“Protein disulfide disulfide isomerase (PDI) is a ubiquitously expressed oxidoreductase required for proper protein folding. It is highly concentrated in the endoplasmic reticulum, but can also be released into the extracellular environment. Several in vivo thrombosis models have demonstrated that vascular
PDI secreted by platelets-and-endothelial cells is essential for normal thrombus formation. Inhibition of extracellular PDI thus represents a potential strategy for antithrombotic therapy. Yet this approach requires the discovery of well-tolerated PDI inhibitors. A recent high-throughput screening identified the CHIR98014 molecular weight commonly ingested flavonoid, quercetin-3-rutinoside, as an inhibitor of PDI. Quercetin-3-rutinoside blocked thrombus formation at concentrations that are commonly ingested as nutritional supplements. The observation that a compound with Generally Recognized As Safe status inhibits PDI and blocks thrombosis in animal models forms a rationale for clinical trials evaluating PDI inhibitors as a new class of antithrombotics. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.”
“In Alzheimer’s disease (AD) the complex interplay
between environment and genetics has hampered the identification of effective therapeutics. However, epigenetic mechanisms see more could underlie this complexity. Here, we explored the potential role of epigenetic alterations in AD by investigating gene expression levels and chromatin remodeling in selected AD-related genes. Analysis was performed in the brain of the triple transgenic animal model of AD (3xTg-AD) and in
peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients diagnosed with AD or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). BACE1 mRNA levels were increased in aged 3xTg-AD mice as well as in AD PBMCs along with an increase in promoter accessibility and histone H3 acetylation, while the BACE1 promoter region was less accessible in PBMCs from MCI individuals. Ncstn was downregulated in aged 3xTg-AD brains with a condensation of chromatin and Sirt1 mRNA levels were decreased in these animals despite alterations in histone H3 acetylation. Neither gene was altered in AD PBMCs. The ADORA2A gene was not altered in patients or in the 3xTg-AD mice. Overall, our results suggest that chromatin remodeling plays a role in mRNA alterations in AD, Fenbendazole prompting for broader and more detailed studies of chromatin and other epigenetic alterations and their potential use as biomarkers in AD. (C) 2012 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.”
“Human protein C (hPC) is glycosylated at three Asn-X-Ser/Thr and one atypical Asn-X-Cys sequons. We have characterized the micro- and macro-heterogeneity of plasma-derived hPC and compared the glycosylation features with recombinant protein C (tg-PC) produced in a transgenic pig bioreactor from two animals having approximately tenfold different expression levels.