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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151159/enhanced-catalytic-efficiency-and-enantioselectivity-of-epoxide-hydrolase-from-agrobacterium-radiobacter-ad1-by-iterative-saturation-mutagenesis-for-r-epichlorohydrin-synthesis
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Shu-Ping Zou, Yu-Guo Zheng, Qun Wu, Zhi-Cai Wang, Ya-Ping Xue, Zhi-Qiang Liu
Enantioselective hydrolysis of epoxides by epoxide hydrolase (EH) is one of the most attractive approaches for the synthesis of chiral epoxides. So far, attempts to develop an efficient epoxide hydrolase -mediated biotransformation have been limited by either the low activity or insufficient enantioselectivity of epoxide hydrolase. In this study, iterative saturation mutagenesis (ISM) of epoxide hydrolase from Agrobacterium radiobacter AD1 (ArEH) was performed for efficient production of (R)-epichlorohydrin...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151153/-2e-6z-9z-2-6-9-pentadecatrienal-as-a-male-produced-aggregation-sex-pheromone-of-the-cerambycid-beetle-elaphidion-mucronatum
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Jocelyn G Millar, Robert F Mitchell, Linnea R Meier, Todd D Johnson, Judith A Mongold-Diers, Lawrence M Hanks
An increasing body of evidence suggests that the volatile pheromones of cerambycid beetles are much more diverse in structure than previously hypothesized. Here, we describe the identification, synthesis, and field testing of (2E,6Z,9Z)-2,6,9-pentadecatrienal as a male-produced aggregation-sex pheromone of the cerambycid Elaphidion mucronatum (Say) (subfamily Cerambycinae, tribe Elaphidiini). This novel structure is unlike any previously described cerambycid pheromone, and in field bioassays attracted only this species...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151076/modulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-by-the-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-monoacylglycerol-and-diacylglycerol-lipase-inhibitors-as-an-attractive-target-for-secretory-diarrhoea-therapy
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A Wasilewski, A Misicka, M Sacharczuk, J Fichna
Secretory diarrhoea is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Our aim was to characterize the effect of inhibition of selected enzymes involved in the synthesis or degradation of endocannabinoids on electrolyte equilibrium in the mouse colonic tissue. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of PF-3845, JZL-184 and RHC-80267, as inhibitors of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), monoacylglycerol (MAGL) and diacylglycerol lipase (DAGL), respectively on epithelial ion transport in isolated mouse colon stimulated by forskolin (FSK), veratridine (VER) and bethanechol (BET)...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151064/the-oral-cavity-potential-source-of-stem-cells
#4
Rafał Brożek, Maciej Kurpisz, Ryszard Koczorowski
The purpose of this review is to present the current knowledge regarding the hierarchy of stem cells originating from the oral cavity, which could have a potential value when applied to regenerative stomatology. It must be particularly emphasized that the heterogenous nature of its biology and function within oral compartment may predispose them to different types of applications. Stem cells can be perceived as immature, primitive and unspecialized types of cells with the ability to proliferate, self-renew and differentiate into specialized progeny according to the compartmental signaling...
October 19, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150817/two-step-estimation-of-models-between-latent-classes-and-external-variables
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Zsuzsa Bakk, Jouni Kuha
We consider models which combine latent class measurement models for categorical latent variables with structural regression models for the relationships between the latent classes and observed explanatory and response variables. We propose a two-step method of estimating such models. In its first step, the measurement model is estimated alone, and in the second step the parameters of this measurement model are held fixed when the structural model is estimated. Simulation studies and applied examples suggest that the two-step method is an attractive alternative to existing one-step and three-step methods...
November 17, 2017: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150674/quantum-steerability-based-on-joint-measurability
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Zhihua Chen, Xiangjun Ye, Shao-Ming Fei
Occupying a position between entanglement and Bell nonlocality, Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) steering has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Many criteria have been proposed and experimentally implemented to characterize EPR-steering. Nevertheless, only a few results are available to quantify steerability using analytical results. In this work, we propose a method for quantifying the steerability in two-qubit quantum states in the two-setting EPR-steering scenario, using the connection between joint measurability and steerability...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150562/the-role-of-mhc-e-in-t-cell-immunity-is-conserved-among-humans-rhesus-macaques-and-cynomolgus-macaques
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Helen L Wu, Roger W Wiseman, Colette M Hughes, Gabriela M Webb, Shaheed A Abdulhaqq, Benjamin N Bimber, Katherine B Hammond, Jason S Reed, Lina Gao, Benjamin J Burwitz, Justin M Greene, Fidel Ferrer, Alfred W Legasse, Michael K Axthelm, Byung S Park, Simon Brackenridge, Nicholas J Maness, Andrew J McMichael, Louis J Picker, David H O'Connor, Scott G Hansen, Jonah B Sacha
MHC-E is a highly conserved nonclassical MHC class Ib molecule that predominantly binds and presents MHC class Ia leader sequence-derived peptides for NK cell regulation. However, MHC-E also binds pathogen-derived peptide Ags for presentation to CD8(+) T cells. Given this role in adaptive immunity and its highly monomorphic nature in the human population, HLA-E is an attractive target for novel vaccine and immunotherapeutic modalities. Development of HLA-E-targeted therapies will require a physiologically relevant animal model that recapitulates HLA-E-restricted T cell biology...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150396/identification-of-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-kinase-1-inhibitors-with-anti-osteosarcoma-activity
#8
Aiping Fang, Huiqiang Luo, Liping Liu, Haibo Fan, Yaying Zhou, Yuqin Yao, Yue Zhang
Overexpression of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinases (PDKs), especially PDK1 has been observed in a variety of cancers. Thus, targeting PDK1 offers an attractive opportunity for the development of cancer therapies. In this letter, we reported the identification of two novel PDK1 inhibitors as anti-osteosarcoma agents. We found that TM-1 and TM-2 inhibited PDK1 with the IC50 values of 2.97 and 3.41 μM, respectively. Furthermore, TM-1 and TM-2 dose-dependently reduced phosphorylation of pyruvate dehydrogenase complex in MG-63 osteosarcoma cells...
October 31, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150191/-big-data-generalities-and-integration-in-radiotherapy
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C Le Fèvre, L Poty, G Noël
The many advances in data collection computing systems (data collection, database, storage), diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities are responsible for an increase and a diversification of available data. Big data offers the capacities, in the field of health, to accelerate the discoveries and to optimize the management of patients by combining a large volume of data and the creation of therapeutic models. In radiotherapy, the development of big data is attractive because data are very numerous et heterogeneous (demographics, radiomics, genomics, radiogenomics, etc...
November 14, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150150/biocompatible-hollow-polymeric-particles-produced-by-a-mild-solvent-and-template-free-strategy
#10
Eustolia Rodríguez-Velázquez, Pablo Taboada, Manuel Alatorre-Meda
Macroscopic hollow polymeric particles are attractive materials for various applications such as surgery, food industry, agriculture, etc. However, protocols reporting their synthesis have hitherto made use of organic solvents and/or sacrificial templates, compromising the encapsulation of different bioactive compounds and the process yield. Here, millimeter-size, hollow polymeric particles were synthesized, for the first time, in a solvent- and template free manner onto superhydrophobic surfaces (SHS). The particles were produced upon assembly and double superficial crosslinking of liquid droplets of DNA and methacrylamide chitosan aqueous solutions (CH:MA), leading to liquid-core particles with a hardened hydrogel shell...
November 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150064/metal-organic-frameworks-as-stationary-phase-for-application-in-chromatographic-separation
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REVIEW
Juan Zhang, Zilin Chen
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a subclass of coordination polymers, have attracted wide interest in various field. Herein, we focus on its application in chromatographic separation due to its excellent physical and chemical properties such as large surface area, high porosity, uniform pore sizes and structural diversity. In 2014, a review was published to summarize the most significant advances in MOFs, and their applications in separation science. The present review was an extensive update on applications of MOFs in chromatographic separation from 2014 to the present such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), capillary electrochromatography (CEC), nano-liquid chromatography (nano-LC), and gas chromatography (GC)...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150002/gene-editing-and-crispr-therapeutics-strategies-taught-by-cell-and-gene-therapy
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Juan C Ramirez
A few years ago, we assisted in the demonstration for the first time of the revolutionary idea of a type of adaptive-immune system in the bacteria kingdom. This system, named CRISPR, and variants engineered in the lab, have been demonstrated as functional with extremely high frequency and fidelity in almost all eukaryotic cells studied to date. The capabilities of this RNA-guided nuclease have added to the interest that was announced with the advent of previous technologies for genome editing tools, such as ZFN and TALEN...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149984/corneal-xenotransplantation-from-pig-to-rhesus-monkey-no-signs-of-transmission-of-endogenous-porcine-retroviruses
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A Li, Y Zhang, Y Liu, Z Pan
BACKGROUND: Xenotransplantations of pig corneas have become an attractive alternative to human corneas. Such xenotransplantations carry the danger, however, of transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs). Here, we investigated whether porcine corneas harbor viral DNA and RNA and whether transplantation to a nonhuman primate would lead to host PERV infection. METHODS: Monkey vein endothelial cells (MVECs) were inoculated with porcine aortic endothelial cell (PAEC) supernatants, and DNA and total RNA of MVECs were tested for PERV by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) assays...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149908/exosomal-micrornas-as-potential-circulating-biomarkers-in-gastrointestinal-tract-cancers-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Elmira Gheytanchi, Zahra Madjd, Leila Janani, Arezoo Rasti, Roya Ghods, Fatemeh Atyabi, Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari, Sadegh Babashah
BACKGROUND: Metastasis is the most frequent type of recurrence in gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, and there is an emerging potential for new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, especially in the cases of metastatic GI carcinomas. The expression profiles of circulating exosomal microRNAs are of particular interest as novel non-invasive diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for improved detection of GI cancers in body fluids, especially in the serum of patients with recurrent cancers. The aim of this study is to systematically review primary studies and identify the miRNA profiles of serum exosomes of GI cancers...
November 17, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149821/statins-therapy-for-connective-tissue-diseases-new-therapeutic-opportunities
#15
Przemyslaw J Kotyla, Eugene J Kucharz
Background and Objective Statins, 3-hydroxyl-3-methyl-glutharyl Coenzyme A reductase inhibitors showed their therapeutic potential in the treatment of atherosclerosis-related diseases. Recently, the properties of statins, separate from their lipid lowering activity have attracted much attention. These properties that cover a wide area of physiopathological activities including cell maturation, immune response regulation, tissue fibrosis, endothelial activity and are called pleiotropic activity. Many in vitro studies demonstrated significant, statins-dependent regulation of immune system reactivity, reduction of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic cytokines as well as suppression of endothelial activity and damage...
November 15, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149720/a-robust-strategy-for-preparation-of-sequential-stimuli-responsive-block-copolymer-prodrugs-via-thiolactone-chemistry-to-overcome-multiple-anticancer-drug-delivery-barriers
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Wendong Ke, Wei Yin, Zengshi Zha, Jean Felix Mukerabigwi, Weijian Chen, Yuheng Wang, Chuanxin He, Zhishen Ge
Block copolymer prodrugs (BCPs) have attracted considerable attentions in clinical translation of nanomedicine owing to their self-assembly into well-defined core-shell nanoparticles for improved pharmacokinetics, stability in blood circulation without drug leakage, and optimized biodistribution. However, a cascade of physiological barriers against specific delivery of drugs into tumor cells limit the final therapeutic efficacy. Herein, we report a robust and facile strategy based on thiolactone chemistry to fabricate well-defined BCPs with sequential tumor pH-promoted cellular internalization and intracellular stimuli-responsive drug release...
November 9, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149665/a-study-of-microbial-communities-on-terracotta-separator-and-on-biocathode-of-air-breathing-microbial-fuel-cells
#17
Laura Rago, Sarah Zecchin, Stefania Marzorati, Andrea Goglio, Lucia Cavalca, Pierangela Cristiani, Andrea Schievano
Recently, terracotta has attracted interest as low-cost and biocompatible material to build separators in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). However, the influence of a non-conductive material like terracotta on electroactive microbiological communities remains substantially unexplored. This study aims at describing the microbial pools developed from two different seed inocula (bovine and swine sewage) in terracotta-based air-breathing MFC. A statistical approach on microbiological data confirmed different community enrichment in the MFCs, depending mainly on the inoculum...
November 11, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149637/antiviral-potential-of-natural-compounds-against-influenza-virus-hemagglutinin
#18
S Kannan, P Kolandaivel
Influenza virus of different subtypes H1N1, H2N2, H3N2 and H5N1 cause many human pandemic deaths and threatening the people worldwide. The Hemagglutinin (HA) protein mediates viral attachment to host receptors act as an attractive target. The sixteen natural compounds have been chosen to target the HA protein. Molecular docking studies have been performed to find binding affinity of the compounds. Out of the sixteen, three compounds CI, CII and CIII found to posses a higher binding affinity. The molecular dynamics (MD) simulation has been performed to study the structural, dynamical properties for the nine different complexes CI, CII, CIII bound with H1, H2, H3 proteins and the results were compared...
November 4, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149628/multiplex-taqman-locked-nucleic-acid-real-time-pcr-for-the-differential-identification-of-various-meat-and-meat-products
#19
Rusu Xu, Shuang Wei, Guangbiao Zhou, Jiao Ren, Zhongyong Liu, Shuze Tang, Peter C K Cheung, Xiyang Wu
Meat adulteration incidents have been reported frequently over the past few years, and the corresponding traceability issues attracted much more attention due to the customer's demands and administration's responsibility. Therefore, it is important to develop high-throughput and rapid detection methods to identify the specific sources from meat samples. In this study, a multiplex TaqMan locked nucleic acid real-time polymerase chain reaction assay (MLNA-RT-PCR) was developed to simultaneously detect multiple meat sources (duck, pork, beef and chicken)...
November 14, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149602/specification-of-physiologic-and-disease-states-by-distinct-proteins-and-protein-conformations
#20
REVIEW
Daniel F Jarosz, Vikram Khurana
Protein conformational states-from intrinsically disordered ensembles to amyloids that underlie the self-templating, infectious properties of prion-like proteins-have attracted much attention. Here, we highlight the diversity, including differences in biophysical properties, that drive distinct biological functions and pathologies among self-templating proteins. Advances in chemical genomics, gene editing, and model systems now permit deconstruction of the complex interplay between these protein states and the host factors that react to them...
November 16, 2017: Cell
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