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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103400/the-sufbc2-d-complex-is-required-for-the-biogenesis-of-all-major-classes-of-plastid-fe-s-proteins
#1
Xueyun Hu, Yukako Kato, Akihiro Sumida, Ayumi Tanaka, Ryouichi Tanaka
Iron-sulfur (Fe-S) proteins play crucial roles in plastids, participating in photosynthesis and other metabolic pathways. Fe-S clusters are thought to be assembled on a scaffold complex composed of SUFB, SUFC and SUFD proteins. However, several additional proteins provide putative scaffold functions in plastids, and, therefore, the contribution of SUFB, C and D proteins to overall Fe-S assembly still remains unclear. In order to gain insights regarding Fe-S cluster biosynthesis in plastids, we analyzed the complex composed of SUFB, C and D in Arabidopsis by blue-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis...
January 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103335/construction-of-a-low-cost-homemade-laparoscopic-simulator-for-use-in-a-caribbean-setting
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S Persaud, I Hosein, D Dan, P S Griffith
Introduction: To the modern surgeon in training, the acquisition of laparoscopic skills is essential. Laparoscopic simulators are effective but in the often resource poor setting of the Caribbean, the cost of these simulators is often prohibitive. We describe the construction of a simulator which is cheap, easy to assemble and effective. It is also relatively easy to mass produce for use in training programmes across the region. Materials and methods: The simulator is constructed using a semi-transparent plastic box...
June 13, 2016: West Indian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103104/characterization-and-molecular-subtyping-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-strains-in-butcher-shops
#3
Victoria Brusa, Magdalena Costa, Alejandra Londero, Gerardo A Leotta, Lucía Galli
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are important emerging foodborne human pathogens. Ruminants are the main animal reservoir of STEC currently known, and meat can become contaminated at different stages of the production chain. The aim of this work was to subtype and establish the epidemiological relatedness of non-O157 STEC strains isolated from ground beef and the environment in butcher shops before (evaluation stage, 2010-2011 period) and after (verification stage, 2013) implementing improvement actions...
January 19, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103012/a-bi-modal-cationic-and-water-soluble-calix-4-arene-conjugate-design-synthesis-characterization-and-transfection-of-rfp-encoded-plasmid-in-cancer-cells
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Kushal Samanta, Dnyanesh S Ranade, Aekta Upadhyay, Prasad Padmakar Kulkarni, Chebrolu Pulla Rao
A new bimodal fluorescent cationic calix[4]arene (L1) conjugate has been synthesized in multiple steps and well characterized by NMR and ESI-MS techniques. L1 has been investigated for its DNA binding ability by various spectroscopy techniques like, absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD). The formation of L1-DNA complex has been confirmed by the gel electrophoresis in presence of incremental concentration of L1. To visualize the packing of the plasmid (pBR322), detailed tapping mode AFM study has been performed, which revealed blob like structure of plasmid upon addition of the incremental amount of L1...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102850/japanese-encephalitis-virus-induces-human-neural-stem-progenitor-cell-death-by-elevating-grp78-phb-and-hnrnpc-through-er-stress
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Sriparna Mukherjee, Noopur Singh, Nabonita Sengupta, Mahar Fatima, Pankaj Seth, Anita Mahadevan, Susarla Krishna Shankar, Arindam Bhattacharyya, Anirban Basu
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), which is a causative agent of sporadic encephalitis, harbours itself inside the neural stem/progenitor cells. It is a well-known fact that JEV infects neural stem/progenitor cells and decreases their proliferation capacity. With mass spectrometry-based quantitative proteomic study, it is possible to reveal the impact of virus on the stem cells at protein level. Our aim was to perceive the stem cell proteomic response upon viral challenge. We performed a two-dimensional gel electrophoresis-based proteomic study of the human neural stem cells (hNS1 cell line) post JEV infection and found that 13 proteins were differentially expressed...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102738/optimization-and-partial-characterization-of-intracellular-anticandidal-protein-from-aspergillus-giganteus-mtcc-8408-using-taguchi-doe
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Debashis Dutta, Mira Debnath Das
A new intracellular antifungal protein (afp) production with average molecular weight 24.3 kDa and yield of 0.65 ± 0.1 mg/gram dry cell weight (gdcw) of mycelia in submerged fermentation of Aspergillus giganteus MTCC 8408 was optimized. Taguchi's DOE (design of experiment) L27 orthogonal array (OA) was constructed using Qualitek-4 software with 8 most influensive factors namely, culture pH, temperature, slant age, inoculum volume, agitation and KH2PO4. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to correlate the effect of selected factors on fungal cell morphology and afp production...
January 19, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102388/crystal-structure-of-ba2-la0-727ba0-182m0-091-mo6-m-nb-sb-bi-symmetry-nuance-identified-in-photoluminescence-and-ir-spectroscopy-studies
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Rohan Phatak, Santosh K Gupta, Priya Maheshwari, Amitabh Das, Sanjay K Sali
A one-third lanthanum deficiency was created in Ba2LaM(5+)O6 compounds (LaM compounds) to form Ba2La2/3M(5+)O5.5 compounds (La2/3M compounds) for M = Nb, Sb, and Bi. The compounds were prepared by a gel-combustion method using citric acid as a fuel. All the compounds were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD analysis showed that the space group of the La2/3M compounds remains the same for the Bi and Sb samples when compared to the reported LaM compounds, except for the Nb sample. La2/3Nb and La2/3Sb adopt a rhombohedral structure with the space group R3[combining macron], whereas La2/3Bi adopts a monoclinic structure with the space group I2/m...
January 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102313/cultivation-and-energy-efficient-harvesting-of-microalgae-using-thermoreversible-sol-gel-transition
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Bendy Estime, Dacheng Ren, Radhakrishna Sureshkumar
Microalgae represent a promising source of renewable biomass for the production of biofuels and valuable chemicals. However, energy efficient cultivation and harvesting technologies are necessary to improve economic viability. A Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic (TAPP) medium that undergoes a thermoreversible sol-gel transition is developed to efficiently culture and harvest microalgae without affecting the productivity as compared to that in traditional culture in a well-mixed suspension. After seeding microalgae in the TAPP medium in a solution phase at 15 °C, the temperature is increased by 7 °C to induce gelation...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102076/kinobead-and-single-shot-lc-ms-profiling-identifies-selective-pkd-inhibitors
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Martin Golkowski, Rama Subba Rao Vidadala, Chloe K Lombard, Hyong Won Suh, Dustin J Maly, Shao-En Ong
ATP-competitive protein kinase inhibitors are important research tools and therapeutic agents. Because there are >500 human kinases that contain highly conserved active sites, the development of selective inhibitors is extremely challenging. Methods to rapidly and efficiently profile kinase inhibitor targets in cell lysates are urgently needed to discover selective compounds and to elucidate the mechanisms of action for polypharmacological inhibitors. Here, we describe a protocol for microgram-scale chemoproteomic profiling of ATP-competitive kinase inhibitors using kinobeads...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102016/mechanical-and-barrier-properties-of-maize-starch-gelatin-composite-film-effects-of-amylose-content
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Kun Wang, Wenhang Wang, Ran Ye, Jingdong Xiao, Yaowei Liu, Junsheng Ding, Shaojing Zhang, Anjun Liu
BACKGROUND: In order to obtain new reinforcing bio-fillers to improve the physicochemical properties of gelatin based film, three types of maize starches: waxy maize starch (Ap), normal starch (Ns), and high amylose starch (Al), were incorporated into the gelatin films, and their properties were investigated, focusing on the impact of amylose content. RESULTS: The thickness, opacity and roughness of gelatin films increased depending upon amylose content along with the concentration of starch...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102011/local-myogenic-pulp-derived-cell-injection-enhances-craniofacial-muscle-regeneration-in-vivo
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J E Jung, M J Song, S Shin, Y J Choi, K H Kim, C J Chung
OBJECTIVES: To enhance myogenic differentiation in pulp cells isolated from extracted premolars by epigenetic modification using a DNA demethylation agent, 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-Aza), and to evaluate the potent stimulatory effect of 5-Aza-treated pulp cell injection for craniofacial muscle regeneration in vivo. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: Pulp cells were isolated from premolars extracted for orthodontic purposes from four adults (age range, 18-22.1 years)...
February 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101725/sustained-release-delivery-system-of-a-slow-hydrogen-sulfide-donor-gyy-4137-for-potential-application-in-glaucoma
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A Patil, S Singh, C Opere, A Dash
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) targets both underlying factors in glaucoma pathogenesis by reducing elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) and providing retinal neuroprotection, whereas the current clinical approaches targets only reducing IOP. Therefore, H2S could be a potential superior candidate for glaucoma pharmacotherapy. However, H2S could be toxic in a concentration greater than 200 μM and its donors are unstable in water. Therefore, this study investigated the preparation and characterization of a non-aqueous in situ gelling sustained-release delivery system for H2S donors...
January 18, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101531/osteopontin-is-a-blood-biomarker-for-microglial-activation-and-brain-injury-in-experimental-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
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Yikun Li, Eric B Dammer, Xiaohui Zhang-Brotzge, Scott Chen, Duc M Duong, Nicholas T Seyfried, Chia-Yi Kuan, Yu-Yo Sun
Clinical management of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) suffers from the lack of reliable surrogate marker tests. Proteomic analysis may identify such biomarkers in blood, but there has been no proof-of-principle evidence to support this approach. Here we performed in-gel trypsin digestion of plasma proteins from four groups of 10-d-old mice [untouched and 24 h after low-dose lipopolysaccharide (LPS) exposure, hypoxia-ischemia (HI), or LPS/HI injury; n = 3 in each group) followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and bioinformatics analysis to search for HI- and LPS/HI-associated brain injury biomarkers...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101273/who-scared-the-cat-a-molecular-crime-scene-investigation-laboratory-exercise
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Laura E Ott, Susan D Carson
This introductory laboratory exercise gives first-year life science majors or nonmajors an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in basic bioinformatics and molecular biology laboratory techniques and analysis in the context of a mock crime scene investigation. In this laboratory, students determine if a human (Lady) or dog (Kona) committed the fictional crime of scaring a cat. Students begin by performing in silico PCR using provided dog- and human-specific PCR primers to determine the sequences to be amplified and predict PCR amplicon sizes...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100887/production-of-a-health-beneficial-food-emulsifier-by-enzymatic-partial-hydrolysis-of-phospholipids-obtained-from-the-head-of-autumn-chum-salmon
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A K M Azad Shah, Toshihiro Nagao, Hideyuki Kurihara, Koretaro Takahashi
Phospholipids and their partial hydrolysates, namely lysophospholipids (LPLs), have been widely used in food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products as highly efficient emulsifiers. This study was conducted to produce docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-esterified LPLs by enzymatic modification of phospholipids obtained from the head of autumn chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta). The emulsifying properties of the obtained LPLs were also evaluated. Two different types of substrates of salmon head phospholipids were prepared via silica gel and cold acetone precipitation...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100866/development-of-intra-knee-joint-sustained-release-gel-formulation-and-evaluation-of-its-pharmacological-efficiency-in-rats
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Takehiro Noda, Tomoyuki Okuda, Kousuke Ban, Ryota Mizuno, Tatsuaki Tagami, Tetsuya Ozeki, Hirokazu Okamoto
In the development of a drug for intra-articular administration, a sustained-release formulation is desirable since it is difficult to sustain the effects of conventional injections due to fast drug leakage from the joint cavity. In this study, we prepared sustained release gel formulations for intra-articular administration containing indocyanine green (ICG) as a model drug to follow its fate after intra-articular administration in rats with IVIS. ICG administered as an aqueous solution leaked from the joint cavity in a short time and was excreted out of the body within a day...
January 17, 2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100502/rack1-regulates-angiotensin-ii-induced-contractions-of-shr-preglomerular-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#17
Xiao Zhu, Edwin K Jackson
The preglomerular microcirculation of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) is hypersensitive to angiotensin II, and studies show that this is likely due to enhanced convergent signaling between G-protein subunits αq (Gαq; released by angiotensin II) and G-protein subunits βγ (Gβγ; released by Gi-coupled receptors) to active phospholipase C (PLC). Here we investigated the molecular basis for the enhanced convergent signaling between Gβγ and Gαq in SHR preglomerular vascular smooth muscle cells (PGVSMCs)...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099500/genetic-analysis-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-o3-k6-strains-that-have-been-isolated-in-mexico-since-1998
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Abraham Guerrero, Marcial Leonardo Lizárraga-Partida, Bruno Gómez Gil Rodríguez, Alexei Fedorovish Licea-Navarro, Valeria Jeanette Revilla-Castellanos, Irma Wong-Chang, Ricardo González-Sánchez
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is an important human pathogen that has been isolated worldwide from clinical cases, most of which have been associated with seafood consumption. Environmental and clinical toxigenic strains of V. parahaemolyticus that were isolated in Mexico from 1998 to 2012, including those from the only outbreak that has been reported in this country, were characterized genetically to assess the presence of the O3:K6 pandemic clone, and their genetic relationship to strains that are related to the pandemic clonal complex (CC3)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099451/drawbacks-of-dialysis-procedures-for-removal-of-edta
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Andreia Mónico, Eva Martínez-Senra, F Javier Cañada, Silvia Zorrilla, Dolores Pérez-Sala
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) is a chelating agent commonly used in protein purification, both to eliminate contaminating divalent cations and to inhibit protease activity. For a number of subsequent applications EDTA needs to be exhaustively removed. Most purification methods rely in extensive dialysis and/or gel filtration in order to exchange or remove protein buffer components, including metal chelators. We report here that dialysis protocols, even as extensive as those typically employed for protein refolding, may not effectively remove EDTA, which is reduced only by approximately two-fold and it also persists after spin-column gel filtration, as determined by NMR and by colorimetric methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099416/materials-science-versatile-gel-assembly-on-a-chip
#20
Shoji Takeuchi
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January 18, 2017: Nature
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