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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813101/forage-potential-of-native-ecotypes-of-paspalum-notatum-and-p-guenoarum
#1
Marcelo G Steiner, Miguel Dall'agnol, Carlos Nabinger, Simone M Scheffer-Basso, Roberto L Weiler, Carine Simioni, Maria Teresa Schifino-Wittmann, Éder A M DA Motta
The Paspalum genus includes several species that are important for livestock in Rio Grande do Sul, such as P. notatum and P. guenoarum, typical of native pastures of the Pampa biome. The aim of this study was to investigate forage production and chemical composition of four ecotypes of these species in relation to the cv. 'Pensacola' (P. notatum). Ecotypes of P. guenoarum (Azulão and Baio) and P. notatum (André da Rocha and Bagual) and the cv. 'Pensacola' were evaluated for two years, during which four cuts/year were made...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813094/fatty-acid-profile-in-vertical-strata-of-elephant-grass-subjected-to-intermittent-stocking
#2
Kamila M Dias, Daniel Schmitt, Giselle R Rodolfo, Francisco C Deschamps, Guilherme N Camargo, Raphael S Pereira, André F Sbrissia
The milk and meat from animals with a pasture-based diet have higher proportions of CLA and C18:3 and lower omega-6:omega-3 ratios than products from animals with diets based on corn silage and concentrate. However, most of the published studies have evaluated fatty acid profiles in temperate climate grasses and the literature with tropical grasses is scarce. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the morphological and fatty acid compositions in the vertical strata of elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schum...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812991/the-retinoblastoma-rb-tumor-suppressor-pushing-back-against-genome-instability-on-multiple-fronts
#3
REVIEW
Renier Vélez-Cruz, David G Johnson
The retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor is known as a master regulator of the cell cycle. RB is mutated or functionally inactivated in the majority of human cancers. This transcriptional regulator exerts its function in cell cycle control through its interaction with the E2F family of transcription factors and with chromatin remodelers and modifiers that contribute to the repression of genes important for cell cycle progression. Over the years, studies have shown that RB participates in multiple processes in addition to cell cycle control...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812775/polymorphic-light-eruption-and-il-1-family-members-any-difference-with-allergic-contact-dermatitis
#4
S Lembo, G Caiazzo, N Balato, G Monfrecola, V Patra, P Wolf, A Balato
Polymorphic light eruption (PLE) is described as a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction (DTHR) toward a de novo light-induced antigen, yet to be identified. In effect, the inflammatory pathways of PLE and allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) share common patterns in terms of the mediators involved from the innate and adaptive immune system participating in the DTHR. As we have previously highlighted the role of interleukin (IL)-1 family members in ACD, we hypothesised that the same mediators could have similar functions in PLE...
August 16, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812768/chemical-nutritive-composition-and-a-wide-range-of-bioactive-properties-of-honey-mushroom-armillaria-mellea-vahl-fr-kummer
#5
Marina Kostić, Marija Smiljković, Jovana Petrović, Jasmina Glamočlija, Lillian Barros, Isabel C F R Ferreira, Ana Ćirić, Marina Soković
A. mellea fruiting bodies collected from nature were chemically characterized and shown to be rich in carbohydrates (81.25 g per 100 g dw), ash, fat and proteins (8.84 g per 100 g dw, 1.97 g per 100 g dw and 1.81 g per 100 g dw, respectively). Mannitol was the main free sugar while malic acid was the most abundant organic acid. δ-Tocopherol was the dominant form of tocopherols with 42.41 μg per 100 g dw. Polyunsaturated fatty acids were predominant, followed by saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. A methanolic extract prepared from these samples was tested for antioxidant, quorum sensing and antimicrobial assays, as well as for its cytotoxicity effects...
August 16, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812650/autosomal-recessive-cone-rod-dystrophy-can-be-caused-by-mutations-in-the-atf6-gene
#6
Anna Skorczyk-Werner, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Anna Wawrocka, Katarzyna Wicher, Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak, Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj, Aleksander Jamsheer, Rafał Płoski, Małgorzata Rydzanicz, Dorota Pojda-Wilczek, Nicole Weisschuh, Bernd Wissinger, Susanne Kohl, Jonathan H Lin, Maciej R Krawczyński
Inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs) are clinically and genetically highly heterogeneous, making clinical diagnosis difficult. The advances in high-throughput sequencing (ie, panel, exome and genome sequencing) have proven highly effective on defining the molecular basis of these disorders by identifying the underlying variants in the respective gene. Here we report two siblings affected by an IRD phenotype and a novel homozygous c.1691A>G (p.(Asp564Gly)) ATF6 (activating transcription factor 6A) missense substitution identified by whole exome sequencing analysis...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812579/reproducibility-and-relative-validity-of-a-food-frequency-questionnaire-to-estimate-intake-of-dietary-phylloquinone-and-menaquinones
#7
S R Zwakenberg, A I P Engelen, G W Dalmeijer, S L Booth, C Vermeer, J J M M Drijvers, M C Ocke, E J M Feskens, Y T van der Schouw, J W J Beulens
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the reproducibility and relative validity of the Dutch food frequency questionnaire (FFQ), to estimate intake of dietary phylloquinone and menaquinones compared with 24-h dietary recalls (24HDRs) and plasma markers of vitamin K status. SUBJECTS/METHODS: In a cross-sectional study among 63 men and 58 women, the FFQ was completed three times over a 1-year period and the reproducibility was calculated over these measurements...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812538/development-of-pathogenicity-predictors-specific-for-variants-that-do-not-comply-with-clinical-guidelines-for-the-use-of-computational-evidence
#8
Elena Álvarez de la Campa, Natàlia Padilla, Xavier de la Cruz
BACKGROUND: Strict guidelines delimit the use of computational information in the clinical setting, due to the still moderate accuracy of in silico tools. These guidelines indicate that several tools should always be used and that full coincidence between them is required if we want to consider their results as supporting evidence in medical decision processes. Application of this simple rule certainly decreases the error rate of in silico pathogenicity assignments. However, when predictors disagree this rule results in the rejection of potentially valuable information for a number of variants...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812528/acute-leukemia-in-horses
#9
Carina J Cooper, Stefan M Keller, Luis G Arroyo, Joanne Hewson, Daniel Kenney, Dorothee Bienzle
Leukemia is broadly divided into acute and chronic lymphocytic and myeloid types based on the proportion of blasts, morphology of cells, and expression of specific antigens on neoplastic cells. Classifying leukemia in horses can be challenging if blasts predominate and since few antibodies to identify cell types are available. The objective of this study was to describe in detail the clinical and pathologic features of acute leukemia in horses. Twelve horses ranging from 0.2 to 25.9 years of age were diagnosed with acute leukemia...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812297/neomycin-biosynthesis-is-regulated-positively-by-afsa-g-and-neor-in-streptomyces-fradiae-cgmcc-4-7387
#10
Xiangxi Meng, Wenzhao Wang, Zhoujie Xie, Pengwei Li, Yue Li, Zhengyan Guo, Yingjian Lu, Jie Yang, Kaile Guan, Zhaoxin Lu, Huarong Tan, Yihua Chen
Neomycins are a group of aminoglycoside antibiotics with both clinical and agricultural applications. To elucidate the regulatory mechanism of neomycin biosynthesis, we completed draft genome sequencing of a neomycin producer Streptomyces fradiae CGMCC 4.7387 from marine sediments, and the neomycin biosynthesis gene cluster was identified. Inactivation of the afsA-g gene encoding a γ-butyrolactone (GBL) synthase in S. fradiae CGMCC 4.7387 resulted in a significant decrease of neomycin production. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed that the transcriptional level of neoR and the aphA-neoGH operon were reduced in the afsA-g::aac(3)IV mutant...
August 14, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812232/introgression-of-heat-shock-protein-hsp70-and-shsp-genes-into-the-malaysian-elite-chilli-variety-kulai-capsicum-annuum-l-through-the-application-of-marker-assisted-backcrossing-mab
#11
Magaji G Usman, Mohd Y Rafii, Mohammad Y Martini, Oladosu A Yusuff, Mohd R Ismail, Gous Miah
Backcrossing together with simple sequence repeat marker strategy was adopted to improve popular Malaysian chilli Kulai (Capsicum annuum L.) for heat tolerance. The use of molecular markers in backcross breeding and selection contributes significantly to overcoming the main drawbacks such as increase linkage drag and time consumption, in the ancient manual breeding approach (conventional), and speeds up the genome recovery of the recurrent parent. The strategy was adopted to introgress heat shock protein gene(s) from AVPP0702 (C...
August 15, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812215/proteomic-alterations-associated-with-biomechanical-dysfunction-are-early-processes-in-the-emilin1-deficient-mouse-model-of-aortic-valve-disease
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P M Angel, D A Narmoneva, M K Sewell-Loftin, C Munjal, L Dupuis, B J Landis, A Jegga, C B Kern, W D Merryman, H S Baldwin, G M Bressan, Robert B Hinton
Aortic valve (AV) disease involves stiffening of the AV cusp with progression characterized by inflammation, fibrosis, and calcification. Here, we examine the relationship between biomechanical valve function and proteomic changes before and after the development of AV pathology in the Emilin1-/- mouse model of latent AV disease. Biomechanical studies were performed to quantify tissue stiffness at the macro (micropipette) and micro (atomic force microscopy (AFM)) levels. Micropipette studies showed that the Emilin1-/- AV annulus and cusp regions demonstrated increased stiffness only after the onset of AV disease...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812183/anti-dll4-antibody-inhibits-the-differentiation-of-th17-cells-in-asthmatic-mice
#13
Cuiye Weng, Lei Chong, Xiaoxiao Jia, Rongying Zheng, Yue Huang, Tingting Zhu, Changchong Li, Weixi Zhang
T helper 17 (Th17) cells play an important role in allergic asthma, and the Notch ligand Delta-like ligand (Dll)4 has been reported to direct the differentiation of Th17 cells. In this study, experimental animals were divided into five groups (control group, asthma group, physiological saline group, anti-Dll4 antibody group, and immunoglobulin G group). The study aimed to explore the effect of anti-Dll4 antibody on the differentiation of Th17 cell in asthmatic mice. Dll4 protein expressions were performed by immunohistochemical imaging...
August 15, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812113/-pathophysiology-of-intracranial-injuries
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REVIEW
D Lahner, G Fritsch
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) constitutes a heterogeneous condition that affects the most complex organ of the human body. It is commonly classified by its location as focal injury (e.g. epidural hematoma) and diffuse injury (e.g. diffuse axonal shearing injury) as well as by primary and secondary tissue injury. Accordingly, direct mechanical force causes the primary insult. The tissue damage occurring afterwards is subsumed under the term secondary brain damage. Some of these processes are overlapping and include in the early phase local cerebral ischemia resulting in excitotoxicity, which together with the triggered neuroinflammatory cascade causes the formation of cerebral edema and ultimately increased intracranial pressure once the intracranial compliance is exhausted...
August 15, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812062/clinical-and-experimental-studies-of-a-novel-p525r-fus-mutation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#15
Lisha Kuang, Marisa Kamelgarn, Alexandra Arenas, Jozsef Gal, Deborah Taylor, Weiming Gong, Martin Brown, Daret St Clair, Edward J Kasarskis, Haining Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical features of a novel fused in sarcoma (FUS) mutation in a young adult female amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient with rapid progression of weakness and to experimentally validate the consequences of the P525R mutation in cellular neuronal models. METHODS: We conducted sequencing of genomic DNA from the index patient and her family members. Immunocytochemistry was performed in various cellular models to determine whether the newly identified P525R mutant FUS protein accumulated in cytoplasmic inclusions...
August 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812047/selected-missense-mutations-impair-frataxin-processing-in-friedreich-ataxia
#16
Elisia Clark, Jill S Butler, Charles J Isaacs, Marek Napierala, David R Lynch
OBJECTIVE: Frataxin (FXN) is a highly conserved mitochondrial protein. Reduced FXN levels cause Friedreich ataxia, a recessive neurodegenerative disease. Typical patients carry GAA repeat expansions on both alleles, while a subgroup of patients carry a missense mutation on one allele and a GAA repeat expansion on the other. Here, we report that selected disease-related FXN missense mutations impair FXN localization, interaction with mitochondria processing peptidase, and processing. METHODS: Immunocytochemical studies and subcellular fractionation were performed to study FXN import into the mitochondria and examine the mechanism by which mutations impair FXN processing...
August 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811976/long-lived-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-slice-cultures-enable-precise-study-of-the-immune-microenvironment
#17
Xiuyun Jiang, Y David Seo, Jae Hyuck Chang, Andrew Coveler, Eslam N Nigjeh, Sheng Pan, Florencia Jalikis, Raymond S Yeung, Ian N Crispe, Venu G Pillarisetty
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) remains a deadly disease that is rarely cured, despite many recent successes with immunotherapy for other malignancies. As the human disease is heavily infiltrated by effector T cells, we postulated that accurately modeling the PDA immune microenvironment would allow us to study mechanisms of immunosuppression that could be overcome for therapeutic benefit. Using viable precision-cut slices from fresh PDA, we developed an organotypic culture system for this purpose. We confirmed that cultured slices maintain their baseline morphology, surface area, and microenvironment after at least 6 d in culture, and demonstrated slice survival by MTT assay and by immunohistochemistry staining with Ki-67 and cleaved-Caspase-3 antibodies...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811974/ex-vivo-assessment-of-drug-response-on-breast-cancer-primary-tissue-with-preserved-microenvironments
#18
Manuele G Muraro, Simone Muenst, Valentina Mele, Luca Quagliata, Giandomenica Iezzi, Alexandar Tzankov, Walter P Weber, Giulio C Spagnoli, Savas D Soysal
Interaction between cancerous, non-transformed cells, and non-cellular components within the tumor microenvironment plays a key role in response to treatment. However, short-term culture or xenotransplantation of cancer specimens in immunodeficient animals results in dramatic modifications of the tumor microenvironment, thus preventing reliable assessment of compounds or biologicals of potential therapeutic relevance. We used a perfusion-based bioreactor developed for tissue engineering purposes to successfully maintain the tumor microenvironment of freshly excised breast cancer tissue obtained from 27 breast cancer patients and used this platform to test the therapeutic effect of antiestrogens as well as checkpoint-inhibitors on the cancer cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811957/mapping-the-human-t-cell-repertoire-to-recurrent-driver-mutations-in-myd88-and-ezh2-in-lymphoma
#19
Julie S Nielsen, Andrew R Chang, Darin A Wick, Colin G Sedgwick, Zusheng Zong, Andrew J Mungall, Spencer D Martin, Natalie N Kinloch, Susann Ott-Langer, Zabrina L Brumme, Steven P Treon, Joseph M Connors, Randy D Gascoyne, John R Webb, Brian R Berry, Ryan D Morin, Nicol Macpherson, Brad H Nelson
Oncogenic "driver" mutations are theoretically attractive targets for the immunotherapy of lymphoid cancers, yet the proportion that can be recognized by T cells remains poorly defined. To address this issue without any confounding effects of the patient's immune system, we assessed T cells from 19 healthy donors for recognition of three common driver mutations in lymphoma: MYD88(L265P), EZH2(Y641F) , and EZH2(Y641N) . Donors collectively expressed the 10 most prevalent HLA class I alleles, including HLA-A*02:01...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811641/joint-inflammation-related-citrullination-of-functional-arginines-in-extracellular-proteins
#20
Kalle H Sipilä, Vipin Ranga, Pekka Rappu, Markku Mali, Laura Pirilä, Ilona Heino, Johanna Jokinen, Jarmo Käpylä, Mark S Johnson, Jyrki Heino
We report the extent, specific sites and structural requirements of joint inflammation related citrullination in extracellular proteins. A total of 40 synovial fluid samples derived from chronically inflamed human joints were analysed by heparin-agarose fractionation and LC-MS/MS. Citrullination of 55 arginines in extracellular proteins was detected. Importantly, 20% of the sites have a characterized function related to the hallmarks of destructive joint inflammation. E.g. four arginine residues, shown here to be citrullinated, are also affected by mutations in inherited diseases causing haemolysis or blood clotting dysfunction...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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