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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102680/ionicity-of-protic-ionic-liquid-quantitative-measurement-by-spectroscopic-methods
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Minming Shen, Yuyang Zhang, Kaizhou Chen, Siying Che, Jia Yao, Haoran Li
The ionicity value, which is a key property of protic ionic liquids, was obtained by the attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance respectively for a protic ionic liquid: n-propylammonium acetate. The method of potentiometric titration is found not suitable for such kind of ionic liquid as the ∆pKa of the compositing acid and base is relatively small. In the IR spectrum, molecular species can be directly observed in the range 1200-1800 cm-1, and the ratio of ionic and molecular species can be quantitatively calculated by the area of characteristic absorption peaks calibrated by standard curve from NaAc/HAc solutions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102674/2d-ir-spectroscopy-shows-that-optimised-dna-minor-groove-binding-of-hoechst33258-follows-an-induced-fit-model
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Lennart A I Ramakers, Gordon Hithell, John J May, Gregory M Greetham, Paul M Donaldson, Michael Towrie, Anthony W Parker, Glenn A Burley, Neil T Hunt
The induced fit binding model describes a conformational change occurring when a small molecule binds to its biomacromolecular target. The result is enhanced non-covalent interactions between ligand and biomolecule. Induced fit is well-established for small molecule-protein interactions, but its relevance to small molecule-DNA binding is less clear. We investigate the molecular determinants of Hoechst33258 binding to its preferred A-tract sequence relative to a sub-optimal alternating A-T sequence. Results from 2-dimensional infrared spectroscopy, which is sensitive to H-bonding and molecular structure changes, show that Hoechst33258 binding results in loss of minor groove spine of hydration in both sequences, but an additional perturbation of the base propeller twists occurs in the A-tract binding region...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102615/comparative-effectiveness-of-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-options-for-the-patient-undergoing-total-hip-and-knee-replacement-a-network-meta-analysis
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A Kapoor, A Ellis, N Shaffer, J Gurwitz, A Chandramohan, J Saulino, A Ishak, T Okubanjo, F Michota, E Hylek, T A Trikalinos
: Essentials Despite trial data, guidelines have not endorsed direct oral Xa inhibitors above other options. We provide profiles of venous thromboembolism and hemorrhage risk for 12 options. Direct oral Xa inhibitors had a favorable profile compared with low-molecular-weight heparin. Other options did not have favorable profiles compared with low-molecular-weight heparin. SUMMARY: Background There are numerous trials and several meta-analyses comparing venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis options after total hip and knee replacement (THR and TKR)...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102513/incidence-of-cryptosporidium-andersoni-in-diarrheal-patients-from-southern-assam-india-a-molecular-approach
#4
G Hussain, S Roychoudhury, B Singha, J Paul
The distribution and public health significance of Cryptosporidium species and genotypes in humans and bovine differ across geographical areas. Cryptosporidium species causes a disease known as cryptosporidiosis in humans and animals. To characterize the prevalence of cryptosporidiosis in humans in southern Assam, India, stool samples (n = 1119) of diarrhea patients were collected from different hospitals and from the community during the period January 2014 to July 2016. Fecal smears were examined microscopically for Cryptosporidium species using modified acid fast staining and were screened to ascertain the presence of Cryptosporidium antigen by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102469/lanosterol-suppresses-the-aggregation-and-cytotoxicity-of-misfolded-proteins-linked-with-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Arun Upadhyay, Ayeman Amanullah, Ribhav Mishra, Amit Kumar, Amit Mishra
Accumulation of misfolded or aberrant proteins in neuronal cells is linked with neurodegeneration and other pathologies. Which molecular mechanisms fail and cause inappropriate folding of proteins and what is their relationship to cellular toxicity is not well known. How does it happen and what are the probable therapeutic or molecular approaches to counter them are also not clear. Here, we demonstrate that treatment of lanosterol diminishes aberrant proteotoxic aggregation and mitigates their cytotoxicity via induced expression of co-chaperone CHIP and elevated autophagy...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102317/time-resolved-neutron-scattering-provides-new-insight-into-protein-substrate-processing-by-a-aaa-unfoldase
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Ziad Ibrahim, Anne Martel, Martine Moulin, Henry S Kim, Michael Härtlein, Bruno Franzetti, Frank Gabel
We present a combination of small-angle neutron scattering, deuterium labelling and contrast variation, temperature activation and fluorescence spectroscopy as a novel approach to obtain time-resolved, structural data individually from macromolecular complexes and their substrates during active biochemical reactions. The approach allowed us to monitor the mechanical unfolding of a green fluorescent protein model substrate by the archaeal AAA+ PAN unfoldase on the sub-minute time scale. Concomitant with the unfolding of its substrate, the PAN complex underwent an energy-dependent transition from a relaxed to a contracted conformation, followed by a slower expansion to its initial state at the end of the reaction...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102031/dual-nano-sized-contrast-agents-in-pet-mri-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Afsaneh Lahooti, Saeed Sarkar, Sophie Laurent, Saeed Shanehsazzadeh
Nowadays molecular imaging plays a vital role in achieving a successful targeted and personalized treatment. Hence, the approach of combining two or more medical imaging modalities was developed. The objective of this review is to systematically compare recent dual contrast agents in Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and in some cases Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/MRI in terms of some their characteristics, such as tumor uptake, and reticuloendothelial system uptake (especially liver) and their relaxivity rates for early detection of primary cancer tumor...
November 2016: Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101864/filamentous-structure-of-hard-%C3%AE-keratins-in-the-epidermal-appendages-of-birds-and-reptiles
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R D Bruce Fraser, David A D Parry
The structures of avian and reptilian epidermal appendages, such as feathers, claws and scales, have been modelled using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy data, combined with sequence analyses. In most cases, a family of closely related molecules makes up the bulk of the appendage, and each of these molecules contains a central β-rich 34-residue segment, which has been identified as the principal component of the framework of the 3.4 nm diameter filaments. The N- and C-terminal segments form the matrix component of the filament/matrix complex...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101863/lessons-from-animal-models-of-cytoplasmic-intermediate-filament-proteins
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Jamal-Eddine Bouameur, Thomas M Magin
Cytoplasmic intermediate filaments (IFs) represent a major cytoskeletal network contributing to cell shape, adhesion and migration as well as to tissue resilience and renewal in numerous bilaterians, including mammals. The observation that IFs are dispensable in cultured mammalian cells, but cause tissue-specific, life-threatening disorders, has pushed the need to investigate their function in vivo. In keeping with human disease, the deletion or mutation of murine IF genes resulted in highly specific pathologies...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101859/functional-and-structural-roles-of-coiled-coils
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Marcus D Hartmann
Coiled coils appear in countless structural contexts, as appendages to small proteins, as parts of multi-domain proteins, and as building blocks of filaments. Although their structure is unpretentious and their basic properties are understood in great detail, the spectrum of functional properties they provide in different proteins has become increasingly complex. This chapter aims to depict this functional spectrum, to identify common themes and their molecular basis, with an emphasis on new insights gained into dynamic aspects...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101857/fibrous-protein-structures-hierarchy-history-and-heroes
#11
John M Squire, David A D Parry
During the 1930s and 1940s the technique of X-ray diffraction was applied widely by William Astbury and his colleagues to a number of naturally-occurring fibrous materials. On the basis of the diffraction patterns obtained, he observed that the structure of each of the fibres was dominated by one of a small number of different types of molecular conformation. One group of fibres, known as the k-m-e-f group of proteins (keratin - myosin - epidermin - fibrinogen), gave rise to diffraction characteristics that became known as the α-pattern...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101820/insulin-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-signalling-iis-based-regulation-of-lifespan-across-species
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REVIEW
Rebecca Mathew, Manika Pal Bhadra, Utpal Bhadra
An organism's well-being is facilitated by numerous molecular and biochemical pathways that ensure homeostasis within cells and tissues. Aging causes a gradual let-down in the maintenance of homeostasis due to various endogenous and environmental challenges, leading to amassing of damages, functional deterioration of different tissues and vulnerability to ailments. Nutrient sensing pathways that maintain glucose homeostasis in body are involved in regulation of aging. Insulin/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) signalling (IIS) pathway was the first nutrient sensing pathway discovered to affect the aging process...
January 18, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101581/the-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-5-promotes-malignant-phenotype-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-and-is-associated-with-adverse-patient-outcomes-after-curative-hepatectomy
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Dai Shimizu, Mitsuro Kanda, Hiroyuki Sugimoto, Masahiro Shibata, Haruyoshi Tanaka, Hideki Takami, Naoki Iwata, Masamichi Hayashi, Chie Tanaka, Daisuke Kobayashi, Suguru Yamada, Goro Nakayama, Masahiko Koike, Michitaka Fujiwara, Tsutomu Fujii, Yasuhiro Kodera
The prognosis of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is dismal. Novel molecular targets for diagnosis and therapy is urgently required. This study evaluated expression and functions of the protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) in HCC. Using HCC cell lines, the expression levels of PRMT5 mRNA were determined using the quantitative real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction, and the effect of a small interfering PRMT5-siRNA on cell phenotype was evaluated. Further, PRMT5 expression was determined in 144 pairs of resected liver tissues to evaluate its clinical significance...
February 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101541/inner-salt-shaped-small-molecular-photosensitizer-with-extremely-enhanced-two-photon-absorption-for-mitochondrial-targeted-photodynamic-therapy
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Wenbo Hu, Tingchao He, Rongcui Jiang, Jun Yin, Lin Li, Xiaomei Lu, Hui Zhao, Lei Zhang, Ling Huang, Handong Sun, Wei Huang, Quli Fan
Herein, we experimentally and theoretically demonstrate an unprecedentedly enhanced two-photon absorption in a small organic molecule by a simple introduction of an inner salt-shaped structure. Moreover, such an inner salt-shaped small molecule also exhibits superior singlet oxygen quantum yield and fascinating structure-inherent mitochondrial-targeting ability for highly efficient two-photon photodynamic therapy via a mitochondrial apoptosis pathway.
January 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101207/structure-function-analysis-of-dna-helicase-helq-a-new-diagnostic-marker-in-ovarian-cancer
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Ya-Ping Li, Jun-Juan Yang, Hui Xu, En-Yu Guo, Yan Yu
It has been previously reported that a deficiency of the helicase, POLQ-like (HELQ) gene increases the risk of ovarian cancer. The present study aimed to explore the structure-function association of HELQ and discuss the effect of molecular structure on the occurrence of tumors. ExPASy tools were employed to analyze the physicochemical properties and secondary structure of the genes. PHYRE2 Protein Fold Recognition Server was used to construct the three-dimensional model and find the ligand-binding sites of HELQ...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100792/evolutionary-history-of-the-asian-horned-frogs-megophryinae-integrative-approaches-to-timetree-dating-in-the-absence-of-a-fossil-record
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Stephen Mahony, Nicole M Foley, S D Biju, Emma C Teeling
Molecular dating studies typically need fossils to calibrate the analyses. Unfortunately, the fossil record is extremely poor or presently non-existent for many species groups, rendering such dating analysis difficult. One such group is the Asian horned frogs (Megophryinae). Sampling all generic nomina, we combined a novel ∼5kb dataset composed of four nuclear and three mitochondrial gene fragments to produce a robust phylogeny, with an extensive external morphological study to produce a working taxonomy for the group...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100501/mdm2-mediates-fibroblast-activation-and-renal-tubulointerstitial-fibrosis-via-p53-independent-pathway
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Chen Ye, Hui Tang, Zheng Zhao, Chun-Tao Lei, Chao-Qun You, Jiao Zhang, Pan Gao, Fang-Fang He, Shan Chen, Yumei Wang, Chun Zhang, Hua Su
It is well-recognized that Murine Double Minute gene 2 (MDM2) plays a critical role in cell proliferation and inflammatory processes during tumorigenesis. Also it is reported that MDM2 is expressed in glomeruli and involved in podocyte injury. However, whether MDM2 is implicated in renal fibrosis remains unclear. Here we investigated the role of MDM2 in tubulointerstitial fibrosis (TIF). By immunohistochemical staining and western blotting we confirmed that MDM2 is up-regulated in tubulointerstitial compartment in TIF patients and Unilateral Urethral Obstruction (UUO) mice, which mainly originates from myofibroblasts...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100400/replication-study-bet-bromodomain-inhibition-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-to-target-c-myc
#18
Fraser Aird, Irawati Kandela, Christine Mantis
In 2015, as part of the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, we published a Registered Report (Kandela et al., 2015) that described how we intended to replicate selected experiments from the paper "BET bromodomain inhibition as a therapeutic strategy to target c-Myc" (Delmore et al., 2011). Here we report the results of those experiments. We found that treatment of human multiple myeloma (MM) cells with the small-molecular inhibitor of BET bromodomains, (+)-JQ1, selectively downregulated MYC transcription, which is similar to what was reported in the original study (Figure 3B; Delmore et al...
January 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100269/a-spleen-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-attenuates-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#19
Hyang-Hee Seo, Sang Woo Kim, Chang Youn Lee, Kyu Hee Lim, Jiyun Lee, Eunhyun Choi, Soyeon Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Ki-Chul Hwang
BACKGROUND: Pathologic vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and migration after vascular injury promotes the development of occlusive vascular disease. Therefore, an effective chemical agent to suppress aberrant proliferation and migration of VSMCs can be a potential therapeutic modality for occlusive vascular disease such as atherosclerosis and restenosis. To find an anti-proliferative chemical agent for VSMCs, we screened an in-house small molecule library, and the selected small molecule was further validated for its anti-proliferative effect on VSMCs using multiple approaches, such as cell proliferation assays, wound healing assays, transwell migration assays, and ex vivo aortic ring assay...
January 18, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100223/surface-attachment-promoted-by-the-actomyosin-system-of-toxoplasma-gondii-is-important-for-efficient-gliding-motility-and-invasion
#20
Jamie A Whitelaw, Fernanda Latorre-Barragan, Simon Gras, Gurman S Pall, Jacqueline M Leung, Aoife Heaslip, Saskia Egarter, Nicole Andenmatten, Shane R Nelson, David M Warshaw, Gary E Ward, Markus Meissner
BACKGROUND: Apicomplexan parasites employ a unique form of movement, termed gliding motility, in order to invade the host cell. This movement depends on the parasite's actomyosin system, which is thought to generate the force during gliding. However, recent evidence questions the exact molecular role of this system, since mutants for core components of the gliding machinery, such as parasite actin or subunits of the MyoA-motor complex (the glideosome), remain motile and invasive, albeit at significantly reduced efficiencies...
January 18, 2017: BMC Biology
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