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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646682/sensing-nadh-conformation-using-phasor-analysis-on-fluorescence-spectra
#1
Dylan Palo, Jeff Maltas, Laxmi Risal, Paul Urayama
Phasor analysis on fluorescence signals is a sensitive approach for analyzing multicomponent systems. Initially developed for time-resolved measurements, a spectral version has been used for the rapid identification of regions during the spectral imaging of biological systems. Here we show that quantitative information regarding conformation can be obtained from phasor analysis of fluorescence spectrum shape. Methanol denaturation of NADH and NADH binding to various dehydrogenase proteins are used as model reactions...
June 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645967/the-bipolar-illness-onset-study-research-protocol-for-the-bio-cohort-study
#2
Lars Vedel Kessing, Klaus Munkholm, Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Kamilla Woznica Miskowiak, Lars Bo Nielsen, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, Claus Ekstrøm, Ole Winther, Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Henrik Enghusen Poulsen, Roger S McIntyre, Flavio Kapczinski, Wagner F Gattaz, Jakob Bardram, Mads Frost, Oscar Mayora, Gitte Moos Knudsen, Mary Phillips, Maj Vinberg
INTRODUCTION: Bipolar disorder is an often disabling mental illness with a lifetime prevalence of 1%-2%, a high risk of recurrence of manic and depressive episodes, a lifelong elevated risk of suicide and a substantial heritability. The course of illness is frequently characterised by progressive shortening of interepisode intervals with each recurrence and increasing cognitive dysfunction in a subset of individuals with this condition. Clinically, diagnostic boundaries between bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders such as unipolar depression are unclear although pharmacological and psychological treatment strategies differ substantially...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645653/catalase-overexpression-modulates-metabolic-parameters-in-a-new-stress-less-leptin-deficient-mouse-model
#3
Deborah L Amos, Tanner Robinson, Melissa B Massie, Carla Cook, Alexis Hoffsted, Courtney Crain, Nalini Santanam
Oxidative stress plays a key role in obesity by modifying the function of important biological molecules, thus altering obesogenic pathways such as glucose and lipid signaling. Catalase, is an important endogenous antioxidant enzyme that catabolizes hydrogen peroxide produced by the dismutation of superoxide. Recent studies have shown knockdown of catalase exacerbates insulin resistance and leads to obesity. We hypothesized that overexpressing catalase in an obese mouse will modulate obesogenic pathways and protect against obesity...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645525/placenta-as-alternative-specimen-to-detect-in-utero-cannabis-exposure-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Daniela Marchetti, Gerardo Di Masi, Francesca Cittadini, Giuseppe La Monaca, Nadia De Giovanni
The use of cannabis during pregnancy and lactation is widely recognized as a health concern. The placenta is one of the several biological matrices that can be used to detect in utero drug exposure with the distinct advantage of easy and noninvasive collection. We conducted a PubMed search of selected literature published to June 30, 2016 to investigate the pharmacokinetics of cannabinoids, the active constituent of cannabis, in the placenta. The majority of the selected twelve papers was before 1990 and concerned animals at term gestation with great variability of experimental conditions...
June 20, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645290/establishment-of-an-orthotopic-patient-derived-xenograft-mouse-model-using-uveal-melanoma-hepatic-metastasis
#5
Ken Kageyama, Masahiro Ohara, Kengo Saito, Shinji Ozaki, Mizue Terai, Michael J Mastrangelo, Paolo Fortina, Andrew E Aplin, Takami Sato
BACKGROUND: Metastatic uveal melanoma is a highly fatal disease; most patients die from their hepatic metastasis within 1 year. A major drawback in the development of new treatments for metastatic uveal melanoma is the difficulty in obtaining appropriate cell lines and the lack of appropriate animal models. Patient-derived xenograft (PDX) tumor models, bearing ectopically implanted tumors at a subcutaneous site, have been developed. However, these ectopically implanted PDX models have obstacles to translational research, including a low engraftment rate, slow tumor growth, and biological changes after multiple passages due to the different microenvironment...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644951/principles-of-chemical-biology-from-sexy-fatty-acids-and-ebv-probes-to-anti-acid-antibiotic-via-post-biotics-and-host-microbe-metabolic-complementarity
#6
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This month: The role of fatty acids in sex determination; a probe to monitor and inhibit EBNA1 at the same time; a biological role for post-biotics; what happens when you mix microbes, hosts, and drugs; and an antibiotic that cross-protects with acid.
June 22, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644397/relationship-between-remote-sensing-data-plant-biomass-and-soil-nitrogen-dynamics-in-intensively-managed-grasslands-under-controlled-conditions
#7
Christoph Knoblauch, Conor Watson, Clara Berendonk, Rolf Becker, Nicole Wrage-Mönnig, Florian Wichern
The sustainable use of grasslands in intensive farming systems aims to optimize nitrogen (N) inputs to increase crop yields and decrease harmful losses to the environment at the same time. To achieve this, simple optical sensors may provide a non-destructive, time- and cost-effective tool for estimating plant biomass in the field, considering spatial and temporal variability. However, the plant growth and related N uptake is affected by the available N in the soil, and therefore, N mineralization and N losses...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643351/quality-specifications-of-routine-clinical-chemistry-methods-based-on-sigma-metrics-in-performance-evaluation
#8
Jun Xia, Su-Feng Chen, Fei Xu, Yong-Lie Zhou
INTRODUCTION: Sigma metrics were applied to evaluate the performance of 20 routine chemistry assays, and individual quality control criteria were established based on the sigma values of different assays. METHODS: Precisions were expressed as the average coefficient variations (CVs) of long-term two-level chemistry controls. The biases of the 20 assays were obtained from the results of trueness programs organized by National Center for Clinical Laboratories (NCCL, China) in 2016...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643346/red-blood-cells-free-%C3%AE-haemoglobin-pool-a-biomarker-to-monitor-the-%C3%AE-thalassemia-intermedia-variability-the-alphapool-study
#9
Corinne Vasseur, Elisa Domingues-Hamdi, Katia Ledudal, Philippe Le Corvoisier, Caroline Barau, Bijan Ghaleh, Amandine Rialland, Serge Pissard, Frédéric Galactéros, Véronique Baudin-Creuza
The severity of β-thalassaemia (β-thal) intermedia is mainly correlated to the degree of imbalanced α/non α-globin chain synthesis. The phenotypic diversity of β-thal depends on this imbalance and reflects all possible combinations of α- and β-globin genotypes, levels of fetal haemoglobin (HbF) and co-inheritance of other modulating factors. This study aimed to demonstrate the validity of a new surrogate of α/non α-globin biosynthetic ratio by measuring the soluble α-Hb pool in lysed red blood cells...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642436/metalloprotein-entatic-control-of-ligand-metal-bonds-quantified-by-ultrafast-x-ray-spectroscopy
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Michael W Mara, Ryan G Hadt, Marco Eli Reinhard, Thomas Kroll, Hyeongtaek Lim, Robert W Hartsock, Roberto Alonso-Mori, Matthieu Chollet, James M Glownia, Silke Nelson, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Kristjan Kunnus, Keith O Hodgson, Britt Hedman, Uwe Bergmann, Kelly J Gaffney, Edward I Solomon
The multifunctional protein cytochrome c (cyt c) plays key roles in electron transport and apoptosis, switching function by modulating bonding between a heme iron and the sulfur in a methionine residue. This Fe-S(Met) bond is too weak to persist in the absence of protein constraints. We ruptured the bond in ferrous cyt c using an optical laser pulse and monitored the bond reformation within the protein active site using ultrafast x-ray pulses from an x-ray free-electron laser, determining that the Fe-S(Met) bond enthalpy is ~4 kcal/mol stronger than in the absence of protein constraints...
June 23, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642126/molecular-and-hydrodynamic-properties-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-her2-extracellular-domain-and-its-homodimer-experiments-and-multi-scale-simulations
#11
J F Vega, J Ramos, V Cruz, E Vicente-Alique, E Sánchez-Sánchez, A Sánchez-Fernández, Y Wang, P Hu, J Cortés, J Martínez-Salazar
BACKGROUND: In a broad range of human carcinomas gene amplification leads to HER2 overexpression, which has been proposed to cause spontaneous dimerization and activation in the absence of ligand. This makes HER2 attractive as a therapeutic target. However, the HER2 homodimerization mechanism remains unexplored. It has been suggested that the "back-to-back" homodimer does not form in solution. Notwithstanding, very recently the crystal structure of the HER2 extracellular domain homodimer formed with a "back-to-head" interaction has been resolved...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641556/pharmacogenetic-and-pharmacokinetic-dose-individualization-of-the-taxane-chemotherapeutic-drugs-paclitaxel-and-docetaxel
#12
Natália Bordin Andriguetti, Suziane Raymundo, Marina Venzon Antunes, Magda Susana Perasolo, Simone Gasparin Verza, Edna Sayuri Suyenaga, Rafael Linden
The taxane drugs paclitaxel and docetaxel, widely used on cancer chemotherapy, are currently dosed mainly based on body-surface area. This approach is associated with wide interindividual variability in drug exposure, leading to suboptimal dosing for many patients. We reviewed the available evidence supporting dose individualization strategies for paclitaxel and docetaxel, focusing mainly on the application of therapeutic drug monitoring by a priori pharmacogenetic data or a posteriori drug measurements in biological fluids...
June 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640995/colloidal-gold-nanoparticles-induce-changes-in-cellular-and-subcellular-morphology
#13
Xiaowei Ma, Raimo Hartmann, Dorleta Jimenez de Aberasturi, Fang Yang, Stefaan J H Soenen, Bella B Manshian, Jonas Franz, Daniel Valdeperez, Beatriz Pelaz, Neus Feliu, Norbert Hampp, Christoph Riethmüller, Henning Vieker, Natalie Frese, Armin Gölzhäuser, Michael Simonich, Robert L Tanguay, Xing-Jie Liang, Wolfgang J Parak
Exposure of cells to colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) can have concentration-dependent harmful effects. Mostly, such effects are monitored with biochemical assays or probes from molecular biology, i.e. viability assays, gene expression profiles, etc., neglecting that the presence of NPs can also drastically affect cellular morphology. In the case of polymer-coated Au NPs we demonstrate that upon NP internalization, cells undergo lysosomal swelling, alterations in mitochondrial morphology, disturbances in actin and tubulin cytoskeleton and associated signaling, and reduction of focal adhesion contact area and number of filopodia...
June 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640810/lassim-a-network-inference-toolbox-for-genome-wide-mechanistic-modeling
#14
Rasmus Magnusson, Guido Pio Mariotti, Mattias Köpsén, William Lövfors, Danuta R Gawel, Rebecka Jörnsten, Jörg Linde, Torbjörn Nordling, Elin Nyman, Sylvie Schulze, Colm E Nestor, Huan Zhang, Gunnar Cedersund, Mikael Benson, Andreas Tjärnberg, Mika Gustafsson
Recent technological advancements have made time-resolved, quantitative, multi-omics data available for many model systems, which could be integrated for systems pharmacokinetic use. Here, we present large-scale simulation modeling (LASSIM), which is a novel mathematical tool for performing large-scale inference using mechanistically defined ordinary differential equations (ODE) for gene regulatory networks (GRNs). LASSIM integrates structural knowledge about regulatory interactions and non-linear equations with multiple steady state and dynamic response expression datasets...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640699/brain-tumor-imaging
#15
Kevin M Brindle, José L Izquierdo-García, David Y Lewis, Richard J Mair, Alan J Wright
Modern imaging techniques, particularly functional imaging techniques that interrogate some specific aspect of underlying tumor biology, have enormous potential in neuro-oncology for disease detection, grading, and tumor delineation to guide biopsy and resection; monitoring treatment response; and targeting radiotherapy. This brief review considers the role of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, and positron emission tomography in these areas and discusses the factors that limit translation of new techniques to the clinic, in particular, the cost and difficulties associated with validation in multicenter clinical trials...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640343/the-peculiar-breeding-biology-of-the-amazonian-frog-allobates-subfolionidificans-aromobatidae
#16
Jesus R D Souza, Igor L Kaefer, Albertina P Lima
Allobates subfolionidificans is a vulnerable and endemic leaf-litter frog from the state of Acre, Brazilian Amazonia. We monitored a population of A. subfolionidificans through regular censuses and mark-recapture of 181 individuals during an entire breeding season to characterize its reproductive behavior. The space use of A. subfolionidificans individuals differed between sexes, with males using smaller and more segregated spaces. Males defended territories and were aggressive against same-sex individuals, which was not the case in females...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639395/spatiotemporally-controllable-peptide-based-nanoassembly-in-single-living-cells-for-a-biological-self-portrait
#17
Yuanyuan Zhao, Xu Zhang, Zhipeng Li, Shuaidong Huo, Ke Zhang, Juntao Gao, Hao Wang, Xing-Jie Liang
Simultaneous precise localization and activity evaluation of a biomolecule in a single living cell is through an enzyme-specific signal-amplification process, which involves the localized, site-specific self-assembly, and activation of a presignaling molecule. The inactive presignaling tetraphenylethylene (TPE)-peptide derivative, TPE-YpYY, is nondetectable and highly biocompatible and these small molecules rapidly diffuse into living cells. Upon safely arriving at an active site, and accessing the catalytic pocket of an enzyme, TPE-YpYY immediately and quantitatively accumulates in situ in response to enzymatic activity, forms an enzyme anchor TPE-YYY nanoassembly, displays aggregation-induced emission behavior, and finally lights up the active enzyme, indicating its activity, and allowing its status in living cells to be tracked...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638095/mitochondria-localization-induced-self-assembly-of-peptide-amphiphiles-for-cellular-dysfunction
#18
M T Jeena, L Palanikumar, Eun Min Go, Inhye Kim, Myoung Gyun Kang, Seonik Lee, Sooham Park, Huyeon Choi, Chaekyu Kim, Seon-Mi Jin, Sung Chul Bae, Hyun Woo Rhee, Eunji Lee, Sang Kyu Kwak, Ja-Hyoung Ryu
Achieving spatiotemporal control of molecular self-assembly associated with actuation of biological functions inside living cells remains a challenge owing to the complexity of the cellular environments and the lack of characterization tools. We present, for the first time, the organelle-localized self-assembly of a peptide amphiphile as a powerful strategy for controlling cellular fate. A phenylalanine dipeptide (FF) with a mitochondria-targeting moiety, triphenyl phosphonium (Mito-FF), preferentially accumulates inside mitochondria and reaches the critical aggregation concentration to form a fibrous nanostructure, which is monitored by confocal laser scanning microscopy and transmission electron microscopy...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636920/nanog-fluctuations-in-embryonic-stem-cells-highlight-the-problem-of-measurement-in-cell-biology
#19
Rosanna C G Smith, Patrick S Stumpf, Sonya J Ridden, Aaron Sim, Sarah Filippi, Heather A Harrington, Ben D MacArthur
A number of important pluripotency regulators, including the transcription factor Nanog, are observed to fluctuate stochastically in individual embryonic stem cells. By transiently priming cells for commitment to different lineages, these fluctuations are thought to be important to the maintenance of, and exit from, pluripotency. However, because temporal changes in intracellular protein abundances cannot be measured directly in live cells, fluctuations are typically assessed using genetically engineered reporter cell lines that produce a fluorescent signal as a proxy for protein expression...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636670/identification-of-novel-small-molecules-that-inhibit-stat3-dependent-transcription-and-function
#20
Iryna Kolosenko, Yasmin Yu, Sander Busker, Matheus Dyczynski, Jianping Liu, Martin Haraldsson, Caroline Palm Apergi, Thomas Helleday, Katja Pokrovskaja Tamm, Brent D G Page, Dan Grander
Activation of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) has been linked to several processes that are critical for oncogenic transformation, cancer progression, cancer cell proliferation, survival, drug resistance and metastasis. Inhibition of STAT3 signaling has shown a striking ability to inhibit cancer cell growth and therefore, STAT3 has become a promising target for anti-cancer drug development. The aim of this study was to identify novel inhibitors of STAT-dependent gene transcription...
2017: PloS One
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