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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913415/a-highly-expressed-high-molecular-weight-s-layer-complex-of-pelosinus-strain-ufo1-binds-uranium
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Michael P Thorgersen, W Andrew Lancaster, Lara Rajeev, Xiaoxuan Ge, Brian J Vaccaro, Farris L Poole, Adam P Arkin, Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Michael W W Adams
: Cells suspensions of Pelosinus sp. strain UFO1 were previously shown, using spectroscopic analysis, to sequester uranium as U(IV) complexed with carboxyl and phosphoryl ligands on protein(s). The goal of this project was to characterize the proteins involved in uranium binding. Virtually all of the uranium in UFO1 cells was associated with a heterodimeric protein, which was termed the uranium-binding complex (UBC). UBC was composed of two S-layer domain proteins encoded by UFO1_4202 and UFO1_4203...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913023/in-stream-metabolism-and-atmospheric-carbon-sequestration-in-a-groundwater-fed-karst-stream
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Junbing Pu, Jianhong Li, Mitra B Khadka, Jonathan B Martin, Tao Zhang, Shi Yu, Daoxian Yuan
Atmospheric carbon sequestered in karst systems through dissolution of carbonate minerals is considered to have no net effect on long-term regional and global carbon budgets because precipitation of dissolved carbonate minerals emits CO2 back to the atmosphere. Even though recent studies have implied that rapid kinetics of carbonate dissolution coupled with the aquatic photosynthetic uptake of dissolve inorganic carbon (DIC) could facilitate a stable atmospheric C sink in karst rivers and streams, little is known about the magnitudes and long-term stability of this C sink...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911817/tnf%C3%AE-stimulated-gene-6-tsg6-activates-macrophage-phenotype-transition-to-prevent-inflammatory-lung-injury
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Manish Mittal, Chinnaswamy Tiruppathi, Saroj Nepal, You-Yang Zhao, Dagmara Grzych, Dheeraj Soni, Darwin J Prockop, Asrar B Malik
TNFα-stimulated gene-6 (TSG6), a 30-kDa protein generated by activated macrophages, modulates inflammation; however, its mechanism of action and role in the activation of macrophages are not fully understood. Here we observed markedly augmented LPS-induced inflammatory lung injury and mortality in TSG6(-/-) mice compared with WT (TSG6(+/+)) mice. Treatment of mice with intratracheal instillation of TSG6 prevented LPS-induced lung injury and neutrophil sequestration, and increased survival in mice. We found that TSG6 inhibited the association of TLR4 with MyD88, thereby suppressing NF-κB activation...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909840/variable-toxicity-of-silver-nanoparticles-to-daphnia-magna-effects-of-algal-particles-and-animal-nutrition
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Andrea L Conine, Paul C Frost
Aquatic environments vary widely in aspects other than their physicochemical properties that could alter the toxicity of novel contaminants. One factor that could affect chemical toxicity to aquatic consumers is their nutritional environment as it can strongly affect their physiology and life history. Nutrition has the potential to alter an organism's response to the toxin or how the toxin interacts with the consumer through its food. Here we determined how growth and survival responses of Daphnia to an emerging contaminant, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), are affected by the presence of food and its stoichiometric food quality...
December 1, 2016: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909425/thermodynamic-and-kinetic-response-of-microbial-reactions-to-high-co2
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Qusheng Jin, Matthew F Kirk
Geological carbon sequestration captures CO2 from industrial sources and stores the CO2 in subsurface reservoirs, a viable strategy for mitigating global climate change. In assessing the environmental impact of the strategy, a key question is how microbial reactions respond to the elevated CO2 concentration. This study uses biogeochemical modeling to explore the influence of CO2 on the thermodynamics and kinetics of common microbial reactions in subsurface environments, including syntrophic oxidation, iron reduction, sulfate reduction, and methanogenesis...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907208/interaction-between-salmonella-and-schistosomiasis-a-review
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Amber Hsiao, Trevor Toy, Hye Jin Seo, Florian Marks
The interaction between schistosomiasis and Salmonella is a particularly important issue in Africa, where dual infection by the parasite and the bacterium are likely common. In this review, the ways in which schistosomiasis affects human biology as it relates to Salmonella are described. Those who are infected by both organisms experience reduced immunological functioning, exhibit irreversible organ damage due to prolonged schistosomiasis infection, and become latent carriers of Salmonella enterica serotypes Typhi and Paratyphi and S...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907185/antioxidant-antimicrobial-and-cytotoxic-properties-as-well-as-the-phenolic-content-of-the-extract-from-hancornia-speciosa-gomes
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Uilson P Santos, Jaqueline F Campos, Heron Fernandes V Torquato, Edgar Julian Paredes-Gamero, Carlos Alexandre Carollo, Leticia M Estevinho, Kely de Picoli Souza, Edson Lucas Dos Santos
Hancornia speciosa Gomes (Apocynaceae) is a fruit tree, popularly known as mangabeira, and it is widely distributed throughout Brazil. Several parts of the plant are used in folk medicine, and the leaf and bark extracts have anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial properties. In this study, we investigated the chemical composition of the ethanolic extract of Hancornia speciosa leaves (EEHS) and its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and cytotoxic activities as well as the mechanisms involved in cell death...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906043/exosomes-play-an-important-role-in-the-process-of-psoralen-reverse-multidrug-resistance-of-breast-cancer
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Xiaohong Wang, Chengfeng Xu, Yitong Hua, Leitao Sun, Kai Cheng, Zhongming Jia, Yong Han, Jianli Dong, Yuzhen Cui, Zhenlin Yang
BACKGROUND: Release of exosomes have been shown to play critical roles in drug resistance by delivering cargo. Targeting the transfer of exosomes from resistant cells to sensitive cells may be an approach to overcome some cases of drug resistance. METHOD: In this study, we investigated the potential role of exosomes in the process of psoralen reverse multidrug resistance of MCF-7/ADR cells. Exosomes were isolated by differential centrifugation of culture media from MCF-7/ADR cells (ADR/exo) and MCF-7 parental cells (S/exo)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904666/ad-hgf-improves-the-cardiac-remodeling-of-rat-following-myocardial-infarction-by-upregulating-autophagy-and-necroptosis-and-inhibiting-apoptosis
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Jiabao Liu, Peng Wu, Yunle Wang, Yingqiang Du, Nan A, Shuiyuan Liu, Yiming Zhang, Ningtian Zhou, Zhihui Xu, Zhijian Yang
Cell death in MI is the most critical determinant of subsequent left ventricular remodeling and heart failure. Besides apoptosis, autophagy and necroptosis have been recently found to be another two regulated cell death styles. HGF has been reported to have a protective role in MI, but its impact on the three death styles remains unclear. Thus, our study was performed to investigate the distribution of autophagy, apoptosis and necroptosis in cardiac tissues after MI and explore the role and mechanism of Ad-HGF on cardiac remodeling by regulating the three death styles...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902777/the-two-component-system-arlrs-and-alterations-in-metabolism-enable-staphylococcus-aureus-to-resist-calprotectin-induced-manganese-starvation
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Jana N Radin, Jessica L Kelliher, Paola K Párraga Solórzano, Thomas E Kehl-Fie
During infection the host imposes manganese and zinc starvation on invading pathogens. Despite this, Staphylococcus aureus and other successful pathogens remain capable of causing devastating disease. However, how these invaders adapt to host-imposed metal starvation and overcome nutritional immunity remains unknown. We report that ArlRS, a global staphylococcal virulence regulator, enhances the ability of S. aureus to grow in the presence of the manganese-and zinc-binding innate immune effector calprotectin...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902765/loss-of-cathepsin-b-and-l-leads-to-lysosomal-dysfunction-npc-like-cholesterol-sequestration-and-accumulation-of-the-key-alzheimer-s-proteins
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Stjepko Cermak, Marko Kosicek, Aleksandra Mladenovic-Djordjevic, Kosara Smiljanic, Selma Kanazir, Silva Hecimovic
Proper function of lysosomes is particularly important in neurons, as they cannot dilute accumulated toxic molecules and aggregates by cell division. Thus, impairment of lysosomal function plays an important role in neuronal degeneration and in the pathogenesis of numerous neurodegenerative diseases. In this work we analyzed how inhibition and/or loss of the major lysosomal proteases, the cysteine cathepsins B and L (CtsB/L), affects lysosomal function, cholesterol metabolism and degradation of the key Alzheimer's disease (AD) proteins...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901028/small-heat-shock-proteins-sequester-misfolding-proteins-in-near-native-conformation-for-cellular-protection-and-efficient-refolding
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Sophia Ungelenk, Fatemeh Moayed, Chi-Ting Ho, Tomas Grousl, Annette Scharf, Alireza Mashaghi, Sander Tans, Matthias P Mayer, Axel Mogk, Bernd Bukau
Small heat shock proteins (sHsp) constitute an evolutionary conserved yet diverse family of chaperones acting as first line of defence against proteotoxic stress. sHsps coaggregate with misfolded proteins but the molecular basis and functional implications of these interactions, as well as potential sHsp specific differences, are poorly explored. In a comparative analysis of the two yeast sHsps, Hsp26 and Hsp42, we show in vitro that model substrates retain near-native state and are kept physically separated when complexed with either sHsp, while being completely unfolded when aggregated without sHsps...
November 30, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897245/engineering-genetically-encoded-mineralization-and-magnetism-via-directed-evolution
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Xueliang Liu, Paola A Lopez, Tobias W Giessen, Michael Giles, Jeffrey C Way, Pamela A Silver
Genetically encoding the synthesis of functional nanomaterials such as magnetic nanoparticles enables sensitive and non-invasive biological sensing and control. Via directed evolution of the natural iron-sequestering ferritin protein, we discovered key mutations that lead to significantly enhanced cellular magnetism, resulting in increased physical attraction of ferritin-expressing cells to magnets and increased contrast for cellular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The magnetic mutants further demonstrate increased iron biomineralization measured by a novel fluorescent genetic sensor for intracellular free iron...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896426/expression-and-characterization-of-a-codon-optimized-alkaline-stable-carbonic-anhydrase-from-aliivibrio-salmonicida-for-co2-sequestration-applications
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So-Young Jun, Sung Ho Kim, Bashista Kumar Kanth, Jinwon Lee, Seung Pil Pack
The CO2 mineralization process, accelerated by carbonic anhydrase (CA) was proposed for the efficient capture and storage of CO2, the accumulation of which in the atmosphere is the main cause of global warming. Here, we characterize a highly stable form of the cloned CA from the Gram-negative marine bacterium Aliivibrio salmonicida, named ASCA that can promote CO2 absorption in an alkaline solvent required for efficient carbon capture. We designed a mature form of ASCA (mASCA) using a codon optimization of ASCA gene and removal of ASCA signal peptide...
November 28, 2016: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895255/flue-gas-and-direct-air-capture-of-co2-by-porous-metal-organic-materials
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David G Madden, Hayley S Scott, Amrit Kumar, Kai-Jie Chen, Rana Sanii, Alankriti Bajpai, Matteo Lusi, Teresa Curtin, John J Perry, Michael J Zaworotko
Sequestration of CO2, either from gas mixtures or directly from air (direct air capture), is a technological goal important to large-scale industrial processes such as gas purification and the mitigation of carbon emissions. Previously, we investigated five porous materials, three porous metal-organic materials (MOMs), a benchmark inorganic material, ZEOLITE 13X: and a chemisorbent, TEPA-SBA-15: , for their ability to adsorb CO2 directly from air and from simulated flue-gas. In this contribution, a further 10 physisorbent materials that exhibit strong interactions with CO2 have been evaluated by temperature-programmed desorption for their potential utility in carbon capture applications: four hybrid ultramicroporous materials, SIFSIX-3-CU: , DICRO-3-NI-I: , SIFSIX-2-CU-I: and MOOFOUR-1-NI: ; five microporous MOMs, DMOF-1: , ZIF-8: , MIL-101: , UIO-66: and UIO-66-NH2: ; an ultramicroporous MOM, NI-4-PYC: The performance of these MOMs was found to be negatively impacted by moisture...
January 13, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887958/bottom-up-synthesis-of-carbon-nanoparticles-with-higher-doxorubicin-efficacy
#16
Samer Bayda, Mohamad Hadla, Stefano Palazzolo, Vinit Kumar, Isabella Caligiuri, Emmanuele Ambrosi, Enrico Pontoglio, Marco Agostini, Tiziano Tuccinardi, Alvise Benedetti, Pietro Riello, Vincenzo Canzonieri, Giuseppe Corona, Giuseppe Toffoli, Flavio Rizzolio
Nanomedicine requires intelligent and non-toxic nanomaterials for real clinical applications. Carbon materials possess interesting properties but with some limitations due to toxic effects. Interest in carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) is increasing because they are considered green materials with tunable optical properties, overcoming the problem of toxicity associated with quantum dots or nanocrystals, and can be utilized as smart drug delivery systems. Using black tea as a raw material, we synthesized CNPs with a narrow size distribution, tunable optical properties covering visible to deep red absorption, non-toxicity and easy synthesis for large-scale production...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884072/the-biological-effect-of-asbestos-exposure-is-dependent-on-changes-in-iron-homeostasis
#17
Andrew J Ghio, Joleen M Soukup, Lisa A Dailey, Judy H Richards, Haiyan Tong
Functional groups on the surface of fibrous silicates can complex iron. We tested the postulate that (1) asbestos complexes and sequesters host cell iron resulting in a disruption of metal homeostasis and (2) this loss of essential metal results in an oxidative stress and biological effect in respiratory epithelial cells. Exposure of BEAS-2B cells to 50 μg/mL chrysotile resulted in diminished concentrations of mitochondrial iron. Preincubation of these cells with 200 μM ferric ammonium citrate (FAC) prevented significant mitochondrial iron loss following the same exposure...
November 24, 2016: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882752/-bronchopulmonary-sequestration
#18
J Bombová, M Lubušký
OBJECTIVE: To describe the case of prenatal diagnosis of bronchopulmonary sequestration and compelete spontaneous antenatal regresion of the lesion. DESIGN: Case report and review of the literature. SETTING: Complex Cancer Center Novy Jicin, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Palacky University Hospital Olomouc. CASE REPORT: We describe the case reports about the complete regression of a quite large bronchopulmonary sequestration during pregnancy...
2016: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882637/transplantation-associated-thrombotic-microangiopathy-isolated-to-a-congenital-anomaly-of-the-lung
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Rebecca T Kummen, Geoffrey D E Cuvelier, Camelia Stefanovici, Anamarija M Perry, Rick Higgins, Rochelle Yanofsky, Suyin A Lum Min, Donna A Wall
TA-TMA is a post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant complication with clinical features of hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. A 26-month-old child who had had an allogeneic transplant for treatment of DBA developed severe TA-TMA with heavy red blood cell and platelet transfusion dependence. Incidentally, he was found to have a lung sequestration. TA-TMA resolved and transfusion dependence resolved after resection of the sequestration. The finding suggests the malformation vasculature was selectively vulnerable to the trigger of TA-TMA-raising perhaps a clue to basic pathophysiology of TA-TMA and/or vascular malformations...
November 24, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881675/the-intestinal-copper-exporter-cua-1-is-required-for-systemic-copper-homeostasis-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
Haarin Chun, Anuj Kumar Sharma, Jaekwon Lee, Jefferson Chan, Shang Jia, Byung-Eun Kim
Copper (Cu) plays key catalytic and regulatory roles in biochemical processes essential for normal growth, development, and health. Defects in Cu metabolism cause Menkes and Wilson's disease, myeloneuropathy, and cardiovascular disease and are associated with other pathophysiological states. Consequently, it is critical to understand the mechanisms by which organisms control the acquisition, distribution, and utilization of Cu. The intestinal enterocyte is a key regulatory point for Cu absorption into the body, however the mechanisms by which intestinal cells transport Cu to maintain organismal Cu homeostasis are poorly understood...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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