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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930598/enzymatically-modified-ldl-atherosclerosis-and-beyond-paving-the-way-to-acceptance
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Michael Torzewski
The eLDL (enzymatically modified LDL) hypothesis proposes that modification of LDL during atherogenesis occurs through the action of ubiquitous hydrolytic enzymes. eLDL is recognized by multiple macrophage receptors. Following cellular uptake, eLDL triggers atherosclerotic lesion initiation with reversion or progression depending on the balance between cholesterol insudation and depletion. The effects of eLDL on cellular constituents of the atherosclerotic lesion comprise both pro- and anti-inflammatory mechanisms...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929948/moderately-high-protein-enteral-formula-improved-retinol-binding-protein-in-tube-fed-patients-a-multicentre-open-study
#2
Veeradej Pisprasert, Prapimporn Chattranukulchai Shantavasinkul, Sornwichate Rattanachaiwong, Tanarat Lepananon, Surat Komindr
BACKGROUND: Long-term inadequate dietary consumption may increase the possibility of malnutrition, morbidity and mortality. Enteral nutrition (EN) is a beneficial support that could help to maintain nutritional status and gut function. AIM: Our aim was to evaluate the effect of moderately high-protein enteral formula containing fibre on nutritional status, and its safety. METHOD: A total of 23 tube-feeding-dependent adult patients were included in this multicentre, open-label study...
September 2017: Nutrition and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929384/roles-of-dietary-glycine-proline-and-hydroxyproline-in-collagen-synthesis-and-animal-growth
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REVIEW
Peng Li, Guoyao Wu
Glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline (Hyp) contribute to 57% of total amino acids (AAs) in collagen, which accounts for one-third of proteins in animals. As the most abundant protein in the body, collagen is essential to maintain the normal structure and strength of connective tissue, such as bones, skin, cartilage, and blood vessels. Mammals, birds, and fish can synthesize: (1) glycine from threonine, serine, choline, and Hyp; (2) proline from arginine; and (3) Hyp from proline residues in collagen, in a cell- and tissue-specific manner...
September 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929193/immune-regulation-by-ubiquitin-tagging-as-checkpoint-code
#4
Peng Zeng, Jieyu Ma, Runqing Yang, Yun-Cai Liu
The immune system is equipped with effective machinery to mobilize its activation to defend invading microorganisms, and at the same time, to refrain from attacking its own tissues to maintain immune tolerance. The balance of activation and tolerance is tightly controlled by diverse mechanisms, since breakdown of tolerance could result in disastrous consequences such as the development of autoimmune diseases. One of the mechanisms is by the means of protein ubiquitination, which involves the process of tagging a small peptide ubiquitin to protein substrates...
September 20, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928761/hormonal-regulation-in-shade-avoidance
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REVIEW
Chuanwei Yang, Lin Li
At high vegetation density, shade-intolerant plants sense a reduction in the red (660 nm) to far-red (730 nm) light ratio (R/FR) in addition to a general reduction in light intensity. These light signals trigger a spectrum of morphological changes manifested by growth of stem-like tissue (hypocotyl, petiole, etc.) instead of harvestable organs (leaves, fruits, seeds, etc.)-namely, shade avoidance syndrome (SAS). Common phenotypical changes related to SAS are changes in leaf hyponasty, an increase in hypocotyl and internode elongation and extended petioles...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928396/balance-between-hydration-enthalpy-and-entropy-is-important-for-ice-binding-surfaces-in-antifreeze-proteins
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Michael Schauperl, Maren Podewitz, Teresa S Ortner, Franz Waibl, Alexander Thoeny, Thomas Loerting, Klaus R Liedl
Antifreeze Proteins (AFPs) inhibit the growth of an ice crystal by binding to it. The detailed binding mechanism is, however, still not fully understood. We investigated three AFPs using Molecular Dynamics simulations in combination with Grid Inhomogeneous Solvation Theory, exploring their hydration thermodynamics. The observed enthalpic and entropic differences between the ice-binding sites and the inactive surface reveal key properties essential for proteins in order to bind ice: While entropic contributions are similar for all sites, the enthalpic gain for all ice-binding sites is lower than for the rest of the protein surface...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928205/bola-is-required-for-the-accurate-regulation-of-c-di-gmp-a-central-player-in-biofilm-formation
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Ricardo N Moreira, Clémentine Dressaire, Susana Barahona, Lisete Galego, Volkhard Kaever, Urs Jenal, Cecília M Arraiano
The bacterial second messenger cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP) is a nearly ubiquitous intracellular signaling molecule involved in the transition from the motile to the sessile/biofilm state in bacteria. C-di-GMP regulates various cellular processes, including biofilm formation, motility, and virulence. BolA is a transcription factor that promotes survival in different stresses and is also involved in biofilm formation. Both BolA and c-di-GMP participate in the regulation of motility mechanisms leading to similar phenotypes...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927958/defective-gabaergic-neurotransmission-in-the-nucleus-tractus-solitarius-in-mecp2-null-mice-a-model-of-rett-syndrome
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Chao-Yin Chen, Jacopo Di Lucente, Yen-Chu Lin, Cheng-Chang Lien, Michael A Rogawski, Izumi Maezawa, Lee-Way Jin
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a devastating neurodevelopmental disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in the X-linked methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (Mecp2) gene. GABAergic dysfunction has been implicated contributing to the respiratory dysfunction, one major clinical feature of RTT. The nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) is the first central site integrating respiratory sensory information that can change the nature of the reflex output. We hypothesized that deficiency in Mecp2 gene reduces GABAergic neurotransmission in the NTS...
September 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927759/redox-stress-and-signaling-during-vertebrate-embryonic-development-regulation-and-responses
#9
REVIEW
Alicia R Timme-Laragy, Mark E Hahn, Jason M Hansen, Archit Rastogi, Monika A Roy
Vertebrate embryonic development requires specific signaling events that regulate cell proliferation and differentiation to occur at the correct place and the correct time in order to build a healthy embryo. Signaling pathways are sensitive to perturbations of the endogenous redox state, and are also susceptible to modulation by reactive species and antioxidant defenses, contributing to a spectrum of passive vs. active effects that can affect redox signaling and redox stress. Here we take a multi-level, integrative approach to discuss the importance of redox status for vertebrate developmental signaling pathways and cell fate decisions, with a focus on glutathione/glutathione disulfide, thioredoxin, and cysteine/cystine redox potentials and the implications for protein function in development...
September 16, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927034/cyclin-d3-deficiency-inhibits-skin-tumor-development-but-does-not-affect-normal-keratinocyte-proliferation
#10
Sung Hyun Lee, Xian Wang, Sun Hye Kim, Yongbaek Kim, Marcelo L Rodriguez-Puebla
Rearrangement and amplification of the D-type cyclin genes have been reported in human cancer. Previous studies have demonstrated that Ras-mediated skin tumorigenesis depends on pathways that act through cyclin D1 and D2; however, the role of cyclin D3 remains unknown. The present study demonstrates that cyclin D3 ablation does not affect keratinocyte proliferation, but instead increases apoptosis levels in the bulge region of the hair follicle. Consequently, cyclin D3 ablation reduces skin papilloma development in a Ras-dependent carcinogenesis model...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926931/comparison-of-sociodemographic-and-nutritional-characteristics-between-self-reported-vegetarians-vegans-and-meat-eaters-from-the-nutrinet-sant%C3%A3-study
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Benjamin Allès, Julia Baudry, Caroline Méjean, Mathilde Touvier, Sandrine Péneau, Serge Hercberg, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot
BACKGROUND: There is a growing trend for vegetarian and vegan diets in many Western countries. Epidemiological evidence suggesting that such diets may help in maintaining good health is rising. However, dietary and sociodemographic characteristics of vegetarians and vegans are not well known. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to describe sociodemographic and nutritional characteristics of self-reported, adult vegetarians and vegans, compared to meat-eaters, from the French NutriNet-Santé study...
September 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926253/understanding-the-role-of-dna-topology-in-target-search-dynamics-of-proteins
#12
Anupam Mondal, Arnab Bhattacherjee
A wide range of cellular processes initiates upon recognising and binding of proteins to specific DNA sites. Typically, the recognition process is incredibly fast owing to a complex mechanism that combines different 3D and 1D modes of translocation of the protein. While few studies performed on selected DNA topologies suggested that the DNA topology might alter the balance between these two modes and therefore the target search kinetics, its detail role in target search mechanism remains unclear. Here, we present a discrete-state stochastic approach that allows us to incorporate the topological information of DNA molecule explicitly and predict its role during the process when proteins search for their specific binding sites on DNA...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925902/adipose-triglyceride-lipase-regulation-an-overview
#13
Ines Katrin Cerk, Lisa Wechselberger, Monika Oberer
Adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) is the key-enzyme for the release of fatty acids (FAs) from triacylglycerol (TG) stores during intracellular lipolysis producing FAs used for energy production. There is growing evidence that the products and intermediates from lipolytic breakdown during the FA mobilization process also have fundamental regulatory functions affecting cell signaling, gene expression, metabolism, cell growth, cell death, and lipotoxicity. Regulation of ATGL is therefore vital for maintaining a defined balance between lipid storage and mobilization...
September 18, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925163/-proteomics-research-of-intervention-effect-of-qi-enriching-herbs-on-qi-deficiency-rats-based-on-technology-of-nanolc-ltq-orbitrap
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Yin-Fang Chen, Ying-Jun Fu, Chao Liu, Min Hou, Guo-Liang Xu, Ri-Yue Yu, Hong-Ning Liu, Li-Ping Huang
Proteomics method, based on NanoLC-LTQ-Orbitrap technology, was applied to explore the biological basis of intervention effect of "Qi enriching" herbs on "Qi deficiency" rats. The "Qi deficiency" rat model was established with caloric restriction combined with excessive swimming. Muscle proteins of vastus lateralis from the blank group, the model group and the ginseng group were detected by NanoLC-LTQ-Orbitrap system. The data were imported into Protein Discovery software to identify the proteins and all the raw datum were analyzed by SIEVE software...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924180/%C3%AE-snap-is-expressed-in-mouse-ovarian-granulosa-cells-and-plays-a-key-role-in-folliculogenesis-and-female-fertility
#15
Alexis Arcos, Matilde de Paola, Diego Gianetti, Diego Acuña, Zahady D Velásquez, María Paz Miró, Gabriela Toro, Bryan Hinrichsen, Rosa Iris Muñoz, Yimo Lin, Gonzalo A Mardones, Pamela Ehrenfeld, Francisco J Rivera, Marcela A Michaut, Luis Federico Batiz
The balance between ovarian folliculogenesis and follicular atresia is critical for female fertility and is strictly regulated by a complex network of neuroendocrine and intra-ovarian signals. Despite the numerous functions executed by granulosa cells (GCs) in ovarian physiology, the role of multifunctional proteins able to simultaneously coordinate/modulate several cellular pathways is unclear. Soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor (NSF) attachment protein (α-SNAP) is a multifunctional protein that participates in SNARE-mediated membrane fusion events...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923772/reference-intervals-of-citrated-native-whole-blood-thromboelastography-in-premature-neonates
#16
Mario Motta, Brunetta Guaragni, Elena Pezzotti, Carmen Rodriguez-Perez, Gaetano Chirico
BACKGROUND: Bleeding due to acquired coagulation disorders is a common complication in premature neonates. In this clinical setting, standard coagulation laboratory tests might be unsuitable to investigate the hemostatic function as they reflect the concentration of pro-coagulant proteins but not of anti-coagulant proteins. Thromboelastography (TEG), providing a more complete assessment of hemostasis, may be able to overcome some of these limitations. Unfortunately, experience on the use of TEG in premature neonates is very limited and, in particular in this population, reference ranges of TEG parameters have not been yet evaluated...
September 15, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922769/psb33-sustains-photosystem-ii-d1-protein-under-fluctuating-light-conditions
#17
Rikard Fristedt, Andrea Trotta, Marjaana Suorsa, Anders K Nilsson, Roberta Croce, Eva-Mari Aro, Björn Lundin
On Earth, solar irradiance varies as the sun rises and sets over the horizon, and sunlight is thus in constant fluctuation, following a slow dark-low-high-low-dark curve. Optimal plant growth and development are dependent on the capacity of plants to acclimate and regulate photosynthesis in response to these changes of light. Little is known of regulative processes for photosynthesis during nocturnal events. The nucleus-encoded plant lineage-specific protein PSB33 has been described as stabilizing the photosystem II complex, especially under light stress conditions, and plants lacking PSB33 have a dysfunctional state transition...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922758/the-role-of-arabidopsis-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-genes-in-response-to-high-temperature-and-stress-combinations
#18
Junyi Zhao, Tagnon D Missihoun, Dorothea Bartels
Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH) are a family of enzymes that are involved in plant metabolism and contribute to aldehyde homeostasis to eliminate toxic aldehydes. The ALDH enzymes produce NADPH and NADH in their enzymatic reactions and thus contribute to balancing redox equivalents. Previous studies showed that Arabidopsis ALDH genes are expressed in response to high salinity, dehydration, oxidative stress, or heavy metals, suggesting important roles in environmental adaptation. However, the role of ALDH genes in high temperature and stress combinations (heat stress combined with dehydration, wounding, or salt stress) is unclear...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922563/role-of-il-18-in-atopic-asthma-is-determined-by-balance-of-il-18-il-18bp-il-18r
#19
Huiyun Zhang, Junling Wang, Ling Wang, Hua Xie, Liping Chen, Shaoheng He
It is recognized that IL-18 is related to development of asthma, but role of IL-18 in asthma remains controversial and confusing. This is largely due to lack of information on expression of IL-18 binding protein (BP) and IL-18 receptor (R) in asthma. In this study, we found that plasma levels of IL-18 and IL-18BP were elevated in asthma. The ratio between plasma concentrations of IL-18 and IL-18BP was 1:12.8 in asthma patients. We demonstrated that 13-fold more monocytes, 17.5-fold more neutrophils and 4.1-fold more B cells express IL-18BP than IL-18 in asthmatic blood, suggesting that there is excessive amount of IL-18BP to abolish actions of IL-18 in asthma...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922523/mature-b-cells-accelerate-wound-healing-after-acute-and-chronic-diabetic-skin-lesions
#20
Ruxandra F Sîrbulescu, Chloe K Boehm, Erin Soon, Moses Q Wilks, Iulian Ilieş, Hushan Yuan, Ben Maxner, Nicolas Chronos, Charalambos Kaittanis, Marc D Normandin, Georges El Fakhri, Dennis P Orgill, Ann E Sluder, Mark C Poznansky
Chronic wounds affect 12-15% of patients with diabetes and are associated with a drastic decrease in their quality of life. Here we demonstrate that purified mature naïve B220(+) /CD19(+) /IgM(+) /IgD(+) B cells improve healing of acute and diabetic murine wounds after a single topical application. B cell treatment significantly accelerated acute wound closure by 2-3 days in wild-type mice and 5-6 days in obese diabetic mice. The treatment led to full closure in 43% of chronic diabetic wounds, as compared to only 5% in saline-treated controls...
September 18, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
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