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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231490/lipid-droplet-growth-regulation-of-a-dynamic-organelle
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David Barneda, Mark Christian
Intracellular lipid droplets (LDs) are remarkably dynamic and complex organelles that enact regulated storage and release of lipids to fulfil their fundamental roles in energy metabolism, membrane synthesis and provision of lipid-derived signaling molecules. Although small LDs are observed in all types of eukaryotic cells, it is adipocytes that present the widest range of sizes up to the massive unilocular droplet of a white adipocyte. Our knowledge of the proteins and associated processes that control LD dynamics is improving...
February 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231453/siderophore-transport-by-mmpl5-mmps5-protein-complex-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Padmani Sandhu, Yusuf Akhter
Iron is an essential metal ion required for the various physiological activities of bacteria. The pathogenic bacteria remain dependent on the host cell for their iron requirements and evolved with specialized scavenging machinery in the form of iron chelating siderophores. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has two types of siderophore molecules, mycobactin and carboxymycobactin. These are synthesized inside bacterial cells and need to be transported outside by specialized membrane associated proteins. MmpL5-MmpS5 (mycobacterial membrane protein large5-mycobacterial membrane protein small5) complex has been linked to the export of non-ferrated siderophores to extracellular environment but the precise molecular mechanism involved was largely unknown...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231348/association-between-bone-graft-volume-and-maxillary-sinus-membrane-elevation-height
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Tetsuya Sonoda, Takehiro Harada, Nobuyuki Yamamichi, Alberto Monje, Hom-Lay Wang
PURPOSE: Maxillary sinus augmentation via crestal approach has been advocated as an alternative approach for sinus membrane elevation. Presently, no study has examined the relationship between the amount of bone grafting material placed and the final sinus membrane elevation height. Therefore, the present study was aimed at investigating the extent of sinus membrane elevation height depending on the amount of bone grafting material inserted as well as three-dimensionally assessing the likelihood of membrane perforation during membrane elevation...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231283/rapid-evolution-of-distinct-helicobacter-pylori-subpopulations-in-the-americas
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Kaisa Thorell, Koji Yahara, Elvire Berthenet, Daniel J Lawson, Jane Mikhail, Ikuko Kato, Alfonso Mendez, Cosmeri Rizzato, María Mercedes Bravo, Rumiko Suzuki, Yoshio Yamaoka, Javier Torres, Samuel K Sheppard, Daniel Falush
For the last 500 years, the Americas have been a melting pot both for genetically diverse humans and for the pathogenic and commensal organisms associated with them. One such organism is the stomach-dwelling bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which is highly prevalent in Latin America where it is a major current public health challenge because of its strong association with gastric cancer. By analyzing the genome sequence of H. pylori isolated in North, Central and South America, we found evidence for admixture between H...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230992/novel-design-of-heptad-amphiphiles-to-enhance-cell-selectivity-salt-resistance-anti-biofilm-properties-and-their-membrane-disruptive-mechanism
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Xiujing Dou, Xin Zhu, Jiajun Wang, Na Dong, Anshan Shan
Coiled-coil, a basic folding pattern of native proteins, was previously demonstrated to be associated with the specific spatial recognition, association, and dissociation of proteins and can be used to perfect engineering peptide model. Thus, in this study, a series of amphiphiles composed of heptads repeats with coiled-coil structures was constructed, and the designed peptides exhibited a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities. Circular dichroism and biological assays showed that the heptad repeats and length of the linker between the heptads largely influenced the amphiphile's helical propensity and cell selectivity...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230773/programmed-death-ligand-1-pd-l1-tumor-expression-is-associated-with-a-better-prognosis-and-diabetic-disease-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-patients
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Gerardo Botti, Francesca Collina, Giosuè Scognamiglio, Federica Rao, Valentina Peluso, Rossella De Cecio, Michela Piezzo, Gabriella Landi, Michelino De Laurentiis, Monica Cantile, Maurizio Di Bonito
Triple Negative Breast Cancers (TNBC) subtype is an aggressive disease with poor clinical outcome. The only treatment available is surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) is a trans-membrane protein expressed on a wide variety of cells including immune cells, epithelial and vascular endothelial cells. Recently, PD-1/PD-L1 pathway signaling was described as an adaptive immune resistance mechanism enacted by the tumor cells to evade the immune response. Its presence on tumor cell membranes, acquired for this reason, through time, is an important prognostic value...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230358/membrane-independence-of-ultrafast-photochemistry-in-pharaonis-halorhodopsin-testing-the-role-of-bacterioruberin
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Itay Gdor, Maya Mani-Hazan, Noga Friedman, Mordechai Sheves, Sanford Ruhman
Ultrafast photochemistry of p-HR in the intact Natronomonas pharaonic membrane has been studied by photoselective femtosecond pump-hyperspectral probe spectroscopy with high time resolution. Two variants of this sample, one with wild type retinal prosthetic groups, and another after shifting retinal absorption deep into the blue by reducing the Schiff base linkage were studied, and compared with previous results on detergent solubilized p-HR. This comparison shows that retinal photo-isomerization dynamics are identical in the membrane and in the solubilized sample...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229804/immediately-functioning-grafts-from-brain-dead-donors-treated-with-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Faissal A M Shaheen, Mohamed Shalabi, Ahmed Zain, Mahmood Hasanain, Abdulla Al Sayyari
A brain-dead donor experienced repeated cardiac arrests followed by severe hypotension requiring multiple vasoactive agents. These events were associated with severe lactic acidosis and dysregulated kidney function in the donor. A 10-hour treatment with extracorporeal membranous oxygenation was instituted, which was able to hemodynamically stabilize the donor. This treatment protocol resulted in the procurement of 2 viable kidney grafts transplanted into 2 recipients, who had immediate kidney graft function and excellent serum creatinine levels upon hospital discharge...
February 23, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229330/the-involvement-of-the-myelin-associated-inhibitors-and-their-receptors-in-cns-plasticity-and-injury
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Anthony G Boghdadi, Leon Teo, James A Bourne
The limited capacity for the central nervous system (CNS) to repair itself was first described over 100 years ago by Spanish neuroscientist Ramon Y. Cajal. However, the exact mechanisms underlying this failure in neuronal regeneration remain unclear and, as such, no effective therapeutics yet exist. Numerous studies have attempted to elucidate the biochemical and molecular mechanisms that inhibit neuronal repair with increasing evidence suggesting that several inhibitory factors and repulsive guidance cues active during development actually persist into adulthood and may be contributing to the inhibition of repair...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229237/different-recoveries-of-the-first-and-second-phases-of-the-m-wave-after-intermittent-maximal-voluntary-contractions
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Javier Rodriguez-Falces, Nicolas Place
PURPOSE: We investigated the recovery of muscle electrical properties after intermittent intense exercise by examining separately the first and second phases of the muscle compound action potential (M-wave). METHODS: M-waves and mechanical twitches were obtained using femoral nerve stimulation throughout the 30-min recovery period following 48 successive intermittent 3-s MVCs. The amplitude, duration, and area of the M-wave first and second phases, and the peak twitch force were measured from the knee extensors...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228927/computational-approaches-for-revealing-the-structure-of-membrane-transporters-case-study-on-bilitranslocase
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Katja Venko, A Roy Choudhury, Marjana Novič
The structural and functional details of transmembrane proteins are vastly underexplored, mostly due to experimental difficulties regarding their solubility and stability. Currently, the majority of transmembrane protein structures are still unknown and this present a huge experimental and computational challenge. Nowadays, thanks to X-ray crystallography or NMR spectroscopy over 3000 structures of membrane proteins have been solved, among them only a few hundred unique ones. Due to the vast biological and pharmaceutical interest in the elucidation of the structure and the functional mechanisms of transmembrane proteins, several computational methods have been developed to overcome the experimental gap...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228763/cardiolipin-supports-respiratory-enzymes-in-plants-in-different-ways
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Jakob Petereit, Kenta Katayama, Christin Lorenz, Linda Ewert, Peter Schertl, Andreas Kitsche, Hajime Wada, Margrit Frentzen, Hans-Peter Braun, Holger Eubel
In eukaryotes the presence of the dimeric phospholipid cardiolipin (CL) is limited to the mitochondrial membranes. It resides predominantly in the inner membrane where it interacts with components of the mitochondrial electron transfer chain. CL deficiency has previously been shown to affect abundances of the plant NADH-dehydrogenase complex and its association with dimeric cyctochrome c reductase. Using an Arabidopsis thaliana knock-out mutant for the final enzyme of CL biosynthesis we here extend current knowledge on the dependence of plant respiration on CL...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228716/intranasal-bmp9-ameliorates-alzheimer-disease-like-pathology-and-cognitive-deficits-in-app-ps1-transgenic-mice
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Zigao Wang, Lu Xiong, Wenbin Wan, Lijie Duan, Xiaojing Bai, Hengbing Zu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia and has no effective therapies. Previous studies showed that bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9), an important factor in the differentiation and phenotype maintenance of cholinergic neurons, ameliorated the cholinergic defects resulting from amyloid deposition. These findings suggest that BMP9 has potential as a therapeutic agent for AD. However, the effects of BMP9 on cognitive function in AD and its underlying mechanisms remain elusive. In the present study, BMP9 was delivered intranasally to 7-month-old APP/PS1 mice for 4 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228690/human-cytomegalovirus-interleukin-10-enhances-matrigel-invasion-of-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells
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Cendy A Valle Oseguera, Juliet V Spencer
BACKGROUND: While some risk factors for breast cancer are well-known, the influence of other factors, particularly virus infection, remains unclear. Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is widespread in the general population, and both molecular and epidemiological evidence has indicated links between HCMV and breast cancer. The HCMV protein cmvIL-10 is a potent suppressor of immune function that has also been shown to promote proliferation and migration of breast cancer cells. In this study, the impact of cmvIL-10 on tumor cell invasion through a simulated basement membrane was investigated...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228639/grin1-mutation-associated-with-intellectual-disability-alters-nmda-receptor-trafficking-and-function
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Wenjuan Chen, Christine Shieh, Sharon A Swanger, Anel Tankovic, Margaret Au, Marianne McGuire, Michele Tagliati, John M Graham, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Stephen F Traynelis, Hongjie Yuan, Tyler Mark Pierson
N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play important roles in brain development and neurological disease. We report two individuals with similar dominant de novo GRIN1 mutations (c.1858 G>A and c.1858 G>C; both p.G620R). Both individuals presented at birth with developmental delay and hypotonia associated with behavioral abnormalities and stereotypical movements. Recombinant NMDARs containing the mutant GluN1-G620R together with either GluN2A or GluN2B were evaluated for changes in their trafficking to the plasma membrane and their electrophysiological properties...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228554/association-of-lyn-kinase-with-membrane-rafts-determines-its-negative-influence-on-lps-induced-signaling
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Kinga Borzęcka-Solarz, Justyna Dembińska, Aneta Hromada-Judycka, Gabriela Traczyk, Anna Ciesielska, Ewelina Ziemlińska, Anna Świątkowska, Katarzyna Kwiatkowska
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is the component of Gram-negative bacteria which activates Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) to trigger pro-inflammatory responses. We examined the involvement of Lyn tyrosine kinase in TLR4 signaling of macrophages, distinguishing its catalytic activity and intermolecular interactions. For this, a series of Lyn-GFP constructs bearing point mutations in particular domains of Lyn were overexpressed in RAW264 macrophage-like cells or murine peritoneal macrophages, and their influence on LPS-induced responses was analyzed...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228153/assessment-of-axillary-temperature-for-the-evaluation-of-normal-body-temperature-of-healthy-young-adults-at-rest-in-a-thermoneutral-environment
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Shuri Marui, Ayaka Misawa, Yuki Tanaka, Kei Nagashima
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to (1) evaluate whether recently introduced methods of measuring axillary temperature are reliable, (2) examine if individuals know their baseline body temperature based on an actual measurement, and (3) assess the factors affecting axillary temperature and reevaluate the meaning of the axillary temperature. METHODS: Subjects were healthy young men and women (n = 76 and n = 65, respectively). Three measurements were obtained: (1) axillary temperature using a digital thermometer in a predictive mode requiring 10 s (T ax-10 s), (2) axillary temperature using a digital thermometer in a standard mode requiring 10 min (T ax-10 min), and (3) tympanic membrane temperature continuously measured by infrared thermometry (T ty)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228112/three-case-reports-of-post-immunization-and-post-viral-bullous-pemphigoid-looking-for-the-right-trigger
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Luca Baroero, Paola Coppo, Laura Bertolino, Stefano Maccario, Francesco Savino
BACKGROUND: Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is a blistering skin disorder infrequent in infancy and rarely reported in medical literature. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we describe three cases of BP which were referred to our department in the last 15 years. Two of them developed an eruption of bullous lesions just a few days after vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae B. The third patient developed the same blistering lesions shortly after herpetic stomatitis...
February 23, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228097/alkaloid-extracts-from-combretum-zeyheri-inhibit-the-growth-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis
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Tafadzwa Nyambuya, Ruvimbo Mautsa, Stanley Mukanganyama
BACKGROUND: Current tuberculosis regimens have failed to combat the issue of drug resistance and ethno medicines may represent a possible source of antimycobacterial agents. Combretum species are well known in African traditional medicines and used for various ailments including pneumonia, venereal diseases like syphilis, mental problems, relief of sore throats and colds, fever, and chest coughs associated with tuberculosis. Alkaloids function as either hydrogen-acceptor or hydrogen-donor in hydrogen bonding critical for the interaction between targets thus, potentiating effects of curative agents on diseases...
February 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226913/low-power-operation-of-a-barometric-pressure-sensor-for-use-in-an-automatic-fall-detector
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Wei Lu, Changhong Wang, Michael C Stevens, Stephen J Redmond, Nigel H Lovell, Wei Lu, Changhong Wang, Michael C Stevens, Stephen J Redmond, Nigel H Lovell, Changhong Wang, Nigel H Lovell, Wei Lu, Stephen J Redmond, Michael C Stevens
The use of a barometric pressure sensor in a wearable fall detector has been shown to improve the detection accuracy by determining the altitude change associated with the fall event. However, the barometer is a high-power-consuming sensor. This paper proposes a fall detection approach using a hermetically sealed and waterproof enclosure incorporating a small window covered by a semi-permeable membrane (SPM) to delay the equilibrium of internal and external pressures. This feature can be utilized to limit the time the barometer is powered but still capturing critical pressure information to discriminate fall and non-fall events...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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