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The 11s Proteasomal Activator Regγ Impacts Polyglutamine-Expanded Androgen Receptor Aggregation And Motor Neuron Viability Through Distinct Mechanisms., Jill M. Yersak, Heather L. Montie, Erica S. Chevalier-Larsen, Yuhong Liu, Lan Huang, Martin Rechsteiner, Diane E. Merry 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

The 11s Proteasomal Activator Regγ Impacts Polyglutamine-Expanded Androgen Receptor Aggregation And Motor Neuron Viability Through Distinct Mechanisms., Jill M. Yersak, Heather L. Montie, Erica S. Chevalier-Larsen, Yuhong Liu, Lan Huang, Martin Rechsteiner, Diane E. Merry

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Papers

Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is caused by expression of a polyglutamine (polyQ)-expanded androgen receptor (AR). The inefficient nuclear proteasomal degradation of the mutant AR results in the formation of nuclear inclusions containing amino-terminal fragments of the mutant AR. PA28γ (also referred to as REGγ) is a nuclear 11S-proteasomal activator with limited proteasome activation capabilities compared to its cytoplasmic 11S (PA28α, PA28β) counterparts. To clarify the role of REGγ in polyQ-expanded AR metabolism, we carried out genetic and biochemical studies in cell models of SBMA. Overexpression of REGγ in a PC12 cell model of SBMA increased polyQ-expanded AR ...


Structure Activity Relationship Studies Of Novel Diarylpentanoid Analogs Targeting The Androgen Receptor In Prostate Cancer Cells, Haili Coffin, Marco Bisoffi 2017 Chapman University

Structure Activity Relationship Studies Of Novel Diarylpentanoid Analogs Targeting The Androgen Receptor In Prostate Cancer Cells, Haili Coffin, Marco Bisoffi

Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

The development of prostate cancer (PCa) relies strongly on the activation of the androgen receptor (AR) signaling pathway by its natural ligand dihydrotestosterone. Furthermore, PCa progression to metastatic disease represents oncogene addiction to AR activity. Androgen ablation therapy is thus a mainstay therapy against this disease, but the development of ligand-independent AR activation and persisting AR expression eventually leads to castration resistant PCa (CRPC). Therefore, down-regulation of AR expression in PCa cells may be an effective therapeutic modality. The diarylpentanoid ca27 has previously been shown to down-regulate AR expression by an unknown mechanism of action. The present work represents a ...


Diagnostic Effectiveness Of High-Sensitivity Troponins, Sean R. Bodin, Jacqueline Ramirez 2017 James Madison University

Diagnostic Effectiveness Of High-Sensitivity Troponins, Sean R. Bodin, Jacqueline Ramirez

Physician Assistant Capstones

Background: Acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) are a leading cause of death in the United States. The key to increasing survivability is early recognition to expedite the proper treatment modalities. In conjunction with the clinical presentation and electrocardiograms, the use of cardiac biomarkers is exponentially important in not only recognizing a cardiac event but also determining the extent of injury. Advancement in laboratory technology has led to the development of high-sensitive troponin (hs-troponin) assays which can detect smaller cardiac troponin serum levels compared to conventional troponin assays. This implies that the use of hs-troponin assays is more effective in the early ...


The Effect Of Luteolin On Human Glioblastoma, David M. Anson, Samson Amos, Robert L. Paris, Denise S. Simpson 2017 Cedarville University

The Effect Of Luteolin On Human Glioblastoma, David M. Anson, Samson Amos, Robert L. Paris, Denise S. Simpson

Denise (Simpson) Jean-Louis, Ph.D.

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is widely recognized as the most common and lethal of the malignant gliomas. Few effective therapeutic treatments are available as five-year survival rates of diagnosed individuals are less than five percent. Luteolin, a common flavonoid found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, has demonstrated significant promise in combating cancers of the breast, colon, liver, lung, and bone. In this study, we investigated the effects of luteolin on glioblastoma multiforme cell lines U-251, U-87, and U-1242. Cell viability was assessed using cell count with trypan blue exclusion and MTT assays. Results revealed that luteolin reduces GBM cell ...


Investigating The Role Of Dispatched In Hedgehog Ligand Transport And Delivery, William Bodeen 2017 University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Investigating The Role Of Dispatched In Hedgehog Ligand Transport And Delivery, William Bodeen

Theses and Dissertations (ETD)

During the development of all metazoans, the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway provides instructional cues influencing a variety of cellular processes. The pathway ligand, Hh, is dually lipidated by cholesterol and palmitate, which effectively anchors the molecule to the lipid bilayer of the signal producing cell. To complicate the Hh pathway induction process, the Hh ligand is often produced at a significant distance from the cells it influences. Only one known conserved molecule, Dispatched (Disp), can alleviate the membrane tethering imparted by Hh lipidation. Underscoring the importance of Disp protein during development, knockout animals succumb to lethality at E9.5, an ...


Role Of Dendritic Cells In Pathology Of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection In Neonates, Bishwas Shrestha 2017 University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Role Of Dendritic Cells In Pathology Of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection In Neonates, Bishwas Shrestha

Theses and Dissertations (ETD)

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the leading causes of bronchiolitis in children. We have shown that neonatal mice respond to primary RSV infection with T helper type 2 (Th2) biased immune responses, which are enhanced following reinfection. Dendritic cells (DCs) including myeloid DCs (mDCs) and plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs) play important roles in driving host responses to RSV infection. mDCs present antigens to help Th cells differentiate, and pDCs protect against viral infection through type I interferons (IFNs). Despite data demonstrating importance of mDCs and pDCs in protection against RSV, it has not been studied in an age appropriate ...


Chemical And Structural Characterization Of A Model Post-Termination Complex (Potc) For The Ribosome Recycling Reaction: Evidence For The Release Of The Mrna By Rrf And Ef-G., Nobuhiro Iwakura, Takeshi Yokoyama, Fabio Quaglia, Kaoru Mitsuoka, Kazuhiro Mio, Hideki Shigematsu, Mikako Shirouzu, Akira Kaji, Hideko Kaji 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

Chemical And Structural Characterization Of A Model Post-Termination Complex (Potc) For The Ribosome Recycling Reaction: Evidence For The Release Of The Mrna By Rrf And Ef-G., Nobuhiro Iwakura, Takeshi Yokoyama, Fabio Quaglia, Kaoru Mitsuoka, Kazuhiro Mio, Hideki Shigematsu, Mikako Shirouzu, Akira Kaji, Hideko Kaji

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Papers

A model Post-Termination Complex (PoTC) used for the discovery of Ribosome Recycling Factor (RRF) was purified and characterized by cryo-electron microscopic analysis and biochemical methods. We established that the model PoTC has mostly one tRNA, at the P/E or P/P position, together with one mRNA. The structural studies were supported by the biochemical measurement of bound tRNA and mRNA. Using this substrate, we establish that the release of tRNA, release of mRNA and splitting of ribosomal subunits occur during the recycling reaction. Order of these events is tRNA release first followed by mRNA release and splitting almost simultaneously ...


Dysregulated Gpcr Signaling And Therapeutic Options In Uveal Melanoma., Vivian Chua, Dominic Lapadula, Clinita Randolph, Jeffrey L. Benovic, Philip B. Wedegaertner, Andrew E. Aplin 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

Dysregulated Gpcr Signaling And Therapeutic Options In Uveal Melanoma., Vivian Chua, Dominic Lapadula, Clinita Randolph, Jeffrey L. Benovic, Philip B. Wedegaertner, Andrew E. Aplin

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Papers

Uveal melanoma is the most common primary intraocular malignant tumor in adults and arises from the transformation of melanocytes in the uveal tract. Even after treatment of the primary tumor, up to 50% of patients succumb to metastatic disease. The liver is the predominant organ of metastasis. There is an important need to provide effective treatment options for advanced stage uveal melanoma. To provide the preclinical basis for new treatments, it is important to understand the molecular underpinnings of the disease. Recent genomic studies have shown that mutations within components of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling are early events associated ...


Investigating The Mechanism Of Novel Anticancer Agent, As1411 : Does Metabolism To Guanine Play A Role?, Parker T Howard 2017 University of Louisville

Investigating The Mechanism Of Novel Anticancer Agent, As1411 : Does Metabolism To Guanine Play A Role?, Parker T Howard

College of Arts & Sciences Senior Honors Theses

AS1411 is an oligonucleotide that has shown promising results in lab experiments and clinical trials as an anti-cancer drug, Likewise, treatments with guanine based purine compounds (GBPCs) have demonstrated similar anti-proliferative effects in vitro. This activity is dependent on the HGPRT enzyme. Similarities in activity and physical structure has led us to believe that AS1411 and GBPCs operate by a similar mechanism. To test this, we compare the activity of both in the presence of HGPRT siRNAs and HGPRT deficient cells. While siRNA treatment was unable to alter the activity of GBPCs or AS1411 in our cell lines, HGPRT deficient ...


Foxo3 Increases Mir-34a To Cause Palmitate-Induced Cholangiocyte Lipoapoptosis., Sathish Kumar Natarajan, Bailey A. Stringham, Ashley M. Mohr, Cody J. Wehrkamp, Sizhao Lu, Mary A. Smith, Dee Harrison-Findik, Justin L. Mott 2017 University of Nebraska Medical Center

Foxo3 Increases Mir-34a To Cause Palmitate-Induced Cholangiocyte Lipoapoptosis., Sathish Kumar Natarajan, Bailey A. Stringham, Ashley M. Mohr, Cody J. Wehrkamp, Sizhao Lu, Mary A. Smith, Dee Harrison-Findik, Justin L. Mott

Journal Articles: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients have elevated plasma saturated free fatty acid levels. These toxic fatty acids can induce liver cell death and our recent results demonstrated that the biliary epithelium may be susceptible to lipotoxicity. Here, we explored the molecular mechanisms of cholangiocyte lipoapoptosis in cell culture and in an animal model of NASH. Treatment of cholangiocytes with palmitate (PA) showed increased caspase 3/7 activity and increased levels of cleaved poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase and cleaved caspase 3, demonstrating cholangiocyte lipoapoptosis. Interestingly, treatment with PA significantly increased the levels of microRNA miR-34a, a pro-apoptotic microRNA known to be elevated in ...


Kinetic Studies Of Dna Repair Enzyme Alkbh2, Michael R. Vittori 2017 University of Rhode Island

Kinetic Studies Of Dna Repair Enzyme Alkbh2, Michael R. Vittori

Senior Honors Projects

The genomes of living organisms are under constant bombardment from various sources, including chemical modification stemming from processes within the organisms themselves or from exogenous agents, and from radiation. These sources of genomic damage may induce structural changes in the genome’s most basic functional units, the nucleotides that comprise DNA. Damage to an organism’s DNA may result in the production of dysfunctional or nonfunctional proteins. Failure to repair such damage may result in the compounding of successive mutations within the organism’s genome, the pathogenesis of cancer and various genetic disorders in humans. To ensure their viability, organisms ...


Determining The Protective Effects Of Quercetin Against Cadmium Toxicity In Human Embryonic Kidney Cells, Caroline N. Smith 2017 Bellarmine University

Determining The Protective Effects Of Quercetin Against Cadmium Toxicity In Human Embryonic Kidney Cells, Caroline N. Smith

Undergraduate Theses

Cadmium is a toxic industrial and environmental pollutant found in groundwater, air, soils, food and cigarettes. Chronic intake of low levels of cadmium has been shown to result in renal dysfunction due to cell death which can occur via apoptosis as well as necrosis. Previous studies have shown that plant extracts containing quercetin, a flavonoid found in many fruits and vegetables, protect against cadmium toxicity in rat liver hepatocytes. To determine if quercetin may have a protective effect in a cadmium-treated human embryonic kidney cell line, HEK-293 cells were treated using concentrations of cadmium chloride from 10 to 50 μM ...


A Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Trna Is Active In Live-Cell Protein Synthesis., Isao Masuda, Takao Igarashi, Reiko Sakaguchi, Ram G. Nitharwal, Ryuichi Takase, Kyu Young Han, Benjamin J. Leslie, Cuiping Liu, Howard Gamper, Taekjip Ha, Suparna Sanyal, Ya-Ming Hou 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

A Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Trna Is Active In Live-Cell Protein Synthesis., Isao Masuda, Takao Igarashi, Reiko Sakaguchi, Ram G. Nitharwal, Ryuichi Takase, Kyu Young Han, Benjamin J. Leslie, Cuiping Liu, Howard Gamper, Taekjip Ha, Suparna Sanyal, Ya-Ming Hou

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Papers

Transfer RNAs (tRNAs) perform essential tasks for all living cells. They are major components of the ribosomal machinery for protein synthesis and they also serve in non-ribosomal pathways for regulation and signaling metabolism. We describe the development of a genetically encoded fluorescent tRNA fusion with the potential for imaging in live Escherichia coli cells. This tRNA fusion carries a Spinach aptamer that becomes fluorescent upon binding of a cell-permeable and non-toxic fluorophore. We show that, despite having a structural framework significantly larger than any natural tRNA species, this fusion is a viable probe for monitoring tRNA stability in a cellular ...


Structural And Functional Analysis Of A Β2-Adrenergic Receptor Complex With Grk5., Konstantin E. Komolov, Yang Du, Nguyen Minh Duc, Robin M. Betz, João P.G.L.M. Rodrigues, Ryan D. Leib, Dhabaleswar Patra, Georgios Skiniotis, Christopher M. Adams, Ron O. Dror, Ka Young Chung, Brian K. Kobilka, Jeffrey L. Benovic 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

Structural And Functional Analysis Of A Β2-Adrenergic Receptor Complex With Grk5., Konstantin E. Komolov, Yang Du, Nguyen Minh Duc, Robin M. Betz, João P.G.L.M. Rodrigues, Ryan D. Leib, Dhabaleswar Patra, Georgios Skiniotis, Christopher M. Adams, Ron O. Dror, Ka Young Chung, Brian K. Kobilka, Jeffrey L. Benovic

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Papers

The phosphorylation of agonist-occupied G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) by GPCR kinases (GRKs) functions to turn off G-protein signaling and turn on arrestin-mediated signaling. While a structural understanding of GPCR/G-protein and GPCR/arrestin complexes has emerged in recent years, the molecular architecture of a GPCR/GRK complex remains poorly defined. We used a comprehensive integrated approach of cross-linking, hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (MS), electron microscopy, mutagenesis, molecular dynamics simulations, and computational docking to analyze GRK5 interaction with the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR). These studies revealed a dynamic mechanism of complex formation that involves large conformational changes in the GRK5 RH/catalytic domain ...


G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase-2 (Grk-2) Regulates Serotonin Metabolism Through The Monoamine Oxidase Amx-2 In Caenorhabditis Elegans., Jianjun Wang, Jiansong Luo, Dipendra K. Aryal, William C. Wetsel, Richard Nass, Jeffrey L. Benovic 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase-2 (Grk-2) Regulates Serotonin Metabolism Through The Monoamine Oxidase Amx-2 In Caenorhabditis Elegans., Jianjun Wang, Jiansong Luo, Dipendra K. Aryal, William C. Wetsel, Richard Nass, Jeffrey L. Benovic

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Papers

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) regulate many animal behaviors. GPCR signaling is mediated by agonist-promoted interactions of GPCRs with heterotrimeric G proteins, GPCR kinases (GRKs), and arrestins. To further elucidate the role of GRKs in regulating GPCR-mediated behaviors, we utilized the genetic model system Caenorhabditis elegans Our studies demonstrate that grk-2 loss-of-function strains are egg laying-defective and contain low levels of serotonin (5-HT) and high levels of the 5-HT metabolite 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA). The egg laying defect could be rescued by the expression of wild type but not by catalytically inactive grk-2 or by the selective expression of grk-2 in ...


A New Class Of Inhibitors Of The Arac Family Virulence Regulator Vibrio Cholerae Toxt, Anne K. Woodbrey, Evans O. Onyango, Maria Pellegrini, Gabriela Kovacikova, Ronald Taylor, Gordon Gribble, F. Jon Kull 2017 Dartmouth College

A New Class Of Inhibitors Of The Arac Family Virulence Regulator Vibrio Cholerae Toxt, Anne K. Woodbrey, Evans O. Onyango, Maria Pellegrini, Gabriela Kovacikova, Ronald Taylor, Gordon Gribble, F. Jon Kull

Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Scholarship

Vibrio cholerae is responsible for the diarrheal disease cholera that infects millions of people worldwide. While vaccines protecting against cholera exist, and oral rehydration therapy is an effective treatment method, the disease will remain a global health threat until long-term solutions such as improved sanitation and access to clean water become widely available. Because of this, there is a pressing need for potent therapeutics that can either mitigate cholera symptoms, or act prophylactically to prevent the virulent effects of a cholera infection. Here we report the design, synthesis, and characterization of a set of compounds that bind and inhibit ToxT ...


Synthesis And Anti-Hiv Activities Of Unsymmetrical Long Chain Dicarboxylate Esters Of Dinucleosides Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors, Hitesh K. Agarwal, Bhupender S. Chhikara, Gustavo F. Doncel, Keykavous Parang 2017 South University

Synthesis And Anti-Hiv Activities Of Unsymmetrical Long Chain Dicarboxylate Esters Of Dinucleosides Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors, Hitesh K. Agarwal, Bhupender S. Chhikara, Gustavo F. Doncel, Keykavous Parang

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

A series of 11 unsymmetrical dinucleoside dicarboxylate conjugates of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors were synthesized. Three dicarboxylic acids, succinic acid, suberic acid and 1,14-tetradecandioc acid, were diesterified with either 3'-azido- 2',3'-dideoxythymidine (AZT), 3'-fluoro-2',3'-dideoxythymidine (FLT), 2',3'-dideoxy-3'-thiacytidine (3TC) or 5-fluoro-2',3'-dideoxy-3'- thiacytidine (FTC). The anti-HIV activity of synthesized compounds was evaluated against HIV-1 X4 (IIIB) and R5 (BaL) viral strains in single-round infection assays. Results indicated that the tetradecandioate esters of nucleosides were more active against HIV than the corresponding parent nucleosides and nucleoside conjugates. The tetradecandioate conjugate of FLT and ...


Cool-Associated Tyrosine-Phosphorylated Protein 1 Is Required For The Anchorage-Independent Growth Of Cervical Carcinoma Cells By Binding Paxillin And Promoting Akt Activation., Sungsoo M. Yoo, Arash Latifkar, Richard A. Cerione, Marc A. Antonyak 2017 Thomas Jefferson University; Cornell University

Cool-Associated Tyrosine-Phosphorylated Protein 1 Is Required For The Anchorage-Independent Growth Of Cervical Carcinoma Cells By Binding Paxillin And Promoting Akt Activation., Sungsoo M. Yoo, Arash Latifkar, Richard A. Cerione, Marc A. Antonyak

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Papers

Cool-associated tyrosine-phosphorylated protein 1 (Cat-1) is a signaling scaffold as well as an ADP-ribosylation factor-GTPase-activating protein. Although best known for its role in cell migration, we recently showed that the ability of Cat-1 to bind paxillin, a major constituent of focal complexes, is also essential for the anchorage-independent growth of HeLa cervical carcinoma cells. Here we set out to learn more about the underlying mechanism by which Cat-paxillin interactions mediate this effect. We show that knocking down paxillin expression in HeLa cells promotes their ability to form colonies in soft agar, whereas ectopically expressing paxillin in these cells inhibits this ...


Na/K-Atpase Signaling And Salt Sensitivity: The Role Of Oxidative Stress, Jiang Liu, Yanling Yan, Ying Nie 2017 Marshall University

Na/K-Atpase Signaling And Salt Sensitivity: The Role Of Oxidative Stress, Jiang Liu, Yanling Yan, Ying Nie

Biochemistry and Microbiology

Other than genetic regulation of salt sensitivity of blood pressure, many factors have been shown to regulate renal sodium handling which contributes to long-term blood pressure regulation and have been extensively reviewed. Here we present our progress on the Na/K-ATPase signaling mediated sodium reabsorption in renal proximal tubules, from cardiotonic steroids-mediated to reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated Na/K-ATPase signaling that contributes to experimental salt sensitivity.


Evaluation Of [14c] And [13c]Sucrose As Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability Markers, Mohammad K. Miah, Ekram A. Chowdhury, Ulrich Bickel, Reza Mehvar 2017 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Evaluation Of [14c] And [13c]Sucrose As Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability Markers, Mohammad K. Miah, Ekram A. Chowdhury, Ulrich Bickel, Reza Mehvar

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

Non-specific quantitation of [14C]sucrose in blood and brain has been routinely used as a quantitative measure of the in vivo blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity. However, the reported apparent brain uptake clearance (Kin) of the marker varies widely (∼100 fold). We investigated the accuracy of the use of the marker in comparison with a stable isotope of sucrose ([13C]sucrose) measured by a specific LC-MS/MS method. Rats received single doses of each marker, and the Kin values were determined. Surprisingly, the Kin value of [13C]sucrose was 6-7 fold lower than that of ...


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