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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087829/tracheophytes-contain-conserved-orthologs-of-a-basic-helix-loop-helix-transcription-factor-to-modulate-root-hair-specific-genes
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Youra Hwang, Hee-Seung Choi, Hyun-Min Cho, Hyung-Taeg Cho
ROOT HAIR SPECIFIC (RHS) genes, which contain the root hair-specific cis-element (RHE) in their regulatory regions, function in root hair morphogenesis. Here, we demostrate that an Arabidopsis thaliana basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor, ROOT HAIR DEFECTVE SIX-LIKE 4 (RSL4), directly binds to the RHE in vitro and in vivo, up-regulates RHS genes, and stimulates root hair formation in Arabidopsis. Orthologs of RSL4 from a eudicot (poplar, Populus trichocarpa), a monocot (rice, Oryza sativa), and a lycophyte (Selaginella moellendorffii) each restored root hair growth in the Arabidopsis rsl4 mutant...
January 13, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087772/possible-roles-of-new-mutations-shared-by-asian-and-american-zika-viruses
#2
Shozo Yokoyama, William T Starmer
Originating in Africa, the Zika virus (ZIKV) has spread to Asia, Pacific Islands and now to the Americas and beyond. Since the first isolation in 1947, ZIKV strains have been sampled at various times in the last 69 years, but this history has not been reflected in studying the patterns of mutation accumulation in their genomes. Implementing the viral history, we show that the ZIKV ancestor appeared sometime in 1930-1945 and, at that point, its mutation rate was probably less than 0.2 x 10(-3)/nucleotide site/year and subsequently increased significantly in most of its descendants...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087620/e152a-substitution-drastically-affects-ndm-5-activity
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Gaurav Kumar, Bagre Issa, Debasish Kar, Sarmistha Biswal, Anindya S Ghosh
New Delhi Metallo beta-lactamase (NDM) is of significant public health concern due to its enormous potential to hydrolyse all major beta-lactams including carbapenems. Amino acid substitutions outside the active site reportedly affect NDM beta-lactamase activities. Here, the effect of amino acid substitutions in the possible omega-like loop region of NDM-5 has been elucidated. Overall, three substitution mutations near active site of NDM-5 were done, namely, E152A, S191A, and D223A and subsequently, the change in antimicrobial resistance was monitored upon expressing each mutant in a suitable host...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087599/long-non-coding-rna-linc00092-acts-in-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-to-drive-glycolysis-and-progression-of-ovarian-cancer
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Linjie Zhao, Gaili Ji, Xiaobing Le, Chenlu Wang, Lian Xu, Min Feng, Yaguang Zhang, Huiliang Yang, Yu Xuan, Yanfei Yang, Lingzi Lei, Qilian Yang, Wayne Bond Lau, Bonnie Lau, Yi Chen, Xiangbing Deng, Shaohua Yao, Tao Yi, Xia Zhao, Yuquan Wei, Shengtao Zhou
The majority of patients with epithelial ovarian cancer are diagnosed at a late stage when peritoneal metastases exist, however, there is little knowledge of the metastatic process in this disease setting. In this study, we report the identification of the long non-coding RNA LINC00092 as a nodal driver of metastatic progression mediated by cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF). Pro-metastatic properties of CAF in vitro and in vivo were found to associate with elevated expression of the chemokine CXCL14. In clinical specimens, elevated levels of CXCL14 in CAF also correlated with poor prognosis...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087224/5-ht6-receptor-blockade-regulates-primary-cilia-morphology-in-striatal-neurons
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Matthew Brodsky, Adam J Lesiak, Alex Croicu, Nathalie Cohenca, Jane M Sullivan, John F Neumaier
The 5-HT6 receptor has been implicated in a variety of cognitive processes including habitual behaviors, learning, and memory. It is found almost exclusively in the brain, is expressed abundantly in striatum, and localizes to neuronal primary cilia. Primary cilia are antenna-like, sensory organelles found on most neurons that receive both chemical and mechanical signals from other cells and the surrounding environment; however, the effect of 5-HT6 receptor function on cellular morphology has not been examined...
January 10, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087058/robust-observer-based-passive-control-for-uncertain-singular-time-delay-systems-subject-to-actuator-saturation
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Yuechao Ma, Pingjing Yang, Yifang Yan, Qingling Zhang
This paper investigates the problem of robust observer-based passive control for uncertain singular time-delay system subject to actuator saturation. A polytopic approach is used to describe the saturation behavior. First, by constructing Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, a less conservative sufficient condition is obtained which guarantees that the closed-loop system is regular, impulse free, stable and robust strictly passive. Then, with this condition, the design method of state feedback controller and the observer are given by solving linear matrix inequalities...
January 10, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087005/and-the-fat-lady-sings-about-phosphate-and-calcium
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Carsten A Wagner, Pedro H Imenez Silva, Isabel Rubio-Aliaga
Adipose tissue has been long recognized as secreting various endocrine factors. Emerging evidence demonstrates that adipokines play a role in modulating systemic mineral homeostasis through endocrine loops involving interleukin-6, leptin, and now also adiponectin, which all interact with FGF23 and vitamin D and thereby change the renal control of calcium and phosphate metabolism. Understanding these regulatory loops may shed light on a complex interorgan crosstalk controlling mineral homeostasis and its dysregulation in diseases associated with obesity...
February 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086829/genomic-pathways-modulated-by-twist-in-breast-cancer
#8
Farhad Vesuna, Yehudit Bergman, Venu Raman
BACKGROUND: The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor TWIST1 (Twist) is involved in embryonic cell lineage determination and mesodermal differentiation. There is evidence to indicate that Twist expression plays a role in breast tumor formation and metastasis, but the role of Twist in dysregulating pathways that drive the metastatic cascade is unclear. Moreover, many of the genes and pathways dysregulated by Twist in cell lines and mouse models have not been validated against data obtained from larger, independant datasets of breast cancer patients...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086798/genome-wide-association-analysis-of-seedling-traits-in-diverse-sorghum-germplasm-under-thermal-stress
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Ratan Chopra, Gloria Burow, John J Burke, Nicholas Gladman, Zhanguo Xin
BACKGROUND: Climate variability due to fluctuation in temperature is a worldwide concern that imperils crop production. The need to understand how the germplasm variation in major crops can be utilized to aid in discovering and developing breeding lines that can withstand and adapt to temperature fluctuations is more necessary than ever. Here, we analyzed the genetic variation associated with responses to thermal stresses in a sorghum association panel (SAP) representing major races and working groups to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are associated with resilience to temperature stress in a major cereal crop...
January 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086789/detection-of-plasmodium-knowlesi-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax-using-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-in-a-co-endemic-area-in-malaysia
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Kim A Piera, Ammar Aziz, Timothy William, David Bell, Iveth J González, Bridget E Barber, Nicholas M Anstey, Matthew J Grigg
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium knowlesi is the most common cause of malaria in Malaysia. However, microscopic diagnosis is inaccurate and rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are insufficiently sensitive. PCR is sensitive and specific but not feasible at a district level. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) shows potential with only basic requirements. A commercially available LAMP assay, the Eiken Loopamp™ MALARIA Pan Detection kit, is sensitive for Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, but has not previously been evaluated for P...
January 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081460/blood-brain-barrier-dysfunction-induced-by-silica-nps-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-involvement-of-oxidative-stress-and-rho-kinase-jnk-signaling-pathways
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Xin Liu, Baiyan Sui, Jiao Sun
Silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs) has been extensively exploited in biomedical fields and mostly designed to enter the circulatory system, however, few studies focused on the potential adverse effects of SiO2-NPs exposure on the blood-brain barrier (BBB) that serves as a critical barrier between the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral circulation. This study attempts to provide an understanding of whether and how SiO2-NPs disrupts the BBB in vitro and in vivo. Through a human BBB model, we found that SiO2-NPs could induce tight junction loss and cytoskeleton arrangement, and increase inflammatory response and the release of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) of brain microvessel endothelial cells (BMECs), which further activates astrocytes to amplify the generation of VEGF and increase the aquaporin-4 expression, and thus causing BBB disruption through a complex immunoregulatory loop between BMECs and astrocytes under SiO2-NPs exposure...
January 4, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081362/lithium-carbonate-recovery-from-cathode-scrap-of-spent-lithium-ion-battery-a-closed-loop-process
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Wenfang Gao, Xihua Zhang, Xiaohong Zheng, Xiao Lin, Hongbin Cao, Yi Zhang, Zhi H I Sun
A closed-loop process to recover lithium carbonate from cathode scrap of lithium-ion battery (LIB) is developed. Lithium could be selectively leached into solution using formic acid while aluminum remained as metallic form and most of other metals from the cathode scrap could be precipitated out. This phenomenon clearly demonstrates that formic acid can be used for lithium recovery from cathode scrap, as both leaching and separation reagent. By investigating the effects of different parameters including temperature, formic acid concentration, H2O2 amount and solid to liquid ratio, the leaching rate of Li can reach 99...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079384/hypoxia-and-h2o2-dual-sensitive-vesicles-for-enhanced-glucose-responsive-insulin-delivery
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Jicheng Yu, Chenggen Qian, Yuqi Zhang, Zheng Cui, Yong Zhu, Qundong Shen, Frances S Ligler, John B Buse, Zhen Gu
A glucose-responsive closed-loop insulin delivery system mimicking pancreas activity without long-term side effect has the potential to improve diabetic patients' health and quality of life. Here, we developed a novel glucose-responsive insulin delivery device using a painless microneedle-array patch containing insulin-loaded vesicles. Formed by self-assembly of hypoxia and H2O2 dual-sensitive diblock copolymer, the glucose-responsive polymersome-based vesicles (d-GRPs) can disassociate and subsequently release insulin triggered by H2O2 and hypoxia generated during glucose oxidation catalyzed by glucose specific enzyme...
January 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079218/zinc-ion-induced-conformational-changes-in-new-delphi-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-1-probed-by-molecular-dynamics-simulations-and-umbrella-sampling
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Jianzhong Chen, Jinan Wang, Weiliang Zhu
The hydrolysis of a β-lactam core ring caused by new Delphi metallo-β-lactamase 1 (NDM-1) with the help of two zinc cofactors induces significant resistance toward β-lactam antibiotics. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and the umbrella sampling method are integrated to study the conformational change mechanism of NDM-1 mediated by zinc ion binding. The statistical analyses of interaction contacts of the antibiotic ampicillin (AMP) with residues based on MD trajectories suggest that two Zn ions are essential for maintaining the binding of AMP with NDM-1...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079168/molecular-dynamics-studies-unravel-role-of-conserved-residues-responsible-for-movement-of-ions-into-active-site-of-dhbps
#15
Ranajit Nivrutti Shinde, Subramanian Karthikeyan, Balvinder Singh
3,4-dihydroxy-2-butanone-4-phosphate synthase (DHBPS) catalyzes the conversion of D-ribulose 5-phosphate (Ru5P) to L-3,4-dihydroxy-2-butanone-4-phosphate in the presence of Mg(2+). Although crystal structures of DHBPS in complex with Ru5P and non-catalytic metal ions have been reported, structure with Ru5P along with Mg(2+) is still elusive. Therefore, mechanistic role played by Mg(2+) in the structure of DHBPS is poorly understood. In this study, molecular dynamics simulations of DHBPS-Ru5P complex along with Mg(2+) have shown entry of Mg(2+) from bulk solvent into active site...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079137/x-ray-structure-and-enzymatic-activity-profile-of-a-core-papain-like-protease-of-mers-coronavirus-with-utility-for-structure-based-drug-design
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Jozlyn R Clasman, Yahira M Báez-Santos, Robert C Mettelman, Amornrat O'Brien, Susan C Baker, Andrew D Mesecar
Ubiquitin-like domain 2 (Ubl2) is immediately adjacent to the N-terminus of the papain-like protease (PLpro) domain in coronavirus polyproteins, and it may play a critical role in protease regulation and stability as well as in viral infection. However, our recent cellular studies reveal that removing the Ubl2 domain from MERS PLpro has no effect on its ability to process the viral polyprotein or act as an interferon antagonist, which involves deubiquitinating and deISGylating cellular proteins. Here, we test the hypothesis that the Ubl2 domain is not required for the catalytic function of MERS PLpro in vitro...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078988/bdnf-nf-kb-signaling-in-the-neurobiology-of-depression
#17
Ariel Caviedes, Carlos Lafourcade, Claudio Soto, Ursula Wyneken
BACKGROUND: Mood disorders, consisting of unipolar and bipolar depression, are complex diseases characterized by depressed mood and anhedonia. These core symptoms are accompanied in a varying manner by anxiety, several neurovegetative symptoms and cognitive impairment. Mood disorders are characterized by decreases in neurogenesis, alteration in synaptic structure and synaptic transmission, all of them regulated by BDNF, a neurotrophin that performs multiple functions in the adult central nervous system...
January 11, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078474/clinical-audit-effectively-bridges-the-evidence-practice-gap-in-chronic-subdural-haematoma-management
#18
Jignesh Tailor, D Fernando, Z Sidhu, R Foley, K D Abeysinghe, D C Walsh
BACKGROUND: Placement of a subdural drain after drainage of chronic subdural haematoma (CSDH) has been shown to reduce the rate of recurrence in several randomised controlled trials (RCT). The most recently published RCT was from Cambridge, UK, in 2009. Despite class I evidence for the use of subdural drains, it is unclear whether these results have been translated into clinical practice. In this clinical audit we review the use of subdural drains in our institution before and after the publication of the 2009 RCT results...
January 11, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078444/mps-analysis-of-the-mtdna-hypervariable-regions-on-the-miseq-with-improved-enrichment
#19
Mitchell M Holland, Laura A Wilson, Sarah Copeland, Gloria Dimick, Charity A Holland, Robert Bever, Jennifer A McElhoe
The non-coding displacement (D) loop of the human mitochondrial (mt) genome contains two hypervariable regions known as HVR1 and HVR2 that are most often analyzed by forensic DNA laboratories. The massively parallel sequencing (MPS) protocol from Illumina (Human mtDNA D-Loop Hypervariable Region protocol) utilizes four sets of established PCR primer pairs for the initial amplification (enrichment) step that span the hypervariable regions. Transposase adapted (TA) sequences are attached to the 5'-end of each primer, allowing for effective library preparation prior to analysis on the MiSeq, and AmpliTaq Gold DNA polymerase is the enzyme recommended for amplification...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078343/differential-effects-of-silver-and-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-on-iapp-amyloid-aggregation
#20
Miaoyi Wang, Aleksandr Kakinen, Emily H Pilkington, Thomas P Davis, Pu Chun Ke
Recent studies have shown promise on the use of small molecules and nanoparticles (NPs) for the inhibition of protein aggregation, a hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Towards this end here we show the differential effects of silver and iron oxide nanoparticles (AgNPs and IONPs) on the mesoscopic properties of human islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) aggregation associated with T2D. Both citrate- and branched polyethyleneimine-coated AgNPs (c-AgNPs, bPEI-AgNPs) inhibited IAPP aggregation at 500 μg mL(-1), likely through electrostatic attraction and sequestering of IAPP monomers from fibrillation...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials Science
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