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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102964/plasmonic-chirality-imprinting-on-nucleobase-displaying-supramolecular-nanohelices-by-metal-nucleobase-recognition
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Yiyang Lin, E Thomas Pashuck, Michael R Thomas, Nadav Amdursky, Shih-Ting Wang, Lesley W Chow, Molly M Stevens
Supramolecular self-assembly is an important process that enables the conception of complex structures mimicking biological motifs. Herein, we constructed helical fibrils through chiral self-assembly of nucleobase-peptide conjugates (NPCs), where achiral nucleobases are helically displayed on the surface of fibrils, comparable to polymerized nucleic acids. Selective binding between DNA and the NPC fibrils was observed with fluorescence polarization. Taking advantage of metal-nucleobase recognition, we highlight the possibility of deposition/assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles onto the fibrillar constructs...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102759/antisense-transcription-of-the-myotonic-dystrophy-locus-yields-low-abundant-rnas-with-and-without-cag-n-repeat
#2
Anke E E G Gudde, Simon J van Heeringen, Amanda I de Oude, Ingeborg D G van Kessel, Joseph Estabrook, Eric T Wang, Bé Wieringa, Derick G Wansink
The unstable (CTG·CAG)n trinucleotide repeat in the myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) locus is bidirectionally transcribed from genes with terminal overlap. By transcription in the sense direction, the DMPK gene produces various alternatively spliced mRNAs with a (CUG)n repeat in their 3' UTR. Expression in opposite orientation reportedly yields (CAG)n-repeat containing RNA, but both structure and biological significance of this antisense gene (DM1-AS) are largely unknown. Via a combinatorial approach of computational and experimental analyses of RNA from unaffected individuals and DM1 patients we discovered that DM1-AS spans >6 kb, contains alternative transcription start sites and uses alternative polyadenylation sites up- and downstream of the (CAG)n repeat...
January 19, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102565/development-of-novel-sers-probe-for-selective-screening-of-healthy-prostate-from-malignant-prostate-cancer-cells-using-zn-ii
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Paresh Chandra Ray, Avijit Pramanik, Suhash Reddy Chavva, Bhanu Priya Viraka Nellore, Kelli May, Tejus Matthew, Stacy Jones, Aruna Vangara
Even in 21st century, prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death for men. Since normal prostate gland contains the most Zn(II) and there are huge differences in Zn(II) content between the healthy and malignant prostate cancer cells, mobile zinc can be used as a biomarker for prostate cancer prediction. Current article reports the design of novel and highly efficient surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) probe using p-(imidazole)azo) benzenethiol attached gold nanoparticle as a Raman reporter, which has the capability to identify prostate cancer cells based on Zn(II) sensing...
January 19, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102523/the-effect-of-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-surface-charge-on-antigen-cross-presentation
#4
Yongbin Mou, Yun Xing, Hongyan Ren, Zhihua Cui, Yu Zhang, Guangjie Yu, Walter J Urba, Qingang Hu, Hongming Hu
Magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) of superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) have been explored for different kinds of applications in biomedicine, mechanics, and information. Here, we explored the synthetic SPIO NPs as an adjuvant on antigen cross-presentation ability by enhancing the intracellular delivery of antigens into antigen presenting cells (APCs). Particles with different chemical modifications and surface charges were used to study the mechanism of action of antigen delivery. Specifically, two types of magnetic NPs, γFe2O3/APTS (3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane) NPs and γFe2O3/DMSA (meso-2, 3-Dimercaptosuccinic acid) NPs, with the same crystal structure, magnetic properties, and size distribution were prepared...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102396/zinc-sparks-induce-physiochemical-changes-in-the-egg-zona-pellucida-that-prevent-polyspermy
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Emily L Que, Francesca E Duncan, Amanda R Bayer, Steven J Philips, Eric W Roth, Reiner Bleher, Sophie C Gleber, Stefan Vogt, Teresa K Woodruff, Thomas V O'Halloran
During fertilization or chemically-induced egg activation, the mouse egg releases billions of zinc atoms in brief bursts known as 'zinc sparks.' The zona pellucida (ZP), a glycoprotein matrix surrounding the egg, is the first structure zinc ions encounter as they diffuse away from the plasma membrane. Following fertilization, the ZP undergoes changes described as 'hardening', which prevent multiple sperm from fertilizing the egg and thereby establish a block to polyspermy. A major event in zona hardening is cleavage of ZP2 proteins by ovastacin; however, the overall physiochemical changes contributing to zona hardening are not well understood...
January 19, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102265/chemical-and-structural-effects-of-base-modifications-in-messenger-rna
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Emily M Harcourt, Anna M Kietrys, Eric T Kool
A growing number of nucleobase modifications in messenger RNA have been revealed through advances in detection and RNA sequencing. Although some of the biochemical pathways that involve modified bases have been identified, research into the world of RNA modification - the epitranscriptome - is still in an early phase. A variety of chemical tools are being used to characterize base modifications, and the structural effects of known base modifications on RNA pairing, thermodynamics and folding are being determined in relation to their putative biological roles...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101915/early-medieval-stone-lined-graves-in-southern-germany-analysis-of-an-emerging-noble-class
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Andreas Rott, Nils Turner, Ulrike Scholz, Kristin von Heyking, Franziska Immler, Joris Peters, Jochen Haberstroh, Michaela Harbeck
OBJECTIVES: Stone-lined graves, which first appear in Bavarian territory during the 7(th) century AD, are assumed to be tombs of emerging nobility. While previous research on stone-lined grave goods supports their status as elite burials, an important factor defining nobility-kinship-has not been examined so far. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Morphological analysis of the commingled skeletal remains of 21 individuals from three archaeological sites was carried out. Radiocarbon dating was conducted on these individuals to gain information on usage intervals of these graves...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101914/prenatal-stress-exposure-generates-higher-early-survival-and-smaller-size-without-impacting-developmental-rate-in-a-pacific-salmon
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Pauline M Capelle, Christina A D Semeniuk, Natalie M Sopinka, John W Heath, Oliver P Love
Prenatal exposure to elevated glucocorticoids can act as a signal of environmental stress, resulting in modifications to offspring phenotype. While "negative" phenotypic effects (i.e., smaller size, slower growth) are often reported, recent research coupling phenotype with other fitness-related traits has suggested positive impacts of prenatal stress. Using captive Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), we treated eggs with biologically relevant cortisol levels-low (300 ng mL(-1) ), high (1,000 ng mL(-1) ), or control (0 ng mL(-1) )-to examine the early-life impacts of maternally transferred stress hormones on offspring...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101874/bioengineered-collagens
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Barbara Brodsky, John A M Ramshaw
There is a great deal of interest in obtaining recombinant collagen as an alternative source of material for biomedical applications and as an approach for obtaining basic structural and biological information. However, application of recombinant technology to collagen presents challenges, most notably the need for post-translational hydroxylation of prolines for triple-helix stability. Full length recombinant human collagens have been successfully expressed in cell lines, yeast, and several plant systems, while collagen fragments have been expressed in E...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101869/fibrin-formation-structure-and-properties
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John W Weisel, Rustem I Litvinov
Fibrinogen and fibrin are essential for hemostasis and are major factors in thrombosis, wound healing, and several other biological functions and pathological conditions. The X-ray crystallographic structure of major parts of fibrin(ogen), together with computational reconstructions of missing portions and numerous biochemical and biophysical studies, have provided a wealth of data to interpret molecular mechanisms of fibrin formation, its organization, and properties. On cleavage of fibrinopeptides by thrombin, fibrinogen is converted to fibrin monomers, which interact via knobs exposed by fibrinopeptide removal in the central region, with holes always exposed at the ends of the molecules...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101860/the-structure-and-topology-of-%C3%AE-helical-coiled-coils
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Andrei N Lupas, Jens Bassler, Stanislaw Dunin-Horkawicz
α-Helical coiled coils constitute one of the most diverse folds yet described. They range in length over two orders of magnitude; they form rods, segmented ropes, barrels, funnels, sheets, spirals, and rings, which encompass anywhere from two to more than 20 helices in parallel or antiparallel orientation; they assume different helix crossing angles, degrees of supercoiling, and packing geometries. This structural diversity supports a wide range of biological functions, allowing them to form mechanically rigid structures, provide levers for molecular motors, project domains across large distances, mediate oligomerization, transduce conformational changes and facilitate the transport of other molecules...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101858/coiled-coil-design-updated-and-upgraded
#12
Derek N Woolfson
α-Helical coiled coils are ubiquitous protein-folding and protein-interaction domains in which two or more α-helical chains come together to form bundles. Through a combination of bioinformatics analysis of many thousands of natural coiled-coil sequences and structures, plus empirical protein engineering and design studies, there is now a deep understanding of the sequence-to-structure relationships for this class of protein architecture. This has led to considerable success in rational design and what might be termed in biro de novo design of simple coiled coils, which include homo- and hetero-meric parallel dimers, trimers and tetramers...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101857/fibrous-protein-structures-hierarchy-history-and-heroes
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John M Squire, David A D Parry
During the 1930s and 1940s the technique of X-ray diffraction was applied widely by William Astbury and his colleagues to a number of naturally-occurring fibrous materials. On the basis of the diffraction patterns obtained, he observed that the structure of each of the fibres was dominated by one of a small number of different types of molecular conformation. One group of fibres, known as the k-m-e-f group of proteins (keratin - myosin - epidermin - fibrinogen), gave rise to diffraction characteristics that became known as the α-pattern...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101682/synthesis-spectral-and-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-studies-of-transition-metal-tetraaza-macrocyclic-complexes
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Dinesh Kumar, Nutan Sharma, Manjula Nair
Urinary tract infections commonly occur in humans due to microbial pathogens invading the urinary tract, which can bring about a range of clinical symptoms and potentially fatal sequelae. The present study is aimed at addressing the development of a new antimicrobial agent against extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli bacteria. We have synthesised some biologically potent (NNNN) donor macrocycles (L 1  = dibenzo[f,n]dipyrido[3,4-b:4',3'-j][1,4,9,12]tetraazacyclohexadecine-6,11,18,23(5H,12H, 7H, 24H)-tetraone, and L 2  = 6,12,19,25-tetraoxo-4,6,11,12,16,18,23,24-octahydrotetrabenzo [b,g,k,p][1,5,10,14]tetra azacyclooctadecine-2,13-dicarboxylic acid) and their Ti and Zr metal complexes in alcoholic media using microwave protocol...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101640/labia-minora-hypertrophy-causes-impact-on-women-s-health-and-treatment-options
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Caterina Gulia, Andrea Zangari, Vito Briganti, Zhoobin H Bateni, Alessandro Porrello, Roberto Piergentili
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: We provide a review of the literature about the onset and development of hypertrophy of the labia minora, together with some expert opinions on the appropriateness of labiaplasty. METHODS: We searched PubMed and used popular search engines, with a greater emphasis on the physiology and hormone-mediated metabolism of these structures, and less emphasis on their surgical treatment. RESULTS: We describe major embryological, cytological, and biochemical features of this anatomical part and summarize the clinical aspects of its hypertrophy, evaluating types of discomfort reported by women and the medical treatments available...
January 18, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101535/the-case-for-adopting-the-species-complex-nomenclature-for-the-etiologic-agents-of-cryptococcosis
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Kyung J Kwon-Chung, John E Bennett, Brian L Wickes, Wieland Meyer, Christina A Cuomo, Kurt R Wollenburg, Tihana A Bicanic, Elizabeth Castañeda, Yun C Chang, Jianghan Chen, Massimo Cogliati, Françoise Dromer, David Ellis, Scott G Filler, Matthew C Fisher, Thomas S Harrison, Steven M Holland, Shigeru Kohno, James W Kronstad, Marcia Lazera, Stuart M Levitz, Michail S Lionakis, Robin C May, Popchai Ngamskulrongroj, Peter G Pappas, John R Perfect, Volker Rickerts, Tania C Sorrell, Thomas J Walsh, Peter R Williamson, Jianping Xu, Adrian M Zelazny, Arturo Casadevall
Cryptococcosis is a potentially lethal disease of humans/animals caused by Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii. Distinction between the two species is based on phenotypic and genotypic characteristics. Recently, it was proposed that C. neoformans be divided into two species and C. gattii into five species based on a phylogenetic analysis of 115 isolates. While this proposal adds to the knowledge about the genetic diversity and population structure of cryptococcosis agents, the published genotypes of 2,606 strains have already revealed more genetic diversity than is encompassed by seven species...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101376/atpase-activity-tightly-regulates-reca-nucleofilaments-to-promote-homologous-recombination
#17
Bailin Zhao, Dapeng Zhang, Chengmin Li, Zheng Yuan, Fangzhi Yu, Shangwei Zhong, Guibin Jiang, Yun-Gui Yang, X Chris Le, Michael Weinfeld, Ping Zhu, Hailin Wang
Homologous recombination (HR), catalyzed in an evolutionarily conserved manner by active RecA/Rad51 nucleofilaments, maintains genomic integrity and promotes biological evolution and diversity. The structures of RecA/Rad51 nucleofilaments provide information critical for the entire HR process. By exploiting a unique capillary electrophoresis-laser-induced fluorescence polarization assay, we have discovered an active form of RecA nucleofilament, stimulated by ATP hydrolysis, that contains mainly unbound nucleotide sites...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101336/regulatory-elements-and-transcriptional-control-of-chicken-vasa-homologue-cvh-promoter-in-chicken-primordial-germ-cells
#18
So Dam Jin, Bo Ram Lee, Young Sun Hwang, Hong Jo Lee, Jong Seop Rim, Jae Yong Han
BACKGROUND: Primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors of functional gametes, have distinct characteristics and exhibit several unique molecular mechanisms to maintain pluripotency and germness in comparison to somatic cells. They express germ cell-specific RNA binding proteins (RBPs) by modulating tissue-specific cis- and trans-regulatory elements. Studies on gene structures of chicken vasa homologue (CVH), a chicken RNA binding protein, involved in temporal and spatial regulation are thus important not only for understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate germ cell fate, but also for practical applications of primordial germ cells...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101268/traditional-versus-online-biology-courses-connecting-course-design-and-student-learning-in-an-online-setting
#19
Rachel Biel, Cynthia J Brame
Online courses are a large and growing part of the undergraduate education landscape, but many biology instructors are skeptical about the effectiveness of online instruction. We reviewed studies comparing the effectiveness of online and face-to-face (F2F) undergraduate biology courses. Five studies compared student performance in multiple course sections at community colleges, while eight were smaller scale and compared student performance in particular biology courses at a variety of types of institutions...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101260/tracking-the-resolution-of-student-misconceptions-about-the-central-dogma-of-molecular-biology
#20
Amy G Briggs, Stephanie K Morgan, Seth K Sanderson, Molly C Schulting, Laramie J Wieseman
The goal of our study was to track changes in student understanding of the central dogma of molecular biology before and after taking a genetics course. Concept maps require the ability to synthesize new information into existing knowledge frameworks, and so the hypothesis guiding this study was that student performance on concept maps reveals specific central dogma misconceptions gained, lost, and retained by students. Students in a genetics course completed pre- and posttest concept mapping tasks using terms related to the central dogma...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
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