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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109047/novel-antiplatelet-role-for-a-protein-disulfide-isomerase-targeted-peptide-evidence-of-covalent-binding-to-c-terminal-cghc-redox-motif
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H R Sousa, R S Gaspar, E M L Sena, S A da Silva, J L de L Fontelles, T L S Araújo, M Mastrogiovanni, D M Fries, A P S Azevedo-Santos, F R M Laurindo, A Trostchansky, A M Paes
Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) plays a major role in platelet aggregation and its inhibitors have emerged as novel antithrombotic drugs. In previous work, we designed a peptide based on PDI redox motif (CGHC) that inhibited both PDI reductase activity and PDI-modulated superoxide generation by neutrophil Nox2. Thus, we hypothesized this peptide would also inhibit platelet aggregation by association to surface PDI. Three peptides were used: CxxC, containing the PDI redox motif; Scr, presenting a scrambled sequence of the same residues and AxxA, with cysteines replaced by alanine...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108506/biomarker-dynamics-in-b-cell-lymphoma-a-longitudinal-prospective-study-of-plasma-samples-up-to-25-years-before-diagnosis
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Florentin Späth, Carl Wibom, Esmeralda J M Krop, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Roel Vermeulen, Beatrice Melin
The B-cell activation markers CXCL13, sCD23, sCD27, and sCD30 are associated with future lymphoma risk. However, a lack of information about the individual dynamics of marker-disease association hampers interpretation. In this study, we identified 170 individuals who had donated two pre-diagnostic blood samples before B-cell lymphoma diagnosis, along with 170 matched cancer-free controls from the Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study. Lymphoma risk associations were investigated by subtype and marker levels measured at baseline, at the time of the repeated sample, and with the rate of change in the marker level...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108057/bani-polymorphism-of-cytosolic-phospholipase-a2-gene-and-somatic-symptoms-in-medication-free-acute-depressed-patients
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Jane Pei-Chen Chang, Ta-Wei Guu, Yi-Chih Chen, Piotr Gałecki, Anna Walczewska, Kuan-Pin Su
Somatic symptoms are commonly seen in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and might be associated with inflammatory activation. Cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2) and cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) are the key enzymes in the metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which in turn may play an important role in inflammation and somatic symptoms in depression. This study investigated the effects of BanI polymorphism of cPLA2 gene and COX-2 rs4648308 genotypes on somatic symptoms and inflammatory marker in patients with MDD...
January 4, 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107937/calibration-free-quantitative-analysis-of-elemental-ratios-in-intermetallic-nanoalloys-and-nanocomposites-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-libs
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Seyyed Ali Davari, Sheng Hu, Dibyendu Mukherjee
Intermetallic nanoalloys (NAs) and nanocomposites (NCs) have increasingly gained prominence as efficient catalytic materials in electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems. But their morphology and chemical compositions play critical role in tuning their catalytic activities, and precious metal contents. While advanced microscopy techniques facilitate morphological characterizations, traditional chemical characterizations are either qualitative or extremely involved. In this study, we apply Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for quantitative compositional analysis of NAs and NCs synthesized with varied elemental ratios by our in-house built pulsed laser ablation technique...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107834/a-label-free-colorimetric-isothermal-cascade-amplification-for-the-detection-of-disease-related-nucleic-acids-based-on-double-hairpin-molecular-beacon
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Dong Wu, Huo Xu, Haimei Shi, Weihong Li, Mengze Sun, Zai-Sheng Wu
K-Ras mutations at codon 12 play an important role in an early step of carcinogenesis. Here, a label-free colorimetric isothermal cascade amplification for ultrasensitive and specific detection of K-Ras point mutation is developed based on a double-hairpin molecular beacon (DHMB). The biosensor consists of DHMB probe and a primer-incorporated polymerization template (PPT) designed partly complementary to DHMB. In the presence of polymerase, target DNA is designed to trigger strand displacement amplification (SDA) via promote the hybridization of PPT with DHMB and subsequently initiates cascade amplification process with the help of the nicking endonuclease...
March 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107751/molecular-modeling-study-of-cp-690550-derivatives-as-jak3-kinase-inhibitors-through-combined-3d-qsar-molecular-docking-and-dynamics-simulation-techniques
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Jing Li Wang, Li Ping Cheng, Tian Chi Wang, Wei Deng, Fan Hong Wu
To develop more potent JAK3 kinase inhibitors, a series of CP-690550 derivatives were investigated using combined molecular modeling techniques, such as 3D-QSAR, molecular docking and molecular dynamics (MD). The leave-one-out correlation (q(2)) and non-cross-validated correlation coefficient (r(2)) of the best CoMFA model are 0.715 and 0.992, respectively. The q(2) and r(2) values of the best CoMSIA model are 0.739 and 0.995, respectively. The steric, electrostatic, and hydrophobic fields played important roles in determining the inhibitory activity of CP-690550 derivatives...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107446/amygdala-atrophy-and-its-functional-disconnection-with-the-cortico-striatal-pallidal-thalamic-circuit-in-major-depressive-disorder-in-females
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Jie Yang, Yingying Yin, Connie Svob, Jun Long, Xiaofu He, Yuqun Zhang, Zhi Xu, Lei Li, Jie Liu, Jian Dong, Zuping Zhang, Zhishun Wang, Yonggui Yuan
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is approximately twice as common in females than males. Furthermore, female patients with MDD tend to manifest comorbid anxiety. Few studies have explored the potential anatomical and functional brain changes associated with MDD in females. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to investigate the anatomical and functional changes underlying MDD in females, especially within the context of comorbid anxiety. METHODS: In this study, we recruited antidepressant-free females with MDD (N = 35) and healthy female controls (HC; N = 23)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107426/identification-of-micrornas-in-response-to-drought-in-common-wild-rice-oryza-rufipogon-griff-shoots-and-roots
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Jing-Wen Zhang, Yan Long, Man-de Xue, Xing-Guo Xiao, Xin-Wu Pei
BACKGROUND: Drought is the most important factor that limits rice production in drought-prone environments. Plant microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in biotic and abiotic stress responses. Common wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) contains abundant drought-resistant genes, which provide an opportunity to explore these excellent resources as contributors to improve rice resistance, productivity, and quality. RESULTS: In this study, we constructed four small RNA libraries, called CL and CR from PEG6000-free samples and DL and DR from PEG6000-treated samples, where 'R' indicates the root tissue and 'L' indicates the shoot tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106559/abca1-deficiency-affects-basal-cognitive-deficits-and-dendritic-density-in-mice
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Nicholas F Fitz, Alexis Y Carter, Victor Tapias, Emilie L Castranio, Ravindra Kodali, Iliya Lefterov, Radosveta Koldamova
ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) mediates cholesterol efflux to lipid-free apolipoproteins and regulates the generation of high density lipoproteins. Previously, we have shown that lack of Abca1 significantly increases amyloid deposition and cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease model mice expressing human amyloid-β protein precursor (APP). The goal of this study was to determine if ABCA1 plays a role in memory deficits caused by amyloid-β (Aβ) oligomers and examine neurite architecture of pyramidal hippocampal neurons...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104816/ift57-stabilizes-assembled-intraflagellar-transport-complex-and-mediates-transport-of-motility-related-flagellar-cargo
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Xue Jiang, Daniel Hernandez, Catherine Hernandez, Zhaolan Ding, Beiyan Nan, Karl Aufderheide, Hongmin Qin
Intraflagellar Transport (IFT) is essential for flagella/cilia assembly and maintenance. Recent biochemical studies have shown that IFT-B is comprised of two subcomplexes, IFT-B1 and IFT-B2. The IFT-B2 subunit IFT57 lies at the interface between IFT-B1 and IFT-B2. Here, using a Chlamydomonas mutant for IFT57, we tested whether IFT57 is critical for IFT-B complex assembly by bridging IFT-B1 and IFT-B2 together. In the ift57-1 mutant, IFT57 and other IFT-B proteins were greatly reduced at the whole-cell level...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104030/-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-peripheral-blood-a-novel-independent-prognostic-factor-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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F Wu, L L Wu, L X Zhu
Objective: To investigate whether neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in peripheral blood can be an independent prognostic factor in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Methods: Clinical data of 97 HNSCC patients who received surgical treatment in our department between January 2008 and January 2012 were analyzed retrospectively. The 97 patients were divided into low NLR group (NLR≤5, n=69) and high NLR group (NLR>5, n=28) according to the NLR in preoperative peripheral blood...
January 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104028/-effect-of-hif-2%C3%AE-on-regulating-cdcp1-to-promote-hepatocellular-carcinoma-metastasis
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M Q Cao, J R Gao, J F Huang, A B You, Z G Guo, H Y Zhou, F Fang, W Zhang, X L Zhu, T Zhang
Objective: To investigate the effect of hypoxia inducible factor 2α (HIF-2α) on regulating CUB domain-containing protein 1 (CDCP1) and its role in hepatocellular carcinoma metastasis. Methods: HIF-2α-knocked down and HIF-2α-stably overexpressing cells (MHCC97H) were prepared by small interfering RNA (siRNA) and lentivirus transfection, respectively. The expression of CDCP1 protein and mRNA in the above cells was detected by western blot and real-time PCR. The effect of HIF-2α on cell invasion ability was determined by Transwell assay...
January 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103919/prognostic-values-of-apoptosis-stimulating-p53-binding-protein-1-and-2-and-their-relationships-with-clinical-characteristics-of-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-patients-a-retrospective-study
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Xiao-Feng Xie, Qing Yang, Jun Chi, Xian-Zi Yang, Hui-Yun Wang, Guo-Liang Xu
BACKGROUND: Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death, and new prognostic biomarkers are urgently needed. Apoptosis-stimulating P53-binding protein 1 (ASPP1) and 2 (ASPP2) have been reported to play important roles in the development, progression, metastasis, and prognosis of cancers, but their roles in ESCC have not been elucidated. In this study, we examined the expression of ASPP1 and ASPP2 in ESCC to evaluate their prognostic values. METHODS: The protein expression of ASPP1, ASPP2, and P53 in 175 specimens of ESCC was detected using immunohistochemical staining; their expression in cancerous and noncancerous tissues was scored according to the staining intensity and the percentage of stained cells...
January 19, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103106/low-temperature-alkaline-ph-hydrolysis-of-oxygen-free-titan-tholins-carbonates-impact
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Coralie Brassé, Arnaud Buch, Patrice Coll, François Raulin
Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is one of the key planetary objects in the field of exobiology. Its dense, nitrogen-rich atmosphere is the site of important organic chemistry. This paper focuses on the organic aerosols produced in Titan's atmosphere that play an important role in atmospheric and surface processes and in organic chemistry as it applies to exobiological interests. To produce reliable laboratory analogues of these aerosols, we developed, tested, and optimized a device for the synthesis of clean tholins...
January 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102887/clinical-trial-of-nintedanib-in-patients-with-recurrent-or-metastatic-salivary-gland-cancer-of-the-head-and-neck-a-multicenter-phase-2-study-korean-cancer-study-group-hn14-01
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Youjin Kim, Su Jin Lee, Ji Yun Lee, Se-Hoon Lee, Jong-Mu Sun, Keunchil Park, Ho Jung An, Jae Yong Cho, Eun Joo Kang, Ha-Young Lee, Jinsoo Kim, Bhumsuk Keam, Hye Ryun Kim, Kyoung Eun Lee, Moon Young Choi, Ki Hyeong Lee, Myung-Ju Ahn
BACKGROUND: Salivary gland cancers (SGCs) are uncommon and account for less than 5% of all head and neck cancers, but they are histologically heterogeneous. No specific therapy, including targeted agents, has consistently improved clinical outcomes in recurrent/metastatic SGC. Recent studies suggest that vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) and platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) play important roles in SGC. Nintedanib is a potent small-molecule, triple-receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (VEGFR1, VEGFR2, and VEGFR3; fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 [FGFR1], FGFR2, and FGFR3; and PDGFRα and PDGFRß)...
January 19, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102071/temperature-induced-misfolding-in-prion-protein-evidences-of-multiple-partially-disordered-states-stabilized-by-non-native-hydrogen-bonds
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Neharika G Chamachi, Suman Chakrabarty
The structural basis of misfolding pathways of a cellular Prion (PrP(C)) into the toxic scrapie form (PrP(SC)) and identification of possible intermediates (e.g. PrP(*)) still eludes us. In this work, we have used a cumulative ~65µs of Replica Exchange Molecular Dynamics simulation data to construct the conformational free energy landscapes and capture the structural and thermodynamic characteristics associated with various stages of the thermal denaturation process in human Prion protein. The temperature dependent free energy surfaces consist of multiple metastable states stabilized by non-native contacts and hydrogen bonds, thus rendering the protein prone towards misfolding...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100844/phospholipids-and-products-of-their-hydrolysis-as-dietary-preventive-factors-for-civilization-diseases
#17
Karol Parchem, Agnieszka Bartoszek
The results of numerous epidemiological studies indicate that phospholipids play an important role in the prevention of chronic diseases faced by contemporary society. Firstly, these compounds are responsible for the proper functioning of cell membranes, by ensuring liquidity and permeability, which is pivotal for normal activity of membrane proteins, including receptors. These mechanisms are at the core of prevention of cancer, autoimmune or neurological disorders. Secondly, structure and properties of phospholipids cause that they are highly available source of biologically active fatty acids...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100503/chronic-kidney-disease-promotes-chronic-inflammation-in-visceral-white-adipose-tissue
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Dong Mei Xiang, Xiu Zhen Song, Zhan Mei Zhou, Yang Liu, Xiao Yan Dai, Xiang Lan Huang, Fan Fan Hou, Qiu Gen Zhou
White adipose tissue plays an important role in the development of metabolic disturbance which is a common feature in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The effect of CKD on white adipose tissue remains poorly appreciated. Here we evaluated the inflammatory potential of visceral white adipose tissue in a rat model of CKD. The results showed production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and infiltration of macrophage in the tissue were significantly increased in CKD rats than sham rats. Moreover, the primary adipocytes and stromal vascular fraction under the condition of CKD could trigger the inflammatory response in each other...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100486/c-jun-enhances-intestinal-epithelial-restitution-after-wounding-by-increasing-phospholipase-c-%C3%AE-1-transcription
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Peng-Yuan Wang, Shelley R Wang, Lan Xiao, Jie Chen, Jian-Ying Wang, Jaladanki N Rao
c-Jun is an AP-1 transcription factor and implicated in many aspects of cellular functions, but its exact role in the regulation of early intestinal epithelial restitution after injury remains largely unknown. Phospholipase C-γ1 (PLCγ1) catalyzes hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5 biphosphate into the second messenger diacylglycerol and inositol 1,4,5 triphosphate, and coordinates Ca(2+) stores mobilization, and regulates cell migration and proliferation in response to stress. Here we reported that c-Jun up-regulates PLCγ1 expression and enhances PLCγ1-induced Ca(2+) signaling, thus promoting intestinal epithelial restitution after wounding...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099948/mdm4-genetic-variants-and-risk-of-gastric-cancer-in-an-eastern-chinese-population
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Meng-Yun Wang, Ming Jia, Jing He, Fei Zhou, Li-Xin Qiu, Meng-Hong Sun, Ya-Jun Yang, Jiu-Cun Wang, Li Jin, Ya-Nong Wang, Qing-Yi Wei
MDM4 is a p53-interacting protein and plays an important role in carcinogenesis. In this study of 1,077 gastric cancer (GCa) cases and 1,173 matched cancer-free controls, we investigated associations between three tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs11801299 G>A, rs1380576 C>G and rs10900598 G>T) in MDM4 and gastric cancer risk in an Eastern Chinese Population. In logistic regression analysis, a significantly decreased GCa risk was associated with the rs1380576 GG variant genotype (adjusted odds ratio [OR] =0...
January 14, 2017: Oncotarget
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