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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724269/association-of-human-methionine-synthase-a2756g-transition-with-prostate-cancer-a-case-control-study-and-in-silico-analysis
#1
Arezou Ebrahimi, Abasalt Hosseinzadeh Colagar, Mohammad Karimian
Methionine synthase (MTR) is one of the key enzymes of folate pathway, which play a key role in the construction, repair, and methylation of DNA. In this study, an association of MTR A2756G gene transition with prostate cancer in men populations of Kashan-Iran was investigated by a case-control study and an in silico analysis. The 200 samples including 100 patients with prostate cancer, as case group and 100 healthy men, as control group included in this study. MTR-A2756G genotyping was performed by PCR-RFLP technique...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724255/effects-of-organic-composition-on-the-anaerobic-biodegradability-of-food-waste
#2
Yangyang Li, Yiying Jin, Aiduan Borrion, Hailong Li, Jinhui Li
This work investigated the influence of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids on the anaerobic digestion of food waste (FW) and the relationship between the parameters characterising digestion. Increasing the concentrations of proteins and lipids, and decreasing carbohydrate content in FW, led to high buffering capacity, reduction of proteins (52.7-65.0%) and lipids (57.4-88.2%), and methane production (385-627 mLCH4/g volatile solid), while achieving a short retention time. There were no significant correlations between the reduction of organics, hydrolysis rate constant (0...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724198/direct-and-topoisomerase-ii-mediated-dna-damage-by-bis-3-chloropiperidines-the-importance-of-being-an-earnest-g
#3
Alice Sosic, Ivonne Zuravka, Nina-Katharina Schmitt, Angelica Miola, Richard Göttlich, Dan Fabris, Barbara Gatto
Bis-3-chloropiperidines are a new class of DNA-active compounds capable of alkylating nucleobases and inducing strand cleavage. In this report, we investigated the reactivity of these mustard-based agents with both single- and double-stranded DNA constructs. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) were employed to obtain valuable insights into their mechanism at the molecular level and to investigate their time- and concentration-dependence. The results revealed the preferential formation of mono- and bifunctional adducts at nucleophilic guanine sites...
July 19, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723961/dysfunctional-gpr40-ffar1-signaling-exacerbates-pain-behavior-in-mice
#4
Kazuo Nakamoto, Fuka Aizawa, Kei Miyagi, Takuya Yamashita, Mitsumasa Mankura, Yutaka Koyama, Fumiyo Kasuya, Akira Hirasawa, Takashi Kurihara, Atsuro Miyata, Shogo Tokuyama
We previously showed that activation of G protein-coupled receptor 40/free fatty acid receptor 1 (GPR40/FFAR1) signaling modulates descending inhibition of pain. In this study, we investigated the involvement of fatty acid-GPR40/FFAR1 signaling in the transition from acute to chronic pain. We used GPR40/FFAR1-knockout (GPR40KO) mice and wild-type (WT) mice. A plantar incision was performed, and mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia were evaluated with a von Frey filament test and plantar test, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723954/association-between-urinary-biomarkers-of-total-sugars-intake-and-measures-of-obesity-in-a-cross-sectional-study
#5
Rachel Campbell, Natasha Tasevska, Kim G Jackson, Virag Sagi-Kiss, Nick di Paolo, Jennifer S Mindell, Susan J Lister, Kay-Tee Khaw, Gunter G C Kuhnle
Obesity is an important modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases. While there is increasing focus on the role of dietary sugars, there remains a paucity of data establishing the association between sugar intake and obesity in the general public. The objective of this study was to investigate associations of estimated sugar intake with odds for obesity in a representative sample of English adults. We used data from 434 participants of the 2005 Health Survey of England. Biomarkers for total sugar intake were measured in 24 h urine samples and used to estimate intake...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723946/the-mitochondrial-genome-of-the-terrestrial-carnivorous-plant-utricularia-reniformis-lentibulariaceae-structure-comparative-analysis-and-evolutionary-landmarks
#6
Saura R Silva, Danillo O Alvarenga, Yani Aranguren, Helen A Penha, Camila C Fernandes, Daniel G Pinheiro, Marcos T Oliveira, Todd P Michael, Vitor F O Miranda, Alessandro M Varani
The carnivorous plants of the family Lentibulariaceae have attained recent attention not only because of their interesting lifestyle, but also because of their dynamic nuclear genome size. Lentibulariaceae genomes span an order of magnitude and include species with the smallest genomes in angiosperms, making them a powerful system to study the mechanisms of genome expansion and contraction. However, little is known about mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences of this family, and the evolutionary forces that shape this organellar genome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723932/the-nucleoid-occlusion-factor-noc-controls-dna-replication-initiation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#7
Ting Pang, Xindan Wang, Hoong Chuin Lim, Thomas G Bernhardt, David Z Rudner
Successive division events in the spherically shaped bacterium Staphylococcus aureus are oriented in three alternating perpendicular planes. The mechanisms that underlie this relatively unique pattern of division and coordinate it with chromosome segregation remain largely unknown. Thus far, the only known spatial regulator of division in this organism is the nucleoid occlusion protein Noc that inhibits assembly of the cytokinetic ring over the chromosome. However, Noc is not essential in S. aureus, indicating that additional regulators are likely to exist...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723926/ghsos1-a-plasma-membrane-na-h-antiporter-gene-from-upland-cotton-enhances-salt-tolerance-in-transgenic-arabidopsis-thaliana
#8
Xiugui Chen, Xuke Lu, Na Shu, Delong Wang, Shuai Wang, Junjuan Wang, Lixue Guo, Xiaoning Guo, Weili Fan, Zhongxu Lin, Wuwei Ye
Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), an important source of natural fiber, can tolerate relatively high salinity and drought stresses. In the present study, a plasma membrane Na+/H+ antiporter gene, GhSOS1, was cloned from a salt-tolerant genotype of G. hirsutum, Zhong 9807. The expression level of GhSOS1 in cotton roots was significantly upregulated in the presence of high concentrations of NaCl (200 mM), while its transcript abundance was increased when exposed to low temperature and drought stresses. Localization analysis using onion epidermal cells showed that the GhSOS1 protein was localized to the plasma membrane...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723910/estimating-mono-and-bi-phasic-regression-parameters-using-a-mixture-piecewise-linear-bayesian-hierarchical-model
#9
Rui Zhao, Paul Catalano, Victor G DeGruttola, Franziska Michor
The dynamics of tumor burden, secreted proteins or other biomarkers over time, is often used to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy and to predict outcomes for patients. Many methods have been proposed to investigate longitudinal trends to better characterize patients and to understand disease progression. However, most approaches assume a homogeneous patient population and a uniform response trajectory over time and across patients. Here, we present a mixture piecewise linear Bayesian hierarchical model, which takes into account both population heterogeneity and nonlinear relationships between biomarkers and time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723893/in-vivo-crispr-screening-identifies-ptpn2-as-a-cancer-immunotherapy-target
#10
Robert T Manguso, Hans W Pope, Margaret D Zimmer, Flavian D Brown, Kathleen B Yates, Brian C Miller, Natalie B Collins, Kevin Bi, Martin W LaFleur, Vikram R Juneja, Sarah A Weiss, Jennifer Lo, David E Fisher, Diana Miao, Eliezer Van Allen, David E Root, Arlene H Sharpe, John G Doench, W Nicholas Haining
Immunotherapy with PD-1 checkpoint blockade is effective in only a minority of patients with cancer, suggesting that additional treatment strategies are needed. Here we use a pooled in vivo genetic screening approach using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing in transplantable tumours in mice treated with immunotherapy to discover previously undescribed immunotherapy targets. We tested 2,368 genes expressed by melanoma cells to identify those that synergize with or cause resistance to checkpoint blockade. We recovered the known immune evasion molecules PD-L1 and CD47, and confirmed that defects in interferon-γ signalling caused resistance to immunotherapy...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723843/no-superior-adaptations-to-carbohydrate-periodization-in-elite-endurance-athletes
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Kasper Degn Gejl, Line Thams, Mette Hansen, Torben Rokkedal-Lausch, Peter Plomgaard, Lars Nybo, Filip J Larsen, Daniele A Cardinale, Kurt Jensen, Hans-Christer Holmberg, Kristian Vissing, Niels Ørtenblad
PURPOSE: The present study investigated the effects of periodic CHO restriction on endurance performance and metabolic markers in elite endurance athletes. METHODS: Twenty-six male elite endurance athletes (VO2max: 65.0 ml O2[BULLET OPERATOR]kg[BULLET OPERATOR]min) completed 4 weeks of regular endurance training, while matched and randomized into two groups training with (Low) or without (High) carbohydrate (CHO) manipulation three days a week. The CHO manipulation days consisted of a 1-hr high intensity bike session in the morning, recovery for 7 hrs while consuming isocaloric diets containing either high CHO (414±2...
July 19, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723708/subclinical-herpesvirus-shedding-among-hiv-1-infected-men-on-antiretroviral-therapy
#12
Arcadio Agudelo-Hernandez, Yue Chen, Arlene Bullotta, William G Buchanan, Cynthia R Klamar-Blain, Luann Borowski, Sharon A Riddler, Charles R Rinaldo, Bernard Jc Macatangay
DESIGN: We evaluated the subclinical shedding of 6 different herpesviruses in antiretroviral drug-treated HIV(+) men who have sex with men (MSM), and determined how this is associated with markers of inflammation and immune activation. METHODS: We obtained blood, semen, throat washing, urine, and stool from 15 antiretroviral-treated HIV-1-infected MSM with CD4 T cell reconstitution, and 12 age-matched HIV(-) MSM from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study at 4 timepoints over 24 weeks to measure DNA levels of cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6), and HHV8...
July 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723680/meiotic-recombination-in-the-giraffe-g-reticulata
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Miluse Vozdova, Jan Fröhlich, Svatava Kubickova, Hana Sebestova, Jiri Rubes
Recently, the reticulated giraffe (G. reticulata) was identified as a distinct species, which emphasized the need for intensive research in this interesting animal. To shed light on the meiotic process as a source of biodiversity, we analysed the frequency and distribution of meiotic recombination in 2 reticulated giraffe males. We used immunofluorescence detection of synaptonemal complex protein (SYCP3), meiotic double strand breaks (DSB, marked as RAD51 foci) in leptonema, and crossovers (COs, as MLH1 foci) in pachynema...
July 20, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723554/hypoxia-sensitive-commd1-integrates-signaling-and-cellular-metabolism-in-human-macrophages-and-suppresses-osteoclastogenesis
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Koichi Murata, Celestia Fang, Chikashi Terao, Eugenia G Giannopoulou, Ye Ji Lee, Min Joon Lee, Se-Hwan Mun, Seyeon Bae, Yu Qiao, Ruoxi Yuan, Moritoshi Furu, Hiromu Ito, Koichiro Ohmura, Shuichi Matsuda, Tsuneyo Mimori, Fumihiko Matsuda, Kyung-Hyun Park-Min, Lionel B Ivashkiv
Hypoxia augments inflammatory responses and osteoclastogenesis by incompletely understood mechanisms. We identified COMMD1 as a cell-intrinsic negative regulator of osteoclastogenesis that is suppressed by hypoxia. In human macrophages, COMMD1 restrained induction of NF-κB signaling and a transcription factor E2F1-dependent metabolic pathway by the cytokine RANKL. Downregulation of COMMD1 protein expression by hypoxia augmented RANKL-induced expression of inflammatory and E2F1 target genes and downstream osteoclastogenesis...
July 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723415/pharmacology-of-human-trace-amine-associated-receptors-therapeutic-opportunities-and-challenges
#15
REVIEW
Mark D Berry, Raul R Gainetdinov, Marius C Hoener, Mohammed Shahid
The discovery in 2001 of a G protein-coupled receptor family, subsequently termed trace amine-associated receptors (TAAR), triggered a resurgence of interest in so-called trace amines. Initial optimism quickly faded, however, as the TAAR family presented a series of challenges preventing the use of standard medicinal chemistry and pharmacology technologies. Consequently the development of basic tools for probing TAAR and translating findings from model systems to humans has been problematic. Despite these challenges the last 5 years have seen considerable advances, in particular with respect to TAAR1, which appears to function as an endogenous rheostat, maintaining central neurotransmission within defined physiological limits, in part through receptor heterodimerization yielding biased signaling outputs...
July 16, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723285/case-244-systemic-amyloidosis-a-complication-of-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-macroglobulinemia
#16
Maja Hrabak-Paar, Marko Kralik
History A 68-year-old man was admitted to the hospital for work-up because of generalized fatigue, anorexia, chronic diarrhea, and weight loss. Laboratory work-up revealed an erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 58 mm/h (reference range, 3-23 mm/h), a hemoglobin level of 14.1 g/dL (reference range, 13.8-17.5 g/dL), a leukocyte count of 8.1 × 10(9)/L (reference range, [3.4-9.7] × 10(9)/L), a platelet count of 223 × 10(9)/L (reference range, [158-424] × 10(9)/L), an alkaline phosphatase level of 85 U/L (1.42 μkat/L) (normal level, <142 U/L [2...
August 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722667/assessment-of-anti-mda5-antibody-as-a-diagnostic-biomarker-in-patients-with-dermatomyositis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-or-rapidly-progressive-interstitial-lung-disease
#17
Liubing Li, Qian Wang, Xiaoting Wen, Chenxi Liu, Chanyuan Wu, Funing Yang, Xiaofeng Zeng, Yongzhe Li
Anti-melanoma differentiation-associated protein 5 (MDA5) antibody have been found in dermatomyositis (DM)-associated interstitial lung disease (DM-ILD) and DM-associated rapidly progressive ILD (DM-RPILD). Due to the conflicting results regarding the association between anti-MDA5 antibody and DM-ILD or DM-RPILD and the diagnostic value of this antibody for DM-ILD and DM-RPILD, we performed this meta-analysis. A systematic search was performed to identify studies published to January 14, 2017. Sixteen publications with 491 DM with ILD versus 605 DM without ILD, as well as eighteen publications with 186 DM with RPILD and 790 DM without RPILD were included...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722325/polymer-mediated-flocculation-of-transient-cho-cultures-as-a-simple-high-throughput-method-to-facilitate-antibody-discovery
#18
Matthew G Schmitt, Yashas Rajendra, Maria D Hougland, Jeffrey S Boyles, Gavin C Barnard
Most biopharmaceutical drugs, especially monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), bispecific antibodies (BsAbs) and Fc-fusion proteins, are expressed using Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cell lines. CHO cells typically yield high product titers and high product quality. Unfortunately, CHO cell lines also generate high molecular weight (HMW) aggregates of the desired product during cell culture along with CHO host cell protein (HCP) and CHO DNA. These immunogenic species, co-purified during Protein A purification, must be removed in a multi-step purification process...
July 19, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722242/therapeutic-application-of-gpr119-ligands-in-metabolic-disorders
#19
REVIEW
Jin Won Yang, Hyo Seon Kim, Yong-Won Choi, Young-Mi Kim, Keon Wook Kang
GPR119 belongs to the G protein-coupled receptor family, and exhibits dual modes of action upon ligand-dependent activation: pancreatic secretion of insulin in a glucose-dependent manner, and intestinal secretion of incretins. Hence, GPR119 has emerged as a promising target for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus without causing hypoglycemia. However, despite continuous efforts by many major pharmaceutical companies, no synthetic GPR119 ligand has been approved as a new class of anti-diabetic agents thus far, nor has one passed beyond phase II clinical studies...
July 18, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722236/the-membrane-type-estrogen-receptor-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-suppresses-lipopolysaccharide-induced-interleukin-6-via-inhibition-of-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-pathway-in-murine-macrophage-cells
#20
Mariko Okamoto, Takuto Suzuki, Yoichi Mizukami, Teruo Ikeda
The female sex hormone estrogen exerts anti-inflammatory effects. The G-protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) has been recently identified as a novel membrane-type estrogen receptor that can mediate non-genomic estrogenic effects on many cell types. We previously demonstrated that GPER inhibits tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced expression of interleukin 6 (IL-6) through repression of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) promoter activity using human breast cancer cells. Although several reports have indicated that GPER suppresses Toll-like receptor-induced inflammatory cytokine expression in macrophages, the molecular mechanisms of the inhibition of cytokine production via GPER remain poorly understood...
July 18, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
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