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Peptidylarginine Deiminase 1-Catalyzed Histone Citrullination Is Essential For Early Embryo Development, Xiaoqian Zhang, Xiaoqiu Liu, Mei Zhang, Tingting Li, Aaron Muth, Paul R. Thompson, Scott A. Coonrod, Xuesen Zhang Dec 2016

Peptidylarginine Deiminase 1-Catalyzed Histone Citrullination Is Essential For Early Embryo Development, Xiaoqian Zhang, Xiaoqiu Liu, Mei Zhang, Tingting Li, Aaron Muth, Paul R. Thompson, Scott A. Coonrod, Xuesen Zhang

Thompson Lab Publications

Peptidylarginine deiminase (PADI) enzymes are increasingly being associated with the regulation of chromatin structure and gene activity via histone citrullination. As one of the PADI family members, PADI1 has been mainly reported to be expressed in the epidermis and uterus, where the protein in keratinocytes is thought to promote differentiation by citrullinating filament proteins. However, the roles of PADI1 in preimplantation development have not been addressed. Using a PADI1-specific inhibitor and Padi1-morpholino knockdown, we found that citrullination of histone tails at H4R3 and H3R2/8/17 were markedly reduced in the 2- and 4-cell embryos. Consistent with this observation, early ...


Design, Synthesis, And Evaluation Of Dasatinib-Amino Acid And Dasatinib-Fatty Acid Conjugates As Protein Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors, Rakesh Tiwari, Alex Brown, Neda Sadeghiani, Amir Nasrolahi Shirazi, Jared Bolton, Amanda Tse, Gennady M. Verkhivker, Keykavous Parang, Gongqin Sun Nov 2016

Design, Synthesis, And Evaluation Of Dasatinib-Amino Acid And Dasatinib-Fatty Acid Conjugates As Protein Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors, Rakesh Tiwari, Alex Brown, Neda Sadeghiani, Amir Nasrolahi Shirazi, Jared Bolton, Amanda Tse, Gennady M. Verkhivker, Keykavous Parang, Gongqin Sun

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

Derivatives of dasatinib were synthesized via esterification with 25 carboxylic acids including amino acids and fatty acids by extending the inhibitor to interact with more diverse sites and to improve specificity. Dasatinib-L-arginine derivative (Das-R, 7) was the most potent of the inhibitors tested with IC50 values of 4.4 nM, <0.25 nM, and <0.45 nM against Csk, Src, and Abl kinases, respectively. The highest selectivity ratio obtained in our study, 91.4 Csk/Src belonged to compound 18 (Das-C10) with an IC50 of 3.2 μM for Csk compared to 35 nM for Src. Furthermore, many compounds displayed increased selectivity toward Src, as compared with Abl. Compounds 15 (Das-E) and 13 (Das-C) demonstrated the largest gains (10.2 and 10.3 Abl/Src IC50 ratios). Das-R (IC50 = 2.06 μM) was significantly more potent than Das (IC50 = 26.3 μM) against Panc-1 cells while they both showed an IC50 < 51.2 pM against BV-173 and K562 cells. Molecular modeling and binding free energy simulations revealed a good agreement with the experimental results and rationalized differences in selectivity of the studied compounds. Integration of experimental and computational approaches in the design and biochemical screening of dasatinib derivatives facilitated rational engineering and diversification of dasatinib scaffold, providing useful insights into mechanisms of kinase selectivity.


Synthesis Of Orthogonally Protected Thioamide Dipeptides For Use In Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis, Fintan Kelleher, Kim Manzor Nov 2016

Synthesis Of Orthogonally Protected Thioamide Dipeptides For Use In Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis, Fintan Kelleher, Kim Manzor

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Orthogonally protected thioamide-containing dipeptides were efficiently and cleanly prepared from the precursor dipeptides using Curphey’s method (P4S10, hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDO), reflux, DCM) in 67-96% isolated yield. This was in contrast to the use of Lawesson’s or Berzelius’ reagents where significant issues with reaction non-completion, decomposition and purification were observed. Subsequent clean removal of the dipeptides’ t-butyl ester protecting groups gave thioamide dipeptide acids which were suitable for use in solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS).


Polymeric Prodrug Combination To Exploit The Therapeutic Potential Of Antimicrobial Peptides Against Cancer Cells., Graeme J. Kelly, A Foltyn-Arfa Kia, F Hassan, S O'Grady, Maria P. Morgan, B S. Creaven, S Mcclean, Judith H. Harmey, Marc Devocelle Oct 2016

Polymeric Prodrug Combination To Exploit The Therapeutic Potential Of Antimicrobial Peptides Against Cancer Cells., Graeme J. Kelly, A Foltyn-Arfa Kia, F Hassan, S O'Grady, Maria P. Morgan, B S. Creaven, S Mcclean, Judith H. Harmey, Marc Devocelle

Chemistry Articles

Antimicrobial Peptides (AMPs) have unique anticancer properties, but their clinical application is currently limited by an inadequate margin of safety. A prodrug strategy associated with a combination therapy approach could address this limitation by increasing their therapeutic index and their efficacy. Accordingly, the first targeted anticancer polymeric prodrug candidates of AMPs, intended for combination therapy with another polymeric prodrug of an approved antineoplastic agent (doxorubicin), were synthesized as either a PEG-based dual-release prodrug or two individual pegylated prodrugs. The latter are based on a cathepsin B-labile peptide linker and an acid-sensitive acyl hydrazone bond for the AMP and doxorubicin prodrugs ...


Synthesis, Self-Assembly, And Immunological Activity Of Α-Galactose-Functionalized Dendron–Lipid Amphiphiles, John Trant, Namrata Jain, D. M. Mazzuca, J Trevor Mcintosh, Bo Fan, S M Mansour Haeryfar, Sebastien Lecommandoux, Elizabeth Gillies Sep 2016

Synthesis, Self-Assembly, And Immunological Activity Of Α-Galactose-Functionalized Dendron–Lipid Amphiphiles, John Trant, Namrata Jain, D. M. Mazzuca, J Trevor Mcintosh, Bo Fan, S M Mansour Haeryfar, Sebastien Lecommandoux, Elizabeth Gillies

Chemistry Publications

Nanoassemblies presenting multivalent displays of biologically active carbohydrates are of significant interest for a wide array of biomedical applications ranging from drug delivery to immunotherapy. In this study, glycodendronlipid hybrids were developed as a new and tunable class of dendritic amphiphiles. A modular synthesis was used to prepare dendronlipid hybrids comprising distearylglycerol and 0 through 4th generation polyester dendrons with peripheral protected amines. Following deprotection of the amines, an isothiocyanate derivative of C-linked α-galactose (α-Gal) was conjugated to the dendron peripheries, affording amphiphiles with 1 to 16 α-Gal moieties. Self-assembly in water through a ...


Strained Alkyne Substituted Near Infrared Bf2 Azadipyrromethene Fluorochrome, Dan Wu, Shane Cheung, Corry James O'Sullivan, Yinghua Gao, Zhi-Long Chen, Donal F. O'Shea Sep 2016

Strained Alkyne Substituted Near Infrared Bf2 Azadipyrromethene Fluorochrome, Dan Wu, Shane Cheung, Corry James O'Sullivan, Yinghua Gao, Zhi-Long Chen, Donal F. O'Shea

Chemistry Articles

The contribution of imaging with near infrared (NIR) fluorophores to the elucidation of complex biological processes continues to rapidly expand. New tools for mild selective bioconjugation are strongly desirable for the construction of NIR labelled biomolecules. This work presents the synthesis and evaluation of a strained alkyne substituted NIR BF2-azadipyrromethene (NIR-AZA) which can conjugate in water with azido-homoalanine and cRGD peptide within 30 min at rt. Imaging analysis of the NIR-AZA–cRGD conjugate in vitro and in vivo showed efficient cellular uptake and good in vivo tumor targeting properties, illustrating the potential for translation to clinical imaging.


Synthesis Of Polymeric Bismuth Chlorido Hydroxamato Complexes; X-Ray Crystal Structure And Antibacterial Activity Of A Novel Bi(Lll) Salicylhydroxamato Complex, Donal M. Keoghan, Lauren E. Fagan, Thayse Marques Passos, Helge Müller-Bunz, Bríd Quilty, Darren M. Griffith Sep 2016

Synthesis Of Polymeric Bismuth Chlorido Hydroxamato Complexes; X-Ray Crystal Structure And Antibacterial Activity Of A Novel Bi(Lll) Salicylhydroxamato Complex, Donal M. Keoghan, Lauren E. Fagan, Thayse Marques Passos, Helge Müller-Bunz, Bríd Quilty, Darren M. Griffith

Chemistry Articles

Reaction of salicylhydroxamic acid (Sha) and 2-aminophenyl hydroxamic acid (2-NH2-pha) with BiCl3 affords the corresponding novel polymeric bismuth chlorido hydroxamato complexes; [BiCl2(-Sha-1H)]∞ and [BiCl3(--Pha-1H)]∞ respectively. The X-ray crystal structure of the THF-solvated polymeric bismuth chlorido salicylhydroxamato complex, [BiCl2(-Sha-1H)(THF)]∞ was solved, confirming the polymeric structure of this class of compounds and the (O,μ-O’)-bidentate bridging coordination mode of the hydroxamato ligand. The antibacterial activity of the THF-free polymeric bismuth chlorido salicylhydroxamato complex, [BiCl2(-Sha-1H)]∞, was investigated against a broad panel of bacteria, further highlighting the antibacterial properties of Bi-based compounds against Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogenic and ...


Peroxiredoxin Catalysis At Atomic Resolution, Arden Perkins, Derek Parsonage, Kimberly J. Nelson, O. Maduka Ogba, Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong, Leslie B. Poole, P. Andrew Karplus Sep 2016

Peroxiredoxin Catalysis At Atomic Resolution, Arden Perkins, Derek Parsonage, Kimberly J. Nelson, O. Maduka Ogba, Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong, Leslie B. Poole, P. Andrew Karplus

Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences Faculty Articles and Research

Peroxiredoxins (Prxs) are ubiquitous cysteine-based peroxidases that guard cells against oxidative damage, are virulence factors for pathogens, and are involved in eukaryotic redox regulatory pathways. We have analyzed catalytically active crystals to capture atomic resolution snapshots of a PrxQ-subfamily enzyme (from Xanthomonas campestris) proceeding through thiolate, sulfenate, and sulfinate species. These analyses provide structures of unprecedented accuracy for seeding theoretical studies, and show novel conformational intermediates giving insight into the reaction pathway. Based on a highly non-standard geometry seen for the sulfenate intermediate, we infer that the sulfenate formation itself can strongly promote local unfolding of the active site to ...


Microfilariae Of Brugia Malayi Inhibit The Mtor Pathway And Induce Autophagy In Human Dendritic Cells, Prakash Babu Narasimhan, Sasisekhar Bennuru, Zhaojing Meng, Rachel N Cotton, Kathleen R Elliott, Sundar Ganesan, Renee Mcdonald-Fleming, Timothy Veenstra, Thomas B Nutman, Roshanak Tolouei Semnani Sep 2016

Microfilariae Of Brugia Malayi Inhibit The Mtor Pathway And Induce Autophagy In Human Dendritic Cells, Prakash Babu Narasimhan, Sasisekhar Bennuru, Zhaojing Meng, Rachel N Cotton, Kathleen R Elliott, Sundar Ganesan, Renee Mcdonald-Fleming, Timothy Veenstra, Thomas B Nutman, Roshanak Tolouei Semnani

Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Publications

Immune modulation is a hallmark of patent filarial infection, including suppression of antigen-presenting cell function and downmodulation of filarial antigen-specific T cell responses. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway has been implicated in immune regulation, not only by suppressing T cell responses but also by regulating autophagy (through mTOR sensing amino acid availability). Global proteomic analysis (liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry) of microfilaria (mf)-exposed monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DC) indicated that multiple components of the mTOR signaling pathway, including mTOR, eIF4A, and eIF4E, are downregulated by mf, suggesting that mf target this pathway for immune modulation in DC. Utilizing ...


Ionophoric Polyphenols Selectively Bind Cu2+, Display Potent Antioxidant And Anti-Amyloidogenic Properties, And Are Non-Toxic Toward Tetrahymena Thermophila, Alberto Martinez, Ralph Alcendor, Tanzeen Rahman, Magdalena Podgorny, Ismaila Sanogo, Rebecca Mccurdy Aug 2016

Ionophoric Polyphenols Selectively Bind Cu2+, Display Potent Antioxidant And Anti-Amyloidogenic Properties, And Are Non-Toxic Toward Tetrahymena Thermophila, Alberto Martinez, Ralph Alcendor, Tanzeen Rahman, Magdalena Podgorny, Ismaila Sanogo, Rebecca Mccurdy

Publications and Research

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia affecting more than 28 million people in the world. Only symptomatic treatments are currently available. Anticipated tri-fold increase of AD incidence in the next 50 years has established the need to explore new possible treatments. Accumulation of extracellular amyloid-b (Ab) plaques, intracellular tangles in the brain, and formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are the major hallmarks of the disease. The active role of some metal ions, especially Cu2+, in promoting both Ab aggregation and reactive oxygen species formation has rendered ionophoric drugs as a promising treatment strategy ...


Novel Improved Synthesis Of Hsp70 Inhibitor, Pifithrin-Μ. In Vitro Synergy Quantification Of Pifithrin-Μ Combined With Pt Drugs In Prostate And Colorectal Cancer Cells., Aoife M. Mckeon, Alan Egan, Jay Chandanshive, Helena Mcmahon, Darren M. Griffith Jul 2016

Novel Improved Synthesis Of Hsp70 Inhibitor, Pifithrin-Μ. In Vitro Synergy Quantification Of Pifithrin-Μ Combined With Pt Drugs In Prostate And Colorectal Cancer Cells., Aoife M. Mckeon, Alan Egan, Jay Chandanshive, Helena Mcmahon, Darren M. Griffith

Chemistry Articles

We describe a novel improved approach to the synthesis of the important and well-known heat shock protein 70 inhibitor (HSP70), pifithrin-μ, with corresponding and previously unreported characterisation. The first example of a combination study comprising HSP70 inhibitor pifithrin-μ and cisplatin or oxaliplatin is reported. We have determined, using the Chou-Talalay method, (i) moderate synergistic and synergistic effects in co-treating PC-3 prostate cancer cells with pifithrin-μ and cisplatin and (ii) significant synergistic effects including strong synergism in cotreating HT29 colorectal cancer cells with oxaliplatin and pifithrin-μ.


Azadipyrromethenes: From Traditional Dye Chemistry To Leading Edge Applications., Yuan Ge, Donal F. O'Shea Jul 2016

Azadipyrromethenes: From Traditional Dye Chemistry To Leading Edge Applications., Yuan Ge, Donal F. O'Shea

Chemistry Articles

Azadipyrromethenes were first described over 70 years ago as blue pigments, but now are rapidly emerging as a compound class with highly desirable near infrared photophysical properties. Since the turn of the century several routes to azadipyrromethenes have been developed and numerous post-synthesis derivatizations have allowed for their exploitation in both biological and material sciences. The relative ease of access to specifically designed derivatives is now allowing their use in multiple technological formats from real-time fluorescence imaging, to solar energy materials, to optoelectronic devices and many more. In this review we have highlighted the synthetic component of this story as ...


Novel Class Of Bi(Iii) Hydroxamato Complexes: Synthesis, Urease Inhibitory Activity And Activity Against H. Pylori., Donal M. Keogan, Brendan Twamley, Deirdre Fitzgerald-Hughes, Darren M. Griffith Jul 2016

Novel Class Of Bi(Iii) Hydroxamato Complexes: Synthesis, Urease Inhibitory Activity And Activity Against H. Pylori., Donal M. Keogan, Brendan Twamley, Deirdre Fitzgerald-Hughes, Darren M. Griffith

Chemistry Articles

Reaction of Bi(NO3)3 with benzohydroxamic acid (Bha) and salicylhydroxamic acid (Sha) gives the novel Bi(iii) complexes [Bi2(Bha-1H)2(μ-Bha-1H)2(η(2)-NO3)2] () and [Bi6(CH3OH)2(η(1)-NO3)2(η(2)-NO3)(OH2)2(Sha-1H)12](NO3)2 (). X-ray crystal structure of reveals two hydroxamato coordination modes; bidentate bridging (O, O') and bidentate non-bridging (O, O') and of reveals one coordination mode; bidentate bridging (O, O'). , specifically designed to and demonstrated to inhibit the activity of urease, exhibits excellent antibacterial activity against three strains of Helicobacter pylori with MIC ≥ 16 μg mL(-1).


Conformational Dynamics And Stability Associated With Magnesium Or Calcium Binding To Dream In The Regulation Of Interactions Between Dream And Dna Or Presenilins, Khoa Ngoc Pham Jun 2016

Conformational Dynamics And Stability Associated With Magnesium Or Calcium Binding To Dream In The Regulation Of Interactions Between Dream And Dna Or Presenilins, Khoa Ngoc Pham

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Downstream regulatory element antagonist modulator (DREAM) is involved in various interactions with targets both inside and outside of the nucleus. In the cytoplasm, DREAM interacts with the C-terminal fragments of presenilins to facilitate the production of β-amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease. In the nucleus, Ca2+ free DREAM directly binds to specific downstream regulatory elements of prodynorphin/c-fos gene to repress the gene transcription in pain modulation. These interactions are regulated by Ca2+ and/or Mg2+ association at the EF-hands in DREAM. Therefore, understanding the conformational dynamics and stability associated with Ca2+ and/or Mg ...


Novel Protein Disulfide Isomerase Inhibitor With Anticancer Activity In Multiple Myeloma, Sergei Vatolin, James G. Phillips, Babal K. Jha, Shravya Govindgari, Jennifer Hu, Dale Grabowski, Yvonne Parker, Daniel J. Lindner, Fei Zhong, Clark W. Distelhorst, Mitchell R. Smith, Claudiu Cotta, Yan Xu, Sujatha Chilakala, Rebecca R. Kuang, Samantha Tall, Frederic J. Reu Jun 2016

Novel Protein Disulfide Isomerase Inhibitor With Anticancer Activity In Multiple Myeloma, Sergei Vatolin, James G. Phillips, Babal K. Jha, Shravya Govindgari, Jennifer Hu, Dale Grabowski, Yvonne Parker, Daniel J. Lindner, Fei Zhong, Clark W. Distelhorst, Mitchell R. Smith, Claudiu Cotta, Yan Xu, Sujatha Chilakala, Rebecca R. Kuang, Samantha Tall, Frederic J. Reu

Chemistry Faculty Publications

Multiple myeloma cells secrete more disulfide bond–rich proteins than any other mammalian cell. Thus, inhibition of protein disulfide isomerases (PDI) required for protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) should increase ER stress beyond repair in this incurable cancer. Here, we report the mechanistically unbiased discovery of a novel PDI-inhibiting compound with antimyeloma activity. We screened a 30,355 small-molecule library using a multilayered multiple myeloma cell–based cytotoxicity assay that modeled disease niche, normal liver, kidney, and bone marrow. CCF642, a bone marrow–sparing compound, exhibited a submicromolar IC50 in 10 of 10 multiple myeloma cell lines ...


Screening The Low Molecular Weight Fraction Of Human Serum Using Atr-Ir Spectroscopy, Franck Bonnier, Matthew J. Baker, Hugh J. Byrne Jun 2016

Screening The Low Molecular Weight Fraction Of Human Serum Using Atr-Ir Spectroscopy, Franck Bonnier, Matthew J. Baker, Hugh J. Byrne

Articles

Vibrational spectroscopic techniques can detect small variations in molecular content, linked with disease, showing promise for screening and early diagnosis. Biological fluids, particularly blood serum, are potentially valuable for diagnosis purposes. The so-called Low Molecular Weight Fraction (LMWF) contains the associated peptidome and metabolome and has been identified as potentially the most relevant molecular population for disease-associated biomarker research. Although vibrational spectroscopy can deliver a specific chemical fingerprint of the samples, the High Molecular Weight Fraction (HMWF), composed of the most abundant serum proteins, strongly dominates the response and ultimately makes the detection of minor spectral variations a challenging task ...


Optimizing Sequence Coverage For A Moderate Mass Protein In Nano-Electrospray Ionization Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, Ryan E. Matsuda, Venkata Kolli, Megan Woods, Eric D. Dodds, David S. Hage Jun 2016

Optimizing Sequence Coverage For A Moderate Mass Protein In Nano-Electrospray Ionization Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, Ryan E. Matsuda, Venkata Kolli, Megan Woods, Eric D. Dodds, David S. Hage

David Hage Publications

Sample pretreatment was optimized to obtain high sequence coverage for human serum albumin (HSA, 66.5 kDa) when using nano-electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (nESI-Q-TOF-MS). Use of the final method with trypsin, Lys-C and Glu-C digests gave a combined coverage of 98.8%. The addition of peptide fractionation resulted in 99.7% coverage. These results were comparable to those obtained previously with matrixassisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). The sample pretreatment/nESI-Q-TOF-MS method was also used with collision-induced dissociation to analyze HSA digests and to identify peptides that could be employed as internal mass calibrants in future ...


Abrogation Of Collagen-Induced Arthritis By A Peptidyl Arginine Deiminase Inhibitor Is Associated With Modulation Of T Cell-Mediated Immune Responses, Joanna Kawalkowska, Anne-Marie Quirke, Fatemeh Ghari, Simon Davis, Venkataraman Subramanian, Paul R. Thompson, Richard O. Williams, Roman Fischer, Nicholas B. La Thangue, Patrick J. Venables May 2016

Abrogation Of Collagen-Induced Arthritis By A Peptidyl Arginine Deiminase Inhibitor Is Associated With Modulation Of T Cell-Mediated Immune Responses, Joanna Kawalkowska, Anne-Marie Quirke, Fatemeh Ghari, Simon Davis, Venkataraman Subramanian, Paul R. Thompson, Richard O. Williams, Roman Fischer, Nicholas B. La Thangue, Patrick J. Venables

Open Access Articles

Proteins containing citrulline, a post-translational modification of arginine, are generated by peptidyl arginine deiminases (PAD). Citrullinated proteins have pro-inflammatory effects in both innate and adaptive immune responses. Here, we examine the therapeutic effects in collagen-induced arthritis of the second generation PAD inhibitor, BB-Cl-amidine. Treatment after disease onset resulted in the reversal of clinical and histological changes of arthritis, associated with a marked reduction in citrullinated proteins in lymph nodes. There was little overall change in antibodies to collagen or antibodies to citrullinated peptides, but a shift from pro-inflammatory Th1 and Th17-type responses to pro-resolution Th2-type responses was demonstrated by serum ...


The Synthesis Of Angucyclines Using An Intramolecular Bradsher Cycloaddition, Abdullah Allaoa, Tony E. Nicolas May 2016

The Synthesis Of Angucyclines Using An Intramolecular Bradsher Cycloaddition, Abdullah Allaoa, Tony E. Nicolas

Publications and Research

The Angucyclines are natural products which possess a broad spectrum of biological properties. Of particular interest are the natural products which contain the cis-hydroxyl motif at the AB ring junction. Their synthesis is particularly challenging. Our model study has resulted in the synthesis of a model of the angucyclines with the required cis-hydroxyl features. The present work will apply the previously developed chemistry to an intramolecular version which will lead to the synthesis of the ABC ring system


Agonist-Mediated Activation Of Sting Induces Apoptosis In Malignant B Cells, Chih-Hang Anthony Tang, Joseph A. Zundell, Sujeewa Ranatunga, Cindy Lin, Yulia Nefedova, Juan R. Del Valle, Chih-Chi Andrew Hu Apr 2016

Agonist-Mediated Activation Of Sting Induces Apoptosis In Malignant B Cells, Chih-Hang Anthony Tang, Joseph A. Zundell, Sujeewa Ranatunga, Cindy Lin, Yulia Nefedova, Juan R. Del Valle, Chih-Chi Andrew Hu

Chemistry Faculty Publications

Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress responses through the IRE-1/XBP-1 pathway are required for the function of STING (TMEM173), an ER-resident transmembrane protein critical for cytoplasmic DNA sensing, IFN production, and cancer control. Here we show that the IRE-1/XBP-1 pathway functions downstream of STING and that STING agonists selectively trigger mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in normal and malignant B cells. Upon stimulation, STING was degraded less efficiently in B cells, implying that prolonged activation of STING can lead to apoptosis. Transient activation of the IRE-1/XBP-1 pathway partially protected agonist-stimulated malignant B cells from undergoing apoptosis. In Eμ-TCL1 mice with chronic lymphocytic ...


Ruthenium-Catalyzed Amination Of Secondary Alcohols Using Borrowing Hydrogen Methodology, Kostiantyn O. Marichev, James M. Takacs Apr 2016

Ruthenium-Catalyzed Amination Of Secondary Alcohols Using Borrowing Hydrogen Methodology, Kostiantyn O. Marichev, James M. Takacs

Faculty Publications -- Chemistry Department

A new ruthenium complex catalyzes the amination of primary and secondary alcohols and the regioselective mono- and sequential diamination of diols via the borrowing hydrogen pathway. Several variations on new intra- and intermolecular cyclizations of aminoalcohols, diols and diamines lead to heterocyclic ring systems.


One Year Later: The Politics And Stories Of Post-Earthquake Nepal, Boyer Andrew Apr 2016

One Year Later: The Politics And Stories Of Post-Earthquake Nepal, Boyer Andrew

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th, 2015. This was followed by a second major earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on May 12th , 2015. These disasters took the lives of thousands of Nepali people, destroyed hundreds of thousands of structures, and displaced an estimated two million people. Immediately following the disaster, there was an outpouring of humanitarian aid from around the world. This lead to a conference where $4.1 billion USD of reconstruction funds were pledged to Nepal by international donors. Five months later, a new constitution passed into law and an informal blockade ...


Binding Of Oxaliplatin And Its Analogs With Dna Nucleotides At Variable Ph And Concentration Levels, Rippa Sehgal Apr 2016

Binding Of Oxaliplatin And Its Analogs With Dna Nucleotides At Variable Ph And Concentration Levels, Rippa Sehgal

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Oxaliplatin is one of the three FDA-approved platinum anticancer drugs and considered a third generation drug, discovered after the first generation drug cisplatin and second generation drug carboplatin. It is known to react with proteins and DNA nucleotides in the body. Reaction with DNA occurs primarily at guanosine residues and secondarily at adenine residues for oxaliplatin and other platinum drugs. We have previously studied oxaliplatin and an analog with additional steric hindrance in the amine ligand and found that the analog had different reactivity with methionine. Now, we have prepared oxaliplatin and its three analogs Pt(Me2dach)(ox), Pt(en ...


Fabrication Of A Gma-Co-Edma Monolith In A 2.0 Mm I.D. Polypropylene Housing., Marcello Iacono, Damian Connolly, Andreas Heise Mar 2016

Fabrication Of A Gma-Co-Edma Monolith In A 2.0 Mm I.D. Polypropylene Housing., Marcello Iacono, Damian Connolly, Andreas Heise

Chemistry Articles

Polymers are interesting housing materials for the fabrication of inexpensive monolithic chromatography and solid phase extraction (SPE) devices. Challenges arise when polymeric monoliths are formed in non-conical, cylindrical tubes of larger diameter due to potential monolith detachment from the housing wall resulting in loss of separation performance and mechanical stability. Here, a two-step protocol is applied to ensure formation of robust homogeneous methacrylate monolith in polypropylene (PP) tubing with a diameter of 2.0 mm. Detailed Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic analysis and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) imaging confirm the successful pre-modification of the tubing wall with an anchoring layer of ...


Protein Arginine Methylation And Citrullination In Epigenetic Regulation, Jakob Fuhrmann, Paul R. Thompson Mar 2016

Protein Arginine Methylation And Citrullination In Epigenetic Regulation, Jakob Fuhrmann, Paul R. Thompson

Thompson Lab Publications

The post-translational modification of arginine residues represents a key mechanism for the epigenetic control of gene expression. Aberrant levels of histone arginine modifications have been linked to the development of several diseases including cancer. In recent years, great progress has been made in understanding the physiological role of individual arginine modifications and their effects on chromatin function. The present review aims to summarize the structural and functional aspects of histone arginine modifying enzymes and their impact on gene transcription. We will discuss the potential for targeting these proteins with small molecules in a variety of disease states.


“Zipped Synthesis” By Cross-Metathesis Provides A Cystathionine Β‑Synthase Inhibitor That Attenuates Cellular H2S Levels And Reduces Neuronal Infarction In A Rat Ischemic Stroke Model, Christopher D. Mccune, Su Jing Chan, Matthew L. Beio, Weijun Shen, Woo Jin Chung, Laura M. Szczesniak, Chou Chai, Shu Qing Koh, Peter T.-H. Wong, David B. Berkowitz Mar 2016

“Zipped Synthesis” By Cross-Metathesis Provides A Cystathionine Β‑Synthase Inhibitor That Attenuates Cellular H2S Levels And Reduces Neuronal Infarction In A Rat Ischemic Stroke Model, Christopher D. Mccune, Su Jing Chan, Matthew L. Beio, Weijun Shen, Woo Jin Chung, Laura M. Szczesniak, Chou Chai, Shu Qing Koh, Peter T.-H. Wong, David B. Berkowitz

David Berkowitz Publications

The gaseous neuromodulator H2S is associated with neuronal cell death pursuant to cerebral ischemia. As cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) is the primary mediator of H2S biogenesis in the brain, it has emerged as a potential target for the treatment of stroke. Herein, a “zipped” approach by alkene cross-metathesis into CBS inhibitor candidate synthesis is demonstrated. The inhibitors are modeled after the pseudo-C2-symmetric CBS product (L,L)-cystathionine. The “zipped” concept means only half of the inhibitor needs be constructed; the two halves are then fused by olefin cross-metathesis. Inhibitor design is also mechanism-based, exploiting the favorable kinetics ...


Lysosome Triggered Near-Infrared Fluorescence Imaging Of Cellular Trafficking Processes In Real Time., Marco Grossi, Marina Morgunova, Shane Cheung, Dimitri Scholz, Emer Conroy, Marta Terrile, Angela Panarella, Jeremy C. Simpson, William M. Gallagher, Donal F. O'Shea Mar 2016

Lysosome Triggered Near-Infrared Fluorescence Imaging Of Cellular Trafficking Processes In Real Time., Marco Grossi, Marina Morgunova, Shane Cheung, Dimitri Scholz, Emer Conroy, Marta Terrile, Angela Panarella, Jeremy C. Simpson, William M. Gallagher, Donal F. O'Shea

Chemistry Articles

Bioresponsive NIR-fluorophores offer the possibility for continual visualization of dynamic cellular processes with added potential for direct translation to in vivo imaging. Here we show the design, synthesis and lysosome-responsive emission properties of a new NIR fluorophore. The NIR fluorescent probe design differs from typical amine functionalized lysosomotropic stains with off/on fluorescence switching controlled by a reversible phenol/phenolate interconversion. Emission from the probe is shown to be highly selective for the lysosomes in co-imaging experiments using a HeLa cell line expressing the lysosomal-associated membrane protein 1 fused to green fluorescent protein. The responsive probe is capable of real-time ...


Development And Validation Of A Sensitive Uplc-Ms/Ms Method For The Quantitation Of [13c]Sucrose In Rat Plasma, Blood, And Brain: Its Application To The Measurement Of Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability, Mohammad K. Miah, Ulrich Bickel, Reza Mehvar Feb 2016

Development And Validation Of A Sensitive Uplc-Ms/Ms Method For The Quantitation Of [13c]Sucrose In Rat Plasma, Blood, And Brain: Its Application To The Measurement Of Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability, Mohammad K. Miah, Ulrich Bickel, Reza Mehvar

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

Accurate and reproducible measurement of blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity is critical in the assessment of the pathophysiology of the central nervous system disorders and in monitoring therapeutic effects. The widely-used low molecular weight marker [14C]sucrose is non-specific in the absence of chromatographic separation. The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a sensitive and reproducible LC-MS/MS method for the analysis of stable isotopemodified [13C12]sucrose in brain, plasma, and blood to determine BBB permeability to sucrose. After addition of internal standard (IS, [13C6]sucrose), the marker and IS were recovered from diluted rat blood, plasma, and ...


Citrullination-Acetylation Interplay Guides E2f-1 Activity During The Inflammatory Response, Fatemeh Ghari, Anne-Marie Quirke, Shonagh Munro, Joanna Kawalkowska, Sarah Picaud, Joanna Mcgouran, Venkataraman Subramanian, Aaron Muth, Richard Williams, Benedikt Kessler, Paul R. Thompson, Panagis Fillipakopoulos, Stefan Knapp, Patrick J. Venables, Nicholas B. La Thangue Feb 2016

Citrullination-Acetylation Interplay Guides E2f-1 Activity During The Inflammatory Response, Fatemeh Ghari, Anne-Marie Quirke, Shonagh Munro, Joanna Kawalkowska, Sarah Picaud, Joanna Mcgouran, Venkataraman Subramanian, Aaron Muth, Richard Williams, Benedikt Kessler, Paul R. Thompson, Panagis Fillipakopoulos, Stefan Knapp, Patrick J. Venables, Nicholas B. La Thangue

Thompson Lab Publications

Peptidyl arginine deiminase 4 (PAD4) is a nuclear enzyme that converts arginine residues to citrulline. Although increasingly implicated in inflammatory disease and cancer, the mechanism of action of PAD4 and its functionally relevant pathways remains unclear. E2F transcription factors are a family of master regulators that coordinate gene expression during cellular proliferation and diverse cell fates. We show that E2F-1 is citrullinated by PAD4 in inflammatory cells. Citrullination of E2F-1 assists its chromatin association, specifically to cytokine genes in granulocyte cells. Mechanistically, citrullination augments binding of the BET (bromodomain and extra-terminal domain) family bromodomain reader BRD4 (bromodomain-containing protein 4) to ...


Structural Dependence Of The In Vitro Cytotoxicity, Oxidative Stress And Uptake Mechanisms Of Poly(Propylene Imine) Dendritic Nanoparticles, Humza Khalid, Sourav Prasanna Mukherjee, Luke O'Neill, Hugh Byrne Feb 2016

Structural Dependence Of The In Vitro Cytotoxicity, Oxidative Stress And Uptake Mechanisms Of Poly(Propylene Imine) Dendritic Nanoparticles, Humza Khalid, Sourav Prasanna Mukherjee, Luke O'Neill, Hugh Byrne

Articles

The in vitro cytotoxic and intracellular oxidative stress responses to exposure to poly (propylene imine) (PPI) dendritic nanoparticles of increasing generation (number of repeated branching cycles) (G0-G4) were assessed in an immortal non-cancerous human keratinocyte cell-line (HaCaT). Confocal fluorescence microscopy with organelle staining was used to explore the uptake and intracellular trafficking mechanisms. A generation and dose dependent cytotoxic response was observed, increasing according to generation and therefore number of surface amino groups. A comparison of the cytotoxic response of G4 PPI and the related G4 Poly (amido amine) dendrimer indicates that the PPI with the same number of surface ...