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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637347/mechanisms-underlying-the-long-term-survival-of-the-monocot-dracaena-marginata-under-drought-conditions
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Radek Jupa, Roman Plichta, Zuzana Paschová, Nadezhda Nadezhdina, Roman Gebauer
Efficient water management is essential for the survival of vascular plants under drought stress. While interrelations among drought stress, plant anatomy and physiological functions have been described in woody dicots, similar research is very limited for non-palm arborescent and shrubby monocots despite their generally high drought tolerance. In this study, potted transplants of Dracaena marginata Lam. in primary growth stage were exposed to several short- and long-term drought periods. Continuous measurements of sap flow and stem diameter, the evaluation of capacitance and leaf conductance, the quantification of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), and organ-specific anatomical analyses were performed to reveal the mechanisms promoting plant resistance to limited soil moisture...
June 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636997/an-optimized-hmgb1-expressed-by-recombinant-rabies-virus-enhances-immunogenicity-through-activation-of-dendritic-cells-in-mice
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Zhao Wang, Qian Liang, Yajing Zhang, Jie Yang, Mingming Li, Kunlun Wang, Min Cui, Huanchun Chen, Zhen F Fu, Ling Zhao, Ming Zhou
Rabies remains an important public health threat, killing approximately 59,000 people worldwide annually, most of which are from the developing countries of Africa and Asia where dog rabies are endemic. Therefore, developing an affordable and efficacious vaccine for dog-mediated rabies control is needful in these countries. Our previous studies indicated that over-expression of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) or macrophage inflammatory protein-1 (MIP-1α or CCL3) by recombinant rabies virus (rRABV) could enhance the immunogenicity by activating dendritic cells (DCs)...
June 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636913/heterogeneous-tau-tubulin-complexes-accelerate-microtubule-polymerization
#3
Xiao-Han Li, Elizabeth Rhoades
Tau is an intrinsically disordered protein with a central role in the pathology of a number of neurodegenerative diseases. Tau normally functions to stabilize neuronal microtubules, although the mechanism underlying this function is not well understood. Of note is that the interaction between tau and soluble tubulin, which has implications both in understanding tau function as well as its role in disease, is underexplored. Here we investigate the relationship between heterogeneity in tau-tubulin complexes and tau function...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636882/foxn1-italian-founder-mutation-in-indian-family-implications-in-prenatal-diagnosis
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Akella Radha Rama Devi, Nagesh Narayan Panday, Shaik Mohammad Naushad
The Forkhead box N1 (FOXN1) is a transcriptional factor regulating the development, differentiation and function of thymic epithelial cells; maintaining T-lineage progenitors in bone marrow; promoting terminal differentiation of epithelial cells of hair follicles. Mutation in FOXN1 was reported to cause a rare disorder characterized by rudimentary thymus gland, T-cell immunodeficiency, congenital alopecia and nail dystrophy within an Italian community. This is the first report of FOXN1 p.R255X mutation from India, outside this endogamous Italian community...
June 18, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636652/integrative-analysis-of-genomic-alterations-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-in-association-with-homologous-recombination-deficiency
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Masahito Kawazu, Shinya Kojima, Toshihide Ueno, Yasushi Totoki, Hiromi Nakamura, Akiko Kunita, Wei Qu, Jun Yoshimura, Manabu Soda, Takahiko Yasuda, Natsuko Hama, Mihoko Saito-Adachi, Kazuhito Sato, Shinji Kohsaka, Eirin Sai, Masako Ikemura, Shigeru Yamamoto, Tomoko Ogawa, Masashi Fukayama, Keiichiro Tada, Yasuyuki Seto, Shinichi Morishita, Shoichi Hazama, Tatsuhiro Shibata, Yoshihiro Yamashita, Hiroyuki Mano
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells do not express estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, or human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. Currently, apart from poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitors, there are few effective therapeutic options for this type of cancer. Here, we present comprehensive characterization of the genetic alterations in TNBC performed by high coverage whole genome sequencing together with transcriptome and whole exome sequencing. Silencing of the BRCA1 gene impaired the homologous recombination pathway in a subset of TNBCs, which exhibited similar phenotypes to tumors with BRCA1 mutations; they harbored many structural variations (SVs) with relative enrichment for tandem duplication...
June 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636595/nlrp9b-inflammasome-restricts-rotavirus-infection-in-intestinal-epithelial-cells
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Shu Zhu, Siyuan Ding, Penghua Wang, Zheng Wei, Wen Pan, Noah W Palm, Yi Yang, Hua Yu, Hua-Bing Li, Geng Wang, Xuqiu Lei, Marcel R de Zoete, Jun Zhao, Yunjiang Zheng, Haiwei Chen, Yujiao Zhao, Kellie A Jurado, Ningguo Feng, Liang Shan, Yuval Kluger, Jun Lu, Clara Abraham, Erol Fikrig, Harry B Greenberg, Richard A Flavell
Rotavirus, a leading cause of severe gastroenteritis and diarrhoea in young children, accounts for around 215,000 deaths annually worldwide. Rotavirus specifically infects the intestinal epithelial cells in the host small intestine and has evolved strategies to antagonize interferon and NF-κB signalling, raising the question as to whether other host factors participate in antiviral responses in intestinal mucosa. The mechanism by which enteric viruses are sensed and restricted in vivo, especially by NOD-like receptor (NLR) inflammasomes, is largely unknown...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636317/downsizing-proto-oncogene-cfos-to-short-helix-constrained-peptides-that-bind-jun
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Daniel Baxter, Samuel R Perry, Timothy A Hill, W Mei Kok, Nathan R Zaccai, R Leo Brady, David P Fairlie, Jody M Mason
The oncogenic transcription factor activator protein-1 (AP-1) is a DNA-binding protein that assembles through dimerization of Fos and Jun protein subunits, their leucine-rich helical sequences entwining into a coiled-coil structure. This study reports on downsizing the proto-oncogene cFos protein (380 residues) to shorter peptides (37-25 residues) modified with helix-inducing constraints to enhance binding to Jun. A crystal structure is reported for a 37-residue Fos-derived peptide (FosW) bound to Jun. This guided iterative downsizing of FosW to shorter peptide sequences that were constrained into stable water-soluble α-helices by connecting amino acid side chains to form cyclic pentapeptide components...
June 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636280/getting-on-the-same-page-communication-patient-involvement-and-shared-understanding-of-decisions-in-oncology
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Aaron L Leppin, Marleen Kunneman, Julie Hathaway, Cara Fernandez, Victor M Montori, Jon C Tilburt
BACKGROUND: Patients and clinicians do not often agree on whether a decision has been made about cancer care. This could be explained by factors related to communication quality and/or the type of decision being made. METHODS: We used a self-developed coding scheme to code a random sample of 128 encounters in which patients and clinicians either agreed (n=64) or disagreed (n=64) that a cancer care decision was made and tested for associations between concordance and key communication behaviours...
June 21, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636266/marap2-4-a-waterlogging-responsive-erf-from-mentha-regulates-bidirectional-sugar-transporter-atsweet10-to-modulate-stress-response-in-arabidopsis
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Ujjal J Phukan, Gajendra Singh Jeena, Vineeta Tripathi, Rakesh Kumar Shukla
As waterlogging and successive events severely influence growth and development of economically important plants, we attempted to characterize the role of a waterlogging-responsive Group I (A-6) Ethylene response factor (MaRAP2-4) from Mentha arvensis. Waterlogging, ethylene and Methyl jasmonate rapidly induced the expression of MaRAP2-4. MaRAP2-4 interacted with multiple cis-elements like Dehydration response elements (DRE1/2), Anoxia/Jasmonic acid response element (JARE) and GCC box showing its involvement in multiple responses...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636006/copper-ion-interaction-with-the-rnase-catalytic-site-fragment-of-the-angiogenin-protein-an-experimental-and-theoretical-investigation
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Antonio Magrì, Giovanni Tabbì, Raffaella Breglia, Luca De Gioia, Piercarlo Fantucci, Maurizio Bruschi, Raffaele P Bonomo, Diego La Mendola
The angiogenin protein (Ang) is a member of the vertebrate-specific secreted ribonucleases and one of the most potent angiogenic factors known. Ang is a normal constituent of human plasma and its concentration increases under some physiological and pathological conditions to promote neovascularization. Ang was originally identified as an angiogenic tumour factor, but its biological activity has been found to extend from inducing angiogenesis to promoting cell survival in different neurodegenerative diseases...
June 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635633/new-insights-in-thyroid-cancer-and-p53-family-proteins
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Livia Manzella, Stefania Stella, Maria Stella Pennisi, Elena Tirrò, Michele Massimino, Chiara Romano, Adriana Puma, Martina Tavarelli, Paolo Vigneri
Thyroid cancers are common endocrine malignancies that comprise tumors with different clinical and histological features. Indeed, papillary and follicular thyroid cancers are slow-growing, well-differentiated tumors, whereas anaplastic thyroid cancers are undifferentiated neoplasias that behave much more aggressively. Well-differentiated thyroid carcinomas are efficiently cured by surgery and radioiodine, unlike undifferentiated tumors that fail to uptake radioactive iodine and are usually resistant to chemotherapy...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635380/inorganic-nanoparticles-as-potential-regulators-of-immune-response-in-dendritic-cells
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Silvia Fogli, Costanza Montis, Sara Paccosi, Angela Silvano, Elena Michelucci, Debora Berti, Alberto Bosi, Astrid Parenti, Paolo Romagnoli
AIM: The spontaneous adsorption of proteins on nanoparticles (NPs) in biological media is exploited to prepare complexes of NPs and proteins from cancer cells' lysates for application in cancer immunotherapy. MATERIALS & METHODS: Gold (Au) and silica NPs were synthesized, incubated with cancer cells' lysates and characterized. Dendritic cells (DCs) were challenged with protein-coated NPs, their maturation, viability and morphology were evaluated and lymphocytes T proliferation was determined...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634503/monitoring-the-diagnostic-process-on-an-inpatient-neurology-service
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Amar Dhand, Robert Bucelli, Arun Varadhachary, Michael Tsiaklides, Gabriela de Bruin, Gurpreet Dhaliwal
The Institute of Medicine report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care called for tools to monitor physicians' diagnostic process. We addressed this need by developing a tool for clinicians to record and analyze their diagnostic process. The tool was a secure web application in which clinicians used a structured grading system to assess the relative impact of clinical, laboratory, and neuroimaging data for every new diagnosis. Four neurohospitalists used the tool for 6.5 months on a general neurology ward service at a single tertiary-level teaching hospital...
July 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634384/alternative-splicing-regulates-distinct-subcellular-localization-of-epithelial-splicing-regulatory-protein-1-esrp1-isoforms
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Yueqin Yang, Russ P Carstens
Epithelial-Splicing-Regulatory-Protein 1 (Esrp1) is a cell-type specific RNA-binding protein (RBP) that is essential for mammalian development through maintenance of epithelial cell properties including barrier function. Esrp1 also regulates splicing during the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). It contains three highly conserved RNA recognition motifs (RRMs) in the absence of other clearly defined protein domains. Esrp1 itself is also alternatively spliced to produce multiple protein isoforms. Here we determined that two competing alternative 5' splice sites in exon 12 yield Esrp1 isoforms with differential nucleocytoplasmic localization...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634062/site-directed-mutagenesis-of-gh10-xylanase-a-from-penicillium-canescens-for-determining-factors-affecting-the-enzyme-thermostability
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Yury A Denisenko, Alexander V Gusakov, Aleksandra M Rozhkova, Dmitry O Osipov, Ivan N Zorov, Veronika Yu Matys, Igor V Uporov, Arkady P Sinitsyn
In order to investigate factors affecting the thermostability of GH10 xylanase A from Penicillium canescens (PcXylA) and to obtain its more stable variant, the wild-type (wt) enzyme and its mutant forms, carrying single amino acid substitutions, were cloned and expressed in Penicillium verruculosum B1-537 (niaD-) auxotrophic strain under the control of the cbh1 gene promoter. The recombinant PcXylA-wt and I6V, I6L, L18F, N77D, Y125R, H191R, S246P, A293P mutants were successfully expressed and purified for characterization...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633992/eating-out-in-four-nordic-countries-national-patterns-and-social-stratification
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T B Lund, U Kjærnes, L Holm
Using a survey conducted in four Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) in 2012, we investigated whether eating out in cafés and restaurants in these countries is best characterized as a workday pattern activity or a leisure activity; and, whether frequent eating at cafés and restaurants is related to socio-demographic factors and factors relevant to the organization of daily life. We found that eating out is not a fundamental part of everyday eating. It is something which takes place occasionally...
June 17, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633838/sonochemically-preparation-and-characterization-of-bimetallic-ni-co-al2o3-zro2-nanocatalyst-effects-of-ultrasound-irradiation-time-and-power-on-catalytic-properties-and-activity-in-dry-reforming-of-ch4
#17
Salar Mahboob, Mohammad Haghighi, Farhad Rahmani
The catalytic performance of nanostructured Ni-Co/Al2O3-ZrO2 catalysts, prepared by ultrasound-assisted impregnation method was examined in the dry reforming of methane. The effect of irradiation power and irradiation time have been studied by changing time (0, 20, 80min) and power of the sonication (30, 60, 90W) during the synthesis which resulted in different physiochemical properties of the nanocatalyst. The nanocatalysts were characterized by XRD, FESEM, PSD, EDX, TEM, TPR-H2, BET, FTIR and TG analyses...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633280/motifhyades-expectation-maximization-for-de-novo-dna-motif-pair-discovery-on-paired-sequences
#18
Ka-Chun Wong
Motivation: In higher eukaryotes, protein-DNA binding interactions are the central activities in gene regulation. In particular, DNA motifs such as transcription factor binding sites are the key components in gene transcription. Harnessing the recently available chromatin interaction data, computational methods are desired for identifying the coupling DNA motif pairs enriched on long-range chromatin-interacting sequence pairs (e.g. promoter-enhancer pairs) systematically. Results: To fill the void, a novel probabilistic model (namely, MotifHyades) is proposed and developed for de novo DNA motif pair discovery on paired sequences...
June 13, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633138/combined-stimulation-with-interleukin-18-and-interleukin-12-potently-induces-interleukin-8-production-by-natural-killer-cells
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Sophie M Poznanski, Amanda J Lee, Tina Nham, Evan Lusty, Margaret J Larché, Dean A Lee, Ali A Ashkar
The combination of interleukin (IL)-18 and IL-12 (IL-18+IL-12) potently stimulates natural killer (NK) cells, triggering an innate immune response to infections and cancers. Strategies exploiting the effects of IL-18+IL-12 have shown promise for cancer immunotherapy. However, studies have primarily characterized the NK cell response to IL-18+IL-12 in terms of interferon (IFN)-γ production, with little focus on other cytokines produced. IL-8 plays a critical role in activating and recruiting immune cells, but it also has tumor-promoting functions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633087/in-field-study-on-traditional-italian-tomato-landraces-the-constitutive-activation-of-the-ros-scavenging-machinery-reduces-effects-of-drought-stress
#20
Simone Landi, Alessia De Lillo, Roberta Nurcato, Stefania Grillo, Sergio Esposito
The involvement and the efficiency of the antioxidants scavenging system upon drought were examined by comparing traditional tomato landraces with respect to an industrial commercial genotype (Red Setter); for the first time, comprehensive analyses of physiological, biochemical and molecular parameters were investigated directly under real field conditions, in a typical agricultural environment of Southern Italy. The characterization of the responses upon drought evidenced peculiar changes in stomatal conductance, ascorbate peroxidase and catalase activities and expression in drought tolerant tomato landraces, with respect to the industrial genotype...
June 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
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