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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934717/expression-of-c-ebp%C3%AE-in-myeloid-progenitors-during-sepsis-promotes-immunosuppression
#1
Jun Dai, Ajinkya Kumbhare, Dima Youssef, Zhi Q Yao, Charles E McCall, Mohamed El Gazzar
Sepsis-induced myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) contribute to immunosuppression associated with sepsis. We reported that the CCAAT enhancer-binding protein C/EBPβ activates microRNA (miR)-21 and miR-181b expressions, which induce transcription factor NFI-A to support the generation and expansion of MDSCs in the bone marrow and spleens of septic mice. Here, using a conditional knockout mouse model lacking C/EBPβ in the myeloid lineage, we find that without C/EBPβ, myeloid progenitor cells could not express miR-21 or miR-181b, and ectopic expression of C/EBPβ in the C/EBPβ-deficient myeloid progenitors activated the expression of the two miRNAs...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934676/simultaneous-biofiltration-of-btex-and-hg%C3%A2-from-a-petrochemical-waste-stream
#2
Mostafa Leili, Sima Farjadfard, George A Sorial, Bahman Ramavandi
A biofiltration system was developed to treat benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) and Hg° vapour from a petrochemical waste stream during overhaul maintenance. The biofilter compost bed was inoculated with a microbial consortium provided by a petrochemical wastewater treatment plant. The effect of the a BTEX concentration (192.6-973.8 g/m(3)h) and empty bed residence time (EBRT) of 20-100 s were studied under the conditions of steady state, transient, shock BTEX-loading, and off-restart. The findings revealed that during a biofilter start-up, an increase in the influent BTEX concentration to around 334...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934664/targeted-h-triggered-bubble-generating-nanosystems-for-effective-therapy-in-cancer-cells
#3
Zhili Deng, Menghuan Tang, Li Zhao, Yijuan Long, Zuhuang Wen, Yuan Cheng, Huzhi Zheng
A novel targeting drug delivery system for cancer therapy based on H(+)-triggered bubble-generating nanosystems (BGNSs) was engineered. First, hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs) were used to load doxorubicin (DOX). Then, the obtained drug-loaded HMSNs were treated with NaHCO3 to prepare the BGNSs. The BGNSs were coated with polydopamine (pDA), and finally, folic acids (FA) were anchored on the nanosystems to obtain the desired nanoscale drug delivery system (BGNSs@pDA-FA). BGNSs@pDA-FA was effectively internalized by cancer cells through folate receptor-mediated endocytosis and generated CO2 bubbles under the acidic environment of the lysosomes, thus enhancing lysosomal membrane permeability (LMP) to release caspase-3 into the cytoplasm, resulting in cancer cell death via an apoptosis-like pathway...
September 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934597/the-recent-atlantic-cold-anomaly-causes-consequences-and-related-phenomena
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Simon A Josey, Joel J-M Hirschi, Bablu Sinha, Aurélie Duchez, Jeremy P Grist, Robert Marsh
Cold ocean temperature anomalies have been observed in the mid- to high-latitude North Atlantic on interannual to centennial timescales. Most notably, a large region of persistently low surface temperatures accompanied by a sharp reduction in ocean heat content was evident in the subpolar gyre from the winter of 2013-2014 to 2016, and the presence of this feature at a time of pervasive warming elsewhere has stimulated considerable debate. Here, we review the role of air-sea interaction and ocean processes in generating this cold anomaly and place it in a longer-term context...
September 15, 2017: Annual Review of Marine Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934590/the-relationship-between-the-human-genome-and-microbiome-comes-into-view
#5
Julia K Goodrich, Emily R Davenport, Andrew G Clark, Ruth E Ley
The body's microbiome, composed of microbial cells that number in the trillions, is involved in human health and disease in ways that are just starting to emerge. The microbiome is assembled at birth, develops with its host, and is greatly influenced by environmental factors such as diet and other exposures. Recently, a role for human genetic variation has emerged as also influential in accounting for interpersonal differences in microbiomes. Thus, human genes may influence health directly or by promoting a beneficial microbiome...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934547/multifunctional-hybrid-compounds-derived-from-2-2-5-dioxopyrrolidin-1-yl-3-methoxypropanamides-with-anticonvulsant-and-antinociceptive-properties
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Michał Abram, Mirosław Zagaja, Szczepan Mogilski, Marta Andres-Mach, Gniewomir Latacz, Sebastian Baś, Jarogniew J Łuszczki, Katarzyna Kieć-Kononowicz, Krzysztof Kamiński
The focused set of new pyrrolidine-2,5-diones as potential broad-spectrum hybrid anticonvulsants was described. These derivatives integrate on the common structural scaffold the chemical fragments of well-known antiepileptic drugs such as ethosuximide, levetiracetam, and lacosamide. Such hybrids demonstrated effectiveness in two of the most widely used animal seizure models, namely, the maximal electroshock (MES) test and the psychomotor 6 Hz (32 mA) seizure model. Compound 33 showed the highest anticonvulsant activity in these models (ED50 MES = 79...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934466/cohesin-acetyltransferase-esco2-regulates-sac-and-kinetochore-functions-via-maintaining-h4k16-acetylation-during-mouse-oocyte-meiosis
#7
Yajuan Lu, Xiaoxin Dai, Mianqun Zhang, Yilong Miao, Changyin Zhou, Zhaokang Cui, Bo Xiong
Sister chromatid cohesion, mediated by cohesin complex and established by the acetyltransferases Esco1 and Esco2, is essential for faithful chromosome segregation. Mutations in Esco2 cause Roberts syndrome, a developmental disease characterized by severe prenatal retardation as well as limb and facial abnormalities. However, its exact roles during oocyte meiosis have not clearly defined. Here, we report that Esco2 localizes to the chromosomes during oocyte meiotic maturation. Depletion of Esco2 by morpholino microinjection leads to the precocious polar body extrusion, the escape of metaphase I arrest induced by nocodazole treatment and the loss of BubR1 from kinetochores, indicative of inactivated SAC...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934439/age-related-differences-in-influenza-b-infection-by-lineage-in-a-community-based-sentinel-system-2010-2011-to-2015-2016-canada
#8
Danuta M Skowronski, Catharine Chambers, Gaston De Serres, Suzana Sabaiduc, Anne-Luise Winter, James A Dickinson, Jonathan B Gubbay, Kevin Fonseca, Steven J Drews, Hugues Charest, Christine Martineau, Mel Krajden, Martin Petric, Nathalie Bastien, Yan Li
Age-related differences in influenza B lineage detection were explored in the community-based Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) from 2010-2011 to 2015-2016. Whereas >80% of B(Victoria) cases were <40 years old, B(Yamagata) cases showed a bimodal age distribution with 27% who were <20 years old and 61% who were 30-64 years old, but with a notable gap in cases between 20 and 29 years old (4%). Overall, the median age was 20 years lower for B(Victoria) vs B(Yamagata) cases (20 vs 40 years; P < ...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934431/genetic-profiling-and-comorbidities-of-zika-infection
#9
Mohammad Ali Moni, Pietro Lio'
Background: The difficulty in distinguishing infection by Zika virus (ZIKV) from other flaviviruses is a global health concern, particularly given the high risk of neurologic complications (including Guillain-Barré syndrome [GBS]) with ZIKV infection. Methods: We developed quantitative frameworks to compare and explore infectome, diseasome, and comorbidity of ZIKV infections. We analyzed gene expression microarray and RNA-Seq data from ZIKV, West Nile fever (WNF), chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis virus, GBS, and control datasets...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934415/first-report-of-urease-activity-in-the-novel-systemic-fungal-pathogen-emergomyces-africanus-a-comparison-with-the-neurotrope-cryptococcus-neoformans
#10
Barbra Lerm, Chris Kenyon, Ilan S Schwartz, Heinrich Kroukamp, Riaan de Witt, Nelesh P Govender, G Sybren de Hoog, Alfred Botha
Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic pathogen responsible for the AIDS-defining illness, cryptococcal meningitis. During the disease process, entry of cryptococcal cells into the brain is facilitated by virulence factors that include urease enzyme activity. A novel species of an Emmonsia-like fungus, recently named Emergomyces africanus, was identified as a cause of disseminated mycosis in HIV-infected persons in South Africa. However, in contrast to C. neoformans, the enzymes produced by this fungus, some of which may be involved in pathogenesis, have not been described...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934383/overexpression-of-micrornas-from-the-gtl2-rian-locus-contributes-to-postnatal-death-in-mice
#11
Soichiro Kumamoto, Nozomi Takahashi, Kayo Nomura, Makoto Fujiwara, Megumi Kijioka, Yoshinobu Uno, Yoichi Matsuda, Yusuke Sotomaru, Tomohiro Kono
The Dlk1-Dio3 imprinted domain functions in embryonic development but the roles of noncoding RNAs expressed from this domain remain unclear. We addressed this question by generating transgenic (TG) mice harbouring a BAC carrying IG-DMR (intergenic-differentially methylated region), Gtl2-DMR, Gtl2, Rtl1/Rtl1as, and part of Rian. High postnatal lethality (>85%) of the BAC-TG pups was observed in the maternally transmitted individuals (MAT-TG), but not following paternal transmission (PAT-TG). The DNA methylation status of IG-DMR and Gtl2-DMR in the BAC-allele was paternally imprinted similar to the genomic allele...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934290/the-oldest-known-digestive-system-consisting-of-both-paired-digestive-glands-and-a-crop-from-exceptionally-preserved-trilobites-of-the-guanshan-biota-early-cambrian-china
#12
Melanie J Hopkins, Feiyang Chen, Shixue Hu, Zhifei Zhang
The early Cambrian Guanshan biota of eastern Yunnan, China, contains exceptionally preserved animals and algae. Most diverse and abundant are the arthropods, of which there are at least 11 species of trilobites represented by numerous specimens. Many trilobite specimens show soft-body preservation via iron oxide pseudomorphs of pyrite replacement. Here we describe digestive structures from two species of trilobite, Palaeolenus lantenoisi and Redlichia mansuyi. Multiple specimens of both species contain the preserved remains of an expanded stomach region (a "crop") under the glabella, a structure which has not been observed in trilobites this old, despite numerous examples of trilobite gut traces from other Cambrian Lagerstätten...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934264/profiling-molecular-factors-associated-with-pyknosis-and-developmental-arrest-induced-by-an-opioid-receptor-antagonist-and-dihydroartemisinin-in-plasmodium-falciparum
#13
Hiroko Asahi, Shin-Ichi Inoue, Mamoru Niikura, Keisuke Kunigo, Yutaka Suzuki, Fumie Kobayashi, Fujiro Sendo
Malaria continues to be a devastating disease, largely caused by Plasmodium falciparum infection. We investigated the effects of opioid and cannabinoid receptor antagonists on the growth of intraerythrocytic P. falciparum. The delta opioid receptor antagonist 7-benzylidenenaltrexone (BNTX) and the cannabinoid receptor antagonists rimonaband and SR144528 caused growth arrest of the parasite. Notably BNTX and the established antimalarial drug dihydroartemisinin induced prominent pyknosis in parasite cells after a short period of incubation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934262/effects-of-eimeria-tenella-infection-on-chicken-caecal-microbiome-diversity-exploring-variation-associated-with-severity-of-pathology
#14
Sarah E Macdonald, Matthew J Nolan, Kimberley Harman, Kay Boulton, David A Hume, Fiona M Tomley, Richard A Stabler, Damer P Blake
Eimeria species cause the intestinal disease coccidiosis, most notably in poultry. While the direct impact of coccidiosis on animal health and welfare is clear, its influence on the enteric microbiota and by-stander effects on chicken health and production remains largely unknown, with the possible exception of Clostridium perfringens (necrotic enteritis). This study evaluated the composition and structure of the caecal microbiome in the presence or absence of a defined Eimeria tenella challenge infection in Cobb500 broiler chickens using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934222/endogenous-rgs14-is-a-cytoplasmic-nuclear-shuttling-protein-that-localizes-to-juxtanuclear-membranes-and-chromatin-rich-regions-of-the-nucleus
#15
Mary Rose Branch, John R Hepler
Regulator of G protein signaling 14 (RGS14) is a multifunctional scaffolding protein that integrates G protein and H-Ras/MAPkinase signaling pathways to regulate synaptic plasticity important for hippocampal learning and memory. However, to date, little is known about the subcellular distribution and roles of endogenous RGS14 in a neuronal cell line. Most of what is known about RGS14 cellular behavior is based on studies of tagged, recombinant RGS14 ectopically overexpressed in unnatural host cells. Here, we report for the first time a comprehensive assessment of the subcellular distribution and dynamic localization of endogenous RGS14 in rat B35 neuroblastoma cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934183/trends-in-cervical-cancer-screening-in-title-x-funded-health-centers-united-states-2005-2015
#16
Christina I Fowler, Mona Saraiya, Susan B Moskosky, Jacqueline W Miller, Julia Gable, Nancy Mautone-Smith
Cervical cancer screening is critical to early detection and treatment of precancerous cells and cervical cancer. In 2015, 83% of U.S. women reported being screened per current recommendations, which is below the Healthy People 2020 target of 93% (1,2). Disparities in screening persist for women who are younger (aged 21-30 years), have lower income, are less educated, are uninsured, lack a source of health care, or who self-identify as Asian or American Indian/Alaska Native (2). Women who are never screened or rarely screened are more likely to develop cancer and receive a cancer diagnosis at later stages than women who are screened regularly (3)...
September 22, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934103/investigating-the-interaction-of-cyclic-rgd-peptidomimetics-with-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-%C3%A2-integrin-by-biochemical-and-molecular-docking-studies
#17
Monica Civera, Daniela Arosio, Francesca Bonato, Leonardo Manzoni, Luca Pignataro, Simone Zanella, Cesare Gennari, Umberto Piarulli, Laura Belvisi
The interaction of a small library of cyclic RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) peptidomimetics with αVβ₆ integrin has been investigated by means of competitive solid phase binding assays to the isolated receptor and docking calculations in the crystal structure of the αVβ₆ binding site. To this aim, a rigid receptor-flexible ligand docking protocol has been set up and then applied to predict the binding mode of the cyclic RGD peptidomimetics to αVβ₆ integrin. Although the RGD interaction with αVβ₆ recapitulates the RGD binding mode observed in αVβ₃, differences between the integrin binding pockets can strongly affect the ligand binding ability...
September 21, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933948/the-value-and-application-of-the-six-minute-walk-test-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#18
A Whitney Brown, Steven D Nathan
The 6 minute walk test (6MWT) is a commonly employed assessment of performance ability in a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases. It provides important functional information that is not captured in standardized pulmonary function testing. The test may be influenced by factors other than the severity of lung disease, including frailty, deconditioning, and musculoskeletal issues. The primary output measure from the six minute walk test is the distance walked, which appears to confer prognostic information in many diverse disease states...
September 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933874/wisdom-bias-and-balance-toward-a-process-sensitive-measurement-of-wisdom-related-cognition
#19
Justin P Brienza, Franki Y H Kung, Henri C Santos, D Ramona Bobocel, Igor Grossmann
Philosophers and behavioral scientists refer to wisdom as unbiased reasoning that guides one toward a balance of interests and promotes a good life. However, major instruments developed to test wisdom appear biased, and it is unclear whether they capture balance-related tendencies. We examined whether shifting from global, de-contextualized reports to state-level reports about concrete situations provides a less biased method to assess wise reasoning (e.g., intellectual humility, recognition of uncertainty and change, consideration of the broader context at hand and perspectives of others, integration of these perspectives or compromise), which may be aligned with the notion of balancing interests...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933830/immobilized-cobalt-bis-benzenedithiolate-complexes-exceptionally-active-heterogeneous-electrocatalysts-for-dihydrogen-production-from-mildly-acidic-aqueous-solutions
#20
Shawn C Eady, Molly M MacInnes, Nicolai Lehnert
A series of cobalt bis(benzenedithiolate) complexes with varying benzenedithiolate (general abbreviation: bdt(2-)) ring substitutions (S2C6X4(2-)) were prepared and adsorbed on inexpensive electrodes composed of (a) reduced graphene oxide (RGO) electrodeposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and (b) highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). The catalyst-adsorbed electrodes are characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Catalyst loading across the ligand series improved notably with increasing halide substitution [from 2...
September 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
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