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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102911/glutathione-peroxidase-like-enzymes-cover-five-distinct-cell-compartments-and-membrane-surfaces-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Safira Attacha, David Solbach, Krisztina Bela, Anna Moseler, Stephan Wagner, Markus Schwarzländer, Isabel Aller, Stefanie J Müller, Andreas J Meyer
Glutathione peroxidase-like enzymes (GPXLs) constitute a family of eight peroxidases in Arabidopsis thaliana. In contrast to the eponymous selenocysteine glutathione peroxidases (GPXs) in mammalian cells which use glutathione as electron donor, GPXLs rely on cysteine instead of selenocysteine for activity and depend on the thioredoxin system for reduction. Although plant GPXLs have been implicated in important agronomic traits such as drought tolerance, photooxidative tolerance and immune responses there remain major ambiguities regarding their subcellular localization...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102897/controls-on-methane-occurrences-in-shallow-aquifers-overlying-the-haynesville-shale-gas-field-east-texas
#2
Jean-Philippe Nicot, Toti Larson, Roxana Darvari, Patrick Mickler, Michael Slotten, Jordan Aldridge, Kristine Uhlman, Ruth Costley
Understanding the source of dissolved methane in drinking-water aquifers is critical for assessing potential contributions from hydraulic fracturing in shale plays. Shallow groundwater in the Texas portion of the Haynesville Shale area (13,000 km(2) ) was sampled (70 samples) for methane and other dissolved light alkanes. Most samples were derived from the fresh water bearing Wilcox formations and show little methane except in a localized cluster of 12 water wells (17% of total) in a approximately 30 × 30 km(2) area in Southern Panola County with dissolved methane concentrations less than 10 mg/L...
January 19, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102759/antisense-transcription-of-the-myotonic-dystrophy-locus-yields-low-abundant-rnas-with-and-without-cag-n-repeat
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Anke E E G Gudde, Simon J van Heeringen, Amanda I de Oude, Ingeborg D G van Kessel, Joseph Estabrook, Eric T Wang, Bé Wieringa, Derick G Wansink
The unstable (CTG·CAG)n trinucleotide repeat in the myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) locus is bidirectionally transcribed from genes with terminal overlap. By transcription in the sense direction, the DMPK gene produces various alternatively spliced mRNAs with a (CUG)n repeat in their 3' UTR. Expression in opposite orientation reportedly yields (CAG)n-repeat containing RNA, but both structure and biological significance of this antisense gene (DM1-AS) are largely unknown. Via a combinatorial approach of computational and experimental analyses of RNA from unaffected individuals and DM1 patients we discovered that DM1-AS spans >6 kb, contains alternative transcription start sites and uses alternative polyadenylation sites up- and downstream of the (CAG)n repeat...
January 19, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102675/mechanistic-elucidation-of-zirconium-catalyzed-direct-amidation
#4
Helena Lundberg, Fredrik Tinnis, Jiji Zhang, Andrés G Algarra, Fahmi Himo, Hans Adolfsson
The mechanism of the zirconium-catalyzed condensation of carboxylic acids and amines for direct formation of amides was studied using kinetics, NMR-spectroscopy and DFT-calculations. The reaction is found to be first order with respect to catalyst and has a positive rate dependence on amine concentration and a negative rate dependence on carboxylic acid concentration. Kinetic experiments using Reaction Progress Kinetic Analysis (RPKA) protocols demonstrate that inhibition of the catalyst by the amide product can be avoided using a high amine concentration...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102673/total-synthesis-of-%C3%A2-berkeleyone-a
#5
Masha Elkin, Suzanne M Szewczyk, Anthony C Scruse, Timothy R Newhouse
A 13-step total synthesis of the fungal meroterpenoid berkeleyone A is reported. The molecular skeleton is formed using the first examples of two critical construction reactions: 1) an epoxide-initiated, β-ketoester-terminated polycyclization, and 2) an isomerization-cyclization cascade to generate the remaining bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane framework. The resulting 6-step synthesis of the carbocyclic core of the berkeleyone natural products has been used to access protoaustinoid A and berkeleyone A, and will aid future biosynthetic investigations into the origin of related natural products...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102667/two-different-structures-of-the-oxygen-evolving-complex-in-the-same-polypeptide-frameworks-of-photosystem-ii
#6
Ayako Tanaka, Yoshimasa Fukushima, Nobuo Kamiya
The oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) forms the heart of photosystem II (PSII) in photosynthesis. The crystal structure of PSII from Thermosynechococcus vulcanus has been reported at a resolution of 1.9 Å and at an averaged X-ray dose of 0.43 MGy. The OEC structure is suggested to be partially reduced to Mn(II) by EXAFS and DFT compu-tational studies. Recently, the "radiation-damage-free" struc-tures have been published at 1.95 Å resolution using XFEL, but reports continued to appear that the OEC is reduced to the S0-state of the Kok cycle...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102638/farnesoid-x-receptor-ablation-sensitizes-mice-to-hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-induced-hepatocarcinogenesis
#7
Yongdong Niu, Meishu Xu, Betty L Slagle, Haihua Huang, Song Li, Grace L Guo, Ganggang Shi, Wenxin Qin, Wen Xie
: Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) is a hepatitis B virus protein that has multiple cellular functions, but its role in HCC pathogenesis has been controversial. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a nuclear receptor with activities in anti-inflammation and inhibition of hepatocarcinogenesis. However, whether or how FXR can impact hepatitis B virus/HBx-induced hepatocarcinogenesis remains unclear...
November 5, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102624/partial-monosomy-of-10p-and-duplication-of-another-chromosome-in-two-patients
#8
Sayaka Ohta, Tsuyoshi Isojima, Yoko Mizuno, Motohiro Kato, Masakazu Mimaki, Masafumi Seki, Yusuke Sato, Seishi Ogawa, Junko Takita, Sachiko Kitanaka, Akira Oka
Partial monosomy of 10p is a rare chromosomal abnormality. Common features are hypoparathyroidism, deafness, renal anomalies, distinctive facies, and mental retardation, with phenotypic variability. We report two patients with chromosomal abnormalities identified on single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array analysis. Although patient 1 had common features of monosomy10p, G-banding indicated a normal karyotype. SNP array and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), however, indicated unbalanced translocation of a 10p terminal deletion of 11...
January 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
#9
REVIEW
Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102473/the-role-of-glun2a-in-cerebral-ischemia-promoting-neuron-death-and-survival-in-the-early-stage-and-thereafter
#10
REVIEW
Yongjun Sun, Xiaokun Cheng, Jie Hu, Zibin Gao
Over-activation of NMDA receptors is a crucial step required for brain damage following a stroke. Although clinical trials for NMDA receptor blockers have failed, the role of GluN2A subunit in cerebral ischemia has been extensively evaluated in recent years. However, the effect of GluN2A on neuron damage induced by cerebral ischemia remains a matter of controversy. The underlying reason may be that GluN2A mediates both pro-death and pro-survival effects. These two effects result from two mutually excluding pathways, Ca(2+) overload-dependent pro-death signaling and C-terminal-dependent pro-survival signaling, respectively...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102470/neuronal-ryanodine-receptors-in-development-and-aging
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REVIEW
Nawaf Abu-Omar, Jogita Das, Vivian Szeto, Zhong-Ping Feng
Ryanodine receptors (RyRs) are intracellular calcium-release channels found on the endoplasmic reticulum of all cells. All three RyR isoforms, RyR1-3, are expressed in the brain, with RyR2 predominating. RyRs are localized within the soma, axons, dendritic spines, and presynaptic terminals of neurons. RyRs are highly expressed in the cerebellum, hippocampus, olfactory region, basal ganglia, and cerebral cortex. During the physiological processes of development and aging, the intracellular calcium homeostasis is largely regulated by RyRs...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102431/totipotency-in-the-mouse
#12
REVIEW
Guangming Wu, Lei Lei, Hans R Schöler
In mammals, the unicellular zygote starts the process of embryogenesis and differentiates into all types of somatic cells, including both fetal and extraembryonic lineages-in a highly organized manner to eventually give rise to an entire multicellular organism comprising more than 200 different tissue types. This feature is referred to as totipotency. Upon fertilization, oocyte maternal factors epigenetically reprogram the genomes of the terminally differentiated oocyte and spermatozoon and turn the zygote into a totipotent cell...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102296/surface-reconstructions-and-related-local-properties-of-a-bifeo3-thin-film
#13
L Jin, P X Xu, Y Zeng, L Lu, J Barthel, T Schulthess, R E Dunin-Borkowski, H Wang, C L Jia
Coupling between lattice and order parameters, such as polarization in ferroelectrics and/or polarity in polar structures, has a strong impact on surface relaxation and reconstruction. However, up to now, surface structures that involve the termination of both matrix polarization and polar atomic planes have received little attention, particularly on the atomic scale. Here, we study surface structures on a BiFeO3 thin film using atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Two types of surface structure are found, depending on the polarization of the underlying ferroelectric domain...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102228/maternal-immune-activation-causes-behavioral-impairments-and-altered-cerebellar-cytokine-and-synaptic-protein-expression
#14
Gurudutt Pendyala, Shinnyi Chou, Yoosun Jung, Pierluca Coiro, Elizabeth Spartz, Ragunathan Padmashri, Ming Li, Anna Dunaevsky
Emerging epidemiology studies indicate that maternal immune activation (MIA) resulting from inflammatory stimuli such as viral or bacterial infections during pregnancy serves as a risk factor for multiple neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. Although alterations in the cortex and hippocampus of MIA offspring have been described, less evidence exists on the impact on the cerebellum. Here, we report altered expression of cytokines and chemokines in the cerebellum of MIA offspring, including increase in the neuroinflammatory cytokine TNF-α and its receptor TNFR1...
January 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102201/direct-pip2-binding-mediates-stable-oligomer-formation-of-the-serotonin-transporter
#15
Andreas Anderluh, Tina Hofmaier, Enrico Klotzsch, Oliver Kudlacek, Thomas Stockner, Harald H Sitte, Gerhard J Schütz
The human serotonin transporter (hSERT) mediates uptake of serotonin from the synaptic cleft and thereby terminates serotonergic signalling. We have previously found by single-molecule microscopy that SERT forms stable higher-order oligomers of differing stoichiometry at the plasma membrane of living cells. Here, we report that SERT oligomer assembly at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane follows a dynamic equilibration process, characterized by rapid exchange of subunits between different oligomers, and by a concentration dependence of the degree of oligomerization...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102071/temperature-induced-misfolding-in-prion-protein-evidences-of-multiple-partially-disordered-states-stabilized-by-non-native-hydrogen-bonds
#16
Neharika G Chamachi, Suman Chakrabarty
The structural basis of misfolding pathways of a cellular Prion (PrP(C)) into the toxic scrapie form (PrP(SC)) and identification of possible intermediates (e.g. PrP(*)) still eludes us. In this work, we have used a cumulative ~65µs of Replica Exchange Molecular Dynamics simulation data to construct the conformational free energy landscapes and capture the structural and thermodynamic characteristics associated with various stages of the thermal denaturation process in human Prion protein. The temperature dependent free energy surfaces consist of multiple metastable states stabilized by non-native contacts and hydrogen bonds, thus rendering the protein prone towards misfolding...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101960/effects-of-antegrade-accessory-pathway-conduction-on-qrs-terminal-vector-in-patients-with-pre-excitation-syndrome
#17
Renguang Liu, Q I Chen, Yang Chen, Yingjie Zhang, Zhaolong Xu, Gaopin Wang
BACKGROUND: Ventricle pre-excitation through accessory pathway changes QRS initial vector, and manifests as delta wave on ECG. However, QRS terminal vector can also be affected. METHODS: 158 patients who had single accessory pathway (AP) with antegrade conduction capacity were included and divided into 2 groups according to the ECG with or without delta wave. In 150 patients had delta wave (overt AP group) on ECG, classical pre-excitation syndrome was diagnosed before radiofrequency ablation (RFCA)...
January 19, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101884/lung-microdialysis-study-of-florfenicol-in-pigs-after-single-intramuscular-administration
#18
B Yang, J D Gao, X Y Cao, Q Y Wang, G Z Sun, J J Yang
For most bacterial lung infections, the concentration of unbound antimicrobial agent in lung interstitial fluid has been considered as the gold standard for estimating the antibacterial efficacy. In this study, the pharmacokinetics of florfenicol (FF) in porcine lung interstitial fluid was investigated after single intramuscular administration at two different doses (20 and 50 mg/kg). Twelve pigs underwent thoracotomy under general anesthesia. Then, the CMA/30 probe was implanted into the lung and perfused at 1 μL/min...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101866/titin-and-nebulin-in-thick-and-thin-filament-length-regulation
#19
Larissa Tskhovrebova, John Trinick
In this review we discuss the history and the current state of ideas related to the mechanism of size regulation of the thick (myosin) and thin (actin) filaments in vertebrate striated muscles. Various hypotheses have been considered during of more than half century of research, recently mostly involving titin and nebulin acting as templates or 'molecular rulers', terminating exact assembly. These two giant, single-polypeptide, filamentous proteins are bound in situ along the thick and thin filaments, respectively, with an almost perfect match in the respective lengths and structural periodicities...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101864/filamentous-structure-of-hard-%C3%AE-keratins-in-the-epidermal-appendages-of-birds-and-reptiles
#20
R D Bruce Fraser, David A D Parry
The structures of avian and reptilian epidermal appendages, such as feathers, claws and scales, have been modelled using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy data, combined with sequence analyses. In most cases, a family of closely related molecules makes up the bulk of the appendage, and each of these molecules contains a central β-rich 34-residue segment, which has been identified as the principal component of the framework of the 3.4 nm diameter filaments. The N- and C-terminal segments form the matrix component of the filament/matrix complex...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
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