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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330205/dna-record-of-some-traditional-small-millet-landraces-in-india-and-nepal
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Subramanyam Ragupathy, Shanmughanandhan Dhivya, Kirit Patel, Abiran Sritharan, Kathirvelu Sambandan, Hom Gartaula, Ramalingam Sathishkumar, Kamal Khadka, Balasubramanian C Nirmala, A Nirmala Kumari, Steven G Newmaster
Despite the extensive use of small millet landraces as an important source of nutrition for people living in semi-arid regions, they are presently marginalized and their diversity and distribution are threatened at a global scale. Local farmers have developed ancient breeding programs entrenched in traditional knowledge (TK) that has sustained rural cultures for thousands of years. The convention on biological diversity seeks fair and equitable sharing of genetic resources arising from local knowledge and requires signatory nations to provide appropriate policy and legal framework to farmers' rights over plant genetic resources and associated TK...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330190/phyto-synthesis-and-structural-characterization-of-catalytically-active-gold-nanoparticles-biosynthesized-using-delonix-regia-leaf-extract
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Preeti Dauthal, Mausumi Mukhopadhyay
Biological methods of nanoparticles synthesis are ecologically sound and sustainable alternative to the conventional methods. On the basis of aforesaid premise, the present study deals with the optimization and fabrication of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) using easily available bio-resource, Delonix regia leaf extract. The use of practically nontoxic natural extracts and water allows the synthesis pathways presented to be considered as ''green'' and so permitting the synthesized Au-NPs to be used in sensitive areas, such as bioremediation...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329838/neighborhood-disadvantage-and-biological-aging-using-marginal-structural-models-to-assess-the-link-between-neighborhood-census-variables-and-epigenetic-aging
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Man-Kit Lei, Ronald L Simons, Steven R H Beach, Robert A Philibert
Objectives: Past research has reported an association between neighborhood disadvantage and healthy aging, but most of these studies utilize self-report measures of health or physical functioning and do not properly account for neighborhood selection effects, creating concerns regarding inflated associations. To overcome these limitations and provide a more stringent estimate of effects, the current study investigated the effect of neighborhood disadvantage on aging using newly developed epigenetic methods to assess rate of biological aging and marginal structural modeling (MSM) to account for potential confounds due to neighborhood selection...
March 3, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329767/structural-biology-receptors-grease-the-metabolic-wheels
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William L Holland, Philipp E Scherer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329729/prodrugs-of-triterpenoids-and-their-derivatives
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REVIEW
Meng Zhou, Rong-Hong Zhang, Min Wang, Guo-Bo Xu, Shang-Gao Liao
Triterpenoids are structurally diverse organic compounds that exist widely as natural products. Triterpenoids and their derivatives possess a wide range of biological effects including hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antitumor activities. In particular, the lupane-, oleanane-, and ursane-type triterpenes have been reported to exhibit pharmacological effects without prominent toxicity even at higher concentrations. Whereas, the poor drug-like properties (e...
March 6, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329692/organization-of-functional-long-range-circuits-controlling-the-activity-of-serotonergic-neurons-in-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
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Li Zhou, Ming-Zhe Liu, Qing Li, Juan Deng, Di Mu, Yan-Gang Sun
Serotonergic neurons play key roles in various biological processes. However, circuit mechanisms underlying tight control of serotonergic neurons remain largely unknown. Here, we systematically investigated the organization of long-range synaptic inputs to serotonergic neurons and GABAergic neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) of mice with a combination of viral tracing, slice electrophysiological, and optogenetic techniques. We found that DRN serotonergic neurons and GABAergic neurons receive largely comparable synaptic inputs from six major upstream brain areas...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329441/a-framework-for-the-etiology-of-running-related-injuries
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M L Bertelsen, A Hulme, J Petersen, R Korsgaard Brund, H Sørensen, C F Finch, E T Parner, R O Nielsen
The etiology of running-related injury is important to consider as the effectiveness of a given running-related injury prevention intervention is dependent on whether etiologic factors are readily modifiable and consistent with a biologically plausible causal mechanism. Therefore, the purpose of the present article was to present an evidence-informed conceptual framework outlining the multifactorial nature of running-related injury etiology. In the framework, four mutually exclusive parts are presented: (A) Structure-specific capacity when entering a running session; (B) Structure-specific cumulative load per running session; (C) Reduction in the structure-specific capacity during a running session; and, (D) Exceeding the structure-specific capacity...
March 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328998/combinatorial-selection-for-replicable-rna-by-q%C3%AE-replicase-while-maintaining-encoded-gene-function
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Mio Yumura, Natsuko Yamamoto, Katsushi Yokoyama, Hirotada Mori, Tetsuya Yomo, Norikazu Ichihashi
Construction of a complex artificial self-replication system is challenging in the field of in vitro synthetic biology. Recently, we developed a translation-coupled RNA replication system, wherein an artificial genomic RNA replicates with the Qβ RNA replicase gene encoded on itself. The challenge is to introduce additional genes into the RNA to develop a complex system that mimics natural living systems. However, most RNA sequence encoding genes are not replicable by the Qβ replicase owing to its requirement for strong secondary structures throughout the RNA sequence that are absent in most genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328943/structurally-detailed-coarse-grained-model-for-sec-facilitated-co-translational-protein-translocation-and-membrane-integration
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Michiel J M Niesen, Connie Y Wang, Reid C Van Lehn, Thomas F Miller
We present a coarse-grained simulation model that is capable of simulating the minute-timescale dynamics of protein translocation and membrane integration via the Sec translocon, while retaining sufficient chemical and structural detail to capture many of the sequence-specific interactions that drive these processes. The model includes accurate geometric representations of the ribosome and Sec translocon, obtained directly from experimental structures, and interactions parameterized from nearly 200 μs of residue-based coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328543/challenges-in-describing-ribosome-dynamics
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Kien Nguyen, Paul Charles Whitford
For decades, protein folding and functional dynamics have been described in terms of diffusive motion across an underlying energy landscape. With continued advances in structural biology and high-performance computing, the field is positioned to extend these approaches to large biomolecular assemblies. Through the application of energy landscape techniques to the ribosome, one may work towards establishing a comprehensive description of the dynamics, which will bridge theoretical concepts and experimental observations...
March 22, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328539/polarization-sensitive-localization-based-super-resolution-microscopy-with-a-birefringent-wedge
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József Sinkó, Tamás Gajdos, Elvira Czvik, Gábor Szabó, Miklós Erdélyi
A practical method has been presented for polarization sensitive localization based super-resolution microscopy using a birefringent dual wedge. The measurement of the polarization degree at the single molecule level can reveal the chemical and physical properties of the local environment of the fluorescent dye molecule and can hence provide information about the sub-diffraction sized structure of biological samples. Polarization sensitive STORM imaging of the F-Actins proved correlation between the orientation of fluorescent dipoles and the axis of the fibril...
March 22, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328372/psychiatric-genomics-and-mental-health-treatment-setting-the-ethical-agenda
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Camillia Kong, Michael Dunn, Michael Parker
Realizing the benefits of translating psychiatric genomics research into mental health care is not straightforward. The translation process gives rise to ethical challenges that are distinctive from challenges posed within psychiatric genomics research itself, or that form part of the delivery of clinical psychiatric genetics services. This article outlines and considers three distinct ethical concerns posed by the process of translating genomic research into frontline psychiatric practice and policy making...
April 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328228/reversible-morphological-control-of-cholecystokinin-tetrapeptide-amyloid-assemblies-as-a-function-of-ph
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Frédéric Gobeaux, Florence Porcher, Rajeev Dattani
Most amyloid assemblies are seen as irreversible and exhibit polymorphism because their assembly is kinetically controlled and different structures are trapped during the aggregation process. However, in the specific case of peptide hormones, formation of amyloid assemblies for storage purposes has been reported. This suggests a strict control of assembly and the ability to disassemble upon hormone secretion. In the present work, we have sought to test these assertions with a short peptide, the cholecystokinin (or gastrin) tetrapeptide (CCK-4), that has been found in both gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system, and whose sequence is shared by a large number of hormones...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328206/ligand-induced-conformational-change-of-insulin-regulated-aminopeptidase-insights-on-catalytic-mechanism-and-active-site-plasticity
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Anastasia Mpakali, Emmanuel Saridakis, Karl Harlos, Yuguang Zhao, Paraskevi Kokkala, Dimitris Georgiadis, Petros Giastas, Athanasios Papakyriakou, Efstratios Stratikos
Insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) is an enzyme with several important biological functions that is known to process a large variety of different peptidic substrates although the mechanism behind this wide specificity is not clearly understood. We describe a crystal structure of IRAP in complex with a recently developed bioactive and selective inhibitor at 2.53 Å resolution. In the presence of this inhibitor the enzyme adopts a novel conformation in which domains II and IV are juxtaposed, forming a hollow structure that excludes external solvent access to the catalytic center...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328200/fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-based-dna-tetrahedron-nano-tweezer-for-highly-reliable-detection-of-tumor-related-mrna-in-living-cells
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Lei He, Dan-Qing Lu, Hao Liang, Sitao Xie, Can Luo, Miaomiao Hu, Liujun Xu, Xiaobing Zhang, Weihong Tan
Accurate detection and imaging of tumor-related mRNA in living cells hold great promise for early cancer detection. However, currently, most probes designed to image intracellular mRNA confront intrinsic interferences arising from complex biological matrices and resulting in inevitable false-positive signals. To circumvent this problem, a new class of intracellular DNA nanoprobe, termed DNA tetrahedron nano-tweezer (DTNT), was developed to reliably image tumor-related mRNA in living cells based on the FRET (fluorescence resonance energy transfer) "off" to "on" signal readout mode...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328151/exploiting-octahedral-stereocenters-from-enzyme-inhibition-to-asymmetric-photoredox-catalysis
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REVIEW
Eric Meggers
A simple concept, namely exploiting the structural and stereochemical complexity of octahedral metal complexes, can have unexpected impact in different areas of chemical research, from medicinal chemistry and chemical biology to asymmetric catalysis and photoredox chemistry.
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328075/role-of-amino-acids-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-studied-by-metabolomics
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Min He, Amy C Harms, Eduard van Wijk, Mei Wang, Ruud Berger, Slavik Koval, Thomas Hankemeier, Jan van der Greef
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex, chronic autoimmune disease characterized by various inflammatory symptoms, including joint swelling, joint pain, and both structural and functional joint damage. The most commonly used animal model for studying RA is mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA); the wide use of this model is due primarily to many similarities with RA in human patients. Metabolomics is used increasingly in biological studies for diagnosing disease and for predicting and evaluating drug interventions, as a large number of disease-associated metabolites can be analyzed and interpreted from a biological perspective...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327976/minion%C3%A2-nanopore-sequencing-of-environmental-metagenomes-a-synthetic-approach
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Bonnie L Brown, Mick Watson, Samuel S Minot, Maria C Rivera, Rima B Franklin
Background: Environmental metagenomic analysis is typically accomplished by assigning taxonomy and/or function from whole genome sequencing (WGS) or 16S amplicon sequences. Both of these approaches are limited, however, by read length, among other technical and biological factors. A nanopore-based sequencing platform, MinION™, produces reads that are ≥1×10 4 bp in length, potentially providing for more precise assignment, thereby alleviating some of the limitations inherent in determining metagenome composition from short reads...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327660/quantitative-volumetric-raman-imaging-of-three-dimensional-cell-cultures
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Charalambos Kallepitis, Mads S Bergholt, Manuel M Mazo, Vincent Leonardo, Stacey C Skaalure, Stephanie A Maynard, Molly M Stevens
The ability to simultaneously image multiple biomolecules in biologically relevant three-dimensional (3D) cell culture environments would contribute greatly to the understanding of complex cellular mechanisms and cell-material interactions. Here, we present a computational framework for label-free quantitative volumetric Raman imaging (qVRI). We apply qVRI to a selection of biological systems: human pluripotent stem cells with their cardiac derivatives, monocytes and monocyte-derived macrophages in conventional cell culture systems and mesenchymal stem cells inside biomimetic hydrogels that supplied a 3D cell culture environment...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327522/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-shewanella-phage-host-system-from-the-gut-of-the-tunicate-ciona-intestinalis
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Brittany Leigh, Charlotte Karrer, John P Cannon, Mya Breitbart, Larry J Dishaw
Outnumbering all other biological entities on earth, bacteriophages (phages) play critical roles in structuring microbial communities through bacterial infection and subsequent lysis, as well as through horizontal gene transfer. While numerous studies have examined the effects of phages on free-living bacterial cells, much less is known regarding the role of phage infection in host-associated biofilms, which help to stabilize adherent microbial communities. Here we report the cultivation and characterization of a novel strain of Shewanella fidelis from the gut of the marine tunicate Ciona intestinalis, inducible prophages from the S...
March 22, 2017: Viruses
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