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      The anti-cataract molecular mechanism study in selenium cataract rats for baicalin ophthalmic nanoparticles

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          The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of the solid lipid nanoparticles of baicalin (BA-SLNs) on an experimental cataract model and explore the molecular mechanism combined with bioinformatics analysis.

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          The transparency of lens was observed daily by slit-lamp and photography. Lenticular opacity was graded. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) was employed to analyze the differential protein expression modes in each group. Proteins of interest were subjected to protein identification by nano-liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS). Bioinformatics analysis was performed using the Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) online software to comprehend the biological implications of the proteins identified by proteomics.


          At the end of the sodium selenite-induced cataract progression, almost all lenses from the model group developed partial nuclear opacity; however, all lenses were clear and normal in the blank group. There was no significant difference between the BA-SLNs group and the blank group. Many protein spots were differently expressed in 2-DE patterns of total proteins of lenses from each group, and 65 highly different protein spots were selected to be identified between the BA-SLNs group and the model group. A total of 23 proteins were identified, and 12 of which were crystalline proteins.


          We considered crystalline proteins to play important roles in preserving the normal expression levels of proteins and the transparency of lenses. The general trend in the BA-SLN-treated lenses’ data showed that BA-SLNs regulated the protein expression mode of cataract lenses to normal lenses. Our findings suggest that BA-SLNs may be a potential therapeutic agent in treating cataract by regulating protein expression and may also be a strong candidate for future clinical research.

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          In this paper we present the first mathematical analysis of the protein interaction network found in the yeast, S. cerevisiae. We show that, (a) the identified protein network display a characteristic scale-free topology that demonstrate striking similarity to the inherent organization of metabolic networks in particular, and to that of robust and error-tolerant networks in general. (b) the likelihood that deletion of an individual gene product will prove lethal for the yeast cell clearly correlates with the number of interactions the protein has, meaning that highly-connected proteins are more likely to prove essential than proteins with low number of links to other proteins. These results suggest that a scale-free architecture is a generic property of cellular networks attributable to universal self-organizing principles of robust and error-tolerant networks and that will likely to represent a generic topology for protein-protein interactions.
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            Age-related nuclear cataract-oxidation is the key.

            Age is by far the biggest risk factor for cataract, and it is sometimes assumed that cataract is simply an amplification of this aging process. This appears not to be the case, since the lens changes associated with aging and cataract are distinct. Oxidation is the hallmark of age-related nuclear (ARN) cataract. Loss of protein sulfhydryl groups, and the oxidation of methionine residues, are progressive and increase as the cataract worsens until >90% of cysteine and half the methionine residues are oxidised in the most advanced form. By contrast, there may be no significant oxidation of proteins in the centre of the lens with advancing age, even past age 80. The key factor in preventing oxidation seems to be the concentration of nuclear glutathione (GSH). Provided that nuclear GSH levels can be maintained above 2 mm, it appears that significant protein oxidation and posttranslational modification by reactive small molecules, such as ascorbate or UV filter degradation products, is not observed. Adequate coupling of the metabolically-active cortex, the source of antioxidants such as GSH, to the quiescent nucleus, is crucial especially since it would appear that the cortex remains viable in old lenses, and even possibly in ARN cataract lenses. Therefore it is vital to understand the reason for the onset of the lens barrier. This barrier, which becomes apparent in middle age, acts to impede the flow of small molecules between the cortex and the nucleus. The barrier, rather than nuclear compaction (which is not observed in human lenses), may contribute to the lowered concentration of GSH in the lens nucleus after middle age. By extending the residence time within the lens centre, the barrier also facilitates the decomposition of intrinsically unstable metabolites and may exacerbate the formation of H(2)O(2) in the nucleus. This hypothesis, which is based on the generation of reactive oxygen species and reactive molecules within the nucleus itself, shifts the focus away from theories for cataract that postulated a primary role for oxidants generated outside of the lens. Unfortunately, due to marked variability in the lenses of different species, there appears at present to be no ideal animal model system for studying human ARN cataract.
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              The original protocol of two-dimensional electrophoresis with immobilized pH gradient (IPG-Dalt; Gorg et al., Electrophoresis 1988, 9, 531-546) is updated. Merits and limits of different methods for sample solubilization, sample application (by cup-loading or ingel rehydration) with respect to the pH interval used for IPG-isoelectric focusing are critically discussed. Guidelines for running conditions of analytical and micropreparative IPG-Dalt, using wide IPGs up to pH 12 for overview patterns, or narrow IPGs for zoom-in gels for optimum resolution and detection of minor components, are stated. Results with extended separation distances as well as automated procedures are demonstrated, and a comparison between protein detection by silver staining and fluorescent dyes is given. A brief trouble shooting guide is also included.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Dove Medical Press
                23 May 2018
                : 12
                : 1399-1411
                [1 ]Tianjin State Key Laboratory of Modern Chinese Medicine, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
                [3 ]Engineering Research Center of Modern Chinese Medicine Discovery and Preparation Technique, Ministry of Education, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
                [4 ]Baokang Hospital, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Zhidong Liu; Jiawei Li, Engineering Research Center of Modern Chinese Medicine Discovery and Preparation Technique, Ministry of Education, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, No 88 Yuquan Road, Tianjin 300193, People’s Republic of China, Tel +86 22 5959 6170; +86 22 5959 6294, Fax +86 22 2741 2619, Email lonerliuzd@ 123456163.com ; lijiawei1981@ 123456163.com

                These authors contributed equally to this work

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