning, and the inhibition of JNK during consolidation prevented the nicotine-induced enhancement of contextual FC. These data suggest that nicotine and learning interact to alter hippocampal JNK1 gene expression and related signaling processes, thus resulting in strengthened contextual memories.

  16. CN, NH2, and dust in the atmosphere of comet C/1999 J3 (LINEAR) (United States)

    Korsun, P. P.; Jockers, K.


    Comet C/1999 J3 (LINEAR) was observed with 2 m telescope of the Pik Terskol Observatory on September 19, 1999. Narrow-band CCD images of the CN, NH2, and dust atmospheres were recorded with the Two-Channel focal reducer of the Max-Plank-Institute for Aeronomy. The distributions of the CN and NH2 molecules in the comet atmosphere were fitted with a Monte Carlo model. For the CN atmosphere the best agreement between observed and calculated surface profiles was reached with the CN photodissociation lifetime tau (CN)=1.5*E5 s and with the parent photodissociation lifetime tau (CNparent)=3.2*E4 s. This result indicates that HCN is the main source of the CN radicals in the atmosphere of comet C/1999 J3 (LINEAR). Regarding the NH2 radicals, there is no doubt that NH3 is the dominant source of this species in the comet atmosphere. The lifetimes tau (NH2)=1.0*E5 s for NH2 and tau (NH2 parent)=5.0*E3 s for its parent are close to theoretical calculations. The gas-production rates of CN, Q(CN)=3.8 *E25 mol s-1, and NH2, Q(NH2)=6.9*E25 mol s-1 have also been determined. The appearance of the comet and the obtained data show that the comet is a gaseous one. The Afrho values are 21.6 cm for the blue spectral window and 23.4 cm for the red one. The normalized spectral gradient of the cometary dust is low, 4.0% per 1000 Å. The ratio log((Afrho )443/Q(CN)) = -24.25 indicates a very low dust to gas ratio as well.

  17. Fabrication and Electromagnetic Properties of Conjugated NH2-CuPc@Fe3O4 (United States)

    Yan, Liang; Pu, Zejun; Xu, Mingzhen; Wei, Renbo; Liu, Xiaobo


    Conjugated amino-phthalocyanine copper containing carboxyl groups/magnetite (NH2-CuPc@Fe3O4) has been fabricated from FeCl3·6H2O and NH2-CuPc via a simple solvothermal method and its electromagnetic properties investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the NH2-CuPc@Fe3O4 was a waxberry-like nanomaterial with NH2-CuPc molecules effectively embedded in the interior of Fe3O4 particles in the form of beads. Introduction of NH2-CuPc effectively improved the complementarity between the dielectric and magnetic losses of the system, resulting in excellent electromagnetic performance. The minimum reflection loss of the as-prepared composite reached -33.4 dB at 7.0 GHz for coating layer thickness of 4.0 mm and bandwidth below -10.0 dB (90% absorption) of up to 3.8 GHz. These results indicate that introduction of NH2-CuPc results in a composite with potential for use as an electromagnetic microwave absorption material.

  18. First synthesis and structural determination of a monomeric, unsolvated lithium amide, LiNH(2). (United States)

    Grotjahn, D B; Sheridan, P M; Al Jihad, I; Ziurys, L M


    Alkali metal amides typically aggregate in solution and the solid phase, and even in the gas phase. In addition, even in the few known monomeric structures, the coordination number of the alkali metal is raised by binding of Lewis-basic solvent molecules, with concomitant changes in structure. In contrast, the simplest lithium amide LiNH(2) has never been made in a monomeric form, even though its structure has been theoretically predicted several times. Here, the first experimental structural data for a monomeric, unsolvated lithium amide are determined using a combination of gas-phase synthesis and millimeter/submillimeter-wave spectroscopy. All data point to a planar structure for LiNH(2). The r(o) structure of LiNH(2) has a Li-N distance of 1.736(3) A, an N-H distance of 1.022(3) A, and a H-N-H angle of 106.9(1) degrees. These results are compared with theoretical predictions for LiNH(2), and experimental data for oligomeric, solid-phase samples, which could not resolve the question of whether LiNH(2) is planar or not. In addition, comparisons are made with revised gas-phase and solid-phase data and calculated structures of NaNH(2).

  19. SRC protein tyrosine kinase, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and NF-kappaBp65 signaling in commercial and wild-type turkey leukocytes (United States)

    Studies comparing signaling in wild-type turkey (WT) leukocytes and commercial turkey (CT) leukocytes found that the activity of protein tyrosine kinases (PTK) and MAP kinases, ERK 1/2 and p38, were significantly higher in WT leukocytes compared to CT lines upon exposure to both SE and OPSE on days...

  20. Phosphorylation of purified mitochondrial Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel by c-Jun N-terminal Kinase-3 modifies channel voltage-dependence

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    Rajeev Gupta


    Full Text Available Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel (VDAC phosphorylated by c-Jun N-terminal Kinase-3 (JNK3 was incorporated into the bilayer lipid membrane. Single-channel electrophysiological properties of the native and the phosphorylated VDAC were compared. The open probability versus voltage curve of the native VDAC displayed symmetry around the voltage axis, whereas that of the phosphorylated VDAC showed asymmetry. This result indicates that phosphorylation by JNK3 modifies voltage-dependence of VDAC.

  1. Rafoxanide and Closantel Inhibit SPAK and OSR1 Kinases by Binding to a Highly Conserved Allosteric Site on Their C-terminal Domains. (United States)

    AlAmri, Mubarak A; Kadri, Hachemi; Alderwick, Luke J; Simpkins, Nigel S; Mehellou, Youcef


    SPAK and OSR1 are two protein kinases that have emerged as attractive targets in the discovery of novel antihypertensive agents due to their role in regulating electrolyte balance in vivo. Herein we report the identification of an allosteric pocket on the highly conserved C-terminal domains of these two kinases, which influences their activity. We also show that some known WNK signaling inhibitors bind to this allosteric site. Using in silico screening, we identified the antiparasitic agent rafoxanide as a novel allosteric inhibitor of SPAK and OSR1. Collectively, this work will facilitate the rational design of novel SPAK and OSR1 kinase inhibitors that could be useful antihypertensive agents. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Perovskite metal formate framework of [NH2-CH(+)-NH2]Mn(HCOO)3]: phase transition, magnetic, dielectric, and phonon properties. (United States)

    Mączka, Mirosław; Ciupa, Aneta; Gągor, Anna; Sieradzki, Adam; Pikul, Adam; Macalik, Bogusław; Drozd, Marek


    We report the synthesis, crystal structure, and thermal, dielectric, phonon, and magnetic properties of [NH2-CH(+)-NH2][Mn(HCOO)3] (FMDMn). The anionic framework of [(Mn(HCOO)3(-)] is counterbalanced by formamidinium (FMD(+)) cations located in the cavities of the framework. These cations form extensive N-H···O hydrogen bonding with the framework. The divalent manganese ions have octahedral geometry and are bridged by the formate in an anti-anti mode of coordination. We have found that FMDMn undergoes a structural phase transition around 335 K. According to the X-ray diffraction, the compound shows R3̅c symmetry at 355 K and C2/c symmetry at 295 and 110 K. The FMD(+) cations are dynamically disordered in the high-temperature phase, and the disorder leads to very large bandwidths of Raman and IR bands corresponding to vibrations of the NH2 groups. Temperature-dependent studies show that the phase transition in FMDMn is associated with ordering of the FMD(+) cations. Detailed analysis shows, however, that these cations still exhibit some reorientational motions down to about 200 K. The ordering of the FMD(+) cations is associated with significant distortion of the anionic framework. On the basis of the magnetic data, FMDMn is a weak ferromagnet with the critical temperature Tc = 8.0 K.

  3. Cell surface expression of glycosylated, nonglycosylated, and truncated forms of a cytoplasmic protein pyruvate kinase. (United States)

    Hiebert, S W; Lamb, R A


    The soluble cytoplasmic protein pyruvate kinase (PK) has been expressed at the cell surface in a membrane-anchored form (APK). The hybrid protein contains the NH2-terminal signal/anchor domain of a class II integral membrane protein (hemagglutinin/neuraminidase, of the paramyxovirus SV5) fused to the PK NH2 terminus. APK contains a cryptic site that is used for N-linked glycosylation but elimination of this site by site-specific mutagenesis does not prevent cell surface localization. Truncated forms of the APK molecule, with up to 80% of the PK region of APK removed, can also be expressed at the cell surface. These data suggest that neither the complete PK molecule nor its glycosylation are necessary for intracellular transport of PK to the cell surface, and it is possible that specific signals may not be needed in the ectodomain of this hybrid protein to specify cell surface localization.

  4. Enhanced PEDOT adhesion on solid substrates with electrografted P(EDOT-NH2) (United States)

    Ouyang, Liangqi; Wei, Bin; Kuo, Chin-chen; Pathak, Sheevangi; Farrell, Brendan; Martin, David C.


    Conjugated polymers, such as poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) (PEDOT), have emerged as promising materials for interfacing biomedical devices with tissue because of their relatively soft mechanical properties, versatile organic chemistry, and inherent ability to conduct both ions and electrons. However, their limited adhesion to substrates is a concern for in vivo applications. We report an electrografting method to create covalently bonded PEDOT on solid substrates. An amine-functionalized EDOT derivative (2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-2-yl)methanamine (EDOT-NH2), was synthesized and then electrografted onto conducting substrates including platinum, iridium, and indium tin oxide. The electrografting process was performed under slightly basic conditions with an overpotential of ~2 to 3 V. A nonconjugated, cross-linked, and well-adherent P(EDOT-NH2)–based polymer coating was obtained. We found that the P(EDOT-NH2) polymer coating did not block the charge transport through the interface. Subsequent PEDOT electrochemical deposition onto P(EDOT-NH2)–modified electrodes showed comparable electroactivity to pristine PEDOT coating. With P(EDOT-NH2) as an anchoring layer, PEDOT coating showed greatly enhanced adhesion. The modified coating could withstand extensive ultrasonication (1 hour) without significant cracking or delamination, whereas PEDOT typically delaminated after seconds of sonication. Therefore, this is an effective means to selectively modify microelectrodes with highly adherent and highly conductive polymer coatings as direct neural interfaces. PMID:28275726

  5. MEK kinases are regulated by EGF and selectively interact with Rac/Cdc42. (United States)

    Fanger, G R; Johnson, N L; Johnson, G L


    MEK kinases (MEKKs) 1, 2, 3 and 4 are members of sequential kinase pathways that regulate MAP kinases including c-Jun NH2-terminal kinases (JNKs) and extracellular regulated kinases (ERKs). Confocal immunofluorescence microscopy of COS cells demonstrated differential MEKK subcellular localization: MEKK1 was nuclear and in post-Golgi vesicular-like structures; MEKK2 and 4 were localized to distinct Golgi-associated vesicles that were dispersed by brefeldin A. MEKK1 and 2 were activated by EGF, and kinase-inactive mutants of each MEKK partially inhibited EGF-stimulated JNK activity. Kinase-inactive MEKK1, but not MEKK2, 3 or 4, strongly inhibited EGF-stimulated ERK activity. In contrast to MEKK2 and 3, MEKK1 and 4 specifically associated with Rac and Cdc42 and kinase-inactive mutants blocked Rac/Cdc42 stimulation of JNK activity. Inhibitory mutants of MEKK1-4 did not affect p21-activated kinase (PAK) activation of JNK, indicating that the PAK-regulated JNK pathway is independent of MEKKs. Thus, in different cellular locations, specific MEKKs are required for the regulation of MAPK family members, and MEKK1 and 4 are involved in the regulation of JNK activation by Rac/Cdc42 independent of PAK. Differential MEKK subcellular distribution and interaction with small GTP-binding proteins provides a mechanism to regulate MAP kinase responses in localized regions of the cell and to different upstream stimuli.

  6. Cyclin-dependent kinase 2 phosphorylates s/t-p sites in the hepadnavirus core protein C-terminal domain and is incorporated into viral capsids. (United States)

    Ludgate, Laurie; Ning, Xiaojun; Nguyen, David H; Adams, Christina; Mentzer, Laura; Hu, Jianming


    Phosphorylation of the hepadnavirus core protein C-terminal domain (CTD) is important for viral RNA packaging, reverse transcription, and subcellular localization. Hepadnavirus capsids also package a cellular kinase. The identity of the host kinase that phosphorylates the core CTD or gets packaged remains to be resolved. In particular, both the human hepatitis B virus (HBV) and duck hepatitis B virus (DHBV) core CTDs harbor several conserved serine/threonine-proline (S/T-P) sites whose phosphorylation state is known to regulate CTD functions. We report here that the endogenous kinase in the HBV capsids was blocked by chemical inhibitors of the cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs), in particular, CDK2 inhibitors. The kinase phosphorylated the HBV CTD at the serine-proline (S-P) sites. Furthermore, we were able to detect CDK2 in purified HBV capsids by immunoblotting. Purified CDK2 phosphorylated the S/T-P sites of the HBV and DHBV CTD in vitro. Inhibitors of CDKs, of CDK2 in particular, decreased both HBV and DHBV CTD phosphorylation in vivo. Moreover, CDK2 inhibitors blocked DHBV CTD phosphorylation, specifically at the S/T-P sites, in a mammalian cell lysate. These results indicate that cellular CDK2 phosphorylates the functionally critical S/T-P sites of the hepadnavirus core CTD and is incorporated into viral capsids.

  7. Ammonothermal synthesis of GaN using Ba(NH2)2 as mineralizer (United States)

    Hertrampf, J.; Alt, N. S. A.; Schlücker, E.; Knetzger, M.; Meissner, E.; Niewa, R.


    It is demonstrated that hexagonal GaN can be obtained under ammonothermal conditions (125 MPa and 723 K) using Ba(NH2)2 as mineralizer. The hexagonal wurtzite-type GaN crystallites are several μm in diameter, as examined by scanning electron microscopy. This is to our knowledge the first successful ammonothermal GaN synthesis using an alkaline-earth metal as mineralizer. Ba[Ga(NH2)4]2 was identified as intermediate species in the ammonothermal synthesis process. The formation of h-GaN using Sr(NH2)2 as mineralizer was indicated only at higher temperatures above 1000 K.

  8. Synthesis of mesoporous NH2-SBA-15 by a simple and efficient strategy (United States)

    You, Long; Yuan, Fang; Ma, Feng


    Amine modified SBA-15 (NH2-SBA-15) was synthesized by a simple and efficient strategy, that is, activation at first and followed by amination. The samples were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), thermo gravimetric (TG) analysis, and nitrogen adsorption. Results show that the as-prepared NH2-SBA-15 possessed a large surface area, stable skeleton structure, and high amino contents. Moreover, the CO2 temperature programmed desorption (CO2-TPD) experiments of the as-prepared NH2-SBA-15 were studied, and the results show that the introduction of amino groups results in the increase of the basic sites of SBA-15, which is beneficial to the adsorption of CO2.

  9. Nickel(Ⅱ) Complexes Bearing NH2CH2CH2CH2NH2 and o-C6H4(NH2)2 Ligands:Synthesis, Structures and Their Ethylene Polymerization Behavior

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    LU Xiaoming; WANG Zhen; LIU Man


    Two nickel complexes [Ni(NH2CH2CH2CH2NH2)3]Cl2 (1) and [Ni(C6H4N2H4)2Cl2] (2) have been obtained and characterized by IR and single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. In complex 1, the nickel atom was in a chiral pseudo-octahedral [NiN6] geometry environment, which was coordinated by three 1,3-propylenediamine to form three six-membered rings. However in complex 2, besides connected with two o-phenylenediarnine through four Ni-N bonds to form two five-membered rings, the nickel center was coordinated by two Cl to form trans-Ni-Cl2, which was different from general reported diimine nickel complexes. Activated with MAO, MMAO or Et2AlCl, these nickel complexes exhibited considerable good catalytic activity [up to 3.59×106 g·mol-1·h1for complex 2] for ethylene polymerization with main products as dimers or trimers of ethylene.

  10. Molecular mechanism of regulation of the atypical protein kinase C by N-terminal domains and an allosteric small compound

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    Zhang, Hua; Neimanis, Sonja; Lopez-Garcia, Laura A;


    Protein kinases play important regulatory roles in cells and organisms. Therefore, they are subject to specific and tight mechanisms of regulation that ultimately converge on the catalytic domain and allow the kinases to be activated or inhibited only upon the appropriate stimuli. AGC protein kin...

  11. c-Jun N-terminal kinase is required for thermotherapy-induced apoptosis in human gastric cancer cells

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    Feng Xiao; Bin Liu; Qing-Xian Zhu


    AIM:To investigate the role of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in thermotherapy-induced apoptosis in human gastric cancer SGC-7901 cells.METHODS:Human gastric cancer SGC-7901 cells were cultured in vitro.Following thermotherapy at 43 ℃ for 0,0.5,1,2 or 3 h,the cells were cultured for a further 24 h with or without the JNK specific inhibitor,SP600125 for 2 h.Apoptosis was evaluated by immunohistochemistry [terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL)] and flow cytometry (Annexin vs propidium iodide).Cell proliferation was determined by 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide.The production of p-JNK,Bcl-2,Bax and caspase-3 proteins was evaluated by Western blotting.The expression of JNK at mRNA level was determined by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction.RESULTS:The Proliferation of gastric carcinoma SGC-7901 cells was significantly inhibited following thermotherapy,and was 32.7%,30.6%,43.8% and 52.9% at 0.5,1,2 and 3 h post-thermotherapy,respectively.Flow cytometry analysis revealed an increased population of SGC-7901 cells in G0/G1 phase,but a reduced population in S phase following therrnotherapy for 1 or 2 h,compared to untreated cells (P < 0.05).The increased number of SGC-7901 cells in G0/G1 phase was consistent with induced apoptosis (flow cytometry) following thermotherapy for 0.5,1,2 or 3 h,compared to the untreated group (46.5% ± 0.23%,39.9% ± 0.53%,56.6% ±0.35% and 50.4% ± 0.29% vs 7.3% ± 0.10%,P < 0.01),respectively.This was supported by the TUNEL assay (48.2% ± 0.4%,40.1% ± 0.2%,61.2% ± 0.29% and 52.0% ± 0.42% vs 12.2% ± 0.22%,P < 0.01) respectively.More importantly,the expression of p-JNK protein and JNK mRNA levels were significantly higher at 0.5 h than at 0 h post-treatment (P < 0.01),and peaked at 2 h.A similar pattem was detected for Bax and caspase-3 proteins.Bcl-2 increased at 0.5 h,peaked at 1 h,and then decreased

  12. Identification of a nonsense mutation in the carboxyl-terminal region of DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit in the scid mouse. (United States)

    Blunt, T; Gell, D; Fox, M; Taccioli, G E; Lehmann, A R; Jackson, S P; Jeggo, P A


    DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) consists of a heterodimeric protein (Ku) and a large catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs). The Ku protein has double-stranded DNA end-binding activity that serves to recruit the complex to DNA ends. Despite having serine/threonine protein kinase activity, DNA-PKcs falls into the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase superfamily. DNA-PK functions in DNA double-strand break repair and V(D)J recombination, and recent evidence has shown that mouse scid cells are defective in DNA-PKcs. In this study we have cloned the cDNA for the carboxyl-terminal region of DNA-PKcs in rodent cells and identified the existence of two differently spliced products in human cells. We show that DNA-PKcs maps to the same chromosomal region as the mouse scid gene. scid cells contain approximately wild-type levels of DNA-PKcs transcripts, whereas the V-3 cell line, which is also defective in DNA-PKcs, contains very reduced transcript levels. Sequence comparison of the carboxyl-terminal region of scid and wild-type mouse cells enabled us to identify a nonsense mutation within a highly conserved region of the gene in mouse scid cells. This represents a strong candidate for the inactivating mutation in DNA-PKcs in the scid mouse. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 Fig. 5 PMID:8816792

  13. Recognition of DNA Termini by the C-Terminal Region of the Ku80 and the DNA-Dependent Protein Kinase Catalytic Subunit.

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    Derek S Woods

    Full Text Available DNA double strand breaks (DSBs can be generated by endogenous cellular processes or exogenous agents in mammalian cells. These breaks are highly variable with respect to DNA sequence and structure and all are recognized in some context by the DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK. DNA-PK is a critical component necessary for the recognition and repair of DSBs via non-homologous end joining (NHEJ. Previously studies have shown that DNA-PK responds differentially to variations in DSB structure, but how DNA-PK senses differences in DNA substrate sequence and structure is unknown. Here we explore the enzymatic mechanisms by which DNA-PK is activated by various DNA substrates and provide evidence that the DNA-PK is differentially activated by DNA structural variations as a function of the C-terminal region of Ku80. Discrimination based on terminal DNA sequence variations, on the other hand, is independent of the Ku80 C-terminal interactions and likely results exclusively from DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit interactions with the DNA. We also show that sequence differences in DNA termini can drastically influence DNA repair through altered DNA-PK activation. These results indicate that even subtle differences in DNA substrates influence DNA-PK activation and ultimately the efficiency of DSB repair.

  14. Activation of the cellular mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways ERK, P38 and JNK during Toxoplasma gondii invasion

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    Valère A.


    Full Text Available Host cell invasion is essential for the pathogenicity of the obligate intracellular protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. In the present study, we evaluated the ability of T. gondii tachyzoites to trigger phosphorylation of the different mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK in human monocytic cells THP1. Kinetic experiments show that the peak of extracellular-signal-regulated kinase (ERK 1/2, P38 and cjun-NH2 terminal kinase (JNKs phosphorylation occurs between 10 and 60 min. The use of specific inhibitors of ERK1/2, P38 and JNK1/2 phosphorylation indicates the specificity of MAPKs phosphorylation during invasion. Signaling through cellular and parasite mitogen-activated protein (MAP kinase pathways appears to be critical for T. gondii invasion.

  15. Reinforcing graphene oxide/cement composite with NH$_2$ functionalizing group

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    In this study, pure and NH$_2$-functionalized graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets have been added to the cement mortar with different weight percents (0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25 wt%). In addition, the effects of functionalizing GO on the microstructure and mechanical properties (flexural/compressive strengths) of cement composite have been investigated for the first time. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that GO filledthe pores and well dispersed in concrete matrix, whereas exceeding GO additive from 0.10 wt% caused the formation of agglomerates and microcracks. In addition, mercury intrusion porosimetry confirmed the significant effects of GO and functionalizing groups on filling the pores. NH2-functionalizing helped to improve the cohesion between GO nanosheets and cement composite. Compressive strengths increased from 39 MPa for the sample without GO to54.23 MPa for the cement composites containing 0.10 wt% of NH$_2$-functionalized GO. Moreover, the flexural strength increased to 23.4 and 38.4% by compositing the cement paste with 0.10 wt% of pure and NH$_2$-functionalized GO, compared to the sample without GO, respectively. It was shown that functionalizing considerably enhanced the mechanical properties of GO/cement composite due to the interfacial strength between calcium silicatehydrates (C-S-H) gel and functionalized GO nanosheets as observed in SEM images. The morphological results were in good agreement with the trend obtained in mechanical properties of GO/cement composites.

  16. Intrinsic defects and dopants in LiNH2 : a first-principles study

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    Hazrati, E.; Brocks, G.; Buurman, B.; de Groot, R. A.; de Wijs, G. A.


    The lithium amide (LiNH2) + lithium hydride (LiH) system is one of the most attractive light-weight materials options for hydrogen storage. Its dehydrogenation involves mass transport in the bulk (amide) crystal through lattice defects. We present a first-principles study of native point defects and

  17. VizieR Online Data Catalog: 15NH2 amidogen radical rotational spectrum (M (United States)

    Margules, L.; Martin-Drumel, M. A.; Pirali, O.; Bailleux, S.; Wlodarczak, G.; Roy, P.; Roueff, E.; Gerin, M.


    Measured frequencies and residuals from the global fit of the Infrared, and submillimeter-wave data for 15NH2 and files used for SPFIT. Detailled explanations on SPFIT could be found at (4 data files).

  18. Interaction between the tRNA-binding and C-terminal domains of Yeast Gcn2 regulates kinase activity in vivo.

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    Sebastien Lageix


    Full Text Available The stress-activated protein kinase Gcn2 regulates protein synthesis by phosphorylation of translation initiation factor eIF2α. Gcn2 is activated in amino acid-deprived cells by binding of uncharged tRNA to the regulatory domain related to histidyl-tRNA synthetase, but the molecular mechanism of activation is unclear. We used a genetic approach to identify a key regulatory surface in Gcn2 that is proximal to the predicted active site of the HisRS domain and likely remodeled by tRNA binding. Mutations leading to amino acid substitutions on this surface were identified that activate Gcn2 at low levels of tRNA binding (Gcd- phenotype, while other substitutions block kinase activation (Gcn- phenotype, in some cases without altering tRNA binding by Gcn2 in vitro. Remarkably, the Gcn- substitutions increase affinity of the HisRS domain for the C-terminal domain (CTD, previously implicated as a kinase autoinhibitory segment, in a manner dampened by HisRS domain Gcd- substitutions and by amino acid starvation in vivo. Moreover, tRNA specifically antagonizes HisRS/CTD association in vitro. These findings support a model wherein HisRS-CTD interaction facilitates the autoinhibitory function of the CTD in nonstarvation conditions, with tRNA binding eliciting kinase activation by weakening HisRS-CTD association with attendant disruption of the autoinhibitory KD-CTD interaction.

  19. Thermal decomposition of NH2OH and subsequent reactions: ab initio transition state theory and reflected shock tube experiments. (United States)

    Klippenstein, S J; Harding, L B; Ruscic, B; Sivaramakrishnan, R; Srinivasan, N K; Su, M-C; Michael, J V


    Primary and secondary reactions involved in the thermal decomposition of NH2OH are studied with a combination of shock tube experiments and transition state theory based theoretical kinetics. This coupled theory and experiment study demonstrates the utility of NH2OH as a high temperature source of OH radicals. The reflected shock technique is employed in the determination of OH radical time profiles via multipass electronic absorption spectrometry. O-atoms are searched for with atomic resonance absorption spectrometry. The experiments provide a direct measurement of the rate coefficient, k1, for the thermal decomposition of NH2OH. Secondary rate measurements are obtained for the NH2 + OH (5a) and NH2OH + OH (6a) abstraction reactions. The experimental data are obtained for temperatures in the range from 1355 to 1889 K and are well represented by the respective rate expressions: log[k/(cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1))] = (-10.12 +/- 0.20) + (-6793 +/- 317 K/T) (k1); log[k/(cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1))] = (-10.00 +/- 0.06) + (-879 +/- 101 K/T) (k5a); log[k/(cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1))] = (-9.75 +/- 0.08) + (-1248 +/- 123 K/T) (k6a). Theoretical predictions are made for these rate coefficients as well for the reactions of NH2OH + NH2, NH2OH + NH, NH + OH, NH2 + NH2, NH2 + NH, and NH + NH, each of which could be of secondary importance in NH2OH thermal decomposition. The theoretical analyses employ a combination of ab initio transition state theory and master equation simulations. Comparisons between theory and experiment are made where possible. Modest adjustments of predicted barrier heights (i.e., by 2 kcal/mol or less) generally yield good agreement between theory and experiment. The rate coefficients obtained here should be of utility in modeling NOx in various combustion environments.

  20. Role of the mixed-lineage protein kinase pathway in the metabolic stress response to obesity. (United States)

    Kant, Shashi; Barrett, Tamera; Vertii, Anastassiia; Noh, Yun Hee; Jung, Dae Young; Kim, Jason K; Davis, Roger J


    Saturated free fatty acid (FFA) is implicated in the metabolic response to obesity. In vitro studies indicate that FFA signaling may be mediated by the mixed-lineage protein kinase (MLK) pathway that activates cJun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK). Here, we examined the role of the MLK pathway in vivo using a mouse model of diet-induced obesity. The ubiquitously expressed MLK2 and MLK3 protein kinases have partially redundant functions. We therefore compared wild-type and compound mutant mice that lack expression of MLK2 and MLK3. MLK deficiency protected mice against high-fat-diet-induced insulin resistance and obesity. Reduced JNK activation and increased energy expenditure contribute to the metabolic effects of MLK deficiency. These data confirm that the MLK pathway plays a critical role in the metabolic response to obesity.

  1. Role of the Mixed-Lineage Protein Kinase Pathway in the Metabolic Stress Response to Obesity

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    Shashi Kant


    Full Text Available Saturated free fatty acid (FFA is implicated in the metabolic response to obesity. In vitro studies indicate that FFA signaling may be mediated by the mixed-lineage protein kinase (MLK pathway that activates cJun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK. Here, we examined the role of the MLK pathway in vivo using a mouse model of diet-induced obesity. The ubiquitously expressed MLK2 and MLK3 protein kinases have partially redundant functions. We therefore compared wild-type and compound mutant mice that lack expression of MLK2 and MLK3. MLK deficiency protected mice against high-fat-diet-induced insulin resistance and obesity. Reduced JNK activation and increased energy expenditure contribute to the metabolic effects of MLK deficiency. These data confirm that the MLK pathway plays a critical role in the metabolic response to obesity.

  2. Regulatory roles of the N-terminal domain based on crystal structures of human pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 2 containing physiological and synthetic ligands. (United States)

    Knoechel, Thorsten R; Tucker, Alec D; Robinson, Colin M; Phillips, Chris; Taylor, Wendy; Bungay, Peter J; Kasten, Shane A; Roche, Thomas E; Brown, David G


    Pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase (PDHK) regulates the activity of the pyruvate dehydrogenase multienzyme complex. PDHK inhibition provides a route for therapeutic intervention in diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. We report crystal structures of human PDHK isozyme 2 complexed with physiological and synthetic ligands. Several of the PDHK2 structures disclosed have C-terminal cross arms that span a large trough region between the N-terminal regulatory (R) domains of the PDHK2 dimers. The structures containing bound ATP and ADP demonstrate variation in the conformation of the active site lid, residues 316-321, which enclose the nucleotide beta and gamma phosphates at the active site in the C-terminal catalytic domain. We have identified three novel ligand binding sites located in the R domain of PDHK2. Dichloroacetate (DCA) binds at the pyruvate binding site in the center of the R domain, which together with ADP, induces significant changes at the active site. Nov3r and AZ12 inhibitors bind at the lipoamide binding site that is located at one end of the R domain. Pfz3 (an allosteric inhibitor) binds in an extended site at the other end of the R domain. We conclude that the N-terminal domain of PDHK has a key regulatory function and propose that the different inhibitor classes act by discrete mechanisms. The structures we describe provide insights that can be used for structure-based design of PDHK inhibitors.

  3. Adsorption of fluoride to UiO-66-NH2 in water: Stability, kinetic, isotherm and thermodynamic studies. (United States)

    Lin, Kun-Yi Andrew; Liu, Yu-Ting; Chen, Shen-Yi


    To provide safe drinking water, fluoride in water must be removed and adsorption processes appear to be the most widely used method. Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) represent a new class of adsorbents that have been used in various adsorption applications. To study the adsorption mechanism of fluoride to MOFs in water and obtain related adsorption parameters, we synthesized a zirconium-based MOF with a primary amine group on its ligand, named UiO-66-NH2. The kinetics, adsorption isotherm and thermodynamics of fluoride adsorption to UiO-66-NH2 were investigated. The crystalline structure of UiO-66-NH2 remained intact and the local structure of zirconium in UiO-66-NH2 did not change significantly after being exposed to fluoride. The kinetics of the fluoride adsorption in UiO-66-NH2 could be well represented by the pseudo second order rate law. The enthalpy of the adsorption indicates that the F(-) adsorption to UiO-66-NH2 was classified as a physical adsorption. However, the comparison between the adsorption capacities of UiO-66-NH2 and UiO-66 suggests that the fluoride adsorption to UiO-66-NH2 might primarily involve a strong interaction between F(-) and the metal site. The fluoride adsorption capacity of UiO-66-NH2 was found to decrease when pH>7. While the presence of chloride/bromide ions did not noticeably change the adsorption capacity of UiO-66-NH2, the ionic surfactants slightly affected the adsorption capacity of UiO-66-NH2. These findings provide insights to further optimize the adsorption process for removal of fluoride using zirconium-based MOFs.

  4. p59fyn tyrosine kinase associates with multiple T-cell receptor subunits through its unique amino-terminal domain.



    Several lines of evidence link the protein tyrosine kinase p59fyn to the T-cell receptor. The molecular basis of this interaction has not been established. Here we show that the tyrosine kinase p59fyn can associate with chimeric proteins that contain the cytoplasmic domains of CD3 epsilon, gamma, zeta (zeta), and eta. Mutational analysis of the zeta cytoplasmic domain demonstrated that the membrane-proximal 41 residues of zeta are sufficient for p59fyn binding and that at least two p59fyn bin...

  5. Activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase and apoptosis in endothelial cells mediated by endogenous generation of hydrogen peroxide (United States)

    Ramachandran, Anup; Moellering, Douglas; Go, Young-Mi; Shiva, Sruti; Levonen, Anna-Liisa; Jo, Hanjoong; Patel, Rakesh P.; Parthasarathy, Sampath; Darley-Usmar, Victor M.


    Reactive oxygen species have been implicated in the activation of signal transduction pathways. However, extracellular addition of oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) often requires concentrations that cannot be readily achieved under physiological conditions to activate biological responses such as apoptosis. Explanations for this discrepancy have included increased metabolism of H2O2 in the extracellular environment and compartmentalization within the cell. We have addressed this issue experimentally by examining the induction of apoptosis of endothelial cells induced by exogenous addition of H2O2 and by a redox cycling agent, 2,3-dimethoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone, that generates H2O2 in cells. Here we show that low nanomolar steady-state concentrations (0.1-0.5 nmol x min(-1) x 10(6) cells) of H2O2 generated intracellularly activate c-Jun N terminal kinase and initiate apoptosis in endothelial cells. A comparison with bolus hydrogen peroxide suggests that the low rate of intracellular formation of this reactive oxygen species results in a similar profile of activation for both c-Jun N terminal kinase and the initiation of apoptosis. However, a detailed analysis reveals important differences in both the duration and profile for activation of these signaling pathways.

  6. Role for c-jun N-terminal kinase in treatment-refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML): signaling to multidrug-efflux and hyperproliferation. (United States)

    Cripe, L D; Gelfanov, V M; Smith, E A; Spigel, D R; Phillips, C A; Gabig, T G; Jung, S-H; Fyffe, J; Hartman, A D; Kneebone, P; Mercola, D; Burgess, G S; Boswell, H S


    A relationship was proved between constitutive activity of leukemic cell c-jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK) and treatment failure in AML. Specifically, early treatment failure was predicted by the presence of constitutive JNK activity. The mechanistic origins of this association was sought. A multidrug resistant leukemic cell line, HL-60/ADR, characterized by hyperexpression of c-jun and JNK activity, was transfected with a mutant c-jun vector, whose substrate N-terminal c-jun serines were mutated. Down-regulated expression occurred of c-jun/AP-1-dependent genes, catalase and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) pi, which participate in cellular homeostasis to oxidative stress and xenobiotic exposure. MRP-efflux was abrogated in HL-60/ADR cells with dominant-negative c-jun, perhaps because MRP1 protein expression was also lost. Heightened sensitivity to daunorubicin resulted in cells subjected to this change. Biochemical analysis in 67 primary adult AML samples established a statistical correlation between cellular expression of c-jun and JNK activity, JNK activity with hyperleukocytosis at presentation of disease, and with exuberant MRP efflux. These findings reflect the survival role for c-jun/AP-1 and its regulatory kinase previously demonstrated for yeast in homeostatic response to oxidative stress and in operation of ATP-binding cassette efflux pumps, and may support evolutionary conservation of such function. Thus, JNK and c-jun may be salient drug targets in multidrug resistant AML.

  7. Rate Constant and Branching Fraction for the NH2 + NO2 Reaction

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    Klippenstein, Stephen J.; Harding, Lawrence B.; Glarborg, Peter


    The NH2 + NO2 reaction has been studied experimentally and theoretically. On the basis of laser photolysis/LIF experiments, the total rate constant was determined over the temperature range 295–625 K as k1,exp(T) = 9.5 × 10–7(T/K)−2.05 exp(−404 K/T) cm3 molecule–1 s–1. This value is in the upper...... may facilitate a small flux between the adducts. High- and low-pressure limit rate coefficients for the various product channels of NH2 + NO2 are determined from the ab initio TST-based master equation calculations for the temperature range 300–2000 K. The theoretical predictions are in good agreement...

  8. A new interaction mechanism of LiNH2 with MgH2: magnesium bond. (United States)

    Yang, Xin; Li, Qingzhong; Cheng, Jianbo; Li, Wenzuo


    Quantum chemical calculations were performed for LiNH2-HMgX (X=H, F, Cl, Br, CH3, OH, and NH2) complexes to propose a new interaction mechanism between them. This theoretical survey showed that the complexes are stabilized through the combinative interaction of magnesium and lithium bonds. The binding energies are in the range of 63.2-66.5 kcal mol(-1), i.e., much larger than that of the lithium bond. Upon complexation, both Mg-H and Li-N bonds are lengthened. Substituents increase Mg-H bond elongation and at the same time decrease Li-N bond elongation. These cyclic complexes were characterized with the presence of a ring critical point and natural population analysis charges.

  9. TAp73-mediated the activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase enhances cellular chemosensitivity to cisplatin in ovarian cancer cells.

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    Pingde Zhang

    Full Text Available P73, one member of the tumor suppressor p53 family, shares highly structural and functional similarity to p53. Like p53, the transcriptionally active TAp73 can mediate cellular response to chemotherapeutic agents in human cancer cells by up-regulating the expressions of its pro-apoptotic target genes such as PUMA, Bax, NOXA. Here, we demonstrated a novel molecular mechanism for TAp73-mediated apoptosis in response to cisplatin in ovarian cancer cells, and that was irrespective of p53 status. We found that TAp73 acted as an activator of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK signaling pathway by up-regulating the expression of its target growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein GADD45 alpha (GADD45α and subsequently activating mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase-4 (MKK4. Inhibition of JNK activity by a specific inhibitor or small interfering RNA (siRNA significantly abrogated TAp73-mediated apoptosis induced by cisplatin. Furthermore, inhibition of GADD45α by siRNA inactivated MKK4/JNK activities and also blocked TAp73-mediated apoptosis induction by cisplatin. Our study has demonstrated that TAp73 activated the JNK apoptotic signaling pathway in response to cisplatin in ovarian cancer cells.

  10. Quinone-modified NH2-MIL-101(Fe) composite as a redox mediator for improved degradation of bisphenol A. (United States)

    Li, Xianghui; Guo, Weilin; Liu, Zhonghua; Wang, Ruiqin; Liu, Hua


    A novel quinone-modified metal-organic frameworks NH2-MIL-101(Fe) was synthesized using a simple chemical method under mild condition. The introduced 2-anthraquinone sulfonate (AQS) can be covalently modified with NH2-MIL-101(Fe) and acts as a redox mediator to enhance the degradation of bisphenol A (BPA) via persulfate activation. The obtained AQS-NH-MIL-101(Fe) was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. AQS-NH-MIL-101(Fe) exhibited better catalytic performance compared with NH2-MIL-101(Fe) and NH2-MIL-101(Fe) with free AQS (NH2-MIL-101(Fe)/AQS). That is, AQS-NH-MIL-101(Fe) was proved to be the most effective in that more than 97.7% of BPA was removed. The degradation rate constants (k) of AQS-NH-MIL-101(Fe) was 9-fold higher than that of NH2-MIL-101(Fe) and 7-fold higher than NH2-MIL-101(Fe)/AQS, indicating that AQS is a great electron-transfer mediator when modified with NH2-MIL-101(Fe). Based on the above results, the possible mechanism of catalytic reaction has been investigated in view of the trapping experiments. In addition, the AQS-NH-MIL-101(Fe) catalyst exhibited excellent stability and can be used several times without significant deterioration in performance.

  11. Lithium Salt of NH2-substituted Graphene Nanoribbon with Twofold Donor-acceptor Framework: Large Nonlinear Optical Property

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    ZHOU Zhong-jun; LI Zhi-ru; HUANG Xu-ri; SUN Chia-chung


    Based on graphene, a new class of second-order nonlinear optical(NLO) material, the lithium salt of NH2-substituted graphene nanoribbon with the twofold donor(D)/acceptor(A) mode, was reported. Eight stable 2Li-2NH2-GNR lithium salts, especially cis lithium salts, display considerably large ,β0 values. The combination of NH2-substituting and cis Li-doping makes β0 greatly increased from 0(GNR) to 1.2×105-2.9×105 a.u.(cis-2Li2NH2-GNRs). Our largest β0 value(2.9× l05 a.u.) for cis-2Li-1,3-2NH2-AGNR is comparable to the record value of 1.7× l05 a.u. for a long donor-acceptor polyene.

  12. Physiological functions of glucagon-like peptide-1 (9-36) NH2%高血糖素样肽1(9-36) NH2的生理学功能

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    郭莉霞; 刘建辉; 殷菲


    Many findings demonstrate that glucagon-like peptide-l( 9-36 )NH2[ GLP-1 (9-36 )NH2] , mostly a cleavage product of GLP-1 (7-36) NH2, has a lot of physiological functions. GLP-1 (9-36)NH2 can reduce postprandial glycemia independently of gastric emptying and insulin secretion, rapidly reverse heart failure, improve end diastolic pressure, markedly stimulate myocardial glucose uptake, exert antioxidant cardioprotective actions, reduce oxidative stress in vasculature tissues independently of GLP-1 receptor, suppress hepatic glucose production , and promote glycogen stores. Thus, GLP-1 (9-36) NH2 is an active peptide with important physiological functions , and it will play an important role in treating obesity and accompanying manifestations of metabolic syndrome, including insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, and hepatic steatosis.%许多研究表明,高血糖素样肽1 (9-36) NH2[ GLP-1 (9-36) NH2]是GLP-1 (7-36) NH2被二肽基肽酶快速降解后的主要体内存在形式,具有许多的生理学功能.GLP-1 (9-36) NH2中除了具有非依赖于胃排空和胰岛素分泌所致的降低餐后血糖的作用外,GLP-1 (9-36) NH2更多的是直接对外周器官的保护作用,包括快速逆转心力衰竭、改善舒张末期压、快速刺激心肌葡萄糖摄取及减少缺血再灌注对心脏的损伤;以及它具有不依赖于GLP-1受体的血管系统的抗氧化作用和抑制肝脏糖原异生、促进肝糖原的合成.因此,可以说明GLP-1( 9-36) NH2在体内是一个具有重要生理功能的活性肽,而不仅仅是GLP-1 (7-36) NH2的代谢产物.GLP-1 (9-36) NH2对糖尿病及其包括胰岛素抵抗、心血管疾病、肝脏脂肪变性等并发症的治疗将会起到非常重要的作用.

  13. Hsp90/p50cdc37 is required for mixed-lineage kinase (MLK) 3 signaling. (United States)

    Zhang, Hua; Wu, Wei; Du, Yan; Santos, Sarah J; Conrad, Susan E; Watson, Jack T; Grammatikakis, Nicholas; Gallo, Kathleen A


    Mixed-lineage kinase 3 (MLK3) is a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) kinase kinase that activates MAPK pathways, including the c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 pathways. MLK3 and its family members have been implicated in JNK-mediated apoptosis. A survey of human cell lines revealed high levels of MLK3 in breast cancer cells. To learn more about MLK3 regulation and its signaling pathways in breast cancer cells, we engineered the estrogen-responsive human breast cancer cell line, MCF-7, to stably, inducibly express FLAG epitope-tagged MLK3. FLAG.MLK3 complexes were isolated by affinity purification, and associated proteins were identified by in-gel trypsin digestion followed by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Among the proteins identified were heat shock protein 90alpha,beta (Hsp90) and its kinase-specific co-chaperone p50(cdc37). We show that endogenous MLK3 complexes with Hsp90 and p50(cdc37). Further experiments demonstrate that MLK3 associates with Hsp90/p50(cdc37) through its catalytic domain in an activity-independent manner. Upon treatment of MCF-7 cells with geldanamycin, an ansamycin antibiotic that inhibits Hsp90 function, MLK3 levels decrease dramatically. Furthermore, tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced activation of MLK3 and JNK in MCF-7 cells is blocked by geldanamycin treatment. Our finding that geldanamycin treatment does not affect the cellular levels of the downstream signaling components, MAPK kinase 4, MAPK kinase 7, and JNK, suggests that Hsp90/p50(cdc37) regulates JNK signaling at the MAPK kinase kinase level. Previously identified Hsp90/p50(cdc37) clients include oncoprotein kinases and protein kinases that promote cellular proliferation and survival. Our findings reveal that Hsp90/p50(cdc37) also regulates protein kinases involved in apoptotic signaling.

  14. Cytotoxic Activity of 3,6-Dihydroxyflavone in Human Cervical Cancer Cells and Its Therapeutic Effect on c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Inhibition

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    Eunjung Lee


    Full Text Available Previously we have shown that 3,6-dihydroxyflavone (3,6-DHF is a potent agonist of the human peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (hPPAR with cytotoxic effects on human cervical cancer cells. To date, the mechanisms by which 3,6-DHF exerts its antitumor effects on cervical cells have not been clearly defined. Here, we demonstrated that 3,6-DHF exhibits a novel antitumor activity against HeLa cells with IC50 values of 25 μM and 9.8 μM after 24 h and 48 h, respectively. We also showed that the anticancer effects of 3,6-DHF are mediated via the toll-like receptor (TLR 4/CD14, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK, Jun-N terminal kinase (JNK, extracellular-signaling regulated kinase (ERK, and cyclooxygenase (COX-2 pathways in lipopolysaccharide (LPS-stimulated RAW264.7 cells. We found that 3,6-DHF showed a similar IC50 (113 nM value to that of the JNK inhibitor, SP600125 (IC50 = 118 nM in a JNK1 kinase assay. Binding studies revealed that 3,6-DHF had a strong binding affinity to JNK1 (1.996 × 105 M−1 and that the 6-OH and the carbonyl oxygen of the C ring of 3,6-DHF participated in hydrogen bonding interactions with the carbonyl oxygen and the amide proton of Met111, respectively. Therefore, 3,6-DHF may be a candidate inhibitor of JNKs, with potent anticancer effects.

  15. Effect of C-terminal of human cytosolic thymidine kinase (TK1) on in vitro stability and enzymatic properties

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    Munch-Petersen, Birgitte; Munch-Petersen, Sune; Berenstein, Dvora;


    and its activity fluctuates during cell cycle coinciding with the DNA synthesis rate and disappears during mitosis. This fluctuation is important for providing a balanced supply of dTTP for DNA replication. The cell cycle specific activity of TK1 is regulated at the transcriptional level......, but posttranslational mechanisms seem to play an important role for the level of functional TK1 protein as well. Thus, the C-terminal of TK1 is known to be essential for the specific degradation of the enzyme at the G2/M phase. In this work, we have studied the effect of deletion of the C-terminal 20, 40, and 44 amino...... acids of TK1 on in vitro stability, oligomerization, and enzyme kinetics. We found that deletion of the C-terminal fold markedly increased the stability as well as the catalytic activity....

  16. A selective nanocatalyst for an efficient Ugi reaction: Magnetically recoverable Cu(acac)2/NH2-T/SiO2@Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Monireh Ghavami; Maryam Koohi; Mohammad Zaman Kassaee


    A novel, magnetically recoverable nanocatalyst is fabricated through simple immobilization of copper(II) acetylacetonate on the surface of amine-terminated silica-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles: Cu(acac)2/NH2-T/SiO2@Fe3O4NPs. Unambiguous bonding of Cu to the terminal amine is indicated by Xray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Further characterizations are carried out by different techniques. Selectivity of this catalyst is demonstrated through one-pot synthesis of fourteen α-aminoacyl amides using Ugi four-component reaction of cyclohexyl isocyanide, acetic acid, amines and various aldehydes. Interestingly, all aromatic aldehydes react with short reaction times and high yields, but heteroaromatic aldehydes do not yield any product. Catalyst efficiency remains unaltered through three consecutive experiments.

  17. In-situ and Real-time Monitoring of Mechanochemical Preparation of Li2Mg(NH2BH3)4 and Na2Mg(NH2BH3)4 and their Thermal Dehydrogenation. (United States)

    Biliskov, Nikola; Borgschulte, Andreas; Užarević, Krunoslav; Halasz, Ivan; Lukin, Stipe; Milošević, Sanja; Milanović, Igor; Grbović Novaković, Jasmina


    For the first time, in-situ monitoring of uninterrupted mechanochemical synthesis of two bimetallic amidoboranes,M2Mg(NH2BH3)4 (M = Li, Na), by means of Raman spectroscopy has been applied. This approach allowed real-time observation of key intermediate phases and a straightforward follow-up of the reaction course. Detailed analysis of time-dependent spectra revealed a two-step mechanism through MNH2BH3.NH3BH3 adducts as key intermediate phases which further reacted with MgH2, giving M2Mg(NH2BH3)4 as final products. The intermediates partially take a competitive pathway toward the oligomeric M(BH3NH2BH2NH2BH3) phases. The crystal structure of the novel bimetallic amidoborane Li2Mg(NH2BH3)4 was solved from high-resolution powder diffraction data and showed an analogous metal coordination as in Na2Mg(NH2BH3)4, but a significantly different crystal packing. Li2Mg(NH2BH3)4 thermally dehydrogenates releasing highly pure H2 in the amount of 7 wt% and at a lower temperature then its sodium analogue making it significantly more viable for practical applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. cAMP-dependent protein kinase and c-Jun N-terminal kinase mediate stathmin phosphorylation for the maintenance of interphase microtubules during osmotic stress. (United States)

    Yip, Yan Y; Yeap, Yvonne Y C; Bogoyevitch, Marie A; Ng, Dominic C H


    Dynamic microtubule changes after a cell stress challenge are required for cell survival and adaptation. Stathmin (STMN), a cytoplasmic microtubule-destabilizing phosphoprotein, regulates interphase microtubules during cell stress, but the signaling mechanisms involved are poorly defined. In this study ectopic expression of single alanine-substituted phospho-resistant mutants demonstrated that STMN Ser-38 and Ser-63 phosphorylation were specifically required to maintain interphase microtubules during hyperosmotic stress. STMN was phosphorylated on Ser-38 and Ser-63 in response to hyperosmolarity, heat shock, and arsenite treatment but rapidly dephosphorylated after oxidative stress treatment. Two-dimensional PAGE and Phos-tag gel analysis of stress-stimulated STMN phospho-isoforms revealed rapid STMN Ser-38 phosphorylation followed by subsequent Ser-25 and Ser-63 phosphorylation. Previously, we delineated stress-stimulated JNK targeting of STMN. Here, we identified cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) signaling as responsible for stress-induced STMN Ser-63 phosphorylation. Increased cAMP levels induced by cholera toxin triggered potent STMN Ser-63 phosphorylation. Osmotic stress stimulated an increase in PKA activity and elevated STMN Ser-63 and CREB (cAMP-response element-binding protein) Ser-133 phosphorylation that was substantially attenuated by pretreatment with H-89, a PKA inhibitor. Interestingly, PKA activity and subsequent phosphorylation of STMN were augmented in the absence of JNK activation, indicating JNK and PKA pathway cross-talk during stress regulation of STMN. Taken together our study indicates that JNK- and PKA-mediated STMN Ser-38 and Ser-63 phosphorylation are required to preserve interphase microtubules in response to hyperosmotic stress.

  19. Theoretical Studies on F(-) + NH2Cl Reaction: Nucleophilic Substitution at Neutral Nitrogen. (United States)

    Liu, Xu; Zhang, Jiaxu; Yang, Li; Sun, Rui


    The SN2 reactions at N center, denoted as SN2@N, has been recognized to play a significant role in carcinogenesis, although they are less studied and less understood. The potential energy profile for the model reaction of SN2@N, chloramine (NH2Cl) with fluorine anion (F(-)), has been characterized by extensive electronic structure calculations. The back-side SN2 channel dominates the reaction with the front-side SN2 channel becoming feasible at higher energies. The minimum energy pathway shows a resemblance to the well-known double-well potential model for SN2 reactions at carbon. However, the complexes involving nitrogen on both sides of the reaction barrier are characterized by NH---X (X = F or Cl) hydrogen bond and possess C1 symmetry, in contrast to the more symmetric ion-dipole carbon analogues. In the F(-) + NH2Cl system, the proton transfer pathway is found to become more competitive with the SN2 pathway than in the F(-) + CH3Cl system. The calculations reported here indicate that stationary point properties on the F(-) + NH2Cl potential energy surface are slightly perturbed by the theories employed. The MP2 and CAM-B3LYP, as well as M06-2X and MPW1K functionals give overall best agreement with the benchmark CCSD(T)/CBS energies for the major SN2 reaction channel, and are recommended as the preferred methods for the direct dynamics simulations to uncover the dynamic behaviors of the title reaction.

  20. The c-Jun N-terminal kinase prevents oxidative stress induced by UV and thermal stresses in corals and human cells (United States)

    Courtial, Lucile; Picco, Vincent; Grover, Renaud; Cormerais, Yann; Rottier, Cécile; Labbe, Antoine; Pagès, Gilles; Ferrier-Pagès, Christine


    Coral reefs are of major ecological and socio-economic interest. They are threatened by global warming and natural pressures such as solar ultraviolet radiation. While great efforts have been made to understand the physiological response of corals to these stresses, the signalling pathways involved in the immediate cellular response exhibited by corals remain largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate that c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation is involved in the early response of corals to thermal and UV stress. Furthermore, we found that JNK activity is required to repress stress-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation in both the coral Stylophora pistillata and human skin cells. We also show that inhibiting JNK activation under stress conditions leads to ROS accumulation, subsequent coral bleaching and cell death. Taken together, our results suggest that an ancestral response, involving the JNK pathway, is remarkably conserved from corals to human, protecting cells from the adverse environmental effects. PMID:28374828

  1. Catalytic roles of lysines (K9, K27, K31) in the N-terminal domain in human adenylate kinase by random site-directed mutagenesis. (United States)

    Ayabe, T; Park, S K; Takenaka, H; Sumida, M; Uesugi, S; Takenaka, O; Hamada, M


    To elucidate lysine residues in the N-terminal domain of human cytosolic adenylate kinase (hAK1, EC, random site-directed mutagenesis of K9, K27, and K31 residues was performed, and six mutants were analyzed by steady-state kinetics. K9 residue may play an important role in catalysis by interacting with AMP2-. K27 and K31 residues appear to play a functional role in catalysis by interacting with MgATP2-. In human AK, the epsilon-amino group in the side chain of these lysine residues would be essential for phosphoryl transfer between MgATP2- and AMP2- during transition state.

  2. c-Jun N-terminal kinase 3 expression in the retina of ocular hypertension mice: a possible target to reduce ganglion cell apoptosis

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    Yue He


    Full Text Available Glaucoma, a type of optic neuropathy, is characterized by the loss of retinal ganglion cells. It remains controversial whether c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK participates in the apoptosis of retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma. This study sought to explore a possible mechanism of action of JNK signaling pathway in glaucoma-induced retinal optic nerve damage. We established a mouse model of chronic ocular hypertension by reducing the aqueous humor followed by photocoagulation using the laser ignition method. Results showed significant pathological changes in the ocular tissues after the injury. Apoptosis of retinal ganglion cells increased with increased intraocular pressure, as did JNK3 mRNA expression in the retina. These data indicated that the increased expression of JNK3 mRNA was strongly associated with the increase in intraocular pressure in the retina, and correlated positively with the apoptosis of retinal ganglion cells.

  3. Stress-induced phosphorylation of c-Jun-N-terminal kinases and nuclear translocation of Hsp70 in the Wistar rat hippocampus

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    Adžić M.


    Full Text Available Glucocorticoids are key regulators of the neuroendocrine stress response in the hippocampus. Their action is partly mediated through the subfamily of MAPKs termed c-Jun-N-terminal kinases (JNKs,whose activation correlates with neurodegeneration. The stress response also involves activation of cell protective mechanisms through various heat shock proteins (HSPs that mediate neuroprotection. We followed both JNKs and Hsp70 signals in the cytoplasmic and nuclear compartments of the hippocampus of Wistar male rats exposed to acute, chronic, and combined stress. The activity of JNK1 was decreased in both compartments by all three types of stress, while the activity of cytoplasmic JNK2/3 was elevated in acute and unaltered or lowered in chronic and combined stress. Under all stress conditions, Hsp70 translocation to the nucleus was markedly increased. The results suggest that neurodegenerative signaling of JNKs may be counteracted by increase of nuclear Hsp70,especially under chronic stress.

  4. MIF-1 (Pro-Leu-Gly-NH2) decreases activity in Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens). (United States)

    Brown, M M; Sardenga, P B; Olson, G A; Delatte, S W; Olson, R D


    The effects of MIF-1 (Pro-Leu-Gly-NH2) on activity and aggression of male Siamese Fighting Fish ( Betta splendens) were considered. Animals were given intraperitoneal injections of 0.0 or 10.0 mg/kg MIF-1. After a 10-minute delay, they were placed in a 10 gallon aquarium and their activity was monitored for 60 minutes. Although aggressive responses in the presence of suitable opponents were not reliably affected, as significant decrease in general activity was produced. This is compatible with differential effects of MIF-1 across species.

  5. Stereodynamics and Rovibrational Effect for H+NH3 →H2+NH2 Reaction

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    LI Hao; LIU Xin-Guo; ZHANG Qing-Gang


    @@ We employ the semirigid vibrating rotor target (SVRT) model to study the influence of rotational and vibrational excitation of the reagent on reactivity for the reaction H+NH3. The excitation of the pseudo H-NH2 stretching vibration of the SVRT model gives significant enhancement of reaction probability. Detailed study of the influence of initial rotational states on reaction probability shows strong steric effect. The steric effect of polyatomic reactions, treated by the SVRT model, is more complex and richer than theoretical calculations involving linear molecular models.

  6. Synthesis of Cu3N from CuO and NaNH2

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    Akira Miura


    Full Text Available We report on the low-temperature synthesis of submicron-sized Cu3N powder produced from CuO and NaNH2 powder mixture by heating at 150–190 °C in a Teflon-sealed autoclave. The structure was the anti-RuO3 type with a lattice parameter of 0.3814(1 nm, and strong optical absorption was observed below ∼1.9 eV. This synthesis method has the potential of facile control of the reaction with less use of ammonia sources.

  7. Retinoic acids acting through retinoid receptors protect hippocampal neurons from oxygen-glucose deprivation-mediated cell death by inhibition of c-jun-N-terminal kinase and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase. (United States)

    Shinozaki, Y; Sato, Y; Koizumi, S; Ohno, Y; Nagao, T; Inoue, K


    Retinoic acids (RAs), including all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and 9-cis retinoic acid (9-cis RA), play fundamental roles in a variety of physiological events in vertebrates, through their specific nuclear receptors: retinoic acid receptor (RAR) and retinoid X receptor (RXR). Despite the physiological importance of RA, their functional significance under pathological conditions is not well understood. We examined the effect of ATRA on oxygen/glucose-deprivation/reperfusion (OGD/Rep)-induced neuronal damage in cultured rat hippocampal slices, and found that ATRA significantly reduced neuronal death. The cytoprotective effect of ATRA was observed not only in cornu ammonis (CA) 1 but also in CA2 and dentate gyrus (DG), and was attenuated by selective antagonists for RAR or RXR. By contrast, in the CA3 region, no protective effects of ATRA were observed. The OGD/Rep also increased phosphorylated forms of c-jun-N-terminal kinase (P-JNK) and p38 (P-p38) in hippocampus, and specific inhibitors for these kinases protected neurons. ATRA prevented the increases in P-JNK and P-p38 after OGD/Rep, as well as the decrease in NeuN and its shrinkage, all of which were inhibited by antagonists for RAR or RXR. These findings suggest that the ATRA signaling via retinoid receptors results in the inhibition of JNK and p38 activation, leading to the protection of neurons against OGD/Rep-induced damage in the rat hippocampus.


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    Full Text Available 2(Cy2NH22SO4Sn(SO42Cy2NH2Cl and 2(Cy2NH22SO4. Sn(SO422Cy2NH2Cl complexes have been obtained on allowing Cy2NH2O2C-SO3H and Cy2NH2HSO4 to react respectively with SnBu2Cl2 and SnBu3Cl in specific ratios.The molecular structures of these compounds have been determined on the basis of the infrared data. The suggested structures are dimeric, the tin atom being octacoordinated by four chelating sulfate anions, the monomeric basic entities being connected by hydrogen bonded cation chloride cation strings.

  9. Protective Effect of Lupeol Against Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Neuroinflammation via the p38/c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Pathway in the Adult Mouse Brain. (United States)

    Badshah, Haroon; Ali, Tahir; Shafiq-ur Rehman; Faiz-ul Amin; Ullah, Faheem; Kim, Tae Hyun; Kim, Myeong Ok


    Recent studies have demonstrated a close interaction between neuroinflammatory responses, increased production of inflammatory mediators, and neurodegeneration. Pathological findings in neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease have shown common signs of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. Lupeol, a natural pentacyclic triterpene, has revealed a number of pharmacological properties including an anti-inflammatory activity. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of lupeol against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammation in the cortex and hippocampus of adult mice. Our results showed that systemic administration of LPS induced glial cell production of proinflammatory cytokines, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and interleukin (IL)-1β, while co-treatment with lupeol significantly inhibited the LPS-induced activation of microglia and astrocytes, and decreased the LPS-induced generation of TNF-α, iNOS, and IL-1β. The intracellular mechanism involved in the LPS-induced activation of inflammatory responses includes phosphorylation of P38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), which was significantly inhibited by lupeol. We further elucidated that lupeol inhibited the LPS-induced activation of the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway and reversed the LPS-induced expression of apoptotic markers such as Bax, cytochrome C, caspase-9, and caspase-3. Taken together; our results suggest that lupeol inhibits LPS-induced microglial neuroinflammation via the P38-MAPK and JNK pathways and has therapeutic potential to treat various neuroinflammatory disorders.

  10. Intrathecal administration of low-dose nociceptin/orphanin FQ induces allodynia via c-Jun N-terminal kinase and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1. (United States)

    Kawabata, Kenta; Nishimura, Isamu; Fujiwara, Takeshi; Terauchi, Shoko; Minami, Toshiaki; Ito, Seiji; Okuda-Ashitaka, Emiko


    Pathological chronic pain, which is frequently associated with prolonged tissue damage, inflammation, tumour invasion, and neurodegenerative diseases, gives rise to hyperalgesia and allodynia. We previously reported that intrathecal administration of nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ), an endogenous ligand for the orphan opioid receptor-like receptor, in the femtomole range induces touch-evoked allodynia. N/OFQ has been implicated in multiple signalling pathways, such as inhibition of cAMP production and Ca(2+) channels, or activation of K(+) channels and mitogen-activated protein kinase, although the signalling pathways of N/OFQ-induced allodynia remain unclear. To address these issues, we developed an ex vivo mitogen-activated protein kinase assay by using intact slices of mouse spinal cord. N/OFQ markedly increased the phosphorylation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in the superficial dorsal horn of the spinal cord. The N/OFQ-stimulated JNK phosphorylation was significantly inhibited by pertussis toxin, the phospholipase C inhibitor U73122, and the inositol trisphosphate receptor antagonist Xestospongin C. Intrathecal administration of the JNK inhibitor SP600125 inhibited N/OFQ-evoked allodynia. The N/OFQ-induced increase in JNK phosphorylation was observed in astrocytes that expressed glial fibrillary acidic protein. N/OFQ also induced monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) release via the JNK pathway, and N/OFQ-induced JNK phosphorylation was observed in MCP-1-immunoreactive astrocytes. Intrathecal administration of the MCP-1 receptor antagonist RS504393 inhibited N/OFQ-evoked allodynia. These results suggest that, in the spinal dorsal horn, N/OFQ induces allodynia through activation of JNK via the phospholipase C-inositol trisphosphate pathway, which is coupled to pertussis toxin-sensitive G-protein, and following the release of MCP-1 from astrocytes.

  11. HBP-NH2接枝氧化棉织物制备工艺探讨%Preparation of oxidized cotton fabric grafted with HBP-NH2

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    张峰; 陈宇岳; 张德锁; 华琰蓉; 赵兵


    以水溶性端氨基超支化合物(HBP-NH2)为改性剂,用高碘酸钠选择性氧化棉织物而制得HBP-NH2接枝氧化棉织物(HGCF).研究了氧化棉织物中醛基含量、HBP-NH2溶液浓度、pH值、反应时间和反应温度等因素对HBP-NH2接枝氧化棉织物活性染料无盐染色性能的影响.结果表明,采用醛基含量为8 mmol/g左右的氧化棉织物,在pH值7.0~8.0的10 g/L HBP-NH2水溶液中,60℃反应5 min,可获得理想的HBP-NH2接枝氧化棉织物;采用活性染料对其无盐染色,可获得满意的染色效果.

  12. The N(H2/I(CO Conversion Factor: A Treatment that Includes Radiative Transfer

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    W. F. Wall


    Full Text Available Se presenta un tratamiento que explica mejor el factor de conversión N(H2=I(CO y que incluye la transferencia radiativa. A primera vista, incluir la transferencia radiativa parece superfluo para una línea óptimamente gruesa como CO J = 1 0. No obstante, dado que el medio interestelar es inhomogéneo, los fragmentos de gas (es decir, grumos todavía pueden ser óptimamente delgadas hacia sus bordes y en las alas de los pérfiles de la línea. El tratamiento estadístico de Martin et al. (1984 de la transferencia radiativa a través una nube molecular con grumos se usa para derivar una expresión para el factor de conversión que su- pera los defectos de las explicaciones más tradicionales basadas en Dickman et al. (1986. Por un lado, el tratamiento presentado aquí posiblemente representa un avance importante al entender el factor de conversión N(H2=I(CO pero, por otro lado, tiene sus propios defectos, que son discutidos aquí brevemente.

  13. Theoretical study on the mechanism of CH3NH2 and O3 atmospheric reaction

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    Samira Valehi; Morteza Vahedpour


    Reaction pathways of methylamine with ozone on the singlet potential energy profile have been investigated at the RB3LYP/6-311++G (3df-3pd) computational level. Calculated results reveal that six kinds of products P1 (CH3NO + H2O2), P2 (CH3NH + OH + O2), P3 (NH2CH + HO2+ OH), P4 (CH2NH + H2O +O2), P5 (NH2CH2OH + O2), P6 (NH3+ CH2O +O2) are obtained through variety of transformation of one reactant complex C1. Cleavage and formation of the chemical bonds in the reaction pathways have been discussed using the structural parameters. Based on the calculations, the title reaction leads to NH3+ CH2O + O2 as thermodynamic adducts in an exothermic process by −76.28 kcal/mol in heat realizing and spontaneous reaction by −86.71 kcal/mol in standard Gibbs free energy. From a kinetic viewpoint, the production of CH3NH + OH + O2 adducts with one transition state is the most favoured path.

  14. Ab initio study on the mechanism of reaction HNCO+NH2

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    冀永强; 雷鸣; 冯文林; 徐振峰


    Ab initio UMP2 and UQCISD(T) calculations, with 6-311G** basis sets, were performed for the titled reactions. The results show that the reactions have two product channels: NH2+ HNCO→NH3+NCO (1) and NH2+HNCO-N2H3+CO (2), where reaction (1) is a hydrogen abstraction reaction via an H-bonded complex (HBC), lowering the energy by 32.48 kJ/mol relative to reactants. The calculated QCISD(T)//MP2(full) energy barrier is 29.04 kJ/mol, which is in excellent accordance with the experimental value of 29.09 kJ/mol. In the range of reaction temperature 2300-2700 K, transition theory rate constant for reaction (1) is 1.68 × 1011- 3.29 × 1011 mL · mol-1· s-1, which is close to the experimental one of 5.0 ×1011 mL× mol-1· s-1 or less. However, reaction (2) is a stepwise reaction proceeding via two orientation modes, cis and trans, and the energy barriers for the rate-control step at our best calculations are 92.79 kJ/mol (for cis-mode) and 147.43 kJ/mol (for trans-mode), respectively, which is much higher than

  15. c-Jun N-terminal kinase phosphorylation of MARCKSL1 determines actin stability and migration in neurons and in cancer cells. (United States)

    Björkblom, Benny; Padzik, Artur; Mohammad, Hasan; Westerlund, Nina; Komulainen, Emilia; Hollos, Patrik; Parviainen, Lotta; Papageorgiou, Anastassios C; Iljin, Kristiina; Kallioniemi, Olli; Kallajoki, Markku; Courtney, Michael J; Mågård, Mats; James, Peter; Coffey, Eleanor T


    Cell migration is a fundamental biological function, critical during development and regeneration, whereas deregulated migration underlies neurological birth defects and cancer metastasis. MARCKS-like protein 1 (MARCKSL1) is widely expressed in nervous tissue, where, like Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK), it is required for neural tube formation, though the mechanism is unknown. Here we show that MARCKSL1 is directly phosphorylated by JNK on C-terminal residues (S120, T148, and T183). This phosphorylation enables MARCKSL1 to bundle and stabilize F-actin, increase filopodium numbers and dynamics, and retard migration in neurons. Conversely, when MARCKSL1 phosphorylation is inhibited, actin mobility increases and filopodium formation is compromised whereas lamellipodium formation is enhanced, as is cell migration. We find that MARCKSL1 mRNA is upregulated in a broad range of cancer types and that MARCKSL1 protein is strongly induced in primary prostate carcinomas. Gene knockdown in prostate cancer cells or in neurons reveals a critical role for MARCKSL1 in migration that is dependent on the phosphorylation state; phosphomimetic MARCKSL1 (MARCKSL1(S120D,T148D,T183D)) inhibits whereas dephospho-MARCKSL1(S120A,T148A,T183A) induces migration. In summary, these data show that JNK phosphorylation of MARCKSL1 regulates actin homeostasis, filopodium and lamellipodium formation, and neuronal migration under physiological conditions and that, when ectopically expressed in prostate cancer cells, MARCKSL1 again determines cell movement.

  16. MOFabric: Electrospun Nanofiber Mats from PVDF/UiO-66-NH2 for Chemical Protection and Decontamination. (United States)

    Lu, Annie Xi; McEntee, Monica; Browe, Matthew A; Hall, Morgan G; DeCoste, Jared B; Peterson, Gregory W


    Textiles capable of capture and detoxification of toxic chemicals, such as chemical-warfare agents (CWAs), are of high interest. Some metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) exhibit superior reactivity toward CWAs. However, it remains a challenge to integrate powder MOFs into engineered materials like textiles, while retaining functionalities like crystallinity, adsorptivity, and reactivity. Here, we present a simple method of electrospinning UiO-66-NH2, a zirconium MOF, with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The electrospun composite, which we refer to as "MOFabric", exhibits comparable crystal patterns, surface area, chlorine uptake, and simulant hydrolysis to powder UiO-66-NH2. The MOFabric is also capable of breaking down GD (O-pinacolyl methylphosphonofluoridae) faster than powder UiO-66-NH2. Half-life of GD monitored by solid-state NMR for MOFabric is 131 min versus 315 min on powder UiO-66-NH2.

  17. A protein kinase binds the C-terminal domain of the readthrough protein of Turnip yellows virus and regulates virus accumulation

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    Rodriguez-Medina, Caren; Boissinot, Sylvaine [UMR 1131 SVQV INRA-UDS, 28 rue de Herrlisheim, 68021 Colmar (France); Chapuis, Sophie [Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes, Laboratoire propre du CNRS conventionné avec l’Université de Strasbourg, 12 rue du Général Zimmer, 67084 Strasbourg (France); Gereige, Dalya; Rastegar, Maryam; Erdinger, Monique [UMR 1131 SVQV INRA-UDS, 28 rue de Herrlisheim, 68021 Colmar (France); Revers, Frédéric [INRA, Université de Bordeaux, UMR 1332 de Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie, 33882 Villenave d’Ornon (France); Ziegler-Graff, Véronique [Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes, Laboratoire propre du CNRS conventionné avec l’Université de Strasbourg, 12 rue du Général Zimmer, 67084 Strasbourg (France); Brault, Véronique, E-mail: [UMR 1131 SVQV INRA-UDS, 28 rue de Herrlisheim, 68021 Colmar (France)


    Turnip yellows virus (TuYV), a phloem-limited virus, encodes a 74 kDa protein known as the readthrough protein (RT) involved in virus movement. We show here that a TuYV mutant deleted of the C-terminal part of the RT protein (TuYV-∆RT{sub Cter}) was affected in long-distance trafficking in a host-specific manner. By using the C-terminal domain of the RT protein as a bait in a yeast two-hybrid screen of a phloem cDNA library from Arabidopsis thaliana we identified the calcineurin B-like protein-interacting protein kinase-7 (AtCIPK7). Transient expression of a GFP:CIPK7 fusion protein in virus-inoculated Nicotiana benthamiana leaves led to local increase of wild-type TuYV accumulation, but not that of TuYV-∆RT{sub Cter}. Surprisingly, elevated virus titer in inoculated leaves did not result in higher TuYV accumulation in systemic leaves, which indicates that virus long-distance movement was not affected. Since GFP:CIPK7 was localized in or near plasmodesmata, CIPK7 could negatively regulate TuYV export from infected cells. - Highlights: • The C-terminal domain of TuYV-RT is required for long-distance movement. • CIPK7 from Arabidopsis interacts with RT{sub Cter} in yeast and in plants. • CIPK7 overexpression increases virus titer locally but not virus systemic movement. • CIPK7 localizes to plasmodesmata. • CIPK7 could be a defense protein regulating virus export.

  18. Oscillation in the Kmno 4NH 2CH 2COOHH 3PO 4 Cstr system (United States)

    Li, Hexing; Huang, Xiaojun; Deng, Jingfa


    A novel chemical oscillating reaction in the KMnO 4NH 2CH 2COOHH 3PO 4 CSTR system in the presence and absence of Ag + has been described. The reaction kinetics in a closed Mn0 4-NH 2CH 2COOHH 3PO 4 system has been analyzed and a possible mechanism has been proposed. The catalytic effect of Ag + in the above reaction has also been studied.

  19. Mg(BH4)2-NaNH2体系的加热放氢性能研究%Dehydrogenation Property of Mg(BH4)2-NaNH2 Composites

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    褚海亮; 张湛; 黄建灵; 邱树君; 邹勇进; 向翠丽; 张焕芝; 徐芬; 孙立贤


    采用机械球磨法制备了Mg(BH4) 2-NaNH2复合储氢材料,研究了Mg(BH4)2和NaNH2之间的相互作用及其加热放氢性能.当物质的量比为1:2时,Mg(BH4)2与NaNH2之间发生反应:Mg(BH4)2+2NaNH2→2NaBH4 +Mg(NH2)2.当物质的量比为1:1时,Mg (BH4)2与NaNH2之间发生反应:Mg(BH4)2+NaNH2→NaBH4+MgBNH6.加热到400℃,该样品分两步进行放氢反应,放氢峰温分别在190℃和369℃,可以放出4.7%(质量分数)氢气.第一步放氢反应为MgBNH6分解产生MgH2,即:MgBNH6--MgH2 +BN+ 2H2.第二步放氢反应为MgH2的分解:MgH2→Mg+H2.

  20. Structure of intermediate phase II of LiNH2 under high pressure. (United States)

    Yamawaki, Hiroshi; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Gotoh, Yoshito; Nakano, Satoshi


    A new intermediate phase (phase II) was found between phases I and III in LiNH2 in the pressure range of 10 to 13 GPa through the analysis of infrared and powder X-ray diffraction measurements to 25 GPa at room temperature. This result agreed with the prediction of a stable phase between phases I and III through theoretical calculations. Powder X-ray diffraction measurement and DFT calculation showed that this phase has a monoclinic structure with space group C2/c (Z = 8), which is the same structure as that of a slightly tilted crystal lattice of the Fddd structural model. The enthalpy of the C2/c structure was also found to be almost the same as that of the Fddd structure.

  1. Low-energy electron impact cross-sections and rate constants of $NH_2$

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    This systematic study reports various electron impact cross-sections, rate constants and transport properties of $NH_2$ radical in the low-energy limit. The collision study is based on $R$-matrix formalism and involves the use of various scattering models employing different active spaces. Both electron excited inelasticcross-sections and resonances are found influenced by correlation and polarization effects. The non-relativistic molecular bremsstrahlung radiation cross-section for soft photons, binary encounter Bethe model-based ionization cross-sections and a few molecular properties of the target radical are also reported. The present calculations are found to be in agreement with the available results. This theoretical study provides a pathway to understand collision dynamics and generates data required in various fields of applied physics.

  2. Pregnane X Receptor Activation Attenuates Inflammation-Associated Intestinal Epithelial Barrier Dysfunction by Inhibiting Cytokine-Induced Myosin Light-Chain Kinase Expression and c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase 1/2 Activation. (United States)

    Garg, Aditya; Zhao, Angela; Erickson, Sarah L; Mukherjee, Subhajit; Lau, Aik Jiang; Alston, Laurie; Chang, Thomas K H; Mani, Sridhar; Hirota, Simon A


    The inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are chronic inflammatory disorders with a complex etiology. IBD is thought to arise in genetically susceptible individuals in the context of aberrant interactions with the intestinal microbiota and other environmental risk factors. Recently, the pregnane X receptor (PXR) was identified as a sensor for microbial metabolites, whose activation can regulate the intestinal epithelial barrier. Mutations in NR1I2, the gene that encodes the PXR, have been linked to IBD, and in animal models, PXR deletion leads to barrier dysfunction. In the current study, we sought to assess the mechanism(s) through which the PXR regulates barrier function during inflammation. In Caco-2 intestinal epithelial cell monolayers, tumor necrosis factor-α/interferon-γ exposure disrupted the barrier and triggered zonula occludens-1 relocalization, increased expression of myosin light-chain kinase (MLCK), and activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1/2 (JNK1/2). Activation of the PXR [rifaximin and [[3,5-Bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-hydroxyphenyl]ethenylidene]bis-phosphonic acid tetraethyl ester (SR12813); 10 μM] protected the barrier, an effect that was associated with attenuated MLCK expression and JNK1/2 activation. In vivo, activation of the PXR [pregnenolone 16α-carbonitrile (PCN)] attenuated barrier disruption induced by toll-like receptor 4 activation in wild-type, but not Pxr-/-, mice. Furthermore, PCN treatment protected the barrier in the dextran-sulfate sodium model of experimental colitis, an effect that was associated with reduced expression of mucosal MLCK and phosphorylated JNK1/2. Together, our data suggest that the PXR regulates the intestinal epithelial barrier during inflammation by modulating cytokine-induced MLCK expression and JNK1/2 activation. Thus, targeting the PXR may prove beneficial for the treatment of inflammation-associated barrier disruption in the context of IBD.

  3. Tumor necrosis factor alpha promotes the proliferation of human nucleus pulposus cells via nuclear factor-κB, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase. (United States)

    Wang, Xiao-Hu; Hong, Xin; Zhu, Lei; Wang, Yun-Tao; Bao, Jun-Ping; Liu, Lei; Wang, Feng; Wu, Xiao-Tao


    Although tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) is known to play a critical role in intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration, the effect of TNF-α on nucleus pulposus (NP) cells has not yet been elucidated. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of TNF-α on proliferation of human NP cells. NP cells were treated with different concentrations of TNF-α. Cell proliferation was determined by cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) analysis and Ki67 immunofluorescence staining, and expression of cyclin B1 was studied by quantitative real-time RT-PCR. Cell cycle was measured by flow cytometry and cell apoptosis was analyzed using an Annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) & propidium iodide (PI) apoptosis detection kit. To identify the mechanism by which TNF-α induced proliferation of NP cells, selective inhibitors of major signaling pathways were used and Western blotting was carried out. Treatment with TNF-α increased cell viability (as determined by CCK-8 analysis) and expression of cyclin B1 and the number of Ki67-positive and S-phase NP cells, indicating enhancement of proliferation. Consistent with this, NP cell apoptosis was suppressed by TNF-α treatment. Moreover, inhibition of NF-κB, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) blocked TNF-α-stimulated proliferation of NP cells. In conclusion, the current findings suggest that the effect of TNF-α on IVD degeneration involves promotion of the proliferation of human NP cells via the NF-κB, JNK, and p38 MAPK pathways.

  4. The selective protein kinase C inhibitor, Ro-31-8220, inhibits mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-1 (MKP-1) expression, induces c-Jun expression, and activates Jun N-terminal kinase. (United States)

    Beltman, J; McCormick, F; Cook, S J


    The role of protein kinase C (PKC) in inflammation, mitogenesis, and differentiation has been deduced in part through the use of a variety of PKC inhibitors. Two widely used inhibitors are the structurally related compounds GF109203X and Ro-31-8220, both of which potently inhibit PKC activity and are believed to be highly selective. While using GF109203X and Ro-31-8220 to address the role of PKC in immediate early gene expression, we observed striking differential effects by each of these two compounds. Growth factors induce the expression of the immediate early gene products MAP kinase phosphatase-1 (MKP-1), c-Fos and c-Jun. Ro-31-8220 inhibits growth factor-stimulated expression of MKP-1 and c-Fos but strongly stimulated c-Jun expression, even in the absence of growth factors. GF109203X displays none of these properties. These data suggest that Ro-31-8220 may have other pharmacological actions in addition to PKC inhibition. Indeed, Ro-31-8220 strongly stimulates the stress-activated protein kinase, JNK1. Furthermore, Ro-31-8220 apparently activates JNK in a PKC-independent manner. Neither the down-regulation of PKC by phorbol esters nor the inhibition of PKC by GF109203X affected the ability of Ro-31-8220 to activate JNK1. These data suggest that, in addition to potently inhibiting PKC, Ro-31-8220 exhibits novel pharmacological properties which are independent of its ability to inhibit PKC.

  5. Inhibition of spinal astrocytic c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK activation correlates with the analgesic effects of ketamine in neuropathic pain

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    Wang Wen


    Full Text Available Abstract Background We have previously reported that inhibition of astrocytic activation contributes to the analgesic effects of intrathecal ketamine on spinal nerve ligation (SNL-induced neuropathic pain. However, the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK, a member of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK family, has been reported to be critical for spinal astrocytic activation and neuropathic pain development after SNL. Ketamine can decrease lipopolysaccharide (LPS-induced phosphorylated JNK (pJNK expression and could thus exert its anti-inflammatory effect. We hypothesized that inhibition of astrocytic JNK activation might be involved in the suppressive effect of ketamine on SNL-induced spinal astrocytic activation. Methods Immunofluorescence histochemical staining was used to detect SNL-induced spinal pJNK expression and localization. The effects of ketamine on SNL-induced mechanical allodynia were confirmed by behavioral testing. Immunofluorescence histochemistry and Western blot were used to quantify the SNL-induced spinal pJNK expression after ketamine administration. Results The present study showed that SNL induced ipsilateral pJNK up-regulation in astrocytes but not microglia or neurons within the spinal dorsal horn. Intrathecal ketamine relieved SNL-induced mechanical allodynia without interfering with motor performance. Additionally, intrathecal administration of ketamine attenuated SNL-induced spinal astrocytic JNK activation in a dose-dependent manner, but not JNK protein expression. Conclusions The present results suggest that inhibition of JNK activation may be involved in the suppressive effects of ketamine on SNL-induced spinal astrocyte activation. Therefore, inhibition of spinal JNK activation may be involved in the analgesic effects of ketamine on SNL-induced neuropathic pain.

  6. Arecoline-induced pro-fibrotic proteins in LLC-PK1 cells are dependent on c-Jun N-terminal kinase. (United States)

    Lin, Sheng-Hsuan; Chiou, Shean-Jaw; Ho, Wan-Ting; Chuang, Chao-Tang; Chuang, Lea-Yea; Guh, Jinn-Yuh


    Areca nut (AN) chewing is associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the molecular mechanisms of AN-induced CKD are not known. Thus, we studied the effects of arecoline, a major alkaloid of AN, on proximal tubule (LLC-PK1) cells in terms of cytotoxicity, fibrosis, transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). We found that arecoline dose (0.1-0.5mM) and time (24-72h)-dependently induced cytotoxicity without causing cell death. Arecoline (0.25 mM) also time-dependently (24-72h) increased fibronectin and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI1) protein expressions. Arecoline (0.25 mM) time-dependently (24-72h) increased TGF-β gene transcriptional activity and supernatant levels of active TGF-β1. Moreover, arecoline (0.25 mM) activated JNK while SP600125 (a JNK inhibitor) attenuated arecoline-induced TGF-β gene transcriptional activity. SP600125, but not SB431542 (a TGF-β receptor type I kinase inhibitor), attenuated arecoline-induced fibronectin and PAI1 protein expressions. Finally, tubulointerstitial fibrosis occurred and renal cortical expressions of fibronectin and PAI1 proteins increased in arecoline-fed mice at 24 weeks. We concluded that arecoline induced tubulointerstitial fibrosis in mice while arecoline-induced TGF-β and pro-fibrotic proteins (fibronectin, PAI1) are dependent on JNK in LLC-PK1 cells. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Copper(II) and zinc(II) complexes of the peptides Ac-HisValHis-NH2 and Ac-HisValGlyAsp-NH2 related to the active site of the enzyme CuZnSOD. (United States)

    Bóka, Beáta; Myari, Alexandra; Sóvágó, Imre; Hadjiliadis, Nick


    Copper(II) and zinc(II) complexes of the peptides Ac-HisValHis-NH2 and Ac-HisValGlyAsp-NH2 related to the active site of the enzyme CuZnSOD were studied by potentiometric and spectroscopic (UV-Vis, CD and EPR) techniques. The results reveal that both ligands have effective metal binding sites, but the tripeptide is a much stronger complexing agent than the tetrapeptide. The formation of a macrochelate via the coordination of the imidazolyl residues is suggested in the copper(II)-Ac-HisValHis-NH2 system in the acidic pH range, while a 4N complex predominates at physiological pH. The interaction of Ac-HisValHis-NH2 with zinc(II) results in the formation of a precipitate indicating polynuclear complex formation. Both copper(II)-Ac-HisValHis-NH2 and copper(II)-HisValHis systems exhibit catalytic activity toward the dismutation of superoxide anion at physiological pH, but the saturated coordination sphere of the metal ions in both systems results in low reactivity as compared to the native enzyme.

  8. 铜离子络合法测定HBP-NH2溶液含量及其应用%Determination of concentration of HBP-NH2 Solution by complexometric titration with Cu2+

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    张峰; 陈宇岳; 张德锁



  9. Protocatechuic aldehyde inhibits TNF-α-induced fibronectin expression in human umbilical vein endothelial cells via a c-Jun N-terminal kinase dependent pathway. (United States)

    Tong, Yue-Feng; Liu, Yong; Hu, Zhi-Xing; Li, Zhe-Cheng; A, Agula


    Fibronectin (FN) is one of the most important extracellular matrix proteins and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (AS). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of a potent, water-soluble antioxidant, protocatechuic aldehyde (PA), which is derived from the Chinese herb Salvia miltiorrhiza, on the expression of FN in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) stimulated with tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). The pharmacological effects of PA on the production of FN were investigated using ELISA and western blot analysis. In addition, ELISA and western blot analysis were used to examine the activation and suppression of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways and nuclear factor (NF)-κB in TNF-α-stimulated HUVECs, in order to explore the underlying pharmacological mechanism of PA. The inhibitory effect of PA on the total generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in TNF-α-stimulated HUVECs was assessed using 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate. Pretreatment of HUVECs with PA (0.15, 0.45 and 1.35 mM) for 18 h markedly attenuated the TNF-α-stimulated FN surface expression and secretion in a dose-dependent manner. Intracellular ROS generation and the expression of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 and 2 (ERK1/2), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 MAPK (p38) were significantly induced by TNF-α (2 ng/ml) in HUVECs. TNF-α-induced ROS generation and JNK activation were inhibited by PA in a concentration-dependent manner. By contrast, ERK1/2 and p38 activation was not significantly affected by PA. Pretreatment of HUVECs with PA for 18 h markedly attenuated TNF-α-stimulated NF-κB activation. In conclusion, the present findings suggest that PA inhibits TNF-α-induced FN expression in HUVECs through a mechanism that involves ROS/JNK and NF-κB.

  10. [Effect of Acupuncture Intervention on c-jun N-terminal Kinase Signaling in the Hippocampus in Rats with Forced Swimming Stress]. (United States)

    Guo, Yu; Xu, Ke; Bao, Wu-ye; Wang, Yu; Zhang, Xu-hui; Xu, Ming-min; Yu, Miao; Zhang, Chun-tao; Zhao, Bing-cong; Wu, Ji-hong; Tu, Ya


    To observe the effect of acupuncture on c-jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling in the hippocampus in rats with forced-swimming stress, so as to reveal its underlying mechanism in relieving depression-like motor response. Forty-eight Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 8 groups as control, control + JNK inhibitor (SP 600125) , model, model + SP 600125, acupuncture, acupuncture + SP 600125, Fluoxetine (an anti-depressant) , and Fluoxetine + SP 600125 (n = 6 in each group). The depression-like behavior (immobility) model was established by forcing the rat to swim in a glass-cylinder and solitary raise. Acupuncture stimulation was applied to "Baihui" (GV-20) and "Yintang" (GV 29) for 20 min before forced swimming and once again 24 h later.. The rats of the Fluoxetine and Fluoxetine+ SP 600125 groups were treated by intragastric administration of fluoxetine 10 mL (1.8 mg)/kg before forced swimming and once again 24 h thereafter. The rats of the model + SP 600125 and acupuncture + SP 600125 groups were treated by intraperitoneal injection of SP 600125 (10 mg/kg) 90 min before forced swimming and 30 min before acupuncture intervention, respectively. The immobility duration of rats in the water glass-cylinder was used to assess their depression-like behavior response. The expression levels of protein kinase kinase 4 (MKK 4), MKK 7, JNK, and phosphorylated JNK (p-JNK) in the hippocampus were detected by Western blot. Compared to the control group, the duration of immobility, and the expression levels of hippocampal MKK 4, MKK 7, and p-JNK proteins were significantly increased in the model group (P acupuncture, acupuncture + SP 600125, Fluoxetine and Fluoxetine + SP 600125 groups, the expression levels of hippocampal MKK 4 and MKK 7 proteins in the Fluoxetine + SP 600125 group, and those of p-JNK protein in the acupuncture, acupuncture + SP 600125, model + SP 600125, Fluoxetine and Fluoxetine + SP 600125 groups were considerably decreased (P acupuncture

  11. Domain swapping reveals that the N-terminal domain of the sensor kinase KdpD in Escherichia coli is important for signaling

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    Lippert Marie-Luise


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The KdpD/KdpE two-component system of Escherichia coli regulates expression of the kdpFABC operon encoding the high affinity K+ transport system KdpFABC. The input domain of KdpD comprises a domain that belongs to the family of universal stress proteins (Usp. It has been previously demonstrated that UspC binds to this domain, resulting in KdpD/KdpE scaffolding under salt stress. However the mechanistic significance of this domain for signaling remains unclear. Here, we employed a "domain swapping" approach to replace the KdpD-Usp domain with four homologous domains or with the six soluble Usp proteins of E. coli. Results Full response to salt stress was only achieved with a chimera that contains UspC, probably due to unaffected scaffolding of the KdpD/KdpE signaling cascade by soluble UspC. Unexpectedly, chimeras containing either UspF or UspG not only prevented kdpFABC expression under salt stress but also under K+ limiting conditions, although these hybrid proteins exhibited kinase and phosphotransferase activities in vitro. These are the first KdpD derivatives that do not respond to K+ limitation due to alterations in the N-terminal domain. Analysis of the KdpD-Usp tertiary structure revealed that this domain has a net positively charged surface, while UspF and UspG are characterized by net negative surface charges. Conclusion The Usp domain within KdpD not only functions as a binding surface for the scaffold UspC, but it is also important for KdpD signaling. We propose that KdpD sensing/signaling involves alterations of electrostatic interactions between the large N- and C-terminal cytoplasmic domains.

  12. I-mfa domain proteins interact with Axin and affect its regulation of the Wnt and c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling pathways. (United States)

    Kusano, Shuichi; Raab-Traub, Nancy


    I-mfa has been identified as an inhibitor of myogenic basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors, and a related human I-mfa domain-containing protein (HIC) also has been identified as a protein that regulates Tat- and Tax-mediated expression of viral promoters. HIC and I-mfa represent a family of proteins that share a highly conserved cysteine-rich domain, termed the I-mfa domain. We show here that both I-mfa domain proteins, HIC and I-mfa, interacted in vivo with the Axin complex through their C-terminal I-mfa domains. This interaction inhibited Axin-mediated downregulation of free levels of cytosolic beta-catenin. I-mfa and HIC also both directly interacted with lymphocyte enhancer factor (LEF); however, I-mfa but not HIC significantly inhibited reporter constructs regulated by beta-catenin. The overexpression of HIC but not I-mfa decreased the inhibitory effects of Axin on beta-catenin-regulated reporter constructs, while both HIC and I-mfa decreased Axin-mediated c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation. These data reveal for the first time that I-mfa domain proteins interact with the Axin complex and affect Axin regulation of both the Wnt and the JNK activation pathways. Interestingly, HIC differs from I-mfa in that I-mfa affects both Axin function and T-cell factor- or LEF-regulated transcription in the Wnt signaling pathway while HIC affects primarily Axin function.

  13. Investigating the two inequivalent NH2(CH3)2 ions in [NH2(CH3)2]2CuCl4 using magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (United States)

    Lim, Ae Ran; Paik, Younkee


    The structural change near the phase transition temperatures of [NH2(CH3)2]2CuCl4 is discussed in terms of the chemical shifts and the spin-lattice relaxation times T1ρ in the rotating frame for 1H MAS NMR and 13C CP/MAS NMR. The 1H T1ρ undergoes molecular motion near the phase-transition temperature (TC2 = 253 K). In addition, the two inequivalent [NH2(CH3)2] (1) and [NH2(CH3)2] (2) sites were distinguishable by the 13C chemical shift. And, the most significant change was observed at TC2 for the 13C CP/MAS NMR spectrum; this temperature corresponds to a ferroelastic phase transition with different orientations.

  14. Dyeing behaviour on oxidized linen grafted with HBP-NH2%HBP-NH2接枝氧化亚麻织物无盐染色性能

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    赵兵; 张峰; 林红; 陈宇岳



  15. Electroless copper plating of PET fabric activated with HBP-NH2/Ag+%HBP-NH2/Ag+活化涤纶织物的化学镀铜工艺

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    檀国登; 沈勇; 张惠芳; 颜峰; 俞菁



  16. A novel humidity sensor based on NH2-MIL-125(Ti) metal organic framework with high responsiveness (United States)

    Zhang, Ying; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Yupeng; Cong, Huahua; Fu, Bo; Wen, Shanpeng; Ruan, Shengping


    A novel porous nanosized humidity-sensing material of amine-functionalized titanium metal organic framework (MOF), NH2-MIL-125(Ti), was investigated. NH2-MIL-125(Ti) nanoparticles with high phase purity and good physicochemical property were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. The nanosized MOF was characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The average size of the MOF nanoparticles is around 300 nm. Then NH2-MIL-125(Ti) humidity sensor was fabricated by coating the nanosized materials on interdigitated electrodes. The humidity sensor based on NH2-MIL-125(Ti) shows good linearity of RH (11-95 % RH), as well as fast response and recovery time. The RH detecting range is from 11 to 95 % RH at 100 Hz. The response and recovery time are about 45 and 50 s, respectively. Moreover, the sensing mechanism was discussed by complex impedance analysis in detail. These results indicate the potential application of NH2-MIL-125(Ti) in humidity sensors.

  17. C6H5NH2 effect on the corrosion inhibition of aluminium in 0.5 M HCl (United States)

    Omotosho, Olugbenga Adeshola; Okeniyi, Joshua Olusegun; Loto, Cleophas Akintoye; Popoola, Abimbola Patricia Idowu; Fademi, Ekundayo Oluwademilade Jacob; Oladipupo, Segun Isaac; Alabi, Ayomide Samuel; Ajibola, Omokolade Bamidele; Emelieze, Alex Nwabunor


    In this paper, C6H6NH2 (aniline) effect on the corrosion of aluminium in 0.5 M (i.e. mol/L) HCl medium was studied using gravimetric method by weight loss measurements and electrochemical technique of corrosion potential and potentiodynamic polarization by cyclic voltamery (CV) instrumentation. By these techniques, corrosion rate obtained from aluminium specimens, in 0.5 HCl test-solution having different concentrations of the hydrogen-containing C6H6NH2 chemical, were requisitely analysed. Results showed that the potentiodynamic corrosion rate excellently correlated (R = 98.94%, Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency = 97.89% and ANOVA p-value = 0.0314) with function of the gravimetric corrosion rate and C6H5NH2 concentration. Both experimental and correlated prediction models identified 0.043 mol/L C6H5NH2 with optimal inhibition efficiency performance η = 84.11% by the experimental or η = 81.15% by the predicted models. Fittings of experimental and correlated data showed the data models followed the Langmuir adsorption isotherm from which favourable adsorption and prevalent physisorption were indicated as the C6H5NH2 corrosion-protection on aluminium metal in the 0.5 M HCl medium.

  18. Mepivacaine-induced contraction involves increased calcium sensitization mediated via Rho kinase and protein kinase C in endothelium-denuded rat aorta. (United States)

    Ok, Seong-Ho; Kwon, Seong-Chun; Yeol Han, Jeong; Yu, Jongsun; Shin, Il-Woo; Lee, Heon-Keun; Chung, Young-Kyun; Choi, Mun-Jeoung; Sohn, Ju-Tae


    Mepivacaine is an aminoamide local anesthetic that produces vasoconstriction in vivo and in vitro. The goals of this in vitro study were to determine whether mepivacaine-induced contraction involves calcium sensitization in isolated endothelium-denuded aortas, and to investigate the specific protein kinases involved. The effects of mepivacaine and potassium chloride on intracellular calcium concentrations ([Ca(2+)]i) and tension in the presence or absence of Y-27632 or GF 109203X were measured simultaneously using the acetoxymethyl ester of fura-2-loaded aortic strips. Cumulative mepivacaine concentration-response curves were generated in the presence or absence of the following inhibitors: Rho kinase inhibitor Y-27632, protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitor GF 109203X, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) inhibitor PD 98059, c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitor SP600125, and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor SB 203580. Phosphorylation of PKC and MAPK, and membrane translocation of Rho kinase were detected in vascular smooth muscle cells by Western blotting. The slope of the mepivacaine-induced [Ca(2+)]i-tension curve was higher than that of the KCl-induced [Ca(2+)]i-tension curve. Pretreatment with Y-27632 or GF 109203X shifted the mepivacaine-induced [Ca(2+)]i-tension curve to the lower right. Pretreatment with Y-27632, GF 109203X, PD 98059, or SP600125 attenuated mepivacaine-induced contraction in a concentration-dependent manner. Y-27632 and GF 109203X attenuated mepivacaine-induced Rho kinase membrane translocation and PKC phosphorylation, respectively. PD 98059 and SP600125 attenuated mepivacaine-induced ERK and JNK phosphorylation, respectively. Taken together, these results indicate that mepivacaine-induced contraction involves increased calcium sensitization mediated by Rho kinase and PKC. Such contraction mainly involves activation of ERK- and JNK-mediated pathways. © 2013 Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. Inhibition of development of experimental abdominal aortic aneurysm by c-jun N-terminal protein kinase inhibitor combined with lysyl oxidase gene modified smooth muscle progenitor cells. (United States)

    Chen, Feng; Zhang, ZhenDong; Zhu, XianHua


    Chronic inflammation, imbalance between the extracellular matrix synthesis and degradation, and loss of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) contribute to the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the therapy with periaortic incubation of c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase inhibitor SP600125 infused from an osmotic pump and subadventitial injection of lysyl oxidase (LOX) gene modified autologous smooth muscle progenitor cells (SPCs) on treatment of AAA in a rabbit model. Obvious dilation of the abdominal aorta in the control group was caused by periaortic incubation of calcium chloride and elastase. But the progression of aortic dilation was significantly decreased after the treatment with SP600125 and LOX gene modified SPCs compared to the treatment with phosphate-buffered saline. This therapy could inhibit matrix metalloproteinases expression, enhance elastin synthesis, improve preservation of elastic laminar integrity, benefit SPCs survival and restore SMCs population. It seemed that this method might provide a novel therapeutic strategy to treat AAA.

  20. Tolerance to the antinociceptive and hypothermic effects of morphine is mediated by multiple isoforms of c-Jun N-terminal kinase. (United States)

    Yuill, Matthew B; Zee, Michael L; Marcus, David; Morgan, Daniel J


    The abuse and overdose of opioid drugs are growing public health problems worldwide. Although progress has been made toward understanding the mechanisms governing tolerance to opioids, the exact cellular machinery involved remains unclear. However, there is growing evidence to suggest that c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs) play a major role in mu-opioid receptor regulation and morphine tolerance. In this study, we aimed to determine the potential roles of different JNK isoforms in the development of tolerance to the antinociceptive and hypothermic effects of morphine. We used the hot-plate and tail-flick tests for thermal pain to measure tolerance to the antinociceptive effects of once-daily subcutaneous injections with 10 mg/kg morphine. Body temperature was also measured to determine tolerance to the hypothermic effects of morphine. Tolerance to morphine was assessed in wild-type mice and compared with single knockout mice each lacking the JNK isoforms (JNK1, JNK2, or JNK3). We found that loss of each individual JNK isoform causes impairment in tolerance for the antinociceptive and hypothermic effects of daily morphine. However, disruption of JNK2 seems to have the most profound effect on morphine tolerance. These results indicate a clear role for JNK signaling pathways in morphine tolerance. This complements previous studies suggesting that the JNK2 isoform is required for morphine tolerance, but additionally presents novel data suggesting that additional JNK isoforms also contribute toward this process.

  1. Induction of apoptosis by casticin in cervical cancer cells: reactive oxygen species-dependent sustained activation of Jun N-terminal kinase

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    Fanxiang Zeng; Li Tian; Fei Liu; Jianguo Cao; Meifang Quan; Xifeng Sheng


    Casticin,a polymethoxyflavone from Fructus viticis used as an anti-inflammatory agent in Chinese traditional medicine,has been reported to have anti-cancer activity.The purpose of this study was to examine the apoptotic activity of casticin on human cervical cancer cells and its molecular mechanism.We revealed a novel mechanism by which casticin-induced apoptosis occurs and showed for the first time that the apoptosis induced by casticin is mediated through generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and sustained activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in HeLa cells.Casticin markedly increased the levels of intracellular ROS and induced the expression of phosphorylated JNK and cJun protein.Pre-treatment with N-acetylcvsteine and SP600125 effectively attenuated induction of apoptosis by casticin in HeLa cells.Moreover,casticin induced ROS production and apoptotic cell death in other cervical cancer cell lines,such as CasKi and SiHa.Importantly,casticin did not cause generation of ROS or induction of apoptosis in normal human peripheral blood mononuclear cells and embryonic kidney epithelium 293 cells.These results suggest that ROS generation and sustained JNK activation by casticin play a role in casticin-induced apoptosis and raise the possibility that treatment with casticin might be promising as a new therapy against human cervical cancer.

  2. Effects of c-Jun N-terminal kinase on Activin A/Smads signaling in PC12 cell suffered from oxygen-glucose deprivation. (United States)

    Wang, J Q; Xu, Z H; Liang, W Z; He, J T; Cui, Y; Liu, H Y; Xue, L X; Shi, W; Shao, Y K; Mang, J; Xu, Z X


    Activin A (Act A), a member of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily, is an early gene in response to cerebral ischemia. Growing evidences confirm the neuroprotective effect of Act A in ischemic injury through Act A/Smads signal activation. In this process, regulation networks are involved in modulating the outcomes of Smads signaling. Among these regulators, crosstalk between c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and Smads signaling has been found in the TGF-β induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition. However, in neural ischemia, the speculative regulation between JNK and Act A/Smads signaling pathways has not been clarified. To explore this issue, an Oxygen Glucose Deprivation (OGD) model was introduced to nerve-like PC12 cells. We found that JNK signal activation occurred at the early time of OGD injury (1 h). Act A administration suppressed JNK phosphorylation. In addition, JNK inhibition could elevate the strength of Smads signaling and attenuate neural apoptosis after OGD injury. Our results indicated a negative regulation effect of JNK on Smads signaling in ischemic injury. Taken together, JNK, as a critical site for neural apoptosis and negative regulator for Act A/Smads signaling, was presumed to be a molecular therapeutic target for ischemia.

  3. Pharmacological Inhibition of c-Jun N-terminal Kinase Reduces Food Intake and Sensitizes Leptin’s Anorectic Signaling Actions (United States)

    Gao, Su; Howard, Shannon; LoGrasso, Philip V.


    The role for c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) in the control of feeding and energy balance is not well understood. Here, by use of novel and highly selective JNK inhibitors, we investigated the actions of JNK in the control of feeding and body weight homeostasis. In lean mice, intraperitoneal (i.p.) or intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) administration of SR-3306, a brain-penetrant and selective pan-JNK (JNK1/2/3) inhibitor, reduced food intake and body weight. Moreover, i.p. and i.c.v. administrations of SR11935, a brain-penetrant and JNK2/3 isoform-selective inhibitor, exerted similar anorectic effects as SR3306, which suggests JNK2 or JNK3 mediates aspect of the anorectic effect by pan-JNK inhibition. Furthermore, daily i.p. injection of SR3306 (7 days) prevented the increases in food intake and weight gain in lean mice upon high-fat diet feeding, and this injection paradigm reduced high-fat intake and obesity in diet-induced obese (DIO) mice. In the DIO mice, JNK inhibition sensitized leptin’s anorectic effect, and enhanced leptin-induced STAT3 activation in the hypothalamus. The underlying mechanisms likely involve the downregulation of SOCS3 by JNK inhibition. Collectively, our data suggest that JNK activity promotes positive energy balance, and the therapeutic intervention inhibiting JNK activities represents a promising approach to ameliorate diet-induced obesity and leptin resistance. PMID:28165482

  4. Upregulation of Connexin 43 Expression Via C-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Signaling in Prion Disease. (United States)

    Lee, Geon-Hwi; Jang, Byungki; Choi, Hong-Seok; Kim, Hee-Jun; Park, Jeong-Ho; Jeon, Yong-Chul; Carp, Richard I; Kim, Yong-Sun; Choi, Eun-Kyoung


    Prion infection leads to neuronal cell death, glial cell activation, and the accumulation of misfolded prion proteins. However, the altered cellular environments in animals with prion diseases are poorly understood. In the central nervous system, cells connect the cytoplasm of adjacent cells via connexin (Cx)-assembled gap junction channels to allow the direct exchange of small molecules, including ions, neurotransmitters, and signaling molecules, which regulate the activities of the connected cells. Here, we investigate the role of Cx43 in the pathogenesis of prion diseases. Upregulated Cx43 expression, which was dependent on c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase (JNK)/c-Jun signaling cascades, was found in prion-affected brain tissues and hippocampal neuronal cells. Scrapie infection-induced Cx43 formed aggregated plaques within the cytoplasmic compartments at the cell-cell interfaces. The ethidium bromide (EtBr) uptake assay and scrape-loading dye transfer assay demonstrated that increased Cx43 has functional consequences for the activity of Cx43 hemichannels. Interestingly, blockade of PrPSc accumulation reduced Cx43 expression through the inhibition of JNK signaling, indicating that PrPSc accumulation may be directly involved in JNK activation-mediated Cx43 upregulation. Overall, our findings describe a scrapie infection-mediated novel regulatory signaling pathway of Cx43 expression and may suggest a role for Cx43 in the pathogenesis of prion diseases.

  5. Transcriptional activity of neural retina leucine zipper (Nrl) is regulated by c-Jun N-terminal kinase and Tip60 during retina development. (United States)

    Kim, Jung-Woong; Jang, Sang-Min; Kim, Chul-Hong; An, Joo-Hee; Choi, Kyung-Hee


    Neural retina leucine zipper (Nrl), a key basic motif leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor, modulates rod photoreceptor differentiation by activating rod-specific target genes. In searching for factors that might couple with Nrl to modulate its transcriptional activity through posttranslational modification, we observed the novel interactions of Nrl with c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK1) and HIV Tat-interacting protein 60 (Tip60). JNK1 directly interacted with and phosphorylated Nrl at serine 50, which enhanced Nrl transcriptional activity on the rhodopsin and Ppp2r5c promoters. Use of an inactive JNK1 mutant or treatment with a JNK inhibitor (SP600125) significantly reduced JNK1-mediated phosphorylation and transcriptional activity of Nrl in cultured retinal explants. We also found that Nrl activated rhodopsin and Ppp2r5c transcription by recruiting Tip60 to promote histone H3/H4 acetylation. The binding affinity of phospho-Nrl for Tip60 was significantly greater than that of the unphosphorylated Nrl. Thus, the histone acetyltransferase-containing Tip60 behaved as a coactivator in the Nrl-dependent transcriptional regulation of the rhodopsin and Ppp2r5c genes in the developing mouse retina. A transcriptional network of interactive proteins, including Nrl, JNK1, and Tip60, may be required to precisely control spatiotemporal photoreceptor-specific gene expression during retinal development.

  6. Role of Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling in the wound healing and regeneration of a Drosophila melanogaster wing imaginal disc. (United States)

    Mattila, Jaakko; Omelyanchuk, Leonid; Kyttälä, Satu; Turunen, Heikki; Nokkala, Seppo


    When a fragment of a Drosophila imaginal disc is cultured in growth permissive conditions, it either regenerates the missing structures or duplicates the pattern present in the fragment. This kind of pattern regulation is known to be epimorphic, i.e. the new pattern is generated by proliferation in a specialized tissue called the blastema. Pattern regulation is accompanied by the healing of the cut surfaces restoring the continuous epithelia. Wound healing has been considered to be the inductive signal to commence regenerative cell divisions. Although the general outlines of the proliferation dynamics in a regenerating imaginal disc blastema have been well studied, little is known about the mechanisms driving cells into the regenerative cell cycles. In this study, we have investigated the role of Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling in the wound healing and regeneration of a Drosophila wing imaginal disc. By utilizing in vivo and in vitro culturing of incised and fragmented discs, we have been able to visualize the dynamics in cellular architecture and gene expression involved in the healing and regeneration process. Our results directly show that homotypic wound healing is not a prerequisite for regenerative cell divisions. We also show that JNK signaling participates in imaginal disc wound healing and is regulated by the physical dynamics of the process, as well as in recruiting cells into the regenerative cell cycles. A model describing the determination of blastema size is discussed.

  7. Theoretical Studies on Dehydrogenation Reactions in Mg2(BH4)2(NH2)2 Compounds

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    Zheng Chen; Zhe-ning Chen; An-an Wu; Guo-tao Wu; Zhi-tao Xiong; Ping Chen; Xin Xu


    Borohydrides have been recently hightlighted as prospective new materials due to their high gravimetric capacities for hydrogen storage.It is,therefore,important to understand the underlying dehydrogenation mechanisms for further development of these materials.We present a systematic theoretical investigation on the dehydrogenation mechanisms of the Mg2(BH4)2(NH2)2 compounds.We found that dehydrogenation takes place most likely via the intermolecular process,which is favorable both kinetically and thermodynamically in comparison with that of the intramolecular process.The dehydrogenation of Mg2(BH4)2(NH2)2 initially takes place via the direct combination of the hydridic H in BH4-and the protic H in NH2-,followed by the formation of Mg-H and subsequent ionic recombination of Mg-Hδ-… Hδ+-N.

  8. Investigation of Catalytic Effects and Compositional Variations in Desorption Characteristics of LiNH2-nanoMgH2

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    Sesha S. Srinivasan


    Full Text Available LiNH2 and a pre-processed nanoMgH2 with 1:1 and 2:1 molar ratios were mechano-chemically milled in a high-energy planetary ball mill under inert atmosphere, and at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. Based on the thermogravimetric analysis (TGA experiments, 2LiNH2-nanoMgH2 demonstrated superior desorption characteristics when compared to the LiNH2-nanoMgH2. The TGA studies also revealed that doping 2LiNH2-nanoMgH2 base material with 2 wt. % nanoNi catalyst enhances the sorption kinetics at lower temperatures. Additional investigation of different catalysts showed improved reaction kinetics (weight percentage of H2 released per minute of the order TiF3 > nanoNi > nanoTi > nanoCo > nanoFe > multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT, and reduction in the on-set decomposition temperatures of the order nanoCo > TiF3 > nanoTi > nanoFe > nanoNi > MWCNT for the base material 2LiNH2-nanoMgH2. Pristine and catalyst-doped 2LiNH2-nanoMgH2 samples were further probed by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission and scanning electron microscopies, thermal programmed desorption and pressure-composition-temperature measurements to better understand the improved performance of the catalyst-doped samples, and the results are discussed.

  9. Uranium adsorption studies on aminopropyl modified mesoporous sorbent (NH 2-MCM-41) using statistical design method (United States)

    Sert, Şenol; Eral, Meral


    MCM-41 has been synthesized and modified in order to graft amine groups on its surface. The modified NH 2-MCM-41 adsorbent was characterized by using XRD, SEM, surface area and porosity analyzer, and FT-IR. This characterized adsorbent was investigated for uranium adsorption using the batch method. The central composite design (CCD) combined with the response surface methodology (RSM) was selected to determine the effects of parameters and their interactions for the removal of UO22+ ions. The optimum values of the parameters determined were 4.2 for the initial pH, 60 °C for the temperature, 90 mg L -1 for the initial concentration and 173 min for the shaking time using the response surface methodology. Δ H° and Δ S° were calculated from the slope and the intercept of plots of ln K d versus 1/ T. The isotherm models, Langmuir, Freundlich, Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) have been studied to explain the adsorption characteristics.

  10. Chemically driven negative linear compressibility in sodium amidoborane, Na(NH2BH3) (United States)

    Magos-Palasyuk, Ewelina; Fijalkowski, Karol J.; Palasyuk, Taras


    Over the past few years we have been witnessing a surge of scientific interest to materials exhibiting a rare mechanical effect such as negative linear compressibility (NLC). Here we report on strong NLC found in an ionic molecular crystal of sodium amidoborane (NaAB) – easily-accessible, optically transparent material. In situ Raman measurements revealed abnormal elongation of B-N and N-H bonds of NaAB at pressure about 3 GPa. Ab initio calculations indicate the observed spectroscopic changes are due to an isostructural phase transition accompanied by a stepwise expansion of the crystal along c axis. Analysis of calculated charge density distribution and geometry of molecular species (NH2BH3) univocally points to a chemically driven mechanism of NLC – pressure-induced formation of hydrogen bonds. The new H-bond acts as a “pivot screw” coupling N-H covalent bonds of neighbor molecular species – a system resembling a two-lever “jack device” on a molecular scale. A mechanism based on formation of new bonds stands in apparent contrast to mechanisms so far reported in majority of NLC materials where no significant alteration of chemical bonding was observed. The finding therefore suggests a qualitatively new direction in exploration the field towards rational design of incompressible materials.

  11. Effects of reactant rotational excitations on H2 + NH2 → H + NH3 reactivity (United States)

    Song, Hongwei; Guo, Hua


    Rotational mode specificity of the title reaction is examined using an initial state selected time-dependent wave packet method on an accurate ab initio based global potential energy surface. This penta-atomic reaction presents an ideal system to test several dynamical approximations, which might be useful for future quantum dynamics studies of polyatomic reactions, particularly with rotationally excited reactants. The first approximation involves a seven-dimensional (7D) model in which the two non-reactive N-H bonds are fixed at their equilibrium geometry. The second is the centrifugal sudden (CS) approximation within the 7D model. Finally, the J-shifting (JS) model is tested, again with the fixed N-H bonds. The spectator-bond approximation works very well in the energy range studied, while the centrifugal sudden and J-shifting integral cross sections (ICSs) agree satisfactorily with the coupled-channel counterparts in the low collision energy range, but deviate at the high energies. The calculated integral cross sections indicate that the rotational excitation of H2 somewhat inhibits the reaction while the rotational excitations of NH2 have little effect. These findings are compared with the predictions of the sudden vector projection model. Finally, a simple model is proposed to predict rotational mode specificity using K-averaged reaction probabilities.

  12. RhoA/phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B/mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling after growth arrest-specific protein 6/mer receptor tyrosine kinase engagement promotes epithelial cell growth and wound repair via upregulation of hepatocyte growth factor in macrophages. (United States)

    Lee, Ye-Ji; Park, Hyun-Jung; Woo, So-Youn; Park, Eun-Mi; Kang, Jihee Lee


    Growth arrest-specific protein 6 (Gas6)/Mer receptor tyrosine kinase (Mer) signaling modulates cytokine secretion and helps to regulate the immune response and apoptotic cell clearance. Signaling pathways that activate an epithelial growth program in macrophages are still poorly defined. We report that Gas6/Mer/RhoA signaling can induce the production of epithelial growth factor hepatic growth factor (HGF) in macrophages, which ultimately promotes epithelial cell proliferation and wound repair. The RhoA/protein kinase B (Akt)/mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases, including p38 MAP kinase, extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase, and Jun NH2-terminal kinase axis in RAW 264.7 cells, was identified as Gas6/Mer downstream signaling pathway for the upregulation of HGF mRNA and protein. Conditioned medium from RAW 264.7 cells that had been exposed to Gas6 or apoptotic cells enhanced epithelial cell proliferation of the epithelial cell line LA-4 and wound closure. Cotreatment with an HGF receptor-blocking antibody or c-Met antagonist downregulated this enhancement. Inhibition of Mer with small interfering RNA (siRNA) or the RhoA/Rho kinase pathway by RhoA siRNA or Rho kinase pharmacologic inhibitor suppressed Gas6-induced HGF mRNA and protein expression in macrophages and blocked epithelial cell proliferation and wound closure induced by the conditioned medium. Our data provide evidence that macrophages can be reprogrammed by Gas6 to promote epithelial proliferation and wound repair via HGF, which is induced by the Mer/RhoA/Akt/MAP kinase pathway. Thus, defects in Gas6/Mer/RhoA signaling in macrophages may delay tissue repair after injury to the alveolar epithelium.

  13. On the ortho-to-para ratio of NH2. Herschel-HIFI observations of ortho- and para-NH2 rotational transitions towards W31C, W49N, W51 and G34.3+0.1

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    Persson, C M; Gal, R Le; Wirström, E S; Hassel, G E; Herbst, E; Olberg, M; Faure, A; Hily-Blant, P; Black, J H; Gerin, M; Lis, D; Wyrowski, F


    We have used the Herschel-HIFI instrument to observe both nuclear spin symmetries of amidogen (NH2) towards the high-mass star-forming regions W31C (G10.6-0.4), W49N (G43.2-0.1), W51 (G49.5-0.4) and G34.3+0.1. The aim is to investigate the ratio of nuclear spin types, the ortho-to-para ratio (OPR), of NH2. The excited NH2 transitions are used to construct radiative transfer models of the hot cores and surrounding envelopes in order to investigate the excitation and possible emission of the ground state rotational transitions of ortho-NH2 N_(K_a,K_c} J=1_(1,1) 3/2 - 0_(0,0) 1/2 and para-NH2 2_(1,2) 5/2 - 1_(0,1) 3/2$ used in the OPR calculations. Our best estimate of the average OPR in the envelopes lie above the high temperature limit of three for W49N, specifically 3.5 with formal errors of \\pm0.1, but for W31C, W51, and G34.3+0.1 we find lower values of 2.5\\pm0.1, 2.7\\pm0.1, and 2.3\\pm0.1, respectively. Such low values are strictly forbidden in thermodynamical equilibrium since the OPR is expected to increa...

  14. Chemical analyses of hydroxyapatite formation on SAM surfaces modified with COOH, NH(2), CH(3), and OH functions. (United States)

    Hirata, Isao; Akamatsu, Mai; Fujii, Eri; Poolthong, Suchit; Okazaki, Masayuki


    Hydroxyapatite formation was examined at the surface of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) modified with four functional groups, -COOH, -NH(2), -CH(3), and -OH. For COOH-SAM and NH(2)-SAM, scanning electron spectroscopic observation showed that flake-like sheet crystals covered the whole wafer and small broccoli-like crystals were observed occasionally on the flake-like crystal base layer. For CH(3)-SAM and OH-SAM, no flake-like sheet crystals were observed; broccoli-like crystals were observed in a dispersed manner for CH(3)-SAM, but in localized spots for OH-SAM. X-ray diffraction patterns showed a strong apatite pattern oriented toward the c-axis direction for COOH-SAM. ESCA analysis revealed distinct Ca, P, O peaks for COOH-, NH(2)-, CH(3)-, and OH-SAM. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) analysis indicated that during the supply of supersaturated calcium phosphate solution, the deposition of precipitates increased monotonically with time for COOH-SAM, increased slightly for NH(2)-SAM, but little increase in deposition was detected for CH(3)-SAM and OH-SAM.

  15. c-Jun N-terminal kinase is required for vitamin E succinate-induced apoptosis in human gastric cancer cells

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    Kun Wu; Yan Zhao; Gui-Chang Li; Wei-Ping Yu


    AIM: To investigate the roles of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)signaling pathway in vitamin E succinate-induced apoptosis in human gastric cancer SGC-7901 cells.METHODS: Human gastric cancer cell lines (SGC-7901)were treated with vitamin E succinate (VES) at 5, 10, 20 mg/L.Succinic acid and vitamin E were used as vehicle controls and condition medium only as an untreated (UT) control.Apoptosis was observed by 4′, 6-diamidine-2′-phenylindole dihydrochloride (DAPI) staining for morphological changes and by DNA fragmentation for biochemical alterations.Western blot analysis was applied to measure the expression ofJNK and phosphorylated JNK. After the cells were transiently transfected with dominant negative mutant of JNK (DNJNK) followed by treatment of VES, the expression of JNK and c-Jun protein was determined.RESULTS: The apoptotic changes were observed after VES treatment by DNA fragmentation. DNA ladder in the 20 mg/L VES group was more clearly seen than that in 10 mg/L VES group and was not detected following treatment of UT control, succinate and vitamin E. VES at 5, 10 and 20 mg/L increased the expression of p-JNK by 2.5-, 2.8- and 4.2-fold, respectively. VES induced the phosphorylation of JNK beginning at 1.5 h and produced a sustained increase for 24 h with the peak level at 12 h. Transient transfection of DN-JNK blocked VES-triggered apoptosis by 52%. DN-JNK significantly increased the level of JNK, while decreasing the expression of VES-induced c-Jun protein.CONCLUSION: VES-induced apoptosis in human gastric cancer SGC-7901 cells involves JNK signaling pathway via c-Jun and its downstream transcription factor.

  16. S-adenosyl-methionine decreases ethanol-induced apoptosis in primary hepatocyte cultures by a c-Jun N-terminal kinase activity-independent mechanism

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    María del Pilar Cabrales-Romero; Lucrecia Márquez-Rosado; Samia Fattel-Fazenda; Cristina Trejo-Solís; Evelia Arce-Popoca; Leticia Alemén-Lazarini; Saúl Villa-Trevi(n)o


    AIM: To determine the role of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activity in ethanol-induced apoptosis and the modulation of this signaling cascade by S-Adenosylmethionine (AdoMet).METHODS: Primary hepatocyte cultures were pretreated with 100 μmol/L SP600125, a selective JNK inhibitor, 1 mL/L DMSO or 4 mmol/L AdoMet and then exposed to 100 mmo/L ethanol. Hepatocyte apoptosis was determined by the TUNEL and DNA ladder assays.JNK activity and its inhibition by SP600125 and AdoMet were determined by Western blot analysis of c-jun phosphorylation and Bid fragmentation. SP600125 and AdoMet effects on the apoptotic signaling pathway were determined by Western blot analysis of cytochrome c release and pro-caspase 3 fragmentation. The AdoMet effect on glutathione levels was measured by Ellman's method and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation by cell cytometry.RESULTS: The exposure of hepatocytes to ethanol induced JNK activation, c-jun phosphorylation, Bid fragmentation, cytochrome c release and pro-caspase 3 cleavage; these effects were diminished by SP600125, and caused a significant decreasein ethanol-induced apoptosis (P< 0.05). AdoMet exerted an antioxidant effect maintaining glutathione levels and decreasing ROS generation, without a significant effect on JNK activity,and prevented cytochrome c release and pro-caspase 3 cleavage.CONCLUSION: The JNK signaling cascade is a key component of the proapoptotic signaling pathway induced by ethanol. JNK activation may be independent from ROS generation, since AdoMet which exerted antioxidant properties did not have a significant effect on JNK activity. JNK pathway modulator agents and AdoMet may be components of promising therapies for alcoholic liver disease (ALD) treatment.

  17. Antcin H Protects Against Acute Liver Injury Through Disruption of the Interaction of c-Jun-N-Terminal Kinase with Mitochondria. (United States)

    Huo, Yazhen; Win, Sanda; Than, Tin Aung; Yin, Shutao; Ye, Min; Hu, Hongbo; Kaplowitz, Neil


    Antrodia Camphorate (AC) is a mushroom that is widely used in Asian countries to prevent and treat various diseases, including liver diseases. However, the active ingredients that contribute to the biological functions remain elusive. The purpose of the present study is to test the hepatoprotective effect of Antcin H, a major triterpenoid chemical isolated from AC, in murine models of acute liver injury. We found that Antcin H pretreatment protected against liver injury in both acetaminophen (APAP) and galactosamine/tumor necrosis factor (TNF)α models. More importantly, Antcin H also offered a significant protection against acetaminophen-induced liver injury when it was given 1 h after acetaminophen. The protection was verified in primary mouse hepatocytes. Antcin H prevented sustained c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation in both models. We excluded an effect of Antcin H on acetaminophen metabolism and TNF receptor signaling and excluded a direct effect as a free radical scavenger or JNK inhibitor. Since the sustained JNK activation through its interaction with mitochondrial Sab, leading to increased mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS), is pivotal in both models, we examined the effect of Antcin H on p-JNK binding to mitochondria and impairment of mitochondrial respiration. Antcin H inhibited the direct effect of p-JNK on isolated mitochondrial function and binding to isolated mitochondria. Innovation and Conclusion: Our study has identified Antcin H as a novel active ingredient that contributes to the hepatoprotective effect of AC, and Antcin H protects against liver injury through disruption of the binding of p-JNK to Sab, which interferes with the ROS-dependent self-sustaining activation of MAPK cascade. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 26, 207-220.

  18. Hydrogen-Rich Saline Attenuates Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Heart Dysfunction by Restoring Fatty Acid Oxidation in Rats by Mitigating C-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Activation. (United States)

    Tao, Bingdong; Liu, Lidan; Wang, Ni; Tong, Dongyi; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Jin


    Sepsis is common in intensive care units (ICU) and is associated with high mortality. Cardiac dysfunction complicating sepsis is one of the most important causes of this mortality. This dysfunction is due to myocardial inflammation and reduced production of energy by the heart. A number of studies have shown that hydrogen-rich saline (HRS) has a beneficial effect on sepsis. Therefore, we tested whether HRS prevents cardiac dysfunction by increasing cardiac energy. Four groups of rats received intraperitoneal injections of one of the following solutions: normal saline (NS), HRS, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and LPS plus HRS. Cardiac function was measured by echocardiography 8 h after the injections. Gene and protein expression related to fatty acid oxidation (FAO) were measured by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Western blot analysis. The injection of LPS compromised heart function through decreased fractional shortening (FS) and increased left ventricular diameter (LVD). The addition of HRS increased FS, palmitate triphosphate, and the ratio of phosphocreatinine (PCr) to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as well as decreasing LVD. The LPS challenge reduced the expression of genes related to FAO, including perioxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α), perioxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα), Estrogen-related receptor alpha (ERRα), and their downstream targets, in mRNA and protein level, which were attenuated by HRS. However, HRS had little effect on glucose metabolism. Furthermore, HRS inhibited c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation in the rat heart. Inhibition of JNK by HRS showed beneficial effects on LPS-challenged rats, at least in part, by restoring cardiac FAO.

  19. Low Dose Acetaminophen Induces Reversible Mitochondrial Dysfunction Associated with Transient c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Activation in Mouse Liver. (United States)

    Hu, Jiangting; Ramshesh, Venkat K; McGill, Mitchell R; Jaeschke, Hartmut; Lemasters, John J


    Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose causes hepatotoxicity involving mitochondrial dysfunction and c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation. Because the safe limit of APAP dosing is controversial, our aim was to evaluate the role of the mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT) and JNK in mitochondrial dysfunction after APAP dosing considered nontoxic by criteria of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) release and histological necrosis in vivo. C57BL/6 mice were given APAP with and without the MPT inhibitor, N-methyl-4-isoleucine cyclosporin (NIM811), or the JNK inhibitor, SP600125. Fat droplet formation, cell viability, and mitochondrial function in vivo were monitored by intravital multiphoton microscopy. Serum ALT, liver histology, total JNK, and activated phospho(p)JNK were also assessed. High APAP (300 mg/kg) caused ALT release, necrosis, irreversible mitochondrial dysfunction, and hepatocellular death. By contrast, lower APAP (150 mg/kg) caused reversible mitochondrial dysfunction and fat droplet formation in hepatocytes without ALT release or necrosis. Mitochondrial protein N-acetyl-p-benzoquinone imine adducts correlated with early JNK activation, but irreversible mitochondrial depolarization and necrosis at high dose were associated with sustained JNK activation and translocation to mitochondria. NIM811 prevented cell death and/or mitochondrial depolarization after both high and low dose APAP. After low dose, SP600125 decreased mitochondrial depolarization. In conclusion, low dose APAP produces reversible MPT-dependent mitochondrial dysfunction and steatosis in hepatocytes without causing ALT release or necrosis, whereas high dose leads to irreversible mitochondrial dysfunction and cell death associated with sustained JNK activation. Thus, nontoxic APAP has the potential to cause transient mitochondrial dysfunction that may synergize with other stresses to promote liver damage and steatosis.

  20. Momordica charantia polysaccharides could protect against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury through inhibiting oxidative stress mediated c-Jun N-terminal kinase 3 signaling pathway. (United States)

    Gong, Juanjuan; Sun, Fumou; Li, Yihang; Zhou, Xiaoling; Duan, Zhenzhen; Duan, Fugang; Zhao, Lei; Chen, Hansen; Qi, Suhua; Shen, Jiangang


    Momordica charantia (MC) is a medicinal plant for stroke treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but its active compounds and molecular targets are unknown yet. M. charantia polysaccharide (MCP) is one of the important bioactive components in MC. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that MCP has neuroprotective effects against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury through scavenging superoxide (O2(-)), nitric oxide (NO) and peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) and inhibiting c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK3) signaling cascades. We conducted experiments with in vivo global and focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion rat models and in vitro oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD) neural cells. The effects of MCP on apoptotic cell death and infarction volume, the bioactivities of scavenging O2(-), NO and ONOO(-), inhibiting lipid peroxidation and modulating JNK3 signaling pathway were investigated. Major results are summarized as below: (1) MCP dose-dependently attenuated apoptotic cell death in neural cells under OGD condition in vitro and reduced infarction volume in ischemic brains in vivo; (2) MCP had directing scavenging effects on NO, O2(-) and ONOO(-) and inhibited lipid peroxidation; (3) MCP inhibited the activations of JNK3/c-Jun/Fas-L and JNK3/cytochrome C/caspases-3 signaling cascades in ischemic brains in vivo. Taken together, we conclude that MCP could be a promising neuroprotective ingredient of M. charantia and its mechanisms could be at least in part attributed to its antioxidant activities and inhibiting JNK3 signaling cascades during cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Towards profiles of resistance development and toxicity for the small cationic hexapeptide RWRWRW-NH2

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    Michaela Wenzel


    Full Text Available RWRWRW-NH2 (MP196 is an amphipathic hexapeptide that targets the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and inhibits cellular respiration and cell wall synthesis. In previous studies it showed promising activity against Gram-positive bacteria and no significant cytotoxicity or hemolysis. MP196 is therefore used as lead structure for developing more potent antibiotic derivatives. Here we present a more comprehensive study on the parent peptide MP196 with regard to clinically relevant parameters. We found that MP196 acts rapidly bactericidal killing 97% of initial CFU within 10 minutes at two times MIC. We were unable to detect resistance in standard 24 and 48 h resistance frequency assays. However, MP196 was effective against some but not all MRSA and VISA strains. Serum binding of MP196 was intermediate and we confirmed its low toxicity against mammalian cell lines. MP196 did neither induce NFκB activation nor cause an increase in IL8 levels at 250 μg/mL, and no IgE-dependent activation of basophil granulocytes was detected at 500 μg/mL. Yet, MP196 demonstrated acute toxicity in mice upon injection into the blood stream. Phase contrast microscopy of mouse blood treated with MP196 revealed a shrinking of erythrocytes at 250 µg/mL and severe morphological changes and lysis of erythrocytes at 500 µg/mL. These data suggest that MP196 derivatization directed at further lowering hemolysis could be instrumental in overcoming acute toxicity. The assessment of hemolysis is a critical step in the evaluation of the clinical potential of promising antimicrobial peptides and should be accompanied by microscopy-based morphological analysis of blood cells.

  2. Impact of cationic polystyrene nanoparticles (PS-NH2) on early embryo development of Mytilus galloprovincialis: Effects on shell formation. (United States)

    Balbi, Teresa; Camisassi, Giulia; Montagna, Michele; Fabbri, Rita; Franzellitti, Silvia; Carbone, Cristina; Dawson, Kenneth; Canesi, Laura


    The potential release of nanoparticles (NPs) into aquatic environments represents a growing concern for their possible impact on aquatic organisms. In this light, exposure studies during early life stages, which can be highly sensitive to environmental perturbations, would greatly help identifying potential adverse effects of NPs. Although in the marine bivalve Mytilus spp. the effects of different types of NPs have been widely investigated, little is known on the effects of NPs on the developing embryo. In M. galloprovincialis, emerging contaminants were shown to affect gene expression profiles during early embryo development (from trocophorae-24 hpf to D-veligers-48 hpf). In this work, the effects of amino-modified polystyrene NPs (PS-NH2) on mussel embryos were investigated. PS-NH2 affected the development of normal D-shaped larvae at 48 hpf (EC50 = 0.142 mg/L). Higher concentrations (5-20 mg/L) resulted in high embryotoxicity/developmental arrest. At concentrations ≅ EC50, PS-NH2 affected shell formation, as shown by optical and polarized light microscopy. In these conditions, transcription of 12 genes involved in different biological processes were evaluated. PS-NH2 induced dysregulation of transcription of genes involved in early shell formation (Chitin synthase, Carbonic anhydrase, Extrapallial Protein) at both 24 and 48 hpf. Decreased mRNA levels for ABC transporter p-glycoprotein-ABCB and Lysozyme were also observed at 48 hpf. SEM observations confirmed developmental toxicity at higher concentrations (5 mg/L). These data underline the sensitivity of Mytilus early embryos to PS-NH2 and support the hypothesis that calcifying larvae of marine species are particularly vulnerable to abiotic stressors, including exposure to selected types of NPs. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. From the potent and selective mu opioid receptor agonist H-Dmt-d-Arg-Phe-Lys-NH(2) to the potent delta antagonist H-Dmt-Tic-Phe-Lys(Z)-OH. (United States)

    Balboni, Gianfranco; Cocco, Maria Teresa; Salvadori, Severo; Romagnoli, Romeo; Sasaki, Yusuke; Okada, Yoshio; Bryant, Sharon D; Jinsmaa, Yunden; Lazarus, Lawrence H


    H-Dmt-d-Arg-Phe-Lys-NH(2) ([Dmt(1)]DALDA) binds with high affinity and selectivity to the mu opioid receptor and is a potent and long-acting analgesic. Substitution of d-Arg in position 2 with Tic and masking of the lysine amine side chain by Z protection and of the C-terminal carboxylic function instead of the amide function transform a potent and selective mu agonist into a potent and selective delta antagonist H-Dmt-Tic-Phe-Lys(Z)-OH. Such a delta antagonist could be used as a pharmacological tool.

  4. HBP-NH2在活性染料固色中的应用%Application of HBP-NH2 to reactive dye fixation on cotton fabric

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    党婉蓉; 管永华; 王海峰


    以二乙烯三胺、丙烯酸甲酯为原料,甲醇作为溶剂,合成一种超支化聚合物HBP-NH2,并将其应用于活性染料的固色,确定了较佳的固色工艺:HBP-NH2用量2%~3%(omf),pH值5~6,固色温度60℃,固色时间30 min.经过检测,织物固色后耐皂洗牢度提高1级,耐摩擦牢度提高0.5~1级,色光变化较小.

  5. Wearing property of the HBP-NH2 grafting oxidized flax knitted fabric%HBP-NH2接枝氧化亚麻织物的服用性能

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    赵兵; 张峰; 林红; 陈宇岳



  6. Salmonella induces SRC protein tyrosine kinase, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and NF-kappaBp65 signaling pathways in commercial and wild-type turkey leukocytes (United States)

    Previous studies comparing signaling in wild-type turkey (WT) leukocytes and commercial turkey (CT) leukocytes found that the activity of protein tyrosine kinases and MAP kinases, ERK 1/2 and p38, were significantly higher in WT leukocytes compared to CT lines upon exposure to both SE and OPSE on d...

  7. Theoretical Characterization of Hydrogen Bonding Interactions between RCHO (R = H, CN, CF3, OCH3, NH2) and HOR′(R′ = H, Cl, CH3, NH2, C(O)H, C6H5)

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    Damanjit Kaur; Rajinder Kaur


    In this work, density functional theory and ab initio molecular orbital calculations were used to investigate the hydrogen bonded complexes of type RCHO···HOR′(R = H, CN, CF3, OCH3, NH2; R′ = H, Cl, CH3, NH2, C(O)H, C6H5) employing 6-31++g** and cc-pVTZ basis sets. Thus, the present work considers how the substituents at both the hydrogen bond donor and acceptor affect the hydrogen bond strength. From the analysis, it is reflected that presence of –OCH3 and –NH2 substituents at RCHO greatly strengthen the stabilization energies, while –CN and –CF3 decrease the same with respect to HCHO as hydrogen bond acceptor. The highest stabilization results in case of (H2N)CHO as hydrogen bond acceptor. The variation of the substituents at –OH functional group also influences the strength of hydrogen bond; nearly all the substituents increase the stabilization energy relative to HOH. The analysis of geometrical parameters; proton affinities, charge transfer, electron delocalization studies have been carried out.

  8. Studies on the dyeing behaviour of reactive dyes on oxidized linen grafted with HBP-NH2%HBP-NH2接枝氧化亚麻织物活性染料染色性能研究

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    赵兵; 张峰; 林红; 陈宇岳


    用端氨基超支化合物(HBP-NH2)对选择性氧化后的亚麻织物进行接枝,再经活性染料染色.探讨了端氨基超支化合物(HBP-NH9接枝氧化亚麻织物工艺中的氧化时间、HBP-NH2溶液质量浓度、pH值、温度、时间对亚麻织物活性染料无盐染色性能的影响结果表明:6 g/L高碘酸钠40℃氧化10 min,HBP-NH2质量浓度5 g/L,pH值9,80℃接枝反应10 min时,采用活性染料无盐染色可取得令人满意的效果.

  9. Effects of HBP-NH2 modification on salt-free reactiye dyeing of Cotton fabric%棉织物HBP-NH2改性对无盐染色工艺的影响

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    张峰; 陈宇岳; 张德锁; 华琰蓉


    采用自制的端胺基超支化合物(HBP-NH2)对棉织物进行阳离子改性,研究棉织物活性染料无盐染色的可行性.分别对改性溶液中HBP-NH2浓度、pH值、浸渍时间、焙烘温度和染色前水洗等因素进行探讨,得出最佳无盐染色工艺:HBP-NH2浓度6 g/L,pH值5.5~6.0,80 ℃烘干5 min,120 ℃焙烘3 min,热水清洗后采用活性染料无盐染色.试验表明,棉织物无盐染色可获得与未改性棉织物常规染色相当的K/S值和染色牢度.

  10. Lower susceptibility of female mice to acetaminophen hepatotoxicity: Role of mitochondrial glutathione, oxidant stress and c-jun N-terminal kinase

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    Du, Kuo; Williams, C. David; McGill, Mitchell R.; Jaeschke, Hartmut, E-mail:


    Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose causes severe hepatotoxicity in animals and humans. However, the mechanisms underlying the gender differences in susceptibility to APAP overdose in mice have not been clarified. In our study, APAP (300 mg/kg) caused severe liver injury in male mice but 69–77% lower injury in females. No gender difference in metabolic activation of APAP was found. Hepatic glutathione (GSH) was rapidly depleted in both genders, while GSH recovery in female mice was 2.6 fold higher in the mitochondria at 4 h, and 2.5 and 3.3 fold higher in the total liver at 4 h and 6 h, respectively. This faster recovery of GSH, which correlated with greater induction of glutamate-cysteine ligase, attenuated mitochondrial oxidative stress in female mice, as suggested by a lower GSSG/GSH ratio at 6 h (3.8% in males vs. 1.4% in females) and minimal centrilobular nitrotyrosine staining. While c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation was similar at 2 and 4 h post-APAP, it was 3.1 fold lower at 6 h in female mice. However, female mice were still protected by the JNK inhibitor SP600125. 17β-Estradiol pretreatment moderately decreased liver injury and oxidative stress in male mice without affecting GSH recovery. Conclusion: The lower susceptibility of female mice is achieved by the improved detoxification of reactive oxygen due to accelerated recovery of mitochondrial GSH levels, which attenuates late JNK activation and liver injury. However, even the reduced injury in female mice was still dependent on JNK. While 17β-estradiol partially protects male mice, it does not affect hepatic GSH recovery. - Highlights: • Female mice are less susceptible to acetaminophen overdose than males. • GSH depletion and protein adduct formation are similar in both genders. • Recovery of hepatic GSH levels is faster in females and correlates with Gclc. • Reduced oxidant stress in females leads to reduced JNK activation. • JNK activation and mitochondrial translocation are critical

  11. The gap junction inhibitor 2-aminoethoxy-diphenyl-borate protects against acetaminophen hepatotoxicity by inhibiting cytochrome P450 enzymes and c-jun N-terminal kinase activation

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    Du, Kuo; Williams, C. David; McGill, Mitchell R.; Xie, Yuchao [Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS (United States); Farhood, Anwar [Department of Pathology, St. David' s North Austin Medical Center, Austin, TX 78756 (United States); Vinken, Mathieu [Department of Toxicology, Center for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, 1090 Brussels (Belgium); Jaeschke, Hartmut, E-mail: [Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS (United States)


    Acetaminophen (APAP) hepatotoxicity is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the US. Although many aspects of the mechanism are known, recent publications suggest that gap junctions composed of connexin32 function as critical intercellular communication channels which transfer cytotoxic mediators into neighboring hepatocytes and aggravate liver injury. However, these studies did not consider off-target effects of reagents used in these experiments, especially the gap junction inhibitor 2-aminoethoxy-diphenyl-borate (2-APB). In order to assess the mechanisms of protection of 2-APB in vivo, male C56Bl/6 mice were treated with 400 mg/kg APAP to cause extensive liver injury. This injury was prevented when animals were co-treated with 20 mg/kg 2-APB and was attenuated when 2-APB was administered 1.5 h after APAP. However, the protection was completely lost when 2-APB was given 4–6 h after APAP. Measurement of protein adducts and c-jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation indicated that 2-APB reduced both protein binding and JNK activation, which correlated with hepatoprotection. Although some of the protection was due to the solvent dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), in vitro experiments clearly demonstrated that 2-APB directly inhibits cytochrome P450 activities. In addition, JNK activation induced by phorone and tert-butylhydroperoxide in vivo was inhibited by 2-APB. The effects against APAP toxicity in vivo were reproduced in primary cultured hepatocytes without use of DMSO and in the absence of functional gap junctions. We conclude that the protective effect of 2-APB was caused by inhibition of metabolic activation of APAP and inhibition of the JNK signaling pathway and not by blocking connexin32-based gap junctions. - Highlights: • 2-APB protected against APAP-induced liver injury in mice in vivo and in vitro • 2-APB protected by inhibiting APAP metabolic activation and JNK signaling pathway • DMSO inhibited APAP metabolic activation as the solvent of 2-APB

  12. Growth and magnetic properties of MnCl2-4SC(NH2)2 single crystals (United States)

    Shi, J.; Xu, H. S.; Chen, L. M.; Song, J. D.; Wu, J. C.; Liu, X. G.; Zhao, X.; Sun, X. F.


    NiCl2-4SC(NH2)2 (DTN) is a famous one-dimensional antiferromagnet with magnon Bose-Einstein condensation. In this work, single crystals of MnCl2-4SC(NH2)2 (DTM) with size up to (8-10)×(8-10)×(3-5) mm3 are grown by using the slow evaporation method with optimized conditions. The single crystals are characterized by measurements of X-ray diffraction, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat. It is found that although DTM has a similar crystal structure to DTN, it shows a paramagnetic behavior. The reason for no spin exchange among Mn2+ ions can be understood in terms of the negligible overlap of the Mn2+-3d orbital and the neighboring Cl--3p orbital.

  13. Synthesis of c-Myb Protein(38-89)-NH2 Using a Partially Protected Peptide Thioester

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    张若蘅; 徐筱杰; 唐有祺; Hironobo Hojo; Saburo Aimoto


    The method of selective modification of eysteine SH group with 4-methylbenzylchloride isdeveloped,c-Myb protein (38-89)-NH2 is synthesized by using a partially protected peptide thioester.The4-methylbenzyl (MeBzl) protecting group of cysteine in the building block is stable during the segment cou-pling.The method can be used in the chemical synthesis of some protein containing cysteine.

  14. Highly enantioselective transfer hydrogenation of ketones with chiral (NH)2 P2 macrocyclic iron(II) complexes. (United States)

    Bigler, Raphael; Huber, Raffael; Mezzetti, Antonio


    Bis(isonitrile) iron(II) complexes bearing a C2 -symmetric diamino (NH)2 P2 macrocyclic ligand efficiently catalyze the hydrogenation of polar bonds of a broad scope of substrates (ketones, enones, and imines) in high yield (up to 99.5 %), excellent enantioselectivity (up to 99 % ee), and with low catalyst loading (generally 0.1 mol %). The catalyst can be easily tuned by modifying the substituents of the isonitrile ligand.

  15. The ortho-to-para ratio of interstellar NH$_2$: Quasi-classical trajectory calculations and new simulations

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    Gal, Romane Le; Xie, Changjian; Li, Anyang; Guo, Hua


    Based on recent $Herschel$ results, the ortho-to-para ratio (OPR) of NH$_2$ has been measured towards the following high-mass star-forming regions: W31C (G10.6-0.4), W49N (G43.2-0.1), W51 (G49.5-0.4), and G34.3+0.1. The OPR at thermal equilibrium ranges from the statistical limit of three at high temperatures to infinity as the temperature tends toward zero, unlike the case of H$_{2}$. Depending on the position observed along the lines-of-sight, the OPR was found to lie either slightly below the high temperature limit of three (in the range $2.2-2.9$) or above this limit ($\\sim3.5$, $\\gtrsim 4.2$, and $\\gtrsim 5.0$). In low temperature interstellar gas, where the H$_{2}$ is para-enriched, our nearly pure gas-phase astrochemical models with nuclear-spin chemistry can account for anomalously low observed NH$_2$-OPR values. We have tentatively explained OPR values larger than three by assuming that spin thermalization of NH$_2$ can proceed at least partially by H-atom exchange collisions with atomic hydrogen, th...

  16. The loss of NH2O from the N-hydroxyacetamide radical cation CH3C(O)NHOH+ (United States)

    Jobst, Karl J.; Burgers, Peter C.; Ruttink, Paul J. A.; Terlouw, Johan K.


    A previous study [Ch. Lifshitz, P.J.A. Ruttink, G. Schaftenaar, J.K. Terlouw, Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 1 (1987) 61] shows that metastable N-hydroxyacetamide ions CH3C(O)NHOH+ (HA-1) do not dissociate into CH3CO+ + NHOH by direct bond cleavage but rather yield CH3CO+ + NH2OE The tandem mass spectrometry based experiments of the present study on the isotopologue CH3C(O)NDOD+ reveal that the majority of the metastable ions lose the NH2O radical as NHDO rather than ND2O. A mechanistic analysis using the CBS-QB3 model chemistry shows that the molecular ions HA-1 rearrange into hydrogen-bridged radical cations [OCC(H2)H...N(H)OH]+ whose acetyl cation component then catalyses the transformation NHOH --> NH2O prior to dissociation. The high barrier for the unassisted 1,2-H shift in the free radical, 43 kcal mol-1, is reduced to a mere 7 kcal mol-1 for the catalysed transformation which can be viewed as a quid-pro-quo reaction involving two proton transfers.

  17. Colorimetric sensing of bithiols using photocatalytic UiO-66(NH2) as H2O2-free peroxidase mimics. (United States)

    Hu, Zhangmei; Jiang, Xue; Xu, Fujian; Jia, Jia; Long, Zhou; Hou, Xiandeng


    A facile colorimetric sensing method for biothiols was developed, based on photocatalytic property of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), UiO-66(NH2) nanoparticles (NPs), as peroxidase mimics under light irradiation. By the irradiation of a light emitting diode (LED) source, the colorless chromogenic substrate, 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzydine (TMB), was oxidized into blue oxTMB with the aid of the catalytic UiO-66(NH2) NPs. With the existence of biothiols, the oxidization was prohibited, with the blue color paled and absorbance intensity decreased with the concentration of biothiols in a linear manner. Real samples of cysteine, glutathione, and homocysteine were analyzed under the optimized conditions, with high sensitivity (the limit of detection was calculated as 306nM, 310nM, and 330nm respectively) and selectivity. The recovery ranged from 93% to 107% with good precisions (RSD%≤5%). This photocatalytic property of UiO-66(NH2) as peroxidase mimics was studied based on steady-state kinetics, and the mechanism of oxidization process was also briefly discussed. This developed MOFs-based colorimetric sensing method demonstrated advantages over others for biothiols sensing, including high photo-catalytic activity compared to other nanomaterials, oxidation without H2O2, ease of regulation with the LED source, and low cost without expensive instrument and technically demanding.

  18. HBP-NH2接枝氧化亚麻织物无盐染色性能

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  19. Intracellular Movement of Green Fluorescent Protein–Tagged Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase in Response to Growth Factor Receptor Signaling (United States)

    Gillham, Helen; Golding, Matthew C.H.M.; Pepperkok, Rainer; Gullick, William J.


    Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI 3-kinase) is a lipid kinase which has been implicated in mitogenesis, protein trafficking, inhibition of apoptosis, and integrin and actin functions. Here we show using a green fluorescent protein–tagged p85 subunit that phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase is distributed throughout the cytoplasm and is localized to focal adhesion complexes in resting NIH-3T3, A431, and MCF-7 cells. Ligand stimulation of an epidermal growth factor receptor/c-erbB-3 chimera expressed in these cells results in a redistribution of p85 to the cell membrane which is independent of the catalytic activity of the enzyme and the integrity of the actin cytoskeleton. The movement is, however, dependent on the phosphorylation status of the erbB-3 chimera. Using rhodamine-labeled epidermal growth factor we show that the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and the receptors colocalize in discrete patches on the cell surface. Low concentrations of ligand cause patching only at the periphery of the cells, whereas at high concentrations patches were seen over the whole cell surface. Using green fluorescent protein–tagged fragments of p85 we show that binding to the receptor requires the NH2-terminal part of the protein as well as its SH2 domains. PMID:10459020

  20. Evaluation of 4-[18F]fluorobenzoyl-FALGEA-NH2 as a positron emission tomography tracer for epidermal growth factor receptor mutation variant III imaging in cancer

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    Denholt, Charlotte Lund; Binderup, Tina; Stockhausen, Marie-Thérése;


    This study describes the radiosynthesis, in vitro and in vivo evaluation of the novel small peptide radioligand, 4-[(18)F]fluorobenzoyl-Phe-Ala-Leu-Gly-Glu-Ala-NH(2,) ([(18)F]FBA-FALGEA-NH(2)) as a positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for imaging of the cancer specific epidermal growth factor...

  1. Solid-Solid heterogeneous catalysis: the role of potassium in promoting the dehydrogenation of the Mg(NH(2))(2)/2 LiH composite. (United States)

    Wang, Jianhui; Chen, Ping; Pan, Hongge; Xiong, Zhitao; Gao, Mingxia; Wu, Guotao; Liang, Chu; Li, Cao; Li, Bo; Wang, Jieru


    Considerable efforts have been devoted to the catalytic modification of hydrogen storage materials. The K-modified Mg(NH2 )2 /2 LiH composite is a typical model for such studies. In this work, we analyze the origin of the kinetic barrier in the first step of the dehydrogenation and investigate how K catalyzes this heterogeneous solid-state reaction. Our results indicate that the interface reaction of Mg(NH2 )2 and LiH is the main source of the kinetic barrier at the early stage of the dehydrogenation for the intensively ball-milled Mg(NH2 )2 /2 LiH sample. K can effectively activate Mg(NH2 )2 as well as promote LiH to participate in the dehydrogenation. Three K species of KH, K2 Mg(NH2 )4 , and Li3 K(NH2 )4 likely transform circularly in the dehydrogenation (KH↔K2 Mg(NH2 )4 ↔KLi3 (NH2 )4 ), which creates a more energy-favorable pathway and thus leads to the overall kinetic enhancement. This catalytic role of K in the amide/hydride system is different from the conventional catalysis of transition metals in the alanate system. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Isolation of the neuropeptide less than Glu-Trp-Leu-Lys-Gly-Arg-Phe-NH2 (Pol-RFamide II) from the hydromedusa Polyorchis penicillatus

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    Grimmelikhuijzen, C J; Rinehart, K L; Spencer, A N


    Using a radioimmunoassay for the sequence Arg-Phe-NH2 (RFamide), we have isolated the peptide less than Glu-Trp-Leu-Lys-Gly-Arg-Phe-NH2 (Pol-RFamide II) from acetic acid extracts of the hydromedusa Polyorchis penicillatus. This peptide is a neuropeptide and constitutes a peptide family together w...

  3. Zipper-mediated oligomerization of the mixed lineage kinase SPRK/MLK-3 is not required for its activation by the GTPase cdc 42 but Is necessary for its activation of the JNK pathway. Monomeric SPRK L410P does not catalyze the activating phosphorylation of Thr258 of murine MITOGEN-ACTIVATED protein kinase kinase 4. (United States)

    Vacratsis, P O; Gallo, K A


    Src homology 3 domain-containing proline-rich kinase (SPRK)/mixed lineage kinase-3 is a serine/threonine kinase that has been identified as an upstream activator of the c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway. SPRK is capable of activating MKK4 by phosphorylation of serine and threonine residues, and mutant forms of MKK4 that lack the phosphorylation sites Ser(254) and Thr(258) block SPRK-induced JNK activation. A region of 63 amino acids following the kinase domain of SPRK is predicted to form a leucine zipper. The leucine zipper domain of SPRK has been shown to be necessary and sufficient for SPRK oligomerization, but its role in regulating activation of SPRK and downstream signaling remains unclear. In this study, we substituted a proposed stabilizing leucine residue in the zipper domain with a helix-disrupting proline to abrogate zipper-mediated SPRK oligomerization. We demonstrate that constitutively activated Cdc42 fully activates this monomeric SPRK mutant in terms of both autophosphorylation and histone phosphorylation activity and induces the same in vivo phosphorylation pattern as wild type SPRK. However, this catalytically active SPRK zipper mutant is unable to activate JNK. Our data show that the monomeric SPRK mutant fails to phosphorylate one of the two activating phosphorylation sites, Thr(258), of MKK4. These studies suggest that zipper-mediated SPRK oligomerization is not required for SPRK activation by Cdc42 but instead is critical for proper interaction and phosphorylation of a downstream target, MKK4.

  4. Identification of quercitrin as an inhibitor of the p90 S6 ribosomal kinase (RSK): structure of its complex with the N-terminal domain of RSK2 at 1.8 Å resolution

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    Derewenda, Urszula; Artamonov, Mykhaylo; Szukalska, Gabriela; Utepbergenov, Darkhan; Olekhnovich, Natalya [University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0736 (United States); Parikh, Hardik I.; Kellogg, Glen E. [Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298-0540 (United States); Somlyo, Avril V.; Derewenda, Zygmunt S., E-mail: [University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0736 (United States)


    The crystal structure of quercitrin, a naturally occurring flavonol glycoside, has been determined in a complex with the N-terminal kinase domain of murine RSK2. The structure revealed that quercitrin inhibits the RSK2 kinase in the same fashion as another known inhibitor, SL0101. Members of the RSK family of kinases constitute attractive targets for drug design, but a lack of structural information regarding the mechanism of selective inhibitors impedes progress in this field. The crystal structure of the N-terminal kinase domain (residues 45–346) of mouse RSK2, or RSK2{sup NTKD}, has recently been described in complex with one of only two known selective inhibitors, a rare naturally occurring flavonol glycoside, kaempferol 3-O-(3′′,4′′-di-O-acetyl-α-l-rhamnopyranoside), known as SL0101. Based on this structure, it was hypothesized that quercitrin (quercetin 3-O-α-l-rhamnopyranoside), a related but ubiquitous and inexpensive compound, might also act as an RSK inhibitor. Here, it is demonstrated that quercitrin binds to RSK2{sup NTKD} with a dissociation constant (K{sub d}) of 5.8 µM as determined by isothermal titration calorimetry, and a crystal structure of the binary complex at 1.8 Å resolution is reported. The crystal structure reveals a very similar mode of binding to that recently reported for SL0101. Closer inspection shows a number of small but significant differences that explain the slightly higher K{sub d} for quercitrin compared with SL0101. It is also shown that quercitrin can effectively substitute for SL0101 in a biological assay, in which it significantly suppresses the contractile force in rabbit pulmonary artery smooth muscle in response to Ca{sup 2+}.

  5. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Inorganic-organic Hybrid Compound [H3NC2H4NH2]VOPO4

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    An inorganic-organic hybrid compound, [H3NC2H4NH2]VOPO4 was synthesized by meansof the hydrothermal method. It was crystallized in a monoclinic system, a space group P21/c,with the crystal cell parameters: a=0. 922 85(11) nm, b=0. 729 94(9) nm, c=0. 984 95(11)nm, β=101. 280(3)°, V=0. 650 67(13) nm3, Mr=223.02 g/mol, Dc=2. 277 g/cm3, Z=4,R= 0. 031 5, ωR= 0. 086 5, GOF = 1. 085. The VO5N octahedra chains are corner-linked byPO4 tetrahedra; the VOsN octahedra are all trans-linked with V-O bonds being alternately short and long. The monoprotonated ethylenediamine was intercalated between the layers with one end coordinating to V and the other end as an H-bond donor interacting with a terminal O atom of PO4 from a neighboring sheet. The elementary analysis, infrared spectrum characters and thermal stability were also given.

  6. Mice lacking MAP kinase phosphatase-1 have enhanced MAP kinase activity and resistance to diet-induced obesity. (United States)

    Wu, J Julie; Roth, Rachel J; Anderson, Ethan J; Hong, Eun-Gyoung; Lee, Mi-Kyung; Choi, Cheol Soo; Neufer, P Darrell; Shulman, Gerald I; Kim, Jason K; Bennett, Anton M


    The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) play critical roles in the pathogenesis of diabetes and obesity. The MAPKs are inactivated by MAPK phosphatases (MKPs) either in the cytosol or nucleus. Here we show that mice lacking the nuclear-localized MKP, MKP-1 (mkp-1(-/-)), have enhanced Erk, p38 MAPK and c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) activities in insulin-responsive tissues as compared with wild-type mice. Although JNK promotes insulin resistance, mkp-1(-/-) mice exhibited unimpaired insulin-mediated signaling and glucose homeostasis. We reconciled these results by demonstrating that in mkp-1(-/-) mice, JNK activity was increased in the nucleus, but not the cytosol. Significantly, mkp-1(-/-) mice are resistant to diet-induced obesity due to enhanced energy expenditure, but succumb to glucose intolerance on a high fat diet. These results suggest that nuclear regulation of the MAPKs by MKP-1 is essential for the management of metabolic homeostasis in a manner that is spatially uncoupled from the cytosolic actions of the MAPKs.

  7. Generation and characterization of polyclonal antibodies specific to N-terminal extension of p85 isoform of ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (p85 S6K1

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    Savinska L. O.


    Full Text Available Aim. Generation of polyclonal antibodies specific to the ribosomal protein S6 kinase isoform – p85S6K1 and directed to the N-terminal (1–23 aa extension of p85S6K1. Methods. Animal immunization with synthetic (1–23 aa peptide, ELISA, Western blot, Immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescent analysis. Results. Polyclonal antibodies have been generated, which specifically recognize only p85 but not p70 isoform of S6K1 in western blot, immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence analysis. Conclusions. The obtained antibodies can be recommended for studies on the p85S6K1 and other S6K1 isoforms possessing the N-terminal extension – the identification of binding protein partners, analysis of subcellular localization under different physiological conditions, elucidation of the signal transduction pathways involving different S6K1 isoforms.


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    Full Text Available On allowing Cy2NH2NO3 to react with SnBu2Cl2 and SnPh2Cl2, the two studied adducts were obtained. While considering the complex-anions [SnBu2Cl2NO3.H2O]- and [NO3.SnPh2Cl2 H2O]-, discrete structures were suggested with monocoordinating nitrate and octahedral environment around the tin centre. When the cation is involved through N-H----O or N-H----Cl hydrogen bonds, suppramolecular architectures are obtained.


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    王乃功; 关慕贞; 王德心; 鲁桂琛


    The action of Gly-Tyr-NH2,(GY-NH2) and Gly-Tyr-LYS(GYK) on 125I-LH binding,cAMP accumulation and progesterone production was investigated.Incubation of rat luteal cells for 2.5h with GH-NH2 and GYK at dosage of 0.2mmol/L caused a significant inhibition of basal and gonadotropin-stimulated steroidogenesis.GYNH2 and GYK were also foumnd to reduce cAMP formation in response to hCG.The activity of adenylate cyclase of luteal cells was inhibitd by 0.2mmol/LGY-NH2 and GYK.GY-NH2 and GYK at a concentration of 0.2mmol/L were not found to have an inhibitory effect on 8Br-cAMP-stimulated progesterone production.GY-NH2 and GYK did not affect 125I-LH binding to LH receptors on the luteal cellsurface.These results suggest that GY-NH2 and GYK inhibit steroidogenesis at the step of gonadotropin-stimulated c AMP for mation in luteal cells.Adenylate cyclase in luteal cells was also inhibited.

  10. Role of the external NH2 linker on the conformation of surface immobilized single strand DNA probes and their SERS detection (United States)

    He, Lijie; Langlet, Michel; Stambouli, Valerie


    The conformation and topological properties of DNA single strand probe molecules attached on solid surfaces are important, notably for the performances of devices such as biosensors. Commonly, the DNA probes are tethered to the surface using external linkers such as NH2. In this study, the role and influence of this amino-linker on the immobilization way and conformation of DNA probes on Ag nanoparticle surface is emphasized using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). We compare the SERS spectra and their reproducibility in the case of two groups of DNA polybase probes which are polyA, polyC, polyT, and polyG. In the first group, the polybases exhibit an external NH2 functional linker while in the second group the polybases are NH2-free. The results show that the reproducibility of SERS spectra is enhanced in the case of the first group. It leads us to propose two models of polybase conformation on Ag surface according to the presence or the absence of the external NH2 linker. In the presence of the NH2 external linker, the latter would act as a major anchoring point. As a result, the polybases are much ordered with a less random orientation than in the case of NH2-free polybases. Consequently, in view of further in situ hybridization for biosensing applications, it is strongly recommended to use NH2 linker functionalized DNA probes.

  11. Three-Dimensional Phosphorus-Doped Graphitic-C3N4 Self-Assembly with NH2-Functionalized Carbon Composite Materials for Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Reaction. (United States)

    Qiu, Yang; Xin, Le; Jia, Fan; Xie, Jian; Li, Wenzhen


    Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is the major reaction that occurs at the cathodes of fuel cells and metal-air batteries. Development of inexpensive, active, and durable heteroatom doped carbon-based ORR catalysts can lead to significant cost reduction of these electrochemical energy devices, which therefore has recently attracted enormous research attentions. This work reports a three-dimensional porous composite (P-g-C3N4@NH2-CB) for the highly efficient ORR catalyst. P-g-C3N4@NH2-CB was prepared by mixing phosphorus-doped graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets (P-g-C3N4 NSs) with NH2-functionalized carbon black (NH2-CB) via a novel self-assembly approach. The NH2-CB was rationally chosen as the spacer that enables the self-assembled with the P-g-C3N4 NSs driven by the electrostatic interaction. The intercalation of NH2-CB induces the transformation of 2-D P-g-C3N4 NSs into a 3-D composites material of higher surface area, thereby exposing more ORR active sites. The P-g-C3N4@NH2-CB exhibited a remarkable ORR activity with an electron transfer number of 3.83 and Tafel slope of 89 mV dec(-1) in alkaline electrolyte, which is comparable to the ORR performance on Pt/Vulcan XC-72. It is found that the incorporated P atoms as well as employing NH2-CB spacer not only reduces the overpotential of ORR, but also enhances the ORR activity of carbon nitride-based materials, owing to the synergistic effect between P and N in tri-s-triazine rings of carbon nitrides and the optimum interaction between the oppositely charged P-g-C3N4 and NH2-CB.

  12. Fluorescence Excitation Models of Ammonia and Amidogen Radical (NH2) in Comets: Application to Comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) (United States)

    Kawakita, Hideyo; Mumma, Michael J.


    Ammonia is a major reservoir of nitrogen atoms in cometary materials. However, detections of ammonia in comets are rare, with several achieved at radio wavelengths. A few more detections were obtained through near-infrared observations (around the 3 m wavelength region), but moderate relative velocity shifts are required to separate emission lines of cometary ammonia from telluric absorption lines in the 3 micron wavelength region. On the other hand, the amidogen radical (NH2 -- a photodissociation product of ammonia in the coma) also shows rovibrational emission lines in the 3 micron wavelength region. Thus, gas production rates for ammonia can be determined from the rovibrational emission lines of ammonia (directly) and amidogen radical (indirectly) simultaneously in the near-infrared. In this article, we present new fluorescence excitation models for cometary ammonia and amidogen radical in the near-infrared, and we apply these models to the near-infrared high-dispersion spectra of comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) to determine the mixing ratio of ammonia to water in the comet. Based on direct detection of NH3 lines, the mixing ratio of NH3/H2O is 0.46% +/- 0.03% in C/2004 Q2 (Machholz), in agreement with other results. The mixing ratio of ammonia determined from the NH2 observations (0.31% -- 0.79%) is consistent but has relatively larger error, owing to uncertainty in the photodissociation rates of ammonia. At the present level of accuracy, we confirm that NH3 could be the sole parent of NH2 in this comet.

  13. Inhibitory effect of FSLLRY-NH2 on inflammatory responses induced by hydrogen peroxide in HepG2 cells. (United States)

    Lee, Yeon Joo; Kim, Su Jin; Kwon, Kyoung Wan; Lee, Won Mo; Im, Wi Joon; Sohn, Uy Dong


    Proteinase activated receptor 2 (PAR2), which is localized in the GI tract, the respiratory system, and the kidney tubules is a G protein-coupled receptor associated with inflammation, metabolism, and disease. The aim of this study was to explore the role of PAR2 in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced HepG2 cells by using FSLLRY-NH2 a PAR2 antagonist. H2O2 treatment resulted in induction of PAR2 in esophageal, gastric, and liver cells, with the most robust response being in HepG2 cells. Furthermore, this effect was dose-dependent in HepG2 cells. Treatment with H2O2 at concentrations above 400 μM for 24 h also reduced HepG2 cell viability. H2O2 treatment increased both the protein and mRNA levels of IL-1β, IL-8, and TNF-α, as well as those of SAPK/JNK. The increased levels of these pro-inflammatory genes and SAPK/JNK induced by H2O2 were attenuated in a dose-dependent manner when cells were co-treated with H2O2 and FSLLRY-NH2. In summary, the PAR2 antagonist peptide, FSLLRY-NH2, reduces the level of the pro-inflammatory genes IL-8, IL-1β, and TNF-α induced by H2O2, through the SAPK/JNK pathways in HepG2 cells. These data suggest that a PAR2 antagonist could be an anti-inflammatory agent in HepG2 cells.

  14. VizieR Online Data Catalog: SOLIS. I. L1157-B1 NH2CHO image (Codella+, (United States)

    Codella, C.; Ceccarelli, C.; Caselli, P.; Balucani, N.; Baroneinst, V.; Fontani, F.; Lefloch, B.; Podio, L.; Viti, S.; Feng, S.; Bachiller, R.; Bianchi, E.; Dulieu, F.; Jimenez-Serra, I.; Holdship, J.; Neri, R.; Pineda, J.; Pon, A.; Sims, I.; Spezzano, S.; Vasyunin, A. I.; Alves, F.; Bizzocchi, L.; Bottinelli, S.; Caux, E.; Chacon-Tanarro, A.; Choudhury, R.; Coutens, A.; Favre, C.; Hily-Blant, P.; Kahane, C.; Jaber Al-Edhari, A.; Laas, J.; Lopez-Sepulcre, A.; Ospina, J.; Oya, Y.; Punanova, A.; Puzzarini, C.; Quenard, D.; Rimola, A.; Sakai, N.; Skouteris, D.; Taquet, V.; Testi, L.; Theule, P.; Ugliengo, P.; Vastel, C.; Vazart, F.; Wiesenfeld, L.; Yamamoto, S.


    Datacube in fits format of the NH2CHO(41,4-31,3) towards L1157-B1 using the IRAM-NOEMA interferometer (see Fig. 1). The L1157-B1 shock was observed at 3mm with the IRAM NOEMA seven-element array during several tracks in July, October, and November 2015 using both the C and D configurations. The shortest and longest baselines are 19m and 237m, respectively, allowing us to recover emission at scales up to ~17". (2 data files).

  15. Coordinateendonucleolytic 5' and 3' trimming of terminally blocked blunt DNA double-strand break ends by Artemis nuclease and DNA-dependent protein kinase

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    Povirk, Lawrence; Yannone, Steven M.; Khan, Imran S.; Zhou, Rui-Zhe; Zhou, Tong; Valerie, Kristoffer; F., Lawrence


    Previous work showed that, in the presence of DNA-PK, Artemis slowly trims 3'-phosphoglycolate-terminated blunt ends. To examine the trimming reaction in more detail, long internally labeled DNA substrates were treated with Artemis. In the absence of DNA-PK, Artemis catalyzed extensive 5' {yields} 3' exonucleolytic resection of double-stranded DNA. This resection required a 5'-phosphate but did not require ATP, and was accompanied by endonucleolytic cleavage of the resulting 3' overhang. In the presence of DNA-PK, Artemis-mediated trimming was more limited, was ATP-dependent, and did not require a 5'-phosphate. For a blunt end with either a 3'-phosphoglycolate or 3'-hydroxyl terminus, endonucleolytic trimming of 2-4 nucleotides from the 3'-terminal strand was accompanied by trimming of 6 nucleotides from the 5'-terminal strand. The results suggest that autophosphorylated DNA-PK suppresses the exonuclease activity of Artemis toward blunt-ended DNA, and promotes slow and limited endonucleolytic trimming of the 5'-terminal strand, resulting in short 3' overhangs that are trimmed endonucleolytically. Thus, Artemis and DNA-PK can convert terminally blocked DNA ends of diverse geometry and chemical structure to a form suitable for polymerase mediated patching and ligation, with minimal loss of terminal sequence. Such processing could account for the very small deletions often found at DNA double-strand break repair sites.

  16. Insights into the Inhibition of the p90 Ribosomal S6 Kinase (RSK) by the Flavonol Glycoside SL0101 from the 1.5 Å Crystal Structure of the N-Terminal Domain of RSK2 with Bound Inhibitor

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    Utepbergenov, Darkhan; Derewenda, Urszula; Olekhnovich, Natalya; Szukalska, Gabriela; Banerjee, Budhaditya; Hilinski, Michael K.; Lannigan, Deborah A.; Stukenberg, P. Todd; Derewenda, Zygmunt S. (Lodz - Poland); (UV)


    The p90 ribosomal S6 family of kinases (RSK) are potential drug targets, due to their involvement in cancer and other pathologies. There are currently only two known selective inhibitors of RSK, but the basis for selectivity is not known. One of these inhibitors is a naturally occurring kaempferol-a-l-diacetylrhamnoside, SL0101. Here, we report the crystal structure of the complex of the N-terminal kinase domain of the RSK2 isoform with SL0101 at 1.5 {angstrom} resolution. The refined atomic model reveals unprecedented structural reorganization of the protein moiety, as compared to the nucleotide-bound form. The entire N-lobe, the hinge region, and the aD-helix undergo dramatic conformational changes resulting in a rearrangement of the nucleotide binding site with concomitant formation of a highly hydrophobic pocket spatially suited to accommodate SL0101. These unexpected results will be invaluable in further optimization of the SL0101 scaffold as a promising lead for a novel class of kinase inhibitors.

  17. Activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) by widely used specific p38 MAPK inhibitors SB202190 and SB203580: a MLK-3-MKK7-dependent mechanism. (United States)

    Muniyappa, Harish; Das, Kumuda C


    Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are key signaling molecules that respond to mitogenic stimulation or environmental stress, resulting in the expression of target proteins. c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 MAPKs are activated by inflammatory cytokines or environmental stress. Specific p38 MAPK inhibitors, such as SB202190 or SB203580, are widely used to dissect p38 MAPK-related signal transduction mechanisms. While using SB202190 to inhibit p38 MAPK-related signaling, we observed that SB202190 treatment could activate JNK. Further experiments showed that treatment of cells with SB202190 could phosphorylate JNK and activating transcription factor 2 (ATF-2), and increased AP-1 DNA binding. Using multiple cell lines and primary endothelial cells, we demonstrated that specific p38 MAPK inhibitors SB202190 or SB203580 induces the activation of the JNK pathway. Further, using with RNA interference and kinase-inactive expression of intermediates of the JNK pathway, we demonstrated SB202190- or SB203580-induced JNK activation is dependent on the MLK-3-MKK4/MKK7-dependent signal transduction pathway. Finally, we demonstrate that treatment of cells with SB202190 or SB203580 induces the phosphorylation and activation of MLK3.

  18. The c-Jun-N-terminal-Kinase inhibitor SP600125 enhances the butyrate derivative D1-induced apoptosis via caspase 8 activation in Kasumi 1 t(8;21) acute myeloid leukaemia cells. (United States)

    Rovida, Elisabetta; Gozzini, Antonella; Barbetti, Valentina; Giuntoli, Serena; Santini, Valeria; Dello Sbarba, Persio


    We recently showed that the histone deacetylase inhibitor D1 induced apoptosis in the t(8;21) Kasumi 1 acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) cell line and activated caspase 9. The present study characterised the effects of the combined administration of D1 with PD98059, SB203580 or SP600125, specific inhibitors of mitogen-activated protein kinase, extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2), p38 or Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), respectively. Among these inhibitors, SP600125 was the only one to markedly induce apoptosis and decrease cell proliferation. These experiments showed that SP600125 activated caspase 8 and confirmed that D1 activated the intrinsic pathway of apoptosis, as caspase 8 was not affected while Bcl-2 was down-regulated following D1 administration. The combination of the two drugs enhanced caspase-8 activation and induced apoptosis in an additive fashion. JNK was constitutively activated in the Kasumi 1, NB4, HL60 and THP-1 human AML cell lines, as well as in primary blasts from a t(8;21) AML patient. In all these cells, the pro-apoptotic effect of the two drugs alone was increased when they were combined. On this basis, the combined administration of D1 with SP600125 seems to be very promising as a potential anti-leukaemic tool in AML.

  19. High level expression of chicken muscle adenylate kinase in Escherichia coli. (United States)

    Tanizawa, Y; Kishi, F; Kaneko, T; Nakazawa, A


    Chicken muscle adenylate kinase was produced in a large amount in Escherichia coli cells harboring an expression plasmid, pKK-cAKl-1. The plasmid was constructed by placing the cDNA sequence for chicken muscle adenylate kinase after the tac promoter. After induction by isopropyl-beta-D-thiogalactopyranoside, the enzyme protein amounted to about 10% of the bacterial proteins. The enzyme was readily purified in two steps by using phosphocellulose and Sephadex G-100 columns. The apparent molecular weight of the enzyme produced in E. coli was estimated to be 22,000 on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, in agreement with the value deduced from the cDNA sequence. Ten amino acids in the NH2-terminal region were determined, and were identical with the sequence deduced from the cDNA sequence except that the terminal methionine was absent. Michaelis constants for ATP, ADP, and AMP of the enzyme thus synthesized were essentially identical to those determined with the enzyme in crude extracts of chicken skeletal muscle.

  20. Neurotoxic Activity of the HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein: Activation of Protein Kinase C in Rat Astrocytes

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    Isaac Adebayo


    Full Text Available Abstract: Envelope glycoprotein (gp120 of the human immunodeficiency virus type one (HIV-1, has adverse effects on glial cells and neurons. This study reports on the direct effect of recombinant gp120 (r-gp120 produced from different expression systems on protein kinase C, as a measure of relative neurotoxicity. Brain cells were grown in vitro from explants of the cerebral cortex of newborn rats, and recombinant gp120 preparations expressed in mammalian cell/vaccinia virus and insect cell/baculovirus systems were applied to astrocyte-enriched cultures. The gp120 preparations activated protein kinase C (PKC to similar levels in these cells. Mutant recombinant gp120 lacking the amino-terminal 29 amino acids produced from the mammalian and insect cells also activated PKC to similar levels as did the full-length protein. The recombinant proteins specifically activated PKC β and ζ, suggesting that they are able to induce both Ca2+-dependent and Ca2+-independent isoforms of this enzyme. Alteration of PKC activity in astrocytes by gp120 indicates its ability to modulate gene expression, which is associated with the neurotoxicity of this protein. Furthermore, the results suggest that the deletion of the first 29 residues of NH2-terminal end of the gp120 does not affect the functional activity of this protein with regard to modulation of signal transduction in astrocytes.

  1. Calcium has a permissive role in interleukin-1beta-induced c-jun N-terminal kinase activation in insulin-secreting cells

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    Størling, Joachim; Zaitsev, Sergei V; Kapelioukh, Iouri L


    phosphorylation of the JNK substrate c-jun and reduced IL-1beta-stimulated activation of JNK1/2 as assessed by immunoblotting. Inhibition of IL-1beta-induced in vitro kinase activity toward c-jun after collective L- and T-type Ca(2+) channel blockade was confirmed in primary rat and ob/ob mouse islets...

  2. The C-terminal domain of human grp94 protects the catalytic subunit of protein kinase CK2 (CK2alpha) against thermal aggregation. Role of disulfide bonds

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    Roher, N; Miró, F; Boldyreff, B


    with dithiothreitol. Grp94-CT conferred protection against aggregation on the catalytic subunit of protein kinase CK2 (CK2alpha), although it did not protect against thermal inactivation. This anti-aggregation effect of grp94-CT was concentration dependent, with full protection achieved at grp94-CT/CK2alpha molar...

  3. Impaired activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases after hemorrhagic shock. (United States)

    Khadaroo, Rachel G; Lu, Ziyue; Powers, Kinga A; Papia, Giuseppe; Kapus, Andras; Rotstein, Ori D


    Patients sustaining major trauma are at risk of developing organ dysfunction. We have previously shown that resuscitated hemorrhagic shock primes for increased lung injury in response to lippolysaccharide (LPS), in part by preventing upregulation of the counterinflammatory cytokine IL-10. Because the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family is known to participate in LPS signaling, we hypothesized that altered upstream signaling through these kinases might contribute to impaired LPS-simulated IL-10 release after shock and resuscitation. Rats were bled to a mean arterial pressure of 40 mm Hg and maintained for 1 hour, then resuscitated. Alveolar macrophages were retrieved at the end of resuscitation and exposed to LPS (0.5 microg/mL). Western blotting for p38, extracellular-regulated protein kinase, and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase was performed on whole cell lysates. In some studies, the alveolar macrophages were preincubated with the p38 inhibitor or the extracellular-regulated protein kinase inhibitor before LPS stimulation. IL-10 levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. LPS caused an early activation in all members of the MAPK family, whereas antecedent shock both delayed and attenuated the LPS induction. To discern whether this reduction in LPS-stimulated MAPK activation after shock might contribute to reduced IL-10, specific inhibitors were used. Inhibition of p38 MAPK completely inhibited LPS-induced IL-10 production, whereas blockade of extracellular-regulated protein kinase pathway had no effect. Shock resuscitation impairs LPS-induced activation of the members of the MAPK family. For the critical counterinflammatory cytokine IL-10, inhibition of p38 activation appears to contribute to the reduced levels of this cytokine in response to LPS. This study provides in vitro evidence for altered signaling through p38 MAPK, as a mechanism leading to failed upregulation of a counterinflammatory cytokine, and thus the propagation of an

  4. Ortho-to-para abundance ratios of NH2 in 26 comets: implications for the real meaning of OPRs (United States)

    Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Kawakita, Hideyo; Jehin, Emmanuël; Decock, Alice; Hutsemékers, Damien; Manfroid, Jean


    Abundance ratios of nuclear-spin isomers for cometary molecules having identical protons, such as water and ammonia, have been measured and discussed from the viewpoint that they are primordial characters in comet. In the case of ammonia, its ortho-to-para abundance ratio (OPR) is usually estimated from OPRs of NH2 because of difficulty in measuring OPR of ammonia directly. We report our survey for OPRs of NH2 in 26 comets. A weighted mean of ammonia OPRs for the comets is 1.12 ± 0.01 and no significant difference is found between the Oort Cloud comets and the Jupiter-family comets. These values correspond to ˜30 K as nuclear-spin temperatures. The OPRs of ammonia in comets probably reflect the physicochemical conditions in coma, rather than the conditions for the molecular formation or condensation in the pre-solar molecular cloud/the solar nebula, based on comparison of OPRs (and nuclear-spin temperatures) of ammonia with those of water, 14N/15N ratios in ammonia, and D/H ratios in water. The OPRs could be reset to a nuclear-spin weights ratio in solid phase and modified by interactions with protonated ions like H3O+, water clusters (H2O)n, ice grains, and paramagnetic impurities (such as O2 molecules and grains) in the inner coma gas. Relationship between the OPRs of ammonia and water is a clue to understanding the real meaning of the OPRs.

  5. Crystal structure and phase transitions in perovskite-like C(NH2)(3)SnCl3

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    Szafranski, M.; Ståhl, Kenny


    X-ray single-crystal diffraction, high-temperature powder diffraction and differential thermal analysis at ambient and high pressure have been employed to study the crystal structure and phase transitions of guanidinium trichlorostannate, C(NH2)(3)SnCl3. At 295 K the crystal structure is orthorho......X-ray single-crystal diffraction, high-temperature powder diffraction and differential thermal analysis at ambient and high pressure have been employed to study the crystal structure and phase transitions of guanidinium trichlorostannate, C(NH2)(3)SnCl3. At 295 K the crystal structure...... is orthorhombic, space group Pbca, Z = 8, a = 7.7506(2) angstrom, b = 12.0958(4) angstrom and e = 17.8049(6) angstrom, solved from single-crystal data. It is perovskite-like with distorted corner-linked SnCl6 octahedra and with ordered guanidinium cations in the distorted cuboctahedral voids. At 400 K...

  6. Observational Results of a Multi-Telescope Campaign in Search of Interstellar Urea [(NH$_2$)$_2$CO

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    Remijan, Anthony J; McGuire, Brett A; Kuo, Hsin-Lun; Looney, Leslie W; Friedel, Douglas N; Golubiatnikov, G Yu; Lovas, Frank J; Ilyushin, V V; Alekseev, E A; Dyubko, S F; McCall, Benjamin J; Hollis, Jan M


    In this paper, we present the results of an observational search for gas phase urea [(NH$_2$)$_2$CO] observed towards the Sgr B2(N-LMH) region. We show data covering urea transitions from $\\sim$100 GHz to 250 GHz from five different observational facilities: BIMA, CARMA, the NRAO 12 m telescope, the IRAM 30 m telescope, and SEST. The results show that the features ascribed to urea can be reproduced across the entire observed bandwidth and all facilities by best fit column density, temperature, and source size parameters which vary by less than a factor of 2 between observations merely by adjusting for telescope-specific parameters. Interferometric observations show that the emission arising from these transitions is cospatial and compact, consistent with the derived source sizes and emission from a single species. Despite this evidence, the spectral complexity, both of (NH$_2$)$_2$CO and of Sgr B2(N), makes the definitive identification of this molecule challenging. We present observational spectra, laborator...

  7. Effects of the Addition of Ortho- and Para-NH2 Substituted Tetraphenylporphyrins on the Structure of Nylon 66

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    Luis A. Díaz-Alejo


    Full Text Available The synthetic tetrapyrrole macrocycles, such as porphyrins (H2P and phthalocyanines (H2Pc, exhibit interesting physicochemical properties suitable to be used in modern technology. For many applications, those species should be trapped or fixed inside graphite, hydrotalcites, silica, TiO2, or polymers. Methodologies for the optimization of the properties of porphyrins, trapped or fixed inside polymers, have been barely developed. Our research works in the development of methodologies for the optimization of incorporation and display of properties of tetrapyrrole macrocycles inside inorganic, polymeric, or hybrid networks. This paper shows some results about the effect of the spatial disposition of the amine (–NH2 groups attached on the periphery of substituted tetraphenylporphyrins, on the Nylon 66 structure and on the display of the physicochemical properties of the trapped macrocycles. Nylon 66 was synthesized from adipoyl chloride and hexamethylenediamine in presence of tetraphenylporphyrins substituted with –NH2 groups localized at the ortho- or para-positions of the phenyls. Cobalt complexes formation was used to quantify the amount of porphyrins in the polymer fibers. Characterization results show that the spatial position of amine groups of the porphyrins has important structural and textural effect on the Nylon 66 fibers and on the fluorescence of the porphyrins integrated into the fibers.

  8. Intermittent hypoxia-induced endothelial barrier dysfunction requires ROS-dependent MAP kinase activation. (United States)

    Makarenko, Vladislav V; Usatyuk, Peter V; Yuan, Guoxiang; Lee, May M; Nanduri, Jayasri; Natarajan, Viswanathan; Kumar, Ganesh K; Prabhakar, Nanduri R


    The objective of the present study was to determine the impact of simulated apnea with intermittent hypoxia (IH) on endothelial barrier function and assess the underlying mechanism(s). Experiments were performed on human lung microvascular endothelial cells exposed to IH-consisting alternating cycles of 1.5% O2 for 30s followed by 20% O2 for 5 min. IH decreased transendothelial electrical resistance (TEER) suggesting attenuated endothelial barrier function. The effect of IH on TEER was stimulus dependent and reversible after reoxygenation. IH-exposed cells exhibited stress fiber formation and redistribution of cortactin, vascular endothelial-cadherins, and zona occludens-1 junction proteins along with increased intercellular gaps at cell-cell boundaries. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and c-jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) were phosphorylated in IH-exposed cells. Inhibiting either ERK or JNK prevented the IH-induced decrease in TEER and the reorganization of the cytoskeleton and junction proteins. IH increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, and manganese (III) tetrakis (1-methyl-4-pyridyl) porphyrin pentachloride, a membrane-permeable antioxidant, prevented ERK and JNK phosphorylation as well as IH-induced changes in endothelial barrier function. These results demonstrate that IH via ROS-dependent activation of MAP kinases leads to reorganization of cytoskeleton and junction proteins resulting in endothelial barrier dysfunction.

  9. Inhibition of mixed-lineage kinase (MLK) activity during G2-phase disrupts microtubule formation and mitotic progression in HeLa cells. (United States)

    Cha, Hyukjin; Dangi, Surabhi; Machamer, Carolyn E; Shapiro, Paul


    The mixed-lineage kinases (MLK) are serine/threonine protein kinases that regulate mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase signaling pathways in response to extracellular signals. Recent studies indicate that MLK activity may promote neuronal cell death through activation of the c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) family of MAP kinases. Thus, inhibitors of MLK activity may be clinically useful for delaying the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's. In proliferating non-neuronal cells, MLK may have the opposite effect of promoting cell proliferation. In the current studies we examined the requirement for MLK proteins in regulating cell proliferation by examining MLK function during G2 and M-phase of the cell cycle. The MLK inhibitor CEP-11004 prevented HeLa cell proliferation by delaying mitotic progression. Closer examination revealed that HeLa cells treated with CEP-11004 during G2-phase entered mitosis similar to untreated G2-phase cells. However, CEP-11004 treated cells failed to properly exit mitosis and arrested in a pro-metaphase state. Partial reversal of the CEP-11004 induced mitotic arrest could be achieved by overexpression of exogenous MLK3. The effects of CEP-11004 treatment on mitotic events included the inhibition of histone H3 phosphorylation during prophase and prior to nuclear envelope breakdown and the formation of aberrant mitotic spindles. These data indicate that MLK3 might be a unique target to selectively inhibit transformed cell proliferation by disrupting mitotic spindle formation resulting in mitotic arrest.

  10. Metal-Organic Gel Material Based on UiO-66-NH2 Nanoparticles for Improved Adsorption and Conversion of Carbon Dioxide. (United States)

    Liu, Liping; Zhang, Jianyong; Fang, Haobin; Chen, Liuping; Su, Cheng-Yong


    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) including the UiO-66 series show potential application in the adsorption and conversion of CO2 . Herein, we report the first tetravalent metal-based metal-organic gels constructed from Zr(IV) and 2-aminoterephthalic acid (H2 BDC-NH2 ). The ZrBDC-NH2 gel materials are based on UiO-66-NH2 nanoparticles and were easily prepared under mild conditions (80 °C for 4.5 h). The ZrBDC-NH2 -1:1-0.2 gel material has a high surface area (up to 1040 m(2)  g(-1) ) and showed outstanding performance in CO2 adsorption (by using the dried material) and conversion (by using the wet gel) arising from the combined advantages of the gel and the UiO-66-NH2 MOF. The ZrBDC-NH2 -1:1-0.2 dried material showed 38 % higher capture capacity for CO2 at 298 K than microcrystalline UiO-66-NH2 . It showed high ideal adsorbed solution theory selectivity (71.6 at 298 K) for a CO2 /N2 gas mixture (molar ratio 15:85). Furthermore, the ZrBDC-NH2 -1:1-0.2 gel showed activity as a heterogeneous catalyst in the chemical fixation of CO2 and an excellent catalytic performance was achieved for the cycloaddition of atmospheric pressure of CO2 to epoxides at 373 K. In addition, the gel catalyst could be reused over multiple cycles with no considerable loss of catalytic activity. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. The hydrogen-bridged radical cation [NH 2C dbnd O⋯H⋯O dbnd CHCH 3] rad + and its dissociation by proton-transport catalysis (United States)

    Jobst, Karl J.; Terlouw, Johan K.


    The title ion (HBRC-1) is an easily accessible hydrogen-bridged radical cation when generated by the decarbonylation of ionized ethyl oxamate, NH2COCOOC2H5. Tandem mass spectrometry experiments and CBS-QB3 model chemistry calculations agree that HBRC-1 dissociates into HC(OH)NH2+ + CH3COrad by proton-transport catalysis. Its CH3CHO component catalyzes the isomerization NH2-C-OHrad + → NH2C(O)Hrad + and the ensuing intermediate [NH2C(O)H⋯OCHCH3]rad + loses CH3COrad by a facile proton transfer. In support of this, lactamide ions ND2C(O)CH(OD)CH3rad + dissociate into DC(OH)ND2+ + CH3COrad via the HBRC-1 isotopologue [ND2CO⋯D⋯OCHCH3]rad +. HBRC-1 also plays a key role in the decarbonylation of its isomer ionized urethan, NH2COOC2H5.

  12. Effect of lanthanum hydride on microstructures and hydrogen storage performances of 2LiNH2-MgH2 system

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    朱惜林; 韩树民; 赵鑫; 李媛; 刘宝忠


    Hydrogen storage properties of 2LiNH2-MgH2 system were improved by adding lanthanum hydride (LaH3), and the role of LaH3 in hydrogen sorption process of Li-Mg-N-H system was investigated. Temperature programmed sorption results showed that the addition of lanthanum hydride reduced the dehydriding/hydriding onset temperature of 2LiNH2-MgH2 system by at least 15 K. Moreover, A 0.053 wt.%/min average rate was determined for the hydrogen desorption of 2LiNH2-MgH2-0.05LaH3 composite, while it was only 0.035 wt.%/min for 2LiNH2-MgH2 system. Hydrogen absorption capacity increased from 1.62 wt.% to 2.12 wt.% within 200 min by adding LaH3 into 2LiNH2-MgH2 system at 383 K. In the dehydrogenation of 2LiNH2-MgH2-0.05LaH3 composite, LaH2 transferred to LaN phase, which reversed to LaH2 in the following hydrogen adsorption process. The reversible reaction of LaH2 ef-fectively promoted the hydrogen sorption of Li-Mg-N-H system. Moreover, the homogenous distribution of fine La hydride was fa-vorable to improving effect of lanthanum hydride.

  13. Effects of GLP-1(7-36)NH2 on insulin secretion and intracellular cAMP changes%胰高血糖素样肽-1(7-36)NH2的促胰岛素分泌作用和胞内cAMP浓度改变

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    刘素芳; 邢莹; 姚运纬



  14. Manassantin B isolated from Saururus chinensis inhibits cyclooxygenase-2-dependent prostaglandin D2 generation by blocking Fyn-mediated nuclear factor-kappaB and mitogen activated protein kinase pathways in bone marrow derived-mast cells. (United States)

    Lu, Yue; Hwang, Seung-Lark; Son, Jong Keun; Chang, Hyeun Wook


    The authors investigated the effect of manassantin B (Man B) isolated from Saururus chinensis (S. chinensis) on cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-dependent prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) generation in mouse bone marrow derived-mast cells (BMMCs). Man B inhibited the generation of PGD2 dose-dependently by inhibiting COX-2 expression in immunoglobulin E (IgE)/Ag-stimulated BMMCs. To elucidate the mechanism responsible for the inhibition of COX-2 expression by Man B, the effects of Man B on the activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB), a transcription factor essential and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) for COX-2 induction, were examined. Man B attenuated the nuclear translocation of NF-κB p65 and its DNA-binding activity by inhibiting inhibitors of kappa Bα (IκBα) degradation and concomitantly suppressing IκB kinase (IKK) phosphorylation. In addition, Man B suppressed phosphorylation of MAPKs including extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38. It was also found that Man B suppressed Fyn kinase activation and consequent downstream signaling processes, including those involving Syk, Gab2, and Akt. Taken together, the present results suggest that Man B suppresses COX-2 dependent PGD2 generation by primarily inhibiting Fyn kinase in FcεRI-mediated mast cells.

  15. Ketamine inhibits tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6 gene expressions in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated macrophages through suppression of toll-like receptor 4-mediated c-Jun N-terminal kinase phosphorylation and activator protein-1 activation. (United States)

    Wu, Gone-Jhe; Chen, Ta-Liang; Ueng, Yune-Fang; Chen, Ruei-Ming


    Our previous study showed that ketamine, an intravenous anesthetic agent, has anti-inflammatory effects. In this study, we further evaluated the effects of ketamine on the regulation of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interlukin-6 (IL-6) gene expressions and its possible signal-transducing mechanisms in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated macrophages. Exposure of macrophages to 1, 10, and 100 microM ketamine, 100 ng/ml LPS, or a combination of ketamine and LPS for 1, 6, and 24 h was not cytotoxic to macrophages. A concentration of 1000 microM of ketamine alone or in combined treatment with LPS caused significant cell death. Administration of LPS increased cellular TNF-alpha and IL-6 protein levels in concentration- and time-dependent manners. Meanwhile, treatment with ketamine concentration- and time-dependently alleviated the enhanced effects. LPS induced TNF-alpha and IL-6 mRNA syntheses. Administration of ketamine at a therapeutic concentration (100 microM) significantly inhibited LPS-induced TNF-alpha and IL-6 mRNA expressions. Application of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) small interfering (si)RNA into macrophages decreased cellular TLR4 levels. Co-treatment of macrophages with ketamine and TLR4 siRNA decreased the LPS-induced TNF-alpha and IL-6 productions more than alone administration of TLR4 siRNA. LPS stimulated phosphorylation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase and translocation of c-Jun and c-Fos from the cytoplasm to nuclei. However, administration of ketamine significantly decreased LPS-induced activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase and translocation of c-Jun and c-Fos. LPS increased the binding of nuclear extracts to activator protein-1 consensus DNA oligonucleotides. Administration of ketamine significantly ameliorated LPS-induced DNA binding activity of activator protein-1. Therefore, a clinically relevant concentration of ketamine can inhibit TNF-alpha and IL-6 gene expressions in LPS-activated macrophages. The suppressive mechanisms occur through

  16. COOH-terminal association of human smooth muscle calcium channel Ca(v)1.2b with Src kinase protein binding domains: effect of nitrotyrosylation. (United States)

    Kang, Minho; Ross, Gracious R; Akbarali, Hamid I


    The carboxyl terminus of the calcium channel plays an important role in the regulation of calcium entry, signal transduction, and gene expression. Potential protein-protein interaction sites within the COOH terminus of the L-type calcium channel include those for the SH3 and SH2 binding domains of c-Src kinase that regulates calcium currents in smooth muscle. In this study, we examined the binding sites involved in Src kinase-mediated phosphorylation of the human voltage-gated calcium channel (Ca(v)) 1.2b (hCav1.2b) and the effect of nitrotyrosylation. Cotransfection of human embryonic kidney (HEK)-293 cells with hCa(v)1.2b and c-Src resulted in tyrosine phosphorylation of the calcium channel, which was prevented by nitration of tyrosine residues by peroxynitrite. Whole cell calcium currents were reduced by 58 + 5% by the Src kinase inhibitor PP2 and 64 + 6% by peroxynitrite. Nitrotyrosylation prevented Src-mediated regulation of the currents. Glutathione S-transferase fusion protein of the distal COOH terminus of hCa(v)1.2b (1809-2138) bound to SH2 domain of Src following tyrosine phosphorylation, while binding to SH3 required the presence of the proline-rich motif. Site-directed mutation of Y(2134) prevented SH2 binding and resulted in reduced phosphorylation of hCa(v)1.2b. Within the distal COOH terminus, single, double, or triple mutations of Y(1837), Y(1861), and Y(2134) were constructed and expressed in HEK-293 cells. The inhibitory effects of PP2 and peroxynitrite on calcium currents were significantly reduced in the double mutant Y(1837-2134F). These data demonstrate that the COOH terminus of hCa(v)1.2b contains sites for the SH2 and SH3 binding of Src kinase. Nitrotyrosylation of these sites prevents Src kinase regulation and may be importantly involved in calcium influx regulation during inflammation.

  17. GPG-NH2 acts via the metabolite αHGA to target HIV-1 Env to the ER-associated protein degradation pathway

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    Vahlne Anders


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The synthetic peptide glycyl-prolyl-glycine amide (GPG-NH2 was previously shown to abolish the ability of HIV-1 particles to fuse with the target cells, by reducing the content of the viral envelope glycoprotein (Env in progeny HIV-1 particles. The loss of Env was found to result from GPG-NH2 targeting the Env precursor protein gp160 to the ER-associated protein degradation (ERAD pathway during its maturation. However, the anti-viral effect of GPG-NH2 has been shown to be mediated by its metabolite α-hydroxy-glycineamide (αHGA, which is produced in the presence of fetal bovine serum, but not human serum. In accordance, we wanted to investigate whether the targeting of gp160 to the ERAD pathway by GPG-NH2 was attributed to its metabolite αHGA. Results In the presence of fetal bovine serum, GPG-NH2, its intermediary metabolite glycine amide (G-NH2, and final metabolite αHGA all induced the degradation of gp160 through the ERAD pathway. However, when fetal bovine serum was replaced with human serum only αHGA showed an effect on gp160, and this activity was further shown to be completely independent of serum. This indicated that GPG-NH2 acts as a pro-drug, which was supported by the observation that it had to be added earlier to the cell cultures than αHGA to induce the degradation of gp160. Furthermore, the substantial reduction of Env incorporation into HIV-1 particles that occurs during GPG-NH2 treatment was also achieved by treating HIV-1 infected cells with αHGA. Conclusions The previously observed specificity of GPG-NH2 towards gp160 in HIV-1 infected cells, resulting in the production of Env (gp120/gp41 deficient fusion incompetent HIV-1 particles, was most probably due to the action of the GPG-NH2 metabolite αHGA.

  18. Highly dispersed palladium nanoparticles anchored on UiO-66(NH2) metal-organic framework as a reusable and dual functional visible-light-driven photocatalyst (United States)

    Shen, Lijuan; Wu, Weiming; Liang, Ruowen; Lin, Rui; Wu, Ling


    Proper design and preparation of high-performance and stable dual functional photocatalytic materials remains a significant objective of research. In this work, highly dispersed Pd nanoparticles of about 3-6 nm in diameter are immobilized in the metal-organic framework (MOF) UiO-66(NH2) via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The resulting Pd@UiO-66(NH2) nanocomposite exhibits an excellent reusable and higher visible light photocatalytic activity for reducing Cr(vi) compared with UiO-66(NH2) owing to the high dispersion of Pd nanoparticles and their close contact with the matrix, which lead to the enhanced light harvesting and more efficient separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. More significantly, the Pd@UiO-66(NH2) could be used for simultaneous photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, like methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB), and reduction of Cr(vi) with even further enhanced activity in the binary system, which could be attributed to the synergetic effect between photocatalytic oxidation and reduction by individually consuming photogenerated holes and electrons. This work represents the first example of using the MOFs-based materials as dual functional photocatalyst to remove different categories of pollutants simultaneously. Our finding not only proves great potential for the design and application of MOFs-based materials but also might bring light to new opportunities in the development of new high-performance photocatalysts.Proper design and preparation of high-performance and stable dual functional photocatalytic materials remains a significant objective of research. In this work, highly dispersed Pd nanoparticles of about 3-6 nm in diameter are immobilized in the metal-organic framework (MOF) UiO-66(NH2) via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The resulting Pd@UiO-66(NH2) nanocomposite exhibits an excellent reusable and higher visible light photocatalytic activity for reducing Cr(vi) compared with UiO-66(NH2) owing to the

  19. Investigating the role of c-Jun N-terminal kinases in the proliferation of Werner syndrome fibroblasts using diaminopyridine inhibitors

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    Davis Terence


    Full Text Available Abstract Fibroblasts derived from the progeroid Werner syndrome show reduced replicative lifespan and a "stressed" morphology, both alleviated using the MAP kinase inhibitor SB203580. However, interpretation of these data is problematical because although SB203580 has the stress-activated kinases p38 and JNK1/2 as its preferred targets, it does show relatively low overall kinase selectivity. Several lines of data support a role for both p38 and JNK1/2 activation in the control of cellular proliferation and also the pathology of diseases of ageing, including type II diabetes, diseases to which Werner Syndrome individuals are prone, thus making the use of JNK inhibitors attractive as possible therapeutics. We have thus tested the effects of the widely used JNK inhibitor SP600125 on the proliferation and morphology of WS cells. In addition we synthesised and tested two recently described aminopyridine based inhibitors. SP600125 treatment resulted in the cessation of proliferation of WS cells and resulted in a senescent-like cellular phenotype that does not appear to be related to the inhibition of JNK1/2. In contrast, use of the more selective aminopyridine CMPD 6o at concentrations that fully inhibit JNK1/2 had a positive effect on cellular proliferation of immortalised WS cells, but no effect on the replicative lifespan of primary WS fibroblasts. In addition, CMPD 6o corrected the stressed WS cellular morphology. The aminopyridine CMPD 6r, however, had little effect on WS cells. CMDP 6o was also found to be a weak inhibitor of MK2, which may partially explain its effects on WS cells, since MK2 is known to be involved in regulating cellular morphology via HSP27 phosphorylation, and is thought to play a role in cell cycle arrest. These data suggest that total JNK1/2 activity does not play a substantial role in the proliferation control in WS cells.

  20. Highly Oxygenated Sesquiterpene Lactones from Cousinia aitchisonii and their Cytotoxic Properties: Rhaserolide Induces Apoptosis in Human T Lymphocyte (Jurkat) Cells via the Activation of c-Jun n-terminal Kinase Phosphorylation. (United States)

    Iranshahy, Milad; Tayarani-Najaran, Zahra; Kasaian, Jamal; Ghandadi, Morteza; Emami, Seyed Ahmad; Asili, Javad; Chandran, Jima N; Schneider, Bernd; Iranshahi, Mehrdad


    Infrared-guided chromatographic fractionation of sesquiterpene lactones from the extracts of Cousinia aitchisonii and Cousinia concolor led to the isolation of five pure compounds. A new sesquiterpene lactone, namely, aitchisonolide, and two known sesquiterpene lactones (desoxyjanerin and rhaserolide) were isolated from C. aitchisonii and two known lignans (arctiin and arctigenin) from C. concolor. The structures of these compounds were elucidated by one-dimensional and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance techniques, as well as high-resolution mass spectrometry. The purified and characterized compounds were subjected to cytotoxicity assay. The sesquiterpene lactones desoxyjanerin and rhaserolide showed significant cytotoxic activities against five different cancer cell lines and the normal human embryonic kidney cell line. Rhaserolide was chosen to evaluate the possible mechanism of action. Western blot analysis revealed that rhaserolide could induce apoptosis in Jurkat cells via the activation of c-Jun n-terminal kinase phosphorylation.

  1. Hyperoside Downregulates the Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Products (RAGE and Promotes Proliferation in ECV304 Cells via the c-Jun N-Terminal Kinases (JNK Pathway Following Stimulation by Advanced Glycation End-Products In Vitro

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    Zhengyu Zhang


    Full Text Available Hyperoside is a major active constituent in many medicinal plants which are traditionally used in Chinese medicines for their neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects. The molecular mechanisms underlying these effects are unknown. In this study, quiescent ECV304 cells were treated in vitro with advanced glycation end products (AGEs in the presence or absence of hyperoside. The results demonstrated that AGEs induced c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNK activation and apoptosis in ECV304 cells. Hyperoside inhibited these effects and promoted ECV304 cell proliferation. Furthermore, hyperoside significantly inhibited RAGE expression in AGE-stimulated ECV304 cells, whereas knockdown of RAGE inhibited AGE-induced JNK activation. These results suggested that AGEs may promote JNK activation, leading to viability inhibition of ECV304 cells via the RAGE signaling pathway. These effects could be inhibited by hyperoside. Our findings suggest a novel role for hyperoside in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.

  2. Palmitylation of an amino-terminal cysteine motif of protein tyrosine kinases p56lck and p59fyn mediates interaction with glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins.



    Cross-linking of glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored membrane proteins on T cells can trigger cell activation. We and others have shown an association between GPI-anchored proteins and the protein tyrosine kinases (PTKs) p56lck and p59fyn, suggesting a pathway for signaling through GPI-anchored proteins. Studies of decay-accelerating factor (DAF) or CD59 in either the C32 cell line or the HeLa cell line transfected with PTK cDNA demonstrated that the GPI-anchored proteins associated ...

  3. Reduced graphene oxide-NH2 modified low pressure nanofiltration composite hollow fiber membranes with improved water flux and antifouling capabilities (United States)

    Li, Xipeng; Zhao, Changwei; Yang, Mei; Yang, Bin; Hou, Deyin; Wang, Tao


    Reduced graphene oxide-NH2 (R-GO-NH2), a kind of amino graphene oxide, was embedded into the polyamide (PA) layer of nanofiltration (NF) composite hollow fiber membranes via interfacial polymerization to enhance the permeate flux and antifouling properties of NF membranes under low pressure conditions. In addition, it could mitigate the poor compatibility issue between graphene oxide materials and PA layer. To evaluate the influence of R-GO-NH2 on the performance of the NF composite hollow fiber membrane, SEM, AFM, FTIR, XPS and Zeta potentials were used to characterize the membranes. The results indicated that the compatibility and interactions between R-GO-NH2 and PA layer were enhanced, which was mainly due to the polymerization reaction between amino groups of R-GO-NH2 and acyl chloride groups of TMC. Therefore, salts rejection of the current membranes was improved significantly, and the modified membranes with 50 mg/L R-GO-NH2 demonstrated highest performance in terms of the rejections, which were 26.9%, 98.5%, 98.1%, and 96.1%, for NaCl, Na2SO4, MgSO4, and CaCl2 respectively. It was found that with the R-GO-NH2 contents rasing from 0 to 50 mg/L, pure water flux increased from 30.44 ± 1.71 to 38.57 ± 2.01 L/(m2.h) at 2 bar. What's more, the membrane demonstrated improved antifouling properties.

  4. The proteolytically stable peptidomimetic Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 selectively inhibits human neutrophil activation via formyl peptide receptor 2. (United States)

    Skovbakke, Sarah Line; Heegaard, Peter M H; Larsen, Camilla J; Franzyk, Henrik; Forsman, Huamei; Dahlgren, Claes


    Immunomodulatory host defense peptides (HDPs) are considered to be lead compounds for novel anti-sepsis and anti-inflammatory agents. However, development of drugs based on HDPs has been hampered by problems with toxicity and low bioavailability due to in vivo proteolysis. Here, a subclass of proteolytically stable HDP mimics consisting of lipidated α-peptide/β-peptoid oligomers was investigated for their effect on neutrophil function. The most promising compound, Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2, was shown to inhibit formyl peptide receptor 2 (FPR2) agonist-induced neutrophil granule mobilization and release of reactive oxygen species. The potency of Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 was comparable to that of PBP10, the most potent FPR2-selective inhibitor known. The immunomodulatory effects of structural analogs of Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 emphasized the importance of both the lipid and peptidomimetic parts. By using imaging flow cytometry in primary neutrophils and FPR-transfected cell lines, we found that a fluorescently labeled analog of Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 interacted selectively with FPR2. Furthermore, the interaction between Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 and FPR2 was found to prevent binding of the FPR2-specific activating peptide agonist Cy5-WKYMWM, while the binding of an FPR1-selective agonist was not inhibited. To our knowledge, Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 is the first HDP mimic found to inhibit activation of human neutrophils via direct interaction with FPR2. Hence, we consider Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 to be a convenient tool in the further dissection of the role of FPR2 in inflammation and homeostasis as well as for investigation of the importance of neutrophil stimulation in anti-infective therapy involving HDPs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. [Effects of compound fertilizer of (NH2)2CO and KH2PO4 on the chestnut photosynthesis characteristics, growth and fruiting]. (United States)

    Tian, Shou-le; Sun, Xiao-li; Shen, Guang-ning; Xu, Lin


    Compound fertilizer can improve the fertilizer use efficiency and tree nutrition status to ensure balanced fertilization. Taking 7 year-old chestnut trees as test material, with (NH2)2CO and KH2PO4 being mixed at the different ratios, the effects of different compound fertilizers on the photosynthesis characteristics as well as the growth and fruiting of chestnut were studied quantitatively by trunk injection method. Results showed that compound fertilizer of (NH2)2CO and KH2PO4 induced positive synergistic effects to enhance photosynthetic capacity, yield and quality of chestnut obviously. The content of chlorophyll was decreased by (NH2)2CO and increased by KH2PO4, but increased obviously by the compound fertilizer. The contents of N, P, K of leaf and branch rose under the four compounded fertilization treatments, among which 0.3%(NH2)2CO+0.3%KH2PO4 was the best. All fertilizer treatments could advance the photosynthetic parameters, while the compound fertilizer performed better. 0.3% (NH2)2CO + 0.3% KH2PO4 treatment significantly increased the photosynthetic rate, the maximum net photosynthesis, apparent quantum yield, carboxylation efficiency, instantaneous water use efficiency and nitrogen use efficiency. Compound fertilizer could promote the growth of branch in diameter and length synchronously, and increase the number of mixed buds, while (NH2)2CO only promoted the growth of branch in length, and did little in the number of mixed buds. The compound fertilizer did better in advancing nuts yield and quality than single fertilization of N or P. The nuts yield, mass and total sugar were increased by 68.2%, 25.5% and 14.9% respectively under 0.3% (NH2)2CO+0.3%KH2PO4 treatment compared with the control.

  6. Effects of stacking order, layer number and external electric field on electronic structures of few-layer C2N-h2D. (United States)

    Zhang, Ruiqi; Li, Bin; Yang, Jinlong


    Recently, a new type of two-dimensional layered material, i.e. a nitrogenated holey two-dimensional structure C2N-h2D, has been synthesized using a simple wet-chemical reaction and used to fabricate a field-effect transistor device (Nat. Commun., 2015, 6, 6486). Here we have performed a first-principles study of the electronic properties of few-layer C2N-h2D with different stacking orders and layer numbers. Because of the interlayer coupling mainly in terms of the orbital interaction, band structure of this system, especially splitting of the bands and band gap, depends on its stacking order between the layers, and the band gap exhibits monotonically decreasing behavior as the layer number increases. All the few-layer C2N-h2D materials have characteristics of direct band gap, irrespective of the stacking order and layer number examined in our calculations. And bulk C2N-h2D has an indirect or direct band gap, depending on the stacking order. Besides, when we apply an out-of-plane electric field on few-layer C2N-h2D, its band gap will decrease as the electric field increases due to a giant Stark effect except for the monolayer case, and even a semiconductor-to-metal transition may occur for few-layer C2N-h2D with more layers under an appropriate electric field. Owing to their tunable band gaps in a wide range, the layered C2N-h2D materials will have tremendous opportunities to be applied in nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  7. Arrestin-3 binds c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK1) and JNK2 and facilitates the activation of these ubiquitous JNK isoforms in cells via scaffolding. (United States)

    Kook, Seunghyi; Zhan, Xuanzhi; Kaoud, Tamer S; Dalby, Kevin N; Gurevich, Vsevolod V; Gurevich, Eugenia V


    Non-visual arrestins scaffold mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades. The c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs) are members of MAPK family. Arrestin-3 has been shown to enhance the activation of JNK3, which is expressed mainly in neurons, heart, and testes, in contrast to ubiquitous JNK1 and JNK2. Although all JNKs are activated by MKK4 and MKK7, both of which bind arrestin-3, the ability of arrestin-3 to facilitate the activation of JNK1 and JNK2 has never been reported. Using purified proteins we found that arrestin-3 directly binds JNK1α1 and JNK2α2, interacting with the latter comparably to JNK3α2. Phosphorylation of purified JNK1α1 and JNK2α2 by MKK4 or MKK7 is increased by arrestin-3. Endogenous arrestin-3 interacted with endogenous JNK1/2 in different cell types. Arrestin-3 also enhanced phosphorylation of endogenous JNK1/2 in intact cells upon expression of upstream kinases ASK1, MKK4, or MKK7. We observed a biphasic effect of arrestin-3 concentrations on phosphorylation of JNK1α1 and JNK2α2 both in vitro and in vivo. Thus, arrestin-3 acts as a scaffold, facilitating JNK1α1 and JNK2α2 phosphorylation by MKK4 and MKK7 via bringing JNKs and their activators together. The data suggest that arrestin-3 modulates the activity of ubiquitous JNK1 and JNK2 in non-neuronal cells, impacting the signaling pathway that regulates their proliferation and survival.

  8. Cadmium induces apoptosis in pancreatic β-cells through a mitochondria-dependent pathway: the role of oxidative stress-mediated c-Jun N-terminal kinase activation.

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    Kai-Chih Chang

    Full Text Available Cadmium (Cd, one of well-known highly toxic environmental and industrial pollutants, causes a number of adverse health effects and diseases in humans. The growing epidemiological studies have suggested a possible link between Cd exposure and diabetes mellitus (DM. However, the toxicological effects and underlying mechanisms of Cd-induced pancreatic β-cell injury are still unknown. In this study, we found that Cd significantly decreased cell viability, and increased sub-G1 hypodiploid cells and annexin V-Cy3 binding in pancreatic β-cell-derived RIN-m5F cells. Cd also increased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS generation and malondialdehyde (MDA production and induced mitochondrial dysfunction (the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP and the increase of cytosolic cytochrome c release, the decreased Bcl-2 expression, increased p53 expression, poly (ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP cleavage, and caspase cascades, which accompanied with intracellular Cd accumulation. Pretreatment with the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC effectively reversed these Cd-induced events. Furthermore, exposure to Cd induced the phosphorylations of c-jun N-terminal kinases (JNK, extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2, and p38-mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK, which was prevented by NAC. Additionally, the specific JNK inhibitor SP600125 or JNK-specific small interference RNA (si-RNA transfection suppressed Cd-induced β-cell apoptosis and related signals, but not ERK1/2 and p38-MAPK inhibitors (PD98059 and SB203580 did not. However, the JNK inhibitor or JNK-specific si-RNA did not suppress ROS generation in Cd-treated cells. These results indicate that Cd induces pancreatic β-cell death via an oxidative stress downstream-mediated JNK activation-triggered mitochondria-regulated apoptotic pathway.

  9. Chitosan capped nanoscale Fe-MIL-88B-NH2 metal-organic framework as drug carrier material for the pH responsive delivery of doxorubicin (United States)

    Sivakumar, P.; Priyatharshni, S.; Nagashanmugam, K. B.; Thanigaivelan, A.; Kumar, K.


    In recent years nanoscale metal-organic frameworks (NMOFs) are contributing as an effective material for use in drug delivery and imaging applications due to their porous surfaces and easy surface modifications. In this work, Fe-MIL-88B-NH2 NMOFs were successfully synthesized on facile hydrothermal route and 2-aminoterephthalic acid (NH2-BDC) was employed as a bridging ligand to activate amine functional groups on the surface. Amine functional groups not only serve as a structure stabilizing agent but also enhance the loading efficiency of the doxorubicin (DOX) anticancer drug. A pH responsive DOX release was realized by introducing a positively charged chitosan (Chi) capping layer. Upon Chi-coating, cleavage was observed in the Fe-MIL-88B-NH2 structure at acidic pH, while gel-like insoluble structure was formed at basic pH. By utilizing this phenomenon, a pH responsive DOX release system was developed by using Chi capped Fe-MIL-88B-NH2 NMOFs under the designed pH (4.0-8.0). The results suggest the Chi capped Fe-MIL-88B-NH2 can be a promising candidate for future pH responsive drug delivery systems.

  10. Sonolytic Oxidation of Tc(IVO2nH2O Nanoparticles to Tc(VIIO4 in Aqueous Solution

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    Full Text Available Sonolysis of a hydrosol of TcO2nH2O was investigated in the Ar- or He- atmosphere. Colloidal TcO2nH2O nanoparticles were irradiated with a 200 kHz and 1.25 W/cm2 ultrasound. It was found that the TcO2nH2O colloids dispersed in an aqueous solution (under Ar or He atmosphere was completely dissolved by ultrasonic irradiation (200 kHz, 200 W. The original brownish black color of the suspension slowly disappeared leaving behind a colorless solution. This change suggests that oxidation of Tc(IV to Tc(VII takes place. The oxidation was almost complete during 30 minutes sonication time under argon atmosphere for initial concentration of 6.0E-5 M. Addition of t-butyl alcohol, an effective radical scavenger which readily reacts with OH radicals, supressed the dissolution of TcO2nH2O colloids. This reaction indicates that TcO2nH2O molecules are oxidized by OH radicals produced in cavitation bubbles.

  11. Preparation, optical properties and cell staining of water soluble amine-terminated PAMAM G2.0-Au nanocomposites

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    XIA Jin-lan; FU Jin-dian; NIE Zhen-yuan; SHEN li


    The solution chemical and optical characteristics of formation of amine-terminated polyamidoamine dendrimer G2.0(NH2-PAMAM G2.0)-Au nanocomposites in the aqueous solution of NH2-PAMAM G2.0 at various mole ratios of Au(Ⅲ) to NH2-PAMAM G2.0 were studied by both UV-visible spectrometry and fluorospectrometry. The NH2-PAMAM G2.0-Au nanocomposites, with a type of structure in which one Au nanoparticle is surrounded by several NH2-PAMAM G2.0 dendrimers, emit strong bluish violet fluorescence, and are uniform, water soluble and biocompatible as well as very stable in frozen conditions. The size of gold nanoparticles in the nanocomposites is about 2.5 nm and decreases with the increase of NH2-PAMAM G2.0 concentration. The NH2-PAMAM G2.0 plays an important role in acting as host or micro-reactor for Au(Ⅲ) before Au(Ⅲ) reduction and acting as dispersant and stabilizer for gold nanoparticles after Au(Ⅲ) reduction. Preliminary experiments of cells staining to human embryonic lung fibroblast cell lines show that the NH2-PAMAM G2.0-Au nanocomposites can be used as optical imaging markers for bioanalyses and medical diagnoses.

  12. Oncoprotein protein kinase

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    Karin, Michael (San Diego, CA); Hibi, Masahiko (San Diego, CA); Lin, Anning (La Jolla, CA); Davis, Roger (Princeton, MA); Derijard, Benoit (Shrewsbury, MA)


    An isolated polypeptide (JNK) characterized by having a molecular weight of 46kD as determined by reducing SDS-PAGE, having serine and threonine kinase activity, phosphorylating the c-Jun N-terminal activation domain and polynucleotide sequences and method of detection of JNK are provided herein. JNK phosphorylates c-Jun N-terminal activation domain which affects gene expression from AP-1 sites.

  13. Efficient heterologous expression and one-step purification of fully active c-terminal histidine-tagged uridine monophosphate kinase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. (United States)

    Penpassakarn, Praweenuch; Chaiyen, Pimchai; Palittapongarnpim, Prasit


    Tuberculosis has long been recognized as one of the most significant public health problems. Finding novel antituberculous drugs is always a necessary approach for controlling the disease. Mycobacterium tuberculosis pyrH gene (Rv2883c) encodes for uridine monophosphate kinase (UMK), which is a key enzyme in the uridine nucleotide interconversion pathway. The enzyme is essential for M. tuberculosis to sustain growth and hence is a potential drug target. In this study, we have developed a rapid protocol for production and purification of M. tuberculosis UMK by cloning pyrH (Rv2883c) of M. tuberculosis H37Rv with the addition of 6-histidine residues to the C-terminus of the protein, and expressing in E. coli BL21-CodonPlus (DE3)-RIPL using an auto-induction medium. The enzyme was efficiently purified by a single-step TALON cobalt affinity chromatography with about 8 fold increase in specific activity, which was determined by a coupled assay with the pyruvate kinase and lactate dehydrogenase. The molecular mass of monomeric UMK was 28.2 kDa and that of the native enzyme was 217 kDa. The enzyme uses UMP as a substrate but not CMP and TMP and activity was enhanced by GTP. Measurements of enzyme kinetics revealed the kcat value of 7.6 +/- 0.4 U mg(-1) or 0.127 +/- 0.006 sec(-1).The protocol reported here can be used for expression of M. tuberculosis UMK in large quantity for formulating a high throughput target-based assay for screening anti-tuberculosis UMK compounds.

  14. Mutations in Streptococcus pneumoniae penicillin-binding protein 2x: importance of the C-terminal penicillin-binding protein and serine/threonine kinase-associated domains for beta-lactam binding. (United States)

    Maurer, Patrick; Todorova, Katya; Sauerbier, Julia; Hakenbeck, Regine


    Penicillin-binding protein 2x (PBP2x) mutations that occur during the selection with beta-lactams are located within the central penicillin-binding/transpeptidase (TP) domain, and are believed to mediate resistance by interfering with the formation of a covalent complex of the active site serine with the antibiotic. We now investigated the effect of two point mutations found in two independently obtained laboratory mutants that are located at the surface of the TP domain with their side chains facing outside (G422D respectively R426C). They have no significant effect on resistance to cefotaxime in vivo or on binding to Bocillin™FL to the active site in vitro using purified PBP2x derivatives, thus apparently do not affect the active site directly. In contrast, in silico modeling revealed that they affect van der Waal's interactions with the PASTA1 (PBP and serine/threonine kinase associated) domain of the C-terminal extension and a noncovalent cefuroxime molecule found in the X-ray structure of an acylated PBP2x, suggesting some effect of the mutations on the interaction of the TP domain with PASTA1 and/or with the antibiotic associated with PASTA1. The effect of the PASTA domains on covalent binding of PBP2x to Bocillin FL was then investigated using a series of soluble truncated PBP2x derivatives. Deletion of 127 C-terminal residues, that is, of both PASTA domains, decreased binding dramatically by ∼90%. Surprisingly, deletion of only 40 amino acids resulted in the same phenotype, whereas the absence of 30 amino acids affected binding marginally by 10%, documenting a crucial role of the C-terminal domain for beta-lactam binding.

  15. N-terminal guanidinylation of TIPP (Tyr-Tic-Phe-Phe) peptides results in major changes of the opioid activity profile. (United States)

    Weltrowska, Grazyna; Nguyen, Thi M-D; Chung, Nga N; Wilkes, Brian C; Schiller, Peter W


    Derivatives of peptides of the TIPP (Tyr-Tic-Phe-Phe; Tic=1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid) family containing a guanidino (Guan) function in place of the N-terminal amino group were synthesized in an effort to improve their blood-brain barrier permeability. Unexpectedly, N-terminal amidination significantly altered the in vitro opioid activity profiles. Guan-analogues of TIPP-related δ opioid antagonists showed δ partial agonist or mixed δ partial agonist/μ partial agonist activity. Guanidinylation of the mixed μ agonist/δ antagonists H-Dmt-Tic-Phe-Phe-NH2 (DIPP-NH2) and H-Dmt-TicΨ[CH2NH]Phe-Phe-NH2 (DIPP-NH2[Ψ]) converted them to mixed μ agonist/δ agonists. A docking study revealed distinct positioning of DIPP-NH2 and Guan-DIPP-NH2 in the δ receptor binding site. Lys(3)-analogues of DIPP-NH2 and DIPP-NH2[Ψ] (guanidinylated or non-guanidinylated) turned out to be mixed μ/κ agonists with δ antagonist-, δ partial agonist- or δ full agonist activity. Compounds with some of the observed mixed opioid activity profiles have therapeutic potential as analgesics with reduced side effects or for treatment of cocaine addiction.

  16. Mg(NH2)2与MgH2放氢反应机理的理论研究%Theoretical Study on Reaction Mechanism of Mg(NH2)2 and MgH2

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    陈玉红; 高合登; 杨亮; 张梅玲; 张材荣; 康龙; 罗永春


    采用密度泛函理论B3LYP方法,在6-311+G(d,p)基组水平上研究了Mg(NH2)2与MgH2的放氢反应机理,优化了反应过程中反应物、中间体、过渡态和产物的几何构型.为了获得更精确的能量信息,用QCISD/6-31 l+G(d,p)方法计算了各驻点的单点能,并对总能量进行了零点能矫正.频率分析结果和内禀反应坐标(IRC)分析结果证实了中间体和过渡态的正确性,确认了反应过程.结果分析表明,通道第1步氢取代a反应→第2步氢取代f反应→Mg3N2的异构反应的控制步骤活化能最低,是该反应的主要通道.

  17. rse, a novel receptor-type tyrosine kinase with homology to Axl/Ufo, is expressed at high levels in the brain. (United States)

    Mark, M R; Scadden, D T; Wang, Z; Gu, Q; Goddard, A; Godowski, P J


    We have isolated cDNA clones that encode the human and murine forms of a novel receptor-type tyrosine kinase termed Rse. Sequence analysis indicates that human Rse contains 890 amino acids, with an extracellular region composed of two immunoglobulin-like domains followed by two fibronectin type III domains. Murine Rse contains 880 amino acids and shares 90% amino acid identity with its human counterpart. Rse is structurally similar to the receptor-type tyrosine kinase Axl/Ufo, and the two proteins have 35 and 63% sequence identity in their extracellular and intracellular domains, respectively. To study the synthesis and activation of this putative receptor-type tyrosine kinase, we constructed a version of Rse (termed gD-Rse, where gD represents glycoprotein D) that contains an NH2-terminal epitope tag. NIH3T3 cells were engineered to express gD-Rse, which could be detected at the cell surface by fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Moreover, gD-Rse was rapidly phosphorylated on tyrosine residues upon incubation of the cells with an antibody directed against the epitope tag, suggesting that rse encodes an active tyrosine kinase. In the human tissues we examined, the highest level of expression of rse mRNA was observed in the brain; rse mRNA was also detected in the premegakaryocytopoietic cell lines CMK11-5 and Dami. The gene for rse was localized to human chromosome 15.

  18. Comparative study of anchoring groups for molecular electronics: structure and conductance of Au-S-Au and Au-NH2-Au junctions

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    Kristensen, Iben Sig; Mowbray, Duncan; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer


    The electrical properties of single-molecule junctions, consisting of an organic molecule coupled to metal electrodes, are sensitive to the detailed atomic structure of the molecule-metal contact. This, in turn, is determined by the anchoring group linking the molecule to the metal. With the aim...... of identifying and comparing the intrinsic properties of two commonly used anchoring groups, namely thiol and amine groups, we have calculated the atomic structure and conductance traces of different Au-S-Au and Au-NH2-Au nanojunctions using density functional theory (DFT). Whereas NH2 shows a strong structural...... selectivity towards atop-gold configurations, S shows large variability in its bonding geometries. As a result, the conductance of the Au-NH2-Au junction is less sensitive to the structure of the gold contacts than the Au-S-Au junction. These findings support recent experiments which show that amine...

  19. Optimization of bioselective membrane of amperometric enzyme sensor on basis of glucose oxidase using NH2-modified multi-wall carbone nanotubes

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    Korpan Ya. I.


    Full Text Available Aim. To investigate a possibility of application of multi-wall carbone nanotubes modified with NH2-groups (MWCNT-NH2 for creation of sensitive elements of the amperometric biosensor based on immobilized oxidoreductases, in particular, glucose oxidase (GOD. To study electrochemical properties of the membranes obtained. Methods. Experiments were carried out with amperometric methods using the ìStat 200 device («DropSens», Spain. The enzymes were immobilised in glutaraldehyde vapour. Results. The method of formation of bioselective matrix based on immobilised GOD with MNP-NH2 on the surface of gold amperometric electrodes was optimised. Optimal working conditions of the biosensor developed were determined. Conclusion. MWCNT integration into a bioselective matrix improves the biosensor analytical characteristics which means: higher signal value, wider linear range of glucose analysis, and possibility of substrate determination in wide range of working potential.

  20. The role of vacancy, impurity, impurity-vacancy complex in the kinetics of LiNH2 complex hydrides:a first-principles study

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    Liu Gui-Li; Zhang Guo-Ying; Zhang Hui; Zhu Sheng-Long


    This paper studies first-principles plane-wave pseudopotential based on density functional theory of hydrogen vacancy, metal impurity, impurity-vacancy complex in LiNH2, a promising material for hydrogen storage. It finds easy formation of H vacancy in the form of impurity-vacancy complex, and the rate-limiting step to the H diffusion. Based on the analysis of the density of states, it finds that the improvement of the dehydrogenating kinetics of LiNH2 by Ti catalysts and Mg substitution is due to the weak bonding of N-H and the new system metal-like, which makes H atom diffuse easily. The mulliken overlap population analysis shows that H vacancy leads to the H local diffusion, whereas impurity-vacancy complexes result from H nonlocal diffusion, which plays a dominant role in the process of dehydrogenation reaction of LiNH2.

  1. Theoretical Prediction on the Germylenoid HB=GeLiF and Its Insertion Reaction with R-H(R = F,OH,NH_2

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    李文佐; 杨凤霞; 程建波; 李庆忠; 宫宝安


    In the present work we investigated a novel triplet ground-state germylenoid HB=GeLiF as well as its insertion reactions with RH(R = F,OH and NH2) using the DFT B3LYP and QCISD methods for the first time.Geometry optimization calculations show that the triplet HB=GeLiF has three equilibrium structures,in which the four-membered ring structure is the most stable with the lowest energy.All mechanisms of the three insertion reactions of germylenoid HB=GeLiF with RH(R = F,OH,and NH2) are identical to each other.Based on the calculated results,it is concluded that under the same conditions the insertion reactions should occur easily in the order of H-F H-OH H-NH2.In THF solvent the insertion reactions get more difficult than in the gas phase.


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    Full Text Available The title compound has been obtained on allowing [C6H3(CO23(Et2NH23] to react with SnBr4. The molecular structure of Et2NH2C6H3(CO23SnBr2.4H2O has been determined on the basis of the infrared data. The suggested structure is a dimer in which each tin atom is hexacoordinated by two chelating C6H3(CO233- anions and two Br atoms. Cy2NH2+cations are involved through hydrogen bonds with non-coordinating CO2 groups. The suggested structure is a cage.

  3. Rapid enzymatic degradation of growth hormone-releasing hormone by plasma in vitro and in vivo to a biologically inactive product cleaved at the NH2 terminus.


    Frohman, L A; Downs, T. R.; Williams, T C; Heimer, E P; Pan, Y C; Felix, A M


    The effect of plasma on degradation of human growth hormone-releasing hormone (GRH) was examined in vitro and in vivo using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), radioimmunoassay (RIA), and bioassay. When GRH(1-44)-NH2 was incubated with human plasma, the t1/2 of total GRH immunoreactivity was 63 min (RIA). However, HPLC revealed a more rapid disappearance (t1/2, 17 min) of GRH(1-44)-NH2 that was associated with the appearance of a less hydrophobic but relatively stable peptide that ...

  4. Kinetics and branching ratios of the reactions NH2+NO2->N2O+H2O and NH2+NO2->H2NO+NO studied by pulse radiolysis combined with time-resolved infrared diode laser spectroscopy

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    Meunier, H.; Pagsberg, Palle Bjørn; Sillesen, A.


    The source reaction F + NH3 --> HF + NH2 was initiated by the pulse radiolysis of NH3/SF6 mixtures, and the primary yield of F atoms was determined by monitoring the decrease in the infrared absorption of methane consumed in the titration reaction F + CH4 --> HF + CH3. The title reactions have been...... studied by monitoring the decay of NH2 and the simultaneous formation of N2O and NO by time-resolved infrared diode laser spectroscopy. The decay rate of NH2 was studied as a function of NO2 concentration to obtain an overall rate constant k(NH2 + NO2) = (1.35 +/- 0.15) X 10(-11) molecule(-1) cm(3) s(-1...

  5. Type V collagen: molecular structure and fibrillar organization of the chicken alpha 1(V) NH2-terminal domain, a putative regulator of corneal fibrillogenesis

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    Linsenmayer, T F; Gibney, E; Igoe, F; Gordon, M K; Fitch, J M; Fessler, L I; Birk, D E


    Previous work from our laboratories has demonstrated that: (a) the striated collagen fibrils of the corneal stroma are heterotypic structures composed of type V collagen molecules coassembled along with those of type I collagen, (b...

  6. Acidic pH triggers conformational changes at the NH2-terminal propeptide of the precursor of pulmonary surfactant protein B to form a coiled coil structure. (United States)

    Bañares-Hidalgo, A; Pérez-Gil, J; Estrada, P


    Pulmonary surfactant protein SP-B is synthesized as a larger precursor, proSP-B. We report that a recombinant form of human SP-BN forms a coiled coil structure at acidic pH. The protonation of a residue with pK=4.8±0.06 is the responsible of conformational changes detected by circular dichroism and intrinsic fluorescence emission. Sedimentation velocity analysis showed protein oligomerisation at any pH condition, with an enrichment of the species compatible with a tetramer at acidic pH. Low 2,2,2,-trifluoroethanol concentration promoted β-sheet structures in SP-BN, which bind Thioflavin T, at acidic pH, whereas it promoted coiled coil structures at neutral pH. The amino acid stretch predicted to form β-sheet parallel association in SP-BN overlaps with the sequence predicted by several programs to form coiled coil structure. A synthetic peptide ((60)W-E(85)) designed from the sequence of the amino acid stretch of SP-BN predicted to form coiled coil structure showed random coil conformation at neutral pH but concentration-dependent helical structure at acidic pH. Sedimentation velocity analysis of the peptide indicated monomeric state at neutral pH (s20, w=0.55S; Mr~3kDa) and peptide association (s20, w=1.735S; Mr=~14kDa) at acidic pH, with sedimentation equilibrium fitting to a Monomer-Nmer-Mmer model with N=6 and M=4 (Mr=14692Da). We propose that protein oligomerisation through coiled-coil motifs could then be a general feature in the assembly of functional units in saposin-like proteins in general and in the organization of SP-B in a functional surfactant, in particular. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Determination of amino acid compositions and NH2-terminal sequences of peptides electroblotted onto PVDF membranes from tricine-sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

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    Ploug, M; Jensen, A L; Barkholt, V.


    The combination of high-resolution Tricine-Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (H. Schägger and G. von Jagow (1987) Anal. Biochem. 166, 368-379) and electroblotting onto polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membranes represents a powerful technique for the isolation of small...... amounts of peptides and protein fragments (Mr 1000-20,000) in a suitable form for amino acid sequencing, directly on the blotting membrane. Conditions for electrophoresis and electroblotting were optimized with respect to high transfer yield and suitability for both amino acid analysis and sequence...

  8. Contraction-induced Interleukin-6 Gene Transcription in Skeletal Muscle Is Regulated by c-Jun Terminal Kinase/Activator Protein-1* (United States)

    Whitham, Martin; Chan, M. H. Stanley; Pal, Martin; Matthews, Vance B.; Prelovsek, Oja; Lunke, Sebastian; El-Osta, Assam; Broenneke, Hella; Alber, Jens; Brüning, Jens C.; Wunderlich, F. Thomas; Lancaster, Graeme I.; Febbraio, Mark A.


    Exercise increases the expression of the prototypical myokine IL-6, but the precise mechanism by which this occurs has yet to be identified. To mimic exercise conditions, C2C12 myotubes were mechanically stimulated via electrical pulse stimulation (EPS). We compared the responses of EPS with the pharmacological Ca2+ carrier calcimycin (A23187) because contraction induces marked increases in cytosolic Ca2+ levels or the classical IκB kinase/NFκB inflammatory response elicited by H2O2. We demonstrate that, unlike H2O2-stimulated increases in IL-6 mRNA, neither calcimycin- nor EPS-induced IL-6 mRNA expression is under the transcriptional control of NFκB. Rather, we show that EPS increased the phosphorylation of JNK and the reporter activity of the downstream transcription factor AP-1. Furthermore, JNK inhibition abolished the EPS-induced increase in IL-6 mRNA and protein expression. Finally, we observed an exercise-induced increase in both JNK phosphorylation and IL-6 mRNA expression in the skeletal muscles of mice after 30 min of treadmill running. Importantly, exercise did not increase IL-6 mRNA expression in skeletal muscle-specific JNK-deficient mice. These data identify a novel contraction-mediated transcriptional regulatory pathway for IL-6 in skeletal muscle. PMID:22351769

  9. Pressure dependence of backbone chemical shifts in the model peptides Ac-Gly-Gly-Xxx-Ala-NH2. (United States)

    Erlach, Markus Beck; Koehler, Joerg; Crusca, Edson; Kremer, Werner; Munte, Claudia E; Kalbitzer, Hans Robert


    For a better understanding of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) detected pressure responses of folded as well as unstructured proteins the availability of data from well-defined model systems are indispensable. In this work we report the pressure dependence of chemical shifts of the backbone atoms (1)H(α), (13)C(α) and (13)C' in the protected tetrapeptides Ac-Gly-Gly-Xxx-Ala-NH2 (Xxx one of the 20 canonical amino acids). Contrary to expectation the chemical shifts of these nuclei have a nonlinear dependence on pressure in the range from 0.1 to 200 MPa. The polynomial pressure coefficients B 1 and B 2 are dependent on the type of amino acid studied. The coefficients of a given nucleus show significant linear correlations suggesting that the NMR observable pressure effects in the different amino acids have at least partly the same physical cause. In line with this observation the magnitude of the second order coefficients of nuclei being direct neighbors in the chemical structure are also weakly correlated.

  10. Structural, Magnetic and Dielectric Properties of [(CH3)2NH2]Fe x Mn1- x (HCOO)3 (United States)

    Zhao, Hongyang; Huang, Zhideng; Ma, Zhibin; Jia, Tingting; Kimura, Hideo; Fu, Qiuming; Wang, Geming; Tao, Hong; Cai, Kang; Fan, Ziran


    The multiferroic phenomenon has interdisciplinary applications in the fields of chemistry, physics, electronics, materials, crystallography, and mechanics. Compared to traditional limited pure inorganic multiferroics, hybrid metal-organic frameworks are numerous and more flexible, and can be tailored to become different types of multiferroic materials. We synthesized [(CH3)2NH2] Fe x Mn x-1(HCOO)3 and four crystals were obtained, with x = 0 (Mn), 0.1 (Fe0.1Mn0.9), 0.2 (Fe0.2Mn0.8), and 0.3 (Fe0.3Mn0.7). At the maximum Fe doping of Fe0.3Mn0.7, we observed magnetic properties different from lower-level-doped crystals. The magnetizations at 3 K were 3.50 emu/g, 3.87 emu/g, 3.89 emu/g and 7.38 emu/g corresponding to Mn, Fe0.1Mn0.9, Fe0.2Mn0.8 and Fe0.3Mn0.7, respectively. Fe0.3Mn0.7 has three magnetic transitions, at 118.3 K, 40.3 K, and 8.3 K.

  11. The peptidomimetic Lau-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 antagonizes formyl peptide receptor 2 expressed in mouse neutrophils. (United States)

    Skovbakke, Sarah Line; Winther, Malene; Gabl, Michael; Holdfeldt, André; Linden, Sara; Wang, Ji Ming; Dahlgren, Claes; Franzyk, Henrik; Forsman, Huamei


    The formyl peptide receptor (FPR) gene family has a complex evolutionary history and comprises eight murine members but only three human representatives. To enable translation of results obtained in mouse models of human diseases, more comprehensive knowledge of the pharmacological similarities/differences between the human and murine FPR family members is required. Compared to FPR1 and FPR2 expressed by human neutrophils, very little is known about agonist/antagonist recognition patterns for their murine orthologues, but now we have identified two potent and selective formylated peptide agonists (fMIFL and PSMα2) for Fpr1 and Fpr2, respectively. These peptides were used to determine the inhibition profile of a set of antagonists with known specificities for the two FPRs in relation to the corresponding murine receptors. Some of the most potent and selective antagonists for the human receptors proved to be devoid of effect on their murine orthologues as determined by their inability to inhibit superoxide release from murine neutrophils upon stimulation with receptor-specific agonists. The Boc-FLFLF peptide was found to be a selective antagonist for Fpr1, whereas the lipidated peptidomimetic Lau-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2 and the hexapeptide WRW4 were identified as Fpr2-selective antagonists. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Formation of the prebiotic molecule NH$_2$CHO on astronomical amorphous solid water surfaces: accurate tunneling rate calculations

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    Song, Lei


    Investigating how formamide forms in the interstellar medium is a hot topic in astrochemistry, which can contribute to our understanding of the origin of life on Earth. We have constructed a QM/MM model to simulate the hydrogenation of isocyanic acid on amorphous solid water surfaces to form formamide. The binding energy of HNCO on the ASW surface varies significantly between different binding sites, we found values between $\\sim$0 and 100 kJ mol$^{-1}$. The barrier for the hydrogenation reaction is almost independent of the binding energy, though. We calculated tunneling rate constants of H + HNCO $\\rightarrow$ NH$_2$CO at temperatures down to 103 K combining QM/MM with instanton theory. Tunneling dominates the reaction at such low temperatures. The tunneling reaction is hardly accelerated by the amorphous solid water surface compared to the gas phase for this system, even though the activation energy of the surface reaction is lower than the one of the gas-phase reaction. Both the height and width of the ba...

  13. Resonance scattering spectral detection of ultratrace IgG using immunonanogold-HAuCl4-NH2OH catalytic reaction

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    Nanogold particles of 10 nm were used to label goat anti-human IgG (GIgG) to obtain nanogold-labeled GIgG (AuGIgG). In a citrate-HCl buffer solution of pH 2.27,AuGIgG showed a strong catalytic effect on the reaction between HAuCl4 and NH2OH to form big gold particles that exhibited a resonance scatter-ing (RS) peak at 796 nm. Under the chosen conditions,AuGIgG combined with IgG to form immuno-complex AuGIgG-IgG that can be removed by centrifuging at 16000 r/min. AuGIgG in the centrifuging solution also showed catalytic effect on the reaction. On those grounds,an immunonanogold catalytic RS assay for IgG was designed. With addition of IgG,the amount of AuGIgG in the centrifuging solution decreased; the RS intensity at 796 nm (I796 nm) decreased linearly. The decreased intensity ΔI796 nm was linear with respect to the IgG concentration in the range of 0.08-16.0 ng·mL-1 with a detection limit of 0.02 ng·mL-1. This assay was applied to analysis of IgG in sera with satisfactory sensitivity,selectivity and rapidity.

  14. Effects of sequential replacement of -NH2 by -OH in the tripodal tetraamine tren on its acidity and metal ion coordinating properties. (United States)

    Song, B; Reuber, J; Ochs, C; Hahn, F E; Lügger, T; Orvig, C


    The preparation is described of two modified derivatives of the tripodal tetraamine tren, 2-hydroxy-N,N-bis(2-aminoethyl)ethylamine, NN(2)O222, and 2-amino-N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylamine, NNO(2)222, in which one and two primary amines, respectively, have been replaced with hydroxyl groups. The aqueous acid-base and metal ion (Ni2+, Cu2+, Zn2+) coordination properties of these two compounds were studied by potentiometric, spectrophotometric, and NMR titrations. Two and three acidity constants, respectively, were determined for NNO(2)222 and NN(2)O222 by potentiometry. NMR titrations proved that deprotonation of the two OH residues in NNO(2)222, and of the one in NN(2)O222, corresponded to pK(a) > 14. Acidity constants related to deprotonation of the terminal primary amine functions were similar in both NNO(2)222 and NN(2)O222 (and to those in the parent compound tren), whereas deprotonation of the tertiary ammonium N atom had a very different acidity constant in each of these three compounds. Charge repulsion, polar effects, and intramolecular hydrogen bond formation are responsible for the discrepancy. Chelated diamine metal complexes for each ligand studied depended only on the basicity of the corresponding two amines, suggesting that the hydroxyl group interacted with the metal ion very weakly in acidic or neutral solutions. The ML2+ species further deprotonated to form M(L - H)+ and M(L - 2H) complexes, in which the protons are released from the coordinated OH group. A pM vs pH correlation showed that replacing an NH2 group with a OH group in tren or NN(2)O222 makes the resulting metal complex less stable. Electronic spectra showed that the Cu(II) complexes of both NNO(2)222 and NN(2)O222 adopted a square pyramidal geometry rather than a trigonal bipyramidal geometry. The X-ray crystal structure analysis of the zinc complex [Zn(OH)(mu-NNO(2)222 - H)Zn(NNO(2)222)]2+, as its [BF4]- salt, shows a dinuclear molecule containing two zinc ions, each coordinated in a

  15. c-Jun N-terminal kinases 3 (JNK3) from orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides, inhibiting the replication of Singapore grouper iridovirus (SGIV) and SGIV-induced apoptosis. (United States)

    Guo, Minglan; Wei, Jingguang; Zhou, Yongcan; Qin, Qiwei


    C-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs), a subgroup of serine-threonine protein kinases that activated by phosphorylation, are involve in physiological and pathophysiological processes. JNK3 is one of JNK proteins involved in JNK3 signaling transduction. In the present study, two JNK3 isoforms, Ec-JNK3 X1 and Ec-JNK3 X2, were cloned from orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides. Both Ec-JNK3 X1 and Ec-JNK3 X2 were mainly expressed in liver, gill, skin, brain and muscle of juvenile grouper. The relative expression of Ec-JNK3 X2 mRNA was much higher in muscle and gill than that of Ec-JNK3 X1. Isoform-specific immune response to challenges was revealed by the expression profiles in vivo. Immunofluorescence staining indicated that JNK3 was localized in the cytoplasm of grouper spleen (GS) cells and shown immune response to SGIV infection in vitro. Over-expressing Ec-JNK3 X1 and/or Ec-JNK3 X2 inhibited the SGIV infection and replication and the SGIV-induced apoptosis. To achieve the antiviral and anti-apoptosis activities, JNK3 promoted the activation of genes ISRE and type I IFN in the antiviral IFN signaling pathway, and inhibited the activation of transcription factors NF-κB and p53 relating to apoptosis, respectively. Ec-JNK3 X2 showed stronger activities in antivirus and anti-apoptosis than that of Ec-JNK3 X1. Our results not only define the characterization of JNK3 but also reveal new immune functions and the molecular mechanisms of JNK3 on iridoviruses infection and the virus-induced apoptosis.

  16. 2'-Nitroflavone induces apoptosis and modulates mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways in human leukaemia cells. (United States)

    Cárdenas, Mariano G; Blank, Viviana C; Marder, Mariel N; Roguin, Leonor P


    The cytotoxic activity of 2'-nitroflavone was evaluated in different haematological cancer cell lines and its mechanism of action was further studied in HL-60 cells. 2'-Nitroflavone arrested the cell cycle at the G(2)/M phase and induced an apoptotic response characterized by an increase in the sub-G1 fraction of cells, a typical DNA ladder fragmentation, chromatin condensation and the detection of cells stained with Annexin V. Apoptosis was dependent on the activation of at least caspase-8, caspase-9 and caspase-3. The involvement of the death receptor pathway was indicated by the upregulation of both the tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) and its death receptor (DR5). We also showed that 2'-nitroflavone increased the expression levels of Bax and induced the release of cytochrome C to cytosol, suggesting the participation of the mitochondria-dependent pathway. When mitogen-activated protein kinases pathways were studied, it was found that p38 and c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) pathways were activated by 2'-nitroflavone in HL-60 cells, whereas the phosphorylation levels of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) 1/2 decreased significantly. In addition, whereas both pharmacological inhibition of JNK and downregulation of JNK expression by RNA interference reduced the nitroflavone growth-inhibitory activity and the apoptotic effect, contrasting results were obtained when the ERK1/2 pathway was inhibited, and no effect was observed in the presence of a specific inhibitor of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase. These findings show for the first time the antitumour action of 2'-nitroflavone in haematological cancer cell lines and suggest that both JNK and ERK1/2 cascades are involved in the apoptotic response induced by 2'-nitroflavone in HL-60 cells.

  17. C-Jun N-terminal kinase signal pathway and C-Jun N-terminal kinase inhibitor SP600125 in amygdala kindled rats%c-Jun氨基末端激酶信号通路及其抑制剂SP600125在大鼠杏仁核电刺激癫痫模型中的作用

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    吴俊; 陈旭; 舒凯; 肖铮铮; 雷霆; 李龄


    Objective By injecting SP600125 into ventricle of amygdale kindled rats,to observe the pathological changes of the hippocampus and the change of C-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) phosphorylation,and discuss the action mechanism of SP600125.Methods Forty rats were randomly divided into 4 groups (n =10 each):blank group,kindling group,SP600125 group,DMSO group.Whole-cell extracts of tissues were obtained from the right hippocampus,and Western blotting was used to detect the changes of JNK and phosphorylation of JNK.Pathological changes of the hippocampus and amygdla were observed by GFAP stain and Nissl stain.Results The level of JNK phosphorylation in the hippocampus was significantly higher in the kindling group (0.48 ± 0.04 ) than the blank group (0.38 ± 0.04 ) and the SP600125 group (0.37±0.03).Nissl stain positive cells in the hippocampus of the SP600125 group were significantly more than those in the the DMSO group (20.10 ±5.11 ).The expression of GFAP in the hippocampus of kindling group (65.45 ±4.53 ) and DMSO group (67.18 ± 3.52) was significantly stronger than that in the blank group (40.37 ± 3.82) and the SP600125 group (43.51 ± 1.83).Conclusion The role of repeated activation of JNK can be related to the hippocampal sclerosis in these rats.SP600125 had a protective effect on neurons during the kindling procedure.%目的 通过对杏仁核电刺激癫痫模型大鼠脑室内注射c-Jun氨基末端激酶(JNK)特异性抑制剂SP600125,观察海马区的病理变化和JNK水平的变化,探讨SP600125的作用.方法 将40只Wistar大鼠随机分为4组:空白组、点燃组、加药组和加药对照组各10只,10次癫痫发作后灌注取脑,Western blot法检测JNK的表达变化,进行尼氏和胶原纤维酸性蛋白(GFAP)染色,各组间进行比较.结果 Western blot显示点燃组海马区的JNK磷酸化水平(0.48±0.04)较空白组(0.38±0.04)和加药组(0.37±0.03)显著增高(P<0.05),总JNK水平各组之间差异无统计学意义(P>0

  18. N- and C-terminally truncated forms of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide are high-affinity competitive antagonists of the human GIP receptor

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    Hansen, L S; Sparre-Ulrich, A H; Christensen, M.


    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) impacts lipid, bone, and glucose homeostasis. The GIP receptor belongs to G protein-coupled receptor family B1 and signals through GαS. High affinity ligands for in vivo use are needed to elucidate GIP's physiological...... functions and pharmacological potential. GIP(1-30)NH2 is a naturally occurring truncation of GIP(1-42). Here we characterize eight N-terminal trrncations of human GIP(1-30)NH2 : GIP(2- to 9-30)NH2 . EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: COS-7 cells were transiently transfected with the human GIP receptor and assessed......, but superior antagonist GIP(3-30)NH2 , that together with GIP(5-30)NH2 were high-affinity competitive antagonist and thus may be suitable tool compounds for basic GIP research and future pharmacological interventions....

  19. Solvent Free, Microwave Assisted Conversion of Aldehydes into Nitriles and Oximes in the Presence of NH2OH·HCl and TiO2

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    Lucas Villas-Boas Hoelz


    Full Text Available Aromatic aldehydes bearing electron-donating groups are easily converted into their respective nitriles using NH2OH·HCl and TiO2 under microwave irradiation, while those bearing an electron-withdrawing group give the corresponding oximes.

  20. Visualizing MOF Mixed Matrix Membranes at the Nanoscale: Towards Structure-Performance Relationships in CO 2 /CH 4 Separation Over NH 2 -MIL-53(Al)@PI

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    Rodenas, T.; Van Dalen, M.; Garcia-Perez, E.; Serra-Crespo, P.; Zornoza, B.; Kapteijn, F.; Gascon, J.


    Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) composed of metal organic framework (MOF) fi llers embedded in a polymeric matrix represent a promising alternative for CO 2 removal from natural gas and biogas. Here, MMMs based on NH 2 -MIL-53(Al) MOF and polyimide are successfully synthesized with MOF loadings up to

  1. Improved Dehydrogenation Properties of 2LiNH2-MgH2 by Doping with Li3AlH6

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    Shujun Qiu


    Full Text Available Doping with additives in a Li-Mg-N-H system has been regarded as one of the most effective methods of improving hydrogen storage properties. In this paper, we prepared Li3AlH6 and evaluated its effect on the dehydrogenation properties of 2LiNH2-MgH2. Our studies show that doping with Li3AlH6 could effectively lower the dehydrogenation temperatures and increase the hydrogen content of 2LiNH2-MgH2. For example, 2LiNH2-MgH2-0.1Li3AlH6 can desorb 6.43 wt % of hydrogen upon heating to 300 °C, with the onset dehydrogenation temperature at 78 °C. Isothermal dehydrogenation testing indicated that 2LiNH2-MgH2-0.1Li3AlH6 had superior dehydrogenation kinetics at low temperature. Moreover, the release of byproduct NH3 was successfully suppressed. Measurement of the thermal diffusivity suggests that the enhanced dehydrogenation properties may be ascribed to the fact that doping with Li3AlH6 could improve the heat transfer for solid–solid reaction.

  2. Compositional effects on the hydrogen storage properties of Mg(NH2)2-2LiH-xKH and the activity of KH during dehydrogenation reactions. (United States)

    Li, Chao; Liu, Yongfeng; Pang, Yuepeng; Gu, Yingjie; Gao, Mingxia; Pan, Hongge


    Potassium hydride (KH) was directly added to a Mg(NH2)2-2LiH system to improve the hydrogen storage properties; the corresponding mechanisms were elucidated. The Mg(NH2)2-2LiH-0.08KH composite displays optimized hydrogen-storage properties, reversibly storing approximately 5.2 wt% hydrogen through a two-stage reaction and a dehydrogenation onset at 70 °C. The 0.08KH-added sample fully dehydrogenated at 130 °C begins to absorb hydrogen at 50 °C, and takes up approximately 5.1 wt% of hydrogen at 140 °C. Adding KH significantly enhances the de-/hydrogenation kinetic properties; however, an overly rapid hydrogenation rate enlarges the particle size and raises the dehydrogenation temperature. A cycling evaluation reveals that the KH-added Mg(NH2)2-2LiH system possesses good reversible hydrogen storage abilities, although the operational temperatures for de-/hydrogenation increase during cycling. Detailed mechanistic investigations indicate that adding KH catalytically decreases the activation energy of the first dehydrogenation step and reduces the enthalpy of desorption during the second dehydrogenation step as a reactant, significantly improving the hydrogen storage properties of Mg(NH2)2-2LiH.

  3. Primary structure of the precursor for the sea anemone neuropeptide Antho-RFamide (less than Glu-Gly-Arg-Phe-NH2)

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    Darmer, D; Schmutzler, C; Diekhoff, D;


    Neuropeptides containing the carboxylterminal sequence Arg-Phe-NH2 are found throughout the animal kingdom and are important substances mediating neuronal communication. Here, we have cloned the cDNA coding for the precursor protein of the sea anemone neuropeptide (Antho-RFamide) less than Glu...

  4. Structural study of Ni- or Mg-based complexes incorporated within UiO-66-NH2 framework and their impact on hydrogen sorption properties (United States)

    Žunkovič, E.; Mazaj, M.; Mali, G.; Rangus, M.; Devic, T.; Serre, C.; Logar, N. Zabukovec


    Nickel and magnesium acetylacetonate molecular complexes were post-synthetically incorporated into microporous zirconium-based MOF (UiO-66-NH2) in order to introduce active open-metal sites for hydrogen sorption. Elemental analysis, nitrogen physisorption and DFT calculations revealed that 5 molecules of Ni(acac)2 or 2 molecules of Mg(acac)2 were incorporated into one unit cell of UiO-66-NH2. 1H-13C CPMAS and 1H MAS NMR spectroscopy showed that, although embedded within the pores, both Ni- and Mg-complexes interacted with the UiO-66-NH2 framework only through weak van der Waals bonds. Inclusion of metal complexes led to the decrease of hydrogen sorption capacities in Ni-modified as well as in Mg-modified samples in comparison with the parent UiO-66-NH2. The isosteric hydrogen adsorption enthalpy slightly increased in the case of Ni-modified material, but not in the case of Mg-modified analogue.

  5. Alcalase-catalysed synthesis of the precursor tetrapeptide N-benzoylarginylglycylaspartylserinamide (Bz-RGDS-NH2) of the cell-adhesion peptide arginylglycylaspartylserine (RGDS). (United States)

    Huang, Yi-Bing; Yang, Sen; Cai, Yu; Wang, Hua; Gao, Gui; Wu, Xiao-Xia; Xu, Li; Zhang, Xue-Zhong


    In the present study, a precursor tetrapeptide Bz-RGDS-NH2 (N-benzoylarginylglycylaspartylserinamide) of cell-adhesion peptide RGDS (arginylglycylaspartylserine) was synthesized by a novel route. First of all, the precursor tripeptide GDS-NH2 (glycylaspartylserinamide) was synthesized by a chemical method only using aspartic acid and serine at gram scale in four steps. The linkage of the fourth amino acid Bz-Arg-OEt (N-benzoyl-L-arginine ethyl ester) to GDS-NH2 was completed by an enzymatic method under kinetic control in water-miscible organic media. An industrial alkaline protease, Alcalase, with a wide substrate specificity, was used as the catalyst. The effects of organic solvents, pH value, reaction temperature, water content and molar ratio of substrates on the yield of Bz-RGDS-NH2 synthesis were examined. The optimum reaction conditions were found to be pH 10.0, 35 degrees C, 8 h, in an acetonitrile/(Na2CO3/NaHCO3) buffer system (93:7, v/v) with a maximal yield of 65.2%. We found that secondary hydrolysis of the peptide product did not take place in these water-miscible organic solvents.

  6. The Proteolytically Stable Peptidomimetic Pam-(Lys-ßNSpe)6-NH2 Selectively Inhibits Human Neutrophil Activation via Formyl Peptide Receptor 2

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    Skovbakke, Sarah Line; Heegaard, Peter M. H.; Larsen, Camilla J.


    of proteolytically stable HDP mimics consisting of lipidated α-peptide/β-peptoid oligomers was investigated for their effect on neutrophil function. The most promising compound, Pam-(Lys-βNSpe)6-NH2, was shown to inhibit formyl peptide receptor 2 (FPR2) agonist-induced neutrophil granule mobilization and release...

  7. Visualizing MOF Mixed Matrix Membranes at the Nanoscale: Towards Structure-Performance Relationships in CO 2 /CH 4 Separation Over NH 2 -MIL-53(Al)@PI

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    Rodenas, T.; Van Dalen, M.; Garcia-Perez, E.; Serra-Crespo, P.; Zornoza, B.; Kapteijn, F.; Gascon, J.


    Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) composed of metal organic framework (MOF) fi llers embedded in a polymeric matrix represent a promising alternative for CO 2 removal from natural gas and biogas. Here, MMMs based on NH 2 -MIL-53(Al) MOF and polyimide are successfully synthesized with MOF loadings up to

  8. Asymmetric Baylis-Hillman Reaction between Chiral Activated Alkenes and Aromatic Aldehydes in Me3N/H2O/Solvent Medium

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    Ke HE; Zheng Hong ZHOU; Hong Ying TANG; Guo Feng ZHAO; Chu Chi TANG


    Chiral activated alkene, L-menthyl acrylate and (+)-N-α-phenylethyl acrylamide,induced asymmetric Baylis-Hillman reaction of aromatic aldehydes was realized at 25℃ for 7 days in Me3N/H2O/solvent homogeneous medium. The corresponding Baylis-Hillman adducts were obtained in good chemical yield with moderate to excellent diastereoselectivity (up to 99% de).

  9. H-Pro-[3H]Leu-Gly-NH2 : plasma profile and brain uptake following subcutaneous injection in the rat

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    Verhoef, J; Prins, A.; Veldhuis, H D; Witter, A

    Following subcutaneous injection of the tripeptide H-Pro-[3H]Leu-Gly-NH2 ([3H]PLG) in rats, the profile of intact peptide and its radioactively labeled metabolites was examined both in plasma and in brain tissue. [3H]PLG and metabolites were determined in trichloroacetic acid extracts by

  10. Synthesis and biological activity of new series of N-modified analogues of the N/OFQ(1-13)NH2 with aminophosphonate moiety. (United States)

    Todorov, Petar T; Mateeva, Polina I; Zamfirova, Rositza N; Pavlov, Nikola D; Naydenova, Emilia D


    New series of N-modified analogues of the N/OFQ(1-13)NH(2) with aminophosphonate moiety have been synthesized and investigated for biological activity. These peptides were prepared by solid-phase peptide synthesis-Fmoc-strategy. The N/OFQ(1-13)NH(2) analogues were tested for agonistic activity in vitro on electrically stimulated rat vas deferens smooth-muscle preparations isolated from Wistar albino rats. Our study has shown that the selectivity of the peptides containing 1-[(methoxyphosphono)methylamino]cycloalkanecarboxylic acids to the N-side of Phe is not changed-they remain selective agonists of NOP receptors. The derivative with the largest ring (NOC-6) demonstrated efficacy similar to that of N/OFQ(1-13)NH(2), but in a 10-fold higher concentration. The agonistic activity of newly synthesized N-modified analogues of N/OFQ(1-13)NH(2) with aminophosphonate moiety was investigated for the first time.

  11. KF掺杂量对MgH2-2LiNH2体系储氢性能影响的研究%Effects of Doping Content of Potassium Fluoride on Hydrogen Storage Properties of MgH2-2LiNH2

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    付卫国; 刘晓鹏; 叶建华; 闫敏艳; 王树茂; 蒋利军


    MgH2-2LiNH2-xKF (x =0,0.015,0.025,0.050,0.100) samples were prepared by high energy ball milling.The phases and hydrogen desorption characteristics of the samples were analyzed by using X-ray diffraction(XRD),differential scanning calorimetry-mass spectrometry (DSC-MS) and Sievert's type apparatus.The experimental results showed that the transformation from(MgH2-2LiNH2) to (Mg(NH2)2-2LiH) was improved efficiently by KF dopant after ball-milling,the diffraction peaks of KH were observed after dehydrogenation for the KF doped sample.The onset dehydrogenation temperature and activation energy of KF doped MgH2-2LiNH2 samples were greatly decreased,and the level of NH3 desorbed during the hydrogen desorption process was also effectively decreased.The optimal doping content of the KF dopant for the MgH2-2LiNH2 system was 0.05 mol.%采用高能球磨制备了不同摩尔量KF掺杂的MgH2-2LiNH2-xKF(x=0,0.015,0.025,0.050,0.100)储氢材料,采用XRD,DSC-MS和Sieverts方法研究了材料物相与储氢性能.结果表明,KF的掺杂促进了球磨过程中MgH2-2LiNH2向Mg(NH2)2-2LiH的转变,KF掺杂的样品放氢后出现KH的衍射峰.KF的掺杂显著提高了MgH2-2LiNH2材料放氢动力学性能,降低了放氢反应起始温度和激活能,且放氢过程有效抑制了NH3的释放,其中0.05 mol KF掺杂MgH2-2LiNH2体系放氢性能最优.

  12. Pressure dependence of side chain (13)C chemical shifts in model peptides Ac-Gly-Gly-Xxx-Ala-NH2. (United States)

    Beck Erlach, Markus; Koehler, Joerg; Crusca, Edson; Munte, Claudia E; Kainosho, Masatsune; Kremer, Werner; Kalbitzer, Hans Robert


    For evaluating the pressure responses of folded as well as intrinsically unfolded proteins detectable by NMR spectroscopy the availability of data from well-defined model systems is indispensable. In this work we report the pressure dependence of (13)C chemical shifts of the side chain atoms in the protected tetrapeptides Ac-Gly-Gly-Xxx-Ala-NH2 (Xxx, one of the 20 canonical amino acids). Contrary to expectation the chemical shifts of a number of nuclei have a nonlinear dependence on pressure in the range from 0.1 to 200 MPa. The size of the polynomial pressure coefficients B 1 and B 2 is dependent on the type of atom and amino acid studied. For H(N), N and C(α) the first order pressure coefficient B 1 is also correlated to the chemical shift at atmospheric pressure. The first and second order pressure coefficients of a given type of carbon atom show significant linear correlations suggesting that the NMR observable pressure effects in the different amino acids have at least partly the same physical cause. In line with this observation the magnitude of the second order coefficients of nuclei being direct neighbors in the chemical structure also are weakly correlated. The downfield shifts of the methyl resonances suggest that gauche conformers of the side chains are not preferred with pressure. The valine and leucine methyl groups in the model peptides were assigned using stereospecifically (13)C enriched amino acids with the pro-R carbons downfield shifted relative to the pro-S carbons.

  13. A tetrakis(amido)phosphonium cation containing 2-pyridyl (2Py) substituents,[P(NH2Py)4]+ and its reactivity studies with Ag(I) salts

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    Arvind K Gupta; Anant Kumar Srivastava; Ramamoorthy Boomishankar


    Poly-imido analogues of various phosphorus oxo anions have gained recent attention in inorganic chemistry. Current methods to obtain these anions require strong organometallic deprotonating agents in reaction with phosphonium salt like [(NHPh)4P]Cl or phosphoramides such as [(RNH)3P=E] (E = NSiMe3, O, S or Se) in non-polar solvents. Recently, employing salts of soft and reactive transition metal ions, we have developed methods to obtain these anions in polar and protic solvents. Herein, we have described a facile anion exchange route that stabilizes the highly labile tetrakis(2-pyridylamino)phosphonium cation as its nitrate salt, [P(NH2Py)4]NO3. This molecule exhibits a double chain structure mediated by H-bonding interactions of the pyridylamino segments (N-H...N). The phosphonium salt upon reaction with excess silver triflate results in a pentanuclear Ag(I) complex, {Ag5[P(N2Py)2(NH2Py)2]}·(F3CSO3)3, stabilized by two imido-phosphinate [P(N2Py)2(NH2Py)2]− ligands. Formation of a similar penta-nuclear cluster has been observed before when AgClO4 was used as a base. Our previous results with the related phosphate precursor, [PO(NH2Py)3], in reaction with various Ag(I) salts have shown to yield complexes of the corresponding neutral, mono- and dianionic ligands. However, the stability of the Ag5-cluster within the mono-anionic casing of the [P(N2Py)2(NH2Py)2]− ligand have seemingly overwhelmed the subtle reactivity changes offered by various Ag(I) salts.

  14. JNK and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways contribute to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus infection. (United States)

    Lee, Changhee; Kim, Youngnam; Jeon, Ji Hyun


    The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, which are central building blocks in the intracellular signaling network, are often manipulated by viruses of diverse families to favor their replication. Among the MAPK family, the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway is known to be modulated during the infection with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV); however, involvement of stress-activated protein kinases (SAPKs) comprising p38 MAPK and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) remains to be determined. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated whether activation of p38 MAPK and JNK cascades is required for PEDV replication. Our results showed that PEDV activates p38 MAPK and JNK1/2 up to 24h post-infection, whereas, thereafter their phosphorylation levels recede to baseline levels or even fall below them. Notably, UV-irradiated inactivated PEDV, which can enter cells but cannot replicate inside them, failed to induce phosphorylation of p38 MAPK and JNK1/2 suggesting that viral biosynthesis is essential for activation of these kinases. Treatment of cells with selective p38 or JNK inhibitors markedly impaired PEDV replication in a dose-dependent manner and these antiviral effects were found to be maximal during the early times of the infection. Furthermore, direct pharmacological inhibition of p38 MAPK or JNK1/2 activation resulted in a significant reduction of viral RNA synthesis, viral protein expression, and progeny release. However, independent treatments with either SAPK inhibitor did not inhibit PEDV-induced apoptotic cell death mediated by activation of mitochondrial apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) suggesting that SAPKs are irrelevant to the apoptosis pathway during PEDV infection. In summary, our data demonstrated critical roles of the p38 and JNK1/2 signaling pathways in facilitating successful viral infection during the post-entry steps of the PEDV life cycle.

  15. JNK and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways contribute to porcine circovirus type 2 infection. (United States)

    Wei, Li; Zhu, Zhongwu; Wang, Jing; Liu, Jue


    Infection with a wide variety of viruses often perturbs host cell signaling pathways including the Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase/stress-activated kinase (JNK/SAPK) and the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38/MAPK), which are important components of cellular signal transduction pathways. The present study demonstrated for the first time that porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), which is the primary causative agent of an emerging swine disease, postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome, can activate JNK1/2 and p38 MAPK pathways in PCV2-infected PK15 cells. However, PCV2 at an early stage of infection, as well as UV-irradiated PCV2, failed to activate these two MAPK families, which demonstrated that PCV2 replication was necessary for their activation. We further found that PCV2 activated the phosphorylation of JNK1/2 and p38 MAPK downstream targets c-Jun and ATF-2 with virus replication in the cultured cells. The roles of these kinases in PCV2 infection were further evaluated using specific inhibitors: the JNK inhibitor 1 for JNK1/2 and SB202190 for p38. Inhibition of JNK1/2 and p38 kinases by these specific inhibitors did result in significant reduction of PCV2 viral mRNA transcription and protein synthesis, viral progeny release, and blockage of PCV2-induced apoptotic caspase-3 activation in the infected cells. Taken together, these data suggest that JNK/SAPK and p38 MAPK pathways play important roles in the PCV2 replication and contribute to virus-mediated changes in host cells.

  16. Stopped-Flow Spectrophotometric Study of the Kinetics and Mechanism of CO2 Uptake by cis-[Cr(C2O4(BaraNH2(OH22]+ Cation and the Acid-Catalyzed Decomposition of cis-[Cr(C2O4(BaraNH2OCO2]− Anion in Aqueous Solution

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    Lech Chmurzyński


    Full Text Available The kinetics of CO2 uptake by the cis-[Cr(C2O4(BaraNH2(OH22]+ complex cation and the acid hydrolysis of the cis-[Cr(C2O4(BaraNH2OCO2]− complex anion (where BaraNH2 denotes methyl 3-amino-2,3-dideoxy-b-D-arabino-hexopyranoside were studied using the stopped-flow technique. The reactions under study were investigated in aqueous solution in the 288–308 K temperature range. In the case of the reaction between CO2 and cis-[Cr(C2O4(BaraNH2(OH22]+ cation variable pH values (6.82–8.91 and the constant ionic strength of solution (H+, Na+, ClO4− = 1.0 were used. Carbon dioxide was generated by the reaction between sodium pyruvate and hydrogen peroxide. The acid hydrolysis of cis-[Cr(C2O4(BaraNH2OCO2]− was investigated for varying concentrations of H+ ions (0.01–2.7 M. The obtained results enabled the determination of the number of steps of the studied reactions. Based on the kinetic equations, rate constants were determined for each step. Finally, mechanisms for both reactions were proposed and discussed. Based on the obtained results it was concluded that the carboxylation (CO2 uptake reactions of cis-[Cr(C2O4(BaraNH2(OH22]+ and the decarboxylation (acid hydrolysis of the cis-[Cr(C2O4(BaraNH2OCO2]− are the opposite of each other.

  17. c-Jun N-terminal kinase 2 prevents luminal cell commitment in normal mammary glands and tumors by inhibiting p53/Notch1 and breast cancer gene 1 expression. (United States)

    Cantrell, Michael A; Ebelt, Nancy D; Pfefferle, Adam D; Perou, Charles M; Van Den Berg, Carla Lynn


    Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease with several subtypes carrying unique prognoses. Patients with differentiated luminal tumors experience better outcomes, while effective treatments are unavailable for poorly differentiated tumors, including the basal-like subtype. Mechanisms governing mammary tumor subtype generation could prove critical to developing better treatments. C-Jun N-terminal kinase 2 (JNK2) is important in mammary tumorigenesis and tumor progression. Using a variety of mouse models, human breast cancer cell lines and tumor expression data, studies herein support that JNK2 inhibits cell differentiation in normal and cancer-derived mammary cells. JNK2 prevents precocious pubertal mammary development and inhibits Notch-dependent expansion of luminal cell populations. Likewise, JNK2 suppresses luminal populations in a p53-competent Polyoma Middle T-antigen tumor model where jnk2 knockout causes p53-dependent upregulation of Notch1 transcription. In a p53 knockout model, JNK2 restricts luminal populations independently of Notch1, by suppressing Brca1 expression and promoting epithelial to mesenchymal transition. JNK2 also inhibits estrogen receptor (ER) expression and confers resistance to fulvestrant, an ER inhibitor, while stimulating tumor progression. These data suggest that therapies inhibiting JNK2 in breast cancer may promote tumor differentiation, improve endocrine therapy response, and inhibit metastasis.

  18. Independent repression of bile acid synthesis and activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) by activated hepatocyte fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4) and bile acids. (United States)

    Yu, Chundong; Wang, Fen; Jin, Chengliu; Huang, Xinqiang; McKeehan, Wallace L


    The fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptor complex is a regulator of adult organ homeostasis in addition to its central role in embryonic development and wound healing. FGF receptor 4 (FGFR4) is the sole FGFR receptor kinase that is significantly expressed in mature hepatocytes. Previously, we showed that mice lacking mouse FGFR4 (mR4(-/-)) exhibited elevated fecal bile acids, bile acid pool size, and expression of liver cholesterol 7alpha-hydroxylase (CYP7A1), the rate-limiting enzyme for canonical neutral bile acid synthesis. To prove that hepatocyte FGFR4 was a negative regulator of cholesterol metabolism and bile acid synthesis independent of background, we generated transgenic mice overexpressing a constitutively active human FGFR4 (CahR4) in hepatocytes and crossed them with the FGFR4-deficient mice to generate CahR4/mR4(-/-) mice. In mice expressing active FGFR4 in liver, fecal bile acid excretion was 64%, bile acid pool size was 47%, and Cyp7a1 expression was 10-30% of wild-type mice. The repressed level of Cyp7a1 expression was resistant to induction by a high cholesterol diet relative to wild-type mice. Expression of CahR4 in mR4(-/-) mouse livers depressed bile acid synthesis below wild-type levels from the elevated levels observed in mR4(-/-). Levels of phosphorylated c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), which is part of a pathway implicated in bile acid-mediated repression of synthesis, was 30% of wild-type levels in mR4(-/-) livers, whereas CahR4 livers exhibited an average 2-fold increase. However, cholate still strongly induced phospho-JNK in mR4(-/-) livers. These results confirm that hepatocyte FGFR4 regulates bile acid synthesis by repression of Cyp7a1 expression. Hepatocyte FGFR4 may contribute to the repression of bile acid synthesis through JNK signaling but is not required for activation of JNK signaling by bile acids.

  19. A Study of the Isothermal Solubility of Ternary Systems CuSO4(ZnSO4)-CO(NH2)2-H2O at 30 ℃%CuSO4(ZnSO4)-CO(NH2)2-H2O三元体系在30℃时的等温溶度研究

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    张逢星; 赵霈; 杨琴; 郭利娟; 史启祯



  20. Synthesis, characterization and electrochemical performance of graphene decorated with 1D NiMoO4.nH2O nanorods (United States)

    Ghosh, Debasis; Giri, Soumen; Das, Chapal Kumar


    One-dimensional NiMoO4.nH2O nanorods and their graphene based hybrid composite with good electrochemical properties have been synthesized by a cost effective hydrothermal procedure. The formation of the mixed metal oxide and the composite was confirmed by XRD, XPS and Raman analyses. The morphological characterizations were carried out using FESEM and TEM analyses. The materials were subjected to electrochemical characterization through cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies with 6 M KOH as the supporting electrolyte. For NiMoO4.nH2O, a maximum specific capacitance of 161 F g-1 was obtained at 5 A g-1 current density, accompanied with an energy density of 4.53 W h kg-1 at a steady power delivery rate of 1125 W kg-1. The high utility of the pseudocapacitive NiMoO4.nH2O was achieved in its graphene based composite, which exhibited a high specific capacitance of 367 F g-1 at 5 A g-1 current density and a high energy density of 10.32 W h kg-1 at a power density of 1125 W kg-1 accompanied with long term cyclic stability.One-dimensional NiMoO4.nH2O nanorods and their graphene based hybrid composite with good electrochemical properties have been synthesized by a cost effective hydrothermal procedure. The formation of the mixed metal oxide and the composite was confirmed by XRD, XPS and Raman analyses. The morphological characterizations were carried out using FESEM and TEM analyses. The materials were subjected to electrochemical characterization through cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies with 6 M KOH as the supporting electrolyte. For NiMoO4.nH2O, a maximum specific capacitance of 161 F g-1 was obtained at 5 A g-1 current density, accompanied with an energy density of 4.53 W h kg-1 at a steady power delivery rate of 1125 W kg-1. The high utility of the pseudocapacitive NiMoO4.nH2O was achieved in its graphene based composite, which exhibited a high specific capacitance of 367 F g-1 at 5 A g-1 current density and a high energy density of 10.32 W h kg-1 at a power density of 1125 W kg-1 accompanied with long term cyclic stability. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Materials used, characterization techniques and preparation of electrode, tables containing specific capacitance, coulombic efficiency, energy density and power density values at different current densities of NiMoO4.nH2O and Gr-NiMoO4.nH2O. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr02444j

  1. The loss of NH2O• from the N-hydroxyacetamide radical cation CH3C(=O)NHOH•+: An ion-catalysed rearrangement

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    Jobst, K.J.; Burgers, P.C.; Ruttink, P.J.A.; Terlouw, J.K.


    A previous study [Ch. Lifshitz, P.J.A. Ruttink, G. Schaftenaar, J.K. Terlouw, Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 1 (1987) 61] shows that metastable N-hydroxyacetamide ions CH3C(=O)NHOH+ (HA-1) do not dissociate into CH3C=O++NHOH by direct bond cleavage but rather yield CH3C=O++NH2O. The tandem mass spectr

  2. Essential role of the A'α/Aβ gap in the N-terminal upstream of LOV2 for the blue light signaling from LOV2 to kinase in Arabidopsis photototropin1, a plant blue light receptor.

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    Sachiko Kashojiya

    Full Text Available Phototropin (phot is a blue light (BL receptor in plants and is involved in phototropism, chloroplast movement, stomata opening, etc. A phot molecule has two photo-receptive domains named LOV (Light-Oxygen-Voltage 1 and 2 in its N-terminal region and a serine/threonine kinase (STK in its C-terminal region. STK activity is regulated mainly by LOV2, which has a cyclic photoreaction, including the transient formation of a flavin mononucleotide (FMN-cysteinyl adduct (S390. One of the key events for the propagation of the BL signal from LOV2 to STK is conformational changes in a Jα-helix residing downstream of the LOV2 C-terminus. In contrast, we focused on the role of the A'α-helix, which is located upstream of the LOV2 N-terminus and interacts with the Jα-helix. Using LOV2-STK polypeptides from Arabidopsis thaliana phot1, we found that truncation of the A'α-helix and amino acid substitutions at Glu474 and Lys475 in the gap between the A'α and the Aβ strand of LOV2 (A'α/Aβ gap to Ala impaired the BL-induced activation of the STK, although they did not affect S390 formation. Trypsin digested the LOV2-STK at Lys603 and Lys475 in a light-dependent manner indicating BL-induced structural changes in both the Jα-helix and the gap. The digestion at Lys603 is faster than at Lys475. These BL-induced structural changes were observed with the Glu474Ala and the Lys475Ala substitutes, indicating that the BL signal reached the Jα-helix as well as the A'α/Aβ gap but could not activate STK. The amino acid residues, Glu474 and Lys475, in the gap are conserved among the phots of higher plants and may act as a joint to connect the structural changes in the Jα-helix with the activation of STK.

  3. Dual p38/JNK mitogen activated protein kinase inhibitors prevent ozone-induced airway hyperreactivity in guinea pigs.

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    Kirsten C Verhein

    Full Text Available Ozone exposure causes airway hyperreactivity and increases hospitalizations resulting from pulmonary complications. Ozone reacts with the epithelial lining fluid and airway epithelium to produce reactive oxygen species and lipid peroxidation products, which then activate cell signaling pathways, including the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK pathway. Both p38 and c-Jun NH2 terminal kinase (JNK are MAPK family members that are activated by cellular stress and inflammation. To test the contribution of both p38 and JNK MAPK to ozone-induced airway hyperreactivity, guinea pigs were pretreated with dual p38 and JNK MAPK inhibitors (30 mg/kg, i.p. 60 minutes before exposure to 2 ppm ozone or filtered air for 4 hours. One day later airway reactivity was measured in anesthetized animals. Ozone caused airway hyperreactivity one day post-exposure, and blocking p38 and JNK MAPK completely prevented ozone-induced airway hyperreactivity. Blocking p38 and JNK MAPK also suppressed parasympathetic nerve activity in air exposed animals, suggesting p38 and JNK MAPK contribute to acetylcholine release by airway parasympathetic nerves. Ozone inhibited neuronal M2 muscarinic receptors and blocking both p38 and JNK prevented M2 receptor dysfunction. Neutrophil influx into bronchoalveolar lavage was not affected by MAPK inhibitors. Thus p38 and JNK MAPK mediate ozone-induced airway hyperreactivity through multiple mechanisms including prevention of neuronal M2 receptor dysfunction.

  4. Oxidative Stress and Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Pathways Involved in Cadmium-Induced BRL 3A Cell Apoptosis

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    Zhang Yiran


    Full Text Available In this study, BRL 3A cells were treated with different Cd concentrations (0, 10, 20, and 40 μmol/L for 12 h and preincubated with or without N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC (2 mmol/L for 30 min, and cells were treated with Cd (0 and 20 μmol/L, pretreated with p38 inhibitor (SB203580, JNK (c-Jun NH2-terminal kinases inhibitor (SP600125, and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK inhibitor (U0126 for 30 min, and then treated with 20 μmol/L Cd for 12 h. Cd decreased cell viability, SOD, and GSH-Px activity in a concentration-dependent manner. Increased MDA level, ROS generation, nuclear condensation, shrinkage, and fragmentation in cell morphology were inhibited by NAC. Cd-induced apoptosis was attenuated by pretreatment with SB203580, SP600125, and U0126. The results of western blot showed that NAC preincubation affected Cd-activated MAPK pathways, p38 and ERK phosphorylation. Cd treatment elevated the mRNA levels of Bax and decreased the mRNA levels of Bcl-2, respectively. The same effect was found in their protein expression levels. These results suggest that oxidative stress and MAPK pathways participate in Cd-induced apoptosis and that the balance between pro- and antiapoptotic genes (Bax and Bcl-2 is important in Cd-induced apoptosis.

  5. Oxidative stress and mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways involved in cadmium-induced BRL 3A cell apoptosis. (United States)

    Yiran, Zhang; Chenyang, Jiang; Jiajing, Wang; Yan, Yuan; Jianhong, Gu; Jianchun, Bian; Xuezhong, Liu; Zongping, Liu


    In this study, BRL 3A cells were treated with different Cd concentrations (0, 10, 20, and 40 μmol/L) for 12 h and preincubated with or without N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) (2 mmol/L) for 30 min, and cells were treated with Cd (0 and 20 μmol/L), pretreated with p38 inhibitor (SB203580), JNK (c-Jun NH2-terminal kinases) inhibitor (SP600125), and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) inhibitor (U0126) for 30 min, and then treated with 20 μmol/L Cd for 12 h. Cd decreased cell viability, SOD, and GSH-Px activity in a concentration-dependent manner. Increased MDA level, ROS generation, nuclear condensation, shrinkage, and fragmentation in cell morphology were inhibited by NAC. Cd-induced apoptosis was attenuated by pretreatment with SB203580, SP600125, and U0126. The results of western blot showed that NAC preincubation affected Cd-activated MAPK pathways, p38 and ERK phosphorylation. Cd treatment elevated the mRNA levels of Bax and decreased the mRNA levels of Bcl-2, respectively. The same effect was found in their protein expression levels. These results suggest that oxidative stress and MAPK pathways participate in Cd-induced apoptosis and that the balance between pro- and antiapoptotic genes (Bax and Bcl-2) is important in Cd-induced apoptosis.

  6. Messung der Geschwindigkeitskonstanten der Reaktion NH2+CH4→NH3+CH3 hinter einfallenden Stoßwellen / Measurements of the Rate Constant of the Reaction NH2+CH4→NH3+CH3 behind Incident Shock Waves (United States)

    Möller, W.; Wagner, H. Gg.


    The rate constant of the reaction NH2+CH4→NH3+CH3 was measured at temperatures of about 1800 K by time-resolved UV-spectroscopy of the products behind incident shock waves. NH2 was produced by the presence and thermal decomposition of hydrazine. The data were evaluated by fitting simulated concentration-time-profiles to the measured ones. A mean rate constant k = (4±2) 1011 cm3 mol-1 s-1 1730

  7. On the Role of Interfaces in Planar-Structured HC(NH2 )2 PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells. (United States)

    Seol, Dong-Jin; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu


    Planar-structured HC(NH2 )2 PbI3 (FAPbI3 ) perovskite solar cells were prepared via a two-step deposition process. To investigate the role of interface, the perovskite morphology was intentionally modified by varying HC(NH2 )2 I concentration. Surface and grain sizes of the deposited FAPbI3 became rougher and larger as the HC(NH2 )2 I concentration decreased from 58.2 to 40.7 mM. Average photocurrent was improved but photovoltage deteriorated slightly with decreasing concentration. Consequently, the average efficiency was improved from 7.82 % to 10.70 % and the best efficiency of 12.17 % was obtained at 40.7 mM. Photoluminescence (PL) at TiO2 /FAPbI3 interface was reduced with decreasing concentration, which was, however, reversed at FAPbI3 /spiro-MeOTAD one. By correlating PL data and the photovoltaic performance, we concluded that the TiO2 /perovskite interface plays a crucial role in determining photocurrent while the perovskite/spiro-MeOTAD interface is important in governing photovoltage.

  8. Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production by [Ni(7PPh2NH)2]2+: Removing the Distinction Between Endo- and Exo- Protonation Sites

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    Brown, Houston JS; Wiese, Stefan; Roberts, John A.; Bullock, R. Morris; Helm, Monte L.


    A new Ni(II) complex, [Ni(7PPh2NH)2]2+ (7PPh2NH = 3,6-triphenyl-1-aza-3,6-diphosphacycloheptane) has been synthesized, and its electrochemical properties are reported. The 7PPh2NH ligand features an NH, ensuring properly positioned protonated amine groups (N–H+) for electrocatalysis, regardless of whether protonation occurs exo- or endo- to the metal center. The compound is an electrocatalyst for H2 production in the presence of organic acids (pKa range 10–13 in CH3CN) with turnover frequencies ranging from 160–770 s-1 at overpotentials between 320–470 mV, as measured at the half peak potential of the catalytic wave. In stark contrast to [Ni(PR2NR'2)2]2+ and other [Ni(7PPh2NR')]2+ complexes, catalytic turnover frequencies for H2 production by [Ni(7PPh2NH)2]2+ do not show catalytic rate enhancement upon the addition of H2O. This finding supports the assertion that [Ni(7PPh2NH)2]2+ eliminates the distinction between the endo- and exo-protonation isomers. This research was supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.

  9. In situ synchrotron IR microspectroscopy of CO2 adsorption on single crystals of the functionalized MOF Sc2(BDC-NH2)3. (United States)

    Greenaway, Alex; Gonzalez-Santiago, Berenice; Donaldson, Paul M; Frogley, Mark D; Cinque, Gianfelice; Sotelo, Jorge; Moggach, Stephen; Shiko, Elenica; Brandani, Stefano; Howe, Russell F; Wright, Paul A


    Synchrotron radiation (SR) IR microspectroscopy has enabled determination of the thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular orientation of CO2 adsorbed in single microcrystals of a functionalized metal-organic framework (MOF) under conditions relevant to carbon capture from flue gases. Single crystals of the small-pore MOF, Sc2 (BDC-NH2 )3 , (BDC-NH2 =2-amino-1,4-benzenedicarboxylate), with well-defined crystal form have been investigated during CO2 uptake at partial pressures of 0.025-0.2 bar at 298-373 K. The enthalpy and diffusivity of adsorption determined from individual single crystals are consistent with values obtained from measurements on bulk samples. The brilliant SR IR source permits rapid collection of polarized spectra. Strong variations in absorbance of the symmetric stretch of the NH2 groups of the MOF and the asymmetric stretch of the adsorbed CO2 at different orientations of the crystals relative to the polarized IR light show that CO2 molecules align along channels in the MOF. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Study on preferential adsorption of cationic-style heavy metals using amine-functionalized magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MIONPs-NH2) as efficient adsorbents (United States)

    Lin, Sen; Liu, Lili; Yang, Yong; Lin, Kuangfei


    Amine-functionalized magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MIONPs-NH2) were successfully synthesized via a simple method, which exhibited excellent adsorbents properties for cationic-type heavy metals. The adsorption and desorption performances of Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Pb2+ and Ni2+ were fully investigated in detail and the possible adsorption mechanism was proposed on the basis of various characterizations as well as the adsorption priority. As a result, the MIONPs-NH2 could remove metal cations rapidly depending on the complexation of amino groups on surface and the adsorption was both sensitive to pH and ionic strength. Moreover, the corresponding competitive adsorption processes and desorption experiments indicated that the as-synthesized sample has the strongest affinity and adsorption priority for Pb2+, followed by Cu2+ and Zn2+, and finally by Cd2+and Ni2+. The present study may provide a helpful direction for the application of the MIONPs-NH2 in wastewater treatments involving multiple heavy metal cations.

  11. Formation of complexes between PAMAM-NH2 G4 dendrimer and L-α-tryptophan and L-α-tyrosine in water (United States)

    Buczkowski, Adam; Urbaniak, Pawel; Belica, Sylwia; Sekowski, Szymon; Bryszewska, Maria; Palecz, Bartlomiej


    Interactions between electromagnetic radiation and the side substituents of aromatic amino acids are widely used in the biochemical studies on proteins and their interactions with ligand molecules. That is why the aim of our study was to characterize the formation of complexes between PAMAM-NH2 G4 dendrimer and L-α-tryptophan and L-α-tyrosine in water. The number of L-α-tryptophan and L-α-tyrosine molecules attached to the macromolecule of PAMAM-NH2 G4 dendrimer and the formation constants of the supramolecular complexes formed have been determined. The macromolecule of PAMAM-NH2 G4 can reversibly attach about 25 L-α-tryptophan molecules with equilibrium constant K equal to 130 ± 30 and 24 ± 6 L-α-tyrosine molecules. This characterization was deduced on the basis of the solubility measurements of the amino acids in aqueous dendrimer solutions, the 1H NMR and 2D-NOESY measurements of the dendrimer solutions with the amino acids, the equilibrium dialysis and the circular dichroism measurements of the dendrimer aqueous solutions with L-α-tryptophan. Our date confirmed the interactions of L-α-tryptophan and L-α-tyrosine with the dendrimer in aqueous solution and indicated a reversible character of the formed complexes.

  12. A new organic-inorganic coordination complex material (C2H5-C6H4-NH2)2ZnBr2: Growth and structural properties (United States)

    Harmouzi, Asmaa; Daro, Nathalie; Guionneau, Philippe; Belaaraj, Abdesselam; Khechoubi, El Mostafa


    Single crystals of an organic-inorganic hybrid (C2H5-C6H4-NH2)2ZnBr2 have been grown by the slow-diffusion method and characterized by Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffraction (SC-XRD) at 295 K. This compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system, with the space group C2/c and the following cell parameters: a = 32.336 (3) Å, b = 4.8539 (4) Å, c = 12.2334 (9) Å, β = 97.019 (5)°, V = 1905.7(3) Å3 and Z‧ = 4. The crystal packing is based on well-ordered alternating ZnBr2 inorganic layers and C2H5-C6H4-NH2 organic layers. The crystal structure has been analyzed and discussed in terms of molecular geometry as well as intra and intermolecular interactions. Comparisons with some homologues materials of general formula (R-NH2)2ZnX2 (X = Cl, Br), (R = C2H5-C6H4, C6H5) are also done.

  13. Facile Synthesis of Potassium Poly(heptazine imide) (PHIK)/Ti-Based Metal-Organic Framework (MIL-125-NH2) Composites for Photocatalytic Applications. (United States)

    Rodríguez, Nicolás A; Savateev, Aleksandr; Grela, María A; Dontsova, Dariya


    Photocatalytically active composites comprising potassium poly(heptazine imide) (PHIK) and a Ti-based metal-organic framework (MOF, MIL-125-NH2) are prepared in situ by simply dispersing both materials in water. The driving forces of composite formation are the electrostatic interactions between the solids and the diffusion of potassium ions from PHIK to MIL-125-NH2. This mechanism implies that other composites of poly(heptazine imide) salts and different MOFs bearing positive surface charge can potentially be obtained in a similar fashion. The suggested strategy thus opens a new avenue for the facile synthesis of such materials. The composites are shown to have a superior photocatalytic activity in Rhodamine B degradation under blue light irradiation. The reaction rate is doubled compared to that of pure MOF compound and is 7 times higher than the activity of the pristine PHIK. The results of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) investigations and the analysis of the electronic structures of the solids suggest the electron transfer from MIL-125-NH2 to PHIK in the composite. The possible pathways for the dye degradation and the rationalization of the increased activity of the composites are elaborated.

  14. Dynamics and supramolecular organization of the 1D spin transition polymeric chain compound [Fe(NH2trz)3](NO3)2. Muon spin relaxation. (United States)

    Garcia, Yann; Campbell, Stewart J; Lord, James S; Boland, Yves; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Gütlich, Philipp


    The thermal spin transition that occurs in the polymeric chain compound [Fe(NH(2)trz)3](NO3)2 above room temperature has been investigated by zero-field muon spin relaxation (microSR) over the temperature range approximately 8-402 K. The depolarization curves are best described by a Lorentzian and a Gaussian line that represent fast and slow components, respectively. The spin transition is associated with a hysteresis loop of width DeltaT = 34 K (T1/2 upward arrow = 346 K and T1/2 downward arrow = 312 K) that has been delineated by the temperature variation of the initial asymmetry parameter, in good agreement with previously published magnetic measurements. Zero-field and applied field (20-2000 Oe) microSR measurements show the presence of diamagnetic muon species and paramagnetic muonium radical species (A = 753 +/- 77 MHz) over the entire temperature range. Fast dynamics have been revealed in the high-spin state of [Fe(NH(2)trz)3](NO3)2 with the presence of a Gaussian relaxation mode that is mostly due to the dipolar interaction with static nuclear moments. This situation, where the muonium radicals are totally decoupled and not able to sense paramagnetic fluctuations, implies that the high-spin dynamics fall outside the muon time scale. Insights to the origin of the cooperative effects associated with the spin transition of [Fe(NH(2)trz)3](NO3)2 through muon implantation are presented.

  15. Theoretical study on rate constants for the reactions of CF3CH 2NH 2 (TFEA) with the hydroxyl radical at 298 K and atmospheric pressure. (United States)

    Mishra, Bhupesh Kumar; Chakrabartty, Arup Kumar; Deka, Ramesh Chandra


    Theoretical investigations are carried out on reaction mechanism of the reactions of CF3CH2NH2 (TFEA) with the OH radical by means of ab initio and DFT methods. The electronic structure information on the potential energy surface for each reaction is obtained at MPWB1K/6-31+G(d,p) level and energetic information is further refined by calculating the energy of the species with a Gaussian-2 method, G2(MP2). The existence of transition states on the corresponding potential energy surface is ascertained by performing intrinsic reaction coordinate (IRC) calculation. Our calculation indicates that the H abstraction from -NH2 group is the dominant reaction channel because of lower energy barrier. The rate constants of the reaction calculated using canonical transition state theory (CTST) utilizing the ab initio data. The agreement between the theoretical and experimental rate constants is good at the measured temperature. From the comparison with CH3CH2NH2, it is shown that the fluorine substution decreases the reactivity of the C-H bond.

  16. The effects of urotensin II on migration and invasion are mediated by NADPH oxidase-derived reactive oxygen species through the c-Jun N-terminal kinase pathway in human hepatoma cells. (United States)

    Li, Ying-Ying; Shi, Zheng-Ming; Yu, Xiao-Tong; Feng, Ping; Wang, Xue-Jiang


    Urotensin II (UII) is a vasoactive neuropeptide involved in migration and invasion in various cell types. However, the effects of UII on human hepatoma cells still remain unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the role and mechanism of UII on migration and invasion in human hepatoma cells. Migration was measured by wound healing assays and a Transwell(®) methodology, and invasion was analyzed using Matrigel(®) invasion chambers. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels were detected using a 2', 7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate probe, and flow cytometry, and protein expression levels were evaluated by western blotting. Cell proliferation and actin polymerization were examined using cell proliferation reagent WST-1 and F-actin immunohistochemistry staining. Exposure to UII promoted migration and invasion in hepatoma cells compared with that in cells without UII. UII also increased matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2) expression in a time-independent manner. Furthermore, UII markedly enhanced ROS generation and NADPH oxidase subunit expression, and consequently facilitated the phosphorylation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). The UT antagonist urantide or the antioxidant/NADPH oxidase inhibitor apocynin decreased UII-induced ROS production. JNK phosphorylation, migration, invasion, and MMP9/2 expression were also reversed by pretreatment with apocynin. Urantide and JNK inhibitor SP600125 abrogated migration, invasion, or MMP9/2 expression in response to UII. UII induced actin polymerization and fascin protein expression, and could be reversed by apocynin and SP600125. Exogenous UII induced migration and invasion in hepatoma cells that mainly involved NADPH oxidase-derived ROS through JNK activation. UT played an additional role in regulating hepatoma cells migration and invasion. Thus, our data suggested an important effect of UII in hepatocellular carcinoma metastasis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Mesenchymal stem cells promote liver regeneration and prolong survival in small-for-size liver grafts: involvement of C-Jun N-terminal kinase, cyclin D1, and NF-κB.

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    Weijie Wang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs has been highlighted recently for treatment of acute or chronic liver injury, by possibly differentiating into hepatocyte-like cells, reducing inflammation, and enhancing tissue repair. Despite recent progress, exact mechanisms of action are not clearly elucidated. In this study, we attempted to explore whether and how MSCs protected hepatocytes and stimulated allograft regeneration in small-for-size liver transplantation (SFSLT. METHODS: SFSLT model was established with a 30% partial liver transplantation (30PLT in rats. The differentiation potential and characteristics of bone marrow derived MSCs were explored in vitro. MSCs were infused transvenously immediately after graft implantation in therapy group. Expressions of apoptosis-, inflammatory-, anti-inflammatory-, and growth factor-related genes were measured by RT-PCR, activities of transcription factors AP-1 and NF-κB were analyzed by EMSA, and proliferative responses of the hepatic graft were evaluated by immunohistochemistry and western blot. RESULTS: MSCs were successfully induced into hepatocyte-like cells, osteoblasts and adipocytes in vitro. MSCs therapy could not only alleviate ischemia reperfusion injury and acute inflammation to promote liver regeneration, but also profoundly improve one week survival rate. It markedly up-regulated the mRNA expressions of HGF, Bcl-2, Bcl-XL, IL-6, IL-10, IP-10, and CXCR2, however, down-regulated TNF-α. Increased activities of AP-1 and NF-κB, as well as elevated expressions of p-c-Jun, cyclin D1, and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA, were also found in MSCs therapy group. CONCLUSION: These data suggest that MSCs therapy promotes hepatocyte proliferation and prolongs survival in SFSLT by reducing ischemia reperfusion injury and acute inflammation, and sustaining early increased expressions of c-Jun N-terminal Kinase, Cyclin D1, and NF-κB.

  18. c-Jun N-terminal kinase inhibitor favors transforming growth factor-β to antagonize hepatitis B virus X protein-induced cell growth promotion in hepatocellular carcinoma. (United States)

    Wu, Yan-Hui; Ai, Xi; Liu, Fu-Yao; Liang, Hui-Fang; Zhang, Bi-Xiang; Chen, Xiao-Ping


    Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β induces cell growth arrest in well-differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) while hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) minimizes the tumor suppression of TGF-β signaling in early chronic hepatitis B. However, how to reverse the oncogenic effect of HBx and sustain the tumor-suppressive action of TGF-β has yet to be investigated. The present study examined the effect of TGF-β and a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitor on cell growth in HCC cells with forced expression of HBx. It was found that HBx promoted cell growth via activation of the JNK/pSMAD3L pathway and inhibition of the transforming growth factor-beta type I receptor (TβRI)/pSMAD3C pathway. pSMAD3L/SMAD4 and pSMAD3C/SMAD4 complexes antagonized each other to regulate c-Myc expression. In the absence of HBx, TGF-β induced cell growth arrest through activation of the TβRI/pSMAD3C pathway in well-differentiated HCC cells. In the presence of HBx, TGF-β had no effect on cell growth. JNK inhibitor SP600125 significantly reversed the oncogenic action of HBx and favored TGF-β to regain the ability to inhibit the cell growth in HBx-expressing well-differentiated HCC cells. In conclusion, targeting JNK signaling favors TGF-β to block HBx-induced cell growth promotion in well-differentiated HCC cells. As an adjunct to anti-viral therapy, the combination of TGF-β and inhibition of JNK signaling is a potential therapy for HBV-infected HCC.

  19. Neuroprotection by inhibiting the c-Jun N-terminal kinase pathway after cerebral ischemia occurs independently of interleukin-6 and keratinocyte-derived chemokine (KC/CXCL1 secretion

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    Benakis Corinne


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cerebral ischemia is associated with the activation of glial cells, infiltration of leukocytes and an increase in inflammatory mediators in the ischemic brain and systemic circulation. How this inflammatory response influences lesion size and neurological outcome remains unclear. D-JNKI1, an inhibitor of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase pathway, is strongly neuroprotective in animal models of stroke. Intriguingly, the protection mediated by D-JNKI1 is high even with intravenous administration at very low doses with undetectable drug levels in the brain, pointing to a systemic mode of action, perhaps on inflammation. Findings We evaluated whether D-JNKI1, administered intravenously 3 h after the onset of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO, modulates secretion of the inflammatory mediators interleukin-6 and keratinocyte-derived chemokine in the plasma and from the spleen and brain at several time points after MCAO. We found an early release of both mediators in the systemic circulation followed by an increase in the brain and went on to show a later systemic increase in vehicle-treated mice. Release of interleukin-6 and keratinocyte-derived chemokine from the spleen of mice with MCAO was not significantly different from sham mice. Interestingly, the secretion of these inflammatory mediators was not altered in the systemic circulation or brain after successful neuroprotection with D-JNKI1. Conclusions We demonstrate that neuroprotection with D-JNKI1 after experimental cerebral ischemia is independent of systemic and brain release of interleukin-6 and keratinocyte-derived chemokine. Furthermore, our findings suggest that the early systemic release of interleukin-6 and keratinocyte-derived chemokine may not necessarily predict an unfavorable outcome in this model.

  20. Activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1/2 regulated by nitric oxide is associated with neuronal survival in hippocampal neurons in a rat model of ischemia

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    ZENG Xian-wei; LI Ming-wei; PAN Jing; JI Tai-ling; YANG Bin; ZHANG Bo; WANG Xiao-qiang


    Background C-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway plays a critical role in cerebral ischemia.Although the mechanistic basis for this activation of JNK1/2 is uncertain,oxidative stress may play a role.The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the activation of JNK1/2 is associated with the production of endogenous nitric oxide (NO).Methods Ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) was induced by cerebral four-vessel occlusion.Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into 6 groups:sham group,I/R group,neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) inhibitor (7-nitroindazole,7-NI)given group,inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) inhibitor (2-amino-5,6-dihydro-methylthiazine,AMT) given group,sodium chloride control group,and 1% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) control group.The levels of protein expression and phospho-JNK1/2 were detected by Western blotting and the survival hippocampus neurons in CA1 zone were observed by cresyl violet staining.Results The study illustrated two peaks of JNK1/2 activation occurred at 30 minutes and 3 days during reperfusion.7-NI inhibited JNK1/2 activation during the early reperfusion,whereas AMT preferably attenuated JNK1/2 activation during the later reperfusion.Administration of 7-NI and AMT can decrease I/R-induced neuronal loss in hippocampal CA1 region.Conclusion JNK1/2 activation is associated with endogenous NO in response to ischemic insult.

  1. Inhibiting c-Jun N-terminal kinase partially attenuates caffeine-dependent cell death without alleviating the caffeine-induced reduction in mitochondrial respiration in C2C12 skeletal myotubes. (United States)

    Downs, R M; Hughes, M A; Kinsey, S T; Johnson, M C; Baumgarner, B L


    Caffeine is a widely consumed stimulant that has previously been shown to promote cytotoxic stress and even cell death in numerous mammalian cell lines. Thus far there is little information available regarding the toxicity of caffeine in skeletal muscle cells. Our preliminary data revealed that treating C2C12 myotubes with 5 mM caffeine for 6 h increased nuclear fragmentation and reduced basal and maximal oxygen consumption rate (OCR) in skeletal myotubes. The purpose of this study was to further elucidate the pathways by which caffeine increased cell death and reduced mitochondrial respiration. We specifically examined the role of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), which has previously been shown to simultaneously increase caspase-dependent cell death and reduce mitochondrial respiration in other mammalian cell lines. We found that caffeine promoted a dose-dependent increase in cell death in multinucleated myotubes but did not in mononucleated myoblasts. The addition of 10 μM Z-DEVD-FMK, a specific inhibitor of executioner caspases, completely inhibited caffeine-dependent cell death. Further, the addition of 400 μM dantrolene, a specific ryanodine receptor (RYR) inhibitor, prevented the caffeine-dependent increase in cell death and the reduction in basal and maximal OCR. We also discovered that caffeine treatment significantly increased the phosphorylation of JNK and that the addition of 30 μM SP600125 (JNKi), a specific JNK inhibitor, partially attenuated caffeine-induced cell death without preventing the caffeine-dependent reduction in basal and maximal OCR. Our results suggest that JNK partially mediates the increase in caspase-dependent cell death but does not contribute to reduced mitochondrial respiration in caffeine-treated skeletal muscle cells. We conclude that caffeine increased cell death and reduced mitochondrial respiration in a calcium-dependent manner by activating the RYR and promoting reticular calcium release. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc

  2. Termination Documentation (United States)

    Duncan, Mike; Hill, Jillian


    In this study, we examined 11 workplaces to determine how they handle termination documentation, an empirically unexplored area in technical communication and rhetoric. We found that the use of termination documentation is context dependent while following a basic pattern of infraction, investigation, intervention, and termination. Furthermore,…

  3. Primate Torpor: Regulation of Stress-activated Protein Kinases During Daily Torpor in the Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus

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    Kyle K. Biggar


    Full Text Available Very few selected species of primates are known to be capable of entering torpor. This exciting discovery means that the ability to enter a natural state of dormancy is an ancestral trait among primates and, in phylogenetic terms, is very close to the human lineage. To explore the regulatory mechanisms that underlie primate torpor, we analyzed signal transduction cascades to discover those involved in coordinating tissue responses during torpor. The responses of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK family members to primate torpor were compared in six organs of control (aroused versus torpid gray mouse lemurs, Microcebus murinus. The proteins examined include extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs, c-jun NH2-terminal kinases (JNKs, MAPK kinase (MEK, and p38, in addition to stress-related proteins p53 and heat shock protein 27 (HSP27. The activation of specific MAPK signal transduction pathways may provide a mechanism to regulate the expression of torpor-responsive genes or the regulation of selected downstream cellular processes. In response to torpor, each MAPK subfamily responded differently during torpor and each showed organ-specific patterns of response. For example, skeletal muscle displayed elevated relative phosphorylation of ERK1/2 during torpor. Interestingly, adipose tissues showed the highest degree of MAPK activation. Brown adipose tissue displayed an activation of ERK1/2 and p38, whereas white adipose tissue showed activation of ERK1/2, p38, MEK, and JNK during torpor. Importantly, both adipose tissues possess specialized functions that are critical for torpor, with brown adipose required for non-shivering thermogenesis and white adipose utilized as the primary source of lipid fuel for torpor. Overall, these data indicate crucial roles of MAPKs in the regulation of primate organs during torpor.

  4. Primate Torpor:Regulation of Stress-activated Protein Kinases During Daily Torpor in the Gray Mouse Lemur, Microcebus murinus

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    Kyle K Biggar; Cheng-Wei Wu; Shannon N Tessier; Jing Zhang; Fabien Pifferi; Martine Perret; Kenneth B Storey


    Very few selected species of primates are known to be capable of entering torpor. This exciting discovery means that the ability to enter a natural state of dormancy is an ancestral trait among primates and, in phylogenetic terms, is very close to the human lineage. To explore the regulatory mechanisms that underlie primate torpor, we analyzed signal transduction cascades to discover those involved in coordinating tissue responses during torpor. The responses of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family members to primate torpor were compared in six organs of control (aroused) versus torpid gray mouse lemurs, Microcebus murinus. The proteins examined include extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs), c-jun NH2-terminal kinases (JNKs), MAPK kinase (MEK), and p38, in addition to stress-related proteins p53 and heat shock protein 27 (HSP27). The activation of specific MAPK signal transduction pathways may provide a mechanism to regulate the expression of torpor-responsive genes or the regulation of selected down-stream cellular processes. In response to torpor, each MAPK subfamily responded differently dur-ing torpor and each showed organ-specific patterns of response. For example, skeletal muscle displayed elevated relative phosphorylation of ERK1/2 during torpor. Interestingly, adipose tissues showed the highest degree of MAPK activation. Brown adipose tissue displayed an activation of ERK1/2 and p38, whereas white adipose tissue showed activation of ERK1/2, p38, MEK, and JNK during torpor. Importantly, both adipose tissues possess specialized functions that are critical for torpor, with brown adipose required for non-shivering thermogenesis and white adipose utilized as the primary source of lipid fuel for torpor. Overall, these data indicate crucial roles of MAPKs in the regulation of primate organs during torpor.

  5. Tauroursodeoxycholate Protects Rat Hepatocytes from Bile Acid-Induced Apoptosis via β1-Integrin- and Protein Kinase A-Dependent Mechanisms

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    Annika Sommerfeld


    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Ursodeoxycholic acid, which in vivo is rapidly converted into its taurine conjugate, is frequently used for the treatment of cholestatic liver disease. Apart from its choleretic effects, tauroursodeoxycholate (TUDC can protect hepatocytes from bile acid-induced apoptosis, but the mechanisms underlying its anti-apoptotic effects are poorly understood. Methods: These mechanisms were investigated in perfused rat liver and isolated rat hepatocytes. Results: It was found that TUDC inhibited the glycochenodeoxycholate (GCDC-induced activation of the CD95 death receptor at the level of association between CD95 and the epidermal growth factor receptor. This was due to a rapid TUDC-induced β1-integrin-dependent cyclic AMP (cAMP signal with induction of the dual specificity mitogen-activated protein (MAP kinase phosphatase 1 (MKP-1, which prevented GCDC-induced phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 4 (MKK4 and c-jun-NH2-terminal kinase (JNK activation. Furthermore, TUDC induced a protein kinase A (PKA-mediated serine/threonine phosphorylation of the CD95, which was recently identified as an internalization signal for CD95. Furthermore, TUDC inhibited GCDC-induced CD95 targeting to the plasma membrane in a β1-integrin-and PKA-dependent manner. In line with this, the β1-integrin siRNA knockdown in sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (Ntcp-transfected HepG2 cells abolished the protective effect of TUDC against GCDC-induced apoptosis. Conclusion: TUDC exerts its anti-apoptotic effect via a β1-integrin-mediated formation of cAMP, which prevents CD95 activation by hydrophobic bile acids at the levels of JNK activation and CD95 serine/threonine phosphorylation.

  6. A conditional form of Bruton's tyrosine kinase is sufficient to activate multiple downstream signaling pathways via PLC Gamma 2 in B cells

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    Witte Owen N


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk is essential for B cell development and function. Mutations of Btk elicit X-linked agammaglobulinemia in humans and X-linked immunodeficiency in the mouse. Btk has been proposed to participate in B cell antigen receptor-induced signaling events leading to activation of phospholipase C-γ2 (PLCγ2 and calcium mobilization. However it is unclear whether Btk activation is alone sufficient for these signaling events, and whether Btk can activate additional pathways that do not involve PLCγ2. To address such issues we have generated Btk:ER, a conditionally active form of the kinase, and expressed it in the PLCγ2-deficient DT40 B cell line. Results Activation of Btk:ER was sufficient to induce multiple B cell signaling pathways in PLCγ2-sufficient DT40 cells. These included tyrosine phosphorylation of PLCγ2, mobilization of intracellular calcium, activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK pathways, and apoptosis. In DT40 B cells deficient for PLCγ2, Btk:ER activation failed to induce the signaling events described above with the consequence that the cells failed to undergo apoptosis. Conclusions These data suggest that Btk:ER regulates downstream signaling pathways primarily via PLCγ2 in B cells. While it is not known whether activated Btk:ER precisely mimics activated Btk, this conditional system will likely facilitate the dissection of the role of Btk and its family members in a variety of biological processes in many different cell types.

  7. Three different prohormones yield a variety of Hydra-RFamide (Arg-Phe-NH2) neuropeptides in Hydra magnipapillata

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    Darmer, D; Hauser, F; Nothacker, H P;


    from H. magnipapillata, each of which gives rise to a variety of RFamide neuropeptides. Preprohormone A contains one copy of unprocessed Hydra-RFamide I (QWLGGRFG), II (QWFNGRFG), III/IV [(KP)HLRGRFG] and two putative neuropeptide sequences (QLMSGRFG and QLMRGRFG). Preprohormone B has the same general...... organization as preprohormone A, but instead of unprocessed Hydra-RFamide III/IV it contains a slightly different neuropeptide sequence [(KP)HYRGRFG]. Preprohormone C contains one copy of unprocessed Hydra-RFamide I and seven additional putative neuropeptide sequences (with the common N-terminal sequence QWF....../LSGRFGL). The two Hydra-RFamide II copies (in preprohormones A and B) are preceded by Thr residues, and the single Hydra-RFamide III/IV copy (in preprohormone A) is preceded by an Asn residue, confirming that cnidarians use unconventional processing signals to generate neuropeptides from their precursor proteins...

  8. Oncoprotein protein kinase antibody kit (United States)

    Karin, Michael; Hibi, Masahiko; Lin, Anning


    An isolated polypeptide (JNK) characterized by having a molecular weight of 46 kD as determined by reducing SDS-PAGE, having serine and threonine kinase activity, phosphorylating the c-Jun N-terminal activation domain and polynucleotide sequences and method of detection of JNK are provided herein. JNK phosphorylates c-Jun N-terminal activation domain which affects gene expression from AP-1 sites.

  9. Mechanical and Thermal Dehydrogenation of Lithium Alanate (LiAlH4 and Lithium Amide (LiNH2 Hydride Composites

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    Leszek Zbroniec


    Full Text Available Hydrogen storage properties of the (nLiAlH4 + LiNH2 hydride composite where n = 1, 3, 11.5 and 30, synthesized by high energy ball milling have been investigated. The composite with the molar ratio n = 1 releases large quantities of H2 (up to ~5 wt.% during ball milling up to 100–150 min. The quantity of released H2 rapidly decreases for the molar ratio n = 3 and is not observed for n = 11.5 and 30. The XRD studies indicate that the H2 release is a result of a solid state decomposition of LiAlH4 into (1/3Li3AlH6 + (2/3Al + H2 and subsequently decomposition of (1/3Li3AlH6 into LiH + (1/3Al + 0.5H2. Apparently, LiAlH4 is profoundly destabilized during ball milling by the presence of a large quantity of LiNH2 (37.7 wt.% in the n = 1 composite. The rate of dehydrogenation at 100–170 °C (at 1 bar H2 is adversely affected by insufficient microstructural refinement, as observed for the n = 1 composite, which was milled for only 2 min to avoid H2 discharge during milling. XRD studies show that isothermal dehydrogenation of (nLiAlH4 + LiNH2 occurs by the same LiAlH4 decomposition reactions as those found during ball milling. The ball milled n = 1 composite stored under Ar at 80 °C slowly discharges large quantities of H2 approaching 3.5 wt.% after 8 days of storage.

  10. 表达人JNK基因重组腺病毒的构建和鉴定%Construction and identification of expressing human c-Jun N-terminal kinase(JNK)recombinant adenovirus

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    陈金虎; 刘慧霞; 张佳妮; 郭敏; 全养雅; 谭莺


    Objective To construct replication deficient recombinant adenovirus expressing human c-Jun N-terminal kinase by homologous recombination.Methods The linearized recombinant shuttle vector pAdTrack-CMV-WT-JNK was co-transformed with backbone vector pAdEasy-1 into bacteria BJ5183 for recombinant adenoviral vector.The recombinant adenoviral vector was transfected into HEK293 packing cells to construct replication deficient recombinant adenovirus,and then the recombinant adenovirus was detected by PCR and DNA sequencing.Results JNK recombinant adenoviral vector was effectively transfected into HEK 293 cells and was successfully packed by intracellular enzyme.The expression of green fluorescent protein(GFP)was observed on the 5th day after transfection.The fragment of JNK gene was amplified by PCR and identified by sequencing.The animal experiment confirmed that Ad-WT-JNK was effectivety expressed in liver tissue. Conclusion The research successfully constructed recombinant adenoviral vector and recombinant adenoviral particle.And the achievement laid a foundation for further investigation of the function and application of JNK.%目的 制备表达人c-jun氨基末端激酶(JNK)复制缺陷型重组腺病毒.方法 将重组穿梭载体pAdTrack-CMV-WT-JNK线性化后,与pAdEasy-1共转化大肠杆菌BJ5138,进行同源重组得到重组腺病毒载体.将重组腺病毒载体转染入包装细胞HEK293内制备复制缺陷型重组腺病毒,并经PCR及DNA测序鉴定.结果 JNK重组腺病毒载体能有效转染HEK293细胞并在细胞内成功包装,5 d后可以观察到绿色荧光蛋白(GFP)明显表达,搜集的病毒经过PCR扩增得到特定JNK基因片段并测序鉴定.动物实验证实构建的Ad-WT-JNK能有效在肝组织表达.结论 该研究成功构建了JNK重组腺病毒载体及相应重组腺病毒颗粒,为进一步研究JNK的作用及应用JNK进行相关疾病的基因治疗奠定了基础.


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    Mykea Mcknight


    Full Text Available Plant based products represent a promising alternative to conventional treatments for inflammation. Moringa oleifera Lam is a tree rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and a variety of phytochemcals with health benefits. Among the reported health benefits are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether tea brewed from dried Moringa leaves would abrogate inflammation in a mouse model of acute lung inflammation induced by LPS or extracts prepared from dust collected from a swine confinement facility (DE. Mice were offered water or Moringa tea for seven days. Tea consumption was significantly greater than that of water consumption on days 1 and 6, but there were no significant differences in weight gain or food consumption. On day seven, mice from both groups were forced to inhale, via intranasal challenge, either Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS, Lipopolysaccharide (LPS [10 µg mL-1] or DE [10%]. Compared to mice that drank water, mice that drank Moringa tea had significantly less protein (p<0.05 and cellular influx (p<0.0001 into the lung after inhalation of 10% DE. No difference in neutrophil migration into the lungs of water and M. tea groups after LPS or DE challenge was detected. But mice that drank tea had significantly (p<0.05 more neutrophils with apoptotic morphology after DE challenge. TNF-α expression 24 h after inhalation of 10% DE, was significantly higher (p<0.05 in lungs of M. tea mouse group as compared to water group. This increase in TNF-α was accompanied by higher levels of pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines. Finally, activation of c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK in lungs of M. tea+DE group 24 h post inhalation was decreased. Taken together these results suggest that Moringa oleifera leaf tea exerts anti-inflammatory properties on acute lung inflammation induced by swine confinement dust through a mechanism involving neutrophil regulation and JNK

  12. Knockout of the c-Jun N-terminal Kinase 2 aggravates the development of mild chronic dextran sulfate sodium colitis independently of expression of intestinal cytokines TNFα, TGFB1, and IL-6

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    Full Text Available Sabine Kersting,1 Kirstin Reinecke,2 Christoph Hilgert,1 Monika S Janot,1 Elisabeth Haarmann,1 Martin Albrecht,1 Annette M Müller,3 Thomas Herdegen,2 Ulrich Mittelkötter,1 Waldemar Uhl,1 Ansgar M Chromik11Department of General and Visceral Surgery, St Josef Hospital, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Bochum, Germany; 2Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Germany; 3Department of Pediatric Pathology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhems-University of Bonn, Bonn, GermanyIntroduction: The c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs are involved in signal transduction of inflammatory bowel diseases. The aim of this study was to examine the function of JNKs by using a low-dose dextran sulfate sodium (DSS model in JNK1 knockout mice (Mapk8–/–, JNK2 knockout mice (Mapk9–/–, and wild-type controls (WT1, WT2.Methods: The animals were evaluated daily using a disease activity index. After 30 days, the intestine was evaluated histologically with a crypt damage score. CD4+ and CD8+ cells were quantified using immunofluorescence. Analysis of tumor necrosis factor-a (TNFα, interleukin-6 (IL-6, and transforming growth factor ß1 (TGFB1 expression was carried out using LightCycler® real-time polymerase chain reaction.Results: Cyclic administration of low-dose DSS (1% was not able to induce features of chronic colitis in Mapk8–/– WT2 mice. By contrast, DSS administration significantly increased the disease activity index in WT1 and Mapk9–/– mice. In Mapk9–/– mice, the crypt damage score and the number of CD4+ and CD8+ cells as features of chronic colitis/inflammation were also significantly elevated. Expression of TNFα, IL-6, and TGFB1 was not altered by the JNK knockout.Conclusion: Administering DSS at a defined low concentration that is unable to induce colitis in WT animals leads to clinically and histologically detectable chronic colitis in Mapk9–/– mice. The reason for this disease

  13. An insight into the magnetoelectric coupling effect in the MOF of [NH2(CH3)2]n[FeIIIFeII(HCOO)6]n (United States)

    Guo, Jiangbin; Chen, Lihong; Li, Dong; Zhao, Haixia; Dong, Xinwei; Long, Lasheng; Huang, Rongbin; Zheng, Lansun


    Understanding the microscopic mechanism of magnetoelectric coupling is of fundamental importance for the rational design of multiferroics. Herein, the magnetoelectric coupling effect in the metal-organic frameworks of [NH2(CH3)2]n[FeIIIFeII(HCOO)6]n (1) was investigated, respectively, through measuring the dielectric properties and ferroelectric polarization of single-crystal 1 along different crystal axes under external magnetic fields. Analysis on the magnetic structure of 1 reveals that the defect in the FeII-FeIII sublattices plays a key contribution to the magnetoelectric coupling of 1, providing a unique insight into the magnetoelectric coupling effect of MOFs-based multiferroics.

  14. Modifying the band gap and optical properties of Germanium nanowires by surface termination (United States)

    Legesse, Merid; Fagas, Giorgos; Nolan, Michael


    Semiconductor nanowires, based on silicon (Si) or germanium (Ge) are leading candidates for many ICT applications, including next generation transistors, optoelectronics, gas and biosensing and photovoltaics. Key to these applications is the possibility to tune the band gap by changing the diameter of the nanowire. Ge nanowires of different diameter have been studied with H termination, but, using ideas from chemistry, changing the surface terminating group can be used to modulate the band gap. In this paper we apply the generalised gradient approximation of density functional theory (GGA-DFT) and hybrid DFT to study the effect of diameter and surface termination using -H, -NH2 and -OH groups on the band gap of (001), (110) and (111) oriented germanium nanowires. We show that the surface terminating group allows both the magnitude and the nature of the band gap to be changed. We further show that the absorption edge shifts to longer wavelength with the -NH2 and -OH terminations compared to the -H termination and we trace the origin of this effect to valence band modifications upon modifying the nanowire with -NH2 or -OH. These results show that it is possible to tune the band gap of small diameter Ge nanowires over a range of ca. 1.1 eV by simple surface chemistry.

  15. Fast and Convenient Synthesis of Amine-Terminated Polylactide as a Macroinitiator for ω-Benzyloxycarbonyl-L-Lysine-N-Carboxyanhydrides

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    Mingjie Ju


    Full Text Available Amine-terminated poly (L-lactide (NH2-PLLA with various chain lengths were successfully synthesized by sequential tert-butyl-N-(3-hydroxypropyl carbamate initiated bulk ring-opening polymerization (ROP of L-lactide (L-LA in the presence of Stannous(II 2-ethylhexanoate (Sn(Oct2 and deprotection of the N-tert-butoxycarbonyl (Boc group at the end of the polymer chain. The polymers obtained were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, and GPC method. NH2-PLLA thus prepared was used to initiate the polymerization of ω-benzyloxycarbonyl-L-lysine-N-carboxyanhydride (Lys (Z-NCA, and the result confirmed the high nucleophilicity of the terminal amine group. This method was not only suitable for the preparation of low molecular weight NH2-PLLA, but also quite efficient in the synthesis of high molecular weight samples.

  16. Graphene oxide-immobilized NH₂-terminated silicon nanoparticles by cross-linked interactions for highly stable silicon negative electrodes. (United States)

    Sun, Cheng; Deng, Yuanfu; Wan, Lina; Qin, Xusong; Chen, Guohua


    There is a great interest in the utilization of silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries. However, its poor cycling stability, which is caused by a dramatic volume change during lithium-ion intercalation, and intrinsic low electric conductivity hamper its industrial applications. A facile strategy is reported here to fabricate graphene oxide-immobilized NH2-terminated silicon nanoparticles (NPs) negative electrode (Si@NH2/GO) directed by hydrogen bonding and cross-linked interactions to enhance the capacity retention of the anode. The NH2-modified Si NPs first form strong hydrogen bonds and covalent bonds with GO. The Si@NH2/GO composite further forms hydrogen bonds and covalent bonds with sodium alginate, which acts as a binder, to yield a stable composite negative electrode. These two chemical cross-linked/hydrogen bonding interactions-one between NH2-modified Si NPs and GO, and another between the GO and sodium alginate-along with highly mechanically flexible graphene oxide, produced a robust network in the negative electrode system to stabilize the electrode during discharge and charge cycles. The as-prepared Si@NH2/GO electrode exhibits an outstanding capacity retention capability and good rate performance, delivering a reversible capacity of 1000 mAh g(-1) after 400 cycles at a current of 420 mA g(-1) with almost 100% capacity retention. The results indicated the importance of system-level strategy for fabricating stable electrodes with improved electrochemical performance.

  17. 90-kDa ribosomal S6 kinase is phosphorylated and activated by 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase-1

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    Jensen, Claus Antonio Juel; Buch, M B; Krag, T O;


    90-kDa ribosomal S6 kinase-2 (RSK2) belongs to a family of growth factor-activated serine/threonine kinases composed of two kinase domains connected by a regulatory linker region. The N-terminal kinase of RSK2 is involved in substrate phosphorylation. Its activation requires phosphorylation of th...... of Ser(227), Ser(369), and Ser(386). Our study extend recent findings which implicate PDK1 in the activation of protein kinases B and C and p70(S6K), suggesting that PDK1 controls several major growth factor-activated signal transduction pathways.......90-kDa ribosomal S6 kinase-2 (RSK2) belongs to a family of growth factor-activated serine/threonine kinases composed of two kinase domains connected by a regulatory linker region. The N-terminal kinase of RSK2 is involved in substrate phosphorylation. Its activation requires phosphorylation...... of the linker region at Ser(369), catalyzed by extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), and at Ser(386), catalyzed by the C-terminal kinase, after its activation by ERK. In addition, the N-terminal kinase must be phosphorylated at Ser(227) in the activation loop by an as yet unidentified kinase. Here, we...

  18. The remarkable dissociation chemistry of 2-aminoxyethanol ions NH2OCH2CH2OH+studied by experiment and theory (United States)

    Jobst, Karl J.; Ruttink, Paul J. A.; Terlouw, Johan K.


    Low-energy 2-aminoxyethanol molecular ions NH2OCH2CH2OH+ exhibit a surprisingly rich gas-phase ion chemistry. They spontaneously undergo five major dissociations in the microsecond timeframe, yielding ions of m/z 61, 60, 46, 32 and 18. Our tandem mass spectrometry experiments indicate that these reactions correspond to the generation of HOCH2CH(OH)+ (protonated glycolaldehyde), HOCH2C(O)H+ (ionized glycolaldehyde), HC(OH)NH2+ (protonated formamide), CH2OH2+ (the methylene oxonium ion) and NH4+. A mechanistic analysis of these processes using the CBS-QB3 model chemistry shows that the molecular ions undergo a 1,4-H shift followed by a facile isomerization into the ion-molecule complex [HOCH2C(O)H+]...[NH3] which acts as the reacting configuration for the five exothermic dissociation processes. Analysis of the D-labelled isotopomer ND2OCH2CH2OD+, in conjunction with our computational results, shows that proton-transport catalysis may be responsible for the partial conversion of the m/z 60 glycolaldehyde ions into the more stable 1,2-dihydroxyethene isomer HOC(H)C(H)OH+.

  19. Order-disorder phase transition and multiferroic behaviour in a metal organic framework compound (CH3)2NH2Co(HCOO)3 (United States)

    Yadav, Ruchika; Swain, Diptikanta; Bhat, H. L.; Elizabeth, Suja


    We have investigated the multiferroic and glassy behaviour of metal-organic framework (MOF) material (CH3)2NH2Co(CHOO)3. The compound has perovskite-like architecture in which the metal-formate forms a framework. The organic cation ( CH3 ) 2 NH2 + occupies the cavities in the formate framework in the framework via N-H...O hydrogen bonds. At room temperature, the organic cation is disordered and occupies three crystallographically equivalent positions. Upon cooling, the organic cation is ordered which leads to a structural phase transition at 155 K. The structural phase transition is associated with a para-ferroelectric phase transition and is revealed by dielectric and pyroelectric measurements. Further, a PE hysteresis loop below 155 K confirms the ferroelectric behaviour of the material. Analysis of dielectric data reveal large frequency dispersion in the values of dielectric constant and tanδ which signifies the presence of glassy dielectric behaviour. The material displays a antiferromagnetic ordering below 15 K which is attributed to the super-exchange interaction between Co2+ ions mediated via formate linkers. Interestingly, another magnetic transition is also found around 11 K. The peak of the transition shifts to lower temperature with increasing frequency, suggesting glassy magnetism in the sample.

  20. New syntheses and structural characterization of NH3BH2Cl and (BH2NH2)3 and thermal decomposition behavior of NH3BH2Cl. (United States)

    Lingam, Hima K; Wang, Cong; Gallucci, Judith C; Chen, Xuenian; Shore, Sheldon G


    New convenient procedures for the preparation of ammonia monochloroborane (NH(3)BH(2)Cl) and cyclotriborazane [(BH(2)NH(2))(3)] are described. Crystal structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Strong H···Cl···H bifurcated hydrogen bonding and weak N-H···H dihydrogen bonding are observed in the crystal structure of ammonia monochloroborane. When heated at 50 °C or under vacuum, ammonia monochloroborane decomposes to (NH(2)BHCl)(x), which was characterized by NMR, elemental analysis, and powder X-ray diffraction. Redetermination of the crystal structure of cyclotriborazane at low temperature by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis provides accurate hydrogen positions. Similar to ammonia borane, cyclotriborazane shows extensive dihydrogen bonding of N-H···H and B-H···H bonds with H(δ+)···H(δ-) interactions in the range of 2.00-2.34 Å.

  1. Ultrasensitive electrochemical biosensor based on graphite oxide, Prussian blue, and PTC-NH2 for the detection of α2,6-sialylated glycans in human serum. (United States)

    Gao, Liuliu; He, Junlin; Xu, Wailan; Zhang, Jing; Hui, Junmin; Guo, Yanlei; Li, Wenjuan; Yu, Chao


    α2,6-Sialylated glycans are crucial molecular targets for cancer diagnosis and clinical research. In this work, a novel ultrasensitive electrochemical biosensor was fabricated based on a graphite oxide (GO), Prussian blue (PB), and PTC-NH2 (an ammonolysis product of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride) nanocomposite for the selective detection of α2,6-sialylated glycans. To increase the sensitivity of the electrochemical biosensor, gold nanoparticles (GNPs) were immobilized on a GO-PB-PTC-NH2 modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE). Sambucus nigra agglutinins (SNAs), which specifically bind with α2,6-sialylated glycans, were covalently immobilized on GNPs for the sensitive detection of α2,6-sialylated glycans in serum. This proposed method can be applied to human serum, and it worked well over a broad linear range (0.1 pg mL(-1)-500 ng mL(-1)) with detection limits of 0.03 pg mL(-1). Moreover, recovery of the spiked samples ranged from 100.2% to 105.0%, suggesting that this excellent electrochemical biosensor can be used for the practical detection of α2,6-sialylated glycans. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Ab initio direct classical trajectory investigation on the SN2 reaction of F- with NH2F: nonstatistical central barrier recrossing dynamics. (United States)

    Yu, Feng


    The bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (S(N)2) reaction of F(a)(-) with NH(2)F(b) has been investigated with the ab initio direct classical trajectory method. According to our trajectory calculations, a dynamic behavior of nonstatistical central barrier recrossing is revealed. Among the 64 trajectories calculated in this work, 45 trajectories follow the dynamic reaction pathways as assumed by statistical theory and other 19 trajectories with central barrier recrossings are nonstatistical. For the nonstatistical trajectories, the central barrier recrossings may originate from the inefficient kinetic energy transfer from the intramolecular modes of the NH(2)F(a) moiety in the dynamic F(b)(-)…H-NH-F(a) complex to the intermolecular modes of the dynamic F(b)(-)…H-NH-F(a) complex on the exit-channel potential energy surface. With respect to the dynamic behavior of the nonstatistical central barrier recrossing, the statistical theories such as the Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus and transition state theories without further corrections cannot be used to model the reaction kinetics for this S(N)2 reaction.

  3. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Pd[CH3O(O)C6H3CHNNC(S)NH2](C5H5N)

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    訾凤兰; 周荫庄; 鲁晓明; 刘顺成; 金祥林


    The reaction of palladium chloride with isovanillin semithiocarbazone (VSTC),CH3O(OH)C6H3CH=NNC(S)NH2, in a mixed solvent of ethanol, pyridine and water yielded the mononuclear palladium(Ⅱ) complex Pd[CH3O(O)C6H3CHNNC(S)NH2](C5H5N), and its singlecrystal structure was determined by X-ray diffraction. The crystal belongs to triclinic, space group P1-with a = 7.715(4), b = 9.809(6), c = 10.612(4) , α = 93.54(4), β = 111.00(3), γ= 95.92(5)°, V =745.0(7) A3, Mr= 408.75, Z = 2, Dc= 1.822 g/em3, t= 1.397 mm-1, and F(000) = 408. The final R =0.0568 and wR = 0.1439 for 2616 observed independent reflections with Ⅰ> 2.0σ(Ⅰ). It was revealed that the palladium atom is bound to a tridentate donor ligand and a pyfidine in a planar square arrangement. The sulphur-nitrogen-oxygen donor of the Schiff-base ligand in the thiol form rather than the thione one is coordinated to the palladium atom via the mercapto sulphur, the β-nitrogen and the hydroxylate oxygen atoms.

  4. A DFT study on the functionalization of a BN nanosheet with PCsbnd X, (PC = phenyl carbamate, X = OCH3, CH3, NH2, NO2 and CN) (United States)

    Beheshtian, Javad; Soleymanabadi, Hamed; Peyghan, Ali Ahmadi; Bagheri, Zargham


    By using density functional theory calculations, we investigated the chemical functionalization of a BN nanosheet with different organo-azo derivatives including PCsbnd X, (PC = phenyl carbamate, X = OCH3, CH3, NH2, NO2 and CN) in terms of geometric, energetic, and electronic properties. Reaction energies have been calculated to be in the range of 0.19 to 0.35 eV which is augmented by increasing the electron withdrawing characteristic of the functional groups so that the relative magnitude order is sbnd NO2 > sbnd CN > sbnd OCH3 > sbnd CH3 > sbnd NH2. The chemical functionalization leads to a decrease in HOMO/LUMO energy gap of BN sheet especially after adsorption of PCsbnd NO2 by about 1.88 eV. Conduction level and Fermi level of the BN sheet are shifted to lower energies upon the functionalization of the sheet with PCsbnd NO2 and PCsbnd CN, thus, it leads to an increment in work function of the sheet, impeding the field electron emission.

  5. Cloning of MASK, a novel member of the mammalian germinal center kinase III subfamily, with apoptosis-inducing properties

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    Dan, Ippeita; Ong, Shao-En; Watanabe, Norinobu M


    We have cloned a novel human GCK family kinase that has been designated as MASK (Mst3 and SOK1-related kinase). MASK is widely expressed and encodes a protein of 416 amino acid residues, with an N-terminal kinase domain and a unique C-terminal region. Like other GCK-III subfamily kinases, MASK does...

  6. Mouse model of testosterone-induced muscle fiber hypertrophy: involvement of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase-mediated Notch signaling. (United States)

    Brown, Danielle; Hikim, Amiya P Sinha; Kovacheva, Ekaterina L; Sinha-Hikim, Indrani


    As a prerequisite for studies using mutant mice, we established a mouse model for investigating the molecular mechanisms by which testosterone (T) promotes muscle growth. Groups of six adult male mice (C57BL/6) received one of the following treatments: 1) vehicle (sterile distilled water; normal control) and 2) GnRH antagonist with empty (sham control) or 2 cm T- filled implant. Mice were killed 2, 6, and 8 weeks after treatment. T treatment for 8 weeks resulted in a significant (Pmuscles. T-induced fiber-hypertrophy was accompanied by up-regulation of the Notch ligand Delta 1 and activation of Notch signaling, as evidenced by increase in activated forms of Notch 1 and Notch 2. Consistent with this, we also observed an increase in the number of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA)-positive nuclei in muscles of T-treated mice, indicating that activation of Notch signaling enhanced cell proliferation. T supplementation not only triggered p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation but also concurrently inhibited c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) activation within 2 weeks of treatment. Concomitant administration of SB203580, a p38 MAPK inhibitor, effectively blocked T-induced activation of Notch signaling and significantly (Pmuscle fiber hypertrophy through activation of Notch signaling and the inactivation of JNK together with the activation of p38 MAPK may be critical for T-induced activation of Notch signaling and, as a consequence, muscle fiber hypertrophy.

  7. Lead decreases cell survival, proliferation, and neuronal differentiation of primary cultured adult neural precursor cells through activation of the JNK and p38 MAP kinases (United States)

    Engstrom, Anna; Wang, Hao; Xia, Zhengui


    Adult hippocampal neurogenesis is the process whereby adult neural precursor cells (aNPCs) in the subgranular zone (SGZ) of the dentate gyrus (DG) generate adult-born, functional neurons in the hippocampus. This process is modulated by various extracellular and intracellular stimuli, and the adult-born neurons have been implicated in hippocampus-dependent learning and memory. However, studies on how neurotoxic agents affect this process and the underlying mechanisms are limited. The goal of this study was to determine whether lead, a heavy metal, directly impairs critical processes in adult neurogenesis and to characterize the underlying signaling pathways using primary cultured SGZ-aNPCs isolated from adult mice. We report here that lead significantly increases apoptosis and inhibits proliferation in SGZ-aNPCs. In addition, lead significantly impairs spontaneous neuronal differentiation and maturation. Furthermore, we found that activation of the c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 mitogen activated protein (MAP) kinase signaling pathways are important for lead cytotoxicity. Our data suggest that lead can directly act on adult neural stem cells and impair critical processes in adult hippocampal neurogenesis, which may contribute to its neurotoxicity and adverse effects on cognition in adults. PMID:25967738

  8. 氯化四硫脲合钯配合物Pd[(NH2)2CS]4Cl2的晶体结构%The Crystal Structure of Palladium (Ⅱ) tetra (thiourea) Chloride Complex: Pd[(NH2)2CS]4Cl2

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    建方方; 肖海连; 孙萍萍


    The title compound, Pd[ (NH2)2CS]4Cl2, has been synthesized and structurally characterized. It crystallizes inorthorhombic, Pna2(1) space group, with Mr =481.79(C4H16Cl2N8PdS4), a = 12.943(3), b = 8.283(2), c =15. 148(3)A, V= 1623.9(6)A3, Z =4. The Pd (Ⅱ) ion has an square-planar geometry, and is coordinated by fourS atom donors from four thiourea molecules. The two Cl- anions found in the apical position balance the charge. Inthe solid state, the title compound forms three dimensional network structures through hydrogen bonds. The inter-molecular hydrogen bonds connect the {Pd[ (NH2)2CS]4}2+ and chloride ion to contribute to the stability of thestructure. CCDC: 193379.

  9. Synthesis and biological activities of pseudopeptide analogues of the C-terminal heptapeptide of cholecystokinin. On the importance of the peptide bonds. (United States)

    Rodriguez, M; Lignon, M F; Galas, M C; Fulcrand, P; Mendre, C; Aumelas, A; Laur, J; Martinez, J


    A series of pseudopeptide analogues of the C-terminal heptapeptide of cholecystokinin in which each peptide bond, one at a time, has been replaced by a CH2NH bond were synthesized: Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Nle-Gly-Trp-Nle-Asp psi-(CH2NH)Phe-NH2 (1), Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Nle-Gly-Trp-Nle psi (CH2NH)Asp-Phe-NH2 (2), Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Nle-Gly-Trp psi-(CH2NH)Nle-Asp-Phe-NH2 (3), Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Nle-Gly psi(CH2NH)Trp-Nle-Asp-Phe-NH2 (4), Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Nle psi-(CH2NH)Gly-Trp-Nle-Asp-Phe-NH2 (5), Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Met-Gly-Trp-Nle-Asp psi (CH2NH)Phe-NH2 (6), Z-Tyr-(SO3-)-Met-Gly-Trp-Nle psi (CH2NH)Asp-Phe-NH2 (7), Z-Tyr(SO3-)-Met-Gly-Trp psi (CH2NH)Nle-Asp-Phe-NH2 (8). These derivatives were studied for their ability to stimulate amylase release from rat pancreatic acini and to inhibit the binding of labeled CCK-9 to rat pancreatic acini and to guinea pig brain membrane CCK receptors. They were compared to the potent CCK-8 analogue Boc-Asp-Tyr(SO3-)-Nle-Gly-Trp-Nle-Asp-Phe-NH2. All of these pseudopeptides were able to stimulate amylase secretion with the same efficacy as CCK-8 but with varying potencies. These compounds were also potent in inhibiting the binding of labeled CCK-9 to CCK receptors from rat pancreatic acini and from guinea pig brain membranes.

  10. Investigation on analytic potential energy function of NH2 radical using coupled-cluster theory in combination with the correlation-consistent basis sets%用耦合簇理论及相关一致基研究NH2自由基的解析势能函数

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    张金平; 施德恒; 孙金锋


    运用CCSD(T)理论和Dunning等的系列相关一致基对NH2自由基的基态结构进行了优化,并使用优选出的cc-pV5Z基组对其进行了频率计算.得到的结果是:平衡核间距RNH=0.10247 nm,键角∠HNH=102.947°,离解能De=4.2845 eV,振动频率ν1(a1)=1546.0342 cm-1,ν2(a1)=3379.5543 cm-1和ν3(b2)=3474.4784 cm-1.对NH自由基及H2分子,使用优选出的cc-pV6Z基组对其基态的几何构型与谐振频率进行了计算并进行了单点能扫描,且将扫描结果拟合成了解析的Murrell-Sorbic函数.采用多体项展式理论导出了NH2自由基的解析势能函数,其等值势能图准确再现了它的离解能和结构特征.报导了NH2自由基对称伸缩振动等值势能图中存在的两个对称鞍点,对应于反应NH+H→NH2,势垒高度约为0.1378×4.184 kJ/mool.

  11. Short waves-induced enhancement of proliferation of human chondrocytes: involvement of extracellular signal-regulated map-kinase (erk). (United States)

    Wang, Jue-Long; Chan, Rai-Chi; Cheng, He-Hsiung; Huang, Chun-Jen; Lu, Yih-Chau; Chen, I-Shu; Liu, Shiuh-Inn; Hsu, Shu-Shong; Chang, Hong-Tai; Huang, Jong-Khing; Chen, Jin-Shyr; Ho, Chin-Man; Jan, Chung-Ren


    1. Short-wave diathermy (SWD) is a form of radiofrequency radiation that is used therapeutically by physiotherapists. The cellular mechanisms of SWD are unclear. The present study was performed to explore the effect of different conditions of short-wave exposure on the proliferation of cultured human chondrocytes. 2. Cells exposed to short waves once per day for seven consecutive days exhibited a significant increase in proliferation by 42% compared with the control cells. In cells that were treated with short waves twice per day for seven consecutive days, or only once on Day 1 and then examined for proliferation on Day 7, cell proliferation was greater than the control cells by 40% and 30%, respectively. 3. Given the importance of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) in the proliferation of different cell types, efforts were extended to explore the role of three major types of MAPK; that is, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), c-Jun NH(2)-terminal protein kinase (JNK) and p38. 4. It was found that the level of phosphorylated ERK (phospho-ERK 1 and ERK 2) increased significantly within 5-120 min following consecutive exposure to short waves for 7 days. Exposure to short waves failed to alter the intensity of phosphorylated JNK and p38 within 0-240 min. 5. Cells were exposed to short waves once for seven consecutive days in the presence of 0, 10 micromol/L, 20 micromol/L or 50 micromol/L PD98059 (an ERK inhibitor). PD98059 totally inhibited short waves-induced enhancement of proliferation without altering normal control viability. In the presence of short waves and PD98059, the cell viability was lower than the normal control. Together, the data suggest that short waves could increase proliferation in human chondrocytes through activation of the ERK pathway, which is also involved in maintaining normal cell proliferation under physiological conditions.

  12. Enterococcus faecalis phosphomevalonate kinase. (United States)

    Doun, Stephanie S; Burgner, John W; Briggs, Scott D; Rodwell, Victor W


    The six enzymes of the mevalonate pathway of isopentenyl diphosphate biosynthesis represent potential for addressing a pressing human health concern, the development of antibiotics against resistant strains of the Gram-positive streptococci. We previously characterized the first four of the mevalonate pathway enzymes of Enterococcus faecalis, and here characterize the fifth, phosphomevalonate kinase (E.C. E. faecalis genomic DNA and the polymerase chain reaction were used to clone DNA thought to encode phosphomevalonate kinase into pET28b(+). Double-stranded DNA sequencing verified the sequence of the recombinant gene. The encoded N-terminal hexahistidine-tagged protein was expressed in Escherichia coli with induction by isopropylthiogalactoside and purified by Ni(++) affinity chromatography, yield 20 mg protein per liter. Analysis of the purified protein by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry established it as E. faecalis phosphomevalonate kinase. Analytical ultracentrifugation revealed that the kinase exists in solution primarily as a dimer. Assay for phosphomevalonate kinase activity used pyruvate kinase and lactate dehydrogenase to couple the formation of ADP to the oxidation of NADH. Optimal activity occurred at pH 8.0 and at 37 degrees C. The activation energy was approximately 5.6 kcal/mol. Activity with Mn(++), the preferred cation, was optimal at about 4 mM. Relative rates using different phosphoryl donors were 100 (ATP), 3.6 (GTP), 1.6 (TTP), and 0.4 (CTP). K(m) values were 0.17 mM for ATP and 0.19 mM for (R,S)-5-phosphomevalonate. The specific activity of the purified enzyme was 3.9 micromol substrate converted per minute per milligram protein. Applications to an immobilized enzyme bioreactor and to drug screening and design are discussed.

  13. Hydrogen storage of a novel combined system of LiNH2-NaMgH3: synergistic effects of in situ formed alkali and alkaline-earth metal hydrides. (United States)

    Li, Yongtao; Fang, Fang; Song, Yun; Li, Yuesheng; Sun, Dalin; Zheng, Shiyou; Bendersky, Leonid A; Zhang, Qingan; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Zhu, Min


    Bimetallic hydride NaMgH(3) is used for the first time as a vehicle to enhance hydrogen release and uptake from LiNH(2). The combination of NaMgH(3) with LiNH(2) at a molar ratio of 1 : 2 can release about 4.0 wt% of hydrogen without detectable NH(3) emission in the temperature range of 45 °C to 325 °C and exhibiting superior dehydrogenation as compared to individual NaH and/or MgH(2) combined with LiNH(2). A high capacity retention of about 75% resulting from the introduction of NaMgH(3) is also achieved in LiNH(2) as well as re-hydrogenation under milder conditions of 180 °C and 5 MPa H(2) pressure. These significant improvements are attributed to synergistic effects of in situ formed NaH and MgH(2)via the decomposition of NaMgH(3) where a succession of competing reactions from the cyclic consumption/recovery of NaH are involved and serve as a "carrier" for the ultra-rapid conveyance of the N-containing species between the [NH(2)](-) amide and the resulting [NH](2-) imide complexes.

  14. Hypochlorous acid via peroxynitrite activates protein kinase Cθ and insulin resistance in adipocytes. (United States)

    Zhou, Jun; Wang, Qilong; Ding, Ye; Zou, Ming-Hui


    We recently reported that genetic deletion of myeloperoxidase (MPO) alleviates obesity-related insulin resistance in mice in vivo. How MPO impairs insulin sensitivity in adipocytes is poorly characterized. As hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a principal oxidant product generated by MPO, we evaluated the effects of HOCl on insulin signaling in adipocytes differentiated from 3T3-L1 cells. Exposure of 3T3-L1 adipocytes to exogenous HOCl (200 μmol/l) attenuated insulin-stimulated 2-deoxyglucose uptake, GLUT4 translocation, and insulin signals, including tyrosine phosphorylation of insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS1) and phosphorylation of Akt. Furthermore, treatment with HOCl induced phosphorylation of IRS1 at serine 307, inhibitor κB kinase (IKK), c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), and phosphorylation of PKCθ (PKCθ). In addition, genetic and pharmacological inhibition of IKK and JNK abolished serine phosphorylation of IRS1 and impairment of insulin signaling by HOCl. Furthermore, knockdown of PKCθ using siRNA transfection suppressed phosphorylation of IKK and JNK and consequently attenuated the HOCl-impaired insulin signaling pathway. Moreover, activation of PKCθ by peroxynitrite was accompanied by increased phosphorylation of IKK, JNK, and IRS1-serine 307. In contrast, ONOO(-) inhibitors abolished HOCl-induced phosphorylation of PKCθ, IKK, JNK, and IRS1-serine 307, as well as insulin resistance. Finally, high-fat diet (HFD)-induced insulin resistance was associated with enhanced phosphorylation of PKCθ, IKK, JNK, and IRS1 at serine 307 in white adipose tissues from WT mice, all of which were not found in Mpo knockout mice fed HFDs. We conclude that HOCl impairs insulin signaling pathway by increasing ONOO(-) mediated phosphorylation of PKCθ, resulting in phosphorylation of IKK/JNK and consequent serine phosphorylation of IRS1 in adipocytes.

  15. Sodium nitroprusside-induced mitochondrial apoptotic events in insulin-secreting RINm5F cells are associated with MAP kinases activation. (United States)

    Bernabé, J C; Tejedo, J R; Rincón, P; Cahuana, G M; Ramírez, R; Sobrino, F; Bedoya, F J


    Exposure of insulin-secreting RINm5F cells to the chemical nitric oxide donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP) resulted in apoptotic cell death, as detected by cytochrome c release from mitochondria and caspase 3 activation. SNP exposure also leads to phosphorylation and activation of enzymes involved in cellular response to stress such as signal-regulated kinase 2 (ERK2) and c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase 46 (JNK46). Both cytochrome c release and caspase 3 activation were abrogated in cells exposed to MEK and p38 inhibitors. Treatment of cells with the NO donors SNP, DETA-NO, GEA 5024, and SNAP resulted in phosphorylation of the antiapoptotic protein Bcl-2, which was resistant to blockade of MEK, p38, and JNK pathways and sensitive to phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibition. In addition, transient transfection of cells with the wild-type PI3K gamma gene mimics the increased rate of Bcl-2 phosphorylation detected in NO-treated cells. The generation of phosphoinositides seems to participate in the process since Bcl-2 phosphorylation was not observed in cells overexpressing lipid-kinase-deficient PI3Kgamma. The potential of SNP toxicity directly from NO was supported by our finding that the NO scavenger carboxy-PTIO prevented cell death. We found no evidence to support the contention that oxygen radicals generated during cellular SNP metabolism mediate cell toxicity in RINm5F cells, since neither addition of catalase/superoxide dismutase nor transfection with superoxide dismutase prevented SNP-induced cell death. Thus, we propose that exposure to apoptotic concentrations of NO triggers ERK- and p38-dependent cytochrome c release, caspase 3 activation, and PI3K-dependent Bcl-2 phosphorylation.

  16. Survey for Ortho-to-Para Abundance Ratios (OPRs) of NH2 in Comets: Revisit to the Meaning of OPRs of Cometary Volatiles (United States)

    Kawakita, Hideyo; Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Jehin, Emmanuel; Decock, Alice; Hutsemekers, Damien; Manfroid, Jean


    Since molecules having identical protons can be classified into nuclear-spin isomers (e.g., ortho-H2O and para-H2O for water) and their inter-conversions by radiative and non-destructive collisional processes are believed to be very slow, the ortho-to-para abundance ratios (OPRs) of cometary volatiles such as H2O, NH3 and CH4 in coma have been considered as primordial characters of cometary molecules [1]. Those ratios are usually interpreted as nuclear-spin temperatures although the real meaning of OPRs is in strong debate. Recent progress in laboratory studies about nuclear-spin conversion in gas- and solid-phases [2,3] revealed short-time nuclear-spin conversions for water, and we have to reconsider the interpretation for observed OPRs of cometary volatiles. We have already performed the survey for OPRs of NH2 in more than 20 comets by large aperture telescopes with high-resolution spectrographs (UVES/VLT, HDS/Subaru, etc.) in the optical wavelength region [4]. The observed OPRs of ammonia estimated from OPRs of NH2, cluster around ~1.1 (cf. 1.0 as a high-temperature limit), indicative of ~30 K as nuclear-spin temperatures. We present our latest results for OPRs of cometary NH2 and discuss about the real meaning of OPRs of cometary ammonia, in relation to OPRs of water in cometary coma. Chemical processes in the inner coma may play an important role to achieve un-equilibrated OPRs of cometary volatiles in coma.This work was financially supported by MEXT Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2014–2018 (No. S1411028) (HK) and by Graint-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, 15J10864 (YS).References:[1] Mumma & Charnley, 2011, Annu. Rev. Astro. Astrophys. 49, 471.[2] Hama & Watanabe, 2013, Chem. Rev. 113, 8783.[3] Hama et al., 2008, Science 351, 6268.[4] Shinnaka et al., 2011, ApJ 729, 81.

  17. Functionalization of zeolitic cavities: grafting NH2 groups in framework T sites of B-SSZ-13--a way to obtain basic solids catalysts? (United States)

    Regli, Laura; Bordiga, Silvia; Busco, Claudia; Prestipino, Carmelo; Ugliengo, Piero; Zecchina, Adriano; Lamberti, Carlo


    Insertion of B atoms into an Al-free zeolitic framework with CHA topology results in the formation of B-SSZ-13 zeotype with Si/B = 11. B K-edge NEXAFS testifies that B forms [B(OSi)4] units in a Td-like geometry (sp3-hybridized B atoms). According to B K-edge NEXAFS and IR, template burning results in the formation of [B(OSi)3] units in a D3h-like geometry (sp2-hybridized B atoms) with a break of a B-O-Si bond and the formation of a Si-OH group. The activated material contains B(III) Lewis acid centers able to specifically coordinate bases like NH3. Such [B(OSi)3] units are reactive toward ammonia, resulting in the formation of B-NH2 surface functionality inside the pores of B-SSZ-13 already under mild conditions, i.e., 35 mbar of NH3 at 373 K for 30 min and without crystallinity degradation. A minor fraction of Si-NH2 cannot be excluded owing to the presence of two IR doublets at 3500 and 3430 cm-1 and at 1600 and 1550 cm-1. Ab initio B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) calculations on a cluster model, supported by a single-point MP2 on B3LYP/6-31+G(D,P) optimized structures, found the break by NH3 of a B-O-Si bond of the [B(OSi)3] unit with formation of [SiOH] and [H2N-B(OSi)2] species to be energetically favored. Comparison between experimental and computed frequency shifts shows them to be in semiquantitative agreement. The high stability of the B-NH2 surface functionality is probed by N K-edge NEXAFS spectra collected under UHV conditions. These findings can open a new route in the preparation of shape selective solid basic catalysts.

  18. Induction of apoptosis in renal cell carcinoma by reactive oxygen species: involvement of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2, p38delta/gamma, cyclooxygenase-2 down-regulation, and translocation of apoptosis-inducing factor.

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    Ambrose, Monica


    Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common malignancy of the kidney. Unfortunately, RCCs are highly refractory to conventional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and even immunotherapy. Thus, novel therapeutic targets need to be sought for the successful treatment of RCCs. We now report that 6-anilino-5,8-quinolinequinone (LY83583), an inhibitor of cyclic GMP production, induced growth arrest and apoptosis of the RCC cell line 786-0. It did not prove deleterious to normal renal epithelial cells, an important aspect of chemotherapy. To address the cellular mechanism(s), we used both genetic and pharmacological approaches. LY83583 induced a time- and dose-dependent increase in RCC apoptosis through dephosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 1\\/2 and its downstream extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) 1 and -2. In addition, we observed a decrease in Elk-1 phosphorylation and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) down-regulation. We were surprised that we failed to observe an increase in either c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase or p38alpha and -beta mitogen-activated protein kinase activation. In contradiction, reintroduction of p38delta by stable transfection or overexpression of p38gamma dominant negative abrogated the apoptotic effect. Cell death was associated with a decrease and increase in Bcl-x(L) and Bax expression, respectively, as well as release of cytochrome c and translocation of apoptosis-inducing factor. These events were associated with an increase in reactive oxygen species formation. The antioxidant N-acetyl l-cysteine, however, opposed LY83583-mediated mitochondrial dysfunction, ERK1\\/2 inactivation, COX-2 down-regulation, and apoptosis. In conclusion, our results suggest that LY83583 may represent a novel therapeutic agent for the treatment of RCC, which remains highly refractory to antineoplastic agents. Our data provide a molecular basis for the anticancer activity of LY83583.

  19. Large pyroelectric and thermal expansion coefficients in the [(CH3)2NH2]Mn (HCOO)3 metal-organic framework (United States)

    Ma, Yinina; Cong, Junzhuang; Chai, Yisheng; Yan, Liqin; Shang, Dashan; Sun, Young


    The [(CH3)2NH2]Mn(HCOO)3 perovskite metal-organic framework exhibits a first-order ferroelectric phase transition with a high polarization at Tc ˜ 192 K, induced by the order-disorder transition of hydrogen bonds. Accompanying this sharp phase transition, a huge pyroelectric coefficient with a peak value of 5.16 × 10-2 C/m2 K is detected. In addition, there is a large lattice expansion along the [012] direction at Tc, resulting in a giant linear thermal expansion coefficient as high as 35 000 ppm/K. These striking results indicate that ferroelectric metal-organic frameworks combing both merits of inorganic and organic compounds hold a great potential in generating superior pyroelectric and thermal expansion properties.

  20. Large-scale single-crystal growth of (CH3)2NH2CuCl3 for neutron scattering experiments (United States)

    Park, Garam; Oh, In-Hwan; Park, J. M. Sungil; Park, Seong-Hun; Hong, Chang Seop; Lee, Kwang-Sei


    Neutron scattering studies on low-dimensional quantum spin systems require large-size single-crystals. Single-crystals of (CH3)2NH2CuCl3 showing low-dimensional magnetic behaviors were grown by a slow solvent evaporation method in a two-solvent system at different temperature settings. The best results were obtained for the bilayer solution of methanol and isopropanol with a molar ratio of 2:1 at 35 °C. The quality of the obtained single-crystals was tested by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction and single-crystal neutron diffraction. In addition, to confirm structural phase transitions (SPTs), thermal analysis and single-crystal X-ray diffraction at 300 K and 175 K, respectively, were conducted, confirming the presence of a SPT at Tup=288 K on heating and Tdown=285 K on cooling.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of supramolecule self-assembly polyami-doamine (PAMAM G1-G1 NH2, CO2H end group Megamer

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    Omid Louie


    Full Text Available Supramolecule self-assembly polyamidoamine (PAMAM dendrimer refers to the chemical sys-tems made up of a discrete number of assembled molecular subunits or components. These strat-egies involve the covalent assembly of hierarchical components reactive monomers, branch cells or dendrons around atomic or molecular cores according to divergent/convergent dendritic branching principles, systematic filling of space around a core with shells (layers of branch cells. The polydispersity index (PDI for the supramolecule megamer are pretty closed to one, are in agreement with the Poisson probability distribution. Polyamidoamine (PAMAM den-drimer G1-G1 that it was PAMAM Megamer NH2, COOH end groupsynthesized and character-ized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMRspectra and GelPermeation Chromatography (GPC.

  2. Sonochemical synthesis of magnetic responsive Fe3O4@TMU-17-NH2 composite as sorbent for highly efficient ultrasonic-assisted denitrogenation of fossil fuel. (United States)

    Mirzaie, Abbas; Musabeygi, Tahereh; Afzalinia, Ahmad


    In this work, a novel magnetic responsive composite was fabricated by encapsulation of Fe3O4 nanoparticles into an amino-functionalized MOF (TMU-17-NH2) under ultrasound irradiation. The prepared materials were characterized by several techniques such as elemental analyses, PXRD, FT-IR, N2 adsorption, TGA and ICP. This composite has been applied to the adsorptive removal of nitrogen-contain compounds in model liquid fuel. The prepared composite demonstrates very good performance for the removal of NCCs. The maximum adsorption capacity of IND and QUI over prepared composite calculated 375.93 and 310.18mg·g(-1) at 25°C, respectively. The composite material is magnetically separable and reusable for several times.

  3. Effects of halogen doping on the photovoltaic properties of HC(NH2)2PbI3 perovskite solar cells (United States)

    Umemoto, Yuri; Suzuki, Atsushi; Oku, Takeo


    Fabrication and characterization of perovskite-based solar cell using TiO2 as an electron transporting layer and 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-4-methoxyphenylamino) -9,9'-spirobifluorene as a hole transporting layer (HTL) have been performed for improving the photovoltaic performance. The purpose of the present study is to investigate a role of halogen doping using iodine, bromine and chlorine compounds on the photovoltaic performance such as short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, conversion efficiency and microstructures of HC(NH2)2PbI3-x-yBrxCly perovskite solar cells. The photovoltaic properties were investigated by current-voltage curves under light irradiation, incident photon to current conversion efficiency, X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy. The photovoltaic performance and optical properties were influenced by halogen addition into the perovskite crystal structure.

  4. Selective dispersive solid phase extraction-chromatography tandem mass spectrometry based on aptamer-functionalized UiO-66-NH2 for determination of polychlorinated biphenyls. (United States)

    Lin, Saichai; Gan, Ning; Cao, Yuting; Chen, Yinji; Jiang, Qianli


    In this paper, a novel dispersive solid phase extraction (dSPE) adsorbent based on aptamer-functionalized magnetic metal-organic framework material was developed for selective enrichment of the trace polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from soil sample. Firstly, we developed a simple, versatile synthetic strategy to prepare highly reproducible magnetic amino-functionalized UiO-66 (Fe3O4@PDA@UiO-66-NH2) by using polydopamine (PDA) as covalent linker. Then amino-functionalized aptamers which can recognize 2,3',5,5'-tetrachlorobiphenyl (PCB72), 2',3',4',5,5'-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB106) were covalent immobilized on UiO-66-NH2 through coupling reagent of glutaraldehyde. Aptamer-functionalized adsorbent (Fe3O4@PDA@UiO-66-Apt) can specifically capture PCBs from complex matrix with high adsorption capacity based on the specific affinity of aptamer towards target. Moreover, the adsorbent can be easily isolated from the solution through magnetic separation after extraction. Afterwards, the detection was carried out with gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The selective dSPE pretreatment coupled with GC-MS possessed high selectivity, good binding capacity, stability, repeatability and reproducibility for the extraction of PCBs. Furthermore, the adsorbent possessed good mechanical stability which can be applied in replicate at least for 60 extraction cycles with recovery over 80%. It provided a linear range of 0.02-400ngmL(-1) with a good correlation coefficient (R(2)=0.9994-0.9996), and the limit of detection was found to be 0.010-0.015ngmL(-1). The method was successfully utilized for the determination of PCBs in soil samples.

  5. Structures of three dehydration products of bischofite from in situ synchrotron powder diffraction data (MgCl2.nH2O; n = 1, 2, 4). (United States)

    Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Dinnebier, Robert E; Hanson, Jonathan C


    High-quality in situ synchrotron powder diffraction data have been used to investigate the decomposition products of bischofite in the temperature range 298

  6. Dimethylammonium copper formate [(CH3)2NH2]Cu(HCOO)3: A metal-organic framework with quasi-one-dimensional antiferromagnetism and magnetostriction (United States)

    Wang, Zhenxing; Jain, Prashant; Choi, Kwang-Yong; van Tol, Johan; Cheetham, Anthony K.; Kroto, Harold W.; Koo, Hyun-Joo; Zhou, Haidong; Hwang, Jungmin; Choi, Eun Sang; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan; Dalal, Naresh S.


    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can exhibit many interesting properties such as multiferroic behavior, dipolar glass, gas storage, and protonic conductivity. Here we report that dimethylammonium copper formate (DMACuF) [(CH3)2NH2]Cu(HCOO)3, a cation templated nonporous MOF with perovskite topology, exhibits strong one-dimensional (1D) antiferromagnetism with a Néel temperature, TN, of 5.2 K. These conclusions are derived from detailed magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, dielectric constant, and high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance measurements as well as density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The magnetic susceptibility exhibits a broad maximum at ˜50 K, suggesting low-dimensional magnetism; heat capacity measurements show a Néel temperature of 5.2 K. The magnetization versus field data at 1.8 K shows a spin-flop transition at Hsf ˜ 1.7 T. The ratio TN/J=6.5×10-2, where J is the near-neighbor exchange constant (77.4 K), and the small value (2 K) of the interchain coupling suggests that DMACuF is close to an ideal 1D magnet. In this three-dimensional crystal lattice, the 1D magnetic behavior is made possible by the Jahn-Teller distortion of the 3d9 Cu2+ ions. Temperature dependence of the electron paramagnetic resonance field and the linewidth exhibits critical broadening for temperatures below 50 K, following a behavior quite characteristic of 1D spin systems. DFT calculations show that [(CH3)2NH2]Cu(HCOO)3 has a magnetic structure in which 1D antiferromagnetic chains parallel to the c direction are weakly coupled ferromagnetically, supporting the thermomagnetic and EPR results. Dielectric measurements under applied magnetic fields of 0-7 T reveal a kink at the TN, a clear indication of magnetostriction behavior.

  7. D-Amino acids incorporation in the frog skin-derived peptide esculentin-1a(1-21)NH2 is beneficial for its multiple functions. (United States)

    Di Grazia, Antonio; Cappiello, Floriana; Cohen, Hadar; Casciaro, Bruno; Luca, Vincenzo; Pini, Alessandro; Di, Y Peter; Shai, Yechiel; Mangoni, Maria Luisa


    Naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) represent promising future antibiotics. We have previously isolated esculentin-1a(1-21)NH2, a short peptide derived from the frog skin AMP esculentin-1a, with a potent anti-Pseudomonal activity. Here, we investigated additional functions of the peptide and properties responsible for these activities. For that purpose, we synthesized the peptide, as well as its structurally altered analog containing two D-amino acids. The peptides were then biophysically and biologically investigated for their cytotoxicity and immunomodulating activities. The data revealed that compared to the wild-type, the diastereomer: (1) is significantly less toxic towards mammalian cells, in agreement with its lower α-helical structure, as determined by circular dichroism spectroscopy; (2) is more effective against the biofilm form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (responsible for lung infections in cystic fibrosis sufferers), while maintaining a high activity against the free-living form of this important pathogen; (3) is more stable in serum; (4) has a higher activity in promoting migration of lung epithelial cells, and presumably in healing damaged lung tissue, and (5) disaggregates and detoxifies the bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), albeit less than the wild-type. Light scattering studies revealed a correlation between anti-LPS activity and the ability to disaggregate the LPS. Besides shedding light on the multifunction properties of esculentin-1a(1-21)NH2, the D-amino acid containing isomer may serve as an attractive template for the development of new anti-Pseudomonal compounds with additional beneficial properties. Furthermore, together with other studies, incorporation of D-amino acids may serve as a general approach to optimize the future design of new AMPs.

  8. Protein kinase C-associated kinase (PKK), a novel membrane-associated, ankyrin repeat-containing protein kinase. (United States)

    Chen, L; Haider, K; Ponda, M; Cariappa, A; Rowitch, D; Pillai, S


    A novel murine membrane-associated protein kinase, PKK (protein kinase C-associated kinase), was cloned on the basis of its physical association with protein kinase Cbeta (PKCbeta). The regulated expression of PKK in mouse embryos is consistent with a role for this kinase in early embryogenesis. The human homolog of PKK has over 90% identity to its murine counterpart, has been localized to chromosome 21q22.3, and is identical to the PKCdelta-interacting kinase, DIK (Bahr, C., Rohwer, A., Stempka, L., Rincke, G., Marks, F., and Gschwendt, M. (2000) J. Biol. Chem. 275, 36350-36357). PKK comprises an N-terminal kinase domain and a C-terminal region containing 11 ankyrin repeats. PKK exhibits protein kinase activity in vitro and associates with cellular membranes. PKK exists in three discernible forms at steady state: an underphosphorylated form of 100 kDa; a soluble, cytosolic, phosphorylated form of 110 kDa; and a phosphorylated, detergent-insoluble form of 112 kDa. PKK is initially synthesized as an underphosphorylated soluble 100-kDa protein that is quantitatively converted to a detergent-soluble 110-kDa form. This conversion requires an active catalytic domain. Although PKK physically associates with PKCbeta, it does not phosphorylate this PKC isoform. However, PKK itself may be phosphorylated by PKCbeta. PKK represents a developmentally regulated protein kinase that can associate with membranes. The functional significance of its association with PKCbeta remains to be ascertained.

  9. Association of protein kinase Cmu with type II phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase and type I phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase. (United States)

    Nishikawa, K; Toker, A; Wong, K; Marignani, P A; Johannes, F J; Cantley, L C


    Protein kinase Cmu (PKCmu), also named protein kinase D, is an unusual member of the PKC family that has a putative transmembrane domain and pleckstrin homology domain. This enzyme has a substrate specificity distinct from other PKC isoforms (Nishikawa, K., Toker, A., Johannes, F. J., Songyang, Z., and Cantley, L. C. (1997) J. Biol. Chem. 272, 952-960), and its mechanism of regulation is not yet clear. Here we show that PKCmu forms a complex in vivo with a phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase and a phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase. A region of PKCmu between the amino-terminal transmembrane domain and the pleckstrin homology domain is shown to be involved in the association with the lipid kinases. Interestingly, a kinase-dead point mutant of PKCmu failed to associate with either lipid kinase activity, indicating that autophosphorylation may be required to expose the lipid kinase interaction domain. Furthermore, the subcellular distribution of the PKCmu-associated lipid kinases to the particulate fraction depends on the presence of the amino-terminal region of PKCmu including the predicted transmembrane region. These results suggest a novel model in which the non-catalytic region of PKCmu acts as a scaffold for assembly of enzymes involved in phosphoinositide synthesis at specific membrane locations.

  10. 14-3-3 proteins interact with specific MEK kinases. (United States)

    Fanger, G R; Widmann, C; Porter, A C; Sather, S; Johnson, G L; Vaillancourt, R R


    MEK (mitogen-activated protein kinase/extracellular signal-regulated kinase kinase) kinases (MEKKs) regulate c-Jun N-terminal kinase and extracellular response kinase pathways. The 14-3-3zeta and 14-3-3epsilon isoforms were isolated in a two-hybrid screen for proteins interacting with the N-terminal regulatory domain of MEKK3. 14-3-3 proteins bound both the N-terminal regulatory and C-terminal kinase domains of MEKK3. The binding affinity of 14-3-3 for the MEKK3 N terminus was 90 nM, demonstrating a high affinity interaction. 14-3-3 proteins also interacted with MEKK1 and MEKK2, but not MEKK4. Endogenous 14-3-3 protein and MEKK1 and MEKK2 were similarly distributed in the cell, consistent with their in vitro interactions. MEKK1 and 14-3-3 proteins colocalized using two-color digital confocal immunofluorescence. Binding of 14-3-3 proteins mapped to the N-terminal 393 residues of 196-kDa MEKK1. Unlike MEKK2 and MEKK3, the C-terminal kinase domain of MEKK1 demonstrated little or no ability to interact with 14-3-3 proteins. MEKK1, but not MEKK2, -3 or -4, is a caspase-3 substrate that when cleaved releases the kinase domain from the N-terminal regulatory domain. Functionally, caspase-3 cleavage of MEKK1 releases the kinase domain from the N-terminal 14-3-3-binding region, demonstrating that caspases can selectively alter protein kinase interactions with regulatory proteins. With regard to MEKK1, -2 and -3, 14-3-3 proteins do not appear to directly influence activity, but rather function as "scaffolds" for protein-protein interactions.

  11. Terminal structure (United States)

    Schmidt, Frank; Allais, Arnaud; Mirebeau, Pierre; Ganhungu, Francois; Lallouet, Nicolas


    A terminal structure (2) for a superconducting cable (1) is described. It consists of a conductor (2a) and an insulator (2b) that surrounds the conductor (2a), wherein the superconducting cable (1) has a core with a superconducting conductor (5) and a layer of insulation that surrounds the conductor (5), and wherein the core is arranged in such a way that it can move longitudinally in a cryostat. The conductor (2a) of the terminal structure (2) is electrically connected with the superconducting conductor (5) or with a normal conductor (6) that is connected with the superconducting conductor (5) by means of a tubular part (7) made of an electrically conductive material, wherein the superconducting conductor (5) or the normal conductor (6) can slide in the part (7) in the direction of the superconductor.

  12. Investigation of the Order-Disorder Transition in the Hybrid Inorganic-Organic System [(CH3)2NH2]Zn(HCOO)3 by means of ^1H NMR (United States)

    Besara, T.; Jain, P.; Reyes, A. P.; Kuhns, P. L.; Dalal, N. S.; Kroto, H. W.; Cheetham, A. K.


    [(CH3)2NH2]Zn(HCOO)3, a hybrid ABX3 perovskite, with A=(CH3)2NH2, B=Zn and X=HCOO, undergoes a paraelectric-antiferroelectric transition around 156 K. Synchrotron studies indicate that hydrogen bonding between the H-atoms in the NH2 group and O-atoms from the formate group is involved. The dimethylamine cation is disordered with nitrogen existing in three different positions, but not known whether statically or dynamically. We have investigated it by means of spin-lattice relaxation time, T1, using proton NMR. We find that the cation is dynamically disordered and that the transition involves its slowing down. Evidence is seen for tunneling of the CH3 groups, and for the compound becoming a glass, with the cation displaying several metastable equilibrium geometries (T1 trajectories).

  13. Termination unit

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    Traeholt, Chresten; Willen, Dag; Roden, Mark; Tolbert, Jerry C.; Lindsay, David; Fisher, Paul W.; Nielsen, Carsten Thidemann


    Cable end section comprises end-parts of N electrical phases/neutral, and a thermally-insulation envelope comprising cooling fluid. The end-parts each comprises a conductor and are arranged with phase 1 innermost, N outermost surrounded by the neutral, electrical insulation being between phases and N and neutral. The end-parts comprise contacting surfaces located sequentially along the longitudinal extension of the end-section. A termination unit has an insulating envelope connected to a cryostat, special parts at both ends comprising an adapter piece at the cable interface and a closing end-piece terminating the envelope in the end-section. The special parts houses an inlet and/or outlet for cooling fluid. The space between an inner wall of the envelope and a central opening of the cable is filled with cooling fluid. The special part at the end connecting to the cryostat houses an inlet or outlet, splitting cooling flow into cable annular flow and termination annular flow.

  14. Secretin and its C-terminal hexapeptide potentiates insulin release in mouse islets

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    Kofod, Hans; Hansen, B; Lernmark, A;


    /ml; the maximal effect was obtained with 1 microgram/ml secretin. This effect was mimicked by 50-500 micrograms/ml NH2-Leu-Leu-Gln-Gly-Leu-Val-NH2, [S-(22-27)], which represents an amidated C-terminal sequence of the secretin molecule. The consecutive smaller secretin C-terminal peptides had either no effects...... no stimulatory effect on islet glutamate dehydrogenase activity. In fact, S-(23-27), S-(24-27), and S-(25-27) inhibited the islet glutamate dehydrogenase activity, the activation by which amino acids and amino acid derivatives are known to elicit a potentiation of insulin release. Our results suggest that the C...

  15. Synthesis,Crystal Structures and Thermal Stabilities of [Cu(bpp)2(bpdc)H2O)2]n·2nH2O and [Cu(bpp)2]n·n(tdc)·7.5nH2O

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    YU,Jing-Hua; WANG,Zhong-Ming; LUO,Xin-Ze; DU,Hong-Guang


    Two novel copper(Ⅱ) coordination polymers [Cu(bpp)2(bpdc)(H2O)2]n·2nH2O (1) and [Cu(bpp)2]n·n(tdc)·7.5nH2O (2) (H2bpdc=biphenyl-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid, bpp= 1,3-di(4-pyridyl)propane and H2tdc=thiophene-2,5-dicartboxylic acid) have been synthesized by the reactions of Cu(NO3)2 and bpp with the HEbpdc or HEtdC, respectively at room temperature. In the complexes 1 and 2, their Cu atoms have a distorted octahedral geometry, and two water molecules coordinate weakly to the Cu atom in the long axial direction. Both complexes have one-dimensional linear polymer structures. In complex 1, both carboxylate groups of the bpdc can coordinate to Cu atom, while both carboxylate groups of the tdc dianion in complex 2 do not coordinate to the Cu atom, which only balance the charge. In the both complexes, the bpp ligand has different conformation: trans-trans in complex 1 and trans-gauche in complex 2. The thermal gravimetric analyses indicate that both complexes are stable under 110 and 160℃, respectively.

  16. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of an Incomplete Cubane-type Mo3S4 Cluster with the N-N-O Type Tridentate Ligand:{Mo3S4[NH2CH2CH(O)CH2NH2]3}(DTP)·(H2O)2·(DMF)

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    HU Rui-Feng; QIN Ye-Yan; KANG Yao; ZHANG Jian; WEN Yi-Hang; LI Zhao-Ji; CHEN Jiu-Tong; YAO Yuan-Gen


    A new cluster {Mo3S4[NH2CH2CH(O)CH2NH2]3}(DTP)·(H2O)2·(DMF) (DTP = diethyldithiophosphate) has been synthesized via ligand substitution reaction of Mo3S4(DTP)4(H2O) with an alkaline ligand 1,3-diamino-2-propanol(DAPROH) in a mixed organic solvent, and its crys- tal structure was determined with the following data: Mo3S6PC16H48O8N7, Mr = 977.76, triclinic, space group P, Z = 2, a = 10.319(2), b = 12.843(3), c = 15.335(3)(A), α = 65.26(3), β = 82.18(3), γ = 70.67(3)o, V = 1741.7(6) (A)3, Dc = 1.864 g/cm3, μ = 1.517 mm-1, F(000) = 988, the final R = 0.0794 and wR = 0.2111 for 6318 observed reflections (I>2σ(I)). The structure analysis indicates that all DTP ligands of Mo3S4(DTP)4(H2O) are replaced and each DAPRO molecule acts as a tri- dentate ligand chelating to each Mo atom of the Mo3S4 core. Different from the precursor, the clus- ter symmetry is elevated to C3. In addition, the UV-spectrum of the title compound was measured.

  17. Intercalation Crystallization of Phase-Pure ..alpha..-HC(NH2)2PbI3 upon Microstructurally Engineered PbI2 Thin Films for Planar Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Zhou, Yuanyuan; Yang, Mengjin; Kwun, Joonsuh; Game, Onkar S.; Zhao, Yixin; Pang, Shuping; Padture, Nitin P.; Zhu, Kai


    The microstructure of the solid-PbI2 precursor thin film plays an important role in the intercalation crystallization of the formamidinium lead triiodide perovskite (..alpa..-HC(NH2)2PbI3). It is shown that microstructurally engineered PbI2 thin films with porosity and low crystallinity are the most favorable for conversion into uniform-coverage, phase-pure ..alpha..-HC(NH2)2PbI3 perovskite thin films. Planar perovskite solar cells fabricated using these thin films deliver power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 13.8%.

  18. Three-component synthesis of C2F5-substituted pyrazoles from C2F5CH2NH2·HCl, NaNO2 and electron-deficient alkynes

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    Pavel K. Mykhailiuk


    Full Text Available A one-pot reaction between C2F5CH2NH2·HCl, NaNO2 and electron-deficient alkynes gives C2F5-substituted pyrazoles in excellent yields. The transformation smoothly proceeds in dichloromethane/water, tolerates the presence of air, and requires no purification of products by column chromatography. Mechanistically, C2F5CH2NH2·HCl and NaNO2 react first in water to generate C2F5CHN2, that participates in a [3 + 2] cycloaddition with electron-deficient alkynes in dichloromethane.

  19. 端氨基超支化聚合物的中试研究%Study on bulk production of amino-terminated hyperbranched polymers

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    王学川; 高翔; 强涛涛


    Based upon the raw materials and reaction conditions in bench-scale test ,the amino-terminated hyperbranched polymers(NH2-HBP)was synthesized in bulk production .To opti-mize the synthesis process parameters were optimized through orthogonal test in which the yield and amino content were as indexes .The results showed that when the mol ratio of N , N′-methylene bisacrylamide and diethylene triamine was 1∶1 .2 ,the temperature was 80 ℃and reaction time was 24 h ,the NH2-HBP had the best yield and amino content .Compared with the optimal conditions of small scale synthesis of NH2-HBP ,the amount of DETA and temperature were improved .The bulk production of NH2-HBP had repeatability and stabili-ty .The average yield of NH2-HBP was 90 .23% ,the average amino content of NH2-HBP was 2 .717 mmol/g ,and the coefficient of variation were low .But compared to the best synthesis result of NH2-HBP in small scale ,the yield and amino content were slightly lower .%基于小试的反应原料和工艺条件,通过中试合成端氨基超支化聚合物(NH2-HBP),并通过正交试验,以产率和氨基含量为检测指标,对中试合成工艺参数进行优化.结果表明:NH2-HBP的最佳中试合成条件为N,N-亚甲基双丙烯酰胺和二乙烯三胺(DETA)的摩尔比为1∶1.2、反应温度为80℃、总反应时间为24h ,相对于最佳小试合成条件,DETA的用量和反应温度均有所提高;NH2-HBP的中试合成具有重复性和稳定性,平均产率为90.23%,平均氨基含量为2.717 mmol/g ,变异系数均较低,但相对于NH2-HBP的最佳小试实验结果,产率和氨基含量稍有降低.

  20. Bose-Einstein condensation of S = 1 nickel spin degrees of freedom in NiCl2-4SC(NH2)2. (United States)

    Zapf, V S; Zocco, D; Hansen, B R; Jaime, M; Harrison, N; Batista, C D; Kenzelmann, M; Niedermayer, C; Lacerda, A; Paduan-Filho, A


    It has recently been suggested that the organic compound NiCl2-4SC(NH2)2 (DTN) undergoes field-induced Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) of the Ni spin degrees of freedom. The Ni S = 1 spins exhibit three-dimensional XY antiferromagnetism above a critical field H(c1) approximately 2 T. The spin fluid can be described as a gas of hard-core bosons where the field-induced antiferromagnetic transition corresponds to Bose-Einstein condensation. We have determined the spin Hamiltonian of DTN using inelastic neutron diffraction measurements, and we have studied the high-field phase diagram by means of specific heat and magnetocaloric effect measurements. Our results show that the field-temperature phase boundary approaches a power-law H - H(c1) proportional variant T(alpha)(c) near the quantum critical point, with an exponent that is consistent with the 3D BEC universal value of alpha = 1.5.

  1. Structural, magnetic and phonon properties of Cr(III)-doped perovskite metal formate framework [(CH3)2NH2][Mn(HCOO)3 (United States)

    Mączka, Mirosław; Gągor, Anna; Hermanowicz, Krzysztof; Sieradzki, Adam; Macalik, Lucyna; Pikul, Adam


    We have incorporated Cr(III) into [(CH3)2NH2][Mn(HCOO)3] (DMMn) multiferroic metal organic framework (MOF). The highest concentration of Cr(III) in the synthesized samples reached 15.9 mol%. The obtained samples were characterized by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, DSC, magnetic susceptibility, dielectric, EPR, Raman and IR methods. These methods and the performed chemical analysis revealed that electrical charge neutrality after substitution of Cr(III) for Mn(II) is maintained by partial replacement of dimethylammonium (DMA+) cations by neutral HCOOH molecules. These changes in the chemical composition are responsible for weakening of the hydrogen bonds and decreased flexibility of the framework. This in turn leads to lowering of the ferroelectric phase transition temperature, observed around 185 K for undoped DMMn and around 155 K for the sample containing 3.1 mol% of Cr(III), and lack of macroscopic phase transition for the samples with Cr(III) content of 8.2 and 15.9 mol %. Another interesting effect observed for the studied samples is pronounced strengthening of the weak ferromagnetism of in Cr(III)-doped samples, associated with slight decrease of the ferromagnetic ordering temperature from 8.5 K for DMMn to 7.0 K for the sample with 15.9 mol % Cr(III) content.

  2. Thermodynamic modeling of the C(CH2OH)4-(NH2)(CH3)C(CH2OH)2 binary system

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    Chellappa, Raja; Russell, Renee; Chandra, Dhanesh


    A new calculated phase diagram of pentaerythritol [PE:P C(CH2OH)4]-2-amino-2-methyl-1,3-propanediol [AMPL: (NH2)(CH3)C(CH2OH)2 ] 'plastic crystals' is presented. The low temperature PE-rich * phase has a tetragonal structure whereas the AMPL-rich * phase has a monoclinic structure. Upon heating, these low temperature * or * phases transform to a high temperature * or *' plastic crystal phases. The PE-rich * phase has an FCC structure and the AMPL-rich *' phase has a BCC structure. The system exhibits complex behavior with one low temperature peritectoid, a high temperature eutectoid, and a peritectic. The * and * phases are assumed to be regular solutions and the plastic crystal phases (* and *') are described using sub-regular solution models. The optimization for excess Gibbs energy parameters was perfomred using Thermo-Calc (TCC) software. The magnitudes of the interaction parameters are relatively large compared to those for similar plastic crystal binary systems.

  3. Disorder-Induced Revival of the Bose-Einstein Condensation in Ni (Cl1 -xBrx )2-4 SC (NH2 )2 at High Magnetic Fields (United States)

    Dupont, Maxime; Capponi, Sylvain; Laflorencie, Nicolas


    Building on recent NMR experiments [A. Orlova et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 067203 (2017)., 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.067203], we theoretically investigate the high magnetic field regime of the disordered quasi-one-dimensional S =1 antiferromagnetic material Ni (Cl1 -xBrx )2-4 SC (NH2 )2 . The interplay between disorder, chemically controlled by Br-doping, interactions, and the external magnetic field, leads to a very rich phase diagram. Beyond the well-known antiferromagnetically ordered regime, an analog of a Bose condensate of magnons, which disappears when H ≥12.3 T , we unveil a resurgence of phase coherence at a higher field H ˜13.6 T , induced by the doping. Interchain couplings stabilize the finite temperature long-range order whose extension in the field—temperature space is governed by the concentration of impurities x . Such a "minicondensation" contrasts with previously reported Bose-glass physics in the same regime and should be accessible to experiments.

  4. Optical properties and ab initio study on the hybrid organic-inorganic material [(CH 3) 2NH 2] 3[BiI 6 (United States)

    Samet, A.; Ahmed, A. Ben; Mlayah, A.; Boughzala, H.; Hlil, E. K.; Abid, Y.


    The tri (dimetylammonium) hexa-iodobismuthate of general formula [(CH 3) 2NH 2] 3[BiI 6] is an organic-inorganic hybrid material. The crystal lattice is composed of discrete [BiI 6] anions surrounded by dimethylamine cations. The X-ray diffraction pattern was obtained and indexed on the basis of rhombohedra unit cell with the R3¯ space group. Room temperature IR and Raman spectra of the title compound were recorded and analyzed. Semi-empirical Parameter Model three (PM3) method as well as density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to derive the equilibrium geometry, vibrational wave numbers and a prediction of IR and Raman spectral activities. In this compound the bands corresponding to the cation vibrational modes show that the symmetry of these cations is distorted and they are strongly hydrogen bonded to the respective anions. The frontier molecular orbital and the energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest un-occupied molecular orbital (LUMO) were calculated with time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). The results show good consistent with the experiment and confirm the contribution of metal orbital to the HOMO-LUMO boundary.

  5. A novel cotton fabric with anti-bacterial and drug delivery properties using SBA-15-NH2/polysiloxane hybrid containing tetracycline. (United States)

    Hashemikia, Samaneh; Hemmatinejad, Nahid; Ahmadi, Ebrahim; Montazer, Majid


    Here, mesoporous silica particles containing tetracycline were loaded on cotton fabric for possible application on the infected human skin. Amino functionalized mesoporous silica, SBA-15-NH2, was chosen as a safe drug carrier loaded with tetracycline via post impregnation method. Diverse content of the drug loaded silica particles were then attached on the cotton fabric surface using polysiloxane reactive softener as a soft and safe fixing agent. UV-Vis spectroscopy was used to study the drug delivery properties of the mesoporous silica on the treated cotton fabrics. The treated fabric with long drug release properties was selected as the optimized sample. Further analysis was carried out on this sample including anti-bacterial, water contact angle, bending length, mineral content and washing durability. Also, SEM images, EDX patterns, X-Ray spectra and thermal behavior of the optimum sample were studied. The optimized treated sample indicated the gradual release profile of tetracycline in PBS buffer media within 48h along with excellent anti-bacterial efficiency as a good feature for biological application.

  6. Nuclear magnetic resonance study of the magnetic-field-induced ordered phase in the NiCl2-4 SC(NH2) 2 compound (United States)

    Blinder, Rémi; Dupont, Maxime; Mukhopadhyay, Sutirtha; Grbić, Mihael S.; Laflorencie, Nicolas; Capponi, Sylvain; Mayaffre, Hadrien; Berthier, Claude; Paduan-Filho, Armando; Horvatić, Mladen


    Nuclear magnetic resonance study of the high magnetic field (H ) part of the Bose-Einstein condensed (BEC) phase of the quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) antiferromagnetic quantum spin-chain compound NiCl2-4 SC (NH2)2 was performed. We precisely determined the phase boundary, Tc(H ) , down to 40 mK; the critical boson density, nc(Tc) ; and the absolute value of the BEC order parameter S⊥ at very low temperature (T =0.12 K ) . All results are accurately reproduced by numerical quantum Monte Carlo simulations of a realistic three-dimensional (3D) model Hamiltonian. Approximate analytical predictions based on the 1D Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid description are found to be precise for Tc(H ) , but less so for S⊥(H ) , which is more sensitive to the strength of 3D couplings, in particular close to the critical field. A mean-field treatment, based on the Hartree-Fock-Popov description, is found to be valid only up to nc≅4 % (T <0.3 K), while for higher nc boson interactions appear to modify the density of states.

  7. Sensitivity to a possible variation of the Proton-to-Electron Mass Ratio of Torsion-Wagging-Rotation Transitions in Methylamine (CH3NH2)

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    Ilyushin, Vadim V; Kozlov, Mikhail G; Levshakov, Sergei A; Kleiner, Isabelle; Ubachs, Wim; Bethlem, Hendrick L


    We determine the sensitivity to a possible variation of the proton-to-electron mass ratio \\mu for torsion-wagging-rotation transitions in the ground state of methylamine (CH3NH2). Our calculation uses an effective Hamiltonian based on a high-barrier tunneling formalism combined with extended-group ideas. The \\mu-dependence of the molecular parameters that are used in this model are derived and the most important ones of these are validated using the spectroscopic data of different isotopologues of methylamine. We find a significant enhancement of the sensitivity coefficients due to energy cancellations between internal rotational, overall rotational and inversion energy splittings. The sensitivity coefficients of the different transitions range from -19 to +24. The sensitivity coefficients of the 78.135, 79.008, and 89.956 GHz transitions that were recently observed in the disk of a z = 0.89 spiral galaxy located in front of the quasar PKS 1830-211 [S. Muller et al. Astron. Astrophys. 535, A103 (2011)] were c...

  8. Sensitivity to a possible variation of the proton-to-electron mass ratio of torsion-wagging-rotation transitions in methylamine CH3NH2 (United States)

    Ilyushin, Vadim V.; Jansen, Paul; Kozlov, Mikhail G.; Levshakov, Sergei A.; Kleiner, Isabelle; Ubachs, Wim; Bethlem, Hendrick L.


    We determine the sensitivity to a possible variation of the proton-to-electron mass ratio μ for torsion-wagging-rotation transitions in the ground state of methylamine (CH3NH2). Our calculation uses an effective Hamiltonian based on a high-barrier tunneling formalism combined with extended-group ideas. The μ dependence of the molecular parameters that are used in this model are derived, and the most important ones of these are validated using the spectroscopic data of different isotopologues of methylamine. We find a significant enhancement of the sensitivity coefficients due to energy cancellations between internal rotational, overall rotational, and inversion energy splittings. The sensitivity coefficients of the different transitions range from -19 to +24. The sensitivity coefficients of the 78.135, 79.008, and 89.956 GHz transitions that were recently observed in the disk of a z=0.89 spiral galaxy located in front of the quasar PKS 1830-211 [S. Muller , Astron. Astrophys.AAEJAF0004-636110.1051/0004-6361/201117096 535, A103 (2011)] were calculated to be -0.87 for the first two and -1.4 for the third transition. From these transitions a preliminary upper limit for a variation of the proton to electron mass ratio of Δμ/μ<9×10-6 is deduced.

  9. Enhancement of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in Nham (Thai fermented pork sausage) using starter cultures of Lactobacillus namurensis NH2 and Pediococcus pentosaceus HN8. (United States)

    Ratanaburee, Anussara; Kantachote, Duangporn; Charernjiratrakul, Wilawan; Sukhoom, Ampaitip


    The aim was to produce Nham that was enriched with γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA); therefore two GABA producing lactic acid bacteria (Pediococcus pentosaceus HN8 and Lactobacillus namurensis NH2) were used as starter cultures. By using the central composite design (CCD) we showed that addition of 0.5% monosodium glutamate (MSG) together with an inoculum size of roughly 6logCFU/g of each of the two strains produced a maximal amounts of GABA (4051 mg/kg) in the 'GABA Nham' product. This was higher than any current popular commercial Nham product by roughly 8 times. 'GABA Nham' with the additions of both starters and MSG (TSM) supported maximum populations of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) with a minimum of yeasts and no staphylococci or molds when compared to the controls that had no addition of any starters or MSG (TNN), or only the addition of MSG (TNM), or with only the starter (TSN). Based on proximate analysis among the Nham sets, 'GABA Nham' was low in fat, carbohydrate and energy although its texture and color were slightly different from the control (TNN). However, sensory evaluations of 'GABA Nham' were more acceptable than the controls and commercial Nham products for all tested parameters. Hence, a unique novel 'GABA Nham' fermented pork sausage was successfully developed.

  10. Affects of Mechanical Milling and Metal Oxide Additives on Sorption Kinetics of 1:1 LiNH2/MgH2 Mixture

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    Donald L. Anton


    Full Text Available The destabilized complex hydride system composed of LiNH2:MgH2 (1:1 molar ratio is one of the leading candidates of hydrogen storage with a reversible hydrogen storage capacity of 8.1 wt%. A low sorption enthalpy of ~32 kJ/mole H2 was first predicted by Alapati et al. utilizing first principle density function theory (DFT calculations and has been subsequently confirmed empirically by Lu et al. through differential thermal analysis (DTA. This enthalpy suggests that favorable sorption kinetics should be obtainable at temperatures in the range of 160 °C to 200 °C. Preliminary experiments reported in the literature indicate that sorption kinetics are substantially lower than expected in this temperature range despite favorable thermodynamics. Systematic isothermal and isobaric sorption experiments were performed using a Sievert’s apparatus to form a baseline data set by which to compare kinetic results over the pressure and temperature range anticipated for use of this material as a hydrogen storage media. Various material preparation methods and compositional modifications were performed in attempts to increase the kinetics while lowering the sorption temperatures. This paper outlines the results of these systematic tests and describes a number of beneficial additions which influence kinetics as well as NH3 formation.

  11. Agonist-biased signaling via proteinase activated receptor-2: differential activation of calcium and mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways. (United States)

    Ramachandran, Rithwik; Mihara, Koichiro; Mathur, Maneesh; Rochdi, Moulay Driss; Bouvier, Michel; Defea, Kathryn; Hollenberg, Morley D


    We evaluated the ability of different trypsin-revealed tethered ligand (TL) sequences of rat proteinase-activated receptor 2 (rPAR(2)) and the corresponding soluble TL-derived agonist peptides to trigger agonist-biased signaling. To do so, we mutated the proteolytically revealed TL sequence of rPAR(2) and examined the impact on stimulating intracellular calcium transients and mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase. The TL receptor mutants, rPAR(2)-Leu(37)Ser(38), rPAR(2)-Ala(37-38), and rPAR(2)-Ala(39-42) were compared with the trypsin-revealed wild-type rPAR(2) TL sequence, S(37)LIGRL(42)-. Upon trypsin activation, all constructs stimulated MAP kinase signaling, but only the wt-rPAR(2) and rPAR(2)-Ala(39-42) triggered calcium signaling. Furthermore, the TL-derived synthetic peptide SLAAAA-NH2 failed to cause PAR(2)-mediated calcium signaling but did activate MAP kinase, whereas SLIGRL-NH2 triggered both calcium and MAP kinase signaling by all receptors. The peptides AAIGRL-NH2 and LSIGRL-NH2 triggered neither calcium nor MAP kinase signals. Neither rPAR(2)-Ala(37-38) nor rPAR(2)-Leu(37)Ser(38) constructs recruited beta-arrestins-1 or -2 in response to trypsin stimulation, whereas both beta-arrestins were recruited to these mutants by SLIGRL-NH2. The lack of trypsin-triggered beta-arrestin interactions correlated with impaired trypsin-activated TL-mutant receptor internalization. Trypsin-stimulated MAP kinase activation by the TL-mutated receptors was not blocked by inhibitors of Galpha(i) (pertussis toxin), Galpha(q) [N-cyclohexyl-1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,4-dihydro-6-methylindeno[1,2-c]pyrazole-3-carboxamide (GP2A)], Src kinase [4-amino-5-(4-methylphenyl)-7-(t-butyl)pyrazolo[3,4-d]-pyrimidine (PP1)], or the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor [4-(3'-chloroanilino)-6,7-dimethoxy-quinazoline (AG1478)], but was inhibited by the Rho-kinase inhibitor (R)-(+)-trans-N-(4-pyridyl)-4-(1-aminoethyl)-cyclohexanecarboxamide, 2HCl (Y27362). The data indicate that the

  12. Casein kinases

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    Issinger, O G


    subunits are highly conserved during evolution. The relationship between CK-2 alpha from humans and plants is still 73%. Similar relationships are reported for the beta-subunit. Chromosomal assignment of CK-2 alpha shows two gene loci, one of which is a pseudogene. They are located on different chromosomes......, no genetic changes are necessarily involved; the observed changes may be entirely due to a signal transduction pathway where CK-2 could be phosphorylated by another kinase(s). CK-2 cDNAs from various organisms have been isolated and characterized. From the deduced amino acid sequence it turns out that CK-2......-subunit affecting: (i) stability, (ii) enzyme specificity and (iii) enzyme activity. The question where CK-2 and its subunits are located throughout the cell cycle has also been addressed, mainly because of the large discrepancies that still exist between results obtained by different investigators. Tissue...

  13. Purification and kinase assay of PKN. (United States)

    Mukai, Hideyuki; Ono, Yoshitaka


    PKN is a serine/threonine protein kinase, which has a catalytic domain highly homologous to that of protein kinase C (PKC) in the carboxyl-terminal region and three repeats of the antiparallel coiled coil (ACC) domain in the amino-terminal region. Mammalian PKN has three isoforms each derived from different genes, PKN1 (PKNalpha/PRK1/PAK1), PKN2 (PRK2/PAK2/PKNgamma), and PKN3 (PKNbeta). PKN isoforms show different enzymatic properties and tissue distributions and have been implicated in various distinct cellular processes (reviewed in Mukai [2003]). This chapter discusses methods to prepare purified enzymes and to assay substrate phosphorylation activities.

  14. Antiepileptic Effect of Uncaria rhynchophylla and Rhynchophylline Involved in the Initiation of c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Phosphorylation of MAPK Signal Pathways in Acute Seizures of Kainic Acid-Treated Rats

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    Hsin-Cheng Hsu


    Full Text Available Seizures cause inflammation of the central nervous system. The extent of the inflammation is related to the severity and recurrence of the seizures. Cell surface receptors are stimulated by stimulators such as kainic acid (KA, which causes intracellular mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK signal pathway transmission to coordinate a response. It is known that Uncaria rhynchophylla (UR and rhynchophylline (RP have anticonvulsive effects, although the mechanisms remain unclear. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to develop a novel strategy for treating epilepsy by investigating how UR and RP initiate their anticonvulsive mechanisms. Sprague-Dawley rats were administered KA (12 mg/kg, i.p. to induce seizure before being sacrificed. The brain was removed 3 h after KA administration. The results indicate that pretreatment with UR (1.0 g/kg, RP (0.25 mg/kg, and valproic acid (VA, 250 mg/kg for 3 d could reduce epileptic seizures and could also reduce the expression of c-Jun aminoterminal kinase phosphorylation (JNKp of MAPK signal pathways in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus brain tissues. Proinflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL-1β, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α remain unchanged, indicating that the anticonvulsive effect of UR and RP is initially involved in the JNKp MAPK signal pathway during the KA-induced acute seizure period.

  15. Molecular cloning of a preprohormone from Hydra magnipapillata containing multiple copies of Hydra-L Wamide (Leu-Trp-NH2) neuropeptides: evidence for processing at Ser and Asn residues

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    Leviev, I; Williamson, M; Grimmelikhuijzen, C J


    The simple, freshwater polyp Hydra is often used as a model to study development in cnidarians. Recently, a neuropeptide, < Glu-Gln-Pro-Gly-Leu-Trp-NH2, has been isolated from sea anemones that induces metamorphosis in a hydroid planula larva to become a polyp. Here, we have cloned a preprohormon...

  16. Spectroscopic observations of 14N/15N ratios in both NH2 and CN in comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) (United States)

    Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Kawakita, Hideyo


    Comet is one of the primordial small bodies in the solar system and probably it has kept the information about the evolution of materials from the pre-solar molecular cloud to the solar nebula.Isotopic ratio in volatiles is one of the primordial properties of comets. A heavier isotopes trend to be captured into a molecule by chemical reactions under very low-temperature conditions (called as fractionation). For instance, D/H ratio of water (HDO/H2O) in comet is enriched in D atom than the elemental abundance ratios of D/H in entire solar system [1]. Based on the observed D/H ratios in cometary water, a presumed temperature is ~20-50 K as the formation temperature of water (most abundant volatiles in cometary nucleus), by assuming water formed in gas-phase chemistry [2].Besides, the nitrogen isotopic ratios (14N/15N) have been determined from CN and HCN (which is believed a dominant "parent" species of CN in the coma) in >20 comets [3,4]. They demonstrated cometary HCN and CN show high 15N-fractionation with respect to the proto-solar value by a factor of ~3 and with a small diversity. Moreover, 14N/15N ratios in NH3 in comets has been determined from intensity ratios of NH2 isotopologues [5,6,7], and both 15N-fractionation as much as HCN in comets and a small diversity are seen in those 14N/15N ratios in NH3. However, there is a few reports about 14N/15N ratios in both HCN and NH3 in the same comets, and discussions about the relationship between these 14N/15N ratios have not been yet.We present 14N/15N ratios in both NH2 and CN in comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina). High-resolution optical spectra of the comet were taken with the HDS spectrograph mounted on the Subaru Telescope (Hawaii) on UT 2016 January 2-3. We will discuss about the origins of these volatiles based on the 14N/15N ratios.This work was supported by Graint-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, 15J10864 (YS).References:[1] Lis et al., 2013, ApJ 774, L3[2] Millar et al., 1989, ApJ 340, 906[3] Bockelée-Morvan et al

  17. Amino-terminated diamond surfaces: Photoelectron emission and photocatalytic properties (United States)

    Zhu, Di; Bandy, Jason A.; Li, Shuo; Hamers, Robert J.


    We report a new approach to making stable negative electron-affinity diamond surfaces by terminating diamond with amino groups (also known as amine groups, -NH2). Previous studies have shown that negative electron affinity can be induced by terminating diamond surfaces with hydrogen, creating a surface dipole favorable toward electron emission. Here, we demonstrate that covalent tethering of positive charges in the form of protonated amino groups, -NH3+, also leads to negative electron affinity (NEA) and facile electron emission into vacuum and into water. Amino-terminated diamond was prepared using a very mild plasma discharge. Valence-band photoemission studies of the amino-terminated diamond samples show a characteristic "NEA" peak, demonstrating that the amino-terminated surface has NEA. Diamond's ability to emit electrons into water was evaluated using photochemical conversion of N2 to NH3. Time-resolved surface photovoltage studies were used to characterize charge separation at the diamond interface, and Mott-Schottky measurements were performed to characterize band-bending at the diamond-water interface. XPS studies show that the amino-terminated surfaces provide increased chemical resistance to oxidation compared with H-terminated diamond when illuminated with ultraviolet light.

  18. Terminal ballistics

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    Rosenberg, Zvi


    This book comprehensively discusses essential aspects of terminal ballistics, combining experimental data, numerical simulations and analytical modeling. Employing a unique approach to numerical simulations as a measure of sensitivity for the major physical parameters, the new edition also includes the following features: new figures to better illustrate the problems discussed; improved explanations for the equation of state of a solid and for the cavity expansion process; new data concerning the Kolsky bar test; and a discussion of analytical modeling for the hole diameter in a thin metallic plate impacted by a shaped charge jet. The section on thick concrete targets penetrated by rigid projectiles has now been expanded to include the latest findings, and two new sections have been added: one on a novel approach to the perforation of thin concrete slabs, and one on testing the failure of thin metallic plates using a hydrodynamic ram.

  19. A multi-level quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics study of SN2 reaction at nitrogen: NH2Cl + OH(-) in aqueous solution. (United States)

    Lv, Jing; Zhang, Jingxue; Wang, Dunyou


    We employed a multi-level quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics approach to study the reaction NH2Cl + OH(-) in aqueous solution. The multi-level quantum method (including the DFT method with both the B3LYP and M06-2X exchange-correlation functionals and the CCSD(T) method, and both methods with the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set) was used to treat the quantum reaction region in different stages of the calculation in order to obtain an accurate potential of mean force. The obtained free energy activation barriers at the DFT/MM level of theory yielded a big difference of 21.8 kcal mol(-1) with the B3LYP functional and 27.4 kcal mol(-1) with the M06-2X functional respectively. Nonetheless, the barrier heights become very close when shifted from DFT to CCSD(T): 22.4 kcal mol(-1) and 22.9 kcal mol(-1) at CCSD(T)(B3LYP)/MM and CCSD(T)(M06-2X)/MM levels of theory, respectively. The free reaction energy obtained using CCSD(T)(M06-2X)/MM shows an excellent agreement with the one calculated using the available gas-phase data. Aqueous solution plays a significant role in shaping the reaction profile. In total, the water solution contributes 13.3 kcal mol(-1) and 14.6 kcal mol(-1) to the free energy barrier heights at CCSD(T)(B3LYP)/MM and CCSD(T)(M06-2X)/MM respectively. The title reaction at nitrogen is a faster reaction than the corresponding reaction at carbon, CH3Cl + OH(-).

  20. Density functional study of hydrogen bond formation between methanol and organic molecules containing Cl, F, NH2, OH, and COOH functional groups. (United States)

    Kolev, Stefan K; St Petkov, Petko; Rangelov, Miroslav A; Vayssilov, Georgi N


    Various hydrogen-bonded complexes of methanol with different proton accepting and proton donating molecules containing Cl, F, NH(2), OH, OR, and COOH functional groups have been modeled using DFT with hybrid B3LYP and M05-2X functionals. The latter functional was found to provide more accurate estimates of the structural and thermodynamic parameters of the complexes of halides, amines, and alcohols. The characteristics of these complexes are influenced not only by the principle hydrogen bond of the methanol OH with the proton acceptor heteroatom, but also by additional hydrogen bonds of a C-H moiety with methanol oxygen as a proton acceptor. The contribution of the former hydrogen bond in the total binding enthalpy increases in the order chlorides contribution of the second type of hydrogen bond increases in the reverse order. A general correlation was found between the binding enthalpy of the complex and the electrostatic potential at the hydrogen center participating in the formation of the hydrogen bond. The calculated binding enthalpies of different complexes were used to clarify which functional groups can potentially form a hydrogen bond to the 2'-OH hydroxyl group in ribose, which is strong enough to block it from participation in the intramolecular catalytic activation of the peptide bond synthesis. Such blocking could result in inhibition of the protein biosynthesis in the living cell if the corresponding group is delivered as a part of a drug molecule in the vicinity of the active site in the ribosome. According to our results, such activity can be accomplished by secondary or tertiary amines, alkoxy groups, deprotonated carboxyl groups, and aliphatic fluorides, but not by the other modeled functional groups.


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    Full Text Available Allowing (Cy2NH22.SO4.2H2O or Cy2NH2.HSO4 to react with SnMe3Cl in ethanolic media in two specific ratios the sulphato complexes (mentioned in this paper title were obtained and their infrared study was carried out. Discrete structures containing the complex-anion [SO4(SO4SnMe32]4- consisting of a central bidentate sulphate linked to SnMe3 groups which are then coordinated to monodentate sulphate anions or the complex-anion [(SO46(SnMe35]7- consisting of planar SnMe3 groups, monodentate or bidentate sulphate anions, these complex-anions dimerizing through cations via hydrogen bonds, are suggested.

  2. 壽Activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways by heat shock


    Dorion, Sonia; Landry, Jacques


    In addition to inducing new transcriptional activities that lead within a few hours to the accumulation of heat shock proteins (Hsps), heat shock activates within minutes the major signaling transduction pathways involving mitogen-activated protein kinases, extracellular signal–regulated kinase, stress-activated protein kinase 1 (SAPK1)–c-Jun N-terminal kinase, and SAPK2-p38. These kinases are involved in both survival and death pathways in response to other stresses and may, therefore, contr...

  3. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of Alexa Fluor 680-bombesin[7-14]NH2 peptide conjugate, a high-affinity fluorescent probe with high selectivity for the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor. (United States)

    Ma, Lixin; Yu, Ping; Veerendra, Bhadrasetty; Rold, Tammy L; Retzloff, Lauren; Prasanphanich, Adam; Sieckman, Gary; Hoffman, Timothy J; Volkert, Wynn A; Smith, Charles J


    Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receptors are overexpressed on several types of human cancer cells, including breast, prostate, small cell lung, and pancreatic cancers. Bombesin (BBN), a 14-amino acid peptide that is an analogue of human GRP, binds to GRP receptors with very high affinity and specificity. The aim of this study was to develop a new fluorescent probe based on BBN having high tumor uptake and optimal pharmacokinetics for specific targeting and optical imaging of human breast cancer tissue. In this study, solid-phase peptide synthesis was used to produce H(2)N-glycylglycylglycine-BBN[7-14]NH(2) peptide with the following general sequence: H(2)N-G-G-G-Q-W-A-V-G-H-L-M-(NH(2)). This conjugate was purified by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography and characterized by electrospray-ionization mass spectra. The fluorescent probe Alexa Fluor 680-G-G-G-BBN[7-14]NH(2) conjugate was prepared by reaction of Alexa Fluor 680 succinimidyl ester to H(2)N-G-G-G-BBN[7-14]NH(2) in dimethylformamide (DMF). In vitro competitive binding assays, using (125)I-Tyr(4)-BBN as the radiolabeling gold standard, demonstrated an inhibitory concentration 50% value of 7.7 +/- 1.4 nM in human T-47D breast cancer cells. Confocal fluorescence microscopy images of Alexa Fluor 680-G-G-G-BBN[7-14]NH(2) in human T-47D breast cancer cells indicated specific uptake, internalization, and receptor blocking of the fluorescent bioprobe in vitro. In vivo investigations in SCID mice bearing xenografted T-47D breast cancer lesions demonstrated the ability of this new conjugate to specifically target tumor tissue with high selectivity and affinity.

  4. In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Alexa Fluor 680-Bombesin[7–14]NH2 Peptide Conjugate, a High-Affinity Fluorescent Probe with High Selectivity for the Gastrin-Releasing Peptide Receptor

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    Lixin Ma


    Full Text Available Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP receptors are overexpressed on several types of human cancer cells, including breast, prostate, small cell lung, and pancreatic cancers. Bombesin (BBN, a 14–amino acid peptide that is an analogue of human GRP, binds to GRP receptors with very high affinity and specificity. The aim of this study was to develop a new fluorescent probe based on BBN having high tumor uptake and optimal pharmacokinetics for specific targeting and optical imaging of human breast cancer tissue. In this study, solid-phase peptide synthesis was used to produce H2N-glycylglycylglycine-BBN[7–14]NH2 peptide with the following general sequence: H2N-G-G-G-Q-W-A-V-G-H-L-M-(NH2. This conjugate was purified by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography and characterized by electrospray-ionization mass spectra. The fluorescent probe Alexa Fluor 680-G-G-G-BBN[7–14]NH2 conjugate was prepared by reaction of Alexa Fluor 680 succinimidyl ester to H2N-G-G-G-BBN[7–14]NH2 in dimethylformamide (DMF. In vitro competitive binding assays, using 125I-Tyr4-BBN as the radiolabeling gold standard, demonstrated an inhibitory concentration 50% value of 7.7 ± 1.4 nM in human T-47D breast cancer cells. Confocal fluorescence microscopy images of Alexa Fluor 680-G-G-G-BBN[7–14]NH2 in human T-47D breast cancer cells indicated specific uptake, internalization, and receptor blocking of the fluorescent bioprobe in vitro. In vivo investigations in SCID mice bearing xenografted T-47D breast cancer lesions demonstrated the ability of this new conjugate to specifically target tumor tissue with high selectivity and affinity.

  5. Preparation and Hydrogen Storage Performance of 2LiNH2/MgH2+5 %M (M=0, AlCl3, MgCl2, TiCl3) Alloy%2LiNH2/MgH2+5%M(M=O,AlCl3,MgCl2,TiCl3)合金的制备与储氢性能

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    黄显吞; 卿培林; 覃昌生


    在氢气保护下,通过机械合金化制备2LiNH2/MgH2+5%M(M=0,AlCl3,MgCl2,TiCl3)复合材料,研究添加金属卤化物对2LiNH2/MgH2复合材料相结构及储氢性能的影响.结果表明,复合材料的相结构主要由MgH2和LiNH2组成,且添加MgCl2和TiCl3后复合材料的粒度相对较小;2LiNH2/MgH2复合材料在添加金属卤化物后表观活化能增大,但在相同的温度下吸氢速率明显增大,并在升温速率为8 K/min时添加这些金属卤化物后都能使复合材料的氢化反应温度降低.

  6. Ligation of cancer cell surface GRP78 with antibodies directed against its COOH-terminal domain up-regulates p53 activity and promotes apoptosis. (United States)

    Misra, Uma Kant; Mowery, Yvonne; Kaczowka, Steven; Pizzo, Salvatore Vincent


    Binding of activated α(2)-macroglobulin to GRP78 on the surface of human prostate cancer cells promotes proliferation by activating signaling cascades. Autoantibodies directed against the activated α(2)-macroglobulin binding site in the NH(2)-terminal domain of GRP78 are receptor agonists, and their presence in the sera of cancer patients is a poor prognostic indicator. We now show that antibodies directed against the GRP78 COOH-terminal domain inhibit [(3)H]thymidine uptake and cellular proliferation while promoting apoptosis as measured by DNA fragmentation, Annexin V assay, and clonogenic assay. These antibodies are receptor antagonists blocking autophosphorylation and activation of GRP78. Using 1-LN and DU145 prostate cancer cell lines and A375 melanoma cells, which express GRP78 on their cell surface, we show that antibodies directed against the COOH-terminal domain of GRP78 up-regulate the tumor suppressor protein p53. By contrast, antibody directed against the NH(2)-terminal domain of GRP78 shows negligible effects on p53 expression. PC-3 prostate cancer cells, which do not express GRP78 on their cell surface, are refractory to the effects of anti-GRP78 antibodies directed against either the COOH- or NH(2)-terminal domains. However, overexpression of GRP78 in PC-3 cells causes translocation of GRP78 to the cell surface and promotes apoptosis when these cells are treated with antibody directed against its COOH-terminal domain. Silencing GRP78 or p53 expression by RNA interference significantly blocked the increase in p53 induced by antibodies. Antibodies directed against the COOH-terminal domain may play a therapeutic role in cancer patients whose tumors trigger the production of autoantibodies directed against the NH(2)-terminal domain of GRP78.

  7. Mitogen-activated protein kinases mediate Mycobacterium tuberculosis–induced CD44 surface expression in monocytes

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    Natarajan Palaniappan; S Anbalagan; Sujatha Narayanan


    CD44, an adhesion molecule, has been reported to be a binding site for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) in macrophages and it also mediates mycobacterial phagocytosis, macrophage recruitment and protective immunity against pulmonary tuberculosis in vivo. However, the signalling pathways that are involved in M. tuberculosis–induced CD44 surface expression in monocytic cells are currently unknown. Exposure of THP-1 human monocytes to M. tuberculosis H37Rv and H37Ra induced distinct, time-dependent, phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase-1, extracellular signal regulated kinase 1/2, mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 3/6, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase and c-jun N-terminal kinases. The strains also differed in their usage of CD14 and human leukocyte antigen-DR (HLA-DR) receptors in mediating mitogen-activated protein kinase activation. M. tuberculosis H37Rv strain induced lower CD44 surface expression and tumour necrosis factor-alpha levels, whereas H37Ra the reverse. Using highly specific inhibitors of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase-1, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase and c-jun N-terminal kinase, we report that inhibition of extracellular signal regulated kinase 1/2 and c-jun N-terminal kinases increases, but that inhibition of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase decreases M. tuberculosis–induced CD44 surface expression in THP-1 human monocytes.

  8. 1H and 13C n.m.r. studies of pseudo-peptide analogues of the C-terminal tetrapeptide of gastrin. (United States)

    Aumelas, A; Rodriguez, M; Heitz, A; Castro, B; Martinez, J


    1H and 13C n.m.r. study of pseudo-peptide analogues of the C-terminal tetrapeptide of gastrin, obtained by replacing each peptide bond by a "reduced peptide bond", one at a time, e.g. Boc-Trp psi (CH2NH)Leu-Asp-Phe-NH2 2, Boc-Trp-Leu psi (CH2NH) Asp-Phe-NH2 3, Boc-Trp-Leu-Asp psi (CH2NH)Phe-NH2 4, were reported. The CH2NH bond was completely characterized. 1H and 13C spectroscopic data were reported. It appeared from the present work that the modifications produced by the replacement of a peptide bond by a CH2NH bond were localized around the CH2NH.

  9. Cytokine-induced activation of Mixed Lineage Kinase 3 requires TRAF2 and TRAF6


    Korchnak, Amanda C.; Zhan, Yu; Aguilar, Michael T.; Chadee, Deborah N.


    Mixed Lineage Kinase 3 (MLK3) is a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase (MAP3K) that activates multiple mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways in response to growth factors, stresses and the pro-inflammatory cytokine, tumor necrosis factor (TNF). MLK3 is required for optimal activation of stress activated protein kinase/c-Jun N-terminal kinase (SAPK/JNK) signaling by TNF, however, the mechanism by which MLK3 is recruited and activated by the TNF receptor remains poorly und...

  10. Preparação e caracterização de materiais híbridos celulose/NbOPO4.nH2O a partir de celulose branqueada de bagaço de cana-de-açúcar Preparation and characterization of a cellulose/NbOPO4.nH2O hybrid from bleached sugarcane bagasse

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    Paulo H. F. Pereira


    Full Text Available Este trabalho descreve a preparação e caracterização do híbrido celulose/fosfato de nióbio hidratado (Cel/NbOPO4.nH2O utilizando como material de partida a celulose branqueada de bagaço de cana-de-açúcar e o nióbio metálico. O híbrido foi preparado por dois métodos: denominados métodos I e II. O método I consistiu na dissolução do nióbio metálico em solução de ácido fluorídrico/nítrico (100:10, com tempo de contato de 16 horas entre a celulose branqueada do bagaço de cana-de-açúcar e a solução ácida. Adicionou-se a essa solução ácido fosfórico para precipitação do material. O método II foi semelhante, com proporções diferentes da solução ácida fluorídrico/nítrico (160/100, sem tempo de contato da celulose com a solução ácida. Os métodos I e II utilizaram as seguintes proporções de cel/ Nb2O5.nH2O: (10:10;(10:6 e (10:2. Os materiais preparados pelos métodos I e II foram caracterizados por difração de raios X (DRX, termogravimetria (TG/DTG e microscopia eletrônica de varredura (MEV. Observou-se aumento do índice do grau de cristalinidade e mudanças na morfologia dos materiais preparados.This work describes the preparation and characterization of cellulose/hydrous niobium phosphate hybrid with bleached cellulose from sugarcane bagasse. The hybrid was prepared in two different forms: named methods I and II. Method I consisted in dissolving metallic niobium in a fluoridric/nitric (100:10 mixture, with aging time of 16 hours in which the sugarcane bagasse was in contact with the acid solution. Phosphoric acid was then added to the solution for precipitation of the material. Method II was similar, but metallic niobium was diluted in a fluoridric /nitric (160/100 solution without aging time. In both methods different proportions of Cel/NbOPO4.nH2O were used: (10:10; (10:6 and (10:2. These materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, thermogravimetry (TG/DTG analysis and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM. The deposition of niobium phosphate and an increase in crystallinity were observed.

  11. 纳米银粒子在氨基注入氧化铟锡玻璃基体表面的高密度吸附%High Density Attachment of Silver Nanoparticles onto an NH2+ Ion Implanted Indium Tin Oxide Glass Substrate

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    李硕琦; 刘璐; 田辉凤; 胡劲波


    An effective approach to attach silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) directly onto an indium tin oxide (ITO) surface with high density was reported.An NH2+ ion implanted ITO (NH2/ITO) film was prepared and the AgNPs were adsorbed onto the surface of the obtained NH2/ITO film resulting in an AgNPs-attached NH2/ITO (AgNPs/NH2/ITO) substrate.Characterization of stepwise changes in the ITO,NH2/ITO,and AgNPs/NH2/ITO surfaces were carried out using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometry,X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),atomic force microscopy (AFM),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),ultravioletvisible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy,and electrochemical methods.Cyclic voltammtric voltammetry results indicate that the immobilized AgNPs on the NH2/ITO electrode gave excellent electrochemical properties,implying facile electrochemical communication between the AgNPs and the ITO substrate through theby implanted amino groups.Thus,the AgNPs/NH2/ITO surfaces are promising as new functional interfaces because AgNPs can be attached to surfaces without the use of organic binding molecules.%研究了纳米银(AgNPs)在氨基注入氧化铟锡(ITO)薄膜表面的吸附.通过氨基注入的方法得到了氨基功能化的ITO表面(NH2/ITO),并将纳米银直接吸附在NH2/ITO上得到纳米银修饰NH2/ITO基体(AgNPs/NH2/ITO).使用傅里叶红外光谱、X射线光电子能谱、原子力显微镜、扫描电镜、紫外可见光谱和电化学方法对AgNPs/NH2/ITO制备过程进行了表征.结果显示纳米银可在NH2/ITO表面高密度地吸附,并且纳米银有良好的电化学活性.这种不借助于有机连接分子吸附纳米银的方法为制备纳米银修饰材料提供了新的选择.

  12. Insights into the origin of cooperative effects in the spin transition of [Fe(NH2trz)3](NO3)2: the role of supramolecular interactions evidenced in the crystal structure of [Cu(NH2trz)3](NO3)2.H2O. (United States)

    Dîrtu, Marinela M; Neuhausen, Christine; Naik, Anil D; Rotaru, Aurelian; Spinu, Leonard; Garcia, Yann


    The thermally induced hysteretic spin transition (ST) that occurs in the polymeric chain compound [Fe(NH(2)trz)(3)](NO(3))(2) (1) above room temperature (T(c)(upward arrow) = 347 K, T(c)(downward arrow) = 314 K) has been tracked by (57)Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, SQUID magnetometry, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and X-ray powder diffraction (XPRD) at variable temperatures. From the XRPD pattern indexation, an orthorhombic primitive cell was observed with the following cell parameters: a = 11.83(2) A, b = 9.72(1) A, c = 6.361(9) A at 298 K (low-spin state) and a = 14.37(2) A, b = 9.61(4) A, c = 6.76(4) A at 380 K (high-spin state). The enthalpy and entropy variation associated to the ST of 1, have been evaluated by DSC as DeltaH = 23(1) kJ mol(-1) and DeltaS = 69.6(1) J mol(-1) K(-1). These thermodynamic data were used within a two-level Ising like model for the statistical analysis of First Order Reversal Curve (FORC) diagram that was recorded for 1, in the cooling mode. Strong intramolecular cooperative effects are witnessed by the derived interaction parameter of J = 496 K. The crystal structure of [Cu(NH(2)trz)(3)](NO(3))(2).H(2)O (2) was obtained thanks to high quality single crystals prepared by slow evaporation after hydrothermal pretreatment. The catena poly[mu-tris(4-amino-1,2,4-triazole-N1,N2) copper(II)] dinitrate monohydrate (2) crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c, with a = 16.635(6) A, b = 13.223(4) A, c = 7.805(3) A, beta = 102.56(3) degrees, Z = 4. Complex 2 is a 1D infinite chain containing triple N1,N2-1,2,4-triazole bridges with an intra-chain distance of Cu...Cu = 3.903(1) A. A dense H-bonding network with the nitrate counteranion involved in intra-chain and inter-chain interactions is observed. Such a supramolecular network could be at the origin of the unusually large hysteresis loop displayed by 1 (DeltaT approximately 33 K), as a result of an efficient propagation of elastic interactions through the network. This

  13. 溶剂对环加成反应HN3+NH2 CN→5-AT影响的理论研究%Theoretical Study on Solvent Effect on Cycloaddition Reaction:HN3+NH2 CN→5-AT

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    来蔚鹏; 廉鹏; 尉涛; 陈晓芳; 邱少君; 常海波


    Cycloaddition reaction HN3 + NH2 CN → 5-AT has been theoretically investigated by B3LYP,QCISD and MP2 methods with 6-311 +G*basis set. The solvent effects on the geometries,reaction path properties,energies,thermodynamic,and kinetic characters in four solvents( carbon tetrachloride,dimethylsulfoxide,aceton,and water)have been studied by using self-consistent reaction field(SCRF)approach with the polarizable continuum model( PCM). Results show that effects of solvent on the geometric characters and reaction path properties are negligible. The equilibri-um constant in dimethylsulfoxide solvent is the largest,so the reaction easier occurred spontaneously in dimethylsulfoxide solvent thermodynamically. The rate constant in the solvents is smaller kinetically than that in gas phase,and 300 to 350 K is the most feasible temperature to the reaction.%采用 B3LYP、QCISD、MP2方法在6-311+G*基组水平上对 HN3+NH2CN→5-AT的环加成反应进行了研究,用气相条件下的计算方法结合 SCRF/PCM模型对四氯化碳、丙酮、二甲亚砜、水四种不同溶剂下的反应性能进行计算,探讨了溶剂对反应的影响。结果表明,溶剂的极性对反应的影响不明显,从热力学角度考虑:反应在二甲亚砜溶剂中的平衡常数最大,说明反应在二甲亚砜溶剂中最容易自发进行;从动力学角度考虑:反应在各种溶剂中的速率常数均小于其在气相条件下的速率常数,说明反应在气相条件下更具有动力学优势。300~350 K是该反应的适宜温度。

  14. Role of c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase 1/2 (JNK1/2) in macrophage-mediated MMP-9 production in response to Moraxella catarrhalis lipooligosaccharide (LOS). (United States)

    Hassan, Ferdaus; Ren, Dabin; Zhang, Wenhong; Gu, Xin-Xing


    Moraxella catarrhalis is a gram negative bacterium and a leading causative agent of otitis media (OM) in children. Recent reports have provided strong evidence for the presence of high levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMPs) in effusion fluids from children suffering with OM, however, the precise mechanisms by which MMPs are generated are currently unknown. We hypothesized that MMPs are secreted from macrophages in the presence of M. catarrhalis lipooligosaccharide (LOS). In this report, we demonstrate that in vitro stimulation of murine macrophage RAW 264.7 cells with LOS leads to secretion of MMP-9 as determined by ELISA and zymogram assays. We have also shown that inhibition of ERK1/2 and p38 kinase completely blocked LOS induced MMP-9 production. In contrast, inhibition of JNK1/2 by the specific inhibitor SP600125 actually increased the level of expression and production of MMP-9 at both mRNA and protein levels, respectively by almost five fold. This latter result was confirmed by knocking down JNK1/2 using siRNA. Similar results have been observed in murine bone marrow derived macrophages in vitro. In contrast to and in parallel with the LOS-induced increased levels of MMP-9 in the presence of SP600125, we found a corresponding dose-dependent inhibition of TIMP-1 (tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1) secretion. Results of subsequent in vitro studies provided evidence that when JNK1/2 was inhibited prior to stimulation with LOS, it significantly increased both the extent of macrophage cell migration and invasion compared to control cells or cells treated with LOS alone. The results of these studies contribute to an increased understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of OM with effusion in children.

  15. Localization of the disulfide bonds in the NH2-terminal domain of the cellular receptor for human urokinase-type plasminogen activator. A domain structure belonging to a novel superfamily of glycolipid-anchored membrane proteins

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    Ploug, M; Kjalke, M.; Rønne, E


    : Cys3-Cys24, Cys6-Cys12, Cys17-Cys45, and Cys71-Cys76. Similar cysteine pairing is likely to be found within other members of this protein superfamily, i.e. the membrane inhibitor of reactive lysis, Ly-6, and the remaining two domains of uPAR. However, an additional pair of cysteines present within...

  16. Glucose restriction induces cell death in parental but not in homeodomain-interacting protein kinase 2-depleted RKO colon cancer cells: molecular mechanisms and implications for tumor therapy. (United States)

    Garufi, A; Ricci, A; Trisciuoglio, D; Iorio, E; Carpinelli, G; Pistritto, G; Cirone, M; D'Orazi, G


    Tumor cell tolerance to nutrient deprivation can be an important factor for tumor progression, and may depend on deregulation of both oncogenes and oncosuppressor proteins. Homeodomain-interacting protein kinase 2 (HIPK2) is an oncosuppressor that, following its activation by several cellular stress, induces cancer cell death via p53-dependent or -independent pathways. Here, we used genetically matched human RKO colon cancer cells harboring wt-HIPK2 (HIPK2(+/+)) or stable HIPK2 siRNA interference (siHIPK2) to investigate in vitro whether HIPK2 influenced cell death in glucose restriction. We found that glucose starvation induced cell death, mainly due to c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase activation, in HIPK2(+/+)cells compared with siHIPK2 cells that did not die. (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance quantitative metabolic analyses showed a marked glycolytic activation in siHIPK2 cells. However, treatment with glycolysis inhibitor 2-deoxy-D-glucose induced cell death only in HIPK2(+/+) cells but not in siHIPK2 cells. Similarly, siGlut-1 interference did not re-establish siHIPK2 cell death under glucose restriction, whereas marked cell death was reached only after zinc supplementation, a condition known to reactivate misfolded p53 and inhibit the pseudohypoxic phenotype in this setting. Further siHIPK2 cell death was reached with zinc in combination with autophagy inhibitor. We propose that the metabolic changes acquired by cells after HIPK2 silencing may contribute to induce resistance to cell death in glucose restriction condition, and therefore be directly relevant for tumor progression. Moreover, elimination of such a tolerance might serve as a new strategy for cancer therapy.

  17. Aging, Terminal Decline, and Terminal Drop (United States)

    Palmore, Erdman; Cleveland, William


    Data from a 20-year longitudinal study of persons over 60 were analyzed by step-wise multiple regression to test for declines in function with age, for terminal decline (linear relationship to time before death), and for terminal drop (curvilinear relationship to time before death). There were no substantial terminal drop effects. (Author)

  18. Crystal Structure of Chiral Acetato-bridged Binuclear Cyclopalladated complex[Pd(μ-O2CM3)(S-C6H4CHMeNH2)]2

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    杨帆; 李一平; 聂娟; 汤杰; 何鸣元


    Reaction of (S)-α-methylbenzylamine with Pd(OAc)2 in anhydrous HOAc produced the chiral complex[Pd(μ-O2CMe)(S-C6H4CHMeNH2)]2.(1).The complex was characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy,elemental analysis and a single-crystal Xray analysis.The X-ray crystal structure analysis revealed that complex 1 has four isomers:two outer and two inner isomers.

  19. Structure and carboxyl-terminal domain (CTD) binding of the Set2 SRI domain that couples histone H3 Lys36 methylation to transcription. (United States)

    Vojnic, Erika; Simon, Bernd; Strahl, Brian D; Sattler, Michael; Cramer, Patrick


    During mRNA elongation, the SRI domain of the histone H3 methyltransferase Set2 binds to the phosphorylated carboxyl-terminal domain (CTD) of RNA polymerase II. The solution structure of the yeast Set2 SRI domain reveals a novel CTD-binding fold consisting of a left-handed three-helix bundle. NMR titration shows that the SRI domain binds an Ser2/Ser5-phosphorylated CTD peptide comprising two heptapeptide repeats and three flanking NH2-terminal residues, whereas a single CTD repeat is insufficient for binding. Residues that show strong chemical shift perturbations upon CTD binding cluster in two regions. Both CTD tyrosine side chains contact the SRI domain. One of the tyrosines binds in the region with the strongest chemical shift perturbations, formed by the two NH2-terminal helices. Unexpectedly, the SRI domain fold resembles the structure of an RNA polymerase-interacting domain in bacterial sigma factors (domain sigma2 in sigma70).

  20. Upper limits to interstellar NH+ and para-NH2- abundances. Herschel-HIFI observations towards Sgr B2 (M) and G10.6-0.4 (W31C)

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    Persson, C M; Hassel, G E; Olofsson, A O H; Black, J H; Herbst, E; Müller, H S P; Cernicharo, J; Wirström, E S; Olberg, M; Hjalmarson, Å; Lis, D C; Cuppen, H M; Gerin, M; Menten, K M


    The understanding of interstellar nitrogen chemistry has improved significantly with recent results from the Herschel Space Observatory. To set even better constraints, we report here on deep searches for the NH+ ground state rotational transition J=1.5-0.5 of the ^2Pi_1/2 lower spin ladder, with fine-structure transitions at 1013 and 1019 GHz, and the para-NH2- 1_1,1-0_0,0 rotational transition at 934 GHz towards Sgr B2(M) and G10.6-0.4 using Herschel-HIFI. No clear detections of NH+ are made and the derived upper limits are <2*10^-12 and <7*10^-13 in Sgr B2(M) and G10.6-0.4, respectively. The searches are complicated by the fact that the 1013 GHz transition lies only -2.5 km/s from a CH2NH line, seen in absorption in Sgr B2(M), and that the hyperfine structure components in the 1019 GHz transition are spread over 134 km/s. Searches for the so far undetected NH2- anion turned out to be unfruitful towards G10.6-0.4, while the para-NH2- 1_1,1-0_0,0 transition was tentatively detected towards Sgr B2(M) at...