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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538215/the-use-of-polyvinyl-alcohol-sponge-and-cyanoacrylate-glue-in-the-treatment-of-large-and-chronic-bronchopleural-fistulae-following-lung-cancer-resection
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Paolo Battistoni, Umberto Caterino, Sandro Batzella, Raffaele Dello Iacono, Gabriele Lucantoni, Giovanni Galluccio
BACKGROUND: Bronchopleural fistulae represent a relatively rare complication of pulmonary resection. For inoperable patients, several endoscopic procedures have been described. In the presence of large and chronic bronchopleural fistulae, persistent air leaks require a surgical therapy, while endoscopic airway stent represents a useful palliative treatment. OBJECTIVE: We describe the successful closure of large and chronic bronchopleural fistulae using an expandable polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) sponge and cyanoacrylate glue...
January 25, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538165/the-complexity-in-herpesvirus-entry
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REVIEW
Karthik Sathiyamoorthy, Jia Chen, Richard Longnecker, Theodore S Jardetzky
Enveloped viruses have evolved diverse transmembrane proteins and protein complexes to enable host cell entry by regulating and activating membrane fusion in a target cell-specific manner. In general terms, the entry process requires a receptor binding step, an activation step and a membrane fusion step, which can be encoded within a single viral protein or distributed among multiple viral proteins. HIV and influenza virus, for example, encode all of these functions in a single trimeric glycoprotein, HIV env or influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA)...
May 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538152/apoptotic-bax-at-oxidatively-stressed-mitochondrial-membranes-lipid-dynamics-and-permeabilization
#3
Artur Peter Günther Dingeldein, Šárka Pokorná, Martin Lidman, Tobias Sparrman, Radek Šachl, Martin Hof, Gerhard Gröbner
Mitochondria are crucial compartments of eukaryotic cells because they function as the cellular power plant and play a central role in the early stages of programmed cell death (apoptosis). To avoid undesired cell death, this apoptotic pathway is tightly regulated by members of the Bcl-2 protein family, which interact on the external surface of the mitochondria, i.e., the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM), and modulate its permeability to apoptotic factors, controlling their release into the cytosol. A growing body of evidence suggests that the MOM lipids play active roles in this permeabilization process...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538140/comparison-of-policies-for-recognising-and-responding-to-clinical-deterioration-across-five-victorian-health-services
#4
Julie Considine, Anastasia F Hutchison, Helen Rawson, Alison M Hutchinson, Tracey Bucknall, Trisha Dunning, Mari Botti, Maxine M Duke, Maryann Street
Objectives The aim of the present study was to describe and compare organisational guidance documents related to recognising and responding to clinical deterioration across five health services in Victoria, Australia.Methods Guidance documents were obtained from five health services, comprising 13 acute care hospitals, eight subacute care hospitals and approximately 5500 beds. Analysis was guided by a specific policy analysis framework and a priori themes.Results In all, 22 guidance documents and five graphic observation and response charts were reviewed...
May 25, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538098/two-dimensional-metal-organic-framework-nanosheets-as-an-enzyme-inhibitor-modulation-of-the-%C3%AE-chymotrypsin-activity
#5
Ming Xu, Shuai Yuan, Xin-Yu Chen, Yu-Jie Chang, Gregory Steven Day, Zhi-Yuan Gu, Hong-Cai Zhou
Two-dimensional metal-organic framework (MOF) nanosheets are utilized as effective enzyme inhibitors, providing an in-spiring means to enhance the control of cellular processes as well as improve our understanding of the surface chemistry between MOFs and enzymes. In this paper, we demonstrated that the activity of α-Chymotrypsin (ChT) can be effectively inhibited with 96.9% inhibition by the 2-D Cu(bpy)2(OTf)2 nanosheets, while the other Zn2(bim)4 nanosheets show no significant inhibition effect towards ChT...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538097/biochemical-characterization-of-the-functional-roles-of-residues-in-the-active-site-of-the-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-bacillus-circulans-atcc-31382
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Huifang Yin, Tjaard Pijning, Xiangfeng Meng, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Sander Sebastiaan van Leeuwen
The β-galactosidase enzyme from Bacillus circulans ATCC 31382 BgaD is widely used in the food industry to produce prebiotic galactooligosaccharides (GOS). Recently, the crystal structure of a C-terminally truncated version of the enzyme (BgaD-D) has been elucidated. The roles of active site amino acid residues in β-galactosidase enzyme reaction and product specificity have remained unknown. Based on a structural alignment of the β-galactosidase enzymes BgaD-D from Bacillus circulans and BgaA from Streptococcus pneumoniae, and the complex of BgaA with LacNAc, we identified 8 active site amino acid residues (Arg185, Asp481, Lys487, Tyr511, Trp570, Trp593, Glu601, and Phe616) in BgaD-D...
May 24, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537887/dietary-factors-and-microrna-binding-site-polymorphisms-in-the-il13-gene-risk-and-prognosis-analysis-of-colorectal-cancer
#7
Yanming Yu, Junde Zhou, Chen Gong, Zhiping Long, Jingshen Tian, Lin Zhu, Jing Li, Hongyuan Yu, Fan Wang, Yashuang Zhao
Long-term dietary intake influences the structure and activity of microorganisms residing in the human gut. The immune response and gut microbiota have a mutual influence on the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). This study examines the association of gut microbiota-related dietary factors and polymorphisms in the microRNA-binding site of the interleukin 13 gene (IL13) with the risk and prognosis of CRC. Three polymorphisms (rs847, rs848, and rs1295685) were selected for genotyping in a case-control study (513 cases, 572 controls), and 386 CRC patients were followed up...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535298/ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-plus-ribavirin-in-treatment-naive-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-3-infection-an-open-label-study
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Jordan J Feld, Alnoor Ramji, Stephen D Shafran, Bernard Willems, Paul Marotta, Emmanuelle Huchet, Marie-Louise Vachon, Evguenia S Svarovskaia, K C Huang, Robert H Hyland, Chohee Yun, Benedetta Massetto, Diana M Brainard, John G McHutchison, Edward Tam, Robert Bailey, Curtis Cooper, Eric M Yoshida, Susan Greenbloom, Magdy Elkhashab, Sergio Borgia, Mark G Swain
Background.: Patients chronically infected with genotype 3 hepatitis C virus (HCV) have faster disease progression and are less responsive to current direct-acting antiviral regimens than patients infected with other genotypes. We conducted an open-label trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir plus ribavirin in patients with genotype 3 HCV infection. Methods.: We enrolled treatment-naive patients with and without compensated cirrhosis at 15 sites in Canada...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535274/development-of-carbapenem-resistance-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-is-associated-with-oprd-polymorphisms-particularly-the-amino-acid-substitution-at-codon-170
#9
Jwu-Ching Shu, An-Jing Kuo, Lin-Hui Su, Tsui-Ping Liu, Ming-Hsun Lee, I-Ning Su, Tsu-Lan Wu
Objectives: Pan-susceptible Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PSPA) clinical isolates carrying an OprD with loop 7 shortening (the group-1A allele) were found to rapidly develop carbapenem resistance under continuous selection pressure. We further studied whether OprD polymorphisms are associated with the potential to develop carbapenem resistance. Methods: OprD amino acid sequences of 126 PSPA clinical isolates were analysed to determine their STs using P. aeruginosa strain PAO1 as the control strain...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535266/mechanism-of-bacterial-gene-rearrangement-spra-catalyzed-precise-dna-recombination-and-its-directionality-control-by-sprb-ensure-the-gene-rearrangement-and-stable-expression-of-spsm-during-sporulation-in-bacillus-subtilis
#10
Kimihiro Abe, Takuo Takamatsu, Tsutomu Sato
A sporulation-specific gene, spsM, is disrupted by an active prophage, SPβ, in the genome of Bacillus subtilis. SPβ excision is required for two critical steps: the onset of the phage lytic cycle and the reconstitution of the spsM-coding frame during sporulation. Our in vitro study demonstrated that SprA, a serine-type integrase, catalyzed integration and excision reactions between attP of SPβ and attB within spsM, while SprB, a recombination directionality factor, was necessary only for the excision between attL and attR in the SPβ lysogenic chromosome...
May 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535189/predicting-accurate-contacts-in-thousands-of-pfam-domain-families-using-pconsc3
#11
Mirco Michel, Marcin J Skwark, David Menéndez Hurtado, Magnus Ekeberg, Arne Elofsson
Motivation: A fewyears ago it was shown that by using amaximumentropy approach to describe couplings between columns in a multiple sequence alignment it is possible to significantly increase the accuracy of residue contact predictions. For very large protein families with more than 1000 effective sequences the accuracy is sufficient to produce accurate models of proteins as well as complexes. Today, for about half of all Pfam domain families no structure is known, but unfortunately most of these families have at most a few hundred members, i...
May 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534914/covalent-inhibition-of-protein-tyrosine-phosphatases
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REVIEW
Kasi Viswanatharaju Ruddraraju, Zhong-Yin Zhang
Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) are a large family of 107 signaling enzymes that catalyze the hydrolytic removal of phosphate groups from tyrosine residues in a target protein. The phosphorylation status of tyrosine residues on proteins serve as a ubiquitous mechanism for cellular signal transduction. Aberrant function of PTPs can lead to many human diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. As the number of disease relevant PTPs increases, there is urgency in developing highly potent inhibitors that are selective towards specific PTPs...
May 23, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534738/optocontrol-of-glutamate-receptor-activity-by-single-side-chain-photoisomerization
#13
Viktoria Klippenstein, Christian Hoppmann, Shixin Ye, Lei Wang, Pierre Paoletti
Engineering light-sensitivity into proteins has wide ranging applications in molecular studies and neuroscience. Commonly used tethered photoswitchable ligands, however, require solvent-accessible protein labeling, face structural constrains, and are bulky. Here, we designed a set of optocontrollable NMDA receptors by directly incorporating single photoswitchable amino acids (PSAAs) providing genetic encodability, reversibility, and site tolerance. We identified several positions within the multi-domain receptor endowing robust photomodulation...
May 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534516/transcriptional-and-posttranscriptional-regulation-of-hoxa13-by-lncrna-hottip-facilitates-tumorigenesis-and-metastasis-in-esophageal-squamous-carcinoma-cells
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C Lin, Y Wang, Y Wang, S Zhang, L Yu, C Guo, H Xu
The long non-coding RNA, HOTTIP, has an important role in tumorigenesis. It is known that HOTTIP regulates HOX gene family; however, its regulatory mechanism in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains elusive. In this study, we investigated the role of HOTTIP in ESCC and observed that HOTTIP/HOXA13 was upregulated in ESCC and promoted cell proliferation and metastasis in vivo and in vitro. Interestingly, harboring a miR-30b-binding site, HOTTIP as a molecular sponge mainly regulated miR-30b level in the nucleus and modulated the repression of HOXA13 mediated by miR-30b in the cytoplasm, resulting in the positive HOTTIP/HOXA13 correlation...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534506/lsd1-demethylates-hif1%C3%AE-to-inhibit-hydroxylation-and-ubiquitin-mediated-degradation-in-tumor-angiogenesis
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J-Y Lee, J-H Park, H-J Choi, H-Y Won, H-S Joo, D-H Shin, M K Park, B Han, K P Kim, T J Lee, C M Croce, G Kong
Lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1), which has been considered as a potential therapeutic target in human cancer, has been known to regulate many biological functions through its non-histone substrates. Although LSD1-induced hypoxia-inducible factor alpha (HIF1α) demethylation has recently been proposed, the effect of LSD1 on the relationship between HIF1α post-translational modifications (PTMs) and HIF1α-induced tumor angiogenesis remains to be elucidated. Here, we identify a new methylation site of the HIF1α protein antagonized by LSD1 and the interplay between HIF1α protein methylation and other PTMs in regulating tumor angiogenesis...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534478/complementary-information-derived-from-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-deletion-and-suppression
#16
Joseph Rosenbluh, Han Xu, William Harrington, Stanley Gill, Xiaoxing Wang, Francisca Vazquez, David E Root, Aviad Tsherniak, William C Hahn
CRISPR-Cas9 provides the means to perform genome editing and facilitates loss-of-function screens. However, we and others demonstrated that expression of the Cas9 endonuclease induces a gene-independent response that correlates with the number of target sequences in the genome. An alternative approach to suppressing gene expression is to block transcription using a catalytically inactive Cas9 (dCas9). Here we directly compare genome editing by CRISPR-Cas9 (cutting, CRISPRc) and gene suppression using KRAB-dCas9 (CRISPRi) in loss-of-function screens to identify cell essential genes...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534256/crispr-cas9-mediated-correction-of-human-genetic-disease
#17
REVIEW
Ke Men, Xingmei Duan, Zhiyao He, Yang Yang, Shaohua Yao, Yuquan Wei
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) protein 9 system (CRISPR/Cas9) provides a powerful tool for targeted genetic editing. Directed by programmable sequence-specific RNAs, this system introduces cleavage and double-stranded breaks at target sites precisely. Compared to previously developed targeted nucleases, the CRISPR/Cas9 system demonstrates several promising advantages, including simplicity, high specificity, and efficiency. Several broad genome-editing studies with the CRISPR/Cas9 system in different species in vivo and ex vivo have indicated its strong potential, raising hopes for therapeutic genome editing in clinical settings...
May 3, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533891/nuclear-uptake-of-an-amino-terminal-fragment-of-apolipoprotein-e4-promotes-cell-death-and-localizes-within-microglia-of-the-alzheimer-s-disease-brain
#18
Julia E Love, Ryan J Day, Justin W Gause, Raquel J Brown, Xinzhu Pu, Dustin I Theis, Chad A Caraway, Wayne W Poon, Abir A Rahman, Brad E Morrison, Troy T Rohn
Although harboring the apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4) allele is a well known risk factor in Alzheimer's disease (AD), the mechanism by which it contributes to disease risk remains elusive. To investigate the role of proteolysis of apoE4 as a potential mechanism, we designed and characterized a site-directed cleavage antibody directed at position D151 of the mature form of apoE4 and E3. Characterization of this antibody indicated a high specificity for detecting synthesized recombinant proteins corresponding to the amino acid sequences 1-151 of apoE3 and E4 that would generate the 17 kDa (p17) fragment...
2017: International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533784/the-divergence-of-flowering-time-modulated-by-ft-tfl1-is-independent-to-their-interaction-and-binding-activities
#19
Zhen Wang, Ruiguang Yang, Upendra K Devisetty, Julin N Maloof, Yang Zuo, Jingjing Li, Yuxiao Shen, Jian Zhao, Manzhu Bao, Guogui Ning
FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) and TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1) proteins share highly conserved amino acid residues but they play opposite regulatory roles in promoting and repressing the flowering response, respectively. Previous substitution models and functional analysis have identified several key amino acid residues which are critical for the promotion of flowering. However, the precise relationship between naturally occurring FT/TFL1 homologs and the mechanism of their role in flowering is still unclear. In this study, FT/TFL1 homologs from eight Rosaceae species, namely, Spiraea cantoniensis, Pyracantha fortuneana, Photinia serrulata, Fragaria ananassa, Rosa hybrida, Prunus mume, Prunus persica and Prunus yedoensis, were isolated...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533430/heme-thiolate-sulfenylation-of-human-cytochrome-p450-4a11-functions-as-a-redox-switch-for-catalytic-inhibition
#20
Matthew E Albertolle, Donghak Kim, Leslie D Nagy, Chul-Ho Yun, Ambra Pozzi, Uzen Savas, Eric F Johnson, F Peter Guengerich
Cytochrome P450 (P450, CYP) 4A11 is a human fatty acid ω-hydroxylase that catalyzes the oxidation of arachidonic acid to the eicosanoid 20- hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE), which plays important roles in regulating blood pressure regulation. Variants of P450 4A11 have been associated with high blood pressure and resistance to anti-hypertensive drugs, and 20-HETE has both pro- and antihypertensive properties relating to increased vasoconstriction and natriuresis, respectively. These physiological activities are likely influenced by the redox environment, but the mechanisms are unclear...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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