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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319084/structural-and-mechanistic-insights-into-an-archaeal-dna-guided-argonaute-protein
#1
Sarah Willkomm, Christine A Oellig, Adrian Zander, Tobias Restle, Ronan Keegan, Dina Grohmann, Sabine Schneider
Argonaute (Ago) proteins in eukaryotes are known as key players in post-transcriptional gene silencing(1), while recent studies on prokaryotic Agos hint at their role in the protection against invading DNA(2,3). Here, we present crystal structures of the apo enzyme and a binary Ago-guide complex of the archaeal Methanocaldococcus jannaschii (Mj) Ago. Binding of a guide DNA leads to large structural rearrangements. This includes the structural transformation of a hinge region containing a switch helix, which has been shown for human Ago2 to be critical for the dynamic target search process(4-6)...
March 20, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317506/theory-of-mind-impairments-in-women-with-cocaine-addiction
#2
Breno Sanvicente-Vieira, Bruno Kluwe-Schiavon, Rhiannon Corcoran, Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the Theory of Mind performance of female cocaine-dependent users (CDUs) and possible associations between theory of mind performance and features of cocaine use. METHOD: Sixty women controlled for age, education, individual income, and IQ participated in this study: 30 in the CDU group and 30 in the healthy control group. Participants were assessed for theory of mind with the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RMET), a test of understanding of first-order and second-order false beliefs, and the Hinting task...
March 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316978/identification-of-significant-pathways-induced-by-pax5-haploinsufficiency-based-on-protein-protein-interaction-networks-and-cluster-analysis-in-raji-cell-line
#3
Jia Gu, TongJuan Li, Lei Zhao, Xue Liang, Xing Fu, Jue Wang, Zhen Shang, Wei Huang, Jianfeng Zhou
PAX5 encodes a transcription factor essential for B-cell differentiation, and PAX5 haploinsufficiency is involved in tumorigenesis. There were few studies on how PAX5 haploinsufficiency regulated genes expression to promote tumorigenesis. In this study, we constructed the cell model of PAX5 haploinsufficiency using gene editing technology in Raji cells, detected differentially expressed genes in PAX5 haploinsufficiency Raji cells, and used protein-protein interaction networks and cluster analysis to comprehensively investigate the cellular pathways involved in PAX5 haploinsufficiency...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315476/comparative-analysis-of-protein-evolution-in-the-genome-of-pre-epidemic-and-epidemic-zika-virus
#4
Arunachalam Ramaiah, Lei Dai, Deisy Contreras, Sanjeev Sinha, Ren Sun, Vaithilingaraja Arumugaswami
Zika virus (ZIKV) causes microcephaly in congenital infection, neurological disorders, and poor pregnancy outcome and no vaccine is available for use in humans or approved. Although ZIKV was first discovered in 1947, the exact mechanism of virus replication and pathogenesis remains unknown. Recent outbreaks of Zika virus in the Americas clearly suggest a human-mosquito cycle or urban cycle of transmission. Understanding the conserved and adaptive features in the evolution of ZIKV genome will provide a hint on the mechanism of ZIKV adaptation to a new cycle of transmission...
March 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302564/tackling-maladaptive-memories-through-reconsolidation-from-neural-to-clinical-science
#5
James W B Elsey, Merel Kindt
Behavioral neuroscience has greatly informed how we understand the formation, persistence, and plasticity of memory. Research has demonstrated that memory reactivation can induce a labile period, during which previously consolidated memories are sensitive to change, and in need of restabilization. This process is known as reconsolidation. Such findings have advanced not only our basic understanding of memory processes, but also hint at the prospect of harnessing these insights for the development of a new generation of treatments for disorders of emotional memory...
March 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302395/social-cognition-psychometric-evaluation-scope-in-people-with-early-psychosis-a-preliminary-study
#6
Kelsey A Ludwig, Amy E Pinkham, Philip D Harvey, Skylar Kelsven, David L Penn
Social cognition is an important outcome in schizophrenia research. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of consensus regarding which measures of social cognition best capture this domain of functioning. The Social Cognition Psychometric Evaluation (SCOPE) study was developed to address the need for a battery of measures that have sound psychometric properties and can be implemented in clinical trials for individuals with chronic schizophrenia. The current study expands upon the SCOPE study by examining the psychometric properties of the eight candidate measures administered to individuals early in the course of psychosis...
March 14, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300960/brazilian-portuguese-hearing-in-noise-test-hint-different-interpretation-criteria-for-individuals-responses
#7
Rafaela do Couto Melo, Denise Costa Menezes, Fernando Augusto Pacífico, Karina Paes Advíncula, Silvana Maria Sobral Griz
Introduction: The ability to recognize the sounds of speech enables an efficient communication. This ability must always be considered when communication disorders are evaluated. In this study, sentences of the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT), originally developed in English and adapted to Brazilian Portuguese, were used to evaluate speech recognition in silence and in the presence of noise. Although this test can be an important clinical tool, it is noticed that it has not been used in audiological clinical practice in Brazil...
March 9, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299912/orf3a-deletion-in-field-strains-of-porcine-transmissible-gastroenteritis-virus-in-china-a-hint-of-association-with-porcine-respiratory-coronavirus
#8
X Zhang, Y Zhu, X Zhu, J Chen, H Shi, D Shi, H Dong, L Feng
Porcine-transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) is a pathogenic coronavirus responsible for high diarrhoea-associated morbidity and mortality in suckling piglets. We analysed the TGEV ORF3 gene using nested polymerase chain reaction and identified an ORF3a deletion in three field strains of TGEV collected from piglets in China in 2015. Eight TGEV ORF3 sequences were obtained in this study. Phylogenetic tree analysis of ORF3 showed that the eight TGEV ORF3 genes all belonged to the Miller cluster. CH-LNCT and CH-MZL were closely correlated with Miller M6, while CH-SH was correlated with Miller M60...
March 15, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298936/moxibustion-in-early-chinese-medicine-and-its-relation-to-the-origin-of-meridians-a-study-on-the-unearthed-literatures
#9
REVIEW
Chang Huang, Jiankang Liang, Li Han, Juntian Liu, Mengyun Yu, Baixiao Zhao
Moxibustion is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It achieved higher level of recognition and had more general application in ancient times than in contemporary life. As the vital historical sources, the records of unearthed literatures offered precious insights to Chinese social life pattern and medical practice in Qin and Han dynasties (221 BC-220 AD). There was no surprise that the bamboo and silk documents excavated from Mawangdui () tomb, Hantanpo () tomb, and other relics had a large amount of texts relevant to moxibustion...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298161/a-simulation-investigation-on-interaction-mechanism-between-ebola-nucleoprotein-and-vp35-peptide
#10
Jing-Na Ding, Yan-Jun Zhang, Hui Zhong, Cheng-Cheng Ao, Ju-Guang Han
Ebola viruses (EBOV) will induce acute hemorrhagic fever fatally to humans and nonhuman primates. The combination of EBOV VP35 peptide with nucleoprotein N-terminal (NPNTD) is proposed based on static crystal structures in recent studies, but VP35 binding mechanism and conformational dynamics are still unclear. This investigation, using Molecular Dynamic (MD) simulation and Molecular Mechanics Generalized Born Surface Area (MM-GB/SA) energy calculation, more convincingly proves the greater roles of the protein binding mechanisms than do hints from the static crystal structure observations...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297945/multifractality-in-individual-honeybee-behavior-hints-at-colony-specific-social-cascades-reanalysis-of-radio-frequency-identification-data-from-five-different-colonies
#11
Nicole S Carver, Damian G Kelty-Stephen
Honeybees (Apis mellifera) exhibit complex coordination and interaction across multiple behaviors such as swarming. This coordination among honeybees in the same colony is remarkably similar to the concept of informational cascades. The multifractal geometry of cascades suggests that multifractal measures of individual honeybee activity might carry signatures of these colony-wide coordinations. The present work reanalyzes time stamps of entrances to and exits from the hive captured by radio-frequency identification (RFID) sensors reading RFID tags on individual bees...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295778/the-ricaft-ymca-ylbf-yaat-complex-carries-two-4fe-4s-2-clusters-and-may-respond-to-redox-changes
#12
Andrew W Tanner, Valerie J Carabetta, Ryan J Martinie, Ameya A Mashruwala, Jeffrey M Boyd, Carsten Krebs, David Dubnau
During times of environmental insult, Bacillus subtilis undergoes developmental changes leading to biofilm formation, sporulation and competence. Each of these states is regulated in part by the phosphorylated form of the master response regulator Spo0A (Spo0A∼P). The phosphorylation state of Spo0A is controlled by a multi-component phosphorelay. RicA, RicF and RicT (previously YmcA, YlbF and YaaT) have been shown to be important regulatory proteins for multiple developmental fates. These proteins directly interact and form a stable complex, which has been proposed to accelerate the phosphorelay...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294051/further-evaluation-of-mechanisms-associated-with-the-antidepressant-like-signature-of-scopolamine-in-mice
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Anna E Martin, Douglas A Schober, Alexander Nikolayev, Vladimir V Tolstikov, Wesley H Anderson, Richard E Higgs, Ming-Shang Kuo, Anastasia Laksmanan, John T Catlow, Xia Li, Christian C Felder, Jeffrey M Witkin
Conventional antidepressants lack efficacy for many patients (treatment-resistant depression or TRD) and generally take weeks to produce full therapeutic response in others. Emerging data has identified certain drugs such as ketamine as rapidly-acting antidepressants for major depressive disorder and TRD. Scopolamine, a drug used to treat motion sickness and nausea, has also been demonstrated to function as a rapidly-acting antidepressant. The mechanisms associated with efficacy in TRD patients and rapid onset of action have been suggested to involve a-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptor and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling...
March 9, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293439/proteomic-analysis-of-hdac3-selective-inhibitor-in-the-regulation-of-inflammatory-response-of-primary-microglia
#14
Mingxu Xia, Qiuchen Zhao, He Zhang, Yanting Chen, Zengqiang Yuan, Yun Xu, Meijuan Zhang
HDAC3 has been shown to regulate inflammation. However, the role of HDAC3 in primary microglia is largely unknown. RGFP966 is a newly discovered selective HDAC3 inhibitor. In this study, we used protein mass spectrometry to analyze protein alterations in LPS-treated primary microglia with the application of RGFP966. Generally, about 2000 proteins were studied. 168 of 444 (37.8%) LPS-induced proteins were significantly reduced with the treatment of RGFP966, which mainly concentrated on Toll-like receptor signaling pathway...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292737/in-vivo-metabolism-of-organophosphate-flame-retardants-and-distribution-of-their-main-metabolites-in-adult-zebrafish
#15
Guowei Wang, Hanyan Chen, Zhongkun Du, Jianhua Li, Zunyao Wang, Shixiang Gao
Understanding the metabolism of chemicals as well as the distribution and depuration of their main metabolites in tissues are essential for evaluating their fate and potential toxicity in vivo. Herein, we investigated the metabolism of six typical organophosphate (OP) flame retardants (tripropyl phosphate (TPRP), tri-n-butyl phosphate (TNBP), tris(2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP), tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCIPP) and tri-p-cresyl phosphate (p-TCP)) in adult zebrafish in laboratory at three levels (0, 1/150 LC50 (environmentally relevant level), and 1/30 LC50 per OP analog)...
March 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289488/copper-ii-and-the-pathological-h50q-%C3%AE-synuclein-mutant-environment-meets-genetics
#16
COMMENT
Anna Villar-Piqué, Giulia Rossetti, Salvador Ventura, Paolo Carloni, Claudio O Fernández, Tiago Fleming Outeiro
Copper is one of the metals described to bind the Parkinson disease-related protein α-synuclein (aSyn), and to promote its aggregation. Although histidine at position 50 in the aSyn sequence is one of the most studied copper-anchoring sites, its precise role in copper binding and aSyn aggregation is still unclear. Previous studies suggested that this residue does not significantly affect copper-mediated aSyn aggregation. However, our findings showed that the aggregation of the pathological H50Q aSyn mutant is enhanced by copper hints otherwise...
2017: Communicative & Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288000/age-associated-chromatin-relaxation-is-enhanced-in-huntington-s-disease-mice
#17
Myungsun Park, Byungkuk Min, Kyuheum Jeon, Sunwha Cho, Jung Sun Park, Jisun Kim, Jeha Jeon, Jinhoi Song, Seokho Kim, Sangkyun Jeong, Hyemyung Seo, Yong-Kook Kang
Expansion of polyglutamine stretch in the huntingtin (HTT) protein is a major cause of Huntington's disease (HD). The polyglutamine part in HTT interacts with various proteins implicated in epigenetic regulation of genes, suggesting that mutant HTT may disturb the integrity of the epigenetic system. Here, we used a PCRseq-based method to examine expression profile of 395 exonic segments from 260 "epi-driver" genes in splenic T lymphocytes from aged HD mice. We identified 67 exonic segments differentially expressed between young and aged HD mice, most of them upregulated in the aged...
March 12, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287216/atomic-structure-of-mg-based-metallic-glasses-from-molecular-dynamics-and-neutron-diffraction
#18
Anastasia Gulenko, Louis Forto Chungong, Junheng Gao, Iain Todd, Alex C Hannon, Richard A Martin, Jamieson K Christie
We use a combination of classical molecular dynamics simulation and neutron diffraction to identify the atomic structure of five different Mg-Zn-Ca bulk metallic glasses, covering a range of compositions with substantially different behaviour when implanted in vitro. There is very good agreement between the structures obtained from computer simulation and those found experimentally. Bond lengths and the total correlation function do not change significantly with composition. The zinc and calcium bonding shows differences between composition: the distribution of Zn-Ca bond lengths becomes narrower with increasing Zn content, and the preference for Zn and Ca to avoid bonding to themselves or each other becomes less strong, and, for Zn-Ca, transforms into a positive preference to bond to each other...
March 13, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287170/crystal-structures-reveal-n-terminal-domain-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-clpd-to-be-highly-divergent-from-that-of-clpc1
#19
Chinmayee Mohapatra, Manas Kumar Jagdev, Dileep Vasudevan
The caseinolytic protease machinery associated chaperone protein ClpC is known to be present in bacteria, plants and other eukaryotes, whereas ClpD is unique to plants. Plant ClpC and ClpD proteins get localized into chloroplast stroma. Herein, we report high resolution crystal structures of the N-terminal domain of Arabidopsis thaliana ClpC1 and ClpD. Surprisingly, AtClpD, but not AtClpC1, deviates from the typical N-terminal repeat domain organization of known Clp chaperones and have only seven α-helices, instead of eight...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284878/differential-expression-of-krt83-regulated-by-the-transcript-factor-cap1-in-chinese-tan-sheep
#20
Yufang Liu, Xiaolong Kang, Wanjie Yang, Minggui Xie, Jibin Zhang, Meiying Fang
Keratin 83 (KRT83) is an important keratin protein in hair development. In this study, expression of KRT83 was compared among different tissues and between 1-month-old lambs and 48-month adult of Chinese Tan sheep, which showed different fleece phenotypes. The results showed that KRT83 was only expressed in skin, and KRT83 mRNA level in skin was significantly higher in Tan lambs than in adult sheep. To further understand the expression regulation of KRT83 by transcription factors in Tan sheep, amplified sequences coving different ranges of KRT83 promoter region were inserted into a pGL3-basic vector and then transfected into sheep primary fibroblast cells...
March 8, 2017: Gene
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