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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924530/aspergillus-species-and-their-associated-mycotoxins
#1
Giancarlo Perrone, Antonia Gallo
The genus Aspergillus is among the most abundant and widely distributed organism on earth, and at the moment comprises 339 known species. It is one of the most important economically fungal genus and the biotechnological use of Aspergillus species is related to production of soy sauce, of different hydrolytic enzymes (amylases, lipases) and organic acid (citric acid, gluconic acid), as well as biologically active metabolites such as lovastatin. Although they are not considered to be major cause of plant diseases, Aspergillus species are responsible for several disorders in various plants and plant products, especially as opportunistic storage moulds...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924435/antibiotic-resistance-is-linked-to-carriage-of-papc-and-iuta-virulence-genes-and-phylogenetic-group-d-background-in-commensal-and-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-from-infants-and-young-children
#2
N Karami, A E Wold, I Adlerberth
P fimbriae, enabling adherence to colonic and urinary epithelium, and aerobactin, an iron sequestering system, are both colonization factors in the human colon and virulence factors for urinary tract infection. The colonic microbiota is suggested to be a site suitable for the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes. We investigated whether phenotypic resistance to antibiotics in commensal and uropathogenic Escherichia coli from infants and young children is associated with carriage of virulence genes and to phylogenetic group origin and, in the case of fecal strains, to persistence in the gut and fecal population levels...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923744/simultaneous-measurement-of-total-water-content-and-myelin-water-fraction-in-brain-at-3t-using-a-t2-relaxation-based-method
#3
Sandra M Meyers, Shannon H Kolind, Alex L MacKay
PURPOSE: This work demonstrates the in vivo application of a T2 relaxation based total water content (TWC) measurement technique at 3T in healthy human brain, and evaluates accuracy using simulations that model brain tissue. The benefit of using T2 relaxation is that it provides simultaneous measurements of myelin water fraction, which correlates to myelin content. METHODS: T2 relaxation data was collected from 10 healthy human subjects with a gradient and spin echo (GRASE) sequence, along with inversion recovery for T1 mapping...
December 3, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923676/megastigmane-glycosides-from-leaves-of-eucommia-ulmoides-oliver-with-ace-inhibitory-activity
#4
Jian-Kun Yan, Li-Qin Ding, Xu-Liu Shi, Paul Owusu Donkor, Li-Xia Chen, Feng Qiu
Four new megastigmane glycosides, eucomegastigsides A-D (2, 3, 5 and 7), together with three known megastigmane glycosides, (6R, 7E, 9R)-9-hydroxy-4, 7-megastigmadien-3-one-9-O-[α-l-arabinopyranosyl-(l→6)-β-d-glucopyranoside (1), foliasalacioside B1 (4) and eleganoside A (6), were isolated from the leaves of Eucommia ulmoides Oliver. Their anti-hypertensive effect was investigated in vitro based on the inhibition of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) using HPLC. The results showed that the isolates (2, 3, 4, 5, 7) had moderate inhibitory effects on ACE in vitro compared with captopril...
December 3, 2016: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923271/predicting-the-orientation-of-protein-g-b1-on-hydrophobic-surfaces-using-monte-carlo-simulations
#5
Elisa T Harrison, Tobias Weidner, David G Castner, Gianluca Interlandi
A Monte Carlo algorithm was developed to predict the most likely orientations of protein G B1, an immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody-binding domain of protein G, adsorbed onto a hydrophobic surface. At each Monte Carlo step, the protein was rotated and translated as a rigid body. The assumption about rigidity was supported by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring experiments, which indicated that protein G B1 adsorbed on a polystyrene surface with its native structure conserved and showed that its IgG antibody-binding activity was retained...
December 6, 2016: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922680/identification-of-key-genes-induced-by-platelet-rich-plasma-in-human-dermal-papilla-cells-using-bioinformatics-methods
#6
Haiyan Shen, Hanxiao Cheng, Haihua Chen, Jufang Zhang
Dermal papilla cells (DPCs) are located at the base of hair follicles, and are known to induce hair follicle regeneration. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) functions in hair follicle regeneration. To investigate the influence of PRP on DPCs, the present study analyzed RNA‑seq data of human hair dermal papilla cells (HHDPCs) that were treated or untreated by PRP. The data included in the RNA‑seq were from two normal and two treated HHDPC samples. Following identification by Cuffdiff software, differentially expressed genes (DEGs) underwent enrichment analyses, and protein-protein interaction networks were constructed using Cytoscape software...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920295/a-novel-transcriptional-regulator-related-to-thiamine-phosphate-synthase-controls-thiamine-metabolism-genes-in-archaea
#7
Dmitry A Rodionov, Semen A Leyn, Xiaoqing Li, Irina A Rodionova
: Thiamine (vitamin B1) is a precursor of thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), an essential coenzyme in the central metabolism of all living organisms. Bacterial thiamin biosynthesis and salvage genes are controlled at the RNA level by TPP-responsive riboswitches. In Archaea, TPP riboswitches are restricted to the Thermoplasmatales order. Mechanisms of transcriptional control of thiamine genes in other archaeal lineages remain unknown. Using the comparative genomics approach, we identified a novel family of transcriptional regulators (named ThiR) controlling thiamine biosynthesis and transport genes in diverse lineages from the Crenarchaeota phylum, as well as in the Halobacteria and Thermococci classes of the Euryarchaeota ThiR regulators are composed of an N-terminal DNA-binding domain and a C-terminal ligand-binding domain that is similar to the archaeal thiamin phosphate synthase ThiN...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920189/effects-of-maize-naturally-contaminated-with-aflatoxin-b1-on-growth-performance-intestinal-morphology-and-digestive-physiology-in-ducks
#8
G D Feng, J He, X Ao, D W Chen
This study was conducted to determine the effects of maize naturally contaminated with aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) on growth performance, intestinal morphology, relative digestive organs weight, digestive enzymes activities, and biochemical index of intestinal development in ducks. A total of 640 ducks was blocked on the basis of sex and body weight, and then allocated randomly to 2 treatments with 20 pens per treatment and 16 ducks per pen. The experiment lasted for 5 wk, and dietary treatments included basal diet (CON) and diets with 100% of normal maize replaced by AFB1 contaminated maize...
December 5, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917624/relationships-between-high-mobility-group-protein-b1-and-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-concentrations-in-gingival-crevicular-fluid-and-chronic-periodontitis
#9
Mojgan Paknejad, Mandana Sattari, Zohreh Roozbahani, Morteza Ershadi, Ali Mehrfard
One of the inflammatory mediators which is secreted by inflammatory cells is high-mobility group protein B1 (HMGB1). Interaction of HMGB1 and toll-like receptors (TLRs) leads to increased production of inflammatory cytokines. On the other hand, it was shown that triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (TREM-1) also can be activated by TLRs, and its soluble form (sTREM-1) can be formed by cleaving of membrane-bound form of TREM-1 proteinases. Since there is not enough knowledge about the precise role of HMGB1 and sTREM-1 in periodontal diseases, the aim of this study was to evaluate the concentration of HMGB1 and sTREM-1 in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) samples of patients with chronic periodontitis...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917321/effects-of-arachidonic-acid-supplementation-in-maturation-diet-on-female-reproductive-performance-and-larval-quality-of-giant-river-prawn-macrobrachium-rosenbergii
#10
Chanpim Kangpanich, Jarunan Pratoomyot, Nisa Siranonthana, Wansuk Senanan
The giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) is one of the most farmed freshwater crustaceans in the world. Its global production has been stalling in the past decade due to the inconsistent quality of broodstock and hatchery-produced seeds. A better understanding of the role of nutrition in maturation diets will help overcome some of the production challenges. Arachidonic acid (20:4 n-6, ARA) is a fatty acid precursor of signaling molecules important for crustacean reproduction, prostaglandins E and F of the series II (PGE2 and PGF2α), and is often lacking in maturation diets of shrimp and prawns...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917039/echinoids-of-the-kerguelen-plateau-occurrence-data-and-environmental-setting-for-past-present-and-future-species-distribution-modelling
#11
Charlène Guillaumot, Alexis Martin, Salomé Fabri-Ruiz, Marc Eléaume, Thomas Saucède
The present dataset provides a case study for species distribution modelling (SDM) and for model testing in a poorly documented marine region. The dataset includes spatially-explicit data for echinoid (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) distribution. Echinoids were collected during oceanographic campaigns led around the Kerguelen Plateau (+63°/+81°E; -46°/-56°S) since 1872. In addition to the identification of collection specimens from historical cruises, original data from the recent campaigns POKER II (2010) and PROTEKER 2 to 4 (2013-2015) are also provided...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914868/determination-of-aflatoxin-m1-in-urine-samples-indicates-frequent-dietary-exposure-to-aflatoxin-b1-in-the-bangladeshi-population
#12
Nurshad Ali, Meinolf Blaszkewicz, Khaled Hossain, Gisela H Degen
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), a hepatocarcinogen and highly toxic mycotoxin, is a contaminant of food commodities, especially in hot and humid climates that favour the growth of aflatoxin-producing fungi. As data on AFB1 contamination of food and feed in Bangladesh are scarce, we conducted an initial screening by ELISA on the occurrence of the metabolite and biomarker aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in urines from Bangladesh which indicated frequent exposure. This finding led us to conduct a follow-up study where we applied a more sensitive method (IAC clean-up and HPLC-FD analysis) to determine AFM1 concentrations in a larger set of urine samples...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914700/microvesicle-transfer-of-kinin-b1-receptors-is-a-novel-inflammatory-mechanism-in-vasculitis
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Robin Kahn, Maria Mossberg, Anne-Lie Ståhl, Karl Johansson, Ingrid Lopatko Lindman, Caroline Heijl, Mårten Segelmark, Matthias Mörgelin, L M Fredrik Leeb-Lundberg, Diana Karpman
During vasculitis, activation of the kinin system induces inflammation, whereby the kinin B1-receptor is expressed and activated after ligand binding. Additionally, activated blood cells release microvesicles into the circulation. Here we determined whether leukocyte-derived microvesicles bear B1-kinin receptors during vasculitis, and if microvesicles transfer functional B1-receptors to recipient cells, thus promoting inflammation. By flow cytometry, plasma from patients with vasculitis were found to contain high levels of leukocyte-derived microvesicles bearing B1-receptors...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914573/effect-of-a-biostimulatory-homeopathic-complex-on-venom-production-in-captive-rattlesnakes-crotalus-durissus
#14
Paula Helena Santa Rita, Herbert Patric Kellermann Cleveland, Paula Laryssa Souza Pereira, William Corrêa, Valter Joost Van Onselen, Ruy Alberto Caetano Corrêa Filho, Maria Araújo Teixeira
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of two administration methods of a biostimulatory homeopathic complex (Convert H(®)) on the production of fresh and lyophilized venom of rattlesnakes (Crotalus durissus) under intensive captivity conditions. Sixty snakes were subjected to treatment following a randomized block design. The effects of sex and size were controlled for. Thirteen consecutive extractions were performed over 21 months. The first factor considered in the experiment was the origin of mice used as prey: a conventional colony (A1) or the Convert H colony (A2; mice receiving the homeopathic complex in water at 1%)...
November 2016: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913846/potent-mutagenicity-of-some-non-planar-tri-and-tetrachlorinated-biphenyls-in-mammalian-cells-human-cyp2e1-being-a-major-activating-enzyme
#15
Yungang Liu, Keqi Hu, Hansi Jia, Guifang Jin, Hansruedi Glatt, Hao Jiang
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been classified as human carcinogens. Mutagenicity of lower chlorinated biphenyls as well as activation of transcription factors by some other congeners may contribute to the carcinogenicity of PCBs. Recently, we reported that human CYP2E1 activates mono- and dichlorobiphenyls to mutagens. However, mutagenicity of other PCBs and the involvement of other CYPs remained unknown. In this study, Chinese hamster V79-derived cell lines genetically engineered for expression of individual human CYP enzymes and a human hepatocyte (L-02) line endogenously expressing various CYPs were used to determine the activities of several tri- and tetrachlorobiphenyls to induce micronuclei and gene mutations...
December 2, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913571/snord126-promotes-hcc-and-crc-cell-growth-by-activating-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-through-fgfr2
#16
Xianlong Fang, Dongmei Yang, Hongping Luo, Shuai Wu, Wenjie Dong, Jing Xiao, Sujing Yuan, Aimin Ni, Kang-Jian Zhang, Xin-Yuan Liu, Liang Chu
Small nucleolar RNA (snoRNA) dysfunctions have been associated with cancer development. SNORD126 is an orphan C/D box snoRNA that is encoded within introns 5-6 of its host gene, cyclin B1-interacting protein 1 (CCNB1IP1) The cancer-associated molecular mechanisms triggered by SNORD126 are not fully understood. Here, we demonstrate that SNORD126 is highly expressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and colorectal cancer (CRC) patient samples. SNORD126 increased Huh-7 and SW480 cell growth and tumorigenicity in nude mice...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912681/how-valid-are-wearable-physical-activity-trackers-for-measuring-steps
#17
Hyun-Sung An, Gregory C Jones, Seoung-Ki Kang, Gregory J Welk, Jung-Min Lee
Wearable activity trackers have become popular for tracking individual's daily physical activity, but little information is available to substantiate the validity of these devices in step counts. Thirty-five healthy individuals completed three conditions of activity tracker measurement: walking/jogging on a treadmill, walking over-ground on an indoor track, and a 24-hour free-living condition. Participants wore 10 activity trackers at the same time for both treadmill and over-ground protocol. Of these 10 activity trackers three were randomly given for 24-hour free-living condition...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910948/improved-in-cell-structure-determination-of-proteins-at-near-physiological-concentration
#18
Teppei Ikeya, Tomomi Hanashima, Saori Hosoya, Manato Shimazaki, Shiro Ikeda, Masaki Mishima, Peter Güntert, Yutaka Ito
Investigating three-dimensional (3D) structures of proteins in living cells by in-cell nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy opens an avenue towards understanding the structural basis of their functions and physical properties under physiological conditions inside cells. In-cell NMR provides data at atomic resolution non-invasively, and has been used to detect protein-protein interactions, thermodynamics of protein stability, the behavior of intrinsically disordered proteins, etc. in cells. However, so far only a single de novo 3D protein structure could be determined based on data derived only from in-cell NMR...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909289/hyperthermia-enhances-17-dmag-efficacy-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-with-aggravated-dna-damage-and-impaired-g2-m-transition
#19
Zhizhou Huang, Xueqiong Zhou, Yangfan He, Xiangyu Ke, Ying Wen, Fei Zou, Xuemei Chen
Due to the lack of effective treatment, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the malignancies with low survival rates worldwide. Combination of hyperthermia and chemotherapy has shown promising results in several abdominal tumours, but high expression of HSP90 in tumours attenuated the efficacy of hyperthermia. Thus a combination of hyperthermia and inhibition of HSP90 might be a feasible therapeutic strategy for HCC. One hepatic cell line (L02) and two HCC cell lines (Huh7 and HepG2) were heated at 42 °C for 0, 0...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909060/cd6-regulates-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-injury-by-modulating-natural-igm-producing-b1a-cell-self-renewal
#20
Gospel Enyindah-Asonye, Yan Li, Wei Xin, Nora Singer, Neetu Gupta, John Fung, Feng Lin
Intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a relatively common pathological condition that can lead to multi-organ failure and mortality. Regulatory mechanism for this disease is poorly understood, although it is established that circulating pathogenic natural IgM, which is primarily produced by B1a cells outside of the peritoneal cavity, are integrally involved. CD6 was originally identified as a marker for T cells and later found to be present on some subsets of B cells in humans, however, whether CD6 plays any role in intestinal I/R induced injury and if so, what are the underlying mechanisms, remain unknown...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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