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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743101/in-silico-locating-the-immune-reactive-segments-of-lepidium-draba-peroxidase-and-designing-a-less-immune-reactive-enzyme-derivative
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Yaser Fattahian, Ali Riahi-Madvar, Reza Mirzaee, Gholamreza Asadikaram, Mohammad Reza Rahbar
Peroxidases have broad applications in industry, environmental as well as pharmaceutical and diagnosis. Recently applicability of peroxidases in cancer therapy was mentioned. In the present study, a horseradish peroxidase homologue from Lepidium draba was subjected to in silico analyzes aiming at identifying and locating immune-reactive regions. A derivative sequence with decreased immunogenicity and increased stability also suggested. The tertiary structure of the enzyme was predicted. The functional and structural importance of residues was annotated as well as the conservatory status of each residue...
July 17, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743047/bohr-effect-of-human-hemoglobin-separation-of-tertiary-and-quaternary-contributions-based-on-the-wyman-equation
#2
Kehinde Onwochei Okonjo
As a prelude to separating tertiary from quaternary structure contributions to the Bohr effect, we employed the Wyman equation to analyze Bohr data for human hemoglobin to which 2,3-bisphosphoglycerate, 2,3-BPG, is bound. Changes in the pKas of the histidine Bohr groups result in a net reduction of their contributions to the Bohr effect at pH 7.4 compared to their contributions in stripped hemoglobin. The non-histidine 2,3-BPG binding groups - the β-chain terminal amino group and Lys82β - make negative and positive contributions, respectively, to the Bohr effect...
July 15, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743029/thermoresponsive-nanoparticle-agglomeration-aggregation-in-salt-solutions-dependence-on-graft-density
#3
Thaddeus W Vasicek, Samir V Jenkins, Leticia Vaz, Jingyi Chen, Julie A Stenken
Gold nanoparticles with a graft density of 0.09, 0.30 and 0.40chains/nm(2) of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) were reproducibly synthesized by varying the ratio of disulfide terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) to gold nanoparticle. The polymer coated nanoparticles were stable at room temperature in 50mM NaCl, yet agglomerated at 37°C. Previous studies have observed conflicting results as to the reversibility of this agglomeration. Particle agglomeration with three different graft densities was studied in 50mM NaCl by measurements of their localized surface plasmon resonance and hydrodynamic diameter, and imaging with electron microscopy...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743025/rna-polymerase-i-and-iii-similar-yet-unique
#4
REVIEW
Heena Khatter, Matthias K Vorländer, Christoph W Müller
The majority of non-protein-coding RNAs present in eukaryotic cells comprises rRNAs, tRNAs and U6 snRNA that are involved in protein biosynthesis and are synthesized by DNA-dependent-RNA polymerase I and III. The transcription cycle (initiation, elongation and termination) has similar principles in all three nuclear RNA polymerases with specific features that are reflected back in their structures. Recently, owing to the 'resolution revolution' in electron cryo-microscopy, there has been a significant advancement in the understanding of these molecular machines...
July 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742995/icaritin-induces-mc3t3-e1-subclone14-cell-differentiation-through-estrogen-receptor-mediated-erk1-2-and-p38-signaling-activation
#5
Zhidi Wu, Ling Ou, Chaopeng Wang, Li Yang, Panpan Wang, Hengrui Liu, Yingquan Xiong, Kehuan Sun, Ronghua Zhang, Xiaofeng Zhu
Icaritin (ICT), a hydrolytic product of icariin from the genus Epimedium, has many indicated pharmacological and biological activities. Several studies have shown that ICT has potential osteoprotective effects, including stimulation of osteoblast differentiation and inhibition of osteoclast differentiation. However, the molecular mechanism for this anabolic action of ICT remains largely unknown. Here, we found that ICT could enhance MC3T3-E1 subclone 14 preosteoblastic cell differentiation associated with increased mRNA levels and protein expression of the differentiation markers alkaline phosphatase (ALP), type 1 collagen (COL1), osteocalcin (OC), osteoponin (OPN) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2), and improved mineralization, confirmed by bone nodule formation and collagen synthesis...
July 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742969/fabrication-of-a-new-lineage-of-artificial-luciferases-from-natural-luciferase-pools
#6
Sung Bae Kim, Ryo Nishihara, Daniel Citterio, Koji Suzuki
The fabrication of artificial luciferases (ALucs) with unique optical properties can have a fundamental impact on bioassays and molecular imaging. In this study, we developed a new lineage of ALucs with unique substrate preferences by extracting consensus amino acids from the alignment of 25 copepod luciferase sequences available in published databases. The primary sequence was first created with a sequence logo generator resulting in a total of 11 sibling sequences. Phylogenetic analysis shows that the newly fabricated ALucs form an independent branch, genetically isolated from the natural luciferases and from a prior series of ALucs produced by our laboratory using a smaller basis set...
July 25, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742964/conformational-flexibility-and-self-association-of-fibrinogen-in-concentrated-solutions
#7
Yuriy F Zuev, Rustem I Litvinov, Alexander E Sitnitsky, Bulat Z Idiyatullin, Dilyafruz R Bakirova, Dennis Galanakis, Artem Zhmurov, Valeri Barsegov, John W Weisel
We studied the hydrodynamic behavior of fibrinogen, a blood plasma protein involved in blood clotting, in a broad 0.3-60 mg/ml range of concentration and 5-42°C temperature using pulsed-field gradient 1H NMR-diffusometry. Arrhenius plots revealed the activation energy for fibrinogen diffusion Ed = 21.3 kJ/mol at 1.4 mg/ml and 28.4 kJ/mol at 38 mg/ml. We found a dramatic slowdown in fibrinogen self-diffusion with concentration beginning at 1.7-3.4 mg/ml, which deviated from the standard hard-particle behavior, suggesting a remarkable intermolecular entanglement...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742962/characterization-of-intramolecular-interactions-of-cytochrome-c-using-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-trapped-ion-mobility-spectrometry-mass-spectrometry-and-molecular-dynamics
#8
Juan Camilo Molano-Arevalo, Kevin Jeanne Dit Fouque, Khoa N Pham, Jaroslava Miksovska, Mark E Ridgeway, Melvin A Park, Francisco Fernandez-Lima
Globular proteins, such as cytochrome c (cyt c), display an organized native conformation, maintained by a hydrogen bond interaction network. In the present work, the structural interrogation of kinetically trapped intermediates of cyt c was performed by correlating the ion-neutral collision cross section (CCS) and charge state with the starting solution conditions and time after desolvation using collision induced activation (CIA), time resolved hydrogen/deuterium back exchange (HDX) and trapped ion mobility spectrometry - mass spectrometry (TIMS-MS)...
July 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742868/combining-ability-of-highland-tropic-adapted-potato-for-tuber-yield-and-yield-components-under-drought
#9
Betaw Hirut, Hussein Shimelis, Mengistu Fentahun, Merideth Bonierbale, Manuel Gastelo, Asrat Asfaw
Recurrent drought and late blight disease are the major factors limiting potato productivity in the northwest Ethiopian highlands. Incorporating drought tolerance and late blight resistance in the same genotypes will enable the development of cultivars with high and stable yield potential under erratic rainfall conditions. The objectives of this study were to assess combining ability effects and gene action for tuber yield and traits related to drought tolerance in the International Potato Centre's (CIP's) advanced clones from the late blight resistant breeding population B group 'B3C2' and to identify promising parents and families for cultivar development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742864/limited-grounding-line-advance-onto-the-west-antarctic-continental-shelf-in-the-easternmost-amundsen-sea-embayment-during-the-last-glacial-period
#10
Johann P Klages, Gerhard Kuhn, Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, James A Smith, Alastair G C Graham, Frank O Nitsche, Thomas Frederichs, Patrycja E Jernas, Karsten Gohl, Lukas Wacker
Precise knowledge about the extent of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) at the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM; c. 26.5-19 cal. ka BP) is important in order to 1) improve paleo-ice sheet reconstructions, 2) provide a robust empirical framework for calibrating paleo-ice sheet models, and 3) locate potential shelf refugia for Antarctic benthos during the last glacial period. However, reliable reconstructions are still lacking for many WAIS sectors, particularly for key areas on the outer continental shelf, where the LGM-ice sheet is assumed to have terminated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742649/thoracoscopic-implantation-of-an-array-electrode-in-the-pericardium-transverse-sinus-to-reduce-defibrillation-threshold
#11
Antonio Curnis, Claudio Muneretto, Gianluigi Bisleri, Manuel Cerini, Lorenza Inama, Francesca Salghetti, Raffaella De Vito, Laura Giroletti, Fabrizio Rosati, Daniele Giacopelli, Francesca Vassanelli, Luca Bontempi
Among the implantable cardioverter defibrillator recipients, there is still a subgroup of patients in whom the defibrillation threshold is too high and the maximal shock output of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator can fail to terminate a ventricular arrhythmia. We report a new thoracoscopic minimally invasive approach to place a standard array electrode in the transverse pericardial sinus of a patient implanted with a cardiac resynchronization and defibrillation therapy device with persistent high defibrillation threshold...
July 25, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742547/celiprolol-a-unique-selective-adrenoceptor-modulator
#12
James J Nawarskas, Angela Cheng-Lai, William H Frishman
Celiprolol is a β-blocker with a unique pharmacologic profile: it is a β1-andrenoceptor antagonist with partial β2 agonist activity. Given this combination of effects, celiprolol may be better described as a elective adrenoreceptor modulator. It has antihypertensive and antianginal properties and is indicated for those uses in various countries around the world. In the United States, however, the proposed indication for this drug will be for the treatment of vascular type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare connective tissue isorder haracterized by fragile arterial structure and an increased risk of life-threatening vascular complications...
July 20, 2017: Cardiology in Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742236/xylem-nac-domain1-an-angiosperm-nac-transcription-factor-inhibits-xylem-differentiation-through-conserved-motifs-that-interact-with-retinoblastoma-related
#13
Chengsong Zhao, Theres Lasses, Laszlo Bako, Danyu Kong, Bingyu Zhao, Bidisha Chanda, Aureliano Bombarely, Alfredo Cruz-Ramírez, Ben Scheres, Amy M Brunner, Eric P Beers
The Arabidopsis thaliana gene XYLEM NAC DOMAIN1 (XND1) is upregulated in xylem tracheary elements. Yet overexpression of XND1 blocks differentiation of tracheary elements. The molecular mechanism of XND1 action was investigated. Phylogenetic and motif analyses indicated that XND1 and its homologs are present only in angiosperms and possess a highly conserved C-terminal region containing linear motifs (CKII-acidic, LXCXE, E2F(TD) -like and LXCXE-mimic) predicted to interact with the cell cycle and differentiation regulator RETINOBLASTOMA-RELATED (RBR)...
July 25, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742224/synthesis-of-unimolecular-micelles-with-incorporated-hyperbranched-boltorn-h30-polyester-modified-with-hyperbranched-helical-poly-phenyl-isocyanide-chains-and-their-enantioselective-crystallization-performance
#14
Zhi-Huang Zhang, Chen-Yang Qiao, Jian Zhang, Wen-Ming Zhang, Jun Yin, Zong-Quan Wu
Here, the fabrication of unimolecular micelles functionalized with helical polymeric chains as a chiral nucleating agent in enantioselective crystallization is reported. Starting from a fractionated hyperbranched polyester (Boltorn H30), the ring-opening polymerization of l-lactic acid (LLA) and subsequent terminal-group modification affords the alkyne-Pd(II)-anchored hyperbranched macroinitiator (H30-PLLA-Pd). By taking advantage of a Pd(II)-catalyzed living polymerization of chiral pendant modified l- or d-phenyl isocyanide (PI) monomers, well-defined chiral unimolecular micelles (H30-PLLA-PPI) grafted with radiating helical PPI coronas of one predominant screw sense are obtained...
July 25, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742147/genetic-analysis-of-the-regulation-of-the-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-homolog-cch1-by-the-%C3%AE-subunit-homolog-ecm7-and-cortical-er-protein-scs2-in-yeast
#15
Takafumi Kato, Aya Kubo, Tatsuya Nagayama, Shinichiro Kume, Chikara Tanaka, Yoshitaka Nakayama, Kazuko Iida, Hidetoshi Iida
The yeast Cch1/Mid1 Ca2+ channel is equivalent to animal voltage-gated Ca2+ channels and activated in cells incubated in low Ca2+ medium. We herein investigated the third subunit, Ecm7, under the same cell culture conditions. The deletion of ECM7 slightly lowered Ca2+ influx activity in the CNB1+ background, in which calcineurin potentially dephosphorylates Cch1, but markedly lowered this activity in the cnb1Δ background. The deletion of the C-terminal cytoplasmic region of Ecm7 also reduced Ca2+ influx activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742076/altered-neurite-morphology-and-cholinergic-function-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neurons-from-a-patient-with-kleefstra-syndrome-and-autism
#16
J Nagy, J Kobolák, S Berzsenyi, Z Ábrahám, H X Avci, I Bock, Z Bekes, B Hodoscsek, A Chandrasekaran, A Téglási, P Dezső, B Koványi, E T Vörös, L Fodor, T Szél, K Németh, A Balázs, A Dinnyés, B Lendvai, G Lévay, V Román
The aim of the present study was to establish an in vitro Kleefstra syndrome (KS) disease model using the human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) technology. Previously, an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patient with Kleefstra syndrome (KS-ASD) carrying a deleterious premature termination codon mutation in the EHMT1 gene was identified. Patient specific hiPSCs generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of the KS-ASD patient were differentiated into post-mitotic cortical neurons. Lower levels of EHMT1 mRNA as well as protein expression were confirmed in these cells...
July 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742074/untargeted-screening-for-novel-autoantibodies-with-prognostic-value-in-first-episode-psychosis
#17
A Zandian, L Wingård, H Nilsson, E Sjöstedt, D X Johansson, D Just, C Hellström, M Uhlén, J M Schwenk, A Häggmark-Månberg, O Norbeck, B Owe-Larsson, P Nilsson, M A A Persson
Immunological and inflammatory reactions have been suggested to have a role in the development of schizophrenia, a hypothesis that has recently been supported by genetic data. The aim of our study was to perform an unbiased search for autoantibodies in patients with a first psychotic episode, and to explore the association between any seroreactivity and the development of a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV) disorder characterized by chronic or relapsing psychotic symptoms...
July 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742026/aire-is-a-critical-spindle-associated-protein-in-embryonic-stem-cells
#18
Bin Gu, Jean-Philippe Lambert, Katie Cockburn, Anne-Claude Gingras, Janet Rossant
Embryonic stem (ES) cells go though embryo-like cell cycles regulated by specialized molecular mechanisms. However, it is not known whether there are ES cell-specific mechanisms regulating mitotic fidelity. Here we showed that Autoimmune Regulator (Aire), a transcription coordinator involved in immune tolerance processes, is a critical spindle-associated protein in mouse ES(mES) cells. BioID analysis showed that AIRE associates with spindle-associated proteins in mES cells. Loss of function analysis revealed that Aire was important for centrosome number regulation and spindle pole integrity specifically in mES cells...
July 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742013/first-canadian-experience-with-donation-after-cardiac-death-simultaneous-pancreas-and-kidney-transplants
#19
Patrick T Anderson, Shahid Aquil, Kelly McLean, Vivian C McAlister, Alp Sener, Patrick P Luke
BACKGROUND: Compared with neurologic determination of death (NDD) donor organs, donation after cardiac death (DCD) donor organs have traditionally been considered of inferior quality owing to warm ischemia experienced during procurement. We present, to our knowledge, the first analysis of simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplants using DCD donor organs in Canada. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective cohort study of SPK transplants from 13 DCD and 68 NDD donors performed between October 2008 and July 2016...
August 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742008/development-of-a-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing-tool-in-streptomyces-rimosus
#20
Haiyan Jia, Longmei Zhang, Tongtong Wang, Jin Han, Hui Tang, Liping Zhang
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, associated proteins (CRISPR/Cas), has been developed into a powerful, targeted genome-editing tool in a wide variety of species. Here, we report an extensive investigation of the type II CRISPR/Cas9 system for targeted gene editing in Streptomyces rimosus. S. rimosus is used in the production of the antibiotic oxytetracycline, and its genome differs greatly from other species of the genus Streptomyces in the conserved chromosome terminal and core regions, which is of major production and scientific research value...
July 26, 2017: Microbiology
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