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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924551/mycotoxins-a-fungal-genomics-perspective
#1
Daren W Brown, Scott E Baker
The chemical and enzymatic diversity in the fungal kingdom is staggering. Large-scale fungal genome sequencing projects are generating a massive catalog of secondary metabolite biosynthetic genes and pathways. Fungal natural products are a boon and bane to man as valuable pharmaceuticals and harmful toxins. Understanding how these chemicals are synthesized will aid the development of new strategies to limit mycotoxin contamination of food and feeds as well as expand drug discovery programs. A survey of work focused on the fumonisin family of mycotoxins highlights technological advances and provides a blueprint for future studies of other fungal natural products...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924400/an-insight-into-the-secondary-metabolism-of-muscodor-yucatanensis-small-molecule-epigenetic-modifiers-induce-expression-of-secondary-metabolism-related-genes-and-production-of-new-metabolites-in-the-endophyte
#2
Masroor Qadri, Yedukondalu Nalli, Shreyans K Jain, Asha Chaubey, Asif Ali, Gary A Strobel, Ram A Vishwakarma, Syed Riyaz-Ul-Hassan
Muscodor spp. are proficient producers of bioactive volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with many potential applications. However, all members of this genus produce varying amounts and types of VOCs which suggests the involvement of epigenetics as a possible explanation. The members of this genus are poorly explored for the production of soluble compounds (extrolites). In this study, the polyketide synthase (PKS) and non-ribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) genes from an endophyte, Muscodor yucatanensis Ni30, were cloned and sequenced...
December 6, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924129/interplay-of-genes-in-plant-pathogen-interactions-in-planta-expression-and-docking-studies-of-a-beta-1-3-glucanase-gene-from-piper-colubrinum-and-a-glucanase-inhibitor-gene-from-phytophthora-capsici
#3
K Johnson George, O Rosana Babu, I P Vijesh Kumar, J Santhosh Eapen, M Anandaraj
Oomycete pathogen, Phytophthora capsici is devastating for black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) and causes foot rot disease at all stages of plant growth. Phytophthora secretes a glucanase inhibitor protein (GIP), which is capable of inhibiting defence proteins like endoglucanases. In this particular study Quantitative PCR analysis, molecular docking studies and analysis of sequences of Glucanase inhibitor protein and beta-1,3 glucanse genes were done mainly depending on the data derived from Phytophthora capsici whole genome sequencing and Piper colubrinum RNA-sequencing (RNA-Seq)...
October 2016: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919379/understanding-latent-structures-of-clinical-information-logistics-a-bottom-up-approach-for-model-building-and-validating-the-workflow-composite-score
#4
Moritz Esdar, Ursula Hübner, Jan-David Liebe, Jens Hüsers, Johannes Thye
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinical information logistics is a construct that aims to describe and explain various phenomena of information provision to drive clinical processes. It can be measured by the workflow composite score, an aggregated indicator of the degree of IT support in clinical processes. This study primarily aimed to investigate the yet unknown empirical patterns constituting this construct. The second goal was to derive a data-driven weighting scheme for the constituents of the workflow composite score and to contrast this scheme with a literature based, top-down procedure...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919275/rayyan-a-web-and-mobile-app-for-systematic-reviews
#5
Mourad Ouzzani, Hossam Hammady, Zbys Fedorowicz, Ahmed Elmagarmid
BACKGROUND: Synthesis of multiple randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in a systematic review can summarize the effects of individual outcomes and provide numerical answers about the effectiveness of interventions. Filtering of searches is time consuming, and no single method fulfills the principal requirements of speed with accuracy. Automation of systematic reviews is driven by a necessity to expedite the availability of current best evidence for policy and clinical decision-making. We developed Rayyan ( http://rayyan...
December 5, 2016: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919007/challenges-in-assignment-of-allosteric-effects-in-cytochrome-p450-catalyzed-substrate-oxidations-to-structural-dynamics-in-the-hemoprotein-architecture
#6
Peter Hlavica
Cytochrome P450s (CYP) represent a superfamily of b-type hemoproteins catalyzing NAD(P)H-dependent oxidative biotransformation of a vast array of natural and xenobiotic compounds. Many eu- and prokaryotic members of this class of monooxygenases display complex non-Michaelis-Menten saturation kinetics, suggestive of homo-/heterotropic cooperativity arising from substrate-/effector-induced allosteric interactions. Here, the paradigm of multiple-ligand occupancy of the catalytic pocket in combination with enzyme oligomerization provides the most favored explanations for the atypical kinetic patterns...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918182/theory-guided-exploration-with-structural-equation-model-forests
#7
Andreas M Brandmaier, John J Prindle, John J McArdle, Ulman Lindenberger
Structural equation model (SEM) trees, a combination of SEMs and decision trees, have been proposed as a data-analytic tool for theory-guided exploration of empirical data. With respect to a hypothesized model of multivariate outcomes, such trees recursively find subgroups with similar patterns of observed data. SEM trees allow for the automatic selection of variables that predict differences across individuals in specific theoretical models, for instance, differences in latent factor profiles or developmental trajectories...
December 2016: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916808/simultaneous-determination-of-four-tanshinones-by-uplc-tq-ms-and-their-pharmacokinetic-application-after-administration-of-single-ethanol-extract-of-danshen-combined-with-water-extract-in-normal-and-adenine-induced-chronic-renal-failure-rats
#8
Hong-Die Cai, Shu-Lan Su, Yonghui Li, Zhenhua Zhu, Jianming Guo, Yue Zhu, Sheng Guo, Dawei Qian, Jinao Duan
Salvia miltiorrhiza, one of the major traditional Chinese medicines, is commonly used and the main active ingredients-tanshinones-possess the ability to improve renal function. In this paper, the UPLC-TQ/MS method of simultaneously determining four tanshinones-tanshinone IIA, dihydrotanshinone I, tanshinone I, and cryptotanshinone-was established and applied to assess the pharmacokinetics in normal and chronic renal failure (CRF) rat plasma. The pharmacokinetics of tanshinones in rats were studied after separately intragastric administration of Salvia miltiorrhiza ethanol extract (SMEE) (0...
November 28, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916470/is-there-evidence-for-the-presence-and-relevance-of-the-pd-1-pd-l1-pathway-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hints-from-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Matthias Troeltzsch, Timothy Woodlock, Alix Pianka, Sven Otto, Markus Troeltzsch, Michael Ehrenfeld, Thomas Knösel
PURPOSE: To examine oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) specimens for programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression and presence of programmed death-1 (PD-1)-positive tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and to determine possible clinicopathologic implications. It was hypothesized that PD-L1 expression and PD-1-positive TIL presence in OSCC would have no clinical relevance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors implemented a retrospective cohort study design. The study cohort was chosen in compliance with predefined inclusion criteria...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911893/the-mitochondrial-m-aaa-protease-prevents-demyelination-and-hair-greying
#10
Shuaiyu Wang, Julie Jacquemyn, Sara Murru, Paola Martinelli, Esther Barth, Thomas Langer, Carien M Niessen, Elena I Rugarli
The m-AAA protease preserves proteostasis of the inner mitochondrial membrane. It ensures a functional respiratory chain, by controlling the turnover of respiratory complex subunits and allowing mitochondrial translation, but other functions in mitochondria are conceivable. Mutations in genes encoding subunits of the m-AAA protease have been linked to various neurodegenerative diseases in humans, such as hereditary spastic paraplegia and spinocerebellar ataxia. While essential functions of the m-AAA protease for neuronal survival have been established, its role in adult glial cells remains enigmatic...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911549/universality-between-experiment-and-simulation-of-a-diblock-copolymer-melt
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Thomas M Beardsley, Mark W Matsen
The equivalent behavior among analogous block copolymer systems involving chemically distinct molecules or mathematically different models has long hinted at an underlying universality, but only recently has it been rigorously demonstrated by matching results from different simulations. The profound implication of universality is that simple coarse-grained models can be calibrated so as to provide quantitatively accurate predictions to experiment. Here, we provide the first compelling demonstration of this by simulating a polyisoprene-polylactide diblock copolymer melt using a previously calibrated lattice model...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908937/the-centrosome-a-multitalented-renaissance-organelle
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REVIEW
Anastassiia Vertii, Heidi Hehnly, Stephen Doxsey
The centrosome acts as a microtubule-organizing center (MTOC) from the G1 to G2 phases of the cell cycle; it can mature into a spindle pole during mitosis and/or transition into a cilium by elongating microtubules (MTs) from the basal body on cell differentiation or cell cycle arrest. New studies hint that the centrosome functions in more than MT organization. For instance, it has recently been shown that a specific substructure of the centrosome-the mother centriole appendages-are required for the recycling of endosomes back to the plasma membrane...
December 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903914/proteomic-analysis-of-the-human-keops-complex-identifies-c14orf142-as-a-core-subunit-homologous-to-yeast-gon7
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Leo C K Wan, Pierre Maisonneuve, Rachel K Szilard, Jean-Philippe Lambert, Timothy F Ng, Noah Manczyk, Hao Huang, Rob Laister, Amy A Caudy, Anne-Claude Gingras, Daniel Durocher, Frank Sicheri
The KEOPS/EKC complex is a tRNA modification complex involved in the biosynthesis of N(6)-threonylcarbamoyladenosine (t(6)A), a universally conserved tRNA modification found on ANN-codon recognizing tRNAs. In archaea and eukaryotes, KEOPS is composed of OSGEP/Kae1, PRPK/Bud32, TPRKB/Cgi121 and LAGE3/Pcc1. In fungi, KEOPS contains an additional subunit, Gon7, whose orthologs outside of fungi, if existent, remain unidentified. In addition to displaying defective t(6)A biosynthesis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains harboring KEOPS mutations are compromised for telomere homeostasis, growth and transcriptional co-activation...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903427/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-miltirone-on-inflammatory-bowel-disease-via-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-iqgap2-signaling-pathway
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Hongjian Wang, Junfei Gu, Xuefeng Hou, Juan Chen, Nan Yang, Ying Liu, Gang Wang, Mei Du, Huihui Qiu, Yi Luo, Ziyu Jiang, Liang Feng
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by a radical imbalance in the activation of proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory signaling pathways in the gut. This study was conducted to evaluate the anti-inflammation effect of miltirone against IBD in vitro and in vivo, and try to explore the underlying mechanisms. Miltirone could extenuate the loss of colon length and weight caused by TNBS. Additionally, macroscopic scores and DAI were reduced significantly compared with the TNBS group. The levels of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-8 were increased significantly with the induction by TNBS (100mg/kg) or LPS (0...
November 27, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902757/evidence-of-facilitation-cascade-processes-as-drivers-of-successional-patterns-of-ecosystem-engineers-at-the-upper-altitudinal-limit-of-the-dry-puna
#15
Luca Malatesta, Federico Maria Tardella, Karina Piermarteri, Andrea Catorci
Facilitation processes constitute basic elements of vegetation dynamics in harsh systems. Recent studies in tropical alpine environments demonstrated how pioneer plant species defined as "ecosystem engineers" are capable of enhancing landscape-level richness by adding new species to the community through the modification of microhabitats, and also provided hints about the alternation of different ecosystem engineers over time. Nevertheless, most of the existing works analysed different ecosystem engineers separately, without considering the interaction of different ecosystem engineers...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902575/veterans-voice-through-the-lens-of-their-medical-records-what-it-reveals-about-congestive-heart-failure-readmissions
#16
Carl W Stevenson, Kattie Payne
PURPOSE OF STUDY: The medical record is a sea of information that can reveal what patients are trying to tell us about their health condition. It can reveal hints and trends as to why veterans with congestive heart failure (CHF) are being readmitted within 30 days after hospital discharge. These hints and trends lead caregivers to key contributing variables to veterans' readmission. Furthermore, these variables can be used to predict patient outcomes such as readmission and even prognosis...
January 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900726/survey-on-german-palliative-care-specialists-experiences-with-advance-directives
#17
Julia Zenz, Michael Zenz
INTRODUCTION: Advance directives (AD) play a central role in end-of-life treatments, intensive care, and palliative care. However, little is known about the experiences of healthcare professionals with ADs. This study reports on palliative care professionals' views on advance directives (AD). METHODS: A questionnaire was handed out to attendants of a palliative care symposium. RESULTS: Complete answers were obtained from 126 physicians and 276 nurses...
November 29, 2016: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900698/mining-microbial-signals-for-enhanced-biodiscovery-of-secondary-metabolites
#18
F Jerry Reen, Jose A Gutiérrez-Barranquero, Fergal O'Gara
The advent of metagenomics based biodiscovery has provided researchers with previously unforeseen access to the rich tapestry of natural bioactivity that exists in the biosphere. Unhindered by the "culturable bottleneck" that has severely limited the translation of the genetic potential that undoubtedly exists in nature, metagenomics nonetheless requires ongoing technological developments to maximize its efficacy and applicability to the discovery of new chemical entities.Here we describe methodologies for the detection and isolation of quorum sensing (QS) signal molecules from metagenomics libraries...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899165/cognitive-dysfunction-in-body-dysmorphic-disorder-new-implications-for-nosological-systems-and-neurobiological-models
#19
Kiri Jefferies-Sewell, Samuel R Chamberlain, Naomi A Fineberg, Keith R Laws
: Introduction Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a debilitating disorder, characterized by obsessions and compulsions relating specifically to perceived appearance, and which has been newly classified within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders grouping. Until now, little research has been conducted into the cognitive profile of this disorder. METHODS: Participants with BDD (n=12) and participants without BDD (n=16) were tested using a computerized neurocognitive battery investigating attentional set-shifting (Intra/Extra Dimensional Set Shift Task), decision-making (Cambridge Gamble Task), motor response-inhibition (Stop-Signal Reaction Time Task), and affective processing (Affective Go-No Go Task)...
November 30, 2016: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898738/receptor-type-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-%C3%AE-and-colony-stimulating-factor-1-receptor-in-the-intestine-cellular-expression-and-cytokine-and-chemokine-responses-by-interleukin-34-and-colony-stimulating-factor-1
#20
Stephanie Zwicker, Daniela Bureik, Madeleen Bosma, Gisele Lago Martinez, Sven Almer, Elisabeth A Boström
Differential intestinal expression of the macrophage growth factors colony stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1), interleukin (IL)-34, and their shared CSF-1 receptor (CSF-1R) in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been shown. Diverse expression between CSF-1 and IL-34, suggest that IL-34 may signal via an alternate receptor. Receptor-type protein-tyrosine phosphatase ζ (PTPRZ1, RPTP-ζ), an additional IL-34 receptor, was recently identified. Here, we aimed to assess PTPRZ1 expression in IBD and non-IBD intestinal biopsies...
2016: PloS One
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