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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352677/surface-structure-and-tribology-of-legless-squamate-reptiles
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Hisham A Abdel-Aal
Squamate reptiles (around 10,000 species of snakes and lizards) comprise a myriad of distinct terrestrial vertebrates. The diversity within this biological group offers a great opportunity for customized bio-inspired solutions that address a variety of current technological problems especially within the realm of surface engineering and tribology. One subgroup within squamata is of interest in that context, namely the legless reptiles (mainly snakes and few lizards). The promise of that group lies within their functional adaptation as manifested in optimized surface designs and locomotion that is distinguished by economy of effort even when functioning within hostile tribological environments...
November 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352646/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-anti-cancer-agents-that-selectively-inhibit-her2-over-expressed-breast-cancer-cell-growth-via-down-regulation-of-her2-protein
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Anran Zhao, Qiaoyun Zheng, Cody M Orahoske, Nethrie D Idippily, Morgan M Ashcraft, Aicha Quamine, Bin Su
Compound JCC76 selectively inhibited the proliferation of human epidermal growth factor 2 (Her2) over-expressed breast cancer cells. In the current study, a ligand based structural optimization was performed to generate new analogs, and we identified derivatives 16 and 17 that showed improved activity and selectivity against Her2 positive breast cancer cells. A structure activity relationship (SAR) was summarized. Compounds 16 and 17 were also examined by western blot assay to check their effect on Her2 protein...
January 12, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352252/towards-an-experimental-classification-system-for-membrane-active-peptides
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G D Brand, M H S Ramada, T C Genaro-Mattos, C Bloch
Mature proteins can act as potential sources of encrypted bioactive peptides that, once released from their parent proteins, might interact with diverse biomolecular targets. In recent work we introduced a systematic methodology to uncover encrypted intragenic antimicrobial peptides (IAPs) within large protein sequence libraries. Given that such peptides may interact with membranes in different ways, resulting in distinct observable outcomes, it is desirable to develop a predictive methodology to categorize membrane active peptides and establish a link to their physicochemical properties...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352152/selection-and-validation-of-reference-genes-for-qrt-pcr-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-microsporum-canis-growing-under-different-adhesion-inducing-conditions
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Anita Ciesielska, Paweł Stączek
Dermatophytes are the group of filamentous fungi infecting keratinized structures such as skin, hair, and nails. Knowledge about genes and molecular mechanisms responsible for pathogenicity, as well as other biological properties of Microsporum canis is still relatively poor. The qRT-PCR is a reliable technique for quantifying gene expression across various biological processes, and choosing a set of suitable reference genes to normalize the expression data is a crucial step of this technique. We investigated the suitability of nine candidate reference genes: β-act, β-tub, adp-rf, ef1-α, sdha, rpl2, mbp1, psm1, and rGTPa for gene expression analysis in the dermatophyte M...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351988/confirmation-of-intersubunit-connectivity-and-topology-of-designed-protein-complexes-by-native-ms
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Aniruddha Sahasrabuddhe, Yang Hsia, Florian Busch, William Sheffler, Neil P King, David Baker, Vicki H Wysocki
Computational protein design provides the tools to expand the diversity of protein complexes beyond those found in nature. Understanding the rules that drive proteins to interact with each other enables the design of protein-protein interactions to generate specific protein assemblies. In this work, we designed protein-protein interfaces between dimers and trimers to generate dodecameric protein assemblies with dihedral point group symmetry. We subsequently analyzed the designed protein complexes by native MS...
January 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351882/surface-characterization-of-arsenopyrite-during-chemical-and-biological-oxidation
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Sha Deng, Guohua Gu, Baoke Xu, Lijuan Li, Bichao Wu
The surface properties of arsenopyrite during chemical and biological oxidation were investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction (S-XRD), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), accompanying with leaching behaviors elucidation. The moderate thermophile S. thermosulfidooxdians was used as the bioleaching microorganism. Leaching experiments showed that only 16.26% and 44.37% of total arsenic extractions were obtained for sterile acid and culture medium controls, whereas 79...
January 16, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351722/evaluation-of-matrix-effects-on-tof-sims-data-of-leu-enkephalin-and-1-2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine-mixed-samples
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Shusuke Nakano, Takayuki Yamagishi, Satoka Aoyagi, André Portz, Michael Dürr, Hideo Iwai, Tomoko Kawashima
Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) is one of the most powerful methods to analyze biomolecules in biological tissues and cells because it provides detailed chemical structure information and chemical images with a high spatial resolution. However, in terms of quantitative analysis, there are issues such as matrix effects that often cause secondary ion intensity changes regardless of the actual concentration in a sample. For instance, the intensity of secondary ions related to peptides is generally suppressed when lipids coexist...
January 19, 2018: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351476/human-endoc-%C3%AE-h1-%C3%AE-cells-form-pseudoislets-with-improved-glucose-sensitivity-and-enhanced-glp-1-signaling-in-the-presence-of-islet-derived-endothelial-cells
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Michael G Spelios, Lauren A Afinowicz, Regine C Tipon, Eitan M Akirav
Three-dimensional (3D) pseudoislets (PIs) can be used for the study of insulin-producing β-cells in free-floating islet-like structures similar to that of primary islets. Previously, we demonstrated the ability of islet-derived endothelial cells (iECs) to induce PIs using murine insulinomas, where PI formation enhanced insulin production and glucose responsiveness. In this report, we examined the ability of iECs to spontaneously induce the formation of free-floating 3D PIs using the EndoC-βH1 human β-cell line murine MS1 iEC line...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351317/hafts-are-novel-lncrna-transcripts-from-aflatoxin-exposure
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B Alex Merrick, Justin S Chang, Dhiral P Phadke, Meredith A Bostrom, Ruchir R Shah, Xinguo Wang, Oksana Gordon, Garron M Wright
The transcriptome can reveal insights into precancer biology. We recently conducted RNA-Seq analysis on liver RNA from male rats exposed to the carcinogen, aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), for 90 days prior to liver tumor onset. Among >1,000 differentially expressed transcripts, several novel, unannotated Cufflinks-assembled transcripts, or HAfTs (Hepatic Aflatoxin Transcripts) were found. We hypothesized PCR-cloning and RACE (rapid amplification of cDNA ends) could further HAfT identification. Sanger data was obtained for 6 transcripts by PCR and 16 transcripts by 5'- and 3'-RACE...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351315/large-scale-mapping-of-bioactive-peptides-in-structural-and-sequence-space
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Agustina E Nardo, M Cristina Añón, Gustavo Parisi
Health-enhancing potential bioactive peptide (BP) has driven an interest in food proteins as well as in the development of predictive methods. Research in this area has been especially active to use them as components in functional foods. Apparently, BPs do not have a given biological function in the containing proteins and they do not evolve under independent evolutionary constraints. In this work we performed a large-scale mapping of BPs in sequence and structural space. Using well curated BP deposited in BIOPEP database, we searched for exact matches in non-redundant sequences databases...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351266/from-extraction-of-local-structures-of-protein-energy-landscapes-to-improved-decoy-selection-in-template-free-protein-structure-prediction
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Nasrin Akhter, Amarda Shehu
Due to the essential role that the three-dimensional conformation of a protein plays in regulating interactions with molecular partners, wet and dry laboratories seek biologically-active conformations of a protein to decode its function. Computational approaches are gaining prominence due to the labor and cost demands of wet laboratory investigations. Template-free methods can now compute thousands of conformations known as decoys, but selecting native conformations from the generated decoys remains challenging...
January 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351237/bioengineering-of-rfviia-biopharmaceutical-and-structure-characterization-for-biosimilarity-assessment
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Othman Montacir, Houda Montacir, Murat Eravci, Andreas Springer, Stephan Hinderlich, Fereidoun Mahboudi, Amirhossein Saadati, Maria Kristina Parr
Eptacog alfa (NovoSeven®) is a vitamin K-dependent recombinant Factor VIIa produced by genetic engineering from baby hamster kidney (BHK) cells as a single peptide chain of 406 residues. After activation, it consists of a light chain (LC) of 152 amino and a heavy chain (HC) of 254 amino acids. Recombinant FVIIa undergoes many post-translational modifications (PTMs). The first ten glutamic acids of the N-terminal moiety are γ-carboxylated, Asn145 and Asn322 are N-glycosylated, and Ser52 and Ser60 are O-glycosylated...
January 19, 2018: Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350886/the-cell-biology-and-molecular-genetics-of-m%C3%A3-llerian-duct-development
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Zahida Yesmin Roly, Brendan Backhouse, Andrew Cutting, Tiong Yang Tan, Andrew H Sinclair, Katie L Ayers, Andrew T Major, Craig A Smith
The Müllerian ducts are part of the embryonic urogenital system. They give rise to mature structures that serve a critical function in the transport and development of the oocyte and/or embryo. In most vertebrates, both sexes initially develop Müllerian ducts during embryogenesis, but they regress in males under the influence of testis-derived Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH). A number of regulatory factors have been shown to be essential for proper duct development, including Bmp and Wnt signaling molecules, together with homeodomain transcription factors such as PAX2 and LIM1...
January 19, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350747/low-semen-quality-and-experiences-of-masculinity-and-family-building
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Randi Sylvest, Jeanette Krogh Fürbringer, Anja Pinborg, Emily Koert, Jeanette Bogstad, Kristine Loessl, Lisbeth Praetorius, Lone Schmidt
INTRODUCTION: Infertility is a concern for men and women.There is limited knowledge on how male factor infertility affects the couple in fertility treatment. The aim of this study was to explore how severe male factor infertility affects men's sense of masculinity, the couple's relationship and intentions about family formation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Semi-structured qualitative interview study at the Fertility Clinic at Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark...
January 19, 2018: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350320/ethical-implications-in-vaccine-pharmacotherapy-for-treatment-and-prevention-of-drug-of-abuse-dependence
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Anna Carfora, Paola Cassandro, Alessandro Feola, Francesco La Sala, Raffaella Petrella, Renata Borriello
Different immunotherapeutic approaches are in the pipeline for the treatment of drug dependence. "Drug vaccines" aim to induce the immune system to produce antibodies that bind to drugs and prevent them from inducing rewarding effects in the brain. Drugs of abuse currently being tested using these new approaches are opioids, nicotine, cocaine, and methamphetamine. In human clinical trials, "cocaine and nicotine vaccines" have been shown to induce sufficient antibody levels while producing few side effects. Studies in humans, determining how these vaccines interact in combination with their target drug, are underway...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350268/the-epitope-mediated-mmp-activation-assay-detection-and-quantification-of-the-activation-of-mmp2-in-vivo-in-the-zebrafish-embryo
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Emma J Jeffrey, Bryan D Crawford
Matrix remodeling is a consequence of tightly regulated matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity. MMPs are synthesized as inactive precursors with auto-inhibitory N-terminal propeptides, the proteolytic removal of which exposes the catalytic zinc ion, rendering the protease active. The regulation of MMP activation has been investigated primarily in tissue culture and biochemical assays that lack important biological context. Here we present the epitope-mediated MMP activation (EMMA) assay and use it to observe the activation of Mmp2 (gelatinase A) by endogenous mechanisms in the intact zebrafish embryo...
January 19, 2018: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350231/tuning-the-sensitivity-of-lanthanide-activated-nir-nanothermometers-in-the-biological-windows
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P Cortelletti, A Skripka, C Facciotti, M Pedroni, G Caputo, N Pinna, M Quintanilla, A Benayas, F Vetrone, A Speghini
Lanthanide-activated SrF2 nanoparticles with a multishell architecture were investigated as optical thermometers in the biological windows. A ratiometric approach based on the relative changes in the intensities of different lanthanide (Nd3+ and Yb3+) NIR emissions was applied to investigate the thermometric properties of the nanoparticles. It was found that an appropriate doping with Er3+ ions can increase the thermometric properties of the Nd3+-Yb3+ coupled systems. In addition, a core containing Yb3+ and Tm3+ can generate light in the visible and UV regions upon near-infrared (NIR) laser excitation at 980 nm...
January 19, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350183/integrated-biocircuits-engineering-functional-multicellular-circuits-and-devices
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Jordan Prox, Tory Smith, Chad Holl, Nick Chehade, Liang Guo
Novel in vitro platforms are currently revolutionizing the study and reconstruction of cellular circuitry to bypass the pertaining obstacles of data retrieval in vivo. While earlier approaches have provided great insights into culturing circuits in planar dissociated cell culture systems, the lack of full control over network activity and formation limits our understanding of their functionality. Thus, integrating various controllable parameters are required in creating a suitable microenvironment including cell patterning, highly-specified electrical and chemical stimuli, and rational circuit formation via logic functions...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350056/new-isolates-from-leaves-of-nicotiana-tabacum-and-their-biological-activities
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Shanzhai Shang, Jianlian Shi, Jianguo Tang, Juxing Jiang, Wei Zhao, Xudong Zheng, Ping Lei, Jingmei Han, Chengya Wang, Dalin Yuan, Guangyu Yang, Yongkuan Chen, Mingming Miao
Three new isolates (1-3) including one new sterol and two new flavonoids together with three known sterols (4-6) were isolated from the leaves of Nicotiana tabacum. Their structures were determined mainly by spectroscopic methods, including extensive 1D and 2D NMR techniques. All compounds were evaluated for their anti-tobacco mosaic virus and cytotoxic activities. The results showed that compounds 2 and 3 exhibited high anti-TMV activity with inhibition rate of 34.2 and 33.4%, respectively, which were roughly equivalent to that of positive control...
January 19, 2018: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349724/analyzing-similarities-in-genome-sequences
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I C Fonseca, E Nogueira, P H Figueirêdo, S Coutinho
This article investigates aspects of similarity between complete sequences of mitochondrial DNA by determining the distribution of the relative frequencies of words with different lengths and the characteristics of their relevance throughout the sequences. The degree of similarity is obtained by comparing the distances between words contained within these sequences. Our results indicate that the best groupings among different species depend on the lengths of words and their respective relative frequencies. We also observed that the longer the word the more consistent the grouping between the sequences becomes...
January 19, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
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