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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342354/a-highly-dynamic-loop-of-the-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pa14-type-iv-pilin-is-essential-for-pilus-assembly
#1
Ylan Nguyen, Stephen Boulton, E Tyler McNicholl, Madoka Akimoto, Hanjeong Harvey, Francisca Aidoo, Giuseppe Melacini, Lori L Burrows
Type IVa pili (T4aP) are long, thin surface filaments involved in attachment, motility, biofilm formation, and DNA uptake. They are important virulence factors for many bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic pathogen and common cause of hospital-acquired infections. Each helical filament contains thousands of monomers of the major pilin subunit, PilA. Each P. aeruginosa strain expresses one of five phylogenetically distinct major pilins, which vary in sequence and the nature of their associated accessory protein(s)...
January 17, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342197/molecular-discrimination-of-tall-fescue-morphotypes-in-association-with-festuca-relatives
#2
Shyamal K Talukder, Perumal Azhaguvel, Konstantin Chekhovskiy, Malay C Saha
Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) is an important cool-season perennial grass species used as forage and turf, and in conservation plantings. There are three morphotypes in hexaploid tall fescue: Continental, Mediterranean and Rhizomatous. This study was conducted to develop morphotype-specific molecular markers to distinguish Continental and Mediterranean tall fescues, and establish their relationships with other species of the Festuca genus for genomic inference. Chloroplast sequence variation and simple sequence repeat (SSR) polymorphism were explored in 12 genotypes of three tall fescue morphotypes and four Festuca species...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342133/a-myc-enhancer-cluster-regulates-normal-and-leukaemic-haematopoietic-stem-cell-hierarchies
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Carsten Bahr, Lisa von Paleske, Veli V Uslu, Silvia Remeseiro, Naoya Takayama, Stanley W Ng, Alex Murison, Katja Langenfeld, Massimo Petretich, Roberta Scognamiglio, Petra Zeisberger, Amelie S Benk, Ido Amit, Peter W Zandstra, Mathieu Lupien, John E Dick, Andreas Trumpp, François Spitz
The transcription factor Myc is essential for the regulation of haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors and has a critical function in haematopoietic malignancies. Here we show that an evolutionarily conserved region located 1.7 megabases downstream of the Myc gene that has previously been labelled as a 'super-enhancer' is essential for the regulation of Myc expression levels in both normal haematopoietic and leukaemic stem cell hierarchies in mice and humans. Deletion of this region in mice leads to a complete loss of Myc expression in haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342057/audiologic-natural-history-of-small-volume-cochleovestibular-schwannomas-in-neurofibromatosis-type-2
#4
Alvin T deTorres, Carmen C Brewer, Chris K Zalewski, Kelly A King, Robert Walker, Gretchen C Scott, Ashok R Asthagiri, Prashant Chittiboina, Hung Jeffrey Kim
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the audiometric natural progression in patient-ears with small volume (<1,000 mm), treatment-naïve cochleovestibular schwannomas (CVSs) in Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Quaternary medical research institute. PATIENTS: One hundred eleven ears in 71 NF2 patients with small, treatment-naïve CVSs observed from July 2006 to July 2016...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341872/a-cqferritin-protein-inhibits-white-spot-syndrome-virus-infection-via-regulating-iron-ions-in-red-claw-crayfish-cherax-quadricarinatus
#5
Xiao-Xiao Chen, Yan-Yao Li, Xue-Jiao Chang, Xiao-Lu Xie, Yu-Ting Liang, Ke-Jian Wang, Wen-Yun Zheng, Hai-Peng Liu
It is well known that iron is an essential element for all living organism. The intracellular iron availability is also important for the host's innate immune response to various pathogens, in which the iron homeostasis can be regulated by ferritin due to its iron storage property. In this study, a full-length cDNA sequence of ferritin (named as CqFerritin) was identified with 1410 bp from red claw crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus, which contained an open reading frame of 513 bp, encoding 170 amino acids with a conserved ferritin domain...
January 13, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341855/probabilistic-assessment-of-the-potential-indoor-air-impacts-of-vent-free-gas-heating-appliances-in-energy-efficient-homes-in-the-united-states
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Gary K Whitmyre, Muhilan D Pandian
Use of vent-free gas heating appliances for supplemental heating in U.S. homes is increasing. However, there is currently a lack of information on the potential impact of these appliances on indoor air quality for homes constructed according to energy-efficient and green building standards. A probabilistic analysis was conducted to estimate the impact of vent-free gas heating appliances on indoor air concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, and oxygen in "tight" energy-efficient homes in the U...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341776/magnetic-domain-walls-as-hosts-of-spin-superfluids-and-generators-of-skyrmions
#7
Se Kwon Kim, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak
A domain wall in a magnet with easy-axis anisotropy is shown to harbor spin superfluid associated with its spontaneous breaking of the U(1) spin-rotational symmetry. The spin superfluid is shown to have several topological properties, which are absent in conventional superfluids. First, the associated phase slips create and destroy Skyrmions to obey the conservation of the total Skyrmion charge, which allows us to use a domain wall as a generator and detector of Skyrmions. Second, the domain wall engenders the emergent magnetic flux for magnons along its length, which are proportional to the spin supercurrent flowing through it, and thereby provides a way to manipulate magnons...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341709/probing-primordial-black-hole-dark-matter-with-gravitational-waves
#8
Ely D Kovetz
Primordial black holes (PBHs) have long been suggested as a candidate for making up some or all of the dark matter in the Universe. Most of the theoretically possible mass range for PBH dark matter has been ruled out with various null observations of expected signatures of their interaction with standard astrophysical objects. However, current constraints are significantly less robust in the 20  M_{⊙}≲M_{PBH}≲100  M_{⊙} mass window, which has received much attention recently, following the detection of merging black holes with estimated masses of ∼30  M_{⊙} by LIGO and the suggestion that these could be black holes formed in the early Universe...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341603/pokmt1-from-the-polyketomycin-biosynthetic-machinery-of-streptomyces-diastatochromogenes-t%C3%A3-6028-belongs-to-the-emerging-family-of-c-methyltransferases-that-act-on-coa-activated-aromatic-substrates
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Xun Guo, Ivana Crnovcic, Chin-Yuan Chang, Jun Luo, Jeremy R Lohman, Monica Papinski, Andreas Bechthold, Geoffrey P Horsman, Ben Shen
Recent biochemical characterizations of the MdpB2 CoA ligase and MdpB1 C-methyltransferase (C-MT) from the maduropeptin (MDP, 2) biosynthetic machinery revealed unusual pathway logic involving C-methylation occurring on a CoA-activated aromatic substrate. Here we confirmed this pathway logic for the biosynthesis of polyketomycin (POK, 3). Biochemical characterization unambiguously established that PokM3 and PokMT1 catalyze the sequential conversion of 6-methylsalicylic acid (6-MSA, 4) to form 3,6-dimethylsalicylyl-CoA (3,6-DMSA-CoA, 6), which serves as the direct precursor for the 3,6-dimethylsalicylic acid (3,6-DMSA) moiety in the biosynthesis of 3...
January 17, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341597/the-wyl-domain-of-the-pif1-helicase-from-the-thermophilic-bacterium-thermotoga-elfii-is-an-accessory-single-stranded-dna-binding-module
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Nicholas M Andis, Christopher W Sausen, Ashna Alladin, Matthew Bochman
PIF1 family helicases are conserved from bacteria to man. With the exception of the well-studied yeast PIF1 helicases (e.g., ScPif1 and ScRrm3), however, very little is known about how these enzymes help maintain genome stability. Indeed, we lack a basic understanding of the protein domains found N- and C-terminal to the characteristic central PIF1 helicase domain in these proteins. Here, using chimeric constructs, we show that the ScPif1 and ScRrm3 helicase domains are interchangeable and that the N-terminus of ScRrm3 is important for its function in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341517/proliferative-myositis-of-the-latissimus-dorsi-presenting-in-a-20-year-old-male-athlete
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N McHugh, R Tevlin, C Beggan, D J Ryan, J Larkin, F Moloney, M W Bennett, J Kelly
We describe the case of a 20-year-old rower presenting with an uncommon condition of Proliferative Myositis (PM) affecting the Latissimus Dorsi (LD). PM is a rare, benign tumour infrequently developing in the upper back. Its rapid growth and firm consistency may mistake it for sarcoma at presentation. Therefore, careful multidisciplinary work-up is crucial, and should involve appropriate radiological and histopathological investigations. Here, we propose the aetiology of LD PM to be persistent myotrauma induced by repetitive rowing motions...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341343/small-heat-shock-protein-b3-hspb3-mutation-in-an-axonal-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-family
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Da Eun Nam, Soo Hyun Nam, Ah Jin Lee, Young Bin Hong, Byung-Ok Choi, Ki Wha Chung
HSPB3 gene encodes a small heat-shock protein 27-like protein which has a high sequence homology with HSPB1. A mutation in the HSPB3 was reported as the putative underlying cause of distal hereditary motor neuropathy 2C (dHMN2C) in 2010. We identified a heterozygous mutation (c.352T>C, p.Tyr118His) in the HSPB3 from a Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2) family by the method of targeted next generation sequencing. The mutation was located in the well conserved alpha-crystalline domain, and several in silico predictions indicated a pathogenic effect of the mutation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341298/multiple-signaling-systems-target-a-core-set-of-transition-metal-homeostasis-genes-using-similar-binding-motifs
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M E Garber, L Rajeev, A E Kazakov, J Trinh, D Masuno, M G Thompson, N Kaplan, J Luk, P S Novichkov, A Mukhopadhyay
Bacterial response to metals can require complex regulation. We report an overlapping regulation for copper and zinc resistance genes in the denitrifying bacterium, Pseudomonas stutzeri RCH2, by three two-component regulatory proteins CopR1, CopR2 and CzcR. We conducted genome-wide evaluations to identify gene targets of two paralogous regulators, CopR1 and CopR2, annotated for copper signaling, and compared the results with the gene targets for CzcR, implicated in zinc signaling. We discovered that the CopRs and CzcR have largely common targets, and cross-regulate a core set of P...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341247/secretory-expression-of-negative-regulatory-region-of-human-notch1-in-e-coli-and-preparation-of-a-functional-polyclonal-antibody
#14
Dengyang Zhang, Tianzhu Sun, Jingyun Yan, Xuanjun Wang, Jun Sheng
Notch signaling is a highly conserved pathway existed in multicellular organisms. It plays roles in normal human body development, human cancer initiation, progression and metastasis. The Notch negative regulatory region (NRR) is critical for Notch signaling, and cleavage at the S2 site in the NRR ultimately leads to the activation of Notch signaling. To study the function of human NRR1, we expressed the recombinant human NRR1 (rhNRR1) domain in Escherichia coli. After purification, rhNRR1 was obtained with approximately 94% purity according to SDS-PAGE analysis...
January 17, 2018: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341229/assessing-and-mitigating-simulated-population-level-effects-of-three-herbicides-to-a-threatened-plant-application-of-a-species-specific-population-model-of-boltonia-decurrens
#15
Amelie Schmolke, Richard Brain, Pernille Thorbek, Daniel Perkins, Valery Forbes
Extrapolating from organism-level endpoints, as generated from standard pesticide toxicity tests, to populations is an important step in threatened and endangered species risk assessments. We apply a population model for a threatened herbaceous plant species, Boltonia decurrens, to estimate the potential population-level impacts of 3 herbicides. We combine conservative exposure scenarios with dose-response relationships for growth and survival of standard test species, and apply those in the species-specific model...
January 17, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341136/phylogeny-and-distribution-of-protein-kinase-c-variants-in-the-zebrafish
#16
Marion F Haug, Matthias Gesemann, Manuela Berger, Stephan C F Neuhauss
Conventional protein kinases - consisting of α, β, and γ family members - play key roles in numerous signal transduction events. Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated the existence of five prkcs (the genes representing PKCs) in zebrafish, two paralogous forms of prkca and -b and one prkcg variant. mRNA expression analysis showed distinct, mainly nervous system specific expression, for all five prkc genes. For prkca and prkcb paralogs prominent expression can be seen in the telencephalon, in diencephalic regions such as the habenula or the optic tectum, in hypothalamic areas and in distinct cerebellar structures...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341115/non-volant-mammals-from-the-upper-paran%C3%A3-river-basin-a-data-set-from-a-critical-region-for-conservation-in-brazil
#17
Fernando Gonçalves, Wellington Hannibal, Mauricio N Godoi, Fernando I Martins, Roniel F Oliveira, Valquiria V Figueiredo, Janaina Casella, Érica F G G de Sá
The data set represents the first attempt at a large-scale inventory of non-volant mammals, with potential applications to performing macroecological studies, developing conservation strategies, and undertaking population and community ecology research, but also to evaluate the ecological consequences of fragmentation and defaunation. Our objectives for compiling these data were to summarize information about inventories of non-volant mammals in the critically important area of the Upper Paraná River Basin by focusing on species richness and index of frequency of occurrence and to identify gaps in knowledge regarding non-volant mammal communities in order to guide future sampling efforts...
January 17, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341034/therapeutic-assessment-of-vulvar-squamous-intraepithelial-lesions-with-co2-laser-vaporization-in-immunosuppressed-patients
#18
Julisa Chamorro Lascasas Ribalta, Mariana Vendramin Mateussi, Neila Maria de Góis Speck
OBJECTIVE:  A vulvar squamous intraepithelial lesion is deemed to be a preceding lesion to vulvar cancer, especially in women aged under 40 years, holders of an acquired or idiopathic immunosuppression. Several treatments have been used to treat these lesions. One of the aesthetically acceptable therapeutic methods is the CO2 laser vaporization. METHODS:  In a transversal study, 46 records of immunosuppressed women bearing a vulvar low grade and/or high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion were selected out of the retrospective analysis, computing age, date of record, date of vulvar lesion treatment with CO2 laser, the time elapsed between the first and the last visit (in months), the number of visits, the presence or absence of condylomatous lesions in other female lower genital tract sites and whether or not recurrences and persistence of intraepithelial lesions have been noticed during the follow-up...
January 2018: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340477/occurrence-of-gastrointestinal-parasites-in-wild-animals-in-state-of-paran%C3%A3-brazil
#19
Lew K Sprenger, Ursula Y Yoshitani, Andreia Buzatti, Marcelo B Molento
The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and diversity of gastrointestinal parasites in fecal samples from wild birds and mammals from the State of Paraná. In total, 220 stool samples were sent to Parasitic Diseases Laboratory of the Federal University of Paraná during 13 months (Jan/2013-Jan/2014). A total of 52.7% (116/220) of the animals were positive for cysts, oocysts, eggs and/or trophozoites. In birds, the positivity rate was 37.9% (25/66) and mammals was 59.1% (91/154). Strongyloidea superfamily eggs were observed in 37...
January 11, 2018: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340470/traumatic-rupture-of-liver-hydatid-cysts-into-the-peritoneal-cavity-of-an-11-year-old-boy-a-case-report-from-iran
#20
Sadaf Sabzevari, Alireza Badirzadeh, Reza Shahkaram, Mohammad Seyyedin
This is the first published case report of an 11-year-old patient with a rupture of a liver hydatid cyst (HC) into the peritoneal cavity after an abdominal trauma in Iran. The disease was diagnosed using focused abdominal sonography for trauma. To date, no cases of traumatic ruptures of liver HCs in children have been reported in Iran. In the endemic regions of the world, where patients suffer from a history of trauma and constant abdominal symptoms or anaphylactic shock, early diagnosis of HC is crucial as it may disseminate to other organs...
November 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
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