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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634583/circular-rnas-biogenesis-function-and-role-in-human-diseases
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John Greene, Anne-Marie Baird, Lauren Brady, Marvin Lim, Steven G Gray, Raymond McDermott, Stephen P Finn
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are currently classed as non-coding RNA (ncRNA) that, unlike linear RNAs, form covalently closed continuous loops and act as gene regulators in mammals. They were originally thought to represent errors in splicing and considered to be of low abundance, however, there is now an increased appreciation of their important function in gene regulation. circRNAs are differentially generated by backsplicing of exons or from lariat introns. Unlike linear RNA, the 3' and 5' ends normally present in an RNA molecule have been joined together by covalent bonds leading to circularization...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634351/a-dynamical-model-for-activating-and-silencing-the-mitotic-checkpoint
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Richard Henze, Peter Dittrich, Bashar Ibrahim
The spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism, exclusively sensitive to the states of kinetochores attached to microtubules. During metaphase, the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) is inhibited by the SAC but it rapidly switches to its active form following proper attachment of the final spindle. It had been thought that APC/C activity is an all-or-nothing response, but recent findings have demonstrated that it switches steadily. In this study, we develop a detailed mathematical model that considers all 92 human kinetochores and all major proteins involved in SAC activation and silencing...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634044/mir-218-suppresses-gastric-cancer-cell-cycle-progression-through-the-cdk6-cyclin-d1-e2f1-axis-in-a-feedback-loop
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Min Deng, Chao Zeng, Xihong Lu, Xiusheng He, Ruixin Zhang, Qinwei Qiu, Guopei Zheng, Xiaoting Jia, Hao Liu, Zhimin He
Studies in several cancers have suggested that miR-218 has anti-tumor activities, but its function is yet to be elucidated. In this study, we investigated the regulation and function of miR-218 (miR-218-5p) in the cell cycle progression of gastric cancer (GC). We found that miR-218 could suppress proliferation of gastric cancer cells, induce cell cycle arrest at the G1 phase and inhibit tumor growth and metastasis in vivo. We also demonstrated that miR-218 specifically targeted the 3'-UTR regions of CDK6 and cyclin D1 and inhibited the expression of these molecules, which in turn repressesed the pRb/E2F1 signaling pathway...
June 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633970/unified-neural-field-theory-of-brain-dynamics-underlying-oscillations-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-generalized-epilepsies
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E J Müller, S J van Albada, J W Kim, P A Robinson
The mechanisms underlying pathologically synchronized neural oscillations in Parkinson's disease (PD) and generalized epilepsies are explored in parallel via a physiologically-based neural field model of the corticothalamic-basal ganglia (CTBG) system. The basal ganglia (BG) are approximated as a single effective population and their roles in the modulation of oscillatory dynamics of the corticothalamic (CT) system and vice versa are analyzed. In addition to normal EEG rhythms, enhanced activity around 4 Hz and 20 Hz exists in the model, consistent with the characteristic frequencies observed in PD...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633726/small-bowel-intussusception-in-a-pregnant-woman-a-case-report
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Roxana Covali, Lucian Ambrosie, Micea Onofriescu, Alexandru Luca, Gabriela Dumachita-Sargu, Violeta Aursulesei, Dumitru Gafitanu
INTRODUCTION: Intussusception usually is associated with children, rarely with adults. CASE PRESENTATION: A 42-year-old pregnant woman (29 weeks' gestation) reported mild pain in the upper aspect of the abdomen after an intense physical effort. Ultrasound examination found a normally evolving pregnancy and a bowel obstacle, without bowel distention. Because it was not a surgical emergency at the time of evaluation, she was sent to the hospital's Obstetrics Department...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633650/effects-of-tolvaptan-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Chunbin Wang, Bo Xiong, Lin Cai
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure, which requires urgent evaluation and treatment, is a leading cause for admission to the emergency department. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the effects of tolvaptan on acute heart failure and compare them with the effects of conventional therapy or placebo. METHODS: The electronic databases PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Controlled Trial registry were searched from their starting dates to October 24, 2016. Two authors independently read the trials and extracted related information from the included studies...
June 20, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633570/enantioselective-light-switch-effect-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-ru-phenanthroline-2-dipyrido-3-2-a-2-3-c-phenazine-2-bound-to-g-quadruplex-dna
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Jin Ha Park, Hyun Suk Lee, Myung Duk Jang, Sung Wook Han, Seog K Kim, Young-Ae Lee
The interaction of Δ- and Λ-[Ru(phen)2DPPZ](2+) (DPPZ = dipyrido[3,2-a:2', 3'-c]phenazine, phen = phenanthroline) with a G-quadruplex formed from 5'-G2T2G2TGTG2T2G2-3'(15-mer) was investigated. The well-known enhancement of luminescence intensity (the 'light-switch' effect) was observed for the [Ru(phen)2DPPZ](2+) complexes upon formation of an adduct with the G-quadruplex. The emission intensity of the G-quadruplex-bound Λ-isomer was 3-fold larger than that of the Δ-isomer when bound to the G-quadruplex, which is opposite of the result observed in the case of double stranded DNA (dsDNA); the light switch effect is larger for the dsDNA-bound Δ-isomer...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633537/extensive-assessment-of-blood-glucose-monitoring-during-postprandial-period-and-its-impact-on-closed-loop-performance
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Lyvia Biagi, Arthur Hirata Bertachi, Ignacio Conget, Carmen Quirós, Marga Giménez, F Javier Ampudia-Blasco, Paolo Rossetti, Jorge Bondia, Josep Vehí
BACKGROUND: Closed-loop (CL) systems aims to outperform usual treatments in blood glucose control and continuous glucose monitors (CGM) are a key component in such systems. Meals represents one of the main disturbances in blood glucose control, and postprandial period (PP) is a challenging situation for both CL system and CGM accuracy. METHODS: We performed an extensive analysis of sensor's performance by numerical accuracy and precision during PP, as well as its influence in blood glucose control under CL therapy...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633515/crystal-structure-and-functional-characterization-of-a-cytochrome-p450-bacyp106a2-from-bacillus-sp-pamc-23377
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Ki-Hwa Kim, Chang Woo Lee, Bikash Dangi, Sun-Ha Park, Hyun Park, Tae-Jin Oh, Jun Hyuck Lee
Bacterial cytochrome P450 (CYP) steroid hydroxylases are effectively useful in the pharmaceutical industry for introducing hydroxyl groups to a wide range of steroids. We found a putative CYP steroid hydroxylase (BaCYP106A2) from the bacterium Bacillus sp. PAMC 23377 isolated from Kara Sea of the Arctic Ocean, showing 94% sequence similarity with BmCYP106A2 (Bacillus megaterium ATCC 13368). In this study, soluble BaCYP106A2 was overexpressed to evaluate its substrate-binding activity. The substrate affinity (Kd value) to 4-androstenedione was 387 ± 37 µM...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633477/loop-diuretics-for-chronic-heart-failure-a-foe-in-disguise-of-a-friend
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Chris J Kapelios, Konstantinos Malliaras, Elisabeth Kaldara, Stella Vakrou, John N Nanas
Loop diuretics are recommended for relieving symptoms and signs of congestion in patients with chronic heart failure and are administered to more than 80% of them. However, several of their effects have not systematically been studied. Numerous cohort and four interventional studies have addressed the effect of diuretics on renal function; apart from one prospective study, which showed that diuretics withdrawal is accompanied by increase in some markers of early-detected renal injury, all others converge to the conclusion that diuretics receipt, especially in high doses is associated with increased rates of renal dysfunction...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633398/a-novel-system-for-the-treatment-of-aortic-annular-dilation-an-ex-vivo-investigation
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Pallav Shah, Claudia Romagnoni, Michal Jaworek, Federico Lucherini, Monica Contino, Alan Menkis, Guido Gelpi, Gianfranco B Fiore, Carlo Antona, Riccardo Vismara
OBJECTIVES: The main reason for aortic repair failures is recurrent annular dilatation. The fibrous portion of left ventricular outflow tract dilates. A novel device was designed to tackle this problem. METHODS: The device consists of an internal ring applied at the aortic annulus plus an external flexible band at the level of the aortic root. The internal ring has a semi-rigid portion (40%, placed at ventriculo-arterial junction) and a flexible portion to allow it to conform along the curves of the non-coronary/right coronary leaflet and right coronary/left coronary leaflet commissures...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633325/malus-hupehensis-mir168-targets-to-argonaute1-and-contributes-to-the-resistance-against-botryosphaeria-dothidea-infection-by-altering-defense-responses
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Xinyi Yu, Yingjun Hou, Weiping Chen, Sanhong Wang, Peihong Wang, Shenchun Qu
MicroRNA-mediated post transcriptional regulation plays a fundamental role in various plant physiological processes, including responses to pathogens. MicroRNA168 has been implicated as an essential factor of miRNA pathways by targeting ARGONAUTE1 (AGO1), the core component of the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC). A fluctuation in AGO1 expression influences various plant-pathogen interactions, and the homeostasis of AGO1 and miR168 accumulation is maintained by a complicated feedback regulatory loop. In this study, the connection between miR168 and the resistance of M...
June 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633196/tight-junction-strand-formation-by-claudin-10-isoforms-and-claudin-10a-10b-chimeras
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Susanne Milatz, Jörg Piontek, Caroline Hempel, Luca Meoli, Christoph Grohe, Anja Fromm, In-Fah M Lee, Rukeia El-Athman, Dorothee Günzel
Claudins are integral components of tight junctions (TJs) in epithelia and endothelia. When expressed in cell lines devoid of TJs, claudins are able to form TJ-like strands at contacts between adjacent cells. According to a current model of TJ strand formation, claudin protomers assemble in an antiparallel double row within the plasma membrane of each cell (cis-interaction) while binding to corresponding double rows from the neighboring cells (trans-interaction). Cis-interaction was proposed to involve two interfaces of the protomers' first extracellular segment (extracellular loop (ECL)1)...
June 20, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633193/trictide-a-tricellulin-derived-peptide-to-overcome-cellular-barriers
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Jimmi Cording, Basak Arslan, Christian Staat, Sophie Dithmer, Susanne M Krug, Anneliese Krüger, Philipp Berndt, Ramona Günther, Lars Winkler, Ingolf E Blasig, Reiner F Haseloff
The majority of tight junction (TJ) proteins restrict the paracellular permeation of solutes via their extracellular loops (ECLs). Tricellulin tightens tricellular TJs (tTJs) and regulates bicellular TJ (bTJ) proteins. We demonstrate that the addition of recombinantly produced extracellular loop 2 (ECL2) of tricellulin opens cellular barriers. The peptidomimetic trictide, a synthetic peptide derived from tricellulin ECL2, increases the passage of ions, as well as of small and larger molecules up to 10 kDa, between 16 and 30 h after application to human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma cell line 2...
June 20, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633126/emergency-incarcerated-obturator-hernia-repair-with-biologic-mesh-in-a-male-patient-after-ipsilateral-hip-disarticulation-a-case-report
#15
Rodolfo J Oviedo, Alexander H W Molinari
INTRODUCTION: An obturator hernia is an uncommon form of abdominal hernia that is difficult to diagnose due to its non-distinct presentation. This case investigates an emergency treatment of an obturator hernia presenting in a patient with an ipsilateral hip disarticulation in a 266-bed community hospital. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 53-year old man with a history of a left hip disarticulation 3-weeks prior presented to the emergency department with fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea for the past 5-days...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632998/trna-structure-and-evolution-and-standardization-to-the-three-nucleotide-genetic-code
#16
Daewoo Pak, Robert Root-Bernstein, Zachary F Burton
Cloverleaf tRNA with a 75 nucleotide (nt) core is posited to have evolved from ligation of three 31 nt minihelices followed by symmetrical internal deletions of 9 nt within ligated acceptor stems. Statistical tests strongly support the model. Although the tRNA anticodon loop and T loop are homologs, their U-turns have been treated as distinct motifs. An appropriate comparison, however, shows that intercalation of D loop G19 between T loop bases 4 and 5 causes elevation of T loop base 5 and flipping of T loop bases 6 and 7 out of the 7 nucleotide loop...
June 20, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632973/molecular-modeling-study-on-the-tubulin-binding-modes-of-epothilone-derivatives-insight-into-the-structural-basis-for-epothilones-activity
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Verónica A Jiménez, Joel B Alderete, Karen R Navarrete
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were employed to study the tubulin-binding modes of 20 epothilone derivatives spanning a wide range of antitumor activity. Trajectory analysis revealed that active ligands shared a common region of association and similar binding poses compared to the high-resolution crystal structure of the tubulin complex with epothilone A, the stathmin-like protein RB3, and tubulin tyrosine ligase (PDB code 4I50). Conformational analysis of epothilones in aqueous solution and tubulin-bound states indicated that the bound conformations of active species can be found to a significant extent within the ensemble of conformers available in aqueous solution...
June 20, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632535/perioperative-surgical-home-evaluation-of-a-new-protocol-focused-on-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-manage-children-undergoing-posterior-spinal-fusion-operation
#18
Eugene Kim, Brian Lee, Giovanni Cucchiaro
BACKGROUND: The concept of Perioperative Surgical Home has been gaining significant attention in surgical centers. This model is delivering and improving coordinated care in a cost-effective manner to patients undergoing surgical procedures. It starts with the decision for surgical intervention, continues to the intraoperative and postoperative periods, and follows into long-term recovery. Constant re-evaluation of outcomes and modifications of delivery provides a feedback loop for improvement...
June 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632306/analytical-modeling-provides-new-insight-into-complex-mutual-coupling-between-surface-loops-at-ultrahigh-fields
#19
N I Avdievich, A Pfrommer, I A Giapitzakis, A Henning
Ultrahigh-field (UHF) (≥7 T) transmit (Tx) human head surface loop phased arrays improve both the Tx efficiency (B1(+) /√P) and homogeneity in comparison with single-channel quadrature Tx volume coils. For multi-channel arrays, decoupling becomes one of the major problems during the design process. Further insight into the coupling between array elements and its dependence on various factors can facilitate array development. The evaluation of the entire impedance matrix Z for an array loaded with a realistic voxel model or phantom is a time-consuming procedure when performed using electromagnetic (EM) solvers...
June 20, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631997/expression-and-purification-of-a-functional-porcine-soluble-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-1
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Hui Li, Shuangshuang Guo, Leyan Yan, Chunhua Meng, Yiyi Hu, Kongwang He, Zhendan Shi
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1 (TREM-1) plays a vital role in the pathogen-triggered amplification loop required for proinflammatory responses. Blockade of TREM-1 signaling may inhibit expansion of sepsis and prolong survival of animals. In the present study, the gene of porcine soluble TREM-1 was cloned and expressed in E. coli. After purification, the bioactivity of recombinant porcine soluble TREM-1 was tested in vitro on porcine alveolar macrophages. The results showed that supplementation with the recombinant porcine sTREM-1 protein rapidly and dose-dependently attenuated the upregulation of cytokines (IL-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12, IL-16, IL-18, and TNF-α) caused by LPS stimulation in the cultured porcine alveolar macrophages...
February 10, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
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