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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332151/1h-13c-and-15n-backbone-and-partial-side-chain-resonance-assignments-of-the-c-terminal-domain-of-hiv-1-pr55gag-encompassed-in-ncp15
#1
Valéry Larue, Marjorie Catala, Anissa Belfetmi, Loussiné Zargarian, Olivier Mauffret, Carine Tisné
During HIV-1 assembly, the Pr55Gag polyprotein precursor (Gag) interacts with the genomic RNA, with lipids of the plasma membrane, with host proteins (ALIX, TSG101) through the ESCRT complex, with the viral protein Vpr and are involved in intermolecular interactions with other Pr55Gag proteins. This network of interactions is responsible for the formation of the viral particle, the selection of genomic RNA and the packaging of Vpr. The C-terminal domain of Gag encompassed in NCp15 is involved in the majority of these interactions, either by its nucleocapsid or its p6 domains...
January 13, 2018: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331876/app-go-protein-g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-complex-signaling-mediates-a%C3%AE-degeneration-and-cognitive-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease-models
#2
Elena Anahi Bignante, Nicolás Eric Ponce, Florencia Heredia, Juliana Musso, María C Krawczyk, Julieta Millán, Gustavo F Pigino, Nibaldo C Inestrosa, Mariano M Boccia, Alfredo Lorenzo
Deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ), the proteolytic product of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), might cause neurodegeneration and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the direct involvement of APP in the mechanism of Aβ-induced degeneration in AD remains on debate. Here, we analyzed the interaction of APP with heterotrimeric Go protein in primary hippocampal cultures and found that Aβ deposition dramatically enhanced APP-Go protein interaction in dystrophic neurites. APP overexpression rendered neurons vulnerable to Aβ toxicity by a mechanism that required Go-Gβγ complex signaling and p38-mitogen-activated protein kinase activation...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331531/profiles-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptides-and-key-secretases-in-brain-autopsy-samples-differ-with-sex-and-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-status-impact-for-risk-and-progression-of-alzheimer-disease
#3
Jennifer N K Nyarko, Maa O Quartey, Paul R Pennington, Ryan M Heistad, Doris Dea, Judes Poirier, Glen B Baker, Darrell D Mousseau
The APOE ε 4 allele was originally reported to contribute to risk of Alzheimer disease (AD) in women, yet male and female AD patient-derived data are routinely pooled. Histopathological hallmarks of AD include neurofibrillary tangles centered on hyperphosphorylated Tau and plaques composed of the β -amyloid (A β) peptide that is derived by sequential secretase-mediated cleavage of the Amyloid Protein Precursor (APP). We chose to examine profiles of A β (1-40), A β (1-42), and N-truncated (i.e. p3-related) fragments in the plaque-associated fraction of autopsied cortical and corresponding hippocampal samples from donors with a diagnosis of early-onset (EOAD) and late-onset (LOAD) AD...
January 10, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331527/construction-of-sake-yeast-with-low-production-of-dimethyl-trisulfide-precursor-by-a-self-cloning-method
#4
Yuriko Ikeda, Atsuko Isogai, Yuta Moriyoshi, Ryoko Kanda, Kazuhiro Iwashita, Tsutomu Fujii
Dimethyl trisulfide (DMTS) is the primary component responsible for "hineka", the stale aroma of Japanese sake. Deletion of the MRI1 or MDE1 gene of sake yeast, encoding 5'-methylthioribose-1-phosphate isomerase and 5'-methylthioribulose-1-phosphate dehydratase, respectively, has been reported to greatly reduce the amount of DMTS precursor (DMTS-P1) in sake and to suppress the formation of DMTS during storage. In this study, we constructed sake yeast strains lacking MRI1 gene function by a self-cloning method...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331518/microwave-assisted-ionic-liquid-mediated-rapid-catalytic-conversion-of-non-edible-lignocellulosic-sunn-hemp-fibres-to-biofuels
#5
Souvik Kumar Paul, Saikat Chakraborty
Sunn hemp fibre - a cellulose-rich crystalline non-food energy crop, containing 75.6% cellulose, 10.05% hemicellulose, 10.32% lignin, with high crystallinity (80.17%) and degree of polymerization (650) - is identified as a new non-food substrate for lignocellulosic biofuel production. Microwave irradiation is employed to rapidly rupture the cellulose's glycosidic bonds and enhance glucose yield to 78.7% at 160 °C in only 46 min. The reactants - long-chain cellulose, ionic liquid, transition metal catalyst, and water - form a polar supramolecular complex that rotates under the microwave's alternating polarity and rapidly dissipates the electromagnetic energy through molecular collisions, thus accelerating glycosidic bond breakage...
January 3, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331210/to-roll-the-eyes-and-snap-a-bite-function-development-and-evolution-of-craniofacial-muscles
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REVIEW
Frank R Schubert, Arun J Singh, Oluwatomisin Afoyalan, Chrissa Kioussi, Susanne Dietrich
Craniofacial muscles, muscles that move the eyes, control facial expression and allow food uptake and speech, have long been regarded as a variation on the general body muscle scheme. However, evidence has accumulated that the function of head muscles, their developmental anatomy and the underlying regulatory cascades are distinct. This article reviews the key aspects of craniofacial muscle and muscle stem cell formation and discusses how this differs from the trunk programme of myogenesis; we show novel RNAseq data to support this notion...
January 10, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331132/detection-and-characterization-of-the-tin-dihydride-snh2-and-snd2-molecule-in-the-gas-phase
#7
Tony C Smith, Dennis J Clouthier
The SnH2 and SnD2 molecules have been detected for the first time in the gas phase by laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) and emission spectroscopic techniques through the Ã1B1-X̃1A1 electronic transition. These reactive species were prepared in a pulsed electric discharge jet using (CH3)4Sn or SnH4/SnD4 precursors diluted in high pressure argon. Transitions to the electronic excited state of the jet-cooled molecules were probed with LIF, and the ground state energy levels were measured from single rovibronic level emission spectra...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331123/the-influence-of-ion-hydration-on-nucleation-and-growth-of-lif-crystals-in-aqueous-solution
#8
G Lanaro, G N Patey
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are employed to investigate crystal nucleation and growth in oversaturated aqueous LiF solutions. Results obtained for a range of temperatures provide evidence that the rate of crystal growth is determined by a substantial energy barrier (∼49 kJ mol-1) related to the loss of water from the ion hydration shells. Employing direct MD simulations, we do not observe spontaneous nucleation of LiF crystals at 300 K, but nucleation is easily observable in NVT simulations at 500 K...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331093/sensitivity-to-audio-visual-synchrony-and-its-relation-to-language-abilities-in-children-with-and-without-asd
#9
Giulia Righi, Elena J Tenenbaum, Carolyn McCormick, Megan Blossom, Dima Amso, Stephen J Sheinkopf
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is often accompanied by deficits in speech and language processing. Speech processing relies heavily on the integration of auditory and visual information, and it has been suggested that the ability to detect correspondence between auditory and visual signals helps to lay the foundation for successful language development. The goal of the present study was to examine whether young children with ASD show reduced sensitivity to temporal asynchronies in a speech processing task when compared to typically developing controls, and to examine how this sensitivity might relate to language proficiency...
January 13, 2018: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331029/characterization-of-cd34-hematopoietic-cells-in-systemic-mastocytosis-potential-role-in-disease-dissemination
#10
Andrea Mayado, Cristina Teodosio, Noelia Dasilva Freire, Maria Jara-Acevedo, Andrés C Garcia-Montero, Ivan Álvarez-Twose, Laura Sánchez-Muñoz, Almudena Matito, Carolina Caldas, Javier I Muñoz-González, Ana Henriques, José I Sánchez-Gallego, Luis Escribano, Alberto Orfao
BACKGROUND: Recent studies show that most systemic mastocytosis (SM) patients, including indolent SM (ISM) with (ISMs+) and without skin lesions (ISMs-), carry the KIT D816V mutation in PB leukocytes. We investigated the potential association between the degree of involvement of BM hematopoiesis by the KIT D816V mutation and the distribution of different maturation-associated compartments of bone marrow (BM) and peripheral blood (PB) CD34+ hematopoietic precursors (HPC) in ISM, and identified the specific PB cell compartments that carry this mutation...
January 13, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330792/evaluating-the-metabolic-impact-of-hypoxia-on-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#11
Divya Murthy, Enza Vernucci, Gennifer Goode, Jaime Abrego, Pankaj K Singh
Hypoxia is frequently observed in human cancers and induces global metabolic reprogramming that includes an increase in glucose uptake and glycolysis, alterations in NAD(P)H/NAD(P)+ and intracellular ATP levels, and increased utilization of glutamine as the major precursor for fatty acid synthesis. In this chapter, we describe in detail various physiological assays that have been adopted to study the metabolic shift propagated by exposure to hypoxic conditions in pancreatic cell culture model that includes glucose uptake, glutamine uptake, and lactate release by pancreatic cancer cell lines...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330747/recent-advances-in-screening-for-barrett-s-esophagus
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REVIEW
Sarmed S Sami, Prasad G Iyer
OPINION STATEMENT: PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is a pressing need for effective strategies to halt the increase in both the incidence and mortality of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). Screening for Barrett's esophagus, which is the only known precursor of EAC, remains a ripe area for research, particularly with regard to identifying the target population, screening tools, and management of screen-detected populations. This review aims to explore in depth the rationale for screening for Barrett's esophagus, recent biotechnological advances which may have the potential of making screening feasible, and also highlight the challenges which will have to be overcome in order make screening for BE a realistic prospect...
January 13, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330684/investigation-of-mature-bdnf-and-probdnf-signaling-in-a-rat-photothrombotic-ischemic-model
#13
Mehreen Rahman, Haiyun Luo, Neil R Sims, Larisa Bobrovskaya, Xin-Fu Zhou
Treatment with mature brain-derived neurotrophic factor (mBDNF) promotes functional recovery after ischemia in animal trials but the possible role of its precursor protein proBDNF and its receptors or the factors responsible for the conversion of proBDNF to mBDNF in ischemic stroke are not known. The main aim of this study was to characterize the time-dependent expression of genes and/or proteins related to BDNF processing and signaling after ischemia as well as the sensorimotor behavioral dysfunction in a photothrombotic ischemic model in rats...
January 12, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330495/large-unexplained-suite-of-chemically-reactive-compounds-present-in-ambient-air-due-to-biomass-fires
#14
V Kumar, B P Chandra, V Sinha
Biomass fires impact global atmospheric chemistry. The reactive compounds emitted and formed due to biomass fires drive ozone and organic aerosol formation, affecting both air quality and climate. Direct hydroxyl (OH) Reactivity measurements quantify total gaseous reactive pollutant loadings and comparison with measured compounds yields the fraction of unmeasured compounds. Here, we quantified the magnitude and composition of total OH reactivity in the north-west Indo-Gangetic Plain. More than 120% increase occurred in total OH reactivity (28 s-1 to 64 s-1) and from no missing OH reactivity in the normal summertime air, the missing OH reactivity fraction increased to ~40 % in the post-harvest summertime period influenced by large scale biomass fires highlighting presence of unmeasured compounds...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330460/enhanced-skeletal-muscle-ribosome-biogenesis-yet-attenuated-mtorc1-and-ribosome-biogenesis-related-signalling-following-short-term-concurrent-versus-single-mode-resistance-training
#15
Jackson J Fyfe, David J Bishop, Jonathan D Bartlett, Erik D Hanson, Mitchell J Anderson, Andrew P Garnham, Nigel K Stepto
Combining endurance training with resistance training (RT) may attenuate skeletal muscle hypertrophic adaptation versus RT alone; however, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. We investigated changes in markers of ribosome biogenesis, a process linked with skeletal muscle hypertrophy, following concurrent training versus RT alone. Twenty-three males underwent eight weeks of RT, either performed alone (RT group, n = 8), or combined with either high-intensity interval training (HIT+RT group, n = 8), or moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT+RT group, n = 7)...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330417/high-stap1-expression-in-dux4-rearranged-cases-is-not-suitable-as-therapeutic-target-in-pediatric-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#16
Elisabeth M P Steeghs, Marjolein Bakker, Alex Q Hoogkamer, Judith M Boer, Quirine J Hartman, Femke Stalpers, Gabriele Escherich, Valerie de Haas, Hester A de Groot-Kruseman, Rob Pieters, Monique L den Boer
Approximately 25% of the pediatric B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) cases are genetically unclassified. More thorough elucidation of the pathobiology of these genetically unclassified ('B-other') cases may identify novel treatment options. We analyzed gene expression profiles of 572 pediatric BCP-ALL cases, representing all major ALL subtypes. High expression of STAP1, an adaptor protein downstream of the B-cell receptor (BCR), was identified in BCR-ABL1-like and non-BCR-ABL1-like B-other cases...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330355/fatty-acids-and-related-lipid-mediators-in-the-regulation-of-cutaneous-inflammation
#17
REVIEW
Magdalena Kiezel-Tsugunova, Alexandra C Kendall, Anna Nicolaou
Human skin has a distinct profile of fatty acids and related bioactive lipid mediators that regulate many aspects of epidermal and dermal homeostasis, including immune and inflammatory reactions. Sebum lipids act as effective antimicrobial agents, shape immune cell communications and contribute to the epidermal lipidome. The essential fatty acid linoleic acid is crucial for the structure of the epidermal barrier, while polyunsaturated fatty acids act as precursors to eicosanoids, octadecanoids and docosanoids through cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase and cytochrome P450 monooxygenase-mediated reactions, and endocannabinoids and N-acyl ethanolamines...
January 12, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330317/trna-production-links-nutrient-conditions-to-the-onset-of-sexual-differentiation-through-the-torc1-pathway
#18
Yoko Otsubo, Tomohiko Matsuo, Akiko Nishimura, Masayuki Yamamoto, Akira Yamashita
Target of rapamycin (TOR) kinase controls cell growth and metabolism in response to nutrient availability. In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, TOR complex 1 (TORC1) promotes vegetative growth and inhibits sexual differentiation in the presence of ample nutrients. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of mutants with similar phenotypes as TORC1 mutants, in that they initiate sexual differentiation even in nutrient-rich conditions. In most mutants identified, TORC1 activity is downregulated and the mutated genes are involved in tRNA expression or modification...
January 12, 2018: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330226/mitotane-treatment-in-patients-with-metastatic-testicular-leydig-cell-tutor-associated-with-severe-androgen-excess
#19
Vasileios Chortis, Nicholas J Johal, Irina Bancos, Matthew Evans, Kassiani Skordilis, Peter Guest, Michael H Cullen, Emilio Porfiri, Wiebke Arlt
Mitotane (o,p'DDD) is established in the adjuvant and advanced stage treatment of adrenocortical carcinoma and counteracts both tumour growth and tumour-related steroid production. Both the adrenal glands and the gonads are steroidogenically active organs and share a common embryogenic origin. Here we describe the effects of mitotane in two patients with metastatic Leydig cell tumour (LCT) of the testes and associated severe androgen excess (serum testosterone 93 and 88 nmol/l, respectively; male reference range 7-27 nmol/L)...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330193/structure-of-the-human-myostatin-precursor-and-determinants-of-growth-factor-latency
#20
Thomas R Cotton, Gerhard Fischer, Xuelu Wang, Jason C McCoy, Magdalena Czepnik, Thomas B Thompson, Marko Hyvönen
Myostatin, a key regulator of muscle mass in vertebrates, is biosynthesised as a latent precursor in muscle and is activated by sequential proteolysis of the pro-domain. To investigate the molecular mechanism by which pro-myostatin remains latent, we have determined the structure of unprocessed pro-myostatin and analysed the properties of the protein in its different forms. Crystal structures and SAXS analyses show that pro-myostatin adopts an open, V-shaped structure with a domain-swapped arrangement. The pro-mature complex, after cleavage of the furin site, has significantly reduced activity compared with the mature growth factor and persists as a stable complex that is resistant to the natural antagonist follistatin...
January 12, 2018: EMBO Journal
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