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Tathyana Mar Amorim Franco, Subray S Hegde, John S Blanchard
The biosynthetic pathway of the branched-chain amino acids is essential for M. tuberculosis growth and survival. We report here the kinetic and chemical mechanism of the pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent branched-chain aminotransferase, IlvE, from M. tuberculosis (MtIlvE). This enzyme is responsible for the final step of the synthesis of the branched-chain amino acids isoleucine, leucine and valine. As seen in other aminotransferases, MtIlvE displays a ping-pong kinetic mechanism. pK values were identified from the pH dependence on V as well as V/K, indicating that the phosphate ester of the PLP cofactor, as well as the α-amino group from L-glutamate and the active site Lys204, play roles in acid-base catalysis and binding, respectively...
October 25, 2016: Biochemistry
David Misdrahi, Arnaud Tessier, Joel Swendsen, Fabrice Berna, Lore Brunel, Delphine Capdevielle, Isabelle Chereau, Jean-Marie Danion, Marie De Pradier, Jean-Michel Dorey, Caroline Dubertret, Julien Dubreucq, Catherine Faget, Franck Gabayet, Romain Rey, Raphaelle Richieri, Christine Passerieux, Aurélie Schandrin, Franck Schurhoff, Anne Marie Tronche, Mathieu Urbach, Pierre Michel Llorca, Guillaume Fond
OBJECTIVE: Medication nonadherence is one of the most important, and potentially modifiable, prognostic factors in the outcome of patients with schizophrenia. The aim of this article is to propose a new classification of adherence profiles according to the Medication Adherence Rating Scale (MARS) in a large community-dwelling sample of French patients with schizophrenia to provide a new tool to help clinicians in daily practice. METHODS: 319 community-dwelling patients from a national network of 10 Schizophrenia Expert Centers were interviewed between January 2009 and January 2014...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Allison P Anderson, Abigail M Fellows, Kim A Binsted, Mark T Hegel, Jay C Buckey
INTRODUCTION: Living in an isolated, confined environment (ICE) can induce conflict, stress, and depression. Computer-based behavioral health countermeasures are appealing for training and treatment in ICEs because they provide confidentiality and do not require communication with the outside environment. We evaluated the Virtual Space Station (VSS), a suite of interactive computer-delivered psychological training and treatment programs, at the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) III expedition...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Adam Lillicrap, Scott Belanger, Natalie Burden, David Du Pasquier, Michelle R Embry, Marlies Halder, Mark A Lampi, Lucy Lee, Teresa Norberg-King, Barnett A Rattner, Kristin Schirmer, Paul Thomas
The need for alternative approaches to the use of vertebrate animals for hazard assessment of chemicals and pollutants has become of increasing importance. It is now the first consideration when initiating a vertebrate ecotoxicity test, to ensure that unnecessary use of vertebrate organisms is minimized wherever possible. For some regulatory purposes, the use of vertebrate organisms for environmental risk assessments has been banned; in other situations, the number of organisms tested has been dramatically reduced or the severity of the procedure refined...
November 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Rachel M Kaplan, Charles A Herzog, Brett Larive, Haris Subacius, Bruce D Nearing, Richard Verrier, Rod S Passman
BACKGROUND: Hemodialysis (HD) patients are at high risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). HD 6-times/week (6x/wk) may reduce SCD risk compared to usual 3-times/week HD (3x/wk) by mechanisms unknown. T-wave alternans (TWA), heart rate turbulence (HRT), and ventricular ectopy (VE) are elevated in HD patients, but their response to 6x/wk HD has not been assessed. METHODS: Baseline and 1-year Holter recordings were analyzed from enrollees in the Frequent Hemodialysis Network Daily Trial, a randomized trial comparing 3x/wk to 6x/wk in 245 chronic HD patients...
November 2016: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
Maria Garrido, Miriam Corredor, Mar Orzáez, Ignacio Alfonso, Angel Messeguer
Apoptosis is a biological process important to several human diseases; it is strongly regulated through protein-protein interactions and complex formation. We previously reported the synthesis of apoptosis inhibitors bearing an exocyclic triazole amide isoster by using an Ugi four-component coupling reaction (Ugi-4CC), followed by a base-promoted intramolecular cyclization. Depending on the substitution patterns and the reaction conditions, this cyclization forms the six- or four-membered ring. Two compounds bearing the β-lactam scaffold turned out to be the most potent inhibitors...
October 2016: ChemistryOpen
Young-Min Kwon, Tsung-Yuan Tsai, William A Leone, Ming Han Lincoln Liow
BACKGROUND: Currently, no serum metal ion threshold exists to identify adverse tissue reactions in total hip arthroplasty (THA) patients with taper corrosion. Our study aims to investigate the sensitivity and specificity of serum metal ions in detecting taper corrosion related pseudotumors in patients with dual taper modular THA. METHODS: A total of 148 patients with dual taper modular THA were investigated: (1) 90 patients with pseudotumors detected with metal artifact reduction sequence-magnetic resonance imaging (MARS-MRI) and (2) 58 patients without pseudotumors on MARS-MRI...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
Marlies Decleer, Andreja Rajkovic, Benedikt Sas, Annemieke Madder, Sarah De Saeger
Rapid and accurate UPLC-MS/MS methods for the simultaneous determination of beauvericin and the related enniatins (A, A1, B, B1), together with cereulide were successfully developed and validated in cereal and cereal-based food matrices such as wheat, maize, rice and pasta. Although these emerging foodborne toxins are of different microbial origin, the similar structural, toxicological and food safety features provided rationale for their concurrent detection in relevant food matrices. A Waters Acquity UPLC system coupled to a Waters Quattro Premier XE™ Mass Spectrometer operating in ESI+ mode was employed...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
William D Erwin, Aaron C Jessop, Martha V Mar, Homer A Macapinlac, Osama R Mawlawi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of IQ-SPECT gated blood pool (MUGA) under conditions of decreased scan time (ST). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ten patients underwent routine 26-min, two-view planar, followed by LEHR and IQ-SPECT MUGA, on a Siemens dual-head Symbia scanner. Six 'back and forth' 4-min SPECT scans were summed into 4-, 8-, 12-, 16-, 20-, and 24-min equivalent scans, and reconstructed iteratively (IQ-SPECT and LEHR) and with FBP (LEHR)...
October 21, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Eric H Wilson, Sushil K Atreya, Ralf I Kaiser, Paul R Mahaffy
Recent observations of the Martian surface by the Phoenix lander and the Sample Analysis at Mars indicate the presence of perchlorate (ClO4(-)). The abundance and isotopic composition of these perchlorates suggest that the mechanisms responsible for their formation in the Martian environment may be unique in our solar system. With this in mind, we propose a potential mechanism for the production of Martian perchlorate: the radiolysis of the Martian surface by galactic cosmic rays, followed by the sublimation of chlorine oxides into the atmosphere and their subsequent synthesis to form perchloric acid (HClO4) in the atmosphere, and the surface deposition and subsequent mineralization of HClO4 in the regolith to form surface perchlorates...
August 2016: Journal of Geophysical Research. Planets
Chunyan Li, Malinda E C Fitzgerald, Nobel Del Mar, Anton Reiner
Preganglionic parasympathetic neurons of the ventromedial part of the superior salivatory nucleus (SSN) mediate vasodilation of orbital and choroidal blood vessels, via their projection to the nitrergic pterygopalatine ganglion (PPG) neurons that innervate these vessels. We recently showed that the baroresponsive part of the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) innervates choroidal control parasympathetic preganglionic neurons of SSN in rats. As this projection provides a means by which blood pressure (BP) signals may modulate choroidal blood flow (ChBF), we investigated if activation of baroresponsive NTS evokes ChBF increases in rat eye, using Laser Doppler Flowmetry (LDF) to measure ChBF transclerally...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Arlener D Turner, Andrew S Lim, Sue E Leurgans, David A Bennett, Aron S Buchman, Lisa L Barnes
OBJECTIVE: Assess the relationship of self-reported sleep quality and possible sleep disorders with disability in a racially diverse sample of community-dwelling older adults. METHODS: Participants included 943 non-demented older African Americans (n=452) and Whites (n=491) from two cohort studies, the Minority Aging Research Study (MARS) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project (MAP). Participants completed a 32-item questionnaire assessing sleep quality and the possible presence of three sleep disorders (sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome [RLS] and REM behavior disorder [RBD])...
October 20, 2016: Ethnicity & Disease
Johannes J Kovarik, Chantal Kopecky, Marlies Antlanger, Oliver Domenig, Christopher C Kaltenecker, Johannes Werzowa, Manfred Hecking, Stephane Mahr, Martina Grömmer, Christoph Wallner, Klaus Aumayr, Renate Kain, Andreas Zuckermann, Marko Poglitsch, Marcus D Säemann
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (ACEis) are beneficial in patients with heart failure, yet their role after heart transplantation (HTx) remains ambiguous. Particularly, the effects of ACEis on plasma and cardiac metabolites of the "classical" and "alternative" renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in HTx patients are unknown. METHODS: This cross-sectional study used a novel mass spectrometry-based approach to analyze plasma and tissue RAS regulation in homogenates of heart biopsy specimens from 10 stable HTx patients without RAS blockade and in 15 patients with ACEi therapy...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Iván Martín, Esperanza Such, Blanca Navarro, Ana Vicente, María López-Pavía, Mariam Ibáñez, Mar Tormo, Eva Villamón, Inés Gómez-Seguí, Irene Luna, Silvestre Oltra, Laia Pedrola, Miguel Angel Sanz, Jose Cervera, Guillermo Sanz
The incidence of SF3B1 mutations in patients with RARS is high. Recently, it has been shown that SF3B1 and DNMT3A mutations overlap more often than expected, although it is not clear how this could affect the disease. We studied SF3B1 and DNMT3A in 123 RARS patients: 101 out of 123 samples (82%) had somatic mutations in SF3B1, and 13 of them (13%) showed a co-mutation (SF3B1(mut)DNMT3A(mut)). All co-mutated patients had a normal karyotype, and 12 of them (92%) were lower-risk patients (IPSS and IPSS-R). Despite their favorable profile, SF3B1(mut)DNMT3A(mut) patients showed a higher RBC transfusion dependency (92% versus 48%, p = ...
October 24, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Harika Vemula, Yukiko Kitase, Navid J Ayon, Lynda Bonewald, William G Gutheil
Isomeric molecules present a challenge for analytical resolution and quantification, even with MS-based detection. The eight-aminobutyric acid (ABA) isomers are of interest for their various biological activities, particularly γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the d- and l-isomers of β-aminoisobutyric acid (β-AIBA; BAIBA). This study aimed to investigate LC-MS/MS-based resolution of these ABA isomers as their Marfey's (Mar) reagent derivatives. HPLC was able to separate three Mar-ABA isomers l-β-ABA (l-BABA), and l- and d-α-ABA (AABA) completely, with three isomers (GABA, and d/l-BAIBA) in one chromatographic cluster, and two isomers (α-AIBA (AAIBA) and d-BABA) in a second cluster...
October 19, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
Marli Dercksen, Marinus Duran, Lodewijk IJlst, Wim Kulik, Jos P N Ruiter, Arno van Cruchten, Mendel Tuchman, Ronald J A Wanders
BACKGROUND: N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) plays a key role in the removal of ammonia via the urea cycle by catalyzing the synthesis of N-acetylglutamate (NAG), the obligatory cofactor in the carbamyl phosphate synthetase 1 reaction. Enzymatic analysis of NAGS in liver homogenates has remained insensitive and inaccurate, which prompted the development of a novel method. METHODS: UPLC-MS/MS was used in conjunction with stable isotope (N-acetylglutamic-2,3,3,4,4-d5 acid) dilution for the quantitative detection of NAG produced by the NAGS enzyme...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Francesca Veronesi, Gianluca Giavaresi, Milena Fini, Giovanni Longo, Caterina Alexandra Ioannidu, Anna Scotto d'Abusco, Fabiana Superti, Gianluca Panzini, Carlo Misiano, Alberto Palattella, Paolo Selleri, Nicola Di Girolamo, Viola Garbarino, Laura Politi, Roberto Scandurra
Titanium implants coated with a 500nm nanostructured layer, deposited by the Ion Plating Plasma Assisted (IPPA) technology, composed of 60% graphitic carbon, 25% titanium oxides and 15% titanium carbide were implanted into rabbit femurs whilst into the controlateral femurs uncoated titanium implants were inserted as control. At four time points the animals were injected with calcein green, xylenol orange, oxytetracycline and alizarin. After 2, 4 and 8weeks femurs were removed and processed for histology and static and dynamic histomorphometry for undecalcified bone processing into methylmethacrylate, sectioned, thinned, polished and stained with Toluidine blue and Fast green...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Young-Min Kim, Anthony Orvedahl, Stephanie Morris, Robert Schmidt, Soe Mar
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September 8, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Mar Bastero-Gil, Arjun Berera, Rudnei O Ramos, João G Rosa
We show that inflation can naturally occur at a finite temperature T>H that is sustained by dissipative effects, when the inflaton field corresponds to a pseudo Nambu-Goldstone boson of a broken gauge symmetry. Similar to the Little Higgs scenarios for electroweak symmetry breaking, the flatness of the inflaton potential is protected against both quadratic divergences and the leading thermal corrections. We show that, nevertheless, nonlocal dissipative effects are naturally present and are able to sustain a nearly thermal bath of light particles despite the accelerated expansion of the Universe...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Marlies Bekaert, D Margriet Ouwens, Tina Hörbelt, Frederique Van de Velde, Pia Fahlbusch, Daniella Herzfeld de Wiza, Yves Van Nieuwenhove, Patrick Calders, Marleen Praet, Anne Hoorens, Anja Geerts, Xavier Verhelst, Jean-Marc Kaufman, Bruno Lapauw
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate whether circulating levels and/or visceral adipose tissue (VAT) expression of recently described adipokines associate with histopathological severity of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), independent of obesity and insulin resistance. METHODS: Serum levels of adiponectin, omentin, chemerin, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, and secreted frizzled-related protein 4 were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 81 patients with obesity and NAFLD and 18 lean control subjects...
October 21, 2016: Obesity
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