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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921806/a-large-area-spatially-continuous-assessment-of-land-cover-map-error-and-its-impact-on-downstream-analyses
#1
Lyndon Estes, Peng Chen, Stephanie Debats, Tom Evans, Stefanus Ferreira, Tobias Kuemmerle, Gabrielle Ragazzo, Justin Sheffield, Adam Wolf, Eric Wood, Kelly Caylor
Land cover maps increasingly underlie research into socioeconomic and environmental patterns and processes, including global change. It is known that map errors impact our understanding of these phenomena, but quantifying these impacts is difficult because many areas lack adequate reference data. We used a highly accurate, high-resolution map of South African cropland to assess 1) the magnitude of error in several current generation land cover maps, and 2) how these errors propagate in downstream studies. We first quantified pixel-wise errors in the cropland classes of four widely used land cover maps at resolutions ranging from 1 to 100 km, then calculated errors in several representative "downstream" (map-based) analyses, including assessments of vegetative carbon stocks, evapotranspiration, crop production, and household food security...
September 16, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921436/strategies-to-develop-therapeutic-n-and-o-hyperglycosylated-proteins
#2
Agustina Gugliotta, Natalia Ceaglio, Marina Etcheverrigaray, Ricardo Kratje, Marcos Oggero
Glycoengineering by N- and/or O-hyperglycosylation represents a procedure to introduce potential sites for adding N- and/or O-glycosyl structures to proteins with the aim of producing biotherapeutics with improved pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. In this chapter, a detailed description of the steps routinely performed to generate new proteins having high content of N- and/or O-glycosyl moieties is carried out. The rational strategy involves the initial stage of designing N- and/or O-hyperglycosylated muteins to be expressed by mammalian cells and includes the upstream and downstream processing stages necessary to develop hyperglycosylated versions of the proteins of interest with the purpose of beginning the long road toward producing biobetters...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921429/strategies-to-suspension-serum-free-adaptation-of-mammalian-cell-lines-for-recombinant-glycoprotein-production
#3
Angelo Luis Caron, Rafael Tagé Biaggio, Kamilla Swiech
Serum-free suspension cultures are preferably required for recombinant protein production due to its readiness in upstream/downstream processing and scale-up, therefore increasing process productivity and competitiveness. This type of culture replaces traditional cell culturing as the presence of animal-derived components may introduce lot-a-lot variability and adventitious pathogens to the process. However, adapting cells to serum-free conditions is challenging, time-consuming, and cell line and medium dependent...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920702/novel-technologies-applied-for-recovery-and-value-addition-of-high-value-compounds-from-plant-byproducts-a-review
#4
Xin-Li Ran, Min Zhang, Yuchuan Wang, Benu Adhikari
Plant byproducts of food processing industry line are undervalued yet important resource. These byproducts contain large percentage of high value functional substances such as antioxidants, pectin, polyphenols and so on. Recently, many research studies concentrated on innovative technologies that promise to overcome such issues as time consuming, inefficiency, and low yield, among others, which exist in most conventional techniques. Consequently, to achieve the recovery of nutraceuticals from high added-value by-products, it is necessary to have more knowledge of these novel technologies and more importantly explore the possibility of application of these latest technologies to the recovery downstream processing...
September 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920077/mimicking-the-bioactivity-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-using-supramolecular-nanoribbons
#5
Charles M Rubert Pérez, Zaida Álvarez, Feng Chen, Taner Aytun, Samuel I Stupp
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) is a multifunctional growth factor that has pleiotropic effects in different tissues and organs. In particular, FGF-2 has a special role in angiogenesis, an important process in development, wound healing, cell survival, and differentiation. Therefore, incorporating biological agents like FGF-2 within therapeutic biomaterials is a potential strategy to create angiogenic bioactivity for the repair of damaged tissue caused by trauma or complications that arise from age and/or disease...
September 11, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919418/the-nampt-e2f2-sirt1-axis-promotes-proliferation-and-inhibits-p53-dependent-apoptosis-in-human-melanoma-cells
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Hailong Zhao, Weiwei Tang, Xiaowen Chen, Siyu Wang, Xianyan Wang, Haiyan Xu, Lijuan Li
Melanoma is the most common primary malignant neoplasm in adults, causing more deaths than any other skin cancer, necessitating the development of new target-based approaches. Current evidence suggests SIRT1, the mammalian nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+))-dependent protein deacetylase, and nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), the rate-limiting NAD(+) biosynthetic enzyme, together comprise a novel systemic regulatory network to play a pivotal role in cell proliferation and apoptosis. Nevertheless, how the regulation of this cofactor interfaces with signal transduction network remains poorly understood in melanoma...
September 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917535/selective-manipulation-of-superparamagnetic-nanoparticles-for-product-purification-and-microfluidic-diagnostics
#7
REVIEW
Johannes Gädke, Jan-Wilhelm Thies, Lennart Kleinfeldt, Torben Schulze, Rebekka Biedendieck, Ingo Rustenbeck, Georg Garnweitner, Rainer Krull, Andreas Dietzel
The needs of scalable product purification as well as the demand for sensitive diagnostics for highly dilute entities can be addressed with the utilization of tailored superparamagnetic nanoparticles. Recent developments have led to more efficient fluidic systems at different scales with suspended nanoparticles or nanoparticle aggregates. However, magnetic nanoparticle systems differ widely in properties and their applications are characterized by very specific challenges. This review summarizes advances in the synthesis of superparamagnetic particles and displays states and trends in research making use of these particles in biotechnological downstream processing and in biosensing...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917204/murine-il-4%C3%AE-2-splice-variant-down-regulates-il-4-activities-independently-of-il-4r%C3%AE-binding-and-stat-6-phosphorylation
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Gil R Diogo, Adam Sparrow, Matthew J Paul, Alastair Copland, Peter J Hart, Szymon Stelter, Craig van Dolleweerd, Pascal M W Drake, Derek C Macallan, Rajko Reljic
IL-4 is a pleiotropic cytokine that is highly Th2 polarizing. The ratio of IL-4 and its splice variant IL-4Δ2 observed in human health and disease suggests a role for both isoforms. In the present study, the biological function of murine IL-4Δ2 and the potential mechanism of action were studied. We report for the first time the generation of a functional, recombinant murine IL-4Δ2 form which is suggestive of its possible biological role in this species. Recombinant murine IL-4Δ2 inhibited IL-4 mediated cellular processes in macrophages and lymphocytes...
September 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916718/potential-sperm-contributions-to-the-murine-zygote-predicted-by-in-silico-analysis
#9
Panagiotis Ntostis, Deborah Carter, David Iles, J D Huntriss, Maria Tzetis, David Miller
Paternal contributions to the zygote are thought to extend beyond delivery of the genome and paternal RNAs have been linked to epigenetic transgenerational inheritance in different species. In addition, sperm-egg fusion activates several downstream processes that contribute to zygote formation, including PLC zeta-mediated egg activation and maternal RNA clearance. Since a third of the preimplantation developmental period in the mouse occurs prior to the first cleavage stage, there is ample time for paternal RNAs or their encoded proteins potentially to interact and participate in early zygotic activities...
September 15, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916592/cytological-and-transcriptomic-analyses-reveal-important-roles-of-cle19-in-pollen-exine-formation
#10
Shuangshuang Wang, Jianan Lu, Xiufen Song, Shi-Chao Ren, Chenjiang You, Jie Xu, Chun-Ming Liu, Hong Ma, Fang Chang
The CLAVATA3/ESR-RELATED (CLE) peptide signals are required for cell-cell communication in several plant growth and developmental processes. However, little is known regarding possible functions of the CLEs in the anther. Here, we show that a T-DNA insertional mutant, and dominant-negative (DN) and overexpression (OX) transgenic plants of the CLE19 gene exhibited significantly reduced anther size and pollen grain number, and abnormal pollen wall formation. Interestingly, the DN-CLE19 pollen grains showed a more extensively covered surface but CLE19-OX pollen exine exhibited clearly missing connections in the network and lacked separation between areas that normally form the lacunae...
September 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916520/rubrocerebellar-feedback-loop-isolates-the-interposed-nucleus-as-an-independent-processor-of-corollary-discharge-information-in-mice
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Christy S Beitzel, Brenda D Houck, Samantha M Lewis, Abigail L Person
Understanding cerebellar contributions to motor coordination requires deeper insight into how the output structures of the cerebellum, the cerebellar nuclei, integrate their inputs and influence downstream motor pathways. The magnocellular red nucleus (RNm), a brainstem premotor structure, is a major target of the interposed nucleus (IN), and has also been described in previous studies to send feedback collaterals to the cerebellum. Because such a pathway is in a key position to provide motor efferent information to the cerebellum, satisfying predictions about the use of corollary discharge in cerebellar computations, we studied it in mice of both sexes...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915272/receptor-and-post-receptor-abnormalities-contribute-to-insulin-resistance-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-and-type-2-skeletal-muscle
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Laura Valentina Renna, Francesca Bosè, Sara Iachettini, Barbara Fossati, Lorenzo Saraceno, Valentina Milani, Roberto Colombo, Giovanni Meola, Rosanna Cardani
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2) are autosomal dominant multisystemic disorders caused by expansion of microsatellite repeats. In both forms, the mutant transcripts accumulate in nuclear foci altering the function of alternative splicing regulators which are necessary for the physiological mRNA processing. Missplicing of insulin receptor (IR) gene (INSR) has been associated with insulin resistance, however, it cannot be excluded that post-receptor signalling abnormalities could also contribute to this feature in DM...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914140/the-faces-of-group-members-share-physical-resemblance
#13
Eric Hehman, Jessica K Flake, Jonathan B Freeman
Perceivers form strong inferences of disposition from others' facial appearance, and these inferences guide a wide variety of important behaviors. The current research examines the possibility that similar-looking individuals are more likely to form groups with one another. We do so by testing a necessary downstream consequence of this process, examining whether the faces of individuals within groups more physically resemble one another than those in other groups. Across six studies, we demonstrate that individuals' group membership can be accurately classified both from ratings of members' faces, and from direct measurement of members' faces...
August 1, 2017: Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912583/cleavage-of-3-terminal-adenosine-by-archaeal-atp-dependent-rna-ligase
#14
Shigeo Yoshinari, Yancheng Liu, Paul Gollnick, C Kiong Ho
Methanothermobacter thermoautotrophicus RNA ligase (MthRnl) catalyzes formation of phosphodiester bonds between the 5'-phosphate and 3'-hydroxyl termini of single-stranded RNAs. It can also react with RNA with a 3'-phosphate end to generate a 2',3'-cyclic phosphate. Here, we show that MthRnl can additionally remove adenosine from the 3'-terminus of the RNA to produce 3'-deadenylated RNA, RNA(3'-rA). This 3'-deadenylation activity is metal-dependent and requires a 2'-hydroxyl at both the terminal adenosine and the penultimate nucleoside...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912535/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-the-involvement-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-in-methamphetamine-mediated-microglial-polarization
#15
Jie Chao, Yuan Zhang, Longfei Du, Rongbin Zhou, Xiaodong Wu, Kai Shen, Honghong Yao
Our previous study demonstrated that the sigma-1 receptor is involved in methamphetamine-induced microglial apoptosis and death; however, whether the sigma-1 receptor is involved in microglial activation as well as the molecular mechanisms underlying this process remains poorly understood. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the involvement of the sigma-1 receptor in methamphetamine-mediated microglial activation. The expression of σ-1R, iNOS, arginase and SOCS was examined by Western blot; activation of cell signaling pathways was detected by Western blot analysis...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910305/aspirin-increases-metabolism-through-germline-signalling-to-extend-the-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
#16
Xiao-Bing Huang, Xiao-Hui Mu, Qin-Li Wan, Xiao-Ming He, Gui-Sheng Wu, Huai-Rong Luo
Aspirin is a prototypic cyclooxygenase inhibitor with a variety of beneficial effects on human health. It prevents age-related diseases and delays the aging process. Previous research has shown that aspirin might act through a dietary restriction-like mechanism to extend lifespan. To explore the mechanism of action of aspirin on aging, we determined the whole-genome expression profile of Caenorhabditis elegans treated with aspirin. Transcriptome analysis revealed the RNA levels of genes involved in metabolism were primarily increased...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906069/distribution-of-amyloid-like-and-oligomeric-species-from-protein-aggregation-kinetics
#17
Alexandra Silva, Bruno Almeida, Joana Sofia Fraga, Pablo Taboada, Pedro Miguel Martins, Sandra Ribeiro
Amyloid fibrils and soluble oligomers are two types of protein aggregates associated with neurodegeneration. Classic therapeutic strategies try to prevent the nucleation and spread of amyloid fibrils, whilst diffusible oligomers have emerged as promising drug targets affecting downstream pathogenic processes. We developed a generic protein aggregation model and validate it against measured compositions of fibrillar and non-fibrillar assemblies of ataxin-3, a protein implicated in Machado-Joseph disease. The derived analytic rate-law equations can be used to (i) identify the presence of parallel aggregation pathways and (ii) estimate the critical sizes of amyloid fibrils...
September 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905938/triptolide-induces-sertoli-cell-apoptosis-in-mice-via-ros-jnk-dependent-activation-of-the-mitochondrial-pathway-and-inhibition-of-nrf2-mediated-antioxidant-response
#18
Yu Wang, Su-Han Guo, Xue-Jun Shang, Li-Sha Yu, Jian-Wei Zhu, Ang Zhao, Yan-Fen Zhou, Guo-Hua An, Qi Zhang, Bo Ma
Triptolide (TP), an oxygenated diterpene, has a variety of beneficial pharmacodynamic activities but its clinical applications are restricted due to severe testicular injury. This study aimed to delineate the molecular mechanisms of TP-induced testicular injury in vitro and in vivo. TP (5-50000 nmol/L) dose-dependently decreased the viability of TM4 Sertoli cells with an IC50 value of 669.5-269.45 nmol/L at 24 h. TP (125, 250, and 500 nmol/L) dose-dependently increased the accumulation of ROS, the phosphorylation of JNK, mitochondrial dysfunction and activation of the intrinsic apoptosis pathway in TM4 cells...
September 14, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904816/regulation-of-hnrnpa1-by-micrornas-controls-the-mir-18a-k-ras-axis-in-chemotherapy-resistant-ovarian-cancer
#19
Cristian Rodriguez-Aguayo, Paloma Del C Monroig, Roxana S Redis, Emine Bayraktar, Maria I Almeida, Cristina Ivan, Enrique Fuentes-Mattei, Mohammed H Rashed, Arturo Chavez-Reyes, Bulent Ozpolat, Rahul Mitra, Anil K Sood, George A Calin, Gabriel Lopez-Berestein
The regulation of microRNA (miRNA) biogenesis, function and degradation involves a range of mechanisms, including interactions with RNA-binding proteins. The potential contribution of regulatory miRNAs to the expression of these RNA interactor proteins that could control other miRNAs expression is still unclear. Here we demonstrate a regulatory circuit involving oncogenic and tumor-suppressor miRNAs and an RNA-binding protein in a chemotherapy-resistant ovarian cancer model. We identified and characterized miR-15a-5p and miR-25-3p as negative regulators of hnRNPA1 expression, which is required for the processing of miR-18a-3p, an inhibitor of the K-RAS oncogene...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904196/vaccinia-virus-encodes-a-novel-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-that-associates-with-the-apoptosome
#20
Melissa R Ryerson, Monique M Richards, Marc Kvansakul, Christine J Hawkins, Joanna L Shisler
Apoptosis is an important anti-viral host defense mechanism. Here we report the identification of a novel apoptosis inhibitor encoded by the vaccinia virus (VACV) M1L gene. M1L is absent in the attenuated MVA strain of VACV, a strain that stimulates apoptosis in several types of immune cells. M1 expression increased the viability of MVA-infected THP-1 and Jurkat cells and reduced several biochemical hallmarks of apoptosis such as PARP-1 and procaspase-3 cleavage. Furthermore, ectopic M1L expression decreased staurosporine-induced (intrinsic) apoptosis in HeLa cells...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Virology
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