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[en] The structure and element composition of C-phycocyanin (C-PC) extracted from the blue-green alga Spirulina platensis were studied. The behavior of structural subunits forming phycobilisomes in the purification process was studied by capillary electrophoresis. Their proportion in high-purity C-PC was determined. The element composition of C-PC of different purity was studied by means of the epithermal neutron activation analysis, and metals which may form macromolecular complexes with C-PC were determined (Zn, Cr, Ni, Co, As, Sr, Mo, Ag, Hg). It was shown that contents of toxic metals did not exceed accepted permissible levels for the human organism. (author)
[en] IL-6 exerts its pleiotropic activities on its target cells via the IL-6 alpha-receptor (IL-6R), which is expressed on a limited number of cell types. IL-6 can further signal via soluble forms of its receptor (sIL-6R), a process that has been termed trans-signaling. Recently, CD5 was described as an alternative alpha-receptor for IL-6 on B cells leading to the phosphorylation of the transcription factor STAT3 via the signal-transducing β-receptor gp130 in a Jak2-dependent manner. In this study, we sought to investigate whether IL-6 was also able to signal via soluble CD5 (sCD5) analogous to IL-6 trans-signaling. We show that IL-6 indeed binds to sCD5, but that this does not lead to the activation of signal transduction or cell proliferation. Furthermore, sCD5 did also not interfere with IL-6 classic signaling, suggesting that the affinity between the two proteins was too weak to provoke a biological effect. Thus, trans-signaling of IL-6 can only occur via sIL-6R, but not sCD5. - Highlights: • IL-6 binds to sCD5, albeit with less affinity compared to sIL-6R. • IL-6/sCD5 is not able to perform IL-6 trans-signaling. • sCD5 does not act as an inhibitory decoy receptor for IL-6.
[en] The role of organic, in particular, complex-forming, reagents in the formation and development of spectrophotometric analysis is discussed. The prospects for the use of organic reagents in modern analytical methods are considered; the attention is focused on modified and immobilised reagents, receptor molecules and on the use of nonaqueous and organised media.
[en] The use of molecular replacement in solving the structures of G protein-coupled receptors is discussed, with specific examples being described in detail. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are a large class of integral membrane proteins involved in regulating virtually every aspect of human physiology. Despite their profound importance in human health and disease, structural information regarding GPCRs has been extremely limited until recently. With the advent of a variety of new biochemical and crystallographic techniques, the structural biology of GPCRs has advanced rapidly, offering key molecular insights into GPCR activation and signal transduction. To date, almost all GPCR structures have been solved using molecular-replacement techniques. Here, the unique aspects of molecular replacement as applied to individual GPCRs and to signaling complexes of these important proteins are discussed
[en] CYP1A1 isoform is mainly regulated by the transcription factor AhR and to a lesser extent by the nuclear receptor RAR. The effect of a coexposure with 3MC, a AhR ligand, and RA, a RAR ligand, which are, respectively, strong and weak CYP1A1 inducers, is poorly known. We showed in Caco-2 cells that addition of RA significantly decreased 3MC-induced CYP1A1 expression by -55% for mRNA level and -30% for promoter and enzymatic activities. We further showed that RA decreased AhR protein level. Moreover, a physical interaction between AhR and the RAR-corepressor SMRT has been described in vitro. Using the corepressor inhibitor TSA, transfected-cells with SMRT cDNA, and coimmunoprecipitation experiments, we demonstrated that RA addition repressed AhR function through a marked AhR/SMRT physical interaction. This interaction explains the decrease of 3MC-induced CYP1A1 expression. This new mechanism involving the repression of AhR-induced CYP1A1 expression by retinoids allows better knowledge of the CYP1A1 regulation
[en] To enhance the therapeutic efficacy of chemotherapy on glioblastoma U87MG cell line, paclitaxel-loaded phycocyanin nanoparticles (PTX-PcNPs) were prepared by modified desolvation process. PTX-PcNPs were characterised in terms of size, zeta potential, drug loading efficiency and drug release. Confocal laser scanning microscopy showed PTX-PcNPs could be internalised by U87MG cells. The anti-cancer activity was investigated in vitro by 3-(4,5-dimethylthizol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay with and without photodynamic therapy. It was observed that formulation could significantly inhibit growth of U87MG cells as compared to PTX alone and also induced apoptosis, which was evidenced by presence of apoptotic bodies and nuclear fragmentation in treated cells. The present study suggests that PTX-PcNPs can act as a promising drug delivery system for cancer treatment. .
[en] Self-assembling peptides play increasingly important roles in the development of novel materials and drug delivery vehicles. Understanding mechanisms governing the assembly of nanoarchitectures is essential for the generation of peptide-based nanodevices. We find that a cone-shaped derivative of the second transmembrane domain of CXCR4 receptor, x4-2-6 self-assembles into nanospheres, while a related cylindrical peptide, x4-2-9 forms fibrils. Stronger intermolecular interactions in nanospheres than in fibrils result in slow rates of particle disassembly and protection against proteolytic degradation.