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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441472/repurposing-a-two-component-system-based-biosensor-for-the-killing-of-vibrio-cholerae
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Premkumar Jayaraman, Maciej Bartosz Holowko, Jing Wui Yeoh, Sierin Lim, Chueh Loo Poh
New strategies to control cholera are urgently needed. This study develops an in vitro proof-of-concept sense-and-eradicate system in a wild-type Escherichia coli strain to target the causative pathogen Vibrio cholerae using a synthetic biology approach. Our engineered E. coli specifically detects V. cholerae via its quorum-sensing molecule CAI-1 and responds by expressing the lysis protein (YebF-Art-085), thereby self-lysing to release the killing protein (Art-085) to eradicate V. cholerae. For this report, we individually characterized the YebF-Art-085 and Art-085 expression and their activities when coupled to our previously developed V...
April 25, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441471/gemcitabine-integrated-nano-prodrug-carrier-system
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Seren Hamsici, Melis Sardan Ekiz, Goksu Cinar Ciftci, Ayse Begum Tekinay, Mustafa O Guler
Peptide nanomaterials have received a great deal of interest in drug delivery applications due to their biodegradability, biocompatibility, suitability for large scale synthesis, high drug loading capacities, targeting ability and ordered structural organization. The covalent conjugation of drugs to peptide backbone results in prolonged circulation time and improved stability of drugs. Therapeutic efficacy of gemcitabine, which is used for breast cancer treatment, is severely compromised due to its rapid plasma degradation...
April 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441105/transcriptomic-dissection-of-the-horizontally-acquired-response-regulator-esrb-reveals-its-global-regulatory-roles-in-the-physiological-adaptation-and-activation-of-t3ss-and-the-cognate-effector-repertoire-in-edwardsiella-piscicida-during-infection-towards
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Yang Liu, Luyao Zhao, Minjun Yang, Kaiyu Yin, Xiaohui Zhou, Ka Yin Leung, Qin Liu, Yuanxing Zhang, Qiyao Wang
Edwardsiella piscicida is the leading pathogen threatening worldwide aquaculture industries. The two-component system (TCS) EsrA-EsrB is essential for the pathogenesis of this bacterium. However, little is known about the regulon and regulatory mechanism of EsrA-EsrB or about the factors that mediate the interaction of TCS with bacterial hosts. Here, our RNA-seq analysis indicated that EsrB strongly induces type III and type VI secretion systems (T3/T6SS) expression and that it modulates the expression of both physiology- and virulence-associated genes in E...
April 25, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440286/size-and-shape-variations-of-the-bony-components-of-sperm-whale-cochleae
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Joseph G Schnitzler, Bruno Frédérich, Sven Früchtnicht, Tobias Schaffeld, Johannes Baltzer, Andreas Ruser, Ursula Siebert
Several mass strandings of sperm whales occurred in the North Sea during January and February 2016. Twelve animals were necropsied and sampled around 48 h after their discovery on German coasts of Schleswig Holstein. The present study aims to explore the morphological variation of the primary sensory organ of sperm whales, the left and right auditory system, using high-resolution computerised tomography imaging. We performed a quantitative analysis of size and shape of cochleae using landmark-based geometric morphometrics to reveal inter-individual anatomical variations...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439037/regulation-of-a-glycerol-induced-quinoprotein-alcohol-dehydrogenase-by-%C3%AF-54-and-a-luxr-type-regulator-in-azospirillum-brasilense-sp7
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Vijay Shankar Singh, Ashutosh Prakash Dubey, Ankush Gupta, Sudhir Singh, Bhupendra Narain Singh, Anil Kumar Tripathi
Azospirillum brasilense Sp7 uses glycerol as carbon source for growth and nitrogen fixation. When grown in medium containing glycerol as carbon source it upregulates the expression of a protein which was identified as quinoprotein alcohol dehydrogenase (ExaA). Inactivation of exaA adversely affects the growth of A. brasilense on glycerol. Determination of the transcription start site of exaA revealed an RpoN dependent -12/-24 promoter consensus. The expression of an exaA:lacZ fusion was induced maximally by glycerol, and was dependent on σ(54) Bioinformatic analysis of the sequence flanking the -12/-24 promoter revealed a 17 bp sequence motif with a dyad symmetry of 6 nucleotides upstream of the promoter, disruption of which caused a drastic reduction in promoter activity...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438832/a-photoconversion-model-for-full-spectral-programming-and-multiplexing-of-optogenetic%C3%A2-systems
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Evan J Olson, Constantine N Tzouanas, Jeffrey J Tabor
Optogenetics combines externally applied light signals and genetically engineered photoreceptors to control cellular processes with unmatched precision. Here, we develop a mathematical model of wavelength- and intensity-dependent photoconversion, signaling, and output gene expression for our two previously engineered light-sensing Escherichia coli two-component systems. To parameterize the model, we develop a simple set of spectral and dynamical calibration experiments using our recent open-source "Light Plate Apparatus" device...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438514/components-of-standing-postural-control-evaluated-in-pediatric-balance-measures-a-scoping-review
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Kathryn M Sibley, Marla K Beauchamp, Karen Van Ooteghem, Marie Paterson, Kristy Dm Wittmeier
OBJECTIVE: To identify measures of standing balance validated in pediatric populations and determine the components of postural control captured in each tool. DATA SOURCES: Electronic searches of Medline, Embase, and CINAHL databases using key word combinations of postural balance/ equilibrium, psychometrics/ reproducibility of results/ predictive value of tests, child/ pediatrics; grey literature; and hand searches. STUDY SELECTION: Inclusion criteria were measures with a stated objective to assess balance, pediatric (<=18 years) populations, at least one psychometric evaluation, one standing task, standardized protocol and evaluation criteria, and published in English...
April 21, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438266/physiological-role-of-two-component-signal-transduction-systems-in-food-associated-lactic-acid-bacteria
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Vicente Monedero, Ainhoa Revilla-Guarinos, Manuel Zúñiga
Two-component systems (TCSs) are widespread signal transduction pathways mainly found in bacteria where they play a major role in adaptation to changing environmental conditions. TCSs generally consist of sensor histidine kinases that autophosphorylate in response to a specific stimulus and subsequently transfer the phosphate group to their cognate response regulators thus modulating their activity, usually as transcriptional regulators. In this review we present the current knowledge on the physiological role of TCSs in species of the families Lactobacillaceae and Leuconostocaceae of the group of lactic acid bacteria (LAB)...
2017: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438193/pathos-a-decision-support-system-for-reporting-high-throughput-sequencing-of-cancers-in-clinical-diagnostic-laboratories
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Kenneth D Doig, Andrew Fellowes, Anthony H Bell, Andrei Seleznev, David Ma, Jason Ellul, Jason Li, Maria A Doyle, Ella R Thompson, Amit Kumar, Luis Lara, Ravikiran Vedururu, Gareth Reid, Thomas Conway, Anthony T Papenfuss, Stephen B Fox
BACKGROUND: The increasing affordability of DNA sequencing has allowed it to be widely deployed in pathology laboratories. However, this has exposed many issues with the analysis and reporting of variants for clinical diagnostic use. Implementing a high-throughput sequencing (NGS) clinical reporting system requires a diverse combination of capabilities, statistical methods to identify variants, global variant databases, a validated bioinformatics pipeline, an auditable laboratory workflow, reproducible clinical assays and quality control monitoring throughout...
April 24, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437990/silicon-mode-de-multiplexers-with-parameters-optimized-using-shortcuts-to-adiabaticity
#10
Defen Guo, Tao Chu
We propose and experimentally demonstrate broadband silicon mode (de)multiplexers based on the optimization of system adiabaticity using shortcuts to adiabaticity (STA). The measured insertion losses and crosstalks were less than 1.1 dB and -24 dB, respectively, for the five two-mode mode-division-multiplexing (MDM) links over wavelengths ranging from 1500 nm to 1600 nm. The four-mode MDM link showed measured insertion losses and crosstalks less than 1.3 dB and -23 dB, respectively, within the same wavelength range...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437463/relationship-of-the-crebc-two-component-regulatory-system-and-inner-membrane-protein-cred-with-swimming-motility-in-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia
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Hsin-Hui Huang, Wei-Ching Chen, Cheng-Wen Lin, Yi-Tsung Lin, Hsiao-Chen Ning, Yi-Chih Chang, Tsuey-Ching Yang
The CreBC two-component system (TCS) is a conserved regulatory system found in Escherichia coli, Aeromonas spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. In this study, we determined how CreBC TCS regulates secreted protease activities and swimming motility using creB, creC, and creBC in-frame deletion mutants (KJΔCreB, KJΔCreC, and KJΔBC) of S. maltophilia KJ. Compared to wild-type KJ, KJΔCreB had a comparable secreted protease activity; however, the secreted protease activities were obviously reduced in KJΔCreC and KJΔBC, suggesting that CreC works together with another unidentified response regulator (not CreB) to regulate secreted protease activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436829/modelling-the-effect-of-combined-antimicrobials-a-base-model-for-multiple-hurdles
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M Anastasiadi, R J W Lambert
Combining antimicrobials to reduce microbial growth and to combat the potential impact of antimicrobial resistance is an important subject both in foods and in pharmaceutics. Modelling of combined treatments designed to reduce or eliminate microbial contamination in foods (microbiological predictive modelling) has become commonplace. Two main reference models are used to analyse mixtures: the Bliss Independence and the Loewe reference models (LRM). By using optical density to analyse the growth of Aeromonas hydrophila, Cronobacter sakazakii and Escherichia coli in combined NaCl/NaCl (a mock combination experiment) and combined NaCl/KCl experiments, previous models for combined antimicrobials in foods, based on the Bliss approach, were shown to be inconsistent and that models based on the LRM more applicable...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436712/disposition-and-metabolism-of-14-c-galunisertib-a-tgf-%C3%AE-ri-kinase-alk5-inhibitor-following-oral-administration-in-healthy-subjects-and-mechanistic-prediction-of-the-effect-of-itraconazole-on-galunisertib-pharmacokinetics
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Kenneth C Cassidy, Ivelina Gueorguieva, Colin Miles, Jessica Rehmel, Ping Yi, William J Ehlhardt
The disposition and metabolism of galunisertib (LY2157299 monohydrate, a TGF-βRI Kinase/ALK5 Inhibitor) was characterized following a single oral dose of 150 mg of [(14)C]-galunisertib (100 µCi) to six healthy human subjects. The galunisertib plasma half-life was 8.6 h, while the (14)C half-life was 10.0 h. Galunisertib was abundant in circulation (40.3% of the (14)C AUC0-24h), with 7 additional metabolites detected in plasma. Two metabolites LSN3199597 (M5, mono-oxidation), and M4 (glucuronide of M3) were the most abundant circulating metabolites (10...
April 24, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436469/a-novel-method-to-evaluate-ribosomal-performance-in-cell-free-protein-synthesis-systems
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Noémie Kempf, Cristina Remes, Ralph Ledesch, Tina Züchner, Henning Höfig, Ilona Ritter, Alexandros Katranidis, Jörg Fitter
Cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) systems were designed to produce proteins with a minimal set of purified components, thus offering the possibility to follow translation as well as protein folding. In order to characterize the performance of the ribosomes in such a system, it is crucial to separately quantify the two main components of productivity, namely the fraction of active ribosomes and the number of synthesizing cycles. Here, we provide a direct and highly reliable measure of ribosomal activity in any given CFPS system, introducing an enhanced-arrest peptide variant...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436408/design-of-a-smart-ecg-garment-based-on-conductive-textile-electrode-and-flexible-printed-circuit-board
#15
Zhipeng Cai, Kan Luo, Chengyu Liu, Jianqing Li
A smart electrocardiogram (ECG) garment system was designed for continuous, non-invasive and comfortable ECG monitoring, which mainly consists of four components: Conductive textile electrode, garment, flexible printed circuit board (FPCB)-based ECG processing module and android application program. Conductive textile electrode and FPCB-based ECG processing module (6.8 g, 55 mm × 53 mm × 5 mm) are identified as two key techniques to improve the system's comfort and flexibility. Preliminary experimental results verified that the textile electrodes with circle shape, 40 mm size in diameter, and 5 mm thickness sponge are best suited for the long-term ECG monitoring application...
April 14, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434996/effect-of-heparin-and-heparan-sulphate-on-open-promoter-complex-formation-for-a-simple-tandem-gene-model-using-ex-situ-atomic-force-microscopy
#16
Oliver Chammas, William A Bonass, Neil H Thomson
The influence of heparin and heparan sulphate (HepS) on the appearance and analysis of open promoter complex (RPo) formation by E. coli RNA polymerase (RNAP) holoenzyme (σ(70)RNAP) on linear DNA using ex-situ imaging by atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been investigated. Introducing heparin or HepS into the reaction mix significantly reduces non-specific interactions of the σ(70)RNAP and RNAP after RPo formation allowing for better interpretation of complexes shown within AFM images, particularly on DNA templates containing more than one promoter...
April 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434827/comprehensive-and-reliable-classification-system-for-primary-diagnosis-of-cleft-lip-and-palate
#17
Ahmed Elsherbiny, Ahmed S Mazeed
OBJECTIVE: Due to the lack of a universally accepted classification system, we are aiming to introduce a modified comprehensive, precise and relatively simple classification system for primary diagnosis of cleft lip and palate. METHODS: The proposed classification is based on the Kernahan's striped Y diagram with more details in cleft extent and with the addition of severity scores to each cleft component. Clear definitions of cleft extents and severity degrees were described based on 400 consecutive primary cases...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434746/supplementing-an-immunomodulatory-feed-ingredient-to-modulate-thermoregulation-physiologic-and-production-responses-in-lactating-dairy-cows-under-heat-stress-conditions
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T Leiva, R F Cooke, A P Brandão, K M Schubach, L F D Batista, M F Miranda, E A Colombo, R O Rodrigues, J R G Junior, R L A Cerri, J L M Vasconcelos
This study compared vaginal temperature, physiologic, and productive parameters in lactating dairy cows supplemented or not with Omnigen-AF (Phibro Animal Health, Teaneck, NJ) during the summer months in a tropical environment. Thirty-two lactating, primiparous (n = 16) and multiparous (n = 16) pregnant Holstein × Gir cows were ranked by parity, days in milk, body weight, and body condition score (BCS), and assigned to receive (SUPP; n = 16) or not (CON; n = 16) Omnigen-AF (Phibro Animal Health, Teaneck, NJ) at 56 g/cow daily (as-fed basis)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434709/target-analysis-of-tert-butyldimethylsilyl-derivatives-of-nerve-agent-hydrolysis-products-by-selectable-one-dimensional-or-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#19
Yasuo Seto, Masumi Tachikawa, Mieko Kanamori-Kataoka, Kikuo Sasamoto, Nobuo Ochiai
A target analysis method for the sensitive and discriminative determination of the nerve agent hydrolysis products alkyl methylphosphonic acids as their tert-butyldimethylsilyl (TBDMS) derivatives was developed using a combination of selectable one- and two-dimensional ((1)D/(2)D) GC-MS, and applied to the analysis of samples with significant interfering matrices. After sample drying, the alkylmethylphosphonic acids and methylphosphonic acid (MPA) were converted to TBDMS derivatives by addition of N-methyl-N-(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide with heating, and subjected to (1)D/(2)D GC-MS...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434457/system-changes-to-implement-the-joint-commission-tobacco-treatment-tob-performance-measures-for-improving-the-treatment-of-tobacco-use-among-hospitalized-patients
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Donna Shelley, Keith S Goldfeld, Hannah Park, Ana Mola, Ryan Sullivan, Jonathan Austrian
BACKGROUND: In 2012 The Joint Commission implemented new Tobacco Treatment (TOB) performance measures for hospitals. A study evaluated the impact of a hospital-based electronic health record (EHR) intervention on adherence to the revised TOB measures. METHODS: The study was conducted in two acute care hospitals in New York City. Data abstracted from the EHR were analyzed retrospectively from 4,871 smokers discharged between December 2012 and March 2015 to evaluate the impact of two interventions: an order set to prompt clinicians to prescribe pharmacotherapy and a nurse-delivered counseling module that automatically populated the nursing care plan for all smokers...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
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