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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340507/understanding-the-contribution-of-disulphide-bridges-to-the-folding-and-misfolding-of-an-anti-a%C3%AE-scfv
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Laia Montoliu-Gaya, Jose C Martínez, Sandra Villegas
ScFv-h3D6 is a single chain variable fragment that precludes Aβ peptide-induced cytotoxicity by withdrawing Aβ oligomers from the amyloid pathway to the worm-like pathway. Production of scFv molecules is not a straightforward procedure because of the occurrence of disulphide scrambled conformations generated in the refolding process. Here, we separately removed the disulphide bond of each domain and solved the scrambling problem; and then, we intended to compensate the loss of thermodynamic stability by adding three C-terminal elongation mutations previously described to stabilize the native fold of scFv-h3D6...
March 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340294/a-well-defined-osmium-cupin-complex-hyperstable-artificial-osmium-peroxygenase
#2
Nobutaka Fujieda, Takumi Nakano, Yuki Taniguchi, Haruna Ichihashi, Hideki Sugimoto, Yuma Morimoto, Yosuke Nishikawa, Genji Kurisu, Shinobu Itoh
Thermally stable TM1459 cupin superfamily protein from Thermotoga maritima was repurposed as an osmium (Os) peroxygenase by metal-substitution strategy employing the metal-binding promiscuity. This novel artificial metalloenzyme bears a datively bound Os ion supported by the 4-histidine motif. The well-defined Os center is responsible for not only the catalytic activity but also the thermodynamic stability of the protein folding, leading to the robust biocatalyst (Tm ≈ 120 °C). The spectroscopic analysis and atomic resolution X-ray crystal structures of Os-bound TM1459 revealed two types of donor sets to Os center with octahedral coordination geometry...
March 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340181/different-expression-patterns-of-sperm-motility-related-genes-in-testis-of-diploid-and-tetraploid-cyprinid-fish1
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Fangzhou Hu, Kang Xu, Yunfan Zhou, Chang Wu, Shi Wang, Jun Xiao, Min Wen, Rurong Zhao, Kaikun Luo, Min Tao, Wei Duan, Shaojun Liu
Sperm motility is an important standard to measure the fertility of male. In our previous study, we found that the diploid spermatozoa from allotetraploid hybrid (4nAT) had longer durations of rapid and slow progressive motility than haploid spermatozoa from common carp (COC). In this study, to explore sperm motility-related molecular mechanisms, we compared the testis tissues transcriptomes from two years old male COC and 4nAT. The RNA-seq data revealed that 2985 genes were differentially expressed between COC and 4nAT, including 2216 up-regulated and 769 down-regulated genes in 4nAT...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340110/peri-mitral-atrial-flutter-personalized-ablation-strategy-based-on-arrhythmogenic-substrate
#4
Jinbo Yu, Kai Chen, Bing Yang, Fengxiang Zhang, Weizhu Ju, Hongwu Chen, Gang Yang, Mingfang Li, Benqi Wang, Kai Gu, Feifan Ouyang, Siew Yen Ho, Sunny Po, Minglong Chen
Aims: The aim of this study is to characterize the arrhythmogenic substrate for peri-mitral atrial flutter (PMAFL), thereby determining a personalized ablation strategy to treat PMAFL. Methods and results: Thirty-six consecutive PMAFL patients (mean age: 63.8 ± 11.3, 23 males) underwent detailed three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping in left atrium (LA). The LA was divided into septal-anterior wall (SAW), posterior inferior wall (PIW), and mitral isthmus (MI) region, respectively...
March 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340021/phenamil-an-amiloride-derivative-restricts-long-bone-growth-and-alters-keeled-sternum-bone-architecture-in-growing-chickens
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Tara R Price, Kristin Moncada, Hector Leyva-Jimenez, Kye Won Park, Peter Tontonoz, Rosemary L Walzem
"Broiler-type" chickens are fast-grow-ing, heavy-bodied birds with high demands on bone quality. Phenamil increased mineralization in cultured murine mesenchymal stem cells. Phenamil effects were tested in 2 groups of weight and gender matched day-old broiler chickens (n = 13). Oral administration of 30 mg phenamil/kg body weight d 1 to 13 reduced growth of chicks d 5 to 14 (P = 0.002); with phenamil-treated (PT) chick body weight being 84% of vehicle-treated (VT) chicks' body weight on d 14. Tissues collected on d 15 showed that femur lengths and widths did not differ, but tibias from PT chicks were 6% shorter (P = 0...
March 3, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339926/study-on-the-expression-of-human-lysozyme-in-oviduct-bioreactor-mediated-by-recombinant-avian-adeno-associated-virus1
#6
A P Wang, Y J Wang, S Wu, W Y Zuo, C M Guo, W M Hong, S Y Zhu
Due to its antimicrobial properties and low toxicity, human lysozyme (hLYZ) has broad application in the medical field and as a preservative used by the food industry. However, limited availability hinders its widespread use. Hence, we constructed a recombinant avian adeno-associated virus (rAAAV) that would specifically express hLYZ in the chicken oviduct and harvested hLYZ from the egg whites of laying hens. The oviduct-specific human lysozyme expression cassette flanked by avian adeno-associated virus (AAAV) inverted terminal repeats (ITRs) was subcloned into the modified baculovirus transfer vector pFBX, and then the recombinant baculovirus rBac-ITRLYZ was generated...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339853/prosurvival-effect-of-cumulus-prostaglandin-g-h-synthase-2-prostaglandin2-signaling-on-bovine-blastocyst-impact-on-in-vivo-posthatching-development%C3%A2
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Fabienne Nuttinck, Alice Jouneau, Gilles Charpigny, Isabelle Hue, Christophe Richard, Pierre Adenot, Sylvie Ruffini, Ludivine Laffont, Martine Chebrout, Véronique Duranthon, Brigitte Marquant-Le Guienne
Apoptotic activity is a common physiological process which culminates at the blastocyst stage in the preimplantation embryo of many mammals. The degree of embryonic cell death can be influenced by the oocyte microenvironment. However, the prognostic significance of the incidence of apoptosis remains undefined. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) derived from prostaglandin G/H synthase-2 (PTGS2) activity is a well-known prosurvival factor that is mainly studied in oncology. PGE2 is the predominant PTGS2-derived prostaglandin present in the oocyte microenvironment during the periconceptional period...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339804/intra-cardiac-and-peripheral-levels-of-biochemical-markers-of-fibrosis-in-patients-undergoing-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Gordon A Begg, Rashed Karim, Tobias Oesterlein, Lee N Graham, Andrew J Hogarth, Stephen P Page, Christopher B Pepper, Kawal Rhode, Gregory Y H Lip, Arun V Holden, Sven Plein, Muzahir H Tayebjee
Aims: Measurement of circulating biomarkers of fibrosis may have a role in selecting patients and treatment strategy for catheter ablation. Pro-collagen type III N-terminal pro-peptide (PIIINP), C-telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), and galectin 3 (gal-3) have all been suggested as possible biomarkers for this indication, but studies assessing whether peripheral levels reflect intra-cardiac levels are scarce. Methods and results: We studied 93 patients undergoing ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) (n = 63) or non-paroxysmal AF (n = 30)...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339778/effects-of-an-induced-molt-using-cassava-meal-on-body-weight-loss-blood-physiology-ovarian-regression-and-postmolt-egg-production-in-late-phase-laying-hens
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N Gongruttananun, P Kochagate, K Poonpan, N Yu-Nun, J Aungsakul, N Sopa
This study was conducted to determine the effect of an induced molt using cassava meal on body weight, blood physiology, ovary, and postmolt performance in late-phase (74 wk old) H&N Brown laying hens. Hens were randomly assigned to 3 treatments of 90 birds each: 1) Controls withno induced molt (CONT); 2) molted by full feeding with cassava meal for 3 wk (FP3); and 3) molted by full feeding with cassava meal for 4 wk (FP4). Groups 2 and 3 were fed a pullet developer diet for 3 wk following treatment. During the molt period, the birds were exposed to an 8L:16D photoperiod and had access to drinking water at all times...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339750/downstream-overdrive-pacing-and-intracardiac-concealed-fusion-to-guide-rapid-identification-of-atrial-tachycardia-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Chirag R Barbhaiya, Samuel H Baldinger, Saurabh Kumar, Jason S Chinitz, Alan D Enriquez, Roy John, William G Stevenson, Gregory F Michaud
Aims: Atrial tachycardia (AT) related to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation frequently poses a diagnostic challenge. Downstream overdrive pacing (DOP) can be used to rapidly detect reentry and assess proximity of a pacing site to an AT circuit or focus. We hypothesized that systematic DOP using multielectrode catheters would facilitate AT mapping. Methods and results: DOP identified constant fusion when the post-pacing interval (PPI)-tachycardia cycle length (TCL) <40 ms and stimulus to adjacent upstream atrial electrogram interval >75% of TCL...
February 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339715/determination-of-pre-cecal-phosphorus-digestibility-of-inorganic-phosphates-and-bone-meal-products-in-broilers
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J van Harn, J W Spek, C A van Vuure, M M van Krimpen
A broiler study was performed to determine the pre-cecal phosphorus (P) digestibility of 5 P sources, 3 from animal (Delfos, Calfos, and porcine bone meal) and 2 of inorganic (monocalcium phosphate [MCP] and dicalcium phosphate [DCP]) origin. Delfos is processed from bones resulting in a dicalcium phosphate product, and Calfos is processed from bones in which part of the gelatin is removed but in which the hydroxy-apatite matrix is preserved. During the first 14 d, birds were housed in floor pens bedded with wood shavings and received a commercial starter diet...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339564/emerging-molecular-therapies-targeting-myocardial-infarction-related-arrhythmias
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Helen E Driessen, Toon A B van Veen, Gerard J J Boink
Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in the developed world. Ventricular arrhythmias associated with myocardial ischaemia and/or infarction are a major contributor to cardiovascular mortality, and require improved prevention and treatment. Drugs, devices, and radiofrequency catheter ablation have made important inroads, but have significant limitations ranging from incomplete success to undesired toxicities and major side effects. These limitations derive from the nature of the intervention. Drugs are frequently ineffective, target the entire heart, and often do not deal with the specific arrhythmia trigger or substrate...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339482/a-genome-wide-identification-and-analysis-of-the-dyw-deaminase-genes-in-the-pentatricopeptide-repeat-gene-family-in-cotton-gossypium-spp
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Bingbing Zhang, Guoyuan Liu, Xue Li, Liping Guo, Xuexian Zhang, Tingxiang Qi, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Jinfa Zhang, Chaozhu Xing, Jianyong Wu
The RNA editing occurring in plant organellar genomes mainly involves the change of cytidine to uridine. This process involves a deamination reaction, with cytidine deaminase as the catalyst. Pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins with a C-terminal DYW domain are reportedly associated with cytidine deamination, similar to members of the deaminase superfamily. PPR genes are involved in many cellular functions and biological processes including fertility restoration to cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in plants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339398/n-terminal-fragments-of-huntingtin-longer-than-residue-170-form-visible-aggregates-independently-to-polyglutamine-expansion
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Moore Z Chen, Sue-Ann Mok, Angelique R Ormsby, Paul J Muchowski, Danny M Hatters
BACKGROUND: A hallmark of Huntington's disease is the progressive aggregation of full length and N-terminal fragments of polyglutamine (polyQ)-expanded Huntingtin (Htt) into intracellular inclusions. The production of N-terminal fragments appears important for enabling pathology and aggregation; and hence the direct expression of a variety of N-terminal fragments are commonly used to model HD in animal and cellular models. OBJECTIVE: It remains unclear how the length of the N-terminal fragments relates to polyQ - mediated aggregation...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339246/impact-of-atomic-scale-contact-geometry-on-andreev-reflection
#15
J Brand, P Ribeiro, N Néel, S Kirchner, J Kröger
Charge transport has been examined in junctions comprising the normal-metal tip of a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope, the surface of a conventional superconductor, and adsorbed C_{60} molecules. The Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer energy gap gradually evolves into a zero-bias peak with decreasing electrode separation. The peak is assigned to the spectroscopic signature of Andreev reflection. The conductance due to Andreev reflection is determined by the atomic termination of the tip apex and the molecular adsorption orientation...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339237/current-noise-from-a-magnetic-moment-in-a-helical-edge
#16
Jukka I Väyrynen, Leonid I Glazman
We calculate the two-terminal current noise generated by a magnetic moment coupled to a helical edge of a two-dimensional topological insulator. When the system is symmetric with respect to in-plane spin rotation, the noise is dominated by the Nyquist component even in the presence of a voltage bias V. The corresponding noise spectrum S(V,ω) is determined by a modified fluctuation-dissipation theorem with the differential conductance G(V,ω) in place of the linear one. The differential noise ∂S/∂V, commonly measured in experiments, is strongly dependent on frequency on a small scale τ_{K}^{-1}≪T set by the Korringa relaxation rate of the local moment...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339209/nitrogen-terminated-diamond-111-surface-for-room-temperature-quantum-sensing-and-simulation
#17
Jyh-Pin Chou, Alex Retzker, Adam Gali
The nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centre in diamond has shown great promise of nano-scale sensing applications, however, near-surface NV suer from relatively short spin coherence time that limits its sensitivity. This is presumably caused by improper surface termination. Using rst-principles calculations, we demonstrate that nitrogen terminated (111) diamond provides electrical inactivity and surface spin noise free properties. We also prove that the nitrogen terminated (111) surface can be fabricated by nitrogen plasma treatment...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339196/discovery-of-a-small-molecule-degrader-of-bromodomain-and-extra-terminal-bet-proteins-with-picomolar-cellular-potencies-and-capable-of-achieving-tumor-regression
#18
Bing Zhou, Jiantao Hu, Fuming Xu, Zhuo Chen, Longchuan Bai, Ester Fernandez-Salas, Mei Lin, Liu Liu, Chao-Yie Yang, Yujun Zhao, Donna McEachern, Sally Przybranowski, Bo Wen, Duxin Sun, Shaomeng Wang
The bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) family proteins, consisting of BRD2, BRD3, BRD4, and testis-specific BRDT members, are epigenetic "readers" and play a key role in the regulation of gene transcription. BET proteins are considered to be attractive therapeutic targets for cancer and other human diseases. Recently, heterobifunctional small-molecule BET degraders have been designed based upon the proteolysis targeting chimera (PROTAC) concept to induce BET protein degradation. Herein, we present our design, synthesis, and evaluation of a new class of PROTAC BET degraders...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339087/regulation-of-intestinal-myofibroblasts-by-kras-mutated-colorectal-cancer-cells-through-heparin-binding-epidermal-growth-factor-like-growth-factor
#19
Hideyoshi Kawasaki, Takuya Saotome, Tatsuya Usui, Takashi Ohama, Koichi Sato
In colorectal cancer, gain-of-function mutations in KRas play a critical role in malignant transformation. Tumor growth in colorectal cancer is known to be promoted by the intestinal myofibroblasts (IMFs) that localize adjacent to the cancer cells, but the mechanisms of interaction between KRas-mutated cancer cells and the myofibroblasts remain unclear. Here, we investigated the effects of KRas-mutated cells on the behavior of myofibroblasts by using mouse primary IMFs and cells of an IMF cell line (LmcMF) and a mouse colon epithelial cell line (aMoC1)...
March 22, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339070/125i%C3%A2-seed-irradiation-induces-apoptosis-and-inhibits-angiogenesis-by-decreasing-hif-1%C3%AE-and-vegf-expression-in-lung-carcinoma-xenografts
#20
Gui-Ling Xiang, Xin-Hong Zhu, Cun-Zhi Lin, Li-Jun Wang, Yong Sun, Yi-Wei Cao, Fang-Fang Wang
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of irradiation by 125I seeds in human lung cancer xenograft model and to determine the underlying mechanisms involved, with a focus on angiogenesis. A group of 40 mice bearing A549 lung adenocarcinoma xenografts was randomly separated into 4 groups: control group (n=10), sham seed (0 mCi) implant group (n=10), 125I seed (0.6 mCi) implant group (n=10) and 125I seed (0.8 mCi) implant group (n=10), respectively. The body weight and tumor volume, were recorded every four days until the end of the study...
March 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
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