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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783146/gas-chromatographic-mass-spectrometric-characterization-of-thebaol-an-opium-constituent-and-its-structural-analogs
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Levan Megutnishvili, Nino Todua, Stephen Stein, Anzor Mikaia
A GC-MS method is described for the characterization of thebaol, a component of opium poppy. The method includes preliminary sample derivatization to TMS, TBDMS, TFA, PFP and HFB substituted products. Fragmentation of resulting derivatives is unique under electron ionization, and proceeds via consecutive loss of two radicals that violate the "even-electron rule". Peaks of [M-2CH3 ]+. and [M-C4 H9 -CH3 ]+. ions show maximum intensities in the spectra of trimethyl- and tert-butyldimethylsilyl-thebaols...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783144/analogous-modified-dna-probe-and-immune-competition-method-based-electrochemical-biosensor-for-rna-modification
#2
Tao Dai, Qinli Pu, Yongcan Guo, Chen Zuo, Shulian Bai, Yujun Yang, Dan Yin, Yi Li, Shangchun Sheng, Yiyi Tao, Jie Fang, Wen Yu, Guoming Xie
N6-methyladenosine (m6A), one of the most abundant RNA methylation which is ubiquitous in eukaryotic RNA, plays vital roles in many biological progresses. Therefore, the rapid and accurate quantitative detection of m6A is particularly important for its functional research. Herein, a label-free and highly selective electrochemical immunosensor was developed for the detection of m6A. The method is established on that the anti-m6A-Ab can recognize both m6A-RNA and m6A-DNA. An analogous modified DNA probe (L1) serves as a signal molecule, by competing with m6A-RNA for binding to Abs to broaden the linear range...
May 18, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783122/bix-01294-promotes-the-differentiation-of-adipose-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-adipocytes-and-neural-cells-in-arbas-cashmere-goats
#3
Qing Wang, Xiao Wang, Defang Lai, Jin Deng, Zhuang Hou, Hao Liang, Dongjun Liu
Chromatin remodeling plays an essential role in regulating gene transcription. BIX-01294 is a specific inhibitor of histone methyltransferase G9a, which is responsible for methylation of histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) that can also regulate DNA methylation and chromatin remodeling. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of BIX-01294 on the potential of goat adipose derived stem cells (gADSCs) to differentiate into adipocytes and neural cells. To accomplish this, BIX-01294 was used to treat gADSCs for 24 h, and the global level of DNA methylation as well as the expression of genes related to cell proliferation, apoptosis and pluripotency were detected...
May 14, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783110/temporal-and-spatial-variation-in-the-mechanisms-used-by-microorganisms-to-form-methylmercury-in-the-water-column-of-changshou-lake
#4
Zhilin Xing, Tiantao Zhao, Weiyang Bai, Xu Yang, Shuai Liu, Lijie Zhang
The microbiome in artificial lake water and its impact on mercury (Hg) methylation remain largely unknown. We selected the largest artificial lake in southeastern china, Changshou Lake (CSL), which has high background levels of Hg, for our investigation of Hg transformation microorganisms. Five different sections of the water column of CSL were sampled during four seasons. The water samples were subjected to analysis of geochemical parameters, various Hg species and microbiome information. High concentrations of total mercury (THg) were detected in CSL in comparison with those found in natural lakes...
May 18, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783073/methylation-analysis-of-cmtm3-and-dusp1-gene-promoters-in-high-quality-brush-hair-in-the-yangtze-river-delta-white-goat
#5
Wang Qiang, Haiyan Guo, Yongjun Li, Jianfei Shi, Xiuyuan Yin, Jingwen Qu
The Yangtze River delta white goat is the only goat breed that produces high-quality brush hair, which is specifically used in top-grade writing brushes. Previous studies have indicated that the CMTM3 and DUSP1 genes are involved in the growth and cycle of high-quality brush hair, and these genes are thought to be involved in the formation of high-quality brush hair traits. In this study, we investigated the relationship between methylation of CMTM3 and DUSP1 and such traits. The results indicated that the relative expression levels of the CMTM3 and DUSP1 genes were higher in non-high-quality brush hair than in high-quality brush hair...
May 18, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782986/antiglycation-study-of-hmg-r-inhibitors-and-tocotrienol-against-glycated-bsa-and-ldl-a-comparative-study
#6
Rabia Nabi, Sahir Sultan Alvi, Rizwan Khan, Shafeeque Ahmad, Saheem Ahmad, M Salman Khan
Non-enzymatic glycation mediated advanced glycation end products (AGEs) generation results in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) which is greatly influenced by 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl Co-A reductase (HMG-R) activity. HMG-R inhibitors, statins, are well known for reducing mortality and morbidity of ASCVD in patients with diabetes due to their pleiotropic effects independent of cholesterol lowering. Due to distinct chemical structures, various statins may play important role in the inhibition of AGEs mediated pathologies...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782965/membrane-cholesterol-delays-cellular-apoptosis-induced-by-ginsenoside-rh2-a-steroid-saponin
#7
Sandrine L Verstraeten, Marie Albert, Adrien Paquot, Giulio G Muccioli, Donatienne Tyteca, Marie-Paule Mingeot-Leclercq
Saponins exhibit several biological and pharmacological activities, such as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects. Many studies attribute their activities to their interactions with cholesterol. In this study, we focus on the steroid saponin ginsenoside Rh2, one of the active principles of Panax ginseng root. Some evidence suggests that lipid rafts, defined as nanodomains enriched in cholesterol and sphingolipids, could be involved in the Rh2-induced apoptosis. However, the role of membrane lipids, especially cholesterol, in this process is still poorly understood...
May 18, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782652/adenosine-methylation-as-a-molecular-imprint-defining-the-fate-of-rna
#8
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Philip Knuckles, Marc Bühler
Multiple lines of evidence suggest the RNA modification N6 -methyladonsine (m6 A), which is installed in the nucleus co-transcriptionally and, thereafter, serves as a reversible chemical imprint that influences several steps of mRNA metabolism. This includes but is not limited to RNA folding, splicing, stability, transport, and translation. In this Review we focus on the current view of the nuclear installation of m6 A as well the molecular players involved, the so called m6 A writers. We also explore the effector proteins, or m6 A readers, that decode the imprint in different cellular contexts and compartments, and ultimately, the way the modification influences the lifecycle of an RNA molecule...
May 21, 2018: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782596/diagnostic-performance-of-hybrid-cardiac-spect-ct-imaging-for-patients-with-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
#9
Yasuro Sugihara, Yoshimitsu Fukushima, Shin-Ichiro Kumita, Hitoshi Takano, Wataru Shimizu
Background: The diagnostic performance of SPECT-only imaging for takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is limited due to the lack of coronary artery distribution information. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of hybrid cardiac SPECT/CT for patients with TC or acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods: Twenty-two patients with apical ballooning left ventricular (LV) dysfunction who underwent cardiac perfusion SPECT using 99m Tc-methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (MIBI), cardiac fatty-acid metabolism SPECT using 123 I-beta-methyl-P-iodophenyl-pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP), cardiac CT, and hybrid cardiac SPECT/CT imaging were analyzed...
2018: Eur J Hybrid Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782530/histone-methylation-changes-are-required-for-life-cycle-progression-in-the-human-parasite-schistosoma-mansoni
#10
David Roquis, Aaron Taudt, Kathrin K Geyer, Gilda Padalino, Karl F Hoffmann, Nancy Holroyd, Matt Berriman, Benoît Aliaga, Cristian Chaparro, Christoph Grunau, Ronaldo de Carvalho Augusto
Epigenetic mechanisms and chromatin structure play an important role in development. Their impact is therefore expected to be strong in parasites with complex life cycles and multiple, strikingly different, developmental stages, i.e. developmental plasticity. Some studies have already described how the chromatin structure, through histone modifications, varies from a developmental stage to another in a few unicellular parasites. However, this, to our knowledge, has never been done before in multicellular metazoan parasites...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782529/molecular-effect-of-an-optn-common-variant-associated-to-paget-s-disease-of-bone
#11
Iris A L Silva, Natércia Conceição, Édith Gagnon, Jacques P Brown, M Leonor Cancela, Laëtitia Michou
Paget's disease of bone (PDB) is a chronic bone disorder and although genetic factors appear to play an important role in its pathogenesis, to date PDB causing mutations were identified only in the Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1) gene at the PDB3 locus. PDB6 locus, also previously linked to PDB, contains several candidate genes for metabolic bone diseases. We focused our analysis in the most significantly associated variant with PDB, within the Optineurin (OPTN) gene, i.e. the common variant rs1561570. Although it was previously shown to be strongly associated with PDB in several populations, its contribution to PDB pathogenesis remains unclear...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782226/microparticle-release-from-cell-lines-and-its-anti-influenza-activity
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Saharat Jantaratrirat, Chompunuch Boonarkart, Kanyarat Ruangrung, Ornpreya Suptawiwat, Prasert Auewarakul
Microparticles (MPs) are vesicles that are released by budding from plasma membrane of living cells. Recently, the role of MPs in antiviral activity has been proposed. We investigated quantity and anti-influenza activity of MPs from human alveolar epithelial cells A549, human bronchial epithelial cells BEAS-2B, human colon adenocarcinoma cells HT-29, and the human lung fibroblast cells MRC-5. MPs were found from all four cell lines. However, anti-influenza activity against an H1N1 influenza virus was found only from MPs of A549 and BEAS-2B...
May 21, 2018: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782192/the-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-ci994-improves-nuclear-reprogramming-and-in-vitro-developmental-potential-of-cloned-pig-embryos
#13
Long Jin, Qing Guo, Guang-Lei Zhang, Xiao-Xu Xing, Mei-Fu Xuan, Qi-Rong Luo, Zhao-Bo Luo, Jun-Xia Wang, Xi-Jun Yin, Jin-Dan Kang
Epigenetic reprogramming and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) cloning efficiency were recently enhanced using histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis). In this study, we investigated the time effect of CI994, an HDACi, on the blastocyst formation rate, acetylation levels of H3K9 and H4K12, DNA methylation levels of anti-5-methylcytosine (5mC), and some mRNA expression of pluripotency-related genes in pig SCNT embryos. Treatment with 10 μM CI994 for 24 hours significantly improved the blastocyst formation rate of SCNT embryos in comparison with the untreated group (p < 0...
May 21, 2018: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782187/effects-of-maternal-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-the-maternal-and-infant-epigenome
#14
Cindy M Anderson, Shannon L Gillespie, Doria K Thiele, Jody L Ralph, Joyce E Ohm
INTRODUCTION: Mothers and infants are at high risk for inadequate vitamin D status. Mechanisms by which vitamin D may affect maternal and infant DNA methylation are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: This study quantified the effects of vitamin D3 supplementation on DNA methylation in pregnant and lactating women and their breastfed infants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this randomized controlled pilot study, pregnant women received vitamin D3 400 international units (IU) (n = 6; control) or 3,800 IU (n = 7; intervention) daily from late second trimester through 4-6 weeks postpartum...
May 21, 2018: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782174/expression-of-concentrative-nucleoside-transporters-slc28a-in-the-human-placenta-effects-of-gestation-age-and-prototype-differentiation-affecting-agents
#15
Lucie Jiraskova, Lukas Cerveny, Sara Karbanova, Zuzana Ptackova, Frantisek Staud
Equilibrative ( SLC29A) and concentrative ( SLC28A) nucleoside transporters contribute to proper placental development and mediate uptake of nucleosides/nucleoside-derived drugs. We analyzed placental expression of SLC28A mRNA during gestation. Moreover, we studied in choriocarcinoma-derived BeWo cells whether SLC29A and SLC28A mRNA levels can be modulated by activity of adenylyl cyclase, retinoic acid receptor activation, CpG islands methylation, or histone acetylation, using forskolin, all- trans-retinoic acid, and 5-azacytidine, and sodium butyrate/sodium valproate, respectively...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782154/miclip-mapseq-a-substrate-identification-approach-for-radical-sam-rna-methylating-enzymes
#16
Vanja Stojković, Tongyue Chu, Gabriel Therizols, David E Weinberg, Danica Galonić Fujimori
Although present across bacteria, the large family of radical SAM RNA methylating enzymes is largely uncharacterized. Escherichia coli RlmN, the founding member of the family, methylates an adenosine in 23S rRNA and several tRNAs to yield 2-methyladenosine (m2A). However, varied RNA substrate specificity among RlmN enzymes, combined with the ability of certain family members to generate 8-methyladenosine (m8A), makes functional predictions across this family challenging. Here, we present a method for unbiased substrate identification that exploits highly efficient, mechanism-based crosslinking between the enzyme and its RNA substrates...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782035/simultaneous-quantitation-of-rosuvastatin-and-ezetimibe-in-human-plasma-by-lc-ms-ms-pharmacokinetic-study-of-fixed-dose-formulation-and-separate-tablets
#17
Abhaysingh Bhadoriya, Mallika Sanyal, Priyanka A Shah, Pranav S Shrivastav
A simple, high-throughput and highly sensitive liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed for the simultaneous estimation of rosuvastatin and free ezetimibe. Liquid-liquid extraction was carried out using methyl-tert butyl ether after prior acidification from 300 μL human plasma. The recovery for both the analytes and their deuterated internal standards (ISs) ranged from 95.7-99.8 %. Rosuvastatin and ezetimibe were separated on Symmetry C18 column using acetonitrile and ammonium formate buffer, pH 3...
May 21, 2018: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781947/childhood-trauma-dna-methylation-of-stress-related-genes-and-depression-findings-from-two-monozygotic-twin-studies
#18
Hao Peng, Yun Zhu, Eric Strachan, Emily Fowler, Tamara Bacus, Peter Roy-Byrne, Jack Goldberg, Viola Vaccarino, Jinying Zhao
OBJECTIVE: DNA methylation has been associated with both early life stress and depression. This study examined the combined association of DNA methylation at multiple CpG probes in five stress-related genes with depressive symptoms, and tested whether these genes methylation mediated the association between childhood trauma and depression in two monozygotic (MZ) twin studies. METHODS: The current analysis comprised 119 MZ twin pairs (84 male pairs [mean 55 years], and 35 female pairs [mean 36 years])...
May 17, 2018: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781801/methanonatronarchaeum-thermophilum-gen-nov-sp-nov-and-candidatus-methanohalarchaeum-thermophilum-extremely-halo-natrono-philic-methyl-reducing-methanogens-from-hypersaline-lakes-comprising-a-new-euryarchaeal-class-methanonatronarchaeia-classis-nov
#19
Dimitry Y Sorokin, Alexander Y Merkel, Ben Abbas, Kira S Makarova, W Irene C Rijpstra, M Koenen, Jaap S Sinninghe Damsté, Erwin A Galinski, Eugene V Koonin, Mark C M van Loosdrecht
Methanogenic enrichments from hypersaline lakes at moderate thermophilic conditions have resulted in the cultivation of an unknown deep lineage of euryarchaeota related to the class Halobacteria. Eleven soda lake isolates and three salt lake enrichment cultures were methyl-reducing methanogens that utilize C1 methylated compounds as electron acceptors and H2 or formate as electron donors, but they were unable to grow on either substrates alone or to form methane from acetate. They are extreme halophiles, growing optimally at 4 M total Na+ and the first representatives of methanogens employing the 'salt-in' osmoprotective mechanism...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781749/oncogenic-pkc-%C3%AE-activates-vimentin-during-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-melanoma-a-study-based-on-pkc-%C3%AE-and-pkc-%C3%AE-specific-inhibitors
#20
Wishrawana S Ratnayake, Christopher A Apostolatos, André H Apostolatos, Ryan J Schutte, Monica A Huynh, David A Ostrov, Mildred Acevedo-Duncan
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and is accompanied with a poor prognosis owing to tumors being resistant to most therapies. Atypical protein kinase Cs (aPKC) are involved in malignancy in many cancers. We previously reported that aPKCs play a key role in melanoma's cell motility by regulating cell signaling pathways which induce epithelial-mesenchymal Transition (EMT). We tested three novel inhibitors; [4-(5-amino-4-carbamoylimidazol-1-yl)-2,3-dihydroxycyclopentyl] methyl dihydrogen phosphate (ICA-1T) along with its nucleoside analog 5-amino-1-((1R,2S,3S,4R)-2,3-dihydroxy-4-methylcyclopentyl)-1H-imidazole-4-carboxamide (ICA-1S) which are specific to protein kinase C-iota (PKC-ι) and 8-hydroxy-1,3,6-naphthalenetrisulfonic acid (ζ-Stat) which is specific to PKC-zeta (PKC-ζ) on cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of two malignant melanoma cell lines compared to normal melanocytes...
May 21, 2018: Cell Adhesion & Migration
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