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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106766/the-anti-oxidant-defense-system-of-the-marine-polar-ciliate-euplotes-nobilii-characterization-of-the-msrb-gene-family
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Francesca Ricci, Federico M Lauro, Joseph J Grzymski, Robert Read, Rigers Bakiu, Gianfranco Santovito, Pierangelo Luporini, Adriana Vallesi
Organisms living in polar waters must cope with an extremely stressful environment dominated by freezing temperatures, high oxygen concentrations and UV radiation. To shed light on the genetic mechanisms on which the polar marine ciliate, Euplotes nobilii, relies to effectively cope with the oxidative stress, attention was focused on methionine sulfoxide reductases which repair proteins with oxidized methionines. A family of four structurally distinct MsrB genes, encoding enzymes specific for the reduction of the methionine-sulfoxide R-forms, were identified from a draft of the E...
January 18, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085037/acknowledgement-to-reviewers-of-biology-in-2016
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EDITORIAL
Biology Editorial Office
The editors of Biology would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following reviewers for assessing manuscripts in 2016.[...].
January 11, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067761/mechanisms-to-avoid-and-correct-erroneous-kinetochore-microtubule-attachments
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REVIEW
Michael A Lampson, Ekaterina L Grishchuk
In dividing vertebrate cells multiple microtubules must connect to mitotic kinetochores in a highly stereotypical manner, with each sister kinetochore forming microtubule attachments to only one spindle pole. The exact sequence of events by which this goal is achieved varies considerably from cell to cell because of the variable locations of kinetochores and spindle poles, and randomness of initial microtubule attachments. These chance encounters with the kinetochores nonetheless ultimately lead to the desired outcome with high fidelity and in a limited time frame, providing one of the most startling examples of biological self-organization...
January 5, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009830/a-brief-history-of-research-on-mitotic-mechanisms
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REVIEW
J Richard McIntosh, Thomas Hays
This chapter describes in summary form some of the most important research on chromosome segregation, from the discovery and naming of mitosis in the nineteenth century until around 1990. It gives both historical and scientific background for the nine chapters that follow, each of which provides an up-to-date review of a specific aspect of mitotic mechanism. Here, we trace the fruits of each new technology that allowed a deeper understanding of mitosis and its underlying mechanisms. We describe how light microscopy, including phase, polarization, and fluorescence optics, provided descriptive information about mitotic events and also enabled important experimentation on mitotic functions, such as the dynamics of spindle fibers and the forces generated for chromosome movement...
December 21, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983647/critical-function-of-prdm2-in-the-neoplastic-growth-of-testicular-germ-cell-tumors
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Erika Di Zazzo, Carola Porcile, Silvia Bartollino, Bruno Moncharmont
Testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) derive from primordial germ cells. Their maturation is blocked at different stages, reflecting histological tumor subtypes. A common genetic alteration in TGCT is a deletion of the chromosome 1 short arm, where the PRDM2 gene, belonging to the Positive Regulatory domain gene (PRDM) family, is located. Expression of PRDM2 gene is shifted in different human tumors, where the expression of the two principal protein forms coded by PRDM2 gene, RIZ1 and RIZ2, is frequently unbalanced...
December 14, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983623/multiple-forms-of-glutamate-dehydrogenase-in-animals-structural-determinants-and-physiological-implications
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REVIEW
Victoria Bunik, Artem Artiukhov, Vasily Aleshin, Garik Mkrtchyan
Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) of animal cells is usually considered to be a mitochondrial enzyme. However, this enzyme has recently been reported to be also present in nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum and lysosomes. These extramitochondrial localizations are associated with moonlighting functions of GDH, which include acting as a serine protease or an ATP-dependent tubulin-binding protein. Here, we review the published data on kinetics and localization of multiple forms of animal GDH taking into account the splice variants, post-translational modifications and GDH isoenzymes, found in humans and apes...
December 14, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941666/subjective-mood-in-young-unmedicated-depressed-women-under-high-and-low-sleep-pressure-conditions
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Angelina Birchler-Pedross, Sylvia Frey, Thomas Götz, Patrick Brunner, Vera Knoblauch, Anna Wirz-Justice, Sarah L Chellappa, Christian Cajochen
Diurnal mood variations are one of the core symptoms in depression, and total sleep deprivation (SD) can induce rapid, short-lasting clinical improvement in depressed patients. Here, we investigated if differential sleep pressure conditions impact on subjective mood levels in young women with major depressive disorder (MDD) without sleep disturbances, and in healthy controls. Eight healthy and eight MDD women underwent 40-h SD (high sleep pressure) and 40-h multiple NAP (low sleep pressure) protocols under constant routine conditions during which subjective mood was assessed every 30-min...
December 9, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941648/anaphase-b
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REVIEW
Jonathan M Scholey, Gul Civelekoglu-Scholey, Ingrid Brust-Mascher
Anaphase B spindle elongation is characterized by the sliding apart of overlapping antiparallel interpolar (ip) microtubules (MTs) as the two opposite spindle poles separate, pulling along disjoined sister chromatids, thereby contributing to chromosome segregation and the propagation of all cellular life. The major biochemical "modules" that cooperate to mediate pole-pole separation include: (i) midzone pushing or (ii) braking by MT crosslinkers, such as kinesin-5 motors, which facilitate or restrict the outward sliding of antiparallel interpolar MTs (ipMTs); (iii) cortical pulling by disassembling astral MTs (aMTs) and/or dynein motors that pull aMTs outwards; (iv) ipMT plus end dynamics, notably net polymerization; and (v) ipMT minus end depolymerization manifest as poleward flux...
December 8, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929413/exosome-proteome-of-u-87mg-glioblastoma-cells
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Sohyun Chun, Seunghyun Ahn, Chang-Hwan Yeom, Seyeon Park
Exosomes are small membrane vesicles between 30 and 100 nm in diameter secreted by many cell types, and are associated with a wide range of physiological and/or pathological processes. Exosomes containing proteins, lipids, mRNA, and microRNA contribute to cell-to-cell communication and cell-to-environment regulation, however, their biological functions are not yet fully understood. In this report, exosomes in the glioblastoma cell line, U-87MG, were isolated and the proteome was investigated. In addition, exosome proteome changes in U-87MG cells exposed to a low temperature were investigated to elucidate whether the exosome proteome could respond to an external stimulus...
December 6, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918433/protein-phosphatase-1-regulates-expression-of-neuregulin-1
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Tatiana Ammosova, Kareem Washington, Jamie Rotimi, Namita Kumari, Kahli A Smith, Xiaomei Niu, Marina Jerebtsova, Sergei Nekhai
Protein phosphatase 1 (PP1), a cellular serine/threonine phosphatase, is targeted to cellular promoters by its major regulatory subunits, PP1 nuclear targeting subunit, nuclear inhibitor of PP1 (NIPP1) and RepoMan. PP1 is also targeted to RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) by NIPP1 where it can dephosphorylate RNAPII and cycle-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9). Here, we show that treatment of cells with a small molecule activator of PP1 increases the abundance of a neuregulin-1 (NRG-1)-derived peptide. NRG-1 mRNA and protein levels were increased in the cells stably or transiently expressing mutant NIPP1 (mNIPP1) that does not bind PP1, but not in the cells expressing NIPP1...
December 2, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918421/decreased-stat3-phosphorylation-mediates-cell-swelling-in-ammonia-treated-astrocyte-cultures
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Arumugam R Jayakumar, Kevin M Curtis, Kiran S Panickar, Nagarajarao Shamaladevi, Michael D Norenberg
Brain edema, due largely to astrocyte swelling, and the subsequent increase in intracranial pressure and brain herniation, are major complications of acute liver failure (ALF). Elevated level of brain ammonia has been strongly implicated in the development of astrocyte swelling associated with ALF. The means by which ammonia brings about astrocyte swelling, however, is incompletely understood. Recently, oxidative/nitrosative stress and associated signaling events, including activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), as well as activation of the transcription factor, nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB), have been implicated in the mechanism of ammonia-induced astrocyte swelling...
December 2, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916881/optimization-of-cyanine-dye-stability-and-analysis-of-fret-interaction-on-dna-microarrays
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Marcel von der Haar, Christopher Heuer, Martin Pähler, Kathrin von der Haar, Patrick Lindner, Thomas Scheper, Frank Stahl
The application of DNA microarrays for high throughput analysis of genetic regulation is often limited by the fluorophores used as markers. The implementation of multi-scan techniques is limited by the fluorophores' susceptibility to photobleaching when exposed to the scanner laser light. This paper presents combined mechanical and chemical strategies which enhance the photostability of cyanine 3 and cyanine 5 as part of solid state DNA microarrays. These strategies are based on scanning the microarrays while the hybridized DNA is still in an aqueous solution with the presence of a reductive/oxidative system (ROXS)...
November 30, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897997/thermal-resilience-of-feeding-kinematics-may-contribute-to-the-spread-of-invasive-fishes-in-light-of-climate-change
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Ralph Turingan, Tyler Sloan
As a consequence of global warming, tropical invasive species are expected to expand their range pole-ward, extending their negative impacts to previously undisturbed, high-latitude ecosystems. Investigating the physiological responses of invasive species to environmental temperature is important because the coupled effects of climate change and species invasion on ecosystems could be more alarming than the effects of each phenomenon independently. Especially in poikilotherms, the rate of motion in muscle-driven biomechanical systems is expected to double for every 10 °C increase in temperature...
November 25, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879632/fish-immunoglobulins
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REVIEW
Sara Mashoof, Michael F Criscitiello
The B cell receptor and secreted antibody are at the nexus of humoral adaptive immunity. In this review, we summarize what is known of the immunoglobulin genes of jawed cartilaginous and bony fishes. We focus on what has been learned from genomic or cDNA sequence data, but where appropriate draw upon protein, immunization, affinity and structural studies. Work from major aquatic model organisms and less studied comparative species are both included to define what is the rule for an immunoglobulin isotype or taxonomic group and what exemplifies an exception...
November 21, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869759/a-cell-biological-perspective-on-past-present-and-future-investigations-of-the-spindle-assembly-checkpoint
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REVIEW
Ajit P Joglekar
The spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) is a quality control mechanism that ensures accurate chromosome segregation during cell division. It consists of a mechanochemical signal transduction mechanism that senses the attachment of chromosomes to the spindle, and a signaling cascade that inhibits cell division if one or more chromosomes are not attached. Extensive investigations of both these component systems of the SAC have synthesized a comprehensive understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms. This review recounts the milestone results that elucidated the SAC, compiles a simple model of the complex molecular machinery underlying the SAC, and highlights poorly understood facets of the biochemical design and cell biological operation of the SAC that will drive research forward in the near future...
November 19, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869660/use-of-a-fluorescent-aptamer-rna-as-an-exonic-sequence-to-analyze-self-splicing-ability-of-agroup-i-intron-from-structured-rnas
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Airi Furukawa, Takahiro Tanaka, Hiroyuki Furuta, Shigeyoshi Matsumura, Yoshiya Ikawa
Group I self-splicing intron constitutes an important class of functional RNA molecules that can promote chemical transformation. Although the fundamental mechanism of the auto-excision from its precursor RNA has been established, convenient assay systems for its splicing activity are still useful for a further understanding of its detailed mechanism and of its application. Because some host RNA sequences, to which group I introns inserted form stable three-dimensional (3D) structures, the effects of the 3D structures of exonic elements on the splicing efficiency of group I introns are important but not a fully investigated issue...
November 17, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834813/the-potential-of-non-provitamin-a-carotenoids-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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REVIEW
Ana Gabriela Murillo, Diana M DiMarco, Maria Luz Fernandez
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an obesity-associated spectrum of comorbidities defined by the presence of metabolic dysfunction, oxidative stress, inflammation, and fibrosis in the liver. If left untreated, NAFLD can progress to cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatocellular carcinoma. NAFLD is recognized as the most common liver disease in the United States, affecting around 30% of the population. Identification of dietary components capable of reducing or preventing NAFLD is therefore essential to battle this condition...
November 8, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792170/x-ray-diffraction-evidence-for-low-force-actin-attached-and-rigor-like-cross-bridges-in-the-contractile-cycle
#18
Felicity Eakins, Christian Pinali, Anthony Gleeson, Carlo Knupp, John M Squire
Defining the structural changes involved in the myosin cross-bridge cycle on actin in active muscle by X-ray diffraction will involve recording of the whole two dimensional (2D) X-ray diffraction pattern from active muscle in a time-resolved manner. Bony fish muscle is the most highly ordered vertebrate striated muscle to study. With partial sarcomere length (SL) control we show that changes in the fish muscle equatorial A-band (10) and (11) reflections, along with (10)/(11) intensity ratio and the tension, are much more rapid than without such control...
October 26, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775558/minireview-on-glutamine-synthetase-deficiency-an-ultra-rare-inborn-error-of-amino-acid-biosynthesis
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REVIEW
Marta Spodenkiewicz, Carmen Diez-Fernandez, Véronique Rüfenacht, Corinne Gemperle-Britschgi, Johannes Häberle
Glutamine synthetase (GS) is a cytosolic enzyme that produces glutamine, the most abundant free amino acid in the human body. Glutamine is a major substrate for various metabolic pathways, and is thus an important factor for the functioning of many organs; therefore, deficiency of glutamine due to a defect in GS is incompatible with normal life. Mutations in the human GLUL gene (encoding for GS) can cause an ultra-rare recessive inborn error of metabolism-congenital glutamine synthetase deficiency. This disease was reported until now in only three unrelated patients, all of whom suffered from neonatal onset severe epileptic encephalopathy...
October 19, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740597/lactate-as-a-signaling-molecule-that-regulates-exercise-induced-adaptations
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REVIEW
Minas Nalbandian, Masaki Takeda
Lactate (or its protonated form: lactic acid) has been studied by many exercise scientists. The lactate paradigm has been in constant change since lactate was first discovered in 1780. For many years, it was unfairly seen as primarily responsible for muscular fatigue during exercise and a waste product of glycolysis. The status of lactate has slowly changed to an energy source, and in the last two decades new evidence suggests that lactate may play a much bigger role than was previously believed: many adaptations to exercise may be mediated in some way by lactate...
October 8, 2016: Biology
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