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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223520/membrane-integration-of-an-essential-%C3%AE-barrel-protein-prerequires-burial-of-an-extracellular-loop
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Joseph S Wzorek, James Lee, David Tomasek, Christine L Hagan, Daniel E Kahne
The Bam complex assembles β-barrel proteins into the outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative bacteria. These proteins comprise cylindrical β-sheets with long extracellular loops and create pores to allow passage of nutrients and waste products across the membrane. Despite their functional importance, several questions remain about how these proteins are assembled into the OM after their synthesis in the cytoplasm and secretion across the inner membrane. To understand this process better, we studied the assembly of an essential β-barrel substrate for the Bam complex, BamA...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222895/the-epigenetic-regulator-smchd1-in-development-and-disease
#2
REVIEW
Natasha Jansz, Kelan Chen, James M Murphy, Marnie E Blewitt
It has very recently become clear that the epigenetic modifier SMCHD1 has a role in two distinct disorders: facioscapulohumoral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and Bosma arhinia and micropthalmia (BAMS). In the former there are heterozygous loss-of-function mutations, while both gain- and loss-of-function mutations have been proposed to underlie the latter. These findings have led to much interest in SMCHD1 and how it works at the molecular level. We summarise here current understanding of the mechanism of action of SMCHD1, its role in these diseases, and what has been learnt from study of mouse models null for Smchd1 in the decade since the discovery of SMCHD1...
February 17, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221928/rapid-identification-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o-serogroups-from-fresh-produce-and-raw-milk-enrichment-cultures-by-luminex-bead-based-suspension-array
#3
Julie A Kase, Anna Maounounen-Laasri, Andrew Lin
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) Chapter 4a describes a Luminex microbead-based suspension array used to screen colonies for 11 clinically relevant Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serogroups: O26, O45, O91, O103, O104, O111, O113, O121, O128, O145, and O157. We evaluated the usefulness of this method to identify STEC-positive enrichment samples before agar plating. Twelve E. coli strains were added to three types of fresh produce (bagged baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts, and cilantro) at levels near the detection limit of the test...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216659/the-%C3%AE-barrel-assembly-machinery-in-motion
#4
REVIEW
Nicholas Noinaj, James C Gumbart, Susan K Buchanan
In Gram-negative bacteria, the biogenesis of β-barrel outer membrane proteins (OMPs) is mediated by the β-barrel assembly machinery (BAM) complex. During the past decade, structural and functional studies have collectively contributed to advancing our understanding of the structure and function of the BAM complex; however, the exact mechanism that is involved remains elusive. In this Progress article, we discuss recent structural studies that have revealed that the accessory proteins may regulate essential unprecedented conformational changes in the core component BamA during function...
February 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212858/refractive-index-and-thickness-determination-in-langmuir-monolayers-of-myelin-lipids
#5
Julio M Pusterla, Antonio A Malfatti-Gasperini, Ximena E Puentes-Martinez, Leide P Cavalcanti, Rafael G Oliveira
Langmuir monolayers at the air/water interface are widely used as biomembrane models and for amphiphilic molecules studies in general. Under controlled intermolecular organization (lateral molecular area), surface pressure, surface potential, reflectivity (R) and other magnitudes can be precisely determined on these planar monomolecular films. However, some physical parameters such as the refractive index of the monolayer (n) still remain elusive. The refractive index is very relevant because (in combination with R) it allows for the determination of the thickness of the film...
February 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211327/results-from-a-round-robin-test-for-the-ecotoxicological-evaluation-of-construction-products-using-two-leaching-tests-and-an-aquatic-test-battery
#6
Stefan Gartiser, Ines Heisterkamp, Ute Schoknecht, Michael Burkhardt, Monika Ratte, Outi Ilvonen, Frank Brauer, Jan Brückmann, André Dabrunz, Philipp Egeler, Andrea-Maria Eisl, Ute Feiler, Ines Fritz, Sabina König, Herbert Lebertz, Pascal Pandard, Gabriele Pötschke, Dirk Scheerbaum, Frank Schreiber, Přemysl Soldán, Roland Weiß, Reinhilde Weltens
A European round robin test according to ISO 5725-2 was conceptually prepared, realised, and evaluated. The aim was to determine the inter-laboratory variability of the overall process for the ecotoxicological characterization of construction products in eluates and bioassays. To this end, two construction products BAM-G1 (granulate) and HSR-2 (roof sealing sheet), both made of EPDM polymers (rubber), were selected. The granular construction product was eluted in a one stage batch test, the planar product in the Dynamic Surface Leaching test (DSLT)...
February 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199150/development-and-validation-of-a-cultural-method-for-the-detection-and-isolation-of-salmonella-in-cloves
#7
Guodong Zhang, Laila Ali, Vikas Gill, Aparna Tatavarthy, Xiaohong Deng, Lijun Hu, Eric W Brown, Thomas S Hammack
Detection of Salmonella in some spices, such as cloves, remains a challenge due to their inherent antimicrobial properties. The purpose of this study was to develop an effective detection method for Salmonella from spices using cloves as a model. Two clove varieties, Ceylon and Madagascar, were used in the study. Cloves were inoculated with Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotypes Montevideo, Typhimurium, or Weltevreden at about 1, 3, or 6 log CFU/25 g. Two test portion sizes, 10 and 25 g, were compared...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192922/distortion-correction-for-a-brewster-angle-microscope-using-an-optical-grating
#8
Zhe Sun, Desheng Zheng, Steven Baldelli
A distortion-corrected Brewster angle microscope (DC-BAM) is designed, constructed, and tested based on the combination of an optical grating and a relay lens. Avoiding the drawbacks of most conventional BAM instruments, this configuration corrects the image propagation direction and consequently provides an image in focus over the entire field of view without any beam scanning or imaging reconstruction. This new BAM can be applied to both liquid and solid subphases with good spatial resolution in static and dynamic studies...
January 30, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188175/gcn5-determines-the-fate-of-drosophila-germline-stem-cells-through-degradation-of-cyclin-a
#9
Tianqi Liu, Qi Wang, Wenqing Li, Feiyu Mao, Shanshan Yue, Sun Liu, Xiaona Liu, Shan Xiao, Laixin Xia
The fluctuating CDK-CYCLIN complex plays a general role in cell-cycle control. Many types of stem cells use unique features of the cell cycle to facilitate asymmetric division. However, the manner in which these features are established remains poorly understood. The cell cycle of Drosophila female germline stem cells (GSCs) is characterized by short G1 and very long G2 phases, making it an excellent model for the study of cell cycle control in stem cell fate determination. Using a Drosophila female GSCs model, we found Gcn5, the first discovered histone acetyltransferase, to maintain germline stem cells in Drosophila ovaries...
February 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183647/adsorption-and-enzyme-activity-of-asparaginase-at-lipid-langmuir-and-langmuir-blodgett-films
#10
Carlos da Rocha Junior, Luciano Caseli
In this present work, the surface activity of the enzyme asparaginase was investigated at the air-water interface, presenting surface activity in high ionic strengths. Asparaginase was incorporated in Langmuir monolayers of the phospholipid dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), forming a mixed film, which was characterized with surface pressure-area isotherms, surface potential-area isotherms, polarization-modulated infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS), and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM)...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169594/keratin-hydrogel-enhances-in-vivo-skeletal-muscle-function-in-a-rat-model-of-volumetric-muscle-loss
#11
Juliana A Passipieri, Hannah B Baker, Mevan Siriwardane, Mary Ellenburg, Manasi Vadhavkar, Justin M Saul, Seth Tomblyn, Luke Burnett, George Joseph Christ
Volumetric Muscle Loss (VML) injuries exceed the considerable intrinsic regenerative capacity of skeletal muscle resulting in permanent functional and cosmetic deficits. VML and VML-like injuries occur in military and civilian populations, due to trauma and surgery as well as a host of congenital and acquired diseases/syndromes. Current therapeutic options are limited, and new approaches are needed for more complete functional regeneration of muscle. A potential solution is human hair derived keratin (KN) biomaterials that may have significant potential for regenerative therapy...
February 7, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168424/characterization-of-dysregulated-mirna-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-from-ischemic-stroke-patients
#12
Marpe Bam, Xiaoming Yang, Souvik Sen, Elizabeth E Zumbrun, Lauren Dennis, Jiajia Zhang, Prakash S Nagarkatti, Mitzi Nagarkatti
Epigenetic modification may play an important role in pathophysiology of ischemic stroke (IS) risk. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), which constitute one of the modes of epigenetic regulation, have been shown to be associated with a number of clinical disorders including IS. The purpose of this study was to investigate the miRNA profile in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of IS patients and compare it with stroke-free controls. Blood samples were obtained from 19 healthy age-gender-race matched individuals who served as controls to 20 IS patients...
February 6, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162117/setting-foundations-for-developing-disaster-response-metrics
#13
Mahshid Abir, Sue Anne Bell, Neha Puppala, Osama Awad, Melinda Moore
There are few reported efforts to define universal disaster response performance measures. Careful examination of responses to past disasters can inform the development of such measures. As a first step toward this goal, we conducted a literature review to identify key factors in responses to 3 recent events with significant loss of human life and economic impact: the 2003 Bam, Iran, earthquake; the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Using the PubMed (National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD) database, we identified 710 articles and retained 124 after applying inclusion and exclusion criteria...
February 6, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162053/cell-and-growth-factor-loaded-keratin-hydrogels-for-treatment-of-volumetric-muscle-loss-vml-in-a-mouse-model
#14
Hannah B Baker, Juliana A Passipieri, Mevan Siriwardane, Mary Ellenburg, Manasi Vadhavkar, Christopher R Bergman, Justin M Saul, Seth Tomblyn, Luke Burnett, George Joseph Christ
Wounds to the head, neck and extremities have been estimated to account for ~84% of reported combat injuries to military personnel. Volumetric muscle loss (VML), defined as skeletal muscle injuries in which tissue loss results in permanent functional impairment, are common among these injuries. The present standard of care entails the use of muscle flap transfers, which suffer from the need for additional surgery when using autografts or the risk of rejection when cadaveric grafts are used. Tissue engineering (TE) strategies for skeletal muscle repair have been investigated as a means to overcome current therapeutic limitations...
February 4, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139324/factors-controlling-spatial-and-temporal-patterns-of-multiple-pesticide-compounds-in-groundwater-hesbaye-chalk-aquifer-belgium
#15
Vivien Hakoun, Philippe Orban, Alain Dassargues, Serge Brouyère
Factors governing spatial and temporal patterns of pesticide compounds (pesticides and metabolites) concentrations in chalk aquifers remain unclear due to complex flow processes and multiple sources. To uncover which factors govern pesticide compound concentrations in a chalk aquifer, we develop a methodology based on time series analyses, uni- and multivariate statistics accounting for concentrations below detection limits. The methodology is applied to long records (1996-2013) of a restricted compound (bentazone), three banned compounds (atrazine, diuron and simazine) and two metabolites (deethylatrazine (DEA) and 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM)) sampled in the Hesbaye chalk aquifer in Belgium...
January 27, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123771/how-bad-is-bile-acid-diarrhoea-an-online-survey-of-patient-reported-symptoms-and-outcomes
#16
Ayman Bannaga, Lawrence Kelman, Michelle O'Connor, Claire Pitchford, Julian R F Walters, Ramesh P Arasaradnam
OBJECTIVES: Bile acid diarrhoea (BAD) is an underdiagnosed condition producing diarrhoea, urgency and fear of faecal incontinence. How patients experience these symptoms has not previously been studied. Bile Acid Malabsorption (BAM) Support UK was established in 2015 as a national charity with objectives including to provide details regarding how BAD affects patients, to improve earlier recognition and clinical management. DESIGN SETTING AND MAIN OUTCOME: A questionnaire was collected anonymously by BAM Support UK and the Bile Salt Malabsorption Facebook group over 4 weeks at the end of 2015...
2017: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118090/identifying-components-required-for-omp-biogenesis-as-novel-targets-for-antiinfective-drugs
#17
Johanna Weirich, Cornelia Bräutigam, Melanie Mühlenkamp, Mirita Franz-Wachtel, Boris Macek, Ina Meuskens, Mikael Skurnik, Katarzyna Leskinen, Erwin Bohn, Ingo Autenrieth, Monika Schütz
The emergence of multiresistant Gram-negative bacteria requires new therapies for combating bacterial infections. Targeting the biogenesis of virulence factors could be an alternative strategy instead of killing bacteria with antibiotics. The outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative bacteria acts as a physical barrier. At the same time it facilitates the exchange of molecules and harbors a multitude of proteins associated with virulence. In order to insert proteins into the OM, an essential oligomeric membrane-associated protein complex, the ß-barrel assembly machinery (BAM) is required...
January 24, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094955/using-diffusion-to-characterize-interfacial-heterogeneity
#18
Krystyna Kijewska, Gary J Blanchard
We report on the use of molecular diffusional motion over a range of length scales to characterize compositional heterogeneity in monolayer structures. This work focuses on the diffusional motion of perylene in two types of films supported on functionalized silica surfaces: single-component (stearic acid) and two-component (hydrocarbon/fluorocarbon) films. Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers were deposited directly on silica or were bound to surface-modified silica by means of metal ion complexation. The LB films were characterized by their π-A isotherms and by Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) during formation and deposition...
January 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094344/estrogen-related-receptor-is-required-for-the-testicular-development-and-for-the-normal-sperm-axoneme-mitochondrial-derivatives-in-drosophila-males
#19
Snigdha Misra, Anuj Kumar Pandey, Snigdha Gupta, Ajay Kumar, Priyanka Khanna, Jai Shankar, Kristipati Ravi Ram
Estrogen related receptors (ERRs), categorized as orphan nuclear receptors, are critical for energy homeostasis and somatic development. However, significance of ERRs in the development of reproductive organs/organelles/cells remain poorly understood, albeit their homology to estrogen receptors. In this context, here, we show that knockdown of ERR in the testes leads to improperly developed testes with mis-regulation of genes (aly, mia, bruce, bam, bgcn, fzo and eya) involved in spermatogenesis, resulting in reduced male fertility...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093410/fastdoop-a-versatile-and-efficient-library-for-the-input-of-fasta-and-fastq-files-for-mapreduce-hadoop-bioinformatics-applications
#20
Umberto Ferraro Petrillo, Gianluca Roscigno, Giuseppe Cattaneo, Raffaele Giancarlo
: MapReduce Hadoop bioinformatics applications require the availability of special-purpose routines to manage the input of sequence files. Unfortunately, the Hadoop framework does not provide any built-in support for the most popular sequence file formats like FASTA or BAM. Moreover, the development of these routines is not easy, both because of the diversity of these formats and the need for managing efficiently sequence datasets that may count up to billions of characters. We present FASTdoop, a generic Hadoop library for the management of FASTA and FASTQ files...
January 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
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