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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330282/in-vitro-cytotoxicity-and-antibacterial-activity-of-silver-coated-electrospun-polycaprolactone-gelatine-nanofibrous-scaffolds
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Mim Mim Lim, Naznin Sultana
The development of nano-sized scaffolds with antibacterial properties that mimic the architecture of tissue is one of the challenges in tissue engineering. In this study, polycaprolactone (PCL) and PCL/gelatine (Ge) (70:30) nanofibrous scaffolds were fabricated using a less toxic and common solvent, formic acid and an electrospinning technique. Nanofibrous scaffolds were coated with silver (Ag) in different concentrations of silver nitrate (AgNO3) aqueous solution (1.25, 2.5, 5, and 10 %) by using dipping method, drying and followed by ultraviolet (UV) photoreduction...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330280/culturable-endophytic-bacteria-associated-with-medicinal-plant-ferula-songorica-molecular-phylogeny-distribution-and-screening-for-industrially-important-traits
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Yong-Hong Liu, Jian-Wei Guo, Nimaichand Salam, Li Li, Yong-Guang Zhang, Jian Han, Osama Abdalla Mohamad, Wen-Jun Li
Xinjiang, a region of high salinity and drought, is a host to many arid and semi-arid plants. Many of these plants including Ferula spp. have indigenous pharmaceutical histories. As many of the medicinal properties of plants are in tandem with the associated microorganisms residing within the plant tissues, it is advisable to explore the endophytic potential of such plants. In the present study, diversity of culturable bacteria isolated from medicinal plants Ferula songorica collected from Hebukesaier, Xinjiang were analyzed...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330196/cloning-and-expression-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-suc2-gene-in-yeast-platform-and-characterization-of-recombinant-enzyme-biochemical-properties
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Nooshin Mohandesi, Seyed Omid Ranaei Siadat, Kamahldin Haghbeen, Ardeshir Hesampour
Invertase (EC.3.2.1.26) catalyzes the hydrolysis of sucrose to an equimolar mixture of D-glucose and D-fructose which is of interest for various industrial applications. In this research, Saccharomyces cerevisiae invertase gene (SUC2) was optimized based on Pichia pastoris codon preference. The synthetic gene was introduced into the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris under the control of the inducible AOX1 promoter. High level of the extracellular recombinant invertase (R-inv) production was achieved via methanol induction for 4 days and purified by His-Tag affinity chromatography which appeared to be a mixture of glycosylated proteins with various sizes of 85-95 kDa on SDS-PAGE...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330195/identification-and-characterization-of-endophytic-bacteria-isolated-from-in-vitro-cultures-of-peach-and-pear-rootstocks
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Fakhra Liaqat, Rengin Eltem
Endophytes are microorganisms which live symbiotically with almost all varieties of plant and in turn helping the plant in a number of ways. Instead of satisfactory surface sterilization approaches, repeatedly occurring bacterial growth on in vitro rootstock cultures of peach and pear was identified and isolated as endophytic bacteria in our present study. Five different isolates from peach rootstocks were molecularly identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing as Brevundimonas diminuta, Leifsonia shinshuensis, Sphingomonas parapaucimobilis Brevundimonas vesicularis, Agrobacterium tumefaciens while two endophytic isolates of pear were identified as Pseudoxanthomonas mexicana, and Stenotrophomonas rhizophilia...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330130/isolation-and-characterization-of-bacterial-endophytes-of-curcuma-longa-l
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Ajay Kumar, Ritu Singh, Akhilesh Yadav, D D Giri, P K Singh, Kapil D Pandey
Fourteen endophytic bacterial isolates were isolated from the rhizome of Curcuma longa L. were characterized on the basis of morphology, biochemical characteristics and 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. The isolates were identified to six strains namely Bacillus cereus (ECL1), Bacillus thuringiensis (ECL2), Bacillus sp. (ECL3), Bacillus pumilis (ECL4), Pseudomonas putida (ECL5), and Clavibacter michiganensis (ECL6). All the strains produced IAA and solubilized phosphate and only two strains produced siderophore (ECL3 and ECL5) during plant growth promoting trait analysis...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330071/unexpected-formation-of-n-phenyl-thiophosphorohydrazidic-acid-o-s-dimethyl-ester-from-acephate-chemical-biotechnical-and-computational-study
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Vijay Kumar, Sukhmanpreet Kaur, Simranjeet Singh, Niraj Upadhyay
By the nucleophilic attack of phenylhydrazine on acephate in aqueous medium, a stable product N'-phenyl-thiophosphorohydrazidic acid O,S-dimethyl ester (1) was obtained and characterized by elemental, spectral and thermal analysis. Thermodynamic parameters, Ea, ΔH°, ΔS° and ΔG°, have found to be 62.15, -67.95, -0.068 and -20.05 kJ mol(-1) according to the Coats-Redfern equation. Analysis of interaction of 1 with BSA protein was done by using the UV-Vis and FTIR spectroscopic methods. The observed binding constants was 1...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329765/structural-insights-into-adiponectin-receptors-suggest-ceramidase-activity
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Ieva Vasiliauskaité-Brooks, Remy Sounier, Pascal Rochaix, Gaëtan Bellot, Mathieu Fortier, François Hoh, Luigi De Colibus, Chérine Bechara, Essa M Saied, Christoph Arenz, Cédric Leyrat, Sébastien Granier
Adiponectin receptors (ADIPORs) are integral membrane proteins that control glucose and lipid metabolism by mediating, at least in part, a cellular ceramidase activity that catalyses the hydrolysis of ceramide to produce sphingosine and a free fatty acid (FFA). The crystal structures of the two receptor subtypes, ADIPOR1 and ADIPOR2, show a similar overall seven-transmembrane-domain architecture with large unoccupied cavities and a zinc binding site within the seven transmembrane domain. However, the molecular mechanisms by which ADIPORs function are not known...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328952/understanding-the-unique-flowering-sequence-in-dipsacus-fullonum-evidence-from-geometrical-changes-during-head-development
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Somayeh Naghiloo, Regine Claßen-Bockhoff
The genus Dipsacus is characterized by a remarkable bidirectional flowering sequence and a rare phyllotactic pattern. Considering that flower initiation and flowering sequence may be interconnected, we document the development of the head meristem in Dipsacus fullonum. Our results indicate a gradual change in the geometry of the head meristem beginning with a dome shaped stage, continuing with a remarkable widening in the middle part of the head meristem and ending in a spindle-like form. Quantitative data confirm that meristem expansion is higher in the middle part than at the base of the meristem...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328745/gpcr-signaling-via-%C3%AE-arrestin-dependent-mechanisms
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Pierre-Yves Jean-Charles, Suneet Kaur, Sudha K Shenoy
β-arrestin1 (or arrestin2) and β-arrestin2 (or arrestin3) are ubiquitously expressed cytosolic adaptor proteins that were originally discovered for their inhibitory role in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling via heterotrimeric G proteins. However, further biochemical characterization revealed that β-arrestins do not just 'block' the activated GPCRs, but trigger endocytosis and kinase activation leading to specific signaling pathways that can be localized on endosomes. The signaling pathways initiated by β-arrestins were also found to be independent of G protein activation by GPCRs...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327922/factors-influencing-the-reliability-of-the-glasgow-coma-scale-a-systematic-review
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Florence Cm Reith, Anneliese Synnot, Ruben van den Brande, Russell L Gruen, Andrew Ir Maas
BACKGROUND: The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) characterizes patients with diminished consciousness. In a recent systematic review, we found overall adequate reliability across different clinical settings, but reliability estimates varied considerably between studies, and methodological quality of studies was overall poor. Identifying and understanding factors that can affect its reliability is important, in order to promote high standards for clinical use of the GCS. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to identify factors that influence reliability and to provide an evidence base for promoting consistent and reliable application of the GCS...
March 15, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327918/developmental-coordination-disorder-in-children-experimental-work-and-data-annotation
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Lukas Vareka, Petr Bruha, Roman Moucek, Pavel Mautner, Ladislav Cepicka, Irena Holeckova
Background: Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is described as a motor skill disorder characterized by a marked impairment in the development of motor coordination abilities that significantly interferes with performance of daily activities and/or academic achievement. Since some electrophysiological studies suggest differences between children with/without motor development problems, we prepared an experimental protocol and performed electrophysiological experiments with the aim to make a step towards a possible diagnosis of this disorder using the event-related potentials (ERP) technique...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327621/neutron-scattering-observation-of-quasi-free-rotations-of-water-confined-in-carbon-nanotubes
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G Briganti, G Rogati, A Parmentier, M Maccarini, F De Luca
The translational and orientational dynamics of water in carbon nanotubes has been studied by quasi-elastic neutron scattering from 300 down to 10 K. Results show that, reducing temperature below 200 K, part of this water behaves as a quasi-free rotor, that is, the orientational energy of such molecules becomes comparable to the rotational energy of water in the gas phase. This novel and unique dynamic behavior is related to the appearance of water molecules characterized by a coordination number of about two, which is promoted by sub-nanometer axial confinement...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327143/the-imperative-for-systems-thinking-to-promote-access-to-medicines-efficient-delivery-and-cost-effectiveness-when-implementing-health-financing-reforms-a-qualitative-study
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Tom Achoki, Abaleng Lesego
BACKGROUND: Health systems across Africa are faced with a multitude of competing priorities amidst pressing resource constraints. Expansion of health insurance coverage offers promise in the quest for sustainable healthcare financing for many of the health systems in the region. However, the broader policy implications of expanding health insurance coverage have not been fully investigated and contextualized to many African health systems. METHODS: We interviewed 37 key informants drawn from public, private and civil society organizations involved in health service delivery in Botswana...
March 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326768/air-pollution-and-climate-change-effects-on-allergies-in-the-anthropocene-abundance-interaction-and-modification-of-allergens-and-adjuvants
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Kathrin Reinmuth-Selzle, Christopher J Kampf, Kurt Lucas, Naama Lang-Yona, Janine Fröhlich-Nowoisky, Manabu Shiraiwa, Pascale Sylvie Jeanne Lakey, Senchao Lai, Fobang Liu, Anna Theresa Kunert, Kira Ziegler, Fangxia Shen, Rossella Sgarbanti, Bettina Weber, Iris Bellinghausen, Joachim Saloga, Michael G Weller, Albert Duschl, Detlef Schuppan, Ulrich Pöschl
Air pollution and climate change are potential drivers for the increasing burden of allergic diseases. The molecular mechanisms by which air pollutants and climate parameters may influence allergic diseases, however, are complex and elusive. This article provides an overview of physical, chemical and biological interactions between air pollution, climate change, allergens, adjuvants and the immune system, addressing how these interactions may promote the development of allergies. We reviewed and synthesized key findings from atmospheric, climate, and biomedical research...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326096/tagw2-a-good-reflection-of-wheat-polyploidization-and-evolution
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Lin Qin, Junjie Zhao, Tian Li, Jian Hou, Xueyong Zhang, Chenyang Hao
Hexaploid wheat consists of three subgenomes, namely, A, B, and D. These well-characterized ancestral genomes also exist at the diploid and tetraploid levels, thereby rendering wheat as a good model species for studying polyploidization. Here, we performed intra- and inter-species comparative analyses of wheat and its relatives to dissect polymorphism and differentiation of the TaGW2 genes. Our results showed that genetic diversity of TaGW2 decreased with progression from the diploids to tetraploids and hexaploids...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326080/characterization-of-the-highly-prevalent-regulatory-cd24-hi-cd38-hi-b-cell-population-in-human-cord-blood
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Ana Esteve-Solé, Irene Teixidó, Angela Deyà-Martínez, Jordi Yagüe, Ana M Plaza-Martín, Manel Juan, Laia Alsina
The newborn's immune system must transition from a sterile haploidentical uterus to the world full of antigens. Regulatory B-cells (Breg; broadly defined as CD19(+)CD24(hi)CD38(hi)) are tolerance promoters in the adult immune system. They can inhibit IFN-γ and IL-17 production by T-cells and are essential in different conditions, including pregnancy. Breg have still not been well characterized in umbilical cord blood, where we hypothesize that they are pivotal in the achievement of tolerance. We studied CD19(+)CD24(hi)CD38(hi) Breg in healthy umbilical cord blood (hUCB) compared to healthy peripheral adult blood (hAPB)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326017/adiponectin-regulates-the-polarization-and-function-of-microglia-via-ppar-%C3%AE-signaling-under-amyloid-%C3%AE-toxicity
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Juhyun Song, Seong-Min Choi, Byeong C Kim
Alzheimer's disease (AD), characterized by the abnormal accumulation of amyloid beta (Aβ), is gradually increasing globally. Given that AD is considered a neuroinflammatory disease, recent studies have focused on the cellular mechanisms in brain inflammatory conditions that underlie AD neuropathology. Microglia are macrophage cells in the central nervous system (CNS) that are activated in response to Aβ condition. The function of microglia contributes to the neuroinflammation in AD brain, suggesting that microglia regulate the production of inflammatory mediators and contribute to the regeneration of damaged tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325896/egg-antigen-p40-of-schistosoma-japonicum-promotes-senescence-in-activated-hepatic-stellate-cells-via-skp2-p27-signaling-pathway
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Tianhua Xu, Jinling Chen, Dandan Zhu, Liuting Chen, Jianxin Wang, Xiaolei Sun, Bin Hu, Yinong Duan
Schistosomiasis is characterized by egg deposition, granulomatous inflammatory reaction and then subsequent hepatic fibrosis formation. Activated HSCs are regarded as the main effector cells in the progression of liver fibrosis and induction of senescence in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is vital to the reversion of hepatic fibrosis. Our previous work has showed that S. japonicum egg antigen p40 (Sjp40) could promote HSCs senescence via a STAT3/p53/p21 mechanism. In this paper, the major aim was to explore whether there are other signaling pathways in the process of Sjp40-induced HSCs aging and the underlying effect of SKP2/P27 signal pathway in this procedure...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325844/the-sole-lsm-complex-in-cyanidioschyzon-merolae-associates-with-pre-mrna-splicing-and-mrna-degradation-factors
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Kirsten A Reimer, Martha R Stark, Lisbeth Carolina Aguilar, Sierra R Stark, Robert D Burke, Jack Moore, Richard P Fahlman, Calvin K Yip, Haruko Kuroiwa, Marlene Oeffinger, Stephen D Rader
Proteins of the Sm and Sm-like (LSm) families, referred to collectively as (L)Sm proteins, are found in all three domains of life, and are known to promote a variety of RNA processes such as base-pair formation, unwinding, RNA degradation, and RNA stabilization. In eukaryotes, (L)Sm proteins have been studied, inter alia, for their role in pre-mRNA splicing. In many organisms, the LSm proteins form two distinct complexes, one consisting of LSm1-7 that is involved in mRNA degradation in the cytoplasm, and the other consisting of LSm2-8 that binds spliceosomal U6 snRNA in the nucleus...
March 21, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325815/neuropathic-pain-promotes-adaptive-changes-in-gene-expression-in-brain-networks-involved-in-stress-and-depression
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Giannina Descalzi, Vasiliki Mitsi, Immanuel Purushothaman, Sevasti Gaspari, Kleopatra Avrampou, Yong-Hwee Eddie Loh, Li Shen, Venetia Zachariou
Neuropathic pain is a complex chronic condition characterized by various sensory, cognitive, and affective symptoms. A large percentage of patients with neuropathic pain are also afflicted with depression and anxiety disorders, a pattern that is also seen in animal models. Furthermore, clinical and preclinical studies indicate that chronic pain corresponds with adaptations in several brain networks involved in mood, motivation, and reward. Chronic stress is also a major risk factor for depression. We investigated whether chronic pain and stress affect similar molecular mechanisms and whether chronic pain can affect gene expression patterns that are involved in depression...
March 21, 2017: Science Signaling
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