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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351669/how-pairwise-coevolutionary-models-capture-the-collective-residue-variability-in-proteins
#1
Matteo Figliuzzi, Pierre Barrat-Charlaix, Martin Weigt
Global coevolutionary models of homologous protein families, as constructed by direct coupling analysis (DCA), have recently gained popularity in particular due to their capacity to accurately predict residueresidue contacts from sequence information alone, and thereby to facilitate tertiary and quaternary protein structure prediction. More recently, they have also been used to predict fitness effects of aminoacid substitutions in proteins, and to predict evolutionary conserved protein-protein interactions...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351614/a-membrane-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-is-necessary-but-not-sufficient-for-sex-differences-in-zebra-finch-auditory-coding
#2
Amanda A Krentzel, Matheus Macedo-Lima, Maaya Z Ikeda, Luke Remage-Healey
Estradiol acts as a neuromodulator in brain regions important for cognition and sensory processing. Estradiol also shapes brain sex differences, but rarely have these concepts been considered simultaneously. In male and female songbirds, estradiol rapidly increases within the auditory forebrain during song exposure and enhances local auditory processing. We tested whether GPER1, a membrane bound estrogen receptor, is necessary and sufficient for neuroestrogen regulation of forebrain auditory processing in male and female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
January 17, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351584/the-roles-of-left-versus-right-anterior-temporal-lobes-in-semantic-memory-a-neuropsychological-comparison-of-postsurgical-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-patients
#3
Grace E Rice, Helen Caswell, Perry Moore, Paul Hoffman, Matthew A Lambon Ralph
The presence and degree of specialization between the anterior temporal lobes (ATLs) is a key issue in debates about the neural architecture of semantic memory. Here, we comprehensively assessed multiple aspects of semantic cognition in a large group of postsurgical temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) patients with left versus right anterior temporal lobectomy (n = 40). Both subgroups showed deficits in expressive and receptive verbal semantic tasks, word and object recognition, naming and recognition of famous faces and perception of faces and emotions...
January 17, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351511/chemogenetic-tools-for-causal-cellular-and-neuronal-biology
#4
Deniz Atasoy, Scott M Sternson
Chemogenetic technologies enable selective pharmacological control of specific cell populations. An increasing number of approaches have been developed that modulate different signaling pathways. Selective pharmacological control over G protein-coupled receptor signaling, ion channel conductances, protein association, protein stability, and small molecule targeting allows modulation of cellular processes in distinct cell types. Here, we review these chemogenetic technologies and instances of their applications in complex tissues in vivo and ex vivo...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351497/screen-targeting-lung-and-prostate-cancer-oncogene-identifies-novel-inhibitors-of-rgs17-and-problematic-chemical-substructures
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Christopher R Bodle, Josephine H Schamp, Joseph B O'Brien, Michael P Hayes, Meng Wu, Jonathan A Doorn, David L Roman
Regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins temporally regulate heterotrimeric G protein signaling cascades elicited by G protein-coupled receptor activation and thus are essential for cell homeostasis. The dysregulation of RGS protein expression has been linked to several pathologies, spurring discovery efforts to identify small-molecule inhibitors of these proteins. Presented here are the results of a high-throughput screening (HTS) campaign targeting RGS17, an RGS protein reported to be inappropriately upregulated in several cancers...
January 1, 2018: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351461/exercise-training-induces-enos-coupling-and-restores-relaxation-in-coronary-arteries-of-heart-failure-rats
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Gisele Kruger Couto, Suliana Mesquita Paula, Igor L Gomes-Santos, Carlos Eduardo Negrão, Luciana Venturini Rossoni
Exercise training (ET) has emerged as a non-pharmacological therapy for cardiovascular diseases because of its helpful milieu for improving vascular function. The aim of the present study was to assess whether ET reverses the alterations in vascular reactivity observed in heart failure (HF)-related coronary arteries and to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in these adjustments. Male Wistar rats were subjected to either coronary artery ligation or sham operation (SO). Four weeks after the surgery, the rats were divided into two groups: untrained HF (UHF) and exercise-trained HF (THF)...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351411/disruption-of-the-lens-circulation-causes-calcium-accumulation-and-precipitates-in-connexin-mutant-mice
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Junyuan Gao, Peter J Minogue, Eric C Beyer, Richard T Mathias, Viviana M Berthoud
The lens is an avascular organ whose function and survival depend on an internal circulation system. Cx46fs380 mice model a human autosomal dominant cataract caused by a mutant lens connexin. In these mice, fiber cell connexin levels and gap junction coupling are severely decreased. The present studies were conducted to examine components of the lens circulation system that might be altered and contribute to the pathogenesis of cataracts. Lenses from wild type mice and Cx46fs380 heterozygotes and homozygotes were studied at 2 months of age...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351335/the-effects-of-an-acute-exercise-bout-on-gh-and-igf-1-in-prediabetic-and-healthy-african-americans-a-pilot-study-investigating-gene-expression
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Nathaniel T Berry, Monica Hubal, Laurie Wideman
The incidence of pre-diabetes (PD) and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2D) is a worldwide epidemic. African American (AA) individuals are disproportionately more likely to become diabetic than other ethnic groups. Over the long-term, metabolic complications related to diabetes result in significant alterations in growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Considering the limited exercise-related studies in the area of gene expression changes with disease progression, the objective of this study was to examine differences in exercise-induced gene expression related to the GH and IGF-1 pathways in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of healthy (CON) and PD AA individuals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351333/simultaneous-quantification-of-four-antiretroviral-drugs-in-breast-milk-samples-from-hiv-positive-women-by-an-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-uplc-ms-ms-method
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Alicia Ramírez-Ramírez, Elías Sánchez-Serrano, Giselle Loaiza-Flores, Noemí Plazola-Camacho, Rosa Georgina Rodríguez-Delgado, Ricardo Figueroa-Damián, Mauricio Domínguez-Castro, Margarita López-Martínez, Zayra Flores-García, Jessica Hernández-Pineda
The primary strategy to avoid mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through breastfeeding is administration of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to HIV-positive pregnant women. Because significant changes in the pharmacokinetics of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs occur during pregnancy, quantifying HAART and the viral load in breast milk in this population is essential. Here, we developed an analytical assay for the simultaneous quantification of four ARV drugs in breast milk using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351285/wine-yeast-phenomics-a-standardized-fermentation-method-for-assessing-quantitative-traits-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strains-in-enological-conditions
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Emilien Peltier, Margaux Bernard, Marine Trujillo, Duyên Prodhomme, Jean-Christophe Barbe, Yves Gibon, Philippe Marullo
This work describes the set up of a small scale fermentation methodology for measuring quantitative traits of hundreds of samples in an enological context. By using standardized screw cap vessels, the alcoholic fermentation kinetics of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains were measured by following their weight loss over the time. This dispositive was coupled with robotized enzymatic assays for measuring metabolites of enological interest in natural grape juices. Despite the small volume used, kinetic parameters and fermentation end products measured are similar with those observed in larger scale vats...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351280/a-generic-framework-for-individual-based-modelling-and-physical-biological-interaction
#11
Asbjørn Christensen, Patrizio Mariani, Mark R Payne
The increased availability of high-resolution ocean data globally has enabled more detailed analyses of physical-biological interactions and their consequences to the ecosystem. We present IBMlib, which is a versatile, portable and computationally effective framework for conducting Lagrangian simulations in the marine environment. The purpose of the framework is to handle complex individual-level biological models of organisms, combined with realistic 3D oceanographic model of physics and biogeochemistry describing the environment of the organisms without assumptions about spatial or temporal scales...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351189/the-role-of-cadaverine-synthesis-on-pneumococcal-capsule-and-protein-expression
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Mary F Nakamya, Moses B Ayoola, Seongbin Park, Leslie A Shack, Edwin Swiatlo, Bindu Nanduri
Invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a commensal in the nasopharynx, pose significant risk to human health. Limited serotype coverage by the available polysaccharide-based conjugate vaccines coupled with increasing incidence of antibiotic resistance complicates therapeutic strategies. Bacterial physiology and metabolism that allows pathogens to adapt to the host are a promising avenue for the discovery of novel therapeutics. Intracellular polyamine concentrations are tightly regulated by biosynthesis, transport and degradation...
January 19, 2018: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351087/a-depth-encoding-pet-detector-using-light-sharing-and-single-ended-readout-with-sipms
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Zhonghua Kuang, Qian Yang, Xiaohui Wang, Xin Fu, Ning Ren, Ziru Sang, San Wu, Yunfei Zheng, Xianming Zhang, Zhanli Hu, Junwei Du, Dong Liang, Xin Liu, Hairong Zheng, Yongfeng Yang
Detectors with depth encoding capability and good timing resolution are required to develop a high-performance whole-body or total-body PET scanner. In this work, depth-encoding PET detectors using light sharing between two discrete crystals and single-ended readout with SiPMs were manufactured and evaluated. The detectors consisted of two unpolished LYSO crystals of 3×3×20 mm3 with different coupling materials between them and were read out by Hamamatsu 3×3 mm2 SiPMs with one-to-one coupling. The ratio of the energy of one SiPM to the total energy of two SiPMs is used to measure the depth of interaction (DOI)...
January 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351052/particulate-coral-hydroxyapatite-sheltered-by-titanium-mesh-for-localized-alveolar-rehabilitation-after-onlay-graft-failure-a-case-report
#14
Miao Zhou, Shuyi Li, Hendrik Terheyden, Shuaishuai Cao, Yuejuan Che, Yuanming Geng
Reconstruction of bone loss in the alveolar ridge has long been challenging. Autologous bone grafts are considered as the "golden standard", while little research has focused on how to repair pronounced alveolar bone defects after autologous bone graft failure. The aim of this study was to detail a method based on the titanium mesh technique coupled with particulate coral hydroxyapatite to solve the Onlay graft failure. With bone deficiency in the #11 and #24- #25 regions, we harvested two autologous bone blocks for reconstruction...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351021/coupling-reinforcement-and-speciation
#15
Roger K Butlin, Carole M Smadja
During the process of speciation, populations may diverge for traits and at their underlying loci that contribute barriers to gene flow. These barrier traits and barrier loci underlie individual barrier effects, by which we mean the contribution that a barrier locus or trait-or some combination of barrier loci or traits-makes to overall isolation. The evolution of strong reproductive isolation typically requires the origin of multiple barrier effects. Critically, it also requires the coincidence of barrier effects; for example, two barrier effects, one due to assortative mating and the other due to hybrid inviability, create a stronger overall barrier to gene flow if they coincide than if they distinguish independent pairs of populations...
February 2018: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350995/a-review-of-analytical-methods-for-the-determination-of-clopidogrel-in-pharmaceuticals-and-biological-matrices
#16
Kavitha J, K S Kokilambigai, R Seetharaman, Harini R R, A A Kaaviya, Sowndaravel P, Lakshmi K S
P2Y12 belongs to a group of G protein - coupled (GPCR) purinergic receptors and is a receptor for adenosine diphosphate (ADP). The P2Y12 receptor is involved in platelet aggregation and acts as a biological target for treating thromboembolisms and other clotting disorders. The use of Clopidogrel (CLO) has improved the morbidity and mortality endpoints including cardiovascular death, recurrent myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke at 30 days after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). CLO is one such drug that specifically and irreversibly inhibits the P2Y12 subtype of ADP receptor...
January 19, 2018: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350974/use-of-simulation-based-training-to-aid-in-implementing-complex-health-technology
#17
Veffa Devers
Clinicians are adult learners in a complex environment that historically does not invest in training in a way that is conducive to these types of learners. Adult learners are independent, self-directed, and goal oriented. In today's fast-paced clinical setting, a practical need exists for nurses and clinicians to master the technology they use on a daily basis, especially as medical devices have become more interconnected and complex. As hospitals look to embrace new technologies, medical device companies must provide clinical end-user training...
January 2018: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350970/exact-boson-fermion-duality-on-a-3d-euclidean-lattice
#18
Jing-Yuan Chen, Jun Ho Son, Chao Wang, S Raghu
The idea of statistical transmutation plays a crucial role in descriptions of the fractional quantum Hall effect. However, a recently conjectured duality between a critical boson and a massless two-component Dirac fermion extends this notion to gapless systems. This duality sheds light on highly nontrivial problems such as the half-filled Landau level, the superconductor-insulator transition, and surface states of strongly coupled topological insulators. Although this boson-fermion duality has undergone many consistency checks, it has remained unproven...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350968/spin-switching-via-quantum-dot-spin-valves
#19
N M Gergs, S A Bender, R A Duine, D Schuricht
We develop a theory for spin transport and magnetization dynamics in a quantum dot spin valve, i.e., two magnetic reservoirs coupled to a quantum dot. Our theory is able to take into account effects of strong correlations. We demonstrate that, as a result of these strong correlations, the dot gate voltage enables control over the current-induced torques on the magnets and, in particular, enables voltage-controlled magnetic switching. The electrical resistance of the structure can be used to read out the magnetic state...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350967/chiral-topological-superconductors-enhanced-by-long-range-interactions
#20
Oscar Viyuela, Liang Fu, Miguel Angel Martin-Delgado
We study the phase diagram and edge states of a two-dimensional p-wave superconductor with long-range hopping and pairing amplitudes. New topological phases and quasiparticles different from the usual short-range model are obtained. When both hopping and pairing terms decay with the same exponent, one of the topological chiral phases with propagating Majorana edge states gets significantly enhanced by long-range couplings. On the other hand, when the long-range pairing amplitude decays more slowly than the hopping, we discover new topological phases where propagating Majorana fermions at each edge pair nonlocally and become gapped even in the thermodynamic limit...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
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