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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925021/thirdhand-smoke-when-the-danger-is-more-than-you-can-see-or-smell
#1
Luciana Rizzieri Figueiró, Ana Luiza Ziulkoski, Denise Conceição Mesquita Dantas
Recent discussion has focused on another form of exposure to tobacco - thirdhand smoke (THS) - consisting of residual pollutants from cigarette smoke that remain in environments. The main concern with THS is based on the presence and persistence of many toxic compounds, some specific nitrosamines from tobacco that have carcinogenic activity. Little is known about THS, and few people are aware of its existence and potential health repercussions, thus highlighting the need to shed light on the subject and incorporate it into the public health debate, as was done with passive smoking several years ago...
December 1, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924983/detection-of-the-tuberculosis-antigenic-marker-mannose-capped-lipoarabinomannan-in-pretreated-serum-by-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
#2
Alexis C Crawford, Lars B Laurentius, Timothy S Mulvihill, Jennifer H Granger, John S Spencer, Delphi Chatterjee, Kimberly E Hanson, Marc D Porter
The ability to detect tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a global health care priority. This paper describes the development and preliminary assessment of the clinical accuracy of a heterogeneous immunoassay that integrates a serum pretreatment process with readout by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for the low-level detection of mannose-capped lipoarabinomannan (ManLAM). ManLAM is a major virulence factor in the infectious pathology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that has been found in the serum and other body fluids of infected patients...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924863/high-performance-sers-substrate-based-on-hybrid-structure-of-graphene-oxide-agnps-cu-film-pyramid-si
#3
Zhe Li, Shi Cai Xu, Chao Zhang, Xiao Yun Liu, Sai Sai Gao, Li Tao Hu, Jia Guo, Yong Ma, Shou Zhen Jiang, Hai Peng Si
We present a novel surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate based on graphene oxide/silver nanoparticles/copper film covered silicon pyramid arrays (GO/AgNPs/PCu@Si) by a low-cost and simple method. The GO/AgNPs/PCu@Si substrate presents high sensitivity, good homogeneity and well stability with R6G molecules as a probe. The detected concentration of Rhodamine 6 G (R6G) is as low as 10(-15) M. These sensitive SERS behaviors are also confirmed in theory via a commercial COMSOL software, the electric field enhancement is not only formed between the AgNPs, but also formed between the AgNPs and Cu film...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924507/tppu-protects-tau-from-h2o2-induced-hyperphosphorylation-in-hek293-tau-cells-by-regulating-pi3k-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-pathway
#4
En-Sheng Yao, Yan Tang, Xing-Hua Liu, Ming-Huan Wang
Neurofibrillary pathology of abnormally hyperphosphorylated tau is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other tauopathies. Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt/glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta (GSK-3β) signaling pathway is pivotal for tau phosphorylation. Inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) metabolism has been shown to effectively increase the accumulation of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs), which are cytochrome P450 metabolites of arachidonic acid and have been demonstrated to have neuroprotective effects...
December 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922982/mir-21-is-overexpressed-in-hydatidiform-mole-tissues-and-promotes-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-in-choriocarcinoma-cells
#5
Ya-Xin Wang, Jiu-Ru Zhao, Yue-Ying Xu, Wei-Bin Wu, Hui-Juan Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to make clear whether miR-21 was dysregulated in hydatidiform mole (HM) tissues and choriocarcinoma (CCA) cells, to elucidate whether aberrant miR-21 expression would affect the function of CCA cells, and to find out whether there was a relationship between miR-21 and AKT, PDCD4, and PTEN in CCA cells. METHODS: Fresh and formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded trophoblastic tissues (normal first trimester placentas and HMs) were retrieved from the biobank in the International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922833/x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy-and-transmission-electron-microscopy-analysis-of-silver-coated-gold-nanorods-designed-for-bionanotechnology-applications
#6
Fumiya Watanabe, Zeid A Nima, Takumi Honda, Masatoshi Mitsuhara, Minoru Nishida, Alexandru S Biris
Multicomponent nano-agents were designed and built via a core-shell approach to enhance their surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals. These nano-agents had 36 nm × 12 nm gold nanorod cores coated by 4 nm thick silver shell films and a subsequent thin bifunctional thiolated polyethylene glycol (HS-PEG-COOH) layer. Ambient time-lapsed SERS signal measurements of these functionalized nanorods taken over a two-week period indicated no signal degradation, suggesting that large portions of the silver shells remained in pure metallic form...
December 6, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922637/a-human-carboxypeptidase-e-nf-%C3%AE-1-gene-mutation-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-patient-leads-to-dementia-and-depression-in-mice
#7
Y Cheng, N X Cawley, T Yanik, S R K Murthy, C Liu, F Kasikci, D Abebe, Y P Loh
Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), a common dementia among the aging population, often also suffer from depression. This comorbidity is poorly understood. Although most forms of AD are not genetically inherited, we have identified a new human mutation in the carboxypeptidase E (CPE)/neurotrophic factor-α1 (NF-α1) gene from an AD patient that caused memory deficit and depressive-like behavior in transgenic mice. This mutation consists of three adenosine inserts, introducing nine amino acids, including two glutamines into the mutant protein, herein called CPE-QQ...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922062/enhanced-self-organized-dewetting-of-ultrathin-polymer-blend-film-for-large-area-fabrication-of-sers-substrate
#8
Huanhuan Zhang, Lin Xu, Yabo Xu, Gang Huang, Xueyu Zhao, Yuqing Lai, Tongfei Shi
We study the enhanced dewetting of ultrathin Polystyrene (PS)/Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blend films in a mixed solution, and reveal the dewetting can act as a simple and effective method to fabricate large-area surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. A bilayer structure consisting of under PMMA layer and upper PS layer forms due to vertical phase separation of immiscible PS/PMMA during the spin-coating process. The thicker layer of the bilayer structure dominates the dewetting structures of PS/PMMA blend films...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920887/preliminary-study-on-cost-effective-l-tryptophan-production-from-indole-and-l-serine-by-e-coli-cells
#9
Tahereh Sadeghiyan-Rizi, Jamshid Fooladi, Sima Sadrai
BACKGROUND: L-tryptophan is used widespread in the pharmaceutical industry. The majority of L-Trp production depends on microbial processes that produce L-tryptophan from indole and L-serine. These processes are very costly due to the costs of precursors, especially L-serine. Use of inexpensive substitutions as the L-serine source of L-tryptophan production enables us to reach a cost-effective process. In this paper, effect of Triton X-100 on L-Trp production and the ability to use Iranian cane molasses as inexpensive L-serine source was investigated...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920779/functional-versatility-of-agy-serine-codons-in-immunoglobulin-variable-region-genes
#10
Thiago Detanico, Matthew Phillips, Lawrence J Wysocki
In systemic autoimmunity, autoantibodies directed against nuclear antigens (Ags) often arise by somatic hypermutation (SHM) that converts AGT and AGC (AGY) Ser codons into Arg codons. This can occur by three different single-base changes. Curiously, AGY Ser codons are far more abundant in complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) of IgV-region genes than expected for random codon use or from species-specific codon frequency data. CDR AGY codons are also more abundant than TCN Ser codons. We show that these trends hold even in cartilaginous fishes...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919027/phosphorylation-of-janus-kinase-1-jak1-by-amp-activated-protein-kinase-ampk-links-energy-sensing-to-anti-inflammatory-signaling
#11
Claire Rutherford, Claire Speirs, Jamie J L Williams, Marie-Ann Ewart, Sarah J Mancini, Simon A Hawley, Christian Delles, Benoit Viollet, Ana P Costa-Pereira, George S Baillie, Ian P Salt, Timothy M Palmer
Adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a pivotal regulator of metabolism at cellular and organismal levels. AMPK also suppresses inflammation. We found that pharmacological activation of AMPK rapidly inhibited the Janus kinase (JAK)-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) pathway in various cells. In vitro kinase assays revealed that AMPK directly phosphorylated two residues (Ser(515) and Ser(518)) within the Src homology 2 domain of JAK1. Activation of AMPK enhanced the interaction between JAK1 and 14-3-3 proteins in cultured vascular endothelial cells and fibroblasts, an effect that required the presence of Ser(515) and Ser(518) and was abolished in cells lacking AMPK catalytic subunits...
November 8, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918647/a-droplet-based-high-throughput-sers-platform-on-a-droplet-guiding-track-engraved-superhydrophobic-substrate
#12
Sera Shin, Jaehong Lee, Sanggeun Lee, Hyunchul Kim, Jungmok Seo, Dayeong Kim, Juree Hong, Soonil Lee, Taeyoon Lee
A novel droplet-based surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor for high-throughput real-time SERS monitoring is presented. The developed sensors are based on a droplet-guiding-track-engraved superhydrophobic substrate covered with hierarchical SERS-active Ag dendrites. The droplet-guiding track with a droplet stopper is designed to manipulate the movement of a droplet on the superhydrophobic substrate. The superhydrophobic Ag dendritic substrates are fabricated through a galvanic displacement reaction and subsequent self-assembled monolayer coating...
December 5, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918433/protein-phosphatase-1-regulates-expression-of-neuregulin-1
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Tatiana Ammosova, Kareem Washington, Jamie Rotimi, Namita Kumari, Kahli A Smith, Xiaomei Niu, Marina Jerebtsova, Sergei Nekhai
Protein phosphatase 1 (PP1), a cellular serine/threonine phosphatase, is targeted to cellular promoters by its major regulatory subunits, PP1 nuclear targeting subunit, nuclear inhibitor of PP1 (NIPP1) and RepoMan. PP1 is also targeted to RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) by NIPP1 where it can dephosphorylate RNAPII and cycle-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9). Here, we show that treatment of cells with a small molecule activator of PP1 increases the abundance of a neuregulin-1 (NRG-1)-derived peptide. NRG-1 mRNA and protein levels were increased in the cells stably or transiently expressing mutant NIPP1 (mNIPP1) that does not bind PP1, but not in the cells expressing NIPP1...
December 2, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914955/molecular-cloning-expression-and-functional-analysis-of-three-subunits-of-protein-phosphatase-2a-pp2a-from-black-tiger-shrimps-penaeus-monodon
#14
Chao Zhao, Yan Wang, Mingjun Fu, Lihua Qiu
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a cellular serine-threonine (Ser/Thr) phosphatase that plays a crucial role in regulating most cellular functions. In the present study, the full-length cDNAs of three subunits of PmPP2A (PmPP2A-A, PP2A-B and PP2A-C) were cloned from Penaeus monodon, which are the first available for shrimps. Sequence analysis showed that PmPP2A-A, PmPP2A-B and PmPP2A-C encoded polypeptides of 591, 443, and 324 amino acids, respectively. The mRNAs of three subunits of PmPP2A were expressed constitutively in all tissues examined, and predominantly in the ovaries...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914524/the-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-gene-family-in-isatis-indigotica-fort-molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-analysis
#15
Rui-Fang Ma, Qian-Zi Liu, Ying Xiao, Lei Zhang, Qing Li, Jun Yin, Wan-Sheng Chen
Phenolic compounds, metabolites of the phenylpropanoid pathway, play an important role in the growth and environmental adaptation of many plants. Phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) is the first key enzyme of the phenylpropanoid pathway. The present study was designed to investigate whether there is a multi-gene family in I. Indigotic and, if so, to characterize their properties. We conducted a comprehensive survey on the transcription profiling database by using tBLASTn analysis. Several bioinformatics methods were employed to perform the prediction of composition and physicochemical characters...
November 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913677/phlpping-through-history-a-decade-in-the-life-of-phlpp-phosphatases
#16
REVIEW
Agnieszka T Grzechnik, Alexandra C Newton
In the decade since their discovery, the PH domain leucine-rich repeat protein phosphatases (PHLPP) have emerged as critical regulators of cellular homeostasis, and their dysregulation is associated with various pathophysiologies, ranging from cancer to degenerative diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. The two PHLPP isozymes, PHLPP1 and PHLPP2, were identified in a search for phosphatases that dephosphorylate Akt, and thus suppress growth factor signaling. However, given that there are over 200 000 phosphorylated residues in a single cell, and fewer than 50 Ser/Thr protein phosphatases, it is not surprising that PHLPP has many other cellular functions yet to be discovered, including a recently identified role in regulating the epigenome...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913190/synthesis-and-label-free-characterization-of-a-bimolecular-pna-homo-quadruplex
#17
Brunella Pinto, Giulia Rusciano, Stefano D'Errico, Nicola Borbone, Antonio Sasso, Vincenzo Piccialli, Luciano Mayol, Giorgia Oliviero, Gennaro Piccialli
BACKGROUND: G-quadruplex DNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. Both clinical and experimental studies on DNA G-quadruplexes are slowed down by their enzymatic instability. In this frame, more stable chemically modified analogs are needed. METHODS: The bis-end-linked-(gggt)2 PNA molecule (BEL-PNA) was synthesized using in solution and solid phase synthetic approaches. Quadruplex formation was assessed by circular dichroism (CD) and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912177/raman-spectroscopy-and-quantum-mechanical-analysis-of-tautomeric-forms-in-cytosine-and-5-methylcytosine-on-gold-surfaces
#18
Dinh Bao Nguyen, Thanh Danh Nguyen, Sangsoo Kim, Sang-Woo Joo
Spectral differences between cytosine (Cyt) and 5-methylcytosine (5MC) were investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy with a combination of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) revealed discriminating peaks of 5MC from those of Cyt upon adsorption on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). Among the notable features, the multiple bands between 850 and 700cm(-1) for the ring-breathing modes of 5MC and Cyt could be correlated well with the simulated spectra based on the DFT calculations of the adsorbates on the gold cluster atoms...
November 9, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911652/trueness-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-smartphone-inclinometer-measurements-of-shoulder-range-of-motion
#19
Patrick Boissy, Serigne Diop-Fallou, Karina Lebel, Mikael Bernier, Frederic Balg, Yanick Tousignant-Laflamme
BACKGROUND: Digital inclinometer applications using data from embedded sensors on smartphone/multi-purpose pocket computers or "smart digital inclinometers" (SDIs) are now used to clinically assess range of motion (ROM). OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess, compared with a biomechanical gold standard (GS), the trueness and minimal detectable change (MDC) of shoulder range of motion (SROM) measurements obtained from an SDI. METHODS: Twenty-five (n = 25) asymptomatic healthy participants performed three trials of shoulder flexion (SF), shoulder abduction (SA), and shoulder external rotation (SER) at full-range and mid-range...
December 2, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910888/microtubule-stabilising-peptides-rescue-tau-phenotypes-in-vivo
#20
Shmma Quraishe, Megan Sealey, Louise Cranfield, Amritpal Mudher
The microtubule cytoskeleton is a highly dynamic, filamentous network underpinning cellular structure and function. In Alzheimer's disease, the microtubule cytoskeleton is compromised, leading to neuronal dysfunction and eventually cell death. There are currently no disease-modifying therapies to slow down or halt disease progression. However, microtubule stabilisation is a promising therapeutic strategy that is being explored. We previously investigated the disease-modifying potential of a microtubule-stabilising peptide NAP (NAPVSIPQ) in a well-established Drosophila model of tauopathy characterised by microtubule breakdown and axonal transport deficits...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
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