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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813658/ccctc-binding-factor-translates-interleukin-2-and-%C3%AE-ketoglutarate-sensitive-metabolic-changes-in-t%C3%A2-cells-into-context-dependent-gene-programs
#1
Danielle A Chisolm, Daniel Savic, Amanda J Moore, Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Beatriz León, David K Crossman, Cornelis Murre, Richard M Myers, Amy S Weinmann
Despite considerable research connecting cellular metabolism with differentiation decisions, the underlying mechanisms that translate metabolite-sensitive activities into unique gene programs are still unclear. We found that aspects of the interleukin-2 (IL-2)-sensitive effector gene program in CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in type 1 conditions (Th1) were regulated by glutamine and alpha-ketoglutarate (αKG)-induced events, in part through changes in DNA and histone methylation states. We further identified a mechanism by which IL-2- and αKG-sensitive metabolic changes regulated the association of CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) with select genomic sites...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813517/prmepred-a-protein-arginine-methylation-prediction-tool
#2
Pawan Kumar, Joseph Joy, Ashutosh Pandey, Dinesh Gupta
Protein methylation is an important Post-Translational Modification (PTMs) of proteins. Arginine methylation carries out and regulates several important biological functions, including gene regulation and signal transduction. Experimental identification of arginine methylation site is a daunting task as it is costly as well as time and labour intensive. Hence reliable prediction tools play an important task in rapid screening and identification of possible methylation sites in proteomes. Our preliminary assessment using the available prediction methods on collected data yielded unimpressive results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813436/enhancement-of-the-production-of-l-glutaminase-an-anticancer-enzyme-from-aeromonas-veronii-by-adaptive-and-induced-mutation-techniques
#3
S Aravinth Vijay Jesuraj, Md Moklesur Rahman Sarker, Long Chiau Ming, S Marylin Jeya Praya, M Ravikumar, Wong Tin Wui
Microbial anti-cancer enzymes have been proven to be effective and economical agents for cancer treatment. Aeromonas veronii has been identified as a microorganism with the potential to produce L-glutaminase, an anticancer agent effective against acute lymphocytic leukaemia. In this study, a selective medium of Aeromonas veronii was used to culture the microorganism. Strain improvement was done by adaptive and induced mutational techniques. A selective minimal agar media was incorporated for the growth of the strain which further supports adaptive mutation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813155/research-on-controllable-degradation-of-novel-sulfonylurea-herbicides-in-acidic-and-alkaline-soils
#4
Shaa Zhou, Xue-Wen Hua, Wei Wei, Yu-Cheng Gu, Xiaoqing Liu, Jinghuo Chen, Minggui Chen, Yong-Tao Xie, Sha Zhou, Xiang-De Meng, Yan Zhang, Yong-Hong Li, Baolei Wang, Haibin Song, Zheng-Ming Li
The degradation issue of sulfonylurea (SU) has become one of the biggest challenges that hamper the development and application of this class of herbicides, especially in alkaline soils of Northern China. On the basis of previous discovery that some substituents on the 5th position of the benzene ring in Chlorsulfuron could hasten its degradation rate apparently in acidic soil, this work on Metsulfuron-methyl showed more convincing results. Two novel compounds (I-1 and I-2) were designed and synthesized, at the same time, they still retained potent herbicidal activity against both tested dicotyledon and monocotyledon...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813147/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-asymmetric-acyclic-nucleoside-bisphosphonates-as-inhibitors-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-human-hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine-phosphoribosyltransferase
#5
Petr Špaček, Dianne T Keough, Marina Chavchich, Martin Dracinsky, Zlatko Janeba, Lieve Naesens, Michael D Edstein, Luke W Guddat, Dana Hocková
Acyclic nucleoside bisphosphonates (ANbPs) have previously been shown to be good inhibitors of human hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) and Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (PfHGXPRT). Based on this scaffold, a new series of ANbPs was synthesized. One of these new ANbPs, [3-(guanine-9-yl)-2-((2-phosphonoethoxy)methyl)propoxy]methylphosphonic acid, exhibited Ki values of 6 and 70 nM for human HGPRT and Pf HGXPRT, respectively. These low Ki values were achieved by inserting an extra carbon atom in the linker connecting the N9 atom of guanine to one of the phosphonate groups...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813052/mixed-ligand-iridium-iii-complexes-as-photodynamic-anticancer-agents
#6
Yue Zheng, Liang He, Dong-Yang Zhang, Cai-Ping Tan, Liang-Nian Ji, Zong-Wan Mao
Many phosphorescent iridium complexes are potent candidates as photodynamic therapeutic agents. In this work, a series of mixed-ligand phosphorescent iridium complexes (Ir1: [Ir(L1)(bpy)Cl](PF6)2; Ir2: [Ir(L1)(ppy)Cl](PF6); Ir3: [Ir(L2)(bpy)Cl](PF6)2; Ir4: [Ir(L2)(ppy)Cl](PF6). L1 = 2,6-bis(2-benzimidazolyl)pyridine; bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine; L2 = 2,6-bis(1-methyl-benzimidazol-2-yl)pyridine; ppy = 2-phenylpyridine) have been synthesized and characterized. These complexes display high luminescence quantum yields and long phosphorescence lifetimes...
August 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813043/folic-acid-supramolecular-ionogels
#7
Rahul Ranjan, Kamla Rawat, H B Bohidar
Herein, we report on folic acid (FA, a low molecular weight gelator) thermoreversible supramolecular organo (in 1 : 1 (v/v) water-DMSO binary solvent), and ionogels made in 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride, [C2mim][Cl], and 1-octyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride, [C8mim][Cl], solutions with 0.1 ≤ [IL] ≤ 5% (w/v). The self-assembled fibrils of folic acid were largely formed due to secondary forces, such as π-π stacking, H-bonding, and hydrophobic interactions above a gelator concentration of 0...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813041/supported-nickel-rhenium-catalysts-for-selective-hydrogenation-of-methyl-esters-to-alcohols
#8
Kaituo Liu, James Pritchard, Li Lu, Robbert van Putten, M W G M Tiny Verhoeven, Mike Schmitkamp, Xiaoming Huang, Laurent Lefort, Christopher J Kiely, Emiel J M Hensen, Evgeny A Pidko
The addition of Re to Ni on TiO2 yields efficient catalysts for the hydrogenation of acids and esters to alcohols under mild conditions. Rhenium promotes the formation of atomically dispersed and sub-nanometre-sized bimetallic species interacting strongly with the oxide support.
August 16, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813025/association-between-promoter-methylation-of-gene-ercc3-and-benzene-hematotoxicity
#9
Min Zheng, Feiliang Lin, Fenxia Hou, Guilan Li, Caiying Zhu, Peiyu Xu, Caihong Xing, Qianfei Wang
Benzene is a primary industrial chemical and a ubiquitous environmental pollutant. ERCC3 is a key player in nucleotide excision repair. Recent studies suggested that site-specific methylation is a possible mechanism of the transcriptional dysregulation by blocking transcription factors binding. We previously found that the average promoter methylation level of ERCC3 was increased in benzene-exposed workers. In order to test whether specific CpG sites of ERCC3 play an important role in benzene-induced epigenetic changes and whether the specific methylation patterns are associated with benzene hematotoxicity, we analyzed the promoter methylation levels of individual CpG sites, transcription factor binding motif and the correlation between aberrant CpG methylation and hematotoxicity in 76 benzene-exposed workers and 24 unexposed controls in China...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813019/grafting-modification-of-the-reactive-core-shell-particles-to-enhance-the-toughening-ability-of-polylactide
#10
Zhaokun Li, Shixin Song, Xuanchen Zhao, Xue Lv, Shulin Sun
In order to overcome the brittleness of polylactide (PLA), reactive core-shell particles (RCS) with polybutadiene as core and methyl methacrylate-co-styrene-co-glycidyl methacrylate as shell were prepared to toughen PLA. Tert-dodecyl mercaptan (TDDM) was used as chain transfer agent to modify the grafting properties (such as grafting degree, shell thickness, internal and external grafting) of the core-shell particles. The introduction of TDDM decreased the grafting degree, shell thickness and the Tg of the core phase...
August 16, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812986/epigenome-aberrations-emerging-driving-factors-of-the-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#11
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Ali Mehdi, Yasser Riazalhosseini
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), the most common form of Kidney cancer, is characterized by frequent mutations of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene in ~85% of sporadic cases. Loss of pVHL function affects multiple cellular processes, among which the activation of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) pathway is the best-known function. Constitutive activation of HIF signaling in turn activates hundreds of genes involved in numerous oncogenic pathways, which contribute to the development or progression of ccRCC...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812750/synthesis-and-characterization-of-fe-iii-%C3%AE-oh-zn-ii-complexes-effects-of-a-second-coordination-sphere-and-increase-in-the-chelate-ring-size-on-the-hydrolysis-of-a-phosphate-diester-and-dna
#12
Graciela Aparecida Dos Santos Silva, André Luiz Amorim, Bernardo de Souza, Philipe Gabriel, Hernán Terenzi, Ebbe Nordlander, Ademir Neves, Rosely A Peralta
The synthesis and characterization of three ligands and their respective heterobinuclear Fe(III)Zn(II) complexes were carried out, with the goal of mimicking the active site of purple acid phosphatases (PAPs). The ligand 2-hydroxy-3-(((2-hydroxy-5-methyl-3-(((2-(pyridin-2-yl)ethyl)(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)amino)methyl)benzyl)(pyridin-2ylmethyl)amino)methyl)-5-methylbenzaldehyde (H2L(2)) was synthesized and its complex (Fe(III)Zn(II)L(2)) was used as a basis for comparison with similar complexes previously published in the literature...
August 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812747/identifying-the-charge-generation-dynamics-in-cs-based-triple-cation-mixed-perovskite-solar-cells
#13
Manuel Salado, Ramesh K Kokal, Laura Calio, Samrana Kazim, Melepurath Deepa, Shahzada Ahmad
Triple cation based perovskite solar cells offer enhanced moisture tolerance and stability compared to mixed perovskites. Slight substitution of methyl ammonium or formamidinium cation by cesium (Cs(+)), was also reported to eliminate halide segregation due to its smaller size. To elucidate the device kinetics and understand the role of the Cs, we undertook different modes of scanning probe microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments. Kelvin probe force microscopy revealed that the incorporation of the Cs cation increases the contact potential difference (CPD), this CPD further increases when Spiro-OMeTAD is used as a hole transport material...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812361/ultrasensitive-and-accurate-assay-of-human-methyltransferase-activity-at-the-single-cell-level-based-on-a-single-integrated-magnetic-microprobe
#14
Haiyan Zhao, Lei Wang, Weiqi Li, Shumei Zhai, Wei Jiang
Human DNA methyltransferase (MTase) activity expression patterns and inhibition response are linked to related cancer initiation, progression and therapeutic responses. Sensitive and accurate human MTase activity assay in cancer cells, especially at the single-cell level, is essential for biological study, clinical diagnosis and therapy. Here, we developed an ultrasensitive and accurate DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase 1 (Dnmt1) activity assay at the single-cell level based on a single integrated magnetic microprobe of functionalized double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) anchored to a single magnetic microbead surface...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812274/oxytocin-and-anxiety-disorders
#15
Michael G Gottschalk, Katharina Domschke
In the present chapter, we review the literature focusing on oxytocin (OT)-centered research in anxiety spectrum conditions, comprising separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and anxiety-related endophenotypes (e.g., trust behavior, behavioral inhibition, neuroticism, and state/trait anxiety). OT receptor gene (OXTR) polymorphisms have been implicated in gene-environment interactions with attachment style and childhood maltreatment and to influence clinical outcomes, including SAD intensity and limbic responsiveness...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812223/prognostic-potential-of-klotho-and-sfrp1-promoter-methylation-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#16
Abeer A Alsofyani, Rawiah A Alsiary, Alaa Samkari, Baraa T Alhaj-Hussain, Jalaluddin Azam Khan, Jaudah Al-Maghrabi, Aisha Elaimi, Mohammed H Al-Qahtani, Adel M Abuzenadah, Ashraf Dallol
Hypermethylation in the CpG island promoter regions of tumor suppressors is known to play a significant role in the development of HNSCC and the detection of which can aid the classification and prognosis of HNSCC. This study aims to profile the methylation patterns in a panel of key genes including CDKN2A, CDKN2B, KLOTHO (KL), RASSF1A, RARB, SLIT2, and SFRP1, in a group of HNSCC samples from Saudi Arabia. The extent of methylation in these genes is determined using the MethyLight assay and correlated with known clinicopathological parameters in our samples of 156 formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded HNSCC tissues...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812221/multimodal-neuroimaging-in-schizophrenia-description-and-dissemination
#17
C J Aine, H J Bockholt, J R Bustillo, J M Cañive, A Caprihan, C Gasparovic, F M Hanlon, J M Houck, R E Jung, J Lauriello, J Liu, A R Mayer, N I Perrone-Bizzozero, S Posse, J M Stephen, J A Turner, V P Clark, Vince D Calhoun
In this paper we describe an open-access collection of multimodal neuroimaging data in schizophrenia for release to the community. Data were acquired from approximately 100 patients with schizophrenia and 100 age-matched controls during rest as well as several task activation paradigms targeting a hierarchy of cognitive constructs. Neuroimaging data include structural MRI, functional MRI, diffusion MRI, MR spectroscopic imaging, and magnetoencephalography. For three of the hypothesis-driven projects, task activation paradigms were acquired on subsets of ~200 volunteers which examined a range of sensory and cognitive processes (e...
August 15, 2017: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812072/critical-universality-and-asymmetry-of-ionic-solution-iodobenzene-1-decyl-3-methyl-imidazolium-bis-trifluorosulfonyl-imide
#18
Xiaoyi Tao, Tianxiang Yin, Weiguo Shen
The liquid-liquid coexistence curve, heat capacity in the critical and noncritical regions, and the turbidity in critical one-phase and two-phase regions of the binary solution {iodobenzene + 1-decyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluorosulfonyl)imide ([C10mim][NTf2])} have been precisely measured. From the data collected in the critical region, the critical exponents α, β, γ and ν, as well as the universal critical amplitude ratios RB and X were obtained and were shown to agree well with their theoretical values for the 3D-Ising universality class, which further confirmed the 3D-Ising criticality of ionic solutions even in a very low relative permittivity solvent...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812067/nonlinear-imaging-microscopy-for-assessing-structural-and-photochemical-modifications-upon-laser-removal-of-dammar-varnish-on-photosensitive-substrates
#19
M Oujja, S Psilodimitrakopoulos, E Carrasco, M Sanz, A Philippidis, A Selimis, P Pouli, G Filippidis, M Castillejo
The nonlinear optical microscopy (NLM) modalities of Multi-Photon Excited Fluorescence (MPEF) and Third Harmonic Generation (THG) have been combined in this work to characterize as a function of depth with micrometric resolution the type and extent of morphological and photochemical modifications that take place upon ultraviolet (UV) pulsed laser removal of a dammar varnish layer applied on a photosensitive substrate. The latter consists on a layer of the synthetic polymer poly-methyl methacrylate doped with a photosensitizer, the aromatic compound 1,4-di[2-(5-phenyloxazolyl)] benzene, that strongly fluoresces upon UV light illumination...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812058/environmental-pollutants-and-neurodevelopment-review-of-benefits-from-closure-of-a-coal-burning-power-plant-in-tongliang-china
#20
Vrinda Kalia, Frederica Perera, Deliang Tang
Background. Understanding preventable causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is a public health priority. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from combustion of fossil fuel, lead, and mercury are among known neurodevelopmental toxicants. Method. For the first time, we comprehensively review the findings from a study by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and Chinese partners that followed 2 groups of mother-child pairs, one from 2002 and another from 2005, in Tongliang County, China. Pregnant mothers in the 2 cohorts experienced different exposure to PAH because a local coal-burning power plant was shut down in 2004...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
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