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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816107/fishing-anti-inflammatories-from-known-drugs-in-silico-repurposing-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-bisacodyl-analogues
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Maité Sylla-Iyarreta Veitía, Dany Siverio Mota, Vanessa Lerari, Marta Marín, Rosa M Giner, Liliana Vicet Muro, Yankier Rivero Guerra, Françoise Dumas, Clotilde Ferroud, Peter A M de Witte, Alexander D Crawford, Vicente J Arán, Yovani Marrero Ponce
Herein is described in silico repositioning, design, synthesis, biological evaluation and structure-activity relationship (SAR) of an original class of anti-inflammatory agents based on a polyaromatic pharmacophore structurally related to bisacodyl (BSL) drug used in therapeutic as laxative. We describe the potential of TOMOCOMD-CARDD methods to find out new anti-inflammatory drug-like agents from a diverse series of compounds using the total and local atom based bilinear indices as molecular descriptors. The models obtained were validated by biological studies, identifying BSL as the first anti-inflammatory lead-like using in silico repurposing from commercially available drugs...
August 17, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815367/microplastic-pollution-a-threat-to-marine-ecosystem-and-human-health-a-short-review
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Shivika Sharma, Subhankar Chatterjee
Human populations are using oceans as their household dustbins, and microplastic is one of the components which are not only polluting shorelines but also freshwater bodies globally. Microplastics are generally referred to particles with a size lower than 5 mm. These microplastics are tiny plastic granules and used as scrubbers in cosmetics, hand cleansers, air-blasting. These contaminants are omnipresent within almost all marine environments at present. The durability of plastics makes it highly resistant to degradation and through indiscriminate disposal they enter in the aquatic environment...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814267/sex-and-tissue-specific-gene-expression-patterns-identified-following-de-novo-transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-norway-lobster-nephrops-norvegicus
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Guiomar Rotllant, Tuan Viet Nguyen, Valerio Sbragaglia, Lifat Rahi, Kevin J Dudley, David Hurwood, Tomer Ventura, Joan B Company, Vincent Chand, Jacopo Aguzzi, Peter B Mather
BACKGROUND: The Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus, is economically important in European fisheries and is a key organism in local marine ecosystems. Despite multi-faceted scientific interest in this species, our current knowledge of genetic resources in this species remains very limited. Here, we generated a reference de novo transcriptome for N. norvegicus from multiple tissues in both sexes. Bioinformatic analyses were conducted to detect transcripts that were expressed exclusively in either males or females...
August 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813466/comprehensive-comparison-of-neonate-and-adult-human-platelet-transcriptomes
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Eva Caparrós-Pérez, Raúl Teruel-Montoya, Mª José López-Andreo, Mª Carmen Llanos, José Rivera, Verónica Palma-Barqueros, Jose E Blanco, Vicente Vicente, Constantino Martínez, Francisca Ferrer-Marín
Understanding the underlying mechanisms of the well-substantiated platelet hyporeactivity in neonates is of interest given their implications for the clinical management of newborns, a population at higher bleeding risk than adults (especially sick and preterm infants), as well as for gaining insight into the regulatory mechanisms of platelet biology. Transcriptome analysis is useful in identifying mRNA signatures affecting platelet function. However, human fetal/neonatal platelet transcriptome analysis has never before been reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812734/human-behaviour-as-a-long-term-ecological-driver-of-non-human-evolution
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REVIEW
Alexis P Sullivan, Douglas W Bird, George H Perry
Due to our intensive subsistence and habitat-modification strategies-including broad-spectrum harvesting and predation, widespread landscape burning, settlement construction, and translocation of other species-humans have major roles as ecological actors who influence fundamental trophic interactions. Here we review how the long-term history of human-environment interaction has shaped the evolutionary biology of diverse non-human, non-domesticated species. Clear examples of anthropogenic effects on non-human morphological evolution have been documented in modern studies of substantial changes to body size or other major traits in terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants in response to selective human harvesting, urbanized habitats, and human-mediated translocation...
February 21, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812606/global-marine-protected-areas-to-prevent-extinctions
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Lindsay N K Davidson, Nicholas K Dulvy
One goal of global marine protected areas (MPAs) is to ensure they represent a breadth of taxonomic biodiversity. Ensuring representation of species in MPAs, however, would require protecting vast areas of the global oceans and does not explicitly prioritize species of conservation concern. When threatened species are considered, a recent study found that only a small fraction of their geographic ranges are within the global MPA network. Which global marine areas, and what conservation actions beyond MPAs could be prioritized to prevent marine extinctions (Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 12), remains unknown...
January 23, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810121/comparative-proteomic-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-follistatin-induced-skeletal-muscle-hypertrophy
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Caroline Barbé, Fabrice Bray, Marine Gueugneau, Stéphanie Devassine, Pascale Lause, Caroline Tokarski, Christian Rolando, Jean-Paul Thissen
Skeletal muscle, the most abundant body's tissue, plays vital roles in locomotion and metabolism. Myostatin is a negative regulator of skeletal muscle mass. In addition to increase muscle mass, Myostatin inhibition impacts on muscle contractility and energy metabolism. To decipher the mechanisms of action of the Myostatin inhibitors, we used proteomic and transcriptomic approaches to investigate the changes induced in skeletal muscles of transgenic mice overexpressing Follistatin, a physiological Myostatin inhibitor...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808657/nanoparticulate-tubular-immunostimulating-complexes-novel-formulation-of-effective-adjuvants-and-antigen-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
Nina Sanina, Natalia Chopenko, Andrey Mazeika, Eduard Kostetsky
New generation vaccines, based on isolated antigens, are safer than traditional ones, comprising the whole pathogen. However, major part of purified antigens has weak immunogenicity. Therefore, elaboration of new adjuvants, more effective and safe, is an urgent problem of vaccinology. Tubular immunostimulating complexes (TI-complexes) are a new type of nanoparticulate antigen delivery systems with adjuvant activity. TI-complexes consist of cholesterol and compounds isolated from marine hydrobionts: cucumarioside A2-2 (CDA) from Cucumaria japonica and monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) from marine algae or seagrass...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808546/characterization-of-measurement-errors-using-structure-from-motion-and-photogrammetry-to-measure-marine-habitat-structural-complexity
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Mitch Bryson, Renata Ferrari, Will Figueira, Oscar Pizarro, Josh Madin, Stefan Williams, Maria Byrne
Habitat structural complexity is one of the most important factors in determining the makeup of biological communities. Recent advances in structure-from-motion and photogrammetry have resulted in a proliferation of 3D digital representations of habitats from which structural complexity can be measured. Little attention has been paid to quantifying the measurement errors associated with these techniques, including the variability of results under different surveying and environmental conditions. Such errors have the potential to confound studies that compare habitat complexity over space and time...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808318/stress-induced-polarization-of-immune-neuroendocrine-phenotypes-in-gallus-gallus
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F Nicolas Nazar, Inma Estevez, Silvia G Correa, Raul H Marin
Immune-neuroendocrine phenotypes (INPs) stand for population subgroups differing in immune-neuroendocrine interactions. While mammalian INPs have been characterized thoroughly in rats and humans, avian INPs were only recently described in Coturnix coturnix (quail). To assess the scope of this biological phenomenon, herein we characterized INPs in Gallus gallus (a domestic hen strain submitted to a very long history of strong selective breeding pressure) and evaluated whether a social chronic stress challenge modulates the individuals' interplay affecting the INP subsets and distribution...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806565/implications-of-biological-factors-on-accumulation-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-antarctic-notothenioid-fish
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J M Ríos, N B Lana, N F Ciocco, A Covaci, E Barrera-Oro, E Moreira, J C Altamirano
In the present study, the possible associations between selected persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and biological factors were assessed in different tissues of two Antarctic notothenioid fish: Notothenia rossii (NOR) and Trematomus newnesi (TRN) collected at Potter Cove, King George Island/Isla 25 de Mayo, South Shetland Islands. Specifically, association patterns between biological factors (body size, lipid content, body condition) and POP concentrations (polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and metabolites, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), chlordanes (CHLs) and methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers (MeO-PBDEs)), were explored by using two approaches: multivariate analyses (principal component analysis: PCA) and intraspecific correlations...
August 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806559/assessment-of-chemicals-released-in-the-marine-environment-by-dielectric-elastomers-useful-as-active-elements-in-wave-energy-harvesters
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Mirela-Fernanda Zaltariov, Adrian Bele, Lavinia Vasiliu, Luiza Gradinaru, Nicoleta Vornicu, Carmen Racles, Maria Cazacu
A series of elastomers, either natural or synthetic (some of them commercial, while others prepared in the laboratory), suitable for use as active elements in devices for wave energy harvesting, were evaluated concerning their behavior and effects on the marine environment. In this aim, the elastomer films, initially evaluated regarding their aspect, structure, surface wettability, and tolerance of microorganisms growth, were immersed in synthetic seawater (SSW) within six months for assessing compounds released...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804480/microbial-community-structure-and-the-persistence-of-cyanobacterial-populations-in-salt-crusts-of-the-hyperarid-atacama-desert-from-genome-resolved-metagenomics
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Kari M Finstad, Alexander J Probst, Brian C Thomas, Gary L Andersen, Cecilia Demergasso, Alex Echeverría, Ronald G Amundson, Jillian F Banfield
Although once thought to be devoid of biology, recent studies have identified salt deposits as oases for life in the hyperarid Atacama Desert. To examine spatial patterns of microbial species and key nutrient sources, we genomically characterized 26 salt crusts from three sites along a fog gradient. The communities are dominated by a large variety of Halobacteriales and Bacteroidetes, plus a few algal and Cyanobacterial species. CRISPR locus analysis suggests the distribution of a single Cyanobacterial population among all sites...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803761/an-in-silico-perspective-on-the-toxicodynamic-of-tetrodotoxin-and-analogues-a-tool-for-supporting-the-hazard-identification
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Luca Dellafiora, Gianni Galaverna, Chiara Dall'Asta
Tetrodotoxin (TTX) is a potent neurotoxin naturally found in terrestrial and marine animals targeting the voltage-gated sodium channels. Historically, TTX has raised food safety concerns mainly in the Asian countries due to the consumption of the typical pufferfish-derived delicacy fugu. However, the diffusion of TTX is getting wider today, reasonably threating in a close future a broader number of consumers than before. The understanding of TTX group toxicity is still incomplete as most of the analogues and metabolites found together with TTX are largely understudied...
August 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803482/corynebacterium-glutamicum-chassis-c1-building-and-testing-a-novel-platform-host-for-synthetic-biology-and-industrial-biotechnology
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Meike Baumgart, Simon Unthan, Ramona Kloss, Andreas Radek, Tino Polen, Niklas Tenhaef, Moritz Fabian Müller, Andreas Küberl, Daniel Siebert, Natalie Brühl, Kay Marin, Stephan Hans, Reinhard Krämer, Michael Bott, Joern Kalinowski, Wolfgang Wiechert, Gerd Seibold, Julia Frunzke, Christian Rückert, Volker Wendisch, Stephan Noack
Targeted top-down strategies for genome reduction are considered to have a high potential for providing robust basic strains for synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology. Recently, we created a library of 26 genome-reduced strains of Corynebacterium glutamicum carrying broad deletions in single gene clusters and showing wild-type-like biological fitness. Here, we proceeded with combinatorial deletions of these irrelevant gene clusters in two parallel orders and the resulting library of 28 strains was characterized under various environmental conditions...
August 14, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802743/tungsten-accumulation-by-highly-tolerant-marine-hydrothermal-sulfitobacter-dubius-strains-carrying-a-tupbca-cluster
#16
Carina Coimbra, Pedro Farias, Rita Branco, Paula V Morais
Tungsten (W) has industrial and economic importance, and is in the European Union list of metals with a high supply risk. It is used by living organisms, which transport it into the cell, in the form of tungstate ion (WO4(2-)), using three different ABC-type transporters from the specific W-uptake system coded by tupABC gene cluster. In this study, strains from a collection recovered from deep-sea hydrothermal sediments were selected according to their ability to tolerate metals and to possess the tup genetic determinants...
July 19, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801564/evolution-of-hemoglobin-genes-in-codfishes-influenced-by-ocean-depth
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Helle Tessand Baalsrud, Kjetil Lysne Voje, Ole Kristian Tørresen, Monica Hongrø Solbakken, Michael Matschiner, Martin Malmstrøm, Reinhold Hanel, Walter Salzburger, Kjetill S Jakobsen, Sissel Jentoft
Understanding the genetic basis of adaptation is one of the main enigmas of evolutionary biology. Among vertebrates, hemoglobin has been well documented as a key trait for adaptation to different environments. Here, we investigate the role of hemoglobins in adaptation to ocean depth in the diverse teleost order Gadiformes, with species distributed at a wide range of depths varying in temperature, hydrostatic pressure and oxygen levels. Using genomic data we characterized the full hemoglobin (Hb) gene repertoire for subset of species within this lineage...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800586/the-potential-role-of-kelp-forests-on-iodine-speciation-in-coastal-seawater
#18
Jennifer Gonzales, Teresa Tymon, Frithjof C Küpper, Matthew S Edwards, Carl J Carrano
Kelps have a major role in marine and atmospheric iodine cycling in the coastal zone of temperate regions, with potential wide-ranging impacts on ozone destruction in the coastal marine boundary layer. However, little is known about the impact of kelp forests on iodine speciation in coastal sea water. To address this, we examined iodide and iodate concentrations in seawater in and around a giant kelp forest near San Diego, CA, USA, and a nearby site that was not influenced by kelp biology. Our data shows that while both iodide and iodate concentrations remained unchanged during the year at the nearby site, these concentrations changed significantly in and around the kelp forest, and were strongly related to changes in kelp canopy biomass...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800384/exploring-conditions-for-redistribution-of-anti-tnfs-to-reduce-spillage-a-study-on-the-quality-of-anti-tnf-home-storage
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Marin J de Jong, Marieke J Pierik, Andy Peters, Mark Roemers, Veronique Hilhorst, Astrid van Tubergen
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Biologicals are potent drugs for immune mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs). After discontinuation or switch of therapy, many patients have unused biological injectors left. We aimed to evaluate potential redistribution of unused injectors to prevent spillage of these costly drugs by assessing 1) the quality of transport and home storage through the proportion of injectors stored within the recommended temperature range (2°C-8°C) and 2) acceptance of redistribution by patients...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800088/upregulation-and-identification-of-antibiotic-activity-of-a-marine-derived-streptomyces-sp-via-co-cultures-with-human-pathogens
#20
Anne A Sung, Samantha M Gromek, Marcy J Balunas
Marine natural product drug discovery has begun to play an important role in the treatment of disease, with several recently approved drugs. In addition, numerous microbial natural products have been discovered from members of the order Actinomycetales, particularly in the genus Streptomyces, due to their metabolic diversity for production of biologically active secondary metabolites. However, many secondary metabolites cannot be produced under laboratory conditions because growth conditions in flask culture differ from conditions in the natural environment...
August 11, 2017: Marine Drugs
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