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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923179/structural-dynamics-of-casein-kinase-i-cki-from-malarial-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum-isolate-3d7-insights-from-theoretical-modelling-and-molecular-simulations
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Budheswar Dehury, Santosh Kumar Behera, Namita Mahapatra
The protein kinases (PKs), belonging to serine/threonine kinase (STKs), are important drug targets for a wide spectrum of diseases in human. Among protein kinases, the Casein Kinases (CKs) are vastly expanded in various organisms, where, the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum possesses a single member i.e., PfCKI, which can phosphorylate various proteins in parasite extracts in vitro condition. But, the structure-function relationship of PfCKI and dynamics of ATP binding is yet to be understood. Henceforth, an attempt was made to study the dynamics, stability, and ATP binding mechanisms of PfCKI through computational modelling, docking, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, and MM/PBSA binding free energy estimation...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923040/a-low-correlation-resting-state-of-the-striatum-during-cortical-avalanches-and-its-role-in-movement-suppression
#2
Andreas Klaus, Dietmar Plenz
During quiet resting behavior, involuntary movements are suppressed. Such movement control is attributed to cortico-basal ganglia loops, yet population dynamics within these loops during resting and their relation to involuntary movements are not well characterized. Here, we show by recording cortical and striatal ongoing population activity in awake rats during quiet resting that intrastriatal inhibition maintains a low-correlation striatal resting state in the presence of cortical neuronal avalanches. Involuntary movements arise from disturbed striatal resting activity through two different population dynamics...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922953/total-maxillary-reconstruction-with-a-bi-paddle-double-barrel-osteocutaneous-fibular-flap-and-arteriovenous-saphenous-loop-after-a-globe-sparing-total-maxillectomy-due-to-osteosarcoma
#3
Wan-Ling Tseng, Tzu-Yen Chang, Kuo-Shu Hung, Szu-Han Chen, Jenn-Ren Hsiao, Yao-Chou Lee
BACKGROUND: The titanium mesh or bone graft is usually used for orbital support after a globe-sparing total maxillectomy. However, its use can invite complications, such as infection, exposure, and absorption, especially for patients who require adjuvant radiotherapy. Here, the authors present a patient who received total maxillary reconstruction with an osteocutaneous fibular flap. METHODS: A 53-year-old man with the diagnosis of maxillary osteosarcoma received a globe-sparing total maxillectomy...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922614/molecular-mechanisms-at-the-core-of-the-plant-circadian-oscillator
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REVIEW
Maria A Nohales, Steve A Kay
Circadian clocks are endogenous timekeeping networks that allow organisms to align their physiology with their changing environment and to perform biological processes at the most relevant times of the day and year. Initial feedback-loop models of the oscillator have been enriched by emerging evidence highlighting the increasing variety of factors and mechanisms that contribute to the generation of rhythms. In this Review, we consider the two major input pathways that connect the circadian clock of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to its environment and discuss recent advances in understanding of how transcriptional, post-translational and post-transcriptional mechanisms contribute to clock function...
December 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922612/the-intricate-dance-of-post-translational-modifications-in-the-rhythm-of-life
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REVIEW
Arisa Hirano, Ying-Hui Fu, Louis J Ptáček
Endogenous biological rhythms with approximately 24-h periodicity are generated by the circadian clock, in which clock genes coordinate with one another and form a transcriptional-translational negative feedback loop. The precision of the circadian clock is further regulated by multiple post-translational modifications (PTMs), including phosphorylation, ubiquitination, acetylation and SUMOylation. Here, we review current understanding of the regulatory mechanisms of the core clock proteins by PTMs in the mammalian circadian clock...
December 6, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922456/evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-and-safety-of-ultrasound-guided-percutaneous-carpal-tunnel-release-a-cadaveric-study
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Robert Burnham, Larry Playfair, Eldon Loh, Shannon Roberts, Anne Agur
OBJECTIVE: The looped thread carpal tunnel release (TCTR) procedure is a minimally invasive percutaneous technique performed under ultrasound (US) to transect the transverse carpal ligament in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Study objectives were to evaluate the accuracy of identifying key US landmarks, safety, effectiveness, and technical difficulty of TCTR. DESIGN: Fourteen lightly embalmed cadaveric distal forearm-hand specimens were subject to US identification of key landmarks, TCTR procedure, and post-TCTR dissection...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922198/dnmt1-modulation-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-and-hypothetic-influence-on-mitochondrial-dna-methylation-status-during-long-term-nucleo-t-side-analogues-therapy
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Giordano Madeddu, Silvia Ortu, Giovanni Garrucciu, Ivana Maida, Michela Melis, Alberto Augusto Muredda, Maria Stella Mura, Sergio Babudieri
Inhibition of viral replication is the most important goal in patients with Hepatitis B virus chronic infection (CHB). Currently, five oral nucleo(t)side analogues (NAs), including Lamivudine, Adefovir, Telbivudine, Entecavir and Tenofovir, have been approved for treatment. The widespread use of NAs has also been linked with a progressive growth of unlikely anomaly attributable to mitochondrial dysfunctions, not previously recognized. Here we explore the hypothesis that NAs may cause persistent epigenetic changes during prolonged NAs therapy in CHB patients...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922090/mir-146a-mediated-suppression-of-the-inflammatory-response-in-human-adipocytes
#8
Julian Roos, Eveliina Enlund, Jan-Bernd Funcke, Daniel Tews, Karlheinz Holzmann, Klaus-Michael Debatin, Martin Wabitsch, Pamela Fischer-Posovszky
The obesity-associated inflammation of white adipose tissue (WAT) is one of the factors leading to the development of related diseases such as insulin resistance and liver steatosis. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) were identified as important regulators of WAT functions. Herein, we cultured human Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome (SGBS) adipocytes with macrophage-conditioned medium (MacCM) and performed an Affimetrix miRNA array to identify miRNAs differentially expressed under inflammatory conditions. We identified 24 miRNAs differentially expressed upon inflammation in human adipocytes and miR-146a was the most up-regulated miRNA species...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921184/chemotherapeutic-drug-selectivity-between-wild-type-and-mutant-braf-kinases-in-colon-cancer
#9
Jianchun Zhang, Tao Ji
Oncogenic BRaf V600E mutation is involved in the development, invasion and metastasis of colon cancer. Selective inhibition of BRaf(V600E) mutant has been recognized as a therapeutic strategy for the cancer. Here, we carried out atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to characterize the structural basis, energetic property, and dynamics behavior of conformational change in BRaf activation loop upon the mutation. It is found that V600E mutation destabilizes inactive DFG-out conformation of activation loop and promotes its conversion to the active DFG-in conformation, thus conferring constitutive activity for BRaf kinase...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921164/m-type-phospholipase-a2-receptor-pla2r-glomerular-staining-in-pediatric-idiopathic-membranous-nephropathy
#10
Shoichiro Kanda, Shigeru Horita, Takeshi Yanagihara, Akira Shimizu, Motoshi Hattori
BACKGROUND: Identifying M-type phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) is a landmark breakthrough for understanding adult idiopathic membranous nephropathy (iMN). However, potential roles for PLA2R in pediatric iMN have not been well investigated. METHODS: A total of 34 pediatric iMN patients who underwent kidney biopsy between 1972 and 2015 were enrolled in this study. The study cohort consisted of 15 children aged from 3 to 9 years and 19 aged from 10 to 15 years...
December 5, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921080/echo-and-bnp-serial-assessment-in-ambulatory-heart-failure-care-data-on-loop-diuretic-use-and-renal-function
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Frank Lloyd Dini, Anca Simioniuc, Erberto Carluccio, Stefano Ghio, Andrea Rossi, Paolo Biagioli, Gianpaolo Reboldi, Gian Giacomo Galeotti, Fei Lu, Cornelia Zara, Gillian Whalley, Pier Luigi Temporelli
We compared the follow-up data on loop diuretic use and renal function, as assessed by serum creatinine levels, and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), of two groups of consecutive ambulatory HF patients: 1) the clinically-guided group, in which management was clinically driven based on the institutional protocol of the HF Unit of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department of Pisa (standard of care) and 2) the echo and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) guided group (patients conforming to the protocol of the Network Labs Ultrasound (NEBULA) in HF Study Group: Pisa, Perugia, Pavia; Verona, Auckland, and Veruno), in which therapy was delivered according to the serial assessment of BNP and echocardiography...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920919/crystal-structure-of-di-methyl-formamidium-bis-tri-fluoro-methane-sulfon-yl-amide-an-ionic-liquid
#12
Allan Jay P Cardenas, Molly O'Hagan
At 100 K, the title mol-ecular salt, C3H8NO(+)·C2F6NO4S2(-), has ortho-rhom-bic (P212121) symmetry; the amino H atom of bis-(tri-fluoro-methane-sulfon-yl)amine (HNTf2) was transferred to the basic O atom of di-methyl-formamide (DMF) when the ionic liquid components were mixed. The structure displays an O-H⋯N hydrogen bond, which links the cation to the anion, which is reinforced by a non-conventional C-H⋯O inter-action, generating an R2(2)(7) loop. A further very weak C-H⋯O inter-action generates an [001] chain...
September 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920892/surface-modification-and-cellular-uptake-evaluation-of-au-coated-ni80fe20-nanodiscs-for-biomedical-applications
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Gabriele Barrera, Loredana Serpe, Federica Celegato, Marco Coїsson, Katia Martina, Roberto Canaparo, Paola Tiberto
A nanofabrication technique based on self-assembling of polystyrene nanospheres is used to obtain magnetic Ni80Fe20 nanoparticles with a disc shape. The free-standing nanodiscs (NDs) have diameter and thickness of about 630 nm and 30 nm, respectively. The versatility of fabrication technique allows one to cover the ND surface with a protective gold layer with a thickness of about 5 nm. Magnetization reversal has been studied by room-temperature hysteresis loop measurements in water-dispersed free-standing NDs...
December 6, 2016: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920880/conditional-electrical-stimulation-in-animal-and-human-models-for-neurogenic-bladder-working-toward-a-neuroprosthesis
#14
C R Powell
Sacral neuromodulation has had a tremendous impact on the treatment of urinary incontinence and lower urinary tract symptoms for patients with neurologic conditions. This stimulation does not use real-time data from the body or input from the patient. Incorporating this is the goal of those pursuing a neuroprosthesis to enhance bladder function for these patients. Investigators have demonstrated the effectiveness of conditional (also called closed-loop) feedback in animal models as well as limited human studies...
December 2016: Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920877/simultaneous-duodenal-stenosis-and-duodenal-web-in-a-newborn
#15
James Erickson, Michele Retrouvey, Jennifer Rush, Anthony P Trace
Failure of duodenal recanalization results in a spectrum of proximal bowel obstruction from stenosis to atresia. Associations between congenital duodenal obstruction and other congenital anomalies have been well documented although the coincidence of duodenal stenosis and duodenal web is incredibly rare, posing a unique diagnostic challenge. We report a case of a full-term 4-day-old female child presented with forceful, bilious emesis and poor oral intake with decreased frequency of urination, and stooling whose initial abdominal radiograph showed several loops of gas-filled bowel in the distal stomach and proximal duodenum mimicking the classic "double-bubble" sign...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920766/a-degu-p-and-degq-dependent-regulatory-pathway-for-the-k-state-in-bacillus-subtilis
#16
Mathieu Miras, David Dubnau
The K-state in the model bacterium Bacillus subtilis is associated with transformability (competence) as well as with growth arrest and tolerance for antibiotics. Entry into the K-state is determined by the stochastic activation of the transcription factor ComK and occurs in about ∼15% of the population in domesticated strains. Although the upstream mechanisms that regulate the K-state have been intensively studied and are well understood, it has remained unexplained why undomesticated isolates of B. subtilis are poorly transformable compared to their domesticated counterparts...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920671/proceedings-of-the-fourth-annual-deep-brain-stimulation-think-tank-a-review-of-emerging-issues-and-technologies
#17
Wissam Deeb, James J Giordano, Peter J Rossi, Alon Y Mogilner, Aysegul Gunduz, Jack W Judy, Bryan T Klassen, Christopher R Butson, Craig Van Horne, Damiaan Deny, Darin D Dougherty, David Rowell, Greg A Gerhardt, Gwenn S Smith, Francisco A Ponce, Harrison C Walker, Helen M Bronte-Stewart, Helen S Mayberg, Howard J Chizeck, Jean-Philippe Langevin, Jens Volkmann, Jill L Ostrem, Jonathan B Shute, Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, Kelly D Foote, Aparna Wagle Shukla, Marvin A Rossi, Michael Oh, Michael Pourfar, Paul B Rosenberg, Peter A Silburn, Coralie de Hemptine, Philip A Starr, Timothy Denison, Umer Akbar, Warren M Grill, Michael S Okun
This paper provides an overview of current progress in the technological advances and the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, as presented by participants of the Fourth Annual DBS Think Tank, which was convened in March 2016 in conjunction with the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration at the University of Florida, Gainesveille FL, USA. The Think Tank discussions first focused on policy and advocacy in DBS research and clinical practice, formation of registries, and issues involving the use of DBS in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome...
2016: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920495/card9-as-a-potential-target-in-cardiovascular-disease
#18
REVIEW
Matthew R Peterson, Samantha E Haller, Jun Ren, Sreejayan Nair, Guanglong He
Systemic inflammation and localized macrophage infiltration have been implicated in cardiovascular pathologies, including coronary artery disease, carotid atherosclerosis, heart failure, obesity-associated heart dysfunction, and cardiac fibrosis. Inflammation induces macrophage infiltration and activation and release of cytokines and chemokines, causing tissue dysfunction by instigating a positive feedback loop that further propagates inflammation. Cytosolic adaptor caspase recruitment domain family, member 9 (CARD9) is a protein expressed primarily by dendritic cells, neutrophils, and macrophages, in which it mediates cytokine secretion...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920384/antibiotic-resistance-in-the-wild-an-eco-evolutionary-perspective
#19
REVIEW
Teppo Hiltunen, Marko Virta, Anna-Liisa Laine
The legacy of the use and misuse of antibiotics in recent decades has left us with a global public health crisis: antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, making it harder to treat infections. At the same time, evolution of antibiotic resistance is probably the best-documented case of contemporary evolution. To date, research on antibiotic resistance has largely ignored the complexity of interactions that bacteria engage in. However, in natural populations, bacteria interact with other species; for example, competition and grazing are import interactions influencing bacterial population dynamics...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920205/molecular-determinants-of-the-sensitivity-to-gq-11-phospholipase-c-dependent-gating-gd3-potentiation-and-ca2-permeability-in-the-transient-receptor-potential-canonical-type-5-trpc5-channel
#20
Xingjuan Chen, Wennan Li, Ashley M Riley, Mario Soliman, Saikat Chakraborty, Christopher W Stamatkin, Alexander G Obukhov
Transient Receptor Potential Canonical type 5 (TRPC5) is a Ca(2+) permeable cation channel that is highly expressed in the brain and is implicated in motor coordination, innate fear behavior, and seizure-genesis. The channel is activated by a signal downstream of the G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-Gq/11-phospholipase C (PLC) pathway. In this study, we aimed to identify the molecular mechanisms involved in regulating TRPC5 activity. We report that R593, a residue located in the E4 loop near the TRPC5's extracellular Gd(3+)-binding site, is critical for conferring the sensitivity to GPCR-Gq/11-PLC-dependent gating on TRPC5...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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