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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223697/dynamic-regulation-of-gdp-binding-to-g-proteins-revealed-by-magnetic-field-dependent-nmr-relaxation-analyses
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Yuki Toyama, Hanaho Kano, Yoko Mase, Mariko Yokogawa, Masanori Osawa, Ichio Shimada
Heterotrimeric guanine-nucleotide-binding proteins (G proteins) serve as molecular switches in signalling pathways, by coupling the activation of cell surface receptors to intracellular responses. Mutations in the G protein α-subunit (Gα) that accelerate guanosine diphosphate (GDP) dissociation cause hyperactivation of the downstream effector proteins, leading to oncogenesis. However, the structural mechanism of the accelerated GDP dissociation has remained unclear. Here, we use magnetic field-dependent nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation analyses to investigate the structural and dynamic properties of GDP bound Gα on a microsecond timescale...
February 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223358/structural-and-biochemical-analysis-of-escherichia-coli-obge-a-central-regulator-of-bacterial-persistence
#2
Sotirios Gkekas, Ranjan Kumar Singh, Alexander V Shkumatov, Joris Messens, Maarten Fauvart, Natalie Verstraeten, Jan Michiels, Wim Versées
The Obg protein family belongs to the TRAFAC (translation factor) class of P-loop GTPases and is conserved from bacteria to eukaryotes. Essential roles in many different cellular processes have been suggested for the Obg protein from Escherichia coli (ObgE), and we recently showed that it is a central regulator of bacterial persistence. Here, we report the first crystal structure of ObgE at 1.85 Å resolution in the GDP-bound state, showing the characteristic N-terminal domain and a central G domain that are common to all Obg proteins...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212384/global-economic-impacts-of-climate-variability-and-change-during-the-20th-century
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Francisco Estrada, Richard S J Tol, Wouter J W Botzen
Estimates of the global economic impacts of observed climate change during the 20th century obtained by applying five impact functions of different integrated assessment models (IAMs) are separated into their main natural and anthropogenic components. The estimates of the costs that can be attributed to natural variability factors and to the anthropogenic intervention with the climate system in general tend to show that: 1) during the first half of the century, the amplitude of the impacts associated with natural variability is considerably larger than that produced by anthropogenic factors and the effects of natural variability fluctuated between being negative and positive...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212107/rheb-in-neuronal-degeneration-regeneration-and-connectivity
#4
Veena Nambiar Potheraveedu, Miriam Schöpel, Raphael Stoll, Rolf Heumann
The small GTPase Rheb was originally detected as an immediate early response protein whose expression was induced by NMDA-dependent synaptic activity in the brain. Rheb's activity is highly regulated by its GTPase activating protein (GAP), the tuberous sclerosis complex protein, which stimulates the conversion from the active, GTP-loaded into the inactive, GDP-loaded conformation. Rheb has been established as an evolutionarily conserved molecular switch protein regulating cellular growth, cell volume, cell cycle, autophagy, and amino acid uptake...
February 17, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210465/plasma-surface-modification-as-a-new-approach-to-protect-urinary-catheter-against-escherichia-coli-biofilm-formation
#5
Leila Taheran, Gholamreza Zarrini, Sirous Khorram, Mohammad Sadegh Zakerhamidi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Biomaterials are widely used in medical devices such as urinary catheters. One of the main problems associated with long term using of the urinary catheters is biofilm formation on their surfaces. Many techniques have been presented to reduce the biofilm formation. One of the most revolutionary techniques allowing such surface fictionalization is plasma surface modification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, a glow discharge plasma (GDP) effect on Escherichia coli biofilm formation on the surface of urinary catheter in the pressure of 1...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205150/the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-different-dengue-vaccination-programmes-in-malaysia-a-value-based-pricing-assessment-using-dynamic-transmission-mathematical-modelling
#6
Asrul Akmal Shafie, Hui Yee Yeo, Laurent Coudeville, Lucas Steinberg, Balvinder Singh Gill, Rohani Jahis, Amar-Singh Hss
BACKGROUND: Dengue disease poses a great economic burden in Malaysia. METHODS: This study evaluated the cost effectiveness and impact of dengue vaccination in Malaysia from both provider and societal perspectives using a dynamic transmission mathematical model. The model incorporated sensitivity analyses, Malaysia-specific data, evidence from recent phase III studies and pooled efficacy and long-term safety data to refine the estimates from previous published studies...
February 15, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204846/regulation-of-end-binding-protein-eb1-in-the-control-of-microtubule-dynamics
#7
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Anne Nehlig, Angie Molina, Sylvie Rodrigues-Ferreira, Stéphane Honoré, Clara Nahmias
The regulation of microtubule dynamics is critical to ensure essential cell functions, such as proper segregation of chromosomes during mitosis or cell polarity and migration. End-binding protein 1 (EB1) is a plus-end-tracking protein (+TIP) that accumulates at growing microtubule ends and plays a pivotal role in the regulation of microtubule dynamics. EB1 autonomously binds an extended tubulin-GTP/GDP-Pi structure at growing microtubule ends and acts as a molecular scaffold that recruits a large number of regulatory +TIPs through interaction with CAP-Gly or SxIP motifs...
February 15, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202239/vehicle-emission-trends-in-china-s-guangdong-province-from-1994-to-2014
#8
Yong-Hong Liu, Wen-Yuan Liao, Li Li, Yu-Ting Huang, Wei-Jia Xu
Exploring vehicle emission trends within and outside the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region during a long period was scientific and practical, for the economic rapid unbalanced development, continuous implements of severe reducing vehicle emissions measures in Guangdong province. Multi-year inventories of vehicle emissions from 1994 to 2014 were estimated based on the emissions factors of different emissions standards and vehicle kilometers travelled for all types of vehicles. The trends and characteristics of the emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), fine particulate matter (PM2...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199042/global-effects-of-income-and-income-inequality-on-adult-height-and-sexual-dimorphism-in-height
#9
Barry Bogin, Christiane Scheffler, Michael Hermanussen
OBJECTIVES: Average adult height of a population is considered a biomarker of the quality of the health environment and economic conditions. The causal relationships between height and income inequality are not well understood. We analyze data from 169 countries for national average heights of men and women and national-level economic factors to test two hypotheses: (1) income inequality has a greater association with average adult height than does absolute income; and (2) neither income nor income inequality has an effect on sexual dimorphism in height...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195645/exploring-the-views-of-relatives-of-frail-elderly-patients-about-participating-in-a-geriatric-dentistry-program
#10
Diego Machado Ardenghi, Chris Wyatt
Elderly residents of long-term care facilities (LTC) have difficulty accessing dental services. Aiming to improve access for this population, the Geriatric Dental Program (GDP) was established by UBC Faculty of Dentistry in 2002. Within the GDP, elderly people receive fee-for-service dental care. The objective of this research was to explore whether accessing these services had an impact on the lives of the patients' relatives. Data was collected through semi-structured, face-to-face, audio-recorded interviews with family members of 12 GDP patients...
February 14, 2017: Special Care in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195310/the-role-of-healthcare-system-in-dental-check-ups-in-27-european-countries-multilevel-analysis
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Shiho Kino, Eduardo Bernabé, Wael Sabbah
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether public expenditure on health and Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) are associated with dental check-ups in European countries. METHODS: Individual data were from Eurobarometer 72.3, 2009 a cross-national survey of 27 European countries. Eligible participants were those aged 18 years and older in 27 European countries. Dental check-ups reflected dental visits for oral examination and getting advice on oral health in the last 12 months...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194053/cost-effectiveness-of-autologous-stem-cell-treatment-as-compared-to-conventional-chemotherapy-for-treatment-of-multiple-myeloma-in-india
#12
Shankar Prinja, Gunjeet Kaur, Pankaj Malhotra, Gaurav Jyani, Raja Ramachandran, Pankaj Bahuguna, Subhash Varma
Recent innovations in treatment of multiple myeloma include autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) along with high dose chemotherapy (HDC). We undertook this study to estimate incremental cost per quality adjusted life year gained (QALY) with use of ASCT along with HDC as compared to conventional chemotherapy (CC) alone in treatment of multiple myeloma. A combination of decision tree and markov model was used to undertake the analysis. Incremental costs and effects of ASCT were compared against the baseline scenario of CC (based on Melphalan and Prednisolone regimen) in the patients of multiple myeloma...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193187/effect-modification-of-social-context-changes-on-mental-disability-in-china-from-1987-to-2006-a-multi-level-study-of-1-9-million-people
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Zhenjie Wang, Lihua Pang, Ning Li, Chao Guo, Gong Chen, Xiaoying Zheng
BACKGROUND: Very little literature has explored how mental disability in China is connected with inequalities in social and environmental contexts. In the study described herein, we determine whether social-context inequalities were associated with mental disability in China from 1987 to 2006. METHODS: Data were derived from national representative population-based data from the 1987 and 2006 China National Sample Survey on Disability. Both surveys used multistage, stratified random cluster sampling, with a probability proportionate to size, to derive nationally representative samples...
February 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188663/histamine-facilitates-gabaergic-transmission-in-the-rat-entorhinal-cortex-roles-of-h1-and-h2-receptors-na-permeable-cation-channels-and-inward-rectifier-k-channels
#14
Nicholas I Cilz, Saobo Lei
In the brain, histamine (HA) serves as a neuromodulator and a neurotransmitter released from the tuberomammillary nucleus (TMN). HA is involved in wakefulness, thermoregulation, energy homeostasis, nociception and learning and memory. The medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) receives inputs from the TMN and expresses HA receptors (H1 , H2 , and H3 ). We investigated the effects of HA on GABAergic transmission in the MEC and found that HA significantly increased the frequency of spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic currents (sIPSCs) with an EC50 of 1...
February 11, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187200/ligand-induced-dynamics-of-heterotrimeric-g-protein-coupled-receptor-like-kinase-complexes
#15
Meral Tunc-Ozdemir, Alan M Jones
BACKGROUND: Arabidopsis, 7-transmembrane Regulator of G signaling protein 1 (AtRGS1) modulates canonical G protein signaling by promoting the inactive state of heterotrimeric G protein complex on the plasma membrane. It is known that plant leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinases (LRR RLKs) phosphorylate AtRGS1 in vitro but little is known about the in vivo interaction, molecular dynamics, or the cellular consequences of this interaction. METHODS: Therefore, a subset of the known RLKs that phosphorylate AtRGS1 were selected for elucidation, namely, BAK1, BIR1, FLS2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186670/rab7-may-be-a-novel-therapeutic-target-for-neurologic-diseases-as-a-key-regulator-in-autophagy
#16
REVIEW
Haixia Wen, Lixuan Zhan, Siyuan Chen, Long Long, En Xu
Macroautophagy is an evolutionally conserved membrane trafficking pathway that delivers intracellular materials to lysosomes for degradation and recycling. Rab7, as a member of the Rab GTPase superfamily, has a unique role in the regulation of macroautophagy, especially in modulating autophagy flux. The functional states of Rab7 generally switch between GTP-bound and GDP-bound states under the control of guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) and GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Activated GTP-Rab7 is capable of regulating autophagosome formation, autophagosome transportation along microtubules, endosome and autophagosome maturation, as well as lysosome biogenesis via interacting with its effector molecules...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186037/it-for-bending-the-healthcare-cost-curve-the-high-needs-high-cost-approach
#17
Karim Keshavjee, Douglas Morrison, Shams Mohammed, Aziz Guergachi
Health systems around the world are under tremendous fiscal pressures. Health system inflation continues to outpace GDP growth in most countries. Health system inflation has been resistant to policy measures, to traditional interventions such as productivity enhancing technologies and to optimization of performance metrics such as length of stay (LOS) and wait times. Organizations that are solving the issue are using specific information that individualizes costs per patient, rather than using average costs per case, which is misleading in most important, high cost, situations...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176760/dogmp1-from-dendrobium-officinale-contributes-to-mannose-content-of-water-soluble-polysaccharides-and-plays-a-role-in-salt-stress-response
#18
Chunmei He, Zhenming Yu, Jaime A Teixeira da Silva, Jianxia Zhang, Xuncheng Liu, Xiaojuan Wang, Xinhua Zhang, Songjun Zeng, Kunlin Wu, Jianwen Tan, Guohua Ma, Jianping Luo, Jun Duan
GDP-mannose pyrophosphorylase (GMP) catalyzed the formation of GDP-mannose, which serves as a donor for the biosynthesis of mannose-containing polysaccharides. In this study, three GMP genes from Dendrobium officinale (i.e., DoGMPs) were cloned and analyzed. The putative 1000 bp upstream regulatory region of these DoGMPs was isolated and cis-elements were identified, which indicates their possible role in responses to abiotic stresses. The DoGMP1 protein was shown to be localized in the cytoplasm. To further study the function of the DoGMP1 gene, 35S:DoGMP1 transgenic A...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174299/the-chloroplast-tubulin-homologs-ftsza-and-ftszb-from-the-red-alga-galdieria-sulphuraria-co-assemble-into-dynamic-filaments
#19
Yaodong Chen, Katie Porter, Masaki Osawa, Anne Marie Augustus, Sara L Milam, Chandra Joshi, Katherine W Osteryoung, Harold P Erickson
FtsZ is a homolog of eukaryotic tubulin and is present in almost all bacteria and many archaea, where it is the major cytoskeletal protein in the Z ring, required for cell division. Unlike some other cell organelles of prokaryotic origin, chloroplasts have retained FtsZ as an essential component of the division machinery. However, chloroplast FtsZs have been challenging to study because they are difficult to express and purify. To this end, we have used a FATT-tag expression system to produce as soluble proteins the two chloroplast FtsZs from Galdieria sulphuraria, a thermophilic red alga...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173802/malaria-from-hyperendemicity-to-elimination-in-hekou-county-on-china-vietnam-border-an-ecological-study
#20
Jian-Wei Xu, Jian-Jie Li, Hong-Ping Guo, Shu-Wei Pu, Shu-Mei Li, Rong-Hua Wang, Hui Liu, Wei-Jia Wang
BACKGROUND: Malaria control and elimination are challenged by diversity and complexity of the determinants on the international border in the Great Mekong Sub-region. Hekou, a Chinese county on the China-Vietnam border, was used to document Chinese experiences and lessons for malaria control and elimination. METHODS: The design was an ecological study. Malaria burden before 1951 and procedures of 64 years (1952-2015) from malaria hyperendemicity to elimination are described...
February 7, 2017: Malaria Journal
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