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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645163/variations-in-chloroplast-movement-and-chlorophyll-fluorescence-among-chloroplast-division-mutants-under-light-stress
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Siddhartha Dutta, Jeffrey A Cruz, Saif M Imran, Jin Chen, David M Kramer, Katherine W Osteryoung
Chloroplasts divide to maintain consistent size, shape, and number in leaf mesophyll cells. Altered expression of chloroplast division proteins in Arabidopsis results in abnormal chloroplast morphology. To better understand the influence of chloroplast morphology on chloroplast movement and photosynthesis, we compared the chloroplast photorelocation and photosynthetic responses of a series of Arabidopsis chloroplast division mutants with a wide variety of chloroplast phenotypes. Chloroplast movement was monitored by red light reflectance imaging of whole plants under increasing intensities of white light...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645109/elevated-hemoglobin-glycation-index-identify-non-diabetic-individuals-at-increased-risk-of-kidney-dysfunction
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Teresa Vanessa Fiorentino, Maria Adelaide Marini, Elena Succurro, Angela Sciacqua, Francesco Andreozzi, Francesco Perticone, Giorgio Sesti
Hemoglobin glycation index (HGI), calculated as the difference between the observed value of HbA1 and the predicted HbA1c based on plasma glucose concentration, is a measure of the individual tendency toward non-enzymatic hemoglobin glycation which has been found to be positively associated with nephropathy in subjects with diabetes. In this cross-sectional study we aimed to evaluate whether higher HGI levels are associated with impaired kidney function also among nondiabetic individuals.The study group comprised 1505 White nondiabetic individuals stratified in quartiles according to HGI levels...
June 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644999/diffusion-tensor-imaging-of-cingulum-bundle-and-corpus-callosum-in-schizophrenia-vs-bipolar-disorder
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Igor Nenadić, Anna Hoof, Maren Dietzek, Kerstin Langbein, Jürgen R Reichenbach, Heinrich Sauer, Daniel Güllmar
Both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder show abnormalities of white matter, as seen in diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) analyses of major brain fibre bundles. While studies in each of the two conditions have indicated possible overlap in anatomical location, there are few direct comparisons between the disorders. Also, it is unclear whether phenotypically similar subgroups (e.g. patients with bipolar disorder and psychotic features) might share white matter pathologies or be rather similar. Using region-of-interest (ROI) analysis of white matter with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) at 3 T, we analysed fractional anisotropy (FA), radial diffusivity (RD), and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of the corpus callosum and cingulum bundle in 33 schizophrenia patients, 17 euthymic (previously psychotic) bipolar disorder patients, and 36 healthy controls...
May 25, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644880/o-glcnacylation-mediates-the-control-of-cytosolic-phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxykinase-activity-via-pgc1%C3%AE
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Pedro Latorre, Luis Varona, Carmen Burgos, José A Carrodeguas, Pascual López-Buesa
PGC1α is a coactivator of many transcription factors and cytosolic phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PCK1) is a key enzyme for gluconeogenesis. PGC1α interacts with the transcription factor PPARγ to stimulate PCK1 expression and thus de novo glucose synthesis. These proteins are not only important for central energy metabolism but also for supplying intermediates for other metabolic pathways, including lipidogenesis and protein synthesis and might therefore be important factors in the ethiopathogenesis of metabolic disorders like diabetes but also in other pathologies like cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644127/mpi-depletion-enhances-o-glcnacylation-of-p53-and-suppresses-the-warburg-effect
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Charles DeRossi, Nataly Shtraizent, Shikha Nayar, Ravi Sachidanandam, Liora S Katz, Adam Prince, Anna P Koh, Adam Vincek, Yoav Hadas, Yujin Hoshida, Donald K Scott, Efrat Eliyahu, Hudson H Freeze, Kirsten C Sadler, Jaime Chu
Rapid cellular proliferation in early development and cancer depends on glucose metabolism to fuel macromolecule biosynthesis. Metabolic enzymes are presumed regulators of this glycolysis-driven metabolic program, known as the Warburg effect, however few have been identified. We uncover a previously unappreciated role for Mannose phosphate isomerase (MPI) as a metabolic enzyme required to maintain Warburg metabolism in zebrafish embryos and in both primary and malignant mammalian cells. The functional consequences of MPI loss are striking: glycolysis is blocked and cells die...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642015/convergent-and-unidirectional-evolution-of-extremely-long-aedeagi-in-the-largest-feather-mite-genus-proctophyllodes-acari-proctophyllodidae-evidence-from-comparative-molecular-and-morphological-phylogenetics
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Pavel B Klimov, Sergey V Mironov, Barry M OConnor
Proctophyllodid feather mites (400+ species) are permanent (full-time) symbionts commonly occurring on passerine birds. Phenotypic evolution of these mites appears to be greatly influenced by characters related to reproduction (>87.5% of a total of 32 taxonomically important discrete characters) and male genitalic characters (21.9%). Because sexual selection could the major evolutionary driver in this system, we test the theoretical expectation that genitalic or sexually dimorphic characters should evolve more rapidly and divergently then other characters...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641299/monocyte-subsets-are-differentially-lost-from-the-circulation-during-acute-inflammation-induced-by-human-experimental-endotoxemia
#7
Tamar Tak, Roger van Groenendael, Peter Pickkers, Leo Koenderman
Three human monocyte subsets are recognized with different functions in the immune system: CD14++/CD16- classical monocytes (CM), CD14++/CD16+ intermediate monocytes (IM) and CD14+/CD16++ non-classical monocytes (NCM). Increased IM and NCM percentages have been reported under inflammatory conditions, yet little is known about monocyte subsets at the onset of inflammation. The human endotoxemia model is uniquely capable of studying the first phases of acute inflammation induced by intravenous injection of 2 ng/kg bodyweight lipopolysaccharide (LPS) into healthy volunteers...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639993/peripheral-monocytes-macrophages-phenotypes-associated-to-the-evolution-of-cognitive-performance-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Massimiliano Fabbiani, Antonio Muscatello, Paolo Perseghin, Marco Bani, Arianna Incontri, Nicola Squillace, Giuseppe Lapadula, Andrea Gori, Alessandra Bandera
BACKGROUND: The contribution of monocyte activation in the development of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders is not completely understood. This study aimed to explore the predictive value of peripheral monocyte/macrophage (M/M) phenotypes on the evolution of cognitive performance in a population of virologically-suppressed HIV-infected patients. SETTING: Prospective, observational, longitudinal study. METHODS: HIV-1-infected patients with HIV-RNA<50copies/mL for >12 months underwent neuropsychological examination at baseline and after one year...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638412/molecular-identification-of-aminoglycoside-modifying-enzymes-and-plasmid-mediated-quinolone-resistance-genes-among-klebsiella-pneumoniae-clinical-isolates-recovered-from-egyptian-patients
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Mohamed F El-Badawy, Wael M Tawakol, Shaymaa W El-Far, Ibrahim A Maghrabi, Saleh A Al-Ghamdi, Moselhy S Mansy, Mohammed S Ashour, Mohamed M Shohayeb
Inappropriate use of antibiotics in clinical settings is thought to have led to the global emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant pathogens. The goal of this study was to investigate the prevalence of genes encoding aminoglycoside resistance and plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance among clinical isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae. All K. pneumoniae isolates were phenotypically identified using API 20E and then confirmed genotypically through amplification of the specific K. pneumoniae phoE gene. All isolates were genotyped by the enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus polymerase chain reaction technique (ERIC-PCR)...
2017: International Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631370/microbial-manganese-iii-reduction-fueled-by-anaerobic-acetate-oxidation
#10
Nadia Szeinbaum, Hui Lin, Jay A Brandes, Martial Taillefert, Jennifer B Glass, Thomas J DiChristina
Soluble manganese in the intermediate +III oxidation state (Mn(3+) ) is a newly identified oxidant in anoxic environments, whereas acetate is a naturally abundant substrate that fuels microbial activity. Microbial populations coupling anaerobic acetate oxidation to Mn(3+) reduction, however, have yet to be identified. We isolated a Shewanella strain capable of oxidizing acetate anaerobically with Mn(3+) as the electron acceptor, and confirmed this phenotype in other strains,. This metabolic connection between acetate and soluble Mn(3+) represents a new biogeochemical link between carbon and manganese cycles...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631328/phenotypic-characterisation-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-isolated-from-blood-cultures-in-newborn-infants-with-a-special-focus-on-staphylococcus-capitis
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Gustaf Ehlersson, Bengt Hellmark, Olov Svartström, Bianca Stenmark, Bo Söderquist
AIM: This Swedish study determined which species of coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) were found in neonatal blood cultures and whether they included Staphylococcus capitis clones with decreased susceptibility to vancomycin. METHODS: CoNS isolates (n=332) from neonatal blood cultures collected at Örebro University Hospital during 1987-2014 were identified to species level with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)...
June 20, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630186/loss-of-c-5-sterol-desaturase-activity-results-in-increased-resistance-to-azole-and-echinocandin-antifungals-in-a-clinical-isolate-of-candida-parapsilosis
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Jeffrey M Rybak, C Michael Dickens, Josie E Parker, Kelly Caudle, Kayihura Manigaba, Sarah G Whaley, Andrew Nishimoto, Arturo Luna-Tapia, Sujoy Roy, Qing Zhang, Katherine S Barker, Glen E Palmer, Thomas R Sutter, Ramin Homayouni, Nathan P Wiederhold, Steven L Kelly, P David Rogers
Among emerging non-albicans Candida species, C. parapsilosis is of particular concern as a cause of nosocomial bloodstream infections in neonatal and intensive care unit patients. While fluconazole and echinocandins are considered effective treatment of such infections, recent reports of fluconazole and echinocandin resistance in C. parapsilosis indicate a growing problem. The present study describes a novel mechanism of antifungal resistance in this organism affecting the susceptibility of azole and echinocandin antifungals in a clinical isolate obtained from a patient with prosthetic valve endocarditis...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629836/opposite-effects-of-catalase-and-mnsod-ectopic-expression-on-stress-induced-defects-and-mortality-in-the-desmin-deficient-cardiomyopathy-model
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Kleopatra Rapti, Antigoni Diokmetzidou, Ismini Kloukina, Derek J Milner, Aimilia Varela, Constantinos H Davos, Yassemi Capetanaki
Oxidative stress has been linked strongly to cell death and cardiac remodeling processes, all hallmarks of heart failure. Mice deficient for desmin (des-/-), the major muscle specific intermediate filament protein, develop dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure characterized by mitochondrial defects and cardiomyocyte death. The cellular and biochemical alterations in the hearts of these mice strongly suggest that oxidative stress is one of the mechanisms contributing to the pathogenesis of the phenotype. Recently, we showed that indeed the desmin deficient cardiomyocytes are under increased oxidative stress...
June 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629120/metabolomics-characterization-of-two-apocynaceae-plants-catharanthus-roseus-and-vinca-minor-using-gc-ms-and-lc-ms-methods-in-combination
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Qi Chen, Xueyan Lu, Xiaorui Guo, Qingxi Guo, Dewen Li
Catharanthus roseus (C. roseus) and Vinca minor (V. minor) are two common important medical plants belonging to the family Apocynaceae. In this study, we used non-targeted GC-MS and targeted LC-MS metabolomics to dissect the metabolic profile of two plants with comparable phenotypic and metabolic differences. A total of 58 significantly different metabolites were present in different quantities according to PCA and PLS-DA score plots of the GC-MS analysis. The 58 identified compounds comprised 16 sugars, eight amino acids, nine alcohols and 18 organic acids...
June 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628153/-13-cases-of-littoral-cell-angioma-in-spleens
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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinicopathological features, morphological characteristics, immunophenotypes of littoral cell angioma (LCA) in spleen, and to provide new evidence for making diagnosis and avoiding misdiagnosis. METHODS: Clinicopathological data, histological characteristics of 13 cases of LCA were retrospectively studied and immunohistochemical staining was imposed on the paraffi-nembedded specimens, and 5 cases of cavernous hemangioma, 4 cases of normal littoral cells of spleens were used as control groups, simultaneously...
June 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625870/pax3-and-pax7-mediated-dbx1-regulation-orchestrates-the-patterning-of-intermediate-spinal-interneurons
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Chris Gard, Gloria Gonzalez Curto, Youcef El-Mokhtar Frarma, Elodie Chollet, Nathalie Duval, Valentine Auzié, Frédéric Auradé, Lisa Vigier, Frédéric Relaix, Alessandra Pierani, Frédéric Causeret, Vanessa Ribes
Transcription factors are key orchestrators of the emergence of neuronal diversity within the developing spinal cord. As such, the two paralogous proteins Pax3 and Pax7 regulate the specification of progenitor cells within the intermediate neural tube, by defining a neat segregation between those fated to form motor circuits and those involved in the integration of sensory inputs. To attain insights into the molecular means by which they control this process, we have performed detailed phenotypic analyses of the intermediate spinal interneurons (IN), namely the dI6, V0D, V0VCG and V1 populations in compound null mutants for Pax3 and Pax7...
June 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620864/adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-cells-adsc-express-oligodendrocyte-and-myelin-markers-but-they-do-not-function-as-oligodendrocytes
#17
Lara Vellosillo, Maria Paz Muñoz, Carlos Luis Paíno
Mesenchymal cells cultured from the vasculo-stromal fraction of adipose tissue (ADSC) show adult stem cell characteristics and several groups have claimed generating neural cells from them. However, we have observed that many markers commonly used for the identification of neural cells are spontaneously expressed by ADSC in culture. In the present study, we have examined the expression of characteristic oligodendrocyte molecules in cultured ADSC, aiming to test if myelinating cells could be generated from accessible non-neural adult tissues...
June 15, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616679/manganese-superoxide-dismutase-sod2-is-there-a-center-in-the-universe-of-mitochondrial-redox-signaling
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Xianghui Zou, Bianca A Ratti, Joseph Gerald O'Brien, Sueli O Lautenschlager, David R Gius, Marcelo G Bonini, Yueming Zhu
It is becoming increasingly clear that mitochondria drive cellular functions and in vivo phenotypes by directing the production rate and abundance of metabolites that are proposed to function as signaling molecules (Chandel 2015; Selak et al. 2005; Etchegaray and Mostoslavsky 2016). Many of these metabolites are intermediates that make up cellular metabolism, part of which occur in mitochondria (i.e. the TCA and urea cycles), while others are produced "on demand" mainly in response to alterations in the microenvironment in order to participate in the activation of acute adaptive responses (Mills et al...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615282/maternal-haploid-a-metalloprotease-enriched-at-the-largest-satellite-repeat-and-essential-for-genome-integrity-in-drosophila-embryos
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Xiaona Tang, Jingguo Cao, Liang Zhang, Yingzi Huang, Qianyi Zhang, Yikang S Rong
The incorporation of the paternal genome into the zygote during fertilization requires chromatin remodeling. The maternal haploid (mh) mutation in Drosophila affects this process and leads to the formation of haploid embryos without the paternal genome. mh encodes the Drosophila homolog of SPRTN, a conserved protease essential for resolving DNA-protein cross-linked products. Here we characterize the role of MH in genome maintenance. It is not understood how MH protects the paternal genome during fertilization particularly in lights of our finding that MH is present in both parental pro-nuclei during zygote formation...
June 14, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614211/mixed-gonadal-germ-cell-tumor-composed-of-a-spermatocytic-tumor-like-component-and-germinoma-arising-in-gonadoblastoma-in-a-phenotypic-woman-with-a-46-xx-peripheral-karyotype-report-of-the-first-case
#20
Alejandro A Gru, Eli S Williams, Dengfeng Cao
We report a unique case of gonadal mixed germ cell tumor (GCT) composed of a predominantly spermatocytic tumor (ST)-like component and a minor component of germinoma arising in gonadoblastoma in a phenotypic woman with a 46, XX peripheral karotype. The patient was a 24-year-old woman (gravida 2, para 1) found to have a 7 cm pelvic mass during routine obstetric ultrasound examination at 20 weeks gestational age. She underwent a left salpingo-gonadectomy at gestational age 23 and 2/7 weeks. She recovered well and delivered a healthy baby at full term...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
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