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Roger A Sunde, Kevin M Thompson, Kevin L Fritsche, Jacqueline K Evenson
Second-generation selenium-deficient weanling rats fed graded levels of dietary Se were used (a) to study the impact of initial Se deficiency on dietary Se requirements; (b) to determine if further decreases in selenoperoxidase expression, especially glutathione peroxidase 4 (Gpx4), affect growth or gross disease; and (c) to examine the impact of vitamin E deficiency on biochemical and molecular biomarkers of Se status. Rats were fed a vitamin E-deficient and Se-deficient crystalline amino acid diet (3 ng Se/g diet) or that diet supplemented with 100 μg/g all-rac-α-tocopheryl acetate and/or 0, 0...
October 17, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Katja Knauer
BACKGROUND: Chemical analysis of surface water conducted in European countries indicates that pesticides are often detected in surface waters. This asks regulatory authorities to consider these monitoring data while re-evaluating pesticide approval and setting appropriate risk mitigation measures. During the years 2005-2012, the cantons in Switzerland performed 345,000 pesticide measurements in surface waters. Overall, 203 approved pesticides were examined. For 60 of these substances, regulatory acceptable concentrations (RACs) were published, which were determined from ecotoxicological data in accordance with international test methods within the framework of the authorization procedure...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Anne Blangy
Tensins are focal adhesion molecules that were identified and characterized in the late 1980's - early 1990's. They play an essential role in the control of cell adhesion. Tensins can bind the tail of ß integrin via their Phospho Tyrosine Binding (PTB) domain, they exhibit various protein interaction domains including a Src Homology 2 (SH2) domain and they are serine-, threonine- and tyrosine-phosphorylated in response to various stimuli. Tensins serve as scaffolds to gather signaling molecules at the extracellular matrix adhesion complexes...
October 17, 2016: Biology of the Cell
Vincent Rampazzi, Julien Roger, Régine Amardeil, Marie-José Penouilh, Philippe Richard, Paul Fleurat-Lessard, Jean-Cyrille Hierso
A smart steric control of the metallocene backbone in bis- and poly(phosphino)ferrocene ligands favors intramolecular aurophilic interactions between [AuCl] fragments in polynuclear gold(I) complexes. We synthesized and characterized by multinuclear NMR and X-ray diffraction analysis mono-, di-, and polynuclear gold complexes of constrained ferrocenyl diphosphines, which bear either bulky tert-butyl groups or more flexible siloxane substituents at the cyclopentadienyl rings. The complexes meso-1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)-3,3'-di-tert-butylferrocene (4-m), rac-1,1'-bis[bis(5-methyl-2-furyl)phosphino]-3,3'-di-tert-butylferrocene (5-r), and rac-1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)-3,3'-bis[(tri-iso-propylsilyl)oxy]ferrocene (6-r) were used to form dinuclear gold complexes...
October 17, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Martin Aepfelbacher, Manuel Wolters
Pathogenic bacteria of the genus Yersinia include Y. pestis-the agent of plaque-and two enteropathogens, Y. enterocolitica, and Y. pseudotuberculosis. These pathogens have developed an array of virulence factors aimed at manipulating Rho GTP-binding proteins and the actin cytoskeleton in host cells to cross the intestinal barrier and suppress the immune system. Yersinia virulence factors include outer membrane proteins triggering cell invasion by binding to integrins, effector proteins injected into host cells to manipulate Rho protein functions and a Rho protein-activating exotoxin...
October 16, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Xian-Hua Wang, Qian Dong, Ling-Ling Ying, Shuai-Shuai Chi, Yao-Han Lan, Yan-Ping Huang, Zhao-Sheng Liu
In this study, a new molecularly imprinted polymer chiral stationary phase (MIP-CSP) was prepared utilizing molecular crowding agent for improvement the selective separation ability. S-amlodipine (S-AML), methacrylic acid (MAA), ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA), and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) were selected as template, functional monomer, cross-linker, and molecular crowding agent, respectively. The composition of formulas for MIP-CSP was optimized, and the permeability and structural feature of resultant MIP-CSP were characterized...
October 15, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Zhen Zhao, Xu Gu, Xiaoou Su, Junguo Li, Jun Li, Yingchao Dong, Yujuan Yang, Ting Yao, Yuchang Qin
This study investigated the ractopamine (RAC) distribution and depletion process in goat plasma, urine and various muscle tissues which were associated with a potential risk for consumer health. The experiment was carried out in 21 goats (18 treated and 3 controls). Treated animals were administered orally a dose of 1 mg/kg body mass per day for 28 consecutive days and randomly sacrificed on Days 0.25, 1, 3, 7, 14 and 21 of the withdrawal period. RAC in goat samples was analyzed by using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole-orbitrap high-resolution mass spectrometry...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Martin Gamerdinger
The biogenesis of new polypeptides by ribosomes and their subsequent correct folding and localization to the appropriate cellular compartments are essential key processes to maintain protein homoeostasis. These complex mechanisms are governed by a repertoire of protein biogenesis factors that directly bind to the ribosome and chaperone nascent polypeptide chains as soon as they emerge from the ribosomal tunnel exit. This nascent chain 'welcoming committee' regulates multiple co-translational processes including protein modifications, folding, targeting and degradation...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
Tamara Ius, Luca Turella, Giada Pauletto, Miriam Isola, Marta Maieron, Giovanni Sciacca, Riccardo Budai, Serena D'Agostini, Roberto Eleopra, Miran Skrap
BACKGROUND: Pre-operative diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) has recently been utilized to aid in the mapping of functional pathways in order to limit damage associated with resection of low-grade gliomas. OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive capacity of DTT as a biomarker of post-operative motor outcomes in patients with low-grade gliomas (LGGs) involving the corticospinal tract (CST). CST parameters obtained using a quantitative fiber-tracking approach were used to investigate the reliability of the DTT biomarker by comparing their values in the tumoral (Tcst) and healthy (Hcst) hemispheres...
October 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Teemu Luostarinen, Ann-Christine Lindroos, T Niiya, M Silvasti-Lundell, Alexey Schramko, Juha Hernesniemi, Tarja Randell, Tomi Niemi
OBJECTIVE: Neurosurgery in general anesthesia exposes patient to hemodynamic alternations both in prone and sitting position. As the comparison of the sitting and prone position in neurosurgery is scarce, we aimed to evaluate hemodynamic profile during stroke volume-directed fluid administration in patients undergoing neurosurgery either in sitting or prone position. METHODS: Thirty patients in prone and 28 in sitting position in two separate prospective trials were randomized to receive either Ringer's Acetate (RAC) or hydroxyethyl starch (HES 130 kDa/0...
October 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Suthakar Ganapathy, Johan B Fagman, Ling Shen, Tianqi Yu, Xiaodong Zhou, Wei Dai, Alexandros Makriyannis, Changyan Chen
Nf1 mutations or deletions are suggested to underlie the tumor predisposition of NF1 (neurofibromatosis type 1) and few treatments are available for treating NF1 patients with advanced malignant tumors. Aberrant activation of Ras in Nf1-deficient conditions is responsible for the promotion of tumorigenesis in NF1. PKC is proven to be an important factor in supporting the viability of Nf1-defected cells, but the molecular mechanisms are not fully understood. In this study, we demonstrate that the inhibition of protein kinase C (PKC) by 1-O-Hexadecyl-2-O-methyl-rac-glycerol (HMG, a PKC inhibitor) preferentially sensitizes Nf1-defected cells to apoptosis, via triggering a persistent mitotic arrest...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Jeffrey J Coleman, Tomomi Komura, Julia Munro, Michael P Wu, Rakhee R Busanelli, Angela N Koehler, Méryl Thomas, Florence F Wagner, Edward B Holson, Eleftherios Mylonakis
AIM: Caffeic acid (3,4-dihydroxycinnamic acid) phenethyl ester (CAPE), the major constituent of propolis, is able to increase the survival of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans after infection with the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. RESULTS: CAPE increases the expression of several antimicrobial proteins involved in the immune response to C. albicans. Structural derivatives of CAPE were synthesized to identify structure-activity relationships and decrease metabolic liability, ultimately leading to a compound that has similar efficacy, but increased in vivo stability...
October 14, 2016: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Kamil Kowalski, Aleksandra Kołodziejczyk, Maria Helena Sikorska, Jagoda Płaczkiewicz, Paulina Cichosz, Magdalena Kowalewska, Wladyslawa Streminska, Katarzyna Janczyk-Ilach, Marta Koblowska, Anna Fogtman, Roksana Iwanicka-Nowicka, Maria A Ciemerych, Edyta Brzoska
The skeletal muscle regeneration occurs due to the presence of tissue specific stem cells - satellite cells. These cells, localized between sarcolemma and basal lamina, are bound to muscle fibers and remain quiescent until their activation upon muscle injury. Due to pathological conditions, such as extensive injury or dystrophy, skeletal muscle regeneration is diminished. Among the therapies aiming to ameliorate skeletal muscle diseases are transplantations of the stem cells. In our previous studies we showed that Sdf-1 (stromal derived factor -1) increased migration of stem cells and their fusion with myoblasts in vitro...
October 13, 2016: Cell Adhesion & Migration
Natalija Nakov, Liljana Bogdanovska, Jelena Acevska, Jasmina Tonic-Ribarska, Rumenka Petkovska, Aneta Dimitrovska, Lilia Kasabova, Dobrin Svinarov
In this research, as a part of the development of fast and reliable HPLC-MS/MS method for quantification of ibuprofen (IBP) enantiomers in human plasma, the possibility of IBP acylglucoronide (IBP-Glu) back-conversion was assessed. This involved investigation of in source and in vitro back-conversion. The separation of IBP enantiomers, its metabolite and rac-IBP-d3 (internal standard), was achieved within 6 min using Chiracel OJ-RH chromatographic column (150 × 2.1 mm, 5 μm). The followed selected reaction monitoring transitions for IBP-Glu (m/z 381...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
Tatjana J Autenrieth, Stephanie C Frank, Alexandra M Greiner, Dominik Klumpp, Benjamin Richter, Mario Hauser, Seong-Il Lee, Joel Levine, Martin Bastmeyer
Although much is known about chemotaxis- induced by gradients of soluble chemical cues - the molecular mechanisms involved in haptotaxis (migration induced by substrate-bound protein gradients) are largely unknown. We used micropatterning to produce discontinuous gradients consisting of μm-sized fibronectin-dots arranged at constant lateral but continuously decreasing axial spacing. Parameters like gradient slope, protein concentration and size or shape of the fibronectin dots were modified to determine optimal conditions for directional cell migration in gradient patterns...
October 10, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Valentina Zamboni, Maria Armentano, Gabriella Sarò, Elisa Ciraolo, Alessandra Ghigo, Giulia Germena, Alessandro Umbach, Pamela Valnegri, Maria Passafaro, Valentina Carabelli, Daniela Gavello, Veronica Bianchi, Patrizia D'Adamo, Ivan de Curtis, Nadia El-Assawi, Alessandro Mauro, Lorenzo Priano, Nicola Ferri, Emilio Hirsch, Giorgio R Merlo
During brain development, the small GTPases Rac1/Rac3 play key roles in neuronal migration, neuritogenesis, synaptic formation and plasticity, via control of actin cytoskeleton dynamic. Their activity is positively and negatively regulated by GEFs and GAPs molecules, respectively. However their in vivo roles are poorly known. The ArhGAP15 gene, coding for a Rac-specific GAP protein, is expressed in both excitatory and inhibitory neurons of the adult hippocampus, and its loss results in the hyperactivation of Rac1/Rac3...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ibrahim Sammour, Santhosh Somashekar, Jian Huang, Sunil Batlahally, Matthew Breton, Krystalenia Valasaki, Aisha Khan, Shu Wu, Karen C Young
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) improve alveolar and vascular structures in experimental models of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Female MSC secrete more anti-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic factors as compared to male MSC. Whether the therapeutic efficacy of MSC in attenuating lung injury in an experimental model of BPD is influenced by the sex of the donor MSC or recipient is unknown. Here we tested the hypothesis that female MSC would have greater lung regenerative properties than male MSC in experimental BPD and this benefit would be more evident in males...
2016: PloS One
Lisa Dolovich, Giulia Consiglio, Linda MacKeigan, Lusine Abrahamyan, Petros Pechlivanoglou, Valeria E Rac, Nedzad Pojskic, Elizabeth A Bojarski, Jiandong Su, Murray Krahn, Suzanne M Cadarette
BACKGROUND: MedsCheck Annual (MCA) is an Ontario government-funded medication review service for individuals taking 3 or more prescription medications for chronic conditions. METHODS: This cohort study analyzed linked administrative claims data from April 1, 2007, to March 31, 2013. Trends in MCA claims and recipient characteristics were examined. RESULTS: A total of 1,498,440 Ontarians (55% seniors, 55% female) received an MCA. One-third (36%) had 2 or more MCAs within 6 years...
September 2016: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
Ruijie He, Xishan Huang, Yanjun Zhang, Liangdeng Wu, Hui Nie, Dexiong Zhou, Buming Liu, Shengping Deng, Ruiyun Yang, Shuai Huang, Zhijie Nong, Jun Li, Yan Huang
A pair of enantiomers and a pair of 2,3-dihydro-1H-indene epimers, rac-indidene A (rac-1), indidenes B and C (2, 3); four new coumarin glucosides (4-7); and four known coumarin glucosides (8-11) were isolated from the bark of Streblus indicus (Bur.) Corner. The structures of 1-11 were defined by physical data analyses, including MS, NMR, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The absolute configurations of the 2,3-dihydro-1H-indene derivatives were defined via experimental and calculated ECD data. rac-Indidene A and indidenes B and C showed inhibitory activity against A549 and MCF-7 tumor cells with IC50 values in the range of 2...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
Tadayoshi Okimoto, Kazuhiro Mizukami, Ryo Ogawa, Kazuhisa Okamoto, Mitsutaka Shuto, Kensuke Fukuda, Masaaki Kodama, Kazunari Murakami
The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of esomeprazole-based triple therapy compared with rabeprazole-based triple therapy according to CYP2C19 genotype and clarithromycin susceptibility status for first-line eradication therapy of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) in Japan. We enrolled 219 H. pylori-infected patients, and randomly allocated patients to the EAC group (esomeprazole 20 mg, clarithromycin 200 mg, amoxicillin 750 mg for one week, with all drugs given twice daily) or RAC group (rabeprazole 10 mg, clarithromycin 200 mg, amoxicillin 750 mg for one week, with all drugs given twice daily)...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
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