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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432816/rhodnius-prolixus-from-classical-physiology-to-modern-developmental-biology
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Rodrigo Nunes-da-Fonseca, Mateus Berni, Vitória Tobias-Dos-Santos, Attilio Pane, Helena Marcolla Araujo
The hemiptera Rhodnius prolixus is a blood-feeding insect and a primary vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of the Chagas disease. Over the past century, Rhodnius has been the subject of intense investigations, which have contributed to unveil important aspects of metabolism and physiology in insects. Recent technological innovations are helping dissect the genetic and molecular underpinnings of Rhodnius embryogenesis and organogenesis, thus fostering the use of this important species in the fields of developmental and evolutionary biology...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432787/presynaptic-morphology-and-vesicular-composition-determine-vesicle-dynamics-in-mouse-central-synapses
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Laurent Guillaud, Dimitar Dimitrov, Tomoyuki Takahashi
Transport of synaptic vesicles (SVs) in nerve terminals is thought to play essential roles in maintenance of neurotransmission. To identify factors modulating SV movements, we performed real-time imaging analysis of fluorescently labeled SVs in giant calyceal and conventional hippocampal terminals. Compared with small hippocampal terminals, SV movements in giant calyceal terminals were faster, longer and kinetically more heterogeneous. Morphological maturation of giant calyceal terminals was associated with an overall reduction in SV mobility and displacement heterogeneity...
April 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432764/small-molecular-anion-recognition-by-a-shape-responsive-bowl-type-dodecavanadate
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Sho Kuwajima, Yuji Kikukawa, Yoshihito Hayashi
A dodecavanadate, [V₁₂O₃₂]⁴¯, is an inorganic bowl-type host with a cavity entrance with a diameter of 4.4 Å in the optimized structure. The linear, bent, and trigonal planar anions, are tested as a guest anion and the formation of host-guest complexes, [V₁₂O₃₂(X)]⁵¯ (X = CN¯, OCN¯, NO₂¯, NO₃¯, HCO₂¯, and CH₃CO₂¯) were confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analyses and ⁵¹V NMR study. The degree of the distortion of the bowl from a regular bowl to an oval bowl depends on the shape of the guest anion, after host-guest complex formation...
April 22, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432329/affinity-biosensors-using-recombinant-native-membrane-proteins-displayed-on-exosomes-application-to-botulinum-neurotoxin-b-receptor
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Richard Desplantes, Christian Lévêque, Benjamin Muller, Manuela Lotierzo, Géraldine Ferracci, Michel Popoff, Michael Seagar, Robert Mamoun, Oussama El Far
The development of simple molecular assays with membrane protein receptors in a native conformation still represents a challenging task. Exosomes are extracellular vesicles which, due to their stability and small size, are suited for analysis in various assay formats. Here, we describe a novel approach to sort recombinant fully native and functional membrane proteins to exosomes using a targeting peptide. Specific binding of high affinity ligands to the potassium channel Kv1.2, the G-protein coupled receptor CXCR4, and the botulinum neurotoxin type B (BoNT/B) receptor, indicated their correct assembly and outside out orientation in exosomes...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432182/toward-a-direct-and-scalable-identification-of-reduced-models-for-categorical-processes
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Susanne Gerber, Illia Horenko
The applicability of many computational approaches is dwelling on the identification of reduced models defined on a small set of collective variables (colvars). A methodology for scalable probability-preserving identification of reduced models and colvars directly from the data is derived-not relying on the availability of the full relation matrices at any stage of the resulting algorithm, allowing for a robust quantification of reduced model uncertainty and allowing us to impose a priori available physical information...
April 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431866/circulating-micrornas-signature-correlates-with-positive-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-patients-with-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Audrey Courtois, Betty Nusgens, Nancy Garbacki, Roland Hustinx, Pierre Gomez, Jean-Olivier Defraigne, Alain C Colige, Natzi Sakalihasan
BACKGROUND: Prediction of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture is a challenging issue. Small noncoding microRNAs (miRNAs) are potent regulators of gene expression and are considered as valuable circulating biomarkers. Recently, [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake detected by positron emission tomography (PET) in AAA was correlated with cellular and molecular alterations involved in wall instability and its potential rupture. Our study aimed at identifying circulating miRNAs correlated with a positive PET that could help discriminate patients at high risk of rupture...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431583/overexpression-of-mir-584-5p-inhibits-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-by-targeting-ww-domain-containing-e3-ubiquitin-protein-ligase-1-in-gastric-cancer
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Qing Li, Zheng Li, Song Wei, Weizhi Wang, Zheng Chen, Lei Zhang, Liang Chen, Bowen Li, Guangli Sun, Jianghao Xu, Qiang Li, Lu Wang, Zhipeng Xu, Yiwen Xia, Diancai Zhang, Hao Xu, Zekuan Xu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs are endogenously expressed, small non-coding RNAs that modulate gene expression by targeting specific mRNAs, resulting in translational repression or mRNA degradation. Although miR-584-5p has been reported to play a vital role in various malignancies, its role and the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of miR-584-5p in gastric cancer (GC) remain to be clarified. In this study, we investigated the role of miR-584-5p in GC. METHODS: The expression of miR-584-5p and its specific target gene were determined in human GC specimens and cell lines by microRNA real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) and Western blot...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431570/a-relative-quantitative-methylation-sensitive-amplified-polymorphism-msap-method-for-the-analysis-of-abiotic-stress
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Piotr T Bednarek, Renata Orłowska, Agnieszka Niedziela
BACKGROUND: We present a new methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (MSAP) approach for the evaluation of relative quantitative characteristics such as demethylation, de novo methylation, and preservation of methylation status of CCGG sequences, which are recognized by the isoschizomers HpaII and MspI. We applied the technique to analyze aluminum (Al)-tolerant and non-tolerant control and Al-stressed inbred triticale lines. The approach is based on detailed analysis of events affecting HpaII and MspI restriction sites in control and stressed samples, and takes advantage of molecular marker profiles generated by EcoRI/HpaII and EcoRI/MspI MSAP platforms...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431399/muc2-mucin-deficiency-alters-inflammatory-and-metabolic-pathways-in-the-mouse-intestinal-mucosa
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Selamawit Tadesse, Georgia Corner, Elena Dhima, Michele Houston, Chandan Guha, Leonard Augenlicht, Anna Velcich
The mucus layer in the intestine affects several aspects of intestinal biology, encompassing physical, chemical protection, immunomodulation and growth, thus contributing to homeostasis. Mice with genetic inactivation of the Muc2 gene, encoding the MUC2 mucin, the major protein component of mucus, exhibit altered intestinal homeostasis, which is strictly dependent on the habitat, likely due to differing complements of intestinal microbes. Our previous work established that Muc2 deficiency was linked to low chronic inflammation resulting in tumor development in the small, large intestine including the rectum...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431342/discovery-of-tetrahydrocarbazoles-as-dual-perk-and-prb-inhibitors
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Mahesh R Kulkarni, Madhav S Mane, Usha Ghosh, Rajiv Sharma, Nitin P Lad, Ankita Srivastava, Asha Kulkarni-Almeida, Prashant S Kharkar, Vijay M Khedkar, Shivaji S Pandit
The extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) is one of the most important molecular targets for cancer that controls diverse cellular processes such as proliferation, survival, differentiation and motility. Similarly, the Rb (retinoblastoma protein) is a tumor suppressor protein and its function is to prevent excessive cell growth by inhibiting cell cycle progression. When the cell is ready to divide, pRb is phosphorylated, becomes inactive and allows cell cycle progression. Herein, we discovered a new series of tetrahydrocarbazoles as dual inhibitors of pERK and pRb phosphorylation...
March 2, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431280/interleukin-1-receptor-associated-kinase-1-is-a-potential-therapeutic-target-of-anti-inflammatory-therapy-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Mingfang Li, Datang Yu, Bing Ni, Fei Hao
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease and currently has no effective therapy. The genome-wide analyses indicate that interleukin-1 receptor associated kinase 1 (IRAK1) is associated with the susceptibility of SLE in humans. In the present study, we identified that IRAK1 was overexpressed and hyper-activated in splenic mononuclear cells from B6.MRL-Fas(lpr)/Nju (B6.lpr) mice and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from SLE patients. Intraperitoneal treatment with a small molecular inhibitor of IRAK1 (IRAK1/4 inhibitor or IRAK-Inh) significantly mitigated inflammatory responses and renal injury in B6...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431273/chromosomal-instability-in-gastric-cancer-biology
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REVIEW
Saffiyeh Saboor Maleki, Christoph Röcken
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fifth most common cancer in the world and accounts for 7% of the total cancer incidence. The prognosis of GC is dismal in Western countries due to late diagnosis: approximately 70% of the patients die within 5 years following initial diagnosis. Recently, integrative genomic analyses led to the proposal of a molecular classification of GC into four subtypes, i.e.,microsatellite-instable, Epstein-Barr virus-positive, chromosomal-instable (CIN), and genomically stable GCs. Molecular classification of GC advances our knowledge of the biology of GC and may have implications for diagnostics and patient treatment...
April 18, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431243/cryo-em-structure-of-the-open-human-ether-%C3%A3-go-go-related-k-channel-herg
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Weiwei Wang, Roderick MacKinnon
The human ether-à-go-go-related potassium channel (hERG, Kv11.1) is a voltage-dependent channel known for its role in repolarizing the cardiac action potential. hERG alteration by mutation or pharmacological inhibition produces Long QT syndrome and the lethal cardiac arrhythmia torsade de pointes. We have determined the molecular structure of hERG to 3.8 Å using cryo-electron microscopy. In this structure, the voltage sensors adopt a depolarized conformation, and the pore is open. The central cavity has an atypically small central volume surrounded by four deep hydrophobic pockets, which may explain hERG's unusual sensitivity to many drugs...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431241/akt-pkb-signaling-navigating-the-network
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Brendan D Manning, Alex Toker
The Ser and Thr kinase AKT, also known as protein kinase B (PKB), was discovered 25 years ago and has been the focus of tens of thousands of studies in diverse fields of biology and medicine. There have been many advances in our knowledge of the upstream regulatory inputs into AKT, key multifunctional downstream signaling nodes (GSK3, FoxO, mTORC1), which greatly expand the functional repertoire of AKT, and the complex circuitry of this dynamically branching and looping signaling network that is ubiquitous to nearly every cell in our body...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431213/genome-mining-unearths-a-hybrid-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-like-pteridine-synthase-biosynthetic-gene-cluster
#15
Hyun Bong Park, Corey E Perez, Karl W Barber, Jesse Rinehart, Jason M Crawford
Nonribosomal peptides represent a large class of metabolites with pharmaceutical relevance. Pteridines, such as pterins, folates, and flavins, are heterocyclic metabolites that often serve as redox-active cofactors. The biosynthetic machineries for construction of these distinct classes of small molecules operate independently in the cell. Here, we discovered an unprecedented nonribosomal peptide synthetase-like-pteridine synthase hybrid biosynthetic gene cluster in Photorhabdus luminescens using genome synteny analysis...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431137/trapp-webserver-predicting-protein-binding-site-flexibility-and-detecting-transient-binding-pockets
#16
Antonia Stank, Daria B Kokh, Max Horn, Elena Sizikova, Rebecca Neil, Joanna Panecka, Stefan Richter, Rebecca C Wade
The TRAnsient Pockets in Proteins (TRAPP) webserver provides an automated workflow that allows users to explore the dynamics of a protein binding site and to detect pockets or sub-pockets that may transiently open due to protein internal motion. These transient or cryptic sub-pockets may be of interest in the design and optimization of small molecular inhibitors for a protein target of interest. The TRAPP workflow consists of the following three modules: (i) TRAPP structure- generation of an ensemble of structures using one or more of four possible molecular simulation methods; (ii) TRAPP analysis-superposition and clustering of the binding site conformations either in an ensemble of structures generated in step (i) or in PDB structures or trajectories uploaded by the user; and (iii) TRAPP pocket-detection, analysis, and visualization of the binding pocket dynamics and characteristics, such as volume, solvent-exposed area or properties of surrounding residues...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430444/molecular-structuring-and-percolation-transition-in-hydrated-sulfonated-poly-ether-ether-ketone-membranes
#17
Madhusmita Tripathy, Sunil Kumar P B, Abhijit P Deshpande
The extent of phase separation and water percolation in sulfonated membranes are the key to their performance in fuel cells. Toward this, the effect of hydration on the morphology and transport characteristics of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone), sPEEK, membrane is investigated using atomistic molecular dynamics simulation at various hydration levels($\lambda$: number of water molecules per sulfonate group). The evolution of local morphology is investigated using structural correlations and minimum pair distances...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430187/poorly-known-microbial-taxa-dominate-the-microbiome-of-permafrost-thaw-ponds
#18
Christian Wurzbacher, R Henrik Nilsson, Milla Rautio, Sari Peura
In the transition zone of the shifting permafrost border, thaw ponds emerge as hotspots of microbial activity, processing the ancient carbon freed from the permafrost. We analyzed the microbial succession across a gradient of recently emerged to older ponds using three molecular markers: one universal, one bacterial and one fungal. Age was a major modulator of the microbial community of the thaw ponds. Surprisingly, typical freshwater taxa comprised only a small fraction of the community. Instead, thaw ponds of all age classes were dominated by enigmatic bacterial and fungal phyla...
April 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430167/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-modeling-of-gaucher-s-disease-what-have-we-learned
#19
REVIEW
Dino Matias Santos, Gustavo Tiscornia
Gaucher's disease (GD) is the most frequently inherited lysosomal storage disease, presenting both visceral and neurologic symptoms. Mutations in acid β-glucocerebrosidase disrupt the sphingolipid catabolic pathway promoting glucosylceramide (GlcCer) accumulation in lysosomes. Current treatment options are enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) and substrate reduction therapy (SRT). However, neither of these approaches is effective in treating the neurological aspect of the disease. The use of small pharmacological compounds that act as molecular chaperones is a promising approach that is still experimental...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430150/synthesis-and-self-assembly-of-shape-amphiphiles-based-on-poss-dendron-conjugates
#20
Yu Shao, Minyuan Ding, Yujie Xu, Fangjia Zhao, Hui Dai, Xia-Ran Miao, Shuguang Yang, Hui Li
Shape has been increasingly recognized as an important factor for self-assembly. In this paper, a series of shape amphiphiles have been built by linking polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and a dendron via linkers of different lengths. Three conjugates of octahedral silsesquioxanes (T₈-POSS) and dendron are designed and synthesized and are referred to as isobutyl T₈-POSS gallic acid derivatives (BPOSS-GAD-1, BPOSS-GAD-2, BPOSS-GAD-3). These samples have been fully characterized by ¹H-NMR, (13)C-NMR, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry to establish their chemical identity and purity...
April 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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