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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346735/mechanisms-of-modulation-of-calcium-phosphate-pathological-mineralization-by-mobile-and-immobile-small-molecule-inhibitors
#1
Meng Li, Jing Zhang, Lijun Wang, Baoshan Wang, Christine V Putnis
Potential pathways for inhibiting crystal growth are either via disrupting local microenvironments surrounding crystal-solution interfaces or physically blocking solute molecule attachment. However, the actual mode of inhibition may be more complicated due to the characteristic time scale for the inhibitor adsorption and relaxation to a well-bound state at crystal surfaces. Here we demonstrate the role of citrate (CA) and hydroxycitrate (HCA) in brushite (DCPD, CaHPO4·2H2O) crystallization over a broad range of both inhibitor concentrations and supersaturations by in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346589/urban-evolutionary-ecology-and-the-potential-benefits-of-implementing-genomics
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Christopher J Schell
Urban habitats are quickly becoming exceptional models to address adaptation under rapid environmental change, given the expansive temporal and spatial scales with which anthropogenic landscape conversion occurs. Urban ecologists in the last 10-15 years have done an extraordinary job of highlighting phenotypic patterns that correspond with urban living, as well as delineating urban population structure using traditional genetic markers. The underpinning genetic mechanisms that govern those phenotypic patterns, however, are less well established...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346586/plasflow-predicting-plasmid-sequences-in-metagenomic-data-using-genome-signatures
#3
Pawel S Krawczyk, Leszek Lipinski, Andrzej Dziembowski
Plasmids are mobile genetics elements that play an important role in the environmental adaptation of microorganisms. Although plasmids are usually analyzed in cultured microorganisms, there is a need for methods that allow for the analysis of pools of plasmids (plasmidomes) in environmental samples. To that end, several molecular biology and bioinformatics methods have been developed; however, they are limited to environments with low diversity and cannot recover large plasmids. Here, we present PlasFlow, a novel tool based on genomic signatures that employs a neural network approach for identification of bacterial plasmid sequences in environmental samples...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346272/viral-and-antibody-kinetics-and-mosquito-infectivity-of-an-imported-case-of-zika-fever-due-to-asian-genotype-american-strain-in-singapore
#4
Cheong Huat Tan, Li Kiang Tan, Hapuarachchige Chanditha Hapuarachchi, Yee Ling Lai, Pei Sze Jeslyn Wong, Grace Yap, Keng Wai Mak, Wing Yan Wong, Yee Sin Leo, Mei Chun Wong, Lee Ching Ng
We report a case of a Singaporean who acquired Zika virus (ZIKV) during a visit to Cuba. The infection was confirmed using molecular and serological methods. This report highlights potential drawbacks of using IgG serology for diagnosis of flavivirus infections in endemic regions. The low viremia detected during the early phase of this case resulted in low mosquito infectivity rates, suggesting the possibility of ZIKV transmission prior to clinical onset. The report also emphasizes the challenges of public health interventions for Zika fever and the importance of sustaining a low vector population to reduce the risk of arbovirus transmission in vulnerable regions...
January 18, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346080/new-insight-into-the-action-of-tryptanthrins-against-plasmodium-falciparum-pharmacophore-identification-via-a-novel-submolecular-qsar-descriptor
#5
Joel A Olson, Raymond J Terryn, Elizabeth L Stewart, J Clayton Baum, Mark J Novak
A new submolecular quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) descriptor was applied toward elucidating the anti-malarial pharmacophore of tryptanthrins, a class of compounds known for their anti-parasitic activities. The new descriptor is based on experimental and computational measurements of the tunneling barriers of individual lobes of the molecular orbitals. Lobe-by-lobe QSAR correlation plots revealed a single lobe of the LUMO to be strongly associated with tryptanthrin's anti-malarial activity...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345730/regional-pattern-of-microgliosis-in-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-in-relation-to-phenotypic-variants-and-disease-progression
#6
Alessia Franceschini, Rosaria Strammiello, Sabina Capellari, Armin Giese, Piero Parchi
AIMS: To describe the regional profiles of microglial activation in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) subtypes and analyse the influence of prion strain, disease duration and codon 129 genotype. METHODS: We studied the amount/severity and distribution of activated microglia, protease-resistant prion protein (PrPSc ) spongiform change, and astrogliosis in 8 regions of 57 brains representative of the entire spectrum of sCJD subtypes. RESULTS: In each individual subtype, the regional extent and distribution of microgliosis significantly correlated with PrPSc deposition and spongiform change, leading to subtype-specific "lesion profiles"...
January 18, 2018: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345133/stable-organic-radicals-as-hole-injection-dopants-for-efficient-optoelectronics
#7
Zhengyang Bin, Haoqing Guo, Ziyang Liu, Feng Li, Lian Duan
Precursors of reactive organic radicals have been widely used as n-dopants in electron-transporting materials to improve electron-conductivity and enhance electron-injection. However, the utilization of organic radicals in hole-counterparts has been ignored. In this work, stable organic radicals have been proved for the first time to be efficient dopants to enhance hole injection. From the absorbance spectra and the ultraviolet photoelectron spectra, we could observe an efficient electron transfer between the organic radical (4-N-carbazolyl-2,6-dichlorophenyl)bis(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)methyl, TTM-1Cz) and the widely used hole injection material (1,4,5,8,9,11-hexaazatriphenylene hexacarbonitrile, HAT-CN)...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345067/supramolecular-gels-derived-from-the-salts-of-variously-substituted-phenylacetic-acid-and-dicyclohexyl-amine-design-synthesis-structures-and-dye-adsorption
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Parthasarathi Dastidar, Rajdip Roy, Tapas Kumar Adalder
A well-studied supramolecular synthon namely secondary ammonium monocarboxylate (SAM) was exploited to generate a new series of organic salts derived from variously substituted phenylacetic acid (PA) and dicyclohexyl amine (DCA) as potential low molecular weight gelators (LMWGs). As much as 25% of the SAM salts under study were gelators. The gels were characterized by rheology and the morphology of the gel networks was studied by high resolution electron microscopy. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction data were employed to study structure-property (gelation) correlation...
January 18, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344966/quorum-sensing-molecule-dihydroxy-2-3-pentanedione-and-its-analogs-as-regulators-of-epithelial-integrity
#9
S Elmanfi, X Ma, H O Sintim, E Könönen, S Syrjänen, U K Gursoy
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Quorum-sensing molecules regulate the behavior of bacteria within biofilms and at the same time elicit an immune response in host tissues. Our aim was to investigate the regulatory role of dihydroxy-2,3-pentanedione (DPD), the precursor of universal autoinducer-2 (AI-2), and its analogs (ethyl-DPD, butyl-DPD and isobutyl-DPD) in the integrity of gingival epithelial cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Human gingival keratinocytes were incubated with four concentrations (10 μmol L-1 , 1 μmol L-1 , 100 nmol L-1 and 10 nmol L-1 ) of DPD and its analogs for 24 hours...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344868/laser-capture-microdissection-for-the-analysis-of-rat-and-human-spinal-cord-ependyma-by-qpcr
#10
Daniel Garcia-Ovejero, Beatriz Paniagua-Torija, Angel Arevalo-Martin, Beatriz Navarro-Galve, Eduardo Molina-Holgado
In the last few decades many efforts have been dedicated to decipher the nature and regenerative potential of neurogenic niches and endogenous stem cells after damage of the central nervous system. In the spinal cord, it has been largely focused on the ependymal region, which hosts neural precursors/stem cells (NSC) in rodents but differs between species and ages. In the current chapter, we detail our protocol to study the gene expression profile of this region using fresh frozen blocks of rat and human post-mortem spinal cords...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344861/laser-capture-microdissection-and-transcriptional-analysis-of-sub-populations-of-the-osteoblast-lineage-from-undecalcified-bone
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Efrain Pacheco, Rong Hu, Scott Taylor
Transcriptional analysis of tissue samples is a useful and widely applied approach to provide insight into the molecular mechanisms engaged in response to phenotypic changes or external stimuli. We describe a method that overcomes the technical challenges associated with the application of Laser Capture Microdissection to undecalcified bone enabling us to collect high-quality bone tissue with maintained cellular morphology that is suitable for cryosectioning, fixation, and cutting. Using this method, we obtain samples enriched for specific cell types from the mature osteoblast lineage (osteoblasts, lining cells, i...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344718/combination-of-baseline-fdg-pet-ct-total-metabolic-tumour-volume-and-gene-expression-profile-have-a-robust-predictive-value-in-patients-with-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Mathieu Nessim Toledano, P Desbordes, A Banjar, I Gardin, P Vera, P Ruminy, F Jardin, H Tilly, S Becker
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the predictive significance of total metabolic tumour volume (TMTV) measured on baseline FDG PET/CT and its value in addition to gene expression profiling using a new method of gene analysis (rapid reverse transcriptase multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification assay, RT-MLPA) in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated with R-CHOP or R-CHOP-like chemotherapies. METHODS: The analysis included 114 patients. TMTV was measured using a 41% SUVmax threshold and tumours were classified into GCB or ABC subtypes according to the RT-MLPA assay...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344634/underlying-mechanism-of-the-photodynamic-activity-of-hematoporphyrin%C3%A2-induced-apoptosis-in-u87-glioma-cells
#13
Shi-Xiang Yuan, Jun-Liang Li, Xin-Ke Xu, Wei Chen, Cheng Chen, Kun-Qi Kuang, Fang-Yu Wang, Kai Wang, Fang-Cheng Li
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a relatively novel type of tumor therapy method with low toxicity and limited side‑effects. The aim of the present study was to investigate the underlying mechanism and potential microRNAs (miRNAs) involved in the treatment of glioma by PDT with hematoporphyrin, a clinical photosensitizer. The photodynamic activity of hematoporphyrin on the cell viability and apoptosis of gliomas was investigated by MTT, and flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy, respectively. Alterations in singlet oxygen and mitochondrial membrane potential were detected...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343955/lysyl-oxidase-activates-cancer-stromal-cells-and-promotes-gastric-cancer-progression-quantum-dot-based-identification-of-biomarkers-in-cancer-stromal-cells
#14
Chunwei Peng, Jiuyang Liu, Guifang Yang, Yan Li
Purpose: Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are a promising alternative to organic fluorescent dyes for multiplexed molecular imaging of cancer stroma, which have great advantages in holistically analyzing the complex interactions among cancer stromal components in situ. Patients and methods: A QD probe-based multiplexed spectral molecular imaging method was established for simultaneous imaging. Three tissue microarrays (TMAs) including 184 gastric cancer (GC) tissues were constructed for the study...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343831/novel-hydrogenases-from-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vent-metagenomes-identified-by-a-recently-developed-activity-based-screen
#15
Nicole Adam, Mirjam Perner
Hydrogen is one of the most common elements on Earth. The enzymes converting molecular hydrogen into protons and electrons are the hydrogenases. Hydrogenases are ubiquitously distributed in all three domains of life where they play a central role in cell metabolism. So far, the recovery of hydrogenases has been restricted to culture-dependent and sequence-based approaches. We have recently developed the only activity-based screen for seeking H2-uptake enzymes from metagenomes without having to rely on enrichment and isolation of hydrogen-oxidizing microorganisms or prior metagenomic sequencing...
January 17, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343798/structural-and-functional-insights-into-s-thiolation-of-human-serum-albumins
#16
Fumie Nakashima, Takahiro Shibata, Kohei Kamiya, Jun Yoshitake, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Tadashi Matsushita, Isao Ishii, Juan A Giménez-Bastida, Claus Schneider, Koji Uchida
Human serum albumin (HSA) is the most abundant serum protein, contributing to the maintenance of redox balance in the extracellular fluids. One single free cysteine residue at position 34 is believed to be a target of oxidation. However, the molecular details and functions of oxidized HSAs remain obscure. Here we analyzed serum samples from normal subjects and hyperlipidemia patients and observed an enhanced S-thiolation of HSA in the hyperlipidemia patients as compared to the control individuals. Both cysteine and homocysteine were identified as the low molecular weight thiols bound to the HSAs...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343568/an-alternate-route-for-adeno-associated-virus-entry-independent-of-aavr
#17
Amanda M Dudek, Sirika Pillay, Andreas S Puschnik, Claude M Nagamine, Fang Cheng, Jianming Qiu, Jan E Carette, Luk H Vandenberghe
Determinants and mechanisms of cell attachment and entry steer the Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) in its utility as a gene therapy vector. Thus far a systematic assessment of how diverse AAV serotypes engage their proteinaceous receptor AAVR (KIAA0319L) to establish transduction has been lacking, despite potential implications for cell and tissue tropism. Here, a large set of human and simian AAVs as well as in silico reconstructed ancestral AAV capsids were interrogated for AAVR usage. We identified a distinct AAV capsid lineage comprised of AAV4 and AAVrh32...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343538/impact-of-dietary-%C3%AF-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-supplementation-on-brown-and-brite-adipocyte-function
#18
Rayane A Ghandour, Cecilia Colson, Maude Giroud, Stefanie Maurer, Samah Rekima, Gerard P Ailhaud, Martin Klingenspor, Ez-Zoubir Amri, Didier F Pisani
The recent characterization of functional brown adipose tissue (BAT) in adult humans has opened new perspectives for regulation of energy expenditure with respect to obesity and diabetes. Furthermore, dietary recommendations have taken into account the insufficient dietary intake of ω3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and the concomitant excessive intake of ω6 PUFA associated with the occurrence of overweight/obesity. We aimed to study whether ω3 PUFAs could play a role in the recruitment and function of energy-dissipating brown/brite adipocytes...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343526/mutations-in-cyb561-causing-a-novel-orthostatic-hypotension-syndrome
#19
Maarten P van den Berg, Rowida Almomani, Italo Biaggioni, Martijn van Faassen, Pim van der Harst, Herman H Silljé, Irene Mateo Leach, Marc Hemmelder, Gerjan Navis, Gert-Jan Luijckx, Arjan P de Brouwer, Hanka Venselaar, Marcel M Verbeek, Paul A van der Zwaag, Jan D Jongbloed, J P van Tintelen, Ron A Wevers, Ido P Kema
Rationale: Orthostatic hypotension is a common clinical problem, but the underlying mechanisms have not been fully delineated. Objective: We describe two families, with four patients in total, suffering from severe life-threatening orthostatic hypotension due to a novel cause. Methods and Results: As in dopamine β-hydroxylase deficiency (DβH), concentrations of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the patients were very low. Plasma DβH activity, however, was normal and the DBH gene had no mutations. Molecular genetic analysis was performed to determine the underlying genetic cause...
January 17, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343290/finemav-prioritizing-candidate-genetic-variants-driving-local-adaptations-in-human-populations
#20
Michał Szpak, Massimo Mezzavilla, Qasim Ayub, Yuan Chen, Yali Xue, Chris Tyler-Smith
We present a new method, Fine-Mapping of Adaptive Variation (FineMAV), which combines population differentiation, derived allele frequency, and molecular functionality to prioritize positively selected candidate variants for functional follow-up. We calibrate and test FineMAV using eight experimentally validated "gold standard" positively selected variants and simulations. FineMAV has good sensitivity and a low false discovery rate. Applying FineMAV to the 1000 Genomes Project Phase 3 SNP dataset, we report many novel selected variants, including ones in TGM3 and PRSS53 associated with hair phenotypes that we validate using available independent data...
January 17, 2018: Genome Biology
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