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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915439/presence-of-ureaplasma-diversum-in-the-genital-tracts-of-female-dairy-cattle-in-mato-grosso-state-brazil
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Jaqueline B Azevedo, Gustavo S Silva, Priscylla S Rocha, Letícia C Pitchenin, Valéria Dutra, Luciano Nakazato, Anderson Castro Soares de Oliveira, Caroline A Pescador
Ureaplasma diversum infection in bovine females may result in various reproductive problems, including granular vulvovaginitis, abortion, weak calves, salpingitis, and spontaneous abortion. The presence of U. diversum in a dairy bovine population from midwestern Brazil has not been established. The aim of this study was to determine whether U. diversum was present in dairy cattle from midwestern Brazil using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Vulvovaginal mucus was analyzed from 203 cows located in six municipalities in the north region of Mato Grosso State, Brazil...
December 3, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915333/prss8-is-downregulated-and-suppresses-tumour-growth-and-metastases-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#2
Li Zhang, Guozhan Jia, Binya Shi, Guanqun Ge, Hongbin Duan, Yunsheng Yang
BACKGROUND: Protease serine 8 (PRSS8), a trypsin-like serine peptidase, has been shown to function as a tumour suppressor in various malignancies. The present study aimed to investigate the expression pattern, prognostic value and the biological role of PRSS8 in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: PRSS8 expression in 106 HCC surgical specimens was examined by Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunohistochemistry, and its clinical significance was analysed...
December 5, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915168/interactions-of-long-chain-homologues-of-colchicine-with-tubulin
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Ana Marzo-Mas, Pascale Barbier, Gilles Breuzard, Diane Allegro, Eva Falomir, Juan Murga, Miguel Carda, Vincent Peyrot, J Alberto Marco
Several colchicine analogues in which the N-acetyl residue has been replaced by aliphatic, straight-chain acyl moieties, have been synthesized. These compounds show high cytotoxic activity at the nanomolar level against the tumoral cell lines HT-29, MCF-7 and A549. Some of them exhibit activities in the picomolar range against the HT-29 line and are thus two to three orders of magnitude more cytotoxic than colchicine. In this specific cell line, the activities were found to be closely related to the length of the acyl carbon chain, an increase in the latter giving rise to an increase in the cytotoxicity with a maximum in the range of 10-12 carbon atoms, followed by a decrease in activity with still longer chains...
November 23, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915153/room-temperature-structure-of-human-igg4-fc-from-crystals-analysed-in-situ
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Anna M Davies, Theo Rispens, Pleuni Ooijevaar-de Heer, Rob C Aalberse, Brian J Sutton
The Fc region of IgG antibodies (Cγ2 and Cγ3 domains) is responsible for effector functions such as antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity and phagocytosis, through engagement with Fcγ receptors, although the ability to elicit these functions differs between the four human IgG subclasses. A key determinant of Fcγ receptor interactions is the FG loop in the Cγ2 domain. High resolution cryogenic IgG4-Fc crystal structures have revealed a unique conformation for this loop, which could contribute to the particular biological properties of this subclass...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915046/dna-damage-related-crosstalk-between-the-nucleus-and-mitochondria
#5
Mohammad Saki, Aishwarya Prakash
The electron transport chain is the primary pathway by which a cell generates energy in the form of ATP. Byproducts of this process produce reactive oxygen species that can cause damage to mitochondrial DNA. If not properly repaired, the accumulation of DNA damage can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction linked to several human disorders including neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Mitochondria are able to combat oxidative DNA damage via repair mechanisms that are analogous to those found in the nucleus. Of the repair pathways currently reported in the mitochondria, the base excision repair pathway is the most comprehensively described...
November 30, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915045/in-vivo-selection-of-heterotypically-interacting-transmembrane-helices-complementary-helix-surfaces-rather-than-conserved-interaction-motifs-drive-formation-of-transmembrane-hetero-dimers
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Dominik Steindorf, Dirk Schneider
Single pass transmembrane proteins make up almost half of the whole transmembrane proteome. Contacts between such bitopic transmembrane proteins are common, and oligomerization of their single transmembrane helix is involved in triggering and regulation of signal transduction across cell membranes. In several recent analyses the distribution of amino acids at helix-helix contact sides has been analyzed, and e.g. a preference of amino acids with small side chains has been identified. Here we select amino acids, amino acid pairings and amino acid motifs, which mediate strong interactions of single-span transmembrane α-helices...
November 30, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915036/a-rapid-assay-for-detection-of-rose-rosette-virus-using-reverse-transcription-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-using-multiple-gene-targets
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Binoy Babu, Brian K Washburn, Steven H Miller, Kristina Poduch, Tulin Sarigul, Gary W Knox, Francisco M Ochoa-Corona, Mathews L Paret
Rose rosette disease caused by Rose rosette virus (RRV; genus Emaravirus) is the most economically relevant disease of Knock Out(®) series roses in the U.S. As there are no effective chemical control options for the disease, the most critical disease management strategies include the use of virus free clean plants for propagation and early detection and destruction of infected plants. The current diagnostic techniques for RRV including end-point reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) are highly sensitive, but limited to diagnostic labs with the equipment and expertise; and is time consuming...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915021/poly-aspartic-acid-with-adjustable-ph-dependent-solubility
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Csaba Németh, Benjámin Gyarmati, Timur Abdullin, Krisztina László, András Szilágyi
Poly(aspartic acid) (PASP) derivatives with adjustable pH-dependent solubility were synthesized and characterized to establish the relationship between their structure and solubility in order to predict their applicability as a basic material for enteric coatings. Polysuccinimide, the precursor of PASP, was modified with short chain alkylamines, and the residual succinimide rings were subsequently opened to prepare the corresponding PASP derivatives. Study of the effects of the type and concentration of the side groups on the pH-dependent solubility of PASP showed that solubility can be adjusted by proper selection of the chemical structure...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915017/fundamental-insight-into-the-effect-of-carbodiimide-crosslinking-on-cellular-recognition-of-collagen-based-scaffolds
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Daniel V Bax, Natalia Davidenko, Donald Gullberg, Samir W Hamaia, Richard W Farndale, Serena M Best, Ruth E Cameron
Research on the development of collagen constructs is extremely important in the field of tissue engineering. Collagen scaffolds for numerous tissue engineering applications are frequently crosslinked with 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) in the presence of N-hydroxy-succinimide (NHS). Despite producing scaffolds with good biocompatibility and low cellular toxicity the influence of EDC/NHS crosslinking on the cell interactive properties of collagen has been overlooked. Here we have extensively studied the interaction of model cell lines with collagen I-based materials after crosslinking with different ratios of EDC in relation to the number of carboxylic acid residues on collagen...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914986/identification-of-epigenetically-downregulated-tmem70-and-ube2e2-in-rat-liver-after-28-day-treatment-with-hepatocarcinogenic-thioacetamide-showing-gene-product-downregulation-in-hepatocellular-preneoplastic-and-neoplastic-lesions-produced-by-tumor-promotion
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Sayaka Mizukami, Atsunori Yafune, Yousuke Watanabe, Kota Nakajima, Meilan Jin, Toshinori Yoshida, Makoto Shibutani
The present study identified genes showing promoter region hypermethylation by CpG island microarrays in the liver of rats treated with hepatocarcinogen thioacetamide (TAA) for 28 days. Among 47 hypermethylated genes, Hist1h2aa, Tmem70, Ube2e2, and Slk were confirmed to show hypermethylation by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and pyrosequencing analyses as well as downregulation of transcript levels by real-time reverse transcription-PCR analysis in the livers of rats treated with TAA. All gene products of the 4 selected genes showed decreased immunoreactivity forming negative liver cell foci in a subpopulation of glutathione S-transferase placental form (GST-P)(+) foci in TAA-promoted rat livers in a two-stage hepatocarcinogenesis model...
November 30, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914957/multiple-locus-variable-number-tandem-repeat-analysis-mlva-of-shigella-sonnei-isolates-of-2012-outbreak-i-r-iran
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Bita Bakhshi, Bahareh Bayat, Abdolaziz Rastegar Lari
Shigella sonnei is a major cause of diarrhea especially in children. Molecular study can help to determine the outbreak of this bacterium. Multiple-Locus Variable number tandem repeat Analysis (MLVA) will largely influence the public health field by introducing newer, faster, safer, and effective procedure for typing of microorganisms. A total of fifty shigella isolates were collected between November 2012 to October 2013 in Tehran, Iran. The strains were identified base on biochemical and molecular tests. Subsequently, all shigella species were confirmed by species-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
November 30, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914946/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-alkylamino-biphenylamides-as-hsp90-c-terminal-inhibitors
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Gaurav Garg, Huiping Zhao, Brian S J Blagg
Hsp90 is a promising therapeutic target for the development of anti-cancer agents due to its integral role in the stability and function of proteins associated with all ten hallmarks of cancer. Novobiocin, a coumarin antibiotic, was the first natural product identified that targeted the Hsp90 C-terminal domain and manifested anti-proliferative activity (SKBr3 IC50∼700μM). Subsequent structural investigations on novobiocin led to analogues with significantly improved anti-proliferative activity against multiple cancer cell lines...
November 19, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914915/physical-activity-modifies-the-association-between-dietary-protein-and-lean-mass-of-postmenopausal-women
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Jessica A Martinez, Betsy C Wertheim, Cynthia A Thomson, Jennifer W Bea, Robert Wallace, Matthew Allison, Linda Snetselaar, Zhao Chen, Rami Nassir, Patricia A Thompson
BACKGROUND: Maintenance of lean muscle mass and related strength is associated with lower risk for numerous chronic diseases of aging in women. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate whether the association between dietary protein and lean mass differs by physical activity level, amino acid composition, and body mass index categories. DESIGN: We performed a cross-sectional analysis of a prospective cohort. PARTICIPANTS/SETTING: Participants were postmenopausal women from the Women's Health Initiative with body composition measurements by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (n=8,298)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914862/neurotensin-regulation-induces-overexpression-and-activation-of-egfr-in-hcc-and-restores-response-to-erlotinib-and-sorafenib
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Zherui Wu, Antoine Galmiche, Jin Liu, Nicolas Stadler, Dominique Wendum, Evelyne Segal-Bendirdjian, Valerie Paradis, Patricia Forgez
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of death from cancer due to the combination of late diagnosis and a lack of curative treatments. The identification of factors which promote tumor aggressiveness, and those that predict treatment responses, are a means to optimize the management of HCC patients. The complex of Neurotensin (NTS) and its high affinity receptor (NTSR1) has been shown to induce tumor growth and metastasis process in various cancers. In this paper, we propose that NTS and NTSR1 can assist in the management of HCC...
November 30, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914754/antiparasitic-and-disease-modifying-activity-of-nyctanthes-arbor-tristis-linn-in-malaria-an-exploratory-clinical-study
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Chhaya S Godse, Prakash S Tathed, Sameer S Talwalkar, Rama A Vaidya, Ashok J Amonkar, Akhil B Vaidya, Ashok D B Vaidya
BACKGROUND: An unceasing threat of drug resistance continuously poses demand for new antimalarial drugs. A scientific assessment of traditionally used antimalarial plants through reverse pharmacology is crucial for a fast track drug discovery. An Ayurvedic plant Nyctanthesarbor-tristis Linn. - (Parijat) had shown antimalarial activity, with a parasite clearance in 76.6% of 120 patients, in an earlier clinical study. OBJECTIVE: To further explore antimalarial potential of the plant through additional objective markers...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914690/c1q-as-an-autocrine-and-paracrine-regulator-of-cellular-functions
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REVIEW
Berhane Ghebrehiwet, Kinga H Hosszu, Ellinor I B Peerschke
Most of the complement proteins in circulation are, by and large, synthesized in the liver. However data accumulated over the past several decades provide incontrovertible evidence that some if not most of the individual complement proteins are also synthesized extrahepatically by activated as well as non-activated cells. The question that is finally being addressed by various investigators is: are the locally synthesized proteins solely responsible for the myriad of biological functions in situ without the contribution of systemic complement? The answer is probably "yes"...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914600/polymorphisms-in-nat2-n-acetyltransferase-2-gene-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#17
Elaine Cristina Lima Dos Santos, Amanda Chaves Pinto, Evandro Mendes Klumb, Jacyara Maria Brito Macedo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate potential associations of four substitutions in NAT2 gene and of acetylator phenotype of NAT2 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and clinical phenotypes. METHODS: Molecular analysis of 481C>T, 590G>A, 857G>A, and 191G>A substitutions in the NAT2 gene was performed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technique, from DNA extracted from peripheral blood samples obtained from patients with SLE (n=91) and controls (n=97)...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914599/fc-gamma-receptor-iiia-polymorphism-is-not-associated-with-susceptibility-to-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-brazilian-patients
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Marcelle Grecco, Viviane Cardoso Dos Santos, Kaline Medeiros Costa Pereira, Luís Eduardo Coelho Andrade, Neusa Pereira da Silva
We evaluated the possible association between FCGR3A V/F (158) polymorphism and SLE susceptibility and clinical phenotype in 305 sequentially retrieved SLE patients and 300 healthy controls from the southeastern part of Brazil by allele-specific polymerase chain reaction. Our results showed no association between FCGR3A 158V/F alleles and susceptibility to SLE in this series of patients albeit the heterozygous genotype was strongly associated with the disease.
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914594/association-of-pdcd1-polymorphism-to-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-susceptibility
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Luisa Matos do Canto, Ticiana Della Justina Farias, Mayara Delagnelo Medeiros, Cíntia Callegari Coêlho, Aline Fernanda Rodrigues Sereia, Lia Kubelka Fernandes de Carlos Back, Filipe Martins de Mello, Adriana Fontes Zimmermann, Ivânio Alves Pereira, Ilíada Rainha de Souza
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to analyze the relationship of programmed cell death 1 (PDCD1) gene polymorphism (PD1.3G/A - rs11568821) with features of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a Southern Brazilian population. METHODS: Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) was performed in 95 SLE and 87 RA patients and 128 control group individuals from Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil. The Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) test, and odds ratio (OR) were analyzed, considering CI 95% and p≤0...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914593/systemic-and-localized-infection-by-candida-species-in-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases-receiving-anti-tnf-therapy
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Nadia E Aikawa, Daniela T A Rosa, Gilda M B Del Negro, Julio C B Moraes, Ana C M Ribeiro, Carla Gonçalves Saad, Clovis A Silva, Eloisa Bonfá
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of systemic and localized infection by Candida species and its possible association with demographic, clinical and laboratory manifestations and therapy in patients with rheumatic diseases taking TNF blockers. METHODS: Consecutive patients with rheumatic diseases receiving anti-TNF agents were included. The following risk factors up to four weeks prior to the study were analyzed: use of antibiotics, immunosuppressant drugs, hospitalization and invasive procedures...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
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