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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821188/panmixia-and-limited-interspecific-introgression-in-coyotes-canis-latrans-from-west-virginia-and-virginia-usa
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Justin H Bohling, Lauren L Mastro, Jennifer R Adams, Eric M Gese, Sheldon F Owen, Lisette P Waits
The expansion of coyotes (Canis latrans) into the eastern United States has had major consequences for ecological communities and wildlife managers. Despite this, there has been little investigation of the genetics of coyotes across much of this region, especially outside of the northeast. Understanding patterns of genetic structure and interspecific introgression would provide insights into the colonization history of the species, its response to the modern environment, and interactions with other canids. We examined the genetic characteristics of 121 coyotes from the mid-Atlantic states of West Virginia and Virginia by genotyping 17 polymorphic nuclear DNA microsatellite loci...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820597/deterministic-symmetry-breaking-of-plasmonic-nanostructures-enabled-by-dna-programmable-assembly
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Matthew R Jones, Kevin L Kohlstedt, Matthew N O'Brien, Jinsong Wu, George C Schatz, Chad A Mirkin
The physical properties of matter rely fundamentally on the symmetry of constituent building blocks. This is particularly true for structures that interact with light via the collective motion of their conduction electrons (i.e., plasmonic materials), where the observation of exotic optical effects, such as negative refraction and electromagnetically induced transparency, require the coupling of modes that are only present in systems with nontrivial broken symmetries. Lithography has been the predominant fabrication technique for constructing plasmonic metamaterials, as it can be used to form patterns of arbitrary complexity, including those with broken symmetry...
August 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820402/does-signaling-of-estrogen-related-receptors-affect-structure-and-function-of-bank-vole-leydig-cells
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P Pawlicki, A Milon, M Zarzycka, J Galas, W Tworzydlo, A Kaminska, L Pardyak, K Lesniak, A Pacwa, B Bilinska, E Gorowska-Wojtowicz, M Kotula-Balak
To get a deeper insight into the function of estrogen-related receptors (ERRs) and dissect underlying mechanism in Leydig cells, ERRs (type α, β and γ) were blocked or activated in testes of adult bank voles (Myodes glareolus) which show seasonal changes in the intratesticular sex hormones level. Both actively reproducing animals (long day conditions; LD) and those with regression of the reproductive system (short day conditions; SD) received intraperitoneal injections of selective ERRα antagonist 3-[4-(2,4-Bis-trifluoromethylbenzyloxy)-3-methoxyphenyl]-2-cyano-N-(5-trifluoromethyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)acrylamide (XCT 790) or selective ERRβ/ERRγ agonist N-(4-(Diethylaminobenzylidenyl)-N'-(4-hydroxybenzoyl)-hydrazine (DY131) (50 μ/kg bw; six doses every other day)...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820052/new-insights-on-neuronal-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-as-targets-for-pain-and-inflammation-a-focus-on-%C3%AE-7-nachrs
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Deniz Bagdas, Mine S Gurun, Pamela Flood, Roger L Papke, M Imad Damaj
Nicotine and nicotinic receptors have been explored for the past three decades as targets for pain control. Accumulating evidences suggest that selective ligands for α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) hold promise in the treatment of chronic pain conditions as they lack many of side effects associated with other nicotinic receptor types. This review provides the reader recent insights on α7 nAChRs from structure and function to the latest findings on the pharmacology and therapeutic targeting of these receptors for the treatment of pain and inflammation...
August 17, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819979/the-influence-of-a-novel-dimeric-ceramide-molecule-on-the-nanostructure-and-the-thermotropic-phase-behavior-of-a-stratum-corneum-model-mixture
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Sören Stahlberg, Adina Eichner, Stefan Sonnenberger, Andrej Kovacik, Stefan Lange, Thomas Schmitt, Bruno Demé, Thomas Hauss, Bodo Dobner, Reinhard H H Neubert, Daniel Huster
The stratum corneum (SC) is the outermost layer of the skin and composed of a multilayered assembly of mostly ceramids (Cer), free fatty acids, cholesterol (Chol), and cholesterol sulphate (Chol-S). Due to the tight packing of these lipids, the SC features unique barrier properties defending the skin from environmental influences. Under pathological conditions, where the skin barrier function is compromised, topical application of molecules that rigidify the SC may lead to a restored barrier function. To this end, molecules are required that incorporate into the SC and bring back the original rigidity of the skin barrier...
August 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819970/chemical-selectivity-at-grain-boundary-dislocations-in-monolayer-mo1-xwxs2-transition-metal-dichalcogenides
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Ziqian Wang, Yuhao Shen, Shoucong Ning, Yoshikazu Ito, Pan Liu, Zheng Tang, Takeshi Fujita, Akihiko Hirata, Mingwei Chen
Grain boundaries (GBs) are unavoidable crystal defects in polycrystalline materials and significantly influence their properties. However, the structure and chemistry of GBs in 2D transition metal dichalcogenide alloys have not been well established. Here we report significant chemical selectivity of transition metal atoms at GB dislocation cores in Mo1-xWxS2 monolayers. Different from classical elastic field-driven dislocation segregation in bulk crystals, the chemical selectivity in the 2D crystals originates prominently from variation of atomic coordination numbers at dislocation cores...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819880/theoretical-analysis-of-c-f-bond-cleavage-mediated-by-cob-i-alamin-based-structures
#7
D Cortés-Arriagada, A Toro-Labbe, J R Mora, L Rincón, R Mereau, F J Torres
In the present work, C-F bond cleavage mediated by the super-reduced form of cobalamin (i.e., Co(I)Cbl) was theoretically studied at the ONIOM(BP86/6-311++G(d,p):PM6) + SMD level of theory. Dispersion effects were introduced by employing Grimme's empirical dispersion at the ONIOM(BP86-D/6-311++G(d,p):PM6) + SMD level. In the first stage of the study, cobalamin was characterized in terms of the coordination number of the central cobalt atom. The ONIOM(BP86/6-311++G(d,p):PM6) results showed that the base-off form of the system is slightly more stable than its base-on counterpart (ΔE = E base-off - E base-on ~ -2 kcal/mol)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819312/shared-peptide-binding-of-hla-class-i-and-ii-alleles-associate-with-cutaneous-nevirapine-hypersensitivity-and-identify-novel-risk-alleles
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Rebecca Pavlos, Elizabeth J McKinnon, David A Ostrov, Bjoern Peters, Soren Buus, David Koelle, Abha Chopra, Ryan Schutte, Craig Rive, Alec Redwood, Susana Restrepo, Austin Bracey, Thomas Kaever, Paisley Myers, Ellen Speers, Stacy A Malaker, Jeffrey Shabanowitz, Yuan Jing, Silvana Gaudieri, Donald F Hunt, Mary Carrington, David W Haas, Simon Mallal, Elizabeth J Phillips
Genes of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system encode cell-surface proteins involved in regulation of immune responses, and the way drugs interact with the HLA peptide binding groove is important in the immunopathogenesis of T-cell mediated drug hypersensitivity syndromes. Nevirapine (NVP), is an HIV-1 antiretroviral with treatment-limiting hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) associated with multiple class I and II HLA alleles. Here we utilize a novel analytical approach to explore these multi-allelic associations by systematically examining HLA molecules for similarities in peptide binding specificities and binding pocket structure...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819229/cryo-em-analysis-of-homodimeric-full-length-lrrk2-and-lrrk1-protein-complexes
#9
Kushal Sejwal, Mohamed Chami, Hervé Rémigy, Renée Vancraenenbroeck, William Sibran, Rosmarie Sütterlin, Paul Baumgartner, Robert McLeod, Marie-Christine Chartier-Harlin, Veerle Baekelandt, Henning Stahlberg, Jean-Marc Taymans
Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) is a large multidomain protein implicated in the pathogenesis of both familial and sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD), and currently one of the most promising therapeutic targets for drug design in Parkinson's disease. In contrast, LRRK1, the closest homologue to LRRK2, does not play any role in PD. Here, we use cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and single particle analysis to gain structural insight into the full-length dimeric structures of LRRK2 and LRRK1. Differential scanning fluorimetry-based screening of purification buffers showed that elution of the purified LRRK2 protein in a high pH buffer is beneficial in obtaining high quality cryo-EM images...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819224/the-role-of-rho-gtpases-and-actin-polymerization-during-macrophage-tunneling-nanotube-biogenesis
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Samer J Hanna, Kessler McCoy-Simandle, Veronika Miskolci, Peng Guo, Michael Cammer, Louis Hodgson, Dianne Cox
Macrophage interactions with other cells, either locally or at distances, are imperative in both normal and pathological conditions. While soluble means of communication can transmit signals between different cells, it does not account for all long distance macrophage interactions. Recently described tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) are membranous channels that connect cells together and allow for transfer of signals, vesicles, and organelles. However, very little is known about the mechanism by which these structures are formed...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819130/a-multielectrode-array-microchannel-platform-reveals-both-transient-and-slow-changes-in-axonal-conduction-velocity
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Rouhollah Habibey, Shahrzad Latifi, Hossein Mousavi, Mattia Pesce, Elmira Arab-Tehrany, Axel Blau
Due to their small dimensions, electrophysiology on thin and intricate axonal branches in support of understanding their role in normal and diseased brain function poses experimental challenges. To reduce experimental complexity, we coupled microelectrode arrays (MEAs) to bi-level microchannel devices for the long-term in vitro tracking of axonal morphology and activity with high spatiotemporal resolution. Our model allowed the long-term multisite recording from pure axonal branches in a microscopy-compatible environment...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819097/the-non-coding-rna-bc1-regulates-experience-dependent-structural-plasticity-and-learning
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Victor Briz, Leonardo Restivo, Emanuela Pasciuto, Konrad Juczewski, Valentina Mercaldo, Adrian C Lo, Pieter Baatsen, Natalia V Gounko, Antonella Borreca, Tiziana Girardi, Rossella Luca, Julie Nys, Rogier B Poorthuis, Huibert D Mansvelder, Gilberto Fisone, Martine Ammassari-Teule, Lutgarde Arckens, Patrik Krieger, Rhiannon Meredith, Claudia Bagni
The brain cytoplasmic (BC1) RNA is a non-coding RNA (ncRNA) involved in neuronal translational control. Absence of BC1 is associated with altered glutamatergic transmission and maladaptive behavior. Here, we show that pyramidal neurons in the barrel cortex of BC1 knock out (KO) mice display larger excitatory postsynaptic currents and increased spontaneous activity in vivo. Furthermore, BC1 KO mice have enlarged spine heads and postsynaptic densities and increased synaptic levels of glutamate receptors and PSD-95...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818949/in-situ-architecture-function-and-evolution-of-a-contractile-injection-system
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Désirée Böck, João M Medeiros, Han-Fei Tsao, Thomas Penz, Gregor L Weiss, Karin Aistleitner, Matthias Horn, Martin Pilhofer
Contractile injection systems mediate bacterial cell-cell interactions by a bacteriophage tail-like structure. In contrast to extracellular systems, the type 6 secretion system (T6SS) is defined by intracellular localization and attachment to the cytoplasmic membrane. Here we used cryo-focused ion beam milling, electron cryotomography, and functional assays to study a T6SS in Amoebophilus asiaticus The in situ architecture revealed three modules, including a contractile sheath-tube, a baseplate, and an anchor...
August 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818722/interaction-of-manganese-nanoparticle-with-cytochrome-c-a-multi-spectroscopic-study
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Anali Mansouri, Mina Mousavi, Farnoosh Attar, Ali Akbar Saboury, Mojtaba Falahati
In this paper, the conformational changes of cytochrome c (cyt c) upon interaction with manganese nanoparticle (Mn-NP) were examined using dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), zeta potential, fluorescence spectroscopy, and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy methods DLS and TEM analysis exhibited the structure of Mn-NP was less than 50nm. FTIR bands were similar to those reported for Mn-NP. Zeta potential measurements showed positive charge distribution for Mn-NP (4...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818616/molecular-insights-of-two-stat1-variants-from-rock-bream-oplegnathus-fasciatus-and-their-transcriptional-regulation-in-response-to-pathogenic-stress-interleukin-10-and-tissue-injury
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S D N K Bathige, Navaneethaiyer Umasuthan, G I Godahewa, William Shanthakumar Thulasitha, J D H E Jayasinghe, Qiang Wan, Jehee Lee
Signal transducers and activators of transcription 1 (STAT1) is critically involved in mediating cytokine-driven signaling, and triggers the transcription of target genes to activate cellular functions. Although the structural and functional aspects of STAT members have been well described in mammals, only limited information is available for the STAT genes in teleost fishes. In the present study, two variants of STAT1 genes (RbSTAT1 and RbSTAT1L) were identified from rock bream and characterized at the cDNA and genomic sequence levels...
August 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818446/characterization-of-a-highly-selective-inhibitor-of-the-aurora-kinases
#16
Fleur M Ferguson, Zainab M Doctor, Apirat Chaikuad, Taebo Sim, Nam Doo Kim, Stefan Knapp, Nathanael S Gray
Aurora kinases play an essential role in mitosis and cell cycle regulation. In recent years Aurora kinases have proved popular cancer targets and many inhibitors have been developed. The majority of these clinical candidates are multi-targeted, rendering them inappropriate as tools for studying Aurora kinase mediated signaling. Here we report discovery of a highly selective inhibitor of Aurora kinases A, B and C, with potent cellular activity and minimal off-target activity (PLK4). The X-ray co-crystal structure of Aurora A in complex with compound 2 is reported, and provides insights into the structural determinants of ligand binding and selectivity...
August 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818399/nano-carbons-from-waste-tyre-rubber-an-insight-into-structure-and-morphology
#17
Samane Maroufi, Mohannad Mayyas, Veena Sahajwalla
This study reports on the novel and sustainable synthesis of high value carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) from waste tyre rubber (WTR), using an innovative high temperature approach. As waste tyres are composed, primarily, of carbon - accounting for some 81.2wt% - they represent a promising source of carbon for many potential applications. However, cost-effective options for their processing are limited and, consequently, billions of waste tyres have accumulated in landfills and stockpiles, posing a serious global environmental threat...
August 14, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818021/applying-behavior-change-theories-and-qualitative-methods-in-substance-misuse-implementation-research-conceptualizing-the-adoption-of-breaking-free-online-in-real-world-clinical-practice
#18
Stephanie Dugdale, Sarah Elison, Glyn Davies, Jonathan Ward
There is insufficient research examining the implementation of complex novel interventions within health care. This may be due to a lack of qualitative research providing subjective insights into these implementation processes. The authors investigate the advantages of applying behavior change theories to conceptualize qualitative data describing the processes of implementation of complex interventions. Breaking Free Online (BFO), a digital treatment intervention for substance misuse, is described as an example of a complex intervention...
June 2017: Qualitative Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817785/diving-into-the-world-of-alcohol-teratogenesis-a-review-of-zebrafish-models-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#19
Yohaan Fernandes, Desirè M Buckley, Johann K Eberhart
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refer to the entire suite of deleterious outcomes resulting from embryonic alcohol exposure. Along with other reviews in this edition, we provide insight into how animal models, specifically the zebrafish; have informed our understanding of FASD. We first provide a brief introduction to FASD. We discuss the zebrafish as a model organism and its strengths for alcohol research. We detail how zebrafish has been used to model some of the major defects present in FASD. These include behavioral defects, such as social behavior as well as learning and memory, and structural defects, disrupting organs such as the brain, sensory organs, heart and craniofacial skeleton...
August 17, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817657/metaproteomics-analysis-of-the-functional-insights-into-microbial-communities-of-combined-hydrogen-and-methane-production-by-anaerobic-fermentation-from-reed-straw
#20
Xuan Jia, Bei-Dou Xi, Ming-Xiao Li, Yang Yang, Yong Wang
A metaproteomic approach was used to analyse the proteins expressed and provide functional evidence of key metabolic pathways in the combined production of hydrogen and methane by anaerobic fermentation (CHMP-AF) for reed straw utilisation. The functions and structures of bacteria and archaea populations show significant succession in the CHMP-AF process. There are many kinds of bacterial functional proteins, mainly belonging to phyla Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria and Bacteroidetes, that are involved in carbohydrate metabolism, energy metabolism, lipid metabolism, and amino acid metabolism...
2017: PloS One
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